Record storm surges hit Mid-Atlantic coast

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:22 PM GMT on November 13, 2009

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Record storm surges have caused major flooding along the North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware coasts over the past 24 hours, thanks to the powerful winds of a slow-moving Nor'easter energized by the remains of Hurricane Ida. Norfolk, Virginia, suffered its highest storm surge on record last night, when a surge of 5.96 feet hit the Sewells Point tide station. The previous record was 5.62' during Hurricane Isabel of 2003, with the Chesapeake-Atlantic Hurricane of 1933 close behind at 5.61'. Last night's peak surge did not hit at high tide, and the storm tide--the combination of surge plus the tide--peaked at 7.74' above Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW), slightly below the 7.89' storm tide of Hurricane Isabel.


Figure 1. Rain gauge-measured precipitation from Ida-extratropical for the 24 hours ending at 7 am EST this morning. The storm dumped copious amounts of rain over a wide swath of coast. Image credit: NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service.

The highest storm surges at Sewell's Point tide gauge in Norfolk, Virginia since 1927:

5.96' Nov 2009 Ida-extratropical
5.62' Sep 2003 Hurricane Isabel
5.61' Aug 1933 Chesapeake-Atlantic Hurricane
4.73' Sep 1933 Hurricane 13, Cat 1)
4.66' Mar 1962 Ash Wednesday Nor'easter
4.05' Sep 1936 (Hurricane 13, Cat 2)

Top storm tides in Norfolk history:

1933 hurricane (Aug 23rd 1933)..............8.9 feet MLLW
April 11th 1956 Nor'easter..................8.0 feet MLLW
Hurricane Isabel (Sep 18th 2003)............7.9 feet MLLW
Ida-extratropical (Nov 12th 2009)...........7.8 feet MLLW
Ash Wednesday storm (Mar 7th 1962)..........7.8 feet MLLW

Serious coastal flooding is occurring from northern North Carolina to the Delaware/New Jersey border, with record high storm surges recorded at many locations. The storm surge at Lewes Point, Delaware at 9:48 pm EST last night reached 4.63 feet, beating the record high of 4.17' set during the January 4, 1992 Nor'easter. Tide records go back to 1919 at Lewes Point. The highest surge at any of the NOAA-maintained tide gauges from Ida-extratropical was 6.74' at 9:24 pm EST at Money Point, Virginia, located on an inlet about five miles south of downtown Norfolk.

Ida-extratropical also brought hurricane-force wind gusts to the Virginia coast yesterday, with a gust of 75 mph recorded at the Oceana NAS. The Norfolk airport recorded sustained winds of 52 mph, gusting to 70 mph, at the height of the Nor'easter last night. Heavy rains of 6 - 11 inches since Tuesday have created flooding on most of the the rivers along the entire North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland coasts. Ida-extratropical is slowly weakening and pulling away to the northeast, and the rains have ended along most of the coast, though. Virginia has now seen its highest storm surges, but this afternoon's high tide cycle is likely to bring another round of record or near-record storm tides to the coasts of Maryland, Delaware, and extreme southern New Jersey. This afternoon's high tide is forecast to bring a storm tide of 7.6' to Atlantic City, NJ, which would be the 10th highest tide there since 1911, but well short of the record 8.98' storm tide during the December, 1992 Nor'easter. By Saturday, Ida-extratropical will be on its way out to sea, and the storm surges and rains will finally abate.


Figure 2. Predicted storm tide (height above Mean Lower Low Water (MLLW, the lowest tide measured in a full 19-year natural tidal cycle, black line) for Lewes, Delaware (at the mouth of Delaware Bay), as predicted by the GFS model. A storm tide of 8.0 feet is forecast this afternoon during the high tide. For a full description of this plot, see the NOAA Extratropical Surge web site.


Figure 3. Tide gauge trace from the Sewell's Point gauge in Norfolk, VA, shows a storm surge of nearly 6 feet (green line) hit at 8:30 pm EST, with a maximum storm tide of 7.8 feet above MLLW occurring at high tide. Image credit: NOAA Tides and Currents.

Storm surges and sea level rise
The storm surge flooding in the Norfolk area was exacerbated by the fact that sea level has risen and the land has subsided significantly over the past century. Over the past 60 years, absolute sea level along the coast of Virginia has risen by about 2.6 mm/year. However, the relative sea level has risen by 4.44 mm/year since 1927 (Figure 4), meaning that the land has sunk by about 1.84 mm/year. The net result is that the ocean is now about 1.16 feet higher at Norfolk than it was in 1927. The Norfolk tide gauge shows the highest rate of relative sea level rise of any gauge on the U.S. East Coast (though relative sea level rise is much higher along the Gulf Coast, with rises near 3 feet/century at New Orleans). Thus, today's 5+ foot storm surge brought water more than a foot higher in Norfolk than the 5+ foot storm surge of the 1933 hurricane. Storm surge damages will steadily increase along the entire coast this century as sea level rise accelerates and coastal development continues. It is urgent that government take action in coming years to limit development in vulnerable coastal regions. The ocean is going flood our sand castles that we are building in harm's way, at an ever increasing rate.


Figure 4. Monthly mean sea level at the Sewells Point, VA tide gauge in Norfolk, without the regular seasonal fluctuations due to coastal ocean temperatures, salinities, winds, atmospheric pressures, and ocean currents. The long-term linear trend is also shown, including its 95% confidence interval. Relative sea level has increased by 1.16 feet since 1927, the highest rate of rise on the U.S. East Coast. Image credit: NOAA Tides and Currents.

Portlight responding to the flooding in Virginia
Portlight.org is deploying up to 3 self-sufficient mobile kitchens capable of feeding over 2000 people a day to the Virginia coast. They will be providing meals for first responders, volunteers, and, of course, affected residents. Donations are welcome--visit the portlight blog to learn more and make a PayPal donation. Thanks!

Take action: sign the QuikSCAT letter
The QuikSCAT satellite, launched in 1999, provides crucial measurements of surface wind speed and direction over Earth's oceans twice per day. Forecasters world-wide have come to rely on data from QuikSCAT to issue timely warnings and make accurate forecasts of tropical and extratropical storms, wave heights, sea ice, aviation weather, iceberg movement, coral bleaching events, and El Niño. QuikSCAT's antenna is expected to fail within the next six months, according to engineers at NASA/JPL, and QuikSCAT data has already been removed from our global weather forecast models, due to concerns about data reliability.

There exists a narrow window of opportunity in the next few days to get the wheels in motion to launch a QuikSCAT replacement instrument on a Japanese satellite in 2015. The funding for this must start within the next budget cycle, and there is currently no funding in place for a replacement QuikSCAT. If we miss this this opportunity, it may be ten years or more before a QuikSCAT replacement can be launched. To this end, I urge all of you to sign the QuikSCAT funding letter being presented to John Holdren, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

The letter is at: http://coaps.fsu.edu/scatterometry/statement/.

If you agree with the letter, please sign it (via the web site) as soon as possible: there is a very small window of opportunity to influence the next budget cycle, with this window closing within a few days.

Note that to validate your signature you must type the validation code in the bottom box. This code is the word that appears after 'code =', then click on the sign button.

For more information on QuikSCAT, see my post, The case for a new QuikSCAT satellite.


Figure 5. NASA's QuikSCAT satellite, launched in 1999. Image credit: NASA.

Expect a new blog until Monday, when I'll discuss the outlook for the remainder of hurricane season. It is finally over?

Jeff Masters

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


I don't know. What do you want? :)

ROFL! Same as everyone else. My mutual fund retirement savings back in less than 5 years (in other words, a Christmas miracle).

Oh, and weather-wise...I already have waterproof boots, soooooo, hm, winter in Virginia...will I need those red long johns this year?

P.S. Mr. & Mrs. Flood and NRAAmy didn't get banned, did they? Are they taking a holiday?
xcool is prob. lurking, waiting to pounce (hi lurkers).
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
804. Thanks, Geoff! Ahhh, childhood.
So what weather-related items are you and Grothar purchasing for your brides this Christmas?


We each buy our own gifts and give them to each other to wrap. Not much of a surprise, but we always get what we want. Not a bad deal at all.
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
804. Thanks, Geoff! Ahhh, childhood.
So what weather-related items are you and Grothar purchasing for your brides this Christmas?


I don't know. What do you want? :)
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804. Thanks, Geoff! Ahhh, childhood.
So what weather-related items are you and Grothar purchasing for your brides this Christmas?
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Okay...got the order all straight now.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Gotcha Grothar!


Gotcha back Geoff! ha ha. I read up on it before I posted that. Read all the posts. I said blog. You just lost your cookies. lol
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Quoting cgmaddog:
Awake, I have question for you. Has there been any dqamage assements done yet? I am curious about downed trees etc. I know the flooding was bad.

Mike

Hi, Mike, sorry I've been watching the new "Prisoner" show on AMC.
Tomorrow I will post the National Situation Report just as soon as I see it. I don't know where you are, but I just google searched "Preliminary Damage Assessments" and see they started this morning in NJ. Also looks like they started yesterday in Norfolk. Other towns/cities in VA currently underway.

Trees that are down are handled differently in different jurisdictions. I've seen everything from a controlled burn by the County Fire Dep't. (BIG fire, kind of fun) to collections by the Army Corps of Engineers...every disaster is different!! Pls. call your County Emergency Management office; they may have info for you, and just as importantly, YOU may have information for them. Remember all disasters start on the local level.
Hope this helps. If your county is included in a major disaster declaration, then go to
www.disasterassistance.gov
It's a great site and will save you a lot of headaches.
Like I said, every disaster is different (and personal!) and I don't want to give you any incorrect or outdated info. Blessings.

P.S. I just re-read your question. Maybe you were inquiring because you'd like work clearing trees? I don't know much about that, I think you register with county so folks know you're "kosher." :)
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
From Dr. Masters' profile:

While working on his Ph.D., he co-founded The Weather Underground, Inc. in 1995. He wrote much of the software that ingests and formats the raw NWS data used on the website, and created most of the imagery on the tropical page. Jeff currently serves as Director of Meteorology and on the Board of Directors for the company.



WeatherS, I mean Geoff, the blog started in 2005. WU before that. lol
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Gotcha Grothar!
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From Dr. Masters' profile:

While working on his Ph.D., he co-founded The Weather Underground, Inc. in 1995. He wrote much of the software that ingests and formats the raw NWS data used on the website, and created most of the imagery on the tropical page. Jeff currently serves as Director of Meteorology and on the Board of Directors for the company.

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Was WU around in 2002?


No, it started in 2005, but you can't say it wasn't quiet in 2002! Just wanted to see if anyone was paying attention. you get a cookie!
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Was WU around in 2002?
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I haven't seen the blog this quiet since November 2002!!!
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Lol Grothar..How are you this evening? Weather wise of course.


The weather in Ft. Lauderdale has been perfect. Dry, clear skies, 70's. At half-time I even went outside to see how perfect it was.
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Lol Grothar..How are you this evening? Weather wise of course.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Look at all the snow!!!

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Wow, I've never seen so much snow!! Not even in the movie "Gremlins"!!!
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Awake, I have question for you. Has there been any dqamage assements done yet? I am curious about downed trees etc. I know the flooding was bad.

Mike
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Look at all the snow!!!

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Heck of a way to get you to clean the gutters, Orca. At least you can't attribute the weather to SWMBO! Glad it's hype.

Welcome to the "swine flu" cartoon gifts page from CartoonStock.

Link
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
799. There's the man of the Pineapple Express.
Orca, what's happening?

What's next, locusts, frogs, and famine?
This is part of what we're seeing...

VANCOUVER - Warnings of flooding, landslides and possible fatalities have been issued across British Columbia's south coast as more than 300 millimetres of rain is predicted through Tuesday - almost twice the average daily downpour for November.

The danger is significant enough that one government weather expert told the Vancouver Province people should remain indoors if at all possible.


Overkill
We live on a rock (Vancouver Island)... unless your close to a mountain (landslide) then your ok :)
Its going to get wet and deep in the valleys and dips... they are calling for almost a foot in spots. I cleaned all of the gutters today just in case.

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799. There's the man of the Pineapple Express.
Orca, what's happening?

What's next, locusts, frogs, and famine?
This is part of what we're seeing...

VANCOUVER - Warnings of flooding, landslides and possible fatalities have been issued across British Columbia's south coast as more than 300 millimetres of rain is predicted through Tuesday - almost twice the average daily downpour for November.

The danger is significant enough that one government weather expert told the Vancouver Province people should remain indoors if at all possible.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Tell me your a wife...
Husband types wait until the 24th... thats why they call it eve.


No Al Bundy here. If I see something I know someone will like, get it early and over with. Less headaches later on.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Hope you are doing well Orca...I started shopping in January. Knew what I wanted to buy for my friends and most of my family right from the get go. Plus the prices were great.


Tell me your a wife...
Husband types wait until the 24th... thats why they call it eve.
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Hope you are doing well Orca...I started shopping in January. Knew what I wanted to buy for my friends and most of my family right from the get go. Plus the prices were great.
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Expect a new blog until Monday, when I'll discuss the outlook for the remainder of hurricane season. It is finally over?

Jeff Masters

Bet Dr. Masters says less than 30% chance of anything forming for the remainder of the season.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Anyone started their Christmas shopping yet? I have about 90% of mine done. Anyone have any memorable white Christmas'?


Hmmmph... bah humbug
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We already have 24 hour Christmas music on the radio down here...so what the heck...

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Anyone started their Christmas shopping yet? I have about 90% of mine done. Anyone have any memorable white Christmas'?
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Quoting calusakat:


Same thing happened in the Orlando/Maitland area during the summer in the early 1990's. Hail the size of golf balls and it was over knee deep in some parking lots in Maitland. Actually, it happened twice in less than a month. The trees in the area looked like PacMan had taken a bite out of the crown of the tree.

Our patio roof collapsed under the weight of the ice and most of us had to have our roof shingles replaced because the insurance companies agreed that the tar had been broken and the leak damage would likely occur later.

Kind of weird seeing drifts of hail almost a foot deep up against our fence.

Weather people said that it was caused by a tight loop in the jet stream that occurred over the area and took the cloud tops to over 75,000 feet. If I recall correctly, the lightning strikes totaled over 8000 in less than six hours.


I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex. That sounds like some of the wild storms we receive here in TX.

We had grapefruit size hail in Arlington in April 1994. It is an almost unbelievable sight to see hail that large, as they pummel through roofs, windows, skylights, car windshields and denude trees in a matter of 10 minutes!
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792. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number EIGHT
TROPICAL CYCLONE ANJA (04-20092010)
4:00 AM Réunion November 16 2009
=========================================

At 0:00 AM, Tropical Cyclone Anja (950 hPa) located at 13.5S 69.2E has 10 minute sustained winds of 85 knots with gusts of 120 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving southwest at 4 knots

RSMC Dvorak Intensity: T5.5

Hurricane Force Winds
=====================
within the center

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

Gale-force winds
==================
40 NM from the center extending up to 90 NM in the southwestern quadrant

Near Gale-force winds
======================
60 NM from the center extending up to 120 NM from the center in the southern semi-circle

Forecast and Intensity
======================
12 HRS: 14.2S 68.2E - 70 kts (Cyclone Tropical)
24 HRS: 15.3S 67.0E - 60 kts (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
48 HRS: 18.3S 65.7E - 30 kts (Depression Tropicale)
72 HRS: 21.9S/66.7E - 25 kts (Perturbation Tropicale)

Additional Information
========================
Corrective Central pressure 950 hpa (10 min) sustained winds 85 kts at 1800 PM UTC

The system intensity is stationary within the past 6 hours. According to the very last animated IR pictures. ANJA begun to move southwestward.

The system environment is still favorable with good low levels inflow and poor vertical upper levels wind shear and a rather good upper level divergence polarward. The efficiency of the polar outflow is weakening due to the westerly jet moving eastward.

The environmental conditions should remain good during the next 12-24 hours beyond 36hrs, the system will track over cooler sea surface temperatures south of 16S. Upper level vertical wind shear is expected to increase after 48 hours.

The steering flow is th e mid tropospheric ridge south of the system, which moves eastwards. The system also tracks southwest then it will recurve southward and then will be absorbed by a mid latitude trough.
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Patriots and Colts going to be a great game! Will the perfect season come to an end? Clear and 52 degrees.
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Quoting sammywammybamy:


We getting another cold front soon?


Looks live average temps. for the next 10 days:

Nov 15 Tonight
A few passing clouds. Low 62F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Nov 16 Tomorrow
A few passing clouds, otherwise generally sunny. Slight chance of a rain shower. High 81F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph.
Nov 16 Tomorrow night
A few clouds. Low around 65F. Winds NE at 5 to 10 mph.
Nov 17 Tuesday
Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 60s.
Nov 18 Wednesday
Few showers. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 70s.
Nov 19 Thursday
Few showers. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the low 70s.
Nov 20 Friday
Occasional showers possible. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 60s.
Nov 21 Saturday
Partly cloudy. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 60s.
Nov 22 Sunday
Few showers. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 60s.
Nov 23 Monday
Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 60s.
Nov 24 Tuesday
Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the low 80s and lows in the upper 60s.
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Where's TornadoDude, and is he feeling torn about this, oh, and what's the weather projected to be:

New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts

The New England Patriots head to Indianapolis to take on the undefeated Colts in a great AFC rivalry game in the Week 10 Sunday night game. Kick off for this Patriots vs Colts game is set for 8:20 PM EST November 15th. The Patriots come into this game with a 6-2 record, which is good for first place in the AFC East division. The Indianapolis Colts are one of two teams that are undefeated, with a 8-0 record so far in 2009. The Patriots have won three straight games, with wins over Miami, Tampa Bay and a 59-0 blowout against Tennessee. New England’s two losses came to the Jets in week 2 and the Broncos in week 5. Indianapolis is 4-0 at home, and is recently coming off a close 20-17 win against Houston last Sunday. This New England Patriots vs Indianapolis Colts prime time Sunday night game promises to be an exciting one.

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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Hi futuremet I would guess you were surprised to see that post pop up!…I was speaking specifically about so. Fla. So the same theory applies to us as to people who live where it REALLY gets cold during the winter?


The population density is noticeably smaller in regions where it is very cold (artic circle for instance). After all, not many people live in the north or south pole.
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from an article on about.com, main source: American Asso. of Pediatrics

In tropical areas, where it does not get cold, the common cold and flu season generally occurs during the rainy season. But again, these illnesses are not caused by the rain. They are just more prevalent because people come in closer contact with each other than they do during the dry season.
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Hope Orca, family and all affected by this system are doing okay.
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Hi futuremet I would guess you were surprised to see that post pop up!…I was speaking specifically about so. Fla. So the same theory applies to us as to people who live where it REALLY gets cold during the winter?
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777. AwakeInMaryland 6:55 PM EST on November 15, 2009
ORCA, PHONE WU HOME!

Flood and landslide warnings issued as B.C. gets hit with heavy rain




latest image west coast and the express marches on
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Lol...with only 772 or so posts since Friday morning, I think Admin. will cut us a break if we go a little off topic.
ya site is under 10 posts an hr realllll slowwwwww winter hibernation comes soon long stretch before may 15
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OMG, I just can't stand to post any more flooding, and I'm sure the blog is sick of me.

Just google search "Hawaii flooding" and look at pics.

Is all this flooding "normal" for the weather pattern we're in?

Have I told you all how much I hate flooding?
Mold, mildew, mud, destruction, stinky, pew-ie
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Had to go back a few posts for this:

569. futuremet 8:10 PM EST on November 14, 2009

Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Yes to the cold fronts! Being a native-born Floridian, I love it when it gets cold. If I remember correctly from previous posts, it could be a cooler than normal winter season for Florida.

I don't really like it. It causes the air to be too dry, which enhances the chance of getting the flu or common cold...

I thought this was an old-wives tale. Is it true, in general to a healthy person, a drop in temperature can enhance your chances of catching a cold or getting the flu? I’ve caught colds during all seasons, not just winter.


The virus can travel with more convenience in drier air. Furthermore, people have a tendency to stay indoors during cooler weather, therefore, making the the cold more contagious during winter.

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Quoting KipHansen:
Global average sea level rise for the past few hundred years has been between 1 and 3 mm per year. So Virginia has lucked out, being on the mow side. In 60 years, the sea has risen there 6 1/4 inches. The land has sunk 4 1/4 inches. So that's a grand total of 10 1/2 inches in 60 years.





Where did you get data that the sea level in VA has risen 6 1/4 inches? On what gauge located where?
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Had to go back a few posts for this:

569. futuremet 8:10 PM EST on November 14, 2009

Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Yes to the cold fronts! Being a native-born Floridian, I love it when it gets cold. If I remember correctly from previous posts, it could be a cooler than normal winter season for Florida.

I don't really like it. It causes the air to be too dry, which enhances the chance of getting the flu or common cold...

I thought this was an old-wives tale. Is it true, in general to a healthy person, a drop in temperature can enhance your chances of catching a cold or getting the flu? I’ve caught colds during all seasons, not just winter.
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ORCA, PHONE WU HOME!

Flood and landslide warnings issued as B.C. gets hit with heavy rain

By Sam Cooper, Canwest News ServiceNovember 15, 2009

VANCOUVER - Warnings of flooding, landslides and possible fatalities have been issued across British Columbia's south coast as more than 300 millimetres of rain is predicted through Tuesday - almost twice the average daily downpour for November.

The danger is significant enough that one government weather expert told the Vancouver Province people should remain indoors if at all possible.

The deluge is coming courtesy of the Pineapple Express, a winter warm-air surge direct from Hawaii.

Environment Canada issued a warning Saturday for significant rainfall in the region, with showers starting Saturday evening and expected to build in intensity through Sunday, surging to a crescendo Monday and Tuesday.

Provincial Environment Minister Barry Penner told The Province Saturday that areas such as Squamish and the North Shore Mountains could get ``in excess of 300 millimetres'' over a 60-to-72-hour period, which raises concerns of river flooding and landslides in some communities.

Penner said he's worried that a large, early-season snowpack at high elevations could melt and join ``raging rivers,'' leading to a number of dangers.

``I'm not saying (flooding and landslides) will happen, but it's something we are watching for,'' Penner said. ``I'm telling people to pay attention and stay away from rising rivers.''

The Pineapple Express is a weather event that affects B.C. in the winter as warm air from Hawaii surges up the West Coast, says Environment Canada meteorologist David Wray. In the current storm, the warm air stream is being pounded inland by relentless low-pressure systems coming in from the west, he said.

How bad could it get? ``If I didn't have to go outside in the next few days, I wouldn't,'' Wray said.

West Vancouver Island alone was expected to be deluged with 220 mm of rain by Sunday night, Environment Canada said.

Penner said the flood watch has been issued for the following regions: West and Central Vancouver Island (Port Alberni and the Ucluelet-to-Zeballos area), Howe Sound (including the Squamish-Whistler-Pemberton corridor) and Metro Vancouver North Shore (the West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Coquitlam, Maple Ridge and Mission areas).

Mountains across Vancouver Island and the South Coast currently have about a metre of snow on the ground at the 1,500-metre elevation. The freezing level will rise to 2,000 metres on Sunday, staying elevated until Tuesday.

Penner said rivers will begin to rise Sunday, with high flows lasting through to at least late Tuesday.

The rain comes as ski resorts around the province have been able to open for business several weeks ahead of schedule after a series of big snow storms made opening a limited number of runs possible.

With files from John Colebourn, Vancouver Province

scooper@theprovince.com
© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service




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Yes, mud is weather-related.

Carry on.
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


MUD BALL without John Madden just wouldn't be right.
Is mud weather related?


Lol...with only 772 or so posts since Friday morning, I think Admin. will cut us a break if we go a little off topic.
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Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Super Bowl 41....did not remember that..Feb. 4, 2007

67 °F (19 °C), rainy (first Super Bowl to be played in the rain)


MUD BALL without John Madden just wouldn't be right.
Is mud weather related?
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