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13 May 2015:
Tornadoes at Guthrie, Texas

May 13, 2015: Today I chased with Mark Robinson, Jaclyn Whittal, Michel Millaire, Matt Grinter and Brad and Dayna Rousseau. We targeted the Lubbock area and ended up moving a little east to intercept a small line of storms. The southern one surprised us by producing a classic tornado despite a relatively weak storm that was nothing special on radar. Share

Video of tornadoes at Guthrie, Texas, on May 13, 2015. For best quality, click on gear symbol at lower right of video and choose 720HD. Video by Chris Kridler.

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    On May 13, 2015, our crew looked over the wet fields near Lubbock, Texas, toward developing cumulus clouds around us.
    The Weather Network crew goofs around - Mark and Michel are tired.
    In fact, Mark lay on the ground as we milled about (Michel, Brad, Dayna, Jaclyn and Matt).
    We decided to head east toward a burgeoning line of storms. You can see a nice hail shaft beyond Brad's truck.
    We got through the thin core and to the east side of the line.
    A small cell had been absorbed into the southern storm and there was suggestion of rotation there.
    A nice base was visible on the southern storm.
    As we looked to the west from our position just southeast of Guthrie on Route 82, a funnel cloud (at left of center) formed (5:52 p.m.).
    I feel sure this funnel briefly touched down; Mark, just west of me, reported the same.
    A second funnel began to form to the right of the first.
    The first funnel dissipated, and the second grew (5:53 p.m.).
    The second tornado connected with the ground (5:54 p.m.).
    Under a classic wall cloud, the funnel thickened.
    In open land, the tornado was impressive.
    A medium view of the tornado and storm structure.
    I couldn't believe how big this tornado was given how insignificant the storms looked on radar.
    A zoomed-in view.
    What a sight over the landscape! (The vehicles at lower left are the rest of my group.)
    Another view.
    The tornado begins to weaken.
    It appeared to be lifting but wasn't quite done yet.
    Still lifting . . .
    I was fascinated by the cloud formation around the tornado.
    The funnel connected with the ground again.
    Then the tornado quickly dissipated (5:58 p.m. CDT).
    This was another brief cloud formation under the storm.
    Briefly, the storm seemed to attempt another funnel.
    The storm had a low top. You can see a little scud under the base.
    We moved north and east, south of Truscott, and observed the evolving line of storms.
    There were brief periods of rotation.
    The line slid by to the northeast.
    At times it looked dominated by outflow.
    Michel films Mark and Jaclyn.
    An interesting feature under the storms.
    More frisky features under the storms.
    The group was happy after seeing a tornado in open country - the best kind.
    The convection was still pretty on the back side of the storms.
    The storms persisted as it got dark.
    An attempted funnel? Perhaps.
    A pretty sunset heralded the end of the chase.
    A wide shot of the retreating convection to the northeast.
    Our group and the increasingly messy storms.
    Goodbye, sun!


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