You never know how a storm season is going to go, and I thought a string of setups in early May looked like the first truly great multi-day chase experience (it was the only truly great multi-day chase experience for me it turns out haha!).

I started this trip with a bit of a long-shot day with all the ingredients in place for supercells over eastern New Mexico and the western 1/2 of the Texas Panhandle. I was hopeful to see some decent structure and maybe something a bit more wild as dark set in with the low-level jet cranking up.

The hodographs were pretty straight early on, which led to some extreme storm-splitting behaviors. This meant that my initial middle-ground target was not the greatest idea but the best southern target would put me out of reach of the much more promising chase the next day in Oklahoma. So I tried to squeeze out a supercell as a left-split sped northwards, but it was for naught. The left-split (anticyclonic) supercell moved north with strong outflow, wrecking the entire warm sector in the process in a 100 mile radius.

I ended up bailing north and finally got out of the outflow air for a decently structured supercell at sunset near Channing.


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