Earth Day Photos, 2009

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 22. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:14 (GMT)

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Today is Earth Day, and as is my tradition on Earth Day, I'll present my nominations for best wunderphotos uploaded to our web site over the past year. This year's photos are truly remarkable, and I want to thank everyone who uploaded weather photos for their contributions to what has become one of the world's best weather photo galleries. Enjoy Earth Day!

Update on portlight.org charity errorts
The portlight.org disaster relief charity is sponsoring a Portlight Relief Event Series of fund raising events in cities across the U.S. this Spring. The next event is the Destin Dog Walk, which will take place Sunday, April 26th at Harbor Walk Village in Destin, Florida. Portlight Strategies board chair, Paul Timmons (wunderground handle, presslord) will be in attendance and will have the live webcam running, so please join in. Wunderbloggers code1, sugarsand, and FWBLinda have done an excellent job of putting this event together. It should be a beautiful day and a fun-filled event.

Portlight is also continuing to look for generous people to sponsor walkers for this event. If you would like to contribute, please use the Paypal button or send checks to the address in the Portlight Disaster Relief blog. Make sure to note "For Destin Dog Walk." Twenty-five percent of the proceeds from this event will provide disaster relief for pets. The remaining proceeds will support Portlight's disaster relief efforts for rural communities and people with disabilities.

Many thanks to all of you who have supported Portlight's efforts in one way or another! With yet another hurricane season approaching, they continue to need your help. The Portlight Relief Event Series is a critical part of preparing a more efficient and effective relief effort. If you would like to help coordinate a walk or other fundraising event in your area, please contact Paul Timmons, paul@portlight.org



Jeff Masters

Water Spouts Slidell Louisiana (sailormankvd)
Water Spout over Lake Pontchartrain, Slidell, LA from home in Clipper Estates
Water Spouts Slidell Louisiana
Rainbow over the Moon (cleo85)
Here in the tropics the moon setting and the sun rising in opposite directions is often visible. But a Rainbow at the same time right over the moon thats spectacular even for the tropics. Captured at PaaMul, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Yucatan Penionsula.
Rainbow over the Moon
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MORNING FOG #3 (2620)
This series of photos taken from 2,000' AGL while flying over northern Pennsylvania just after sunrise.
MORNING FOG #3
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wall cloud (soup)
Got this picture on the way to work this morning.I have never seen something like this before.This storm produced a few tornado warnings in our area.
wall cloud

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305. KEHCharleston
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:41 (GMT)
Late with this - already started

live update by emergency management Horry County SC (fires)
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304. KEHCharleston
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:34 (GMT)
302. Patrap
I have a copy of Isaac's Storm by Erik Larson on the Hurricane Shelf. It is on the shelf that serves for both 'hide from the wind' or 'run from the water'. (Most of those shelves are 'hide from the wind'/post storm stuff. Have a separate 'run from the water' kit.)
In any case, if I have no need for the shelf this year, I doubt the book will wait til next season ; )

303. charlottefl Where are you located?

Need to do a rain dance for the southeast folks. Maybe in a pink tutu?
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303. charlottefl
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:17 (GMT)
We have an 8,500 acre fire burning 30 miles or so SE of me right at the moment, and they say they don't think it'll be under control for at least 3 or 4 days. We really need the rain right now. They're starting to talk about aquifers running low in our area.
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302. Patrap
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:16 (GMT)

Galveston mayor visits Cuba to talk hurricanes

By HARVEY RICE HOUSTON CHRONICLE
April 21, 2009, 9:58PM

GALVESTON — In 1900, Cuban meteorologists tried to warn Galveston about a catastrophic storm heading straight for the island. That outreach from the Cubans helped form a special bond between the American city and the island nation.


Pat Sullivan AP
Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas talks about the problems in her island city during a Texas legislative hearing in League City.


It’s a bond the mayor of Galveston seeks to build on in a visit to Cuba Wednesday that experts say may contribute to a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations begun last week and allow both countries to share their experience in dealing with hurricanes.

The four-day trip to Havana by Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas to exchange information with Cuban officials about hurricane preparedness was planned late last year, but it may take on added significance after signs last week that Cuba and the U.S. seek improved relations.

“I think it will be noted,” said Vicki Huddleston, a Brookings Institute expert on Latin America.

Wayne Smith, a Cuban expert whose Center for International Policy organized and financed the mayor’s trip, said it would emphasize the conciliatory gestures by President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro.

“I would hope to see not simply that we talk and benefit from one another’s experience, but we perhaps even have some system in place where we can contact one another and get advice and help,” Smith said.
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301. Orcasystems
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:14 (GMT)
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300. Cotillion
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:12 (GMT)
Whoo!

Latest 14 day run puts us up near 80F next week... booya! :D

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299. KEHCharleston
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 13:04 (GMT)
Fire Map (google) posted by carolinagal on palmettobug's blog
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298. IKE
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 12:50 (GMT)
Quoting natrwalkn:
290 My bet is that by 2 runs from now that flare-up will be gone.


It was gone on the next run.
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297. presslord
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 11:54 (GMT)
Wow vort
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296. vortfix
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 11:10 (GMT)
Photos of the Myrtle Beach Fire:


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295. natrwalkn
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 10:31 (GMT)
290 My bet is that by 2 runs from now that flare-up will be gone.
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294. KoritheMan
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 10:14 (GMT)
Interesting model run. Very likely nothing will come of it though, but nonetheless, it's a reminder that hurricane season is rapidly approaching.

Also, this doesn't really come as a surprise to me, seeing as how the upward MJO pulse should be making its way into that general area relatively soon.
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293. natrwalkn
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 10:10 (GMT)
292. Ok. I see what you're talking about. I would say the ITCZ is moving northward with the sun, It's time we begin to see "bubbles and flares" in the Caribbean.
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292. futuremet
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 10:02 (GMT)
Hint: Keep your eyes on the SW Carribean
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291. natrwalkn
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 10:00 (GMT)
298. I've had a few tonight, so pleae tell me what you're talking about in that loop. I didn't see anything other than ITCZ convection.
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290. futuremet
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 09:52 (GMT)
Interesting model run for the tropics 00z GFS

Please don't get excited about this; I am just pointing an area of slight interest....

The GFS can drop this at any time
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289. natrwalkn
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 09:48 (GMT)
287. My fears exactly. Furthermore, the heat produced by such large fires will create an even bigger contrast from the water temperatures and perhaps produce an even stronger sea-breeze.
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288. HIEXPRESS
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 09:18 (GMT)
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287. KEHCharleston
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 09:02 (GMT)
Special Weather Statement out of Myrtle Beach

Statement as of 3:08 AM EDT on April 24, 2009

... Afternoon sea breeze may induce rapid fire growth today...

Light southerly winds this morning will increase to 10 to 20 mph
by afternoon... with gusts to 25 mph likely along and near the coast.

Wildfires in both eastern Horry and northeast Georgetown counties will
become affected by the increasing southerly winds today... which could
lead to dangerous and rapid fire growth. Winds in vicinity of the
primary wildfires will gust well in excess of 25 mph.

In addition... airborne embers could lead to new fires north of the
primary wildfires. Areas susceptible to new fires due to spotting
include... southern Columbus... western Brunswick... and southwest
Horry counties.

Although the sea breeze will tend to cool and moisten the air mass
near the coast this afternoon... the fanned flames from the gusty
south winds will likely offset this benefit.

Residents in these areas should closer monitor communications from
local emergency officials today... as well as additional and updated
hazard products from the National Weather Service.
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286. Skyepony (Mod)
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 04:48 (GMT)
That is a pretty long out there forcast for NOAA on ENSO.. I should have known. Long day indeed. Nite.
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285. HIEXPRESS
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 04:41 (GMT)
283. Taz
There was a man who sent ten different puns to friends, in the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh.

Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.


Im long, It's been a tired day.
'nite all
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284. natrwalkn
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 04:30 (GMT)
I've done some research on the effects of urban heat islands on local rainfall patterns and thunderstorms. Atlanta's heat island has a profound effect of the local patterns surrounding the city. At a glance, it appears that the thuderstorm "blob" over Georgia people were discussing a few posts back was centered or just offset to the north and east of Atlanta. I wonder how much influence Atlanta's heat island had on this thunderstorm complex.
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283. Tazmanian
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 04:29 (GMT)
A mushroom came into a bar one night. The bartender stepped up and saw plainly that the new customer was a mushroom and shouted "Hey get outta here we don't serve your kind here." The mushroom replied "Why not? I'm a fun guy."
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282. natrwalkn
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 04:23 (GMT)
Quoting KEHCharleston:
208. natrwalkn Sorry that I did not catch your post earlier. I did not see any of the smoke. As presslord mentioned in post #209. that his son saw it from the bridges coming home from school on Daniel Island. Daniel Island is just north west (correction) of the Peninsula of Charleston. It is a rather high bridge and provides quite a platform to look for miles.

255. Patrap It is so good to see that the Jazz Festival is going so well. Good for New Orleans. Good for Jazz.


That's Ok. I saw his post and looked up Daniel Island on the map. I was at NWS in Goose Creek for a while when I was in the Navy, so I'm familiar with the spectacular views the bridges of Charleston provide! That's still quite impressive that the smoke could be seen from that far away. I'm afraid this fire will wreak havoc in Horry County for a while. I wouldn't be surprised if it spreads to the NE into Brunswick County, NC with the SW winds expected from the high pressure system controlling our weather for the next few days. I hope everyone in NE SC and SE NC keeps a close eye on this thing.
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281. HIEXPRESS
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 04:23 (GMT)
Hint: A WU blogger. It didn't quite make it into the "2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast Verification" LOL (Sorry, dude) Crow season is right around the corner. LOL
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280. Skyepony (Mod)
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 04:12 (GMT)
HI~ was that Grey or NOAA? I remember alotta NASA models last year took ENSO up into El Nino, similiar to this year. But it turned cool again for the winter. Seems kinda far to forcast with much certainty. It had looked reprimed like now, tis a fickle one. It's been on the cooler side near 2 years now. I think climatoligy would up the odds of a total switch.

I hope neutral, El Ninos are brutal in FL.
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276. HIEXPRESS
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:54 (GMT)
Skye, that's where I was going, but it would take a lot more than my HP to figure it out.

Entirely unrelated:
"Based on these patterns and the weakening trend of La Nina we can make a projection during the summer of 2008, that is, July, August, September, we can begin to see neutral conditions, then weak warm anomalies later this year with an El Nino event in the year 2009."
Who said that?
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275. stillwaiting
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:53 (GMT)
Quoting futuremet:


Wow, Ike defeated charley



one must consider that a much more populated area(TX) was effetced by IKE and the size was also larger so that makes sense!!!.....
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274. Skyepony (Mod)
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:52 (GMT)
smoke
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272. Skyepony (Mod)
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:43 (GMT)
Hiexpress~ got to wonder if what is happening in GA right now isn't related to all the smoke from the SC fires hitting the tail of that low.

GFS & cmc didn't really see that coming. Anyone looked at the other models?
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271. TampaSpin
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:35 (GMT)
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270. Orcasystems
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:34 (GMT)
Quoting KEHCharleston:
Is that Georgia blob moving south? (See radar on post #257) Kinda strange


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269. HIEXPRESS
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:32 (GMT)
Maybe a repeat story...Science's most powerful computer tackles first questions

Environmental issues motivate many of the first wave of 21 projects. Three involve climate models, including one that models the global atmosphere down to grids of 14 kilometres instead of the more usual 55 or 100-km squares.
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An unrelated story to the above(maybe)and
253. SJ
Smoke rises to the clouds, delaying the release of rain and allowing the clouds to grow taller than they otherwise would, scientists say in a new report. Higher clouds produce violent thunderstorms, and while less rain falls, it often comes as hail and thunderstorms instead of more nourishing, gentle rains, they said.

Maybe we'll see another storm like Andrea (May 2007), "powered by smoke" 378. from the Okefenokee Swamp (Bugaboo) fire
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268. KoritheMan
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:31 (GMT)
Outflow boundary is quite impressive at this point.
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267. KEHCharleston
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:26 (GMT)
Is that Georgia blob moving south? (See radar on post #257) Kinda strange
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266. beell
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 03:04 (GMT)
A little hint of the outflow-boundary on ir

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265. KoritheMan
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 02:44 (GMT)
A lot of hail reports cluttered up in one general area. I haven't seen anything like that on these maps before:



Very little damaging wind with this system over Georgia though, so the threat is mainly elevated thunderstorms capable of large hail.
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264. beell
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 02:41 (GMT)
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
Looks like the storms have created a cool center and are blowing up on the outflow boundaries. But I'd be very surprised if they make it this far--they would have to hold out for another 6 hours at least through cool night air.


Pretty hard to arugue with that! Don't know what else would give it that shape but an OFB. Not anywhere near the shear required for a bow-echo.
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262. beell
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 02:25 (GMT)
The SPC would call this activity "MULTICELLULAR TSTMS IN CLUSTERS"
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260. beell
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 02:23 (GMT)
Dang, recheck that radar!

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259. Orcasystems
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 02:21 (GMT)
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RTLSNK seems to be in a lot of the "Daily Area of Interests"
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258. Drakoen
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 02:18 (GMT)
A MCC is a mesoscale convective complex.

"Mesoscale Convective Complex. A large MCS, generally round or oval-shaped, which normally reaches peak intensity at night. The formal definition includes specific minimum criteria for size, duration, and eccentricity (i.e., "roundness"), based on the cloud shield as seen on infrared satellite photographs:

* Size: Area of cloud top -32 degrees C or less: 100,000 square kilometers or more (slightly smaller than the state of Ohio), and area of cloud top -52 degrees C or less: 50,000 square kilometers or more
* Duration: Size criteria must be met for at least 6 hours
* Eccentricity: Minor/major axis at least 0.7


MCCs typically form during the afternoon and evening in the form of several isolated thunderstorms, during which time the potential for severe weather is greatest. During peak intensity, the primary threat shifts toward heavy rain and flooding."
NWS
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256. KEHCharleston
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 01:32 (GMT)
208. natrwalkn Sorry that I did not catch your post earlier. I did not see any of the smoke. As presslord mentioned in post #209. that his son saw it from the bridges coming home from school on Daniel Island. Daniel Island is just north west (correction) of the Peninsula of Charleston. It is a rather high bridge and provides quite a platform to look for miles.

255. Patrap It is so good to see that the Jazz Festival is going so well. Good for New Orleans. Good for Jazz.
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255. Patrap
24. huhtikuuta 2009 klo 01:16 (GMT)
The 40th

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Starts Tomorrow

Click on Music Schedule for The Magic "Cubes"









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