Initiation and Evolution of the South Dakota Tornado Outbreak of 24 June 2003
The outbreak that occurred in eastern South Dakota on 24 June 2003 provides an excellent opportunity for the study of tornadoes because they were significant in number, yet occurred in a small area over a short period of time. We performed a post-analysis of radar, computer model, and observational data pertinent to the outbreak to see what meteorological processes caused the outbreak to occur, and what factors contributed to sustaining tornado production and behavior during the outbreak. This provided documentation of differences between the movement of tornadoes in comparison to their parent supercells, as well as cell interactions leading to subsequent tornado production. We also compared this outbreak to previous tornado outbreaks to determine if there are precursor and initiation similarities.
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