copyright the Chronicle August 3, 2016
by Steve Maleski
May 25, mid-afternoon, and we are east of Newton, Kansas, in the middle of a slim wedge of very unstable air extruded northward from a reservoir of moist, hot tropical air resident over east Texas and eastern Oklahoma. The tip of the wedge is near Manhattan, Kansas, about 100 miles farther north. A weak outflow boundary left by thunderstorms the previous day is in the vicinity; farther north is a warm front. Both boundaries will provide lift and low-level turning of the wind field that will be adequate to support supercells. The bigger question is: Which boundary should we focus on?
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