Extreme Heat and Convective Rainfall Patterns...

By: Zachary Labe , 9:15 PM GMT on July 31, 2011

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Excuse myself for the last few months of my tardiness in new blogs. The past few months have been a whirlwind and it is interesting to see how I have grown and developed. August 19 signals the approach of something that seemed so far away. My dorm (I have a single!) items are bought and we are finishing up the last few odds and ends. I have enjoyed these last few weeks after cruising to Bermuda and traveling down to Ocean City with my best friend. I am soon in the process of saying goodbye to my grade school friends as I enter a new chapter in my life. College is not only about academic growth, but of almost equal importance; personal growth. Just as I reflect on the last few years of my social stature, I have very few friends left from my elementary school. My entire social circle through high school was formed during the 7th grade and stayed with me through high school. I have met some of the most wonderful people you could ever want to be friends with whom not only are a pleasure to be around, but also concerned with academics. 'Fitting in' is not a set concept and is always modifying. I am sure everyone can remember their 'group' they paled around during high school with and many of us took time to figure out who we are during these important growth years. Looking back, I would never change a single thing about the friends I have made or the decisions I have made. It is exciting to realize that essentially I am starting from the ground up once again starting college. And yes I will find my fit once again; my social circle of people of all different backgrounds.

I realize that there are very few close friends in high school I will end up keeping close contact with in the coming years. In fact unfortunately, I probably will only keep in correspondence with my best friend and less than a handful of other people. This is not because I chose to, but a fact of life. But I will never forget these people whom made the largest impacts during my impressionable adolescent years. You can say these people were not important, but that would be false. Our friends through grade school do influence the people we become.

So I say goodbye. And for many this goodbye is not a quick bye, it is permanent. The minute I walked across the graduation stage ended the memories of my teenage years as I enter what many would call their peak in their lives. Where ever I end up will always reflect the people who made that positive impact during my youth. My family, friends, teachers, etc. have all been a part of this process. If you can surround yourself with a such circle, you are set.

The Wunderground community has been a major part of my opportunities I have been presented from media attention to my college application. I appreciate the community we have here and this is my formal announcement that I hope to continue it through the future. I still have my reservations about being able to satisfy a blogging schedule, but I hope to remain a more active presence. This being said, we have to rebuild this wunderground community and continue its mature attitude. Attendance has dropped here on the blog, but with the advent of winter, I hope to see that rise. There are a lot of exciting things happening globally in the earth sciences.

The last few months I really have noticed a slight change in my personal growth. Not only I have strengthened existing friendships, I have been able to break my rigidness through set schedules and structure. I have also reflected on my career paths and each day I find myself pulling away slightly from the meteorological field. This may come as a shock to many, but I just see forecasting as more of a hobby. Instead I find myself drawn to the physiological science and research behind other aspects of the environment along with concepts in the renewable energy field. Perhaps I'll become an energy sector meteorologists. My degree will certainly be atmospheric sciences, but I find my graduate work may find itself in a related field. I am very excited by the propositions I have been given in attendance at an ivy leaguer school and where I end up as far as a career is mystifying to consider. If I can continue to use my atmospheric knowledge to further advance society through science and technological advances, then this is where I am drawn.

My upcoming blogs will certainly be shorter than they have in the past, but I hope to offer new perspectives in meteorology by taking a more scientific to understanding the science behind this young science along with taking a look at what may be somewhat controversial concepts on the east sciences and alternative energy. As I advance my studies, I hope to present some of this knowledge in an understandable and relatable manner, because the earth science is certainly important to the future of modern society.

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(Fig.1 - Temperature Departures Last 30 Days)

July has been hot. It is as simple as that to describe the last 30 days. In fact a majority of the contiquous United States will end up with positive anomalies with the center of the heat over the drought-stricken land of Texas and Oklahoma with departures upwards of +8F. Much of this heat is courtesy of favorable upper level weather patterns featuring abnormal ridges over the southern United States pushing heights to near obscene values. Many people think of heat waves here in the eastern United States to be in response to Bermuda highs that favor a clockwise flow allowing the low and upper level winds to be out of the southwest bringing in heat and humidity from the Gulf of Mexico up through New York State or so. But in general heat waves with values over 100F for a majority of the continental United States, the pattern is slightly different.


(Fig.2 - 500mb on July 20)

The height of the heat wave across the United States was around July 20 as century degree readings occurred across many central climatological recording sites. Note the 500mb pattern features intense ridging across the southern United States with high pressure in control. These types of setups are much more productive at producing real temperatures at record values. Note also the 588mb contour located well up to almost the US/Canadian border which certainly signals a memorable heat wave. This weather pattern corresponds directly to rainfall patterns across the United States.


(Fig.3 - Precipitation Departures Last 30 Days)

The precipitation departures highlight convective trends common to the summer months due to the lack of middle latitude cyclones. Precipitation during the summer is often connected to localized patterns with convection. As you can see their are terrible drought conditions across Texas and Oklahoma. Both precipitation and temperature patterns are certainly cross-connected. The moisture condition of the ground highly impacts temperature trends as the heating capacity greatly rises with drier ground allowing temperatures to soar. Wetter ground conditions prevent temperatures from rising to their full potential. Also given the relatively stagnant 500mb pattern, this explains the lack of precipitation across Texas given the anticyclone's position.


(Fig.4 - Precipitation Departures Last 365 Days(

Closer to home, precipitation trends have been highly localized with many areas in central and northeastern Pennsylvania receiving quite plentiful rainfall. This pattern looks to continue with highly convective precipitation chances ahead in the coming week or two. Looking at upper level weather patterns it does appear that a negative NAO regime and shift in the MJO will favor perhaps a cooler pattern. Long term GFS/ECMWF outlooks have been highlighting a toughing pattern across the northeast, but recent runs have backed off a bit.


(Fig. 5 - 7/31/2011 12z ECWMF 240hr prognostic)

Looking ahead at this week's weather a few cold fronts will move through region with isolated chances at severe weather including as soon as Monday with damaging winds the primary threat especially for New England down through eastern Pennsylvania. SPC highlights a slight outlook. Precipitation chances will occur every few days allowing some areas that have been dry to get some additional rainfall. Temperatures will remain at or slightly above normal, finally giving us a relief from the 90F heat. Although southern Maryland may continue to feel the heat especially towards Washington DC as they will be closer to the higher thicknesses.

Many eyes are shifting towards the Atlantic as a tropical wave from Africa will be approaching the northern Islands in the coming days. Current models show varying predictions, but recent 12z runs have shifted a bit farther north only scraping the Bahamas. I expect 91L to probably becomes named in the next 24 hours or so as it develops a low level circulation. Given the -NAO pattern and approaching trough along with climatological odds courtesy of the time of year, I expect soon to be Emily to swing away from the US coast well offshore to pose any threat. That being said it is always important to monitor forecast changes. I would say odds for a east coast hit/fish storm are 20/80. We shall see though as so far 91L has kept farther south on the forecast track than expected. I am less confident on the fish storm forecast than I was yesterday. If the forecast changes, I will be sure to update. Also given the state of the atmosphere the majority of the development will be taking place, I do not expect this to rapidly intensify or become too strong.

All in all cooler temperatures closer to climatological norms with several chances of precipitation associated with approaching cold fronts can be expected for the Northeast for the next seven days.

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"Here north of Harrisburg 2011 statistics"
(Severe Weather Stats...)
Severe Thunderstorm Watches- 10
Severe Thunderstorm Warnings- 10
Tornado Watches- 3
Tornado Warnings- 0
Total Thunderstorms- 33

(Precipitation Stats...)
Flood Watches- 8
Flood Warnings- 5
Flash Flood Warnings- 7
Current Monthly Precipitation- 7.88in
January Precipitation- 1.12in
February Precipitation- 2.74in
March Precipitation- 6.43in
April Precipitation- 10.47in
May Precipitation- 7.87in
June Precipitation- 4.57in
July Precipitation- 4.09in
August Precipitation- 7.88in
Yearly Precipitation- 45.17in

(Temperature Stats...)
Heat Advisories- 4
Excessive Heat Warnings- 2
Excessive Heat Watches- 1
90F days- 24
100F days- 2
Highest Temperature- 104F - 7/22/2011

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Well Blizz, just read your latest update. True, I know I have not been on site as much as usual. Busy summer...Now that 'the season' is starting will be checking in more. Very dry here in SO MD. Storms have come in but missed our neighborhood. Not to worry about posting, there are some long time followers that are very good on here..... Take care, enjoy the ride and stop in when you can!
Oh, do post about TS Emily....Where is she going??
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Lightning was vicious yesterday with the storm here with very close CTG strikes. I was very impressed! MCS complex potentially moving towards the Northeast late tonight. Track remains slightly uncertain, but keep an eye for those in Pennsylvania and southern New York State.
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JULY 2011 NORTHEAST ANOMOLIES AS COMPARED TO THE 1971 - 2000 JULY AVERAGES.

MAINE
Caribou: +1.5F / +4.07”
Houlton: +0.2F / +1.15”
Millinocket: +2.6F / -0.89”
Bangor: +1.6F / -1.14”
Portland: +4.0F / +1.32”

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord: +2.0F / -2.15”

VERMONT
Burlington: +2.2F / -0.29”
St. Johnsbury: +1.3F / -2.03”
Montpelier: +1.6F / -0.95”

MASSACHUSETTS
Boston: +3.4F / -1.02”
Worcester: +3.0F / NA”

RHODE ISLAND
Providence: +2.8F / +0.24”

CONNECTICUT
Hartford: +2.3F / -1.25”
Bridgeport: +3.6F / -1.77”

NEW YORK
Massena: +2.9F / -1.28”
Glens Falls: +1.9F / -1.08”
Albany: +3.8F / -0.46”
Rochester: +3.9F / -1.12”
Syracuse: +4.9F / -0.72”
Buffalo: +4.4F / -0.42”
Binghamton: +4.3F / -2.09”
Poughkeepsie: +3.9F / -2.48”
Islip: +3.0F / -0.24”
New York (CP): +3.7F / -1.59”
N. Queens (LAG): +3.3F / -1.47”
S. Queens (JFK): +5.0F / -1.21”

PENNSYLVANIA
Erie: +3.7F / -2.54”
Scranton: +2.9F / +0.32”
Williamsport: +4.7F / +0.84”
Mount Pocono: +5.2F / +0.89”
Allentown: +4.7” / -0.33”
Pittsburgh: +4.3F / -1.34”
Reading: +5.8F / -1.88”
Harrisburg: +4.0F / +0.57”
Philadelphia: +4.8F / -1.68”

NEW JERSEY
Newark: +5.5F / -2.64”
Trenton: +5.8F / -2.36”
Atlantic City: +5.7F / +0.29”

WEST VIRGINIA
Martinsburg: +3.3F / +1.23”
Parkersburg: +3.2F / -0.88”
Elkins: +3.3F / +0.42”
Huntington: +2.8F / +1.70”
Charleston: +3.8F / -2.11”
Beckley: +4.3F / -1.94”
Bluefield: +4.6F / -0.67”

DELAWARE
Wilmington: +4.2F / -0.55”
Georgetown: +5.5F / -0.52”

MARYLAND
Baltimore: +5.2F / -1.08”
Salisbury: +4.2” / -0.75”

VIRGINIA
Dulles: +5.3F / -0.99”
Washington (DC): +5.3F / -0.63”
Wallops Island: +4.0F / -0.73”
Richmond: +4.1F / -1.04”
Lynchburg: +3.5F / -1.40”
Roanoke: +4.0F / -0.24”
Blacksburg: +3.9F / -0.39”
Norfolk: +3.2F / +5.72”
Danville: +1.1F / -0.56”
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Wow, busiest day in a long time on the blog yesterday! Had a non-severe storm come through with a little wind, some heavy rain and some lightning. The western sky was lighting up beautifully over the Hallam Hills yesterday evening.
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MONDAY 08/01 NORTHEAST RECORD HIGHS
Arlington (DC) VA: 100F*
Richmond VA: 99F (t)
Bluefield WV: 90F (t)

MONDAY 08/01 OTHER NORTHEAST 100F HIGH
Baltimore Harbor MD: 101F
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Washington, Baltimore & Philadelphia set their warmest month on record in July. Other stations in the northeast have set records as well. Waiting for all that to be released.
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Quoting GoldsboroPA:
Yesterday inbetween Lancaster and Millersville i recieved 1.07" nof rain last night from a thunderstorm that lasted about 1.5 hours. It had some vicious lightning with it. I wish i would have gotten some video of it though. The storm was really nice to see. Then once the storm left i was left with heat lightning for about 3 hours after the storm and it seemed not to stop. The storm was a nice bit of rain, but we could still use a little bit more.


I was outside last night and saw the lightning to my SE. I figured it was in Lancaster.
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nice here last night missed the mess like last year split n and s
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Yesterday inbetween Lancaster and Millersville i recieved 1.07" nof rain last night from a thunderstorm that lasted about 1.5 hours. It had some vicious lightning with it. I wish i would have gotten some video of it though. The storm was really nice to see. Then once the storm left i was left with heat lightning for about 3 hours after the storm and it seemed not to stop. The storm was a nice bit of rain, but we could still use a little bit more.
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Quoting anduril:


First two are of the cell the third is the back side and the fourth is Im assuming the inflow into the storm? Link to highres shots

Amazing pictures! Quite a storm here to with some very vivid CTG lightning.

hurigo- I will be sure to keep everyone updated, lol! Ocean City has not changed too much the last ten years or so since when I was younger and we used to go every year. In fact I had not been there for nearly 8 years until this year so it was nice revisiting all of my memories.
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I got 0.04" of rain from the line of storms that approached my area yesterday afternoon and early evening.
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Quoting wunderstorm87:

Those are very cool pictures of what looks like a shelf cloud. Did you get any strong winds when it rolled through?

Just to be clear, the storm I was referring to in my previous post came through Camp Hill well before the one you photoed.
There were some gusts probably in the 15-20mph range but nothing stronger atleast while I was outside
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Wow Gaara, those are "Textbook" pictures! (post#51)
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52. P451
#50 it is but as the storms near my region they fizzle - and then new ones intensify to my NNE - following in the footsteps of that earlier one that gave the great light show.

So that region seems to be the corridor for development the next few hours.



#51 great pics. I really regret not driving the ~2 miles to the Hudson earlier today to capture pictures of those storms building and moving in. I probably missed some great imagery....seeing the pictures others have gotten today.
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Some nice mammatus from WTNH's 'report it' gallery..



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P451- Looks like you have a shot at some nice nighttime thunderstorms. It's still very unstable in southeastern NY:
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Local Storm Report from Mt Holly says there was funnel cloud reported in rural southern Delaware. Golf ball sized hail also reported in the South Jersey city of Cherry Hill, only a good 5 miles away from me. No hail here though.

I'm actually in a bit of a hail drought. Haven't seen hail at my exact location since that hellacious storm of June 24, 2010, although nearby towns reported hail back on July 7.
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48. P451
Amazing day with storms here. These are about 2 hours away from me if they hold together. I'd love more of a nighttime light show - the storm to me NNE is providing some spectacular cloud to cloud multi-fingered/branched lightning of various colors.

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SULLIVAN COUNTY IN CENTRAL NEW YORK...

* UNTIL 1130 PM EDT.

* AT 1007 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE
HAIL...AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE
LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES NORTHEAST OF ROSCOE TO
7 MILES NORTHWEST OF FREMONT...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.




Frequent lightning and hail signatures persist with both areas of thunderstorms.

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47. P451
Anyone else getting a fantastic light show from this cell? Incredible cloud to cloud lightning like I have not seen in a long, long time.





And just when I thought the storms were done - off further to the north west is a nice line coming in. Not sure if it holds together or not as a cell to my NW has been fizzling.





I can only imagine what today's storms would have looked like at night. The bolts and flashes were so bright.

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Quoting anduril:
AWESOME storm cell just went over the camp hill area have to get the pictures off my phone in a few don't think I've ever seen that nice of cell in camp hill area. Ton of lightning not alot of rain though

Those are very cool pictures of what looks like a shelf cloud. Did you get any strong winds when it rolled through?

Just to be clear, the storm I was referring to in my previous post came through Camp Hill well before the one you photoed.
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Quoting P451:

Surprised the blog hasn't been more active as a result.


I saw some very small hail bouncing off the road while I was in Camp Hill today. We then intercepted an impressive storm on the way home that was coming down the river with frequent cloud to ground lightning near Halifax. We lost power briefly once but I didn't observe anything severe (or even close to it) today.

My station got up to 95.6F with a heat index just under 102F.

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44. P451
Yeah there was hail with every single cell today. Thankfully I never went beyond the marbles.

Golf balls reported on Long Island.

0413 PM HAIL NEW HYDE PARK 40.73N 73.69W
08/01/2011 M1.75 INCH NASSAU NY TRAINED SPOTTER

GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL

0415 PM HAIL GREAT NECK 40.80N 73.73W
08/01/2011 M1.75 INCH NASSAU NY TRAINED SPOTTER

GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL

0415 PM HAIL GARDEN CITY 40.73N 73.64W
08/01/2011 M1.00 INCH NASSAU NY TRAINED SPOTTER

0420 PM HAIL HEMPSTEAD 40.70N 73.62W
08/01/2011 M1.00 INCH NASSAU NY TRAINED SPOTTER

0424 PM HAIL NEW HYDE PARK 40.73N 73.69W
08/01/2011 M2.00 INCH NASSAU NY TRAINED SPOTTER

MULTIPLE SPOTTERS REPORT 2.0 INCH HAIL IN NEW HYDE PARK



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There was a funnel cloud in Delaware.
Lots of big wind damage in New Jersey - 60-70mph gusts common - trees and poles/wires down.

These storms were very intense.




There were a lot of big storms in PA as well. Surprised the blog hasn't been more active as a result.
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Hi Patch,
Yes, what a beautiful place it used to be. I can still bring up images of the family at a place on the beach and the green rocking chairs. Cannot remember the name of it, but I do know that it disappeared just as you described.
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42. P451
Wow that is a crazy image!



Got a departing pic...

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Quoting originalLT:
Again, my house here in mid Stamford must have a safty bubble around it . We did have some lightning but again very little rain, about .05" so far./ The powerfull cells slid by all around me, just incredible. Not that I want damage, but we could use rain on our lawn.


Milford is part of that club, too.. First two storms dodged us to the west.. Last one split right around us.. Drove over to Orange and caught some nice strikes of lightning and heavy rain, but no hail. Friends up towards Hamden got some.

NYT blog reporting some monster hail in queens:
Link

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40. P451
Went over 4" of rain total.



The last of it is just moving out now - down to light rain.

Absolutely unreal.




Someone got a good shot of one of the cells in northern NJ:



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Also, great pics. Anduril.
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Again, my house here in mid Stamford must have a safty bubble around it . We did have some lightning but again very little rain, about .05" so far./ The powerfull cells slid by all around me, just incredible. Not that I want damage, but we could use rain on our lawn.
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Quoting hurigo:
Hello Blizz, et al.
So you all up north had some storms? Thank you P451 and Anduril for the photos.

Blizz, now don't you be tossing around too much in your head about past and future. No doubt you are exactly where you should be in the here and now. Even though I say that, I must admit I am real excited about your new Cornell adventure. I want you to not give too much time to us on the one hand, but on the other, I want to hear every detail. I suppose somewhere in the middle is the right thing to do. Glad you had a good vacation at OC. We used to go there every summer. I bet there has been a lot of change since I was there. I remember MaMa always telling us to make sure we brought a sweater as it could get cold on the boardwalk at night, no matter how hot it felt during the day.

Depending on when you used to go it has changed a lot. When Mayor Harry Kelly died all the construction started and chains (restaurants, hotels, etc.) started to come in to the area. They tore down the dunes and built high rises. The housing that used to be there is now condos and hotels. Hardly any apartment complexes. There isn't much land that hasn't been developed in all of OC. It used to be once you got past 50th street there wasn't much. The boardwalk hasn't changed much. Still the same. Except for very hot weather a sweater for the ladies would be appropriate on the boardwalk in the evening. There is usually a nice breeze. I find one of the best times in OC is the fall.
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36. P451
Quoting Gaara:
68dbZ.. Never seen that in NH county before. TV is cutting out.



Just insane what popped up today around the area.

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35. P451
Just an incredible situation....



A long time since I have seen repeated development like that.


One more cell moving in from the north - thunder and lightning picking up again from that direction.

YouTube Video of Hail
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34. P451
Just watched a lightning strike real up close and personal. Watching out a window looking towards a neighbors house through the woods. The house is 500 feet away I could see the lightning bolt in front of the house through the breaks in the trees. Instant blast of sound rattled everything.

Need to go check on that but I am _NOT_ going outside amongst all these trees for quite some time. To hell with that.

Had 2 more real close big strikes. Probably about a dozen within a quarter mile. Up on a ridge line here it gets hit a lot.

Very impressive stuff. Just a ridiculous amount of lightning.

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Quoting listenerVT:


I concur! AMAZING photos. That had to be even more impressive in person!
Yea a tad scary the clouds def had some rotation with them at that point I said screw more photos and hopped into the car for home. Thankfully was done with work for the day
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Hello Blizz, et al.
So you all up north had some storms? Thank you P451 and Anduril for the photos.

Blizz, now don't you be tossing around too much in your head about past and future. No doubt you are exactly where you should be in the here and now. Even though I say that, I must admit I am real excited about your new Cornell adventure. I want you to not give too much time to us on the one hand, but on the other, I want to hear every detail. I suppose somewhere in the middle is the right thing to do. Glad you had a good vacation at OC. We used to go there every summer. I bet there has been a lot of change since I was there. I remember MaMa always telling us to make sure we brought a sweater as it could get cold on the boardwalk at night, no matter how hot it felt during the day.
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68dbZ.. Never seen that in NH county before. TV is cutting out.

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Quoting P451:
Nice nice pics, anduril.


I concur! AMAZING photos. That had to be even more impressive in person!
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Godspeed to you, Blizz!

You post so well that I have been very grateful for the information here, so I am delighted that you'll continue. Still, I join those here saying to simply post when you can and not to worry. Just pop by and let us know how you're faring from time to time.

Let there be no "shoulds." Enjoy your college years, and I'm sure you'll give it your best.

Go Blizz Go! :-)
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28. P451
Nice nice pics, anduril.
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27. P451
Temperature has dropped from 85 to 65. A second storm formed right behind the first and grew rapidly. Then a third, a fourth, etc.

Here's some of the marble sized hail we had. A lot of thunder and lightning and very heavy rain.



YouTube Video of Hail




(dont embed YT videos on the blogs, if someone quotes your message, it ruins the blog format for some browser users)

NO wind here this time with that first cell. Got a call from someone up near Peekskill and they had some wind with some branches down from the same cell.

The second cell has had some wind around 15-25 but no big deal.

Continuing to get a training situation here - as soon as the primary cell moves out a second one pops up immediately behind it and rolls in.

Seems to be continuing to do that - just like it did on Long Island.

Getting more pea and marble sized hail with just incredible non-stop cloud to ground lightning strikes.

Awesome weather.



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First two are of the cell the third is the back side and the fourth is Im assuming the inflow into the storm? Link to highres shots
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AWESOME storm cell just went over the camp hill area have to get the pictures off my phone in a few don't think I've ever seen that nice of cell in camp hill area. Ton of lightning not alot of rain though
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Blizz your writing is stellar. You know I'll be honest, sometimes I secretly wish I had your level of rationality, hahaha

Golf ball sized hail being reported on the Atlantic City Expressway and on US 30 in Hammonton. Heavy rain here right now with loud bangs and occasional lightning.
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23. P451
Peas with the occasional marble.



If I wasn't worried about my safety during the Friday storm I would have loved to photograph the golf balls we had for that moment.

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22. P451
WOW! Long Island with that training echo...

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21. P451
Coming right in. Heavy rain right now. Lightning and Thunder still to the NNW. No wind yet (could do without that) but it's been warned for the usual 60mph gusts thing.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN UPTON NY HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
WESTCHESTER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK...
FAIRFIELD COUNTY IN SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT...
ROCKLAND COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK...
SOUTHEASTERN ORANGE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST NEW YORK...

* UNTIL 545 PM EDT...

* AT 437 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL...AND
DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR
PEEKSKILL...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

Member Since: December 16, 2007 Posts: 7 Comments: 10202
20. P451
A lot of severe warned cells here folks! Hail signatures in all!

One is just on my doorstep now. Lots of thunder and rain just begun.

Member Since: December 16, 2007 Posts: 7 Comments: 10202
Thanks for the new blog, Blizz. I'm delighted to hear that you intend to continue! I wouldn't worry about rebuilding the community; until this year, I didn't participate during the warm months and I always came back at the first hint of cold weather. I suspect most people will.

I have to agree that the first year of college can be challenging socially. Some good news is that my two children both kept their high school friends. They created get-togethers and parties around holidays and breaks, when most of their friends were in town, and these are continuing even now that they've all graduated.

If you switch fields, I think there's certainly room for a blog on environmental science or renewable energy - if not on Wunderground, then elsewhere - if you're interested in continuing to blog.

Weather-wise: Still very dry here, and it looks like we're on the southern end of today's storms as well. My fingers are crossed - we're badly needing rain.
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Had a developing thundercloud pass silently south of me earlier - it eventually erupted into a severe thunderstorm about 10 miles south of here.

Right now getting split by two moderate showers.

Heavy training echo, 65dbz, over Long Island is quite impressive. That is going to flood the streets badly!

Member Since: December 16, 2007 Posts: 7 Comments: 10202
Quoting TheRasberryPatch:
My lawn is very dry. I did get an inch of rain on Thursday evening, but the grass is still brown. I haven't had to cut my grass for almost 3 weeks now. The pool has been awesome to swim in and enjoy.

Blizz - it is true you won't see many people you associated with in high school, but when you come back to town for a break or similar you will see some of them. Throughout life when you get back to town you might see someone you haven't seen in awhile. Also, High School reunions are great the first 10 years. I loved going to 5 year and 10 year. After that it got kind of boring. I have missed my 20 and 25 year because of travelling the same time. With all of the social networking it is a lot easier to keep in contact with others.

Yeah, I think reunions will be exciting after 5/10 years, haha. I do not know underground just seems a bit quieter recently, maybe it is just me though. Grass is very green here and just had to mow yesterday.
Member Since: December 14, 2007 Posts: 284 Comments: 15112
btw - Wunderground is losing some people? I haven't noticed. We always have a bit of a lull in the summer. Some of the newer members to your blog the past year have kept the summer posting going well.
Member Since: January 26, 2007 Posts: 72 Comments: 6260
My lawn is very dry. I did get an inch of rain on Thursday evening, but the grass is still brown. I haven't had to cut my grass for almost 3 weeks now. The pool has been awesome to swim in and enjoy.

Blizz - it is true you won't see many people you associated with in high school, but when you come back to town for a break or similar you will see some of them. Throughout life when you get back to town you might see someone you haven't seen in awhile. Also, High School reunions are great the first 10 years. I loved going to 5 year and 10 year. After that it got kind of boring. I have missed my 20 and 25 year because of travelling the same time. With all of the social networking it is a lot easier to keep in contact with others.
Member Since: January 26, 2007 Posts: 72 Comments: 6260
... Microburst /straight line wind damage/ confirmed near
Vernon in Sussex County New Jersey...

Location... Vernon in Sussex County New Jersey
date... July 29, 2011
estimated time... 624 PM EDT
estimated maximum wind speed... 90 mph
maximum path width... 700 yards
path length... 2 miles
beginning lat/Lon... 41.23n / 74.53w
ending lat/Lon... 41.19n / 74.51w
* fatalities... 0
* injuries... 0


... Summary...

Damage began in the vicinity of Silver Fox Lane and moved in a
southeasterly direction for about two miles, ending near the
intersection of Route 94 and Sand Hill Road. Predominate damage
was in the form of over 1000 felled trees with collateral damage
in the form of downed wires. The majority of the felled trees were
laying in a northerly direction. Several houses sustained roof
damage, some due directly from the forces of the wind, some due
to trees falling on them. One house on edsal drive suffered
significant roof damage directly from the wind, and an amateur
radio antenna tower, also on edsal drive, was bent in half in the
direction of the prevailing wind with no significant damage to the
adjacent house roof.

Member Since: June 11, 2011 Posts: 36 Comments: 677

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