Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Gonzalo's Remnants Hit the United Kingdom

The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo swept across the United Kingdom Tuesday, bringing high winds that disrupted travel and downed trees, killing at least two people.
Wind gusts reached 80 mph, the BBC reports, and the U.K. Met Office to issue a "yellow warning" -- signaling residents to be aware of potential impacts -- for windy conditions.
And that's exactly what has played out. There are multiple reports of trees downed by high winds across the region, and in central London, gusty winds caused a tree from foliage-rich Hyde Park to land on a woman walking across the street from Hyde Park Barracks. The woman was pronounced dead on the scene, according to the London Ambulance Service.
Hundreds of homes were without power across the U.K.. Up to 100 homes were without power in Moffat, Scotland, due to "extensive damage" from Gonzalo's remnants, the BBC notes. Additional power outages were reported throughout Scotland from energy provider SSE Power Distribution. Up to 140 homes in Wales were also without power, though that number was down from more than 400 after high winds and rain first impacted the area.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Destructive Storms Rumble Across US, Tropics Remain Active

A widespread outbreak of severe weather slammed a large portion of the U.S. early in the week, extending from the Gulf Coast to the Tennessee Valley.
The fierce, and deadly storms, spawned tornadoes, caused widespread power outages and damaged homes and structures in their path.
"While October severe weather outbreaks are not unheard of, this one still managed to be rather robust, with multiple confirmed tornadoes and an abundance of wind damage," AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.
Following the fierce storms, heavy rain inundated areas from the Ohio Valley to the Carolinas through Wednesday before moving into the northeastern U.S. Thursday.

Hawaii will continue to face some hazards from Ana

Hawaii will continue to face some hazards from Ana through early this week, despite escaping a direct hit.
Ana took a path to the south and west of Hawaii over the weekend, nearly paralleling the island chain but was close enough to bring gusty winds, heavy rain, and rough surf.
Ana weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm late on Sunday as it continued to track away from the island chain.
Seas will remain rough and dangerous for novice boarders, boaters and bathers around much of the islands on Tuesday despite the storm moving away.
The Big Island faced some of Ana's wrath on Saturday as the storm brushed by to the southwest. Heavy rain accompanied gusty winds throughout the day. Rainfall topped over five inches in Hilo with over ten inches falling across the higher terrain. Fortunately, little to no damage was observed on the islands.

Gushing Floodwaters Hammer Canary Islands

A bout of rattling thunderstorms and torrential rain pushed over the Canary Islands in Spain due to a low pressure system spinning to the west of the islands.

Rainfall averaged 2 to 4 inches (50 to 100 mm) across the islands, most of which fell within a six-hour time frame on Sunday according to International Meteorologist Eric Leister. According to local reports, as many as five people died during the flooding. One woman reportedly died after being trapped under a parked car, unable to escape as flood waters rushed through local streets.

Cars were swallowed by rushing floodwaters that diced through streets in the Canary Islands, Spain, over the weekend.

Chicago: Temperatures to Gradually Rise Into the Weekend

Temperatures will gradually rise this week in Chicago, although they will remain slightly below average through Friday.
There will be plenty of sunshine through the week, making it pleasant for outdoor activities. However, a brief break from sunshine will come on Thursday, as spotty showers dampen the city throughout the day and into the evening hours.
Drier weather will return on Friday as temperatures approach 60 F and by the weekend, highs will range from the middle to upper 60s. A normal high for this time of year is in the upper 50s.

Nor'easter-like storm to hit the east coast

A storm will spin up along the New England coast at midweek and will take on characteristics of a nor'easter with drenching wind-swept rain and coastal flooding in some locations.

One or more days of rainy, windy and unsettled weather conditions are in store this week for the northeastern United States from Virginia to Maine and into Canada from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island and southeastern Quebec.

The combination of onshore winds and high astronomical tides during the approach of the new moon can lead to coastal flooding from eastern Massachusetts to Nova Scotia. Tides in these areas will run from 1 to 3 feet above published levels. High tides on Wednesday and Thursday at Boston are late in the morning and late in the evening.

Gulf of Mexico Low: Heavy Rain Threat for South Florida, Cuba, and Mexico

Gulf of Mexico Low: Heavy Rain Threat for South Florida, Cuba, and Mexico
This system is expected to slowly move east to east-northeast and be near the Yucatan Peninsula midweek. It may then interact and possibly merge with a frontal system towards the end of the week.
Later in the week, the path of the low pressure could bring it closer to Florida, enhancing rainfall through at least Friday and possibly into the weekend. By that time, it's unlikely to be a tropical cyclone, given the likelihood of merging with the frontal system

Part of this low has come from Trudy, which made landfall in southwestern Mexico on Saturday, bringing heavy rain and deadly mudslides. It is possible that if it does develop it could retain the name Trudy or it could become Tropical Depression Nine and then possibly strengthen into Tropical Storm Hanna.
Conditions are generally favorable for development, as water temperatures are warm and wind shear is expected to be low in the region. However, just to the north of this system, over the next few days, there will be strong upper-level winds and very dry air, which are not conducive to tropical development.

Regardless of whether this low pressure develops into a tropical depression or a tropical storm, locally heavy rain remains possible in south Florida, especially Thursday and Friday. Even Tuesday and Wednesday rain chances will be higher than usual for this time of year in southernmost parts of Florida due to the tropical moisture that will be over the region.
Heavy rain was already reported on Monday night with the Florida Keys Marathon Airport reporting over four inches of rain. Parts of West Palm Beach picked up over 7 inches of rain Tuesday.