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Montana May 2017…Snow…

lolo pass

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….


image….Lolo Pass area, May 17. (Idaho Transportation Department, Townsquare Media)

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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.


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….



NYT Metro Desk ‏@NYTMetro 13m13 minutes ago

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

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

NJTransit suspended by 10pm.


WNYC retweeted
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.

image…Gary Wiepert/Associated press

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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Open Thread for September 23, 2014…Fall IS the best Season!….


Cool weather….

Little humidity

Just plain Great to be outside….



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It has been snowing in Rapid City, South Dakota; Boulder, Colorado; North Platte, Nebraska…Sept 12, 2014…

The weather HAS been storage this year ALL over…..

September snow blanketed parts of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, northern Colorado and western Nebraska, downing trees and set early snow records in some locations, 11 days before summer officially ends.

Thursday morning brought the earliest measurable snow on record to Rapid City, South Dakota, where 1.6 inches was officially measured at the National Weather Service office.

Rapid City has now had two of its three all-time heaviest snowstorms and its record earliest snow all in a 19-month span since early April 2013. Winter Storm Atlas buried the High Plains in several feet of wind-driven snow in early October 2013.

Snow piled up to 8 inches deep in the Black Hills near Custer, South Dakota.

Farther west, the snow was even heavier in parts of northern Wyoming, where up to 18 inches was estimated by a SNOTEL station in the Bighorn Mountains southwest of Sheridan. Broken branches, downed trees and power outages littered streets in the city of Buffalo, Wyoming, where 7-8 inches of snow fell.

Early Friday morning, a light dusting of snow was reported in Boulder, Colorado, with a few snowflakes flying over much of the Denver metro area.

While only 0.1 inch was reported at the NWS office in Boulder, this appears to have tied Sep. 12, 1974 for the earliest measurable snow on record in Boulder, dating to 1906…..


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Weather forecaster looking at possible Snow for Jersey around Thanksgiving…


You read THAT right……

Six weeks of summer still remain, but AccuWeather.com is already offering a series of predictions about what New Jersey will be in store for in the fall.

For example, snow may arrive around Thanksgiving.

“We think there’s a possibility of a winter storm in late November,” said Jack Boston, a senior meterologist at AccuWeather. “We’re thinking around Thanksgiving, plus or minus a few days. We’re pretty concerned about that possibility. It would be more than dusting.”

If that’s the case, it could be a sneak preview of what’s to come to in late fall and early winter. More storms could be on the horizon before the end of the year

“December could get kind of wild due to the very active southern jet stream that is going to provide the moisture for bigger snowstorms,” lead long range forecaster Paul Pastelok said. “The Northeast could have a couple of big storms in December and early January.”

Although it’s difficult to have much confidence in a forecast more than 10 days out, the fact that the jet stream in the northwest hasn’t changed much in months increases the likelihood the long-range predictions have credibility.


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Obama visit’s Arkansas (And Democratic Sen Pryor) after Tornado….

The Arkansas Senator getting a win in November is essential for any chance the Democrats would have to keep a slim majority in the USA Senate….

…..on Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Obama stood in a Vilonia subdivision in which 50 of the 56 houses had been destroyed. He praised local officials and the authorities for their response to the storm — the second tornado in three years — and he pledged the federal government’s full support for Vilonia as it tried again to rebuild.

“The people of Vilonia and all the other towns devastated by the storm understand there’s a lot of work that remains to be done,” Mr. Obama said, “but I’m here to remind them that they’re not doing this work alone. Your country’s going to be here for you. We’re going to support you every step of the way.”

Mr. Pryor, a two-term incumbent, stood right behind Mr. Obama as he made his remarks, and the president made sure to point out the senator’s leadership role in the tornado recovery efforts. He praised Mr. Pryor; Vilonia’s mayor, James Firestone; Gov. Mike Beebe and Representative Tim Griffin, for being “hands-on, on the ground throughout these difficult days.”

The tornado that touched down here was part of a storm system that stretched through the Midwest before it streaked across the South. But the most significant damage occurred here, where 16 people — including a baby — were killed. The winds from the tornado, which reached speeds of 200 miles per hour, destroyed roughly half the businesses in the town. Dozens of homes were wiped off their concrete slabs and cars were picked up and tossed miles away.

The damage served as a backdrop to Mr. Obama’s speech on Wednesday…..


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Forcaster’s are watching a possible late March Eastern Seaboard Nor’easter for Tuesday….


It could all form up and roll out to sea…..

But they are keeping their eyes on the developing system….

And I’m keeping my paws crossed….

We don’t need anymore snow….

Don’t pack up that winter coat just yet.

The National Weather Service delivered the chilling news that a “Nor’easter bomb” could wallop New York with a heavy springtime snow and howling winds Tuesday night.

For the past few days, weather patterns have signaled that a storm could develop over the Southeast states Tuesday and drift up over the western Atlantic Ocean.

“The worst case would be a storm track that is close enough to the coast that New York metro area would be the heaviest [hit],” Tim Morrin, observational program leader with the National Weather Service, told the Daily News.

If indeed this storm hits the five boroughs, it will most likely be snow rather than rain. The forecasts for Tuesday’s high is 39 degrees and Tuesday night’s low is 30, with Wednesday creeping up to a dismal high of 38.

Meteorologists are tracking what is being called a ‘one in every 20 years kind of weather pattern.’

“That’s about 13 degrees below normal,” he said.

Now meteorologists are tracking what is being called a “one in every 20 years kind of weather pattern.”

A system of low pressure is developing over the Atlantic and all of the available readings suggest a fairly robust storm.

But it could wind up breaking far enough out into the Atlantic — hundreds of miles — that New Yorkers just experience a cold, breezy day.


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Federal offices in D.C. closed Thursday….2/13/14

…from Politico….

Federal offices will be closed Thursday in the Washington, D.C., area as the region braces for the worst of a winter blast that has already brought misery to stranded motorists in North Carolina and hundreds of thousands of people without power across the South.

A winter storm warning for the Washington area is in effect until 3 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service was predicting as much as 8 inches of snow across the area, most heavily along the Interstate 95 corridor.


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California has a water problem….

This while the US East and Mid West has TONS of snow……

With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. State officials said that the number was likely to rise in the months ahead after the State Water Project, the main municipal water distribution system, announced on Friday that it did not have enough water to supplement the dwindling supplies of local agencies that provide water to an additional 25 million people. It is first time the project has turned off its spigot in its 54-year history.

“Every day this drought goes on we are going to have to tighten the screws on what people are doing” said Gov. Jerry Brown, who was governor during the last major drought here, in 1976-77


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