May 19, 2009

5/19/09: Rapid City to extreme eastern Montana

Both the RUC and the WRF persist in bringing relatively high dew points into a modestly good shear environment (see forecast sounding/hodograph for Rapid City this afternoon--favorable for rotating storms that will persist for a short while until the precip plume overwhelms the updraft). Hence, we are going to hang around the Black Hills and areas north today (perhaps taking in Mt. Rushmore).

Today I have included a picture of our chase vehicle, the Jeep Commander that Thom has told you about in Wild Geese. It's actually a good vehicle. Plenty of room, and it gets around 20 mpg. The rear panel folds up and provides protection from rain, and there is a wide bench to hold our cameras back there.