Summer-like weather, followed by spring

This summer-like pattern will continue for another few days. Highs will be in the lower 80s and lows will hover around 60. Humidity will continue to be high, which could lead to an afternoon shower or storm both today and tomorrow. By Sunday, we’ll continue to be warm and humid but a cold front will begin approaching the area from the northwest. This will lead to an increase in showers and storms. The same is true for Monday. We could see a half inch to an inch of rain from this system. By Tuesday, the sun returns! All of next week looks really nice, with spring-like highs in the low to mid 70s and very low humidity.

Now, have I got a treat for you! Last evening, Meteorologist Ken Weathers with channel 6 in Knoxville shared an incredible article on social media. For the last decade, Photographer Chad Cowan has driven almost 100,000 miles across the US chasing supercell thunderstorms and recording them in high definition. It has become a full-blown passion of his. He put together a time-lapsed clip of some of his finest work, along with some orchestrated music.  It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. Check it out!

Awesome time lapse of supercells

Cowen says this about the nature of thunderstorms:

“The ingredient based explanation for supercell thunderstorms cites moisture, wind shear, instability and lift as the reasons for their formation. I prefer to focus on the big picture. Supercell thunderstorms are a manifestation of nature’s attempt to correct an extreme imbalance. The ever ongoing effort to reach equilibrium, or viscosity, is what drives all of our weather, and the force with which the atmosphere tries to correct this imbalance is proportional to the gradient. In other words, the more extreme the imbalance, the more extreme the storm.”

Well done, Cowan, well done! You all have a wonderful and safe weekend!

 

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