July 26th, 2012
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Posted by Bruce Bishop under Uncategorized
For those of you using radar apps on your smartphones or watching radar online I want to show you something that will help you get a little more out of the information you are seeing on the phone.
The gust front is the really impressive part of an approaching thunderstorm and it really can look like the end of the world. It’s the leading edge of whats called an outflow from the approaching thunderstorm, winds of 35 to 70 mph an hour are what creates the awesome looking cloud formation.
As a novice weather nerd I’ve been noticing that in a lot of storms the gust front can be spotted on radar, it’s helpful to gauge exactly where that wind is.
The circled area is what that gust front looks like on radar. Keep an eye on the storms today, there shouldn’t be any trouble seeing them. To learn more about Doppler check this National Weather Service primer