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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:10 am 
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Rare Snow Storm Hits Los Angeles

An unusually cold storm brought a light dusting of snow to areas rarely seen in Los Angeles, evening hitting the Sunset Strip.

LOS ANGELES, CA — For the first time in nearly 60 years, swaths of Los Angeles saw snowfall Thursday afternoon thanks to a rare drop in temperatures as a light storm washed over the region. The snow level dropped to a mere 1,5000 feet, dusting the Santa Monica Mountains and even surprising folks along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

"This is probably the coldest storm system I've seen in my time in California," NWS meteorologist David Sweet told the Los Angeles Times. "We've had cold mornings and freeze conditions, but I don't remember seeing anything quite this cold."

The cold storm moving across Southern California is bringing snow showers to local mountains and dropping the snow level to the lowest point of the season, National Weather Service forecasters said. By Thursday afternoon, snow fell in unlikely places such as Malibu and Pasadena.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations Section tweeted that as of 12:50 p.m., snow was falling at the 1,500-feet level in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu. Officials warned that roads there "will be slippery."

"Isolated rain shower with pea-sized hail near Topanga Blvd and PCH along the Malibu/(Santa Monica) city border," the NWS' Los Angeles office tweeted around 1 p.m
Snow and hail were also reported over parts of the region.

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Fresh snow coats Mount Wilson above Pasadena, Calif. after a series of storms that have given California a very wet winter.
The National Weather Service said rainfall in January for downtown Los Angeles was 191 percent of normal. (AP Photo/John Antczak)


The California Highway Patrol announced at around 12:30 p.m. Thursday that Interstate 5 was completely shut down in both directions between Parker Road in Castaic and Grapevine Road in Kern County.

Vehicles were backed up for miles in the early afternoon. Caltrans officials said they were working diligently to clear ice off the road, but "Mother Nature isn't cooperating."

Forecasters said they expected snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches during this latest storm, with 4 to 6 inches possible across the eastern San Gabriel Mountains in L.A. County, along with "dangerous winter weather driving conditions due to snow showers, icy roadways, and gusty winds."

The snow level in the San Gabriel Mountains was expected to fall to 2,000 feet Thursday.

"Plan on slippery road conditions and be prepared for reduced visibility at times," warned the NWS statement. "Portions of highways 14 and 138 (Pearblossom Highway), mainly near the foothill communities could be impacted by light snow and icy roads."

State Route 39 was closed in both directions from two miles north of Crystal Lake Road to State Route 2 in the Angeles National Forest due to mud and rock slides.

Off the coast, thunderstorms were expected through Thursday night as a result of the moist and unstable air mass in the region.

"Any thunderstorm that forms will be capable of producing local gale force winds and rough seas, dangerous lightning, heavy rainfall with reduced visibility, and waterspouts," said an NWS statement.

A freeze watch is in effect through Friday morning, when temperatures are expected to drop to between 29 and 32 degrees in some Southland areas.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:31 am 
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Here in Michigan, we are experiencing high winds (Bomb Cyclone...the phrase is new to me) which will continue until tomorrow afternoon. Expecting some power outages and broken trees scattered across the roads. Removed everything from the yard which might be picked up by winds and hurled into the windows. Generator is gassed up, emergency supplies are on stand-by, have a good book to while away the hours & plenty of food to eat. Bring it on. :D

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 5:52 pm 
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We shook the cold finally, today was a surprising 45f/7c,

today's ride, fog...

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Nothing to see here folks....move along...
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We definitely skated this year, even if we get bombed now, its march soon which is only a half bad month...two years ago was 110in/3m, this year I plowed the driveway once...

45f=7c, 13f= -10c
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Soon we'll fix the clocks...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2019 10:16 pm 
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Hang in there lads!

meanwhile down-under

Summer scorcher: New Zealand hit by third-hottest on record - National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research
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© Image: NIWA / Twitter; Video: Weather Watch An "enormous high pressure system" turns its sights on our shores.

This summer has been New Zealand's third-hottest on record, NIWA says.

The nationwide average summer temperature was 17.9°C (64.2°F), beaten only by the summers of 2017/18 and 1934/35.

The Summer Climate Summary, released on Tuesday, shows the main cause was above average sea temperatures around the coast.

"Marine heatwave conditions persisted in the Tasman Sea and coastal areas of Hawke's Bay and Canterbury experienced marine heatwave conditions for part of summer," NIWA says.

In addition to the warm seas, summer air flow patterns pushed up temperatures due to a lack of southerlies throughout the season.

"Most notably, the combination of high pressure and hot air masses originating from Australia led to prolonged hot conditions throughout much of New Zealand to the end of January," NIWA says.

"The dry and sunny weather was influenced by a central Pacific El Niño event."

Several locations across the country observed record or near record high daily maximum and minimum summer temperatures during this time.

The highest summer temperatures were in the Bay of Plenty, Waikato and Coromandel. But the top temperature itself was in Hanmer Forest with 38.4°C (101.12°F).

Rainfall was also below normal for many places, which has pushed Nelson, Tasman and the Buller District into drought.

"Nelson observed a 40-day dry spell which was the fourth-longest dry spell on record there (with records extending back to 1862), while Tauranga and Hamilton had 36 consecutive dry days - their third-longest dry spells on record," NIWA says.

http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/ ... ocid=ientp

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:36 am 
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Rain is back for a few days. Heavy at times.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 1:23 pm 
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Hail storm in Long Beach!
Take cover!

Happy Spring, everyone!

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We are having typical April/May showers in March... :?


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 23, 2019 9:11 pm 
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'Exceptional' heavy rain, gales, floods to slam New Zealand
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Heavy rain and gale force winds are set to slam New Zealand in the next few days after a week of calm conditions.

"A change is coming for many this week, as a cold front moves over the South Island and lower North Island," says Met Service meteorologist Rob Kerr.

"Warm, moist north westerlies ahead of the front [are] set to bring heavy rain and gale force winds to southern and central parts of the country during the next few days."

Severe weather warnings for rain accumulation have been put in place for parts of the South Island.

As much as 600mm is forecast to fall on Fiordland and West Coast ranges between Sunday and Tuesday, while a massive 500mm is possible into the headwaters of Otago and Canterbury rivers.

"Even for these areas this is an exceptional amount of rain and could lead to significant flooding and possible road closures," Met Service warns.

"The heavy rain may cause streams and rivers to rise rapidly. Surface flooding and slips are also possible and driving conditions may be hazardous."

Northwest gales could become severe, starting in Southland and Fiordland on Monday evening, and then affecting all of Otago and Canterbury during Tuesday. A Met Service severe weather watch has been put in place.

"This is both a significant event, and a big change from current conditions," Kerr warns.

"Updates to current severe weather warnings and watches [are] likely as the system approaches, and further severe weather warnings and/or watches possible as it moves northwards during the week."

http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/ ... ocid=ientp

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 24, 2019 12:42 am 
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Plook wrote:
We are having typical April/May showers in March... :?

The showers can't be all that typical.

California drought officially over after more than seven years

"California is officially free of drought after more than seven years, drought monitors said Thursday.
The Golden State has experienced some form of drought for 376 consecutive weeks, the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, tweeted. It’s the first time the state has been free of drought since Dec. 20, 2011."

https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/california-drought/california-drought-officially-over-after-more-seven-years-n983461

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:29 pm 
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Damn! I'm going to have to stay inside and immerse myself in FZ's latest release for the whole weekend, if I'm lucky.

It's been raining on and off for most of the night, hailing here right now, the wildlife is freaking out, it was summer yesterday.

Temperatures plummet, heavy rain and hail on the cards
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New Zealanders can expect some wild weather this weekend, with severe weather warnings in place for parts of the country.

New Zealanders have woken up to bitter cold and heavy rain, with severe weather warnings flagging the wild weather is expected to continue this weekend.

Temperatures have cooled all over the country as an east to southeast flow covers both islands.

Alexandra in the South Island dropped to -1 degrees Celsius (30.2°F) earlier this morning, with temperatures to only picked to hit 13°C (55.4°F) throughout the day.

The capital was looking to be the complete opposite of the blue skies and warm temperatures experienced at last week's Cuba Dupa event - the outlook was cold and wet with showers expected all day and potential hail come Saturday afternoon. Heavy rain was forecast for the evening through to Sunday.

Temperatures in Wellington weren't varying much throughout the day with a low of 9°C (48.2°F) and a top of 12°C (53.6°F).

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The weather forecast in Wellington is cold and wet with showers expected all day and potential hail come Saturday afternoon.

As the country inched closer to winter, snow was beginning to fall in parts of the country already. Avid trampers planning to tackle Tongariro Alpine Crossing within Tongariro National Park would need to be well prepared as the region expected 1cm of snowfall and temperatures as low as -6°C (21.2°F).

A heavy rain warning was currently in place for eastern Marlborough, the Kaikoura Coast, southern Wairarapa and eastern hills of Wellington.

Many Jaffas (Aucklanders) would have been woken by overnight heavy downpours, with the city being ranked as the wettest place in New Zealand by Met Service at just before 9am Saturday.

While the city could enjoy some warmer temperatures with a high of 20°C (68°F) forecast, it would see downpours again with heavy showers picked to fall.

The wet weather continued to affect the South Island with showers expected all day in Christchurch. Temperatures were expected to stay cool with a chilly low of 5°C (41°F) and a top of just 13°C (55.4°).

People in Queenstown woke to a bitterly cold morning with the mercury pushing just 1°C (33.8°F). While the town would be spared rain it would only see a top temperature of 14°C (57.2°).


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:20 pm 
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We finally got 'em...thank god that's over...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:27 pm 
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Chilling down noticeably now, still stubbornly refusing to be driven inside at dusk despite the falling mercury and extra layer of clothing.....

Wellington's Forecast

Latest Reading Updated: 22nd of April 16:15

Right About Now: 15°C (59.0°F)

Max: 17°C (62.6°F)

Min: 13°C (55.4°F)

Wind: 17 km/hr. (10.5mph)

Rain Today: 1.0

Humidity: 86%

Clothing: Yes

Today's Forecast

A shower or two, then occasional rain this evening as southerlies strengthen.

Tuesday's Forecast

Mostly cloudy. Showers becoming isolated in the afternoon. Southerlies dying out in the evening.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:02 am 
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Thunderstorm woke me at 6am. Lightning and heavy rain with winds followed but eventually became a calm drizzle which I was able to get the daily 2 mile dog walked. Have raincoat, will travel.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:28 pm 
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Chilling down noticeably now, still stubbornly refusing to be driven inside at dusk despite the falling mercury and extra layer of clothing.....

We're definitely coming off the Orion side..

We're getting starting to catch a break up here...


The weather here, 50/10 and very still...
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32 degrees, humid and sunny on our last day in Zhanjiang - just as it has been for the last 12 days.

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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2019 5:03 pm 
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We're out of it now...

65f = 18c

Got a b-day coming up and a next week off for it, and it looks like nice weather next week...

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I'm just wrapping up this years round of briar battles, I try to claim a little more territory every spring...before the ticks come...

It's deer tick season now, the little bastards are out there laying eggs, their kids will be looking for field mice so they can get a meal
...and pick up some other wee beasties to transmit...

...then they molt and are real trouble...

It's ground zero around here, 5m/10k from Lyme, CT, after which the disease is named...

But I'm more worried about the life threatening Babesia parasites that replicate in your red blood cells, rupture your spleen - mandating it's removal
- which sends you to 1:5 odds of not making it out alive...

...the little bastards...

Meanwhile, back on the ride...most of the trees have at least buds now, most have small leaves...

This will all fill in over the next couple of weeks...
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I guess Spring is kinds like Fall in Reverse, just slightly more green and the leaves are smaller...

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PostPosted: Sun May 19, 2019 12:32 am 
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Weather: 'Cold snap' brings -9°C (15.8°F) temperatures
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© Image - Supplied; Video - Weather Watch / YouTube Blustery conditions will whip up some big waves and push more rain on to the wet West Coast.

New Zealand is going through freezing period as a "cold snap" strikes with strong winds, snow and showers.

"We have a colder surge of air heading northwards today with windier south to south west winds bringing in showers to sea level and snow to the mountains," Weather Watch says.

"Parts of northern Southland and central Otago do have a chance of single-digit daytime highs on Sunday, which is below average."

Cooler temperatures have already seen places in the South Island drop below freezing overnight.

"Places at higher elevation in the South Island have been dropping well below 0C, with a ski field reporting as low as -9°C (15.8°F), and more populated areas such as Pukaki and Tekapo dropping to about -2°C (28.4°F) or -3°C (26.6°F) over the last few days," says Met Service meteorologist Kyle Lee.

Met Service says a ridge of high pressure is building in the Tasman Sea, which will bring more settled weather and cooler temperatures. This cooler air flow will be more noticeable overnight Sunday and into Monday morning as winds ease further, meaning the colder air can sink and settle better.

"Overnight temperatures are likely to continue to drop below 0°C with frosts possible for many inland spots as we expect clearer skies over the next few days," Lee says.

http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/ ... ocid=ientp

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:24 am 
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^^^Lol, just as we're starting to get happy, you're starting to get fucked...

Such is life here on the Sagittarius side :shock:

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:59 am 
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Locally we're not doing too bad really, we've just had a couple of weeks of the four seasons in one day routine, however the last three days were fantastic, almost summer like. Some of the kids were fooled and hit the beach, rookies the water was still freezing.....

The weather is about to pack up again mid week, I'm ready.....

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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2019 7:39 am 
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You're at about 41 degrees south, we're at around 41 degrees north, so I'm guessing we have about the same range of temps, just opposite months, (unless you have some kind of moderation going on that I don't know about). I get slight moderation off the ocean, it's a few clicks away.

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