2012: warmest and 2nd most extreme year in U.S. history

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 9:01 PM GMT on January 08, 2013

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The contiguous U.S. smashed its record for hottest year on record in 2012, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). The annual U.S. average temperature was 3.3°F above the 20th century average, and was an astonishing 1.0°F above the previous record, set in 1998. It is extremely rare for an area the size of the U.S. to break an annual average temperature record by such a large margin. Nineteen states, stretching from Utah to Massachusetts, had annual temperatures which were record warm. An additional 26 states had a top-ten warmest year. Only Georgia (11th warmest year), Oregon (12th warmest), and Washington (30th warmest) had annual temperatures that were not among the ten warmest in their respective period of records. As wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt reported, of the approximately 5,500 U.S. stations in the NCDC database, 362 recorded their all-time highest temperature during 2012, and none recorded an all-time coldest temperature. This was the most since the infamous Dust Bowl summer of 1936. Approximately 7% of the contiguous U.S. experienced an all-time hottest day during 2012, and every state in the contiguous U.S. except Washington had at least one location experience its warmest year on record. One notable warmest year record occurred in Central Park, in New York City, which has a period of record dating back 136 years.

The 2012 weather was also very dry, and the year ranked as the 15th driest year on record for the contiguous U.S. Wyoming and Nebraska had their driest year on record, and eight other states had top-ten driest years. The area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing moderate-to-exceptional drought peaked at 61.8% during July. This was the largest monthly drought footprint since the Dust Bowl year of 1939.


Figure 1. Historical temperature ranking for U.S. states in 2012. Nineteen states had their warmest year on record, and an additional 26 were top-ten warm. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).


Figure 2. Temperatures for the contiguous U.S. in 2012, compared to the previous record warmest and coldest years in U.S. history. The annual U.S. average temperature was 3.3°F above the 20th century average, and was an astonishing 1.0°F above the previous record, set in 1998. It is extremely rare for an area the size of the U.S. to break an annual average temperature record by such a large margin. Image credit: NOAA/NCDC.

Second most extreme year on record
The year 2012 was the second most extreme on record in the contiguous U.S., according to NOAA's U.S. Climate Extremes Index (CEI), which tracks the percentage area of the contiguous U.S. experiencing top-10% and bottom-10% extremes in temperature, precipitation, and drought, plus winds from landfalling tropical storms and hurricanes. The CEI was 39% in 2012, approximately double the average of 20%. The only year that was more extreme since CEI record keeping began in 1910 was 1998--the United States' previous warmest year on record. Since Hurricane Sandy was not considered a hurricane when it came ashore, that storm did not contribute to the 2012 CEI. If one plots up the CEI without using the tropical storm and hurricane indicator, 2012 is the most extreme year on record, beating out 1998, 46% to 42%. During 2012, a record 87% of the contiguous U.S. had maximum temperatures that were in the warmest 10% historically, crushing the previous record of 62% set in 1934; 74% of the U.S. of the U.S. had warm minimum temperatures in the top 10% in 2012 (2nd highest on record.) The percentage area of the U.S. experiencing top-10% drought conditions was 34%, which was the 4th greatest since 1910. Only droughts in the Dust Bowl year of 1934, and during 1954 and 1956, were more extreme, averaged over the entire year. Heavy 1-day downpours were near average in 2012, though, with 9% of nation experiencing a top-10% extreme, compared to the average of 10%.


Figure 3. NOAA's U.S. Climate Extremes Index (CEI) pegged 2012 as the second most extreme year on record, with 39% of the contiguous U.S. experiencing top-10% extreme weather. This is approximately double the average of 20% (heavy black line.)

Jeff Masters

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I feel for the whales. They are magnificent animals. Rats on the other hand are mammals too. I kill them with wild abandon. I am in the pest control business tho.
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Quoting MahFL:


Of course not, but men and animals are not the same, but miners do know the risks.....

We are both Mammals. People would risk there lives to help out the whales just like they'd risk there life to help the men trapped in the mine. Isn't it the right thing to do to help out another mammal when it is in trouble. We help out all the other whales they beach themselves, sometime for unexplained reasons.
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501. MahFL
Quoting AussieStorm:

Don't know, I don't use a browser that has so many hole in it it's worse then swiss cheese. Maybe you should try Chrome or Firefox.


Not allowed to as I am @work.
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Quoting MahFL:


Of course not, but men and animals are not the same, but miners do know the risks.....


You read about animals helping save people, and I'm not talking about dogs trained to do that, so I sure hope someone can save the whales.
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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 1
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
435 AM CST THU JAN 10 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

CENTRAL LOUISIANA
SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY MORNING FROM 435 AM UNTIL NOON CST.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 0.5 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 45 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 10 MILES NORTH OF NATCHEZ
MISSISSIPPI TO 40 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF INTRACOASTAL CITY
LOUISIANA. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

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.

DISCUSSION...EXISTING SSW-NNE SQLN HAS SHOWN SOME SIGNS OF
PERSISTENT STRENGTHENING IN THE PAST HOUR. THIS MAY BE DUE TO /1/
ARRIVAL OF DEEPER/STRONGER LOW-LVL WLY FLOW TO ITS LEADING EDGE /PER
LCH VWP/...AND /2/ TO PERHAPS INCREASED LARGE SCALE ASCENT NEARING
REGION /PER WATER VAPOR IMAGERY./ AT ANY RATE...AREA VWP DATA SHOW
AMPLE LOW-LVL SHEAR TO SUPPORT LOW-LVL MESO/POSSIBLE TORNADOES GIVEN
PERSISTENT ESELY SFC WINDS E OF SQLN LINE. ALSO...REGION IS
SUFFICIENTLY MOIST /DEWPOINTS IN THE UPR 60S TO AROUND 70F/ TO
SUPPORT SUSTAINED UPDRAFTS...DESPITE RELATIVELY WEAK MID-LVL LAPSE
RATES....GIVEN PRESENCE OF A SOURCE FOR LOW-LVL UPLIFT ALONG SQLN
GUST FRONT.
OVERALL SETUP SUGGESTS A POSSIBLY INCREASING RISK FOR EMBEDDED
LEWPS/ROTATING STRUCTURES CAPABLE OF TORNADOES/LOCALLY DMGG WIND AS
THE SQLN DEVELOPS FARTHER NNEWD...AND MOVES GENERALLY
ENEWD...THROUGH LATER THIS MORNING.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 0.5 INCH. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
400. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 21030.


...CORFIDI
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498. MahFL
Quoting AussieStorm:

So with your thinking.... If that was about 30 men trapped down a underground coal mine, you'd just let them die, cause in the end the earth will recycle them???


Also they shot dead a Polar Bear anyways.....yum yum, Polar Bear meat, I bet Coke is real happy about that !
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Quoting aislinnpaps:


Stay in the a/c, Aussie!

Actually, my place is pretty good, Last Tuesday when it was 44.6C(112.6F) outside, inside it was 26C(78.8F) so it was pretty comfortable. Only the late afternoon did we turn the A/C on cause of the heat build-up coming down from upstairs, even though the windows were open up there.
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496. MahFL
Quoting AussieStorm:

So with your thinking.... If that was about 30 men trapped down a underground coal mine, you'd just let them die, cause in the end the earth will recycle them???


Of course not, but men and animals are not the same, but miners do know the risks.....
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Quoting MahFL:
Whats the damn script that IE keeps warning me about on this page ?

Don't know, I don't use a browser that has so many hole in it it's worse then swiss cheese. Maybe you should try Chrome or Firefox.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Yeah, that's tomorrow/Friday. This is my Saturday,,,,,



Stay in the a/c, Aussie!
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Quoting MahFL:


Let them die, the ocean will recycle them......

So with your thinking.... If that was about 30 men trapped down a underground coal mine, you'd just let them die, cause in the end the earth will recycle them???
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Quoting AstroHurricane001:


WOW Aussie ... we talked about that during my environmental science lecture, when a recent map of South Australia's hottest temperature in the desert had to include a new colour increment because the temperature exceeded 54C (130F)! I was still surprised that at one point though the 40C+ (104F+) temps had reached all the way down south to Tasmania. That is crazy!

Yeah, that's tomorrow/Friday. This is my Saturday,,,,,

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491. MahFL
Whats the damn script that IE keeps warning me about on this page ?
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Morning, everyone. Evening Aussie. Still raining here. It should stop sometime this evening, be clear tomorrow and then start again for Saturday and Sunday with up to 50% Monday, 40% Tuesday... We are going to float away by then. *G*
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489. MahFL
Quoting AussieStorm:Killer whales trapped by Canada ice


Let them die, the ocean will recycle them......
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G'morning IRG.
G'morning Largo.

Coffee time!
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Morning Mr. Largo!
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GFS at 48 hours.....
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Good Morning folks..near record temps here the whole week..
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483. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #6
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE NARELLE, CATEGORY THREE (05U)
3:07 PM WST January 10 2012
=========================================

At 2:00 PM WST, Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle (963 hPa) located at 15.4S 115.4E or 740 km north of Exmouth and 610 km north northwest of Karratha has 10 minute sustained winds of 75 knots with gusts of 105 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving south southwest at 10 knots.

Hurricane Force Winds
=====================
25 NM from the center


Storm Force Winds
=================
50 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
================
150 NM from the center

Dvorak Intensity: T4.5/4.5/D0.5/24 HRS

Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle is expected to continue moving to the south southwest towards the Northwest Cape and gradually intensify.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometers per hour are expected to develop in coastal areas between Whim Creek and Onslow including the Karratha area during Friday, then extend west to Exmouth overnight Friday and to Coral Bay Saturday morning. Winds are likely to increase further during Saturday about the west Pilbara coast becoming destructive with wind gusts over 130 kilometers per hour overnight Saturday. Very destructive winds with gusts to 250 kilometers per hour are possible near the cyclone center.

Gales may extend south to Cape Cuvier during Sunday.

Thunderstorm activity will increase about the Pilbara coast on Friday with isolated heavy rainfall and squalls possible. Heavy falls are likely near the west Pilbara coast on Saturday and Sunday.

Tides along the west Pilbara coast are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark on Friday night and Saturday with flooding of low lying coastal areas.

Tropical Cyclone Warning
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A Cyclone WARNING has been declared for coastal areas from Whim Creek to Coral Bay, including Karratha, Dampier, Onslow and Exmouth.

Tropical Cyclone Watch
======================
A Cyclone WATCH has been declared for coastal areas from Coral Bay to Cape Cuvier.

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 16.9S 114.5E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
24 HRS: 18.1S 113.8E - 85 knots (CAT 3/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
48 HRS: 20.4S 112.9E - 95 knots (CAT 4/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
72 HRS: 22.9S 112.1E - 95 knots (CAT 4/Severe Tropical Cyclone)

Additional Information
======================
The system is slowly re-intensifying after it weakened a little overnight. Position is based on satellite imagery and earlier microwave imagery. Dvorak embedded center pattern, MET and pattern give a CI of 4.5. CIRA AMSU and CIMSS AMSU are again trending upwards towards 75 knots. Thus intensity has been kept at 75 knots.

Motion has been south southwest and has recently increased in speed as expected. There is some confidence in forecasting a continued SSW track taking the system west of Exmouth. However a severe coastal impact in the west Pilbara is still a possibility.

Moderate shear of about 15 knots is expected to continue. Thus slow but steady development is forecast with the system reaching category 4 during tomorrow then plateauing at 95 knots.
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Better video of the trapped whales.

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Quoting AussieStorm:

Check out the max temp, 117.2F


WOW Aussie ... we talked about that during my environmental science lecture, when a recent map of South Australia's hottest temperature in the desert had to include a new colour increment because the temperature exceeded 54C (130F)! I was still surprised that at one point though the 40C+ (104F+) temps had reached all the way down south to Tasmania. That is crazy!
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Good Night All - Stay Safe - Sleep Well
More Rain for Texas and More relief for Down Under....
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Check out the max temp, 117.2F
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Tasmania's bushfire devastation from above.

ABC cameraman Peter Curtis flies over bushfire-hit Tasmania to reveal the full extent of the devastation on and around the Tasman Peninsula. Helicopter pilot Ben Brolewicz describes the scene as he flew over the fires.

Video
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Quoting wxgeek723:


Hahaha. Are those on TWC page?


yes they are...
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Quoting indianrivguy:


are you in West Lindy?


I'm in the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas, indianrivguy.

Lindy
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475. Skyepony (Mod)
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Quoting Civicane49:

annnndddddd POOF it's gone. I'm up in the NW corner of Arkansas, and that fizzling rain is much needed. More than -20" in 2012. And being missed continues......
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
FACEBOOK COMMENTS ABOUT GANDOLF...

Michelle Connor · Le Mars, Iowa
Quit naming these "storms" it's idiotic and just plain annoying!
Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · 2 minutes ago

Ian Walniuk · Top Commenter
Winter Storm Gandalf... wow this storm really will become dangerous!
Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · 19 minutes ago

Michael Melenbrink · Flint, Michigan
Quit naming these storms. You have no criteria at all and it just self promotion. I agree with Mary, I am from Michigan and I don't need to know that a "Named" storm is heading my way. Stop it already.
Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · 23 minutes ago


Kevin Wernet · Grand Ledge, Michigan
TWC should have named this one winter storm "Gay" as in "naming winter storms is"
Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · about an hour ago


Hahaha. Are those on TWC page?
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FACEBOOK COMMENTS ABOUT GANDOLF...

Michelle Connor · Le Mars, Iowa
Quit naming these "storms" it's idiotic and just plain annoying!
Reply · 1 · Like · Follow Post · 2 minutes ago

Ian Walniuk · Top Commenter
Winter Storm Gandalf... wow this storm really will become dangerous!
Reply · 2 · Like · Follow Post · 19 minutes ago

Michael Melenbrink · Flint, Michigan
Quit naming these storms. You have no criteria at all and it just self promotion. I agree with Mary, I am from Michigan and I don't need to know that a "Named" storm is heading my way. Stop it already.
Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · 23 minutes ago


Kevin Wernet · Grand Ledge, Michigan
TWC should have named this one winter storm "Gay" as in "naming winter storms is"
Reply · 3 · Like · Follow Post · about an hour ago
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Quoting Slamguitar:
Coast to coast:



Snow returning???
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Quoting Bluestorm5:
Glad to see Texas getting some rain!

It varies a lot depending on where you are. Lake Jackson (50 miles SW of Galveston, 10 miles from the Gulf) got 1" yesterday, and almost 1 1/2" today. That is good, but still more is needed.
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Coast to coast:

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468. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Disturbance Summary
9:00 AM JST January 10 2013
================================

SUBJECT: Tropical Depression In Sea East of Mindanao

At 0:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression (1002 hPa) located at 4.3N 128.6E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots. This depression is reported as moving north northwest slowly.

System #2
-----------

At 0:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression, Former Sonamu (1008 hPa) located at 3.0N 111.0E has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots. The depression is reported as almost stationary.
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'Doomsday' asteroid Apophis more massive than first thought

Watch its Earth flyby live tonight at 0100 UTC

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Posted in Science , 9th January 2013 22:19 GMT

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Astronomers following the so-called doomsday asteroid Apophis, which will be whizzing past Earth on Thursday morning, have found the rock is much larger than had previously been assumed. Since the asteroid could hit Earth in 2036, that's a problem.

The asteroid, named after an Egyptian god of death, had been thought to be around 885 feet (270 meters) wide, plus or minus a couple of hundred feet (60 meters). But as Apophis approached last weekend, astronomers at the Herschel Space Observatory took new observations and have concluded that astronomers have seriously underestimated both its size and its mass.

"The 20 per cent increase in diameter, from 270 to 325m, translates into a 75 per cent increase in our estimates of the asteroid's volume or mass," said Thomas Müller of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany.

"These numbers are first estimates based on the Herschel measurements alone, and other ongoing ground-based campaigns might produce additional pieces of information which will allow us to improve our results."

In addition, the asteroid has a much different reflectivity, or albedo, than previously thought; 0.23 rather than the previous estimates of 0.33. This changes astronomer's calculations of the Yarkovsky effect, or how the Sun's heating and cooling influence will alter the asteroid's progress in orbit.

Apophis caused alarm on Christmas Eve 2004 after a report that it had a 2.7 per cent chance of hitting Earth in 2029, and even if it missed, the encounter could set it up for another strike in 2036. The asteroid topped the Torino Scale of risk, briefly reaching level four out of 10 – where zero is no threat and 10 is WE'RE DOOMED!)

After checking the data and weeding out the false reports, Apophis was downgraded to a level one threat and is currently expected to whizz past on Friday, April 13, 2029 at a distance of about 36,000 kilometers, just inside the orbit of our geostationary satellites. But there's a kicker.

If the asteroid passes through a gravitational zone, it will perturb its progress just enough to make sure that it will most likely hit the Earth on April 13, 2036. According to Neil deGrasse Tyson, geek icon and director of the Hayden Planetarium, if it passes through the center of the gravitational "keyhole" it'll hit the Pacific off Santa Monica, California and "sandblast the Western seaboard" with the resulting wave of tsunamis.

The asteroid is making a relatively close appearance past Earth on Thursday, coming within nine million miles of us at 1am UTC (5pm Wednesday PST) and it's being shown live on the Virtual Telescope Project . NASA and other space agencies are watching it closely to check on the current state of play with the asteroid's orbit as it enters and leaves Earth's orbit.

The odds of a 2036 impact are still tiny – an estimated 1 in 250,000 – but human ingenuity being what it is, there are already fertile minds working on a plan to deflect the asteroid. A recent Australian scheme called for paintballs to be fired at Apophis to increase the Yarkovsky effect and swing it out of harm's way, and solar sails have been mooted .

It certainly doesn’t sound as ridiculous as sending Bruce Willis up there.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
NASA has launchpad 39A for sale...

any takers??? lol


Ah, finally, somewhere to my launch my bottle rocket.
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NASA has launchpad 39A for sale...

any takers??? lol
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The first Cold Front that will move thru Puerto Rico since mid December will arrive on Saturday.

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
1028 PM AST WED JAN 9 2013

.SYNOPSIS...UPPER LEVEL RIDGE ALONG 70W WILL RELOCATE TO JUST EAST
OF THE FL PENINSULA AS BROAD TROUGH AMPLIFIES ACROSS THE CNTRL
ATLC. THIS WILL HELP PUSH A COLD FRONT THROUGH THE AREA SAT.

&&

.DISCUSSION...LOW LEVEL MOISTURE WILL INCREASE OVERNIGHT GIVING
BETTER CHANCES OF LIGHT SHOWERS AND FORMATION OF A STRATUS DECK
OVR THE MOUNTAINS WHICH IN TURN SHOULD RESULT IN MORE SUBSTANTIAL
CLOUD CVR THU THAT SHOULD STICK AROUND FOR MUCH OF THE DAY. VERY
DRY AIR ADVECTS IN FRI PRECEDING A COLD FRONT THAT ARRIVES SAT.
BEST MOISTURE THAT WE HAVE SEEN SINCE CHRISTMAS DAY WILL ARRIVE
SAT MORNING AND BE ACCOMPANIED WITH A PRETTY DECENT COLD FRONT.
THIS FRONT SHOWS UP WELL IN LIFTED INDEX AND 1000-850 MB THICKNESS
FIELDS. SUBSIDENCE INVERSION WEAKENS/LIFTS TO 600 MB RESULTING IN
A CLOUDY AND SHOWERY DAY. FRONT MOVES QUICKLY SOUTH OF THE AREA
SAT EVENING WITH CLEARING EXPECTED BY SUN MORNING.

UPPER LEVEL CONFLUENCE WILL THEN DOMINATE MUCH OF NEXT WEEK
RESULTING IN MAINLY DRY CONDITIONS. BREEZY BUT NOT WINDY AS IT
WAS YESTERDAY AND TODAY.


&&

.AVIATION...PREVAILING VFR CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE ACROSS
THE LOCAL TERMINALS FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS. BRIEF MVFR CONDS ARE POSSIBLE
IN PASSING SHRA. GUSTY EAST NORTHEAST LLVL WINDS OF 10 TO 15 KTS
GUSTING TO UP TO 25KTS IS POSSIBLE OVERNIGHT AND CONTINUING UNTIL
AROUND 10/23Z. PREVAILING MVFR POSSIBLE IFR CIGS SAT NORTH COAST
TERMINALS AND TIST WITH FROPA.


&&

.MARINE...SEAS WILL IMPROVE SOMEWHAT THU-SAT AS WINDS DIMINISH.
HOWEVER...VERY LARGE NNE SWELLS ARE NOW ADVERTISED BY WW3 AS DEEP
LOW GETS CUTOFF IN THE CNTRL ATLC. THIS SWELL COULD BE SIGNIFICANT
THAT MAY REQUIRE HIGH SURF AND COASTAL FLOOD WARNINGS.


&&

.FIRE WEATHER...WINDS WILL DIMINISH TOMORROW AND HUMIDITIES
IMPROVE DUE TO MORE SUBSTANTIAL CLOUD COVER. SUNNY AND VERY DRY
FRI AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT. OVERCAST...COOL AND SHOWERY SAT BUT
DRYING FOLLOWS ON SUN BEHIND FROPA. UPPER CONFLUENCE AND BREEZY
CONDITIONS NEXT WEEK WILL ENHANCE FIRE RISK MUCH OF NEXT WEEK.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
SJU 76 82 77 80 / 40 40 30 30
STT 76 85 77 83 / 10 10 30 30
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Glad to see Texas getting some rain!
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US National Weather Service Fort Worth Texas
Chambers Creek near Rice has gone from 3 feet this morning to 22 feet now. Flood stage is 24 feet. #navarro #dfwwx #tadd
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NWS Lubbock ‏@NWSLubbock
Lubbock airport has broken the daily rainfall record. Was 0.53" set in 1949. Thus far, 0.57" has fallen as of 820p with more to come.
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Quoting etxwx:

Please take care aislinnpaps. Hope you have an uneventful evening.


Thanks, etxwx. I'm fine where my house is, but I know a few people who probably won't be in to school tomorrow. Getting subs for them may be difficult as well.
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457. etxwx
Quoting aislinnpaps:


Yep, that's me in the red...

Please take care aislinnpaps. Hope you have an uneventful evening.
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Quoting Civicane49:


Yep, that's me in the red...
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Local Weather Alert
Flash Flood Warning for Vernon Parish, LA
until 9:00 PM CST, Wed., Jan 09, 2013
Other affected areas:

EVANGELINE, LA; RAPIDES, LA; VERNON, LA
Issued by The National Weather Service
Lake Charles, LA
Wed, Jan 9, 2013, 6:11 PM CST
Local Radar Map
Updated Jan 9, 2013, 7:50pm CST


THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A
* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR... NORTH CENTRAL EVANGELINE PARISH IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA... RAPIDES PARISH IN CENTRAL LOUISIANA... VERNON PARISH IN WEST CENTRAL LOUISIANA...
* UNTIL 900 PM CST
* AT 610 PM CST... NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL ACROSS THE WARNED AREA... WITH 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAINFALL OBSERVED BY BOTH RADAR AND OBSERVATIONS. THE RAINFALL IS OCCURRING VERY RAPIDLY AT TIMES AND AND CAN QUICKLY COVER ROADWAYS. AN ADDITIONAL 2 TO 3 INCHES OF RAINFALL IS POSSIBLE.
* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... ALEXANDRIA... ALEXANDRIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT... ANACOCO... BOYCE... CHENEYVILLE... FORT POLK... GLENMORA... HINESTON... LEESVILLE... LENA... PINEVILLE... PITKIN... ROSEPINE... SLAGLE... BALL... BURR FERRY... CLIFTON... CRAVENS... ELMER... ESLER REGIONAL AIRPORT... FLATWOODS... FULLERTON... GARDNER... HOLLOWAY... HORNBECK... HUTTON... KINGSVILLE... KOLIN... KURTHWOOD AND LACAMP.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
BE ESPECIALLY CAUTIOUS AT NIGHT WHEN IT IS HARDER TO RECOGNIZE THE DANGERS OF FLOODING. IF FLASH FLOODING IS OBSERVED ACT QUICKLY. DO NOT ENTER THE WATER. TURN AROUND AND MOVE UP TO HIGHER GROUND TO ESCAPE FLOOD WATERS. DO NOT STAY IN AREAS SUBJECT TO FLOODING WHEN WATER BEGINS RISING.
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.