Thursday, July 08, 2010

Warm Air Aloft Dominates Today

The warm air aloft discussed in this morning's post essentially won out during the day today. The top image is the visible satellite image this evening, showing widespread convection of a moderate nature. Note that there are no anvils spreading out in the stronger upper-level winds. The middle image is the WSR-88D echo top product and it shows that radar echoes in southeast Arizona this evening are reaching only to max heights of 25 to 30 thousand feet. The bottom image is the WSR-88D Vertically Integrated Liquid (VIL) product. The values of current convection are VERY low, indicating that there is little rainfall reaching the ground at this time. Hopefully things will improve markedly during the next three days!

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