1-in-100 year rains cause extreme flooding in NY, PA; Nate, Maria, and Katia

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:37 PM GMT on September 08, 2011

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An extreme rainfall event unprecedented in recorded history has hit the Binghamton, New York area, where 7.49" fell yesterday. This is the second year in a row Binghamton has recorded a 1-in-100 year rain event; their previous all-time record was set last September, when 4.68" fell on Sep 30 - Oct. 1, 2010. Records go back to 1890 in the city. The skies have now cleared in Binghamton, with this morning's rain bringing the city's total rainfall for the 40-hour event to 9.02". However, another large region of rain lies just to the south in Pennsylvania, and all of the rivers in the surrounding region are in major or record flood. The Susquehanna River at Binghamton is at 25.18', its highest level since records began in 1847, and is expected to overtop the flood walls protecting the city this afternoon. In Hershey, Pennsylvania, Swatara Creek is 18' over flood stage, and more than 8' above its record flood crest. Widespread flash flooding is occurring across the entire area, and over 125,000 people have been evacuated from their homes.


Figure 1. Radar-observed rainfall from the Binghamton, NY radar.


Figure 2. The Susquehanna River at Binghamton is at its highest flood height on record this morning (25 feet.) Records at this gauge go back to 1847. Image credit: NOAA/AHPS.


Figure 3. In Hershey, Pennsylvania, Swatara Creek is 18' over flood stage, and more than 8' above its record flood crest. Records at this gage go back to 1930. Image credit: NOAA/AHPS.

The extreme rains are due the the remains of Tropical Storm Lee interacting with a stationary front draped along the Eastern U.S. Adding to the potent moisture mix last night was a stream of tropical moisture associated with Hurricane Katia that collided with the stationary front. You don't often see a major city break its all-time 24-hour precipitation record by a 60% margin, according to wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt, and he can't recall ever seeing it happen before. It's worth noting that the Susquehanna River Binghamton stream gage, which has been in operation since 1847, is due to be shut off in 3 weeks due to budget cuts. Here's the note at the USGS web site:

NOTICE (03/23/2011)--Data collection at this streamgage may be discontinued after October 1, 2011 due to funding reductions from partner agencies. Although historic data will remain accessible, no new data will be collected unless one or more new funding partners are found. Users who are willing to contribute funding to continue operation of this streamgage should contact Rob Breault or Ward Freeman of the USGS New York Water Science Center at 518-285-5658 or dc_ny@usgs.gov.

Tropical Storm Nate
Tropical Storm Nate formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico yesterday afternoon after the Hurricane Hunters found a well-defined surface circulation and 45 mph surface winds. Nate is the 14th named storm this year, and comes three days before the climatological half-way point of the Atlantic hurricane season, September 10. A typical hurricane season has just 10 - 11 named storms, so we've already had 35% more than a whole season's worth of storms before reaching the season's half-way point. At this rate, 2011 will see 28 named storms, equaling the all-time record set in 2005. Nate's formation date of September 7 puts 2011 in 2nd place for earliest date of arrival of the season's 14th storm. Only 2005 had an earlier formation date of the season's 14th named storm (September 6, when Hurricane Nate got named.) Third place is now held jointly by 1936 and 1933, which got their 14th storm of the season on September 10.

Latest visible satellite loops show that Nate's low-level center is exposed to view, due to northeasterly upper-level winds that are creating a moderate 10 knots of wind shear. This shear is keeping all of Nate's heavy thunderstorms pushed to the south side of the center. Sustained winds at Buoy 42055, about 100 miles to the northwest of the suspected center of Nate, were north at 31 mph at 6:50 am CDT this morning. We haven't had a hurricane hunter aircraft in the storm since yesterday afternoon, and the next plane is due to arrive near 2 pm this afternoon. Water vapor satellite loops show that here is a large area of very dry air from Texas to the north of Nate, and this dry air is probably interfering with the storm's development.

Up until last night's 8 pm EDT runs of the computer models, the models were in general agreement that Nate would meander in the Bay of Campeche for several days, until a ridge of high pressure built in to the north of the storm, forcing it westwards to a landfall in Mexico. However, the latest 2 am EDT run by the GFS model predicts that Nate may gain enough latitude to escape being forced westwards by the ridge, and instead move northwards to make a landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast. The GFDL, which uses the GFS for its initial conditions, is also on board with this idea, as is the HWRF model, to a lesser degree. The 2 am EDT run of the NOGAPS model did not go along with this idea, though. We will have to wait until the NOAA jet makes its first mission to sample the steering currents in the Gulf of Mexico to get a better idea on how probable this northern path might be; their first flight will be tonight, and the data will make it into the 8 pm models runs that will be available first thing Friday morning. As far as intensity goes, the very dry air to Nate's north should begin being less of a problem for it by Friday, when the upper level winds shift more to blow from the southeast, and the shear drops to the low range, 5 - 10 knots. Since the storm is moving very slowly, it will upwell cooler waters from the depths that will slow intensification, though. The earliest Nate would become a hurricane is probably on Saturday.


Figure 2. GOES-13 image of Hurricane Katia, Tropical Storm Maria, and Tropical Storm Nate taken at 8 am EDT September 8, 2011. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Tropical Storm Maria
Tropical Storm Maria is midway between the Northern Lesser Antilles Islands the coast of Africa, and due to arrive in the Northern Lesser Antilles late Friday night or Saturday morning. Satellite loops show that Maria has been ripped up pretty badly by the 10 - 20 knots of wind shear affecting it, with the low-level center exposed to view, and a few disorganized clumps of heavy thunderstorms lying to the west and northeast of the center. Water vapor satellite images show that Maria is embedded in a very moist environment. Ocean temperatures are near 28.5°C, which is 2°C above the 26.5°C threshold usually needed to sustain a tropical storm. Maria passed just south of Buoy 41041 this morning, and top sustained winds during passage were 42 mph, gusting to 56 mph. Maria will pass close to buoy 41040 near 8pm EDT tonight.

With wind shear predicted to continue in the moderate range for the next five days, and the storm struggling to maintain its circulation, strengthening of Maria to a hurricane before it reaches the Lesser Antilles seems unlikely at this time. None of the intensity models are calling for Maria to reach hurricane strength until well after the storm passes Puerto Rico. However, Mike Ventrice, a meteorology Ph.D. student at the University of Albany, pointed out to me yesterday that a atmospheric disturbance known as a Convectively-Coupled Kelvin Wave (CCKW) is passing through the Lesser Antilles Islands today, and is headed eastwards towards Maria at 25 mph. Maria will encounter this CCKW Thursday night or Friday morning. There is a great deal of upward-moving air in the vicinity of a CCKW, and will help strengthen the updrafts in Maria's thunderstorms, potentially intensifying the storm. None of our models are detailed enough to "see" CCKWs", so we may see more intensification of the storm than the models are calling for. Given the disorganized state Maria is currently in, though, the extra boost in upward motion provided by the CCKW may not make of a difference to the storm.

The track forecasts for Maria from the various models agree that the storm will affect the Northern Lesser Antilles Islands, Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. After it passes the Lesser Antilles, Maria has the usual amount of high uncertainty in its 5 - 7 day track forecast. The models are split on how strong the steering influence a trough of low pressure along the U.S. East Coast will have. The UKMET model prefers a more southerly track for Maria through the Turk and Caicos Islands and the Bahamas towards the U.S. East Coast, while the other models predict a more northwesterly track, with a potential threat to Bermuda. Climatology favors a track that would miss the U.S., with Dr. Bob Hart's track history pages suggesting that Maria has a 14% chance of hitting Canada, 5% chance of hitting Bermuda, and an 18% chance of hitting North Carolina.

Hurricane Katia
Hurricane Katia has brought a few rain showers and some gusty winds of 20 - 30 mph to Bermuda last night and this morning, but is not going to bring hazardous weather to the island as the storm makes it swing around Bermuda today and tomorrow. Latest satellite loops show that Katia is a shadow of its former Category 4 self, as dry air has eaten into the southwest side of the storm into the eye. Katia's outer rainbands should remain just offshore from North Carolina, New England, and the Canadian Maritime provinces at the point of closest approach. The main impact of Katia will be a multi-day period of high surf leading to beach erosion and dangerous rip currents.

I'll have an update this afternoon.

Jeff Masters

Bryn Athyn, PA (HighRdGeo)
Fetters Mill 9-8-11 morning
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534. SLU
000
WTNT34 KNHC 081738
TCPAT4

BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM MARIA INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 8A
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL142011
200 PM AST THU SEP 08 2011

...MARIA NOT WELL ORGANIZED AT THIS TIME...

SUMMARY OF 200 PM AST...1800 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...13.0N 52.0W
ABOUT 605 MI...975 KM E OF THE WINDWARD ISLANDS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...W OR 270 DEGREES AT 22 MPH...35 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1006 MB...29.71 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY...

NONE


SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT...

A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR...
* ANTIGUA...BARBUDA...MONTSERRAT...NEVIS...AND SAINT KITTS.
* ST BARTHELEMY...ST MARTEEN...GUADELOUPE...AND MARTINIQUE
* DOMINICA.
* ST.MAARTIN...SABA...AND ST. EUSTATIUS


INTERESTS ELSEWHERE IN THE LEEWARD ISLANDS...THE VIRGIN
ISLANDS...AND PUERTO RICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF MARIA.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA ...PLEASE MONITOR
PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
AT 200 PM AST...1800 UTC...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM MARIA WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.0 NORTH...LONGITUDE 52.0 WEST. MARIA IS
MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 22 MPH...35 KM/H. THIS GENERAL MOTION IS
EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY...FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE
WEST-NORTHWEST WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED ON FRIDAY. ON THE
FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER OF MARIA WILL BE NEAR THE LEEWARD
ISLANDS LATE FRIDAY AND MOVING OVER THE NORTHEASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA
ON SATURDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE DECREASED TO NEAR 40 MPH...65
KM/H...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. MARIA COULD BE DEGENERATING INTO A
TROPICAL WAVE AT THIS TIME...AND AN AIR FORCE RECONNAISSANCE PLANE
WILL CHECK THE SYSTEM LATER TODAY. HOWEVER...EVEN IF MARIA BECOMES
A TROPICAL WAVE LATER TODAY...THERE IS A STRONG LIKELIHOOD OF
REGENERATION DURING THE NEXT DAY OR TWO.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES...185 KM
TO THE NORTH AND EAST OF THE CENTER.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 1006 MB...29.71 INCHES.


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND...TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE IN THE WATCH AREA
FRIDAY NIGHT OR SATURDAY.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
NEXT COMPLETE ADVISORY...500 PM AST.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA




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532. Caner
Quoting basti11:



ok answer me this question if you think that NATE will make landfall on the NORTHERN GULFCOAST what is NATE going to do when he encounters all the DRY AIR and SHEAR if he tries to move north...it will take 5 days for the dry air to pull back north and the shear to slacken...so i would like and answer im waiting to see why you think this will happen...if you want my reasons ill be glad to let you know although i posted the 2 this morning...


Because we all know hurricanes never go places where they will experience dry air or shear...
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530. skook
Live news out of the scranton/ wilkes barre area

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Quoting wolftribe2009:


The GFS believes the storm is going into the Northern Gulf Coast. In Fact, based upon Troughs oulling the storms north I think the likelihood of it making landfall on the Northern Gulf Coast is HIGH! Right now No One can say where Nate will go because even the models are like "Confused".


I agree wolfie, everyone in the gulf should be on the alert. I said it yesterday. However, 'she' acted as the shutters were going up based on our answers, and this dude acted like she was 98% safe, don't worry. My point is that if I think I may need to evac, put up shutters or life is at risk, my first place to look is not our blog.
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From above,

As far as intensity goes, the very dry air to Nate's north should begin being less of a problem for it by Friday, when the upper level winds shift more to blow from the southeast, and the shear drops to the low range, 5 - 10 knots. Since the storm is moving very slowly, it will upwell cooler waters from the depths that will slow intensification, though. The earliest Nate would become a hurricane is probably on Saturday.
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526. DFWjc
Quoting fire635:


The problem isnt with your opinion... its with your wording. We all have opinions... I believe the north gulf coast is at risk.. however I am not telling them to evacuate because I know that weather changes every minute. There are no gaurantees. YOU on the other hand are telling people with almost 100% certainty that they will NOT be hit. Unless they are living on another continent, I believe this is VERY irresponsible.


hate to interject but what if 7 days from now he/she is right, and didn't wander with the preditction? Then what?
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Quoting wolftribe2009:
SIGNIFICANT CHANGE to Maria's track by NOAA! Wow what a change!

Link


Significant change in predicted strength, but seems like a continuation of the 11am cone to me...
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Quoting redwagon:

Looks like a hook sig trying to build there just E of Willamsport.


That's a Storm Rainfall Total Radar Image Loop,,not a current composite.


There are no active Nado Watches currently in the CONUS
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SIGNIFICANT CHANGE to Maria's track by NOAA! Wow what a change!

Link
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520. Caner
Quoting LazarusRH:


Did not know that
Thank you for the information


That's not correct, actually.

The Netherlands has the highest incident per Sq KM, with the UK in second place.

However, that calculation encompasses countries entire landmasses, not local regions.

If you were to apply the landmass of the Netherlands or the UK to almost any plot of Midwestern states, they would be far, far far and away much higher.

So it's kind of a misleading stat. The overall landmass of the US just drags the average down.
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Quoting GTcooliebai:
Same Link traffic cam and PA State Road Closures.


Welp. My route through there is closed (I-81) -- Usually drive and stop in Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg, and/or Scranton on my way up to the NE...

I cannot imagine that amount of water...
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Quoting basti11:



hey no disrespect everyone has there take on what NATE will do...im just more realistic when it comes to hurricanes..if you dont want to hear the truth then just put a big fat block on me then...im not going to lie to the woman and tell her its coming towards HOUSTON when it shows no signs of doing so the way everything is set up now...i suggest you look at the steering pattern and then you tell me why im wrong...ill be glad to listen to your opinion..


The problem isnt with your opinion... its with your wording. We all have opinions... I believe the north gulf coast is at risk.. however I am not telling them to evacuate because I know that weather changes every minute. There are no gaurantees. YOU on the other hand are telling people with almost 100% certainty that they will NOT be hit. Unless they are living on another continent, I believe this is VERY irresponsible.
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Quoting Patrap:

Looks like a hook sig trying to build there just E of Willamsport.
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Quoting Dakster:


41FT crest... yikes... All those people leaving at once (and I don't blame them), the Hershey Highway must be constipated with all the traffic...

Same Link traffic cam and PA State Road Closures.
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Quoting MonsterTrough:


If this woman is trusting our advice on a blog, gawd help her....../sigh Nevermind, poof.


The GFS believes the storm is going into the Northern Gulf Coast. In Fact, based upon Troughs oulling the storms north I think the likelihood of it making landfall on the Northern Gulf Coast is HIGH! Right now No One can say where Nate will go because even the models are like "Confused".
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512. jpsb
Quoting Neapolitan:

If Aero Union had complied with minimum safety standards, they would have maintained their contract. But instead, the company's owners found extra profit more important than saving lives, so the USFS had no choice but to cancel. Article
What do you think of the comments toward that article? Clearly the vast majority of the comments dispute your claim. And provide proof that the claim is bogus.
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Quoting Patrap:
Emergency responders are scrambling to evacuate holdouts who didn't heed earlier warnings to leave city neighborhoods threatened by record flooding.


41FT crest... yikes... All those people leaving at once (and I don't blame them), the Hershey Highway must be constipated with all the traffic...

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Quoting stormwatcherCI:
I was also born in Pa. Middletown and as stated in Dr. Masters blog update Swatara Creek is 18' over flood state and 8' over record flood. Talked to friends last night and this morning and flood waters are in the homes and evacuations have begun.
wow sorry to hear that!! prayers for eveyone in the northeast tonite and everynight until the threat subsides.....
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Quoting Caner:


High Pressure has that effect on hurricanes.

I'm sure you can't repeat on the board what Texans are calling their particular HP system, but here in Louisiana, we call them 'hurricane insurance policies'


Yes that is sad but Texas still isn't out of the window by a long shot. NOAA has the storm moving towards NE mexico and South Texas.
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Basti11 go poof :(
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Quoting basti11:


why scare the woman for nothing ...there is no chance NATE will go into HOUSTON or for that matter the NORTHERN GULFCOAST..the reason why i left that slim 2% is in case NATE would stall in the BOC then it would be able to lift northward..but that is a very slim chance and that would not occur for 5 days...so if this happen she would have plenty of time to get prepared...but not now...all you doing is making this woman worry for nothing...


If this woman is trusting our advice on a blog, gawd help her....../sigh Nevermind, poof.
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Quoting fire635:


I will be reporting you if this continues,,, you cannot continue giving people false security. You are NOT a seer of the future. Things are never 100% in weather. At best I would tell this person in Houston to watch it like EVERYBODY else in the gulf states need to. WAY too early to tell where Nate will be going. Hold off on the shutters for now, but keep your eyes open


If this lady lives in Houston then she needs to be weary. NOAA has shifted the track back to the north towards the NE Mexico/Texas Border. The GFS and two other models have shifted their track to Louisiana and the Panhandle of Florida. Flooding rains have swamped Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and much of the Northeast. Any more rain from Nate would be Catastrophic to these areas. I am very worried for these people on the Gulf Coast and the North East. Wildfires in Texas have torched 1400 homes and Lee's winds fanned the flames that spread the fires and so any more storms in Louisiana and Alabama would crate more winds for an area that does not need it.

NOAA is forecasting a Hurricane at landfall and some models are suggesting a CAT 2. EVERYONE on the gulf coast need to stay tuned to the weather situation in the GOM.
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502. Caner
Quoting SLU:


Really sad for Texas how the models jumped from Mexico to Louisiana and Mississippi while totally ignoring Texas like it doesn't exist.


High Pressure has that effect on hurricanes.

I'm sure you can't repeat on the board what Texans are calling their particular HP system, but here in Louisiana, we call them 'hurricane insurance policies'
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501. JLPR2
Well that's interesting, little new area of convection closer to the center.
Maria wants to live, but the will to live might not be enough.

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Quoting Patrap:
Some folks really have some serious social issues that manifest here,and that reflects directly on their character.

Literally.



Most who cackle about calamity,,most likely have never experienced in their lives directly.


Well said Pat. GO SAINTS!!
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Quoting Patrap:
On Wednesday, Kutztown officials notified residents to refrain from using the sewer as the system was overloaded due to the heavy rain. Officials warned residents that sewage might back up into houses.


Now there a statement,,maybe they should have included instructions to build/digging a latrine?


It must be a crappy situation in Kutztown... Hope things clear up soon...
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Ok so I am in southeast florida, ft lauderdale area can it be a good assumption to say i am too far south for maria to affect even though it is trending more westward?
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Quoting oceanblues32:
born and raised in easton Pa!!! Used to swim at eddyside park on the river could swim in the pool or the river... that is high!!!!
I was also born in Pa. Middletown and as stated in Dr. Masters blog update Swatara Creek is 18' over flood state and 8' over record flood. Talked to friends last night and this morning and flood waters are in the homes and evacuations have begun.
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Quoting jpsb:
Since you are asserting that as a fact, I'd like to hear some conclusive evidence to support your assertion.


I applaud the effort, but I am so SICK of reading about politics on this blog. Everyone has their own views of who is right, and who is wrong. Minds aren't going to change because of something posted on a weather blog so I just don't see the point in it all.

I come here to read about the weather, but spend as much time adding people to my ignore list.
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Quoting FLdewey:


That's crazy. I've been seeing some pretty wild photos, but that video is just amazing.


Put the soap on your car before you drive through it. ;)
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Quoting FLdewey:


The UK has the highest rate of tornadoes per sq km in the world.

Allo Gov'na

I wonder if they still sound like freight trains over there.


Did not know that
Thank you for the information
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On Wednesday, Kutztown officials notified residents to refrain from using the sewer as the system was overloaded due to the heavy rain. Officials warned residents that sewage might back up into houses.


Now there a statement,,maybe they should have included instructions to build/digging a latrine?
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Quoting JLPR2:
Maria at: 13.2N 51.5W

The tropical storm entered an area of higher TCHP but with it's fast movement it wont matter.

It will be interesting to see where the center of Maria becomes dominant.
Convection is jumping all over with the high shear, right now.
Fun coming....
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Quoting basti11:


why scare the woman for nothing ...there is no chance NATE will go into HOUSTON or for that matter the NORTHERN GULFCOAST..the reason why i left that slim 2% is in case NATE would stall in the BOC then it would be able to lift northward..but that is a very slim chance and that would not occur for 5 days...so if this happen she would have plenty of time to get prepared...but not now...all you doing is making this woman worry for nothing...


Well you just officially secured THE MOST CLUELESS PERSON on the WU blog award for the day. Notice how you are the only one with this opinion.
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490. DFWjc
Quoting basti11:


why scare the woman for nothing ...there is no chance NATE will go into HOUSTON or for that matter the NORTHERN GULFCOAST..the reason why i left that slim 2% is in case NATE would stall in the BOC then it would be able to lift northward..but that is a very slim chance and that would not occur for 5 days...so if this happen she would have plenty of time to get prepared...but not now...all you doing is making this woman worry for nothing...


Agreed, it looks to have a better chance in Mexico or near NOLA than Houston...
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Quoting basti11:


why scare the woman for nothing ...there is no chance NATE will go into HOUSTON or for that matter the NORTHERN GULFCOAST..the reason why i left that slim 2% is in case NATE would stall in the BOC then it would be able to lift northward..but that is a very slim chance and that would not occur for 5 days...so if this happen she would have plenty of time to get prepared...but not now...all you doing is making this woman worry for nothing...


Didn't you give Irene a 70 or 80% fish prediction as well?
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488. skook
The Womelsdorf sewer plant has flooded due to heavy rains and overflow from the Tulpehocken Creek, officials said.

That means sewage is being discharged into the creek, and borough residents should minimize their water usage to reduce that discharge, said council president Vince Balistrieri.

The facility, located on North Water Street, is one four sewer systems now flooded in Berks County, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The Shartlesville wastewater treatment plant was shut down, the Kutztown wastewater treatment plant is overflowing and the Antietam Valley wastewater treatment plant has sanitary sewer overflow, officials said.

Sinking Spring officials are saying they are also having problems at their sewer plant, and are asking residents to reduce water use.

The Womelsdorf plant flooded at around midnight, and equipment was under about 4 feet of water this morning, Balistrieri said.

There is nowhere else for the discharge to go but into the creek, which flows into the Schuylkill River, he said.

"The Tulpehocken Creek is part of the sewer plant right now," he said.

The creek is still rising in part because it runs east from Lebanon County, where flooding was even heavier, he said.

Once the creek subsides, water will be pumped from the plant, and then temporary pumps will be hooked up to treat the sewage until damaged equipment is repaired or replaced, he said.

That process could take several days, he said.

On Wednesday, Kutztown officials notified residents to refrain from using the sewer as the system was overloaded due to the heavy rain. Officials warned residents that sewage might back up into houses.


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Quoting basti11:


why scare the woman for nothing ...there is no chance NATE will go into HOUSTON or for that matter the NORTHERN GULFCOAST..the reason why i left that slim 2% is in case NATE would stall in the BOC then it would be able to lift northward..but that is a very slim chance and that would not occur for 5 days...so if this happen she would have plenty of time to get prepared...but not now...all you doing is making this woman worry for nothing...


If you believe thats a woman, then you best get some help..fast
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Quoting fire635:


I will be reporting you if this continues,,, you cannot continue giving people false security. You are NOT a seer of the future. Things are never 100% in weather. At best I would tell this person in Houston to watch it like EVERYBODY else in the gulf states need to. WAY too early to tell where Nate will be going. Hold off on the shutters for now, but keep your eyes open
.

I agree. The use of absolutes in forecasting is just a prescription for trouble.
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