TODAY: Partly sunny, quiet. Dew point: 57. Winds: S 10. High: near 80
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy, slight risk of thunder north/west of metro. Low: 65
* wettest month on record for Philadelphia and New York City with over 19" of rain reported.
* peak storm surge in New York Harbor: 4.5 feet at 9 am Sunday morning.
* 60 mph wind gust in New York as Irene passed almost directly overhead.
* FDR Drive had to close due to storm surge flooding; the north tube of the Holland Tunnel flooded as well.
* "several billion dollars" in estimated damage along the Jersey shore, according to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.
* Highway 12 on the Outer Banks was cut off by the storm surge in at least 5 separate spots.
* Over 4.5 million Americans lost power over the weekend, due to Hurricane Irene.
* Statewide disaster for Vermont. Flooding may some of the worst in Vermont's history.
** Irene moved north faster than the models predicted, taking a more westerly path than the (majority) of NHC models were predicting as recently as Saturday morning. Inland flooding was probably underpredicted (in retrospect), while the coastal storm surge was (in 20/20 hindsight) exaggerated. NHC models did a good job with the storm surge forecast, but many of the national cable networks were warning viewers of a worst-case scenario, a possibly storm surge of 8-12 feet in New York Harbor. The actual storm surge peaked at 4.5 feet at 9 am Sunday morning in NYC.
Severe Flooding In Wilmington, Vermont. The soggy remains of Irene may have dumped as much as 6-8" rain on Vermont, resulting in extreme flooding. The ground was already saturated from an unusually wet summer - the rain from Tropical Storm Irene almost immediately ran off into streets and streams. Photo courtesy of yfrog.com.
Rainfall From Irene. NOAA Doppler estimates show a band of 6-10" from eastern North Carolina northward to New Jersey.
11.04" Suffolk Airport, VA
10.42" Ellendale, DE
8.90" Savoy, MA
8.82" Lafayette, PA
8.44" Winsted 0.7 SE, CT
7.00" Hinsdale, NH
5.93" Brattleboro 2 SW, VT
5.37" Warren, RI
4.75" Bethel, ME
3.62" Myrtle Beach 8.6 SW, SC
3.36" Reagan National Airport, DC
_ In Prospect, one person was killed in a fire that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said apparently was caused by wires knocked down by the storm.
_ In Volusia County, 55-year-old Frederick Fernandez died Saturday off New Smyrna Beach after he was tossed off his board by massive waves caused by Irene. The Orlando Sentinel reports the high school teacher had a large cut on his head, apparently from hitting the sea floor. He was pronounced dead shortly after being pulled from the water.
_ In Flagler County, 55-year-old tourist James Palmer of New Jersey died Saturday in rough surf. Family members say they lost sight of him after he waded into the surf in North Florida. He was pulled to shore and his wife attempted CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
_ In Queen Anne's County, a woman was killed when a tree fell on a house and caused the chimney to collapse. Another person in the house was not hurt.
_ In Nash County, a man was killed after a tree limb fell on him outside his home Saturday morning as outer bands from the storm brought near hurricane-force gusts inland.
_ Goldsboro police say a 15-year-old girl died Saturday afternoon after the SUV carrying her and family members collided with another SUV at an intersection where Irene had knocked out power to traffic lights. The victim and other family members were thrown from their SUV, and occupants of both vehicles were taken to the hospital. The girl's family was returning to northern Virginia from a vacation in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
_ A man in Pitt County drove through standing water, went off a road and died after striking a tree on Saturday.
_ A mother in Sampson County died Saturday morning when a tree fell on a car carrying her and two family members.
_ Newport News authorities report that 11-year-old Zahir Robinson was killed when a large tree crashed through his apartment shortly after noon. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy's mother, who was in the apartment, was not injured.
_ In Brunswick County, a tree fell across a car Saturday afternoon, killing 67-year-old James Blackwell of Brodnax. The driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
_ Chesterfield County police say a man died at a Hopewell hospital Saturday after a tree fell on a house that he was inside with six other adults. A woman in the house was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
photo credit above: "Meteorologist Jim Cantore, left, and a crew from The Weather Channel, report on Hurricane Irene from Battery Park in New York City on August 27, 2011, Jonathan Saruk, The Weather Channel / Getty Images."
* photo credit above: Andy Newman, AP.
Record Heat Continues In Texas. Saturday's high in Houston was a blazing 109 F, tying the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded. Map courtesy of Ham Weather.
Breaking News. No Hurricanes Here, But A Kitten Was Born At The Miracle of Birth Center (Minnesota State Fair):
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 210 PM CDT SAT AUG 27 2011 ...MINNESOTA STATE FAIR... AT 2 PM...AT THE MINNESOTA STATE FAIR...IN THE MIRACLE OF BIRTH CENTER...A TEMPERATURE OF 79 DEGREES WAS REPORTED UNDER MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES. BY THE WAY...A KITTEN WAS BORN AT THE BIRTH CENTER EARLIER TODAY.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI 1145 AM CDT SAT AUG 27 2011 ...ACTIVE TORNADO SEASON IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN... THROUGH AUGUST 27...14 TORNADOES HAVE BEEN CONFIRMED THIS YEAR IN THE NWS GREEN BAY SERVICE AREA OF NORTHEAST WISCONSIN. THIS IS ABOUT TWICE THE LONG-TERM AVERAGE FOR THE AREA. ON APRIL 10 ALONE...TEN TORNADOES OCCURRED IN NORTHEAST WISCONSIN...A SINGLE DAY RECORD TORNADO OUTBREAK FOR THE AREA. IN WISCONSIN...36 TORNADOES HAVE BEEN DOCUMENTED SO FAR THIS YEAR.
THE 30-YEAR AVERAGE IS 23 FOR AN ENTIRE YEAR. BELOW IS A PRELIMINARY LIST OF TORNADOES REPORTED IN THE NWS GREEN BAY SERVICE AREA IN 2011. DATE LOCATION (COUNTIES) MAGNITUDE PATH (MILES) --------------------------------------------------------------------- APR 10 MARATHON-LINCOLN EF3 21.2 APR 10 WAUSHARA EF1 10.9 APR 10 LANGLADE EF1 5.3 APR 10 WAUSHARA-WAUPACA-OUTAGAMIE EF1 27.7 APR 10 FOREST-FLORENCE EF2 12.0 APR 10 WAUSHARA-WINNEBAGO EF1 14.9 APR 10 FOREST EF1 3.3 APR 10 OUTAGAMIE EF2 1.5 APR 10 BROWN EF1 1.2 APR 10 CALUMET EF1 1.7 MAY 22 WOOD-PORTAGE EF1 31.6 AUG 19 MARINETTE EF1 7.8 AUG 23 SHAWANO EF0 0.2 AUG 23 CALUMET EF0 0.5 NOTES: 1. THE MAY 22 TORNADO MOVED OUT OF JUNEAU COUNTY IN THE NWS LA CROSSE SERVICE AREA. ENTIRE PATH LENGTH OF THE TWISTER WAS JUST OVER 64 MILES. 2. THE AUG 19 TORNADO BRIEFLY PASSED INTO UPPER MICHGAN ALONG THE MENOMINEE RIVER BEFORE MOVING BACK INTO MARINETTE CO.* Photo credit of tornado: ouramazingplanet.com.
* photo credit above: refugeassociation.org.
So-So Sunday. A few light showers fell over the western and southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, patchy clouds keeping temperatures cooler. Highs ranged from 69 at Grand Marais to 78 in the Twin Cities, 79 at St. Cloud (where the sun came out earlier during the afternoon).
Remembering 9-11. This has nothing to do with weather (obviously), but you don't want to miss a special series of documentaries on the National Geographic Channel all this week. Last night's first-person account from President George W. Bush was extraordinary - tonight's special looks at 9-11 through the eyes of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Hurricane Irene, Global Warming, And The Rising Cost Of Storm Surge Damage. Here's the story from thedailygreen.com: "When the words "hurricane" and "global warming" end up in the same sentence in a news story, typically the subject is whether climate change is or will make Atlantic hurricanes stronger or more frequent. Unlike many other aspects of climate change, that's one point where legitimate scientists argue, and the jury is still out. But when it comes to the damage that hurricanes are likely to do when they make landfall in the U.S., there's considerably less debate. For one, more people live along the coasts than ever, and people continue to move there despite the ongoing seasonal risk of tropical storms and hurricanes. As of 2003, more than half of the U.S. population lived along the coast, and the 153 million people living there at that time had grown nearly 30% in 25 years, according to a 2008 National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration study. Since 2003, the U.S. experienced the real estate bubble and a building boom, adding substantially to the homes in hurricane risk zones."
NSF Confirms Results Of Penn State Investigation; Exonerates Michael Mann Of Research Misconduct. An update from scholarsandrogues.com: "As a result of the illegal publication of CRU climate emails, the Pennsylvania State University (PSU) conducted an inquiry and investigation into allegations of research misconduct by Professor Michael Mann. The University exonerated Mann of all four allegations in July 2010, but the National Science Foundation Office of Inspector General (OIG) reviews such investigations for completeness and correctness. On August 15, 2011, the OIG released the results of their own review, agreeing with all of the conclusions of the PSU investigation and subsequently acquitting Mann of all the allegations of research misconduct made against him. PSU published the results of an their internal investigation into alleged research misconduct by climatologist Michael Mann on July 1, 2010. As S&R reported, the university’s conclusions were that Mann did not falsify data over the course of his research, that he did not destroy any emails in possible breach of the Freedom of Information Act, that he did not misuse his position or abuse confidentiality agreements, and that he did not deviate from accepted practices of conduct for his field."