9 years ago today, the National Weather Service issued a severe weather forecast for central Louisiana and western Mississippi associated with a cold front that would be moving through the area the following day.
I awoke early on January 20th, checked the weather charts, chose my target area, and hit the road. My friend Cloud and I headed to Ville Platte, LA to be staged for the thunderstorms that would be moving in from the west by early afternoon. Just as we arrived in the Ville Platte area we could see the storms building via satellite and radar, and the sky was growing darker to the west. At 2:36pm, a Tornado Warning was issued for Evangeline and St. Landry Parishes and we could see the tornado warned storm and lowering cloud base just to the northeast. We followed the storm from it’s southwest flank down dirt roads, two lane county roads, and canal banks to finally catch up with it just west of Morrow, Louisiana. As we approached the mesocyclone from the south, we broke out of the dense trees and into a clearing as the supercell thunderstorm produced a brief, wide tornado. This is the only picture of the tornado that I know of, and my first and only January tornado!
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