Friday, January 17, 2014

Convective Snow Showers

I have been very busy lately and have fallen behind on posts but Thursday was a nice afternoon by comparison to how cold it has been therefore I don't mind breaking sequence. Numerous systems have been dropping in from the northwest bringing round after round of light snow showers and related photo opportunities to the Midwest. On this day in particular, post frontal precipitation behind a morning system to pass was forecast to be of the convective variety. This caught my attention as the often discrete nature and darker cores of heavy snow showers can make for an interesting experience. A well timed shortwave passing through at peak daytime heating bore quasi-thunderstorm characteristics. The precipitation type however, was entirely snow pellets. As usual, I didn't travel far nor did I really need to.

Looking South

Looking North

Looking south again, note the dirt.

c/o RadarScope

Upon passage, note the dirt vs. before!

A new micro cell would develop to the west and although insignificant, I decided to wait around for it.

c/o RadarScope

Glad I did.

Looking ENE, a miniscule amount of frozen precipitation was enough to help generate anticrepuscular rays underneath the cloud base streaming away from the above scene.

Probably should have time lapsed.

Traveling south as I was simultaneously running an errand, the miniature complex lost definition but the end of day light was still captivating.

Distant activity to the southeast was much more interesting so I switched to the 300mm.

Pileus Cap

Though much time had passed, the distant orange core is formerly that which was at Taylorville in the above radar capture but by now somewhere near or past Sullivan.

Lucky for any photographers that may have been out in that area.

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