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Waiting Game

How is everyone dealing with the lackluster year? After the the spoils of the last 2 years I find myself praying for the "Great Ridge of 2005" to fade away. I've never seen so much humidity and heat, but no rain to boot.
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How is everyone dealing with the lackluster year? After the the spoils of the last 2 years I find myself praying for the "Great Ridge of 2005" to fade away. I've never seen so much humidity and heat, but no rain to boot.
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I have to agree with you 110%! There hasn't been hardly any storms in Wisconsin since June. We've been having heat wave after heat wave, and the meager "cool down" periods in between have come through for the most part dry with just a wind shift to mark their passage. The first two weeks in June were awesome with the tornado count racking up in WI, but then it totally died off and there isn't even any rain!!!

I'm hoping for even a "mini" second season to help my SDS. Maybe the ridge will die off by August 15th, and things will get a little active before fall gets here with its cloudy, rainy, blustery days. There's a hint in the models of a stormy period between 8/12 and 8/16. Lets see what happens.

-Tim
 
Well after a rather boring July here in the Eastern Dakotas it has shapped up the last two weeks. Looks like that pattern is going to continue threw the next week.

-Scott
 
Well after a rather boring July here in the Eastern Dakotas it has shapped up the last two weeks. Looks like that pattern is going to continue threw the next week.

-Scott

I wish the weather in the dakotas would come a little farther south to the Kansas/Missouri region. I can't remember the last time we had any chaseable weather around here. I hope we get our second season come September or it looks like I'll be dealing with an extended **severe** case of SDS until spring '06. In the short to medium term, it looks like the ridge will remain in place and the jet stream will stay up in your neck of the woods (great for you, bad for us here) :( .
 
Anthony:
Looks like relief might be in sight by late next weekend for you, at least in the Missouri portion of your wish. Looks like just a lot of rain but coverage should be decent over in to IN and OH too.
I have been amazed at the concentration of svr over the past two weeks in Canada. I realize it storms that far north, don't get me wrong (heh) - but... newsworthy severe in our neighbor to the north (not including the plane crash) has been a regular in national headlines. Interesting.
 
Anthony:
Looks like relief might be in sight by late next weekend for you, at least in the Missouri portion of your wish. Looks like just a lot of rain but coverage should be decent over in to IN and OH too.
I have been amazed at the concentration of svr over the past two weeks in Canada. I realize it storms that far north, don't get me wrong (heh) - but... newsworthy severe in our neighbor to the north (not including the plane crash) has been a regular in national headlines. Interesting.

Yeah...it would be nice to get some water going so we can get rid of this heat...for a while anyways. However...looking over the model runs, it doesnt appear that any severe weather is on the horizon in the near future for the central and southern plains, but I'll take the rain(I guess beggars can't be choosers). Regarding the severe weather up north...that is without a doubt pretty amazing. It seems like the jet stream has been pretty much "frozen" up there the last couple months preventing anything good from occurring across the Great Plains. Heck, before too long the SDS will be really kicking in and I'll be out doing the "supercell dance". Oh well, what can ya do? Mother Nature has decided to do her business elsewhere this season.
 
My area is in a D2-D3 (severe to extreme) drought and has been since the spring. Since it looks to continue through at least October I've pretty much given up on the 2005 chasing year. I'm just looking forward to 2006 and hoping it makes up for this year.
 
Yeah, this year has been a total bust. It rained all through June and July, which is peak season in BC. August hasn't been that great either, though we'll see how it goes from here.
 
Its been a typical season in KC, or at least the KC I've come to know over the last 5 years. Lots of rain and thunderstorms in late march March, April, and May, then little/no rain through September. I hate it, blech.
 
Well, it would appear that we will get our second dose of "pop-up" showers and thunderstorms today as I see some cumulus bubbling outside my office window. We had a cell pop up and drop 0.35" of rain at my house yesterday, and that was within 15 minutes. Very isolated showers with very gusty winds. The same type of situation caused a few accidents along I-70 yesterday west of Salina.

It's no break in the "ridge", but we'll take whatever precip we can get this time of year.

Tim
 
There has been close to nothing for the MI season... Besides 6/5 (when I was in GRI...) there has been NO real organized, supercellular events over here. Also, besides the one report of a tornado in the U.P. about a week ago, there has been no tornadoes reported in MI besides the ones on 6/5.

I did get a break about two weeks ago, when a severe storm blew up (which should have been more powerful, considering what kind of setup we had that day...), and produced 1"INCH hail all over my backyard, here in Roseville.

But then again, that is why I left MI for the Central Plains to chase storms... :lol: :lol:
 
I havent' seen a thunderstorm here since early June, and that one was a joke. This is by far the WORSE drought I've ever seen.

Last winter sucked too, we only had 17" of snow for the entire season, about 20" short of normal.


If weather would have been like this when I was a little kid, I probably wouldn't have taken interest in weather at all.
 
The area rivers are getting pretty low. As a matter of fact, I was floating down the Clinton River when I hit a log, LOL... Most parts you can just walk across now, where there used to be 2 feet or more of water.

I am sure things would be much worse if it wasn't for that +100 inches of snow we got last winter in our local area. But, at least our total precip for the month of July was above average, to kind of even things out.

Given the number of +90F degree days, I think this will rank as one of MI hottest summers... Too bad severe weather has been at a minimum though, I can't complain too much, I did see some very nice gust fronts, lightning, and a gustnado... Similar to what every season in the Great Lakes brings...

Now I am just waiting for some serious heat and humidity to pump up, the ring of fire to get started up, and have a nice northwest flow derecho :D
 
It was weird, in mid may, durring my chase vacation, there was no where to go for a 2-3 days. Only a few windy things were poping up in far eastern NM. Later I was able to make it out in june and was able to get a few good storms and tornadoes. Hopefully that will hold me over. Later, I will be on my way back to Albuquerque. Hopefully will at least catch the one or two good storms that fire up from the monsoon. They are at least picture worthy. Also had the 2nd latest start of the Monsoon over here in AZ.
 
My wife is out driving and just called saying, "Hey. There's a monster mushroom thunderstorm cloud to the north! Maybe you can see it. I wish I had the camera!...."

Well, the condo doesn't have any windows facing that way I can get to because I'm still basically flat on the recliner recuperating from ankle surgery. That's how some of my season has gone.... :(
 
I'm getting a very mixed blessing here in Dallas-Fort Worth. I've had rain and thundershowers for a few hours almost every day in the last week. But that's it. Yeah, there's been some thunder and lightning and wind gusts, but no significant cloud formations. While I am happy for the rain, it's all really a big tease. I sit here like an idiot staring at the radar all day just hoping against hope that one of those cells has some substance in it. And when they arrive, I go outside and stare at the sky like an idiot hoping that there is actually something different in the sky than was on the radar.

It's like a topless bar. All look, but no touch. :?
 
I think I've about declared EOS for me.... this year just sucked badly. It's already August and there's just nothing happening. Bermuda highs suck. Never in my life do I recall having such a dull storm season. 2 chases and only one was successful (June 14th squall line). Wish I could see a lack of this smoggy muggy heat instead. Hottest and smoggiest summer on record.

But every chaser has their bad year, and this year was mine... as I always say, "there's always next year".... funny how each year seems to get worse after saying that :? Maybe I should try reverse phsycology on Mother Nature? LOL. Watch... southern Ontario will get a big outbreak in 2006 when I will be out in the plains :twisted:

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Well, considering it was autumn where I was while this season was going on, I am really hoping for some good mini-season action in October. The last time I saw really good supercellular convection was May 29, 2004. So yeah, definitely keeping my fingers crossed. I'd be happy with a little gustnado or maybe some reasonably sized hail (though not on my car).
 
When storms are in doubt... I pursue fun day trips for photography. My latest trip covered some of the hot spots (really need 2 days) in NW OK including the Great Salt Plains NWR/State Park and the Glass Mountains.

http://ww2.convectionconnection.com:8080/NW_OK-080705/

Aaron

Awesome Pics...When I get some time off work here in the next couple of weeks I might take a little road trip and snap some photos just to knock some of the dust off the cameras and get my mind off the SDS for a while. My destination will likely be Southern Missouri/Northern Arkansas. I'd like to get some shots of the lakes and other stuff, and maybe get some fishing time in as well.
 
Rob, you are not alone in the DFW area as I done likewise past several days. While lightning has been quite frequent with these afternoon storms, few CGs were visible beyond the precipitation cores; nice shows nonetheless. And to top off the tease, most of the sunset opportunities failed to materialize either because the majority of clouds dissipated or the sunlight was blocked by cloud cover in the west. But, hey, at least some relief from heat and drought was provided. Looking forward to hopefully some Fall activity.
 
The only bit of excitement I have gotten out of the recent showers was a couple of days ago. I was on my front porch with my mother watching the rain when we were blinded by a VERY close lightning strike with a thunderburst which followed almost immediately. It scared my mother so badly that she literally jumped ON my back. Unfortunately, I have a broken knee, so that was a little uncomfortable! :shock:

Watching the news later, I saw that particular lightning strike destroyed a house a couple of miles away.
 
I believe 2005 was my best year. I didn't go out that many times, but it only took a few storms that were prolific producers to make the difference.

The difference is this year the jet actually stayed further south for a longer period of time than it had the last 4 or so years. Northern chasers have gotten spoiled thinking all the activity was going to go and stay in IA, MN, SD, NE. They got a little activity this year but I think the best was finally further south as it is 'supposed' to be.

Additionally I usually quit chasing early June because I don't want to drive all the way to Canada every week on a 2 day chase. Having the storms closer down in Tx allowed me to chase these better events.

I still haven't posted all my pictures, video, or accounts of these events. I will in the near future though.

Sorry the rest of you feel left out. But I felt the same way last few years during the bonanzas in SD and IA late in the season when I decided to stay home. Only way to get around this is to chase them all, and to do it all the way from March to July.
 
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