‘Atmospheric river’ sweeps in behind bomb cyclone as heavy rains batter California, Arizona by John Bacon, USA TODAY•Bomb cyclone: What you need to know about this monster of a storm As if last week’s bomb cyclone wasn’t enough, an „atmospheric river” began its assault Wednesday on parts of California and Arizona as the late-arriving wet season continued to pound the drought-plagued region with a barrage of water.Northern and Central California were still in recovery mode from a series of intense storms that began more than a week ago as a bomb cyclone. The storms also dumped 9 inches of rain on parts of Arizona as they triggered weather headaches across the nation.Now a river in the sky is unleashing heavy rain and high-country snow over Southern California and Arizona through the weekend, AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker said.”We’ve had a dip in the jet stream, and it is funneling more moisture than usual across the Pacific and onto the West Coast,” Walker told USA TODAY. „These storms are very focused and some places will get multiple inches of rain while others remain dry.”Cars and trucks in stopped traffic on Interstate 5 near Dunsmuir, California, on Nov. 26, 2019. A „bomb cyclone,” which triggers a rapid drop in air pressure, brought snow to the mountains and wind and rain along the California and Oregon coasts.An „atmospheric river” is a plume of tropical moisture in the atmosphere that triggers a narrow swath of heavy rain, snow or both. „Like rivers in the sky, they can carry an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River,” the National Weather Service said.Weather news: Winter storm dumped at least a foot of snow across 25 statesA series of storms rolling through the area Wednesday should ease early Thursday, but another round will slam the region Friday and last through the weekend, Walker said.One to 2 inches of rainfall is forecast to fall in about 24 hours ending Thursday over coastal Southern California, with one-half inch to 1 inch over the deserts, AccuWeather said. Areas of the San Gabriel Mountains could see 4 inches or more, Walker said.That is enough rain to cause localized flash flooding, he said.The second round of storms will hit Northern and Central California over the weekend, but it’s too early to determine where rains will hit and how heavy they will be, Walker said.In Arizona, the National Weather Service said Phoenix can expect another quarter of an inch to half an inch of rain through Thursday morning. Flagstaff should expect one-half inch of rain in the next few days, said Mark Stanfield, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.Last week, the worst rains slammed parts of the state from Thursday evening through Friday morning. Snow caused freeway closures and power outages in the high country. The areas that saw rain also saw a tragedy.Nine people – two adults and seven children – in the family’s military-style truck got stuck Friday while trying to cross a creek. The adults and four children were rescued, but the bodies of two more children were found the next day, and another child remains missing. The search was continuing Wednesday.”Even that storm was very focused,” Walker said. „Some areas were underwater and some areas got nothing.”Contributing: Nicole Soto, The Arizona RepublicMore: Flight that crashed in South Dakota, killing 9 family members, had clearance to fly despite weather, officials sayThis article originally appeared on USA TODAY: California weather: Atmospheric river dumps rain, snow into Arizona
The official start of winter is still about two weeks away, but conditions are coming together in a way that could bring another major winterlike storm to a large portion of the middle of the United States next week.
Following a lull in big storms, the potential exists for a major storm to hit the Midwest and northeastern U.S. with heavy rain and the risk of flooding in some areas and heavy snow in others early next week.
A cold blast that follows the storm next week, regardless of its intensity, may lead to the most significant outbreak of lake-effect snow of the season so far.
Should a major storm develop, it may significantly impact travel and shipping interests centered on the Midwest. And the same storm could have ramifications in the Northeast as well.
|In this Nov. 26, 2019, file photo a UPS man delivers an Amazon package to a residence in North Andover, Mass. Amazon, Walmart and others are promising to deliver more of their goods in a day and this holiday season will be the first real test of whether they can make that happen. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)|
The exact track of the storm will determine where the boundary between rain and snow falls, and the track of the storm will be greatly tied to its intensity.
A weak storm is more likely to take a more easterly track toward the Northeast. An intense storm is more likely to track well to the west over the Great Lakes.
At this time, it appears the storm will move out of the southern Rockies this weekend then dip over the southern Plains before turning northeastward across the Mississippi Valley and then the eastern Great Lakes region early next week.
Assuming a potent storm develops, warm air will likely surge east of the track of the storm and may encompass much of the Northeast.
Such an intense storm could bring heavy rain and rapidly melting snow over the interior Northeast and New England, which could trigger flooding.
A significant part of the interior Northeast was buried under 1-3 feet of snow from a storm during the first couple of days of December.
|Andrew Grady, of Milford, N.H., shovels the library steps after a snowstorm, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Milford, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)|
However, a weaker storm may not track so far west and could bring more of a light to moderate wintry mix with the risk of flooding rainfall unlikely over the central Appalachians and New England.
With a potent storm in mind, there is a significant risk of heavy snow and strong winds over the western and northern Great Lakes region. At least one of the major hubs of Chicago, Minneapolis or Detroit would be hit hard by such a storm, resulting in significant travel delays.
Regardless of the storm track and its intensity, multiple days of blustery and much colder conditions will follow during the middle to latter part of next week from the northern and central Plains to the Midwest and Northeast.
The Arctic air outbreak is likely to bring AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures in the lower teens, single digits and below zero over a broad area of the North Central states starting on Tuesday.
This painfully cold air with gusty winds will then spread into the Northeast during the second half of next week — and it will be a dramatic change following a mild start to the week.
In the past, patterns of this nature during December have unleashed feet of snow with whiteout conditions in localized areas downwind of the Great Lakes.
The position of these heavy snow bands will depend on the wind direction. For example, more of a southwesterly wind at the onset of the cold air would bring heavy snow to the Buffalo, New York, area. Conversely, more of a northwesterly wind would bring heavy snow to northwestern Indiana, northeastern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania, and the ski resorts in western New York.
Either way, locally heavy lake-effect snow would hammer much of Michigan and southern Ontario.
Could a snowstorm hit the Northeast next week?
Along the Atlantic coast of the Northeast, as well as much of the Appalachians, the arrival of cold air may not be so simple in the wake of the storm from Monday to Tuesday.
There is a chance a trailing storm rides northeastward from the Southern states and brings a period of snow or perhaps a more substantial snow event on Wednesday, Dec. 11.
A polar bear in Russia may sadly become proof that pranks can turn deadly in an instant.
On Sunday, a video was posted to Facebook by a World Wildlife Fund employee named Sergey Kavry, which showed a polar bear in a remote area of Russia marked with bold black graffiti on its back.
“Why?! He won’t be able to hunt without being noticed!” Kavry captioned the post, in Russian, noting that the bear could die from “starvation” as a result.
Notably, the lettering read “T-34,” which was the name of a Soviet medium tank used heavily during World War II. But regardless of the message, it makes camouflage much more difficult for the bear.
“This video was copied from WhatsApp, our group of indigenous peoples of Chukotka,” Kavry wrote in a comment on the video. “I don’t know [which] region, district, in the vicinity of which settlement it was taken.”
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According to The Guardian, Russian Academy of Sciences senior researcher Anatoly Kochnev told Russian news agency RIA Novosti that it was likely “some jokers” who spray-painted the bear.
“If [it’s] ordinary paint [that] bathes and wipes off on snow, it’s okay,” he wrote in a comment on Kavry’s Facebook post. “Most likely, the [perpetrators] are joking, they now do not need any permissions, they are above the laws … “
But there is some hope for the bear’s survival.
“After two to three weeks, the bear will be cleaned up, so the loss of interest in some conditional poachers is temporary,” Kochnev added in his comment. “And it’s not so difficult to clear the skin of paint. From seal and walrus fat is much more difficult.”
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Russia has seen a rise in the number of polar bears scavenging for food in its villages and cities. This increase coincides with climate change’s continued effect on the species’s sea-ice habitat. As the ice polar bears’ habitat they depend on to hunt and rest disappears, more of them are appearing in Russian towns and homes looking for something to eat.
This past June, a polar bear entered the northern Siberian city of Norilsk, Russia — the first time one of the animals has entered the town in 40 years, Reuters reported.
Locals in Norilsk believe the emaciated-looking bear wandered into the city after leaving its natural habitat and traversing the Taymyr Peninsula — a roughly 900-mile trip — in search of food, reported The Siberian Times.
According to Reuters, the number of scavenging polar bears invading remote villages in northern Russia became so pronounced and potentially dangerous recently that a state of emergency was declared.
Man finds the coyote he hit sitting behind the wheel of his car
An ordinary commute took an entirely unexpected turn for a Canadian man after he hit a 30-pound coyote. While most people would keep going, the unnamed driver stopped, picked up the unconscious animal, and kindly placed it on his car’s passenger seat in a bid to save its life.The Manitoba man didn’t take it to the nearest animal shelter, though. He was likely a little bit panicked, and the coyote still hadn’t regained consciousness, so he drove to work and left the animal in the car for several hours while he tried to figure out where to take it, according to Canadian news outlet CBC. The man later returned to his car — and found the coyote sitting upright in the driver’s seat, behind the steering wheel. We can’t make this up, folks.”At that point, the coyote had come to a bit and was actually sitting in the car. And, rightfully so, the man was a little bit concerned about his safety,” explained Wildlife Haven director Dan Diawol. We’d be concerned about the car’s interior, too. Diawol and his team arrived a few hours later and carefully put the coyote in a kennel before taking it to the Wildlife Haven’s rehabilitation center.The coyote emerged from the incident with only cuts and bruises; it didn’t suffer any broken bones. And, somewhat surprisingly, it’s expected to make a full recovery and get released back into the wild once it’s fully healed. It’s in relatively good shape with a clean coat, and it has a healthy appetite.Diawol warned it’s never a good idea to put a wild, dangerous animal in a car, even if it’s injured. This story ended well for the coyote and the man, though probably not for the upholstery, but it would have taken a more dramatic turn had the coyote awakened feeling threatened while riding in the car. While it’s OK to take in birds, rabbits, and other inoffensive critters, it’s best to call wildlife control when it comes to bigger mammals. Diawol’s warning echoes one made earlier this year by Colorado officials after a woman put an injured bobcat next to her 3-year-old son on her car’s back seat.