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  1. On the subject of laundry - most motels have a washer and dryer, so I take less clothes and more gear these days and do a wash mid-tour. The machines take quarters so keep hold of any you get in change. The wash is generally $2 (8 quarters) and a dry tumble about the same. In a group it might be worth buying a ‘bag’ of washing powder at Walmart for a few dollars and share it. It’s much cheaper than buying a small box of the stuff from the motel counter or vending machine in the laundry room.


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  2. I’m sure the lines of Paul and Nick will give you numbers with respect their tours, but climatology (30 years or so mean) dictates the numbers peak at the end of May. The incidence and distribution of course varies year to year, but I’ve gone every year end May/early June since 2009 and always managed to catch at least one tornado (along with loads of hail, lightning, structure etc). 

    I wouldn’t worry too much about location - the teams will get you to where you need to be even if it means crossing three states!

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  3. Having missed last weekend’s outbreak, we have another situation this evening if supercells develop in the warm sector above which is a high-end kinematic environment with some long stretched hodographs (up to 90kn W flow at 700mb above N AL at 22Z). Some strong tornadoes possible but conditional on the cells breaking the lid. 

  4. On 28/10/2018 at 16:38, mikeofmacc said:

    Yeah, there are different rules based on where you are as Paul said. On the Dodge City tornado day, a good 10 to 15 minutes before the tornado physically formed, the radar picked up strengthening rotation as the meso developed, and they issued a tornado warning. Anyone inside the tornado warning box had sirens go off as precaution. So this little town that we were in had sirens go off for a storm that was to their North and moving away, but limitations of the system I guess and better to be safe than sorry.

    And if you never heard one before, they are really cool, but very spooky when they go off!

    That was Minneola - we were queued at the rail crossing heading North when they started up (with the two hundred other chasers lol). It really is an unearthly sound if you’re not used to it. Happened the next day in Solomon KS too.

    The ‘rules’ vary a bit but these days a siren will be activated if the town lies within the warning polygon, which can be triggered by both radar indicated or spotter report. 

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  5. Hi Richard. Thoroughly enjoyed that - really well done. I was late on that cell and approached from the N Platte side and didn’t get the sunset structure view. Looking forward to the next episode. 

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  6. Seasonably strong upper wind profile and corridor of impressive SRH up to 600 (HRRR 00Z) brings a risk of tornadoes to Dixie Alley this evening, some strong ones too with a 15% tor. These early Dixie events can be high-end so this will be on my list to monitor.

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  7. 48 minutes ago, matty40s said:

    Unfortunately it doesnt, it means brave people will risk their lives to save stupid people.


    Latest Recon aircraft flying out, Florence is 104 miles ESE of Charleston S Carolina

    That is incorrect.

    The 2pm local fix had the centre 845miles off the NC coast. It’s not due to make landfall for another two days yet.

    And reference the people who stay behind - they’re not all hot headed weather freaks. I have friends who care for an elderly couple in Myrtle Beach who will get to the local shelter along with others in a similar position. There is such a thing as choice as well.

  8. 52 minutes ago, bluearmy said:

    Is mogreps resolution too clever at six days? ukmo did well with some of last seasons storms when it disagreed with the ec/gfs - my comment on ‘non event’ related to its lack of strengthening compared to the rest of the models. I don’t believe the ukgm resolution is going to be responsible for this difference. 

    the next ec run will be of great interest to NHC, given the gfs 06z. I wonder what the GFSP will show? 

    NHC hold the ECM tropical product in high regard and it contributes a fair weight to the official NHC track guidance so yes it’s an interesting few days coming up. Of course we’re still very much in the guess range but you get a feeling this is in full ramp preparation mode and could be a big story by early next week.

  9. Historically, and supported by the statistical based models, hurricanes that deepen rapidly tend to bias to the right side of the track envelope which would account for some of the uncertainty.

    Given the blend of solutions with regards the upper ridge in 5 days forecast to develop near Bermuda, I’d say there’s a better than average chance of a high end hurricane impacting the coast between FL and NC next Weds/Thurs and I’m looking at options to intercept, but will leave it until Monday.

  10. Confirmed tornado numbers (CONUS) for May 2018 are 118, compared to the ten yr average of 306 (2001-2011). Not an all time low but not far off it. Five of the above were the brief twin landspouts near Cove, CO. 

    Finding a tornado this season has been a struggle for sure.

  11. Not a bad call if you can hack the drive. I actually think SPC are underdoing the potential in C/E NM tomorrow with a 50kn at 500mb streak and enough moisture (less required in upslope regime) to play with. Expect a category upgrade in next or morning update.

    Will wait for later CAM runs before considering the trip myself but as we’ll be looking at W TX anyway for Monday it might be worth a shout. 500 miles - no problem!

  12. Loaded gun/CF day today. Positioning in Mullen, NE for 20Z initiation ready to move east. Composites on the southern end of the frontal line rapidly improve towards 23Z in a nose of 70+ dps. Focussing on timelapse of convection if I can get my position right. Tricky today though with sparse road options up in the Sandhills.

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