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Convective Potential Ireland & UK - Wed/Thurs Aug 19/20th

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Martin Mc Kenna
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« on: August 20, 2009, 05:00:05 pm »

Quite a wild day here with nasty weather which felt more like Autumn than Summer. Although I did not witness any lightning I did get on some cool stuff. Encountered an impressive gust front over Toome which looked very nasty and dark with intense curtains of rain and hail with dynamic curling motions evident on the outflow/shelf interface. This was red and white on radar. Got ahead of it and later got in its way over the NW shore of Lough Neagh at Ballyronan Marina.  It hit with brutal intensity with torrential rain and intense squalls of wind which sent bow waves rippling across the Lough - very impressive stuff. The temp drop was phenomenal in the icy outflow which felt like I was doing photography in the snow. The same guster produced lightning on the E side of the Lough. Lots of mammatus around after this. Lively stuff indeed! Also lots of flooding today in the fields with an impressive height to the River Ban after last night's nasty rainfall
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