quote:Freezing rain storm makes more casualties
Widespread freezing rain produced by Winter Storm "Jupiter" persists for much of western Oklahoma, Kansas, northern Missouri, and western Iowa. Continuing snow is forecast to the north of the freezing rain, and to the south, heavy rain and the potential for severe thunderstorms. As of late Sunday, January 15, 2017, the death toll has risen to 6. Tens of thousands have already lost power and there is a potential millions could be affected by power outages.
A significant winter storm system hit much of the central US this weekend and will continue through Monday, January 17, the National Weather Service said. More than 30 million Americans are under some type of wintry watch, and 10 million of those are under an ice storm warning.
The hardest-hit states are Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri with up to 2.5 cm (1 inch) of ice coating trees, power lines and roads. There is a potential millions of residents will lose power.
The weather service also issued a tornado watch for large parts of Texas and a tornado warning for just west of Waco. At least one tornado has touched down in central Texas, the service confirmed. Their spokesman said damage was reported Sunday evening in the Bosque County town of Clifton, about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Forth Worth, and east of Lake Whitney, but it's unclear if both areas were hit by the same tornado. No injuries have been reported.
As of late Sunday, January 15, Jupiter was blamed for the deaths of at least six people. Two deaths occurred in separate accidents in Kansas, three in Missouri and one in Oklahoma. All of them died on roads.
A weather-related crash involving two semi trucks happened south of Odessa, Nebraska and closed both directions of I-80 Sunday morning. Nebraska state Patrol said that there were no injuries. I-80 was opened reopened about noon Sunday, but officials warned drivers to be extremely careful on the icy roads.
NWS meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny said that an ice storm of this magnitude hasn't hit Nebraska in 11 years.
http://abcnews.go.com/US/(...)rm-flooding-44979378quote:The third and most powerful in a series of storms pounded Southern California, dropping nearly 4 inches of rain south of Los Angeles, flooding freeways and raising concerns about damaging mudslides.
Commuters could expect a messy drive to work Monday in several areas, with rainfall expected to ease slightly but not taper off until Tuesday.
Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect for swaths of greater Los Angeles and across Southern California where multiple roads were closed Sunday or blocked by fallen trees.
The National Weather Service cautioned that the system was expected to gain strength into Sunday evening and could end up being the strongest storm in at least seven years. California has been swamped during a wet winter that has brought plenty of rain and snow after years of drought.
By early evening, the rainfall had set new records. Long Beach Airport received 3.87 inches of rain by 5 p.m., breaking the all-time daily record for rainfall. Los Angeles Airport got 2.78 inches of rain Sunday, another all-time daily record.
Firefighters in San Bernardino County staged a dramatic swift-water rescue of a couple whose pickup truck was trapped in surging water west of the Cajon Pass. Television footage showed rescue crews sending a raft, which was anchored to a fire truck, into rushing brown water so the trapped couple could climb aboard, one by one, from the car's passenger window.
Fast-moving floodwaters swept through California mountain communities and residents fled homes below hillsides scarred by wildfires. Forecasts said mountain locations could see up to 6 inches of rain. Rain fell at a rate of nearly three-quarters of an inch per hour.
Residents in rural Santa Cruz County watched helplessly Sunday as the San Lorenzo River spilled over its banks for the second time this month, sending muddy water and debris into yards and homes. No injuries were reported.
"This is the fastest I've ever seen this river move. It's already flowing under my house. I have maybe 2 feet of clearance before it's in my living room," Paradise Park resident Tammy Grove told the Sentinel newspaper.
Battalion Chief Aldo Gonzales with the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the river is the highest he has ever seen it.
Traffic was diverted off Interstate 110 south of downtown Los Angeles because of water flowing across lanes. The 710 Freeway was also closed because of flooding.
Authorities ordered evacuations near wildfire burn areas in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Orange counties. Potential debris flows could restrict access for emergency responders, officials said.
Some residents refused to leave, but Ralph Olivas loaded up his family and their dog and left his home in Duarte, nestled in scenic foothills east of Los Angeles that were left bare by wildfires last June. Recent rain sent rocks down steep streets where homeowners built protective barriers out of lumber and sandbags.
"We're packing and leaving because the muds are coming, the mudslides," he told Los Angeles news station KCAL-TV, adding that the risk "comes with the territory living up here."
Farther north, officials warned of a "high avalanche danger" at all elevations of the Sierra Nevada mountains because of heavy snowfall that has closed several ski resorts. The Sierra Avalanche Center advised Sunday against travel in the area, warning of intense snowfall rates and gale force winds.
The San Francisco Bay Area was under a high surf advisory along the coast until early Tuesday with waves of up to 19 feet expected, National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Anderson said.
"Surf will be coming up and down, but coming so fast there's no break," he said.
The San Francisco Coast Guard warned of hazardous conditions at beaches after two people went missing in the water near Pebble Beach on Saturday.
Along the coast, big surf rolled ashore, with record 34-foot swells recorded Saturday in Monterey Bay. .
A historic WWI-era ship called the S.S. Palo Alto and docked near Santa Cruz was torn apart by massive waves Saturday.
The Bay Area was also under a flash flood watch that continues through Monday and a wind advisory was in effect until late Sunday.
Wine country communities that already experienced destructive flooding this month faced new flood warnings after strong thunderstorms Sunday.
"We're seeing mudslides Bay Area wide," said Anderson, adding that heavy rain over the past few weeks has saturated the ground. Wind gusts topping 50 mph brought down trees across Northern California.
In Mendocino County, a massive oak toppled onto an apartment in the city of Ukiah early Saturday, crushing the building and killing a woman as she lay in her bed, fire officials told the Press Democrat newspaper of Santa Rosa. The woman's boyfriend and a 3-year-old boy escaped.
Capt. Pete Bushby of the Ukiah Valley Fire Authority said heavy rain apparently had destabilized the 125-foot tree.
quote:Historic February snowstorm hits British Columbia, Canada
Parts of Canada's British Columbia have experienced heavy snow over the weekend and into Monday, February 6, 2017. Some communities received their entire yearly snowfall average in only 72 hours. The next storm will start affecting the region by Wednesday afternoon.
Around 43 cm (1.4 feet) of snow fell in Powell River from Friday into Sunday. During the same period, Chilliwack recorded 77 cm (2.5 feet), its yearly average.
The community of Sparwood in the Elk Valley received some 60 cm (1.9 feet) of snow in only nine hours, The Weather Network reported. Sparwood's previous record was 18.3 cm (7.2 inches).
The snowstorm has left more than 120 000 B.C. Hydro customers without power at the peak, shut down several school districts and closed parts of Highway 3 and 31.
Avalanche Canada has issued an extreme danger rating for the South Rockies. On Monday, the danger rating for the Kootenays and Columbias remained at considerable and high.
Snow continued falling into Tuesday, February 7.
Meteorologists warn another system will start affecting the region Wednesday afternoon, and 'could make for a complicated situation, as it coincides with a return to more seasonal temperatures.'
This next storm could produce flooding in and around metro Vancouver.
quote:Mandatory evacuations ordered in parts of California
Mandatory evacuations have been ordered in parts of Northern California Monday, February 20, 2017, as another heavy rainmaker slammed the region.
Many rivers in Northern California are at or above flood stage after a series of powerful storms hit the state in recent months. There are reports of flooded streets and trees and debris crashing into roadways. More than a dozen reports of flooding and debris flows have come in Monday from as far south as Monterey and as far north as Santa Rosa, according to The Weather Channel.
Two people have lost their lives Monday morning on a rural road between Oakdale and Waterford after head-on crash due to wet road, bringing the total death toll in California to 9 in just a few days.
I-80 westbound is currently closed from the Nevada state line through Donner Pass due to multiple vehicle collisions.
On Monday night (local time), an evacuation was ordered by San Joaquin County after a report of a levee breach in a rural area southwest of Manteca. The order to evacuate roughly 500 people was ordered at 19:16 but the breach was eventually halted, the country's Office of Emergency Services reported at 20:45.
The damaged levee is on the San Joaquin River, so water is moving north and east, OES said as reported by The Sacramento Bee. The City of Ripon issued a release saying none of its residents would be affected.
For the first time since 1997, the controlled spillway gates of Don Pedro Reservoir in Tuolumne County were opened Monday afternoon. The outflows from the reservoir were between 18 000 and 22 000 cubic feet per second as of 15:00 local time Monday. The Turlock Irrigation District, providing water to much of California's Central Valley, said the spillway will be open for at least 4 days.
https://www.nytimes.com/i(...)te/early-spring.htmlquote:Spring Came Early. Scientists Say Climate Change Is a Culprit.
By JEREMY WHITE and HENRY FOUNTAIN MARCH 8, 2017
After a mild winter across much of the United States, February brought abnormally high temperatures, especially east of the Rockies. Spring weather arrived more than three weeks earlier than usual in some places, and new research released Wednesday shows a strong link to climate change.
quote:Oostkust VS maakt zich op voor zeer zware sneeuwstorm
De noordoostkust van de Verenigde Staten maakt zich op voor een zeer zware sneeuwstorm. Amerikaanse weerdiensten hebben gewaarschuwd dat het de zwaarste winterstorm in zeker tientallen jaren wordt.
Grote steden als New York, Boston en Philadelphia maken zich op voor zware sneeuwval en hevige windvlagen, aldus Amerikaanse media.
De sneeuwval gaat vermoedelijk voor zorgen dat grote wegen moeilijk begaanbaar worden. Het zwaartepunt van de storm wordt dinsdag verwacht, als zware windstoten de uitval van elektriciteitsvoorzieningen in grote stedelijke gebieden kan gaan veroorzaken.
Ook waarschuwen autoriteiten voor omvallende bomen langs wegen.
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De National Weather Service heeft een stormwaarschuwing afgegeven voor New York en delen van de staten New Jersey en Connecticut. Een mildere waarschuwing is afgegeven voor de hele oostkust van de VS.
Volgens meteorologen zou het een van de tien zwaarste sneeuwstormen aan de oostkust van de afgelopen eeuw kunnen worden. Weerplaza verwacht dat zeker 50 centimeter sneeuw gaat vallen in New York.