Dark Snow Project: Crowd-Source Funded Science for Greenland

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:03 PM GMT on April 26, 2013

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"There's no place on Earth that is changing faster--and no place where that change matters more--than Greenland." So said 350.org founder Bill McKibben, in a 2012 Rolling Stone magazine interview. As Earth Week 2013 draws to a close, I want to draw your attention to a unique effort to learn more about why Greenland is melting so fast--a crowd-funded research project that anyone can contribute to, which aims to answer the "burning question": How much does wildfire and industrial soot darken the ice, increasing melt? The Dark Snow Project, the first-ever Greenland expedition relying on crowd-source funding, hopes to raise $150,000 to mount a field research campaign to find out. The project is the brainchild of Dr. Jason Box, Professor at the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), and one of the world's leading experts on Greenland's glaciers. He has set up a website called darksnowproject.org to help raise the funds for the field campaign, and has raised about half of the needed amount as of mid-April.


Figure 1. Over the course of several years, turbulent water overflow from a large melt lake carved this 60-foot-deep (18.3 meter-deep) canyon in Greenland's Ice Sheet (note people near left edge for scale). Image credit: Ian Joughin, University of Washington.

2012: Unprecedented melting in Greenland
Watching the weather events of 2012 over Greenland made all seasoned climate watchers a little queasy. The vast ice sheet on the island holds enough water to raise global sea levels by 7.36 meters (24.15 feet) were it all to melt, and the ice melt season of 2012 gave notice that an epic melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet may be underway. According to NOAA's 2012 Arctic Report Card, the duration of melting at the surface of the ice sheet in summer 2012 was the longest since satellite observations began in 1979, and the total amount of summer melting was nearly double the previous record, set in 2010 (satellite records of melting go back to 1979.) A rare, near-ice sheet-wide surface melt event melted 97% of the surface of Greenland's ice sheet on July 11 - 12. While a similar melt event at the summit occurred 1889, but the 1889 event has no basis in the instrumental record from coastal Greenland. It's instead likely that 2012 was Greenland's warmest summer in at least 863 years, since the medieval warm period (see http://www.meltfactor.org/blog/?p=677 and http://www.meltfactor.org/blog/?p=725). The incredibly warm temperatures have been blamed on highly unusual atmospheric circulation and jet stream changes, which were also responsible for 2012's unusually wet summer weather in England. It would not be a surprise if this sort of summer began occurring more often, since temperatures on top of the Greenland Ice Sheet have been rising six times faster than the global average during the past twenty years. A May 2013 Geophysical Research Letters paper by McGrath et al., "Recent warming at Summit, Greenland: Global context and implications", concluded that by 2025, there is a 50% chance of ice sheet-wide melt events happening annually. The ice sheet reached its darkest value on record in 2012. The darkened surface was due to below average summer snow, soot particles from pollution and forest fires, and record melting. A darker ice sheet absorbs more solar energy, in a vicious cycle that raises temperatures, melts more ice, and further darkens the ice sheet. The amount of melting that was caused by soot from forest fires is important to know, since global warming is likely to increase the amount of forest fires in coming decades. However, the amount of forest fire soot landing on the Greenland Ice Sheet is almost completely unknown, which is why Dr. Box is determined to find out, via the Dark Snow Project.


Figure 2. Smoke from a fire in Labrador, Canada wafts over the Greenland ice sheet on June 17, 2012, as seen in this cross-section view of aerosol particles taken by NASA's CALIPSO satellite. Image credit: Dr. Jason Box, Ohio State University.

Greenland causing 25% of global sea level rise
In a landmark study published in November 2012 in Science, 47 researchers from 26 laboratories reported that the amount of ice being lost from Greenland and Antarctica has tripled since the 1990s, with Greenland contributing more than twice as much to global sea level rise than Antarctica. The study, "A Reconciled Estimate of Ice-Sheet Mass Balance", found that the two ice sheets were responsible for 20% of the global sea level rise of 3.1 mm/year during the 20-year period 1992 - 2011. The remainder of the rise was due to expansion of the water due to heating of the oceans, melting of mountain glaciers, and unsustainable pumping of ground water. Said co-author Erik Ivins of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, "The pace of ice loss from Greenland is extraordinary, with nearly a five-fold increase since the mid-1990s." As of 2011, Greenland's contribution to global sea level rise on its own had risen to 20 - 25%, according to an international research group led by the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, in an article published in Earth and Planetary Science Letters on 1 June 2012. If the current exponential ice loss trends continue for the next ten years, Greenland's contribution to sea level rise will double to 1.4 mm/yr by 2022, the researchers said. Many sea level rise researchers expect global sea level to rise by about 1 meter (3.3 feet) by 2100. During the 20th century, global sea level rise was about 0.18 meters (7 inches.)


Figure 3. Monthly smoothed (purple) and unsmoothed (blue) values of the total mass lost from the Greenland Ice Sheet (in Gigatons, Gt) from measurements by the GRACE satellites between March 2002-September 2012. An approximate equivalent global sea level rise figure is on the right axis. Note that the decline in ice mass lost from Greenland is not a straight line--it is exponential, meaning that more ice loss is lost each year than in the previous year. Image credit: 2012 Arctic Report Card.

Will Antarctica be more important than Greenland for sea level rise?
Although melting from Greenland is currently raising global sea level by about a factor of two more than Antarctica melting is, that situation may change later this century. A 2013 study by Dahl-Jensen et al. looked at a new ice core drilled from the bottom-most depths of the Greenland Ice Sheet. The core suggests that the ice in Greenland may have partially survived the warm Eemian period before the Ice Age, approximately 118,000 - 126,000 years ago, when Greenland temperatures were 5- 8°C warmer than present-day temperatures. Global sea level during the Eemian was 4 - 8 meters (13 - 26 ft) higher than the present sea level, and the scientists estimated that melting from Greenland was responsible for 2 meters (6.6 ft) of this sea level rise. This implies that Antarctica was responsible for 50 - 75% of global sea level rise during the Eemian, and thus we might expect Antarctica to take over as the dominant source of sea level rise later this century, when global temperatures may to rise to levels similar to those experienced during the Eemian.

Related posts
Greenland experiences melting over 97% of its area in mid-July (July 25, 2012)
Record warmth at the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet (July 18, 2012)
Unprecedented May heat in Greenland; update on 2011 Greenland ice melt (May, 2012)
Greenland update for 2010: record melting and a massive calving event

Dr. Jason Box's blog on Greenland and the Dark Snow Project is at http://www.meltfactor.org.

The http://www.greenlandmelting.com/ website looks like a great resource for following this year's melt progression in Greenland.


Video 1. Glaciologist Dr. Jason Box and 350.org founder Bill McKibben plug the Darksnow project in this January 2013 video by Peter Sinclair. There's some impressive footage of the record Greenland snow melt of summer 2012 sweeping away a 20-ton tractor that was attempting to repair a bridge washed out by the raging Watson River on July 11, 2012 in Kangerlussauaq, Greenland. The driver escaped unharmed.

Support the Dark Snow Project
One of Dr. Box's collaborators, photographer James Balog, who created the amazing time-lapse Greenland glacier footage in the fantastic 2012 "Chasing Ice" movie, puts it like this: "Working in Greenland these past years has left me with a profound feeling of being in the middle of a decisive historic moment--the kind of moment, at least in geologic terms, that marks the grand tidal changes of history." On that note, I encourage you all to support the Dark Snow Project. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Dark Snow Project Expedition Plan 2013
Prepare and gather science equipment including a field spectrometer, snow and ice coring device, and snow metrics kit.

Travel to Iqualuit, on Baffin Island, Nunavut from home locales in California, Ohio, Michigan, Vermont and rendezvous with Dash-6 "Twin Otter" ski-equipped airplane and flight crew.

Organize cold weather survival kit.

Ferry team from Iqualuit to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland.

Fly to and land at sampling sites high on the inland ice sheet.

At each site collect snow samples from a snow pit and obtain snow cores to a minimum depth of the previous year's snow surface, and record snow properties.

Transport of team and snow samples to Greenland's capital Nuuk, where the team will rest after hustling at field sites.

Return to Iqualuit, then to respective home locales to start the data analysis and reporting phase of campaign.

Jeff Masters

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nasty cell over houston.................
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Quoting FLWeatherFreak91:
just had a quick downpour at my job in lutz! It's there, although there's not anything on radar
thanks might be the seabreeze showers, we sure can use all we can get huh.
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Quoting LargoFl:
getting cloudy and breezy, just might get a shower later on..
just had a quick downpour at my job in lutz! It's there, although there's not anything on radar
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FLOOD ADVISORY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
424 PM CDT SAT APR 27 2013

TXC157-201-272330-
/O.NEW.KHGX.FA.Y.0017.130427T2124Z-130427T2330Z/
/00000.N.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000 Z.OO/
FORT BEND TX-HARRIS TX-
424 PM CDT SAT APR 27 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LEAGUE CITY HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD ADVISORY FOR...
NORTHEASTERN FORT BEND COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS...
HARRIS COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

* UNTIL 630 PM CDT

* AT 419 PM CDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED HEAVY RAIN DUE TO
THUNDERSTORMS. THIS WILL CAUSE MINOR FLOODING IN THE ADVISORY
AREA. 1 TO 3 INCHES OF RAIN HAS FALLEN OVER PARTS OF SOUTHERN
HARRIS COUNTY AND ANOTHER 1 TO 2 INCHES OF RAIN WILL BE POSSIBLE
BY 530 PM.

* SOME LOCATIONS THAT WILL EXPERIENCE MINOR FLOODING INCLUDE
HOUSTON...PASADENA...MISSOURI CITY...CHANNELVIEW...DEER PARK...
MISSION BEND...SUGAR LAND...CLOVERLEAF...FIRST COLONY...BELLAIRE...
SOUTH HOUSTON...WEST UNIVERSITY PLACE...GALENA PARK...JACINTO
CITY...STAFFORD...TOWN WEST...MEADOWS...HUNTERS CREEK VILLAGE...
BUNKER HILL VILLAGE...SPRING VALLEY...PINEY POINT VILLAGE...HEDWIG
VILLAGE...SOUTHSIDE PLACE AND HILSHIRE VILLAGE.

LAT...LON 2954 9571 2978 9570 2983 9511 2978 9510
2977 9510 2976 9509 2964 9506

$$
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Today marks the 2 year anniversaire of the worst day of the 2011 super tornado outbreak.
This is a radar loop of northern Alabama from 159 PM CDT to 516 PM CDT on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
 
Radar Composite Loop (KHTX)(Noon to 416 PM)

 
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Quoting txjac:
I know it isnt as interesting as the tornados that you guys are tracking but west Houston had received 4 inches of rain in the last two hours and are supposed to get 1-2 more in the next half hour ...small amount of hail ...lot of thunder and lightening


Ark time....
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675. DDR
Quoting pottery:

I just checked and found 2.6".

I have to go into the city this evening.
My wife said that we accepted an invitation to have dinner with friends.
I don't recall doing such a thing, but then again my memory is not what it used to be !

It's slowed down here to a constant dribble.
Lets hope tomorrow is clear and bright.
(well, we can hope, right ? )

:):))

Enjoy your evening pottery.
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674. VR46L
Quoting txjac:


The streets around my house are flooded ...gonna go get a picture as its slowed down


Whoa ! Take Care !
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Radar estimates indicate that up to 5.4" of rain has fallen in the past few hours just north of Katy, Texas, and 2.3" in the past hour in some of Houston's western suburbs.
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672. txjac
Quoting VR46L:


That's a pity ! But hey its not everyday you get those rains !


The streets around my house are flooded ...gonna go get a picture as its slowed down
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I just found an old account. This is HH27. Lets see how old it is...

Edit: Not bad 5 years old. This was created before I was confident to post on the blog and I later lost the password.
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670. VR46L
Quoting txjac:


Thanks we needed it badly ..even though it ruined my plans for this evening


That's a pity ! But hey its not everyday you get those rains !
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Sheesh! Houston must've been having a really loud and noisy day.



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Quoting DDR:

Looks like you finally got some of the heavy stuff,i'm up to 2.9 inches since 8am.

I just checked and found 2.6".

I have to go into the city this evening.
My wife said that we accepted an invitation to have dinner with friends.
I don't recall doing such a thing, but then again my memory is not what it used to be !

It's slowed down here to a constant dribble.
Lets hope tomorrow is clear and bright.
(well, we can hope, right ? )

:):))
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667. txjac
Quoting VR46L:


Hey Thats great news for your drought situation !


Thanks we needed it badly ..even though it ruined my plans for this evening
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666. VR46L
Quoting txjac:


LOL ...you're a bad one


Couldn't resist it !

I know Bad !
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665. VR46L
Quoting txjac:
I know it isnt as interesting as the tornados that you guys are tracking but west Houston had received 4 inches of rain in the last two hours and are supposed to get 1-2 more in the next half hour ...small amount of hail ...lot of thunder and lightening


Hey Thats great news for your drought situation !
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664. txjac
Quoting VR46L:



LOL!!

Is that Rain you are referring to?


:P


LOL ...you're a bad one
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663. txjac
I know it isnt as interesting as the tornados that you guys are tracking but west Houston had received 4 inches of rain in the last two hours and are supposed to get 1-2 more in the next half hour ...small amount of hail ...lot of thunder and lightening
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662. VR46L
Quoting txjac:
I am getting pounded here ...and loving it.
Thank you Mother Nature.



LOL!!

Is that Rain you are referring to?


:P
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At this time, 2 years ago today:

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TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 141
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
350 PM CDT SAT APR 27 2013

TORNADO WATCH 141 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM CDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

ARC001-035-037-069-077-085-095-107-117-123-147-28 0400-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0141.130427T2050Z-130428T0400Z/

AR
. ARKANSAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ARKANSAS CRITTENDEN CROSS
JEFFERSON LEE LONOKE
MONROE PHILLIPS PRAIRIE
ST. FRANCIS WOODRUFF
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getting cloudy and breezy, just might get a shower later on..
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SEL1

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 141
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
350 PM CDT SAT APR 27 2013

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
EAST CENTRAL ARKANSAS
NORTHERN MISSISSIPPI
SOUTHWEST TENNESSEE

* EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 350 PM UNTIL
1100 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
SEVERAL TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2
INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 35 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 50 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF
JACKSON TENNESSEE TO 15 MILES SOUTH OF LITTLE ROCK ARKANSAS. FOR
A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU1).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

&&

DISCUSSION...THUNDERSTORMS ARE BEGINNING TO INTENSIFY ALONG A WARM
FRONT EXTENDING ROUGHLY FROM A LOW NEAR LIT TO NORTH OF MEM. A
MOIST AND MODERATELY UNSTABLE AIR MASS LIES TO THE SOUTH OF THE
FRONT WITH DEWPOINTS IN THE MID 60S. DEEP EFFECTIVE SHEAR AND
SUFFICIENT LOW LEVEL SHEAR WILL POSE A RISK OF SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF
LARGE HAIL...DAMAGING WINDS...AND A FEW TORNADOES.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
450. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24035.


...HART
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657. txjac
I am getting pounded here ...and loving it.
Thank you Mother Nature.
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Frank Strait Fan Club
New tornado watch now for parts of Arky, Mississippi, West Tennessee. #arwx #mswx #tnwx
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70F clear skies = Perfect biking weather!
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598 Grothar: Hei, Xandra. (Hvis du er her) N bloggen skriver til meg p norsk. LOL
598 wunderkidcayman: ???Some reason you talking like that???

Brainwashing. Soap overdose from lutefisk consumption makes ya forget recent memory acquisitions such as having learned to speak English.
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Quoting help4u:
Might not be able to plant in Canada due to frigid cold this year,an ice age is something to be worried about,south pole at record levels of ice,stay warm global warming followers!PS ,don't freeze to death while you wait for your dream.


Send them this link :) Link

That will help!
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MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0564
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0336 PM CDT SAT APR 27 2013

AREAS AFFECTED...SRN EDWARDS PLATEAU INTO NRN PARTS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTH TX

CONCERNING...SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH POSSIBLE

VALID 272036Z - 272200Z

PROBABILITY OF WATCH ISSUANCE...60 PERCENT

SUMMARY...THE SRN EDWARDS PLATEAU INTO NRN PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTH TX ARE BEING MONITORED FOR CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT THIS
AFTERNOON...AND THE POTENTIAL NEED FOR A ONE OR MORE WATCHES.
TRENDS WITH TSTM DEVELOPMENT OVER THE HIGHER TERRAIN OF COAHUILA
MEXICO WILL NEED TO BE MONITORED AS WELL FOR POTENTIAL SEVERE
WEATHER THREAT...IF ACTIVITY CAN REACH THE LOWER RIO GRANDE VALLEY
AREA OF S TX.

DISCUSSION...EARLY-MID AFTERNOON SURFACE ANALYSES INDICATED A FRONT
CONTINUED TO MOVE SLOWLY E/SEWD ACROSS ERN AND CENTRAL TX. AT
20Z...THIS BOUNDARY EXTENDED FROM THE ARKLATEX REGION SWWD TO 50 S
OF KCRS...AND THEN WSWWD ACROSS THE SRN EXTENT OF THE EDWARDS
PLATEAU TO THE RIO GRANDE RIVER VICINITY OF WRN VAL VERDE COUNTY. A
MOIST/WARM BOUNDARY LAYER WITH SURFACE TEMPERATURES IN THE UPPER 70S
TO LOWER 80S ALONG AND S OF THE FRONT IS CONTRIBUTING TO MODERATE
INSTABILITY /MLCAPE 2000-2500 J PER KG/...GIVEN THE PRESENCE OF
STEEP MIDLEVEL LAPSE RATES.

OBJECTIVE ANALYSES INDICATED WEAK DEEP LAYER CONVERGENCE ALONG THE
FRONT WHICH APPEARS TO BE LIMITING THE DEVELOPMENT OF SURFACE BASED
CONVECTION THUS FAR ACROSS THE DISCUSSION AREA. REGIONAL RADAR
IMAGERY SHOWED A COUPLE OF TSTMS HAD DEVELOPED WITHIN A PLUME OF
ELEVATED CONVECTION N OF THE FRONT THIS AFTERNOON. THE MOST RECENT
STORMS COULD BE NEARLY SURFACE BASED IN WILLIAMSON AND TRAVIS
COUNTIES TX...GIVEN ITS LOCATION NEAR THE FRONT. ADDITIONAL STORMS
LOCATED TO THE NW TO W OF THE HOUSTON METRO AREA SHOULD CONTINUE TO
PROPAGATE NWWD LATE THIS AFTERNOON INTO A MORE FAVORABLE CAPE/SHEAR
SPACE SUPPORTIVE OF MORE PERSISTENT/ORGANIZED UPDRAFTS THAT COULD
RESULT IN A HAIL THREAT.

MEANWHILE...IF GREATER COVERAGE OF CONVECTIVE DEVELOPMENT OCCURS
NEAR AND S OF THE FRONT...THE PRESENCE OF STRONG INSTABILITY AND
EFFECTIVE BULK SHEAR OF 30-40 KT WILL SUPPORT ORGANIZED STRONG TO
SEVERE STORMS. THUS...THE DISCUSSION AREA IS BEING MONITORED FOR
THE POTENTIAL ISSUANCE OF ONE OR MORE WATCHES.

..PETERS/HART.. 04/27/2013
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Quoting Gearsts:
I guess my rain dance work!


That is hilarious!
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new term

Global Iceless Age
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Quoting help4u:
.


nohelp4u

you do know that current weather is no indication of long term results right cause if you don't know that then then you may not be as smart as you make yourself out to be joe and also to get an ice age you would need one of three things

1. cosmic event likly impact event
2. large scale global super volcano eruption
3. collaspe of ocean currents
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Quoting Gearsts:
I guess my rain dance work!


Rain dance more my style :)



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Quoting Jedkins01:







Vee most find moose und sqvirrel!
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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
Looks like up to 5" of rain has fallen in parts of TN..
Hoping we can get a lot here in GA as well.
Here West of Nashville we have 2.5" so far... really helping with the pollen which has been CRAZY the last week...
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Quoting Jedkins01:







That guy's brain is hurting because he doesn't have his tinfoil hat on. Always keep a spare handy.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
The Southeastern US blues are back. Possible 30s/40s near Macon in May? Yeesh...

cpc

Of course, Macon has experienced temperatures in the 40s all the way into June. But still...


I'm suspicious that Central and South Florida will experience much of it besides a drop in temps by a few degrees and drier air.
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Quoting yonzabam:
Found this gem from 2005. Looks like wxmod was right all along.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho weatherman says Japan's Yakuza mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge itself for the Hiroshima atom bomb attack — and that this technology will soon be wielded again to hit another U.S. city.
Meteorologist Scott Stevens, a nine-year veteran of KPVI-TV in Pocatello, said he was struggling to forecast weather patterns starting in 1998 when he discovered the theory on the Internet. It's now detailed on Stevens' website, www.weatherwars.info, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported.

Stevens, who is among several people to offer alternative and generally discounted theories for the storm that flooded New Orleans, says a little-known oversight in physical laws makes it possible to create and control storms — especially if you're armed with the Cold War-era weapon said to have been made by the Russians in 1976. Stevens became convinced of the existence of the Russian device when he observed an unusual Montana cold front in 2004.

"I just got sick to my stomach because these clouds were unnatural and that meant they had (the machine) on all the time," Stevens said. "I was left trying to forecast the intent of some organization rather than the weather of this planet."

Stevens said oddities in Hurricane Katrina storm patterns underpin his theory.

And, according to his website, so does the fact that Katrina and Ivan — the name given to a destructive hurricane that hit Florida in September 2004 — both sound Russian.






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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
As May arrives,the moisture will increase in PR and adjacent islands as the wet season kicks in.


AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
324 PM AST SAT APR 27 2013

.SYNOPSIS...ZONAL FLOW WILL PREVAIL THROUGH THE END OF NEXT WEEK.
MODERATE TRADES WILL PREVAIL THRU MID NEXT WEEK THEN WEAKEN AS
WEAK BROAD LOW DEVELOPS OVER THE BAHAMAS.

&&

.DISCUSSION...MODELS INDICATE ZONAL FLOW AND MODERATE TRADE WINDS
THROUGH MID NEXT WEEK BASICALLY RESTRICTING MOISTURE RETURN INTO
THE REGION BUT EXPECT SCATTERED SHOWERS TO DEVELOP EACH AFTERNOON
AIDED BY DAYTIME HEATING AND INSTABILITY. NEXT WEEKEND...MODELS
SHOW A DEEP LAYERED SOUTHEASTERLY FLOW DEVELOPING OVER THE AREA
ADVECTING RICH MOISTURE INTO THE AREA. SO EXPECT A CLOUDY AND
SHOWERY WEEKEND NEXT WEEK.

&&

.AVIATION...BRIEF MVFR/IFR CONDITIONS POSSIBLE IN THE AFTERNOON AS
MODERATE TO LOCALLY HEAVY SHOWERS AFFECT PORTIONS OF PR AND THE
USVI...HOWEVER THE CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MOSTLY VFR.
TJPS...TJMZ...AND TISX MAY OBSERVE MODERATE SHRA THIS
AFTERNOON...ESPECIALLY TJPS. CONDITIONS EXPECTED TO IMPROVE
OVERNIGHT LEAVING ONLY ISOLD PASSING SHOWERS. WINDS WILL DECREASE
OVERNIGHT...REMAINING FROM THE EAST NORTHEAST AT 10 KNOTS OR LESS.


&&

.MARINE...BUOY 41043 INDICATED NORTHEAST SWELLS PEAKED AT 10 FT 17
SECS AT 18Z AND USING SWELL DECAY NOMOGRAMS YIELDS 9 FT 18 SEC
SWELLS ON THE COAST AND WITH A 45 DEG DIRECTION RESULTS IN 8 TO 12
FT BREAKERS. ALTHOUGH IT IS BORDERLINE...THIS IS A SIGNIFICANT
SWELL EVENT FOR THIS LATE IN THE YEAR WHICH COULD ALSO BE
CONSIDERED AN OUT OF SEASON SWELL EVENT. GIVEN THAT SWELLS THESE
HIGH ARE TYPICALLY NOT EXPECTED FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR DECIDED
TO ISSUE A HIGH SURF ADVISORY TO ALERT PEOPLE TO HIGHTENED ROUGH
SURF CONDITIONS.


&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
SJU 74 85 75 85 / 20 20 20 20
STT 75 85 76 85 / 10 10 20 20
I guess my rain dance work!
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The 2013 Arctic melt season is now well underway.

Extent 042713 photo Extent042713.jpg

And a closeup look at the season to date shows us that 2013 is getting right down to business....


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e Weather Channel‏@weatherchannel45 min
A tornado sucked a man out of his home and tossed him 1,000 feet. Yeah, he's tougher than you. Watch: Link
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Quoting help4u:
Might not be able to plant in Canada due to frigid cold this year,an ice age is something to be worried about,south pole at record levels of ice,stay warm global warming followers!PS ,don't freeze to death while you wait for your dream.
I hope that doesnt turn out to be the case for you, crops are very important
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Interesting to see this= Caracteristics and model depiction of Tropical Waves
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Might not be able to plant in Canada due to frigid cold this year,an ice age is something to be worried about,south pole at record levels of ice,stay warm global warming followers!PS ,don't freeze to death while you wait for your dream.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Not sure if serious or joking?


I'll keep you guessing.
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Quoting yonzabam:
Found this gem from 2005. Looks like wxmod was right all along.

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho weatherman says Japan's Yakuza mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge itself for the Hiroshima atom bomb attack — and that this technology will soon be wielded again to hit another U.S. city.
Meteorologist Scott Stevens, a nine-year veteran of KPVI-TV in Pocatello, said he was struggling to forecast weather patterns starting in 1998 when he discovered the theory on the Internet. It's now detailed on Stevens' website, www.weatherwars.info, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported.

Stevens, who is among several people to offer alternative and generally discounted theories for the storm that flooded New Orleans, says a little-known oversight in physical laws makes it possible to create and control storms — especially if you're armed with the Cold War-era weapon said to have been made by the Russians in 1976. Stevens became convinced of the existence of the Russian device when he observed an unusual Montana cold front in 2004.

"I just got sick to my stomach because these clouds were unnatural and that meant they had (the machine) on all the time," Stevens said. "I was left trying to forecast the intent of some organization rather than the weather of this planet."

Stevens said oddities in Hurricane Katrina storm patterns underpin his theory.

And, according to his website, so does the fact that Katrina and Ivan — the name given to a destructive hurricane that hit Florida in September 2004 — both sound Russian.

Not sure if serious or joking?
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Quoting allancalderini:
Mother nature sure is bipolar with you guys.Hbd wunderkidcayman hope you have an amazing birthday.


thanks
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