River closed at New Orleans after barge spills oil
By Chris Dolce Published: Feb 24, 2014, 7:27 AM EST weather.com
- Where: Below-average temperatures will spill eastward into the Northeast on Monday, before making a more dramatic southward plunge Tuesday through Thursday. By Wednesday, much of the Midwest, South and Northeast will see temperatures 10 to 30 degrees colder than late-February averages.
- Midwest Region Details: High temperatures in the single digits and teens will dominate from eastern Montana through the Upper Midwest to parts of the Great Lakes; subzero highs will return to parts of the Upper Midwest at times, especially Thursday. Lows will be in the single digits above and below zero. However, teens or 20s below zero are likely near the Canadian border (North Dakota, northern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, the U.P. of Michigan). Teens below zero may surge as far south as northern Iowa on Wednesday and Friday.
- City Forecasts: Chicago | Detroit | Fargo, N.D. | Minneapolis | St. Louis | Your Location
- Northeast Region Details: Highs will be in the 20s and 30s along the I-95 corridor from Boston to Philadelphia much of this week. Lows may fall into the teens by late week. Elsewhere, highs in the teens and 20s will take over locations from northern New England to western New York and eventually western Pennsylvania.
- City Forecasts: Burlington, Vt. | Boston | Buffalo | New York | Philadelphia | Your Location
- South Region Details: Highs in the 40s and 50s will take over a large part of the South by Wednesday. Some 30s are possible in the Mid-South and southern Appalachians. Widespread lows in the 20s and 30s building into the Mid-South and Southern Plains Wednesday, then spreading into the Deep South and Carolinas by Thursday morning, lingering into Friday morning. Below-freezing low temperatures may reach the Gulf Coast of Mississippi and Alabama Thursday morning.
- City Forecasts: Atlanta | Charlotte | Dallas | Little Rock | Nashville | Your Location
As we enter the first week of March, the latest long-range outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center shows that below-average temperatures may continue across much of the country east of the Rockies.How Cold Has this Winter Been?According to NOAA, the overall temperature for the Lower 48 in January was near average. This is because we had above-average warmth in the West balancing out the well below-average temperatures east of the Rockies. A total of 18 states from Michigan and Wisconsin to the Southeast recorded a top 15 coldest January.
By Chrissy Warrilow Published: Feb 24, 2014, 7:24 AM EST weather.com
- Lake Cachuma (located in Santa Barbara County) is currently at 39% capacity, which is an issue because it provides 90% of the water supply for the cities of Santa Barbara and Goleta. Potential mitigation plans include installing a floating barge and pipes to get lake water to the outlet portal.
- The City of Santa Barbara is considering re-establishing a desalination plant built in the late 1980s that was shut down in the early 1990s.
- The Twitchell Reservoir, which is located along the Santa Barbara/San Luis Obispo County line, is at less than 1% capacity. Ranchers are reducing their herds due to the lack of water and food sources.
(MORE: Stunning Before and After Photos of California’s Lakes Depleted by Extreme Drought)MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Desalination in California1 / 6Tapping the OceanAssociated PressRobert James of the California American Water company looks over water samples at a desalination plant in Sand City, Calif. The idea of squeezing salt from the ocean to make clean drinking water was once embraced warmly in California, with its cycles of drought and growing population. But it has not panned out the way many hoped. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Why Is Great Lakes Ice Nearing a Record High, While Arctic Ice Hits a Record Low?
By Terrell Johnson Published: Feb 24, 2014, 6:50 AM EST weather.com