March 27, 2004 Western OK Tornadic Supercell
March 27, 2004 Western OK Tornadic Supercell


I almost missed completely on this day but I ended on a high note. This was my first spring in OK and I had yet to develop any sort of forecast skill. I was going completely on SPC. I woke up around 10 to see a blank radar and was still kinda tired so I laid back down. When I woke back up it was afternoon and the tornado activity was well under way. There were a couple warned storms near Elk City but I noticed a new storm forming at Altus moving NE. The Chase was on.

I grabbed my bag which contained my video camera, and an OK map (I dont think it was a good one though). I took highway 9 west to Chickasha, then to Mountain View, and on to Cordell where I met up with the storm. I got some gas in Cordell then drove north to near Bessie where I saw a funnel and some intense rotation. I spent the next hour or so behind the storm till it pulled north of I-40 and I could get back in front of it. I ended up NE of Calumet (SE of Okarche) as the sun was getting low. I was driving down a country road when I look to my side to see a big tube hanging down. I immeadiately stopped and grab the camcorder. Turned out there were twin funnels and I scored my first official Oklahoma tornado. Photos are below and the video is at the bottom.