Month: April 2013

10 Apr

April 9-10, 2013 – Midwest Busts

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Going to consolidate these two days into one log since not much happened between them. In fact, I have no photos or video from either day. I really wasn’t expecting the two days to be complete duds, as there was a pretty decent H5 trough on the 9th that transitioned to a closed low on the 10th. However, a strong cold front was crashing across the nation and a quasi-stationary front was draped across the Midwest.
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08 Apr

April 8, 2013 – Bonny Reservoir Tornado

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Day 2 of an early season chase started in Great Bend, Kansas after the previous day’s bust. Lee cyclogenesis was expected to occur over eastern Colorado during the late afternoon with a strengthening low level jet in response. Capping presented issues for targets further south along the dryline from southern Kansas into Texas, so the target for the day seemed to be the high plains of western Kansas.
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07 Apr

April 7, 2013 – Great Bend, Kansas

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After an extremely slow start to the season, Mother Nature was finally pushing a trough onshore to kick off some severe weather chances. At this point in the season we were running about 50% of average for tornado reports. The trough looked to eject on the 8th, so I set out from Michigan on the 6th looking to play the 7th through the 10th in case the 7th was a day before the day type of event.
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