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storm gallery: May 12, 2009

May 12, 2009: What a crazy drive today. I started in Woodward, Oklahoma, and at first thought about an Oklahoma panhandle target. But as the day wore on, the models' meager forecast of precipitation there evaporated, and it seemed like the southwest Texas panhandle would be more likely. Thanks to Steve Sponsler for data updates. Share

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I drove to a location east of Perryton, Texas, first, and went south from there. A sign on the way to the southwest panhandle - "Pampa: Where wheat grows, oil flows and wind blows!" A severe-warned storm approaches Tulia, Texas.
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The storm was a dust machine as it rolled over Tulia. Though it looked ominous, the storm appeared linear and unlikely to produce a tornado. Another view. At this time, a cluster of storms was forming.
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I followed the storm east, looking for organization but not finding much. Me and my shadow outside Turkey, Texas. Convection fed into the cluster of storms west of Turkey.
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Wow, the storms were pretty. An impressive hail core falls, with a touch of a hailbow. The rainbow/hailbow wasn't the only color.
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More flowers and another rainbow near Estelline, Texas. The light at sunset was incredible. A rainbow closeup.
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There it goes. Sunset set the clouds afire. Flowers and storms complemented one another.
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Unreal reds and oranges! Sunset lit up the mammatus in the anvil. Red earth, red (and yellow) flowers.
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Detail of the growing field of mammatus clouds. As the color faded, the lightning kicked up. More mammatus, with wildflowers.
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Mammatus and lightning northwest of Childress. Lightning crawlers got better and better. Lightning over Childress, Texas. This is where the ubiquitous Vortex 2 armada stopped for the night.
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More lightning over Childress. And another one. Was that an exploding cloud? As I followed the storms northeast, I tried some dash-cam time exposures. Here's a lucky catch.

2009 reports and photos

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