Multiple tornadoes in Northwest Oklahoma near Woodward! – April 9, 2012
This was an absolutely amazing chase day. Myself, Josh Ward, and Cody Foster headed out for the promised land of Northwest Oklahoma. We left just after lunch time to get into position for what was going to be a definite show starting in Harper County and then spreading SE. Boy were we correct on that.
The first storm we were on was certainly looking good initially as it fired right on the warm front. However, as is common with days when you are chasing the triple point, more convection fires just a tad later south along the dryline. We knew we were crunched for time with all of that in mind.
We decided to jet east from here. But ended up on a road which was in the core of our first storm. Oops. We were lucky we didn’t get stuck. Here’s where things got really hairy:
As we approached the storm to the South, it became apparent we were in for a great bit of storm structure. And the storm also had a nice wall cloud as we drove up on it.
As the storm gathered strength, it developed a pretty large base, and then it went all flying saucer on us, producing some of the best storm structure I’ve ever seen!
Before we knew what was was, as we continued to get into position, the storm dropped a tornado almost out of nowhere with one of the fastest RFD wraps and meso occlusions I’ve seen in awhile.
Next up for the storm was a period of jaw-dropping structure.
The storm quickly organized again at the base and produced a second tornado, this one a tad rain-wrapped and was a multi-vortex. As it lifted, the storm then produced another tornado which was a cone all the way to the ground.
As this was going on, the storm developed another meso a couple miles to our east and was wrapping very tightly. We moved to that meso to find it producing what appeared to be a pretty large multi-vortex wedge tornado.
After the wedge disappated, the storm lost it’s rotation, probably because it moved out of an area of good backed winds and heightened boundary layer vorticity along the triple point/wf — honestly it looked like it became elevated. We abandoned the storm not long after and went home, happy with our bounty.
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