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

Monday, March 30, 2009

A thoroughly unimpressive chase...

OK, so after the appointment on Saturday, my wonderful gtb and I went after the well trained squall line, which had established a line across the entire state of Georgia... really... from coast to coast, this line trained just a county to my north... there hadn't been any strong indications of rotation in a couple of hours, well, since about 1:30 that afternoon, which is about the time, Rick captured the really awesome rotating wall cloud... while a little too close. We parked in Cecil, Georgia and let the rain overtake us there as the squall line of storm slowly crept it's way to the east. Most of it missed my area, where some areas to my north and west had 8+ inches of rain, we had about 1/2" cumulative rainfall. Seriously, the line trained along one line (well, the warm sector) for hours, inundating them with more rain than any area can find useful all at once. There occasional bursts of spinning scud... but it never lasted and quickly got absorbed into the line. Basically, we had some mean and turmoiled looking stratocumulus, with very occasional and short lived rotation in the scud, which quickly stopped... The highlight of our chase occurred while we were driving back into town, where we penetrated the line between the cold front and the warm sector... we were casually driving along, and the windshield INSTANTLY fogged up on the outside. It was reminiscent of driving through those mechanized car washes and you get a blast of air from that. Instantly, we had zero visibility. It was cool, but that was literally it until the Lowndes County CodeRED Weather Alert rang my phone to let me know about the "flash flood" potential in my neck of the woods. Dewvoid.

The following day, we explored... wisteria by a river. Except for the horrendous mosquitoes, it was wonderful.The coming days show another few shots at some severe weather... Instability is the main question.Really, there is a slight risk today around Oklahoma/Kansas, tomorrow in some of the Gulf States. There is text regarding Wednesday for my neck of the woods, then Thursday, they are looking at slight risk here... then Saturday in Texas. Busy week.

Have a great day!


  1. Don't feel too bad. At least you didn't drive 500+ miles and stay awake 29 straight hours to see about 7 minutes of wind in the 50-70 mph range in a line of storms. I don't know who would do a silly thing like that.

  2. Mike, I admire you for your determination... sorry you busted so hard!

  3. Very informative, beautiful capture!


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