It’s quickly becoming that time of year. The time when the summer doldrums of stagnant, hot air give away to the crashing cold fronts from the Canadian Prairies, cool nights, not quite so hot days and pretty soon…. storms.
The southern plains are no stranger to fall storms. Though normally not as powerful as their spring time cousins, we can and normally do see a few systems each fall put down some tornadoes.
The strongest tornado ever to hit the state of Oklahoma in the month of November occurred on November 7, 2011, when an EF-4 “stovepipe” roared across the prairie near Tipton. Two of our chasers, Mark Drees and Colby Ward were on hand to witness this incredible tornado.
Another impressive fall tornado that we witnessed was the Rice, Texas tornado on October 24, 2010. This was an EF-2 that touched down in the town of Rice, destroyed the school and crossed Interstate 45. Our own Mark Drees was on that one.
And a post about the Rice tornado would not be complete without a shout out to the famous “WE’RE IN THE TORNADO!” video from that day:
Stay tuned, fall storm season is around the corner! Have a safety plan and keep up with Velocity Storm Chasing as we head out across the southern plains again real soon!