8 Separate Billion Dollar Disasters So Far In 2011 (record is 9 separate billion dollar disasters, set in 2008). Details below. The Wall Street Journal reports $7 billion in U.S. insured losses, just in May.
Forecast. Auroral activity will be high. Weather permitting, highly active auroral displays will be visible overhead from Inuvik, Yellowknife, Rankin and Igaluit to Juneau, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Thunder Bay and Sept-Iles, and visible low on the horizon from Seattle, Des Moines, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, and Halifax.
1"+ Rain Thursday Night Into Friday? The 00z Thursday NAM model prints out over 1" rain for the metro area tonight into midday Friday as a warm front surges north. Hold off on the watering for now.
* Public schools in Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey cut their school days short in response to rising temperatures.
* In the District of Columbia, trash collection will begin an hour earlier than normal because of the extremely hot weather forecast. City officials warned residents not to open fire hydrants to cool off because it reduces water pressure and hampers firefighting.
* As the heat wave has pushed east, it has crushed previous record highs in St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn., where the mercury reached 102 degrees on Tuesday and finally melted a giant snow pile in a Sears store parking lot.
* Data courtesy of AP and Earth Networks.
- Dark, often greenish sky
- Large hail
- A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
- Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, take shelter immediately. Remember these tips to protect yourself if a tornado looms, no matter where you are:
In a house or building: Go to the lowest building level and to the center of an interior room, such as a closet or interior hallway. Stay away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck. Do not open windows.
In your car: Park, get out and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or home.
Outside, with no shelter: Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Do not get under an overpass or bridge; you are safer in a low, flat location. Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
Always watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries."
Welcome Home Ken! Good to have you back in Minnesota. Good luck.