Storm to deliver more rain to soggy Heartland, snow to northern Rockies
The rain-weary Plains and Midwest will be dealt yet another round of soggy weather heading into the weekend as a storm originating from the Pacific Ocean is set to take aim at the region after unleashing more snow over the northern Rockies.
Rain and thunderstorms will spread over the Plains and Upper Midwest Friday night into Saturday as the storm system arrives.
„While less rain is likely to fall compared to other recent storms over the Plains and Upper Midwest, enough rain can fall to keep the soil soggy, cause isolated flash flooding and keep river and stream levels elevated in the region,” according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.
A general 0.50 of an inch to 1.50 inches of rain is forecast, but local amounts topping 3 inches can occur in parts of northwestern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota and central and northern Wisconsin.
The rainfall may cause additional slowdowns in harvesting in a week that would otherwise be busy for farmers.
Meanwhile, people with outdoor plans such as attending area high school, college or NFL games this weekend may need to dodge rain and bring along plastic rain ponchos and waterproof shoes to stay dry. Also, people should stay alert to any nearby thunderstorms by checking the AccuWeather app.
„The storm is unlikely to produce widespread severe weather,” Anderson said.
However, some heavy, gusty and locally severe thunderstorms are likely along the leading edge of a reinforcing push of cooler air.
Outside of thunderstorms, gusty winds will accompany the storm system later this weekend to early next week over the North Central states, according to Anderson.
Gusts from the west and northwest, ranging from 35 to 50 mph, are likely from the eastern slopes of the northern Rockies to the northern Plains and western Great Lakes region.
As the weather system shifts eastward, showers and thunderstorms will sweep across the Ohio Valley on Sunday. Unlike the rain-weary central and northern Plains and Upper Midwest, rain is needed over portions of the Ohio Valley. Short-term conditions over the Ohio Valley range from abnormally dry to severe drought, according to the United States Drought Monitor.
Cooler air more typical of the season will be ushered in by brisk northwesterly winds as the storm moves away. While daytime temperatures will be fairly typical for early October with highs to range from the middle 50s across the north to near 70 over the Ohio Valley early next week, AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures are likely to range from the upper 30s to near 40 across the north to the 50s over part of the Ohio Valley.
This new batch of cool air will make progress into the southern Plains and Deep South next week, ending a stretch of sizzling temperatures in and seemingly a never-ending summer for some areas.
There will be a risk of frost in parts of the Great Lakes region and the central Plains, including Michigan, early next week. Most of this area has avoided frost to this point, which means that frost is coming a bit later than average.
Prior to the storm swinging out over the middle of the nation, it will pass through the northern Rockies. While significant snow is not likely to fall on lower elevations, a few inches of snow will be likely over the high country spanning Thursday night and Friday.
Roads could be slippery over the crest of the passes in western Montana and northeastern Idaho.
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100-degree heat hits the South as autumn temperatures return to Northeast
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There were nearly 100 cities from Texas to Connecticut that had their hottest October temperature ever recorded on Wednesday.
Some of the records include:
— Newark, New Jersey: 96 degrees
— Washington, D.C.: 98 degrees
— Baltimore: 98 degrees
— Charlotte, North Carolina: 99 degrees
— Allentown, Pennsylvania: 93 degrees
The historic heat continues Thursday in the South where temperatures could surpass Wednesday’s readings, and some cities could break the records again.
Temperatures are forecast to climb to 100 degrees in Savannah and Memphis.
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But a major fall cooldown is in progress from the Rockies to the Midwest and into the Northeast.
Temperatures dipped by up to 30 to 35 degrees in the Midwest Wednesday as this Autumn cold blast moved east.
In the Northeast, temperatures plunged 30 degrees on Thursday from Wednesday’s highs.
New York City will stay in the cool 50s on Thursday — a marked change from a record October high of 93 degrees on Wednesday.
Top meteorologist drowns after swimming in rough surf in spite of weather alert from his own employer•News headlines today: Oct. 3, 2019 Top meteorologist drowns after swimming in rough surf in spite of weather alert from his own employer originally appeared on abcnews.go.com A high-ranking government meteorologist who oversaw nine key National Weather Service (NWS) offices drowned after swimming in rough surf near the beach town of Duck, North Carolina.William Lapenta, 58, was swimming in the Sanderling area in Duck when emergency services were called to the scene for a swimmer that was no longer visible from the beach, according to a statement released by Duck local authorities.“An ocean rescue supervisor who was off duty but in the area saw what he thought to be a swimmer in distress and alerted emergency services. Lifeguards on patrol responded within minutes upon receiving the call and pulled an unresponsive 58-year-old male from the water,” said the Town of Duck statement.The man was then pulled from the ocean and life-saving measures were performed unsuccessfully on him. He was declared dead on the scene.PHOTO: William Lapenta poses at the Weather Prediction Center, in College Park, Md. Lapenta died Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, after lifeguards pulled him from the surf in rough seas on North Carolinaâ™s Outer Banks. (AP/NOAA) (MORE: Dolphin hunting season begins again in Japanese cove made famous by bloody documentary)
“While the exact factors that caused the death are unknown, Monday’s surf conditions and a rip current in the area were likely a factor,” said Duck authorities.
Lapenta had served as the director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction and oversaw other NWS offices including the National Hurricane Center, the Storm Prediction Center, and the Climate Prediction Center, according to his NWS biography.
“I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of my friend and colleague, Bill Lapenta. Bill was a brilliant scientist and mentor to many. He will be missed by all of us,” said National Weather Service Director Louis Uccellini in a tweet.
According to weather.com, the NWS had issued a beach hazards statement for Eastern Carolina beaches during the time that Lapenta was swimming meaning that there were allegedly rip currents and swells between 4 to 7 feet.
Lapenta had worked for the NWS since 2008 but previously spent 20 years working at NASA where he worked as the Deputy manager of the Science and Exploration Research Office which was responsible for all research and development activities related to space science, earth science and space optics, according to his NWS biography.
Lapenta’s death was the second one in the area this week after a 75-year-old man died just two days before while swimming off the coast of Hatteras Village without wearing a flotation device, according to OBX Today.Originally from Nyack, New York, Lapenta leaves behind his wife Cathy and two adult children.
A tropical wave is forming in the Caribbean as Lorenzo is expected to hit Ireland and the UK
At long last, we have a lull in the Atlantic hurricane season: For the first time in several weeks, there are no named tropical storms or hurricanes anywhere in the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea or Gulf of Mexico.
But forecasters at the National Hurricane Center are monitoring a tropical wave in the Caribbean that has a 20% chance of development within the next five days:
„A broad area of low pressure is centered a little more than 100 miles south of the western tip of Cuba,” the hurricane center reported Thursday. „This system is forecast to move westward across the northern portion of the Yucatan peninsula and into the Bay of Campeche during the next few days.”
Although surface pressures are forecast to remain low across the area, upper-level winds do not favor any significant development for now.
„This feature has a chance of organizing, but not until next week when it gets into the southwestern Gulf of Mexico,” said Dan Kottlowski, AccuWeather’s top hurricane expert.
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The next named storm that does develop would be called Melissa and would become the 13th named storm of the season. A typical season sees about 12 storms, according to Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology Project.
Elsewhere, in Europe, the storm that was once Hurricane Lorenzo is forecast to make a direct hit on Ireland and the United Kingdom with hurricane-force winds later Thursday and into Friday.
Wet and windy at times with strong to gale force and gusty southeast winds, especially in coastal areas and accompanying high seas. Top temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees Celsius.
The centre of Storm Lorenzo will move on to the northwest coast later this evening resulting in …
Powerful winds from the storm, now officially classified as a post-tropical cyclone, could cause widespread tree damage, power outages, significant travel disruptions and some damage to homes and businesses Thursday night into Friday, AccuWeather said.
The areas at greatest risk are expected to be across Ireland, Northern Ireland and coastal locations of southern Wales and southwestern England.
Rainfall from Storm Lorenzo (as it’s now known in Ireland), on top of recent heavy rain, also will bring a high risk for flooding across the British Isles.
Ireland and Britain are no stranger to being visited by post-tropical hurricanes, according to the Capital Weather Gang. Seven have passed near or over Ireland in the past 25 years.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Hurricanes: Lorenzo heads for Ireland, UK; Tropical wave in Caribbean
Western parts of the UK will experience some wet and windy weather into Friday, as the remnants of Hurricane Lorenzo head towards the UK.
A yellow weather warning is in place for south-west England and parts of south Wales from 4am Friday, with gusts of up to 50mph expected.
Residents were warned there could be morning rush-hour traffic delays and some short-term loss of power as a result of the conditions.
The Met Office said the storm front from Lorenzo sat to the west of Ireland on Thursday evening, having passed close to the Azores earlier in the week.
Met Office forecaster Greg Dewhurst said: “It’s currently quite cloudy and wet across the west of the UK.
“It will be turning quite windy as well, with gusts along the coasts of between 35 and 45 mph.
“We will continue to see outbreaks of rain pushing through the night. ”
The south-west of England is expected to experience the wettest of the weather on Friday morning, with wind gusts of between 40-50 mph, although these may be higher along the exposed coastlines, Mr Dewhurst said.
For the rest of England and Wales, Friday’s outlook is fairly autumnal, with some clouds and outbreaks of rain, alongside some sunny spells at times.
As of Friday evening, there are eight flood warnings and 34 flood alerts in place across the country after several days of heavy rain. The majority of the warnings are across the Midlands and north of England.
UK weather forecast: Britain braced for Hurricane Lorenzo remnants with gales and downpours set to hit
Britain is bracing itself for the downpours and gales as remnants from Hurricane Lorenzo heads towards the UK.
The former hurricane, which has pushed over the north and west of the Azores, will make landfall on the Republic of Ireland today, with clouds and rain over most of the UK by Thursday evening.
Areas of the country are already reeling from downpours this week after a particularly wet September.
Temperatures have also dropped, with frost on the ground in some areas this morning.
The Isle of Man declared a major incident after the Laxey River burst its banks and trapped villagers in their homes following flash flooding on Tuesday.
Dry start for many before turning cloudier and windier from the west with rain developing over Northern Ireland, SW Scotland, Wales & western & central England this afternoon. Gales developing over parts of Northern Ireland later. More here: http://bit.ly/2y13MTp ^Steve
Flash floods hit around other parts of the county, including on the M42 in Warwickshire and the A41 in Brent Cross, north London.
Firefighters were also called to rescue people in West Yorkshire and the West Midlands who had ended up stranded in water.
Weather warning are in place today in Northern Ireland and tomorrow in the south of Britain.
The Met Office has told people to brace for winds of up to 55mph that could cause delays to transport and some short term power cuts.
This morning, there was a spectacular sunrise over London, but the weather is expected to change later
Lorenzo has thrashed the Portuguese island chain of the Azores, felling trees and power lines. Experts say storms the size of this one are rare this far east in the Atlantic.
Despite the rain over the past weeks and into this weekend, the Environment Agency has declared a drought over Hertfordshire and north London due to lower than normal precipitation for three years.
The agency has warned that hosepipe bans could be enforced next spring if there is a dry winter and water consumption is not cut down.
Jamie Thompson, the agency’s water resources and major projects engagement specialist, said: “There is no doubt that what we are seeing is happening as a result of climate change.”
Ireland braces for damage and flooding as storm Lorenzo nears
DUBLIN, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The Irish Meteorological Service warned on Thursday of coastal flooding and damage as tropical storm Lorenzo approached the country from the Atlantic with winds of up 130 km per hour.
Met Eireann’s head of forecasting Evelyn Cusack said the combination of low pressure, high wind speeds, and exceptionally long and high waves will lead to dangerous conditions on the west and south-west coasts.
„We are likely to have gale force 8 to storm force 10 winds, and violent storm force 11 winds for a time on Thursday evening,” she said. „It will be a short event. As it tracks across Ireland, Lorenzo will lose intensity rapidly.”
The storm is expected to move across the country on Thursday evening and into Friday morning, moving northwest to southeast across the country, with counties Mayo, Galway, Clare, Limerick and Kerry worst affected.
Met Eireann said its M6 Atlantic Buoy, which is located around 400 kms west of Ireland, indicated waves of around 12.5 metres earlier on Thursday, although conditions on the coast when the storm arrives will depend on local coastal topography. (Reporting by Graham Fahy Editing by Peter Graff)
Paleontologists on Thursday said fossils of the pterosaur, named Ferrodraco lentoni, were unearthed in the Australian state of Queensland. The creature, which lived about 96 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period, boasted a 13-foot (4-meter) wingspan, a bony crest at the tip of its upper and lower jaws and spike-shaped teeth perfect for a diet of fish.
Ferrodraco means „iron dragon,” an apt name, according to the researchers.
„The ‘iron dragon’ seemed fitting, given that this animal would have been one of the top predators of the skies during the Cretaceous. Moreover, without the preservation of the bones in ironstone, it’s unlikely that we would have recovered this fossil material in the first place,” said paleontologist Adele Pentland of the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum, a PhD candidate at Swinburne University of Technology.
Pterosaurs, the biggest of which had a 35-foot (10.7-meter)wingspan, lived worldwide alongside the dinosaurs during the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous Periods. Both were extinct after an asteroid struck Earth 66 million years ago.
„Pterosaurs are quite rare in the fossil record, and are often incomplete, as their bones are hollow and the cortical bone is quite thin,” said Pentland, lead author of the research published in the journal Scientific Reports.
Until now, most of Australia’s pterosaur remains have been isolated and fragmentary fossils. For Ferrodraco, the researchers discovered a partial skull, five cervical vertebrae, elements from both wings and 40 isolated teeth and tooth fragments. While it amounted to roughly 10% of its skeleton, it was enough to reveal a lot about the animal.
„This pterosaur gives us a better understanding of the pterosaurs that lived in Australia during the mid-Cretaceous,” Pentland said.
Scorching Temperatures Spoil Fall For Americans As Summer Weather Lingers
Americans living on the eastern side of the country faced historically hot temperatures Wednesday as a heat wave lingered into the early days of fall.
The sweltering heat smothered Northeast and Southeast cities just over a week after world leaders met in New York for a U.N. Climate Action Summit to discuss the dangers of climate change.
On Wednesday, parts of New York City reached 95 degrees, marking the highest temperatures the city has ever recorded in October, according to the National Weather Service. In and around Washington, D.C., temperatures crept into the high 90s, with some Baltimore and D.C. residents experiencing 98-degree heat, also an all-time high for the month. In all, the National Weather Service said 20 eastern cities set or matched records for the highest temperature recorded in the entire month of October. They added that 50 cities in total broke high temperature records for Oct. 2.
These records came after dozens of states experienced record-breaking temperatures just one day prior, on Oct. 1.
The scorching heat was relentless and indiscriminate in its assault. Residents in Southern cities like Spartanburg, South Carolina, where suffocating humidity can feel as though it slows the city to a lurch, also saw unseasonably high temperatures. The 97-degree weather in Spartanburg on Wednesday marked the highest on record for the month of October since 1954.
Meteorologists attribute the heat wave to a number of ecological factors, including a high-pressure system that diverted a jet stream of cool air away from states in the Midwest, Northeast and Southeast, heating these areas to summer-like temperatures.
Even still, meteorologists expect the heat wave to loosen its grip on the Northeast and Southeast regions, and for fall temperatures to emerge as Americans close out the week.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
Rotterdam (Netherlands) (AFP) – A special ship designed to clean the oceans has harvested its first plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch since setting sail from San Francisco last month, its Dutch inventor said Wednesday.
The project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, involves a supply ship towing a floating boom that corrals marine plastic with the aim of cleaning half of the infamous patch within five years.
„Today we announce that our clean-up system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch has been catching plastic for the first time,” Boyan Slat, the 25-year-old Dutch CEO and founder of The Ocean Cleanup, told a press conference in Rotterdam.
„It’s the first time actually anyone harvests plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, from this giant fishing net all the way down to the micro plastic range,” he added.
„So we think that we can actually clean the oceans.”
Slat came up with the idea seven years ago, drawing it on a paper napkin when he was still in high school.
It seeks to use ocean currents to gather up some of the bottles, plastic bags, flip-flops and other detritus that sully the planet’s waters.
The system has been undergoing tests for the past year.
– ‘A big day’ –
The Maersk Launcher ship finally sailed from San Francisco on September 9 for trials on cleaning the patch, a floating trash pile twice the size of France that swirls in the ocean halfway between California and Hawaii.
It was towing a 600 metre (2,000-foot)-long boom device designed by Slat dubbed System 001, aimed at containing floating ocean plastic so it can be scooped up and recycled.
The system includes a tapered three-metre skirt to catch plastic floating just below the surface.
Slat said that before the plastic was „still escaping the system” by riding over the top of the boom..
„And that’s now what we’ve been able to resolve by having what you call a corkline, so a sort of a large barrier that’s floating on the surface, which prevents plastic from actually leaving the system again,” he said.
„I think I have to be happy. Today is a big day.”
Eventually, Slat has said he wants to create a far bigger, 100-kilometre (60-mile) long V-shaped barrier made up of large, rubber pillow-shaped buoys.
The youngest ever winner of the Champion of the Earth award — the UN’s highest environmental honour — Slat gave up his studies in aeronautical engineering to pursue his project.