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Old 08-23-2007, 01:15 PM
Phlosphr Phlosphr is offline
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What's the difference between Scattered Thunder Storms and Isolated Thunder Storms?

I'm supposed to be leaving from Chicago tonight at 8pm and the weather station says isolated thunder storms then scattered thunder storms. What's the difference? Are isolated T-Storms the ones that pop up every so often, and Scattered the ones that are more wide spread or the other way around?
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:34 PM
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Weather people have their own lingo. Where is that fuzzy line between Partly Cloudy and Partly Sunny?

As to your question, if I'm looking at the Doppler radar for our area and I see a "system" of stuff moving across the region but not solidly so, I tend to regard those pockets of activity as "scattered." If, on the other hand, I see little pop-up looking blobs at random places around the area, and they aren't really moving in what appears to be some organized "system" I tend to regard them as isolated.

I suspect the real answer for you depends on how the weather boys and girls use the terms in your region.
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Old 08-23-2007, 01:56 PM
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Where is that fuzzy line between Partly Cloudy and Partly Sunny?.
I think partly cloudy means that when you look up , you see the sky as 40% clouds, 60% blue.
Partly sunny is 40% blue, 60% clouds.

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Old 08-23-2007, 03:05 PM
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Are isolated T-Storms the ones that pop up every so often, and Scattered the ones that are more wide spread or the other way around?
The first interpretation is correct - "scattered" implies more than "isolated".
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Old 08-23-2007, 03:07 PM
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The first interpretation is correct - "scattered" implies more than "isolated".
Grrr - the weather looks like crap for the next few hours in Milwaukee and Chicago, I hope I can get out ahead of it or right after it....
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:00 PM
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Due to WEATHER / THUNDERSTORMS and WEATHER / THUNDERSTORMS, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving Chicago OHare International Airport, Chicago, IL (ORD). This is causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 4 hours and 55 minutes. To see if you may be affected, select your departure airport and check "Delays by Destination".
Sorry... Wishing you the best of luck...
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Old 08-23-2007, 08:28 PM
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Based on what I've seen of the Weather Channel, use of the term 'isolated thunderstorms' tends to go with 10-30% estimates of rain, while 'scattered thunderstorms' seems to go with 30-50% estimates. Over 50% seems to be just 'thunderstorms' with no qualifier.
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Old 08-25-2007, 09:03 AM
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The no-kidding source: http://www.weather.gov/glossary/
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Isolated
A National Weather Service convective precipitation descriptor for a 10 percent chance of measurable precipitation (0.01 inch). Isolated is used interchangeably with few.

Probability of Precipitation
(Abbrev. PoP)- The probability that precipitation will be reported at a certain location during a specified period of time.

Probability of Thunderstorms
The probability based on climatology that a thunderstorm will be reported at that location during a specified period of time.

Scattered
Precipitation descriptor: Areal coverage of convective weather affecting 30 percent to 50 percent of a forecast zone (s). Sky coverage descriptor : A sky coverage of 1/8 through 4/8. In U.S. weather observing procedures, this is reported with the contraction “SCT.”
The only thing left to the imagination is the definition of "location". If a forecast office states "there is a 30% chance of rain today", is that fulfilled only if it rains on their office building, or is it fulfilled if it rains in one tiny spot someplace in the 6 counties coevered by that forecast office?
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