Wild, Wild Weather in Central US
Posted by feww on July 1, 2011
Extreme heat, severe storms, major flooding grips central United States
Central United States could expect a smorgasbord of extreme weather this weekend including extreme heat, severe weather and major flooding: Forecasters
US Weather Hazards Map – July 1, 2011
- Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories for the northern and central Plains, the Upper Mississippi Valley and the Middle Mississippi Valley (Excessive Heat Warnings were already in effect this morning for northwestern Missouri, northeast Kansas and eastern Oklahoma.)
- Critical Fire Weather conditions in parts of southwestern Colorado, western Kansas, the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles and surrounding areas
- Severe thunderstorms across the northern and central Plains and the Upper Mississippi Valley
- Continued major flooding on the Missouri River and tributaries from North Dakota to Missouri
- Heat indices for northern areas are expected to be in the high 90s and low hundreds
- Actual high temperatures in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas are expected to range from 106 to 110 degrees.
- Many areas will see their second day of such extreme heat with little or no overnight cooling. Areas under heat warnings and advisories include:
- Eastern North Dakota and South Dakota and Nebraska
- All of Minnesota but the Arrowhead
- Northern, central and southern Missouri;
- Eastern Oklahoma;
- All but very northern Wisconsin
- Western Illinois.
Red Flag Warnings
- Western Kansas
- New Mexico
- Oklahoma Panhandle
- Texas Panhandle.
Missouri River Breaches SW Iowa Levee
Meantime, the Missouri River has breached another section of a southwestern Iowa levee, forcing 1,200 people to evacuate and closing part of Interstate 29, authorities were reported as saying.
“About 40 miles of I-29 was closed from Bartlett, Iowa, to the I-29/US 136 interchange in Missouri now because of Missouri flooding and another 16 mile stretch of the interstate is closed in the Council Bluffs, Iowa, area across from Omaha.”
Global Disasters To Intensify
FIRE-EARTH Models show that global disasters could intensify in the 9 month period starting about July 2011 compared with the previous corresponding period (pcp). See: WARNING: Global Disasters to Intensify