Heat wave shifts to the Midwest; Waldo Canyon Fire still 5% contained

By: Angela Fritz , 8:17 PM GMT on June 28, 2012

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The ridge of high pressure causing this week's record-setting heat wave continues to drift east today, and will inflict extreme June heat across most of the central U.S. and Midwest on Thursday. Triple-digit heat (and heat indices) will be widespread from the Midwest (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland) to the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys (St. Louis, Louisville, Memphis). Ann Arbor, Michigan has reached 100° as of 4pm EDT. Heat advisories spread from Kansas north to Michigan, and as far southeast as North and South Carolina.

On Wednesday, 16 all-time record highs were broken or tied from Wyoming to Kansas, and 47 month-of-June records were either broken or tied. 66 warm overnight low records were also tied, 8 of which were all-time records for the month of June. The temperature did not get below 81° in Lamar, Colorado Tuesday night. The overnight low temperature is an important barometer for public health and safety in extreme heat waves; if the mercury does not drop significantly, our bodies (the sick and elderly, in particular) cannot recuperate.


Figure 1. Heat advisories (pink) from Kansas north to Michigan, and as far southeast as North and South Carolina on Thursday, where heat indices are expected to reach 105, as much as 110 in some places.

Our Weather Historian, Christopher C. Burt, wraps up yesterday's significant temperature records:

• Lamar, Colorado hit 112°, which is the city's hottest ever reading, beating 111° measured a few days ago and also on July 13, 1934.

• Dodge City, Kansas finally broke free of its multiple 110° previous all-time records with 111° on Wednesday. Dodge City has one of longest periods of record in the United States, with temperature records beginning on September 15, 1874.

• Hill City, Kansas hit 115° as it did on Tuesday as well, again just 1° short of all-time Kansas STATE June record of 116° set at Hugoton on June 25, 1911.

• Tucumcari, New Mexico hit 108°, just 1° short of all-time record as was the case in Goodland, Kansas and many others.

Waldo Canyon Fire gains 5,000 acres, still 5% contained

18,500 acres (up from 13,5000 on Wednesday) have been consumed, and $3.2 million spent fighting, in the Waldo Canyon Fire which is burning northwest of Colorado Springs and encroaching on the city. The fire remains 5% contained. Around 32,000 people have been evacuated as of Thursday morning as fire fighters continue to battle the blaze, with some help from the weather. Colorado Springs is forecast to reach 97° on Thursday, though it will be slightly cooler in the hills where the majority of the fire is burning. The red flag warnings have been dropped as wind speeds calm to 5-10 mph out of the northwest. However, humidity will still be relatively low, around 15% at the peak heat of the day. Thunderstorms are in the forecast, which creates the threat of lightning-induced fires


A giant plume from the Waldo Canyon Fire hovers high above Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs, Colo. on Saturday, June 23, 2012. The fire is zero percent contained and has consumed 2500 acres. Voluntary and mandatory evacuations were taking place across the west side of Colorado Springs. Tankers were dropping fire retardant in front of the advancing flames. (AP Photo/Bryan Oller)

In the Tropics…

An African easterly wave in the central main development region of the North Atlantic is still producing some disorganized thunderstorm activity. The circulation in the wave is moderate but somewhat displaced from the strongest thunderstorm activity, though given the moderate wind shear the wave is experiencing that's not surprising. Sea surface temperature is around average, 28° C (82° F), which is warm enough to support tropical development. The National Hurricane Center continues to give this wave a 10% chance of developing over the next 48 hours.

There are a couple more tropical waves expected to leave the coast of Africa in the next week or so, neither of which are showing any signs of development in the models.

Angela

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Quoting sunlinepr:
Looks like this wave won't be affected by SAL


It will be helped by the very moist wave in front cleaning the sal.
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Quoting sunlinepr:


SAL buster?
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SAL

There is a lot of SAL here. I need to wash my car often because SAL precipitates on it. The sky has a brown-yellowish tint and i cant see far. Normally i can see Venezuela from where i work but now i can only see about 15 miles out to sea.

Me no likey.
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Looks like this wave won't be affected by SAL. Looks like SAL is being blocked by some clouds in the CV area..

It already has good rotation...




The blue areas are Dry air... it can be seen surrounded by WV..

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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

A 5.2 quake isn't that intense... It won't cause any problems... Generally in a country built to withstand quakes like Japan anything under a 7.0 won't do much.


They use a JMA intensity scale

Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale


Complete info

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The Japan Meteorological Agency seismic intensity scale is a seismic scale used in Japan and Taiwan to measure the intensity of earthquakes. It is measured in units of shindo (seismic intensity, lit. "degree of shaking"). Unlike the moment magnitude scale (formerly Richter scale), which measures the energy released by the earthquake, the JMA scale describes the degree of shaking at a point on the Earth's surface, and is analogous to the Mercalli intensity scale. The intensity of an earthquake is not totally determined by its magnitude, and varies from place to place; for example, a quake may be described as "shindo 4 in Tokyo, shindo 3 in Yokohama, shindo 2 in Shizuoka".

The JMA operates a network of 180 seismographs and 627 seismic intensity meters[1][2] and provides real-time earthquake reports to the media and on the internet.[3]
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A four-minute video from the International Space Station, released today by NASA, captures a beautiful and horrible sight: Ribbons of smoke drifting across Colorado and other Western states, due to a rash of wildfires.

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/06/28/1 2466661-western-wildfires-seen-from-space?lite
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good night peeps
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I'm out for the night... Btw we've got a TS heading for landfall near Hong Kong...

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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced Thursday afternoon that 346 homes had burned in the fire across 34 streets. That makes the Waldo Canyon Fire the most destructive in Colorado history.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/06/28/colorado-sp rings-mayor-fire-has-destroyed-hundreds-of-homes/


Colorado's toll of fiery destruction mounted Thursday when officials said the Waldo Canyon fire had destroyed at least 346 homes -- surpassing a record set only this month.

Until Thursday, the High Park fire west of Fort Collins had been the most destructive in state history, burning 257 homes.

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said the 346 lost homes spanned 35 streets. He warned at a news briefing that the number could rise as authorities make more thorough inspections of the devastated Mountain Shadows neighborhood.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-n a-nn-colorado-springs-fire-20120628,0,1534923.stor y




A military friend up there told me that today they evacuated a part of the Air Force Academy and put others on the be prepared to evac list.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Indeed. I wasn't entirely sure how to respond to that.


lol
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

She looks worse than earlier... A few hours ago there was a ring of decent convection around about 75% of the system... Hardly anything now...



Will pass very close to the north of Bermuda.
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Quoting weatherh98:


needs a gale warning if it doesnt. you see comment 223?

Indeed. I wasn't entirely sure how to respond to that.
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Quoting weatherh98:

crap.

Crap Link

Crap from this crap plant is taken by the jet stream and may reach our lungs...
and today they said there was an earthquake...

Crap.... don't believe them...


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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Yeah, it'll be almost impossible for it to redevelop now, even though it easily has TS winds.


needs a gale warning if it doesnt. you see comment 223?
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Quoting weatherh98:


its a frontal low now

Yeah, it'll be almost impossible for it to redevelop now, even though it easily has TS winds.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:
Debby's pressure came down to 997mb at the 0z ATCF update... Winds stayed a 40 knots.


its a frontal low now
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Debby's pressure came down to 997mb at the 0z ATCF update... Winds stayed at 40 knots.
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read this!
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Sometimes I wonder myself why I got interested in the tropics when I rarely get any action.


thats not the only action you dont get
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

She looks worse than earlier... A few hours ago there was a ring of decent convection around about 75% of the system... Hardly anything now...



Looks like a clenched fist
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Quoting stormpetrol:


Debby wants to regenerate , but NHC say low chance.

She looks worse than earlier... A few hours ago there was a ring of decent convection around about 75% of the system... Hardly anything now...

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Quoting weatherh98:


there are others such as the modified-mercalli scale

the scale is 1-12


Cool!
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Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach announced Thursday afternoon that 346 homes had burned in the fire across 34 streets. That makes the Waldo Canyon Fire the most destructive in Colorado history.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/06/28/colorado-sp rings-mayor-fire-has-destroyed-hundreds-of-homes/


Colorado's toll of fiery destruction mounted Thursday when officials said the Waldo Canyon fire had destroyed at least 346 homes -- surpassing a record set only this month.

Until Thursday, the High Park fire west of Fort Collins had been the most destructive in state history, burning 257 homes.

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach said the 346 lost homes spanned 35 streets. He warned at a news briefing that the number could rise as authorities make more thorough inspections of the devastated Mountain Shadows neighborhood.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-n a-nn-colorado-springs-fire-20120628,0,1534923.stor y


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Debby wants to regenerate , but NHC say low chance.
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Quoting weatherh98:


and i snicker at the fact your on a hurricane blog and you dont get any!!!

Sometimes I wonder myself why I got interested in the tropics when I rarely get any action.
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Quoting MoeWest:


Is there such a thing as a mild 5.2 earthquake? Or a extreme 5.2 earthquake? Isn't the strength of an earthquake just measured with the richter scale? Jus wondrin


there are others such as the modified-mercalli scale

the scale is 1-12
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Heat wave: 1,000+ weather records fall in U.S. in a week

By Staff and Wire Reports
Published: 6/27/2012 4:44 PM
Last Modified: 6/27/2012 4:44 PM

Hundreds of heat-related records recently have fallen across the United States.


In the past week, 1,011 records have been broken around the country, including 251 new daily high temperature records on Tuesday.

Tulsa tied its calendar day record high for June 25, 105 degrees, on Monday.

The heat is creating consequences ranging from the catastrophic to the comical, from wildfires in the Rocky Mountains to frying bacon on an Oklahoma sidewalk.

If forecasts hold, more records could fall in the coming days in the central and western parts of the country.

University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver says the current heat wave "is bad now by our current definition," but that this will be "far more common in the years ahead."

No matter where you are this week, the objective is the same: stay cool.

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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


what makes it intense, was it shallow?

A 5.2 quake isn't that intense... It won't cause any problems... Generally in a country built to withstand quakes like Japan anything under a 7.0 won't do much.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I am actually :)

6 inches... Please...

Of course, I'm sure you computer snicker at me when I get excited over a tiny little thundershower in the summer... Very rarely do the good storms hold together ti my part of the state.


and i snicker at the fact your on a hurricane blog and you dont get any!!!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


wouldnt say every, but that last snow was the best i can remeber.

6 inches is amazing.
It actually covered the road for a day


MAWB, do not laugh at us because i know you are at you computer snickering.


at lest i can say i actually getcanes, you cant!!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


wouldnt say every, but that last snow was the best i can remeber.

6 inches is amazing.
It actually covered the road for a day


MAWB, do not laugh at us because i know you are at you computer snickering.

I am actually :)

6 inches... Please...

Of course, I'm sure you computer snicker at me when I get excited over a tiny little thundershower in the summer... Very rarely do the good storms hold together to my part of the state.
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Intense M5.2 quake hits Fukushima — Centered just miles from plant (MAP)

Earthquake Information
Japan Meteorological Agency
June 28, 2012

15:21 JST 28 Jun 2012 15:17 JST 28 Jun 2012 Ibaraki-ken Nambu M4.1 3
14:56 JST 28 Jun 2012 14:52 JST 28 Jun 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M5.2 4
13:59 JST 28 Jun 2012 13:55 JST 28 Jun 2012 Ibaraki-ken Oki M4.4 2
10:58 JST 28 Jun 2012 10:54 JST 28 Jun 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.3 2



Is there such a thing as a mild 5.2 earthquake? Or a extreme 5.2 earthquake? Isn't the strength of an earthquake just measured with the richter scale? Jus wondrin
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Quoting weatherh98:


crap.


what makes it intense, was it shallow?
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nite all
have a safe and eventful evening, in a good way
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Quoting sunlinepr:
Intense M5.2 quake hits Fukushima — Centered just miles from plant (MAP)

Earthquake Information
Japan Meteorological Agency
June 28, 2012

15:21 JST 28 Jun 2012 15:17 JST 28 Jun 2012 Ibaraki-ken Nambu M4.1 3
14:56 JST 28 Jun 2012 14:52 JST 28 Jun 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M5.2 4
13:59 JST 28 Jun 2012 13:55 JST 28 Jun 2012 Ibaraki-ken Oki M4.4 2
10:58 JST 28 Jun 2012 10:54 JST 28 Jun 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.3 2



crap.
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Quoting StormTracker2K:
Have lots of family in the ATL and every January during el niño it snows and sometimes a lot.


wouldnt say every, but that last snow was the best i can remeber.

6 inches is amazing.
It actually covered the road for a day


MAWB, do not laugh at us because i know you are at you computer snickering.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

8-3-1.

The nightmares that would bring...


trolls everywhere
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Intense M5.2 quake hits Fukushima — Centered just miles from plant (MAP)

Earthquake Information
Japan Meteorological Agency
June 28, 2012

15:21 JST 28 Jun 2012 15:17 JST 28 Jun 2012 Ibaraki-ken Nambu M4.1 3
14:56 JST 28 Jun 2012 14:52 JST 28 Jun 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M5.2 4
13:59 JST 28 Jun 2012 13:55 JST 28 Jun 2012 Ibaraki-ken Oki M4.4 2
10:58 JST 28 Jun 2012 10:54 JST 28 Jun 2012 Fukushima-ken Oki M4.3 2

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Quoting weatherh98:


YES. yall usually get snow more than i do because ihave the lake


saw 6-8 in 2 years ago.
ANd the snow lasted for 5 days with the help of a 1/4inch blanket of freezing rain on top.
It was wierd seeing ATL as TWC's top weather story for snow.
It was amazing, most snow i can remember seeing.
Apparently i saw more in Colorado and Alaska
And apparently i have been skiing.
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


i hate cold if there aint snow
Have lots of family in the ATL and every January during el niño it snows and sometimes a lot.
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Quoting KoritheMan:
Equatorial Pacific SST anomalies on June 28, 1997:



Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the super El Nino!

8-3-1.

The nightmares that would bring...
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I hate heat if there aren't thunderstorms.


AMEN
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

I hate heat if there aren't thunderstorms.


then there aint no heat
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


i hate cold if there aint snow

I hate heat if there aren't thunderstorms.
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Equatorial Pacific SST anomalies on June 28, 1997:



Two months later, it gets even bigger...



Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the super El Nino!
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Quoting weatherh98:


WE DONT LIKE THE COLD


i hate cold if there aint snow
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


1997/1998 el nino was warm from what im reading


One of the largest ever recorded I think!
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

We don't like the heat :P


cant take the heat get out the kitchen
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