Masters student in tropical meteorology at FSU. Raised in Alaskan blizzards, but drawn toward tropical cyclones by their superior PGF.
By: Levi32 , 4:53 PM GMT on November 22, 2007
What was supposed to be a routine melt-down storm this week has turned into a pretty nasty situation. For 3 days heavy rains have been melting snow and swelling streams, and a flood advisory is now in effect for the Anchor River and Homer area, where I live. Now this morning winds have been added at an alarming rate. Take a look at the surface map at the bottom of this blog entry and look just to the right of the middle. You will see the long fetch of warm air from the southeast pouring into the warm sector of the low over my area. The gradient is extremely tight, and amazingly the winds in the warm sector are exceeding the winds on the back side of the low, which in the north Pacific is very rare. At my house the winds are blowing foam insulation slabs and sawhorses everywhere lol. We just had a wind gust of 105 mph, so things are pretty dangerous outside. Power is fluctuating as you can imagine, and I wouldn't be surprised if we black out any second. The winds aren't sustained at more than 30mph, but the sudden gusts of Cat. 2-3 hurricane force are what really shake the place. Hopefully power will stay on or we'll have a lot of uncooked turkey's around here this Thanksgiving lol.
To those of you who thought Alaska was safe from hurricanes, you thought wrong lol :)
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