National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce

Severe Thunderstorms Across the

Western Carolinas on 10-12 June 2006

Patrick D. Moore
NOAA/National Weather Service
Greer, SC

Cloud-to-ground lightning near Lake Norman.  Photo by Daniel Burton

Intense cloud-to-ground lightning over northern Mecklenburg County, near the southern end of Lake Norman, on 10 June 2006. Photo courtesy of Daniel Burton, used by permission.

Author's Note: The following report has not been subjected to the scientific peer review process.

1. Introduction

The active severe weather season in the Spring of 2006 continued during the second weekend of June with a three-day episode of severe thunderstorms beginning on the evening of the 10th and continuing during the afternoon and evening of the 11th and 12th. The National Weather Service in Greer, South Carolina (GSP), issued seven Severe Thunderstorm Warnings on 10 June, 25 Warnings on 11 June, and 17 more on 12 June.

(Click on the links to view a summary of severe weather reports for 10 June 2006, 11 June 2006, and 12 June 2006.)

Severe thunderstorm and tornado reports for 10 June 2006Severe thunderstorm and tornado reports for 11 June 2006Severe thunderstorm and tornado reports for 12 June 2006

Figure 1. Wind damage, large hail, and tornado reports for (left) 10 June, (center) 11 June, and (right) 12 June 2006. Click on each image to enlarge.

 

2. Synoptic Features and Pre-Storm Environment

500 mb analysis at 1200 UTC 10 June 2006

Click here to view a 13 frame java loop of GOES-12 water vapor satellite imagery.

Figure 2. SPC objective analysis of 500 mb geopotential height, temperature, and wind at 1200 UTC 10 June. Click on image to enlarge.

Click here to view a 23 frame java loop of HPC Surface Fronts and Pressure Analyses from 1200 UTC 10 June to 0600 UTC 13 June.

Surface analysis at 1200 UTC 10 June 2006

Figure 3. HPC surface fronts and pressure analysis at 1200 UTC 10 June. Click on image to enlarge.