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3/22/11 Severe Weather Threat (Overview by Mike Brady)

by on Mar.21, 2011, under Forcasts

Personal Setup Score 5/10

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted a area of concern for Tuesday 3/22/11 for the possibility of severe weather (see below).

Day 2 Outlook

Day 2 Probabilities

SPC Text

..SYNOPSIS  
  
MODELS REMAIN CONSISTENT CONCERNING THE LARGE-SCALE PATTERN  
EVOLUTION THROUGH THIS FORECAST PERIOD.  A BLOCKING UPPER RIDGE IS  
PROGGED TO EVOLVE TO THE EAST OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES...WITH A LARGE  
HIGH CENTER STRENGTHENING OVER THE CENTRAL CANADIAN PROVINCES DURING  
THE DAY TUESDAY.  AS THIS PROCEEDS...A LARGE UPPER TROUGH...LIFTING  
THROUGH THE INTERMOUNTAIN WEST AND ROCKIES BY 12Z TUESDAY...SHOULD  
GRADUALLY BE FORCED EASTWARD INTO AN INCREASINGLY CONFLUENT REGIME  
ACROSS THE UPPER MIDWEST...WHILE ANOTHER AMPLIFYING SHORT WAVE  
TROUGH DIGS TOWARD THE CALIFORNIA COAST.  
  
WITHIN THE LEAD WAVE...A SIGNIFICANT EMBEDDED IMPULSE EMERGING FROM  
THE SOUTHERN ROCKIES IS STILL FORECAST TO PIVOT INTO AND NORTHEAST  
OF THE MID/LOWER MISSOURI VALLEY IN INCREASINGLY NEGATIVELY TILTED  
FASHION BY TUESDAY EVENING.  THIS SHOULD RESULT IN STRONG MID-LEVEL  
HEIGHT FALLS OVERSPREADING THE WARM SECTOR OF A SUB 1000 MB SURFACE  
LOW MIGRATING ACROSS THE MID MISSOURI VALLEY AND UPPER PORTIONS OF  
THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.  FORCING WILL BE FOCUSED ALONG AND  
NORTH OF A STRONG MID/UPPER JET STREAK...AROUND 90 KT  AT 500  
MB...WHICH WILL GRADUALLY VEER FROM A SOUTHWESTERLY TO WESTERLY  
COMPONENT AS IT PROPAGATES ACROSS THE SOUTH CENTRAL PLAINS/OZARK  
PLATEAU AND MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY.  
  
GIVEN THE STRENGTH OF THE LARGE-SCALE FORCING FOR UPWARD VERTICAL  
MOTION...AND THE SIZE OF THE AREA THAT IT COULD IMPACT...A  
CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN CONVECTIVE POTENTIAL IS ANTICIPATED ACROSS  
MUCH OF THE PLAINS...THE MID/UPPER MISSISSIPPI AND OHIO VALLEYS AND  
UPPER GREAT LAKES REGION.  COUPLED WITH THE LIKELIHOOD THAT THIS  
WILL BE PRECEDED BY THE EASTWARD ADVECTION OF WARM ELEVATED MIXED  
LAYER AIR THROUGH MUCH OF CENTRAL U.S...THE RISK FOR SEVERE  
THUNDERSTORMS COULD BE SUBSTANTIAL...AS VERTICAL SHEAR BECOMES  
STRONG.  HOWEVER...IT STILL APPEARS THAT THIS POTENTIAL MAY NOT BE  
FULLY REALIZED.  OBSERVATIONAL AND MODEL DATA CONTINUE TO INDICATE  
THAT A SUBSTANTIVE INLAND INCREASE IN BOUNDARY LAYER MOISTURE OFF  
THE GULF OF MEXICO TO THE WARM SECTOR OF THE LOW IS  
UNLIKELY...THROUGH AT LEAST THIS PERIOD...AS LOW-LEVEL RIDGING IS  
SLOW TO LOSE INFLUENCE OVER THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN GULF.   
STILL...LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE CHARACTERIZED BY MID 50S TO LOWER 60S  
SURFACE DEW POINTS SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO SUPPORT SEVERE  
THUNDERSTORMS...WHICH COULD BECOME FAIRLY NUMEROUS OR WIDESPREAD  
ACROSS UPPER PORTIONS OF THE MIDDLE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY LATE TUESDAY  
AFTERNOON AND EVENING.  
   
..PLAINS/MISSISSIPPI VALLEY  
  
CONFIDENCE IS GREATER THAT SURFACE DEW POINTS NEAR OR JUST ABOVE 60F  
MAY BECOME COMMON IN A CORRIDOR FROM NEAR THE SURFACE CYCLONE EAST  
SOUTHEASTWARD ALONG A STALLED FRONTAL ZONE EXTENDING INTO THE OHIO  
VALLEY.  BENEATH THE NOSE OF A PLUME OF ELEVATED MIXED LAYER  
AIR...THIS IS EXPECTED TO BE SUFFICIENT TO CONTRIBUTE TO MIXED LAYER  
CAPE IN EXCESS OF 1000 J/KG...NEAR THE MISSOURI RIVER EASTWARD  
ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHERN IOWA AND NORTHERN MISSOURI BY PEAK HEATING.  
 STORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP AS STRONGER FORCING FOR ASCENT  
OVERSPREADS THE REGION DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON.  THIS SHOULD  
INCLUDE A FEW SUPERCELLS BEFORE GROWING UPSCALE INTO A MESOSCALE  
CONVECTIVE SYSTEM...WHICH SHOULD TRACK EAST SOUTHEASTWARD ALONG AND  
JUST SOUTH OF THE FRONT.  WITH THE BOUNDARY LAYER JUST TO THE NORTH  
OF THE FRONT EXPECTED TO BE RATHER COOL AND STABLE...TORNADIC  
POTENTIAL WITH STORMS CROSSING THE BOUNDARY MAY BE LIMITED.   
DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL STILL APPEAR TO BE THE PRIMARY  
CONCERNS WITH THE CONVECTION...WHICH COULD CONTINUE AND SPREAD INTO  
PARTS OF THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY TUESDAY NIGHT.  
  
ADDITIONAL...MORE WIDELY SCATTERED...STORM DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED  
ALONG THE DRY LINE TO THE SOUTH OF THE LOW...ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS  
OF THE CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN PLAINS DURING THE LATE AFTERNOON AND  
EVENING.  SUPERCELLS ARE POSSIBLE...PRIMARILY WITH THE RISK FOR  
LARGE HAIL AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS.  
  
..KERR.. 03/21/2011  

Pros:

Terrain

Some Cape

Good Temps

Strong Shear

 

Cons:

Poor Hodographs

As with most Iowa Setups there are capping issues.

Poor Crossovers.

For those chasers who live in Iowa or can’t wait for a Nice setup I say go for it. However with gas prices as high as they are and it being so early in the season I will elect to sit this one out unless something changes drastically in later runs. As many chasers know Iowa has a 90% fail rate with Tornadoes in the past few years so most will have no problem avoding it.

 

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Motorola Xoom the ultimate storm chasing device?

by on Mar.08, 2011, under Reviews

I have had the pleasure to play with my Motorola Xoom for a few weeks now. As a storm chaser and a tech enthusiast I am always looking for storm chasing technology. I believe that the Motorola Xoom could replace your aging laptop for storm chasing. I used my Xoom for 20hrs on a single charge as a wifi hotspot this would eliminate the need for a data card if you insist on using your laptop. There are several great weather radar apps for android. Including Storm Chaser Weather Radar and Pykl3 Radar. Currently there are not really any good tools for android for forecasting however Weather Geek Pro and the F5 App. Promise to change this in the coming weeks. I plan to chase at least once using nothing but my Motorola Droid Phone and my Motorola Xoom Tablet. I will let everybody know how that turns out so stay tuned.

Below is a quick look at a alpha version of Pykl3 Running on a Motorola Xoom.

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2/27/11 Moderate Risk Update

by on Feb.26, 2011, under Forcasts



DAY 2 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK  
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1130 AM CST SAT FEB 26 2011

VALID 271200Z - 281200Z

...THERE IS A MDT RISK OF SVR TSTMS ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN
OK/MUCH OF AR/SOUTHERN MO/SOUTHERN IL/FAR SOUTHWEST INDIANA/WESTERN
KY/WESTERN TN/NORTHERN MS...  

...THERE IS A SLGT RISK OF SVR TSTMS FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TO THE
LOWER/MIDDLE MS VALLEY AND LOWER OH VALLEY...

..SYNOPSIS  

CLOSED UPPER LOW CURRENTLY CENTERED OVER CA IS EXPECTED TO
OPEN/SHIFT EASTWARD OVER AZ/NM DURING THE DAY ON SUNDAY...AND TAKE
ON MORE OF A NEUTRAL/SLIGHT NEGATIVE TILT AS IT REACHES THE SOUTHERN
PLAINS/OZARKS LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. A REGIONAL OUTBREAK OF SEVERE
TSTMS...INCLUDING THE POSSIBILITY OF WIDESPREAD DAMAGING
WINDS/STRONG TORNADOES...SEEMS PROBABLE LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND
ESPECIALLY SUNDAY NIGHT.

..SOUTHERN PLAINS/ARKLATEX/OZARKS/MID-SOUTH/LOWER OH VALLEY  

THE POSSIBILITY OF WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES
/INCLUDING SOME STRONG/...IN ADDITION TO AN INITIAL BOUT OF LARGE
HAIL...WILL BEGIN LATE SUNDAY AFTERNOON...AND CONTINUE WELL THROUGH
THE NIGHT/EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MONDAY ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
OZARKS/MID-SOUTH TO MIDDLE MS VALLEY/LOWER OH VALLEY.  

INITIAL/DIURNAL DEEP CONVECTIVE COVERAGE IS A STILL A BIT UNCERTAIN
ALONG THE DRYLINE ACROSS OK/NORTH TX/FAR SOUTHERN KS DURING THE
DAYLIGHT HOURS...AS MUCH OF THE WARM SECTOR SHOULD REMAIN CAPPED
BENEATH AN ELEVATED MIXED LAYER. NONETHELESS...CURRENT THINKING IS
THAT AT LEAST AN ISOLATED INITIAL THREAT FOR SEVERE TSTMS WILL
DEVELOP BY SUNSET...WITH INITIALLY ISOLATED SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF
LARGE HAIL AND A TORNADO THREAT ACROSS PORTIONS OF OK/FAR NORTH TX
AND PERHAPS FAR SOUTHERN KS.  

OTHERWISE...A SEASONALLY MOIST LOW LEVEL AIRMASS...GENERALLY
CHARACTERIZED BY LOWER 60S F SURFACE DEWPOINTS...WILL BECOME
ESTABLISHED WITHIN A RELATIVELY BROAD WARM SECTOR ACROSS THE REGION
DURING THE AFTERNOON/NIGHT. A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN DEEP
CONVECTIVE COVERAGE/INTENSITY IS ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE
EVENING...AS LARGE SCALE FORCING FOR ASCENT/DEEP TROPOSPHERIC WIND
FIELD DRAMATICALLY INCREASE ATTENDANT TO THE ADVANCING UPPER
TROUGH/POLAR JET. WITH DEEP LAYER SHEAR ON THE ORDER OF 50-70
KT...SUFFICIENT INSTABILITY ON THE ORDER OF 750-1250 J/KG MLCAPE
WILL SUPPORT A POTENTIALLY WIDESPREAD SEVERE THREAT. GIVEN STRONG
LOW LEVEL SRH AS AIDED BY A STRENGTHENING 60+ KT LOW LEVEL JET...A
MIXED CONVECTIVE MODE INCLUDING QUASI-LINEAR BOWING
SEGMENTS/LINE-LEADING SEMI-DISCRETE SUPERCELLS WILL BE CAPABLE OF
WIDESPREAD DAMAGING WINDS/STRONG TORNADOES...AS THE SEVERE THREAT
CONTINUES WELL INTO THE EARLY MORNING HOURS OF MONDAY TOWARD THE
MIDDLE/LOWER MS AND TN/LOWER OH RIVER VALLEYS.  

..GUYER.. 02/26/2011
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