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Category: Severe convection

Strong thunderstorms along a cold front moving across Argentina and Uruguay

1-minute Mesoscale Domain Sector GOES-16 (GOES-East) “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) + Total Precipitable Water (TPW) images (above) showed severe thunderstorms that developed along a cold front that moved north-northeast across Argentina and Uruguay on 01-02 December 2023. Pulses of thunderstorm overshooting tops occasionally exhibited infrared brightness temperatures in the -85 to -90ºC range (brighter white... Read More

Severe Weather over Lower Michigan

Storm Reports for the first two weeks of November 2023 show that the all but one of the reports have occurred over lower Michigan, where large hail (1 to 1.5 inches in diameter) occurred shortly after sunrise on 6 November in Newaygo County (1423 UTC), Montcalm County (1440, 1443 UTC) and... Read More

LightningCast probabilities in the cool season

Seasonably cool Fall-like temperatures overspread the western Great Lakes and northern Plains on 5 October. The animation above shows the Day Cloud Phase Distinction overlain with LightningCast probability from 1321-1721 UTC on 5 October (that is, 8:21-12:21 CDT). SPC on this day was anticipating general thunder over northern Minnesota. Given that,... Read More

Severe Weather in North Texas

The North Texas panhandle is experiencing severe weather on October 4, 2023. Animation 1 shows Radar reflectivity in tight areas of convection across the panhandle. The GOES Day Cloud Phase Distinction RGB shown in Animation 2 confirms convection, showing overshooting tops becoming wispy ice clouds (appearing orange in the RGB).An enhanced risk of convection... Read More