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11 May 2016:
Texas Panhandle severe storms and lightning
May 11, 2016: Sometimes, as a storm chaser, I take a chance on a marginal forecast rather than chase a higher likelihood of severe storms in a place I don't want to chase. Today I targeted an area with decent upper-level winds and dewpoints - where Colorado meets the Oklahoma Panhandle and the northern Texas Panhandle. I refined the target to a storm coming out of New Mexico, and after driving in a rather frustrating loop (road network issues), I ended up in front of a storm coming out of Clayton, New Mexico, that just got prettier and stronger until it ended up being warned as severe. It and its sister storm had incredible lightning that I chased all the way back to Amarillo.
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