[Ads-l] Pop-up storm

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 5 05:42:36 EDT 2017


I've been hearing "popcorn thunderstorms" for years.

JL

On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 3:07 AM, Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> Having lived in an area where there are frequent pop-up storms, I should
> note that there is a prosodic difference between the two expressions. The
> computer science term has the primary accent on  pop, while the
> meteorological term has the primary accent on storm.
>
> Geoff
>
> Geoffrey Nathan
> Geoffnathan at wayne.edu<mailto:Geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
>
> On Jul 5, 2017, at 8:43 AM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM<mailto:thnid
> u at GMAIL.COM>> wrote:
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> I picked up a new weather term on the ABC-6 Eleven O'Clock News. Certain
> weather conditions can cause small isolated thunderstorms to "pop up"
> unpredictably in different parts of an area, while other parts are dry and
> perhaps even partly clear.
>
> Searching the web for this was a bit tricky: the first results were flooded
> with "weather pop-ups" on computer screens, like this one:
>
> ///
>
> How Microsoft=E2=80=99s Windows 10 Pop-up Ruined A Live TV Weather Report
> *(https://fossbytes.com/windows-10-upgrade-popup-live-tv-weather-report/
> <https://fossbytes.com/windows-10-upgrade-popup-live-tv-weather-report/>)*
>
> April 28, 2016
>
> *Short Bytes: In a weird incident, Windows 10 upgrade pop-up ruined a live
> TV weather report being telecasted on KCCI 8 News. The relentless nagware
> interrupted a weather report, asking meteorologist Metinka Slater to
> upgrade. *
>
> ///
>
> These, though, are to the point:
>
> ///
>
> Why Pop-Up Summer Thunderstorms Are Among the Hardest Weather to Predict
> *(https://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/pop-
> up-summer-thunder=
> storms-hardest-weather-predict
> <https://weather.com/science/weather-explainers/news/pop-
> up-summer-thunders=
> torms-hardest-weather-predict>)*
>
> Most meteorologists would agree summer is the most challenging time of year
> to forecast the chance of rain. There is typically plenty of moisture and
> instability to help fuel the development of scattered showers and
> thunderstorms, particularly in the South.
>
> The triggers for thunderstorm development can be tough to pinpoint in the
> summer. Rather than distinct warm and cold fronts, summer thunderstorms
> sometimes flare up on subtle outflow boundaries from previous
> thunderstorms, sea-breeze fronts, higher terrain or in a more random
> pattern.
>
> ///
>
> 'Pop-up' storm forecasting program added to FAA flight planning system
> *(http://www.uah.edu/news/research/popup-storm
> <http://www.uah.edu/news/research/popup-storm>)*
> NOV 21, 2011
>
> "The problem of predicting when convective storms will form is huge," said
> Dr. John Mecikalski, the system's creator and a UAHuntsville Associate
> Professor of Atmospheric Science. "Thousands of cumulus clouds form every
> day and only about 1 percent of those develop into storms. The challenge
> was to find a way to predict which clouds are about to turn into storms."
>
> ///
>
> Mark Mandel
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