Convective Meteorology (Mesoscale Dynamics)

The 5 June 2012 Central Montana Tornado Event

Ariel Cohen

13 September 2013, 3:00 PM

National Weather Center, Room 5600
120 David L. Boren Blvd.
University of Oklahoma
Norman, OK

During the afternoon and evening of 5 June 2012, central Montana experienced a rare tornado event for that region, with three confirmed tornadoes from two supercell thunderstorms. While the background environment supporting this event was generally consistent with that corresponding to a severe thunderstorm and tornado event in the mid latitudes, particular factors supporting this event in central Montana were seasonally anomalous. We present climatological anomalies, with mid-level lapse rates and deep moisture content being particularly high for this case. In support of future pattern recognition and forecasting of such an event, for which large potential impact could exist, the synoptic and mesoscale environment evolution, and the radar evolution associated with this event are investigated. Impact-based decision support services and detailed tornado assessments from the National Weather Service in Great Falls will also be discussed.

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