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Multicell Storms, Maghera - July 4th

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Martin Mc Kenna
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« on: July 09, 2009, 07:39:51 pm »

Here's a few images from the storms which passed over Maghera on Sat July 4th. The first set (darker images) show the approaching storm which Greg Loyd tipped me off about, Greg photographed this cell from 50 miles distant with a solid back edge and overshooting top and it was heading my way. You can see the gust front/shelf on it as it approached over Slieve Gallion. Below it was an intense precip curtain which was red and white on radar. This dropped a few high quality c-gs with 'gun shot' cracks of thunder. It delivered phenomenal rainfall when it hit which flooded our garden. It was fast moving though and soon cleared with two intense rainbows at the rear with thunder booming which was a surreal experience. The next storm arrived soon after and was a multicell, it produced heavy rain and more thunder and had a huge flanking line at the rear with explosive solid towers which were incredible to watch. A brief rope funnel dropped from this line then retreated, it was so brief that it was gone by the time I got my lens zoomed and focused so I never caught it on camera. All in all, a great evenings action, had those storms been much slower there would have been severe flooding in places. Some of the convection I seen during the evening over the Sperrins was mind blowing and severe looking with solid monster anvils stretching for miles across the sky with mammatus and rock hard flanking lines and overshooting tops. We chased these until sunset but never could get close enough, those cells where MUCH further away than they looked. This season has produced the best convection I have ever seen in my life here, these two bring the count to 14 thunderstorms this year. I suspect the best is yet to come.

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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2009, 02:40:20 am »

Great images Martin, very intense looking system, great report!.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2009, 08:56:27 am »

Very nice images martin!  Cool
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