Experiments employing the WRF-DART data assimilation system are used to examine this hypothesized relationship between cold pools and subsequent mesoscale-convective predictability. Data assimilation experiments are initialized at 15 UTC using NCAR ensemble data assimilation system analyses. Assimilation cycling occurs from 16 UTC to 03 UTC before launching forecasts. In these experiments, surface observations and radar reflectivity data are assimilated onto a 3 km convection-permitting domain. Furthermore, suppression of convective development will be attempted by assimilating radar reflectivity data that have been edited to remove convective storms. Aspects of the mesoscale environment will be verified with a focus on the supplemental MPEX observations, and characteristics of severe convection will be verified using conventional observations and radar data.