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May 10, 2006 Pleak, Needville and Arcola, Texas

Nowcasting thanks goes to Joe Lawton, who got me right in the action. (roll mouse over
image for possible comments)

Just shortly before the turn off of HWY59 to 36...pea-sized hail rains down for a few 
minutes. Heading south on 36 the clouds to the west are looking impressive. Pulling off onto
a side road in Pleak, the following images were captured. 

Possible Shelf cloud developing 4:41pm Very active moving clouds, no rotation detected yet 4:50 Becoming more organized...Lightning is dazzling Close-up of very active area.

organizing still...

Movement in the clouds is evident. Very active area approaches. The center region displays Counterclockwise
rotation in it. At 5pm a Tornado is reported. 

Movement detected in center area Looking West South West

4:46pm Rotation in clouds detected This area was fast and rotating

SSW corner again as complex starts to move overhead Small arm off of rotation area Rotation straight overhead...awesome Rotation again

winds get quite strong and shortly after pea-sized hail. 4:56

As directed the new location is Needville. After reaching Needville, Joe directs us to head West on 442. 
We pull off and I capture the following images.

Rainbands approach 4:48pm looking south

Tornado reported in Pleak at 5pm

The storms at this point are losing strength. Three Meso being right in front of us.


I get home and I'm treated to an awesome mammatus filled sky at sunset. The sky is completely filled with 
this awesome display!

Mammatus sunset in Arcola

Full complex in Pleak just before tornado reported

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