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Moar storm

Everybody has a story about Friday’s storm, but I still haven’t seen any official suggestion it was anything but a typical Summer thunderboomer. You can see the leading edge of it again in the photo above (credit to this guy). Tenterden (where that picture was taken) had anecdotal reports of a funnel cloud, but that’s not official either.

It’s amazing the stuff that can happen without much official notice — before, during or after. Occasionally, the sea sneaks in and steals a village here. They are placid people.

Anyway, this is now officially my favorite weather event EVAR. And I just love weather.

And, yes — with the death of James Garner, the Dead Pool is officially won (step forward, Platypuss!). That means…Dead Pool 67! Friday! 6WBT!


Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 21, 2014, 11:12 pm

It’s Cthulhu! :+)

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 21, 2014, 11:21 pm

Meant to tell you, Quasi, that lightning map you linked to was fascinating.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 21, 2014, 11:30 pm

Ya, can sit and gawk at it for hours :+) …it’s good to tell where the real storm action is at.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 22, 2014, 12:27 am

Those clouds mean business, yes they do.

Comment from mojo
Time: July 22, 2014, 12:33 am

Shouldn’t be at all surprised. That there’s a wall cloud, and the tail is going vertical. Tornado probability about 80%.

Comment from Lipstick
Time: July 22, 2014, 12:50 am

Hi Weezy, Don’t know if you’ve seen this: http://www.forgottenartsupplies.com/

Brought back some memories. “Sending out for type”, stats, etc.


Comment from Nina
Time: July 22, 2014, 1:45 am

Righteous weather, that’s what it is!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: July 22, 2014, 11:00 am

I still remember the storm that sank the EDMUND FITZGERALD. The town in Wisconsin I lived in at the time was 400 miles from the sinking site, but we had sustained 80 mph winds, even so. Gas stations had metal signs mounted on springs at the corners of the lots, to advertise cigarettes, gallons of milk, etc. he wind kept them pressed flat aginst the pavement of the lots.

Comment from JeffS
Time: July 22, 2014, 1:39 pm

That resembles a wall cloud, precursor to a tornado. Bing image search offers a nice selection, but this one looks closest to yours.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 22, 2014, 4:44 pm

Here’s another good one of the storm coming in over Camber Beach.

I direct your attention above the cloud bank to what look like three flat, smooth disks of clous. They’re a little hard to make out in this shot, but that’s what was most striking about the storm by the time it got to us (we’re several miles inland from the sea). It was like a big orange buzz-saw blade.

Helluva thing.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 22, 2014, 6:20 pm

One morning several years ago I was driving into work and saw the most ominous wall of black cloud in the east that seemed to go up to the stratosphere. It looked like Orodruin was hiding in that thing. It was long, too, stretching north and south as far as I could see from the top of an overpass, and it looked to me as if it was a curtain (a huge, black, threatening curtain) separating California’s Central Valley from the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The sun was rising behind it and it was really amazing. I’ve never seen anything like it in these parts–totally clear where I was, and then THAT in front of me.

I really love weather that is interesting and just on this side of dangerous.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: July 22, 2014, 7:02 pm

Where I live, you get a $500 fine if your sprinkler runoff hits the gutters. We’re in a drought, due to Global Warming. A couple clouds like that would be nice to see, assuming there was some rain in ’em and not just pretty colors.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

We have actually had a few sprinkles come through the last few days, which is highly unusual for July in these parts. But, yeah, $500 fines and ratting out your neighbors is all the rage these days.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: July 22, 2014, 7:54 pm

There was rain later in the night, but that thing didn’t have much in it. Just a few ripe splats.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: July 22, 2014, 11:40 pm

Found this picture of your storm on reddit. Looks amazing, but I suspect the colors were tweaked a bit.

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