Thursday, September 6, 2012

Something You Don't See Everyday

This image was taken by NOAA's GOES-West satellite at 4:45 p.m. yesterday. It clearly shows what once was Tropical Storm John but now (and yesterday) was only a post-tropical cyclone spinning off the coast southwest of California.  Although fairly devoid of any convective activity (thunderstorms) it looks rather ominous so close to California in light of the context that tropical weather systems rarely reach California. This weather system has been throwing subtropical clouds over the Central Coast the past couple of days even right now as I type this it is partly cloudy and humid and windy here in Paso Robles, CA.
A tip of the hat to Gary Robbin's blog post about this in the San Diego Union-Tribune yesterday which in turn featured a tip of the hat to NWS Forecast Office San Diego forecaster Mark Moede who spotted this image and passed it along to Robbins.
Similarly but less-spectacularly this happened again next month as I shared HERE.

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