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Chase Crew: David J. Williams, George Flickinger, Daniel Lockhoff, Lauren Madden.
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Meteorologist George Flickinger's Storm Chasing Pictures and Southern Plains Forecasts
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Meteorologist George Flickinger's Storm Chasing Pictures and Southern Plains Forecasts
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Like most storms days in the Southern Plains this year, May 23, 2006 was a bummer for chasers especially as the day appeared to have the highest tornado potential of any late May event.

A double dryline feature appeared to evolve in northern KS which is usually not ideal for storms. The high based storms failed to reach their convective potential....bottomline, we drove 962 miles for small hail.
May 23, 2006 Storm Chase and World's Smallest Dairy Queen: Northern Kansas, Southern Nebraska
I drove "the good car" for this chase... A VW Passat looked out of place in America's wheat fields, but it did return 32mpg while driving northward
But the storms fail to take advantage of the decent thermo support...notice the wispyness in the cloud structure over 10,000 feet.
You can barely make out a hailshaft in the middle, lower left beyond the horizon.
Smaller than dime-size hail. Weak updrafts storms can't generate large hail. Dan has small hands.
Huh?
We somewhat have a rainfree base. But there's little lightning, the rain shaft is small and the storm has weak updrafts.
This DQ has only three booths. In order to successfully fill the restaurant to 2/3rd capacity, we sat down.
And a 100 watt bulb was the only lighting in the seating area. It also doubled as the heater during Winter.
I look interested in a disinteresting storm line. The storms also moved faster than we anticipated.
Here's the best part of the trip... We thought this was a "knock off" Dairy Queen, but it's legitmate...sort of. Of course we stopped for supper.
Dave slings a psychrometer. The device is used to measure temp, wet bulb temp, then calculate dew point. The result: Temp= 96F, Td=63F
I use the same hand motions when I do the weather on TV.
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Chase Crew: David J. Williams, George Flickinger, Daniel Lockhoff, Lauren Madden.
BASE OF CLOUD


HAIL
RAINFREE BASE
RAIN/SMALL HAIL