Quiet pattern in the Northwest to be disrupted by atmospheric river next week
Overall, a break in disruptive weather is expected during the next several days across the northwestern United States. However, this break will not last long with the stormy pattern returning soon.
Other than a spotty snow shower or two, the quiet pattern will start over the weekend.
High pressure will settle in the northern Rockies for Monday and Tuesday, continuing to shield most of the Northwest from any wet weather. The only exception would be along the immediate coast of Washington and Oregon, where there may be more clouds along with a spotty shower or two.
During this time, temperatures will hover around normal across the region. High temperatures in the middle to upper 40s are expected along the Pacific coast, while temperatures hold in the 30s for interior parts of the Northwest.
Around midweek is when things will start to change.
A shift in the jet stream will bring some showers along the coast and as far inland as the Cascades from northern Washington to California on Wednesday.
„The jet stream will pull tropical moisture from near near Hawaii into the Northwest, with the heaviest rain aimed at Oregon and possibly extreme Northern California,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brian Thompson.
This will set up an effect that meteorologists often refer to as an atmospheric river.
A storm will move in Wednesday night and Thursday, spreading rain and mountain snow from west to east across Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
The persistence of moisture streaming in from the Pacific Ocean will increase the threat for flooding across the region.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches will be possible from the western slopes of the Cascades to the coast through Friday night.
„There is the potential for over 6 inches of rain along the southern Oregon coast from late Wednesday into the start of the weekend,” Thompson said.
Meanwhile, snow will pile up in the Cascades. Accumulating snow will be possible above 3,000 feet in Washington, and around 5,000 feet in Oregon and Northern California.
„Snow levels will be low enough in Washington state to effect the passes, including Snoqualmie and Stevens,” added Thompson.
Thunderstorms erupted in parts of the southeastern United States, which spawned an EF-1 tornado Saturday morning in Flagler County, Florida.
Numerous trees are down and several structures have been damaged, according to WOGX. There are also reports that a tree has gone through a home.
„A tornado touched down on the south side of Flagler Beach this morning at approximately 5:45 a.m. There have been no reported injuries and a camper was overturned in Gamble Rogers State Park. SRA1A is open and there was no damage to the Pier or any Dune Walkover,” The Flagler Beach Police Department said in a Facebook post.
|The tornado overturned a camper in Flagler County, Florida. Image via The Flagler Beach Police Department|
Officials said in a press release that ‘significant damage’ was found from south of Bunnell to the Gamble Rogers area of Flagler Beach.
„A cold front pushing south and east across northern Florida early this morning helped initiate a squall line during the pre-dawn hours, and one of these thunderstorms was able to take advantage of strong winds in the upper atmosphere to produce a tornado,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins said.
We found EF1 damage consistent with 110 mph winds from the tornado this morning in Flagler County. Read more in our Public Information Statement below. https://twitter.com/iembot_jax/status/1205893114277183490 …IEMBot JAX@iembot_jax
JAX issues Public Information Statement (PNS) at Dec 14, 11:51 AM EST …NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR 12/14/19 FLAGLER COUNTY TORNADO… https://mesonet.agron.iastate.edu/p.php?pid=201912141651-KJAX-NOUS42-PNSJAX …
The Flagler Beach Police Department posted photos of tornado damage on social media, including one that appeared to show a camper overturned.
|A camper was blown on its side during the tornado. Image via The Flagler Beach Police Department|
|Tornado damage of a road sign that was knocked over in the tornado. Image via The Flagler Beach Police Department|
New Zealand Volcano Erupts
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Specialist teams were due to return to New Zealand’s volcanic White Island on Sunday to resume a land search for the bodies of two victims of an eruption which has now claimed 15 lives.
Two four-person teams wearing protective clothing and using breathing apparatuses were to land on the island by helicopter early morning in the hope of finding the bodies which have not been located since the island erupted Dec. 9.
„They will be wearing the same protective clothing as the eight New Zealand Defence Force personnel who were on the island on Friday,” Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said. „However, their breathing apparatus will be different, meaning they will only be able to stay on the island for up to 75 minutes.
„We remain committed to finishing the task at hand and returning the two remaining bodies to their loved ones,” he added.
While scientists said the possibility of a second eruption appeared to have receded, White Island remains „highly volatile.”
Police said the toll from the eruption has risen to 15 with the death in hospital on Saturday night of a severely burned victim.
For the first time police have released the name of one of the dead.
She was Krystal Browitt, a veterinary nursing student from Melbourne, Australia who turned 21 on Nov. 29.
Police divers working in near zero visibility in contaminated waters around White Island tried Saturday to find the remaining two victims that left dozens severely burned.
Ash and other fallout from the eruption has made the sea near the island toxic and divers have to be washed clean after every completed dive. Tims called search conditions „unique and challenging.”
„Divers have reported seeing a number of dead fish and eels washed ashore and floating in the water. Conditions in the water today are not optimal with between zero and 2 meters visibility depending on location,” he said.
Military specialists on Friday recovered six bodies from the island in a carefully planned but risky operation. Two more bodies of victims known to have been on the island could not be located during the four-hour operation, carried out by bomb disposal experts — six men and two women — wearing yellow hazmat suits and breathing apparatuses.
Police believe one of the missing bodies was sighted in the water close to the island by rescue teams on Tuesday, the day after the eruption. The location of the other body is not known.
Military specialists on New Zealand’s White Island have recovered six more victims’ bodies after a deadly volcanic eruption, bringing the confirmed death toll to 14.
Two others remain missing and are presumed dead, but Thursday’s recovery mission — an arduous affair for military specialists searching under the threat of another eruption — did not find them.
The effort began Friday morning local time after a blessing was held at sea with representatives of the families of the victims, a statement from New Zealand police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said.
Recovered bodies were airlifted to a ship near the island, which held scientists, police and other military personnel involved in the mission.
At least one body is in the surrounding waters, said Police Commissioner Mike Bush, and police divers continued to search in the afternoon. Aerial crews will also try to locate the victims, who are believed to be a tour guide and the captain of a boat that had taken tourists to the island.
„We are making every effort to locate and recover the two remaining deceased,” Bush said in a statement.
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Police said another operation will be needed at a later time to recover other bodies.
The mission called for eight specialists to recover the bodies of eight victims. Those believed fatalities are in addition to the official death toll of the eruption, which stood at eight before the mission.
The operation took longer than expected due to the heavy protective gear worn by the team, a police statement issued Friday at 9:15 a.m. local time says.
Previous statements noted the complexity of the mission.
„A lot has to go right for us tomorrow to make this work,” a release from New Zealand police reads.
„There is no zero risk option in regard to the plan but we have carefully considered it. We don’t expect the risk to change tonight or tomorrow but we have planned for it.”
Previously this week, the volcano’s continued venting delayed plans by authorities to recover the bodies. Scientists believe another eruption is possible.
Tomorrow morning we have a plan, the resources and the capability to the recover the bodies on Whakaari / White Island.@NZDefenceForce assets + people w/specialist capabilities from Defence, Police and other agencies will undertake the operation. https://t.co/DtKjFnm6yI pic.twitter.com/MCQOJyOeHH
— New Zealand Police (@nzpolice) December 12, 2019
Volcanologist Nico Fournier warned earlier that the volcano remained “highly volatile.”
Police believe 47 visitors were on the island at the time of the eruption, 24 of them Australian, nine Americans, five New Zealanders and others from Germany, the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Many were passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Ovation of the Seas.
There are numerous factors affecting the mission, including rain in the weather forecast, which appeared be a factor in speeding up the planned recovery efforts.
Rain mixing with the island’s heavy volcanic ash could encase the bodies in a cement-like substance. Previously, police had said a methodical approach was needed to preserve evidence and help identify victims.
„My concerns remain the weather, the direction of the wind, the sea state because they all bring risk and add complexity,” Police Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement said.
Two teenage brothers with ties to the Chicago area are among the victims of the eruption, multiple media outlets have reported.
According to the Chicago Tribune, 16-year-old Berend Hollander and 13-year-old Matthew Hollander died after being taken to a hospital.
Contributing: Adrianna Rodriguez and Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY; The Associated Press
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: New Zealand volcano eruption: 6 bodies recovered in risky mission