Archive for May, 2009

TWISTEX fielding: May 30, 2009

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 30: Location:  Lakewood, CO Target:  None Preparations are underway for departure early tomorrow morning Tomorrow: It appears that the flow turns westerly after the trough over the great lakes slowly moves eastward, pulling the NW flow with it.  Although the upper flow ...

TWISTEX fielding: May 28, 2009

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 28: Location:  Lakewood, CO Target:  None Pattern is not favorable for severe weather today in our domain. Future: Given the unfavorable pattern that persisted the past few weeks, there appears to be a chance of severe weather beginning of next week. Pending ...

TWISTEX fielding: May 26, 2009

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 26: Location:  Lakewood, CO Target:  None Pattern is not favorable for severe weather today.  There is a chance of some pulse-type storms from Oklahoma to Iowa that may produce very brief episodes of severe weather along a southeastward-moving coldfront. Future: Grimm pattern ...

TWISTEX fielding: May 24, 2009

Sunday, May 24th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 24: Location:  Lakewood, CO Target:  None Benign pattern is still forecasted through this week.  Trip to NE last week yielded several hail/lightning data collections.  Monsoonal-type pattern exists for the Colorado front range where heavy rain is currently forecast. Tomorrow/future: Model data through ...

TWISTEX fielding: May 20, 2009

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 20: Location:  Lakewood, CO Target:  Single vehicle mission to the panhandle of Nebraska Lack of moisture will likely preclude the chances of tornadoes today, however high-based thunderstorms may provide opportunities for lightning and hail in the Nebraska panhandle.  Decided to ...

Pre-TWISTEX fielding: May 19, 2009

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 19: Location:  Lakewood, CO Target:  None A ridge is firmly in place at the moment with record-breaking temperatures along the front range.  Thunderstorms are likely from Montana through parts of the front range today. Tomorrow, May 20: A cold front sweeps through ...

TWISTEX fielding: May 17, 2009

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 17: Location:  Lakewood, CO Target:  None Today will be a down day due to the lack of severe weather.  Cold front swept all the moisture out, and ridge firmly in place driving the temperatures up along the front range into ...

Pre-TWISTEX fielding: May 14, 2009

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 14: Location:  Macon, MO Target:  None Today will be a down day for further preparations in the field. Yesterday: Team intercepted a tornado-producing supercell in the town of Novinger, MO where data from several tornado intercepts were recorded.  Probe vehicle raced ahead of the ...

Pre-TWISTEX fielding: May 13, 2009

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Today, May 13: Location:  Columbia, MO Target:  Columbia to Jefferson, MO. Parameters appear to be coming together for a significant severe weather event for the midwest.  Model data suggests great shear for strong tornadoes today for Missouri, Iowa, and Illinois.  Strong cold ...

Pre-TWISTEX fielding: May 10, 2009

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

A brief synopsis of our operation for the next couple of days: Two days ago: Severe weather setup was too marginal Friday for operations.  Decided to finish the mesonet instrumentation through the weekend.  Built the antenna mount for M3, and plan to duplicate the design for M1 and M2.  These are oversized ...