Thirst Quenched?

A couple nights of torrential rain has been the big weather story in Michigan. It was definitely needed after weeks and weeks of little rain. Having so much in so little time is not the best however as flooding takes place.

The other night I was driving home from a friend’s house and the rainy party had already started outside. A dark ‘hope I don’t trip on something’ sprint for the car ensued as cloud to cloud lightning lit a brief path to shelter. My backpack with laptop in it slowed my effort to squeeze into the car as rain-soaked everything. Driving down the eroded dirt mud road I noticed the windows fogging quickly so I turned the blower on full. Plowing through mini rivers on the road it felt like I was in a hurricane! That was when I got home and realized the blower was making all that noise and the rain had slowed to a patter.

To no surprise the weather station reported a rainfall rate of around an inch and three-quarters per hour!

Both nights had a similar setup and on radar a similar look. What started out as a measly line of showers and storms became a giant pool of water just waiting to fall from the sky.

Giant slug of rain moves across MI Wednesday night.

More rain for Thursday night.

These signatures moved very slow and seemed to be feeding off the humid and sticky day that had just ended.

Accompanying the rain was frequent cloud to cloud lightning. I seem to notice that with these large rain storms there is more cloud to cloud lightning than cloud to ground. May be something to look into further. With all the lighting it was very hard to resist spending time shooting it. With that I went outside and began a photo shoot with mother nature at 2am. She wasn’t in the mood I guess. Only bagged one shot that even featured a lightning stroke, everything else was in cloud and miles away.

Lightning illuminates a foreground of low clouds and higher clouds.

Next chance of rain exists on Sunday and temperatures will remain warm in the upper 80s.

Meanwhile in orbit, GOES-15 has been moved out of storage and into temporary service to check sensors! GOES or Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite is a cooperative program between NASA and NOAA. These satellites are our eyes from space. GOES-15 is the latest GOES satellite sent into space early last year, sending back its first full image disk in early April of 2010. It is scheduled to replace the ageing west coast satellite, GOES-11, at the end of the year.

Last fall, GOES-15 was undergoing its Post Launch Test (PLT) and offered up some amazing images of the hurricane season. Check out that eye!

Hurricane Igor in the sights of GOES-15 and GOES-13. Notice the improved resolution of GOES-15 and the ability to use Super Rapid Scan.

For more about GOES-15 and it’s status, check out this CIMSS Satellite Blog post.

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About gweatherc
Live in Michigan and enjoy observing the weather. Want to pursue it as a career! Currently taking classes at Central Michigan University.

One Response to Thirst Quenched?

  1. Dad says:

    Hello, Greg,
    Enjoyed this very much. Thank you, DAD

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