Friday, March 30, 2012

Storms 03282012 and 03292012

There was a lot of low level shear (winds heading in different directions with height) and a small chance of tornadoes.  Storms that developed were primarily thought to be hail makers and windstorms.  The shear gave a tiny chance to funnels and tornadoes. . . which came after dark.  

The storms formed near a stationary front and essentially dropped all their rain on the same area for about three hours.  I took this near sunset facing east.  Notice the slightly puffed top on the left anvil.  The storms inflow was strong enough that it broke through the anvil (top flat part of the storm) three times in an hour.  Both of these storms created tornadoes.  At this time, I don't believe any damage was reported.

March 29, 2012 had a slight chance of storms, but once I got off work and realized the storms were beginning to fire, and fire quickly.  This photo was taken near the town of Bentley, Kansas.

The storms slowly moved and turned severe.  Then decided to stall and hail.

1 comment:

Gary said...

Cool photos. The hail stayed north of our place and we received a brief, intense rain.