June 2005 Stormchase
Weather Pattern:
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.

Trip Details:
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.

Start-
Nashville, TN
Louisville, KY
Indianapolis, IN
Muncie, IN
Peoria, IL
Muncie, IN
rural Ohio between Cincinatti and Dayton
back to Muncie, IN
Terre Haute, IN
St. Louis, MO
Tulsa, OK
Oklahoma City, OK
Childress, TX
Armarillo, TX
through western Kansas
McCrook, NE
Valentine, NE
Aberdeen, SD
SW rural North Dakota
back to Aberdeen
Sioux Falls, SD
Sioux City, Iowa
near Omaha, NE
Des Moines, Iowa
Davenport, Iowa
Peoria, IL
Indianapolis, IN
Muncie, IN
Louisville, KY
Nashville, TN