Watching cold air spill across the mid and eastern half of North America as a clipper comes through bringing winter precipitation deep into Texas and all the way through the Northeast. By afternoon saw reports of snow in Southern Mississippi. Snow is also falling in Western North Carolina. I'll leave the PARI Cam, as it may be snow covered by morning.
Some Cats Have Been Having a Fun Winter
Friday the front and low should come together over the east causing some weather. May see a little severe weather in the south. The Northeast should start with rain turning to sleet, ice and probably snow on the backside of it for most into Saturday.
Look out Monday and Tuesday for a clipper type system to bring a moderate snow across the Plains and Midwest before anchoring heavily over the Great Lakes and then swinging into the still frozen East.
The Gray Prius Made It
The Santa Barbra County mudslides have been a devastating second act to the Thomas Fire. At least 17 people have died, 40 were injured, 43 others are missing. At least 100 homes were destroyed. The evacuation area was expanded today. Many of those evacuated are being told it maybe 5 days before they get to return home.
Below is a video featuring some of the scenes that have come from this disaster. Some of it is from Oprah's backyard. The Gray Prius pictured was certainly one of the more memorable ones. It opens with the mud sloshing around the corner in the street, with this Prius riding the wave through the S-curve with windshield wipers and lights on. It gets rinsed by the camera then quickly rounds the bend out of sight down the road. It turns out they made it unscathed. Everyone was evacuating, this guy and his girlfriend were one of the last ones out as the hill started down the already muddy street. The mudslide caught up to their car and swept them on from there til the bottom of the hill where they got out of it. The car drove away from the incident with onlya few scratches.
Car Speeds Down Road Trying To Escape Fast Moving River of Mud Inside Edition
Published on Jan 10, 2018 Dramatic new video of the California mudslides is emerging as a car sped down a narrow road trying to flee from a fast moving river of mud and debris. Many people ignored warnings to evacuate, never expecting the mudslides would cause so much havoc. Hillsides which were stripped of vegetation by recent fires simply collapsed in the torrential rain. Oprah inspected the damage outside her California mansion in Montecito, which has been ground zero for the devastating mudslides.
Still watching weather systems affect both coasts. West Coast has been wracking up some damage and a body count. As feared the fresh burnt scar from the recent Thomas Fire was drenched by rain and the earth began to flow. 13 people died. 20 are hospitalized, four critical. 50 people were rescued by helicopter. An unknown number are still missing.
'Rivers of mud' leave several dead in post-fire California Washington Post
Published on Jan 9, 2018
At least eight people are dead in Southern California, where mudslides and floods swept away buildings and inundated roads on Jan. 9. Subscribe to The Washington Post on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2qiJ4dy
Look for the two systems to begin to come together on Friday, possibly touching off severe weather in the Southeast Saturday afternoon. Then they may deepen into a single storm that comes up over the east Saturday night into Sunday and pulls cold air down in it's wake.
Falcon 9 Payload Fail
The launch posted about in the last blog with the Top Secret Zuma Satellite and perfect first stage landing, lost it's second stage and payload in space. There is speculation it orbited the earth at least once and then came down, maybe together near India. There was also an explosion in the atmosphere in Russia that didn't appear to be from a meteor.
Weather for the East and West to start the week. The east may see a little more frozen precipitation especially toward the north. Overall a warm up is coming. The west is expecting rain for a change. The recently burned areas are bracing for extreme mudslides.
Freezing a T-Shirt in -33°F Air Temperature with a Wind Chill of -83°F Mount Washington Observatory
Published on Jan 6, 2018Night Observer Caleb Meute goes out to see how long it takes for a wet T-Shirt to freeze. It took about a minute for the T-Shirt to freeze completely but stayed out a little longer to see how stiff it would become.
Solar Winds Are Coming
A solar storm is coming from this corneal hole on the northern side of the sun. It is expected to graze earth's atmosphere in the arctic region where it may cause some auroras onMonday, January 8th.
#BombCyclone, aka Greyson has been a fast and powerful storm. It left out of Florida yesterday like a messy Tropical Storm with a reported sustained wind at Melbourne Airport of 49kts. As it moved up off the East Coast it bombed spectacularly dropping 59mb in 24hrs. Last buoy reading off Maine was 965mb. It hit Brunswick at 951.1mb. It coincided with the supermoon to bring up the tides and surge. Boston saw it's worst ocean flooding in recorded history. There was 15.16ft surges over Mean Lower Level Water in the area earlier today at high tide. The next high tide should be much more normal. There was some speculation if some of the flooding might freeze before draining back off. Looks like that might have started to happen in this video.
Winter Storm 2018: Flooding at Short Beach in Revere turns cars into icebergs MassLive
Published on Jan 4, 2018Adam Abougalala submitted this video of cars appearing to be frozen from the flooding on the Massachusetts coast on Thursday, Jan. 5.
So here we are four days in and that was probably a billion dollar disaster. Turns out it's following a year known for disasters..2017. Last year the insurance claims added to $135billion, more than any other year. The total including uninsured losses did come up short, trailing 2011 tsunami and Thailand flooding. The United States had about twice it's normal share of disasters in 2017. Globally there were 710 natural catastrophes, which was significantly higher than the average of 605.
The nor'easter is forming now to the east of Florida. It's expected to move quickly north up all the east coast. Get ready for a bombing blizzard.
2017 was a storm year that soon won't be forgotten. Tried to capture some notable moments as the season passed. Some were shared at the time, others not. Here are my favorites in no particular order..
Though o4L was never named and spent much of it's life being refereed to as ex-04L it wins one of the most fascinating of the season in my picture collection. Many times it looked totally different than the last glance, caught it looking like a (below from left to right): Heart Shaped Fox, Hurricane Sprite with it, baby dragon, horse with a face and a mad bat.
09E Fish Storm
Harvey Not Going To Mexico
Also drew this picture freehand and put it in the Hurricane Harvey Coloring Book.
This was the last good shot of Irma managed to capture before mad hurricane preps followed by much hurricane clean up. It sort of stole my image gathering time for the rest of the season..
Happy New Years!
Kai-Tak has all but dissipated after leaving left 54 dead and 24 missing in the central Philippines. On it's heals and a little more south in the country's second largest island, Mindanao.. Tembin has left a scar. Heavy rains caused mudslides and flash flooding. At least 53 people were swept down the Salvador, Rando Salvacion river, mostly out of the town Salvador. The death toll for Tembin is at 133 with many more missing.
The Thomas fire which has ravaged Ventura County and severely threatened Santa Barbra has been held in it's lines today, with no new land consumed. Fire lines have been constructed 60% around the fire. These lines will be put to the test on Thursday when 50mph winds are expected to return. The current burn area from this fire is 272,000. Not far from beating out the all time largest California wildfire Cedar Creek in 2003.
A ferry carrying 251 passengers floundered and fell to the sea in the Philippines. The weather conditions are stormy and the waves high with Tembin south of the area. First reports are than most have been rescued, the rescue efforts are getting into their critical hours.
Happy Solstice Everyone!