SYNOPSIS FOR 6/1/94 - VORTEX 94
Convection which developed Wednesday afternoon over southwestern
Kansas dissipated after sunset, and a convective cluster developed in the
region of greatest isentropic lifting over Nebraska during the nighttime
hours. By sunrise...the convective cluster had propagated into eastern
Nebraska. A weak stationary front extended across northern Kansas early in
the day. Convective outflow enhanced baroclinicity along boundary across
north central and northeastern Kansas. A minor short wave was expected to
ripple across Nebraska during the day and to extend from eastern South
Dakota to south central Nebraska by 00Z. Winds behind the boundary were
nicely backed into the east at speeds of around 15 knots, while southerly
flow at 10 to 20 knots prevailed across Kansas south of the boundary.
Winds increased with height to 35-40 knots between 700 and 500 mb but
remained nearly uniform above that level. Dewpoints in the upper 60s
pooled along the boundary across northeastern Kansas during the
afternoon...resulting in estimated CAPEs in the 4000 joules/kg range. The
VORTEX teams were dispatched to north central Kansas and released
soundings in Lincoln and Osborne by early afternoon. Other soundings
were released around Bennington and Belleville during the afternoon.
Thunderstorms developed northwest of Concordia between 600 and 630 pm
and propagated toward the east at approximately 20 mph. Significant
rotation was measured by the Topeka WSR-88D in a storm which moved
across Marshall, Washington, and Nemaha Counties, but no tornado was
observed. Indeed, the Vorticians indicated that no significant cloud base
rotation was evident. The P3 collected data in that area during the time the
rotating thunderstorm was in existence.
Other thunderstorms developed by mid afternoon along a convergence zone
in west central Kansas. Very heavy rainfall and marginal hail accompanied
these storms. During the evening, the thunderstorms developed
northeastward along the convergence zone, and hail up to 1 1/4 inch in
diameter was reported southwest of Norton.
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