Posts Tagged ‘Meteorology’

Air “Bombs”: Gnarly Weather

June 27, 2014

Gnarly Sky Telegraphs Meteorological Air “Bombs.”

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Mammatus Virga Colorado T-Storm

Gnarly Virga – Mammatus under T-Storm: Windy Downbursts

Gnarly sky under a T-storm.

Rain evaporating in dry air on the way down.

Dramatic, ragged cloud structures.

Potentially dangerous.

Violent wind “air bombs,” gusty downbursts up to 60mph or more possible.

Another view:

Inverted Mammatus Virga J

“Inverted” view Virga – Mammatus Wind Downburst

Same pic using photoshop feature “inverted.”

No rain.

But evaporating rain on the way down rocked my house, like an air bomb.

Airplane travel impacted into Denver International Airport, where a Severe Weather Warning was issued by the National Weather Service.

Air “bombs” – downbursts – are both gnarly and dangerous.

A sight to see.

And feel.

Blown away.

So, now: seeing is knowing.


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Is Spring Broken?

March 18, 2014

On Calendars, Spring Arrives Thursday

Thursday, the start of spring, is the Vernal Equinox:

Vernal Equinox

Source: KUSA-TV, Denver, Colo.

Days and nights are approximately equal.

America’s weather will be far from balanced, however, per NOAA:

Cold Weather Spring

More cold weather next week. Source: NWS/NOAA

More than half the nation may shiver in below-average temperatures next week.

Weather that is far from spring-like:

Spring Precipitation

Above-average precipitation in “green.” Source: NWS/NOAA

Much-needed precipitation is forecast for northern California.

But not the drought-hit central and southern parts of the state.

A lot of key American crops will remain impacted.

Expect higher prices at grocery stores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Spawning salmon trying to travel dry waterways are affected, too.

As is West Coast recreational and sports salmon fishing.

Look, winter’s already been too long for many.

Social media is full of “fed up”:

Twitter Tired of Winter Wants Spring

Wall Street trader Scott Redler. Source: Twitter

For many, Thursday will be spring on a calendar, only.

In real life, all bundled up, you may be thinking one thing.

Spring has a reputation problem.

Spring is broken.

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

― Mark Twain

 


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