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Tornadoes, Severe Weather Continued across the US

Posted by feww on April 16, 2011

Multiple Tornadoes Sighted in Oklahoma and Kansas

Tornadoes and severe storms have claimed about a dozen lives, destroyed homes and school buildings; significant damage reported at Atoka and Tushka, Oklahoma with at least 30 people injured: Reports

  • Lightning knocked a tree into a home in Garland County, Arkansas, killing the two occupants.
  • Falling trees have killed at least four more people in Arkansas, police said.

At least 10 tornadoes touched down the central and southern plains on Thursday (local time), the National Weather Service (NWS) reported. More tornados and powerful thunderstorms expected to strike the south on Friday (see forecast map below).

Tornadoes were sighted  in Atoka, Johnston, Lincoln, Marshall, Murray, Osage, and Pushmataha counties in Oklahoma and in Chautauqua, Cowley and Saline counties in Kansas, NWS reported

“There were reports of significant damage to the Oklahoma communities of Atoka and Tushka. There were 86 reports of high winds with the top recording noted at 80 mph near Russellville in Pope County, Ark. There were also 122 reports of large hail with the largest stones measured at 4.25-inch diameter in Johnston, Murray, Pontotoc and Pushmataha counties in Oklahoma.”

Powerful Spring Storm System Slams the Central Gulf Coast Region with Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorm Winds and Large Damaging Hail

Severe weather threat is expected to move east today, affecting Atlantic Coast from Virginia to Georgia, NWS reported.

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Atlanta, Georgia Radar – Base Reflectivity.  Click image to enlarge. Click HERE to update. 

States of Emergency

  • Alabama.  Gov Bentley is declaring a State of Emergency for all Alabama counties following severe weather which brought tornados, severe t-storms, hail and strong winds earlier today, a report said. At least one person was killed in
    • “This is a serious storm that has already caused significant damage across the South. I hope Alabamians take extreme caution while these storms move through,” said Bentley.
    • “There are confirmed reports of tornado touchdowns in the following Alabama counties:  Monroe, Greene, Marengo, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Choctaw. Multiple injuries have been reported in Sumter, Greene and Marengo counties.” The report said.
    • “An apparent tornado struck Bellington Circle approximately 6 miles south of Linden [Marengo County.] Law enforcement confirmed 1 fatality and at least 4 injuries.” The National Weather Service reported.
  • Mississippi. “A State of Emergency has been declared for 14 Mississippi counties after tornadoes and high winds whipped through the state today, causing multiple injuries, shutting down I-20, ravaging homes and businesses and knocking out power to thousands.” Said a report.
  • Oklahoma.  Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency in 26 Oklahoma counties, a report said. The declaration include the following counties: Atoka, Carter, Coal, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Harper, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, Lincoln, Love, Marshall, Murray, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington and Woodward.

From: 2011 Disaster Calendar – April

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Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms, Heavy Snow

Posted by feww on April 15, 2011

“A very active weather day,” NWS forecast


The NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman OK has forecast the development of

  • Strong Tornadoes
  • Very Large Hail
  • Damaging Winds

Areas most likely to experience this activity include

  • W Arkansas
  • SE  Kansas
  • Extreme SW Missouri
  • E  Oklahoma
  • Extreme NE Texas

Severe storms also possible from the central Plains to the Mid-South.

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“A disturbance will emerge from the Four Corners region to the southern and central High Plains this afternoon, where it will begin a rapid intensification as it is fed by a strong surge of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected in the south-central Plains today with a strong possibility of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. Heavy rainfall is also possible.” NWS said.

Little Rock, AR,  Base Reflectivity Radar. Click image to enlarge. Click here to update.

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TEXAS Wildfires

Meanwhile, large wildfires continue to burn across portions of Texas. As of posting, 33 states are helping Texas to fight some 21 large to major wildfires.

Picture of the Swenson fire in Stonewall County taken on April 7, 2011.  Photo is courtesy of the Texas Forest Service.

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SVR Risk: U-S Weather

Posted by feww on March 9, 2011

Flash Flooding and Severe Thunderstorms ongoing Tonight and continuing through Midday Wednesday\

Snow, Rain Stretch Expected Today from Colorado western Minnesota

Jackson, MS

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Weather Forecast Map

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Greatest Flooding Potential

Des Moines, IA

Click image to enlarge. A strong winter storm is still forecast to impact central Iowa tonight through midday Wednesday. The heaviest snowfall amounts are expected to occur in a band from southwest into northeast Iowa, with the heaviest over the northeast counties. Most of the northwest two thirds of the state will pick up anywhere from 2 to 6 inches of snow. Five to 7 inches will be likely over northeast Iowa, with local heavier amounts. Farther southeast, most of the precipitation will fall in the form of rain and isolated thunderstorms. Some light snow may fall over southeast Iowa as the system moves out, but little accumulation is expected. Source: NWS


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Mega Snowstorm Affects 1/3 of U-S Population

Posted by feww on February 2, 2011

‘Worst Ever’ Snowstorm barrels Across the U-S

Deadly snowstorm of unprecedented magnitudes pummels  the country’s midsection before aiming for the already frozen Northeast

The massive storm has affected 30 states and more than a third of the US population.

  • The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued storm watches, warnings and advisories in 33 states
  • NWS blizzard warnings issued for 8 states: Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma and Wisconsi
  • A state of emergency has been declared in Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois.
  • In Oklahoma, paralyzed by whiteouts, 6-foot snow drifts have been reported.
  • A state of emergency has been declared in 29 counties in southern Wisconsin.
  • Bolivar and Polk Counties in Mississippi declare a state of emergency.
  • A state of emergency has been declared in several counties in NW Indiana.
  • Kansas Gov. has declared 53 counties as disaster area after blizzard shut down schools and state offices in eastern Kansas.
  • Arkansas declared a state of emergency for the state’s northern and western counties.
  • A state of emergency has also been declared for dozens of cities/counties in several other states.
  • Up to 15,000 flights have been canceled, as of posting, and many roads have become impassible.
  • about a dozen people have been killed in snow-n-ice storm related incidents.

An image of Midsection US covered by snow and ice was captured by MODIS NASA’s Terra satellite.

This visible image was captured by the GOES-13 satellite and shows the low pressure area stretching from the Colorado Rockies and Texas east to New England. The image shows the storm on Feb. 1 at 14:01 UTC. Image and caption: NASA

5 hours later, more snow piling up …

GOES-13 satellite visible image taken at 19:01UTC on February 1. Source: NASA

This NASA satellite image from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA’s Aqua spacecraft, taken Jan. 31, 2011 at 18:47 UTC (1:47 p.m. EST), shows the early stages of a developing storm in the plains and Midwestern states. This image highlights a preponderance of cold air in Canada and the northern US (green and blue colors). Image and caption: NASA

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April had 195 reported tornadoes

Posted by feww on May 8, 2010

U.S. April Weather Was Hot and Dry

April Saw Above-Normal Temperatures and Below-Normal Precipitation: NOAA

According to NOAA’s State of the Climate report, the April 2010 average temperature for the contiguous United States was 54.3 degrees F, some 2.3 degrees F above the long-term (1901-2000) average  making it the 14th warmest April on record. The average precipitation was 2.18 inches, or 0.25 inch below the long-term average.

NOAA monthly analysis is prepared by NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, NC.

U.S. Temperature Highlights

Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

  • Above-normal temperatures caused by warm and dry weather from high-pressure areas experienced by most states east of the Rocky Mountains. Only California, Nevada and Oregon experienced cooler-than-average temperatures last month.
  • Northeast and the East North Central Region: Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan experienced their second warmest April ever.
  • Central climate region: West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Missouri had their  fourth warmest April for that region. [link to regional map]
  • Northeast: Illinois Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey had their warmest April on record. I
  • A total of 31 states experienced above-normal temperatures.
  • February to April period: The record warmest in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
  • January to April period: Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire had their warmest year-to-date on record. “Conversely, Florida had its coolest, while South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas’ average temperature ranked among their 10 coolest.”
  • “The cooler-than-normal temperatures that prevailed during the latter part of the winter season in the south and southeast were still evident in the three-month (February-April) period. Florida had its coolest such period, while Louisiana and Alabama had their sixth coolest, Georgia its seventh coolest and both Mississippi and Texas their eighth coolest February-April.”

U.S. Precipitation Highlights

Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge.

  • Below average precipitation in most areas east of the Mississippi River.  West Coast was wet, and the Northwest higher than normal precipitation.
  • “Many Mid-Atlantic states observed much-below-normal precipitation. Both Louisiana and South Carolina experienced their sixth driest April. It was also abnormally dry in Connecticut (eight), North Carolina (ninth), Virginia (ninth) and Maryland (tenth). Conversely, it was Oregon’s tenth-wettest April on record.”
  • Michigan saw its second driest January to April period on record. “The year-to-date period was also the seventh driest for Wisconsin and Kentucky and the eighth driest for Louisiana.”

Other Highlights

  • North American snow cover extent was the lowest on record for April since 1966. “It was also the largest negative anomaly, meaning distance below long term average, on record for any month.”
  • “NCDC’s Climate Extremes Index (CEI) for January-April was about 6 percent higher than the historical average for that time period. The CEI measures the occurrence of several types of climate extremes (like record or near-record warmth, dry spells, or rainy periods). Factors contributing to this year’s value: a very large footprint (three times larger than average) of extreme wetness and twice the average area with warm minimum temperatures.”
  • NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center reported 195 tornadoes in April. Subject to confirmation, “it would be the eighth highest number of April tornadoes.”
  • “The most significant tornado of the month, which was rated EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, devastated areas near Yazoo City, Miss. According to a preliminary analysis by the National Weather Service, the tornado’s path was 149 miles long and stretched from extreme northeastern Louisiana to northeastern Mississippi. The damage path was up to 1¾ miles wide at points.” [More than a dozen people were killed by the tornado.]
  • The U.S. Drought Monitor said 9 percent of the United States was affected by drought on April 27.

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    Arctic Ice Affects Global Climate, Weather

    Posted by feww on March 17, 2010

    Arctic ice-melt is not just a local issue, it affects climate, weather globally

    Melting sea ice may appear to be  or local at worst regional problem, but NOAA says that changes in the Arctic ice cover also influence weather in the mid-latitudes, where the majority of humans live.

    Satellite images show a clear acceleration in the Arctic ice loss for the past 30 years.  For additional information visit
    Will the Arctic be free of summer ice in 30 years?

    Just about every model available for the Arctic ice cover in the future predict a continuation of the present pattern, an acceleration in the ice melt.

    What happens when the open arctic waters absorb the additional heat?

    The additional heat impacts the Arctic winds and therefore the Arctic atmosphere, increasing the variability and unpredictability of global wind patterns. For additional information visit How the loss of sea ice leads to a warmer Arctic

    Cold arctic winds move to mid-altitude regions of the globe, spawning violent winter storm in the U.S. and Eurasia.

    Teleconnections impact mid-latitudes

    Warmer temperatures that result from huge losses in the sea ice cover give rise to higher pressure surfaces above the North Pole which in turn impact large scale wind patterns over the Northern Hemisphere. “Climate models show these connections with cold air moving south, producing low pressure areas and unusually cold winters in the eastern U.S. and eastern Asia, and cooler than usual weather in late winter from Europe to the Far East.”  For additional information visit How changes in the Arctic impact weather and climate in Europe, Asia and the US.

    See also:  Transitory Impact of AO is the ‘Good News’

    How much warmer is the Arctic?

    In the figures below, red, yellow and green colors indicate areas over the Arctic region where autumn near-surface air temperatures were from 2 to 6°C warmer than the normal values observed prior to 2002.

    Anomalies for autumn in 2002-2005 represent deviations from the normal near surface air temperature values which were observed from 1968-1996. Figure from Overland and Wang via NOAA

    Anomalies for autumn 2007-2008 represent deviations from the normal near surface air temperature values which were observed from 1968-1996. Figure from Overland and Wang via NOAA

    Anomalies (above) represent deviations from normal pressure surface elevations over the Arctic. Figure from Overland and Wang via NOAA

    Warmer Arctic changes the Arctic atmosphere, impacts global winds

    The elevated pressure surfaces above the North Pole persist into early winter and impact large scale wind patterns over the Northern Hemisphere, allowing cold are to move southward.

    Figure (below) shows the changes in the Northern Hemisphere wind fields that are associated with late autumn surface air temperature and earlier sea loss. Blue and purple colors indicate areas with wind deviations below normal. Note the much reduced winds north of Alaska and western Canada.2

    The reduction in winds opposes the usual atmospheric circulation patterns, allowing outbreaks of cold Arctic air to move southward.

    It must be noted that there is considerable year-to-year variability in pressure fields, and that modifications of mid-latitude weather by wind patterns associated with sea ice reduction can be complex (involving storm track and longwave interactions).

    However a consequence of the changes in Arctic atmospheric temperature and pressure, following loss of sea ice, is increased likelihood of cold air moving southward via teleconnections to impact weather at mid-latitudes.

    As summer Arctic open water area increases over the next decades, we anticipate an increasing influence of loss of summer sea ice on the atmospheric northern hemisphere general circulation in following seasons with resultant impacts on northern hemisphere weather. For more information visit source: Loss of summer Arctic sea ice … and  Arctic Future Web site

    Anomalies (above) represent deviations from normal east-west winds over the Arctic. Figure from Overland and Wang via NOAA

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    Humongous Snowstorm Paralyzes Eastern U.S.

    Posted by feww on February 6, 2010

    Snow Forecast: Record 76 cm (30 in)

    Snowfall totals of up to 76 cm are forecast from Virginia to southern New Jersey

    Virginia, Maryland and Delaware  declare states of emergency amid “snowpocalypse,” and put the National Guard on alert

    Real-Time U.S. Composite Satellite Image.
    Click Image to enlarge (24-Hr FE ED). Source: UW-SSEC

    A ferocious blizzard caused by at least 12 inches of snow, as of posting (and mounting),  and 64 km/h  (40 mph)  winds in what is dubbed as “snowmageddon” is pummeling the US mid-Atlantic.

    The authorities canceled all flights at Washington’s Reagan National airport, allowing only a few international flights to operate at Dulles International, news reports said.

    The blizzard forced the U.S. govt offices in the Washington area to close after lunch yesterday.

    Virginia Department of Transportation, VDOT said it had less than 6% of the state’s snow removal budget left, with the lion’s share already spent during the earlier blizzard in December.

    About 20,000 homes have lost power in the Washington area as power lines and tree branches snapped under heavy snow.

    The blizzard is the second to strike the area since December, when another storm dumped about 41 cm (16in) of snow in the Washington area.

    Forecasters have predicted more than 76 cm (30 inches) of snow, for the area, some 5 cm (2 in) more than the all time record of 28 inches set in 1922.

    GOES East – Eastern U.S. Imagery

    An aviation color enhancement of a satellite image. GEOS Eastern U.S. Imagery
    , NOAA SSD.

    Weather Map – Click Image to Enlarge

    The National Weather Service Snow Stats:

    More than 30.5cm (12in, 1ft) of snowfall:  13 times since records began in 1870

    Heaviest snowfall on record:  71cm (28in) in January 1922

    Worst snowfall ever: about 91.5cm (3ft)  hit the area  in 1772 (100 years before records began)

    National Snow Analysis:

    February 5, 2010 (Metric Units)

    Area Covered By Snow: 62.3%
    Area Covered Last Month: 59.0%
    Snow Depth
    Average: 17.0 cm
    Minimum: 0.0 cm
    Maximum: 2340.7 cm
    Std. Dev.: 27.6 cm
    Snow Water Equivalent
    Average: 3.7 cm
    Minimum: 0.0 cm
    Maximum: 1158.5 cm
    Std. Dev.: 7.1 cm

    February 5, 2010 (English Units)

    Area Covered By Snow: 62.3%
    Area Covered Last Month: 59.0%
    Snow Depth
    Average: 6.7 in
    Minimum: 0.0 in
    Maximum: 921.5 in
    Std. Dev.: 10.9 in
    Snow Water Equivalent
    Average: 1.5 in
    Minimum: 0.0 in
    Maximum: 456.1 in
    Std. Dev.: 2.8 in

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    Top Ten: Metric Units…
    Station ID Name Elev
    35.1322_082.9342 LAKE TOXAWAY (278LAK) 3061 5.000 6 2010-02-05 04
    0724H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 0.4 ESE, NM 8940 12.000 24 2010-02-04 14
    0730H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 2.3 S, NM 8684 12.000 24 2010-02-04 14
    35.1906_083.3639 EAST FRANKLIN (840685EA) 2087 3.000 6 2010-02-05 03
    35.3186_082.4611 HENDERSONVILLE (932HEND) 2188 3.000 6 2010-02-05 05
    2199C_MADIS TIJERAS 5.0 E, NM 7113 11.200 24 2010-02-04 14
    0722H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 4.9 NE, NM 8294 10.700 24 2010-02-04 14
    MTRN5 MOUNTAINAIR 8NW 6634 10.500 24 2010-02-04 14
    2395C_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 16 ESE, NM 6621 10.000 24 2010-02-04 14
    3705S_MADIS NORTH LOGAN 0.8 ESE, UT 4757 10.000 24 2010-02-04 15

    Doppler Radar National Mosaic
    NWS Radar Mosaic. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).

    Hazards. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).

    Snow Accumulation.   Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).

    Weather Forecast.  Click Image to enlarge and update.
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    Predominant Weather. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).

    IR Satellite Image. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).

    Water Vapor Satellite Image. Click Image to enlarge and update.
    (24-Hr FE ED).

    Max Temps. Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).

    Min Temps.
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    Temp – Real Time Mesoscale Analysis.
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    6-Hr Precipitation amount.  (24-Hr FE ED). Click Image to enlarge and update.

    12-Hr Probability Precipitation (%).   Click Image to enlarge and update. (24-Hr FE ED).

    Wind Speed.  Click Image to enlarge and update. (24hr- FE ED).

    Wind Gusts.  Click Image to enlarge and update. (24hr- FE ED)

    Sky Cover.
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    River and Lake Levels. Click Image to Enter Portal.

    US Seasonal Drought Outlook.
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    Surface Weather Charts.
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    Mudslide, California 012010

    Posted by feww on January 21, 2010

    Storms, Tornadoes, Falling Trees, Heavy Rain, Flooding and Mudslides …

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    California: Powerful new storm sails ashore

    More Evacuations Ordered As New Storm Hits Calif

    By Car, on Foot or in a Canoe

    Photo Credit: Jeff Gritchen/Long Beach Press-Telegram/AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

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