A quiet 2009 for natural disasters

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:35 PM GMT on January 04, 2010

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It was a relatively quiet year globally for natural disasters in 2009. According to Munich Re insurance company, the death toll from 2009 natural disasters was approximately 10,000, well below the average 75,000 deaths per year seen over the decade of the 2000s. Damage from 2009 natural disasters was about $50 billion, compared to the decadal average of $115 billion, and far below the $200 billion in destruction wrought by 2008's natural disasters. The most costly disaster of 2009 was Winter Storm Klaus, which hit northern Spain and southwest France January 23 - 25, causing $5.1 billion in damage. The deadliest weather-related disaster was Category 2 Typhoon Ketsana, which killed 694 people in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. Category 2 Typhoon Morakot was a close second, with 614 fatalities, primarily in Taiwan. The deadliest natural disaster overall was the magnitude 7.6 earthquake that shook the Indonesian island of Sumatra on 30 September, killing nearly 1,200 people.


Figure 1. Cars being swept away by Ketsana's flood waters in a still frame from a dramatic YouTube video captured by medical students at the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center.

I'll be back Tuesday with my selection for the top global weather event of 2009: the Horn of Africa drought.

Jeff Masters

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Uptown, New Orleans, Louisiana (PWS)
Updated: 6 sec ago
Mostly Cloudy

32.7 F


Mostly Cloudy
Windchill: 30 °F
Humidity: 57%
Dew Point: 19 °F
Wind: 4.5 mph from the NNW
Wind Gust: 10.5 mph
Pressure: 30.36 in (Rising)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds:
Mostly Cloudy 2900 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 20 ft
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Quoting tornadodude:

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
419 PM CST MON JAN 4 2010

ILZ075>078-080>094-INZ081-082-085>088-KYZ001>022-MOZ076-086-087-
100-107>112-114-051145-
JEFFERSON-WAYNE IL-EDWARDS-WABASH-PERRY IL-FRANKLIN-HAMILTON-
WHITE-JACKSON-WILLIAMSON-SALINE-GALLATIN-UNION IL-JOHNSON-POPE-
HARDIN-ALEXANDER-PULASKI-MASSAC-GIBSON-PIKE-POSEY-VANDERBURGH-
WARRICK-SPENCER-FULTON-HICKMAN-CARLISLE-BALLARD-MCCRACKEN-GRAVES-
LIVINGSTON-MARSHALL-CALLOWAY-CRITTENDEN-LYON-TRIGG-CALDWELL-
UNION KY-WEBSTER-HOPKINS-CHRISTIAN-HENDERSON-DAVIESS-MCLEAN-
MUHLENBERG-TODD-PERRY MO-BOLLINGER-CAPE GIRARDEAU-WAYNE MO-CARTER-
RIPLEY-BUTLER-STODDARD-SCOTT-MISSISSIPPI-NEW MADRID-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOUNT VERNON...FAIRFIELD...ALBION...
MOUNT CARMEL...PINCKNEYVILLE...WEST FRANKFORT...MCLEANSBORO...
CARMI...CARBONDALE...HERRIN...HARRISBURG...SHAWNEETOWN...
JONESBORO...VIENNA...GOLCONDA...ELIZABETHTOWN...CAIRO...
MOUND CITY...METROPOLIS...FORT BRANCH...PETERSBURG...POSEYVILLE...
EVANSVILLE...BOONVILLE...ROCKPORT...HICKMAN...CLINTON...
BARDWELL...WICKLIFFE...PADUCAH...MAYFIELD...SMITHLAND...BENTON...
MURRAY...MARION...EDDYVILLE...CADIZ...PRINCETON...MORGANFIELD...
DIXON...MADISONVILLE...HOPKINSVILLE...HENDERSON...OWENSBORO...
CALHOUN...GREENVILLE...ELKTON...PERRYVILLE...MARBLE HILL...
CAPE GIRARDEAU...PIEDMONT...VAN BUREN...DONIPHAN...POPLAR BLUFF...
BLOOMFIELD...SIKESTON...CHARLESTON...NEW MADRID
419 PM CST MON JAN 4 2010

...CONFIDENCE INCREASING FOR MID TO LATE WEEK SNOWS...AND
BITTERLY COLD CONDITIONS FOLLOWING THE SNOW...

IT CONTINUES TO LOOK LIKE THE REGION WILL SEE ACCUMULATING
SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY...AS A
POTENT UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS THE
REGION. PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS SUGGEST MODERATE ACCUMULATIONS
MIGHT OCCUR...WITH AMOUNTS OF 2 OR 4 INCHES POSSIBLE ACROSS MUCH OF
THE REGION. IF THIS FORECAST STAYS ON TRACK...A WINTER STORM WATCH
MAY BE REQUIRED LATER TONIGHT OR TUESDAY.

IMPACTS COULD BE SIGNIFICANT...GIVEN THE ANTECEDENT COLD
CONDITIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE...AND THE FACT THAT MUCH OF THE SNOW
COULD OCCUR DURING OR BEFORE THE MORNING COMMUTE THURSDAY. TO MAKE
MATTERS WORSE...ANY SNOW THAT DOES ACCUMULATE WILL LIKELY BEGIN TO
BE WHIPPED AROUND BY GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
THURSDAY NIGHT.

THE FINAL INSULT WILL COME WITH A HUGE CHUNK OF ARCTIC AIR THAT
WILL FOLLOW THE SYSTEM...AND LAST RIGHT THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND.
SOME LOCATIONS WILL SEE BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES LATE NEXT WEEK IF
WE GET ANY SNOW COVER TO SPEAK OF.


Here visiting the in-laws in Indy and they are calling for 2.9" on Thursday. Should be interesting at the least.
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Quoting jipmg:


Tampa is in the mid- upper 30s though.. so if that moisture gets to tampa, they could see some wet snow flakes

Sorry but I think the temps in Tampa are in the low 40's from what I just saw on the weather channel. I don't think the chances are good for flurries. Would be nice to see but...
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Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT...CORRECTED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PADUCAH KY
419 PM CST MON JAN 4 2010

ILZ075>078-080>094-INZ081-082-085>088-KYZ001>022-MOZ076-086-087-
100-107>112-114-051145-
JEFFERSON-WAYNE IL-EDWARDS-WABASH-PERRY IL-FRANKLIN-HAMILTON-
WHITE-JACKSON-WILLIAMSON-SALINE-GALLATIN-UNION IL-JOHNSON-POPE-
HARDIN-ALEXANDER-PULASKI-MASSAC-GIBSON-PIKE-POSEY-VANDERBURGH-
WARRICK-SPENCER-FULTON-HICKMAN-CARLISLE-BALLARD-MCCRACKEN-GRAVES-
LIVINGSTON-MARSHALL-CALLOWAY-CRITTENDEN-LYON-TRIGG-CALDWELL-
UNION KY-WEBSTER-HOPKINS-CHRISTIAN-HENDERSON-DAVIESS-MCLEAN-
MUHLENBERG-TODD-PERRY MO-BOLLINGER-CAPE GIRARDEAU-WAYNE MO-CARTER-
RIPLEY-BUTLER-STODDARD-SCOTT-MISSISSIPPI-NEW MADRID-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOUNT VERNON...FAIRFIELD...ALBION...
MOUNT CARMEL...PINCKNEYVILLE...WEST FRANKFORT...MCLEANSBORO...
CARMI...CARBONDALE...HERRIN...HARRISBURG...SHAWNEETOWN...
JONESBORO...VIENNA...GOLCONDA...ELIZABETHTOWN...CAIRO...
MOUND CITY...METROPOLIS...FORT BRANCH...PETERSBURG...POSEYVILLE...
EVANSVILLE...BOONVILLE...ROCKPORT...HICKMAN...CLINTON...
BARDWELL...WICKLIFFE...PADUCAH...MAYFIELD...SMITHLAND...BENTON...
MURRAY...MARION...EDDYVILLE...CADIZ...PRINCETON...MORGANFIELD...
DIXON...MADISONVILLE...HOPKINSVILLE...HENDERSON...OWENSBORO...
CALHOUN...GREENVILLE...ELKTON...PERRYVILLE...MARBLE HILL...
CAPE GIRARDEAU...PIEDMONT...VAN BUREN...DONIPHAN...POPLAR BLUFF...
BLOOMFIELD...SIKESTON...CHARLESTON...NEW MADRID
419 PM CST MON JAN 4 2010

...CONFIDENCE INCREASING FOR MID TO LATE WEEK SNOWS...AND
BITTERLY COLD CONDITIONS FOLLOWING THE SNOW...

IT CONTINUES TO LOOK LIKE THE REGION WILL SEE ACCUMULATING
SNOWFALL...ESPECIALLY LATER WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY...AS A
POTENT UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM IS FORECAST TO MOVE ACROSS THE
REGION. PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS SUGGEST MODERATE ACCUMULATIONS
MIGHT OCCUR...WITH AMOUNTS OF 2 OR 4 INCHES POSSIBLE ACROSS MUCH OF
THE REGION. IF THIS FORECAST STAYS ON TRACK...A WINTER STORM WATCH
MAY BE REQUIRED LATER TONIGHT OR TUESDAY.

IMPACTS COULD BE SIGNIFICANT...GIVEN THE ANTECEDENT COLD
CONDITIONS THAT ARE IN PLACE...AND THE FACT THAT MUCH OF THE SNOW
COULD OCCUR DURING OR BEFORE THE MORNING COMMUTE THURSDAY. TO MAKE
MATTERS WORSE...ANY SNOW THAT DOES ACCUMULATE WILL LIKELY BEGIN TO
BE WHIPPED AROUND BY GUSTY NORTHWEST WINDS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
THURSDAY NIGHT.

THE FINAL INSULT WILL COME WITH A HUGE CHUNK OF ARCTIC AIR THAT
WILL FOLLOW THE SYSTEM...AND LAST RIGHT THROUGH NEXT WEEKEND.
SOME LOCATIONS WILL SEE BELOW ZERO TEMPERATURES LATE NEXT WEEK IF
WE GET ANY SNOW COVER TO SPEAK OF.

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580. unf97
565. Beell

Very astute observations regarding the shortwave moving onshore the SO CAL coast.

We will see how the models handle that piece of energy. If that shortwave doesn't flatten out in time over the next 48 hours, then the system foreact to develop in the Western GOM will have the needed trigger to generate into a rather decent system.

Watch the models closely the next 36-48 bours.

Current temp now down to 29.4 degrees.


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579. jipmg
Quoting PcolaDan:


You're going to wait up all night for this, aren't you. LOL j/k


nope, I don't live in Tampa, but its interesting =D
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Winter haze piles up against the Himalayas above the Indo-Gangetic Plain. (Credit: Earth Observatory)


What On Earth
Smelling the Air in Kanpur

Posted on Dec 20, 2009 09:04:04 PM | NASA's Earth Science News Team |



When the plane was about 30 minutes from touchdown, we could start to smell the air,said David Giles. It was shocking.

Giles -- a young scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center -- was en route to Kanpur, a large Indian industrial city on the banks of the Ganges river. Dust and soot tend to hover over the region, which is sandwiched between the sharp edge of the Tibetan Plateau to the north and the highlands of the Deccan Plateau to the south.

Theres so much soot in the air that satellites can routinely see a cloud of haze blanketing the region.

The bowl-like Indo-Gangetic Plain is second only to some parts of China for having the heaviest load of air pollution in the world. In the spring, when dust blows in from the deserts to the West, aerosols from factories, buses and trucks, and fires are especially heavy. So much so, in fact, that NASA researchers suggested recently that dust and soot may be driving the retreat of Himalayan glaciers by altering the monsoon.

Giles was in Kanpur to man one of NASA's AERONET stations in the region as part of the ongoing TIGERZ campaign. He spent 17 days in Kanpur hauling the instrument around and getting harassed by local police officers, the occasional herd of roaming sheep and dust storms. In between all that, he spent the bulk of his time collecting measurements to determine whether dust and soot can glom onto one another to create new types of hybrid aerosols.

They do, he found, a seemingly mundane point but one that's of considerable interest to the scientists trying to sort out how these two types of aerosols affect the climate. He presented his results in detail this week to colleagues at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco.

I nabbed him after his talk in the afternoon, to have a beer and talk through his travels. I asked him what was the most memorable part of the trip to India. Well, it was unbelievably hot, he said with a laugh. Temperatures routinely hit 105 degrees."

And how was the air? You'd get used to it after a while,said Giles, but, at first, in the taxi, we were holding our sleeves over our mouths just to avoid breathing the stuff.

*************************************************************************************************** ***

Amazing stuff,eh..reading and all.


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Quoting jipmg:
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=TBW&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

definatelly see flurries for tampa tonight..


You're going to wait up all night for this, aren't you. LOL j/k
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576. jipmg
Quoting PensacolaDoug:
TAMPA Discussion as of 10pm

HERE IS SOME CHANCE THAT WE WILL SEE SOME LIGHT PRECIPITATION
RIGHT ALONG THE COAST AS THESE CLOUDS MOVE IN FROM THE GULF.
CURRENT FORECAST SOUNDINGS DO NOT SUPPORT SNOW...SO JUST A FEW
SPRINKLES IF ANYTHING AT ALL. CURRENT AIR TEMPERATURES OVER THE
GULF WATERS HAVE RISEN 2 OR 3 DEGREES OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF
HOURS AND ARE IN THE LOWER 50S. EVEN TEMPERATURES RIGHT AT THE
COAST ARE 50 DEGREES AT CLEARWATER BEACH...48 AT PORT RICHEY...
AND EVEN 45 DEGREES AT CEDAR KEY. THE STRONG COLD AIR ADVECTION
WILL BEGIN JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT OVER THE NATURE COAST AND BEFORE
DAWN FOR THE TAMPA BAY AREA.


Tampa is in the mid- upper 30s though.. so if that moisture gets to tampa, they could see some wet snow flakes
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What On Earth
Richard Alley on Earth's Biggest Climate Control Knob


Posted on Dec 28, 2009 11:19:29 PM | NASA's Earth Science News Team | 1 Comments


Click here for a multimedia presentation of Richard Alley's AGU talk. (Credit: AGU)


Scientists aren't known for being the savviest of public speakers, but Penn State's Richard Alley is that rare researcher who knows how to give a talk. Alley -- who's willing to sing, dance, and gesticulate vigorously to get a point across -- gave a lecture about carbon dioxide to an overflow crowd of scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting this year that's well worth watching.

Blogger and University of Toronto computer scientist Steve Easterbrook has an excellent blow-by-blow of the talk, but the heart of it came down to this point, which Alley made on his last slide:

An increasing body of science indicates that CO2 has been the most important controller of Earth's climate.

If you want the details, (and the details are a pleasure to sit through in this case because of Alley's gregarious speaking style) AGU has posted video and slides of the full talk. Still want to know more about carbon dioxide? NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) released new details about the distribution of carbon dioxide in the troposphere, the region of Earth's atmosphere that is located between 5 to 12 kilometers, or 3 to 7 miles, above Earth's surface. (JPL also released a ten question quiz about the gas that you can access here).

Meanwhile, Alley participated in a NASA science update back in 2005 that explored the nature of sea level rise, a topic that NASA researchers continue to investigate and that you can explore interactively using our Sea Level Viewer.

--Adam Voiland, NASA's Earth Science News Team


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TAMPA Discussion as of 10pm

THERE IS SOME CHANCE THAT WE WILL SEE SOME LIGHT PRECIPITATION
RIGHT ALONG THE COAST AS THESE CLOUDS MOVE IN FROM THE GULF.
CURRENT FORECAST SOUNDINGS DO NOT SUPPORT SNOW...SO JUST A FEW
SPRINKLES IF ANYTHING AT ALL. CURRENT AIR TEMPERATURES OVER THE
GULF WATERS HAVE RISEN 2 OR 3 DEGREES OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF
HOURS AND ARE IN THE LOWER 50S. EVEN TEMPERATURES RIGHT AT THE
COAST ARE 50 DEGREES AT CLEARWATER BEACH...48 AT PORT RICHEY...
AND EVEN 45 DEGREES AT CEDAR KEY. THE STRONG COLD AIR ADVECTION
WILL BEGIN JUST AFTER MIDNIGHT OVER THE NATURE COAST AND BEFORE
DAWN FOR THE TAMPA BAY AREA.
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I'm off my AGW soap-box. Limit myself to one post.
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572. jipmg
http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=TBW&product=N0R&overlay=11101111&loop=yes

definatelly see flurries for tampa tonight..
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Quoting 954FtLCane:
Oh lord please no GW discussions....

It has always has been the true believers that spout this bogus science the most, the natural
cycles will rule the day, nuff said.
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And here's a sad tale about the destruction of a penguin colony due to loss of habitat.

Link

I get the hard copy magazine delivered. If you want to read whole articles on-line, then you will probably just have to provide your e-mail address.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
how about a HAPPY TAP DANCE


As long as it snows in Florida.... I don't care if its the flamingo done on high wire wearing a kilt and bagpipes... its the thought that counts :)
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Happy Dance :)
how about a HAPPY TAP DANCE
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567. jipmg
There is moisture appearing on radar west of tampa..
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This is a good article in The New Yorker about steps China has taken to become the lead manufacturer of turbine energy technology.

Link
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565. beell
Quoting weatherman874:


Noticed this! yess definately some moisture with a low possible on saturday


Quoting Bordonaro:
536 Beell..That lil' short wave was sneaky. Probably broke off the trough off the E PAC, now it's going to try to sneak into the GOM, north of the SW Sub Tropical Jet, at the same time the short wave trough sails down in the NW flow on Wed/Thurs. I smell SNOW for the Gulf Coast on Thurs/Friday.


We'll see, I guess. It will be moving into a strong confluent flow as the southern stream and the northwest flow come together over the Gulf. So it may very well flatten out before it gets here. Both the NAM and the GFS show it well on the 0hr/analysis-but both lose it. And the NW flow is of a dry and subsident nature.

But it is a healthy looking little bugger!
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Remember the orginal battle grounds for the AGW debate was that the science is settled and that there is no doubt that it is man-made. Gore himself postulated that anybody that didn't believe in it was of the same ilk as people who thought the moon landings were faked. I would argue the science isn't settled. Episodes like the current cold spell don't prove it isn't happening but it sure ought to help make the point that it isn't the slam-dunk that Gore would like us to believe.
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Quoting mrnicktou:


I'm guessing you either don't believe me and am trying to get me all angry or do because if you believe me you don't want to start getting all bothered by this cause its not true. I can go all night either on this site or others that its just about money.


None of the above. But you made your point the first time, and repeating it is not going to get those who disagree you to change their minds.
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Quoting PalmBeachWeatherBoy:
Wow you know its cold when theirs a chance of forecasted snow for FLORIDA ( very northern florida near the panhandle, for example niceville, pensacola) on thursday, ...ouch


and houston might get a chance of snow too on thursday i hope we can get some!
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Quoting mrnicktou:


I'm guessing you either don't believe me and am trying to get me all angry or do because if you believe me you don't want to start getting all bothered by this cause its not true. I can go all night either on this site or others that its just about money.


Practising for Cancun

Ummm El pofto el gondo
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Im gonna Play Hockey on Magazine Street..

Right near Henry's Bar,er..in case I got to er,relieve myself..
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Wow you know its cold when theirs a chance of forecasted snow for FLORIDA ( very northern florida near the panhandle, for example niceville, pensacola) on thursday, ...ouch
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Happy Dance :)


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Quoting Orcasystems:


Happy Dance :)


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Quoting PcolaDan:


How many posts does it take you to say it's about money?


I'm guessing you either don't believe me and am trying to get me all angry or do because if you believe me you don't want to start getting all bothered by this cause its not true. I can go all night either on this site or others that its just about money.
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The solution to polution is dilution.....






I read that somewhere once.
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Quoting Bordonaro:
536 Beell..That lil' short wave was sneaky. Probably broke off the trough off the E PAC, now it's going to try to sneak into the GOM, north of the SW Sub Tropical Jet, at the same time the short wave trough sails down in the NW flow on Wed/Thurs. I smell SNOW for the Gulf Coast on Thurs/Friday.


Happy Dance :)
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Quoting mrnicktou:
Don't get me wrong its a great idea to save the planet but its about money, power and control and global warming isn't true sorry


How many posts does it take you to say it's about money?
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Oh lord please no GW discussions....
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Quoting Orcasystems:


No he means winter..they are opposite to us



Rgr that. Losing my mind here.
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536 Beell..That lil' short wave was sneaky. Probably broke off the trough off the E PAC, now it's going to try to sneak into the GOM, north of the SW Sub Tropical Jet, at the same time the short wave trough sails down in the NW flow on Wed/Thurs. I smell SNOW for the Gulf Coast on Thurs/Friday.
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Don't get me wrong its a great idea to save the planet but its about money, power and control and global warming isn't true sorry
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If you've seen Al Gore's movie watch the Great Global Warming Swindle and see both sides of the story. Global warmning is just about money and making a world wide government its pretty easy to tell that thats what its about.
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Quoting Bordonaro:


Remember, while the Continental US, South Korea and the UK are experiencing temps 10 below normal, the Arctic region is experiencing temperatures 10F ABOVE normal. Global Warming is not uniform, the atmosphere is like a fluid, it is on the move. Portions warm, portions cool, unfortunately, the climate is warming!


Does anybody believe that the Earth goes through cycles and we have periods of warmth and periods of coolness? I mean most places are expierencing extreme cold and the north pole which does not have a landmass under it is warming up. Its really just about money and its really unbelievable!
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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
An unusual winter heatwave resulted in Australia's warmest August on record.



Huh? You mean summer...


No he means winter..they are opposite to us
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Re: 536

Thanx for pointing that out! Interesting!
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Quoting Bordonaro:


YES, this is correct :o)


Now that is what the temps will be where Channel 4 is located which is in the far western burbs of s Broward / N Dade. The temps should be a little warmer in both Miami & Ft Lauderdale since they are closer to the coast (about 5 degrees or so) but still very cold for S Fla.
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It was a Low almost Identical in 89 and a Rockies Artic Plunge that did the Big Freeze in 89,Dec 23-26
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KOG, great job on the safety tips for cold weather. People need to prepare and NOT underestimate this Arctic Incursion.

Areas that normally experience cool/mild winters need to prepare for at leat 72 hrs of temps at least 20 to 30F BELOW NORMAL.
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Quoting beell:
May be worth watching this shortwave just coming onshore over southern CA.Supposed to dampen out by the time it makes the GOM. But it does look a little better than modeled right now. If it held together and swung over the northern GOM in a couple days it would at least add some lift, moisture, and some spin to the surface low.

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Link


Noticed this! yess definately some moisture with a low possible on saturday
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An unusual winter heatwave resulted in Australia's warmest August on record.



Huh? You mean summer...
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Some google images do that when quoted
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536. beell
May be worth watching this shortwave just coming onshore over southern CA. Supposed to deamplify by the time it makes the GOM. But it does look a little better than modeled right now. If it held together and swung over the northern GOM in a couple days it would at least add some lift, moisture, and some spin to the surface low.

Photobucket

Link
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