Flooding, heavy snow, ice storm, and fires hit the Western U.S.

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 12:39 PM GMT on January 20, 2012

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A state of emergency has been declared in Oregon and Washington, where a powerful winter storm brought deadly floods, heavy snows of up to 4 feet, a severe ice storm, and damaging winds Wednesday and Thursday. Heavy rains of 3 - 8 inches have fallen over a wide swath of Western Oregon since Monday, causing major to record flooding on multiple rivers and creeks. In Albany, Oregon, a family of four drove out of a supermarket parking lot and into a flooded Perwinkle Creek Wednesday night, and were swept away. Two people were rescued, but a 20-month-old boy and his mother drowned. The Marys River in Philomath rose to its highest flood on record yesterday, and will remain at major flood stage today before gradually receding tonight. The rains have tapered off over much of the region today, but renewed rains are expected later today and intermittently into early next week. The storm also brought strong winds to Reno, Nevada, fanning a brush fire that tore through the Reno area, destroying more than 20 homes and forcing thousands to evacuate. Reno experienced sustained winds of 44 mph, gusting to 70 mph, during the afternoon Thursday. The city didn't get any precipitation, and has received just 0.03" of precipitation this year. That fell on Monday, breaking a 56-day streak with no precipitation--the longest wintertime dry streak in city history. Strong winds gusting to 55 mph are expected during the day today, keeping the fire danger high, but heavy rain is expected tonight, which should ease the fire danger. The storm also brought a significant freezing rain event to northern Oregon and Western Washington yesterday, and up to an inch of ice accumulated in some areas, contributing to power outages that affected at least 275,000 people.


Figure 1. Satellite image taken at 7 pm EST Thursday, January 19, of the West Coast winter storm. A second storm, now approaching the coast, can be seen at the left of the image. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Some select snow amounts between 2 pm PST Monday January 16, and 1am PST Friday January 20, as compiled in the latest NOAA/NCEP/HPC Storm Summary:

...CALIFORNIA...
COVINGTON MILL 23.5
WEAVERVILLE 16.0
JUNCTION CITY 12.0

...IDAHO...
KETCHUM 22 NW 38.5
STANLEY 28 NE 32.9
BURLEY 30 SW 22.2

...MONTANA...
HERON 15.3
MISSOULA 15.0
COPPER CAMP 13.0
MANY GLACIER 13.0
HELENA 12.0

...OREGON...
MT. HOOD MEADOWS 50.0
TIMBERLANE 45.0
BEAR GRASS 32.0

...UTAH...
ALTA 16.0 9662 FT
SNOWBIRD 11.0 8100 FT
PARK CITY JUPITER PEAK 5.0

...WASHINGTON...
JUNE LAKE 31.0
SURPRISE LAKE 30.0
LONE PINE 25.0
OLYMPIA 25.0
TACOMA 11.1
SPOKANE 7.7
SEATTLE 7.1

...WYOMING...
OVANDO 24.0
JACKSON 16.2
AFTON 12.0
SOUTH ENTRANCE YELLOWSTONE 11.0

And some select rainfall amounts from the same time period:

...CALIFORNIA...
GASQUET 9.80
CRESCENT CITY/MC NAMARA FIELD 5.87
ARCATA AIRPORT 3.63
EUREKA 3.23

...OREGON...
SWISS HOME 15.50
PORT ORFORD 5 E 11.47
FALLS CITY 10.20
SILVERTON 9 SE 8.83
SALEM/MCNARY FIELD 6.82
PHILOMATH 5 SW 6.68
CAVE JUNCTION 2 N 6.25
N MYRTLE POINT 6.10
CORVALLIS MUNI ARPT 5.98
BROOKINGS 5 NNW 5.50
PORTLAND INTL ARPT 1.75


Figure 2. The Marys River in Philomath, Oregon crested at its highest flood height on record Thursday, and remains at major flood level today. Image credit: NOAA.

The short-term forecast
The storm door will remain open for California and the Pacific Northwest through the weekend and into mid-week, as two more moisture-laden storm systems pound the region. By the time the active weather pattern calms down by mid-week, rainfall totals of 10 - 20 inches are expected along the Oregon coast. Snowfall totals of 4 - 6 feet are likely in the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon, in the Northern Sierra and Shasta/Siskiyou Mountains in California, in the Northern Wasatch and Uinta Ranges of Utah, and in the Northern Rockies from far eastern Idaho/Western Wyoming through Central and Northern Idaho, Northwestern Montana, and Northeastern Oregon. Damaging strong winds will affect the coast from Northern California to Northern Washington during the weekend and into early next week, as well.

Record dry spell ends for California and Nevada
In San Francisco, the first significant rains since November 20 fell yesterday, a modest 0.08". The two-month period November 20 - January 19 saw just 0.26" of rain fall in the city, making it the longest two-month winter dry period in the city since records began in 1850, according to wunderground's weather historian, Christopher C. Burt. More rain is expected Friday through Saturday.

The long-range forecast
A major atmospheric pattern shift is responsible for the big storm in the Western U.S. The ridge of high pressure that brought Northern California its driest two-month winter period on record Nov 20 - Jan 19 has retreated to the northwest towards Alaska, allowing the subtropical jet stream to dive underneath the ridge and bring a plume of moisture called an "atmospheric river" to the coast. This shift was possible thanks to a weakening of a pressure pattern known as the Arctic Oscillation (AO). During December and the first half of January, the AO took on its second most extreme configuration on record. The pressure difference between the Azores High and the Icelandic Low reached its most extreme value since records began in 1865, keeping the winds of the jets stream flowing very rapidly. This pattern bottled the jet stream far to the north in Canada, and prevented cold Arctic air from spilling southwards into the U.S . The combination of a near record-strength AO and a borderline weak/moderate La Ninña event in the Eastern Pacific combined to keep a powerful ridge in place over the Western U.S., deflecting all the winter storms into Canada and Southern Alaska. The AO index has become much less extreme over the past two weeks, though, and is now close to average strength. This has allowed the polar jet stream to sag southwards from Canada into the northern U.S., giving the northern tier of states their first real sustained winter-like weather of the season this week (it's about time!) However, the polar jet is expected to remain far enough north so that no major snow storms will occur in the U.S. during the remainder of January--except perhaps in the Pacific Northwest. It's likely that the lack of storms will make January 2012 one of the top five driest January months on record. This month is also likely to be a top-ten warmest January, but won't be able to challenge January of 2006 for the top spot. That January was an incredible 8.5°F above average in the contiguous U.S., and so far, we are running about 4 - 5°F above average. The AO index is predicted to remain near average or potentially change signs and go negative by the beginning of February, which would allow cold air to spill southwards into the U.S. bringing more typical winter-like weather.

It's too early to say what type of winter weather February might bring, but it might be instructive to look at the last time we had winter like this year's. Like the winter of 2011 - 2012, the winter of 2006 - 2007 started out exceptionally warm, with the AO index reaching its all-time most extreme positive value on record during December and early January. New York City hit 72°F on January 6, 2007, the city's all-time warmest January day. The rest of January 2007 saw a gradual lessening of the extreme AO pattern, much like we are seeing this year, and the AO returned to normal in February 2007. That month was a classic winter month, ranking as the 34th coldest February on record, with several notable snow storms.

Auroras possible this weekend
From spaceweather.com: Active sunspot 1401 erupted Jan. 19th, for more than an hour around 16:00 UT. The long-duration blast produced an M3-class solar flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection that appears to be heading toward Earth. Forecasters say strong geomagnetic storms are possible when the cloud arrives during the late hours of Saturday, Jan. 21st. High-latitude (and possibly middle-latitude) sky watchers should be alert for auroras this weekend.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt has a new post titled, The Pacific Northwest’s Greatest Storm: The ‘Storm King’ of January 1880.

Have a great weekend everyone, and I'll be back with a new post on Monday.

Jeff Masters

Not Good... (catilac)
...with high winds and extreme dry conditions. Fire crews from Reno and Carson City are battling a brush fire burning from 300 to 400 acres is threatening homes in the Washoe City area, centered at 485 Washoe Drive. Door-to-door evacuations are underway. The Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center is acting as an evacuation center for horses, as a result of the Washoe Drive Fire.
Not Good...
Christmas Tree Down (RenoSoHill)
I guess we were too slow so Mother Nature took it down for us. Winds approaching 100 mph - brushed our house - no damage - missed the truck by 3 feet. $20 porch light destroyed!
Christmas Tree Down
Mother Ship (RenoSoHill)
Another great cloud watching day as the storm approaches
Mother Ship
Snow in Federal Way (hniyer)
Snow clings heavily on trees in the town of Federal Way after the first snow storm of the winter dumped 6 inches of snow and turned the world white.
Snow in Federal Way
Bit of snow! (NicholasLee)
Measured exactly 1 foot of snow right before I shot this picture but its still snowing steadily so that now there's 16 inches of snow, with no signs of stopping! I love it!
Bit of snow!

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Quoting yqt1001:
Since Funso is no longer expected to hit land, I can say that I am happy to announce that Funso is strengthening again.




Why are you happy? I'd only be happy if it was to go out to sea and dissipate. Funso did kill 5 people in Mozambique.
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849. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Disturbance Summary
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 06F
18:00 PM FST January 23 2012
==================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression 06F (1003 hPa) located at 23.1S 179.7W is reported as moving south at 5 knots. Position POOR based on multisatellite infrared imagery and peripheral surface observations. Sea surface temperature is around 27C.

Organization in the past 24 hours has not improved much. Convection displaced east of low level circulation center. System lies along the south pacific convergence zone and south of 250 HPA ridge axis. System is steered southeast wards by northwest deep layer mean flow. TD06F lies in an area of moderate shear. Cyclonic circulation extends to 700 HPA.

Global models have picked the system and slowly moving it southeastwards without much intensification.

Potential for this system to develop into a tropical cyclone in the next 24 to 48 hours is low to moderate.
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A post is up on Funso:

Tropical Tidbit for Monday, January 23rd, with Video
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847. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #18
CYCLONE TROPICAL FUNSO (08-20112012)
10:00 AM RET January 23 2012
=======================================

At 6:00 AM UTC, Tropical Cyclone Funso (960 hPa) located at 18.3S 39.2E has 10 minute sustained winds of 80 knots with gusts of 110 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving south southeast at 3 knots

Dvorak Intensity: T5.0/5.0/D0.5/12 HRS

Hurricane Force Winds
=====================
15 NM radius from the center

Storm Force Winds
=================
25 NM radius from the center

Gale Force Winds
=================
40 NM radius from the center

Near Gale Force Winds
====================
50 NM radius from the center, extending up to 60 NM in the northern semi-circle

Forecast and Intensity
=======================

12 HRS: 19.4S 39.2E - 90 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)
24 HRS: 20.8S 38.7E - 100 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)
48 HRS: 22.7S 37.8E - 110 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)
72 HRS: 23.9S 38.0E - 115 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)

Additional Information
======================

Funso tracks away from Mozambicans coastline and intensifies again as previously forecast. Inner core remains very small with less than 40 NM diameter (refer to ssmis-f17 0230 AM UTC) with a pinhole eye and a second external convective band (opened southwestward) from 40 to 60 NM radius from the center. Within the next hours, Funso keeps on undergoing the steering influence of the mid-level near-equatorial ridge northeastward, and should track slowly southeastwards.

Beyond, a ridge builds in the east of the system and the track might recurve southwards and then south-westwards. From j+3, a mid-tropospheric ridge rebuilds west of the system and a trough quickly transits south. Both contradictory steering flows might provide deceleration on southward track.

An strong uncertainty exists for the final track (refer to uncertainty cone) and a westward recurve is not totally excluded (like ECMWF forecast and its ensemble) that should steer Funso toward the Mozambique coastlines with a possible landfall in the region of Inhambane on Friday 27th. Current RSMC forecast track remains consistent compare to the previous ones waiting for future numerical weather prediction models runs. Over this track, environmental conditions remains favorable for regular further intensification up to 96 hours encountering again high energetic potential sea surface temperature (29C) and it should regularly intensify.

At the end of the forecast range, system should weaken again as it will track over less warm waters by shifting down toward the south.

Inhabitants of the central and southern channel (including Europa island) should closely monitor the progress of this system.

The next tropical cyclone advisory from Seychelles Meteorological Service on TC FUNSO will be issued at 12:30 PM UTC..
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114 am EST Mon Jan 23 2012

The National Weather Service in Indianapolis has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
central Putnam County in west central Indiana...

* until 200 am EST

* at 113 am EST...National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous
storm was located 6 miles northeast of Greencastle...or 24 miles
south of Crawfordsville...and moving northeast at 40 mph.

* Locations impacted include...
mainly rural areas of eastern Putnam County.
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845. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
FORECAST WESTERN AUSTRALIA REGION BETWEEN 90E-125E SOUTH OF 10S
12:11 PM WST January 23 2012
=========================

An active monsoon trough lies between 12S 90E and 14S 125E. The trough is expected to intensify over the next couple of days and by Wednesday it is likely to be producing gale force northwesterly winds over areas to the south of the Indonesian archipelago, including Christmas Island.

One or two significant lows are likely to develop in the monsoon trough between longitudes 100E and 115E and a tropical cyclone may form as early as Wednesday. At this time it is not possible to say whether coastal communities will be directly affected, but there is an elevated risk of a cyclone impact later in the week.

Tropical Cyclone Formation Potential
====================================

Tuesday: Low
Wednesday: High
Thursday: High
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844. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Darwin
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
FORECAST NORTHERN TERRITORY AREA BETWEEN 125E-142E
2:15 pm CST January 23 2012
================================================= ===

The monsoon trough is becoming more active over the Timor and Arafura Seas. A Tropical Low, 1002 hPa, is located near 11S 134E about 120 km north of Maningrida at 9:30am CST on 23 January. The low is expected to move slowly west to southwest and gradually deepen close to the coast during the next few days.

Tropical Cyclone Formation Potential
======================================

Tuesday: Low
Wednesday: Moderate
Thursday: Moderate
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The National Weather Service in Huntsville has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
Colbert County in northwest Alabama...
northwestern Franklin County in northwest Alabama...
central Lauderdale County in northwest Alabama...

* until 1230 am CST

* at midnight CST... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated
a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near pogo... or
about 10 miles north of Red Bay... moving northeast at 60 mph.

* Locations near the path of this tornado include...
srygley church.
Red Rock.
Pride Landing.
Sheffield.
Florence.
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The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
eastern Copiah County in central Mississippi...
this includes the city of Hazlehurst...
northwestern Simpson County in central Mississippi...

* until 1230 am CST

* at 1154 PM CST...National Weather Service meteorologists detected a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near
Martinsville moving northeast at 55 mph.

* The tornado will be near...
Gallman by midnight CST...
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841. skook
Last officer in Katrina shootings heading to trial


By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Associated Press


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Twenty New Orleans police officers have been charged in a series of probes by the Justice Department's civil rights division since 2010. A retired sergeant who was assigned to investigate deadly police shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina will be the last of those officers to get his day in court.

A trial is scheduled to start Monday for Gerard Dugue, who is charged with participating in a cover-up to make it appear police were justified in shooting six unarmed people, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.

A judge ordered separate trials for Dugue and five other current or former officers who were convicted in August of civil rights violations stemming from the bridge shootings.

"He is completely and totally innocent," said Dugue's attorney, Claude Kelly. "He has said that from day one, and that will be proven in court."

The hurricane, which struck Louisiana and Mississippi on Aug. 29, 2005, drove a wall of water into the coast. Levees broke and flooded roughly 80 percent of New Orleans, plunging the city into chaos and subjecting police to harsh, dangerous conditions.



Link
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The National Weather Service in Memphis has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
southeastern Chickasaw County in northeast Mississippi...
northern Monroe County in northeast Mississippi...

* until midnight CST

* at 1112 PM CST... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm producing a tornado 7 miles southwest of
Trebloc...
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Tornado Watch
Statement as of 11:00 PM CST on January 22, 2012

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
Tornado Watch for portions of

northwest Alabama
extreme southeast Arkansas
northeast Louisiana
central and northern Mississippi
western and middle Tennessee

Effective this Sunday night and Monday morning from 1100 PM until
600 am CST.

Tornadoes... hail to 1.5 inches in diameter... thunderstorm wind
gusts to 70 mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these
areas.

The Tornado Watch area is approximately along and 90 statute
miles east and west of a line from 15 miles east northeast of
Clarksville Tennessee to 50 miles south southwest of Jackson
Mississippi. For a complete depiction of the watch see the
associated watch outline update (wous64 kwns wou7).

Remember... a Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.

Other watch information... this Tornado Watch replaces Tornado
Watch number 5. Watch number 5 will not be in effect after 1100
PM CST. Continue... ww 6...

Discussion... pre-frontal squall line will continue to surge ewd
overnight from NW MS/wrn TN to middle TN and NW al... while
additional storm development will be possible across central/NE MS
along the moist axis/confluence band. A very strong shear
environment remains in place across the watch area... with an
attendant risk of both supercell and qlcs tornadoes where
surface-based instability exists. Eventually... the NE extent of the
tornado/wind damage threat will become limited by the residual
cool/stable air mass that has been slow to erode from NE al/NW GA
into ern TN.

Aviation... tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 1.5 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface
wind gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to
500. Mean storm motion vector 24050.


... Thompson
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SolarHam.com
A bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) has been produced by the latest solar flare event. This image by STEREO Behind COR2 shows that it should atleast be partially Earth directed.

More data will be needed to confirm.
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Quoting LiveToFish0430:


2012 is on FX right now, lol
naw we ain't seen nuttin yet
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Now Fuji is reporting an earthquake???.A cyclone affecting south africa?.A tornado out break??.It's the end of the wooooooooorld!!!.


2012 is on FX right now, lol
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Quoting bappit:
From Houston-Galveston NWS:



While flooding is bad, any rain for TX is good.
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From Houston-Galveston NWS:

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The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
northwestern Calloway County in western Kentucky...
southeastern Graves County in western Kentucky...
southern Marshall County in western Kentucky...

* until 1100 PM CST.

* At 1036 PM CST... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous
storm was located near Lynnville... or 11 miles southeast of
Mayfield... and moving northeast at 70 mph.

* Locations in the warned area include...
Benton... Harris Grove... Kirksey... brewers and Hardin.
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Tornado Warning
2012-01-22 23:42:00 EST until
2012-01-23 00:15:00 EST

1042 PM CST sun Jan 22 2012

The National Weather Service in Paducah has issued a

* Tornado Warning for...
southern Edwards County in southeast Illinois...
Wabash County in southeast Illinois...

* until 1115 PM CST.

* At 1040 PM CST...National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a
severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This dangerous
storm was located 5 miles northwest of Grayville...or 5 miles south
of Albion...and moving northeast at 70 mph.

* Locations in the warned area include...
Albion...Lancaster...Browns...Bone Gap...Bellmont and Allendale.
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Tornado Watch
Statement as of 10:40 PM CST on January 22, 2012


Tornado Watch 6 remains valid until 2 am CST Monday for the
following areas

In Illinois this watch includes 10 counties

In southern Illinois

Edwards Gallatin Hamilton
Hardin Massac Pope
Saline Wabash Wayne
white

In Indiana this watch includes 6 counties

In southwest Indiana

Gibson Pike Posey
Spencer Vanderburgh Warrick

In Kentucky this watch includes 18 counties

In western Kentucky

Caldwell Calloway Christian
Crittenden Daviess Graves
Henderson Hopkins Livingston
Lyon Marshall McCracken
McLean Muhlenberg Todd
Trigg Union Webster

This includes the cities of... Albion... Benton... Boonville...
Cadiz... Calhoun... Carmi... Dixon... Eddyville... Elizabethtown...
Elkton... Evansville... Fairfield... Fort Branch... Golconda...
Greenville... Harrisburg... Henderson... Hopkinsville...
Madisonville... Marion... Mayfield... McLeansboro... Metropolis...
Morganfield... Mount Carmel... Murray... Owensboro... Paducah...
Petersburg... Poseyville... Princeton... Rockport...
Shawneetown and Smithland.
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Amazing how much rain developed over Arkansas since 4 pm CST. The atmosphere went WHUMP!
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I'm done with storms... good night everybody. Will be back for next tornado outbreak!
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Quoting Patrap:
5.0 magnitude earthquake reported near Fern Forest, Big Island

According to the U.S. Geological Survey a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rocked part of the Big Island Sunday afternoon.

USGS says the quake originated about 10 miles south of Fern Forest at about 4:36 p.m.

The 5.0 magnitude quake was preceeded by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in the same area and followed by several smaller aftershocks.

So far, no reports of any injuries or major damage caused by the earthquake.


Thank you.
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Since Funso is no longer expected to hit land, I can say that I am happy to announce that Funso is strengthening again.



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Geesh.. thought I'd have until March before having to deal with tornadoes ... :(

Hope everyone stays safe tonight.. got my radio on just in case.. Real windy outside now (White Bluff TN)and the line of TS should be over us in about an hour or so.. talk to you all tomorrow..
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5.0 magnitude earthquake reported near Fern Forest, Big Island

According to the U.S. Geological Survey a 5.0 magnitude earthquake rocked part of the Big Island Sunday afternoon.

USGS says the quake originated about 10 miles south of Fern Forest at about 4:36 p.m.

The 5.0 magnitude quake was preceeded by a 4.1 magnitude earthquake in the same area and followed by several smaller aftershocks.

So far, no reports of any injuries or major damage caused by the earthquake.
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Memphis appears to be spared, but it's not over. Stay in your shelters folks.
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Link
http://tux.wr.usgs.gov/

Hawaii quakes

I have not found reports of damage etc, I have friends and family there so would like to know.
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Now Fuji is reporting an earthquake???.A cyclone affecting south africa?.A tornado out break??.It's the end of the wooooooooorld!!!.
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Quoting WxTracker15:


WXTRACKER, can you tell us where you got this graphic from?
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5.2 Fiji Region

Historic USGS Moment Tensor Solutions
Magnitude 5.2 FIJI REGION
Monday, January 23, 2012 at 03:27:02 UTC
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Minor Geomagnetic Storm Subsides: Geomagnetic Storm conditions have subsided as the Kp index dropped below 5. Visible Aurora is still possible at very high latitudes, and there will remain the chance for isolated geomagnetic storming heading into Monday morning. All of this activity is the result of an incoming CME shock early Sunday morning.

EXTENDED WARNING: Geomagnetic K-index of 5 expected
Valid From: 2012 Jan 22 1940 UTC
Now Valid Until: 2012 Jan 23 0900 UTC
Warning Condition: Persistence




Nice Aurora above the Faroe Islands - Photo submitted by Jan Egholm

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661
WUUS54 KMEG 230414
SVRMEG
TNC033-075-097-157-167-230500-
/O.NEW.KMEG.SV.W.0025.120123T0414Z-120123T0500Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1014 PM CST SUN JAN 22 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
NORTHWESTERN CROCKETT COUNTY IN NORTHWEST TENNESSEE...
NORTHWESTERN HAYWOOD COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE...
LAUDERDALE COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE...
NORTHERN SHELBY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE...
TIPTON COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1100 PM CST

* AT 1013 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF
60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 7
MILES NORTHWEST OF RIPLEY TO FT PILLOW TO 8 MILES NORTHWEST OF
DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS...OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 7 MILES NORTHWEST
OF RIPLEY TO COVINGTON TO MARION...AND MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO ASHPORT...
BARTLETT...BRIGHTON...CHESTNUT BLUFF...COVINGTON...DIXONVILLE...
DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS...ELLENDALE...FORKED DEER...FRAYSER...FT PILLOW...
FULTON...HALLS AND LAKELAND.

THIS WARNING ALSO INCLUDES AREAS NEAR CHISHOLM LAKE...CORONEE
LAKE...OPEN LAKE...SUNK LAKE AND THE CHUTE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

.A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE WARNED AREA. IF A TORNADO
IS SPOTTED... ACT QUICKLY AND MOVE TO A PLACE OF SAFETY IN A STURDY
STRUCTURE...SUCH AS A STORM SHELTER OR SMALL INTERIOR ROOM.

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Quoting Patrap:
SOLAR FLARE ALERT:

A moderate solar flare reaching M1.0 is currently in progress around Sunspot 1402. More information to follow.



www.solarham.com


any chance of an earth affect?

Its a shame there's this storm across the eastern (and western) us/canada. Aurora level is currently at 6. Usually level 5 corresponds with the latitude for boston-northern PA&Ohio.

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Tornado warnings for WHOLE Memphis metro area including downtown.
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WFUS54 KMEG 230410
TORMEG
MSC033-TNC157-230445-
/O.NEW.KMEG.TO.W.0010.120123T0410Z-120123T0445Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEMPHIS TN
1010 PM CST SUN JAN 22 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MEMPHIS HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN DESOTO COUNTY IN NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI...
SOUTHERN SHELBY COUNTY IN SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE...

* UNTIL 1045 PM CST

* AT 1010 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR WALLS...OR NEAR HORN
LAKE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 60 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO HORN
LAKE...SOUTHAVEN...GERMANTOWN AND CORDOVA.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

.THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE DURING A TORNADO IS IN A STORM SHELTER. IF NO
STORM SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...SEEK SHELTER ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF THE
BUILDING IN AN INTERIOR HALLWAY OR ROOM SUCH AS A CLOSET. USE
BLANKETS OR PILLOWS TO COVER YOUR BODY AND ALWAYS STAY AWAY FROM
WINDOWS.

IF IN MOBILE HOMES OR VEHICLES...EVACUATE THEM AND GET INSIDE A
SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER. IF NO SHELTER IS AVAILABLE...LIE FLAT IN THE
NEAREST DITCH OR OTHER LOW SPOT AND COVER YOUR HEAD WITH YOUR HANDS.

.TORNADOES ARE DIFFICULT TO SEE AND CONFIRM AT NIGHT. TAKE COVER NOW.



LAT...LON 3521 8973 3498 8972 3491 9020 3502 9020
TIME...MOT...LOC 0410Z 242DEG 54KT 3497 9009
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Space Weather Message Code: ALTXMF
Serial Number: 163
Issue Time: 2012 Jan 23 0350 UTC

ALERT: X-Ray Flux exceeded M5
Threshold Reached: 2012 Jan 23 0348 UTC
NOAA Scale: R2 - Moderate

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Tornado is now arriving to West Memphis, then a possible direct hit on Memphis. Good news, it's likely not strong. Bad news, it's a good chance of striking downtown so take cover!
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The long duration Solar Flare continues to climb and is now in M5.0 territory. This appears to be a very strong event.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

There is a tornado on the ground.


True. I only say it's a good chance it's not strong, but I also said to take shelter anyway.
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The good news with the cell heading toward Memphis... at this time it appears that any tornado will be weak and somewhat short-lived. The storm in question is not quite as strong as ones seen earlier in Arkansas.
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Memphis is under tornado warning. I'm not seeing strong stuff going toward Memphis, but take shelter anyway if you're in this area.

There is a tornado on the ground.
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