Urban Flooding and Hail Event

8/1/14 – Today was a day that had low shear, but enough instability and forcing to pop up some pulse style showers and thunderstorms. There was enough CAPE to provide a hail and heavy rain risk. Normally I don’t even bother with these sorts of events, because of the random nature of the convection, but these were close enough to yield some good footage opportunities.

The day started off mostly sunny, but cumulus clouds quickly filled in, and began to develop into showers and thunderstorms. The first ones popped up well to my north, and south. As the afternoon progressed however, some storms began to take shape right on top of me, and just a few miles to my west. I set out to document some hail originally, since I had been placed in a severe thunderstorm warning, mostly for a risk of large hail. As I began my trek westward into town, I got into some pea sized hail, and then the hail shifted south and the core fell out. However, the heavy rain continued, and I began to notice ponding of water all over the local roadways. Some of it was a few inches deep. Radar estimates indicated about an inch of rain fell in just under an hour. There was water everywhere! I captured photos and video footage of the vehicles driving though it. These vehicles included a poor motorcyclist who was caught out in the storm. I felt bad for that guy! Of course I know what it’s like to be caught out in a thunderstorm, as shown in my previous entry.

After I was finished with documenting the storm, and running a couple of errands, I noticed a stronger storm off to my north. I ventured up there to sample it, as a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for it as well. I ran into some very heavy rainfall, and some small hail. Once inside the hail core, I began looking for a place to stop. The only problem was, the hail core was only about 200 yards wide, so as I was looking for a spot, I went right through it, and then the core fell out over some fields nearby. I did get a little bit of hail, mostly pea size, a few peanut M&M size, but that was brief. 2 for 2 on cores falling out, but I did get a few good photos and some video. I also saw a curious scuddy lowering underneath one of the updrafts. It turned out to be a pretty good day. I hadn’t expected much, but this was a nice day of documenting weather. What I love to do best! Below you will find a collection of photos, and also a video from the day’s adventure. Enjoy, and as always, feel free to share this article!

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