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Above-normal number of tornadoes expected in 2012

February 22, 2012 Comments off

accuweather.com

Following a near-record number of tornadoes in 2011, an active severe weather season with above-normal tornadoes is expected in 2012.

There were 1,709 tornadoes in 2011, falling short of the record 1,817 tornadoes set in 2004. In comparison, the average number of tornadoes over the past decade is around 1,300.

Last year ranks as the fourth most deadly tornado year ever recorded in the United States.

In 2011, there was a very strong La Niña, a phenomenon where the sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific around the equator are below normal. As a result, there was a very strong jet stream, which is a key ingredient for severe weather.

Often in a La Niña year, the “Tornado Alley” shifts to the east, spanning the Gulf States, including Mississippi and Alabama, and the Ohio and Tennessee valleys.

During the extremely active severe weather season of 2011, many tornadoes touched down east of Read more…

Flooding Risk Raised for Midwest, Northeast, Neighboring Canada

February 25, 2011 Comments off

Concerns for flooding continue through next week as two storms roll through the Midwest and the Northeast and adjoining areas of southern Canada.

First Storm

The storm coming today into Friday traveling from the Midwest to the Northeast U.S. will be the colder of the two storms.

What this means is that snow or a wintry mix will fall from around the central and lower Great Lakes through the northern mid-Atlantic and into New England. Rain will fall over the Ohio Valley through most of the balance of the mid-Atlantic and into southeastern New England and Nova Scotia.

Up north and well inland of the coast the snow and wintry mix will add to the water equivalent of the existing snowpack or will reduce that snowpack by very little.

According to Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “Farther south and along the coast, heavy rain or the combination of rain and melting snow and ice will lead to urban flooding problems and perhaps some rises on streams and rivers.”

With the ground still frozen in some areas, the water will run off crossing roads, collect in fields, backyards and city streets.

According to Senior Meteorologist and Indiana native Jim Andrews, “In the Ohio and Tennessee valleys into Friday, enough rain can fall without the aid of melting snow to lead to rises on rivers and small stream flooding.” Read more…

Use live ammunition’ against Wisconsin protesters, Indiana official says

February 24, 2011 Comments off

www.rawstory.com

By David Edwards

Update (3:15 pm ET): Indiana deputy attorney general loses job

The Indiana Attorney General’s office announced Wednesday that the deputy attorney general who called for Wisconsin riot police to use deadly force on protesters is no longer employed by the agency, according to WISH.

Update (2:30 pm ET): Indiana official delete personal blog

An Indiana deputy attorney general who called for Wisconsin riot police to use “live ammunition” on protesters has deleted his personal blog.

Jeff Cox had claimed that Mother Jones would try to “silence” him.

Original report continues below… Read more…

Loud booms reported in southwestern Ohio and Indiana

February 12, 2011 8 comments

Many people this morning were awakened to the sound of a loud boom and shaking of their homes across southwestern Ohio and parts of Indiana.  Several reports were made to the Darke County Sheriff’s office, and others have commented that it was heard and felt in Xenia, Beavercreek, and Fairborn.  The sounds reported vary from around midnight to around 7:30 am, many people saying that it felt and sounded as though something had hit their house.

According to the DCS, earthquakes, blown transformers, gas explosions, and sonic booms from jets have all been ruled out, and they are coordinating with the Ohio Emergency Management to try to find an explanation for the boom.  Geological experts in Columbus, along with various departments in Indiana, are working hard as well to get to the bottom of this mystery.

There has also been one report of a bright blue flash being seen going across the sky from Arcanum at approximately 4:45 am.  Are the two related?  I think so. Read more…