Tropical Cyclone Herold drenches northeastern Madagascar by Maura Kelly•After meandering near the northeastern corner of Madagascar as a tropical storm, a tropical cyclone developed on Sunday and was given the name Herold.On Saturday, Herold produced 206 mm of rain in Sambava and 104 mm of rain in Antalaha, both located along the northeastern coast of Madagascar.As of late Monday local time, Tropical Cyclone Herold is equivalent in strength to a Category 2 hurricane in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.
|This satellite image from Monday afternoon shows Tropical Cyclone Herold to the east of Madagascar in the South Indian Ocean. (Photo/ CIRA RAMMB)|
The storm is forecast to follow a southeasterly path through the middle of the week and pass to the northeast of the island of Maurice.
Periods of rain, thunderstorms and gusty winds are in the forecast into Tuesday as the storm’s outer rainbands sweep over the island.
However, if Herold drifts farther south, heavier rain and damaging wind gusts could reach the island and the outer rainbands could brush the island of La Reunion to the southwest.
By the second half of the week, Herold will move into a harsher environment and will eventually weaken and transition into a nontropical storm.
The storm will continue to move away to the southeast over the southern Indian Ocean with no impact to land.
Keep checking back on AccuWeather.com and stay tuned to the AccuWeather Network on DirecTV, Frontier and Verizon Fios.
The first major snowstorm to hit the Sierra Nevada in about three months cranked up over the weekend. Some areas like Squaw Ski Resort and Tahoe City got slammed with two feet or more of accumulation, while others spots like Alpine Summit and Squaw Valley recorded wind gusts of more than 100 mph.
Roads were closed as snow plow drivers worked overtime to keep up with the intense winds and snowfall rates. But the storm isn’t over. Several inches to a foot or more of additional snowfall will hit the Sierra Nevada today through tomorrow, with areas of gusty winds and whiteout conditions. Amounts depend mostly on elevation.
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) March 14, 2020
Due to spin-outs in the Donner Summit area over the weekend, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) closed Interstate 80 from Colfax to the Nevada border. This is a stretch of about 75 miles which includes Truckee. CHP tweeted earlier this morning that the highway is back open for now. However, CHP may close it again at some point during the storm. The high elevations above 7,000 feet around Truckee and South Lake Tahoe could see another 12 to 18 inches of snowfall through Tuesday, with up to 10 inches in spots below 7,000 feet.
As the storm continues spinning over the region, heavy snowfall will develop later today and tonight in the Cascades of northern California and southern Oregon – areas that didn’t see snow over the weekend. This will last through Tuesday as 4 to 8 inches could pile up above 3,000 feet in the Mt. Shasta area, impacting portions of I-5.
Impact On Freight
The Reno and Stockton markets straddle the Sierra Nevada range from far western Nevada into eastern California. There’s not much freight leaving these markets, baked on the latest SONAR data from FreightWaves.
The map below shows the Headhaul index (HAUL) which measures the difference between outbound volumes and inbound volumes for the 135 freight markets across the continental United States. Reno and Stockton are in medium to dark red, meaning they are „backhaul” markets that have more loads coming into them rather than leaving, often leading to loose capacity of trucks.View photos SONAR Ticker: HUAL map (left); SONAR Tickers: ITRI.SCK, ITRI.RNO (right)However, the chart next to the map shows that carriers have been rejecting more and more loads into Reno and Stockton. Their inbound tender rejection rates (ITRI. RNO, ITRI.SCK) are above 10.0%, which is high. This may be at least partly to do with the storm. Carriers could be reluctant to have drivers make drop-offs into markets getting hit with a significant snowstorm where interstate closures are possible. They could be waiting out the storm, or possibly have worked with shippers to extend lead times, arranging for drop-offs shortly after the storm ends.Other Areas Of Snowfall Today Heavy snowfall will also develop today in the mountains around Los Angeles and San Diego. This includes high elevations of Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and Riverside counties, where accumulations could range from 5 to 15 inches. This could affect the I-5 corridor between Gorman and the Grapevine, a stretch of cabout 13 miles.Have a great day, and be careful out there! Image Sourced from Pixabay© 2020 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
- This winter has been the sixth hottest on record in the US, paving the way for higher temperatures in the spring.
- But the US hasn’t always experienced such mild temperatures. Many states have had unseasonably cold spring temperatures recorded over the last 100 years.
- As the season quickly approaches, we’ve compiled a list of the coldest temperatures recorded by state between April and May.
- Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
This past winter has been the sixth hottest on record in the US, and the planet just saw its second warmest February ever recorded. But this hasn’t always been the case.Temperatures in the US have fluctuated in the spring since the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration began to keep record in the late 1800s. Many states have even seen temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit from April to May.In Alaska, the coldest spring temperature was 15.2 degrees Fahrenheit in 1985.Using data compiled by NOAA, we’ve created a graphic of the coldest spring temperatures ever recorded from 1895 to 2019. Many of the states experienced their coldest springs in the year 1907, which was so cold that at least one newspaper called it „An Almost Unprecedented Backward Spring.”
Ruobing Su/insider Read the original article on Insider