Juston Drake and Simon Brewer
documented a large torando a several supercells in North Texas on May 15
2013. A closed mid-level low was progressed over Central Oklahoma and North
Texas on May 15 providing relatively cold mid-level temperatures, significant
lift, and high shear combined with deep Gulf of Mexico moisture for a tornado
outbreak. We intercepted the first significant supercell near Ringold TX.
The storm rapidly intensified dropping baseball-sized hail over and around
the town of Ringold. A large rapidly rotating mesocyclone quickly developed
and produced a relatively long-lived tornado east of town. Initially, the
tornado was a multivortex bowl funnel south of Highway 82. The tornado crossed
Route 82 and intensified into a stout cone tornado periodically wrapped
in heavy rain and hail. The tornado tracked nearly due north and had spectacular
rope-out stage as it dissipated.
The storm continued to cycle,
so we repositioned north of Nocona TX after getting much needed fuel in
town. The new mesocyclone was much larger and appeared much stronger than
the first near Ringold. It appeared there may have been a few brief multivortex
touchdowns and we found ourselved under the edge of the monster meso as
rainbands wrapped around our location. We had to rapidly back off to the
south a few times to avoid a dangerous situation. The monster meso became
rain-wrapped just as it appeared a monster tornado was about to develop,
and one may have developed in the rain, and our road options were limited
by the Red River to the North and East, so we opted to drop south to a new
storm south of Bowie TX.
We intercepted our target
storm in the town of Alvord TX. The storm was a massive HP supercell and
storm spotters had reported a tornado with it before we intercepted the
cell. We documented a rotating wall cloud near the town of Alvord and saw
rain bands rotating at times, but couldn't see a concentrated area of rotation.
The RFD was plowing east quickly and the road network was less than perfect.
Our road options forced us to drive northeast again into the core to avoid
putting us in danger of a rain-wrapped tornado, so we lost visual of the
storm for a significant period of time. We reintercepted the storm west
of Slidell TX and were confronted with a barrage of CG lightning in the
vault and a massive ground-scraping wall cloud with a rapidly feeding tail
cloud. It appeared a large tornado was possibly wrapped in the rain, but
we weren't certain as it was getting darker by the second. The supercell
had an intense couplet on radar, but we couldn't get a 100% visual confirmation
of a tornado.
are a few photos from the Ringold Texas tornado:
bowl-shaped multivortex tornado crossing Route 82 East of Ringold Texas
Image above shows tornado near max intensity
east of Ringold Texas
image above: Ringold TX tornado roping-out/dissipating
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