A dramatic greening of the Arctic over the past 30 years

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:30 PM GMT on March 18, 2013

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A remarkable transformation in the vegetation of the Arctic has occurred over the past 30 years, according to a study of satellite data published on March 10, 2013, in Nature Climate Change. The authors found that Arctic vegetation growth and temperatures in 2011 resembled what occurred 250 - 430 miles farther to the south back in 1982. That's the approximate distance in latitude between San Francisco and San Diego, or Washington D.C. and Atlanta. More greening occurred in Eurasia than North America, and the Arctic's new greenness is visible on the ground as an increasing abundance of tall shrubs and trees. Large patches of vigorously productive vegetation now span a third of the northern landscape, an area about equal to the contiguous United States. "Higher northern latitudes are getting warmer, Arctic sea ice and the duration of snow cover are diminishing, the growing season is getting longer and plants are growing more," said co-author Dr. Ranga Myneni of Boston University's Department of Earth and Environment, in a NASA press release. "In the north's Arctic and boreal areas, the characteristics of the seasons are changing, leading to great disruptions for plants and related ecosystems." The changes in the Arctic's vegetation are being driven by human-caused global warming, which is occurring in the Arctic at more than double the rate of the rest of the planet. This so-called "Arctic amplification" is due, in part, to the increased melting of ice and snow near the pole. When ice and snow melt, they uncover darker surfaces underneath, which absorb more sunlight and increase Arctic temperatures in a vicious cycle which melts even more ice and snow. Using 17 climate models, the researchers predicted that a continuation of warming in the Arctic in coming decades could lead to over a 1300 mile latitudinal shift in Arctic vegetation zones by the year 2100, compared to the period 1951 - 1980. That's a distance greater than the north-south extent of the contiguous United States. However, more frequent forest fires, increased pest outbreaks, and summertime droughts due to a warming climate might slow down Arctic plant growth.


Figure 1. Of the 10 million square miles (26 million square kilometers) of northern vegetated lands, 34 to 41 percent showed increases in plant growth (green and blue), 3 to 5 percent showed decreases in plant growth (orange and red), and 51 to 62 percent showed no changes (yellow) over the past 30 years. Satellite data in this visualization are from AVHRR and MODIS. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio.


Figure 2. Trees take hold as permafrost thaws near the Altai Mountains in Russia. Credit: Terry Callaghan, EU-Interact/Sergey Kirpotin, Tomsk State University.

Commentary
One often hears complaints that global warming may be greatly overestimated, due to many temperature sensors being located in increasingly urbanized areas where local "urban heat island" effects are not being properly considered. If this were true (and it isn't), then we would not expect to see "nature's thermometers"--plants and animals--change their behavior and ranges much. But plants and animals are responding in major ways to the warming climate, and the greening of the Arctic is merely one more example of "nature's thermometers" telling us that the planet is warming significantly. Some other examples:

Fall is falling back: During 1982 to 1999, the end of the growing season was delayed by 4.3 days in the Northern Hemisphere. During 2000 to 2008, the end of the growing season was further delayed by an additional 2.3 days. In the U.S., fall now occurs ten days later than it did 30 years ago.

Spring is springing forward: Spring events, like bird and butterfly migrations, flower blooming times, and frog mating, have been advancing by about three days per decade over the past 30 years.

Animals are changing migration patterns: New species have colonized previously ‘cool’ regions, including sea anemones in Monterey Bay, and lichens and butterflies in Europe. Over the past 50 years, maximum range shifts vary from 200 km (butterflies) to 1,000 km (marine copepods).

Related blog post: New USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map for gardeners shows a warming climate

Dr. Myneni's petition to protect Earth from climate change
Professor Myneni of Boston University's Department of Earth & Environment, co-author of the greening Arctic study, has developed a simple one-sentence petition that he hopes one billion people will sign by Earth Day, 2014:

Dear Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon,

We, the People of the Earth, request You to act judiciously and expeditiously to protect the Earth from anthropogenic climate change.

Respectfully,
People of the Earth


The petition, which I have signed, is at: https://yourclimatechange.org/, and was recently featured by Discovery News.

Jeff Masters

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Looks like the keys etc getting some good rains....
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Radar clear by me so far this morning.....
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ok OUR turn to Heed the Warnings..stay safe folks!...
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well GFS finally has rain for my area..its a good thing.
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Good Morning folks!, warm here by me,mid 60's i guess right now..no rain at all by me but i see south florida has been getting some great rains according to radar..which is a good thing,so fla really needs the water...well have a great day everyone!
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"16 March 2013 - 01:42 PM

The earth is not a slave to be whipped and beaten by a master. She will grab the whip and pull us into the flames."

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good night everyone, or afternoon to some..
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we got about 3 inches here in south central ontario wet sloppy snow
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Sleet mixing with rain now.... expect warmer air to creep further inland changing all precip to snow by 1-2 AM

very gusty winds making temps feel in the low 20s
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the current sleet will hold the snowfall accumulations for the area... so far 4" of snow.

changing over to rain later apparently
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Major icing going on at my area....snow has ended...winds picked up, some gusty
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Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:


I'm a little more interested in the coastal low passing well SE for Thursday-Friday as it looks like a Norlun Trough extending NW from it is getting closer and closer in the model runs. Looks like a nice little buzz-saw low which are sometimes culprits of long-reaching norlun troughs.


yeah, i see something like that happening...
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


yes...that happens to me as well


I'm a little more interested in the coastal low passing well SE for Thursday-Friday as it looks like a Norlun Trough extending NW from it is getting closer and closer in the model runs. Looks like a nice little buzz-saw low which are sometimes culprits of long-reaching norlun troughs.
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Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:


Send me both, would be greatly appreciated :)

I soon intend on expanding from just CT to cover also Mass and R.I. Main reason I have hesitated on that is because quite frankly my greatest knowledge of terrain and related weather effects is for eastern NY and all of CT... so I'm afraid that my forecasts for Mass and to a lesser extent Rhode Island would be somewhat less accurate.


yes...that happens to me as well
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


I have a good one... I can send it to you...
there is a website as well


Send me both, would be greatly appreciated :)

I soon intend on expanding from just CT to cover also Mass and R.I. Main reason I have hesitated on that is because quite frankly my greatest knowledge of terrain and related weather effects is for eastern NY and all of CT... so I'm afraid that my forecasts for Mass and to a lesser extent Rhode Island would be somewhat less accurate.
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Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:
Hope you don't mind my using of paint for my maps lol I know how to use photoshop but haven't gotten around to designing everything to make maps on it yet.

BTW if you know a good place to customize blank maps (such as making a blank map but choosing/customizing cities to plot on it) leave me a message on the fb page.


ignore what I said...I have a map, you only have to place cities on it...
I'll send it to you
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Hope you don't mind my using of paint for my maps lol I know how to use photoshop but haven't gotten around to designing everything to make maps on it yet.

BTW if you know a good place to customize blank maps (such as making a blank map but choosing/customizing cities to plot on it) leave me a message on the fb page.
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My facebook weather page

If you'd like to check it out.
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Quoting ConnecticutWXGuy:


Yeah about an hour ago I increased snowfall on my facebook weather page, but not to that extent. I basically upped most of CT from interior southern CT to 4 to 6" and upped Litchfield and northern Hartford County to 6" to 9" and extreme northern Litchfield County to 9" to 12". Kept coastal locations to either 2" to 4" or 1" to 2". I am thinking I might have to up it again before I go to bed here in a couple hours.... holding out for now.


yeah..Im getting past the advisory of 2-4" posted. Some people tell me on facebook from Stamford, New Canaan, Milford, Bridgeport and New Haven snowfall amounts ranging from 3-5.5"...so increasing snowfalls... I think we could end up nearly with a half a foot before changing to rain...

also notice that Litchfield is in the violet-ish color of 9-14"
it'll take lots of rain to melt down the snow..
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Quoting NCSCguy:
i dunno the warning says quarter sized hail, or do they always say that?
I'm relatively certain that severe hail begins at quarter size, thus the warnings.
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
Increasing snowfall across coastal Connecticut and surrounding areas except NYC, LI

some coastal areas in SW CT could see near half a foot...currently 3.5" at my place



Yeah about an hour ago I increased snowfall on my facebook weather page, but not to that extent. I basically upped most of CT from interior southern CT to 4 to 6" and upped Litchfield and northern Hartford County to 6" to 9" and extreme northern Litchfield County to 9" to 12". Kept coastal locations to either 2" to 4" or 1" to 2". I am thinking I might have to up it again before I go to bed here in a couple hours.... holding out for now.
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i dunno the warning says quarter sized hail, or do they always say that?
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Quoting opal92nwf:
"Sigh". The classic storm system that hits everywhere but the Northern Gulf Coastal areas (More specifically the Florida Panhandle). Unless those last few cells somehow come down, it looks like it will be another false alarm for the panhandle. Not that I want death and destruction, I just always welcome the rain and enjoy observing the storms in person.



I was hoping for some action too, but I knew it wasn't gonna happen with today's setup. Trust me, there'll be endless opportunities in the future.
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Quoting ncstorm:
I thought Chucktown said these storms were supposed to die out before reaching his area

000
WUUS52 KCHS 190245
SVRCHS
SCC013-015-019-029-035-053-190345-
/O.NEW.KCHS.SV.W.0011.130319T0245Z-130319T0345Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
1045 PM EDT MON MAR 18 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR PORTIONS OF...
DORCHESTER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
CHARLESTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
BERKELEY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
JASPER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
COLLETON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
BEAUFORT COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...

* UNTIL 1145 PM EDT

* AT 1043 PM EDT...METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES WEST OF HARLEYVILLE TO
CLARENDON TO BELLINGER HILL AREA...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

PREPARE NOW FOR...
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH...
HAIL UP TO QUARTER SIZE...

* SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
LEMON ISLAND...CLARENDON...SHELL POINT...GREEN POND...PORT ROYAL...
PARRIS ISLAND...JACKSONBORO...HILTON HEAD AIRPORT...RIDGEVILLE...
GIVHANS...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REPORT HAIL...DOWNED TREES...LIMBS...AND POWER LINES DIRECTLY TO THE
CHARLESTON NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT 1-888-383-2024...WHEN IT IS
SAFE TO DO SO.

&&

LAT...LON 3272 8004 3255 8019 3247 8035 3243 8035
3249 8036 3246 8040 3249 8043 3248 8047
3241 8042 3231 8044 3226 8060 3222 8062
3207 8087 3212 8108 3288 8051 3333 8052
3326 8043 3327 8030 3330 8026 3345 8021
TIME...MOT...LOC 0243Z 265DEG 39KT 3322 8058 3254 8073
3217 8091

$$


I said there wouldn't be any tornadoes anymore once the storms crossed the Savannah River. They have been steadily weakening and right now only producing lightning and a few stronger wind gusts. Nothing to see here, just some much needed rain for the Lowcountry.
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Increasing snowfall across coastal Connecticut and surrounding areas except NYC, LI

some coastal areas in SW CT could see near half a foot...currently 3.5" at my place

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Good night Everyone..stay safe tonight!



WWUS40 KWNS 182329
WWP5

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH PROBABILITIES FOR WS 0055
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0629 PM CDT MON MAR 18 2013

WS 0055
PROBABILITY TABLE:
PROB OF 2 OR MORE TORNADOES : 20%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE STRONG /F2-F5/ TORNADOES : 05%
PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE WIND EVENTS : 40%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE WIND EVENTS >= 65 KNOTS : 30%
PROB OF 10 OR MORE SEVERE HAIL EVENTS : 30%
PROB OF 1 OR MORE HAIL EVENTS >= 2 INCHES : 20%
PROB OF 6 OR MORE COMBINED SEVERE HAIL/WIND EVENTS : 70%

&&
ATTRIBUTE TABLE:
MAX HAIL /INCHES/ : 1.5
MAX WIND GUSTS SURFACE /KNOTS/ : 60
MAX TOPS /X 100 FEET/ : 500
MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR /DEGREES AND KNOTS/ : 27035
PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION : NO

&&
FOR A COMPLETE GEOGRAPHICAL DEPICTION OF THE WATCH AND
WATCH EXPIRATION INFORMATION SEE WOUS64 FOR WOU5.

$$
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"Sigh". The classic storm system that hits everywhere but the Northern Gulf Coastal areas (More specifically the immediate coastal areas). Unless those last few cells somehow come down, it looks like it will be another false alarm for the extreme south panhandle. Not that I want death and destruction, I just always welcome the rain and enjoy observing the storms in person.



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sitting on my front porch and there is some impressive lightning
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Quoting ncstorm:


Jayson Prentice ‏@SeverePlains

Ouch... RT @bryanwx: Big time Hail damage to a home in Pearl, MS via Erika Blahizzle on Facebook



That is incredible. Very large hail can be more destructive than people think... I'd hate to imagine being caught outside in hail like that, if it can cause that kind of damage to a house I'd hate to see what multiple impacts on the human body looks like. Huge welts, maybe even fractures?
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storms aproching charleston sc now
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I thought Chucktown said these storms were supposed to die out before reaching his area

000
WUUS52 KCHS 190245
SVRCHS
SCC013-015-019-029-035-053-190345-
/O.NEW.KCHS.SV.W.0011.130319T0245Z-130319T0345Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
1045 PM EDT MON MAR 18 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN CHARLESTON HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR PORTIONS OF...
DORCHESTER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
CHARLESTON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
BERKELEY COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
JASPER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
COLLETON COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...
BEAUFORT COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA...

* UNTIL 1145 PM EDT

* AT 1043 PM EDT...METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...
ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM 9 MILES WEST OF HARLEYVILLE TO
CLARENDON TO BELLINGER HILL AREA...MOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.

PREPARE NOW FOR...
DESTRUCTIVE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 70 MPH...
HAIL UP TO QUARTER SIZE...

* SOME LOCATIONS IN THE WARNING INCLUDE...
LEMON ISLAND...CLARENDON...SHELL POINT...GREEN POND...PORT ROYAL...
PARRIS ISLAND...JACKSONBORO...HILTON HEAD AIRPORT...RIDGEVILLE...
GIVHANS...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REPORT HAIL...DOWNED TREES...LIMBS...AND POWER LINES DIRECTLY TO THE
CHARLESTON NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AT 1-888-383-2024...WHEN IT IS
SAFE TO DO SO.

&&

LAT...LON 3272 8004 3255 8019 3247 8035 3243 8035
3249 8036 3246 8040 3249 8043 3248 8047
3241 8042 3231 8044 3226 8060 3222 8062
3207 8087 3212 8108 3288 8051 3333 8052
3326 8043 3327 8030 3330 8026 3345 8021
TIME...MOT...LOC 0243Z 265DEG 39KT 3322 8058 3254 8073
3217 8091

$$
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
@alabamapower
9:30pm Update - We're up to 79,000 customers restored, but there are still 135,000 to go. http://alpwr.co/sst10 #ALwx


lots of strong storms tonight #6000
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Local photo journalist here in Hattiesburg captured a great picture of lightning that occurred during tonight's severe hail storms.

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@alabamapower
9:30pm Update - We're up to 79,000 customers restored, but there are still 135,000 to go. http://alpwr.co/sst10 #ALwx
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KLIX picked a horrible night to go down
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Quoting MississippiWx:
Hail storms are still ongoing back here at the end of the line in Mississippi. Radar can do fascinating things these days, like pick up the reflection of hail in storms. Notice the line extending to the south of the storm that is circled. That is the radar beam reflecting off the large hail in this storm. Pretty cool.

your resolution is way better than mine....
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Hail storms are still ongoing back here at the end of the line in Mississippi. Radar can do fascinating things these days, like pick up the reflection of hail in storms. Notice the line extending to the south of the storm that is circled. That is the radar beam reflecting off the large hail in this storm. Pretty cool.

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Quoting interstatelover7166:
2'' up here near Danbury


good...gotta go to get another measurement....it's been 2 hrs..

Severe weather keeps rumbling across the south...
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Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:
just measured 2"...snow falling very heavily... upping snowfalls on my map soon
I could get 4-8" instead of the 2-4" they are calling
2'' up here near Danbury
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Not sure why the operational GFS would predict a positive NAO when all of its ensembles keep it negative, with only one ensemble member bringing it higher than -1. Seems like the ensemble members collectively have been doing a better job lately than the operational.

Furthermore more than half of the ensemble members have the NAO nearly twice as low as it is right now at the same time the operational has it going positive. (question mark)
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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
SCC017-027-061-075-085-190245-
/O.NEW.KCAE.SV.W.0015.130319T0155Z-130319T0245Z/

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE COLUMBIA SC
955 PM EDT MON MAR 18 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN COLUMBIA HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...
SOUTHEASTERN LEE COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
EASTERN CALHOUN COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
SUMTER COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
CLARENDON COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA
EASTERN ORANGEBURG COUNTY IN CENTRAL SOUTH CAROLINA

* UNTIL 1045 PM EDT

* AT 950 PM EDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
LINE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING DAMAGING WINDS IN
EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THESE STORMS WERE LOCATED ALONG A LINE EXTENDING
FROM MULBERRY TO ORANGEBURG...OR ALONG A LINE EXTENDING FROM SUMTER
TO ORANGEBURG...AND MOVING SOUTHEAST AT 50 MPH.

* SOME COMMUNITIES IN THE WARNING AREA INCLUDE SUMTER...SUMMERTON...
ST. MATTHEWS...SOUTH SUMTER...ORANGEBURG...MULBERRY...MILLWOOD...
MANNING...HOLLY HILL...ELLOREE...BROOKDALE AND BOWMAN

REPORT LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS OR FLOODING TO YOUR COUNTY
SHERIFF...OR USE
WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/US.NATIONALWEATHERSERVICE.COLUMB IA.GOV TO RELAY
SEVERE WEATHER REPORTS.

LAT...LON 3377 7999 3372 7997 3350 8009 3344 8015
3344 8022 3330 8025 3326 8030 3325 8043
3333 8051 3324 8066 3345 8099 3376 8070
3376 8061 3384 8062 3408 8040 3403 7997
3400 7990 3394 7997 3389 7994 3387 7988
TIME...MOT...LOC 0156Z 306DEG 44KT 3396 8027 3343 8086
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HPC! FL!!
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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE JACKSON MS
835 PM CDT MON MAR 18 2013

MSC001-190145-
/O.CON.KJAN.SV.W.0150.000000T0000Z-130319T0145Z/
ADAMS MS-
835 PM CDT MON MAR 18 2013

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 845 PM CDT
FOR SOUTHWESTERN ADAMS COUNTY...

AT 836 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS WERE TRACKING
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO
GOLF BALL SIZE. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER CENTRAL CONCORDIA PARISH
MOVING EAST AT 30 MPH.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

THE HAIL BEING PRODUCED BY THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WILL LIKELY
DAMAGE CARS AND ROOFS. PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT OF DOORS SHOULD MOVE INSIDE
A STRUCTURE IMMEDIATELY.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 900 PM CDT MONDAY
EVENING FOR NORTHEAST LOUISIANA AND SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI.

&&

LAT...LON 3123 9165 3126 9165 3127 9164 3126 9156
3127 9152 3129 9151 3133 9152 3133 9144
3128 9147 3128 9149 3126 9147 3123 9148
TIME...MOT...LOC 0136Z 278DEG 27KT 3126 9153

$$

DHB
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Quoting schistkicker:
Somehow managed to dodge the hail where I live about an hour west of Atlanta
Oh ho ho it's magic
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just measured 2"...snow falling very heavily... upping snowfalls on my map soon
I could get 4-8" instead of the 2-4" they are calling
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Finally back..

an hour drive from Stamford to Norwalk (usually 10 mins)
with a flat tire...

Classes were cancelled after 50 mins.. got some pictures while I was sitting outside watching the snow fall in my coffee cup.
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Somehow managed to dodge the hail where I live about an hour west of Atlanta... the big storm that nailed the airport and surrounding area really came together just after it passed me by. Not that I'm complaining - the storms were still strong enough to do some pretty significant wind damage. Several trees and power lines down; lost a couple shingles off my house; neighbor's mailbox got snapped off. Could have been worse, though.
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