My fellow chasers inform me that a thunderstorm overnight produced a lightning strike very close to the house near 4am, with instant loud thunder and setting off nearby car alarms - sadly I slept through this episode (somehow!) so can neither confirm or deny this.
Essentially today was a 'down day' spent at Todd's house in Portland (TX), thanks to being in the post-frontal environment (even though a cold front went through overnight, temperatures were still up to 27-28C during the day). Sea breeze went through during the afternoon with a nice line of towering cumulus visible in the distance, while dry and sunny coastwards (which pleased Chris S since his PhD was based on sea breeze simulations using a WRF model). We decided to head to the beach later in the afternoon and spent 2-3 hours there, enjoying the 23C sea surface temperatures.
|Dedication to colleague Steve Western|
Radar indicated some storms once again forming over northern Mexico during the late afternoon and evening, drifting slowly eastwards (only at 5-10mph) into W-S Texas, but moving too slowly such that it wasn't really worth chasing after them.