May 28, 1997
Forming mesocyclone near Andrews, TX at around 6PM
CDT. This storm formed in a moderate CAPE environment, moderate
speed shear and strong directional shear. Flow aloft was northwesterly
and the storm motion changed from southeasterly to southwesterly
as the storm became a deviate mover.
Scud tags and possible funnel cloud in same storm,
around 15 minutes later.
Difficult to see. Will have to analyze video and still
photography. The storm became HP with original mesocyclone rotating
to the northeast flank of the storm. At that point, a rain-wrapped
tube tornado was visible. This picture was taken around this
time, but no tornado is visible.
Today we drifted to Hobbs, NM as upslope flow of high dewpoint
air occurred into New Mexico. A 250 mb jet streak plunged in northwesterly
flow to the Midland area, with explosive development of thunderstorms.
A Tornado Watch was issued. We are certain that a tornado was
wrapped in rain for the storm shown above, but must wait until
we process our still photography to decide.===