Another thing that I have seen is when a strike event like this is
sustained as it moves across the SE it often causes a cold front to
be pulled south toward all the convection and you get nor'easters.
IMHO one is forming right now. Looks like the strike levels are at
7.3 k, which, again, is pretty good for this time of year and it has
been sustained now for at least 3 days.
The Pacific high, from all these strikes in the mid CONUS, pretty
much formed. It is centered at 1350W and you can see it clearly in
the above IR image. Our weather dried out--again, in the midst of
the rainy season.
There was, as suggested, severe weather associated with this event--
this time in NO in places which already had to deal with Katrina.
There is good reason for this--the electrical conditions remain.
Here is a very interesting image of Katrina erosion:
This erosion leads to microbial nutrient levels sustaining and
maintaining conductive conditions in the region.
This year, so far, there has been no significant climate event like
last year's tidal wave. The MJO dynamic appears back to normal and
last year, if you recall, there was little severe weather as a
precursor to the bio electrical conditions that brought us our most
active season on record.