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                               October, yes, OCTOBER 9th, 2001
                                  SW then N then NE then E of:
                                           Elk City, OK

                     Click on the side-by-side pictures for the full-size flavor. Actual links to MPG movies
                     are below text, which you must read by law.  Ok, not really, but you should! :-)
 
   "Wow! October!"
   Time: 19:34 to 19:52 UTC or 2:24 to 2:52 CDT
   Location: At Buds? Truck Stop and Cafe, Exit 26? on I-40 about 3 miles SW of
                   Elk City, OK.  Filmed from the west side of the parking lot. Looking WNW.

First a little background. Please read this, or you'll miss stuff when you watch the Copyrighted timelapse MPGs below.

First note that my Canon GL-1 was in the shop, so I was running two relatively cheap and bad JVC miniDVs.
So factor THAT into a forecast!  Boy, I'd wish I'd gotten the GL-1 back in 3 weeks, rather than 5...

I woke up tuesday morning, October 9th for Pete's sake, at 4AM and checked the SPC risk. WHAT!? A moderate for
central KS!? So checked it out, and yes, looked pretty good. But by 5AM I'd forecasted the area to be farther west,
and perhaps south. Say in the Dodge City to Hays area, but 'perhaps' Gage to Dodge! ;-) So took off for
the great Northern Hinterlands at 6AM tuesday morn from my home in north Dallas. My plan was to drop a
package off to Dr. Dave Rust at NSSL, grab info in exchange, then hit either Wichita or Dodge as a stage up point.
I forgot about the Federal Lockdown! I'm not sure about the Comanche Peak Nukes to my southwest, but am reassured
the big golf balls are safe.  :-?   So with no data since 6, off I go to Dodge, along the "Great Northwest Passage". 

I hit Seiling, OK about 12:15 and used the Seiling Public Library's single, but good, computer to access WeatherTap
and other web sites for info. I saw a meso-low was W of Childress, as their wind was nicely backed to the SE, and
hint of a pressure anomoly, without analyzing isobars. From my early morning data, the previous day's ballons, I
remembered the 500 mb temp gradient was SE-NW, so presumed farther N would have better temps, but the
CAPE plot had bulls-eye down over CDS. I presumed this was from the better Dew Point temps farther south,
and that area had to have bulls-eye of convergence, but I didn't plot it. Then checked out a satellite pic and a radar
out of Fredrick. Thought I saw a buldge on the dry line or trough, can't remember which it was, with the nose through 
CDS. The radar loop showed a young cell N of Childress, drifting fairly fast NE, and thought it would
get into the Clinton,OK area by the time I dropped straight south from Seiling, so off I went south. Ahhh, a one
hour visual intercept after a single hours data. Gotta love it. :-)\

I hit Clinton and no beasty!? What!? I saw some cell to my west, but didn't think it should be so far west.
Bumping along I-40 going west, I saw a wall cloud to my west about when I hit Elk the City on I-40. So
loosened a couple more muffler hangers for about 3 mi southwest of Elk City, and stopped at the "Bud's
Truck Stop and Cafe", exit 21 or 26. I set up my two Bogen tripods, the primary timelapse, and of
course, my "orange blinky light", cause it just looks so cool.  ;-)  Actually, there where VERY large trucks
rolling around the parking lot.

Oh! The above pictures? :-)  I was running two miniDV cameras. One I set for strictly timelapse, yea! ;-)
and the CircuitCity loaner, a cheap JVC, was my 'live action' cam, to zoom in on 'schtuff' I'd see. But after
I rolled off a 60:1 compression for preview, real nice compression because 1 second equals one minute, I 
decided for the shock effect of timelapse, I'd post the 'live action' cam footage as a timelapse too! :-) 
Also, I added the time as a title on the timelapses, so one can relate events to time. 

The left picture is a grab out of the dedicated timelapse cam, and the right is the timelapse
of the 'live action' cam.  Both grabs are from the same time, 2:38 CDT, where I spotted the
first funnel I saw. I started hitting 911 at this time.  If you grab the higher resolution MPGs
below, you can see the start of the 'real' tornado, especially in the dedicated TL on the left,
and 'single step' the frames, which probably, your POS "Media Player" won't do, but...

The next two TLs, after these two, fit exactly on to the ends of these! They where just toooo
long to have in whole chunks, so split...

Again, if you're "idiot box" savy, download the MPGs to your local hard drive with a right click, "Save as...".
Then you can replay without re-downloading. Why? Cause I didn't design your browser! Same reason you
gotta download the 1.5 meg attachment on an email, instead of just the envelope data!  I mean, I downlaod
a file for 5 minutes, and if I'm lucky it brings up the right player, then I close the player and nothing asks,
"Hey, you wanta save this?"...

And it dawns on me as I type this, what would happen if I'd drag a web link over to a folder in Windows
Explorer? Hmmmm...  Bettin' it aint THAT object oriented!   Sorry! Back to the OctoberFest! :-)
 

 Timelapse of "Wow! October!"
   Time:  19:34 to 19:52 UTC or 2:24 to 2:52 CDT
   TL Compression: 60X : That's fast! 1 frame captured per 2 seconds! So a dust blowing in
                                        50 mph wind will appear as a 3000 mph dust! 
                                         1 second of TL = 1 minute realtime!
   Location: 3 miles SW of Elk City, just off I-40 in Bud's Truck Stop looking WNW
                Dedicated Timelapse Camera                                     'Live Action' Camera
           Large -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)                                     Large -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
           Small -k -  minutes @ 56kb)                                     Small -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)

 
   "Wow! Continued..."
   Time: 19:34 to 19:52 UTC or 2:24 to 2:52 CDT
   Location: At Buds? Truck Stop and Cafe, Exit 26? on I-40 about 3 miles SW of
                   Elk City, OK.  Filmed from the west side of the parking lot. Looking WNW.

It just came out of the rain. Looked like a rain core, but interestingly, you can see it much earlier on a Sony 21"
than my 2.5" LCD, and even worse, human eyes... :-!   In fact, I could first see it in the 2.5" of the timelapse cam,
then visually, but couldn't find it for the longest time on the loaner 'action cam'.  Some 15 years ago, consumer
video cameras had a Brightness, Contrast, Chromanance,  and Saturation adjustments. And now....   :-?

At the time, I guessed that this hit F2 and maybe 1/8th mile wide.

Again, the left picture is a grab out of the dedicated timelapse cam, and the right is the timelapse of the 'live action' cam. 
Both grabs are from the same time, 2:48 CDT, when the tornado gets quite obvious. Again, try and grab the larger
size files if you can.  A realtime copy of the timelapse view would make a could spotter test. Even with the
aide of the camcorder's ability to see condensation funnels in rain cores better than the human eye, it is still
interesting to see when 'you' would "pull the trigger", as they say and issue a warning.  :-)
 

 Timelapse of "Wow! Continued..."
   Time:  19:34 to 19:52 UTC or 2:24 to 2:52 CDT
   TL Compression: 60X : That's fast! 1 frame captured per 2 seconds! So a dust blowing in
                                        50 mph wind will appear as a 3000 mph dust! 
                                         1 second of TL = 1 minute realtime!
   Location: STILL 3 miles SW of Elk City, just off I-40 in Bud's Truck Stop looking WNW
                Dedicated Timelapse Camera                                     'Live Action' Camera
           Huge! -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)                                  Huge! -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
           Large -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)                                   Large -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
           Small -k -  minutes @ 56kb)                                     Small -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)

 
 
   "9,000 MPH Winds!??"
   Time: 4:51 CDT, 21:51 UTC
   Location: S on 54 just E of Weatherford or Clinton

Say a 150 mph wind speed, and this 60X timelapse, and presto, 9000 mph!  :-) Course you can't see that,
cause the dirt cloud, or whatever, that is going 150 mph has rotated around the tornado once or twice, by
the time the next frame is grabbed at a 2 second interval.  This is a must see, and you all really should send
me money!  ;-)   I mean you paid 6 bucks to see "Twister" for Pete's sake!!!   hahahahahaha
 Timelapse of "9,000 MPH Winds!??"
   Time:  4:51 CDT, 21:51 UTC
   TL Compression: 60X : That's fast! 1 frame captured per 2 seconds! So a dust blowing in
                                        50 mph wind will appear as a 3000 mph dust! 
                                         1 second of TL = 1 minute realtime!
   Location: Now I have NO idea! :-)  But will trace back. Power failure dumped GPS... :-(
 Huge! -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
Large -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
Small -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)

 
 
   ""
   Time: 4:51 CDT, 21:51 UTC
   Location: North of Elk City, southwest of Floss Lake.
 Timelapse of "9,000 MPH Winds!??"
   Time:  4:51 CDT, 21:51 UTC
   TL Compression: 60X : That's fast! 1 frame captured per 2 seconds! So a dust blowing in
                                        150 mph wind will appear as a 9000 mph dust! 
                                         1 second of TL = 1 minute realtime!
   Location: Now I have NO idea! :-)  But will trace back. Power failure dumped GPS... :-(
Large -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
Small -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
 Better Timelapses of "9,000 MPH Winds!??"      Must See!   Can you say "RFD"?
   Time:  4:51 CDT, 21:51 UTC
   TL Compression: 90X : That's fast! 1 frame captured per 3 seconds! So a dust blowing in
                                        150 mph wind will appear as a, well, real fast!  ;-)
   Location: Now I have NO idea! :-)  But will trace back. Power failure dumped GPS... :-(
This one is first and a 90X compression!          Large 90X -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
These two are the same, just two file sizes.        Large 30X -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
Note these two are a 30X compression!           Small 30X -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)

 
 
 
   "Plume floating over Albert, OK"
   Time: Not sure. About 6:35 to 7:15? CDT
   Location: S on 54 just E of Weatherford or Clinton

Man, the GL-1 with the wide angle lens attachment would have done this view about 20% justice...

But worth the download time, I think. :-)\
 

 Timelapse of "Wow! Continued..."
   Time:  Oh, some time around sunset...
   TL Compression: 60X : That's fast! 1 frame captured per 2 seconds! So a dust blowing in
                                        50 mph wind will appear as a 3000 mph dust! 
                                         1 second of TL = 1 minute realtime!
   Location: Down south of Weatherford, OK about 10 miles shooting SE towards, what I gather
is the Albert OK cell...   Wish I'd had the GL-1 back...  Oh, I said that already...
Large -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)
Small -k - ( minutes @ 56kb)