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Today was supposed to be a good expedition day, with parameters in place for strong and severe storms from West Virginia through Pennsylvania to New York. At noon, a large area of thick clouds with embedded showers had overspread southwestern PA, while further south, large area of clearing was settled over southern West Virginia. Despite the better upper air dynamics up north in PA, I chose to ditch my earlier Pittsburgh target and head south to Charleston. Cloud cover and rain will kill off instability needed for strong storms, so I felt Pittsburgh would not have much 'juice' left to sustain strong storms. With the clear sky in WV allowing the sun to destabilize the atmosphere, I was more confident of stronger storms there. I arrived in Charleston at 3:30PM to a once-strong line of storms that vanished upon arrival in town. It's a little after 6:00PM now. Here is the current radar for Charleston, WV:
And here is the current radar image for Pittsburgh (downtown is near the center of the rings):
This is what we call a bust.
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