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                                                     June 12th, 2002
 
   Plunge of a Rain Core

Early on in the cell's life, this timelapse will show how the updraft can no longer support
the column of precipitation it has condensed, and this core plunges down. It can be seen in the latter
half of the timelapse, just about over the tree on the right.  During the entire flick, one can see core air
being recycled back into the updraft.
 
   Timelapse of "Plunge of a Rain Core"
   Location: 10 W of Alva
   Time: 120X : That's fast! 1 second equals 2 minutes realtime!
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   Alva Airport Under Siege!

I hit Alva and on the way out of town, I see a wonderful view. Perhaps even a plane will
land when the timelapse is rolling. But alas, all I caught was the cell displaying a large amount
of shear, and a heck of a lot of lightning. All lightning strokes where put back into these timelapses,
and hence show the electrical activity of the cell well.  

And note the wind sock on the right. It shows how far out the Northeasterly outflow is getting
in front of the updraft. Had it outflowed *behind* the updraft.... ?
 

   Timelapse of " Alva Airport Under Siege!"
   Location: 1 S of Alva just in front of the Alva Airport terminal.
   Time: 150X : That's 1 second equals 2.5 minutes realtime!
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   Will the Alva water tower get struck?

This timelapse is the same compression and started only 5 minutes after the one above. This is
a tighter view showing just the water tower and wind sock. This shear area really tried to
form a wall cloud, and was about half way there when the vertical motions, best seen in the one
above, really got impressive.  But then the Northeasterly outflow hit and that was that. And a good thing for Alva!
 
   Timelapse of " Will the Alva water tower get struck?"
   Location: 1 S of Alva just in front of the Alva Airport terminal.
   Time: 150X : That's 1 second equals 2.5 minutes realtime!
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