IEM Daily Feature
Friday, 10 June 2011

Wichita Heat Burst

Posted: 10 Jun 2011 05:55 AM

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Early Thursday morning, the Wichita Kansas airport weather sensor recorded a somewhat rare meteorological phenomena known as a heat burst. These events consist of a rapid rise in temperature along with a drop in dew point. The featured chart displays the one minute interval observations from the airport sensor showing perhaps two heat burst signatures. A rise in temperature to over 100 degrees can be seen along with a drop in dew point to near 30. The physical reason for these events remains somewhat a mystery, but they are almost always found near an area of rapidly decaying rain showers.

Good = 39
Bad = 19

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