Strongest winter storm in at least 140 years whallops Southwest U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:18 PM GMT on January 22, 2010

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The most powerful low pressure system in 140 years of record keeping swept through the Southwest U.S. yesterday, bringing deadly flooding, tornadoes, hail, hurricane force winds, and blizzard conditions. We expect to get powerful winter storms affecting the Southwest U.S. during strong El Niño events, but yesterday's storm was truly epic in its size and intensity. The storm set all-time low pressure records over roughly 10 - 15% of the U.S.--over southern Oregon, and most of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. Old records were broken by a wide margin in many locations, most notably in Los Angeles, where the old record of 29.25" set January 17, 1988, was shattered by .18" (6 mb). Bakersfield broke its record by .30" (10 mb). The record-setting low spawned an extremely intense cold front that rumbled thought the Southwest, and winds ahead of the cold front reached sustained speeds of hurricane force--74 mph--last night at Apache Junction, 40 miles east of Phoenix. Wind gusts as high as 94 mph were recorded in Ajo, Arizona, and a Personal Weather Station in Summerhaven (on top of Mt. Lemmon next to Tucson) recorded sustained winds of 67 mph, gusting to 86 mph, before the power failed. Prescott recorded sustained winds at 52 mph, gusting to 67 as the cold front passed, and high winds plunged visibility to zero in blowing dust on I-10 connecting Phoenix and Tucson. The storm spawned one possible tornado in Arizona, which touched down at 8:32 pm MST in Phoenix near Desert Ridge Mall. No damage or injuries were reported. If verified, it would be only the 7th January tornado in Arizona since record keeping began in 1950.


Figure 1. Radar reflectivity from the Phoenix Doppler radar at the time of the Phoenix tornado. The tornado touched down under the circle with a "+" inside it. The Doppler velocity image did not show any rotation to the clouds in the vicinity.

Some of the all-time low pressure records set in yesterday's storm:
Los Angeles, CA: 29.07", Old Record: 29.25", January 17, 1988
Eureka, CA: 28.90", Old Record: 28.91", February 1891
San Diego, CA: 29.15", Old Record, 29.37", March 3, 1983
Fresno, CA: 28.94", Old Record, 29.10", January 27, 1916
Bakersfield, CA: 28.94", Old Record, 29.24", February 3, 1998

Salt Lake City, UT: 28.94", Old Record, 29.00" April 2002

Reno, NV: 28.94", Old Record, 29.00", January 27, 1916
Las Vegas, NV: 29.03" Old Record: 29.17", December 1949

Phoenix, AZ: 29.22", Old Record: 29.32", May 18, 1902
Flagstaff, AZ: 29.13", Old Record: 29.15", February 7, 1937
Yuma, AZ: 29.15", Old Record: 29.37", September 12, 1927

Three tornadoes in California
Three tornadoes were reported in California yesterday. A small EF0 twister hit the east side of Ventura, leaving a 1.5 mile damage path. Another tornado hit Santa Barbara, downing trees and power poles. The most damaging California tornado yesterday touched down just west of Blythe, on the Arizona-California border, at 4:31 pm MST. The twister crossed I-10, blowing three semi trucks over, ripping the roofs off houses, and downing power lines. I-10 was closed for several hours to clear the debris and toppled trucks.

Two tornadoes also hit Southern California on Tuesday. A sheriff's deputy spotted a possible tornado in Goleta that caused some roof damage, and another tornado hit Huntington Beach, damaging boats and buildings and flipping cars.

If all five tornadoes are confirmed as genuine by the National Weather Service, it will tie the record of most January California tornadoes. The all-time record for most California tornadoes in a single day is seven, set on April 1, 1996, and November 9, 1982.


Figure 2. Radar reflectivity from the Los Angeles Doppler radar at the time of the Santa Barbara tornado.

Figure 3. Storm-relative radial velocity from the Los Angeles Doppler radar at the time of the Santa Barbara tornado. The area of yellow and orange colors, lying right next to a region of blues and greens just west of Santa Barbara shows that the winds in that region were moving towards and away from the radar in a very tight area, signifying the presence of a rotating thunderstorm and possible tornado.

The storm will continue to bring heavy rain and snow to many portions the Southwest today, then wind down on Saturday. A new storm is expected to move ashore over Northern California on Sunday night, but this storm will not be as intense. Another storm is also possible next Friday, January 29, but it appears that a renewed battering by a long succession of storms like we had this week will not occur next week.

Selected storm total snowfalls (in inches) from 7 am Sunday January 17, through 7 am PST Friday January 22:
...ARIZONA...
FLAGSTAFF 3.2 NNW 36.5
SUNRISE MOUNTAIN 29.0
FOREST LAKES 26.0
HEBER 21.0
PINETOP/LAKESIDE 4 ESE 20.4
ALPINE 20.0
CLAY SPRINGS 20.0
CLINTS WELL 19.0
KACHINA VILLAGE 18.6
WILLIAMS 16.5
PRESCOTT 7.0

...CALIFORNIA...
CHAGOOPA PLATEAU 73.6
SODA SPRINGS 63.0
SUGAR BOWL 61.0
LWR RELIEF VALLEY 50.6
KIRKWOOD 48.0
SQUAW VALLEY 47.0
SIERRA AT TAHOE 38.0
BIG BEAR CITY 37.0

...COLORADO...
DURANGO 24.0
PAGOSA SPRINGS 9 NW 24.0
SILVERTON 24.0
WOLF CREEK PASS 1 SSE 24.0
ABAJO 19.0
TELLURIDE 15.0
COAL BANK PASS 14.5
RED MTN 12.3
CREEDE 10 SW 12.0
SOUTH FORK 4 SW 12.0
MOLAS PASS 10.0

...NEW MEXICO...
JEMEZ SPRINGS 14.0
CHAMA 12.0
FARMINGTON 7 NE 10.5
AZTEC 8.0
BLUEWATER LAKE 11 WSW 8.0
BONITO LAKE 5 SW 8.0
FARMINGTON 7 NE 8.0
LUNA 8.0
KIRTLAND 2 ESE 6.0
MOGOLLON 6 ESE 6.0
RAMAH 6.0
BLOOMFIELD 3 SW 5.5
LOS ALAMOS 5.5

...NEVADA...
YUCCA FLAT 20.0
BERRY CREEK 19.0
BIG CREEK SUMMIT 16.0
DRAW CREEK 13.0
POLE CREEK R.S. 13.0
MT. POTOSI 12.0
ELY 8.3
WARD MOUNTAIN 8.0
CHARLESTON 6.0

...UTAH...
BRIGHTON CREST 35.0
ALTA/COLLINS 33.5
DEER VALLEY DALY WEST 28.0
PARK CITY JUPITER PEAK 28.0
BIG COTTONWOOD SPRUCES 19.0
SOLITUDE 17.5
SNOWBIRD 13.5

Selected storm total precipitation (in inches) from 7 am Sunday January 17, through 7 am PST Friday January 22:
...ARIZONA...
DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB/TUCSON 10.23
BLACK CANYON CITY 10 N 6.57
CROWN KING 6.50
SURPRISE 1 ESE 5.58
SUN CITY WEST 2 NNE 4.78
COTTONWOOD 1 WSW 4.63
SCOTTSDALE 5.5 NNW 4.21
NEW RIVER 5 ESE 4.05
WITTMAN 5 SW 4.05
PAYSON 4.01
PINE 1 SW 4.00
SIERRA VISTA 3.83
LUKE AFB/PHOENIX 3.58
CASTLE HOT SPRINGS 3.55
FLAGSTAFF PULLIAM AP 3.41
CLIFTON 2.96
WINSLOW 2.84
GILBERT 4 NW 2.74
CHANDLER 4 WNW 2.72
YUMA MCAF 2.43
PRESCOTT/ERNEST A LOVE FIELD AP 2.28
PHOENIX AIRPORT 2.21
TUCSON AIRPORT 0.52

...CALIFORNIA...
LOS GATOS 4 SW 14.70
CAZADERO 13.46
LYTLE CREEK 13.39
MINING RIDGE 13.14
PETROLIA 7 SE 12.17
BARTLETT SPRINGS 11.23
LAKE ARROWHEAD 11.23
ALTADENA 1 ESE 11.14
CLOVERDALE 1 S 10.30
CRESTLINE 10.27
DEVORE 9.58
DESERT HOT SPRINGS 8.04
UKIAH MUNI ARPT 7.58
NEWHALL 7.08
SANTA ROSA/SONOMA CO ARPT 6.55
SAN LUIS OBISPO ARPT 5.37
SAN DIEGO/MONTGOMERY FIELD 4.32
SAN FRANCISCO INTL ARPT 4.30
LOS ANGELES-USC 3.89
PALM SPRINGS RGNL ARPT 3.75
SACRAMENTO METRO ARPT 3.65
SAN JOSE INTL ARPT 3.19

...NEVADA...
NORTH LAS VEGAS AIRPORT 1.50
HENDERSON AIRPORT 1.17
MERCURY/DESERT ROCK ARPT 1.06

...OREGON...
AGNESS 6.4 NE 3.90
PORT ORFORD 5.0 E 3.52
BROOKINGS 4.2 ENE 2.83
BANDON 11.4 S 2.67
ASTORIA 1.45

...WASHINGTON...
HOQUIAM/BOWERMAN AIRPORT 2.01

Tornadoes, severe weather in the South
Severe weather associated with a separate storm brought damaging winds, hail, and tornadoes to portions of Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Florida last night. Two tornadoes were reported, one in Tennessee, and one in Alabama, near Huntsville. The Huntsville tornado injured approximately six people, and cut power to 10,000 people. The storm responsible for the severe weather has moved out to sea, and no further severe weather is expected today. A slight chance of severe weather is expected Saturday over Arkansas and Mississippi, and there is also a severe weather threat for Georgia and surrounding states on Sunday.


Figure 4. Last night's Huntsville, Alabama tornado was captured by wunderphotographer Southampton.

Portlight's Paul Timmons to appear on NBC and CNN
Portlight.org, the disaster-relief charity that has sprung up from the hard work and dedication of many members of the wunderground.com community, has successfully shipped medical equipment and a water filtration unit capable of supplying the needs of 3,500 people per day to the Dominican Republic. The relief supplies were trucked to Haiti via road, and have made it to the earthquake zone. The supplies have been targeted to go to those with disabilities, or to those who are living in areas where the main aid efforts have been inadequate. Portlight is working through the local Catholic Church, which is probably best positioned to deliver private aid donations to those in need. Paul Timmons, leader of the Portlight relief efforts, is scheduled to appear on NBC news later today, and on CNN news tomorrow, to discuss Portlight's efforts.


Figure 5. Walkers and medical supplies for Haiti getting ready to ship from the Portlight warehouse in Atlanta.

Please visit the Portlight.org blog to learn more. Floodman's blog has the latest info on Portlight's plan for Haitian relief. The Reeve Foundation, founded by Christopher and Dana Reeve has awarded Portlight Strategies a $10,000 Quality of of Life grant to assist in the relief efforts in Haiti. This is very big and will allow Portlight to pursue more aggressive relief efforts over the course of the next few weeks.

For those of you more interested in helping out with the long-term rebuilding of Haiti's shattered infrastructure from the quake, I recommend a contribution to Lambi Fund of Haiti, a charity that is very active in promoting reforestation efforts, use of alternative fuels, and infrastructure improvements at a grass-roots level in Haiti. I've developed a great respect for the work they do in the country in the five years I've been a supporter.

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Jeff Masters

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Southern California Snow
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Prescott 2010 Snowstorm
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Blue Thunder Bolt
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Quoting MethaneMike:
Click my blog to see how active the sun spots were past couple of days building up to this 140 year plus event--it's all ELECTRICAL, baby!


Prepared jointly by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA,
Space Weather Prediction Center and the U.S. Air Force.
Updated 2010 Jan 23 2201 UTC

Joint USAF/NOAA Report of Solar and Geophysical Activity
SDF Number 023 Issued at 2200Z on 23 Jan 2010

IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 22/2100Z
to 23/2100Z: Solar activity has been at very low levels for the past
24 hours. Isolated low level B-flares were observed. Region 1041
(S24E35) is now classified as a Eai-beta with 9 spots. Region 1042
(N22W42) is now classified as a Cao-beta with 11 spots. No new
regions were numbered today.

IB. Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity is expected to remain
at very low to low levels with a slight chance for an isolated
M-flare.

IIA. Geophysical Activity Summary 22/2100Z to 23/2100Z:
The geomagnetic field was predominantly quiet for the past 24 hours.

IIB. Geophysical Activity Forecast: The geomagnetic field is
expected to remain at quiet levels for the next three days (24-26
January).

III. Event Probabilities 24 Jan-26 Jan
Class M 20/20/20
Class X 01/01/01
Proton 01/01/01
PCAF Green

IV. Penticton 10.7 cm Flux
Observed 23 Jan 085
Predicted 24 Jan-26 Jan 085/086/087
90 Day Mean 23 Jan 077

V. Geomagnetic A Indices
Observed Afr/Ap 22 Jan 002/002
Estimated Afr/Ap 23 Jan 003/005
Predicted Afr/Ap 24 Jan-26 Jan 005/005-005/005-005/005

VI. Geomagnetic Activity Probabilities 24 Jan-26 Jan
A. Middle Latitudes
Active 05/05/05
Minor storm 01/01/01
Major-severe storm 00/00/00
B. High Latitudes
Active 05/05/05
Minor storm 01/01/01
Major-severe storm 00/00/00

SUN Looks pretty quiet according to Noaa:
Been that way a lot longer than it ever has in the past.
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


seriously.. last time we had alot of wind up to 60mph.. wasnt fun when my pets were in my lap, and they aint small either lol.. looks i got sum storms comin in a lil bit tho.. so u think we get another cold air blast by the start of february but not as strong as the one at the end of december and start of january??


Yes, the Arctic air is coming back. It will not be as severe as last outbreak about 1-10-10. However, N TX will go from the 60/70's for high down to the upper 30's, so it's a serious cold front. As of today, the cold snap will last about 3 days in TX, starting Th-Sa, with a Su warm-up in Dallas-Ft Worth, TX. So, just get ready!
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Quoting Bordonaro:


Not another Tornado Watch. Well hopefully things don't get too crazy this afternoon!


seriously.. last time we had alot of wind up to 60mph.. wasnt fun when my pets were in my lap, and they aint small either lol.. looks i got sum storms comin in a lil bit tho.. so u think we get another cold air blast by the start of february but not as strong as the one at the end of december and start of january??
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Orca, welcome back! Glad you're all rested and warm, toasty. Welcome back to reality!
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Quoting FLPandhandleJG:


Not another Tornado Watch. Well hopefully things don't get too crazy this afternoon!
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Quoting Floodman:


Orca! How are you? You enjoyed your vaacation I trust?


Very much so.. I checked the blogs most days, but seldom posted. Usually just a quick look early in the morning, then I would go and watch the sunrise.

I also keep track of what was going on in Haiti and was presently surprised how much coverage it got in Mexico. Lots of people doing stuff in regards to helping and getting donations.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


I think that they sell the fish to the resorts. I told them to do catch and release, but they said that they "give them away" to the poor.

We got 16 in 4 hours that day... ranging from 20 to 40+ lbs.


Orca! How are you? You enjoyed your vaacation I trust?
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:


Just visited your blog. Great pictures. You sure picked a good time to go, considering what has been going on here in CONUS. Amazing that your travel wasn't impacted. Glad you're home safe and had a wonderful vacation. (Did you eat that fish?)


I think that they sell the fish to the resorts. I told them to do catch and release, but they said that they "give them away" to the poor.

We got 16 in 4 hours that day... ranging from 20 to 40+ lbs.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Nope.. tanned and fatter :)


Just visited your blog. Great pictures. You sure picked a good time to go, considering what has been going on here in CONUS. Amazing that your travel wasn't impacted. Glad you're home safe and had a wonderful vacation. (Did you eat that fish?)
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Quoting Orcasystems:


Nope.. tanned and fatter :)

Well, if happy with that, you could move down here...plenty of tan and NOLA-style good food (you know: butter marinated in butter basted with butter sauteed with butter topped with butter).

Though you might have to change to Okrasystems...
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:


Welcome home - did you get sunburned?


Nope.. tanned and fatter :)
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Quoting Orcasystems:
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Welcome home - did you get sunburned?
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GFS model

interesting..
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Quoting atmoaggie:

Umm, oops, was supposed to be FUBAR'ed. (Wow, I need a coffee...I FUBAR'ed the FUBAR, even!)

As to what that means, well, google is your friend. Cannot spell it out here...


Got it! That makes more sense.

I was wondering if foo powder would help prevent foo-barring.
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:


What is strong>foobar'ed?

Umm, oops, was supposed to be FUBAR'ed. (Wow, I need a coffee...I FUBAR'ed the FUBAR, even!)

As to what that means, well, google is your friend. Cannot spell it out here...
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Nice to finally break 80 degrees!
80.4 °F
Mostly Cloudy
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Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:


Whenever using the LINK or IMAGE button, remove anything in the pop-up address bar before pasting in the URL.


Thanks!
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Quoting atmoaggie:

Ahh. I saw that and pulled out the extra...must have foobar'ed it...thanks.


What is strong>foobar'ed?
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:


Thanks! Sorry I didn't notice that. I'm pretty inept at this electronic stuff. All tips, advice, corrections appreciated.


Whenever using the LINK or IMAGE button, remove anything in the pop-up address bar before pasting in the URL.
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Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:
755. atmoaggie

That link has two http//

Fixed Link


Thanks! Sorry I didn't notice that. I'm pretty inept at this electronic stuff. All tips, advice, corrections appreciated.
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Quoting atmoaggie:

Cannot get your link to work.



Try this:
http://www.adn.com/news/environment/earthquakes/story/1107324.html

The article appeared in today's Anchorage Daily News. Here is the headline info:

Haitian quake was predicted, some experts say

HIGH TECH: Satellite imaging showed fore-shock of 2002 Alaska quake.

By ALBERTO ENRIQUEZ
Special to the Daily NewsNed Rozell

Published: January 24th, 2010 09:36 AM
Last Modified: January 24th, 2010 09:36 AM


BTW Thanks for your post - very interesting. I have a daughter, sister and many cousins liiving along the San Andreas fault.
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Click my blog to see how active the sun spots were past couple of days building up to this 140 year plus event--it's all ELECTRICAL, baby!
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:
somone may have already posted this info but it is too fascinating to miss - it appears the capacity to predict earthquakes may need only money, satellites, and analysts - the technology already exists:

Link

Of course, competition for funds may prevent its happening without grassroots pressure.


And that is very interesting.

Researchers believe the underside of the ionosphere, which is composed of negatively charged particles, is drawn downward as positive ions stream up from the Earth's surface before a quake.

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The NASA team uses a different technology based on satellite images familiar from weather forecasts. Such satellites measure the emission of invisible infrared light from the Earth's surface. Decades ago Russian physicist Andrew Tronin noticed that strong quakes are preceded by marked infrared emissions.

[insert: that makes sense...so long as the instruments are fairly sensitive]
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Say, while everybody's watching football today, would you all please add your birthday date to BarnDweller's "Birthday List" blog?

I 'bout lost my mind keeping dates straight this busy Capricorn-goat month, there's so many of you!
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Quoting nrtiwlnvragn:
755. atmoaggie

That link has two http//

Fixed Link

Ahh. I saw that and pulled out the extra...must have foobar'ed it...thanks.
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755. atmoaggie

That link has two http//

Fixed Link
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Quoting GrtLksQuest:
somone may have already posted this info but it is too fascinating to miss - it appears the capacity to predict earthquakes may need only money, satellites, and analysts - the technology already exists:

Link

Of course, competition for funds may prevent its happening without grassroots pressure.

Cannot get your link to work.

Public release date: 21-Jan-2010
Arizona State University
San Andreas Fault study unearths new quake information

TEMPE, Ariz. and IRVINE, Calif. %u2013 Recent collaborative studies of stream channel offsets along the San Andreas Fault by researchers at Arizona State University and UC Irvine reveal new information about fault behavior %u2013 affecting how we understand the potential for damaging earthquakes.

The researchers' findings encompasses their work at the Carrizo Plain, which is located 100 miles north of Los Angeles and site of the original "Big One" %u2013 the Fort Tejon quake of 1857. Applying a system science approach, the ASU-UCI team presents a pair of studies appearing Jan. 21 at Science Express that incorporates the most comprehensive analysis of this part of the San Andreas fault system to date.

In one of the studies, Ramon Arrowsmith, an associate professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Olaf Zielke employed topographic measurements from LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging), which provide a view of the earth's surface at a resolution at least 10 times higher than previously available, enabling the scientists to "see" and measure fault movement, or offset.

To study older earthquakes, researchers turn to offset landforms such as stream channels which cross the fault at a high angle. A once straight stream channel will have a sharp jog right along the fault and indicate that prior offset.

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"When we combine our offset measurements with estimates of the ages of the offset features determined by Lisa's team and the ages of prior earthquakes, we find that the earthquake offset from event to event in the Carrizo Plain is not constant, as is current thinking" Arrowsmith said.

"The idea of slips repeating in characteristic ways along the San Andreas Fault is very appealing, because if you can figure that out, you are on your way to forecasting earthquakes with some reasonable confidence," added Ludwig, an associate professor of public health. "But our results show that we don't understand the San Andreas Fault as well as we thought we did, and therefore we don't know the chances of earthquakes as well as we thought we knew them."


http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-01/asu-saf012010.php
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First, this is a meteorological blog, not a geological one.

Picky, picky, picky...I sink geology explains a lot about how the earth sinks...

(And hi to WaterWitch, thanks for your comment, how is California now, I sink it was glub, glub, glub badly for a bit.)
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Afternoon everyone just went to grab something to eat. It's 86 degrees outside.
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somone may have already posted this info but it is too fascinating to miss - it appears the capacity to predict earthquakes may need only money, satellites, and analysts - the technology already exists:

Link

Of course, competition for funds may prevent its happening without grassroots pressure.
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:
Solar Cycle is at minimum. So sun flares getting stronger is part of this cycle.


The problem is that we would have higher mean surface temperature while in an active periode of solar cycle.
Another factor contributing to the increase of climate change effects -on earth climate system, in the next years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle


Yes, solar variation is a short-term forcing of climate change. This will likely accelerate global warming as to have the warmest year on record year after year until positive feedbacks take over.
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Solar Cycle is at minimum. So sun flares getting stronger is part of this cycle.


The problem is that we would have higher mean surface temperature while in an active periode of solar cycle.
Another factor contributing to the increase of climate change effects -on earth climate system, in the next years.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cycle
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Portlight Haiti relief update
Link
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Yesterday, there were anti-prorogation protests all across Canada. Demonstrations also took place in New York City, San Francisco, London (England), The Hague, and Costa Rica.
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Quoting Orcasystems:


I was surprised how may people at our resort were from the GOM states... running way from the cold. Last day was so hot you could barely go outside on the beach... 30+ and high humidity.. made the ice in the drinks melt very fast.
and you know who was really happy

lol
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largest flare in two years erupted on the sun begining jan 17 2010



STEREO (Behind) was in position to observe an M-class (moderate) solar flare (Jan. 17, 2010), the largest one detected for more than two years. It was accompanied by a coronal mass ejection (CME), seen as the large cloud of particles surrounding the bright flash as well as a wave of material spreading part way across the Sun. Solar activity level has been slumbering rather quietly, but this substantial active region has shown plenty of signs of life. Besides that flare, several other, smaller flares can be seen in the video (about 30 hours). The brightness of the flares causes the light to spread along pixel rows of the detector, its tell tale signature.
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738: That's a good one. Thanks for sharing.
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728:
L M F A O !
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Quoting ElConando:
Very windy here today, just came back from a camping trip. Hope this incoming storm doesn't get to crazy!

My yard is so soggy that if it got windy here, I would expect to see waves...
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Very windy here today, just came back from a camping trip. Hope this incoming storm doesn't get to crazy!
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737. beell


Tornado Watch 010
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good morning everyone!
any news of when portlight will do their interviews for the media?
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