Yesterday, we left Snyder, TX, in the rain, and never really left it. It rained hard, off and on, all day, all 411 miles worth of journey.
There were a few storms yesterday, but they weren’t easy to see. Also, with some of the cores having embedded hail, having limited visibility from the pouring rain, and the large cell phone/data holes that exist in this part of Texas (for Verizon customers), we gave these storms a lot of room. We were hoping to get southeast of the two fronts that showed up in the satellite image:
However, there was just too much happening all at once. All of the storms fired quickly and turned into a blob; there was plenty of energy available, but very little to keep storms separate. There was virtually no shear, and the frontal boundaries provided too much lift given this environment.
We almost gave up hope of seeing storms earlier in the day. We left Junction, TX, and headed towards Austin for the night. However, a storm formed behind us that showed some signs of rotation. In this image, we are the blue crosshairs. The red dot near the storm is another chaser. He was reporting pea-sized hail, briefly. We took a road east of this storm to try and get ahead of it.
We doubled back and took a different road (avoiding the hail all together), but we never really got out of the rain and low visibility. The cell weakened and joined the blob of disorganized rain, so we gave up on the cell and continued to Austin.
I didn’t take any photos yesterday.
The route is shown below:
We ended the night in Austin, TX, at the Red Roof Inn, after a meal at In-N-Out Burger.
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