April 27 - 30 Severe Weather Outbreak: 39 Dead, $1 Billion+ in Damage

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:24 PM GMT on May 01, 2014

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The deadly and devastating U.S. severe weather outbreak of April 27 - 30, 2014, has finally drawn to a close. The death toll from nature’s 4-day rampage of deadly tornadoes, extreme flooding, and damaging severe thunderstorms has killed at least 39 people, and will end up costing more than $1 billion, according to disaster expert Steve Bowen of Aon Benfield. NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) lists 133 preliminary tornadoes over the four days in 14 states; damage surveys are on-going, and 38 of these tornadoes had been confirmed as of noon on May 1.


Figure 1. Rainfall derived from the TRMM' satellite’s Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) data is shown overlaid on GOES-EAST infrared satellite images captured on April 29, 2014 at 0402 UTC and 0532 UTC. Red symbols show the locations where numerous tornadoes were reported from Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. Image credit: NASA.

Extreme rainfall and flooding in Pensacola and Mobile
Torrential rains on Tuesday night in Pensacola, Florida brought an all-time calendar-day record of 15.55” of rain to the city. The old calendar day record of 15.29" in October 1934 was due to a tropical storm that made landfall just to the west of the city. Mobile, Alabama saw 11.24" during the calendar day on Tuesday, their 3rd greatest calendar day total on record. The Pensacola Airport recorded a remarkable 5.68 inches of rain in just one hour ending at 10 pm Tuesday night, and numerous high-water rescues had to be performed Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. One drowning occurred, in a vehicle that tried to cross flooded Highway 29. According to a nice flood event summary from the Mobile/Pensacola NWS, the 5.68" that fell in 1 hour was between a 1 to 200 and 1 to 500 year event, and the two day estimated total for Pensacola of 20.47" lies between a 1 in 100 to 1 in 200 year event. As discussed by Andrea Thompson at Climate Central, these type of extreme precipitation events have increased in the U.S. in recent decades, are are expected to continue to increase as a warming climate puts more moisture into the atmosphere. A comparison for perspective: Wichita, Kansas is having it's second driest start to the year since 1936, with 2.01” since January 1, 2014; Pensacola received 2 1/2 times as much rain in one hour than Wichita has seen all year. Pensacola finished April with 29.53” of rain, breaking the all-time record for any month (not just April) of 24.46” set in April 2005. This also makes it the wettest year-to-date on record in Pensacola.


Figure 2. Natural gas leaks spray into the sky on Piedmont Street in the Cordova Park neighborhood in Pensacola, Florida, after the road washed out due to heavy rains on April 30, 2014. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)


Video 1. Aerial drone footage of the Scenic Highway near Pensacola, Florida, after being washed out by extreme flooding on April 30, 2014. Another YouTube drone video here of the Pensacola flooding also shows the impressive scale of the event.

Heavy rains and flooding in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast
The storm also brought heavy rains and damaging flooding to much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast on Wednesday. The 4.97" that fell in New York City at Central Park was the Big Apple’s 2nd wettest April day on record, behind the 7.57" that fell on April 15, 2007. In Pennsylvania, during a nine-hour period that ended early Thursday, Chester County got 6.6 “ of rain, Delaware and Montgomery counties got 5.5”, and Philadelphia nearly 5 inches. At least 62 people were rescued overnight in Chester County from their vehicles, most after driving past closed road signs and barriers. Heavy rains in Baltimore caused a washout of a retaining wall, causing multiple cars to plunge down into a flooded railway line.


Figure 3. View of the Charles Village, Baltimore retaining wall collapse near 26th St on April 30, 2014. There were no injuries, but at least six cars plunged down onto the CSX railroad tracks below. According to meteorologist Justin Berk, who took the photo, local residents said they have had concerns about this wall for a long time.

Two EF-4 tornadoes from the outbreak
At least two EF-4 tornadoes have been surveyed so far from the outbreak, and there may be others once damage surveys are complete:

Vilonia, Arkansas: A violent high-end EF-4 tornado with winds of 180 - 190 mph tore through Vilonia and Mayflower, Arkansas on April 27, killing 15 people. This tornado was also the widest (3/4 mile) and longest lived (60 minutes) twister of the outbreak. There is a report that the tornado picked up a truck in Mayflower and deposited it in a field northeast of Vilonia, 27 miles away. Update: When contacted about this again by a reporter, the man who's car was transported admitted some confusion about where his car had been parked at the time of the tornado, so this remarkable story is dubious.

Louisville, Mississippi: An EF-4 with 185 mph winds hit Louisville, Mississippi on April 28. The tornado killed nine people, carved a path 35 miles long and up to 3/4 mile wide, and stayed on the ground for 56 minutes. The tornado carried a door 30 miles from Louisville and deposited it on the Mississippi State University campus.

The longest path tornado of the event was an EF-1 twister with a path length of 46 miles that stayed on the ground 46 minutes, and killed two people near Martinsburg and Kinross, Iowa on April 27.


Figure 4. Volunteers help clean up debris where homes once stood after the area was hit by a tornado April 29, 2014 in Vilonia, Arkansas. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


Video 2. Aerial drone footage of tornado damage from April 28, 2014 in Bessemer, Alabama just west of Birmingham. The EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 120 mph stayed on the ground 4.9 miles and hit a golf course and an apartment complex, with a near miss of the Bessemer Hospital. It’s remarkable to see the huge number of trees pulled out by their roots. According to an article in Forbes, “The FAA claims the broad authority to prohibit the ‘commercial’ use of drones, and has included the use of drones for journalism or search and rescue under that ban. The FAA’s determination comes despite having lost an enforcement action at the administrative judge level….Despite the clear value of drones in disaster response and search and rescue operations, one search and rescue group based out of Texas has been forbidden from flying their drones in search and rescue operations, prompting them to sue the federal government. That case has sent a message to all would be search and rescue groups, letting them know they should keep their drones grounded, lest they face fines for trying to help find lost persons.”

U.S. billion-dollar weather-related disasters of 2014
1) The January 5 - 8 "Polar Vortex" winter weather outbreak, which Aon Benfield estimated caused $3 billion in damage.
2) The California drought, with $3.6 billion in agricultural damages so far, as estimated by the California Farm Water Coalition.
3) Severe weather outbreak of April 27 - 30, which Aon Benfield estimated caused $1+ billion in damage.

Disaster Relief Donations Needed
The devastation from this week’s tornadoes have brought a need for donations for disaster relief. The Portlight.org disaster relief charity, founded by members of the wunderground community, is supporting the efforts of a group of local volunteers in Arkansas doing search and rescue, and needs donations. Portlight volunteers are working in tornado-hit towns to clear debris and help with other clean-up efforts. This team will also be visiting shelters and reaching out to survivors with disabilities to determine their immediate needs, whether for replacement of durable medical equipment and ramps, or for assistance with shelter and transportation issues. The Red Cross is also a great place to send your donation dollars.

This will likely be my last post until Tuesday afternoon, as I plan on taking a few days off.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting Naga5000:


Most graduate programs require a 3.0+ with only 6 credit hours (2 classes) allowed to be below a B, depending on the major. That's usually a good rule of thumb. In undergrad there is more leeway, but GPA is important when applying to grad school, although the GRE (or program equivalent entry test) is more important than GPA.


Yes, definitely
My daughter has been dealing with this at U.T. (Austin) to get into the Engineering Department.
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1362.
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9:08 AM EDT on May 05, 2014

Would be an early start to the E-Pac season if this disturbance is able to consolidate.  I will only note that it is a very large area that will take a few days to consolidate but it does have that "blooming" look to it around 10N-103W where a possible COC wants to form.  Will be interesting to see how well in consolidates overnight.......................It needs for t-storms to consolidate in that area and it it not there yet.

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taz posted this and I was trying to understand what this part means:

el nino. will be mod two strong by june or july with nino 1 and 2
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Quoting Inyo:


Jeff Masters has always talked about climate change. You're right, if you're a climate change denialist, this probably isn't the site for you. Try FoxNewsChemtrailWatch.Com or something. As for your point about the weather channel, can't disagree with that.
I thought TWC really came through during the severe weather last month - full time weather coverage, people on location, Dr Forbes and other experts, fewer commercials, lots of explanations. I expect they'll do the same if and when we have more tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. I don't like the reality programs either, but the company has to have a source of income to support the weather coverage. They need ratings to attract advertisers, and I'll bet their evening weather programs during calm weather periods don't attract enough audience to interest advertisers.
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Quoting 1394. Tazmanian:

you downcaster may or may not like it we may have EL NINIO right now and its likey a mod EL NINO right now or soon will be


ESPI of 1.60 is pretty darn high and the highest since 1997/1998 El-Nino if I'm not mistaken. SOI is starting to fall as well finally.
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1396. ricderr
Most graduate programs require a 3.0+ with only 6 credit hours (2 classes) allowed to be below a B, depending on the major. That's usually a good rule of thumb. In undergrad there is more leeway, but GPA is important when applying to grad school, although the GRE (or program equivalent entry test) is more important than GPA.

my wife's doctorate program required all a's.....any class below that level.....had to be retaken....and yes...companies and even individuals know that some degrees are easier than others....not to mention the validity of the degree based on grades
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Quoting 1388. Tazmanian:




you downcaster need too stop posting olny nino 3.4 maps there are other maps in the ninio area the main one we watch is nino 1 and 2 and has you no what ever gos on there will follow in two the rest of the ninos like nino 4

and what ever is happening at nino 4 will happen at nino 3 and 3.4




but give the ninio 3.4 map a rest all ready am with scott all the way with the supper EL nino and has scott said we could all ready have one right now





Thanks Taz, We may not have a "Super El-Nino" but a strong one seems likely IMO. I like to see these same people on here comment on Eric Blake's and Dr. MV's twitter page so that they can educate them on what is actually happening enso wise. Maybe this can clear up some of their confusion.
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you downcaster may or may not like it we may have EL NINIO right now and its likey a mod EL NINO right now or soon will be
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Quoting 1391. ricderr:

you downcaster need too stop posting olny nino 3.4 maps there are other maps in the ninio area the main one we watch is nino 1 and 2 and has you no what ever gos on there will follow in two the rest of the ninos like nino 4

and what ever is happening at nino 4 will happen at nino 3 and 3.4




taz...cus i love you i'll be nice......please read what section is used to classify a nino event



no am not going two read
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Quoting StormWx:
Currently no El Nino, and we wont have one for a while.



Also, here are the 'wet' season dates for Central Florida, per the NWS. The OFFICIAL dates. Not when a 240hr model says a wave will pass over FL.

Orlando May 27
Daytona Beach May 29
Melbourne May 28
Vero Beach May 26
Stuart May 23

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Granted, it doesnt even matter when it officially starts because north and central FL have been soaked recently. South FL could use some rain though.


And you also need to consider the dates for the beginning of the rainy season are just an average date or a median date.

In South Florida the "wet season" can start as early as late April and as late as the first week in June.

Here's the actual start dates for the wet and dry season for S. Fl.

The median date for the start of the wet season is May 21st, but it can start much earlier as demonstrated in the chart.







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1391. ricderr
you downcaster need too stop posting olny nino 3.4 maps there are other maps in the ninio area the main one we watch is nino 1 and 2 and has you no what ever gos on there will follow in two the rest of the ninos like nino 4

and what ever is happening at nino 4 will happen at nino 3 and 3.4




taz...cus i love you i'll be nice......please read what section is used to classify a nino event
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Quoting 1380. Sfloridacat5:



I know you must maintain a 3.0 or higher to remain in most Teacher Certification/degree programs.
Classes with less than a 3.0 (A or B) do not count towards your certification/degree.
I know that's the case here in our county in Florida.


Most graduate programs require a 3.0+ with only 6 credit hours (2 classes) allowed to be below a B, depending on the major. That's usually a good rule of thumb. In undergrad there is more leeway, but GPA is important when applying to grad school, although the GRE (or program equivalent entry test) is more important than GPA.
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1389. ricderr
IRI/CPC Mid-Month Plume-Based ENSO Forecast Probabilities
Season La Niña Neutral El Niño
AMJ 2014 ~0% 75% 25%
MJJ 2014 2% 50% 48%
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Quoting 1379. ricderr:

Good grief look at the latest updates on El-Nino from the CPC. Geesh! El-Nino might be here already!

golly gee willikers......you're so right....son of a &*^%$ (self edited but you can see where the excitement would lead to obscenities)...this is the most incredible event of our lifetime......yeppers...it's here...the following graph proves it.....good morning scottie......we're gonna have to ease you off the monday morning coffee





you downcaster need too stop posting olny nino 3.4 maps there are other maps in the ninio area the main one we watch is nino 1 and 2 and has you no what ever gos on there will follow in two the rest of the ninos like nino 4

and what ever is happening at nino 4 will happen at nino 3 and 3.4




but give the ninio 3.4 map a rest all ready am with scott all the way with the supper EL nino and has scott said we could all ready have one right now


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1387. KEEPEROFTHEGATE (Mod)
XX/XX/XE
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1386. StormWx
Its going to be a warm week. Spring is here in full force now and running just a few degrees above average.



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1385. ricderr
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1384. StormWx
Currently no El Nino, and we wont have one for a while.



Also, here are the 'wet' season dates for Central Florida, per the NWS. The OFFICIAL dates. Not when a 240hr model says a wave will pass over FL.

Orlando May 27
Daytona Beach May 29
Melbourne May 28
Vero Beach May 26
Stuart May 23

Link

Granted, it doesnt even matter when it officially starts because north and central FL have been soaked recently. South FL could use some rain though.
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1383. ricderr
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1382. FBMinFL
A Super El Nino does seem quite likely now.

The question is what effects this may have on weather patterns, beyond those you might expect with a regular-sized El Nino
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Quoting 1375. NativeSun:

Hi Scott, why do you want a super El Niño? This would cause a lot of and damage and death to a lot of people and wildlife. Looks like your warm pool is weakening and dispersing, lets hope so, a nice weak El Nino would be good though.


Well, don't know about Scott, but I'd like a super El Nino as that would ensure a global temperature record in 2015, and silence the 'it hasn't warmed since 1998' crowd.
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Quoting ScottLincoln:

Perhaps some companies or organizations care about the college GPA less than others and perhaps it isn't the most important thing, but I really disagree that it "matters exactly nothing." If it didn't matter, it wouldn't be provided so prominently on your transcripts, you instead would have just pass or fail. If it didn't matter, applications for some post-graduate programs wouldn't ask for it specifically. If it didn't matter, job applications wouldn't ask for it.
The GPA is a reflection of how seriously you took college which can be used as a predictor of how seriously you may take your job. I wouldn't take the chance of not caring about your GPA only to find that the place you want to go after graduation cares very much about it.


I know you must maintain a 3.0 or higher to remain in most Teacher Certification/degree programs.
Classes with less than a 3.0 (A or B) do not count towards your certification/degree.
I know that's the case here in our county in Florida.
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1379. ricderr
Good grief look at the latest updates on El-Nino from the CPC. Geesh! El-Nino might be here already!

golly gee willikers......you're so right....son of a &*^%$ (self edited but you can see where the excitement would lead to obscenities)...this is the most incredible event of our lifetime......yeppers...it's here...the following graph proves it.....good morning scottie......we're gonna have to ease you off the monday morning coffee

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Quoting 1375. NativeSun:

Hi Scott, why do you want a super El Niño? This would cause a lot of and damage and death to a lot of people and wildlife. Looks like your warm pool is weakening and dispersing, lets hope so, a nice weak El Nino would be good though.


Well, don't know about Scott, but I'd like a super El Nino as that would ensure a global temperature record in 2015, and silence the 'it hasn't warmed since 1998' crowd.
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Quoting 1375. NativeSun:

Hi Scott, why do you want a super El Niño? This would cause a lot of and damage and death to a lot of people and wildlife. Looks like your warm pool is weakening and dispersing, lets hope so, a nice weak El Nino would be good though.


Never said I did. The sub surface warm pool is what is causing my theory of strong El-Nino especially with west wind anomalies all across the Pacific right now.
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Quoting 1366. jrweatherman:



Scott, I'm always very cautious about models that far out. The wave in question, has it been initialized yet? It would seem really early to get that vigorous of a wave coming into FL.


I agree but the Euro is usually not this aggressive this far out with tropical waves this time of year or inverted troughs coming up from the Bahamas.
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Hi Scott, why do you want a super El Niño? This would cause a lot of and damage and death to a lot of people and wildlife. Looks like your warm pool is weakening and dispersing, lets hope so, a nice weak El Nino would be good though.
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1374. Skyepony (Mod)
Earthquake in Japan on Monday, 05 May, 2014 at 13:37 (01:37 PM) UTC.
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On Monday Tokyo residents woke up to the strongest earthquake felt since the Fukushima quake and tsunami over three years ago. At 5:18 AM, local time, the 6.0-magnitude quake struck in the seabed near an island south of Tokyo. At least 17 people are reported to be injured with no reports of major damage. The March 2011 magnitude-9.0 earthquake and tsunami left over 18,500 people dead or missing and created a disaster zone at the the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant. Meanwhile over in Thailand a magnitude 6.0 earthquake also shook that country causing minor damage to buildings and roads. No immediate casualties or injuries were reported.
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Quoting 1270. jeffs713:


Honestly... once you are admitted to a college, your GPA matters exactly nothing. Its a nice bragging point while you're in school, but not really worthwhile outside of school.

Perhaps some companies or organizations care about the college GPA less than others and perhaps it isn't the most important thing, but I really disagree that it "matters exactly nothing." If it didn't matter, it wouldn't be provided so prominently on your transcripts, you instead would have just pass or fail. If it didn't matter, applications for some post-graduate programs wouldn't ask for it specifically. If it didn't matter, job applications wouldn't ask for it.
The GPA is a reflection of how seriously you took college which can be used as a predictor of how seriously you may take your job. I wouldn't take the chance of not caring about your GPA only to find that the place you want to go after graduation cares very much about it.
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1372. Skyepony (Mod)
The doldrums in parts of the East Pacific are impressive..


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Quoting 1287. sar2401:


I never have figured out how to save historic radar data here. If you know how, go to the Ft. Rucker AL radar for the night of April 28. As I recall, it was between 10:00 and 11:00 pm, when there were a number of cells between 55,000 and 60,000 feet. Some of these storms had reflectivity between 70 and 75 dBZ. As the storms were moving out of the Pensacola area and rapidly heading toward SE Alabama, you could see both the anvil shield and what appeared to be a bulge near the center, which I inferred to be an overshooting top. The radar image looked similar to this one from a June 7, 2009 severe storm outbreak in Missouri.



You might have to be more specific to make sure we understand what you are talking about.
The image you are showing right now really isn't showing the anvil, and the reflectivity isn't going to correlate to the overshooting top. More than likely, the overshooting top would be located in the area of strongest updraft, which you will typically find in the WER or BWER area. In this image, its the no reflectivity area within the curve of the hook.

Two ways to look at archived radar data:
1) Get course radar imagery using the wundermap. Turn on the radar layer, and change the time at the bottom left.
2) Go here: http://has.ncdc.noaa.gov/pls/plhas/has.dsselect and grab the NEXRAD data that will work in your radar program. Level2 for GR2Analyst, Level3 for GRLevel3, and both should work in the free NOAA Weather and Climate Toolkit.
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1370. Skyepony (Mod)
Power Outage in (Kanas) USA on Monday, 05 May, 2014 at 03:12 (03:12 AM) UTC.
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Parts of Sedgwick County reached at least 100 degrees Sunday causing energy outages. Westar Energy showed outages beginning at 4 p.m. Westar says the extreme heat caused the outages. "Usually we see these system conditions later in July and August when the temperatures are expected," said Westar Spokesperson Nick Bundy. "This early in the year, we've got a number of sub-stations down for maintenance and equipment that we are working on. So that has caused other equipment to be overloaded." Wichita police directed traffic in areas that had no stop lights, including Ridge and Central. "Last week I was wearing my long johns to work, tomorrow we will wear our shorts," said West Wichita Resident John Sinfellow. "You know we are in Kansas, so you never know." Westar says customers can help by turning up air conditions to 78 or 80 degrees or turning them off all together to lesson the need for power. As of 9:45 p.m. Westar had restored power to all but 1,884 customers. This is the earliest recorded date that Wichita has hit 100 degrees.
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1369. Torito
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1368. Torito
My opinion on the new WU experience...

The new layout is nice, but I find that it seems more reasonable for phones than computers themselves... I still use the classic WU on my laptop, I find it to look better... Keeping both classic and the new site seems like the best idea, as both have their own set of advantages and disadvantages, which really helps out in some cases. I, for one, can't use the old layout on my IPhone, it just doesnt show up right, but the new one is perfect for it.
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1367. Skyepony (Mod)
Quoting 1361. StormTrackerScott:

Good grief look at the latest updates on El-Nino from the CPC. Geesh! El-Nino might be here already!


ESPI is 1.60 & ↑ this morning.. Atleast moderate El Niño conditions should be upon us soon.


Here's wind/SST & anomalies.. Heat is rushing to the surface in region 1,2 with the highest west winds in that area.

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Quoting 1357. StormTrackerScott:

Here is the tropical wave below as it is cross S & C FL late in the period. Very interesting!!

This would be the start of the rainy season if the Euro pans out. Euro is usually very biased about something like this and its normally the GFS thats this aggressive.





Scott, I'm always very cautious about models that far out. The wave in question, has it been initialized yet? It would seem really early to get that vigorous of a wave coming into FL.
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1365. Torito
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1364. Skyepony (Mod)
Invest in the Arabian Sea with alot of moisture... Click pic for loop.

91B

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Michael Ventrice
@MJVentrice
Upwelling (cooling) oceanic Kelvin wave phase looks to be damped behind historic downwelling (warm) phase

Eric Blake@EricBlake12 19h
@MJVentrice hard to get a decent upwelling wave when you still have westerly wind anomalies across PAC...
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1362. Torito
Quoting 1349. weathermanwannabe:
Good Morning.  Here is the area in the E-Pac some folks are keeping an eye on.  Their season starts on May 15th and the Pacific ITCZ is currently firing between 5n-10n; just have to keep an eye on the current mess out there.  A little too early to see the start of clusters of E-Pac systems that we normally see in their peak around July.





Could it be?...



Maybe!
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Good grief look at the latest updates on El-Nino from the CPC. Geesh! El-Nino might be here already!

30APR2014 (25.7 0.8 Nino 1&2) (27.8 0.5 Nino 3) (28.2 0.4 Nino 3.4) (29.3 0.7 Nino 4)

Link

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Quoting SFLWeatherman:
I was looking at that today! we do need the rain here in S FL


GFS seems to want to produce some rain over South Fl. in 186 hours. We'll have to see if this holds up in future runs, but it does show increased moisture over the area.
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Steady progress toward El-Nino continues as the SOI is now starting to tank again finally.

April 3rd


May 5th
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Euro even hints at tropical possibilities near FL as well maybe sub tropical.
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Here is the tropical wave below as it is cross S & C FL late in the period. Very interesting!!

This would be the start of the rainy season if the Euro pans out. Euro is usually very biased about something like this and its normally the GFS thats this aggressive.


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I was looking at that today! we do need the rain here in S FL
Quoting 1355. StormTrackerScott:

Rainy Season may try to get going across FL in this timeframe below as the Euro is insistant on bringing a very vigorous Tropical Wave NW across the Bahamas and FL at days 9 & 10..


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Rainy Season may try to get going across FL in this timeframe below as the Euro is insistant on bringing a very vigorous Tropical Wave NW across the Bahamas and FL at days 9 & 10..

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Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
It's so warm

Today


Tonight (Near 60!)


Tomorrow



We are well on our way towards highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s


Soon the lows will be 80 degrees down in South Florida. They're already getting up in the upper 70s. It's hard to believe the lows only get down to 80 degrees at night during the summer.

7 Day forecast for S. Florida


Monday
Partly Cloudy

Hi Lo
86 / 72


Tuesday
Partly Cloudy

Hi Lo
88 / 75


Wednesday
Partly Cloudy

Hi Lo
88 / 75

Thursday
Partly Cloudy

Hi Lo
90 / 75

Friday
Partly Cloudy

Hi Lo
90 / 77

Saturday
Mostly Cloudy

Hi Lo
86 / 77

Sunday
Mostly Cloudy

Hi Lo
88 / 77








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1353. Inyo
Quoting 1203. johnmc318:

The new site seriously sucks.... I was unaware of the classic site still working, hopefully it still will for a while

But I am just about done with weather underground.. I remember finding this site back before Hurricane Katrina and Rita, and thought that this was the best weather site on the web, now it's trying to be all flashy and it seams like Dr masters is pushing his view on "Global Warming" in every blog post... I know this is his blog and he has the right to do it, but why every one?? you only used to do it seldom.. focusing more on current weather events than politics...

Ever since Masters "Sold out" to the weather channel, this site has gone downhill... Really wish it hadn't but it is what it is...

Main reason for this comment is to let the web team here know my dissatisfaction with the new "updates".. If somethings not broke, don't fix it... If you want flashy go to the weather channel (BTW, I do not trust anything they say.. They are more worried about ratings and entertainment than weather IMO), and if you want what this site used to offer..

Good luck with your future weather underground.. You have lost me and I would bet quite a few more....


Jeff Masters has always talked about climate change. You're right, if you're a climate change denialist, this probably isn't the site for you. Try FoxNewsChemtrailWatch.Com or something. As for your point about the weather channel, can't disagree with that.
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April 30, 2014 at 9:58 AM EDT

Advance Estimate of GDP for the First Quarter of 2014

Posted by Jason Furman on April 30, 2014 at 09:58 AM EDT
Today’s GDP estimate is subject to a number of notable influences, including historically severe winter weather, which temporarily lowered growth in the first quarter. The report also shows the positive impact of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act which, together with continued slowing in health costs, helped strengthen the economy in the first quarter. The President will do everything he can either by acting through executive action or by working with Congress to push for steps that would raise growth and accelerate job creation, including fully paid-for investments in infrastructure, education and research, a reinstatement of extended unemployment insurance benefits, and an increase in the minimum wage.

FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF ECONOMIC ANALYSIS

1. Real gross domestic product (GDP) rose 0.1 percent at an annual rate in the first quarter of 2014, following the 3.4 percent annual pace in the second half of 2013. Looking at the various components of GDP, consumer spending grew at a rapid pace, mainly reflecting sharp increases in health care and utilities consumption, while the other elements of consumer spending on net rose only slightly. Consumer spending on food services and accommodations fell for the first time in four years, one of several components that was likely affected by unusually severe winter weather. Exports and inventory investment, two particularly volatile components of GDP, also subtracted from growth.






http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/04/30/advance -estimate-gdp-first-quarter-2014
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Record-Breaking Winter: Economy Takes $55 Billion Hit ...
www.nbcnews.com/.../record-breaking-winter-econom y-takes-55-billion...
Record-Breaking Winter: Economy Takes $55 Billion Hit. ... Winter broke both records and budgets, ... Published March 20th 2014, 6:46 pm. Latest Videos


Based on 2012 report of Annual GDP of US as $16,244,600,000,000 3 month's = $4,061,000,000,000 at a 2.6% reduction = $105 Billion
according to the Whitehouse.
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