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The development and devastation of a severe-weather outbreak
UW's Space Science & Engineering Center documents June 7 storms
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The satelllite GOES-12 captures an image of the clouds in the June 7 outbreak of severe weather in the upper Midwest.
The satelllite GOES-12 captures an image of the clouds in the June 7 outbreak of severe weather in the upper Midwest.
Credit:Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies

The UW-Madison's Space Science and Engineering Center has published its June newsletter, and it includes dazzling documentation of the severe-weather outbreak that pummeled Wisconsin on June 7. The storms produced five tornadoes, an impressive volume of hail, powerful winds and lashing rains. Here are the contributions to the SSEC's documentation of the meteorological violence.

SSEC's Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) researcher Scott Bachmeier highlights a series of dramatic satellite images showing the storms' development, intensification and aftermath, along with data and explanations that support the images and provide a primer on the science on display.

The newsletter features a series of stunning photos by research specialist and CIMSS employee Derrick Herndon, who chased the storms from La Crosse to Stevens Point and captured images of one tornado, a possible second funnel and landscapes littered with five-inch hail.

The newsletter also leads to a National Weather Service summary of the storms, which includes maps, photographs, video, satellite images and animations showing the storms' paths and the devastation they left in their wake. The summary also includes an explanation of the science behind the storms.


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