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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South and central Texas appear to be beginning to dry slot.



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this should help a lil with your drought..............
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BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
134 PM CST WED JAN 9 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LEAGUE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN GALVESTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

* UNTIL 300 PM CST

* AT 127 PM CST...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING
HEAVY RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. AN AUTOMATED GAGE REPORTED
1.20" OF RAIN FELL IN FIFTEEN MINUTES IN JAMAICA BEACH. FLASH
FLOODING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN SHORTLY.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
BAYOU VISTA AND JAMAICA BEACH.
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Had to look and see who posted that SR60 is a couple of miles North of my location. But, Oops wrong State......
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Quoting hydrus:
I cant tell what type of vehicles they are...awful..
..here is the story...LAKE WALES FL..Two people were killed in a head-on crash that closed a stretch of State Road 60 in Lake Wales Wednesday morning.

State Road 60 was back open almost eight hours later. The Polk County Sheriff's Office said damage to the roadway reduced it to one lane in both directions for about a quarter of a mile between Indian Lake Estates and County Road 630.
The crash happened just after 6 a.m. and prompted officials to close the highway at Kissimmee Shores Road.
According sheriff's office, two people were killed in the crash that involved a vehicle and a semi tractor-trailer. Deputies said preliminary information indicated the vehicle crashed head-on into the truck, resulting in a fire.

Earlier, officials said the roadway could be closed for as long as 10 hours and advised drivers to use Walk-in-Water Road as an alternate route.
Crews are working to repair the damaged road and expect to have all the lanes open Thursday.

Officials have not released the identities of the victims.
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Quoting RitaEvac:


We'll take every 5" of rain any day here


Yes .... but not everyday! LOL
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Quoting DocNDswamp:
G'day,
Well not really from my perspective, as parts of SE LA got blasted with nearly 5 times amt rain as forecast - most of this was expected to remain farther west yesterday / overnight... with the truly hvy event forecasted w possible severe tstms currently over E TX-W LA, reaching local area tonight / early Thu... Sheesh.. Glad we got a break before round 2 on the way hits, as it was torrential last night with training tstms that increased in intensity embedded in that line, a few of those along Terrebonne prompted marine warnings / flash flood warning 1-3 AM.

So far home gauge since 5 PM yesterday thru this morn totaled 4.35", while USDA station nearby is up to 5.21" and my other Cocorah gauge near that station also over 5", I've yet to tally it up... Several locations across S Cen LA had that or heavier... Past 12 hrs, equaled amt had Oct-Nov-Dec, which was a welcome drying period after yearly total thru September had reached 79.01"... Won't take much to induce serious flash flooding here with canals-bayous at bankful, soil saturated and SE LA delta soil stays soggy in Winter with little evaporation... Noted KLIX NWS mentioned record PWATs for January, near summer-like levels... Ugh...

Not seeing much in way of dry days ahead either after this system lifts out, nor any significant chill to reach here for a bit - it can't with that damn Caribbean high stuck in place, storm track of trofs over desert SW bumping into it putting local region in line of fire / SW flow aloft / subtropical jet stream!

Hope folks in TX getting what they need, way too much on the receiving end of it here!



We'll take every 5" of rain any day here
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Quoting LargoFl:
OMG..head on crash on state road 60 this morning..geez..
I cant tell what type of vehicles they are...awful..
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Quoting MrMixon:
The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colours – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees [C].


Jeesh.. giving Death Valley a run for the money this year
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OMG..head on crash on state road 60 this morning..geez..
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G'day,
Well not really from my perspective, as parts of SE LA got blasted with nearly 5 times amt rain as forecast - most of this was expected to remain farther west yesterday / overnight... with the truly hvy event forecasted w possible severe tstms currently over E TX-W LA, reaching local area tonight / early Thu... Sheesh.. Glad we got a break before round 2 on the way hits, as it was torrential last night with training tstms that increased in intensity embedded in that line, a few of those along Terrebonne prompted marine warnings / flash flood warning 1-3 AM.

So far home gauge since 5 PM yesterday thru this morn totaled 4.35", while USDA station nearby is up to 5.21" and my other Cocorah gauge near that station also over 5", I've yet to tally it up... Several locations across S Cen LA had that or heavier... Past 12 hrs, equaled amt had Oct-Nov-Dec, which was a welcome drying period after yearly total thru September had reached 79.01"... Won't take much to induce serious flash flooding here with canals-bayous at bankful, soil saturated and SE LA delta soil stays soggy in Winter with little evaporation... Noted KLIX NWS mentioned record PWATs for January, near summer-like levels... Ugh...

Not seeing much in way of dry days ahead either after this system lifts out, nor any significant chill to reach here for a bit - it can't with that damn Caribbean high stuck in place, storm track of trofs over desert SW bumping into it putting local region in line of fire / SW flow aloft / subtropical jet stream!

Hope folks in TX getting what they need, way too much on the receiving end of it here!

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we are going to break records here,feels like May....
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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* SMALL STREAM FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
EASTERN CAMERON PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...ROCKEFELLER WILDLIFE RANGE...
ROCKEFELLER WILDLIFE REFUGE...LACASSINE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE...
GRAND CHENIER...
VERMILION PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF...FRESHWATER CITY...PECAN ISLAND...
KAPLAN...FORKED ISLAND...

* UNTIL 715 PM CST

* AT 120 PM CST...RADAR INDICATES VERY HEAVY RAIN BEGINNING TO MOVE
ONSHORE ACROSS CAMERON AND VERMILION PARISHES. THIS RAIN WILL
CONTINUE TO PUSH TO THE NORTH THROUGH THE AFTERNOON HOURS AND
PRODUCE 3 TO 5 INCHES OF RAIN IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THESE
RAINFALL AMOUNTS WILL CAUSE SIGNIFICANT PONDING OF WATER ON ROADS
AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.
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Quoting ncstorm:
US National Weather Service Wilmington NC
Update at 2 PM: All four of our main climate stations (Wilmington, North Myrtle Beach, Florence and Lumberton) are 70 degrees or warmer.


Geeeeze! Are they measuring with the thermometers stored in the closets or the ones outside?
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going to be some awful flooding in Patraps state..ground was already waterlogged before this storm......................BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LAKE CHARLES LA
115 PM CST WED JAN 9 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LAKE CHARLES HAS ISSUED A

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
ACADIA PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...
NORTHWESTERN VERMILION PARISH IN SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA...

* UNTIL 700 PM CST

* AT 108 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS WITH VERY HEAVY RAINFALL MOVING ONSHORE
ACROSS SOUTHERN CAMERON AND VERMILION PARISHES. THIS RAINFALL WILL
CONTINUE TO MOVE NORTH ACROSS THE WARNING AREA THROUGH THROUGH THE
REMAINDER OF THE AFTERNOON PRODUCING HEAVY RAINS AT TIMES. THERE
IS ALREADY LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN ONGOING ACROSS THE AREA AND
STREAMS AND DITCHES ARE ALREADY FULL. AS THE HEAVIER THUNDERSTORMS
MOVE ACROSS THE AREA...FLOODING WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY. WHILE THE
WARNING AREA HAS RECEIVED ON ONE QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH IN THE
PAST FEW HOURS...THE HEAVIER RAIN BANDS HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO
PRODUCE 3 TO 5 INCHES THIS AFTERNOON WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.

* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO
OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE...
CROWLEY...ELTON...FENTON...GUEYDAN...IOTA...JENNIN GS...KAPLAN...
LAKE ARTHUR...MERMENTAU...RAYNE...WELSH...BRANCH...EGAN ...
EVANGELINE...INDIAN BAYOU...LYONS POINT...MAXIE...MORSE...MOWATA...
PINE ISLAND...RICEVILLE...RICHARD...THORNWELL AND WRIGHT.


PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE IN THE
WARNED AREA.
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..SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR EAST CENTRAL BRAZORIA AND
SOUTHEASTERN GALVESTON COUNTIES UNTIL 200 PM CST...

AT 103 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 8 MILES
SOUTHWEST OF HITCHCOCK TO 9 MILES SOUTH OF GALVESTON...AND MOVING
EAST AT 30 MPH.

HAIL UP TO THE SIZE OF PEAS AND WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH WILL BE
POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

STRONGER THUNDERSTORMS MAY STAY JUST OFFSHORE OF GALVESTON ISLAND
BUT THE ASSOCIATED WINDS MAY GUST IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
BAYOU VISTA AND JAMAICA BEACH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS...AND MAY
LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.
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US National Weather Service Wilmington NC
Update at 2 PM: All four of our main climate stations (Wilmington, North Myrtle Beach, Florence and Lumberton) are 70 degrees or warmer.
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332. etxwx
Quoting RitaEvac:
Good runoff coming now, start filling in those ponds and lakes and reservoirs

Here's hoping RitaEvac...we've had maybe 2/3 of an inch so far out of this system. It looked like more on the radar, but most of it is pretty light here. Still, every little bit helps and at least that dry area we've been sitting in is filling in on the latest runs. Stay safe and let's all celebrate by jumping in some puddles when it's over. :-)
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
Clearing Skies South of Austin. Close to 2.5 inches here total and 3 inches for January, a dent in the drought anyway.


Good to see your rain totals are getting better. We are still at 1.06 here and are supposed to get some tonight or tomorrow.
Waiting to see what happens to Lake Travis. Won't get much from this, but time will tell if there is any improvement. At least this is a start. Stay safe, good to hear your feeling better.
63.7 here so far today. Forecast for 73. Yesterday 52.2/74.5 later.....
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Like that it's showing more to west & north ncstorm, where it's needed to help MS barge traffic.
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328. etxwx
Thankfully no injuries or big problems reported so far...
Transformer fire idles South Texas nuke plant unit
The Associated Press - Updated: 12:23 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013
BAY CITY, Texas —
Officials at a Texas Gulf Coast nuclear plant are assessing damage and trying to find a cause for a transformer fire that's shut one of the two generating units. No injuries were reported in the Tuesday night fire at Unit 2 of the South Texas Project about 90 miles southwest of Houston. South Texas Electric Generating Station spokesman Buddy Eller said Wednesday firefighters stationed at the plant put out the blaze within 10 minutes and Unit 2 automatically was shut. There's no immediate timetable for the plant to come back on line. Unit 1 is continuing to produce power normally. The two 1,350-megawatt generators began working in 1988 and 1989. They're owned by NRG Energy, CPS Energy and Austin Energy and serve 2 million customers.
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Good runoff coming now, start filling in those ponds and lakes and reservoirs
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Quoting RitaEvac:
I've got incoming



That there is some street flooding rains heading your way.
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Quoting etxwx:
Rain or no rain...
Texas files complaint against New Mexico with U.S. Supreme Court
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 - New Mexico illegally diverting water apportioned to Texas under 1938 Water Compact
Excerpt: The State of Texas today filed a complaint with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to command New Mexico to deliver water apportioned to Texas under the 1938 Rio Grande Compact between the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado to divide the waters of the Rio Grande.

This is a complex legal action, but key points include:
• Historically, water apportioned under the Rio Grande Compact has resulted in approximately 57 percent of the water supply below the Elephant Butte Reservoir being delivered to New Mexico, and 43 percent being delivered across the New Mexico-Texas state line for Texas.
• The State of New Mexico has allowed a reduction of Texas’ water supplies and the apportionment of water it is entitled to under the Rio Grande Compact. New Mexico is illegally allowing diversions of both surface and underground water hydrologically connected to the Rio Grande downstream of Elephant Butte Reservoir. These extractions of water through 2011 have amounted to tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of acre-feet annually. The illegal diversion of this water is negatively impacting water flows in the river, taking water that is released for the Rio Grande Project beneficiaries, including the State of Texas. Essentially, New Mexico is delivering water to Texas at Elephant Butte Reservoir and then re-diverting Texas’ water below the reservoir as it is being released to Texas.
• Grave and irreparable injury has occurred and will be suffered in the future by Texas and its citizens unless relief is afforded by the court to prevent New Mexico from using and withholding water which Texas is entitled to, and which New Mexico is obligated to deliver, under the Rio Grande Compact and Rio Grande Project Act.
• The State of Texas is requesting no action from the State of Colorado. They are included only because they are a signatory to the compact.

The U.S. Supreme Court has original and exclusive jurisdiction of this suit. The complaint can be seen here.
If it accepts the case, the court has in similar cases appointed a special master to hear the case.


Coverage of this from the Austin-American Statesman can be read here.


Souds like the GA/AL/FL water war. They wanted to stop atlanta from drawing water from its main water source lake because the dam we have let even less water than the available trickle flow downstream, and it was hurting mussels. Eventually it rained and the case fell apart in the courts but it'll probably come back
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12z NAM..72 hour accum precip map..

Hour 72


Hour 84
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I've got incoming

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Clearing Skies South of Austin. Close to 2.5 inches here total and 3 inches for January, a dent in the drought anyway.
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Quoting LargoFl:
Bad line of storms alright..................


Looks like more and more are building behind the main line as well. May be raining longer than people think
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Quoting kwgirl:
Hope it is not a torn rotator cuff. If it doesn't feel better soon, or if you cannot lift your arm over your head,you should get it checked out with a doctor.
It is feeling better and Thank you
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WeatherBug Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert (Experimental)
WeatherBug Headquarters Germantown, MD
1247 PM CST Wed Jan 9 2013

WeatherBug Headquarters in Germantown, MD has issued an experimental...
* WeatherBug Dangerous Thunderstorm Alert for portions of...
Brazoria County In Texas
Galveston County In Texas
Harris County In Texas

* Until 1:32PM CST

* At 12:47PM CST... The WeatherBug Total Lightning Network is indicating a thunderstorm with a significant rate of lightning occurring in your area and moving in your direction. This storm has an increased potential to produce severe weather such as very frequent lightning, heavy rain, hail and/or damaging winds and should be considered dangerous. (For more information on this experimental WeatherBug product visit WDTA.WeatherBug.com)

* Storm is located near Danbury, TX

* Locations impacted include...
Danbury, TX... at 12:53PM CST
Liverpool, TX... at 1:00PM CST
Alvin, TX... at 1:16PM CST
Santa Fe, TX... at 1:18PM CST
Friendswood, TX... at 1:29PM CST

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318. VR46L
Lots of Convection around the N-W Gulf....

Funktop Gft



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317. etxwx
Rain or no rain...
Texas files complaint against New Mexico with U.S. Supreme Court
Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 - New Mexico illegally diverting water apportioned to Texas under 1938 Water Compact
Excerpt: The State of Texas today filed a complaint with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the court to command New Mexico to deliver water apportioned to Texas under the 1938 Rio Grande Compact between the states of Texas, New Mexico, and Colorado to divide the waters of the Rio Grande.

This is a complex legal action, but key points include:
• Historically, water apportioned under the Rio Grande Compact has resulted in approximately 57 percent of the water supply below the Elephant Butte Reservoir being delivered to New Mexico, and 43 percent being delivered across the New Mexico-Texas state line for Texas.
• The State of New Mexico has allowed a reduction of Texas’ water supplies and the apportionment of water it is entitled to under the Rio Grande Compact. New Mexico is illegally allowing diversions of both surface and underground water hydrologically connected to the Rio Grande downstream of Elephant Butte Reservoir. These extractions of water through 2011 have amounted to tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of acre-feet annually. The illegal diversion of this water is negatively impacting water flows in the river, taking water that is released for the Rio Grande Project beneficiaries, including the State of Texas. Essentially, New Mexico is delivering water to Texas at Elephant Butte Reservoir and then re-diverting Texas’ water below the reservoir as it is being released to Texas.
• Grave and irreparable injury has occurred and will be suffered in the future by Texas and its citizens unless relief is afforded by the court to prevent New Mexico from using and withholding water which Texas is entitled to, and which New Mexico is obligated to deliver, under the Rio Grande Compact and Rio Grande Project Act.
• The State of Texas is requesting no action from the State of Colorado. They are included only because they are a signatory to the compact.

The U.S. Supreme Court has original and exclusive jurisdiction of this suit. The complaint can be seen here.
If it accepts the case, the court has in similar cases appointed a special master to hear the case.


Coverage of this from the Austin-American Statesman can be read here.
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The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting chart has added new colours – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees [C].



The range now extends to 54 degrees [C] – well above the all-time record temperature of 50.7 degrees [C] reached on January 2, 1960 at Oodnadatta Airport in South Australia – and, perhaps worringly, the forecast outlook is starting to deploy the new colours.

"The scale has just been increased today and I would anticipate it is because the forecast coming from the bureau's model is showing temperatures in excess of 50 degrees," David Jones, head of the bureau's climate monitoring and prediction unit, said.



Read more HERE
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Bad line of storms alright..................
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FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS BATON ROUGE LA
1241 PM CST WED JAN 9 2013

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN
LOUISIANA...

THE COMITE RIVER AT COMITE JOOR RD AFFECTING EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH

THE AMITE RIVER AT DENHAM SPRINGS AFFECTING EAST BATON ROUGE AND
LIVINGSTON PARISHES

THE AMITE RIVER AT BAYOU MANCHAC POINT AFFECTING EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

FORECAST CRESTS ARE BASED UPON RAINFALL THAT HAS OCCURRED ALONG WITH
ANTICIPATED RAIN FOR THE NEXT 12 HOURS. ADJUSTMENTS TO THE FORECASTS
WILL BE MADE IF ADDITIONAL HEAVY RAINFALL OCCURS.

DO NOT DRIVE CARS THROUGH FLOODED AREAS. REMEMBER...TWO FEET OF
RUSHING WATER CAN CARRY AWAY MOST VEHICLES INCLUDING PICKUPS. TURN
AROUND AND DON`T DROWN.

A FOLLOWUP PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED LATER. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER
RADIO...LOCAL TV AND RADIO STATIONS...OR YOUR CABLE PROVIDER...FOR
THE LATEST INFORMATION. THE LATEST GRAPHICAL HYDROLOGIC INFORMATION
CAN ALSO BE FOUND AT WEATHER.GOV.

&&
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Quoting RitaEvac:


Getting dark here
stay safe rita, alot of red in that line of storms.
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Patrap you ok?..alot of flooding going on in your state..
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Quoting LargoFl:
...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BRAZORIA...SOUTHWESTERN
GALVESTON...EAST CENTRAL FORT BEND AND SOUTHEASTERN HARRIS COUNTIES
UNTIL 115 PM CST...

AT 1213 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM WEST
COLUMBIA TO FREEPORT TO 14 MILES SOUTH OF OYSTER CREEK...OR ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES WEST OF ANGLETON TO CLUTE TO 40 MILES
EAST OF BAY CITY...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
LEAGUE CITY...PEARLAND...FRIENDSWOOD...LAKE JACKSON...ALVIN...
ANGLETON...DICKINSON...LA MARQUE...FREEPORT...CLUTE...SANTA FE...
HITCHCOCK...WEST COLUMBIA...MANVEL...RICHWOOD...JONES CREEK...
BROOKSIDE VILLAGE...DANBURY...OYSTER CREEK AND HOLIDAY LAKES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS...AND MAY
LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.


Getting dark here
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...SIGNIFICANT WEATHER ADVISORY FOR BRAZORIA...SOUTHWESTERN
GALVESTON...EAST CENTRAL FORT BEND AND SOUTHEASTERN HARRIS COUNTIES
UNTIL 115 PM CST...

AT 1213 PM CST...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR WAS TRACKING
A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM WEST
COLUMBIA TO FREEPORT TO 14 MILES SOUTH OF OYSTER CREEK...OR ALONG A
LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES WEST OF ANGLETON TO CLUTE TO 40 MILES
EAST OF BAY CITY...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 25 MPH.

WIND GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE WITH THESE STORMS.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
LEAGUE CITY...PEARLAND...FRIENDSWOOD...LAKE JACKSON...ALVIN...
ANGLETON...DICKINSON...LA MARQUE...FREEPORT...CLUTE...SANTA FE...
HITCHCOCK...WEST COLUMBIA...MANVEL...RICHWOOD...JONES CREEK...
BROOKSIDE VILLAGE...DANBURY...OYSTER CREEK AND HOLIDAY LAKES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TORRENTIAL RAINFALL IS ALSO OCCURRING WITH THESE STORMS...AND MAY
LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE THROUGH FLOODED
ROADWAYS.
Member Since: August 6, 2011 Posts: 4 Comments: 39147
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Gotta love the circulation on this thing!


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This forecast is not good for my drive home from western ND to far northern MN. I hope they can keep the roads open and not be forced to close them due to wind and ice (freezing rain). North Dakota is not the best place to get stranded.

Major Winter Storm Possible Friday into Saturday

Warmer weather and southerly winds are expected tonight and Thursday ahead of a potential major storm for Friday into early Saturday. The threat for freezing rain will increase Thursday night in west central Minnesota. Further north, snow is expected to develop in the Devils Lake basin late Thursday night and spread east on Friday. There is the potential for 6 inches or more of snow in the Devils Lake basin and northern Red River Valley through early Saturday, with near blizzard conditions possible Friday afternoon through Friday night. Further south, significant icing is possible Thursday night into Friday. Travel will likely be impacted later this week, stay tuned to later forecasts on this upcoming winter storm.


Has anyone seen the RPM model?
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Day -3..
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Quoting bohonkweatherman:
I caught her with my left arm and tore something in my shoulder, she is overweight and lost her balance. She would have injured herself seriously if I wouldn't have caught her.
Hope it is not a torn rotator cuff. If it doesn't feel better soon, or if you cannot lift your arm over your head,you should get it checked out with a doctor.
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Quoting hydrus:



BOOOOOOOOO WRF shows mobile getting nothing from this system
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