Category Archives: 1990

Tornado – Concho, Oklahoma – May 26, 1990

Weak tornado near Concho, OK.

Weak tornado near Concho, OK.

I was still trying to figure out this storm chasing game when this day arrived.  Well, I guess I’m still trying to figure it out over 20 years later, but this was during the first part of my solo chasing.  Supercell storms across Central Oklahoma were moving to the south with forward flank meso-cyclones.  I hung with one that moved out of Kingfisher County into Canadian County – doing my best not to be crushed with reported very large hail.

A weak tornado eventually formed near Concho.  It wasn’t much, but I did have time to get out my camera and capture a couple of photos.  After making a short move down the road, I came across and said hi to Chuck Doswell, who’s only response was, “Did you see it?”  As a young chaser, landing in the same spot as Chuck helped me believe I was doing something right.

Weak tornado and large hail – May 15, 1990

4 3/4 inch hail near Hitchcock, OK.

4 3/4 inch hail near Hitchcock, OK.

This is a chase where my solo inexperience probably kept me from seeing quite a bit.  I ended up observing a large supercell storm in Blaine County which produced a weak tornado near Hitchcock.  What really got my attention was the size and amount of very large hail.  I spent a good deal of time looking for the largest hail I could find before coming up with a stone that measured just short of 5 inches.  While playing around with the hail, the storm separated from me to the point where I couldn’t recover and play it further.  I was still happy with my hail find which was the largest I had seen at the time.