The development of plasma in a medium pressure (50 torr) environment in nitrogen was studied by simulation and measurement under the influence of non-uniform, pulsed electric fields. A GPU-accelerated, 3-dimensional particle-in-cell (PIC)/Monte Carlo Collision (MCC) simulation code was written utilizing the CUDA platform to simulate pulsed plasma development in a nitrogen environment and uncover the transient plasma characteristics in detail. The simulation provides significant speed-up over the CPU equivalent implementations. Experimentally, a needle-protrusion (1.5 mm in length, 200 μηι tip radius) opposite a brass ground plane with the distance between needle-tip and wall held at 1.5 mm provided a non-homogeneous field. Excitation of the needle-plane gap was achieved with a ∼100 ns rise-time high-voltage pulser with a peak voltage of 30 kV. Diagnostics included time-resolved nanosecond gated imaging for light intensity measurements and high speed electrical probes for timing. A time series of the plasma formation captured with a 5 ns camera gate revealed a mostly uniform expanding plasma cloud from the needle tip.