Charles E. Roop giving his own forecasts, weather discussions, photos and adventures for the Starkville, MS area, Florida, and beyond.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Another Day of Severe Weather

Five days after Cecilia, Evan, and I got to see our first tornado, another round of severe weather has made its way to the Starkville area. Insert a stationary front with some instability and decent dynamics, you get the slight risk of some severe weather. I wasn't sure if things would remain favorable later today for severe weather, but my novice knowledge of mesoscale meteorology once again proved me wrong.

This afternoon, I was watching a cell to the northwest of Oktibbeha County that was moving towards the area. It maintained a hook echo with some pretty high reflectivity values and VILs pushing into the 60+ mark according to the Jackson NWS radar (since the Columbus AFB radar seems to be out for "maintenance." Good timing, NWS...good timing). I decided to head home from campus and noticed a pretty nice cloud formation on the west side of town. I quickly went to my apartment, grabbed my camer, put on some chase-appropriate shoes, and drove a mile or two away to get some photos. Here are a few...




I then decided to cross the street to get a better view of the storm as it continued to move to the east-southeast.


The storm then dumped really heavy rain with some pea-sized hail. Some gusty winds at one point even prompted me to take shelter at a nearby Waffle House for a few minutes.

On the way back to my apartment, I noticed some flooding along Stark Road.



There are still plenty of storms firing up to the west of Starkville with the potential for severe weather. Things should begin to quiet down later this evening as daytime heating is lost. Keep an eye on my Twitter feed for the latest.

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