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US Midwest in Crosshairs of Climate Change

Posted by feww on June 21, 2009

Make a Radical Change, OR Look For a New Place to Live [sic]

Central US and the Midwest Could Be Running Out of Luck [and northern plains, too!]

NWS Warnings and Forecast – A Snapshot taken on June 21, 2009 at 13:58 UTC

NWS - 21 Jun 09
Hazardous Weather Outlook, gale and Hazardous Seas Warning currently threaten about 90 percent of the US by area. FEWW

Waves of thunderstorms caused up to 130, 000 outages. Affected areas include Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Michigan .

The storms produced torrential rain. The National Weather Service said parts of northern Illinois may have gotten up to 4 inches of rain Friday and Racine, Wis., had a 24-hour total of nearly 7 inches. —AP

High winds across central and eastern Kansas may have contributed to one fatality near McPherson, with another two people injured in Great Bend.

Storm Force Cuts Power

About 67,000 Commonwealth Edison customers remain without power early Saturday after two severe thunderstorms ripped through the Chicago area.—Chicago Sun Times.

APTOPIX Kansas Storms
Lightning strikes behind a windmill on a farm near Baldwin City, Kan., Monday, June 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner). Image may be subject to copyright.

Record rainfall and Flight Delays at O’Hare International Airport

Flight delays at O’Hare on Friday were 90 minutes or more. More than 100 flights were canceled. At Midway, 45-minute delays and minor cancellations were reported. O’Hare had received 3.54 inches by 1 p.m. The National Weather Service said the previous record for June 19 was 1.79 inches in 1961.—AP

Meanwhile, thunderstorms rumbled across Indiana, producing hail and 67-mph winds and tornado warnings. Tornadoes tore through Wisconsin. Storms caused some structural damage in Michigan and Ohio.

How Many Trees are There in Chicago?

The department [of Streets & Sanitation in Chicago] received reports of 350 damaged trees, 61 traffic light outages, 25 damaged light poles, and 53 city light pole wires down, as of 8 p.m. —Chicago Sun Times.

Two storms system hit the central part of the U.S., spreading  across several states, bringing heavy rains, high winds and a half dozen tornadoes.

renewing flooding concerns in already soggy areas and leaving thousands of people without power.

Was it a tornado that did all this?

In Minnesota, an apparent tornado struck the town of Austin, uprooting trees, knocking down power lines and at least one person was reported with minor injuries. The National Weather Service said the storm sent debris flying, flipped cars on their sides and sent trees through roofs.

Heavy rain brought flooding concerns to areas of central North Dakota hit by flooding earlier this spring. South Dakota saw heavy rain, strong wind and hail, with two reports of funnel clouds in Stanley County.

A separate storm system that cut a wide swath across Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri knocked out power, damaged buildings and led to flash flooding. In the small Missouri town of Norborne, about an hour’s drive northeast of Kansas City, straight-line winds from a thunderstorm reached more than 74 mph…

In southwest Kansas winds reached up to 90 mph. About 22,000 residents were without power.—AP

Run those numbers by me, AGAIN!

A total of about 30 tornadoes and 370 storms hit across the nation on Wednesday alone, leaving behind extreme destruction and devastation. A twister was said to have  caused “millions of dollars in damage” in Austin, Minnesota.

High winds in Missouri twisted power poles and toppled trees while in Colorado, hail the size of marbles rained down on rural areas.
In Pittsburgh, flash floods drowned city streets and torrential rains overwhelmed storm drains, stranding even the rescue crews.
—AP

How do twister numbers compare?

  • About 840 tornadoes to date this year, compared with 1,305 in 2008 (through end of June).
  • April tally:  270 tornadoes compared with [the three-year average of 200.]
  • May total: 228  compared 461 tornadoes the same month last year.

FEWW said earlier this year could be one of the wettest on record.

A tornado reported west of Kenosha tore up some trees as severe storms moved through and produced downpours and street flooding Friday.

The storms Friday night hit less than 24 hours after severe weather and heavy rains caused flash flooding, so the new storms produced more flood problems, especially in Kenosha, Waukesha and Walworth counties.

…  heavy rains saturated the county with up to 6 inches falling in about an hour in some places.  The city of Racine had heavy rain that raised its 24-hour rainfall total to just under 7 inches. …  flooding along the Fox River had some vehicles floating in downtown Waukesha. Channel 3000

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Deadly Tornadoes Start Season

Posted by feww on February 11, 2009

Deadly Tornadoes in Oklahoma Start Southern U.S. Twister ‘Season’

At least 15 people were killed when a major tornado tore through the town of Lone Grove in the state of Oklahoma at 01:30 UTC on Wednesday, causing “extensive damage,” local media reported, citing state officials. About 30,000 residents were left without power in Oklahoma.


Some of the damage caused by Oklahoma tornado: The National Weather Service has issued tornado watches for the area to the east of Oklahoma, meaning conditions are ripe for tornadoes until 1200 UTC. 
Photo: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.


Source: NOAA/HPC

The US National Weather Service Bulletins:
AWUS84 KOUN 101459
RWSOUN

OKZ004>048-050>052-TXZ083>090-101530
REGIONAL WEATHER SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK
900 AM CST TUE FEB 10 2009

THE COLD FRONT THAT PUSHED THROUGH MUCH OF OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN
NORTH TEXAS YESTERDAY STALLED… AND BEGAN TO LIFT BACK NORTH. THE
FRONT AFFECTED MAINLY SOUTHERN AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA… WITH LOW
TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 40S AND LOWER 50S. DEW POINT TEMPERATURES
ALSO INCREASED WITH AREAS OF FOG DEVELOPING AT SUNRISE. FARTHER
WEST… SLIGHTLY DRIER AIR ALLOWED TEMPERATURES TO FALL TO MORE
NORMAL VALUES… WITH TEMPERATURES RANGING FROM NEAR FREEZING OVER
WESTERN OKLAHOMA… TO THE UPPER 30S AND LOWER 40S ELSEWHERE. WINDS
CALMED SIGNIFICANTLY FROM YESTERDAYS PEAK… AVERAGING 5 TO 10 MPH.

AT MID MORNING… THE WARM FRONT CONTINUED ITS SLOW MOVEMENT TO THE
NORTHWEST… ALMOST REACHING THE OKLAHOMA METRO AREA. TEMPERATURES
SOUTH OF THE FRONT WERE IN THE UPPER 50S AND LOWER 60S. OUT WEST…
TEMPERATURES WERE SLOW TO WARM WITH TEMPERATURES STILL IN THE 40S.
WINDS WERE STILL NOT STRONG… AVERAGING AROUND 10 MPH.

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WEATHER SUMMARY FOR EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
925 PM CST TUE FEB 10 2009

NUMEROUS SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WERE MOVING THROUGH EASTERN
OKLAHOMA AND NORTHWEST ARKANSAS THIS AFTERNOON AS UPPER LEVEL LOW
PRESSURE WAS MOVING THROUGH NORTHERN NEW MEXICO. THUNDERSTORMS
BECAME SEVERE…PRIMARILY WEST OF I 75. LARGE HAIL TO THE SIZE OF
BASEBALLS AND A TORNADO WERE REPORTED IN PAWNEE AND OSAGE COUNTIES
.

BY MID EVENING…HEAVY RAINFALL WAS OCCURRING ACROSS MUCH OF EASTERN
OKLAHOMA…THOUGH SEVERE WEATHER HAD COME TO AN END. TEMPERATURES
RANGED MAINLY IN THE 50S TO MID 60S. WIND WAS LIGHT AND VARIABLE IN
MOST LOCATIONS.


Large hail fell on Pawnee and Osage counties. Source: BBC UK. Image may be subject to copyright.

FEWW Forecast: Continuing from last year, 2009 could prove to be a record year for deadly tornadoes in the U.S.

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