Photo: Ryan De Hamer
In his book, Cloud Dynamics, Robert Houze quotes Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn:
“The fifth night below St. Louis, we had a big storm after midnight, with the power of thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in a solid sheet.” (Houze, Cloud Dynamics, Academic Press, 1993). The likelihood is that Twain's story was recounting a common occurrence in the Midwest summer: what we know today as the mesoscale convective system or MCS, a conglomeration of thunderstorms that often reach a peak in the middle of the night.
Log in to your Weather Band account to access this story, your Weather Band community forum, and so much more!