In Class Exercise 3: Mesoanalyses for the May 22-23, 2011 Joplin Tornadic Thunderstorm

Complete a mesoanalysis (2 mb interval; if present, fronts, outflow boundaries, dry line(s)) of the four charts in Section B below. Use synoptic charts in Section A as background. One color copy of each mesoscale plot is provided. However, your analyses MUST be completed using Adobe Illustrator (and the meteorological symbol set we have and which was distributed in Metr 400 and Metr 430).

Your analyses should be accomplished in two stages: (a) rough drafts, for discussion on October 21, 2011; and (b) final copies completed using Adobe Illustrator on October 28, 2011.

A. Synoptic Charts As Background

12 UTC 22 May 2011 00 UTC 23 May 2011
Surface Surface
925 mb 925 mb
850 mb 850 mb
700 mb 700 mb
500 mb 500 mb
300 mb 300 mb
250 mb 250 mb

 

B. Mesoscale Plots To Be Analyzed

1200 UTC (22 May)

1600 UTC (22 May)

2200 UTC (22 May)

0000 UTC (23 May)