Heavy rains, snows, and season's first tornadoes hit Texas

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:41 (GMT)

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The nation's first major winter storm rumbled through Texas yesterday, bringing much appreciated heavy rains. The storm set also spawned the year's first two tornadoes, and brought record-setting heavy snows to West Texas. A wide swath of 3 - 5 inches of rain fell over much of Eastern Texas and Southern Louisiana, bringing isolated flooding to the drought-ravaged region. Houston, Texas received 4.06" of rain, breaking the previous record rainfall for the date of 2.54". It was the heaviest rainfall for Houston since the 4.87" that fell October 15, 2007. Drought-stricken Texas has now received the heaviest precipitation, relative to average, of any state in the U.S. during 2012, thanks to a highly abnormal jet stream pattern that is keeping the northern polar branch of the jet stream far to the north in Canada. The latest GFS model forecast predicts that this unusually dry pattern will persist for at least the next ten days, with the possibility of it breaking down during the last week of January.


Figure 1. Radar-estimated precipitation ending Tuesday morning, January 10, 2012, shows a wide swath of 3 - 5 inches for much of Eastern Texas and Southern Louisiana.


Figure 2. Departure of precipitation from average for the 7-day period January 2 - January 9, ending at 7 am EST. Texas has been the wettest state in the U.S., and the rest of the country has been incredibly dry. Image credit: NOAA/Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

Year's first tornado hits Texas City
The first tornado of 2012 touched down near 1pm CST in Texas City yesterday. The twister hit the Mall of the Mainland, damaging its roof and blowing out windows of parked cars. No injuries were reported, but the storm flooded the mall with 2 - 3 inches of water, and the mall remains closed today. A separate tornado affected Fort Bend County, Texas, but caused no damage or injuries. January is typically the quietest month of the year for tornadoes in the U.S.; during the past three years, we've averaged seventeen tornadoes in the month of January. A few more tornadoes are possible today, as NOAA's Storm Prediction Center predicts that a slight chance of severe weather will continue along the cold front of the storm that spawned yesterday's tornadoes. New Orleans, the Florida Panhandle, and most of Mississippi and Alabama are at risk of seeing a few tornadoes and damaging winds from severe thunderstorms.

Heavy snow in West Texas sets all-time snow records for Midland
Yesterday's storm dumped 10.6 inches of snow on Midland, Texas, setting a record for the heaviest 1-day snow in city history. The previous record was the 9.8" that fell December 10 - 11, 1998. Midland's total snowfall for the winter of 2011 - 2012 is now 19.5". With winter not even half over, this smashes their previous seasonal snowfall record of 13.9", set in the winter of 1946 - 1947. Remarkably, Midland (population 111,000) has had more snow this year than America's four snowiest cities with population greater than 75,000--Syracuse, Rochester, and Buffalo (in New York's lake-effect snow belts), and Duluth, Minnesota:



Heavy snows hit Southern Alaska
If you're wondering where all of the snow that usually hits California's Sierras and the northern tier of U.S. states is going, the answer is Southern Alaska. This winter's highly abnormal jet stream pattern is slamming an unending series of heavy snow storms into Southern Alaska, where the snow totals are mind-bending. A snow storm on Sunday dumped 15.2" of snow on Valdez, Alaska, bringing the total snow this season to 290.5". That's 24.2 feet (7.4 meters), and is 12 feet (3.7 meters) above what the city normal has by January 10. The city is still a ways from breaking their monthly or seasonal snowfall records--their highest monthly snowfall was 180" in February 1996, and their highest seasonal total was 550.7", set during the winter of 1989 - 1990. Valdez received 152.2" of snow during December 2011, setting a new December snowfall record (records go back to 1949.) According to wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt, Valdez is the snowiest low-level location in the world and averages about 328" every winter season. The Alaska state snowfall record is 974.1" (81.2', or 24.7 meters) at Thompson Pass in 1952-1953, just up the highway from Valdez. This record is beyond reach, since the site is no longer is no longer operating. The latest forecast for Valdez calls for another 10 - 15 inches of snow today.

I'll have a new post on Wednesday or Thursday.

Jeff Masters

Houston Flood Day Skyline (SurfYak)
I shot this skyline during a short break in the rain today. We needed rain so badly here in Houston but we got too much of it all at once and now there's flooding all over the city! For my live webcam view approxiamtely where this was taken (you can see the webcam in the photo), Click here. For more of my photography, visit my Flickr page.
Houston Flood Day Skyline
Heavy Houston Rain (Fendie)
Field flooding at Rice University due to heavy rain on the morning of 1/9/2012
Heavy Houston Rain
Marshmallow Tree (Kiska)
Time to pick the marshmallows:) Palmer, Alaska
Marshmallow Tree
Midland Snow (KMcCoin)
Snow fall taken Jan 9 2012 abt an hour ago.
Midland Snow

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227. sunlinepr
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 23:36 (GMT)
Cyclone Heidi hits Pilbara coast in WA, residents on red alert
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January 11, 2011 – AUSTRALIA – Tropical Cyclone Heidi is crossing Western Australia’s Pilbara coast, bringing strong winds and heavy rains to the region. A red alert has been sounded for Port Hedland as storm surges threaten to inundate low lying parts of the town. “We’re certainly feeling the full brunt of Cyclone Heidi as she crosses the coast,” Port Hedland Mayor Kelly Howlett told Channel 9 this morning. “She’s certainly packing a little punch at the moment. “We’ve certainly got the wind gusts of a about 140km and very heavy rain.” Heidi started making landfall around 4.30am WST. She urged all residents to remain indoors until the official all clear is given. Communities between Pardoo and Whim Creek have all been ordered to shelter while those further inland were told to gather up emergency supplies and brace for Heidi’s wrath. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said winds of up to 120km/h had been whipping along the coast with destructive gusts up to 150 km/h possible in some places. Forecasters said up to 250 mm of rain is possible with the storm. The West Australian newspaper reported that Port Hedland’s airport and bulk export port had shut down. –Herald Sun
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226. sunlinepr
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 23:34 (GMT)
A development firm in China has erected a 30-storey hotel in just 15 days, or 360 hours.

The developer, Broad Group, came under the global spotlight last year when it built a 16-storey residential block in China in just five days.
And their latest project, which is located in the south-central Chinese city of Changsha is no less impressive.
The ‘flat pack’ skyscraper was 90% pre-constructed in factories and then put together onsite. It uses one-sixth the materials of a comparable facility and is also an extremely energy-efficient building, combining thermal insulation, triple pane windows, external solar shading, fresh air heat recovery, and LED lighting. It is also earthquake-proof and is said to be able to withstand tremors of up to 9.0.
Having perfected their novel approach to construction the company now aims to build another 150 30-storey apartment buildings, hotels and offices in the same manner.
It is hoped that the ability to build property so quickly will revolutionize areas where property is in short supply.
The company believes that their approach could be used to quickly construct environmentally-friendly homes in over populated urban areas and could also be used in disaster relief to construct new buildings quickly and efficiently.

No doubt some British builders could take a leaf out of Broad’s book...

Link

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225. SPLbeater
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 15:53 (GMT)
hello people. its raining again. does anybody know where i can find a VIL(vertically integrated liquid) loop from the NWS? using wunderground right now for it
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224. DavidHOUTX
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 15:29 (GMT)
Quoting bappit:
Some flooding pics from yesterday morning in Houston.

Had over six inches in Sugarland. It came down in a hurry, too.

Edit: well, never mind. The link is broken now.


I guess the link is back up working now. Here is some more pics of the Houston flooding that happened on Monday

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/gallery/H ouston-area-hit-by-flooding-twisters-34269/photo-2 021127.php
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223. Neapolitan
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 15:09 (GMT)
NEW BLOG ENTRY
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222. TampaSpin
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 15:06 (GMT)
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221. TampaSpin
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 15:05 (GMT)
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220. TampaSpin
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 15:05 (GMT)
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219. RitaEvac
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 15:01 (GMT)
Year's first tornado hits Texas City
The first tornado of 2012 touched down near 1pm CST in Texas City yesterday. The twister hit the Mall of the Mainland, damaging its roof and blowing out windows of parked cars. No injuries were reported, but the storm flooded the mall with 2 - 3 inches of water, and the mall remains closed today.


I pass this mall every morning going to work, from the front of Sears and the Mall, you can't tell anything happened. No damage around. Work 5 or so miles from the Mall. Have lunch near there all the time, was off that day though.
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218. TomTaylor
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:53 (GMT)
Quoting washingtonian115:
Let's not make predictions this early.everyone was almost certain(with the exxception of me) that 2011 was going to be an average storm season.......we all know that didn't turn out.
no, most people called for an above average season (14-17 named storms in that area). We did get more storms than that but many of them were very weak and overall, in terms of ACE it ended up being just a slightly above average season.
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217. KeysieLife
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:52 (GMT)
Quoting AussieStorm:

A torch is same as flashlight


Well, I'm not attacking Frankenstein with a flashlight!

Looks like a pretty rough night!

STAY SAFE!
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216. AussieStorm
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:44 (GMT)
Quoting KeysieLife:

A torch is same as flashlight
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215. sunlinepr
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:43 (GMT)

A new island forming in the Red Sea, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) from the coast of Yemen. This natural-color image was acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard the Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite.

Earth's Newest Island, Burped from a Volcano, Is a Keeper by Natalie Wolchover Date: 10 January 2012

Earth's newest island is here to stay.

The island, a mound of lava and ash about 2,000 feet (600 meters) across, piled up during the eruption of an underwater volcano in the Red Sea in mid-December. It was initially suspected of being short-lived — most pileups of volcano debris in water quickly crumble back to the depths — but scientists say this one has solidified nicely.

LiveScience.com
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214. sunlinepr
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:39 (GMT)
Anthrax outbreak claims lives of more than 165 wild animals in Zimbabwe

88 hippos, 45 buffaloes, 30 elephants and two kudos found dead in Mana Pools national park
Tests confirm hippos were killed by anthrax

By Stewart Maclean Last updated at 11:48 AM on 10th January 2012

More than 165 wild animals including 88 hippopotamuses have died amid an outbreak of anthrax in Zimbabwe.

The hippos were found dead alongside 45 buffaloes, 30 elephants and two kudos in the country's northern Mana Pools national park.

Zimbabwean Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokeswoman Caroline Washaya-Moyo told the state-owned Herald newspaper that tests had proved the hippos were killed by anthrax.
Infectious: More than 165 wild animals including 88 hippopotamuses have died amid an outbreak of anthrax in Zimbabwe

Infectious: More than 165 wild animals including 88 hippopotamuses have died amid an outbreak of anthrax in Zimbabwe

She added that the cause of death for the other animals had not yet been confirmed but said early signs suggested they had also fallen victim to the infectious disease.

Ms Washaya-Moyo said she feared the outbreak could spread to other wildlife in the protected reserve, which lies around the lower Zambezi River.

She said: 'Our office has confirmed the anthrax outbreak following the death of the animals in Mana Pools.

'The Authority engaged the vet offices who later collected samples from hippos for lab testing.

'The lab test confirmed that 88 hippopotamus died of anthrax.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2084603/An thrax-outbreak-claims-lives-165-wild-animals-Zimba bwe.html#ixzz1jA1OSuqs
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213. KeysieLife
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:37 (GMT)
Quoting AussieStorm:


BLUE ALERT: People in or near coastal and inland communities between Whim Creek
and Dampier, including the communities of Roebourne, Pt Samson, Karratha, and
Dampier need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit
including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.


Aussie, wouldn't a flashlight work better than a torch, or do they plan on attacking Frankenstein after the storm? :)
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212. Minnemike
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:33 (GMT)
morning wunderblog :)
seems the east coast is getting a good drenching the next couple days. anyone have an idea on where this low is tracking and how strong it could get? looks like it's ramping up to be quite a storm to me!
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211. AussieStorm
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:21 (GMT)
Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Western Australia
Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre

Media: Transmitters serving the area between Pardoo and Whim Creek are
requested to USE the Standard Emergency Warning Signal before broadcasting the
following warning.

TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 14
Issued at 9:56 pm WST on Wednesday 11 January 2012

A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal areas from Wallal to Dampier,
including Port Hedland, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier, and extends to
adjacent inland parts.

At 10:00 pm WST Tropical Cyclone Heidi, Category 2 was estimated to be
75 kilometres north northeast of Port Hedland and
240 kilometres east northeast of Karratha and
moving south at 10 kilometres per hour towards the coast.

Tropical Cyclone Heidi remains a category 2 system as it tracks south towards
the Pilbara coast. The system is expected to take a more south-southwesterly
track overnight and cross the coast early on Thursday morning. Gales with gusts
to 100 kilometres per hour are occuring in coastal areas between Port Hedland
and Wallal, and should extend west to Whim Creek overnight. Destructive winds
with gusts to 155 kilometres per hour are possible overnight close to the
cyclone centre between Whim Creek and Pardoo, including Port Hedland. Gales
with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour may extend west to Dampier during
Thursday morning if the cyclone takes a more southwesterly track, and into the
adjacent inland parts of the central Pilbara.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to the east and south of the system. Rainfall
totals of 100-250mm are possible across the central and eastern Pilbara. Refer
to Flood Advices for further details.

Residents in and near Port Hedland and east to Wallal are specifically warned
of the potential of a DANGEROUS STORM TIDE as the cyclone centre crosses the
coast overnight. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high
tide mark with dangerous flooding of low-lying areas.

Tides elsewhere in the Pilbara should also be higher than normal.


RED ALERT: People in or near coastal and inland communities between Pardoo and
Whim Creek, including the communities of Pardoo, Port Hedland, South Hedland,
and Whim Creek, need to go to shelter immediately.


BLUE ALERT: People in or near coastal and inland communities between Whim Creek
and Dampier, including the communities of Roebourne, Pt Samson, Karratha, and
Dampier need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit
including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

Details of Tropical Cyclone Heidi at 10:00 pm WST:
.Centre located near...... 19.7 degrees South 118.9 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 30 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the south at 10 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 155 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ 2
.Central pressure......... 975 hectoPascals

The next advice will be issued by 11:00 pm WST Wednesday 11 January.

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210. AussieStorm
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:14 (GMT)
If anyone would like to listen to NW Australian Radio. Go here.
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209. FtMyersgal
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 14:01 (GMT)
...FL...

PRE-FRONTAL CLUSTERS OF TSTMS ONGOING OVER THE ERN G.O.M. ARE
EXPECTED TO MOVE ONSHORE TODAY AHEAD OF COLD FRONT. HERE TOO...POOR
MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES WILL LIMIT THE DEGREE OF INSTABILITY...THOUGH
BOUNDARY LAYER DEWPOINTS IN THE LOW-MID 60S AND BREAKS IN THE CLOUDS
WILL YIELD MLCAPE OF 500-700 J/KG. GIVEN THE PRESENCE OF 40-45 KT
OF DEEP...WLY SHEAR AND MODESTLY STRONG LOW-LEVEL SHEAR...A LOW
PROBABILITY RISK FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND PERHAPS A TORNADO WILL EXIST
THIS AFTERNOON
.

...MIDDLE TN INTO SRN APPALACHIANS...

ISOLATED OCCURRENCES OF HAIL APPROACHING SEVERE LEVELS WILL BE
POSSIBLE TODAY WITH STORMS FORMING INVOF MIDLEVEL COLD CORE.

..MEAD/BOTHWELL.. 01/11/2012


Heads up Florida...
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208. washingtonian115
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:50 (GMT)
Quoting WxGeekVA:




I know that my prediction is unlikely, but I just have this gut feeling about how 2012 hurricane season may go. And if there is one thing I learned, my gut is very trustworthy....

I had a gut feeling before the season started in 2011 that Irene will probally be the star of the season...As for this season I'll be waiting till may to make any predictions.Well we're humans and we arn't perfect.So I say...GO WITH YA GUT feeling.
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207. StormTracker2K
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:49 (GMT)
Quoting Jedkins01:
It is interesting that these frontal systems that move into Florida have continued to fall well short of expectations rain wise. It was quite the opposite last Winter though. We were expected to get a solid squall line with widespread heavy rain amounts today in Central Florida, but the initial squall line has collapsed to nothing more than a trailing MCS in the southern Gulf. What has been left is nothing but some broken line segments of convection in the Gulf, a mere shell of what was to be expected. We can only hope these segments reorganize into a solid and thick line before it reaches Florida, its been very dry since November and the whole area needs it.

Ive seen this happen 3 or 4 times now since November.


LOL! Jed hang in there man. Some strong thunderstorm are building off of Tampa right now.

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206. WxGeekVA
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:44 (GMT)
Quoting CybrTeddy:


Think its way too early to make that kind of prediction. For all we know, it could be quiet and it could be insane.


Quoting washingtonian115:
Let's not make predictions this early.everyone was almost certain(with the exxception of me) that 2011 was going to be an average storm season.......we all know that didn't turn out.


I know that my prediction is unlikely, but I just have this gut feeling about how 2012 hurricane season may go. And if there is one thing I learned, my gut is very trustworthy....

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205. StormTracker2K
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:44 (GMT)
Quoting CybrTeddy:


In all honesty, based on the SST trends alone, and the maintaining amount of TCHP in the Caribbean still, 2012's hurricane season will probably start pretty early, I'm going to guess as far out and say within the next 4 months, perhaps having a sub-tropical or hybrid system developing in Early May or the last week of April, kind of what we saw with 91L last year in April. Could very well be wrong, but not a good sign when you have warming SST's in January.


I agree!
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204. Jedkins01
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:41 (GMT)
It is interesting that these frontal systems that move into Florida have continued to fall well short of expectations rain wise. It was quite the opposite last Winter though. We were expected to get a solid squall line with widespread heavy rain amounts today in Central Florida, but the initial squall line has collapsed to nothing more than a trailing MCS in the southern Gulf. What has been left is nothing but some broken line segments of convection in the Gulf, a mere shell of what was to be expected. We can only hope these segments reorganize into a solid and thick line before it reaches Florida, its been very dry since November and the whole area needs it.

Ive seen this happen 3 or 4 times now since November.
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203. washingtonian115
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:39 (GMT)
Let's not make predictions this early.everyone was almost certain(with the exxception of me) that 2011 was going to be an average storm season.......we all know that didn't turn out.
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202. CybrTeddy
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:38 (GMT)
Quoting WxGeekVA:


One hurricane and a STS by June 15th. That's my forecast. Then, quiet in July and some fish storms in August, before the big one happens around the third week of September.


Think its way too early to make that kind of prediction. For all we know, it could be quiet and it could be insane.
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201. WxGeekVA
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:37 (GMT)
Quoting WxGeekVA:


One hurricane and a STS by June 15th. That's my forecast. Then, quiet in July and some fish storms in August, before the big one happens around the third week of September.


Oh, and I say 16-6-4 for the season count.
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200. WxGeekVA
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:36 (GMT)
Quoting CybrTeddy:


In all honesty, based on the SST trends alone, and the maintaining amount of TCHP in the Caribbean still, 2012's hurricane season will probably start pretty early, I'm going to guess as far out and say within the next 4 months, perhaps having a sub-tropical or hybrid system developing in Early May or the last week of April, kind of what we saw with 91L last year in April. Could very well be wrong, but not a good sign when you have warming SST's in January.


One hurricane and a STS by June 15th. That's my forecast. Then, quiet in July and some fish storms in August, before the big one happens around the third week of September.
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199. washingtonian115
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:33 (GMT)
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Is it bad when Sea Surface Temperatures are slowly warming instead of cooling in January? Lol, seriously, look in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and especially the east coast of Florida.

Maybe this year will feature a cat 5 slamming into a coastal area of ours(or somewhere).It's the end of the world I tell ya!!!.LOLOL.Sarcasm flag is on BtW.
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198. WxGeekVA
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:33 (GMT)
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Found another cool looking low off the coast of California.



Looks exactly like the tropical storm symbol...
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197. CybrTeddy
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:30 (GMT)
Quoting StormTracker2K:


I was very surprised to see the water temp yesterday at Cocoa Beach at 69 degrees. It just goes to show you how warm of a winter it's been down here. Yes we did have a cold spell last week for 2 or 3 days but that's been the only one this season as most other days have been near 80. Very unusual and one can only imagine how warm these temps will get come April & May which typically when the 90 degree temps come back in full force.


In all honesty, based on the SST trends alone, and the maintaining amount of TCHP in the Caribbean still, 2012's hurricane season will probably start pretty early, I'm going to guess as far out and say within the next 4 months, perhaps having a sub-tropical or hybrid system developing in Early May or the last week of April, kind of what we saw with 91L last year in April. Could very well be wrong, but not a good sign when you have warming SST's in January.
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196. StormTracker2K
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:17 (GMT)
Quoting MrstormX:
With this winter storm near the great lakes Thursday, I see the storm might linger a little more into Friday. Do you think it would be safe enough by the late afternoon 3:00ish on Friday to travel from Indianapolis to Valparaiso?

If anybody has some thoughts, I would appreciate that...


Wx looks good but getting cold though. Maybe a snow shower but that would be very slim. Your travel should be great just watchout for black ice on some of streets.
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195. MrstormX
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 13:09 (GMT)
With this winter storm near the great lakes Thursday, I see the storm might linger a little more into Friday. Do you think it would be safe enough by the late afternoon 3:00ish on Friday to travel from Indianapolis to Valparaiso?

If anybody has some thoughts, I would appreciate that...
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194. StormTracker2K
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 12:52 (GMT)
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Is it bad when Sea Surface Temperatures are slowly warming instead of cooling in January? Lol, seriously, look in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and especially the east coast of Florida.



I was very surprised to see the water temp yesterday at Cocoa Beach at 69 degrees. It just goes to show you how warm of a winter it's been down here. Yes we did have a cold spell last week for 2 or 3 days but that's been the only one this season as most other days have been near 80. Very unusual and one can only imagine how warm these temps will get come April & May which typically when the 90 degree temps come back in full force.
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193. TropicalAnalystwx13
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 12:46 (GMT)
Found another cool looking low off the coast of California.

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192. TropicalAnalystwx13
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 12:40 (GMT)
Is it bad when Sea Surface Temperatures are slowly warming instead of cooling in January? Lol, seriously, look in the eastern Gulf of Mexico and especially the east coast of Florida.

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191. islander101010
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 11:57 (GMT)
windy humid looks like some rain showers today we could use alittle e cen fl. beautiful sunrise
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190. PensacolaDoug
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 11:56 (GMT)



NWS Mobile his morning.


.SHORT TERM [TODAY AND TONIGHT]...THIS HAS CERTAINLY BEEN A HUMBLING
WEATHER SYSTEM TO TRACK WITH MOTHER NATURE CONTINUING TO FIND NEW
TRICKS UP HER SLEEVE. 09Z SFC ANALYSIS SHOWS A 1001 MB LOW OVER NW
ALABAMA...WHICH CONTINUES TO GRADUALLY DEEPEN AS IT PULLS OFF TO THE
NNE. AS THE LOW BEGAN TO DEEPEN OVER WEST CENTRAL ALABAMA SEVERAL
HOURS AGO...WINDS INCREASED DRAMATICALLY...ESPECIALLY ALONG THE COAST
IN THE WAKE OF THE ATTENDANT FRONTAL PASSAGE. NWS OBS AND UNIV. SOUTH
ALABAMA MESONET SITES HAVE SHOWN FREQUENT GUSTS OF 30 TO 40 MPH
ACROSS THE COASTAL PORTIONS OF ALABAMA AND NORTHWEST FLORIDA. THE
KMOB VAD WIND PROFILE SHOWS 30-35 KT WINDS AS LOW AS 2-3
KFT...INDICATING WE ARE MIXING A HIGH PERCENTAGE OF THESE WINDS TO THE
SFC. WE HAVE ISSUED A WIND ADVISORY UNTIL 9 AM TO COVER THIS
SITUATION. THE MAGNITUDE OF THE GUSTS SHOULD BEGIN TO DECREASE OVER
THE NEXT FEW HOURS AS THE SFC LOW PULLS AWAY AND THE PRESSURE
GRADIENT RELAXES. HOWEVER...WE EXPECT A BREEZY DAY WITH GUSTS OF 25
MPH LIKELY THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

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189. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 10:12 (GMT)
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #10
TROPICAL CYCLONE HEIDI, CATEGORY TWO (07U)
6:00 PM WST January 11 2012
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At 5:00 PM WST, Tropical Cyclone Heidi, Category Two (986 hPa) located at 19.3S 118.9E or 115 km north northeast of Port Hedland and 265 km northeast of Karratha has 10 minute sustained winds of 50 knots with gusts of 70 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving south southwest at 6 knots towards the coast.

Tropical Cyclone Heidi remains a category 2 system as it tracks south-southwest towards the Pilbara coast. Gales with gusts to 100 km/h are expected in coastal areas between Whim Creek and Wallal this evening. Destructive winds with gusts to 140 km/h are possible overnight close to the cyclone center between Whim Creek and Pardoo, including Port Hedland. Gales with gusts to 100 km/h may extend west to Dampier overnight if the cyclone takes a more southwest track, and into the adjacent inland parts of the central Pilbara.

The heaviest rainfall is expected to the east and south of the system. Rainfall totals of 100-250mm are possible across the central and eastern Pilbara. Refer to Flood Advices for further details.

Residents in and near Port Hedland and east to Wallal are specifically warned of the potential of a DANGEROUS STORM TIDE as the cyclone center crosses the coast overnight. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with dangerous flooding of low-lying areas. Tides elsewhere in the Pilbara should also be higher than normal.

RED ALERT: People in or near coastal and island communities between Pardoo and Whim Creek, including the communities of Pardoo, Port Hedland, South Hedland, and Whim Creek, need to go to shelter immediately.

BLUE ALERT: People in or near coastal and island communities between Whim Creek and Dampier, including the communities of Roebourne, Pt Samson, Karratha, and Dampier need to prepare for cyclonic weather and organise an emergency kit including first aid kit, torch, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
================================

A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal areas from Wallal to Dampier, including Port Hedland, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier, and extends to adjacent inland parts.

The Cyclone WARNING from Sandfire Roadhouse to Wallal has been cancelled.

The next tropical cyclone advice from Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center will be issued at 13:30 PM UTC..
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188. RTLSNK
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 10:06 (GMT)
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187. RTLSNK
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 10:03 (GMT)
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186. RTLSNK
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 10:01 (GMT)
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185. trunkmonkey
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 09:36 (GMT)
US Drought Monitor, January 3, 2012
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184. PlazaRed
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 09:19 (GMT)
An Extract from:-116. percylives.
""Climate dice."

"This hot extreme, which covered much less than 1% of Earth's surface in the period of climatology, now typically covers about 10% of the land area. We conclude that extreme heat waves, such as that in Texas and Oklahoma in 2011 and Moscow in 2010, were "caused" by global warming,"

I like the title of this, "Climate Dice." As far as I can see it there are 2 land areas where the dice are loaded. The major land mass in Russia to the south of the Arctic Ocean and North America mainly from the US, Canada boarder upwards. These 2 areas may be about to become almost hot desert areas in the summers with ever increasing record temperatures. If this occurs then it is bound to not only increase the rates of ice loss in the Arctic area but also influence climate change in practically the whole of the Northern Hemisphere.
We may be seeing the beginnings of these changes now with these weather anomalies.
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183. AussieStorm
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 08:32 (GMT)
Cyclone Heidi to cross WA coast overnight




Residents in Western Australia's Pilbara region are being warned to prepare for Cyclone Heidi, which is due to cross the coast overnight.

It has intensified to a category two system and is expected to hit the coast very close to Port Hedland and track south-west past Karratha - two of the state's major resource hubs.

The weather bureau says there will be destructive winds with gusts of up to 155 kilometres per hour and a dangerous storm tide near Port Hedland.

It is also warning that between 100 to 250 millimetres of rain could fall across the central and eastern Pilbara.

The bureau's Joe Courtney says residents have a bit of time to prepare.

"The most likely scenario is it crosses the coast towards midnight to the east of Port Hedland," he said.

A blue alert has been issued for people in or near the coast, including Pardoo, Port Hedland, South Hedland, Roebourne, Port Samson, Karratha, Dampier and Mardie.

They are being told to organise an emergency kit including first aid, portable radio, spare batteries, food and water.

Heavy rain and flash flooding has already forced road closures in the central and eastern Pilbara, as well as the town of Port Hedland.
Port shut

Australia's largest bulk export port at Port Hedland has been shut down as the cyclone nears.

The port's Steve Farrell says bulk ore carriers and other ships have been sent to safer waters.

"The last thing we want is for those vessels to break its mooring and run aground or cause damage, so it's always much safer for vessels and port to clear the vessels to safer water outside the cyclone area," he said.

Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals say they have stopped loading ships, but their mines are still operating as normal.

Dampier Port has sent the big ships out to safer waters and scaled back operations.

Oil and gas producers Woodside Petroleum and Santos say they have stopped production at some of their oilfields off the coast as the cyclone approaches.

Meanwhile, the Karijini and Millstream Chichester national parks remain shut after the rain caused flash flooding and inundation of roads and campsites in the parks.

Duty forecaster Darryl Vink says WA should be prepared for a number of cyclones this season.

"Potentially, we normally get four to five cyclones per season, we forecast slightly above that this year so we could expect another four to five, I guess," he said.
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182. HurrikanEB
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 08:23 (GMT)
Houston sure had some tummy aches this week :/
Link
(I dont know how to post videos)
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181. texwarhawk
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 07:57 (GMT)


Tornado damage about 500 yards from my house in Fort Bend County Texas
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180. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 07:24 (GMT)
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #9
TROPICAL CYCLONE HEIDI, CATEGORY TWO (07U)
3:00 PM WST January 11 2012
=========================

At 2:00 PM WST, Tropical Cyclone Heidi, Category Two (986 hPa) located at 19.1S 118.9E or 140 km north northeast of Port Hedland and 280 km northeast of Karratha has 10 minute sustained winds of 50 knots with gusts of 70 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving south southwest at 8 knots towards the coast.

Dvorak Intensity: T3.5/3.5/D1.5/24 HRS

Storm Force Winds
================
20 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
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60 NM from the center in northeast quadrant
50 NM from the center in northwest quadrant
60 NM from the center in southeast quadrant
50 NM from the center in southwest quadrant

Tropical Cyclone Heidi has intensified into a category 2 system as it tracks south-southwest towards the Pilbara coast. Gales with gusts to 100 km/h are expected in coastal areas east of Whim Creek this afternoon and evening. Destructive winds with gusts to 155 km/h are possible overnight close to the cyclone centre between Whim Creek and Pardoo, including Port Hedland. Gales with gusts to 100 km/h may extend west to Dampier overnight if the cyclone takes a more southwest track, and in the adjacent parts of the central Pilbara.

The heaviest rainfall are expected to the east and south of the system. Rainfall totals of 100-250mm are possible across the central and eastern Pilbara. Refer to Flood Advices for further details.

Residents in and near Port Hedland and east to Wallal are specifically warned of the potential of a DANGEROUS STORM TIDE as the cyclone center crosses the coast overnight. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with dangerous flooding of low-lying areas. Tides elsewhere in the Pilbara should also be higher than normal.

Tropical Cyclone Watches/Warnings
================================

A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal areas from Sandfire Roadhouse to Dampier, including Port Hedland, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier extending to adjacent inland parts.

The Cyclone WARNING from Dampier to Mardie has been cancelled.

Forecast and Intensity
======================

12 HRS: 20.5S 118.3E - 50 knots (CAT 2)
24 HRS: 21.4S 117.2E - 30 knots (Tropical Low)
48 HRS: 23.7S 115.7E - 25 knots (Tropical Low)
72 HRS: 27.1S 116.6E - 25 knots (Tropical Low)

Additional Information
=======================

Tropical Cyclone Heidi has intensified to category 2 showing a better defined circulation both by Port Hedland radar and by recent satellite imagery. Intensity of 50 knots based on Dvorak CI of 3.5 using time-averaged DT, although latest image and adjusted MET indicate 4.0 intensity. Offshore observations and ASCAT confirm the gale extent.

Motion in last 6 hours is now south southwest which should continue through to landfall, most likely in the Port Hedland/Whim Creek region.

Some further intensification is possible, although the system will make landfall within 12 hours. Weakening should be rapid after landfall aided by increasing wind shear and then a more southwest track overland is forecast. Model guidance has underestimated the intensity of the system and has generally tended to have a more westerly track than is predicted.

The next tropical cyclone advice from Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center will be issued at 10:30 AM UTC..
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179. AtHomeInTX
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 07:01 (GMT)
Not A lot of rain chances coming up. The 2012 coaster continues.

March-Like Wednesday; Sharply Colder Late-Week...

Posted: Jan 10, 2012 7:55 PM CST Updated: Jan 10, 2012 7:55 PM CST
By Patrick Vaughn



Upper-level low pressure over North Texas responsible for yesterday's heavy rainfall and today's cloudy, chilly weather will move out of Texas tonight. The result will be gradually clearing trend with lows in the lower 40s forecasted across Southeast Texas Tonight. Westerly winds are expected.

Wednesday will be a day that will be hard to dress your kids. They'll need coats and jackets in the morning and shorts and flip-flops in the afternoon thanks to a big temperature swing. Sunny skies with afternoon highs in the middle to upper 60s are forecasted. Westerly winds in the morning will back to the south in the afternoon.

A strong Canadian cold front will drive through the area Late Wednesday Night. Possibly the coldest weather so far this winter will follow later this week.

After lows in the lower 40s, Thursday afternoon will be blustery with mostly sunny skies, windy northerly winds and highs near 50.

Freezing temperatures are expected Friday and Saturday Mornings will the possibility of a Hard Freeze.

Lows in the 20s are expected Friday Morning with highs possibly only in the upper 40s due to partly sunny skies.

Lows again will be in the 20s Saturday Morning with highs in the mid 50s under sunny skies. Parade-goers should prepare for temperatures in the 30s.

Sunday, mostly sunny skies are expected across Southeast Texas. Lows will be in the mid 30s with highs near 60.

Warmer weather is forecasted by Monday with lows in the upper 40s and highs in the lower 70s. Skies will become partly sunny with south-southeasterly winds.

Rain and a cold front is forecasted by next Tuesday Afternoon. The coverage of rain and thunderstorms is 60%. Lows will be near 60 with highs in the upper 60s.

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178. SPLbeater
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 06:37 (GMT)
well im headed to bed. already up too late. gon be rough morning, see yal er- talk to yal later
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177. SPLbeater
11. tammikuuta 2012 klo 06:36 (GMT)
any1 done the Chicago scenario on NWS hotseat? i do not like the SRM colors at all, lol.
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