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Extreme & Unusual Weather Thread

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posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 06:04 AM
Ex TC Anthony is weakened. The monsoon trough and what's happening in the upper atmosphere will be a bigger determinant of which direction it goes in. One of the reasons why TC Anthony fizzled so quickly was that there was upper level wind shear which weakened it. I don't think there is much of that with this system. Any high or low systems around this system pale in comparison. But yes, surrounding moisture can be drawn in as well as up from the Coral sea. Sea surface temps are very warm up there atm.

edit on 1-2-2011 by zenius because: extra info

Forgot to mention, when looking at those black and white satellite pics, remember that the whiter the cloud the higher into the atmosphere is rises. So those black swirls are a dull grey, lower level. The convective cloud is forming over inland Qld. This is where you'll more likely find storms and rain.
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posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 07:00 AM
reply to post by antar

Missouris storm thread here and US Midwest winter storm thread here

Cited as the biggest ever seen by msm.

Thoughts are with you.

Satellite water vapour

posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 03:10 PM
Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi is now a category 5 cyclone. It is expected to make land fall around Innisfail about 10pm-midnight tonight.

TROPICAL CYCLONE ADVICE NUMBER 11 Issued by the Bureau of Meteorology, Brisbane Issued at 5:01am EST on Wednesday the 2nd of February 2011 A Cyclone WARNING is current for island and coastal areas from Cape Melville and Sarina, extending inland to Croydon and Hughenden. A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from the remaining tropical interior east of Camooweal and north of Winton. At 4:00 am EST Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi, Category 5 was estimated to be 650 kilometres east northeast of Cairns and 650 kilometres northeast of Townsville moving west southwest at 30 kilometres per hour. SEVERE TC YASI IS A LARGE AND VERY POWERFUL TROPICAL CYCLONE AND POSES AN EXTREMELY SERIOUS THREAT TO LIFE AND PROPERTY WITHIN THE WARNING AREA, ESPECIALLY BETWEEN PORT DOUGLAS AND TOWNSVILLE. THIS IMPACT IS LIKELY TO BE MORE LIFE THREATENING THAN ANY EXPERIENCED DURING RECENT GENERATIONS. The Cyclone has now reached CATEGORY 5 and will continue to move in a west-southwesterly direction during today. Coastal residents within the warning, and particularly between Port Douglas and Townsville are specifically warned of an EXTREMELY DANGEROUS sea level rise [i.e. storm tide] as the cyclone approaches and crosses the coast. The sea is likely to steadily rise up to a level which will be VERY DANGEROUSLY above the normal tide, with EXTREMELY DAMAGING WAVES, strong currents and flooding of low-lying areas extending some way inland. People living in areas likely to be affected by this flooding should take measures to protect their property as much as possible, and be prepared to follow instructions regarding evacuation of the area if advised to do so by authorities. DAMAGING WINDS with gusts to 90 km/hr are expected to develop on coastal islands later this morning, then extend onto the coast during the day, and further inland across the northern tropical interior overnight. Between Cooktown and Ingham these winds will become DESTRUCTIVE with gusts in excess of 125km/hr during the afternoon and VERY DESTRUCTIVE with gusts above 280 km/hr between Port Douglas and Cardwell during the evening as the cyclone approaches. These VERY DESTRUCTIVE winds can also occur on the seaward side of hills to the north of the cyclone and are also forecast to reach the Atherton Tablelands. FLOODING RAINS will develop from Cooktown to Sarina during the afternoon and then extend inland overnight. People between Cape Melville and Sarina, extending inland to Croydon and Hughenden should complete preparations quickly and be prepared to shelter in a safe place. - Boats and outside property should be secured. - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website [] - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service [SES] on 132 500 [for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage]. People about the remaining tropical interior east of Camooweal and north of Winton should consider what action they will need to take if the cyclone threat increases. - Information is available from your local government - For cyclone preparedness and safety advice, visit Queensland's Disaster Management Services website [] - For emergency assistance call the Queensland State Emergency Service [SES] on 132 500 [for assistance with storm damage, rising flood water, fallen trees on buildings or roof damage]. Details of Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi at 4:00 am EST: .Centre located near...... 15.7 degrees South 151.7 degrees East .Location accuracy........ within 20 kilometres .Recent movement.......... towards the west southwest at 30 kilometres per hour .Wind gusts near centre... 295 kilometres per hour .Severity category........ 5 .Central pressure......... 924 hectoPascals


posted on Feb, 1 2011 @ 10:25 PM
Radar loop, Cairns

Couri er mail updates here

Channel 7 appears to be continuing coverage all day. The ABC radio has extra transmitters in Cairns to try to ensure it stays on air during the event for those in affected areas.

More info in the Hurricane/Cyclone/Typhoon watch 2011 thread

posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 01:17 AM
Here is a good picture to put it into perspective for the Americans out their.

IF you're struggling to grasp the magnitude of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, consider this: it is so large it would almost cover the United States, most of Asia and large parts of Europe.

Read Fully Story Here.

Cyclone Yasi LIVE from Cairns , Edge Hill.
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posted on Feb, 2 2011 @ 11:15 PM
reply to post by zenius

It is different that is certain. We have experienced La-El Nino's for the past 13-14 years now, normal is something which is best left to data.

This has not been unexpected as we know the solar activity has been affecting all the planets in it's spectrum.

If the planet and humanity makes it into the future from whatever reasons including the culling of the population, we will have a much better hindsight on what all this is capable of in the distant future as I believe it is in large part a natural process for our entire galaxy.

For now the short answer to your question imo would be yes it is unusual, that is not the norm we have been accustomed to enjoying for the past 1500 years or more.

posted on Feb, 3 2011 @ 12:16 PM
reply to post by zenius

Thankyou, National Guard came to our city, one of the few. I am going out today for the first time, many stories to tell but I am on the go today...

posted on Feb, 23 2011 @ 10:25 PM
The Weather Channel today covered the system moving into the Pacific Northwest. Apparently it will be snowing in San Francisco Friday. Hmmm...

Posted at 1:00 PM ET, 02/23/2011
Snow In San Francisco? Could Happen Late Friday
By Jason Samenow
Unusually Cold Storm Impacting West Coast

Temperatures are on the upswing across the eastern third of the United States, but a very stormy and cold pattern is taking hold over the West Coast. A winter storm warning is in effect for Seattle, where three to six inches of snow is expected through Thursday (including potential snowfall rates of one inch per hour north of the city into this afternoon). The same storm will dive southward, impacting much of California, Thursday into Saturday (from north to south). In the San Francisco Bay Area, the potential for some very rare snowflakes is on the table.

The San Francisco National Weather Service Forecast office writes:


Measurable snow is very rare in San Francisco, and has only occurred in the area 11 times since 1856 according to meteorologist Jan Null of Golden Gate Weather Services, who has compiled a record. The last measurable snow to occur in San Francisco occurred in 1976 when one inch fell.

posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 10:57 AM
So.. It's going to be 66°F in Ann Arbor today. It's still winter. Unusual? I don't know, I'll have to check the historical data. Meanwhile...

posted on Mar, 17 2011 @ 10:16 PM
It's 11:16 PM and it's 64 degrees. Awesome!

posted on Mar, 18 2011 @ 06:20 PM
It is now a week since the Japan earthquake and radiation from the nuclear power plants is a worry. Now an enormous low system has developed to the nne of Japan and could be carrying radiation in it. Two threads have been started about this;

posted on Mar, 22 2011 @ 02:35 PM
Temperature Swings 100 Degrees In One Week In Okla. Town
By Liz Goodwin

Residents in the Northern Oklahoma town of Nowata experienced a nearly 110-degree shift in the weather this week after a cold front brought temperatures down to a record-setting -31 degrees.
Today, it's a balmy 72 degrees in Nowata. Yesterday, it reached 79 degrees.

posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 05:17 AM
reply to post by this_is_who_we_are

Wow that's insane. That can't be good for your health.

Does that happen regularly, especially at this time of year?

posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 05:21 AM
Here is a link to information on the weather weapon HAARP. What do you say about this? is it possible to create weather like they say on the sight or is this just bs?

posted on Mar, 23 2011 @ 05:44 AM
reply to post by stavis

It's just BS..

posted on Apr, 17 2011 @ 05:36 PM
America has been suffering severe storms and tornados, with the death toll rising.
Thread started here

posted on Apr, 28 2011 @ 06:21 AM

posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 10:49 PM
So Much Water In The Mississippi River... Tributaries Water Flow Going BACKWARDS...
by Vitchilo
started on 4/30/2011 @ 05:55 PM

All Eyes on the Mississippi River

The Mississippi River continues to rise, so much so that its tributaries are starting to flow backwards. At Tom Lee Park, preps for Memphis in May continue knowing that the worst is still yet to come.

It's a site not often seen; the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek are flowing backwards. The swelling river cannot take on much more water.

Gene Rench with the National Weather Service said all eyes are on the Mississippi. The tributaries flowing backwards are a big problem for the adjacent communities.

"Right now the Mississippi river is in the process of going through what we call an epic flood, meaning it's more than historic, it's more than a 100 year flood, it's more like a 500 year flood," he said. "We could flood many homes, businesses, close down factories, people could drown."

It's Official: 2010 Deadliest Year In A Generation: Meteorologists

Buckle up, the ride has just begun. 2011 will top 2010 without a doubt. It's already off to a jarring start.

posted on May, 1 2011 @ 08:04 AM
reply to post by this_is_who_we_are

Thanks for the links this_is_who_we_are. The river flood event is beyond belief. Obviously no one knows how long it has been since the last major event. It will be interesting to watch it unfold.

posted on Jun, 10 2011 @ 01:57 PM
Lately even the weather channel meteorologists have been exclaiming how "strange" the weather has been this year. They haven't seen anything yet.


After-midnight ‘Heat Burst’ Surprises Kansans
Fri Jun 10, 11:40 am ET
by Liz Goodwin

Wichita, Kan., residents are still reeling from a bizarre weather system that spiked temperatures 20 degrees in a matter of minutes in the early hours of Thursday morning.
KSN Channel 3's meteorologist JD Rudd explained the causes of the rare nighttime temperature spike, known as a "heat burst." First, winds gusted up to 69 miles per hour at around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, when temperatures were still in the 80s. At 12:22 a.m., temperatures were at 85 degrees in the region. Less than 20 minutes later, the temperature spiked to 102 degrees, and winds continued to gust at about 50 miles per hour.
By 3:00 a.m., the temperatures had again fallen and the winds stopped.
Heat bursts are a very rare phenomenon, meteorologists told The Wichita Eagle.

Wichita, Kansas Experiences Rare 'Heat Burst' Overnight
by Sorayugiman

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