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July 15 2008 Monsoon Update

Have you noticed the Heat lately and the latest intrusion of Clouds.  This is all Monsoonal Moisture that has made it into our area.  The Monsoon is actually wreaking havoc in parts of California where they had Mudslides and one of these incidents even tore thru a very Popular Fishing Hatchery off the 395 highway which devastated there trout inventory.  There was even a tornado reported in Southern California.  So the Monsoon is definetely active in the Southwest.  What will it be like for our area?  Thus far local NWS has mention of thunderstorms for mostly higher terrain including the Wy/Mo borders.  For our immediate area we seem to be stuck in the wind zone and with very low humidities we are currently under a Red flag warning and fire watch.  If the storms that pop up over the higher terrain have any dry lightning we will definetely see the beginning of the fire season starting tonight and into tomorrow.  There is always that chance that these storms could roll off from the Southwest into our area moving Northeast.  If this occurs we will see strong downburst winds and maybe some ehavy downpours and dangerous Cloud to ground lightning. 

If you didnt know already, There are several Monsoon stormchasers chasing the storms from Arizona and into Nevada and I will be adding there links here so you can go visit them and see the wonders of the Southwest Monsoon.  First off,  My Favorite Monsoon stormchaser/lightning photographer Susan Strom is busy chasing these storms.  Be sure to visit http://www.lightninglady.com/ for some Amazing Lightning Photographs. 

So will the Monsoon create Thunderstorms and lightning for us?  The easiest way to answer this is is to Mention the 4 corner highs.  If the 4 corner high sets up perfectly with a low to the southwest of California we will definetely be seeing some storms.  The current setup is just enough for a very small amount of Moisture to make it to our region.  With a stronger push of Moisture we will get humid, very hot and then the chances for a storm is Ideal.  So keep those fingers crossed.

In the mean time, please go visit http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=7 to see the lightning I captured on July 8th. 

Also Visit http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=41 to see Firework photos from Rigby Lake. 

Have a Great week and stay cool out there. 

 

-gerrit

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The Latest with SevereIdaho.Com and Local Weather

Well it has been about 12 days since I last updated this Blog.  With good reason of course.  The weather has been on and off but when its on its wild.  On August 16th we had a Very active Afternoon and Evening.  One of which brought very frequent lightning and barely a drop of rain.  I did manage to capture up to 20 new photos of Lightning and cloud structure.  The lightning was simply amazing, there was thousands of Cloud to ground bolts along with many Crawlers and Cloud only lightning.  I was able to capture many CG bolts and even witness a Transformer blowing from a deadly cg.  The day started at around 3pm and lasted well into 3am.  I was busy the whole day driving around and picking spots for good lightning shots and keeping up with the stronger storms.  I did manage to Get on KIDK3 on August 17th at Noon and soon to be on the Postregister (Sunday or Monday’s Edition).  August 17th was also busy, but the storms were more towards the wet stuff which makes photography a little more rougher due to Exposing expensive cameras to rain which we all know is not smart.  Today was a hell of a day.  A Severe Thunderstorm watch was posted for Southeast Idaho and around 8+ Severe Storms occured.  The biggest concern was damaging wind, then large hail and then Excessive amounts of rain.  No Severe Thunderstorms occured in my immediate area.  They occured Mostly South of Idaho Falls to the Utah Border and east towards Wyoming.  Not really any reports on the SPC website.  One Tornado warning did occur south of Pocatello, but I havent heard of any confirmations of a tornado, let alone a funnel.  I did not get any footage today or yesterday.  The storms werent severe enough for me to chase down.  In other words I prefer Cloud structure of a Meso or tornadic storm rather than damaging my car with hail the size of golfballs. lol.  There was just too much rain as well. 

Another Huge concern is the latest Hurricane “Dean”.  Hurricane Dean is a Category 4 hurricane and is expected to Hit Jamaica by Sunday and the Island could see alot of damage with this storm if it infact stays at a Category 4 storm.  Latest News is that if Dean hits Jamaica head on then the Island could be without power for up to a month.  Several Hurricane chasers are already in Jamaica and several have mentioned that Jamaica Residents have not done the necessary Precautions such as Boarding up windows, etc etc.  This could be a very dangerous situation.  Current Hurricane Models are forecasting a track which could Impact the far SouthEastern Tip of Texas.  Since I have friends there in Brownsville I am watching this storm like crazy.  Although SevereIdaho.Com doesnt focus its Attention to Areas outside of Idaho we still make our best attempt to Inform the public of Dangerous situations such as Hurricane and other Tropical Weather phenomena.  We hope to keep you updated throughout this Tropical Season but we ask that you rely on the National Hurricane Center and National News, etc for Weather Info that relates directly to your location.  Thanks. 

The latest with SevereIdaho.Com is that we have up to 30 New photos from August 16th and Early 17th in the Gallery and The Weather Forum has been opened up to the public.  We dont anticipate a Climb in visitors yet on the forum and Do plan to do some Advertising to get more people to the forum.  

 

Stay Tuned.  More Updates on Dean and Local Weather coming soon.  Thanks for stopping by….

A Few New Photos for your Enjoyment.

August 16th Weather

August 16th Lightning

 

August 16th Thunderstorm Cloud Looking towards Ririe from Rigby.

 

Please visit  http://www.severeidaho.com/gallery/thumbnails.php?album=7  For the Latest 2007 Photography. 

-gerrit