Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Monday's Storm Follow-up...& More!

(Flooding in NW Guilford County after pre-dawn storm 07-30-07; photo by Michael Moneypenny)

Two days ago I posted the radar-estimated storm total from that monster cell over NW Guilford County, showing a hotspot just north of Summerfield that was in the 11" zone. Thanks to the efforts of the good folks at the Raleigh National Weather Service office, they've put together an extensive page pooling all the data and reports that you weather junkies may find very interesting, verifying that locally intense outburst among other tasty tidbits.

07-30-07 Storm Follow-up

While there is a lot to read over and digest on that page, I've pulled out one video link, a java loop of that storm in 5-minute intervals between roughly 1:30am and 5:30am. The 'bombogenesis' core sat virtually still way up in the NW corner of Guilford County, while the other very heavy rain producing part just NE in Rockingham County had steady movement into Virginia, sparing them the same fate:

07-30-07 Radar Loop

Still shaking my head that it's already August...and this first week will be a toasty and dry one, making us on-air mets dig deeply to keep weather discussions interesting as we hit a stride of, well, rather boring stuff. HOWEVER, especially the latter half of August, the tropics start coming to life, climatologically, and we've quickly got several balls to juggle and watch.

As of 8:15am yesterday, we had Tropical Storm Chantal form off the NE coast and heading NE - clearly a non issue in our weather - and as of 11pm was no longer being monitored. The circled area "2" shows the possible formation of an extratropical low off Cape Hatteras which is being watched...and a concern only to shipping lanes. Then there is what is a 'seed' with pretty good potential for tropical development over the next few days, the circled "1" area. It's heading westward right for the southern Windward Islands on the Antilles Arc but as yet is not even rated as a depression as it is fairly disorganized. Lastly, and not highlighted in the graphic, eyes will be watching a frontal boundary in the northern Gulf that might be the breeding ground for a surface low to form in a few days, which in the realm of possibility could become tropical in nature.

Picking mom up at the airport and taking her home later today...get to hear all about the new babies in the family up in Ashland, Massachusetts! Hopefully more pics to share soon, as well.

It's Hump Day, Saddle Pals! Carpe Diem!

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