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U.S. Weather: Flooding, Wildfires, Heavy Snow

Posted by feww on April 8, 2011

Severe weather for NE Kansas and NW Missouri today: NOAA

Flooding to increase in the Dakotas and Minnesota, southern Plains threatened by extreme fire weather conditions, as central Rockies continue to be buffeted by winter storms, NOAA forecasters say.


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Heavy Snow Forecast

“Scattered heavy snow is expected in parts of Montana, Idaho, Washington, California, Nevada and Colorado while light to moderates snow will be widespread in the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain West. Rain and thunderstorms are forecast for the central Plains, the Midwest and the Central Gulf states. With the exception of isolated rain and thunderstorms in Texas and southern Louisiana, the South will remain dry from southern Texas across Florida to the Eastern Seaboard.” NWS reported.

Alaska hit by a “dynamic and dangerous storm”

“Winds of 100 miles per hour roared through an Aleutian Island village on Thursday, ripping roofs off buildings, blowing out windows and causing structures to collapse,” local officials were reported as saying.

“The damage in False Pass, a tiny fishing village on Unimak Island, made it among the worst-hit parts of the state in a fierce winter storm that moved in from the Bering Sea.”

Twin Cities

“A strong weather system will organize on Saturday, bringing the first severe thunderstorm potential of 2011 to the area, especially late Saturday afternoon and night. The system will then track east on Sunday, still leading to thunderstorms …” NWS

Snow melts, river levels rise in the Upper Midwest


Melting snow and ice in Upper Midwest is inundating the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers.  National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flood warnings for communities along those rivers. NWS reported  major flooding along the Minnesota River at Montevideo, and along the Mississippi River at St. Paul, as well as warnings for moderate and minor flooding in the region. The above IR/visible light images were taken by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on April 6, 2011 (top), March 28, 2011 (middle), and February 28, 2011 (bottom). Source: NASA-EO

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