Dan Padavona May 31,-June 4 1995 Chases


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Stopped off at NWS ABI on of afternoon 5/31 before proceeding 
northwestward to Snyder where we captured the formation of the tornado 
which moved through Sweetwater shortly thereafter.  At least 3 low level 
mesocyclones in the area made chasing very dangerous and difficult.  Had 
a close encounter with a weak tornado in Snyder which rotated within the 
inflow toward the main wall cloud.  The Sweetwater event was multiple 
vortex just west of town and displayed impressive ground interaction.  
The right moving storm literally chased us out of Sweetwater!

Witnessed some beautiful LP storms on 6/1 and 6/2 in the panhandle.  Were 
about 20 miles south of VORTEX on 6/2.  Although impressive no cell held 
together long enough for us and we missed the major tornado event.  As 
documented by VORTEX these storms had inflow estimated around 30-40 knots 
and were obscurred by tremendous amounts of dust.

On 6/3 we began at NWS LBB where we met Martin Lisius, Alan Moller, and 
Charles Doswell.  All were very cordial and it provided a nice respite 
from the hectic pace from the past few days.  All parties headed in the 
same direction initially toward Plainview in view of an outflow boundary. 
Eventually met up with Bruce Haynie, Tim Marshall, and Carson Eads and 
chased an HP cell producing a strong meso outside of Turkey,  Witnessed 
several funnels near the Red River.  Inflow was incredible, meeting 
severe critaria with gusts around 60 - 70 mph.  Also encountered a 
disturbing Yahoo convergence in this vicinity - news crews opening their 
doors into oncoming highway traffic, "chasers" who had obviously no idea 
what they were looking at, and a near traffic jam which caused the police 
to clear us out.  I sincerely hope Tim Marshall is right regarding the 
release of TWISTER not clogging the plains with Yahoos for 1997.

We ended our brief vacation on 6/4 on a very high note.  We began in NWS 
AMA and drove southward through an outflow boundary of fog and rain.  In 
the unstable air outside of Lazbuddie we videotaped almost the entire 
life cycle of the amazing multiple landspout event.  Eventually a large 
wall cloud formed and produced a beautifully backlit large tornado for 
us!  A great gustnado show began as the storm developed a northeasterly 
component.  We played catchup with the funnel producing mesocyclones 
until the storm became HP and literally hid itself behind the foggy 
surface boundary - our chase was done.

West Texas is truly a magical place!

Dan Padavona, National Weather Service Binghamton
(Padavona@norwich.net)