Photo credit above: "A section of Oak Valley Drive in Escambia County, Fla., is washed out on Sunday, June 10, 2012, after heavy rains fell on Saturday, in Pensacola, Fla. Floodwaters from torrential rains damaged homes and closed roads throughout the Florida Panhandle, cutting power to the county jail and sending residents to emergency shelters as the area braced for additional rains Sunday." (AP Photo/The Pensacola News Journal, Tony Giberson) CREDIT: TONY GIBERSON/PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL AND PNJ.COM
Photo credit above: Dan Anderson/EPA. "Josh Spinner inspects his water-surrounded home in Perdido, Fla. Sunday. More than 13 inches of rain has dumped on the area in the last 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service."
Photo credit here: "The scene at Riverside Caravan Park in Llandre, Wales after swollen waters breached the banks of the River Lery and flooded the caravan park Saturday June 9, 2012. Around 150 people had to be rescued from homes and caravans after severe floods hit west Wales. Holidaymakers and residents were helped to safety in a large-scale rescue operation mounted by fire crews, coastguard lifeboats and military helicopters when water swept through caravan parks and villages near Aberystwyth in Wales." (AP Photo/PA Wire)
* The BBC has some amazing photos of the flooding in Wales here.
The Red Cross and Weather Service believe that if you are caught outdoors, you should seek shelter in a basement, shelter or sturdy building. If you cannot quickly walk to a shelter:
• Immediately get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
• If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort:
- Stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows, covering with your hands and a blanket if possible.
- If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands.
• Your choice should be driven by your specific circumstances.
The important thing to understand is that if you find yourself outside or in a car with a tornado approaching and you are unable to get to a safe shelter, you are at risk from a number of things outside your control, such as the strength and path of the tornado and debris from your surroundings. This is the case whether you stay in your car or seek shelter in a depression or ditch, both of which are considered last resort options that provide little protection. The safest place to be is in an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
* screen-grab above courtesy of KARE-11 and tcmedianow.com.
Photo credit above: "A storm surge from Hurricane Irene batters Montauk, New York in August, 2011." Courtesy: Climate Central.
"Were there thunderstorms to the west yesterday? I took these on the way home from Afton SP and was able to catch the light rays split as they shot over the horizon. I know mountains will usually do this but wouldn't expect it out here. Thunderheads?"
Steve - you took a great photo of crepuscular rays, sometimes called "twilight rays" caused by sunlight being scattered by dust in the atmosphere. Your theory is sound - there were (big) thunderheads over the Dakotas Friday evening around sunset, which may have blocked out some of those rays, creating the effect above. Well done!
Soros explains the convergence: "When the euro was introduced the regulators allowed banks to buy unlimited amounts of government bonds without setting aside any equity capital; and the central bank accepted all government bonds at its discount window on equal terms. Commercial banks found it advantageous to accumulate the bonds of the weaker euro members in order to earn a few extra basis points. That is what caused interest rates to converge which in turn caused competitiveness to diverge."
Graph credit above: "European yields". Thomson Reuters Datastream
Photo credit above: "Hyper-real: 3D mapping services used by C3 Technologies (as purchased by Apple) will form the main part of the software giant's new mapping service."
Smoke On The Water
Why do I love Minnesota? The people, the "mild climate" and the water. Did I mention the water? And was that Snooki out on Lake Minnetonka's Big Island Saturday?
Assume the guy in the channel in front of you has had one too many. According to the U.S. Coast Guard alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents. From 2011 to 2012 boating deaths increased nearly 13 per cent nationwide, from 672 to 758, a fatality rate of 6.2 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels. Have life vests handy: 70% of fatal boating accidents drowned. Of those 84% weren't wearing a life jacket.
Sorry to be Debby Downer, but I saw stuff on the lake that made me want to make a Citizen's Arrest.
Sunday's noisy, "thundiferous" cool frontal passage is history. Skies clear out today; dew points dropping to near 40 by tomorrow - meaning HALF as much water in the air as yesterday. Enjoy the fleeting comfortable front, because we heat up above 90 again by Friday.
The ECMWF (European) model is doing a consistently better job, so I'll lean on that simulation for now. It shows a round of heavy T-storms Saturday - drier/sunnier on Sunday; weekend highs in the upper 80s.
* photo above courtesy of TheSkiMonster.com.
Photo credit above: "Mayflower Road in Norfolk’s Colonial Place neighborhood was mostly underwater as high tide approached in November 2009." (Stephen M. Katz | Virginian-Pilot file photo)