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Violent storm damages homes and topples trees in Nebraska, USA

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Melanie Kelsay wasn’t sure what caused the loud noise that shook her house and woke her up early Thursday.
Kelsay, 36, said it sounded like a semitrailer truck had hit the house — but then, she said, “I thought it was a tornado, so I woke everyone up and we went to the basement.”
It wasn’t a tornado, but a storm packing high winds, heavy rain and hail blew through the southeast Nebraska town of about 1,500 people around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. It took down trees and branches, knocked out power, plugged storm drains and damaged homes and buildings, said Mark Meints, assistant fire chief for the Wymore Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department.
“It left a path right through the middle of town,” he said.
After speaking with Wymore town officials and reviewing radar data, officials with the National Weather Service office in Valley said they had determined that the damage was caused by 80-plus mph winds from a microburst.
Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the weather service, said a microburst occurs when a storm collapses, hits the ground and then spreads quickly. 
Toss in pea- to dime-size hail and heavy rain, she said, and severe damage will result.
Meints said hail piled up about 2 inches deep in most parts of town. 
Firefighters, he said, were unplugging storm drains early Thursday.
No injuries were reported.
City crews worked after the storm blew through and had restored power to the town by late morning. The opening of school was delayed two hours.
Wymore Police Chief Jay Welch said the rain gauge at his house on the south end of town registered 1.8 inches. Some locations outside town received up to 2.5 inches, he said.
Elsewhere, the weather service issued a flood advisory for the east-central Nebraska counties of Hamilton, York and Merrick after the area received 1 to 3 inches of rain Wednesday night and early Thursday.
Omaha’s Eppley Airfield reported .13 of an inch of rain, while Offutt Air Force Base and Millard had .14, Valley .17 and Council Bluffs .11.
Beatrice, which is about 15 miles northwest of Wymore, reported 1.11 inches of rain.
The rain and hail early Thursday woke up Cari Emerson. She and her husband, Zack, went and checked on their daughters Marlee, 7, and Piper, 4. The “loud roaring” hadn’t awakened them.
Cari, 35, said she could feel pressure in the house and thought the windows would break, but she didn’t think it was a tornado, because Wymore’s sirens weren’t going off.
The Emersons’ mailbox ended up in the street after the storm, and a large tree branch took down part of their fence and smashed their car’s windshield.
Roger Davidson was in his yard Thursday, the day before his 77th birthday, picking up and raking piles of sticks. He already had a pickup bed full of branches. It could have been worse, Davidson said.
When Kelsay’s family came up out of the basement 10 minutes after hearing the big crash, she discovered that a large tree branch had slammed into the side of her two-story house.
Four men, one on the ground and three on the roof, were cutting up the branch Thursday.
Another large branch was lying in her yard.
“It was scary and loud — shook the whole house,” Kelsay said, “but at least no one got hurt.”
Courtesy of nptelegraph.com

Tropical storm Chan-hom is expected to pass through the Marianas as a typhoon over the weekend

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Tropical Storm Chan-hom is expected to pass through the Marianas as a typhoon over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather service’s latest forecast graphic issued at 7 p.m. shows the storm passing just south of Guam Saturday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
The weather services’s tracking forecast was modified several times today, with the predicted course moving from a direct hit on Rota this morning to a path that takes it south of Guam. The forecast could still change.
“Conditions could change during the night,” said meteorologist Chip Guard. “National Weather Service anticipates the storm slowing down during the night and we should know more about the exact track tomorrow morning.”
According to the weather service’s 8 p.m. online advisory, the tropical storm was positioned about 750 miles east-southeast of Guam. Maximum sustained winds was 45 mph.
The storm was moving west at 12 mph, with winds extending outward up to 60 miles from the center. The system is expected to turn to the west tonight and Thursday with a slight decrease in forward speed.
The storm is expected to bring rain showers and thunderstorms to Guam starting Friday, and winds are expected to strengthen over the weekend, said weather service meteorologist Brandon Aydlett. Inclement weather could extend into Monday, he said.
The island can expect up to 12 inches of rain over the weekend, Aydlett said Wednesday morning.
Several weekend events are postponed.
The Liberation Carnival will be closed Saturday, and the Fourth of July fireworks are tentatively postponed to Sunday. The carnival will remain open tomorrow and vendors will begin breaking down their booths Friday, said Sinajana Mayor Robert Hofmann, event planner for the carnival.
The Guam BBQ Block Party scheduled for Saturday has been postponed. The Guam Visitors Bureau will announce a new date when determined.
Courtesy of guampdn.com

Mystery milky rain falls on Washington, Oregon, USA

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Rainfall described as milky-colored, dusty or dirty fell across parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, but its origin is unclear.
The National Weather Service received reports of the dirty rain from more than 15 cities from Hermiston, Ore., to Rathdrum, Idaho, on Friday. The weather service’s Spokane office collected water samples that will be sent to a lab for testing.
The light gray dirt in the rainfall coated vehicles and windows across the region as a rainstorm that originated in the Pacific moved in.
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Photo by NWS Spokane
Experts said they are checking out several possible explanations including a recent volcanic eruption in Mexico and one in Russia. The weather service said the rainstorm may have passed through some dust or volcanic ash as it moved west.
Walla Walla County’s emergency management staff posted a statement on its Facebook page that the ash is likely from Volcano Shiveluch in Kamchatka Krai, Russia, some 3,000 miles away. Volcano Shiveluch spewed an ash plume about 22,000 feet high in late January, the statement said.
However, the county cautioned the source of the dirty rain has not been scientifically confirmed and that there are a number of volcanoes currently active.
Facebook – We had many reports of a “dirty” or “milky” rain
CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam, meanwhile, pointed to an eruption Wednesday of a volcano in southwest Colima, Mexico, as another potential source of the dirty rain. That volcano is more than 2,000 miles away from the region.
Meteorologists said it may be a while before they figure it out simply because nothing is showing up on satellite. However, that is not uncommon with these thick clouds and moisture.
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Winter storm warning issued for eastern Idaho, USA

Winter Storm

The National Weather Service is warning motorists to be cautious this weekend as a winter storm is expected to bring several inches of snow across parts of Idaho.
The weather service in Pocatello on Saturday issued a winter storm warning for moderate snow in eastern Idaho.
The service also says gusts may create hazardous conditions at times as winds blow snow already on the ground from a previous Christmas storm.
A winter weather advisory on Saturday says heavy snow is also in the forecast for the mountains of the Idaho panhandle.
Courtesy of The Greenfield Daily Reporter

Mega storm with hurricane-force winds and flooding is on the way to California, USA

Severe Weather Alert

Crews in Northern California cleared storm drains and residents loaded up on sandbags Wednesday ahead of a powerful storm expected to pack hurricane-force winds capable of toppling trees and power lines and heavy rains causing streams and rivers to flood.
As much as 8 inches of rain could fall on coastal mountains over a 24-hour period starting late Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. Ski resorts in the northern Sierra Nevada could get more than 2 feet of snow.
“It’s a short amount of time for that amount of water,” Weather Service forecaster Diana Henderson said. “We are anticipating some localized flooding, maybe some downed trees and downed power trees. It could have an effect on a wide range of people.”
The storm is expected to be one of the windiest and rainiest in five years and could also cause debris slides, especially in areas affected by this year’s intense and widespread wildfires.
Wind gusts of up to 70 mph were forecast on mountain tops, creating blizzard-like conditions.
In California’s agricultural heartland, farmers were looking forward to the dousing after three years of drought.
Though workers would have to stop picking citrus, rain this time of year tends to make fruit bigger, allowing it to fetch higher prices at market, said James McFarlane, a third-generation farmer who grows mandarin oranges, almonds and alfalfa in Fresno County.
“If we’re not getting some Mother Nature-dictated time off out in the field, that probably means we’re going to have a hard time finding surface water in the warmer months,” he said.
The rain and, more important, the snow falling in the Sierra Nevada that melts during the spring and summer fill the reservoirs that supply irrigation water during the hot, dry months.
In San Francisco, where as much as 4 inches of rain was forecast, crews removed loose rocks from a hillside to prevent them from crashing down, and residents were advised to sweep up leaves and debris in front of their properties to prevent them from clogging storm drains.
“We have crews working starting tonight in 12-hour shifts,” said Rachel Gordon, a spokeswoman for San Francisco’s public works agency. “It will be all hands on deck.”
Farther north, a series of strong weather fronts with high winds and heavy rains could lead to flooding and landslides this week in western Washington state.
The National Weather Service expects as much as 14 inches of rain between Monday and Thursday in the Olympic Mountains west of Seattle. And it expects as much as 13 inches of rain in the North Cascades east of the city.
Saturated soils will bring the risk of mudslides, while winds could topple trees.
High winds were also forecast in Oregon.

Early winter storm dumps several inches of snow on Minnesota, USA

An early blast of winter in the Upper Midwest unloaded several inches of snow across a wide swath of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday, causing difficult driving conditions and leading to school cancellations across the region.
The heaviest band of snow was parked on top of Minnesota’s midsection and into Wisconsin. In Stearns County, 16.5 inches were reported in St. Augusta, and Kimball saw 13 inches and St. Cloud measured an even foot, the National Weather Service reported. The was 9.5 inches recorded by noon at Murdock in Swift County.
Total accumulations of 12 to 18 inches were forecast through Tuesday morning across central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.  By mid-afternoon, 10 to 11 inches had been reported in Burnett and Sawyer counties in northwest Wisconsin.
“It’s going to keep on snowing tonight and, with the strong north or northwest winds, it’s not going to be a good night to be out and about. It’s going to be near whiteout or blizzard conditions at times,’’ said Carol Christenson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth.
“Get home and stay there and let the plows do their work,” Christenson said.
Areas from about Pine County, Minnesota, across northern Wisconsin and into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could see 18 inches or more of new snow by the time the storm moves out Tuesday.
Snow also was falling in the Twin Cities, where at least 175 flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and metro commutes were dragged out.
With up to 16 inches expected before the snow is finished, St. Cloud State University’s Bob Weisman, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences predicted this would be the heaviest November snowfall in St. Cloud since Nov. 26-27, 2001.
A winter storm warning remains were still in effect for some areas into Tuesday, with blustery winds threatening to cause some blowing and drifting. The heavy wet snow was making shoveling a chore.
Icy roads were a factor in a fatal crash in southern Minnesota’s Blue Earth County.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Mridusha Allen, 30, of Springfield, Minn., died after losing control of a Toyota Corolla on state Highway 68 and sliding into the path of an tractor-trailer driven by Howard Klingler of New Ulm. Klingler was not hurt.
In the west Twin Cities metro area, the Carver County sheriff’s office reported a second fatal weather-related crash.
Travel will remain hazardous into Tuesday morning, the Weather Service said, with temperatures dropping overnight and remaining unseasonably cold.
Motorists who braved the highways Monday found difficult driving conditions. Accident reports from the Minnesota State Patrol on Monday included a tractor-trailer jack-knifed on an icy stretch of Highway 59 in Nobles County in the southwest to a rollover on a divided stretch of Highway 53 in St. Louis County in the northeast.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a travel alert for western and southwestern North Dakota because of falling snow creating wet and slippery roads. Bismarck reported 3 inches of snow. The band of snowfall moved across South Dakota and into Minnesota, where it headed northeast it toward the Great Lakes.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a reminder Monday for motorists to use caution around slower-moving snowplows.
MnDOT gave this advice: Stay at least five car lengths behind a plow, out of the snow cloud. Be alert for plows that turn or exit frequently. Some plows may also travel over center lines or partially into traffic to remove snow.

Heatwave reaches 100 degrees again; To last through Tuesday in Springfield, USA

The temperature hit 100 degrees again in Springfield today, and the heat wave is not over.
According to the National Weather Service in Springfield, the temperature hit triple digits around 5 p.m., after several hours in the mid-to-high 90s.
As of 5:30 p.m., City Utilities reported about 150 customers in west Springfield were without power.
That comes a day after Springfield set a record with a 100-degree high, breaking the record of 99 from 1991.
Monday is expected to also be hot and sunny, with 100 degrees a real possibility. Heat index values could reach 104, according to the weather service.
The Salvation Army opened a cooling center at 1701 W. Chestnut Expressway for anyone needing relief from the heat.
A heat advisory is in affect until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The weather service warns that young children and the elderly are particularly at risk for heat-related illnesses.
Tuesday’s high is expected to be around 97, before temperatures start to cool slightly. Wednesday’s high is likely to be in the low 90s, and showers could move into the area Wednesday night.
Highs from Thursday through the weekend should be in the 80s, according to the weather service.

River Raisin Flooding Likely In Monroe, USA

-Monroe News Photo by TOM HAWLEY River Raisin ice jam west of the Winchester St. bridge, looking at the City of Monroe Water Plant Monday morning at C.D. Al Cappuccilli Park.
The potential for flooding along the River Raisin in Monroe is very likely, forecasters say, but local authorities say there’s not much they can do about it. #In its hydrology outlook for late winter and early spring, the Na­tional Weather Service near Pontiac says the potential for flooding due to a combination of rain and snow melting is much above normal for the river. The weather service said its models show a probability that “moderate” or “major” flooding could occur, with river levels in the city reaching a height of 10 to 11 feet this month. Flood stage for the city is 9 feet. #The river was at that level at 5:30 p.m. Monday due to an ice jam on the river caused by ice floes break­ing up. The river gauge is located at the city’s water filtration plant off E. Front St. just east of Soldiers & Sailors Park. At noon Saturday, the river was barely near 7 feet, which was before much of the ice on the west side started breaking up and moving downstream on Sunday and Monday. #Patrick Lewis, director of engi­neering and utilities for the City of Monroe, said he doesn’t have a crystal ball and can’t predict every­thing. #“As in most years, a lot will have to do with exactly when the ice starts moving and, if it does, is it also accompanied by heavy rain?” #This winter is unique in that the frost is so deep into the ground that “you could be dealing with several weeks before it comes out and the ground can really start to absorb additional moisture instead of it all running off,” he said. #“ Of course, I couldn’t tell you whether the temperature is going to be in the 30s, 40s or even 70s by the time the end of the month rolls around, so there’s many different scenarios between now and then,” he said. #He added he was encouraged by the fact that there are areas of open water through the middle of town already. #“But if a 3-inch rain event shows up, all runs off with frost still in the ground and then the ice starts moving, anything can happen,” he said. #On Monday, forecasters predict­ed showers and a chance of thun­derstorms for Wednesday.


The city doesn’t have any specific plans to combat the flooding. #“There’s usually not much we can do to prevent flooding in the areas usually affected by the river, but we’re keeping an eye out for any unusual activity,” he noted. #In November, 2011, the river crested at 10.22 feet, and even then, the only significant area where streets had to be closed completely due to high water was on W. Elm Ave. between Custer Dr. ( west of US- 24) and Huber Dr., with the usual businesses affected. #“ There’s usually nothing we can do for them given how low the area is, but we always have cleanup re­sponsibilities afterwards and have to keep the streets closed. With potential ice jams you never know, sometimes it affects other areas differently when ice forms a block­age in an unusual spot.” #Mark Hammond, director of Monroe County Emergency D­ivision, already has contacted the Coast Guard about securing a cutter to open the mouth of the river. #“ But with their varied responsibilities this year keeping shipping lanes open, they may not be able to get over here for a little while,” Mr. Lewis said. #The weather service said its models show a probability that “minor” flooding could occur along the river in the Village of Dundee. Flood stage is measured differently in the village, with 650 feet above sea level the level when flooding is likely to occur. #Dave Rigel, superintendent of the Dundee Wastewater Treatment Plant, said the river measured 644.10 feet Monday morning. #“That is a little high, although it is still almost 6 feet before official flood stage,” Mr. Rigel said in an e- mail Monday. “ The river flats will flood before then.” #Julius Suchy, manager for the Village of Dundee, said the village has sandbags ready. “ But unfortunately there is not much that can be done in preparation,” Mr. Suchy said in an email Friday. “ We continue to work with Emergency Management and receive updates from the National Weather Service regarding future forecasts and how the melt will impact each region of the state. As the water does rise, the village reports the level to Emergency Management each day to provide for projections.”



Forecasters Eye Two Snow Events And Arctic Chill Coming Up This Week, USA
Weather Alert

The week could see two snowstorms or snow events that bring accumulating snow for the region along with dangerously-cold weather.


Forecasters are tracking a coastal storm that is expected to bring several inches to the region Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.


“The greatest confidence (for snow) will be along the south-southeast shoreline,” the National Weather Service said on its website.


“Up to 5 inches is possible, especially well south of Boston,” said Storm Team 5’s Mike Wankum.


For much of the rest of the area, 2 to 4 inches of snow was predicted, but it was the promise of bitterly-cold weather that prompted the most serious warning.


“The combination of winds and arctic air will make for very cold windchill values that present the threat of frostbite and hypothermia Tuesday night into Wednesday morning,” the weather service said.


Wankum added that forecasters are watching another storm for Thursday night, though the track was uncertain.


“There is the possibility for significant snow. There is some question as to the strength of arctic air keeping the storm track south,” the weather service said.

Ice Jam In Maumee River Triggers Flood Warning By Weather Service
Flood Alert

A National Weather Service flood warning remains in effect until Friday morning because of an ice jam along the Maumee River.

The jam, described to the weather service as 10 feet high, is about a mile upstream of the Grand Rapids Bridge, which carries State Rt. 295 over the river. Flooding is occurring in Grand Rapids, Ohio and surrounding low-lying areas, the weather service said.

Temperatures remaining at or below freezing during the coming days could reinforce the ice jam, forecasters said, but there is an on-going risk that it will break up with no warning, with the potential for ice chunks to re-jam farther downstream. A sudden release of water trapped behind an ice jam also can cause additional flooding downstream.

The most likely locations for ice jams are at river bends, bridges, islands, sand bars, or other locations where river flow is obstructed. Water can rise quickly behind ice jams.

The weather service said people with property along the river should be alert to rapidly changing conditions and alert authorities to new jams or flooding that they observe.

The current warning is in effect until 9 a.m. Friday and involves the Maumee along the Wood-Lucas county line. It could be extended depending on future conditions.