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Flash flood emergency in Chicago; dangerous severe weather outbreak possible today

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:29 PM GMT on April 18, 2013

Torrential downpours from endless thunderstorms fed by an atmospheric river of moisture have pounded the Chicago area since noon Wednesday, forcing declaration of a flash flood emergency in the city this morning. Four to six inches of rain has fallen in the past 24 hours over most of Northern Illinois, with more than half of that total falling since midnight in many areas. Chicago's Ohare Airport received 5.85" as of 10 am CDT, and the 3.84" of rain that has fallen so far today is the heaviest rain ever recorded in a calendar day in the Windy City so early in the year. Radar-estimated rainfall amounts in excess of 8" have occurred in areas of Northwest Illinois about 150 miles east of Chicago. Chicago's all-time 24-hour rainfall record is 9.35", set August 13 - 14, 1987. Another 1 - 2" of rain is likely today in the city. Flooding has been reported in at least 500 basements and homes, and countless roadways are reported under water and impassible. Portions of the Eisenhower, Edens, and Kennedy expressways have been flooded and closed. Several communities have declared a state of emergency, but no injuries have been reported.


Figure 1. Heavy rains in Chicago this morning caused a sinkhole to open up near 96th and Houston streets. The sinkhole was due to a water main break from a pipe constructed in 1915. Image credit: WGN Morning News.


Figure 2. Radar-estimated rainfall amounts in excess of 8" have occurred in areas of Northwest Illinois about 150 miles east of Chicago, and 4 - 6" over most of Northern Illinois.

Chicago flooding a threat to wash Asian Carp into Lake Michigan
The rains have brought the Des Plaines River on the east side of Chicago to major flood stage this morning, and a record flood crest is expected on Friday. The Asian Carp, a dangerous invasive species that would cost billions of dollars were it to get loose in the Great Lakes, is present in the Des Plaines River. Today's flood event is capable of washing significant numbers of Asian Carp from the Des Plaines River into a canal that feeds directly into Lake Michigan, where they might be able to set up a breeding population capable of devastating the Great Lakes' fishing industry. However, in October 2010, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the Des Plaines River barricade, a 13-mile-long system of concrete barriers and a specially fabricated wire mesh that allows water to flow through the fence but prevents the passage of fish. Hopefully, this barricade will withstand the flood and prevent Asian Carp from washing into Lake Michigan.


Figure 3. The Des Plaines River on the east side of Chicago is at major flood stage, and is expected to crest at record flood levels on Saturday. Image credit: USGS.


Figure 4. The Des Plaines River Asian Carp barrier. Image credit: USACE.

Dangerous severe weather situation for Thursday
NOAA's Storm Prediction Center has placed their "Moderate Risk" forecast of severe weather over an usually large swath of the U.S., from Michigan to Mississippi. A tornado watch issued this morning for most of Indiana and small portions of Eastern Illinois, Southern Lower Michigan, and Northwest Ohio is advising residents that this is "A Particularly Dangerous Situation." NOAA only uses this wording for unusually potent severe weather situations. The risk today is that isolated rotating supercell thunderstorms may develop early this afternoon in advance of a cold front sweeping through the Midwest, and these thunderstorms will bring a moderate risk of EF-2 or stronger tornadoes, hail bigger than golf balls, and wind gusts in excess of 74 mph.


Figure 5. Severe weather outlook for Thursday, April 18, calls for a "Moderate Risk" of severe weather over an usually large swath of the U.S. Large hail, damaging winds, torrential flooding rains, and a few strong EF-2 and EF-3 tornadoes are likely in this region.

Jeff Masters
Chicago Thunderstorms
Chicago Thunderstorms
Over 3 inches of rain in less than 12 hours and still pouring down. All streets flooded and covered by at least 5 inches of water.
Underpass flooding
Underpass flooding
Belmont St. at the Metra train station.

Flood Severe Weather Yogi

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Reader Comments

Army

Quoting KoritheMan:

I thought about you when I made that post, haha. Which branch of the military are you a part of?
Quoting KoritheMan:

Understandable. I didn't say it was comfortable for everyone.





Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Army

How long is your enlistment?
I enlisted on October 1, 1992.
Quoting KoritheMan:

Perhaps to others, but to me it's less to do with it being inhumane and more to do with it being less than pragmatic. Ignoring the financial demands of the death penalty and just focusing on the moral aspects of the situation, I think it's far better to, say, incarcerate them for life than it is to simply kill them. They can't exactly get the retribution some people are seeking with the death penalty, since it's basically an instantaneous way of escape.

it costs more to keep a killer in gaol for the rest of their life than it is to end it quickly.


Via CBS Boston: Officer shot at MIT has died.
Quoting KoritheMan:

Nah, I've had an arguably better time now than in those days. More trolls = more potential for lulz. As they say, it's better to laugh than cry, although when trolls speak I usually do both. ;)

I think I've put more people on my ignore list since Senior Chief left than before.

Quoting AussieStorm:

it costs more to keep a killer in gaol for the rest of their life than it is to end it quickly.

Not according to an article I read about the comparison of the financial costs of lifetime incarceration versus the death penalty in the state of California. I have no idea, however, if that article was missing any important details or not, which is usually the case in complex situations like this.

Regardless, I still think killing people is letting them off easy. Not to mention, I think these people need psychological help rather than to be inherently treated as excremental blights upon society.

Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
I enlisted on October 1, 1992.
Enjoy the ride?
MIT ‏@MITnews
If you are on or near campus, continue to remain indoors. Shooting situation remains fluid; police continuing investigation.
Yes I do Kori. I will be promoted in October.

Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
Yes I do Kori. I will be promoted in October.
Promoted to what? Or are you not allowed to say?
To Colonel from my present rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Quoting AussieStorm:
MIT ‏@MITnews
If you are on or near campus, continue to remain indoors. Shooting situation remains fluid; police continuing investigation.


MIT ‏@MITnews 5m
The shooter remains at large, police continue to search the campus. Please REMAIN INDOORS until further notice. http://emergency.mit.net

Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
To Colonel from my present rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Well then... Congratulations, Lieutenant Colonel Brian. ;)
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
To Colonel from my present rank of Lieutenant Colonel.


are you in the reserves ??

where are you stationed now ??
Quoting whitewabit:


are you in the reserves ??

where are you stationed now ??


No. I was stationed in Bagram, then Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti during which time I chose not to be on this site and now back in Baltimore where I am taking online courses from the Army War College in Carisle, PA. Sometimes go up to the AWC for exams.
Quoting AussieStorm:


MIT ‏@MITnews 5m
The shooter remains at large, police continue to search the campus. Please REMAIN INDOORS until further notice. http://emergency.mit.net


Authorities report deaths and injuries following multiple explosions in Boston. Follow live coverage from WCVB

Live stream
Quoting AussieStorm:

I think I've put more people on my ignore list since Senior Chief left than before.


so did I
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


No. I was stationed in Bagram, then Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti during which time I chose not to be on this site and now back in Baltimore where I am taking online courses from the Army War College in Carisle, PA. Sometimes go up to the AWC for exams.


so what is your unit here stateside ?? you going to have to go back ??
My unit is Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. I will probably go back late next year. Compared to Iraq and Afghanistan it is a good assignment.
Quoting trHUrrIXC5MMX:


so did I

I currently have 160 people. I think I had like 10 back then.
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
My unit is Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. I will probably go back late next year. Compared to Iraq and Afghanistan it is a good assignment.


Good luck ..
Quoting AussieStorm:

I currently have 160 people. I think I had like 10 back then.


I dont have time to even bother to expand the list...just not worth the time, but I have some
MIT ‏@MITnews
Situation is still volatile. Remain indoors until further information.

MIT ‏@MITnews
Please remain indoors. Police have NOT determined that the campus is safe.
Matthew Keys ‏@TheMatthewKeys 2m
LIVE: Boston PD, Mass State Police, FBI and Homeland Security law enforcement on scene in Boston situation.

Quoting AussieStorm:
Matthew Keys ‏@TheMatthewKeys 2m
LIVE: Boston PD, Mass State Police, FBI and Homeland Security law enforcement on scene in Boston situation.
I'm now hearing its more in Watertown, MA not Boston itself
sounds wild in Watertown. IED's and grenades, one suspect shot, one officer shot and a running gun battle. One or two suspect still one the run.

Source wcvb channel 5

Quoting nymore:
sounds wild in Watertown. IED's and grenades, one suspect shot, one officer shot and a running gun battle. One or two suspect still one the run
2 officers shot, one officer killed (according to local media)
Quoting Doppler22:

2 officers shot, one officer killed (according to local media)
two in watertown? or are you talking about the one at MIT

Quoting nymore:
two in watertown? or are you talking about the one at MIT
An officer was shot and killed at MIT. An officer was shot at Watertown but, as far as they know, is ok. 2 total shot
Quoting Doppler22:

An officer was shot and killed at MIT. An officer was shot at Watertown but, as far as they know, is ok. 2 total shot
I wasn't sure if the two were connected, so just included Watertown
Columbia University's IRI has released the Mid-April ENSO forecast. There has been no significant change in the forecast compared to last month. It appears that ENSO will likely remain in its neutral phase through the remainder of this year.

Boston Globe:

Breaking NewsAn official with knowledge of the investigation said a Marathon bombing suspect is in custody 15 minutes ago
A MARATHON BOMBING SUSPECT IS IN CUSTODY


MARATHON BOMBINGS
One suspect in custody, another remains on the loose

One suspect in Monday%u2019s Boston Marathon bombings has been captured, according to an official with knowledge of the investigation.0:19 am


http://www.bostonglobe.com/
CMC continues to indicate a potential tropical cyclone in the eastern Pacific by the latter part of this month.

Hurricane Sandy Shook the Earth:

An interesting article on the seismic effects of Sandy.

Link
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
My unit is Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa. I will probably go back late next year. Compared to Iraq and Afghanistan it is a good assignment.

hey BaltimoreBrian long time don't see how have you been

Quoting Civicane49:
CMC continues to indicate a potential tropical cyclone in the eastern Pacific by the latter part of this month.


hmm and nothing in the atlantic not even a wave?
Quoting nymore:
I wasn't sure if the two were connected, so just included Watertown

The 2 guys on the run are the suspects from the bombing at the marathon, one bomber is dead and one is still on the run. I hope he puts upp a fight and ends up like his bomber partner, in a BB.
Now you see it......



And very soon, you don't, watch the car fall.
The video is from "love leak".. how apropos

Good evening Aussie!

Morning everyone!
Quoting indianrivguy:
The video is from "love leak".. how apropos

Good evening Aussie!

Morning everyone!

Yeah, LOL


Boston Police, Fire and EMS Radio Scanner
Good Morning Folks!......................
Good morning Mr. Largo, I hope all is well on our left coast!
Quoting indianrivguy:
Good morning Mr. Largo, I hope all is well on our left coast!
..good morning, yes everything is good here..hopefully the rains here will start today..not a drop so far this week.
GFS for tonight...............
Nam for tonight..................
Got a nasty Low off the coast of NSW right now. Going to be rough next 24hrs down here.

Quoting AussieStorm:
Got a nasty Low off the coast of NSW right now. Going to be rough next 24hrs down here.

..evening aussie..stay safe down there...
RAp for tonight..most models are in agreement...
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL
ALABAMA...SOUTHWEST ALABAMA...THE COASTAL WATERS OF ALABAMA AND
NORTHWEST FLORIDA...NORTHWEST FLORIDA AND SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A COLD FRONT MOVES EAST OF I-65 AFTER SUNRISE. A LINE OF ISOLATED
THUNDERSTORMS PRODUCING OCCASIONAL CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING ALONG
THE COLD FRONT ENDS FROM THE WEST BY MID MORNING AND PRECLUDES THE
THUNDERSTORM WIND THREAT. SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOP BEHIND THE
FRONT IN THE COLD AND STABLE NEAR SURFACE AIR BUT POSE NO ADDITIONAL
SEVERE WEATHER THREAT. GRADUAL CLEARING FROM THE WEST DURING THE
LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON.
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHEAST FLORIDA...
SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND THE ADJACENT COASTAL WATERS.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

WINDY CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OVER PORTIONS OF THE SUWANNEE RIVER
VALLEY AND INLAND SOUTHEAST GEORGIA WITH SPEEDS NEAR 20 MPH BY MIDDAY
WITH GUSTS TO 30 MPH. A LAKE WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT.

ISOLATED STRONG STORMS ARE POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON IN ADVANCE OF A
COLD FRONT. STRONG GUSTY WINDS WILL BE THE GREATEST HAZARD...WITH A
CHANCE OF HAIL MAINLY OVER SOUTHEAST GEORGIA.

LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE TONIGHT AS AN AREA OF
RAINFALL DEVELOPS TRAILING THE FRONT.
NEWS UPDATE 5:45 AM.........................(CNN) Violence terrorized Bostonians overnight, and police believe two suspects involved are the same men who allegedly planted bombs that killed three in the Boston Marathon Monday.

One was shot dead early Friday, and the other is still on the loose, authorities said.

One of the men, "suspect number 2" in Monday's bombing, is still at large in the Boston suburb of Watertown, where dozens of officers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have fanned out to track him down, said transit police spokesman Paul MacMillan.
And the craziness in Boston continues. Fortunately, one of the suspects is dead. Here's a nice synopsis of the events which took place tonight in Boston taken from here

Quoting Boston Metro Desk:
...The night's outbreak of violence began when police received reports of a robbery of a convenience store in Kendall Square near MIT. A few minutes later, an MIT police officer, who has not been identified, was shot multiple times while in his cruiser at Main and Vassar streets, near Building 32, better known as the renowned the Stata Center on the MIT campus.

The officer was pronounced dead at Massachusetts General Hospital.

A short time later, two men carjacked a Mercedes SUV at gunpoint, and the owner of that car was able to flee at a gas station on Memorial Drive. The SUV proceeded out Memorial Drive toward Watertown followed by a long train of police vehicles in pursuit.

At one point during the pursuit, the two suspects opened fire on Watertown police and a Transit Police officer, who was shot and who is now in critical condition at a Boston-area hospital this morning.

During the gunfight, the man known as Marathon suspect #1 was wounded and was taken into custody. This morning, Dr. Richard Wolfe said the man was brought to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center emergency room around 1:10 a.m. with multiple traumatic injuries.

%u201CIt was more than gunshot wounds,%u2019%u2019 Wolfe told reporters around 5:30 a.m. today. %u201CIt was a combination of injuries. We believe a combination of of blasts, multiple gunshot wounds.%u2019%u201D

Wolfe said it looked like the man had been hurt by an %u201Cexplosive device%u2019%u2019 and that the man was struck by %u201Cshrapnel.%u2019%u2019

The man was pronounced dead at 1:35 a.m. The hospital said they did not know his name.
Good morning, everyone. Evening, Aussie.

Be careful with your storms, Aussie!

A chilly 44 degrees here with a wind chill of 37, highs to the mid 60's later on. I thought I'd worn my turtlenecks for the last time this year...
Here is perhaps the best picture I have seen of suspect #2 (white cap), the one still at large in Boston.




Amazingly, I didn't find this picture in a news article, instead it had been shared on Facebook by someone's boss who had taken the picture. The image had about 7,000 shares about half an hour ago and is now around 10,000 shares. Just like that, with one simple upload, the image can be broadcasted to the billions. Since more people spend time on Facebook than any news outlet site, Facebook is perhaps the most effective means of mass communication. Social media sure is powerful. It is amazing how well it can connect people.

More pictures of the suspect can be found here.
Good morning to all,evening Aussie.

Scattered showers will move thru PR and adjacent islands as a trough moves nearby.

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAN JUAN PR
406 AM AST FRI APR 19 2013

.SYNOPSIS...AN UPPER LEVEL LOW NEAR 26N AND 70W WILL CONTINUE TO
DROP SOUTH SOUTHEASTWARD TO JUST NORTH OF PR BY SAT THEN MOVE EAST OF
60W BY SUN AFTERNOON WHEN IT WILL BEGIN TO GET ABSORBED BY A
LARGER CUTOFF LOW OVR THE CNTRL ATLC.

&&

.DISCUSSION...WATER VAPOR IMAGERY OVERLAID WITH GLOBAL MODEL DATA
SHOWS ECMWF HAS BEST HANDLE OF UPPER LEVEL LOW NNW OF THE REGION.
INFLOW OF SHORTWAVE ENERGY ASSOCIATED WITH DIGGING UPPER LOW AND
COOLING MID LEVEL TEMPERATURES SHOULD RESULT IN SCT-NMRS TSTMS
TODAY AND ESPECIALLY SAT WHEN MOISTURE LOOKS THE BEST AND
ATMOSPHERE IS MOST UNSTABLE DUE TO MID LEVEL COOL POOL OVERHEAD.
H5 TEMPS ARE FCST NEAR -10C SAT WHICH IS TWO STANDARD DEVIATIONS
BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR ACCORDING TO A 1982-2012
H5 TEMP CLIMATOLOGY. AS A RESULT...H7-H5 LAPSE RATES ARE VERY
STEEP NEAR 6.5C AND MODELS SHOW LARGE CAPE VALUES ABOVE THE -20C
HEIGHT LEVEL. THUS...EXPECT TSTMS TO HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE
SOME HAIL POSSIBLY SEVERE ESPECIALLY SAT DUE TO PRESENCE OF VERY
DRY ALOFT AND LOW FREEZING LEVELS. STEERING WINDS LOOK TOO STRONG FOR
ANY SHOWERS TO PERSIST OVER ONE SAME LOCATION FOR ANY PROLONGED
PERIOD OF TIME FOR ANY FLASH FLOODING CONCERNS.

SUN...UPPER LOW MOVES EAST OF 60W WITH AREA BECOMING UNDER UPPER
LEVEL CONVERGENCE LEADING TO STRONG SUBSIDENCE AND DRYING. IN
FACT...PWAT VALUES ARE FCST TO DROP TO 0.75 INCHES OR TWO STANDARD
DEVIATIONS BELOW NORMAL FOR THIS TIME OF THE YEAR. SHORTWAVE
RIDGING WILL THEN ESTABLISH OVR THE AREA MON-TUE WITH GENERALLY
DRY CONDITIONS.

NEXT TROUGH TO AFFECT THE AREA IS WED-THU WITH SOME PRETTY GOOD
JET DYNAMICS FORECAST BUT WITH SOMEWHAT LIMITED MOISTURE. PERHAPS
ANOTHER CHANCE FOR SEVERE WEATHER AS MID LEVEL TEMPS REMAIN PRETTY
COOL. OVERALL...MORE ACTIVE WEATHER MID TO LATE NEXT WEEK UNDER AN
ACTIVE SUBTROPICAL JET AND MID-UPPER TROUGH AROUND



&&

.AVIATION...VFR CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE TO PREVAIL AT ALL TAF SITES
THROUGH THE FORECAST PERIOD. SOME PASSING SHOWERS EMBEDDED IN THE
TRADES ARE EXPECTED FROM TIME TO TIME IN AND AROUND ISX/IST...
NCM/KPK AND TJSJ TODAY. SURFACE WINDS WILL CONTINUE MAINLY EAST AT
15 TO 20 KTS WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 KTS.


&&

.MARINE...WINDS 20-25 KT AND SEAS 6-8 FT IN MIXED NE SWELLS AND
WIND WAVES. SCT-NMRS TSTMS ALSO EXPECTED ESPECIALLY CARIB SEA.
MARINERS SHOULD STAY ALERT FOR ANY SPECIAL MARINE WARNINGS.

&&

.PRELIMINARY POINT TEMPS/POPS...
SJU 85 74 85 74 / 30 40 40 60
STT 85 76 85 75 / 20 20 30 40


The story goes... and is becoming somewhat irritating. I'm tired to see those "brown" colors outside.
Today SPC outlook





Everyone have a great Friday. Aussie, have a great Saturday.
THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
SCATTERED LATE DAY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP INLAND ALONG THE SEA-BREEZE. NO SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER
IS CURRENTLY EXPECTED.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...SATURDAY THROUGH THURSDAY.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
A FEW STRONGER THUNDERSTORMS ARE POSSIBLE SATURDAY AFTERNOON...
ESPECIALLY SOUTH OF THE I-4 CORRIDOR.

...WIND AND SEA IMPACT...
A PERIOD OF ADVISORY LEVEL WINDS IS EXPECTED ON SATURDAY ACROSS
THE EASTERN GULF IN THE WAKE OF A COLD FRONT.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

SPOTTER ACTIVATION WILL NOT BE NEEDED TODAY.

$$

MROCZKA
Rain all week!!!!!!!!!!!:)

Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 88F. Breezy. Winds from the SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
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Friday Night
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72F. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

Saturday
Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 86F. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
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Saturday Night
Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible.

Sunday
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 84F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.
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Sunday Night
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. Low of 66F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

Monday
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 86F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

Monday Night
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the evening, then clear. Low of 68F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.

Tuesday
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain. High of 84F. Winds from the East at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

Tuesday Night
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 68F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Wednesday
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 86F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Wednesday Night
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 68F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Thursday
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 86F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the ENE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 50%.

Thursday Night
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 70F. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Friday
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 86F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

Friday Night
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 70F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

Saturday
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 86F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Saturday Night
Clear. Low of 70F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

Sunday
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 86F. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Sunday Night
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Monday
Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 86F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

Monday Night
Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 70F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.
This is so far off topic, but some may find it amusing...

Our yard is full of mockingbirds every spring. We have several mature trees and the males will stake out a spot to sing love songs all night and day. I have heard all kinds of songs from those guys- other birds, of course but also frogs, cats, dogs, back up alarms and songs my husband whistles while he's working in the yard. But a few nights ago, we heard a "first".

I woke up from a dream about "Red October" to hear several perfect "pings". I thought I was still dreaming, but the hubs was also awake and listening.

I suppose the little guy spent the winter in a shipyard in Florida. He must have practiced for a long time- his tone is perfect :)
Not good for FL!


From april 1
Wet several days for Orlando

MOST OF THE RAIN IS INLAND AND SOUTH FLORIDA..GEE
Miami NWS Disco

FOR THE WEEKEND...THE GUIDANCE HAS BEEN CONSISTENTLY INDICATING
THAT DEEPER LAYERED MOISTURE IS EXPECTED TO ENTER THE REGION AND
A MID TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH DEVELOPING WEST OF THE FLORIDA PENINSULA.
IN ADDITION SYNOPTIC SCALE LIFT IS FORECAST FOR THE MID TO UPPER
LEVELS. ALL THESE ELEMENTS WILL RESULT IN THE POTENTIAL FOR
CONVECTION ACROSS THE REGION SATURDAY AND SUNDAY. FORECAST
SOUNDINGS INDICATE THAT PWAT`S COULD REACH NEAR 1.8 INCHES LATER
ON SATURDAY BUT THE SOUNDINGS SO FAR DO NOT INDICATE A WIND
PROFILE OR THERMODYNAMIC PROFILE THAT MAY SUPPORT SEVERE
THUNDERSTORMS OR WEATHER. FOR SATURDAY...MAINLY AFTERNOON AND EARLY
EVENING SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST WITH THE
COVERAGE POSSIBLY GREATER ALONG THE EASTERN THIRD OF THE PENINSULA
AND THE ADJACENT GULF WATERS. VERY SIMILAR CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED
ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON ALTHOUGH THE FORECAST SOUNDINGS INDICATE THAT
THE MID LEVELS WILL COOL AND THE MID TO UPPER LEVEL TROUGH MAY BE
IN A MORE FAVORABLE POSITION TO SUPPORT MORE ORGANIZED CONVECTION.
FOR NOW...ON SUNDAY MAINLY SCATTERED SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE
FORECAST BUT WOULD NOT BE SURPRISED IF THE FUTURE GUIDANCE
INDICATES MORE WIDESPREAD COVERAGE.
per police boston and surrounding area's..lock your doors and stay alert..just in..police say to STAY HOME,suspect is still on the run..do not go out..that was just announced on cnn..stay home on lockdown till they catch this terrorist...from me..stay safe folks do what they say.
The 2 Boston Bombers are from Russia and have only been here in the US for a year.
Had some heavy rain along the western side of FL last night. Some areas got 1" to 2" of rain. Also saw some pretty good lightning out to my west at about 10pm last night.

Quoting LargoFl:
..evening aussie..stay safe down there...

The worst is meant to hit between 3am and 12pm Saturday. Wind gusts between 60km/h to 100km/h. Also expecting 40mm-100mm of rain in that time. It's been quiet dry here lately so the rains will be welcomed but not the strong winds. There is a number of weather warning out at the moment for Sydney. Highest wind gust so far is 82km/h (44kts)
Here's some more details about the public-transportation shutdown in Boston: All Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority service is suspended at the request of the police, Joe Pesaturo, the authority's public information officer, said Friday. This includes bus, subway, commuter rail, and ferry routes in the Boston area.
These two brothers bombed a marathon and planned this out accordingly..for the media to suggest that the brothers didnt know there were survelliance cameras and wouldnt be identify is hard to believe and then they go rob a 7/11?? seems they wanted to be found and follow to Watertown which is a dangerous situation right now..prayers sent to Mass!
Suspects in Boston Marathon terror attack, one of whom is dead, were brothers.
Quoting pcola57:
Wow!...a cold front...what news!
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Suspects in Boston Marathon terror attack, one of whom is dead, were brothers.
yes i heard on cnn they were indeed Islamic.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Had some heavy rain along the western side of FL last night. Some areas got 1" to 2" of rain. Also saw some pretty good lightning out to my west at about 10pm last night.



Yea, that will help. Recharge the green swamp and all four rivers from there. I just want the rain to stay out of the Kissimmee watershed.
Quoting LargoFl:
yes i heard on cnn they were indeed Islamic.

Things getting serious in Boston. Lets hope it ends soon for all residents.



Angela Cox @angelacox7news
NBC reporting #Bostonbombings suspects are brothers of Chechen origin but were legal residents of the US
BREAKING NEWS: One of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead, the other on the loose and large parts of the city are on virtual lockdown after a chaotic night of mayhem that included the murder of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer and a shootout with police, authorities said early Friday.

Police believe the two men, believed to be the suspects from Monday's terror attack, are brothers, possibly from Chechnya or Turkey, according to sources who spoke to Fox News. The man on the loose was identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass. They are believed to have been here for 'several years,' sources said.

Schools are closed, train and bus service is suspended and police were telling residents of neighborhoods including Cambridge, Waltham, Watertown, Newton, Arlington and Belmont to stay indoors. Police have formed a wide perimeter and believe the suspect is on foot, armed and dangerous, inside.

"Suspect No. One is dead, Suspect Two is on the run," Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said at a Friday morning press conference. "There is a massive manhunt underway."

The suspects apparently surfaced just hours after the FBI released their imaged late Thursday afternoon, shooting the police officer, robbing a convenience store, carjacking a man who later escaped and engaging in a wild shootout with Boston police, in which they hurled explosives from their stolen car.

Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said on Twitter that one of the two suspects was killed and that the at-large suspect, labeled by the FBI as "suspect two" in the marathon bombing, was "armed and dangerous."

Authorities urged residents in Watertown, Newton, Waltham, Belmont, Cambridge and the Allston-Brighton neighborhoods of Boston to stay indoors. All mass transit was shut down.

"We believe this to be a terrorist," Davis said in a press conference. "We believe this to be a man who's come here to kill people. We need to get him in custody."

The Middlesex district attorney said the two men are suspected of killing the MIT police officer on campus late Thursday, then stealing a car at gunpoint and later releasing its driver unharmed. Hours earlier, police had released photos of the marathon bombing suspects and asked for the public's help finding them.

The suspects threw explosives from the car as police followed it into Watertown, according to the district attorney's news release. The suspects and police exchanged gunfire, and one of the suspects was critically injured and later died while the other escaped.

During the pursuit, a MBTA transit police officer was seriously injured and transported to the hospital, the news release states. Details on the officer's condition were not immediately available Friday morning.

Hours earlier, police had released photos of the marathon bombing suspects and asked for the public's help finding them. A new photo of the suspect on the loose was released later showing him in a grey hoodie sweatshirt. It was taken at a 7-Eleven in Cambridge, just across the Charles River from Boston.

A federal law enforcement official told Fox News they are looking into whether the bombing suspects may have been from overseas and had overseas military training.

Dozens of officers and National Guard members descended on Watertown shortly after the shooting outside a building on MIT's campus in Cambridge, according to the Associated Press.

Authorities were calling for somebody to get on the ground and put their hands up and a loud thud was heard after someone shouted "fire in the hole," the news agency reported.

Witnesses told The Associated Press they heard multiple gunshots and explosions at about 1 a.m. Friday. Dozens of police officers and FBI agents were in the neighborhood and a helicopter circled overhead.

State police spokesman David Procopio told news agency, "The incident in Watertown did involve what we believe to be explosive devices possibly, potentially, being used against the police officers."

Doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where a suspect in the marathon bombings was taken and later died said they treated a man with a possible blast injury and multiple gunshot wounds. They wouldn't say if the patient they treated, who came in with police, was the suspect in the black hat from marathon surveillance footage.

Earlier Friday, Cambridge police and the Middlesex District Attorney's office said the MIT officer was responding to a report of a disturbance when he was shot multiple times late Thursday. He later died at a hospital. His name was not immediately released.

Procopio said the shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. outside an MIT building. The area was cordoned off and surrounded by responding law enforcement agencies, according to a posting on the university's website.

The shooting came little more than three days after the twin bombings on the Boston Marathon that killed three people, wounded more than 180 others and led to an increase in security across the city.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/19/gunshots-repo rted-on-mit-campus/#ixzz2QuVFjUFr
Suspect #2 is apparently strapped with explosives. Very dangerous situation in Boston right now. Stay in doors PLEASE!
Quoting indianrivguy:


Yea, that will help. Recharge the green swamp and all four rivers from there. I just want the rain to stay out of the Kissimmee watershed.


Fishing on the Kissimmee River this weekend?
Quoting AussieStorm:

Things getting serious in Boston. Lets hope it ends soon for all residents.

yeah aussie, this is serious he is armed and dangerous and with possible explosives on him..bus loads of police etc are going door to door house to house searching for him..hopefully people up there are alert and listening to police..stay home,lock the doors etc...i hope they get him soon
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Suspects in Boston Marathon terror attack, one of whom is dead, were brothers.
....there is another...sister! (according to news)
Quoting LargoFl:
yes i heard on cnn they were indeed Islamic.
I heard they were Russian. They have Russian last names...
Quoting LargoFl:
yeah aussie, this is serious he is armed and dangerous and with possible explosives on him..bus loads of police etc are going door to door house to house searching for him..hopefully people up there are alert and listening to police..stay home,lock the doors etc...i hope they get him soon

Boston Police radio here
ABC News

BREAKING: Massachusetts Governor Patrick is asking the entire city of Boston to stay indoors with their doors locked. Watertown, Cambridge, Waltham, Newton, all of Boston. He stresses to open doors only for uniformed police.

ABC News confirms surviving Boston marathon bomb suspect's name is Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.



Major police activity reported near home of Tsarnaev in Cambridge, Mass., police advise to stay clear.

Latest: 1 Boston Bombing Marathon Suspect Dead, Manhunt for 2nd Suspect Continues http://abcn.ws/XKqFkf
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Fishing on the Kissimmee River this weekend?


No, I don't want any more discharges from Okeechobee Lake into the St. Lucie. We are still trying to recover from Isaac.
This whole area on complete lock down..STAY HOME per police...
boston globe on twitter.....
Gov. Patrick urges people in entire city of Boston to stay indoors, answer only to law enforcement officers with proper ID
and from TAMPA............Tampa, Florida -- UPDATE: Officials say tests conducted on various items of concern from the Port of Tampa Thursday afternoon confirmed the presence of a chemical used in explosive devices.

They found Magnesium Nitrate Hexahydrate- which is said to be used in fireworks, fertilizers and explosives- on a metal liquor pallet at the port.

Hillsborough Sheriff's officials say the compound by itself is not explosive, however, its presence on the pallet confirms the alert by multiple explosive detection dogs.

Technicians have reportedly finished their chemical analysis, and now plan to notify the Department of Homeland Security of the results.

The cruise line, they say, has already been notified.

Hillsborough Sheriff's officials retained samples of the substance, but reportedly no plans to take additional action at this time.

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Fun times aboard the Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas were delayed Thursday after bomb-sniffing dogs alerted on a pallet of liquor about to be loaded on the ship.

"A K9 unit alerted on a box, contained on a pallet that had been delivered from Miami," said Col. Jim Previtera of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

Terminal 3 was evacuated and the area around the ship secured as bomb squad technicians wearing protective suits and their robots went to work.

Dogs also alerted on a truck of supplies from that same Miami warehouse and that cargo also had to be gone through piece by piece.

In the meantime, passengers eager to start their cruise to Cozumel waited for hours on the streets around the terminal. The Florida Aquarium let cruise passengers while away their time there for free. And while passengers tried to make the best of the situation, for some the discovery was a bit unsettling.

"It has because of what else is going on," said Sharon Alvarez of Tampa. "But we know whatever it is they'll search it out and I'll feel safe when they let us on."

The bomb squad truck did haul away a few items for further examination, but in the end their exhaustive search found nothing dangerous.

"There was no device found, no explosive material found, but that doesn't mean the dogs erred or were wrong," said Previtera.

He explained that they might have smelled odors left behind on the pallet or in the truck from a previous shipment.

With the investigation wrapping up, by mid-afternoon passengers began the boarding process. Their fun was delayed, but not destroyed.

"We went over to Channelside and had lunch. It was no problem at all," said one man about to get on board. According to Royal Caribbean, the ship was expected to depart at 6:30 p.m. That's only a couple of hours behind schedule and the delay will not impact the cruise itinerary.

Royal Caribbean International released the following statement regarding the incident:


"Earlier today, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office investigated a suspicious package located on the dock at the Port of Tampa. In an abundance of caution, the Sheriff's Office evacuated the terminal building Royal Caribbean uses to check in guests sailing on Jewel of the Seas. They also requested that no one board the ship at this time.

Once the Sheriff's Office completed their investigation, guests were allowed back into the terminal and check in began. The ship will depart Tampa at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The delayed departure will not impact the ship's itinerary. We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may cause our guests.

Jewel of the Seas is sailing a four-night itinerary that departs Tampa, Florida, today, April 18, and calls to Cozumel, Mexico."
Quoting LargoFl:
This whole area on complete lock down..STAY HOME per police...


Isnt it bigger then that I thought that all of Boston was locked down too???
Doc im sorry if my posts were off topic but this terrorist search is on everyones minds right now til they catch him, very dangerous out there today..
Quoting Thundercloud01221991:


Isnt it bigger then that I thought that all of Boston was locked down too???
yes the whole city IS on lockdown..the area shown is where they Think he still is but until they catch him the whole area is in a dangerous situation..its been hours since they have seen him..he could be anywhere by now..geez.
looks like tonight might be my best chances at rain as the front gets close to my area..
Quoting Waltanater:
I heard they were Russian. They have Russian last names...


Do you think all terrorists are Islamic? What about the IRA? Viet Cong?

The brothers are Chechen. Yes, they are likely islamic. I just wanted to point out the racial profiling.
Quoting LargoFl:
and from TAMPA............Tampa, Florida -- UPDATE: Officials say tests conducted on various items of concern from the Port of Tampa Thursday afternoon confirmed the presence of a chemical used in explosive devices.

They found Magnesium Nitrate Hexahydrate- which is said to be used in fireworks, fertilizers and explosives- on a metal liquor pallet at the port.

Hillsborough Sheriff's officials say the compound by itself is not explosive, however, its presence on the pallet confirms the alert by multiple explosive detection dogs.

Technicians have reportedly finished their chemical analysis, and now plan to notify the Department of Homeland Security of the results.

The cruise line, they say, has already been notified.

Hillsborough Sheriff's officials retained samples of the substance, but reportedly no plans to take additional action at this time.

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Fun times aboard the Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas were delayed Thursday after bomb-sniffing dogs alerted on a pallet of liquor about to be loaded on the ship.

"A K9 unit alerted on a box, contained on a pallet that had been delivered from Miami," said Col. Jim Previtera of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

Terminal 3 was evacuated and the area around the ship secured as bomb squad technicians wearing protective suits and their robots went to work.

Dogs also alerted on a truck of supplies from that same Miami warehouse and that cargo also had to be gone through piece by piece.

In the meantime, passengers eager to start their cruise to Cozumel waited for hours on the streets around the terminal. The Florida Aquarium let cruise passengers while away their time there for free. And while passengers tried to make the best of the situation, for some the discovery was a bit unsettling.

"It has because of what else is going on," said Sharon Alvarez of Tampa. "But we know whatever it is they'll search it out and I'll feel safe when they let us on."

The bomb squad truck did haul away a few items for further examination, but in the end their exhaustive search found nothing dangerous.

"There was no device found, no explosive material found, but that doesn't mean the dogs erred or were wrong," said Previtera.

He explained that they might have smelled odors left behind on the pallet or in the truck from a previous shipment.

With the investigation wrapping up, by mid-afternoon passengers began the boarding process. Their fun was delayed, but not destroyed.

"We went over to Channelside and had lunch. It was no problem at all," said one man about to get on board. According to Royal Caribbean, the ship was expected to depart at 6:30 p.m. That's only a couple of hours behind schedule and the delay will not impact the cruise itinerary.

Royal Caribbean International released the following statement regarding the incident:


"Earlier today, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office investigated a suspicious package located on the dock at the Port of Tampa. In an abundance of caution, the Sheriff's Office evacuated the terminal building Royal Caribbean uses to check in guests sailing on Jewel of the Seas. They also requested that no one board the ship at this time.

Once the Sheriff's Office completed their investigation, guests were allowed back into the terminal and check in began. The ship will depart Tampa at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The delayed departure will not impact the ship's itinerary. We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may cause our guests.

Jewel of the Seas is sailing a four-night itinerary that departs Tampa, Florida, today, April 18, and calls to Cozumel, Mexico."


Quoting LargoFl:
and from TAMPA............Tampa, Florida -- UPDATE: Officials say tests conducted on various items of concern from the Port of Tampa Thursday afternoon confirmed the presence of a chemical used in explosive devices.

They found Magnesium Nitrate Hexahydrate- which is said to be used in fireworks, fertilizers and explosives- on a metal liquor pallet at the port.

Hillsborough Sheriff's officials say the compound by itself is not explosive, however, its presence on the pallet confirms the alert by multiple explosive detection dogs.

Technicians have reportedly finished their chemical analysis, and now plan to notify the Department of Homeland Security of the results.

The cruise line, they say, has already been notified.

Hillsborough Sheriff's officials retained samples of the substance, but reportedly no plans to take additional action at this time.

PREVIOUS:

Fun times aboard the Royal Caribbean's Jewel of the Seas were delayed Thursday after bomb-sniffing dogs alerted on a pallet of liquor about to be loaded on the ship.

"A K9 unit alerted on a box, contained on a pallet that had been delivered from Miami," said Col. Jim Previtera of the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office.

Terminal 3 was evacuated and the area around the ship secured as bomb squad technicians wearing protective suits and their robots went to work.

Dogs also alerted on a truck of supplies from that same Miami warehouse and that cargo also had to be gone through piece by piece.

In the meantime, passengers eager to start their cruise to Cozumel waited for hours on the streets around the terminal. The Florida Aquarium let cruise passengers while away their time there for free. And while passengers tried to make the best of the situation, for some the discovery was a bit unsettling.

"It has because of what else is going on," said Sharon Alvarez of Tampa. "But we know whatever it is they'll search it out and I'll feel safe when they let us on."

The bomb squad truck did haul away a few items for further examination, but in the end their exhaustive search found nothing dangerous.

"There was no device found, no explosive material found, but that doesn't mean the dogs erred or were wrong," said Previtera.

He explained that they might have smelled odors left behind on the pallet or in the truck from a previous shipment.

With the investigation wrapping up, by mid-afternoon passengers began the boarding process. Their fun was delayed, but not destroyed.

"We went over to Channelside and had lunch. It was no problem at all," said one man about to get on board. According to Royal Caribbean, the ship was expected to depart at 6:30 p.m. That's only a couple of hours behind schedule and the delay will not impact the cruise itinerary.

Royal Caribbean International released the following statement regarding the incident:


"Earlier today, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office investigated a suspicious package located on the dock at the Port of Tampa. In an abundance of caution, the Sheriff's Office evacuated the terminal building Royal Caribbean uses to check in guests sailing on Jewel of the Seas. They also requested that no one board the ship at this time.

Once the Sheriff's Office completed their investigation, guests were allowed back into the terminal and check in began. The ship will depart Tampa at 6:30 p.m. this evening. The delayed departure will not impact the ship's itinerary. We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may cause our guests.

Jewel of the Seas is sailing a four-night itinerary that departs Tampa, Florida, today, April 18, and calls to Cozumel, Mexico."


WOW!!!
Lets hope this is the end... Smoke in the air around Watertown, Boston. Massive Police presence around suspects house. Woman has been brought out. CNN crew being moved by Police.
607. VR46L
Quoting Waltanater:
I heard they were Russian. They have Russian last names...


I heard they were from Chechnya which is an area of Russia that wants separation .... due to different culture and religion ...

Huge manhunt for Boston bomb suspect
Quoting LargoFl:
Doc im sorry if my posts were off topic but this terrorist search is on everyones minds right now til they catch him, very dangerous out there today..


Not on my mind.
Latest from the Boston Globe..........Link
Quoting goosegirl1:


Do you think all terrorists are Islamic? What about the IRA? Viet Cong?

The brothers are Chechen. Yes, they are likely islamic. I just wanted to point out the racial profiling.
I never said they were islamic...I was replying to someone else on this forum who said they were islamic. I was only stating what the news said. Why do you mention racial profiling? You make no sense.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Had some heavy rain along the western side of FL last night. Some areas got 1" to 2" of rain. Also saw some pretty good lightning out to my west at about 10pm last night.



Happy days Scott! I got 1.30 inches of rain yesterday in a 1 hour period! First measurable rain in my Stratus rain guage for 2 1/2 weeks!
612. MTWX
Quoting BaltimoreBrian:
To Colonel from my present rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Congratulations Sir!
Quoting LargoFl:
Latest from the Boston Globe..........Link


Officers have surrounded 18-20 Oak St. Watertown. Swat team requested.

Link
Quoting goosegirl1:


Do you think all terrorists are Islamic? What about the IRA? Viet Cong?

The brothers are Chechen. Yes, they are likely islamic. I just wanted to point out the racial profiling.
Look at #582 post please..
Quoting VR46L:


I heard they were from Chechnya which is an area of Russia that wants separation .... due to different culture and religion ...

Huge manhunt for Boston bomb suspect
Yes, I heard that too afterwards...
Quoting goosegirl1:


Do you think all terrorists are Islamic? What about the IRA? Viet Cong?

The brothers are Chechen. Yes, they are likely islamic. I just wanted to point out the racial profiling.
They are Islamic. There social media pages confirm it. Regardless I do not understand why they have a beef with the United States. If anything I would think it would be with the Russians. Btw he said nothing wrong.
Quoting LargoFl:
looks like tonight might be my best chances at rain as the front gets close to my area..
Morning Largo, Had 1.13 inches of rain in Zephyrhills last night. It was great.
@YourAnonNews: Scanner: "It looks like we have some type of rocket or something in the basement here."
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
@YourAnonNews: Scanner: "It looks like we have some type of rocket or something in the basement here."
I can confirm this was said over the police scanner. Heard it myself.
Quoting severstorm:
Morning Largo, Had 1.13 inches of rain in Zephyrhills last night. It was great.


Yeah, I was thinking about you last night when I saw lightning flashing in your direction at about 10pm. I know you guys need very bad on the west side of FL.
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
@YourAnonNews: Scanner: "It looks like we have some type of rocket or something in the basement here."


what!! this is scary!
Quoting AussieStorm:


Officers have surrounded 18-20 Oak St. Watertown. Swat team requested.

Link


Stream has gone quiet, they are going in to search a house. OED has been called for, rocket or explosive device has been seen inside basement of house.
Quoting hurricanehunter27:
They are Islamic. There social media pages confirm it. Regardless I do not understand why they have a beef with the United States. If anything I would think it would be with the Russians. Btw he said nothing wrong.
At the time, I wasn't going by "social media"...I was listenting to the regular news. Yes, goose didn't say anything wrong, but it was directed at the wrong person...I was merely pointing that out. I hope they catch them...thx.
Quoting Waltanater:
At the time, I wasn't going by "social media"...I was listenting to the regular news. Yes, goose didn't say anything wrong, but it was directed at the wrong person...I was merely pointing that out. I hope they catch them...thx.
I was saying you said nothing wrong.
interesting morning see justice is being served
Quoting hurricanehunter27:
I can confirm this was said over the police scanner. Heard it myself.

Yep. I heard it too... What the!!!!

2 people in custody at house on Norfolk St, Watertown; area secured by dozens of FBI agents
Mariners should be careful south of the Azories at 180 HRS.

Quoting hurricanehunter27:
I was saying you said nothing wrong.
ah ok...nvm then. thanks.
Sus package found in lobby 100 campus st. Box is wrapped in tape and left unattended.
Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
@YourAnonNews: Scanner: "It looks like we have some type of rocket or something in the basement here."


Hope it's not a North Korean rocket.
Quoting severstorm:
Morning Largo, Had 1.13 inches of rain in Zephyrhills last night. It was great.
good morning..yes i saw the clouds headed towards your area last night..not a drop here by me, hopefully tonight or tomorrow I'll get some rain..going to be an interesting rain event this weekend..we'll see what happens..things are so dry here now.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


Yeah, I was thinking about you last night when I saw lightning flashing in your direction at about 10pm. I know you guys need very bad on the west side of FL.
YES WE DID. it was great only down side it knocked out my dish service and i missed the grand salami from MY Os BEATING THE RAYS HAHAHA
Looks like someone tried to blow up the Jewel Of The Seas a Royal Caribbean ship. The scary this as only Crew Members have access to the freight coming onboard these ships. Most workers onboard these ships are foreign. Very scary situation!!
Quoting hurricanehunter27:
I have seen peoples lives be destroyed by being a suspect of a case and getting a bad wrap by the media without any real proof that later turned out to be innocent. Always better to assume innocence until proven guilty so that does not happen.


Yeah, remember the first suspect, the 20yr old Saudi?
People everywhere were talking about if he did it through al qaeda, or something else, but now, it doesnt even look like it was him.

Meanwhile all his belongings and residences got searched and he wasn't allowed to leave the hospital.

Holly cow...from scanner.... suspect has posted online. you killed my brother, I will kill all of you.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Looks like someone tried to blow up the Jewel Of The Seas a Royal Caribbean ship. The scary this as only Crew Members have access to the freight coming onboard these ships. Most workers onboard these ships are foreign. Very scary situation!!



nothing of consequence occured.

Has anyone heard anything out of west tx?

cant seem to get much information out of there.
Very scary that someone shipped magnesium nitrate to the Jewel of The Seas on a liquor pallet. Almost seems as if someone was planning to set up a bomb on that ship.
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Looks like someone tried to blow up the Jewel Of The Seas a Royal Caribbean ship. The scary this as only Crew Members have access to the freight coming onboard these ships. Most workers onboard these ships are foreign. Very scary situation!!


omgoodness..what is going on!
Quoting ncstorm:


omgoodness..what is going on!


Largo posted it earlier. I cruise a lot and this is very concerning for me.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:



nothing of consequence occured.

Has anyone heard anything out of west tx?

cant seem to get much information out of there.

Last I heard was 14 dead, EMS going door to door. possible 40people dead. Volunteer fire crew dead 4 man, also ambulance crew dead 4 men.
642. MTWX
Quoting ncstorm:


omgoodness..what is going on!


Nothing came of it.. the dogs just picked up on traces of a chemical used for multiple purposes including bomb making. They confinscated some items, but they believe the traces of chemical were from the truck or pallet being used to transport one of the other items the chemical is used in. Such as fireworks or fertilizer.
CNN reports more than 9.000 police officers are in on the manhunt in Watertown

its like an army there....theres even more in the rest of boston
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Very scary that someone shipped magnesium nitrate to the Jewel of The Seas on a liquor pallet. Almost seems as if someone was planning to set up a bomb on that ship.
I think we all should be just a little more careful and alert now, the events this past week are kinda scary huh..who knows if these guys in boston acted alone and not inside some cell planning things here..im sure the authorities are actively looking into all this..stay safe out there.
I will paint with a broader brush :) It bothers me that I have heard, over and over again, that if the bomber wasn't Islamic, it must not have been a terrorist attack(???) or that the perpetrator just HAD to be Islamic, no one else would do this (The irony that they likely were of this religion is not lost on me :) I was simply, in a grumpy fashion, pointing out that there are many terror groups in the world of all religions. There are many famous terror groups in Chechnya_ Link but I don't yet understand why they chose Boston for an attack.

At any rate, I apologize if I ruffled anyone, but please keep saying this over and over... not all terrorists are Islamic, not all Islamic are terrorists...:)
Quoting MTWX:


Nothing came of it.. the dogs just picked up on traces of a chemical used for multiple purposes including bomb making. They confinscated some items, but they believe the traces of chemical were from the truck or pallet being used to transport one of the other items the chemical is used in. Such as fireworks or fertilizer.


okay thanks
647. MTWX
Quoting StormTrackerScott:
Very scary that someone shipped magnesium nitrate to the Jewel of The Seas on a liquor pallet. Almost seems as if someone was planning to set up a bomb on that ship.


Quit blowing it out of proportion! The dogs hinted on traces of Magnesium Nitrate. It's not like there was a sack of it hidden away in a pallet....
real windy by Texas.............
I am wondering if these suspects are trying to get a lot of 1st responders into a close area close to that house before causing a shootout or an explosion or something but I hope I am wrong.
Nice SST in the Carribean.

Quoting Thundercloud01221991:
I am wondering if these suspects are trying to get a lot of 1st responders into a close area close to that house before causing a shootout or an explosion or something but I hope I am wrong.


I said that earlier myself..
652. ARiot
That storm dropped 1.84 inches of rain in a couple of hours at the official station near my little slice of the TN Valley last night.

The rain and wind reminded me of typhoon season in SE Asia. It was hot, humid and then boom!

I hope it lost some energy overnight for the sake of the big-city folks on the east coast.
WSB Radio ‏@wsbradio 11m
Scanner Chatter in Boston reports suspect at large is on line making threats due to death of his brother

WSB Radio ‏@wsbradio 5m
On WBZ TV: Uncle of boys says both have been in US for 8 years
Quoting MTWX:


Quit blowing it out of proportion! The dogs hinted on traces of Magnesium Nitrate. It's not like there was a sack of it hidden away in a pallet....


I've been on 19 Royal Caribbean cruises and have seen anything like that happen. By the way I am not blowing it out of proportion. The fact that the bomb sniffing dogs picked up on it means there is probably more to this story than what is being released.
Quoting Thundercloud01221991:
I am wondering if these suspects are trying to get a lot of 1st responders into a close area close to that house before causing a shootout or an explosion or something but I hope I am wrong.


The Twitter account that was quoted by Boston PD was only created 1hr ago, most likely fake.
A lot of crazy stuff happening and not only weather it seems.I'm hoping justice is served.Their uncle lives in Montgomery county M.D and my local news station just talked to him.The uncle said they came over here as refugees in the early 2k's.So they are use to the American life style.
Quoting MTWX:


Quit blowing it out of proportion! The dogs hinted on traces of Magnesium Nitrate. It's not like there was a sack of it hidden away in a pallet....


This is coming from someone justifying the PDS issued by Norman yesterday with a weakening line of storms. Come on man!
On a weather related note as to the Boston area, weather clear for the rest of the morning with the frontal system approaching later tonight (see Boston forecast for today below). If that suspect is in the house, they will want to finish the operation, one way or the other, before sundown before they lose visibility due to evening and approaching showers.

Tonight Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Patchy fog between 9pm and 1am, then Patchy fog after 3am. Low around 50. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
I honestly don't care about this Boston/manhunt story.

I'm more concerned about what is happening in Texas.
washi you got rain coming..good luck up there...........THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE EAST ACROSS THE AREA LATE THIS
AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING AS A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH. A FEW
STORMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN.

A STRENGTHENING SOUTHERLY FLOW MAY PRODUCE MINOR COASTAL FLOODING
NEAR TIMES OF HIGH TIDE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
Pallets get reused all the time and the dogs noses can detect chemical traces at very low amounts. No telling how many times these pallets have been used or where they have been.
Quoting LargoFl:
I think we all should be just a little more careful and alert now, the events this past week are kinda scary huh..who knows if these guys in boston acted alone and not inside some cell planning things here..im sure the authorities are actively looking into all this..stay safe out there.

Quoting FunnelVortex:
I honestly don't care about this Boston/manhunt story.

I'm more concerned about what is happening in Texas.


Destruction
Quoting RitaEvac:


Destruction


Yeah, people lost their homes and businesses.

I also hope the blog doesn't go nuts over this like with the Sandy Hook shooting.
We had some nice summer like showers overnight here in NE St. Petersburg. I love rain and hope the cold front that arrives tonight brings us some more.
Quoting LargoFl:
washi you got rain coming..good luck up there...........THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR THE MARYLAND PORTION OF THE
CHESAPEAKE BAY...TIDAL POTOMAC RIVER...AND ADJACENT COUNTIES IN
CENTRAL MARYLAND AND NORTHERN VIRGINIA AS WELL AS THE DISTRICT OF
COLUMBIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE EAST ACROSS THE AREA LATE THIS
AFTERNOON INTO THE EVENING AS A COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH. A FEW
STORMS MAY BE SEVERE WITH LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN.

A STRENGTHENING SOUTHERLY FLOW MAY PRODUCE MINOR COASTAL FLOODING
NEAR TIMES OF HIGH TIDE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.
Yeah they said that the storms could be strong to server with heavy downpours and lightning.I really wanted the "normal" to last.It is really muggy and humid outside right now.Feels very tropical.
Quoting FunnelVortex:


Yeah, people lost their homes and businesses.

I also hope the blog doesn't go nuts over this like with the Sandy Hook shooting.


I want to say a whole town next to this explosion got blown up as a result of this fertilizer plant explosion. I caught the tail end of it last night on CNN.


THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR WEST CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST
FLORIDA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

...THUNDERSTORM IMPACT...
SCATTERED LATE DAY SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO
DEVELOP INLAND ALONG THE SEA-BREEZE. NO SIGNIFICANT SEVERE WEATHER
IS CURRENTLY EXPECTED.
Funnel vortex this is a very tragic story.Have some respect for the families of the victims.
Quoting FunnelVortex:
I honestly don't care about this Boston/manhunt story.

I'm more concerned about what is happening in Texas.


No offense dude, but I'm not sure why anyone would "not care" about the Boston story...esp. considering what Boston has been through this past week...I am also tracking storms but my heart still goes out to Boston and Texas folks affected by the tragedies...
Quoting LargoFl:


Darn. Looks like all the storms will push into interior
and East Florida along the seabreeze due to the SW flow...no storms for me...but with the cold front tonight we may get some showers off the Gulf...
Quoting LargoFl:
Oh sure I'm not having flashbacks to last year..(sarcasm flag on.)
Here comes the rain right towards me... Bit earlier than forecasted.

Good Morning All..
Coming my way soon..

@wgrz: A police source tells 2 On Your Side that New York State Police have pulled over a vehicle in Niagara Falls allegedly with two Russian nationals in the vehicle.
The car was pulled over at 19th and Elmwood in the Falls.
Bomb techs and a robot are being used to investigate four suspicious backpacks in the vehicle.
Another source tells us the vehicle has Massachusetts license plates
CBS News ‏@CBSNews 7m
RT @CBSThisMorning: Boston suspects' uncle: Older brother was "a loser" http://cbsn.ws/Z8xL2Q
Quoting FunnelVortex:
I honestly don't care about this Boston/manhunt story.

I'm more concerned about what is happening in Texas.
Yeah, there hasn't been much on this...I find it very coincidentally odd that an explosion of this magnitude happened the same week as the Boston event. Definitely raises an eyebrow..
Quoting TampaBayStormChaser:


Darn. Looks like all the storms will push into interior
and East Florida along the seabreeze due to the SW flow...no storms for me...but with the cold front tonight we may get some showers off the Gulf...
yes i sure hope so, i didnt get a drop of rain last night
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
WSB Radio ‏@wsbradio 11m
Scanner Chatter in Boston reports suspect at large is on line making threats due to death of his brother

WSB Radio ‏@wsbradio 5m
On WBZ TV: Uncle of boys says both have been in US for 8 years



take that too your own blog plzs plzs
Quoting StormTrackerScott:


I've been on 19 Royal Caribbean cruises and have seen anything like that happen. By the way I am not blowing it out of proportion. The fact that the bomb sniffing dogs picked up on it means there is probably more to this story than what is being released.


You are blowing it out of proportion. Magnesium nitrate is a common chemical. So is potassium nitrate, and ammonium nitrate. Magnesium nitrate would rapidly form hexahydrate in the warm moist atmosphere of Florida since it is hygroscopic. All of these are used in fertilizers and related products for mineralization of soils and sources of nitrogen.

In fact, most common household chemicals can be used to make dangerous/poisonous/explosive compounds very very easily. Take a bomb sniffing dog to Home Depot and the poor thing would freak.

The presence of such chemicals does not imply the presence of a bomb. If those palette had been used for other shipments (of fertilizer, stump remover, etc.), or even if they were on the same truck that was used to ship such products then the palettes would have traces of those chemicals.
Katy Tur ‏@KatyTurNBC 8m
Police stopped Amtrak train Boston to NY Near East Norwalk CT station and searched for Tsarnaev as precaution.No sign of him #manhunt
Quoting pcola57:


....sigh...
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:
CBS News ‏@CBSNews 7m
RT @CBSThisMorning: Boston suspects' uncle: Older brother was "a loser" http://cbsn.ws/Z8xL2Q
Yeah the uncle was defintially pissed.He wanted to beat his nephews up himself.
Quoting pcola57:
Good Morning All..
Coming my way soon..

...good.
Quoting Waltanater:
Yeah, there hasn't been much on this...I find it very coincidentally odd that an explosion of this magnitude happened the same week as the Boston event. Definitely raises an eyebrow..


And the town West, TX is of Czech folks...
RAIN!!!




prob wont help with pollen
Quoting Waltanater:
...good.


Ty we could use the rain here.. :)
Quoting RitaEvac:


And the town West, TX is of Czech folks...
O.o REaLly!? ...didn't know that...very interesting...
Quoting RitaEvac:


And the town West, TX is of Czech folks...


Czech and chechnya are not related are they?

A senior police official told them police are seeking a third person, a yet to be identified accomplice. #boston

Breaking News %u200F@BreakingNews 1m
Authorities: 12 confirmed dead after West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion; about 200 injuries
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


Czech and chechnya are not related

Breaking News ‏@BreakingNews 1m
Authorities: 12 confirmed dead after West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion; about 200 injuries
Yeah I just realized that.....LOL.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


Czech and chechnya are not related are they?

A senior police official told them police are seeking a third person, a yet to be identified accomplice. #boston

Breaking News %u200F@BreakingNews 1m
Authorities: 12 confirmed dead after West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion; about 200 injuries


May not, just sound the same
Quoting RitaEvac:


And the town West, TX is of Czech folks...
So what are you implying?
695. VR46L
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


Czech and chechnya are not related are they?

A senior police official told them police are seeking a third person, a yet to be identified accomplice. #boston

Breaking News %u200F@BreakingNews 1m
Authorities: 12 confirmed dead after West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion; about 200 injuries


No they arent Czech Republic is in central Europe part of the EU ... Chechnya is in south East Russia Near Iran ...

Chechnya
Quoting kwgirl:
So what are you implying?


see post 695
Quoting RitaEvac:


see post 695
I am aware of the difference. I thought you weren't.
Practice run for the WestPac


Quoting VR46L:


No they arent Czech Republic is in central Europe part of the EU ... Chechnya is in south East Russia Near Iran ...

Chechnya
And I believe where ever that one kid is from, he is from middle east descent.
Quoting Grothar:
Practice run for the WestPac



the fun starts soon
Quoting Grothar:
Practice run for the WestPac



Morning Gro..Geritol is on sale at wal-mart...:)
703. VR46L
Quoting hydrus:
And I believe where ever that one kid is from, he is from middle east descent.


I heard they were brothers but that was UK media .
00z CMC...hmmmm









THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF NORTH AND CENTRAL GEORGIA.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT...

WIDESPREAD SHOWERS AND NUMEROUS THUNDERSTORMS WILL MOVE ACROSS
THE REGION TODAY...ASSOCIATED WITH A COLD FRONTAL PASSAGE. SOME
STORMS COULD BE STRONG WITH THE MOSTLY LIKELY HAZARDS BEING STRONG
GUSTY WINDS... SMALL HAIL...LIGHTNING AND HEAVY RAIN. IF GREATER
SURFACE INSTABILITY IS REALIZED WITH THIS SYSTEM THAN IS CURRENTLY
FORECAST...THERE WILL BE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERE STORMS THAT COULD
PRODUCE DAMAGING WINDS.

STRONG SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL OCCUR AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONTAL
PASSAGE. A WIND ADVISORY MAY BE NEEDED LATER THIS MORNING IF WIND
SPEEDS APPROACH CRITICAL THRESHOLDS.
Tom A. Warner ‏@ztresearch
Snowing fairly hard in west #RapidCity, big flakes #sdwx

clipped from the Boston Globe article.......
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (AP) — Militants from Chechnya and other restive provinces in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus have targeted Moscow and other areas with bombings and hostage-takings, but if it turns out that the suspects in the Boston bombings are linked to those insurgencies it would mark the first time the Russian conflict had spawned a major terror attack in the United States.


The suspects were identified by law enforcement officials and family members as Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, ethnic Chechens with ties to the Russian region. There was no immediate information of their links, if any, to any insurgent group.


Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was killed in a gun battle with police in Massachusetts overnight, officials said. His 19-year-old brother escaped.


Before moving to the United States, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev lived briefly in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic that has become the epicenter of the Islamic insurgency that spilled over from Chechnya. On his page on the social networking site VKontakte, Tsarnaev said he attended School No. 1 from 1999 until 2001.
Quoting Grothar:
Practice run for the WestPac




??????? WPAC or EPAC???
Michael Skolnik ‏@MichaelSkolnik
Father of Dzhokhar says "hell will break loose" if his son is killed.
Quoting RitaEvac:


And the town West, TX is of Czech folks...


What do the Czech's have to do with anything?
JeffMasters has created a new entry.
Quoting GeorgiaStormz:


Czech and chechnya are not related are they?

A senior police official told them police are seeking a third person, a yet to be identified accomplice. #boston

Breaking News %u200F@BreakingNews 1m
Authorities: 12 confirmed dead after West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion; about 200 injuries


One is in Europe and one is in Asia...same landmass...that's about it.
Quoting AussieStorm:

??????? WPAC or EPAC???


Just seeing who would correct it first. :)