EARLY SPRING SEVERE STORMS

Date:  9 March 2013

  • Chasers: Paige Burress, David Reimer
  • Location: near Sunset southwest to near Decatur, Texas

CHASE SUMMARY

Texas Storm Chasers’s David Reimer, Jenny Brown, and Paige Burress spent the day chasing (or being chased) in North Texas. The setup favored marginally severe line segments with hail being the main threat. Storms set up in a southwest to northeast progression. That allowed us to simply let the storms come to us. The first storm (not shown) passed just north of SR 101 in Sunset, TX with a 41 MPH gust in the outflow. Storm structure was not impressive and the storm exhibited weak supercell structure. After the first cell passed, we elected to drive 5 miles southwest to let the next storm core us. We received mainly dime to nickel size hail with a few quarters mixed in. This storm also resulted in flash flooding. This is the first segment in the video. Like the first storm, we moved south another few miles to the Highway 287 Rest Stop just north of Decatur, Texas. As the video shows, we received much more then what we were expecting. The maximum hail size we measured was just under 3 inches with multiple 2+ inch stones. Considering the previous storm only dropped quarter size hail and this storm looked similar, we were surprised. In fact, this was the largest hail of the day.

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