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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Jul 07, 2019 1:40 p


"Severe storms stretch from Plains into Northeast over holiday weekend"

5 JULY 2019

The threat of storms will increase from the Plains into the Northeast heading into the holiday weekend.

There were five reported tornadoes in Wyoming and Colorado on Thursday, as well as flash flooding in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and serious wind damage in Maryland and the Carolinas.

A storm system moving out of the West Friday will bring more strong to severe storms from the Plains to the Carolinas.

The most severe storms Friday will be from Colorado to Kansas, including Denver.

The biggest threat with these storms will be damaging winds, huge hail and an isolated tornado.

This western storm system with a cold front will move east by Saturday, bringing a threat for strong to severe storms for the Northeast, including Boston, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

The biggest threat from these storms Saturday will be damaging winds, some hail and heavy rain, with flash flooding also possible.

Through the holiday weekend, some areas from the Dakotas to the Southeast could see more than 3 inches of rain locally, which could cause more flash flooding.

The hot and humid weather will continue for the eastern U.S., with a heat advisory issued from Detroit to Philadelphia, where the heat index could reach 95 to 100.

The heat is not only in the lower 48 states.

Anchorage, Alaska, hit 90 degrees for the first time on record Thursday and more heat is forecast for Alaska Friday.

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:40 p


"Thunderstorms arrive as South continues to deal with hot temperatures"

7 JULY 2019

The cold front responsible for the strong storms in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic on Saturday continues to move southeast.

Showers and thunderstorms are in the forecast for most of the South as a complex front extends across most of the country.

The severe threat for hail and wind damage is isolated to Montana and extreme northwest North Dakota.

However, there is a threat for flash flooding in eastern Virginia and the coastal plain of North Carolina, where the heaviest rain is expected.

On Monday, the slow-moving front works its way further to the south -- bringing the rain and thunderstorms along with it.

The severe weather threat for Monday moves eastward into the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota, where damaging winds and large hail can be expected.

A tornado or two in this area cannot be ruled out either.

Heat and humidity remain in the South on Sunday thanks to high pressure in the Gulf of Mexico.

Heat index values will be near 100 degrees from Del Rio, Texas, to Charlotte, North Carolina.

The oppressive heat and humidity moves slightly north on Tuesday to include Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri.

Oklahoma City will feel like 98 degrees Sunday, before rising to a stifling heat index of 109 degrees on Tuesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's temperature outlook for the end of this week doesn’t looking promising for those wishing for cooler weather.

With warmer-than-average temperatures forecast for the entire country, it looks like summer is here to stay.

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:40 p


"Dangerous flash flooding hits Washington DC during morning commute"

8 JULY 2019

A dangerous flash flood emergency hit Washington D.C. during the Monday morning commute.

With up to three inches of heavy rain falling in the region, the National Weather Service said the area was already seeing significant flash flooding.

"Travel will be EXTRAORDINARILY dangerous," the National Weather Service warned on Twitter.

"Stay out of low areas, if in a low area that may flood, seek higher ground."

"Stay off the roads if at all possible."

"This is not the 'usual' flooding."

The downpour even appears to have affected the White House basement.

The weather has halted Amtrak trains traveling south of D.C.

The flooding comes as a new storm system develops in the Rockies, which will move east Monday.

The biggest threat with these storms Monday will be damaging winds, large hail and an isolated tornado.

On Tuesday, severe storms will move into the western Great Lakes and Upper Midwest, where damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado are all possible.

Severe storms will move into the Midwest and the central Great Lakes on Wednesday, including major cities like Chicago and St. Louis.

The major threats with these storms will be damaging winds and large hail, but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

ABC News' Sarah Shales contributed to this report.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:40 p


"California quakes left a crack in the Earth so big it can be seen from space"

N'dea Yancey-Bragg

9 JULY 2019

The two massive earthquakes that rocked Southern California last week, not only damaged roads and sparked fires, but also left a fissure in the Earth so large it could be seen from space.

Planet Labs Inc. captured before and after satellite photos on July 4 and 6 that  show a rupture in the Earth's surface near the epicenter of Friday's 7.1 magnitude quake, which was 11 miles north-northeast of Ridgecrest, California.

The photos were shared on Twitter by Will Marshal, CEO of the San Francisco-based Earth imaging company.

The crack, which stretches through the Mojave Desert and across a highway, has become somewhat of a local attraction, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The rupture was initially  about two inches wide and  eventually becomes deep enough for brave spectators to reach their limbs inside, according to the Chronicle.

Friday's quake, which followed Thursday's 6.4 magnitude earthquake, occurred along a series of small faults unrelated to the San Andreas Fault, a 750-mile fault line running almost the entire length of California.

They were the strongest to hit the state in two decades.

The quakes could be felt in cities like  Phoenix, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and Las Vegas.

There were no fatalities or serious injuries reported, but a number of power outages, fires and road damage were attributed to the quake.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom toured the hardest-hit areas over the weekend.

The estimated $100 million in damage would have been much higher had the epicenter been in an area such as Los Angeles, rather than the remote Ridgecrest area, he said.

Contributing: John Bacon, Chris Woodyard and Charles Ventura, USA TODAY; Nicole Hayden and Brandon Gray, USA TODAY Network

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Post by thelivyjr » Thu Jul 25, 2019 1:40 p


"Heat wave blazes on: At least 3 people die due to scorching weather"

Phil Helsel and Minyvonne Burke

21 JULY 2019

The heat wave gripping large swaths of the Midwest and Northeast has killed at least three people, forced the evacuation of about 250 residents from a retirement home, and sparked the cancellation of major public events.

Other severe weather in the upper Midwest meanwhile left more than 200,000 households and businesses in Michigan without power Saturday morning.

High winds and storms in the state on Friday knocked out power lines, with utility crews working to repair the outages as quickly as possible.

In Maryland, health officials said a Prince George's County man and a Worcester County woman died this week from extreme heat.

Earlier this month, a Baltimore City man and and Anne Arundel County woman died.

"I once again urge Marylanders to be mindful of the impact of this severe weather on their health and wellness," Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan wrote in a tweet Friday.

Further west, in Arkansas, the heat claimed the life of former New York Giants offensive lineman and Super Bowl winner Mitch Petrus at age 32.

He died Thursday of a heat stroke after working outside in his family's shop, officials in Arkansas said.

The high temperature in Little Rock on Thursday was 92 degrees, with a heat index of 103 degrees.

Pulaski County Coroner Gerone Hobbs told NBC News that the former NFL athlete was drinking water "but not enough electrolytes."

In Arizona, an air conditioning technician, identified by NBC affiliate KPNX as Steven Bell, died Thursday while working in a couple's Avondale attic.

It's not clear if the death is heat-related.

According to KPNX, Bell was found with his hand "in the wires underneath the blow motor" next to a pan with water in it.

Temperatures in the area were above 100 degrees on Thursday, KPNX reported.

The heat wave stretches from southwestern Kansas and parts of Oklahoma to the Carolinas and even southern Maine, where Bangor is expected to see a high of 94 degrees Saturday.

More than 126 million were under excessive heat warnings and another 31 million were under heat advisories early Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Before the fever breaks, the extreme heat will put power grids across the country to the test.

Utility companies were deploying thousands of workers to be able to quickly respond to any outages during the weekend's sweltering weather.

In New York City, utility Con Edison said it had more than 4,000 workers at the ready.

Illinois' Commonwealth Edison had mobilized more than 750 of its workers for quick responses.

The utility, which serves Chicago, also said it was prepared to send out cooling buses and offer free water and charging stations should there be prolonged outages.

DTE Energy, a Detroit-based electric company, said Saturday morning that it was working to restore power to roughly 72,000 customers who lost power during a severe thunderstorm Friday night.

A total of 96,000 customers had been affected by the storm, the company said in a note on its website.

Consumers Energy, another electric company, said Saturday that more than 155,000 customers were without power due to the storm.

The company urged customers "to seek alternative ways of staying cool" while they worked to restore power.

"Our crews are working around the clock to restore service to our customers, but this will be a multi-day restoration effort," Consumer Energy tweeted.

Michigan State Police in a tweet urged residents to stay safe as temperatures were expected to climb Saturday.

"It's going to be another smokin' hot day and possibly more pop up severe storms."

"Check with local governments for cooling centers near you," the department tweeted Saturday morning.

"Keep a close eye on pets and those that may have trouble with the heat."

"Replenish your ice cream supplies as you are going to need it!"

Over in Philadelphia, some 250 residents at a retirement home were evacuated Friday after the facility lost power, according to NBC Philadelphia.

Residents at the Pavilion Apartments were taken to temporary shelters in West Philadelphia.

Fire officials said it could be two days before they are allowed to return home, NBC Philadelphia reported.

In an effort to limit the stress on the power supply, New York City's mayor ordered government buildings and private office buildings to keep thermostats at 78 degrees, a restriction that lasts until just before midnight Sunday.

"Air conditioning saves lives."

"They do not need to be on full blast to be effective," Dr. Oxiris Barbot, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, said in a statement.

In Chicago, temperatures Saturday were expected to reach 94.

Factor in humidity, and it'll feel hotter than 100 degrees, said National Weather Service meteorologist Casey Sullivan of the Chicago office.

"It's the humidity that's making it worse," Sullivan said.

Workers with My Block, My Hood, My City have been delivering fans, misting devices and cases of water to help people deal with the excessive heat, NBC Chicago reported.

"It's amazing."

"My uncle really needs this — he's on an oxygen tank," said Tomia Hopkins, who was among those helped by the group.

"It's really hard, and it's 100-degree weather right now," she said.

A member said the organization had received more than 50 requests for water and fans a day, mostly from homes with seniors.

Saturday night or Sunday a cold front will move in and usher in temperatures in the mid-80s in the Chicago area.

But areas further east will feel the heat through Sunday.

Relief can't come soon enough for some New Yorkers.

In New York City, a network communication issue delayed many subway lines Friday, which exacerbated the scorching conditions.

"This kind of meltdown during a heat wave is UNACCEPTABLE," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted.

Passengers were left waiting on crowded and hot platforms.

After about an hour-and-a-half, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that the system was back and running, NBC New York reported.

"It's ridiculous," fumed one passenger to the station.

"It's 100 degrees out here."

"It's hot, and it's hot in the train station."

An MTA official told the station that it did not appear that weather had anything to do with the disruption.

The temperatures in the nation's largest city are expected to climb.

The forecast called for a high of 100 degrees on Saturday and 97 on Sunday before things cool down.

With the humidity, it will feel hotter.

The city has declared a heat emergency, and many outdoor activities — including Sunday's New York City Triathlon and Saturday's Coney Island Music Festival —were called off because of the heat.

Boston won't be getting any relief either until after the weekend's over.

The city is expected to suffer through 100 degrees on Saturday and 103 on Sunday.

Sheryl Queen, owner of the Twist & Shake ice cream shop on Revere Beach north of Boston, said her shop's ready with extra staff, but she's not expecting a rush until after the sun goes down and things cool off some.

"Sometimes, it's even too hot for ice cream, but we're here," she said.

Rescue crews in South Haven, Michigan, rescued two people from the water, one of whom was caught in a rip current, on Friday as people packed beaches to escape high temperatures, South Haven Emergency Services said in a statement.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where temperatures reached as high as 95 degrees on Friday, the heat caused lanes on Interstate 229 under an overpass to buckle, NBC affiliate KDLT reported.

An engineer for the South Dakota Department of Transportation tweeted that "High heat, humidity and moisture created ideal conditions for pavement blowups," and posted a photo of the buckled highway.

The state highway patrol said Friday evening that the road had been repaired and was open.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:40 p


"Monsoonal moisture brings another day of sweltering heat to Southern California"

Hannah Fry

24 JULY 2019

Grab a hat and crank up your air conditioning, Angelenos, because the Southland's second heat wave of the summer is reaching its peak.

Some of the week's highest temperatures are expected Wednesday, with the mercury rising to over 100 degrees in Woodland Hills and the Santa Clarita Valley.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory through 9 p.m. for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys and the Inland Empire, warning of heat-related illnesses from the combination of high temperatures and humidity.

On Wednesday, much of the Southland woke up to muggy and warm conditions.

Overnight temperatures in downtown Los Angeles didn't drop below 71 degrees, and Burbank hovered around 73 degrees, which is "pretty warm for an overnight low," said Ryan Kittell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Downtown L.A. and Long Beach are expected to reach 90 degrees Wednesday, while Burbank could see the mercury hit 96.

Temperatures are predicted to be only slightly higher than what the region experienced Tuesday, but given the heat that lingered overnight, it will likely feel a lot hotter, Kittell said.

"It will feel warmer because it's starting out warmer than yesterday," he said.

The monsoonal moisture rolling into California from Mexico this week has created some wacky — and record-breaking — summer weather.

Long Beach reached 96 degrees Tuesday, surpassing the daily record of 94 degrees set in 1974, according to the weather service.

However, the rise in temperature in the coastal city wasn't too surprising to meteorologists, given that Long Beach is typically the last place along the coast to get a cooling sea breeze.

"Long Beach is unique in that when there's a marine layer, they're going to be cool, but if there isn't one, they're typically the hottest along the coast," Kittell said.

On Tuesday, the monsoon flow produced scattered thunderstorms and slight rainfall in some areas.

Lightning threats prompted lifeguards to briefly clear beaches in Los Angeles County from Malibu to Torrance, but no damage was reported.

However, a more severe thunderstorm in Thermal, in the Coachella Valley, brought down power lines and trees, according to fire and emergency management officials.

Scattered thunderstorms still could materialize in the mountains and deserts Wednesday but aren't expected along the coast, forecasters said.

Temperatures are expected to dip slightly into the weekend but will remain higher than average.

Meteorologists predict the hot weather will continue through at least early next week.

"It's really not much of a cooling trend," Kittell said.

"The humidity should be sticking around for a while."

"When we have this monsoonal pattern, it definitely feels a lot warmer than it normally is here during the summer."

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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:40 p


"More rounds of severe storms, flooding downpours to target central US through Sunday?


10 AUGUST 2019

A broad area of the central United States will be at risk for violent thunderstorms and flooding downpours this weekend.

Many more communities will be at risk for severe weather than at the end of this past week, when the worst of the thunderstorms focused on South Dakota.

A brief tornado was reported in Lyman County, South Dakota, on Friday, with many more thunderstorms producing damaging winds and large hail in the state.

"The severe threat will be more localized in nature on Saturday across the western North Central states while becoming more widespread for Sunday, mainly late afternoon into the overnight," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

While the bulk of severe weather at the beginning of the weekend is expected to target part of the Northwest, locally damaging thunderstorms are possible from the Black Hills of South Dakota to eastern Colorado.

On Saturday night, these storms can congeal over portions of Nebraska and Kansas and create a heightened risk for flash flooding.

The ground remains soaked in this region from rounds of rainfall this past week.

An even greater risk of severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours will emerge at the end of the weekend.

"Sunday may be very active in terms of severe weather with high winds and large hail possibly taking center stage from the eastern slopes of the Rockies to much of the central and northern Plains," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

Downed trees and power lines are possible as wind gusts can reach an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 70 mph.

A few tornadoes are possible in the strongest thunderstorms.

Motorists on stretches on interstates 25, 70, 76, 80, 90 and 94 should be ready to slow down in any downpours to reduce the risk of hydroplaning.

Damaging winds and flash flooding will become the greatest concerns as the thunderstorms reach the central Plains on Sunday night.

Flooded roadways are extremely difficult to see at night, so motorists are urged to use caution.

The Interstate-80 corridor in Nebraska may be especially hit hard by heavy rainfall on Sunday night.

Farther north, a more general area of rain with some rumbles of thunder is forecast to sweep through the Dakotas during this time.

These pockets of wet weather will spread eastward on Monday, with places such as Minneapolis and Chicago expected to have a damp start to the week.

The rain will reach the Northeast by Tuesday, putting an end to its stretch of pleasant weather.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:40 p

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"Extreme heat lingers in the South as Carolinas prepare for strong storms"

10 AUGUST 2019

The heat baking the southern U.S. shows no signs of letting up this weekend -- or even the start of the work week.

Heat advisories are in place Saturday across 10 states from the Southern Plains to northern Florida.

Highs are expected to break into the triple-digits from Texas to Florida on Saturday, with some areas approaching a heat index of 110 degrees by late afternoon.

The hot weather sticks around through the weekend with many areas hitting the triple-digits through Monday.

In the Mid-Atlantic, severe storms are expected along the coast of North Carolina from Wilmington to New Bern.

The main threats will be strong winds, some isolated hail and perhaps a brief tornado.

Some localized flooding is also possible from heavier downpours.

Fire danger across Northwest

Several fire alerts remain in place across parts of the Northwest Saturday as dry lightning and high winds could combine to create dangerous fire weather.

Red flag warnings are in place across six states, with fire weather watches further east in Wyoming.

Wind gusts will peak above 25 mph in many of these areas, which can lead to rapidly spreading fires.

Storms with potentially frequent lightning through the afternoon and evening will lead to increased risk for fires.

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Post by thelivyjr » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:40 p


"Dreadful heat, humidity to invade South as misery continues"

By JAY REEVES and JEFF MARTIN, Associated Press

13 AUGUST 2019

ATLANTA (AP) — Most of the South — from Texas to parts of South Carolina — will be under heat advisories and warnings as temperatures will feel as high as 117 degrees (47 Celsius), forecasters said.

The most intense heat Tuesday was expected in Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Alabama; and in areas near Memphis, Tennessee.

The warnings come one day after the temperature and humidity combined for a Monday heat index of 121 degrees (49.4 Celsius) in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

It was only a few degrees cooler in West Memphis, Arkansas.

In Alabama, the highest reported heat indexes Monday were 112 degrees (44.4 Celsius) in Florence, Tuscumbia and Gurley.

Forecasters say the heat index is what the temperature actually feels like.

Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are prime threats during heat waves, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In Kansas, a 2-year-old boy died after he was found alone in a parked car in the afternoon heat Sunday.

It appears heat played a role in the child's death, Lawrence Police Chief Gregory Burns Jr. said in a statement Monday.

It was about 88 degrees (31 Celsius) with a heat index of 96 (36 Celsius) in Lawrence at the time, National Weather Service said.

The police investigation is continuing.

The heat alerts in place on Tuesday stretched as far east as the Upstate area of South Carolina.

In Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills are practicing together Tuesday and Wednesday before a preseason NFL game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Over the weekend, Panthers coach Ron Rivera had some fun with Bills coach Sean McDermott, sending a screenshot of the heat index in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

It showed 110 degrees (43.3 Celsius) along with an orange emoji face dripping with sweat.

"A psychological game," Rivera joked of the scorching heat that awaits McDermott and the Bills this week.

Reeves reported from Birmingham, Alabama. Associated Press Sports Writer Steve Reed in Spartanburg, South Carolina, contributed to this report.

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Post by thelivyjr » Sat Aug 17, 2019 1:40 p


"Heat wave: South and Midwest grapple with scorching temperatures"

John Bacon

14 AUGUST 2019

A heat wave gripping much of the South and Midwest on Tuesday showed little sign of easing after fueling record demand for energy in Texas and pushing the heat index above 120 degrees in at least one Mississippi town.

ERCOT, which manages 90% of the Texas electric load, said it set a new all-time peak demand record Monday between 4 and 5 p.m.

That eclipsed a record dating all the way back to Sunday as the unrelenting heat wave blasted the region.

Another record was possible Tuesday.

"High temperatures have resulted in record electricity demand over the last few days and may result in a new record today," ERCOT CEO Bill Magness said Tuesday afternoon.

He urged customers to ease power use later in the day and early in the evening.

Parts of 13 states were under heat advisories, from Texas, Louisiana and Florida in the South to Missouri and Illinois in the Midwest, the National Weather Service reported.

In Nashville, heat index values reached 107 degrees early Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service warned.

And it was getting hotter.

Clarksdale, Mississippi, is used to the heat, but 121 degrees Monday was a little much for the historic Delta town – the birthplace of Sam Cooke that boasts of live Blues 365 nights a year.

"This is crazy heat, even for Mississippi" said Stephanie Davis, 47, the mayor's secretary and a lifetime resident.

"I don't ever remember it being worse."

"The humidity is so high, and it is hot so early."

The city of 15,000 has opened cooling centers in the library – "You don't have to be a patron, just go on in" – and elsewhere.

The city was seeing a bit of relief Tuesday, but a heat advisory remained in effect.

"The churches, some of the younger people, they are checking on the elderly," Davis said.

"They might have air conditioning but they don't use it, they don't want their (power) bill to be extreme."

The thermometer hit 100 degrees in Atlanta.

Cooling stations were open in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; and Little Rock, Arkansas, among other locations.

In Shreveport, Louisiana, residents were warned that heat index values would far exceed 100 degrees.

"Take precautions to keep cool if you have to be outdoors during peak heating hours as heat stroke can be deadly," the National Weather Service office in Shreveport warned.

"Citizens should drink plenty of water and wear light weight and loose fitting clothing."

In northern Alabama, forecasters with the weather service's Huntsville office said Monday they issued the first "excessive heat warning" for the area in more than seven years.

The warning is more serious than a heat advisory.

The Union of Concerned Scientists warns such heat could soon become the norm.

Last month the group published a report "Killer Heat in the United States," along with a companion study in the journal "Environmental Research Communications."

Both use the heat index – the measure of how hot it feels when air temperatures are combined with the amount of moisture in the air – to project the impact of rapid increases in extreme heat nationwide if industrialized nations don’t act quickly to reduce heat-trapping emissions.

The report urges "bold action to dramatically reduce heat-trapping emissions" and limit the intensity and frequency of extreme heat.

The actions include, among other things, transitioning to low-carbon energy sources, improving energy efficiency and investing in land use and forest management practices that help store carbon in soils, trees and vegetation.

"The United States is facing a potentially staggering expansion of dangerous heat over the coming decades," the report says.

"This analysis shows the rapid, widespread increases in extreme heat that are projected to occur across the country due to climate change."

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Heat wave: South and Midwest grapple with scorching temperatures

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