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Arctic Air Surging through Central U.S.

Posted by feww on January 27, 2014


Frigid conditions to persist in the northern Plains, Midwest, South and East amid propane shortages

Polar air mass surging into the northern Plains and Midwest will continue moving south through mid-week lowering temperatures by as much as 35 degrees. Meanwhile, icy conditions could impact a vast region from south-central Texas to the Carolinas, said NWS.

  • Temperatures are forecast to plunge by as much as 35 degrees below average over the Upper Midwest to the Ohio Valley/Great Lakes
  • Sleet, snow and icy conditions forecast for parts of southeastern Texas

A clipper system along the leading edge of significantly cold air mass
will move rapidly northeastward to Southeastern Canada by Monday night. The associated cold front will race off the East Coast and Gulf Coast by Monday night.

A cold area of high pressure over West-Central Canada will move southward to the Ohio Valley by Tuesday. NWS

Satellite Animation

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map for January 27, 2014 @ 02:44UTC. Source: NWS. Click to Update…

The entire Midwest is experiencing a propane shortage

The supply shortage in the upper Midwest has caused delivery delays and reduced delivery amounts for propane customers in at least 33 states, including ALL Midwestern states, and  D.C., as of posting . The propane shortage has been caused by a combination of unusually cold winter temperatures, closure of a major pipeline supplying propane to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Iowa and increased propane demand for grain drying due to a wet fall, said the Office of Governor Scott Walker in a statement.

National Heating Fuel Shortages

“Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that cold weather led to record-high natural gas storage withdrawals, as well as propane.  These are the largest drawdowns in the 20-year history of the survey and the second time this year the record has been broken. Efforts are underway with the U.S. Department of Energy to acknowledge that emergency conditions could be forming, as consumers and businesses in dozens of state are faced with higher electricity and gas costs due to persistent cold weather,”  said the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) in its latest Statement on Propane Supply, Demand, and Distribution.

Some of the propane gas retailers have run out of supplies in the worst hit areas in the South, East and Midwest, said NPGA.

Propane shortage

The price of propane, a liquefied petroleum gas, soared to $4.30 – $5.0 a gallon on Friday, more than double its price a week ago, Reuters reported.

The crisis caused by record-breaking freeze coincides with pipeline outages and low inventories, has already led to fuel rationing in Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, said the report.

“We could be sitting in this situation to spring,” said the Wisconsin Propane Gas Association.

Polar Vortex

“polar vortex has increased the number of deaths throughout the nation,” declared Alabama Gov. earlier this week.

US-DOT: Current – Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits

In addition to the State of Emergency in Louisiana, numerous other states of emergencies and/or executive orders, wavers and exemptions have been issued  for 33 states in the U.S. South, East and Midwest and District of Columbia, according to the Department of Transportation.

Separately, the following Emergencies are currently in effect:

Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Southern Service Center (PDF)

Affected States: Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.  (Effective Date:  1/21/2014 – In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less).

Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Eastern Service Center (PDF)

Affected States: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.  (Effective from 1/19/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less).

Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Midwestern Service Center (PDF)

Affected States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.   (Effective from 1/19/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less).

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Polar Vortex: “polar vortex has increased the number of deaths throughout the nation” —Alabama Gov

On January 7, 2014 FIRE-EARTH said [but was censored by Google, WordPress and others ]:

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

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Another Round of Severe Weather Threatens Eastern U.S.

Posted by feww on June 25, 2013

Predicted thunderstorms could spawn tornadoes from astern Iowa to western Pennsylvania

The Storm Prediction Center has forecast possibility of severe thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening from the northern Plains across the Upper Midwest and Ohio Valley and into the Northeast and New England. The primary threats will be large hail and damaging winds, especially from eastern Iowa to western Pennsylvania. Some of the storms could produce isolated tornadoes: NWS

Significant Tornado Probabilities

significant tornado probabilities 25 june

Any Severe Probabilities

any severe probability 25 June

Excessive Heat Watch

Meantime, NWS has issued Excessive Heat Watch for southern Nevada, SE California and large portions of Arizona, as drought maintains intensity across the region.

Expected High Temperatures (degrees F)

PAHRUMP  ~  110 to 112
BARSTOW   ~ 112 to 115
MORONGO BASIN   ~ 108 to 115
DEATH VALLEY  ~  125 to 127
KINGMAN  ~  107 to 110

[Source: NWS]

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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

Click image to enter NWS interactive portal.

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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