Texas Supercell 5/28/12

The image on the left is a composite of video cuts. The lightning was intense in this storm, so I came away with a lot of good shots. We began chasing this storm in it’s early stages when it was just developing a core. Hail had already been reported up to at least quarter size, so we knew it was a healthy storm. Plus it looked rather menacing on radar. It was high based for what seemed like forever. We were hoping it would produce at least a small tornado, but the most tornadic thing we got out of it was a shear funnel right overhead. That wasn’t a downer really though, because this storm was an absolute beast. We core punched it a few times, and each time was more exciting than the last as the storm continued to gain strength. We experienced blowing dust, high wind gusts, heavy rain, large hail and insane lightning. The largest hail we experienced was ping pong ball sized. At times in the core visibility dropped to 0. There were times that we couldn’t even see beyond the van’s hood. The rain and hail was extremely heavy, and add in the fog that developed from the cool rain and hail interacting with the hot surface and there’s a recipe for 0 visibility. The wind was very strong, at times gusting to at least 75mph. We got into the hail several times and you will see clips of that in the video below. You will see just how powerful this storm was in the video. It was very exciting, then to top it all off, at the end of the chase while we were watching lightning I captured an image of reverse lightning. Lightning that came from the ground to the cloud. It was awesome to witness. Check out the collection of images below the video, I even caught the DOW (Doppler On Wheels) with the approaching supercell. The clouds were a very deep blue at one point, and that made for an amazing sight. All in all it was a long and successful chase day. We got pounded!! Enjoy the footage!

Chuck Russell

I shoot photos and videos of various different types of events related to weather, nature, motorsports, breaking news, and more and share what I capture with the world at StormyPleasures.com

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