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Mexico also has to recover from Mother Natures forces….

It has and is a rough time for the southern part of North America….

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Desperation set in Saturday as Mexico reeled from a pair of deadly disasters that struck the country on both coasts.

Recovery efforts were underway near the epicenter of one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit the nation. The massive 8.1 quake killed at least 90, authorities said.

Rescuers scoured the rubble left after hundreds of buildings were toppled in the southern states of Chiapas, Tabasco and Oaxaca, where many are feared trapped under stone and concrete.

The quake struck off the southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday.

At least 61 dead in Mexico earthquake, tsunami warnings issued

Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto declared three days of national mourning.

Simultaneously, officials were readying for the possibility of flooding and landslides along the eastern coast after Hurricane Katia made landfall late Friday as a Category 1 storm….

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Hurricane Jose passes North of Puerto Rico as a class 4 …

Another class 4 storm  headed North out of the Caribbean….

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Hurricane Jose pulled farther away from the Caribbean Sunday morning, passing “well north” of Puerto Rico, the National Hurricane Center said.

In its 8 a.m. advisory, the NHC said the center of the storm was located about 250 miles west-northwest of the northern Leeward Islands — the easternmost in the chain of Caribbean Sea islands — and 375 miles east of Grand Turk Island. The Category 4 storm had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph and was moving northwest at a speed of 16 mph.

No coastal watches or warnings were in effect, though parts of the Leeward Islands, Virgin Islands and the northern coast of Cuba should expect surf swells, which could produce life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

Forecasters said Jose remains a “dangerous” Category 4 hurricane. It is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, and its third major hurricane — which are classified Category 3 or higher….

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Hurricane Irma coming next after Harvey….

Irma is forming in the Atlantic by the Caribbean though…

It should be arriving over Florida by this Friday….

For the first time in the 10 days since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, the Coast Guard did not have to carry out rescue missions in storm-ravaged Southeast Texas on Sunday. Instead, the service began moving a number of helicopters out of Texas and into Puerto Rico, Florida and Georgia, in anticipation of another landfall threat brewing for the U.S. coast: Hurricane Irma.

“As soon as one ends, we need to make sure we are ready for the next event,” Adm. Paul Zukunft, the Coast Guard commandant, said Monday as Irma, already a Category 3 hurricane, churned in the Atlantic. It is still too early to determine exactly where and when Irma will hit, but model forecasts indicate it is increasingly likely to hit the United States. The National Hurricane Center warned in a 5 a.m. update Monday that Irma could directly affect the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and Cuba. A significant percentage of model forecasts have Irma striking the U.S. East Coast as early as Saturday or Sunday, with tropical storm winds arriving in Florida as soon as Friday.

Predictions will improve over the coming days, narrowing in on exactly which part of the coast will endure the season’s next major hurricane….

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Our best wishes for the people of Texas…Open Thread for 8/27/17

As the rain continues and the flooding gets worst?

We hope the best for their safety down there…

We hope that the politicians can come together and proved those assets needle for search and rescue and support service for those made homeless and stuck on roof tops of houses and cars….

Amen…

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“This is the worst because it’s not stopping”: the extraordinary Houston floods

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Texas storm continues to dump tons of rain…May do so for days….

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The lower part of the state , particularly Harris county around Houston, has been hard hit, with at least 5 deaths so far…..

Two days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southern Texas, the city of Houston faced life-threatening, catastrophic flooding that authorities warned could become “historic.

The National Weather Service reported on Sunday morning that while winds were decreasing and Harvey had been downgraded to a tropical storm, heavy rainfall created life-threatening hazard across much of the state’s southeast region.

Authorities in Houston, the country’s fourth largest city, declared a flood warning overnight Saturday when “a deluge” unfolded as an extremely intense band of rain pivoted through the area.

Thousands of homes in the metropolitan area were threatened by the rising water.

Emergency management officials asked residents to avoid roads and told those escaping the rising waters to not stay in their attics but get on the roof.

Houston’s William P. Hobby Airport canceled all inbound and outbound flights.

The city’s emergency services tweeted around 6.30 a.m. they were at capacity and asked residents to only call if they faced imminent danger.

Hurricane Harvey was downgraded to a tropical storm on Saturday, after making landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday night near Corpus Christi. Meteorologists cautioned, however, the danger was far from over as potential “catastrophic and life-threatening flooding,” continued to threaten parts of the state.

As Harvey lingers over land, the National Weather service warned flooding was expected across much of the middle and upper Texas coast from additional rainfall of 15 to 25 inches, with isolated storm totals as high as 40 inches through Thursday…..

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Texas hunkers down for Hurricane Harvey’s arrival….

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Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Texas as a Category 3 storm — the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1999’s Hurricane Bret — when it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday, forecasters say.

The storm strengthened to a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, on Thursday afternoon.

The storm’s surge could be life threatening, up to 10 feet, with waves as high as 20 feet above that. Rain is expected to range from 10 to 20 inches, and some areas could receive up to 30 inches. Perilous flash flooding and 115 mph gusts are possible.

“Harvey is expected to landfall around 1 a.m. Saturday, based on the current track,” ABC News meteorologist Melissa Griffin said, adding that more time over water could increase the storm’s strength. “If it had another day or two, it could be a higher category.”

The storm is being compared with not only Hurricane Bret but also the devastating Tropical Storm Allison, which in 2001 punished Houston with 40 inches of rain.

The biggest worry with Hurricane Harvey is that it’s expected to stall over southeastern Texas, Griffin said.

“When it does make landfall, it is expected to … not move for several days, which is why we expect the rainfall to be the most devastating,” she said. “Some spots could receive over 30 inches.”….

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The clues about Climate Change are right there….

A Washington Post reporter spends off time out in the North West….

And notices the evident changes in the weather , climate and the land….

This city known for its rain just went a record-breaking 55 days without any.

The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport had not measured any precipitation since June 18 until the wee hours of Sunday morning, when it drizzled. Barely. Some sprinkles also allowed Portland to break its own 57-day dry streak.

Climate change is leading to more extreme weather, and no other region has experienced that so much over the last year as the Pacific Northwest. Seattle got 44.9 inches of rain between Oct. 1 and April 30, the wettest such period ever. That means, even with the record dry streak, 2017 remains above normal for rainfall.

America faces many grave challenges. The horrifying events in Charlottesville this weekend highlighted several, including racism and the enduring stain of America’s original sin. (Much more on that below.) Climate change is another.

Burn bans are in effect, and signs warn of extreme fire danger. Local TV stations are extensively covering the poor air quality. And there are widespread concerns that wildfires around the region might lead to smoky skies during next week’s solar eclipse.

— Fires happen every summer, but they’ve been getting worse in these parts. “Wildfires in the western half of the United States, including Oregon, have been burning hotter, faster and twice as large over the last 30 years and a good heap of the blame belongs to climate change brought on by humans,” The Oregonian reported last October, citing a study by the University of Idaho and Columbia University. The researchers found that “rising temperatures due to climate change have increased fire activity and burned an additional 16,000 square miles, an area larger than the state of Maryland, that otherwise would have gone unscorched.”

“Since 1984, about 4 percent of the land in Oregon has burned per decade. The changing climate is likely to more than double the area in the Northwest burned by forest fires during an average year by the end of the 21st century,”….

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Montana May 2017…Snow…

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A May snowstorm caused power outages and travel issues in Western Montana and a storm system hovering over Billings brought more than an inch of rain that continued into the night on Wednesday.

The Department of Transportation closed Interstate 90 over Homestake Pass east of Butte for a few hours due to jackknifed semi-trailers and poor travel conditions because of heavy, wet snow.

NorthWestern Energy says about 4,000 customers in the Missoula area lost power when tree limbs fell on power lines. Other scattered outages were reported west of Helena and in Cascade, Ulm and Great Falls….

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The Earth IS getting Warmer….

You may not believe in global warming….

But the planet IS heating up….

The question is will man do ANYTHING about his/her home?

In 2015 and 2016, the planetary warming was intensified by the weather pattern known as El Niño, in which the Pacific Ocean released a huge burst of energy and water vapor into the atmosphere. But the bigger factor in setting the records was the long-term trend of rising temperature, which scientists say is being driven by increasing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

“A single warm year is something of a curiosity,” said Deke Arndt, chief of global climate monitoring for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It’s really the trend, and the fact that we’re punching at the ceiling every year now, that is the real indicator that we’re undergoing big changes.”

The heat extremes were especially pervasive in the Arctic, with temperatures in the fall running 20 to 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal across large stretches of the Arctic Ocean. Sea ice in that region has been in precipitous decline for years, and Arctic communities are already wrestling with enormous problems, such as rapid coastal erosion, caused by the changing climate….

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Chicago and Midwest could have Snow left over for Thanksgiving….

…from Bloomberg…..

The Midwest’s first snow of the season threatens to drop as much as 6 inches (15 centimeters) on Chicago through Saturday.

The storm was coming together Friday over eastern Wyoming and will move east before sweeping up the St. Lawrence River in Canada, where it should die out, said Rob Carolan, a meteorologist with Hometown Forecast Services Inc. in Nashua, New Hampshire. There may be flurries in northern New York State, while Manhattan remains untouched.

“It jets off to the east very quickly,” Carolan said. “A pretty good swath of snow could fall from eastern Nebraska up into Iowa and Michigan.”

This is “the first significant” snowfall across the central U.S., with 4 to 8 inches forecast for a large section of the country from Nebraska to Michigan and even more in some areas, the National Weather Service said. Winter storm warnings, advisories and watches stretch from Idaho to Michigan, including Chicago.

After the storm crosses the Great Lakes, it will start “to fizzle out,” Carolan said. That reduces the threat of any measurable snow in Toronto…..

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Storm’s outta here and the New York Governor Cuomo get’s grief….

First of all the storm named Juno’s gone….

Left about a 8″ to 12″ around my way….MUCH less than 2′ to 3′ …..

For those who actually listened to the weather people….(Who where also defensive about the worst storm of the century bullshit)

No surprise….

For those who just listened to the politician’s?

The question…..Where’s the rest?

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo did HIS presser and told everyone HE was closing ALL the roads downstate….The guy didn’t tell the Mayors or county Executives about this in advance…

They aren’t happy….Nor where most people on facebook and twitter last night….

Actually most people did Not drive….But some did and the local cops weren’t really looking at those who did is dispite of the Governor’s orders….(He ain’t their boss)….

New Yorkers just took out their shovels and snow blower’s and dug out….

It was quiet around town…But things will be moving back to normal tomorrow….

Mayor de Blasio barely got a heads up about Gov. Cuomo’s decision to shut down the subway system — not the first time he hasn’t had much warning about what the governor is up to.

“We did not get a lot of advance notice,” de Blasio admitted when asked Tuesday if Cuomo gave him notice.

De Blasio’s office later said he found out at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, about 15 minutes before Cuomo went on TV to tell the rest of the city.

For his part, De Blasio insisted he wasn’t upset about the late notice, saying the runup to the storm required quick decision-making.

“All the meteorologists were (saying) 2 feet or even more, and very fast accumulation,” he said. “So I think in that atmosphere everyone was trying to make quick decisions, and the right decision.”

Mayor de Blasio found out about subway closures just minutes before everyone else did.
And the mayor’s spokeswoman said that the decision to shut the trains down wasn’t made until around 4:15 p.m., under the recommendation of MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast. The MTA is controlled by Cuomo.

“We understand that a 4:45 p.m. announcement of a closing at 11 p.m. is relatively short notice but we wanted to get the best, most timely information before we made the decision and the public clearly got the message,” said Melissa DeRosa, Cuomo’s communications director.

It’s not the first time Cuomo has surprised the mayor with a major announcement on short notice.

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In the wake of the blizzard that wasn’t, New Yorkers on Tuesday were asking how the weather forecasters could have been so wrong.

The answer, the forecasters say — and they are backed up by atmospheric scientists who do not have any reason to be defensive — is that they were not so wrong. Computer models predicted that the storm would become extremely powerful, which it did, but the intensification occurred 50 to 100 miles east of where the preferred model predicted it would.

The models “were all on board with this idea that parts of the Northeast would get this wild storm,” said Todd Miner, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, Pa. “But as always, the devil is in the details.”

“There was always a question of how far west blizzard conditions would extend,” he added. In this case the model that was favored by most forecasters showed New York City falling within the western boundary, when actually it ended up outside it.

Of course, the definition of a “right” and “wrong” is all in the eyes of the beholder. What can seem accurate for a forecaster can feel like a blown call to people who are affected. There is also the inevitable head-scratching from those who wonder, given the advanced state of technology in so many aspects of our lives, how predictions of historic blizzards can fizzle so quickly.

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Breaking…NY Governor orders main roads closed and Subway and PATH closed late tonight…

The Worst of the storm will be from around around midnight till sun up…..

While the Governor’s action is going to made a LOT of people un happy…..No o0ne wants to get stuck for hours on the roads in their cars or a train and have to wait for emergency crews to get to them….

…..from the NY Post….

“You cannot be on the roads after 11 p.m.,” he said.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, speaking at his Manhattan office, added, “The blizzard brings with it very high winds, gusts up to 50 mph, and that’s what makes the situation dangerous and difficult. It’s the snow combined with the wind.

“You should plan to leave work early … to try to get home on the early side, because at 7 or 8 o’clock, they want to start to put the trains away,” Cuomo said.

Express subway service will be stopped starting after 8 p.m., officials said.

Cuomo said he has declared a state of emergency and was deploying National Guardsmen to help with conditions, particularly in the city and on Long Island.

Non-essential state workers were being released at 3 p.m. to go home, the governor said.
The state also is considering a travel ban on all main roads starting at 11 p.m., but authorities are set to reassess the situation around 4 p.m.

“We have had situations where people have gotten stuck on roads and snowed in and been in theirs cars 12, 18, 24 hours,” Cuomo said….

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NYT Metro Desk ‏@NYTMetro 13m13 minutes ago
Lowdown:

Subways/buses limited as of 7pm, stopped by 11pm.

Non-emergency car ban in NYC & LI at 11pm.

NJTransit suspended by 10pm.

 

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Andrew Cuomo ‏@NYGovCuomo
Virtually all flights tomorrow will be canceled from JFK and LGA. Check with your carriers. @PANYNJ #blizzardof2015

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Buffalo Snow update 11/20/14 PM…More Snow…Jets /Bufflo NFL game moved to Monday in Detroit…

The snow keeps coming down on the cities and it’s suburbs….

The extreme weather has claimed at least 10 lives — its latest victims two people with mental health issues who died of apparent exposure overnight, Dr. Gale R. Burstein, Erie County health commissioner, said Thursday.

And the storm forced the NFL to announce that Sunday’s game between Buffalo and the New York Jets, scheduled to be played at the Bills’ Ralph Wilson Stadium, will be hosted at Detroit’s Ford Field on Monday.

At the Winchester Volunteer Fire Company station on Harlem Street, as many as 40 people stranded in the snow have sought shelter since Tuesday. More than 6 feet of snow cover the streets. Abandoned cars are barely visible under the drifts.

Fire trucks can’t leave the station. Attempts by firefighters to get out in an SUV were futile. One medic hopped on a snowmobile to rush to a call. Other volunteers jumped on ATVs to reach a home where the roof was buckling under the weight of the snow….

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“Do not ask us to rescue you,” Rich Tobe, the deputy Erie County executive,

There is a LOT of Snow on the ground in the Buffalo area….

More is on it’s way…..

But Rich Tobe is probably gonna have a problem when the snow melts one would think….

New York Governor Cuomo maybe right…But some people are not gonna think so either….

A ferocious storm continued to slam into the Buffalo area on Thursday, adding more than a foot of snow to a region that has barely begun to dig itself out from the mountain of snow that fell in the last 48 hours.

As “thunder snow” echoed in the distance early Thursday morning, roofs collapsed, power went out in 4,000 homes and the authorities announced that another person had died. The death toll from the storm stands at eight, according to local officials, and more than seven feet of snow in total has fallen.

By day’s end, as much as three more feet of snow was expected to fall, with the worst weather once again concentrated in the towns south and east of Buffalo.

With the National Guard deployed to the region, and hundreds of pieces of snow-removal equipment brought from as far away as Long Island, the authorities continued to enforce highway closings and driving bans in the hardest-hit areas and warned residents to beware of lightning strikes.

“Do not ask us to rescue you,” Rich Tobe, the deputy Erie County executive, said. Snow, falling at a rate of more than three inches an hour, and wind gusts are creating white-out conditions.

After the snowfall stops, temperatures are expected to climb to 60 degrees over the weekend. At a news conference on Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo warned that there would most likely be severe flooding.

Responding to reports that some people were stranded in their cars for as long as two days, Mr. Cuomo said he was sympathetic but praised the work done by the police to get to people under the most trying of circumstances….

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Buffalo hit hard with early snow storm…

And it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet?

The autumn storm and cold air are blanketing the entire United States….

A band of storm clouds moved across Lake Erie and into Buffalo.

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Four people died during a storm that dumped more than 4 feet of snow around Buffalo and forced motorists in 150 vehicles, including a women’s basketball team, to ride it out on a day when temperatures dropped to freezing or below in all 50 states.

One person was killed in an automobile accident and three others had heart attacks, including two believed to be shoveling snow at the time, Erie County officials said.

The snowstorm stranded cars, trucks and buses on a four-mile section near Buffalo. Officials expected them to be freed late Tuesday after the paralyzing ordeal that lasted nearly 24 hours for some motorists.

“It seemed like a nightmare. It just didn’t feel like it was going to end,” Bryce Foreback, 23, of Shicora, Pennsylvania told The Associated Press by cellphone 20 hours into his wait for help. “I haven’t slept in like 30 hours and I’m just waiting to get out of here.”

Members of the Niagara University women’s basketball team were napping on and off 17 hours into their wait. Some got so thirsty they drank melted snow, said Coach Kenra Faustin, who was traveling with her 1-year-old.

Team spokeswoman Chelsea Andorka said the bus, with about 25 players and coaches aboard, was headed back from a loss in Pittsburgh when it came to a halt at 2 a.m. Tuesday.

“We were told the National Guard was coming by but haven’t seen any signs of life,” Andorka said. “The first time they came they told us to be prepared to stay for a while. One tow truck passed six or seven hours ago.”

In a region accustomed to highway-choking snowstorms, this one is being called one of the worst in memory. Snow blown by strong winds forced the closing of a 132-mile stretch of the Thruway, the main highway across New York state.

Meteorologists say temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below on Tuesday. They say the low temperatures were more reminiscent of January than November….

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Major Cold Front moving across the US….Snow falling in the Midwest…

It’s coming up on mid November and even for the Midwest there shouldn’t be several inches of snow….

But there is…And the cold is dropping across the entire country ….

Heavy snow and plunging temperatures are moving into the Upper Midwest, marking the country’s first major snowfall of the season.

The powerful storm, which is coursing into the area from Alaska, is threatening to drop a foot or more of snow in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, while dropping thermometer readings by as much as 40 degrees below average.

Some school districts in Minnesota canceled classes as snow moved in Monday, while slick roads welcomed morning commuters there and in parts of Wisconsin. The National Weather Service said it’s part of a ribbon of wet, frigid weather that pelted parts of Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas with snow on Sunday.

The storm is moving east, but keep your coats handy: The plunging temperatures are expected to linger…..

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