Wednesday, May 22, 2013

5/18/2013 Coldwater Cold Pool

5-18 featured a dual dryline structure across portions of S central KS.  After sitting in Greensburg, KS for nearly an hour, we got suckered south to an area of clumpy towering cumulus that were forming in steeper lapse-rate air coming out of the TX/OK panhandle area.  Once this convection crossed the boundary into substantially greater surface theta-e values, we were interested to see what would happen.  Turned out that a large cold pool was already established before moving into this area and all we were able to view was an outflow dominant cluster of sub-severe storms.  We made a decision to head south for the better environment, yet a storm formed north of Greensburg that produced a nice tornado.  Storm morphology really killed us this day.

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