Good Tuesday everyone!
If you're reading this, you may well be one of the growing number of folks that have received their electricity back. I only recently got my own power back myself, so resuming normal blogging has been difficult with all the clean-up and dealing with cooling down my kids :-) Barring another set-back, things should be more normal from here on out.
--- Storm Recovery Tangent (skip if you'd rather forget about Friday night)---
Huntington emergency management happened to have cameras running during the derecho event as it moved through Huntington. The result was edited down into this 8 minute Youtube clip. It's important to store this one for future reference. Take a look at some compelling weather video:
In the clip, you should notice within the cloud the clearly visible edge of what we call the 'gust front', but this time with the unusually strong gusts that come with the unusual event known as the 'derecho'. Underneath it (and indeed just out ahead of it) notice the storm of dust and debris kicked up by the near hurricane-force winds. Now that's how you can get this kind of widespread damage. Imagine this storm complex maintaining itself across more than 1000 miles. It's quite something.
The power continues to be restored across the tri-state areas, with many folks still without power. Here's a look at how folks are faring now:
We're still talking about a whole lot of people here. Be kind to your neighbors, as it is quite possible that you yourself have power but someone just up the street does not. Share the A/C if you can, and a cold drink can go quite far.
On to today's weather.
Nice to see Lexington finally break it's 4-day long streak of >100-degree temperatures ("only" hit 96 yesterday-- oh boy!). The local I-64 corridor also got to the mid-90s. The idea is to try to inch the high temperatures a little lower today and tomorrow, but that's only because (and "if") there are some thunderstorms that look to pop around the region.
Here's what the NAM is showing for us (and it's been having a pretty good handle on an otherwise random mess of high instability lately):
|NAM - Tuesday Afternoon||NAM - Wednesday Afternoon|
The storms still don't look to be very organized, which is a good thing to keep the long-lasting severity down. However, with this heat/humidity, there is a lot of energy available for any budding storm to tap.
|NAM - Available Storm Energy - Tuesday Afternoon|
It's not often we're over the 3000 level (though we've actually been > 4000 during the past two storm events). Either way, we have to respect the possibilities for storm formation. I will likely be updating the blog today if the Storm Prediction Center puts us in a risk category for severe weather.
The other story is naturally the heat. Heat advisories are going to continue well into the foreseeable future. By the time it's done, the Huntington/Charleston corridor could very well see more than 10-straight days of > 90-degree heat (including those days over 100). It's been almost 30 years since we've seen this sort of heat. The massive outages gripping the region have unfortunate timing to make this a historic moment in our tri-state's weather history.
On the bright side, at least we can't complain it's too cold!
|Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking||
From the Storm Prediction Center (below): Click For a Larger Image
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|Temperatures||HD Doppler Radar||Estimated Rainfall||Active Warnings|
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Have a great day everyone!
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