jpeters3

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  1. Folks, from an objective perspecitve, this is a bust. There are few scenarios whete the high risk will verify. No signs of CI in the warm sector and a robust MCS that is being overrun by an OFB. Just calling a spade a spade.
  2. Considering the fact that there had already been several EF-5s on 4-27 by this time, I think this statement is well justified.
  3. also some CI down to the SE of Lubbock near the dryline.
  4. Even the NAM NEST has caved a bit. At this point, i would discount that solution anyway since it has very poorly handled MCS development/movement earlier in the day.
  5. This statement isn't at all quantitatively supported. Also, nobody is jumping on the NAM nest solution as the most likely outcome.
  6. Just let us objectively assess the situation. Nobody is prematurely calling bust at this point, we're just calling it as we see it and you haven't the faintest idea how much experience any of us have.
  7. I think it's too early to tell at this point. The current trend is basically between the bullish HRRR solutions and the Bustish NAM NEST solutions. Both models show the outflow boundary from early activity "holding latitude" against the southerly flow.
  8. Agreed with your assessment 100%. I think we need to view these HRRR solutions cautiously, given the northward bias in the portrayal of current activity.
  9. Nobody is complaining. Experienced professional meteorologists are providing objective analysis of the situation.
  10. the HRRR solutions are to be taken with a grain of salt at this point. They have consistently (stubbornly) tried to drag all the current panhandle convection quickly into S KS away from the high risk region. Given what we know about bow echo evolutions, this is unlikely for the convection currently entering N OK. Most likely, the current panhandle MCS will track through regions north of I-40 retarding the northward frontal progression. Not sure how this will affect the outbreak potential later, other than to shift it south a tad from what the HRRR suggests.
  11. Still far too much uncertainty with respect to the convective evolution for such a high % call.
  12. The next few hours are going to be very telling. The bullish HRRR runs have most of the current MCS/precip in the TX panhandle going N into Kansas. There is already a bit more southward development of the MCS there than what is shown in most HRRR solutions. Conversely, the NAM NEST intensifies the current MCS and inundates most of OK with outflow, effectively killing the outbreak potential. The NAM nest seems to aggressive with the MCS development at the current time, but we'll see...
  13. Just for fun, output from a 250 m horizontal grid spacing simulation I ran with one of the insane NAM soundings. Shading is simulated radar reflectivity at 1 km, black outline is 3 m/s 1 km updraft, and blue contours are surface temperature deficit. REFL_175.pdf
  14. Doesn't change the uncertainty, IMO, but probably rightfully acknowledges the possible historic "ceiling" event. If this event goes, it will go big.
  15. You would have to go all the way back to 4-14-12, or even 5-22-11...
  16. Has it really been 6 years? Time flies...
  17. Interesting the HRRR is more aggressive than the NAM with pulling the front north. Could be because of less early day convection along the front in the HRRR
  18. I think one of the primary differences between CAMs that show quick upscale growth and those that show a discrete outbreak is the orientation of the dryline in the TX panhandle. The NAM nest surges part of the dryline eastward and ends up with a SW to NE oriented dryline, which is close to parallel with storm motions. Since storm motion vectors end up parallel to the initiation mechanism, a squall line forms fairly quickly. The HRRR, on the other hand, keeps a more N-S oriented dryline and storm motion vectors are more perpendicular. Subtle difference but it might end up being a big factor.
  19. I wouldn't discount the CAM solutions as much as you suggested. CAMs generally do a good job of physically resolving the conditions related to the initiation and maintenance of MCSs (this is supported by research). It is possible that there are subtleties of the dynamics/thermodynamics that the model is capturing that are difficult to pick out of soundings.
  20. I think this discussion hits the forecast problem on head. There will probably be tornadoes, and even some strong ones. Details of the outbreak depend on timing of MCS development at various points through the day. If there is no (or weak) early day MCS, and evening activity can remain discrete, we'll probably see a historic outbreak. If not, tornado coverage will probably be more sporadic. If CAMs keep the current trends, I probably wouldn't go with day 1 high risk (at least early tomorrow) given the uncertainty.
  21. FWIW, the 12 UTC HRRR is pretty much all discrete storm mode.
  22. Right. I'm definitely not calling "bust" at this point, or even saying this won't be a high-end historic outbreak. I just think the upscale growth potential, and/or the potential for mixed storm modes **might** keep this from being a historic tornado outbreak. But it might not... Hard to tell at this point. There will almost certainly be tornadoes somewhere, and probably a few EF-2 + tornadoes.
  23. Another crazy eye candy sounding from the NAM at 03 UTC. STP of 19..., 0-3 km SRH of 860 J/Kg.
  24. 0000 UTC CSUWRF (GFS based) shows quite a bit of early-day convection through the panhandle and OK (this generally agrees with the GFS solutions), along with widespread upscale growth by 03-04 UTC. Some notable UH streaks throughout the region, but this early CI scenario would substantially reduce the warm front risk. CSUWRF: http://schumacher.atmos.colostate.edu/weather/real_time_wrf/radar_1km_4km/anim.php? SPC outlooks have harped on the lack of synoptic scale forcing as a factor in keeping cells discrete; however, with such saturation at low levels, it doesn't take much lift to get parcels to their LFCs and not much large-scale ascent is needed to make widespread CI, and the large CAPE and relatively moist mid-level environment in soundings will readily facilitate intense cold pool production and upscale growth.