Friday, November 18, 2011

Last Dances with the DOW

This is it for Utah storm chasers, our last weekend with the Doppler on Wheels before it returns to the Center for Severe Weather Research.  We will be out in the storm tonight and may opt to go down and look at Mt. Timpanogos on Sunday.

The latest models suggest a strong frontal precipitation band will develop over northern Utah between 5 and 8 PM tonight.  

The event then transitions into an event where mountain enhancement plays an increasingly important role during the late night hours.  

We will be deployed where we can examine the frontal precipitation processes and orographic enhancement in and around the Cottonwood Canyons.  So looking forward to it.

I figure tonight might be our last dance, but the latest model runs are calling for some precipitation to develop in southwesterly flow on Sunday afternoon.  

If this forecast holds, we may head down to Utah County to examine enhancement on the 7000 foot southwest face of Mount Timpanogos.  

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