Late February storms put only a slight dent in U.S. drought

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 4:14 PM GMT on February 28, 2013

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Abundant moisture from heavy rains and snows that fell during two major Midwest storms in late February put only a slight dent in the great Midwest drought of 2012 - 2013. According to the February 28, 2013 Drought Monitor, the percentage area of the contiguous U.S. suffering moderate or greater drought shrank from 56% to 54%, and the area in the worst category of drought--exceptional drought--fell from 6.7% to 5.4% over the past week. These are the largest 1-week improvements in these drought categories that we've seen for 9 months and 15 months, respectively. The improvements were most noteworthy in Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and the Southeast U.S., where drought improved by a full category (using the level 1 to 4 categories of the Palmer Drought Severity Index.) However, the dry pattern that has been dominant over the U.S. for most of the past year will re-assert itself during the coming ten days, and most of the drought region will receive less than 0.5" of precipitation through March 9. There exists the possibility of a significant Midwest storm on March 10, according to recent runs of the GFS and ECMWF computer models, but it is too early to assess if this storm may be able to provide significant drought relief. In general, droughts are more likely in the Midwest U.S. when warmer than average ocean temperatures prevail in the tropical Atlantic, with cooler than average ocean temperatures in the tropical Eastern Pacific (La Niña-like conditions.) This is what we had in during most of 2012, and continue to have in 2013. Equatorial East Pacific ocean temperatures are currently 0.5°C below average. This is similar to the ocean temperatures seen in the spring of 2012, just before the Great Drought of 2012 began. Most of the U.S. drought region needs 3 - 9" of precipitation to pull out of drought. Unless the Midwest receives a top-ten percent wettest spring on record, drought is going to be a huge concern as we enter summer.


Figure 1. Drought conditions as of February 28, 2013 showed that drought still gripped a majority of the U.S. Image credit: U.S. Drought Monitor.


Figure 2. Predicted 7-day precipitation for the period ending Thursday, March 7. Less than 10% of the U.S. drought regions are predicted to receive as much as 0.5" of precipitation (dark green color.) Image credit: NOAA/HPC.

Jeff Masters

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Canyon, Texas
2/25/13- Blizzard
Breaking Storm (CameraDiva)
A lifting storm above the Ruby Mountain peaks.
Breaking Storm
snow on ice over water... (linear)
icing followed by snow and temperatures just above freezing...
snow on ice over water...

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What does Space rocket X plan to do? Think that it will be another hole in the atmosphere, don't know.


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My friend Aussie...I have the new wind scale for all of you

Im uploading it right now... tell me what anyone thinks
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Drought just won't quit :(

Drought takes its toll on a Texas business and a town

PLAINVIEW, Tex. — After two years of drought, people are starting to leave this parched West Texas town.

The lack of significant rainfall has slowed the rush of cattle that came to the largest employer here, a beef processing plant that employed 2,300 people in a town of 22,343. When the plant shut this month, it took with it an annual payroll of $55.5 million.

Drought has Texas farmers wary of cashing in on corn
By Lynn Brezosky | February 25, 2013

SAN ANTONIO - Coastal Bend farmer Charles Ring would love to join the nation's breadbasket's rush to plant corn, but like other Texas farmers, he just can't count on the rain.

And since the insurers won't back the gamble either, he's cutting corn acreage in half, bucking the trend.

"If I had my choice, if we had deep, good moisture, I'd be planting more corn," he said. "You have to go in and disperse your risk across more crops."
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162. txjac
Quoting etxwx:
Drought-starved habitat, snow hit Kansas wildlife hard
Michael Pearce | Wichita Eagle via McClatchy
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Excerpt: Never easy on wildlife, these deep snows come after two years of extreme drought that had already left the landscape lacking food for wildlife, said Jim Pitman, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism small game biologist. Pre-storm cover was already barely thick enough to offer protection from predators and the elements.

In the long run, the moisture could help rebuild habitat lost to the drought. But for now, the one-two punch of poor habitat and the smothering snow doesn’t bode well for many animals, Pitman said, and could be especially deadly for some prairie birds.


Complete article here.


That is so sad
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161. etxwx
Drought-starved habitat, snow hit Kansas wildlife hard
Michael Pearce | Wichita Eagle via McClatchy
Thursday, February 28, 2013

Excerpt: Never easy on wildlife, these deep snows come after two years of extreme drought that had already left the landscape lacking food for wildlife, said Jim Pitman, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism small game biologist. Pre-storm cover was already barely thick enough to offer protection from predators and the elements.

In the long run, the moisture could help rebuild habitat lost to the drought. But for now, the one-two punch of poor habitat and the smothering snow doesn’t bode well for many animals, Pitman said, and could be especially deadly for some prairie birds.


Complete article here.
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160. BtnTx
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wow i am watching and there are a whopping 22 now 23 viewers!
off season - new Swamp People on History channel
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159. BtnTx
Quoting AussieStorm:
On Now

The Barometer Bob Show for February 28, 2013.
My guests are Garrett Bastardi of FirstHandWeather.
Also, Gene Norman of GeneNormanWx.Com. - See more at: http://www.barometerbob.net/StormChatVideo.html
wow i am watching and there are a whopping 22 now 23 viewers!
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Quoting Skyepony:
Haruna showing a sign of life left..or maybe just a last gasp of convection..





This isn't true. I know gardeners that fertilize with colloidal silver & their plants are huge for it. It also clumps up as it comes in contact with the environment or anything else. Sludge isn't the best fertilizer out there, since they mixed it with that..maybe that's what is reducing growth. Sludge is also a variable because it doesn't always have the same make up. Duke Univ or not..this is not looking like good science.

Silver has been one of those relatively cheap ways to curb germs & their effects for 100s of years or longer.. Pure Iodine is illegal to have now. That article said they were targeting Titanium Dioxide next. The less elements & basic ingredients we can get our hands on, the less we can make & do for ourselves...
NOT, this is expensive. Organic is the way to go. Sludge is human excrement... not recommended for home gardeners even IF it is free. Many 'bagged' so called 'Organic' also have the sludge.


PS: Colloidal silver may be the new 'Lead' of the future. I would strongly advocate not using it.
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Quoting MAweatherboy1:

Euro actually takes it east also. Looks good at 168 hours:



But off it goes at 192 hours:



I'm not sold on such an eastward track though. Expect the models to trend north, maybe not enough to give us a major storm up here, but definitely not straight east like many of the models are saying now.


With the storm still in the Pacific, the models probably dont have a full picture/understanding of what's happening. When it comes ashore in Canada we'll get a better idea of what it might/will do, but it is definitely a possible storm to watch.
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Space X rocket leaving KSC for the ISS friday at 10:10est.


A Falcon 9 rocket is rolled out to the launch pad Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that will be put in the vertical position before the scheduled launch Friday. (Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel / February 28, 2013)
What does Space rocket X plan to do? Think that it will be another hole in the atmosphere, don't know.
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On Now

The Barometer Bob Show for February 28, 2013.
My guests are Garrett Bastardi of FirstHandWeather.
Also, Gene Norman of GeneNormanWx.Com. - See more at: http://www.barometerbob.net/StormChatVideo.html
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Below average temps for West Palm Beach for the next week...

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CPC released an updated monthly outlook for March. Equal chances dominate the continental US. So this is a pretty inconclusive forecast. Just a sign of the uncertainty in how the pattern will evolve once the cold moves out of the East.

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Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
California Facing Epic Lack of Precipitation

By Tom Yulsman | February 28, 2013 3:01 pm



The red colors tell the story of California's epic lack of precipitation since the beginning of the year. (Source: High Plains Regional Climate Center)

It has been really dry in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Epically dry may not be an exaggeration.

The entire range has been suffering from lack of snowfall, with the snowpack now standing at just 66 percent of average. But snowpack in the northern Sierra plays a particularly important role in both state and federal water supply systems. And here, precipitation in January and February has been the lowest since modern record-keeping began in 1921.

...

... the sprawling Central Valley -- California's agricultural heartland, and one of the most important agricultural regions in the United States.

More than 230 crops are grown in the Central Valley. It comprises less than 1 percent of all U.S. farmland, yet as of 2002 (the last date for which I could find data), the value of its crops represented 8 percent of the nation's output.

This amazing productivity depends on irrigation. Some of that irrigation comes from ground water. But a huge amount comes from melt water flowing off the Sierra Nevada.

So if the snow doesn't start falling soon, and in copious quantities, the effects could ripple into the entire U.S. economy in the form of higher food prices.


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2013/02/ 28/california-facing-epic-lack-of-precipitation/#. US_xyGt5mSM


from living there and the water shortages then...seems like normal to me ;/ too much wastage for lawns in a dry region
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151. TomTaylor
1:09 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
Quoting CaicosRetiredSailor:
California Facing Epic Lack of Precipitation

By Tom Yulsman | February 28, 2013 3:01 pm



The red colors tell the story of California's epic lack of precipitation since the beginning of the year. (Source: High Plains Regional Climate Center)

It has been really dry in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Epically dry may not be an exaggeration.

The entire range has been suffering from lack of snowfall, with the snowpack now standing at just 66 percent of average. But snowpack in the northern Sierra plays a particularly important role in both state and federal water supply systems. And here, precipitation in January and February has been the lowest since modern record-keeping began in 1921.

...

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2013/02/ 28/california-facing-epic-lack-of-precipitation/#. US_xyGt5mSM
It has been painfully dry in Santa Barbara.

February, our wettest month, has seen just 0.05 inches of rainfall (we average 3.93 in based off 1981-2010 period). We average around 7.5 inches of rain for January and February combined. So far, January and February combined have seen around 2.0 of inches or roughly 25% of normal precipitation.

No rain is forecasted for the next 5 days.
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150. mitthbevnuruodo
1:06 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
Quoting AtHomeInTX:


Lol. I grew up in some snowy places. The rest of my family didn't. They get very excited when we get snow. We had flurries I think on Christmas eve in 2004. Then an even bigger snowfall in Dec 2008. At about 2 in the morning. Everyone took pictures of it before the sun came up and melted it all. The only thing that nobody around here likes is driving in the snow. We're almost as bad at that as we are driving in the ice. :)


Haha! Yeah, I get excited as grew up in the Ca desert, so snow to me is an event! But infrastructure in the UK isn't up for big events and even smaller ones send everyone in a tizzy, albeit for various reasons! Driving on snow ok...on ice, best to just not though! Not just a lot of bad drivers here, but all the narrow roads too, all in all makes a scary place for driving when it does snow!
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149. Skyepony (Mod)
1:05 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
Space X rocket leaving KSC for the ISS friday at 10:10est.


A Falcon 9 rocket is rolled out to the launch pad Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station that will be put in the vertical position before the scheduled launch Friday. (Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel / February 28, 2013)
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148. AtHomeInTX
12:42 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
Quoting mitthbevnuruodo:


hahahaa oh that's ok though, even here in the UK, where snow is surely a bit more common than in Texas, that news would bring whatever region it affected to a halt! haha
Granted we don't get snow regularly enough to have readiness as say Minnesota or the far N/E states, but it still is a bit crazy at what happens when we get some! So no shame for big news for there"


Lol. I grew up in some snowy places. The rest of my family didn't. They get very excited when we get snow. We had flurries I think on Christmas eve in 2004. Then an even bigger snowfall in Dec 2008. At about 2 in the morning. Everyone took pictures of it before the sun came up and melted it all. The only thing that nobody around here likes is driving in the snow. We're almost as bad at that as we are driving in the ice. :)
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147. Skyepony (Mod)
12:29 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
Haruna showing a sign of life left..or maybe just a last gasp of convection..


Quoting aspectre:
Silver nano-particles screw up soil fertility while also causing the soil's Nitrous*Oxide emissions to rise.

* "...over a 100-year period, N2O has ~300 times more greenhouse-impact per unit weight than CO2."



This isn't true. I know gardeners that fertilize with colloidal silver & their plants are huge for it. It also clumps up as it comes in contact with the environment or anything else. Sludge isn't the best fertilizer out there, since they mixed it with that..maybe that's what is reducing growth. Sludge is also a variable because it doesn't always have the same make up. Duke Univ or not..this is not looking like good science.

Silver has been one of those relatively cheap ways to curb germs & their effects for 100s of years or longer.. Pure Iodine is illegal to have now. That article said they were targeting Titanium Dioxide next. The less elements & basic ingredients we can get our hands on, the less we can make & do for ourselves...
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146. mitthbevnuruodo
12:18 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
Quoting AtHomeInTX:
Snow in Texas makes the news even if is to our west...maybe. :)



Something interesting Late Friday Night/Early Saturday Morning. There is an EXTREMELY LOW chance of snow flurries just off to our west. NO accumulations are expected.


hahahaa oh that's ok though, even here in the UK, where snow is surely a bit more common than in Texas, that news would bring whatever region it affected to a halt! haha
Granted we don't get snow regularly enough to have readiness as say Minnesota or the far N/E states, but it still is a bit crazy at what happens when we get some! So no shame for big news for there"
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145. trHUrrIXC5MMX
12:16 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
I got that tsunami message like half an hour ago ...
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144. aspectre
12:15 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
Micro-meteoroid impacts take out satellites with EMPs
Tellingly, a massive ElectroMagneticPulse knocked out cell phones when the Chelyabinsk meteoroid hit...
...researchers fired tiny dust particles at targets resembling satellites at [closing] speeds of 60 kilometers per second. "We found that when these particles hit, they create a plasma or quasi-neutral gas of ions and electrons, and that plasma can then emit in the radio frequency range,"...
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142. CaicosRetiredSailor
12:07 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
California Facing Epic Lack of Precipitation

By Tom Yulsman | February 28, 2013 3:01 pm



The red colors tell the story of California's epic lack of precipitation since the beginning of the year. (Source: High Plains Regional Climate Center)

It has been really dry in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Epically dry may not be an exaggeration.

The entire range has been suffering from lack of snowfall, with the snowpack now standing at just 66 percent of average. But snowpack in the northern Sierra plays a particularly important role in both state and federal water supply systems. And here, precipitation in January and February has been the lowest since modern record-keeping began in 1921.

...

... the sprawling Central Valley -- California's agricultural heartland, and one of the most important agricultural regions in the United States.

More than 230 crops are grown in the Central Valley. It comprises less than 1 percent of all U.S. farmland, yet as of 2002 (the last date for which I could find data), the value of its crops represented 8 percent of the nation's output.

This amazing productivity depends on irrigation. Some of that irrigation comes from ground water. But a huge amount comes from melt water flowing off the Sierra Nevada.

So if the snow doesn't start falling soon, and in copious quantities, the effects could ripple into the entire U.S. economy in the form of higher food prices.


http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2013/02/ 28/california-facing-epic-lack-of-precipitation/#. US_xyGt5mSM
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141. TropicalAnalystwx13
12:06 AM GMT on March 01, 2013
There was a rare sight near Villajoyosa on the eastern coast of Spain today: twin waterspouts. The cyclones dissipated before damaging anything.

Interesting for sure.

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140. GeorgiaStormz
11:59 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
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139. GeorgiaStormz
11:58 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
AN UPPER LOW OVER THE PLAINS WILL ENABLE CYCLOGENESIS AT THE SURFACE
ON MONDAY EVENING. AS THE UPPER SYSTEM MOVES TO THE SOUTHEAST...THE
SURFACE LOW WILL DEEPEN SLIGHTLY AS IN MOVES ACROSS THE SOUTHERN
MISSISSIPPI VALLEY. SOUTHERLY WINDS AT THE SURFACE WILL ALLOW MORE
SURFACE MOISTURE TO FILTER IN ADVANCE OF THIS SYSTEM. AS THE SURFACE
LOW MOVES THROUGH...RAIN SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP TUESDAY MORNING. THE
UPPER LOW QUICKLY PUSHES THE SURFACE LOW TO THE EAST BY TUESDAY
AFTERNOON...AND TEMPERATURE PROFILES WILL BEGIN TO COOL RAPIDLY.
COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING...THE TUESDAY SYSTEM LOOKS MORE IMPRESSIVE
OVERALL FOR THE CHANCE OF FROZEN PRECIP ACROSS THE NORTH. THE 1.5
PVU TROPOPAUSE MAP SHOWS A FAIRLY DEEP WAVE MOVING THROUGH TUESDAY.
THIS COMBINED WITH A STRONG UPPER LEVEL JET WILL ALLOW FOR INCREASED
FORCING...AS ABSOLUTE VORTICITY INCREASES IN AN AREA OF UPPER LEVEL
DIVERGENCE. THERE ARE STILL SOME DISCREPANCIES BETWEEN THE
TIMING...HOWEVER THE EURO AND THE GFS PAINT A SIMILAR PICTURE WITH
THE OVERALL SETUP. VERTICAL TEMPERATURE PROFILES ALSO LOOK
IMPRESSIVE...WITH DEEPLY SATURATED SOUNDINGS UP TO AT LEAST THE -15
DEGREE CELSIUS LAYER
. DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE SOUNDINGS...COMBINED
WITH THE AMOUNT OF FORCING IN PLACE... AREAS ALONG AND NORTH OF THE
INTERSTATE 20/59 CORRIDOR WILL SEE THE CHANCE FOR MODERATE RAIN
SHOWERS TUESDAY AFTERNOON SWITCHING TO SNOW SHOWERS LATE IN THE
AFTERNOON
ACROSS THE WEST AND TRANSITIONING EASTWARD DURING THE
EVENING HOURS. BECAUSE OF THE TIMING DIFFERENCES...WILL ONLY HAVE
CHANCE POPS IN FOR NOW...AND LEAVE ANY MENTION OUT OF THE HWO.
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138. GeorgiaStormz
11:57 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
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137. PalmBeachWeather
11:50 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Prayers to the deputy that was shot and killed in St. Lucie Florida today... So sad, and so uncalled for... Made me cry. Gary Morales has two young daughters
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136. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:48 PM GMT on February 28, 2013

______________
Hi there Australia
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135. PalmBeachWeather
11:48 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
GeoffreyWPB... Not a big fan of the cold.....
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134. AussieStorm
11:47 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Morning all....

Scott Bachmeier ‏@CIMSS_Satellite
VIIRS InfraRed images showing large ice leads (yellow/orange) opening up in the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska/Canada:

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133. AtHomeInTX
11:46 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Snow in Texas makes the news even if is to our west...maybe. :)



Something interesting Late Friday Night/Early Saturday Morning. There is an EXTREMELY LOW chance of snow flurries just off to our west. NO accumulations are expected.
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132. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:39 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Quoting MAweatherboy1:
This would be a nice way to end winter... unfortunately it's too long range to believe:




it would be nice... but over 250hrs out..

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131. MAweatherboy1
11:37 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
This would be a nice way to end winter... unfortunately it's too long range to believe:


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130. aspectre
11:33 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Silver nano-particles screw up soil fertility while also causing the soil's Nitrous*Oxide emissions to rise.

* "...over a 100-year period, N2O has ~300 times more greenhouse-impact per unit weight than CO2."
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129. trHUrrIXC5MMX
11:32 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
our game player is in the left side of this image
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128. TropicalAnalystwx13
11:25 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Wichita, Kansas received 2.45" of precipitation this month, though an overwhelming majority of it was in the form of snow. That's a little more than all of the precipitation the city has seen in the past 4 months.
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127. GeoffreyWPB
11:21 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
NWS Miami Disco

Could be up to a two week cold spell for south Florida...Sorry for the long post, but it is a good read.

THERE WILL BE A CHANCE OF SOME COLD RAINFALL ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA
SATURDAY NIGHT...AS THE SHORT RANGE MODEL PROBABILITIES ARE
SHOWING A 40 TO 70 PERCENT CHANCE OF TEMPERATURES WILL FALL INTO
THE 30S WEST OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE. THE PROBABILITIES FOR REST OF THE
CWA IS SHOWING A 70 TO 95 PERCENT CHANCE OF TEMPERATURES IN THE
40S.

THE STRONG COLD FRONT WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE SOUTHWARD ON SUNDAY
ALLOWING FOR HIGH PRESSURE TO BUILD INTO THE FLORIDA PENINSULA
SUNDAY NIGHT INTO MONDAY. THIS WILL ALLOW FOR THE PRECIP TO COME
TO AN END BY SUNDAY AFTERNOON ALONG WITH THE SKIES BECOMING CLEAR
BY SUNDAY NIGHT. THE LONG RANGE MODELS ARE STILL SHOWING
TEMPERATURES TO FALL INTO THE UPPER 30S TO LOWER 40S OVER MOST OF
SOUTH FLORIDA SUNDAY NIGHT...EXCEPT LOWER TO MID 40S OVER THE EAST
COAST METRO AREAS AND MID 30S WEST OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE. A FEW OF
THE MODELS ARE ALSO SHOWING THAT TEMPERATURES WEST OF LAKE
OKEECHOBEE COULD EVEN APPROACH THE FREEZING MARK AROUND SUNRISE
SUNDAY. SO WE WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST MODEL RUN
FORECAST LOW TEMPERATURES FOR SUNDAY NIGHT.

.LONG TERM...
THE LONG RANGE MODELS SHOW THE HIGH OVER THE FLORIDA PENINSULA TO MOVE
EAST INTO THE WESTERN ATLANTIC WATERS FOR THE EARLY TO MIDDLE OF NEXT
WEEK...AS LOW PRESSURE DEVELOPS OVER THE SOUTHEAST UNITED STATES
AND MOVES EAST INTO THE WESTERN ATLANTIC WATERS. THIS WILL ALLOW
FOR ANOTHER STRONG COLD FRONT TO MOVE SOUTHWARD AND THROUGH SOUTH
FLORIDA BY MIDDLE OF NEXT. THIS WILL BRING ANOTHER SHOT OF
POSSIBLE COLDER AIR TO THE AREA FOR LATE NEXT WEEK. AT THIS TIME
THE LONG RANGE MODELS ARE SHOWING THAT THE LOWS COULD FALL AGAIN
DOWN INTO THE UPPER 30S TO MID 40S OVER MOST OF THE AREA FOR LATE
NEXT WEEK EXCEPT MID 30S WEST OF LAKE OKEECHOBEE...AND HIGHS
COULD AGAIN BE IN THE 60S OVER MOST OF THE AREA.
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126. barbamz
11:11 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Last thing (and sorry if it was already posted by Aussi). In respect to Rusty Australia seems to have dodged a bullet:

Ex-cyclone Rusty causes Pilbara flooding

Date February 28, 2013 - 8:20PM

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125. SFLWeatherman
11:08 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Snow on the 18Z GFS for WC FL!
60HR


63HR


66HR


69HR
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124. LargoFl
10:55 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
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123. barbamz
10:41 PM GMT on February 28, 2013


NASA's Van Allen Probes Reveal a New Radiation Belt Around Earth

Feb. 28, 2013 %u2014 NASA's Van Allen Probes mission has discovered a previously unknown third radiation belt around Earth, revealing the existence of unexpected structures and processes within these hazardous regions of space.

Previous observations of Earth's Van Allen belts have long documented two distinct regions of trapped radiation surrounding our planet. Particle detection instruments aboard the twin Van Allen Probes, launched Aug. 30, quickly revealed to scientists the existence of this new, transient, third radiation belt.

The belts, named for their discoverer, James Van Allen, are critical regions for modern society, which is dependent on many space-based technologies. The Van Allen belts are affected by solar storms and space weather and can swell dramatically. When this occurs, they can pose dangers to communications and GPS satellites, as well as humans in space.

Whole article on Science Daily

Another weather related article on Science Daily today:

Every Degree Fall in Winter Air Temperature Equals 1 Percent Drop in Ambulance Response Time

Hello and good night as well from Germany. As a catholic I was following the coverage of the Pope's resignation today, of course. ;-) I had been several times in Rome in the last decades, so it was touching for me. Good night to all of you.
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122. Doppler22
10:40 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
Just reminding everyone I made a new Blog Entry on South Atlantic storms.... I'd appreciate if some people looked over it and gave me feedback in the comments Thanks :p
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121. GeorgiaStormz
10:29 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
New model run is colder and lighter with Tuesday snow:


before:

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120. trHUrrIXC5MMX
10:17 PM GMT on February 28, 2013
From weather.com

Next Week

System is forecast to move out of the Rockies Monday then take a long track across the central U.S. to the Mid-Atlantic coast through mid to late week. Based on the forecast track there is potential to produce a rather broad swath of snowfall and that could lead to our next named storm. It is much too early however to try to resolve details of precipitation type and amount of snow. Stay tuned for details.

Saturn? (Sandy's shadow)
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