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Boston Breaks Seasonal Snow Record

Posted by feww on March 16, 2015

Snowiest winter record broken in Boston

A storm on Sunday dumped 7.4cm (2.9 inches) of snow on Boston, Massachusetts’ largest city, pushing the total snowfall over the winter to 275.8cm (108.6 in), and surpassing the city’s previous record of 273.3cm (107.6 in) set in 1995-1996, said the the National Weather Service.

The city has received more snow this winter than at anytime since record-keeping began in 1872.

Boston also broke monthly snow record in February with 164.5cm (64.9 in), surpassing a previous monthly record of 110cm (43.3 in) set in January 2005.

The seasonal snowfall is measured from July 1 through June 30, which means that the record could be broken again!

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U.S. Drought Eases

Posted by feww on September 26, 2013

Drought conditions improve slightly; near- to above-normal temps to persist nationwide

In the short term, temperatures are expected to rise  10 to 15 degrees above average from the Upper Great Lakes to part of the Middle Mississippi Valley; in contrast, temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees below average from the Northern/Central High Plains to the Great Basin/Central Rockies, said NWS.

As of September 25, 2013, at least 1,345 counties and parishes, or 42.8% of all the U.S. counties and county equivalents, across 29 states remained agricultural disaster areas due to the drought, said USDA.

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US Drought Map as of September 24, released by US Drought Monitor on September 26, 2013.

The Midwest: “By September 22, topsoil moisture was still rated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at least half very short to short in Iowa (77%), Missouri (69%), Illinois (66%), South Dakota (62%), Nebraska (61%), and Wisconsin (55%).  On the same date, USDA rated at least half of the pastures in very poor to poor condition in Iowa (62%) and Wisconsin (58%).  And, more than one-quarter of the corn and soybeans were rated very poor to poor in Wisconsin (29 and 29%, respectively), Missouri (27 and 33%), and Iowa (27 and 29%).” U.S. Drought Monitor reported.

The Great Plains: “Despite all of the rain, rangeland and pastures across some parts of the Great Plains continued to suffer from the cumulative effects of multiple drought years.  On September 22, rangeland and pastures were rated at least one-third very poor to poor several states, including Texas (54%), Colorado (43%), Nebraska (40%), and Kansas (36%).”

The Lower Mississippi Valley:  “… topsoil moisture was still rated 41% very short to short in Arkansas and Louisiana, although those numbers represented a significant improvement from the previous week’s figures of 78 and 52%, respectively.”

The West: “No changes in the drought depiction were yet introduced in the Northwest, but the region will be monitored as precipitation continues to spread inland.”

Hawaii and Alaska: “From September 1-24, Hilo’s rainfall totaled just 2.17 inches (28% of normal).  Near the southern tip of the Big Island, very poor pasture conditions led to degradation from severe to extreme drought (D2 to D3). […] Fairbanks reported its first autumn freeze (29°F) on September 15, followed 3 days later by its first measurable snowfall (0.6 inch).  Meanwhile, heavy precipitation fell in non-drought areas of southeastern Alaska, where Ketchikan netted 12.22 inches of rain from September 15-23.”

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Calif Rainstorm, Mid-Atlantic Snowstorm Update

Posted by feww on February 10, 2010

Southern California Buffeted by another Major Rainstorm

Another powerful rainstorm buffeted Southern California yesterday afternoon local time triggering flash-flood warnings and more evacuations in the Sierra Madre area.

The storm was accompanied by lightening, thunder storms,  snow and hail and in both the Cajon Pass and the Grapevine. “The snow level was expected to drop below 4,000 feet this evening.” LA Times reported.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash-flood warning for foothill areas scorthched in the Station fire. NWS was reported as saying that “trained weather spotters had recorded very heavy rainfall and hail around La Cañada Flintridge.”

More mudslide in the foothill communities are expected.

National Weather Service Radar Mosaic Loop. Pacific Southwest Sector

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Mid-Atlantic Snowstorm Update

  • The second blizzard in less than a week has struck the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S.
  • Snowfall intensity is increasing
  • Up to 41cm (16 inches) of snow expected in the region.
  • Federal government offices are closed Wednesday, the third day this week.
  • No bus services in the Washington DC area.
  • Only limited Metrorail system (underground) trains will operate on Wednesday.
  • Airlines in th eregion have grounded all flight for 24 hours.
  • Philadelphia region is set to break its record for winter snow of  166.4cm (65.5) which was set in winter 1995-96. The region has so far received 143cm (56.2 inches) and is expecting up to  46cm (18 inches) by Wednesday night.
  • The storm pushed into New York metropolitan area, prompting the Mayor to  close the schools on Wednesday.
  • As of posting, public schools in all major cities along the Eastern Seaboard including Baltimore and Maryland to Boston and Philadelphia have also closed.
  • Metro Area Winter Storm Warning for Wednesday [map]

National Weather Service Enhanced Radar Mosaic. Northeast sector.

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Image of the Day:

Knock, Knock! Who is there?

It’s Mud, Mudslide making a forceful entry! A resident carts away mud out of a home on Manistee Drive, one of the streets hardest hit by Saturday’s early-morning mudslides. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times / February 8, 2010). Image may be subject to copyright.

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