Mighty North Atlantic low bombs to 930 mb

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 6:04 PM GMT on January 26, 2013

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In the Northern Atlantic south of Iceland, an extratropical storm that brought up to 6" of snow to Maryland on Thursday has put on a remarkable burst of rapid intensification over the past 24 hours, with the center pressure dropping 58 mb in 24 hours. The Free University of Berlin, which names all major high and low pressure systems that affect Europe, has named the storm "Jolle." This meteorological "bomb" was analyzed with a central pressure of 988 mb at 12Z (7 am EST) Friday morning by NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center, and hit 930 mb by 7 am EST Saturday morning. The storm may deepen a few more millibars today, but it is close to maximum intensity. A 930 mb central pressure is what one commonly sees in Category 4 hurricanes, and is one of the lowest pressures attained by an Atlantic extratropical storm in recent decades. Since extratropical storms do not form eyewalls, the winds of the massive Atlantic low are predicted to peak at 90 mph (Category 1 hurricane strength), with significant wave heights reaching 52 feet (16 meters.) The powerful storm brought sustained winds of 52 mph, gusting to 72 mph, to Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland at 6 pm local time Saturday. Fortunately, the storm is expected to weaken dramatically before Jolle's core hurricane-force winds affect any land areas.


Figure 1. Winter Storm Jolle, as seen at 10 am EST January 26, 2013. Three hours prior to this image, Jolle was analyzed with a central pressure of 930 mb--one of the lowest pressures in recent decades for an Atlantic extratropical storm. Image credit: Navy Research Lab, Monterey.

According to wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt's post on
Super Extratropical Storms, the all-time record lowest pressure for a North Atlantic extratropical storm is 913 mb, set on January 11, 1993, near Scotland's Shetland Islands. The mighty 1993 storm broke apart the super oil tanker Braer on a rocky shoal in the Shetland Islands, causing a massive oil spill.

Other notable Atlantic extratropical storms, as catalogued by British weather historian, Stephen Burt:

920.2 mb (27.17”) measured by the ship Uyir while she sailed southeast of Greenland on December 15, 1986. The British Met. Office calculated that the central pressure of the storm, which was centered some distance southeast of the ship, was 916 mb (27.05”).

921.1 mb (27.20”) on Feb. 5, 1870 measured by the ship Neier at 49°N 26°W (another ship in the area measured 925.5 mb)

924 mb (27.28”) on Feb. 4, 1824 at Reykjavik, Iceland (the lowest on land measured pressure in the North Atlantic)

925.5 mb (27.33”) on Dec. 4, 1929 by the SS Westpool somewhere in the Atlantic (exact location unknown)

925.6 mb (27.33”) on Jan. 26, 1884 at Ochtertyre, Perthshire, U.K. (the lowest pressure recorded on land in the U.K.)

For comparison’s sake, the lowest pressure measured on land during an extra-tropical storm in the United States (aside from Alaska) was 952 mb 28.10” at Bridgehampton, New York (Long Island) on March 1 during, the Great Billy Sunday Snowstorm.


Figure 2. Infrared satellite image of the North Atlantic Storm of January 11, 1993 at 0600Z when it deepened into the strongest extra-tropical cyclone ever observed on earth, with a central pressure of 913 mb (26.96”). Satellite image from EUMETSAT Meteosat-4.

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You can see a nice AVHRR image of the east side of the storm at the University of Bern. The raw MODIS pass is here.

The Meteorological Institute of Norway has a nice satellite animation of Jolle.

Wunderground's weather historian Christopher C. Burt's posts on Super Extratropical Storms and World and U.S. Lowest Barometric Pressure Records

Claudio Cassardo's January 23, 2013 post,
Very low minima of extratropical cyclones in North Atlantic

Read my story of what it was like to fly though a 936 mb Atlantic low pressure system on January 4, 1989.

Intense winter storms are expected to increase in number due to climate change
In my 2010 blog post, The future of intense winter storms, I discuss how evidence for an observed increase in intense wintertime cyclones in the North Atlantic is uncertain. In particular, intense Nor'easters affecting the Northeast U.S. showed no increase in number over the latter part of the 20th century. This analysis is supported by the fact that wintertime wave heights recorded since the mid-1970s by the three buoys along the central U.S. Atlantic coast have shown little change (Komar and Allan, 2007a,b, 2008). However, even though Nor'easters have not been getting stronger, they have been dropping more precipitation, in the form of both rain and snow. Several studies (Geng and Sugi, 2001, and Paciorek et al., 2002) found an increase in intense winter storms over both the North Atlantic, but Benestad and Chen (2006) found no trend in the western parts of the North Atlantic, and Gulev et al. (2001) found a small small decrease of intense winter storms in the Atlantic.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), a scientific advisory board created by the President and Congress, concluded this in their 2009 U.S. Climate Impacts Report: "Cold-season storm tracks are shifting northward and the strongest storms are likely to become stronger and more frequent". The USGRP concluded that an increase of between four and twelve intense wintertime extratropical storms per year could be expected over the Northern Hemisphere by 2100, depending upon the amount of greenhouse gases put into the air (Figure 3). If we assume that the current climate is producing the same number of intense winter storms as it did over the period 1961-2000--about 53--this represents an increase of between 8% and 23% in intense wintertime extratropical storms. Two studies--Pinto et al. (2007) and Bengtsson et al. 2006--suggest that the more intense winter cyclones will affect only certain preferred regions, namely northwestern Europe and Alaska's Aleutian Islands. At least three other studies also find that northwestern Europe--including the British Isles, the Netherlands, northern France, northern Germany, Denmark and Norway--can expect a significant increase in intense wintertime cyclones in a future warmer world (Lionello et al., 2008; Leckebusch and Ulbrich 2004; and Leckebusch et al., 2006). None of these studies showed a significant increase in the number of intense Nor'easters affecting the Northeast U.S.


Figure 3. The projected change in intense wintertime extratropical storms with central pressures < 970 mb for the Northern Hemisphere under various emission scenarios. Storms counted occur poleward of 30°N during the 120-day season beginning November 15. A future with relatively low emissions of greenhouse gases (B1 scenario, blue line) is expected to result in an additional four intense extratropical storms per year, while up to twelve additional intense storms per year can be expected in a future with high emissions (red and black lines). Humanity is currently on a high emissions track. Figure was adapted from Lambert and Fyfe (2006), and was taken from Weather and Climate Extremes in a Changing Climate, a 2009 report from the the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The USGRP began as a presidential initiative in 1989 and was mandated by Congress in the Global Change Research Act of 1990, which called for "a comprehensive and integrated United States research program which will assist the Nation and the world to understand, assess, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural processes of global change".

Jeff Masters

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LOL- I have to fly from Atlanta to Fort Walton Beach tomorrow morning- right along the path of the squall line. This should be interesting.
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The CPC forecasts a prolonged extension of the cold in the eastern part of the country for the period 6-14 days from today, while the southwest bakes (for this time of year's standards).

Also, the dry weather is set to continue in the nation's heartland. There isn't much more time left for significant precipitation to alleviate the drought conditions before the furnace is turned on this spring.



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Hoping this pans out, as this would be very much needed rainfall for our area...

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The weather forecasters have no idea what is going to happen around here with the snow. Yesterday and as late as last night forecast was 1 to 3 inches of snow. Now this morning we get this forecast.

Snow in the evening...then light snow likely after midnight. Snow accumulation of 3 to 11 inches. Lows 20 to 25. Light winds. Chance of snow 80 percent.

Basically we (forecasters) have no idea what to expect.
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Day 2 convective outlook
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
1242 am CST Monday Jan 28 2013


Valid 291200z - 301200z


..there is a slight risk of severe thunderstorms from the lower Ohio/middle MS valley
region southwestward into northestern Texas...


...
A highly amplified/progressive upper pattern will affect the U.S.
This period...with a strong trough forecast to exit The Rockies and
shift into the central portion of the country with time.


As the strong/sharp trough advances...a sharpening cold front is
forecast to shift across the plains during the first half of the
period...and then continue eastward overnight. By the end of the
period...this boundary should stretch from lower Michigan southward to the
central Gulf Coast and on into the Gulf of Mexico. It is this front
which will focus a zone of strong/locally severe convection across
parts of the central U.S. -- Particularly during the late afternoon
and evening hours.


..lower Ohio/middle MS valleys southwestward into northestern Texas...
Showers and perhaps a thunderstorm or two should be ongoing at the
start of the period across parts of OK and adjacent North Texas/southern
Kansas...ahead of the sharpening surface front. Convection should
remain generally sub-severe however into the afternoon...as
moistening/weak destabilization of the pre-frontal airmass occurs.


By middle to late afternoon...500 j/kg mixed-layer cape should combine
with increasing ascent with the approach of the upper system to
result in an increase in convective coverage/intensity along/ahead
of the cold front. While storms from roughly the MS valley northeastward
into Illinois should struggle to become truly surface-based thus limiting
severe potential...storms from MO southward will be occurring in a
sufficiently moist boundary layer to permit damaging wind/tornado
potential. With the main surface low to remain well to the
north...minimal low-level veering may limit overall tornado potential.
However...strong speed shear given a rapidly strengthening flow
field with height will support organized storms capable of producing
damaging gusts and likely a few isolated tornadoes.


Threat should continue through the evening and into the overnight
hours...with linear evolution of the convection expected with time.
Damaging wind potential may eventually spread east of the MS River
Valley...though the greatest threat should occur during the evening
within a region extending from the arklatex region northeastward across the
Ozarks.


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463. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Disturbance #4
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 11F
0:00 AM FST January 29 2013
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At 12:00 PM UTC, Tropical Depression (998 hPa) located 23.4S 177.7E has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots. The depression is reported as moving west southwest at 9 knots. Position good based on hourly GMS infrared imagery and recent ASCAT pass.

Overall organization has improved slightly in the past 24 hours. Deep convection displaced to the south of exposed low level circulation center. Cyclonic circulation extends up to 300 HPA. System lies along a surface trough in a high sheared environment. Upper divergence good just to the east of the system. Sea surface temperature is around 27C. Dvorak analysis based on shear patttern with dense overcast about 65 NM away from the center, yielding DT=2.0, PT=2.0, MET=2.0.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.0/2.0/D0.5/24 HRS

Global models have picked up the system and moves it westward with slight intensification.
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Thought this was appropriate for Houston.

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The worst of the rain is almost over, Winds are still yet to hit.

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Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Good morning all from the central Colorado Rockies!
24F and a forecast for snow today thru Wednesday! We will be getting on the slopes in about 2 hours or our 1st day of skiing! I'm like a little kid about to go to Disney I'm so excited!


Wow, my vacation is on Feb 14th, I'll be in Wisconsin for 4 days of heaven! I hope you get some snow while you are there! There is not a better feeling in the world to be skiing down a slope while the snow is falling.
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Severe Weather Warning
for destructive winds, damaging winds, heavy rain, abnormally high tides and damaging surf
for people in the Metropolitan
, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Northern Tablelands, Illawarra, South Coast and Central Tablelands forecast districts
Issued at 12:47 am EDT on Tuesday 29 January 2013.
WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAIN, DAMAGING AND LOCALLY DESTRUCTIVE WINDS, AND DAMAGING SURF FOR EASTERN NSW

Weather Situation
At midnight, ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald was located over the North West Slopes and Plains of NSW to the east of Narrabri. The system will track steadily southwards to reach the Sydney Metropolitan and Illawarra coastal areas around dawn on Tuesday morning before moving out to sea during the day.

Heavy rainfalls, which may lead to flash flooding are forecast with rain and thunderstorms for the Metropolitan, Mid North Coast, Hunter and Central Coast, Illawarra and South Coast forecast districts and parts of the Central Tablelands forecast districts. Rain, although still falling, has eased in the Northern Rivers and Northern Tablelands, and the risk of heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding will contract southwards during the morning.

Damaging winds with peak gusts over 100 km/h are forecast for coastal parts of the Northern Rivers and southern parts of the Northern Tablelands forecast, expected to ease by dawn. Damaging winds with peak gusts over 100 km/h are forecast for parts of the Metropolitan, Hunter, Mid North Coast and Central Tablelands forecast districts this morning with locally destructive wind gusts in excess of 125km/h possible in exposed coastal areas.

Abnormally high tides which may cause sea water flooding of low lying areas and very heavy surf which may lead to localised damage and coastal erosion are forecast for the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, Sydney Metropolitan and Illawarra on Tuesday. This may extend to the South Coast later Tuesday. Beach conditions in these areas will be dangerous and people should stay well away from the surf and surf exposed areas.

Rainfalls since 9am Monday include 325mm at Couchy Creek, 237mm at Bellingen, 147mm at Gosford, 111mm at Port Macquarie and 101mm at Coffs Harbour.

The highest wind gust recorded has been 132 km/h (71 knots) at Cape Byron at 4:53 pm Monday afternoon.


Flood warnings have been issued for several rivers in eastern NSW. Refer to www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/ for the latest flood warning information.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

Move vehicles under cover or away from trees.
Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
Keep clear of fallen power lines.
Don't drive, ride or walk through flood water.
Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
If you are trapped by flash flooding, seek refuge in the highest available place and ring 000 if you need rescue.
For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

The next warning will be issued by 5:00 am EDT Tuesday.
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Good morning all from the central Colorado Rockies!
24F and a forecast for snow today thru Wednesday! We will be getting on the slopes in about 2 hours or our 1st day of skiing! I'm like a little kid about to go to Disney I'm so excited!
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Quoting AussieStorm:

You'd think that could check it before posting that.


they've been posting it that way for years too, LOL
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Does this happen often if so I will tell you how to fix it.
Thanks Nymore.... appreciate it. Send me mail on it. And NO it was not a sewer line. Just an old sink down there and a place to give people and pets a shower. Even a goat too. Snowing here in PA this AM.
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Girl crushed by snowball froze in fear

A BRITISH teenager who was crushed by a giant snowball she'd made with friends says she "froze on the spot" when she saw it hurtling towards her.

Nicole Wignall, 16, is recovering in hospital after the snowball pinned her against a wall, breaking her pelvis in four places.

Freezing weather gripped the United Kingdom last week resulting in more than 10 deaths.

Ms Wignall built the giant snowball with friends when her school was closed due to the freezing conditions.

"It took seven of us to push it to the top of a steep hill then we had a break," the student told British newspaper The Sun on Monday.

"(Later) we saw the snowball coming down really fast.

"My friend moved out of the way but I froze on the spot and the snowball smashed into me."

Ms Wignall's mother Fiona said the 1.5m snowball "was the size of a small car".

"She had a very lucky escape."

More than 200 flood alerts are in place across the UK as heavy rain mixed with melting snow marks the latest weather battle.
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:


Poorly English to french translation, mostly likely instead of "people of"

Link

You'd think that could check it before posting that.
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446. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Quoting AussieStorm:


What!!!!!


Poorly English to french translation, mostly likely instead of "people of"

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702 ABC Sydney ‏@702sydney
Ex-cyclone Oswald now over Tamworth. Heaviest rain approaching #Sydney with 139mm in Gosford since 9am.
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Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
Given all the above, unhabitants of eastern Malagasy coastline should closely monitor the progress of this system.


What!!!!!
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Surprise!!!!!



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442. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Outlook
18:00 PM FST January 28 2013
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At 6:00 AM UTC, Tropical Disturbance 10F (1000 hPa) located at 11.5S 166.0E is reported as slowly moving. Position poor based on multi-spectral visible/infrared imagery with animation and peripheral observations. Sea surface temperature is around 30C.

Organization remains poor. Convection has not increased much near the center. System lies just south of an upper level ridge in a moderate sheared environment. Good divergence to the west and southeast of the system. Cyclonic circulation extends up to 700 HPA.

Global models have picked up this system and moves it southeastwards with slight intensification.
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Seychelles Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #10
TEMPETE TROPICALE MODEREE FELLENG (07-20122013)
16:00 PM RET January 28 2013
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At 12:00 PM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Felleng (996 hPa) located at 13.2S 58.3E has 10 minute sustained winds of 35 knots with gusts of 50 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west at 8 knots

Gale Force Winds
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40 NM radius from the center, extending up to 60 NM in the eastern semi-circle

Near Gale Force Winds
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80 NM radius from the center, extending up to 100 NM in the southwestern quadrant, up to 160 NM in the southeastern quadrant, and up to 180 NM in the northeastern quadrant

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5/2.5/D0.5/12 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 13.4S 57.0E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modérée)
24 HRS: 14.0S 55.5E - 45 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modérée)
48 HRS: 16.3S 52.8E - 55 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 19.4S 51.7E - 70 knots (CYCLONE Tropical)

Additional Information
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System keeps on moving generally westwards on the northwestern edge of the low level subtropical high pressures. Available scatterometry data at 0724z OSCAT swath suggest a field of wind becoming less assymetrical, with always a good feeding monsoon flow.

Available numerical weather prediction models are in rather good agreement about the forecast track at short range. System is expected to keep a west southwestwards track over the next 24-36 hours.

On this forecast track, the weak to moderate southeasterly to southerly vertical wind shear is expected to limit intensification within the next 24-36 hours. Then, environmental conditions improve progressively in relationship with the weakening vertical wind shear and with a second upper level outflow building poleward on and after Thursday. Low level convergence remains very good within the same period, on the both sides. Environmental conditions are then very favorable for further intensification. However, the vicinity of the Malagasy coastline should be a limiting factor.

On and after Wednesday, system is then expected to undergo the northerly steering influence of the mid-level ridge in its east and to track southwards.

Given all the above, unhabitants of eastern Malagasy coastline should closely monitor the progress of this system.
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How do you move masses of people? Look at the water lapping at their feet in Bundaberg.


Is this when they evacuated one of the evacuation centres. Great Aussie ingenuity and mateship!!
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for our Local festivities today...........ST. PETERSBURG --
Today's weather for two major festivals in the area should be near perfect.

According to Bay News 9 meteorologist Josh Linker, those attending the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in Tampa and Kumquat Festival in Dade City will enjoy temperatures in the low to mid 70s and mostly sunny skies. And they won't get wet, since there is no rain in the forecast.
"It'll be a pleasant, great day for Gasparilla," Linker said. "We've had some years in the past where it was kind of chilly out for Gasparilla, but not today. Just make sure you bring some extra water and, of course, sun screen."

Today's temperatures will be a little cooler along the coastline if an onshore breeze develops, Linker said.

Warm and sunny conditions will continue Sunday - in fact, the highs will approach 80 degrees - and through the first part of the work week. The weather will stay spring-like until Thursday, when a cold front will bring a chance of rain and drop temperatures.

"This next warm spell won't be quite as warm as the recent one where we had all the record heat, but it's going to be pleasant over the next few days," Linker said.
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Quoting biff4ugo:
I've been thinking about Aussie over the weekend and trying to explain weather on the other side of the earth to my son.
It is hard when we are predicted to have 91 degree temps on Wednesday, in our winter and Sydney is only going to reach 77 in their summer!!!!
OK. somebody explain it to me.

This is the dry season in Florida and we need the cold to keep water in our lakes. We made some headway back toward decent lake water levels since last spring, but it is going to get BAD again without rain or cold to stop evaporation. I see the drought index for the upper Mississippi is looking way too high still. Could someone just move the Jet over half a continent for a week or two. That might give North East snow plows a break and the rest of us something to plow or puddle.

AGW??? LOL
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I've been thinking about Aussie over the weekend and trying to explain weather on the other side of the earth to my son.
It is hard when we are predicted to have 91 degree temps on Wednesday, in our winter and Sydney is only going to reach 77 in their summer!!!!
OK. somebody explain it to me.

This is the dry season in Florida and we need the cold to keep water in our lakes. We made some headway back toward decent lake water levels since last spring, but it is going to get BAD again without rain or cold to stop evaporation. I see the drought index for the upper Mississippi is looking way too high still. Could someone just move the Jet over half a continent for a week or two. That might give North East snow plows a break and the rest of us something to plow or puddle.
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Burrum Head Queensland Tornado aftermath.















Photo's thanks to Higgins Storm Chasing
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A regional severe weather outbreak is expected from northeastern Texas to Illinois and eastward to Tennessee during the day tomorrow. Given a lack of well-defined surface low and instability, the main storm mode is going to be linear, presenting the idea that damaging winds will, by far, by the biggest threat. However, there is some slight veering of winds with height, so any discrete cell that forms ahead of the main line has the possibility of quickly producing a tornado. Spin-up tornadoes are also possible along the line. Hail seems to be the lower of the three threats given a lack of instability and cold temperatures aloft.

We should see a Moderate risk tomorrow.
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Jedkins might get some interesting weather huh.....
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geez Aussie,BBC pic..........................
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Scotland flooding: Alert system launched for the east coast



A flood warning service has been launched for the east coast of Scotland as several flood alerts have also been put in place across the country.

The new Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) warning system covers 28 areas form the Borders to Angus.

The alerts, an extension of Sepa's existing Floodline warnings, are sent direct to mobile phones or by email.

Strong winds and heavy seas battered the east coast in December, causing extensive damage and flooding.

The flood alerts for Monday have been put in place for Argyll and Bute, Ayrshire and Arran, Caithness and Sutherland, Central, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee and Angus, Orkney, Scottish Borders, Skye and Lochaber, Tayside, West Central Scotland, Wester Ross and the Western Isles.

The alerts indicate that "Flooding is possible, be prepared".

Launching the new warning system, Sepa's Dr David Pirie said: "We are delighted to launch the new coastal flood warning service for the firths of Forth and Tay.

"It represents a major investment in building community resilience to coastal flooding.

"As we saw before Christmas, this can cause significant disruption and damage so it's vital we are aware and prepared for it."

Protect homes
Communities along the estuaries on the east coast in Angus, Tayside, Fife, Falkirk, Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Borders are covered by the service.

The alerts cover the likelihood and timing of any flooding threat.

They are aimed at giving people time to take action to protect their homes and businesses and to allow people travelling through flooded areas to make alternative arrangements.

Sepa estimates there are 125,000 properties at risk from flooding in Scotland, the equivalent of one in 22 homes and one in 13 businesses.

Environment Minister Paul Wheelhouse added: "This new scheme is a crucial step to make sure local communities are informed and ready well in advance of any potential flooding."

BBC © 2013
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EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA FORECAST...................DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.
HIGH PRESSURE SLIDING OFF THE CAROLINA COAST WILL KEEP WINDS AND
SEAS ELEVATED THROUGH MID WEEK. STRONG SOUTHERLY FLOW ON WEDNESDAY
AHEAD OF AN APPROACHING COLD FRONT WILL BRING NEAR RECORD
TEMPERATURES DURING THE DAY...BEFORE A COLD FRONT SWEEPS THROUGH
OVERNIGHT BRINGING SHOWERS AND STORMS THAT WILL LINGER THROUGH
THURSDAY. NORTHERLY FLOW BEHIND THE FRONT WILL BRING HAZARDOUS
BOATING CONDITIONS AND MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES FOR THE END OF THE
WEEK.
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Quoting LargoFl:
thats a cool site aussie..wow hundreds of homes flooded in Queensland huh...


Currently Bundaberg in Queensland is waiting for a 9.5m(31.1ft) flood peak tonight. Not sure how the Bundaberg Rum Distillery will fair with the flooding as it's right beside the river. This will be the worst flooding Bundaberg has ever had, even worse than January 2011.
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northeast has snow almost all week from these storms..
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The Equatorial Pacific for the most part has warmed a bit in the past few days as a strong MJO wave moves thru. Last week's CPC update had Nino 3.4 at -0.6C but it looks like it warmed to -0.3C.

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gee middle of the week.................
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Rainfall since 9am


Doppler Winds. The deep blue is 90km/h+ (56mph+)
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NAM at 72 hours,hunker down and heed your local warnings..
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