Tag: tornado

17 Jun

June 1, 2018 – Northern Nebraska

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June 1 was the first day of my 2018 chasecation which I had scheduled for the 6/1 through 6/10 period. It was looking like the first decent shot for significant severe weather since the first part of May. SPC had issued an enhanced risk which they upgraded to moderate at the 1630z update, mostly for wind and hail, while the tornado probabilities remained at 5%.

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16 Jun

May 1, 2018 – Northern Kansas

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May 1 was my second chase day of the season. I had gone out the day before and ran into some golf ball hail in Central Nebraska, but nothing too exicting. So, this day looked like the better opportunity of the two and I decided to leave work early and head south into Kansas.

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10 Dec

June 16, 2017 – Meadow Grove, Nebraska

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June 16th featured a surface low expected to drift across Northern Nebraska into Western Iowa while a belt of strong westerlies clipped the area at 500mb. A weak cold front stretched from Minnesota through Nebraska into Colorado. Mid 60°F dewpoints existing in the warm sector across southeastern Nebraska into Iowa but low level wind fields looked to be rather weak. To me, this made the play obvious: play the surface low.
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21 Nov

June 13, 2017 – South Dakota Tornado

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After a moderately successful chase in the high plains on the 12th, another potential significant day followed. As a closed mid-level low rotated across Montana and Wyoming into the Northern Plains, a trough lagged behind that was forecast to move into the Dakotas during the evening on the 13th. At the surface, a low along the SD/NE border would drift east throughout the day while low 70 dewpoints advected into the warm sector in eastern South Dakota.
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13 Nov

June 12, 2017 – Roads? Who needs Roads?

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June 12th was shaping up to be the most significant severe weather outbreak in the high plains in 30 years. The setup favored supercells throughout eastern Wyoming into Western Nebraska. A trough was progged to amplify and eject across the high plains while strong mid level south-westerly winds overspread the area atop rich low-level moisture advecting into the area via an upslope regime.
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