Tuesday, May 31, 2011

May 31- Storm Aftermath (Explanation of why nothing happened)

The storms that were supposed to carry an extreme damaging wind threat did not form.
The cold front is currently in West Indiana as I post.
Why did nothing happen?

For the Great Lakes areas such as Chicago, it was all cloud cover.
Clouds out ahead of the system brought the storm threat to minimal. Not nearly enough instability was generated to support even strong storms.

For other areas, it was the same thing.
Even right now, a massive wall of clouds is way out ahead of the cold front, also cutting out on instability. However, in those areas, daytime sunshine has already made the atmosphere unstable, so stronger storms are more likely for those areas in the Ohio Valley.

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