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WKU Storm Chase 2016 – Day 7

A forecast discussion last night in partnership with College of DuPage at our hotel pointed out an area of instability ribboning from Amarillo, through southwest Kansas, and north to the Cheyenne Ridge in northeast Colorado. A moisture axis paralleled this … Continue reading

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WKU Storm Chase 2016 – Day 5

Although morning observations indicated a decent boundary in extreme south Texas and model data suggested sufficient instability to produce thunderstorms, sheer distance and the necessity to set up for our next few events prevented us from traveling there. We instead … Continue reading

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WKU Storm Chase 2016 – Day 4

Morning observations indicated a stalled cold front along I-10 corridor, and model data suggested this front would be weakening throughout the day. Therefore, this cold front would become less of a forcing factor in afternoon thunderstorms. Yesterday’s convection along and … Continue reading

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WKU Storm Chase 2016 – Day 3

Our morning forecast discussion was done on the road after an 8:45 AM CST departure from Amarillo, TX. The convective outflow boundary from yesterday’s storm complex descended southward overnight, pushing moisture with it and containing higher dewpoints in the south … Continue reading

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WKU Storm Chase 2016 – Day 2

Our morning forecast discussion identified an enhanced kink in probable dryline formation that formed an axis between the western Panhandle regions into the central Texas Panhandle. Model data suggested caps would break around 1-2 pm in Colorado and storms would … Continue reading

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WKU Storm Chase 2016 – Day 1

Greetings, and welcome to the official blog of the 7th Annual WKU Weather Analysis and Forecasting Field Methods Course (a.k.a. Storm Chase)! Daily updates on the group’s activities and targets will be posted here. Last week, our team of students … Continue reading

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Storm Chase 2015, Day 9

Today, we started our chase day in Stephenville, Texas with a target of Canadian, Texas for the afternoon. The surface analysis shows the observations from the morning conditions before chasing, as well as parameters the models were outputting for the … Continue reading

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Day 3 – Travel Day

Day 3 of our chase shaped up to be a transition day on the road as the frontal boundary responsible for the initiation of thunderstorms on our first two days continued on a persistent southward progression. Numerical weather models were … Continue reading

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Storm Chase 2015, Day 1

Our trip to the Great Plains began with a few road delays, but after 13 hours of persistent travelling we eventually reached our destination in Hays, KS. Nonetheless, our first objective of this trip was to pick up our friend … Continue reading

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