Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Jul 01, 2013 2:26 pm

Ah, camping! I love to do it, even on short notice, as long as the weather cooperates. The problem right now is that the mosquitoes require bringing an extra pint or two of blood.

It was nice to have good weather for your brother's graduation party (and the campfire that followed!). This week looks quite seasonal, a little drier than what we've had lately.

The Channel 5 meteorologist noted that the hazy skies we've had lately are due to smoke from big forest fires in northwest Canada, and possibly also from those in the southwest US. The jet stream dips from Canada down toward us right now, bringing the smoke this direction.

This means the sky isn't quite blue by day and many of the stars are hidden at night, even if there aren't any clouds. Kind of an interesting effect.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby TheGentleWarrior » Jul 01, 2013 8:52 pm

Today was the first cool day we've had in over a week. 67F and rainy. It's been up in the 90's all week! While I'm happy to have cooler weather, all this fluctuating is making me sick with migraines. Fun.

This past Thursday was one of the scarier times I've had with weather. My mom took my sister and I to our local college to fill out registration forms for this upcoming fall. There was a chance of severe thunderstorms, but we decided to go anyway. The entire time we were at the university, I checked the weather because it looked bad. When we left, the skies were black and it was starting to storm, so we sat in the parking lot to try and wait it out. What we didn't know was that a severe thunderstorm warning had been issued.

Boy was that rain heavy! The drops were huge. We just sat there and watched it for about a half hour. When it finally lessened up, my mom started up the car and we tried to make our way home. On the way home, the storm started up even heavier again. Loud thunder, heavy rain, and lightning bolts that, when they lit up, stayed suspended in the sky and wouldn't disappear. I honestly could have taken a picture if I hadn't been so scared! :P

What was most terrifying though, was the flooding. For most of the drive home, we had to maneuver our way in and out of flash flooding. I've never been in a car during flash flooding before. I hate water with a passion, it scares me so much, so I had a panic attack nearly half the drive home. It was one of the longest drives of my life. I can't even begin to imagine how my mom felt driving.

We were lucky we got home. Just an hour south of us was under 4 feet of water. Cars stalled, and people trapped. We dried out within a day, but it took some towns several more, with lots of damage. A friend of ours got lots of trees and powerlines down at her place. Not fun.

Ouch, I wrote a lot. I guess I needed to get that off my back. That was kind of traumatizing. :P :ymblushing: Hope the weather stays mostly clear from now on!
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby waggawerewolf27 » Jul 02, 2013 2:57 am

Puddleglum wrote:Wagga. Now you have me worried. are you safe where you are?


We are fine, and thanks for asking. It turned out it was only a few streets and roads cut off by blocked drainage and the odd low-lying bridge that was nearly submerged. Basically, around this way, people really should have more sense than to build new houses near a waterway that would flood somewhat more frequently if it weren't for the system of dams and weirs we already have in place.

What has me really worried is about how you lot up in the Attic are dealing with bushfires. I am really sorry to hear about those 19 firefighters that were killed :( . We, Down Under, are no strangers to that sort of thing.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Puddleglum » Jul 09, 2013 2:55 pm

Releaved to see you are fine wagga. I know what you are saying about people building where they know better. Unfortunatly many realty business's here care more about the dollars than the sense. Many people too are more interested in the scenery, and not thinking through what's underfoot.
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We are dealing with heat again. Had a bit of a storm blow through this morning, but no damage reported, nor did I see anything when I was on my way home.
There is supposed to be more on the way, but nothing really on radar last I looked.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby DiGoRyKiRkE » Jul 10, 2013 6:25 am

We've had 5 inches of rain in the past two days, and rain every day for the past 16 days. There is MAJOUR flooding in my county. Our home stands at the top of a hill and we're still having our sump-pump run non-stop and have lakes in our yard.

We're supposed to get more rain today, so it's going to get worse before it gets better.

Front is going to move through tomorrow which is going to give us below average temperatures, and lower dewpoints. Our current dewpoints are in the mid-upper 70's :-s
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Jul 10, 2013 7:13 am

On the far side of the spectrum, we were 107F/41C yesterday with a heat index of 110F. Not quite as bad as what those poor people in California and Arizona are dealing with, but still not pleasant. We had a "cold front" come through last night, I imagine the same system DiGs is talking about, so the high today should only be 97F/36C. :P But we did get a little bit of rain last night, and I'll take the lower temps too!
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby johobbit » Jul 11, 2013 12:59 pm

So, the past two & 1/2 weeks have been very hot and humid. It's been a long, unpleasant stretch of weather. Unlike last year, however, which was very sticky as well, we have had abundant rain this season, compared to 2012's 7+ week drought. I have not accessed the stats yet, but I do know that Toronto received more rain this past Monday than they usually get in an entire month! Here are some photos of that torrential flash-flooding storm. Where I live, just under an hour west, we hardly got rain at all that same afternoon (although we did that night, but not to the same extent), but the sky sure was ominously dark in the north-eastern direction, where lies the big city.

When it's hot and humid, the heat is only accentuated when the sun is burning down, of course, but thankfully with this latest heat wave, we have had cloud-cover most every day; hardly a day went by without rain. :)

With all the precipitation, I cannot recall the last time I had to water the gardens, and wow, are they ever growing! The trees surrounding our backyard look like a tropical rainforest most mornings. But for the next few days (until early next week, at least), there is no rain called for, so I will have to pull out that hose sometime this weekend, no doubt. And, gracious, the weeds are sprouting up almost as fast as the plants. :P My hoe is calling ... 'tis so much easier to hoe weeds when the ground is saturated than when it's dry, no kidding!
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Jul 13, 2013 1:53 pm

That's some incredible flooding, jo! It reminds me a bit of my parents' small town but on a much larger, more devastating scale.

Everything is lush and green around here as well, and is quite pretty if one can ignore the 'air you can wear' humidity we're expecting over the next week. ;))

(We are approaching our warmest period of the year, statistically, so next week's heat and stickiness is not unexpected. I'll huddle by the AC anyway).

We'd actually begun to dry out a bit, but between about 2 am and 6 am today we had a spectacular thunderstorm - it's fun to watch such a light show unless one's trying to sleep! - and very heavy rains. Once again we have very minor flooding in parking lots and yards. The Mississippi is also pretty high - especially compared to its levels in recent years when we've been under a drought.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby johobbit » Jul 16, 2013 9:14 am

'gazer wrote:but between about 2 am and 6 am today we had a spectacular thunderstorm - it's fun to watch such a light show unless one's trying to sleep! -

Indeed! Because of the extremely high heat index this week (today is supposed to hit 42C/107.6F! :-o ), there is a risk of severe weather starting tonight and each day through Friday. This will bring in a 'cold' front with much more comfortable air for the weekend ... thankfully! Oh-ho-ho, I just heard that tomorrow's humidex is looking to be 43C/109.4F!! Methinks that may be a record. This is the first week I have had to water the gardens in ages. And with the downpours expected in the next few days, the hose should be dormant again for awhile.

I am already noticing a difference in the early morning light. A few weeks ago it was showing itself around 4:30; now, at 5 a.m., one can just barely see the dawn beginning. I miss my morning walks under the cool night sky, so am very pleased to look forward to them again in August sometime ... (or whenever it cools down again :P).
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby johobbit » Jul 17, 2013 3:36 pm

So, the forecasters didn't quite get the humidex right for today: it was not 43C/109.4F ... it was 44C/111.2F! :-o #:-s :P Our cool-down comes overnight Friday into Saturday when severe thunderstorms are expected to roll through the area. *loves storms* And then on Sunday, the temperature will be below normal, as in 22C/71.6F, hip-hip-hooray! (The average temp for this time of July is 27C/80.6F.) Even the nights this week are extraordinarily hot ... around 33C/91.4F. #:-s Been guzzling lotsa water this week, that's for sure!

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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Jul 17, 2013 3:55 pm

I was watching the news just a bit ago and the headline story was the heat in the northeast. One guy said he's been "Sweating like a chicken." ;)) I don't know what that means but it must be hot!

After the super heat a few days ago (posted above) we've been having cooler than normal weather here. In fact we might have set some kind of record when our high last week was 83F. :-o We've had some of those perfect pop-up thunderstorms where they're nothing but some thunder and rain. I LOVE those. I think we'll have the return of our normal summer weather by the end of the week, but this cool snap has been most welcome. :)
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby IloveFauns » Jul 18, 2013 3:21 am

It was like -2 c when I was waiting at the bus stop this morning and this is could for southwest Western Australia.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby Puddleglum » Jul 20, 2013 7:59 pm

Not a bad day today. High about 75. but next to nothing for wind. The Mrs., and I were able to do a bit of gardening, and suprisingly we recieved very few bug bites. The sun was a bit on, and off though, and for awhile I thought we might get wet. I felt a couple of drops, but she said that she felt nothing. I guess it was all in my head. 8-}
The weather channel is calling for a chance of rain in the morning, but It's looking real iffy to me. Thankfully the projected highs are all in the lower 80's next week :ymapplause:
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Jul 22, 2013 3:13 pm

Boy did the weather people miss today! Though really it wasn't their fault. ;)) We were supposed to hit 100F today but due to pop-up storm after pop-up storm (that wasn't predicted), we never even made it to 90F today. I think it's currently 84F or so?

Love that rain!

In the weather predictors' favor, the rest of KS was that hot.
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby stargazer » Jul 25, 2013 2:54 pm

More spotty thunderstorms with torrential rains here in southeast Minnesota today; some streets and fields flooded again. Pretty impressive lightning show however!

This is statistically our warmest time of the year, but a cold front coming down from Canada is bringing much cooler air than is seasonal (not that I'm complaining!), with lows here the next few days around 48F/9C. Possible record lows - near freezing - may come north of here.

Even in high summer, winter's not far away. ;))
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Re: Everyone wants to talk weather part 2

Postby fantasia_kitty » Jul 29, 2013 7:18 am

stargazer wrote:This is statistically our warmest time of the year, but a cold front coming down from Canada is bringing much cooler air than is seasonal...

Yeah, about that... ;)) Yesterday's high was 65F. :-o What???? I didn't see the local news, but I'm sure that was a new record. Last year it was 109F which is a good deal more normal for this time of year. But I am not complaining!!! Not at all. ;))
We've been getting a lot of fantastic rain as well which has truly been a blessing after two years of severe drought. :)
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