CASE 36 - Afternoon convection over SMO develops into multicellular system


Microphysical scans 2345 - 0200 Z, 2h 15m





Weak ripples moving through the west-northwest flow aloft coupled with upper-level divergence boosted thunderstorms that initially developed over the higher terrain of Arizona and western/central New Mexico.


Deep westerly flow over southern Sonora and Sinaloa kept diurnally-driven storms from moving off the SMO.









Day 0 forecast discussion text



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0024Z, GOES-10 Vis


24 h precipitation totals -




S-Pol log - spol_082004.txt - spol_082104.txt




2319 Z

Cell near 80 km, 90 deg looks pretty good. Definitely the strongest thing out there.


2345 Z

Switched PRFs and now running MicroFar135 on the intense eastern cell. This will not cover every cell out there, and may not top some close-in cells, but this main cell is the best case out there right now so I have tailored the scans toward it.


2345Z, Base reflectivity


0011 Z

Last day! I have been continually adjusting the PPI center to maximize coverage of both the main storm, which is now an impressive multicell system, as well as every other smaller storm I can. Sacrificies are being made on these smaller storms, however.


0015Z, Base reflectivity


0040 Z

Main storm still hanging in there, with heavy rain and high reflectivities aloft.


0045Z, Base reflectivity


0053 Z

PPI just barely topped new development near 60 km & 55 deg. RHIs on this cell.


0128 Z

Merger between separate multicell storms has kicked off the latest intensification - will it last past sunset?


0130Z, Base reflectivity


0200 Z

Switching back to 720 Hz due to the unfortunate passing of the main storm. think echo intensity is decreasing overall. Sunset is having the requisite effect.


0200Z, Base reflectivity