Strong Thunderstorms Rumbled Through Eastern Germany & Western Poland Today!!! (Credit: Meteo Europe)
DISCUSSION: Powerful thunderstorms ripped through Eastern Germany and Western Poland today thanks to a classic textbook example of a Mesoscale Convective System (MCS). MCS is an organized area of thunderstorms usually associated with a weather front. Larger than a typical supercell thunderstorm, these storms can last for hours and well into the night sometimes as well. MCS have been observed across Europe and the United States during late spring and summer as warm humid air from the south clashes with cool dry air from the north. The results are explosive, typically leading to very heavy rainfall and flash flooding as was the case in Poland on Tuesday May 30th, 2017. As the thunderstorms began to roll on through residents captured several images of the impressive shelf cloud before the heavy rains and frequent lightning began. Several reports of flash flooding emerged from Switzerland and a downburst was said to have battered Berlin, Germany as well. A funnel cloud was captured on camera just outside the town of Frankfurt, Germany. Thankfully, it appears that no tornado was confirmed and damage appears to be minimal so far. We await reports from areas further to the East as darkness began to cover the European continent. The storm will continue to weaken as it slowly heads towards the East, losing its energy source which is daytime heating from the Sun. As we head towards the end of this week it does appear that the heat will make a comeback across Western Europe.
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~ Meteorologist Jake Keiser