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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902. TropicalAnalystwx13
5:09 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Link to the new blog
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901. beell
5:00 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting MississippiWx:


Seems like this outbreak was similar to the one in 2008. It's just one season, but you could go back and see how that one went.


I agree with you Mississippi. The synoptics of this event are not rare. Was really speaking to the hype machine. And I question the validity of statements that the spring season will be especially severe based on what happens in Alabama in January.
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900. MississippiWx
4:55 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting beell:


I'd love to see some work done on correlation of a January tornado outbreak in the south and the severity of the following spring severe season. Not to say one doe not exist.



Seems like this outbreak was similar to the one in 2008. It's just one season, but you could go back and see how that one went.
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899. beell
4:54 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting MississippiWx:


January is not necessarily a non-tornado season in the South. When we have warm winters like this, tornadoes become a problem because of the dynamics winter storms bring. When we can get enough moisture and instability to build, it normally means bad news because the jet stream/winter storm have plenty of dynamics to create severe storms.


I'd love to see some work done on correlation of a January tornado outbreak in the south and the severity of the following spring severe season. Not to say that such work does not exist.
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898. MississippiWx
4:51 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Come and Go early? No, I think it will come early and go late. :P


We'll see. Like I said, a lot will depend on the jet stream. Regardless, we are prone to severe weather year-around in the South anyway.
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897. TropicalAnalystwx13
4:48 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting MississippiWx:


A lot will depend on how the next couple of months go. If we ever break this extremely warm pattern across the country, we could end up having a cold late winter. Sometimes that cold lasts into the first part of spring. However, if we keep this warm pattern locked into place, it might mean that our main severe weather season will come in earlier than usual and be gone earlier than usual.

If the jet stream returns to a more typical winter pattern for the last half of winter, we could have that typical battle ground between warm and cold airmasses that causes outbreaks of severe weather in March and April across the Mid-South and Southeast.

Come and Go early? No, I think it will come early and go late. :P
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896. MississippiWx
4:44 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm scared to see April...


A lot will depend on how the next couple of months go. If we ever break this extremely warm pattern across the country, we could end up having a cold late winter. Sometimes that cold lasts into the first part of spring. However, if we keep this warm pattern locked into place, it might mean that our main severe weather season will come in earlier than usual and be gone earlier than usual.

If the jet stream returns to a more typical winter pattern for the last half of winter, we could have that typical battle ground between warm and cold airmasses that causes outbreaks of severe weather in March and April across the Mid-South and Southeast.
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895. Patrap
4:44 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
With a NOAA Weather Alert Radio,one will never be caught off Guard to a threat.

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894. Articuno
4:44 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting SPLbeater:


NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO i hate the Manning borthers!

oh well my patriots are going to the Super Bowl to beat them so no worries

Why couldn't it have been a Harbowl?
(49ers and Ravens)
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893. beell
4:43 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Tornadoes from Squall Lines and Bow Echoes. Part I: Climatological Distribution

(Manuscript received 10 February 2004, in final form 12 August 2004)
ABSTRACT
The primary objective of this study was to estimate the percentage of U.S. tornadoes that are spawned
annually by squall lines and bow echoes, or quasi-linear convective systems (QLCSs). This was achieved by
examining radar reflectivity images for every tornado event recorded during 1998%u20132000 in the contiguous
United States. Based on these images, the type of storm associated with each tornado was classified as cell,
QLCS, or other.
Of the 3828 tornadoes in the database, 79% were produced by cells, 18% were produced by QLCSs, and
the remaining 3% were produced by other storm types, primarily rainbands of landfallen tropical cyclones.
Geographically, these percentages as well as those based on tornado days exhibited wide variations. For
example, 50% of the tornado days in Indiana were associated with QLCSs.
In an examination of other tornado attributes, statistically more weak (F1) and fewer strong (F2%u2013F3)
tornadoes were associated with QLCSs than with cells. QLCS tornadoes were more probable during the
winter months than were cells. And finally, QLCS tornadoes displayed a comparatively higher and statistically
significant tendency to occur during the late night/early morning hours. Further analysis revealed a
disproportional decrease in F0%u2013F1 events during this time of day, which led the authors to propose that
many (perhaps as many as 12% of the total) weak QLCSs tornadoes were not reported.
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892. Articuno
4:42 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I'm scared to see April...

Same here.
I really hate the overnight tornadoes because when your asleep and your under a warning..yeah
we don't have any sirens where I live, so it's a big possibility that we can get caught off guard
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891. AussieStorm
4:40 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Man videos himself being struck by lightning

Video

A Perth father is lucky to be alive after being struck by lightning early on Friday morning, and he captured the moment on video that almost cost him his life.

Russell Southey was filming the lighning storm from under the pergola of his house in Baldavis when a lightning bolt hit him the arm.

"I remember saying to my wife that I thought it was going to hit and she went inside for something, then all of a sudden there was one really close, then one a bit further off, then 'bang' it got me"

Mr Southey was taken to Rockingham Hospital for treatment but was discharged a few hours later.
According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, lightning accounts for 5 to 10 deaths and well over 100 injuries annually. Of the many lightning strike injuries each year, about 80 result from people using fixed telephones during thunderstorms when the phone system may become highly charged near where lightning is striking.

The Gpats website warns that open structures are not considered safe in a lightning storm. An enclosed building is the safest place to be when lightning strikes, just remember to stay away from plumbing and electrical wiring, and DO NOT use the phone.
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890. DDR
4:39 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting pottery:

Bad stuff...

In the meantime it continues to rain here at 11n 61w, Trinidad.
Very un-seasonal weather. It's supposed to be the dry-season. No sign of that yet.
But I'm not complaining....

Hi pottery hope all is well with you,yea no complaints because there's no bush fires,3 inches over the past 3 days.
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889. TropicalAnalystwx13
4:35 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting MississippiWx:


January is not necessarily a non-tornado season in the South. When we have warm winters like this, tornadoes become a problem because of the dynamics winter storms bring. When we can get enough moisture and instability to build, it normally means bad news because the jet stream/winter storm have plenty of dynamics to create severe storms.

I'm scared to see April...
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888. Articuno
4:34 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting AlwaysThinkin:


Last night there was a 5.0 in Hawaii and a 5. something in Fiji.

The hawaii earthquake is now down to a 4.7

And Fiji is in the ring of fire so it's common for them to get a earthquake that strong.
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887. Patrap
4:33 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Novelty has hijacked the Winter of 2011-12.
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886. Articuno
4:32 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting MississippiWx:


January is not necessarily a non-tornado season in the South. When we have warm winters like this, tornadoes become a problem because of the dynamics winter storms bring. When we can get enough moisture and instability to build, it normally means bad news because the jet stream/winter storm has plenty of dynamics to create severe storms.

I agree. 10++++++++++
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885. MississippiWx
4:30 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting Articuno:
For the last few years there has been so much tornadoes outside of the specified "Tornado Season"
that it's becoming more and more apparent that there is no longer a 'season' for tornadoes. (it's mid January and tornadoes are uncommon in January) Be aware, have a kit and a plan, even though it might not be the "season" for tornadoes, I can now insure you that there is still a chance for tornadoes, this tornado that occurred in Birmingham is an example on how people can get caught off-guard in the "non-tornado season".
Be aware people and if you sense a storm coming, turn the weather on and see if you are under any warnings, storms have a mind of there own a lot.


January is not necessarily a non-tornado season in the South. When we have warm winters like this, tornadoes become a problem because of the dynamics winter storms bring. When we can get enough moisture and instability to build, it normally means bad news because the jet stream/winter storm have plenty of dynamics to create severe storms.
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884. AlwaysThinkin
4:30 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting Articuno:
5.8 earthquake in chile.
and a 5.2 earthquake in the Kenya region.


Last night there was a 5.0 in Hawaii and a 5. something in Fiji.
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883. Articuno
4:27 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
5.8 earthquake in chile.
and a 5.2 earthquake in the Kenya region.
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882. Articuno
4:24 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
For the last few years there has been so much tornadoes outside of the specified "Tornado Season"
that it's becoming more and more apparent that there is no longer a 'season' for tornadoes. (it's mid January and tornadoes are uncommon in January) Be aware, have a kit and a plan, even though it might not be the "season" for tornadoes, I can now insure you that there is still a chance for tornadoes, this tornado that occurred in Birmingham is an example on how people can get caught off-guard in the "non-tornado season".
Be aware people and if you sense a storm coming, turn the weather on and see if you are under any warnings, storms have a mind of there own a lot.
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881. AlwaysThinkin
4:23 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Alabama governor postpones tornado recovery report

"The severe weather has prompted Alabama's governor to cancel a meeting where he was supposed to receive a study from a group of community and corporate leaders that studied Alabama's response to the killer tornadoes in April."

Link
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880. TropicalAnalystwx13
4:08 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Look at this radar signature from last night...wow...

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879. TropicalAnalystwx13
3:59 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting Neapolitan:
In addition to the two confirmed fatalities, the Associated Press is reporting at least 100 injuries.

Two more unconfirmed fatalities.
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878. Neapolitan
3:55 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
In addition to the two confirmed fatalities, the Associated Press is reporting at least 100 injuries.
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877. TropicalAnalystwx13
3:36 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
A monster tornado touched down around 4AM this morning, and lasted until approximately 6AM. I'm not going to give a strength estimate since obviously its "against the law" here, but it was strong, I can tell you that.

EMA in the area reported "a constant roar".



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876. ChillinInTheKeys
3:34 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Looks like it was another great night of auroras in Norway.


Link



Image taken by Bjørn Jørgensen.
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875. RitaEvac
3:24 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Looks to be a long Spring Tornado season.....and it's begun in winter of January....
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874. pottery
3:21 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Major damage across Alabama, especially Birmingham. They were just hit on April 27, 2011. :(


Bad stuff...

In the meantime it continues to rain here at 11n 61w, Trinidad.
Very un-seasonal weather. It's supposed to be the dry-season. No sign of that yet.
But I'm not complaining....
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873. TropicalAnalystwx13
3:18 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Major damage across Alabama, especially Birmingham. They were just hit on April 27, 2011. :(

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872. TropicalAnalystwx13
3:07 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Our first deadly tornado of 2012 has unfortunately occurred this morning.

Link
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871. JNCali
2:16 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Only had 1 STS come over us early this morning, estimate wind speed of 50 with 1/4 inch hail lasting 2 minutes.. town to the West (Dickson) reported a funnel cloud, have not heard damages yet. Only saw a couple of trees down but lots of limb damage/debris throughout town this morning along with a few businesses needing new awnings.
Happy Monday and don't forget to wear sun screen today!
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870. Neapolitan
1:28 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting Dragod66:
2 confirmed fatalities

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_SEVERE_ WEATHER?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIM E=2012-01-23-08-19-29
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869. Dragod66
12:54 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
2 confirmed fatalities
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868. Neapolitan
12:48 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
BREAKING - 2012-01-23 07:02 Largest Solar Radiation Storm Since 2005 in Progress

The strongest Solar Radiation Storm since September, 2005 is in progress and continues to get stronger and a very fast Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is headed towards Earth. Geomagnetic storming is a near certainty from this event, pending preliminary analysis no estimates are available yet for timing or strength of the storm. The associated solar flare peaked at the R2 (Moderate) level on January 23 at 0400 GMT (11pm Jan 22 EST)."

Happy Monday. :-\

And this from Spaceweather: ALMOST-X FLARE AND CME: This morning, Jan. 23rd around 0359 UT, big sunspot 1402 erupted, producing a long-duration M9-class solar flare. The explosion's M9-ranking puts it on the threshold of being an X-flare, the most powerful kind...The Solar and Heliosphere Observatory (SOHO) and the STEREO-Behind spacecraft have both detected a CME rapidly emerging from the blast site. Analysts at the Goddard Space Weather Lab estimate a velocity of 2200 km. There is little doubt that the cloud is heading in the general direction of Earth. A preliminary inspection of SOHO/STEREO imagery suggests that the CME will deliver a strong glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field on Jan. 24-25...

Uh-oh

As someone (in)famous once said: WOW!!!
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867. GeoffreyWPB
12:30 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
FoxAlabamaLive.com - Live video from FOX6 WBRC
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866. hurricanehunter27
12:23 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting Ameister12:
2 tornadoes on the ground in Alabama. Severe damage being reported with the southern storm in Maplesville.
Good lord this was the last thing I was susspecting when I went to bed. I thought we were done at 10:30. Hope nobody was killed.
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865. Astrobleme
12:13 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Never posted before, but we are about to have some remarkable weather here in Perth, Western Australia

NOT HAPPY ABOUT THIS:

Forecast for Tuesday
A very hot and mostly sunny day. Fresh and gusty E'ly winds, easing in the
afternoon.

Precis: Very hot. Mostly sunny.
City: Min 21 Max 38
Mandurah: Min 22 Max 36

UV Alert: 8:20 am to 4:40 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 13 [Extreme]
Fire Danger: Coastal Plain: HIGH
Hills: HIGH

Wednesday Very hot. Sunny. Min 24 Max 40
Thursday Very hot. Mostly sunny. Min 26 Max 40
Friday Very hot. Partly cloudy. Min 25 Max 39
Saturday Very hot. Sunny. Min 26 Max 42
Sunday Very hot. Sunny. Min 24 Max 40
Monday Very hot. Sunny. Min 23 Max 39




TOO MANY HOT DAYS!

And thanks for the interesting discussion
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864. Ameister12
12:05 PM GMT on January 23, 2012
Rockford is going to get hit by a damaging tornado.
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863. Ameister12
11:55 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
Picture of the massive tornado that hit Birmingham!
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862. RTLSNK
11:53 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
TVS showing on cells L9 and J4 north of Montgomery.

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861. blsealevel
11:53 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
528 AM CST MON JAN 23 2012

A SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR MUCH OF CENTRAL
ALABAMA. ISOLATED TORNADOES... A FEW OF WHICH MAY BE STRONG...
DAMAGING STRAIGHT LINE WINDS... AND LARGE HAIL ARE ALL POSSIBLE.
A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM FOR AREAS GENERALLY
SOUTH AND EAST I-20 AND I-59. THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT SHOULD END
NO LATER THAN NOON.

ANOTHER ROUND OF SEVERE WEATHER IS POSSIBLE DURING THE DAY ON
THURSDAY. CONFIDENCE IS LOW AT THIS TIME... SO STAY TUNED OVER THE
NEXT FEW DAYS FOR MORE INFORMATION.

ACTIVATION OF STORM SPOTTERS AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT IS
ONGOING... AND WILL LIKELY BE NEEDED UNTIL NOON. ACTIVATION MAY BE
NEEDED AGAIN ON THURSDAY.


Link
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860. Ameister12
11:52 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
Quoting CybrTeddy:
Very serious situation occured/occuring overnight in Alabama. People where caught off guard in the middle of the night.

It's very sad. I know you can't compare this outbreak to April 27, but the damage and areas hit sound so similar.
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859. CybrTeddy
11:43 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
Very serious situation occured/occuring overnight in Alabama. People where caught off guard in the middle of the night.
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858. Ameister12
11:41 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
Severe damage being reported throughout Alabama, including tornado damage in the Birmingham metro.
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857. Ameister12
11:36 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
2 tornadoes on the ground in Alabama. Severe damage being reported with the southern storm in Maplesville.
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856. CybrTeddy
11:33 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
...TORNADO EMERGENCY FOR CHILTON COUNTY...
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855. blsealevel
11:23 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
Storm Reports - Last 3 Hours

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854. CybrTeddy
11:06 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
DEBRIS BALL visible on Radar in Perry County, AL. Tornado is moving toward Chilton County. Reports that several houses where not left standing in its path. People are trapped in Trussvile, AL, with reports of significant structural damage from tornado. Bad Damage near Center Point NE of Birmingham. All within the last hour.
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853. RTLSNK
10:56 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
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852. RTLSNK
10:45 AM GMT on January 23, 2012
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