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Remembering a Crazy Flight Through Cat 5 Hurricane Gilbert, 25 Years Later

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 5:57 PM GMT on December 27, 2013

The year 2013 marked the 25th anniversary of 1988's Hurricane Gilbert--the most intense Atlantic hurricane ever measured up until that point, with a central pressure of 888 mb--a record has since been surpassed only by 2005's Hurricane Wilma. I was on the historic flight that caught Gilbert at its peak intensity, and below is my story of that flight, published here for the first time.

Jeff Masters



I awake early on September 13, 1988, not suspecting that I will be an eyewitness to meteorological history. I look out the window at the telltale bands of high cirrus clouds that curve across the Miami sky--far-flung outflow clouds streaming away from massive Hurricane Gilbert, centered over 500 miles to the southwest. Wow. This storm is huge. I turn on the news. The reports coming out of the Caribbean are shocking, heart-wrenching. Gilbert has ripped through Jamaica as a destructive Category 3 hurricane, delivering a crippling blow. At least 45 people are dead, and the island's infrastructure is devastated. Damage will be later estimated at $6.5 billion, making it Jamaica's costliest disaster of all-time. And the hurricane isn't done--Gilbert is now in the Western Caribbean, home of the Atlantic's deepest and warmest waters--rocket fuel for a Cape Verdes hurricane.


Figure 1. Hurricane Gilbert at peak intensity on September 13, 1988. Gilbert peaked at 175 mph winds and a central pressure of 888 mb.

Pre-Flight Briefing
I am the flight director for today's 11:30 am hurricane hunter mission on NOAA's N43RF hurricane research aircraft, affectionately named "Miss Piggy". On my way to Miami International Airport, I stop at the National Hurricane Center in Coral Gables to get a pre-flight weather briefing. Fittingly, the briefing comes from Gilbert Clark, the senior hurricane specialist on duty. Gil is the longest-serving and most knowledgeable hurricane forecaster working at NHC, and it is only fitting that his namesake storm will get its name retired the same year that he is retiring. Amidst the media zoo at NHC, Gil briefs me that the 8 am center fix from the Air Force reconnaissance aircraft in Gilbert shows Category 4 winds of 145 mph, and a central pressure of 934 mb. "The bottom's dropping out of this thing," he tells me, "and you just might be looking at a Cat 5 by the time you get there." I gulp down a bit of nervousness as I look at the imposing spiral of Gilbert's clouds, sprawled out over the entire Western Caribbean. The strongest hurricane I had flown through in two prior years with the Hurricane Hunters was a Category 3--1987's Hurricane Emily. After repeated penetrations into the eyewall of Emily, where the G-forces steadily rose until they hit three times the force of gravity, we finally had to abort the mission when a dangerous aerodynamic flutter developed in the wings. Hurricane Gilbert is far larger and more powerful than Emily was. Am I in for an even more dangerous ride?


Figure 2. An island of calm in a sea of chaos: NHC director Bob Sheets tries to get work done during the media zoo at NHC on September 14, 1988. Image credit: Jeff Masters.

Pre-Flight Preparations
I arrive at NOAA's Office of Aircraft Operations at Miami International Airport for pre-flight preparations. The energy at the office is electric. A film crew from the PBS show, "NOVA" is here. CNN is here, as are camera crews and reporters from half-a-dozen other media outlets. Three graduate students performing hurricane research for Dr. Bill Gray have just flown in this morning from Colorado to go on the flight. There isn't room for all of them. In the end, the grad students, the PBS NOVA crew, and the CNN crew get to go, but some of the media get left behind. "We've got plenty of media on board, and we'll do more good for the future of hurricane science by have these grad students go on the flight," my boss, Jim McFadden argues. Twenty-one people wind up on the flight, three more than the maximum we usually allow. The flight engineers are concerned about the aircraft's weight and balance, with such a large passenger list, but in the end they give the thumbs up to go, and we are on our way south towards the great storm.


Figure 3. Track of Hurricane Gilbert.

Takeoff
As we fly south over the Miami Beach, I look down on angry, white-capped waters. Here, 500 miles away from the eye, gale-force winds blow--an astoundingly large radius of strong winds for a hurricane. We chop through our first outer spiral band over the Florida Keys, and place a call to Cuba's Air Traffic Control center to get clearance to fly over the island. In those days, the Cuban government sometimes did not allow us to fly over the island, but for this storm, they give us immediate clearance. By the time we cross over Cuba 45 minutes later, we are plunging in and out of big cumulonimbus clouds with light turbulence and heavy rain showers. As we reach the south side of Cuba, Gilbert's eye comes clearly into view on the lower fuselage radar. The eye is very tight, ten miles in diameter, surrounded by an imposing swirl of reds and yellows on the radar screen. Lead scientist Hugh Willoughby and I have a critical decision to make--do we play it safe and penetrate the eye at 10,000 feet, where turbulence should be lighter? Or should we go in at 5,000 feet, where we will collect better data, but possibly risk hitting extreme turbulence? With the experience of last year's risky flight into Hurricane Emily fresh in my mind, I lobby for 10,000 feet, and Hugh goes along with this plan.

Penetration
"Set Condition One!" crackles the voice of aircraft commander Dave Turner, as we begin our descent from our ferry altitude of 15,000 feet to our penetration altitude of 10,000 feet. I check the security of my heavy duty seat belt and shoulder harness, stow away my flight bag and clipboard, and prepare to meet the worst Gilbert has to offer. My heart beats faster, and an inner voice questions the wisdom of challenging one of nature's most fearsome storms in a mere mechanical creation. The formidable wall of dark clouds of Gilbert's eyewall lies just ahead. Darkness falls. The big plane lurches as turbulent winds grip us. Rain hammers down on the fuselage and streaks the windows. Flight-level winds jump from 90 mph to 115 mph. I watch the winds and radar carefully, and issue a request to Dave Turner for a slight course correction to keep us headed towards the eye. One minute in, two minutes to go. No significant turbulence yet. The eye, a remarkably small oasis of blue in a sea of angry reds and oranges on the radar, beckons. Two minutes in. The clouds grow thicker. The tip of the bouncing wing is hard to see through torrential rain, and the winds increase to 160 mph. A rough jolt hits us, as a 10 mph updraft gives way to a 3 mph downdraft in four short seconds. The plane skids forwards into a far more powerful updraft, which steadily increases to 10 mph, then 20 mph, and finally 35 mph. For a full minute this amazingly smooth updraft carries us higher into Gilbert's eyewall, even as the flight level winds crank up to a furious 185 mph. Category Five! The sky suddenly brightens as the updraft ejects us into the fearsome eye of monstrous Hurricane Gilbert.


Figure 4. Eye of Hurricane Gilbert taken from 10,000 feet from NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft N43RF at 5pm EDT September 13, 1988, when it was at peak strength as a Category 5 hurricane with a central pressure of 888 mb and 185 mph winds. Photo by Jeff Masters.

The Eye
The eye is awesome, supernatural, intense. We are at the edge of a stadium of majestic, towering cumulonimbus clouds that rise up high above us to a small circle of blue sky. The sun lights up a brilliant ring of whiteness along the top of the clouds. Beneath us is a white-capped ocean filled with chaotic, colliding waves up to 50 feet tall. Beneath the ragged bottom edge of the eyewall clouds, Gilbert's 175 mph surface winds whip the ocean surface into a greenish-white blur. I have little time to take in the spectacle, though, as I track the winds to make sure we penetrate to the exact center of the eye. I order one minor course correction, and then we have it--the winds drop to 4 mph, and we see a calm spot on the ocean below. "Let's mark it there!" I say. "Central pressure, 903 millibars." I pull out my VORTEX message form, and begin coding in the readings for transmission to the National Hurricane Center over our HF radio link. Within a minute, I have to stop, as we have arrived at the opposite west end of the eye, and a new eyewall penetration begins.


Figure 5. PBS's NOVA series videographer captures an image of Hurricane Gilbert from NOAA hurricane hunter aircraft N43RF on September 13, 1988. Image credit: Jeff Masters.

Rough Penetration
This time, the ride is rougher. Though the horizontal winds are weaker--165 mph--we hit a powerful 30 mph downdraft that leaves us nearly weightless at zero Gs. Commander Turner fights off the downdraft, keeping us at 10,000 feet. We pop out of the eyewall on Gilbert's west side, and begin a long trek to the south of the storm to do another penetration of the eye from south to north. I finish filling out my VORTEX report, unbuckle myself, and head back to the radio station to hand the report to our radio operator for transmission to NHC. The NOVA and CNN film crews are happy, busily taking footage of the crew at work. The scientists from NOAA's Hurricane Research Division are excitedly poring over the data we've collected. There's only been one storm stronger than this that they've flown into, Hurricane Allen of 1980. In another hour, that will no longer be true. The excitement we feel at being a part of meteorological history, though, is tempered by the somber realization that this storm is headed right for the Mexican resort areas of Cozumel and Cancun, which will undoubtedly suffer a catastrophic blow.


Figure 6. The VORTEX message I filed after penetrating through Hurricane Gilbert on September 13, 1988 and finding the lowest pressure ever measured in an Atlantic hurricane. A surface pressure reading was actually not filed at the time, since NHC told the crew that the pressures they were measuring were too low to be believable. The value shown here was added later after a research effort led by Hugh Willoughby determined 888 mb to be the actual pressure (myself and Chris Landsea, who was also on the flight, were co-authors on the paper documenting the new record.)

A New Record Low Pressure
We line up for our south-to-north penetration, and the crew takes their seats as the eyewall comes into sight. This time the winds are stronger--185 mph at flight level, gusting to 199 mph. We hit another huge updraft, 30 mph, but the ride is surprisingly smooth. As we pop into the eye, it is clear that Gilbert has intensified in the hour and half we've been way. The eye has shrunk to nine miles in diameter, and the central pressure has fallen to an astonishing 894 millibars--a spectacular nine millibar drop in just 90 minutes. Now, only the great Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 (892 mb central pressure) stands in the way of Hurricane Gilbert's run at all-time greatness. But there is controversy. Through an unfortunate oversight, we are not carrying any dropsondes, which we usually launch into the eye. Dropsondes fall to the surface on parachutes, and radio back the surface pressure. Instead, we have to estimate the surface pressure based on flight level measurements, which must be carefully calibrated. After sending in my VORTEX report with the 894 mb surface pressure from our second penetration, NHC radios back that they don't believe our surface pressures, and we are stop transmitting them for the VORTEX messages from our three final penetrations. The scientists and I protest this. Our instruments and our eyes show what NHC cannot see--we are witnessing meteorological history. Gilbert is clearly on its way to becoming the most intense hurricane of all-time.

After another long trek around the periphery of Gilbert, we punch through the eyewall an hour and a half later. This time, the eye is even more impressive, and the surface pressure has fallen another fifteen millibars, to an unbelievable 879 mb. (It turns out that NHC was right to question our pressure readings, as a later research effort led by Hugh Willoughby determined that 888 mb was the actual lowest pressure in Gilbert.) Our fourth penetration also measures 879 mb--Gilbert has finally finished intensifying. During our fifth and final penetration, we measure 883 mb, then head home. We arrive back in Miami nine hours after we took off. But, there is no rest for the weary: at 10 pm I am back at the frenzied media circus at NHC for a live remote interview with CNN's Larry King Live--my first-ever TV interview.

For more photos and eyewitness accounts of this amazing flight, check out the Gilbert Photo Gallery put together by Neal Dorst of NOAA's Hurricane Research Division. See also this remarkable video from Playa del Carmen, Mexico, as Gilbert made landfall on September 14, 1988, as a Category 5 hurricane.

My flight though Gilbert was one of two flights I did through a Category 5 hurricane. The story of my other Cat 5 flight, through Hurricane Hugo in 1989, is here. The story of that flight has been made into a 1-hour show that is scheduled to air on "Air Crash Investigation" (AKA "Mayday" outside the U.S.) on the National Geographic Channel in 2014, the 25th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo. Myself and six other veterans of the flight were interviewed for the show, which features a recreation of the near-fatal penetration into Hugo's eyewall, complete with actors playing the roles of the crew, and CGI sequences of stuff flying around the inside of the aircraft as we hit 5.7 Gs of acceleration.


Video 1. Nine-minute clip of the September 14, 1988 hurricane hunter mission into Hurricane Gilbert, as aired on the 1988 PBS NOVA show, "Hurricane."

I'll be back on January 6, 2014, with a new post. Have a Happy New Year, Everyone!

Jeff Masters

Hurricane

The views of the author are his/her own and do not necessarily represent the position of The Weather Company or its parent, IBM.

Reader Comments

5501. LargoFl
so far from what im reading, for my county no hard freeze warning so far,guess being surrounded by water helps in the winter to keep our temps a few degree's warmer..so far at least
5502. LargoFl
5503. beell
Quoting 5499. drg0dOwnCountry:

Errr, no idea i thought that was just an impression? Forgiveness granted;)


My initial thought was your "impression" implied that homeless folks with/without substance abuse problems was not your problem or beneath your level of compassion today.
5504. LargoFl
...WIND CHILL ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS EVENING TO 9 AM
EST TUESDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAMPA BAY AREA - RUSKIN FL HAS
ISSUED A WIND CHILL ADVISORY...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 11 PM THIS
EVENING TO 9 AM EST TUESDAY.

* WIND CHILL VALUES...AS LOW AS 11 TO 25 DEGREES FOR THE NORTHERN
COUNTIES OF LEVY...CITRUS...HERNANADAO...SUMTER COUNTIES.
ELSEWHERE WIND CHILL VALUES OF 21 TO 35 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED.THE
COLDEST READINGS WILL OCCUR ACROSS INLAND AREAS TUESDAY MORNING
CLOSE TO SUNRISE.

* OTHER IMPACTS...SENSITIVE PLANTS AND PETS SHOULD BE BROUGHT
INSIDE OVERNIGHT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN WIND CHILL INDEX VALUES WILL
DROP TO 35 OR LOWER...EXCEPT 25 OR LOWER ACROSS THE NATURE COAST
AND SUMTER COUNTY.

&&

$$
Link

With temps staying above freezing and rising t the 40's over night with rain all but a few patches of our snow exist.
5506. 47n91w
Snowing in far northern Wisconsin, Hayward ASOS reports light snow at -25 degrees. I had 0.1" snow and have -21.3 at my house (wind chill of -44). All schools in the area are closed, some businesses too.

High Temperature for Sunday, January 5, 2014
(as received by 7 am EST January 6)
84 at Hollywood, FL
84 at Punta Gorda, FL

Low Temperature for Monday, January 6, 2014
(as received by 7 am EST January 6)
-36 at Crane Lake, MN

5508. LargoFl
Quoting 5502. LargoFl:


Did you see my pic I posted yesterday of the surf spot I found in my area?
5510. LargoFl
$$

------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BIRMINGHAM AL
359 AM CST MON JAN 6 2014

...RECORD COLD TEMPERATURES EXPECTED AS ARCTIC AIRMASS INVADES
CENTRAL ALABAMA...

.AN EXTREMELY COLD AIRMASS WILL CONTINUE TO SPREAD ACROSS CENTRAL
ALABAMA BEHIND A STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT TODAY. THIS ARCTIC
AIRMASS WILL REMAIN IN PLACE THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING...WITH MUCH
OF THE AREA REMAINING BELOW FREEZING FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF
TIME...POSSIBLY UP TO 64 HOURS. IN ADDITION...STRONG
NORTHWESTERLY WINDS WILL CONTINUE TODAY.


5511. LargoFl
Quoting 5509. Sfloridacat5:


Did you see my pic I posted yesterday of the surf spot I found in my area?
yes,did you go?
5512. 47n91w
The highlands of central Wisconsin have wind chills this morning -51 to -53, far western UP has the same, and the high elevation west and north of Duluth report -54.

Keep in mind that those values use sustained windspeed, wind gusts feel even colder.

A dynamic wind chill map (red values = dangerously low):

5513. LargoFl
Quoting 5512. 47n91w:
The highlands of central Wisconsin have wind chills this morning -51 to -53, far western UP has the same, and the high elevation west and north of Duluth report -54.

Keep in mind that those values use sustained windspeed, wind gusts feel even colder.

A dynamic wind chill map (red values = dangerously low):

I sure hope folks there stayed home today,going outside in those temps is dangerous
5514. GatorWX
Morning everyone.

Wondering if anyone in the panhandle of Florida is or has experienced any flurries this morning. Noticed it is 29 in Crestview with some precip showing up on radar. Not sure it's making it to the ground, however more significant precipitation is out over the gulf. Always love hearing about snow in Florida. I've seen it happen once; Christmas Eve '89. I mentioned it being 29 in the panhandle, it's 68 here in northern Charlotte County. Quite a front for Florida. Doesn't seem it'll get too extreme here. Mid-upper 30's forecast. Anyway, happy Monday!
Quoting 5511. LargoFl:
yes,did you go?


Waiting for the strong N.W. winds (gale) to hit later today. The swell should build tonight into tomorrow. Tomorrow there will be some pretty decent sized waves, but it's going to be very cold.
I'm thinking Wednesday could be some left over waves with decent weather (in the 70s).

I have to decide if the waves (and cold) will be worth taking off work.
If it was a hurricane swell and 86 degree water, you know what my choice would be.

5517. 47n91w
Quoting 5513. LargoFl:
I sure hope folks there stayed home today,going outside in those temps is dangerous


I'm lucky that my office closed, but most businesses will remain open. I did my grocery shopping last night when the wind chill was a balmy -20. The guy fetching carts in the parking lot followed me to my car to take my cart for me and instead of wishing me a good night, he wished me to stay warm!

(edit: maybe that was his way of telling me I was an idiot for shopping and making him get my cart :)
5518. LargoFl
Quoting 5517. 47n91w:


I'm lucky that my office closed, but most businesses will remain open. I did my grocery shopping last night when the wind chill was a balmy -20. The guy fetching carts in the parking lot followed me to my car to take my cart for me and instead of wishing me a good night, he wished me to stay warm!
its good you stayed home..frostbite is a real danger there..
5519. LargoFl
Quoting 5515. Sfloridacat5:


Waiting for the strong N.W. winds (gale) to hit later today. The swell should build tonight into tomorrow. Tomorrow there will be some pretty decent sized waves, but it's going to be very cold.
I'm thinking Wednesday could be some left over waves with decent weather (in the 70s).

I have to decide if the waves (and cold) will be worth taking off work.
If it was a hurricane swell and 86 degree water, you know what my choice would be.

ok my guess the winds should start around noontime by me..all that freezing cold air smashing into this warm humid air..wow..going to be really interesting later on lol..
5520. LargoFl
Quoting 5514. GatorWX:
Morning everyone.

Wondering if anyone in the panhandle of Florida is or has experienced any flurries this morning. Noticed it is 29 in Crestview with some precip showing up on radar. Not sure it's making it to the ground, however more significant precipitation is out over the gulf. Always love hearing about snow in Florida. I've seen it happen once; Christmas Eve '89. I mentioned it being 29 in the panhandle, it's 68 here in northern Charlotte County. Quite a front for Florida. Doesn't seem it'll get too extreme here. Mid-upper 30's forecast. Anyway, happy Monday!
looks like they could get some around noon today..per the gfs.......
No ice.... .001" and 2min of little fluries.
5522. LargoFl
wow more snow for the midlantic and northeast again today....
Quoting 5406. QPhysFTW:
Ohio State succumbs to the cold.

http://ap.osu.edu/emergency/


And I thought it was extreme to close Florida State in Tallahassee January 21, 1985 (6F that morning with 25 knot north winds)
Unless you have a huge ship, I'd stay in port today.


Synopsis...A STRONG COLD FRONT REACHES THE NORTHEASTERN GULF OF MEXICO EARLY THIS MORNING...THEN EXITS INTO SOUTH FLORIDA WATERS BY TONIGHT. NORTHWEST WINDS WITH GUSTS TO NEAR GALE FORCE WILL DEVELOP OVER THE GULF WATERS BEHIND THE FRONT. A LARGE AREA OF HIGH PRESSURE BUILDS INTO THE FAR WESTERN GULF COASTAL STATES LATER TONIGHT THEN SLIDES OUT OVER THE OPEN ATLANTIC DURING THE END OF THE WEEK.
5525. LargoFl
snow off OUR coast tuesday............
Out to the garden in DC area this morning. Protective snow is almost gone. Lettuce survived 13F under snow cover and broccoli is also undamaged. Waiting for much harder round 2 of what I call the "boreal fist". But this time, no protective snow cover. 47F so far this AM .. cold air has not arrived yet as of 0830L
Our next fun weather hope

.THE
MAIN FOCUS WILL BE ON THE AMPLIFICATION/TIMING AND GENERAL EASTWARD
PROGRESSION OF A SOUTHERN-STREAM TROUGH OVER THE SOUTHERN TIER OF
THE CONUS/NORTHERN MEXICO. AS LOW-LEVEL MOISTURE GRADUALLY INCREASES
ACROSS THE SOUTH-CENTRAL CONUS AHEAD OF THIS SYSTEM...TSTMS WILL BE
POSSIBLE INITIALLY ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS/ARKLATEX LATE DAY
4/THURSDAY INTO DAY 5/FRIDAY...AND SUBSEQUENTLY ACROSS THE GULF
COAST REGION/SOUTHEAST STATES THIS WEEKEND. SOME STRONG/SEVERE TSTM
RISK MAY BE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY BY THE WEEKEND OR EARLY NEXT
WEEK...BUT THE EXTENT/MAGNITUDE OF ANY SUCH POTENTIAL REMAINS
UNCERTAIN AT THIS JUNCTURE GIVEN CURRENT GUIDANCE VARIABILITY AND
INITIALLY LIMITED MOISTURE RETURN.
5528. GatorWX
Interesting Largo.


This is about as sharp as a cold front gets here in FL. Incredible temperature contrast right now across the FL Big Bend. 71 here in Orlando this morning but will crash into the 40's in a few hours.

I'm praying for a least a dusting in Jacksonville!!

Eric
5531. MahFL
Quoting 5517. 47n91w:


(edit: maybe that was his way of telling me I was an idiot for shopping and making him get my cart :)


If no one shopped he'd be out of work.
Good Morning from Tallahassee. The entire mid-section of the US is in the low teens or minus zero category and the rest of the US is in 20-30 with the exception of the small slice of the Eastern-Seaboard temporarily in the 40-60's and Southern California.

Seems fitting that the most seasonable temps in the US later this evening will be at the BCS Bowl in Pasadena.

Go Noles............................

Quoting 5532. weathermanwannabe:
Good Morning from Tallahassee. The entire mid-section of the US is in the low teens or minus zero category and the rest of the US is in 20-30 with the exception of the small slice of the Eastern-Seaboard temporarily in the 40-60's and Southern California.

Seems fitting that the most seasonable temps in the US later this evening will be at the BCS Bowl in Pasadena.

Go Noles............................



FSU 34 Auburn 21
Quoting 5528. GatorWX:
Interesting Largo.




False echoes. No precip on radar across the Panhandle.
Here is the current blog note from Tally NWS. I am not so sure about any flurries in North Florida as the very cold dry air is rapidly starting to fill into Florida and I don't think the moisture in parts of the Gulf are going to make over land.

Bitterly Cold Temperatures and Dangerous Wind Chills Will Continue to Move South and East through the Early Part of the Week

Cold temperatures and gusty winds associated with an arctic airmass will continue dangerously cold wind chills as far south as Brownsville, Texas and central Florida. This arctic airmass will affect the eastern two-thirds of the country on Monday as a sharp cold front moves towards the East Coast. The cold temperatures will remain in place through mid-week before a warming trend begins.


Our coldest month here in North Florida is usually February but it looks like we are going to experience a solid freeze here for about 48 hours into the teens tomorrow.............

Read something on the web last night......... 40% of body heat can be lost through the head in cold temps.

Bust out your Winter hats and caps if you have to outside.
5536. ARiot
proof that a broken clock is right every now and then, I predicted 4-6 inches of snow for Harford County MD five or six days prior to this weekend's event. Go me.


(I took the early models at their word, even when they changed over to rain, I figured we had enough cold in place for night snow, and we sure did.)

I suspect the new blog will remind people we sometimes have winter in North America. Many seem to have forgotten what a deep slip will do.

Stay warm 'yall.
Quoting 5525. LargoFl:
snow off OUR coast tuesday............


I love how it shows precipitation for the entire GOM due to convective precipitation.

I really like this image of lake effect banding.


Windchill of 19 expected in Orlando tomorrow then 80's on Thursday. Incredible temperature swings this week.

5539. hydrus
Quoting 5458. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
temp going down to -25c by tonight
with chills of -36c
I has the pleasure of feeling -25 degrees many years ago. Being born and raised in Florida, I must say it was miserable. 5 degrees here at my location, with wind gusting to 20 mph....What a difference from the past few winters.
5540. hydrus
Al Roker just made jokes about the term "Polar Vortex."
Like it's a man made weather disaster produced by Dr. Evil to take over the world
Quoting 5541. Sfloridacat5:
Al Roker just made jokes about the term "Polar Vortex."
Like it's a man made weather disaster produced by Dr. Evil to take over the world


I'm sure people in Chicago aren't amused right now with windchills of -44.
Quoting 5540. hydrus:


Looking at that water vapor map, I'm hoping that stream of moisture over the Gulf will be strong enough to drop precipitation over Florida tonight and we might get some snow!! I know its not likely but you never know!!
Quoting 5542. StormTrackerScott:


I'm sure people in Chicago aren't amused right now with windchills of -44.


Yeah.
He (and others) have never heard the term. He was trying to calm people down about the term.

But he did make some major mistakes by what he said.

He even said "the Polar Vortex won't kill you." It's just a weather term.

Al, the polar vortex could kill people.

Amazing banding (cloud streets as they're called) shows how locations caught under a band can get incredible snow totals, while near by areas get very little.


5546. LargoFl
We might get some pretty strong winds later today...
5547. LargoFl
913 AM EST MON JAN 6 2014

...THE ARCTIC FRONT HAS NOW SWEPT OVER JACKSONVILLE INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT...

AS OF 9 AM LOCAL TIME...THE ANTICIPATED ARCTIC FRONTAL SYSTEM HAS
JUST PASSED OVER JACKSONVILLE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. MANY PORTIONS
OF THE AREA HAVE ACTUALLY SEEN THEIR HIGH TEMPERATURES FOR TODAY
AND TEMPERATURES WILL FALL AS STRONG NORTHWESTERLY WINDS
BEGIN TO MOVE THE COLD AIR OVER THE REGION. TONIGHTS TEMPERATURE
WILL PLUMMET AFTER SUNSET AND LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE NEAR RECORD
LOWS RESULTING IN A HARD FREEZE FOR MOST AREAS. STRONG WINDS WILL
CONTINUE OVERNIGHT AMD IN SOME AREAS OF SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND THE
SUWANNEE VALLEY IT WILL FELL NEAR ZERO TOMORROW MORNING.

SOME POTENTIAL IMPACTS...
IRRIGATION SYSTEMS ALONG ROADWAYS...ESPECIALLY IN URBAN AREAS...MAY
BE LEFT ON TO PROTECT VEGETATION OR MAY BREAK. THIS MAY LEAD TO
ICE ACCUMULATION ON THE ROADWAY WHEN NONE IS ANTICIPATED. PLEASE
BE AWARE OF THAT POSSIBILITY WHEN DRIVING TOMORROW MORNING. THIS
SITUATION MAY OCCUR ON WEDNESDAY MORNING AS WELL.

PROTECT PETS...TENDER VEGETATION AND EXPOSED PIPES FROM THE COLD.

THE BITTER WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES WILL BE SOMETHING WE ARE NOT
USED TO LOCALLY. DRESS IN LAYERS...COVER HEADS AND HANDS WITH
HATS AND GLOVES AND BE ALERT FOR FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA.

DO NOT RUN GENERATORS IN CONFINED SPACES...BE CAREFUL WITH SPACE
HEATERS AND PRACTICE GENERAL FIRE SAFETY.

$$

SANDRIK
Someone must have told Al Roker to stop joking about the term "Polar Vortex."
He just tried to inform listeners of the danger involved that in all seriousness its not a joke.
5549. LargoFl
URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
756 AM EST MON JAN 6 2014

FLZ063-066-062100-
/O.EXP.KMFL.FG.Y.0002.000000T0000Z-140106T1300Z/
/O.CON.KMFL.FZ.A.0001.140107T0900Z-140107T1400Z/
GLADES-HENDRY-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...MOORE HAVEN...CLEWISTON
756 AM EST MON JAN 6 2014

...FREEZE WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
TUESDAY MORNING...
...DENSE FOG ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 8 AM EST THIS MORNING...

* TEMPERATURE...TEMPERATURES NEAR FREEZING ARE EXPECTED LATE
MONDAY NIGHT INTO EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.

* IMPACTS...FREEZING TEMPS LATE TONIGHT CAN CAUSE POTENTIAL
DAMAGE TO CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A FREEZE WATCH MEANS TEMPERATURES OF 32 DEGREES OR LOWER ARE
POSSIBLE...FOR ANY DURATION OF TIME. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL
CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

&&
5550. LargoFl
Quoting 5548. Sfloridacat5:
Someone must have told Al Roker to stop joking about the term "Polar Vortex."
He just tried to inform listeners of the danger involved that in all seriousness its not a joke.
im seeing people by me still in shorts and tee shirts..im wondering just how many get frostbite these next 2 days..not taking it seriously..cant say NWS isnt giving out strong enough warnings,they surely are huh
5551. LargoFl
If your driving to work tomorrow morning,be careful, might be some icy condition on the roadways,especially on bridges and overpasses huh..stay safe folks..florida isnt used to icy roadways
5552. LargoFl
when is Doc coming back??
5553. Torito
WOOOOOOOO So cold tomorrow morning... School might get canceled due to these temperatures...


... Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 6 PM this evening to 6 PM
EST Tuesday...

The National Weather Service in Baltimore MD/Washington has
issued a Wind Chill Advisory... which is in effect from 6 PM this
evening to 6 PM EST Tuesday.

* Wind chill... 15 below to 25 below zero.

* Timing... this evening through Tuesday. The lowest wind
chills are expected to occur after midnight tonight through
Tuesday morning.

* Temperatures... falling into the teens this evening... then lows
zero to 5 above tonight and 10 to 15 above Tuesday.

* Winds... west 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

* Impacts... dangerously low wind chills could then lead to
frostbite and hypothermia Monday evening through Tuesday
.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Wind Chill Advisory means that very cold air and strong winds
will combine to generate low wind chills. This will result in
frost bite and lead to hypothermia if precautions are not taken.
If you must venture outdoors... make sure you wear a hat and
gloves.

Quoting 5492. beell:


Make a call if you see a need.

FCC.gov-Dial 211/Essential Community Services


Cold weather preparation

When the weather gets cold, elders especially may develop a reduction in their body temperature more easily as a result of decreased ability in temperature control and decrease in subcutaneous fat. Excessive drop in body temperature can lead to hypothermia. Elders with chronic illnesses, such as chronic respiratory diseases or asthma, are also vulnerable to disease deterioration in cold weather.



Put on adequate clothing. Wear several layers of not too tight or too bulky clothing. Always wear a hat and gloves, since ears and fingertips as well as noses are extremely susceptible to frost nip and frost bite.
Consume hot and easily digestible food and beverages with higher calories, like hot milk, soup, noodles and rice. Remember, alcohol actually accelerates the loss of body heat because it dilates blood vessels, so avoid alcoholic beverages.
Keep the home environment warm but well ventilated. Do not overload electricity supply.
Remain indoors or in places with sunlight. Continue with usual daily activities, but do more exercise to generate heat, improve blood circulation, and maintain flexibility of joints.
Exercise care and concern for the elderly. If you happen to know of a single elder living alone or with chronic illnesses, give him/her a call or pay a visit.
Stay off the ice. Determining the strength of ice is extremely difficult. Ice must be at least six inches thick to maintain the weight of a person and it takes weeks of freezing to get to that thickness.


What is hypothermia?

Hypothermia is defined as a fall in the core body temperature to below 35 degrees C (95 degrees F). Factors such as diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, use of hypnotics and alcohol predispose to the development of hypothermia. Anyone suspected to be suffering from hypothermia should be taken to see the doctor or taken to the hospital right away.

Mild - (body temp 90-95 degrees) The victim will have cold skin, especially of the hands and feet, pallor, excessive shivering, unsteady gait, difficulty in speaking or slurred speech and confusion. Some elders may not have the shivering response.
Moderate - (85-90 degrees) As the body temperature drops, victims become stuporous. Moderate hypothermia is characterized by loss of shivering, muscle rigidity, slowing down of heart beat, loss of voluntary movement and gradual loss of consciousness.
Severe - (less than 78 degrees) Victims become unresponsive with irregular heart beat, fall in blood pressure, total loss of consciousness and cardiac arrest.
Who is most susceptible?

Very old - May be unaware of their limitations. Due to limited mobility may be forced to spend increased amount of time exposed to the cold weather due to slow ambulation.
Very young - Thermoregulatory system is still immature. Babies rely on adults for warmth.
Infirmed - Due to illness or injury can't remove themselves from the cold source.

Indoors

Stay indoors and dress warmly.
Conserve fuel.
Lower the thermostat to 65 degrees during the day and 55 degrees at night. Close off unused rooms.
If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags.
Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).
Listen to the radio or television to get the latest information.
Residents need to be extra careful when using supplemental heating units. Make sure that all-combustible materials such as drapes or chairs are at least three feet away from any heating unit. Avoid using flammable liquids to start fireplaces and do not leave a fireplace unattended. Most importantly, check your smoke detector to make sure it is working properly

Outdoors

Dress warmly.
Wear loose-fitting, layered, lightweight clothing. Layers can be removed to prevent perspiration and chill. Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Mittens are warmer than gloves, due to the fact that fingers generate warmth when they touch each other.
Keep dry.
Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly
................................................. .....
Quoting 5552. LargoFl:
when is Doc coming back??
he is back today should get a new blog by lunch lots has happen while he has been away
North shore of Cuba is going to see some huge surf. Could it be the Pipeline of the GOM?
5557. LargoFl

...A FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON FOR
SOUTHEAST ALABAMA AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST GEORGIA AND
THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE...

...A HARD FREEZE WARNING IS IN EFFECT MONDAY EVENING THROUGH
MIDDAY TUESDAY FOR THE ENTIRE TRI-STATE REGION...

.FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL QUICKLY FILL IN BEHIND A STRONG ARCTIC
COLD FRONT ALONG AND WEST OF A LINE FROM ALBANY TO PANAMA CITY THIS
MORNING. IT WILL TAKE SEVERAL HOURS FOR TEMPERATURES TO RECOVER TO
ABOVE FREEZING CONDITIONS...AND EVEN THEN TEMPERATURES WILL LIKELY
REMAIN JUST ABOVE FREEZING. THIS EVENING...TEMPERATURES WILL
PLUMMET INTO THE UPPER TEENS AND LOWER 20S AREA WIDE. HARD FREEZE
CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED EVERYWHERE...WITH SUB-FREEZING
TEMPERATURES EXPECTED TO LAST ALL DAY TUESDAY ACROSS THE EXTREME
NORTHERN FLORIDA PANHANDLE AND ALL OF SOUTHEAST ALABAMA AND
SOUTHWEST GEORGIA.
Temps were near 60 when I woke up, now here we have:

Overcast and Breezy

39°F

4°C

Humidity76%
Wind SpeedNW 21 G 26 mph
Barometer30.14 in (1020.5 mb)
Dewpoint32°F (0°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Wind Chill29°F (-2°C)Overcast and Breezy

39°F

4°C

Humidity76%
Wind SpeedNW 21 G 26 mph
Barometer30.14 in (1020.5 mb)
Dewpoint32°F (0°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Wind Chill29°F (-2°C)

Last Update on 6 Jan 8:53 am EST

Last Update on 6 Jan 8:53 am EST Overcast and Breezy



Temps are falling fast as the day goes instead of rising like on a normal day. Very impressive arctic front.

Its going to be a very cold couple of days here. Temps around this area are expected to be be near are below freezing with wind chills much lower than that already by kickoff for the BCS championship! Brrrr...


I'm just glad I'm not up north which is exceedingly worse. What we will see here is about as cold as I would want to see. It will be fun while its here but I wouldn't want it to stay this cold.


I'm not used to this growing up in Central Florida, I think I'm going to skip running tonight and tomorrow, I don't feel like getting "cold burns" lol.
5559. LargoFl
Quoting 5558. Jedkins01:
Temps were near 60 when I woke up, now here we have:

Overcast and Breezy

39°F

4°C

Humidity76%
Wind SpeedNW 21 G 26 mph
Barometer30.14 in (1020.5 mb)
Dewpoint32°F (0°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Wind Chill29°F (-2°C)Overcast and Breezy

39°F

4°C

Humidity76%
Wind SpeedNW 21 G 26 mph
Barometer30.14 in (1020.5 mb)
Dewpoint32°F (0°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Wind Chill29°F (-2°C)

Last Update on 6 Jan 8:53 am EST

Last Update on 6 Jan 8:53 am EST Overcast and Breezy



Temps are falling fast as the day goes instead of rising like on a normal day. Very impressive arctic front.

Its going to be a very cold couple of days here. Temps around this area are expected to be be near are below freezing with wind chills much lower than that already by kickoff for the BCS championship! Brrrr...


I'm just glad I'm not up north which is exceedingly worse. What we will see here is about as cold as I would want to see. It will be fun while its here but I wouldn't want it to stay this cold.


I'm not used to this growing up in Central Florida, I think I'm going to skip running tonight and tomorrow, I don't feel like getting "cold burns" lol.
stay warm jedkins..nws says freezing temps all day tuesday also..
5560. Torito
Quoting 5558. Jedkins01:
Temps were near 60 when I woke up, now here we have:

Overcast and Breezy

39°F

4°C

Humidity76%
Wind SpeedNW 21 G 26 mph
Barometer30.14 in (1020.5 mb)
Dewpoint32°F (0°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Wind Chill29°F (-2°C)Overcast and Breezy

39°F

4°C

Humidity76%
Wind SpeedNW 21 G 26 mph
Barometer30.14 in (1020.5 mb)
Dewpoint32°F (0°C)
Visibility10.00 mi
Wind Chill29°F (-2°C)

Last Update on 6 Jan 8:53 am EST

Last Update on 6 Jan 8:53 am EST Overcast and Breezy



Temps are falling fast as the day goes instead of rising like on a normal day. Very impressive arctic front.

Its going to be a very cold couple of days here. Temps around this area are expected to be be near are below freezing with wind chills much lower than that already by kickoff for the BCS championship! Brrrr...


I'm just glad I'm not up north which is exceedingly worse. What we will see here is about as cold as I would want to see. It will be fun while its here but I wouldn't want it to stay this cold.


I'm not used to this growing up in Central Florida, I think I'm going to skip running tonight and tomorrow, I don't feel like getting "cold burns" lol.


Supposed to get all the way down to -25 tonight here in MD. Not fun.
5561. LargoFl
i guess the front is just about here now.....
Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport
Date: 9:00 AM EST Monday 6 January 2014
Condition:Mainly Sunny
Pressure:29.6 inches
Tendency:rising
Visibility:15 miles
Temperature:21.2°F
Dewpoint:15.1°F
Humidity:77%
Wind:W 15 mph
Wind Chill: 8
5563. pottery

double post, sorry.
Lake effect?



5565. LargoFl
are you Ready central florida? here she comes......
5566. pottery
Heh !
Nasty weather all over the place.

Except here, of course.

heheheheheheh
Quoting 5560. Torito:


Supposed to get all the way down to -25 tonight here in MD. Not fun.


...and then back to 31 on Wednesday and into the 40's with rain over the weekend. We have switched up the Ray Bradbury classic, so tomorrow we will have "All Winter in a Day" :)
5568. LargoFl
wow almost 10 ft waves out there....
Quoting 5559. LargoFl:
stay warm jedkins..nws says freezing temps all day tuesday also..



Will do my best, I didn't get here until really late last night so I'm running on only 4.5 hours of sleep after having to get up at 6 AM.

Being low on sleep makes me feel colder, I've found I even have the cold chills in warm weather with this little sleep, maybe I can take a nap later before the game.
5570. Torito
Quoting 5567. goosegirl1:


...and then back to 31 on Wednesday and into the 40's with rain over the weekend. We have switched up the Ray Bradbury classic, so tomorrow we will have "All Winter in a Day" :)


And all of our baby cows on our farm will get sick from drastic temperature changes.... Usually happens once a year. :|
from the center of the vortex, this morning we have an air temperature of 34 below, with an assoicated wind chill of 55 below; better than last evening though, when the wind chill was 57 below - stay warm - stay safe.
5572. Torito
Quoting 5571. toontown:
from the center of the vortex, this morning we have an air temperature of 34 below, with an assoicated wind chill of 55 below; better than last evening though, when the wind chill was 57 below - stay warm - stay safe.


Wow. where is this?
Quoting 5560. Torito:


Supposed to get all the way down to -25 tonight here in MD. Not fun.


That's just gross. Part of me as a weather nut wants to experience that kind of cold just once to see what its like. However, I would never want to live in that.

Even here where we are going to see true winter cold the next 48 hours, at least we will see mild temps returning by Friday. Cold weather here is always short lived which is how I like it. I like a taste of cold weather but not days and days of it. Chilly 40's and 50's is one thing, but many days of 30's and below especially with wind is too cold for me.


This will be fun in Tallahassee while it lasts. Too bad there won't be any precip behind this front, this would be a perfect system for a real Florida snow event. Highs are expected to only be 34 to 35 tomorrow and that is with full Florida sun. If we had overcast with precip it would easily allow snow to stick as it would remain in the 20's especially with morning lows in the upper teens.

Your cold is just downright miserable!
in response to 5572, this is from the great white north, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - and we are not the coldest place in the province !! Yikes.
5575. LargoFl
solid overcast and getting breezy here on the coast now..guess the temps will start falling soon...
Quoting 5568. LargoFl:
wow almost 10 ft waves out there....


Forecast for offshore waters in the Eastern GOM. Going to be very rough out there.
Also a N.W. swell that should bring some nice waves onto the Westcoast of Fl.

GALE WARNING

TODAY
W OF FRONT...NW TO N WINDS 25 TO 30 KT. FREQUENT
GUSTS TO 40 KT. SEAS 8 TO 12 FT. E OF FRONT...SW WINDS 10
TO 15 KT. SEAS 2 TO 4 FT.

TONIGHT
N WINDS 25 TO 30 KT. FREQUENT GUSTS TO 35 KT UNTIL
LATE. SEAS 9 TO 13 FT N OF 27N...AND 10 TO 15 FT S OF 27N.

TUE
N TO NE WINDS 20 TO 25 KT. SEAS 7 TO 10 FT N OF
27N...AND 9 TO 13 FT IN NW SWELL S OF 27N.

TUE NIGHT
NE WINDS 15 TO 20 KT. SEAS 6 TO 9 FT IN N SWELL.
5578. LargoFl
Quoting 5574. toontown:
in response to 5572, this is from the great white north, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - and we are not the coldest place in the province !! Yikes.
amazing cold this early in winter huh..
5579. Torito
Quoting 5573. Jedkins01:


That's just gross. Part of me as a weather nut wants to experience that kind of cold just once to see what its like. However, I would never want to live in that.

Even here where we are going to see true winter cold the next 48 hours, at least we will see mild temps returning by Friday. Cold weather here is always short lived which is how I like it. I like a taste of cold weather but not days and days of it. Chilly 40's and 50's is one thing, but many days of 30's and below especially with wind is too cold for me.


This will be fun in Tallahassee while it lasts. Too bad there won't be any precip behind this front, this would be a perfect system for a real Florida snow event. Highs are expected to only be 34 to 35 tomorrow and that is with full Florida sun. If we had overcast with precip it would easily allow snow to stick as it would remain in the 20's especially with morning lows in the upper teens.

You're cold is just downright miserable!


It wont last though.... By Saturday into Sunday, The temperatures are supposed to jump back up into the high 40s into the low 50s..... Which is unusually warm for this time of year. We will just have to endure 3 or 4 days of cold temperatures before that happens.
5580. LargoFl
Huge difference in temps tonight between local met and NWS..local met says 30's..nws says 41..hmmm...
5581. Torito
Quoting 5574. toontown:
in response to 5572, this is from the great white north, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada - and we are not the coldest place in the province !! Yikes.


Thanks. Nice to see someone in Saskatchewan...



Its already -40 up there in stony rapids... Windchill of -56.

Link
Interesting...are the waters temps. cooling in the EPAC again?

Quoting 5566. pottery:
Heh !
Nasty weather all over the place.

Except here, of course.

heheheheheheh


you
R.eally
U.nderstand
M.eteorology
5584. Torito
Supposed to be WARMER in Antarctica than it is in some parts of the northern USA and Canada this week. Insane.

Link
5585. LargoFl
Tampa..................
5586. LargoFl
Quoting 5584. Torito:
Supposed to be WARMER in Antarctica than it is in some parts of the northern USA and Canada this week. Insane.

Link
yes same for area's in alaska wow.....
Quoting 5584. Torito:
Supposed to be WARMER in Antarctica than it is in some parts of the northern USA and Canada this week. Insane.

Link
Makes sense I like to call it the balance of Meteorology, where some places are cold, other places are hot and vice-versa.
Flint, MI had their 3rd largest snowstorm on record with this storm, coming in at 17.1". Detroit cracked into the top 25 at 24th with its 10.6". Detroit has had 21" of snow this January. 21" of snow and it is only the 6th! We are about 5" away from our seasonal average of 42.7" already. All this snow is also coming with record cold temps. Detroit will likely shatter its old record low tomorrow.

Flint: 3 | January 4-5, 2014 | 17.1

Detroit: 24 | January 4-5, 2014 | 10.6
5589. LargoFl
NYC vicinity................
5590. barbamz
Quoting 5555. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
he is back today should get a new blog by lunch lots has happen while he has been away


Hope he isn't stuck somewhere in the cold over there while heading home?
Quoting 5580. LargoFl:
Huge difference in temps tonight between local met and NWS..local met says 30's..nws says 41..hmmm...


That 41 is for St. Petersburg not Largo. St. Petersburg is always the "heat island" during cold events because its reporting station is nearly over the gulf.

The NWS has mid 30's for Largo.
5592. eddye
isnt it suppose 2 be 41 degrees in south fla tom
Cold as it is across parts of the US right now--and cold as it will be tomorrow in others--the opposite continues in Europe. By way of example: while there are currently some single-digit temperatures are far south as Alabama, many locations as far north as Norway are enjoying temps in the 40s, while other towns and cities in the Netherlands, France, and Romania (among others) are seeing highs creep into the 50s and even low 60s.

At any rate, it appears the eastern US may turn cold again come February as the result of the still-developing SSW (Sudden Stratospheric Warming) event. How cold remains to be seen, but if history is any indication, we can probably expect an extended period (possibly weeks) of below-normal temperatures for the region, with a few multi-day forays into the land of the well below normal. But, as always, we'll see...
5594. barbamz
Look at these creepy waves at the shore of France (Twitter-Pic)!
(I'm still in office, but now going home to see what craftsmen have left of my flat, lol).
BTW, birds this morning were already singing their spring songs (very mild temps in Western Europe indeed).
5595. MahFL
Quoting 5584. Torito:
Supposed to be WARMER in Antarctica than it is in some parts of the northern USA and Canada this week. Insane.

Link


It's summer at the South Pole.
Quoting LargoFl:
yes same for area's in alaska wow.....


LOL
Grayling, Alaska 21
Grayling, Michigan 7 (our place up north)
Detroit 7 It was 14 when i got to work at 5:00
Brrr morning all. Chilly here NE of Austin with a low this morning of 19 degrees. To the folks up North who are experiencing real cold, please remember the 4-P's: People, pets, pipes and polar bears. Thank you :)

5598. Torito
TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
705 AM EST MON JAN 06 2014




"""""...SPECIAL FEATURES...
AS OF 06/0900 UTC...A STRONG COLD FRONT IS ANALYZED OVER THE
GULF OF MEXICO FROM APALACHICOLA FLORIDA NEAR 29N85W SW TO
24N91W TO SE MEXICO NEAR 20N96W. NW TO N WINDS OF GALE FORCE ARE
S OF 26N WEST OF THE FRONT WHICH ARE FORECAST TO SUBSIDE BY
EARLY TUESDAY. AS THE FRONT ENTERS THE SW NORTH ATLC REGION THIS
AFTERNOON...W TO NW WINDS OF GALE FORCE ARE FORECAST NORTH OF
30N WEST OF THE FRONT. FINALLY...AS THE COLD FRONT ENTERS THE NW
CARIBBEAN SEA TONIGHT W TO NW WINDS OF GALE FORCE ARE EXPECTED
TO DEVELOP WEST OF FRONT. SEE LATEST NWS HIGH SEAS FORECAST
UNDER AWIPS/WMO HEADERS MIAHSFAT2/FZNT02 KNHC FOR MORE DETAILS."""""

Wow just saw that the average temp in the USA is 12.2F!
5600. Grothar
Here it comes Orlando!!

NYC up to Boston look whats heading your way.


5603. StormWx
Hi Warmth.

Can't wait to meet you!

5604. LargoFl
Quoting 5591. Jedkins01:


That 41 is for St. Petersburg not Largo. St. Petersburg is always the "heat island" during cold events because its reporting station is nearly over the gulf.

The NWS has mid 30's for Largo.
ok thanks, thats what i was figuring on..overcast and getting windier here now and getting steadily cooler.
5606. eddye
storm tracker scott were waiting 2
5607. LargoFl
just hold on florida..wens its all over for us....
5608. ricderr
Here it comes Orlando!!




scott....afraid you might have to wear long pants and a sweater?
Quoting 5602. StormTrackerScott:
NYC up to Boston look whats heading your way.





Looking ugly. Going back to school tomorrow, maybe it will get canceled. We have a wind chill advisory for -15 through -25 through the day on Tuesday.
Quoting 5608. ricderr:
Here it comes Orlando!!




scott....afriad you might have to wear long pants and a sweater?


there's some folks that have known me ten years and never seen me in long pants in person..
5612. LargoFl
Quoting 5608. ricderr:
Here it comes Orlando!!




scott....afraid you might have to wear long pants and a sweater?
lol I have mine on already
5613. LargoFl
Heavy flurries outside.... High Winds....Very Cold....

Awesome
5615. eddye
surprise miami and broward not under a wind chill watch
5616. ricderr

there's some folks that have known me ten years and never seen me in long pants in person





well...on the weekend no matter the weather i wear shorts.....i was the same way when i lived in florida
Quoting 5610. indianrivguy:


there's some folks that have known me ten years and never seen me in long pants in person..


I have a Russian friend who I think doesn't own long pants or sweaters in his wardrobe.
5618. LargoFl
I wonder if we'll get that real heavy frost in this freeze?
Oh, I guess I should mention:

Woke up this morning to find the outdoor temperature to be 3F. I live just north of Nashville.

Currently it's 6.
Wind chill warning in effect.

Today, 6 JanuaryBecoming cloudy near noon with a few flurries.

Local blowing snow. Wind west 20 km/h gusting to 50 increasing to 40 gusting to 70 this afternoon.

Temperature falling to minus 11 this afternoon.

Tonight, 6 JanuaryA few flurries ending near midnight then partly cloudy.

Local blowing snow this evening. Wind west 40 km/h gusting to 70.

Low minus 25. Wind chill minus 38.

Tuesday, 7 JanuaryA mix of sun and cloud.

Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60.

High minus 16. Wind chill minus 41.

Wednesday, 8 JanuaryA mix of sun and cloud.
Low minus 22. High minus 10.
Quoting 5614. GeorgiaStormz:
Heavy flurries outside.... High Winds....Very Cold....

Awesome


Looking at a SE US winter mosaic doppler.......Are you located near the I-75 corridor in GA?
5622. LargoFl
record breaking cold tonight........
5623. LargoFl
5625. LargoFl
5-day for my town per fast weather service...
Quoting 5623. LargoFl:
5627. eddye
keeper of the gate wat time is the cold front suppose 2 reach south fl largo fl
Quoting 5614. GeorgiaStormz:
Heavy flurries outside.... High Winds....Very Cold....

Awesome
Have you seen the band of snow that has formed off Lake Allatoona? What a weird feature. Resembles lake effect. Temps just east of the lake are also a good bit warmer, reporting at 41F, then a mile more east at 26F. Both of those temps where measured at the same time 20-30 min ago.
Quoting 5627. eddye:
keeper of the gate wat time is the cold front suppose 2 reach south fl largo fl

HR 18
5630. eddye
keeper of the gate does that show 42 degrees so around 5 pm today the front should be through
5632. LargoFl
just hope no power outages in florida these next 2 nights...lots out in the midwest already.
Quoting 5626. KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


I see that High doing its dance off the West coast; it must be some kind of witchcraft to keep the snow away from me.
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
5635. hydrus
5636. dabirds
Got into work about an hour late this a.m., an hour getting the driveway passable, then waiting for the city to clear the streets. -11 low, up to a balmy -8 w/ a -33 wind chill. My area of S C IL had probably 9", hard to say for sure as it started blowing as the heaviest came down yesterday. StL tv had areas in the Metro East getting 12-14". Worst temps in 30 yrs as it turns out, originally said 20. Still, only lasts 2-3 days, so late 70s still has this beat.

Surprised that shoveling this a.m., didn't feel that bad. Very glad I'd went out twice yesterday before it got really cold and started paths in the fresh snow so this a.m. was only moving what blew in. Stay warm!
5637. Kumo
Quoting 5617. Astrometeor:


I have a Russian friend who I think doesn't own long pants or sweaters in his wardrobe.


Wouldn't surprise me.

I usually don't need them either down here in Houston, then again my body is conditioned to deal with cold temperatures. (40F is shorts and t-shirt weather)

The heat is what kills me. Anything above 85F and I am suffering.
Quoting 5628. hurricanehunter27:
Have you seen the band of snow that has formed off Lake Allatoona? What a weird feature. Resembles lake effect. Temps just east of the lake are also a good bit warmer, reporting at 41F, then a mile more east at 26F. Both of those temps where measured at the same time 20-30 min ago.


Yes, joanne feldman and marshall shepherd both had theories on twitter when i asked them about it.

It happened once last winter if i remember as well, and gave some people a dusting.