Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Radar Image 11/17/14

Here's an image of a small squall line moving through south western connecicut associated with a cold front on Monday Nov 17th 2014. 

Below is the storm velocity image. That shows the winds moving towards the radar station (green) and away from the radar station (red). You can actually see te squall line! Pretty cool! 
Velocity images, like the one above are awesome used to detect rotation in tornadic thunderstorms. When the red and green are touching or wrapped around eag other, it signifies winds rotating. That's a little weather knowledge for you! 

Buffalo New York EXTREME Lake Effect Snow Event 11/18/2014

Buffalo, NY, an all American city at the northern edge of Lake Erie (1 of the 5 Great Lakes). A city with a beautiful view and an unlikely curse. That curse (although it might not be for snow lovers!) is the infamous Lake Effect Snow machine. As cold air runs over the warm waters of the lakes in late fall and early winter months, instability is created and intense bands of snowfall can be formed.  Where these bands of snow showers and even thunder snow set up depends on the wind direction. As long as the wind is blowing and the lake is ice free, this set up will produce snow.

If the transfer of moisture is great enough, the snow can pile up to tremendous amounts. This is what has happened today just south of Buffalo. As of right now at 10pm est on November 18th 2014, the snow is still falling over the same area and it's piling up to astronomical amounts!

To illustrate how intense and localized these snow bands can be see the Tweet below by the National Weather Service in Buffalo. 6o inches of snow in Lancaster, while just 6 miles north at the Buffalo airport, there is only 3.9 inches!
Source: NWS Buffalo

Now back to the video above. It is a time-lapse of the snow band moving inland from Lake Erie just south of Buffalo. You can almost see the moisture being transfer from the lake into the sky and deposited in the form of snow on the land. The ominous wall of white that drags across the water and land is actually falling snow!!  

This event is definitely one for the record books and it's not even over yet! Here are some more photos posted on social media of today's events! It's crazy to see how high the snow has gotten. Hope people just south of Buffalo have some fun games to play while snowed in!
Source: Twitter

Source: Twitter

Poor dog, now he knows what it feels like to be a tiny dog!  

Source: Twitter 

If it was a Marshmallow World, this guy would be rich! 

Source: Twitter 

Oh the days of summer, it feels like it was just yesterday! 

Source: Twitter 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

It's a 'CAT'urricane!

It's a 'CAT'urricane!!! Well, not really, it's just a funny GIF I came across on Tumblr. It's a well known fact that cat's rule the internet. Let's face it, how many times have you been completely drawn into watching a cat do something funny on youtube, or see a funny cat photo?  It could be every day!  

Weather can also be a very intense and crazy part of the internet as well. Weather is like the cat's cousin, and 10th in line to the throne. It has it's moments but sadly it will never completely take over the internet like cats do. But what if we combined them? 

So as part of your daily dose of the internet ruler (cats) enjoy watching this cat spin on top of a hurricane all day long! Cat's and weather should go together more often!