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Turning Stormy in the Northwest

An active fall storm pattern developing in the Pacific Northwest this week will bring areas of heavy rain and high elevation snow. Northern California will benefit from rainfall this week that will aid firefighters given the recent large wildfires. Read More >

 

Photo Credit: © Wayne Collamore

 

The Harrold tornado was in its formative stages at about the time the Vernon tornado was crossing the Red River. First indications of tornado damage were near Harrold, which is located approximately 16 miles southwest of Vernon. Two Oklahoma University meteorology students (including Wayne Collamore) photographed the large tornado, which descended from a rotating wall cloud under the southwest flank of the severe thunderstorm.

The tornado moved across Highway 287 and caused light damage before entering Wichita County about 5 miles northeast of Harrold. Additional light rural damage occurred in the miles of Wichita County that the tornado covered. The half-mile wide tornado crossed the Red River into Oklahoma about 9 miles north-northeast of Electra. The path length was 9 miles in Texas and 55 miles in Oklahoma. At about the time the tornado was developing at Harrold, 1.5 to 3 inch diameter hailstones were reported 7 miles west of Harrold.

Harrold, Texas Tornado

Approaching Harrold, Texas from the southeast on Highway 287 - view is looking west at 4:00 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore

  Harrold, Texas Tornado

Approaching Harrold, Texas from the southeast on Highway 287 - view is looking west at about 4:05 pm CST. Fifty mph sustained inflow winds were occurring at this time. © Wayne Collamore

Harrold, Texas Tornado

Approaching Harrold, Texas from the southeast on Highway 287 - view is looking west at about 4:05 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore

  Harrold, Texas Tornado

Approaching Harrold, Texas from the southeast on Highway 287 - view is looking west at about 4:05 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore

Harrold, Texas Tornado

View looking west just east of Harrold on Highway 320 at about 4:15 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore

  Harrold, Texas Tornado

View looking west just east of Harrold on Highway 320 at about 4:15 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore

Harrold, Texas Tornado

View looking west about 3-4 miles east of Harrold on Highway 320 at about 4:15 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore

  Harrold, Texas Tornado

View looking west about 3-4 miles east of Harrold on Highway 320 at about 4:15 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore

Harrold, Texas Tornado

View looking northwest east of Harrold on Highway 320 at about 4:20 pm CST. © Wayne Collamore