Here is a quick alert on our severe weather situation today. Remeber, some of these cities had snow accumulation two days ago!
From weather AP:
Forecast: Severe thunderstorms are expected from afternoon into the evening across a wide area, from east-central Texas northeastward to the lower and mid-Mississippi Valley, Tennessee Valley and Ohio Valley.
Threats: Damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes are all threats. Localized flash flooding is also possible. Widespread damaging wind gusts could occur from eastern Arkansas, northern Mississippi and western/middle Tennessee northward to western/central Kentucky, far southern Illinois, southern Indiana and southwest Ohio.
Greatest Tornado Potential: The greatest chance of tornadoes is in an area from northeast Arkansas and northwest Tennessee to far southeast Missouri, western and central Kentucky, southern Illinois, southern Indiana and southwest Ohio. That said, isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out elsewhere in the red shaded area of the map below.
This was an honorable mention type story. On April 1st 2018, Indiana broke a snowfall record dating back to 1924 of 2″. Places like West Lafayette and Rossville had as much as 6″ fall while Lebanon,Indiana Received 4″ and 2″ in Indianapolis. Clink the link below for more on the snowfall plus a look ahead for severe weather in Indiana expected today into this evening.
Baby its cold outside!!! BRRRR!!! Temperatures dropped nearly 27 degrees F in Cardston, Canada. This was from a cold front that passed through the southwest province early morning on March 31st 2018 !
Grande Prairie dropped to -30 °C (-22 °F) overnight breaking an 83-year-old record. Pincher Creek hit -21 °C (-5.8 °F), edging an 82-year record, and Red Deer hit -22 °C (-7.6 °F), breaking a record low of -19.4 °C (-2.92 °F) that was set in 1975.
This is insane to see these kind of temperature records being broken in April and as you see, records are almost 90 years old. here is an insert from the article and the link to the article featured here:
A number of weather warnings and special weather statements were issued across the province, including snowfall warnings.
Places like Jasper National Park saw between 15 to 20 cm (5.9 – 7.87 inches) of snowfall from 29 – 31 March, while some local ski hills saw even more.
Last week I wrote about tropical cyclone “Iris” and how it would have decayed by the 31st of march, well it did but now it has re-intensified as of April 1st 2018. Here is an insert from the article:
Tropical Cyclone “Iris” re-intensified into a tropical cyclone on Sunday, April 1, 2018 while moving through the Coral Sea toward Queensland, Australia. Iris is now moving parallel to the coast of Queensland, dropping heavy rain on a region that already saw huge amounts of rain over the past weeks. While the system is not expected to make landfall, it will continue intensifying over the next 2 days, dropping heavy rainfall and causing local flooding and river rises from Wednesday. This could result in disruption to transport and isolation of communities, particularly if the system lingers close to the coast for an extended period. This cyclone first formed March 24 as the fourth named storm of the 2017/18 South Pacific ocean cyclone season.
Once again, thanks to watchers.news for keeping up with this storm and keeping us informed. It was all but wrote off as of last week. Click the link below for full story and stats:
It has been reported that 84% of Portugal has been in an extreme drought. Officials in Portugal now say that has ended thanks to this past march being the second wettest March on record.(1931) 10.73″ of rain had fallen in the month of March. Thats 4x’s the monthly average there!
The extreme drought started in early 2017 and hadn’t seen a drought like this since 2005. Out of 60 reservoirs monitored, 32 are at 80% or more capacity. Only three are below 40%, compared to 23 in that state last month.The Monto Novo reservoir, one of the region’s largest, went from below 30% capacity on February 28 to full by March 10.
Click the link below for the full article at watchers.news:
I just reported this morning that we currently have 31 active volcanoes… Make that 32.
A new effusive eruption started at Piton de La Fournaise volcano in Reunion at 06:40 UTC on April 3, 2018. The Alert Level was raised to 2-2 and the Aviation Color Code to Orange.
More than 150 eruptions have occurred since the 17th century. Eruptions from 1708, 1774, 1776, 1800, 1977, and 1986, have originated from fissures on the outer flanks of the caldera. Go to the link below for full details on this new eruption as information is breaking at this time (12:53pm est):
Don’t put away those winter coats and snow boots just yet! Oldman winter is going to have to be evicted it seems as we are looking at a weather map for April 6,2018. As you can see, there is a wide swath of snowfall expected across the United States. Some of us here in the Northeast are looking at 3 snowfall chances in the next 7-10 days. Temperatures will be cold enough to support snowfall but ground temps are not as cold, so anything that does fall, will have a tough time accumulating on streets and side walks. Many in the Northern plains however, have seen a late burst of snowfall and cold temps that should support accumulation and possible travel disruptions. Stay tuned to the grand solar minimum channel for continuous updates on this forecast that almost seems to change on a daily basis. Crops are already delayed because of flooding, but lets not forget that we still need warmer temps for these seeds to do their thing in the fields all over the region. Welcome to the grand solar minimum…….
Ever since ocean temps peaked in January of 2016, we have seen a steady decline since. In fact, we are almost as low as were in the last minimum in 2008 and we have only just begun this grand minimum. Thanks to the starman channel (on youtube) and his useful teachings, he has alerted me to these temps and has explained how this all works. He told me that he has observed rising and falling temps, but what he has seen in the north Atlantic, is something to keep an eye on. its not that the north Atlantic ocean temp drops, but how fast it dropped and the affect it had on the overall global ocean temps. Its still early and the north Atlantic temps have rebounded some, but indications are leading that this wont rise back up all the way and should continue to show a downward trend into the future. Id like you all to take some time to review this recent article here on
Over 70 roads are closed and 35 evacuation centers have been activated for nearly 2000 people. Unplanned power outages were also one of the challenges that were faced. This storm brought heavy down pours and very little wind. In comparison to “Winston” in 2016, cyclone ” Winston” killed 40 as “Josie” took 4 lives away. With “Winston ” there was more wind than rain and “Winston” was a cat.5, ” Josie ” was only a Cat.1 but did its damage with major flooding. Go to the link here for the full story and images/video footage of the storm at watchers.news :.
( also, 6.1 earthquake in the southern region of Fiji islands 4-2-18)
Its that time of the month again! No not that time…. March numbers are in and the temperature rose 0 .04 C. Not much of a rise but the trend is still clear. We have continued to inch closer to that baseline of 0.0 C since Feb. 2016 when we peaked at +0.88. As it stands now, we are sitting at a +0.24 C. That number is up from +0.20 C in February 2018 (down 0.68 C from Feb.2016). We had a slight peak in October of 2017 when values surged to +0.63 C after summer months ranged from +0.21-+0.43 C. Since that peak, the value has went down 0.39 C. With temps forecast here in the states to be well below average in much of the northern plains ,mid-west and the northeast,it should be interesting to compare the numbers from this spring and summer from last year. As I have said, all indications are showing more cooling on the way in this very early point of the Grand Solar Minimum.