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    V-Blog: Animations Of The Texas MCS

    By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
    6/21/2007, 10:01:20 AM

    Several of you have asked to find out more about last night's MCS (Mesoscale Convective System), which AccuWeather believes was classified as an MCC (Mesoscale Convective Complex). On the video blog below I step through the radar animation to see how the storms evolved and take a quick look at animated lightning and advisories during the MCC.


    NOTE: THE VIDEO ABOVE MAY BE PRECEDED BY ADVERTISEMENTS ON AD-SUPPORTED SITES


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    An MCC is a kind of MCS that might contain an MCV or DERECHOS.

    Here's also an Enhanced Infrared Satellite animation from AccuWeather.com. Notice the colors turn to purple, meaning that the clouds have reached extreme heights and are below -100 degrees Fahrenheit.

    At 1:15 in the morning, the MCC was at peak intensity with the cloud deck covering most of Kansas, Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle. (Reminder: MCC's are most powerful overnight thanks to energy from low-level jet streams which setup after sunset.)


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    DOWNLOAD HI-RES ANIMATIONS:*

    - South Central Satellite Animation From AccuWeather.com
    - Oklahoma Satellite Animation From AccuWeather.com
    - South Central Lightning Animation From AccuWeather.com Premium
    - Texas Radar Animation (Partial) From The SPC
    - Texas Radar & Advisories Animation (Partial) From The SPC
    - South Central Radar Animation From RadarPlus (Large)
    - South Central Radar Animation From RadarPlus (Small)
    - U.S. Radar Animation From AccuWeather.com Premium

    *Many of these animations are in Quicktime format. Choose "Save As" from your web browser then open the file in Quicktime. Click for a free trial: AccuWeather.com Premium | AccuWeather.com RadarPlus.

    The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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    Jesse Ferrell