Wayside and Palo Duro Canyon Supercell and Tornadoes of
11 June, 2005

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© copyright Gene Moore

This storm day started out looking easy and turned into a big challenge before it was done. We originally started out 75 miles south of Amarillo and should have stayed in our original target area. We later shifted to a new target area about 100 miles west of Amarillo where convergence was better. This region mixed out to lower surface dew points so we shifted back to the southeast. This rubber banding tactic is dangerous and a good way to miss all the tornadoes, but on this event we were successful. Numerous storms developed near I-27, over the city of Amarillo and to the south along the Interstate. Later storms fired on the TX - New Mexico border of far northwest Texas. The storm near the New Mexico border we played did not produce a tornado until after we had move further southeast. This was a day where many storms had tornado warnings, but only a couple of cells produced real tornadoes. During the late afternoon the city of Amarillo was under persistent tornado warnings as a supercell and threatening wall cloud moved over. Many chase crews played the city of Amarillo due to the risk of a photogenic tornado hitting a populated area. On this day Amarillo was spared from damage.

Our supercell to the south southeast of Amarillo produced at least five tornadoes. Not all tornadoes are shown in this set. Some images shot on the move didn't turn out very good and other tornado images were captured in dense wrapping rain around the wall cloud. We broke off the chase, as did most chasers, as the storm entered a flood prone area of the canyon. All photos shown are video captures. I'm using more video captures because of the serious theft problems to weather sites during the last year.

A rotating wall cloud formed over flat farm land west of Wayside. This storm was located just southwest of the Palo Duro Canyon.

A bulbous lowering formed quickly on a ragged flank south of the main storm. In this shot some dirt is beginning to kick up below the circulation.


Tornado consolidates condensation funnel on the ground to the west northwest.

Funnel quickly dissipates and reforms before planting on the ground again. The whole area of rotation including the wall cloud and flank were ragged with recycled cool outflow air.


The tornado was moving rapidly to the south at this time and another area of rotation reached the ground behind the funnel.

the tornado passes over power lines creating a long lived bright flash. The second ragged funnel was stirring up dirt at this time.


Most chasers called this two tornadoes during this image with the second weaker funnel about to dissipate.

Main funnel sweeps on to the south. Rain behind the funnel was making the contrast poor for photography at this time.


During this shot the funnel is at its largest, but still ragged in appearance.

During this shot the top of the funnel is at its largest but the base is beginning to dissipate.


A huge area of violent rotation started to our north after the tornado dissipated. This region was responsible for numerous tornado reports. In this shot it has the appearance of cold outflow.

Another shot of the area producing strong rotation that moved into the Palo Duro Canyon. A large funnel aloft formed in the middle of this wall cloud and moved into the canyon.


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