Waterspouts, Monsoon in the Southwest, and Haboobs
Monday, July 30th, 2012
It was an active morning on the eastern tip of North Carolina. Waterspouts formed and moved inland, creating two tornado reports just south of Kill Devil Hills, NC. The picture below is from Meteorologist Sean Sublette who snapped this from Roanoke Sound, NC
Here’s another picture from @SamiLeigh17 out at Nags Head, NC
Monday Tornado Reports From North Carolina
Here are the two tornado reports from North Carolina:
1441 3 NNW OREGON INLET MAINLAND DARE NC 3584 7556 DARE COUNTY 911 RELAYED REPORT OF A WATERSPOUT THAT MOVED ONSHORE NORTH OF THE BODIE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE HEADING WEST. (MHX)
1501 WANCHESE DARE NC 3584 7564 DARE COUNTY 911 REPORTED WATERSPOUT AGAIN CAME ONSHORE IN WANCHESE. (MHX)
AZ Dust Storms
Thanks to Merry Grace for the picture below of a Dust Storm out of Maricopa, AZ. Merry says welcome Maricopa, AZ during a Dust storm! This is the result of a monsoonal thunderstorm as outflow winds from the storm kicks up desert dust.
More Monsoonal Moisture
An area of high pressure in the middle part of the country continues to bring monsoonal moisture into the Southwest with scattered showers and storms. Some of the rain may be heavy at times with the potential of some flooding rain.
Thanks to AZmonsoon100 for the video below of some pretty vivid AZ lightning.
Flash Flood Potential
The National Weather Service continues flash flood watches for areas highlighted in green below. Areas of heavy rain, flooding and minor debris flows may be possible.
Heavy Rain Possible
NOAA’s HPC 3 day rainfall forecast has nearly 2″ of rain possible in parts of the Southwest due to Monsoon thunderstorms. Keep in mind that this rain is going to be very spotty, not all locations will get this heavy of rain.
Keep It Coming!
The good news is that we need the rain here in the Southwest. There are several locations in a drought, so this rain is good! The graphic below suggests how much rain is needed to get back to normal.
More Heat This Week
The National Weather Service continues heat related warnings and advisories through the early week as heat index values are expected to surpass the century mark.
Severe Thunderstorm Threat Today
The SPC has a SLIGHT RISK of severe thunderstorms across parts of the Great Lakes and the Lower Mississippi Valley today. Hail and high winds would be the primary threat along with heavy rain.
Congrats to all the athletes and winners so far! Here’s a funny image from Biscayne Bay National Park’s Facebook page for sharing this… I know I got a good laugh out of it, hope you do too. Much needed on a Monday 🙂
“In the 10 meter platform synchronized diving competition today at the London Olympics, Team USA is hoping for a medal in the duo of Nick McCrory and David Boudia. For Team Biscayne, diving is only occasionally synchronized in the brown pelicans! Of course, pelicans are diving for fish, not medals, and they can start their dives from 30 meters, not 10, plunging into a school of fish with an open beak and tucked wings. As the bird drains its pouch of water, the fish are strained out, and dinner is served! (GAB)”
Thanks for checking in on this Monday, have a great rest of your week!
Don’t forget to check me out on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV