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  1. ct_yankee

    Michael Banter Thread

    Agreed, absolutely, and that's pretty much why I don't chase hurricanes, not unless they come right to me. But that's just me, others feel differently. For some, hurricanes are their one true passion, and chasing tornadoes might just be something to do during the off-season. I've known chasers like that. And of course some (like Josh, I believe) don't bother with tornadoes at all.
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    Michael Banter Thread

    Except Tim's death and the various other stormchaser casualties haven't really changed the way people chase. When you chase a tornado, death is a possibility, every serious chaser knows this and always has known it. It's an inherently hazardous undertaking, not unlike, say, mountain climbing or sky diving. Someday a hurricane is probably going to kill a chaser, who can doubt it? But they take the risk knowingly, and if that's what they want to do, who are we to say it's wrong? We can debate ethics all day long, but it's never going to stop people from chasing, any more than Tim Samaras's death did. Any death is a tragedy, of course, but I know of no one who quit tornado chasing after El Reno. Disclosure, FWIW: I do enjoy chasing storms myself.
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    Major Hurricane Michael

    Best looking eye yet:
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Yes, the razor's edge difference. Why does one day fizzle, and another go crazy? That is the key question. It often seems to me that shear doesn't behave as a linear continuum, but rather as a threshold, beyond which you get supercells and rotation, with nothing much happening until that threshold is reached. I've seen countless days out on the Plains where storms will go up and strengthen for hours without showing any signs of rotation, and then bam, suddenly every storm along the dryline will begin to spin and form a strong low-level meso, as if a switch was flipped... But it's almost as if we're not quite measuring the right things, because helicity values and the other parameters we look at don't seem to me to be able to predict exactly when and where that changeover to a supercellular regime occurs. Perhaps it's just that the numbers we look at via mesoanalysis and modeling aren't really reflecting the true state of the atmosphere, I don't know... But we're missing something, or we wouldn't keep getting surprised by these events. Not that Tuesday was a surprise, the SPC and others pretty much nailed it, but you know what I mean... Why was this event nailed, when so many others that looked pretty similar did not perform as expected?
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    So... That supercell yesterday produced something like 4 tornadoes from just over the NY state line on out to Long Island, including one that tracked from New Canaan to Norwalk... And nobody comments? Yeah, I get it that some people just want to move on to winter, but damn... I expected a little more excitement.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Yep, very impressive cell. Hook wrapped all the way round, forming a doughnut-hole BWER for at least one scan. Still a strong storm, which might cycle again, but it's out in the Sound now, and it's getting dark...
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    This was always an iffy setup, that could have gone either way. The potential was there, but... The lack of a watch reflects the SPC's understanding that the day would probably underperform. I would expect a downgrade of the Slight with the next outlook issued.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Based on radar trends, I'm doubtful we'll see a watch - actually, make that I'm almost certain we won't. I'm not seeing anything much that impresses, and the trend this late in the day can only go downward with loss of insolation... This time of year, if it hasn't happened by 6pm, it's not happening.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Yeah, those are a bit more interesting than the rest, semi-discrete and definitely supercellular looking... Heading this way, too.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Kinda surprised SPC actually put out an MD for our area, usually they ignore these low but definitely not zero risk situations. LOL 5% watch probability: Areas affected...Portions of NJ into Long Island and southern Connecticut Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 252138Z - 252345Z Probability of Watch Issuance...5 percent SUMMARY...Occasionally weakly rotating storms are expected over the next few hours. Overall severe threat is very low. DISCUSSION...Semi-discrete storms, currently anchored along a warm front, have occasionally showed transient, weak low to mid-level rotation across portions of central/eastern New Jersey into the NYC area and far southern Connecticut. Though lapse rates are quite poor throughout the troposphere (i.e 5-5.5 C/km), sfc-850 mb moisture is quite deep, contributing to MLCAPE of up to 1000 J/kg along/south of the front. While effective bulk shear values are rather modest given the marginally unstable atmosphere (30-40 knots across the discussion area), favorable low-level directional shear remains in place, with effective SRH values exceeding 250 m2/s2 over Long Island, with nearly 350 m2/s2 0-3km SRH noted by recent KOKX WSR-88D VWP data. Low-level flow is slightly more veered closer to PHL, with latest KDIX VWP data suggesting both 0-3km and 0-1km SRH exceeding 150 m2/s2. The favorable low-level shear, combined with the moist/marginally buoyant airmass, may promote semi-discrete storms in the area to continue weakly rotating on an occasional basis, particularly across portions of Long Island and southern Connnecticut, where storms may more favorably traverse the warm front and ingest available low-level streamwise vorticity. Still, given the marginally buoyant airmass and expected lackluster potential for stronger rotation, the severe threat appears quite low. ..Squitieri/Hart.. 09/25/2018
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    SPC: On Day 4 (Friday 9-21) however, an initial upper trough is forecast to be advancing quickly eastward across the Great Lakes and later the Northeast U.S., and adjacent eastern Canada. This trough will be accompanied by a seasonably strong cold front, progged to shift across the Northeast and Ohio Valley and shift off the New England coast by the beginning of Day 5. While instability along the length of the front -- particularly across New England -- will likely remain limited, strong westerly/west-southwesterly flow through a deep tropospheric layer may support potential for gusty/damaging winds, with a frontal line of convection. Thus, a severe risk area is being included Day 4, from parts of the Midwest/Ohio Valley northeastward into New England.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    No kidding! I think there were 4 or 5 CGs that must of hit within a block of me (right downtown) in the space of a couple minutes... Including one that got the building across the street while I watched.
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Have to agree, constant lightning...
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    Hmmm, nice. Score one for James?
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    General Severe Weather Discussion 2018

    And we have an appropriately meh MD out. hard to get exited about "a few marginal supercell structures": Mesoscale Discussion 1307 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0142 PM CDT Fri Aug 17 2018 Areas affected...Portions of central/eastern NY/PA...northern NJ...southern VT...and western MA/CT Concerning...Severe potential...Watch possible Valid 171842Z - 172115Z Probability of Watch Issuance...60 percent SUMMARY...An isolated threat for strong to locally damaging winds should continue to increase this afternoon as thunderstorms develop and move eastward. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch may be needed within the next couple of hours. DISCUSSION...Airmass recovery is well underway across parts of eastern NY/PA behind morning showers and thunderstorms associated with a low-amplitude lead shortwave trough over New England as of 1830Z. Continued diurnal heating across this region given cloud breaks noted on visible satellite imagery will allow surface temperatures to generally reach into the mid to upper 80s, and plentiful low-level moisture will contribute to MLCAPE around 1000-2000 J/kg along and south of a warm front. However, poor mid-level lapse rates noted on 12Z soundings from ALB, BUF, and PIT will likely temper even greater instability this afternoon. The 18Z sounding from ALB modified for current conditions shows some steepening of low-level lapse rates, and this process should continue with eastward extent across western MA/CT and southern VT as the surface warm front lifts northward. Recent VWPs from BGM, CCX, and ENX show low-level southerly winds veering quickly to southwesterly in the 0-6 km AGL layer, although the magnitude of these winds remain generally limited (at or below 30-35 kt). Even so, around 25-35 of resultant effective bulk shear should prove adequate for scattered thunderstorms organizing into multicell clusters. This convection will mainly pose an isolated strong to damaging wind threat this afternoon and early evening given the steepening low-level lapse rates and modestly strengthening low to mid-level flow. A few marginal supercell structures with some hail threat may also occur with south/westward extent where instability is stronger. A brief tornado cannot be completely ruled out along the warm front given the locally backed near-surface winds locally enhancing 0-1 km SRH. Given the expected increase in thunderstorm coverage and intensity over the next couple of hours, a Severe Thunderstorm Watch may be needed to address this threat. ..Gleason/Dial.. 08/17/2018
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