We finally received some much needed rain here in Central Texas and the Austin area. Although it won’t make up for the current drought conditions in the area, it certainly helps. This afternoon’s storm total image from the National Weather Service shows
Leaving work today, I caught the following cloud images with rain showers visible just below the clouds. What was interesting was how clear the sky was in the immediate surrounding area.
After I got home, I saved a Wunderground.com image of the NEXRAD Local Radar at the time I took the photo. You can see the red radar echo of the cloud formation I captured in the photograph just below where it says “Phoenix” on the map.
I came across the World Sunlight Map created by die.net that I thought was interesting. The World Sunlight Map provides a real-time, computer-generated illustration of the earth’s patterns of sunlight and darkness. The clouds are updated every 3 hours with current weather satellite imagery. Now you can watch the sun rise and set over planet Earth from the comfort of your computer screen. I also discovered their Moon Phases gadget that allows you to see and track the current phase of the moon.
I am a self-confessed weather junkie. It is possible this condition could be hereditary as my older sister, Maureen, is even more obsessed than me. She is a trained weather spotter AND is certified with the NWS (that’s the National Weather Service) which basically makes her a weather celebrity.
For people like us, watching weather is entertainment. The Weather Channel is standard fare for us and can be watched for hours on end. You can imagine my surprise when I realized the Weather Channel might be taking advantage of my addiction to anything weather-related.