Snow, ice paralyze South; Nor'easter aims at New England; deadly floods in Australia

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:49 PM GMT on January 11, 2011

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Much of the nation's South remains paralyzed today by a major winter storm that left up to a foot of snow and dangerous ice accumulations in its wake. Six states have declared states of emergency, and travel is extremely hazardous in the affected region, including Atlanta, where at least five closures of major interstates occurred this morning due to severe icing. The storm began Sunday in northeast Texas and tracked eastward, bringing snow amounts as high as 7 - 8 inches to northeastern Texas and southern Arkansas, 9 - 11 inches to northern Mississippi, northern Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, and southern Tennessee. As of 3am CST, the heaviest snow as reported in the NOAA Storm Summary occurred at Cashiers, North Carolina, 12.5 inches. The worst freezing rain was reported in central Georgia at Wrightsville, which received 1.5" of ice. Aiken, South Carolina received 1" of ice, and numerous locations in South Carolina, Central Georgia, and Central Alabama received over 1/2" of ice. Freezing rain amounts of 1/4" were also reported in northern Louisiana, central Mississippi, and western Arkansas. Dangerous travel conditions will persist across the affected region the rest of today, as temperatures will struggle to reach 40°.


Figure 1. Snow and ice at North Carolina's Charlotte airport caused travel delays yesterday, and thousands of flights were canceled Sunday and Monday across the Southeast U.S. due to the severe winter storm that hit the region. Image credit: wunderphotographer robb04047.

Major Nor'easter expected for New York City and Boston
Today's snow storm has pushed off the coast of North Carolina, and is expected to "bomb" into a classic Nor'easter off the coast of New England tonight through Wednesday. Up to a foot of snow is possible for New York City, Boston, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. The heaviest snow--up to 16 inches--will likely fall across central Massachusetts, eastern Connecticut, western Rhode Island, and Long Island. Today's Nor'easter will not be as intense as the December 26 blizzard, however. The winds from today's storm are expected to remain less than 35 mph, resulting in only minor coastal flooding and an absence of blizzard conditions (frequent wind gusts over 35 mph or sustained winds over 35 mph, plus visibility less than 1/4 mile for at least three consecutive hours.)

Deadly flash flood hits Australia
Flood-weary Queensland, Australia suffered a new flooding disaster yesterday when freak rains of six inches fell in just 30 minutes near Toowoomba. The resulting flash flood killed nine people and left 59 missing. The flood waters poured into the Brisbane River, causing it to overflow, and significant flooding of low-lying areas in Brisbane, Australia's third largest city with some 2 million people, is expected on Thursday. As I discussed last week, Australia had its wettest spring (September - November) since records began 111 years ago, with some sections of coastal Queensland receiving over 4 feet (1200 mm) of rain. Rainfall in Queensland and all of eastern Australia in December was the greatest on record, and the year 2010 was the rainiest year on record for Queensland. The ocean waters surrounding Australia were the warmest on record during 2010, and these exceptionally warm waters allowed much higher amounts of water vapor to evaporate into the atmosphere, helping fuel the heavy rains. The record warm ocean temperatures were due to a combination of global warming and the moderate to strong La Niña event that has been in place since July. Queensland typically has its rainiest years when La Niña events occur, due to the much warmer than average ocean temperatures that occur along the coast. Beginning in December, the Queensland floods have killed at least 19, and done $5 billion in damage. Queensland has an area the size of Germany and France combined.


Figure 2. Remarkable 5-minute YouTube video showing the sad fate of a row of parked cars when a nearby small stream experiences a flash flood, sweeping away dozens of the cars. A note to the wise: Two minutes into the video, we see a man enter the flash flood to save his car. He is successful, but his actions were extremely risky--most flash flood deaths occur when cars with people inside get swept away. I would not have attempted to save my car in that situation.

Jeff Masters

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Greetings from the frozen tundra of DFW, TX.

At 32.79 N & 97.5 W, we are at a "balmy " 26F/wind chill 12 F. That is after our invigorating morning low of 21 F!!

We have a barometric pressure on 30.68"/1039 mb and slowly rising.

A ridge of High pressure is extending from NE of Barrow, AK southward all the way into North Central TX.
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sheesh Finally got comfortable with facing the Wrath of Thor...

...and now I gotta worry about gettin' smote by antimatter particle beams???
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All of this moisture that's been headed north is taking its toll on the ice. Won't take much once the normal melt season begins, hardly any volume left to it. Also noticed that the south pole would most likely be sea ice free right now if it wasn't for glacier runoff.

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Quoting MichaelSTL:


LOL, like since when? Funny since they always called themselves the "National Hurricane Center", even before last year (why is their URL www.nhc.noaa.gov and not www.tpc.noaa.gov).
*shrug*
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Quoting atmoaggie:
In other news, the National Hurricane Center is now officially named, well, umm, the National Hurricane Center.

"The National Hurricane Center has officially changed its name from Tropical Prediction Center to National Hurricane Center. Although the name change took effect during 2010, NHC products will not reflect the new name until January 10, 2011 at 1200 UTC (7AM EST)."

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/nhc_name_change.php?large

Uh, okay.


LOL, like since when? Funny since they always called themselves the "National Hurricane Center", even before last year (why is their URL www.nhc.noaa.gov and not www.tpc.noaa.gov).
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brisbane has been dry until of recent. florida has a similiar climate and its been dry too. 2011 hum.
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Looks like it'll be a little choppy with low to mod. vis. Enjoy though. Waters a little cool for me this time of year.

Quoting PalmBeachWeather:

Chillin...Growing up in Ohio my ex stayed healthy splittin'. I remember you saying you have a place in Blue Ridge. Must be beautiful with the snow.(as long as you don't have to go out). Blue Ridge is a wonderful place. Spent many days in the area. Blairsville, Ellijay, Helen , and my favorite Dahlonega.
Chillin', leaving for the keys Saturday. Hope the weather stays good, hoping to dive the Speigal Saturday.
Not sure of your family issues but I will put an extra prayer in for you tonight.


Link
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Quoting HurricaneKatrina:
Its not up for us to dispense justice. Only God can do that. I bet they will be facing some "global warming" where they are going.


BBL - everyone, stay safe and warm.
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Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
Actually, That's why I've never bought a splitter. Keeps ya young. Got a Quadrafire stove. Run only the fan on your cental and it keeps the whole house in the 60's when it's in the teens. emits something like 1.2 grams of particulate matter an hour and burns very little wood.

Chillin...Growing up in Ohio my ex stayed healthy splittin'. I remember you saying you have a place in Blue Ridge. Must be beautiful with the snow.(as long as you don't have to go out). Blue Ridge is a wonderful place. Spent many days in the area. Blairsville, Ellijay, Helen , and my favorite Dahlonega.
Chillin', leaving for the keys Saturday. Hope the weather stays good, hoping to dive the Speigal Saturday.
Not sure of your family issues but I will put an extra prayer in for you tonight.
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Morning Aquak - I'm so sorry that you're freezing...time to kick on the heat, spark up the fireplace and hang out at home!

I was supposed to go to NYC yesterday and return at some point today. I cancelled when I saw the snow heading that way. I have a San Diego "winter jacket" but it's no defense against THAT kind of weather.
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Quoting Neapolitan:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/queensland-floods/deadly-wave-heads-for-brisbane/story-fn7 iwx3v-1225985949229

But that's beside the point; one is too many. You know, it's one thing to be extremely and passionately frustrated about those protecting their pocketbooks and stock portfolios at great cost to the planet--but it's something entirely different to wish them harm. Or worse.
Its not up for us to dispense justice. Only God can do that. I bet they will be facing some "global warming" where they are going.
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Quoting HurricaneKatrina:

I thought it was 8. The only people I could wish it on are those bringing ruin to untold millions. Like the kkkoch brothers and the scumbag oil lobbyists. Soon they will be booed wherever they go! http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/04/brooklyn-boos-koch/

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/queensland-floods/deadly-wave-heads-for-brisbane/story-fn7 iwx3v-1225985949229

But that's beside the point; one is too many. You know, it's one thing to be extremely and passionately frustrated about those protecting their pocketbooks and stock portfolios at great cost to the planet--but it's something entirely different to wish them harm. Or worse.
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Seems the major parts of that snow storm passed us in KC, I measured 6.5 inches which is major for us these days.
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Quoting HurricaneKatrina:
True. I dont wish death on anyone. But the science states this will happen and people sadly will die. The people I feel sorry for are those in the 3rd world who have done little to contribute to this crisis. They are the true victims.


I can completely agree with you on this. When some of the people on the bus are stating that the bus has no brakes end up in the same situation as those stating the brakes are fine as they approach the crest of the hill then you can easily have more sympathy for those that gave out the warning. .... Was that a run on sentence or was I just running on?
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Quoting NRAamy:
no one is cutting up donkeys..... especially not aqua..... she's a nurturer, not a torturer....


but I do love using the chainsaw

hi melwerle- no the SE is freeezing it's donkeys off
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Quoting Neapolitan:

Umm...what? You're aware that there are at least 30 dead and 78 missing from yesterday's flood, right? Why would you wish that misery to be visited upon anyone?

I thought it was 8. The only people I could wish it on are those bringing ruin to untold millions. Like the kkkoch brothers and the scumbag oil lobbyists. Soon they will be booed wherever they go! http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/04/brooklyn-boos-koch/
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Morning Kids...Hope everyone is staying warm.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I kinda get what you are saying. Still, a loss of life is never good. Using their loss of life as a prime example of things to come is not something to you would want to use to say, "See, I was right!". There are many other and more benign examples that can and are used. People dieing in floods is not going to change anyone's mind at this point in time.
True. I dont wish death on anyone. But the science states this will happen and people sadly will die. The people I feel sorry for are those in the 3rd world who have done little to contribute to this crisis. They are the true victims.
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no one is cutting up donkeys..... especially not aqua..... she's a nurturer, not a torturer....
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Actually, That's why I've never bought a splitter. Keeps ya young. Got a Quadrafire stove. Run only the fan on your cental and it keeps the whole house in the 60's when it's in the teens. emits something like 1.2 grams of particulate matter an hour and burns very little wood.
Quoting lilElla:
My thoughts are with you both, Chillin & Nea. Watching a child go through this must be so hard......... Animals can be a great source of therapy & healing. Come on up, we have lots of loving donkeys and fire wood to be cut - GREAT THERAPY!
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Quoting HurricaneKatrina:
I have little sympathy for Australia. A high COAL producing region floods in one of the highest per capita CO2 emitters in the world. They are reaping what they have sown. If only all coal producing regions would flood.

Umm...what? You're aware that there are at least 30 dead and 78 missing from yesterday's flood, right? Why would you wish that misery to be visited upon anyone?
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Quoting atmoaggie:
Perfect. Thanks.

Let's blown up kids that aren't believers while we're at it, too.

That movie was in poor taste. The denialists will soon be unable to show their faces in public without getting booed. Oh wait thats already happening! :)
http://thinkprogress.org/2011/01/04/brooklyn-boos-koch/
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Quoting HurricaneKatrina:
I have little sympathy for Australia. A high COAL producing region floods in one of the highest per capita CO2 emitters in the world. They are reaping what they have sown. If only all coal producing regions would flood.


I kinda get what you are saying. Still, a loss of life is never good. Using their loss of life as a prime example of things to come is not something to you would want to use to say, "See, I was right!". There are many other and more benign examples that can and are used. People dieing in floods is not going to change anyone's mind at this point in time.
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Quoting lilElla:
Sorry Atmo - we have lots of donkeys to love and lots of wood to be cut. Sound better? ;-)
Ohhh.

(Sorry. Just couldn't help it.)
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Sorry Atmo - we have lots of donkeys to love and lots of wood to be cut. Sound better? ;-)
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Quoting HurricaneKatrina:
I have little sympathy for Australia. A high COAL producing region floods in one of the highest per capita CO2 emitters in the world. They are reaping what they have sown. If only all coal producing regions would flood.
Perfect. Thanks.

Let's blown up kids that aren't believers while we're at it, too.
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cuddle the donkeys
cut the firewood

not the other way around
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If only all coal producing regions would flood.

what if we change the word coal, to oil?

not nice
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Quoting NRAamy:
THEY LOST IN THE LAST TWO SECONDS OF THE GAME!!!!!!

AAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!


Always disappointing, isn't it?
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


I must have missed something important. What is up Chillin' and Nea? Is there anything I can do to help?
And I get cutting firewood, but who in their right mind cuts up donkeys and why?
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All's good! Didn't not intend to turn this into a rehab blog. Lovin' the weather! Going riding for a bit. Thanks all!!! BBL.
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Quoting lilElla:
My thoughts are with you both, Chillin & Nea. Watching a child go through this must be so hard......... Animals can be a great source of therapy & healing. Come on up, we have lots of loving donkeys and fire wood to be cut - GREAT THERAPY!


I must have missed something important. What is up Chillin' and Nea? Is there anything I can do to help?
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THEY LOST IN THE LAST TWO SECONDS OF THE GAME!!!!!!

AAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!!
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Good morning all!

Yesterday's forecast for my area showed a freeze for tonight of 29F and freezing temperatures would last for about 10 hours. Today's forecast shows a colder and longer lasting freeze tonight and a freeze for Wednesday and Thursday nights as well. What changed over 24 hours? Has this deepened more than they originally thought it would?

Keeper, could you slow the fans' ( I know you have to have more than one fan now LOL ) RPM down about 30,000 RPM? The Texas Gulf Coast area would appreciate this. Well, at least, I know that I would. Anything you could do to help will be GREATLY appreciated. We don't have any slopes to ice sled down. Unless you want to count the over passes?
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I agree ella

chainsawing firewood and holding baby animals

is GREAT therapy

but I guess irish coffee has its place, too
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My thoughts are with you both, Chillin & Nea. Watching a child go through this must be so hard......... Animals can be a great source of therapy & healing. Come on up, we have lots of loving donkeys and fire wood to be cut - GREAT THERAPY!
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In other news, the National Hurricane Center is now officially named, well, umm, the National Hurricane Center.

"The National Hurricane Center has officially changed its name from Tropical Prediction Center to National Hurricane Center. Although the name change took effect during 2010, NHC products will not reflect the new name until January 10, 2011 at 1200 UTC (7AM EST)."

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/nhc_name_change.php?large

Uh, okay.
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Wait!!! I am kinda just stuck here with this wonderful weather that nature threw my way. Same thing happens with Hurricanes. You bust your butt preparing then sit back and enjoy. My lovely wife had enough and went to bed early the morning of Wilma during the Atlantic surge. I'm like, "Get up baby, this is costing us around a grand a minute. We might as well enjoy it". The Gulf surge followed abot 5 hours later. 5' of water in our shop. 100k plus. oh well., we're still here.
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Quoting aquak9:
whoa whoa

does irish coffee mean you're drinking alcohol at 10:30 in the morning?

Why not? ;-)
Quoting aquak9:
and your family as well, Nea

Thank you.
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17. JRRP
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whoa whoa

does irish coffee mean you're drinking alcohol at 10:30 in the morning?
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The sad thing is when your young, strong, healthy, have great life skills, etc. and still choose to make the wrong choices. May sound hypocritical as I sip my Irish coffee but we at least we all need to be functional addicts IMO.
Life "Is what it is". You have to make the best of it with what your delt. Me, I choose to look for the good. This ain't no dress rehearsal you know!
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and your family as well, Nea
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will keep ya'll in my thoughts, chillin
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Thanks very much Nea. As does House, But Hollywood makes him functional.
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Quoting ChillinInTheKeys:
Aqua. Posted to you on the last blog. Somewhere around Monday probably. Weather permitting. One of us will stay up here as long as needed (see last post). Success rate runs around 7 percent unfortunately.

I've got similar issues in my own immediate family; I wish your child the best.
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We get rain like that in the Keys from time to time but it usually last about 3 minutes. 12" an hour for 30 minutes is insane. Plus in the Keys there is nothing to hold water except where DEP has mandated no storm water runoff. Key West would never flood with the old school storm drains.
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Snowing here again, but nothing showing on radar.
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6 inches in 30 minutes!!!!!!

That is not an extreme weather event. That is just down right freaky!
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