ON THIS DAY: We chased supercell thunderstorms across Southwest Oklahoma with a dominant HP cell emerging. If you’ve ever driven through or visited this region, you know the rocky hills/mountains make for compelling photographic subjects, especially when a monster storm lurks. However the problem with that is the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge sits just north and west of Lawton, which is basically an impenitrable barrier when it comes to storm chasing. So as this monster cell approached the refuge, we could only sit and watch as a funnel descended from the skies and was wrapped in heavy rain. This was a day that featured low LCLs (cloud bases) and strong low-level wind shear. But it was just a warm up for the next day (post coming tomorrow). – 4/13/12#weather #nature #science #oklahomaweather