2018 Severe Weather Season

Observations of Severe Storms and Interesting Weather Phenomena

April 20, 2018 New Mexico Chases - I head out twice, once early in the morning up into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in seach of thundersnow, and then later a severe storm chase to the eastern plains of New Mexico. No thunder with the snow in the mountains, but on the way to the plains I did get a thunderstorm with some snow and graupel mixed with rain southeast of Las Vegas, NM, then a series of strong though non-severe storms near San Jon, NM. An unusual feature of these storms was their brown color, even orange at times, due to the huge amount of dust in the air after 24 hours of strong winds ahead of the storm.

Four Days of Severe Storm Observatoion on the High Plains

From April 29 through May 2, I was on the high plains observing, photographing, and videoing severe storms in NM, TX, OK, and KS. I was very fortunate to see supercells each and every one of those days! Here are links to my reports for each of those days:

April 29, 2018 Eastern NM and Western TX Panhandle Chase - As I pursue a couple slow-moving high-based supercells from far eastern NM into the far western TX Panhandle, I see a possible funnel cloud, two wildfires started by lightning, a close-up view of a gustnado, and more. The stronger storm dropped widespread hail up to 2" in diameter around Clovis, NM northeastward toward Bovina, TX. A great start to my four-day trip! Report includes photos, video, and a map showing my route to observe the storms.

April 30, 2018 Texas Panhandle Chase - I observe three rather photogenic storms in the eastern Texas Panhandle: A tall, skinny LP-ish storm, a supercell that drops 1.5 hail on Estelline, TX, and a storm that offers up some pretty structure near Shamrock, TX. Not bad for a day when some models were sugesting storms might not develop at all due to capping. Includes photos and a map showing my route to observe the storms.

May 1, 2018 Central Kansas Chase - I observe a powerfui supercell as it gets multiple tornado warnings and drops up to 4-inch hail in the Otis and Susank, KS areas. Along the way it produces cloud-base rotation, several large lowerings extending well toward the ground including a huge rotating wall cloud around the time of the largest hail, and some funnel clouds. I also observed another more LP-ish storm later. Report includes photos, two video clips, and a map showing my route to observe the storms.

May 2, 2018 Southern Kansas, OK Panhandle, and Northern Oklahoma Chase - I first obserbe a severe squall line in southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle, then later a supercell that I tracked from Oakwood to near Enid, OK. At one point it produced a wall cloud and possible funnel cloud that were moving straight at me - I had to get out of the way! Also a pretty rainbow at the end of the chase near El Reno. Report includes photos, a video clip, and two maps showing the routes I used to observe these storms.

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This page last updated May 9, 2018.