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Major snowstorm paralyzes London

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 1:39 PM GMT on February 03, 2009

Heavy snow in London, England yesterday did something the Nazi Blitz could not--stop the city bus system. The heaviest snow in 18 years hit the city yesterday, when eight inches (20 cm) of snow blanketed the city. All five major airports in the region closed, all London city buses were pulled off the streets, and the subway system was nearly paralyzed by the snows. It was the heaviest snow since February 7, 1991, when 25 cm fell. In that storm, wind-driven snow drifts of up to three meters (ten feet) crippled road and rail networks across the country.

Heavy snows are rare in London, due to the moderating influence of the ocean waters that surround the British Isles. The prevailing winds from the west or northwest pass over these ocean waters, which are heated by the warm Gulf Stream Current. This makes rain the usual form of winter precipitation for London. Monday's snowstorm was made possible by a strong high pressure system over Scandinavia, whose clockwise flow pumped cold air from western Russia westward over the North Sea and into Britain. A trough of low pressure that formed in this cold air mass moved over Britain, bringing heavy snow. As the cold air accompanying the trough passed over the relatively warm waters of the North Sea, it picked up moisture and instability, enhancing the snows over England in a manner similar to Lake Effect snowstorms over the Great Lakes of North America. The instability of the air mass within Monday's snowstorm was so intense that several UK locations reported "thundersnow", a very rare occurrence in the British Isles. Monday's snow storm also caused traffic problems in France, Switzerland, and Spain. The storm spawned a possible EF2 tornado in southern Spain, as well.

This winter has been the coldest winter since 1996-1997 for England and Wales. Minimum temperatures were as much as 2°C below average in December in western portions of the UK. A cold air outbreak the first week of January brought some of the coldest temperatures seen in southern England since 1991.


Figure 1. AVHRR visible satellite image of the United Kingdom on February 2, 2009, at 13:28 GMT. A strong trough of low pressure, propelled by a cold arctic flow of air from Russia, is crossing over London, dumping heavy snow. Image credit: University of Bern, Switzerland.

I'll have a new post Wednesday or Thursday.
Jeff Masters
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Reader Comments

Good morning Doc, thanks
Stonehenge Snow

London Snow Photos


..and speaking of snow I'm happily getting 3-5 inches of it today. I'll take it over nothing. Would have preferred the super storm though. Maybe as the month wears on we'll get another chance.
Morning everyone.. This should have been in the last blog.. NYC groundhog "Chuck" bit Mayor Bloomberg during the ceremony.
Dat's a Wise Groundhog Skyepony..

..seem's Chuck wanted a "Chunk" of Bloomberg.
Yes I believe it is winter now. Good morning all and appreciate the statistics on the English weather this winter.
Quoting Skyepony:
Morning everyone.. This should have been in the last blog.. NYC groundhog "Chuck" bit Mayor Bloomberg during the ceremony.

I have often felt like taking a bite out of anyone waking me from a winter nap - Good for "Chuck"
How much mayor could a wood chuck chuck if.....
I'm interested to see how they will tie this event to global warming.
Quoting KEHCharleston:

I have often felt like taking a bite out of anyone waking me from a winter nap - Good for "Chuck"
How much mayor could a wood chuck chuck if.....


I'd bite him too!
Morning everyone 52deg in Tampa with a 15mph wind......sheeeeeh.....burrrr......
Quoting TampaSpin:
Morning everyone 52deg in Tampa with a 15mph wind......sheeeeeh.....burrrr......


No snow :(, you said snow Tuesday :(

Complete Blog Refresh
Mirror Site
New Section includes Mt Redoubt
Quoting Orcasystems:


No snow :(, you said snow Tuesday :(

Complete Blog Refresh
Mirror Site
New Section includes Mt Redoubt


I said Tuesday nite......LOL....
Quoting TampaSpin:


I said Tuesday nite......LOL....


Ahh ok :)
still think it might happen?
Morning all: Amazing storm in London. Pretty nice here with a few clouds and possibly more rain.
no!!..lol
colder weather has invaded e cent fl again. supposingly a hard freeze is knocks the the mosquito population. happy weather
Tuff 2 nites coming for the Florida Farmers....WOW

Tomorrow Morning.......


Thursday Morning.......

Quoting TampaSpin:
Tuff 2 nites coming for the Florida Farmers....WOW

Tomorrow Morning.......


Thursday Morning.......

Oh, yes, those are some pretty cool temps for us down here. Hopefully the crops make it through this next round of freezing temps.
Friday Morning........a little better...
True, the only good about these cold temps. is it knocks out the pesty bugs.... mosquitoes, flies and fleas............... me too come to think about it....LOL

My toes are freezing even w/ socks-- Conchy --even my flip flop socks don't cut it today. Beautiful waves.... but too cold too play. Getting ready to take the edge off w/ a run -- hope the wind doesn't blow me off the bridge....I'm going to feel like a leaf out there.

This coldfront is really racking havoc on the veggie garden and MY MANGO TREES ARE MISERABLE.... I can look at their leaves and they look like me......miserable. I have lost many, many of the blossoms if not all -- went from another bumper crop to NADA --unless the tree pushes out blooms again when it warms. They both went off way too early when they were fooled by a couple of warmer weeks.
TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 3
Issued at 10:05 pm WDT on Tuesday, 3 February 2009
BY THE BUREAU OF METEOROLOGY
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING CENTRE PERTH

A Cyclone WATCH is current for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from
Kalumburu to Broome.

At 9:00 pm WDT a Tropical Low was estimated to be
425 kilometres northeast of Broome and
195 kilometres southwest of Kalumburu and
was moving northwest at 9 kilometres per hour.

The low is expected to move off the west Kimberley coast by Wednesday morning
and may develop into a tropical cyclone on Thursday as it continues to move west
away from the coast. Gales are not expected on the coast tonight or Wednesday
but may develop during Thursday.

Details of Tropical Low at 9:00 pm WDT:
.Centre located near...... 15.4 degrees South 125.2 degrees East
.Location accuracy........ within 85 kilometres
.Recent movement.......... towards the northwest at 9 kilometres per hour
.Wind gusts near centre... 75 kilometres per hour
.Severity category........ below cyclone intensity
.Central pressure......... 998 hectoPascals
I just updated my Weather Blog if anyone would like to view......
HARD FREEZE Coming to Florida.....FARMERS, GARDENERS, and ANIMAL Caretakers.......BEWARE!!

TampaSpin Weather Blog Link
Thanks for the update on the London storm.
My Gosh!! Global warming is such a terrible thing!! Look at London and the US.

Al Gore please save us!!!
Been snowing pretty steadily in Central NJ. Fortunately, the ground is still warm from yesterday's 55* temperatures, so it isn't sticking to the roads...yet.

Seems to be picking up some--we may break an inch yet. Sorry P451, but I'm GLAD we didn't get the superstorm!
25. Inyo
Quoting CaneHunter031472:
My Gosh!! Global warming is such a terrible thing!! Look at London and the US.

Al Gore please save us!!!


not to feed the troll, but it is well documented that warming on a global level will lead to more extreme weather including cold outbreaks. You probably already know that, though.
Quoting Inyo:


not to feed the troll, but it is well documented that warming on a global level will lead to more extreme weather including cold outbreaks. You probably already know that, though.


Troll, So that is how you call dissenting views? Have you read the papers written by increasing groups of scientist who say that man made global warming is not only a hoax, but a way for people like Al Gore (not a scientist) to make lots of $$$ with people like you. I believe your intentions are good don't get me wrong and I would agree there is global warming it happened before, but believe me when I tell you that driving my Hummer is not the reason why. Did you know that creating the batteries for a Prius causes more enviromental impact than a whole lifesapn of a Hummen been driven around? I guess Al forgot to mention that fact in his movie (inconveniently debunked truth) No sir I am not a troll I am just a bit more informed than you.


Reunion and Mauritius better be prepared for Gael..
We are in a Weather Winter Advisory from 6:00 till 12:00 on Wednesday. 1 to 3 inches of snow with possiblity of higher in areas. Wind chill will make it feel like the teens. Go figure! We went to not having any to 1 to 3 inches. Only in North Carolina.
Quoting Inyo:


not to feed the troll, but it is well documented that warming on a global level will lead to more extreme weather including cold outbreaks. You probably already know that, though.


Well documented you say?

Perhaps you might want to point us in the direction of those well documented FACTS.

Real substantiated facts that come from instrumentation that is well maintained and periodically calibrated and location verified too, all of that being certified as well.

Not just the convoluted misdirections the AGWHP is so wont to do and not just the sleazy accusation of a person with differing views of being labeled a TROLL.

It just occurred to me that using your logic, I could just a easily say that the latest purported warming outbreaks are nothing more than proof that the world is cooling and that huge shifts in the weather should be expected because of it.

I love reading masters analysis on weather and unusuall systems like this. Gets a good start on looking deeper in to this. Very odd synoptic situation set up here. I mean wow. GOOD STUFF!
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number EIGHT
TEMPETE TROPICALE MODEREE GAEL (08-20082009)
22:00 PM Réunion February 3 2009
==================================

At 18:00 PM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Gael (997 hPa) located at 17.7S 62.6E has 10 minute sustained winds of 35 knots with gusts of 50 knots. The storm is reported as moving west-southwest at 10 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5

Near Gale-Force Winds
======================
80 NM radius from the center, extending up to 110 NM in the northern semi-circle, locally reaching gale-force winds

Forecast and Intensity
=======================
12 HRS: 18.0S 60.6E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
24 HRS: 18.3S 58.5E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
48 HRS: 18.5S 54.5E - 60 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 19.8S 51.1E - 80 knots (Cyclone Tropical)

Additional Information
========================
Since 1500 UTC, Deep convective activity has started near the center and over the northern semi-circle. Center becomes difficult to localize on infrared imagery and current position is based on extrapolation of 1410z fix on SSMI F15 (Fix near 17.6S 63.2E). Uncertainity is consequently stronger than usual. System in now closer to the upper level ridge axis (CF cirrus eastwards outflow in the peripheral band south of 19S), wind shear is in consequence expected to weaken as forecasted within the next 12-24 hours. Under this ridge a mid level ridge is building south of the system and should progressively turn the track on a more westward component. Current forecast track, based on 0000z and some earlier 1200z NWP models is a little nit more north than the previous one but is south of the consensus made with ECMWF, UKMO, ARP, and CONW.

-------------
YELLOW ALERT (Pre-Alert) For Réunion is now in force

Means: Potential for a tropical cyclone impact in the next 24 hours.


  • Metéo-France will be releasing 3 hour advisories on this system
  • 32. Inyo
    posting non-scientific, inflammatory nonsense for the purpose of causing argument is considered 'trolling' on the internet. I don't think you are a huge hairy cave creature, but i think your post was a clear example of internet trolling.

    I've never heard of any peer-reviewed scientific paper calling global warming a 'hoax'... unless the 'peers' you are looking to are Chevron, Exxon, and Enron.

    I won't argue about Al Gore. I don't particularly like him either.

    Are you feeling insecure about your large, expensive car? There are perfectly good reasons to have an SUV - I have a 4*4 truck myself because I often work in areas where I need 4 wheel drive to get around. Whether or not your 'hummer' is causing problems depends more on where and how you drive it (length of commute, whether you carpool) than what you drive. I never said you should get a Prius!

    Seriously, consider this: Who makes more money? Al Gore or the CEOs of every oil company in the US. Who REALLY has something to gain/lose?

    The original point of my post is that it is silly to claim any single weather event is proof of or against global warming. It is 80 degrees in California where I live right now... not our usual winter weather! Does that indicate that global warming is certainly happening? No more so than one blizzard in a country once prone to many storms of the sort proves that it isn't warming!

    Quoting CaneHunter031472:


    Troll, So that is how you call dissenting views? Have you read the papers written by increasing groups of scientist who say that man made global warming is not only a hoax, but a way for people like Al Gore (not a scientist) to make lots of $$$ with people like you. I believe your intentions are good don't get me wrong and I would agree there is global warming it happened before, but believe me when I tell you that driving my Hummer is not the reason why. Did you know that creating the batteries for a Prius causes more enviromental impact than a whole lifesapn of a Hummen been driven around? I guess Al forgot to mention that fact in his movie (inconveniently debunked truth) No sir I am not a troll I am just a bit more informed than you.
    33. Inyo
    Quoting calusakat:


    I'm not going to look up the many, many papers on AGW.. (that's Anthropomorphic Global Warming, not Al Gore's Waste). If you really look at all of the research, rather than only that research that agrees with your view, it is hard to justify a lack of global warming. But I admit it is *possible* that it isnt happening. I sure hope you people know what you're doing!
    ooooo nevermind..... not worth it. *poof*
    We didn't get anything here in VA why are all the places that don't get snow getting snow this year
    all4hurricanes...what part of VA are you in?
    London and the south East of England are expecting more snow Thursday / Friday, being blown in from Russia!!

    "There is a moderate risk of exceptionally heavy snow across parts of central and south eastern England continuing from Thursday giving further accumulations, with perhaps more than 25cm locally for the whole event. Drifting may occur in fresh or strong north or north east winds".

    Brrr - Drat that groundhog!!!
    Quoting Inyo:
    posting non-scientific, inflammatory nonsense for the purpose of causing argument is considered 'trolling' on the internet. I don't think you are a huge hairy cave creature, but i think your post was a clear example of internet trolling.

    I've never heard of any peer-reviewed scientific paper calling global warming a 'hoax'... unless the 'peers' you are looking to are Chevron, Exxon, and Enron.

    I won't argue about Al Gore. I don't particularly like him either.

    Are you feeling insecure about your large, expensive car? There are perfectly good reasons to have an SUV - I have a 4*4 truck myself because I often work in areas where I need 4 wheel drive to get around. Whether or not your 'hummer' is causing problems depends more on where and how you drive it (length of commute, whether you carpool) than what you drive. I never said you should get a Prius!

    Seriously, consider this: Who makes more money? Al Gore or the CEOs of every oil company in the US. Who REALLY has something to gain/lose?

    The original point of my post is that it is silly to claim any single weather event is proof of or against global warming. It is 80 degrees in California where I live right now... not our usual winter weather! Does that indicate that global warming is certainly happening? No more so than one blizzard in a country once prone to many storms of the sort proves that it isn't warming!



    Well, you see we have more in common thant we both thought. We agree then that Al Gore hurts the argument more than helping it, He is actually part of the problem. let me give you a couple of links.
    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-131

    http://www.startribune.com/local/11826671.html

    http://www.debunkglobalwarming.info/PMichaels.pdf

    http://nzclimatescience.net/images/PDFs/GlobalScam3a.pdf

    Please read these documents it is refreshing information when compared to what NBC will tell us.
    39. P451
    Quoting jerseygrl:
    Been snowing pretty steadily in Central NJ. Fortunately, the ground is still warm from yesterday's 55* temperatures, so it isn't sticking to the roads...yet.

    Seems to be picking up some--we may break an inch yet. Sorry P451, but I'm GLAD we didn't get the superstorm!


    Booo!! haha. I'm sure you have company in that respect. Sure looks nice though. And don't worry it's going to be 55 again over the weekend. :)



    117 more days...sigh.
    23. CaneHunter031472 9:38 AM PST on February 03, 2009

    My Gosh!! Global warming is such a terrible thing!! Look at London and the US.

    Al Gore please save us!!!



    he's too busy looking for ManBearPig....or don't you watch SouthPark?
    Moderate Tropical Storm (GAEL) located at 17.7S 62.5 or about 570 kms east-northeast of Mauritius. Gael continues to move toward the west-southwest at 18 km/h. On this trajectory, Gael is still approaching Mauritius and represents a potential threat.

    A CYCLONE WARNING CLASS ONE IS IN FORCE IN MAURITIUS

    (Class I Cyclone Warning is issued 36 to 48 hours before the advent of cyclonic conditions).
    Quoting NRAamy:
    23. CaneHunter031472 9:38 AM PST on February 03, 2009

    My Gosh!! Global warming is such a terrible thing!! Look at London and the US.

    Al Gore please save us!!!



    he's too busy looking for ManBearPig....or don't you watch SouthPark?
    Amy - you are so funny; always coming in when things get heated and making us laugh -- at least me anyhow. :)
    you gotta laugh, conchy...or else you get stressed and inhale too many Twinkies....

    ;)
    Re: Post 38. by CaneHunter031472

    OMG.

    Absolutely spot on with those articles.

    Notice how those articles point out the lack of veracity of the data and/or how it is gathered?

    If you have more...bring them on.

    This is how discussions are truly started!

    Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Perth
    Tropical Cyclone Advice Number FOUR
    Tropical Low
    3:50 AM WDT February 4 2009
    ========================================

    At 3:00 AM WDT, Tropical Low (998 hPa) located at 15.2S 124.2E or 375 kms northeast of Broome and 280 kms west southwest of Kalumburu has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving west-northwest at 7 knots.

    The low has moved off the west Kimberley coast this morning, and may develop into a tropical cyclone on Thursday as it continues to move west away from the coast. Gales are not expected on the coast Wednesday, but may develop during Thursday.

    Cyclone Watch
    =================
    A Cyclone WATCH is current for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Kalumburu to Broome.
    Quoting NRAamy:
    you gotta laugh, conchy...or else you get stressed and inhale too many Twinkies....

    ;)
    I know, I know. As they say, laughter is the best medicine.
    Quoting ncleclerc:
    all4hurricanes...what part of VA are you in?

    Fairfax
    .48....all4hurricanes. Oh well, maybe next time.
    nothing but rain here looks so far like that by the end of february we"ll have to add another year without a good snow storm 9 years is a long time to me.

    I think we"ll have one more chance for snowstorm this month if that doesnt happen winter will be done here in SC.
    Not one mention of GW in the post and you guys still just can't help yourselves.

    For those who don't care to read the various links from post # 38

    The first link is a news article about the founder of The Weather Channel. No scientific evidence is presented to the contrary of AGW.

    The author from the second link supports the theory of AGW at least in 1998 when the publication was written. He has concluded that the temperature rise will be lower. 1.5 C rather than 3.2 C over a one hundred year timeframe. The most reliable measurements suggest a rise of at least 0.3 - 0.4 C over the last decade. If this trend continues his optimistic viewpoint will sadly be disproved. I hope he is correct. I apologize if I snicker when you can no longer afford the gas for your hummer. (I will be the guy standing next to you in the unemployment line wishing I had become a climate scientist)

    This statement will probably discredit the third link: "The global warming scam is the result of the widespread belief in a new religion, based on the deification of a
    nebulous entity, “The Environment”." Although their are many valid points raised in the text. None of them can disprove that your hummer has no impact on the global climate. (Not that I am doing the world a favor by driving my small Nissan 60 miles to work and back each day.)
    Hello,
    Yes the Uk has had it really bad. We are not equipped for such weather and we're all over the shop (in a bit of a mess). I didn't have my computer on but my Cumulus did record -11.2c last night and I'm in the South west of the UK. Temperatures not seen for 15 years or so.
    I have many Palms and Agave Cactus outside which for the last 10 years have struggled through. They will be now Ex plants.

    By the way- Global warming does exist as the news talks about it all the time in the UK and the US tv doesn't which is why Americans think that it's all not real.
    If you are a Farmer or work outdoors then you know something is up. This snow storms we are having now used to be our normal UK weather.
    Being able to grow Date Palms and Agave Cactus in the Uk is not a normal thing. This, my friends, is Global Warming; if you live in South West USA, you will eventually find out as Hurricans will blow your Houses down. Not to worry as the UK is losing it's native trees and Bee populations so lets feel united in our peril.
    If in doubt, try listening to Home Planet and Costing the Earth on BBC radio 4 (internet).
    Once we are all dead let me know that I was right. Ta! Ta!

    PS- I find it really worrying that a weather blog has doubters that Global Warming exists, Unless you are a leading Climatologist who has an opinion then I would choose to beleive the Met Office (Uk),
    or the UN or 95% of Climatologists.
    We have sent men to space and made Nuclear Power Plants on less scientific knowledge than what we have on Global Warming.
    Sorry, I may have been doing some "bickering"; won't do it again. Sorry Mum. The shame, the shame!!
    53. Just posted on your blog. Maybe a bit late considering the date of your blog entry.
    Quoting jeromecarlyoung:

    PS- I find it really worrying that a weather blog has doubters that Global Warming exists, Unless you are a leading Climatologist who has an opinion then I would choose to beleive the Met Office (Uk),
    or the UN or 95% of Climatologists.
    We have sent men to space and made Nuclear Power Plants on less scientific knowledge than what we have on Global Warming.


    Well, you are kinda right on that.

    If we were talking quantity of data versus integrity of data...in that case, the AGW gang has much more information. Only problem is that, by their own admissions, their information is hardly accurate and they can't prove otherwise.

    On the other hand, the folks who sent men into space or constructed Nuclear power plants had data that was extremely accurate and that could be proven as such by the reams of supporting paperwork.

    As Carl Sagan wrote in his book "Cosmos", it was logical to assume that a cloud shrouded Venus meant that it was a jungle teeming with life. As we all know today, that logic was terribly wrong. Funny thing is...Right or wrong, it was still logic.

    Consequently, while the AGW conclusion may appear to be logical, that does not make it right...only that it is logical.

    In order for the AGW crowd to prove themselves, they will have to get busy changing the way they conduct scientific data gathering and analysis and start getting their instruments and documentation certified.

    Otherwise their data is just bloated information without any solid foundation.

    Here id some more info you are in a free country if you wish to believe we are guilty for warming then believe it however you want it. I believe in the facts I have seen and read about, but I guess we will see. I could agree with global warming, but I will not buy the fact that we are responsible for it or even that we make it worse. It is just pure arrogance that will enable policymakers with tools to tax us more and gain more control over us which it will happen anyway. We are free to choose, but we are also responsible for the consequenses.

    Over the past year, anecdotal evidence for a cooling planet has exploded. China has its coldest winter in 100 years. Baghdad sees its first snow in all recorded history. North America has the most snowcover in 50 years, with places like Wisconsin the highest since record-keeping began. Record levels of Antarctic sea ice, record cold in Minnesota, Texas, Florida, Mexico, Australia, Iran, Greece, South Africa, Greenland, Argentina, Chile -- the list goes on and on.
    No more than anecdotal evidence, to be sure. But now, that evidence has been supplanted by hard scientific fact. All four major global temperature tracking outlets (Hadley, NASA's GISS, UAH, RSS) have released updated data. All show that over the past year, global temperatures have dropped precipitously.

    A compiled list of all the sources can be seen here. The total amount of cooling ranges from 0.65C up to 0.75C -- a value large enough to wipe out most of the warming recorded over the past 100 years. All in one year's time. For all four sources, it's the single fastest temperature change ever recorded, either up or down.

    Scientists quoted in a past DailyTech article link the cooling to reduced solar activity which they claim is a much larger driver of climate change than man-made greenhouse gases. The dramatic cooling seen in just 12 months time seems to bear that out. While the data doesn't itself disprove that carbon dioxide is acting to warm the planet, it does demonstrate clearly that more powerful factors are now cooling it.

    Let's hope those factors stop fast. Cold is more damaging than heat. The mean temperature of the planet is about 54 degrees. Humans -- and most of the crops and animals we depend on -- prefer a temperature closer to 70.


    Historically, the warm periods such as the Medieval Climate Optimum were beneficial for civilization. Corresponding cooling events such as the Little Ice Age, though, were uniformly bad news.

    Source: http://www.dailytech.com/Temperature+Monitors+Report+Widescale+Global+Cooling/article10866.htm
    Iran claims first launch of its own satellite Link

    By NASSER KARIMI and JASON KEYSER, Associated Press Writers Nasser Karimi And Jason Keyser, Associated Press Writers 42 mins ago



    Iran sends first home-built satellite into orbit AFP/File Iranian soldiers sing to mark the anniversary of the return from exile of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,

    TEHRAN, Iran Iran sent its first domestically made satellite into orbit, the president announced Tuesday, a key step for an ambitious space program that worries the U.S. and other world powers because the same rocket technology used to launch satellites can also deliver warheads.

    For nearly a decade, Iran has sought to develop a national space program, creating unease among international leaders already concerned about its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

    The telecommunications satellite called Omid, or hope, in Farsi was launched late Monday after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave the order to proceed, according to a report on state radio. State television showed footage of what it said was the nighttime liftoff of the rocket carrying the satellite at an unidentified location in Iran.

    A U.S. counter-proliferation official confirmed the launch and suggested the technology was not sophisticated. Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence gathering, the official said it appeared it "isn't too far removed from Sputnik," the first Soviet orbiter launched in 1957.

    The TV report praised the launch as part of festivities marking the 30th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution that toppled the U.S.-backed Shah and brought hard-line clerics to power.

    In a year in which Ahmadinejad faces a tough election battle to stay in power, the launch provided a symbol of national pride to hold up even as falling oil prices batter the economy and the hard-line leader's popularity.

    As it seeks to expand its influence in the Middle East, Iran touts such technological successes as signs it can advance despite U.S. and U.N. sanctions over its nuclear program.

    The launch touched off concern in the United States, Europe and Israel about possible links between its satellite programs and its work with missiles and nuclear technology.

    "There's almost always a link between satellite programs like this and military programs and there's almost always a link between satellites and nuclear weapons. It's the same delivery vehicle," said James Lewis, an expert on defense technology at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

    White House spokesman Robert Gibbs condemned the launch, saying: "This action does not convince us that Iran is acting responsibly to advance stability or security in the region."

    State Department spokesman Robert A. Wood accused Iran of using the space-launch program as a technological stepping stone to develop long-range ballistic missiles.

    "Iran's ongoing efforts to develop its missile delivery capabilities remain a matter of deep concern," Wood said. "Iran's development of a space-launch vehicle capable of putting a satellite into orbit establishes the technical basis from which Iran could develop long-range ballistic missile systems."

    Yiftah Shapir, a top Israeli expert on the Iranian space program, said the launch itself "doesn't really mean much to Israel, we knew about it before hand."

    "The significance is in the technology itself. They are making progress and working on a program to spy on targets worldwide. But they are decades away from achieving that," said Shapir, who heads the military balance project at the Institute for National Security Studies, a think tank at Tel Aviv University.

    The United States and some of its allies accuse Iran of pursuing a covert nuclear weapons program. Iran denies the charge, saying its atomic work is only for peaceful purposes, such as power generation.

    The announcement of the launch came as officials from the U.S., Russia, Britain, France, Germany and China were set to meet Wednesday near Frankfurt to talk about Iran's nuclear program. The group has offered Iran a package of incentives if it suspends uranium enrichment and enters into talks on its nuclear program. The U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions to pressure Iran to comply.

    "This test underlines and illustrates our serious concerns about Iran's intentions," Britain's Middle East minister Bill Rammell said Tuesday. "There are dual applications for satellite-launching technology in Iran's ballistic missile program."

    Ahmadinejad insisted the launch was intended to be a message of peace and friendship to the world. "We need science for friendship, brotherhood and justice," he told state television.

    The launch has clear political aims, said Lewis. "You can say, 'I am the dominant power in the region and here's the proof.' That's what a space launch does for you."

    The satellite was taken into orbit by a Safir-2, or ambassador-2, rocket, which was first tested in August and has a range of 155 miles. Iranian television said the satellite would orbit at an altitude of between 155 and 250 miles.





    Video of the Iranian Launch Link
    Wow, that's amazing. Is this the same system that brought snow to Madrid?
    56. I guess I'll use some climate skeptic argument like: The article has no supporting documentation to prove the claims made within. It also doesn't mention the record warming seen in other areas of the world. Nor does it explaing the La Nina phenomenon that contributed to the reported weather patterns.

    As far as solar cycles are concerned STL has plenty of good graphics to counter that assumption.

    If oceans weren't rising I doubt the Pacific Islanders would have posted this press release based on global warming and climate change.
    Warming might be good for some but not everyone will benefit.Link

    Based on this graphLink it looks like we are already at the optimum temperature.
    Hey mets, and those that have extensive knowledge, I am a senior in high school, and plan to pursue meteorology in college, and I ultimately would like to specialize in tropical meteorology, I have been accepted to the two schools I want to go to (Oklahoma and Miami). Both gave me scholarships, and after total cost of everything involved, OU is about $9,000 cheaper per year. Basically I would like to know if I hope to specialize in tropical meteorology, should I go straight to a school like UM, or get an undergrad at OU, and then specialize in graduate school? Or is the $9,000 extra a year worth it?
    LSU and ESL is a scholars paradise in meteorology as well. Link


    They were on top of things early in the 2005 Season



    Satellite picture offers good news for Fla., not La.

    Water temperature could weaken storms in Dennis, Ivan path

    By MIKE DUNNE
    mdunne@theadvocate.com
    Advocate staff writer Link

    Advocate staff photo by ARTHUR D. LAUCK
    LSU Earth Scan Lab Director Nan Walker uses satellite images like this one to study the Gulf of Mexico. This image shows the current water surface temperatures in the Gulf.
    A satellite picture of the temperature of the Gulf of Mexico's waters has pretty good news for Florida, but not so great news for Louisiana.
    Quoting BrockBerlin:
    Hey mets, and those that have extensive knowledge, I am a senior in high school, and plan to pursue meteorology in college, and I ultimately would like to specialize in tropical meteorology, I have been accepted to the two schools I want to go to (Oklahoma and Miami). Both gave me scholarships, and after total cost of everything involved, OU is about $9,000 cheaper per year. Basically I would like to know if I hope to specialize in tropical meteorology, should I go straight to a school like UM, or get an undergrad at OU, and then specialize in graduate school? Or is the $9,000 extra a year worth it?


    It seems that my situation is akin to yours; I do not which university to go to. Due to the proximity of the University in Melbourne, it is more likely that I will apply there. I believe (correct me if I am wrong) that Drakoen and StormW are mets. Perhaps they may help you.

    I am a Junior in High School....it is a dazzling sight to see weather enthusiasts pursue their goals. Tell me how everything goes =]
    24 F for 3 hours in SE LA? Dang, that's cold for us.

    hourly weather for 2 days
    If that doesn't get the skeeters, nothing within the realm of normal for us will.
    Quoting barryweather:
    56. I guess I'll use some climate skeptic argument like: The article has no supporting documentation to prove the claims made within. It also doesn't mention the record warming seen in other areas of the world. Nor does it explaing the La Nina phenomenon that contributed to the reported weather patterns.

    As far as solar cycles are concerned STL has plenty of good graphics to counter that assumption.

    If oceans weren't rising I doubt the Pacific Islanders would have posted this press release based on global warming and climate change.
    Warming might be good for some but not everyone will benefit.Link

    Based on this graphLink it looks like we are already at the optimum temperature.


    I surrender... you GW types win.
    I may come back for Hurricane season.
    At times like this....I like GW

    It is so cold outside!!!!
    atmoaggie, I here ya on the cold temps. I live in zephyrhills fl 40 miles north of tampa next 3 nights lows are 31,22,29.during the day 53,52,60. I like the cold weather but this is more than i need.
    Quoting BrockBerlin:
    Hey mets, and those that have extensive knowledge, I am a senior in high school, and plan to pursue meteorology in college, and I ultimately would like to specialize in tropical meteorology, I have been accepted to the two schools I want to go to (Oklahoma and Miami). Both gave me scholarships, and after total cost of everything involved, OU is about $9,000 cheaper per year. Basically I would like to know if I hope to specialize in tropical meteorology, should I go straight to a school like UM, or get an undergrad at OU, and then specialize in graduate school? Or is the $9,000 extra a year worth it?


    Gee, tough nickname.

    I have a met degree from A&M.

    Honestly, I do not think that UM has an undergrad met program. Neither does LSU. Could be wrong about Miami...

    As to your goals: If you really are planning on grad school, you could go anywhere for undergrad. You could get a physics degree, or anything related, for your undergrad.

    If you want an undergrad met degree with a tropical emphasis, I would recommend University of South Alabama in Mobile. I know a few of the faculty there are primarily tropical researchers. The campus is nice and they are doing a lot of growing.

    I cannot, with good conscience, steer you to Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Texas Tech for tropical. They simply haven't been involved, for the most part.

    What about FIU? Or FSU? NCState?
    If you are the scholarship-getting type, try Wisconsin. One of the best, if not the best, met school. Dunno about their tropical work, outside of their extensive history in satellite obs.
    Quoting Orcasystems:


    I surrender... you GW types win.
    I may come back for Hurricane season.


    What does GW really stand for? (this could be fun)

    Do not let them win, orca! (them being anyone at all)
    METRO PALM BEACH- 300 PM EST TUE FEB 3 2009 ... FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING...

    THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MIAMI HAS ISSUED A FREEZE WATCH...

    WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.

    A STRONG COLD FRONT WILL SWEEP ACROSS THE AREA ON WEDNESDAY WITH HIGH PRESSURE OF ARCTIC ORIGIN BUILDING IN BEHIND THE FRONT WEDNESDAY NIGHT. THIS WILL ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO PLUMMET ACROSS THE AREA... WITH FREEZING TEMPERATURES POSSIBLE THURSDAY MORNING ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. THIS LOOKS TO BE THE COLDEST AIRMASS OF THIS WINTER SEASON... SO ALL INTERESTS SHOULD STAY TUNED TO THE LATEST FORECAST UPDATES FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE IN MIAMI.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
    A FREEZE WATCH MEANS THAT A FREEZE IS POSSIBLE. THESE CONDITIONS COULD KILL CROPS AND OTHER SENSITIVE VEGETATION.

    From the RSMAS site:

    "Division of Meteorology and Physical Oceanography

    Degrees offered:

    M.S. and Ph.D. degrees"

    Nope, no undergrad met at the U. You might have to go back home to West Monroe and attend ULM...(j/k)
    orca come on your stronger then that
    its all a load of crap anyway and by the time there done talking about it
    it will be nothing anyone can do about it anyway
    if already
    Mauritius Meteorological Services
    Tropical Cyclone Bulletin
    04H10 HOURS ON 04TH OF FEBRUARY 2009.

    Moderate Tropical Storm 'Gael' centered at 17.8S 61.6E or 460 kms east-northeast of Mauritius. Gael continues to move towards the west-southwest at 18 km/h. On this trajectory, Gael is still approaching Mauritius and remains a potential threat

    A CYCLONE WARNING CLASS I IS IN FORCE IN MAURITIUS

    THE PUBLIC IS ADVISED TO TAKE PRELIMINARY PRECAUTIONS
    Off topic, but for those TWC fans, it looks like NBC may have swung the layoff axe yet again. Four veteran on-camera meteorologist bios have been removed from their site this week. They include Kristina Abernathy, Kristin Dodd, Rich Johnson and one of two remaining originals going back to 1982.. Mark mancuso. Johnson actually has been on staff since 1983, but didn't become an OCM until the late 80's. Bill Keneely is the sole remaining original on-air meteorologist at TWC..
    In an Iowa snowstorm 50 years ago today...the day the music died...

    Quoting BrockBerlin:
    Hey mets, and those that have extensive knowledge, I am a senior in high school, and plan to pursue meteorology in college, and I ultimately would like to specialize in tropical meteorology, I have been accepted to the two schools I want to go to (Oklahoma and Miami). Both gave me scholarships, and after total cost of everything involved, OU is about $9,000 cheaper per year. Basically I would like to know if I hope to specialize in tropical meteorology, should I go straight to a school like UM, or get an undergrad at OU, and then specialize in graduate school? Or is the $9,000 extra a year worth it?


    In my view the most direct path to a career in meteorology is an undergraduate degree in meteorology or atmospheric sciences.FSU has done great things for me in helping me attain my bachelors and is a school i highly recommend for those pursuing a degree.I recommend you look over THIS SITE which may help you reach your goals.

    Good luck... Adrian
    Storm kills five in Argentina

    ABC correspondent Nick Olle,
    Wednesday February 4, 2009

    Five people have been killed and 47 injured in a severe storm in central Argentina that has prompted mass evacuations.

    Intense rain and winds of more than 90 kilometres per hour lashed the city of Rosario and nearby areas, uprooting hundreds of trees and destroying power cables.

    Two men and a young girl were electrocuted in separate incidents where high tension power lines were brought down.

    The other two casualties died when a large church marquee fell on them.

    According to the Civil Defence Service, the intensity of the storm also caused flooding, especially in poorer areas.

    Meteorologists predict that the worst of the storm has passed but more rain is expected until the weekend.

    - ABC
    Imo TWC has lost their charm that made me fall in love with it. Imo everything went downhill after they changed the weather condition icons.
    Quoting SevereHurricane:
    Imo TWC has lost their charm that made me fall in love with it. Imo everything went downhill after they changed the weather condition icons.


    For me it was the ratio of time spent doing real weather vs the time spent doing commercials and/or specials. Most of the specials are junk and get rerun for years.

    I quit watching back in 1999...I think.
    Does anyone have an opinion on whether Gael will reach cyclone status because he looks a little floppy
    A couple of wintry days for us in the LowCountry

    HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CHARLESTON SC
    430 PM EST TUE FEB 3 2009

    THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST GEORGIA AND
    SOUTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA.


    .DAY ONE...TONIGHT.

    WIND CHILLS...THE COMBINATION OF NORTHWEST WINDS AS HIGH AS 20 OR
    25 MPH AND TEMPERATURES DOWN IN THE 20S WILL RESULT IN WIND
    CHILLS AS LOW AS 10 TO 18 DEGREES LATE TONIGHT. DRESS APPROPRIATELY

    IF YOU MUST BE OUTSIDE DURING THESE CONDITIONS.

    STRONG WINDS...WEST AND NORTHWEST WINDS WILL INCREASE IN WAKE OF A
    STRONG ARCTIC COLD FRONT AFTER MIDNIGHT...RESULTING IN WINDS AS
    HIGH AS 30 MPH AND GUSTY. WINDS WILL REACH 35 OR 40 MPH ACROSS
    ELEVATED BRIDGES SUCH AS THOSE IN THE CHARLESTON...SAVANNAH AND
    BEAUFORT AREAS.


    .DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...WEDNESDAY THROUGH MONDAY.

    WIND CHILLS...THE COMBINATION OF NORTHWEST WINDS AS HIGH AS 20 OR
    30 MPH AND TEMPERATURES DOWN IN THE 20S WILL RESULT IN WIND
    CHILLS AS LOW AS 10 TO 18 DEGREES WEDNESDAY MORNING.
    DRESS
    APPROPRIATELY IF YOU MUST BE OUTSIDE DURING THESE CONDITIONS.

    STRONG WINDS...STRONG NORTHWEST WINDS WILL CONTINUE WEDNESDAY...RESULTING
    IN WINDS AS HIGH AS 30 MPH AND GUSTY. WINDS WILL REACH 35 OR 40 MPH
    ACROSS ELEVATED BRIDGES SUCH AS THOSE IN THE CHARLESTON...SAVANNAH
    AND BEAUFORT AREAS.


    FIRE WEATHER...STRONG WINDS AND CRITICAL HUMIDITIES WILL IMPACT
    THE AREA WEDNESDAY. PLEASE REFER TO THE FIRE DANGER STATEMENT FOR
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.


    Grand Wizard aka Al Gore.
    Mauritius Meteorological Services
    Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number NINE
    TEMPETE TROPICALE MODEREE GAEL (08-20082009)
    4:00 AM Réunion February 4 2009
    ==================================

    At 0:00 AM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Gael (995 hPa) located at 17.8S 61.9E has 10 minute sustained winds of 35 knots with gusts of 50 knots. The storm is reported as moving west-southwest at 8 knots.

    Dvorak Intensity: T2.5

    Gale-Force Winds
    ==================
    Within the center

    Near Gale-Force Winds
    ======================
    80 NM radius from the center, extending up to 150 NM in the northern semi-circle

    Forecast and Intensity
    =======================
    12 HRS: 18.0S 59.7E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Moderée)
    24 HRS: 18.0S 57.6E - 50 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
    48 HRS: 18.4S 53.9E - 70 knots (Cyclone Tropical
    72 HRS: 19.6S 51.0E - 90 knots (Cyclone Tropical Intense)

    Additional Information
    ========================
    Deep convective activity has built near the center and over the northern semi-circle during the night. Upper level divergence has improved judged by the cirrus expension even if a slight southeasterly shear remains (light arc of cirrus in the southeastern quadrant) center becomes difficult to localize on infrared imagery and current position is based on extrapolation of 21.09z fix on AQUA (Fix near 17.7S 62.3E). Uncertainity is consequently stronger than usual. System is now closer of the upper level ridge axis with a decreasing wind shear (suggested by the CIMSS data). A mid-level ridge is building south of the system and should progressively turn on a more westward component. Current forecast track, based on 1200z NWP models is a little bit more to the north than the previous one and is closer to the general consensus. It is more and more likely that Mauritius and Réunion islands should not be concerned by the active part of Gael as it passes north of the islands. This island should however closely monitor the progress of the system. At the end of the period, a weakness in the mid-level ridge could allow a more southwest track. By this time system should be on a very favorable environment with good low level inflow, high sea surface temperatures, good upper divergence, and weak wind shear. For Saturday, some NWP models (ECMWF, ALADIN, French model) deep significatively the system and it is likely that GAEL could become a dangerous hurricane by this time.

    INTEREST ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF MADAGASCAR SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM TOO

    Class I Cyclone Warning continues to Mauritius

    Pre-Cyclone Alert (YELLOW ALERT) remains in effect for Réunion.
    83. HadesGodWyvern:
    INTEREST ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF MADAGASCAR SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM TOO


    Yikes! Madagascar has had a heck of a time this season.
    Quoting futuremet:
    At times like this....I like GW

    It is so cold outside!!!!


    I have to agree. You see unlike GW followers I believe that warming is actually good. We have no control over it anyway so I figure we should do the best to survive it which should not be hard if it is true since life thrives in heat unlike cold weather which is adverse for life oh well it is out of my hands too and it is a waste of time to argue with this kind of people they will just not listen. See you all next Hurricane season Winter people goodbye.

    All4Hurricane: yes ahead of Gael is lower shear, and warmer sea surface temperatures
    Brock

    Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is world class. The NHC and NOAA are down there so is Chris Lansea who I personally hold in very high regard. My family has been there on the marine biology side since 1948, helped make it world class. Ronsenstiel is where the action is if tropical weather is your interest..not many coconut palms, warm tropical breezes or South Beach in Oklahoma. JMHO.

    Quoting CaneHunter031472:


    I have to agree. You see unlike GW followers I believe that warming is actually good. We have no control over it anyway so I figure we should do the best to survive it which should not be hard if it is true since life thrives in heat unlike cold weather which is adverse for life oh well it is out of my hands too and it is a waste of time to argue with this kind of people they will just not listen. See you all next Hurricane season Winter people goodbye.



    Most believers of GW are pessimistic individuals because they only think GW is detrimental to the planet. However, GW does have some great benefits such as: more arable land, longer growing season (northern countries)..etc

    but still....I could care less about GW lol

    it is too overhyped.

    GW believers: Do not let my biased statements infuriate you....I was just expressing my opinion.
    84. KEHCharleston 1:06 AM GMT on February 04, 2009
    83. HadesGodWyvern:
    INTEREST ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF MADAGASCAR SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM TOO


    Yikes! Madagascar has had a heck of a time this season.

    ---
    ya they're getting it rough so far this year. Gael could be a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Scale when it hits that warm 90F water.
    but it is bad for Florida, we've been burying our own here since 1874 and that will all be sea bottom in a hundred years. I do not see GW as good or bad, it is what it is, we will adapt to it as a specie. Forward thinkers can make a killing.
    Just by the way, GW (Global Warming) does not uniformly create warmer temperatures. It's a very complicated process, and assuming 3C (5.4F) of warming, with some areas experiencing an average temperature rise of over 10C (18F), to some areas experiencing a net drop in average temperature. However, remember that climate is about averages, which we don't experience. What we experience are the extreme temperatures brought into force by a new climate, whether they be unprecedented heat or extreme cold. Precipitation cycles are affected by GW, and thus they modify the local temperatures even further. A disruption of the Gulf Stream could bring colder temperatures to Britain and Scandinavia, for example, but they can also induce a wider range of extreme temperatures. Consider that a warmer troposphere leads to a cooler stratosphere, and when the stratosphere is cooler than normal, it sets up the phase of the Arctic Oscillation often responsible for colder winters in Continental North America. El Nino and La Nina also have an affect, and GW is likely to contribute more to El Ninos than to La Ninas, and El Ninos cause a temporary disruption of climate worldwide, as does La Nina. It's not really worth making an argument over something like "it's been too cold at location X, GW can't be happening".
    Quoting indianrivguy:
    but it is bad for Florida, we've been burying our own here since 1874 and that will all be sea bottom in a hundred years. I do not see GW as good or bad, it is what it is, we will adapt to it as a specie. Forward thinkers can make a killing.

    You may be right. The Caribbean has a good bit of siesmic/volcanic activity - are you affected by any of that in Florida? If so, Perhaps you will rise, not sink.

    Ocean covered South Carolina as far inland as Colombia (mid-state, lots of sharks teeth etc to be found). So if the ocean rises over the lowcountry, it will be a return to prior position.
    Hope it will not happen in my life time. Good Lawd, I would not want to have to move to Colombia (Bless their hearts). The only difference between hell and Colombia in the summer is a screen door.
    Tropical Cyclone Warning Center Perth
    Tropical Cyclone Advice Number FIVE (FINAL)
    Tropical Low
    9:50 AM WDT February 4 2009
    ========================================

    At 9:00 AM WDT, Tropical Low (998 hPa) located at 15.7S 122.4E or 255 kms north of Broome and 650 kms northeast of Port Hedland has 10 minute sustained winds of 30 knots with gusts of 45 knots. The low is reported as moving west at 7 knots.

    The low has moved off the west Kimberley coast and may develop into a tropical cyclone on Thursday as it continues to move westwards, away from the coast. Gales are not expected to affect coastal areas over the next few days.

    Cyclone Watch
    =================
    The Cyclone WATCH for a developing tropical low for coastal areas from Kalumburu to Broome has been cancelled.

    No further advices will be issued for this system unless it moves towards the coast.

    High Sea Warnings or Tropical Cyclone Bulletins will be issued instead of tropical cyclone advices.
    Quoting HadesGodWyvern:
    84. KEHCharleston 1:06 AM GMT on February 04, 2009
    83. HadesGodWyvern:
    INTEREST ALONG THE EASTERN COAST OF MADAGASCAR SHOULD CLOSELY MONITOR THE PROGRESS OF THIS SYSTEM TOO


    Yikes! Madagascar has had a heck of a time this season.

    ---
    ya they're getting it rough so far this year. Gael could be a category 4 hurricane on the Saffir Simpson Scale when it hits that warm 90�F water.
    ya hades its a sign of things yet to come
    just took the pup for a walk...air temp here in west palm is 54..but with that wind blowing...feels a helluva a lot colder..
    Quoting indianrivguy:
    Brock

    Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is world class. The NHC and NOAA are down there so is Chris Lansea who I personally hold in very high regard. My family has been there on the marine biology side since 1948, helped make it world class. Ronsenstiel is where the action is if tropical weather is your interest..not many coconut palms, warm tropical breezes or South Beach in Oklahoma. JMHO.



    Yep, Virginia Key is where a lot of met action is going on. Got a job offer with the school there once. Neat place, but the offer was not going to come close to covering the expenses of living within a reasonable commute distance...except for the cheapest dump in little Havana.

    Note: There is no undergrad met degree to be had at RSMAS, though. MS and PhD only.
    91. AstroHurricane001 1:26 AM GMT on February 04, 2009

    Your description of Global Warming sounds more like it should be called Climate Change and seems much more descriptive of the events you mentioned.

    What you describe is more like a very large equilibrium, much like in organic chemistry, the chain of events that describes life.

    Weather, taken globally is a very complex series of events, one affecting the other and eventually circling back to an originating point. Cold becomes cool becomes warm becomes hot becomes warm becomes cool becomes cold...round and round we go.

    Global warming is simply a single element in the equation we call climate change.
    Quoting atmoaggie:


    For me it was the ratio of time spent doing real weather vs the time spent doing commercials and/or specials. Most of the specials are junk and get rerun for years.

    I quit watching back in 1999...I think.


    Yea foe example Storm Stories was an absoulute failure and waste of time.More drama than weather.
    TWC has always been boring to me.

    The only I bother watching is during when vigorous mesoscale convective complexes are across the midwest...and during Hurricane season
    I enjoy watching the When Weather Changed History programs on TWC...i just wish they would devote more time to it...they leave a lot of information out.
    Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
    I enjoy watching the When Weather Changed History programs on TWC...i just wish they would devote more time to it...they leave a lot of information out.


    They should do more educational videos.

    Such as explain the fundamentals of atmospheric dynamics...so that us weather enthusiasts can actually have genuine knowledge.
    I agree...the guy on wgn chicago really gets into details not only about his own area, but the rest of the nation.
    I enjoy watching TWC when there is live reports from well-known folks like Jim Cantore, Mike Seidel, etc. That's about the only time I watch it, though. Sucks otherwise.
    I think the Steelers left there cold weather here in Brandon Fl. This cold weather sucks.
    big warm up coming
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    big warm up coming


    Its only brief.....8-10 days another front will be coming again......
    101. I agree, sometimes I wish I could go to met school.

    Orca....Please come back! I will stop.....unless the main topic has to do with "it". I love to debate, sorry.
    Everyone that would like! I just posted a poll on my blog THAT YOU CAN VOTE ON, it is exactly the same that DR. Masters has posted. Come Vote.

    TampaSpins Weather Blog and Poll Link
    Why cant there be another Weather Channel thats better. TWC suxs because they have no competition.Correct me if im wrong but isn't it true AccuWeather has a TV channel in selected cities?
    Quoting SevereHurricane:
    Why cant there be another Weather Channel thats better. TWC suxs because they have no competition.Correct me if im wrong but isn't it true AccuWeather has a TV channel in selected cities?


    Some of the Tampabay Local stations use AccuWeather.......but i don't think they have their own TV Channel
    Quoting TampaSpin:


    Its only brief.....8-10 days another front will be coming again......
    after my winter i take brief over nothing it will be nice to get a melt down
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    after my winter i take brief over nothing it will be nice to get a melt down


    Even tho i live in Tampa my heat bill has been more this year than any i can remember.....WOW
    Hope DR. Masters does not get mad me repeating his poll on my blog......but, at least there is a button now......LOL
    hey tampa my heat bill is about 25,000 a month for 6 months of the winter
    the electric bill is 27,000 to 30,000 in winter per month
    but in the heat of summer it can spike for two months at 40,000
    Quoting SevereHurricane:
    Why cant there be another Weather Channel thats better. TWC suxs because they have no competition.Correct me if im wrong but isn't it true AccuWeather has a TV channel in selected cities?


    If you use DTV (make the switch from analog) but use rabbit ears~ Both 2 & 9 in ecFL have another channel (2-2 & 9-2) that is weather all the time. Most of the time it just shows radar, when ever anything is going on, a met is in there reviewing everything. CH 9's gets pretty annoying with constant accuweather music looping in the background.
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    hey tampa my heat bill is about 25,000 a month for 6 months of the winter
    the electric bill is 27,000 to 30,000 in winter per month
    but in the heat of summer it can spike for two months at 40,000


    AC of course is Electric but, i use Natural Gas for Heat, hot water, and for cooking.
    Hello everyone!

    I got some cool news this week. There are two outfitters that are going to sponsor my hurricane hunting expeditions this coming year! They saw my Hurricane Dolly video in hi-def and agreed to send me their product line in exchange for the use of any video footage I get this year.

    The first company to sponsor me was Frogg Toggs out of Alabama. They make the inclement weather gear I wore in Hurricane Dolly and Ike. The products they're sending me for use this year include reflective suits, so I can be easily spotted.

    The second company to sponsor me was Bladerunner.tv...they're in England and produce high-quality, light weight kevlar undergarments and such.

    I'm pretty excited about getting out there again if and when a hurricane dares come ashore.

    I'm also glad to see that everyone is having fun in all this cold weather, no doubt caused by global warming! ;)

    Peace, out!
    CycloneOz
    i used 6 gas fire high temp water boilers for heat and 2 gas fire boilers for hot water that heats and supplies hot water to a 140 unit highrise apartment building
    Quoting CycloneOz:
    Hello everyone!

    I got some cool news this week. There are two outfitters that are going to sponsor my hurricane hunting expeditions this coming year! They saw my Hurricane Dolly video in hi-def and agreed to send me their product line in exchange for the use of any video footage I get this year.

    The first company to sponsor me was Frogg Toggs out of Alabama. They make the inclement weather gear I wore in Hurricane Dolly and Ike. The products they're sending me for use this year include reflective suits, so I can be easily spotted.

    The second company to sponsor me was Bladerunner.tv...they're in England and produce high-quality, light weight kevlar undergarments and such.

    I'm pretty excited about getting out there again if and when a hurricane dares come ashore.

    I'm also glad to see that everyone is having fun in all this cold weather, no doubt caused by global warming! ;)

    Peace, out!
    CycloneOz


    GREAT VIDEO!!!!

    how did you manage to stand up in 96 MPH winds????

    everyone was getting blown away, and you remained firm.

    You are tough...you are tough
    Quoting futuremet:


    GREAT VIDEO!!!!

    how did you manage to stand up in 96 MPH winds????


    It's a really good and long story, but the short of it is that I once was a pretty good running back in football. All that balance training really took.

    And, I'm fat now...so...
    ya those reflective suits are good be easy to spot ya if ya start bobbin around in the water
    Quoting CycloneOz:


    It's a really good and long story, but the short of it is that I once was a pretty good running back in football. All that balance training really took.

    And, I'm fat now...so...


    you said you recorded gusts to 96 MPH earlier

    then it was blowing way above that, and you were still standing

    what was the peak gust?
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    ya those reflective suits are good be easy to spot ya if ya start bobbin around in the water


    Correct. As you probably already know, one of my goals this year is to get caught up in a storm surge.

    Dangerous? Oh yeah, very.

    Crazy insane? For ordinary folk, yes, but I'll be outfitted with all the best safety stuff. It will be checked out at the community pool...in the deep end.

    Money shot? You bet! :)
    Quoting futuremet:


    you said you recorded gusts to 96 MPH earlier

    then it was blowing way above that, and you were still standing

    what was the peak gust?


    Look again at the hi-def footage. Right after I rescue the two people, I turn to go back out into the storm and almost slip. Look at my right hand pocket on my pants! You'll see the wind gauge coming out. Two seconds later, the hurricane ate it.

    So I can't tell you for certain how fast the wind was, but again...look at the radar. I'm in the southern eyewall of the storm. You can see it goes hot red there. That's the part of the storm where I claim that Cat III conditions existed.

    It's been argued I'm right. And it's been argued I'm wrong. But I was there. And you can see it. It was pretty intense!

    I guess if someone really wants to know that bad how fast the wind was, they can analyze the video frame by frame and measure the distance traveled by the water jets being sprayed by the storm. Those are regular size bricks underneath my feet, so measuring distance to determine speed should be pretty easy.

    I'm too lazy to do it, though. :)
    i hope your bringing a camera do you have flashing lights on the reflective suit if iam gonna watch i would want to see ya

    flashin and bobbin in the water at 125
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    after my winter i take brief over nothing it will be nice to get a melt down


    I'll be damed.. it works :)
    Weather Station
    but really one should preserve life not place it in harm and you will be harmed don't mistake the force of a cane for it can extinguish all life so that nothing remains.

    the final choice and outcome is yours
    ya got it all wired up
    thats good orca

    i was thinking of getting one putting it on roof of building get some good wind mesurement there
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    thats good orca

    i was thinking of getting one putting it on roof of building get some good wind mesurement there


    This thing is all wireless and also has solar panels for each gadget (back up batteries also)
    Quoting Orcasystems:


    This thing is all wireless and also has solar panels for each gadget (back up batteries also)


    That looks good except the wind gauge is not working in the rapidfire mode.......i am jealous......LOL
    ya i know 299 how much with the shipping and extras
    Quoting TampaSpin:


    That looks good except the wind gauge is not working in the rapidfire mode.......i am jealous......LOL


    The software I am using only sends up wind data if its doing something (it considers calm as calm.. not the last known).. I am using a free software that does the same as the $60 one.
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    ya i know 299 how much with the shipping and extras


    Bought it off the costco.ca website
    cheaper..and free shipping
    Quoting Orcasystems:


    The software I am using only sends up wind data if its doing something (it considers calm as calm.. not the last known).. I am using a free software that does the same as the $60 one.


    I ya that makes sense.....can't register something if nothing is there....KICK ME......LOL
    Quoting Orcasystems:


    The software I am using only sends up wind data if its doing something (it considers calm as calm.. not the last known).. I am using a free software that does the same as the $60 one.


    Free software
    Link

    Its actually designed for this system, by an Aussie
    is it the same one i'm looking at

    product code 703299
    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    is it the same one i'm looking at

    product code 703299


    Yes, but its only 249.99

    BTW, it comes with all of the batteries you need... and it also has all of the solar batteries also.

    BUT, you are going to need a jewellers philips screw driver..
    OK< SWMBO'ed has decreed its time for bed.. later guys
    ya it is
    thats a lot cheaper
    maybe my fear is i put it out and it all get beat up by weather
    but they say it will last a year under warranty
    good night from the centre of the universe

    heheheheh
    Thursday Morning at 7am forecast Lows for Florida.....WoW


    Wind Chill........OUCH
    Joint Typhoon Warning Center

    Tropical Disturbance Summary (0600z 04FEB)
    ===========================================
    An area of convection (95W) located at 5.2N 139.1E or 295 NM east-southeast of Palau (Koror). Recent animated infrared satellite imagery shows deep convection persisting along a convergent band on the northern periphery of a weak low level circulation center evident in a 2031z Quikscat Pass. This disturbance lies equatorward of an upper level anticyclone axis in an area of moderate easterly vertical wind shear. This vertical wind shear is expected to increase as the low level circulation center moves west over the next 24 hours, However strengthening low level westerly flow to the south of the low level circulation center may provide a means for slow development despite the increasing shear.

    Maximum sustianed winds near the center is 10-15 knots with a minimum sea level pressure of 1006 MB. Because the low level circulation center is weak and vertical wind shear is unfavorably strong, the potential for this disturbance to form into a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is POOR.

    ---
    oh my a northern hemisphere tropical disturbance, LOL
    Heavy snow's always been rare in London because of the urban heat effect. The surrounding counties used to have heavy snowfalls regularly - six inches and more was common. Mrs FA grew up in Kent, south east of London and remembers regularly having to walk home from school because the buses stopped running. This storm really made the headlines because since the 1970s/80s the typical temperature when the European high starts sending in the east winds has gone up from around freezing to 2/3 degrees above - makes all the difference.
    SWFL Morning 57 degree's this AM - with very gusty winds- you'd think EL Norte' would be tired by now
    Quoting indianrivguy:
    Brock

    Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science is world class. The NHC and NOAA are down there so is Chris Lansea who I personally hold in very high regard. My family has been there on the marine biology side since 1948, helped make it world class. Ronsenstiel is where the action is if tropical weather is your interest..not many coconut palms, warm tropical breezes or South Beach in Oklahoma. JMHO.


    Thanks I don't know where to find that info and I was really busy yesterday
    I just walked the dog....his pee froze before it hit the ground...I just poured a cup of coffee on my head to thaw out....next time he can walk himself....
    148. IKE
    I've got 28.0 degrees outside right now.

    Arctic invasion.
    27 outside....I don't think I'll be wearing a skirt today...brrrrrrrr
    150. IKE
    27.9 has been my low, so far. Sun-up in about 45 minutes.

    I'd look for low 20's tonight at my house...
    re: post 149....yea....I don't think I will either....
    151
    Press, I LOVE IT!!!!LOL
    153. IKE
    Hang in there folks...70's by next week in the SE USA...spring break is getting close...maybe a 2-piece for Press.

    27.5 outside now.....
    Quoting IKE:
    Hang in there folks...70's by next week in the SE USA...spring break is getting close...maybe a 2-piece for Press.

    27.7 outside now.....


    Now that's a GOOD Idea IKE! LOL
    155. IKE
    15 degrees w/snow showers in Knoxville,TN....beautiful area...good morning son!

    156. IKE
    27.0 here now...cold out. It'll give you blue-eyes....
    45 outside e cent fl i am alittle worried about this summer? it is expected to be a la nina one?

    Good Morning everyone
    Wilmington is cloudy
    Temp is 34 with a wind chill of 27
    We have Snow Showers to the West coming this way!
    Forecast is for about 1 inch with a high temp of 38!
    29 here in Destin, wind chill 12. Dogs can hold it.
    160. IKE
    Quoting sugarsand:
    29 here in Destin, wind chill 12. Dogs can hold it.


    Down to 26.6 here in Defuniak Springs,FL.....
    Quoting IKE:


    Down to 26.6 here in Defuniak Springs,FL.....

    Tonight will be worse, guess I have to cover and drag in the plants.....AGAIN.
    162. IKE
    Quoting sugarsand:

    Tonight will be worse, guess I have to cover and drag in the plants.....AGAIN.


    Won't be much longer I'll be bitching about spring-breakers tail-gating me on HWY. 331, headed south for the beautiful beaches of south Walton and Okaloosa counties~

    Check This Out!

    Current Conditions

    Basswood, Florence, South Carolina (PWS)
    Updated: 4 sec ago

    24.1 °F
    Light Snow Mist
    Windchill: 24 °F
    Humidity: 75%
    Dew Point: 17 °F
    Wind: 2.7 mph from the NNW

    Wind Gust: 2.7 mph
    Pressure: 29.97 in (Rising)
    Visibility: 0.8 miles
    UV: 0 out of 16
    Clouds:
    Scattered Clouds 700 ft
    Overcast 1500 ft
    (Above Ground Level)
    Elevation:
    Quoting sugarsand:

    Tonight will be worse, guess I have to cover and drag in the plants.....AGAIN.


    When you use the word "drag" when I'm around...it makes people nervous....
    Quoting presslord:


    When you use the word "drag" when I'm around...it makes people nervous....

    LOL, brings out the best in you, right?
    Quoting IKE:


    Won't be much longer I'll be bitching about spring-breakers tail-gating me on HWY. 331, headed south for the beautiful beaches of south Walton and Okaloosa counties~

    They're tail-gating you, but renting next door to me!!
    167. IKE
    Quoting sugarsand:

    They're tail-gating you, but renting next door to me!!


    LOL....good luck with em. They drive like the beach won't be there in an hour.
    Quoting IKE:


    LOL....good luck with em. They drive like the beach won't be there in an hour.

    But, they make the cash registers ring, and that we need after a cold, lonely winter.
    Quoting Orcasystems:


    I'll be damed.. it works :)
    Weather Station

    Great job, Orcy.
    I'm proud of you.
    I first asked myself,"Now why would some thick-headed Canuck excuse for a hat rack need something like that?" Then I looked out back at 4 boats sitting in the back yard.....
    170. IKE
    Quoting sugarsand:

    But, they make the cash registers ring, and that we need after a cold, lonely winter.


    True. I wonder how much of a drop-off there will be this year?
    Back from dog walking -- the wind is really cranking this morning...... Snow in SC.....????

    Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
    hey fox i've had about 137 cm of snow so far this winter and maybe 7 or 8 days above freezing since about dec 15


    Keeper: My condolences........

    MissNadia - hope your felines decide to spend the night inside.....

    My Mango trees are miserable -- they're look pinched and shriveled -- kinda like me w/these temps...... Got to keep my eye towards those weekend temps.... other wise I'm going to crawl in that groundhogs burrow and hibernate
    I'm not liking all the wind -- barn & horses will be most challenging today.

    I'm seriously considering mainlining my coffee today.

    Press, best no dress today, El Norte will send a draft right up the skirt........don't want to freeze the booty LOL
    Quoting IKE:


    True. I wonder how much of a drop-off there will be this year?

    Well, gas prices are down, that helps, and it's been a cold winter, people are seeking warmer sunny climates for Spring break, that might help. Lots of last minute reservations, so it's hard to tell in early Feb.
    Quoting IKE:


    True. I wonder how much of a drop-off there will be this year?


    Major drop off here in my tourist town -- condos & concrete beach houses are empty - looks like a concrete mausoleum grave yard........ the only interested folks seem to be the homeless crack heads.....
    Quoting atmoaggie:


    Yep, Virginia Key is where a lot of met action is going on. Got a job offer with the school there once. Neat place, but the offer was not going to come close to covering the expenses of living within a reasonable commute distance...except for the cheapest dump in little Havana.

    Note: There is no undergrad met degree to be had at RSMAS, though. MS and PhD only.


    Undergraduate Program at the U
    Back in a bit -- the men are requesting French Toast for breakfast --- this cold weather makes them hungry -- grrrrr. ahhhhhhhhh more coffee.
    176. IKE
    Quoting surfmom:
    Back in a bit -- the men are requesting French Toast for breakfast --- this cold weather makes them hungry -- grrrrr. ahhhhhhhhh more coffee.


    I love french toast....
    13S


    There's a couple new invests this morning. Got pics of most of them up in my blog. 13S is definately most impressive. The one in the W Pac may have some game. Weather wire is humming too.

    We just finished off some french toast here.
    Ike, Surfmom - me too

    Suns up - ready to go to work

    Wind Chill 17F (without the 'wind' 27F)

    Breezy (15mph with Gust 30mph)

    Forecast: Isolated afternoon snow flurries - What!?!?
    Good morning all. As usual, it didn't get quite as cold as predicted here - 38 at my house this am.....tonight should prove much cooler.
    Good Morning everyone......I put DR. Masters Poll on my Blog with a Button so you can answer....If anyone would like to place an opinion on the Poll.....
    Snow just started!!!

    rent Conditions

    NC STATE PORTS, WILMINGTON, North Carolina (PWS)
    Updated: 28 sec ago

    33.8 °F
    Light Snow Mist
    Windchill: 25 °F
    Humidity: 100%
    Dew Point: 34 °F
    Wind: 12.1 mph from the NNW

    Wind Gust: 19.5 mph
    Pressure: 30.00 in (Rising)
    Visibility: 2.0 miles
    UV: 0 out of 16
    Clouds:
    Overcast 1500 ft
    (Above Ground Level)
    Elevation: 12 ft
    Rapid Fire
    Quoting IKE:


    I love french toast....


    Got some extra for you IKE -- came out good today, fresh eggs from "the girls" in the backyard,homemade bread, and Vietnamese Fancy Cinnamon... best part for me is the scent of Cinnamon in the house.
    TampaSpin -- I do not like the pictures you are posting...... in my book they should be rated X....... they should be banned...... they should be stuffed down that lying groundhog's burrow.......
    Here comes the real bugger. This front means buisness!Photobucket
    Quoting surfmom:


    Got some extra for you IKE -- came out good today, fresh eggs from "the girls" in the backyard,homemade bread, and Vietnamese Fancy Cinnamon... best part for me is the scent of Cinnamon in the house.


    Hey i only have a 1/2 drive........keep it warm.....LOL
    20F in Macon, Ga
    wind 25mph
    wind chill 10F
    no snow
    need more coffee
    Quoting surfmom:
    TampaSpin -- I do not like the pictures you are posting...... in my book they should be rated X....... they should be banned...... they should be stuffed down that lying groundhog's burrow.......


    Rated X where what did i miss........i always miss that stuff shoot.......LOL......Its going to warm up coming Saturday.....just in time for Gasparilla...
    Still mucho snow here. Net's been out for well, ages...

    And somehow it's sort've sprung back into action. How mysterious.

    Transport was actually okay where I am (Pennines), although trains still conspired to break down anyway!
    Quoting RTLSNK:
    20F in Macon, Ga
    wind 25mph
    wind chill 10F
    no snow
    need more coffee


    I am sure glad I don't like that far south, your weather leaves a lot to be desired :)



    I love this.. its a lot easier to post :)
    190 - Orcasystems - How cool is that? Are we going to have to call you Dr. Orca now? Sir Orca from the North? Mr. Weather? Don't tell me, your new call sign - O.R.C.A.S.N.O.W. ???
    Quoting RTLSNK:
    190 - Orcasystems - How cool is that? Are we going to have to call you Dr. Orca now? Sir Orca from the North? Mr. Weather? Don't tell me, your new call sign - O.R.C.A.S.N.O.W. ???


    Sort of like the OrcaSnow one...
    But... I hate snow.. so we will stick with Master :)

    Get set to fry - more heatwaves coming
    Article from: AAP

    By Simon Mossman

    February 04, 2009

    AUSTRALIANS will have to get used to more heatwaves after the record-setting temperatures that have scorched the country's southeast so far this year, weather watchers warn.

    While Tasmania experienced its highest temperature on record, much of Victoria and South Australia baked in temperatures well above 40 degrees – the highest being 48.2 at Kyancutta, SA, on January 28.

    Victoria peaked at 45.8 degrees at Avalon Airport on January 29, then Charlton on January 31, falling short of the state's record of 47.2, while Adelaide also sweated through its warmest night on record, the mercury slipping to only 33.9 in the early hours of January 29.

    Around the same time, RAAF Edinburgh, in the city's north, recorded a temperature of 41.7 degrees at 3.04am, fanned by strong winds.

    ”Such an event appears to be without known precedent in southern Australia,” a climate statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology said.

    Climatologist David Jones said global warming, while a key issue, was not the sole reason for the heatwave.

    ”It's a complex discussion. What global warming does is ... it increases the frequency of hot events and decreases the frequency or likelihood of a cold event,” Dr Jones said.

    “It's about relative probability. Look back over the last decade in Australia, we've had one or two really cold spells but we've had many more really hot spells and that's what it's about.

    ”It's not saying this heatwave has been caused by global warming, it hasn't – we've had heatwaves in the past.

    ”But the likelihood of this has been increased by global warming, the severity of these events has probably been increased by global warming and the likelihood of seeing these in future will increase further as the globe warms.”

    Dr Jones, acting head of the National Climate Centre, said it was anticipated Australia would experience a two- to four-degree celsius warming this century.

    ”We're going to be routinely seeing 45-degree temperatures in Australia come the end of this century under global warming,” he said.

    ”We're seeing large increases in heatwaves globally over the last 100 years. That's going to continue, it's going to accelerate and really ... people are going to have to get used to these sorts of heatwaves, they're going to become a lot more frequent.”
    Flooded N Qld fears second cyclone in a week
    Wednesday February 4, 2009

    Authorities are monitoring a low pressure system off Queensland's far north coast that could develop into the state's second cyclone in less than a week.

    Emergency services are continuing to evacuate homes at Ingham, north of Townsville, with almost 3,000 properties surrounded by floodwaters dumped by ex-tropical cyclone Ellie.

    Forecaster Leo Farrell says there is a moderate chance a low pressure system between Cairns and Willis Island could form into another cyclone tomorrow or Friday.

    "If it does develop, then we expect it to drift off to the south in a southerly or south-easterly direction, so away from the local area," he said.

    "We do expect the low out to our east to continue to develop for the next 24 to 48 hours, with the possibility that it could develop further into a tropical cyclone, moderate chance during Thursday-Friday."

    Emergency Services Minister Neil Roberts and Deputy Premier Paul Lucas toured Ingham today and Mr Lucas said another cyclone would play havoc with clean-up efforts.

    "The water seems to be staying up; it's not getting away, so we just hope that cyclone doesn't form," he said.

    Mr Roberts says floodwaters remain high in many areas and another cyclone would be a disaster.

    "On top of all the heavy rain that we've experienced as a result of both tropical cyclone Charlotte and ex-tropical cyclone Ellie, that's the last thing that we want," he said.

    Mr Roberts says more than a million square kilometres - or 62 per cent of the state - has been declared a disaster zone.

    The Mackay, Whitsunday and Issac councils have also been declared eligible for disaster relief funding following the severe weather that has lashed the region.

    The announcement brings the number of Queensland shires included on the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement list to 35.

    Ten State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers from Brisbane flew to Townsville this afternoon to help with the flood response in Ingham.

    Earlier today, ABC reporter Megan Pailthorpe flew over the region and said Ingham was unrecognisable and could only be made out by sighting rooftops.

    Conservative estimates of rainfall over the catchment overnight sit at about 300 millimetres and on the ground, to the untrained eye, the water levels look higher than yesterday.

    The stench of mud and stagnant water has set in around town and the SES is doing house calls by boat to transport elderly residents from their flooded homes to the evacuation centre.

    Food deliveries are also being made today via the SES boat.

    Ingham resident Fred Angus says there is little land to be seen.

    "I can't even go over the road to see my neighbours unless I swim," he said.

    Another resident, Gary Williams, is housebound with almost two metres of water downstairs. He says he is having to find things to do at home.

    "You go on the front patio or the back patio or you watch a bit of TV or turn the radio on," he said.

    The Mayor of Townsville, Les Tyrell, says the wild weather has had a profound economic impact on the city.

    "It probably couldn't come at a much worse time," he said.

    "We're suffering at the moment obviously with a slowdown in building and construction work and general activity around the area - this really will put a stop to that."

    Queensland Minister for Main Roads Warren Pitt is urging drivers in the state's north to be patient with delays in repairing rain damaged roads.

    Mr Pitt says crews will address major damage and pot holes as soon as possible but little can be done until the rain stops.

    He says all three levels of Government understand the need to get roads repaired quickly.

    "It's not just a case of repairing damage, it's a case of giving people both social and economic use of the major arteries of the highways," he said.

    "So I ask motorists to understand that no one is holding back, no one is dragging their chain on this, everyone wants to get this done."

    - ABC

    Western NSW bakes
    Alex Krisman, Wednesday February 4, 2009

    As Sydney's heat wave marches closer, spare a thought for fellow New South Welshman in the west of the state, who are baking due to a record hot spell.

    The same Tasman sea high that has blessed Sydney with beautiful beach weather this week has been helping to maintain very hot and dry conditions away from the coast.

    Ivanhoe for instance, in the Lower West, has endured ten consecutive days with maximum temperatures over 42 degrees. This is the most intense heat wave on fifty years of records and includes the third hottest temperature ever recorded there, 47 degrees. It is forecast that this will also become the longest heatwave in Ivanhoe, with 14 42+ days in a row expected.

    This story is repeated in White Cliffs, Broken Hill and many other towns, where there has been no relief from this record braking heat wave.

    Fortunately an end is in sight, with a strong change moving through the southeast of the country over the weekend, bringing the mercury down to more tolerable levels.

    To keep up-to-date with the ongoing heat wave visit "weatherzone.com.au" for all your forecasts, observations and fire weather warnings.

    - Weatherzone
    192

    Master Orca..I like it
    196. IKE
    Quoting surfmom:


    Got some extra for you IKE -- came out good today, fresh eggs from "the girls" in the backyard,homemade bread, and Vietnamese Fancy Cinnamon... best part for me is the scent of Cinnamon in the house.


    Lucky folks....lol.....
    Quoting MissNadia:
    192

    Master Orca..I like it


    I hope you bowed when you said that :)
    18 hrs of snow here west of boston.
    results 3.5 inches of snow
    kind of a waste of time for that storm.
    Quoting surfmom:


    Got some extra for you IKE -- came out good today, fresh eggs from "the girls" in the backyard,homemade bread, and Vietnamese Fancy Cinnamon... best part for me is the scent of Cinnamon in the house.


    Hmm plane ticket.. long flight...bad weather there.. food would be cold.. still almost worth the trip :)
    First Cooking shift completed -- now on to the second shift.. A very hearty stew.... with a dark beer thrown in for flavor -- this cold weather is making the troops hungry.

    Eldest Son picked up a side job..... can't believe he's got to get in the water today -- but he's so stoked to have some work and get back to diving.... that'll keep his burner going
    201. IKE
    Quoting Orcasystems:


    Hmm plane ticket.. long flight...bad weather there.. food would be cold.. still almost worth the trip :)


    My wife makes french toast. Pancakes....that's one reason my waistline is expanding. Approaching 175 lbs.!!!!
    202. IKE
    Quoting surfmom:
    First Cooking shift completed -- now on to the second shift.. A very hearty stew.... with a dark beer thrown in for flavor -- this cold weather is making the troops hungry.

    Eldest Son picked up a side job..... can't believe he's got to get in the water today -- but he's so stoked to have some work and get back to diving.... that'll keep his burner going


    I'm sure your troops appreciate you surfmom.
    Quoting Orcasystems:


    Hmm plane ticket.. long flight...bad weather there.. food would be cold.. still almost worth the trip :)
    Hey Orca -- visiting SWFL is ALWAYS worth the trip......specially if I'm cooking...... plus looks like we have a warming trend coming this weekend....... think it beats the weather you're dealing with....

    Bet if I went to the beach, I'd even find a Canuck or two sunning
    Morning folks. Saw 30.1 here in Panama City Beach. Local met said 35 last night so I didn't bring the plants in. Hope I didn't lose any.

    Hey Ike, I'm sure 331 gets bad with Spring Breakers but we're ground zero. I don't mind them though. I know warm weather is just around the corner when I see foam parties and beer funnels.
    Quoting IKE:


    My wife makes french toast. Pancakes....that's one reason my waistline is expanding. Approaching 175 lbs.!!!!


    Ike, go outside -- the cold will shake the weight away LOL
    Quoting surfmom:


    Ike, go outside -- the cold will shake the weight away LOL


    Bought SWMBO'ed a Wii the other day... and a Wii Fit (Her excuse for wanting it). She is now happy because it said she was in better shape then her age..and I have been put on a diet.
    Poll results are interesting so far. Not what i expected. Only 16 bloggers so far so its not a good representation yet....
    Quoting TampaSpin:
    Poll results are interesting so far. Not what i expected. Only 16 bloggers so far so its not a good representation yet....


    What poll?

    Excuse the ignorance. :p
    Quoting surfmom:
    Hey Orca -- visiting SWFL is ALWAYS worth the trip......specially if I'm cooking...... plus looks like we have a warming trend coming this weekend....... think it beats the weather you're dealing with....

    Bet if I went to the beach, I'd even find a Canuck or two sunning
    Quoting surfmom:


    Ike, go outside -- the cold will shake the weight away LOL


    The wind is a killer today.....its keeping wind chills very low (FOR FLORIDA)!
    Quoting Cotillion:


    What poll?

    Excuse the ignorance. :p


    Its on my Blog i duplicated DR. Masters Poll but, i set it up so you can place your Poll....I put a submitt button on it.....LOL
    211. P451
    19 degrees with 6" of snow here in central jersey. I like it. It'll be 55 degrees on Saturday and Sunday anyway. Best of both worlds all at once.
    212. IKE
    Quoting captainhunter:
    Morning folks. Saw 30.1 here in Panama City Beach. Local met said 35 last night so I didn't bring the plants in. Hope I didn't lose any.

    Hey Ike, I'm sure 331 gets bad with Spring Breakers but we're ground zero. I don't mind them though. I know warm weather is just around the corner when I see foam parties and beer funnels.


    Give it a couple of weeks...they'll be heading down your way.
    213. IKE
    Quoting surfmom:


    Ike, go outside -- the cold will shake the weight away LOL


    Just took my 2 poodles outside for relief.

    It's cold.
    Back later to chat... its time to reclaim the blog :)
    New Blog
    216. unf97
    Good morning everyone. It is COLD, COLD that's for sure. I was curious Miss Nadia if you are still out there, How much snow has accumulated in the Wilmington, NC area so far this morning?
    Heavy Snow Wed 4 Feb

    There is a moderate risk of a severe weather event affecting many parts of Scotland. Further snow is likely in places, more particularly over higher ground where further significant accumulations are possible.

    ---

    Heavy Snow Thu 5 Feb

    There is a moderate risk of a severe event affecting parts of England and Wales. Further snow spreading from the south may give additional accumulations of 2 to 5 cm, perhaps 10 cm over higher ground.

    ---

    Heavy Snow Fri 6 Feb

    There is a moderate risk of a severe weather event continuing to affect parts of southern and eastern England. Periods of snow are likely and may give accumulations of 2 to 5 cm, perhaps 5 to 10 cm on hills.

    ---

    ...I senses a pattern emerging....

    The poll still isn't working. Anyway I'd pick the last answer in the poll. Perhaps not a lot of bloggers have replied because perhaps a large portion of us use Internet Explorer.