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Polar Vortex to Scythe through the U.S.

Posted by feww on November 10, 2014

The Big Freeze could affect up to 220 million people across 44 states in the U.S.

Wind chill values of up to -35°F forecast this week

US Temperatures are forecast to plunge by as much as 30 degrees below average over parts of the Northern Plains.

The coldest weather of the season is expected to arrive in the next couple of days for the northern Rockies and northern Plains as a cold airmass moves out of Canada. Significant snowfall is likely for parts of the northern Rockies, northern Plains and Great Lakes region as the cold front moves southward. Winter Storm Watches, Warnings and Advisories are in place highlighting the associated risks.

A winter storm will bring heavy snow and gusty winds to portions of Northland today and tonight. The bulk of the snow, and best chance for totals in excess of 8 inches, will be along and south of a line from generally Duluth, MN to Brainerd, MN and across all of northern Wisconsin.

Additional snow will persist across the snow-belt region of northern Wisconsin through at least Wednesday, due to the cool north winds over Lake Superior. [NWS]

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)
NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD
Issued 7 am EST Monday, November 10, 2014 (Last Update on 10 Nov 5:53 am MST)

Low Temperature for Monday, November 10, 2014
1ºF at Great Falls, MT

Humidity: 91%
Wind Speed: SW 6 MPH
Barometer: 30.09 in (1027.0 mb)
Dewpoint: -1°F (-18°C)
Visibility: 9.00 mi
Wind Chill: -11°F (-24°C)

High Temperature for Sunday, November 9, 2014
91ºF  at Yuma, AZ
91ºF  at Elsinore, CA

Arctic Blast from the Past


Typical polar vortex configuration in November 14-16, 2013. NOAA

Wavy polar vortex configuration on January 5, 2014. NOAA

Dangerous wind chills are expected beginning late Monday night through at least Wednesday! Wind chill values are expected to drop to -10°F to -20°F in many areas, and prolonged exposure to these conditions could lead to frostbite or hypothermia. The coldest wind chill values are expected Tuesday night through Wednesday morning and valleys near the Continental Divide could see wind chill values locally up to -35°F. 

Areas along the snowbelt region of northern Wisconsin can expect snowfall totals on the 20 inches or more by Thursday.  [NWS]

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More Extreme Weather Events to Hit North America

Posted by feww on January 7, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC & WEATHER EVENTS
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Dangerously cold temperatures moving east

FIRE-EARTH Models show more Extreme Weather Events could wreak havoc across North America in the coming days and weeks.

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Temp (F) – Real Time Mesoscale Analysis. Source: NWS

Polar Vortex

In the northern and central US temperatures felt as low as -60 degrees (-51ºC)  due to wind chill, according to the National Weather Service.

Illinois Governor Quinn called the Polar Vortex “one for the record books,”  as New York Governor Cuomo declared on Monday that parts of major highways would be closed due to the extreme conditions.

In Minneapolis, an emergency room doctor said he was treating frostbite injuries that had occurred even through protective clothing, AP reported.

U.S. Daily Lowest Min Temperature Records set January 1-5, 2014

  • Records Broken: 125
  • Records Tied: 28

VAN BUREN 2, a National Weather Service station located in Maine, set a new daily record -47 degrees (-44ºC) on January 2, smashing the previous record set in 1999 by 21 degrees.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)

High Temperature for Thursday, January 6, 2014

  • 85 degrees (-29ºC) at Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • 85 at Hollywood, FL
  • 85 at Miami, FL
  • 85 at Opa Locka, FL
  • 85 at West Kendall, FL

Low Temperature for Thursday, January 6, 2014

  • -37 degrees (-38ºC) at Babbitt, MN

Issued 7 pm EST Thursday, January 2, 2014 – NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD

Temperature spread:  124 degrees

A Silver Lining?

In Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport about 60 percent of the flights were canceled as fuel supplies froze, leaving crews unable to fill aircraft tanks, reported Reuters.

Total flight cancellations on Saturday:  1,771 (from or into the U.S., 1,507)
Total flight cancellations on Sunday: 3,905  (US: 3,517)
Total flight cancellations on Monday: 4,459 and  (US: 4,018)
Total cancellations on Tuesday, as of posting: 1,522 and (US: 1,376)
Total Flight delays for the period, as of posting:  47,765 (US: 26,574)
(Source: FlightAware.com)

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Climate and Weather Extremes Plaguing the World

Posted by feww on January 4, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC & WEATHER EVENTS
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Deadly cold and heavy snow pervade U.S. northeast

Deadly cold and heavy snowfall have paralyzed much of the U.S. northeast, leaving at least 12 people dead, closing  schools and government, disrupting  transport networks, and forcing thousands of flight cancellations and delays.

  • No of people affected  in the U.S. by the extreme winter storm: 110 million

Up to 46cm  (18in) of snow blanketed major cities including New York, Washington, D.C., Boston and Portland, Maine, as dangerously low temperature continued to dip into the frigid zone.

The governors of New York and New Jersey have declared states of emergency and advised residents to stay indoors.

On Friday, the Office of Personnel Management in Washington told more than half million federal employees they could work from home or take the day off because of the deadly storm. “The United Nations in New York and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, and Boston shut down. Schools closed across much of the region,” said a report.

Minnesota Governor ordered all public schools to close on Monday as forecasters warned of extreme low temperatures. It will be the first time Minnesota public schools will be closed statewide since January 1997.

The national Weather Service (NWS) issued a Blizzard Warning for the entire state of North Dakota, parts of South Dakota, and Minnesota on Friday.

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U.S. Satellite Composite – 04:30UTC on Saturday, January 4, 2014. Source: SSEC

Meantime, NWS has warned of yet another round of dangerous storms barreling throughCentral and Eastern U.S. this Weekend.

Dangerous Winter Blast Plunging into Central and Eastern U.S. this Weekend

On the heels of the departing Northeast winter storm is yet another powerful blast of winter this weekend. This storm will bring blizzard conditions and extreme cold to parts of the northern Plains and Midwest. Significant snow is forecast from the central Plains to the Great Lakes as the bitter cold spreads eastward.

Highlights from NWS Forecast

  • Well below normal temperatures will impact the Northeast on Friday
  • The next arctic surge will plunge into the Northern Plains by Saturday
  • Lows across the Mid Atlantic and Northeast will be 20 to 30 degrees below normal Friday night [into Saturday]
  • A strong cold front will push southward out of Canada this evening leading to temperatures plummeting as much as 50 degrees across the region tonight. By Sunday, high temperatures will be in the -20s and -30s with wind chills as cold as -50s.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)

High Temperature for Friday, January 3, 2014

  • 80 degrees (30.5ºC) at Riverside, CA

Low Temperature for Friday, January 3, 2014

  • -36 degrees at Embarrass, MN

Issued 7 pm EST Friday, January 3, 2014 – NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD

Temperature Spread: 116 degrees [The spread does NOT appear to be consistent.  Editor]

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States of Emergency Declared in New York, New Jersey

Posted by feww on January 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
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Major Snow Storm and Dangerous Cold Prompt States of Emergency Declarations in States of New York, New Jersey

Authorities in northeastern US have warned residents to stay indoors, as the region braces for a major winter storm forecast to dump up to 14in (35cm) of snow on many areas.

The governors of New York and New Jersey have declared states of emergency and advised residents to stay indoors.

“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and stay indoors,” said New York Governor Cuomo.

Blizzard conditions, with wind gusts of up to 76 km/h are forecast for New York, and throughout  much of New England.

Massachusetts Governor Patrick sent all non-emergency government employees home two hours early, warning residents to stay indoor and avoid dangerously low temperatures.

Thousands of flight cancellations and delays have been reported throughout the region.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)

High Temperature for Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • 87 degrees (30.5ºC) at Fort Lauderdale, FL

Low Temperature for Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • -47 degrees (-44ºC) at Babbitt, MN
  • -47 degrees at Embarrass, MN
  • -47 degrees at Van Buren, Maine

Issued 7 pm EST Thursday, January 2, 2014 – NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD

Temperature spread:  134 degrees 

Meantime, the temperatures in Canada also fell to dangerously low levels, with central Quebec recording -51 degrees (-46ºC).

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Disaster Diary – 26 June 2013

Posted by feww on June 26, 2013

Alaska Declared Major Disaster Area

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Alaska  in the area affected by flooding during the period of May 17 to June 11, 2013.

The worst affected areas are in the Alaska Gateway REAA*, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA.

*[Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA)]

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Disaster President Signs Disaster Declaration for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

The President has declared a major disaster exists for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the area affected by severe storms and flooding during the period of May 25 to June 1, 2013.

Extreme weather triggered severe storms and flooding which damaged or destroyed much of the facilities on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The Standing Rock Indian Reservation is a Dakota, Lakota and Yanktonai Indian reservation located in the Dakotas.

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Himalayan Tsunami: 8,000 people still unaccounted for in N India

Death toll in Himalayan Tsunami triggered by extreme monsoon rains in
northern Indian state of Uttarakhand could exceed 8,000 as thousands of people, mostly pilgrims, are still unaccounted for, a senior official has said.

Meantime, the Indian military has recovered 824 rotting corpses, which are contaminating the water sources.

Authorities fear an outbreak of serious diseases such as cholera and dysentery due to poor sanitation throughout the flood-affected areas.

“We are getting reports from the field that there are rotting bodies lying around, many of them semi-buried in soil and rubble that came down from the mountains,” said the Humanitarian Manager for Oxfam India.

“There are also carcasses of livestock in rivers and streams and this has, of course, contaminated so many of their water sources. But people are desperate and are being forced to consume water they wouldn’t otherwise.”

The devastating floods have destroyed thousands of homes and businesses, washed away farmlands, roads, bridge and other infrastructure.

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27 people killed in China’s restive Xinjiang region

Riots have killed 27 people in China’s restive, autonomous region of  Xinjiang, Chinese state media reported.

Rioters stabbed 17 people and set police cars alight, said the report. Police shot dead 10 of the rioters.

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Excessive Heat Warnings

Excessive Heat Warnings and Watches are in effect for SE California, S Nevada, NW and Central Arizona, E Oklahoma and NW Arkansas.

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National High and Low Temperature – Contiguous U.S.

High Temperature for Tuesday, June 25, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 26)

  • 108ºF (42.2ºC) recorded at Death Valley, CA
  • 108ºF at Ocotillo Wells, CA

Low Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013 (as received by 8 am EDT June 26)

  • 37ºF (2.8ºC) at Mammoth Lakes, CA

NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD – Issued 8 am EDT Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Global High and Low Temperature

High Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • 118ºF  (47.8ºC) – Recorded in Oman

Low Temperature for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

  • -92.7ºF  (-69.3ºC) Recorded at  Davis Lgb 46 Aws (Antarctica Weather Station, located at an altitude of 2,354m)

Continued…

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Massive Wildfire Threatens to Torch Colorado Town

Posted by feww on June 24, 2013

West Fork Fire Complex not likely to be contained anytime soon

The entire tourist town of South Fork has been evacuated, as a massive complex of three wildfires threatens to torch the southwestern Colorado resort.

The fire exploded to more than doubled the size over the weekend, consuming an estimated 77,000 acres (120 sq miles) by Sunday night, authorities said.

Multiple evacuations and pre-evacuations are in effect for the fire area and vicinity, including 400 permanent residents in South Fork and an estimated 1,200 to 1,500 tourists.

The massive fire has forced the authorities to close multiple roads and trails. The primary closures are Highway 160 from the chain-up area to South Fork, and Highway 149 between South Fork and Creede from mile post 1 through milepost 22, Inciweb said.

The West Fork Complex consists of three wildfires, West Fork, Windy Pass, and Papoose, that are burning on the San Juan and Rio Grande National Forests in southwest Colorado. The fires were combined into a complex on Sunday, June 16.

Fire Summary

  • Incident Type: Wildfire
    Cause: Lightning
  • Complex Size: 76,262 acres  [>77,000 acres as of posting.]
  • Percent Contained: 0%
  • Date of Origin: Wednesday June 05th, 2013 approx. 12:30 PM
  • Location 14.5 mi NE of Pagosa Springs
  • Growth Potential: High
  • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme [the fires are burning in steep, rugged terrain with large amounts of beetle-killed spruce]
  • Wind Conditions: 15-25mph; G55 mph SW
  • Temperature: 75 degrees
  • Humidity: 11%
  • Total Personnel: 895 – More arriving

The Fires

  • Windy Pass Fire: ~1,000 acres
  • Papoose Fire : ~21,000 acres
  • West Fork Fire: ~54,000 acres

WFC SWColo Fire Map
A Map of West Fork Fire Complex Consisting of 
Windy Pass, Papoose and West Fork Fires

Other Info

  • Fuels Involved:  Timber with heavy dead standing bug kill
  • Fire Behavior:  Extreme fire behavior observed at the time of submission of this report due to wind and slope aligned crown fire and long range spotting up to 3/4 mile in stands of dead timber. The same is expected in tomorrow’s behavior. Red Flag Warning in effect.

Significant Events

  • Very active fire behavior. Values at risk are being assessed, evacuations and closures are being evaluated. The long range spotting from yesterday’s plume dominated fire behavior resulted in significant growth north and east of the fire.
  • The evacuation of South Fork could last up  to seven days, said the Incident Commande.
  • This is the sixth consecutive day that the complex has remained under a Red Flag Warning.

Colorado Wildfires

At least a dozen significant wildfires are currently active in Colorado. The fires have consumed an estimated 200 square miles.

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US Weather Hazards Map for June 24, 2013 Showing Red Flag Warnings, Excessive Heat Warnings and Fire Weather Watches across Western United States. Source: NWS

West Fork Complex Fire threatens Colorado town

West Fork Complex wildfire update 

Black Forest Fire – Update 

Black Forest Fire in the El Paso County:  The fire near Colorado Springs burned 14,280 acres, destroying at least 511 homes and damaging 28 others. The fire started on June 11 and was declared 100 percent contained on June 20.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States) –
NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD –
Issued 8 am EDT Monday, June 24, 2013

High Temperature for Sunday, June 23, 2013: 
110 degrees (43.3ºC) at Death Valley, CA

Low Temperature for Monday, June 24, 2013:
32 degrees (0ºC) at Lake Yellowstone, WY
32 degrees at West Yellowstone, MT

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