December 05, 2013
November 30, 2013
1. Florida: Milton, Fla., just northeast of Pensacola, had 4 inches of snow on the ground on March 6, 1954. It all fell in one day, making it the state's heaviest one-day snowfall as well.
2. Louisiana: Surprisingly, Louisiana's deepest snow wasn't far from the Gulf Coast. Just west of Lafayette, 24 inches blanketed the ground near Rayne, La., way back on Feb. 15, 1895
3. Texas: 33 inches of snow were measured near Vega, west of Amarillo, on Feb. 7, 1956.
4. Illinois: Gebhard Woods State Park, on the Illinois River near Morris, had 41 inches of snow cover on Jan. 31, 1979. Astoria, in western Illinois, also had 41 inches on Feb. 28, 1900.
5. Ohio: Northeast Ohio is infamous for lake-effect snow from Lake Erie. That's where the state record snow depth of 47 inches occurred in Chardon on Nov. 14, 1996.
6. New Jersey: On Feb. 5, 1961, 52 inches of snow sat on the ground around Canistear Reservoir in Vernon Twp., Sussex County.
7. Maryland: Maryland is another state whose snow-cover record dates to the '93 Superstorm. Frostburg, in western Maryland, had 54 inches on the ground Mar. 15, 1993.
8. Connecticut: The same storm that gave New Jersey its record did the same for Connecticut, with 55 inches on the ground near Norfolk on Feb. 5, 1961.
9. Pennsylvania: Five feet of snow covered the ground in the small Poconos village of Gouldsboro on Mar. 22-23, 1958.
10. Massachusetts: Appropriately, the 'greatest' snow depth in Massachusetts was in Great Barrington on Jan. 13, 1996, with 62 inches.
11. South Dakota: An epic 5-day blizzard in 1998 dumped 103 inches of snow in the Black Hills city of Lead. Compression and settling meant the official snow depth maxed out at 73 inches on March 1, setting a state record
12. New York: Whiteface Mountain, in the Adirondacks, piled up 119 inches of snow by April 20, 1943.
13. California: A tall mountain range downwind of a huge ocean makes a snow magnet. Tamarack, on the west slopes of the Sierra Nevada, holds the U.S. snow depth record of 451 inches set March 11, 1911.
November 28, 2013
November 19, 2013
'Apocalyptic Cyclone' Hits Sardinia? Floods In Saudi Arabia? Somalia Cyclone Killing Hundreds? What Climate Change?
The world's weather is going crazy. A massive Cyclone Cleopatra hit Sardinia killing dozens of people. The storm is heading to main land Italy and is expected to hit Venice hard with flooding rains.
In Saudi Arabia, they are going through the worse floods in years. There are photographs of young people jet skiing through he streets of Riyah!
In the Philippines, they have been devastated by the strongest typhoon ever to hit land.
Dozens of tornado's rip the United States Midwest in November.
In Somalia, a tropical cyclone has devastated the coast and killed hundreds.
What climate change?
In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, rare and heavy flooding hit the capital city! Near two dozen people died. People were jet skiing down the streets of the desert kingdom! They average usually barely an inch in November and two inches fell in just two hours. It is a historical flood for Riyadh.
The BBC reports on the deadly Cyclone Cleopatra which has already killed dozens in Sardinia:
Hundreds of people across the Mediterranean island have been moved from their homes because of the flash flooding caused by Cyclone Cleopatra.
"We're at maximum alert," Giorgio Cicalo, an official from Sardinia's civil protection authority, told Italy's Rai TV.
"We haven't seen a situation as extreme as this, perhaps for decades - especially because it's been across the whole island."
Reports say flood waters in some areas were up to 3m (10ft) high.
Sardinian Governor Ugo Cappellacci told Italian TV that the situation on the island was "dramatic".
Meanwhile Olbia Mayor Gianni Giovanelli was quoted by Sky TG24 as saying that the city had been hit by an "apocalyptic"' storm.
CNN reports on one of the deadly Cyclones ever to hit Somalia:
Somalia appealed for international help after a cyclone hit the northern region this week, killing at least 115 people, and sweeping livestock and homes into the ocean.
"The number of people killed will go up," said Ahmed Adan, a spokesman for the Somali prime minister. "Most of the area is devastated. Whole villages were swept away. Some of the parts we can't even reach, a lot of people are missing."
The cyclone made landfall Sunday in the semi-autonomous Puntland region.
It triggered days of heavy rains and flash floods that swept homes, boats, cows, goats and other farm animals into the Indian Ocean. The region heavily depends on agriculture as a source of income.
In a news statement, the African Union Mission in Somalia said up to 300 people are feared dead and hundreds unaccounted for.
Extraordinary video footage of the massive tsunami like storm surge in the Philippines surfaced this week.
November 17, 2013
Dozens of tornados are hitting Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kentucky today. Many small towns have been hit. Video is just beginning to come out of these areas and it is assumed there are many injuries. Here is the video of the Washington, Illinois tornado that ended up doing massive damage. The outbreak will continue into Michigan and Ohio.
November 11, 2013
The death toll continues to rise, millions are impacted and the nation of the Philippines is reeling from its worse disaster in its history. The combination of winds peaking near 200 mph over a broad area and a storm surge that was epic has devastated the central part of the nation.
Mail Online has published some before and after photographs to give us the extent of the horror.
November 10, 2013
As a nation, Americans unfortunately know the horror of a monster hurricane. The names Katrina,Ike and Sandy are etched into our minds. In those times, the people of the Philippines rallied to help Americans in need. After Katrina, there were fundraiser's in a number of locations in the Philippines including their government sending assistance.
Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest ever to hit a land mass, has killed at least 10,000 people and the death toll is likely to climb even dramatically higher. The devastation is unbelievable with entire cities leveled. The storm surge had the impact of a tsunami and swept everyone in villages out to sea.
Without question this will be one of the worse disasters to have hit the planet.
The island nation has been rocked this year with a major earthquake and near two dozen typhoons hitting it.
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November 09, 2013
November 08, 2013
Forecast models are increasingly coming into an agreement that the Northeastern part of the United States could have a significant Nor'easter next week. The possibility exists for parts of the interior to have up to 18 inches of snow. Cities like Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore and New York City are right on the edge of the snow and rain line. It could go either way.
Henry Margusity of Accuweather.com writes:
The models are going to play the normal storm games the next seven days, so don't get too crazy about every run of the models. The pattern is certainly exciting and the potential is there for a major snow event across the Appalachians and Northeast.
I do think a storm will develop along the coast because the NAO is going negative now and the AO is changing as well. So during the times of change is when storms may appear.
My thinking today is that wave of low pressure runs along the Arctic front from Iowa to West Virginia, spreading a swath of light snow Monday night through Tuesday. The storm jumps to the coast near Virginia Beach and intensifies. As the trough digs into the East and cuts off, the storm actually will move north-northwest which will put the Appalachians form West Virginia into Pennsylvania in the middle of the heaviest snow. The major I-95 cities have mainly rain with a change to snow on the tail of the storm.
The upside with a storm like this is 12-18 inches of snow with gales along the coast and some flooding problems. The ocean is warm so intensification could be very dramatic.