Extreme Weather Will Hit Northeast This Weekend

Another weather advisory alerts from Northwest to Northeast again show that millions of residents in the US will be experiencing disrupted travels due to snow, ice, and thunderstorm. AccuWeather meteorologists predict this extensive storm will bring down the temperature to the wintry precipitation from Thursday to Friday.

Winter rain is expected in the metro areas of New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D. C. According to AccuWeather.com, “Thunderstorms that poke northward from the Southern states could turn severe in parts of western Pennsylvania and Ohio Thursday, with strong wind gusts and power outages posing the greatest threat. Farther to the east, in much of the Interstate 95 zone, a period or two of rain with low cloud ceilings and areas of fog could slow motorists down and lead to airline delays. Rumbles of thunder can occur as far to the east as the mid-Atlantic coast with this storm system Thursday night to early Friday.” stated their weather news outlet.

Recent weather havoc hit the West coast, with flashing floods, mudslides, potholes on the highways, and overflowing reservoirs in the driest regions. The ACE (Altamont Corridor Express) train stopped due to a landslide. The ACE spokesperson said in their official release, that the train stalled and became stuck on the tracks Tuesday morning along Niles Canyon after being struck by a landslide. The train was heading westbound, did not derail, and no one was injured in this incident.

From Thursday morning to Friday morning, the biggest concern is for motorists and pedestrians due to freezing rain becoming icy streets, highways, and sidewalks from parts of northern Pennsylvania, New York state, Connecticut, and Massachusetts to southern Vermont, and southern New Hampshire respectively, AccuWeather Meteorologist Nicole LoBiondo said.

The upper New York state, Canada, Southern Ontario, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine are expected to see snow from 6-12 inches.

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U.S Airlines have cancelled and delayed flights due to the “Arctic Blast”

Over 3,000 flights were canceled and 5,000 were delayed as of Tuesday night in the U.S. Southwest Airlines is one of them. Southwest Airlines canceled 2,886 flights on Monday that indicated 70% of the flight schedule. Travelers were stranded at the airports and couldn’t make their Christmas dinner tables on time.

DOT is investigating Southwest Airlines and looking into this travel mayhem as a whole. “USDOT is concerned by Southwest Airlines’ disproportionate and unacceptable rate of cancellations and delays as well as the failure to properly support customers experiencing a cancellation or delay,” the department said.

Southwest declined to comment late on Monday on the USDOT statement but pointed to a statement it issued earlier offering “heartfelt apologies” and said, “with consecutive days of extreme winter weather across our network behind us, continuing challenges are impacting our customers and employees in a significant way that is unacceptable.” According to Reuters.com.

Winter blizzards hit the U.S. significantly hard this Christmas weekend from coast to coast and especially in West New York, Erie county, and Buffalo city. They each got a historical century winter storm that left dozens of people dead in the freezing cold. Kathy Hochul, the governor of NY stated at the news conference, to not travel to west NY, as it is like a warzone. The Governor of NY has issued a state of emergency.

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Snow Storm As Big As 2009 Winter Storm Blizzard Expected for Christmas

Throughout US history, winter storm blizzards date back as far as 1816 to as late as 2009. The most vicious winter storm in recent history was the 1940 Armistice Day storm, which left at least 150 people dead. Most frequently occurring between November to January, the storms are known to originate from the Z streams in Arctic cold air and hover in North America in early winter. Weather authorities alert Americans to be ready to prepare for the winter with gear including food and emergency electricity.

This Christmas, which is in less than a week, is one of the biggest holidays in the world. However, the arctic storms headed toward much of the Northwest to the East are likely to make traveling quite hellish. “White Christmas” is wonderful unless seen from inside the Airport due to travel delays and cancellations.

According to weather.com, “The best chance for an inch of snow blanketing the ground on Christmas morning is in the higher elevations of the West and from the Northern Plains and upper Midwest into the eastern Great Lakes. However, areas from northern New England into portions of the Ohio Valley and Central Plains could also see a white Christmas, depending on where Winter Storm Elliott brings snow this week. Any snow that falls this week will not melt before Christmas due to the cold blast that arrives later this week.”

In recent the US history of winter blizzards, Virginia Beach, in the boundary between Virginia and North Carolina, saw its biggest snowfall of the Christmas season in 2010 with 13.4 inches. The city of Virginia Beach refers to warm and hot temperatures in summer and mild weather in Winter, some of the residents have never seen snowfall in winter until 2009 and 2010. At Christmas time, in the Northwest part of VA,  lived in towns, with at least 2 feet of snowfall in the year 2009.

On this Saturday, (Christmas Eve) Washington DC is expected a high of 26 F, and a low of 16 F with ice on the roads due to Thursday and Friday’s rain.

Stay warm this holiday season, and stay safe.

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Winter Storm Preparation : Start this Weekend to Next Week

From West to East, the US will encounter severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, and winter blizzards due to the Jet stream hanging on the North American continent. This storm will carry heavy rain to the west coast and northwest to snow to the east, national weather casting predicts.

As the storm builds up from time to time, the storm character will be gradually violent and vicious along with the Lake effect in the Rockies to the Great Plains, and Mississippi Valley by early next week.

Warm and humid air from the Gulf of Mexico moves northward gaining the power to bring thunderstorms, and tornadoes over the South Central states early next week. At least 50 tornadoes will land in the Central states. Also, the Greenland Arctic air will be blocked by high pressure, leading to the first snow in some Northeast states next week.

This frigid air will be hovering over south-central Canada for days and gradually move southward by the strengthening storm that it was being built already.

On the frozen road under the deep fog in Washington State, I-90 was a total disaster by the 30 cars pileup after car crashes happening on Wednesday.

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Extreme weather hits Lake Tahoe, California and US

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Finally, It is snowing in Northern California, especially in Lake Tahoe areas now with three significant avalanches warned from the first day of December to the following Monday. According to the U.S. National Weather Service, Tonight will be at 7 degrees Fahrenheit. They are currently expecting 10-15 inches of snow by Thursday night, and it will start Saturday again around 1 PM with an expected 2-3 feet of accumulation.

I-80 and 50 are the most impacted by this weather and the surface of roads is ice accumulated. Roads were closed in both ways. With historically low water reservoir levels in California and Nevada, and will be stored in the lakes or valleys most likely with this winter storm.

Residents in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are reporting at least 35 tornadoes on Tuesday. The tornadoes left two people dead, seriously injured dozens, and destroyed buildings. According to AccuWeather.com, the Northeast and Midwest will get some snow and rain at the end of this week.

 

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Most Scenic Vista with Full Foliage at Shenandoah National Park

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People from all over the states know the best time to visit Shenandoah National Mountains, and there were many cars sporting different state licenses on Skyline drive on Monday. However, the weather was a little shy about the tides of people who passed by the outlook with a cloudy sky. Many senior citizens were seen holding tightly onto their smartphones or cameras to catch the beautiful views.

Fall seems to be nearing its end as quickly as it has arrived, with weather forecasters calling for snow and a quick drop in temperatures as early as tomorrow. Peak foliage will be between this week and next week in Washington, D.C. areas.

There are many parks surrounding DMV. There are at least 10 best spots for nature lovers:

  1. Shenandoah National Mountains
  2. Rock Creek Park
  3. Prince William Forest
  4. Blandy Experimental Farm
  5. Harpers Ferry
  6. National Mall
  7. National Arboretum
  8. Dumbarton Oaks
  9. Theodore Roosevelt Island
  10. Great Falls Park

If you are over 62 years old, you are eligible for the Senior lifetime pass through the National Park Service. The cost is $80 for your lifetime access to National Parks and/or National Recreation fields in all 50 states. Sometimes, a few moments away from the headache-inducing human reality and choosing to visit nature, could do all of us wonders.

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Hurricane Julia hits Central America

Julia made landfall in Nicaragua early Sunday morning and crossed into the eastern Pacific that night. With more than 25 confirmed death in Venezuela, Julia changed her path and status to a tropical storm from Hurricane 1, with meteorologists continuing to warn of the dangers of the storm.

Late Sunday morning, Julia lost wind intensity, and at 1 pm EDT Sunday, the sustained wind speed was down to 40 mph from 70 mph. The storm was centered roughly 15 miles south of San Salvador, El Salvador. Julia left more than two dozen people dead due to the mudslides from heavy rainfall in Venezuela last weekend.

Most of the central American countries are under siege from the torrential rains with the undeveloped infrastructures collapsing. Until Tuesday, Julia will be lingering at the thin waist of the American continent threatening with more rainfall.

The most far-reaching threats to lives and property are likely to stem from torrential rainfall in Central America. A general 8-12 inches (200-300 mm) is forecast in central and western Nicaragua, as well as part of southern Honduras and perhaps eastern El Salvador where an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 20 inches (500 mm) is anticipated. Rainfall of this magnitude will lead to major flooding of rivers, flash flooding of small streams and urban areas, and the likelihood of mudslides in mountainous terrain.

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Two Million Out of Power and 11 Confirmed Dead in Florida post-Ian

High tide and heavy rainfall, flooding in the southwest of Florida, and the death toll of 11 and rising are all due to the destructive storm currently heading North. Two million residents are out of power, and bridges and roads have been ruined by Ian as of Thursday afternoon. Florida governor DeSantis has asked the people for help, specifically in money. Gov. DeSantis and Mrs. DeSantis have raised about $1.6 million within 24 hours.

Ian hit Florida as a Category 4 hurricane but soon unleashed all of its power on Florida and shrunk back to a tropical storm. It will now ascend the Atlantic Coast as a Category 1 hurricane, with South Carolina next on the place to be hit.

Many with relatives in Florida are worried due to the devastation being observed in Florida. Some have driven as far north as Virginia. Ft. Myers was completely flooded due to the storm surge, and it will probably take more than $1.6 million to fix the whole city. Whether a conservative state like Florida will accept federal aid is an interesting political question. In the meantime, folks in Florida are cleaning up the aftermath of Ian, one broken siding at a time.

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Category 4 Hurricane Ian Hits Florida Leaving at least One Million Residents Without Power

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Ian is a hurricane 4 category as of Today in Florida, and it has hit US Mainland and heading North. Ian left Cuba leaving the whole nation completely blacked out before landing in Florida today afternoon. The National weather services and local authorities have advised residents to stay in safe shelters and follow its directions.

Hurricane Ian made landfall Wednesday in southwest Florida, Fort Myers area as the most powerful storm ever recorded in U.S. history. Big trees are being uprooted and street signs are lifted by the gust. “The storm’s eyewall center moved ashore at 3:05 p.m. and is expected to cause life-threatening storm surge, catastrophic winds, and flooding in the Florida peninsula.” according to WYFF4.com. The Lee county jail didn’t follow the evacuation order. And a meteorologist predicted that the jail location will be hit directly by this storm. Some residents who were affected are hunkering down at their homes in the dark tonight.

A quick loss of its intensity is predicted Wednesday night to Thursday morning as Ian slows down and moves further inland over Florida. Although Ian lost its power, rainfall and flooding are expected along the trail until next Tuesday.

“No matter how quickly Ian loses wind intensity after moving inland, tropical rainfall is forecast to impact more than half a dozen states into Saturday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Courtney Travis said.

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Hurricane Ian to be Category 4

After a long weekend of gloomy sky in Northeast US, Ian continues to gather power to rule over the east coast very soon. According to Accuweather.com, “forecasters caution that… the storm’s strength and ability to stay organized had been hindered by persistent wind shear, which frequently limits the [strengthening] of tropical systems. However, that has recently changed, with intense thunderstorms now developing around the storm’s center, a sign of intensification.”

It has left traces from the Caymen Islands to Cuba, and it has gained more power for an uptick in heading North, and forecasters predict that Ian will land on the Florida panhandle on Tuesday. In anticipation of the rainfall and landfall impacts, Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach announced a mandatory campus closure and evacuation for Monday. In Tempa, Hillsborough County Public School, and Government offices will be closed for this week.

Coastal flooding and high water surge are expected to be 6-10 feet in the Tempa Bay area, according to AccuWeather hurricane expert Dan Kottlowski. “By Tuesday, Ian may be a dangerous major hurricane,” meteorologist Douty cautioned.

Florida Governor DeSantis instituted a state of emergency, and mandatory evacuation orders were issued. Hundreds of Thousands of Floridians are currently evacuating from their homes an into safety shelters. Ian’s current category as a category 2 hurricane will likely upgrade to a category 3 as soon as it lands in the panhandle. It will be a category 4 hurricane by Wednesday at 8 a.m. The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rainfall, flash flooding, thunderstorms, and tornadoes from Florida to Georgia, Carolinas, and Virginia.

Hurricane Ian climbs up to the North with 100 mph wind as of September 26. Ian will wreak havoc from Sep 24 to Oct 3 upon the Caribbean Islands, the Gulf of Mexico, and the US east coast. It has already left a devastating impact on the few million islanders in the Caribbean.

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