MON 11 JUN 2018
Position day today, ready for Tuesday’s activity in SW Kansas - or so we thought, until I woke up this morning and realised the cold front was a little slower moving than forecast the previous day, and it might be doable to intercept a couple of thunderstorms on the tail end towards evening as part of our journey south.
|Hand drawn surface analysis at 14z (09:00 CDT). Isobars black, isodrosotherms green|
|SPC Tornado Probability Forecast|
So we left Fort Pierre (SD) fairly early and started our long journey south to SE Nebraska. Grabbed some lunch mid-afternoon in Grand Island (NE), and then headed east towards Lincoln (NE) to intercept thunderstorms developing along the cold front.
This proved rather tricky - we needed to get east of the line to be able to look back into the storms for any tornado potential - but each time we made an attempt to get through the line of storms, they kept back-building.
|Looking at the rear side of the line of severe thunderstorms|
|Radar showing our GPS location (blue circle) as we tried multiple times to get to the other side of the line of thunderstorms. Plenty of tornado warnings (red polygons)|
We had multiple attempts to break through, but in the end gave up and ended the day in Salina (KS) - hopefully a little closer to our target for tomorrow.
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