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Brian's Weather Pictures from 1999

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May 3 Tornado Outbreak

Read a recap of this infamous day's events and view a preliminary storm track map at a page put together by The National Severe Storms Laboratory

6:48 P.M. CDT: The wedge tornado only 1/2 hour before it struck Moore, OK.
7:57 P.M. CDT: Another tornado northwest of Minco, OK.
8:15 P.M. CDT: Tornado just touching down northeast of Union City, OK

May 20 Tornadic HP (High Precipitation) Storm in TX Panhandle

Time Series of photos during a brief tornado north of I-40 near Jericho, TX, with other pictures

6:14 P.M. CDT: Parked just North of I-40 on Texas Hwy 70. Looking North at developing circulation.
6:15 P.M. CDT: Wider view showing storm structure and increasing circulation in the same location.
6:16 P.M. CDT: Increasing circulation is evident on the Amarillo doppler radar at this time, condensation is lowering.
6:18 P.M. CDT: Tornado is reported on the ground at this time by vehicles closer to the touchdown. Debris is not evident in this photograph, but was discernible to the naked eye. Thankfully in the middle of grassland field.
6:20 P.M. CDT: Outflow from the storm undercuts the tornado, causing it to 'rope out.' Shortly after this photograph was taken, this location received 6" diameter hail according to several reports. Therefore, we raced south from I-40. However...
6:51 P.M. CDT: The farm road we followed South from the interstate quickly turned into this. Dirt road with cows lurking everywhere. We passed the Doppler on Wheels (before the dirt section) so we encountered both DOWs and Cows on the same road. To put it simply, we outran the damaging hail (after herding cows off the road).
7:54 P.M. CDT: After viewing a splitting storm for about an hour from the top of a hill just West of Lelia Lake, TX on US Hwy. 287, we observed a rapid intensification of cyclonic circulation just to our North. This picture is looking North from US 287.
As sunset loomed, the objective became finding a quick way home that wouldn't knock out the windshield of Kevin Manross' Durango. We decided to head North from Memphis, TX on TX Hwy 276. The next two pictures are taken at a location 8 miles to the East of the core of the storm.
8:14 P.M. CDT: A look at some mammatus clouds from this storm
8:20 P.M. CDT: Looking back West through the heaviest precipitation. There is an unconfirmed tornado inside that core of precipitation.
8:33 P.M. CDT: One last look West after passing into Oklahoma on a popular road for chasers in SW Oklahoma. Note the striations of the storm, indicative of its rotation.