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Targeting Central into Northeast Kansas for Severe Storms Today

Posted in Extreme Weather Video, Severe weather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by stormstream

I am streaming my storm chase live today between 3pm and 10pm CDT.  My LIVE chase cam can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mike-phelps-mobile-weather-stream/.

Storm and nature pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/stormscapephotos/

FRIDAY STORM CHASE TARGET: North of Emporia, KS

I was headed out to chase some storms in west-central KS yesterday afternoon, but decided a little hail and rain didn’t excite me all that much.  So, I decided to stream a live tour of Greensburg, KS, so everyone could see the progress that is being made in re-building the town after the F5 tornado a couple of years ago.  I hope everyone enjoyed the tour.

TODAY’S FORECAST: A cold front/outflow boundary is dropping south out of southeast Nebraska into northeast Kansas.  This boundary will provide the convergence and lift to get storms going across northeast into east-central and south-central KS later this afternoon and evening.  Overall, the deep layer shear is sufficient for supercell thunderstorms, but the southwesterly winds at the surface ahead of the boundary will greatly limit the low level shear.  However, there is a weak surface low over central Kansas, and that is backing the surface winds in a localized area just east, northeast and north of the surface low.  If a supercell can form in this area of backed surface winds there is at least a chance for a brief tornado.  Overall though, the main threat today will be hail and isolated pockets of damaging downburst winds.

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Maybe a Backyard Chase Today, and Maybe no Chasing at All

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2009 by stormstream

I may be streaming my storm chase live today between 3pm and 10pm.  My LIVE chase cam can be found at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/mike-phelps-mobile-weather-stream

Storm and nature pics at http://www.flickr.com/photos/stormscapephotos/

THURSDAY STORM CHASE TARGET: Kingman, KS to Pratt, KS to Meade, KS to Anthony, KS to Pratt, KS.

Yesterday was a perfect chase.  My target from the day before was Grand Island, NE, and that remained unchanged yesterday.  On my way up to the target early yesterday afternoon I was able to intercept the tornadic supercell that tracked east along the KS/NE border east of Concordia to Seneca, KS.  North of Marysville, KS I documented amazing supercell structure and a possible tornado.  I soon abandoned this cell and blasted north to my original target, and was able to easily intercept the Grand Island cell on the high-visibility south side.  I witnessed and streamed live to my audience the entire life cycle of a large tornado west of Aurora, NE.

TODAY’S FORECAST: The northern Iowa moderate risk area is out of my range todasy after dragging into Wichita at 2am, so I’ll be sniffing out potential isolated storm development closer to Wichita.  The various WRF models are all showing intense convective development near or west and southwest of Wichita after 6pm.  The 15z RUC also shows an isolated cell popping by 7pm around Meade, KS.  I think there is at least a chance for an isolated cell of two producing hail to the size of golfballs and modest supercell structure.  I’ll be keeping an eye on visible satellite and radar for development after 5pm.  I may be mobile heading west of Wichita as early as 3pm, and if so I’ll turn on the live chase cam.

Seven Tornadoes in my Storm Chase Target on a Marginal Day.

Posted in Severe weather with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 8, 2009 by stormstream

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) is reporting a total of seven tornadoes on Saturday in Reno, Harper and Barber counties in Kansas.  The chase team I’m forecasting and nowcasting for again this season, the team of Jim Reed http://www.jimreedphoto.com/ and Robin Lorenson http://www.robinlorensonphoto.com/, captured video of a tornado near Hutchinson, KS, that aired last night on The Weather Channel.

An early observation about the Plains tornado season so far is that it is an overachieving season.  By that I mean that even on days where moisture and instability are marginal, we are still getting tornadoes forming.  This is key information to know as we head into te meat of the Plains severe weather season, because it means one should probably chase even if it appears on paper conditions just aren’t right for tornadoes.  We had the same kind of season here in the Southeast last year.

I was watching several live video streams yesterday on http://www.severestudios.com/ and they looked fantastic.  This is such a valuable tool for forecasters, nowcasters and emergency managers to be able to actually see what the storms look like on radar and in the field in real time.  For those of us forecasters with chasing experience, we can look at the live stream and radar image and immediately assess the danger and the potential of the storm to intensify further or weaken.  Plus, it let’s us see what we’re missing!