Eric and I watch the CU field in the OK panhandle east of the town of Balko, OK on HW 270.
We moved a little east on HW 270 to position ourselves to the east of the line of developing mesos coming out of the eastern TX panhandles. This view is looking back west at the multi-cell cluster that will soon become our meso of the day.
Tornado #1 touches down east of Booker, TX. It moves quickly north accross the road as we look out to the east.
Tornado #1 turns into a well defined cone as it moves north. We start to lose site of it in the RFD rains and move north towards Elmwood, OK.
Tornado #2 spins up south of Tornado #3, for a minute we have two tornadoes on the ground simultaneously!
Tornado #3 grows into a strong elephant trunk moving north, at this point it's close to crossing into OK.
Tornado #3 continues to grow, we move north through Elmwood, OK and intercept it from the west going east. We lose sight of it on some hills, the
next time we will see it, it has grown into a 1/4 mile wide wedge that unfortunately takes two lives.
Wedge crosses HW 270 just east of Elmwood, OK
Tornado morphs into a large cone north of HW 270 - we are only 1/8 mile away at this point!
Lightning strike and cone tornado north of HW 270 in Beaver CO, OK
As the Beaver CO tornado ropes out to our east we look west at the setting sun and see a roping out tornado near Guymon, OK lit up by the setting sun!
Here's a map of the tornado path and our path alongside it to the west.
AT 757 PM MDT...THE PUBLIC REPORTED A TORNADO 1 MILE SOUTH OF
HOLLY. THIS SEVERE STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHEAST OF
HARTMAN...OR 14 MILES NORTHWEST OF COOLIDGE...AND WAS MOVING
TOWARD THE NORTH AT 30 MPH.
* THE TORNADO WILL IMPACT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF SOUTHEASTERN KIOWA
Check out these youtube posts of TWC coverage from that evening: