Archive for June, 2010

TWISTEX Field operations for June 18, 2010

Friday, June 18th, 2010

Currently in Minneapolis/St. Paul Yesterday: A frustrating day for part of the TWISTEX group. A flat tire in Lemmon, South Dakota yesterday morning delayed our departure to the tri-border area of South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota where the triple point of a pre-frontal trough, a cold front, and a warm ...

TWISTEX Field operations for June 15, 2010

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Currently in Norman, Oklahoma June 13: Team intercepted a long lived tornado at very close range north of Booker, Texas in the Oklahoma panhandle. Tornado was moving too fast towards us for deployment of instruments, and the path was mostly off the east-west road we were on. TWISTEX had two ...

TWISTEX Field operations for June12, 2010

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

Currently in Goodland, KS June 10: Team intercepted tornadic supercell near Last Chance, Colorado (we were too late to see the tornadoes--they touched down in a roadless area anyways). Followed the storm to the Colorado border where the storm struggled to produce any more tornadoes. Stayed overnight in Goodland, Kansas June ...

TWISTEX Field operations for June 10, 2010

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Currently in Lakewood, CO June 9: Intercepted severe storm as it initiated about 20 miles southwest of Torrington, Wyoming. Several attempts at tornado genesis were witnessed as strong RFD winds continue to wrap into updraft base, but failed. Followed the storm into Scottsbluff, Nebraska, where the storm died. Stayed in Scottsbluff ...

TWISTEX Field operations for June 9, 2010

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Currently in Lakewood, CO June 7: Intercepted two supercells from Torrington, Wyoming to Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The western most cell seemed to be the one most likely to produce a tornado. Intercepted the supercell when it was north of Scottsbluff, and when it was tornado warned (actually produced a brief tornado). ...

TWISTEX Field operations for June 7, 2010

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Currently in Lakewood, CO Forecast: Zonal-slight southwesterly flow aloft with easterly upslope surface winds across the front range of northern Colorado should provide a reasonable environment for supercells that should generate large hail and possible tornadoes. Excellent cape values are suggested by both the NAM and the RUC to be ~4,000 ...

TWISTEX Field operations for June 3, 2010

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Currently down May 31: Drove to Wichita for an engagement on Tuesday from Denver--taking the long route through southeast Colorado on the chance of intercepting some hail--but managed to watch a very photogenic tornado 3 miles south of Campo, Colorado.  The tornado  lasted 15+ minutes, but the circulation persisted for 45+ minutes ...