Well, it started out as a cold, dreary, barely above freezing morning. This was the scene downtown as heavy rain along the impending warm front poured down in the still dominant cold, windy easterly flow!
The warm front burst through around 3PM and cloudy, rainy, cold skies gave way to warmth and abundant sunshine. A shortwave moving in from the southwest was also bringing shallow instability with steep lapse rates and strong directional wind shear.
Not a chase per say. I was at the airport due to work and the storm associated with the shortwave slowly grew and came into view on the North-Western Horizon.
A short while later the first of the storms was literally on top of my location at the airport! I could tell by the look of the storm that there were going to be some very strong surface winds.
The storms looked mean but were basically just a mix of rain, small hail and gusty winds. You can see how this storm has a very cold look to it.
The whispy ice rain bands about to hit!
Looking northwest, about to hit!
The storm blew through in literally 2 minutes producing winds of 95 km/h!!!
This poor umbrella became an instant victim of the storm!
Later in the day a second storm cluster began to move towards Toronto from Guelph.
The storm produced some heavy rain and lightning but fell apart as it entered the city thanks to diurnal cooling during the evening.