CHASE
2003
DAY #9: Up Close and Personal
Saturday
10 May 2003
Oklahoma City, OK - Macon, MO

CHASE LOGEveryone is little bit tired after last evening's encounter with the tornado that are plowed through the Northwest side of Oklahoma City. For reasons unknown to me, Amalia, Jaime, Camilo, and Chris decide to remain in Oklahoma City instead of joining the rest of us this day.

We decide to leave very early as we have a long trek to northeast Missouri (about 700 mi.).

[incipient Cb]



[Radar @ 1525]

[Lowering @ 1610]

[ Tornado @ Clarence, MO ]

[ Tornado NE Monroe Center, MO ]



ROUTE:
(everybody in T1 van -- four people chose not to join us today) .
starting mileage 71,406 mi. (May 1), mileage and start of day , 74,648 mi. (3242 mi. to date .)

Oklahoma City -- Ramada Inn, Meridian Ave., Oklahoma City (park rental van) -- interstate 44 East (mile 123 at 7:31 a.m.) -- interstate 35 North (mile 149 at 7:52 a.m.) (8:52 a.m. at mile 203/exit) (fuel/bathroom/food break) -- (9:18 a.m.) . mild to 35 (Oklahoma) -- Bill continues to battle cellular modem drivers; (I am so glad I am not the only one having problems; misery LOVES company!)  -- (9:20 AM) cross into Kansas -- (92 6 AM) . interstate 135/235 exit 42 . near Wichita -- continuing on I 35 -- (12:25 p.m.) mile 202 on interstate 35 -- (the interstate 45) interstate 35 North, exit 52 B. (1:15 PM) -- exit interstate 35 North at Missouri 92 (1:30 p.m. -- 1:36 PM) -- severe thunderstorm Carroll County, Missouri, near town of Coloma (1:41 p.m.) -- north northeast on interstate 35 North -- (2:01 p.m.) . US 36 North -- South on Highway B. 21 mi. east of Chillicothe Missouri (until 3:05 p.m.) -- severe thunderstorm near PVJ at 9:15 a.m. Zulu time -- temperature 76°, dewpoint.68°, wind southeast and 15 mph,  pressure. 980 millibars -- and Chillicothe temperature 84°, dewpoint and 83°, and station MCI: winds southwest 15 mph -- (3:30 p.m.) . Carroll County , Missouri: severe thunderstorm warning for a Coloma, Avalon, Triplett, moving northeast at 20 mph -- continued east on US 36 -- East US 36 S. County Rd. , 139 -- Missouri five North -- 3 mi. north -- returned to US 36 -- US or six East -- MACON, Missouri (4:56 PM) -- videotape 2 tornadoes North of US 36 near the Town of Clarence -- north on Highway 15 from Shelbina -- US 24 East -- stop an overpass just east of Monroe said her Missouri -- large circulation visible tour West on the ground, tornado sirens  sounding!  -- relocate East 2 mi. -- park north of US 24 -- debris cloud visible on ground 100 yd. to our Northwest!  -- funnel cloud formed over debris field . within 15 to 20 seconds: third tornado confirmed! Moved quickly 2 mi. east on US 24 -- moved West on US 24 -- north on Missouri 15 (again!)  -- and chase -- DINNER: Clapper's restaurant



FORECAST

MODELS
Good news: the weather is still BonKerS! Bad news: we must charge off to northeaast Missouri early to catch it.
(For a few hours of this day, home is a closer drive than OKC!)

MEALS & HOTEL
MEALS:

BREAKFAST: "conny brekky" again!

LUNCH:  road food


SUPPER: Clappers Steak House
[Shelbina,MO] -
(sirloin steak, baked potato, Fitz's cream soda) Big, fat steaks while the locals marvelled at our storm footage (yes, we brought our camcorders into the restaurant! Small town charm, big beef flavor,  and a lot of mingling with townsfolk as we told our stories of the day.

MOTEL: Super 8 Motel [Macon, MO] - 3 1/2 stars! Every room in the place has got the title of a movie on its door, for example "Gladiator" or "Up the Creek" (room 312, my room).  My room had a decor theme consistent with the title of the movie with fancy wallpaper borders with numerous moose on the borders.

OTHER REMARKS
STORM REPORTS are at http://www.spc.noaa.gov/climo/reports/030510_rpts.html.

Here's the map for this Missouri-Illinois outbreak day:

[Storm Report Map for 030510]
 

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