We saw some wild weather yesterday – severe thunderstorms producing heavy rains and flooding, damaging winds, hail and even tornadoes – on top of blizzard conditions and thunder-snow! From Texas to Minneapolis to the Eastern seaboard, we’re keeping a close eye on the Midwest and the Ohio and Mississippi Valleys as watches, warnings and advisories come out from the NWS.
The WeatherBug network is monitoring weather and lightning in real-time, and our Total Lightning sensor are have been generating Dangerous Thunderstorm Alerts (DTAs). Here’s a quick video of what we saw – where severe weather happened and what went down in terms of NWS warnings and watches, DTAs and local storm reports:
In the video, the orange polygons are alerts from the NWS and the purple shapes/polygons are areas we had issued our DTAs — notice how the DTAs stay ahead of the storm. The colored dashes are storm events, color coded by severity. When the severity gets to an orange to red, our automated DTAs kick in to warn WeatherBug users 50% faster than other alerts! Out of the 248 local storm reports, WeatherBug alerted 42% faster than other weather apps!
Today promises to be another wild weather day, with booming thunderstorms in the East ahead of a cold front making its way across the Mid-South and Appalachians. Although these storms should not be as potent as they were yesterday, damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph are still possible and an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
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The WeatherBug – Earth Networks Team