Heartland Institute documents reveal strategy of attacks against climate science

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:15 PM GMT on February 17, 2012

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Documents illegally leaked from the Heartland Institute, one of the most active groups engaged in attacking the science of climate change, provide an unprecedented look into how these groups operate. The story was broken Tuesday by DeSmogBlog, a website dedicated to exposing false claims about climate change science. The documents reveal that donors to Heartland included oil billionaire Charles Koch, and Heartland has spent several million dollars over the past five years to undermine climate science. Tens of thousands of dollars are slated to go this year to well-known climate contrarians S.Fred Singer, Craig Idso, and Anthony Watts of the Watts Up With That? website. Naturally, the leaked documents have lit up the blogosphere, but none of the revelations are particularly surprising. The U.S. has a very successful and well-funded climate change denial industry, primarily funded by fossil fuel companies, that has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past few decades on a PR campaign against climate change science. I made a lengthy post on the subject in 2009 called, The Manufactured Doubt industry and the hacked email controversy. I won't say more here, but getenergysmartnow.com has compiled a long list of blogs that have interesting posts on the Heartland Institute affair for those interested in following this story.



Eight books challenging the Manufactured Doubt industry
Important scientific findings should always be challenged with the goal of finding flaws and improving our scientific understanding. But there's nothing a scientist hates more than to see good science attacked and the reputations of good scientists smeared in name of protecting corporate profits or ideology. A number of scientists have fought back against the recent unfounded assaults on climate change science by publishing books calling attention to the Manufactured Doubt industry's tactics and goals. Anyone priding themselves on being a open-minded skeptic of human-caused global warming should challenge their skepticism by reading one of these works. I thought so highly of Unscientific America, Merchants of Doubt, and Climate Coverup, that I donated 50 copies of these books to undergraduates at the University of Michigan last year. Here's a short synopsis of eight books published in the past three years defending climate change science against the attacks of the Manufactured Doubt industry:

Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming, by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway. If you're going to read one book on the attacks on climate science, this should probably be the one--Dr. Oreskes, a history professor at UC San Diego, was voted climate change communicator of the year in 2011. A review of Merchants of Doubt and a video of her defending her book against skeptics is at climateprogress.org, my favorite website for staying current on the politics of climate change. From the review: "Make the journey with them, and you’ll see renowned scientists abandon science, you’ll see environmentalism equated with communism, and you’ll discover the connection between the Cold War and climate denial. And for the most part, you’ll be entertained along the way."

Climate Cover-up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming, by desmogblog.com co-founders James Hoggan and Richard Littlemore. The main author, James Hoggan, owns a Canadian public relations firm, and is intimately familiar with how public relations campaigns work. It's another fascinating and very readable book.

Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens our Future, by science writer Chris Mooney. He writes a blog focusing on science communication called the intersection. This is a fantastic book, and should be required reading for all college science majors.

Climate Change Denial: Heads in the Sand, by Haydn Washington and John Cook. John Cook writes for one of my favorite climate science blogs, skepticalscience.com, which focuses on debunking false skeptic claims about climate science. The book does a great job debunking all the classic climate change denial arguments.

Doubt is Their Product: How Industry's Assault on Science Threatens Your Health, by George Washington University epidemiologist David Michaels, who now heads the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA). This meticulously-researched book has just one chapter on climate change, and focuses more on tobacco and hazardous chemicals. About the the tobacco industry's Manufactured Doubt campaigns, Michaels wrote: "the industry understood that the public is in no position to distinguish good science from bad. Create doubt, uncertainty, and confusion. Throw mud at the anti-smoking research under the assumption that some of it is bound to stick. And buy time, lots of it, in the bargain". The title of Michaels' book comes from a 1969 memo from a tobacco company executive: "Doubt is our product since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the minds of the general public. It is also the means of establishing a controversy".

The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, by climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann. Dr. Mann is the originator of the much-debated "hockey stick" graph of global temperatures over the past 1,000 years, which looks like a hockey stick due to the sharp increase in temperatures in recent decades. This book just came out last week, and I hope to write a review on it this spring. Dr. Mann is one of the main contributors to my favorite web site for staying current on climate change research, realclimate.org. John Cook of skepticalscience.com wrote a review, calling it "an eye-opening account of the lengths the opponents of climate science will go to in their campaign to slander climate scientists and distract the public from the realities of human caused global warming."

Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America by Shawn Lawrence Otto. I haven't had a chance to read this one yet, but it looks interesting. A review by Katherine O’Konski of Climate Science Watch called the book "a fascinating look at the status of science in American society."

The Inquisition of Climate Science, by Dr. James Lawrence Powell, a geochemist with a distinguished career as a college teacher, college president, museum director, and author of books on earth science for general audiences. I haven't read it, but John Cook of skepticalscience.com wrote a review, calling it "a must-read for anyone who wishes to understand the full scope of the denial industry and their modern day persecution of climate science."

Have a great weekend, everyone! I'll be taking a few vacation days next week, and wunderground meteorologist Angela Fritz will probably be doing most of the blogging for me during the coming week.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting SPLbeater:
man, it is such a nice day outside!! the sky is a perfect blue, birds singin, current temperature of about 58 degrees....PERFECT!!

Couldn't agree more with that. Yet another 50+ day all the way into the northeast.
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man, it is such a nice day outside!! the sky is a perfect blue, birds singin, current temperature of about 58 degrees....PERFECT!!
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


LOL, yeah I guess grammar is important sometimes :p probably fell asleep at post hahaha
So did he throw em in the brig or the morgue?
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New Orleans, Louisiana Severe Weather Threat Level:

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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


LOL, yeah I guess grammar is important sometimes :p probably fell asleep at post hahaha


I just don't want your Dad to ever get mad at me is all! :)
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Looks impressive anyway..
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Quoting Grothar:


Why, what did they do to get your father so mad?


LOL, yeah I guess grammar is important sometimes :p probably fell asleep at post hahaha
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Quoting Grothar:
Those storms do look powerful.

Not nearly as powerful as the plastic Jesus on my dash..
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1530 2 ESE RAYNE ACADIA LA 3023 9223 PUBLIC REPORTED FLOOR SHAKING AND FREIGHT TRAIN SOUND (LCH)
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 28
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
955 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA
EXTREME SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 955 AM UNTIL
300 PM CST.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 75 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 110 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF SLIDELL
LOUISIANA TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HOUMA LOUISIANA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).

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.

DISCUSSION...STG UPR TROUGH ACRS TX ATTM WILL EJECT NEWD ACROSS
ARKLATEX THROUGH TODAY WITH 12H 500MB HGT FALLS OF 60-90M AFFECTING
NWRN GULF COAST AND LOWER MS VALLEY THROUGH TONIGHT. WELL-FORMED
MESOLOW AND ASSOCIATED BOW/LEWP STRUCTURE WAS LEADING THE SYNOPTIC
CYCLONE AND IS EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN STRUCTURE AND INTENSITY AS IT
TRACKS EAST ALONG WARM FRONT. WITH SHEAR AND SURFACE-BASED
INSTABILITY LIKELY TO INCREASE AHEAD OF THIS SMALLER-SCALE
DISTURBANCE THE THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND A COUPLE OF TORNADOES
SHOULD LIKEWISE INCREASE ACROSS THE MS DELTA REGION THROUGH THIS
AFTERNOON.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 65 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24045.
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Tornado Watch includes Moderate risk for EF2-plus, severe wind and 65kt-plus wind.


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Does anybody know where to find a VIL loop from the National Weather Service?
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 28
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
955 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA
EXTREME SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 955 AM UNTIL
300 PM CST.

SEVERAL TORNADOES
ISOLATED INTENSE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
WIDELY SCATTERED DAMAGING WINDS
ISOLATED WIND GUSTS TO 65 MPH POSSIBLE
WIDELY SCATTERED LARGE HAIL TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 110 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF SLIDELL
LOUISIANA TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF HOUMA LOUISIANA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).

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.

DISCUSSION...STG UPR TROUGH ACRS TX ATTM WILL EJECT NEWD ACROSS
ARKLATEX THROUGH TODAY WITH 12H 500MB HGT FALLS OF 60-90M AFFECTING
NWRN GULF COAST AND LOWER MS VALLEY THROUGH TONIGHT. WELL-FORMED
MESOLOW AND ASSOCIATED BOW/LEWP STRUCTURE WAS LEADING THE SYNOPTIC
CYCLONE AND IS EXPECTED TO MAINTAIN STRUCTURE AND INTENSITY AS IT
TRACKS EAST ALONG WARM FRONT. WITH SHEAR AND SURFACE-BASED
INSTABILITY LIKELY TO INCREASE AHEAD OF THIS SMALLER-SCALE
DISTURBANCE THE THREAT FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND A COUPLE OF TORNADOES
SHOULD LIKEWISE INCREASE ACROSS THE MS DELTA REGION THROUGH THIS
AFTERNOON.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 1.5 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 65 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24045.


...CARBIN
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Quoting Grothar:
Those storms do look powerful.


Wait until this afternoon...

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Morning, y'allz.

Funny how these events go....Lafayette's getting absolutely HAMMERED right about now by this squall line (even a report of a tornado near Maurice; but  here in Opelousas, twenty miles away, on the north side of that warm front, it's just steady moderate rain with a few claps of thunder.

We may actually luck out on the severe/tornado threat...though we may get flooded. Southeast LA, especially NOLA, though, better watch out later this afternoon. This could get very ugly.


Anthony
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Those storms do look powerful.

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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


My dad had two sailors struck by lightning last week when a snow squall came through here.


Why, what did they do to get your father so mad?
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Anybody think that Giovanna can pull off cyclone intensity 1 last time? Currently at 60 knots.

She's not gonna make it SPL... She probably had it for a while in between advisories but is now weakening and will probably not be able to restrengthen any more
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Quoting LargoFl:
oh no, we arent out of the danger yet huh, man these spring storms are almost as bad as the summer tropical storms


I sense the sarcasm in this post.. I was just posting what I see happening for my area. Squall line is developing east of Houston, TX and should be here in Palm Coast, FL by tomorrow morning. I'm expecting a tornado watch come 3-5 a.m. tomorrow morning.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
I remember yesterday people were scoffing at others for thinking there would be severe weather, it is only 9:45 local there, and already things are booming.

It'll only strengthen and get worse as it moves through New Orleans and then Mobile.
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I remember yesterday people were scoffing at others for thinking there would be severe weather, it is only 9:45 local there, and already things are booming.
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I'm supposed to get over 2.5" of rain tonight and tomorrow here in Southeastern North Carolina. To top it off, it could end as a brief period of snow early Monday morning.
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Lafayette probably got hit very hard by these storms.

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Quoting TampaSpin:



Does this look like a normal typical system?
we here might be dealing with this tomorrow tampa.
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0125
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0931 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

AREAS AFFECTED...SRN LA...FAR SRN MS

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...TORNADO WATCH LIKELY

VALID 181531Z - 181630Z

ELEVATED TSTMS SHOULD TRANSITION TO BECOMING SURFACE-BASED THROUGH
THE DAY...WITH A CORRESPONDING INCREASE IN DAMAGING WIND AND
EVENTUALLY TORNADO POTENTIAL...ESPECIALLY ACROSS SERN LA THIS
AFTERNOON. A TORNADO WATCH WILL LIKELY BE ISSUED BY 1630Z.

BOWING STRUCTURE HAS BECOME MORE PROMINENT WITH LEAD SQUALL LINE
ACROSS ST LANDRY TO CAMERON PARISHES AS OF 1525Z. ALTHOUGH MODIFIED
12Z LCH RAOB SUGGESTS THIS BOW IS ELEVATED WITH MINIMAL
SURFACE-BASED INSTABILITY...DOWNSTREAM AIR MASS CONTINUES TO
WARM/MOISTEN ACROSS SERN LA. 15Z SURFACE ANALYSIS INDICATES WARM
FRONT APPEARS TO HAVE SURGED NWD ACROSS SRN LA...NOW DRAPED EWD
TOWARDS LK PONTCHARTRAIN. ALTHOUGH THE RICHER MARITIME AIR MASS
REMAINS ALONG/JUST OFF THE SRN LA COAST...MODIFIED RUC/NAM SOUNDINGS
SUGGEST 64-65 F SURFACE DEW POINTS WILL BE SUFFICIENT FOR
SURFACE-BASED PARCELS. GIVEN 0-1 KM SHEAR AOA 30 KT...AN INCREASING
RISK FOR DAMAGING WINDS AND TORNADOES IS ANTICIPATED.

..GRAMS.. 02/18/2012

Bummer for Endymion.
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Quoting WeatherNerdPR:

In the words of Jim Cantore:
"THUNDERSNOW?!"

Oh Snap!
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TORNADO WARNING
LAC001-055-113-181615-
/O.NEW.KLCH.TO.W.0032.120218T1534Z-120218T1615Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
934 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WEST CENTRAL LAFAYETTE PARISH IN SOUTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
SOUTH CENTRAL ACADIA PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
NORTH CENTRAL VERMILION PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES KAPLAN...

* UNTIL 1015 AM CST

* AT 929 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO NEAR MAURICE...
MOVING EAST AT 50 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL OTHERWISE IMPACT MAINLY RURAL AREAS OF THE
INDICATED PARISHES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATES A TORNADO MAY FORM AT ANY
TIME. TAKE COVER NOW! ABANDON MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 AM CST
SATURDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA.

&&

PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
337-477-5285 EXTENSION 1.

LAT...LON 3020 9211 2999 9207 2999 9240 3015 9241
TIME...MOT...LOC 1534Z 258DEG 43KT 3012 9203

$$
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Quoting reedzone:
Also interesting to note is that the storm developed further south then forecast, which is why the severe weather threat for today has been trimmed for the extreme Gulf Coast. This increases the threat of severe weather from Jacksonville to Orlando tomorrow morning as the Low Pressure will not shove to the north like they always do. Could be a dangerous squall line busting through the Peninsula of Florida come Sunday morning.
oh no, we arent out of the danger yet huh, man these spring storms are almost as bad as the summer tropical storms
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Quoting WeatherNerdPR:

In the words of Jim Cantore:
"THUNDERSNOW?!"


HAHA, especially since navy ships a gigantic metal object in the middle of a flat ocean.
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Anybody think that Giovanna can pull off cyclone intensity 1 last time? Currently at 60 knots.
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Quoting sunlinepr:
28storms Power lines downed and a tree on a house in Jennings, LA #lawx 3 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

28storms Power lines blown down just north of Sulphur, LA #lawx 14 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

28storms Anyone living near Lafayette & Crowley, LA, should be keeping up with the impressive #Tornao-warned cell to the southwest #lawx 24 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

28storms #Flood warnings issued for SE TX with more likely over the Gulf Coast today/tonight fb.me/vJLIHZLX 40 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

28storms #Tornado Warning for Acadia, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Vermilion [LA] till 9:00 AM #lawx 43 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

28storms First #Tornado Warning of the day. This one in Cameron, LA #lawx

Severe Weather Alerts

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Vermilion Parish in LA until 10:15am CST. #lawx 2 minutes ago
Tornado Warning for Acadia, Lafayette, and Vermilion Parish in LA until 9:45am CST. #lawx 11 minutes ago
Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of the area in LA until 10:00am CST. #lawx 23 minutes ago
Tornado Warning for Acadia, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion Parish in LA until 9:15am CST. #lawx 29 minutes ago
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Brazoria, Galveston, and Matagorda County in TX until 9:15am CST. #txwx 42 minutes ago
Tornado Warning for Acadia, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vermilion Parish in LA until 9:00am CST. #lawx 43 minutes ago
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Acadia, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette and Vermilion Parish in LA until 9:30am CST. #lawx 50 minutes ago
Tornado Warning for Cameron Parish in LA until 8:30am CST. #lawx about an hour ago
gee they are really getting pummeled over there
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all i know is i better find myself a 6' peice o carboard if i plan on getting a sled!
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


My dad had two sailors struck by lightning last week when a snow squall came through here.

In the words of Jim Cantore:
"THUNDERSNOW?!"
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Two tornado warnings, Two Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Three Flash Flood Warnings, and Four Marine Warnings...Yeah, my radar is busy. We even have a weak TVS showing up with those Tornado Warnings.

be careful and safe over there ok
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Where do you live again?


Sanford North Carolina.

NWS talkin about 3 hours of snowfall....:D then another few hours of possible snowfall....
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Quoting HurrikanEB:
I've never actually seen the term "snow squall" paired with "dangerous," though I guess they are...
I just hope that it holds together over the Catskills enough to make it into the valley. And still be snow.



SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BINGHAMTON NY
850 AM EST SAT FEB 18 2012

...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WILL AFFECT BROOME...CHEMUNG...CHENANGO...
CORTLAND...EASTERN SCHUYLER...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN WAYNE...EXTREME
SOUTH CENTRAL ONEIDA...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN SENECA...NORTHERN
BRADFORD...NORTHERN SUSQUEHANNA...OTSEGO...SOUTHEASTERN CAYUGA...
SOUTHEASTERN STEUBEN...SOUTHERN MADISON...SOUTHERN ONONDAGA...
TIOGA...TOMPKINS AND WEST CENTRAL DELAWARE COUNTIES...

* UNTIL 1015 AM EST.

* AT 844 AM EST...A DANGEROUS SNOW SQUALL WAS ALONG A LINE FROM 8
MILES SOUTHEAST OF SKANEATELES TO 11 MILES NORTH OF MANSFIELD...
MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.


My dad had two sailors struck by lightning last week when a snow squall came through here.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
National Weather Service has put snow in my forecast!

Sunday Night: Rain before 11PM, then snow likely between 11PM and 2AM, then a slight chance of snow and freezing drizzle after 2AM. Low around 32. North wind between 11 and 14mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. new precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.

Where do you live again?
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Two tornado warnings, Two Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Three Flash Flood Warnings, and Four Marine Warnings...Yeah, my radar is busy. We even have a weak TVS showing up with those Tornado Warnings.

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TORNADO WARNING
LAC001-055-181600-
/O.NEW.KLCH.TO.W.0031.120218T1522Z-120218T1600Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
922 AM CST SAT FEB 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTHERN LAFAYETTE PARISH IN SOUTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES...SCOTT...LAFAYETTE...
EAST CENTRAL ACADIA PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES RAYNE...

* UNTIL 1000 AM CST

* AT 919 AM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 6 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF RAYNE...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
DUSON AND MIRE BY 935 AM CST...
SCOTT BY 940 AM CST...
LAFAYETTE BY 945 AM CST...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RADAR INDICATES A TORNADO MAY FORM AT ANY
TIME. TAKE COVER NOW! ABANDON MOBILE HOMES AND VEHICLES. MOVE TO AN
INTERIOR ROOM OR HALLWAY ON THE LOWEST FLOOR AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 AM CST
SATURDAY MORNING FOR SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA.

&&

PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
337-477-5285 EXTENSION 1.

LAT...LON 3022 9198 3014 9231 3023 9238 3035 9216
3033 9216 3032 9214 3030 9214 3033 9209
3037 9207
TIME...MOT...LOC 1523Z 242DEG 32KT 3018 9227
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National Weather Service has put snow in my forecast!

Sunday Night: Rain before 11PM, then snow likely between 11PM and 2AM, then a slight chance of snow and freezing drizzle after 2AM. Low around 32. North wind between 11 and 14mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. new precipitation amounts between a tenth and a quarter of an inch possible.
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Quoting trunkmonkey:
I love weather discussions, I hate the Global warming rants!


AMEN!!!!!!I AGREE!!!!!
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