You are invited to join us this Tuesday and Wednesday for a two-part severe weather special, “The Science Of Chasing Tornadoes” at 6pm.

This video features Doug Drace, who lives in Ardmore and has been chasing tornadoes for more than a decade. I will be interviewing Doug about a “jackpot” chase he had during last year’s season…and he’s got the video to prove it.


Part One…Tuesday at 6 pm...will focus on severe storm structure and visual clues to potential tornado formation.

Part Two…Wednesday at 6pm…we let Drace’s video do the talking from an “awesome” chase he had March 28, 2007.

Doug provides commentary on the excitement of that day, including an F5 monster on the ground!


Please join us!


Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist

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  • by Steve LaNore Location: KXII-TV on Feb 28, 2008 at 12:01 PM
    Doug is right....we look at a lot of computer projections for anything out more than 48 hours. Climatology also figures quite heavily in model interpretation; thus, a predicted severe outbreak in February will require a much stronger numerical signal to overcome the climate bias against it...than it would in April or May. This is one reason the massive outbreak of February 5, 2008 was foreseen several days in advance: a very consistent and abnormal signature for severe weather was showing up in the computer guidance. Since the numerical (computer) guidance tends to dampen "abnormal" events the further out in time you go, the persistence of the signature pointed to a greater confidence of an unusual event taking place..which certainly came to pass on Feb. 5th. Yall take care...and thanks for your interest! Steve LaNore Chief Meteorologist KXII-TV
  • by Doug Drace Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma on Feb 28, 2008 at 04:32 AM
    Hey Matthew...this is most likely a question Steve could answer better than myself, but I'll go ahead and throw in my 2 cents for you. There is really nothing out there, or even in the works that I know of that can ACCURATELY aid in forecasting Severe Weather more than a maximum of 1 week out. Even with a 7 day forecast, there are so many variables which can dramatically change a predicted Severe Event 7 or 8 days in advance, such as a minor shift in the forecasted Jet Stream, Gulf Moisture Return Flow, as well as the amount of Convective Available Potential Energy (CAPE) during a forecast period, which creates more of a situation, of being able to only get as accurate (in the long range) of saying..."its more likely than not", that Severe Weather will occur, on say, "a week from Tuesday". There are several computer models meteorologist look at, then basically average together, putting a heavier emphasis on the models they tend to trust on a more consistant basis day in and day out.
  • by Matthew Location: Ardmore on Feb 26, 2008 at 08:41 PM
    Great job guys on Chasing Tornados Part I. Doug.....can't wait to see your video Wed. night. Question: What new technology is on the horizon to forecast severe weather even more accurately and further in advance??
  • by Doug Drace Location: Ardmore, Oklahoma on Feb 26, 2008 at 04:03 AM
    Just wanted to throw out a Big Thanks Steve, for all your time and efferts since you arrived at KXII! You have been an integral part in my success in tracking down some of the most menacing Tornadic Supercell Storms in Tornado Alley. Without the accurate meteorlogical information I receive from you while im out in the "Battle Field" of wild weather, I dont believe my success of getting close to these unique and powerfully awesome super storms would be what it is on such a regular basis. The 2008 season is just around the corner, so I hope our Tornado Special will benefit all the viewers of the Texoma Area in a way that will help educate the citizens of Texoma, and Save Lives down the road when Storm Season '08 arrives and those winds of change come crashing through plains! Looking forward to the show and Thanks a Million again Steve! Storm Chaser Doug Drace
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