Torrential rains in Oklahoma; Summer in March continues for Midwest

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:07 PM GMT on March 20, 2012

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A significant flood event is underway in Eastern Oklahoma, where widespread rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches have fallen since yesterday. Up to four more inches of rain is likely today, and the National Weather Service in Tulsa is warning of the potential for "widespread and potentially catastrophic areal flooding and river flooding" should some of the higher rainfall amounts being forecast materialize. Numerous main-stem rivers across eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas are now approaching flood stage, and will likely experience moderate to major flooding into Wednesday. Rainfall has also been heavy over Eastern Texas, with widespread amounts of 2 - 4 inches. These heavy rains are causing some street flooding, but in general, will be a benefit, as moderate to severe drought conditions still cover most of the region.


Figure 1. Radar-estimated rainfall for Eastern Oklahoma since March 19, 2012, as estimated by the Tulsa, Oklahoma radar.

The storm system responsible is a massive, slow-moving trough of low pressure over the Western U.S. that is colliding with the warmest and moistest air mass ever recorded in March in the Central and Eastern U.S. According to the NWS in Minneapolis, Minnesota, moisture flowing northwards into Minnesota along the cold front early this week had the highest levels of moisture ever recorded so early in the year. At the boundary between the Western U.S. trough of low pressure and Central U.S. ridge of high pressure, a cold front is lifting huge quantities of moisture-laden air aloft, forcing torrential rains to fall. The cold front is also expected to trigger a Slight Risk of severe weather over East Texas, Western Louisiana, and Southern Arkansas today, says NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. Severe thunderstorm watches are already posted for much of East Texas, as seen on our Severe Weather Map. Three tornadoes were reported yesterday in Texas, and eleven touched down the previous day in Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Dakota. The tornado that hit North Platte, Nebraska two days ago was rated a strong EF-3, and injured four people.


Figure 2. Predicted rainfall amounts for the 2-day period Tuesday morning through Thursday morning show an area of 3+ inches (orange colors) is expected over Eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Southwest Missouri. Image credit: NOAA HPC.

Summer in March continues for the Midwest
The ongoing March heat wave in the Midwest will continue to set all-time heat records through Thursday, gradually shifting its peak intensity eastwards during the week. A few highlights from yesterday's records:

Pellston, Michigan in the Northern Lower Peninsula is called "Michigan's Icebox", since it frequently records the coldest temperatures in the state, and in the entire nation. But the past three days, Pellston has topped out at 80° - 82°F, the first 80°F March days in their history. Yesterday's 82° reading broke the previous record for the date (56° in 1976) by an amazing 26°, and was 44°F above average. Nearby Traverse City hit 83°F yesterday, the third consecutive day the city has experienced its hottest March temperature on record.

International Falls, Minnesota hit 78°F yesterday, 42° above average, and the 2nd hottest March temperature on record in the Nation's Icebox. The record of 79°F was set the previous day. Remarkably, the low temperature for International Falls bottomed out at 60°F yesterday, tying the previous record high for the date. I've never seen a station with a century-long data record have its low temperature for the date match the previous record high for the date. Yesterday was the seventh consecutive day that International Falls broke or tied a daily record. That is spectacularly hard to do for a station with a century-long weather record. The longest string of consecutive records being broken I'm aware of is nine days in a row, set June 2 - 10, 1911 in Tulsa, Oklahoma (with weather records going back to 1905.) International Falls has a good chance of surpassing nine consecutive records this week.

Record heat in Canada
Record-breaking heat has also penetrated into the Prairie provinces of Canada over the past week. Winnipeg, Manitoba has broken its record high for the past five days in a row, and hit 24°C (75.2°F) yesterday, its hottest March temperature on record. Forecast high temperatures for Wednesday and Thursday across Ontario are near 26°C, which will threaten the records for hottest March day in history for Windsor, London, Hamilton, and Toronto.


Figure 3. The jet stream pattern features a large, southwards dipping bulge over the Western U.S., creating a trough of low pressure with cold and snow, and a large, northwards looping bulge over the Central U.S., creating a record-strength ridge of high pressure.

Why the record early-season warmth?
The unusual warmth is due to a loop in the jet stream that has created a large upper-level ridge of high pressure that is stuck in place over the Eastern U.S.--a phenomenon known as a "blocking pattern." Since the jet stream acts as the boundary between cold air to the north and warm air to the south, and the large loop in the jet places its axis far to the north of the eastern U.S., summer-like warmth has developed over the eastern half of the U.S. Conversely, colder than average temperatures have developed over the western third of the U.S. behind the southwards-dipping loop of the jet stream. This jet stream pattern is too extreme to be stable, and the big loop over the Western U.S. will break off and form a giant eddy on Wednesday. The resulting area of low pressure will be known as a "cut-off low", because it will be cut off from the jet stream. The cut-off low will drift slowly eastwards during the week, gradually bringing an end to "Summer in March" over the Eastern half of the U.S.

Jeff Masters

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I'm ok Pat, I'm under the "Patrap Forcefield". I'm working out of Lafayette for a few months so I know you got my back.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


Hey, me and my VIL are a good team! i successfully predicted 3 cells needing warnings today, and then 5 or 10 mins later then got em! :D

That cell north of Charlotte NC might need warning if it intensifies any further..



Here in Florida sufficient VIL doesn't necessarily warrant a warning, Ive seen levels that support 2 inch hail move right over me and not get a single hail stone, the NWS deals with this issue by looking at the cell in terms of (X,Y,Z) instead of (X,Y) traditional radar view to see if large hail is actually making it to the ground. I have experienced some brutal thunderstorms here in wet season but Ive only seen hail twice here ever.



Only near Clearwater Florida could you experience tornadoes more than hail. Ive seen actual tornadoes, not just funnel clouds, more times than hail here.
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..dust off the ol K & B Purple Hurricane Tracking Maps..MS.

Get a Bigger Stick Pin 2.



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Quoting Grothar:


Very interesting article. So they can send a nuclear missile millions of miles into space, hit a small rock moving at thousands of miles per hour. Hmmm. I just want to know one thing. How come they can't find my luggage at the airport.
I have read on the nuclear deflection theory. It would not be an easy job. Some asteroids are moving at 50,000 mph or more. Its almost like shooting a bullet with a bullet. One weird thing the expert said was anything moving master then 76 kilometers per second, most likely came from outside our solar system. The Earth cruises around the Sun at around 65,000. An asteroid moving into the Earths orbit from that direction would be a real problem..Good evening Gro....
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


H.G. Wells: The Time Machine?

OK, cool
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Hello Patrap, Welcome to another summer. Evening All

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Quoting Neapolitan:
The plot continues to thicken in Clintonville, Wisconsin, tonight, as the bizarre underground noises heard for the last several nights there have been confirmed by hundreds. Officials have ruled out an earthquake, problems with the city's water or sewage systems, gas explosions, mining or blasting activities, landfills, dams, industrial activity, and military opertations, according to a statement released this afternoon:

huh?

More here.

So, whattaya think? A side effect of rapid thawing? Mass delusion? A blob of magma working its way to the surface? A community of blind and mole-like subterranean trolls toiling the night away?




I wonder if that has any relation to strange noises people have been hearing around the world in recent years... My guess is something odd is going on deep in the Earth's core, but I'm just shooting at an idea... Pretty much everything is a little wacked in the natural world right now.
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Quoting aislinnpaps:


Yes, and ready to go if necessary.


Your good to go, and a step ahead.

And a good example of being Prepared.
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Quoting Jedkins01:



lol you and your vertically integrated liquid... I hope someday you appreciated the kind of math involved there :)



Hey, me and my VIL are a good team! i successfully predicted 3 cells needing warnings today, and then 5 or 10 mins later then got em! :D

That cell north of Charlotte NC might need warning if it intensifies any further..
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Well I though we lighten up the mood a bit around here with a little 80's music trivia

Hint:It came out in 1982.Here is a line from the song

"I was working as a waitress at a cocktail bar"

(If you seriously don't get this people that were around in the 80's I'm shoot'in ya in your foot!!).


Ummmmm Don't you want me? The song I mean. lol
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I also have alerts on my phone. They've come in handy when at school the past few weeks when tornados hit around here. My class was in the hall before the school called it.
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Quoting Patrap:


Do you have a Battery Operated NOAA Weather Alert Radio?



Yes, and ready to go if necessary.
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Quoting aislinnpaps:


I was 'around', but in Germany. No idea. *S*
A least you tried :).
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Quoting SPLbeater:
That cell west of Farmville VA might need a warning if its current trend continues...VIL reflecting 45 kg/m^2 with it.



lol you and your vertically integrated liquid... I hope someday you appreciated the kind of math involved there :)

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Quoting nigel20:

What are Morlocks?


H.G. Wells: The Time Machine?
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Quoting Patrap:

Rain totals should be extremely high in Texas/Louisiana border
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Quoting aislinnpaps:
Yes, the info is going across the tv screen, one reason I'm especially happy to have electric so I know what's going on.


Do you have a Battery Operated NOAA Weather Alert Radio?

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The TX/LA NWS offices are really working to stay on top of these Rains and Severe Thundertorms, and being East here, I tell yas, the fetch here is from the Se and STRONG, and one can see the mid level flowing N above it.

Bad, bad mojo is afoot tonight.
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Yes, the info is going across the tv screen, one reason I'm especially happy to have electric so I know what's going on.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Well I though we lighten up the mood a bit around here with a little 80's music trivia

Hint:It came out in 1982.Here is a line from the song

"I was working as a waitress at a cocktail bar"

(If you seriously don't get this people that were around in the 80's I'm shoot'in ya in your foot!!).


I was 'around', but in Germany. No idea. *S*
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DeQuincy, Louisiana

Active Advisory: Tornado Watch, Flood Warning, Flash Flood Warning, Coastal Flood Advisory, Flash Flood Watch, Wind Advisory (US Severe Weather) Active Notice: Local Storm Report


..phew'
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I am thankful that with all the flooding and the trees that have gone down, I still have electric.

Alert number 7 just came in for flooding, the one you just posted, Pat
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Quoting aislinnpaps:
Ouch Patrap. The tip of that purple is me.


Be safe, and vigilante.


Lotsa local advise and info is flowing .
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Morlocks?


What are Morlocks?
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Quoting Minnemike:
that's what creeps me out about it.. sourcing is the Only issue with it, not the data :(


If you look at the monthly breakdown it might scare you even more. Does me.

It's not just that we might see a summer melt-out at the end of the season in the next few years, but that we may see months of no sea ice in the Arctic before this decade is out.

https://sites.google.com/site/arctischepinguin/ho me/piomas/piomas-trnd2.png

What that might do to our weather, can't contemplate. My best guess would be a lot of very wild weather until we settle into some brand new and unknown patterns.

I was hoping this stuff wouldn't show up until after I checked out....
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Calcasieu Parish

Flood Warning, Flash Flood Warning
Statement as of 8:14 PM CDT on March 20, 2012

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a

* Flood Warning for
the Sabine River near Deweyville.
* From late Wednesday night until further notice... or until the
warning is cancelled.
* At 7:45 PM Tuesday the stage was 20.1 feet.
* Minor flooding is forecast.
* Flood stage is 24.0 feet.
* Forecast... rise above flood stage by early Thursday morning and
continue to rise to near 24.9 feet by Friday early afternoon.
* Impact... at 24.0 feet... minor lowland flooding will occur.
Low-lying roads in southwestern Beauregard Parish... including
Robert Clark Road will have water over them.


Lat... Lon 3058 9381 3011 9377 3014 9364 3043 9368 3057 9358





729 PM CDT Tue Mar 20 2012

The National Weather Service in Lake Charles has issued a

* Flash Flood Warning for...
Beauregard Parish in southwest Louisiana...
extreme north central Calcasieu Parish in southwest Louisiana...
Vernon Parish in west central Louisiana...

* until 1230 am CDT

* at 723 PM CDT... National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated
slow moving thunderstorms with very heavy rainfall across the
warned area. Radar estimates that 3 to 5 inches of rain has fallen
across the area in the past 3 hours with storm total estimates of
4 to 8 inches. Several reports of flooding have been received from
Beauregard... and northern Calcasieu Parish. Flooding is also
likely occurring as well. Radar indicates that pocket of heavier
rains continue to move over the same general areas. This is
quickly becoming a dangerous situation and travel is discouraged
across these areas tonight. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4
inches are possible through 930 PM.

* Runoff from this excessive rainfall will cause flash flooding to
occur. Some locations that will experience flooding include...
Anacoco... de Quincy... De Ridder... fields... Fort Polk... Leesville...
Merryville... Ragley... Rosepine... Singer... Slagle... Bivens... Burr
Ferry... Hornbeck... Hutton... Junction... Kurthwood... Longville... New
Llano... Oretta and Tulla.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring.
If you are in the warning area move to higher ground immediately.
Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate
precautions to protect life and property. Do not attempt to cross
swiftly flowing waters or waters of unknown depth by foot or by
automobile.


Lat... Lon 3136 9299 3133 9295 3132 9290 3077 9312
3043 9323 3042 9349 3045 9370 3052 9371
3084 9354 3103 9351 3104 9352 3129 9346
3135 9341 3137 9339 3137 9303
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Well I though we lighten up the mood a bit around here with a little 80's music trivia

Hint:It came out in 1982.Here is a line from the song

"I was working as a waitress at a cocktail bar"

(If you seriously don't get this people that were around in the 80's I'm shoot'in ya in your foot!!).
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Ouch Patrap. The tip of that purple is me.
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Lake Charles Radar
NEXRAD Radar

Storm Total Surface Rainfall Accumulation ° Elevation
Range 124 NMI

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Quoting aislinnpaps:


Glad it missed her! We're under a tornado watch again until midnight. The last one expired and they renewed it. I think there are currently six weather alerts. I think this is the longest 'thunderstorm' I've ever been in.


Seems that way here too. We lost power earlier. Every time we think it's over it starts pouring again. Hopefully no more severe.
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Quoting AtHomeInTX:


I'm trying but it won't quit raining here!!!! Getting a bit soggy to say the least. Daughters house in Orange was under tornado warning but luckily it missed her.

03/20/2012 0652 PM

Little Cypress, Orange County.

Flash flood, reported by broadcast media.


Roads flooded in Little Cypress.





03/20/2012 0715 PM

Orange, Orange County.

Heavy rain m5.64 inch, reported by other federal.


Measured at the USGS gauge in Orange.





03/20/2012 0215 PM

Vidor, Orange County.

Flash flood, reported by broadcast media.


Kfdm reports minor street flooding near Vidor. 2.95



Glad it missed her! We're under a tornado watch again until midnight. The last one expired and they renewed it. I think there are currently six weather alerts. I think this is the longest 'thunderstorm' I've ever been in.
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It's not over yet

Tornado Watch
Statement as of 8:00 PM CDT on March 20, 2012

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

southwest Louisiana
southeast Texas
coastal waters

Effective this Tuesday night from 800 PM until midnight CDT.

Tornadoes... hail to 1 inch in diameter... thunderstorm wind gusts
to 70 mph... and dangerous lightning are possible in these areas.

The Tornado Watch area is approximately along and 30 statute
miles east and west of a line from 20 miles west northwest of
Fort Polk Louisiana to 25 miles southeast of Port Arthur Texas.
For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch
outline update (wous64 kwns wou4).

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

Other watch information... continue... ww 93...

Discussion... rotating storms continue to form off the TX/la coast
and track inland roughly along the Sabine River. Lch VAD profile
maintains very strong low level vertical shear... and dewpoints in
the upper 60s coupled with extent of lightning activity suggest
sufficient instability for a risk of a tornado development through
the evening.
Aviation... tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 1 inch. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 450.
Mean storm motion vector 20035.


... Hart
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Quoting Neapolitan:
I didn't accuse Larry of embellishments, of course; I merely quoted Neven's wording. Too, in the comments for the ASI blog in question, Neven himself suggested a sourcing format for Larry to follow. (FWIW, I've created graphs and charts that I later found floating about the internets. I don't mind when they appear sans attribution to me, which is almost always, but I do get upset when they're claimed to be of a different provenance than they are, and/or when they're misinterpreted and/or when they're altered to show something different than intended.)



On Larry's site the data line is clearly labeled "PIOMAS Data", there's a link to the UW site where the data was obtained, and the data on which the data was retrieved.

https://sites.google.com/site/arctischepinguin/ho me/piomas/piomas-trnd6.png

I think this mini-broohah-hah was about the 'other person' removing the attribution and using, not about what Larry had done.

Of course the other person might have created their own version of the graph, in which case it's much ado about nothing....
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Current Mayan Date

baktun 12 katun 19 tun 19 uinal 4 kin 4
Haab: 12 Cumku
Tzolkin: 1 Kan
Mayan epoch: 11 Aug, 3114 B.C.E.

...date based on local time 8:10:55pm, Tue Mar 20, 2012
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


What about the West Coast? I have a baaaaaad feeling about something, but I can't put my finger on it... The scariest thing is that I am going to San Francisco in 2 weeks at the beginning of Spring Break (can I get a WOOT! WOOT! from the College/ High School crowd!?!).

Maybe, the first was Indonisia December 2004, then Japan March 2011, so the next big one could be anywhere along the "Ring of Fire"
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Quoting aislinnpaps:
Okay, I need everyone to line up along the Texas border of Louisiana and blow this dang storm along its way. It's been about six hours of almost continual thunderstorms with pouring rain. They are saying 10+ inches possible.

We have enough rain now, Mother Nature, thank you, you can move on along now.


I'm trying but it won't quit raining here!!!! Getting a bit soggy to say the least. Daughters house in Orange was under tornado warning but luckily it missed her.

03/20/2012 0652 PM

Little Cypress, Orange County.

Flash flood, reported by broadcast media.


Roads flooded in Little Cypress.





03/20/2012 0715 PM

Orange, Orange County.

Heavy rain m5.64 inch, reported by other federal.


Measured at the USGS gauge in Orange.





03/20/2012 0215 PM

Vidor, Orange County.

Flash flood, reported by broadcast media.


Kfdm reports minor street flooding near Vidor. 2.95

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Quoting hurricanehunter27:

What in the hell?

Don't worry. You'd need a Time Machine to ever encounter Morlocks...I hope.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Morlocks?


What in the hell?
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The plot continues to thicken in Clintonville, Wisconsin, tonight, as the bizarre underground noises heard for the last several nights there have been confirmed by hundreds. Officials have ruled out an earthquake, problems with the city's water or sewage systems, gas explosions, mining or blasting activities, landfills, dams, industrial activity, and military opertations, according to a statement released this afternoon:

huh?

More here.

So, whattaya think? A side effect of rapid thawing? Mass delusion? A blob of magma working its way to the surface? A community of blind and mole-like subterranean trolls toiling the night away?


Morlocks?

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Quoting Neapolitan:
The plot continues to thicken in Clintonville, Wisconsin, tonight, as the bizarre underground noises heard for the last several nights there have been confirmed by hundreds. Officials have ruled out an earthquake, problems with the city's water or sewage systems, gas explosions, mining or blasting activities, landfills, dams, industrial activity, and military opertations, according to a statement released this afternoon:

huh?

More here.

So, whattaya think? A side effect of rapid thawing? Mass delusion? A blob of magma working its way to the surface? A community of blind and mole-like subterranean trolls toiling the night away?

I've been seeing reports of this from various places in the last few years. The temptation is to dismiss the claims, but I haven't done enough (or any) research on these booming sounds to justify dismissing them. If such reports are true, then it's very interesting.

If anyone has done any real research into this, I'd be grateful for such information.
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Quoting nigel20:

The last two 9.0 or greater earthquakes occurred on the western section of the "Ring of Fire".......do you think the trend will continue?


What about the West Coast? I have a baaaaaad feeling about something, but I can't put my finger on it... The scariest thing is that I am going to San Francisco in 2 weeks at the beginning of Spring Break (can I get a WOOT! WOOT! from the College/ High School crowd!?!).
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The plot continues to thicken in Clintonville, Wisconsin, tonight, as the bizarre underground noises heard for the last several nights there have been confirmed by hundreds.


Silurians



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Ya know, I think that this year i am going to test my skills with thunderstorms and try to let my friends and family that a storm is severe BEFORE the NWS does. i got myself a map of NC, and will add warnings to it then send graphic to their emails and/or call them.
And ima keep count of how many minutes lead i had over the NWS, or how many minutes NWS had over me. then at end of year i see who did better with severe thunderstorm warnings in NC!


Might come down to the wire.....
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Quoting Grothar:


Very interesting article. So they can send a nuclear missile millions of miles into space, hit a small rock moving at thousands of miles per hour. Hmmm. I just want to know one thing. How come they can't find my luggage at the airport.

Are you sure you brought any?
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Wunderground twitter: CNN has confirmed from Officials that "at least 800 houses collapsed in Igualapa, Mexico" near the epicenter
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Small thunderstorms developing while embedded in that batch of heavy rain in Northwest NC.
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Quoting BobWallace:


Larry had put sourcing info on his chart. It was stripped off by someone when it was presented to the British Parliament.

There's no "embellishments" included in this chart. It simply plots the PIOMAS data and fits a mathematical curve to the data, the function that best fits the data, and let's the curve make a "If things continue like they have been going" prediction.

Here's another version with various functions plotted and Rsq values to indicate which best fits the data.

http://neven1.typepad.com/.a/6a0133f03a1e37970b01 67640643fc970b-pi
I didn't accuse Larry of embellishments, of course; I merely quoted Neven's wording. Too, in the comments for the ASI blog in question, Neven himself suggested a sourcing format for Larry to follow. (FWIW, I've created graphs and charts that I later found floating about the internets. I don't mind when they appear sans attribution to me, which is almost always, but I do get upset when they're claimed to be of a different provenance than they are, and/or when they're misinterpreted and/or when they're altered to show something different than intended.)
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The plot continues to thicken in Clintonville, Wisconsin, tonight, as the bizarre underground noises heard for the last several nights there have been confirmed by hundreds. Officials have ruled out an earthquake, problems with the city's water or sewage systems, gas explosions, mining or blasting activities, landfills, dams, industrial activity, and military opertations, according to a statement released this afternoon:

huh?

More here.

So, whattaya think? A side effect of rapid thawing? Mass delusion? A blob of magma working its way to the surface? A community of blind and mole-like subterranean trolls toiling the night away?


Local Republican heads exploding as they consider their 2012 options....
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