Forecasting and Intercepting the 28 May 2013 Bennington, KS Tornadic Supercell: A Student Perspective

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Sunday, 2 February 2014
Hall C3 (The Georgia World Congress Center )
Kevin M. Wagner, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN; and B. Wolf, T. Bals-Elsholz, and K. Goebbert

For the past 20 years, undergraduate students in Valparaiso University Meteorology program's Severe Convective Storms Field Study have ventured into the field and applied their classroom knowledge in a hands-on environment. The students collect data, forecast, and discern target areas for severe weather. When conditions allow, the students prepare and launch radiosondes in the pre-storm environment.

Examining the 28 May 2013 mesoscale case over north-central Kansas, this project will focus on the step-by-step process from a student perspective. The project describes the tools, models, parameters, and observations used to determine the focus for the day, including a classic loaded-gun sounding measured and observed by the field team. The decisions made by the team on this day placed them in position to observe an EF-4 tornado near Bennington, KS.