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General Category => Weather/Earthquakes/Global Science Hoax's => Topic started by: Mark on June 07, 2011, 09:17:57 am

Title: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on June 07, 2011, 09:17:57 am
Nasty Heat Wave Heading East...

Records Fall...

Live Temp Map...

Summer snow in Hawaii...


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on June 15, 2011, 07:40:56 am
Is All the Wild Weather Connected?

This has been a wild year, weather-wise.

In the winter, there was the record snowfall across the Northeast. Record rainfall and floods in Ohio Valley followed in April and May. The Southwest has been plagued by drought for months, while tornadoes have devastated the Midwest and South. Record heat is scorching most of the country this week — just days after snow fell in Hawaii. Meteorologists predict a harrowing hurricane season.

Is some underlying climactic condition driving these extreme weather events? There are two potential candidates: The first is La Niña, trade winds that blow through every five years, cooling the water of the equatorial Pacific Ocean and shifting the jet stream northwest. The second is global warming, the average worldwide temperature increase of 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit over the past century that has resulted from the dramatic rise of carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere.

REST: http://www.livescience.com/14560-wild-weather-connected.html

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: jackie on June 19, 2011, 11:07:23 am
this is a copy of an e-mail I just received, I do have permission to post this and I thought it was a bit interesting considering the things we are seeing and hearing on the news.

Okay,  I just came across some fascinating information today and thought I would share.

I was watching a youtube where Terral03 was being interviewed.  He considers himself an amateur astrologer, only leans on science (as opposed to the myan calendar etc. thank goodness).  He mentioned (in passing) that migrating animals have a substance in their tissues called magnetite and this is the reason for the mass die offs!   I googled "magnetite" and sure enough it is a substance found in migrating animals!!  So Elenin, which is affecting our magnetic feilds is responsible for so much of the freak anomolies we are witnessing, including animal die offs, which also affects the whole food chain.  I just read last night that eagles are starving to death, there are not enough salmon to sustain them (salmon migrate and would have magnetite in their tissue).  In fact a dead fawn was found way up high dangling on some power lines, an eagle tried to carry it off and could not hold its weight!  They are starving and resorting to never before seen measures to eat!

It's all kind of starting to make since to me.  There have been soooo many freak, bizzarre anomalies that are not making their way into the headlines.  I come across them so often I don't even forward most of them.

Massive fish and bird die offs
Huge sink holes opening up, randomly, all over the world
volcanoes erupting at unprecedented rate
constant earthquakes
flooding, drought
crop shortage
solar flares
extreme heat
extreme cold
earth tilting on it's axis...etc. etc.

Could all of this be a result of Elenin?  Remember in revelation, there is a star thrown to the earth...I don't know, I just find it fascinating....perhaps Elenin and the magnetic field is the missing link?????

here is an interesting youtube:  FYI

http://m.youtube.com/index?desktop_uri=/&gl=US#/watch?v=nfX5zl6ynbU(sorry, I tried the link but it didn't work)

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on June 20, 2011, 07:17:56 am
sandstorms in Arkansas


Storms kick up ‘wall of sand’ in northeast Arkansas.
Cotton takes brunt of sandblasting.
‘If they’re bent over and black, they’re usually gone.’

Add sandstorms to the litany of severe weather events piling difficulties on Arkansas’ farmers this growing season.

Extension cotton agronomists and county Extension agents for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture were checking cotton fields on Tuesday to see the extent of sandblast and hail damage.

“We had a heck of a Sunday and (Monday),” said Tom Barber, Extension cotton agronomist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “Over the weekend, the northeastern part of the state was hit with a wall of sand with all these thunderstorms popping up.”

The National Weather Service at Little Rock reported a truck was blown over and trees and power lines were downed in Woodruff County on Monday. Hail ranging in size from 1.25 to 1.5 inches was reported in Stone and Baxter counties.

“We had a crew scouting cotton diseases that had to take cover in farmers’ houses,” Barber said. “It just surprised everybody.”

In Mississippi County, Extension Staff Chairman Dave Freeze surveyed a field of sandblasted cotton plants. The young plants were drooped and doubled back on themselves with withered leaves touching the ground. All around loose sand filled depressions in the rows like drifted snow.

“If they’re bent over and black, they’re usually gone,” Barber said of the plants.

Fortunately, the sandblast “damage appears to be isolated,” said Blake McClelland, cotton research verification coordinator. “However, that field in Mississippi County is an extreme case and will probably have to be plowed up.”

rest: http://deltafarmpress.com/management/hits-keep-coming-sandstorms-arkansas

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 20, 2011, 12:48:55 pm

Winds pose problems in fight against Southwest fires

By David Schwartz David Schwartz – Mon Jun 20, 12:31 am ET
PHOENIX (Reuters) – High winds posed a tough challenge to firefighters battling wildfires on Sunday in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, where powerful gusts helped the blazes spread quickly.

Fires in east Texas were scorching thousands of acres, while in southern Arizona the winds powered flames across containment lines set up by firefighters, authorities said.

In Texas, the fast-moving Dyer Mill Fire destroyed 30 homes about 80 miles northwest of Houston and scorched 3,600 acres, said Rae Brooks, a spokeswoman for the Texas Forest Service.

Another blaze, the Bearing fire that authorities say is one of the largest in east Texas history, was burning through about 14,000 acres on Sunday.

The Bearing Fire, which started on Friday, was 40 percent contained, said Richard Reuse of the Texas Forest Service.

In central Texas, seven mobile homes were lost to the Green Cedar Fire in Kendall County, officials said.

The Monument Fire, burning near the Mexican border a few miles south of Sierra Vista, Arizona, spread due to high winds, authorities said.

"The winds were pretty intense, and they did push the fire over our containment lines," said Jamie Geesling, a spokeswoman for the state's Joint Information Center.

The fire jumped containment lines in Hereford, where 50-mile-an-hour winds tore through the area, she said.

The Monument Fire has destroyed more than 40 homes since it began a week ago, Geesling said. It has forced some 7,000 people from their homes.

The National Weather Service had warned that wind gusts could reach as much as 60 miles an hour in several states in the Southwest.

"This is the highest the winds have been since the fire started," said Terry Stemmler, a fire task force spokesman.

The Wallow Fire in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in eastern Arizona and western New Mexico remained the largest conflagration in the region. It began on May 29.

It has destroyed 32 homes and charred a record 511,000 acres, or about 800 square miles.

Near Santa Fe, New Mexico, a wildfire grew to more than 900 acres on Sunday from 5 acres the day before, and firefighters were unable to build any lines of containment, said Alberta Maez, spokeswoman at the Pacheco Canyon Fire Information Center.

Gusts of up to 50 miles per hour hit the area, but the winds were blowing the flames away from Santa Fe.

(Additional reporting by Karen Brooks in Austin and Zelie Pollon in Santa Fe: Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Ellen Wulfhorst)

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: jackie on June 20, 2011, 05:23:19 pm

I don't know if anyone is following the flooded Mississippi, but I am getting quite concerned...this could be nothing, I just don't know, this is simply an FYI...we have nuclear power plants in Nebraska that are completely surrounded by water and starting to flood!!

Some say there is an awful lot of no fly zones (for airplanes) that have just recently been posted on the gov. Website for this coming week, seems like the flooding along the Mississippi is a MUCH bigger deal than getting reported....the dams are at full capacity with much more water on the way, if these old rickety levees break, God help us all!!!  They say it will result in the worst catastrophe in US history

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on June 20, 2011, 05:37:19 pm
I don't know if anyone is following the flooded Mississippi, but I am getting quite concerned...this could be nothing, I just don't know, this is simply an FYI...we have nuclear power plants in Nebraska that are completely surrounded by water and starting to flood!!

Some say there is an awful lot of no fly zones (for airplanes) that have just recently been posted on the gov. Website for this coming week, seems like the flooding along the Mississippi is a MUCH bigger deal than getting reported....the dams are at full capacity with much more water on the way, if these old rickety levees break, God help us all!!!  They say it will result in the worst catastrophe in US history

Something has to happen to this country. We are not an end times player. 

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: jackie on June 20, 2011, 06:14:57 pm
I agree with you on that... America is not mentioned in end times prophecy. Question is, will our country be destroyed before, after or simultaneously with the rapture?

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Believer on June 20, 2011, 06:19:56 pm
Something has to happen to this country. We are not an end times player.

I am in agreement with this statement.  There has got to be a reason why the most powerful country in the world is not an 'end times' player.
Could it be that they are Babylon, which is destroyed prior to Armaggedon?

Revelation 17:15-18
15And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the **** sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

 16And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the ****, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

 17For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

 18And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.

Plus, everything in Isaiah 47, to me, reeks of the U.S.  

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on June 21, 2011, 07:01:42 am
Snow Falling in Colorado on Summer Solstice

The calendar says summer starts tomorrow in the Northern Hemisphere. The snow falling in the mountains of Colorado tells a different story.

A storm that has prompted a tornado watch across Nebraska and Kansas today also left 2 to 4 inches of snow in the Rocky Mountains, said Joe Ramey, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Junction, Colorado.

“It is unusual,” Ramey said. “Here it is the last day of spring.”

A winter storm advisory has been posted in the mountains of Colorado above 10,000 feet until 6 p.m. local time, and at least one tornado was reported in Kansas, according to the weather service. The Northern Hemisphere summer starts at 1:16 p.m. New York time tomorrow.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: jackie on June 21, 2011, 09:07:19 am
World's oceans in 'shocking' decline

The oceans are in a worse state than previously suspected, according to an expert panel of scientists.

In a new report, they warn that ocean life is "at high risk of entering a phase of extinction of marine species unprecedented in human history".

They conclude that issues such as over-fishing, pollution and climate change are acting together in ways that have not previously been recognised.

The impacts, they say, are already affecting humanity.

The panel was convened by the International Programme on the State of the Ocean (IPSO), and brought together experts from different disciplines, including coral reef ecologists, toxicologists, and fisheries scientists.

Its report will be formally released later this week.

"The findings are shocking," said Alex Rogers, IPSO's scientific director and professor of conservation biology at Oxford University.

"As we considered the cumulative effect of what humankind does to the oceans, the implications became far worse than we had individually realised.

"We've sat in one forum and spoken to each other about what we're seeing, and we've ended up with a picture showing that almost right across the board we're seeing changes that are happening faster than we'd thought, or in ways that we didn't expect to see for hundreds of years."

These "accelerated" changes include melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, sea level rise, and release of methane trapped in the sea bed.
Fast changes

"The rate of change is vastly exceeding what we were expecting even a couple of years ago," said Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, a coral specialist from the University of Queensland in Australia.
Fish at market Some species are already fished way beyond their limits - and may also be affected by other threats

"So if you look at almost everything, whether it's fisheries in temperate zones or coral reefs or Arctic sea ice, all of this is undergoing changes, but at a much faster rate than we had thought."

But more worrying than this, the team noted, are the ways in which different issues act synergistically to increase threats to marine life.

Some pollutants, for example, stick to the surfaces of tiny plastic particles that are now found in the ocean bed.

This increases the amounts of these pollutants that are consumed by bottom-feeding fish.

Plastic particles also assist the transport of algae from place to place, increasing the occurrence of toxic algal blooms - which are also caused by the influx of nutrient-rich pollution from agricultural land.

In a wider sense, ocean acidification, warming, local pollution and overfishing are acting together to increase the threat to coral reefs - so much so that three-quarters of the world's reefs are at risk of severe decline.
Carbon deposits: for full article see


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: jackie on June 21, 2011, 09:40:08 am
Disastrous. Unstoppable. Historic. Unprecedented

It looks like the flooding will be bad....Even posted on drudge


‘It’s a sad day’ — Crest could be 10 feet higher than June 1
June 21, 2011

All words used to describe what city, county and state officials warn is an imminent assault on all residents of the Souris River Valley.

The highest flows ever recorded on the Souris are approaching a city whose defenses are destined to be over run. Can the city hold?

Dikes currently in place, recently improved greatly to combat high flows, are now expected to disappear under the traveling torrent. The amount of water flowing with a vengeance down the Souris River Valley is forecast to inundate Minot to a level seven to eight feet higher than the catastrophic and benchmark flood of 1969.

Saddened with that horrific knowledge, officials announced during a late afternoon press conference Monday that very little can be done to stop the powerful onslaught. Massive secondary dikes that were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to save much of the town from the previous high on the Souris this year fall far short of defending against the impending and rapid rise of the Souris.

Mandatory evacuations were ordered Monday for all evacuation zones within Minot. Mayor Curt Zimbelman said all affected residents and businesses must vacate those areas no later than 10 p.m. Wednesday. Within minutes of the announcement residents once again began the laborious and hastened work of moving out of their homes for the second time this year.

"It's a sad day in Minot," Zimbelman said at the end of a press conference Monday.

Burlington Mayor and Ward County Commissioner Jerome Gruenberg, backed by a declaration from Gov. Jack Dalrymple, urged evacuations at all points along the river in Ward County. Dalrymple urged citizens to "move in an orderly and not panicky way." Rick Hauck, Corps of Engineers, said the "saving lives" is now what is important.

"It's pretty easy to get to 23,000 cfs, which is bearing down on Sherwood as we speak," said Alan Schlag, Monday. Schlag is a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

For comparison purposes, the previous peak flow at Sherwood this year, one which caused great concern at all points downstream, was a mere 8,860 cfs.

"Basically, Canada is pouring the coals to releases from dams. Rafferty is wide open, Alameda upped to 1,800 Monday and Boundary was at about 5,000 cfs," said Schlag.

Dalrymple, who conversed with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall on Monday, said he received assurances from the Canadians that all that could be done to prevent high flows was done. Additionally, said Dalrymple, the citizens of Estevan are already enduring flooding hardships that may soon be experienced in Minot as well.

"It is very serious. Very difficult," said Dalrymple. "You need to protect your services at all costs."

Zimbelman explained that essential city services would be diked and that every effort would be made to keep Broadway open for traffic. To accomplish that, the recently constructed secondary dike beginning at the intersection of University Avenue and Third Street Northwest, which passes under Broadway Bridge and then east along Fourth Avenue toward the State Fairgrounds, needs to be raised approximately seven feet.

As of Monday afternoon no other dike projects or improvements had been decided upon. Limited by time and resources and facing a challenge never before thrown upon the Magic City, it appeared Monday that much of the community would be left to the mercy of a very uncooperative river.

"Let's not forget about the rural areas either. This will be much, much higher than we've ever seen before in history," said Dalrymple.

The flows currently rolling rapidly toward Minot, and even more water projected to follow, is of such volume that it is beyond the comprehension of NWS computer modeling.

"One of the biggest problems we'll experience with this is that it is far and above and beyond any previous experience as far as cfs," remarked Schlag. "Rating curves just don't apply anymore. A person is left to their own devices to come up with numbers."

The numbers were crunched for several hours at the NWS Hydrologic Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minn., Monday. What they came up with was an initial high of 1,564.3 feet at Minot's Broadway Bridge by Saturday. As early as Thursday evening the river is projected to surpass its all-time high of 1,558 feet. Those numbers, astronomical in terms of flows in the Souris, only reflect the initial blow to be dealt the city and is subject to further increase as the situation develops and hydrologic outlooks project further into the future.

The crowd at Monday's City Hall press conference sat in stunned silence, followed by a few brief murmurs, when it was revealed that releases into the Souris from Lake Darling Dam would be ramped up to "16 or 17,000 cfs by Thursday." Minot's existing dike system laborously protects against 10,000 cfs. The previous high release for Lake Darling prior to this flood event was less than 5,000 cfs. Numbers all along the Souris are similarly stunning, shocking and, ultimately, saddening.

Zimbelman said that there was a possibility of adding more evacuation areas in the coming days and that all citizens should be planning for that eventuality. In the meantime, say city and county leaders, the matter is not if the city will flood, but how soon, how severe and how long lasting the flooding will be.

Let be praying for the people caught in the midst of this. Once again, is this God's hand of protection being removed from our land as we as a nation come against Israel????

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on June 24, 2011, 04:22:33 pm
Breaking: Beijing Flooded China's Capital is Submerged


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 25, 2011, 03:08:16 pm


Flooding submerges parts of North Dakota city

MINOT, North Dakota (Reuters) – The biggest flood in area history swallowed large swatches of North Dakota's fourth largest city on Saturday, as authorities worked to reinforce levees, protect the city's key infrastructure and care for residents forced to flee their submerged homes.

The Souris River, which flows from Canada southeast into North Dakota, was at least 3.5 feet above the 130-year-old record it shattered on Friday. The river was expected to crest on Sunday to approximately 5 feet over that record and remain there for several days, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Jeffrey DeZellar.

"The historic flood is hitting. We are working to stem the tide," DeZellar said. "We are mostly working to reinforce emergency levees in Minot and downstream communities. It is very challenging construction."

Authorities were also trying to stop a bridge that collapsed in the middle of the river from crashing into a downriver dam, a Minot Fire Department official said.

Local and federal officials have moved thousands of tons of dirt to construct levees and dikes and laid sandbags to rein in the waters, DeZellar said.

Some tactics have failed, however, and the floodwaters have all but swallowed more than 3,000 Minot-area homes, according to North Dakota Department of Emergency Services spokeswoman Cecily Fong.

"There is so much water, it's up to and over people's rooftops," Fong said.

Officials' attention has turned to displaced Minot-area residents, more than 12,000 of whom heeded the mandatory evacuation call on Wednesday, Fong said.

Some have moved in with friends or family but more than 300 residents were holed up in Red Cross shelters at a city auditorium and Minot State University or at the Minot Air Force Base. Those numbers were expected to increase.

There have been no reported deaths or injuries, DeZellar said.

A second evacuation has been issued in Sawyer, a town of about 400 people 16 miles southeast of Minot, where local and federal officials are working to construct an emergency levee to protect the city from inundation.

"There was flooding down a roadway that started to inundate portions of the town," DeZellar said, adding that the gushing waters complicated construction efforts.

Flood warnings have been issued throughout the region from Burlington, northwest of Minot, through Logan and Sawyer to the southeast.

The massive flooding in Minot has overshadowed temporarily the widening deluge along the Missouri River that threatens cities from Montana through Missouri.

Federal officials have pushed record water releases from six reservoirs along the Upper Missouri River that are near capacity because of a deep melting snowpack and heavy rains.

Those reservoirs have little capacity for additional rain, and record releases are expected to continue through August, causing widespread flooding in Nebraska, Iowa, and Missouri.

Heavy rains across the Souris River Basin left Canadian reservoirs over capacity. Water rushing down from Canada has forced U.S. officials to make record-large releases from the Lake Darling Dam above Minot and other communities.

(Writing by Eric Johnson; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst)

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on July 11, 2011, 06:09:20 am
Montana ultra-marathon race cancelled due to July snow...


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on July 11, 2011, 02:46:55 pm

Snow in July? Read the article but it didn't specifically say that it had just snowed. Seems this might be existing snowpack that just hasn't melted yet? Still, snow on the ground in July is...interesting.

God willing, we can get some on the ground here in the Phoenix area.

"And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible." Mark 10:27 (KJB)

Title: Heavy Snow Hits Chilean Desert; Heat Wave in Serbia
Post by: Believer on July 11, 2011, 04:24:43 pm
Heavy Snow Hits Chilean Desert; Heat Wave in Serbia


An unusual cold front last week brought one of the driest places on earth, the Atacama Desert in northern Chile, up to 80 centimeters of heavy snowfall.
The national emergency center in Chile says this is the first time the area has seen this much snow in 20 years.
And due to this, roads were closed and a number of vehicles stranded.
Local media reports say authorities have rescued 36 people caught in the snow.
Plus, other South American countries such as Uruguay and Argentina has also been affected by the cold front which brought sub-zero temperatures.
Meanwhile, in Serbia.. a heatwave has hit the landlocked Central European country.
The mercury soared to over 40 degrees on Sunday which raised alert levels,especially for the elderly.

[Interview : Belgrade resident] "I'm all right, so far. I'm 81-years-old, but I don't feel dizzy or tired. So, I think it's up to how well you can adjust to the heat."

And the local media in Serbia reported on Monday. that at least 10 people have died over the past few days due to the soaring temperatures.
Kim Han-ul , Arirang News.

JUL 11, 2011


snow in Chile


Title: Re: Heavy Snow Hits Chilean Desert; Heat Wave in Serbia
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 11, 2011, 04:46:01 pm
As we all know, the earth is slowly put surely tilting on its axis.

Could this be the cause for all the crazy weather ala snow in the summer we're seeing now?

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on July 12, 2011, 05:30:55 pm
I can't say that I know anything is tilting. I have no idea if it's tilting on it's axis or not. :-\ So you can exclude me from the "we all know" group.

I'd say it's because of God.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Believer on July 27, 2011, 11:19:39 am
Hyper- arid Atacama desert hit by snow


Old news, but the video shows the snow...80cm.  Wow!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on August 02, 2011, 09:53:02 am
'Tennis-ball-sized hail' pummels NY boroughs...


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 23, 2011, 04:42:55 pm

Tornado leaves mile-long trail in South Florida

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Three tornados touched down in Florida as a storm system drenched the state's Atlantic coast, including one tornado that left a trail of damage more than a mile long in a suburban neighborhood, officials said Wednesday. Minor injuries were reported.

The storm system soaked an already-soggy region late Tuesday, leaving behind damaged property, blocked roads and fallen trees.

A tornado with top winds of 120 mph struck Broward County, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.

"You could see the rotation of the whole storm system on Doppler radar," said Dan Gregoria, a meteorologist with the weather service. "It was really strong, and we were concerned about a strong tornado going across the metro area."

Up to 50 homes were damaged in Plantation and Sunrise, though no serious injuries were reported. About a dozen homes were severely damaged, and two trailer homes were destroyed, according to the weather service.

"It really could have been much worse," Gregoria said.

The debris field was strewn with twisted trees and misplaced cars, Plantation Fire Battalion Chief Joel Gordon said.

Neighbors gathered on a Sunrise street Wednesday morning to assess the damage.

Yom-Tiv Assidon picked through the wreckage of his home looking for his family's jewelry. The house's roof had come completely off, dining room chairs had been blown through a front window and the backyard pool was full of debris.

"We were sitting watching 'Dancing With the Stars' and 'The X Factor.' I went to get ice cream, and then the windows popped and we heard a boom. Now there's nothing left," Assidon said.

He took his wife to the hospital to have sutures from a recent cancer surgery restitched, but otherwise the couple was uninjured.

Randa Kader said her husband was in the attic trying to find a leak when her son ran out of his room yelling that the neighbor's roof was peeling off. As he did, the windows in his room blew out.

Kader, her son and two daughters huddled in the living room. "We couldn't find my husband for a little while. We couldn't hear him because of the loud noises," said Kader, 43.

When it was over, a neighbor's house was reduced to just its frame, four trees were broken in half in the yard and a concrete bench was cracked, she said.

"The strength of this thing was just tremendous," Kader said.

Barb McKie said her family had just seen the tornado warning on television when it seemed like the wind was rushing through their home. When it died down, McKie's husband opened their front door to see their neighbor's house missing a roof. He ran across the street to check on the neighbor, an elderly man. The neighbor was unharmed.

"I don't think that poor man knew what was going on. It happened that fast," she said.

"As many hurricanes as we've gone through, my daughter said this was worse than a hurricane," she said.

No injuries were reported in Indiantown, where a tornado with winds up to 85 mph touched down, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.

It shook siding and roof shingles off a house, destroyed a barn on the property and blew out the roof and back wall from the VFW post next door, said Martin County Fire Rescue spokesman Bill Schobel.

"We're finding pieces of the roof in the adjacent pasture," he said.

A third tornado with winds up to 65 mph struck Indian River County, causing major damage to one unoccupied home and strewing debris for about a block in Indrio, according to the weather service.

It's been raining in South Florida since the weekend, and the rain was expected to continue throughout Wednesday. School officials in the Florida Keys canceled classes Wednesday due to possible flooding and lingering storms.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 17, 2011, 01:01:45 pm
Wednesday's storms began before dawn in the Deep South, with tornadoes reported in Louisiana. By midday the storm system had also caused damage in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. By late in the day and evening, damage was reported as far east as South Carolina and North Carolina.

The following are some images[INSIDE LINK BELOW] showing the damage left behind in the region.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on January 12, 2012, 01:02:29 pm
From July 1 through Tuesday, Anchorage has received 81.3 inches of snow. Meteorologist Shaun Baines said that makes it the snowiest period for Anchorage since records have been kept.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/01/12/national/a020319S15.DTL#ixzz1jGwBrE00

Anchorage on track for snowiest winter on record


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on January 30, 2012, 06:58:23 pm
-80F in Alaska! All-time USA record low temp almost broken

but thermometer breaks!


Title: Severe cold snap kills 36 in eastern Europe
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 30, 2012, 07:36:55 pm
BELGRADE, Serbia –  A severe and snowy cold snap across central and eastern Europe has left at least 36 people dead, cut off power to towns, and snarled traffic. Officials are responding with measures ranging from opening shelters to dispensing hot tea, with particular concern for the homeless and elderly.
This part of Europe is not unused to cold, but the current freeze, which spread to most of the region last week, came after a period of relatively mild weather. Many were shocked when temperatures in some parts plunged Monday to minus 20 Celsius (minus 4 Fahrenheit).

"Just as we thought we could get away with a spring-like winter ..." lamented Jelena Savic, 43, from the Serbian capital of Belgrade, her head wrapped in a shawl with only eyes uncovered. "I'm freezing. It's hard to get used to it so suddenly."
Officials have appealed to people to stay indoors and be careful. Police searched for the homeless to make sure they didn't freeze to death. In some places, heaters will be set up at bus stations.
Still, 18 people, most of them homeless, died in Ukraine from hypothermia and nearly 500 people sought medical help for frostbite and hypothermia in just three days last week, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
Temperatures in parts of Ukraine fell to minus 16 C (3 F) during the day and minus 23 C (minus 10 F) in the night. Authorities opened 1,500 shelters to provide food and heat and closed schools and nurseries. More than 17,000 people have sought help in such shelters in the past three days, authorities said.
In Poland, at least 10 people froze to death as the cold reached minus 26 C (minus 15 F) on Monday.
Malgorzata Wozniak, a spokeswoman for Poland's Interior Ministry, told The Associated Press that elderly people and the homeless were among the dead. Police were checking unheated empty buildings for homeless people they could take to shelters.
Warsaw city authorities decided to place more than 40 heaters in the busiest city transport stops to help waiting passengers keep warm.
City authorities in the Czech capital of Prague set up tents for an estimated 3,000 homeless people. Freezing temperatures also damaged train tracks, slowing railway traffic.
In central Serbia, three people died and two more were missing, while 14 municipalities were operating under emergency decrees. Efforts to clear roads blocked by snow were hampered by strong winds and dozens of towns faced power outages.
Police said one woman froze to death in a snowstorm in a central Serbian village, while two elderly men were found dead, one in the snow outside his home. Further south, emergency crews are searching for two men in their 70s who are feared dead.
"We are getting some 'real' winter this week," Croatian meteorologist Zoran Vakula said.
In Bulgaria, a 57-year-old man froze to death in a northwestern village and emergency decrees were declared in 25 of the country's 28 districts. In the capital of Sofia, authorities handed out hot tea and placed homeless people in emergency shelters.
Strong winds also closed down Bulgaria's main Black Sea port of Varna, while part of a major highway leading to Bulgaria and Greece from Turkey was closed after a heavy snowfall. Nearly 200 Turkish Airlines flights to and from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport were canceled, and a city sports hall was turned to a temporary shelter for some 350 homeless people.
The temperature in Turkey's province of Kars, which borders Armenia, dropped to minus 25 C on Sunday night.
The situation was similar in Romania, where reports said four people have died because of freezing weather. There, authorities sent prison inmates to shovel snow and unblock paths leading to a shelter with some 300 stray dogs and puppies.
Weather forecasts say the cold snap will continue through the week.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01/30/severe-cold-snap-kills-32-in-eastern-europe/?test=latestnews#ixzz1kzmwzbD1

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 02, 2012, 10:28:57 am
Thousands stranded in Europe by heavy snow

February 2, 2012
Death toll from Eastern Europe's cold spell hits 114 - Minus 26.5 degrees
At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, authorities announced Thursday, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 114.
Those stranded live in some 6,500 homes in remote areas that cannot be reach due to icy, snow-clogged roads, emergency police official Predrag Maric said. Emergency crews were pressing hard to try to clear the snow and deliver badly needed supplies.

"We are trying everything to unblock the roads, since more snow and blizzards are expected in the coming days," Maric said.
Twenty more deaths from the cold were reported in Ukraine on Thursday, with nine more in Poland and one more each in Serbia and the Czech Republic. Officials said most of victims were homeless.

Parts of Black Sea freeze
Temperatures across the region sank to minus 26.5 F in some areas.
Parts of the Black Sea froze near the Romanian coastline and the rare snow fell on Croatian islands in the Adriatic Sea.

Title: Mexico reeling from climate extremes- millions imperiled by drought and cold
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 02, 2012, 05:15:46 pm

February 2, 2012 – MEXICO CITY — A drought that a government official called the most severe Mexico had ever faced has left two million people without access to water and, coupled with a cold snap, has devastated cropland in nearly half of the country. Reports that the Tarahumara were killing themselves in despair over starvation, later proven false, spurred residents of Mexico City to collect food and clothing donations. The government in the past week has authorized $2.63 billion in aid, including potable water, food and temporary jobs for the most affected areas, rural communities in 19 of Mexico’s 31 states. But officials warned that no serious relief was expected for at least another five months, when the rainy season typically begins in earnest. While the authorities say they expect the situation to worsen, one of the five worst-affected states, Zacatecas, got a reprieve on Sunday. Heriberto Félix Guerra, head of the Ministry of Social Development,  saw the rain, the first in 17 months, as a guardedly reassuring sign. Among the more seriously affected communities are tribal areas of the Tarahumara indigenous community in the Sierra Madre, in the north. Known for endurance running and self-reliance, the Tarahumara are among Mexico’s poorest citizens.

When false reports of a mass suicide brought on by hunger surfaced recently, journalists and aid organizations poured in to shed light on the situation. “I think it has really become extreme poverty,” says Isaac Oxenhaut, national aid coordinator for the Mexican Red Cross. Mr. Oxenhaut recently visited the Indian communities where, he said, the land was too dry to grow any crops the Tarahumara usually depend on for their livelihood. “They don’t have anywhere to harvest absolutely anything,” he added. Nearly 7 percent of the country’s agricultural land, mostly in the north and center, has suffered total loss, according to Victor Celaya del Toro, director of development studies at the Agriculture Ministry. The drought, which has been compounded by freezing temperatures, has already pushed up the cost of some produce, including corn and beans. The governor of the Central Bank, Agustín Carstens, speaking last week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, cautioned that it might cause inflation to rise later this year. But government officials have said they do not expect the price of exports to be affected.  Some of the most devastated areas are hard to reach, slowing the flow of aid to a trickle. The Red Cross is sending 70-pound sacks of rice, beans and sugar, as well as winter clothing. “A cargo bus will not fit,” Mr. Oxenhaut said. “You have to do it with four-wheel drives or donkeys, or the people who take it on their backs.” –NY Times

Title: Western Canada struggling with record snow-fall as rest of country goes dry
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 02, 2012, 05:22:29 pm
[size=18]Isolated winter: Western Canada struggling with record snow-fall as rest of country goes dry[/size]


February 2, 2012 – CANADA – Snowfall and snow levels are reaching record levels in Alberta and British Columbia in Western Canada. While many other parts of North America are still struggling to fully open all their lifts and runs for winter2011-12 during an unusually dry winter, the West of Canada has been deluged fairly consistently since last autumn. “This month goes down as one of the snowiest January’s on record. There is unbelievable snow conditions at both Fernie and Kicking Horse with total snowfall at both over 19 feet now. Today alone, Fernie has seen over a foot overnight!!” said an excited Matt Mosteller of Resorts of the Canadian Rockies which runs the two centres. Meanwhile a little to the east and north, over the border in Alberta, with over three months left to go in the ski season, Marmot Basin near Jasper has already received over 12 feet (372 cm) of snowfall which is 93% of its annual average. If the next three months produce even typical amounts of snowfall, Marmot Basin will exceed its all time snowfall record of 529 cm set way back in 1965. Regardless of the numbers, skiers and snowboarders have been absolutely thrilled with snow conditions at Marmot Basin and, to some, it has come as a bit of a surprise, says the resort’s Brian Rode. “There is very little snow on the ground in Edmonton and when some people get to the mountain they are really surprised at how much snow we have. Marmot’s base elevation is very high so the rain that has fallen at lower elevations this winter has been all snow at Marmot,” added Rode. –Fast Track Ski

Title: Serbia: 11,000 trapped in remote villages by snow
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 02, 2012, 09:00:41 pm

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — At least 11,000 villagers have been trapped by heavy snow and blizzards in Serbia's mountains, authorities said Thursday, as the death toll from Eastern Europe's weeklong deep freeze rose to 123, many of them homeless people.

The harshest winter in decades has seen temperatures in some regions dropping to minus 30 C (minus 22 F) and below, and has caused power outages, traffic chaos and the widespread closure of schools, nurseries and airports.

The stranded in Serbia are stuck in some 6,500 homes in remote areas that cannot be reached due to icy, snow-clogged roads with banks reaching up to 5 meters (16 feet). Emergency crews were pressing hard to try to clear the snow to deliver badly needed supplies, and helicopters were dispatched to some particularly remote areas in Serbia and neighboring Bosnia.

On Bosnia's Mt. Romanija, near Sarajevo, a chopper thumped down in the small hamlet of Ozerkovici, where a single nun lives in a Serb Christian Orthodox monastery surrounded by just a few village residents.


Title: Death-toll from frigid weather over Eastern Europe tops 220
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 03, 2012, 07:43:34 pm

Death-toll from frigid weather over Eastern Europe tops 220

February 4, 2012 – EUROPE – Temperatures plunged to new lows in Europe where a week-long cold snap has now claimed more than 220 lives and forecasters warned Friday that the big freeze would tighten its grip over the weekend. A total of 223 people have died from the cold weather in the last seven days according to an AFP tally, with Ukraine suffering the heaviest toll. People have been found dead on the streets in some countries, while thousands have been trapped in mountain villages in Serbia. In Italy, Venice’s canals started freezing over and even Rome was dusted in snow. The lowest temperatures recorded in Europe overnight were in the southwest of the Czech Republic, where the mercury dropped as low as minus 38.1 degrees Celsius (minus 36.5 Fahrenheit) overnight. The EU executive said vital Russian gas deliveries had dropped in nine countries, with Russian giant Gazprom invoking flexibility clauses as it also braves a cold snap. Supplies fell 30 percent in Austria and 24 percent in Italy. Ukraine’s emergencies ministry raised its death toll to 101 since the cold snap took hold, 64 of whom died on the streets. Almost 1,600 people have sought medical attention for frostbite and hypothermia and thousands have flocked to temporary shelters. The chilling temperatures killed eight more people over the last 24 hours in Poland, bringing the death toll to 37 since the deep freeze began a week ago, police said. Temperatures plunged to minus 35 Celsius in some areas of Poland. –Terra Daily

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 03, 2012, 08:06:07 pm

Ukraine Cold Snap Kills 38 in 24 Hours

Biting cold temperatures of minus 26 degrees Celsius have brought the winter death toll in Ukraine to 101.

Arutz Sheva's Russian-language bureau reported Friday that 38 people have died in the last 24 hours due to the intense cold that prevails in Ukraine.

These most recent deaths bring the winter death toll in Ukraine to 101. Of those, 11 people died in the hospital, 64 in the streets and 26 in private homes. Most of the victims were homeless.

Arutz Sheva's Ukraine correspondent reported temperatures had recently plummeted to 29 degrees below zero, "Its very hard to walk down the street, and very dangerous to walk with bare hands. Just a few seconds can cause health damage," he said.


Title: Italy crippled by winter storm; snow in Naples
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 05, 2012, 10:48:11 pm

Italy crippled by winter storm; snow in Naples

Posted on February 5, 2012

February 5, 2012 – ROME – A winter storm battered much of Italy, bringing arctic temperatures to the north and snow as far south as Naples, disrupting transport and commerce across the country. Rome got between six and eight inches of snow, the most in more than a quarter century, downing trees, snarling traffic and leaving shops shuttered. Some vehicles were trapped for 10 hours on the ring road that surrounds the capital and trucks were forced to pull off highways in much of the center and north of the country, SKYTG24 reported. Temperatures at Malpensa Airport outside Milan dropped to minus 18 Celsius (0.4 degree Fahrenheit). The average low for February is 2 Celsius with a high of 8 degrees, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. “Grab a shovel and let’s liberate the city together,” Rome’s Mayor Gianni Alemanno said. Civil protection authorities distributed 2,000 shovels in piazzas in the city center to Romans willing to help with the cleanup. Alemanno had ordered schools closed yesterday in anticipation of the snow, which began falling heavily by midday and continued through the night. The storm also brought some rail lines to a halt with one train trapped with more than 100 passengers on board near the town of Carsoli, SKYTG24 reported. -Bloomberg

Title: Europe struggles under record cold snap
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 06, 2012, 01:19:38 pm


BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Overwhelmed by deep snow and harsh temperatures, some countries in Europe closed down schools and struggled to continue public transport and garbage pick-up Monday, as post-snow rains caused a dam to collapse in Bulgaria, flooding a village and killing at least four.

Another four people were killed by floods in southern Bulgaria, and 10 people are missing, authorities said.

Europeans across the continent were digging out from heavy snow after a week of bitter cold in which the number of dead — most of them homeless — continued to rise by the day. Temperatures have fallen as low as minus 33 Fahrenheit (minus 36 Celsius) in Ukraine, the hardest-hit country.

The big freeze has caused traffic chaos throughout Europe, blocking roads, shutting down airports, and trapping thousands in remote mountain villages in the Balkans.


Title: Ice breakers called in as icy conditions across Europe worsen and deathtoll reac
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 07, 2012, 05:22:49 pm

Ice breakers called in as icy conditions across Europe worsen and deathtoll reaches 400

February 7, 2012 – EUROPE — Authorities used explosives, icebreakers and tractors Tuesday in the battle to overcome Europe’s big freeze, as dozens more died of hypothermia and tens of thousands remained cut off by snow. Around 400 people have now died from the cold weather in Europe since the cold snap began 11 days ago. While there was some respite for people in Ukraine — where more than 130 deaths have been recorded — the mercury plunged overnight to minus 39.4 degrees Celsius in the Kvilda region of the Czech Republic. More bodies were found either on the streets, in their cars or in their homes in Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Hungary and across the Balkans. Conditions worsened when snow- and rain-swollen rivers burst a Bulgarian dam and killed at least eight, while more homeless people perished on frigid city streets. National radio reported two other people were killed when their car was swept off a bridge. “People are in panic,” regional mayor Mihail Liskov said on national radio. “Ninety percent of the village is under water.” Two larger dams in southern Bulgaria risked spilling over and residents were told to prepare to evacuate. Heavy rains also triggered a landslide that derailed a train near the Turkish border. No injuries were reported. Meanwhile, temperatures in Poland plunged to as low as minus 24 degrees Celsius (minus 11 Fahrenheit), bringing another deadly night for the homeless. As has been the case throughout the 10-day-old cold snap, transients have borne the brunt of the suffering, with frozen victims found in abandoned and unheated homes, fire escapes or makeshift shelters on Europe’s streets. In a bid to save lives, Poland’s homeless shelters have dropped a ban on drunken individuals. Monika Golebiewska, a Warsaw police officer whose beat is a daily patrol bringing food and clothing to the homeless in the city’s hardscrabble Praga district, said she has been unrelentingly busy since the cold snap started. –Terra Earth – National Post


Title: Greece, Bulgaria battle flooding; 8 dead
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 07, 2012, 05:45:26 pm


SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Swollen rivers in Bulgaria and Greece burst their banks Tuesday, leaving dozens of homes underwater, as Bulgarian officials declared a day of mourning for eight people confirmed killed after a dam collapse nearly washed away their village.

Bulgaria's civil defense agency warned that two other, bigger dams were also on the brink of spilling over and residents were urged to prepare for an evacuation. Authorities have started a controlled release of water from the dams to prevent overflow.

Europeans across the continent have been battling more than a week of extreme weather, with thousands still trapped by snow in remote, mountain villages in the Balkans; hundreds — most of them homeless — dead after temperatures hit as low as minus 33 Fahrenheit (minus 36 Celsius); and authorities now facing the prospect of flooding caused by melting snow.

A day after the dam burst, the Bulgarian government declared a day of mourning, and streets in the village of Bisser were covered with sticky mud as people returned to their water-logged homes.

At least a dozen houses had collapsed, uprooted trees blocked roads and smashed cars sat abandoned along deserted streets. Veterinary officials were collecting the bodies of dead animals from streets still covered in snow.


Title: Europe continues to suffer through its coldest February in 26 years
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 09, 2012, 11:02:49 pm

February 10, 2012 – ROMANIA – Europe’s record freezing temperatures have claimed hundreds of lives, snarled traffic and trapped tens of thousands of residents in remote villages across Serbia and Romania. It is the worst cold snap to happen in February in 26 years, Georg Mueller, a forecaster at Point Carbon told Reuters. “It was in 1986 when we had the last similarly severe cold weather (in February),” he said. “In this instance this big blocking of cold air . . . seemed to influence the way the winds behaved rather than the other way around,” he said. “We didn’t expect the cold block to become so persistent and then move westward.” In many European capitals, authorities have set up extra shelters for the homeless to help them survive the cold snap that has seen temperatures sink as low as minus 36 C. The majority of the cold-related deaths have been of the homeless. Meteorologists predict the frigid temperatures will last until the end of February. “We do have higher confidence in a change by mid-February, but not to milder weather,” Leon Brown, a meteorologist at The Weather Channel in Britain, told Reuters. “February will probably remain a cold month right to the end.” –The Star

Title: Afghanistan hit with heaviest snows in 15 years- 20 children die in cold snap
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 09, 2012, 11:08:33 pm
Afghanistan hit with heaviest snows in 15 years- 20 children die in cold snap

February 10, 2012 – AFGHANISTAN – More than 20 children have recently died due to the cold weather in Kabul which the Afghan capital has been experiencing its worst cold-snap and heaviest snows in at least 15 years, the National Weather Center said Wednesday. According to an Afghan based TV channel, some of the internally displaced people of the country warn that cold weather may claim more lives. Lack of food and firewood is said to be their main problems in the winter. This year’s severe cold weather has raised concerns among the Afghan population, especially the displaced families. “In this winter, eight children, three old men and women have so far lost their lives,” one of the displaced people said. “We cannot pass the winter by burning plastic, paper and pieces of clothes. We really need help. Living under these tents is very difficult,” said another displaced person. “Life is difficult when you don’t have anything to eat or burn.” The families living under the tents in Kabul are badly in need of help and most of them may perish if not helped.” We ask everyone to help these needy families, they can help one family and protect them from cold weather,” Head of the Afghan Red Crescent, Fatima Gilani said. The Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Returnees rejects reports about the death of 20 children due to severe cold in Kabul, a spokesman for the Ministry, Salamuddin Jurat said on Tuesday. The refugees living under the tents have not faced any kinds of losses so far, he added. “The reports are baseless and untrue,” the spokesman said. Meanwhile, the Afghan Ministry of Public Health confirms the deaths due to the severe cold in Kabul.” Because the cold weather was unprecedented and they were living under the tents, they died before arriving to our health facility during last month,” Spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health, Ghulam Sakhi Kargar told the channel. -TFP


Title: Death-toll from European deep freeze hits 460 as Danube freezes over
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 10, 2012, 05:18:23 pm

February 10, 2012 – GERMANY – Thick ice closed vast swathes of the Danube on Thursday, crippling shipping on Europe’s busiest waterway, as the death toll from bitter cold across the continent rose to at least 460. As it has every day for nearly two weeks, the brutal cold claimed lives in several countries and killed dozens more in weather-related accidents. The 2,860-kilometre (1,780-mile) Danube, which flows through 10 countries and is vital for transport, power, irrigation, industry and fishing, was wholly or partially blocked from Austria to its mouth on the Black Sea. Navigation was impossible or restricted in Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria, as ice covered the river or formed dangerous floes in shipping lanes. An official from the Serbian economy ministry said the commercial repercussions “could be very bad,” while infrastructure ministry official Pavle Galico said shipping would not resume for 10 days. Bulgarian authorities, who have banned all navigation on the river, reported 224 vessels stuck in ports, and Ukrainian rescuers in Croatia reached three crew members on a ship trapped in the ice since Friday. Temperatures in Bulgaria dropped to a new record low Thursday of minus 28.6 degrees Celsius (minus 19.5 Fahrenheit) in the northwestern town of Vidin. The country has halted all power exports due to the cold snap. So far, 28 people have been killed in Bulgaria as a result of the weather, including eight who drowned when the icy waters of a small dam swept through their village of Biser in the southeast. Serbian railways, meanwhile, said the famed Balkan Express train that runs from Belgrade to Istanbul would only go as far as Sofia for now because of the flooding in Bulgaria. –Yahoo News

Title: Snow in Europe cuts off tens of thousands
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 11, 2012, 11:49:22 am


Snow drifts reaching up to rooftops kept tens of thousands of villagers prisoners in their own homes Saturday as the death toll from Europe's big freeze rose past 550.
More heavy snow fell on the Balkans and in Italy, while the Danube river, already closed to shipping for hundreds of kilometres (miles) because of thick ice, froze over in Bulgaria for the first time in 27 years.
Montenegro's capital of Podgorica was brought to a standstill by snow 50 centimetres (20 inches) deep, a 50-year record, closing the city's airport and halting rail services to Serbia because of an avalanche.
Eight more people were reported to have died in Romania, taking the toll for the country to 65, three in Serbia, one in the Czech Republic and one in Austria.


Title: Heavy snow causes damage to Italy’s historical landmarks
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 15, 2012, 09:42:07 pm

February 15, 2012 – ROME – Heavy snow in recent weeks has already wreaked havoc across Europe — now it is damaging some of the continent’s most recognized historic monuments. The Colosseum in Rome has been forced to shut after small pieces of its walls crumbled away as a result of freezing temperatures. And buildings in the historic walled town of Urbino — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — are reported to be at risk of collapse under the weight of snow, following unprecedented blizzards in the area. In the Italian capital, thousands of tourists have been disappointed to discover the Colosseum, one of the city’s most popular attractions, is closed to visitors, while checks are carried out to determine the extent of the damage and to help prevent further movement. Cristiano Brughitta, spokesman for Italy’s Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities, said the damage was caused by ice forming on the walls of the monument. David Pickles, senior architect at English Heritage, told CNN such damage was an extreme version of the natural wear and tear buildings face during everyday weather. “There’s a whole freeze/thaw cycle of damage to buildings where moisture gets into the stonework, into the pores of the stone, it then freezes and expands very significantly, it then breaks up the stone and then when it thaws, bits of stone will start falling off. “That’s happening all the time, of course, that’s one of the major decay mechanisms in historic buildings anyway, because they’re largely water permeable… You can’t treat stone to stop it happening.” -CNN

Title: Winter storm dumps snow on South, blinds motorists
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 19, 2012, 08:31:53 pm


JELLICO, Tenn. (AP) — As a winter storm has dumped several inches of snow on parts of the South, about 20 vehicles have been involved in crashes along a three-mile stretch of Interstate 75 in northern Tennessee.

The eight crashes were original reported by Campbell County dispatch as a chain-reaction pileup that involved 10 to 15 vehicles including multiple tractor-trailers and a Greyhound bus. Police said a juvenile was seriously injured.

Tennessee Highway Patrol Sgt. Stacy Heatherly said the crashes were reported shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday in near "white-out" conditions caused by heavy snowfall and fog. All lanes of Interstate 75 had reopened by early evening.

The weather service was predicting several inches of snow to fall on parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The storm system was expected to move off the Mid-Atlantic coast on Sunday night.

Title: Miami experiences its hottest day in 24 years
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 20, 2012, 09:09:25 am
February 20, 2012 – MIAMI – It didn’t feel much like February this weekend — even for South Floridians. Sunday saw record-breaking high temperatures in Miami: 87, beating the record of 86 set in 1957 and tied in 1988. Fort Lauderdale also reached 87, but didn’t break its long-held record of 89 degrees. These highs are unseasonable; normally, temperatures don’t break 80 this time of year. But the thousands of northern tourists who flooded the area for the Miami International Boat Show and Coconut Grove Arts Festival probably aren’t complaining too much. For those who don’t like the summery weather, relief should be here soon. A cold front is set to move in, bringing highs into the mid-70s on Monday and sending lows to the mid-60s Monday night. Temperatures are expected to climb gradually through the week; they could reach the low 80s by Thursday. “It’s going to warm up again, but this will just be a nice change from today,” said Bob Ebaugh, a specialist with the National Weather Service in Miami-Dade. –Miami Herald


Title: Other parts of U.S. in deep freeze
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 20, 2012, 09:10:50 am
Other parts of U.S. in deep freeze: A winter storm has dumped several inches of snow on a band of southern states, triggering accidents on slippery roads and knocking out power to tens of thousands. The storm brought wet snow on Sunday to parts of Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. In northern Tennessee, about 20 vehicles were involved in crashes along a three-mile stretch of Interstate 75 during what authorities described as ‘white out’ conditions Sunday afternoon. Police said a juvenile was seriously injured. Dozens of wrecks were also reported in North Carolina as well as in Virginia, where the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were shut down following a crash that critically injured one man. Appalachian Power was reporting that 52,000 customers were without power Sunday night in central and southern Virginia, as well as West Virginia. –Daily Mail


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 22, 2012, 03:47:52 pm

Winter storm warning issued for summits of Hawaii’s Big Island

February 22, 2012 – HAWAII - The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a winter storm warning for the summits of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa until 6 a.m. Wednesday (Feb 22) for elevations above 8,000 feet. A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice are expected or is occurring. Strong winds are also possible. Sleet, snow and freezing rain will make for hazardous conditions for drivers and hikers. An additional three to four inches of snowfall is expected this afternoon and evening. As of 12:24 p.m. Tuesday (Feb 21) Mauna Kea Summit Access Road is closed at the Visitor Information Station due to ice and snow on roadways. Mauna Kea Rangers report that it is doubtful the road will be open today due to poor weather. A wind advisory is also in effect for Big Island summits over 8,000 feet until 6 a.m. Wednesday (Feb 22). Currently winds are 20-30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph. Winds this strong can bring down tree branches and make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. –Hawaii 247


Title: Heartland Storms, Tornadoes
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 29, 2012, 08:13:54 am
February 29, 2012[/b]
One dead, 8 injured as tornadoes slam Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas.
Reports of major structural damage at Walmart and building collapses in Branson, Missouri.
A tornado damaged structures in Branson, including a hotel, restaurant and gas station.
One dead in Springfield, Mo.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback issued a disaster declaration for Wabaunsee County.
One person critically injured and homes damaged around 9 pm.
An apartment complex and a church were damaged.
Tornado damage was also reported in Missouri.
A line of thunderstorms moved out of Kansas and Oklahoma into Arkansas and southwest Missouri with hail and high winds.

Storm damage, power outages reported all across the Ozarks.
Major damage is reported in the play town of Branson, and Lamar, Buffalo and Lebanon.  Power is out in many areas.
At 1:25 am a tornado moved through Branson. People reported theaters destroyed, roofs damaged, power lines down and large mature trees toppled in downtown Branson.

Click link for more details.

Title: Montenegro: on the footsteps of "climate change"
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 29, 2012, 11:51:26 am


February 29, 2012 – MONTENEGRO – Podgorica is the capital and largest city of Montenegro. Montenegro is situated on the southern Balkan Peninsula connected with the Adriatic Sea. In Podgorica, we have modified Mediterranean climate with warm dry summers and mild winters. Podgorica is particularly known for its exceptionally hot summers: temperatures above 40 ° C. The highest recorded temperature of 45.8 ° C measured on 16 August 2007. The snow is almost an unknown event in Podgorica. This winter, the situation is completely different in Podgorica and especially the Northern part of Montenegro is blocked by snow, unprecedented in the last half century.  – Zeljko Mihajlovic

Title: March has meant 6,000 weather records broken
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 26, 2012, 10:27:24 pm


We've seen an amazing, historic run of record warmth in March 2012. It's been the talk of towns from Minnesota and Michigan to Tennessee and Georgia for a couple of weeks now.

First, consider the sheer number of daily record highs either tied or broken over the past two weeks. The counts in the table below are courtesy of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) since Mar. 9. Counts from Mar. 23 are still being tabulated and will be posted later.

If you pull out your calculator and add the numbers up from March 1 through March 22, the total exceeds 6,000! This speaks to the widespread nature and longevity of this warm spell. By the way, there have been only about 250 daily record lows during that same time, a ratio of roughly 24 record highs for every record low.

In a typical March, particularly in the nation's northern tier, you may see, perhaps, one or perhaps two days of record warmth before a sharp cold front brings that spring tease to a screeching halt. Not so in March 2012.


Title: Hailstone declared largest on record to hit Hawaii
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 26, 2012, 10:32:09 pm


By msnbc.com staff

At 4.25 inches long, 2.25 inches tall and 2 inches wide, a hailstone that fell on the windward side of Oahu this month has been declared the largest on record to hit Hawaii, the National Weather Service announced.

Records for Hawaii go back to 1950 and the previous record was a relatively puny 1 inch in diameter.

"The record-setting hailstone was dropped by a supercell thunderstorm on the windward side of Oahu and produced large hail in Kaneohe and Kailua," the service said in a statement. "Numerous reports of hail with diameters of 2 to 3 inches and greater were reported."

"Hail to the size of golf balls and baseballs can only form within intense, thunderstorms called 'supercells'," the service added. "These supercells need warm, moist air to rise into progressively colder, drier air; as well as winds changing direction and increasing speed with increasing height off the ground. For both sets of conditions to exist at the same time in Hawaii is extremely rare, but did occur on March 9. Conditions were ideal for a supercell to form, which on National Weather Service radar imagery looked exactly like such storms in the central portions of the contiguous United States where severe hail larger than an inch in diameter is most common."


Title: Virginians, Carolinians Asking 'What the Hail?'
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 26, 2012, 10:39:15 pm


Despite temperatures in the 60s and 70s, it looked like the middle of winter in parts of the Southeast on Saturday.
No, it wasn't snow--but hail that covered the ground up to 6 inches deep in some communities on Saturday from southwestern Virginia into South Carolina.
Responsible for the chaos were severe thunderstorms in association with a large storm system packed with plenty of cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere.
That cold air helped to generate hail, and plenty of it, in most of the thunderstorms that formed during the afternoon and evening hours.
The Storm Prediction Center compiled 80 reports of hail from Saturday ranging from an inch (quarter size) to two and three-quarters of an inch in diameter (baseball size).
Thunderstorms produced hail across a half dozen states, from West Virginia to Georgia.


Title: Strong wind storms leave 14 dead in Argentina
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 06, 2012, 09:26:34 pm

April 7, 2012 – ARGENTINA - At least 14 people died overnight into Thursday in Argentina following storms that saw strong winds cause damage across the capital region. “Seven people died — six were crushed and one was electrocuted,” near Buenos Aires, local emergency coordinator Luciano Timerman told reporters. Police also said three other people died in a neighborhood to the south of Buenos Aires when an illegally built home collapsed. In the capital, a man died when the walls of his home collapsed, authorities also said in an initial report. They later reported the death of another man crushed by the wall of a gas station abandoned in Florencio Varela to the south of Buenos Aires. A woman was killed after another wall fell on her. In central-eastern Santa Fe province, a high tension cable snapped by the high winds killed a man, Timerman said. Strong winds blew down four ramps of spotlights at the Nueva Chicago football club in the capital, while the San Lorenzo and Huracan clubs also suffered heavy damage, their directors said. The sheet metal roofs of many homes were blown away, while the winds broke building windows, in addition to other damage reported by witnesses and local media. The Buenos Aires parks and recreation chief said 114 trees had collapsed, destroying many vehicles and blocking roads, while parts of the capital and the suburbs were in the dark after the power was cut. –Terra Daily

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 08, 2012, 06:32:55 pm

Icy grips: Anchorage Alaska shatters seasonal snowfall record
Posted on April 8, 2012 by The Extinction Protocol
April 8, 2012 – ALASKA – While winter is a distant memory for most Americans, it continues unabated in Anchorage, Alaska — where a new bout of precipitation this weekend helped the city break its record for seasonal snowfall, at more than 133 inches (3.38 meters). Some 3.4 inches of snow — and counting — had fallen as of 4 p.m. (8 p.m. ET) Saturday in Anchorage, according to the National Weather Service. That brought the seasonal total for the city to 133.6 inches — breaking the record of 132.6 inches, set in 1954-1955. And with snow continuing to fall into early Sunday morning, the figure promises to get even larger. “Okay…now the records broken, could you please make the snow go away?’ wrote one commenter of the Facebook page of the weather service’s Alaska division. Another said, “Oh, it’s not chilly. I’m wearing a tee-shirt and shorts while cooking outside and enjoying this beautiful springtime weather @ 35 degrees.” While snow is nothing new to Alaskans, this year’s record haul in Anchorage is notable given that the average seasonal snowfall is 74.5 inches. And it’s also striking considering that, elsewhere in the United States, this past winter was known more for its warmth than its white stuff. Across the United States, the 2011-2012 winter season was the fourth warmest ever recorded, according to the National Climatic Data Center. -CNN

Glaciers found in Japan: Scientists have found three glaciers in Toyama Prefecture, the first recognized in Japan and the southernmost in East Asia. Researchers from the Tateyama Caldera Sabo Museum discovered the three slow-moving chunks of ice in the Hida Mountain Range, otherwise known as the Northern Alps. Their research paper submitted to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice was accepted Tuesday, the museum said. A glacier is defined as a large mass of ice that over many years “flows” owing to its great weight, according to the Japanese Society of Snow and Ice. They are often found on high mountains, such as the Himalayas, and have even been found on Mount Kilimanjaro, which is almost on the equator. Until now, the southernmost glaciers in East Asia were on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. “We have known something similar to glaciers existed, so we checked to see if the masses of ice are moving,” said Hajime Iida, a researcher for the museum. Between 2009 and 2011, Iida’s team used “ice radar” to find two glaciers on Mount Tsurugi and one on Mount Tateyama. Ice radar sends electronic waves into the ice to measure how thick it is. Using GPS, the team confirmed that the masses of ice are moving between 10 and 30 cm a month. The masses are 27 to 30 meters deep and 400 to 1,200 meters long. The Japanese Society of Snow and Ice will publish the research paper in its journal Seppyou (Snow and Ice) in May, the museum said in a news release. –Japan Times

Title: Start of 2012, March shatter US heat records
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 09, 2012, 08:19:27 am


WASHINGTON (AP) — It's been so warm in the United States this year, especially in March, that national records weren't just broken, they were deep-fried.

Temperatures in the lower 48 states were 8.6 degrees above normal for March and 6 degrees higher than average for the first three months of the year, according to calculations by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That far exceeds the old records.

The magnitude of how unusual the year has been in the U.S. has alarmed some meteorologists who have warned about global warming. One climate scientist said it's the weather equivalent of a baseball player on steroids, with old records obliterated.

"Everybody has this uneasy feeling. This is weird. This is not good," said Jerry Meehl, a climate scientist who specializes in extreme weather at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colo. "It's a guilty pleasure. You're out enjoying this nice March weather, but you know it's not a good thing."


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on April 09, 2012, 04:23:47 pm
"Everybody has this uneasy feeling. This is weird. This is not good," said Jerry Meehl

No, it's not good for the unbelieving! Not good at all if they don't repent.

They think it's hot now?

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on April 10, 2012, 05:55:27 am
Wind-Fueled Brush Fires Continue To Wreak Havoc On L.I.; NYC, Southern N.J. Also Battling Flames
Gusts Of Up To 60 MPH Fanning The Flames; Hundreds Of Firefighters Deployed

Several major brush fires continued to burn Monday night in different parts of the Tri-State Area.  Among the most  serious is a fire in Suffolk County, where officials spent the evening coordinating efforts with state authorities and the National Guard.

“I have placed the National Guard fire team in Suffolk County on standby to be ready to support firefighting efforts,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement.

Strong winds and dry air continued to make for a dangerous combination.  The situation remained serious Monday night as at one point more than 200 homes had no power. The fire also prompted road closures and caused interruptions to LIRR trains.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said three firefighters were injured responding to a brush fire near the Brookhaven National Laboratory.  One firefighter suffered a minor burn, while two others were treated for smoke inhalation.

At one point, firefighters from 109 departments in Suffolk County responded to the brush fire that has affected about 2,000 acres, including 300 acres on the Brookhaven Lab site.

Fires also continued to burn in Ridge and Manorville on Monday evening. Ridge Fire Chief Steve Gray said the two blazes that began there morphed into one.

“Once it gets into the tree tops it burns a lot faster than it does on the ground,” Gray told CBS 2′s Sean Hennessey. “The fire had burned past us fast enough where we couldn’t get there in time.”

“It’s still an unpredictable situation. We had hoped earlier that the fire was coming under control, but it’s clear now that it’s still burning heavily and that this is still a dangerous and unpredictable situation,” Bellone said at a news conference.

rest: http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/04/09/dry-air-strong-winds-increase-danger-of-fire-across-tri-state-area/

Title: As weather gets biblical, insurers go missing
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 12, 2012, 09:59:40 am
Recently when news items would report about the "hottest jobs in the market", supposedly Actuaries are the hottest one b/c supposedly insurance companies always thrive even in bad times, so there's supposedly always room for Actuary jobs. Actuaries are people who fool with statistics, and do so largely in insurance companies.

Just more deception being fed upon the masses to give out false hope on their part...anyone who does even 5 minutes of research will realize that actuary jobs are far and few in between.


PITTSBURGH (Reuters) - As weather disasters strike with more frequency, homeowners first get hit with the destruction or total loss of property. Many are then hit with the unexpected loss of homeowners insurance policies as insurance companies re-evaluate their financial liabilities.
After a tornado ripped through Springfield, Massachusetts, last year, R. Paula Lazzari's home was badly damaged. The retired teacher found broken windows, missing siding and a damaged roof. Her insurer offered to fund repairs for one broken window and some of the siding. It took nine months -- and mediation services from an independent adjuster and the Massachusetts Division of Insurance -- to get her bills paid, according to the parties involved.
In this era of unpredictable weather patterns, Lazzari's case is not unique. Insurance companies are raising rates, cutting coverage, balking at some payouts and generally shifting more expense and liability to homeowners, according to reports from the industry and its critics.
"Insurance companies have significantly and methodically decreased their financial responsibility for weather catastrophes like hurricanes, tornados and floods in recent years," the Consumer Federation of America said in a statement after studying industry data.
The industry concedes that it is trying to avoid getting trounced by those same punishing weather patterns.
"Last year (2011) was an extraordinary year for natural disasters," said Michael Barry of the Insurance Information Institute (III), an industry trade group. "Insurers have taken a step back to assess whether or not they can absorb severe losses."
Some insurance companies have pulled out of weather-challenged states -- meaning they will not write new homeowners policies and may not renew contracts with current policyholders.
In the wake of Hurricane Irene last summer, for example, Allstate informed some 45,000 North Carolina policyholders that it would not renew contracts that were not bundled with auto insurance.
After a spate of tornadoes last April caused $11 billion of property damage in Alabama, Alfa Mutual Group announced it would not renew 73,000 Alabama property insurance policies.
"The increased frequency and severity of storms over the last decade have highlighted the need for Alfa to review its overall property portfolio," Alfa President Jerry Newby said in a statement.
Florida, where insurers have been dropping coverage since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, is a good example of where this can lead. With an annual average of $1,460 per home, homeowners' premiums there are second-highest in the country (Texas, at $1,511 is first), according to the most recent data available, a 2010 report from the Insurance Information Institute.
"Florida's off the charts when it comes to pricing," said Mike McCartin, an Ashton, Maryland, independent insurance agent.
The state has stepped in to cover some 1.5 million properties via its publicly funded Citizens Property and Insurance Corporation as insurers drop more and more homes.
"You simply have major private insurers that are unwilling to write policies in Florida," said Robin Westcott, the state's insurance consumer advocate.
"It's just a tough market to be in," said Phil Supple, a spokesman for State Farm, which was once Florida's largest property insurer. It stopped writing new homeowners' policies there in 2007.
Even though companies are not abandoning states at will, many opt to drop coverage on individual homes or customers that may seem prone to file claims. Insurers generally work on three-year contracts with homeowners, Barry said. At the end of those contracts, insurers can decide to raise rates or not renew.
When frozen pipes caused flooding in Phil Berger's Ijamsville, Maryland, home last year, he got a $6,000 check from Allstate for the damages -- and a policy review. Berger said an Allstate contractor told him to make $100,000 in repairs to his home at his expense or he would lose his coverage. He refused, and instead found a less expensive policy with a company that required only one smaller repair before covering the home.
"You just need to be on your toes at all times," Berger said.
Allstate declined to comment on Berger's case, but sent an email response to general questions about the company's nonrenewal policies.
"Allstate responsibly manages its risk by opting to not renew policies as warranted," company representative Kevin Smith wrote. "These actions are carefully considered, and help ensure Allstate's continued ability to provide a wide variety of insurance products to consumers at a competitive rate, while remaining financially strong in every community we serve."
Even homeowners that renew every year may find new limits buried in their policies. The Consumer Federation report said insurance companies have "sharply hollowed out the catastrophe coverage offered to consumers" by raising deductibles, capping replacement costs, and -- significant for folks in the path of tornadoes and hurricanes -- removing coverage for wind damage if another non-covered event (usually a flood) also occurs.
Industry groups say this misstates the facts.
"The …(CFA) could not be more wrong," said Dr. Robert P. Hartwig, president of the Insurance Information Institute. "Cities such as Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and others are being rebuilt today because of private insurance companies paying losses -- not from ‘hollowed out coverage' policies." Insurers have paid "literally billions" of dollars to "hundreds of thousands of claimants" affected by natural disasters, he said.
Hartwig also defended the practice by some insurance companies of leaving certain states or regions.
"If you tell an insurance company that they can't raise rates despite nine hurricanes in two years, obviously insurers are going to have to reduce exposure," he said.
But homeowners' insurance premiums have been rising sharply. They have increased an average 6.33 percent annually between 2002 and 2009, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC). This year, insurers have asked for rate increases of 18 percent or more in 11 states, according to the Consumer Federation.
Robert Hunter, the author of the consumer report, has questioned whether limit-laden policies are worth the rising costs. But mortgage lenders require homeowners insurance, and anyone who has observed a devastating house fire or storm is unlikely to be willing to go without coverage.
So how can consumers, who have little choice but to keep their coverage, do as Berger suggests and keep on their toes?
Hunter tells homeowners to shop carefully. "Go on your state's insurance policy website and look for houses similar to yours to compare prices," he said.
The NAIC provides a map to all state insurance offices on its website, http://www.naic.org/state_web_map.htm), and provides information about consumer insurance complaints.
Hunter also recommends checking comparison websites such as insuranceproviders.com (http://www.insuranceproviders.com) or insweb.com (http://www.insweb.com) for companies with favorable consumer reviews for in your state.
Another step is to get a professional agent to help, said Jim Donelon, Louisiana's insurance commissioner and president-elect of the NAIC.
"I recommend you talk to as many people as you can. Get an independent agent -- someone who's not attached to a specific company -- and get in touch with captive agents but know that captive agents can only represent their company."
The agents can check to make sure no important coverage -- like wind -- has been carved out of the policy.
Compare what the agents offer with what you can find online, said Randy Moses, assistant director with the South Dakota Insurance Department.
Even after getting coverage, consumers may find they need extra help. Lazzari needed both an independent broker and a public adjuster to resolve her case. Her insurer, Norfolk Dedham Insurance, not only initially refused to pay for most of her home repairs, but also planned to drop her as a customer, she said. Francis T. Hegarty Jr., president and CEO of Norfolk & Dedham Group, confirmed her version of events, but said it was not unusual for claims such as Lazzari's to take time to resolve.
Lazzari contacted an independent broker who worked with Norfolk Dedham to successfully complete her home repairs. But the broker said switching insurers would increase her payments 185 percent. That's when Lazzari contacted the Massachusetts Division of Insurance to find a public adjuster, who eventually persuaded Norfolk Dedham to keep her on its rolls.
"We were eventually able to work things out with Ms. Lazzari," said Francis T. Hegarty Jr., president and CEO of Norfolk & Dedham Group. "In these kinds of cases with independent adjusters, the claims tend to get strung out and tend to take longer to resolve than they would otherwise. But cases like case are pretty common and, all in all, we're pleased with how things turned out with her."
(This story corrected title of Randy Moses)

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 12, 2012, 01:01:07 pm


Posted on April 12, 2012 at 8:10 AM

Updated today at 9:08 AM

An unusual spring storm in the Texas Panhandle Wednesday afternoon dumped two to four feet of hail near Dumas.
Trucks were reported sliding off the road on Highway 287 as a result of the unexpected weather phenomenon. Snow plows were being used to clear the roads.
Some vehicles were trapped in the drifts of hailstones.
Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus said a tornado watch was in effect for the Panhandle region through 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the storms were moving very slowly between Pampa and Dumas north of Amarillo and to the east of Dalhart.
Melting hail and heavy rain triggered flash flooding in the Panhandle


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 12, 2012, 02:05:18 pm
Hail, Tornado Threat Across the Plains
Apr 12, 2012
After a few powerful storms on Wednesday, a more significant episode of severe weather is expected later today across the central and southern Plains.
Large, damaging hail will continue to be a huge concern from any thunderstorm, with conditions also appearing ripe for the development of a few tornadoes.
A storm system emerging from the Rockies will be the "trigger" for today's active weather, clashing with warm and unstable air in place from Texas to Kansas.


Title: 4 feet of hail in TX!!!
Post by: Mark on April 13, 2012, 07:02:25 am
Storm over FOUR FOOT hail: Raging downpour leaves Texas town covered in giant piles of hail stones... but is it all that it seems?Huge storm hit Amarillo and covered up major highway with deep covering of hail
Online commenters express scepticism and say amazing pictures only show 'a bunch of rocks'

A small town in Texas was hit with a whopper of a storm Wednesday morning that left four feet of hail in its wake.
Officials from the National Weather Service in Amarillo said that the storm was so severe and the hail so unrelenting that a major highway in Potter County was completely covered.
But the photos of the one-off event are so unbelievable that an army of online sceptics have cast doubt on their authenticity, suggesting that instead they may simply show large rocks.

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Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2128989/Hail-No-Raging-April-storm-leaves-feet-ICE-unbelievable-photos.html#ixzz1rvAvHRh6

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 15, 2012, 05:47:17 pm

Was out of town over the weekend, so didn't get to go online much, however, the few minutes I did, saw the news items of the some 51 tornados hitting the MidWest. From what I understand, these tornados were ACTUALLY PREDICTED to come to pass A DAY PRIOR to them happening! :o Seriously!

Maybe HAARP was involved? Either way, the birth pangs are growing stronger and stronger. Whether it's the Rothchilds(as they now have majority stake in the weather media channels) that were involved, or whether it was "by natural causes"...birth pangs are growing strong, and evil men and seducers are waxing worse and worse...

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 15, 2012, 06:18:05 pm

Residents digging out after tornadoes hit Midwest
By SEAN MURPHY | Associated Press – 1 hr 43 mins ago.

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The television was tuned to forecasters' dire warnings of an impending storm when Greg Tomlyanobich heard a short burst from a tornado siren blare after midnight Sunday. Then silence. Then rumbling.

The 52-year-old quickly grabbed his wife and grandson, hurrying them into the emergency cellar as debris whirled around their heads at their mobile home park in northwest Oklahoma. They huddled inside with about 20 other people before the tornado — among dozens that swept across the nation's midsection during the weekend — roared across the ground above, ripping homes from their foundations.

"It scared the hell out of me," Tomlyanobich said.

The storm killed five people, including three children, and injured more than two dozen in Woodward, a town about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. But it was the only tornado that caused fatalities. Many of the touchdowns raked harmlessly across isolated stretches of rural Kansas, and though communities there and in Iowa were hit, residents and officials credited days of urgent warnings from forecasters for saving lives.

When Tomlyanobich emerged from the underground shelter after the storm subsided, he saw a scattered trail of destruction: home insulation, siding and splintered wood where homes once stood; trees stripped of leaves, clothing and metal precariously hanging from limbs.

"It just makes you sick to your stomach. Just look at that mangled steel," he said Sunday, pointing to what appeared to be a giant twisted steel frame that had landed in the middle of the mobile home park, which is surrounded by rural land dotted with oil field equipment.

The storms were part of an exceptionally strong system tracked by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., which specializes in tornado forecasting. The center took the unusual step of warning people more than 24 hours in advance of a possible "high-end, life-threatening event."

Center spokesman Chris Vaccaro said the weather service received at least 120 reports of tornadoes by dawn Sunday and was working to confirm how many actually touched down.

The storm system was weakening as it crawled east and additional tornadoes were unlikely, though forecasters warned that strong thunderstorms could be expected as far east as Michigan.

Woodward suffered the worst of the destruction from the storms, which also struck in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel said 89 homes and 13 businesses were destroyed, and bloodied survivors in the 12,000-resident town emerged to find flipped cars and smashed trailers.

Retired firefighter Marty Logan said he spotted the tornado when it knocked down power lines, causing flashes of light, and saw a radio tower's blinking lights go black. He later saw a man emerge from a twisted, wrecked sport utility vehicle that had been tossed along the side of the road.

"The guy had blood coming down his face," Logan said. "It was scary, because I knew it was after midnight and a lot of people were in bed."

The state medical examiner's office identified the victims as Frank Hobbie and his 5-year-old and 7-year-old daughters, who died when the tornado hit the mobile home park, and Darren Juul and a 10-year-old girl who died when the home they were in a few miles away was hit. Office spokeswoman Amy Elliot said no other details were available, but she said a critically hurt child was air lifted to a Texas hospital.

Authorities said a signal tower for Woodward's tornado sirens was struck by lightning and hit by a tornado early Sunday morning. Police Chief Harvey Rutherford said the tower that was supposed to send a repeating signal to the town's tornado siren system was knocked out.

Considering the tornado struck at night and the sirens were damaged, it was remarkable that there wasn't a greater loss of life, Rutherford said. "We had the hand of God take care of us," he said.

Frank and Treva Owens knew dangerous storms were moving toward Woodward, and although they didn't hear sirens, the elderly couple was watching TV weather reports all day.

"I heard them say we had nine minutes and that's when I hit the cellar," Frank Ownes said, noting that the 12-foot by 12-foot shelter was prepped with their medications, food and clothing.

In the tiny western Iowa town of Thurman, piles of toppled trees lined the streets in front of homes where missing walls and roofs exposed soaked living rooms. Longtime resident Ted Stafford recalled feeling his home shake, then hearing three windows shatter as the storm hit. He was amazed that no one in town was seriously injured.

"We're all OK, fortunately. Nobody's hurt. We can fuel this recovery with beans and coffee," the 54-year-old said while standing on the broken concrete of what had been his home's new basement foundation.

In Kansas, a reported tornado damaged McConnell Air Force Base and the Spirit AeroSystems and Boeing plants in Wichita late Saturday. Preliminary estimates suggest damages could be as high as $283 million in the area, where the storm also toppled a 65-foot Ferris wheel at a local amusement park.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback acknowledged that the damage could have been far worse, noting in an interview with CNN that residents appeared to have heeded safety warnings. "God was merciful," he said.

Yvonne Tucker rushed to a shelter with about 60 of her neighbors at Pinaire Mobile Home Park in Wichita. She said people were crying and screaming, and the shelter's lights went out when the twister hit. When they went back outside, they found several homes destroyed, including Tucker's.

"I didn't think it was that bad until I walked down my street and everything is gone," Tucker said. "I don't know what to do."

Fellow mobile home resident Kristin Dean, who was pushed out of her home in a wheelchair, grabbed some possessions before going into the shelter, and she later learned that was all she had left. Her home was gone.

"It got still," she said. "Then we heard a 'wham,' things flying. Everybody screamed, huddling together. It is devastating, but you know, we are alive."


Associated Press reporters Roxanna Hegeman in Wichita, Kan.; Grant Schulte in Thurman, Iowa; and Rochelle Hines in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 15, 2012, 06:33:32 pm

Severe weather alert: Tornado warnings issued Friday; more storms likely Saturday

SHAWNEE, Okla. —

April 13, 2012

Forecasters and emergency managers began issuing alerts Friday about the threat of storms occurring and continuing into Saturday, and as expected, storms popped up in central Oklahoma. Tornado sirens were activated in Shawnee, Tecumseh and other areas in Pottawatomie County about 5 p.m. Friday when storms with rotation and reported funnels moved through the area. No damage was reported.
The threat of a tornado outbreak remains today and into Sunday, with officials asking everyone to be weather aware this weekend.
Storm spotters and law enforcement officers were among those watching the skies Friday evening in Pottawatomie County as a storm that dropped a tornado in Norman skipped across this area.
Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Director Don Lynch said there were reports of tornadoes in three areas — about one mile south of Independence on Drummond Road, in the area of Old Highway 270 and U.S. 177 and north of Westech Road on SH 18.
“We’ve driven the area and thankfully can’t find any damage,” Lynch said late Friday, as he and others were on alert for the possibility of more storms developing overnight. About 8:30 p.m., a tornado watch that had been issued for Pottawatomie County was extended until 4 a.m. today, with the outlook also showing the potential tornado outbreak today.
The warnings for a stormy weekend issued Friday came in response to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issuing a High Risk Outlook for the second day of a storm period. The warning is a somewhat unusual move by the SPC, Lynch said.
“The storms have no idea where SPC draws those lines, and the outlook categories are not fences that keep the bad storms only in the moderate or high-risk areas,” Lynch said. “The bottom line is we are in a risk area... and you need to pay close attention and check the weather often.”
The severe weather may include tornadoes, hail and strong winds up to 70 mph.
A large upper-level system that developed over the southwestern U.S. was expected to advance into Oklahoma Friday, although the brunt of the system may not form until late today. The storms will also be fast-moving, which allows for less time to react to warnings and makes storm spotting operations difficult and more dangerous than usual, Lynch said.
“Now is the time to prepare for severe weather... including making sure safe rooms and shelters are ready,” he said.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 15, 2012, 07:24:08 pm

More twisters reported Sunday after deadly barrage

Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET: A long and wide swath of the central U.S. is in a severe storm danger zone on Sunday, following twisters that killed at least five people and caused damage across the Midwest on Saturday.

By early Sunday afternoon, at least two tornadoes reportedly briefly touched down in Nebraska. One caused damage to two buildings in Wheeler County. Oklahoma and Minnesota also each saw one suspected twister, though no damage was reported.

The areas "most likely" to see tornadoes on Sunday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said, are parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"Severe storms are also possible in a band from Illinois and Missouri southward into Arkansas, northwest Louisiana and east Texas," the service added.

Weather.com severe weather expert Greg Forbes assigned a 70 percent chance for tornadoes in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 16, 2012, 04:13:44 pm

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 22, 2012, 02:20:22 pm

Rain and heavy, wet spring snow forecast in East; shuttle Enterprise trip delayed


By msnbc.com staff and news services

A disruptive spring storm already pummeling the Atlantic seaboard Saturday will delay the space shuttle Enterprise’s trip to New York and bring winter-like snow to the Appalachians and Great Lakes, forecasters warn.

Rain that washed out ballgames and festivals in southern Florida was moving north and expected to meet cold air moving south from Canada, forecasters said.

Tornado watches were issued late Saturday in central and southern Florida.
Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts up to 34 mph struck Delaware, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

Up to 4 inches of rain was forecast Sunday from Washington, D.C., to New York City.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 22, 2012, 05:30:20 pm
Destructive Snowstorm Targets Interior Northeast

Updated: April 22, 2012 3:30 pm ET

The snow season "that largely wasn't" in the Northeast will be "bookended" by two destructive winter storms.

A heavy, wet snowstorm in 2011 downed trees and powerlines, knocking out power to over 3 million customers in the Northeast just before Halloweeen 2011, in a storm dubbed "Snowtober".

Unfortunately, another "Snowtober"-type destructive snowstorm will wreak havoc in parts of the Northeast kicking off this week. Let's get to the critical details.

Heavy, wet snow

Low pressure will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina later Sunday into the interior Northeast Monday. In concert with this surface low, a powerful dip in the jet stream and just enough cold air near the surface will team up to produce heavy, wet snow.

The areas of concern are western New York, western Pennsylvania, extreme eastern Ohio, parts of northern West Virginia and extreme western Maryland. The timing of the changeover to snow is shown by the model forecast loop below (denoted by white shadings). Snowfall rates may exceed 1" per hour Sunday night into early Monday, accompanied by thunder and lightning!


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on April 23, 2012, 05:52:11 am
Destructive Snowstorm Targets Interior Northeast

Updated: April 22, 2012 3:30 pm ET

The snow season "that largely wasn't" in the Northeast will be "bookended" by two destructive winter storms.

A heavy, wet snowstorm in 2011 downed trees and powerlines, knocking out power to over 3 million customers in the Northeast just before Halloweeen 2011, in a storm dubbed "Snowtober".

Unfortunately, another "Snowtober"-type destructive snowstorm will wreak havoc in parts of the Northeast kicking off this week. Let's get to the critical details.

Heavy, wet snow

Low pressure will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina later Sunday into the interior Northeast Monday. In concert with this surface low, a powerful dip in the jet stream and just enough cold air near the surface will team up to produce heavy, wet snow.

The areas of concern are western New York, western Pennsylvania, extreme eastern Ohio, parts of northern West Virginia and extreme western Maryland. The timing of the changeover to snow is shown by the model forecast loop below (denoted by white shadings). Snowfall rates may exceed 1" per hour Sunday night into early Monday, accompanied by thunder and lightning!


looking for this one, supposed to hit around 10-11 am here.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 23, 2012, 12:17:01 pm
Hey Mark, everything OK where you're up at now?


April nor'easter dumps rain, snow on East Coast
By CAROLYN THOMPSON | Associated Press – 4 mins 57 secs ago.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A nor'easter packing high winds, soaking rain and springtime snow churned up the Northeast on Monday, unleashing a burst of winter, closing some schools and sparking worries about power outages in communities that were basking in record warmth a month ago.

The earliest hits were on higher ground, where snow-laden tree limbs pulled down power lines and commuters navigated slushy roads to work and school. Up to a foot of snow or more was forecast for higher elevations.

Utilities reported about 50,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania and central and western New York.

"It's going to be a bad one. Limbs are breaking everywhere," said Mark Shaffer, who works at Laurel Valley Hardware in Stahlstown, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Shaffer said power at the store went out about 8:30 a.m., even though there was just 4 inches of snow on the ground.

Rain in the Buffalo area changed over to snow about 9 a.m. Monday with 5 to 9 inches expected through 7 a.m. Tuesday. Up to 16 inches are possible in higher elevations south of the city. Up to 12 inches of snow was expected in the higher elevations of central and western Pennsylvania. In northeastern Ohio, 3 to 7 inches of snow was forecast.

George Wallach, of Buffalo, said he'd gone to Home Depot for lawn fertilizer last week — never thinking he might need rock salt. Buffalo saw a run of record-heat in March that included a St. Patrick's Day weekend in the 70s and an 82-degree reading March 22.

"I should learn not to plan anything till after May," he said while waiting with parents outside a Buffalo elementary school to retrieve children after a half day that was scheduled in advance.

Kevin Fitzgerald, a National Weather Service meteorologist in State College, Pa., called the snowstorm "unusual, but not unheard of."

Some schools in western Pennsylvania were closed Monday morning ahead of the storm. Districts in the state's Allegheny Mountains began announcing closings Sunday night.

Farther east, the threat was rain. Much of New Hampshire and western Maine were under a flood watch Monday, with the possibility of some creeks and rivers flooding.

Buffalo-based weather service meteorologist Sean Smith said the slow-moving storm could linger before moving out sometime Tuesday. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph were predicted throughout the Northeast, and gusts of up to 50 mph were expected off Cape Cod.

The snow postponed minor league baseball in Batavia, where the Empire State Yankees and Norfolk Tides were supposed to play.

"The field is completely covered in snow, and there's no way to get it all off," Travis Sick said from Dwyer Stadium, where the snow continued to come down.

Finger Lakes Racetrack called off its thoroughbred racing card as heavy wet snow blanketed the central New York track, and the gray skies and snow forced the University at Buffalo's dedication of a new solar panel installation indoors.

The weather was suspected in the rollover of a truck in the Chautauqua County town of Westfield. It was unknown if there were any injuries.

In Cortland and Yates counties in central New York, authorities said roads were snow-covered and slippery, and they urged drivers not to head out unless absolutely necessary. Dozens of schools in central and western New York were delayed or closed. The snow and slippery roads stretched into the Adirondacks, which got about 2 inches of slushy accumulation.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Wood said six inches of snow fell by daybreak Monday in the higher terrain of Tug Hill, just southeast of Watertown. The snow was expected to change to rain later Monday.

Utilities reported about 25,000 customers without power in central and western New York by midmorning Monday. About 25,000 customers over 31 counties were without power in Pennsylvania, said Scott Surgeoner, a Penelec spokesman based in Reading, Pa.

Amy Shaulis, a waitress at the Summit Diner in Somerset, Pa., wondered if the storm was a bit of payback.

"We had a very, very light winter, we had summer in the middle of winter and now we're paying for it," she said.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on April 23, 2012, 05:49:51 pm
Hey Mark, everything OK where you're up at now?

Nothing so far, a lot of wind, but they are saying we should get some snow tonight a dusting maybe.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on April 23, 2012, 05:50:50 pm
We were about 95 today, and sunny!  ;D

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on April 23, 2012, 05:54:12 pm
We were about 95 today, and sunny!  ;D

get back to me when its 117 out there this summer.  :o  :D

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on April 23, 2012, 06:29:00 pm
Touche'  ;)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 29, 2012, 11:33:45 pm

Moscow swelters in record heat

April 29, 2012

Moscow sweltered in unseasonable heat on Sunday, with temperatures of nearly 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit), a record for April since data collection began 130 years ago, authorities said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 06, 2012, 07:45:43 pm


Nepal flash flood death toll may hit 60

May 7, 2012 - 12:40AM.

The death toll in a flash flood in Nepal's central Annapurna region could be as high as 60, according to rescuers scouring the area for survivors.
They say there is almost no hope of finding anyone else alive.
Fifteen bodies have been recovered but district police superintendent Sailesh Thapa told AFP that 43 missing people, including three Ukrainian tourists, were feared dead.

"So far, 12 of the 15 bodies have been identified. An excavator has reached the worst affected areas and is clearing the mud," he said.
"We have a list of another 43 people who have gone missing. Their chances of survival are almost zero. The three Ukrainians are still missing."
Eight people have been rescued since the Seti burst its banks near the city of Pokhara, a tourist hub, on Saturday, sweeping away a village and swamping families picnicking by the river.
Most of the missing are thought to be local.
One witness, Uddha Bahadur Gurung, described how the river suddenly turned into a lethal surge.
"There was nothing unusual. People were enjoying picnics, some were relaxing in the hot spring pools by the river and others working," he told the Kathmandu Post.
"Out of nowhere came this swelling dark murky water with debris, sweeping away many people."
Sniffer dogs have been sent 200km from the capital Kathmandu to search for bodies along the banks of the river, which has now subsided, while police and army personnel hunt for survivors.
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattari broke off from political negotiations over forming a new government to visit Kharapani village, which was washed away by the flood.
"He has instructed the authorities to bring 20 excavators so that the dead bodies of those who have been buried by the floods can be recovered," Bishwadeep Pandey, personal secretary to the premier, told AFP.
"The prime minister has also committed the government to provide expenses for the last rites to family members of those who died."
A landslide caused by days of heavy rain had blocked the Seti near its origin in the snowfields and glaciers of the Himalayas, said Nepalese army spokesman Ramindra Chhetri.
"Then there was a powerful outburst, which resulted in a flash flood in the Seti river that entered human settlements and created havoc," he told AFP, adding some houses had been covered with mud up to 3.5 metres deep.
"We have mobilised a company, an engineer platoon and soldiers from specialised troops for search and rescue operations," he said.
The area around 8,091-metre Mount Annapurna attracts thousands of trekkers, both local and foreign, each year as well as day-trippers.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/nepal-flash-flood-death-toll-may-hit-60-20120506-1y7an.html#ixzz1u8l5Z2Xf

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 09, 2012, 08:48:47 am

Four killed, 10 missing in Indonesian floods


JAKARTA — Floods carrying volcanic debris swept through a town in eastern Indonesia Wednesday killing four people, including a nine-year-old child, and leaving 10 others missing, a government official said.

A further 15 people were injured after floodwaters rampaged through 11 villages in Ternate City in North Maluku province, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"Following heavy rains during the night, volcanic floods hit early morning at 2:00 am (1700 GMT)," Nugroho said, adding that more than 280 people were evacuated to government offices and schools.

"Four people have died, 10 are missing and 15 have been injured. Fifty-eight families, or 284 people, have been evacuated," he said.

Two bridges and 15 homes were completely destroyed by the floods, while 173 other homes were damaged, Nugroho said.

The floods carried volcanic mud from Mount Gamalama, which forms the entire island of Ternate in the Maluku chain, which erupted and spewed a column of ash 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the air in December.

Two rivers on the eastern side of the volcano overflowed after Wednesday's heavy rains carried volcanic debris down to the affected residential areas, Nugroho said.

The Indonesian archipelago has dozens of active volcanoes. The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 09, 2012, 11:04:59 am

Tornado spotted in Oxfordshire as storms batter southern England

 Britain could be braced for more thunder and lightning following a storm which brought a tornado to Oxfordshire

1:14PM BST 08 May 2012

The thunderstorm started in Wiltshire, and moved across Oxfordshire, where a tornado was reported in several places including Bicester, Eynsham and Witney, and then moved to Buckinghamshire.
Richard Glazer drove through the tornado with his wife and son on the A34 near Kidlington, Oxfordshire.
"It was very wet, we were just driving on the A34 and looked up and realised one part of the sky was moving in one direction and another in the opposite direction," he said.
"I thought, 'that looks like a tornado!' We pretty much drove through it, we were right underneath it.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 11, 2012, 03:35:55 pm

Outbreaks - Leptospirosis in Peru

By Newsroom America Feeds at 12:48 pm Eastern

Flooding has caused an outbreak of leptospirosis in Peru, especially in the Loreto region. This is the worst flooding seen in this area for over 20 years. Peru has reported more than 300 cases and 3 deaths associated with leptospirosis thus far in 2012. Health authorities have alerted people to take precautions against the infection. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/outbreak-notice/leptospirosis-in-peru.htm

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 14, 2012, 10:43:34 am

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 14, 2012, 10:15:44 pm


Snow hits Bosnian capital

SARAJEVO — The Bosnian capital and its surroundings were covered by snow on Monday, the first time in half a century snow has settled in Sarajevo at this time of year, as temperatures plunged to just above freezing.

"The snow was nine centimetres (over three inches) high at 0500 GMT. It is the first time in the past 50 years that we have snow that remained in Sarajevo in May," Dzenan Zulum of the national meteorological institute told AFP.

Zulum said snow had previously covered the capital in May in 1962 and 1953, adding that it also fell in Sarajevo in May 2005, but immediately melted.

Temperatures have plummeted in the past two days from 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday to 0.3 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Farmers have reported that many orchards had been damaged by the unseasonal cold snap, as snow also fell in central and eastern parts of Bosnia.

However forecasts for the next few days predict temperatures soaring back above 20 degrees Celsius.

Like much of Europe, Bosnia suffered a harsh winter, with snow falls up to two metres (over six feet) high.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 14, 2012, 10:25:31 pm

Forty people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of northwest China.


Eighteen others remained missing in Min county, a disaster-prone area of Gansu province, while 87 had been sent to hospital, the local government said.

Officials said 29,300 people were evacuated after rain and hail battered the county for just an hour late on Thursday afternoon.

It "wreaked havoc" on all of the county's 18 townships and affected more than two-thirds of its 450,000 residents, the state-controlled Xinhua news agency reported.

"Roads were blocked, houses collapsed, farmland was destroyed, and the power supply and telecommunications services were disrupted by the extreme weather," the agency said, quoting Xu Guangyao, a senior county official.

Min county is 90 miles from Zhouqu county, where a rain-triggered mudslide killed about 1,500 people in August 2010.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 19, 2012, 08:09:15 pm


Records: Joplin twister was costliest since 1950


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The cost of 30 manhole covers that got sucked away: $5,800. A new concession stand at the destroyed high school: $228,600. Shelter and care for more than 1,300 homeless pets: $372,000.

The tornado that tore through Joplin a year ago already ranks as the deadliest twister in six decades. Now it carries another distinction — the costliest since at least 1950.

Insurance policies are expected to cover most of the $2.8 billion in damage. But taxpayers could supply about $500 million in the form of federal and state disaster aid, low-interest loans and local bonds backed by higher taxes, according to records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with federal, state and local officials.

Almost one-fifth of that money was paid to contractors who hauled off debris. Tens of millions more dollars went to individuals for temporary housing and other living expenses in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Additional money could help subsidize construction of a new hospital to replace one that was irreparably damaged.

All told, about two dozen school districts, emergency agencies, public housing authorities, religious groups and other nonprofits could receive taxpayer money through a program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The outpouring of assistance is nowhere near the scale of Hurricane Katrina, which swamped New Orleans and damaged property along a wide swath of the Gulf Coast in 2005. Yet the Joplin tornado raises questions anew about the government's role in disasters.

For Joplin families still on the long road to recovery, the taxpayer aid generally is appreciated.

The twister killed Danielle Robertson's mother and destroyed the duplex she shared with her teenage daughter and two dogs. After several months of temporary living arrangements, Robertson eventually got one of the FEMA trailers for tornado survivors. No rent or utility payments were required.

"There are just thousands of people who would not have recovered at all had that aid not been there. I mean there's no way," said Robertson, who finally moved into a rebuilt rental home about three weeks ago. "I like to consider myself a survivalist, but there was nothing to survive with."

The Joplin tornado, which killed 161 people, was one of 99 major disasters declared by President Barack Obama in 2011. Other included blizzards, wildfires and hurricanes. Congress responded in December by authorizing an extra $8.6 billion in disaster aid.

Missouri has a rainy day fund with about $500 million that was created for costly emergencies. But the fund hasn't been tapped for Joplin because Gov. Jay Nixon and some lawmakers are reluctant to trigger a constitutional mandate that the borrowed money be replenished within three years.

Some critics of federal disaster aid point to Missouri's rainy day fund as a prime example of how states pass the buck to the federal government for local tragedies.

"It seems to me this indicates the bad incentive problem that comes with federal involvement — that states would rather tap federal taxpayers before they have to tap their own taxpayers," said Chris Edwards, an economist and editor of downsizinggovernment.org, a website run by the Washington-based Cato Institute, a group that promotes free markets.

FEMA Director Craig Fugate said it takes an especially destructive tornado to trigger federal aid. What made the Joplin tornado so unusual was the intensity of the devastation in such a concentrated area, he said.

"We're talking thousands of families impacted, hundreds of deaths, the trauma to the community alone was overwhelming," Fugate said. "The likelihood of Joplin being able to recover successfully without federal assistance ... warranted the president declaring it" a disaster zone.

Some of the taxpayer-subsidized projects, such as rebuilding St. John's Regional Medical Center, will benefit people well beyond Joplin. The hospital served patients from a wide region extending into southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma.

Hospital administrators estimate their total cost from the tornado at $950 million, including demolishing the old building, creating temporary facilities and constructing a permanent replacement.

The hospital expects to get more than $345 million from insurance. It's submitted more than $88 million of expenses to FEMA, of which the federal government could pay for 75 percent. The rest will be covered by private donations and the resources of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, which runs the hospital.

"We do hope to get some money from FEMA, but we're not counting on that," said Shelly Hunter, the chief financial officer for Mercy Health of Joplin.

The cost of replacing damaged school buildings will be covered largely by insurance, too. But voters recently approved the largest bond issue in Joplin history — $62 million — to help rebuild or repair 10 school buildings. The resulting property tax increase is estimated at $65 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home — roughly a 10 percent hike.

The Joplin school district has sought disaster aid for dozens of costs not covered by insurance, such as a truck and trailer used to shuttle band equipment between makeshift school buildings, as well as the concession stand, bleachers, flagpoles, fences, outdoor basketball hoops and new mulch for playgrounds. The cost to remove and replace the mulch at just three sites: $7,100.

The city has its own share of tornado costs, like the manhole covers. The tornado also destroyed two sirens that warn people of dangerous storms. Taxpayers paid more than $41,000 for temporary and permanent replacements, according to disaster-aid records.

During the cleanup, 14 fire hydrants and curbs and gutters at 111 locations were damaged by heavy equipment. And tires were punctured on about 125 vehicles, costing almost $57,300.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it spent $1.2 million providing shelter and veterinary care for 1,300 homeless pets after the tornado. The city of Joplin agreed to cover $351,000 of those costs and now is seeking reimbursement from FEMA. It's seeking an additional $21,000 for costs incurred by Joplin Human Society.

Federal disaster aid rules also reward local entities for the charitable work and donations of others. Joplin expects to receive $1 million through FEMA as a partial credit for an estimated $17.7 million worth of volunteer labor and donated supplies and services. That money can be used to offset the city's own expenses for debris cleanup and emergency response.

"The fact that we can basically break even from a tornado of this magnitude is astonishing, and it's in large part due to the donated resources," city Finance Director Leslie Jones said. "Not only did it help us financially, they helped us clean up our community. I don't even have words to describe it."

Title: Pre-Season Tropical Storms Rare, But Not Unheard Of
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 24, 2012, 12:09:05 pm



On May 19, Tropical Storm Alberto began rocking the Atlantic shore from northeast Florida to South Carolina. It is only the third tropical storm to have formed prior to the official start of hurricane season in the past 31 years.
Although hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, it is rare, but not impossible, for the season to begin sooner.

"Named storms before June 1 are unusual," said Expert Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait. "There have been about 25 over the last 125 years."
Tropical Storm Arthur was the second most recent, striking Belize and Mexico on May 31, 2008 with 45 mph winds.
Tropical Storm Ana was the third most recent pre-season tropical storm, and the only storm ever recorded to form in the North Atlantic basin during the month of April.

Ana hit Florida from April 20 to April 24, 2003, with 60-mph winds, killing two people.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on May 24, 2012, 12:17:25 pm
Notice that the top latest dates are all in the last few years. Arizona has been running temps 5-10F above normal. Last couple days it was 108, when the average is about 95F I think. The desert has been extra hot these last 2-3 years that I've noticed. We haven't seen record low temps much in a long time. It's always high records. Definately overall it seems it's running above normal.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 24, 2012, 12:24:43 pm
Notice that the top latest dates are all in the last few years. Arizona has been running temps 5-10F above normal. Last couple days it was 108, when the average is about 95F I think. The desert has been extra hot these last 2-3 years that I've noticed. We haven't seen record low temps much in a long time. It's always high records. Definately overall it seems it's running above normal.

Well, it's not global warming, that's for sure.

But in all seriousness - yeah, we're seeing alot of crazy weather headlines et al recently, especially since the 2008 Presidential election campaigns.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 30, 2012, 04:51:30 pm


Montreal Floods: Heavy Rain Causes Power Failures, Shut Down Parts Of Metro (VIDEO)

CP  |  By Andy Blatchford and Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted: 05/29/2012 6:25 pm Updated: 05/30/2012 11:02 am


MONTREAL - A wall of rain collapsed onto Montreal in one torrential instant that flooded city streets, closed subway stations, caused power failures, damaged private property and forced evacuations from public buildings Tuesday.

It took only a few minutes to transform downtown streets into miniature canals. The foul odour of overflowing sewage floated over the area near the port.

Many thousands of people were affected. While some scooped water from their own basements, much larger buildings were evacuated including a fancy downtown hotel, the Quebec provincial library, multiple university pavilions, commercial centres and a large part of the metro system.

More than 28,000 people lost electricity in Quebec, with more than half those disruptions occurring in the province's biggest city. All but about 4,300 customers in the province and 1,900 in Montreal regained their power later in the evening.

The brief but powerful storm saw a sunny afternoon lapse into night-like darkness. A solid slab of water crashed through the air, eventually bursting sideways in what looked like puffy, swirling white clouds.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 02, 2012, 11:16:23 am
Hampton, VA cleaning up after tornado slams downtown area

HAMPTON -- A tornado hit downtown Hampton Friday evening, causing significant damage but no major injuries.
The twister moved across the James River and hit the area where the annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival is being held.
City crews were assessing the damage Saturday morning. Officials say the downtown area was hardest hit. The neighborhoods of Merrimac Shores and Park Place also sustained major damage. High winds felled trees and power lines, blew out windows and scattered debris.
Police are urging people to stay away from those areas unless they live there.
Witnesses reported also damage along Settlers Landing Road, the Hampton Yacht Club, Amory's Seafood, Little England, and along Chesapeake Avenue.
One home in the 800 block of Park Place in Hampton had extensive structural damage and was condemned, according to Hampton police.
The National Weather Service confirmed that the storm was an EF-1 tornado. It was first spotted in Portsmouth and traveled across the James River, hitting between Wythe area and downtown. It then skipped over Mercury Blvd with wind speeds around 85 mph in the area of Boxwood St.
The storm damaged buildings downtown and scattered tents and vendor stalls at the Blackbeard Pirate Festival.

Festival organizers have been cleaning up damage overnight and plan to open the festival at 2:00 p.m.
A canopy over the stage at Mill Point Park was blow off but city officials say the stage itself does not appear to be damaged.
Dominion Power has had crews working overnight to repair damge to power lines. Officials say electricity should be restored to all customers by midnight Saturday.
Friday night there were over 9000 without power in Hampton Roads, Gloucester and the Northern Neck.
Amory's Seafood Market, a family-run business for 95 years in Hampton, sustained major damage. The first floor of the Hampton Yacht Club was also severely damaged.
Earlier Friday, a tornado struck Elizabeth City, N.C., causing tree damage.
Rich Olson, city manager of Elizabeth City, told 13News around 5:30 that there had been a report of a tornado siting at Rt 17 near Hughes Blvd and Halstead Road.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 03, 2012, 05:09:51 pm
Tornadoes, heavy rains leave U.S. mid-Atlantic battered


(Reuters) - High winds, heavy rains and six tornadoes have descended on the mid-Atlantic region, causing at least one serious injury but no deaths and damaging homes, businesses and boats, officials said on Saturday.

The violent storms that struck Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia on Friday collapsed a fabric dome near Pittsburgh, stranded motorists on flooded roads, and ruined homes and boats.

The National Weather Service said in a post on Twitter late on Saturday that six tornadoes had been confirmed as part of the weather outbreak. No other details were immediately available.

One man in Bel Air, Maryland, near Baltimore suffered broken bones when the concrete block wall of his automotive garage business collapsed on him during the storm. Another man inside the garage had minor injuries, Edward Hopkins of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said.

An alert employee evacuated 11 others from the fabric golf dome at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania a minute before winds caused it to collapse on Friday. They escaped unhurt, the university said in a statement.

Tens of thousands of people lost power in Washington and its Maryland suburbs on Friday, but outages were down to around 250 customers by Saturday, said Myra Oppel, a spokeswoman for Potomac Electric Power Company.

"It was really nasty weather," Oppel said in a telephone interview. "I've never heard so many tornado warnings."


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 04, 2012, 07:09:12 pm
Winter Hits Europe – Stockholm Has Coldest Day in 84 Years! Sweden Coldest Temperature In 20 Years!


Parts of Europe are being gripped by unusual cold, even though the calendar says it’s meteorological summer. Now children in Sweden are finding out what snow is like – in June! Strangest warming I’ve ever seen.

The English language The Local here writes that “Stockholm broke an 84-year-old cold record on Saturday, as the capital’s temperature only reached 6 degrees Celsius, the lowest June maximum daily temperature the city has seen since 1928.”
Indeed, you could be excused for thinking that the current chill is more like winter than summer. It was actually colder in the capital yesterday than on Christmas Eve. ‘The temperature was a degree lower than it was at Christmas in Stockholm, so it is colder. And it’s windier, too,’ said SMHI’s meteorologist Lisa Frost to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.”

Just two days ago The Local here reported that snow blanketed northern parts.
Residents in northern Sweden were forced to grab shovels rather than sun lotion on what was supposed to be the first day of summer, as much of the region was left covered in a thick blanket of snow on Friday. As much as 20 centimetres of thick, wet snow fell in parts of Västerbotten County, giving residents quite a shock when they woke up Friday morning.”

The mercury also dropped to minus 6 degrees Celsius in one town, making it the coldest June Sweden recording in 20 years. The Local adds:
The weather agency forecasts that the first weekend in June will feel more like the start of winter than the start of summer.”

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 04, 2012, 07:19:08 pm
Extreme Weather in China on Monday, 04 June, 2012 at 02:34 (02:34 AM) UTC.

Heavy rainfall has been sweeping across parts of Northern and Northeast China. The storms caused traffic delays and many flights have been delayed or cancelled. Beijing received a huge sudden downpour at around 3pm Sunday, local time. The clouds were so heavy that the capital almost fell into darkness. Some vehicles became stranded on the roads, and the storm prompted officials to declare a "Blue alarm" - the lowest emergency level. Northeast China also suffered torrential rain, with thunder and hail storms. Some areas saw over 50 millimeters of rainfall within just 2 hours. Parts of the country’s south also suffered severe storms. Weather forecasters say the bad weather could last another 3 or 4 days. It’s prompting fears that flooding could occur along the country’s waterways. 


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 05, 2012, 10:00:38 am

Three dead, six missing as typhoon passes Philippines
by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) June 4, 2012

Three children were killed and six fishermen were missing after typhoon Mawar brought heavy rains and rough waters to parts of the Philippines, the civil defence office said Monday.

Two siblings were carried off by an overflowing river in the western island of Palawan while a seven-year-old boy drowned in a river east of Manila, the office's deputy director, Florentino Sison, said.

A search is continuing for six fishermen on three separate boats who went missing after setting off before the storm hit, he added.

Thirty-two fishermen were rescued in rough waters off the eastern island of Catanduanes on Saturday after their boat ran out of fuel during the storm.

Mawar became a typhoon early on Sunday with maximum winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour as it passed near the eastern side of the Philippines.

Although Mawar did not hit the country directly it brought heavy rains, particularly over eastern parts of the archipelago, raising fears of flashfloods and landslides.

As the typhoon moved away from the Philippines, the government weather station warned of "gale force winds" in the northern and central coasts of the country.

Mawar was 660 kilometres northeast of Manila just before dawn Monday, moving northeast at 15 kph.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 07, 2012, 01:42:40 pm
Hottest rain on record? Rain falls at 109°F in Saudi Arabia


Pilgrims to the holy city of Mekkah (Mecca), Saudi Arabia must have been astonished on Tuesday afternoon, when the weather transformed from widespread dust with a temperature of 113°F (45°C) to a thunderstorm with rain. Remarkably, the air temperature during the thunderstorm was a sizzling 109°F (43°C), and the relative humidity a scant 18%. It is exceedingly rare to get rain when the temperature rises above 100°F, since those kind of temperatures usually require a high pressure system with sinking air that discourages rainfall. However, on June 4, a sea breeze formed along the shores of the Red Sea, and pushed inland 45 miles (71 km) to Mekkah by mid-afternoon. Moist air flowing eastwards from the Red Sea hit the boundary of the sea breeze and was forced upwards, creating rain-bearing thunderstorms. According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, this is the highest known temperature that rain has fallen at, anywhere in the world. He knows of one other case where rain occurred at 109°F (43°C): in Marrakech, Morocco on July 10, 2010. A thunderstorm that began at 5 pm local time brought rain at a remarkably low humidity of 14%, cooling the temperature down to 91°F within an hour.

More like a hot shower than a cooling rain?
Thunderstorms often produce big drops of cold rain, since these raindrops form several thousand meters high in the atmosphere, where temperatures are much cooler than near the surface. Some drops even get their start as snow or ice particles, which melt on the way to the surface. Additional cooling of the drops occurs due to evaporation on the way down. However, in the case of the June 4, 2012 Mekkah storm, I think the rain was probably more like a hot shower. Large raindrops, like the kind thunderstorms produce, fall at a speed of about 10 meters per second. A balloon sounding of the upper atmosphere taken at 3 pm local time at a nearby station (Al-Midinah) found that the bottom 1000 meters of the atmosphere was 97°F (36°C) or warmer. Thus, the thunderstorms' raindrops would have been subjected to 100 seconds of some very hot air on the way to the surface, likely warming them above 100°F by the time they hit the ground. A classic 1948 study of raindrops found that, in many cases, raindrop temperatures start off cold in the first few minutes of a rain shower, then warm up to within 1°C (1.8°F) of the air temperature within a few minutes. With the air temperature a sizzling 109°F (43°C) at the time of the June 4 thunderstorm in Mekkah, the raindrops could easily have been heated to a temperature of over 105°F (41°C) by the time they reached the surface!

How hot can it be and still rain?
If substantial amounts of liquid water are present on the Earth, the planet will experience rain, as long as some mechanism to lift the warm, moist air and cause condensation can be found. If the climate continues to warm as expected, we should see an increasing number of cases where it rains at temperatures well above 100°F. On Saturday, June 2, the temperature in Mekkah hit 51.4°C (124.5°F), a new record for the city, and just 1.1°F (0.6°C) below the all-time hottest temperature record for Saudi Arabia (125.6°F, or 52°C, recorded at Jeddah on June 22, 2010.) I expect that 20 - 40 years from now, we'll begin seeing occasional cases where rain falls at a temperature above 117°F (47°C) in the desert regions of North Africa and the Middle East.

I'll have a new post by Friday afternoon.

Jeff Masters


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2012, 11:49:59 am
VIDEO: http://gma.yahoo.com/video/news-26797925/tornados-strike-from-new-jersey-to-wyoming-29596951.html

Tornados Strike From New Jersey to Wyoming

4 hours ago - ABC News 1:51 | 1,938 views

Video shows powerful storms disrupting events across U.S.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2012, 12:14:02 pm

Shopping trolleys flung in Perth tornado


The tornado that cut a swathe through Perth's northern suburbs on Thursday was strong enough to send shopping trolleys flying, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Spokesman Neil Bennett said the tornado that hit Dianella and Morley brought wind speeds of at least 125km/h, so anyone in the area was lucky not to have been hurt by flying debris.

Estimates of wind speeds up to 180km/h were guesses and were probably too high, Mr Bennett said.

"We can't measure the winds directly, so a structural engineer goes off to look at the damage, then gives us an assessment of the type of wind speeds that may have caused that damage, so we're waiting on confirmation," Mr Bennett told AAP on Friday.

Tornadoes were not particularly unusual, with a handful usually hitting the Perth metropolitan area and South West region during the cool season from May to October, he said.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2012, 12:30:58 pm

NYC at highest risk of hurricane losses: report
By Ben Berkowitz | Reuters – Thu, Jun 7, 2012.

(Reuters) - When people think of hurricane damage they usually think of Miami or New Orleans, but a new report suggests the greatest financial risk of all may be much farther north: the greater New York City area.
Data analysis firm CoreLogic said in a new report released on Thursday that the U.S. metropolitan area at greatest risk, both in the number of properties affected and the potential value of damage, was New York City. For the firm's purposes, the area also includes Long Island and northern New Jersey.

"The summer of 2011 gave us some startling insight into the damage that even a weak storm can cause in the New York City metro area," CoreLogic vice president Howard Botts said.
"Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it passed through New Jersey and New York City, but the impact of the storm was still estimated at as much as $6 billion."
It is much more likely that a hurricane will make landfall in Miami than New York. In 2012, according to landfall tables from Colorado State University, the odds are 5.3 percent for Miami and 0.2 percent for New York City. Over 50 years, the odds rise to 95.5 percent for Miami and 6.6 percent for New York.
Still, the risk is there, particularly from flooding. While most people associate hurricane damage with wind, the storm surge from rising waters caused by cyclones has just as much impact, if not more.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 09, 2012, 11:56:51 am

Freak storm as Durban, South Africa hit by hail
June 9 2012 at 02:34pm

A freak hailstone storm caught Durban off guard on Friday night with unconfirmed reports of damage to roof tiles, gardens and uprooted trees.

Chris Hoare, in Durban North, said hail got caught in verges and gardens, and was as much as “six inches thick”. His son and friends took pictures of themselves playing in the hail. However, some suburbs like Glenmore and Westville escaped the storm.

Wisani Maluleke, a forecaster at the Durban Weather Office, said temperatures were around 18ºC on Friday night, and large clouds were visible over Durban. “There were reports of hailstones, but we cannot say where,” Maluleke said.

A massive ice storm hit Virginia airport in Durban North. Spokesman for the Durban Air Show Ray de Vries said that this is one of the worst hailstorms the aviation fraternity had seen at the airport. “It looked strangely beautiful. The airport was closed due to dangerous conditions.”


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 10, 2012, 09:56:55 am


Wales flood victims spend night in community centres

Police estimate 1,000 people fled their homes and caravans with around 150 people sheltering in community centres

Hundreds of residents and holidaymakers spent Saturday night in refuge centres after floodwater ravaged their homes and holiday caravans in west Wales.

Around 150 people were evacuated as caravan parks and villages near Aberystwyth were inundated when more than 5 inches (13cm), twice the local average rainfall for June, fell in 24 hours.

As high river levels remained a risk in some areas, police put the overall number of people who fled their homes at 1,000.

Andy Francis, of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, told the BBC: "There's mass scale damage to caravan parks and private dwellings throughout the area.

"A lot of floodwater's gone through them, leaving a huge amount of damage, and a residual danger as well from the biohazards; from sewerage, and other contaminants.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 10, 2012, 05:02:04 pm

Heavy rains flood homes, jail in Fla. Panhandle
By KELLI KENNEDY | Associated Press – 3 hrs ago.

MIAMI (AP) — Floodwaters from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads throughout the Florida Panhandle, cutting power to the county jail and sending residents to emergency shelters as the area braced for additional rains Sunday.

More than 600 inmates at the Escambia County Jail were without power and air conditioning after the rains left more than 5-feet of water in the bottom floor, which also houses the laundry and kitchen facilities. Extra deputies were brought in to beef up security, and generators powered lights outside the facility to shine into the jail. Officials worked Sunday to pump out the excess water and assess the damage.

"The whole electrical system is underwater. It's going to be extensive damage," said Sgt. Mike Ward.

The parking lot of the sheriff's office was completely flooded, leaving some patrol cars and other fleet vehicles with water up to the hood. Some homes and businesses also had several feet of water inside, he said. Authorities estimated $3 million to $4 million in damages at the sheriff's facilities.


Title: Tornado Hits Venice, Italy
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 12, 2012, 02:34:48 pm


At around 11am today, a tornado hit Venice in Italy.  Initial reports indicate that trees were damaged, market stalls overturned and some buildings were damaged.  No injuries have been reported,

One of the worst hit areas was the Sant’Elena island where an open air market was in progress.  The tornado caused terrified shoppers to dash for cover.

A water bus ticket office had its roof ripped off by the tornado which some reports stated was a waterspout.  A number of boats were capsized.

Around one hundred trees on Certosa Island were knocked down by the tornado and the outdoor dining area of the island’s restaurant was completely destroyed.

On Sant’Erasmo island, the roofs were removed from around a dozen houses, according to reports from emergency services in the area.  In the interests of safety, the cemetery on Sant’Erasmo island has been closed.

Here are two videos of today’s tornado:



Title: Bizarre ice storm lashes Donegal, Ireland in June winter like scene
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 12, 2012, 02:40:26 pm
Bizarre ice storm lashes Donegal, Ireland in June winter like scene
Flooding and fierce winds as recent heatwave a fond memory

IrishCentral Staff Writer
Published Friday, June 8, 2012, 7:13 AM
Updated Friday, June 8, 2012, 7:13 AM

Bizarre Irish weather for June has resulted in an ice storm in Donegal and pounding rain and flooding throughout the country.

The ice storm left several inches of ice near the village of Termon in Donegal the Irish Independent reported.

Local photojournalist Frank McGettigan stated he had never seen anything like it "No one around here has ever seen anything like this in June before. It was really odd."

A Met Eireann forecaster Joan Blackburn expalined the phenomenon "All rain starts as a frozen product," she said. "A downdraft would push the hail down quicker than it can melt, and this is not unheard of. Also, it's not particularly mild, and because the shower is so intense, the hail doesn't have time to melt and fall as rain."

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Bizarre-ice-storm-lashes-Donegal-in-June-winter-like-scene-158073955.html#ixzz1xbrP9uzL

Title: Southern half of Western Australia braces for second cyclonic 125km/h blast
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 12, 2012, 02:43:24 pm


Intense storm packing dangerous winds of up to 125km/h
Expected to persist into the early hours of the morning
FESA warns people to take shelter


Wide storm front
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Neil Bennett said the winds would be particularly strong on the south coast, but would affect the entire southern half of the state.

"It is going to be really nasty down there,'' Mr Bennett said.

"Everywhere is going to be hit, but the worst of it is going to be that south coastal area.''

Mr Bennett said destructive winds could last until about 2am (WST).

"Overnight we can expect those 125km/h winds and as we've seen this week, that sort of wind is strong enough to start taking the roofs off houses.''

Mr Bennett said the storm, a typical strong winter cold front will contain thunderstorms which will bring wind gusts equally as destructive as Sunday's winds.

Title: Dallas hailstorm leaves brutal aftermath
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 14, 2012, 11:00:15 pm
For the summer here in DFW? Yeah, obviously this is RARE - I live north of Dallas, so we didn't get it, although we got alot of rain that night.

There was also a report last year in Missouri, I think, of tennis ball-sized hailstorms in May(again, RARE for that part of the country in near-summer). Almost immediately I thought of this passage in Revelation...

Rev_8:7  The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.

Rev_11:19  And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.

Rev_16:21  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great

Published: June 14, 2012 at 8:16 PM

DALLAS, June 14 (UPI) -- Dallas residents set to work Thursday cleaning up and repairing damage from a sudden hailstorm forecasters called one of the city's worst in 10 years.
Tennis ball-sized hailstones began to shower down with alarming speed around 6 p.m. Wednesday, smashing windows and skylights, tearing apart trees and denting cars -- although no injuries were reported -- The Dallas Morning News reported Thursday.
"This will definitely be up there in the rankings of Dallas' worst hailstorms in the last 10 years," said Nick Hampshire of the National Weather Service.
Greenskeepers got busy early Thursday repairing countless divots left in the Lakewood Country Club golf course. The Lakewood Theater's tower and marquee will remain dark for some time, the handmade neon tubes destroyed by the hail.

Five lily pads on "Persian Pond" -- an installation by famed glass artist Dale Chihuly at the Dallas Arboreum -- were smashed by hailstones. Attendees of "Chihuly night" were forced to take cover when the storm hit.
Body shops, glass repair shops and repair services have been inundated with damage claims, some even having to turn away customers. Insurance companies buckled under an unprecedented call volume.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2012/06/14/Dallas-hailstorm-leaves-brutal-aftermath/UPI-66411339719365/#ixzz1xpZHlMwH

Title: Hurricane Carlotta
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 15, 2012, 06:57:56 pm

Carlotta, the third named storm of the eastern Pacific hurricane season, intensified into a hurricane roughly 330 miles southeast of Acapulco, Mexico.
Carlotta is moving toward the northwest, and will continue to approach the Mexican coast through Saturday morning. Hurricane warnings and hurricane watches have been posted. The western end of the hurricane warning now includes Acapulco.
Carlotta is undergoing rapid intensification and reached Category two status Friday afternoon. Some additional strengthening is possible before Carlotta starts to interact with the mountainous terrain of Mexico. Storm surge flooding, high surf, rip currents and high winds will be significant threats as the center of Carlotta approaches and hugs the coast.

That said, the most grave concern is Carlotta's expectation of slowing, then stalling near the Mexican coast, possibly for several days beginning later Saturday, continuing into possibly the middle of next week. Assuming the circulation of Carlotta can remain intact as it hovers, several days of torrential rainfall is likely to trigger life-threatening flooding and mudslides!
Rainfall totals of over a foot are possible in some areas of southern Mexico, with heavy rainfall possibly extending as far east as southern Guatemala. In particular, the flood and mudslide danger appears particularly high in the mountains of the Mexican states of Oaxaca and Guerrero, potentially including the hills and mountains around Acapulco. Similar past events in Mexico have produced destructive and deadly mudslides, given the mountainous terrain in the region.
If you have travel plans or interests in Acapulco, monitor closely the progress of Carlotta. Keep in mind that significant, dangerous rainfall-related impacts may occur well after any landfall that may occur.

Title: Re: Hurricane Carlotta
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 18, 2012, 06:12:38 pm

Hurricane Carlotta kills 2 in Mexico
by Staff Writers
Oaxaca, Mexico (AFP) June 16, 2012

Two girls were killed when their house collapsed in southwestern Mexico in a mudslide under heavy rains unleashed by Hurricane Carlotta, local officials said Saturday.

The two sisters -- aged seven and 13 -- died in Oaxaca, after Carlotta made landfall late Friday as a category one storm on the five-point Saffir-Simpson scale, the state institute of Civil Protection said.

Officials said the children's mother was seriously injured in the collapse of her house, made of brittle material and erected in a mountainous area near the Pacific coast.

Elsewhere in Oaxaca's coastal area, authorities reported minor property damage, including roofs torn off by the force of the winds, falling trees blocking roads, power cuts and small-scale flooding.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 22, 2012, 08:39:12 am
Dayton declares Duluth flood state of emergency



ST. PAUL, Minn. - Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency and authorized the National Guard to help Duluth cope with its flood damage.
The governor issued the executive order Wednesday afternoon, a few hours after promising Duluth Mayor Don Ness that the state would provide all possible assistance.
Dayton plans to travel to Duluth on Thursday morning to discuss further how the state can help.
Dayton also asks people who live in or were planning to travel in the Duluth area to follow the requests of local authorities to stay off of affected roads and highways so emergency crews can do their work.
In Carlton, several residents have been evacuated. Some residents in Thomson Township in Carlton County were urged to leave after the Thompson Reservoir overflowed. Residents of Duluth's Fond du Lac neighborhood had also urged to evacuate.

Title: Debby
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 25, 2012, 11:19:29 am
Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby drenches Florida, spawns tornadoes

Updated at 11:30 a.m. ET -- Tropical Storm Debby whipped Florida with bands of drenching rain Monday while its center was nearly stationary in the Gulf of Mexico. Its slow progress meant the most pressing threat from the storm was flooding, not wind.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for parts of Florida as the storm parked offshore. A tropical storm warning for the coast of Alabama was discontinued early Monday. Yet even with the storm's center far from land, it lashed Florida with heavy rains and spawned isolated tornadoes that killed at least one person. Another person was missing in rough surf off Alabama.
Residents in several counties near the crook of Florida's elbow were urged to leave low-lying neighborhoods because of the threat of flooding. The storm is moving slowly, allowing its clouds more time to unload rain.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 25, 2012, 11:30:00 am

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 25, 2012, 05:47:24 pm

Deadly B.C. flooding prompts more evacuations, highway closures


Hundreds of British Columbians are away from their homes, others are without clean drinking water and at least one person is dead as a weekend of heavy rain flooded homes and washed away roads in several areas of the province.

Hardest hit is Sicamous, a community of about 3,100 people north of Kelowna, where about 350 people have been ordered to leave their homes due to flooding along the Sicamous and Hummingbird Creeks.

At least one home has been swept away and many more have been damaged, along with dozens of cars after flash floods tore through Sicamous neighbourhoods, between Shuswap and Mara Lakes.

There have been smaller evacuations in other areas, such as in Valemount, just west of the B.C.-Alberta boundary near Jasper, Alta., and residents in a number of communities have been told to be ready to leave at a moment’s notice.

In the Kootenays, emergency officials say 72-year-old Edward Posnikoff was killed Saturday night after he was swept away along with a bridge over Goose Creek.

The flooding has also made travel through the province difficult or impossible in some areas, as mudslides and floods force closures on the Trans-Canada Highway near Revelstoke and Highway 97A south of Sicamous, and reduce traffic on other routes.

Title: Re: Debby
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 26, 2012, 10:39:32 am

Tropical Storm Debby soaks Florida's Gulf Coast

Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency Monday, as slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby brought power outages, heavy flooding, and the prospect of 10 to 20 inches of rain to the Sunshine State.

Debby continued to spin just off the west coast of Florida. A tropical storm warning was in effect for most of Florida's Gulf coast.

While not forecast to reach hurricane strength, Debby is expected to pound Florida with heavy rain for the next few days.

Title: Re: Debby
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 26, 2012, 11:53:13 am

Tropical Storm Debby Breaks Record with Early Debut

Andrea Mustain, OurAmazingPlanet Staff Writer - Jun 25, 2012 03:01 PM ET

An unusually early spate of tropical storms has been keeping forecasters busy this year, and now Tropical Storm Debby, the fourth named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, has set a record — this season marks the first time in more than 150 years that so many storms have showed up so early.
"This is first time we've had four tropical storms develop in the Atlantic basin before July 1," said Dennis Feltgen, a meteorologist and spokesman for the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Fla.
U.S. records for tropical storms and hurricanes stretch back to 1851, Feltgen told OurAmazingPlanet. And although Tropical Storm Debby has broken the century-and-a-half-long record, there is certainly a chance that four storms may have formed this early in the past, yet escaped notice simply because forecasters didn't have the tools to see them.

Title: Re: Debby
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 26, 2012, 11:57:09 am

UPDATE 4-Debby threatens more floods, tornadoes in Florida


* Storm prompts state of emergency in Florida

* Torrential downpours trigger flash flood warnings

* Seen moving inland by Thursday, storm may re-emerge over Atlantic

MIAMI, June 25 (Reuters) - Slow-moving Tropical Storm Debby buffeted parts of Florida with driving rains and high winds on Monday, and threatened more flooding and tornadoes on Tuesday as it hovered off the state's northern Gulf of Mexico coast.

With tropical storm-force winds extending outward up to 240 miles (390 km) from its center off the northwest coastal town of Apalachicola late Monday night, forecasters said Debby menaced a broad swath of inland territory with flash floods.

"Torrential rains and flooding will continue for the next few days across portions of the Florida Panhandle and North Florida," the Miami-based National Hurricane Center said.

Apart from coastal flooding, from storm surge and wind-whipped rising Gulf tides, it said tornadoes were possible through Tuesday along the Florida Peninsula.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 27, 2012, 06:57:55 pm

27 June 2012 Last updated at 09:25 ET

Heavy rains and landslides in Bangladesh kill 90

Heavy rains causing multiple landslides over the past three days have killed at least 90 people in south-east Bangladesh, officials say.

Officials are describing it as the worst monsoon rainfall in years in the Chittagong region. Chittagong is the second largest city of Bangladesh.

At least 150,000 people have also been stranded by the floods, officials say.

Rescue operations are continuing but rain is hampering efforts. Flights to Chittagong airport have been cancelled.

Most rail links have also been suspended after a railway bridge collapsed. Days of heavy rain have caused mud banks to collapse, burying houses and blocking roads.


Title: Heat wave: 1,000+ weather records fall in U.S. in a week
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 28, 2012, 12:22:18 pm

Heat wave: 1,000+ weather records fall in U.S. in a week

By Staff and Wire Reports
Published: 6/27/2012  4:44 PM
Last Modified: 6/27/2012  4:44 PM

Hundreds of heat-related records recently have fallen across the United States.

In the past week, 1,011 records have been broken around the country, including 251 new daily high temperature records on Tuesday.
Tulsa tied its calendar day record high for June 25, 105 degrees, on Monday.

The heat is creating consequences ranging from the catastrophic to the comical, from wildfires in the Rocky Mountains to frying bacon on an Oklahoma sidewalk.
If forecasts hold, more records could fall in the coming days in the central and western parts of the country.
University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver says the current heat wave "is bad now by our current definition," but that this will be "far more common in the years ahead."
No matter where you are this week, the objective is the same: stay cool.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on June 28, 2012, 01:11:11 pm
We are running 5-7 degrees above normal here, and have been all spring and into summer. It looks like a HOT summer!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 28, 2012, 01:17:09 pm
We are running 5-7 degrees above normal here, and have been all spring and into summer. It looks like a HOT summer!

Largely b/c of the rain for the first couple of weeks(late May/early June), it wasn't bad here in North Texas. However, over the last week or so, it's really gotten HOT(103 degrees yesterday).

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 29, 2012, 08:10:08 pm

Heat hub for US is Kansas farm town -- not Death Valley

Hill City resident: 'To have days on end, plus this early in the year ... that's what worries people'

Death Valley ain't got nothing on Hill City -- at least not this week. The Kansas farm town was the hottest place in the nation over the past five days and, while a bit cooler Thursday, was still a symbol for the heat wave sitting atop the central U.S. and slowly spreading east.

"We've pretty much restricted our travel and stayed indoors," Kirk Schweitzer, director of the local economic development office, told msnbc.com.

Hill City topped out at 115 degrees on Wednesday -- 8 degrees above its previous record for a June 27.
"To have days on end, plus this early in the year ... that's what worries people," he said. "Is this a foreshadowing of summers in years to come or just an anomaly?"
A Midwest town having the nation's highest temperature for five days in a row is very unusual, Chris Foltz, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told Reuters.


Title: Eastern US storms leave 2 dead, 2M without power
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 30, 2012, 12:02:24 pm
The wildfires in the Rocky Mountains area, Obamacare being upheld, and now this...Yeah, God's Judgment is upon this nation...



Violent evening storms following a day of triple-digit temperatures wiped out power to more than 2 million people across the eastern United States and caused two fatalities in Virginia — including a 90-year-old woman asleep in bed when a tree slammed into her home, a police spokeswoman said Saturday.

Widespread power outages were reported from Indiana to New Jersey, with the bulk of the service interruptions concentrated on Washington, D.C., and the surrounding areas. Earlier Friday, the nation's capital reached 104 degrees — topping a record of 101 set in 1934.

More than 20 elderly residents at an apartment home in Indianapolis were displaced when the facility lost power due to a downed tree. Most were bused to a Red Cross facility to spend the night, and others who depend on oxygen assistance were given other accommodations, the fire department said.

The storms, sometimes packing 70 mph winds, toppled three tractor trailers on Interstate 75 near Findlay, Ohio.

Fallen trees were blamed on both deaths in Springfield, Va.

Besides the 90-year-old woman, who authorities didn't identify pending notification of kin, a man driving his car was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities identified him as Khiet Nguyen, 27, of Burke, Va.

In addition, a park police officer was injured by an uprooted tree in the northern Virginia county, and an 18-year-old man was struck by a power line, Jennings said. He was in stable condition after receiving CPR, she said.

"Our officers and firefighters are out there with power saws, trying to clear the streets," Jennings said.

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin declared a state of emergency after more than 500,000 customers in 27 counties were left without electricity.

At least four utility poles fell on a road in Columbus, Ohio, making it too dangerous for people in four cars to get out, police said. One person was taken to a hospital.

As of 1 a.m. Saturday, Pepco was reporting 406,000 outages in the District of Columbia and Montgomery and Prince George's counties, Md.

"We have more than half our system down," said Pepco spokeswoman Myra Oppel. "This is definitely going to be a multi-day outage."

Amtrak suspended its service from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia due to the storms, at least until mid-morning.

In the Washington, D.C., area, the Metrorail subway trains were returned to their endpoints due to the storms and related damage, officials said.

"It has had a widespread effect on the region," Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said early Saturday. He said about 17 train stations were operating on backup power due to local power outages, but that he didn't anticipate service being disrupted on Saturday.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 30, 2012, 10:25:00 pm

Isa_1:7  Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

Isa_5:9  In mine ears said the LORD of hosts, Of a truth many houses shall be desolate, even great and fair, without inhabitant.


Eastern US storms kill 13, cut power to millions


WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions across the mid-Atlantic region sweltered Saturday in the aftermath of violent storms that pummeled the eastern U.S. with high winds and downed trees, killing at least 13 people and leaving 3 million without power during a heat wave.

Power officials said the outages wouldn't be repaired for several days to a week, likening the damage to a serious hurricane. Emergencies were declared in Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, the District of Columbia and Virginia, where Gov. Bob McDonnell said the state had its largest non-hurricane outage in history, as more storms threatened. "This is a very dangerous situation," the governor said.

In West Virginia, 232 Amtrak passengers were stranded Friday night on a train that was blocked on both sides by trees that fell on the tracks, spending about 20 hours at a rural station before buses picked them up. And in Illinois, storm damage forced the transfer of dozens of maximum-security, mentally ill prisoners from one prison to another.

In some Virginia suburbs of Washington, emergency 911 call centers were out of service; residents were told to call local police and fire departments. Huge trees fell across streets in Washington, leaving cars crunched up next to them, and onto the fairway at the AT&T National golf tournament in Maryland. Cell phone and Internet service was spotty, gas stations shut down and residents were urged to conserve water until sewage plants returned to power.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 01, 2012, 03:38:16 pm
Extreme heat + millions without power = Dangerous situation



Extreme heat warnings were issued for 14 states on Sunday, complicating an already dangerous situation created by a massive weekend storm that killed at least 12 people and left more than 3 million without power in the mid-Atlantic.

The National Weather Service forecast excessive heat from Illinois to Georgia, a day after a deadly "derecho"--or fast-moving "straight-line" of high winds--ripped through the nation's midsection, while record triple-digit temperatures throttled several major cities. Atlanta hit 106 degrees on Saturday, one of more than 1,500 U.S. temperature records broken last week.

"It is very unsafe outdoors for those susceptible to these extreme conditions," the weather service warned. The heat combined with moderate humidity will result in heat indices topping 115 degrees.

"I'm very concerned with the problems created by the combination of power outages and severe heat," Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. Close to a million people were without power in Ohio late Saturday, and Kasich said it could take up to a week to restore power in some areas.

President Obama authorized the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to coordinate disaster relief in Ohio, according to Reuters. States of emergency have been declared in Ohio, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia and West Virginia, where 232 Amtrak passengers were stranded for more than 20 hours after trees fell across the tracks on both sides of the Chicago-bound train.

"This is not a one-day situation," Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said. "It is a multi-day challenge."


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on July 02, 2012, 05:55:55 am
Jer 18:5  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 
Jer 18:6  O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay [is] in the potter's hand, so [are] ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. 
Jer 18:7  [At what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy [it]; 
Jer 18:8  If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. 
Jer 18:9  And [at what] instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant [it]; 
Jer 18:10  If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them. 
Jer 18:11  Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. 
Jer 18:12  And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart. 

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 02, 2012, 09:25:41 pm


Eastern U.S. swelters with heat wave, power outages

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Relentless heat gripped much of the eastern United States for a fourth straight day on Monday, with about 2.1 million homes and businesses without power after violent storms and soaring temperatures killed at least 18 people.

Power companies warned it could take several days to restore electricity completely in some areas as much of the United States sweltered in a heat wave. Two hundred and eighty-eight temperature records were set nationwide on Sunday.

"Above-normal temperatures will continue to affect a large portion of the country from the northern Plains to the Mid-Atlantic over the next few days," the National Weather Service said.

Many areas will see temperatures from 90 degrees Fahrenheit to more than 100 degrees (37.7 C), it said in a statement. Excessive heat warnings and advisories remained over much of the mid-Mississippi Valley and southern states.

Severe thunderstorms were possible in Kentucky and Missouri and in the north-central states, the weather agency said.

Emergencies were declared in Maryland, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington because of damage from a rare "super derecho" storm packing hurricane-force winds across a 700-mile (1,100 kilometer) stretch from the Midwest to the Atlantic Ocean.

About 2.1 million homes and businesses from Illinois to New Jersey were still without power, with the biggest concentration in the Washington area.

With power lines down across the region, the U.S. government told federal workers in the Washington area they could take unscheduled leave or work from home on Monday and Tuesday.

Two of the largest property insurers, USAA and Nationwide, said they had received more than 12,000 claims in total from the weekend storms. Most were for house damage.

The storms capped a costly June for insurers, which were already facing losses of at least $1 billion from a hailstorm that ripped through Dallas.


Thunderstorms and high winds battered eastern North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, causing three more deaths on top of at least 15 from deadly storms and heat in several states.

About 93,000 Commonwealth Edison customers in northeastern Illinois were without power from powerful storms that brought wind gusts of up to 90 mph.

Utilities in Ohio, Virginia and Maryland described damage to their power grids as catastrophic.

FirstEnergy utilities in states from Ohio to New Jersey had about 252,000 customers without power.

Pepco, which serves Washington and much of its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia, reported about 229,000 customers without power.

Baltimore Gas & Electric said about 213,000 customers remained affected. Almost 1,200 utility workers from 12 states and Canada are helping restore power or are on their way to central Maryland, the company said.

Storms killed six people in Virginia and left more than one million customers without power. Two people were killed in Maryland, officials said.

A falling tree killed two cousins, aged 2 and 7, in New Jersey. Heat was blamed for the deaths of two brothers, ages 3 and 5, in Tennessee who had been playing outside in temperatures reaching 105 (41 C).

St. Louis reported three heat-related deaths over the weekend. All were elderly and had air conditioners not in use.

AccuWeather, a weather forecaster, said the "super derecho" storm that caused the widespread damage had raced 700 miles from northern Indiana to the Atlantic coast in 12 hours.

A derecho - Spanish for "straight" - is a long-lasting wind storm that accompanies fast-moving thunderstorms or showers, AccuWeather said. The most powerful derechos are called "super derechos," described by AccuWeather as a "land hurricane."

Title: Re: Heat wave: 1,000+ weather records fall in U.S. in a week
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 03, 2012, 10:34:27 pm

Americans facing a sweltering Fourth of July without power - as death toll hits 22 from weekend storms

Heat emergency in eastern U.S., with high temperatures expected for July 4 holiday

At least 22 deaths reported from the devastating storms from Ohio to North Carolina

Storm leaves 232 passengers stranded on Amtrak train overnight on Friday

West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Ohio declared states of emergency

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2168035/U-S-Weather-Americans-face-sweltering-July-4-power--storm-death-toll-hits-22.html#ixzz1zcZgp09O

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 05, 2012, 12:26:32 pm


BALTIMORE (AP) — More Mid-Atlantic residents were a little more comfortable Thursday as power companies hooked them back up with lights and air conditioning over the Fourth of July holiday.

The number without power was diminishing Thursday though not quickly enough for those still in the sweltering dark. More than 500,000 customers were still out with many of the outages — nearly 230,000 — in West Virginia.

Pepco got some of the harshest criticism. As of Thursday morning, the utility said it had restored power to more than 90 percent of its customers in the nation's capital and Maryland suburbs.

More than 2 million people at one point lost power from wicked storms that converged on Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., Indiana, Ohio and New Jersey. They packed winds topping 70 mph in some places, uprooting trees and damaging homes.

Officials blamed the storms for 26 deaths.

Meanwhile, a new round of summer storms was making its way across Michigan and Ohio, knocking down trees and power lines. Wind gusts above 60 mph were reported as storms crossed Michigan's Lower Peninsula, the National Weather Service said. In Ohio, downed power lines prompted the closure of a section of Interstate 670 that links downtown Columbus with the city's main airport. The highway reopened by the Thursday morning rush hour.

Title: Re: Heat wave: 1,000+ weather records fall in U.S. in a week
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 06, 2012, 10:14:27 am

Midwest can't get any relief from oppressive heat


DETROIT (AP) — When the air conditioner stopped in Ashley Jackson's Southfield, Mich., home, so too did normal conversations and nightly rest.

"Inside the house it was 91 degrees. ... I wasn't talking to anybody. Nobody was talking to anybody," said Jackson, 23, who works as a short-order cook in Detroit. "We mostly slept, but it was hard to sleep because of the heat. I probably got about four hours of sleep each night."

St. Louis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Chicago and several other Midwest cities already have broken heat records this week or are on the verge of doing so. And with even low temperatures setting record highs, some residents have no means of relief, day or night.

The National Weather Service said the record-breaking heat that has baked the nation's midsection for several days was slowly moving into the mid-Atlantic states and Northeast. Excessive-heat warnings remained in place Friday for all of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois as well as much of Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky.

St. Louis hit a record high of 105 on Wednesday and a record low of 83. In Wisconsin, the coolest Milwaukee and Madison got was 81 in the early morning, beating previous low records by 2 and 4 degrees respectively. Temperatures didn't fall below 79 in Chicago, 78 in Grand Rapids, Mich., and 75 in Indianapolis.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 06, 2012, 10:20:26 am

Hundreds of thousands without power brace for more blistering heat
By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 9:32 AM EDT, Fri July 6, 2012

(CNN) -- Another day of blistering heat, and for hundreds of thousands, no power.
That's the expectation Friday, when thermometers once again teeter above the 100-degree mark, from St. Louis to Baltimore and many communities in between.
More than 549,000 customers had no power Thursday night in 11 states and the District of Columbia, officials said.
Triple-digit strategies for staying healthy
The situation is particularly dire in places such as Fayette County, West Virginia, where about two-thirds of its 46,000 residents had no electricity, according to Theresa White, emergency management director.
Hundreds of thousands in West Virginia and other states will mark a week without power Friday after destructive storms barreled east from Indiana toward New Jersey. Others had their lights on, only to have them knocked out by more recent storms also fueled in part by the extreme heat.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 06, 2012, 11:37:56 am

Asom flood death toll touches 100

GUWAHATI The death toll in the Asom floods on Thursday rose to 100 even as the waters started to recede in most of the 27 affected districts except Dhemaji.
However, the rising water level of the Jiadhal river submerged several villages in the morning. The surging waters have also affected parts of National Highway 52 in the district.
“The waters of Brahmaputra river that flooded the district along with other parts of the state since June 22 have started to recede and people have begun returning to their homes from relief camps,” Dhemaji Deputy Commissioner MS Manivannan said.
“However, the water of Jiadhal has inundated some villages of the district on Thursday. People there have been shifted to higher places,” he said, adding that the administration was extending all possible help to the flood victims.
Meanwhile, 16 people died in a landslide while another 16 are reported missing from various districts across the state.
With 31 deaths, Barpeta district recorded the highest number of human casualties due to floods till Thursday. The State Disaster Management Authority said conditions were improving in almost all the 27 districts except Dhemaji.

Title: Torrid Heat: 4,500 Record Highs and Counting
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 07, 2012, 11:33:02 am
Back in 2006, I remember there were news reports like this, however, it only hit like a few states and that was it(ie-California). IOW, it's much different now.



We're now approaching a two-week spell of record-smashing heat which first built in the Rockies and High Plains, then spread into the rest of the nation's heartland, then surged into the Southeast and parts of the Mid-Atlantic States. 

The number of record highs tied or broken across the nation is staggering.  Below are the latest tallies over the past 30 days from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center:

How significant is this heat, in historical context? 

We've had a potential new state record for South Carolina (113 at the Univ. of S.C. in Columbia and in Johnston) and a near-miss of the state record for Tennessee (Lewisburg reached 112 on July 2).

Atlanta, Ga. has reached the "century mark" 4 times since June 29.  It had been just under 5 years since they had last hit 100 degrees, and hadn't done so in the month of June since 1954!

Friday, St. Louis tied July 1936 for the second longest streak of 100-plus degree days on record, with its 9th straight day.  While the record of 13 straight days will not be eclipsed, the mere fact we're in the territory of the "Dust Bowl" speaks magnitudes! 

Chicago tied a record triple-digit streak of 3 days from Aug. 1947 and Jul. 1911 Friday.  Parts of Chicagoland were as hot as 105 degrees Thursday!

The Badger State also seared in heat not seen in decades Thursday.  With a high of 104, Madison, Wisc. had its hottest day since July 10, 1976.  Only a pair of "Dust Bowl" days (Jul. 13 & 14, 1936) were hotter there.  Highs topped out at 106 degrees in Kenosha, Wautoma, and Middleton Thursday.

The triple-digit heat just rolls on into the weekend in the Central Plains, Ohio Valley, and Mid-Atlantic States.

But it's not just triple-digit heat, in some locations all-time record highs may be threatened Saturday, including...

- Washington, D.C. (106 most recently on Jul. 20, 1930)

- Pittsburgh (103 most recently on Jul. 16, 1988)

- Louisville (107 most recently on Jul. 14, 1936)

Only one other day since the "Dust Bowl" has Washington, D.C. seen a high of at least 105 degrees (Aug. 17, 1997).  Triple-digit heat may spread as far north as New York City, as well. 

The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh noted that forecast temperatures a few thousand feet above the ground for Saturday were at levels never seen before at that location.  The last 100-degree high in the "Steel City" was almost 17 years ago (July 15, 1995).

Saturday could also see temperatures not seen since the "Dust Bowl" in Cincinnati.  Only July days in 1936, 1934, or 1901 have seen highs reach 105 degrees in the "Queen City". 

Sunday may still feature some lingering heat from the Mid-Atlantic States to Georgia, and some muted heat in the Plains and Ohio Valley.  With that said, keep the faith.  Significant heat relief is on the way to kick off the new work week!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 07, 2012, 11:51:08 am

Scores killed in Russia flooding

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 12:14 PM EDT, Sat July 7, 2012

Moscow (CNN) -- At least 103 people have died as floodwaters surge through southern Russia's Krasnodar region, Russia's Interior Ministry said Saturday.
Of those killed, 92 are in the Krymsk district, nine in Gelendzhik district and two in the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk, the ministry said.
The flash floods follow heavy rains in the area since Friday.
The Krymsk district is a mostly rural area with many one-storey homes, Russia's state news agency Itar-Tass reported.
Devestating India floods leave 95 dead, millions homeless
Flood waters rose 7 meters (23 feet) overnight in Krymsk, the news agency said, flooding homes while most people were still asleep. Others were rescued by police after seeking refuge on roofs and in trees, it said.
The death toll has climbed steadily through the day as the waters have gradually subsided, allowing police to find more bodies in flooded buildings in Krymsk.
Television footage from the Krasnodar region showed scenes of flooded streets, stranded vehicles and people wading through torrents of knee-deep muddy water outside homes.
The state-run Ria Novosti news agency said dozens of passenger trains have been diverted in the region as the water level remains 19 inches above the tracks.
Krasnodar also suffered deadly flooding in October 2010, when torrential rains in mountainous areas caused rivers to overflow, flooding villages nearby.
Officials: 95 dead after heavy ran, floods in Bangladesh

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on July 08, 2012, 12:15:35 pm
Death toll hits 150 from floods in southern Russia

The death toll rose to at least 150 on Sunday from severe flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia that turned streets into rivers, swept away bridges and inundated thousands of homes as many residents were sleeping.

President Vladimir Putin flew to the region and ordered investigators to determine whether more could have been done to prevent the deaths.

Torrential rains dropped up to a foot of water in less than 24 hours, which the state meteorological service said was five times the monthly average.

The water rushed into the hard-hit town of Krymsk with such speed and volume early Saturday that residents said they suspected that water had been released from a reservoir in the mountains above. Local officials denied this, saying it was not technically possible to open the sluices.

Federal investigators, however, acknowledged Sunday that water had been released from the reservoir, but they insisted it did not cause the flooding and the dam had not been breached.

rest: http://news.yahoo.com/death-toll-hits-150-floods-southern-russia-090158934.html

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 08, 2012, 01:24:23 pm


US record heatwave leaves dozens dead

At least 42 people have died in a heatwave that has brought soaring temperatures to a dozen US states from the Midwest to the East Coast.

Crops shrivelled and roads and railway lines buckled in the heat.

Hundreds of records fell across the affected area on Friday and Saturday, but the heat was expected to ease slightly on Sunday.

Severe storms are expected to follow. Many homes in the region are still without power after storms a week ago.

Media reports say many of the deaths were of elderly people stuck in homes without air conditioning because of the outages.

Ten deaths in Chicago were blamed on the heat, and at least 10 each in the eastern states of Virginia and Maryland.

Three each died in Wisconsin, Ohio and Pennsylvania, and two in Tennessee.

A four-month-old girl died after being left in a car for "an extended period" outside her home in Greenfield, Indiana.

On Saturday temperatures reached 105F (41C) in Washington DC - just short of the hottest ever recorded in the city - and 107F (46C) in St Louis, Missouri, which also extended its record for consecutive days over 100F to 10.

"It's hotter than hell," tourist John Ghio, visiting the White House, told Reuters news agency.

"Too hot," said Chinese tourist Xiao Duan, 30, who was also visiting Washington.

"My father says it's like we're being burned by flames."

High temperatures have also hit parts of Canada, with temperatures on Friday breaking 11 daily records in Ontario.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 08, 2012, 01:27:05 pm
Chaos in skies over Britain: forecasters describe horrific summer as ‘the worst since records began’



BRITAIN is facing its “worst ever” summer with cold wet weather ruining family holidays and blighting the Olympics, forecasters warned last night.

August is set to be a washout following a miserable July and the wettest June since records began – meaning summer is effectively over.

Gloomy forecasts suggest dire weather will continue as officials last night put Britain on flood alert after torrential downpours yesterday wreaked havoc.

As the Environment Agency warned of a “potential danger to life” with rivers swelling to breaking point in the Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales, Government forecasters were on standby to brief the Cabinet if severe floods strike.

The agency last night issued 51 flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected – and 135 alerts. Monsoon-like downpours hit 85,000 music fans at the T In The Park festival in Kinross, Scotland, and 28,000 Formula 1 spectators camping for the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone. Race meetings today in Nottingham and Carlisle were cancelled while play was delayed on all courts at Wimbledon – other than Centre Court.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 09, 2012, 11:38:34 am
Video Inside: Lightning strike sends Rangers and Twins scurrying for safety
Quote inside: Tweeted outfielder Denard Span. "That's the loudest noise I've ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!"
They ain't seen nothin' yet!

As noted in the Associated Press story, there had been some flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder in the area one inning prior. At that time fans were warned of storms in the area, but the weather seemed to have settled down by the time that one bolt crashed and crackled down out of nowhere.

Again, view the video inside link.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 09, 2012, 02:35:19 pm

Northeast India floods kill 121, displace 6 million


The death toll from heavy monsoon rains which have caused massive flooding in India's northeast has risen to more than 120, with six million forced to flee their homes, officials said Saturday.

The weather office forecast that more rains during the next 24 hours would lash the region, which is suffering from its worst flooding in recent years.

Assam state has been hardest hit by the annual rains with the mighty Brahmaputra river overflowing its banks, while flooding has also struck the nearby states of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya.

"So far a total of 121 people have died in separate incidents in which 105 were drowned while trying to escape the gushing waters and 16 more were killed in landslides caused by heavy rains," an Assam government statement said.


Title: First half of year: hottest on record
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 10, 2012, 12:51:16 pm


In what should come as no surprise to many people living in the United States in the last month or so, the first half of 2012 was officially the hottest ever recorded.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the period from January through June was "the warmest first half of any year on record for the contiguous United States."

The average temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.5 degrees above average, the NOAA said on Monday. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period. The 12 months ending June 30 was the warmest 12-month period of any on record, according to the NOAA.

Record-breaking temperatures blistered most of the United States in June, with more than 170 all-time temperature records broken or tied during the month. On June 28 in Norton, Kansas, for instance, the temperature reached 118 degrees, an all-time high. On June 26, Red Willow, Nebraska, set a temperature record of 115 degrees, eclipsing the 114-degree mark set in 1932.

The first six months of the year were also drier than most, with precipitation totals 1.62 inches below average. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than half of the country (56 percent) experienced drought conditions--the largest percentage in the 12-year history of the service.

The NOAA report comes on the heels of a heat wave that's been blamed for at least 30 deaths and shattered more than 3,000 temperature records in July alone.


Title: Re: First half of year: hottest on record
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 10, 2012, 12:54:37 pm
Deu 11:13  And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the LORD your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,
Deu 11:14  That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.
Deu 11:15  And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.
Deu 11:16  Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;
Deu 11:17  And then the LORD'S wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the LORD giveth you.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 15, 2012, 03:37:18 pm

Poland shocked by tornadoes, one dead

(Reuters) - A freak wave of tornadoes ripped through northern Poland on Sunday, wrecking houses and swathes of forest and leaving one person dead and another 10 injured.

Tornadoes are not unknown in the European Union's largest eastern country but the scope and power of Sunday's twisters was unusual and comes in a summer already marked by flash floods, hailstorms and gales.

Some 1,200 rescuers were working to remove fallen trees, unblock roads and restore utilities in the hardest hit Baltic region of Pomerania.

Trees were uprooted, buildings damaged and power lines downed, while some 550 hectares of woodlands in the Tuchola Forest area were flattened.

"I saw a black column coming our way," an injured inhabitant of the Wycinki village, whose farm was destroyed by the tornado told state television. "It carried everything away with it ... birds, debris, sucked up water from the lake."

A caravan with a family of three inside was seen flying through the air in the village of Stara Rzeka and breaking into pieces upon landing, but its occupants suffered no serious injuries, news channel TVN24 reported.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 15, 2012, 03:48:36 pm


There were a lot of tired people in the Tri-Cities on Saturday after an early morning electrical storm rattled homes and flashed bright lights through windows.

The system that led to a severe thunderstorm warning from the National Weather Service also cooled down the Mid-Columbia after a string of 100-plus degree days.

The light show and downpour didn't appear to cause any significant damage, with police and fire officials surprised at how few calls were received.

However, it might not be over, with the forecast calling for a slight chance of thunderstorms through the rest of the week as the temperatures heat up again.

Those storms continue to bring the threat of lightning sparking wildfires.

Today's thermometer should top out around 87 degrees before moving into breezy conditions for the evening, said Rob Brooks, a hydrometeorological technician with the National Weather Service in Pendleton.

The high Saturday was 91 at the Tri-Cities Airport in Pasco with the overnight low expected to drop to 65, both fairly average temperatures for mid-July, Brooks told the Herald.

Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2012/07/15/2215176/flashy-storm-slashes-area-wakes.html#storylink=cpy

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on July 16, 2012, 12:08:09 pm
thats all we need, lighting tornados  :o

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 16, 2012, 12:09:40 pm

There was another one in Houston last night I think - at a soccer game, killed one, and injured another. Yes, I know lightnings are common, but in these 2 cases it was rather unusual.

Title: Heat wave blisters U.S. states from Michigan to Maine
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 17, 2012, 11:22:15 am


If you haven't noticed, it's summer. And it's scorching hot.

Excessive heat warnings or advisories have been issued for at least 15 states as another heat wave continues to smother the Midwest, mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

According to the National Weather Service, temperatures will be 10-15 degrees above normal from Chicago to Boston, with dangerous heat index values exceeding 100 degrees through at least Wednesday.

"Breath-stealing heat" in Philadelphia will make it feel well over 100 degrees, the Philadelphia Inquirer said. A Bermuda High will push temperatures in the City of Brotherly Love to 99 degrees.

In Chicago, highs could reach 100 degrees with a heat index of 110 degrees, the weather service said. (If it reaches 101, it would break the 100-degree mark set in 1942.)

In Ann Arbor, Mich., the high temperature is expected to range anywhere from 98 to 105 degrees; in Detroit, where the forecast high is 102, six schools were closed on Tuesday due to lack of air conditioning.

In Washington, D.C., temperatures could reach 100 degrees for the sixth time this year, and a heat index of 105 is expected on Wednesday. (Hopefully, the intense heat won't melt the tarmac at Reagan National this time.)

In New Jersey, which has already seen 16 days of temperatures of higher than 90 degrees this summer—the heat index will hit 101.

There is, however, some relief on the way. Tuesday "will be the peak of the hot temperatures in the Great Lakes and Northeast," according to the Weather Channel. "The heat and humidity will continue into Wednesday along the Northeast I-95 corridor from New York to Washington."

The first half of 2012 was officially the hottest ever recorded, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The average temperature was 52.9 degrees Fahrenheit, or 4.5 degrees above average, the NOAA said on Monday. Twenty-eight states east of the Rockies set temperature records for the six-month period. The 12-month period ending June 30 was the warmest 12-month period of any on record, according to the NOAA.

Record-breaking temperatures blistered most of the United States in June, with more than 170 all-time temperature records broken or tied during the month.

Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in the United States, claiming more lives each year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined, according to the weather service. A heat wave that began late last month and stretched into July was blamed for at least 30 deaths.

Title: Re: Heat wave blisters U.S. states from Michigan to Maine
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 17, 2012, 11:28:13 am
Early in the year, the NY Giants(aka Nephelim) won the Super Bowl, with #44 scoring the winning TD late in the game(albeit with his back turned toward the endzone).

A month ago, the Miami HEAT wins the NBA Finals. And now we're seeing record heat temperatures?



Title: Beijing chaos after record floods in Chinese capital
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 22, 2012, 03:12:15 pm


Beijing chaos after record floods in Chinese capital

The heaviest rainfall to hit China's capital Beijing in 60 years has left 37 people dead and stranded thousands at the main airport.

The deluge struck on Saturday afternoon and continued into the night, flooding major roads, state media said.

Roof collapses, lightning strikes and electrocution from downed power lines were among the causes of the deaths.

More than 500 flights were cancelled at the main airport, the Beijing News reported.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 22, 2012, 03:17:32 pm

50,000 flee as record rain in Japan kills 17


TOKYO — At least 17 people died, 20 were missing and 50,000 were ordered to evacuate as the heaviest rainfall on record pounded the southwestern Japanese island of Kyushu, officials and reports said Thursday.

Emergency workers in Kumamoto prefecture responded to multiple reports of mudslides swallowing houses and people being trapped, with access roads blocked by mud or gushing water, officials said.

Troops have been deployed with nearly 100 millimetres (four inches) of rain falling in an hour in some areas.

"Particularly in Kumamoto and Oita prefectures, we are seeing the heaviest rain that (the region) has ever experienced," the Japan Meteorological Agency said.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 25, 2012, 10:20:46 pm
Severe Storms, Derecho Possible in Northeast Tomorrow



A derecho, the kind of storm that knocked out power to millions in Washington last month, may accompany bad weather forecast for New York City and the rest of the Northeast tomorrow, the U.S. Storm Prediction Center said.

There’s a moderate chance the rare windstorm will develop in an area from Indiana to Massachusetts, the center said on its website. The region is also at risk for severe thunderstorms, hail and possible tornadoes after noon, according to John Hart, a meteorologist at the agency’s Norman, Oklahoma, offices.

“The environment is going to be favorable for considerably severe weather right across the area even if we don’t get a derecho,” Hart said by telephone.

Last month, a derecho knocked out power to at least 4.3 million people from New Jersey to North Carolina as it unleashed winds of as much as 91 miles (146 kilometers) per hour, as powerful as a Category 1 hurricane. Twenty-four deaths were linked to the storm and its aftermath, according to the Associated Press.

A derecho is defined as an event that has wind gusts of at least 58 mph and leaves a swath of damage for 240 miles, according to the storm center’s website.

A storm that swept from Chicago to Kentucky yesterday also seems to have met the definition of a derecho, Hart said. Yesterday’s storm wasn’t as intense as the one that struck the mid-Atlantic, including Washington, on June 29, he said.

Predictions Difficult

Hart said derechos are hard to predict because they require that a number of atmospheric elements come together.

“There is no way to have high confidence in such a forecast,” Hart said. “We decided the risk of that scenario happening was high enough that we would highlight it.”

The area from western Ohio to southern New England will probably be in the path of severe storms tomorrow afternoon, Hart said. New York, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Cincinnati all have a 45 percent chance of severe thunderstorms, high winds and hail.

Severe storms between the large airline hub cities of Chicago, New York and Atlanta often disrupt air travel throughout the U.S. Such fast-moving storms, which may include tornadoes, accounted for about $8.8 billion in insured losses in the U.S. in the first six months of 2012, according to the Insurance Information Institute in New York.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 27, 2012, 10:11:22 am

Storms knock out power to tens of thousands from Plains to Northeast

By Khara Lewin, CNN
updated 4:51 AM EDT, Fri July 27, 2012

(CNN) -- Hundreds of thousands lost power due to a potent storm system that extended eastward from the Plains toward the Northeast on Thursday, bringing with it high winds and destructive lightning.
Severe thunderstorm watches were in effect at one point Thursday evening for a continuous stretch from Oklahoma through New Jersey. The danger could lurk for several hours longer, with the National Weather Service issuing such warnings in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Kentucky, Virginia, Arkansas and other points in between.
Well before then, the system had already packed a punch.
In Pennsylvania, a tree crushed a woman in her car as she sought shelter at a campsite, killing her, said Glenn Dunn, the emergency management coordinator for Potter County.
A 61-year-old man in Brooklyn, New York, died after lightning struck a church sending a scaffold crashing down on him, authorities said.
Witnesses reported trees in the region buckling under the impact.
"The trees were bending sideways, (and) the sky just went really dark and green," said Mark Ventrini, a photographer, of the scene around 7:30 p.m. as he headed toward Belmar, New Jersey. "Some of the storms were pretty intense."
The weather service had received reports of possible tornadoes touching down in Elmira, New York, and Brookville, Pennsylvania.
Emergency managers in Broome County, New York, reported people trapped inside a home because of downed trees in the town of Vestal.
Strong storms also caused damage in Binghamton, New York, but the weather service said no injuries or fatalities have been reported.
The residual and more widespread damage came in the form of extensive power outages. More than 100,000 First Energy customers in Pennsylvania, for instance, didn't have electricity as of 10 p.m. ET, with other utilities like PECO and PPL reporting tens of thousands of others similarly in the dark.
An hour earlier, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a press release stating there were nearly 95,000 customers without power in that state, mostly NYSEG and Central Hudson customers.
Cuomo also declared a state of emergency for hard-hit Chemung County in the southwestern part of the state.
Many more people took in the impressive lightning storms, with daunting bolts preceding booming claps of thunder in small towns and big cities.
"The brunt of the storm itself was intense but short -- there was very strong rain and wind for about 15 minutes, at which point the rain cleared and the lightning show began," said Matthew Burke, a CNN iReporter who photographed lightning sprawling across the New York City skyline.
Several states away, tens of thousands also were in the dark, though power was being restored at a fairly fast rate. AEP Ohio, for instance, reported just over 51,000 customers lacking electricity at 6:15 p.m., yet more than 20,000 of those had the lights back on by 10 p.m.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 28, 2012, 10:15:49 am

North Korean floods kill 88

From: AFP
July 28, 2012 11:17PM

FLOODING across impoverished North Korea this month has killed 88 people, left tens of thousands homeless and devastated swathes of farmland.

A week of floods "caused by typhoon and downpour ... claimed big human and material losses", Pyongyang's official news agency said. The new death toll was a dramatic increase from the figure of eight reported Wednesday.

A total of 134 people were injured and almost 63,000 people were left homeless by the floods, which started on July 18, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported, with thousands of houses damaged or destroyed.

The biggest loss of human life was in two counties of South Pyongan province, which were hit by torrential rains on Monday and Tuesday, it said.

More than 30,000 hectares of land for growing crops was "washed away and buried" or "submerged", KCNA said, a potential blow for a state that is beset by persistent severe food shortages.

With rugged terrain and outmoded agricultural practices, the country faces serious difficulties in feeding its 24 million people. Hundreds of thousands died during a famine in the mid to late-1990s.

UN agencies, after a visit to the North, estimated last November that three million people would need food aid in 2012.

Some 300 public buildings and 60 factories were damaged in the floods, as well as large stretches of road, KCNA said.


Title: Europe wrestles with soaring temperatures
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2012, 04:56:35 pm
Heat record broken Monday in eastern Finland

The mercury rose to over 30 degrees Celsius for the first time this summer in eastern Finland as meteorologists warned of severe thunderstorms later in the day.

Italy’s Cows Produce Less Milk Even With Cooling Fans, Showers

Italian dairy cattle are producing 10 percent less milk because of a heat wave, even as farmers take steps to cool the animals including showers and fans, Coldiretti said.

Corn, tomato, beet and sunflower crops have been damaged across the country and some areas have received no rain for months, the Rome-based agricultural union said in an e-mailed statement today.

Heat wave keeps on in Bucharest, 19 counties in South, East on Monday

The National Weather Forecaster has extended a Code Yellow warning of heat till Monday for southern and eastern Romania, Bucharest included, while downpours and thunderstorms are expected in the country's West, Centre and North starting Sunday night.According to a weather warning issued by the Forecaster on Sunday, the high temperatures at between 35 and 37 degrees Celsius will keep on in southern and eastern Romania and will even hit 38 C in some ...

Title: Tornado in Colorado mountains is 2nd highest on record
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2012, 12:19:02 pm

A twister that touched down in Colorado's high-country on Saturday is estimated to be the second-highest tornado ever recorded in the U.S. by the National Weather Service.

There were four different reported sightings of the high-altitude hit the northeast side of Mount Evans — a prominent mountain located about 60 miles west of Denver. The National Weather Service estimates the tornado's touched down at about  11,900 feet in elevation.
Bob Glancy, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder, Colo., told NBC News that this tornado above the treeline is "not unheard of," but "just unusual." Most tornadoes in high terrain are weak, he said.

For the last two decades, Colorado has averaged 50 tornadoes a year. But Glancy said the "vast majority" occur on the plains east of Interstate 25.


Title: Record Tulsa, OK temperatures may continue
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 01, 2012, 03:56:40 pm


Tulsa's temperatures are rising and are showing no signs of letting up yet.
The National Weather Service forecasts highs near 113 degrees this afternoon; 109 on Thursday; 107 on Friday; and 102 on Saturday for Tulsa.

Highs are expected to finally sink to the 90s again by Sunday, when a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms is forecast for Tulsa.

Tulsa reached its hottest temperature of the calendar year on Tuesday, 112 degrees. Tulsa finished the month of July with 1.38 inches of rain, almost 2 inches below normal for the month.

Excessive heat warning

The weather service extended its heat warning for northeast Oklahoma until 7 p.m. Friday.

Counties under the warning are: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskgee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.

According to the weather service, these areas are expected to have high temperatures in the 105- to 115-degree range each afternoon, with overnight lows in the mid- to upper 70s. More urbanized areas in Tulsa County are expected to have overnight lows in the mid- to upper 80s.

Burn bans still in effect

County commissioners extended Tulsa County's burn ban through next week.

Title: Oklahoma is so hot that street lamps are melting
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 02, 2012, 07:44:50 pm


It's hard to not be concerned with global warming when its effects are right in front of your eyes. Sure, it's one thing when the ocean begins to reclaim islands, but when you can see the effects in your home town, well, that's another story altogether. Case in point: KFOR TV in Stillwater, Oklahoma is reporting that temperatures are so high that the street lamps have begun melting.
To be sure, Stillwater is suffering from one heck of a heatwave. It's expected to reach 115 there today, 108 on Friday, and 109 on Saturday. And warmer temperatures are nothing new: July represented the 23rd month out of the last 28 that came in warmer than average.
It's possible the heat itself isn't responsible for the event — it's being reported on Facebook that a nearby dumpster fire may have been the cause of the melting plastic light housings. Still, that dumpster fire was caused and aggravated by the record heat and dryness. And if dangerous, spontaneous fires aren't reason enough to go green, we don't know what is.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 04, 2012, 09:47:00 am


58 inches of rain in Taiwan and counting

TAIPEI, Taiwan — A tropical storm inched across northern Taiwan on Thursday after dumping as much as five feet of rain that has flooded farmland, swollen rivers and paralyzed life on much of the densely populated island of 23 million people.
Saola weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm by late afternoon, but its slow movement and continuing heavy rains raised the prospect of devastating flooding in areas that have absorbed more than 58 inches of rain since Tuesday.
It has caused five deaths and left two people missing in Taiwan after killing 26 people in the Philippines.
During the day in the northeastern county of Ilan, rescuers used rubber boats and amphibious vehicles to help hundreds escape flooded homes.
Dozens of flights were canceled at Taipei’s main international airport, where heavy winds destroyed two jetways, and rail transport throughout the island was disrupted. All seven major reservoirs in Taiwan released large quantities of water to prevent flooding.
By nighttime, Saola was centered just off northern Taiwan, moving northwest toward China at 10 mph. It had sustained winds of 54 mph, gusting to 71 mph.
Offices and businesses were closed throughout northern Taiwan. In Taipei, normally busy streets were deserted except for cleanup crews clearing off fallen trees and branches. The Defense Ministry mobilized 48,000 soldiers to help mitigate the storm’s impact.
Television footage showed acre upon acre of flooded farmland in low-lying coastal areas, punctuated by scenes of raging rivers and roads blocked by mudslides in the island’s mountainous center.
The typhoon left at least 26 people dead in the Philippines and forced 180,000 to flee their homes. Coast guard and other disaster-response groups rescued 125 people from stricken sea vessels and flooded villages, according to Benito Ramos, who heads the government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Saola was forecast to hit China’s east coast Friday morning south of Typhoon Damrey, which made landfall Thursday night in Jiangsu province. It had sustained wind of 75 mph and was moving northwest at 19 mph and was expected to weaken steadily.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 04, 2012, 10:31:49 am


N Korea floods kill 169, 400 missing

FLOODS which hit parts of North Korea in the past few weeks have killed 169 people and left 400 missing, the state news agency announced on Saturday, sharply updating earlier casualty figures.

The floods and torrential rain between late June and the end of July also made 212,200 people homeless and washed away or inundated 65,280 hectares of cropland, the agency said.

United Nations agencies have visited the worst-hit areas to assess aid needs and the World Food Program (WFP) is sending an initial shipment of emergency food aid.

North Korea suffered a famine in the 1990s that killed hundreds of thousands and still struggles to feed its people even in normal times.

It had been estimated by UN agencies, even before the current deluge, that three million people would need food aid this year.

More than 8600 houses were destroyed and another 43,770 swamped, and more than 1400 schools, hospitals and factories collapsed, the news agency said.


Title: Tropical Storm Florence joins Ernesto in Atlantic
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 04, 2012, 03:02:13 pm

After a lull in the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Tropical Storm Florence formed on Saturday, joining Ernesto as both moved west on paths that could eventually take them to the U.S. coast.

Florence has sustained winds up to 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center reported.
It was still in the deep Atlantic, but on a path towards the Caribbean.
Ernesto was packing sustained winds of 50 mph and should pass south of Jamaica on Sunday, the center stated. "Ernesto is forecast to become a hurricane ... in a day or two," it added.
After Jamaica, which issued a tropical storm warning, Ernesto will likely head toward Grand Cayman, arriving Monday, and then Cancun/Cozumel in Mexico on Wednesday, weather.com reported.
Weather.com added it was "unclear whether Ernesto poses a threat to the U.S. late next week."
On Friday, the storm swept over the tiny island of St. Lucia.

Businesses and government offices were ordered closed until noon on St. Lucia as Ernesto passed over the island, churning up 12-foot waves a few miles off its north shore.
It moved so quickly that St. Lucia got less than an inch of rain and there were no reports of damage or injuries.
August and September are usually the most active months of the Atlantic-Caribbean hurricane season, which runs from June 1 to November 30.
Prior to Ernesto forming on Thursday, the last Atlantic tropical storm was Debby more than a month ago. It drenched Florida and eight deaths were tied to the storm.
U.S. government forecasters in May predicted a "normal" 2012 season, saying 9-15 named storms could be expected. Between 4-8 of those were predicted to become hurricanes.

Title: Heavy rains create havoc in U'Khand, Chardham Yatra suspended
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 04, 2012, 03:07:19 pm


Dehra Dun, Aug 4 :Three jawans of fire services were among six persons killed as torrential rains continued to pound Uttarakhand today triggering landslides and flash floods which flattened homes and stranded hundreds of pilgrims with the Chardham Yatra coming to a grinding halt. 

The Garhwal region bore the brunt of nature’s fury with the government sounding a high alert in the state after the met department’s warning of very heavy rains. 

Two children were killed in a house collapse at Kararnprayag area of Chamoli district early today, said sources in the Disaster Management and Mitigation Centre (DMMC) here.

Another child was washed away in the flash floods at Pokhri area of the district where landslides continue to hit blocking highways leading to Badrinath.  Hundreds of Badrinath pilgrims were stranded at various places at Patalganga, Lambagar and Birahi due to fresh landslips.

In Uttarkashi district, flash floods hit several low lying areas creating havoc in the district. 


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 07, 2012, 09:52:18 am

Two dead as storms hit Austria, northern Italy


Storms wreaked havoc in Austria and northern Italy over the weekend, causing landslides that killed two people, authorities said Sunday.

An 84-year-old woman was killed when a landslide hit a farm in Afens, on the Italian side of the border with Austria.

In nearby Tulfer, the body of another woman who had been declared missing after her house was struck by a mud flow, was uncovered on Sunday morning.

Major storms lashed much of Austria and German-speaking northern Italy late Saturday, causing flooding and power cuts, and disrupting rail and road connections.

About 1,000 homes were without electricity Sunday morning in the Virgental valley in southern Austria.

In South Tyrol, a northern province of Italy also known as Alto Adige, some 500 emergency workers, firefighters and civil protection officers were mobilised to deal with the damages.

The rail line between Austria and Italy over the Brenner Pass was buried by a landslide overnight and was expected to remain shut for two weeks.

Road and rail connections were also shut elsewhere in Austria, including in Tyrol, Styria and Salzburg provinces. Most were due to re-open on Sunday but others remained closed due to a further risk of landslides.

In Styria, several houses had to be evacuated after they were flooded, and cellars in northern Austria were also filled with water following heavy rain.

A few barns meanwhile went up in flames after they were hit by lightning, with over 250 animals perishing at one farm in northern Austria.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 07, 2012, 05:59:27 pm
China evacuates 450,000 after Philippines turned into 'waterworld' by Typhoon Haikui


Shanghai and the nearby coastal province Zhejiang have evacuated 456,000 people as China prepares for its third typhoon in less than a week.


The emergency measures were taken after Typhoon Haikui turned Manila, the Philippines capital into "waterworld", killing 50 people.
The typhoon is expected to make landfall in Zhejiang province, just south of Shanghai, late Tuesday or early Wednesday, the China Meteorological Administration said.
Shanghai officials fear the storm could be the worst since 2005, when Typhoon Matsa killed seven people in the city, state media said.
The city aimed to move 200,000 people to more than a hundred shelters by Tuesday evening, government officials were quoted as saying.
The Shanghai government ordered outdoor construction sites shut down and cancelled summer classes for children until the typhoon had eased.


Title: Southern Calif. to continue baking in heat wave
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2012, 02:17:06 pm


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Forecasters say there's no relief in sight and Southern California's heat wave is expected to continue through this week, with temperatures peaking Thursday and Friday.

The National Weather Service says Woodland Hills topped its 1982 record of 106 on Wednesday, when the mercury reached 107.

On Monday, the San Fernando Valley hotspot tied its record temperature of 108 degrees that was set in 1997.

Southern California Edison is ramping up the number of crews available to respond to possible power outages as sweltering temperatures send electricity use climbing.

The company is urging conservation and saying that high electricity use _ particularly from air conditioners _ is straining distribution equipment, but no power outages have been reported.

Title: South Africa Snowfall Stuns Johannesburg (PHOTOS)
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2012, 02:52:42 pm

JOHANNESBURG — People slowly came outside despite the cold wind Tuesday across South Africa, pointed their mobile phone cameras to the sky and opened their mouths to taste a rare snowfall that fell on much of the country.

The snow began Tuesday morning, part of an extreme cold snap now biting into a nation still in its winter months. By mid-afternoon, officials recorded snowfall across most of South Africa. However, forecasters acknowledged snow remains so unusual that they typically aren't prepared to provide details about snowfall in the nation.

The snow closed some roads and at least one high-altitude pass. The snowfall also closed several border posts in the country.

As the snow fell, workers at offices in Johannesburg rushed outside. Some twirled and danced as the flakes fell. One man rushed to the top of a snow-covered hill and slid down, using a cardboard box as an improvised toboggan. Despite the cold and the snow, beggars who line traffic lights in the city continued to ask passing motorists for cash.

The snow grew heavier in the afternoon in Johannesburg, covering rooftops and slicking roads. Snowflakes are a rare commodity in Johannesburg, even during winter. South African Weather Service records show it has snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years. The last snow fell there in June 2007.

In Pretoria, the country's capital, flurries filled the sky during a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. It was the first snowfall there since 1968, the weather service said.

The cold weather is expected to last a few days.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on August 09, 2012, 03:59:20 pm
South African Weather Service records show it has snowed in Johannesburg on only 22 other days in the last 103 years. The last snow fell there in June 2007.

That's some interesting numbers. In 103 years (37,595 days), only 22 days it snowed (0.05851%). And two (9%) of those 22 days have fallen within 5 years of each other. Statistically, that's a high concentration of snow days historically in a small time frame. Seems like an increase of late to me. I'm thinking if there is an increase in heat, there will an increase in cold as well in the opposing regions.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 11, 2012, 12:13:49 pm

Lightning strikes makeshift mosque in Bangladesh, kills 13


Dhaka, Bangladesh (CNN) -- At least 13 people were killed and 20 wounded when lightning struck a makeshift mosque in a remote village in northeast Bangladesh on Friday, police said.
The lightning strike occurred as people gathered for a special evening prayer known as taraweeh that is conducted during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
"Multiple lightning strikes occurred during a storm when nearly 35 people gathered at a house in the village of Saraswati where they turned a tin roof shed into a makeshift mosque for the month of Ramadan as a regular mosque was far away," Dharmapasha police chief Bayes Alam told CNN.
The village Saraswati is some 200 kilometers (124 miles) from the capital of Dhaka.
Heavy rains in recent weeks have swollen the Saraswati River, making access to the village difficult.
"As boats were the only mode of transport to go out of the village, it took several hours to take the critically wounded people to the hospital," said Akm Mezanul Haque, the officer-in-charge of the Modhyanagar police station, who joined the rescue operation.
Of the 13 killed by the lightning strike, Mohammad Shahabuddin, the imam, and two others died at the mosque, Alam said. Ten others were declared dead at a Dharmapasha area hospital, he said.
Area residents and police took the wounded, many in critical condition, to the area hospital.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 11, 2012, 12:18:23 pm

Unusual Summer Storm Blasts the Arctic

A rare summer storm blasted the Arctic this week, beginning off the coast of Alaska, and moving over much of the Arctic Sea for several days before dissipating.

Although the storm itself was uncommon — NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., estimates that there have only been about eight similarly strong August storms in the last 34 years — the real news behind the meteorological event is the stunning Aug. 6 photo taken by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite. The cyclone is spinning toward the North Pole, with Greenland visible in the bottom-left of the image. Scientists are left speculating what the impact of such a storm could be.

From NASA:

Arctic storms such as this one can have a large impact on the sea ice, causing it to melt rapidly through many mechanisms, such as tearing off large swaths of ice and pushing them to warmer sites, churning the ice and making it slushier, or lifting warmer waters from the depths of the Arctic Ocean.

“It seems that this storm has detached a large chunk of ice from the main sea ice pack. This could lead to a more serious decay of the summertime ice cover than would have been the case otherwise, even perhaps leading to a new Arctic sea ice minimum,” said Claire Parkinson, a climate scientist with NASA Goddard. “Decades ago, a storm of the same magnitude would have been less likely to have as large an impact on the sea ice, because at that time the ice cover was thicker and more expansive.”

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/08/10/unusual-summer-storm-blasts-the-arctic/#ixzz23G7IX684

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 11, 2012, 06:54:15 pm


Record heat wave taxes California's power grid; alert issued

Amid a record heat wave, Californians are being urged to conserve power.
The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning through Friday for several spots in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, including mountain ranges and valleys, with triple-digit heat projected in much of the region.
The heat wave comes as Southern California has been coping without the 2,200 megawatts of power normally generated by the San Onofre nuclear plant. The plant has been out of service for more than six months due to equipment problems.
The flex alert issued by the California Independent System Operator is in effect from Friday through Sunday. During that time, consumers are asked to set air conditioning at 78 degrees or higher or turn it off while away from home, turn off unnecessary lights and appliances and restrict use of major appliances to the morning and late evening.
Flex alerts are a measure to encourage energy conservation at times when the statewide energy grid could become strained, leading to outages.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 20, 2012, 06:45:28 pm

Nine waterspouts spotted on Lake Michigan

UPDATE: The National Weather Service is now reporting nine waterspouts from two separate storms were witnessed on Lake Michigan.

SOUTH HAVEN, MI — Waterspouts have been spotted over Lake Michigan today and forecasters say it’s possible more could spawn tonight and Sunday night.

The National Weather Service said three of the tornado-like vortices were reported to them shortly before noon on Saturday, by people who were out on a fishing boat in Lake Michigan this morning.

The spouts were spotted about 24 miles west of the South Haven lighthouse.

The storms that caused them were small, 15-minute “pop-ups,” said William Moreno, a meteorologist in the NWS office in Grand Rapids.

Conditions were right this morning for the waterspouts, Moreno said, with a land breeze converging over lake water warmed by the summer heat.

The water in that part of the lake, the widest part of Lake Michigan, is about 72 degrees, he said. Winds in spout areas often reach 40 to 60 mph. Boaters or swimmers are advised to seek shelter when they are spotted.

Waterspouts are relatively rare, but have been seen already this summer off Holland.

Related: 'Ingredients were just right' for Holland waterspouts, experts explain

Scattered storms have been moving over the central Lower Peninsula on Saturday. Clusters have moved east from Muskegon through Montcalm and Isabella counties, said Moreno.

The outflow boundary from the storm cluster has been darkening skies over southern Kent County and the Grand Rapids area, and that could produce a storm in the next few hours, he said.

Tonight and Sunday night, the air over Wisconsin and Michigan will cool again, said Moreno, and the situation that produced the spouts could be repeated,

National Weather Service offices in Milwaukee, Gaylord and Chicago are forecasting waterspouts on Sunday, he said.

"Tomorrow is better because we have a cold front coming south. The convection will be deeper and that will encourage more in the way of waterspouts.”

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 21, 2012, 02:37:44 pm


Typhoon Tembin might make landfall Thursday

TAIPEI -- Tropical Storm Tembin (天枰) has been upgraded to a typhoon and is likely to turn northwest toward Taiwan today, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

If the typhoon turns as forecast, its eye may make landfall on Taiwan's east coast Thursday, according to the weather bureau.

As of 8 a.m., the eye of Tembin was located 620 kilometers southeast of Eluanbi, off the southernmost tip of Taiwan, moving at a speed of 8 km per hour in a northerly direction.

Tembin, the 14th storm of the Pacific typhoon season, is packing winds of 119 kph, with gusts of up to 155 kph, and has a radius of 150 km, the bureau said.

The typhoon is likely to move toward Taiwan on a northwesterly track Tuesday and take a more westerly turn Wednesday, the bureau said.

A sea warning for Tembin is likely to be issued Tuesday morning and areas around Taiwan should be prepared for strong winds and heavy rain Wednesday to Friday, the bureau warned.

Meanwhile, a tropical depression that formed near Guam on Sunday was still located 2,300 km from Taiwan as of 8 a.m. Monday and it may strengthen into a tropical storm over the next two days, the bureau said.

Tropical Storm Bolaven Forms, May Move Toward Taiwan

 A tropical depression near Guam has been upgraded into Tropical Storm Bolaven (布拉萬) and may move toward Taiwan on a west-northwesterly track over the next few days, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday.

Bolaven formed a day after Typhoon Tembin developed at sea east of Luzon near the northern Philippines.

 As of 2 p.m. Monday, Bolaven, the 15th storm of the Pacific typhoon season, was centered 2,200 kilometers southeast of Taiwan near Guam, according to the bureau's latest statistics.

 It is moving at a speed of 9 km per hour, packing winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph and a radius of 100 km.

The bureau said it remains to be seen what kind of influence the storm will have on Taiwan.

 Meanwhile, Typhoon Tembin continues its northerly path toward the sea east of Taiwan. It is forecast to turn northwest toward Taiwan on Tuesday.

As of 2 p.m. Monday, the eye of Tembin was located 590 km southeast of Eluanbi on Taiwan's southern tip, moving in a northerly direction at a speed of 11 kph.

It was packing winds of 144 kph, with gusts reaching 180 kph, said the bureau.

As the storm and typhoon are located 1,700 km apart from each other, there are currently no signs that they will interact with each other, it said.

Also on Monday, the Taipei City Department of Health called on the public to prepare for the typhoon by stocking up on food and water supplies to last for three days.

 Bolaven is the Laotian word for plateau or mesa, while Tembin is Japanese for the constellation Libra

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 23, 2012, 10:43:38 pm

Two typhoons to hit coastal areas(China)

By Wang Qian  (China Daily)09:04, August 23, 2012

Two powerful typhoons are heading toward China, putting the weather-beaten nation on alert again after four storms have caused landfalls across the country since the start of August.

"Typhoons Tembin and Bolaven may have a combined impact on coastal areas in the coming 10 days," Zhang Chang'an, chief forecaster at the China Meteorological Administration, said on Wednesday.

Both storms are strengthening, with Bolaven expected to be the strongest typhoon to hit China this year if it lands in the country, Zhang said, adding that the storm will bring maximum winds of 220 km/h.

The National Commission on Disaster Reduction issued a typhoon alert on Wednesday, warning authorities to make emergency plans.

Tembin was about 2,000 km from the coast of Zhejiang province on Wednesday, moving at a speed of 5 km/h.

The administration has asked authorities in potential affected areas to set up warning signs in high-risk areas such as construction sites and low-lying areas, and open emergency shelters including schools and stadiums for evacuation of affected people.

The Fujian Meteorological Bureau urged boats to take shelter in ports by Wednesday to avoid possible damage brought by Tembin.

Title: Bosnia on red alert during hottest summer on record
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 25, 2012, 10:31:45 am

Bosnian authorities put the entire country on red alert Thursday against a heatwave that has seen the Balkan nation bake in its hottest summer on record, the national weather institute said.

Meteorologist Dzenan Zulum said the months of June, July and August had been the hottest since measurements were first recorded 120 years ago.

In some places, the mercury has soared to 41 degrees Celsius (105.8 Fahrenheit) and temperatures in the capital Sarajevo have in recent days been about seven degrees Celsius warmer than normal.

"We predict a similar temperature for the next two or three days followed by a slight cooling from Sunday," Zulum said.

Farmers say between 50-80 percent of their crops have been damaged in the heatwave, and water distribution to several towns has been disrupted.

Bosnia is also battling dozens of forest fires in the south and east of the country, with many hundreds of hectares (acres) of land burned.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 25, 2012, 10:35:36 am
Heavy rain, floods kill 26 in Pakistan: officials



Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain have killed at least 26 people and destroyed hundreds of houses in northern Pakistan, officials said on Thursday.

Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, the prime minister of Pakistan-administered Kashmir said at least 17 people have been killed and nine others injured in six districts since Monday.

"Some 685 houses and 125 shops have been damaged and roads washed away," Majeed said, adding that a request has been made to the federal government for financial help.

Irshad Bhatti, a spokesman for the country's National Disaster Management Authority, said the extent of the damage was still being assessed.

The majority of the deaths in Kashmir came when buildings collapsed due to the rains, and a further nine people died in flooding in the northwestern province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, officials said.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 29, 2012, 06:41:18 pm
Death toll from S. Korea typhoon rises to 18



South Korean rescuers Wednesday recovered two more bodies near two wrecked Chinese fishing boats, bringing the confirmed death toll from a powerful typhoon to 18.
Typhoon Bolaven -- the strongest to hit the South for almost a decade -- left a trail of death and damage in southwestern and south-central regions of the country.
It drove two Chinese fishing ships aground early Tuesday off the southern island of Jeju, sparking a dramatic rescue operation.
Coastguards wearing wetsuits struggled through high waves and pulled a total of 12 people to safety, and six swam ashore. Eight bodies had been recovered as of Wednesday and seven were still missing, the coastguard in Jeju said.
Dozens of divers are involved in the ongoing search. The coastguard said in a statement it would make "utmost efforts" to account for all the missing.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 04, 2012, 04:51:24 pm

N. Korea says typhoon killed 48 people
by Staff Writers
Seoul (AFP) Sept 3, 2012

A strong typhoon which hit North Korea last week killed 48 people and left more than 50 injured or missing, the country's state news agency said on Monday.

Typhoon Bolaven pounded the Korean peninsula last Tuesday, leaving a trail of death and damage in the two Koreas.

In addition to the casualties, 21,180 people were left homeless by the storm, which destroyed or inundated 6,700 houses, toppled more than 16,730 trees and disabled 880 industrial and public buildings, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said.

Bolaven also damaged at least 50,000 hectares of farmland, ravaging crops in 45,320 hectares of paddy and non-paddy fields, it said.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 07, 2012, 11:02:07 am

'It was like a war zone'

Thousands of homes and businesses in Anchorage and Mat-Su remained without power Wednesday as residents recovered from an overnight storm that blasted the region with high winds, uprooted trees and tore down electrical lines.

Roughly 6,000 Chugach Electric customers, 3,000 Matanuska Electric Association and an unknown number of Municipal Light & Power households still did not have electricity as of about 2:30 p.m., the utilities said. The companies hoped to restore power by Wednesday night but said some families and businesses may have to wait until Thursday.

No serious injuries had been reported as of noon Wednesday.

The storm arrived unusually early in the season, catching leafy trees like kites and yanking roots from rain-soaked soil before it was frozen.

"Nobody here can remember a storm this strong, this early in the season," said Shaun Baines, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service office in Anchorage.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/09/05/2612172/thousands-in-anchorage-still-without.html#storylink=cpy

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2012, 12:29:44 pm


NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters are assessing damage caused by a cyclone that struck a beachfront neighborhood in New York City.

Videos taken by bystanders show a funnel cloud hurling sand and debris in the air as it moved through the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens on Saturday.

A Fire Department spokesman says there were power lines down and possibly other damage.

The general manager of the Breezy Point Surf Club tells The Associated Press the storm ripped up cabanas and even picked up industrial-sized metal trash bins.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn as the storm moved through the city. It expired at 11:30 a.m.

The service says radar detected a "strong rotation" in the storm.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2012, 12:35:42 pm


Infant, 3 others killed in northeast Okla. storms

NOWATA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a couple and their grandchild had no time to reach a shelter before winds from a severe thunderstorm flung their mobile home into a creek in northeast Oklahoma, killing them.

The three were among four people who died in severe storms that blasted through Oklahoma on Friday. A Missouri truck driver also was killed when winds flipped his semi.

Nowata County sheriff's deputy Rick Harper said Saturday the winds picked up the mobile home and carried it about 100 yards before it landed. Harper says the home basically "disintegrated" and officials found the bodies in the water after a two-hour search.

National Weather Service meteorologist Pete Snyder says radar didn't show a tornado in the area, but a team was dispatched to determine what happened.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2012, 07:29:48 pm


2 tornadoes strike in NYC


NEW YORK (AP) — Two tornadoes struck New York City on Saturday, one swept out of the sea and hit a beachfront neighborhood and the second, stronger twister hit moments later, hurling debris in the air, knocking out power and startling residents who once thought of twisters as a Midwestern phenomenon.
Videos taken by bystanders showed a funnel cloud sucking up water, then sand, and then small pieces of buildings, as the first moved through the Breezy Point section of the Rockaway peninsula in Queens.
The second hit west, in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn also near the water, about seven minutes later. The National Weather Service said winds were up to 110 miles per hour, and several homes and trees were damaged.
Residents had advance notice. The weather service had issued a tornado warning for Queens and Brooklyn at around 10:40 a.m. The storm took people by surprise anyway when it struck about 20 minutes later.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Barbie on September 09, 2012, 07:41:10 am
I have been trying to find statistics on what the actual increases are in worldwide disasters and/or unexplained animal deaths. I have been following this subject on several sites and I am unable to find definative information.
My daughter thinks I am crazy ( I am trying to win her to Christ and open her eyes to prophecy being played out before our eyes). I feel if I can document proof of actual numbers, I may have a chance of chipping away at her armour. I realize only Jesus can save her, but I can not be silent.
For instance, how many earthquakes in 1920, 1960, 1980, 2000, 2012 etc.
                   how many tornadoes..........
                   how many volcanic eruptions, etc etc.
If anyone has compliled this type of data, I would appreciate any info, Thanks!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2012, 09:57:57 am
I have been trying to find statistics on what the actual increases are in worldwide disasters and/or unexplained animal deaths. I have been following this subject on several sites and I am unable to find definative information.
My daughter thinks I am crazy ( I am trying to win her to Christ and open her eyes to prophecy being played out before our eyes). I feel if I can document proof of actual numbers, I may have a chance of chipping away at her armour. I realize only Jesus can save her, but I can not be silent.
For instance, how many earthquakes in 1920, 1960, 1980, 2000, 2012 etc.
                   how many tornadoes..........
                   how many volcanic eruptions, etc etc.
If anyone has compliled this type of data, I would appreciate any info, Thanks!

This isn't the whole picture, but these links are a good starting place...




As for your son daughter thinking your crazy for warning about the end times? Believe me, I'm in the same boat, with the exception being that I'm getting these reactions from FELLOW PROFESSING CHRISTIANS. For example, when I saw one of them listening to some Rob Bell nonsense, I tried to warn them over his doctrinal heresies(ie-him going on the networks saying Hell doesn't exist, Christians are crazy for believing it does, Jesus didn't shed his blood on the cross for our sins, etc), and they thought just that...I was hateful, crazy, too much time on my hands, etc. And I also get the same reactions when I try to warn about the evil fruit of the Roman Catholic Church.

Only the Holy Spirit can draw them, ultimately. Just pray and be patient.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 10, 2012, 03:50:20 pm

In U.S., 2012 so far is hottest year on record


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The first eight months of 2012 have been the warmest of any year on record in the contiguous United States, and this has been the third-hottest summer since record-keeping began in 1895, the U.S. National Climate Data Center said on Monday.
Each of the last 15 months has seen above-average temperatures, something that has never happened before in the 117 years of the U.S. record, said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist at the data center.
Winter, spring and summer 2012 have all been among the top-five hottest for their respective seasons, Crouch said by telephone, and that too is unique in the U.S. record. There has never been a warmer September-through-August period than in 2011-2012, he said.
"We're now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.," Crouch said.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on September 11, 2012, 03:36:54 am
"We're now, in terms of statistics, in unprecedented territory for how long this warm spell has continued in the contiguous U.S.," Crouch said.

They think it's hot now?

They ain't seen nothin' yet.

Title: Powerful typhoon rumbles over Japanese island of Okinawa
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2012, 10:06:32 pm


Typhoon Sanba was aiming squarely at South Korea early Sunday after passing over the Japanese island of Okinawa, according to regional forecasters.

It made landfall in northeastern Okinawa around 6:30 a.m. Sunday (5:30 p.m. ET Saturday) with an eye that was nearly half the island's length.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

As of 9:50 p.m. ET, Samba was moving to the north at 30 kph (18 mph), the Japan Meteorological Association said.

The storm has maximum sustained winds of estimated winds of 194 kph (120 mph) and gusts nearing 241 kph (149 mph), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, the U.S. military agency responsible for issuing tropical storm warnings in the Pacific Ocean.

Title: Re: Powerful typhoon rumbles over Japanese island of Okinawa
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2012, 10:11:13 pm
Category 2 Sanba closes in on Korea; 92L enters the Lesser Antilles


The winds are rising in Busan, South Korea, and heavy rain is lashing the Korean Peninsula and Southern Japan as Category 2 Typhoon Sanba steams northwards at 22 mph. Sanba pounded Okinawa, Japan early Sunday morning local time as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, but no casualties or heavy damage has been reported thus far. Radar loops show that the large 35-mile diameter eye of Sanba passed over the northern part of Okinawa. Oku, on the northern tip of the island, experienced the eyewall, and recorded a gust of 124 mph (55.3 m/s). At Kadena Air Force Base, the eye of Sanba missed, passing just to the north. The winds peaked at 56 mph, gusting to 77 mph, at 8:30 am local time, after the eye passed to the northeast, and the base received 6.30" of rain. High wind shear of 25 - 35 knots is now affecting Sanba, and satellite loops show that the typhoon is weakening, with the cloud tops warming and dry air wrapping into the core. Radar out of Korea shows that heavy rains from Sanba cover most of the Korean Peninsula, and heavy rain is likely to be the main threat from Sanba in Korea. Sanba will continue to weaken as it encounters cooler waters and higher wind shear today, and is likely to be at Category 1 strength at landfall in South Korea near 22 UTC on Sunday.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Boldhunter on September 18, 2012, 06:11:04 pm
The other day GAME show with the big (gambling-type) Wheel had some interesting answers in the "America's Game" episode:
Baked Alaska
Its like summer all year long
Puff The Magic Drag0n
The best is yet to come

Hotter - for sure! As in hot as #$!!
Seriously evil days we are in

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 18, 2012, 06:16:52 pm
The other day GAME show with the big (gambling-type) Wheel had some interesting answers in the "America's Game" episode:
Baked Alaska
Its like summer all year long
Puff The Magic Drag0n
The best is yet to come

Hotter - for sure! As in hot as #$!!
Seriously evil days we are in

It may be rather calm now(it's been a slow news day for the last few or so days)...but nonetheless the writing is on the wall, and in bold print.

Yeah, the Illuminati will telegraph their punches via the entertainment media. Who knows when all of this goes down, but don't be surprised when one day we wake up and either log on to the internet or turn on the MSM tv, some kind of "event" is being splashed all over the news(ie-Iran being striked, "the big one" on the West Coast, food shortages being made official after this long summer drought, the euro collapses, etc).

Watch, and Be Sober and Ready.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 20, 2012, 10:23:52 am
Five dead as storm rips across South America
by Staff Writers
Asuncion (AFP) Sept 19, 2012

A fierce storm packing 140-kilometer (87-mile) an hour winds tore across the heart of South America on Wednesday, killing five people in Paraguay and wreaking havoc in Argentina and Uruguay.

The Roque Alonso suburb of the Paraguayan capital Asuncion was devastated by the storm and widespread looting was reported in its aftermath.

Four police cadets died and 15 were injured when the roof of their dormitory collapsed, and a 16-year-old boy died at a shopping center when a water tank collapsed on him outside a pharmacy.

"Roque Alonso has to be built all over again," police commander Heriberto Marmol said.

Dozens of injured people flooded Asuncion hospitals and traffic was gridlocked in parts of the city.

A crowd of thousands braved torrential rain for a concert by the rock band Scorpions only to see the show cancelled.

Nationwide, at least 5,000 homes were destroyed and more than 80 people injured in storm-related incidents, Aldo Saldivar of the national emergency response center said.

The storm also blew the roof off homes and barns in Neembucu, south of the capital and knocked out power in the town of Encarnacion for many hours.

The wind was less severe further south in Argentina and Uruguay, around 100 kilometers (62 mph) per hour, but strong gusts still ripped of roofs and toppled trees and power lines, plunging some regions into darkness.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 22, 2012, 11:45:48 am


Niamey, Niger - At least 92 people have died in floods that have swept Niger following torrential rains, according to the latest data released by the Prime minister’s office on Friday. The data indicate that 72,396 families are affected with 511,484 people being victims, as at Thursday. All the country’s eight regions are affected by floods with Tillabéry, Dosso and Niamey being the worst affected. Huge damage is reported on basic socio-economic infrastructure and other items crucial to the people.

Rice crops, schools, health centres, roads, bridges, dams have all been affected while a huge quantities of food and many cattle have been swept away by flood waters.

The chairperson of the technical committee in charge of managing the floods, Mrs Saadatou Malam Barmou, said that thanks to national solidarity and international cooperation, food needs are covered for 45 days out.

Water containers have been distributed to victims to fetch potable water to reduce water-related diseases. The ministry of Health has also set up health centres at the sites and mobile teams to solve health problems.

The government has made available 3,400 tonnes of cereals for the victims and raised 700 million CFAF to support re-housing and buy additional food.

Title: Flooding, landslides plague parts of Alaska
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 22, 2012, 11:49:00 am

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Flooding continues to cause problems throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Jeremy Zidek, spokesman for the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, says in a release that there have been reports of flooding, landslides and road closures throughout the area.

But there has been no report of major injuries.

Residents in East Talkeetna are being told to evacuate because of flooding.

The Red Cross has established three shelters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and helped with another in Seward.

Weather problems are not confined to Southcentral Alaska.

Zidek says a landslide has blocked access from the village of Chenega to its airport, and state transportation officials are working to restore access. And an assessment team is in Tanacross to evaluate damage from Sunday's wind storm.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/20/4839935/flooding-landslides-plague-parts.html#storylink=cpy

Title: 1.5m people displaced by floods in India
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 25, 2012, 08:20:40 am


GUWAHATI, India: Floods have forced nearly 1.5 million people to flee their homes in north-eastern India where authorities have declared a health alert, officials said on Monday.

“Eighteen of 27 districts of Assam have been hit by floods with 1.4 million displaced and 11 people drowned in separated incidents in the past week,” the Disaster Management agency said in a statement.

The floods, caused by relentless rains, marked the second round of massive flooding in two months to hit India’s impoverished northeast and come towards the end of India’s June-to-September monsoon season.

Nearly 130 people died and six million were displaced by floods in Assam state in July. Rescue officials said in the latest floods, at least 2,200 villages had been swamped by overflowing waters from the rain-swollen Brahmaputra River.

Himanta Biswa Sarmah, the health minister of Assam state, told AFP that a “maximum health alert” to avert outbreaks of diarrhea or diseases such as typhoid had been declared in the devastated zone.

The annual monsoon provides vital irrigation for India’s farmers but also claims many casualties from flooding and landslides.

Officials said flooding victims had been evacuated to temporary shelters on higher ground. “We’ve dispatched doctors and paramedics to ensure there is no outbreak of disease,” Sarmah said in Guwahati, Assam’s largest city. Victims and an opposition party staged protests in flood-hit areas against what they said were shortages of emergency supplies in the Congress-ruled state.

“The government has failed to provide adequate relief supplies including food and medicines,” said Sarbananda Sonowal, a local leader of India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party. “In many parts of the state people are even living without food,” he added.

Rehab India Foundation, a voluntary group said heavy rains disrupted its plans to supply food and other essential items to flood-hit people.

Almost the entire 420 square kilometres (162 square miles) of Kaziranga National Park was also flooded, the Press Trust of India reported.

The wildlife park is home to the world’s single largest population of one-horned rhinos. A 2012 census in Kaziranga counted 2,290 of the rhinos, out of a global population of 3,300.

The species declined to near extinction in the early 1990s and is listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 27, 2012, 09:28:31 am
(Iceland)Thousands of sheep buried alive in snowdrifts – Video



“Unprecedented” cold and snow in Iceland.
Thousands of sheep (13,000) buried alive in snowdrifts is nothing short of disastrous.
Here’s a video showing the rescue of a sheep buried by snow.


Snow in North Iceland in early September is not unheard of but snowfall of two to three meters overnight at this time of year—when the sheep are still in highland pastures—is highly unusual.
Two to three meters (7-11 feet) of snow overnight! That’s a small taste of what the mammoths experienced.
Armed with long sticks as used to look for people buried in avalanches, farmers in North Iceland have succeeded in finding hundreds of sheep. The search continues but hope grows fainter by the minute.
Although not all have survived, most of these amazingly hardy creatures were alive after days in icy graves.
To make it even more difficult, foxes are attacking the trapped sheep, often leaving them brutally injured.
The association of breeders speaks of unprecedented disaster.
Farmers say they have never experienced anything like this in their lifetime and hope they never will again.
Coupled with blackouts across the region, from Blönduós in the west to Þórshöfn in the east, due to icing of power lines and we’re looking at an unprecedented situation, with real blizzards and extended blackouts throughout the region and motorists stranded in their cars.
Record snowfall
According to the Iceland Review Online, “it is believed to be a new record for snowfall at this time of the year”.
Thanks to Robert van deLeur, Laurel, Michael Gribble, Greg Mantle and Eunice Farmilant for these links

Title: Tornado hits fair in Spain, flood deaths reach 10
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 29, 2012, 06:10:09 pm


BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A tornado swept through a fairground in a Spanish town, knocking down a Ferris wheel and injuring 35 people, while the death toll from flooding in the same southern region of the country rose to 10, authorities said Saturday.

Friday's tornado damaged several rides and cut electricity in the temporary fair set up in the main square of Gandia, according to its town hall website. It said 15 of the injured were seriously hurt, all of whom were treated on site.

Local media reported the fair in Valencia province was closed to the public at the time of a thunderstorm and that all the injured were fair workers.

Just inland from the Mediterranean coastal town, five more victims of Friday's flash floods southwest of Gandia were found overnight. They included a middle-aged woman in the town of Lorca.

Last summer, Lorca was hit by Spain's deadliest earthquakes in more than 50 years, leaving nine dead.

A spokeswoman for the regional government of Andalucia told The Associated Press on Saturday that the heavy downpours and resulting high waters had claimed the lives of five people in the province of Murcia, three in Almeria and two in Malaga.

The spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity in keeping with government policy, said a 52-year-old British woman was missing in Almeria as well as one homeless man. Five people originally declared missing had been found alive.

Local media reported that hundreds of citizens had to be evacuated throughout the region.

The flooding disrupted high-speed train service between Madrid and Valencia, and various regional lines, while bridges and roads were also made impassible.

The heavy rains which started Friday morning were expected to continue throughout Saturday, with the front moving north toward Catalonia and the Balearic Islands.

Title: Pakistan floods kill 371, affect 4.47 million
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 29, 2012, 09:00:57 pm


Monsoon floods in Pakistan have killed 371 people and affected nearly 4.5 million, the government's disaster relief agency said on Friday.

Pakistan has suffered devastating floods in the past two years, including the worst in its history in 2010, when catastrophic inundations across the country killed almost 1,800 people and affected 21 million.

As in 2010 and 2011, most of those hit by the latest floods are in Sindh province, where the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) said 2.8 million were affected, with nearly 890,000 in Punjab and 700,000 in Baluchistan.

Nearly 290,000 people around the country have been forced to seek shelter in relief camps, NDMA said in figures published on its website.

The floods began in early September, with nearly 80 killed in flash floods, mostly in the northwest and Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

An NDMA spokesman said the government was not yet appealing for foreign assistance.

"The government's point of view is that the situation will be handled from own resources," Ahmad Kamal told AFP.

More than a million acres (400,000 hectares) of crops have been destroyed by the floods across the country, NDMA said, and nearly 8,000 cattle have been killed.

UN children's agency UNICEF, quoting a separate flood assessment, said at least 2.8 million people had been affected, including 1.4 million children, of whom more than 390,000 are under five.

UNICEF said it was providing 183,000 people a day with drinking water but warned it urgently needed more funds.

"Children from very poor families are among the worst affected by the severe flooding and they need our immediate help," said UNICEF Pakistan Deputy Representative Karen Allen.

"UNICEF urgently needs $15.4 million to scale up its water, sanitation and hygiene response to reach around 400,000 people over the next three to six months."

UNICEF said that according to its assessment, more than half of those affected by the floods were concentrated in just five districts, two each in Sindh and Baluchistan and one in Punjab.

It said 360,000 people had been left without shelter and three quarters of children in the five worst-affected districts were unable to go to school, either because the buildings have been destroyed or because they are being used as temporary shelters.

The UN agency voiced particular concern about children forced from their homes, saying loss of access to safe water supplies left them vulnerable to diseases such as diarrhoea, malaria, measles, polio and pneumonia.

More than 20,000 families in Sindh have been provided with hygiene kits including water purification tablets, UNICEF said, as part of efforts to prevent deadly water-borne diseases.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 12, 2012, 09:56:50 am

19 killed, 1,500 fishermen missing in Bangladesh storm
by Staff Writers
Dhaka (AFP) Oct 11, 2012

At least 19 people were killed and an estimated 1,500 fishermen are missing after tropical storms smashed into Bangladesh's southern coastal islands and districts early Thursday, police said.

Police said at least 1,500 mud, tin and straw-built houses were also levelled in the storms that swept Bhola, Hatiya and Sandwip Islands and half a dozen coastal districts after Wednesday midnight.

At the worst-hit island of Hatiya, at least seven people were killed after they were buried under their houses or hit by fallen trees, said local police chief Moktar Hossain. More than 1,000 houses were flattened.

"More than 100 fishing trawlers, each carrying at least 10 fishermen, have been missing since the storm," he told AFP, calling it one of the most powerful in decades.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 14, 2012, 09:48:56 am
Spring snow falls in NSW and ACT(Australia)



SNOW has fallen across New South Wales and the ACT as a cold snap hits the region.

The unseasonal weather saw residents in areas including the Blue Mountains and southern tablelands waking up to snow on Friday.

There is also snow around Canberra, following the coldest October day there in more than 40 years. There was a maximum temperature of 8C in the Canberra area on Thursday, 11 degrees below the October average and the coldest since 1967.

Overnight snow fell in the hills between Canberra and Bungendore and in areas around Goulburn and Crookwell to the north.

The Bureau of Meteorology said many areas could see snow, frost and hail as the result of a low pressure system moving across NSW.

"We've had quite a few reports of snow. We're expecting snow down to 700m over many parts of the state," said meteorologist Julie Evans.

There has been 2.5cm of snow on the ground reported at Nerriga, in the southern tablelands. In the Blue Mountains, snow has been falling between Blackheath and Katoomba.

Sussex Inlet on the south coast experienced a thunderstorm about 4am on Friday, with "extensive small hail" falling, Ms Evans said.

"We do get this late season snow but it doesn't happen very often," she added.

"The last time was in 2008 when we saw snow in the Snowy Mountains and central tablelands in November."

In some areas, the temperatures will struggle to reach double figures on Friday, with central western Orange seeing a high of 9C. On Saturday, temperatures will dip below zero with Walcha, in the state's north, due to get a low of -4C.

The low pressure was expected to affect Sydney in the form of heavy rain on Friday, along with a "sharp increase in wind", Ms Evans said.

Coastal areas will bear the brunt and surfing conditions were described by the meteorologist as dangerous.

On Saturday there is likely to be extensive frost up and down the tablelands but temperatures are set to improve across the state as the weekend progresses.

Ausgrid has warned residents in Sydney, the Central Coast and Hunter Valley to beware of powerlines that may have fallen as a result of the bad weather.

Ulladulla on the NSW south coast was hit by strong winds and rainfall.

The town saw 225mm of rain fall in less than 24 hours and there were gusts of 47 knots on Friday morning, approaching 90km an hour.

South of the town, heavy storms led to even higher falls, with 288mm at Burrill Lake in the same period.

In Sydney, large swells caused the cancellation of ferries between Manly and Circular Quay.

The Great Western Highway has been closed in both directions at Wentworth Falls due to heavy snow and black ice.

The cold front  had already swept through South Australia, causing unseasonal snow flurries around Adelaide and trapping a schoolgroup who were hiking in Victoria.

In Queensland, there also have been reports of sleet hitting part of the state's southeast.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 15, 2012, 11:03:22 pm


Bill Read's Blog: Rare Tropical Cyclone in Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone Anais is estimated to have a maximum wind of 115 mph as of early this morning, which is equivalent to a category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean.

The southwestern Indian Ocean is prone to tropical cyclones but what makes Anais so rare is that it is occurring in October, which is early springtime in the southern Hemisphere.

The peak period for tropical events in this part of the world is normally during our winter months of January-March.

Anais is forecast to move southwest in the general direction of Madagascar for the next five days and weaken as it moves into cooler waters and unfavorable winds.

We rarely hear much about the southern Indian Ocean storms as the area has little land and the storms mostly stay at sea.

Occasionally Madagascar or the island nations of Mauritius and Reunion will take a hit, and more rarely a storm will reach mainland Africa.

Forecast responsibility for this region is through the French weather service, Meteo France, located in La Reunion to the east of Madagascar.

The countries in the Indian Ocean simply refer to these storms as Tropical Cyclones, regardless of intensity.

Tropical Cyclone Anais is the same thing as a hurricane in the Atlantic or typhoon in the western Pacific.

However, note that it rotates the opposite direction, clockwise, because it is in the southern Hemisphere.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 18, 2012, 09:23:21 pm

18 October 2012 Last updated at 13:16 ET
UK experiences 'weirdest' weather

The UK has experienced its "weirdest" weather on record in the past few months, scientists say.

The driest spring for over a century gave way to the wettest recorded April to June in a dramatic turnaround never documented before.

The scientists said there was no evidence that the weather changes were a result of Man-made climate change.

But experts from three bodies warned the UK must plan for periodic swings of drought conditions and flooding.

The warning came from the Environment Agency, Met Office and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) at a joint briefing in London.

Terry Marsh, from the CEH, said there was no close modern precedent for the extraordinary switch in river flows. The nearest comparison was 1903 but this year was, he said, truly remarkable.

What was also remarkable - and also fortunate - was that more people did not suffer from flooding. Indeed, one major message of the briefing was that society has been steadily increasing its resilience to floods.

Paul Mustow, head of flood management at the Environment Agency, told BBC News that 4,500 properties had been flooded this year.

"But if you look back to 2007 when over 55,000 properties were flooded, we were relatively lucky - if lucky is the right word - for the impacts we saw this summer," he said.

"The rainfall patterns affected different areas - and also there were periods of respite between the rain which lessened the impact."

Fast moving
He said 53,000 properties would have been flooded this year without flood defences. In total, he said, 190,000 properties had received flood protection in recent years.

Mr Mustow claimed that flood defences repaid their investment by a factor of 8-1 but admitted that continuing to invest would be a "challenge", after government cuts to planned projects.

But he said that new streams of joint funding from local authorities and private developers had allowed 60 schemes to happen that otherwise would not have gone ahead.

He said: "We have to get our heads round the possibility now that we're going to have to move very quickly from drought to flood - with river levels very high and very low over a short period of time.

"We used to say we had a traditional flood season in winter - now often it's in summer. This is an integrated problem - there's no one thing that's going to solve it. The situation is changing all the time."

But scientists present from the Met Office and CEH said not much could be read into the weird weather. Terry Marsh from CEH said: "Rainfall charts show no compelling long-term trend - the annual precipitation table shows lots of variability."

Sarah Jackson from the Met Office confirmed that it did not discern any pattern that suggested Man-made climate change was at play in UK rainfall - although if temperatures rise as projected in future, that would lead to warmer air being able to carry more moisture to fall as rain.

She said that this year's conditions were partly caused by a move to a negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation which would be likely to lead to more frequent cold, drier winters - like the 1960s - and also wetter summers for 10-20 years.

"Longer term we will see a trend to drier summers but superimposed on that we will always see natural variability," she said.

Whatever happens with the weather, the Environment Agency expects that more and more people will be protected from floods and droughts thanks to water sharing between farmers, water transfer between water companies, and better management of leaks and demand.

But Mr Mustow admitted that much more needed to be done to ensure that farmers did not increase flood risk with land drainage schemes and that developers and builders ensured that new developments allowed water to drain into the soil rather than flushing into the sewers.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 19, 2012, 10:26:04 am

Dust storm shuts down interstate in northern Okla.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A massive dust storm swirling reddish-brown clouds over northern Oklahoma triggered a multi-vehicle accident along a major interstate Thursday, forcing police to shut down part of the heavily traveled roadway amid near blackout conditions.

In a scene reminiscent of the Dust Bowl days, choking dust suspended on strong wind gusts shrouded Interstate 35, which links Dallas and Oklahoma City to Kansas City, Mo. Video from television station helicopters showed the four-lane highway virtually disappearing into billowing dust on the harsh landscape near Blackwell, plus dozens of vehicles scattered in the median and on the shoulders.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Jodi Palmer, a dispatcher with the Kay County Sheriff's Office. "In this area alone, the dirt is blowing because we've been in a drought. I think from the drought everything's so dry and the wind is high."

The highway patrol said the dust storm caused a multi-car accident, and local police said nearly three dozen cars and tractor-trailers were involved. Blackwell Police Chief Fred LeValley said nine people were injured, but there were no fatalities.

State transportation workers were called into to close the highway between U.S. 60 and Oklahoma 11, an 8-mile stretch of the cross-country roadway.

"We have very high winds and blowing dust causing a near blackout condition," Capt. James West of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Thursday afternoon. He said visibility was less than 10 feet.

The stretch of closed roadway reopened Thursday evening after crews cleaned up debris and waited for winds to die down, Oklahoma Department of Transportation spokesman Cole Hackett said.

The area is just south of the Kansas state line in far northern Oklahoma. Interstate 35 runs from the Mexican border in south Texas to Duluth, Minn.

A red flag fire warning was in place for parts of northern Oklahoma on Thursday, as was a blowing dust advisory.

The National Weather Service forecast for the area said winds would subside to 20 mph or lower overnight but that gusts as high as 28 mph could continue. Calm winds were expected by Friday night.

The area has suffered through an extended drought and many farmers had recently loosened the soil while preparing for the winter wheat season.

"You have the perfect combination of extended drought in that area ... and we have the extremely strong winds," said Gary McManus, the Oklahoma associate state climatologist

"Also, the timing is bad because a lot of those farm fields are bare. The soil is so dry, it's like powder. Basically what you have is a whole bunch of topsoil waiting for the wind to blow it away. It's no different from the 1930s than it is now."

Steve Austin, a Kay County commissioner, said visibility was terrible.

"It looked like a huge fog was over the city of Ponca City," he said. "We've had dust storms before, but I don't remember anything of this magnitude in years."

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 22, 2012, 09:53:36 pm


Calif's first storm of season drops 2 feet of snow

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fall looked a lot like winter across Northern California on Monday as the first major storm of the season spawned at least one tornado, brought out snow plows on Interstate 80 and showered the rest of the parched region with much-needed rain.

The tornado touched down 40 miles north of Sacramento. Only minor damage was reported when it hit at 3:15 p.m. near Yuba City.

There were several other reports of funnel clouds north of Sacramento, but no others touched down, said National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Kurth.

Forecasters were calling for up to 2 feet of snow at the highest elevations in the northern Sierra Nevada, a good sign for a state dependent on winter snow accumulation for its water supply.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 24, 2012, 05:35:08 pm

18 October 2012 Last updated at 13:16 ET
UK experiences 'weirdest' weather

Speaking of 'weird' weather - here in North Texas, it's at this time every year when the trees turn reddish/orangish, and the leaves fall to the ground. However, NOT this year for some reason - the trees are STILL green, and HARDLY ANY leaves have even touched the ground. When you look around here, you would think it's either STILL Spring or Summer. And November is right around the corner now?

Anyone else experiencing this in your neck of the woods? I seem to be reading reports of 'weird' weather in many parts of the earth as well.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Boldhunter on October 25, 2012, 06:00:31 pm
I'm from DFW area (native) - no that is not normal. Now living in The Land of Nod (LA) - WEIRD here with weather too plus mold, fungus (severe rust &peach tree curl on plants) - Thanks Chemtrails!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 31, 2012, 10:04:44 pm


Cyclone Nilam slams India, after flooding Sri Lanka
Schools close, tens of thousands move to higher ground

The Associated Press

Posted: Oct 31, 2012 5:34 PM ET

Last Updated: Oct 31, 2012 5:30 PM ET

More than 100,000 people were forced to leave their homes Wednesday as a tropical storm slammed into southern India from the Bay of Bengal, officials say.
The storm left at least two people dead, including a crew member of an oil tanker that ran aground off Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, the Press Trust of India news agency said.
Rain lashed the region and strong winds uprooted trees in some places. Weather officials said the storm had maximum winds of 75 kilometres per hour after making landfall.


Title: Extreme Global Weather: ‘the Unprecedented Is the New Normal’
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 01, 2012, 03:42:03 pm


A rising death toll, the catastrophic flooding and destruction of entire neighborhoods, and billions of dollars in property damage. The impact of Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast earlier this week, will be felt for years, both in the United States and in the Caribbean region where it had earlier killed more than 70 people.

Sandy is being called the "Storm of the Century" but floods, droughts, heat waves and storms are only expected to get worse — with every part of the world facing deadlier and costlier weather disasters.

Much of the world has experienced devastating weather conditions this year. Across eastern and western Africa, a one-two punch of severe drought followed by torrential rains resulted in flash flooding and the deaths and displacement of hundreds of thousands. Drought was also the worst it's been in a quarter century in the United States, shriveling corn crops and boosting prices worldwide. And over the last week, typhoon Son-Tinh has wreaked havoc on Southeast Asia, killing dozens and damaging homes and crops.

So what's causing these extreme weather events and their widespread devastation? A special report issued earlier this year by the IPCC — the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — points to a combination of human-caused global warming, shifts in population, and poverty. And though political wrangling over global warming continues in the United States, 7 in 10 Americans now believe in the science behind climate change and how it can alter global weather conditions.

This week, Christiane discusses these weather extremes with Michael Oppenheimer, a professor at Princeton University. He is also one of the authors of the IPCC report.

Title: Record-Breaking Heat Returning to Southern California
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 04, 2012, 05:50:55 pm


An offshore flow will send temperatures soaring across Southern California all the way to the coast over the next few days.
A large zone of high pressure currently over the central Pacific Ocean will build into the Southwest over the next few days. This will, in turn, send the winds out of a northeasterly direction, allowing warmth to travel all the way to the coast.
Temperatures will heat up into the middle and upper 80s throughout the valleys of Southern California beginning Sunday.
The hottest day appears to be Monday when several record highs could be broken. Temperatures will rise into the lower 90s from downtown Los Angeles through Riverside and San Bernardino.

80-degree temperatures will make it all the way to the coast, impacting Santa Barbara, Long Beach, and San Diego.
The record high on Monday in downtown Los Angeles is 94, set all the way back in 1898. That record is in jeopardy of being broken along with a couple of others.
The record in Ontario is 92 set back in 1976, which could also be broken or tied.
Very warm temperatures will persist through Tuesday before temperatures moderate a bit on Wednesday, though it will still remain rather nice.
By Thursday, daytime highs will be back to normal with the return of the marine layer clouds in the late-night and early morning hours.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 07, 2012, 10:22:14 am

22 dead in Indian floods, 60,000 displaced: official


Torrential rains in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh have killed at least 22 people and displaced tens of thousands of villagers over the past week, an official said Monday.

Downpours triggered by a cyclone that hit the coast last Wednesday near Chennai left hundreds of villages inundated and 60,000 people in relief camps, Karikal Valaven, a government officer overseeing emergency operations, said.

"At least 22 people have died and thousands have lost their houses. The rains have damaged all the standing crops in the coastal region," he told AFP.

Disaster response teams helped move people to higher ground in rubber boats and nearly 100 shelters were opened across the state to accommodate people fleeing the flood zone.

"The unseasonal rainfall has destroyed our crops and our entire field is submerged in water," Arku Rajaipa, a farmer in Guntur district, one of the worst-affected regions, told a local TV news channel.

"We will have to depend on the government for food the whole year."


Title: Tourists swim in Venice square as heavy rain pounds Italy
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 12, 2012, 11:12:19 am

VENICE, Italy (Reuters) - Nearly three quarters of Venice was flooded on Monday and tourists swam in St Mark's Square as a wave of bad weather swept through northern and central Italy, forcing the evacuation of 200 people from their homes in Tuscany.

Shops, homes and historic palaces filled with water in Venice and authorities said 70 percent of the lagoon city was flooded.

High water in Venice reached 149 cm (5ft), the sixth highest level since records began in 1872, forcing residents to wade through waist-deep water. Tourists in swimming costumes sat at cafe tables under the water.

There was no immediate estimate of damage to the beautiful northeastern city.

In Tuscany, 23 centimetres (9 inches) of rain fell in four hours, causing the Ricortola and Parmignola rivers to flood, according to the regional government.

"It has been devastating," said Roberto Pucci, the mayor of Massa Carrara in Tuscany, one of the worst hit areas.

"I saw at least six bridges destroyed in the hills, floods, landslides, vineyards and olive groves swept away. If there hasn't been a death it's a miracle," he told Corriere della Sera newspaper.

Local media said dozens of people took refuge on their roofs after rivers burst their banks in central Italy.

Environment Minister Corrado Clini called for more funding to shore up Italy's weather defences. Bad weather with torrential rain was due to continue through Tuesday, forecasters said.

It was the fourth time since 2000 that Venice had been hit by record high water, and the city's environment officer said the latest flooding was the result of global climate change.

A barrier to protect the city from repeated winter flooding, which has been planned for decades, is due to be finished by 2015.

(Reporting by Steve Scherer and Naomi O'Leary; editing by Barry Moody)

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on November 12, 2012, 12:58:18 pm
the city's environment officer said the latest flooding was the result of global climate change.

 :D Well yeah, the climate changed! It started raining and the city, which is sinking into the sea, flooded. ::)

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 18, 2012, 09:57:53 am
Lighting strikes 24,000 times in NSW


ABOUT 24,000 lightning strikes have been recorded in wild weekend weather in NSW.
The Bureau of Meteorology said the state's highest rainfall was recorded at Coffs Harbour, with 160mm in the 24 hours to 9am (AEDT) on Sunday.

Wind gusts of up to 100km/h were also recorded in the state's north.

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) was kept busy, with 150 call outs on Saturday and Sunday, most from the northern NSW township of Woodburn.

Most of the strikes occurred on Saturday in northern NSW, which was hit by a large storm cell, a spokesman from Weatherzone told AAP.

Strikes were also recorded just south of Sydney and on the south coast, where a storm whipped up a massive water spout in the ocean off Batemans Bay.

At least four houses will have to be demolished in Woodburn after a devastating storm hit at about 7pm (AEDT) on Saturday.

The town, located south of Ballina with a population of about 350, was lashed with 100km/h winds and 75mm of rain in 25 minutes.

SES local controller Jim McCormack said it was a "miracle" no one had been seriously injured.

A NSW SES spokeswoman said the south coast town of Bermagui had also been affected by storms on Sunday, with six call outs.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said there was "nothing exceptional" about forecasts across NSW for the coming week.

However, he said there was a possibility of more storms hitting northern NSW next weekend.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/national/flash-flooding-warning-for-northeast-nsw/story-e6frfku9-1226518885378#ixzz2CafJCoVb

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on November 19, 2012, 04:39:21 pm
Washington state storm November 2012 NWS: Mt. Rainier, Washington, to get 118" of snow by Thanksgiving Day - via @Accu_Jesse Story metadata:
Submitted Nov. 19, 2012, 9:38 p.m. GMT from forecast.weather.gov by editor


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on November 19, 2012, 04:40:47 pm
That storm is suppose to affect us here, dropping temps much colder.

But 118" over just 4-5 days? Wow.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on November 24, 2012, 01:46:26 pm
51 flood warnings, 175 flood alerts in UK, Environment Agency says - @EnvAgency

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on November 25, 2012, 11:28:57 am
51 flood warnings, 175 flood alerts in UK, Environment Agency says - @EnvAgency

More than 800 homes flooded by storms in England and Wales, Environment Agency says - @BBCBreaking


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 25, 2012, 01:36:07 pm

More than 800 homes flooded by storms in England and Wales, Environment Agency says - @BBCBreaking


This sounds WORSE than Sandy, but it seems like the American media isn't covering it much at all.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on November 26, 2012, 02:20:10 am
I haven't seen really anything on the news about it. Truly news to me!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 01, 2012, 09:08:38 pm

Third major storm moving into Northern California


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Another major storm moving into Northern California was expected to bring more pouring rain, flooding and additional problems to an area already soaked after two major storms, forecasters said Saturday.

Residents of Northern California enjoyed just a bit of a respite, but the next storm — the third in a string of powerful weather systems to hit the region since Wednesday — is expected to force several rivers over their banks after it arrives Saturday evening, National Weather Service forecasters said.

With rivers and streams already running high and the ground saturated from the previous storms, the National Weather Service issued flood warnings early Saturday for both the Napa and Russian rivers, two rivers north of San Francisco with a history of flooding, National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Strudley said.

"Some roads will become inundated and some of the agricultural areas will take on some water," Strudley said.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 03, 2012, 01:53:59 pm
Yes, here in Texas now, it's been VERY warm recently, and I can attest to this(this article talks about Austin only, but it's pretty much been the same elsewhere)...



December brings record-high temperatures after November brings record highs without rainfall

High temperatures in the Austin area have already broken records during December, after November also brought record high temperatures and, for the first time in decades, no rain in Austin for the entire month.
Austin saw no measurable rainfall in November, according to reports compiled on the Austin-Bergstrom Airport Area by the National Weather Service Southern Region Headquarters. According to the report, this is the first year Austin has had only trace amounts of rainfall in the month of November since 1970, more than four decades ago.
Record highs were set on Nov. 1 at 88 degrees and Nov. 3 at 87 degrees. High temperatures reached into the 80s on 15 days in November, and lows never reached freezing. The most days it has reached 80 degrees in the area in November was in 1931, with 17 days in the 80s.
Temperatures Saturday hit 83 degrees, breaking the daily record of 82 degrees set in 1954. The high reached 80 degrees Sunday, and is forecast to hit 83 degrees Monday. Previous December highs were 84 degrees Dec 2. 2007 and 86 degrees Dec. 3 1995.
As of the end of November, the Austin area and 81 percent of the state was in a drought classified as moderate or worse, the second of five classifications for drought severity, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. 54 percent of the state was in a drought classified as severe or worse, 25 percent was classified as extreme or worse and 8 percent was classified as exceptional.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on December 03, 2012, 03:14:21 pm
Same in the Phoenix area. Near record highs this week. I think Tuesday is suppose to be 82, when the temp average for this time is like 68.

We are at least having a run of higher temps, if not the planet in general is heating up.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 05, 2012, 08:48:10 pm


Philippines: Typhoon Bopha death toll rises

Richard Gordon from the Red Cross: "Food, water and power are the priority"

The death toll from a powerful storm battering the southern Philippines has risen to about 200, as rescue teams arrive in affected areas.

At least 156 people are known to have died in Compostela Valley province alone when Typhoon Bopha struck eastern Mindanao, local officials told the BBC.

Rescuers have reached most areas, but have had difficulty getting to some isolated communities.

Many were evacuated ahead of the storm, now over the western island of Palawan.

The typhoon is expected to move out into the South China Sea on Thursday.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 06, 2012, 07:37:49 pm

Freak tornado kills 3 in New Zealand


AUCKLAND: A freak tornado hit Auckland Thursday killing three people and causing "utter devastation" as wild weather ripped apart homes and caused flash flooding in New Zealand's largest city.

The storm, packing gusts of more than 110 kilometres (70 miles) per hour, struck suburban Hobsonville in the afternoon, toppling trees, ripping roofs from houses and sending debris flying.

Civil Defence said three people died and seven were hospitalised, with two of the fatalities believed to have been caused by a concrete slab that landed on the cabin of a truck and the other by a falling tree.

About 150 homes were badly damaged, many rendered uninhabitable, forcing residents into temporary accommodation at a nearby air force base.

Resident Suzanne McFadden said the storm roared through in "five minutes of utter devastation".

Police urged people to stay indoors as flash floods blocked roads and falling trees brought down power lines, blacking out about 1,300 homes.

The Metservice weather agency said the tornado was created by a series of intense thunderstorms that lashed the city through the day, largely dissipating by early evening, although there were fears the winds could pick up overnight.

Prime Minister John Key expressed condolences to the families of the dead and praised the efforts of emergency services, who swiftly sealed off an area of about one square kilometre (0.4 square miles) that was worst affected by the tornado.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 08, 2012, 02:41:45 pm

Storm that killed 600 threatens Philippines again


NEW BATAAN, Philippines (AP) — A typhoon that had left the Philippines after killing nearly 600 people and leaving hundreds missing in the south has made a U-turn and is now threatening the country's northwest, officials said Saturday.
The weather bureau raised storm warnings over parts of the main northern island of Luzon after Typhoon Bopha veered northeast. There was a strong possibility the disastrous storm would make a second landfall Sunday, but it might also make a loop and remain in the South China Sea, forecasters said. In either case, it was moving close to shore and disaster officials warned of heavy rains and winds and possible landslides in the mountainous region.
Another calamity in the north would stretch recovery efforts thin. Most government resources, including army and police, are currently focused on the south, where Bopha hit Tuesday before moving west into the South China Sea.


Title: Tornado in Yogyakarta Injures Dozen, Damages Hundreds of Houses
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 11, 2012, 09:50:51 pm


Sleman, Yogyakarta. More than a dozen people have been injured and hundreds of houses left damaged after a tornado swept through the Yogyakarta district of Sleman on Friday.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman said on Saturday that the tornado — which had a radius of two kilometers at a speed of 60 kilometers per hour — lasted for 10 minutes and hit 10 villages in Sleman, with the Bromonila village in the subdistrict of Purwomartani reporting the most damages.

“Two people were seriously injured and have to undergo treatment now, and 12 others were lightly wounded,” BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo said in a statement published at bnpb.go.id.

Sutopo said 519 houses in total were damaged and dozens of cattle sheds and hundreds of trees also reportedly collapsed.

The district head of Sleman has declared the area an emergency situation until Dec. 11.

“The Sleman office of the BPNB has established an emergency station and a [makeshift] kitchen in Bromonila village,” said Sutopo, adding that people displaced from their houses had been evacuated to safe places.

The tornado also disrupted some flights to and from the Adisucipto International Airport in Yogyakarta. A Merpati Airlines plane from Bandung was forced to reroute to Surabaya and a Garuda Indonesia flight from Jakarta was forced to turn back.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 15, 2012, 09:14:51 pm
Category 3 Cyclone Evan leaves Samoa, heads for Fiji
By Dr. Jeff Masters

Published: 3:06 PM GMT on December 14, 2012

Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Evan is finally done pounding Samoa and American Samoa, after spending two days meandering over the islands. Evan made landfall on the north shore of Samoa near the capital of Apia on Thursday as a Category 1 cyclone with 90 mph winds, and intensified into a Category 3 storm with 115 mph winds after the eye wandered back offshore late Thursday. Media reports indicate that Evan has killed two and brought heavy damage to Samoa. "Power is off for the whole country... Tanugamanono power plant is completely destroyed and we might not have power for at least two weeks," the Disaster Management Office (DMO) said in a statement. Satellite loops show a well-organized storm with plenty of intense heavy thunderstorm activity. The storm will be a region with light wind shear of 10 - 15 knots and very warm ocean waters that extend to great depth, and could intensify into a Category 4 cyclone by Saturday, as it passes through the Wallis and Futuna Islands. On Sunday, Evan is expected to pass just north of Fiji. The GFS model shows that Fiji should experience heavy rains from Evan, but miss the core eyewall region with the strongest winds and highest storm surge. The storm will encounter decreasing ocean heat content on Monday, after it passes Fiji, and should weaken to a Category 1 cyclone. Evan is one of Samoa's most destructive tropical cyclones on record, as discussed by wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt. The most famous and deadliest tropical storm to strike Samoa (in modern records) was that of March 1889, which influenced the balance of Western imperial power in the Southern Pacific.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 18, 2012, 08:49:08 pm

Tourists Flee, Residents Prepare As 'Monster' Cyclone Bears Down On Fiji

Fijian authorities scrambled to evacuate tourists and residents in low-lying areas Sunday as a monster cyclone threatened the Pacific nation with "catastrophic damage" after causing devastation in Samoa.
At least four people were killed when Cyclone Evan slammed into Samoa and the toll was expected to rise with a search launched for eight men missing on three fishing boats.
Only one survivor has been found, said the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre, which is overseeing the search.
After crossing Samoa, Evan intensified as it ploughed through the Pacific and forecasters said destructive winds could reach nearly 300 kilometres per hour (186 miles per hour) by the time it hits Fiji early Monday.
Government officials fear it could be as devastating as Cyclone Kina, which killed 23 people and left thousands homeless in 1993.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/tourists-flee-residents-prepare-as-monster-cyclone-bears-down-on-fiji-2012-12#ixzz2FSimUv00

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 19, 2012, 11:32:47 am
270km/h winds as Cyclone Evan smashes Fiji


Fiji was battered by ferocious 270km/h winds overnight, which uprooted trees and homes, ripped roofs off buildings and caused widespread power and water outages.

More than 8000 people took refuge in evacuation centres, according to the Fiji Ministry of Information's Facebook page, and airlines suspended flights in and out of the country.

Tourists sat tight in boarded-up hotels as Fiji entered darkness and the worst of the storm.

With winds stirring up massive swells, two ships ran aground near the entrance to Suva Harbour, The New Zealand Herald reported.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/damage-fears-as-evan-heads-to-fiji/story-e6frfq80-1226537837294#ixzz2FWJOsifr

Title: Midwest hit by its first major snowstorm of season
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 20, 2012, 11:54:06 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The first major snowstorm of the season began a slow crawl across the Midwest on Thursday, creating treacherous, sometimes deadly driving conditions and threatening to disrupt some of the nation's busiest airports before the holiday weekend.
Heavy snow and strong winds combined for blizzard conditions in areas from Kansas to Wisconsin — and guaranteed a white Christmas in some places — after the storm blanketed the Rocky Mountains earlier in the week.
Iowa and Nebraska took a heavy hit from the storm, with nearly a foot of snow in Des Moines and 8.6 inches in Omaha, Neb.
Thomas Shubert, a clerk at a store in Gretna near Omaha, said his brother drove him to work in his 4-by-4 truck but that some of his neighbors weren't so fortunate.
"I saw some people in my neighborhood trying to get out. They made it a few feet, and that was about it," Shubert said. "I haven't seen many cars on the road. There are a few brave souls out, but mostly trucks and plows."
The heavy, wet snow made some unplowed streets in Des Moines nearly impossible to navigate in anything other than a four-wheel drive vehicle. Even streets that had been plowed remained snow-packed and slippery. Jackknifed semitrailers were reported on sections of Interstates 80 and 35 east and north of the city, with portions of the roads closed until the accidents could be cleared.
While the snow had tapered off by sunrise in Des Moines, transportation officials warned drivers to stay off highways until midnight. Strong winds were creating whiteout conditions. The airport at Creston, Iowa, recorded the highest winds, with a gust of 53 mph, said Kevin Skow, a National Weather Service meteorologist in the city.
Strong wind contributed to tens of thousands of power outages in Arkansas, Iowa and Nebraska. While snow pulled down most lines in Iowa, others were felled by big gusts, said Justin Foss, a spokesman for Alliant Energy, which had 13,000 customers without power in central Iowa.
"The roads have been so bad our crews have not been able to respond to them," said Justin Foss, a spokesman for Alliant Energy, which had 13,000 customers without power in central Iowa. "We have giant four-wheel-drive trucks with chains on them so when we can't get there it's pretty rough."
Along with Alliant, MidAmerican Energy reported power out to more than 36,000 customers in Iowa, most in the Des Moines area. The Omaha Public Power District said more than 36,000 customers in eastern Nebraska lost power. Entergy Arkansas reported more than 41,000 customers without power, most as a result of thunderstorms and strong wind.
Meteorologist Scott Dergan said the snow cover would drag temperatures much lower in Nebraska and Iowa.
"We're talking single digits," Dergan said. "We may even see some sub-zero temperatures in Nebraska. This cold weather will stick around for several days, maybe until the day after Christmas. So we're definitely going to have a white Christmas."
Before the storm, several cities in the Midwest had broken records for the number of consecutive days without measurable snow.
Chicago commuters began Thursday with heavy fog and cold, driving rain, and forecasters said snow would hit the Midwestern metropolis by mid-afternoon. Officials at O'Hare International Airport reported some flight delays and more than 90 cancellations. United Airlines said it would waive change fees for travelers who have to change their plans for travel through O'Hare because of the storm.
The weather service warned of poor visibility due to driving snow in much of the region and told drivers to stay off roads in some areas. Transportation officials shut down parts of Interstate 29 in Missouri and Interstate 80 in Nebraska remained closed due to blowing snow.
In southeastern Wisconsin, where a blizzard warning was in effect and winds of up to 45 mph were expected to create whiteout conditions, sheriff's officials said slick conditions led to at least two fatalities late Wednesday when a driver lost control of his car in Rock County, about 90 miles northwest of Chicago. In southeastern Utah, a woman who tried to walk for help after her car became stuck in snow died Tuesday night. Search and rescue crews on snowmobiles found her buried in the snow just a few miles from her car.
The owner of the Norske Nook restaurant and bakery in Osseo, a town in west-central Wisconsin that woke up to at least 10 inches of snow, said "blizzardy" conditions were not unusual for the area and that the weather would not upset her business.
"It's our policy to stay open for the customers," said Jean Zingshiem. "In case someone is stranded they'll have somewhere to go."
Bill Riggins of Madison said he wouldn't let a little blizzard stop him from riding his bike into work on the University of Wisconsin campus, about five miles from his house. Riggins said his metal-studded snow tires did the trick for the early morning commute at 4:45 a.m.
"I honestly think it would have been more trouble to drive," Riggins said. The ride, which normally takes about 25 minutes, took 40 in the snow. As conditions worsen during the day, Riggins said he expected the ride home to take about an hour.
On the southern edge of the storm system, high winds damaged homes and downed trees in central Arkansas, the weather service said. A powerful storm peeled the roofs off buildings and toppled trucks in Mobile, Ala., but injured no one. Tornado warnings remained in effect in parts of Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama early Thursday.
Hundreds of schools across the Midwest canceled classes Thursday because of heavy overnight snow. Government offices in Iowa and Nebraska were closed.
The moisture was welcome to farmers in the drought-parched region, but Meteorologist Kris Sanders said the storm wouldn't make much of a dent. In Kansas, for example, some areas are more than 12 inches below normal precipitation for the year.
"It's not going to have a big effect, maybe only a half-inch of liquid precipitation. It's not helping us out much," Sanders said.
Sanders said another storm similar to the current one could bring additional snow on Christmas or the day after.
Blake Landau, a cook serving eggs, roast beef sandwiches and chili to hungry snow plow drivers at Newton's Paradise Cafe in downtown Waterloo, Iowa, said he has always liked it when it snows on his birthday. He turned 27 on Thursday.
"It's kind of one of those things where it's leading up to Christmas time," Landau said. "We don't know when we get our first snowfall, and I hope we get it by my birthday. It's nice to have a nice snowy Christmas."


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 26, 2012, 07:06:05 pm

US storm's toll up to 6 dead; system heads east


CINCINNATI (AP) — A powerful winter storm system pounded the nation's midsection Wednesday and headed toward the Northeast, where people braced for the high winds and heavy snow that disrupted holiday travel, knocked out power to thousands of homes and were blamed in at least six deaths.
Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed, scores of motorists got stuck on icy roads or slid off into drifts, and blizzard warnings were issued across Indiana and Ohio amid snowy gusts of 30 mph that blanketed roads and windshields, at times causing whiteout conditions.
"The way I've been describing it is as a low-end blizzard, but that's sort of like saying a small Tyrannosaurus rex," said John Kwiatkowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis. He said the storm's winds were just high enough to classify the storm as a blizzard, making it one of the strongest snowstorms in years to strike central and southern Indiana.
"It's ugly out," said Elizabeth Brinker, 26, in downtown Indianapolis as she hurried to her car after the law firm where she works sent employees home Wednesday morning.
Some 40 vehicles got bogged down trying to make it up a slick hill in central Indiana, and four state snowplows slid off slick roads near Vincennes as snow fell at the rate of 3 inches within an hour in some spots.
Two passengers in a car on a sleet-slickened Arkansas highway were killed Wednesday in a head-on collision, and two people, including a 76-year-old Milwaukee woman, were killed Tuesday on Oklahoma highways. Deaths from wind-toppled trees were reported in Texas and Louisiana. The system that spawned nearly three dozen tornadoes across Gulf Coast states on Tuesday was headed to New England and the Eastern Seaboard.
National Guardsmen were called out to help cope with the storm in Indiana and Arkansas.
In Arkansas, Humvees transported medical workers and patients in areas with 10 inches of snow. Gov. Mike Beebe sent out National Guard teams after the storm left 192,000 customers without power Wednesday morning. The largest utility, Entergy Arkansas, said some people could be without power for as long as a week because of snapped poles and wires after ice coated power lines ahead of 10 inches of snowfall.
Other states to the east also had widely scattered outages and treacherous roads.
Traffic crawled at 25 mph on Interstate 81 in Maryland, where authorities reported scores of accidents.
"We're going to go down south and get below it (the storm)," said a determined Richard Power, traveling from home in Levittown, N.Y., to Louisville, Ky., in a minivan with his wife, two children and their beagle, Lucky. He said they were well on their way until they hit snow near Harrisburg, Pa., then 15 mph traffic on Interstate 81 at Hagerstown, Md. "We're going to go as far as we can go. .... If it doesn't get better, we're going to just get a hotel."
About two dozen counties in Indiana and Ohio issued snow emergency travel alerts, urging people to go out on the roads only if necessary.
"People need not to travel," said Rachel Trevino, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service bureau in Paducah, Ky. "They need to just go where they're going to be there and stay there."
Jennifer Miller, 58, was taking a bus Wednesday from Cincinnati to visit family in Columbus.
"I wish this had come yesterday and was gone today," she said, struggling with a rolling suitcase and three smaller bags on a slushy sidewalk near the station. "I'm glad I don't have to drive in this."
More than 900 flights were canceled by midday, according to FlightAware.com.
Snow was blamed for scores of vehicle accidents as far east as Maryland. As the storm moved east, New England state highway departments were treating roads and getting ready to mobilize with snowfall forecasts of a foot or more.
"People are picking up salt and a lot of shovels today," said Andy Greenwood, an assistant manager at Aubuchon Hardware in Keene, N.H.
In Manchester, N.H., public works officials said plow trucks were ready, as were a variety of emergency notification systems including blinking strobe lights at major intersections, and email, text and social media alerts.
Early indications were that day-after-Christmas mall traffic was down, too, with people holding off in the storm-affected areas on returning that ugly sweater or other unwanted gifts.
"I can't feel my feet, and the ice is hurting when it hits my face," said Tracy Flint, a Columbus, Ohio, hairstylist who was trudging to work across a shopping center lot where only a handful of cars were parked. "But it could be worse."
Behind the storm, Mississippi's governor declared states of emergency in eight counties with more than 25 people reported injured and 70 homes left damaged.
Cindy Williams, 56, stood near a home in McNeill, Miss., where the front was collapsed into a pile of wood and brick, with a balcony and porch ripped apart. Large Oak trees were uprooted and winds sheared off nearby treetops in a nearby grove. But she was focused on that all the family members from her husband to their grandchildren had escaped harm.
"We are so thankful," she said. "God took care of us."

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 26, 2012, 09:43:50 pm

Grinchy Weather: Nasty Winter Storms Spawn Tornadoes, Blizzards

By LAUREN EFFRON (@LEffron831)

Dec. 25, 2012

A nasty Christmastime storm system spawned blizzard conditions in some states and at least 15 reported tornadoes in the South, damaging homes, taking out power lines and dangerously snarling holiday travel.
Severe weather swept across the United States during the Christmas holiday, bringing tornadoes and intense thunderstorms to the Gulf Coast, while dumping heavy snow and freezing rain on the Southern Plains.
At least 15 tornadoes were reported today from Texas to Alabama, putting this storm system potentially on track to be one of the largest Christmas day tornado outbreaks on record.
One large tornado was reported in Mobile, Ala., where there are about 19,000 customers without power and 23,429 statewide, according to Alabama Power. Kerry Burns, a Mobile resident originally from Boston, said the storm "sounded like a freight train."
Some buildings in the area, including some churches and a local high school, were reportedly damaged. Ray Uballe, another Mobile resident, said his dad was shaken up.
"He was in his apartment," Uballe said. "He said it sounded like an airplane and then the door flung open and then there was just debris flying."
Douglas Mark Nix, president of the Infirmary Health System, said one of their Mobile hospitals lost power and sustained damage. There were no early reports of injuries to staff or patients.
"We are operating now on generator power," he said. "We do not have substantial damage but we do have a number of windows out and we have some ceiling tiles down, throughout the facility at the main hospital.
"We can run for at least two weeks but I saw power crews out all over the city so I fully expect power to be restored within the next day or so," Nix added.
At least eight states were issued blizzard warnings today, as the storms made highways dangerously slick heading into one of the busiest travel days of the year.
Oklahoma got about 7 inches of snow all over the state making for treacherous road conditions. ABC News affiliate KOCO-TV in Oklahoma City said the weather was being blamed for a 21-vehicle wreck on Interstate 40, but no one was seriously injured.
Ice accumulation in Arkansas bent trees and power lines, leaving at least 50,000 customers across the state without power. About 10 inches of snow fell on Fayetteville, Ark.
The storms, which first wreaked havoc on the West Coast before moving east, are being blamed for at least one death in Texas.
Investigators in the Houston area told ABC state KTRK-TV in Houston that a young man was trying to move a downed tree that was blocking the roadway when another one snapped and fell on top of him. He was later pronounced dead at a hopsital.
The last time a number of tornadoes hit the Gulf Coast area around Christmas Day was in 2009, when 22 tornadoes struck on Christmas Eve morning, National Weather Service spokesman Chris Vaccaro told ABC News over email.
The deadliest Christmastime tornado outbreak on record was Dec. 24 to 26, 1982, when 29 tornadoes in Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi killed three people and injured 32.
The last killer tornado around Christmas, Vaccaro said, was a Christmas Eve EF4 in Tennessee in 1988, which killed one person and injured seven. EF4 tornadoes can produce winds up to 200 mph.
No official word yet on the strength of the string of tornadoes reported today.

While some were preparing for a Christmas feast, others were hunkered down.

More than 180 flights nationwide were canceled by midday, according to the flight tracker FlightAware.com. More than half were canceled by American Airlines and its regional affiliate, American Eagle.
The storm system is expected to continue east into Georgia and the Carolinas Wednesday and could potentially spawn more tornadoes, according to the National Weather Service.
ABC News' Matt Gutman, Max Golembo and ABC News Radio contributed to this report.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 26, 2012, 09:52:15 pm

White Christmas for Moscow while south Europe sweats


From deadly cold in Russia, floods in Britain and balmy conditions that have residents in southwest France rummaging for their bathing suits, the weather has gone haywire across Europe in the days leading up to Christmas.

The mercury in Moscow has fallen to minus 25 degrees Celsius (minus 13 degrees Fahrenheit) -- unseasonably cold in a country where such chills don't normally arrive until January or February.

The cold has claimed 90 lives in Russia since mid-December and 83 in Ukraine, with eastern Eurasia in the grips of an unusually icy month that has seen temperatures drop to as low as minus 50 degrees C in eastern Siberia.

Another 57 people have died from the cold in Poland this month, and officials say the icy front is probably "the most severe of the last 70 years," according to Regis Crepet, a forecaster with Meteo-Consult.

While the former Eastern bloc shivers and Britain fights severe flooding after heavy rains, holiday-makers and residents in the south of France and in Italy have dug out their shorts and swimwear to welcome an unexpected blast of beach weather.

Temperatures on Sunday climbed to 24.3 degrees C in Biarritz on the Atlantic coast, nearly 12 degrees hotter than the seasonal average, and nudging the 1983 record of 24.4 degrees C.

"These are remarkable temperatures that we do not see every year," French weather forecaster Patrick Galois said.

In Catania on Italy's Sicily coast, beach temperatures on Christmas day are forecast to climb as high as 22 degrees C in some places, while in Austria, the small village of Brand at an altitude of more than 1,000 metres (3,200 feet), noted a December 24 record of 17.7 degrees C.

Tim Palmer, professor of climate physics at Oxford University, told AFP the weather extremes are explained by the northern hemisphere "jet stream", a ribbon of air that speeds around the planet high up in the atmosphere.

The stream is akin to a length of rope "that you wiggle a bit", said Palmer -- its undulations differing from year to year.

This winter the jet stream is particularly wavy, pulling cold air in over Russia from the far north, and bringing hotter air up from the south over France and its neighbours.

"The question: Is the waviness and the unusual configuration of the jet stream the result of climate change? We don't know. The models are probably not quite good enough to tell us," said Palmer, though there was "some evidence" this may be the case.

"It is quite possible that carbon dioxide (being pumped into the atmosphere by human activity) is having the effect of making this jet stream waviness more intense," said the weather expert, but cautioned against apportioning premature blame for what may simply be localised weather glitches.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 26, 2012, 09:58:31 pm
It was raining and thundering pretty badly the last 2 days in Southwest Louisiana where I was at. And when I came back this evening, saw snow/ice covered on the sides of the roads and around my neighborhood.

This year really complex crazy weather!

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 27, 2012, 04:01:14 pm

Powerful storm still causing miserable conditions
By CNN Staff
updated 3:27 PM EST, Thu December 27, 2012

CNN) -- The powerful winter storm that moved across the United States this week, dropping record-breaking snow and spinning dangerous tornadoes on Christmas, isn't over yet.
It's dumping more snow on the Northeast on Thursday and leaving behind bitterly cold weather, especially in the South.
While the Northeast is used to dealing with heavy snow in late December, some parts of the country haven't seen this kind of weather in decades.
"This storm not only dumped snow in Southern areas that typically don't see such heavy snow -- especially in late December -- it did so in a short amount of time," CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider said. "The low was intense enough, along with other contributing factors, to bring blizzard conditions."

Residents of Little Rock, Arkansas, awoke to a frosty 20-degree morning after Tuesday's record-breaking 9 inches of snow -- the highest Christmas snowfall in 86 years. To navigate the treacherous roads, the Arkansas National Guard deployed four-wheel-drive ambulances to help those needing medical attention in the state's hardest-hit counties.
The heavy snow and ice overwhelmed trees across Arkansas, where forests cover half the land.
"It was very quiet and still outside, except for the crashing of trees in the nearby forest as they succumbed to the weight of a quarter-inch of ice and 10 inches of snow," said Lanny Sutton, who lives in the town of Cabot, outside of Little Rock. "The snow is beginning to melt. It's coming off the trees now. We have three trees in the yard with at least two or three limbs broken off each one."
Since it swept across the country this week, the storm has killed seven people, including two children in Arkansas and an 81-year-old Alabama man. He died Thursday as the results of injuries he suffered when a tree fell on his house in Georgiana on Christmas, an official with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency said.
As the storm moves across the Northeast, it will deliver plenty of snow in northern New England through Friday, including upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. As much as 2 feet of snow is possible in central Maine, leading to hazardous roads, forecasters said.
In addition, "strong winds will cause blowing snow to create potentially even taller snow drifts," Schneider said. "Travelers across New England need to pay close attention to changing weather conditions and low visibility."
The storm has left thousands of passengers stranded after flight cancellations.
Winter storm strands travelers
Here's the damage that the winter storm has brought so far:
Traffic nightmares
The storm triggered multi-car pileups and other traffic nightmares across in the Midwest. In Ohio, nursing student Carrie Winger saw the aftermath of a fatal wreck in Cincinnati on Wednesday, which left one woman dead. She said she shared a photo of the crash site with CNN iReport to warn other drivers to slow down.

"We saw folks driving too fast and too close repeatedly the entire trip today," Winger said. "As soon as we passed this, people were speeding again. They apparently did not realize they had just passed a very immediate and very close encounter of a fatality. It could have been them."
Even drivers in the Northeast had a tough time navigating the icy conditions. Jim DeMarino said a normally four-hour drive from Pittsburgh to northern Virginia took eight hours Wednesday, the day after Christmas.
DeMarino, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, submitted photos of what he called a "tricky drive" along highways that were "scattered with abandoned, crashed, and disabled vehicles."
Tornadoes in Alabama, Mississippi
The same weather system that dumped heavy snow in the Midwest and Northeast spawned as many as 30 tornadoes on Christmas -- some with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour -- across the Southeast.
Several of Tuesday's powerful twisters struck Alabama. In Mobile County, David Saraceno spotted something ominous as he sped down Interstate 165 on Tuesday. He was traveling with his wife and 1-year-old daughter to visit family when he saw a tornado on the side of the road. His wife videotaped it.
"It looked like it was about two miles away from us," Saraceno said. "I put the pedal to the floor to try and get out of harm's way, but it seemed to be getting closer and closer."
Panicked, Saraceno got off the interstate near the town of Chickasaw, drove in a different direction and then turned around to go home. He couldn't go see family in that weather.
"We drove right back into a path of destruction," he said. "It appeared that the tornado turned and came over the interstate about three minutes away from where we would have been if I did not get off the interstate. We saw a roof that must have blown off a house. Cars were pulled to the side of the road. There was a lady whose windows were shattered. It was too close for comfort."
Winter wonderland in Dallas
For others, the winter storm system brought a rare white Christmas.
In Dallas, some residents had to change from short sleeves to winter coats Tuesday, as temperatures plummeted from the 60s to the low 20s in one day.
"We knew it was going to be a White Christmas in Dallas this year as per the weather advisory, but were not aware it will turn out to be so beautiful & FREEZING cold," Shail Bhatt said.
It's not often that Dallas gets more snow than Chicago, but that's what happened this week. "Sometimes we wear shorts on Christmas in Texas," said Chris Purcell, who told CNN there's still plenty of snow on the ground. "We built a snowman and went (sledding) and had a snowball fight ... all the basics."alabama

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 27, 2012, 09:36:32 pm

"jet stream" from NASA site...


Dunno, but doesn't it look like a serpent? :-\

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 28, 2012, 02:19:33 pm

Snow covers 65% of lower 48; more coming
By CNN Staff
updated 12:04 PM EST, Fri December 28, 2012

(CNN) -- Snow covers most of the lower 48 states following a week of wicked weather, but forecasters warned on Friday that it's not over yet.
Freezing rain threatened parts of Texas, Missouri and Tennessee and a fresh snow storm is expected to push into the Ohio Valley.
Residents of Oklahoma and Arkansas are "likely to see ice accumulate on top of snow and that could compromise power lines," said CNN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider. "Keep that in mind for those of you traveling on Interstate 40 specifically."
Snow covers 65% of the ground in the lower 48 states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. For comparison, last winter's top snow coverage for the lower 48 was nearly 48%.
"That was in February at the peak of winter and we're still in December," Schneider said

The powerful winter storm that dumped all that snow has moved out over the Atlantic, but not before depositing from 10 to 17 inches of snow across parts of Maine, according to the National Weather Service.
Nationwide, storm-related incidents have been blamed for the deaths of 10 people, including two children in Arkansas and an 81-year-old Alabama man. He died Thursday of injuries suffered when a tree fell on his house in Georgiana.
Snowfall totals of a foot or more were common throughout the Northeast: 21 inches fell in Woodford, Vermont; 17.4 inches in Addison, New York; and 15 inches in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
Caleb Clark, a CNN iReporter in Brattleboro in southern Vermont, called it a 'classic snowstorm.' "
"(It is) a nice and fluffy New England snow, not too dangerous and you could walk around without mittens," he said.
For travelers, major airports reported relatively few weather-related problems after a week that included thousands of flight delays and cancellations.
Friday's storm in the South is expected to move into the Northeast on Saturday.
Two to four inches of snow could fall from southern Illinois to New Jersey. New York City will see a couple inches of snow on Saturday. Areas of Connecticut to eastern Massachusetts could see higher snow amounts by Saturday night depending on the storm's track.
Winter storm strands travelers
Here's the damage that the winter storm has wrought so far:
Traffic nightmares
On the roads on Thursday, the storm triggered multi-vehicle pileups and other traffic nightmares across the Midwest.
Even drivers in the Northeast had a tough time navigating the icy conditions. Jim DeMarino said a normally four-hour drive from Pittsburgh to northern Virginia took eight hours.
DeMarino, who lives in Alexandria, Virginia, submitted photos of what he called a "tricky drive" along highways that were "scattered with abandoned, crashed and disabled vehicles."
Dozens of tornadoes

The same weather system that dumped heavy snow in the Midwest and Northeast spawned as many as 30 tornadoes on Christmas, some with wind speeds of more than 100 mph, across the Southeast.
Several of Tuesday's powerful twisters struck Alabama. In Mobile County, David Saraceno spotted something ominous as he sped down Interstate 165 on Tuesday. He was traveling with his wife and 1-year-old daughter to visit family when he saw a tornado on the side of the road. His wife videotaped it.
"It looked like it was about two miles away from us," Saraceno said. "I put the pedal to the floor to try and get out of harm's way, but it seemed to be getting closer and closer."
Panicked, Saraceno got off the interstate near the town of Chickasaw, drove in a different direction and turned around to go home.
Winter wonderland in Dallas
For others, the winter storm system brought a rare white Christmas.
In Dallas, some residents had to change from short sleeves to winter coats on Tuesday, as temperatures plummeted from the 60s to the low 20s in one day.
"We knew it was going to be a white Christmas in Dallas this year as per the weather advisory, but were not aware it will turn out to be so beautiful and freezing cold," Shail Bhatt said.
It's not often that Dallas gets more snow than Chicago, but that's what happened this week

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 29, 2012, 05:00:08 pm
Philippine storm death toll rises to 11
by Staff Writers
Manila (AFP) Dec 28, 2012

The death toll from a tropical storm that hit the central Philippines on Christmas Day has risen to 11 with thousands more forced out of their homes by landslides and flooding, officials said Friday.

Tropical Storm Wukong has caused new destruction just weeks after Typhoon Bopha hit the south of the country, flattening whole communities and killing more than 1,000 people.

Most of Wukong's victims died from drowning, while three died when a tree fell onto their home, according to the official disaster monitoring council, which added that two people remained missing.

It said that more than 13,000 people were in evacuation centres due to flooding and landslides caused by the latest storm, which affected the islands of Samar, Leyte Cebu and Panay.

more: http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Philippine_storm_death_toll_rises_to_11_999.html

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 06, 2013, 09:54:14 pm
Temperatures in China hit 28-year low



Temperatures in China have plunged to their lowest in almost three decades, cold enough to freeze coastal waters and trap 1,000 ships in ice, official media said at the weekend.

Since late November the country has shivered at an average of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius (25 degrees Fahrenheit), 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, citing the China Meteorological Administration.

Bitter cold has even frozen the sea in Laizhou Bay on the coast of Shandong province in the east, stranding nearly 1,000 ships, the China Daily newspaper reported.

Zheng Dong, chief meteorologist at the Yantai Marine Environment Monitoring Center under the State Oceanic Administration, told the paper that the area under ice in Laizhou Bay was 291 square km this week.

Transport around the country has been severely disrupted.

More than 140 flights from the state capital airport in central Hunan province were delayed, while heavy snowfall forced the closure of some sections of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, the China Daily said.

Temperatures in the northeast fell even further, reaching a 43-year low of minus 15.3 degrees Celsius (4 degrees Fahrenheit), about 3.7 degrees below the previous recorded average.

One truck driver in southeastern Jiangxi province, caught in a 5 km (3.1 miles) queue caused by a pileup that happened after heavy snowfall, told China Daily the snow and extreme cold had caught him unawares.

"I didn't expect such a situation, so I've brought no warm coats or food. All I can do now is wait," trucker Yao Xuefeng told the paper.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 06, 2013, 10:08:46 pm

BUENOS AIRES – A blistering heat wave, power outages and a fuel shortage added up Tuesday to a second day of hellish conditions in Greater Buenos Aires, home to about a quarter of Argentina’s 40 million people.

Amid a plethora of recommendations by the authorities on how to deal with the soaring temperatures, which on Tuesday were expected to reach 36 C (97 F), people took refuge in any shade they could find to get out of the blazing heat of the Argentine summer.

The National Meteorological Service renewed this Tuesday a high alert for the Argentine capital and its surrounding areas due to the high temperatures, which created scenes the total opposite of those seen these days in snowbound Europe and the United States.

The city of Buenos Aires (with its 2.8 million inhabitants) has a summer average of 90 deaths per day but, for example, during the heat wave at the beginning of 2001 it went up to 250 deaths in a single day,” the weather service warned on its Web site.

“Given that high temperatures will continue throughout the week, we ask the population to avoid as much as possible exposing themselves to sun rays and to drink a lot of water,” Argentine Health Minister Juan Manzur said, urging people to seek medical attention if they develop such symptoms as high fever, drowsiness, fainting or a racing pulse.

Added to the suffocating heat, the climatic phenomenon La Niña has spread drought across vast areas of the Buenos Aires and La Pampa provinces, the richest agricultural region of a country that is one of the world’s top grain exporters.

Sources in the farming sector believe that the lack of rain could continue until March, with the consequent loss of soybean and corn crops

The heat wave also set a “historic record” in consumption of electricity, according to the public utilities involved, to the point that in numerous Buenos Aires neighborhoods and urban districts there were power outages in the last few days that sparked bitter protests.

The Association for the Defense of User and Consumer Rights warned that 40 percent of the customers of Edenor, Edesur and Edelap, the distributors of electric energy in Greater Buenos Aires, suffered blackouts or diminished power.

But the utilities said there were only a few isolated cases of power outages in an area of some 600 square kilometers (230 square miles).

Dozens of traffic lights in the capital were not working, so the city government asked drivers and pedestrians to use “extreme caution” in proceeding through the streets, which in many cases were blocked by the now-customary marches protesting any number of offenses and inconveniences.

The sun blazed like molten metal on downtown Buenos Aires, where the starting point was being prepared for the Dakar rally scheduled for Saturday, while pickets of the poor and unemployed blocked one of the expressways into the city.

Automobile traffic also appeared threatened by the fuel shortage, reflected in long lines of cars at the gasoline pumps.

“There’s no gas anywhere. If I don’t fill up now I can’t work today,” a taxi driver lamented on a local radio station, saying that he was out “hunting” for gasoline.

The fuel shortage is due to the increased demand of consumers traveling to other parts of the country to spend the year-end holidays and summer vacations, as well as the ordinary delays in distribution due to the Christmas festivities. EFE

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 06, 2013, 10:12:16 pm
Polar bear killed by HEATWAVE: Argentine animal dies after becoming 'nervous and irritated' amid scorching heat and noise from Christmas Eve fireworks
'Winner' died of hyperthermia at Buenos Aires Zoo after overheating in high summer temperatures
 Polar bear was also thought to have been frightened by noise from Christmas Eve fireworks
 Animal was one of the most popular attractions at the Argentinian Zoo


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2253662/Buenos-Aires-Zoos-Polar-bear-Winner-killed-heatwave.html#ixzz2HG9vhquS

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 07, 2013, 10:51:15 pm
Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat



SYDNEY (AP) — Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia on Tuesday with officials evacuating national parks and warning that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to "catastrophic" fire conditions in some areas.
Thousands of firefighters were on standby across the nation's most populous state of New South Wales, where fire authorities said wildfire conditions were at catastrophic threat levels — the most severe rating available — in parts of the state. All state forests and national parks were closed as a precaution and total fire bans were in place with temperatures expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas.
"We are shaping up for one of the worst fire danger days on record," New South Wales Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said. "You don't get conditions worse than this. We are at the catastrophic level and clearly in those areas leaving early is your safest option."
No deaths had been reported, although officials in Tasmania were still trying to find around 100 residents who have been missing since a fire tore through the small town of Dunalley, east of the state capital of Hobart, last week, destroying around 90 homes. On Tuesday, police said no bodies were found during preliminary checks of the ruined houses.
Wildfires have razed 20,000 hectares (50,000 acres) of forests and farmland across southern Tasmania since Friday.
More than 100 fires were blazing across New South Wales on Tuesday, though only a handful of homes were under threat as of early afternoon. Officials were bracing for winds up to 80 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour) later in the day that could fan the flames in unpredictable directions.
One volunteer firefighter suffered severe burns to his hands and face while fighting a grass fire near Gundaroo village, about 220 kilometers (138 miles) southwest of Sydney, the New South Wales Rural Fire Service said Monday. He was flown to a hospital in Sydney for treatment.
Wildfires are common during the Australian summer. In February 2009, hundreds of fires across Victoria state killed 173 people and destroyed more than 2,000 homes.

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Post by: Aussie Micha on January 08, 2013, 05:22:57 am
Here in Oz-

Wildfires rage across Australia amid searing heat

Firefighters battled scores of wildfires raging across southeast Australia on Tuesday with officials evacuating national parks and warning that blistering temperatures and high winds had led to "catastrophic" fire conditions in some areas.

Thousands of firefighters were on standby across the nation's most populous state of New South Wales, where fire authorities said wildfire conditions were at catastrophic threat levels — the most severe rating available — in parts of the state. All state forests and national parks were closed as a precaution and total fire bans were in place with temperatures expected to reach 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in some areas.


Firefighters are focusing on emergency situations in nine areas of NSW, Victoria and Tasmania as hot, dry and windy conditions envelop southeastern Australia.

With 140 fires burning across NSW, the worst-hit area was in the state's south where temperatures hit the low 40s and winds of up to 90km/h swept through the southern ranges.


 :'( :'( :'(

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Post by: Aussie Micha on January 08, 2013, 05:29:37 am
Whoops, BornAgain2, I didn't see that you had posted that already....

It's sooo tragic for all those lives, homes and animals lost!!!!  :'( :'( :'(

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 08, 2013, 09:22:23 am
Whoops, BornAgain2, I didn't see that you had posted that already....

It's sooo tragic for all those lives, homes and animals lost!!!!  :'( :'( :'(

No worries... ;)

Here in the United States, it was just last summer when there were alot of fires like this due to the scorching weather. It's been like this in recent years now.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 08, 2013, 10:20:32 am
Thousands stranded as fires devastate Tasmania


At least 100 properties have been destroyed and thousands of people have been left stranded by bushfires that are continuing to rage out of control in Tasmania.

Towns on the devastated Tasman Peninsula in the state's south-east are cut off and only accessible via sea.

Meanwhile, a fire emergency warning has been issued between Inala Road at Forcett and the Tasman Peninsula.

The Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) says the out-of-control blaze has spread south of Murdunna and has active fire edges back to Forcett and Dodges Ferry.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on January 08, 2013, 03:13:27 pm
NOAA: 2012 was warmest year ever for US, second most 'extreme'

If you found yourself bundling up in scarves, hats, and long underwear less than usual last year, you weren't alone: 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to scientists with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above normal and a full degree higher than the previous warmest year recorded -- 1998 -- NOAA said in its report Tuesday. All 48 states in the contiguous U.S. had above-average annual temperatures last year, including 19 that broke annual records, from Connecticut through Utah.

“We’re taking quite a large step,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, which has recorded temperatures in the contiguous U.S. for the past 118 years.

It was also a historic year for "extreme" weather, scientists with the federal agency said. With 11 disasters that surpassed $1 billion in losses, including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, and tornadoes across the Great Plains, Texas, and the Southeast and Ohio Valley, NOAA said 2012 was second only to 1998 in the agency's "extreme" weather index.

rest: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/08/16413805-noaa-2012-was-warmest-year-ever-for-us-second-most-extreme?lite

but, but, but...

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 08, 2013, 03:36:52 pm

Yeah, despite the cold temperatures here, at the same time, it just felt pretty warm for some reason, and not the usual cold/freezing weather we get every year.

This cold, winter season just felt weird for some reason.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 08, 2013, 03:39:19 pm


Australia’s weather is so hot, new colors added to weather map


The forecast in Australia: Hot, hot, hot—and getting hotter.
As a record-breaking heatwave hovers over many regions and territories (which are in their summer months now), the continent’s Bureau of Meteorology has added two new colors to the weather map to reflect the rising mercury.
The map currently shows the weather in orange tones at the top, which indicate temperatures 40 to 48 degrees Celsius. But forecasts are predicting off-the-charts weather. As a result, pink and purple will now cover temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius—should it climb that high.
For those rusty on the temperature conversion, that is a sweat-inducing 122 degrees Fahrenheit. (The record-setting temperature of 50.7 set in 1960 has, thankfully, still not been broken.)
"The forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," said David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, a "dome of heat" over Australia is contributing to the record-breaking weather, which has gone on for six straight days with average maximum temps above 39 degrees Celcius (102 Fahrenheit). The trend seems likely to continue.
Adding to the misery, the searing heat is also fueling wildfires that continue to rage in southeastern Australia.
"You don't get conditions worse than this," Shane Fitzsimmons, New South Wales Rural Fire Service commissioner, told the Associated Press.
Australia isn’t the only place battling record high temperatures. Last year, the United States had its warmest year on record.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on January 09, 2013, 04:28:22 am
NOAA: 2012 was warmest year ever for US, second most 'extreme'

If you found yourself bundling up in scarves, hats, and long underwear less than usual last year, you weren't alone: 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous United States, according to scientists with The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The average temperature for 2012 was 55.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.2 degrees above normal and a full degree higher than the previous warmest year recorded -- 1998 -- NOAA said in its report Tuesday. All 48 states in the contiguous U.S. had above-average annual temperatures last year, including 19 that broke annual records, from Connecticut through Utah.

“We’re taking quite a large step,” said Jake Crouch, a climate scientist from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center, which has recorded temperatures in the contiguous U.S. for the past 118 years.

It was also a historic year for "extreme" weather, scientists with the federal agency said. With 11 disasters that surpassed $1 billion in losses, including Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Isaac, and tornadoes across the Great Plains, Texas, and the Southeast and Ohio Valley, NOAA said 2012 was second only to 1998 in the agency's "extreme" weather index.

rest: http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/01/08/16413805-noaa-2012-was-warmest-year-ever-for-us-second-most-extreme?lite

but, but, but...

Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years as Big Freeze follows floods with wind so strong it blows water upwards

    Temperatures to plummet to minus 3°C this week and could fall as low as 20°C in December
    Fears that snow blizzards could close roads and shut down rail networks as winter takes hold
    But torrential rain which has deluged country and swamped St Asaph in North Wales will finally ease

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239556/UK-weather-forecast-Britain-faces-coldest-winter-100-years-Big-Freeze-follows-flood.html#ixzz2HTNlxWeg

 :D  :D  :D

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on January 09, 2013, 04:34:04 am
Okay, do I need my parka or my flip flops? Will somebody make up their minds?  ::)

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 09, 2013, 10:24:10 am

Snow expected in Jerusalem, mountainous areas on Wednesday

Fiercest storm in 20 years predicted to abate only on Thursday

By Gabe Fisher January 8, 2013

With temperatures dropping throughout Israel, the epic storm that has been battering the country since the weekend promises to blanket mountainous regions with up to a foot of snow over a several-day period, including in Jerusalem.
The rainy, windy storm continued Tuesday evening, along with “unseasonably cold” conditions.
According to the forecasts from the Israel Meteorological Service, snow, which has been falling on Mount Hermon all week, was expected to spread to other mountainous areas overnight Tuesday, including Safed in the north and possibly parts of the Etzion bloc, south of Jerusalem.
On Wednesday, extremely strong winds and rain were predicted throughout the country, with snow expected in the higher elevations, including in Jerusalem and possibly in the mountain areas of the Negev Desert.
The storm, the fiercest Israel has seen in two decades, is expected to let up on Thursday afternoon.
In Jerusalem, where a snowy day is considered a semi-official holiday, the municipality on Tuesday had already prepared tractors and other snow-clearing equipment.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Boldhunter on January 09, 2013, 07:42:30 pm
Mark 13:14-18 KJV

But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not,  (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judæa flee to the mountains:  And let him that is on the housetop not go down into the house, neither enter therein, to take any thing out of his house:  And let him that is in the field not turn back again for to take up his garment.  But woe to them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days!  And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 12, 2013, 01:39:25 pm
Stunning images of Australian dust storm


'Eerie and amazing' images of a dust storm in western Australia have been posted online. As southern Australia 'sizzles' in an extreme heatwave, the 'meteorological phenomenon' rolled over western Australia.
Buzzfeed posted incredible images of a 'meteorological phenomenon' which showed a huge dust storm off the coast of western Australia. As it moved over the water it looked like a tangible substance, dense and unyielding.

The photos were taken by various Australians and are posted on Facebook at Perth Weather Live. The images have received media attention and various comments. Most of the photos were uploaded from mobile or cell phones. In one photo, the Macedon Gas project site looks like the aftermath of a disaster. One comment on this image read, 'makes nice picture but not good for the aircon'.
The dust storm off the coast of Onslow, Western Australia, is predicted to be followed by tropical cyclone Narelle, according to the Australian.
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said the dust storm was not directly linked to Tropical Cyclone Narelle. Narelle is currently hundreds of kilometres off shore. The dust storm met with strong winds and rain as it passed over Onslow, resulting in it 'dumping sand and dust' it had picked up. Winds with a speed of 102kph were recorded.

Category-three cyclone Narelle continues to track its way to Australia and wind speeds at its centre are estimated to be 250km/h. Western Australia is known for its gas production and precautionary measures are being taken. Flights are on stand-by to evacuate workers, if necessary, According to the Australian,

Seven people died as a result of Cyclone Bobby in February 1995, and three more lives were lost during Cyclone George in March 2007.
Strong winds, with increasing speeds and destructive gusts, will continue Friday and Saturday. The main area affected will be Whim Creek and Onslow in Western Australia plus, later on Friday, the Karratha area.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/341060#ixzz2Hn92xOfA

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 13, 2013, 09:31:41 am

Californians deal with freezing temps, snow


SAN DIEGO (AP) — Oddly enough, even polar bears at the San Diego Zoo are getting a helping hand with the unseasonable freezing temperatures sweeping across California.
Zookeepers turned up the heat for some animals and offered shelter to polar bears as a cold snap continues through the weekend, promising to bring the coldest overnight temperatures.
While polar bears tolerate frigid climes, the zoo animals lack the fat layers that naturally occur in the wild to fully protect them from the cold so zookeepers offer them shelter and "warming apparatuses" in case they seek it, zoo spokeswoman Jenny Mehlow said.
"The animals do take this in stride because they're wearing a nice, warm fur coat," she said.
The National Weather Service forecasted near-record low temperatures Saturday and Sunday nights.
Frost and freeze warnings were in effect early Sunday for parts of San Diego County with lows in some areas dipping to 25 and even lower in the mountains, according to the weather service. On Saturday, the town of Ramona in eastern San Diego County recorded a low of 23 degrees, breaking the 24 degrees set in 2007.
Temperatures dropped to 5 degrees in the snow-covered Big Bear mountain resort east of Los Angeles on Saturday. Even the snowbird haven of Palm Springs saw temperatures hover around freezing at night.
Freeze warnings were issued for Sunday morning across wide swaths of the Los Angeles Basin. Residents were being urged to cover outdoor plants and bring pets inside.
In Sonoma County, homeless shelters handed out extra warm clothes to protect people from frigid overnight temperatures.
In the San Joaquin Valley, the heart of California's citrus production, growers prepared for another round of freezing temperatures early Sunday after seeing little crop damage since Thursday night.
"Last night was not a problem, but tonight and Monday morning could have the potential to be pretty cold," Paul Story, director of grower service at California Citrus Mutual, said Saturday.
Farmers run wind machines and water to protect their fruit, which can raise the temperature in a grove by up to 4 degrees, Story said. Existing moisture, sporadic rain and cloud cover can also help keep in heat.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 15, 2013, 09:55:33 am

3,400 people spend night at Tokyo airport after snowfall causes flight cancellations


TOKYO - Tokyo's Narita International Airport operator says 3,400 travellers spent the night in the terminal after snow caused airlines to cancel 71 flights.
In the season's first snowfall in the Japanese capital, about 8 centimetres (3 inches) of snow fell in central Tokyo and around Narita on Monday — a national holiday in Japan. The snow snarled traffic and caused train delays.
Airport officials distributed sleeping bags, water and crackers to stranded travellers. Normal flight operations at Narita resumed Tuesday, except for a few delays.
Major train operator JR East said trains were running on schedule Tuesday.
Sections of several highways around Tokyo were still closed Tuesday as workers cleared away snow and ice.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 15, 2013, 09:32:56 pm
Tennessee declares state of emergency over ice storm



NASHVILLE (Reuters) - Tennessee officials declared a state of emergency on Tuesday as ice storms hit a swathe of territory in the mid-south of the United States and concerns grew about flooding and dangerous road conditions.
Freezing rain across the region from about mid-morning on Tuesday had caused ice accumulation of up to half an inch (12.7 mm) in Arkansas just southwest of Memphis, according to the National Weather Service.
As much as a quarter inch to half inch of ice could coat roadways and power lines across Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency, leading to the state of emergency.
"When you start putting that much ice on roadways and power lines, it's not going to be good," said Jeremy Heidt, a spokesman for the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.
The most treacherous spots from accumulated ice were on bridges and overpasses, said Corey Chaskelson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Nashville.
Tennessee transportation officials have ordered all workers to stay on duty through the night because of the forecasts for icing, which would include 1,200 people and 250 trucks. The rain in eastern Tennessee is leading to flooding issues, Heidt said.
"We are not letting any crews go home," said Beth Emmons, Tennessee Transportation Department spokeswoman. "All the trucks are loaded and they'll start laying the salt as needed."
Memphis Police spokeswoman Alyssa Moore said the city began to see rain, sleet and freezing rain just as the evening rush hour was starting.
"The roads are beginning to get really slick," Moore said.
(Editing by David Bailey, Cynthia Johnston and Lisa Shumaker)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 16, 2013, 01:53:05 pm
Surprise winter storm creates travel woes across N. Texas


An unexpected winter storm that struck North Texas before daybreak Tuesday put morning commuters on ice, canceled flights and forced some schools to open later than normal.

Forecasters had predicted a slight chance of light sleet but had said that most of the precipitation should stay southeast of Dallas-Fort Worth.


"It's always a challenge to predict winter precipitation in North Texas," said Nick Hampshire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth. "It's always a fine line. If it had been two or three degrees warmer, we would have been talking about a rain event."

Many parts of Tarrant County received as much as a half-inch of sleet and snow, the most significant icy precipitation since the Christmas Day storm, said Dan Shoemaker, another weather service meteorologist.

But don't expect a repeat this morning. Promise, the weather service said.

The day will dawn chilly, with temperatures in the mid to upper 20s, but the forecast high is about 50 degrees, and there is no chance of precipitation. An upper-level low-pressure system that caused the wintry event still lingered over North Texas Tuesday evening, but it was missing a key ingredient for precipitation, Shoemaker said.

"Now we have dry, cool air pushing in, rather than cool, moist air," he explained.

Temperatures should warm into the upper 50s by the weekend before another cold front arrives in time for Monday's Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday.

But early Tuesday morning, the surprising sounds of thunder and sleet caught residents unaware.

The lift from the upper-level low-pressure system took the moist cool air that was available then and pushed into a layer of instability aloft, "and that's when we had thunder," Shoemaker said.

Streets and overpasses began icing up after 5 a.m. Five hours later, Fort Worth police had reported more than 40 accidents. Dozens of other wrecks were reported throughout the county.

A few overpasses, ramps and bridges, including the Hulen Street bridge in west Fort Worth, were also closed for a time because of ice.

Some businesses and school districts delayed their openings.

At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, 343 American and American Eagle inbound and outbound flights were canceled. American Airlines spokesman Matt Miller said operations returned to normal by lunchtime but said some flights were canceled Tuesday afternoon.

A Southwest Airlines spokeswoman said 26 flights at Dallas Love Field were canceled but that operations returned to normal by 10 a.m.

Parts of Denton and Collin counties got more precipitation -- and more serious traffic problems. And in Grayson County along the Texas-Oklahoma border, the office of emergency management reported that bridges and overpasses were "treacherous" Tuesday morning. Portions of I-35 in Denton and Cooke counties also had problems.

Tuesday was actually the second straight day that North Texas commuters got a taste of wintry weather. On Monday, sleet and pellets of snow fell across the region, but it was too light to cause any problems.

Tuesday's high was 39.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/01/15/4550333/surprise-winter-storm-creates.html#storylink=cpy

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on January 20, 2013, 12:45:46 pm
Snowpocalypse Russia: 'Snow tsunami' swallows streets, cars, buildings (PHOTOS)



 :o but but but... global warming

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 26, 2013, 02:10:43 am

Ice and Snow Cause Hundreds of Wrecks in NC


Freezing rain and sleet have closed schools and offices and caused hundreds of wrecks across North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.

The icy weather snarled traffic across much of western and central North Carolina. The Department of Transportation reported traffic moving under 30 mph on much of Interstate 40 from Winston-Salem to Raleigh and Interstate 85 from Charlotte to Durham.

Charlotte Police were responding to dozens of calls of cars overturned as the heaviest freezing rain moved through.

The storm has caused no deaths, and only scattered power outages have been reported.

Tennessee had declared a state of emergency as a precaution and the eastern part of the state is seeing significant icing.

An ice storm warning was issued from the Smoky Mountains, northward through Knoxville, Cumberland Gap and well into Kentucky.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 26, 2013, 02:11:24 am

 :o but but but... global warming

Has global cooling ever been warned about? :P

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on January 26, 2013, 06:51:46 am
At least 36 people die and some 70,000 are displaced by flooding in Mozambique, according to UN figures - @AJEnglish


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 27, 2013, 08:03:24 pm

Premier Campbell Newman warns there's worse to come as southeast Queensland faces floods


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Aussie Micha on January 27, 2013, 11:31:14 pm
Yes, we here at Southeast Queensland Australia have had days and days of rain and Cyclonic winds. Lots of houses are totally under water up to the roof!

Check out the foam that is being made by the sea-


It looks like snow!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Christian40 on February 04, 2013, 08:16:12 pm
Extreme weather and earth changes January 2013


Check out the foam that is being made by the sea-


It looks like snow!

i have never heard of this before wow!

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 08, 2013, 10:59:47 am
Here in North Texas, the weather has been INCREDIBLY warm this winter. Yes, it is the south, but nonetheless the winters here are at least moderately cold.

It seems like thus far this year, extremes have taken place on both ends of the spectrum. Who knows what this summer will bring...

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on February 08, 2013, 01:37:52 pm
God willing, summer will be cooler than normal. We've been having above average temps here. Yet we had the coldest winter so far since I've been here. Extremes indeed.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 09, 2013, 04:51:02 pm
Snowiest winter in 100 years paralyzes Moscow traffic for 3,500 km



The snowiest winter in a century has hit the Russian capital, causing Muscovites to get stuck in traffic jams 3,500km in length on Monday evening – the distance from Moscow to Madrid.
­Since the beginning of the winter, over 2 meters of snow has fallen on the Russian capital, the Moscow mayor’s aide in housing and public utilities Pyotr Biryukov told Interfax. Snowfall is expected in Moscow for four or five more days, he added.

On Monday, 45,000 community services employees and 15,000 units of equipment were attempting to cope with 26 cm of snow – nearly a fifth of the average annual fall.

The latest snowfall has become a nightmare for drivers with the capital’s commuters trapped in gridlock.

Many of those who left their workplace in the evening had to spend five to 10 hours getting home. The average speed of vehicles was no more than 7-9 km/h. The number of road accidents – 3,000 – was much higher than during an ordinary day, with minor accidents quadrupling, according to Channel One TV.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 10, 2013, 04:33:30 pm

Peru, Chile and Bolivia hit by floods after heavy rain



Torrential rain trapped many cars and flooded hundreds of homes

Torrential rain has been causing havoc along the Pacific coast side of South America, with flooding causing the deaths of at least six people in Peru.

In the southern city of Arequipa, thousands of people were left without electricity and drinking water.

In Chile, some four million people were hit by cuts to water supply blamed on landslides in San Jose de Maipo, 30 miles (48 km) south east of Santiago.

The landslides contaminated two rivers supplying the capital's water plants.

The Aguas Andinas water company said it expected to bring the water supply back to normal by Sunday afternoon.

Last week, even Chile's Atacama desert, one of the driest places in the world, suffered with heavy rain.

Bodies in car
The authorities in Peru declared a state of emergency in Arequipa.

The national meteorological service said that the bad weather brought down the equivalent of three months of rain in about seven hours.

"There are no records of an event of this magnitude"
, the local director of the service, Sebastian Zuniga, told the Andina news agency.

At least two bodies were found in a car that was buried in mud after a road collapsed.

Torrential rain has also fallen over most regions in neighbouring Bolivia.

Nearly 9,000 people are said to have been affected and crops lost to the rain.

Last week, Brazil announced it would send 500 tonnes of rice to aid Bolivians hit by the natural disaster.

Title: Significant damage in Mississippi from apparent tornado
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 10, 2013, 07:00:15 pm
There were some 2 weeks ago that hit other southern states(ie-Georgia). It seems like in recent years, tornados are striking earlier and earlier in the year.



Significant damage in Mississippi from apparent tornado

The National Weather Service said a tornado was seen on the ground in West Hattiesburg, Miss.

NEW ORLEANS — Emergency officials said an apparent tornado has caused significant damage in Hattiesburg, Miss., after passing along a main road.

Forrest County Fire Coordinator Chip Brown said there is major damage in Hattiesburg and Petal, including on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. He couldn't confirm injuries.

He said the damage was still being evaluated, but that the storm passed along a main Hattiesburg thoroughfare.

National Weather Service meteorologist Joanne Culin said there have also been reports of injuries in Marion County.

Nasty weather has settled in on much of Louisiana and Mississippi, including tornado or flash flood watches.

The National Weather Service says bad weather is likely to stretch into Fat Tuesday in southeast Louisiana. Jefferson Parish has canceled a Monday night parade.

Title: Re: Significant damage in Mississippi from apparent tornado
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 11, 2013, 11:05:21 am


Tornadoes Race Through Mississippi, Alabama: Several Injured

A line of severe thunderstorms rolled through Mississippi and Alabama between the hours of 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. EST Sunday.
-There was a report of a tornado two miles south of Grove Hill, Ala. at 6:50 p.m. EST.
-The NWS reported a possible tornado was located in Mays Crossroads, Ala. at 6:38 p.m. EST.
-A house was destroyed in Clarke County Alabama near Old Lock Warren Road and Highway 69 in Grove Hill, Ala. The time of the report was 6:33 p.m. EST.
-Damage was reported at the Southern Mississippi University campus at 6:32 p.m. EST.
-The tornado was reported to be on the ground and entering West Hattiesburg, Miss. at about 6:13 p.m. EST.
-Storm chasers reported a large tornado was on the ground in Lamar County near Oloh, Miss., at 6:04 p.m. EST. It was reported to be moving northeast at 40 mph towards West Hattiesburg, Miss.
-Localized flooding was reported for parts of Jackson, Miss., at 6 p.m. EST.
-A tornado damaged homes and injured three people in near Pickwick, Miss., at about 5:50 p.m. EST. There are reports of five people with injuries.
Along and ahead of the storm's cold front, severe weather will continue to threaten communities across southern parts of Mississippi and Alabama through this evening.


Title: Re: Significant damage in Mississippi from apparent tornado
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 11, 2013, 04:02:12 pm


Tornado in Hattiesburg, Miss., caught on videos


The tornado that tore through Hattiesburg, Miss., on Sunday—damaging buildings in and around the University of Southern Mississippi, and injuring at least 10 people—was caught on video by witnesses in the area. Below are several of them.
Please note that some of the language, understandably, may not be suitable for work.






Title: Localized Flood Threat From New York City to Boston
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 11, 2013, 04:26:33 pm
Localized Flood Threat From New York City to Boston



A new storm is headed to New York City that will threaten to cause more problems for residents and commuters bringing rain but not a repeat blizzard.
AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist, Dave Samuhel, said the threat for rain on Monday will stretch throughout the New England region. Rainfall is expected to begin right before rush hour Monday morning in New York City and by midday in Boston.
New York City is not expected to experience freezing rain, but Samuhel said it is possible that areas north and west of the city experience some icy road conditions before temperatures get above freezing during the morning commute.
Temperatures throughout the I-95 corridor from NYC to Boston are expected to be relatively mild tomorrow, reaching into the mid- to upper 40s.


Flooding could be a potential issue during the six to nine hour period of rainfall on Monday, according to Samuhel. An expected half of an inch of rain is expected to rinse the northeast.
"Normally we don't see flooding with a half of an inch of rain, but we could see some in low lying areas, especially because storm drains could still be blocked with snow," Samuhel said.
The risk for flooding, according to Samuhel is greatest in Long Island, southern Connecticut and up into Providence, Rhode Island.
Drivers and walkers could experience a slower commute as rainfall and milder temperatures will turn snow into a slushy mess. With milder aid flowing over snow cover, this could provide patchy fog which could also contribute to some delays.

Title: Re: Significant damage in Mississippi from apparent tornado
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 11, 2013, 04:40:47 pm

Homes wrecked, dozen hurt in Mississippi tornado


"It sounded like Katrina," said Charlotte Walters, who lives in a neighborhood also hit by the 2005 hurricane that devastated the Gulf Coast.

Title: Re: Significant damage in Mississippi from apparent tornado
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 13, 2013, 09:12:09 pm
Obama declares disaster in Miss. after tornado



JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared a federal disaster in Mississippi following a massive tornado that tore through a college campus and destroyed or damaged more than 800 homes in the southern part of the state.
Obama ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Forrest and Lamar counties, which were severely affected by Sunday's tornado and resulting severe weather. The National Weather Service says the tornado had maximum winds of 170 mph and forged a path three-quarters of a mile wide.
The disaster assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover.
Authorities say damage surveys are continuing, and more counties may be included after those are completed.
Officials estimate it will take tens of millions of dollars to repair damage by the tornado at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.
The College Board voted unanimously Wednesday to allow Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds to sign contracts and take other actions without board approval to help the 16,000-student school recover. Officials say USM plans to resume classes Thursday, although 87 sections will be in temporary quarters.
The tornado damaged eight or nine buildings at the southern edge of the school's campus. One of those, a former fire station converted to house the jazz program, will have to be torn down, Bounds says.
Most of the damage to the school is expected to be covered by a $500 million insurance policy. The policy carries a $100,000 deductible.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 26, 2013, 05:26:59 pm


Caught! Waterspout Comes Onshore in Tampa

As a waterspout sped toward Tampa, Fla., this morning (Feb. 26), a quick-thinking weather watcher snapped the vacation photo of a lifetime.
Robert Siegel, a spotter for the National Weather Service's volunteer program, was on vacation in Florida when the waterspout appeared in northern Hillsborough Bay at 11:12 a.m. Siegel, who lives in Colorado, shot photos and emailed them to the National Weather Service, which shared the waterspout image via Twitter.
The photos show dark, stormy skies and water swirling above the bay. The waterspout came ashore as a tornado with 60 mph (96 kph) winds, according to a statement from the National Weather Service's Tampa Bay office.

 The tornado then hit the Westin Hotel and proceeded down a channel between the Tampa Bay Times Forum and Harbour Island, the NWS said. The twister lifted just east of the Florida Aquarium, traveling about 4,500 feet (1,360 meters) in all. Wind gusts associated with the tornado reached 75 to 85 mph (120 to 136 kph).
No injuries were reported, but damage included roofing, condo furniture, downed light poles and five vehicles, the NWS said.
The entire Tampa Bay region was under a tornado watch for the morning as a cold front moved in from the north. The watch was canceled around 1 p.m. EST.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 26, 2013, 05:29:25 pm


Forecasters say tornado spotted in N. California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado was sighted in Northern California as a winter storm passed through the area.
Meteorologist Johnnie Powell says a "weak" tornado was spotted in the Sacramento area north of Red Bluff on Tuesday shortly after 1:30 p.m.
Powell says the light funnel cloud has a preliminary rating of F0, meaning that it may have had winds speeds reaching between 40 to 70-miles-per-hour while causing little or no damage in the area.
Meanwhile, the storm has brought cooler temperatures and much-needed rain and snow in some parts of the state.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 27, 2013, 10:59:07 am

27 February 2013
Australia hit by Tropical Cyclone Rusty

Tropical Cyclone Rusty has hit the coast of Western Australia, bringing with it pouring rain and strong winds.

Rusty had been forecast to make landfall in the Pilbara region's Port Hedland iron ore port, but instead touched down in nearby Pardoo town.

The storm has been downgraded from category four cyclone, one notch short of the top category, to category three.

It is bringing gusts of up to 165km/h (103mph), said Australia's Bureau of Meteorology (BoM).

"It looks as if Hedland has dodged the bullet, so to speak, because the worst of the winds are away from Hedland," Neil Bennett of the BoM told AFP early on Wednesday.


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Post by: Christian40 on March 01, 2013, 09:33:20 pm

February 2013

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Post by: Kilika on March 02, 2013, 05:47:40 am
17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
18  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
Luke 10:17,18 (KJB)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2013, 04:31:39 pm
Record Warmth for Phoenix, Las Vegas

High pressure centered over the Four Corners will continue to expand, allowing temperatures to surge Thursday and Friday in the Southwest.

Temperatures in cities such as Phoenix, Ariz., and Palm Springs, Calif., are expected to make it into the 90s.

Palm Springs has gotten an early jump on the warmth, with the "heat wave" starting back on Tuesday, reaching 90 degrees, then following with a warm 95 on Wednesday.

Phoenix last reached this temperature in the beginning of November; however, even for that time of the year, a temperature in the low 90s is more than 10 degrees above the climatological average.

Readings in the low to mid-90s that these cities will experience are more characteristic of early October.

Although they will not hit the 90-degree mark, record warmth will also spread to Fresno, Calif., and Las Vegas, Nev.

Thursday afternoon, Fresno will approach the record of 83 that was set back in 2007. A day later, Las Vegas will get close to the record of 87 set in the same year.



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 19, 2013, 10:53:07 am
Severe storms, large hail pummel parts of South

Severe thunderstorms, some packing high winds and large hail, pummel parts of the South


JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Severe thunderstorms Monday raked across a wide area of the South, packing strong winds, rain and some baseball-size hail.

In Mississippi, authorities reported two people were hit on the head by large hail as the enormous storm front crossed the region. Fire official Tim Shanks said baseball-sized hail smashed windows in several vehicles in Clinton, where the two people were hit. He had no immediate word on their condition.

National Weather Service meteorologist Anna Weber said there were reports of hail the size of softballs in some areas around Jackson.

"This is the time of year that we get hail storms, but hail this size is pretty rare," Weber said.

Emergency officials said there were reports of downed trees or other damage in 14 Mississippi counties.

Roads throughout the Jackson area were littered with broken limbs and pine needles, from the hail driving through trees. Cars could be seen driving along the interstate with broken windows and cracked windshields.

"What I found interesting is that hail is the threat that we don't talk about that much," said Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Jeff Rent. "But you can see how destructive it can be in a short amount of time. We got a tough lesson today."

Glenn Ezell and his son were putting tarps on the metal roof of their mobile home in Brandon after the storm swept through the area.

"It started hailing big enough that it come through the roof and broke the sheetrock. It was as big as your fist," he said.

Meteorologists issued tornado warnings for parts of northwest Georgia and severe thunderstorm warnings around the state.

Flights were delayed by more than an hour Monday afternoon at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport after officials there ordered a ground stop, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Georgia Power officials said 73,000 customers were without power Monday night, and of that number, 31,000 were in northwest Georgia.

In neighboring Alabama, the storms knocked out power to more than 200,000 customers.

Etowah County officials said a person had to be removed from a house in Rainbow City after a tree fell onto it. Nearly two dozen trees had toppled onto Alabama Highway 77.

"I think most of it was caused by straight line winds, we just won't know really until tomorrow when the National Weather Service comes and does an assessment," said Gadsden-Etowah County EMA director Mike Bryant.

Bryant said eight people in the Gadsden area and five others in the county were hospitalized Monday night, but he did not know the extent of their injuries.

Meteorologists recorded wind speeds of 80 mph in some areas, and DeKalb County EMA director Anthony Clifton said the roof was ripped from a school in Collinsville, about 15 miles southwest of Fort Payne.

In Tennessee, heavy rain helped firefighters contain a wildfire that burned nearly 60 rental cabins in a resort area outside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The fire forced up to 200 people who had been staying in cabins in the area to evacuate.

Fire officials had worried earlier that wind-whipped flames might jump a ridgeline and threaten Pigeon Forge, a popular tourism destination that's home to country star Dolly Parton's amusement park, Dollywood.

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Post by: Kilika on March 19, 2013, 01:48:02 pm
The fire forced up to 200 people who had been staying in cabins in the area to evacuate.

Fire officials had worried earlier that wind-whipped flames might jump a ridgeline and threaten Pigeon Forge, a popular tourism destination that's home to country star Dolly Parton's amusement park, Dollywood.

Sorry, no sympathy. Rental cabins for vacationers, and a carnal playground to waste money on that leads children astray from the truth? Nope, not a drop.

Just like with the fires in California, they have these neighborhoods of $300,000+ homes burn up and everybody is boohooing. Well, for one, it's their own greed that built or bought those homes which are an excess, and two, they are living in a known fire hazard area (but it has a great view! ::)). again because of their own lusts of the flesh.

While Jesus tells us that we shall have tribulation in the flesh, much of "their' tribulations are self-imposed.

1  Go to now, [ye] rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon [you].
2  Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3  Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4  Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5  Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
6  Ye have condemned [and] killed the just; [and] he doth not resist you.
7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
James 5:1-7 (KJB)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 21, 2013, 06:42:23 pm
China: Giant Hailstones and Tornado Kill 24, Injure Hundreds

A tornado that ripped through southern China has caused widespread devastation, killing at least 24 people and leaving scores more injured.

The storm hit the Daoxian province in south of the country on Wednesday, said Zhou Jingzhong, head of the county government's publicity office.
Strong tornado winds - which can reach speeds of 300 mph - caused a ferry to overturn in a river in the south-eastern province of Fujian, causing the deaths of 11 people, with four still missing, said local website qq.com.
Nine people were killed in the town of Dongguan, with images showing shattered car windscreens, apparently smashed by egg-sized hailstones.
Many of the dead were trapped inside collapsed buildings. A further 148 people were also injured, including 11 who are on the critical list.
Other areas affected by storms and torrential rain were in the nearby Jiangxi and Hunan provinces of central China and Guizhou, in the southwest region of the country.

Around 1.5 million residents have been affected by the severe weather and 215,000 people have been forced to relocate, according to the Xinhua news agency.
Southwest China is still recovering from thunder and hailstorms which swept Guizhou province seven days ago. Some 24 counties and cities were hit by the storms which damaged houses and 8,700 hectares of farmland.
More storms bringing rain, wind and hail are forecast for the south of the country over the next three days, according to reports by Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.
Wang Li, director of the Hunan Meteorological Administration's division of emergency and disaster relief, said: "This kind of weather frequently occurs during spring in Hunan, but such severity is rare."
Wang said the provincial meteorological authorities had issued orange storm alerts in 40 cities and counties across the province on Tuesday night, the second-highest level in China's three-tier colour-coded warning system.
"Given that the spring crop sowing season has just started in our province, the damage to plants is likely to be limited," he told China Daily, although adding that vegetable and tobacco growers may suffer economic losses.
Labourers clean up the debris of a shed which was destroyed by a thunderstorm and hail in Dongguan, Guangdong province March 20, 2013. At least eight people died and 136 others were injured after a thunderstorm and hail hit the city in south China's Guangdong Province, local authorities said Wednesday, Xinhua News Agency reported.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 21, 2013, 06:49:13 pm

20 hurt as tornadoes and powerful storms hit Victoria's northeast

Erin Marie, AAP
From:Herald Sun
March 22, 2013

RESIDENTS have told of their terror after tornadoes and powerful storms smashed Victoria's northeast, leaving 20 people injured including two critically.

The severe storms hit several towns including Yarrawonga, Mulwala, Bundalong, Rutherglen and Euroa about 8pm, the SES said.

Caravans were overturned, roofs were ripped off homes and buildings were damaged as tornadoes travelling up to 50km/h ripped through the area.

Dozens of residents remained unable to return home this morning while the clean-up effort is expected to take days.
One man was filling his car with petrol in Euroa when the tornado caused the Shell service station to collapse.

“The tornado came to my car - I actually thought it was going to pick my car up," the man, Daniel, told 3AW.
"I was stuck inside the car outside the actual service station, and everything around me just collapsed on top of my car”.
Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Richard Carlyon said video footage confirmed there were tornadoes in the region.
"We may have had tornadoes running for around 20km/h or 50km/h, causing extensive damage across a 100m-200m path. It’s hard to estimate how strong the winds were," he said.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Peter Swan said paramedics responded to dozens of calls, with some people suffering serious injuries from flying debris.
"We are on standby expecting that there may be other patients around this morning," he said.
"This is certainly a very unusual event to occur in Victoria."

Manager of Emergency Management Jon Byrne said paramedics treated and transported 20 people to Yarrawonga Hospital, including four who were then taken to Melbourne by air ambulance.
A man in his 50s is in a critical condition in the Royal Melbourne Hospital with head, pelvis and abdominal injuries.

Yarrawonga District Health Service chief executive officer Terry Welch said the hospital had put patients up in hotel rooms to free up beds.
"We've really pulled on every resource we can," he said.

"We've paid for hotels for those that we could because we needed the bed capacity.

The SES received more than 150 calls for help in the region, and about 1000 from across the state.

The main streets of Rutherglen and Yarrawonga both suffered widespread damage, a SES spokesman said.
"This is certainly some of the fiercest weather I've seen, and some of the more experienced hands have echoed that view," he said
Wild winds also battered other parts of the state yesterday.
A Knox boy had a close escape on his way to school when a tree fell in his path.
The SES was also called to remove a large gum tree that fell on a car after hitting a power line in The Basin's Old Forest Rd.
One driver was being checked by paramedics after a tree crushed his car in Kilmore  during high wind gusts.
A woman called for help after a tree fell on her vehicle in Kew, bringing down live power lines on the ground around the car.
She was told not to leave the vehicle for fear she could be electrocuted. Firefighters, SES and ambulance officers were on the scene to safely remove her from the car.
St Kilda recorded a top gust of 100km/h. Tullamarine reached a top of 94km/h with other suburbs had winds between 70km/h and 90km/h.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 22, 2013, 01:38:28 pm
Tornado rips through two states in Australia, injuring at least 20 people

Two caravan parks and a forest in Victoria and part of New South Wales were hit by the tornado which touched down around 8pm local time, leaving scenes of devastation which witnesses likened to a warzone.

A tornado ripped through parts of Australia on Thursday injuring 20 people, local media reported.

The storm struck around 8pm local time in the northeast of Victoria, razing two caravan parks and destroying a forest, according to local emergency officials.

It also affected parts of New South Wales, where another caravan park appeared largely destroyed. One young driver in the state had a lucky escape. Footage filmed from inside his car shows the tornado touching only metres from the road, with power lines exploding as they were hit by the twister. Daniel Clarke, 24, was forced to accelerate away at speed in a bid to escape.

Visitors to the caravan park and witnesses likened the scene in Mulwala to a war zone.

"Everyone's lost everything," one woman, who arrived on Friday morning, after the tornado struck, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

An elderly woman, who did not give her name, recalled "bits of timber and trees and pieces of caravan just flying past, I don't think I'll ever forget it. It's dreadful."

She said she and her husband were lucky that the tornado did not hit their caravan, where they were at the time.

Earlier, an ambulance team manager in Victoria said 19 people were first airlifted to a local hospital, and five of them were later flown to Melbourne for medical treatment.

Local media said initial reports suggested winds picked up to between 180 and 250kmh (111-155mph).

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 25, 2013, 04:00:35 pm
Tornado kills 23, injures over 500 in Bangladesh

Dhaka: The death toll from a tornado that swept through some 25 villages in eastern Bangladesh, rose to 23 with rescuers finding three more bodies in debris, a day after the deadly storm which also left nearly 500 people injured.

The storm which hit the area on Friday, left a trail of destruction in 20 villages of Brahmanbaria sadar, Bijoynagar and Akhaura upazilas.

- See more at: http://post.jagran.com/tornado-kills-20-injures-over-1364009803#sthash.qOLzQaxr.dpuf

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 30, 2013, 10:37:35 am
How a Storm Became Big Enough to Span the Atlantic

There is currently a massive storm churning over the Atlantic that spans the entire ocean basin, stretching all the way from Canada to Europe, and from Greenland to the Caribbean.

It's the same weather system that brought a massive spring blizzard to much of the United States and Canada earlier this week (on Tuesday (March 26), 44 of 50 states had some snow on the ground), and which has now ballooned in size, according to Jason Samenow, chief meteorologist with the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang.

Robert Oszajca, lead forecaster for the National Weather Service's Ocean Prediction Center, explained that the storm got this big by merging with several low-pressure systems that were hanging out over the Atlantic Ocean. The merging weather systems gave it more power, which was accentuated by a gradient between warm moisture from the southeast, delivered by the Gulf Stream, and frigid air from the north. This intensified the storm, causing it to spin, elongate and grow in size, Oszajca told OurAmazingPlanet.

Normally, the system would have drifted into Europe several days ago. However, a high-pressure system over Greenland blocked the low-pressure system's advance, which allowed it to strengthen further, fed by cold air from the north. This created winds (which move from high pressure to low pressure) up to 75 mph (120 km/h), equivalent to a Category 1 hurricane, Oszajca said.

"We're impressed with the size of this storm," he said. Nevertheless, storms this big form about once or twice every winter.

The storm, which looks like a large comma whose tail stretches into the Caribbean, ranges from Eastern Canada all the way to Spain and north to Greenland. It has created waves up to 42 feet (13 meters) high, Oszajca said.

The storm has already begun to weaken, however, as the high-pressure "blocking" system to the north has eased. Oszajca said the central low-pressure system that has powered the storm will soon break up into several separate centers, and the storm will fragment before hitting Portugal in about four days. The storm isn't expected to be very intense by the time it reaches Europe, he added.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 04, 2013, 06:34:57 pm
Major Storm Potential Next Week for Plains, West

A major storm is likely to impact a million square miles over the Plains and West with areas of rain, snow and severe weather next week.

As a large storm begins to spread rain across the South this week, a new and even larger storm is forecast to impact parts of the West beginning this weekend and continuing into the middle of next week with significant moisture for some very needy areas.

The pattern of chilly air in parts of the East and warmth in the West is about to flip long enough to allow a large storm to roll in from the Pacific with moisture and potentially tap Gulf of Mexico moisture.

The storm would begin to gather moisture and strength over the weekend and would reach its peak during the first part of next week.

In addition to impacting the Northwest, areas of low-elevation rain and high-elevation snow could reach building drought areas of Wyoming, Colorado, southern Montana, Utah, Nevada and southern Idaho.


There is the potential that drenching rain could even reach across parts of big drought areas of Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas next week.

Like many storms in the West, the greatly diverse terrain will play a role on enhancing the precipitation in some areas and diminishing it in others.


Where winds are blowing uphill and Gulf of Mexico moisture gets involved, such as the eastern slopes of the Rockies and parts of the High Plains, there is the potential for an inch of rain or more.

Enough cold air could arrive on the scene to make for a heavy snowfall instead of rain over portions of the Plains of Wyoming and the Nebraska Panhandle as well as the Black Hills area.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 08, 2013, 01:40:54 pm
Tornadoes, hail and high winds target the Plains

The curtain will open Monday for a dangerous, multi-day severe thunderstorm outbreak across the nation as a major storm system emerges from the Rockies.

A few storms on Sunday across Kansas already brought hail up to the size of golfballs near Wichita. There was even a weak, rope-shaped tornado that damaged a barn and radio tower near Paradise.

Unfortunately, Sunday's severe storms were just a taste of what is to come this week.

Instead of cooler and drier air replacing Sunday's violent weather, the stage has become set for several widespread rounds of potentially damaging thunderstorms to erupt Monday afternoon, and continue pushing slowly eastward each day though midweek.

On Monday afternoon, AccuWeather.com meteorologists are especially concerned for numerous severe thunderstorms, including a few tornadoes, to target places in and around northwestern Kansas -- home to the communities of Goodland and Colby.

A few violent thunderstorms are also expected to erupt eastward to Omaha, Neb., and just north of Kansas City, Mo., and southward across Altus, Okla., and Junction, Texas.

The severe thunderstorms that erupt Monday afternoon should shift to northern Missouri, southern Iowa and central Kansas at night, but will diminish after Monday evening across western Oklahoma and north-central Texas.

The caboose of this multi-day severe weather danger for the central and southern Plains will come on Tuesday, and could lead to one of the worst severe weather outbreaks so far this season.

Tuesday's outbreak will commence from far southeastern Nebraska and central Kansas to north-central Texas in the afternoon.

Severe thunderstorms will then increase in coverage through Tuesday night as the danger zone expands across more of central Texas, eastern Oklahoma, eastern Kansas, western Arkansas and western Missouri.

"Cities that could be hit by dangerous and damaging weather conditions during Tuesday [also spanning the overnight hours] include Dallas/Fort Worth, Oklahoma City and Wichita, Kan.," stated AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski when he warned of the danger last week.

Springfield and Joplin, Mo., and Tulsa, Okla., are among the other cities in harm's way.

Thunderstorms on Tuesday could bring strong tornadoes, hail as large as baseballs, and wind gusts as high as 60 or 70 mph.

On Wednesday, the severe weather danger will focus on places from St. Louis and Cape Girardeau, Mo., to Tyler and Houston, Texas.

Residents throughout the central and southern Plains should continue to check back with AccuWeather.com for the latest updates on the impending violent and dangerous weather.

Those living in places where the severe weather, including the danger of tornadoes, will occur at night should figure out a plan of how to avoid sleeping through potentially life-saving warnings.

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Post by: Kilika on April 08, 2013, 02:59:15 pm
REALLY windy here! Most of the state is quite breezy today. ;D

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 10, 2013, 08:58:47 pm
It's been VERY cold here in North Texas today - which probably explains why the streets in Oklahoma(which is only a 2-3 hour drive from NT) is ice coated.

Storm system to bring more snow from South Dakota to Minnesota

A vast storm system Wednesday night may bring snow from eastern South Dakota into northeast Nebraska, northwest Iowa, and central and southern Minnesota, to include the Twin Cities, The Weather Channel reported. Four to eight inches of snow could fall Wednesday night alone in the Sioux Falls to Minneapolis corridor.

Light snow could reach as far east as northern Wisconsin, The Weather Channel reported.

Farther east, in upstate New York, Buffalo could see a brief period of freezing rain Thursday morning.

Earlier Wednesday, the storm pounded the Dakotas with snow, coated Oklahoma with rare spring ice and took aim at parts of the Mid-Atlantic and South.

Snow, freezing rain and strong winds snapped trees, broke power poles and left cars sheathed in ice in South Dakota, and the city of Sioux Falls declared a state of emergency.

Farther south — and much more unusually — ice coated roads in Oklahoma, all the way down to the Red River border with Texas.

“For April, that is really amazing,” said Tom Niziol, a meteorologist and winter weather expert for The Weather Channel.

It all made for a messy day of travel in the Great Plains and the Midwest. Chicago O’Hare, a hub airport for the central United States, reported almost 500 flight cancellations.

As the storm system lumbers eastward, powerful thunderstorms are expected later Wednesday and overnight in Pennsylvania and Maryland, including Philadelphia and its suburbs.

It has been unusually cold this week in the West and unseasonably warm in the East, including temperatures pushing 90 degrees Wednesday in Washington. That warm air makes the weather system more dangerous.

“There will be more than enough fuel for these storms,” said Carl Parker, another meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

A line of late-day storms was expected to sweep across Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon, threatening to dump damaging hail and perhaps spawn tornadoes before pushing out of the state in the evening.

The same storm system has already produced bizarre weather elsewhere in the country.

Earlier this week, the temperature fell 55 degrees in Denver in less than 24 hours. Gusty wind nudged 21 cars of a freight train off the tracks in Nebraska. And snowflakes the size of cotton balls fall in Marshall, Minn., NBC affiliate KARE in Minneapolis reported.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 11, 2013, 10:58:52 am
Homes leveled as storms rip through Missouri, Arkansas

A forceful storm system whipped tornadoes and severe thunderstorms across Missouri and Arkansas late Wednesday, wrecking homes, downing power lines and injuring multiple people in both states.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency as the severe storm system that he said included tornadoes walloped suburbs west and southwest of St. Louis. He planned to tour affected areas Thursday.

"This was a strong system of storms that caused damage to communities in several areas of our state," Nixon said in a statement. "We will continue to work closely with local officials to assess damages and provide any needed assistance."

While authorities in Arkansas could not confirm that any tornadoes struck their state, three homes were destroyed and more than 50 damaged along with a church, according to Tommy Jackson, a spokesman for the Arkansas Department of Emergency management. An unknown number of people were trapped inside their home when a tree fell on it in the southeast county of Lincoln, Jackson said.

The National Weather Service announced it would send response teams to survey an area near Clinton, Ark., to determine whether one or more tornadoes had touched down.

Van Buren County, in the central north of the state, was reportedly among the hardest hit as the storm swept over Arkansas. More than 30 homes were damaged, six were destroyed, and a fire department was heavily damaged, according to county judge Roger Hooper. Four people were treated for non-life threatening injuries.

The Weather Channel received four reports of tornadoes in Van Buren County, all of them within 24 minutes, said meteorologist Kevin Roth – which could mean that one tornado was reported multiple times in the county.

The storm made a plaything of an 18-wheeler in Botkinburg, Ark., tossing the truck and causing damage to a house, Roth said.

About 24,000 customers were without power in Missouri on Thursday morning and close to 1,000 more were in the dark in Arkansas, according to utility firms.

The storms popped up as a cold front clashed with the warm, humid southern climate, causing a more than 40-degree temperature difference in some parts of the state, according to weather.com.

The threat of strong winds, hail, and possible tornadoes moved east into the Ohio Valley and southeastern states, forecasters reported before sunrise on Thursday, with the possibility for storms stretching in a wide swath from Indiana to Georgia during the day.

Other parts of the country, including South Dakota and Minnesota, were punched with a mix of snow and ice, and Gov. Mark Dayton called out the National Guard on Wednesday to help ice-bound Minnesotans. Freezing rain and ice yanked down power lines and tree limbs in southeastern Minnesota, with more foul weather and up to a threat of snow on Thursday.

Minneapolis could get up to 10 inches of snow as the storm moves east, with up to a foot predicted for parts of Wisconsin and Michigan. The late wintry weather could make a final pass over northern New York and New England before it finally eases out over the Atlantic on Friday.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 12, 2013, 09:22:33 am
Strong storms march toward East Coast after killing 3 and tearing apart homes

A vast storm system that spawned tornadoes and killed three people marched toward the East Coast on Friday, delivering spring snow and ice to New England and promising to drench some of the country’s most populous cities.

On Thursday, storms tore through the Great Plains, Midwest and South. Tornadoes were reported in Missouri, Arkansas and Mississippi, and tens of thousands of people were left without power.

Storms blew the steeple off a church and killed someone in Mississippi, and a utility worker was electrocuted repairing damage in Missouri. Earlier in the week, a Nebraska woman died trying to trudge through a vicious snowstorm from her car to her home.

In Shuqualak, Miss., Kathy Coleman said she was outside her home Thursday, signing for a delivery of dialysis medication, when the storm hit. The deliveryman rushed her into the house, and the two of them huddled with the housekeeper in the bathroom.

“All I could hear was trees breaking and falling and glass,” she said. “He started praying and I started praying. Thank God he was here.”

Umbrellas bloomed at the Masters golf tournament in Georgia, and elsewhere in the state roofs were ripped off buildings and wrapped around trees like pieces of paper, one witness said.

In Rome, Ga., a wooden beam shot through a house 3 feet from where Tim Crouch was standing.

“I’m lucky,” he said. “I’m sure there are some folks out there who can’t go back to their home.”

On Friday, the system still had remarkable reach — bending from the Canadian border in snowy North Dakota through the Great Lakes and punishing the East Coast with storms all the way to Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Tornado watches were in effect in eastern Virginia and North Carolina. Parts of New Hampshire were expected to get 3 to 5 inches of snow, according to meteorologists for The Weather Channel. New York City, Boston and Washington were expecting heavy rain.

Forecasters said a similar storm pattern was taking shape for next week, probably Tuesday through Thursday, packing both snow and severe thunderstorms as it plows east.

The Rockies, parts of the Plains and Upper Midwest could get snow again, The Weather Channel said, and severe storms could rip through the southern Plains and the Mississippi Valley.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 18, 2013, 07:40:59 pm
Storm woes range from sinkhole to snow to twisters

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Middle America was overwhelmed by weather Thursday, with snow in the north, tornadoes in the Plains, and torrential rains that caused floods and transportation woes — and a sinkhole in Chicago.

Seemingly every community in the Plains and Midwest was under some sort of watch or warning. Up to a foot of snow was expected in parts of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Snow and ice closed highways in Colorado. Rivers were surging beyond their banks from downpours in Missouri, Iowa and Illinois. Tornadoes caused scattered damage in Oklahoma. Frost warnings were in effect in Kansas and Oklahoma as a cold front pushed out warmer air.

"It's a classic spring storm in many ways," Mark Fuchs of the National Weather Service said. "There's a wide variety of weather, a big temperature difference."

Consider St. Louis. On Wednesday the temperature reached 85 degrees. Strong storms passed through on Thursday, and by Friday, the temperature is forecast to be around 40 degrees.

There were no immediate reports of deaths related to the vast array of foul weather around the country.

Chicago was pummeled by an all-night rainstorm that ripped open a sinkhole large enough to swallow three cars and injuring one driver badly enough that he had to be hospitalized. Police spokesman Mike Sullivan said the gaping hole opened up in a street on the city's South Side, near Lake Michigan.

The injured man was driving when the road buckled and caved in. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The other two cars were parked.

Flooding has also forced authorities to close sections of several major expressways around Chicago, canceled classes at some schools and scrapped around 550 flights at O'Hare International Airport. The gauge at O'Hare showed 5 inches of rain, and 2 more inches were expected Thursday.

Winds, possibly from a tornado, damaged dozens of homes in Spavinaw, Okla., injuring one person. Another twister damaged a few buildings near Paris, Mo. High winds also blew two tractor-trailers off a highway near Monroe City, Mo.

Up to a foot of new snow was expected in northern Minnesota. Duluth has already received 24 inches of snow this month, and the additional snowfall could push it past the April record of 31.6 inches set in 1950. Winter storm warnings were also posted for parts of North Dakota and South Dakota.

Snow and ice forced closure of sections of Interstate 70 and Interstate 25 in Colorado. The Wyoming Department of Transportation warned drivers to watch for black ice.

Flash flooding was reported in many places. In north-central Illinois, fire departments and rescue crews helped stranded motorists and residents. In Utica, the fire department evacuated a mobile home park. In Marshall County, boats were needed to rescue morning commuters trapped in flash flooding.

In Ava, Mo., a school bus carrying several children stopped because of water on the road. The driver turned around to go back, only to find flooding behind him, too. The driver and kids waited at a nearby home until help arrived. Outside the small town, an elderly couple was rescued from their mobile home after a fast-rising creek encircled the trailer.

"There were places around here this morning that like in 45 minutes got 3 inches of rain," Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase said.

Roads in Oklahoma, Iowa and Michigan were shut down because of flash flooding.

Several rivers were lapping over their banks, including the biggest one, the Mississippi. In Hannibal, Mo., the flood gates were installed in open sections of the levee that protects the Mark Twain sites and the rest of downtown. Emergency management director John Hark said he was in "full flood fight" mode

The river was expected to climb nearly 10 feet above flood stage by the middle of next week several spots north of St. Louis, including tiny Clarksville, Mo.

Many of the town's 442 residents were filling sandbags Thursday as floodwaters began rising toward the unprotected downtown. City Clerk Jennifer Calvin said the Federal Emergency Management Agency was bringing in 500,000 additional sandbags, the effort speeding up because the crest of the flood is expected over the weekend.

"This is a short time frame we have to prepare for it," Calvin said. "That doesn't make it any easier."

Strong storms rolled through the St. Louis area during the morning rush Thursday, snarling traffic with water over several roadways. Winds up to 60 mph caused scattered damage.

In Chicago, the storm-swollen Chicago River was being allowed to flow into Lake Michigan, in part to relieve sewer backups downtown and in neighborhoods. The river was diverted away from the lake more than a century ago to keep pollution out of the lake, the source of the city's drinking water. Meanwhile, workers were furiously filling sandbags and putting up barricades along the north branch of the Chicago River in the Albany Park neighborhood.

Making flood concerns even worse: Forecasters are calling for the heavy rain to continue in many places into Friday morning.

Title: Floodwaters rising after storms deluge heartland
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 19, 2013, 12:04:04 pm
Floodwaters rising after storms deluge heartland

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River quickened its ominous rise on Friday after parts of the Midwest were soaked by heavy rains this week, with some towns hurriedly building sandbag levees to protect homes and businesses. Several communities in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri could see near-record flooding this weekend — a sharp contrast to just two months ago when the river was at near-record lows. In central Illinois, a flood-swollen river topped a levee and prompted authorities to evacuate about half of a small town. The Mississippi was among many rivers lapping over the banks in those states and central Indiana, where heavy overnight rains also flooded rivers, streams and streets, driving some people from their homes and prompting school districts to cancel or delay the start of classes.

In Missouri, most of the 442 residents in Clarksville have pitched in on a furious effort to build a makeshift levee of gravel, plastic overlay and sandbags, trying to keep the murky Mississippi from inundating the handful of downtown businesses. "This just shocked us all because it just came up so quickly," alderwoman Sue Lindemann said. "We found out about the crest prediction Wednesday and we started sandbagging that night. It's going to be touch and go but we're hoping." Volunteers worked into the night to stack sandbags against rising floodwaters and evacuate people in the path, or rescue those already in danger. National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said the swiftness of the rise has been stunning.

"To go from below flood stage to close to 10 feet above is unusual," he said. "Pretty amazing. It's just been skyrocketing." In Quincy, Ill., the Mississippi jumped nearly 10 feet in 36 hours. By the time it crests Sunday at 11 feet above flood stage, a bridge over the river may have to be shut down and the sewage plant for the community of 40,000 residents could be threatened. The torrential rains caused widespread flash-flooding, too. An 80-year-old woman died in De Soto, Mo., about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis, when a normally docile creek flooded a street and swept away her car. About 50 residents had to be rescued by boat in a low-lying area of town, said De Soto City Manager Dave Dews.

Some of the worst flooding was in the Chicago area, where up to 7 inches fell within 24 hours Wednesday night and Thursday. A massive sinkhole opened and swallowed two parked cars and one that was driving through. The driver was hospitalized but was expected to survive. In suburban Chicago, Nick Ariano helped rescue a friend's grandmother, who became trapped in a home filling with water after a branch of the flooding DuPage River spilled over its levee. Ariano, his friend and another man raced to a sporting goods store to buy inflatable rafts, then paddled out to the home and got Mille Andrzejewski, in her mid-80s, to safety. The three friends got some enjoyment out of the raft ride, despite the eeriness of floating over submerged cars and mailboxes. "As kids growing up, we used to raft down the river," Ariano said with a laugh.

About 60 miles southwest of Chicago, a Grundy County hospital evacuated 47 patients after a nearby creek and the Illinois River rose and water crept into the basement, spokeswoman Janet Long said. National Weather Service hydrologists are projecting flooding along several smaller rivers in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. The Illinois River — a major tributary of the Mississippi — will have major flooding for the next week to 10 days, as will the Rock River in western Illinois. Meanwhile, the Mississippi and Missouri rivers were already at flood stage and rising fast. Buyouts since the 1993 flood, flood walls and reinforced flood levees have gone a long way to limiting damage from Mississippi River flooding. Still, tens of thousands of acres of farmland are under water, several roads are closed, and town sewer systems are threatened if water gets high enough.

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis issued a flood warning for Tippecanoe County and part of Carroll County because of rising waters from the Wabash River following heavy rain on Thursday. Parts of Michigan got up to 4 inches of rain through Friday morning, causing flooding along the Grand River in Grand Rapids, the Saginaw River in eastern Michigan, and the Pine River at Alma. The one silver lining in all the rain: The drought that had the Mississippi dangerously low throughout the winter is all but over in some of the major crop-growing states, including Iowa, Missouri, Minnesota and Wisconsin, according to a weekly drought monitor. Small portions of Nebraska also saw improvement. Now farmers are hoping for a dry spell to allow them to get into the fields for spring planting.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 21, 2013, 09:23:01 am
Crests approaching in several towns in Midwest

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — An all-too-familiar springtime ritual played out around the nation's heartland this weekend as volunteers, National Guardsmen and even prison inmates joined together in an effort to ward off fast-rising floodwaters.

Dangerously high waters dotted at least six Midwestern states following torrential rains this past week that dumped up to 7 inches in some locations. Record flooding was possible in some places as dozens of rivers overflowed their banks.

The water levels forced evacuations, closed roads, swamped hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland and shut down much of the upper Mississippi River to barge traffic. Even two Mississippi River bridges were closed. Several Mississippi River towns north of St. Louis were expected to see crests sometime Sunday, including Clarksville, Mo.

Volunteers in the tiny community have worked endlessly since Wednesday to build a makeshift sandbag levee that seemed to be holding as the crest— expected to be 11 feet above flood stage — approached. Even prisoners from far-away Jefferson City were brought in to help.

After four 12-hour days of sandbagging, Trish Connelly, 57, was exhausted but optimistic the town would beat back the river. Her plan to open a new fine arts gallery downtown this weekend were on hold "until we know what the river is going to do," she said.

"This is frustrating for people," Connelly said. "This isn't as bad as 2008, but thank God it stopped raining."

Gov. Jay Nixon on Saturday toured the unprotected-by-choice town that was also flooded in 2008, 2001, 1998, 1995 and many times before that.

"The water is continuing to rise but it is our full hope and expectation that these walls will hold," Nixon said of the sandbag levees. Clarksville has a flood protection system in which a temporary levee — aluminum slats filled with sand — can be built if the river rises, but the Mississippi was too quick this time.

Mississippi River levels vary greatly but are typically highest in the spring, so minor flooding is not uncommon. But when river levels exceed flood stage by several feet, serious problems can occur.

Travel was at a standstill on most of the Mississippi between the Quad Cities and St. Louis. The Army Corps of Engineers closed several locks, halting barge traffic. Recreational traffic was halted, too, including the Mark Twain Riverboat that offers excursions at scenic Hannibal, Mo. Owner and pilot Steve Terry has moored the ship since Thursday, with no end in sight.

Even crossing the river was difficult. One of two bridges at Quincy, Ill., closed Friday, and the narrow two-lane bridge at the Missouri town of Louisiana was shut down Saturday. To get across, people in the Louisiana, Mo., area either had to drive 35 miles north to Hannibal, Mo., or 50-plus miles south to suburban St. Louis.

Penny Scranton's normal 13-minute commute from Rockport, Ill., to the BP convenience store in Louisiana turned into an hour and a half.

"There are others worse off," she shrugged.

Among those worse off was Louisiana resident Erica Campbell, whose rented home in a low-lying area of town was flooded for the second time in three years. She's had enough. Campbell, her husband and their eight kids are packing up.

"We're planning to move to the country — as far away from water as I can get," Campbell, 35, said.

Smaller rivers across the Midwest were swelling, too. In Illinois, heavy equipment manufacturer Caterpillar will shut down its East Peoria, Ill., factory Sunday as the Illinois River approaches an expected 30-foot crest early next week.

Several Indiana towns were threatened by high water, forcing hundreds of evacuations. The Wabash River in Tippecanoe County reached more than 14 feet above flood stage on Saturday, the highest level since 1958. Indiana Gov. Mitch Pence took a helicopter tour Saturday of damage in Kokomo, Tipton and Elwood.

The mayor of Grand Rapids, Mich., declared a state of emergency Saturday, the same day high water forced the evacuation of the Courtyard Marriott Hotel and an apartment building.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 21, 2013, 11:22:58 pm
Rivers crest across Midwest, but rain in forecast

CLARKSVILLE, Mo. (AP) -- Those fighting floods in several communities along the Mississippi River were mostly successful Sunday despite the onslaught of water, but an ominous forecast and the growing accumulation of snow in the upper Midwest tempered any feelings of victory.

The surging Mississippi was at or near crest at several places from the Quad Cities south to near St. Louis -- some reaching 10-12 feet above flood stage. Problems were plentiful: Hundreds of thousands of acres of swamped farmland as planting season approaches; three people died; roads and bridges closed, including sections of major highways like U.S. 61 in Iowa and Missouri and crossings at Quincy, Ill., and Louisiana, Mo.the M

The U.S. Coast Guard said 114 barges broke loose near St. Louis on Saturday night, and four hit the Jefferson Barracks Bridge in St. Louis County. The bridge was closed about six hours for inspection but reopened around 8 a.m. Sunday. Most of the runaway barges were corralled but at least 10 sank and two others were unaccounted for, Coast Guard Lt. Colin Fogarty said.

Two of the confirmed flood-related deaths occurred near the same spot in Indiana; another was in Missouri. In all three cases, vehicles were swept off the road in flash floods. High water could be responsible for two more, both in Illinois, where a decomposed body was found Thursday in an Oak Brook creek and a body was found Saturday in the Mississippi River at Cora. Investigations continue.

And the danger is far from over, as spots south of St. Louis aren't expected to crest until late this week. Significant flooding is possible in places like Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Cairo, Ill.

Adding to concern is a forecast that calls for heavy rain Monday night and Tuesday throughout much of the Midwest. National Weather Service meteorologist Julie Phillipson said an inch of rain is likely in many places, some places even more. Rain is projected from Wisconsin through Missouri.

"That's not what we want to see when we have this kind of flooding, that's for sure," Phillipson said.

Harley-Davidson riders and bicyclists zipped through Grafton, Ill., a tourist town 40 miles north of St. Louis, many pausing to snap pictures of the swollen river.

Floodwaters were lapping against the side of Grafton's Artisan Village, a flea market-type business for artists. Owner Marty Harp, 53, sipped a Miller Lite as he cast a wary eye to the sky.

"If we can hold off the crest and it doesn't rain for a couple of days, it'll be OK," Harp said.

But anxiety looms regarding the heavy snow the northern Midwest has received this month and what happens when it melts and makes its way into tributaries of the Missouri and Mississippi rivers. Forecasters said up to 6 inches of new snow was possible in the Black Hills area of South Dakota through Monday morning.

Hundreds of miles to the southeast, in La Grange, Mo., Lewis County emergency management director David Keith wasn't bothered by the soggy forecast. Sandbags were holding back the murky Mississippi from La Grange City Hall, a bank and a handful of threatened homes. The water was receding.

"What we're worried about now is all that snow melt in North and South Dakota and Minnesota," Keith said.

AccuWeather meteorologist Alan Reppert said the timing of the snow melt could prove lucky: It may stay cold long enough up north to make for a gradual melt, giving the rivers time to thin out. Of greater concern, he said, is the Red River in North Dakota, which could see significant flooding in the coming weeks.

Along the Mississippi, a handful of river towns are most affected by the high waters -- places like Clarksville, Mo., and Grafton that have chosen against flood walls or levees.

By Sunday, sandbagging had all but stopped in Clarksville, evidence of the confidence that the makeshift sandbag levee hurriedly erected to protect downtown would hold. Volunteers, including nearly three dozen prison inmates, worked since Wednesday, using 6,000 tons of sand and gravel.

The river was at 34.7 feet Sunday, nearly 10 feet above the 25-foot flood stage -- a somewhat arbitrary term the NWS defines as the point when "water surface level begins to create a hazard to lives, property or commerce" -- and expected to rise another foot before cresting Monday.

"We believe we'll have a successful conclusion," said Jo Anne Smiley, longtime mayor of the 442-resident hamlet.

Richard Cottrell, a 64-year-old antique shop owner, was hopeful, but nervous. After two days of endless sandbagging, Cottrell thought he could rest Saturday night, but the constant beeping of heavy equipment outside and flood worries kept him up.

"I had a rough night last night. I had an anxiety attack," he admitted

Many towns on smaller rivers in other states were dealing with floodwaters, too.

In Grand Rapids, Mich., Mayor George Heartwell declared a state of emergency as the flooding Grand River poured into the basements of several hotels and other downtown buildings.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn declared at least 41 counties disaster areas from flooding. The Fox River in northern Illinois reached record levels, and several record crests were possible along the Illinois River.

Indiana officials were still determining whether flooded communities like Kokomo, Tipton and Elwood will be eligible for disaster aid.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 22, 2013, 11:42:39 am
More rain, snow could lead to more flooding

GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — The Mississippi River started its slow decline at some problematic spots Monday, but the spring flood is far from over. The Mississippi and countless other Midwestern rivers were still significantly above flood stage, spurred by heavy rain last week. Levee breaks caused problems in Indiana, and floodwaters flirted with the Michigan State University campus. Flooding is blamed in three deaths and could be responsible for two more. A woman last seen stranded along a flooded bridge was missing in Illinois, and a boy was in critical condition after being pulled from a river in Missouri. The Mississippi River was at or near crest at several places Sunday between the Quad Cities and near St. Louis. Some towns in the approximate 100-mile stretch of river from Quincy, Ill., to Grafton, Ill., reached 10-12 feet above flood stage. Adding to concern is the forecast of an inch of rain Monday night into Tuesday over much of the Midwest. National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said the new rain could bump up the Mississippi River up to a foot from Clarksville, Mo., to points south.

"The level of concern is high," Fuchs said. "It does look like we're going to see a bit of a bump up from this rainfall event." The current flooding is bad enough. In scenic Grafton, a small tourist town 40 miles north of St. Louis, floodwater 3 inches deep seeped into the basement of Pam and Dennis Bick's home where they've lived for four decades. "We have time to figure out what to do, where we would go and where we would put everything," Pam Bick, 57, said. "I don't want it to come up any more. But I can't stop it." Spots south of St. Louis aren't expected to crest until late this week, and significant flooding is possible in places like Ste. Genevieve, Mo., Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Cairo, Ill. To the north, the snow hasn't stopped in Minnesota and the Dakotas, and flood watchers along both the Missouri and Mississippi rivers know once that snow — record levels in some cases — melts, a lot of it ends up in the big rivers. But AccuWeather meteorologist Alan Reppert said the timing of the snow melt could be fortuitous: It may stay cold long enough to the north to make for a gradual melt that occurs after the current flood level goes down.Of greater concern, he said, is the Red River in North Dakota, which could see significant flooding in the coming weeks. Sandbagging was beginning this week in Fargo and Cass County to prepare for possibly record amounts of high water.

Sandbagging had all but stopped in Clarksville, Mo., on Sunday, evidence of the confidence in the makeshift sandbag levee hurriedly erected to protect downtown. The river was expected to rise to 11 feet above flood stage — a somewhat arbitrary term the National Weather Service defines as the point when "water surface level begins to create a hazard to lives, property or commerce" — before cresting Monday. "We believe we'll have a successful conclusion," said Jo Anne Smiley, longtime mayor of the 442-resident hamlet. Authorities in LaSalle, Ill., were searching for a missing woman after her van was found near the Shippingsport Bridge over the flooded Illinois River. A pilot alerted authorities Friday after seeing a person stranded near a van in water near the bridge. In Leadwood, Mo., about 65 miles south of St. Louis, a 12-year-old boy was swept into the flooding Big River as he tried to walk across a flooded bridge. Robert Salsberry jumped in to save him. "I chased him down the river and he was just floating lifelessly," Salsberry told the Park Hills Daily Journal. "I dragged him to a little island inside the river and I gave him CPR. His face was all blue, and I gave him CPR and brought him back to life."

Two Wabash River levees failed in southwestern Indiana. A breach about 3 a.m. Monday near Prairieton, Ind., flooded farmland. About two dozen homes were high enough to stay out of the water but became reachable only by boat. The other levee failure, in Dresser, near Terre Haute, pushed water into the basements of a few homes. In Michigan, the Grand River crested Sunday night at Grand Rapids, topping the old record by more than 2 feet. Several downtown buildings, including hotels and apartments, were affected. At East Lansing, Mich., the Red Cedar River flooded parts of the Michigan State University campus, leaving some athletic fields waterlogged.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 23, 2013, 01:22:53 pm
Deadly river floods set to continue through weekend, storm dumps snow on central US

Rivers including the Mississippi and Illinois are expected to remain in “major flood stage” through this weekend, the National Weather Service warned as rain and snow continued to fall on much of the central U.S. Tuesday.

A number of flood warnings were in place as ongoing rain and runoff from last week’s intense downpours continued to keep the water levels high in rivers across Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan in particular, the NWS added.

“The larger rivers, such as the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, will take longer to recede and will remain in major flood stage through this weekend,” the weather service said.

“Do not drive through flowing water. Nearly half of all flood fatalities are vehicle related. As little as 6 inches of water may cause you to lose control of your vehicle. Two feet of water will carry most vehicles away,” it added in a flood warning for several rivers in Missouri.

More snow
There were some heavy snowfalls overnight in parts of the central U.S. and snow was continuing to fall Tuesday morning but was expected to gradually diminish, the weather service said.

The worst-affected area was expected to be the foothills and eastern slopes of the Front Range Mountains, which could see up to 16 inches.

Duluth, Minn., has this month seen a record total of 50.2 inches for any month of the year, weather.com said. The figures go back to 1870.

The weather service warned that in areas where the snow was wet, travel would be “especially hazardous."

Rain and floods
There was also a risk of severe storms from the Ohio Valley to the lower Mississippi Valley, weather.com said on Tuesday, with “localized damaging winds and large hail.”

The floods have been blamed for at least five deaths since Thursday and have also forced evacuations, swamped homes and shut down bridges.

Barge traffic on the Mississippi was brought to a near standstill. On Sunday at least one sank and others ran aground or were half-submerged because of the floods.

States of emergency have been declared in Missouri and Illinois.

In Grafton, Ill. -- about 40 miles northeast of St. Louis -- Mayor Tom Thompson said his small community along the Mississippi River was managing, despite the water reaching 10 feet above flood stage by Monday afternoon.

"If it gets another foot (higher), it's going to become another issue," Thompson said, reported The Associated Press. Many businesses "are kinda watching and holding their breath. ... Some things are going to really be close to the wire."

Prison inmates were bused in to work alongside the National Guard and volunteers to build a floodwall of sand and gravel in Clarksville, Mo., but the barrier was showing signs of strain on Monday, according to The AP.

Areas south of St. Louis are not expected to crest until late this week.

Meanwhile, smaller rivers were causing big evacuations elsewhere. In Grand Rapids, Mich., the Grand River rose to a record 21.85 feet --  breaking 1985's record of 19.64 feet -- and driving hundreds of residents outs of their homes while flooding parts of downtown. Flood stage for the Grand River is 18 feet, according to Detroit's Lansing State Journal.

We have prepared for the worst,” Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell said, reported The Lansing State Journal.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 24, 2013, 12:34:07 pm
Flooding threatens already drenched Midwest, South
By Ed Payne, CNN
updated 12:39 PM EDT, Wed April 24, 2013

CNN) -- A powerful spring cold snap is bringing more rain and snow to a soggy U.S. heartland Wednesday, putting more pressure on riverside communities from the upper Midwest to the Deep South. The additional precipitation will further delay flooding recovery. The residents of Grafton, Illinois, north of St. Louis, will see the worst of the floodwater through Friday as the Mississippi River peaks at more than 11 feet above flood stage, the National Weather Service says. Many along the river's edge decided to evacuate, but Jerry Eller thought he would wait it out. "I've got water coming up through cracks in the floor, so I have about 3,000 gallons an hour of pumps running down the basement keeping water out, and that seems to be keeping it down to about an inch," Eller told CNN affiliate KPLR. Floodwater has ravaged dozens of counties in Illinois, forcing thousands of residents from their homes.

Widespread flooding

As rivers across the heartland swelled during the past two weeks, rising water was blamed for four deaths. Flooding threatens rivers in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi and Michigan, the National Weather Service said. The Mississippi River at St. Louis on Wednesday was above flood stage and expected to remain so through Sunday, the CNN weather team said. The Illinois River at Peoria was experiencing major flooding, which is expected to last through the weekend. Moderate flooding through the weekend is expected north of Chicago at the Des Plaines River. Along the Mississippi River, flood watches stretch as far south as Louisiana. Although flooding is expected along the river, experts don't expect the catastrophic levels of two years ago, when levees were breached. The flooding was so grave in 2011 that authorities purposely flooded thousands of square miles of Louisiana to spare city centers. Residents in North Dakota are bracing for flooding, too, along the Red River in Fargo. The city has begun a three-day push to truck sandbags into low-lying areas. Police cars are escorting the semitrailer trucks as they head to the locations, affiliate KVLY reported. Conditions could get worse. The additional rain could speed up the melting of snow, making the river rise even faster.

Volunteer help

In Clarksville, Missouri, some 500,000 sandbags and more than 8,000 tons of sand and rock are being used to keep most of the floodwater at bay. Mayor Jo Anne Smiley said the worst is over, but the city isn't out of the woods yet. Volunteers from around the area played a key role in protecting the town. "The only way this community in particular survives these kinds of events is volunteer help, because we've had more volunteers in town than we have people who live here," Smiley told affiliate KSDK. "And the people who live here are for the most part aged." Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency last week after many areas of the state were stricken by flash flooding. "The sustained periods of heavy rainfall (have) swollen creeks and streams and is pushing the Mississippi River over flood levels, endangering river communities," Nixon said. Record floodwater on the Rock River is dampening the mood at Rick Wyffels' Christmas tree farm in Moline, Illinois. "This is going to be bad," Wyffels told CNN affiliate WQAD. "This is the highest water I've ever seen down here." The Wyffels family has farmed along the Rock River for more than 60 years. About a quarter of his crop is under water. "We'll just have to wait and see whether these trees make it or not," he said. Back in July, it was a different story for Wyffels as the region was locked in a drought. He lost some 900 trees in the parched soil.

Deadly consequences

The rain and flooding caused three deaths last week and a fourth Sunday, local authorities reported. In DuPage County, Illinois, a body was found floating in Salt Creek last week, the local sheriff's office said. Authorities were working to identify it. A woman in De Soto, Missouri, drowned last week after her vehicle washed off a road, KSDK reported. Two fatalities were reported in Arcadia, Indiana. On Thursday, a 64-year-old man died after attempting to cross high water in his car. The water swept him off a roadway and dragged him downstream, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on April 24, 2013, 02:52:21 pm
And don't they still have the "spring thaw" to deal with, seeing the cold temps are hanging on?

Whatever, some of these people need to get a clue and move out of flood zones, but no, greed keeps them coming back.  ::)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 25, 2013, 11:19:52 am
Twister leaves two-mile path of damage near New Orleans

A tornado tore through the New Orleans area Wednesday, damaging homes and ripping trees out of the ground, as intense storms lashed the area with rain. The National Weather Service (NWS) said the twister was one of two that caused damage in Kenner, Louisiana, near New Orleans International Airport. No injuries were reported, according to the Times Picayune’s website NOLA.com, but about 5,000 Entergy Louisiana customers lost electrical service. The first tornado's path stretched two miles and 75 yards wide and packed winds of 75 mph. The second's path was a half a mile long and 50 yards wide and recorded winds of 90 mph. Residents posted pictures on social media of torn roofs, fallen trees and flash floods caused by torrential rains, weather.com reported.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 28, 2013, 09:20:54 pm
Israel's heat wave results in fires nationwide

Fire departments prepared for expected heat rush to fires in Rosh Ha'ayin, Ben Shemen Forest, Rishon Lezion, Haifa; residents in Rosh Ha'ayin instructed to stay indoors

Fires broke out Saturday across Israel, as the result of a heat wave.

A fire broke out in Rosh Ha'ayin in an industrial compound. According to the firefighters, the structure in which the fire originated is in danger of collapsing. 20 firefighting teams have been called to the scene, and rescue forces instructed residents of the area to remain indoors.

Five teams of fire fighters were on the scene of a fire that broke out on Mount Sansan in the Elah Valley, south of Bet Shemesh. The Jerusalem Fire Department said that there was no danger to area settlements.

Three teams of firefighters are at the scene of a briar patch fire that broke out in Holon; they are attempting to extinguish the flames.

In Rishon Lezion, firefighters overcame two fires: one near the Volcani Institute of Agricultural Research and the second near the Superland amusement park. 

The cause of fire at the amusement park appeared to be the ignition of equipment that was in a container belonging to one of the park’s vendors.


Earlier Saturday, two tourists sustained burns in a fire at Ben Shemen Forest and were taken to Assaf Harofeh Medical Center for treatment.

Firefighters from the Ayalon station arrived at the scene and worked to extinguish the flames.


Firefighter planes were also called to the scene of a fire near Yavne'el in the north, even as firefighters were called to the scene of a briar patch fire in Haifa's Kababir neighborhood. Firefighters overcame the flames within a short time, and no injuries or damage were reported.

Three firefighting teams from the Haifa station were on the scene at Kababir, together with the shift commander.

Another fire erupted north of the Kinneret, near Moshav Almagor, where residents who live nearby were evacuated as a precaution, but police allowed them to return to their homes within the hour.   
Once firefighters overcame the fires in the north, Spokesman of the Upper Galilee and Golan Fire Department, Nathan Ben Shimon, said: "Things are looking better. Two additional teams arrived at the scene."

According to Shimon, dozens of dunams caught fire, and flames almost reached residential areas.

Fire departments have been prepared for fires nationwide, due to the expected heat wave, peaks of which were reported to have reached 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).

The nation is marking the holiday of Lag B'Omer Saturday evening, when bonfires are expected to be lit as part of the holiday tradition.

Title: Huge tornado strikes northern Italy
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 04, 2013, 12:01:59 pm


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 06, 2013, 04:16:47 pm
Lately, it seems like So. California hasn't been able to catch a break...

Rain Leaves Thousands Of LADWP, SoCal Edison Customers Without Power
May 6, 2013 11:18 AM

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of Southland residents were without power Monday morning, primarily due to weather.

More than 11,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers and more than 5,000 Southern California Edison customers were powerless as of 9:45 a.m.

LADWP customers in Mar Vista, Palm, Venice, South Los Angeles, Rancho Park and Cheviot Hills were primarily affected.

SoCal Edison customers without power include those living in El Toro, Corona Del Mar, Hacienda Heights, West Covina, Valinda and Hawthorne.

Both companies are actively working on restoring power to all residents.

Anyone in need of more information, can visit the LADWP or SoCal Edison outage pages.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 07, 2013, 11:16:24 am
Super-storm in California - worse than "the big one" EQ?(VIDEO)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 08, 2013, 02:59:04 pm
Weather Extremes Flip-Flop in Denver

On April 29, Denver neared its record high for the date when it hit 80 degrees. By the next night, temperatures dove to 38 degrees. A snowstorm dumped 3.2 inches on the city through May 1.

This was not the first extreme jump for Denver this spring. April 7 and 8 brought temperatures in the 70s and 80s before plunging to 22 degrees and receiving almost a foot of snow. Temperatures then warmed into the 60s before more cold and an additional 7 inches of snow moved through for April 15 to the 17. More warm air settled into the city again, before 4 inches of snow accumulated on April 22 and 23.

Denver's location makes it no stranger to weather extremes.

"Springtime can be very volatile on the Front Range of the Rockies," said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Ken Clark.

Clark explained that westerly flows off the Rockies create warmth, but quick-moving cold fronts are able to send temperatures into a dive. Cold fronts from Canada are pushed off the east side of the Rockies and drain into the Denver area.

These drastic swings are common for Denver. Clark said that they will typically get the most snow in the late fall and early winter, then again in mid-spring rather than in the traditionally main winter months. However, despite the usual variations in weather, this year has been more extreme than most.

"It's been about 6.5 degrees below normal since April 1," Clark said. "Some days have been 20 degrees above average, but many others have been 20 degrees below average."

Low temperature records have been set this year on April 9, 10, 16, 22 and May 2. Clark cites an active storm track as the force behind the extremes. Moisture from the southeast is pulled into cold air coming down from Canada, creating conditions for snow.

It's not only snow and cold that Denver needs to look out for. Summer thunderstorms are also very common, and the area has high occurrences of hail.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 08, 2013, 03:03:07 pm
Flooding In Brooklyn: Torrential Downpours Brings Flash Flooding To Brooklyn And New York City Boroughs [PHOTOS]

Normally, a New Yorker's only worry about a rainy day is focusing on playing "Minesweeper" with the countless bottomless puddles throughout city streets. However, on May 8, heavy rain in the Northeast United States caused flash flooding in Brooklyn and parts of the New York metropolitan area. Staten Island Railway service was disrupted as well. Check out some of these photos from Twitter of all angles of the flooding in New York City.







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Post by: Kilika on May 08, 2013, 04:21:22 pm
1  Ask ye of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; [so] the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.
2  For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because [there was] no shepherd.
Zechariah 10:1,2 (KJB)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 12, 2013, 11:49:24 pm
Giant sheets of ice creep onto Minnesota shore, surge toward houses

Minnesotans saw scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood sci-fi spectacle this weekend when massive waves of ice surged out of the water and crept onto the shore like some fast-moving glacier.

Powerful gusts of wind drove giant sheets of ice toward townhouses hugging the southern lip of Lake Mille Lacs at the northwest end of the state.

Amateur video footage captured at the scene shows 2-foot blocks of wind-whipped ice jams stubbornly inching across residential patios at a speed of 2-feet-per-minute, according to NBC meteorologist Dylan Dreyer.

In one of the videos uploaded to YouTube, a woman can be heard comparing the sound of the ice blocks charging toward homes to that of a train chugging on tracks. Moments later, the ice sheets collide with homes facing the river, pressing intently on glass windows and doors.

“It’s hitting the houses! It’s crawling up the walls of the houses,” the woman can be heard saying.

Seconds later, the woman sees an ice block plow through a neighbor’s sliding glass door.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 13, 2013, 12:36:13 pm
Tsunami of ice plows into dozens of Canadian homes; no one injured in freak disaster

It took about 15 minutes for the ice floes to pour out of Manitoba’s Dauphin Lake and spill onto a couple dozen properties Friday. Homeowners were left picking up the pieces over the weekend.


A staggering tsunami of ice inundated two dozen lakeside homes in central Canada, where the unexpected disaster sent residents in a panic and left some houses completely crushed.

The extraordinary event lasted just 15 minutes Friday as families in Manitoba’s Ochre Beach, a rural community along Dauphin Lake, sat down for dinner or watched TV.

“They heard it before they saw it (the ice) coming up their decks,” local official Clayton Watts told the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday. “Then it came right in their front windows. It was just a matter of minutes.”

The booming noise — like a freight train — alerted many people and gave them enough time to safely evacuate, Watts added.

“Fortunately, no one was hurt,” he said. “We were very lucky.”

Six homes were completely wrecked while another 14 suffered various damages, according to CBC News.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/tsunami-ice-plows-dozens-canadian-homes-article-1.1341923#ixzz2TCAVNDlw

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Post by: Mark on May 15, 2013, 11:05:38 am
SNOW IN UK: 65 mph winds, month's worth of rain in 24 hours...


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 15, 2013, 02:33:55 pm
Snow makes unseasonal return to Britain as temperatures dip

Snow falls in parts of the south-west and north of England, Wales and Scotland as UK braces for more wind and rain


A blast of wet and chilly weather left some hilly areas of the UK cloaked in snow as well as spring blossom on Wednesday.

Up to 5cm (2ins) of snow fluttered down on upland areas in the south-west and north of England, Wales and Scotland.

Though it fell thickly in a few spots, the snow did not last long and while the UK is set to be battered by more wind and showers over the next few days, no more sledging weather is on the horizon.

Among areas affected was the hamlet of Anchor, close to the border between Shropshire and Wales.

Landlord Mike Steedman, who has run the Anchor Inn for the past 17 years, said he could not remember snow falling in the area during May.

The 65-year-old licensee, whose pub is almost 400 metres above sea level, said: "It settled to about two inches. It was wet and heavy snow but it's all gone now and it's quite warm outside in the sunshine."

Snow also fell in parts of Dartmoor and Exmoor in the west country, the highest areas of the Pennines and hills in north Wales and Scotland.

Less picturesque was the hammering some areas received from winds of up to 65mph. Devon and Cornwall police reported slates flying off roofs and trees falling and blocking roads.

The Environment Agency issued flood warnings – meaning flooding is expected and action should be taken – for the villages of Melverley and Maesbrook in Shropshire. A clean-up in the village of Minera near Wrexham was under way after mud swept down the hillside and was dumped on a road.

While not the norm, snow is by no means unheard of in May – indeed, there has been snow in the UK this month in each of the last three years, according to the Met Office.

The snowiest May in the past century was probably 1979, when 342 weather observation sites reported snow on 2 May. The cold spell lasted through the whole of the first week of that month.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 15, 2013, 09:14:42 pm
Updated: Tornado watch issued for North Texas, including DFW; tornadoes touch down in western counties

Update at 9 p.m.: About 37 flights have been diverted from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, said spokesman David Magana. Delays are expected through the night.

Update at 8:55 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: National Weather Service meteorologist Jesse Moore said he expects some tornadoes to continue to develop for a few more hours. Dallas County could get hit, but might skirt the brunt of the storms, he said.

Update at 8:48 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: About 3,000 Oncor customers are now without power east of Grand Prairie.

Update at 8:46 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: WFAA reports homes have been leveled in Hood County.

Update at 8:39 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Southwestern Dallas County is now under a tornado warning.

Update at 8:30 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: Arlington is believed to be in the path of a tornado, WFAA reports.

WFAA also reports that Granbury’s Rancho Brazos subdivision has also been evacuated due to storm damage.

Update at 8:06 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Tornado warning now in effect in Tarrant and Johnson counties.

Tornadoes have touched down in Pecan Plantation (a residential town near Granbury) and northeast of Decatur.

Update at 8 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: NWS reporting baseball-sized hail in Granbury not far from the town’s high school.

Update at 7:43 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: A tornado has been spotted developing in Hood County near Lake Granbury, the National Weather Service reports. Granbury is in the storm’s path.

Update at 7:34 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: And then there were fewer: Hamilton, Mills, Montague, Parker and Wise counties are still under tornado warnings. Out is Palo Pinto.

Update at 7:27 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Two tornadoes have been confirmed in Parker County, the National Weather Service reports. The larger of the two tornadoes could cross Interstate 20 around mile marker 409.

Update at 7:10 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Comanche and Jack counties are no longer under tornado warnings.

But Hamilton, Mills, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties still are.

Update at 7 p.m., by Tristan Hallman: Hail larger than golfballs is being reported in Millsap, located in Parker County.

Update at 6:30 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: Watches are quickly becoming warnings in some places. Comanche, Hamilton, Jack, Mills, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker and Wise counties are all under tornado warnings.

There are also reports of hail pelting Mineral Wells.

Update at 6:05 p.m. by Robert Wilonsky: Strong-to-severe storms continue to gather steam and form into a line as they move east, and so the National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for most of North Texas — including Dallas, Tarrant, Denton and Collin Counties and points north, south and west — until 1 a.m.

Update at 5:30 p.m. by Tristan Hallman: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for northern Montague County, which is northwest of Denton, until 6:15 p.m. tonight.

Original post at 3:45 p.m.: Moments ago the National Storm Prediction Center issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of North Texas, including Dallas and Fort Worth, and points north and west — all the way into Oklahoma, matter of fact. The watch, which expires at midnight, came not long after downtown Dallas got pounded by an out-of-nowhere storm that flooded streets.

Says Dan Shoemaker, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, says the storms will begin forming to our north and west, where it’s sunny and hot at the moment — somewhere ’round the mid-80s. As the upper level low tracks east, says Shoemaker, a line of storms will try to form just as it approached Dallas-Fort Worth. Hence, the possibility of scattered storms, some severe.

The storms should hit Dallas-Forth sometime around 9 to 11 p.m.

Says Shoemaker, we’re looking at the possibility of hail with these storms — “golf ball or bigger,” he says. There won’t be much of a wind threat, Shoemaker says, because “it’ll be too cool. But upper-level lows have cold air aloft, and that instability allows hail to grow more quickly.”

But, again, Shoemaker doesn’t expect the storms to be widespread — a 50- to 60-percent coverage area at best.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 15, 2013, 10:48:20 pm
Multiple fatalities as tornado hits Granbury, Hood County, Texas

PEOPLE have been killed by "grapefruit"-size hailstones as a tornado brings down buildings in Texas
Kathy Jividen, a spokeswoman for Hood County, Texas, sheriff's office said there were "multiple fatalities" in the wake of the storm, CNN reported.

Hood County Commissioner Steve Berry told The Weather Channel that there were two confirmed deaths, at least 16 injured and multiple structures collapsed.


But as many as 100 people have been injured by the twisters in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, said MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadsky.

Hood County Judge Darrell Cockerham said there were reports of homes being flattened with people inside.


Twisters reportedly touched down in the Texas counties of Tarrant, Hood, Dallas and Parker, Fox8 reported.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds said there have been "bad injuries … with people losing limbs."


City officials were sending school buses to affected neighborhoods to help with evacuations.

Granbury, about 80km southwest of Fort Worth, and its Rancho Brazos sub division is thought to be the worst hit. Granbury is the county seat of Fort Hood, with a population of around 8,000.

The tornado, reported to  be a mile-long is reported to be heading towards Cleburne, Texas. Dallas has also been included in a weather warning. Cleburne, a suburb of major city Fort Worth, has a population of 29,300.

."LIFE THREATENING SITUATION! Mile-wide tornado heading straight north now toward Cleburne, TX! TAKE COVER NOW! " reported Reed Timmer, of TVN.

Ryan Sloane of CNN reported that at least 10 people were injured in Hood County, Texas, with people trapped in homes.

The tornado slammed into the North Texas lakefront town of Granbury, demolishing homes and injuring an undetermined number of people, Houston Chronicle reported.

The tornado - part of a system of severe thunderstorms that spawned several tornadoes across North Texas - dropped large hail.

Police reported the hardest hit area was the Rancho Brazos subdivision and adjoining areas along Lake Granbury.

Another tornado hit the small town of Millsap, about 65km west of Fort Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 15, 2013, 10:53:16 pm
Here in my city, I'm only getting a lot of rain - however, this seems to be more serious than I initially thought. All of the local news networks here are on it 24/7(interrupting other scheduled programming).

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 16, 2013, 08:10:52 am
6 dead, at least 14 missing as tornadoes rip through Texas

North Texas residents began to take in the devastation on Thursday wreaked by a series of tornadoes that killed six and injured dozens more in what Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds described as a “nightmare” scenario.

The death toll could grow, with 14 people remaining unaccounted for, Deeds told a news conference in the early morning hours of Thursday. About 100 people were reported injured and as many as 250 were homeless after the swarm of twisters that ripped up trees and knocked down homes.

Granbury, a town of 8,000 about 65 miles southwest of Dallas, was thought to be among the worst-hit areas. Images of the town revealed leveled homes, badly damaged cars, uprooted trees and downed power lines.

“It's rough, very rough. Everything's demolished," said another resident told KXAS as she hurried away from the neighborhood with her arms around a child. "It was like hell."

The six people who were confirmed dead were in the Rancho Brazos neighborhood on the outskirts of Granbury, Deeds said. He added that the homes there were mostly built within the past five years by Habitat for Humanity.

“I had three different storms that came through but this is the worst one,” Deeds said.

The tornadoes swept through the towns of Granbury and nearby Cleburne, causing “heavy damage,” Deeds said. The search for other people who might have gotten caught up in the storm continued with day break.

“I’ve been assured by my deputies on the scene that they’re pretty confident with the six that they found, but there was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we’re going to have to search the area out there,” Deeds said.

The tornadoes seemed to have caused less damage in Cleburne, Mayor Scott Cain told KXAS. The town did “have the potential for some injuries,” Cain said.

The National Weather Service reported three tornadoes across Montague and Hood counties. Storm surveys to determine the extent of the damage were planned for Hood, Johnson, Montague, and Parker counties on Thursday, the weather service’s Dallas-Fort Worth office announced.

Nearly forty patients were taken to Lake Granbury Medical Center and 18 discharged, with the majority of injuries including cuts, broken bones, and some head injuries. A total of eight patients were admitted to the emergency room at the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Two of the patients were in critical condition as of 4 a.m. local time.

Relocation centers have been set up Granbury Methodist and First Christian churches in Hood County.

The tornado outbreak was by far the year's deadliest, the weather service said. Prior to Wednesday night, there had been three fatal tornadoes this year, killing one person each in Georgia, Mississippi and eastern Texas.

Anita Foster of the American Red Cross, which opened two shelters in Granbury, told KXAS that 42 people had spent the night in the shelters. She added that only a quarter of people who are left homeless in such disasters typically seek shelter with the Red Cross, indicating that more may have been affected.

"We’re going to have a lot of people who are going to need some help," she said, adding, "It was a really frightening evening. It was a devastating event for our community."

About 60 departures have been canceled and 70 flights diverted from Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport on Thursday morning, spokesman David Magana told the Associated Press.

NBC News' John Newland and Andrew Rafferty contributed to this report.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 16, 2013, 12:37:30 pm
At least 6 confirmed dead in Texas tornadoes

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — A rash of tornadoes slammed into several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens more injured and hundreds homeless. The violent spring storm scattered bodies, flattened homes and threw trailers onto cars.

In Granbury, the worst-hit city, a tornado tore through two neighborhoods around 8 p.m. Wednesday. Resident Elizabeth Tovar said fist-sized hail heralded the tornado's arrival and prompted her and her family to hide in their bathroom.

"We were all, like, hugging in the bathtub and that's when it started happening. I heard glass shattering and I knew my house was going," Tovar said, shaking her head. "We looked up and ... the whole ceiling was gone."

The powerful storm crushed buildings as it tore through the area, leaving some as just piles of planks and rubble. Trees and debris were scattered across yards, fences flattened.

Behind one house, a detached garage was stripped of most of its aluminum siding, the door caved in and the roof torn off. A tree behind the house was stripped of its branches and a vacant doublewide mobile home on an adjoining lot was torn apart.

Daniel and Amanda Layne initially thought they were safe sheltering under their carport. But then "it started getting worse and worse," and the couple took shelter in their bathroom, Daniel Layne said.

"The windows and the cars are gone. Both our cars are messed up. I had a big shop. Ain't a piece of it left now," Layne said with a shrug.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds described the devastating aftermath and the hunt for bodies in Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

"Some were found in houses. Some were found around houses," Deeds said. "There was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we're going to have to search the area out there."

Seven people remain unaccounted and authorities hope they are all staying with family or friends, Deeds said at a Thursday morning news conference. Emergency responders were combing the area and worked to identify the six adults whose remains were found, he said.

He said 37 injured people were treated at hospitals.

Harold Brooks, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's severe storm lab in Norman, Okla., said May 15 is the latest into the month that the U.S. has had to wait for its first significant tornadoes of the year. Brooks said he would expect 2013 to be one of the least lethal tornado years since the agency started keeping records in 1954. Officials have yet to determine the exact strength of the tornado in Granbury.

Utilities said about 20,000 homes and businesses were without power early Thursday.

Another tornado that storm spotters told the National Weather Service was a mile wide tore through Cleburne, a courthouse city of about 30,000 about 25 miles southeast of Granbury.

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain said early Thursday that no one was killed or seriously hurt, although seven people suffered minor injuries. He estimated that dozens of homes were damaged and declared a local disaster.

In one neighborhood, a trucking company trailer that had been parked on the street was picked up and dropped onto a nearby car and garage.

Another tornado hit the small town of Millsap, about 40 miles west of Fort Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed, but no injuries were reported.

Hail as large as grapefruit also pelted the area around Mineral Wells on Wednesday evening. A police dispatcher reported only minor damage.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 16, 2013, 01:29:34 pm
Tropical Storm Mahasen strikes southern Bangladesh

A tropical storm has lashed coastal areas of Bangladesh, killing 12 people, destroying thousands of huts and forcing up to a million people to flee.

Officials had prepared for a cyclone, but the storm, called Mahasen, weakened considerably before making landfall.

The storm hit Patuakhali district on Thursday with heavy rain and wind of up to 100km/h (60mph).

Early reports suggest Muslim Rohingya living in camps on both sides of the Burma border were spared the worst.

The United Nations had warned that 8.2 million people were at risk from Mahasen in Bangladesh, Burma and north-east India.

Several Indian states issued storm alerts and warned people to take precautions against severe weather conditions.

The storm weakened over the Bay of Bengal, however, and forecasters say it is likely to dissipate within 24 hours.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 16, 2013, 03:25:45 pm
Officials: Texas tornado likely had 200 mph winds

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) — Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in North Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service gave a preliminary estimate of Wednesday night's violent system, saying a tornado in Granbury had wind speeds between 166 mph and 200 mph. Other tornadoes damaged nearby Cleburne and Millsap.

Granbury, about 40 miles southwest of Fort Worth, saw the worst of the damage, as the exceptionally powerful tornado tore through two neighborhoods around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Resident Elizabeth Tovar said fist-sized hail heralded the tornado's arrival and prompted her and her family to hide in their bathroom.

"We were all, like, hugging in the bathtub and that's when it started happening. I heard glass shattering and I knew my house was going," Tovar said, shaking her head. "We looked up and ... the whole ceiling was gone."

The NWS' preliminary storm estimate was an EF-4, based on the Fujita tornado damage scale. An EF-5 is the most severe. The powerful storm crushed buildings into piles of planks and rubble. Trees and debris were scattered across yards, and fences were flattened.

Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds described the overnight hunt for bodies in Granbury.

"Some were found in houses. Some were found around houses," Deeds said. "There was a report that two of these people that they found were not even near their homes. So we're going to have to search the area out there."

Seven people remain unaccounted and authorities hope they are with family or friends, Deeds said at a Thursday morning news conference. Emergency responders were working to identify the six adult bodies that had been found, he said.

He said 37 injured people were treated at hospitals.

One of the neighborhoods, Rancho Brazos, had a significant number of Habitat for Humanity homes that were damaged.

Harold Brooks, a meteorologist at the NWS' severe storm lab in Norman, Okla., said May 15 is the latest into the month that the U.S. has had to wait for its first significant tornadoes of the year.

Brooks said he would expect 2013 to be one of the least lethal tornado years since the agency started keeping records in 1954.

Utilities said about 20,000 homes and businesses in the region were without power early Thursday.

Another tornado cut a mile-wide path through Cleburne, storm spotters told the National Weather Service on Wednesday.

Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain said Thursday morning that no one was killed or seriously hurt in the courthouse city of about 30,000 that's some 25 miles southeast of Granbury. Seven people suffered minor injuries, and upward of 150 homes were damaged and another 50 were destroyed.

He described the storm as "bizarre" because severe winds kept shifting in different directions.

Cleburne resident Derrek Grisham was going through his mother's damaged home Thursday, salvaging items before the home is likely torn down.

Grisham, 26, said after the storm passed through, he ran to his mother's nearby home to check on her and his 10-year-old son, who was staying with her.

"I had to kick in the front door to get them out," he said, explaining the two had taken shelter in a bathtub.

The roof of the home was torn away and he said her belongings were a jumbled mass, but that Catholic crucifixes stayed in place on the living room wall.

Another tornado hit the small town of Millsap, about 40 miles west of Fort Worth. Parker County Judge Mark Kelley said roof damage was reported to several houses and a barn was destroyed, but no injuries were reported.

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Post by: Mark on May 22, 2013, 05:36:28 am
Are We Entering The Worst Period For Natural Disasters In U.S. History?

Weather patterns are becoming increasingly erratic and the ground under our feet is becoming extremely unstable.  So precisely what in the world is going on here?  Is this the beginning of a trend?  Could it be possible that we are entering the worst period for natural disasters in U.S. history?  The tornado that just hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma is already being called one of the most destructive tornadoes that America has ever seen.  That tornado came almost two years to the day after the deadliest tornado in U.S. history hit Joplin, Missouri.  But of course it is not just tornadoes that seem to be getting more powerful.  Giant sinkholes are appearing at an unprecedented rate,  earthquakes are becoming more frequent and more powerful, 6 of the 10 worst years for wildfires ever recorded in the United States have all come since the year 2000, and the western part of the country is experiencing the worst stretch of drought since the days of the Great Depression.  Is all of this just some sort of a giant coincidence?  If not, what is causing these changes?

The giant F4 tornado that absolutely devastated Moore, Oklahoma had winds of up to 200 mph.  It was estimated to be at least two miles wide at one point, and what made it especially destructive was the fact that it sat on the ground for 40 minutes.  Most tornadoes only reach the ground for a couple of minutes.  According to the latest reports, the tornado resulted in 24 deaths and hundreds of others were seriously injured.

It was far more powerful than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, and it is being called “the worst tornado damage-wise in the history of the world” by a meteorologist at KFOR-TV.

You can see video of the tornado right here.  Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb compared the tornado to a “two-mile-wide lawnmower blade going over a community.”

Meanwhile, other parts of Oklahoma experienced very unusual weather as well.  In fact, hail the size of grapefruits was falling in one area near Oklahoma City.

Personally, I sure am glad that I don’t live in tornado alley.  I don’t know if I could handle hail the size of grapefruits and tornadoes that are two miles wide.

But despite the fact that we have seen such destructive tornadoes in recent years, constructing storm shelters has very much gone out of style.  This is very unfortunate, because as Mike Adams of Natural News has pointed out, even a very small storm shelter can save your life…

Storm shelters offer almost 100% survivability against tornados. Tornados cannot penetrate underground, after all. If YOU are underground, even in a small, cramped storm shelter that’s just two meters wide and two meters tall, you have an almost 100% chance of emerging from the storm completely unhurt.

Most fatalities in tornados happen because people are killed from flying debris. You might even call it “wind shrapnel.” Take a bunch of lumber, aluminum siding, bricks and roof trusses and accelerate them to 200 mph and you have a deadly weapon that will kill almost anyone it touches. But put your body just three feet underground — in a tornado shelter — and all that debris flies right past you, harmlessly above your shelter.

Another huge concern is the epidemic of sinkholes that we have seen all over the United States over the past few years.

Some cities are actually being eaten alive by these things.  For example, just check out what is happening to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania…

Pennsylvania’s state capital is suffering from a rash of monster sinkholes, but city officials are too broke to do anything about it.

Loose soil and leaky, century-old underground water pipes are to blame for the municipal nightmare, which came to a head on the New Year’s Eve when a 50-foot sinkhole yawned open along Fourth Street, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The eight-foot deep crater — one of at least 41 in the city — is so large, locals made it a “check-in” site on the social media site Four Square.

Some cheeky residents and the media nicknamed the hole “Super Sinkhole Walter.”

And check out what is happening in one housing division out in California…

Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.

The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn and all — dropped 10 feet below the street.

It wasn’t long before the houses on both sides collapsed as the ground gave way in the Spivey’s neighborhood in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.

For much more on this phenomenon, please see my previous article entitled “Why Are Giant Sinkholes Appearing All Over America? Is Something Happening To The Earth’s Crust?”

At the same time, we have seen the number and intensity of earthquakes increase all over the planet in recent years.

Thankfully, the U.S. has not seen “the big one” strike yet.

But everyone knows that it is going to happen at some point.

One of the areas that I am most concerned about is the New Madrid fault zone.  A massive earthquake along that fault zone would deeply affect millions of lives.  The following is from a recent article by Michael Fitzgerald of the CNHI News Service…

It’s a bleak scenario. A massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault kills or injures 60,000 people in Tennessee. A quarter of a million people are homeless. The Memphis airport – the country’s biggest air terminal for packages – goes off-line. Major oil and gas pipelines across Tennessee rupture, causing shortages in the Northeast. In Missouri, another 15,000 people are hurt or dead. Cities and towns throughout the central U.S. lose power and water for months. Losses stack up to hundreds of billions of dollars.

Fortunately, this magnitude 7.7 temblor is not real but rather a scenario imagined by the Mid-America Earthquake Center and the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at George Washington University. The goal of their 2008 analysis was to plan for a modern recurrence of quakes that happened along the New Madrid fault more than 200 years ago, in 1811 and 1812.

And remember, the scenario discussed above is just for a 7.7 earthquake.  Much more powerful earthquakes have happened in the New Madrid fault zone in the past, and that is exactly what many are expecting to happen in the years ahead.

Meanwhile, the “Ring of Fire” continues to heat up.  Over the past few years, there have been major earthquakes in almost every area along the Pacific rim except for the west coast of the United States.  We should be very thankful for that, but that good fortune will not last indefinitely.

Personally, I would not want to be living anywhere along the Pacific coast in the coming years.

And it is not just earthquakes that we need to be concerned about along the Ring of Fire.  We are also seeing a significant increase in volcanic activity.

Most Americans don’t realize it, but a major volcanic eruption is going on up in Alaska right now.  The following is from Yahoo News…

One of Alaska’s most active volcanoes, which has been belching ash and spewing lava since last week, has forced regional flight cancellations and dusted some nearby communities with ash, scientists and local officials said on Monday.

Pavlof Volcano has sent up ash as high as 22,000 feet, with the cloud blowing eastward and the eruption showing no signs of abating, according to the federal-state Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The lava from its 8,261-foot (2,518-metre) peak has also created huge steam clouds on meeting the mountain’s snow.

And there are several volcanoes along the west coast of the United States that people should be keeping their eyes on as well.  One of them is Mt. Saint Helens.  The following is what one scientist recently said about Mt. Saint Helens…

We know magma is forming, we see little earthquakes, and we know it is reloading. We know it will erupt again and we know we may have as little as a week’s notice.

Personally, I am even more concerned about Mt. Rainier.  That is one of the reasons why I included an eruption of Mt. Rainier in my new novel.  Mt. Rainier has started to become unstable, and a full-blown eruption would be absolutely catastrophic.

In addition to everything else that I have discussed above, we have also been witnessing an increase in the intensity of hurricanes, wildfires, drought and dust storms over the past decade.

So what is causing all of this?

Do you have any idea?

Please feel free to post a comment with your opinion below…


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 22, 2013, 09:52:47 am
In recent years, this is also another pattern I've been reading about in the aftermath of these natural disasters - it's not so much that whether or not the government/Obama/NWO minions have used HAARP or some other weather control modification. It's not so much that HAARP et al was being used on this to create a "distraction"(in this case, supposedly to put attention away from all the "scandals" of the Obama admin recently). Etc, etc.

It's been the role of the MODERN-DAY CHURCH aka Churchianity in all of this - about every article I've read, they would talk about how the church would pretty much step in to provide food and shelter for these people that got hit. I guess that's all and good, but nonetheless what is missing in all of this is that you really don't hear them preaching a word about the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. They may say stuff like "Praise God b/c he is in control", and profess his name, but it more or less sounds like they are paying lip service. Ultimately, they are acting like community organizations ala the secular Red Cross more than anything else.

Mat 24:6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Mat 24:7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8  All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Mat 24:4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:11  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Mat 24:25  Behold, I have told you before.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on May 22, 2013, 02:23:08 pm
Well, those of us that believe know what's going on...

"For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now." Romans 8:22 (KJB)

but it more or less sounds like they are paying lip service.

Yep, and I believe that's because there is no life in those organizations, and on top of that, the government restricts religious organizations from "preaching" to the public during disasters. If the people come to their church, that's okay, but like with homeless shelters run by say the RCC, they can't preach to them. Kind of like hunting a baited field I guess is the mentality.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 22, 2013, 04:16:40 pm
Severe Storms From Virginia to Maine Thursday

The same storm system responsible for producing violent and deadly thunderstorms in Oklahoma recently will reach the heavily populated Atlantic Seaboard Thursday.

The nature of the storms will change somewhat from producing tornadoes to more of a straight-line wind gust, hail and flash flooding event. However, there is a chance that a couple of the strongest thunderstorms will produce a brief tornado.

The risk for damaging and dangerous thunderstorms is forecast to extend from eastern Virginia to eastern New York state and portions of New England. Much of this area will be in a sea of warm, humid air as a cool front providing a focusing point for the storms arrives.

Only the immediate coast of southern and eastern New England would be spared the worst of the gusty storms, due to a flow of cool air off the ocean.

People from Richmond, Va., to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Md., Wilmington, Del., Philadelphia, New York City and Albany, N.Y., should be prepared for travel problems, sporadic power outages, frequent lightning strikes and urban flooding Thursday afternoon and evening.

Prior to Thursday, the storms will roll into the eastern part of the Ohio Valley and the central and southernAppalachians Wednesday into Wednesday night.

In addition to the same problems as that of the East Coast, the storms over the eastern part of the Ohio Valley to the eastern Great Lakes bring a higher potential for a few tornadoes, because of the strong state of the overall storm system and atmospheric conditions. The risk of tornadoes in this area is significantly lower than that of Texas to Arkansas Tuesday.

A handful of thunderstorms with hail erupted over upstate New York, part of New England and southern Ontario Tuesday afternoon. These were associated with a warm front lifting slowly to the north over the region.

Meanwhile, slow-moving downpours drenched part of the southern Atlantic Seaboard. There were isolated incidents of flash flooding.

All of the moisture will converge along the East Coast later Thursday into the first part of the weekend, as a newstorm takes shape.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 23, 2013, 12:51:53 am
Flooding forces evacuation of 1,300 in ND town

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A dam that threatened to give way and flood a North Dakota town was holding back the water on Wednesday, though the 1,300 residents of Cavalier were still being told to stay away from their homes.

Steady rainfall between Friday and Tuesday dumped about 9 inches of rain on parts of Pembina County, swelling creeks and rivers and sending water flowing across the countryside from west to east in the east-sloping county. The small town of Crystal flooded Tuesday, forcing a few residents from their homes, and people in Cavalier — about 85 miles north of Grand Forks — were told to evacuate Tuesday night as a precaution should the Renwick Dam about six miles west of town on the Tongue River be overwhelmed.

The evacuations included two or three patients at a hospital and 63 people in a nursing home and assisted living center, county Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking said. They were taken either to care facilities in surrounding communities or to the homes of relatives.

Local, state and federal officials built an emergency levee with the help of the National Guard on Tuesday to try to prevent floodwaters from eroding the emergency spillway at the earth-and-concrete Renwick Dam. The levee was being reinforced and monitored Wednesday as the area enjoyed sunshine instead of rain clouds for the first time in five days, Kirking said.

"The rising water has slowed overnight. It is still rising, but it is not nearly at the rate it was yesterday at this time," he said. "We are very, very cautiously optimistic now that the water has slowed."

A slow leak in the dam would mean a slow rise of water over a long period of time downstream, Kirking said. "Should we have a catastrophic failure, the worst-case scenario, we would see a massive amount of water," he said. "We could see a foot of standing water in the six miles from (the dam) to Cavalier."

The water also would flood about a dozen people on rural farmsteads, he said.

Margaret Bjornson-Holm, 53, who has lived in Cavalier most of her life, said she and her family gathered up some belongings and important documents before "packing a suitcase and heading out." They are staying with family in Grand Forks, about 75 miles away.

"You just deal with it," Bjornson-Holm said. "It sounds like things are looking up, but we're not out of the woods yet."

North Dakota's Transportation Department closed state Highway 18 at Neche, along the border with Canada, and Highway 5 near Cavalier due to the flooding.

Floodwaters in Crystal, where six families in the town of 160 residents left their homes Tuesday, were receding Wednesday and cleanup was underway, Mayor Larry McCollum said. As many as 30 homes had water in their basements.

"Our roads and everything got beat up bad during the flood," McCollum said. "But we'll be back to normal here in two to three days."

Jim Thompson, merchandiser at the Columbia Grain elevator in Crystal, said officials were able to get back into the business Wednesday.

"There's no damage to the elevator of the office here," he said. "We definitely lucked out."

In Walsh County, officials fortified levees in Grafton against an expected record crest of the Park River in the city of about 4,500 people.

"I think we're well-prepared to hold (the river) back," county Emergency Manager Brent Nelson said. "We're fairly optimistic that we shouldn't have any major issues."

Gov. Jack Dalrymple has directed various state agencies to help with the flood fight. He planned to take aerial and ground tours of the area Wednesday afternoon, spokesman Jeff Zent said.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 25, 2013, 08:32:02 pm
San Antonio flooding kills one, more than 200 rescued
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/05/25/high-water-rescues-reported-in-san-antonio-area/?test=latestnews#ixzz2UMFRJqZk

SAN ANTONIO –  Torrential rains swamped San Antonio with flash floods on Saturday, leaving at least one person dead as emergency workers in boats rushed to rescue more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes.

"It was pretty crazy," said Gera Hinojosa, a valet parking cars downtown after the storm. "It was pretty unexpected. We hardly got any warning about it."

For one woman, the storm turned fatal rapidly: Trapped in her car, she climbed to the roof but was swept away in floodwaters, said San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove. Her body was later found against a fence, he said. Her name was not immediately released.

Authorities were searching for at least two other people -- one who went missing after being trapped in another car and a teenage boy who was swept away while trying to cross the swollen Cibolow Creek in suburban Schertz.

The Fire Department conducted more than 235 rescues across the city, some by inflatable boats, authorities said. They continued their search into the evening.

"We'll be out there as long as daylight permits and again in the morning if the water recedes," San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said, adding that going into floodwaters was more dangerous for firefighters than entering a burning building.

By nightfall, water still pooled in ditches and underpasses. Several roadways were closed, including a major highway that links the suburbs and the city.

But even in low-lying neighborhoods along Commerce Street east of downtown -- a faded stretch of clapboard houses and beauty parlors -- yards were clear. In the tourist district around the River Walk, the streets were thick with weekend revelers.

While the water in some homes rose 4 feet high, according to Bove, most residents experienced the floods primarily as a major traffic hassle. Karen Herring, 50, who spent the day volunteering at a fitness contest at the AT&T Center, said participants complained of three-hour drives across town.

Brent Rose, 39, a law enforcement officer who drove in for the contest from the semi-rural northern suburbs, said the damage extended beyond the city.

"We had some fences rolled over by the water," Rose said. "Some farm animals went astray. But not a big deal."

In the city, even a municipal bus was swept away, but firefighters on a boat were able to rescue the three passengers and driver, public transit spokeswoman Priscilla Ingle said. Nobody was injured.

The San Antonio International Airport by Saturday afternoon had recorded 9.87 inches of rain since midnight, causing nearly all streams and rivers to experience extraordinary flooding. The highest amount of rainfall recorded since midnight was 15.5 inches at Olmos Creek at Dresden Drive.

Mayor Julian Castro urged residents not to drive.

"We have had too many folks who continue to ignore low-water warnings," Castro said at a Saturday afternoon news conference.

A flash flood warning was issued for nearly two dozen counties, with up to 4 inches of rainfall forecast overnight.

A flood warning remained for Leon Creek at Interstate 35, where the level was 27.1 feet and was expected to peak at 29 feet Saturday night -- nearly twice the flood stage of 15 feet, according to the National Weather Service. The San Antonio River about 20 miles southeast of the city, near Elmendorf, was expected to peak at 62 feet by Sunday morning, well above the flood stage of 35 feet.

The National Weather Service compared the flooding to the storm of October 1998, when 30 inches of rain fell in a two-day period. In that flood, the Guadalupe and San Antonio River basins overflowed, leaving more than 30 people dead, according to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

Due to that history, Hinojosa said, residents were prepared, despite the storm's pace.

"We've been through floods before," he said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 26, 2013, 07:05:40 pm
Photos: Snow for Memorial Day Weekend in Parts of New England

The Memorial Day weekend in parts of northern New England felt more like winter than the unofficial start to summer with snow falling. Vermont was one of the areas that experienced the most snow over the Memorial Day weekend. Near Walden, Vt., there was a report of 6.0 inches of snow. Other snow totals include 7.5 inches at Mount Mansfield, Vt., 4.5 inches near Jay, Vt., and 4.0 inches at Marshfield, Vt.

On Friday, Syracuse and Binghamton, N.Y., broke the record for the latest day of the year that it has snowed. The previous record was May 17, 1973 for Syracuse and May 18, 2002 and 1973 in Binghamton.

Check out some snowy photos from this weekend that were posted on Twitter.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2013, 12:53:36 pm

Spring storm dumps 3 feet of snow in upstate NY
New York Daily News

WILMINGTON, N.Y.- A Memorial Day weekend storm has dropped three feet of snow on a New York ski mountain near the Vermont boarder.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2013, 02:34:34 pm
Over the last 72 hours, Orange City, Iowa, recorded 7.11 inches of rain - @breakingweather

Guess that drought is over...

Title: Hurricane Barbara lashes Mexico's southern coast
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 30, 2013, 01:06:37 pm
Hurricane Barbara lashes Mexico's southern coast

Hurricane Barbara has been lashing parts of Mexico's Pacific coast after making landfall in the town of Santo Domingo Zanatapec, in Oaxaca state.

Two people have been killed in the state, the authorities say - an American surfer and a young Mexican swept away by flood waters.

Fourteen fishermen were also reported missing at sea.

Barbara quickly lost strength over land but drenched coastal areas with rain, leading to flooding in some areas.

The hurricane came ashore some 130 km (80 miles) east of Salina Cruz, home to Mexico's biggest oil refinery.

A warning was issued for the stretch of coast between Puerto Angel and Barra de Tonala.

Thousands of people in Chiapas and Oaxaca states have been evacuated. Roads have been closed and sea traffic suspended in the area.

The storm that preceded the hurricane caused floods in many coastal areas, including the resort city of Acapulco, further north.

The hurricane is expected to dissipate in the next 24 hours.

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Post by: Mark on June 01, 2013, 04:11:57 pm
Oklahoma City records sets new rainfall record; records 14.52 inches for May 2013 -


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 01, 2013, 04:20:35 pm
Oklahoma City records sets new rainfall record; records 14.52 inches for May 2013 -


We've gotten a lot of rain here in North Texas over the last couple of weeks too. Not sure if it's a record rainfall, but nonetheless we are very pleased for all the rain we got, especially after a very long period without it.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 03, 2013, 07:23:14 pm
Thousands evacuated as deadly floods swamp Europe

By Andy Eckardt and John Newland, NBC News

Floodwaters from heavy rains swamped five countries in Europe and threatened others, leaving at least eight people dead and nine missing.

Germany, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic have been affected, with officials in the Czech capital, Prague, closing the subway system, evacuating thousands of homes and warning other people not to come into the city. Slovakia and Hungary were preparing flood defenses on the Danube River.

In Germany, rain levels that reached record highs in May contributed to widespread flooding across southern and eastern parts of the country.

In the southern state of Bavaria, more than 20,000 firefighters and other rescue workers were battling rising water levels, especially in the southeast. The historic cities of Passau and Rosenheim declared states of emergency.

Water in Passau, which is surrounded by three rivers, was at record levels, Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. "The situation is ... dramatic."

Rescue workers and volunteers were filling sandbags, erecting temporary water barriers and helping to evacuate homes Monday morning, according to Passau's crisis management team.

The German Army deployed more than 1,000 soldiers to Saxony and 600 to Bavaria to help with rescue and protection measures, and the air force sent helicopters to help with evacuations, officials said. Chancellor Angela Merkel planned to travel to the worst-hit areas on Tuesday.

In the eastern German state of Thuringia, more than 7,000 people had to spend the night in temporary shelters.

In the Czech Republic, six people were dead and five were missing, despite more than 14,000 firefighters evacuating the homes of 7,000 people and carrying out 256 rescues, said national Fire and Rescue service spokeswoman Nicole Zaoralová.

Czech officials declared a state of emergency and closed the subway system in Prague for the first time since devastating floods struck in 2002. People were urged not to travel to the capital, as waters of the Vltava River reached critical levels and threatened the city's ancient center. "The situation in Prague is still not stabilized," Zaoralová said.

"We have problems in the whole area of the Czech Republic, especially Bohemia," an Interior Ministry spokesman said. "We are hoping that it will not be as bad as it was in 2002."

In Austria, two people died, including a cleanup worker killed in a mudslide near Salzburg. Three more were reported missing.

Train lines in many parts of northwest Austria were suspended Sunday due to landslides. In just two days, Austria had experienced as much rain as it normally would in two months, the Austrian meteorological center said.

This weekend saw many southern German towns struck particularly hard. "In the past three days, more than 400 liters of rain per square meter [about 10 gallons per square foot] were measured in many regions that border the Alps," meteorologist Klaus Lessmann from German public broadcaster ZDF said.

The German Weather Service, DWD, reported Monday that Germany had not seen such extreme soil moisture in the past 50 years.

"Many fields are completely saturated and cannot hold more water," Johanna Anger from the DWD said.

Many residents in affected towns and villages were without power overnight and as a precautionary measure, many schools were kept closed on Monday.

Evacuations were also taking place in Poland and Switzerland.

"Rain, Rain, Go Away: Germany Drowns in Endless Downpour," Germany's Der Spiegel magazine headlined on its website.

"There is hope on the horizon," Anger said. "There is still some rain today, but the weather forecast is better for the coming days."

Despite less rain and better weather forecasts, however, officials were still on high alert.

"Especially along the Danube, we cannot speak of an easing of flood situation at all," Herrmann said.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 05, 2013, 11:37:21 am
Historic Flooding in Central Europe

Some of the worst flooding in memory has struck parts of central Europe in the wake of persistent soaking rain. While flood waters receded in some areas, other communities were still awaiting the worst as crests sweep down major rivers.

At least 11 people have died and many others were missing as of Tuesday, June 4, 2013, according to the BBC News website, as floods and landslides targeted Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. Thousands of people have been displaced by flooding as militaries teamed with local authorities and volunteers to shore up flood defenses.

Monday's flood crest of the Danube River at Passau, Germany, reached a level not recorded since 1501, the AP said. The German Chancellor told reporters that the city's flood damage looked worse than that of 2002, the last year of massive flooding in the region.

Farther down the Danube, officials were girding for the big river's flood crest in Bratislava, Slovakia, and Budapest, Hungary.

Meanwhile, in the Czech Republic, Prague had apparently been spared the worst after the Vltava River had its highest crest since 2002. The river's flood waters were headed northward to the Elbe, along which the German city of Dresden was making ready for water levels 5 meters (about 16 feet) above normal, the BBC indicated.

AccuWeather.com forecasters had marginally good news for the sodden region, which included a return of dry weather in some areas and persistent lighter rainfall through the week in other areas.

More than 7,000 people left their homes in Eilenburg, Germany, the BBC News website said. In Austria, two months of rain fell within two days, according to the meteorological service.

Much of badly hit Passau, Germany, was "inaccessible by foot" on Monday, the AP said. Evacuations were taking place by boat, and electricity was shut off intentionally in a precautionary measure. Rising water levels had already topped marks reached in 1954, when the city suffered floods said to be worst in living memory.

Two major tributaries, the Inn and the Ilz, meet the Danube River at Passau. All three were carrying a heavy burden of runoff, following days of soaking rain.

Meanwhile, a nationwide state of emergency had been declared for the Czech Republic, the BBC on Monday.

The country suffered at least seven deaths related to the flood, according to the BBC.

In the Czech capital Prague, flood fears led authorities to raise protective metal barriers against the rampaging Vltava River, the AP said. Transportation was disrupted, and many schools were closed.

About 3,000 people had been driven from their homes in and about Prague, the BBC said. Animals in the city's riverside zoo were taken away to safety.

Memories in Prague harkened back to 2002, the last instance of catastrophic flooding in the city. The metal anti-flood walls were raised in reaction to that disaster.

The 2002 flooding that targeted central Europe killed 17 people in Czech, costing about US $26 billion, Reuters said.

Elsewhere in Czech, about 2,700 people had evacuated in the western half of the country.

The flooding was triggered by stubborn low pressure over central Europe, which caused widespread heavy rain to fall along and north of the Alps since the middle of last week. Falls of 2-4 inches have been widespread, with much higher amounts along the Alps.

Weather data accessed as of Monday by AccuWeather.com showed rainfall of about 9 inches within three to four days at Bregenz, Austria. About 7 inches of rain pelted Kufstein.

The highest peaks along the Alps were freshly buried under deep snow. Snowfall, having the water equivalent of about 8 inches, covered the top of Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany. The amount of snowfall, while not immediately known, may have topped 8 feet. The rise in snow depth between Friday and Monday was at least 51 inches, despite drifting and settling under gravity.

About 5 feet of snow was measured on Sonnblick mountain in western Austria, weather observations showed.

Going forward, the area was expected to get a marked reduction in daily rainfall Tuesday through at least the end of the week, according to AccuWeather.com forecasters. Additional rainfall, while unwelcome, was not immediately seen as significantly worsening the ongoing floods.

Flood crests were slated to continue spilling down stream on major rivers such as the Danube, which flows southeastward to the Black Sea.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 05, 2013, 11:41:41 am
Rescuers winch families to safety in German flood town

Rescue in southern Germany have been using helicopters to pluck families from rooftops in the town of Deggendorf as the Danube flood crisis continues.

Thousands of people were moved from the Bavarian town as levees along the Danube and Isar rivers broke.

Floodwater is also threatening parts of Austria and the Czech Republic.

At least 12 people have died and two are missing as a result of the floods across the three countries, triggered by heavy rain following a wet spring.

Seven deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic and three in Germany, while two people were reported dead and two missing in Austria, according to a European Commission update early on Tuesday evening.

Parts of Germany have not seen such severe flooding in centuries. However, in the Czech Republic, the water level has stabilised in the capital Prague, where there had been fears of a repeat of disasters in 2002 and 1997.

Records beaten
Firefighter Alois Schraufstetter said the floodwater in Deggendorf was already 3m (9.8ft) high. "This is a life-threatening situation," he was quoted as saying by Germany's DPA news agency.

Four farmers were rescued at the very last minute by a helicopter before their tractor was submerged, he added.

The level of the River Elbe in the historic German city of Dresden, where at least 600 people were evacuated, is not expected to peak until Thursday morning.

In another eastern city, Halle, streets were under water on Wednesday morning. According to German news magazine Spiegel, it is the highest water level in the city in four centuries.

Meanwhile, the floods were receding in the south German city of Passau. People could be seen sweeping up muck from their streets.

In the Austrian city of Krems, emergency workers have been shoring up a dyke under threat from the swollen Danube.

Thousands of people left their homes in the Czech Republic in recent days as floodwater threatened to overwhelm flood barriers.

In the low-lying industrial city of Usti nad Labem, the River Elbe was spilling over the 10m-high (33ft-high) metal flood barriers.

The peak there is expected some time on Wednesday.

The main rail link connecting Prague and Berlin in Germany has been underwater, with trains being diverted.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 06, 2013, 10:11:18 am
East Coast storm warning as Andrea hits Florida

Tropical Storm Andrea - the first of the Atlantic hurricane season - spawned a tornado in Florida early Thursday and threatened high winds, heavy rain and rough seas along much of the U.S. East Coast in the coming days.

The storm was bearing down on the Tampa area early Thursday.

A storm surge was expected to produce flooding in low-lying areas from Fort Myers, Fla., in the south to Apalachicola, on the southern tip of the Florida Panhandle, in the north, Weather Channel meteorologist Michael Palmer said.

The National Weather Service issued tropical storm warnings for a long strip of the East Coast, from north-central Florida to the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. Heavily populated cities lie in the warning area: the Tampa Bay area and Jacksonville in Florida; Charleston and tourist-packed Myrtle Beach in South Carolina; Wilmington and the heavily-visited Outer Banks in North Carolina; and Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Newport News, Va.

By Friday, the storm was expected to affect major inland cities, including Washington and Philadelphia, bringing heavy rains that could produce flooding, the weather service said, adding that Andrea should have diminished to rain and wind gusts by the time it approached New York late Friday or Saturday.

Most of central and southern Florida was under a tornado watch as the storm approached with its 50-60 mph wind gusts churning up 10- to 14-foot seas, the weather service said. Seas up to 16 feet were expected further north.

A tornado was confirmed on the ground in Myakka City, Fla., south of Tampa, early Thursday, the weather service said, adding that power lines were down and a small building was in a road.

Further inland, heavy rains ahead of the storm brought flood watches for Thursday and Friday across virtually all of South Carolina as well as west-central North Carolina and much of Georgia. The Florida Panhandle, southeastern Alabama and far southern Georgia were at risk as early as Wednesday evening.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 07, 2013, 11:26:14 am
Tropical Storm Andrea moves quickly up U.S. Atlantic Coast

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Andrea moved briskly along the South Carolina coast on Friday, bringing drenching rains and threatening to spawn tornadoes as it churns up the Eastern Seaboard, U.S. forecasters said.

Andrea, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, weakened slightly a day after lashing parts of Florida and southern Georgia with driving rains and high winds.

On Friday, Andrea carried top sustained winds of 45 miles per hour and was centered 35 miles north-northeast of Charleston, South Carolina, the National Hurricane Center said.

The storm gained speed overnight and was expected to move quickly up the East Coast, said Jack Beven, a hurricane specialist at the Miami-based center.

"It's likely to continue a fast motion towards the Northeast during the next day or so," he said

In South Carolina, authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Scattered power outages were reported in the state, with 2,500 customers losing service.

Tropical storm warnings were in effect for the U.S. Atlantic Coast from South Carolina to Virginia, including the lower Chesapeake Bay, and forecasters warned tropical storm conditions will continue to spread northward in the area.

Andrea could cause tornadoes in coastal areas from North Carolina through Virginia, the hurricane center said.

The storm buffeted Florida's western coast on Thursday, fueling several tornadoes, including one that ripped a roof off a restaurant in the city of Gulfport. After swirling over the Gulf of Mexico, the storm made landfall over the Big Bend area, where the Florida peninsula joins the mainland.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30.

The U.S. government's top climate agency warned in an annual forecast last month that this year's season could be "extremely active" with 13 to 20 tropical storms, seven of 11 of which are expected to become hurricanes.

Three to six hurricanes could become major at Category 3 or above, with winds of more than 110 mph, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

(Editing by Kevin Gray and Doina Chiacu)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2013, 12:05:15 am

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2013, 02:18:37 pm
Tropical Storm Andrea moves quickly up U.S. Atlantic Coast


Andrea to Target United Kingdom Next Week
By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
June 08, 2013; 3:02 AM

Andrea is expected drench the northeastern United States Friday night into Saturday and then bring a burst of heavy rainfall to Atlantic Canada Saturday before moving over the open Atlantic Ocean.

The fast movement of Andrea will continue through the weekend, allowing it to reach Ireland and the United Kingdom by Tuesday.

The storm will be extra-tropical by that point after traveling over the cool Atlantic waters, but there will still be a threat for outbreaks of rain and strong winds.

The storm will arrive Monday night into Tuesday with the strongest winds and heaviest rainfall expected across Ireland. Lighter rainfall will spread into Northern Ireland and Scotland during this time with some strong winds, especially near the coastline.

Rains will spread across Scotland, Wales and England Tuesday night into Wednesday along with some locally strong winds.

Rainfall amounts of 12-25 mm (0.50-1.00 inch) are expected across Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland with lesser amounts farther east.

Winds of 25-50 kph (15-30 mph) will be common across all of the United Kingdom and Ireland, but damaging wind gusts in excess of 80 kph (50 mph) will be possible from Ireland into Scotland, with the greatest threat along and near southern- and western-facing coastal areas.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2013, 02:41:58 pm
Storm breaks rainfall records across northeast US

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season made this June 7 the wettest on record for many cities and towns in the northeastern U.S.

The National Weather Service says Andrea dumped 6.64 inches of rain on Gales Ferry, Conn.

The 4.16 inches that fell on New York City's Central Parkwas more than double the previous June 7 record, set in 1918. The 3.5 inches of rain that fell at Philadelphia International Airport doubled the 1.79 inches that fell in 1904. Newark, N.J., saw 3.71 inches, breaking the previous mark of 1.11 inches set in 1931.

Heavy rain caused localized street flooding in spots throughout the region.

Cars were submerged in floodwaters on Long Island and about 50 residents were displaced by a rising stream in Chester, Pa.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2013, 10:44:45 pm
Hungary evacuates 2,000 people as precaution against floods

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian authorities evacuated more than 2,000 people from the western village of Gyorujfalu on Friday as a precaution against flooding along the river Danube.

Tens of thousands have been evacuated and at least a dozen people killed in floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic in recent days.

"The dyke is so far stable but water pressure is so high that we decided to evacuate Gyorujfalu due to safety considerations," Prime Minister Viktor Orban was quoted as saying by national news agency MTI.

He said no other settlements were in immediate danger from flooding, which he called the worst the country had seen on the Danube, one of Europe's main waterways.

The flood is expected to peak in Budapest on Monday at around 8.85 meters, above the 8.6-metre record reached in 2006.

Authorities have said that dykes would be high enough to protect the city. In the Czech Republic, floods swept through parts of the historic capital Prague earlier this week.

Gyorgy Bakondi, a government spokesman, told MTI that the authorities would continue to strenghten dykes at Gyorujfalu, and that they should hold even though some cracks had appeared.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people were piling sandbags in the village to bolster flood defenses with the help of military helicopters.

Inhabitants were taken by bus to a nearby youth camp.

(Reporting by Gergely Szakacs,; Writing by Sandor Peto; editing Mike Collett-White)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 10, 2013, 11:12:39 am
Thousands flee flood-hit parts of Germany and Hungary

Some 23,000 people were forced to leave their homes in the east German city of Magdeburg after a dam burst on the flood-swollen River Elbe.

Although water levels in Magdeburg were reported to be receding on Monday, the city and areas of the country further north remain on high alert.

In Hungary, 1,200 people had to leave their homes but flood defences in the capital Budapest appeared to have held.

At least 19 people have died in the floods in Central Europe.

Ten victims from the Czech Republic and five from Austria died after rivers rose to dangerous levels in both countries last week.

Analysts say the damage will cost billions of euros to clean up.

Meanwhile, parts of Poland's capital Warsaw were flooded on Sunday after hours of heavy rain.

One of the city's busiest motorways was inundated, and firefighters had to help stranded drivers to safety.

Flood defences in Budapest appeared to have held on Monday as waters from the Danube River started to recede, having reached an historic peak of 8.91m (29 ft) on Sunday.

"We have no reports of any catastrophic situation, the situation is normalising," Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos said on Monday.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban said the capital "should be out of danger by Wednesday", but warned that the focus of defence efforts was now in the south of the country.

Along more than 700km (470 miles) of the River Danube, thousands of people, including many volunteers and even convicts from the prisons, worked to reinforce earth and sandbag barriers.

More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes, although no flood-related deaths have yet been reported in Hungary.


Title: Tornadic waterspout rips through the South of France (VIDEO)
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 11, 2013, 12:48:41 pm
Tornadic waterspout rips through the South of France (VIDEO)


A natural phenomenon more common for America, a tornado, has hit the South of France shocking locals and holidaymakers on the Côte d'Azur, the Mediterranean coastline.

As thousands in Central Europe are struggling to cope with devastating floods which have already claimed the lives of at least 21 people, a tornado ripped through the French Riviera on Sunday morning.

The violently rotating column of air and water formed off the coast not far from popular resort towns of Cannes and Nice.

The phenomenon was observed from the Cagnes-sur-Mer commune in southeastern France, rising off to Villeneuve-Loubet and Antibes, reports Nicematin.com.


So far, no damage or injury has been reported.

The incident is being widely discussed on social networking services where users – some of them freaked out others rather thrilled - share videos and photos of the “tornado.” 

“*** there was a mini tornado in my town today. In Nice!” tweeted user nicknamed Sachamallow. 

“There's been a tornado in Cannes. I bet the end of the world is approaching! we're all gonna die you, will see,” noted @Amaandarine. 

Watch the video.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 12, 2013, 11:13:55 am
Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gigantic line of powerful thunderstorms could affect one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rumbles from Iowa to Maryland packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds.

Meteorologists are warning that the continuous line of storms may even spawn an unusual weather event called a derecho (duh-RAY'-choh), which is a massive storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. Wednesday's storms are also likely to generate tornadoes and cause power outages that will be followed by oppressive heat, said Bill Bunting, operations chief at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

The risk of severe weather in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, is roughly 45 times higher than on a normal June day, Bunting said. Detroit, Baltimore, Washington, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Louisville, Ky., have a risk level 15 times more than normal. All told, the area the weather service considers to be under heightened risk of dangerous weather includes 64 million people in 10 states.

"It's a pretty high threat," Bunting said, who also warned that the storms will produce large hail and dangerous lightning. "We don't want to scare people, but we want them to be aware."

Wednesday "might be the worst severe weather outbreak for this part of the country for the year," said Jeff Masters, meteorology director at Weather Underground.

Tornadoes and a derecho can happen at the same time, but at any given place Wednesday the straight-line winds are probably more likely.

Last year, a derecho caused at least $1 billion in damage from Chicago to Washington, killing 13 people and leaving more than 4 million people without power, according to the weather service. Winds reached nearly 100 mph in some places and in addition to the 13 people who died from downed trees, another 34 people died from the heat wave that followed in areas without power.

Derechoes, with winds of at least 58 mph, occur about once a year in the Midwest. Rarer than tornadoes but with weaker winds, derechoes produce damage over a much wider area.

Wednesday's storm probably won't be as powerful as 2012's historic one, but it is expected to cause widespread problems, Bunting said.

The storms will move so fast that "by the time you see the dark sky and distant thunder you may have only minutes to get to safe shelter," Bunting said.

The storms will start late morning or early afternoon in eastern Iowa, hit Chicago by early afternoon and move east at about 40 mph, Bunting said. If the storm remains intact after crossing the Appalachian Mountains, which would be rare for a derecho, it should hit the Washington area by late afternoon or early evening, he said.

For Washington, Philadelphia and parts of the Mid-Atlantic the big storm risk continues and even increases a bit Thursday, according to the weather service.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 12, 2013, 11:16:35 am

Weather Service confirms 3 tornadoes in Md.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The National Weather Service says it has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down in Maryland.

In a statement posted on its website Tuesday afternoon, the weather service says the tornadoes touched down Monday in Fork, Baltimore and Coltons Point. All three were rated EF-0.

The tornado in Fork, which is in Baltimore County, touched down about 3:20 p.m. with estimated maximum winds of 80 mph.

In Baltimore, the tornado was reported about 3:44 p.m. at Locust Point. The Weather Service says a waterspout over the Patapsco River came onshore. Wind was estimated at 80 mph.

In Coltons Point in St. Mary's County, a tornado touched down about 9 p.m. with maximum winds of 65 mph.

No injuries were reported in any of the tornadoes.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 12, 2013, 11:36:04 pm
UPDATE 4-Violent storm spawns Midwest tornadoes, heads east

(Updates with storm skirting Chicago, heading to eastern U.S.)
    By Greg McCune
    CHICAGO, June 12 (Reuters) - A violent storm swept across
the upper Midwest on Wednesday and headed toward the U.S. East
Coast, spawning several tornadoes as well as damaging hail and
high winds, but skirted Chicago without doing major damage.
    The storm had been described by the National Weather Service
as "very dangerous" because of its potential to produce
tornadoes and "derechos" - storms in which wind speeds increase
as they move.
    The threat caused transportation chaos in Chicago, America's
third largest city. Many people left work early from high-rise
buildings in order to beat the storm home, and others were stuck
in traffic jams or on trains delayed by the weather.
    The worst of the storm and the high winds passed just south
of Chicago.
    "So far we have lucked out and have not had the intense
corridor of damaging winds," said John Hart, a meteorologist
with the weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman,
    Numerous tornado warnings were issued for parts of the
Midwest, and the weather service website showed 16 reports of
tornadoes, including twisters in Iowa, Illinois and Ohio. A
tornado warning tells residents to find shelter immediately
    Benjamin Jeffers, 18, an employee at the Belmond Country
Club in Iowa, about 95 miles (150 km) north of Des Moines, said
he and coworkers fled to the basement after one of two funnel
clouds approached.
    "Debris started flying around the golf course and it started
to get real close and the other one started to get way big," he
said. "It sounded like a big train without the horn. A rumble
kind of." The club escaped damage, he said
    Stefanie Bond, spokeswoman for the Iowa Emergency Management
department, said four tornadoes were reported in Wright County,
Iowa, where a couple of businesses and a home were destroyed. No
injuries or fatalities have been reported in the state, she
said. Another tornado was reported in Franklin County, she said
    In Carroll County, Illinois west of Chicago, a dispatcher
said one person was injured but details were not immediately
    The storm was headed east to the Pittsburgh and Cleveland
areas later on Wednesday and to the East Coast by Thursday
morning, Hart said.
    The area facing the greatest threat of storms on Thursday,
including high winds and possible tornadoes, stretches from
eastern Virginia and the Washington, D.C., area north to
Philadelphia and southern New Jersey, Hart said.
    While the storm did not produce high winds and tornadoes in
the Chicago area, it did dump 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 cm) of rain
which could cause flash flooding in southern suburbs, the
weather service said.
    Four lines of Chicago's commuter rail service were halted
during the rush hour, but later resumed service. More than 360
flights were canceled at Chicago's O'Hare airport, one of the
world's busiest, and other flights were delayed, the Chicago
Department of Aviation said.
    An additional 55 flights were canceled at Chicago's Midway
    A Chicago Symphony Orchestra concert at a downtown park,
expected to be attended by thousands of music fans, was
canceled, and a Chicago White Sox baseball game was postponed.
    The Stanley Cup finals hockey game at the downtown United
Center went ahead as scheduled between the Chicago Blackhawks
and Boston Bruins, with some 20,000 fans in attendance.
    The U.S. tornado season was relatively quiet until May 20,
when a monster EF5 storm, the highest rating, hit the Oklahoma
city suburb of Moore, killing 24 people and flattening whole
sections of the town. Another wave of storms hit Oklahoma on May
31, killing about 20 people.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 13, 2013, 10:20:31 am
Tornado, flood alerts as storm system pushes east


Devastating winds, hail and even tornadoes were forecast for the East Coast on Thursday, caused by a massive storm system that tormented the Midwest a day earlier.

Flood warnings were in effect for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while severe thunderstorms are also possible in the South and Southeast.

Roughly 62 million Americans are in the path of severe weather, MSNBC Meteorologist Bill Karins said. The worst of it could be in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and Philadelphia.

However, there were no reports early Thursday of any dreaded derechos – straight-line windstorms whose gusts can reach hurricane force. Karins said the conditions needed to produce a derecho no longer were present.

At least 55,000 customers were without power in Illinois and northwest Indiana after the storm system pushed through the Upper Midwest Wednesday, bringing suspected tornadoes to Chicago and Ohio.

Thursday’s tornado threat extended all the way from southern New Jersey and southern Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast, said Weather Channel forecaster Greg Forbes. The tornado threat was highest from north and east Virginia to east Pennsylvania and central New Jersey.

New York and surrounding suburbs, already saturated with up to 7 inches of rain from the downpours Friday and Monday, primarily face the threat of more flooding, NBCNewYork reported.

A powerful supercell system pushing through metropolitan Cleveland in the early hours of Thursday, which forecasters earlier predicted would bring baseball-sized hailstones and more high winds.

It was the end of what Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel had earlier warned was going to be a "long and ugly night" for Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis and the rest of the Midwest.

At least 20,000 customers were without power in the Chicago area as of 2:30 a.m. ET, power company ComEd said, while a further 35,000 were affected in northwestern Indiana according to NBCChicago.com.

The storms delayed hundreds of people on planes and trains and created massive backups on area roadways. More than 360 flights were cancelled at O'Hare International Airport. For a time, all inbound flights to O'Hare were kept at their origin. Midway International, to the south, saw another 50 cancellations.

The Weather Channel reported "buildings destroyed" in Auglaize County as powerful winds blew through Ohio's northern Miami Valley early Thursday, though no details were immediately available. In the same county, a semi truck was toppled by high winds, NBC station WDTN TV in Dayton reported.

In Lake Delton, Wis., a "very, very strong downpour of rain" caused the roof over a loading dock to collapse at a Wal-Mart store late Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police Sgt. William Hitchcock told NBC station WTMJ of Milwaukee that no serious injuries were reported, but the store is likely to be closed through Thursday.

If a derecho had occurred overnight, it would probably last into Thursday, said meteorologist Bill Karins on MSNBC. But he stressed that forecasters weren't sure.

"It's like predicting a large tornado is going to happen," he said. "No one can do that. The only thing we can do is say conditions are favorable for one to happen."

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Boldhunter on June 13, 2013, 03:12:16 pm
Not making any direct correlation to the scripture, but I have never seen lightening flash ACROSS the sky like this - this picture is interesting.

Matthew 24:27 KJV
For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 13, 2013, 06:55:09 pm
Flooding, tornado near DC, and threat of more severe weather on East Coast

A tornado in Maryland and hail and rain along the Eastern seaboard delayed flights and snarled work commutes along the East Coast on Thursday, caused by a massive storm system that tormented the Midwest a day earlier.

The storm turned deadly in Virginia, where a large, mature tree uprooted by the storm fell on a school-age child, killing him, police said. A man was also injured in the incident that took place at Maymont Park in Richmond, but his injuries are not life-threatening.

Flood warnings were in effect for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued in the South and Southeast.

The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado near Washington suburb Laurel, Md., at about 4:06 p.m. ET Thursday, and said the twister was moving east at 50 mph. A tornado threat had been issued earlier in the day, extending all the way from southern New Jersey and southern Pennsylvania to the Gulf Coast, said Weather Channel forecaster Greg Forbes. The threat was highest from north and east Virginia to east Pennsylvania and central New Jersey.

In Maryland and Virginia, tornado watches expired at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Roughly 62 million Americans were in the path of severe weather, MSNBC Meteorologist Bill Karins said. Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, Va., and Philadelphia were expected to get the worst of it. A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect in Washington, Maryland, and Virginia until 7 p.m. ET.

An initial batch of storms passed through the nation's capital Thursday morning, but the biggest threat of severe weather was expected through the evening, NBCWashington.com reported. Downed wires and trees were reported in nearby Frederick County, Md.; Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport ordered groundstops Thursday morning.

The storms delayed hundreds of people on planes and trains and created massive backups on area roadways. More than 360 flights were canceled at O'Hare International Airport. For a time, all inbound flights to O'Hare were kept at their origin. Midway International, to the south, saw another 50 cancellations.

However, there were no reports Thursday of any dreaded derechos – straight-line windstorms whose gusts can reach hurricane force. Karins said the conditions needed to produce a derecho no longer were present.

At least 55,000 customers were without power in Illinois and northwest Indiana after the storm system pushed through the Upper Midwest Wednesday, bringing suspected tornadoes to Chicago and Ohio.

New York and surrounding suburbs, already saturated with up to 7 inches of rain from the downpours Friday and Monday, primarily face the threat of more flooding, NBCNewYork reported.

A powerful supercell system pushed through metropolitan Cleveland in the early hours of Thursday, which forecasters earlier predicted would bring baseball-sized hailstones and more high winds.

It was the end of what Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Seidel had earlier warned was going to be a "long and ugly night" for Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis and the rest of the Midwest.

The Weather Channel reported "buildings destroyed" in Auglaize County as powerful winds blew through Ohio's northern Miami Valley early Thursday, though no details were immediately available. In the same county, a semi truck was toppled by high winds, NBC station WDTN TV in Dayton reported.

In Lake Delton, Wis., a "very, very strong downpour of rain" caused the roof over a loading dock to collapse at a Wal-Mart store late Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Police Sgt. William Hitchcock told NBC station WTMJ of Milwaukee that no serious injuries were reported, but the store is likely to be closed through Thursday.

If a derecho had occurred overnight, it would probably last into Thursday, said meteorologist Bill Karins on MSNBC. But he stressed that forecasters weren't sure.

"It's like predicting a large tornado is going to happen," he said. "No one can do that. The only thing we can do is say conditions are favorable for one to happen."

NBC News' Catherine Cetta, Justin Kirschner, Elizabeth Chuck and Sophia Rosenbaum contributed to this report.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 14, 2013, 11:09:27 am
State-by-state look at Iowa to Mid-Atlantic storm

A state-by-state look at what's happening with big storm sweeping from Iowa to Mid-Atlantic


Massive thunderstorms have swept across the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, knocking out power to thousands of people and causing some flash flooding in certain areas. Here's a snapshot of what is happening, state by state:


Severe thunderstorms on Thursday left about 160,000 customers in north and middle Georgia without power. Lightning lit up the nighttime sky over Atlanta, and falling trees left two people with non-life threatening injuries in Canton. There were reports of a possible tornado in Cherokee County.


National Weather Service authorities reported several small tornadoes and quarter-size hail as severe weather moved across northern Illinois. Meanwhile, airlines canceled more than 120 flights at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Wednesday night's White Sox game was postponed, along with Northwestern University classes and finals scheduled on its Chicago and Evanston campuses. Game 1 of the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup series was played at the United Center. Power outages: About 34,000 in northern Illinois.


The National Weather Service says several farm buildings near Wabash, Ind., were destroyed by 90 to 100 mph straight-line winds. Building damage and downed trees were reported after winds topping 60 mph and golf ball-size hail pelted places from Gary to Fort Wayne. Thousands of customers across northern Indiana were without power at one point, though utility officials said most had been restored by Thursday.


Weather officials say preliminary reports indicate multiple tornadoes touched down in northern Iowa on Wednesday, though an official tally isn't immediately available. A team has been surveying damage in the Belmond area in Wright County, where reports indicate more than one tornado may have hit the area. There has been significant damage to a few houses and businesses on the north side of town. It includes collapsed walls, broken windows and debris.

The team is headed to the Hampton area in nearby Franklin County, where there also have been reports of damage. No injuries or fatalities have been reported.


Storms on Thursday caused three reported tornadoes, downed trees, tens of thousands of power outages and closed roads. Also, a 19-year-old woman was sent to the hospital after being struck by lightning.


Consumers Energy spokesman Roger Morgenstern said about 32,000 of the utility's 1.8 million Michigan customers remained without power Thursday afternoon. Allegan and Van Buren were the hardest-hit counties, with about 14,000 outages between them. Morgenstern said many customers will have power restored by the evening, while some in the hardest-hit areas will have to wait until Friday afternoon. Many trees struck power lines, bringing them down - along with poles in some cases.


A storm dumped heavy rain to parts of southern Minnesota on Wednesday morning, including nearly 3.25 inches at Hutchinson airfield. Hail and wind gusts of up to 65 mph were also reported.


A wave of storms Thursday evening downed trees and left more than 157,000 customers without power, mostly in the Piedmont region.


Storms left thousands without power early Thursday in the Buckeye State. An emergency management official in Morrow County told The Columbus Dispatch late Wednesday that there were reports of two possible tornadoes in the central Ohio county. Downed trees were blocking some area roads, but there were no reports of serious injuries.


The entire state of Pennsylvania remains under a flood watch through Thursday. Lightning from a fast-moving storm may have sparked a fire that killed a western Pennsylvania man early Thursday, the state fire marshal said. The fire happened in New Brighton, about 25 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. .

In Ardmore, stormy weather halted the first round of the U.S. Open less than two hours after it began but it resumed about three hours later. Meanwhile, flights at Philadelphia International Airport were delayed an hour and a half to two hours.


A flood warning has been issued for areas for the Pawtuxet River and areas along the Pawcatuck River. Some areas along the Pawtuxet have already experienced minor flooding.


Storms were blamed for the death Thursday afternoon of a 4-year-old boy who was struck by a tree that toppled while he was visiting a Richmond park with his father, who suffered non-life threatening injuries. Statewide, more than 300,000 customers lost power.


Storms came and went in Washington before the evening rush hour, bringing winds and thunder that knocked trees onto houses and cut power to thousands of homes and traffic signals. Flightstats.com reported that more than 100 flights were cancelled at the Baltimore-Washington area's three airports, and there were hundreds more flights delayed.


The West Virginia National Guard sent personnel to assist in Roane County after several inches of rain prompted flash flooding Thursday. A county 911 center was evacuated and some roads in the Spencer area have been closed because of flash flooding.


A partial roof collapse at a Wal-Mart in Lake Delton left two employees with minor injuries as heavy rain and high winds spread across southern Wisconsin. Street flooding was reported in parts of the village of Boscobel in Grant County and in Portage and Pardeeville in Columbia County.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 14, 2013, 10:22:56 pm

McMinnville(Oregon) tornado damages four buildings, causes no injuries

A rare EF-1 tornado formed in McMinnville Thursday afternoon tearing the roofs off of four commercial businesses.

A tornado in McMinnville, Ore. damaged four buildings, but caused no injures Thursday.

The EF-1 tornado formed at about 4:30 p.m. at the intersection of Northeast 11th Way and Alpine Avenue. With the wind running from 86 to 110 mph, the tornado was able to tear the sheer metal roof of a storage garage. Spencer Wriggelsworth, who owns the building and was inside the shop when the tornado formed, said he herd it approaching.

"It sounded like hail so I got up to see what it was and opened that door and the wind hit me," he said. "And I had a heck of a time getting that door shut. And then things started rattling and I said, 'It's time for me to leave,' so I went to the office."

Three other commercial buildings lost their roofs and a home suffered minor damage because of the tornado said McMinnville Fire Chief Rich Leipfert.

According to the National Weather Service radars in Portland the forecast revealed rain but no funnel clouds in the area. The agency sent two meteorologists to McMinnville to investigate what happened, after witnessing the damage they confirmed the event has been a tornado.

Officials said no injuries were reported.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 15, 2013, 11:51:12 am
Photos: 400-Mile Swath of Damage Caused by Derecho

The National Weather Service has confirmed that the storm complex that pushed across the Midwest to the East Coast June 12 through June 13 met the qualifications for a low-end derecho. The widespread wind damage and heavy rain resulted in power outages, damaged property and downed trees. As of Friday morning, early reports from 911 call centers and emergency managers state at least three fatalities and several injuries as a result from the storms.

NOAA lists 659 wind damage reports concentrated in the mid-Atlantic and parts of the South from Thursday.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 17, 2013, 07:38:06 pm
India floods: Buildings washed away as 19 die


Floods and landslides have killed at least 19 people and destroyed buildings after heavy rain in North India.

Fifteen people died in Uttarakhand state. Another four lost their lives in Himachal Pradesh, officials say.

Footage showed a three-storey apartment building being washed away in the town of Uttarkashi. Reports said at least three people died - more are missing.

Another 40 people are unaccounted for in Uttarakhand. Casualty figures are expected to rise.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 18, 2013, 11:29:42 pm
Radar shows tornado touched down at Denver airport

DENVER (AP) — Radar indicated a tornado briefly touched down Tuesday over the east runways of Denver International Airport, where thousands of people took shelter in bathrooms, stairwells and other safe spots until the dangerous weather passed, officials said.

Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale reported no damage. Nine flights were diverted elsewhere during a tornado warning that lasted about 40 minutes, she said.

A 97 mph wind gust was measured at the airport before communication with instruments there was briefly knocked out, said National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Fredin.

Chris Polk, a construction foreman, was working on a renovation project just outside the airport's main concourse when he got the tornado warning at 2:15 p.m., looked up and saw a funnel cloud. He and his crew ran inside and took shelter with some 100 people, including luggage-toting passengers, inside a basement break room as tornado sirens sounded.

"It got pretty crazy around here," Polk said.

Asked whether he was nervous when he spotted the funnel cloud, he shrugged. "No, I'm from Missouri," he said.

Everyone inside the break room was calm, Polk added.

It wasn't clear how many people were at the airport when a public announcement went out about the tornado warning, but the airport averages about 145,000 passengers over the course of a day, Coale said.

Television coverage showed the airport's normally busy terminal was empty during the warning. Access to a bridge to concourse A was blocked, since the bridge is surrounded by large glass windows.

Scott Morlan said he had dropped his daughter off at airport and was heading out when he saw an ominous cloud.

"It was just turning. You knew it was thinking about coming down," he said.

He watched the tip of funnel cloud touch the ground and cross Pena Boulevard, which leads to the airport, before lifting into the sky.

On Monday, a tornado touched down briefly in La Junta on Colorado's southeastern plains. Power poles were knocked down in an industrial park, but no injuries were reported, said weather service spokeswoman Nezette Rydell said.

Heavy rain fell there, as well as in Lamar, where some streets flooded. The area is among those hardest hit by the drought in the West.

La Junta Fire Chief Aaron Eveatt said high winds downed power poles, temporarily closing U.S. 50. A gas station canopy was toppled and a co-op storage tower also suffered damage.

Mark Sarlo, the manager of the Phillips 66 station, said he was driving to the station just before 6 p.m. Monday when the sky turned dark brown and yellow, the rain began to pound, and wind shook his truck. He stopped and got on the floor as debris hit.

As soon as the storm passed, Sarlo said residents in the town of 7,000 were out with chain saws removing downed poles and trees blocking streets. They also cut up his canopy and hauled it in chunks to an empty lot so he could resume business. One family brought bottled water and pizzas to feed the crews.

"It's just amazing," he said of the response of his hometown.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 19, 2013, 01:30:29 pm
Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state

Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state, with temps topping 80 degrees in Anchorage


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A heat wave hitting Alaska may not rival the blazing heat of Phoenix or Las Vegas, but to residents of the 49th state, the days of hot weather feel like a stifling oven — or a tropical paradise.

With temperatures topping 80 degrees in Anchorage, and higher in other parts of the state, people have been sweltering in a place where few homes have air conditioning.

They're sunbathing and swimming at local lakes, hosing down their dogs and cleaning out supplies of fans in at least one local hardware store. Mid-June normally brings high temperatures in the 60s in Anchorage, and just a month ago, it was still snowing.

The weather feels like anywhere but Alaska to 18-year-old Jordan Rollison, who was sunbathing with three friends and several hundred others lolling at the beach of Anchorage's Goose Lake.

"I love it, I love it," Rollison said. "I've never seen a summer like this, ever."

State health officials even took the unusual step of posting a Facebook message reminding people to slather on the sunscreen.

Some people aren't so thrilled, complaining that it's just too hot.

"It's almost unbearable to me," said Lorraine Roehl, who has lived in Anchorage for two years after moving here from the community of Sand Point in Alaska's Aleutian Islands. "I don't like being hot. I'm used to cool ocean breeze."

On Tuesday, the official afternoon high in Anchorage was 81 degrees, breaking the city's record of 80 set in 1926 for that date.

Other smaller communities throughout a wide swath of the state are seeing even higher temperatures.

All-time highs were recorded elsewhere, including 96 degrees on Monday 80 miles to the north in the small community of Talkeetna, purported to be the inspiration for the town in the TV series, "Northern Exposure" and the last stop for climbers heading to Mount McKinley, North America's tallest mountain. One unofficial reading taken at a lodge near Talkeetna even measured 98 degrees, which would tie the highest undisputed temperature recorded in Alaska.

That record was set in 1969, according to Jeff Masters, meteorology director of the online forecasting service Weather Underground.

"This is the hottest heat wave in Alaska since '69," he said. "You're way, way from normal."

It's also been really hot for a while. The city had six days over 70 degrees, then hit a high of 68 last Thursday, followed by five more days of 70 degrees and up.

The city's record of consecutive days with temperatures of 70 or above was 13 days recorded in 1953, said Eddie Zingone, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service who has lived in the Anchorage area for 17 years.

The heat wave also comes after a few cooler summers — the last time it officially hit the 80 mark in Anchorage was 2009. Plus, Tuesday marked exactly one month that the city's last snow of the season fell, said Zingone, who has lived in Anchorage for 18 years.

"Within a month you have that big of a change, it definitely seems very, very hot," he said. "It was a very quick warm-up."

With the heat comes an invasion of mosquitoes many are calling the worst they've ever seen. At the True Value Hardware store, people have grabbed up five times the usual amount of mosquito warfare supplies, said store owner Tim Craig. The store shelves also are bare of fans, which is unusual, he said.

"Those are two hot items, so to speak," he said.

Greg Wilkinson, a spokesman with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, said it's gotten up to 84 degrees at his home in the Anchorage suburb of Eagle River, where a tall glass front lets the sunlight filter through.

"And that's with all the windows open and a fan going," he said. "We're just not used to it. Our homes aren't built for it."

Love or hate the unusual heat, it'll all be over soon.

Weather forecasters say a high pressure system that has locked the region in clear skies and baking temperatures has shifted and Wednesday should be the start of a cooling trend, although slightly lower temperatures in the 70s are still expected to loiter into the weekend.

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Post by: Kilika on June 19, 2013, 02:09:52 pm
With the heat comes an invasion of mosquitoes many are calling the worst they've ever seen.

Oh, I have no doubt! Those things are out of control in the summer months there anyway. I watch a lot of those outdoor/survival type shows on Alaska, and from what I've seen on tv, I can't imagine how bad those things are. Now they obviously are an issue mostly at sea level and a little above, like the big grass lands on the west coast, river bottoms, etc. which basically turns to marsh lands in the summer, but not in the higher elevations.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 21, 2013, 11:48:59 am
Calgary mayor to flood evacuees: 'Gather your valuables and go'

Alberta communities, including Canmore, High River, Bragg Creek, in state of emergency

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is urging residents affected by flooding evacuation orders to "gather your valuables and go," while telling the city as a whole to avoid all non-essential travel on Friday.

"The message tonight is that we are still expecting that the worst has not yet come in terms of the flow," Nenshi told CBC News early Friday in a telephone interview from an emergency operations centre. "The dams will crest on both the Bow and Elbow river over the course of the next little while and the downstream impacts will be significant.

"If you live in any of the neighbourhoods that have now been affected by the mandatory evacuation it is time to leave. Gather your valuables and go," said Nenshi, who returned early from an economic development trip in Ontario to deal with the flooding response.

The flooding in parts of southern Alberta has a dozen communities under a state of emergency, and in Calgary evacuations could affect up to 100,000 people. Officials in Calgary have warned residents to brace the worst flooding since 2005, with the swollen Bow and Elbow rivers expected to crest by 6 a.m. MT.

Calgary officials expanded evacuation orders and opened more emergency shelters Thursday night amid concerns about the rising water levels. The evacuation orders have grown to cover parts of at least 25 neighbourhoods.

Some parts of the city have seen water creep over the edge of the river and into yards and streets. Meanwhile, thousands of people in southern Alberta communities like Canmore and High River have also been forced out of their homes by raging water.

All Calgary public and Catholic schools have been closed for Friday.

Many neighbourhoods are shut even to local traffic. The only movement allowed is people heading out of the area, the city says.

Nenshi said Calgarians should avoid all travel. "Tomorrow is a good day to take a rain day ... Everyone's safety is much more important than anything else that might be going on on a Friday."

Mike Crawford, who lives in Calgary, said he had to leave his home just after noon Thursday.

"I'm not really sure what I'm going to be walking into tomorrow or the next day," he told CBC's Ian Hanomansing

The evacuation orders cover the communities of Beltline, Bonnybrook, Bowness, Bridgeland Industrial Area, Chinatown, Eau Claire, Cliff Bungalow, Deer Run, Discovery Ridge, Downtown, East Village, Elbow Park, Erlton, Inglewood, Hillhurst, Mission, Montgomery, Quarry Park, Rideau, Riverbend, Riverdale, Roxboro, Stanley Park, Elboya, Sunnyside, Victoria Park, Westmount and Windsor Park.

In Bowness, CBC's Kristina Barnes said water levels were high, nearing the top of the bridge. Police were driving along the bridge with a loud-speaker, urging people to stay away.

You can find maps of evacuated areas here.

Officials ask that people notify their neighbours and mark an X on their front doors after they've left to indicate the house is empty and residents are safe.

People are being urged to stay away from river banks as water levels rise.

Residents are encouraged to find shelter with family or friends for at least the next 72 hours. Reception at Southland Leisure Centre and Acadia Recreation Complex centres have been set up for residents who cannot find alternate accommodations.

Those reception centres are located at Southland Leisure Centre and Acadia Recreation Complex.

People should bring identification, prescription medications and other critical personal items with them.

Calgary Transit and Access Calgary are on standby to help residents who cannot leave on their own.

Those requiring assistance are asked to identify themselves to emergency responders going door to door.

People with pets are encouraged to leave them with family or friends. If that option is not available, people can take their pets to the Animal Service Centre.

"It's really high right now," Doug McKeague said Thursday as he stood by a raging river in Bragg Creek, one of the areas affected by the rising rivers. "There's a lot of people who are going to be hurting because of it."

The city of Red Deer was also on alert.

"A local state of emergency was declared at 8 p.m. tonight following a flood warning that was issued upon receiving notice that Alberta Environment is to release a significant amount of water from the Dickson Dam," Red Deer said in a statement.

Worse flooding than 2005


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 22, 2013, 12:03:01 pm
Death toll in India floods hits 560, thousands more missing

RUDRAPRAYAG, India - Flash floods and landslides unleashed by early monsoon rains have killed at least 560 people in northern India and left tens of thousands missing, officials said on Saturday, with the death toll expected to rise significantly.

Houses and small apartment blocks on the banks of the Ganges - India's longest river - have toppled into the rushing, swollen waters and been swept away with cars and trucks.

"It has been a horrifying experience," said Tulika Srivastava, a visitor from the northern Indian city of Lucknow, who has been stranded with her 80-year-old mother in the key pilgrimage town of Rudraprayag since last week.

Thousands of military servicemen are involved in rescue operations, with air force helicopters plucking survivors, many of them Hindu pilgrims and tourists, from the foothills of the Himalayas.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 22, 2013, 12:07:38 pm

Alberta flooding claims at least 3 lives

At least 100,000 Albertans displaced, large areas of Calgary's downtown evacuated

Three bodies have been discovered in a river near High River, Alta., during the province's worst flooding in decades, say the RCMP.

Floodwaters have caused massive disruptions in Calgary, as well as several other southern Alberta communities, including Canmore and High River.

"We did locate two people — one adult male and one adult female. Both have been recovered from the water," RCMP Sgt. Patricia Neely told CBC's Ian Hanomansing Friday evening.

"We have also located what is believed to be a third adult; however, due to the dangerous surroundings around this person, we have not yet been able to recover that person."

The identities of the victims have not been released.

As Albertans faced more rain Friday, the downpour has left hundreds of homes semi-submerged, lifted railroad tracks and inundated the Calgary Stampede grounds.

At least 100,000 Albertans, including about 75,000 Calgarians, have been forced out of their homes and large areas of Calgary's downtown core were being evacuated Friday afternoon.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 23, 2013, 08:04:29 am
Heat builds next week from Washington, D.C. to Boston

On queue for the first few days of summer, heat will build across the Northeast. The mercury will reach the 90-degree mark from Washington D.C. to Boston on at least a couple of occasions next week.

Many locations will have their highest temperatures recorded so far this year. Washington D.C. is expected to reach the mid-90s Tuesday and Wednesday. The highest temperature so far this year was 91 on June 1.

The same can be said for New York. Accuweather.com is predicting 92 for a high on Wednesday. The highest temperature so far this year was 90, reached 3 days in a row late last Monday.


This go around, an official heat wave is not expected in New York with just two days in a row of 90-degree heat expected.

The heat will not be extreme enough to break records. Record-high temperatures in the big cities for this time of year are near or above 100 degrees. Despite not reaching record levels, high humidity will make this heat feel even worse. With dew point temperatures reaching the lower 70s, AccuWeather RealFeel temperatures could near 100 degrees in a few places. A change in the pattern is expected for the end of the week, when a series of cold fronts will bring thunderstorms and cooler temperatures.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 25, 2013, 12:52:59 pm
Hailstorm in western Singapore brings respite from heavy haze

The hailstorm which hit certain parts of western Singapore is not toxic, a National Environment Agency (NEA) spokesman assured in a media conference.

The agency added that hail is caused by supercooled water droplets freezing on contact with particles in the air, such as dust, during a thunderstorm, and PM2.5 and PM10 are only hazardous when inhaled. NEA was unable to confirm if the hailstorm was brought about by the haze.

The last reported hailstorm in Singapore took place about five years ago, on 27 March 2008.

Residents in western Singapore reported seeing hail falling from the skies at about 3pm on Tuesday.

Heavy rain, accompanied by gusty winds, started around 3pm in areas including Jurong and Bukit Batok – a welcome respite for Singaporeans who only recently endured over a week of record-breaking haze caused by forest fires in Indonesia.

Musician Laura Tang, 24, was near West Coast Park when she noticed the hail.

"The wind suddenly turned very cold, and these crystal-like stones started raining down," she said.

"It was very frightening. I could not believe my eyes," she added

Ms Caydence Woo, 24, said the substance felt like "very sharp droplets that were a little prickly, like sand, when it landed on my hand".

The banking executive was on her way to Clementi Mall when she noticed the sound of droplets bouncing off her umbrella was exceptionally loud, and decided to put her hand out to feel them.
The droplets also looked weird. They were coming down in straight, solid lines, instead of one by one,” she said.

Marketing manager Edwin Yao, 30, also experienced the hail storm.
He was in a taxi at the Bukit Timah nature reserve area when he noticed “ice” hitting the taxi and the surrounding vehicles. He described the hail to be roughly the size of a 50-cent coin.
This continued for the next five to 10 minutes, he said. He did not notice any damage to vehicles.
Wynfred Wong, a 13-year-old student, also saw a strange sight of “string-like” rain out of her window in Jurong East. She decided to make her way downstairs to get a closer look.
The droplets looked solid when they were coming down, but melted into water the moment she touched them, she said.

The ground where the droplets landed had “a lot of bubbles,” she added.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 25, 2013, 10:49:13 pm
Alaska sweating through brutal blast of heat

Famed for its biting cold, Alaska is now sweating through a brutal heat wave that has gone from an oddball curiosity to a worrisome danger.

Spring never happened for many parts of the state, as a never-ending winter until mid-May gave way to record-breaking heat in June.

"It was an incredibly rapid transition," Michael Lawson, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service based in Alaska, told NBC. "Literally, our spring was about five days before we jumped into summer-type weather."

Temperatures in the 90s -- an extreme rarity -- were preceded by a record-breaking cold snap. That caused rapid snow melts in parts of the state and localized flooding. Now, the above-normal heat has led to parts of Alaska to be placed under a red-flag warning for wildfires

The National Weather Service issued the warning, in effect until Wednesday, because of the dry, windy conditions that could cause wildfires. Melissa Kreller, a meteorologist in Fairbanks for The Weather Channel, said people should be extremely careful about lighting matches or throwing cigarettes on the ground over the next few days. In many areas, firework sales for the Fourth of July are banned.

The blast of heat started last week with temperatures in the mid-to-high 80s for most of Alaska. South-central Alaska had four all-time highs on June 17, with temperatures in Talkeetna reaching 94 degrees. In Fairbanks, the “near-record temperatures” are expected Wednesday and Thursday to clock in at 91 degrees.

Temperatures above 90 are extremely rare in Alaska. Fairbanks has only experienced 90 or above 14 times since in 109 years. The record in Fairbanks is 95 degrees set back in 1915.

A large northward bulge in the jet stream is to blame, consensus shows. Why that has occurred is more hotly debated. Some scientists tie the jet stream's odd behavior on climate change. Others don't make the connections directly, instead seeing random weather or long-term cycles at work. And even more scientists are taking a wait-and-see approach.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 26, 2013, 04:50:34 pm
More flooding concerns along Midwestern rivers

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Midwestern rivers, including the Mississippi, are rising again after yet another round of heavy rain, forcing some flood-weary towns to prepare for their third significant flood since April.

Parts of North Dakota got up to 8 inches of rain Tuesday night through Wednesday morning, parts of Iowa got 7 inches of rain, and other states from Wisconsin to Missouri were soaked as well.

The National Weather Service is projecting that the Mississippi will reach well above flood stage from Iowa south to about St. Louis.

"It does get old," said Chris Sullivan, police chief in the scenic 700-resident tourist town of Grafton, Ill., near St. Louis. "There's really nothing you can do, and we're hoping it doesn't come anywhere near what it has in the past."

The Mississippi crested, or reached its highest peak, at 11 feet above flood stage at Grafton on April 25. Flood stage is the level at which a body of water is high enough to cause flooding. The Mississippi crested again June 4, this time 13 feet over its banks — the fourth-worst flood in the town's history.

Sullivan said Grafton has been denied federal aid. The $70,000 spent just on the April flood comes out of the city's $550,000 annual budget, and tallies from the later inundations haven't been calculated yet.

Businesses are hurting, too, he said.

"Many businesses have been closed for periods at a time. They've been under water twice and cleaned out twice," Sullivan said.

The weather service predicted flood levels generally reaching 5 to 7 feet above technical flood stage by the Fourth of July at Mississippi River towns from Iowa south through Grafton. Unprotected Grafton is an exception: Most towns have levees or have cleared out the flood plain over the past 20 years, so no significant damage was expected.

The Mississippi was expected to rise but remain below flood stage from St. Louis to the south.

Smaller rivers are flooding in the upper Midwest. Fargo, N.D., is taking precautions along the Red River, which is expected to reach 30 feet on Thursday — 12 feet above flood stage.

A bridge is closed and sandbagging is occurring downtown near Fargo City Hall. Parks, campgrounds and golf courses are already under water. Flash floods were also a problem after the city got 4 inches of rain overnight, prompting a handful of water rescues.

The good news in Fargo was that the flood wasn't expected to stick around for long.

"We could be fine by Friday," city engineer April Walker said.

The Waspinicon River in Iowa could reach a record level 10 feet or more above flood stage at the small town of Independence, one of many northern Iowa towns pelted by rain.

A Code Red alert issued about 1 a.m. Wednesday warned residents near the river of the potential for high water.

"They said, 'Move, We're not kidding,' and I took it seriously," said Cheryl Smith, who rents a duplex near the river.

Southern Wisconsin was also facing flood threats after heavy rain soaked the southern part of the state.

The southwestern Wisconsin town of Boscobel has received more than a foot of rain since Friday. Hundreds of homes in Grant County have been damaged by flood water. Emergency management officials say one house in Crawford County was destroyed by flooding and three have major damage.

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Post by: Mark on June 27, 2013, 05:03:33 am
Heat Wave May Threaten World’s Hottest Temp. Record

A brutal and potentially historic heat wave is in store for the West as parts of Nevada, Arizona and California may get dangerously hot temperatures this weekend and into next week. In fact, by the end of the heat wave, we may see a record tied or broken for the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth.
The furnace-like heat is coming courtesy of a “stuck” weather pattern that is setting up across the U.S. and Canada. By early next week, the jet stream — a fast-moving river of air at airliner altitudes that is responsible for steering weather systems — will form the shape of a massive, slithering snake with what meteorologists refer to as a deep “ridge” across the Western states, and an equally deep trough seting up across the Central and Eastern states.

All-time records are likely to be threatened in normally hot places — including Death Valley, Calif., which holds the record for the highest reliably recorded air temperature on earth at 134°F. That mark was set on July 10, 1913, and with forecast highs between 126°F to 129°F this weekend, that record could be threatened. The last time Death Valley recorded a temperature at or above 130°F was in 1913.
Las Vegas and Phoenix, two cities well-known for their hot and dry summers, are also predicted to approach record territory. Last Vegas’ all-time high temperature record is 117°F and Phoenix’s high is 122°F. Excessive heat warnings are in effect in both cities from Friday through Monday.
Las Vegas could come close to tying its record for the longest stretch of days at or above 110°F, which is 10 straight, set in 1961. Phoenix may approach its record for the number of consecutive days at or above 116°F, which is four, set in 1990. Reliable weather records began there in 1896. Forecast highs in Phoenix range between 115°F to 120°F for Friday through Sunday.
“While hot temperatures are a regular feature in this part of the country, a heat wave of this proportion and duration is not common,” the NWS forecast office in Phoenix said on its website.

rest: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/heat-wave-to-threaten-worlds-hottest-temperature-record-16161

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Post by: Kilika on June 27, 2013, 11:49:00 am
and Phoenix’s high is 122°F

That was back in June 26, 1990. This week were are looking at 117 for today and tomorrow, and a cool 116 on Saturday.  ;D

117 is the record for Friday, so we'll see.

It's hot folks!

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 28, 2013, 03:33:27 pm
Major Heat Wave Building in the West US

An atmospheric blast furnace will be at full throttle heading into the weekend over the interior West with heat reaching dangerous levels, challenging records and elevating the wildfire threat.

While many folks over the interior West are accustomed to and expect hot weather during the summer, the developing pattern will take the heat to the extreme. In some cities, record highs for any date throughout the year could be equaled or breached.

The interior West has experienced an expanding area of sunshine and building heat over the past few days.

Building heat, drought and the risk of wildfires could result in a fireworks ban in some communities as Independence Day activities increase.

The new weather will allow a major heat wave to build and last through next week in many areas.

As temperatures soar to record-challenging levels, drying brush and the potential for spotty thunderstorms will push the wildfire threat to new areas and raise the risk in other locations.

Cities that will experience record-challenging heat on a daily basis during the pattern into next week include Las Vegas, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, Denver, Boise, Idaho, Rawlins, Wyo., Medford, Ore., and Fresno, Calif.


Cities that could set new annual extreme temperature marks include Flagstaff, Ariz., and Las Vegas and Reno, Nev. In Flagstaff, Ariz., the all-time record high is 97 set on July 5, 1973. In Las Vegas, the all-time record high is 117 degrees set on July 19, 2005, and July 24, 1942. At Reno, the all-time high is 108 degrees set most recently on July 5, 2007. Death Valley, Calif., could top their hottest June temperature on record of 128 degrees set June 30, 1994.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "People driving through desert areas during the pattern should make sure their vehicle can make the journey and that they carry extra water in case their vehicle breaks down."

With time, the heat will expand to the coastal areas in the Northwest by way of a slight offshore flow. However, the worst of the heat will hold up just inland over California. The pattern will make the beaches a hot spot to avoid the heat.

The system producing the heat and sunshine will allow widely separated, pop-up thunderstorms with time. Most of the storms will form and die over the mountains, but there will be a few exceptions.

A few locations can receive a downpour. However, many of the storms will bring little or no rainfall. This phenomena, commonly called "dry lightning," can spark new wildfires.

While the natural spark for wildfires cannot be avoided, people are urged to be very careful when using outdoor power equipment and open flames. Never park a vehicle that has been running for any length of time over dry grass and brush as the hot exhaust can start a fire. Don't throw burning cigarettes out of your vehicle.

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Post by: Mark on July 05, 2013, 06:59:17 am
Over a Foot of Hail Swamps New Mexico Town



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 13, 2013, 07:43:43 am
Japan heatwave kills 12: reports
 by Staff Writers
 Tokyo (AFP) July 12, 2013

A severe heatwave that hit Japan a week ago has claimed at least a dozen lives, reports said Friday.

The mercury has topped 35 degrees celsius (95 degrees fahrenheit) in areas right across the country for several days, with no immediate end to the misery in sight, forecasters say.

Thousands of people have been taken to hospital suffering from heatstroke or exhaustion, with at least 12 of them dying, Jiji Press and other media reported.

Most of those affected are over 65, but there have also been groups of schoolchildren who were participating in school activities outside.

One recent death was that of a 90-year-old man whose body was discovered by his son inside an apartment. The air conditioner was turned off, Jiji said.

On Friday, the day's highest temperature was 38.3 degrees celsius (101 F) in Kawanehon town in Shizuoka prefecture. More than 40 other spots recorded highs of 35 degrees or more, Japan's meteorological agency said.

News reports feature frequent reminders to drink plenty of fluids and avoid prolonged periods outdoors, in what has become a regular feature of Japan's sticky summer months.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 15, 2013, 10:36:46 pm
Worst heat wave of season bakes Northeast and Great Lakes

Blistering heat and stifling humidity settled in Monday over tens of millions of people from Maine through the Ohio Valley, and forecasters warned that relief was as far off as the weekend -- day or night.

The culprit was a dome of high pressure that effectively turned a quarter of the country into a convection oven. It’s not expected to budge until a cold front shoves it out of the way on Friday.

The heat was expected to be more stifling Monday at the Canadian border than in the Carolinas, and more oppressive along the Great Lakes than along the Rio Grande.

Making matters worse, nighttime lows across much of the Northeast are expected to drop only into the low 80s, compounding the heat for the following day. In the dead of night Monday in Philadelphia, it will feel like 90 degrees.

“If you think you’re going to do a run later in the day or, you know, go into your garden later in the day, you can’t. It’s just too hot,” said Stephanie Abrams, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Forecasters said the heat would only grow by the day. The forecast high for Philadelphia is 94 on Monday, 95 on Wednesday and 97 on Thursday. For Newark, N.J., the expected high is 95 on Monday, 97 on Thursday and 98 on Friday.

The health commissioner of Philadelphia, where the heat index Monday could reach as high as 103 degrees, activated special summer heat programs, including a hotline for heat emergencies.

Con Edison, the utility that provides power to New York, said it was prepared for outages and had extra crews on call, although it said a $1.2 billion upgrade after Hurricane Sandy should help keep the juice flowing.

The East wasn’t the only part of the country broiling. The forecast high was 97 for Billings, Mont., 99 for Medford, Ore., and 101 for Boise, Idaho. Those are as much as 10 degrees above average for this time of year.

Forecasters posted a heat advisory for parts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and warned people to stay out of the sun and check on neighbors and relatives.

They took the more serious step of posting an excessive heat warning — defined as a prolonged period of dangerously high temperatures — for the counties around Philadelphia.

It has already been a hotter July than normal. The average temperature this month has been five to six degrees above normal in Boston and elsewhere and New England, and three to four degrees above normal in New York and Philadelphia.

As far north as Vermont, temperatures were in the 90s. Burlington, Vt., even hit a record high temperature for the day -- 93 degrees, meteorologist Michael Muccilli of the National Weather Service told NBC News. The last time it hit 93 was on July 15, 1955.

People in the area were escaping the heat by going down to Lake Champlain or taking a dip in local rivers and streams, Muccilli said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 15, 2013, 10:50:11 pm
India says nearly 6,000 missing a month after devastating floods

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India officially declared on Monday that nearly 6,000 people were missing a month after flash floods ravaged large parts of its northern state of Uttarakhand, but stopped short of saying they were presumed dead.

The figure of 5,748, based on tallies of missing persons from around the country, was the first official estimate following weeks in which the numbers of dead and missing fluctuated wildly from a few hundred to several thousand.

 Their families will now be eligible for financial relief, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna told a news conference, adding that his government would pay 150,000 rupees ($2,500) to families in the state, besides compensation from the federal government.

 "We are not getting into the controversy whether the missing persons are dead or not," said Bahuguna. "We are abiding by what the families of the victims say, and if they think that they haven't come back and have no hope as well, (then) we are providing them monetary relief."

 The official death toll still stands at 580, an official of the National Disaster Management Authority told Reuters. More than 4,600 of the missing in Uttarakhand had come from elsewhere in India, said the official, who declined to be identified as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

 Record rains in June caused devastating landslides and flooded rivers in Uttarakhand, trapping tens of thousands of Hindu devotees, who flock there each year on a pilgrimage to the temple towns of Kedarnath, Gangotri, Badrinath and Yamunotri.

The rains buried villages in silt and washed away roads, while raging rivers like the Ganges swept away homes on their banks.

The disaster, dubbed a "Himalayan tsunami" by officials and media, prompted one of the largest airlifts in the history of the Indian air force, as helicopters flew hundreds of sorties to rescue residents and pilgrims and drop thousands of kilograms of relief material.

More than 100,000 people were rescued by the air force and security force personnel on the ground, officials said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 19, 2013, 03:07:51 am

Nine injured in Colorado lightning strike

By Becky Bratu, Staff Writer, NBC News

Nine farm workers were struck by lightning Thursday afternoon at the former Grant Family Farms site in the Fort Collins, Colo., area, a fire official said.

Of those injured, two are in critical condition and four are in serious condition. Three workers were able to leave in personal vehicles. Wellington Fire Protection District Chief Gary Green said the workers were in the field during a "crazy lightning storm."

Two of the patients were semi-conscious, he said. They were unable to communicate and respond to questions, and showed general muscle weakness and inability to move their arms and legs. Green said they were breathing and had pulses.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 19, 2013, 03:20:29 am
Video: Britain sizzles in rare heat wave

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Post by: Mark on July 19, 2013, 03:37:56 am
Wildfire warning: Heatwave death toll as high as up to 760 - and farms at risk

As many as 760 people are thought to have died so far as a result of the heatwave, as the death toll of swimmers drowning as the sun enticed people into Britain’s dangerous open water sites hit at least 13.



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Post by: Mark on July 21, 2013, 06:28:16 am
■Massive thunderstorm slams Las Vegas, leaving damaged homes, power outages and uprooted trees


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 21, 2013, 05:38:54 pm
Tornado hits Ohio's Ursuline College; no one hurt

PEPPER PIKE, Ohio (AP) — A tornado packing 110 mph winds hit Ursuline College in northeast Ohio early Saturday morning, collapsing a wall of the school's athletic center and damaging other buildings but causing no injuries, officials said.

The EF1 twister hit about 3:35 a.m. northwest of the college and continued across part of the campus, said meteorologist William Comeaux of the National Weather Service in Cleveland. It reached 100-200 yards wide and traveled 1.3 miles.

Only a few students were on campus at the time, and they weren't close to the athletic center that was hardest hit, a college spokeswoman said.

"The blessing is that there was no loss of life or injury," Sister Diana Stano, president of the 1,500-student school about 13 miles east of Cleveland said on the college's website.

No one answered the main number for the college Saturday evening, but a recorded message said the campus was closed Saturday and Sunday to assess the damage.

The storm caused an external wall of the school's O'Brien Athletic Center to collapse and destroyed part of the roof. It also damaged several other buildings, including the Dauby Science Center and the Ralph M. Besse Library. Many trees were uprooted or destroyed and other campus facilities had minor damage.

College spokeswoman Angela DelPrete said only about five students were on campus at the time and they were about 1,000 feet from the gymnasium. She described debris scattered around the campus and broken windows. Weather service photos showed roof tiles torn away on the gymnasium exposing splintered wood and support beams.

Stano told The Plain Dealer that Ursuline was accepted as an NCAA Division II school only last week.

"Now we don't have a place to play," she said.

Ursuline was founded by Roman Catholic nuns as the first women's college in Ohio. Men now also attend the school.

Despite the damage Saturday, Comeaux said, "It's a beautiful area with lots of trees."

He said it's been about two years since a tornado has touched down in the region; the state averages 17-19 tornadoes per year. A disaster relief fund will be established to help rebuild the campus, the website said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 22, 2013, 12:58:57 am
There seem to be a lot of reports over floods this year...

Heavy thunderstorms flood the Phoenix area

Flash flooding quickly ensued in and around Phoenix, Ariz., on Sunday as drenching thunderstorms raced through.

The thunderstorms crossed the Phoenix area at midday Sunday, dropping 0.88 of an inch of rain at the city's Sky Harbor Airport in just 43 minutes.

The airport averages 1.05 inches of rain during the entire month of July.

A total of 1.65 inches of rain poured down in 30 minutes in nearby Scottsdale. The resultant flooding forced law enforcement to close numerous streets from McDonald Road north to Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

Another downpour total included 1.97 inches of rain in only 30 minutes in Paradise Valley.

The Phoenix area will be subject to another heavy thunderstorm or two through Sunday night, which threatens to worsen the flooding situation.

Spottier showers and thunderstorms will follow for Monday with drier conditions expected for Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 24, 2013, 06:56:38 am
Storms dump baseball-sized hail in several counties in Kansas

My husband, Bill, got a call from a friend (and fellow farmer) who was in Hutchinson (Kan.), and he told us they were getting pelted with huge hail, and it was coming our way.

Bill and our boys got several trucks and vehicles put in the shed just in the nick of time. We watched the storm roll in and knew the hail was coming because the huge thunderhead cloud was green. When the first large hail fell, there were only a few big pieces, and we thought we got lucky and that the worst of it had passed us by.

But then the really big hail started, and it was almost deafening.

The super-sized hail lasted for several minutes, and then we had several more minutes of quarter- and pea-sized ice. It was scary and awesome all at the same time.

The sheer size of the hail was so impressive, but at the same time, we knew it was damaging our crops. Crops that up until this point had been looking great.

It's dark now so we'll have to wait until morning to see the full extent of the damage.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 28, 2013, 06:25:41 am
Major flash flood event near Charlotte Saturday

More showers and flooding a potential through the weekend

Persistent heavy rain has triggered a major flash flood event northwest of Charlotte, N.C., Saturday.

At 10 a.m. EDT, emergency management reported a major flash flood event was underway across much of Catawba County, N.C.

Trending topic: North Carolina flood

"All small creeks and streams in [central Catawba County and western Lincoln County] are overflowing their banks, and some are well out of their banks," stated the National Weather Service's Greenville-Spartanburg Office. "Numerous roads are impassable due to flood water."

"As much as 10 inches of rain has fallen across [central Catawba County and western Lincoln County] since about 4 a.m. EDT."

MSN Weather: What is flooding?

Hickory, N.C., located in Catawba County, recorded more than 5 inches of rain from 4 a.m. to noon Saturday. Runoff from the rain has flooded several streets.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 28, 2013, 06:43:07 am
Record cold hits Chicago area

Chicago recorded the coldest high temperature ever on July 27 with a high of only 65 degrees, and could see near record cold Saturday night.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 29, 2013, 06:23:01 am
Thunderstorms to rage across much of US after 2 die in Indiana

Thunderstorms were set to hit much of the country Monday, bringing more rain after two people - including a girl - drowned in a swollen river in North Carolina.

The National Weather Service warned late Sunday and early Monday that “hazardous weather” could hit from Florida to Maine and as far west as Colorado.

Delilah Lovett, 10, and Juan Alberdi, 48, died in Wilson’s Creek, N.C., late Saturday, NBC station WCNC.com reported Sunday.

Delilah, of Charlotte, had gone swimming in the river which was swollen by heavy rain. Alberdi’s wife said that he had drowned trying to save the girl after she got into difficulty.

And in Arizona, a tour bus carrying 33 people to Las Vegas after a trip to the Grand Canyon was swept away by floodwaters as the driver attempted to cross a wash near Kingman. No one was injured.

"It was a really strong storm dumping quite a bit of rain ... and it caused flash flooding," Chris Stumpf, a National Weather Service forecaster in Las Vegas, told The Associated Press. "They were driving on a portion of the road where they shouldn't have tried to drive across. They should not have been driving through there."

Rhonda Ho, operations manager for Canyon Coach Lines, said its driver Joseph Razon saw a car right in front of him go through a section of the highway covered by some water, and "he thought, if a car can go through it, I can go through it."

"Then he got slammed by a rushing current of water that came out of nowhere," she told the AP. "He was driving in almost neck-deep water and trying to control the bus while it was floating." 

She said Razon intentionally tilted the bus against an embankment so it would stop and passengers could escape through its roof.

This kind of weather will remain a problem.

Weather.com said that “thunderstorms will continue to affect large swaths of the country, and flash flooding will be a significant concern.”

“The best chance for a severe storm or two will be over portions of eastern Colorado and western Kansas,” it said.

“However, flash flooding will be a more widespread concern from southern Nevada east across the Four Corners region and into the Central Plains, including much of Kansas and western Missouri,” weather.com added. “Localized flash flooding will linger in parts of the I-95 Northeast corridor from Philadelphia to New York as well from heavy rainfall on Sunday.”

In Philadelphia, the National Weather Service recorded a record all-time daily rainfall of 7.99 inches at the Philadelphia International Airport. More than 7 inches fell during a 4-hour period, NBC10.com reported.

Weather.com said the Plains states could see localized rainfall of more than 3 inches. It said this could lead to flash floods, given that the ground was already wet. In the West, the rain and rugged terrain could create the potential for flash flood.

“While the West will see that flash flood threat diminish on Monday, it will continue – and perhaps even worsen – over parts of Kansas, Missouri, northern Oklahoma and northern Arkansas,” weather.com said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 29, 2013, 06:27:25 am
Philadelphia gets record one-day rainfall: 7.99 inches

PHILADELPHIA -- Heavy rain caused major flooding and traffic nightmares across the area Sunday and set an all-time record for one-day rainfall in Philadelphia.

A record all-time daily rainfall record of 7.99 inches fell at the Philadelphia International Airport, according to the National Weather Service. More than 7 inches fell during a 4-hour period. That breaks the all-time record for a single day of 6.63 inches set Sept. 16, 1999, during Tropical Storm Floyd. Records go back to 1872.

The airport experienced a power outage due to the weather. A spokesperson says Terminal A East lost power around 5 p.m. Power was restored around 9:45 p.m. Passengers experienced minor delays, according to spokesperson Vicki Lupica.

A flash flood warning was extended for Camden, Philadelphia, Delaware, Gloucester, New Castle and Salem counties until 10:45 p.m.

The heaviest rain moved through Gloucester City, Camden County, shortly after 3 p.m. Within a span of three hours about 7 inches of rain flooded the area.

At least eight cars were submerged in high water in the eastbound lane of I-76 at Kings Highway. Two people were left stranded in a car in the middle of the street. Authorities say both people were rescued. No injuries were reported.

Lightning strikes were also a problem for the area. Fire crews put out a minor fire at a home on the 100 block of North Brown Street after it was struck by lightning. No one was injured.

A driver was trapped on top of his roof under the Route 42 overpass. Two other cars were trapped in the water.

There was also major flooding along Route 130 in Pennsauken. Shore traffic combined with flooding rains made for major backups along the Atlantic City Expressway. There were reports of delays of up to two hours.

The on and off ramp from I-95 to Broad Street in Philadelphia was shut down around 4:30 p.m. due to major flooding. It was reopened just before 9 p.m.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2013, 12:56:05 pm
From what I've read, hurricanes are rare in Hawaii...

Big Island under flood advisory as rains move to west side

HILO » A flood advisory remains in effect for Hawaii island at least through 6:15 p.m. as the brunt of Tropical Storm Flossie moved past Hilo and East Hawaii and began pestering Kailua-Kona and West Hawaii with heavy rains and high winds.

The lower Puna and Kau areas appeared to be the most badly hit portions of East Hawaii. The Hawaii Police Department reported fallen trees on Highway 132, the Pahoa-Kapoho Highway in the area of Lava Tree State Park.

The highway was closed around noon but reopened about 2:30, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said.

More than 6,000 customers of the Hawaii Electrical Light Co., mostly from Volcano to Pahoa, lost power after high winds knocked down power lines in various areas of Puna, said Kristin Okinaka, HELCO deputy corporate communications officer.

At the peak there were about 6,300 homes and businesses without power, according to Hawaii Electric Light Co. That included 2,800 customers from Volcano to Glenwood, 2,200 customers from Kalapana to Nanawale and 1,300 in Panaewa. Power was restored to some areas, and by mid-afternoon there were 5,000 customers without power, HELCO reported.

Power has since been restored to about 500 customers, but HELCO crews are still working on the rest of the outages, Okinaka said about 3:45 p.m.

Portions of Kona and Kohala began feeling the brunt of the storm about mid-afternoon.

About 2:30 p.m., Kaiminani Drive near Pia Place, in a subdivision mauka of Keahole Airport, was closed for about half an hour due to a fallen tree, Civil Defense officials said. It has since been reopened.

The county's Hele-On bus service is expected to resume full operations on Tuesday. A single run of the Kohala-Hilo route is scheduled to go at 7:30 tonight.

In the central part of the island, rain fell but many residents went about their business like it was a normal day.

A Goodfellows Brothers crew of about half a dozen workers plugged along on a state Department of Transportation road widening project on Saddle Road near the Army's Pohakuloa Training Area.

One worker, decked out in rain gear, said the crew was scheduled to work a 10-hour shift.

At the Waimea Community Center in South Kohala, about a dozen people had walked into the emergency shelter staffed by American Red Cross workers and made inquiries about everything from whether showers were available (they're not) or whether the shelter could house pets, said volunteer Balbi Brooks.

One man who had been booted from his Spencer Beach Park camp site showed up to use the restroom at the community center, and then slept in the parking lot.

A woman, who declined to give her name, was waiting for the county's Hele-On bus service to be restored, or for someone to give her a ride to Puna.

Dave Richardson, Red Cross volunteer, said "this is like any other day in Waimea except the wind is blowing west to east."

The island was getting the first punch of the weakening Flossie, which was barely holing on to its tropical storm status late this morning. By this afternoon, National Weather Service forecasters had lowered rainfall estimates for the island from up to 12 inches to 2 to 4 inches.

Earlier in the day, Hawaii island officials were preparing for the worst despite word that Tropical Storm Flossie was taking a slightly northern path as it reached Hawaiian waters around daybreak.

Hawaii island acting Civil Defense administrator Darryl Oliveira said he was told by National Weather Service officials that despite the somewhat rosier forecast, there was no change in the anticipated amount of rain or decrease in the strength of the winds headed toward the island.

"The most difficult thing is the track of this thing at this point and where it might make landfall — direct impact on the Big Island or whether it’s going to go in the (Alenuihaha) channel, or if it will just continue further north,” he said.

A steady rain fell overnight in Hilo but nothing residents from the town once dubbed the wettest in the United States were getting exciting about.

“That’s just Hilo,” Hoolulu Park Complex recreation specialist Dean Goya said of the rain as he and three American Red Cross volunteers sat in an empty Aunty Sally’s Luau Hale, the designated evacuation shelter for downtown Hilo, at 4:30 a.m.

The other eight shelters around Hawaii island: Pahoa Community Center, Laupahoehoe Charter School, Honokaa Sports Complex, Waimea Community Center, Hisaoka Gym in North Kohala, Mountain View School, Pahala Community Center, West Hawaii Civic Center.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2013, 01:02:26 pm
Milan(Italy) Tornado: 12 Hurt After Twister Strikes

A tornado has ripped through a suburb of Milan, injuring 12 people and damaging buildings and vehicles.

Video shot by witnesses on their mobile phones captured the twister tearing through an industrial region in Grezzago, leaving a trail of devastation as it destroyed cars, overturned trucks and uprooted telegraph poles.

"We were inside there and a lorry crashed into the wall and came through it," said Stefano Grimoldi, who was caught up the carnage.

"Then all the windows broke and we couldn't understand what was happening."

He added: "Look there is no more roof, no more doors, there's nothing left."

"It came from over there - the next little town along in Pozzo D'Ada," explained witness Luca Mariani.

"Then it came through here, Grezzago, then it went towards Trezzo," added his friend Anthony Farchica.

 "It lasted, I'm not sure, the time it took, ten minutes or a quarter of an hour," they added.

Firemen, civil protection and other rescue services rushed to the scene.

Although no deaths have been reported there are reports of a dozen injuries.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 31, 2013, 01:16:34 pm
China issues heat alert as 'hottest July' hits Shanghai

Temperatures in parts of China have hit record highs, prompting an emergency level-two nationwide heat alert for the first time.

In Shanghai, at least 10 people have died from heatstroke, as the city experiences its hottest July in 140 years, reports say.

Local journalists have demonstrated the heat by frying meat on the pavement.

The national heat alert covers nine provinces, including Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Shanghai and Chongqing.

According to figures from the Shanghai Meteorological bureau, Shanghai has seen 24 days with temperatures at or above 35C in July.

"It should be a new record since Shanghai had its own weather recording," said chief service officer Wu Rui.

"Also, in July of this year Shanghai reached 40.6 degrees Celsius, its highest ever temperature. So the highest temperature in July also broke a record."

More than 10 people in Shanghai have died after suffering from heatstroke, state-run news agency Xinhua said, citing health officials.

In a TV report, journalists from Shanghai TV said they successfully fried a pork chop on a marble slab outdoors in just 10 minutes.

The practice appears to have become popular, with photos of slices of bacon and fish being barbecued outdoors by the heat appearing online.

The China Meteorological Administration issued the level two emergency heat alert on Tuesday.

"Anhui, Jiangsu, Hunan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Jiangxi, Fujian, Chongqing and Shanghai meteorological bureaus should enter into emergency response on the basis of actual weather conditions," it said on its website.

It added that weather forecasts suggested that some areas south of the Yangtze river, including Chongqing, could experience temperatures of over 35C until 8 August.

It urged members of the public to avoid outdoor activities and to take protective measures against the heat.

"It's impossible for people to live without an air-conditioner," a resident was quoted by Reuters news agency as saying.

"Just going outside in this kind of temperate can roast people."

Are you in Shanghai? Have you been affected by the heat? You can send us your experiences using the form below.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 02, 2013, 08:24:56 am

12 soldiers hospitalized after being hit by lightning in Colorado

Two of the 12 soldiers who were hurt when lightning struck near them during a training exercise in Colorado were in the hospital Friday.

Officials at Fort Carson said Thursday that one soldier was in serious condition and the other was in stable condition.

The ten other soldiers who were injured when lightning struck at the Army post near Colorado Springs on Wednesday afternoon were released from the hospital later that evening.

The soldiers had been in training but were heading toward shelter when the lightning struck.

Medics who were present for the training treated them until emergency responders arrived.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 02, 2013, 04:13:09 pm
Storms cause damage across wide swath of Montana

Strong winds, possible tornados damage buildings, crops across wide swath of Montana

HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Strong thunderstorms that moved across Montana left a trail of damage to crops and buildings along with downed trees and power outages.

The worst damage from Thursday's storm may have occurred in Gallatin County, where winds gusting up to 89 mph devastated wheat and barley crops that likely would have been harvested next week, Montana Grain Growers Vice President Matt Flikkema said.

"I've never seen crop damage to the extent we have here in the valley," Flikkema said Friday. "There are very little crops that will be harvested out of the area."

Flikkema said the damage could approach $50 million, even without taking into consideration what happened to 5,000 acres of potatoes.

Most of the crops are seed crops, meaning there could be a shortage of seed to plant next year, he said.

The storm started in southwestern Montana, where wind gusts up to 104 mph were recorded in Polaris, northwest of Dillon, causing major damage to homes and some trees, the National Weather Service reported.

Strong winds and possibly a tornado caused severe damage in Twin Bridges, uprooting trees and blowing the roof off at least one building.

A weather service representative was expected to visit Twin Bridges on Friday to determine if a tornado had touched down, said Steve DiGiovanna of Madison County Disaster and Emergency Services. DiGiovanna said he thought he saw a funnel cloud touch down.

Some falling trees damaged historic buildings, including the museum, and the roof was ripped off a veterinary clinic outside of Twin Bridges. An airport hangar was destroyed, a trailer was crushed by falling trees, and a grandstand at the Madison County Fairgrounds was flipped over and destroyed, he said.

Twin Bridges Mayor Tom Hyndman said the wind also uprooted a large spruce tree that is decorated every year for the town's Christmas Stroll.

Golf-ball sized hail fell across much of Belgrade and the northern part of Bozeman, the weather service reported.

NWS meteorologist Todd Chambers of Billings said the storm began in the southwestern part of the state Thursday afternoon and moved east, causing damage as far away as Billings.

The "long-lived, long-path" storm was unusual for this time of year, he said.

In eastern Montana, a funnel cloud was reported near Acton, north of Billings, and there was another unconfirmed report of a tornado in Broadview, Chambers said.

Golf-ball-sized hail was reported in parts of Billings, as well. A tree on the West End caught fire after being struck by lightning.

The storm knocked out power along its path and crews were still working Friday morning to restore service.

A second set of storms moved through the Helena. Over an inch of rain fell in a swath, moving northeast from an area near the city through eastern Chouteau County, the weather service said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 05, 2013, 01:26:56 pm
Dozens dead, stranded after flash floods in Afghanistan, Pakistan

KABUL (Reuters) - Flash floods caused by unusually heavy rain across Afghanistan and Pakistan killed more than 160 people and stranded villagers in remote areas without shelter, food or power in one of South Asia's worst natural disasters this year, officials said on Monday.

Mountainous Afghanistan was the worst hit, with 61 people killed and about 500 traditional mud-brick homes washed away in more than a dozen villages in Sarobi, a rural district less than an hour from the national capital, Kabul, officials said.

In the remote eastern Afghan province of Nuristan at least 60 homes were destroyed across three districts, said provincial spokesman Mohammad Yusufi. No one was killed.

Authorities were unable to get aid to some badly affected villages by land as roads in the area are controlled by the Taliban, Yusufi added.

"We have asked the national government for help as have an overwhelming number of locals asking for assistance, but this is a Taliban-ridden area," Yusufi said.

At least 24 people were also killed in two other eastern border provinces, Khost and Nangarhar, local officials said. More than fifty homes and shops were destroyed and thousands of acres of farmland flooded.

In Pakistan monsoon rains claimed more than 80 lives, local media reported on Monday. Incidents of house collapse, drowning and electrocution all pushed up the death toll, said Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon.

In Karachi, the commercial capital and a southern port city that is home to 18 million people, poor neighborhoods were submerged waist-deep in water and many precincts suffered long power outages. Deaths were also reported in the north and west of the country.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 08, 2013, 07:42:52 am
Video: More heavy rain to drench Midwest(floods)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 08, 2013, 11:28:18 am
This is a very good video - yeah, a lot happened weatherwise et al in the month of July!



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 08, 2013, 05:27:37 pm
'It's a real mess': Rescues and evacuations as deadly floods hit Missouri

Authorities conducted 25 rescues and evacuated 100 people from their homes overnight Thursday as more heavy rain fell on the saturated ground of Missouri, where the governor called out the National Guard to deal with deadly floods.

In the small city of Hollister, near the tourist destination of Branson and the Arkansas state line, the creek that runs through the center of town quickly rose 15 feet. No one was injured.

Farther north in Waynesville, a 4-year-old boy was killed and a woman believed to be his mother was missing after their car was swept from a tributary into a creek on Tuesday, the state highway patrol said.

Heavy rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday caused a rapid rise in the Gasconade River and forced authorities to close part of Interstate 44, which slices across the Show-Me state from St. Louis to Oklahoma.

Thunderstorms swept across the southern half of the state again early Thursday, and in central Missouri the Gasconade was expected to rise to 32 feet — 12 feet above flood stage.

“It's a real mess,” Sgt. Dan Crain, a spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol, told The Weather Channel. “We're encouraging folks to be really careful. When there’s water over the roads, don’t take the chance. Don’t take the risk. Please turn around.”

Gov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and ordered 50 military police from the Missouri National Guard to help local authorities protect lives and property.

In Nashville, Tenn., fire crews responded to about 35 incidents involving people who needed to be rescued from their homes or vehicles after water overtook them, officials told NBC News. Only one person was injured, suffering a lacerated foot, officials said.

The water had mostly receded by Thursday afternoon, but authorities said they would remain on alert through the evening.

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Post by: Kilika on August 09, 2013, 04:16:27 am
The annual mid west flooding. Been happening for likely hundreds if not thousands of years. It floods in that part of the country, and people freak out. It floods every year!  ::)

Same insanity as those clowns in California that build on hillsides, and they get mad when it rains and their house falls down in a landslide.

Some of these weather events are, I believe, "natural" order of things, and not natural disasters. It's only a disaster because it affects man's stuff. You build in river valleys and along big rivers, guess what? It WILL flood on occasion, and in flood plains, A LOT.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 12, 2013, 12:37:33 pm
Colorado Flash Flood Victim: 'This Is God's Power'
Video: http://news.yahoo.com/video/colorado-flash-flood-victim-gods-115631786.html

One person is dead and the search for another continues after flash floods hit Manitou Springs.

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Post by: Mark on August 13, 2013, 05:45:28 am
Heat wave kills 10 people in S. Korea

(ATTN: UPDATES with death roll rising to 10; all 10 died of heat stroke)

 SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- A scorching heat wave has killed 10 people in South Korea this summer, the health and welfare ministry said Tuesday, as the weather agency issued a heat advisory and heat warning for most parts of the country.

 The heave wave has gripped South Korea for weeks as temperatures topped 33 C in Seoul and other major cities. Temperatures have reached a record 39.2 C in Gimhae, near South Korea's second-largest city of Busan, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 13, 2013, 10:40:18 am
Heat wave kills 10 people in S. Korea

(ATTN: UPDATES with death roll rising to 10; all 10 died of heat stroke)

 SEOUL, Aug. 13 (Yonhap) -- A scorching heat wave has killed 10 people in South Korea this summer, the health and welfare ministry said Tuesday, as the weather agency issued a heat advisory and heat warning for most parts of the country.

 The heave wave has gripped South Korea for weeks as temperatures topped 33 C in Seoul and other major cities. Temperatures have reached a record 39.2 C in Gimhae, near South Korea's second-largest city of Busan, according to the Korea Meteorological Administration


There's been record temperatures around the world in recent years - no, it's not "global warming" obviously, but HAARP/chemtrails/weather modification, etc seem to be playing a big part. What it seems to be doing is causing draughts, killing off water animals in the waters, etc.

But Jesus Christ says in the end times that famines would be in divers places.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 13, 2013, 12:49:31 pm
Video: Japan temperatures hit record high

Temperatures in southern Japan hit 41 degrees Celsius, the country's highest since records began more than a century ago. Jessica Gray reports.

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Post by: Mark on August 13, 2013, 12:54:13 pm
Video: Japan temperatures hit record high

Temperatures in southern Japan hit 41 degrees Celsius, the country's highest since records began more than a century ago. Jessica Gray reports.

Thats 105.8 for those of us still on the American scale.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 16, 2013, 12:54:31 pm
Cool Weather Lingers in the Southeast

It's been a cool summer across a large portion of the central and eastern U.S., and another push of cool air moved into many of these same areas over the past week.

The persistent cool weather is well-reflected in national extreme temperature statistics from the National Climatic Data Center. For the year to date, the total number of daily record lows across the country is outnumbering the number of record highs by about a 6-to-5 ratio, a stunning reversal from the dominant pattern in recent years.

Last year, during the hottest year on record stateside, daily record highs overwhelmed record lows by a whopping 10-to-1 margin, and since the start of 2010 that ratio is roughly two and a half record highs for every record low.

This summer, the unseasonably cool weather has focused on a swath from the Midwest to the Southeast.

Atlanta is a classic example, as those of us at weather.com headquarters can attest. While most other regions of the country have had at least one spell of triple-digit heat, or at least upper 90s, Georgia's capital has not gotten warmer than 92 degrees all year.

Cool August Temperature Intrusion Lingers in Southeast

The repeated cool spells east of the Rockies are in large part the result of a persistent tendency for the jet stream to dive southward across the eastern half of the country.

That pattern developed again this past week, dragging a cold front deep into the South and allowing a crisp, clean Canadian air mass to dominate the Midwest and Northeast with strong high pressure building in behind the front.

Record lows were set Wednesday morning in International Falls, Minn. (35), Stevens Point, Wisc. (36) and Springfield, Ill. (48), among other locations. The daytime high in Columbus, Ohio (70) was the coolest on record for August 14, as well.

A record low was set in Bradford, Pa. Thursday morning, dipping in to the upper 30s. Lows in the 40s were observed as far south as Boone, N.C.

While many areas will see temperatures rebound some into the weekend, parts of the Southeast and Appalachians will continue to see highs very atypical for August.

The cool air has oozed south along the eastern slopes of the southern Appalachians, pushing temperatures well below average for Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia.

This pattern, officially called "cold-air damming" but informally called the "wedge," is often associated with freezing rain and ice storms in the winter. It rarely occurs in early-mid August.

Major cities such as Atlanta and Charlotte may struggle to rise above the upper 60s or low 70s for highs through the weekend, along with widespread clouds and rain. The average high this time of year in Atlanta is 88 degrees.

You can imagine how cool it will be in the mountains. Forget about the shorts and tank tops if you're vacationing in North Carolina mountain towns like Boone and Beech Mountain, where highs could get stuck in the 60s under a canopy of clouds – in mid-August!

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Post by: Kilika on August 16, 2013, 01:38:43 pm
I can attest that the other side of that little dip in the jet stream is causing higher than average temperatures here in the southwest. We are just under 110 all this week and projected the same for next week.

"...thy will be done..."

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 23, 2013, 11:15:18 am
Hail, Flooding Knock Out Colorado Towns

Heavy rain and hail, some golf ball-sized, combined to make it look like Christmas in August in Colorado.

Accumulations of up to two feet of hail in the Denver area Thursday evening left at least one car trapped and closed local streets until the county could get a snowplow out to the scene.

"The water just takes my car rushing up over the hood, and was like, 'Mom, I gotta go,'" Bryndon Jackson, whose car was totaled after filling with water and hail, told  ABC affiliate KMGH.

"I was forced to open the door and all the water came rushing in and I knew I had to get out of there quick," he said.

Four inches of rain feel in just over an hour, racing through neighborhoods and forcing the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood warning until 1 a.m.

In Colorado Springs, the fast-moving rain resulted in one car nearly being swallowed as its driver lost sight of the highway while trying to navigate through the storm.

"This is really bad. We've got to go through but...I don't know if I want to test my luck," the driver can be heard saying in a video posted on YouTube.  "Take it easy.  I can't see.  I can't see."

The Denver area will have a chance to recover today with only a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms forecast by the National Weather Service.

The West will be impacted, however, in the coming days by moisture from Tropical Storm Ivo now making its way through the Pacific.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2013, 04:18:02 pm
Colorado hail storm turns Denver into dangerous winter wonderland

A thunderstorm dumped heavy rain and hail the size of golf balls in the Denver area. Some areas saw hail accumulations of up to 2 feet.

Summer may be drawing to a close, but Colorado residents probably didn't expect it to happen quite so quickly. Heavy rain and golf ball-size hail made August look like the dead of winter in Denver, ABC News reports.

The hail accumulated up to 2 feet Thursday, trapping at least one car and closing several streets until they were cleared by Denver County snow removal equipment. Teenager Bryndon Jackson says he was on the phone with his mother when his car got stuck in the storm. He was forced to open a door after water began rushing up over the car's hood. The vehicle quickly filled with water and hail. Bryndon reportedly made it out with no injuries, but his car is totaled.

A car in Colorado Springs was nearly swallowed by the storm's fast-moving rain. In a video uploaded to YouTube, the driver can be heard saying, "Take it easy. I can't see. I can't see." The National Weather Service maintained a flash flood warning until 1 a.m. Friday. The Associated Press reports that another storm hit Colorado today, causing more flooding and closing down Interstate 70.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 27, 2013, 11:49:31 am
Millions impacted by intense heat in Plains

Temperatures will approach the 100-degree mark through the beginning of Labor Day weekend

A heat wave in the Plains and parts of the Midwest will affect millions of people through this week and into the beginning of the Labor Day weekend.

This heat will impact many major cities in the country's midsection, including St. Louis, Mo., Omaha, Neb., Sioux Falls, S.D., Des Moines, Iowa and Minneapolis, Minn.

Additionally, thunderstorms riding along the northern edge of this dome of heat will bring the threat of stronger storms to parts of the Great Lakes and the Northeast.


Temperatures approaching the 100-degree mark will force residents of the Plains and Midwest to take action to avoid some of the dangers that this heat wave will bring.

The most dangerous time of day during a heat wave is the afternoon when temperatures are the hottest and when sunshine is most intense.

If you plan on being outside during the heat of the afternoon, there are several precautions that you can take to minimize the chance of heat-related injuries. Wearing light-colored clothing, drinking plenty of water and avoiding strenuous activity are just a few ways to stay safe from the heat.

Spending long periods of time out in the heat without taking the proper precautions may lead to dehydration, heat exhaustion or even heat stroke.

While temperatures will climb to near or above the 100-degree mark, several other factors can make it feel even hotter.

High humidity, blazing sunshine and other components of the weather will make it feel as high as 110 degrees in some areas

This extreme heat has already caused disruptions across the Plains and Midwest for many and will continue to do so through the week.

With the last week of August being the first week back at school for many students, school districts have been forced to take action.

To help kids avoid the intense heat, some schools have ended the school day early, well before the extreme afternoon heat; while others have canceled school all together.

High school sports teams have also been forced to take action, canceling practices for the safety of the players.

While some may find the heat unwelcome, others are finding it to be providing favorable conditions for some late-season swimming.

This heat wave is expected to last though the week across the Midwest and the Plains with highs in the upper 90s and lower 100s each day.

With temperatures running as much as 20 degrees above average, many daily record temperatures will be challenged.

These temperatures will also carry into the beginning of the Labor Day weekend, but will slowly ease as the weekend progresses.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 30, 2013, 05:51:58 pm

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Post by: Mark on September 01, 2013, 05:55:21 am
Peru snow state of emergency extended to more regions

The Peruvian government has extended to nine more regions a state of emergency called to cope with unusually cold weather and heavy snowfall.

At least two people have died and 33,000 others have been affected by the cold spell, local officials say.

Tens of thousands of animals have frozen to death over the past week.

President Ollanta Humala has travelled to Apurimac, one of the worst-hit areas, to oversee the distribution of emergency aid.

The state of emergency would be in place for 20 days, an official statement said.

The heaviest snow fall to hit Peru in a decade has killed tens of thousands of llamas, alpacas, cattle and sheep, and left farmers destitute.

A man died when the roof of his hut caved in under the weight of the snow in southern Carabaya province but the circumstances of the second death were unclear.

Three people were rescued on Saturday from the same region after their home was cut off by snow.

Rescue workers said the three, two girls and an elderly woman, were suffering from frostbite and snow blindness.

The cold front has also hit Peru's south-eastern neighbour, Bolivia, and Paraguay, where a combined total of five people have died.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 02, 2013, 01:00:04 pm
Video: Tornado touches down near Tokyo

A tornado touched down north of Tokyo Monday afternoon, damaging numerous structures

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Post by: Mark on September 02, 2013, 07:40:53 pm
Record cold strikes Alaska...



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 03, 2013, 10:57:28 am
Record cold strikes Alaska...



Not too long ago(in May or June) they were facing record heats - to the point where it caught everyone by surprise b/c it NEVER gets hot there, meaning air conditionings are NEVER in supply there.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 03, 2013, 12:19:57 pm
New Zealand experiences warmest winter on record

New Zealand experiences its warmest winter on record as Antarctic winds stay away

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Winter lacked its usual Antarctic chill in New Zealand this year — to record effect.

Scientists said Tuesday the South Pacific nation had its warmest winter since record-keeping began more than a century ago.

The average nationwide temperature was 9.5 Celsius (49.1 Fahrenheit) for June, July and August. That's about 1.2 Celsius above average and 0.3 Celsius above the previous record set in 1984, the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research said. Record-keeping began in 1909.

The winter had a pattern of warmer winds from the north but fewer southerly winds, which typically bring cold air from Antarctica, NIWA climate scientist Brett Mullan said. He said he believes that global weather remains variable but is in a warming pattern.

He said the weather was a boon for farmers who were recovering from a summer drought. The mild weather allowed grass to sprout in their fields, he said.

And skiers had no problem with the weather, either.

Annah Dowsett, a spokeswoman for the Whakapapa and Turoa ski fields on Mount Ruapehu, said dumps of snow early in the ski season followed by weeks of pleasant weather provided the perfect conditions. She said the fields hosted above-average numbers of skiers throughout winter and Turoa went for an unusually long stretch of 46 days without needing to close once for inclement weather.

"It's certainly been pleasant," she said. "August is usually windy and snowy and cold."

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 05, 2013, 10:47:07 am
Video: Dozens injured as Japan struck by two tornadoes in three days

Thousands of homes have been damaged and dozens of people injured after two tornadoes hit Japan in the space of three days.

Shelters have been opened in the areas affected and authorities have activated emergency plans.

Roopa Suchak reports.

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Post by: Boldhunter on September 05, 2013, 01:16:23 pm
Wow - just what the leaking nuclear reactor needs...

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2013, 11:09:15 pm
Tropical Storm Humberto poised to become first Atlantic hurricane of season

A tropical storm cutting a westward path across the Atlantic is poised to become a hurricane within one day — which would make it the first Atlantic hurricane of the 2013 season.

Tropical Storm Humberto’s maximum sustained winds climbed to 50 mph on Monday afternoon, according to the Associated Press. It may become a full-fledged hurricane Tuesday, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.

The tempest was 95 miles southwest of the Cape Verde Islands off the west coast of Africa late Monday but was hurtling farther away from that area, prompting officials to suspend a tropical storm advisory, according to the AP.

Before sweeping past Cape Verde, Humberto battered the southernmost flank of the islands with hard rain and wind gusts.

No coastal watches or warnings are currently looming over the region, the AP reported. Humberto is not forecasted to pose any significant threat to land, according to the hurricane center.

So far this season, no major hurricanes have cropped up in the Atlantic basin — a division that encompasses the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. Humberto is the eighth tropical storm of the season, which kicked off June 1 and is slated to run until Nov. 30.

Experts said the first hurricane of the season usually forms by August 10. Since the dawn of the satellite era in the mid-1960s, the latest date for the first hurricane to arrive was set in 2002 when Hurricane Gustav formed on September 11.

If Humberto achieves hurricane status any time after 8 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, it would replace Gustav as the modern-day record holder, forecasters said.

All three previous storms named “Humberto” — in 1995, 2001 and 2007 — ultimately became hurricanes, according to The Weather Channel. The 2007 cyclone evolved from a tropical depression to a hurricane in 19 hours before slamming southeast Texas.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 10, 2013, 09:38:09 pm
Dome of heat bakes Midwest, closes some schools

A surge of late-summer heat was blazing across the U.S. Midwest on Tuesday, prompting officials to shutter public schools in Illinois and Ohio as near-record high temperatures turned the region into a veritable oven.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the southern flank of Michigan, including metro Detroit, which will run through Wednesday night as temperatures are slated to reach a sizzling 96 degrees Fahrenheit (36 degrees Celsius).

“We thought the dog days of summer were behind us, but we’re having this last high heat event with temperatures above normal,” Matt Mosteiko, a Weather Service meteorologist in Michigan, told Reuters.

Detroit officials called on residents to stay indoors and said they were opening up air-conditioned cooling centers for sunbaked locals, NBC station WDIV in Detroit reported.

A heat advisory also loomed over Ohio as temperatures were forecast to near the state record high of 96 degrees, set 30 years ago. Temperatures hovered roughly 15 degrees above normal. The heat index could cross 100 degrees in some areas, according to NBC station WLWT in Cincinnati.

In Middletown, outside of Cincinnati, students were let out of school early due to the extreme heat. Meanwhile, in the Chicago area, city officials ordered the closure of some 50 schools.

At O’Hare International Airport, temperatures reached a boiling afternoon high of 92 degrees, just a few notches away from the record 95 set 30 years ago, according to NBCChicago.com.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn said more than 100 cooling centers were being opened across the state on Tuesday. He pleaded with residents to stave off dehydration and other effects of horrible heat.

Temperatures are not expected to ease overnight. Even more high heat was expected going into Wednesday, when it will work its way east, forecasters told Reuters.

But by the end of the week, a strong cold front will bring more favorable conditions to the Plains states, Midwest and East, according to The Weather Channel.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2013, 11:38:57 am
Big storms hit Mexico on opposite coasts; 21 dead

Big storms hit Mexico from opposite directions; at least 21 dead in mudslides, floods


ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- The remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel continued to deluge Mexico's southwestern Pacific shoulder with dangerous rains while Hurricane Ingrid weakened to a tropical storm after making a Monday landfall on the country's opposite coast in an unusual double onslaught that federal authorities said had caused at least 21 deaths.

The heaviest blow Sunday fell on the southern coastal state of Guerrero, where Mexico's government reported 14 confirmed deaths. State officials said people had been killed in landslides, drownings in a swollen river and a truck crash on a rain-slickened mountain highway.

Mexico's federal Civil Protection coordinator, Luis Felipe Puente, told reporters late Sunday that stormy weather from one or both of the two systems also caused three deaths in Hidalgo, three in Puebla and one in Oaxaca.

Getting hit by a tropical storm and a hurricane at the same time "is completely atypical" for Mexico, Juan Manuel Caballero, coordinator of the country's National Weather Service, said at a news conference with Puente.

Authorities in the Gulf states of Tamaulipas and Veracruz evacuated more than 7,000 people from low-lying areas as the hurricane closed in, and the prospect of severe weather prompted some communities to cancel Independence Day celebrations planned for Sunday and Monday.

Manuel came ashore as a tropical storm Sunday afternoon near the Pacific port of Manzanillo, but quickly began losing strength and was downgraded to a tropical depression late Sunday, although officials warned its rains could still cause flash floods and mudslides. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the system dissipated early Monday.

The rains caused some rivers to overflow in Guerrero, damaging hundreds of homes and disrupting communications for several hours.

Early Monday, Manuel's remnants had maximum sustained winds of about 30 mph (45 kph) and was moving to the northwest at 8 mph (13 kph). It was about 5 miles (10 kilometers) west of Puerto Vallarta.

Manuel was expected to dump up to 10 to 15 inches of rain over parts of Guerrero and Michoacan states, with maximums of 25 inches possible in some isolated areas. Rains of 5 to 10 inches were possible in the states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit. Authorities said the rains presented a dangerous threat in mountains, where flash floods and mudslides were possible.

Ingrid also was expected to bring very heavy rains. It had maximum sustained winds of 75 mph (120 kph) early Monday and was centered about 95 miles (155 kilometers) north-northeast of the port city of Tampico as it moved west-northwest at 7 mph (11 kph). A hurricane warning had been in effect from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca. Ingrid's maximum sustained winds weakened to near 65 mph (100kph) after landfall.

More than 1,000 homes in Veracruz state had been affected by the storm to varying degrees, and 20 highways and 12 bridges were damaged, the state's civil protection authority said. A bridge collapsed near the northern Veracruz city of Misantla on Friday, cutting off the area from the state capital, Xalapa.

A week ago, 13 people died in the state when a landslide buried their homes in heavy rains spawned by Tropical Depression Fernand.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 16, 2013, 12:06:46 pm
Cloud cover grounds search-and-rescue helicopters in Colorado

CENTENNIAL, Colo. –  Helicopter search teams have been grounded until clouds lift in Colorado, where more than 1,000 people are unaccounted for following massive flooding.

The search teams are part of a coordinated effort between state personnel and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is sending two 80-person search-and-rescue teams to assist with continuing rescues in Larimer County and providing aid to other communities following massive flooding that began Wednesday along the Front Range. Large military vehicles were attempting to get up the mountain roads, but the key component of the search effort, helicopter crews flying out of Boulder, were suspended early Monday.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper told ABC's "Good Morning America" that 16 or 17 helicopters were to resume searching for stranded residents Monday. Noting that many people have been without any kind of phone or Internet communications since the middle of last week, he says the focus of the effort is to make sure everyone in harm's way gets "out of there."

Emergency officials say four people are confirmed dead and more than 1,200 people have not been heard from. Hickenlooper says while the death toll is expected to rise, he's hopeful that the vast majority of those people are "safe and sound."

Residents are being encouraged to use white sheets, reflective mirrors, flares and signal fires to attract the attentions of the pilots and told to have a bag of medications, clothes, and other important items ready for when help arrives.

Elsewhere, emergency officials say at least 1,000 people in Larimer County were still waiting to be rescued from the floodwaters, but adverse weather conditions had grounded helicopters and supply drops.

Type 2 Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team commander Shane Del Grosso said Sunday that many people had made contact with requests for evacuations, but authorities were in a “waiting game” due to the rain.

Nearly 15 inches of rain had been dumped on parts of Colorado since Monday. After clear weather gave rescuers a break Saturday, Sunday brought more rain — up to 4 inches of rain in Larimer County — and low-hanging fog.

At one point Sunday afternoon, 51 Colorado National Guardsmen, first responders, and civilians had to be rescued when the tactical trucks they were riding in were halted by rising waters in the town of Lyons, Colo. Thirty-six members of the group were picked up in helicopters by U.S. Army aviators before the weather turned bad enough to halt the rescue operation. The remaining 15, all first responders and Guardsmen, were waiting out the flood on higher ground, according to a statement from the Colorado National Guard.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said 16 helicopters had been brought in to assist rescue efforts, but only ground crews were able to operate Sunday. Air crews were hoping to provide airlifts to residents stranded in Longmont, Fort Collins and Weld County.

The flooding has impacted parts of 15 counties in Colorado. Emergency management officials said 17,494 homes were damaged, 1,502 homes were destroyed and 11,700 people were ordered evacuated.

As of Sunday night, 1,253 remain unaccounted for, but officials said the number fluctuates as stranded residents re-establish communication with family, friends or authorities.

Office of Emergency Management spokeswoman Micki Trost told the Associated Press that the numbers were reported by affected counties and compiled by the state agency.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s office said that FEMA is bringing in two 80-person search and rescue teams to help with operations.

Rescue teams are warning people in some Colorado towns isolated by the flooding against remaining there, telling them that they could face weeks without basic supplies, including running water and electricity.

Helicopters and truck convoys of the National Guard carried the admonition Saturday into paralyzed canyon communities where thousands of stranded residents were eager to escape the Rocky Mountain foothills. But not everybody was willing to go. Dozens of people in hard hit Jamestown wanted to stay to watch over their homes.

Authorities made clear that residents who chose not to leave might not get another chance for a while. Rescuers won't go back for people who insist on staying, Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle said.

"We're not trying to force anyone from their home. We're not trying to be forceful, but we're trying to be very factual and definitive about the consequences of their decision, and we hope that they will come down," Pelle said.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday it had a report of an 80-year old woman in Cedar Cove who was injured and unable to leave her home when floodwaters were rising. When friends returned with help for the woman, the home was reportedly washed away.

Another 60-year-old woman in the area was reporting missing and presumed dead on Saturday. If confirmed, the two deaths would bring the total number of fatalities to six since Wednesday.

"I expect that we're going to continue to receive reports of confirmed missing and confirmed fatalities throughout the next several days," Larimer County sheriff's spokesman John Schulz said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Post by: Mark on September 17, 2013, 06:44:22 am
Scotland experiences four seasons in a day: lashed by 100 mph wind gusts

Scotland experienced all four seasons in one day yesterday, as the first storm of autumn swept across the country, bringing chaos to the country’s roads. Torrential rain, accompanied by gale-force winds, gave way to sunny periods, before the wet weather returned. The Cairngorms were hit by gusts of 100 mph, with snow anticipated last night, and the Forth Road Bridge was closed to high-sided vehicles after wind speeds of 69 mph were recorded. However, not everyone was bemoaning the gales. The weather was perfect for Scottish Windfest, at Barassie Beach in Troon, where windsurfers and kitesurfers were competing. Last night, the Met Office issued a blanket “yellow” warning, forecasting blustery winds continuing into today. They said high-altitude jetstream winds from the Atlantic pushing 200 mph – almost twice the usual – triggered the storm. It brought torrential rain yesterday morning, which flooded Nitshill Road and Thornliebank Road, in the south of Glasgow, with motorists in Dumfries suffering the worst driving conditions in the country with heavy spray on main roads.

The weather also caused severe disruption to Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry timetable on the west coast, where dozens of sailings were either delayed or cancelled. Worst affected were the routes between Oban, Coll and Tiree, the new link between Ardrossan and Campbeltown, and the Tarbert to Portavadie crossing. A spokesman for Cal Mac said: “Ferry services across the network have been badly affected by high winds. “The bad weather is expected to continue into Monday and ferry travellers are advised to check our website (www.calmac.co.uk) for the latest information. Traffic Scotland warned motorists of high winds on the Skye, Friarton, Tay and Erskine bridges. And there was rail disruption on west coast northbound routes, after a tree fell on to overhead lines between Lockerbie and Carstairs. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) issued flood warnings in Ayrshire and Arran, Dumfries and Galloway and west central Scotland. The CairnGorm funicular railway was closed all morning yesterday as 100mph winds blasted the area, but it was opened by midday. Paul Nixon, CairnGorm’s customer manager, said: “We’ve just been keeping a close eye on the weather today, making sure that visitors can come back down. “We’re expecting some snow tonight, but it’s unlikely to lie and will be restricted to the very top of the mountain. “This sort of weather usually does mark the start of winter for us really. In the past there has been skiing in October, and people are anticipating a very good season.” Tom Morgan, of the Met Office, said: “Scotland is only half-way there with the severe wind problems. –The Scotsman


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2013, 09:52:43 am
They said high-altitude jetstream winds from the Atlantic pushing 200 mph – almost twice the usual – triggered the storm.

Looks like HAARP is getting out of control now, potentially.

Title: Two major storms lash Mexico, 41 dead amid 'historic' floods
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2013, 12:51:18 pm
Two major storms lash Mexico, 41 dead amid 'historic' floods
(Reuters) - Two powerful storms pummeled Mexico as they converged from the Pacific and the Gulf on Monday, killing at least 41 people and forcing the evacuation of tens of thousands amid some of the worst flooding in decades.

Tropical Depression Ingrid battered Mexico's northern Gulf coast, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Manuel lashed the Pacific coast, inundating the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Even as they weakened, the storms continued to unleash massive rains that have killed more than three dozen people in the states of Veracruz, Guerrero, Puebla, Hidalgo, Michoacan and Oaxaca, national emergency services said.

In the popular Pacific resort of Acapulco alone, at least 21 people were killed as buildings collapsed and roads were transformed into raging rivers, said Constantino Gonzalez, an official with Guerrero state emergency services.

"Unfortunately, the majority of the deaths have occurred here in Acapulco due to landslides that completely buried homes," said Gonzalez.

Officials said thousands of tourists were stranded due to canceled flights and closed highways.

State oil monopoly Pemex said it had evacuated three oil platforms and halted drilling at some wells on land due to the storms.

President Enrique Pena Nieto, who led Mexican independence day celebrations in Mexico City on Monday, was set to inspect storm damage in Guerrero state.

"The storms have affected two-thirds of the entire national territory," the interior minister, Miguel Osorio Chong, said at a news conference in Mexico City.

Chong called the flooding "historic" and said the city of Acapulco had sustained major damage. The resort's international airport remained closed due to power failure, as were two major highways, in the wake of Manuel.

In Veracruz state, along Mexico's Gulf coast, 12 people died on Monday after their bus and two nearby homes were buried by a mountain landslide near the town of Xaltepec, Governor Javier Duarte told reporters.

Across the state, 23,000 people were evacuated from their homes and 9,000 remained in emergency shelters, according to a post on Duarte's Twitter account.

Public school classes in Veracruz were canceled for Tuesday.

Ingrid, which weakened from a hurricane earlier on Monday, prompted Pemex to evacuate three platforms at its offshore Arenque field, operated by British oil services firm Petrofac, and close 24 wells in its onshore Ebano-Panuco field, a company official said.

On Pemex's Twitter page, the company said it had activated "emergency procedures" at its Francisco Madero refinery on the Gulf coast of northern Tamaulipas state, but did not provide details. The refinery has a processing capacity of 180,000 barrels per day, including crude from both the Arenque and Panuco fields.

Ingrid maintained maximum winds of 35 miles per hour and was expected to further weaken as it moved overland.

The tropical depression continued to dump heavy rains as it churned 6 miles per hour toward the west.

The NHC said isolated areas could see as much as 25 inches of rain, particularly in mountainous terrain, resulting in additional life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

The Mexican government had discontinued all coastal warnings and watches by Monday afternoon.

Manuel's maximum sustained winds stood at 30 mph as it dissipated over west-central Mexico, although heavy rainfall is expected to continue along the country's southwestern coast.

(Additional reporting by David Alire Garcia and Anahi Rama; Editing by Doina Chiacu and Philip Barbara)


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 21, 2013, 01:24:23 pm
Typhoon Usagi Targeting Taiwan and China

UPDATE (11 p.m. Saturday Local Time):

Usagi's threat to Taiwan is weakening as the storm moves towards Hong Kong for the second half of the weekend. Additional details about the new threat can be found here.

Usagi remains a super typhoon with winds of 150 mph as it barrels toward Taiwan, followed by Southeast China.

Maximum sustained winds of 160 mph were registered with Usagi Thursday night local time (Thursday EDT), making the dangerous storm a super typhoon.

A super typhoon is equivalent to a strong Category 4 or 5 hurricane in the Atlantic with maximum sustained winds of at least 150 mph.

However, Usagi weakened slightly Saturday, to a typhoon as it passed to the south of Taiwan. Still, the storm remains a very dangerous and potentially deadly tropical system.

The mountainous terrain of Taiwan will slightly weaken Usagi as it approaches the island, but Usagi will still be a powerful typhoon when it makes its closest approach to far-southern Taiwan Saturday local time.

Friday night conditions will deteriorate across Taiwan as wind and rain increase and the threat of coastal flooding along the eastern coast heightens.

Wind gusts as high as 120 mph threaten to cause widespread destruction across far-southern Taiwan Saturday. Such winds can lead to major damage of homes and snap or uproot many trees. Residents should prepare for lengthy power outages.

Gusts ranging from 80 to 120 mph are expected elsewhere across southern Taiwan. Winds on the higher end of this range are most likely over southeastern Taiwan.

Adding to the concern for loss of lives and property will be a devastating storm surge of 10 to 18 feet along the southeastern coast, while torrential rain also inundates Taiwan.

"Rainfall can easily total a foot in coastal areas on the south and southeast side of the island, and the mountains in the southern half of Taiwan could receive between 20 and 30 inches," stated AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

That amount of rain is sure to cause life-threatening flooding and mudslides.

The worst of the storm will pass south of Taipei; however, some of Usagi's outer drenching and squally rain bands will spread across the city through Saturday. Wind gusts could occasionally reach 40 mph.

Rain totals will likely be between 2 and 4 inches, heightening concerns for urban flash flooding. Most of that rain will come before Usagi's center reaches far-southern Taiwan.

The Philippines will also be spared from the worst of Usagi, but flooding rain and gusty winds will continue to affect northern Luzon through Saturday.

Flooding will actually become a concern in the capital city of Manila this weekend and into early next week as Usagi passes to the west of the Philippines and moisture from the typhoon and what was once-Tropical Depression 18W is drawn into the city.

This type of setup during previous tropical systems has led to massive flooding in Manila.

After battering Taiwan, Usagi will take aim at Southeast China with an eventual landfall very close to Hong Kong Sunday afternoon or Sunday night. Usagi could still be a Category 2 or 3 hurricane as it nears Southeast China.

Areas from Zhanjiang to Hong Kong northward to Zhangzhou should closely monitor this storm as the potential for flooding rainfall, damaging winds and coastal flooding exists Sunday into Monday.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2013, 01:25:09 pm
Death toll from Mexican hurricanes surpasses 100 as search for missing continues

Emergency crews in Mexico continued to search for victims of Hurricanes Manuel and Ingrid on Sunday after the death toll from the storms that battered the coast of Mexico this week rose to at least 110.

The twin storms unleashed torrential rain that led to floods and mudslides starting last Sunday.  More than 1 million people have been affected across the country, and 50,000 have been evacuated from their homes.

The official death toll was increased to 101 at a news conference late Friday, but that number did not include crew members aboard a Federal Police helicopter that disappeared Thursday while aiding rescue efforts in La Pintada, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico.

At least three crew members aboard the aircraft  were found dead, a Mexican government spokesman said on Saturday, according to The Associated Press. On Sunday two more, likely rescue workers, were reported dead in the incident.

Sixty-eight residents of La Pintada remained missing after a massive landslide, authorities said.

On Sunday, Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto said the death toll was at "110 or 115." He said Mexico's Congress would revise its budget in response to the storm.

Nieto called for a quick state-by-state evaluation of damage to be overseen by the country's interior minister that "will allow us to add resources beyond those already budgeted for contingency and disaster funds to rebuild infrastructure that has sadly been lost."

In the state of Guerrero alone, more than 22,000 homes have sustained damage in 59 principalities, Guerrero State Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero said according to Mexican newspaper El Sol de Acapulco.  The extent of the damage in the region has left more than 20,000 people in shelters.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 24, 2013, 12:26:24 pm
Typhoon Usagi Brings Damaging Winds, Heavy Rain to China

Typhoon Usagi made landfall near Shantou, just east of Hong Kong, late on Sunday afternoon, local time, with winds over 100 mph (160 kph) and extremely heavy rainfall.

Around 12 inches of rain fell in Zhangpu, China, northeast of Hong Kong, with greater amounts over the higher terrain farther inland.

Winds in Hong Kong gusted to over 50 mph (80 kph) and nearly 4 inches of rain fell at the Hong Kong International Airport from Usagi.

According to Xinhua, the official press agency for China, at least 25 people were dead as a result of the storm with over 5 million people affected.

Usagi strengthened into a super typhoon on Thursday night, local time (Thursday morning EDT) as it barreled toward southern Taiwan.

The mountainous terrain of Taiwan caused Usagi to weaken just below super typhoon status on Saturday.

Although Usagi is no longer a typhoon, gusty winds and downpours will continue through Monday night over parts of southeastern China.

Rain will be heaviest over the mountainous terrain, which can lead to flooding and bring the threat for mudslides.

Usagi's wind threat will continue to lessen as it moves farther inland. Flooding rain, however, should continue to accompany Usagi as it tracks westward across South China and into northern Vietnam and Laos through Wednesday.

Although the brunt of the Usagi's impacts were felt in southeast China and Taiwan a few days prior, flooding rainfall also soaked the Philippines. A combination of the summer monsoon and increased moisture from Usagi caused flooding in Manila, where over 150 mm (6 inches) of rain fell through the weekend.

Elsewhere in the western Pacific, Pabuk will be a near miss for Japan. Two other areas, one in the South China Sea and one east of the Philippines, are being watched for tropical development this week.

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Post by: Mark on September 26, 2013, 05:12:17 pm

Snow already? Crater Lake gets 8 inches
Its the earliest appearance of the white stuff since 1986

 Crater Lake received a record-smashing 8 inches of snow in 24 hours Tuesday into Wednesday, the National Weather Service reported.

More than one month ahead of schedule, the frosty blanket made its earliest appearance since 1986, when snow fell a week earlier on Sept. 18. Before that, the earliest appearance of a winter wonderland at Crater Lake was Sept. 24, 1948.

"It looks like there were sharply higher values of snowfall above 6,000 feet," said meteorologist Shad Keene. "Crater Lake tends to get the brunt of all the precipitation, so the chance of them exceeding a forecast is higher than in most places. It'll really come down."

At elevations 6,000 feet and below, there was anywhere from 1 to 3 inches.

"The higher elevations definitely got more than we expected," Keene said.

The snowfall resulted in the closures of Crater Lake's West Rim Drive, East Rim Drive, North Entrance and Pinnacles Road Wednesday, according to the park's website. The West Entrance and South Entrance off Highway 62, Highway 62's access to the park's headquarters, and park headquarters to the Rim Village remained open.

"It looks like winter," said Marcia McCabe, park spokeswoman. "It's gorgeous. It's absolutely beautiful."

McCabe added that the road closures should be temporary, as temperatures are expected to warm up by the end of the week.

"We're not quite ready to shut them down for a whole season," McCabe said.

Keene said it is surprising to see snow accumulate on the roads, though much of it has since begun to melt.

"The ground is still relatively warm," Keene said. "Just seeing the snow accumulate on the roads was surprising that high in our area."

Snow is expected to continue falling at elevations 5,000 feet and above into as late as today.

"You could certainly see several (more) inches," Keene said.

That means some more rainfall for the Rogue Valley today and possibly early Friday, but a sunny weekend is predicted to reverse the trend, with temperatures rising back into the low- to mid-70s for the valley floor, and the low 50s for Crater Lake.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 26, 2013, 05:33:19 pm
Looks like the Illuminati minions are losing control of HAARP!

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 30, 2013, 11:20:42 pm
Record-setting rain drenches Northwest even more than usual

A massive rainstorm was setting records Monday across the perennially soggy Pacific Northwest, accompanied by damaging winds and even an extremely rare tornado that damaged a Boeing plant and tipped over rail cars in Washington state.

No injuries were reported in the tornado, which touched down about 7:20 a.m. (10:20 a.m. ET) in Frederickson, about 40 miles south of Seattle, the National Weather Service confirmed. It tunneled between two buildings at a Boeing Co. plant, damaging several warehouses and factories, a company spokesman said.

The winds overturned several rail cars and flung a passenger car and into a wooden wall board, authorities and witnesses said.

"My first instinct — I thought it was an earthquake. Honestly, I never heard of weather like this, at least in Washington state," Kirk Ransden, who was inside a nearby business when the tornado hit, told NBC station KING of Seattle.

"We were in the building, and it sounded like a vacuum starting. It was really loud, kind of high pitched," Ransden said. "I saw a ripple through the ceiling, and then everything came through. Then water starting pouring."

Tornadoes are very rare in Washington, which averages fewer than two low-intensity twisters a year statewide. There have been only 16 on record since the 1950s in the Puget Sound region of Western Washington around Seattle and Tacoma.

Although meteorologists said it was an isolated incident, the tornado that struck Monday hit as heavy rain — unusual even for the famously wet northwest corner of the country — pushed many cities in Washington and Oregon past their records for September.

Thousands of customers were without power, and flash flooding was widespread. With Monday's rainfall yet to be tallied, Portland, Ore., was already at 6.2 inches, well above its previous record of 5.52 inches in September 1927. Meanwhile, Olympia, Wash., this month had recorded 8 inches of rain — more than four times its September average.

Other cities setting records included Astoria, Ore., at 10.25 inches; Eugene, Ore., at 5.67 inches; and Salem, Ore., at 6.25 inches.

Seattle — nationally famous for its rain thanks to "Sleepless in Seattle" and the TV show "Frazier" — entered Monday at 5.44 inches this month and added another quarter-inch by midday, according to the National weather Service. It was well on track to break its record of 5.95 inches, set in 1978.

In addition to the rain, sustained winds of 50 mph to 60 mph were reported throughout the region over the weekend, with 70- to 80-mph gusts along the coasts and in the mountains of both states.

The winds downed tree branches, power lines and traffic lights throughout downtown Portland on Saturday and Sunday. Across the two states, more than 12,000 customers were without power at midday Monday, including more than 7,000 in Orting, Wash., about 15 miles southeast of Tacoma.

The National Weather Service said the storm was partly fueled by the remnants of Typhoon Pabuk in the western Pacific, which met a cool Alaskan air mass off the Pacific Northwest coast, creating a weather pattern more characteristic of November.

"We basically had conditions well offshore that were very reminiscent of late fall, early winter," Dana Felton, an NWS meteorologist in Seattle, told KING.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 03, 2013, 05:34:29 pm
Tropical storm looms in Gulf; snowstorm builds in Rockies

A hurricane watch for the Gulf Coast and an early season snowstorm in the Rockies and Plains have broken the calm of a relatively quiet period of weather across the country.

Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, prompting a hurricane watch along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida.

Hurricane watches are in effect from Grand Isle, La., eastward to Indian Pass, Fla., according to the National Hurricane Center. The watch area does not include metropolitan New Orleans.

As Karen moves northwest and north toward the central Gulf of Mexico, the intensity of the storm remained uncertain, the Weather Channel reported.

The storm will likely make landfall with the Gulf Coast on Saturday.

“There’s a cause to be concerned any time you have a tropical cyclone,” said Nick Wiltgen, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel. “People need to be prepared for the uncertainties intensity.

“If this ends up in the higher end of expectations with a hurricane, some folks could be dealing with potentially damaging winds, and there will be some heavy rainfall as well” he added.

Wiltgen added that it was extremely unlikely that the storm would be “catastrophic,” adding that people in affected areas could have “some peace of mind that the more catastrophic scenarios don’t seem to be in the cards for this one.”

In anticipation, the White House said it would recall employees of the Federal Emergency Management Agency who have been placed on furlough because of the federal government shutdown.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency on Thursday afternoon in response to the storm forecasts. Under the declaration, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness is authorized to carry out any steps necessary to prepare for the storm and respond to emergencies resulting from it.

The tropical storm is just one weather system ready to rev up what a quiet early autumn.

An early season winter storm is set to strike from the Northern Rockies to the Northern Plains over the next several days, also triggering severe weather in the Midwest, according to the Weather Channel.

Snow, strong winds and rain are predicted to stretch from Idaho to Nebraska.

“It’s a very early winter storm, especially for parts of the Plains States, such as South Dakota, northern Nebraska, and potentially North Dakota,” said Wiltgen.

The heaviest snow will fall in the high elevations of the Northern Rockies, with over a foot of snow predicted in parts of southern Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, according to the Weather Channel.

Wiltgen said the storm could make it very difficult for travelers in the affected regions.

“There’s a lot of wind driving this snow,” he said. “Visibility will be poor and there could be near blizzard conditions.”

The storm could trigger severe weather and tornado activity in Iowa, eastern Nebraska and parts of Kansas peaking on Friday, Wiltgen said.

“It’s entirely possible that Friday, in terms of thunderstorms and tornadoes could be one of the more significant storms in the last three months or so,” he said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 04, 2013, 11:52:18 am
Heavy snow, thunderstorms moving into Midwest

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Powerful storms crawled into the Midwest on Friday, dumping heavy snow in South Dakota, spawning a tornado in Nebraska and threatening dangerous thunderstorms from Oklahoma to Wisconsin.

A foot of snow had fallen in western South Dakota's scenic Black Hills by early Friday, bringing blizzard conditions that shuttered roadways and even canceled a polka bar crawl in an Old West tourist town. Residents were bracing for as much as 3 feet of snow, along with wind gusts of up to 70 mph, from an unseasonably intense fall snow storm.

The typically bustling Pilot Travel Center just west of Rapid City was like a ghost town Friday morning, as drivers were likely heeding forecasters' warnings to stay off the roads, said store general manager John Barton.

The blowing snow was picking up outside the truck stop along Interstate 90, which was closed for about 30 miles thanks to a storm gaining strength as it moved in from Colorado and Wyoming. Conditions were expected to deteriorate throughout the day.

"Yesterday we were really busy," Barton said. "I think a lot of people got ahead of it."

Although early October snowfalls aren't unusual, a storm of this magnitude happens only once every decade or two on the plains, National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Trimarchi said.

"I couldn't say when the last time we've had one like this. It's been quite a while," Trimarchi said.

The storm canceled Friday's Oktoberfest events in Deadwood, where residents and tourists had been planning to polka their way through a bar tour of the gambling town. Organizers also postponed Saturday's planned Wiener Dog Races and Beer Barrel Games until next weekend, said Deadwood Chamber of Commerce director George Milos.

"Even if the snow stops falling, there'd still be so much to clean up," Milos said, noting that weather hasn't canceled a fall event in about 14 years. "We had a concert on Main Street and got 5 feet of snow," he recalled.

Large hail and powerful winds were forecast to hit northwest Oklahoma later Friday, while heavy rain settled in parts of Iowa and was expected to swoop northeast across the region into Wisconsin, where warnings were issued for dense fog.

In Nebraska, a tornado that touched down Thursday night damaged homes and businesses in several communities, knocked out power and toppled trees. But no injuries have been reported.

Motorists were being advised to stay off the roads in western South Dakota, where the I-90 were closed between Sturgis and the Wyoming border. Officials said the road will remain closed until storm conditions improve and crews are able to clear the highway.

The Department of Transportation also advised no travel on some other roadways in the region.

Blizzard warnings were also in effect in Wyoming, where up to 15 inches of snow and strong winds were expected to cause whiteout conditions. Forecasters urged people trying to travel to carry survival kits and to stay in their vehicles if they get stranded.

"These are just really dangerous conditions," Steve Rubin, of the National Weather Service, said Friday.

Snow also was still falling across northern Colorado early Friday, though no major problems were being reported. Forecasters expect snow to be the heaviest in the higher mountains, while the Denver metropolitan area was reporting rain turning into snow.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 05, 2013, 01:18:33 pm
Karen continues move toward northern Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Karen was weaker Saturday but still heading toward the Gulf Coast where it was threatening to bring high winds and 1 to 3 inches of rain.

BRAITHWAITE, La. — Tropical Storm Karen continued to chug toward the Gulf Coast on Saturday, threatening to bring heavy winds and high rains, despite a general weakening of the storm. Officials still urged residents to be vigilant, even as an evacuation order was scaled back in one of Louisiana's most vulnerable areas.

Officials in Plaquemines Parish, La., said the evacuation-order change from mandatory to voluntary would take effect at noon Saturday. More than 80 evacuees from the area, at the state's southeastern tip, had taken refuge at a public shelter.

The National Hurricane Center reported in the morning that Karen's maximum sustained winds had dropped to 40 mph, making it a weak tropical storm. It was moving north at 7 mph, and center forecasters said in their advisory that they expect Karen to decrease in speed later Saturday and turn toward the northeast. The storm was located about 130 miles south-southwest of Morgan City, La.

Check your local forecast

"This is certainly something that you can remain safe in — it's a lot weaker than it was, no chance of it becoming a hurricane — as long as you follow advice from local officials," Rick Knabb, the director of the National Hurricane Center, said.

Coastal authorities closed flood gates along waterways that could be affected by tides driven by the storm. In New Orleans, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued closing barriers designed to keep surge out of the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal — scene of catastrophic flooding in 2005 when flood walls failed during Hurricane Katrina.

Elsewhere along the coast, some tourists ventured out onto beaches to watch the heavy surf.

Ray and Lynn Walls of Shepherdsville, Ky., had the beach to themselves Saturday on the western tip of Dauphin Island, Ala. It was sunny and mild as big waves pounded the seawall protecting nearby homes, and a locked gate blocked the entrance to a public beach that was closed because of Karen.

The trip had been planned for four people, but only two showed up, Ray Walls said. "The rest of them got a little scared of the storm."


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 05, 2013, 01:27:51 pm

Tornadoes cause damage, injuries across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota

Multiple tornadoes — one of them a mile wide — struck Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota on Friday, injuring up to 15 people and causing significant damage, meteorologists and local authorities said.

The Weather Channel counted 17 reports of tornadoes across the three states. The National Weather Service reported late Friday that it had confirmed six of the reports — four of them in Iowa.

The injuries were reported in Wayne, Neb., where a tornado hit about 5:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET). Providence Medical Center said it was treating seven "walking wounded" and seven others who were injured in auto accidents. A trauma patient was being treated at a second hospital, it said.

At least ten buildings were destroyed and five were heavily damaged, including the city's softball complex, according to the Associated Press. All roads into the city were closed, the Nebraska State Patrol said.

Several people were trapped in a building, and a hazardous materials crew was en route to evaluate a gas leak at a supply company
, Jodie Fawl, a spokeswoman for the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, told The Omaha World-Herald.

"The tornado ripped through the east side of town" about three blocks from Wayne State College, Jay Collier, a spokesman for the college, told the Omaha paper. "We are doing everything we can to assist the city."

The Wayne Daily News reported late Friday that many buildings in the town's main industrial park were destroyed or heavily damaged, along with several homes south of the city.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman declared Wayne a disaster area.

Lucinda Robertson, a spokeswoman for the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department, told NBC News that a tornado was also reported to have touched down in rural Woodbury County.

Woodbury County Sheriff's Lt. Tony Wingert said parts of the area were heavily damaged.

"It's a mess," Wingert told the Argus Leader newspaper of nearby Sioux Falls, S.D. "We have more than 30 rural homes destroyed, farms destroyed. We don't have a number for the number of cars destroyed."

So far, no injuries had been reported, he said.

Major damage was also reported in Quimby, Iowa, after a twister touched down around 7:30 p.m., the National Weather Service said. And preliminary assessments indicated significant damage in the town of Moville, Iowa, where a tornado estimated at a mile wide hit at 6:57 p.m.

The National Weather Service, citing local firefighters, said damage was also reported in Jefferson, S.D., where Steve Stouffer told The Sioux City Journal that he was outside when the storm hit his neighborhood.

"I saw a wall of water coming, and then the wind switched from the east to the south real fast," he said. "Then I decided it was time to go into the house."

While scattered tornado watches remained in effect at 10:30 p.m. ET, most advisories across the region had been downgraded to severe thunderstorm warnings.

The National Weather Service said the tornadoes were part of a "supercell" storm system that moved into the Midwest after it dumped almost 3 feet of snow on parts of Wyoming and South Dakota.

At least three deaths have been blamed on the snow after a pickup truck skidded and went out of control Friday morning on snow-slickened U.S. Highway 20 in Dawes County in northeastern Nebraska, investigators said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 06, 2013, 07:22:08 pm
Storm system Karen dissipates off Gulf Coast

After days of lumbering toward the Gulf Coast, the storm system Karen dissipated Sunday as storm preparations in the region were called off or scaled back.


LAFITTE, La. (AP) -- After days of lumbering toward the Gulf Coast, the storm system Karen dissipated Sunday as storm preparations in the region were called off or scaled back.

As tides began to recede along coastal Louisiana, crews worked to pick up sandbags and some fishermen took to the water. In Lafitte, the tide had water levels along Bayou Barataria lapping at the edges of piers and sections of the main roadway into the small fishing village prone to flooding.

"We're very lucky," fisherman Ken LeBeau said. He added that he was anxious to get out shrimping Sunday -- while the tide is up, shrimp may be farther inland; fisherman don't have to venture as far out to catch them.

The community has been swamped with flooding by several storms since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Many are just recovering from Hurricane Isaac last summer. Some are in the process of having their homes raised, and Mayor Timothy Kerner said levees are being planned for the area.

"It was a blessing from God that we actually dodged a bullet this time," Kerner said. He estimated that 40,000 sandbags had been put out and said the precautionary measure was worth it: "It's always easier to pick up sandbags than to clean up a flood."

MSN Weather:Check your local forecast

The National Hurricane Center in Miami said the remnants of Karen were moving eastward off the coast. Forecasters expected what remains of Karen -- which had been a tropical storm, then a depression -- to continue moving generally east over the next day to two days. Rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches were expected. Even as residents breathed a sigh of relief, forecasters and emergency officials warned them to keep an eye on developments.

As the threat lifted Sunday, Plaquemines Parish closed a shelter where 80 people had taken refuge Saturday. "We got some rain, no street flooding, so we're looking pretty good. ... We're not expecting any flooding," parish spokeswoman Caitlin Campbell said.

Wind and waves uncovered tar balls on the beaches of Grand Isle, La., and crews headed out Sunday to check on them, Mayor David Camardelle Jr. said. He said he was sure they were from the 2010 Gulf oil spill. "After a spill like that in the Gulf of Mexico, anytime low pressure stirs up the Gulf it comes back and stirs up the oil on the beach. Tar balls have been spread all over. We always expected it," he said.

In an email, BP spokesman Jason Ryan said, "Should any residual Macondo material appear and require removal, we will retrieve if directed by of Coast Guard, just as is required of any responsible party. We have repeatedly demonstrated our ability to respond quickly following severe weather, and we are prepared and ready to do the same if necessary after this storm."

MSN Weather:How to prepare for flooding, and how to stay safe during a flood

Vessel traffic at the mouth of the Mississippi River resumed at 12:15 a.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard said. Two cruise ships delayed by the storm were expected at New Orleans on Sunday, Carnival Cruise Lines said in a news release.

In Florida, the state emergency response team returned to normal operations. At Pensacola Beach, beachcombers, bike riders, kite surfers and dive students enjoyed the cloudy skies and cooler breezes.

Rolling waves and vibrant clouds provided a picturesque view for Karen -- who said she had an affinity for the storm that shares her name -- and Gene Pehek. The retired couple held hands as they surveyed the scene.

"The storm is way out in the Gulf, and it isn't going to bother us," he said.

The weather didn't dampen Dina and Jacob Ferrie's celebration after they earned their dive certifications Sunday morning. They took photos and congratulated each other as the shed their dive gear. The multiday class continued despite the threat from Karen. Although visibility was a little limited, the pair said they had no problems completing their dives.

People also enjoyed the beach in Alabama, undeterred by intermittent heavy rains and brisk winds. A few people fished in the surf.

Authorities said dangerous rip currents were still present, and double red flags flew to indicate no one should enter the water. Stephie Burford of Warrior, Ala., kept one hand on her visor, the other holding her coffee, as she went for a morning walk on the sand.

"This wind is just tearing you up," she said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 10, 2013, 12:56:54 pm

More Snow Targets Colorado, Wyoming Into Friday

A storm that brought the chilliest air of the season so far, along with the lowest snow levels thus far this autumn for California, Nevada and Arizona, will send snow to the mountains of Colorado and part of Wyoming into Friday.

This time the snow will fall in Denver, Cheyenne, Wyo., and Rapid City, S.D. The storm looks to be a tad warmer over the Rockies and High Plains, compared to last week's monster.

A foot of snow can fall on elevations above 7,000 feet in Colorado with enough snow, gusty winds and low visibility to make for dangerous travel through some of the passes. Wind gusts can reach between 40 and 60 mph, causing whiteouts.



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Post by: Mark on October 11, 2013, 11:01:25 am
Record-setting rainfall has hit Harrisburg area in last 24 hours, forecasters say

Thursday's rainfall in the Harrisburg shattered a 119-year-old record for the day, according to the National Weather Service in State College

The Harrisburg area officially received 4.02 inches of rain at the Harrisburg International Airport, according to the weather service. The previous record for any October 10 had been 1.50 inches of rain, set in 1894.

Parts of Harrisburg and the surrounding area received five inches of rain on Thursday, according to estimates by the weather service. Much of Dauphin County and parts of Perry, Cumberland, and York counties received four inches of rain yesterday.

The midstate could receive an additional one to two inches of rain today, according to forecasters.
•Today: Rain and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog between 7 a.m and noon. High near 61. New rainfall amounts between 1 and 2 inches possible. Low around 53.
•Saturday: A 40 percent chance of rain before 8 a.m. High near 66. Low around 53.
•Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Low around 51.
•Columbus Day: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Low around 48.
•Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Low around 48.
•Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70. A 30 percent chance of rain at night. Low around 51.


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Post by: Mark on October 11, 2013, 11:03:13 am
Category 5 Phailin likely a disaster for India, catastrophic storm surge “a certainty”

the EYE is black   :o


The lives and livelihoods of millions of people along India’s east coast are in peril as monstrous cyclone Phailin makes its approach from the Bay of Bengal. Phailin – a Thai word for ‘sapphire’ – has estimated maximum sustained winds of around 160 mph, ranking among the most intense cyclones to threaten India on record.
(Cyclones have the same characteristics as hurricanes and typhoons – but these same storms have different nomenclature in different parts of the world.)

The ferocious storm, whose rain bands are already cycling inland, is about 24 hours from landfall. It is expected to come ashore late afternoon or early evening local time on Saturday (or early morning EDT) in northeast India between approximately Visakhapatnam and Puri.


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Post by: Kilika on October 11, 2013, 01:58:27 pm
Never seen a storm on radar that has black in it! What is that, like off the scale rain amounts? I assume that's a water radar image.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 12, 2013, 02:47:14 pm
Cyclone Phailin: Mass evacuations in eastern India

As many as 500,000 people in India have been evacuated as a massive cyclone sweeps through the Bay of Bengal towards the east coast.

Cyclone Phailin, categorised as "very severe" by weather forecasters, is expected to hit Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states on Saturday evening.

The Meteorological Department has predicted the storm will bring winds of up to 220km/h (136mph).

A super-cyclone in 1999 killed more than 10,000 people in Orissa.

But officials say this time they are better prepared, the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder in Orissa reports.

The Meteorological Department said Cyclone Phailin was due to make landfall late on Saturday evening, Indian time. The centre of the storm was expected to hit the coast around the town of Gopalpur.

Homes at risk
Officials said Cyclone Phailin would bring a storm surge of at least 3m (10ft) that was likely to cause "extensive damage" to mud houses on the coast.

"No-one will be allowed to stay in mud and thatched houses in the coastal areas,'' said Orissa's Disaster Management Minister Surya Narayan Patra.

The army is on standby in the two states for emergency and relief operations. Officials said helicopters and food packages were ready to be dropped in the storm-affected areas.

Meanwhile, the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Centre predicted that Phailin could produce gusts of up to 296km/h (184 mph), while the London-based Tropical Storm Risk classified Phailin as a Category Five storm - the most powerful.

Fishermen have been asked not to venture out to sea.

Heavy rain and winds have already struck Orissa, where authorities have set up storm shelters for evacuees.

Janmejay Mohapatra, a resident of Orissa state capital Bhubaneswar, said it was too dangerous to go out now, as trees were down and debris was flying everywhere.

"Already the rain is very heavy and the wind is gusting at 100-120km an hour," he told the BBC. "The phone lines are down where I am and we have no electricity."

Minister Surya Narayan Patra said:"We are fighting against nature. We are better prepared this time, we learnt a lot from 1999."

India's eastern coast and Bangladesh are routinely hit by cyclonic storms between April and November which cause deaths and widespread damage to property.

In December 2011, Cyclone Thane hit the southern state of Tamil Nadu, killing dozens of people.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 14, 2013, 12:01:46 am

Thousands homeless after killer Indian cyclone
Gopalpur (India) (AFP) - Tens of thousands of people who fled India's strongest cyclone in 14 years returned to discover their homes and livelihoods destroyed Monday, as a massive relief operation kicked into gear.

One million people were forced to seek refuge in shelters and government buildings after the terrifying cyclone struck eastern India on Saturday, killing at least 18 people and leaving a trail of destruction along the coast.

Cyclone Phailin was dissipating rapidly after pounding the states of Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, bringing winds of more than 200 kilometres an hour (125 miles per hour), uprooting trees, overturning trucks, and knocking out power lines.

Residents, some carrying their children and clutching bags of possessions, and who hours earlier were huddled in shelters, made their way back to their towns and villages fearing the worst.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 15, 2013, 11:39:10 am
Powerful typhoon Wipha eyes Tokyo, Japan

The western Pacific ocean has come alive with typhoons in recent weeks. The latest, typhoon Wipha, has its sights set on the east coast of Japan. With maximum sustained winds of 120 mph, Wipha is the equivalent of a category 3 hurricane.

Although it’s weakening and expected to lose its tropical characteristics on its voyage north and then northeast-bound, Wipha should still be a force as it nears some of Japan’s major population centers.

“Wipha will remain a strong and expansive extra-tropical system as it tracks along the eastern coast of Japan,” the Joint Typhoon Warning Center writes.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center projects Wipha to make a very close approach to Tokyo Wednesday morning local time (Tuesday evening EDT), with maximum sustained winds still a formidable 80 mph.

The exact track of Wipha is critical. If its center passes just west of Tokyo, a large storm surge would affect the city of more than 35 million people and potentially bring major flooding. However, if it remains to Tokyo’s east over the Pacific, such an inland push of water would be avoided. The official forecast favors the less threatening ocean track.

Irrespective of the exact track and storm surge potential, flooding rains and damaging winds are a threat along Japan’s east coast from Osaka to Fukushima. The GFS weather model projects about 8 inches of rain in Tokyo between Tuesday and Thursday.

There’s an outside chance the storm remains far enough east to just give Japan a glancing blow, with little impact.

Wipha is the 12th typhoon and 26th named storm of the west Pacific typhoon season.

The eastern hemisphere has been a hotbed for tropical storm activity since late last week. In addition to Wipha, cyclone Phailin battered India over the weekend and typhoon Nari is landing in Vietnam.

Nari – a minimal typhoon – is weakening and heavy rain should be its main impact as it makes landfall in central Vietnam.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 17, 2013, 11:25:48 am

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 01, 2013, 08:55:52 pm
4 dead after Halloween storms bring major flooding

Strong winds and heavy rains swept through a region from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the eastern Great Lakes on Halloween, killing four.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A violent Halloween storm from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the eastern Great Lakes killed at least three people, two in Texas and one in Tennessee, and contributed to the overturning of a school bus in a rain-swollen creek in Kansas.

Strong winds and heavy rains swept through the region and wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour were still forecast for Friday afternoon in some regions.

The National Weather Service said it received 230 reports of high winds across 12 states from Louisiana to Pennsylvania, and reports of tornadoes in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky and Illinois, although none did major damage.

In Nashville, a 9-year-old boy was electrocuted by a downed power line, according to Metro Nashville Police.

"It has not been determined exactly how he contacted the wire, which was knocked down by a large tree limb during high winds," police said in a statement. Local television stations reported he was on his bike when he made contact with the wire.

Fallen power lines littered Tennessee in the wake of 40 to 50 mph winds, said Scott Unger of the National Weather Service in Nashville. Thousands lost power, officials said.

Another death in Tennessee was not related to the weather. A 4-year-old boy in White Pine, Tennessee, was killed by the family van while out trick-or-treating, according to local media reports. He apparently jumped from the open side door of the van and was run over by a back wheel.

Many towns and cities in the path of the storm had postponed trick-or-treating.

Three people died in Texas from the storm, officials said. A man's body was found Thursday in a swollen creek in southeast Austin, officials said. A woman, 31, was found about a mile and a half from her car in another Austin creek on Friday as the search continues for her 8-month-old daughter, said Travis County Sheriff's spokesman Roger Wade. A man in rural Caldwell County died Thursday after being trapped in his car by high water, officials said.

In rural south-central Kansas, a school bus slid off a road and into a creek and fell on its side, requiring the rescue of 10 children and the driver, said Chris Davis, 911 director for Butler County. Water from the creek covered the low-lying road after heavy rain earlier Thursday, Davis said Friday.

Ten elementary school-age children climbed out the windows onto the side of the bus and were rescued by boats in fast-moving water, Davis said. One child was taken to the hospital with minor injures while the driver was hospitalized after suffering a back injury and hypothermia, Davis said.

"The water was about halfway up the side of the bus," Davis said.

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Post by: Mark on November 12, 2013, 12:31:28 pm
A Tornado Struck Astypalea: GREECE It was a heavy storm that lasted for more than ten hours, during which trees were uprooted and houses flooded.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 12, 2013, 01:21:59 pm
12 November 2013

Typhoon Haiyan: Ships head to Philippines amid devastation

US and British vessels were heading to the Philippines as the UN appealed for aid amid the large-scale devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan.

The US has deployed an aircraft carrier and navy ships, while the UK is sending a naval destroyer.

At least 10,000 people are feared to have been killed and thousands of survivors desperately require aid - but reports say little is getting through.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has declared a state of national calamity.

In a statement, he said the two worst affected provinces, Leyte and Samar, had suffered massive destruction and loss of life.

He authorised the release of emergency relief funds and deployed troops to affected areas.

A huge international relief effort is also under way, but journalists and rescue workers at the scene say reaching areas affected by the storm is difficult.

Bernard Kerblat, who is overseeing the UNHCR response to the crisis, said some aircraft had landed in Cebu but distributing aid was difficult because of bad weather and damaged infrastructure.

"The rain is further complicating the effort for light vehicles, including trucks, to penetrate in areas wherever there's still a bridge left intact.

"The other bad news is that within the next 72 hours, we should see the arrival of yet another typhoon."


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Post by: Kilika on November 12, 2013, 02:01:31 pm
The US has deployed an aircraft carrier and navy ships, while the UK is sending a naval destroyer.

I wouldn't read too much into that. Yeah, it has it's strategic aspects of having a carrier just south of somebody, but reality is that those things can crank out some major fresh water every day with their desalinization plants on board. And the carrier deck acts as a supply platform to stage from. Lots of innocent uses. All of the major ships have the water treatment plants, so the British ship will too.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 16, 2013, 12:19:50 pm
16 Nov 2013 - 6:14pm

Large hailstones pummel southeast Qld(Australia)

Hailstones the size of tennis balls have pelted parts of southeast Queensland as severe thunderstorms sweep through the area.

A Bureau of Meteorology severe weather warning is in place for Redland, North Stradbroke Island, parts of the Gold Coast, Logan, Gympie and the Sunshine Coast.

The storms, which battered other parts of the region earlier on Saturday, are moving in a east-northeast direction.

The bureau says "very dangerous" thunderstorms are expected to hit Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach, the Wide Bay, Mount Cotton, Macleay Island and Victoria Point by 3pm on Saturday.

Destructive winds and large hailstones are likely.

Tennis ball-sized hail has been reported at Buderim on the Sunshine Coast and there have been reports of large hail battering Mooloolah Valley, Maroochydore and Greenbank.

Ian Masterman, who runs The Attic Cafe on the Sunshine Coast, says hailstones the size of golf balls hit the area early Saturday afternoon.

"I've never seen anything like this before," the 51-year-old, who has lived on the Sunshine Coast since 2000, told AAP.

"They were bouncing off the ground and we were worried they were going to smash the windows.

"You could hear windows on the cars smashing outside."

Mr Masterman says the hailstones fell for about 15 minutes and he's preparing for another battering.

"We've brought the garden pots inside," he said. "I don't think it has ever hailed the whole time we've been here."

A Department of Community Safety spokeswoman told AAP about 100 storm-related calls had been made to the State Emergency Service by 3pm on Saturday.

Most of the calls related to damage to homes from hail or heavy rain.

Emergency Management Queensland is advising residents to move cars under cover and secure loose outdoor items.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 16, 2013, 04:47:26 pm

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Post by: Mark on November 18, 2013, 04:28:06 am
100 DAYS OF HEAVY SNOW: Britain now facing worst winter in SIXTY YEARS warn forecasters


No global warming back them i guess..

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 18, 2013, 10:37:02 am
100 DAYS OF HEAVY SNOW: Britain now facing worst winter in SIXTY YEARS warn forecasters


No global warming back them i guess..

Like I mentioned in another thread - part of the global warming deception is really part of their Hegelian Dialectic process to keep everyone in the dark(about their HAARP/weather control modification agendas). While they keep both (opposition-controlled)sides arguing back and forth, they keep them in the dark(a lot like with this Democrat vs Republican nonsense).

And of course, the other part of the global warming deception is part of the Agenda 21/"environmentalism" agendas as well.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 19, 2013, 11:15:25 am
'Apocalyptic' storm floods Sardinia, 17 dead

ROME (AP) — The Mediterranean island of Sardinia, prized by the jet-set for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear seas, was a flood-ravaged mud bath Tuesday after a freak torrential rainstorm killed at least 17 people, downed bridges and swept away cars.

Italian Premier Enrico Letta declared a state of emergency and set aside 20 million euros ($27 million) for emergency relief, saying the priority was reaching remote areas, saving the lives of those still unaccounted for and providing for those left homeless.

The island, which draws royals, entrepreneurs and ordinary tourists alike during the dry, peak summer months, received more than 44 centimeters (17.3 inches) of rain in 24 hours Monday — half the amount it normally receives in a year, officials said.

Italy's civil protection chief, Franco Gabrielli, said the death toll may still rise as crews reach isolated areas in the countryside where some homes are submerged.

Transport was hampered by rivers of cocoa-colored mud gushing over roads that forced the closure of several major thoroughfares, including a tunnel into the city of Olbia, according to the Anas company which runs Italy's roads and highways.

Olbia Mayor Gianni Giovannelli said the city had been destroyed by the "apocalyptic" storm, with bridges felled and water levels reaching 3 meters (10 feet) in some places. He described the ferocity of the storm's rains as a "water bomb."

Gabrielli defended the civil protection's alert system, which had signaled an "elevated" risk of the storm on much of Sardinia, the highest level of alert. He warned against day-after finger-pointing, saying evacuation orders had been issued and ignored and that no weather forecast could have predicted the "exceptional" degree of devastation.

Sardinia's governor, Ugo Cappellacci, said the 17 dead included a family of four, reportedly of Brazilian origin, in Arzachena.

Local newspaper L'Unione Sarda said a policeman helping to escort an ambulance died when the car he was travelling in was submerged in the collapse of a bridge in Dorgali. In hard-hit Gallura, three people died after their car was swept away in the collapse of another bridge, the paper said.

Sardinia is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean and is one of Italy's autonomous regions. While it's known to tourists for its pristine Costa Smeralda beaches, the island's interior is known for its sheep and pastoral life. Sardinians are famed for their exceptional longevity.

Other parts of Italy were also hit by heavy rains Tuesday, including the capital, Rome, and Venice in the north, where residents and tourists donned rubber boots to slosh through a St. Marks' Square flooded from the "acqua alta" high tides that periodically submerge the lagoon city.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 19, 2013, 10:18:34 pm

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Post by: Mark on November 20, 2013, 05:29:55 am

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Post by: Mark on November 24, 2013, 06:51:32 pm

Winter storm system stretching from California to Oklahoma claims 13 lives - @NBCNews

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 24, 2013, 08:24:24 pm
Western Winter Storm Boreas Kills 13

Winter storm Boreas has already dumped up to a foot of snow in western and southwestern Oklahoma as it make it’s trek across the US.

The massive storm has caused mass flooding, car crashes, hundreds of flight cancellations, road closures and leading to at least 13 deaths as it trekked across New Mexico and Texas on Saturday.

An improperly restrained, 4-year-old girl was killed in a rollover accident in New Mexico and three more people died in a weather-related crash in the Texas Panhandle.

Meteorologists expect the Arctic mass to head south and east, threatening travel plans for Tuesday and Wednesday, two of the busiest travel days of the year.

By early Sunday, the weather was blamed for at least eight deaths in several fatal traffic accidents. The storm has caused hundreds of rollover accidents, including one that injured three members of singer Willie Nelson’s band when their bus hit a pillar near Dallas.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warnings across Texas and Oklahoma until midday Monday. The system is expected to bring wintry conditions into the Southern Plains, Southeast and finally reach the Northeast during the next five days.

Boreas is expected to keep temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below normal along the East Coast through Thursday. Even if the system fails to deliver heavy snow, it could cause air travel disruptions with high winds, forecasters say.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 24, 2013, 08:29:07 pm
Western Winter Storm Extends to Texas, Heads East

A deadly winter storm system that began in Southern California has extended to Texas and Oklahoma after sweeping through Arizona and New Mexico late last week.

The rain set records in parts of Arizona. The 1.60 inches that fell on Phoenix made Friday the city’s second wettest November day since 1895.

Near Amarillo, the storm wrecked havoc on the roads, causing traffic accidents that resulted in at least three deaths and numerous injuries.

Oldham County, Texas borders Potter County, in which Amarillo is located. Oldham County Sheriff David Medlin reported at least four inches of snow on the ground on Sunday. “Road conditions are still dangerous and people should drive cautiously and avoid roads unless absolutely needed.”

Southeast of Amarillo, icy roads are being blamed for the crash of Willie Nelson’s band’s bus. The bus spun out of control on Interstate 30 near Sulphur Springs, Texas, about 80 miles east of Dallas. The bus crashed into a bridge pillar and while no one was seriously injured, the band has postponed shows through the end of November. Nelson was not among the passengers in the bus.

Moving on from Texas, the storm system dumped up to a foot of snow in western and southwestern Oklahoma.

The storm – being referred to by some as Winter Storm Boreas – is forecasted to reach the interior parts of the Northeast late Tuesday, bringing abnormally low temperatures, rain, and snow just in time to hamper Thanksgiving travel.

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Post by: Mark on December 04, 2013, 10:55:32 am
30 to 40 below zero on Wednesday night through Thursday night


DOT Advises No Travel Along I-90 as Snowstorm Lashes Upper Midwest

A pair of storms is unleashing heavy snow and strong winds causing poor visibility from the northern Plains and Upper Midwest to the southern Rockies.
Dangerous cold and treacherous travel conditions are also spreading across the region.
The worst of the snow is likely through Wednesday from eastern North and South Dakota to northern Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and neighboring Canada. The worst of the cold following the storm will also focus over this area.

rest: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/winter-storm-impact-northern-u/20564835

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Post by: Kilika on December 04, 2013, 12:19:32 pm
-40 degrees!  :o

They should thank Jesus, if they can keep their mouths from freezing shut! WOW that's cold.

Guess the farm herds are something to see what happens to them. The last cold blast was blamed for killing thousands of cattle.

Lord have mercy that is cold!

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 04, 2013, 12:25:49 pm
Guess the farm herds are something to see what happens to them. The last cold blast was blamed for killing thousands of cattle.

From what I read, it's during the summer/fall months when they will feed their cattle QUITE A BIT(meaning getting them to over-eat), so that when winter comes, they will have more than enough fat et al on them to warm themselves in the winter months.

This is why they died off in October during that unexpected blizzard - b/c they weren't prepared in terms of being overweight/fat to warm themselves up in these conditions.

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Post by: Kilika on December 04, 2013, 01:41:33 pm
Yeah, they do fatten them up, but those temps? We're talking frozen hamburger on the hoof!  ;D

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Post by: Mark on December 06, 2013, 04:07:12 am
Britain battered by 140mph Arctic storms: One dead, 120,000 homes left without power and pedestrians blown to the ground as hurricane-force gusts cause worst coastal surges for SIXTY years


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 06, 2013, 10:38:15 am
Got a pretty bad snowstorm here in North Texas today - couldn't open my front door, nor the gates on my fence b/c of the snow and ice. Although I saw a few cars/trucks roaming around.

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Post by: Mark on December 06, 2013, 11:41:38 am
Got a pretty bad snowstorm here in North Texas today - couldn't open my front door, nor the gates on my fence b/c of the snow and ice. Although I saw a few cars/trucks roaming around.

its just now starting to hit me.

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Post by: Kilika on December 06, 2013, 12:14:47 pm
It's nice and sunny here, temps in the 50's.  ;D

Hey BA, need a shovel?  ;)

"In every thing give thanks..."

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Post by: Christian40 on December 07, 2013, 12:08:05 am
Got a pretty bad snowstorm here in North Texas today - couldn't open my front door, nor the gates on my fence b/c of the snow and ice. Although I saw a few cars/trucks roaming around.

Good thing your not driving today

Sunny weather here, am hoping my tomato plants will grow (no caterpillars, no grubs, no beetles please Lord)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 07, 2013, 11:01:26 am
Update: Temps are so freezing that the snow on the ground has frozen - pretty dangerous conditions to even walk on(I slipped and fell on it this morning, but no harm done).

But no biggie - food, clothing, and heating provided fine! Thank you Jesus! :)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 11, 2013, 09:57:52 pm
Massive hailstorm hits Gauteng





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Post by: Kilika on December 12, 2013, 01:50:42 am
(I slipped and fell on it this morning, but no harm done).

God definitely has ways of humbling us! Just when we think we are on solid ground, bang! We find ourselves thinking, "Hey, gravity really does work".  ;D  Indeed, thank you Jesus!

"For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted." Luke 14:11 (KJB)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 13, 2013, 03:50:29 pm
At least 3 killed, more than 2,000 displaced in Brazil floods

SAO PAULO, Brazil -- At least three people were killed and more than 2,000 displaced when heavy rainfall caused flooding this week in the coastal state of Rio de Janeiro, officials said Thursday.

The downpour began Wednesday and continued overnight, dumping more rain in 10 hours in parts of the state than was expected for the entire month of December.

Local media were full of photographs of streets turned into rivers, commuters seeking refuge on top of buses and reports of looting as residents of the Baixada Flumeninse region fled their homes.

Authorities said they had discovered at least three bodies so far, but the death count could rise.

“There’s nothing I can do. I’ll just have to buy everything all over again,” said Jorge Luiz Costa, 54, who lost most of the contents of his home and is spending his nights elsewhere, according to the local newspaper O Globo. “We’re going to suffer now from a lack of water here, too, since they’re taking the tank away for cleaning.” [link in Portuguese]

A river of brown sludge surrounded Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium, set to host the 2014 soccer World Cup final in July.

Officials asked residents to stay home and announced the deployment of federal security backup for the local police.

Baixada Fluminense, the most seriously affected region, sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountains of Rio de Janeiro. Prone to flooding, much of the area was settled by low-income families with little public oversight.

Authorities said 415 homes were destroyed and 2,289 people displaced this week in Baixada Fluminense. The flooding also forced 227 people from their homes in the city of Rio de Janeiro, to the south.

December and January are typically the rainy months in the state, and flooding has continued to bring parts of the region to its knees since 2011, when at least 900 people were killed. In January 2012, flooding killed at least 13 people in the city of Sapucaia, in the interior of Rio de Janeiro.

Title: Snow Covers Egypt for First Time in 100 Years
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 13, 2013, 09:40:17 pm
Snow Covers Egypt for First Time in 100 Years

Nobody in Cairo was dreaming of a white Christmas, but it looks like they'll get one. The worst snowstorm in more than 50 years hit the Middle East, blanketing Cairo, Jerusalem and areas of Syria in white powder. It was the first time in 100 years that Egypt had seen snow.

Instagram quickly filled with images of snowball fights and landscapes, but in areas like Palestine, some were caught off guard. The United Nations expressed concern for refugees caught in the cold, but many families are ineligible for help because they are not registered with the UN, according to Al Jazeera. Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, was forced to close its doors briefly after snow clogged its main highway.


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Post by: Mark on December 29, 2013, 05:03:08 am
Wind chill between -30 and -35 right now at the Aberdeen, SD, airport - @NWSAberdeen via @TWCBreaking

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 07, 2014, 11:11:22 am
Monster waves slam into UK after US storm

LONDON (AP) — Waves up to 27 feet (8.2 meters) high slammed into Britain's southwestern coast on Monday, as lashing winds and heavy rain battered parts of the U.K. and coastal residents braced for another round of flooding.

The monster waves were recorded at Land's End, the southwestern tip of the U.K.

In Aberystwyth in Wales, seafront homes, businesses and student residence halls were evacuated as high tides hit the Welsh coast.

The Met Office, Britain's weather forecasting body, warned of wind gusts up to 70 mph (113 kph) and exceptionally large waves along the coasts of Wales, southwest England and Northern Ireland.

At least seven people have died in a wave of stormy weather that has battered Britain since December, including a man killed when his mobility scooter fell into a river in Oxford, southern England.

The Environment Agency issued three severe flood warnings Monday — meaning there is a threat to life and property — for the county of Dorset in southwestern England, as well as more than 300 less serious flood alerts.

Title: Strong cyclone hits Tonga, killing at least 1
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 11, 2014, 11:22:23 pm
Strong cyclone hits Tonga, killing at least 1

NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (AP) — The most powerful cyclone in decades to lash the South Pacific nation of Tonga destroyed homes and ripped roofs from churches, killing at least one person, as authorities scrambled Sunday to assess damage.

Up to 70 percent of the homes and buildings in some areas had been flattened, said Kalolaine Kavaefiafi, spokeswoman for the child welfare charity Plan International.

Cyclone Ian hit Tonga on Saturday with gusts up to 287 kilometers (178 miles) per hour. The storm was later downgraded from the top of five-scale destructive cyclones to category four, with gusts of up to 250 kph (155 mph). On Sunday, the cyclone was tracking southeast away from Tonga.

An aerial survey of the damage was underway to assess the destruction and two navy patrol boats were on their way to the disaster area, Tonga's Director of Emergencies Leveni Aho said.

"It's pretty bad," Aho said of the damage. "By this evening, we'll have a much better picture of what's happened."

A state of emergency remained in effect for two of Tonga's three island groups, Vava'u and Ha'apai.

Aho said one person died on Lifuka island in the central Ha'apai group, where most of the islands had lost telephone contact. He did not know if the death toll was likely to rise.

Damage to homes and public buildings in Lifuka and Foa, the main islands in the Ha'apai group, was "quite substantial," he said.

The main island of Tongatapu in the south avoided the worst of the storm, with damage limited to some fallen trees, Aho said.

Authorities were still assessing how many people had been forced to seek shelter, he said.

Tonga is an archipelago of 176 islands, 36 of which are inhabited by more than 100,000 people. Its economy relies on fish export, tourism and remittances from Tongan communities overseas, with about 40 percent of the population living in poverty.

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Post by: Christian40 on January 12, 2014, 04:03:10 am

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 12, 2014, 09:14:48 am
Yeah, there's been some really, really crazy and unpredictable weather recently.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 13, 2014, 10:28:20 am
Aid agencies head to Tonga amid reports of extensive damage

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Relief agencies were sending aid to Tonga on Monday amid reports of extensive damage to low-lying islands in the South Pacific archipelago after they were battered by a strong cyclone at the weekend.

Early reports from emergency workers suggested that category five Cyclone Ian and its associated hurricane-force winds had caused significant damage to islands in the north.

Tonga's director of emergencies, Leveni Aho, said there was no communication with 80 percent of the worst-hit Ha'apai island group, including Lifuka, which bore the brunt of the storm.

About 8,000 people live in the Ha'apai islands, which are about 2,630 km (1,630 miles) northeast of the New Zealand capital, Wellington.

"The picture comes to hand now, it was really bad," Aho told Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) Radio.

The governor of Ha'apai, Tu'i Ha'angana, said the damage was so bad he could see from one side of the island to the other, the ABC reported.

Two Tongan navy patrol boats were on their way to the Ha'apai Islands group with emergency shelter supplies and road clearing equipment. The Red Cross has sent a chartered flight with health, power and telecommunications experts.

The United Nation's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said a mapping specialist was due to arrive in the islands on Monday to assess its response.

There are five stages of tropical storm, with Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 4,000 people and caused widespread destruction in the Philippines in November, rated at five, the most powerful. Category four is defined by wind gusts of 252 kph (156 mph) or greater.

Cyclone Christine ripped across Australia's northwest earlier this month, battering coastal regions and closing major iron ore shipping terminals.

(Reporting by Jane Wardell; Editing by Paul Tait)

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Post by: Christian40 on January 14, 2014, 12:43:10 am
Niagara Falls is frozen over


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 15, 2014, 08:16:19 pm
Video: http://news.yahoo.com/video/searing-heatwave-hits-australia-105936801.html
A searing heatwave hits Australia

Temperatures soar to above 40 degrees Celsius in Australia's southeastern states.

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Post by: Christian40 on January 15, 2014, 11:32:31 pm
Video: http://news.yahoo.com/video/searing-heatwave-hits-australia-105936801.html
A searing heatwave hits Australia

Temperatures soar to above 40 degrees Celsius in Australia's southeastern states.

i heard on the news that Adelaide was going to be 46 degrees celsius (not fahrenheit) which could be a new record, the old record being from 1939. When that air from the deserts in the middle of Australia comes it gets real hot.

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Post by: Kilika on January 16, 2014, 02:40:43 am
http://fahrenheittocelsius.com/ (http://fahrenheittocelsius.com/)

46c = 114.8f


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 16, 2014, 10:03:19 am
http://fahrenheittocelsius.com/ (http://fahrenheittocelsius.com/)

46c = 114.8f


That IS scorching, to say the least! I believe it was 30 years ago when it got to almost 110 degrees in North Texas, and you can literally fry eggs in this temperature!

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Post by: Kilika on January 16, 2014, 02:15:46 pm
 :D  We see 114-117°F every year here in Arizona. Just a tab balmy!

(that's 46-47°C for you foreigners  ;))

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 23, 2014, 06:04:49 pm
Floods slam French Riviera, killing 2 and prompting evacuations and electricity outages

PARIS –  Unusually heavy rains have flooded the French Riviera, leaving two people dead and thousands without electricity or access to roads.

The administration for the Var region evacuated some residents and urged others to stay indoors until the waters recede. It said a 73-year-old man was killed in his basement and another man died when his car was washed away by rains. Another man is missing, last seen on his boat.

Dozens of roads were closed across the region, which includes resort towns such as Saint-Tropez and and villages in Provence. Up to 20 centimeters (8 inches) of rain were registered over the weekend at some points, and rivers and streams that feed the Mediterranean flowed into residential areas.

The prime minister was traveling Monday to the area.

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Post by: Christian40 on January 24, 2014, 03:55:18 am

"This year 2014 snowfall in Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia. Thailand and Malaysia and right now temperatures drop almost 15C. The government and scientists don't want tell the truth."

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 24, 2014, 10:29:16 am
Alaska bucks freezing temperature trend with warm spell

Looking to escape the deep freeze this week? Chill out — in Alaska.

The Last Frontier is in the midst of a January warm spell that’s keeping temperatures in the mid-40s in parts of the state that should be about 20 degrees lower.

In comparison, Atlanta’s high Wednesday is expected to reach 36 degrees. Across the Plains through the Midwest and Northeast, temperatures are ranging from below zero to the teens.

Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city, has seen temperatures above normal since Jan. 14, reaching a peak of 46 degrees on Friday, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

“This is getting almost near unprecedented,” Christian Cassell, a National Weather Service forecaster in Anchorage, told the newspaper.

Parts of the state have seen freezing rain, not snow. That’s been a problem for ski resorts, which have been left free of significant flakes.

The Alyeska Resort in the Anchorage community of Girdwood went as far as shutting down its slopes Wednesday because of the weather.

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Post by: Kilika on January 24, 2014, 12:09:33 pm
If parts of Alaska doesn't stay below freezing enough, all that permafrost will start melting, and that would be BAD news for many areas. The place would turn into a mud bog over night. Add if you don't understand how this is an issue, just watch the gold mining show "Gold Rush" and see what they have to endure dealing with frozen permafrost that thaws once exposed to the air.

And I bet the mosquitoes are even more of a nightmare as a result!

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 29, 2014, 10:28:36 am
Rare winter storm paralyzes Atlanta, strands thousands of schoolchildren

A rare winter storm glazed the South with snow and ice and paralyzed the city of Atlanta, which was so choked with traffic that drivers abandoned their cars and trudged to churches and home-improvement stores to spend the night.

Schoolchildren were still stranded Wednesday morning across the region, including nearly a thousand in schools outside Birmingham, Ala., and 850 in Marietta, Ga., where buses started to take the kids home on Tuesday afternoon but had to turn back because of bad roads.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell said teachers stayed with stranded students throughout the night, giving them food and water and trying to keep them calm.

"We realize that is not good enough for parents who want to hold their children in their arms,'' Bell told Reuters. "We are doing all we can to reunite children with their parents.''

The storm dumped less snow than expected in many places. Columbia, S.C., got an inch and a half, and Atlanta 2½ inches. Virginia Beach, Va., which was expecting as much as a foot, reported 7 inches. But the snow and ice slickened a part of the country unaccustomed to winter weather of any kind.

In Atlanta, two children spent the night on a bus and were still trapped inside at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday — 18 hours after the snow started to fall.

Traffic maps of the city looked like an illustration of the human heart, red arteries in all directions. Gov. Nathan Deal sent military Humvees on to the clogeed freeways to deliver food and water and help stranded school buses.

“We know you want to get home, and we are going to work all day until you can return safely,” Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said early Wednesday on Twitter.

Some drivers reported that they were stuck for 10 hours or more, and at least one baby was born during the gridlock — a little girl who was delivered by her father and a police officer on Interstate 285. Paramedics got the family to a hospital.

"I pulled over to check on them, And I asked the dad, 'Are y'all broke down?'" Officer Tim Sheffield told the TODAY show. "He goes, 'No, we're having a baby.'"

The Home Depot said it kept 14 Atlanta-area stores open overnight to provide shelter for stranded drivers.

“People are helping each other out. People are moving cars that have spun out or had become disabled,” Debbie Hartwig, a waitress at an Atlanta-area Waffle House, told The Associated Press. “It’s been really nice. I even saw people passing out hot coffee and granola bars.”

Most of the storm’s worst had passed by Wednesday morning, but a winter storm warning was still in effect from the Florida Panhandle to Ocean City, Md., and a hard-freeze warning stretched from Texas through Alabama.

“Today will be just as bad as yesterday in terms of the state of the roads,” said Guy Walton, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

Icy roads were further snarled by businesses and schools letting people leave early on Tuesday in an attempt to beat the worst of the bitter conditions. Authorities in Alabama were left red-faced after declaring a state of emergency only for the southern half of the state, leaving out hard-hit Birmingham and sending available equipment the other way.

Not all the misery was on the roads: More than 3,500 flights were delayed across the U.S. by mid-morning Wednesday with another 1,426 canceled, according to FlightAware.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 29, 2014, 10:33:01 am
Video: 7,000 without power in North Carolina after storm

Dylan Dreyer is in Fayetteville, N.C., where thousands are without power. Sidney Hinton, CEO of electric company PowerSecure, says the company is working to restore power, focusing on facilities such as hospitals first.


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Post by: Kilika on January 29, 2014, 12:11:52 pm
And the world claims that being grid-tied is so wonderful!  ::)

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Post by: Mark on January 31, 2014, 04:09:15 am
'APOCALYPTIC': Storm Brigid rages towards UK bringing 150MPH KILLER winds, rain and SNOW: A VIOLENT and destructive storm is hurtling across the Atlantic and will smash into Britain tomorrow.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 08, 2014, 10:21:35 pm
Five dead, 600 injured as snow storm hits Japan: reports

Tokyo (AFP) - The heaviest snow in decades in Tokyo and other areas of Japan has left at least five dead and 600 injured across the country by early Sunday, reports said.

As much as 27 centimetres (10.6 inches) of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to the meteorological agency.

The snow storm hit the capital on the eve of its gubernatorial election. Observers say the heavy snowfall may affect voter turnout in the city of 13 million people.

As a depression moved along the Pacific coast north Saturday, the northeastern city of Sendai saw 35 centimetres (13.8 inches) of snow, the heaviest in 78 years.

Local media said at least five people have been killed in snow-linked accidents -- mostly crashes after their cars skidded on icy roads.

Public broadcaster NHK reported more than 600 people were injured across the nation.

More than 20,000 households were still without electricity early Sunday while airlines cancelled 200 domestic flights a day after more than 740 flights were grounded Saturday.

Nearly 5,000 people were stranded at Narita airport Saturday as traffic linking the airport to the capital was disrupted, NHK said.

Further snowfall is expected Sunday in northern Japan, the weather agency said.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Kilika on February 09, 2014, 05:11:38 am
Yeah, I obviously don't remember ever hearing of that much snow in Tokyo. If asked, I would have said they likely don't ever get any snow, being too warm at sea level.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 09, 2014, 08:47:25 pm
Storms batter Britain, wash away rail line, pier

LONDON (AP) — Heavy rain, high tides and strong winds pounded England's southern coast Wednesday, washing away a stretch of rail line, damaging an iconic seaside pier and leaving thousands of homes without power.

A section of seawall under the railway line collapsed at Dawlish in the county of Devon on the southwestern coast, severing the main rail route between London and the region.

"I have been here for 44 years and we haven't had storm damage like we have now," Devon county councilor John Clatworthy said. "The storm last night was unbelievable."

Further east in Brighton, a chunk of the ornate but derelict West Pier, a Victorian landmark, crumbled into the sea.

The storm, which began Tuesday and saw wind gusts of up to 91 mph (146 kph), is the latest of the bad weather that has battered Britain since December.

In the low-lying Somerset Levels, thousands of acres have been under water for more than a month
. Police in a helicopter used megaphones to tell residents of more than 150 properties to leave their homes Wednesday as more flooding loomed.

Many residents there say the government has been slow to come to their aid.

Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday promised to spend an extra 100 million pounds ($163 million) on flood defense, repairs and maintenance over the next year.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 10, 2014, 12:25:09 pm
10 February 2014

UK floods: Homes evacuated as swollen Thames keeps rising

Flooded homes along the River Thames are being evacuated and thousands more are at risk, with water levels expected to keep rising for the next 24 hours.

Residents in one Berkshire village say the scenes are from a "horror movie".

Fourteen severe flood warnings are in place in Berkshire and Surrey, while two remain in Somerset.

PM David Cameron, who is in flood-hit south-west England, said it was not the time to change personnel amid criticism of Environment Agency head Lord Smith.

Homes, shops and businesses in the Berkshire village of Datchet are underwater and hundreds more along the lower River Thames, as far as Shepperton, are under threat, the Environment Agency says.

Several Thames gauges are showing their highest levels since being installed in the 1980s and 90s.

Fire crews, who have been rescuing people from their homes in Staines-upon-Thames, say they have never known waters so deep or a flood rescue operation on this scale.

In Windsor, Councillor Colin Rayner pleaded for help from the police and Army.

"We've got 50 volunteers here, we've got the vulnerable people out of their homes, now we need to get everyone else out," he said

Nearby, in the Berkshire village of Colnbrook, resident Asif Khan said his whole street was under water, his house was flooded and his fridge "just went bang".

"It's something out of a horror movie," he said, adding that he was now about to try to evacuate with his two small children.

Hurst village resident Paul Palmer said sewers there were blocked and they have been unable to use the toilet since Friday.

"It's starting to back up into the toilet - it's like going back to the dark ages," he told the BBC.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 18, 2014, 09:29:41 pm
Second Japan snow storm leaves thousands stranded as toll rises to 23

Feb 18 (Reuters) - Snow-choked roads cut off thousands on Tuesday as parts of Japan struggled to dig out from its second storm in a week, with the death toll rising to at least 23.

Train services were suspended in some areas after the Valentine's Day storm dumped more than a metre of snow in parts of central Japan and blanketed the capital with record snow for the second weekend in a row, snarling airline traffic and slowing production at some Japanese automakers.

The freak storm dumped more than 1.1 metres of snow in Yamanashi prefecture in central Japan, the most in more than a century of record-keeping, and lesser amounts across a wide swathe of the eastern and northeastern parts of the nation. Tokyo was hit by 27 cm (10.6 inches).

By Tuesday, least 23 people had died, including some killed in traffic accidents or by being caught under snow that fell from roofs. Several died in cars stuck in the snow, apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning as they ran their car engines to keep warm.

At the peak of the storm, thousands of households lost power and hundreds of flights were cancelled. Train services were disrupted and highways closed, with some of the nation's main arteries jammed with cars, some for days.

Toyota Motor Corp resumed operations at three plants in central Japan on Tuesday after suspending them a day earlier due to disruption in the supply of parts, but the outlook was unclear for another Toyota plant. Other carmakers suffered similar disruptions.

In neighbouring South Korea, ten people attending a party for new university students were killed on Monday in southern Gyeongju when a building at a mountain resort collapsed under the weight of snow. (Additional reporting by Nobuhiro Kubo and Chang-ran Kim, editing by Nick Macfie)

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Post by: Mark on February 19, 2014, 08:05:22 am
The Drought In Brazil Has Gotten So Bad That 142 Cities Are Now Rationing Water

Did you know that the drought in Brazil is so bad that some neighborhoods are only being allowed to get water once every three days? At this point, 142 Brazilian cities are rationing water and there does not appear to be much hope that this crippling drought is going to end any time soon. 


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 19, 2014, 03:50:51 pm
The Drought In Brazil Has Gotten So Bad That 142 Cities Are Now Rationing Water

Did you know that the drought in Brazil is so bad that some neighborhoods are only being allowed to get water once every three days? At this point, 142 Brazilian cities are rationing water and there does not appear to be much hope that this crippling drought is going to end any time soon. 


Famines in diverse places...

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 22, 2014, 09:22:13 pm

Storms 'have changed coastline forever'

London (AFP) - The huge storms and powerful winds that have battered the coast of Britain in recent weeks have caused years' worth of erosion and damage, authorities said on Friday.

On some stretches of coast, the extreme weather has stripped away sand from stretches of beaches to reveal ancient forests, leaving the stumps of 6,000-year-old oaks protruding.

The National Trust, which manages much of the country's most scenic coastline, said the storms have caused problems that it did not expect to have to deal with for years.

Cliffs have crumbled, beaches and sand dunes have been eroded, heavy seas have breached defences and shorelines and harbours have been damaged.

At Birling Gap on the Sussex coast, a popular tourist spot, the speed of erosion has been "breathtaking", according to Jane Cecil, the National Trust general manager for the area.

"We've had about seven years of erosion in just two months. As a result of this loss of coastline, we are having to act now and take down the sun lounge and ice cream parlour, safeguarding the integrity of the rest of the building.

"We have to think long term," she said.

On the west coast Wales, the remains of oak trees dating back to the Bronze Age have been revealed as the sand has been stripped away.

The tree stumps on the beach between Borth and Ynyslas are said by some to be the origins of the legend of "Cantre'r Gwaelod", which according to myth was a kingdom now submerged under the waters of Cardigan Bay.

Meanwhile, as the mopping-up operation continues after widespread flooding in southwest and southeast England, a group of experts said the damage was preventable.

Some of the damage from the recent floods could have been prevented if the correct water management techniques had been used, they said.

The experts from 15 organisations urged Prime Minister David Cameron to convene a conference bringing together government departments and the embattled Environment Agency -- whose initial response to the floods drew heavy criticism -- to put in place measures to prevent a repeat of the floods.

The experts said sustainable drainage systems should be fitted on existing and new buildings and that buildings and land that cannot be properly protected should be made resilient to withstand flooding.

All new housing on flood plains should be resilient when built, they said.

In a sign of how the floods have re-shaped the political agenda, the main opposition Labour Party pledged that investment in flood defences would be a priority if it wins next year's general election.

The Met Office national weather service has said Britain suffered its wettest winter in records dating back more than a century.

Title: Massive storm system takes aim at winter-weary Midwest, East
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 02, 2014, 05:27:43 pm
I don't know if it's the weather control mod system, but nonetheless DFW got hit with freezing rain and some snow today...

Massive storm system takes aim at winter-weary Midwest, East

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A massive winter storm system packing cold air, snow and freezing rain was pummeling the central United States on Sunday and headed for the East Coast, sending temperatures plummeting and causing major delays for weekend travelers.

Rainfall and snow associated with the system will stretch over 1,500 miles, from southeastern Colorado to southern Massachusetts, meteorologists said.

The storm "is going to be a real mess," said Bruce Sullivan, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Silver Spring, Maryland.

"The main system is injecting a lot of moisture and cold air out over the Southern Plains," he said. "It's going to bring quite a bit of precipitation."

Heavy snow could fall on an area from eastern Kansas to Pennsylvania, with the Mid-Atlantic, including parts of Maryland and Washington D.C., getting up to 12 inches before the system dissipates on Monday.

More than 1,500 flights were canceled and another 2,880 were delayed as of mid-afternoon on Sunday, according to the airline tracking site FlightAware.com.

"Ripple-effect flight delays and cancellations are likely to reach nationwide," said AccuWeather meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The storm could also further deplete salt supplies used to de-ice roads and highways, already at critical lows after a snowy winter in the Northeast.


Boston and New York City should see only light snowfall, but lingering freezing rain could complicate Monday morning's rush hour for commuters.

By Sunday afternoon, up to nine inches of snow had already fallen on parts of Indiana.

More than 40,000 homes in northeast Ohio were without power due to downed transmission lines, according to Chad Self, a spokesman for utility provider First Energy.

Most customers should have power restored by late Monday, the utility said.

Margie Gibson, 60, of Perry, 40 miles northeast of Cleveland, said power at her home was intermittent throughout the day.

"The power keeps popping on and off every half-hour. It goes off and comes right back on. I have no idea why," she said.

Central Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky were also at risk for heavy ice conditions and power outages, according to AccuWeather.

Though temperatures will not be as frigid as during some other storm systems this winter, when the so-called polar vortex pushed Arctic air across large swaths of the county, the cold air will blanket areas as far south as Texas and North Carolina.

Temperatures in the city of Lubbock, Texas, in the northwestern part of the state, were around 80F (26C) on Saturday but by Sunday morning were a bone-chilling 18F (minus 7C), NWS's Sullivan said.

Forecasters urged motorists to use caution as slick roads and fast-moving bands of snow can lead to traffic accidents.

In southwest Missouri, slick conditions were blamed in the death early Sunday of a 13-year-old girl when the driver of the Ford Explorer she was riding in went off the highway and overturned.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol report two adults and another child in the vehicle suffered serious injuries, and nobody in the car was wearing a seatbelt.

On Saturday in Colorado, a heavy dump of snow midday led to a 104-vehicle pileup in Denver, leaving one woman dead and 30 other people hospitalized, police and local media said.

(Reporting by Victoria Cavaliere, additional reporting by Kim Palmer in Cleveland, and Kevin Murphy in Kansas City; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst, Sophie Hares and Chris Reese)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 05, 2014, 12:40:36 pm
'Once-in-a-century' storm finally eases(New Zealand)

Rain is finally starting to ease following the once-in-a-century storm that forced the evacuation of homes, caused slips and cut power to thousands of people across Canterbury.

The squall is blazing up the country, bringing gale force winds to the lower North Island.

Residents are being urged to avoid travel if possible while the Christchurch City Council scrambles to clear debris-strewn roads and help with stormwater drainage.

"Our people will be out there again tonight and the community can play their part by checking on their friends and neighbours just like they did during the earthquakes,'' Mayor Lianne Dalziel said.

The Fire Service has been inundated with calls from residents reporting damage to their homes and flooding.

They received 187 flooding-related callouts between 6am and 4pm southern fire communications shift manager Brent Dunn said.

"There was very heavy surface flooding - a lot of areas we couldn't even get to, just because it was so deep, the rivers were overflowing. It's just been a very busy day.''

MetService said 160mm of rain had fallen on Lyttelton in the past 24 hours.

Police have evacuated 19 households from three streets after a landslip above a fuel storage area at the port.

Homes in parts of Cressy Terrace, Park Terrace and Brittan Terrace were evacuated this afternoon and cordons are in place.

The evacuations were precautionary and in response to the possibility of further slips in the area.

The slip occurred earlier today below Brittan Terrace, with a cliff face collapsing into a bulk storage tank, police said.

Emergency services were confident there was no danger to residents, with the wind dispersing any lingering fumes.

An evacuation centre had been established at the council service centre in London St.

About 3500 Orion customers remained without power this afternoon, with the majority expected to stay disconnected overnight, the electricity company said.

The company had been unable to access the electricity network to restore power and the situation could remain for the next few days.

Chief executive Rob Jamieson said flooding and road closures were why engineers could not reach the power network.

"Quite simply, we cannot get to many parts of our network to repair those power lines that were damaged yesterday by falling trees.

"Coupled with rising flood waters affecting substations and kiosks, this storm is proving unique due to its ongoing and multiple impact nature

The majority of customers without power were around Banks Peninsula, with most of the peninsula affected. Some pockets of Christchurch and surrounding areas were also experiencing outages.

The city's airport was open, but there was a backlog of travellers with delays to some flights because of the storm affecting other parts of the country.

People were urged to contact their airline to check on flights.

KiwiRail said they were also clearing a backlog after ferry crossings were suspended yesterday because of high waves through the Cook Strait.

A spokeswoman said crossings resumed at 2pm today and they were trying to clear the extra passengers from yesterday.

Meanwhile, the storm has bustled north and Wellington was buffeted with gusts in exposed areas reaching 119km/h.

MetService spokesman John Law said the city had winds of up to 100km/h through the day.

Wind warnings were in force for Wellington, the Wairarapa and coastal Hawkes Bay.

The Insurance Council of New Zealand said residents affected directly as a result of storm or flood damage over the past couple of days should contact their insurers to have damage assessed.

If residents had to remove damaged goods from their homes or dispose of material, for instance, due to contamination that posed a risk to health, they should take photos to help inform the assessments, chief executive Tim Grafton said.

By the numbers

* About 3500 customers remain without power

* The Fire Service received 187 flooding calls;

* 160mm of rain fell in Lyttelton

* Wind gusts in exposed Wellington areas reached 119km/h

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 27, 2014, 03:06:50 pm
Rare tornadoes touch down in Northern California

SAN FRANCISCO -- Tornadoes touched down during storms in Northern California, including one twister near Sacramento that damaged a dozen homes and left a path of debris about 300 yards long.

Twelve houses suffered roof damage and six reported fence damage when a tornado hit near Roseville in Placer County shortly after 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Division Chief Kathy Finney of the city's fire department told the Merced Sun-Star. No injuries were reported and no residents were displaced.

The path of debris extended up to 300 yards, with a width of 10 to 20 yards, the newspaper reported.

A tornado also touched down in Ordbend, in Glenn County, the National Weather Service said. There were reports of at least four twisters, which are rare for California.

"I left this 15 years ago in the Midwest, and here we are with damage to our house from a tornado," Roseville resident Mark Thompson told CBS Sacramento station KOVR-TV.

Northern and Central California were drenched and wind-whipped by wild weather that brought thunderstorms and hail.


Title: Hailing CATS AND DOGS in North Texas now!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 03, 2014, 06:21:32 pm
Witnessing the whole thing now - it is hailing really, REALLY bad for several minutes now! Never, NEVER in my lifetime have I seen
ANYTHING like this before!

Ultimately, we ain't seen nothin' yet!

Revelation 16:21  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 04, 2014, 11:55:20 am
Hail, rain pummel several Midwest, Southern states

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thunderstorms were crawling across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, spawning suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas, and slamming several states with large hail and heavy rain that prompted a handful of water rescues.

Four people were injured in Texas when a suspected tornado destroyed a farmhouse and a mobile home Thursday night near Merit, about 40 miles northeast of Dallas. Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said the injuries weren't life-threatening, though he didn't have details.

Storms pummeled the North Texas college city of Denton with hail as large as baseballs, leading to reports of broken windows and other damage. The National Weather Service in Tulsa noted reports of hail up to the size of ping pong balls and strong wind gusts.

Arkansas saw smaller hail, and falling tree limbs knocked out power in western parts of the state.

The heaviest rainfall was tapering off around midnight, though flash-flood warnings will remain in effect through daybreak in eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, and western Kentucky because of runoff from the torrential rains, according to the National Weather Service.

No injuries resulted from the twister that hit University City just west of St. Louis shortly before 5:30 a.m., damaging about 100 homes in winds that reached up to 110 mph, weather service meteorologist Jayson Gosselin said.

That system also carried heavy rain. Up to 5 inches fell in parts of Missouri, prompting flash flooding that damaged dozens of homes and forced at least two water rescues.

In University City, a densely populated area, the city opened a shelter for evacuees. Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency.

Rainfall was heavy over much of Missouri and western Illinois. The National Weather Service said portions of Johnson County, Mo., had more than 5 inches of rain, causing flash flooding that forced evacuation of some homes in the Warrensburg area. Highway T in Johnson County was closed after rushing water washed out three culverts.

At least two drivers had to be rescued from water that swamped their cars. Even a three-person rescue team was briefly imperiled when flood debris clogged their jet skis. They eventually floated to safety.

Heavy rains also flooded some roads in Indiana, and conservation officers said they had rescued at least eight people.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 04, 2014, 01:57:43 pm
Tornadoes Reported from Texas to Illinois in Three-Hour Span

Tornadoes were reported from Texas to Illinois late Thursday with the region also battered by high winds and baseball-sized hail.

Meteorologists received eight reports of twisters touching down during a three-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.

Hundreds of buildings were damaged and least four people were injured, The Weather Channel reported.

"What was supposed to be a tornado outbreak turned out to be not quite an outbreak, but there were still a few reported tornadoes," said Matt Crowther, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel. "There have been eight reports but there could have been more than that."

A tree crushed this car and garage in Belleville, Ill., on Thursday.

Four of the twisters hit northeast Texas between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time Thursday. The last of these reportedly took a barn off its foundation and tore down several trees about five miles northwest of Mount Vernon. Three twisters reportedly hit in Missouri and another was suspected in the southern tip of Illinois.

Earlier Thursday, there was a pre-dawn EF-1 tornado in a neighborhood of St Louis, Mo., which damaged around 100 homes but left no injuries, according to The Associated Press.

The hail storm hit a swath of the central U.S. including Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kansas.

There were also high winds, including gusts of 80 mph near Denton, Texas. These were expected to continue throughout Friday but the tornado threat was "very low," Crowther said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 09, 2014, 02:30:03 pm

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 16, 2014, 09:53:15 am
Severe weather blasts southern Mississippi, ransacks trailer park

CNN) -- A powerful thunderstorm roared through southern Mississippi on Monday evening, injuring two people and causing extensive damage to a trailer park in Gautier, Mississippi, authorities said.

There were "20-25 camper trailers damaged from what appears to be straight line winds that blew" in the Gulf Coast community, according to Troy Earl Ross, the president of the Jackson County Board of Supervisors. A number of people have been displaced from their homes in the trailer park that houses seasonal workers.

County Sheriff Charles Britt said one person had to be rescued by cutting through the floor of a trailer that had been flipped by the winds.

The severe weather made for a rough day, according to Gautier Mayor Gordon Gollott.

"It started raining at noon, streets are flooded everywhere," he said. Then around 7:30 p.m., the "wind picked up. Then it just busted wide open. It was a scare here."

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 24, 2014, 01:23:27 pm
Tornados have been awfully quiet this year thus far, after big outbreaks in recent years...

Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend

Spring 2014 has been a quiet tornado season thus far, but that's about to change this weekend, if the predicted forecasts that meteorologists are looking at hold true. Weather experts say conditions are lining up for a series of powerful tornadoes to hit an area ranging between Tennessee and Texas from Saturday through Monday. The National Weather Service predicts a "significant multi-day severe event" in the South plains on Sunday, moving into the Mississippi Valley on Monday.

The extreme warnings stem from an interaction between an East-moving low-pressure system over the Rockies mixing with wetness from the Gulf of Mexico. That will cause the creation of supercell thunderstorms, Slate's Eric Holthaus explains, all kept in place in the South-Southwest by a high-pressure system in Canada. That makes the area ripe for a "big severe threat" this weekend, according to The Weather Channel, an extra level on top of today's "severe threat."

Holthaus notes that the best historical comparisons to a weather pattern like this point to some of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. That includes the April 26, 1991, stretch of tornadoes from Texas to Iowa that caused a billion dollars in damage and included a rare F5-strength tornado. For those in need of a refresher, here are FEMA's guidelines for how to prepare for tornadoes.

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This article was originally published at http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/04/forecasters-are-already-predicting-a-massive-tornado-outbreak-this-weekend/361156/

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 26, 2014, 06:09:42 pm
Eastern NC tornadoes damage homes, injure a dozen

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (AP) — Residents, meteorologists and emergency officials in eastern North Carolina were surveying the damage Saturday from multiple tornadoes that damaged more than 200 homes the previous day and sent more than a dozen people to the emergency room.

Meteorologists said Saturday that tornadoes with winds of more than 111 mph touched down in Pitt and Beaufort counties on Friday, and they were continuing to investigate storm damage.

Elsewhere, Texas, Oklahoma and other states in the Plains and Midwest were bracing for severe storms expected to start Saturday and continue overnight. There, the main threat will be large hail and damaging wind gusts.

In North Carolina, Beaufort County Emergency Management Director John Pack said 16 people were taken to the emergency room when the storms passed through around 7:25 p.m. Friday.

Pack said 200 homes were either heavily damaged or destroyed. Pictures on news websites showed residents salvaging items from crushed mobile homes, along with snapped trees and a mangled utility pole in eastern North Carolina.

"You can track the tornado by the damage." Pack said. "It left a lot damage behind in its approximately five to 10 minutes on the ground."

Pack said the storm appeared to be about 300 yards wide and was on the ground for 10 miles. He said the line of damage started in the west-northwest portion of the county and traveled to the northeast.

At one point, Pack said, 8,000 people were without power, but most had been restored by Saturday.

Pack also said two major farming operations in the county sustained damages, but he didn't have further details.

In Halifax County, Antonio Richardson said the roof was blown off his home on Friday afternoon. He said he and a friend took shelter under his mobile home.

"It peeled back my roof, just like you would a banana," Richardson told WRAL-TV in Raleigh.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 27, 2014, 10:31:24 pm
Tornadoes strike central US, killing 2 in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Forecasters say a large tornado that touched down west of Little Rock, Ark., has damaged property along a 30-mile route and remains on the ground.

Television footage shows damaged vehicles along a road north of state capital Sunday and trees that were stripped of their leaves and small branches along Interstate 40 between the suburbs of Maumelle and Mayflower.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Forecasters issued tornado emergencies for Maumelle, Morgan, Saltillo and Vilonia after storm spotters confirmed a twister on the ground.

The storm formed about 10 miles west of Little Rock and crossed the Arkansas River northwest of the city.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 28, 2014, 08:57:42 am
Tornadoes kill at least 18 as storms pummel Plains, Midwest, and South

At least 18 people were killed Sunday by three separate tornadoes spawned by a powerful storm system that moved through the central and southern United States.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed early Monday that at least sixteen people died in Little Rock, Ark., when a twister carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital.

An Oklahoma county sheriff's dispatcher reported that one person had died in the town of Quapaw, near the state's borders with Kansas and Missouri. Fox News has also confirmed that another person died when a tornado hit Keokuk County, Iowa.

The Arkansas tornado touched down about 10 miles west of Little Rock at around 7 p.m. local time and moved northeastward for at least 30 miles, the National Weather Service reported. It missed the state capital but passed through or near several of its suburbs, causing widespread damage in the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia.

According to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, ten of the deaths occurred in Faulkner County, where Mayflower and Vilonia are located. Five more occurred in Pulaski County, and one occurred in White County.

The tornado, which grew to be a half-mile wide, turned buildings into rubble and stripped the leaves and smaller branches off of trees.

"There's just really nothing there anymore. We're probably going to have to start all over again," Vilonia Schools Superintendent Frank Mitchell said early Monday after surveying what had been a $14 million intermediate school set to open this fall. Because the tornado struck after nightfall, the full extent of the damage would be impossible to asses until after sunrise Monday.

The twister shredded cars, trucks and 18-wheelers stuck along Interstate 40 north of Little Rock. After the storm passed, tractor-trailer rigs tried to navigate through the damage to continue their journeys, while gawkers held smartphones to their windows to offer a grim glimpse of the destruction.

State troopers went vehicle-to-vehicle to check on motorists and said with genuine surprise that no one was killed.

"About 30 vehicles -- large trucks, sedans, pickup trucks -- were going through there when the funnel cloud passed over," said Bill Sadler, a spokesman for the Arkansas State Police.

Karla Ault, a Vilonia High School volleyball coach, said she sheltered in the school gymnasium as the storm approached. After it passed, her husband told her their home was gone -- reduced to the slab on which it had sat.

"I'm just kind of numb. It's just shock that you lost everything. You don't understand everything you have until you realize that all I've got now is just what I have on," Ault said.

 The National Weather Service in North Little Rock said it was virtually certain that the Mayflower and Vilonia storm would be rated as the nation's strongest twister to date this year.

"It has the potential to be EF3 or greater," said meteorologist Jeff Hood. EF3 storms have winds greater than 136 mph. "Based on some of the footage we've seen from Mayflower and where it crossed Interstate 40, things were wrecked in a very significant way."

From communities west of Little Rock to others well north of the capital, emergency workers and volunteers were going door-to-door checking for victims.

"It turned pitch black," said Mark Ausbrooks, who was at his parents' home in Mayflower when the storm arrived. "I ran and got pillows to put over our heads and ... all hell broke loose."

"My parents' home, it's gone completely," he said.

Becky Naylor, of Mayflower, said she and her family went to their storm cellar after hearing that tornado debris was falling in nearby Morgan. Naylor, 57, said there were between 20 and 22 people in the cellar and they were "packed like sardines."

"Everyone is welcome to come into it," she said. "In fact, people were pulling off the highways and were just running in."

She said the men held the cellar doors shut while the tornado's winds tried to rip them open.

"It sounded like a constant rolling, roaring sound," she said. "Trees were really bending and the light poles were actually shaking and moving. That's before we shut the door and we've only shut the door to the storm cellar two times."

The White House issued a statement in which President Barack Obama promised that the federal government would help in the recovery and praised the heroic efforts of first-responders and neighbors.

"Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild as long as it takes," Obama said.

The Arkansas tornado was one of several that touched down Sunday as a large storm system moved through parts of the Plains, Midwest and South.

Less than two hours before the Arkansas tornado struck, a twister hit the small northeastern Oklahoma community of Quapaw, killing at least one person and injuring six others, Ottawa County sheriff's dispatcher Kelli Soechs said. Earlier Sunday, another Ottawa County sheriff's dispatcher reported that two people were killed. Soechs declined to explain the discrepancy.

Five of the six injured in Quapaw were treated and released from Baptist Regional Health Center in Miami, Okla., said hospital spokeswoman Kristie Wallace. The sixth, who was in fair condition with a broken bone, was kept overnight, she said.

Ottawa County Emergency Management director Joe Dan Morgan said Quapaw, which has about 900 residents, was heavily damaged by the tornado.

"Looks like about half of town got extensive damage as well as the fire department," Morgan said.

After hitting Quapaw, the tornado moved northward into Kansas and struck Baxter Springs, a city of about 4,200 residents about 5 miles away. Cherokee County, Kan., sheriff's dispatcher Josh Harvey said the tornado that hit Baxter Springs injured several people and caused extensive damage, but that no deaths had been reported. He said first responders were going from house to house checking on residents' wellbeing.

Tornadoes also touched down Sunday in Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. Tornado warnings, which indicate the greatest threat of a strike, were also in effect for parts of southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas as of 9 p.m. CDT.

One of Sunday's twisters touched down northwest of Joplin, Mo., where a massive tornado in May 2011 killed 161 people, injured many others and leveled a large swath of the city. Sunday's twister didn't hit Joplin.

The first reported tornado Sunday touched down in a rural area in central in Nebraska. The weather service said it remained on the ground for only a short time, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Forecasters warned that areas that weren't hit by tornadoes were still at risk of damage from hail and powerful straight-line winds. Forecasters warned of hail stones as big as baseballs and wind gusts that could reach hurricane-force -- 75 mph or higher.

Gusts of up to 60 mph were registered during a storm that hit southeastern Iowa on Sunday that damaged several buildings, including a barn that injured someone when it was blown over.

Earlier Sunday afternoon, a strong line of storms moved through west-central Missouri, bringing winds that reached 70 mph hour near Chillicothe, Mo., that toppled some trees.

The Missouri Highway Patrol also reported a tractor-trailer was blown onto its side on Interstate 70 about 30 miles east of Kansas City about 1 p.m. No one was injured. The weather service received a report from Plattsburg, Mo., where an anemometer measured 58 mph before it blew away. Golf ball-sized hail was reported at Overland Park, Kan., and Trimble, Mo.

Severe thunderstorm watches covered portions of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri through Sunday night. The primary threats were damaging wind gusts and large hail.

To the southeast, northern Louisiana and Mississippi were bracing for severe storms along with the possibility of flash flooding. The predictions prompted Barksdale Air Force Base near Bossier City, La., to cancel its air show on Sunday. The National Weather Service said northern Alabama could see rain and flash flooding, while central and northern Georgia could see storms and heavy rain.

Sunday was the third anniversary of a 122-tornado day, which struck parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia and killed 316 people.

Meanwhile, runners in Oklahoma City took shelter early Sunday as hail and high winds delayed the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon by 105 minutes to let a severe thunderstorm pass through.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 28, 2014, 06:20:35 pm
Second Round of Twisters Creates Havoc in Mississippi

A major tornado caused serious damage and several injuries in the Tupelo area Monday afternoon, authorities said, as millions of people in the Deep South braced for the second punch of a storm system that killed 16 people in the region over the weekend.

"We're very fortunate that we have no reports of deaths in our city," Tupelo Mayor Jason Shelton told The Weather Channel shortly after the twister — one of at least five confirmed to have hit the state Monday — touched ground in the city and tracked northward.

A tornado ripped through Tupelo, Miss., on Monday afternoon.

Shelton said later that there was "significant property damage," along with unconfirmed reports of some non-life-threatening injuries. The city was under a 9 p.m. (10 p.m. ET) curfew as emergency crews went door to door to assess damage and potential injuries.

"Please say a prayer for all those affected and our law enforcement officials," Shelton said.

The state Emergency Management Agency said it couldn't immediately confirm reports of "mass casualties," saying travel conditions and visibility remained too poor for its crews to make any assessments.

NBC station WTVA of Tupelo reported that the worst major damage was near Barnes Crossing Mall a couple of miles north of downtown. Managers said the mall itself wasn't hit, but Tupelo police told NBC News at least six other area businesses were rendered "structurally unsound."

Forecasters for The Weather Channel said debris fields on radar and the large wedge shape of the storm indicated that the damage could be serious around Tupelo, home to about 35,000 people.

WTVA was live on the air and had to be evacuated when the tornado — described by the National Weather Service as "large and violent" — hit the ground, leaving viewers to watch the news team scramble off their screens

A tornado near the town of Louisville extensively damaged Winston County Community Hospital and injured an undetermined number of people, said Temika Triplett, a spokeswoman for the Winston County Emergency Management Agency.

There were no immediate reports of deaths at the hospital, Triplett told NBC News.

Another tornado touched down at the intersection of state Highways 78 and 45, closing the intersection, the Lee County Sheriff's Office said, and yet another was confirmed near Yazoo Cit, — where a twister estimated at 170 mph killed 10 people four years ago. There were no early estimates of damage there.

Tornado warnings dotted central Mississippi late Monday afternoon and extended into northeast Alabama, the National Weather Service said, warning of the potential for quarter-size hail and serious tornado and wind damage. School districts in Alabama let their students out early, and Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency.

A broader swath of the middle of the country was at risk for some form of severe weather, as far north as Iowa, as far south as New Orleans and as far east as Charlotte, N.C. A jetliner flying the Memphis Grizzlies from Tennessee to Oklahoma City for an NBA playoff game was diverted to Tulsa because of the dangerous weather, the team said.

The storm system, which spawned tornadoes on Sunday that killed at least 16 people in Arkansas, Iowa and Oklahoma, is expected to be a three-day event. The risk of severe storms for Wednesday extends to Virginia and the Carolina coast.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 28, 2014, 11:07:18 pm
Tornadoes cause damage, injuries in Miss., Ala.

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — At least three tornadoes flattened homes and businesses, flipped trucks over on highways and bent telephone poles into 45-degree angles as they barreled through the South on Monday, killing at least one woman in Mississippi and unleashing severe thunderstorms, damaging hail and flash floods.

Local officials also reported six deaths in Alabama from a tornado. State emergency officials could not immediately confirm those deaths. Thousands of customers were without power in Alabama and Kentucky, where severe storms caused widespread damages.

Monday's storm system was so huge it was visible from space, photographed by weather satellites that showed tumultuous clouds arcing across much of the South. The National Weather Service posted tornado watches and warnings around Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia that were in effect through Monday night.

The system is the latest onslaught of severe weather a day after a half-mile-wide tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction through the suburbs of Little Rock, Ark., killing at least 15. Tornadoes also killed one person each in Oklahoma and Iowa on Sunday.

Mississippi Republican Sen. Giles Ward huddled in a bathroom with his wife, four other family members and their 19-year-old dog Monday as a tornado destroyed his two-story brick house and flipped his son-in-law's SUV upside down onto the patio in Louisville, seat of Winston County and home to about 6,600 .

"For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable," Ward said. "It's about as awful as anything we've gone through."

He estimated that 30 houses in his neighborhood, Jordan Circle, were either destroyed or heavily damaged. After the storm had passed, Ward and his family went to a neighbor's home where 19 people had waited out the tornado in a basement. He said six people were reported trapped in a basement in another home in the subdivision.

Altogether, 45 people had been injured in Louisville but no deaths had been reported, said Jack Mazurak (MAZ-er-ak), a spokesman for the Jackson-based University of Mississippi Medical Center, designated communications command post for disasters.

The tornado in Louisville caused water damage and left holes in the roof in the back of the Winston Medical Center, where the emergency room and outpatient clinic are located. There were about 15 patients in hospital rooms and eight or nine in the emergency room, where evacuations were underway, Mazurak said. No deaths were reported.

"We thought we were going to be OK then a guy came in and said, 'It's here right now,'" said Dr. Michael Henry, head of the emergency room. "Then boom ... it blew through."

Also in Mississippi, Lee County Coroner Carolyn Gillentine Green said a woman died in a traffic accident during the storm in Verona, south of Tupelo. Green said the vehicle may have hydroplaned or blown off the road.

Deborah Pugh, spokeswoman for the Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, said the hospital received 24 patients. She was 20 had minor injuries and were expected to be treated and released. She four others were undergoing further evaluation.

In northern Alabama, Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakeley confirmed two deaths in a mobile home park west of Athens, said city spokeswoman Holly Hollman. Hollman said Blakeley was in a meeting with county Emergency Management Agency officials and couldn't come to the phone Monday evening.

Four people were killed in a district of Limestone County southeast of Athens, said Limestone County Commissioner Bill Latimer. Latimer said he was informed of the deaths by a county foreman, but that he had not made it to the scene himself yet. Neither the governor's office nor emergency management officials could immediately confirm the deaths.

In Tupelo, a community of about 35,000 in northeastern Mississippi, every building in a two-block area south of U.S. Highway 78 had suffered damage, officials told a reporter on the scene. Some buildings had their roofs sheared off, while power lines had been knocked down completely or bent at 45-degree angles. Road crews were using heavy machinery to clear off other streets.

Residents and business owners were not the only ones seriously rattled by the tornadoes.

NBC affiliate WTVA-TV chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan in Tupelo, Miss., was reporting live on the severe weather about 3 p.m. when he realized the twister was coming close enough that maybe he and his staff should abandon the television studio

"This is a tornado ripping through the city of Tupelo as we speak. And this could be deadly," he said in a video widely tweeted and broadcast on YouTube.

Moments later he adds, "A damaging tornado. On the ground. Right now."

The video then showed Laubhan peeking in from the side to see if he was still live on the air before yelling to staff off-camera to get down in the basement.

"Basement, now!" he yelled, before disappearing off camera himself.

Later, the station tweeted, "We are safe here."

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in advance of the storms, which sent emergency officials rushing to put plans in place.

In Memphis, Tenn., officials declared a state of emergency in a county southwest of Nashville because of flash flooding. Authorities urged people there to seek higher ground after several homes and some business were flooded in Maury County and school leaders worried that some school buses might not be able to get schoolchildren home over swamped roads.

The threat of dangerous weather jangled nerves a day after the three-year anniversary of a historic outbreak of more than 60 tornadoes that killed more than 250 people across Alabama on April 27, 2011.

George Grabryan, director of emergency management for Florence and Lauderdale County in northwest Alabama, said 16 shelters opened before storms even moved in and people were calling nervously with questions about the weather.

"There's a lot of sensitivity up here," Grabryan said. "I've got a stack of messages here from people, many of them new to the area, wanting to know where the closest shelters are."

Elsewhere, forecasters warned Georgia residents of a threat of tornadoes in northern and central counties in coming hours.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 28, 2014, 11:09:27 pm
FYI - from last Thursday :o

Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend

Spring 2014 has been a quiet tornado season thus far, but that's about to change this weekend, if the predicted forecasts that meteorologists are looking at hold true. Weather experts say conditions are lining up for a series of powerful tornadoes to hit an area ranging between Tennessee and Texas from Saturday through Monday. The National Weather Service predicts a "significant multi-day severe event" in the South plains on Sunday, moving into the Mississippi Valley on Monday.

The extreme warnings stem from an interaction between an East-moving low-pressure system over the Rockies mixing with wetness from the Gulf of Mexico. That will cause the creation of supercell thunderstorms, Slate's Eric Holthaus explains, all kept in place in the South-Southwest by a high-pressure system in Canada. That makes the area ripe for a "big severe threat" this weekend, according to The Weather Channel, an extra level on top of today's "severe threat."

Holthaus notes that the best historical comparisons to a weather pattern like this point to some of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. That includes the April 26, 1991, stretch of tornadoes from Texas to Iowa that caused a billion dollars in damage and included a rare F5-strength tornado. For those in need of a refresher, here are FEMA's guidelines for how to prepare for tornadoes.

This article was originally published at http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/04/forecasters-are-already-predicting-a-massive-tornado-outbreak-this-weekend/361156/

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 29, 2014, 05:03:19 pm
Storms tear through South, adding to U.S. death toll

LOUISVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A dangerous storm system that spawned a chain of deadly tornadoes over three days flattened homes and businesses, forced frightened residents in more than half a dozen states to take cover and left tens of thousands in the dark Tuesday.

As the storm hopscotched across a large swath of the U.S., the overall death toll was more than 30, killed Monday and Sunday in a band stretching from Oklahoma to Alabama. Forecasts showed the storm continuing to threaten residents in the Deep South Tuesday afternoon and evening, with another round of howling winds, pounding rain, flash flooding and tornado conditions possible.

Some awoke Tuesday to find their loved ones missing and their homes pulverized. In Louisville, a hardscrabble logging town hit by one of the storm's twisters, firefighters picked through the remains of mobile homes, and twenty of them linked hands to wade through debris. Rescue workers stepped gingerly over downed power lines and trees that were snapped in half and stripped of branches.

With water and roof damage, the small local hospital's emergency room was evacuated Monday.

"We thought we were going to be OK, then a guy came in and said, 'It's here right now,'" said Dr. Michael Henry, head of the ER. "Then boom ... it blew through."

Just east of the hospital, a woman died at the daycare center she'd run for seven years, according to the county coroner. One seriously injured child was evacuated from the center, said state Rep. Michael Evans, D-Louisville, who is acting as a liaison for the county. The child's condition was not known Tuesday. Evans said authorities don't think any other children were in the center during the storm.

"No other parents have shown up to say, 'My child was at the daycare.' That's why we think the day care is fine," Evans said.

In Tupelo, crews turned from search-and-rescue efforts to cleanup in parts of the northeastern Mississippi community Tuesday. The buzzing sound of chain saws cut through the otherwise still, hazy morning. Massive oak trees, knocked over like children's toys, blocked some roads.

Neighbors helped one other cut away limbs. Residents, taken aback by the damage, said they prayed that more storms wouldn't hit the city later Tuesday.

Pam Montgomery, 54, walked with her gray Scottish terrier, Ava, in the parking lot of St. Luke's United Methodist church in her neighborhood. "This does not even look like a place that I'm familiar with right now," Montgomery said. "You look down some of the streets and it doesn't even look like there is a street."

Abby Tucker, 27, described the feeling as surreal.

"You see this in movies," she said. "You don't see it in your own backyard."

In Kimberly, Ala., about 20 miles north of Birmingham, a suspected tornado hit at a crossroads before midnight Monday, tearing the A-shaped roof off the town's Church of God. On Tuesday morning, the roof sat in a solid piece beside the red brick church.

Across the street, the cinderblock walls from an old fishing supply store were scattered around the gravel parking lot. The building's metal frame remained. Down the road, the fire department was flattened.

Tim Armstrong picked up pieces of splintered trees in his backyard. Armstrong, his wife and their two young daughters were home when the storm struck. He said they were listening to weather reports on television and heard an all-clear for their area.

"Three minutes later my mother-in-law calls, says there's a tornado in Morris," a nearby town, Armstrong said. "The power went out, and we went running to the middle of the house."

They heard the wind roaring and glass shattering as a tree flew through their front door. "Once I heard that, I knew something was pretty wrong. It was fast. It was so fast."

The whole thing was over a minute later, he said.

In northern Alabama, the coroner's office confirmed two deaths in a twister that caused extensive damage west of the city of Athens, Limestone County Emergency Director Rita White. In Tuscaloosa, officials said a University of Alabama student died when he took shelter in the basement of a home near campus and a retaining wall collapsed on him.

The threat of dangerous weather jangled nerves a day after the third anniversary of a historic outbreak of more than 60 tornadoes that killed more than 250 people across Alabama on April 27, 2011.

Separately, Limestone Commissioner Bill Latimer said he received reports of four deaths in the county from one of his workers. Neither the governor's office nor state emergency officials could immediately confirm those deaths.

In southern Tennessee, two people were killed in a home when a suspected tornado hit Monday night, Lincoln County Emergency Management Director Mike Hall said. The winds destroyed several other homes as well as a middle school in the county that borders Alabama, Hall said.

The storm system is the latest onslaught of severe weather a day after a half-mile-wide tornado carved an 80-mile path of destruction through the suburbs of Little Rock, Ark., killing at least 15. Tornadoes or severe storms also killed one person each in Oklahoma and Iowa on Sunday.

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Post by: Mark on April 30, 2014, 09:52:26 am
24-hour rainfall totals in parts of Florida top 18 inches in Milton and 17 inches in Pensacola as of this morning - @FLClimateCenter

'Life-Threatening' Flooding Submerges Pensacola, Florida

The worst flooding in Florida in a generation — more than 2 feet of water in 26 hours, by one rain gauge — left drivers stranded overnight and into Wednesday, the latest pummeling from the monster storm system lumbering across the country.

Tornado warnings were posted in the morning in Florida, Alabama and North Carolina. The risk for tornadoes later in the day was highest from South Carolina to Washington, D.C., forecasters said.

hey said that Wednesday would probably be the last day of the severe-weather threat from the storm system, which has killed 35 people in seven states in a relentless eastward push of wind and water.

On Tuesday, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle got the worst of it. At least one person was killed, a man in Florida whose car got stuck in rising water. He called for help, but the water was moving too quickly, authorities said.

Five inches of rain fell on Pensacola, Fla., in a single hour, from 9 to 10 p.m. Tuesday — more than during the entirety of Hurricane Ivan, which rolled through in 2004, said Kevin Roth, lead meteorologist for The Weather Channel.

REST: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/deadly-tornado-outbreak/life-threatening-flooding-submerges-pensacola-florida-n93201

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 30, 2014, 11:06:01 am
Up until this week, it seemed like this country was experiencing a lot of quiet weather(which surprised everyone considering how tornado seasons have gotten progressively worse in recent years).

But then, the Illuminati minions control the weather with their HAARP et al(as this was warned last week).

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Post by: Mark on May 01, 2014, 05:32:51 am
Storms over the Florida Panhandle last night generated 9,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 01, 2014, 02:00:57 pm
Storms over the Florida Panhandle last night generated 9,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes


9000 in 15 minutes? :o

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 11, 2014, 08:06:36 am

Tornado damages or destroys hundreds of homes in Missouri town

By Kevin Murphy
8 hours ago
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) - A tornado destroyed or damaged 200 to 300 homes in a small town east of Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday but caused no injuries, officials reported.

The tornado touched down in Orrick, Missouri, at 5:45 p.m., damaging a school and a Baptist church, said Collin Stosberg, public information officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Television news footage showed homes with roof and interior damage and others with only their shell standing. The twister flattened other buildings, felled large trees and flipped over cars and campers.

Stosberg said police who saw threatening skies and a tornado taking shape were able to sound sirens 10-to-15 minutes before the twister hit.

"It gave people time to seek shelter," Stosberg said, adding that the advance warnings likely prevented injuries.

Orrick, a town of about 820 people, lies some 30 miles northeast of downtown Kansas City.

Less than two hours later, another apparent tornado touched down about 60 miles to the east near Marshall, Missouri,

Fire Chief Tony Day said.

Two barns were flattened and trees and power lines were toppled in rural areas near the towns of Slater and Arrow Rock, but no injuries were reported.

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Post by: Kilika on May 13, 2014, 03:45:59 am
9000 in 15 minutes? :o

Oh, you should go to Florida and check out those lightning storms they get. Being from there, I've seen them a lot, and they can be amazing, especially the "summer lightning", which is usually at night, like static buildup in the sky, it will spider web across the sky really bright. I actually have been woken in the past from it, it can be so bright, though mostly there's no noticeable thunder.

Like this...


Title: Denver hammered by tornadoes, hail
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 21, 2014, 09:58:04 pm
Denver hammered by tornadoes, hail
Super cell thunderstorm spawned at least four tornadoes that touched down in Denver, as well as a large amount of hail.

DENVER, May 21 (UPI) --A super cell thunderstorm dropped large amounts of hail and produced several tornadoes that swept through the Denver area Wednesday, weather officials said.

The National Weather Service reported four tornado touchdowns in Watkins, East Denver and Aurora, Colo.

"This thing is spinning up multiple tornadoes," witness Jeff Piotrowski told CNN. "There were tornadoes on the outer ring of the circulation, ... and then there's the main tornado vortex closer to the storm."

The storm system also dropped significant amounts of hail all over the Denver metro area, causing streets and yards to look like they'd been pummeled with a winter storm.

The tornado warnings prompted the closure of Denver International Airport for about an hour and a half. At least 38 flights were diverted and the airport expected delays throughout the rest of the day.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 22, 2014, 04:22:41 pm
More storms, tornadoes possible in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — More spring thunderstorms are expected Thursday along the Front Range and eastern Colorado, a day after six tornadoes touched down east of Denver.

No significant damage was reported from the twisters, and the latest round of storms isn't expected to be as extreme or as widespread as that seen Wednesday.

Three of the tornadoes touched down in and around Aurora, while the others hit north and east of Denver, including one about 13 miles from Denver International Airport.

There weren't any tornadoes in Lafayette, north of Boulder, but some residents probably got a scare when tornado sirens mistakenly sounded around 3 a.m. Thursday. Engineers are investigating whether a software error was to blame.

Hail covered roads and grass in some parts of the Denver and Colorado Springs areas, with snow plows called out to clear runways and the access road to the airport. Golf ball-sized hail piled up 4 inches near Strasburg on the plains 40 miles east of Denver, the National Weather Service said.

The storms temporarily grounded flights at the airport and forced 40 flights to be diverted Wednesday. Frontier Airlines canceled some flights after six of its planes were damaged by hail. It is waiving change fees for passengers who need to rebook their flights through Thursday.

A microburst is blamed for ripping a section of metal sheeting off the roof of Castle Rock's town pool.

Lower-level winds aren't forecast to be as strong Thursday, which means any tornadoes that form will likely be more short-lived, National Weather Service meteorologist Kari Bowen said.

The chance for afternoon thunderstorms to develop will continue through Memorial Day weekend. Besides the risk of tornadoes, heavy rain could also cause flooding if the cells hit some of the areas burned by recent wildfires.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 03, 2014, 07:39:58 pm
Baseball-Size Hail Hits Nebraska as Tornado Threat Looms

Baseball-size hail came down in Nebraska Tuesday as a dense pattern of severe weather moved across several states in the Midwest.

Emergency sirens went off mid-afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska, after the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning in the eastern and central parts of the state as well as in southwest Iowa. The advisory warned the weather system could bring heavy rain, winds of up to 80 mph and tennis ball-sized hail. Weather spotters in the area confirmed a tornado on the ground in central Nebraska, NWS said.

During a span of eight minutes around 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET), the NWS recorded 1.08 inches of rain at the Omaha airport, which closed due to risk of flash flooding on the airfield.

Destruction across the state included uprooted trees, damage to the exterior of homes, shattered car windshields and dented hoods.

The National Weather Service has also issued a tornado watch warning that includes 11 counties In south central Iowa. The watch will remain in place until 1 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET).

A derecho — a 200-mile long straight line of damaging wind — is most likely to occur Tuesday night and into Wednesday over parts of eastern Nebraska, eastern Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and perhaps as far east as Illinois and Indiana, according to The Weather Channel.

The National Weather Service said considerable damage to mobile homes, roofs, windows, trees and vehicles was expected, as were power outages.

    Main Street Greeley Nebraska while the sirens were going off. @JimCantore @weatherchannel pic.twitter.com/mQwuOv9Fqw
    — Ben Callahan (@Benny_nthejetss) June 3, 2014

While Nebraska appeared to bear the brunt of Tuesday's severe weather, parts of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois were alerted about damaging winds that could continue into Wednesday.

The severe weather threat arrives amid an unusually quiet late spring, with fewer documented tornadoes in May than in previous years.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 04, 2014, 11:48:20 am
Hail, tornadoes reported as storms cross Midwest
Baseball-sized hail pummels Nebraska, Iowa, as storms roll across Midwest; tornadoes reported


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Baseball-sized hail pummeled homes and cars in Nebraska and Iowa on Tuesday as powerful thunderstorms moved through a swath of Midwest states, also causing severe flooding and prompting reports of tornadoes.

The National Weather Service said reports of extensive hail damage and flooding trickled in as storms pushed into Nebraska and moved into neighboring Iowa, where winds of up to 85 mph were recorded. Up to 4 inches of rain was expected in parts those states, which were the hardest hit. The storm also tracked across parts of Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota and Illinois.

"This is one of these days we can't let our guard down," said Bill Bunting, forecast operations chief at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

Bunting said several trained spotters reported tornadoes in central and southwest Iowa, and at least one report came in from southwest Kansas. Reports will not be confirmed until damage can be assessed Wednesday morning.

Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, Nebraska, said the system has involved a "training" of thunderstorms, which involves a series of thunderstorms following one after another. The system will move to the southeast early Wednesday, toward parts of Missouri and Illinois, she said.

"It looks like the threat has pushed further south into northern Missouri, the strongest of the storms," she said.

Heavy rain and flooding were reported in the Omaha area of Nebraska, where dozens of residents were evacuated from low-lying homes on the northeast side of the city. The Eppley Airfield airport closed for several hours.

"It's just completely flooded these areas, and these homes are now filling up with water in their basement areas, so we're pulling people out," said Omaha police spokesman James Shade, noting a 95-year-old woman in a wheelchair was rescued.

Police also used boats to assist dozens of drivers stranded in floodwaters around the city. Shade said many cars remain stuck on those flooded streets.

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad issued Tuesday night a proclamation of disaster emergency for Pottawattamie County in the western part of the state, which will allow officials to use state resources to respond to the effects of the storms.

In the northeast Nebraska cities of Norfolk and Blair, residents reported shattered windows in homes and vehicles after baseball-sized hail passed through. The weather service received reports of two motels with roofs torn in western Iowa's Missouri Valley.

On Interstate 29 north of Council Bluffs in western Iowa, more than 25 vehicles had their windows shattered by hail, said Terry Landsvork, an observation program leader for the National Weather Service in Valley, Nebraska.

"They were driving along Interstate 29, had no place to go, and whether they were driving or pulled over, they just didn't escape the hail," he said.

The storms impacted primary elections in Iowa and South Dakota. Officials in Pottawattamie and Montgomery counties in Iowa, where polls closed at 9 p.m. CDT, reported closing some precincts temporarily due to poor weather.

"It's nasty here. You can't imagine," said Pottawattamie County Auditor Mary Jo Drake. "It's as black as the ace of spades."

In South Dakota, where polls closed at 8 p.m. CDT, a morning thunderstorm forced Senate candidate Mike Rounds, who was flying to Rapid City, to land in Pierre.

The severe weather threat arrives amid an unusually quiet late spring, with far fewer documented tornados in May than in many recent years. Bunting said the main concern Tuesday night was widespread straight-line winds.

"As we like to say, it doesn't have to rotate to be dangerous," he said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 04, 2014, 03:32:29 pm
Tornado Threats, Destructive Winds: Severe Storms Threaten Millions

More than 35 million Americans could face destructive winds Wednesday as a dense pattern of severe storms pelted Nebraska with baseball-sized hail before spreading across the Midwest.

Tornadoes are possible across a broad swath of the Midwest and parts of the Mississippi River Valley, the Weather Channel’s lead forecaster Kevin Roth said.

One tornado was confirmed by spotters on the ground in Ord, Nebraska late Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service said. The Weather Channel said it had reports of 11 other unconfirmed tornadoes – 7 more in Nebraska, two in Kansas, one in Iowa and one in western Wyoming.

A gustnado — a low-level, rolling cloud accompanying a thunderstorm — also was recorded in Seward, Nebraska late Tuesday.

Across that state, storms uprooted trees, pummeled homes, blew off roofs, shattered windshields and dented car hoods. Ninety percent of the state was affected by severe weather, Roth said.

Over the span of eight minutes starting at around 5 p.m. local time (6 p.m. ET), the NWS recorded 1.08 inches of rain at the Omaha airport, which closed due to risk of flash flooding on the airfield. The airport reopened hours later.

Across the Plains and the Midwest, the line of wind damage stretched for hundreds of miles – although the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center had yet to declare that a derecho had occurred. “Certainly it meets the criteria for a derecho,” said Roth.

The huge weather system responsible for this week’s storms was spreading south and east Wednesday, bringing gusts of up to 70 mph for many across the Midwest, the Ohio Valley and as far as Tennessee and western Kentucky.

MSNBC meteorologist Bill Karins said that the threat of wind and hail damage on Wednesday will likely only be half as bad as Tuesday, but could be over a much more populated area — with about 20 million people being threatened in those areas.

The Deep South and Southeast could also see heat-related severe thunderstorms later Wednesday, Roth said.

However, the milder thunderstorms that drenched Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York on Tuesday evening were expected to have dried out by Wednesday.

This week's severe weather arrives amid an unusually quiet late spring, with fewer documented tornadoes in May than in previous years.
— Alastair Jamieson and Becky Bratu
First published June 4th 2014, 3:28 am

Title: Colorado Lashed by Hail, Reported Tornadoes, 111MPH Winds
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 05, 2014, 08:38:12 am
Colorado Lashed by Hail, Reported Tornadoes, 111MPH Winds

Colorado was recovering Thursday from a powerful overnight storm that brought at least two reported tornadoes and pounded some areas with heavy rain and hail up to two inches in diameter.

Wind gusts of up to 111 mph were reported, bringing down trees and power lines near the town of Hugo in eastern Colorado, police said.

The wild weather was part of a dense pattern of severe thunderstorms that has seen destructive winds and tornado alerts right across the Plains, Midwest and Ohio Valley this week.

Scattered severe thunderstorms were forecast Thursday across a huge area stretching from the Colorado all the way to the Carolinas, the Weather Channel said.

The biggest threat of further damage was in a line from south-central Kansas through the Ozarks into parts of the Mid-South – including Wichita, Kansas; Joplin, Missouri; and Memphis, Tennessee.

In Hugo, Colorado there were minor injuries when a semi was blown over on a highway east of the town, according to Cpt. Clint Tweden of the Lincoln County Sheriff's department. Two people were taken to a local hospital but were treated and released, he said.

In the same area, a family barn collapsed, trapping two cars.

“We had people out with chainsaws helping to clear roadways,” Joy L. Hemby, chief marshal at the Hugo Marshal Office told Denver’s 9News.

Tornado sirens sounded as the severe weather moved into the area late Wednesday, moving east across Denver towards western Kansas.

One tornado was spotted near Hugo at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday local time (12.30 a.m. Thursday ET) and another was seen near Arriba 20 minutes later, 9News reported.

However, Hemby said neither of the tornado sightings had been confirmed.

Some areas, including Limon, Colorado were hammered by hailstones.

The Lincoln County Sheriff's Office lost power but said there were no reports of extensive damage, 9News reported.

Alastair Jamieson, Tricia Culligan and Jacquellena Carrero
First published June 5th 2014, 2:04 am

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 17, 2014, 11:53:20 am
Tornadoes flatten tiny rural Nebraska town; 2 dead

PILGER, Neb. (AP) — A storm packing rare dual tornadoes tore through a tiny farming town in northeast Nebraska, killing two people, crumpling grain bins like discarded soda cans and flattening dozens of homes.

Pilger's 350 residents evacuated their homes after the powerful twisters slammed the area Monday afternoon. Nebraska State Patrol closed all roads into town.

"More than half of the town is gone — absolutely gone," Stanton County Commissioner Jerry Weatherholt said. "The co-op is gone, the grain bins are gone, and it looks like almost every house in town has some damage. It's a complete mess."

Larry Nelson, 73, has lived in Pilger, about 80 miles northwest of Omaha, for 23 years. He rode out the storm in his neighbor's basement, emerging later to find his home completely gone.

"I'm grateful I was over there," Nelson said.

Another resident, Trey Wisniewski, said first his weather radio alerted him, then the power went out and the tornado sirens started to sound. The sky went black and he and his wife took their pets into the basement.

"My wife was holding our animals and I was holding on to my wife. We could feel the suction try to pull is out of there," said Wisniewski, 43. "It wasn't raining. It was raining debris."

Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger estimated that 50 to 75 percent of Pilger was heavily damaged or destroyed and the school was likely beyond repair.

The storm was part of a larger system that tracked across the nation's midsection Monday. More storms are forecast for Tuesday, stretching from eastern Montana to New York, but the system likely won't be as powerful as on Monday, said Steve Corfidi, lead forecaster at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

The greatest risk for tornadoes will be in the Dakotas, eastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming. Hail is expected west of the Mississippi River, while damaging winds could down some trees in upstate New York, Corfidi said.

Stanton County Sheriff's deputy Josh Bennett said a 5-year-old girl was killed in Pilger on Monday. Bennett did not identify the child further or provide details about her death.

Unger said Tuesday that a motorist also died in a single-vehicle accident just east of Pilger as the storm pounded the area. State patrol confirmed that a male driver died in Cuming County.

At least 19 people were taken to hospitals.

The National Weather Service said the two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other. Crews planned to examine the area Tuesday to determine the intensity of the unusual twin tornadoes, said Barbara Mayes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley.

"It's less common for two tornadoes to track together for so long, especially with that same intensity," she said. "By no means is it unprecedented. But we don't see it often."

Residents were poised to return Tuesday morning to survey the damage and gather valuables. Sheriffs said law enforcement would escort residents to their properties.

Jodi Richey, a spokeswoman for Faith Regional Health Services in nearby Norfolk, said 16 people were treated there. Some were in critical condition but others were treated and released.

Providence Medical Center in Wayne treated three tornado victims, including two who had lacerations, said hospital spokeswoman Sandy Bartling. Two were released Monday evening, and the third was in stable condition.

Authorities said the first tornado touched down around 3:45 p.m. and downed several power lines before it leveled a farmhouse. The second tornado was spotted southwest of Pilger, according to the Stanton County Sheriff's Office. Shortly afterward, the town suffered a "direct hit" that leveled several buildings, including the Fire Department building.

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman declared a state of emergency, and the National Guard was preparing to assist local emergency responders and help with the cleanup. Heineman and officials with the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency were expected to arrive Tuesday morning. A shelter for displaced residents was established at Wisner-Pilger Jr.-Sr. High School in nearby Wisner.

Tornadoes also caused damage in Cuming and Wayne counties, the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency said in a news release. Meteorologists also tracked a reported tornado near the town of Burwell, in central Nebraska.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 18, 2014, 10:43:46 am
Tornado Hovers for Hour as Nebraska is Again Hit by Twisters
By Gil Aegerter and Cassandra Vinograd

Slow-moving tornadoes loomed over the plains of northeastern Nebraska overnight, touching down just 40 miles from where nearly simultaneous twisters leveled the town of Pilger a day earlier.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 9:19 p.m. local time (10:19 p.m. ET) on Tuesday for the areas around Coleridge and Laurel, which it said were threatened by separate tornadoes that were moving southeast.

For nearly an hour on Tuesday, meteorologists said it appeared that the tornado hovered in place. At 9:38 p.m. (10:38 p.m. ET), the weather service tweeted that the twister was still north of Laurel, moving very slowly southeast as darkness fell on the region.

The area is about 40 miles north of Pilger, Nebraska, which was smacked Monday night by twin tornadoes that killed two people.

There were no immediate reports of injuries linked to Tuesday night's severe weather.

Forecasters warned that the area could take yet another beating later on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings to last into the early morning for parts of Iowa, southern Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and northeast Nebraska.

On Wednesday, a cold front pushing out into the Northern Plains could threaten to bring flash floods and severe weather to the region, it said.

The Weather Channel’s lead forecaster Kevin Roth said that "a fairly large area" is under the risk of severe weather for Wednesday - from the Dakotas and Nebraska eastward to Philadelphia.

"The primary threat is wind and hail but there is a decent tornado threat today in North and South Dakota and northeast Nebraska - again," he said.

For northeast Nebraska to get hit "day after day" by tornadoes is "kind of unusual," Roth said.

"The good news for them is if they get through tonight and the first half of tomorrow, it looks like the front will want to push east. Friday looks better."

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 24, 2014, 08:02:29 pm
Storm Damages Homes in Indianapolis, Outskirts
INDIANAPOLIS — Jun 24, 2014, 3:19 PM ET

A tornado-producing storm that hit central Indiana on Tuesday damaged several homes in Indianapolis and its outskirts, downed power lines and uprooted trees, authorities said.

It was one of several thunderstorms that sprang up in southwestern Indiana near Terre Haute and moved northeast toward Indianapolis, becoming more severe along the way. No injuries were reported. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Ryan said the tornado struck in the afternoon in Hendricks County just southwest of Indianapolis and caused extensive damage to at least three homes.

The storm hit as 20 people were receiving chimney sweeping training in Plainfield, about 15 miles southwest of Indianapolis. Tom Spalding, a spokesman for the Chimney Safety Institute of America, said weather alerts were sent to the trainees' cellphones and what looked like a funnel cloud appeared in the distance.

"I didn't realize what I was looking at, frankly," said Spalding, who used his phone to snap a photo of the dark cloud. "I saw a big, grayish, ugly blob — very violent-looking, very dark — move across the sky."

The strong winds and heavy rain headed into Indianapolis, damaging houses on the city's west side and uprooting several trees, including some that fell on cars.

Wayne Township Fire Capt. Mike Pruitt said three to four homes received roof damage and several others had siding taken off or windows knocked out.

"We were fortunate that a lot of people had gone to work and the people that were home had received extensive warnings," Pruitt said, referring to the lack of injuries.

The city of Indianapolis opened an operations center to organize its response to the storm, Homeland Security Director Gary Coons said.

"Something hit here. Whether it was straight-line winds or a tornado, something with a lot of wind hit here," Coons told WRTV. "We're just trying to assess and see how much damage there is."

Indianapolis Power and Light Co. reported more than 1,700 customers without service after the storm struck in a second straight day of storm-related outages in the city. Duke Energy reported nearly 800 customers without power in Greenwood, a southern suburb.

Heavy rain accompanying the storms prompted the weather service to issue flash flood warnings for much of central Indiana.

In Cloverdale, about 40 miles southwest of Indianapolis, 2 to 4 inches of water flowed across state Route 42, the weather service said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 27, 2014, 03:12:23 pm
Jeremiah 30:23  Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
Jer 30:24  The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.

Severe storms, tornadoes to ramp up in central US Friday

The first week of summer will end on a stormy note in the Plains with the threat for severe weather reaching all the way from Texas to southern Canada.


The first week of summer will end on a stormy note in the Plains with the threat for severe weather reaching all the way from Texas to southern Canada.

As thunderstorms ramp up Friday afternoon, they will begin to produce damaging winds and large hail with the most vigorous storms spinning up tornadoes.

The added threat of tornadoes will result in storms late in the day Friday into Friday evening being more dangerous than those that developed over the region on Wednesday and Thursday.

Due to the timing of these storms, anyone in the Plains during the evening should prepare for the storms and know where to seek shelter if one strikes.

Storms can have major impacts on those traveling across the region not only during the afternoon and evening, but also into Friday night.

This includes any evening commutes along I-94, I-90, I-29, I-80 and I-70.

Wind gusts produced by these storms may be strong enough to topple over high profile vehicles, such as tractor trailers.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 01, 2014, 04:45:18 pm
First Hurricane of the Season Could Spoil July Fourth for East Coast

The first tropical storm of the season has formed just in time to wreck the Fourth of July. A tropical depression swirling Tuesday over Miami and the Bahamas was upgraded to a tropical storm and given the name Arthur. It’s projected to strengthen — and some forecast models have it sweeping straight up the Atlantic coast as the holiday approaches.

Some models even have it reaching hurricane force. A tropical storm watch is already in place for part of the Atlantic coast of Florida and could be extended Tuesday. It’s too early to tell where the storm will be for the holiday Friday, but fireworks plans could be shelved from Cape Cod to the mid-Atlantic coast.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 07, 2014, 01:06:07 pm
Super Typhoon Neoguri Aims at Japan; U.S. Air Base Wary of Winds

Japan was bracing for destructive winds and huge waves as a powerful super typhoon described as a "once in decades storm" churned Monday toward the southern islands of Okinawa after sparing the Philippines. Typhoon Neoguri was already gusting at more than 150 mph and may pick up still more power as it moves north, growing into an "extremely intense" storm by Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. It was expected to rake the southern Okinawa island chain with heavy rain and powerful winds before making landfall on Kyushu, Japan's westernmost main island.

The storm was not expected to be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines last year. The JMA said Monday night that it planned to issue an emergency high sea warning for Okinawa island, host to three-quarters of U.S. military facilities in Japan. The commander at Kadena Air Base, one of the largest U.S. military establishments on Okinawa, earlier warned that damaging winds were expected by early Tuesday. "I can't stress enough how dangerous this typhoon may be when it hits Okinawa," Brigadier General James Hecker wrote on the base's Facebook page on Sunday. "This is not just another typhoon."

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Mark on July 10, 2014, 11:13:01 am
Polar vortex arrives for mid-July

Many of the cold weather outbreaks this past winter were attributed to something called a Polar Vortex. This is where a flow pattern establishes in the upper atmosphere that draws cold arctic air down across the Canadian Prairies and down into the American mid-west and the Great Lakes region. The summer-time version of the Polar Vortex is about to arrive next week, bringing unusually cold air to the Great Lakes and much of central North America.

Climatologically the middle part of July is usually the warmest time of year in Northern Ontario. Temperatures typically climb into the mid 20s during the warmest time of the day, while overnight lows remain above +10°C.

So this Polar Vortex couldn’t arrive at a worse time. Instead of warm summer-like conditions it will feel more like fall. Temperatures are likely to be 5-10°C below normal. This will keep daytime highs buried in the teens with overnight lows in the single digits. This cold air is expected to move as far south as Texas where record low temperatures could be broken.

When you average the temperatures we have seen for the first 9 days of July we are already 3°C below normal. Adding on this upcoming cold outbreak will likely cause the entire month to end up below average. This would mean that six of the first seven months of 2014 have brought below normal temperatures in Northern Ontario - with only June being near normal.

When you compare the climatological factors at play, it is interesting to note that we can compare 2014 to previous years. 2002 and 2009 had many factors similar to this current year and if that trend continues it could mean good news for August. In those years the hottest weather waited until that last month of summer to arrive – let’s hope that’s the case again this year.

So enjoy the warmer temperatures expected later this week because it appears we are in for an unseasonably cold run for next week.


Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 10, 2014, 01:16:53 pm
When you average the temperatures we have seen for the first 9 days of July we are already 3°C below normal. Adding on this upcoming cold outbreak will likely cause the entire month to end up below average. This would mean that six of the first seven months of 2014 have brought below normal temperatures in Northern Ontario - with only June being near normal.

It's very hot in North Texas now, but nonetheless June was NOT a hot month here! Honestly, it was rather a relief on our part.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 12, 2014, 08:25:01 pm
Lightning Kills Man in Rockies, Second Death in Two Days

Lightning fatally struck in Rocky Mountain National Park Saturday for the second time in as many days, killing one person and injuring three others near where another woman died in a lightning strike Friday, a park official said.

Four people were struck by lightning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Rainbow Curve area along Trail Ridge Road about 11,000 feet up, and one man died on the way to a nearby medical center, Rocky Mountain National Park said in a statement. On Friday, Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, from Yellow Springs, Ohio, was killed and seven others were hurt when lightning struck on the Ute Crossing Trail at roughly 11,400 feet up, the park said.

People walk near the Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colo., in 2003. Lightning struck near Trail Ridge Road Saturday, killing one and injuring three, in the second deadly strike in that area in two days. A lightning strike Friday killed a woman and hurt seven others.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 28, 2014, 06:45:29 pm
Rare tornado touches down outside Boston, no deaths reported

BOSTON (Reuters) - Police and emergency crews in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, outside Boston scrambled to clean up after a rare tornado touched down on Monday, downing power lines, damaging homes and overturning at least one car.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down during a storm that brought heavy rains, lightning and flooding to Boston and many of its northern suburbs. State emergency management officials said they were not aware of injuries or fatalities from the storm.

"We are in the process of evaluating the aftermath of the severe storm that passed through Revere this morning," Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo said on his official Twitter page.

Revere police reported extensive damage to homes and trees after the violent weather. Boston and cities to its northeast reported extensive street flooding from the storm, which dropped rain at the rate of 1.5 to 2 inches (3.8 to 5 cm) per hour, the National Weather Service said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 15, 2014, 02:28:16 pm
Communities across US recover after floods

NORTH BABYLON, N.Y. (AP) — Communities across the U.S. are drying out after unusually heavy rains swamped highways, flooded basements and were blamed for at least four deaths.

Long Island residents were urged to remain off the road Wednesday as a round-the-clock recovery continued after a record 13.26 inches of rain fell between midnight and 9:30 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a disaster declaration for the Detroit area after rain sent mud cascading down embankments, closing stretches of freeways all of Tuesday and part of Wednesday.

Officials at a Nebraska hospital said Wednesday its public cafeteria could stay shuttered for months after it was inundated by floodwater over the weekend.

The latest iteration of wild weather hit the northeast Tuesday night and lingered through Wednesday. A slow-moving system, powered by tropical moisture and clouds soaring far higher than in usual summer storms, lashed communities from Maryland to New England.

The hardest hit areas, Long Island's Suffolk County and the towns of Islip and Brookhaven there, declared states of emergency after what County Executive Steve Bellone called an "unprecedented" deluge.

"It's not just how much rain fell, it's how fast it fell," Accuweather senior meteorologist Jack Boston said, calling the storm a once every 50 years event. "We're talking about billions and billions of gallons of water and it all has to go somewhere."

Parts of the heavily traveled Montauk Highway on Long Island's South Shore were undermined and buckled. Service on a branch of the Long Island Rail Road was suspended as crews repaired track beds washed out by the storm.

The storm formed Tuesday south of Baltimore, according to Accuweather's Boston, and hit that city with its highest rainfall total in 81 years. Roads were flooded, forcing several water rescues, and a sinkhole formed on an Anne Arundel County street.

From there it swept across New Jersey — following a track similar to a typical winter storm — and dumped nearly 9 inches of rain in Millville, where a woman suffered broken ribs and a punctured lung when the walls of her basement collapsed due to flooding.

Rain fell at a rate of up to 2 inches per hour in Rhode Island, stalling cars and sweeping manhole covers away.

Volunteer firefighters on Long Island used trucks that stand high off the ground and that normally are used for brush fires to rescue stranded drivers.

Officials said a man died when a tractor-trailer hit his slow-moving SUV at the height of the storm on the Long Island Expressway.

On the Southern State Parkway in North Babylon, firefighters encountered about 50 vehicles either stuck in the rising waters or pulled off to an elevated apron on the side of the highway.

"We had occupants climbing out of windows because they couldn't open their doors," said Lt. Timothy Harrington, the first firefighter on the scene. "Some of the water was over the vehicles' roofs. I've never seen anything like this before."

The storm's effects still were being felt Thursday morning in Maine. More than 7,000 customers were without power around daybreak.

In Portland, where the National Weather Service said more than 6 inches of rain fell, police urged motorists to stay off the streets because drivers were getting stuck in high water. And in the City of South Portland, police handled more than 60 flooding-related calls and had to rescue several people from stranded vehicles.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 22, 2014, 02:30:36 am
California’s Record Heat Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen... Yet

If hot thermometers actually exploded like they do in cartoons, there would be a lot of mercury to clean up in California right now.

The California heat this year is like nothing ever seen, with records that go back to 1895. The chart below shows average year-to-date temperatures in the state from January through July for each year. The orange line shows the trend rising 0.2 degrees Fahrenheit per decade.


The sharp spike on the far right of the chart is the unbearable heat of 2014. That’s not just a new record; it’s a chart-busting 1.4 degrees higher than the previous record. It’s an exclamation point at the end of a long declarative sentence.

The high temperatures have contributed to one of the worst droughts in California's history. The water reserves in the state’s topsoil and subsoil are nearly depleted, and 70 percent of the state’s pastures are rated “very poor to poor,” according to the USDA. By one measure, which takes into account both rainfall and heat, this is the worst drought ever. (See the chart below.)

While the temperatures are extreme, they’re not entirely unexpected. The orange trend line above is consistent with rising temperatures across the globe. Average surface temperatures on Earth have warmed roughly 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880, according to NASA. The eastern half of the U.S. has had an unusually cool 2014, but it's a lone exception compared to the rest of the planet.

The International Panel on Climate Change, which includes more than 1,300 scientists, forecasts temperatures to rise 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century. That puts California's record heat well within the range of what’s to come, turning this “hot weather” into, simply, “weather.”


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 25, 2014, 10:10:02 am
Hurricane Marie grows stronger in Mexican Pacific

Powerful Hurricane Marie was kicked high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise waves along Southern California later in the week.

MEXICO CITY — Powerful Hurricane Marie was kicked high swells along Mexico's northern Pacific coast on Monday, even as it weakened slightly to a Category 4 storm. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said it would likely raise waves along Southern California later in the week.

The Miami-based Hurricane Center in Miami said that Marie had sustained winds of up to 145 mph (230 kph) and was located about 465 miles (7505 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. It said the storm was moving west-northwest at 12 mph (19 kph).

Swells provoked by the storm were affecting much of Mexico's Pacific coast and the Hurricane Center warned of dangerous surf and rip current conditions. The state of Baja California Sur urged people to be on alert.

Hurricane-force winds extended up to 60 miles (95 kilometers) away from the storm's center, with tropical storm-force winds reaching out to 310 miles (500 kilometers).

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 26, 2014, 02:58:06 pm
Hurricane churns towards Bermuda, to impact US

Miami (AFP) - A strengthening Hurricane Cristobal had Bermuda in its sights Tuesday, US meteorologists said, warning of heavy rain, high winds and life-threatening rip currents in Florida and beyond.

The storm, which has dumped rain on the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands, killing one person, was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (120 kilometers) per hour, the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC) said in its latest forecast, at 1800 GMT.

A tropical storm watch was already in effect for Bermuda, forecasters said, meaning inclement conditions were possible in the next 24-36 hours.

"The center of Cristobal is expected to pass northwest of Bermuda on Wednesday," the NHC said.

It added: "Swells generated by Cristobal are affecting portions of the United States coast from central Florida northward to North Carolina and will spread northwards later this week."

Cristobal, a category one hurricane, is the third hurricane of the Atlantic storm season.

It comes hot on the heels of Hurricane Marie, which briefly reached the highest possible category five destructive power but was weakening in the Pacific off Mexico.

Now a category two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, Marie's crashing waves over the weekend caused a fishing vessel to capsize, with three of its occupants still missing and presumed dead.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 26, 2014, 07:33:03 pm
Winter Is Coming: 1,097 Record Low Temperatures Broken So Far In August

It’s been a cool summer so far for many across the U.S. as 1,097 record low temperatures were set in August, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) temperature data.

NOAA reports that 1,097 “low maximum” temperature records were broken between Aug. 1 and Aug. 23 at locations across the country this year. This means that these temperatures on the day they were recorded were the coolest on record.

After a particularly long and frigid winter, summer for much of the U.S. has been cooler than normal, according to NOAA data. The average temperature for July was just 73.3 degrees Fahrenheit — 0.3 degrees below the 20th century average. The average maximum temperature was 85.8 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0.9 degrees below average.

“Below-average temperatures stretched from the Midwest, through the Mississippi River Valley, and into parts of the Southeast, where 13 states had one of their 10 coolest July’s on record. Arkansas and Indiana each had their coolest July on record,” NOAA noted in its July climate release.

“There were more than twice as many record cool temperatures during July (5,508) than record warm temperatures (2,605), with most of the cool temperature records (3,333) being cool daytime temperatures and most of the warm temperature records (1,882) being warm nighttime temperatures,” NOAA added.

But the whole country did not experience such a cool summer. The West Coast saw above average temperatures and California is in the midst of drought. NOAA says that “the Intermountain West to the Pacific Coast. Six states had one of their 10 warmest July’s on record, but no state was record warm for the month.”

Even with the warm weather and dryness, wildfires have been lower as well this season. Only about 2.9 million acres have been burned this year, according to government data — well below the 5.8 million acre yearly average for the nine years.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center projects that parts of the South and Northeast will experience above normal temperatures this fall. The West Coast will also see a warmer fall while the Midwest and some Mountain states get hit with below normal temperatures.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 06, 2014, 07:21:32 pm
Storms cut power to more than 600,000 in Michigan, Illinois

Sept 6 (Reuters) - More than 600,000 electric customers in Michigan and Illinois lost power at the height of storms that brought heavy winds and lightning, ripping up trees, downing power lines and leaving at least two people dead, officials said on Saturday.

An Illinois woman died Saturday of injuries she sustained when she was struck by a falling tree and a Michigan man was electrocuted after touching a power line, local media said.

Molly Glynn, 46, died at NorthShore Evanston Hospital on Saturday, hospital spokeswoman Colette Urban said. She had been brought to the hospital in critical condition on Friday.

She was struck by a falling tree Friday afternoon while riding a bicycle on a forest preserve trail, Cook County Sheriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said.

Glynn was a long-time actress in Chicago, appearing at the Steppenwolf and other theaters, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Commonwealth Edison, an Exelon Corp unit, reported more than 174,000 customers lost power in Illinois in Friday's storms. About 62,000 were without power Saturday and ComEd said it hoped to restore power by Sunday night.

In southeastern Michigan, about 312,000 DTE Energy Co customers were without power Saturday afternoon after wind gusts of more than 75 miles per hour (120 km per hour) and lightning downed more than 2,000 power lines on Friday night, DTE Energy spokesman Scott Simons said.

About 375,000 customers lost power at the height of the outages on Friday, the 10th highest total DTE has recorded, Simons said.

DTE expects the vast majority of customers to be restored by late Monday, though some may not have power until Wednesday.

DTE crews are being assisted in the repairs by more than 600 line workers from utilities in Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, New York and Tennessee, Simons said.

DTE urged caution around downed power lines. The Detroit News reported that a Warren, Michigan, man was electrocuted after coming into contact with a downed line.

Consumers Energy reported that 77,000 of its customers across southern Michigan had lost power on Friday. That number had dropped to 46,000 by midday Saturday and it expected to restore power to most customers by Sunday night, it said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2014, 11:51:36 pm
Cars engulfed as rain sets record for Phoenix

PHOENIX (AP) — The remnants of Hurricane Norbert pushed into the desert Southwest and swamped Phoenix with record rainfall for a single day, turning freeways into small lakes and sending rescuers scrambling to get drivers out of inundated cars.

At least two people died in the flooding, including a woman who was swept away in her car by rushing water and became trapped against a bridge. In addition, a 76-year-old woman drowned in floodwaters.

By Monday evening, floodwaters were threatening up to 100 homes in suburban Mesa after retention basins and channels along the U.S. 60 freeway reached or exceeded capacity, allowing water to flow into some neighborhoods, city officials said.

Crews were working to disconnect power to submerged transformers, provide sandbags to threatened homes and pump water from affected areas. A temporary shelter was being set up at a recreation center for those choosing to voluntarily evacuate.

The flooding was caused by heavy thunderstorms and showers associated with Norbert after it was downgraded to a tropical depression.

Storms also hit Nevada, where 190 people from an Indian reservation were evacuated Monday and officials feared riverbanks could overflow after 4 inches of rain fell in a two-hour period in the small town of Moapa, northeast of Las Vegas.

Erin Neff of the Clark County Regional Flood Control District said authorities were keeping an eye on the Virgin River, which was at 9 feet and floods at 11 feet.

Tribal police warned that the waters of the Muddy River, which feeds the Virgin River, were close to breaching a dam on the Moapa River Reservation.

In Phoenix, sections of the two main east-west and north-south freeways through Phoenix — Interstates 10 and 17 — were closed during the morning commute, snarling traffic across the metro area.

Cars and SUVs sat in water up to their hoods on Interstate 10, while dozens of motorists parked on its wide, banked borders to stay clear of the water. A state Department of Public Safety officer used the roof of his SUV to carry three stranded motorists from a flooded area of I-10.

Joseph Friend was driving onto the freeway at 43rd Avenue about 4:15 a.m. when a passing big rig ruined his day.

"A big tidal wave just came up and totally took me out, came over the hood of my truck," Friend said.

With water filling his vehicle, he climbed out and walked up the freeway embankment to wait it out. His pickup truck was barely visible at the peak of the flooding.

Other drivers were stranded in the median. After the highway was shut down, a woman on top of her car in the median called for help, so Friend waded out and led her to safety.

"She was asking for help and nobody went out there, so I went out there and helped her out," Friend said. "I was already soaked anyway."

By late morning, the water on I-10 had receded, allowing trucks to take away several dozen vehicles that had been swamped and stranded.

The National Weather Service recorded 3.29 inches of rain at the Phoenix airport, by far the most precipitation ever received in one day in the city. The previous record was 2.91 inches in 1939.

Other Phoenix metro areas received staggering amounts of rain for the desert. Chandler recorded 5.63 inches, while Mesa had 4.41 inches.

Phoenix sometimes receives heavy rain and wind during the summer months, the result of monsoon storms in the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The past six years have produced a highly erratic pattern as the city has gone from huge rainfall one summer to scant precipitation the next, said meteorologist Charlotte Dewey.

For example, Phoenix received 5.7 inches of rain during the summer storm season in 2008, followed by less than an inch the next summer. The 2011 summer was marked by little rain and towering dust clouds that enveloped the city, while this season has produced record rain. Monday's single-day rainfall totals eclipsed the average total precipitation for the entire summer.

The freeways became submerged after pumping stations could not keep up with the downpour, the Department of Transportation said. Sections of Interstates 10 and 17 were closed most of the day.

In Tucson, nearly 2 inches of rain in a short period turned normally dry washes into raging torrents. A woman was found dead after her car was swept about two blocks by water 10 to 15 feet deep then wedged and submerged against a bridge, Tucson Fire Department spokesman Barrett Baker said.

"This is the worst thing in the world for us," Baker said. "We talk all summer really about the dangers of washes."

Rescuers with the Northwest Fire District, a Pima County department, needed 30 minutes to reach a man in a car and pull him from the passenger side, which was shielded against the fastest-flowing water.

The rescue was "as close as it gets before we lose somebody," spokesman Adam Goldberg said.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer declared a state of emergency because of the flooding and told non-essential state workers to stay home.

Scattered electricity outages were reported, with more than 10,000 customers affected. Numerous street closures were reported in cities across the area.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 13, 2014, 12:28:43 am
Rare snowstorm slams Rockies states, South Dakota

It's still summer, but a snowstorm blanketed parts of Wyoming, South Dakota, Montana and Colorado, setting early snowfall records in some places, covering lawns and flower gardens and providing a preview of what is to come.

The snowstorm dumped up to 20 inches of snow in parts of Wyoming on Wednesday and Thursday and sent overnight temperatures plummeting into the 20s in some areas.

While snow in September is rare, it isn't unusual for local residents used to wild swings in the weather.

"I don't mind it; it is what it is," said Deann Meyer of Buffalo, Wyoming, where up to 10 inches of snow fell. "It's going to be 80 next week. That's what the weather says. Of course, that could change."

Still, it was the earliest snowfall on record for parts of Wyoming and southwest South Dakota. Temperatures hovered around freezing in Denver, forcing many gardeners to wrap their plants for protection.

Hard frosts were reported in western Montana. Kalispell reported a record low of 23 degrees Friday morning while Missoula's record low was 25, compared with 28 in 1988.

Chuck Baker, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Riverton, Wyoming, said the blast of wintry weather originated in the northern reaches of Canada. "It was pretty potent for this time of year," Baker said.

The heavy, wet snow snapped off tree branches and caused power outages in Buffalo and the surrounding area.

Some roads and highways had slick spots Friday morning. Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park in Montana was closed temporarily earlier in the week, but otherwise travel was not hampered.

The National Weather Service reported 20 inches of snow falling in the Bighorn Mountains in north-central Wyoming.

Eight inches fell in Custer, South Dakota.

The 3 to 5 inches that fell in Cody, a busy summer tourist town in northwest Wyoming, is the earliest recorded snowfall there since records were kept in 1915. The previous recorded earliest snowfall in Cody was Sept. 12, 1970.

Just under an inch fell in the Rapid City, South Dakota, area, breaking the previous record set on Sept. 13, 1970, for the earliest snowfall.

Boulder, Colorado, also received snow — a year after being hit by a devastating flood from heavy rain.

Title: Re: Crazy Weather Headlines!
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 23, 2014, 10:35:31 pm
What is driving the increasingly weird behavior of the polar jet stream?
If you guessed climate change, you might be right


A big link between climate change and severe weather may be lurking 30,000 feet above your head. More and more scientists are interested in the links among the increasingly weird behavior of the polar jet stream and the disappearance of ice and snow in the Arctic and other extreme weather trends. The linkage is suggestive, though not proven, but if true would clearly demonstrate that what happens in the Arctic affects more than just polar bears.

What's happening to the polar jet stream

One of the biggest drivers of weather in North America is the polar jet stream, a ribbon of high-speed winds that flows east from Alaska, across the U.S. and Canada, and over the Atlantic Ocean towards Europe. The jet stream alters weather conditions below it by moving warm and cold air masses around, allowing weather systems to migrate across land and sea. The jet stream's path undergoes some natural variation, but has gotten downright loopy in recent years, according to scientists.

"I've been doing meteorology for 30 years, and the jet stream the last three years has done stuff I've never seen," Jeff Masters, meteorologist at Weather Underground, said in 2013. "The fact that the jet stream is unusual could be an indicator of something. I'm not saying we know what it is."

Rutgers University atmospheric scientist Jennifer Francis thinks there is a clear climate change factor in the jet stream's wobbliness: the warming of the Arctic. Temperatures are rising in the Arctic regions faster than anywhere else in the world, an effect called "Arctic amplification" that may be due to the fact that as sea ice melts it exposes darker water that absorbs more heat then the reflective ice. As the Arctic warms more quickly than other regions, this lessens the temperature gradient between the equator and the North Pole, a key factor governing the behavior of the polar jet stream.

How? A weakening temperature gradient slows the jet stream, which has the effect of making it wavier — or so goes the theory. Francis compares the situation to a river flowing down a mountain and out towards the coast. While it's moving quickly down an incline, the river takes a more straightforward route; when it slows, as the base of the mountain shallows approaching the coast, the river naturally adopts a more wandering path. Similarly, a slower jet stream is more likely to be wavy, with more peaks ("ridges") and dips ("troughs").

How a wavier jet stream equals wilder weather

And a wavier jet stream has historically been associated with extreme weather. In one study published in Nature Climate Change in June 2014, University of Exeter mathematician James Screen and University of Melbourne earth scientist Ian Simmonds combed through historical weather data going back to 1979 and focused on 40 extreme weather events, from heavy rainfall to droughts, cold snaps, and heat waves. In general, they found that large waves in the jet stream tend to coincide with such events.

Jet stream waviness has also been linked to all sorts of extreme weather events in recent years. Francis has argued that the left hook that Hurricane Sandy took (sending it towards New Jersey) was due to a blocking ridge. And the 2013-2014 winter, which was unusually warm in Alaska, unusually dry in California, and unusually cold across the Midwest and East Coast, occurred as the jet stream stayed in a holding pattern, in a shape that had a big ridge to the west and a deep trough to the east.<