Severe thunderstorms in North Carolina

May 13th, 2019 |

GOES-16

GOES-16 “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images, with plots of SPC storm reports [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-16 (GOES-East) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) and “Clean” Infrared Window (10.3 µm) images (above) showed clusters of severe thunderstorms that produced tornadoes and large hail (SPC storm reports) across parts of central and eastern North Carolina on 13 May 2019.

A west-to-east oriented quasi-stationary frontal boundary was acting as a focusing mechanism for many of these thunderstorms — the Terra MODIS Total Precipitable Water product at 1525 UTC (below) showed TPW values around 28 mm or 1.1 inch (lighter green enhancement) pooled immediately south of this frontal boundary.

Terra MODIS Total Precipitable Water product [click to enlarge]

Terra MODIS Total Precipitable Water product [click to enlarge]