Sunday, August 13, 2017

Real Oddball Storms Saturday in Vermont, In My Opinion At Least

Thunderstorm near Franklin, Vermont Saturday afternoon.
Spates of strong to severe thunderstorms never go exactly as forecast, and Saturday's scattered activitiy in Vermont was a case in point.

A lot of us thought things would be a bit more organized than they were.

Sure, there would be storms scattered seemingly randomly, but some of us thought a broken, somewhat organized line of thunderstorms would cross through in the late afternoon and evening.

True, the time between 4 and 7 p.m. seemed to be the peak of the scattered rough weather, as expected, but there was a randomness to the storms that was odd

I was also stunned by how fast strong thunderstorms would randomly develop over a spot, then seemingly within minutes, wither away just as fast. That was unusual to see, at least from my perspective. Also fascinating. Glad I had a chance to watch this cloud performance.

The storms would go from a sprinkle, and within 10 minutes be spitting out lightning, dropping torrential downpours and pushing out gusty winds. Then, in some cases, not all - poof! They're gone.

The thunderstorms, especially before 5 p.m. or so, struggled with a layer of air just a few thousand feet up that inhibited storm development, so they were few and far between. Later on in the evening, they became somewhat more numerous, but still hit and miss.

For instance, at my house in St. Albans, Vermont, I didn't get any rain. Just two miles north of my house, however, streets were briefly flooded by a torrential late afternoon downpour.

There were scattered reports of damage from the storms across Vermont, especially after 6 p.m. One storm caused wind damage in Addison County around 6 p.m. Another bad storm very quickly popped up in eastern Chittenden County around 6:20 p.m., knocking down trees and powerlines in towns like Williston and Jericho.

Another severe storm caused damaged in parts of north central and northeastern Vermont after 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

It's all over now. There were a few light showers around northern Vermont this Sunday morning, but they were quickly drying up.

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