June 12, 2010

HP Supercell near Dumas, Texas

by Sam Barricklow



View looking south from a location about 10 miles west of Dumas, Texas.

At first, the storm base was elevated, but low cumulus developed underneath and eventually extended upward into the base, bringing surface based air into the storm, which allowed the storm to quickly intensify.

Updraft intensifies as inflow bands develop, pointing the way toward the primary updraft.
Looking west at the ground hugging updraft along the leading edge of the bowing HP supercell storm. This updraft was on the leading edge of the bow, and eventually moved northward into a position on the northeast side of the storm.
Close-up of a developing RFD intrusion beginning to wrap the rotating updraft. We saw no dust whirls at the surface under the wall cloud that would have indicated a tornado had developed. However, I had my back to the storm as we repeatedly were forced to move eastward to stay ahead of the storm.
Composite image showing the entire storm. This is a combination of three images that I quickly assembled using PhotoShop. As you can see, the blending was not done satisfactorily and needs additional work.




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