This tornado formed from a supercell which exploded off of the dryline south of an advancing line of storms. The environment on this day (May 2, 2022) was high end and I managed to intercept this cell near Loyal, OK as it dropped a twister.
There is one VERY painful moment in this video which you will be very sad for me about (or laugh, which it will be ok to laugh honestly).
The chase strategy deployed here was one out of necessity, where I was behind the storm due to not leaving the northern storms fast enough (I should have left 30 minutes earlier tbh) and thus, I ended up having to hook slice the storm to see the tornado to my east. Had this storm not been on the LP end of the spectrum, I likely would have missed this tornado event.
This was a day where the SPC slowly ramped up the risk all the way to a small moderate risk with a 15% hatched tornado area in northern Oklahoma. This cell occurred just on the southern fringes of that, but what a favorable day for tornado formation across Oklahoma. This was a rare case where I managed to get a tornado as a crashing cold front closed in on my target.
0:00 – 0:20 – Video Intro
0:21 – 1:26 – Imminent Tornado
1:27 – 2:43 – Chasing down a twister
2:44 – 4:46 – Meso continues to churn
4:47 – 6:17 – Building line along front
6:18 – 7:01 – Beautiful mammatus
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