Saturday, July 5, 2008

Thunderstorm in Americus, Georgia


Reporting from Americus, Georgia:
Just before 3 p.m. (ET), a sweet thunderstorm was rolling into Sumter County, Georgia. Several Special Weather Statements were issued in the area, followed by a Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued for the city of Americus at 2:41 p.m. About this time, I was standing in the Lowe's parking lot looking northwest. The water tower corresponds to the western edge of the storm. No hail was reported with this storm. Max winds were 30 mph. At the same time, I heard sirens in the distance (fire engines responding to an accident). A few folks were acting a little nervous at seeing this and hearing the sirens (remember the Americus tornado?) and hurried inside.

Later, a bystander took a photograph (not included) of stratus clouds and got all excited.....wanted to call it a tornado. Funny thing, it didn't rotate.

I'll post the corresponding RADAR images tomorrow (from the archives), unless someone saved a few from KFFC or KMXX (as KEOX's RADAR is down).

3 comments:

Mike said...

Nice shot Jay....I love this time of year. I'll be looking for the radar shots.

Cookeville Weather Guy said...

Very nice picture Jay!

People do tend to get excited in wild weather! :)

~Michael

Dewdrop said...

Great shot and discussion of the wackiness of people when they have been through it... I hate it when stratus goes severe... lol...

Anyways, we had the same significant weather statements issued locally, nice outflow, ferocious lightning and some neat structure, but as you said no rotation... didn't stop the "sheriff-nado" funnel in Bainbridge. eye roll.