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.

Lake Michigan, Superior to get windy in next few days

The GFS is predicting Lakes Michigan and Superior to get quite windy over the next several days as a system moves through. The system will be quite strong, with a central pressure of 994 millibars- very low for a system on land. Boaters should take caution when this system moves through this Friday . You can check out the forecast low pressure system below.
Forecast Mean Central Pressure Nationwide this Friday

Training, Severe Thunderstorms Erupting in New Orleans Area This Evening

Severe thunderstorms are erupting in the New Orleans area this evening as a wobbling front initiates the storms in the region. Satellite imagery is showing a very impressive view of the storms, and we have detected cloud tops to 45 kilo feet, or 45,000 feet.
Latest Satellite imagery over New Orleans, LA
Radar-Detected Cloud Tops (Darkest red is 45,000 feet- each color  shade below that goes down 5,000 feet)