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Rain & Storms To Make a Return... "Chantal" to Struggle for Its Life... Unique View of Ok. Tornadic Supercell

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Updated: 7/10/2013 7:56 am
Scattered t'storms will increase some Wed. afternoon but still will be primarily inland -- especially west of I-95.  Then storms increase for the entire First Coast Thu., Fri. & Sat.  Storms will contain very heavy rain & there will likely be a few strong &/or severe storms.
All areas will get at least some rain & some places will receive 1-3" or more.

Then the focus becomes "Chantal".  Click ** here ** for daily updates -- "Talking the Tropics With Mike".  As of now, it looks like "Chantal" -- or whatever is left of the storm as it may weaken or even dissipate -- will be moving over or near Fl. by late Sat. through Sun.  For the moment, it does not appear that "Chantal" will be particularly strong once it clears Hispaniola & Cuba due to the interaction with high mountains followed by an only marginally favorable environment for strengthening over or near the Bahamas.

So by late Sat. through Sunday, the First Coast can expect -- if "Chantal" survives:
-- bands of heavy rain at times
-- gusty -- but not real strong -- winds
-- rough seas & surf including an enhanced rip current risk.

Very interesting image from NASA of the Moore, Ok. supercell May 20th.  At 65,000 feet, the pilot estimated the tops of the vicious storm were only about 3,000 feet below the plane.  The photo below is courtesy Google Earth/Ames Airborne Sensor Facility/Rose Dominguez.  The "bumpy" texture to the west of Moore is the towering thunderstorm with several overshooting tops - an indication of a very intense storm. Click ** here ** for more info. From NASA:

NASA aircraft, the ER-2, happend to fly (at 65,000 ft) over the path of the tornado at 3:05 p.m. CDT on May 20, within about two minutes of the tornado being below the plane and about six minutes before the tornado struck Briarwood Elementary School in Moore, Okla.
The NASA plane was on a separate unrelated mission to help calibrate NASA satellite data.

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