Friday, May 20, 2016

Mesoscale Convective Vortex

We had was is called a Mesoscale Convective Vortex last night.  I had never heard of that so I looked it up. 

From Wikipedia "A mesoscale convective vortex (MCV) is a low-pressure center within a mesoscale covective system (MCS) that pulls winds into a circling pattern, or vortex. With a core only 30 to 60 miles wide and 1 to 3 miles  deep, an MCV is often overlooked in standard weather analysis.   But an MCV can take on a life of its own, persisting for up to 12 hours after its parent MCS has dissipated. This orphaned MCV will sometimes then become the seed of the next thunderstorm outbreak. An MCV that moves into tropical waters, such as the Gulf of Mexico, can serve as the nucleus for a tropical storm or hurricane."

The place we get our bikes serviced was nearly destroyed.  The roof was ripped open and a lot of he bikes were blown around and damaged.  And the place that makes Bengal Roach Spray had one of its walls blown in.  A friend said the latch on their wooden fence was blown off and they have never found the latch!

In our neighborhood, we saw lots of big tree branches downed when we were doing a mile walk with the Bad Basset Boys this morning.

My cable and phone and TV and computer came back on about 10:30 this morning.  And I immediately got 4 phone calls wanting to know if we were OK.  

I spent the morning working on my quilt block tree branches until the nice guy from AAA came to change out the tire on Frank's car.  But he did not leave me his key and my key for his car is in MY car.  Oye!

So I called Frank  We got the car open, then had problems getting the trunk open to get the spare.  Called Frank.  So got that open, and couldn't find the key for the lug nuts.

Called Frank.  Found the lug nut key. Geez.

Then i had to download all the stuff from his trunk.  Gears, crankshafts, drug testing kits, presentation folders.  How does he get all that into the trunk?

And Hey, do you think he has enough napkins in his glove box???????


  1. napkins for that Popeye's chicken and red beans !!!!

  2. He has to wipe his hands when he digs thru the trunk.

  3. Glad you are okay -- and yes, what we stash in our cars can be pretty amazing/shocking/ridiculous when it all comes out at the same time.

  4. A MCV kind of sounds like a tornado! Love how the weather people come up with these fancy terms and try to downplay something that sounds like a tornado! I am glad you are ok.


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