A writer and a tropical muse. A funky Lubavitcher who enjoys watching the weather, hurricanes, listening to music while enjoying life with a sense of humor and trying to make sense of it all!
Sunday, February 07, 2016
Super Bowl Sunday Storm With Hurricane Force Winds. Cruise Ship Anthem of the Seas Passengers Have Stories to Tell. Next stop Tip of Long Island & NE
No that's not a Hurricane.
It's a winter storm.
A very impressive winter storm.
Incredible visuals coming in for this photogenic but dangerous storm.
Seems the only thing the Royal Caribbean didn't plan on with their new cruise ship was a Hurricane Force Winter Storm named Mars. Well, okay The Weather Channel named it Mars not the NHC. But, it's producing hurricane force winds and waves in the Atlantic... exactly where the beautiful new cruise ship is cruising.
People were posting earlier from the ship.
Relatives were asking for information.
People were asked to stay in their cabins.
It seems they have made it past the worst of it.
The map for this ship's location is posted below.
Current as of the time Denver beat Carolina....
Thanks to Mike Clay I relayed that information to people who needed to know.
Really years back I was on a cruise ship coming back from San Juan.
A fast developing tropical storm in the Bahamas was intensifying.
They had to cancel the stop in Nassau.
Not a problem for Miami kids really.
But with permission from the Cuban Govt they tacked back along the coast.
I could see the mountains off in the distance.
So close and yet so far.
In truth "seeing Cuba" and the extra day at sea was a holiday.
But the day before most people were sick ...
...except me and my best friend and a very friendly crew.
So... I got lucky.
Not everyone gets lucky.
Just shows you anytime of year you might have to deal with a storm.
Rare... but it happens.
Warnings have been posted. There is some coastal flooding.
More information on the storm on their websites.
Some people call this Winter Storm Mars.
Mostly those who live and die by The Weather Channel.
Perhaps we could call this Super Bowl Sunday Storm?
Crane Collapse During a Snow Squall in NYC. 1 Dead, 3 Seriously Injured.
Was a snow squall responsible for the crane collapse in NYC earlier today? Or was the forecast weather event not properly forecast? It's a question I wonder on and I'm sure many will have different answers. Had they expected to have strong snow squalls would they not be working with the crane or ???
Stories get told in different ways.
My son is visiting from New York and he told me about the crane collapse.
I was busy cooking for the Jewish Sabbath ...
...and guests from out of town..
We talked on how those tall cranes can be scary.
How often they spin in the wind and we are told they are meant to do that.
Political stories were on MSNBC.
Financial News Channel was running.
The Weather Channel.
Later in the day someone asked me if I knew the person who was killed.
I don't. Not that I know of though someone I know may have known him.
It's a small world in some circles.
His father is a well known pediatrician in Brooklyn.
Sad. Recently married ...suddenly dead.
Sitting in his car... he probably never saw it coming.
Winter Waiting in the Wings... Questions on East Coast Storm Next Week.. Models disagree as much as political candidates.
What a difference 5 days make.
The top right picture shows a rather balmy winter in the East.
Rain has been the game this past week or two.
Next week snow may become the player.
In the 5 day Snow Forecast snow edges South ....
...it even teases the Carolinas a bit.
ULL out in Atlantic looking like a ghost cyclone.
Look towards the Pacific and you will see the next real player.
Yes winter makes a come back over the next few days. We have had the illusion of Spring in January but it's just an illusion. February brings it all back though it may be a sliver of winter compared to some years. Some weather pundits have put out the possibility that a good part of March will be colder than January. That's hard to see play out however changes are down the road.
In Florida , South Florida they are having the illusion of a rainy season during the dry winter months. The next forecast strong cold front is forecast to make it all the way down into South Florida. Oddly when I was there for a week or two it was cool, as soon as I left it warmed up. Go figure.
There is much discussion on the storm that is due to impact the East Coast late Monday into Tuesday before it exits off the coast near the Outer Banks or Del Marva or... no one is sure because the models disagree on specifics more than the Republican and Democratic party. Seriously...
And as with most Winter Storms be they the "A" type or the "B" type they evolve in real time. So tomorrow and Saturday we will have more information.
I'm posting a link to Larry Cosgrove's Facebook Page. He's very good. Very good with specifics and tomorrow I'll post some of the models. The models are a mute point right now as they haven't really agreed on much other than there is currently ample moisture and there are many questions as to what the end game will be. People in New England are watching as much as people in Virginia.
Excerpt below is from Larry Cosgrove's Facebook Page.
Take a look.
At the moment he and many of us are sad on the passing of Maurice White.
Earth Wind and Fire.
Great band, beautiful music.
3 am... maybe snow and rain in Raleigh
There has been discussion about Friday's small snow event in places.
But even the websites don't agree for the next few hours.
Hmm 4 am til 8 am.
Big difference there.
Baltimore deals with a possible messy AM commute
So I'm wondering if we get any snowflakes.
They went from "maybe some flurries"
"just some snow flakes"
"not much accumulation"
"Ground is too warm, maybe on higher elevations"
"a few areas might get a snow squall with more snow briefly"
"we most likely will just see rain"
So I ask...
If we can't be sure on the weather in 5 hours....
...how can we be sure on the weather in 5 days?
Sort of the way of the world when it comes to weather forecasts.
Who Will Owe Iowa a Victory? Winter Storm Kayla Should Arrive After Midnight in Most Cities. But How Well Do You Know Iowa? It's a BIG State.
Des Moines is the capital of Iowa.
Again know I am only commenting on themes in this election.
I do not support any one candidate or party.
I'm an Independent. It's still far away from my world.
I'm just watching news and the weather and wondering.
One of my degrees is in International Relations.
Politics was one of my first loves.
So bear with me and well weather is topical today there.
My son who lives in Seattle used to live in Ames Iowa.
It's a big college town and they've seen the candidates often there.
It's a battle ground as is the whole state of Iowa is today.
The snow should begin in Ames tonight around 1 AM.
I imagine most people will be home by midnight.
What a difference a few hours could make weather wise.
So far Winter Storm Kayla seems to be kind to the Iowa Caucus.
Unless something changes drastically today Winter Storm Kayla does not seem to be attending any caucus this evening in Iowa. Weather being weather and fluid could create small surprises but the general forecast is Kayla shows up when most caucus workers are home waiting to see the results.
Understand that Iowa is a large state and weather happens in various areas at different times. That said the weather in Des Moines is vastly different at times from Decorah during any given storm. When you live in Rochester Minnesota you hear about the storm systems coming in from Iowa and South Dakota. When you live in Des Moines it's more about Nebraska. Iowa is actually a larger state than Pennsylvania, though if you asked many on the East Coast they would think otherwise.
Geography is always locational. You've seen those maps of the United States according to New York City people I'm sure. As there has been so much discussion on how New Yorkers think I figured y'all could use a laugh.
I have 3 kids who live in New York City.
They cannot understand how 1 sibling went to live in Seattle.
They say it as if he took a wagon train to get there.
But today Iowa is about the size of Texas when it comes to the news.
Weather should not be a factor.
Hard to say... die hard types will go do their thing.
Some who think their candidate will win anyway may stay home and hunker down.
A lot of news people may be trapped in Iowa for a day or two longer than planned.
Can't imagine young voters eager to attend their first caucus for Sanders will care.
It's all a matter of perception.
How much people want to show up for their candidate.
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Weather Historian. Studied meteorology and geography at FIU. Been quoted in Wall Street Journal, Washington Post & everywhere else... Lecturer, stormchaser, writer, dancer. If it's tropical it's topical ... covering the weather & musing on life. Follow me on Twitter @ https://twitter.com/#!/BobbiStorm