Severe weather in Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa

May 1st, 2018 |

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GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images, with SPC storm reports plotted in red [click to play MP4 animation]

Severe thunderstorms produced tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds across parts of Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa on 01 May 2018. A Mesoscale Domain Sector  provided images at 1-minute intervals — SPC storm reports are plotted on 0.64 µm “Red” Visible images (above) and 10.3 µm “Clean” Infrared Window images (below).

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GOES-16 “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images, with SPC storm reports plotted in cyan [click to play MP4 animation]

Many of the storms exhibited cloud-top signatures commonly associated with severe weather — for example, pronounced “enhanced-v” signatures with “cold/warm thermal couplets” were seen on Infrared imagery with the tornado-producing storms in northern Kansas and southern Nebraska (below), and both a well-defined “overshooting top” and an “above-anvil plume” were seen on Visible imagery with the Nebraska storm.

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GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images, with SPC storm reports [click to enlarge]

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