2005 JUNE 6: ARTHUR, NEBRASKA TORNADO

 

 

The Arthur, Nebraska tornado was one of my favorites because it was a difficult and conditional forecast that verified beautifully.  Mainly, I was headed north to reposition for the following several days, but it looked to me like there was sufficient convergence along a well-capped dryline in central Nebraska to fire convection.  The wind fields and instability values were more than supportive of supercells, though I had real doubts about tornado potential due to potentially steep dewpoint depressions and the lack of local boundaries.  I thought storms would appear after 0z and the chase would unfold mostly after dark. 

Luckily, storms erupted much earlier in the day, two in particular, the southern of which was immediately impressive on radar and visually.  I was between the two storms to the east, and was able to choose which I should chase based on a variety of factors.  The decision was permanent since both cells were approaching unfavorable road networks.  I was lucky that I chose the right storm and witnessed a fine tornado near Arthur which kicked off the week of chasing in my life.  This tornado was on the ground from approximately 2315z to 2329z.

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