Hottest rain on record? Rain falls at 115°F in Needles, California

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:19 PM GMT on August 15, 2012

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A searing heat wave rare even for the Desert Southwest sent temperatures soaring to record levels on Monday, with Needles, California tying its record high for the date of 118°F (47.8°C). The temperature might have gone higher in Needles, but a thunderstorm rolled in at 3:20 pm, and by 3:56 pm PDT, rain began falling at a temperature of 115°F (46.1°C). Most of the rain evaporated, since the humidity was only 11%, and only a trace of precipitation was recorded in the rain gauge. Nevertheless, Monday's rain at 115° in Needles sets a new world record for the hottest rain in world history. I don't think many people were outside to experience to experience the feeling of rain falling at 115°, but if they were, it must have been an uncomfortable, sauna-like experience! Thanks go to Dr. Warren Blier of the NWS Monterey office for pointing out this remarkable event to me.

It is exceedingly rare to get rain when the temperature rises above 100°F, since those kind of temperatures usually require a high pressure system with sinking air that discourages rainfall. Monday's rain in Needles was due to a flow of moisture coming from the south caused by the Southwest U.S. monsoon, a seasonal influx of moisture caused by the difference in temperature between the hot desert and the cooler ocean areas surrounding Mexico to the south. According to weather records researcher Maximiliano Herrera, the previous record for hottest rain, which I blogged about in June, was a rain shower at 109°F (43°C) observed in Mecca, Saudi Arabia on June 5, 2012 and in Marrakech, Morocco on July 10, 2010. The 11% humidity that accompanied Monday's rain shower at 115° in Needles was the lowest humidity rain has ever occurred at anywhere on Earth in recorded history, according to Mr. Herrera.


Figure 1. True-color MODIS satellite image of California and Arizona taken at 1:25 pm PDT August 13, 2012. Developing thunderstorms surround Needles, CA, and the line of clouds to the southwest of the city would develop into a thunderstorm that brought rain to the city at 4 pm PDT, at a temperature of 115°F. Image credit: NASA.

A "very rare" heat wave for Phoenix
The heat wave that brought Needles' record hot rain has broken an exceptional number of heat records in Phoenix, Arizona the past two weeks. According to the Phoenix NWS office, the "almost unbearable heat" of the first two weeks of August is a "very rare" event, and August 1 - 14, 2012 was the warmest such 2-week period in city history. The average temperature on August 6 - 13 was 100°F or higher each of the eight days, tying the record for most consecutive days with an average temperature of 100°. The temperature peaked at 116° on August 8, just 6° below Phoenix's all-time record of 122° set on June 26, 1990. The forecast for Phoenix call for a bit of relief--highs are expected to be a relatively modest 105° today, and down near 100° by Friday.


Figure 2. Morning satellite image of 93L over the Central Atlantic.

93L close to tropical depression status
A large tropical wave (Invest 93L) is located in the Central Atlantic about 700 miles east of Bermuda. Satellite loops this morning show a surface circulation has formed, and heavy thunderstorm activity has increased to the point where 93L should be considered a tropical depression, if the heavy thunderstorms can persist through this afternoon. Wind shear is light, and ocean temperatures are warm, near 28°C. The latest Saharan Air Layer Analysis from the University of Wisconsin shows that 93L has moistened its environment considerably, and dry air should no longer be a significant impediment to development. The 8 am EDT run of the SHIPS model predicts that wind shear will remain in the low range through the weekend, and I expect this system will become Tropical Storm Gordon by Friday. The storm will not affect Bermuda, but residents of the Azores Islands should keep an eye on 93L, which could pass through the islands as early as Sunday night. In their 8 am Tropical Weather Outlook, NHC gave 93L an 80% chance of becoming a tropical depression by Friday morning.

Elsewhere in the tropics
In the Gulf of Mexico, a fall-like cold front is expected to stall out early next week, and the GFS model is predicting something could start to spin up near the Texas/Mexico border on Monday. Wind shear is predicted to be low to moderate, and cold fronts stalled out over the Gulf of Mexico often serve as the seed for tropical storms.

Most of the models predict development of a new tropical wave off the coast of Africa 6 - 7 days from now.

Jeff Masters

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1025. Skyepony (Mod)
Ya'll see the view from Mars? Weather looks clear.
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Quoting Grothar:


You mean a tad?
Thank you for your input.
It made me refigure and boy was I off.
I multiplied when I should have added.

Forget about the close to 7 million to 1 odds, thank goodness nobody took me up on that one.
The truer odds I'd set at a surprisingly low 5000/1.
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Quoting mikatnight:


Still only showing 20% chance, though the NWS can make drastic changes in their predictions in just a few hours (and still not get it right)...at times it seems like they're just guessin'...



The NWS in Miami seems to be known for low rain chances in their forecasts unless they really have to raise them, it seems like the forecast is always only 20% to 40% in Miami but they still mange to get a 2 to 4 inch deluge here and there even during these supposed "dry" days. Miami has had over 60 inches for the year now. Maybe the lower rain chances or just there for the chamber of commerce ;) jk of course!
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Night folks. I expect TD8 to be Gordon in the morning.
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1021. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #30
SEVERE TROPICAL STORM KAI-TAK (T1213)
12:00 PM JST August 16 2012
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SUBJECT: Category Two Typhoon In South China Sea

At 3:00 AM UTC, Severe Tropical Storm Kai-Tak (975 hPa) located at 19.2N 116.4E has 10 minute sustained winds of 60 knots with gusts of 85 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west at 12 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T3.5

Storm Force Winds
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60 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
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210 NM from the center

Forecast and Intensity
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24 HRS: 21.0N 111.3E - 60 knots (CAT 2/Severe Tropical Storm) Northern South China Sea
45 HRS: 21.9N 107.3E - 40 knots (CAT 1/Tropical Storm) Overland Southern China
69 HRS: 23.6N 102.0E - Tropical Depression Overland Southern China
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1020. JLPR2
00z is running. There's our TW, I don't believe the GFS had it developing before, so this is new?



I must admit it worries me a little since the EURO showed pretty much he same last night.
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1019. Grothar
Quoting CosmicEvents:
6,969,600/1.....or so.


You mean a tad?
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1018. Skyepony (Mod)
Tokyo Electric Power Co. on Tuesday morning discovered possibly highly radioactive water on the first floor of the No. 4 reactor turbine building at its disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. The company believes the water leaked from a pipe that is transferring highly radioactive water from the basement of the No. 3 reactor's turbine building. A TEPCO worker found the water on the floor of a power control room in the No. 4 reactor turbine building at 11:15 a.m. The company confirmed that the leak had stopped by about 1 p.m. after the radioactive water transfer was suspended at 12:20 p.m. According to TEPCO, a puddle of water about one centimeter deep had collected on the floor of the 350-square-meter power control room. There was no water leak outside the room, the company added. The water is estimated to contain tens of thousands of becquerels of radioactive cesium per cubic centimeter, according to the firm.
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1017. Grothar
Quoting redwagon:



What it looks like.

http://www.examiner.com/article/louisiana-sinkhol e-locals-jittery-over-ordered-drilling


They aren't funny. Look at just one truck exploding.

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Quoting SLU:
What are the chances of 2 Gordon's in a row striking the Azores?
6,969,600/1.....or so.
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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:

Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday he is now concerned the sinkhole is close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release. A breach of that well, he said, could be catastrophic.


http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/09/us/louisiana-ba you-sinkhole/index.html

If I was Sheriff you'd see a craigslist posting 'Free Butane. You haul off. Bring pumps. This listing will be removed when butane gone.'

Cause, frankly, I want to build the ultimate man-cave in that sinkhole. Think about it: 67 sports bars, 8 tropical luaus, a few honky-tonks, with helium taxi balloons to get you around. Now what am I going to name my subterranean Disneyland.....
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Finally caught up with the blog
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Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Thursday he is now concerned the sinkhole is close to a well containing 1.5 million barrels of liquid butane, a highly volatile liquid that turns into a highly flammable vapor upon release. A breach of that well, he said, could be catastrophic.


http://edition.cnn.com/2012/08/09/us/louisiana-ba you-sinkhole/index.html
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Something like this?



I mean.. Just look at the size of the potential blast:




What it looks like.

http://www.examiner.com/article/louisiana-sinkhol e-locals-jittery-over-ordered-drilling
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
It's from the examiner, take it with a grain of salt


It's been posted in Many "trustable" sites...

Link

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Napoleonville, La. -

NAPOLEONVILLE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Friday in Assumption Parish after officials ordered an immediate evacuation of the Bayou Corne area because a slurry area appeared to be expanding.......




"The fear of the unknown prompted the evacuation order," said John Boudreaux, director of the parish's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. "The fear of it possibly compromising either the nearby pipelines or cavern storage areas, that could cause a risk to the community."

Boudreaux said about 150 homes are affected by the order. He was unsure how long it would remain in effect. The governor's emergency proclamation extends through Sept. 2 unless terminated earlier.

Boudreaux initially estimated the area was about 200 feet by 200 feet. He said it's on private land near the Texas Brine Co. LLC facility. Police Jury President Marty Triche said that in speaking with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the Governor's Office, he was advised there was a risk that the slurry area could grow to a size of about 2,000 feet across.

Triche told The Advocate that authorities are concerned that if the slurry area expands to that extent, it could affect natural gas, water and other wells working the nearby Napoleonville salt dome.

Sheriff's deputies would not force residents to move, Triche said, but he was issuing the mandatory evacuation order similar to one that would go out if a hurricane threatened the area.

The police jury said the Office of Emergency Preparedness is working with the Red Cross to open a shelter at 8 a.m. Saturday.

The parish president said the evacuation area extends from a point just west of Bayou Corne and La. 70 eastward to the point where La. 69 intersects La. 70.

He added that La. 70 would remain open to vehicular traffic.

A large "slurry area" that has toppled trees formed overnight Thursday in the swamps of northern Assumption Parish below La. 70 where unexplained gas bubbles have been rising from nearby bayous and tremors have been felt for more than two months, parish officials said.

The area's formation - which parish officials initially described as a sinkhole - was also accompanied early Friday by a slight diesel smell in the area that has since dissipated, parish officials said.

The odor prompted parish officials to call in a variety of state agencies Friday morning.

Bob Gresser, a spokesman for Houston-based Texas Brine, said employees detected a hydrocarbon smell resembling diesel in the vicinity of a plugged well tied to a salt cavern around 6:30 a.m.

Gresser said company officials do not believe the smell was emanating from the well, which has been out of service for two years. He said they believe it was coming from the "slurry area," although that is still under investigation.

He said the brine facility is operating normally and the company is cooperating with authorities.

A brine facility mines salt from the Napoleonville dome and then stores hydrocarbons such as natural gas in the caverns that remain after mining is completed.

Natural gas has been seeping up from Bayou Corne and Grand Bayou, which run below and along the side of the reported "slurry area." A suspected water well in the same area has also been venting natural gas.

Residents have also reported contemporaneous tremors in the area, which has a known fault and a salt dome that is mined for brine and used for storage of natural gas and other hydrocarbons.

Federal, state and parish official have been unable so far to pin down the cause of the earthquakes or the source of the natural gas releases, despite of battery of tests on the oil, gas and brine production infrastructure in the area.

The American Red Cross issued this press release Friday night on shelter for evacuated residents:

The American Red Cross is opening a shelter Saturday morning in Assumption Parish after officials called for an evacuation of the Bayou Corne/Grand Bayou areas. Volunteers will open the shelter at 8 a.m. at Belle Rose Middle School in the community of Belle Rose. Evacuated residents who are unable to stay with friends or relatives are welcome at the Red Cross shelter. Make sure to bring required medications and food for any special dietary needs. The Red Cross has been coordinating with parish officials throughout the day, as well as working with local partners.

This report is compiled in part from content by the Associated Press (Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.



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I am laughing through my tears.

I just stopped by to see what was happening.. But the poetry.. Brings me back to a night in February when my family was here. All five of my brothers and sister together for my dads 85 birthday. (first time in twenty years we were all in the same place)

What started with.. Three little kittens.. led to Annibel Lee and the charge of the Light Brigade. Three hours of looking up and reading favorite poems...

It's been 2 1/2 months since we were together once again to bury my father. (during tropical storm Beryl)

But that night will always be a high point of my life.

Who knew a weather blog could provoke such emotion.
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West Nile virus outbreak triggers Dallas, Tx state of emergency declaration: city to begin first aerial spraying in 46 years

Posted on August 16, 2012
August 16, 2012 TEXAS Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings on Wednesday declared the city s recent West Nile virus outbreak to be a state of emergency and authorized the first aerial spraying of insecticide in the city in more than 45 years. Dallas and other North Texas cities have agreed to the rare use of aerial spraying from planes to combat the nation s worst outbreak of West Nile virus so far this year..........


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Quoting 954FtLCane:


Kinda easy to take with a grain of salt when it isn't in your back yard.


Well do your research then, but anyone can post anything on that website since it is for amateur journalists.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
It's from the examiner, take it with a grain of salt


Kinda easy to take with a grain of salt when it isn't in your back yard.
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It's from the examiner, take it with a grain of salt
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Quoting WxGeekVA:



I have no idea what I'd do about this situation if I was a local emerg official. Sinkholes are terrifying enough, add 15 jillion cfs of butane......
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Quoting redwagon:

Good gravy....

Friday, officials went door-to-door in the Bayou Corn area to complete questionnaires, including next of kin contact details of locals at home after the mandatory evacuation orders, as Fox News reported, while ABC reported, “If any of the dangers seem to become more imminent,” the present mandatory order will be “escalated to a forced evacuation.”


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Quoting WxGeekVA:



...why is this not Gordon at 11PM?

'cause nothing supports TS intensity besides UW-CIMSS...yet.
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Quoting mikatnight:


Everglades...or water catchment area (I presume).

hmmm... I was wondering if it was incomplete data but thought they would definitely have complete data for an area populated by as many people.
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805 hydrus: A wise man can see more from the bottom of a well than a fool can from a mountain top.
-- Author Unknown


I'd have chosen to remain anonymous if I'd been the first to have that come out of my mouth.
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Quoting blsealevel:
This is a startiling story
Here we go

Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in Bayou Corne possible

Link


Good gravy....

Friday, officials went door-to-door in the Bayou Corn area to complete questionnaires, including next of kin contact details of locals at home after the mandatory evacuation orders, as Fox News reported, while ABC reported, “If any of the dangers seem to become more imminent,” the present mandatory order will be “escalated to a forced evacuation.”
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Still not Gordon yet?
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Quoting WxGeekVA:



...why is this not Gordon at 11PM?

ATCF and others said so...
lol
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...why is this not Gordon at 11PM?
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Quoting 954FtLCane:


good post, questions though...what do the areas in black mean? For instance I noticed what looks like Miami-Dade is shaded in black


Everglades...or water catchment area (I presume).
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990. SLU
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989. SLU
What are the chances of 2 Gordon's in a row striking the Azores?

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Okay...
Good night...
I can't take, having to refresh the blog 5x just to see ONE more comment... after another...
Im impatient, I want to see something new...
I guess everyone got wasted waiting for the NHC to update to the next advisory, and collapsed...
So random, Good night.
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What's up gang? Sure isn't the tropics. Dang, we need us a good old fashion hurricane to track. Its almost scary how quiet things are. Kinda that calm before the storm feeling. Dare i say we get a couple of big ones in a couple of weeks. September will be a blast in here i am betting on it.
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Quoting mikatnight:


I check my mailbox every day for my postcard. I'm beginning to think one of your buds from the FAA intercepted it.

Did I say FAA?

Everybody forget I said that. I undoubtedly meant something completely different...

All I see is FAA...
;)
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Quoting mikatnight:



Map showing number of presidential disaster declarations related to flooding shown by county from 06/01/1965
to 06/01/2003.
Green areas represent one declaration,
yellow areas represent two declarations,
orange represents three declarations
red represents four or more declarations.
(USGS, 2006)


good post, questions though...what do the areas in black mean? For instance I noticed what looks like Miami-Dade is shaded in black
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Quoting HurricaneDean07:
Are all of us, seriously stalking the NHC site, so they can be the first to post the SUBTITLE, TRACKING MAP, DISCUSSION, ETC? seriously? Its going to remain TD EIGHT.... just FYI


Bored?? ;)
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TropicalAnalystwx13: SOL on that one.
804 KoritheMan: You younguns and your acronyms. I actually had to look that up.

That one was coined shortly after soap was first used to wash out a foul mouth.
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This is a startiling story
Here we go

Sinkhole: H-Bomb explosion equivalent in Bayou Corne possible

Link

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Since it's slow in here... did anyone one buy a powerball ticket tonight for the $320 million jackpot?
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Quoting Grothar:


Doing fine. Wish you came on here more. We had some good days.


I check my mailbox every day for my postcard. I'm beginning to think one of your buds from the CIA intercepted it.

Did I say CIA?

Everybody forget I said that. I undoubtedly meant something completely different...
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Are all of us, seriously stalking the NHC site, so they can be the first to post the SUBTITLE, TRACKING MAP, DISCUSSION, ETC? seriously? Its going to remain TD EIGHT.... just FYI
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...the blog is moving slower than my pet rock...
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Quoting sunlinepr:


Still only showing 20% chance, though the NWS can make drastic changes in their predictions in just a few hours (and still not get it right)...at times it seems like they're just guessin'...

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I'm going to try and post that arc of rain:Linkimg src

Well, nope, that didn't work! Try pasting this in your browser window then:

I give up... For today!
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