Storm Driven

Tag: Tulsa Oklahoma Bartlesville

May 13th 2009

by on May.17, 2009, under Chases, Weather Shots

It’s frustrating when plans don’t work out. Plans to leave Tulsa between 3 and 4 PM to head out west , turned into not being able to leave until after 5PM. At that point I just went home after work and opened up the radar and later watched what I had missed and still could have made it. Shortly after 7PM I decided to load up and head north and catch the cells moving out of Kansas into Bartlesville, OK. I hoped to make it to a ridge on hwy 123 west of B’ville but I had dragged my feet to long and decided I could make it there in time to get the shots I wanted. I ended up north of B’ville on some county roads I remembered from last year. It gives a little bit of view but not a full flat view but it would have to do. Below are the shots taken around 8:30 of the (radar indicated)tornado warned storm using a 10mm lens.

May 13th 2009

May 13th 2009

I then went east to hwy 169 and drove back south to Tulsa trying to catch a few lightning bolts..

May 13th 2009

May 13th 2009

I ended up at 91st and Garnett to watch the last stubborn cell move out of the area..

May 13th 2009
May 13th 2009

Towards the end I missed a close lightning strike that hit the telephone pole about 50 feet to my left, that left the gas station I was parked at in the dark.

I still wish I had made it out west but the night was still salvaged a little…

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