Saturday, January 24, 2015

Los Angeles Area Battered by Santa Ana Winds

Strong winds created  change in pressure battered the Los Angeles area Friday, Saturday and following through to Sunday morning. Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari says these winds could be a hurricane force wind and he is reminded of the Santa Ana wind even in Southern California from 2011, which left a lot of damage behind.

Sarsalari says fire weather is a definite concern for the next few days. 
"Sustained winds will be in the 25 to 40 mph range and gusts up to 80 mph remain possible through Saturday. Winds will become less widespread and weaken Saturday night but will remain strong into Sunday morning."
Power lines were brought down in the greater Los Angeles area which resulted in power outages (over 9,000). On Saturday morning, people from 24 apartments were evacuated after a tree fell on a gas line in Rancho Cucamonga, California.

Jan 24: Snow Storm Detected!

Saturday, January 24, 2015


Up until today, models have been advertising another clipper for Monday with just light accumulations from a few passing showers. Today’s guidance has trended towards a possible major snow storm in the Sunday night-Tuesday time-frame.
A clipper that dives in from the NW and then bombs out near the benchmark. A bomb out is a meteorological term called bombogenesis: a 24mb drop in pressure within a 24-hour period. When this happens, in just the right location (near the benchmark), explosive snow is possible for the mid-Atlantic and Northeast US.
The European model and the Canadian one both indicate a similar storms throughout New Jersey but with less snowfall. Either way, the meteorologist CJ recommends everyone should prepare for anything from significant to major snowfall.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Antarctica Contributes to Global Warming

Filmmaker Alex Cornell sighted an iceberg that was flipped over while in Antarctica. Cornell shot the photos at Cierva Cove on the Antarctic Peninsula last December on an expedition through the Drake Passage. Apparently the sighting is very rare claimed the glacial scientist aboard the ship Cornell was on. 

This led to further inquiry on Antarctic Sea ice reaching new high temperatures due to the continent's warming. “Antarctic sea ice in 2014 is going to set a record for sure,” said Ted Scambos, a senior scientist with the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. The melting of this Arctic ice is connected with the overall warming of the planet. With the loss of the reflective white ice, and more darker ocean space, the earth is experiencing warmer temperatures. 

Weather Roller Coaster

The weather this winter has been somewhat of a roller coaster with its ups and downs. According to Steven A. Ackerman and Jonathan Martin from the University of Wisconsin Madison's department of atmospheric and oceanic sciences, temperatures have not been normal this winter. In November of 2014, temperatures were on average 6.1 degrees cooler than usual. A mild December with temperatures 5.8 degrees above normal followed. And now with January almost over, temperatures have again been below average. It has been 20 years since a cold season has "flipped from below normal to above normal" the writers claim. There is a chance that this winter could be one of those years.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

All About Earthquakes

Of course we hear about major earthquakes in places like Alaska and Hawaii, but do we know what actually causes an earthquake? An earthquake occurs when two slates of earth pass one another. It can also be referred to as the fault or fault plane.
 A smaller earthquake also known as a foreshock can also occur. Seismographs measure earthquakes. It is a fact that scientists cannot predict earthquakes and scientists are unsure if weather affects the fact an earthquake has occurred.

Earthquakes are more common than you may think. Everyday earthquakes occur. There are many ways you can prepare for an earthquake here is a list of some ways to be safe if an earthquake occurs:
   Repair any damage in your walls
   Brace hanging light fixtures
   Move into the open (do not stand by buildings)
   Locate safe places outdoors
Have disaster supplies on hand

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Deadly Storm in Western United States

Two people died on a wind-thrashed California island, and scores of motorists were left stranded on snow-swept mountain roads farther inland as winter storms chilled much of the Western United States on New Year's Eve, officials said on Wednesday.

High winds also toppled a tree onto a home overnight in the Northern California town of Redding, killing a woman and injuring a child, a fire official said.

Icy roads in west Texas led to nearly 130 traffic accidents in the city of Midland, with almost 200 more wrecks in nearby Odessa. Revelers in many parts of Texas were likely to brave bitter cold as they ushered in 2015, including in San Antonio, where up to 60,000 people were expected for the state's biggest New Year's Eve bash.

A harbor patrolman working to secure loose vessels was killed when he jumped overboard as his boat neared a shoal and he ended up crushed against the rocks. His body was later recovered, along with the remains of a man believed to have died when his boat was torn loose and broke apart overnight, Avalon Fire Captain John Meffert said.

Snow covers a subdivision neighborhood after a storm brought snow to many southern California locales, in Yucaipa, California, December 31, 2014.  REUTERS-David McNew

Northeast gets hit with Ice Storm.

   After a weekend of Winter Ice Storms hitting the East Coast, parts of Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania have been effected. This has caused about 216 car accidents over the weekend as well. Weather is expected to hit hard monday as well.

 "Freezing rain and snow glazed roads across the Northeast, leaving as many as six dead, more misery awaits Monday.  States such as Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and western Massachusetts are expected be be hit more".

One person died in Maryland. Four confirmed dead in Pennsylvania.  Vermont's expected to get hit the hardest with snow, with  3-7 inches.