Sometimes in storm chasing, there are multiple targets to choose from. This can create opportunity or anguish for storm chasers as they try to ascertain which target is for them.
May 29, 2018 was a great example of this, with a outflow boundary as one target and the dryline as another (there was a third target on this day we aren’t talking about that was in the same region and a very successful one). On one hand, outflow boundaries are incredible things that should never be ignored (but sometimes passed on). On the other, a big environment on the dryline with isolated storms looking likely is a storm chasers’ dream. Which do you pick?
Here are some key lessons we’ll talk about in this video:
1)Multiple targets can work out in a day, and you have to be comfortable with that. In storm chasing, you can’t see every storm and every tornado, its a lot like baseball in that even if you chase the right days you may not see the good stuff. Its all about sustaining success long-term to allow luck to be on your side.
2)Big instability (CAPE) days can do some incredible things. This is doubly true when there’s just enough shear for supercells. Oftentimes in late May and June, supercells will form in these environments and take hard right (deviant) turns. This maximizes the shear a storm can use. Similarly, cloud bases can be lower than what the ambient environment originally projects as these cells make their own environments.
3)If ever in doubt, isolated storms are the best storms.
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