||June 2005 Stormchase
An omega pattern was present promising
an active weather pattern in the plains. The first round of storms
caused a tornado and vivid lightning display in Oklahoma. This event
was a night-time event, however, and we did not chase any of those storms.
The second low center located off the coast of California became cut-off
and did not progress eastward. The low actually retrograded back
westward into the Pacific Ocean. This resulted in a more calm weather
pattern in the plains and the jet stream retreated to the north.
Storms had a hard time organizing and only had low level energy for fuel.
CAPEs on the day of the Clark, SD supercell were in the 7000-8000 J/Kg
range. This would have been an explosive storm day if the jet would
have been in the area. Without upper level jet assistance, storms
had a hard time breaking the cap.
The stormchase for me took me on a 5000+
mile trip in 10 days. It was longer for me because I had to meet
the team in Indiana.
Here is a list of locations in order along
the path of the trip.
rural Ohio between Cincinatti and Dayton
back to Muncie, IN
Terre Haute, IN
St. Louis, MO
Oklahoma City, OK
through western Kansas
SW rural North Dakota
back to Aberdeen
Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux City, Iowa
near Omaha, NE
Des Moines, Iowa