Saturday, November 05, 2005

West Coast and Midwest Storms

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The Weather Alternative forecasts for November 2005 were prepared between August 21, 2005 and September 6, 2005.

Here's an update on two forecasts for November 5-7, 2005.

Forecast: Another round of storms batters the West Coast States. Moist, warm air finds its way over the region producing "caffeinated" storms over the Intermountain West.

Today the Weather Channel reported "Another Pacific storm will take aim on the Pacific Northwest today resulting in increasing winds, rain and snow. This system is the latest, in a series of storms, to batter the Pacific Northwest and this trend will continue next week. A flood watch in effect for today and through much of Sunday for northwestern Oregon including the Willamette Valley."

Forecast: As warm, moist air is funneled northward over the Plains, colder, drier air rushes southward over the Mississippi Valley. The inevitable result is that storms will erupt over both these areas as the colder air collides with this southerly invasion. Watch, in particular, for strong storms over the Arrowhead of Minnesota. Gusty winds usually accompany this pattern.

Today Accuweather related the following: "Cold air blasting in from the northern Plains is colliding with warm, moist air from the South, creating an explosive, fast-moving band of thunderstorms that will pummel the Midwest and parts of the Great Lakes today. The region will experience a line of strong storms with high winds, locally heavy rainfall, and possibility of hail. Scattered power outages are possible due to the high winds and damage caused by the storms."

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