Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: May 15, 2024
Miles Logged: 298
States Chased: OK
Largest Hail Encountered: 4.0"
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

A big hail threat and a chance to finish off my windshield from the other day in Texas. The tornado threat was non-zero, but not very high. A trip north seemed in the cards.

Departure Northward

Headed north out of metro and stopped off in Billings. I knew storms would likely fire north of there, but I figured that was a good place to stop. As it turns out, I’d head up 35 to Blackwell after storms fired. I stopped on top of the I-35 highway 11 bridge in Blackwell and looked north into the updraft. A nice wall cloud had formed and was moving my way.

We headed north to get into the updraft region. It was quite windy. We’d navigate the back roads in Kay county, eventually working our way down to OK-11.


As we traveled south, we observed this rainfoot, as well as some foreshadowing for what would happen next.

Here comes the HAIL

As we were just northeast of Ponca City, we found ourselves in hail. Big hail. I ended up losing my windshield just north of US60 while trying to escape. There was limited road options because of the Arkansas river.

Smashed Windshield
Smashed Windshield

After losing the windshield, we decided to call it and head back to OKC.