October 12, 2001

Today was a marginal looking day that was hyped heavily by the SPC. Although wind shear profiles were favorable for tornadoes in southern OK and northern TX, high cloud cover was extensive and deep moisture was slow to return north -- by mid afternoon Gainesville only had a dewpoint in the mid 50s! The best show appeared it would be from DFW south, and there was no way I was going to make it that far south before dark, so I decided to stay home. Turns out I didn't miss much, as a big squall line ended up breaking out from Ponca City OK to San Antonio TX. One significant tornado occurred near a break in the line in Decatur TX, but this occurred after dark. A very large supercell with an impressive hook echo also tracked through Uvalde and Medina Counties (west of San Antonio) after dark.

Back to Chase Summaries

Back to Jeff's Virtual Cyclone Cellar