DISCUSSION: As severe thunderstorm blossomed to the east of a low-pressure center moving across parts of Eastern China, some of these storms moved through areas characterized by particularly high vertical wind shear as well as very strong convective instability. As a result of this dangerous storm conducive combination, one particular storm (as captured in the scary footage below) turned quite deadly as it produced a destructive tornado in and around the region of Jiangsu, China (located just to the north of Shanghai, China). Unfortunately, there was tremendous destruction of entire villages within Jiangsu, China and some fatalities as well. In the video below you will note the propagation of what are referred to as suction vortices near the ground which are essentially very small-scale vortices of violently rotating air which tears apart various structures in their path. Sadly, this is another example of how dangerous severe weather events in densely populated areas can quickly turn deadly if advanced warning(s) are not issued in a timely manner. To learn more about other high-impact weather from across Asia, be sure to click here!
INTENSE THUNDERSTORM AS SEEN FROM AN AIRCRAFT OVER CHINA! (credit: Christiaan van Heijst via Severe Weather Europe)
DISCUSSION: As strong thunderstorms erupted over parts of Central and Eastern China yesterday afternoon (local time), some of these storms became particularly strong with the presence of intense vertical updrafts which were evidently capable of producing copious amounts of cloud-to-cloud, cloud-to-ground, and as seen here in the image attached below a great example of intra-cloud lightning demonstrated the intense nature of this particular thunderstorm updraft. Note how beautifully the top of the thunderstorm is lighted as a result of the lightning in the upper parts of this thunderstorm as seen from the cabin of a commercial aircraft over Eastern China! Typically, commercial aircraft try to avoid these stronger thunderstorms, though in this particular case it clearly was required to move close to this storm without going straight through the core of the storm! To learn more about other high-impact weather from across Asia, be sure to click here!
DISCUSSION: As the beginnings of the Indian Monsoon gets into action over the last 5 to 10 days or so, there has been increasing amounts of deep tropical convection blossoming over central and eastern portions of the Bay of Bengal! Note how in the image below (courtesy of the IMD Weather Prodigy Twitter page) you can clearly see the large area of deep thunderstorm activity centered across the Eastern Bay of Bengal. This is a tell-tale sign that the Indian Monsoon is beginning to likely kick into full-throttle in the near future with very persistent, heavy rainfall producing widespread flooding across much of the Southern and Central India as well as some nearby areas outside of those regions of the Subcontinent! Additionally, attached below is another graphic which helps to visually illustrate the typical timeline associated with the onset of the Indian Monsoon Circulation! To learn more about other high-impact weather content from across the rest of Asia, be sure to click here!
DISCUSSION: As a weak low-pressure system slowly moves off to the west across several islands within the South Pacific Ocean, there will be a rather complex convective forecast unfolding with scattered, discrete convective storms being the main theme. As a result of the weak low-pressure system dragging warm/moist air into the region, there will be greatly enhanced buoyancy in place which will aid in the development of typical deep tropical convection. As seen in the graphic below courtesy of the National Weather Service office in Barrigada, Guam there is no question that this forecast is littered with complications based on the number of factors which will have an influence on how the forecast for the next few days unfold! To learn more about other high-impact weather content from across Asia, click here!