June 16, 2008: Hobart, Oklahoma Stacked Supercell

A surprise day in Southwest Oklahoma. We were not expecting much in terms of tornadic supercells, but we ended up with several intense storms. Our favorite was a stacked supercell near Hobart that possibly produced a brief tornado. Today had good moisture, instability and moderate shear that was somewhat weak at low-levels. A dryline provided the trigger that would fire the storms for the day. We intercepted three tornadoes warned storms in total, with one likely rain-wrapped tornado.

May 29, 2008: Kearney, Nebraska Tornadic Supercell

3000 J/KG CAPE along with strong low-level shear and 50 knot low level jet brought tornadic supercells into southern Nebraska today. A nice late May dryline setup that featured a surface low over NE Colorado and a dryline extending through western Kansas that was punching into south-central Nebraska provided an initial target area from McCook to Kearney. We intercepted a beautiful and intense supercell with a deepening wall cloud SW of Kearney and tracked it as it moved towards the city. It quickly produced a tornado and unfortunately, there was sufficient damage in town to several structures as a result of a direct tornado strike. The cell was extremely high precipitation, which made the tornado very difficult to see as it was occluded in rain.

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