The Plains Elevated Convection At Night (PECAN) experiment (1 June – 15 July 2015) provided a major opportunity for collecting integrated and targeted observations in severe-wind producing MCSs. PECAN deployed a diverse array of instrumentation, including mobile and stationary radars, surface weather stations, mobile mesonets, and soundings in and near nocturnal MCSs and convection transitioning from daytime to nocturnal/MCS organization in the presence of a developing NSBL enabling the study of initiation/transition, evolution, internal kinematics and microphysics of severe-surface-wind-producing and potentially severe-surface-wind-producing MCSs.
During PECAN, several MCSs occurred that were marginally severe, despite high probability forecasts of severe winds. The PECAN armada deployed several mobile radars in front on an MCS in Minnesota, allowing for multi-Doppler synthesis of the evolution of a potentially severe wind-producing MCS. We will present preliminary combined multi-Doppler, dual polarization, mesonet and sounding analyses, with a particular focus on the downdraft and gust front characteristics, and discuss why only marginally severe winds reached the surface. Comparisons will be made between this and other PECAN cases in which only marginally severe winds reached the surface.