MAY 24, 1997


FLOWER MOUND, TX- Leaving for the eastern panhandle of Texas today. SLIGHT RISK. The dryline will be lurking out there. Upper level system is approaching but progged not to get here today. Winds aloft are weak, but should be improving. This is the day before the dynamics arrive. Nice diffluence is over the area. Wind fields are weak and disorganized at the surface due in part to overnight convection in central OK and north Texas. That short wave has passed by and another is rounding the base of a digging trough in the west, which should bring severe weather both tomorrow and Monday. There should be tornadoes tomorrow! Broken strato-cu, southeast winds.

10:12 237 FLOWER MOUND: Angling over to Rt. 287 NW.

12:12 357 WICHITA FALLS: Stopped for lunch.

12:42 357 WICHITA FALLS: Leaving town, heading NW on Rt. 287. Scattered strato-cu, ACCAS 1 pict of ACCAS, some CI. (RICOH)

12:51 1 super wide angle shot with church in it.

1:29 VERNON- Scattered strato-cu, patchy CI.

1:55 QUANAH- S, SW winds.

2:18 473 CHILDRESS- South winds at 10. Stopped to get some data. Met Robert Willis and VORTEX crew including Bob-Davies Jones. Mike Cohen shows up later.

4:40 473 CHILDRESS- Leaving CDS on Rt. 287 NW. Boiling Cu NW. Lazy winds.

4:54 492 ESTELLINE- Rt. 86 West. Line of mushy tops. Wx Channel says storm in Kansas/OK border is tornadic.

5:20 525 TURKEY- Rt. 70 S. Cb SW. Anvil points south. Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crosbyton. Anvil looks mushy. Storm is probably high based.

5:30 538 Rt. 97 W. Rain core SW.

5:55 560 Stopped on the caprock. Watched high base rain shafts approach. Lots of Cg's. Took many photographs at grain elevator facility. Maybe got some daytime shots.

6:07 560 Leaving site as rain catches up to us. Rt. 97 E.

6:17 572 FM 1065 N. Line of high based convection extends N-S west. SW winds.

6:26 582 QUITAQUE- E. on Rt. 86.

6:35 593 TURKEY- Rt. 70 N.

6:49 Pea size hail encountered in heavy rain at 70/254.

6:59 Lowering SW at 70/256.

7:07 Took video of lowering. (SVR TSTM WRNG for Hall and Donely Co.)

7:20 639 CLARENDON- Rt. 70 N.

7:39 659 Rt. 70 N and I-40

8:08 688 PAMPA- Stopped for dinner. Nice mammatus illuminated by the setting sun.

8:55 688 PAMPA- Leaving town. We will stay in Woodward to set up for the show tomorrow.

11:10 826 WOODWARD, OK - Stopped for the night. 589 miles, 13 hours.

SUMMARY: Good position day. Still, there was a nice storm earlier along the KS/OK border.