Me (Simon), Jim and Tom forecasted a big severe weather event on this day. We thought the best supercells would develop between Plainview and Lubbock, TX. We arrived in the town of Floydada, TX (just SE of Plainview) in time to see large towers exploding to the northwest. We picked a spot in between the two best looking towers on the north side of Plainview.
to the south developed more rapidly, so we went south to get under the
updraft. As we approached the updraft from the north we heard reports
of softball-sized hail being produced very near our
Several Storms Fire Up B/W Lubbock and Plainview, TX
supercell had awesome structure and a very large flanking line. A new
meso was trying to form along the flanking line, but a new LP supercell
developed to its southeast. So we began chasing the new LP. As we drove
east on 54 the LP turned into a classic supercell, dropping baseball-sized
hail. We continually had to stop to check out the hail on the ground.
The supercell had the most picturesque flanking line I have ever seen
(not the best, but the most picturesque). While looking at hail we heard
a tornado sighting for our supercell from the weather radio. So we hauled
ass to Crosbyton, TX to get under the updraft. We were next to the updraft
the entire life of this supercell, but there was one area of the updraft
just behind the hailshaft in which we could not see, and that must have
been where the tornado was reported.
Large Hail and Beautiful Flanking Line
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