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  1. Most of the quick spinups we see here in SNE are definitely at least partially obscured by heavy rain near the core of a cell. These aren't your typical classic "isolated" supercells, so applying a traditional label like LP or HP(low or high precip) to these cells doesn't quite fit. Most of our SNE tornadic Tstorms are usually part of a complex of storms that are rapidly lifting northeast..under a broader influence of twisting shear from a larger system. Our pre-tornadic cells are often pounding rain, then get rotating, put down a quick funnel for 5min... and then their rotational structure rapidly collapses. I suspect most folks hit by these spinups would describe whiteout torrential rains, alongside an increasingly black, cloud-to-ground sky, and then, suddenly, a rapid increase in tree snapping wind of 60-100mph.
  2. Haha thanks Twitter-X is beyond ridiculous. don't get me started Billionaire numbskull axes a world-famous and meticulously constructed logo(bird was crafted by a precise mathematical series of circles) ...and in its place installs a cheap, undesigned, 10 cent, unicode "X" But this isn't PG or TT..so I'll cap it there. Whatever elmo wants to do with his $44B ******** is his ****n business. *** Anywho.... Yeah these types of tornadoes spin up super quick and then die off just as fast. It's basically a 10 minute event. And if you're not watching the radar at that instant or tuned into an up to the second feed of the NWS, can get a little blindsided by the cell phone warning when it happens. Many warnings here in SNE are just simple thunderstorm rotation. News will break in and go berserk(eg on-air mets have "multiple orgasms"), but until I see a bright, potent, tight couplet signature on the velocity scan... it's just a mesocyclone rotating upstairs.. almost certainly with no funnel on the ground. What was different in Mattapoisett today was: 1) the very bright and tight red/green velocity couplet 2) The #1 standard for all radar confirmed tornadoes: > the debris ball. (observed using the correlation coefficient setting on radar scans) Once you see the debris ball on radar, you know the funnel has hit the surface and is causing damage.
  3. Not sure where in Mmack you're at, but a relatively central Mmack weather station recorded 0.67". I like those types of rainfall. Anything between a half to an inch. It's enough to soak the ground and water deep, but not enough to flood the soil and cause problems with root rot or fruit burst. What sux is if you get 2..3...5"..... Ripening crop gets wrecked and/soil doesn't dry for a cpl weeks. Also annoying are stretches of popup "frequent showers"-- Wets the foliage and promotes fungus.. without getting any sort of real water into the root zone. It's like nature giving your plants an "eff you" golden shower just to be an ass
  4. Most everyone saw rain today, but two main belts got pasted. The bullseye around Andover and Lawrence received 5". Other areas in those two stripes saw a general 2-3. Got lucky at my garden and escaped with only an inch or so. Had that swath by Andover hit me with 5?? all my cantaloupe would have split and exploded, from water pressure.
  5. Here's a list of tornadoes by year, just in Massachusetts. Almost all of these were quick spinups. Last real-deal twister(EF3) was 2011.
  6. Not sure, but 4-5 sounds about right. All were quick spinups like today, which is most common in New England. Storm starts rotating.. drops a quick EF0 or EF1 funnel... lifts back up after a couple hundred yards or at most a cpl miles. Whole process takes like 5-10min. Much less common are the isolated and fully developed supercells, which put down more powerful and longer track twisters. Like the one in 2011 that reached EF3 and traveled 38miles I got a late start chasing that day and missed it by 25miles. (...also got a speeding ticket that day from a Statie on the Pike....) Damn chase cost me a buttload
  7. Rt. 9 in Newton was a total mess.
  8. To quickly confirm a tornado (vs straight line winds or a microburst), the survey team looks for trees down at multiple angles. which indicates swirling/rotaing wind. Straight line wind damage obviously has trees knocked down... in a straight line......
  9. NWS Survey team was sent out and confirmed a tornado was on the ground in Mattapoisett. How long the ground track was, and determining the EF rating, will likely take another day or two.
  10. Tis over. Warning dropped
  11. A wise choice. Even if technically no funnel on the ground(Im skeptical/no clear debris ball on radar) should be wind with this storm center, which can knock down trees.
  12. Aand we got another warning Doesn't look as impressive as Marion cell, but still heads up in Barnstable
  13. Rotion/Velocity signature faded. *Should* be over... but don't take my word for it-- I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night
  14. Aaand that's a debris ball.
  15. 11:28 Heads up! This looks like it's actually put down a small funnel. Shouldn't last long. But it's on rn
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