Our first McDonald's of the trip was Childress (TX) for lunch, before continuing to head to Claude (TX). En-route, a few isolated storms had formed on the dryline, struggling to organise themselves - we opted to drop south to intersect a few that had formed near Happy (TX) and were heading generally in our direction.
|First McDonald's of this year's chase at Childress (TX)|
|Towers attempting to grow, but struggling initially|
We saw several flashes of lightning, constant grumbling of thunder as they approached and began to line-out. Once the storms had passed east of our location they became severe-warned for hail and wind - the main threat being strong outflow winds. It went from 32C and near calm at our location, to 20C and buffeting winds picking up dust and tumbleweed in a matter of minutes.
|Rainbow in a hail shaft of a marginally-severe thunderstorm|
|The line of storms became severe-warned (yellow polygon) as they passed to the east of our location (blue circle)|
We eventually headed back to Amarillo (TX) and booked a hotel - the others then went to the Big Texan steakhouse, I made the hard decision of staying at the hotel and going to bed as I was really struggling to keep my eyes open! (as it was technically 3am in the UK at this time). Looks like a few days of active weather coming up in the general area.
|Day 1 GPS Tracker|