May 07 - Henrietta, Texas
- Wow, what a day. We started off in
Wichita Falls, then spent a good portion of the day waiting for
storm initiation in Vernon, Texas. Storms did begin to form in
the afternoon, a little earlier than expected.
- The first storm we encountered moved
off quickly, and we were never really able to keep up with it.
however, the second storm had a fantastic, stacked plates structure
to it. Simply gorgeous! We intercepted it just outside of Henrietta,
- We kept up with it for a while, but
eventually fizzled. Luckily, behind it, there was another, mature
storm. This one with a tornado warning! We managed to intercept
it in Oklahoma, just over the Red River, near the town of Waurika.
It also had some very nice structure & shape to it. After
the tornado threat had passed, we drove north from town to see
how big the hail was.... Well, It was a lot bigger than we expected
it to be.
- Soon after turning north, we found
ourselves in hail to the size of baseballs & tennis balls!
blowing mostly sideways! The windshields on both vehicles are
now broken (not too bad).
- As the hail started to die down, I
got out of the van to quickly grab a few samples, when all of
a sudden... More, LARGE stones started coming down. I was hit
on the back by one as I was scrambling back into the van, then
the side window got smashed out. We're all OK, but we need some
urgent glass work done. It's almost 1:00 AM and we've arrived
back in Norman, Oklahoma for the night.