This is a look back through the highlights and notable moments from my 2020 weather folder. Each month is it's own slideshow. Most of these images were downloaded from satellites or radars, some I took, a few friends shared and a handful I don't have any rights to but they somehow found their way into my computer and were thought worthy of sharing again.
Started with Calvinia in the Southern Hemisphere. There was a spectacular Falcon launch that ended in an explosion. A few sections of Trump's wall blew down and my recycling bin blew in the ditch. Rounded this month out with a meme to help some friends see volcanoes were not currently the main producers of Carbon Monoxide.
Snow birds were easily spotted in the mornings on radar. Valentines Day had no ice at the North Pole. Launch! Neighbor's trash can looked to have had a bit too much to drink. The lead cow of a herd that had washed to a different island during Dorian the year before calved. It snowed in Pisgah Forest.
Tornadoes traipsed through as storm season got going. Northeast had a spring nor'easter. Some began preparing for the coming pandemic. Moon and contrails caught together. More things align signalling a worsening state. View from my favorite buoy 41010. Swirl Watch is on as gender reveal parties become the new rage on how to burn it all down.
Honduras and much of Central America burned sending smoke to Florida and the South. Another very severe line of storms came through the south with tornadoes. Earth Day we were reminded areas of bad air pollution were being impacted by corona harsher, as more tornadoes traipsed the land. With the clearer skies rainbows were becoming more common and tornadoes seemed to produce them as well. The first tropical depression formed in the Eastern Pacific. 2020 started to really show what it had as parts of Chernobyl was overtaken by wildfire. Mask production was ramping up. More tornadoes and rainbows as lock down went into week two. It became apparent that the apocalypse handbook has some mistakes.
Amphan brought more flooding to an already hard hit area. Swirl watching continued into my backyard. Eventually a manned Dragon launch occurred after some weather delays and locals struggled with distancing. The New River Flooded and the Sears tower looked alive without power.
Christabol weakened near impact. Another east coastal blob formed. Dolly happened. A tornado came through Tylertown, MS. Friends were sharing rainbows. The dust was notable, 2005 like even. There was a solar eclipse on the other side of the world. More rainbows here.
Dust hazes the sky. Fay came up the east coast. People searched for the comet Neowise. Another infamous 90L formed. Douglas in the Eastern Pacific put on a show. Hanna came for Texas. Isaias moved through the north eastern Caribbean. The governor of Florida was renamed to better suit his leadership style.
Isaias mostly spared Florida despite the memes. Derocho storm swept out electricity. Laura made landfall. Maysak tried to keep the Pacific in the storm totals running.
99L set the tone for a stormy month as sharks were being removed from power lines in Laura leftovers. Had a Falcon launch. The Smoke from the west was worsening again. 19L formed and then Paulette and Rene. Sally flooded Duval St in the Keys as inhabitants embraced the season & went out anyways. Black Carbon map showing ridiculous smoke as homes burned out west and Sally approached from the south. NWS got in on 2020 doom memes trying to save lives. Sally flooded Pensacola among other places. Teddy formed as did Beta. A blob pulled together and rolled across Florida raising the Indian River to levels most of us had never seen while bringing more rain to an already soggy state.
Was a month of Greek named storms starting with Gamma, who was consummed by Delta. Delta came into the northern Gulf of Mexico with such a surge that some of the storm chasers were left scrambling. Another undesgnated Florida blob slowly gathered and came through. The ground was so wet with rain a few trees fell, including one into a friend's pool. Epsilon and Zeta formed. Zeta also came at the Northern Gulf with a high surge.
Starts with the damage evaluation from the month before. Houses had been rearranged like monopoly pieces and the Gulf of Mexico was trashed. The number of towns and subdivisions lost out west was hard for some to comprehend. 2020 at times overwelmed some into a deep denial of reality. It seemed to peak as election time rolled around. Goni became a Super Typhoon in the West Pacific. Long live Eta formed and danced with Iota, both devistating Central America. Eta lived on to visit Florida and to give one last scare looking like a skull as it encountered the state. Finally a great front came through bringing the start of Winter, which the Georgia Wooly Worms forecast to be warm.
Started off with more blob watching. A few almost pulled it together or persisted long enough.. Most the weather watchers more than had their fill with the 2020 Hurricane Season. The Winter Garden started producing as we settled into watching tropical storms elsewhere like Yasa and Zazu. The conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter challenged amature photographers (including me). We end the year not just looking back, ready to move on but witnessing another one of natures anomolies as a 924.6mb extratropical low has broke the all time low pressure in that region near Alaska.
2020 was a tough year for many. If you made it through you did better than some. RIP to all the weather blog members that passed, my neighbors that didn't make it and to the WeatherUnderground Cat 6 blog. May we all find some peace and meet up again be it in the limbo WU disqus thread, Eye of the Storm at YCC or elsewhere. To a better year! May it be a better one for us all.
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