Tornado, hail, and torrential rains hammer Hawaii

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:50 PM GMT on March 10, 2012

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A waterspout made landfall on the Hawaiian island of Oahu Friday morning on the east shore town, becoming a rare Hawaiian tornado as it moved through the towns of Lanikai and Kailua. The twister, rated an EF-0 with winds of 60 - 70 mph, tore holes in roofs and downed trees along a 1 1/2 mile long, 20-yard wide path of damage. No injuries were reported. The same storm also brought golf ball sized hail raining down for about 45 minutes on Oahu. The islands have seen intense rains over the past week, thanks to a 1040 mb blocking high pressure system near 40°N, to the NNW of the island that forced a companion cutoff low near 25°N 165°W to stay put, bringing a series of heavy storms to the islands. Rainfall amounts over the past week have exceeded three feet in some locations. The resulting flooding forced the governor on Wednesday to declare two islands, Oahu and Kauai, disaster areas. The latest forecasts for Kauai and Oahu call for sporadic rains to continue over the weekend, followed by a drying trend during the coming week.


Video 1. On March 5, 2012, flooding rains of 3" per hour caused this creek to overflow the Loop Road on Kauai and wash away a pickup truck that tried to cross. The occupants evacuated safely.

Here are some select rainfall amounts over the past week, from the National Weather Service:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HONOLULU HI
1155 AM HST FRI MAR 9 2012

...TORRENTIAL RAINS SLAM HAWAII IN THE PAST WEEK...

A SLOW MOVING FRONT BROUGHT HEAVY RAIN TO MOST ISLANDS THE PAST WEEK...AS IT INTERACTED WITH SEVERAL DISTURBANCES ALOFT. THE FOLLOWING REPRESENTS 7-DAY RAINFALL TOTALS...FROM 11 AM FRIDAY MARCH
2 THROUGH 11 AM FRIDAY MARCH 9.

KAUAI
HANALEI 45.97
WAINIHA POWER HOUSE 43.84
KAPAHI 32.66
MOUNT WAIALEALE RAINGAGE 31.32
LIHUE AIRPORT 13.59

OAHU
OAHU FOREST NWR 39.65
MOANALUA - USGS - USGS 36.42
PUNALUU STREAM - USGS 31.46
WILSON TUNNEL 25.05
LULUKU 22.25
PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER 20.47
HONOLULU AIRPORT 4.54

MOLOKAI
MOLOKAI AIRPORT 2.74

MAUI
PUU KUKUI - USGS 16.70
KAHULUI AIRPORT 2.34

HAWAII
HILO AIRPORT 5.97


Video 2. Damage from the March 9, 2012 tornado on Oahu.

Hawaii's tornado history
Tornadoes are rare in Hawaii. According to the Tornado History Project, only 39 tornadoes have hit the state since 1950, an average of one tornado every 1.5 years. The strongest tornadoes to hit the state occurred in 1982, when a series of three F-2 twisters struck Oahu in February and March. Those months are the most frequent months for tornadoes, with 44% of the total. No one has ever been killed in a Hawaiian tornado, but six people have been injured.

Jeff Masters

Hawaii Hail (IslandStyle15)
Rare Hawaii hailstorm to be remembered
Hawaii Hail
Not A good day in Paradise (xJrhouckx)
Hawaii has had ping pong ball size hail and major flooding this week.
Not A good day in Paradise
Uwe ka lani, ola ka honua (Uwekalani)
When the heavens weep, the earth lives. Notice the color of the center falls. Taken from below the Pali Lookout. Many drivers pulled into the overlook to admire these amazing waterfalls.
Uwe ka lani, ola ka honua

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i got,
81, 77, 76, 78, 77, 79, 78

PS im in Texas :)
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some rotation

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
919 PM CDT SUN MAR 11 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL RAPIDES PARISH IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES...PINEVILLE...ALEXANDRIA...

* UNTIL 1015 PM CDT

* AT 917 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM...CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH...9 MILES SOUTH OF ALEXANDRIA... MOVING
NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH.

* THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL BE NEAR...
ALEXANDRIA BY 935 PM CDT...
PINEVILLE BY 945 PM CDT...
KOLIN AND KINGSVILLE BY 950 PM CDT...
LIBUSE BY 955 PM CDT...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH...
DESTRUCTIVE HAIL...DEADLY LIGHTNING...AND HEAVY RAIN. STAY INDOORS...
AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

RADAR INDICATED SOME ROTATION WITH THIS STORM. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
CAN PRODUCE TORNADOES WITH LITTLE WARNING.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 200 AM CDT MONDAY MORNING FOR
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA.



PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
337-477-5285 EXTENSION 1.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I got...

71, 73, 75, 75, 73, 73, 74


I have.. 81, 86, 84, 84, 88, 86.

PS, I am in Florida ;)
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Quoting BobWallace:


It would be very difficult for the Japanese government to misrepresent the number of dead.

Japan is an open society. The dead and missing are on lists. If a lot of names were missing the noise level would be very high.

This not a government that has the ability to control the news at that level.

though on another topic about the disaster, Tepco was lying about the fukishima information at times, and that puts egg all over their face becuase all that does is hurt them and their reputation in the end... especially with other countries that couldve been possibly affected it the wind had shifted toward another country like Korea or Russia.. I don't know really, it just seems that the government really doesn't have to hide stuff like that just becuase they're afraid of releasing the info, or afraid we'll go nuts and become paranoid.. the truth of the fact is that all it does is make them untrustworthy... and thats all I gotta say about the subject. Might tune back in later on.
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GeneralElectric rejects Republicans' climate change doubts...has brushed aside the doubts leading Republican presidential contenders have raised about climate science.
The US industrial and financial conglomerate said it had long seen climate change as a valid concern after an internal evaluation of the scientific case in 2005. "We found enough data there to have a company like GE respond and we have responded."

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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
I can say this easily about a season.
As of today the past 7 years... and reflect on how the season was.

2005: Busy, Strong Cape Verde Year. Notice warmth in the east...


2006: Quiet, Close to home year... notice the warmer gulf...


2007: Active on both ends, warm in the west and east...


2008: Busy Cape Verde year. strong storms formed in the carribbean and east...


2009: Very cold, cuase of the nino... warmer gulf overall though.


2010: Very similar to 2005, it was significantly warmer out east. many cape verde storms...


2011: More of both ways, kinda warm east, sorta warm rest, and im sure you guys have at least a good enough memory to know what happened last year... I hope.


2012: and today's sst map, warmer west, and very cool east, which in turn would result in more pop-up, out of the blue monsters... just an assumption, doesn't many anything toward what will happen during the season...


I hope you get the picure, cause it took a lot of blog page space... sorry for post-bombing, everyone...
Good post.I don't think we will be having anything silimar to the last two hurricane season in terms of cape verde storms and the numbers.Numbers really don't matter in this case though.Home grown can be even more dangerous than cape verde.At lease with cape verde you can watch it for a few days to over two weeks(depending on how long the storm sticks around.).Home grown you only have 3 to 5 days minimal.Thats if the storm doesn't go stationary.
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My post, 305. I put 2005 as a Busy, cape verde year, not because that fact that it was a cape verde year, it was the fact that the wave train kicked in with Strong system that even if they didnt become a cape verde system, they continued down the road and became a storm later on, so i guess i can make a correction that becuase the waters were so hot in the east, the waves sustained and even though didnt form in that vacinity, they did become something later on.
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Quoting nigel20:

Not saying that they not lying, but why would they lie about the death toll? 15000-20000 is a lot of deaths..especially for one of the most prepared countries when it come to earthquakes/tsunamies


It would be very difficult for the Japanese government to misrepresent the number of dead.

Japan is an open society. The dead and missing are on lists. If a lot of names were missing the noise level would be very high.

This not a government that has the ability to control the news at that level.
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I can say this easily about a season.
As of today the past 7 years... and reflect on how the season was.

2005: Busy, Strong Cape Verde Year. Notice warmth in the east...


2006: Quiet, Close to home year... notice the warmer gulf...


2007: Active on both ends, warm in the west and east...


2008: Busy Cape Verde year. strong storms formed in the carribbean and east...


2009: Very cold, cuase of the nino... warmer gulf overall though.


2010: Very similar to 2005, it was significantly warmer out east. many cape verde storms...


2011: More of both ways, kinda warm east, sorta warm rest, and im sure you guys have at least a good enough memory to know what happened last year... I hope.


2012: and today's sst map, warmer west, and very cool east, which in turn would result in more pop-up, out of the blue monsters... just an assumption, doesn't many anything toward what will happen during the season...


I hope you get the picure, cause it took a lot of blog page space... sorry for post-bombing, everyone...
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Why are you all dragging this out??.Weren't you all talking about hurricane season just now?.Please get back to the subject especially people that were'nt just invovled.At the end of the day I'm going to think what I'm going to think.Wheather that's going on a killing spree and thinking it's not wrong or litsening to a song on relpay for hours.Point blank period.
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Quoting nigel20:

Would you consider charley to be homegrown?

Typically, homegrown systems form west of 60W. Considering Charley formed JUST outside of that, I would say yes, but it's a close call.

Anyways, I'll let Nea answer since this question was directed at him. ;-)
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Quoting Neapolitan:
Yeah, lest anyone forget, "homegrown" systems can be every bit as bad as Cape Verde-type storms--or worse. Here are a few folks may heard of just as a reminder:

Katrina
Wilma
Camille
Mitch
1935 Labor Day Storm
Rita
Opal

Would you consider charley to be homegrown?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Can't people stop their b****ing and let me post my opinion??.The government doesn't always tell the truth.Now all of a sudden their this group of honest people?.Let's be real here..

Not when you make a ridiculous statement, no. Yes, the government may tell a lie every once in a while, but they have zero reason to fake the death of nearly 20,000 people.
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Nice forecast numbers for highs...

70, 74, 78, 78, 77, 78, 78..NICE. and no fronts in the 7-day forecast :D

I got...

71, 73, 75, 75, 73, 73, 74
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Can't people stop their b****ing and let me post my opinion??.The government doesn't always tell the truth.Now all of a sudden their this group of honest people?.Let's be real here..

You are making an assumption not an opinion and as I said earlier they may or not be lying, but until I have the prove I wouldn't make such an assumption!
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

precisely what I was thinking, though that can still be as dangerous as a Cape verde season, but even more menacing... Close to home, high ssts, and a well organized system in the western caribbean heading NW is not something any of us want to see, unless it stays weak and comes to us, then its good. :)
05 was a home grown season as well.
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:

precisely what I was thinking, though that can still be as dangerous as a Cape verde season, but even more menacing... Close to home, high ssts, and a well organized system in the western caribbean heading NW is not something any of us want to see, unless it stays weak and comes to us, then its good. :)
Yeah, lest anyone forget, "homegrown" systems can be every bit as bad as Cape Verde-type storms--or worse. Here are a few folks may heard of just as a reminder:

Katrina
Wilma
Camille
Mitch
1935 Labor Day Storm
Rita
Opal
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Well, yeah but this season looks homegrown dominant all season, like 2009.

precisely what I was thinking, though that can still be as dangerous as a Cape verde season, but even more menacing... Close to home, high ssts, and a well organized system in the western caribbean heading NW is not something any of us want to see, unless it stays weak and comes to us, then its good. :)
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Quoting SPLbeater:


if you need answers concerning the Lord, pick up a bible or feel free to mail me, id be happy to answer them! :D


Uh, no its the current blob that some people(including myself) are watching in the central Atlantic. :D

I winder when it might possibly become 91L...

This has a 50/50 shot of making an invest, just maybe. The system looks very sub-tropical in nature if it were to make any attempts toward development, and appears to be still fully fledged attached to a frontal low way up in the polar region. If it were to dettach itself from the trough and implement itself obviously as a singular, strong, sub-tropical system the NHC might take some interest in it, but as of now, just another thing to procrastinate on, trying to waste time waiting on the season to pick up, and occupy us further...
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Can't people stop their b****ing and let me post my opinion??.The government doesn't always tell the truth.Now all of a sudden their this group of honest people?.Let's be real here..
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Quoting SPLbeater:
Nice forecast numbers for highs...

70, 74, 78, 78, 77, 78, 78..NICE. and no fronts in the 7-day forecast :D

Very nice!
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Nice forecast numbers for highs...

70, 74, 78, 78, 77, 78, 78..NICE. and no fronts in the 7-day forecast :D
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Can you say "Postseason Analysis?"

No.
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Quoting 7080734:

Why would they do that? What reason would they have?

On the subject of the casualty figures thing from the earthquake/tsunami; I would be inclined to belive the figures if I could see all the true tolls from all the towns individually, then add them up.
A lot of those towns that were swamped with massive amounts of water were very heavily populated and there was very little time to run to safety, ask yourself, would you have made it out of the way?"
I also think it is in the interests of the government to sometimes mask truth for reasons the public don't always grasp!
Then again I have no proof either.
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Quoting Chicklit:


It's too early to tell how it will shape up.
Even I know that. :)

I think so too...with over two and a half months before the start of the hurricane season
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Quoting 7080734:

Why would they do that? What reason would they have?

That's what I'm thinking too
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Well, yeah but this season looks homegrown dominant all season, like 2009.


It's too early to tell how it will shape up.
Even I know that. :)
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Quoting wxgeek723:


Look at that classic comma shape! :O


Can you say "Postseason Analysis?"
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OPC says a deepening to 1008mb next 24 hours, and a 'Developing Gale'. I agree.


Maybe, the reason it isnt noted by NHC is because it is attached to a front?
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I still think the Japenese goverment is lying about the death toll in the earthquake/tsunami after math...

Why would they do that? What reason would they have?
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TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
816 PM CDT SUN MAR 11 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CENTRAL RAPIDES PARISH IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA...

* UNTIL 845 PM CDT

* AT 812 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO 7 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF WOODWORTH...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

* THE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR...
WOODWORTH BY 830 PM CDT...

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 TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 200 AM CDT MONDAY MORNING FOR
SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA.



PLEASE REPORT SEVERE WEATHER TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT
337-477-5285 EXTENSION 1.
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Quoting nigel20:

I'm good...I was watching la liga football(soccer) league earlier. How have you been?


fine, fine...:D
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Quoting Chicklit:

Well, yeah but this season looks homegrown dominant all season, like 2009.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:




Oh wow, it is current!


Look at that classic comma shape! :O
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:


The West African big drought continues on full swing meaning if it stays, less train of Tropical Waves will emerge into the Tropical Atlantic.


Early systems are home grown anyway aren't they? Cape Verde season isn't supposed to start until later, but you never know in these unprecedented times.
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Quoting nigel20:

Not saying that they.are not lying, but why would they lie about the death toll? 15000-20000 is a lot of deaths..especially for one of the most prepared countries when it come to earthquakes/tsunamies
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Quoting washingtonian115:
I still think the Japenese goverment is lying about the death toll in the earthquake/tsunami after math...

Not saying that they not lying, but why would they lie about the death toll? 15000-20000 is a lot of deaths..especially for one of the most prepared countries when it come to earthquakes/tsunamies
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New tornado warning just issued in northeastern Louisiana. Broad rotation here.

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March 11,2012 SST
anomaly
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Watch out Columbia, you're in the direct path of what could be a rain-wrapped tornado. Definitely the best radar presentation so far today.

Clarks, it looks like it will pass just to the north.

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Quoting SPLbeater:


evenin. how ya doin nigel?

Im hungry..brb..

I'm good...I was watching la liga football(soccer) league earlier. How have you been?
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TORNADO WARNING
LAC021-059-127-120115-
/O.NEW.KSHV.TO.W.0008.120312T0031Z-120312T0115Z/

BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
TORNADO WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SHREVEPORT LA
731 PM CDT SUN MAR 11 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SHREVEPORT HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
CALDWELL PARISH IN NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITY OF COLUMBIA...
NORTHWESTERN LA SALLE PARISH IN NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
EAST CENTRAL WINN PARISH IN NORTH CENTRAL LOUISIANA...

* UNTIL 815 PM CDT

* AT 730 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF OLLA...OR 20 MILES EAST OF WINNFIELD...MOVING NORTHEAST AT 35 MPH.

* OTHER LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO
CLARKS AND GRAYSON...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

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

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW! IF YOU WAIT
TO SEE OR HEAR IT COMING...IT MAY BE TOO LATE TO GET TO A SAFE PLACE.

&&

LAT...LON 3207 9192 3203 9189 3199 9189 3177 9233
3191 9245 3225 9200 3220 9197 3218 9197
3217 9191 3212 9186 3209 9186
TIME...MOT...LOC 0030Z 230DEG 32KT 3190 9229

$$

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Quoting SPLbeater:


if you need answers concerning the Lord, pick up a bible or feel free to mail me, id be happy to answer them! :D


Uh, no its the current blob that some people(including myself) are watching in the central Atlantic. :D

I winder when it might possibly become 91L...




Oh wow, it is current!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Next good looking chance of severe weather.
This reminds we of june weather, central plains, front washes out over SE, Low lifts to Canada:
Maybe our severe weather season will be like our winter, one and done, or at least the big one, and then the inconsequential events.

That would be good but I doubt that will happen, remember it's not may or june yet which is the peak of the tornado season
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Some great info shared here this evening about the state of various influences on our upcoming hurricane season (SAL, water temps, vertical instability).

I happen to be in the camp that feels we along the Gulf South are at great risk for what Levi and others call "homegrown mischief." Those instability figures just shared above add weight to my belief.

I suppose I should preface this with "I'm no meteorologist [but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!]...." but here's how I think the year might unfold: Severe season this spring moves to the Northern States sooner than anyone would've ever dreamed of. The Southern States begin working on summer waaaaaay ahead of schedule. And a surprisingly gnarly hurricane season cranks up close to our beaches.

I'd love for this to be a year full of rain for Florida, but with an El Nino shearing the hurricanes before they can wreak havoc.

One more thing before I go: I know SPL and others (usually folks on the youngish side ;-) say that our presence here must indicate that we secretly or openly love severe weather. Well, I have to say I love a tropical drenching and a good breeze as much as the next weather geek...but I've had my world wrecked by a big hurricane before and I hope never to repeat the experience. When you own a home, when you enjoy life under a canopy of beautiful trees, when you know what it is to suffer loss and see friends and family suffer, you draw new lines in your life about where you hope the wind and the waves stop.

Hard to believe it's been a year since the horrible earthquake and tsunami in Japan. I'm not sure what's more incredible - the destruction they've endured, or how lost they seem as a nation today. My heart aches for them.
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What did I miss during the afternoon hours?
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Quoting nigel20:
Good evening guys


evenin. how ya doin nigel?

Im hungry..brb..
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Good evening guys
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Quoting aspectre:
209 BobWallace "[Greenland ice sheet may melt completely with 1.6 degrees global warming]
So in a few hundred years people might be spending their vacations visiting the underwater ruins of Miami, New York, London, and so many other coastal cities."

Should make for some great diving: all those flooded buildings would make excellent artificial reefs.
Ain't just coastal cities: eg Sacramento,California starts to go under with a 3metre(10foot) rise;
PhnomPenh,Cambodia starts to go underwater at 7metres(23feet);
and a sea-level rise of 24metres(79feet) turns Paris,France into a seaport.


A couple of places already in trouble are the "islands" in the San Joaquin Delta, east of San Francisco, and Bangkok.

The Delta is one of the most productive agricultural areas in the world. The islands are now many feet below water level, protected by levees and use pumps to keep from being water logged. Most of the levees are stressed close to the max. A bit of increase in sea level causing the river levels to rise and a massive rainfall like we're starting to see here and there are likely to breach levees and those farmlands will be lost forever.

Bangkok was built on swampy ground along the Chao Praya River. The city itself is sinking and the river rising. This last year brought massive flooding to Thailand and now talks are underway which could lead to an abandoning of large parts of the city.

Some of the canaries...
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