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Pineapple Express

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Saturday January 12, 2013

Kenai, AK (Current Weather Conditions)

Caption: Shot taken near Kenai, Alaska on 1/12/13. At some point every winter we have a weather pattern called the “Pineapple Express” which brings warm, moist winds sweeping from the tropics northeast up the Aleutian chain and into Southcentral Alaska. It warms up to around 40 then rains, causing everything that’s been frozen for months to get coated with heavy ice. Emergency responders on the Kenai Peninsula are busy today. Luckily, the people in this truck were uninjured.

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10. ChrisAnthemum
11:00 PM GMT on January 15, 2013
I remember that black ice all too well from when I lived in Minnesota; we occasionally see it here in NC but not often. Our "pineapple express" just went by a couple days ago (though I've never heard anyone around here call it anything but a warm spell), and now it is cold rain. If we're lucky, it won't freeze, but if it does, it'll be as big a mess as shown here. I groaned aloud when I saw that upside-down vehicle. Congrats on the VIP placement of this photo!
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9. 1BigBear
3:55 PM GMT on January 14, 2013
Thanks Kajzar and Kennebunker. It's Monday morning 1/14/13 and still raining, but it will end soon according to the radar. This the worst winter rain storm we've had in years. Let it snow!
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8. Kennebunker
12:02 AM GMT on January 14, 2013
Ouch! Sure hope everyone heeds this warming and slows it down to a crawl on that black ice. A big problem here in Maine, too!
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7. Kajzar
6:30 PM GMT on January 13, 2013
In Poland we call it "black ice" too. It's really dangerous and you presented it perfectly. I'm glad the people in this car are alright.
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6. 1BigBear
3:30 PM GMT on January 13, 2013
Thanks for the information Hotzenwaelder. That's interesting. People here call that nearly invisible ice "black ice."
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5. SVLover
3:29 PM GMT on January 13, 2013
We had one in November that caused a significant amount of flooding.  Glad they are alright, I bet it was scary!
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4. Hotzenwaelder
5:36 AM GMT on January 13, 2013
We have such nasty things here in the Old Country; it is called blitz ice and really shakes things up because it is nearly invisible.
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3. 1BigBear
5:32 AM GMT on January 13, 2013
Thanks Katy and June. Have a good weekend and stay warm!
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2. katy99780
4:24 AM GMT on January 13, 2013
Impressive photo Ed, glad no one was hurt! Conditions such as that don't happen often farther north, thank goodness!
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1. canuckjune
1:37 AM GMT on January 13, 2013
We have had ice and rain with the snow lately and it sure can cause accidents with the ever changing conditions. Am glad no one was hurt in that rollover.
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