My storm chase on May 4, 2022 did not start off well to be honest. I woke up with food poisoning in Oklahoma City which meant that I was going to have a pretty tough time pulling my most aggressive chase off considering I had to end my day in Albuquerque, New Mexico to be back at work the next day.

So with that in mind, knowing I couldn’t target the place I wanted to target for this chase, I tried to target an interesting and small pocket along a warm front that was draped north of Childress, TX, closer to Memphis and east into Oklahoma.

The storm structure west of Memphis was very interesting and I take some time in this video to diagram it out, as this is a very typical storm structure on a warm front with lots of cold air on the north side. Typically when a storm has this soft appearance in the low-levels, my curiosity tends to go towards if the 0-3km cape is pretty low in my area — and if so that probably means the tornado threat is a bit lower.

Still, along warm fronts the cold nature of the storms can be offset with tons of low level vorticity thanks to backing winds along the boundary to create stronger low-level mesocyclones. On this day, that absolutely happened as the storm moved east into higher instability (and likely higher low level cape) air to the east.

0:00-0:33 – Intro
0:34-0:42 – Left-Split
0:43-1:12 – Unique Looking Supercell
1:13-1:29 – ‘Cold’ Appearance
1:30-2:08 – Supercell Moves Over
2:09-3:08 – Tornado Warned
3:09-4:04 – The Disaster


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