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|Written by Dick McGowan|
|Saturday, 31 March 2012 12:40|
On Wednesday, TVN headed out to chase with an initial target of Salina, KS and watched a dual warm front, separated by about 50 miles in northern Kansas, lift northward where towering cumulus was present. As the northern warm front washed out, a weak disturbance, helped form a surface trough from Wichita to Salina and helped add an area of moisture convergence and kicked off supercells from Topeka to south of Emporia. TVN blasted east and then south to Council Grove, KS where we experienced a storm producing quarter size hail.
After watching a left-split race north of Emporia (and had an amazing anti-cyclonic wall cloud), it was evident that the southern storm would be the most isolated of the three and right along a boundary. As we approached the town of Madison, KS, we were getting golfball size hail and the sirens were sounding (even though there was not a tornado warning, spotters reported a funnel cloud west of town, which was verified through their photos). We drove east of town a couple of miles, then south and witnessed a striated supercell with amazing structure and a rapidly rotating wall cloud directly overhead. Inside the hook, we were also watching baseball size hail periodically falling and Reed took a hit from a golfball to his arm, where it left a welt! For the next two hours, we watched several occlusions develop with wall clouds and funnels (possibly a brief touchdown) as this nearly stationary supercell spun almost in place! We maybe moved 5 miles within 2 hours, giving us a beautiful viewing until about 10:30 p.m. as the supercell gradually weakened. Check out the video below!
Models continue to look worse and worse for a possible chase on Monday, with nearly straight line hodographs and keeping the best shear west of the instability in the W OK and NW TX region. Regardless, TVN plans to chase this setup and will be shooting our new webisodes! If you haven't already, sign up and spread the word about TVNWeather.com! Exciting new things are in the works of being launched!
|Last Updated on Sunday, 01 April 2012 22:16|