Pineapple Express Bringing Significant Rains to Drought-Stricken California

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 10:10 PM GMT on February 06, 2014

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A very moist “Pineapple Express” flow of air from the Hawaiian Islands will impact California through Sunday, likely bringing enough precipitation to make a noticeable dent in the state’s dire drought conditions (though the exceptionally dry and hard soils caused by California’s driest year in its history are forcing the heavy rains to run off faster than usual, reducing the amount of moisture that can soak into the soil.) Some locations may see more rain in a four-day period than they have had during the previous eight months. NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center is calling for most of Northern California to receive more than 2” of precipitation through Sunday, with many higher elevation areas expected to get 4 - 6”. Up to three feet of snow is predicted to fall in the Sierra Mountains, though it appears much of the precipitation will fall as rain, reducing the benefit of the moisture during the coming summer months (when Sierra snow melt provides an important source of water.) As of Thursday at 1 pm PST, Big Sur had received 2.14” of rain, which triggered a rock slide onto Highway 1.


Figure 1. Total precipitable water (TPW) for Thursday, February 6, 2014. TPW is how much rain (in inches) would fall at a given location if one condensed out all of the water vapor in a column above the location into rain. For reference, 1 inch = 25.4 mm. A narrow “Atmospheric River” of moisture is seen extending from the subtropics near Hawaii into California. Image credit: University of Wisconsin SSEC.

Drought far from busted
This weekend’s Pineapple Express is a marvelous break from the extraordinary dry conditions that have gripped California for the past thirteen months. If one could put a monetary value on the moisture from this storm, I speculate that it would easily be worth a billion dollars. But the state is in such a deep precipitation hole that it needs at least six more events like this over the next two months to pull them out of drought. Between January 1, 2013 and February 5, 2014, the San Francisco Airport received just 4.24” of rain, which is 21.19” below normal for the period—by far the driest such period in their history. The last time San Francisco had more than 1” of rain was Christmas Day, 2012. Thursday’s new Drought Monitor product showed that drought conditions in the state had remained almost the same as the previous week, with 94% of the state in drought, and a slight expansion of the area in the worst category of drought—exceptional—from 9% to 10%.


Figure 2. Comparison of how much rain is needed to relieve drought conditions in Central California, via Twitter from NWS Sacramento.


Figure 3. Amount of precipitation needed in one month to end drought conditions. In San Francisco, more than 18” of rain is needed in one month, and the average annual rainfall in the city is about 20”. Image credit: NOAA.

Atmospheric rivers: California’s big drought busters
Narrow bands of copious moisture originating in the subtropics like this weekend’s “Pineapple Express” are called “atmospheric rivers”, and are responsible for about 30 - 50% of California’s yearly precipitation. A strong “atmospheric river” transports an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to 7.5 - 15 times the average flow of liquid water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. As discussed in a blog post today by Climate Central’s Andrew Freedman, research by Michael Dettinger of the U.S. Geological Survey and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, published in December 2013 in the Journal of Hydrometeorology, found that atmospheric river events can effectively end major droughts in California within just one month, pulling the state from a significant precipitation deficit to a surplus. Wunderground weather historian Christopher C. Burt has a post on the last drought-busting atmospheric river event, in March 2012. I don’t see that happening this month, though. The latest 2-week run of the GFS model shows the state returning to relatively dry conditions beginning on Monday, with a ridge of high pressure dominating the weather for the remainder of the week. The most recent 1-month and 3-month forecasts from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center call for higher than average possibilities of dry conditions into the spring of 2014. California’s best hope of busting the drought lies in the formation of an El Niño event next winter. The warm waters that El Niño events bring to the Eastern Pacific typically shift the jet stream to a position over California, bringing numerous low pressure systems and the occasional atmospheric river during the winter rainy season. The latest February 6, 2014 El Niño outlook from NOAA gives some hope that this will happen:

”An increasing number of models suggest the possible onset of El Niño. Strong surface westerly winds in the western Pacific and the slight eastward shift of above-average temperatures in the subsurface western Pacific potentially portend warming in the coming months.”

Have a great weekend, everyone, and I’ll be back Monday with a new post.

Jeff Masters

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1516. WilliamPG
9:16 AM GMT on February 13, 2014
Jeff,

Tell them the whole truth. This California and western drought is permanent because it is driven by the new, high level of CO2 in our atmosphere - 400 part per million.

We can handle the truth - I hope. Emission levels were ignored by the US and governments worldwide. Now the bill is due.

Jeff, your climate guys told us - DO NOT EXCEED 350 PARTS PER MILLION. We didn't listen. Now we need to react to the facts, not do wishing and hoping and rain dances.

Mr. Masters - tell the public the stark facts fully.
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1515. Jedkins01
10:24 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1399. StormTrackerScott:
NWS is saying -14C 500 millibar temps for Orlando Wednesday evening. That is very impressive!! Anytime you get that amount of cold air aloft over C FL this time of year then you better watch out. I think this will be more of a severe wind and hail event for C & S FL with maybe a tornado or two. We had one of these event last March and it brought 80 mph winds to Orlando. The key is getting sufficient daytime heating before the storms move in to fully take advantage of all the dynamics that will be in place.



Yes 500 mb temps do look supportive of severe weather, something we haven't seen much of since the end of the rainy season.

We'll see if this model depiction holds the next couple days.
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1514. WalkingInTheSun
5:31 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1426. hydrus:


That top map seems to be the likeliest projection I've seen for SE TX so far on this storm, but I think the frozen precip may come on into the Houston area.
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1513. hydrus
4:54 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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1512. N3EG
4:51 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Things happen here too in Western Washington state. 10 inches of snow this weekend.

Statement as of 3:35 AM PST on February 10, 2014

... Freezing Rain Advisory in effect until 10 am PST this morning for the lower Columbia and I-5 corridor in Cowlitz County...

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory... which is in effect until 10 am PST this morning.

* Timing... through 10 am this morning.

* Ice accumulations... less than a tenth of an inch.

* Impacts... freezing rain will create slick roads and hazardous travel conditions.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Freezing Rain Advisory means that periods of freezing rain or freezing drizzle will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads. Slow down and use caution while driving.

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1511. GeorgiaStormz
4:49 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Models are also tryna give me sleet instead of freezing rain.... boooo
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1510. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:46 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
1509. nash36
4:41 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Looks like the 12z GFS is wanting to push the ice further S and E to include folks E of 1-95
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1508. WaterWitch11
4:41 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1474. Patrap:
How do we get off Oil ?



does Hawaii not use oil? :)
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1507. GeorgiaStormz
4:39 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
GFS upped snow totals with the initial swath again...sub 0c 850mb temps




still in flux
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1506. hydrus
4:33 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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1505. LargoFl
4:33 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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1504. GeorgiaStormz
4:32 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Nem models coming in a little more snowy... local models trending drier..
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1503. barbamz
4:32 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Hello, but whith bad pictures esp. from England ...

David Cameron backs Environment Agency as Berkshire hit by floods - video
The Guardian, Monday 10 February 2014 16.11 GMT
Aerial footage follows the course of the Thames through Surrey and part of east Berkshire where hundreds of properties have been flooded on Monday. Residents take their pet dogs to safety in in Wraysbury after the Environment Agency issued 14 warnings of danger to life along the Thames. The prime minister, David Cameron, gives his response

Flooding crisis hits the Thames as political row worsens - live updates
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1502. WalkingInTheSun
4:32 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
About the current forecasts.
Here's the PAX for Texas, below.
However, consider the current temps across Texas as already shown on Wundermap. It doesn't look right.
Temps already are freezing further SW and will likely only get colder, sooner this evening -- not waiting for the wee hours of the morning, this time, IMO.
That, plus the higher rain chances make me think more icy weather will get further south this time.

Monday Night Forecast
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1501. LargoFl
4:31 PM GMT on February 10, 2014

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

.RIP CURRENT IMPACT...
A LONG PERIOD EAST SWELL WILL PRODUCE A MODERATE THREAT FOR RIP
CURRENTS AT THE BEACHES OF EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA. IF YOU ENTER THE
CHILLY SURF MAKE SURE TO SWIM NEAR A LIFEGUARD AND NEVER SWIM
ALONE.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...TUESDAY THROUGH SUNDAY.
AN ABOVE NORMAL THREAT FOR RIP CURRENTS WILL EXIST AT THE ATLANTIC
BEACHES THROUGH MIDWEEK.

A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PUSH ACROSS NORTH FLORIDA LATE IN THE
DAY ON WEDNESDAY. THIS WILL BRING A SLIGHT CHANCE FOR
THUNDERSTORMS TO EAST CENTRAL FLORIDA LATE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
AND EVENING.

MARINE CONDITIONS WILL DETERIORATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT INTO THURSDAY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...
SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY.

$$

SEDLOCK
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1500. LargoFl
4:31 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1498. TropicalAnalystwx13:
This is shaping up to be a devastating ice storm for South Carolina. There's a pretty good chance ice accretion exceeds 1" in and around the Columbia area. An inch of ice is capable of bringing down hundreds of whole trees, downing power poles, and bringing travel to a standstill.
yes it seems like there will be power outages up there once again.
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1499. JNTenne
4:30 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1492. frecklespugsley:
Hey everyone, I love reading the blog here and all the comments, but I have a few questions.

When it comes to the models, what's the differences between them (I know they are mainly just different organizations)? Especially the differences when I see 0z, 06z, or 12z. And what sites do you use to see the model runs, and how often do they update the runs?

Thanks, sorry for all the questions.


Click Here http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/ Link in the right sidebar scroll down to Online Resources, then scroll down to the articles about the models..
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1498. TropicalAnalystwx13
4:30 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
This is shaping up to be a devastating ice storm for South Carolina. There's a pretty good chance ice accretion exceeds 1" in and around the Columbia area. An inch of ice is capable of bringing down hundreds of whole trees, downing power poles, and bringing travel to a standstill.
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1497. LargoFl
4:29 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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1496. LargoFl
4:27 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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1495. Patrap
4:26 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Seems my COX cable package does not include the NATGEO channel.

That's gonna have to change now.

; )
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1494. LargoFl
4:25 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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1493. LargoFl
4:24 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PEACHTREE CITY HAS ISSUED A
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW AND SLEET...WHICH IS IN EFFECT
FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 7 PM EST TUESDAY.

* LOCATIONS...PORTIONS OF NORTH GEORGIA...MAINLY ALONG AND NORTH
OF A LINE FROM CARROLLTON TO ATLANTA TO WASHINGTON.

* HAZARD TYPES...RAIN MIXED WITH SNOW AND SLEET ON TUESDAY...WITH
SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN ON WEDNESDAY.

* ACCUMULATIONS...UP TO 1 INCH OF SNOW CAN BE EXPECTED DURING THE
ADVISORY PERIOD ON TUESDAY. DURING THE WATCH PERIOD TUESDAY
NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...UP TO AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 2
INCHES OF SNOW WITH A TENTH TO A QUARTER INCH OF ICE.

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1492. frecklespugsley
4:24 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Hey everyone, I love reading the blog here and all the comments, but I have a few questions.

When it comes to the models, what's the differences between them (I know they are mainly just different organizations)? Especially the differences when I see 0z, 06z, or 12z. And what sites do you use to see the model runs, and how often do they update the runs?

Thanks, sorry for all the questions.
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1491. WaterWitch11
4:23 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
local news stated that cazadero, ca received 20+ inches.
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1490. Dr. Jeff Masters , Director of Meteorology (Admin)
4:21 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1476. Patrap:
22 February at 9:00PM - National Geographic Channel
Air Crash Investigation: Into The Eye of The Storm


Investigators must figure out why a crew of skilled hurricane hunters were nearly killed after an engine fire crippled their aircraft mid-flight.

Next Showing: Monday 10 February at 9:00PM - National Geographic Channel

Repeats: Tuesday 11 February at 12:00AM - National Geographic Channel

Tuesday 11 February at 2:00PM - National Geographic Chann


That's just in the UK; the show is not showing in the U.S. on the NatGeo channel, according to their web site.

Jeff Masters
1489. WalkingInTheSun
4:21 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
It is already freezing from the hill country of W Cen TX up to about Fort Worth, TX, with teens south of Amarillo & in Oklahoma. I get a feeling this front is going to be colder than expected in SE Texas. I'm looking for this one to finally do the (...dun,dun, duh)..."ice storm" or snow event that the other recent scenarios have missed in the Houston area.

Rain probabilities have gone way up in just the past 24 hours, and that already included some chance of frozen precip. in northern areas of SE TX. So, if it gets really much colder, the rains expected could merge right in for "the event" in this winter's weather near Houston. I expect we could see a repeat of what happened in Atlanta not long ago. Nobody's prepared for it, they expected little or nothing, and by the time they can react, it will be upon us.

In addition, there are thousands of dead trees in the region, many right near homes & powerlines. They psyched an "icemageddon" call recently, but this might put things over the top for what this area is used to. The utility company is so slow already that a dead pine laying flat over a powerline has been that way for weeks, already. What happens when there is much worse? At least it is not up north. (Whew)

Finally,....this is SE Texas I'm talking about, and people don't know how to drive in icy weather. On the same note, the weather can suddenly change & decide to not show up, sometimes to the utter amazement & chagrin of weather-casters. Maybe this, too, will turn into a non-event. If not, at least it might thin out some of the dead trees before hurricane season.
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1488. ncstorm
4:15 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
12z..same time frame..



06z
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1487. JNTenne
4:15 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1474. Patrap:
How do we get off Oil ?

"You must ask the right question"
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1486. hurricanes2018
4:13 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
big ice storm!!
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1485. NCstu
4:12 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1482. carolinabelle:


Thanks for the quick answer, that's what I was afraid of, but good to know just the same!
FWIW I like your handle. I'm a little biased since I live in North Carolina.
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1484. hurricanes2018
4:12 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Winter Storm Pax will bring snow and ice to parts of the South through midweek. Pax may also impact the Middle Atlantic and Northeast with snow and ice late in the week.

Winter Weather Alerts
Already, the National Weather Service has posted winter storm watches, warnings and advisories from Texas and Oklahoma to the Carolinas, meaning there is the potential for adverse winter weather conditions. Be sure to monitor the forecast if you have travel plans in these areas.

Snow and Ice in South: Round 1

The southern side of Winter Storm Pax will begin as several previous events, including Leon, did. Instead of a well-defined low pressure system, there will instead be a broad area of moist, rising air across the South as very cold air builds in from the north as an arctic high-pressure bubble builds southward from the Midwest. This combination will produce an east-west stripe of wintry weather. Indeed, through Monday and Tuesday there probably won't be a low pressure center to track at all.
Monday night into Tuesday, precipitation may change from rain to freezing rain or sleet in parts of north and east Texas, northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas, northern and central Mississippi, northern Alabama, and northwest Georgia
At the same time, snow and sleet will shift out of Arkansas and Oklahoma into Tennessee and North Carolina Monday night into Tuesday. Snow is also possible for the northernmost counties of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Some sleet or freezing rain may fan out over parts of southern North Carolina and northern South Carolina.

At this time, it's unclear whether surface temperatures will remain below freezing for a sufficient time period Tuesday to lead to significant travel disruption.

South Ice and Snow: Round 2

Late Tuesday into Wednesday, another wave of moisture will spread a more significant round of wintry precipitation across the South as weak low pressure forms in the Gulf of Mexico and tracks eastward. This moisture will ride over the top of a cold air mass nosing its way southward to the east of the Appalachians.

Initially, freezing rain, sleet and some snow will spread from northeast Texas to northern Louisiana, southern Arkansas, northern and central Mississippi, Alabama, and middle and west Tennessee.

Then, we will see a widespread area of snow, sleet and freezing rain from the southern Appalachians and adjacent Piedmont of north Georgia and the western Carolinas, spreading farther east into central North Carolina and the South Carolina Midlands and northward into Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula. Significant snow, sleet and freezing rain accumulations are possible over parts of Georgia and the Carolinas with this phase of the storm.

Locations that see the heaviest freezing rain accumulations will likely experience power outages and tree damage. Our icing forecast maps to the right show the areas at greatest risk in purple, including Shreveport, La., Augusta, Ga., Columbia, S.C., Raleigh, N.C. and potentially parts of the Atlanta metro area.

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1483. JNTenne
4:11 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1478. carolinabelle:
Sorry for the quick OT question, but is it possible to change one's username on here, or is that against the TOS? Can't seem to find out one way or the other. I've been using this one since 2001 and don't really love it anymore ;)
I had to open a new account :( lost all my cred as JNCali but since I moved to TN I just couldn't keep the old handle..
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1482. carolinabelle
4:09 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1481. Patrap:
One would have to make a new user account as they do not change handles to accounts.





Thanks for the quick answer, that's what I was afraid of, but good to know just the same!
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1481. Patrap
4:08 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
One would have to make a new user account as they do not change handles to accounts.



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1480. nchurricane
4:07 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
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1479. WalkingInTheSun
4:07 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1474. Patrap:
How do we get off Oil ?




Fusion,....but I'm not sure I like the possibilities in the worst-case accident scenario. Meanwhile, natural gas, compressed natural gas, new solar tech coming out, and super-insulation, IMO.
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1478. carolinabelle
4:06 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Sorry for the quick OT question, but is it possible to change one's username on here, or is that against the TOS? Can't seem to find out one way or the other. I've been using this one since 2001 and don't really love it anymore ;)
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1477. nchurricane
4:05 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
12z GFS looks to be a little closer to the coast of NC with the snow/frozen precip on this run
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1476. Patrap
4:03 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Amended
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1475. Patrap
4:02 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
amended
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1474. Patrap
3:55 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
How do we get off Oil ?

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1473. ncstorm
3:55 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1470. NCstu:
it's only 8 miles... throw some chains on the bus wheels and make it happen.


It will be a blow out..Duke will murder UNC..I rather see the Duke vs Syracuse game on the 22nd..
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1472. hurricanes2018
3:54 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Winter Storm Pax Forecast: Swath of Southern Snow, Ice Monday through Wednesday; Possible Northeast Storm big snow storm for the northeast or ice storm for the northeast is a big ??? mark
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1471. CarolinaHurricanes87
3:52 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1469. ncstorm:


tobacco road will take on a whole new meaning..and you got the duke crazies camping out as well..to be on the safe side, I think they should cancel it..


If the game was at Duke I think it'd be a no brainer to play it. Duke has such a small arena and they mostly fill it with students. UNC on the other hand has a big arena and most everyone attending has to drive to get there. I think it will be played because ESPN wants it to be.... but it is definitely not safe having thousands of southern (probably drunk, too?) drivers on the road DURING a big winter storm!
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1470. NCstu
3:50 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1469. ncstorm:


tobacco road will take on a whole new meaning..and you got the duke crazies camping out as well..to be on the safe side, I think they should cancel it..
it's only 8 miles... throw some chains on the bus wheels and make it happen.
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1469. ncstorm
3:46 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
Quoting 1457. CarolinaHurricanes87:


If the forecast verifies it would be difficult for that game to be played. UNC had a game at GT last storm that was played.... with practically no one in attendance, including the TV crew that was unable to make it to the arena. Apparently ACC rules are that if the TEAMS can make it, the game goes on. Being 8 miles apart, they could get the players to the game if they wanted. In the end, I suspect the real decision will be left up to ESPN.... its their most hyped college bball game of the year and money talks


tobacco road will take on a whole new meaning..and you got the duke crazies camping out as well..to be on the safe side, I think they should cancel it..
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1468. ricderr
3:46 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
With 2nd storm in 2 weeks looming, Georgia governor declares state of emergency for 14 counties - @AP
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1467. ricderr
3:46 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
At least 51 people die in flooding and landslides in a night of torrential rain in Burundi's capital Bujumbura - @AFP
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1466. ricderr
3:45 PM GMT on February 10, 2014
River Thames reaches record levels as homeowners in Oxfordshire and Surrey are told to prepare for 'significant flooding' - @DailyMirror
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