27 May 2016 / North Central Oklahoma Storms

Looking west from 7.0 miles west southwest of Orlando, OK (7:04 pm CDT)

Looking west from 7.0 miles west southwest of Orlando, OK (7:04 pm CDT)

Looking south southeast from 2.0 miles south of Mulhall, OK (7:49 pm CDT)

Looking south southeast from 2.0 miles south of Mulhall, OK (7:49 pm CDT)

 

At least this chase was short.  A cluster of storms formed near the Kansas/Oklahoma border between 2 and 3 pm.  It’s been a common theme this season, but we arrived finding updrafts small and ill-defined.  Lightning was limited, but we stayed with persistent storms between Garber and Marshall.

Things got a bit interesting between 6:30 and 7 pm when a supercell storm managed to get organized over northeast Kingfisher County.  This storm actually looked to be on the way to having tornado potential before a negative impact from another theme of the season.  Storms southwest of OKC sent off a strong left mover that tracked across western Oklahoma City and eventually merged with our storm over northern Logan County.  The merger wasn’t a good one and our storm went rapidly downhill.  We were left with another roadside visit with friends near Mulhall, while we hoped for a lightning strike or two that rarely came.  Once again, at least this chase was short.