``All of a sudden it got very yellow outside, it felt strange and mysterious. Then it slowly looked very orange, it was the craziest thing I have ever witnessed over my head.``
|Skies in Upper Michigan on the evening of July 22|
|Fig 1: Top image is a satellite portrayal of this storm system with its linear arm stretching into the Northern States and Canada. The bottom image is a satellite showing the current water vapour during this time. Watch the video here.|
|Fig 2: Moisture being bridged from KOAX to KDMX NEXRAD stations on July 23 at 01:15 UTC. This is shown in more detail using the radar stations (Fig 5) below.|
Fig 3: The left image is KOAX Nexrad Station (radar) - Omaha, NE - July 23, 01.14 UTC.
The right image is KDMX Nexrad Station (radar) - Des Moines, IA - July 23, 01.15 UTC.
This is also consistent with the satellite image in Fig 2 above.
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|Fig 4: Radar image showing moisture content of the storm system that we are interested in. Take note of how this storm system is tapered towards active NEXRAD stations, and is connected through numerous radar stations. The images that follow below will portray this in more detail. The stations from left to right are KUEX, KOAX, KDMX, KARX (top), KDVN (bottom), and KMKX. Watch the video here.|
|Fig 5: NEXRAD stations in the U.S. The red dots represent those that we are interested in analysing. Use this figure to correlate with the radar images that follow.|
|Fig 6: Grand Island/Hastings, NE (KUEX) NEXRAD Station. This is consistent with Fig 4.|
|Fig 7: Omaha, NE (KOAX) NEXRAD Station. This is consistent with Fig 4.|
|Fig 8: Des Moines, IA (KDMX) NEXRAD Station. This is consistent with Fig 4.|
|Fig 9: Davenport, IA (KDVN) NEXRAD Station. This is consistent with Fig 4.|
|Fig 10 La Crosse, WI (KARX). This is consistent with Fig 4.|
|Fig 11: Milwaukee, WI (KMKX) NEXRAD Station. This is consistent with Fig 4.|
More investigation is needed with these radar anomalies and their apparent influence on storm systems and moisture-driven forces. Provided below is a list of useful tools for capturing these type of events. It is important to become familiar with these software tools. We recommend adding them to your bookmarks:
(click NEXRAD Sites on the left, choose desired station, and then desired frames on the left)