In what was one of the only dryline/triple point setups of the year, I happened to time some PTO just right to give this day a go and I’m so glad I did!
On the Southern Plains, the very biggest days are dryline driven, especially for photogenic storms and tornadoes. Anytime I see a dryline meeting up with a front at what’s known as the Triple Point, I take notice and prepare my chasing boots (really sneakers but shhhhh).
For April 23, 2021, the key to me was being on the storm near the triple point to let that enhanced vorticity do its thing. In terms of forecasting/chasing, this wasn’t THAT hard of a storm chase. It might’ve been easy to get suckered south in previous eras of storm chasing, but knowing what we now know, this was an easy call to stay with the dominant north cell which was also the only classic cell of the bunch.
The first tornado occurred miles from me near Crowell and I honestly was worried I witnessed a one-and-done storm for a bit where I would’ve been woefully out of position for the magic stuff. But the low-level jet was cranking and there was no stopping this storm from continuing on its rampage. What followed was a short tornadofest from Lockett, Texas, to near Vernon, Texas, with four more subsequent tornadoes in rapid-fire fashion with two of them being the most incredible white cones you’d ever hope to see.
Overall, I’m pretty sure this was my favorite chase day of the year. I have been chasing a long time and I haven’t gotten a chance to see many beautiful white cones over the years so this was a treat. Unfortunately, two of these tornadoes did cause some damage but were well warned thanks to the work of storm spotters and chasers on the ground as well as meteorologists at the National Weather Service.
Give this day a look!
0:30-1:33 Morning routines
1:33-1:55 Meeting up with Brandon and Brett
1:55-3:10 Initial views of our storm
3:10-3:27 Pretty LP south
3:27-4:32 First tornado
4:32-5:17 Dusty twin tornadoes
5:17-6:57 First white cone
6:57-8:27 Second white cone
8:27-9:48 What a day
Great video :)
I've never had issues wearing glasses while chasing? I have had them fog up a few times and that is really annoying but I've never had issues with too much water getting on them to easily see. It's ALWAYS a problem on my camera, however, so I can see how it could be an issue.
Awesome white tornadoes that you caught today! AND you caught two at the same time. Yeah! Today was a great chase day for you! Hope you have many more. Be safe.
Yeah this day was something else
Great Video !
How have I not seen your stuff before? This is the kind of production work that goes into a storm chasing video that I really appreciate. It's not just about the raw footage, it's about the story to go with it and learning while watching. Really great work, love the format, obviously a great chase and really enjoyable to watch. Cheers!!
beautiful work my friend!
Really well done. Those are some beautiful tornadoes!
Came from tiktok pleasantly surprised to find such an awesome channel
Absolutely amazing footage! Fantastic tornadoes! Well done! :)