Monday, May 10, 2010

5/10 - 11am CDT - HIGH RISK Chasing Today!

We're in for a big day of storm chasing here in North Oklahoma as all the right elements com together for a sizable outbreak of severe weather. We just left our hotel in Blackwell, OK, where it's 54 degrees and visibilities are less than a mile due to fog and mist. As a warm front moves northward through Oklahoma, this may intensify before things clear out quickly early this afternoon. Once things clear out, it shouldn't be too long before we're picking a supercell to chase! Needless to say, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a rare HIGH risk for the area.

Things will be very active today because instability, shear, moisture, and numerous other factors are aligning pretty well. CAPE values well in excess of 3000 J/kg, dewpoints near 70, bulk shear (0-6km) over 70 kt, and the jet screaming overhead are going to set off some very intense supercell thunderstorms this afternoon. Some of these storms will go from small puffy cumulus clouds to monster storms within an hour because of the intense uplift. Needless to say, the feeling is electric out here and we're hoping that things materialize as forecast.

We'll be streaming LIVE video today at when storms start initiating. If you've just found my blog through John Belski's blog or another source, welcome! Follow me on Twitter or Facebook to to get the latest updates on our chase and see when we're streaming live video.

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