Tomas nearly dead; Haiti deals with Tomas' floods

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:50 PM GMT on November 07, 2010

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Tropical Storm Tomas is merging with a cold front over the open Atlantic Ocean and has only a few more hours of life as a tropical cyclone. Despite bringing heavy rains of 4 - 8 inches to highly vulnerable Haiti on Friday, flooding from the storm is only being blamed for eight deaths in the country. Haiti has thankfully avoided a flooding catastrophe, and it certainly could have gone far worse for Haiti. Much weaker storms than Tomas have claimed thousands of lives, and Tomas could easily have done so had it taken a slightly different track. Still, Tomas' passage caused plenty of flooding damage in Haiti. The heavy rains and floods from the storm will also worsen the country's cholera epidemic, which has already claimed over 500 lives. Cholera is a spread via contaminated water, and Tomas' rains will cause a great deal of water contamination. Portlight.org has their mobile kitchen on the scene and is assessing needs. As reported by Rudy Victor in the Portlight.org blog, "Reports coming from the countryside are not good. Thank God its not what we're afraid of, but lots of damage. Leogane a city west of Port-au-Prince is inundated, cities along the extreme southwestern peninsula have suffered great damage by the seas; lots of small fishermen's houses are gone. Dame Marie, Anse d'Hainault, Les Irois, Chambellan, and lots more have been severely damaged by storm surge and raging waves. Gonaives is flooded since last night; luckily there are not reports yet of casualties there. Most people fled to higher ground before the storm. A lot of roads in the south west are destroyed, lots of harvest in the south are lost, and it's another terrible blow for this country, but it appears that there was not a lot of death due to the storm."


Figure 1. Morning afternoon satellite image of Tomas shows that the storm has lost almost all of its heavy thunderstorms, and is now embedded in a cold front that extends northwards to Nova Scotia, Canada. Moisture streaming northwards from Tomas along this front has brought heavy rains in excess of six inches to Nova Scotia over the past few two days.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting tornadodude:
maybe some thoughts I can implement into my van


Well bad post I made....
I'm watching this video from Youtube.... The guy shows you how he prepared his van... Very informative....

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240. JLPR2


Impressive.
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maybe some thoughts I can implement into my van
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This is the van that guy used: Sure quite expensive....

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Quoting tornadodude:


hmm, that's a thought to entertain


Look at this link from someone living in a Van : My Campervan

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Europe Van

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Main link: Car, Van and Campervan living.

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235. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
India Meteorological Department
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin #29
DEPRESSION, FORMER JAL (BOB05-2010)
5:30 AM IST November 8 2010
==========================================

At 0:00 AM UTC, The deep depression over coastal areas of north Tamil Nadu and south Andhra Pradesh moved west-northwestwards, weakened into a depression. Depression, Former Jal lays centered near 14.0N 79.0E over Royalaseema & neighborhood.

It would move west-northwestwards and weaken further gradually.
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Sure That photo shows the concept: Very clever... You can even build that roof, so that when it rains, collects water for your van storage tank (washing dishes, bathing, etc.)


hmm, that's a thought to entertain
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Quoting tornadodude:


what I am planing on doing with it, is to build a roof like frame from the hood and windshield. a frame with the netting in the middle



kinda like this, but picture a roof extension? ha hard to explain


Sure That photo shows the concept: Very clever... You can even build that roof, so that when it rains, collects water for your van storage tank (washing dishes, bathing, etc.)
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Quoting JLPR2:


I want that car. :D


me too man, me too haha xD
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231. JLPR2
Quoting tornadodude:


what I am planing on doing with it, is to build a roof like frame from the hood and windshield. a frame with the netting in the middle



kinda like this, but picture a roof extension? ha hard to explain


I want that car. :D
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Quoting charlestonscnanny:

Absolutely awesome!


Charleston Sat View???
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Quoting sunlinepr:


You know more than me about that, but I imagine that you have to place that net at least 3 or more inches over the roof or front / back glass of your van, so that it will absorb the hail impact.... Maybe like a curtain that you can drop or lower down in your van glass windows whenever you detect hail from a Tornado???


what I am planing on doing with it, is to build a roof like frame from the hood and windshield. a frame with the netting in the middle



kinda like this, but picture a roof extension? ha hard to explain
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Quoting tornadodude:
Im looking to get some of this for the vehicle, and see what I can do

Hail Protection Netting




You know more than me about that, but I imagine that you have to place that net at least 3 or more inches over the roof or front / back glass of your van, so that it will absorb the hail impact.... Maybe like a curtain that you can drop or lower down in your van glass windows whenever you detect hail from a Tornado???
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Quoting sunlinepr:

Absolutely awesome!
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Im looking to get some of this for the vehicle, and see what I can do

Hail Protection Netting


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Quoting sunlinepr:


Hope you have a happy outcome with that....


thanks!
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Quoting tornadodude:


Well I already have the van, and I'm sure my friends will help me, and yeah, it will be out of pocket


Hope you have a happy outcome with that....
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Quoting sunlinepr:


You're going to make it yourself or have friends / partner with knowledge or are you going to pay for that job?


Well I already have the van, and I'm sure my friends will help me, and yeah, it will be out of pocket
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Quoting tornadodude:


havent really started on it yet, I have some time to work on it, plenty of long cold winter nights to work on it


You're going to make it yourself or have friends / partner with knowledge or are you going to pay for that job?
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Quoting sunlinepr:


How's the van project going??


havent really started on it yet, I have some time to work on it, plenty of long cold winter nights to work on it
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Quoting tornadodude:
I made a new blog regarding this system link


How's the van project going??
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I made a new blog regarding this system link
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Quoting beell:


I bet we still get at least a narrow warm sector over LA and AR.

DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0241 AM CST SUN NOV 07 2010
VALID 101200Z - 151200Z

...PREDICTABILITY TOO LOW TO DELINEATE A SEVERE RISK AREA...

MEDIUM RANGE GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO SUGGEST A GENERAL TREND TOWARD
THE EVOLUTION OF A STRONG UPPER RIDGE OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC
DURING THE LATTER PART OF THE COMING WORK WEEK...WITH BROAD
TROUGHING DEVELOPING DOWNSTREAM ACROSS MUCH OF THE U.S...AS THE
ATLANTIC BLOCKING PATTERN GRADUALLY WEAKENS. HOWEVER... VARIABILITY
REMAINS QUITE LARGE AMONG THE MODELS AND MODEL ENSEMBLES CONCERNING
THIS PROCESS...PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO EMBEDDED SHORT WAVE
DEVELOPMENTS. WHILE STRONG CYCLOGENESIS STILL APPEARS A POSSIBILITY
FROM PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY AND
GREAT LAKES REGION LATE IN THE WEEK OR EARLY NEXT
WEEKEND...PROBABILITIES FOR THIS OCCURRING APPEAR TO BE ON THE LOWER
END. FURTHER COMPLICATING MATTERS CONCERNING THE SEVERE WEATHER
POTENTIAL IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF CONTINUED LIMITED/ SLOW BOUNDARY
LAYER MOISTENING OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO THROUGH THE PERIOD.

..KERR.. 11/07/2010



yeah, if there is enough moisture, I could see there being a possible significant outbreak, this system will likely have the dynamics to work with
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Quoting hydrus:
There have been more deaths in Tennessee from tornadoes in the the past ten years then any other state...I will be watching..


yeah, be sure to keep an eye to the sky
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214. beell
Quoting tornadodude:


yeah, the moisture is the big thing in this set up


I bet we still get at least a narrow warm sector over LA and AR.

DAY 4-8 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0241 AM CST SUN NOV 07 2010
VALID 101200Z - 151200Z

...PREDICTABILITY TOO LOW TO DELINEATE A SEVERE RISK AREA...

MEDIUM RANGE GUIDANCE CONTINUES TO SUGGEST A GENERAL TREND TOWARD
THE EVOLUTION OF A STRONG UPPER RIDGE OVER THE EASTERN PACIFIC
DURING THE LATTER PART OF THE COMING WORK WEEK...WITH BROAD
TROUGHING DEVELOPING DOWNSTREAM ACROSS MUCH OF THE U.S...AS THE
ATLANTIC BLOCKING PATTERN GRADUALLY WEAKENS. HOWEVER... VARIABILITY
REMAINS QUITE LARGE AMONG THE MODELS AND MODEL ENSEMBLES CONCERNING
THIS PROCESS...PARTICULARLY WITH REGARD TO EMBEDDED SHORT WAVE
DEVELOPMENTS. WHILE STRONG CYCLOGENESIS STILL APPEARS A POSSIBILITY
FROM PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS INTO THE LOWER OHIO VALLEY AND
GREAT LAKES REGION LATE IN THE WEEK OR EARLY NEXT
WEEKEND...PROBABILITIES FOR THIS OCCURRING APPEAR TO BE ON THE LOWER
END. FURTHER COMPLICATING MATTERS CONCERNING THE SEVERE WEATHER
POTENTIAL IS THE LIKELIHOOD OF CONTINUED LIMITED/ SLOW BOUNDARY
LAYER MOISTENING OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO THROUGH THE PERIOD.

..KERR.. 11/07/2010

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Quoting tornadodude:


wow, thats crazy!

Id watch out for some weather on friday, possible severe storms
There have been more deaths in Tennessee from tornadoes in the the past ten years then any other state...I will be watching..
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Quoting tornadodude:


yeah, the moisture is the big thing in this set up


NWS winter weather impact graphics here.
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Many super sat pics there:

http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/nexsat-bin/nexsat.cgi

You can generate animated gifs also...
Gracias..:)
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Quoting hydrus:
I do not believe the 14 inches of rain in an hour...That would be a world record..Record Value 305mm (12")
Date of Record 22/6/1947
Length of Record 1948-present
Instrumentation Recording Rain Gauge
Geospatial Location Holt, MO, USA [39°27'N, 94°20'W, elevation: 263.11m (863ft)]


I meant 14 inches of rain in 3 hours sorry. Typing error.
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Quoting hydrus:
Up here on the plateau, there is damage that is still visible from the last bad ice storm they had here 16 years ago.


wow, thats crazy!

Id watch out for some weather on friday, possible severe storms
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Quoting tornadodude:


oh wow ha

been through that, its rough thats for sure
Up here on the plateau, there is damage that is still visible from the last bad ice storm they had here 16 years ago.
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Quoting tropicfreak:


It even was bad enough to be put on Storm Stories. 14" of rain in one hour, and the Shockoe bottom was hardest hit, with over 5 feet of water in some spots in that area.
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Maybe it was a little worse than I thought. But I'm still holding firm to my opinion. I'm quite stubborn on the retirement issue. :P
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Put your lights on....

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Quoting tropicfreak:


It even was bad enough to be put on Storm Stories. 14" of rain in one hour, and the Shockoe bottom was hardest hit, with over 5 feet of water in some spots in that area.
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I do not believe the 14 inches of rain in an hour...That would be a world record..Record Value 305mm (12")
Date of Record 22/6/1947
Length of Record 1948-present
Instrumentation Recording Rain Gauge
Geospatial Location Holt, MO, USA [39°27'N, 94°20'W, elevation: 263.11m (863ft)]
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Quoting hydrus:
I have not been through a bad ice storm since 1976..It was so bad that my father had to pour hot water all over the car door to open it. The whole car was encased with 3 inches of solid ice. It was rather fun to watch.


oh wow ha

been through that, its rough thats for sure
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Quoting beell:


Dynamically speaking, just a beautiful set-up for severe over eastern OK and the ARLATX Thursday (early guess). moving east for Friday.

Adequate moisture return very much in doubt and it may not come together until after dark.

Things can change, though.


yeah, the moisture is the big thing in this set up
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Quoting tornadodude:


there may be an ice storm in the making, depending on the moisture and if the cold air remains in place, probably over the upper midwest
I have not been through a bad ice storm since 1976..It was so bad that my father had to pour hot water all over the car door to open it. The whole car was encased with 3 inches of solid ice. It was rather fun to watch.
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Quoting hydrus:
Cool sat pic. Neat looking city lights.


Many super sat pics there:

http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/nexsat-bin/nexsat.cgi

You can generate animated gifs also...
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Quoting DoverWxwatchter:
Tomas is definitely looking better. But I'm sure the NHC won't resume advisories on it.


There's no reason for them to. Convection is a little deep, sure, but satellite imagery shows very cold air rushing into the circulation center from the west. If it isn't post-tropical now, it will be very shortly.
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Quoting tornadodude:
anybody looking at the possible winter weather set up and severe weather potential later this week?


Dynamically speaking, just a beautiful set-up for severe over eastern OK and the ARLATX Thursday (early guess). moving east for Friday.

Adequate moisture return very much in doubt and it may not come together until after dark.

Things can change, though.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Only problem with that is, the flooding was limited primarily to the Richmond area. It wasn't particularly widespread.


It even was bad enough to be put on Storm Stories. 14" of rain in one hour, and the Shockoe bottom was hardest hit, with over 5 feet of water in some spots in that area.
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Cool sat pic. Neat looking city lights.
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Quoting tropicfreak:


Here we go with global warming, its impossible for a cat 5 to develop every 5 minutes, if they are close to each other then one of them will get killed due to shear caused by the other storm's outflow or vice versa.


Sorry, was just a Bad Joke or a bit of nonsense.... to spice up the blog a little
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Quoting tropicfreak:


Gaston should have been on that list. 8 deaths, Millions in flood damage in Richmond in 2004... seems to me that Gaston deserved at least some consideration for 'retired' status.


Only problem with that is, the flooding was limited primarily to the Richmond area. It wasn't particularly widespread.
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