Nation's Icebox basks in 77°F warmth

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 1:08 PM GMT on March 18, 2012

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Each year, when the list of coldest U.S. cities is compiled, International Falls, Minnesota regularly winds up at the top of the list, earning its title as "Icebox of the Nation". The city once hit -55°F (on January 6, 1909), and takes pride in the distinction of being the coldest city in the U.S., having trademarked the term "Icebox of the Nation" in 1948. The city recently defended the trademark against the town of Fraser, Colorado, which sought to usurp the title as the Nation's Icebox. But yesterday, International Falls set a truly phenomenal weather record for warmth. The city's temperature soared to 77°F, which was 42° above the average high temperature for the date. Not only was it the city's hottest March temperature on record by 4°, it was just 4° shy of yesterday's high in Miami, Florida. But what was truly amazing is that the 77°F high in International Falls beat the previous record for the date by 22°! I talked to Christopher C. Burt, wunderground's weather historian, and he couldn't recall seeing a station with a century-plus period of weather records break a daily record by such a wide margin (International Falls' records go back to 1895.) Yesterday's temperatures in International Falls were but one chapter in the on-going story of one of the most extreme meteorological events in U.S. history. Never before has such an extended period of extreme and record-breaking warm temperatures affected such a large portion of the U.S. in March, going back to the beginning of record keeping in the late 1800s. The record-breaking warmth will continue through Thursday, and I'll have much more to say in Monday's post.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Well, this is disturbing...

Michael Phelps
"From Kendra Reed regarding the tornado video shot from 100 yards away by Jon Stone and Amy Phelps: CNN's exact words..."We can't buy this, there isn't any building being ripped apart...death or destruction"."
Ewwwwwww.So they rather have another Joplin event than a peaceful tornado minding it's buisness?
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At 7 pm (Mexico) there is NO sign of a thunderstorm anywhere near Tulsa OK on either the Wiuinderground radar or the NHC radar. Why?
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
So buy nothing?
Well, it can be done that a product made in China is made in the US, just gotta look for it, or order over the Internet. But our society is so ingrained with the immediate gratification that most of us don't think twice about running off to Target, SAMs Club, Kmart, etc, etc, to get what we want right that moment.
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Re: #481: I traded in my V8 Jeep for a standard shift, Ford Fiesta this year and have doubled my mpg. Am impressed with the vehicle and did not have to bust the bank to buy it. While I miss the 'get up and go' that the V8 gave me, I am loving the fuel efficiency, so will accept acceleration sacrifice for greater mpg.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Well, this is disturbing...

Michael Phelps
"From Kendra Reed regarding the tornado video shot from 100 yards away by Jon Stone and Amy Phelps: CNN's exact words..."We can't buy this, there isn't any building being ripped apart...death or destruction"."


so...they dont want the footage unless somebody is DYING??

HOW ABOUT WE DESTROY CNN THEN RECORD THAT!!!
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Quoting wxmod:

If you want a hurricane to sweep over your house that's a thousand times stronger than anything ever recorded, keep buying cheap frills from China. It will happen. Every legitimate climate scientist knows this.
Making a joke bro.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Well, this is disturbing...

Michael Phelps
"From Kendra Reed regarding the tornado video shot from 100 yards away by Jon Stone and Amy Phelps: CNN's exact words..."We can't buy this, there isn't any building being ripped apart...death or destruction"."


Doesn't come as a shock coming from a news outlet - we already knew it anyways that that's what they wanted. They act like it's a terrible thing, when in truth the media knows it boosts interest and ratings. All about money in the end, not lives.

Utterly and truly disgusting.
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483. wxmod
Quoting hurricanehunter27:
So buy nothing?

If you want a hurricane to sweep over your house that's a thousand times stronger than anything ever recorded, keep buying cheap frills from China. It will happen. Every legitimate climate scientist knows this.
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Well, this is disturbing...

Michael Phelps
"From Kendra Reed regarding the tornado video shot from 100 yards away by Jon Stone and Amy Phelps: CNN's exact words..."We can't buy this, there isn't any building being ripped apart...death or destruction"."
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General Motors Sells Record 2.5M Vehicles in China 1-9-12

General Motors and its joint ventures sold a record 2,547,171 vehicles in China in 2011, up 8.3 percent from a year earlier. The company, which in 2011 regained its mantle as the world’s largest automaker, now sells more cars in China than in the United States.
“GM stayed ahead of the competition despite a slowdown in the growth of industry demand thanks to our broad portfolio of appealing vehicles,” Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group said in a statement today. “GM and our joint ventures introduced 12 new models in 2011 while expanding our manufacturing and product development capability to meet rising demand.”
GM was the sales leader in China, the world’s largest car market, for the seventh consecutive year.
It’s part of a turnaround for the automaker which in 2008 accepted $4 billion in operating cash from the US government, arranged by the Bush administration, and then a $50 billion bailout from the Obama administration.
The company is not out of the woods yet and the US has yet to recoup its investment, however. The stock, which trades at about $23, needs to get to $50 a share for the government to get all its money back. GM’s pension plan is still short about $22 billion, according to its regulatory filings. The company reported a $1.7 billion profit in the third quarter.
“Among GM brands, Buick sold a record 645,537 vehicles, an increase of 17.4 percent year on year. It benefited from record demand of 253,514 units for its Excelle passenger car lineup. In addition, sales of the Excelle XT hatchback and Excelle GT sedan reached 134,800 units, and sales of the LaCrosse sedan totaled 103,366 units,” the company said.
“In 2011, Chevrolet sales in China rose 9.4 percent year on year to an all-time high of 595,068 units. The Cruze sedan remained the brand’s best-selling model, generating sales of 221,196 units. It was followed by the New Sail family, with 166,693 sales.”
“This year will be equally promising for GM in China,” said Wale. “We expect the market for both passenger and commercial vehicles to continue to expand, particularly in China’s Tier 3 and Tier 4 cities. With our leading sales position and the strong performance of our brands, GM is well positioned to capitalize on the growth opportunities.”
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Weather in west texas very different this year. 20 plus inches snow near midland. Cooler that normal. Drought conditions. We can only hope for flooding conditions. Maybe this june , july , august . When things really start rolling.
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Hey guys i just finished a blog on the S Indian and SW Pacific if you wanna check it out...:D
Link
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“Chaos is what we've lost touch with. This is why it is given a bad name. It is feared by the dominant archetype of our world, which is Ego, which clenches because its existance is defined in terms of control.”
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Quoting wxmod:


Quit buying the stuff from China. It's just that simple.
So buy nothing?
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476. wxmod
Quoting PensacolaDoug:



I wish it were possible to stop purchasing Chineese products. Our manufacturing base has been decimated during the last 30 years. We are a consumer nation and want their products at a cheap "wal-mart" price.
I wish I knew the solution. I don't feel stupid tho because people smarter than I don't have the solution either.


Quit buying the stuff from China. It's just that simple.
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Caesar:
Who is it in the press that calls on me?
I hear a tongue shriller than all the music
Cry "Caesar!" Speak, Caesar is turn'd to hear.

Soothsayer:
Beware the ides of March.

Caesar:
What man is that?

Brutus:
A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
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474. wxmod
Quoting PlazaRed:

I'm not wanting to interfere with an ongoing argument here! But:-
If a starving person has a dollar in their pocket and you say that they can buy a burger for it, or they can wait until they have scraped together another $10 so as they can eat at a diner. Then you say that the burger is bad for them!
Do they starve to death waiting to earn the other $9? Or do they eat the $1 burger?
The world is desperate for products and to the main it doesn't care where they are made or who makes them! It wants products and it wants them now, if not in fact yesterday.
Recently I said to a destitute person who was burning electric cables at the side of the road that he was causing pollution; he told me he needed the cash from the resultant copper sales to buy food. This is the argument, there is no escaping it, you have to have money to be a puritan, you have to have food to Survive.
Pollution is a fact of recent history. 7 Billion are trying to survive; by any means!


You are absolutely right. This is a huge problem. But the pollution is changing the world climate and will cost billions of people (and all life for that matter) dearly, including the people on this blog who don't want to see it coming. Besides, people don't need ipads. Can't eat em.
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Chicklit,
Just a tip. If you click the "warnings" button - up top, right - before you copy the image location, the map will show warnings (the counties anyway, not the polygons) as they come up.



Thanks Barefoot!
Where are you?
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Cesium found in plankton 600 km away

The Yomiuri Shimbun
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/national/T12031700339 3.htm
Radioactive cesium believed to have been released during the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been found in plankton about 600 kilometers east of the facility, according to a Japan-U.S. joint research team.

The amount of cesium detected in the plankton was far below the government's provisional limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram for marine products, according to the team led by Jun Nishikawa, research associate at the University of Tokyo's Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute.

However, follow-up studies will be necessary because the radioactive cesium is likely to have accumulated in fish that eat plankton, the team said.

The findings will be reported to a conference of the Oceanographic Society of Japan set for Tuesday.

The research team collected animal plankton at 17 locations between 30 kilometers and 600 kilometers east of the plant in June last year, about three months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the nuclear crisis.

Cesium-137 was detected in all of the collected plankton, which in a dry state was found to contain 0.3 to 56.4 becquerels per kilogram. The farther away the plankton was collected, the less radiation it contained, according to the team.

Results of a similar survey conducted by the team before the crisis showed that plankton contained between 0.1 and 0.4 becquerels of cesium-137 per kilogram.

In the latest survey, the team also found cesium-134--which has a two-year half-life--in plankton at the same levels as cesium-137, whose half-life is three decades.
(Mar. 18, 2012)
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Quoting Patrap:
Charley, or "right turn Charley" showed many, not follow the Forecast from the TV met's, as its best to Follow the actual Storms movement.

Thankfully it was a Small cored Hurricane with a small Radii of Eyewall winds..and struck the Coast at a oblique angle.


Cat Size is a Poor indicator of overall impact as it was designed for Wind Loading on Structures, and not at all for Surge Values, which takes most lives and does most of the Dame during a Large Impacting Hurricane.

Very true.
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470. Skyepony (Mod)
Cloudsat of the trough spawning tornadoes & threatening flood..
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Thankfully Charley was no Andrew.I'm also glad that the death toll was not high as well.When I first saw those images comming out of Punta Gorda Florida I was worried.
It was a miracle that the death toll at our location was not higher.
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Charley, or "right turn Charley" showed many, to not follow the Forecast from the TV met's, as its best to Follow the actual Storms movement.



Thankfully it was a Small cored Hurricane with a small Radii of Eyewall winds..and struck the Coast at a oblique angle.


Cat Size is a Poor indicator of overall impact as it was designed for Wind Loading on Structures, and not at all for Surge Values, which takes most lives and does most of the Damage during a Large Impacting Hurricane.

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Could someone give me more information on negative tilt?
It reminds me of a bow echo, but on a larger scale...same principle?
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Invest 96P. I don't know if this has been cancelled or not.

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New Orleans Weather at a Glance
Weather Station - report
Uptown, New Orleans
Elevation
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Station Select
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Clear
Temperature
72.9 °F
Feels Like 73 °


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Feels Like 77 °F
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Quoting CybrTeddy:


If Charley was out over the water for 2 more hours, it would have probably become a Category 5 hurricane at landfall. It was only 6 mph away to begin with.
It was moving at almost 20 mph too. So if winds were 150 at landfall, the winds on the right front quadrant were most likely sustained at cat-5 strength. jmo
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Quoting Chicklit:

Chicklit,
Just a tip. If you click the "warnings" button - up top, right - before you copy the image location, the map will show warnings (the counties anyway, not the polygons) as they come up.
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461. Skyepony (Mod)
TRMM of 96P earlier today. Pretty moist. A few hot towers. It's over land now but might make it to ocean again. Click pic for animation.

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Quoting hydrus:
I was thinking that just before it hit us. I told my sis that if it had been moving a little slower, and had another 6 to 8 hours over the gulf, a cat-5 hurricane would have been possible, and things a whole lot worse.


If Charley was out over the water for 2 more hours, it would have probably become a Category 5 hurricane at landfall. It was only 6 mph away to begin with.
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Part of the material from Italy would be disposed of in Utah
Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12 2008 12:09 a.m. MST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is seeking public comment on a company's request to import about 20,000 tons of nuclear waste from Italy for processing in Tennessee and disposal in Utah.

The regulatory agency said in the Federal Register on Monday that it is allowing 30 days for petitioners to seek a hearing or request to become an intervener in the request by Utah-based EnergySolutions Inc.

Under the proposal, which has opposition in Congress and among environmental groups, EnergySolutions would import the waste through the ports of Charleston, S.C., or New Orleans.

The material — some 1 million cubic feet of paper, plastic, wood, metal and ion-exchange resins from shuttered nuclear plants — would be processed, burned and recycled at an EnergySolutions' plant in Oak Ridge, about 25 miles west of Knoxville.

About 8 percent of the total imported material eventually would be disposed of in Utah at EnergySolutions' landfill in Clive, Tooele County — perhaps less than 1,600 tons.

"This is not anything different than what we've done," Mike Johnson, president of the company's Commercial Facilities Group, told The Knoxville News Sentinel.

He said the Oak Ridge facility has probably recycled about 1.5 million tons of radioactive metals since 1996 from foreign sources including Germany, Belgium and Canada.

But the proposal has opponents, including Rep. Bart Gordon, chairman of the U.S. House Science and Technology Committee. The Tennessee Democrat has called it a "terrible idea," saying the United States has enough problems disposing its own nuclear waste. He's urged the NRC to deny the license applications.

The Friends of the Earth environmental group also opposes the proposal, and a bipartisan resolution against EnergySolutions' plans has been introduced in the South Carolina Senate.

"It sets a very bad precedent which could result in a flood of nuclear waste being dumped in the U.S.," said Tom Clements, a spokesman for Friends of the Earth in Columbia, S.C.

"This proposal must be nipped in the bud," he said. "The port of Charleston must not be turned into a nuclear highway for the world."
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Quoting hydrus:
I was thinking that just before it hit us. I told my sis that if it had been moving a little slower, and had another 6 to 8 hours over the gulf, a cat-5 hurricane would have been possible, and things a whole lot worse.
Thankfully Charley was no Andrew.I'm also glad that the death toll was not high as well.When I first saw those images comming out of Punta Gorda Florida I was worried.
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
819 PM CDT SUN MAR 18 2012

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LUBBOCK HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
WESTERN HALL COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS.
BRISCOE COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS.

* UNTIL 900 PM CDT

* AT 817 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING HALF DOLLAR SIZE HAIL...
AND DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH. THIS STORM WAS
LOCATED 11 MILES WEST OF QUITAQUE...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 80
MPH.
THIS STORM HAS A HISTORY OF PRODUCING GOLF BALL SIZE HAIL IN
FLOYDADA.

* SOME LOCATIONS NEAR THE PATH OF THIS STORM INCLUDE SILVERTON...
VALLEY SCHOOLS...CAPROCK CANYON ST. PARK...CAPROCK CANYON ST. AND
BRICE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

DESTRUCTIVE WINDS CAN BE EXPECTED. IF YOU CANNOT GET UNDERGROUND...GO
TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A STURDY BUILDING. AVOID
WINDOWS.

A TORNADO WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM CDT SUNDAY EVENING
FOR THE PANHANDLE AND NORTHWEST TEXAS.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Charley was a nasty little hurricane.If it stayed out in the water for a few more hours it would have probally made landfall as a cat5 and the storm surge would have been crazy if it would have been moving slower along with the storm being bigger.Thank goodness it was moving at a fast pace.He was also small in size so that helped.
I was thinking that just before it hit us. I told my sis that if it had been moving a little slower, and had another 6 to 8 hours over the gulf, a cat-5 hurricane would have been possible, and things a whole lot worse.
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Record Report
Statement as of 7:57 am CDT on March 18, 2012

... Record warmest minimum temperature broken at Wichita Falls...

The record warmest low temperature for March 17 was 61 degrees...
which was set back in 2011. Yesterday at Sheppard Air Force
base... the low temperature was 64 degrees... which had broken
the record for the warmest low temperature for March 17.

Temperature records for Wichita Falls date back to 1923.
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452. JeffMasters (Admin)
Quoting nigel20:

Flooding will be a big problem it would seem


From the Tulsa wx discussion:

This will be a huge and possibly catastrophic water event folks...so prepare accordingly.

Jeff Masters
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Charley was a nasty little hurricane.If it stayed out in the water for a few more hours it would have probally made landfall as a cat5 and the storm surge would have been crazy if it would have been moving slower along with the storm being bigger.Thank goodness it was moving at a fast pace.He was also small in size so that helped.


Yeah...the Tampa Bay Storm Surge Map is a very scary thing.
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Quoting Jedkins01:



I'm sure there are going to be some pretty darn heavy rain amounts, but I also believe those numbers painted are overdone, I doubt there will be a swath of 5 to 8 inch rain amounts over such a large area like that.


If it does we are talking about a rare event, its one thing to get pockets of very high rain amounts, but those numbers they are showing are covering a very large area when you take things into consideration.

Also, I can think of other cases like the recent rain even in Texas that were over kill on the precip forecast.


Even still, I'm sure there will be very heavy rain in some places and probably serious flooding in some spots, but I doubt it will be as bad as that precip forecast suggests. If that much rain really does cover that large of a region people better be ready cause it will be ugly.
I am hoping your correct. That is a lot of rain for that region. It does not run off like it does in Florida. Could be a serious event if that forecast came to be.
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Quoting Patrap:
Imagine if it was 42° below the average Low temperature for the date?




Which one is Clint Eastwood on?
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Quoting Jedkins01:



As quickly as that hurricane was intensifying, it would have easily and likely been a 170 to 180 mph hurricane headed right into Tampa, which would be utterly catastrophic...
Charley had made a right turn just in time and made landfall south of Tampa.Tampa was very lucky.Next time they might not be...
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Quoting weatherh98:


just like that comment LOL


So i was looking for info concerning the SW pacific season this year, and i googled what i was searching for. I landed in a spot i thought at first was Jeff Masters blog, but at the top i then laughed when i saw:

SPLbeater's Tropical Weather Blog

LOL
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Imagine if it was 42° below the average Low temperature for the date?

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I love how forecasts keep having us at 83 to 84 everyday when its really been 85 to 87. Come on guys the pattern has been the same for days lets not be scared of forecasting higher numbers :)


They do have us forecasted to reach 86 by wednesday, that being said it will likely be 88 to 89 instead :)
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Quoting Neapolitan:
94, actually. In the town of Winner. See comment #401.

hot
Wow.
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New here but been reading since January! You all do a great job with the variety of reports, radar, images...etc. That storm chasing site from Texas is very cool. Joemiller.bhines has some nice video right now.
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