It's been a wild and woolly week in the weather world here in North Carolina, and it has put to the test once again the ability to be live all 6 hits each hour, or even step up to the uninterrupted "wall-to-wall" situation where the on-air meteorologist is live non-stop when certain storm parameters and positioning are met...which can go on uninterrupted for over an hour! (That's a LOT of talking!) Rare is the time there is a second person there to help pull data or manually operate the radars, so it becomes a serious and grueling dog and pony show to beat all shows. It's what we do best, but it can also drain and tax our limited human resources.
I'll admit it...I feel guilty. It's been like a big party that I wasn't invited to. Being the early morning shifter, I'm in around 2-ish and handle morning affairs through 11am (or later, depending on extra shifts)...the point being, the vast majority of these storms are diurnal in nature, driven by the sun's heating...so all Hades breaks lose late in the afternoon into the early nighttime hours...when we morning mets are trying to sleep. Basically, we miss all the action.
Later today and tonight will be yet another day of maelstroms, this round promising to end the week with a bang, not unlike next Wednesday night's July 4th fireworks (can you believe it's here already???). Because I had to work last Sunday, I'm off today, and leaping to the mountains for a little break, even with the expected storms...sometimes ya just gotta get up and go, eh?! Trusting you know your geography and where NC is, I'm posting the severe storm reports (national) map in sequence from this week...with all the blue wind and green hail markers, mentally add in the scope and spread of storminess it took to create them. Hats off the evening-side News 14 weather warriors...!
(you can click pics below to enlarge)