from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dark band in the solar spectrum, situated on the red side of the D line, and caused by the absorption of that part of the spectrum by the aqueous vapor of the atmosphere.
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I'm participating in the RAINEX (hurricane rainband and intesity change experiment) project, so I'm really lucky to be able to fly into these incredible storms ... although it is sad to know the devestation that they cause below.
We had our first intense rainband last evening around 7: 00, then it moved off quickly.
The Mobile station also cautions that isolated tornadoes and "a detached rainband" or two from Rita remain possibilities, depending on how quickly it turns north before making landfall.
You can see a little bit of squall line here out to the east, that's another rainband that's kind of rotating across the outer banks.
"Late tonight and early Saturday morning should bring another rainband with the potential to drop between 10 and 20mm.