This study focuses on cold pool, low level wind shear, and other thermodynamic and kinematic variables from six intensive operation periods (IOPs) during the Plains Elevated Convection at Night project. Using the Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), simulations are completed at 3 km horizontal grid spacing using both a local and a non-local planetary boundary layer scheme. Preliminary results suggest that initial deep cold pool development originating from cellular convection and ample line-normal vertical wind shear is critical for upscale growth into an organized MCS, especially in the absence of large scale linear forcing. Additionally, the ratios of line normal to line parallel shear and cold pool/line normal shear also reveal potential causes for a lack of upscale growth. Further cross section and sounding analysis will also be presented.