Saturday, November 30, 2013

Snow to Bring Travel Delays in New England Sunday

By Michael Doll, Meteorologist
November 30,2013; 8:05PM,EST
A fresh blanket of snow will cause slippery roads on another busy travel day across northern New England.
The snow will arrive on Sunday, which is a bad time for travelers returning home from their Thanksgiving holiday trips.
Snowfall is not expected to be heavy, but it will reduce visibility and coat the roads enough to create some slick spots.

Travel on Interstates 89, 91, 93 and 95 can be slow at times from northern Vermont to Maine.
The snow can also cause delays at the airports in Burlington, Vt., and Bangor, Maine.
Closer to the coast, including in Portland, Maine, snow showers will mix with rain showers.
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While snow is not expected to accumulate on the roads in that area, the precipitation could cause some delays at Portland International Jetport.
For area ski resorts, the timing of the snow is welcome, as many are open during the holiday weekend.
Portions of Maine can have 1 to 3 inches of snow on Sunday, while amounts across the rest of northern New England will generally be an inch or less.
Another storm system could bring rain, snow and gusty coastal winds to parts of New England on Monday into Tuesday.

US and International Weather Extremes for November 30,2013 from

Today's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Kendall, FL KTMB 82 °F
Miami, FL KMIA 82 °F
Kendall, FL KTMB 82 °F
San Luis Obispo, CA SBP 81 °F
Naples, FL KAPF 81 °F
Hollywood, FL KHWO 81 °F
Fort Myers, FL KFMY 80 °F
New Iberia, LA KARA 80 °F
Opa Locka, FL KOPF 80 °F
Melbourne, FL KMLB 79 °F
City Station ID Heat Index
Kahului, HI PHOG 86 °F
Keahole Point, HI PHKO 86 °F
Kaneohe MCBH, HI PHNG 85 °F
Hilo, HI PHTO 84 °F
Kendall, FL KTMB 84 °F
Miami, FL KMIA 84 °F
Opa Locka, FL KOPF 82 °F
  • Verified at 09:32 pm ET on November 30,2013.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.

Today's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Forrest, Australia YFRT 111 °F
Warburton, Australia 94457 106 °F
Tambacounda, Senegal GOTT 104 °F
Diourbel, Senegal GOOD 104 °F
Kayes, Mali GAKY 104 °F
Elliott, Australia 94236 104 °F
Koolan Island, Australia 94206 104 °F
Bokoro, Chad FTTK 104 °F
Linguere, Senegal GOOG 103 °F
Abeche, Chad FTTC 103 °F
  • Verified at 09:32 pm ET on November 30,2013.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.

Today's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Saranac Lake, NY NONE -13 °F
Saranac Lake, NY KSLK -13 °F
Alamosa, CO KALS -12 °F
Berlin, NH KBML -5 °F
Morrisville, VT KMVL -5 °F
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN -4 °F
Massena, NY KMSS -2 °F
Newport, VT KEFK -2 °F
Whitefield, NH KHIE -2 °F
St. Johnsbury, VT K1V4 -2 °F
City Station ID Wind Chill
Bettles, AK PABT -42 °F
Gulkana, AK PAGK -42 °F
Big Delta, AK PABI -40 °F
Kiana, AK PAIK -39 °F
Galena, AK PAGA -38 °F
Fairbanks, AK PAFA -37 °F
Nabesna, AK PABN -34 °F
McGrath, AK PAMC -34 °F
Kaltag, AK PAKV -34 °F
Kotzebue, AK PAOT -34 °F
  • Verified at 09:32 pm ET on November 30, 2013.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.

Today's World Extremes
City Station ID Temp.
Verhojansk, Russia 24266 -49 °F
Tompo, Russia 24671 -40 °F
Dawson, Canada CYDA -40 °F
Kjusjur, Russia 21921 -39 °F
Ojmjakon, Russia 24688 -37 °F
Mould Bay, Canada CYMD -36 °F
Curapca, Russia 24768 -36 °F
Selagoncy, Russia 24329 -35 °F
Amga, Russia 24962 -32 °F
Old Crow Airport, Canada CYOC -31 °F
  • Verified at 09:32 pm ET on November 30, 2013.
  • These reports are observations, and are not record events.

Today's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Wind Gust
Valdez, AK PAVD 59 mph
Point Lay, AK PPIZ 53 mph
Mt. Washington, NH KMWN 52 mph
Point Hope, AK PAPO 48 mph
Kivalina, AK PAVL 43 mph
Seward, AK PAWD 41 mph
Tin City, AK PATC 41 mph
Monarch Pass, CO KMYP 41 mph
Kotzebue, AK PAOT 40 mph
Wainwright, AK PAWI 38 mph

Today's Contiguous U.S. Extremes
City Station ID Precip.
Opa Locka, FL KOPF 0.59 in
Ketchikan, AK PAKT 0.58 in
Miami, FL KMIA 0.58 in
Annette Island, AK PANT 0.57 in
Honolulu, HI PHNL 0.47 in
Hollywood, FL KHWO 0.42 in
Wheeler AAF, HI PHHI 0.40 in
Bellingham, WA KBLI 0.33 in
Vero Beach, FL KVRB 0.31 in
Molokai, HI PHMK 0.30 in

Record High and Low Temperatures for November 29,2013 to December 1,2013 from

DateLocationVariableTypeRecordPrev Record

11-29-2013Gouverneur 3 NW, NYLow Minimum TempDaily Record-9 °F-8 °F (11-29-1940)
11-29-2013Tupper Lake Sunmount, NYLow Minimum TempDaily Record-3 °F-2 °F (11-29-1940)
11-29-2013Rochester, VTLow Minimum TempDaily Record3 °F4 °F (11-29-1978)
11-29-2013Bridgton 3 NW, MELow Minimum TempDaily Record10 °F10 °F (11-29-1996)
11-29-2013Ball Mtn Lake, VTLow Minimum TempDaily Record10 °F10 °F (11-29-1982)
11-29-2013Pulaski Wwtp, TNLow Minimum TempDaily Record11 °F15 °F (11-29-1969)
11-29-2013Hamilton 3 S, ALLow Minimum TempDaily Record12 °F17 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Conklingville Dam, NYLow Minimum TempDaily Record12 °F13 °F (11-29-1989)
11-29-2013Abingdon 3 S, VALow Minimum TempDaily Record13 °F20 °F (11-29-2002)
11-29-2013Perrysville 4 WNW, INLow Minimum TempDaily Record13 °F17 °F (11-29-1989)
11-29-2013Elberton 2 N, GALow Minimum TempDaily Record13 °F17 °F (11-29-1974)
11-29-2013Canton, PALow Minimum TempDaily Record13 °F15 °F (11-29-2010)
11-29-2013Boone 1 SE, NCLow Minimum TempDaily Record14 °F18 °F (11-29-2012)
11-29-2013Mt Vernon, KYLow Minimum TempDaily Record14 °F15 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Columbia 3 WNW, TNLow Minimum TempDaily Record14 °F14 °F (11-29-1955)
11-29-2013Huntington, INLow Minimum TempDaily Record15 °F17 °F (11-29-2010)
11-29-2013Smithville 2 SE, TNLow Minimum TempDaily Record15 °F16 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Celina, TNLow Minimum TempDaily Record15 °F15 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Frostburg 2, MDLow Minimum TempDaily Record16 °F16 °F (11-29-1996)
11-29-2013Booneville, MSLow Minimum TempDaily Record16 °F16 °F (11-29-1959)
11-29-2013Smithland L&d, ILLow Minimum TempDaily Record18 °F20 °F (11-29-1989)
11-29-2013Jasper, ALLow Minimum TempDaily Record18 °F20 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Paintsville 1 E, KYLow Minimum TempDaily Record18 °F19 °F (11-29-1999)
11-29-2013Grundy, VALow Minimum TempDaily Record18 °F19 °F (11-29-1969)
11-29-2013Athens, TNLow Minimum TempDaily Record18 °F19 °F (11-29-1967)
11-29-2013Huntington Swg Pl, WVLow Minimum TempDaily Record18 °F18 °F (11-29-1967)
11-29-2013Jasper 1 NNW, GALow Minimum TempDaily Record18 °F18 °F (11-29-1959)
11-29-2013Bankhead L&d, ALLow Minimum TempDaily Record20 °F23 °F (11-29-2000)
11-29-2013Stuart, VALow Minimum TempDaily Record20 °F21 °F (11-29-2002)
11-29-2013Dallas 7 NE, GALow Minimum TempDaily Record20 °F20 °F (11-29-1959)
11-29-2013Siloam 3 N, GALow Minimum TempDaily Record22 °F27 °F (11-29-2002)
11-29-2013Natchez, MSLow Minimum TempDaily Record22 °F23 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Gainesville Lock, ALLow Minimum TempDaily Record22 °F23 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Johnston 4 SW, SCLow Minimum TempDaily Record22 °F22 °F (11-29-2002)
11-29-2013Clayton, ALLow Minimum TempDaily Record23 °F23 °F (11-29-2002)
11-29-2013Demopolis L&d, ALLow Minimum TempDaily Record23 °F23 °F (11-29-1955)
11-29-2013Clinton 2 NE, NCLow Minimum TempDaily Record24 °F24 °F (11-29-2002)
11-29-2013Nahunta 6 NE, GALow Minimum TempDaily Record25 °F26 °F (11-29-2010)
11-29-2013Eunice, LALow Minimum TempDaily Record26 °F28 °F (11-29-1992)
11-29-2013Bunkie, LALow Minimum TempDaily Record26 °F26 °F (11-29-1976)
11-29-2013Lake City 2 E, FLLow Minimum TempDaily Record28 °F28 °F (11-29-1959)
11-29-2013Hastings 4ne, FLLow Minimum TempDaily Record33 °F36 °F (11-29-1980)
11-29-2013Arrowrock Dam, IDHigh Maximum TempDaily Record50 °F50 °F (11-29-1961)
11-29-2013Shasta Dam, CAHigh Maximum TempDaily Record71 °F70 °F (11-29-2002)
11-29-2013Winters, CAHigh Maximum TempDaily Record74 °F74 °F (11-29-1959)
Selected Variables: High Maximum Temp, Low Minimum Temp
Selected Types: All-Time Record, Daily Record

National Weather Forecast for December 1,2013 from

Weather Underground Forecast for Sunday,December 1,2013

A surge of energy will trigger active weather over Pacific Northwest on Sunday, while a cold frontal boundary will stretch across the northern Plains and the upper Midwest.

An active weather system will drive snowy conditions across the Cascades and northern Rockies on Sunday, while rainy conditions will spread across several states. The heaviest snow showers are expected to fall in Washington, Idaho, northwest Montana and northwest Wyoming. Rain can be expected in Washington, Oregon and parts of northwest California. Cold air will accompany this system, as temperatures are expected to drop 10 to 15 degrees in the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, the Southwest will avoid precipitation as a ridge of high pressure builds over the four corners. Temperatures will range between the 60s and 70s across the southern California and Arizona deserts.

Meanwhile, a cold front will extend from northeast Montana to Michigan on Sunday, which will bring chilly, snowy conditions to the northern Plains and the upper Midwest. Snow showers will move across parts of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. A low pressure system over eastern Oklahoma may also trigger showers over parts of the lower Mississippi Valley. Most of the Southeast will stay clear of precipitation as high pressure builds over the Carolinas.

A low pressure system over the eastern Great Lakes is expected to provide rain and snow across the Northeast on Sunday. Rain will likely fall in southern New York and parts of southern New England, while northern New York and the northern portion of New England will experience snowy weather.

This Date in Weather History for November 30,2013 from

Weather History
For Saturday,November 30,2013
1875 - A severe early season cold wave set November records in the northeastern U.S. The temperature dipped to 5 above zero at New York City, 2 below at Boston MA, and 13 below at Eastport ME. (David Ludlum)
1957 - Lee slope winds enhanced by Hurricane Nina gusted to 82 mph at Honolulu, Hawaii, a record wind gust for that location. Wainiha, on the island of Kauai, was deluged with 20.42 inches of rain, and 35 foot waves pounded some Kauai beaches, even though the eye of the hurricane was never within 120 miles of the islands. (30th-1st) (The Weather Channel)
1967 - A record November snowstorm struck the Washington D.C. area. It produced up to a foot of snow in a 12 hour period. (David Ludlum)
1976 - MacLeod Harbor, AK, reported a precipitation total for November of 70.99 inches, which established a state record for any month of the year. (The National Weather Summary)
1987 - Showers produced heavy rain in the northeastern U.S. Up to three inches of rain drenched the Brandywine Creek Basin of Pennsylvania, and rainfall totals in Vermont ranged up to two inches at Dorsett. Snow fell heavily across Upper Michigan as gale force winds prevailed over Lake Superior. A storm moving into the northwestern U.S. produced gale force winds along the northern and central Pacific coast. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1988 - Snow in the Upper Great Lakes Region pushed the precipitation total for the month at Marquette, MI, past their previous November record of 7.67 inches. Santa Anna winds in southern California gusted to 75 mph at Laguna Peak. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1989 - Squalls produced heavy snow in the Lower Great Lakes Region, with 15 inches reported at Chaffee, NY, and at Barnes Corners NY. Tropical Storm Karen drenched parts of Cuba with heavy rain. Punta Del Este reported fourteen inches of rain in 24 hours. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

National Temperature and Rainfall Extremes for November 30,2013 from

As of 1:15AM,EST

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High 83° Miami, FL
Low -13° Saranac Lake, NY
Precip 0.59" Opa Locka, FL

Today's Worst Weather for November 30,2013 from

Pelican Lake,Michigan: Snow Showers

More Rain to Impact Cleanup Efforts on Italian Island of Sardinia

By Mark Paquette
November 30,2013; 9:15PM,EST
Another storm will impact Sardinia Sunday and Monday with a steady rain amounting to another 15-30 mm (0.60-1.20 inches) expected.
Prior to impacting Sardinia, this storm will drop heavy rain across the Italian Peninsula through this weekend. Santa Maria Di Leuca, located on the southern tip of Italy, has picked up 31 mm (1.22 inches) of rain through Saturday evening with more expected into the beginning of the upcoming week.
Infrared satellite image from Saturday night, courtesy of the United Kingdom Met Office, shows another storm impacting portions of Italy.
Rainfall could be heavy enough to cause flooding across central and southern Italy, including Sicily. A solid 30 to 75 mm (1.00 to 3.00 inches) of rain is expected through this weekend with some isolated amounts over 100 mm across Italy's southern peninsula through Tuesday.
Rain will spread westward on Sunday reaching Sardinia and continue through Monday.
While the rain is not expected to bring much additional flooding problems in Sardinia, it will likely cause hardships for the people displaced from their homes and slow both rescue and cleanup efforts.
Over the time period of Nov. 18 through the Nov. 23, heavy rain fell that resulted in widespread flooding killed at least 16 people on the Italian island of Sardinia, with two other people missing who are feared dead as well, according to CNN.
Parts of the island received six months' worth of rainfall -- 450 mm (more than 17 inches) -- in 12 hours. From Nov. 18 to Nov. 23, the capital city of Cagliari had over 40 mm (1.60 inches) of rain. Normal rainfall for the entire month of November is 52 mm (2.05 inches). The heaviest rain fell north of the city.
In this AP photo taken on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, a truck and a bus are stranded by flood waters in a tunnel near Olbia, Italy.
More than 2,500 people were displaced from their homes, according to Italy's Civil Protection Agency. Houses were filled with a mixture of water, sand and rubbish. Travel was difficult due to numerous road closures.
Meteorologists Erik Pindrock and Dave Samuhel contributed to the content of this story.

Record Chill Possible for San Francisco

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
November 30,2013; 9:11PM,EST
An arctic high barreling into the Pacific Northwest could bring a stretch of record cold to the San Francisco area for the first week of December.
Low temperatures Tuesday night to Thursday night will be in the upper 30s to 40 degrees. Average lows for this time of year are in the mid-40s.
Central California Interactive Radar
San Francisco Forecast Center
Watches and Warnings Map

Daytime highs will start in the mid-60s for Sunday, but then slide into the low 50s by Wednesday and stay there through Friday.
It will remain dry, however, through the week.


Late-Week Wintry Mix Possible for Dallas

By Mark Leberfinger, Staff Writer
November 30,2013; 9:04PM,EST
Very changeable weather could be the rule next week with possible record heat and then a wintry mix of precipitation.
Wednesday's high temperature is expected to take a run at the 1977 record of 83 degrees ahead of an arctic high and frontal boundary at late week.
Showers are possible Thursday with a high around 70, but the bottom will fall out of the thermometer on Friday.
Detailed Dallas Forecast
Eastern Texas Interactive Radar
Forecast Temperature Maps

There is still a great deal of uncertainty, but the boundary associated with the arctic high could hang up in the Deep South and Mississippi Valley, back into Texas.
Friday's high is expected to struggle in the upper 30s with a chance of morning sleet and freezing rain and afternoon rain and drizzle.


Cold Departs Harrisburg Sunday, Monday

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
November 30,2013; 8:59PM,EST
Major storms will stay away, and temperatures will trend back to near average around Harrisburg, Pa., Sunday and Monday.
Good travel weather is in store around Harrisburg, compared to last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Temperatures are forecast to reach well into the 40s Sunday and Monday. After RealFeel® temperatures in the teens and 20s, it may feel much warmer for some folks spending considerable time outdoors.

A dry day and some sunshine are in store for the Eagles/Cardinals matchup at Lincoln Financial Field and for the Redskins/Giants game at FedEx Field Sunday.
Harrisburg Weather
AccuWeather Winter Weather Center
Pennsylvania Weather Radar

Winds are forecast to be light on Monday, which the first day of firearms deer season in Pennsylvania.
During the middle of the week, a storm system strengthening offshore may kick up winds and could lead to flight delays.

Showery Chances to Start Week for Atlanta

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
November 30,2013; 8:45PM,EST
A chance of showers is possible late Sunday in Atlanta but it shouldn't cause problems for holiday travelers.
Detailed Atlanta Forecast
Weather Radar in the Atlanta Region
AccuWeather's Forecast Temperature Maps

Conditions on the roads should be clear on Sunday for holiday travelers making their return home from Thanksgiving. Rain and snow showers across the Northeast and Northwest, however, could cause more residual flight delays out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
By Monday, the skies will be considerably cloudier, with very slight chances for a passing shower. Temperatures will remain in the upper 50s before climbing into the mid-60s later in the week. The next chance for rain comes Friday.


Occasional Snow Showers for Detroit This Weekend

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
November 30,2013; 8:38PM,EST
There could be some occasional showers across the Detroit area this weekend.
Temperatures warmed into the low 40s on Saturday, but with wind chill and other factors the AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature was in the mid-20s.
Post-Holiday Travelers May Face Snow, Rain Delays Sunday
AccuWeather Winter Weather Center
December Temperature Flip: Cold Eases in East, Blasts Into West

Starting Saturday night, snow showers will begin to fall across the area. Flurries will continue into Sunday, but temperatures warming to the high 30s and lower 40s will allow for very little accumulation. By the afternoon conditions will dry but the skies will stay mostly cloudy.
Overnight lows throughout the weekend will be in the mid-20s.


Snow Threat Returns This Weekend to Cleveland

By Jillian MacMath, Staff Writer
November 30,2013; 8:31PM,EST
Despite two days of dry weather, the chance for snow returns to Cleveland this weekend as post-holiday travelers make their way home.
On Sunday, the threat for rain and snow showers will return throughout the day. Accumulation, if any, will be less than an inch, but the precipitation could make roadways slick.
Those returning home from Thanksgiving travel should exercise caution and drive slower than usual.
Cleveland Radar
Cleveland Weekend Forecast Winter Weather Center

While cold air will inhabit the city for the beginning of the week, temperatures will spike at midweek into the 40s and 50s.

Thursday will be the warmest day the city has seen in a while with a high of 54 degrees. However, a few showers in the area may dampen outdoor activities.
Despite the brief warmup, temperatures will again drop in time for the first full weekend in December and the chance for snow will return to the city next Saturday.

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Breaking Weather: Warmer Temperatures Sunday
While the Northwest deals with heavy rain the Central Plans and Ohio Valley will start to warm up Sunday afternoon.

Rainy Weather Returns to Seattle, Wet Snowflakes Monday?

By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
November 30,2013; 8:27PM,EST

After a week and a half stretch of dry weather across the Seattle region, a plume of moisture aims to bring a bout of heavy rain into the area beginning late Saturday night.
Rain will increase in coverage and intensity into the day on Sunday. At first, snow levels will be very high, above 5,500 feet.
Travelers returning from holiday activities who are planning on crossing through Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass on Sunday should allow for extra time as rain will be falling heavily.
Fog and rain will lead to reduced visibilities which can cause travel problems. Localized flooding is possible, especially in the foothills and mountains as upwards of 3-6 inches of rain falls.

In Seattle, the rain will be somewhat lighter, with about 1-2 inches expected through Sunday evening.
Colder air will filter in behind the rain, causing a changeover to snow to occur in the Cascades Sunday night.
There can even be some wet snowflakes in parts of the city Monday, especially in the evening. No accumulation is expected in Seattle, but temperatures will be falling into the 30s for the remainder of the week.
Highs Tuesday through Friday will likely hover around the 35-degree mark with lows each night in the middle 20s.

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Breaking Weather: Warmer Temperatures Sunday
While the Northwest deals with heavy rain the Central Plans and Ohio Valley will start to warm up Sunday afternoon.
With 2.54 inches of rain, San Juan, PR, breaks Nov. 30 rainfall record. Old record: 1.67, 1975.

Pacific Northwest Flooding, Snow Precedes Arctic Outbreak

By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
November 30,2013; 8:17PM,EST
A surge of moisture aimed at the Pacific Northwest will generate a bout of flooding rain before a massive Arctic air mass plunges into the West next week.
Rain will increase in coverage and intensity across much of western Washington late Saturday night, including in the cities of Seattle, Olympia and Vancouver.
The moisture will interact with the Cascade Mountains, effectively leading to dangerous rainfall rates of around 1 inch per hour throughout most of the passes.
For residents or visitors traveling through Snoqualmie or Stevens Pass on Sunday, be prepared for slick roadways and potentially blinding downpours.

Rainfall amounts in the central Cascade passes could reach 3-6 inches through Sunday night as snow levels remain on the high side above 6,000 feet.
Forecast Temperature Maps
Winter Weather Center
Cold Eases in East, Blasts Into West

Mountain rain of this magnitude can lead to sharp rises on area rivers with moderate flooding possible in some locations.
Meanwhile, for folks traveling back home from holiday festivities along Interstate 5 between Everett, Seattle and Olympia, steady to locally heavy rain will develop late Saturday night and continue through Sunday. Rainfall amounts through Sunday will average 1-2 inches, which can lead to some flooding of low-lying and poor drainage areas.
Arctic Air Blasts Southward Sunday Night
After the heavy rainfall that occurs through Sunday, temperatures will turn sharply colder Sunday night across the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies as a strong cold front slides southward.
Snow levels across the Washington Cascades will fall from around 5,500 feet on Sunday to 2,500 feet Sunday night and end up just above the ground on Monday.
Heavy rain in the Cascades will transition to heavy snow Sunday night with several inches of accumulation likely. Along with the transition to snow, a rapid freeze is likely across the passes of the Cascades as temperatures quickly fall into the 20s late Sunday night. Interstate 90 through the Cascades will become covered with ice and snow and extremely dangerous.

The air will be so cold that the rain could even mix with some wet snowflakes in places such as Seattle and Portland along the I-5 corridor Monday and Monday night. High temperatures by Tuesday and Wednesday won't get out of the middle 30s in Seattle which is nearly 15 degrees below average for the time of year.
According to Meteorologist Michael Doll, "Several locations, including Seattle and Portland, will flirt with their record low temperatures both Tuesday night and Wednesday night."
Farther east, blizzard conditions will develop Monday from central Alberta into northern Idaho and northwestern Montana as the Arctic air spills southward.
Travel will become extremely difficult Monday in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta, as wind-whipped snow combines with temperatures falling into the single digits.
Travel along Interstate 15 will also turn dangerous across the northern Rockies as heavy snow falls and the air becomes bitterly cold. Temperatures on Monday in cities such as Great Falls and Helena will start out in the 40s before plummeting into the 20s then falling close to zero Monday night. Highs by Tuesday will struggle to get out of the teens.

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Breaking Weather: Northwest Heavy Rain
Soaking showers and gusty winds will target the Northwest Saturday night and Sunday.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Purdue Weather Balloon Recovered in Ohio After Midwest Tornado Outbreak

By: Rick Callahan
Published: November 29,2013
INDIANAPOLIS -- A team of Purdue University students who feared a camera-equipped weather balloon they'd launched was destroyed during the Midwest's recent tornado outbreak has been reunited with its pricey scientific instruments, thanks to the diligence of an Ohio farmer.
The students had launched the high-altitude balloon the day before the Nov. 17 tornado outbreak, and feared it was gone forever as several days passed without any word of its fate.
But nearly a week later, farmer Joseph Recker contacted Purdue officials to let them know a parachute carrying the balloon's instruments had crash-landed in one of his fields near the northwestern Ohio town of Kalida.
Recker, the uncle of former Indiana University basketball star Luke Recker, was harvesting soybeans Nov. 22 when his combine nearly ran over what he thought was a party balloon. He discovered it was a parachute tethered to the balloon's instrument package."I was thinking, `Obviously this thing's worth something, I better get it back to who owns it,'" Recker told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
But the severe storms had washed away contact information written on the balloon, leaving its origins a mystery until Recker removed a data card from the camera.
A computer-savvy person at a nearby fertilizer business accessed the card's files, revealing an hours-long video of the balloon's wild, high-altitude journey. The footage including images of Earth's curved rim and menacing clouds far below pushing ahead of the tornado-bearing storms that struck the day after the balloon's instruments parachuted down.
The first minutes of footage showed glimpses of the balloon's student creators - some of them wearing Purdue sweatshirts - working to launch it. That prompted Recker to contact Purdue officials, who in turn alerted the balloon's creators.(MORE: One Tornado Survivor's Endless Search)
Dahlon Lyles, a senior in mechanical engineering technology from San Antonio, said the dozen technology and engineering students who launched the balloon were elated. He said the video camera, a radiation monitor, GPS unit and other devices on the balloon are worth about $1,200.The balloon was launched Nov. 16 in West Lafayette, soaring to nearly 100,000 feet before its hydrogen-filled balloon burst as planned about three hours later and its instrument package parachuted to the ground. Because most high-altitude balloons are never recovered, the students assumed their costly instruments would never be found or had been destroyed by severe weather.
"With the tornadoes and the storms that blew through, we were sure it was probably destroyed. We were all pretty worried that we'd lost all that money," Lyles said.
He said the team is going to put together a thank-you letter for Recker and plan to send him some clothing with Purdue logos and other "Purdue swag."
The team's adviser, Purdue technology professor Davin Huston, picked up the balloon's instruments Monday from Recker.
Huston said the students have had great luck with the four balloons they've launched to date, managing to buck the odds and recover all four.
The students plan to relaunch their instruments on another balloon in January, Huston said, but for now they're digesting the footage their balloon camera recorded during its recent journey - images they've uploaded to YouTube.

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In this Nov. 18, 2013 photo, a view of destruction is seen after a tornado struck in Washington, Ill. (Lucio Villa/

Winter Storm, Arctic Cold Blast Kick Off December in Rockies, Midwest, West

By: By Jon Erdman
Published: November 29,2013
What first comes to mind when you hear "December"? Unless you're in Florida, Southern California or Hawaii, we would guess "cold" or "snow" would be one of the first five words to pop in your head.
Well, the atmosphere is poised to deliver a fresh blast of Arctic air and more snow just after the calendar turns. Let's jump into the details starting with more snow.
West winter storm
Model forecast animation of the upper-level trough, or dip in the jet stream, responsible for the developing Western snowstorm early in the week.

Tuesday's Forecast

Tuesday's Forecast

Wednesday's Forecast

Wednesday's Forecast

Snow Forecast: Skier's Delight

It starts Sunday as a Pacific cold front slides into the Pacific Northwest, bringing snow to the Cascades, Bitterroots, and Tetons through Monday.
Given the trajectory of the attendant upper-level trough diving more toward the south and southeast into the West, cold Arctic air will be pulled not only down the Front Range of the Rockies, but also into the Great Basin and even into the I-5 corridor of western Washington and western Oregon. Thus, a few snow showers are possible even in these low elevations.
The snowfall will create significant impacts to travel through the mountain passes including Stevens, Sherman and Snoqualmie in the Cascades. Several inches of snow is likely with well over a foot at higher elevations of the Cascades through Bitterroots through Monday and Tuesday. Seattle and Portland could see some snow mix in with rain Monday morning.
(FORECASTS: Seattle | Portland)
Tuesday into Wednesday, the deep upper-trough and cold front continue plowing south, spreading snow into the Sierra, Wasatch and Rockies. While this is happening, another broad area of potentially heavy snow may develop behind the Arctic front in the High Plains of Montana and Wyoming, spreading into parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. This heavy snow may persist into Thursday in parts of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
With the Arctic front still on a southward plunge and the aforementioned jet stream dip, another wintry mess of snow, sleet, and freezing rain is possible late next week in the southern and central Rockies and Plains, potentially extending east into the mid-Mississippi and Ohio Valleys into next weekend.
(MAPS: Mon. | Tue. | Wed. | Thu.)
This is still several days out, so check back with us as we refine the forecast and are able to bring more details such as timing, precipitation type and precipitation amounts into focus.
What's much more certain now is the potency of this cold plunge.

Tuesday's Highs

Tuesday's Highs

Wednesday's Highs

Wednesday's Highs

Thursday's Highs

Thursday's Highs


Here is the general timing for the Arctic cold front, by region:
  • Monday: Northwest, northern Great Basin, Montana
  • Tuesday: California, rest of Great Basin, Wyoming
  • Wednesday: Desert Southwest, northern and central Plains, Colorado, New Mexico
  • Thursday: Upper Midwest, mid-Mississippi Valley, parts of Southern Plains
Keep in mind the coldest air will lag the arrival of the cold front as laid out in the timing above.
Now, let's lay out the magnitude of the cold by region.
  • Pacific Northwest: Highs will be stuck in the 30s from Tuesday through much of next week in western Washington and western Oregon. Lows will be in the 20s, with some teens. Some daily record lows may be threatened.
  • California: This will easily be the coldest air of the season, with highs barely reaching into the low 50s in the Bay Area and struggling to rise out of the upper 50s in L.A. and San Diego by mid-to-late week. Lows in the 20s are possible in the Central Valley. Some morning lows near or below freezing are also possible in parts of the high deserts of Southern California and interior parts of the Bay Area such as Santa Rosa and Napa by mid-to-late week. Some daily record lows may be threatened in Northern California.
  • Great Basin: Highs in the 20s or low 30s will be common by mid-week. Lows in the teens, single digits, or locally subzero will settle in.
  • Desert Southwest: Highs may not rise out of the 50s in Phoenix and may struggle to climb out of the 40s in Las Vegas by Thursday. A freeze is possible in the Vegas Valley late in the week.
  • Northern/Central Rockies & Plains: Highs in the single digits and teens will spread from Montana Tuesday to the Northern Plains Wednesday and Thursday. Subzero morning lows will spread from the northern Rockies into the Dakotas and northwest Minnesota by Thursday.
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A tiny donkey tethered in the snow in Oymyakon, Russia. (Flickr/Marteen Takens)

Helicopter Crashes into Glasgow Pub, Fatalities Likely

November 29,2013

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An undated photo of the Clutha pub from Google maps streetview.
LONDON -- A helicopter crashed late Friday night into the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow, Scotland, leaving the building littered with debris and emergency crews scrambling to the scene.
There were reports that people may have been trapped inside, but they could not be immediately confirmed.
 Scotland's leader has warned that fatalities are likely after a police helicopter slammed late Friday night into the roof of a popular pub in Glasgow.
First Minister Alex Salmond confirmed that a police chopper was involved in the tragic accident, saying on Twitter that emergency services were in full operation Friday evening.
He says that given "an incident of this scale we must all prepare ourselves for the likelihood" of deaths.
Photos of the scene aired on local television show what appear to be the helicopter's propeller sticking out of the top of the pub's roof. Rescue workers swarmed the door of the pub and several fire trucks were on the scene.
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Scotland's Fire and Rescue Service said on Twitter it was on the scene of the crash but would not comment further "as very busy."
Gordon Smart, editor of the Scottish edition of the Sun newspaper, told Sky News he believed it was a police helicopter.
"There was no fireball and I did not hear an explosion," he said. "It fell like a stone. The engine seemed to be spluttering."
Labour party spokesman Jim Murphy told the BBC that "it's a horrible, horrible scene."
"I saw a pile of people clambering out of the pub in the dust. No smoke, no fire, just a huge amount of dust," he said.
He later told Sky News that people formed a human chain to help pass unconscious people out of the pub so that "inch by inch, we could get the people out."
Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted: "My thoughts are with everyone affected by the helicopter crash in Glasgow - and the emergency services working tonight."

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Firefighters walk pass the section of damaged crane on the ground after a helicopter crashed into the crane on top of a building in central London on Wednesday Jan. 16, 2013. Police say two people were killed when a helicopter crashed Wednesday during rush hour in central London after apparently hitting a construction crane on top of a

Bruce Molnia's Repeat Photos of Alaska, and What He Says They Reveal About Our World

By: By Terrell Johnson
Published: November 29,2013
Photographing Alaska's stunning landscapes has been a passion of Bruce Molnia's since the first time he visited the 49th state, as a Cornell University graduate student in the late 1960s.
While studying for his Ph.D. in geology – which would later lead him to a storied career with the U.S. Geological Survey in coastal, glacial, and ocean research – he came across the photos taken by the earliest American explorers of Alaska back in the early 1880s.
It was these photos – taken by everyone from John Muir in 1879 to later explorers like William Field and National Geographic's Bradford Washburn – that Molnia would use when he was asked in 1999 by then-Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit to find "unequivocal, unambiguous" proof that climate change was real.
Bruce Molnia
Since his first visit in 1969, Molnia has returned to Alaska "probably 300 times," he says. On nearly every visit, he has made expeditions of his own to recreate the photos taken by Muir and others, from their exact same vantage points.
Molnia spoke with about the work he's done over the last 14 years, and what it means to our understanding of how Earth's climate is changing today. The stories and thoughts below were captured during our conversation with him:
I started out with wow, look how the glaciers are changing. But it became pretty clear after the first or second year of doing this, that it wasn’t only the glaciers you could document changing. To me, the most remarkable thing was how quickly ecosystems became established in areas where the early photograph shows nothing but bare bedrock.
This all began in September 2000, when I spent a week with a team of four people in Prince William Sound. We visited about 15 locations where I had found historical photos from the early decades of the 20th century.
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This was before we had Google Earth to help us. Some of [the photos] I knew were going to be impossible to attempt to duplicate because of the locations, and others because when I had been in those general areas, the vegetation was so dense that I knew you would never be able to see from that original photo point.
But many of them were [taken] standing on the shoreline, or from the top of a ridge. So that was my premise: Finding sites where there was a good enough image that you cold then look at a map and figure out which peak on the map was which peak on the photo, and where the photo might have been taken from.
That was what prompted me to think, I have enough historical images that I could do this. To me, understanding the obvious – the photographic pairs – was the best mechanism to present irrefutable, non-judgmental, unambiguous, unequivocal visual documentation that climate change was both real and underway.
There are so many late 19th-century photos because of John Muir. Once he publicized it, steamers started making their way up to coastal Alaska. This corresponded to a time when Eastman-Kodak was making available handheld cameras that people could take with them that were pre-loaded with up to 100 exposures.
USGS/Bruce Molnia
The Pederson Glacier in Alaska's Kenai Fjords National Park, viewed between the mid-1920s and 1940s (on the left) and in August 2005 on the right.
In the photo pairs, the landscape goes from black and white, to blue and green. I have a photo that was taken in 1941 of the Muir Glacier. We went back in 2004 and the vegetation was so dense I couldn’t get my field assistants out onto this bedrock ridge that is in the foreground of this picture.
In the photographer's notes for the photo, he said you go to this particular creek, you walk up the creek, you walk up this rise ... and you’ll be there in 15 minutes. We went to the creek, and the alder was so dense that you were literally pushing each branch out of the way and stepping over them to be able just to go up in the stream bed.
It took us almost six hours to get from where we started, which was probably a distance of less than two miles. Because the vegetation was so dense, you couldn’t even see the sky.
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To understand climate change, we have to look at what climate’s done for the last 1,000 years. Beginning about 900 years ago, we experienced a global cooling event that triggered the Little Ice Age. In Alaska, glaciers expanded dramatically, and many glaciers filled fjords.
At the peak of the Little Ice Age, there were probably 200 ice-calving [glaciers] in Alaska. Since then, we have seen more than 99 percent of the more than 2,000 glaciers in Alaska begin to actively retreat, and continue to retreat up to the present. We’ve gone from over 200 tidewater-calving glaciers to less than 50.
About a dozen years ago, someone caught a marlin off the coast of southeastern Alaska. How could that be? The fishermen tell me that in Prince William Sound, for years now, they have seen a major influx of sand sharks and other species that were not native and are out-competing the fishermen for bottom fish, like halibut - and for crab. And so the ecosystem is rapidly changing.
The simplicity of the photos is so striking. My basic premise is, if a picture’s worth a thousand words, what’s a pair of photos showing dramatic change worth? And that clearly is the message I’m trying to convey.

National Weather Summary for November 29,2013 from

Weather Underground midday recap for Friday,November 29,2013

The U.S. experienced relatively calm weather on Friday as the majority of the country sat under high pressure systems. In the Southwest, high surf advisories were issued along the southern California coast as an area of low pressure drove light to moderate showers across the region. Avalon, Calif., reported a midday total of 0.64 inches of rain, while Santa Barbara, Calif., reported a midday total of 0.41 inches of rain. To the north, an onshore flow along the coast of Washington triggered light snow showers across the Cascades, while showers moved across southern Washington. Little to no snow accumulations occurred as snow turned into sleet during the late morning and early afternoon.

Meanwhile, a cold frontal boundary stretched across the Intermountain West and into the southern Plains. Precipitation did not accompany this frontal boundary on Friday, although cold temperatures and gusty winds moved through the Rockies. Monarch Pass, Colo., recorded wind speeds of 41 mph, while Livingston, Mont., also recorded wind speeds of 41 mph.

Warm, muggy conditions pushed onshore from the Gulf of Mexico as a high pressure system dominate the Gulf Coast and the Southeast. Brownsville, Texas, recorded a midday high of 75 degrees, while West Palm Beach, Fla., recorded a midday high of 78 degrees.

Parts of the upper Midwest and the Northeast experienced light snow showers as a low pressure system trekked over the Great Lakes. The Eastern Seaboard avoided wet weather on Friday.

This Date in Weather History for November 29,2013 from

Weather History
For Friday, November 29,2013
1896 - The mercury plunged to 51 degrees below zero at Havre, MT. It marked the culmination of a two week long cold wave caused by a stagnate high pressure area similar to those over Siberia during the winter. During the month of November temperatures across Montana and the Dakotas averaged 15 to 25 degrees below normal. (David Ludlum)
1969 - Dense fog along the Jersey Turnpike resulted in a chain reaction of vehicle collisions during the morning rush hour. A propane truck jacknifed and was struck by a trailor truck, and other vehicles piled into the fiery mass. (David Ludlum)
1975 - Red River was buried under 34 inches of snow in 24 hours, establishing a record for the state of New Mexico. (The Weather Channel)
1985 - The temperature at Bismarck, ND, plunged to 30 degrees below zero to establish their record low for the month of November. The high that day was 4 degrees below zero. (The Weather Channel)
1987 - Snow blanketed the Upper Mississippi Valley, with heavy snow reported near Lake Superior. Up to ten inches of snow was reported in Douglas County and Bayfield County of Wisconsin. Brule WI received nine inches of snow. Heavy rain soaked the Middle Atlantic Coast States, while gale force winds lashed the coastline. Flooding was reported in Maryland and Virginia. (Storm Data) (The National Weather Summary)
1988 - Nine inches of snow at Alta UT brought their total for the month to 164 inches, surpassing their previous November record of 144 inches. Snowbird UT, also in the Little Cottonwood Valley, surpassed their November record of 118 inches of snow. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)
1989 - Strong Santa Ana winds diminished over southern California, but record cold was reported in some of the California valleys, with readings of 27 degrees at Redding and 31 degrees at Bakersfield. Gale force winds, gusting to 44 mph at Milwuakee WI, produced snow squalls in the Great Lakes Region. Sault Ste Marie MI finished the month of November with a record 46.8 inches of snow. (The National Weather Summary) (Storm Data)

National Temperature and Rainfall Extremes for November 29,2013 from

As of 10PM,EST

Daily U.S. Extremes

past 24 hours

  Extreme Location
High 79° West Palm Beach, FL
Low -11° Alamosa, CO
Precip 0.67" Avalon, CA