IMPRESSIVE SATELLITE VIEW OF LOW-PRESSURE SYSTEM WHICH RECENTLY PASSED JUST TO THE NORTH OF JAPAN! (credit: Met Office)
DISCUSSION: In looking towards the Western Pacific Ocean just a few days ago, there was clear evidence on visible satellite imagery of a strengthening extratropical low-pressure system moving passed the island of Japan with rain and snow impacting the lower and high elevations respectively throughout many parts of the country. Note how you can clearly identify the classic occluded "comma-head" structure of this maturing low as it quickly moves away from Japan in a northerly to northeasterly direction over the past 48 hours! It is always awesome to see textbook atmospheric cyclone wrap-up structure as originally defined by the Norwegian Cyclone Model schematic back in the early 20th Century by Vilhelm Bjerknes! For more current and recent high-impact weather content from places throughout Asia, click here!
AN UNUSUAL PRESENCE OF A HAIL OBSERVED YESTERDAY AFTERNOON IN SAUDI ARABIA! (credit: Youssouf Ali Al Taher via Cyclone of Rhodes)
DISCUSSION: Much earlier yesterday afternoon, a weak low-pressure system moved east of the Mediterranean Sea and headed towards Western Saudi Arabia. As deep convection flared up across parts of the Middle East earlier yesterday, a few isolated storms such as this one observed over Eastern Saudi Arabia generated impressive amounts of hail! See the video below to see just the density of hail falling at the time!