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 assembled for the first time and, after filing the proper documentation, began a forecast discussion to decide our departure date and target location. Modeling indicated a trough moving through the Southern Plains on Monday, and positioned the trough neutrally over the Four Corners by Monday evening. Moisture advection looked excellent throughout central Oklahoma, and forecast soundings in the area showed favorable conditions there, as well as closer to the associated warm front in north-central Kansas. Since Monday appeared chaseable, we decided to depart Sunday to prepare for a chase day on Monday
We departed Bowling Green at 9:30 AM CST Sunday morning and made our way south and west towards Oklahoma City. After a short lunch stop near the Shiloh Battlefield and a short dinner stop near Fort Smith, AR, we arrived at our hotel for the evening in Yukon, OK, just west of Oklahoma City at around 9:00 PM CST. After running through a quick data analysis and a relaxing soak in the hotel hot-tub, we went to bed with our alarms set for a 9:00 AM CST forecast discussion to select targets for Monday.
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