I left Chicago with Adam Lucio, Danny Neal and Mike Mullenhoff around midnight Monday night. We made it down to Norman, OK just after noon on Tuesday, where we stopped at Ben Holcombs place...Where we met him, his friend and Alec Scholten. After resting for a bit and picking up some food we caravan-ed down south to Ardmore, OK, and then west to near Wilson, OK. We sat at this location of a few hours watching TCU make an attempt at development along the dryline, but every attempt failed. The cap held across southern Oklahoma and far northern Texas. Farther south a supercell storm did form north of Abilene, TX and it pushed east for several hours. There was some debate as if we should head south towards it, but given our distance from the storm and the time of day, it would not have been worth the the trip down as we would not have made it to the storm until about sunset.
Eventually we ended heading back north to Ben's place in Norman where most would stay for the night. While a few of us went out for a late dinner, there was a water issue in the apartment above and water poured into Ben's apartment. Luckily some had stayed behind to move things away from the water. When we arrived back it was decided that most would go over to Stephen Jones' apartment, while a few of us went to a hotel.
It was nice getting back out into the Plains for the first chase of the season even though it was unfortunately a cap bust. In addition...This day went down as the first time I had not experienced at least a thunderstorm on any given chase day...A streak that I didn't want to end, but it happened.
Some pictures from the chase can be seen below.