Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Doppler Radar Estimates 8.0 Inches of Rain in Maringouin, Louisiana as Training Storms Continue

Training thunderstorms are taking their toll on the New Orleans, Baton Rouge region this evening as more and more of them ignite. We are seeing unbelievable reports of 8 inches on our specialized radar system, but the National Weather Service storm total estimates are above 10 inches. We are in disbelief as of why no flash flood warnings are in effect.
Here's our specialized radar Doppler estimates of storm total rainfall so far:
Dark Pink: 8 inches
Lighter Pink: 6 inches
Pale-ish Red: 5 inches
Red: 4 inches
Maroon: 3.5 inches
Orange: 3 inches
Lighter Orange: 2.5 inches
Lightest Orange: 2 inches
Yellow: 1.5 inches
Anything Green- Below 1.5 inches

This is as of when these storms started this afternoon. The images coming from infrared satellite imagery are quite impressive:
You can definitely identify the severe storms in this system. These storms are moving in a southeast direction and will die off as they go offshore. We anticipate these storms to continue forming through at least the 8:30 PM CDT time frame, but with faulty NWS forecasts, we don't have a good direction of what will happen later on.

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