Thursday, August 24, 2006

where's the commentary?

i've been asked more than once about my thoughts on the gull lake tornado of august 5 and the winnipeg and la broquerie tornadoes of august 20. i've been asked why i didn't comment, why i didn't make big mention of them yet.

answer: because i'm steamed about them.

i'm still oh-fer in terms of tornadoes this year, folks.

the first one, the gull lake one, i had just come back from my grandfather's funeral in saskatchewan, and i didn't look closely enough at things, and ended up chasing a pile of garbage storms down by grand forks. stay closer to the jet, dave.

the second one, with the tornadoes by winnipeg and la broquerie, well, i was out golfing in selkirk. nice course. but geez. i had looked at things that morning and hoped that it wouldn't be as severe as i really thought it might be. especially with the acc over the area first thing. ("acc in the morning, forecaster take warning." thus says yg, a long-time forecaster in edmonton.) the storms were building to our west, and i remarked that they could be bad--as they were leaning over nicely and progressively getting straighter and straighter. and finally one showed some backshear on its anvil and i saw some pretty low scud under it before it was obscured by rain.

we got to the clubhouse just as it started to pour down, and then we got some hail (nickels, and yes i phoned it in) and winds i estimated to be 100 km/h (also phoned in).

so i missed them, and i'm mad about it. at myself.

i collected radar and some satellite imagery from the events, though, and they're now available on the weather imagery portion of weather central. go take a look. it's neat.

more big storms last night over saskatchewan. and possibly some biggies over southwest manitoba later today, if enough sun comes into play. but the real biggies will be in eastern south dakota. that's where i'd be if i didn't have to sleep and work another night shift tomorrow night.

hurricanes yet? not big ones, but i'll keep an eye out...


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