By the time July rolls around most of you can predict what we will predict regarding your weather forecast -- "hot and humid with a slight chance for an isolated, afternoon storm." If you're getting tired of hearing it, you're not alone -- we're tired of saying it! But we all will have to get used to the lack of change we experience over the summer when Mother Nature decides to go on vacation, just like everybody else!
An isolated thunderstorm is exactly what it sounds like -- one that's usually confined to a small area and effects very few people. An example of such occurred on Wednesday, June 25, 2008. Our Fastrac radar depicted a small thunderstorm over central Brazos county. From a distance this storm appeared to be effecting Bryan/College Station. But, when zoomed in you can clearly see the storm over streets in College Station and east of Highway 6, while Bryan did not get a drop of rain.
Pictured left is a sky-shot taken from outside the KBTX studios in Bryan, looking towards College Station. On a partly cloudy day you could clearly see the large thundercloud that was responsible for the brief shower east of College Station.
This cell was one of many during the last week of June that had a hard time sustaining itself in central Brazos county. We sent a crew to chase the storm shortly after it's development. By the time they approached the small system the rain had already diminished.