Tag: hail

20 May

May 20, 2011 – Kansas Shows Off It’s Colors

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The second day of my chase vacation began with James Seitz and Rob Hurkes in Salina, KS. Our expectations for the day were for storms to fire along a cold from stretching from a surface low in western Kansas. Low level hodographs weren’t expected to be that fantastic, so our expectations for tornadoes were low, but nevertheless, the chase was on. Since we expected the storms to fire later in the day, we didn’t get going from the hotel until a little after 11am.
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26 Apr

April 26, 2011 – Michigan

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Hadn’t really paid attention to this day in Michigan. The big story was the impending tornado outbreak for the southeast that was to start this evening. Nevertheless, a little after 1pm a mesoscale discussion was issued regarding the potential for severe weather across Lower Michigan. A surface low near Green Bay had a trailing cold front back through lower Michigan into Illinois. This front was expected to trigger storms as the atmosphere destabilized. Strong boundary layer flow coupled with strong flow at the mid levels was conducive to supercellular development.
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