(8 May 2011)
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Date: 8 May 2011
Location: Southwest Nebraska south of Ogallala, NE
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8 May 2011


Mon, 9 May 2011 02:11:07 +0000
We did a great job of confirming...
...that both southeastern and southwestern NE were very poor plays today. H
eading to Kearney tonight to position ourselves for a drive to the north an
d west tomorrow.

Jon

Sun, 8 May 2011 19:21:30 -0500
Bust!! Heading to North Platte for the night...
Well... this sucks. Moisture mixed out, much like expected, actually,
but even more so than the models suggested (well, except for the HRRR,
as it really mixed moisture out over western/central Nebraska). The
best convergence is just too far west where dewpoints are in the
20s... so deep convection can't get started... it's just flat looking
cumulus that glaciates about 15,000 feet. Anyway, maybe some
lightning photography after dark up north, perhaps, but this one is a
bust... tomorrow still looks decent with much better forcing for
ascent at the nose of the incoming upper level jet streak up into the
northern Nebraska Panhandle and southwestern South Dakota.

Sun, 8 May 2011 16:53:49 -0500
chase update 450pm
I'm sitting near the Nebraska-Kansas border watching really high-based
cumulus with some ever slight verticality to my south and also to the
west-northwest. I think I'll sit here along Hwy 83 near Cedar Bluffs
KS and watch both of these areas. It's really dry right where these
cu are developing in the greatest convergence... the hope is that by 6
or 7pm, east-southeasterly flow will help bring some higher dewpoints
back in this area, but the hot, highly-mixed airmass is reducing
near-surface based CAPE substantially right where these cumulus are
developing. It's a wait and see game like it usually is...

Sun, 08 May 2011 16:27:43 -0500
chase up date 422 pm
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Sun, 8 May 2011 15:21:53 -0500
At 2:30pm in Norton, KS, I split up with Rob, Jon, Mitch, and Candice as I was interested in a target farther west. They headed east toward south-central NE