Nation digs out from massive blizzard; Cyclone Yasi rips through Australia

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:05 (GMT)

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Chicago's third worst snowstorm on record is history, leaving in its wake a remarkable 20.2” of snow, snowdrifts up to ten feet high, and frigid below zero temperatures. Only the January 2 - 4 1999 blizzard (21.6") and January 2 – 4, 1967 blizzard (23”) dumped more snow on Chicago. The Groundhog's Day blizzard of 2011 had stronger winds than either of Chicago's other two record snowstorms, and thus was probably the worst snowstorm ever to affect the city, as far as impacts on travel go. Winds gusted as high as 61 mph at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, and winds at the Chicago buoy, 10 miles offshore in Lake Michigan, reached sustained speeds of 54 mph, gusting to 66 mph. Fortunately, Lake Michigan had so much ice on it that crashing waves were unable to cause significant flooding along the lake shore.

Chicago's 10 biggest Snowstorms:

1. 23.0 inches Jan 26-27, 1967
2. 21.6 inches Jan 1-3, 1999
3. 20.2 inches Feb 1-2, 2011
4. 19.2 inches Mar 25-26, 1930
5. 18.8 inches Jan 13-14, 1979
6. 16.2 inches Mar 7-8, 1931
7. 15.0 inches Dec 17-20, 1929
8. 14.9 inches Jan 30, 1939
9. 14.9 inches Jan 6-7, 1918
10. 14.3 inches Mar 25-26, 1970


Figure 1. A bus jack knifed on Lake Shore Drive in downtown Chicago on the night of February 1, 2011 during intense blizzard conditions, resulting in a dangerous situation where hundreds of cars became stranded behind the bus. Image credit: Viewer uploaded photo from WGN.

The most remarkable feature of this storm was its sheer size. Twenty-two states received snows of five inches or more, and over 100 million Americans experienced snow or freezing rain. Antioch, Illinois recorded the most snow of any location in the U.S., 27 inches. Also hard-hit were Missouri, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Vermont, which all reported more than eighteen inches of snow. Seven states reported freezing rain that left 1/2” or more of ice accumulation, which resulted in power outages affecting hundreds of thousands of people.

The strength of the high pressure system behind the Groundhog's Day Blizzard of 2011 was also remarkable. Pressure readings in Montana at the height of the blizzard were well above 1050 mb, the type of high pressure only seen once every twenty years or so in the U.S. The difference in pressure between this high and the mighty blizzard drove a flood of cold air southwards out of Canada, creating the very high winds that shut down road travel over most of the Midwest during the height of the storm. The unusually strong push of cold air southwards has caused major problems in northern Texas, which is unused to multi-day periods of below-freezing temperatures. Many power plants were knocked off-line by the severe weather, and record electricity demand has overwhelmed the electrical system, resulting in widespread rotating blackouts. A rare Southeast Texas snowstorm is expected today, due to a new storm system moving eastwards across the state. Houston is expecting 1 – 3 inches of snow through Friday. All flights leaving Houston between 3pm today and noon Friday have been canceled, because the airports have no de-icing fluid.

Tropical Cyclone Yasi hits Queensland, Australia
Tropical Cyclone Yasi roared inland over Queensland, Australia at 12:30am local time on Thursday as a strengthening Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds and a 930 mb central pressure. The cyclone missed the most populous cities on the coast, Cairns and Townsville, which experienced wind gusts to about 60 mph. Undoubtedly, tremendous wind damage occurred in the small towns of Tully, Mission Beach, and Bingal Bay where the eye passed. A storm surge of 5 meters (16 feet) was observed at Cardwell, and 3 meters (10 feet) at Clump Point. Townsville received a 2.5 meter storm surge that damaged some sea walls. This was the highest storm surge observed since 1971 there.


Figure 2. Pressure readings from Clump Point on the Queensland, Australia coast during passage of Yasi bottomed out at 930 mb as the storm passed overhead. Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

According to an email I received from Blair Trewin of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, ”Yasi is almost certainly the most intense landfall in Queensland since at least 1918, and possibly since 1899. In 1918 there were two cyclones (at Mackay and Innisfail) with measured pressures in the upper 920s/low 930s but it is quite plausible that the minimum central pressures were lower than that. The 1899 (Mahina/Bathurst Bay) cyclone had a measured pressure (ship near shore) of 914 mb.” However, the number of major tropical cyclones along the Queensland coast has declined since the 1870s, according to recent paper by Callaghan and Power (2010). They found that ”the number of severe TCs making land-fall over eastern Australia declined from about 0.45 TCs/year in the early 1870s to about 0.17 TCs/year in recent times—a 62% decline. This decline can be partially explained by a weakening of the Walker Circulation, and a natural shift towards a more El Niño-dominated era. The extent to which global warming might be also be partially responsible for the decline in land-falls—if it is at all—is unknown.”

References
Callaghan, J. and S. Power, (2010): Variability and decline in the number of severe tropical cyclones making land-fall over eastern Australia since the late nineteenth century, Climate Dynamics. DOI: 10.1007/s00382-010-0883-2


Figure 3. Tropical Cyclone Yasi at 03:35 UTC February 2, 2011, as seen by NASA's Aqua satellite.

Jeff Masters

Yasi Damage Tully Nth Qld (AliHirst62)
Butler St Tully Nth Qld
Yasi Damage Tully Nth Qld
making a path for the dogs
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peeking thru a skylight at the new day dawning..about 16 inches of new powder..now about 4 feet on the ground..really beautiful!
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373. laserdar
20. helmikuuta 2011 klo 16:43 (GMT)
Global cooling is over. :) Back to global warming hopefully.
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372. laserdoc
7. helmikuuta 2011 klo 01:37 (GMT)
Global colling is here!
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371. Grothar
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 16:23 (GMT)
Quoting FriendlyPrimate:
Wow...I'm surprised at how many people responded to my quibble about using the term "jack knife" about a bus.

Thanks to all (Neapolitan, cat5hurricane, DontAnnoyMe, and others...) for setting me straight.

Let's see if I can cause lots more comments...

Global warming is a myth. Discuss amongst yourselves.

:-)


Not to worry. Everyone gets blasted on here equally. No matter what one says, there will always be someone to correct you, or at least a smart answer. Quibbling is favorite pastime on the blog. If I say "It is warm" Someone will always come back with, "Well, it's not that warm" Usually, it's atmoaggie, but contrary to popuar belief, he really is a nice guy and one of the more knowledgable on the blog. He corrects me all the time and sometimes he is even right. Don't take it personally. LOL
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370. IKE
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 16:16 (GMT)
NEW BLOG!
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369. atmoaggie
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 16:13 (GMT)
Quoting AussieStorm:
Yes, CNN. You are correct when you show Queensland is located in Tasmania on a map..


OMG, So funny.
Wow. Embarrassing, really.

Bad, bad international education begets more bad international education. I wonder how many Americans think that Egypt is on the Persian Gulf. Israel, too, for that matter.
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368. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 16:07 (GMT)
Yes, CNN. You are correct when you show Queensland is located in Tasmania on a map..


OMG, So funny.
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367. IKE
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:56 (GMT)
Area forecast discussion...updated
National Weather Service Corpus Christi Texas
850 am CST Friday Feb 4 2011


Discussion...radar showing only very weak echoes in Calhoun
County and offshore (radar in vcp-31)...and no precipitation
reported in Calhoun County. Visible satellite showing clearing
line approximately west of an Alice to Goliad line...and slowly
moving eastward. Thus...drier air is moving in and subsidence
seems to be taking over.


As a result...will cancel Winter Storm Warning at 9 am. Probably
only minor adjustments to first period at this time as like to get
the expiration out first.
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366. bappit
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:55 (GMT)
Quoting weatherboy1992:
A storm is born


Nice radar loop. Looks like it happened a little further west than predicted. Have a little ice southwest of Houston, not the couple inches of snow that was predicted. Ice is too thick to easily scrape off the car though.
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365. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:51 (GMT)
Deadly accident in Houston attributed to icy roads, according to Mayor's office.
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364. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:50 (GMT)
Natural gas shortages in parts of Texas, due in part to weather
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363. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:49 (GMT)
Avoid travel unless absolutely necessary in the Houston area. Roadways are icy, wet, and slippery. Crews out sanding.
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362. Jedkins01
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:38 (GMT)
Quoting FriendlyPrimate:
Wow...I'm surprised at how many people responded to my quibble about using the term "jack knife" about a bus.

Thanks to all (Neapolitan, cat5hurricane, DontAnnoyMe, and others...) for setting me straight.

Let's see if I can cause lots more comments...

Global warming is a myth. Discuss amongst yourselves.

:-)


You're the one calling yourself a friendly primate, I'm sure that doesn't help lol
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360. atmoaggie
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:34 (GMT)
Quoting atmoaggie:
lol. I didn't know that, yet, but the Aussie comes through with good local info.
Wonder if it truly has to do with ice, though.

Is only closed weatbound...

"Interstate 10 west at Ramah is closed due to an accident. Traffic is being diverted off at La 415 and onto U.S. 190 west, according to the state department of Transportation and Development's website."
http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/breaking/Friday-morning-road-closures.html
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359. atmoaggie
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:33 (GMT)
Quoting FriendlyPrimate:
Wow...I'm surprised at how many people responded to my quibble about using the term "jack knife" about a bus.

Thanks to all (Neapolitan, cat5hurricane, DontAnnoyMe, and others...) for setting me straight.

Let's see if I can cause lots more comments...

Global warming is a myth. Discuss amongst yourselves.

:-)
No, and you can't make me.
;-)
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358. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:32 (GMT)
Louisiana Animated Zoomed Loop, WunderMap®
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357. FriendlyPrimate
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:31 (GMT)
Wow...I'm surprised at how many people responded to my quibble about using the term "jack knife" about a bus.

Thanks to all (Neapolitan, cat5hurricane, DontAnnoyMe, and others...) for setting me straight.

Let's see if I can cause lots more comments...

Global warming is a myth. Discuss amongst yourselves.

:-)
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356. atmoaggie
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:29 (GMT)
Quoting AussieStorm:
I-10 remains closed from Lafayette, LA to just W of Baton Rouge. Temps are slowly warming now, though
lol. I didn't know that, yet, but the Aussie comes through with good local info.
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355. Jedkins01
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:28 (GMT)
looks like the local NWS forecast office isn't too concerned about the next cold blast, they are even saying in their discussion they will continue to raise the temperature forecast above computer guidance with passing time.
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354. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:27 (GMT)
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service New Orleans la
914 am CST Friday Feb 4 2011



Long term...
next weather feature should be some moisture return Sunday night
in advance of a sharpening trough and frontal passage during the
super bowl activities. Rainfall should be considerably less in
coverage compared to today. Models then show indications of
another round of potential winter weather middle of next week as
more Arctic air drops into the country and Gulf cyclogenesis once
again develops to bring a shield of moisture over cold air. The
next round does look more snowy and less icy than the current
system...at least this far out in time 5 days out. The area may be
able to see a day or two of lower 60s temperatures briefly during
the week to offset the otherwise below normal regime currently
underway. 24/rr

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353. Jedkins01
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:27 (GMT)
000
FXUS62 KTBW 040955
AFDTBW

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAMPA BAY RUSKIN FL
455 AM EST FRI FEB 4 2011

.UPDATE...
ISSUED A DENSE FOG ADVISORY FOR INLAND COUNTIES WHERE VISIBILITIES
HAVE DROPPED TO A QUARTER MILE IN SOME LOCATIONS. SET THE ADVISORY
TO EXPIRE AT 8 AM WHEN CONDITIONS SHOULD BEGIN TO IMPROVE.

&&

.PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 315 AM EST FRI FEB 4 2011/

SHORT TERM (TODAY THROUGH SUNDAY)...
FRONTAL BOUNDARY CURRENTLY STRETCHED ACROSS CENTRAL FLORIDA
CONTINUES TO SLOWLY DRIFT NORTH. AS MID-LEVEL TROUGH OVER TEXAS
PUSHES NORTHEAST INTO ARKANSAS TODAY...AN ASSOCIATED SURFACE LOW
WILL DEVELOP IN THE GULF AND MOVE INTO NORTHERN FLORIDA TONIGHT.
THIS SYSTEM WILL DRAG A COLD FRONT ACROSS THE EASTERN GULF TONIGHT
AND INTO THE NATURE COAST BY SATURDAY MORNING. FOG THIS MORNING
HAS SO FAR NOT PRODUCED VISIBILITIES AS LOW AS YESTERDAY AND
WILL BURN OFF AFTER SUNRISE.

MODELS HAVE BEEN TRENDING TOWARDS A WEAKER PRESSURE GRADIENT WITH
THE PASSAGE OF THE LOW AND COLD FRONT...PARTICULARLY OVER THE
EASTERN GULF. AS A RESULT...LOWERED WIND SPEEDS SATURDAY AND
NUDGED WAVE HEIGHT FORECAST DOWN. AS THE COLD FRONT MOVES ACROSS
THE AREA SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY...MODEL POPS HAVE BEEN
INCONSISTENT OVER THE LAST FEW RUNS. WENT BELOW GUIDANCE WITH 20
PERCENT POPS ACROSS THE AREA SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY AS
CONFIDENCE IS LOW IN THE HIGHER MOS POPS.

MOIST AIR AND LIGHT SOUTHERLY FLOW WILL ALLOW FOR MORE FOG TO
DEVELOP TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING BEFORE THE COLD FRONT PASSES
WITH BEST DEVELOPMENT FROM TAMPA BAY SOUTH. HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL
BE IN THE 70S AND LOW 80S TODAY AND DROP TO THE 60S AND 70S
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY BEHIND THE FRONT. LOW TEMPERATURES WILL RANGE
FROM THE UPPER 50S TO MID 60S TONIGHT...THEN MID 40S TO AROUND 60
SATURDAY NIGHT.

LONG TERM (SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY)...
AN UPPER TROUGH MOVES OVER THE WESTERN GULF WATERS SUNDAY NIGHT. THE
REMNANTS OF THE PREVIOUS FRONTAL BOUNDARY ARE STILL OVER THE
PENINSULA SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY AND AS THE TROUGH SWINGS THROUGH
ON MONDAY...WE CAN EXPECT A GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN DURING THE DAY. THE
ECMWF IS A LITTLE SLOWER...WITH TIMING LATER IN THE DAY ON MONDAY
AND EVEN INTO MONDAY NIGHT. HAVE GONE AHEAD AND RAISED POPS TO 40%
ON MONDAY DUE TO INCREASING CONFIDENCE ON FRONTAL TIMING...AND KEPT
20% POPS MONDAY NIGHT TO ACCOUNT FOR THE SLOWER ECMWF SOLUTION.

A VERY PROGRESSIVE PATTERN IN PLACE FOR THE LONG TERM...SO ALTHOUGH
HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS IN ON TUESDAY...IT MOVES OUT OF THE AREA ON
WEDNESDAY AS THE NEXT SYSTEM MOVES INTO THE WESTERN GULF WEDNESDAY
AFTERNOON. THE GFS...AS USUAL...IS FASTER WITH THE TIMING OF THIS
SYSTEM...BRINGING THE FRONT THROUGH THE AREA ON THURSDAY MORNING
WHEREAS THE ECMWF DELAYS IT UNTIL THURS NIGHT. WILL KEEP JUST 20%
POPS IN FOR THURSDAY...AND REFINE AS TIMING GETS NARROWED DOWN.

GUIDANCE HAS BEEN FLIP-FLOPPING ON TEMPERATURES WITH EACH
RUN...SOMETIMES MORE THAN 10 DEGREES. DEFINITELY LOOKS LIKE SOME
COOLER AIR OVER THE AREA TUESDAY BEHIND THE FRONT...BUT WITH ANOTHER
SYSTEM PUSHING TOWARDS THE AREA ON WEDNESDAY WE SHOULD SEE WARMING
TEMPS AGAIN QUICKLY. SIMILAR TO YESTERDAY`S REASONING...HAVE NOT
GONE STRICTLY WITH GUIDANCE NUMBERS IN THE EXTENDED...WILL CONTINUE
TO TREND UPWARDS FROM PREVIOUS FORECASTS.


AVIATION...
SLIGHTLY BETTER CONDITIONS TONIGHT COMPARED TO LAST NIGHT AT THE
TAF SITES...AT LEAST AS FAR AS VISIBILITIES GO. CEILINGS WILL STILL
BE VERY LOW THROUGH MID MORNING...AND SLOW TO IMPROVE THROUGH
MIDDAY. SHOULD SEE VFR CONDITIONS AT ALL SITES THIS
AFTERNOON...ALTHOUGH EXPECTING WORSENING CONDITIONS AGAIN AFTER
SUNSET TOWARDS THE END OF THIS TAF PERIOD.

MARINE...
DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM TARPON SPRINGS TO BONITA BEACH
UNTIL 8 AM. WINDS AND SEAS WILL INCREASE TONIGHT AND SATURDAY
AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT...BUT SHOULD REMAIN BELOW
HIGHLIGHT CRITERIA. SOUTHERLY WINDS TONIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING
WILL ALLOW FOR MORE SEA FOG TO DEVELOP FROM TARPON SPRING SOUTH.
HIGH PRESSURE BRIEFLY FILLS IN SATURDAY NIGHT AND SUNDAY BEFORE
ANOTHER COLD FRONT APPROACHES ON MONDAY.

FIRE WEATHER...
DRIER AIR FILLS IN BEHIND THE COLD FRONT SUNDAY AND MONDAY
DROPPING RH VALUES SLIGHTLY...BUT ARE EXPECTED TO REMAIN ABOVE
CRITICAL LEVELS.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
TPA 80 64 70 52 / 10 10 30 20
FMY 81 64 76 60 / 10 10 20 20
GIF 80 60 73 52 / 10 10 30 20
SRQ 79 64 69 54 / 10 10 20 20
BKV 78 60 64 48 / 10 10 30 20
SPG 76 63 68 55 / 10 10 30 20

&&

.TBW WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES...
FL...DENSE FOG ADVISORY UNTIL 8 AM EST THIS MORNING FOR DE SOTO-
HARDEE-HIGHLANDS-POLK.

GULF WATERS...DENSE FOG ADVISORY UNTIL 8 AM EST THIS MORNING FOR BONITA BEACH
TO ENGLEWOOD OUT 20 NM-BONITA BEACH TO ENGLEWOOD OUT 20 TO
60 NM-ENGLEWOOD TO TARPON SPRINGS OUT 20 NM-ENGLEWOOD TO
TARPON SPRINGS OUT 20 TO 60 NM-TAMPA BAY WATERS.

&&

$$

SHORT TERM/MARINE/FIRE WEATHER...18/FLEMING
LONG TERM/AVIATION...23/MCNATT


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352. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:23 (GMT)
I-10 remains closed from Lafayette, LA to just W of Baton Rouge. Temps are slowly warming now, though
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351. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:22 (GMT)
About 90% rain-10% ratio here,flakes are wicked.


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350. atmoaggie
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:20 (GMT)
Quoting Neapolitan:
From the numerous traffic cams in and about the city, Houston looks to be pretty much shut down at the moment. There's just a dusting of snow, but that snow is sitting atop a layer of ice...
And this is the result of that dusting on a layer:
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349. dziban303
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:14 (GMT)
Quoting atmoaggie:
Really. I wouldn't have though you'd have much more than simple rain right now.


Getting ugly snowflakes mixed with the rain in Harahan.
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348. atmoaggie
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:11 (GMT)
Quoting Patrap:
O' man,,I gotta get the video going atmo,.

Thunder and lightening UPTOWN.

Sleet and snizzle with slain as well

Really. I wouldn't have though you'd have much more than simple rain right now.
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347. IKE
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:07 (GMT)
For Houston,TX....

Rest of Today
Cloudy early in the morning then becoming partly cloudy in the
afternoon then becoming mostly sunny late in the afternoon. A chance of
light freezing drizzle early in the morning. Highs in the upper 30s.
Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 40 percent early
in the morning. Lowest wind chill readings 11 to 21 early in the
morning.
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346. IKE
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:06 (GMT)
Area forecast discussion
National Weather Service Houston/Galveston Texas
828 am CST Friday Feb 4 2011


Update...
precipitation is winding down across the area this hour as dry slot on
the south side of the upper low wraps into the area. Will keep a
mix of light snow and freezing drizzle mentioned for the northern
half and freezing drizzle over the southern half until 17z. Will
keep precipitation mentioned for NE zones until 19z. Freezing rain has
produced ice accumulations of 1/10 to 1/4 inch across much of southeast
Texas and the roads remain icy and treacherous. Will keep the warning
going until 18z as a result. Visible satellite imagery shows the
clearing line extending from Austin to Alice this hour...advancing
east at around 30 miles per hour. Skies should clear over SW zones late
morning and central third midday to early afternoon. Have adjusted
temperatures upward over the SW 2/3 of the area as a result. Expect the
Houston metropolitan area to see temperatures climb above freezing in the 18-19z
time frame. Finally...will likely need to issue a hard freeze
warning to address cold temperatures tonight along with the threat of
refreezing on the roadways. Will address this later this morning.
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345. Neapolitan
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 15:02 (GMT)
From the numerous traffic cams in and about the city, Houston looks to be pretty much shut down at the moment. There's just a dusting of snow, but that snow is sitting atop a layer of ice...
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344. hydrus
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:55 (GMT)
Quoting KoritheMan:
God I'm sick of this winter. :(
Me too..We have huge ice pellets right now whacking our tin garage roof. It sounds like somebody shootin a gong with a machine gun...
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343. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:51 (GMT)
O' man,,I gotta get the video going atmo,.

Thunder and lightening UPTOWN.

Sleet and snizzle with slain as well

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342. IKE
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:51 (GMT)

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341. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:50 (GMT)
Official: Gifford's astronaut husband Mark Kelly will fly on shuttle mission set for April

By Marcia Dunn (CP)



CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The astronaut husband of wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has made his choice. He's headed to space in April.

An official close to the space shuttle program confirmed Friday morning that astronaut Mark Kelly will be aboard Endeavour for its final flight. The official did not want to be named because the information has not yet been made public. Kelly will hold a news conference at Johnson Space Center in Houston on Friday afternoon.

Kelly took a leave from training after Giffords was shot in the head at a Tucson, Arizona, shopping centre on Jan. 8. She's undergoing rehab in Houston.

Kelly spent the past month debating whether to step down as commander of Endeavour's two-week mission. Liftoff is targeted for April 19.

Copyright © 2011 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.
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340. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:49 (GMT)
Inside TC Yasi, by Geoff Mackley
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338. atmoaggie
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:40 (GMT)
LOL.

Special weather statement from NWS NOLA/BR:

...Light flurries being reported around the area...

During the past hour several reporting sites including Lakefront
Airport...Hammond and Slidell have reported light snow. In Slidell
very light snow flurries were observed mixing in with the rain at
times. A few flurries and/or sleet will continue to be possible
through the morning hours with no accumulation or impacts
expected.

In addition...a few lightning strikes are being reported around
the area this morning and can also be expected to continue through
the remainder of the morning hours.

Motorists should use extra caution along area roadways this
morning as area streets are wet from the overnight rainfall. Some
ponding of water on roadways can be expected.


atmo: Yeah, I saw a couple of nice lightning strikes at Covington 30 minutes ago. And I'm convinced that if I stapled my eyelids open and went outside and stared at something dark for 10 minutes, I'd see 3 snowflakes.
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337. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:30 (GMT)
SPC Mesoscale Analysis
Auto-refresh is set to every minute [OFF 1 min 5 min]


Select Freezing "Level" from the Winter Drop down menu
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336. Orcasystems
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:28 (GMT)
Complete Update





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335. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:26 (GMT)
AUSTRALIA - Cyclone Yasi wreaks 'phenomenal devastation' Northern Australia was the scene of massive destruction Thursday morning, with houses and crops flattened by the most powerful storm in a century.

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334. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:23 (GMT)
Coming home to heartbreak after Cyclone Yasi

DEVASTATION: The luxurious Dunk Island resort the day after Cyclone Yasi battered north Queensland

HEARTBROKEN Rebecca Latemore came home to find her house popped apart like a cake box.

The 35-year-old broke down and sobbed as she stood in the wreckage of her rented Mission Beach home of two years, her possessions strewn over hundreds of metres.

"They told us she was going to be a monster, but why did she have to be so vindictive?" the resort worker said.

Ms Latemore and her partner Rupert Perry spent a terrifying night under the sink in a bathroom at a nearby resort as the eye of Cyclone Yasi crossed the coast.

It was better than staying at home. When they returned yesterday only the toilet was left standing and all four walls were peeled away.

"We knew the place was vulnerable. Thank God we did not stay," Mr Perry said.

"After the eye there was this eerie calm for 40 minutes and then this roar before the wind swung around and really hit us.
"It sounded like a thousand freight trains coming at us that was when the damage was done."

In a sweep yesterday by helicopter from Cairns to Ingham, The Courier-Mail counted at least 100 unsalvageable homes blown apart by the epic storm.

One house was lifted up and smashed into rocks, huge sections of rainforest were stripped bare of leaves and beachfront hamlets in Mission Beach, Hull Head and Tully Heads were left in ruins.
The damage revealed in Bryant St, Tully

The Dunk Island resort, off Mission Beach, was also smashed beyond recognition.

The function hall was gutted, an "infinity" pool filled with sand and the health centre was unroofed.

Almost all of the beachfront apartments had their walls torn off and were left empty shells by the ferocious winds.

Palm trees, normally a hardy species capable of withstanding heavy storms, were stripped bare of fronds.

Luckily, all the island's staff who had not been evacuated managed to survive the storm unscathed.

They were airlifted off the island yesterday and offered counselling. A skeleton crew remained behind to start the clean-up and rebuilding process.

Further south at Port Hinchinbrook, the sprawling resort built by entrepreneur Keith Williams, the marina was a scene of extraordinary devastation.

Yacht owner Steve Crothers said the marina simply crumbled in the face of an estimated 7m storm surge after he evacuated on Tuesday.

His motor sailer Electra 2 was turned into scrap metal. It now stood untidily stacked among the junk of a trashed multi-million dollar fleet.

Debris of the storm surge could be seen above the Bruce Highway, about 100m inland. The highway was covered in sand and large slabs of bitumen surface ripped up.

The Cardwell police station, court house and pub were left shattered.

Survivor Todd "Totty" Adams, 71, and his brother Owen told how they outran the storm surge in Tully. Their two-storey house held up at first, but when a wave of water crashed through the windows they ran.
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333. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:22 (GMT)
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332. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:18 (GMT)
Here are a few stats from TC Yasi.

YASI'S POWER

Early estimate of cost: $1 billion hit to agriculture (mainly bananas and sugar) and tourism. Insurance, infrastructure and other rebuilding costs yet to be determined.

Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) highest estimated wind gust: 290km/h
Highest unconfirmed recorded wind gust (by BoM observers): 220km/h Tully and Innisfail.
Highest official recorded wind gust: Lucinda Point 185km/h 11.27pm Wednesday


DEATH TOLL

A 23-year-old man from Bamboroo, near Ingham, has suffocated while using a generator in a small room, as power was cut to his house. Fears are also held for two men missing since the flood. One of whom was reported missing by his sister in Brisbane and another after being last seen trying to move his yacht into mangroves near Cardwell. Both have been found and are alive and well.

DAMAGED AREAS

Mission Beach - Aerial assessors believe 22 properties have major structural damage but the full real extent of damage will not be known until ground crews move in.
Tully - Buildings and homes sustained damage in town. At Tully Heads, 21 properties have major damage, 19 have medium damage and 12 have minor damage. Traffic lights bent in half. Banana and sugar cane crops all but wiped out.
Cairns - Avoided the worst of Cyclone Yasi making landfall night although more than 65 per cent of homes were without power.
Innisfail - Town was isolated by floodwaters. Roads strewn with debris. Some 8000 baby barramundi killed at a barramundi farm at Mourilyan, south of Innisfail.
Cardwell - Around 60 properties have major structural damage, 100 have "medium level damage" and 50 have minor damage. A church was stripped of its walls and roof. Banana crops all but wiped out.
Townsville - 85 per cent of city lost without power. Minor structural damage. Debris strewn across streets. 9m storm surge wave reported.
Ingham - Complete loss of power. In danger of flooding with expected levels of 12.2m similar to what was reached during flood of Christmas 2010.
Proserpine: Half of the town without power.
Port Hinchinbrook - About 70 boats either destroyed or damaged and litter the foreshore and nearby streets.
Mackay - Early reports from the scene at Abbot Point, Mackay and Hay Point terminals are that the monster storm caused no major structural damage. Half of the city without power.

COMMUNICATIONS

Telstra - 25 mobile phone towers out of commission. Over 10,000 landlines disconnected.
NBN Infrastructure - Possible damage in Townsville. Government waiting for further inspections.

SCHOOLS

More than 250 schools closed in the wake of Cyclone Yasi:
82 - state schools in far north Queensland
93 - state schools in north Queensland
53 - Catholic schools
26 - independent schools and five TAFE colleges

TOWN BY TOWN

Official BoM weather observations (max wind gusts recorded/ AEST):

Cairns: 48km/h, 5.32pm Tuesday; 85km/h 11.38pm Wednesday; 93km/h, 12.43am Thursday.
Townsville: 44km/h, 11.47am Tuesday; 120km/h, 11pm Wednesday; 135km/h, 1.23am Thursday.
Lucinda Point (120km south of Mission Beach and also nearest BoM weather gauge): 48 km/h 10.39pm Tuesday; 185km/h, 11.27pm Wednesday; 180km/h, Thursday 2.14am.
Mareeba (60km west of Cairns): 48km/h, 6.38pm Tuesday; 81km/h, 11.18pm Wednesday.
Georgetown (375km approx, west of Mission Beach where Yasi reached landfall): 46km/h 10.55pm Tuesday; 63km/h 5.02pm Wednesday.

TC Yasi from Birth to Death
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331. AussieStorm
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:11 (GMT)
Quoting Beachfoxx:
Aussie,

Thank you for sharing those heart wrenching photos... Thoughts & prayers for our Aussie friends.
I'm sad to see the destruction, Australia is such a beautiful country - I know the people will pull together and over come this hardship.

Peace Be With You...

Your welcome and Thank you.
Quoting nocaneindy:


Aussie, what are some good charities to donate to for relieve over there?

Australian Red Cross.
Salvation Army
Also Premiers relief fund.
Quoting Floodman:
Aussie, our thoughts are with your neighbors in the north that have suffered so much...

How are you doing? Your reporting was very good, but I'm afraid you may be a bit worn out

Thanks and yes I am both physically and mentally exhausted.
Quoting NEwxguy:
Incredible pics,Aussie,like others,my prayers are with you and all those effected.I heard on the news no deaths have been reported,but I'm sure that is early reports.

There has been 1 death so far a 23-year-old man from Bamboroo, near Ingham, has suffocated while using a generator in a small room, as power was cut to his house.
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329. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 14:01 (GMT)
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328. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 13:55 (GMT)
327. kwgirl
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 13:52 (GMT)
Good Morning all from the Sunny and warm Florida Keys. Looking at the front in Patrap's posting makes me think we may be in for a drop in temperatures and some rain. Hopefully it won't get too chilly.
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326. Patrap
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 13:46 (GMT)




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325. muddertracker
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 13:26 (GMT)
No school today in Central Texas! More ice than expected. Apparantly some dry air got mixed in...light snow on top, though. Kids are excited!
Stay warm, America!
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323. IKE
4. helmikuuta 2011 klo 13:11 (GMT)
I see some drier air working into Houston. If the sun would come out it would melt that ice.
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