April 28, 1991
Home Up Public Safety Storm Chasing With Robert Satkus Railroad

 

 

 

Conditions came together for another potential significant severe weather
event. A strong upper system was moving across Kansa with a dryline trailing
across Oklahoma. Moisture increased rapidly over eastern Ok. SELS ( now
SPC ) had a high risk in place, which I thought was overdoing it, but after
the events of two days ago, it is probably best to err on the side of
caution. Overall I was thinking this may be more of a squall line event. To
further complicate things, a large complex of storms and rain fired over
north and central Texas, which retarded the good, deep moisture from making
it back. In addition, extensive anvils held temperatures down.
 Although Terry Kern and I felt a good tornadic situation was unlikely, we
couldn't ignore the high risk, so we headed out, first heading north, then
turning east when we saw several bands of TCu to the east that gradually
formed into a junky looking line of storms. After we turned east, we came
across the damage path of the Yale tornado from the 26th. There was
significant tree damage, to me looking in the F2 range.
 Near Silver City in Creek county, we saw a storm to our south with a large
RFB and occasional, non-rotating lowerings. We decided to punch the core of
the storm, and received nothing more than heavy rain. The storm began to
weaken rapidly after that, so we called it quits and came home, as it was
apparent nothing good was going to happen around here.
  The Ok/Ks/Tx region saw 102 severe reports, with the most significant
confined to Texas, with 9 tornadoes and hail to baseball size. There were 3
tornadoes in Kansas associated with several low topped supercells underneath
the upper low. Oklahoma was caught in the middle, with only a few isolated
severe reports with winds to 65mph and hail 1.00" in diameter or less.
 The dryline was quite impressive...at one point the dewpoint in Childress
was 8; 5 in Lubbock!