We’ve seen roll clouds before in southwest Virginia, but this one is certainly photogenic.
A Roll Cloud Over Uruguay
Credit & Licence: Daniela Mirner Eberl
Perfectly good explanation why it was snowing over Galax today.
OK. It truly wasn’t snowing, but if you looked at a few of the radar products out there on the market it sure looked like it.
Take a look at this funny tweet from an observant viewer Mark C. then I’ll explain.
Many of the mobile and online radar products on the market use temperature data to help derive the type of precipitation that may be falling outside. But what happens if the temperature is blatantly wrong? You get today’s scenario. There are thousands of reporting stations across the globe. WeatherBug is one of those. It also uses the data from some of those stations to help make better, hyperlocal forecasts.
However, when the reporting station in Galax at the AEP Byllesby/Buch Hydro Plant went crazy, the radar that used that data to help determine precipitation type, thought it should have been snowing. It wasn’t.
Just wanted to show you how one little piece of weather data can make or break a forecast or even a radar product.
Among the victims of last week’s Oklahoma tornado were longtime storm chasers.
Tim and Paul Samaras and Carl Young, stars of “Storm Chasers” on the Discovery Channel which ended in 2011.
Members of the storm spotter network strategically lined themselved up in near-perfect fashion, spelling out the initials of Tim Samaros, his son Paul and their chase partner Carl Young.