On Sunday evening at around 6 pm, a large storm cell passed over the Fez Medina. From the time the leading edge of the cell was spotted, to the time it vanished into the North East, was under an hour
|The leading edge of the storm cell crosses the Medina|
Apart from a brief period of high wind, there was little rain and a few lightning strikes. No damage from the wind appears to have occurred apart from a few ripped tarpaulins or sheet plastic on rooftop terraces.
The dramatic nature of the storm cell was enhanced by sudden shafts of sunlight illuminating sections of the Medina.
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Rose Button reported the storm passing over Moulay Idriss and hitting much harder than in the Fez Medina: "We were in tornado like conditions. So much rain and winds were really strong and blew things off my terrace and blew up my steel umbrella. We have never seen anything like it before and it passed after an hour, and we lost the electrics for an hour or so. It was too crazy! I was glad when it ended.".
A storm cell is an air mass that contains up and down drafts in convective loops, moves and reacts as a single entity, and functions as the smallest unit of a storm-producing system - The American Heritage Science Dictionary
Photos: Sandy McCutcheon