ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — I’m just going to let this short video (linked here) stand to show our highlight from Wednesday, a multiply-striated shelf cloud in western Oklahoma. Storms didn’t develop discretely, but rather in lines, which is not very good for chasing. We tagged along with one cell on the northern end of a line moving out of the Texas Panhandle into western Oklahoma, because it showed some evidence of rotation and the possibility of breaking loose and becoming a discrete supercell. It didn’t do so, and we had to run from it, until taking shelter underneath some gas station canopies in Seiling, Okla., and letting it blow over with 60 mph wind gusts and pea sized hail. But in the course of the chasers becoming the chased, we stopped a few times for some looks back at the incredibly structured shelf cloud behind us.
More severe storms in Kansas and Oklahoma for us to chase on Thursday. More 80s to near 90 warmth back in Southwest Virginia. The low-pressure trough and associated cold front causing all these storms in the central U.S. will begin to affect back home by Sunday with increasing chances of showers and thunderstorms, and then cooler weather next week.