Yesterday was supposed to be a long drive back, but there ended up being a Moderate Risk for severe storms between us and home. That might sound like a good thing to have along our trip home, but it wasn’t. The storms formed quickly and clustered up, dropping large hail in a big swath along our travel route through the panhandle of Texas. We made it through, and arrived safely in Magdalena late at night.
We left Woodward, OK, and stopped in Amarillo, TX, for our traditional Big Texan storm chase meal. I was hoping to linger a bit and have the storms pass over Amarillo while we were at lunch.
When we left Amarillo, there wasn’t a good path home. We ended up ducking south to Canyon, then out US-60, stopping briefly under a car port to let some pea to dime-sized hail pass overhead. On RADAR, this was intensifying, so seeking shelter was wise.
To our north, there was a good hook echo on RADAR, but it wasn’t chaseable as far as I was concerned, especially from my location and the fact that we had to return to New Mexico.
Once it cleared, we continued southwest. Once we hit Clovis, we were home free, with no more severe storms on the horizon. Then, it was smooth-sailing to Magdalena.
I will write up a full summary sometime this week with my closing thoughts on the Magdalena Storm Chase of 2019.
The route is shown below:
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