SEVERE WEATHER: Tuesday Night Thunder

The heavens opened up on Tuesday night with gumption. Tony documents the storm

e-reporter photo at the Kroger in Ashland, Ky.

Severe Thunderstorms Rake Region

It has been 3 days in the making, but finally the heavens opened up on Tuesday evening as thunder squalls ripped through the region.

Reports of wild clouds (see enclosed picture from Ashland) have been common.

The leading edge of the storm line was marked by a protruding shelf cloud since it resembles the shelves on a kitchen cabinet.

The larger scale circulation that swirls 360 degrees around for a mile or more is called a mesocyclone. These clouds are renown for high winds and on ocassion can spin up tornadoes (like the March 2012 event in West Liberty, Salyersville, Denver, Inez and Lawrence Ky, Scioto Ohio and Wayne,Mingo WV.).

Joe Kinzer from Pikeville, Kentucky, reported large trees down and sporadic power outs in Pikeville. Reports of power outs were common late Tuesday night with Lawrence Ohio having the most people in the dark (more than 10,000 at one point).

This tale started in Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon as storm clouds bubbled up in the semi-tropical air of last spring. By late afternoon dozens of reports of strong winds and hail storms had invaded the Volunteer State.

By early evening those storms had arrived in Southeast Kentucky and were racing into the Tri-State area.

By the time the storm line had passed east of the region it had unleashed a violent arsenal of strong winds, torrential rains and vivid lightning streaks.

Here’s a look at the so called “meso-cyclone” that announced the arrival of the storm as it passed the Kroger in Ashland.

I think of these clouds as “huge towering” bleachers that surround a football stadium and they are a sure sign of high turbulence and often severe weather.

Old timers nicknamed this a Battleship Cloud and in weather vernacular, a Mothership Cloud title is often bestowed.

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