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San Francisco “Cool”

May 15, 2014

Bay Area Regains “Cool” After May Heat Wave

A familiar sight returned to San Francisco. Fog:

Fog San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge Heat Wave

Golden Gate Bridge. Source: @NWSBayArea

Fog found its way over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Before bumping into warmer air.

Southern California, however, continued to bake and burn.

Multiple smoke plumes from San Diego Co. fires were visible on radar:

Fires San Diego Co. Radar Smoke Plumes

Smoke plumes visible on radar. Source: NWS/NOAA

Some 16,000 new evacuations orders were issued today.

Southern California is baking in early May heat.

And burning.

San Francisco enjoyed cool relief.

Its heat wave broken.

But cool remains elusive for thousands impacted by fires to the south.

SoCal’s heat wave may not break until the weekend.



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Is Spring Broken?

March 18, 2014

On Calendars, Spring Arrives Thursday

Thursday, the start of spring, is the Vernal Equinox:

Vernal Equinox

Source: KUSA-TV, Denver, Colo.

Days and nights are approximately equal.

America’s weather will be far from balanced, however, per NOAA:

Cold Weather Spring

More cold weather next week. Source: NWS/NOAA

More than half the nation may shiver in below-average temperatures next week.

Weather that is far from spring-like:

Spring Precipitation

Above-average precipitation in “green.” Source: NWS/NOAA

Much-needed precipitation is forecast for northern California.

But not the drought-hit central and southern parts of the state.

A lot of key American crops will remain impacted.

Expect higher prices at grocery stores, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Spawning salmon trying to travel dry waterways are affected, too.

As is West Coast recreational and sports salmon fishing.

Look, winter’s already been too long for many.

Social media is full of “fed up”:

Twitter Tired of Winter Wants Spring

Wall Street trader Scott Redler. Source: Twitter

For many, Thursday will be spring on a calendar, only.

In real life, all bundled up, you may be thinking one thing.

Spring has a reputation problem.

Spring is broken.

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”

― Mark Twain


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Mike Bettes Lived

June 1, 2013

Deadly, Widespread U.S. Tornado Outbreak

A multiple vortex tornado – an extremely violent event – roars toward Oklahoma City:

Meteorologist Mike Bettes describes the moment:

“There’s no time to waste … shelter … we could be putting ourselves in danger.”

Bettes points to the monster, an EF-3, broadcasting live:

Trying to flee, Bettes becomes a victim.

His huge “Tornado Hunt” SUV, lofted like a pebble, was tumbled and crushed:

“My life flashed before my eyes,” said Bettes. His vehicle’s airbags deployed.

The Weather Channel icon lived. In understated jargon:

“We took a ride.”

The deadly tornado surprised KFOR-TV’s experienced storm chasers, too.

Two felt their truck sucked into the monster, even as they stomped on reverse:

They lived.

Other storm chasers intercepted the tornado. And felt its fury. This is scary:

Look at this – the number of storm chasers in harm’s way.

Traffic jammed I-40 and I-35, major U.S. traffic routes. Cars, semi-trucks took direct hits.

It was rush hour. And people were told to drive to safety.

But there were multiple tornadoes. Stuck cars became easy targets.

For the second time in two weeks, people died and were injured:

On radar, Oklahoma City was under siege. KFOR-TV’s coverage went “live” online. A tornado emergency was declared:

Historic rainfall caused flooding, too. That black vehicle (below) was trapped, going under:

Look closely. Two women escaping that sinking car lived:

With this event, and a horrific EF-5 on May 20, Oklahoma City set a new record for rainfall in May:

Transformers blew, as chunks of the grid went down:

The severe weather moved east.

Radar caught a tell-tale signature – the “hook” echo of a tornado – over St. Louis, Mo.:

Even National Weather Service employees were forced to take shelter.

Another day of severe weather, perhaps two, are expected across the country from this system.

Fatalities, injuries, flooding, hurricane-like rain, power outages, damage are left in its wake.

As are near misses. The Weather Channel went on a hunt:

Mike Bettes, meteorologist, was “successful”:

He and his team found a tornado … and live to tell about it.

“Hold on brothers. Hold on.”

Watch from inside his vehicle.

Update Saturday

“Hopefully our mishap will teach us all to respect the weather & be responsible & safe at all costs. I thought I was doing the right thing, but obviously I wasn’t. Lesson learned the hard way. Someone was watching over us. Very blessed to be headed home tomorrow to see my family.”

Mike Bettes, Facebook page.

Noctilucent Cloud Outbreak

May 31, 2013

Luminous Electric-Blue “Night-Shining” Tendrils

Per SpaceWeather:

Noctilucent clouds form near the top of Earth’s polar atmosphere when water vapor from the planet below mixes with meteor debris from space. They appear during summer because that is when the mesosphere is coldest and most humid. This year, they appeared early, more than a full month before the solstice, setting the stage for an unusually good NLC-watching season.

High-latitude watchers should be alert for repeat shows.

Colorado, too.

Look west 30-to-60 minutes after sunset.

And if you see blue-white tendrils?

Weather-science cool.

Oklahoma Tornado Heroes

May 22, 2013

Ms. Doan

By Manny Fernandez and Jack Healy:

“‘She’s just worried about her kids,’ he said. ‘That’s all she’s thinking about right now.’

But the principal told him something else. Two of the students she had wrapped in her arms had survived.”

Such tragedy.

Amazing stories.

Reporting contributed by John Eligon from Moore, Dan Frosch from Denver, Michael Schwirtz from New York, and Ben Fenwick from Norman, Okla.

Horrific, Monster Tornado

May 20, 2013

Deadly Tornado hits Moore, Okla., 3:30 p.m. May, 20, 2013:

“A horrific, monster tornado.”

Some 25-to-30 square miles of countryside shredded, per KFOR-TV. A “ball” of debris about 2 1/2-miles-wide clearly visible on radar:

Debris “ball” radar signature

Twisted wreckage littered the front entrance of a ruined hospital:

Track of today’s beast (in orange) compared with an historic May 3, 1999 twister:

Front of what’s left of Plaza Towers elementary school, the site of much tragedy:

Preliminary reports rate the tornado an EF-4; The Weather Channel found EF-5 damage.

Dramatic scenes of total destruction.

Ripped pieces of Moore sucked into the atmosphere fell from the sky 250 miles away in Missouri.

Prayers for the families.

Peace to all.

Especially the little ones.

This monster’s now given a rare EF-5 rating.

All Screen Capture Credits: KFOR-TV

Weather Impacts Business, Too

December 30, 2011

Strong, winter winds greeted a purple Colorado sunrise today.

Gusts of 102 mph yesterday – equivalent to Category 2 hurricane-force winds – caused widespread property damage, airport delays and highway closures.

Another High Wind Watch is issued for New Year’s Eve. Holiday traffic and interstate commerce will be impacted.

Closed highways, tree damage, shut-in consumers and power outages are likely. The economic impact to tourism and lost-retail sales will be in the millions.

When it comes to severe weather, think commerce … your economy.

Weather means business.

The 3 Rules of Colorado Snow-Club

December 3, 2011

No. 1:
The “neighbor-kid-with-a-shovel” is now an extinct species.

No 2:
Shovel early and often, before the snow is an immovable, icy lump.

No 3:
Pretend you’re 16, and invincible. See rule No. 1.

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