Tuesday, November 25, 2014

snow-hit Buffalo risks to roofs


With temperatures expected to reach 59 degrees Fahrenheit, the Buffalo region faced a high risk of floods as the snow melts, though so far has escaped major flooding, Cuomo said Monday.

The region was braced for high winds and downed trees on Monday afternoon, with the National Weather Service warning that winds would blow at 25 to 35 miles per hour, with gusts up to 60 mph. The waterlogged ground made it more likely that trees would fall, raising the risk that homes and businesses would lose power.

Rain changes over to accumulating snow this week in Chicago


During the daylight hours Monday, an intensifying center of low pressure approached and moved northeast. Sunday night and Monday morning widespread heavy rains totaling an inch or more at many locations spread over the Chicago area. As the low moved off to the northeast, west winds gusting over 40 miles per hour pulled much colder air into our area — temperatures dropping 16 degrees from 47 degrees at 7 a.m. to 31 degrees by noon.

The leading edge of very cold Arctic-source high pressure will surge into the Midwest and western Great Lakes on Thursday. If verified, the forecast high temperature of 26 degrees Thanksgiving Day would be the coldest Thanksgiving in Chicago since a 25-degree high back in 1956.

Black Friday: Patchy Ice, Snow


Icy spots are likely early Friday morning in the wake of the Wednesday snowstorm in parts of the mid-Atlantic and New England. In these areas, melting and refreezing of piles of snow can lead to areas of black (clear) ice. Cities to watch out for icy spots include Boston; Portland, Maine; Albany, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Martinsburg, West Virginia.

The snow can make for slippery spots in Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis. People in these areas and others in the northern tier states are urged to travel with caution. The fresh snow can conceal patches of ice beneath.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Football: Teams in Eastern US to Tackle Cold, Snow

For football fans on Thanksgiving, a full helping of pigskin can serve as the perfect side dish to their turkey dinner, with a cornucopia of high school, college and professional football games to enjoy throughout the day.
While two of the three NFL games on Thanksgiving will be played in domed stadiums and sheltered from the elements, including Philadelphia at Dallas and Chicago at Detroit, there will be plenty of high school football games to be played, and many will do so in cold conditions.
"The coldest part of the U.S. will be the far northern Plains and Upper Midwest, where parts of the Dakotas to Minnesota and northern Wisconsin will have highs in single digits and teens," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Andy Mussoline. "Cold air will also be across the Great Lakes, but it will not be as harsh."
Parts of the Northeast and Great Lakes will receive snow according to Mussoline.
"A steady snow will taper off across far northern New England Thanksgiving morning," Mussoline said. "Snow showers will encompass much of the Great Lakes as lake-effect snow kicks in once again, but excessive snowfall in the region is not anticipated."
The only NFL game scheduled to be played in an open stadium will be in Santa Clara, California, as the San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks. For the 5:30 p.m. PDT kickoff, temperatures will be in the mid-50s with cloudy skies.

Link: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/thanksgiving-day-football-cold/37820874

Top Five Thanksgiving Day Parades: Winds May Ground Massive Balloons in Northeast, Midwest

As the turkey is roasting and pies are baking, much of America turns to another popular Thanksgiving Day tradition to occupy the morning hours. Thanksgiving parades offer a joyous celebration of the annual holiday and are a mark of the dawn of the holiday season.

1. New York City- Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
The 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. EST on Nov. 27 and those crowded along streets hoping to glance at some of the year's unique floats will want to bundle up.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski, temperatures will hover in the middle 30s at the start of the parade.
Clouds and sun will mix overhead and blustery conditions could cause disruptions for the infamous giant balloons. There should be a lasting light breeze throughout much of the day with some strong gusts reaching near the 30-mph mark.
As the parade travels and Santa Claus makes his annual appearance, temperatures could rise closer to the daily high near the 40 F mark.
Whether rain or shine, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day will go on as planned, according to Orlando Veras, Macy's Parade spokesman.
"Macy's Parade officials have been monitoring the weather on a daily basis, but at this time, it is too early to make any determinations on the flight of our giant balloons on Thanksgiving Day," Veras said. "Based on city regulations, no giant character balloon will be operated when there are sustained wind conditions exceeding 23 mph and wind gusts exceeding 34 mph."
On Thanksgiving morning, Macy's and the New York Police Department will determine, with the help of an on-site meteorologist and data from other weather sources, whether the balloons will fly and at what heights, Veras added.

Link: http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/top-five-thanksgiving-day-parades-macys-nyc/37750824

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Monster blizzard kills 10 in New York state

At least 10 people are confirmed dead in the monster blizzard that has struck western New York state and the city of Buffalo in particular.
Cars disappeared in snowdrifts two metres deep in places. Skies are not expected to clear until Friday, and more snow is forecast until then. With people saying the storm is the worst in living memory, the authorities are pulling out all the stops.
“This is I believe the largest deployment of its kind ever. Literally thousands of people from across the state coming into help and hundreds of pieces of equipment coming from as far away as Long Island,” said state Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Schools are closed and sports games cancelled, and driving bans are in force on many roads. Such is the weight of snow there are fears for some structures. The thaw could bring problems of its own, as experts say there is a risk of flooding.

2014 Poised to be the warmest year on record

US meteorologists say the world in October continued to set heat records. They say despite a bitter US cold snap, the globe is rushing toward its warmest year on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Thursday that last month was the hottest October on record. The 58.43F (14.74C) beat out October 2003.
Five of the last six months have set monthly global heat records. July is the only exception. Nasa and Japan’s weather agency also called it the hottest October on record. NOAA says with only two months left in the year, 2014 has now surged ahead as the warmest year so far, beating 2010 and 1998. So far this year the world is averaging 58.62F (14.78C).
Meteorologists at the NOAA say October was the hottest on record with an average temperature of 58.43F worldwide