Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Severe Storms to Ignite From Texas to Minnesota Tuesday


The same system that brought severe weather to the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains on Monday will deliver another round of severe storms to the Plains on Tuesday.

Thunderstorms are set to erupt from eastern South Dakota to the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday afternoon before weakening and tracking eastward during the overnight hours.

Wind gusts exceeding 60 mph and hail as large as golf balls should be expected with thunderstorms that develop across this large swath of the Plains.

A few of the more intense storms in the northern extent of this area may spin up a few tornadoes late in the afternoon with the tornado threat diminishing during the evening.

There is a risk of a thunderstorm reaching Kansas City, Missouri, before the end of Tuesday evening, where the first wild card game of the 2014 MLB post season will take place

Pneumonia front sends temps 21-degrees lower in 2 hours Monday PM; ends warmest spell here in almost 3 weeks.


Chicagoans head out into a very different air mass Tuesday than the one responsible for Monday’s July-level 83-degree high–a reading 14-degrees above normal and the warmest daytime temperature to occur here in 19 days–nearly 3 weeks!  The passage of Monday’s “pneumonia front” at 5:48 pm set in motion a 21-degree temp plunge in only 2 hours time that followed. The dramatic cool-down which brought 7-consecutive days of above normal temps–including Saturday and Sunday highs of 79 and 78—to an unceremonious end.

France Flooding: Montpellier Under Red Alert After 10 Inches of Rain in 3 Hours

By Nick Wiltgen
Published: September 29, 2014

The litany of flash floods caused by extraordinarily heavy rainfall in 2014 grew even longer Monday after record-shattering rainfall struck one of southern France's largest cities.
Montpellier, a city of 264,000 along France's Mediterranean coast, was hit with 252 millimeters (9.92 inches) of rain in just 3 hours, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. local time (9 a.m. and noon EDT in the U.S.). The exceptionally heavy rain flooded streets and quickly sent the river Lez out of its banks in the city center.
As of 8 p.m. local time, the city had tallied 295.6 millimeters (11.63 inches) of rain for the day, amounting to 47 percent of the city's average annual rainfall of 24.77 inches.


California's Drought Takes A Toll On These 8 Animals

California's Drought Takes A Toll On These 8 Animals

Zain Haidar
Published: September 29, 2014

8 Animals At Risk During California's Historic Drought 

After three years, California’s historic drought continues to worsen. Over 37 million people are now being affected, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The drought is turning the state brown, drying up lakes and depleting wells in Central Valley towns, but humans aren’t the only ones at risk.
Several species are having their ecosystems and food sources threatened by devastating conditions in The Golden State, including this large predator.


Record Fall Heat in the U.S. and Canadian High Plains


Temperatures on Thursday and Friday, September 25-26, soared to record levels for this time of the year in Montana, Wyoming, western North Dakota, and the south-central Canadian Plains.

After a relatively cool summer, an early fall heat wave engulfed the U.S. and Canadian High Plains on Thursday sending temperatures close to 100°F in North Dakota and Montana. The hottest reading observed was 98°F (36.7°C) at Terry, Montana and also at Wasta, South Dakota. Miles City, Montana and Williston, North Dakota both reached 97°F (36.1°C), their hottest temperatures ever observed during the fall (post September 22nd) and for so late in the year. Poplar, Montana also reached 97°F. Most sites in Montana broke or at least tied daily record highs on both September 24th and 25th, as was the case in Livingston (91°F/32.8°F) on the 25th, Helena (91°F/32.8°C) on both the 24th and 25th, Cut Bank (90°F/32.2°C) on the 25th, Missoula (92°F/33.3°C) on the 24th, Kalispell (89°F/31.7°C) on the 24th, Butte (85°F/29.4°C) on the 24th, and Bozeman (91°F/32.8°C) on the 25th. What was truly remarkable was how the warmth engulfed the entire (very large) state of Montana with warmer than normal temperatures even for mid-summer.

Albuquerque Festival Tent Flattened in Surprise Microburst; Wild Hailstorms Strike Denver

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A festival tent the size of a professional football field was flattened by an unexpected microburst in Albuquerque, New Mexico, on Monday, injuring the festival's director in one of several powerful thunderstorms to rip across the southern Rockies and adjacent High Plains.

The Weather Channel has confirmed that no severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings had been issued by the National Weather Service in Albuquerque prior to the burst of wind, which hit the festival site at approximately 2:10 p.m. The NWS office issued a "significant weather advisory" for 55-mph wind gusts and half-inch-diameter hail at 2:14 p.m. for a "strong thunderstorm 7 miles southeast of Albuquerque" affecting eastern Bernalillo and northern Valencia counties.
"Most of us got knocked down by this gust of wind," Gore said. "I don't remember being hit by anything physically. But I remember looking up and a lot of guys were down on the ground as well. I don't know if a piece of the tent hit us or it was just the wind, it happened so fast."

Intense storms knock over trees, drench Phoenix

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Intense storms swept through the Southwest on Saturday, snapping trees and shrouding metropolitan Phoenix in cascading showers while also bringing flooding to parts of Nevada.
The skies above downtown Phoenix were completely gray in the afternoon as strong winds, thunder and rain hit the region. The outside visibility of buildings was almost entirely obscured by rain and clouds.
The storm forced authorities to close a section of Interstate 17 for more than hour due to flooding. Flight departures and landings resumed about 3:30 p.m. after they were halted for an hour at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. But airport spokeswoman Julie Rodriguez said delays are expected into the evening. More than 40 flights scheduled to land in Phoenix were diverted to other airports, she said.

"The wind caused some damage to the roof of Terminal 2 in the baggage claim area and in some of the gate areas. However, all three terminals at Sky Harbor are operational," Rodriguez said in a statement.

Branches and debris littered streets around the city and at least one traffic light was knocked over. Some trees were toppled by the ensuing wind. The Salt River Project utility said that about 31,000 customers were without power as of Saturday afternoon.