Capturing Incredible.

“How to Chase a Rocketship” — The Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak of May 10, 2010

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The second largest tornado outbreak in Oklahoma history occurred on May 10, 2010 as numerous extremely fast moving supercells formed just west of I-35 and moved rapidly east and north. There were several storms that formed, and almost all of them produced tornadoes. Almost all of them…

The chase day for us started off very successful, as we positioned ourselves in front of rapidly developing thunderstorms in the extreme cape and shear environment. We had planned to play the day by basically intercepting storms along the I-35 corridor in Northern Oklahoma.

We chose Perry as our starting ground, and as the storm approached us it produced a cone funnel which reached about 1/2 of the way to the ground. But alas, May 10, 2010 was not to be our day.

As the storm passed us, we gave chase but it was no use. The storm motions of 60mph were too much and the storm faded into the distance, our chance at a big score completely missed.