25 May 2016 / Southern Kansas, Northern Oklahoma Storms

Looking southwest from 5.8 miles east of Wellington, KS (8:23 pm CDT)

Looking southwest from 5.8 miles east of Wellington, KS (8:23 pm CDT)

We left mid-afternoon and started northbound on Highway 81.  A north/south boundary extended from south central Kansas to north central Oklahoma.  The atmosphere was quite unstable, and a decent amount of mid-level flow remained.  There was not a well defined wave to kick things off, but there had been model signals of a couple of storms by afternoon.

Unfortunately, it ended up being a one storm show which produced a strong tornado near Chapman, Kansas, but that one storm was just a bit out of reach for us.

Just after 6 pm, scattered storms started forming from southeast of Wichita to east of Enid.  We spent the better part of two hours bouncing around between Blackwell and Wellington, with only a couple of things to hold our interest through the evening hours.  Several of the storms took on nice shapes, but they were greatly lacking in volume and it became clear at sunset that this play wasn’t going to pan out.  On our way back, we stopped briefly to check out a supercell that developed after sunset to the northwest of Enid.  Apparently this storm produced a tornado, but it occurred while we were still about 30 miles away.  We found the storm burping out a strong surge of outflow and called it a day.