Well, neither one of us wanted to chase northeastern TX today but that’s where the only activity was. The MCS that formed over southeastern OK and extreme western AR extended a line of storms along the Red River that contained both heavy rainers and hail producers. All this was north of the cold front, meaning we also fought a gloomy overcast that reduced visibilities. The overcast coupled with the east Texas rolling and treed countryside conspired to remind me of Virginia chasing: difficult at best, and impossible under marginal conditions.
We never were able to see any of the updraft structure as it was hidden by the overcast so the only way to experience the storms was to stay close enough to examine the fringes, which meant that we spent almost the entire chase in rain. Thus, we were stuck in the chasemobile most of the day which accounts for the myriad aches and stiffness both of us have tonight. The picture below (taken from inside the chasemobile underway) shows the southern edge of one cell with its chaotic scud:
We did experience street flooding in Paris TX where this picture was taken from underneath a drivethru bank overhang that we utilized while pea-sized hail rattled its way to the ground:
Realizing that (a) the rain and overcast gloom wasn’t going to let up anytime soon and (b) we hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast (it was now after 5 pm) we stopped at a local joint for a bite and to wait out the passage of this particular cell.
Based on models and SPC forecasts we decided to target the Midland TX vicinity tomorrow so after dinner we fled southwestward to our current abode in Weatherford, about 30 minutes east of downtown Ft. Worth just off I-20. The odds aren’t really high that we’ll see convection out west, but the forecast for more crudfest storms in east TX didn’t appeal to either of us. We’ll take our chances…