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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


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Today’s Hydrometeorological briefing from the NWS includes:
  • 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
Dangerous heat will threaten very young, the very old and the infirm from northern Minnesota to the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles and along the Missouri and Mississippi River drainages.
  • 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
    • Kansas
    • All of Minnesota but the Arrowhead
    • Iowa
    • Northern, central and southern Missouri;
    • Eastern Oklahoma;
    • All but very northern Wisconsin
    • Western Illinois.

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings, prompted by extreme heat (temperatures as high as 106-110 degrees) combined with windy conditions (20-25 mph) and low relative humidity (as low as 4-8 percent) for parts of 7 states:
  • Nevada
  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • 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

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Extreme fire danger, continued major flooding in the US

Posted by feww on April 13, 2011

Wildfires Consume 2 Million Acres*

Extreme fire danger in southern Plains, continued major flooding in north-central states: NWS

*Year-to-date total estimated by Fire-Earth


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Extreme risk of wildfires in southern Plains and continued major flooding, which is drowning the northern High Plains, has prompted the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue dozens of Red Flag and flood warnings.
Red Flag Warnings are in effect through TUESDAY evening for

  • South-central and southeastern Colorado
  • The western half of New Mexico
  • Southwestern and south-central Nebraska
  • The western half of Kansas
  • The Oklahoma Panhandle
  • The Texas Panhandle and west Texas

Meanwhile, snow is forecast for “higher elevations of the Mountain West today with rain at lower levels,” NWS reported. ” Rain and thunderstorms are possible for parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley into southern Vermont and New Hampshire. There is a slight risk of severe weather in coastal Virginia and North Carolina.”

In Bent County, Colorado, a wildfire which started Saturday near Las Animas in a wooded area has expanded outside containment lines, burning about 9,000 acres and forcing evacuation of about 100 homes, the report said.

In northwest North Dakota, officials reported a minor (lightly-traveled) bridge on the Des Lacs River near Burlington washed out Monday afternoon. Monday evening, boils and leaks were reported by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Burlington Dam #1, upstream of Burlington on the Des Lacs River. Officials are greatly concerned about failure of the dam.

Local officials and support units are also watching the McGregor and White Earth dams, which are considered to be “high hazard” dams. National Weather Service forecasters at NOAA’s Bismarck office said melting of the record snowpack upstream has not yet begun in earnest. Runoff could exceed the capacities of primary outlet systems and cause spillway flows. [More…]

A 5-state area is facing some risk of severe weather development Thursday, Storm Prediction Center reported.  The area covers

  • Eastern quarter of Kansas and Oklahoma
  • Extreme northeast Texas
  • Western half of Missouri
  • Western two-thirds of Arkansas

National Wildfire Stats

Texas Wildfires – YTD Total:

National Year-to-Date Report on Fires and Acres Burned by State [Data incomplete!]
for March 29, 2011


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Entire Rhode Island Now a Disaster Area

Posted by feww on April 3, 2010

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The entire state of Rhode Island now a disaster area

A joint request by Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri and the the state’s Emergency Management Agency to amend a federal major disaster declaration has been approved by the President, declaring the entire state a disaster area. (Source: AP)

Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security Secretary, took a helicopter tour of Rhode Island on Friday, witnessing the extent of damage to the waterlogged state.

The ultimate cost of damage in RI could reach a billion, or more, at a time when the state has a budget deficit of nearly a quarter of a billion, with an unemployment rate of near 14 percent.

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US Flooding Observation

Posted by feww on March 17, 2009

84 Locations in Flood – March 17, 2009

Alaska

Contiguous United States

flooding-key

Note: Map is updated regularly. For latest report see:  http://www.weather.gov/ahps/

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