Dry Run

Storm Chasing with Steve Carey18 May 2011

As the day began, conditions looked favorable for supercell and possible tornado development from north central Texas into Oklahoma.  Unfortunately, a high layer of cirrus clouds inhibited supercell formation; however, we did see a storm develop which would have gone “supercellular” if given the chance.  The experience was a good dry run for my students as many of the elements that characterize supercells were visible.  Today (Wednesday, May 19) looks to be a much better chase day.  We have positioned ourselves in Pratt, Kansas which should be near today’s action.  We also had a chance to catch up on some much needed sleep.  Long days on the road do take a toll, but it will all be worth it if we can interept some awesome storms later today.  To quote University of Mobile President Dr. Mark Foley…”Hold on Tight!”

UM students observe a developing storm in southern Kansas.

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