A Look Back at the WDT Client Appreciation Storm Chase

May 16, 2017 by Daphne Thompson
Topics:   WeatherOps | Tornado | Thunderstorm |

The WDT Annual Client Appreciation Storm Chase took place this year with clients and a few employees. This is an event we've repeated for years and is an opportunity for WDT staff to show clients some of the incredibly volatile weather we experience here in the Central U.S. Here's how Storm Chase 2017 went down:

The night before the big day, a weather briefing was conducted explaining what was to be expected for the next day.

On the morning of Wednesday, May 10, our group of storm chasers had another briefing before loading up in their vehicles for a long day of traveling and storm viewing.

Chase Group Picture (credit: Lolly Taylor)

The route for the day to northwest Texas allowed these chasers time to take the scenic route through the Wichita Mountains. This allowed everybody to get bison photographs!

Visiting the Wichitas (credit: Kenneth McCallister)

The group ate lunch in Altus, Oklahoma. This was followed by a "safety discussion" before going to look for storms in Texas.

After Lunch Briefing (credit: Kenneth McCallister)

They then traveled west and slightly south to watch a tornado warned stormed near Paducah, Texas. Here you can see some storm structure behind Royal Caribbean® Cruise Line's Captain Teo Strazicic and Chief Meteorologist, James Van Fleet.

Captain Teo and James Van Fleet from Royal Caribbean (credit: Mike Eilts)

Traveling back up to east of Altus, they eventually gave up on the Oklahoma storm and headed back to another storm that had developed south of the Red River. Back to Texas they went!

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The chase group followed this storm until after sunset and mostly dark. After dinner, they all headed back to base in Norman. Although they didn't see a tornado, they saw classic Oklahoma scenery and a very photogenic storm!

Daphne Thompson

Daphne is the Content Marketing Manager. Her prior experience includes working at the National Weather Center, Norman Emergency Management, and National Weather Service. With a degree in Meteorology from OU and previous outreach experience, she is able to bridge the gap between science and the general public.