April 22: Northeast Panhandle Storm

Good prospects for strong storms today as large upper low approaches from the west. This view is near Morse, 60 miles north-northeast of Amarillo.

Beautiful farmland in the central Panhandle of Texas.

Storms today are struggling as low CAPE and weak shear prevail.

Lowerings are ragged and temporary. (This historical marker is near Spearman, Texas. In 1934, Charles Lindbergh and his wife, in order to avoid a crowd, landed in a nearby pasture and asked the farmer's wife: "Lady, can I park my plane in your back yard?")

Peaceful farm road under an approaching storm.

Cells weakened as they moved north-northeast, so I headed south to the tail-end storm.

No signs of rotation, but still a pretty storm.

As I follow the storm, a funnel touches down northeast of Perryton (and soon lifts).

This is how the storm looked during most of the afternoon and evening.

At dusk in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Upper winds strengthened that night, bringing nasty weather to Oklahoma.

April 29: Northern Kansas Storm

Afternoon thunderstorm develops ahead of slow-moving cold front.

Grazing land near Concordia, Kansas.

Storms weakened after they moved away from the cold front.

Another storm develops early in the evening.

Site of World War II POW camp near Concordia. Most of the prisoners were captured in Africa, including Rommel's Afrika Korps.

Shelf cloud develops east of Belleville in far northern Kansas.

Cold outflow quickly overtakes my position.

The storm races northeast on strengthening upper winds, and driving 65 mph east and 65 mph north isn't enough to get ahead of the storm. Over the following days, this storm system produces damaging tornadoes in Arkansas and major flooding in Nashville.