Heat Burst!June 11th, 2013 at 4:30 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
WOW – look at the Heat Burst they had in Kearney, NE last night. Check out the weather observations. At 12:55 PM it’s calm, fair, 75 degrees and the humidity is 74%. Twenty minutes later they report a thunderstorm and the temperature is up 2 degrees to 77, the dew point is 68 and the wind is SW 9. Twenty minutes after that, the wind is SW at 29 G. 35..the temperature has shot up 7 degrees to 84 and the dew point drops to 54. The humidity has plunged from 74% to 33%. We advance another 20 minutes and the wind is now west at 26, gusting to 54 mph. The temperature continues to rise to 88 and the humidity is now down to 25%. Twenty minutes later the wind is NW 21 G 47 – add another 20 minutes and the wind is now north at 10 mph with gusts to 18 mph…and twenty minutes after that, the wind has flipped from north to south at 17 mph gusting to 25 mph and the temperature is up to 90 at 3 AM! But wait! At 3:15 AM, the temperature is up to 97 and the south wind is now gusting over 50 mph! The humidity is down to 16%! Here’s more on the heat burst from the National Weather Service, which appears to have affected a relatively large area of central Nebraska.