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Amazon Oil Spills, Arctic and Tropics

By: Skyepony, 3:08 PM GMT on February 29, 2016

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Peru's Government has declared an emergency for 16 mostly indigenous communities in the Amazon rain forest that have had their source of food and water contaminated by an aging oil pipeline system. More here.

3 Spills in Peruvian Amazon Dump 3,000 Oil Barrels

Published on Feb 23, 2016
Three major oil spills in less than a month in the Peruvian Amazon region have affected the livelihoods of at least 8 indigenous communities who rely on the contaminated rivers, one of which leads into the Amazon river. Peru has suffered 20 spills since 2011.
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Arctic Sea Ice did make a little rebound. It is no longer at a record low, as it has inched above 2006.


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Tornado Stories, Bangladesh Hail, Yalo, Arctic

By: Skyepony, 1:32 PM GMT on February 25, 2016

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Woman caught up by tornado on miracle survival

Published on Feb 24, 2016
At least three people died Tuesday night when tornadoes hit across the Deep South. One woman was swept up in a Louisiana tornado, but miraculously survived. David Begnaud has her story.

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Parts of Bangladesh were hit by a freak hail storm. 10 people died, more were injured.
bangladesh Hail Storm.শিলা বৃষ্টি

Published on Feb 24, 2016
today bangladesh Hail Storm
shila bristi শিলা বৃষ্টি
ফাল্গুনের দ্বিতীয় সপ্তাহে ভরা বসন্তে আকাশ কালো করে মেঘ আর ঝড়ো হাওয়ার পর শিলা বৃষ্টি চমকে দিয়ে গেল রাজধানীবাসীকে।
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Arctic Sea Ice was attempting a recovery around the North Pole. Another storm has moved over it now. Average peak extent is approaching. The last few years peak has been occurring later than average. I'd half expected to see some sort of rebound starting in earnest by now, but will give it a few weeks before getting too doom about it. We have seen some amazing late season rebounds the last few years.

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Weather Ahead, Firenado, Winston & Arctic

By: Skyepony, 2:14 PM GMT on February 22, 2016

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Southern Plains States Fires
Several Southern Plains States are battling wild grass fires. Oklahoma has had 80 square miles burn so far. The most impressive video was out of Missouri when extreme fire conditions spawned these fire tornadoes. The 50 mile an hour winds that brought these fires to a dangerous climax on Friday, forcing several counties to evacuate people in various areas, has subsided. One firefighter was injured when he was hit by a truck on a smokey road. This situation should see significant improvement on Tuesday as rains are forecast for the area with a forming storm.


Published on Feb 19, 2016 SRC-TV
Fire tornado causes big problems for fire crews in Missouri.
Watch as a fire tornado spins through a large brush fire that burned several acres in Platte County, Missouri.


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More Severe Weather Coming for the South and East

Some severe weather looks to be on the way across the south and east this week. Certainly not the strongest we've seen recently. Though there will probably be some isolated devastation dished here and there. In the frame above the severe weather looks to get started in Central Texas on Tuesday. It moves east from there. Weakens briefly as it begins to pull in moisture from the gulf and form into a broad low. Then some re-intensification begins on Wednesday, possibly bringing isolated severe weather across the deep south. The low forms a broad squall lines that impacts the Carolinas with lesser squalls pushing up through parts of the Northeast. As the storm travels Northeast through the rest of the work week, snow falls on the backside. The current run shows snow down to North Georgia and Alabama. GEOS-5 has been trending north with the freeze line over time so this may shift more north.

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Cyclone Winston and the Arctic

By: Skyepony, 2:08 AM GMT on February 20, 2016

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Tropical Cyclone Winston conditions in Taveuni, Fiji | 20 02 2016

Published on Feb 19, 2016
Very strong winds in Taveuni at 9.20am Saturday
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The parade of sea ice wrecking lows continue up the east side of Greenland.

The view from VIIRS, credit NASA Rapid Response.
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El Niño Flooding, Uriah and Winston

By: Skyepony, 2:18 PM GMT on February 17, 2016

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The El Nino flooding continues in it's various forms in various places across the world..

2-15-16 Snohomish, WA Pilchuck River Flooding

Published on Feb 16, 2016 by: Live Storms Media



Here is where Tidal Flooding came through flood gates and then froze solid near Boston.

Floodgate Problem Leads To Flooding, Ice Damage At Revere Homes

Published on Feb 16, 2016 by: CBS Boston
A floodgate problem over the weekend led to flooding and ice damage on Arcadia Street at Oakland Island in Revere. WBZ-TV's Christina Hager reports.

Flooding in quatr ..Here is more on the flooding in Oman and surrounding areas. This is expected to worsen and spread with more rain on the way.

Published on Feb 16, 2016 by: Crazy Taco


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Arctic Sea Ice Minimum, Uriah and Winston

By: Skyepony, 4:17 AM GMT on February 16, 2016

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Tropics Awaken & Ice Watching

By: Skyepony, 5:15 AM GMT on February 11, 2016

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Watching the Arctic.
The Arctic is a surreal scene this February with sea ice extent near minimum, large cracks traversing the landscape and this intrusion of not so solid ice through the north pole. Santa's Workshop maybe having a rough winter sitting on ~85-90% sea ice concentration instead of a solid sheet. Figure 1, to the right is from 2/7/2016. In the few days since the compromised sea ice has become more apparent and moved around some on the current satellite below...view dependent on current frame and clouds.
Figure 1. Color-coded map of the daily sea ice concentration in the Northern Hemisphere for the indicated recent date along with the contours of the 15% edge during the years with the least extent of ice (in red) and the greatest extent of ice (in yellow) during the period from November 1978 to the present. The extents in km2 for the current and for the years of minimum and maximum extents are provided below the image. The different shades of gray over land indicate the land elevation with the lightest gray being the highest elevation. Credit NASA.

Note the Great Lakes didn't get left out in Figure 1. They for the most part are still ice free. The graphs below show how far each lake is below the Long Term Average Ice Concentration. Lake Superior and Lake Ontario are simaliar in that both haven't put much ice on this year. Lake Erie is simalir to Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in that there was a start of a freeze up that later melted. The graphs for the other lakes can be found here. Credit: NOAA CoastWatch.
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Long term average (2006-2013) ice concentration compared to current year


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Arctic Tropics

Another Low Update and Look at the Arctic

By: Skyepony, 10:34 PM GMT on February 06, 2016

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Watching a storm off the east coast.. It is bringing Winter Weather Advisories along the coast and frozen Winter Warnings to the far Northeast. Current NWS watches, warnings and advisories can be found here.


Here is a still shot from this morning zoomed in on the storm.



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Both GEOS-5 and GFS are taking this storm to the east of Nova Scotia now as another weaker storm comes across the north behind it bringing snow. Nova Scotia is currently recovering from a storm that brought over 13,000 power outages and many flight cancellations.

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This storm will be pulling down some Arctic air from the polar vortex split. It looks to warm as it deepens. Even though it may bring snow early on, GEOS-5 & CMC warm the core atleast asymmetrically, fairly subtropical for a short while before returning to an extratropical state.. GFS has it near Sub-tropical briefly. Recent models show the CMC more inline with the GFS.
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A look at the Arctic. The sea ice looks terrible. It should not have peaked yet and probably hasn't, but first week in February is over and there is still big cracks and random melt ponds. Also it's the lowest sea ice extent for this date. Long event and Post-El Niño melts can be memorable. This one may be impressive.



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Groundhog's Day Storm

By: Skyepony, 8:23 PM GMT on February 02, 2016

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Watching this storm move across the country.


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NASA's GEOS-5 has been back and forth about showing coastal snow as it departs.


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A video showcasing the recent California El Niño drama left in the wake of this storm..

Tornado Near Aliceville, AL Federal Prison 2-2-16

Published on Feb 2, 2016
Kelley Williamson shoots video of a large tornado near FCI Aliceville on February 2, 2016.


Tornado Storm Touches Down & Hits Tennessee Mississippi - Alabama Tuscaloosa Pickens 2016!!!

by: ReblobTV
Published on Feb 2, 2016
RAW VIDEO HD -- Severe Tornado Storms Alabama Mississippi clarksville Tennessee Hurricane Tornado Touches Down In Pickens County Tornadoes Confirmed as Severe Thunderstorm Outbreak Underway in the Deep South and Tennessee Franklin, Lincoln, Giles, Lawrence in Tennessee. 2/2/2016!!!

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The El Niño research is progressing as planned and going well with extra data being gathered from over the Pacific Ocean. It is being fed into the models to help improve the forecasts.
The research at the heart of the strongest El Niño in a generation

Alan Goldstein, center, and other researchers aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Gulfstream jet during a briefing prior to an El Nino rapid response mission flight, in Honolulu on Friday. Weather researchers are flying missions over the Pacific to study the current El Nino weather patterns, hoping to improve their models and future forecasting. KENT NISHIMURA , THE NEW YORK TIMES
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