Jun 1, 2010

June 1: north-central to east-central KS

Preliminary target is somewhere betweeen Topeka and Salina. We spent the night in Hays, KS, and noted that the forecast sounding and hodograph for the Topeka area (and a 75 mile diameter or so), is supportive of not only rotating storms, but tornadic storms.

But as the day progressed, it was apparent that the area with the best potential for tornadic storms was "capped", meaning that convection was inhibited by a warm layer aloft that was not eliminated during the day.

So we drifted north to play storms forming on the warm frontal boundary, and still hoping that new storms might form on the curling moisture band back west along and just north of I80.  But while a couple of those storms briefly became supercells, they were rapidly undercut by the cold air north of the boundary.

So we ended up "blowing off" this day with great potential.  Cameron and I then went west to spend the night in North Platte, which was an easy drive into Denver for my 7PM flight.