Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A Slow Start to the Season

Sorry for the lack of updates for the past few months, things in the academic realm have been keeping me limited in the amount of time I can put into finishing last year's chase logs and updating about the chase season.

So far, 2016 has left me incredibly underwhelmed, even with a decent chase on April 11th in north Texas that yielded a tornado-warned supercell that never quite could latch onto an OFB and become surface based. I wasn't able to trek out to the Panhandles on April 15th due to work and missed out on the tornadoes in the Oklahoma Panhandle as a result. While the season has definitely been slow to get off the ground, this weekend looks like it might finally kick the season into gear. Considerable discrepancies between the ECM and GEFS exist with trough placement, moisture and just about everything other synoptic feature but it seems likely that Sunday through next Tuesday will at least have one chaseable day mixed in. With any luck, some tornadic potential will come out of this next system and get us ready as we tumble towards May.