I'm posting a snippet from a CoCoRAHS 'newsletter' that I received this week. Follow the link for an amazing experience! (I have posted about CoCoRAHS previously.) Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fX7Q-0QuID4
Do read the paragraph below as well.
The 2011 Hurricane season in visual review
Thanks to a couple of you who brought to my attention the new NOAA-produced video that shows the entire 2011 hurricane season in one 4+ minute video clip. Talk about a wonderful lesson in how the atmosphere works. Take a look if you can spare a few minutes.
The tragic "leading lady" was Irene -- and the scars from that storm are still very visible in places like New Jersey, Connecticut and especially Vermont. CoCoRaHS volunteers did an incredible job documenting the rainfall from that huge storm, and we appreciate that very much. What I also found fascinating and disturbing was how the clouds seemed to all evaporate this year as they approached Texas. There is a great deal to be learned from watching a video like this: the nature of the giant thunderstorm complexes that sweep across the plains states; the almost daily explosion of thunderstorms on the Florida peninsula and surrounding humid southeastern states; the autumn swirls over the Great Lakes when low pressure areas stall; the plumes of moisture that sometimes surge northward from the Bay of California (Baja) up into the southern Rockies. There is a lot to see here -- and it's beautiful. I hope you take a few minutes to watch this.