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Originally posted by dreamseeker
Someone said we are in a La Nina year which means more voilent weather. THat makes sense to me. Have you heard that?
EL NIÑO/SOUTHERN OSCILLATION (ENSO) DIAGNOSTIC DISCUSSION, issued by
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER/NCEP--5 May 2011
During April 2011, La Niña continued to weaken as indicated by increasing surface and subsurface temperature anomalies across the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The latest weekly Niño indices reflected below-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the central and east-central Pacific (–0.6oC in Nino-4 and Nino-3.4 regions), and near-average to above-average SSTs in the eastern Pacific (–0.1oC in Nino-3 and +0.8oC in Nino-1+2 regions; Fig. 1 and Fig. 2). The subsurface oceanic heat content anomalies (average temperatures in the upper 300m of the ocean, Fig. 3) increased slightly, due to an expanded area of above-average temperatures at thermocline depth (Fig. 4). Consistent with other transitions to ENSO-neutral conditions, the atmospheric circulation anomalies related to La Niña remained considerable over the tropical and subtropical Pacific. Convection was enhanced over much of Indonesia and suppressed over the western and central equatorial Pacific (Fig. 5). Also, anomalous low-level easterly and upper-level westerly winds have persisted in this region. Collectively, these oceanic and atmospheric anomalies reflect a weakening La Niña, but with ongoing global impacts.
Current observed trends, along with forecasts from nearly all of the ENSO models, indicate La Niña will continue to weaken in the coming months, with a return to ENSO-neutral during May-June-July 2011 (three-month average in the Nino-3.4 index between –0.5oC and +0.5oC; Fig. 6). Thereafter, the majority of models and all multi-model forecasts (shown by the thick lines) predict ENSO-neutral conditions to continue through the remainder of 2011. However, the status of ENSO beyond the Northern Hemisphere summer remains uncertain due to lower model forecast skill at longer lead times.
La Niña will continue to have global impacts even as the episode diminishes. Expected La Niña impacts during May-July 2011 include suppressed convection over the west-central tropical Pacific Ocean, and enhanced convection over Indonesia. Potential La Niña impacts in the United States include an enhanced chance for below-average precipitation across southeastern Texas and Louisiana, and an increased chance of below-average temperatures for the Pacific Northwest (see 3-month seasonal outlook released on April 21st, 2011).
Springfield Police Dispatch
Confirmed Tornado touchdown in Springfield city center. Major damage reported.
Mandatory evacuations in the lower areas of Minot due to high water have begun.
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA 318 PM PDT WED JUN 1 2011 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... NORTH CENTRAL SACRAMENTO COUNTY IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA... EAST CENTRAL YOLO COUNTY IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA... * UNTIL 400 PM PDT * AT 312 PM PDT...A STRONG THUNDERSTORM POSSIBLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS JUST WEST OF ARCO OR POWER BALANCE ARENA MOVING TO THE NORTHEAST AT 10 TO 20 MPH. THE STORM MAY ALSO PRODUCE LARGE HAIL. * THE STRONG THUNDERSTORM AND POSSIBLE TORNADO WILL BE NEAR... POWER BALANCE ARENA...ELVERTA AND RIO LINDA BETWEEN 320 AND 335 PM. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...