Viewing Stunning Convection over The Long-Axis of Cuba. (credit: NOAA Satellites -> Twitter)
DISCUSSION: During the latter part of last week, the Goes-East satellite imager was able to capture a fairly convective event unfold over the long-axis of the island nation of Cuba. As shown in the video Tweet (which is attached above), a simple atmospheric boundary which is most commonly referred to as a "sea breeze" settled in over the approximate center of the longer axis of the island nation of Cuba. As a result of this sea breeze "setting up shop" over the longer-axis of Cuba, this facilitated particularly strong localized converging air streams. As this localized convergence persisted for several hours back on April 25th, this allowed convective cells to develop along this lengthy sea breeze front which was "camped out" across much of Cuba during a good portion of the afternoon and early evening hours back during last Wednesday.
As you will note, the convection blossomed fairly quickly early on in this particular visible satellite imagery loop. This can chiefly be attributed to the fact that in the warmer, tropical climate found across Cuba during much of the year, there is a much greater propensity for convection to fire up in relatively short amounts of time as was found with this recent case study. It is very impressive nonetheless due to the fact that it is always neat to observe convection fire up so quickly along a perfect sea breeze oriented west-northwest to east-southeast across the island nation of Cuba. It just goes to show the value of GOES-East visible satellite imagery with anticipating developing convective storms before they reach maximum intensity.
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