A record 199 days without a tornado death; 1st tornado of 2013 hits Louisiana

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:10 PM GMT on January 10, 2013

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The U.S. has set a weather record of the sort we like to see: the longest continuous stretch without a tornado death. We've had 199 days without a tornado fatality, beating the record of 197 straight days that ended on February 28, 1987. The last U.S. tornado death was at Venus in Highlands County, Florida, from an EF-0 tornado associated with Tropical Storm Debby on June 24, 2012. After a horrific 2011 that saw 553 Americans die in tornadoes--the 2nd highest total since 1950--the 2012 tornado season was not far from average for deaths, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. The 2012 tornado death toll was 68, ranking 25th highest since 1950. The average yearly toll between 1950 - 2011 was 91. According to SPC, the total number of tornadoes during 2012 was just 936. This is the first time since 2002 that fewer than 1000 tornadoes have been recorded. The reason for the low tornado total in 2012 was the massive drought that gripped much of Tornado Alley. It's tough to get tornadoes when you're experiencing near-record drought conditions and very few thunderstorms.


Figure 1. June 24, 2012: A tornado spawned by Tropical Storm Debbie crosses Lake Winterset in Winter Haven, Florida. Another tornado from Debbie on this day caused the last tornado death in the U.S., at Venus in Highlands County, Florida. Image credit: wunderphotographer whgator3.


Figure 2. The total number of U.S. tornadoes stronger than EF-0 from 1950 - 2012 does not show a significant long-term trend. However, this database is not very reliable, and we cannot use it to make judgements about how tornadoes may be changing in the long term. Data taken from NOAA's Storm Prediction Center (SPC). Since not all tornadoes from 2012 have been given an EF scale rating yet, the numbers from 2012 are estimated by assuming that the same proportion of EF-0 tornadoes that existed in 2011 also occurred in 2012.

First U.S. tornado of 2013 hits Louisiana
A powerful low pressure system centered over Texas that has dumped over 5" of rain over Southeast Texas and 10" over portions of Louisiana has generated the first U.S. tornado of 2013. The tornado touched down in Plaquemine, Louisiana at 8:35 am CST this morning, when a squall line of severe thunderstorms moved through. Light to moderate roof damage was reported at an industrial plant on Highway 405, about 80 miles west-northwest of New Orleans. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has portions of Southeast Louisiana, Southern Mississippi, and Southern Alabama in their "Slight Risk" region for severe weather and tornadoes, so hopefully our record streak without a tornado death will not come to an end today.


Figure 3. Radar-estimated precipitation from the past three days from the Lake Charles radar. Over 10" of rain (dark pink colors) is estimated to have fallen over South Central Louisiana.

Earth's extreme weather: no big deal, compared to Venus
Our colleagues at TWC are airing a new series that starts tonight (Thursday) at 9pm EST/8pm CST, called "Deadliest Space Weather." We've put the trailer for tonight's episode on Venus up on the wunderground video section. As I highlighted in my book review of Dr. James Hansen's must-read book, Storms of My Grandchildren, Dr. Hansen argues that Earth's climate may eventually wind up like Venus', with a run-away greenhouse effect: "After the ice is gone, would Earth proceed to the Venus syndrome, a runaway greenhouse effect that would destroy all life on the planet, perhaps permanently? While that is difficult to say based on present information, I've come to conclude that if we burn all reserves of oil, gas, and coal, there is a substantial chance we will initiate the runaway greenhouse. If we also burn the tar sands and tar shale, I believe the Venus syndrome is a dead certainty." In tonight's episode of "Deadliest Space Weather", astronomers and planetary scientists will reveal why the climate of Venus went so horribly wrong, why a similar climate may one day descend on the Earth--and what will happen when it gets here.

Jeff Masters

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Ryan Maue ‏@RyanMaue
Narelle on verge of major cyclone status -- likely rapidly intensify to 115-125 knots or equivalent to Category 4

Scott D ‏@gsdavo1975
@RyanMaue Isn't Cat 3+ Hurricane classified as a Major?

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@gsdavo1975 yes, you are confused with my usage of the two hyphens --

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@RyanMaue http://www.greenskychaser.com/blog/wp-content/uplo ads/2010/03/WorldwideCycloneRatings.png



Scott D ‏@gsdavo1975
@RyanMaue As you can see I wasn't confused Cat 3+ Hurricane is classified as a Major from what your saying Narelle would be a Cat 4 Hurricane.

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Quoting AussieStorm:

Looks like Narelle is ingesting dry air.


Narelle has dry air surrounding it, but the cyclone itself is in a very strong moisture bubble. Dry air isn't going to get to its core like that.

The eye continues to clear too. Not sure what you're seeing.
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Quoting indianrivguy:
Great images Aussie, thanks for sharing them. Well, I'm off for Miami in a few hours. Attending the Everglades Coalition meeting. The movers and shakers in the water and everglades business are there, lots of info lectures, field trips. Have a nice safe weekend everyone, I'll be back home Sunday sometime.

Enjoy your trip mate, Maybe do a blog on what you learnt on your trip, I would love to read all about it.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:

Looks like Narelle is ingesting dry air.

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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


The eye is gradually popping out.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
What a beautiful storm...
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251. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
3:11 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
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250. percylives
3:06 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting trumpman84:


I think the better argument would be -- all human life would be long, long extinguished before we ever approached the atmospheric Co2 level of Venus considering CO2 is acutely toxic to humans at concentrations of 7-10%. I would venture to guess we couldn't live over a prolonged period of time in an atmosphere with over 1% or possibly lower.


Trumpman and others commenting on Venus,

I probably remember only enough of Dr. Raymond Pierrehumbert's book "Principles of Planetary Climate" to be misleading but I believe he is mainly concerned with Earth's water and water vapor at the present time and degree of heating. Water vapor is a very strongly positive feedback to heating and there is plenty of water on the planet to vaporize and cause runaway heating. It doesn't take too much more heating before this becomes a great concern. After the planet gets very hot the water vapor either escapes from the atmosphere in the molecular form or disassociates and the hydrogen escapes. Either way the planet becomes a desert and such a hot one that the carbon in the rock escapes to create the Venetian atmosphere. But of course, trumpman is correct; humans have long since been removed from the planet they helped destroy.

Our planetary limits are really quite restricted and it won't take much change in the climate to remove 99% of human life. The last 1% will hang on in the deep caves for a few more centuries eating the life forms that have survived in there with them.

For me, I'm very glad I'm an old guy and won't see any of the real bad stuff.
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249. whitewabit (Mod)
2:59 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting AussieStorm:
Couple's Bushfire Action Plan helps save home


Great story on being prepared ..
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248. Tropicsweatherpr
2:57 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
VirginIslandsVisitor,here is the latest discussion from the San Juan NWS. Good news for you about the winds diminushing.


AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATED
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
1004 PM AST THU JAN 10 2013

.SYNOPSIS...BROAD UPPER LEVEL TROUGH ACROSS THE CNTRL ATLC WILL
UNDERGO SIG AMPLIFICATION OVER THE NEXT 36 HRS AND HELP DRIVE A
COLD FRONT THROUGH THE AREA SAT EVENING. COOL NORTHEAST FLOW WILL
THEN PREVAIL MUCH OF NEXT WEEK.

&&

.DISCUSSION...DRIER AIR WILL WORK IN OVERNIGHT WITH STRATUS DECK
OVER THE CNTRL MOUNTAIN RANGE EXPECTED TO DISSIPATE BY DAWN.
WHILE FRI WILL START PRETTY CLEAR...CLOUDS WILL ROLL IN QUICKLY
AROUND MIDDAY AS LOW LEVEL MOISTURE INCREASES AND SUBSIDENCE
INVERSION BEGINS TO LIFT/WEAKEN. SHOWERS WILL INCREASE TOWARD DAWN
SAT AS FRONTAL ZONE PUSHES SOUTH OF 20N. CLOUDS THICKEN RAPIDLY
SAT MORNING WITH SHOWERS BECOMING MORE FREQ/NMRS. WHILE THIS WILL
THE BEST MOISTURE THAT WE HAVE SEEN SINCE CHRISTMAS DAY...FRONTAL
ZONE WILL MOVE RATHER QUICKLY LIMITING RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS.
FRONT PUSHES SOUTH OF THE AREA BY SUN WITH COOL AND VERY DRY AIR
IN ITS WAKE. AIR IS SO DRY WITH THIS NEW AIR MASS THAT EVEN CLOUDS
WILL HAVE A HARD TIME DEVELOPING AND HAVE REMOVED MENTION OF
PRECIP FOR SUN WITH VERY LITTLE SKY CVR.

UPPER LEVEL CONFLUENCE WILL ESTABLISH EARLY NEXT WEEK AS TROUGH
DIGS FURTHER INTO THE CNTRL TROP ATLC. HOWEVER...COOL
NORTHEASTERLY FLOW WILL ADVECT OCCASIONAL CLOUD CLUSTERS AND VERY
LIGHT SHOWERS ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN RANGE BUT SOUTH OF
THE CORDILLERA THINGS WILL REMAIN WARM AND DRY DUE TO ADIABATIC
WARMING AND DOWNSLOPE FLOW.

&&

.AVIATION...VFR CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS WITH
BRIEF PERIODS OF MVFR IN PASSING SHRA ACROSS THE USVI TONIGHT.
HOWEVER...CONDITIONS ARES EXPECTED TO IMPROVE OVERNIGHT AS DRIER AIR
MOVES IN. WIND WILL BE MAINLY FROM THE NORTHEAST AT 10 TO 15 KNOTS
WITH GUSTS UP TO 25 KNOTS.

&&

.MARINE...SEAS ARE EXPECTED TO IMPROVE FRI AS WINDS DIMINISH BUT
THIS IMPROVEMENT WILL BE SHORT LIVED AS VERY LARGE NNE SWELLS BUILD
ACROSS THE ATLC COASTAL WATERS AND CARIBBEAN PASSAGES SAT THROUGH MON.

&&

.FIRE WEATHER...SUNNY/CLEAR SKIES SOUTH OF THE CORDILLERA TOMORROW
WILL ENHANCE THE FIRE RISK ALTHOUGH WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO
DIMINISH. OVERCAST SKIES AND LIKELY SHOWERS SAT WILL KEEP THE FIRE
RISK TO A MINIMUM. VERY DRY AIR SUN WITH LITTLE CLOUDS AND VERY
LOW HUMIDITIES SUN WILL ENHANCE THE FIRE RISK ALTHOUGH SOME RAIN
ON SAT COULD MITIGATE/TEMPER THE FIRE RISK SOMEWHAT. UPPER LEVEL
CONFLUENCE NEXT WEEK WILL RESULT IN STRENGTHENING OF THE
SUBSIDENCE INVERSION WITH VERY LITTLE CHANCE FOR RAIN AND CLOUDS
SOUTH OF THE CORDILLERA UNDER A DOWNSLOPE NORTHEAST FLOW.


&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
SJU 77 82 77 80 / 20 30 50 50
STT 76 82 76 83 / 20 10 20 40
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247. trHUrrIXC5MMX
2:54 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting AussieStorm:


Link


good you understood my terrible cloud spelling
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246. indianrivguy
2:54 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Great images Aussie, thanks for sharing them. Well, I'm off for Miami in a few hours. Attending the Everglades Coalition meeting. The movers and shakers in the water and everglades business are there, lots of info lectures, field trips. Have a nice safe weekend everyone, I'll be back home Sunday sometime.
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245. CaribBoy
2:53 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
I hope 2013 rainfall will be ABOVE average :)
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244. AussieStorm
2:53 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Couple's Bushfire Action Plan helps save home
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243. AussieStorm
2:53 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


those colds look scary to me...DOOM IS COMING! lol


Link
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242. Civicane49
2:48 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
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241. CaribBoy
2:47 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


That's pretty WARM. Will be interesting to see what the SST are in April/May
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240. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
2:45 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Japan Meteorological Agency
Tropical Disturbance Summary
9:00 AM JST January 11 2013
===============================

SUBJECT: Tropical Depression In Sea East of Mindanao

At 0:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression (1004 hPa) located at 8.1N 129.1E has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots. This depression is reported as moving north at 7 knots.
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239. trHUrrIXC5MMX
2:45 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting AussieStorm:
Photo's off the coast of Onslow in NW Western Australia. It was a mixture of sand and water.







Pictures: Jeff Miles


those clouds look scary to me...DOOM IS COMING! lol
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238. trHUrrIXC5MMX
2:41 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting AussieStorm:
Temperature Update, This is for tomorrow(Saturday).



Hi Mate...

117F...HOT
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237. wxmod
2:29 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Beijing air quality hit 492 micrograms per cubic metre of pm 2.5 ! That's amazing. How long will they survive??
Here are a few of today's readings from the US embassy in Beijing.

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4h BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-11-2013 06:00; PM2.5; 408.0; 439; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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5h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-11-2013 05:00; PM2.5; 429.0; 453; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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6h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-11-2013 04:00; PM2.5; 402.0; 435; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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7h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-11-2013 03:00; PM2.5; 416.0; 444; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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8h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-11-2013 02:00; PM2.5; 418.0; 446; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)

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9h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-11-2013 01:00; PM2.5; 425.0; 450; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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10h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-11-2013 00:00; PM2.5; 434.0; 456; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)

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11h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 23:00; PM2.5; 488.0; 492; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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12h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 22:00; PM2.5; 486.0; 490; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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13h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 21:00; PM2.5; 486.0; 490; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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14h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 20:00; PM2.5; 421.0; 448; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)

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15h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 19:00; PM2.5; 389.0; 426; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)

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16h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 18:00; PM2.5; 449.0; 466; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)


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17h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 17:00; PM2.5; 395.0; 430; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)

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18h BeijingAir BeijingAir ‏@BeijingAir

01-10-2013 16:00; PM2.5; 279.0; 329; Hazardous (at 24-hour exposure at this level)
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236. MAweatherboy1
2:16 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Eye definitely clearing now:



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235. AussieStorm
2:11 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
If your wondering why TC Narelle has not "popped out" an eye. Look at the slight shear that's affecting her.

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234. AussieStorm
2:05 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Gulf waits for late monsoon

The weather bureau says it could be another month until any substantial rain hits Queensland's north west and Gulf regions.

Senior forecaster Brian Rolstone says the monsoonal trough is still a long way north, sitting around Papua New Guinea

He says temperatures are going to remain hot in the short term with most of north and central west Queensland expecting temperatures above 40 this weekend.

"Now and then you'll get a day or two of thunderstorms usually forming a band from the north west down to the south east but it hasn't been a great deal of that sort of activity," he said.

"So for a proper wet season we've really got to wait probably another month and eventually we'll get the monsoon trough down into the southern Gulf.

"Usually with that there's a monsoonal low then there'll be some rain."


© ABC 2013
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233. AussieStorm
2:05 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Red Centre warned of worsening fire danger

The worst of the fire danger in central Australia may be yet to come, with the weather bureau predicting extreme conditions this weekend.

Bushfires NT director Mick Ayre says landholders must act immediately to do what they can to protect lives and property.

He says extra crews from the Darwin area are helping relieve local firefighters in the Red Centre who are exhausted from battling blazes at Wattarka National Park, Pine Hill and Ross River.

"The conditions are going to be considerably more severe than what we have seen in the last few days," he said.

The weather bureau says the heatwave will continue to push the mercury up until at least next week.

Forecaster Ashley Patterson says Kintore, about 500 kilometres west of Alice Springs, is looking to hit 44 degrees Celsius, and Yulara and Alice Springs 45 degrees.

Winds are also expected to strengthen over the weekend.


© ABC 2013
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232. vanwx
2:05 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
If this arctic outfall happens and gets worse; there will be a lot of people missing work next week. Between the flu and bad tires, black ice,downed utilities, frozen water, it will be good to see how good your back-up plan b is. I must pick up more stove fuel. Best-o-luck to all you prepared ones out there.
At least the trolls will be well fed.
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231. wxmod
2:01 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Close view of the gulf of Mexico. MODIS

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230. AussieStorm
1:59 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting aislinnpaps:
Beautiful pictures, Aussie!

As soon as I saw them I knew I just had to share them.
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229. AussieStorm
1:58 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting Dakster:
Aussie - Is that a cold front coming thru? Only 115f?

You mean the cold front that came through last Wednesday morning. It's effects have been and gone.
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228. wxmod
1:56 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
MODIS satellite photo of the gulf of Mexico, etc.


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227. wxmod
1:48 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
MODIS satellite photo of Australia today

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226. aislinnpaps
1:46 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Beautiful pictures, Aussie!
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225. Dakster
1:43 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Aussie - Is that a cold front coming thru? Only 115f?
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224. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
1:41 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #12
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE NARELLE, CATEGORY FOUR (05U)
8:51 AM WST January 11 2012
=========================================

At 8:00 AM WST, Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle (946 hPa) located at 17.2S 113.8E or 525 km north of Exmouth and 505 km northwest of Karratha has 10 minute sustained winds of 90 knots with gusts of 125 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving southwest at 7 knots.

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

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

Gale Force Winds
================
180 NM from the center in northeast quadrant
180 NM from the center in southeast quadrant
150 NM from the center in southwest quadrant
150 NM from the center in northwest quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T5.5/5.5/D1.0/24 HRS

Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle is expected to continue moving to the southwest and pass west of the Northwest Cape over the weekend.

Gales with gusts to 100 kilometres per hour could develop in coastal areas between Roebourne and Exmouth during this afternoon, then extend south to Coral Bay on Saturday.

Winds are likely to increase further during Saturday about the west Pilbara coast. Destructive winds with gusts to 140 kilometers could develop in the Exmouth area on Sunday if the cyclone takes a track closer to the coast. Very destructive winds with gusts to 250 kilometers per hour are possible near the cyclone centre however it is now unlikely that these winds will occur on the coast.

On Sunday winds will ease along the west Pilbara coast and gales may extend south to Carnarvon.

Thunderstorm activity will increase about the Pilbara coast today with isolated heavy rainfall and squalls possible. This activity will extend into the western and southern Gascoyne over the weekend.

Tides along the west Pilbara coast are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark tonight, and during Saturday with flooding of low lying coastal areas. A very dangerous storm tide is possible Saturday night if the center of the cyclone passes close to the coast, however it is now unlikely to occur.

Tropical Cyclone Warning
======================
A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal areas from Roebourne to Coral Bay, including Karratha, Dampier, Onslow and Exmouth.

Tropical Cyclone Watch
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A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal areas from Coral Bay to Carnarvon

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 18.2S 113.0E - 95 knots (CAT 4/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
24 HRS: 19.0S 112.4E - 100 knots (CAT 4/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
48 HRS: 20.7S 111.3E - 100 knots (CAT 4/Severe Tropical Cyclone)
72 HRS: 23.9S 109.7E - 80 knots (CAT 3/Severe Tropical Cyclone)

Additional Information
======================
The system intensified overnight and recent microwave has shown increasing intensity. Position is based on satellite and microwave imagery. Dvorak embedded center pattern gives a DT of 5.0 but with MET and pattern giving 5.5, CI has been set at 5.5. CIMSS AMSU was 107 knots but is now back to 95 knots [1 minute average]. Instensity stands at 90 knots.

Motion has been southwest at around 7 knots. It is expected to continue with all models and most EC consensus members taking the system west of Exmouth. A severe coastal impact in the west Pilbara is becoming less and less likely.

Northeasterly shear of about 14 knots is expected to continue. Given that the system is moving south southwesterly at around 7 knots, the storm relative shear is low. The system should continue to intensity but remain a category 4 system. It should then start weakening as it moves into increasing shear and over colder water when it gets south of 21.0S. This also corresponds to when EC and ACCESS-TC start weakening the system.
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223. CaicosRetiredSailor
1:39 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Link for #221

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/ 2013/01/10/what-will-it-take-to-solve-climate-chan ge/


....Or, as earth system scientist Stephen Davis of the University of California, Irvine, and lead author of the wedges reanalysis argues: "The only real solution to climate change is to stop dumping CO2 into the atmosphere altogether." If we want to begin to restrain global warming, we better get started - and soon.
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222. wxmod
1:39 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
MODIS satellite photo of India today

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221. CaicosRetiredSailor
1:38 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
What Will It Take to Solve Climate Change?
By David Biello | January 10, 2013

Australia had to add a new color to its weather maps this week. Meteorologists used royal purple to denote an off-the-charts high temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit), part of an unprecedented heat wave and ongoing wildfires occurring down under this month. On the other side of the globe, 2012 proved the hottest year on record in the contiguous U.S., surpassing the previous record-holder by a full degree F (0.6 deg C). In short, global warming is continuing to turn up the heat—so what are we going to do about it?

...
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220. wxmod
1:36 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
MODIS satellite photo of China today

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219. Neapolitan
1:35 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting trumpman84:


I think the better argument would be -- all human life would be long, long extinguished before we ever approached the atmospheric Co2 level of Venus considering CO2 is acutely toxic to humans at concentrations of 7-10%. I would venture to guess we couldn't live over a prolonged period of time in an atmosphere with over 1% or possibly lower.
True. Though an even better argument--well, statement--would be that all human life as we know it and civilization as we've built it will be massively disrupted long, long before CO2 concentrations become anywhere close to toxic levels. In fact, that's happening at this very moment...
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218. VR46L
1:31 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quite a bit of precipation forecast for next 24 hrs!!!

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217. chimera245
1:23 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
I believe it's currently thought that Venus's atmosphere got that way more due to the thickness of it's crust than for any other reason.

Said thickness (so the theory goes) is such that the decay heat from the interior cannot escape via tectonic vulcanism in the manner it does on earth, but instead builds until it reaches such a critical level that it triggers a mass "melting" of the crust every 500 million years or so . . .

This massive event, making the Siberian Traps look like a Cinder Cone, not only completely remoulds the surface but also pumps gigatonnes of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere.

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216. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
1:08 AM GMT on January 11, 2013
Quoting SuperYooper:
Venus is a syndrome now?

Oh yeah, I forgot that Venus became the way it is because Venutians burned all their fossil fuels.

Silly me.
ya thats right silly you
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