Warning! Severe Tornado Outbreak Expected Christmas Day, Night, and Wednesday in the south
Christmas 2012 will not only feature heavy snow from Winter Storm Euclid. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes will target parts of the South Christmas Day into Wednesday!
Here is the general forecast timing of this event:
Tuesday: Severe weather outbreak may begin before sunrise Christmas morning in east and southeast Texas into Louisiana. The severe storm threat spreads east, taking in the lower Mississippi Valley eastward into Alabama and the western Florida Panhandle by afternoon. Tornadoes, damaging winds of 60 to 80 mph, and large hail are all threats in these areas! Some tornadoes may be strong, long-track tornadoes, as well!
Full story, with tons of maps and surprising history of many Xmas tornadoes at Weather
The photo above showing a desert monsoon thunderstorm pushing off to the east of Catalina, Arizona was taken on the evening of August 5, 2012. A jagged cloud-to-groundlightning bolt dominates the scene while the gentle arc of a rainbow adds colorful accents. It’s not the shield of rain and dust that paint this rainbow bow in shades of red, orange and yellow but rather the fact that the bow formed close to sunset. Longer path lengths of sunlight when the Sun lies near or below the horizon are responsible for reddening sunsets and rainbows alike. Note that rainbows only occur opposite the Sun (antisolar point) — directly behind the camera.”
sweeteuthanasia asked: What do you think is the cause of the drought happening across the Midwestern United States other than bad luck? We haven't had a summer this bad since 1988, I believe. I live in northern Indiana and my county has been declared a natural disaster zone due to the heat and drought that we are currently experiencing.
Cool bat avatar, btw. The current apocalypse is caused by could be worse if it wasn’t for the current El Niño and a salt-shake of climate change. Seehere.
Let me try my new tactic on you - Think of climate change like a baseball player on steroids. You can’t really know which of his home runs were due to the juice. Same with daily events and seasonal weather (storms, heat waves). You can’t really know which storm or heat wave is due to the juiced up atmosphere. Either way, you know the ‘roids should be banned.
Make sense? What do you think of the baseball analogy? I think I’m going to pitch it to a magazine soon. Feedback.
The National Climatic Data Center contains the world’s largest active archive of weather data, and has a handy interactive map that lets you see the record highs, lows, precipitation, and snowfall for various parts of the United States. In playing around with this application, NPR noted that so far this year has been heavier on the record highs than last year; 2012 so far has seen 23,283 record highs set while by this time in 2011, 13,582 records had been set. Head over the NPR for more weather record insights.
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