Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Welcome to Summer!

Wednesday, 6/22/2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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The Summer Solstice is Upon Us...

1316 EDT...

Tuesday, 6/21/2011, 8:30 AM EDT

Severe Thunderstorms are a danger throughout the Mid-Section and into the Appalachians. Pockets of excessive heat can be from out West, in the South, and Southeast. The Northeast and the Pacific Northwest look to be fairly calm today.

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Darn Near Every Color of The Rainbow...
...check the Advisory Map to the Left...

Monday, 6/20/2011, 10:20 AM EDT

As an Upper Level Low tracks eastward into the Plains, Severe Weather will occur in that area and portions of the Mississippi Valley. Ample Gulf Moisture will feed rainfall and storms throughout the Southeast and Ohio Valley. Fair weather will be found in the West, while flooding could occur in the East. The Wallow Fire continues to burn, along with at least 30 new fires in Texas. Air Quality Alerts remain issued in New Mexico and North Carolina, both due to smoke.

There were 11 reported tornadoes yesterday across the center of the country. There are Heat Advisories in six States today.

Six to 10 inches of snow are expected in the higher elevations of the Rockies.

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This Says It All...

Happy Father's Day!

Sunday, 6/19/2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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"...and So It Goes...
Kurt Vonnegut. Jr. Slaughterhouse-Five 1969

Saturday, 6/18/2011, 11:00 AM EDT

One more time: Fire and Storms and Heat-

A Strong Ridge moving across the Mid-West will combine with ample Gulf moisture to bring locally heavy rain and thunderstorms to areas from the lee of the Rockies though the Ohio Valley to the Southeast this weekend. A lingering Low could produce scattered rain and storms to the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. The Mountain West will see precipitation, with some high-elevation snow showers. The South and Southern West will experience triple-digit heat for the next few days.

The two main Arizona Wildfires are 38% (Wallow) and 65% (Horseshoe Two) contained, respectively. Air Quality Alerts are still posted in New Mexico (smoke), as well as North Carolina (particulates).

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A Day of Storms...a Day of Fire
..., What's New?

Friday, 6/17/2011, 8:50 AM EDT

Two strong Lows, one over the Northeast and one in the West will bring rain to New England, and perhaps Severe Thunderstorms across the Plains and east into the Ohio Valley. Extreme Heat will be found in the drought areas of Texas. Another front will bring thunderstorms into the Mid-Atlantic and then North over the weekend. Much of the country is under Hazardous Weather Outlook postings due to possible severe rainstorms. The Wallow Fire in Arizona has been 29% contained, having consumed almost 490.000 acres.

Air Quality Alerts continue in North Carolina and New Mexico. A collapsed levee in South Dakota has been repaired, but the danger still exists for more erosion.

More Fire...More Rain...

Thursday, 6/16/2011, 9:40 AM EDT

The East Coast will have a frontal system pushed through by an upper level Low over the Great Lakes. This will bring showers and thunderstorms through tomorrow. There is a slight risk that some of these storms will be severe. A strong Low will stall over Montana, and coupled with Gulf Moisture, will lead to strong storms over the Plains.

The Arizona Fires continue to be contained*, but eight Western States have Red Flag Warnings up. Floodwaters, especially in Montana, are receding, but continued snowmelt and local precipitation will cause fluctuations for weeks to come. Yosemite continues to see sections closed because of high water.

There are areas of Poor Air Quality in the West due to the Wildfires, and the East due to pollutants.

*NWS Statement: The Wallow Fire in east-central Arizona is now 20% contained, with additional containment likely tonight. Mandatory evacuation orders continue to slowly be eased. The Horseshoe 2 Fire in far southeast Arizona is now more than 60% contained. The Monument Fire along the International Border in southeast AZ has burned more than 5,000 acres and is 10% contained.

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Some Fire...Some Rain...

Wednesday, 6/15/2011, 10:00 AM EDT

Gulf Moisture is in place over the Mid-West as an upper level Low enter that region. This is touching off showers and thunderstorms from the Mid-West, through the Mississippi Valley, and into the Southlands. Flash Flood Warnings have already been posted in some areas already this morning. Another Low will bring precipitation from the Pacific Northwest into the Rockies.

Here is a NWS quote regarding the Arizona Fires: The Wallow Fire in east-central Arizona has impacted over 440,000 acres of mainly National Forest land since it started on May 29. The fire has now burned into New Mexico. More than 400 firefighters and support staff are battling this fire, with 10% containment thus far. The Horseshoe 2 Fire in far southeast Arizona has burned nearly 150,000 acres since it began on May 8. Containment of the fire is nearing 50% and full containment is expected by June 22. There

Snow melt is causing Flood Conditions in the West, causing some closures in Yosemite. There are Excessive Heat Warnings for Texas, and Air Quality Alerts in sevens States.

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Flooding, both Coastal and Flash, is the concern today...

Tuesday, 6/14/2011, 9:20 AM EDT

The upper level low system will finally exit the New England area, leaving behind cooler temperatures, and some lingering rain in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. A pair of Lows over the Plains will draw in Gulf Moisture, setting off thunderstorms. Some in the Missouri, Mississippi, and Tennessee Valleys may be severe. An additional trough will move into the region later bringing more precipitation chances. Flooding in the Mountain West has washed out hundreds of roads and bridges, causing damage that may take months to repair. Some rivers and streams will remain at flood stage almost until July

The Arizona Wallow Fire is 10% contained, and the Horseshoe 2 Fire is 50% contained.

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The East Survived The Beast, the West Gets a (little) Rest, the Middle May Be In A Fiddle...from the Possible Storms...

Monday, 6/13/2011, 9:20 AM EDT

A series of Low Pressures areas in the center of the country will bring Gulf moisture as far north as the Dakotas bringing showers and possible Severe Thunderstorms to the region. Another system will cause precipitation from the Pacific Northwest to the High Plains. Rivers in the North are topping out and beginning to recede after surpassing 1997 levels, the records until this time.

Firefighters in Arizona are beginning to get some control over the major fires there, while five other Western States and Florida have Red Flags posted.

The storms of last night ushered in a Cold Front to much of the East, bringing relief from the oppressive heat and humidity for a few days.

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Fires, Floods, and Fronts Today...

Sunday, 6/12/2011, 10:00 AM EDT

The Wallow Fire in Arizona is up to 430,000 acres destroyed, and is now spreading into New Mexico. The other main conflagration, Horseshoe Two has burned over 140,000 acres. Red Flags are up in Six Western States. Flooding remains a problem in a number of areas in our country. (Floods)

An East Coast front will move offshore today leaving behind showers and thunderstorms. A series of Lows in the West will draw Gulf Moisture as far North as The Dakotas, setting off storms across the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Another system coming across the Rockies will produce storms across the High Plains.

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A Nation with Fire, and Rain, and Floods, and Storms...

Saturday, 6/11/2011, 10:50 AM EDT

Fire crews in Arizona are now getting some containment to the Wallow Fire while the total area destroyed now measured at over a half a million acres.

The Mid-West trough will slide eastward bringing a Low into New England by tomorrow. A moist, southerly flow will be in place for the arrival of this front, causing heavy rainfall and possible severe thunderstorms in the East. Another system in the Plains will allow Gulf moisture in to produce showers and thunderstorms to the mid-section of our country this afternoon. A third system from the PNW will bring precipitation to the Northern Rockies.

Additional rain in the North will compound the flooding dangers there, and downstream. Air Quality Alerts may come down with the advent of storms in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast.

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Right Now, Maybe Not So Many Storms This Day??

Friday, 6/10/2011, 5:00 PM EDT

Storm Prediction Center Experimental Thunderstorm Outlook

Cooler air will remain in the Mid-West due to an upper level trough moving through the Plains States. A Low associated with this will bring heavy rain to the Great Lakes, perhaps touching off Flash Floods in Iowa and Illinois. Severe Thunderstorms could affect areas as far west as Oklahoma. Flooding continues in Montana, with uncounted roads and bridges closed….or gone. The two main Arizona Wildfires have burned over 450,000 acres with the Wallow Fire burning un-checked despite the efforts of over 3,000 firefighters. Air Quality Alerts are posted in the West due to these fires, and in the East and South due to Low-Level Pollution.

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Another Dangerous Day...

Fire, Floods, Storms, Heat, and Bad Air...

Thursday, 6/9/2011, 10 AM EDT

A front that extends across most of the country will bring showers and thunderstorms to the Northeast tonight, and the Mid-Atlantic tomorrow. As this front moves southward, it will touch off precipitation in the Rockies and onward into the Great Plains. Montana will continue to experience flooding as the area received heavy rain earlier this week. A band of severe weather is possible today from the Plains States to the Northeast. Parts of the Mid-West are either under Flash Flood Warnings, or may be soon.

The Arizona wildfires continue to burn, and have destroyed over 500,000 acres.

Heat warnings are posted for the Mid-Atlantic and Lower NE regions, with numerous schools closing early, and cooling shelters being opened in the urban areas. High levels of ground ozone are the cause of numerous Air Quality Alerts throughout the East.

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It's Not The Heat...

...It's The Heat, Humidity, Air Quality, Floods, Thunderstorms, Wildfires...

(Springtime in The USA)

Wednesday, 6/8/2001 9:25 AM EDT

90 and 100-degree temperatures are on tap for the South and Mid-Atlantic today as well as far North as Minnesota. A slight risk of severe thunderstorms exists for the Great Lakes/Plains regions as well as the Northeast. The Wallow Wildfire in Arizona still burns with 0% containment due to conditions and its remoteness. Flooding is hitting the North and Pacific Northwest very hard. Amtrak service is being suspended from Chicago to Denver due to flooding in the Missouri basin.

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