Wednesday, June 27, 2007

June 24-27, 2007 Forecast Results

On April 2nd, The Weather Alternative issued a
long-range weather forecast for June 24-27. The forecast, based on the Saturn-Neptune opposition of June 24th, called for excessive humidity, prolonged heavy rains, and flood threats.

The forecast read as follows: The central to eastern Gulf Coast is in jeapordy now as
tropical moisture is shunted northward over the region pushing into the Mississippi Valley and Deep South.

Other areas worth watching for severe weather are western Canada around 117 West/51 North, and Ireland.

Prolonged heavy rains have been pounding the western Gulf Coast region of Texas as a plume of tropical moisture has surged northward from the Gulf of Mexico resulting in flood threasts. The central and eastern Gulf Coast region has been plagued by excessive humidity as tropical moisture has poured into the area producing very hot temperatures. As of today, Florida is also getting in on the tropical moisture as a tropical wave crossing the Bahamas will send ample moisture across the Florida Peninsula.

The area of western Canada around 117 West/51 North was also pinpointed for severe weather. Here is a report from the Meteorological Service of Canada:

WarningsNorth Okanagan - including Vernon 2.57 AM PDT Monday 25 June 2007
Rainfall Total rainfall amounts of 20 to 30 mm expected through this morning.
This is a warning that significant rainfall is expected or occurring in these regions. Monitor weather conditions..Listen for updated statements.

An upper level low over the eastern Washington is spreading rain heavier than expected to the Okanagan and Shuswap regions overnight. Already rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 mm have been reported over these areas. Additional amounts of 10 to 15 mm are forecast this morning. Local heavy showers are also possible this afternoon due to thundershowers.

The last area mentioned in the forecast was Ireland.

The Meteorological Service of Ireland reported the following on June 24th:
Showers will be widespread across the country this afternoon and evening, and frequent in many areas - with scattered thunderstorms and localised intense downpours. Parts of east Ulster and north Leinster will see some longer spells of rain also. Tonight there will be further heavy showers in places...

The real action, however, was happening a tad further to the east over England and Wales (see photo above left) as shown in the following news report:

Country battered by heavy rains Press Association Monday June 25, 2007 6:43 PM
Large areas of the country have been deluged by rain as a storm band swept across much of England and Wales.
In Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, many were evacuated from their homes as the storms hit central and northern areas of the East Midlands, causing flash flooding.
There are now fears this will be followed by so-called fluvial flooding from the overflow of local rivers.

God hath not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways, All our lives thru'; God hath not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.

But God hath promised Strength for the day, Rest for the labor, Light for the way, Grace for the trials, Help from above, Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.
--Annie Johnson Flint.

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