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Southern Storms & Quang

By: Skyepony, 2:06 PM GMT on April 29, 2015

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Bad weather is moving across the Southeast this week..





Mid Atlantic states may see some rain on Friday..




Video 1. A compilation of chaser footage and damage of this Monday morning's storms in LA, including the rain cars getting blown off the elevated track.

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Video 2. Published on Apr 27, 2015
A storm system that hit parts of North Texas dumped several inches of rain and damaged some buildings but nobody was hurt. (April 27)

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TROPICS

24S Quang






ADT Tropical Cyclone Intensity Estimate of Quang.
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Texas Flooding LA Storms Southeast Storms Cyclone Quang

Storms in the South

By: Skyepony, 5:46 AM GMT on April 28, 2015

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Bad weather is moving across the Southeast this week..





Tuesday.. The Severe weather moves from LA into MS & AL


Wednesday.. GA & FL have their best chance for rain and severe weather.





Image 1. EARS ASCAT A 12.5km ascending pass of the low in the gulf. Showing a few flags with 44kt winds.


There was another tornado report from this morning..

1023 AM TORNADO 3 NNW KENNER 30.02N 90.27W
04/27/2015 F1 JEFFERSON LA NWS STORM SURVEY

MULTIPLE TREES AND POWER POLES UPROOTED...SNAPPED...OR
BENT OVER BETWEEN DUNCAN CANAL AND THE CORNER OF W
ESPLANADE AND LOYOLA. MINOR ROOF DAMAGE ALSO OCCURRED TO
SEVERAL RESIDENCES. ROOF OF A PATIO LIFTED OFF A HOUSE.
PATH LENGTH 0.5 MILES...MAX WIDTH 50 YARDS...MAX
ESTIMATED WINDS 90 MPH. RATED EF-1.

This evening it continued with 1" hail in LIVINGSTON, LA. There is a wooden fence down in ASCENSION, and 1/4 inch hail completely covering the ground in IBERVILLE, LA.


Video 1. A compilation of chaser footage and damage of this Monday morning's storms in LA, including the rain cars getting blown off the elevated track.

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ESPI is in a freefall after last weeks peak of 102, it's now 79.
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Video 2. Blimp landing in a storm during Jazz Fest 2015.
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98S



Blob near Madagascar



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Southeast Storms 98S

SE Wx and A Flock of Gulls

By: Skyepony, 4:56 AM GMT on April 27, 2015

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Possible bad weather across the Southeast this week..

Monday.. Things get started in east TX, LA along the coast.


Tuesday.. Weather could get severe across the north side of the Gulf of Mexico.


Wednesday.. GA & SC takes the brunt.


Thursday a piece breaks off to remain, harass the coast then go to FL as it diminishes.


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ESPI peaked this past week around 102, getting into moderate ENSO indicating territory, but has since fallen to 90.

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Twiddle Live at Wanee Festival. They look to be out on tour.

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TROPICS

91W is locaded at 11.2 -136.6 and has an intensity of 10kts~ NOAA took the satellite storm floater off this storm days ago. NAVY has continued to keep it active. Now in it's seventh day of existence we may have a Perpetual Flock of Gulls.

Figure 1. An MTSAT capture of 91W

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Nepal Earthquake

By: Skyepony, 9:25 PM GMT on April 25, 2015

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A 7.8 earthquake occurred 4/25/2015 in Nepal. The death toll is rising very quick with this event. Over 1000 have been confirmed dead already with many more injured. Lives have been lost in India, Bangladesh, Tibet and on Mt Everest.

Nearby Cities include:

34km (21mi) ESE of Lamjung, Nepal
58km (36mi) NNE of Bharatpur, Nepal
73km (45mi) E of Pokhara, Nepal
76km (47mi) NW of Kirtipur, Nepal
77km (48mi) NW of Kathmandu, Nepal

Durbar Square, Patan, Kathmandu before and after earthquake april 25,2015

Video 1. Published on Apr 25, 2015.

The earthquake occurred as a result of thrust faulting from the subducting India plate and the overriding Eurasia Plate. The India plate is converging with the Eurasia plate at a rate of 45mm/yr, forming the Himalayan Mountain Range.

Though this is a major plate boundary, historically there has only been four 6M or greater within 250km of this quake in the last century. There was a M 6.9 earthquake in August 1988, 240 km to the southeast of the April 25 event, it caused close to 1500 fatalities. The largest, an M 8.0 event known as the 1934 Nepal-Bihar earthquake, was near the 1988 event. It severely damaged Kathmandu, and may have caused ~10,600 fatalities.

The moment when the earthquake struck Nepal - BBC Urdu

Video 2. Published on Apr 25, 2015



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Nepal Earthquake

Belle Glade, FL Tornado

By: Skyepony, 2:06 PM GMT on April 24, 2015

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On April 23rd around 2:44pm the NWS in Miami had multible reports of a waterspout coming ashore in Northwest Belle Glade, FL. The estimated strength was an EF-0.




It lasted about three minutes and caused mostly tree damage.

Tree and vehicle damage also occurred in Miami, as the storms moved through.




Image credits go to Jireh Tree Care

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Belle Glade, FL Tornado

New Jersey Landslide

By: Skyepony, 10:24 PM GMT on April 23, 2015

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Landslide in USA on Thursday, 23 April, 2015 at 00:10 (12:10 AM) UTC.
Description
A 70 foot deep ravine is threatening to swallow two homes in Florence, Burlington County that overlook the Delaware River. This morning engineers determined that the situation is too dangerous, and they are now asking the homeowners near the collapse site to evacuate their properties. Geotechnical engineers from a private consulting company visited the scene on the 400 block of E. Front Street today to examine the eroding hillside that's been collapsing over the last two years, and which is now threatening two homes. A tearful Lynne O'Dell said, "This is our home. We've put a lot of effort into it. I put a lot of love into this house." Chris and Lynne O'Dell live in one of the two homes. Chris says, "When we walk away, we could be walking away for good and losing everything. That's hard to take. But by the same token we're both still standing here by the grace of God, and we haven't gone over and they're finding us at the bottom of a cliff." Monday's torrential rains eroded the hill further, exposing an abandoned storm sewer drain pipe that was spewing water, and may be the cause of the dramatic collapse of the hillside. "Any time we get any kind of significant rainfall, we start to see more of the loss of the property. I guess that's part of what the engineering folks are probably going to be able to determine," Chris said. The township has asked the O'Dells to keep people out of their yard, and this morning erected fences to keep the curious away. The O'Dells have been preparing for the worst, but have been reluctant to begin packing their belongings. Lynne O'Dell says, "I'm still trying to wrap my head around this. We, you know, we've talked about it... packing stuff, and I just can't bring myself to do it. I know I need to." Chris tells us, "One thing we talked about was no matter what, let's get the things that we can't replace, the family pictures, the documents, that kind of stuff. And let's get those off site." Engineers who looked at the site believe further collapse of the sides of the giant gulley is imminent. Assistant Township Administrator Tom Sahol says, "I don't think you can define saying within hours, it could be days. But when lives are at stake you don't take any chances." The O'Dells say they don't know where they are going to go and they don't know if they're ever going to get back to their home. Burlington County officials and the township are working together to figure out the exact cause of the giant gaping hole, and how to fix it.

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Arctic Webcams Deployed

By: Skyepony, 4:11 PM GMT on April 20, 2015

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NPEO's Buoy Farms Arctic Deployment Update

The 2015 Arctic Webcam Buoys have been deployed. Webcam #1 was also restarted to synchronize it's time reading with Webcam #2.


Figure 1. NPEO 2015 Arctic Webcam #1.


Figure 2. NPEO 2015 Arctic Webcam #2.



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91W


96P



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Arctic Webcams Tropics

NPEO's Buoy Deployment & Tropics

By: Skyepony, 1:04 PM GMT on April 16, 2015

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NPEO's Buoy Farms Arctic Deployment Update



NPEO 2015 Report #11
= Monday, 13 April (Russian Orthodox Easter) Barneo – Iridium call from Dean Stewart
Installation of Frederic Vivier’s Ice-T Buoy was completed at Barneo, and deployment of the Webcam Buoys begun. Dean phoned to check on the images successfully transmitted by Webcam1. The Twin Otter arrived from Sunday evening, and it was being configured for the CTD-Chemistry stations, and a practice station was taken.
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Artica (Barneo) — April 12, 2015 N 89° 30′ W 020° 26′ — -22°C, north 3-4 m/s
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Artica (Barneo) — April 11, 2015 N 89° 33′ W 018° 11′ — Clear, -29°C, north 2 m/s
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NPEO 2015 Report #10
= Saturday, 11 April Barneo – Iridium call from Jamie Morison
The major effort today was preparing for the installation of Frederic Vivier’s Ice-T Buoy, which requires a large and overlapping hole through the ice. Ice-T deployment should be complete tomorrow. The Twin Otter took off from Alert headed north, but deteriorating weather at Barneo resulted in an Iridium call to Borek, and the Twin returned to Alert to try again tomorrow.


Artica (Barneo) — April 10, 2015 N 89° 36′ W 018° 39′ — Cloudy, -26°C, west 2 m/s
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NPEO 2015 Report #9
= Friday, 10 April Barneo – Iridium call from Jamie Morison
Work planned for NPEO’s first full day at Barneo went well. The WHOI team succeeded in deploying both the the Ice-Tethered Profiler (ITP) and the Autonomous Ocean Flux Buoy about 300 meters from camp, and will leave on the flight to Longyearbyen this evening. In addition, Dean Stewart put together a successful deployment of the Ice Mass Balance (IMB) Buoy. Jamie Morison flew to the Pole in an MI-8 helicopter and downloaded another year of data from the Arctic Bottom Pressure Recorder (ABPR), which may be nearing the end of its expected battery life, but seems to be going strong. Revised plans call for the Twin Otter to arrive from Eureka in Barneo Saturday evening to begin the hydro survey.

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90A


95S





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Arctic Trek Ends

By: Skyepony, 3:30 AM GMT on April 13, 2015

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Arctic Trekking Update



The headnorth trekking team reached the North Pole after 6 1/2 days of hiking in temps as low as -35C (-31F). Everyone is well. They were collected at the pole by helicopter and taken to Longyearbyen.

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Arctic Trek, Tropics & What Not

By: Skyepony, 1:43 PM GMT on April 11, 2015

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Arctic Trekking Update

The trekking team set up camp for the night within 5 miles if the North Pole. They had a challenging day with significant ice walls and a newly formed river from the sea ice cracking in their path.




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22S JOALANE



23P SOLO



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Revisiting the WunderSnowCams

As the never ending winter of 2014-2015 comes to an end, seemed a visit to the cams we watched so much this winter were in order.

Chestnut Hill, MA The patio furniture is saved!


Shrewsbury, MA The dump trucks mostly left... Nice to see everyone got the Saturday off.


Hull, MA Wundercam...This one is along the coast. The strip of land on the right side explains why that area was frozen so much.


New York, NY Still under construction..


Shirley, NY on Long Island The trailer in the foreground seems to have taken some damage since we last saw it.


Rochester, NH Wins longest lived snow award!!!



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Arctic Sea Ice Update and Tropics

By: Skyepony, 10:38 AM GMT on April 08, 2015

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Arctic Sea Ice Update
The National Snow and Ice Data Center released their March overview of the sea ice. After the maximum for 2015 was reached February 25th, the ice declined til it made a late rally in the end of March and came within 23,000²miles of the peak. The slight recovery occurred as the Bering Sea, Davis Strait and around Labrador had a break from storms and regained ice. Overall the March average sea ice area covered 5.56 million² miles, the lowest in satellite history. It was 1.13 million² miles below the long running average from 1981-2010. The 2015 March Arctic Sea Ice extent broke the 2006 record for least March extent by 23,000²miles.

I noted last blog the massive cracking up going on. Last year this seemed alarming as well. Sea Ice For Walrus put out a comparison in satellite images, that shows this up closer. They also show a picture from the same date in 2013. The difference is startling.

Figure 1: Ice extent at the end of March 2014. Note ice is broken up over the area around the Bering Strait and St. Lawrence Island. Gulf of Anadyr is more of a solid mass. There is also an area of shorefast from Wales to Shishmaref

Figure 2: Ice extent at the end of March 2015. Note ice is broken up over the area and into the Gulf of Anadyr. There is a large polynya south of St. Lawrence Island with compact ice beyond the barrier islands around Wales.

The North Pole Environmental Observatory (NPEO) also began putting information out this week as the 2015 Buoy deployment has begun. Last year this program was struck with terrible luck when on June 27th the first camera buoy was lost followed by the second camera buoy failing 4 days later on July 1st. This year's mission is off to a shaky start. The equipment was flying in on the first plane the researchers on a second. Both were delayed a day due to a storm in Borneo. Once the trip was on, as they arrived in Borneo the right landing gear of the plane on the second flight was ripped off on landing. There was also a trekking group on board that captured the picture shown of the plane after the accident. They are blogging about their experience & Arctic hike here. No one was seriously injured in the crash landing but the NPEO camera buoy deployment for 2015 was feared to have suffered a significant setback. In the few days since they managed to shuffle travel arrangements but have had to travel around the inclement weather. Their live blog translated is here.





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Arctic Sea Ice Cyclone Joalane Cyclone Ikola 23P

Cyclone Ikola, Joalane and What Not

By: Skyepony, 8:14 AM GMT on April 06, 2015

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04W MAYSAK


05W HAISHEN


22S JOALANE



21S IKOLA



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Severe Weather in Bangladesh. Spring storm season began in Bangladesh today in severe fashion. 24 people were killed over half from the Bogra district in the northern part of the country. There was over 50 injuries.

Time-Lapse, Storm at Bangora Gas Field, 45 sec

Published on Apr 5, 2015
18:00 hrs, 5th April 2015
Bangora Gas Field, Comilla, Bangladesh
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Quick look at the Arctic Sea Ice
The Arctic Sea Ice had made another attempt at a peak but fell short & the ice has continued to dwindle. Over the past weekend a storm degraded a significant amount of ice near the North Pole on the North Atlantic side. The sea ice near Alaska has many more cracks than a week ago.


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Maysak Tropics Severe Weather Bangladesh Arctic Sea Ice IKOLA Cyclone Ikola Cyclone Joalane

Maysak and Haisen

By: Skyepony, 2:36 PM GMT on April 04, 2015

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04W MAYSAK



Left: CIMSS ADT intensity graph
Right: ETRAP 24hr modeled rainfall forecast.

Typhoon in Chuuk Maysak outside my HighTide hotel room.

Published on Apr 3, 2015
Typhoon Maysak outside my hotel room in Chuuk High Tide Hotel


A 3-D View of Typhoon Maysak from Chuuk

Published on Apr 3, 2015
This GPM 3-D simulated fly-by view of Typhoon Maysak taken on Apr. 2 showed the highest thunderstorms around the eye near 9.3 miles (red) high. Credit: SSAI/NASA, Hal Pierce



There's one working bathroom on the island that is being shared by the community. Nobody was injured during the storm, but it's not done posing a threat. In the absence of sanitation the health risks are increased exponentially, and if anyone gets sick, there's no medicine or medical supplies. Without outside assistance, these people are in a grave situation. One of the things on their wish list was hand sanitizer in the absence of running water and functional bathrooms.
— at Ulithi Atoll, Federated States Of Micronesia.

Credit: Brad Holland, more can be found there on donating & helping the people of Ulithi

05W HAISHEN


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Hail havoc continues. India got nailed again. Three people died from wall collapse, including a child. Ten cattle died & 150 people were injured. It's also reported that three farmers have committed suicide over this severe storm due to extreme crop loss.

Massive hail storm in Vrindavan, India April 3, 2015

Published on Apr 3, 2015
Hail storm with golf ball to baseball size hail causes chaos for birds, monkeys, cows, cars and people. Extensive damage to roofs, cars, windows, windshields, etc. as hail driven sideways by gusty winds; traveling at high speeds for more than five minutes. It wasn't until after walking around we realized how much damage was done by this storm. What was at first exciting turned out to be very destructive and distressing for so many.

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Maysak Haisen

Tropics

By: Skyepony, 4:59 AM GMT on April 02, 2015

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04W MAYSAK



Left: CIMSS ADT intensity graph
Right: ETRAP 24hr modeled rainfall forecast.

Super typhoon Maysak

Published on Apr 2, 2015
Super typhoon Maysak,


Raw Maysak Clips Medium from Chuuk

Published on Mar 31, 2015
Credit: Hiroyuki Mori


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Big Hail
A severe hail storm hit parts of Bangladesh killing one man and injuring 15 others. Nearly 100 village homes were damaged. Large tracts of crops were destroyed by the storm.
Sandstorm In SAUDI ARABIA on 1 APRIL 2015

Published on Apr 2, 2015
Hail storm bogura city in bangladesh .When 18 hour Hail storm staing its damage field,house,shop,farm etc.Many man suffing in this time.

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Typhoon Maysak 99W Bangladesh hail

April Gardens

By: Skyepony, 12:54 PM GMT on April 01, 2015

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April Fools Fun..
Jeff Masters' hidden April Fools blog..

Google Maps, enter an address and select the pacman looking map next to the satellite map & then you can play pacman on the roads..



Garden~

When to plant what & how in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama.

April is the last month for North FL to plant the spring veggies & the one month window for many of them. More summer fare is hitting the dirt too, just about all the winter veggies seeds should get packed away til fall. Central FL is about done planting most spring plants & starting the summer garden. South Florida is done planting spring fare & only planting summer plants. * means last month to plant.

North FL Plant all beans (last month for pole* & Bush* beans), cantaloupe*, corn*, cucumbers*, eggplant, okra, southern Peas, peppers*, Sweet Potatoes, pumpkins*, summer squash*, tomatoes*, watermelon & turnips.

Central FL ..Plant~ All beans*, cantaloupes*, okra, southern peas, sweet potatoes, watermelon, Gourds & broomgrass.

1st-2nd Pull & kill weeds & plant pests. Mow & cut to increase growth. Dig holes. Clean house.
3rd-4th First day plant aboveground crops, the second day plant root crops. Bake, get Married, Slaughter.
5th-7th Plant everything, favorable time to set strawberries and transplant. Prune trees, can, harvest & slaughter.
8th-9th No planting. Mow, cut to retard growth, end things, quit habits, demolish, potty train, advertize to sell.
10th-11th Plant root crops. Castrate, wean, end things.
12th-13th Clear, mow & kill weeds. Feed plants. Dig holes, mow to increase growth.
14th-15th Plant vine and root crops, set strawberries. Can, castrate, Get Married, brew, star, make & create.
16th-17th Prepare ground for planting..
18th-19th Plant aboveground crops.
20th-22nd No Planting.
23rd-24th Plant aboveground crops.
25th-29th Pull weeds, clear.
30th Plant aboveground crops.


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