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What is the difference in Isolated and scattered thunderstorms?
10-08-2008, 10:34 AM
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What is the difference in Isolated and scattered thunderstorms?
If the question was regarding coverage, isolated means far fewer square miles affected by thunderstorms than scattered. You might have one storm near Dallas and one near Waco and nothing else, whereas with scattered thunderstorms you might have storms all the way from Dallas to Waco.

As far as television weather forecasts, I have no clue what the %es are based on. I look at it from a chaser point-of-view though, instead of a person who wants to know what the local weather will be.
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10-19-2008, 01:54 PM
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What is the difference in Isolated and scattered thunderstorms?
Shane Adams Wrote:If the question was regarding coverage, isolated means far fewer square miles affected by thunderstorms than scattered. You might have one storm near Dallas and one near Waco and nothing else, whereas with scattered thunderstorms you might have storms all the way from Dallas to Waco.

As far as television weather forecasts, I have no clue what the %es are based on. I look at it from a chaser point-of-view though, instead of a person who wants to know what the local weather will be.

Funny that you used the DFW / Waco examples. My perceptions are similar to yours. Though I certainly flight plan based on more information than a TV weather forecast, based on how those terms have played out for me as a pilot, when I hear the word 'isolated' I tend to think: "easy to divert enroute, if even necessary", whereas scattered might suggest the need for an alternate route for a longer portion of the time.

That said, if that isolated storm sits right over Waco Regional/ACT, isolated means I'm going to be spending at least a little time in holding. That one storm in a wide blue sky will inevitably park itself right over the place you want to land.

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10-30-2008, 02:17 AM
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What is the difference in Isolated and scattered thunderstorms?
Good info. Thanks for the post

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