Kenneth Graham to be Next NHC Director
NOAA announced today the Kenneth Graham would be the next Director of the National Hurricane Center, starting April 1st. He has been at the NWS New Orleans-Baton Rouge office since 2008. With his experience working coastal offices from Maryland to Texas and in events like Katrina to the Gulf Oil Spill, he looks qualified and recommended by his co-workers.
NOAA to Get New Planes
The $1.3 trillion spending package that Congress just approved includes $122 million for NOAA to acquire backup aircraft for its older fleet of "hurricane hunter" jets.
Comedian and Producer Byron Allen Bought the Weather Channel TV network
Comedian and producer Byron Allen bought the Weather Channel TV network for $300million. This was just the television portion of what used to be part of The Weather Company before Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast Corp. broke them up and sold the digital assets to IBM. Byron Allen has been putting together a network and is planning on investing farther into the Weather Channel including having more local reports.
Bad night for severe weather across parts of the south tonight. The worst is across north Alabama, moving into north Georgia overnight. So far the hail winner is GILES TN with 2.5in tennis ball size. Wind reports show alot of trees down. Some were suspected tornadoes, others straight line or rear flank downdraft winds. Added some tornado footage videos out of Alabama below.
Tornado footage from Falkville, Alabama AL.com
Published on Mar 19, 2018Special thanks to Cody Kustermann for the footage
Tornado in Russellville, Alabama. AL.com
Published on Mar 19, 2018Credit: @paulcannol Instagram
Overall hail events have been up on the up tick this last week. It's probably aided by the turbulent change in season. Spring and Fall are times when hail is more prevalent as is during the sort of wavy jet stream pattern that we are in now. I went to check the Global Wind Oscillation..in certain phases it helps hail readily form in certain areas. It looks like the GWO plotting ended when the scientists that supported the pages retired.
Pakistan had hail accumulate in Parachinar city and surrounding areas. The hail flattened crops and damaged orchards mostly.
San Carlos, CA also saw a rare hail, it even accumulated.
Intense Hail Storm in San Carlos, California | Mar 17, 2018
Published on Mar 17, 2018
Lesotho Hail & Flooding
Hail hit hard in Lesotho's southern Quthing district where a group of School children were caught out in the open. They suffered wounds to mostly heads and hands. Below is video of the event where the flooding sweeps up a truck with 10 people, 6 manage to escape or be saved from the flood.
Another Truck Rescue in Kenya Flooding
At least 15 people have died across Kenya due the heavy rains that have fallen over much of the country.
Flooding in Kenya merkeju
Published on Mar 16, 2018
If the NASA GMAO Forecast Verifies, the Arctic Burns This Fall
It is pretty far out in time but disturbing to see, all that deep red over the Arctic. It's extreme southern counter part looks alarming as well with warm anomalies over Eastern Antarctica and what is most likely cold melt water/ice causing the sharp cooler anomalies just offshore.
It has La Nina holding on thru June. With ESPI falling again recently La Nina conditions looks pretty certain thru at least May. The next few months overall look less extreme but a little on the warm side.
Precipitation Maybe Less Extreme
The precipitation forecast looks overall a little less extreme than some recent years with larger anomalies over the Pacific Ocean. Hints to be a heavy monsoon year for Bay of Bengal and Philippines may see closer to their normal numbers of cyclones. Note that these too graphics have far different anomaly amounts for the colors.
Cyclone Hola has been small yet powerful. It's been traipsing islands leaving flooding and wind damage. It may affect New Zealand next.
Cyclone Hola 10/03/18 Tiga. (images Paul Sailuegeje)
Nouvelle-Calédonie la 1ère
Published on Mar 9, 2018
Weather is wild in the Northeast tonight with a huge storm offshore. Looking at Boston, MA storm reports 89mph wind recorded in NANTUCKET MA by HAM RADIO. There has been deaths from the trees falling, another injured.. *** 1 INJ *** TREE DOWN ON TO CAR ON 69 FLAGG STREET. There is damage..NORFOLK MA AMATEUR RADIO ROSS SCHOOL ROOF BLOWN OFF THE BUILDING, SOUTH MIDDLE SCHOOL ROOF BLOWN OFF BUILDING AND LARGE TREE DOWN ON INDEPENDENCE AVENUE. Seeing alot of coastal flooding in ESSEX MA, I't's cut through the dunes and rolling down Broadway, many other streets are closed due to the surge. This a large scale storm surge event that extends south DARE NC WATER ACROSS COLINGTON ROAD IN KILL DEVIL HILLS.
Overall 5 has died so far. Airports, trains and most transportation is shut down. This is a huge dangerous storm, one to take shelter from.
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Published on Mar 2, 2018A powerful nor'easter floods many streets in Broad Channel, NY and creates dangerous seas along the south shore of Long Island in the Rockaways.
Some New Heavy Metal
Published on Mar 2, 2018
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A pattern is evolving bringing a most likely prolonged heavy rain event, with periods of intense rainfall and flooding. There is a large scale amplification of the western U.S. trough, blocked by a ridge in the Atlantic, bringing much moisture from the Caribbean up in front of a slow moving frontal zone across eastern TX into the lower-mid MS Valley and OH Valley. PWATs are near record to record values from east TX all the way into the Great Lakes region. Shortwave energy through the upper Midwest had tightened the deep layer gradients and associated broad upper level jet streak. This is expected to push eastward over the next three days. The excessive rain has already begun to melt existing snow adding to the threat of flooding. The Mississippi River is expected to rise and flood where the Ohio River and the Mississippi join sending a pulse of extra water down, cresting inMemphis, TN on March 4th.
Severe Weather Likely Mid-Week for Central US
Tuesday Evening into early Wednesday
Cyclone Deluge | 9 News Perth 9 News Perth
Published on Feb 18, 2018Tropical Cyclone Kelvin has battered WA's Kimberley with a cattle station caught in the eye of the destructive storm. The system made landfall as a category 2 cyclone - bringing winds of up to 150 kilometres an hour.
Country prepares for Cyclone Gita WeatherDisastersTV
Published on Feb 9, 2018Days of heavy downpour has taken a toll on some parts of the big island of Savai’i as the country hunkers down to await the arrival of what has now been named as Cyclone Gita. The Category 1 cyclone is expected to hit Samoa within the next 24 hours. In the meantime, a video posted on Facebook shows water ripping through a family’s home, sweeping properties along the way including a family vehicle. Elsewhere on the big island, transportation has been severely restricted, as a number of fords have been flooded and cannot be crossed. The notorious Maliolio river has burst and members of the public have been warned to take extra care. Overnight flights to Fiji were cancelled. Ferry trips between Savai’i and Upolu were cancelled yesterday. Some schools have already sent students home for the day. According to the latest update from the Samoa Met Office, the country should expect winds to pick up tomorrow morning.
Two Maria Rescues to Star in Puppy Bowl
As an observer of all things fuego it was time to check in on the volcano with all this geological unrest. NOAA Satellites also put out some footage on twitter.
Part of Hurricane Harvey disaster relief has been unemployment for those whose job was lost due to the storm. This will be ending February 24th. Those affected are encouraged to seek work or enroll in job training, more info and opportunities here.
ESPI remains steady at -1.10
The connection with NASA's AIM satellite has been restored. Noctilucent clouds can be seen again at SpaceWeather.com.
The evolution of the storm pulling moisture from the Gulf of Mexico this coming weekend still looks likely. The Northeast maybe not as impacted as this trends east. Severe weather outlooks have varied in intensity. Coastal areas looking most impacted now.
Things Are a Little Shaky
Earthquakes and Volcanoes have been active lately. Including current, self updating maps for both.