Bust in Southwest Kansas

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Storm Chase Details

Chase Date: November 10, 2012
Chase Partners:
Mike Boik

Chasers Encountered:
Dillon Killoren, Justin Hoyt, Zach Elliott, Andrew Lyon, Rocky Watson

Miles Logged: 559
States Chased: KS, OK
Severe Risks: SPC Outlooks

Chase Recap:

I began looking at this day well over 10 days out with the promise of a very nice trough ejecting into the southern plains. The storm system continued to show strong on model forecasts, but moisture and instability questions persisted and I had almost certainly written the day off.

Friday night I looked at the NAM and still thought my chances of chasing were very low, but woke up Saturday morning and decided maybe it was worth a try. I should have trusted my instinct, as it was generally a waste of gas.

Mike Boik and I left Oklahoma City around 10 am and headed up towards Alva first then into Kansas. Storms had fired, but they didn’t last long. I believe mesoanalysis was over-doing the 1000 SBCAPE as nothing could seem to sustain and the updrafts looked very soft and fuzzy.

On the way home we stopped a couple times, with a couple good lightning storm opportunities.