Multiple tornadoes in northern Victoria, Australia, injured 20 people yesterday. Australia is (in my opinion) second only to the U.S. when it comes to massive thunderstorms and tornadoes, and because of that, some of their radar technology is up to par with ours. The Bureau of Meteorology released these radar images:
Meteorologist and veteran U.S. Storm Chaser Roger Edwards wrote on Facebook:
" Impressive reflectivity image of a tornadic super cell yesterday in SE Australia. The radar is a C-band unit in NE Victoria, inside the forward-flank core of the supercell. The storm appears "backwards" because it is in the southern hemisphere, and rotating clockwise, with the inflow on the NE side.
A satellite image showed the widespread severe storms:
The tornado was well-documented on YouTube, for example this couple driving, who were WAY too close (incredible video):
And 9News on Facebook provided this footage of the damage:
The location was on the northern border of Victoria:
In the last 24 hours, several cities in eastern China have received over 10 inches of rain in the last day -- and it's about to get worse.
Training thunderstorms and mesoscale convective complexes slammed West Virginia and Virginia yesterday, killing 14 people and dropping more than a foot of rain.
I've lived in central Pennsylvania for almost 20 years now. I'm not sure that I remember such a quiet severe weather season. Let's quantify that.
I created an online simulator of the 21-screen real-time U.S. webcam display that is in the lobby of the Joel N. Myers Weather Center at Penn State.
As we predicted, records have been broken across the Southwest U.S. and will continue to be today and tomorrow.
Early next week could bring the hottest weather ever recorded in the Southwest -- and that's no joke.