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Eying Inside Storms

Posted by feww on April 24, 2011

Reflectivity Volume of Storms

KCAE Radar Imagery: Storm Hailcore


Reflectivity volume at 10:10 pm of the storm moving towards Sumter when the baseball hail was reported. Notice the very deep hail core represented by the high reflectivity values over 60 dbz (white and pink) extending from around 37000 ft to the surface. Source: NWS Forecast Office. Click image to enlarge

“Multiple supercell thunderstorms moved across the Northern and Eastern Midlands during the late afternoon and evening hours on Saturday, April 9, 2011. … A few storms moved across Kershaw and Sumter counties also dropping very large hail, up to baseball size near Dalzell. There was considerable damage to vehicles, homes and property included crops.” Source: NWS Forecast Office


This is a reflectivity volume loop of the storm that moved through the Sumter around shortly after 10 pm. Notice the depth of the high reflectivity core (white and pink) and also the overshooting tops when the updraft intensifies (light blue color)


0.5 Reflectivity from the storm moving into the Sumter area at 1010 pm. Baseball hail was associated with this storm at this time. Maximum reflectivity values were in the 70 to 75 dbz range.  Source: NWS Forecast Office. Click image to enlarge 

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