2004 May 26
Copyright 2004 Eric Nguyen
 
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Area Chased:  W OK

Discussion:   Scott Currens and I drove west to Elk City and waited around a bit for convection to fire.   Once it did the dominant storm appeared to be the one we were on as it moved east.   It looked great at times and other times would get undercut by cold outflow.   It didn't really get interesting until it reached the western parts of OKC.   The storm appeared to slow as the precip core moved east, thus the precip completely separated from the updraft.  I've seen this several times and I can't explain it.  What was left was a gorgeous LP supercell hovering over Will Rogers World Airport!  Once it dissipated, a thin tube was all that was left of the rotating updraft.  So it was still rotating up until the thin tube dissipated.

Pictures:

040526-1b.jpg (20369 bytes)      Our storm east of Elk City, OK.  At times it looked great.

040526-2b.jpg (27173 bytes)      There were plenty of people out since it was in Oklahoma, thus we tried to stay away for the large groups.

040526-3b.jpg (18947 bytes)      When the storm reached the OKC metro the structure suddenly became incredible!

040526-4b.jpg (19462 bytes)      040526-5b.jpg (22546 bytes)      040526-6b.jpg (20542 bytes)      Awesome LP structure as the precip core moved northeast away from the updraft.

040526-7b.jpg (23356 bytes)      040526-8b.jpg (23822 bytes)      040526-9b.jpg (22692 bytes)      Amazing LP supercell!

040526-10b.jpg (18308 bytes)      It rapidly weakened, yet was still rotating pretty good.   Thus a thin tube was all that was left of this updraft.


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