7-26-13: Local Thunderstorms

The Albuquerque area was hit hard by thunderstorms this afternoon. A statement by the NWS said:

“ABQ Metro experienced one of the most intense rain, severe-wind producing storms in recent memory, if not on record.”

Power is out in many places, power lines and trees are down, and there are flash floods in many places.

Here in Rio Rancho, we got rain and wind, and a little lightning. The lightning was not nearly as intense as last night.

I did want to post a few neat radar images. The first one was a radar image of the approaching storm. Notice the outflow boundaries out ahead of the storm:


If you couldn’t find the outflow boundaries, I circled them in red:


Notice the two outflow boundaries near Albuquerque and how they are converging. My friends in the explosives industry may recognize this shape; it’s a shape charge. Only in this case, the ‘liner’ is a ton of wind that is converging to form a high speed jet in the middle.

The final radar image is a loop of the storms as they moved south. Notice the outflow boundary to the west of the precipitation. Likely, the boundary extends into the precipitation, but is obscured on radar.


Finally, I’ll post a photo of the shelf cloud that passed just west of my house in Rio Rancho. It was much more impressive before I took the photo. It wasn’t much to see by the time I did snap a picture.


About highplainschasing

This blog is about my tales in storm chasing. My name is Seth Price and I am an instrumentation instructor at New Mexico Tech. My amateur radio call sign is N3MRA.
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