The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Friday, February 09, 2007

Got a chance to chase the sun...

Well, spring is approaching, with severe weather just around the corner... possibly and later sunsets and earlier sunrises and greener grass and trees in bloom... It's the most wonderful time of the year. Lift, instability and moisture, oh my! I took this picture yesterday, as I was leaving the office late (really late, considering Mini-Dew had practice at 5:30). It was about 6:10, and the sun was still above the horizon, so we are approaching the time when I can seek out some really spectacular sunsets.

As for weather, well, Kelly again with his spectacular AFD says:
...THE GENERAL CONSENSUS WILL BE A FAST MOVING STORM SYSTEM THAT WILL AFFECT THE SOUTHEASTERN US ON TUESDAY. THE STRENGTH OF THIS SYSTEM AND THE EXACT TIMING STILL REMAIN A LITTLE UNCERTAIN...BUT CONFIDENCE IN THIS PORTION OF THE FORECAST IS HIGHER THAN NORMAL. THE MODEL FIELDS HAVE RESPONDED WITH SLIGHTLY BETTER DYNAMICS THIS CYCLE (55KT LLJ ACROSS THE REGION AND 0-6KM BULK SHEAR VALUES APPROACHING 50KT). INSTABILITY LOOKS VERY GOOD WITH PLENTY OF TIME FOR RETURN FLOW OFF THE GULF. LIFTED INDICIES OF -1C TO -3C ARE PREDICTED IN THE MODELS ALONG WITH SBCAPE OF 750J/KG TO 1500J/KG ACROSS THE CWA. IF ALL OF THIS MATERIALIZES AS CURRENTLY PREDICTED IN THE MODELS...WE COULD BE LOOKING AT AN ACTIVE DAY ON TUESDAY WITH A VERY ACTIVE LINE OF STRONG TO SEVERE STORMS JUST AHEAD OF THE SURFACE COLD FRONT. The bulk of it's still tracking up in Central GA, but the models have been wrong before... and I am confident that we will get some part of it, even if not the most impressive part. I might need to take all or part of Tuesday off. Until that time, we have a cold front rolling in, possibly some rain with that but not highly likely or anything, most of it, what little there will be should be to our west, and then it should warm creating the perfect conditions for some real stuff.

Tim was kind enough to share with me the origins of National Weatherperson's Day. He said that according to the Air Force News, Weatherperson's Day "commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America's first weathermen". Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to 1816, which means he started tracking weather at about the same age that I did. Perhaps my birthday can become a day of recognition, National Storm Chaser's Day??? Look for it on your future calendars. ;-)

It's FRIDAY!!!

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