Yesterday, we began the day by hanging around the hotel for a while. We had a minor issue with the hotel and will hopefully get that resolved today. We didn’t have to go far for storms, so we had time.
We left Lubbock and literally drove about 30 miles and waited. We had to get out from under the clouds, and we did that right outside of Lubbock. We then began to drift back southeast towards Lubbock as a few cumulus clouds began to form.
We ended up drifting back into Lubbock and having BBQ for lunch in Lubbock, then drifted back northwest where two storms were beginning to develop.
At this point, we had a choice. We had two storms, both looked equally weak. The northern storm would cut through the northern part of Lubbock, and we were on the right side of it already. The southern cell would require that we cut south in front of it, perhaps through Lubbock to get on the right side of the storm.
As such, we watched the northern cell eventually fall apart, while the southern cell grew into a large blob. Unfortunately for us, the large blob eventually produced a long-lived tornado that we had no way to see. On this radar image, you can see the tight red and green couplet, a textbook TVS.
We ended up missing the storm. We tried catching a few others, but the dominant cell was the one to our south.
We ended the night in Amarillo, TX, at the Days Inn.
The route is shown below:
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