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Big Contrasts this Weekend: Roasting Out West, Soaking Back East

By Dr. Jeff Masters
Published: June 25, 2015
The atmosphere over North America will slide back into a familiar pattern this weekend, as a powerful upper ridge and record heat take hold of the Pacific Northwest and western Canada while an unusually strong upper low for late June brings wet, cool conditions from the Ohio Valley through the mid-Atlantic into New England. It’s yet another variation on the warm-west/cool-east pattern that predominated through much of 2014 and early 2015.

Sizzling temps on tap for Pacific Northwest
While it’s been an unusually hot, muggy June across much of the Southeast, the burners will soon be going full blast out West. Models are consistent in building strong high pressure across the western states late this week into next week. The results will be scorching temperatures, especially in parts of eastern Washington and Oregon where warm, dry weather in recent weeks has left the ground already parched. Highs are projected to range from 100°F to 110°F over most of the next 4 to 6 days across a large area. Excessive heat watches are in effect for both Portland and Seattle. Here are some of WU’s forecast highs compared to monthly and all-time records. (For more, see the roundup by Jon Erdman at

—Spokane, WA: Forecast high 102°F (Sunday); All-time record is 108 degrees on July 26, 1928 and Aug. 4, 1961
—Boise, ID: Forecast high 106°F (Sunday); All-time record is 111 degrees on July 19, 1960 and July 12, 1898
—Salt Lake City, UT: Forecast high 103°F (Monday); June record is 105 degrees on June 28-29, 2013
—Portland, OR: Forecast high 99°F (Saturday); June record high is 102 degrees on June 26, 2006
—Reno, NV: Forecast high 102°F (Friday and Saturday); June record is 104 degrees on June 16, 1940
—Missoula, MT: Forecast high 102°F (Sunday and Monday); June record high is 100 degrees on Jun. 29, 1937 and Jun. 13, 1918.

The heat may abate slightly by the middle of next week over the Pacific Northwest, but longer-range models suggest unusual warmth continuing across much of Canada. There are also hints that a significant heat wave could develop over parts of Europe toward the latter part of next week and beyond, as a highly amplified jet-stream pattern sets up there. The WU extended forecast brings Paris into the mid-90s Fahrenheit for several days, starting next Wednesday.

Figure 1. Temperatures will be 10°F to 30°F above average across large parts of the western United States and Canada, while much of the eastern U.S. will be unusually cool, according to the forecast for 0000 GMT Tuesday, June 30, produced by the 1800 GMT Wednesday run of the GFS model. Image credit: Climate Reanalyzer/University of Maine.

Fire risk increasing over western U.S., Alaska
By recent standards, it’s been a relatively quiet year thus far for wildland fire across the United States. The total amount of land affected by fire through Tuesday, June 23, stands at 885,842 acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. That’s slightly above last year’s total through June 23, but well below each of the years from 2005 to 2013. The threat of wildfires should begin ramping up this weekend, though, with record heat and dry lightning storms over parts of California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as western Canada and Alaska. On Wednesday afternoon, more than 1,000 people had to flee a fast-growing 350-acre wildfire near Interstate 5 in Santa Clarita, CA, just north of the San Fernando Valley.

Figure 2. Smoke from the Washington Fire rises over the Sierra Nevada range south of Lake Tahoe as viewed from between Minden and Carson City, NV, on Monday, June 22. The wildfire had grown to over 20 square miles in hazardous and inaccessible terrain and was moving closer to structures, officials said. The Lake Tahoe area saw record-low amounts of snowpack this past winter. Image credit: Jim Grant/ Nevada Appeal via AP.

The greatest fire risk this weekend will be around the edge of the strong high pressure cell taking shape over the interior West. In and near the Cascades, enough moisture should be present for scattered thunderstorms with little rain but gusty winds and lightning. Combined with very hot weather and dry vegetation, this is among the most dangerous scenarios for wildfire risk. Lightning is the main cause of wildfires in the Pacific Northwest, according to Cliff Mass (University of Washington), who outlines the upcoming risk in detail in a blog post. “The bottom line is that with very dry conditions in place, multiple lightning-caused fires are quite possible. Fire folks need to get ready,” said Mass. The fire danger is also high to extreme over much of western British Columbia. The NOAA Storm Prediction Center has not yet outlined any high-probability areas in its 3-8 day fire weather outlook, but the discussion issued Wednesday afternoon notes the possibility of an upgrade as the time period draws closer and confidence in model solutions increases.

Figure 3. Smoke cloaks the skies above Fort Wainwright, Alaska, near Fairbanks, on Wednesday. The smoke is a byproduct of several large wildland fires burning in central Alaska. Image credit: Stephanie Frank.

Most of the major U.S. fires this year to date have been in Alaska, where sporadic bursts of record heat during the spring and early summer have dried out vast stands of forest and brushland. Eleven fires affecting more than 1000 acres each were in progress as of Wednesday, with six of those exceeding 10,000 acres. Several factors are pushing Alaska toward longer and more intense fire seasons, as outlined by Climate Central in a report published Wednesday. The state is warming twice as quickly as the U.S. average--almost 3°F since the 1950s—and the average fire season has lengthened by roughly 40 percent in the last 60 years. Hot temperatures from May to July are strongly related to the frequency and severity of fire seasons in Alaska.

Large fires (more than 1000 acres) have grown far more common in the tundra-dominated Arctic portion of Alaska: such fires occurred in only three years from 1950 through 1969, but 33 such fires have struck the Alaskan Arctic since 2000. “We’re starting to see a tundra-fire regime emerging within the past few decades,” said Todd Sanford (CIRES), the lead author of the report. Earth’s largest tundra fire on record occurred in 2007, when about 250,000 acres (380 square miles) were scorched in the vicinity of the North Slope’s Anaktuvuk River. Such a lightning-triggered fire was once virtually impossible on the damp, chilly tundra. Lake sediments from the region around the Anaktuvuk fire showed no evidence of any other major fires in the last 5,000 years. Further south, wildfire is paving the way for an infusion of deciduous trees into the evergreen forests of the Alaskan interior. According to the 2014 U.S. National Climate Assessment, “More extensive and severe wildfires could shift the forests of Interior Alaska during this century from dominance by spruce to broadleaf trees for the first time in the past 4,000 to 6,000 years.”

A stormy week for Midwest, mid-Atlantic
A strong polar jet stream from the Corn Belt to the East Coast has been ferrying intense thunderstorms from west to east all week. Tuesday brought one of the biggest severe weather outbreaks of 2015, with severe storms sweeping through the mid-Atlantic corridor into New England. At the peak of the storms, some 770,000 people were without power, and widespread tree damage was reported.

Figure 4. A huge mesoscale convective complex (MCS) sprawls across the upper Midwest in this infrared satellite image taken at 8:15 a.m. CDT on Monday, June 22. The pink shadings over northern Iowa and southeast Minnesota correspond to the highest cloud tops associated with the most vigorous thunderstorms. Image credit:

Figure 5. Tornado paths and strengths across northeast Illinois on Monday evening, June 22. Image credit: NWS Chicago.

One of the most powerful storms pushed through southeast Pennsylvania into southwest New Jersey, where power outages exceeded those from Superstorm Sandy and the 2012 derecho. Winds gusted to 85 mph in Gloucester County, NJ, and to 72 mph at Philadelphia International Airport, just a few weeks after outflow from a weak shower on April 22 brought 71-mph winds. The city has recorded gusts that strong only four other times in its weather history.

The day before the mid-Atlantic got slammed, Monday brought a preliminary total of 19 tornadoes, with 9 of them from a long-lived supercell that carved a path just southwest of Chicago (see Figure 5). A long-track, high-end EF3 twister that struck near Coal City was the strongest observed in the Chicago metro area since the deadly F5 Plainfield tornado of August 28, 1990. Another EF3 was reported near Marysville, Iowa. At, Jon Erdman produced this assortment of eye-popping imagery from Monday’s and Tuesday’s storms.

Figure 6. Gary Rink walks behind his home on Tuesday, June 23, in Coal City, Ill., after a tornado passed through the area Monday evening. The community of about 5,000 residents is located about 60 miles southwest of Chicago. Image credit: AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast.

Wet weekend on tap for Northeast
Though at least it’s arriving a week before the Fourth of July holiday, a rainy, cool storm system will likely put a big damper on outdoor activities this weekend from the Ohio Valley into the mid-Atlantic and New England. The west-to-east jet stream that’s powered storms all week will buckle into a pronounced upper-level low that will move slowly across the region. A double-barreled surface low may develop, similar to the configuration seen in many nor’easters. Cool temperatures should tilt the odds away from thunderstorms toward steady rain over the coastal cities, where 1” to 3” of rain possible. Heavier downpours could fall over the upper Ohio Valley and Appalachians. With 9.57” reported this month through Wednesday, Baltimore has already landed the second-wettest June in its 145 years of weather history. The record of 9.95”, set in June 1972, could be eclipsed by an inch or more before the month is out.

Bob Henson

Figure 7. Projected three-day precipitation totals from the NOAA Weather Prediction Center, for the period from 1200 GMT June 25 to June 30. Image credit: NWS/WPC.

Figure 8.. The setting sun illuminates mammatus clouds over Pottsgrove, PA, in the wake of Tuesday’s severe storms. Image credit: wunderphotographer Jerry1481.

California Wild Fire Update

By Chris Burt
Published: September 23, 2014
California Wildfire Update

The King Fire, east of Sacramento in California, has now charred 90,000 acres and burned at least 32 structures including 10 homes. It is now 35% contained thanks to a cool, moist weekend. However, the next two days will be critical in its containment since weather conditions have changed back to windy and warm.

A wildfire burns along the shores of Bass Lake in the central Sierra Mountains on September 14th. This was one of several wildfires that have burned across the central Sierra region so far this month. Photo by Darwin Atkeson/AP.

This Tuesday and Wednesday (September 23-24) will be the make it or break it point so far as containing the 90,000-acre King Fire that is threatening 12,000 homes in El Dorado and Placer Counties (about 50 miles east of Sacramento). As of Tuesday, September 23rd, 2,800 people have been ordered to evacuate their homes.

Map of active wildfires in northern and central California as of Tuesday, September 23rd. The round icons represent new wildfires (that have begun in the past week) and the square icons currently active fires that began more than a week ago. The red shaded area is currently under Red Flag warnings. The King Fire is burning in the area indicated in bright red between Reno and Sacramento. Map from Esri Disaster Response Program.

It is already the 2nd largest wildfire of the season (following the 131,996 Happy Camp Complex fire on the Oregon-California border) and has a chance of making it into the ‘top 20’ list of largest wildfires in California history.

The top 20 largest wildfires in California history as of the end of the fire season last October, 2013. The Happy Camp Complex fire has now burned 131,996 acres in far northern California and thus earned its spot as #16 on the list above. It is now 75% under control. Note how 11 of the top 20 largest fires (including the Happy Camp Complex fire) have occurred since the year 2000. Table from Cal Fire,

If the 7,000+ firefighters working on the King blaze can keep it contained through Thursday they may get a break since rainfall is forecast to move into the region later this week.

Forecast QPF rainfall amounts for California through Thursday morning September 25th. The rain, hopefully, will reach the area of the King Fire by Friday. In any case, the rain will almost certainly help suppress the remaining wildfires that are currently burning in the far northern portion of the state, such as the Happy Camp Complex event. Map from NWS-Monterrey.

In spite of this years many calamitous wildfires the amount of acreage so far burned in California has been only slightly above average and, for the U.S. as a whole, only about 50% of normal (using the past 10-year running average) to date.

Total number of fires and acreage burned in the continental U.S. for the year-to-date. It has been a catastrophic fire year so far for California and the Pacific Northwest but much better than usual for the Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions. Table from National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, Idaho.

Nevertheless, the month of October has seen many of the worst wildfire events in California history. It is near the end of the dry season and traditionally the strongest Santa Ana and Diablo wind events (offshore flow) occur. This was the case during the state’s largest and deadliest wild fires on record: the Cedar Fire in October 2003, (see table of ‘Top 20’ above) and the Oakland/Berkeley Hills fire of October 1991 which was the costliest and deadliest wild fire in modern U.S. history. Although only 1,200 acres burned, 3,000 homes were destroyed, 25 lives lost, and over $1 billion in damage was caused.

The largest wildfire in California history occurred in southern California in October 2003. Some 273,000 acres burned consuming 2,800 structures and killing 15. The Oakland Hills fire of October 1991 was even worse (though much smaller) when 3000 homes were destroyed and 25 people were killed. NASA image.

Christopher C. Burt
Weather Historian
Categories:Extreme Weather Fire

U.S. Wildfire Season as of August 12th

By Chris Burt
Published: August 12, 2014
U.S. Wildfire Season as of August 12th

It has been one of the hottest summers on record for the Pacific Northwest and especially for central and western Washington State where the largest wildfire on record (for the state) has finally been almost 100% contained. However, in spite of the devastation in Washington, the U.S. fire season has (so far) burned ‘only’ 2,533,648 acres, which is just 51% of the 10-year running average for this time of the year.

The temperature reached a daily record 96° in Seattle, Washington yesterday (August 11th) as the blazing hot summer of 2014 in Washington continued. July was Spokane’s 2nd hottest month on record (any month) with an average monthly temperature of 75.7°, just shy of the all-time record of 75.9° set back in July 1906. Ironically, firefighters announced yesterday that they have now almost fully contained the Carlton Complex fire which was ignited by lightning on July 14th and burned 256,108 acres and 312 homes (with one fatality) in an area of central Washington about 200 miles east of Seattle. It was the largest wildfire in the state’s history.

The Carlton Fire Complex bears down on Brewster, Washington on July 18th. Twitter image, photographer not identified.

Pyrocumulus form above the Carlton Complex fire as seen in this aerial image during the early stages of the fire’s development in mid-July. Photo from AP.

All-told, wildfires have now burned 323,721 acres in Washington so far this summer with many still active as the map below illustrates.

Map of locations of active major wildfires burning as of August 12th. As can be seen, virtually all of them are occurring in the Pacific Northwest. The color coding is related to the priority and type of incidence teams each fire is being given by the respective agencies involved with each threat. Map from the National Interagency Fire Center based in Boise, Idaho.

As of August 12th here is a list of acres burned in each state:

OREGON: 140,249
IDAHO: 85,241
MONTANA: 1,655

What is surprising is that California has not yet had a truly catastrophic wildfire (so far) given the record dry conditions and extensive lightning activity. Just yesterday (August 11th) some 11,678 lightning strikes were recorded as monsoonal moisture edged into the eastern portion of the state.

Lightning strikes over California on August 11th. Although the source of the storms that produced all this activity were of seasonal monsoon origins, very little precipitation reached the ground making for extremely dangerous fire conditions. Map from BLM and NWS-Sacramento.

The largest active fire in California at the moment is the so-called Bald Fire Complex (#19 on the map) in the Lassen National Forest where 39,736 acres have so far burned. Of course, the worst of California’s fire season has yet to get under way since September through November is traditionally the most dangerous time of the year fire-wise. Despite, the sobering statistics, the year 2014 has, as of August 12th, seen the 2nd lowest amount of acreage burned nation-wide over the past 10 years. Since 2004, only 2010 saw fewer acres burned.

Table of annual number of fires and acres burned as of August 12th over the past 10 years. This year is running just 51% of average so far as acreage burned and 71% of average total number of fires. Given the drought situation in California it is unlikely that this pattern will continue into the fall. Table from National Interagency Fire Center. Statistics for acreage burned every full year going back to 1960 can found here on the NIFR web site.

The fire situation is much worse in Canada where some 8.5 million acres have burned this summer in the country’s Northwest Territories. Angela Frtiz reports this from the Capital Weather Gang at the Washington Post. Sweden is also suffering an extreme wild fire event as this report details.

Christopher C. Burt
Weather Historian
Categories:Extreme Weather Fire

First 100°F Temperature on Record in the Baltics

By Chris Burt
Published: August 5, 2014
First 100°F Temperature on Record in the Baltics

The 37.8°C (100.0°F) temperature observed at Ventspils, Latvia on August 4th was the first time on record that a reading of 100°F has been measured in any of the Baltic nations (Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania). The heat wave has also affected Poland, Belarus, and Sweden where a massive forest fire, said to be the worst in the nation's modern history, rages out of control.

It has been a warm past month in Ventspils, Latvia with 10 out of the past 30 days reaching 30°C (86°F) or more. The normal daily maximum temperature for July and early August is just 19°C (66°F). The 36.6°C (97.9°F) on August 3rd was a new Latvian national record only to be shattered the following day with the 37.8°C (100.0°F) reading. Climate table from OGIMET.

The record was especially unusual since Ventspils (also known as Ventspili) is a coastal location situated right along the shores of the Baltic Sea. The previous Latvian record of 36.4°C (97.5°F) on August 4, 1943 (same date!) was measured at Daugavpils which is an inland location near the border of Belarus and where hotter temperatures might be expected vis-à-vis a coastal location. The reason for the excessive temperature at Ventspils, this time around, was a strong offshore flow caused by a high-pressure system centered over northeast Russia and Finland.

A strong surface high pressure centered over Finland and northeast Russia (bottom map) along with a 210-meter positive height anomaly (top map) created a southeast (offshore) flow over the Baltic nations early this week leading to the record temperatures at the Latvian coastal location of Ventspils. Maps of 12Z ECMWF models for August 4th courtesy of Nick Wiltgen at The Weather Channel.

Aside from Latvia, record or near-record temperatures have also been observed in Belarus, Estonia, Lithuania, and Sweden. The capital city of Minsk in Belarus broke its all-time heat record on August 3rd with a 35.6°C (96.1°F) reading which surpassed its former record of 35.0°C (95.0°C). The top temperature in all of Belarus was 36.5°C (97.7°F) at Ma’rina Gorka (also on August 3rd) which was short of the national record of 38.9°C (102.0°F) set at Gomel on August 8, 2010. In Lithuania it reached 36.6°C (97.9°F) at Klaipeda on August 3rd (short of the national record of 37.5°C/99.5°F set at Zarasai on July 30, 1994) and in Estonia top honor went to Niqula with 33.5°C (92.3°F) on August 4th, well short, however, of the national record of 35.6°C (96.1°F) at Voru on August 11, 1992. The heat wave has also affected Poland where temperatures as high as 35.4°C (95.7°F) were observed at Ustka on August 3rd.

Late word from blog reader Blair Trewin (Australian Bureau of Meteorology) notes that the Swedish met service (SMHI) has reported at temperature of 35.1°C (95.2°F) at the town of Falun on August 4th and that this is the hottest August temperature observed in Sweden since 1992. Sweden’s national record is 38.0°C (100.4°F) set at Ultuna on July 9, 1933 and also at Malilla on June 29, 1947. A massive 15,000-hectare (37,000 acre) forest fire in central Sweden, described in the press as “the largest in modern [Swedish] history” is threatening the town of Norberg (population 4,500). One death has so far been attributed to the conflagration.

This large forest fire in central Sweden is threatening the evacuation of the entire population of the town of Norberg (population 4,500). Photo credited to TT, ‘The Local: Sweden’s news in English’.

KUDOS: Thanks to Maximiliano Herrera, Blair Trewin, and Nick Wiltgen for their contributions to the data and blog reader barbamz for news about the Swedish fire.

Christopher C Burt
Weather Historian

Record May Heat and Wildfires Continue in California; Extreme Flooding in Serbia

By Dr. Jeff Masters
Published: May 16, 2014
More record May heat seared Southern California on Thursday, and fierce Santa Ana winds continued to fan nine wildfires in San Diego County. The fires had destroyed at least eight houses, an 18-unit condominium complex and two businesses and burned more than 15 square miles by Thursday evening, causing more than $20 million in damage. Los Angeles Airport hit 97° on Thursday, which is tied for the hottest May temperature on record, said the NWS in Los Angeles (note, though, that NOAA's Threaded Extremes website lists the all-time May record for LAX at 91°.) All-time record May heat was also recorded on Thursday at Santa Maria (105°.) In Downtown Los Angeles, the mercury hit 102° on Thursday, falling short of the all-time May record of 103° set on May 25, 1896. Temperatures is coastal Southern California are forecast to be 10 - 15° cooler on Friday than on Thursday, and the hot offshore Santa Ana winds will no longer be blowing. This should allow firefighters to gain the upper hand on most of the fires. A steady cool-down will occur over the weekend, with a moist onshore flow of air significantly reducing the fire danger.

Figure 1. A wildfire burns near a home on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Marcos, Calif. Flames engulfed suburban homes and shot up along canyon ridges in one of the worst of several blazes that broke out Wednesday in Southern California during a second day of a sweltering heat wave. (AP Photo)

100% of California in severe to exceptional drought
Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor report showed grim news for California: 100% of the state is now in severe or higher drought, up from 95% the previous week. Though just 25% of California is classified as being in the highest level of drought, "Exceptional", Erin McCarthy at the Wall Street Journal estimates that farms comprising 53% of California's $44.7 billion market value lie in the Exceptional drought area. During the most recent California rainy season, October 2013 through April 2014, the state received 10.44" of precipitation, which is just 51% of average for the period, and the third lowest such total on record. California typically receives less than 10% of its annual precipitation between May and September, and the coming hot and dry summer in combination with a severely depleted Sierra snowpack will cause a severe fire season and significant agricultural damages. The fifth and final snow survey of the season on May 1 found that the statewide snowpack’s water content--which normally provides about a third of the water for California’s farms and cities--was only 18% of average for the date. Already, the 2014 drought has cost the state at least $3.6 billion in agricultural damages, the California Farm Water Coalition estimates. CAL FIRE recently announced it had hired 125 additional firefighters to help address the increased fire threat due to drought conditions.

Figure 2. True-color MODIS satellite image of Extratropical Storm Yvette taken on Thursday afternoon, May 15, 2014. Image credit: NASA.

Extreme Flooding in Southeast Europe
In Southeastern Europe, torrential rains on May 14 - 15 in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina have caused some of their worst flooding ever recorded, killing at least three people and leaving thousands homeless. Extratropical Storm Yvette, a strong and slow-moving upper-level low pressure that cut off from the jet stream, lingered over the region for two days, pulling up copious amounts of moisture from the Mediterranean Sea and generating torrential rains. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic declared a state of emergency in 18 towns and cities, including the capital, Belgrade. "This is the greatest flooding disaster ever. Not only in the past 100 years; this has never happened in Serbia's history," he told a news conference. "In three days, as much rain fell as normally falls in three months," said Goran Mihajlovic, of Serbia's Meteorological Institute. "Statistically, such rainfall happens once in 100 years," he added.

Video 1. A severed bridge floats down the Bosna River in Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 14, 2014. Here is a video of the bridge before it was swept away.

"Fishnado" in Sri Lanka
On May 5, 2014, residents of Chilaw, Sri Lanka were surprised by a rain of 50 kg (110 pounds) of live fish, 5 - 8 cm in length. MODIS satellite images from May 5 show an intense string of heavy thunderstorms formed over the island, and it is likely that one of these storms was a supercell thunderstorm that spawned a tornado which sucked up fish out of a nearby river and then spat them out over Chilaw. Such rains of fish are rare but not unheard of; as I outlined in my blog post on the ridiculous "Sharknado" movie that aired last year, there have been numerous reports of waterspouts or tornadoes picking up fish out of the sea or out of lakes and creating a "rain of fish." For example, hundreds of perch bombarded residents of the small Australian outback town of Lajamanu in 2010. In the U.S., thousands of small fish, frogs and crayfish fell from the sky during a rainstorm at Magnolia Terminal near Thomasville, Alabama, on the morning of June 28, 1957. Many of the fish were alive and were placed in ponds and swimming pools. An F2 tornado fifteen miles to the south spawned by the outer bands of Hurricane Audrey was likely responsible for getting the creatures airborne. William Corliss' intriguing book, "Handbook of Unusual Natural Phenomena", has an entire chapter devoted to unusual creatures and objects that have fallen from the sky. He relates that in 1946, a scientist at the American Museum of Natural History named E. W. Gudger documented 78 reliable reports of fish falls from all over the world. The largest fish was a large-mouthed bass 9 1/4 inches long, and the heaviest was a six pound fish that fell in India. There were no reports of large, 2000-pound great white sharks, as depicted by "Sharknado", though. Speaking of Sharknadoes, the much-anticipated sequel to "Sharknado", "Sharknado 2: The Second One" is scheduled to hit the air on the Syfy Channel on July 31, 2014. Yes, once again, bloodthirsty man-eating tornado-hurled sharks will terrorize a major American city--this time, New York. According to, The Asylum, which is working on the sequel, has come up with a plan to use Indiegogo to raise $50,000 to create another scene for the new movie. Those who contribute to the campaign, which runs through May 30, will get some Sharknado 2 swag and an exclusive window on production, from behind-the-scenes footage to breaking news and advance DVD copies. Al Roker will make a cameo appearance in the film as himself.

Video 2. Villagers collect live fish that rained from the sky on May 5, 2014, in Chilaw, Sri Lanka.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Jeff Masters
Categories:Heat Fire Flood