First, a picture, graciously provided to us by Peter Loron, of the line as it was approaching downtown Seattle (time: 1:30 PM Thursday). Looks like the end of the world.
|Picture courtesy of Peter Loron. Looking towards W. Seattle from downtown.|
Would have been fun to be on the big white wheel! Or scary.
|Picture courtesy of Paul Gockel|
|Schematic of gust front and shelf cloud|
We could see the convection (big line of cumulonimbus clouds) in the Camano Island radar image at nearly the same time (yellow is heavy rain, red is VERY heavy rain or hail).
There was one lone lightning strike (over north Seattle as this feature went through).
As it went past the UW, the winds gusted to 30 kts, the wind directed shifted to southwesterly, heavy rain fell, pressure jumped, and temperature fell (look just past 21z on the UW rooftop observation plot below).
Or you could view the system from the cam on the roof of my building. Here are images before, during, and after passage of this line:
One interesting aspect of this feature is one could follow it from offshore, using the Langley Hill radar. Here is an image at 10:48 AM Tuesday...clearly apparent offshore.
Hopefully, during the next year we can extend Seattle RainWatch to include the Langley radar to provide an automated heads up for features such as this one.