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September 24, 2017, 10:45:16 pm Psalm 51:17 says: The specific rule pertaining to the national anthem is found on pages A62-63 of the league rulebook. It states: “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem. “During the National Anthem, players on the field and bench area should stand at attention, face the flag, hold helmets in their left hand, and refrain from talking. The home team should ensure that the American flag is in good condition. It should be pointed out to players and coaches that we continue to be judged by the public in this area of respect for the flag and our country. Failure to be on the field by the start of the National Anthem may result in discipline, such as fines, suspensions, and/or the forfeiture of draft choice(s) for violations of the above, including first offenses.”
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September 14, 2017, 04:31:26 am Christian40 says: i have thought that i'm reaping from past sins then my life has been impacted in ways from having non believers in my ancestry.
September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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« Reply #330 on: June 08, 2013, 02:41:58 pm »

http://local.msn.com/storm-breaks-rainfall-records-across-northeast-us
Storm breaks rainfall records across northeast US
6/8/13

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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« Reply #331 on: June 08, 2013, 10:44:45 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/hungary-evacuates-2-000-people-precaution-against-floods-195806420.html;_ylt=AinadwqUWZDlzSXLxhBf1UgC9nQA;_ylu=X3oDMTVmdjVpZWI2BGNjb2RlA3JkdG9wMTAwMHBvb2wEbWl0A0FydGljbGUgTWl4ZWQgTGlzdCBOZXdzIGZvciBZb3Ugd2l0aCBNb3JlIExpbmsEcGtnAzUyZWNmOTY5LTE3MGItMzYyOC04MTY2LWYyNGRmY2E1YjYwMQRwb3MDMwRzZWMDbmV3c19mb3JfeW91BHZlcgNiNTU3NTQyMi1jZmFjLTExZTItYjM2Zi03NjMyYmI0ZmJhMjU-;_ylg=X3oDMTBhYWM1a2sxBGxhbmcDZW4tVVM-;_ylv=3
6/7/13
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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« Reply #332 on: June 10, 2013, 11:12:39 am »

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-22835154
6/10/13
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.

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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.

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« Reply #333 on: June 11, 2013, 12:48:41 pm »

Tornadic waterspout rips through the South of France (VIDEO)
http://rt.com/news/tornado-france-weather-sea-440/
6/9/13



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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« Reply #334 on: June 12, 2013, 11:13:55 am »

http://weather.yahoo.com/unusually-massive-line-storms-aim-midwest-070531169.html
Unusually massive line of storms aim at Midwest
6/12/13

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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« Reply #335 on: June 12, 2013, 11:16:35 am »

http://weather.yahoo.com/weather-confirms-3-tornadoes-md-022932875.html;_ylt=Am619Lb49P3L1E3_JfW83GBWPLkB;_ylu=X3oDMTQ3aGJlYWUxBG1pdANNb3N0IFBvcHVsYXIgUlIEcGtnAzcxM2E1ZWQzLWViZGQtMzRhZC1hMDFjLTdmYTU1MGNmMTM1NARwb3MDNgRzZWMDTWVkaWFCTGlzdE1peGVkTFBDQVRlbXAEdmVyAzE5ODkxNmYyLWQzMDgtMTFlMi1hZGYxLTJiYjQxNmQzNDhiYQ--;_ylg=X3oDMTJuM2Exc2M1BGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDMzZmNTU0MWYtOGU4Mi0zMjY2LTkwNTUtOTc1ZjkzMWI4MDhjBHBzdGNhdANob21lBHB0A3N0b3J5cGFnZQ--;_ylv=3

6/11/13
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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http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/13/usa-tornadoes-idUSL2N0EO1UY20130613?feedType=RSS&feedName=industrialsSector&rpc=43
6/12/13
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,
Oklahoma.
    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
available.
    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
Airport.
    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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« Reply #337 on: June 13, 2013, 10:20:31 am »

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/13/18931744-tornado-flood-alerts-as-storm-system-pushes-east?lite
6/13/13
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."
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« Reply #338 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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« Reply #339 on: June 13, 2013, 06:55:09 pm »

Flooding, tornado near DC, and threat of more severe weather on East Coast
6/13/13
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/13/18931744-flooding-tornado-near-dc-and-threat-of-more-severe-weather-on-east-coast?lite

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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http://news.yahoo.com/state-state-look-iowa-mid-121426550.html
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

http://news.yahoo.com/state-state-look-iowa-mid-121426550.html
6/14/13

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:

GEORGIA

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.

ILLINOIS

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.

INDIANA

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.

IOWA

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.

MARYLAND

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.

MICHIGAN

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.

MINNESOTA

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.

NORTH CAROLINA

A wave of storms Thursday evening downed trees and left more than 157,000 customers without power, mostly in the Piedmont region.

OHIO

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.

PENNSYLVANIA

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.

RHODE ISLAND

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.

VIRGINIA

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.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

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.

WEST VIRGINIA

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.

WISCONSIN

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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« Reply #341 on: June 14, 2013, 10:22:56 pm »

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6/14/13

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.

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"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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« Reply #342 on: June 15, 2013, 11:51:12 am »

Photos: 400-Mile Swath of Damage Caused by Derecho
http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/photos-derecho-wind-damage-acr/14265742
6/15/13

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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« Reply #343 on: June 17, 2013, 07:38:06 pm »

India floods: Buildings washed away as 19 die

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22931924

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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6/18/13
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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Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state

Baked Alaska: Unusual heat wave hits 49th state, with temps topping 80 degrees in Anchorage

6/19/13

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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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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« Reply #347 on: June 21, 2013, 11:48:59 am »

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2013/06/20/calgary-city-emergency-plan-ch.html
6/20/13
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.

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Death toll in India floods hits 560, thousands more missing
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/22/19089485-death-toll-in-india-floods-hits-560-thousands-more-missing?lite=
6/22/13

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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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/story/2013/06/21/alberta-flooding-calgary-canmore-high-water.html
6/22/13

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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Heat builds next week from Washington, D.C. to Boston
http://local.msn.com/heat-new-york-washington-dc-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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« Reply #351 on: June 25, 2013, 12:52:59 pm »

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6/25/13
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
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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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6/25/13
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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More flooding concerns along Midwestern rivers
6/26/13
http://news.yahoo.com/more-flooding-concerns-along-midwestern-rivers-191205408.html

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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« Reply #354 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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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.  Grin

117 is the record for Friday, so we'll see.

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/heat-to-roil-more-fire-weather/14619950
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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.

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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.



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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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Japan heatwave kills 12: reports
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 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.

http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Japan_heatwave_kills_12_reports_999.html
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