Mar 092011

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Jim Bishop, Simon Brewer and Tom Santillo witness a wedge tornado west of Clarksville, TX.

Tornado west of Clarksville, TX March 8, 2011 5:07 p.m.

Tornado west of Clarksville, TX March 8, 2011 5:07 p.m.


What a day! I don’t have much time to explain things right now. But after a LONG day of chasing several storms/supercells in south central Oklahoma and near the Red River, we dove southeast towards a newly developed cell in north central Texas. After what seemed like forever driving through blinding rain, INSANE inflow winds, and punching the core of the the tornado-warned supercell around the town of Paris, Texas, we eventually got out ahead of the storm. Right when we thought there was no way we’d see the tornado through the rain, it emerged!

See more video captures from I’ve got to catch a 6 a.m. flight out of Wichita to get back home. But hopefully soon I’ll have a brief clip of the wedge tornado online. It actually developed into a multi-vortex tornado, and showed stovepipe like shapes during it’s lifetime. All I can say is what an incredible tornado for March!

- Jim