Severe Thunderstorm Potential Through the End of the Week
Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Thanks to the National Weather Service out of Wichita, KS for sharing this photo on their Facebook page. Alex Laugerman snapped this shot from Wichita and caught this crazy lightning.
Large Plains Hail
These thunder storms were big hail producers over the last couple of days. There were reports of 4″ to 5″ hail over the last couple of days. Keep in mind that it takes an updraft speed of nearly 100mph within the thunderstorm to keep a hailstone aloft long enough to grow to that size.
Image relayed by the National Weather Service out of Wichita, KS, but the picture was taken by Deanna Fehrenbacher and courtesy KAKE-TV. Hail that fell over North Hutchinson.
There were over 300 reports of severe weather yesterday (hail, high winds or tornadoes). Interestingly, there were again only a few tornado reports. It appears that we’ll stay below the 3 year average (279) for May tornadoes this year. As of Saturday, May 26th, the SPC had a total PRELIMINARY tornado count of 122. Through Wednesday, May 30th, there were an additional 17 PRELIMINARY tornado reports bringing the total number to 139 with only one day left in the month.
Severe Risk Today
Severe Risk Friday
Soggy End of the Week
Look at the 2 day rainfall forecast for the eastern half of the nation, note the soggy weather conditions expected through the end of the week. The thunderstorm activity today and tomorrow (some strong to severe) will be responsible for heavier rainfall potential as the storm system sweeps eastward.
Largest Wildfire in New Mexico History
The Whitewater/Baldy as of Wednesday became the largest wildfire in the states history with over 190,000 acres burned.
“By May 30, 2012, a wildfire burning in Gila National Forest in southwestern New Mexico had burned more of the landscape than any other fire in the state’s history.
According to figures released by the U.S. Forest Service, the Whitewater-Baldy fire had burned 170,272 acres (266 square miles), surpassing a fire that burned 156,293 acres (244 square miles) near Los Alamos in 2011. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this view of the fire around 4:00 p.m. local time (20:00 Universal Time) on May 29, 2012.
Lightning started the Whitewater-Baldy fire on May 16, and more than a thousand firefighters have battled the blaze since then. The area’s extremely rugged terrain and strong winds have hampered progress, while a mixture of timber, mixed conifer, ponderosa pine, pinon, and grass all burned. Officials have ordered a mandatory evacuation for Mogollon, a small community near the edge of the fire.”
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