We started the day by having breakfast at the Lubbock Breakfast House. We were not too far from our target area, so it was nice to sit down and discuss the forecast and explain a few of the parameters I that I was following.
We headed south towards Odessa, TX. The game was to find where the capping inversion would break and where there might be a little pocket of shear that would cause one storm to ramp up to severe limits before all of the storms lined out.
We stopped in Midland for a little while. Some high clouds were covering the skies, limiting the temperature slightly. I decided to go a little farther west. Kermit, TX, had everything Midland did, but with clear skies.
At Kermit, we waited for quite some time. A bunch of storms had fired rapidly to our north, but clustered together as soon as they formed. Same with the cluster further south over the Big Bend area, headed towards Fort Stockton. I could see two outflow boundaries, one moving south and one moving north, both headed towards us, and I thought the outflow boundaries would be the thing to follow.
We jogged north to Jal, NM, and sure enough, the northern outflow boundary was firing cells along the flanking line. We continued north into Eunice, NM, and then to Hobbs. While the boundary was firing storms, they were losing a little steam as the sun was sinking.
Doubling south, we went through a little rain and stopped in Eunice to catch the sunset.
Then, we turned east to spend the night at the Comfort Suites in Andrews, TX.
There were no tornado reports, but there were quite a few wind and hail reports.
Here is our route:
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