Our starting point today was Wichita, Kansas. My target area was western OK, somewhere from about Woodward to Watonga, I figured. After lunch in Enid, we made our way west and then southwest a little. Some big storms went up to our southeast and we headed to a new and impressive supercell that was west of Watonga.
This one looked great, and it was in an area with good tornado potential it seemed. As we approached from the west on 270 towards Watonga, a left-mover/left-split came up to it from the south and annihilated the supercell. BLAST. In the meantime, the “right-split” member which spawned the left-split supercell killer was dropping a very nice and photogenic tornado near I-40, at Hydro, OK, less than 30 miles to our south. We could not see it, and by the time we got ourselves down there, it had long since dissipated. BLAST.
That is how it goes sometimes —- my forecast was pretty good, but we had a handful of storms and the storm gods weren’t playing nice for us today.
The tornado threat diminished towards sunset, so we found an open spot to near Calumet to watch the nice colors of sunset and then we enjoyed a thunderstorm or two after dark near Geary and Bridgeport.