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Not In My Lifetime

In my lifetime I've never seen Heavy Snow and Hurricane in the same weather bulletin.

BULLETINHURRICANE SANDY ADVISORY NUMBER  28NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL       AL182012500 AM EDT MON OCT 29 2012...SANDY STRENGTHENS...EXPECTED TO BRING LIFE-THREATENING STORMSURGE...COASTAL HURRICANE WINDS AND HEAVY APPALACHIAN SNOWS...Hello Everybody----In my lifetime I've never seen Heavy Snow and Hurricane in the same weather bulletin.  Our own weather is looking interesting for the middle of the week where "tropical moisture" might be streaming into our area increasing the possibility of flooding.  This is only moisture unlike the east coast storm where the moisture and a tropical storm/hurricane is combining with cold air from the north.  My personal feeling is that the weather is becoming more erratic.

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John Anderson October 29, 2012 at 11:02 PM
John, I always enjoy reading your posts. It seemed odd to me to have all these storms converging at once, including blizzard conditions. Nice to have my memory validated by a weather expert. I also wonder about the number of extreme weather events, in the context of significant changes in the big weather producers--ocean currents. It seems they are linked to the unprecedented melting of arctic summer ice. Is this correct?
dexterjibs October 30, 2012 at 06:21 AM
John, great post. If I had to re-do my life, i would be a meteorologist/storm chaser with an interest in tornadoes and hurricanes (living in the midwest and south). Thank you for not putting a political, global warming twist on it. Sometimes weather happens and it will always happen no matter what humans have to say about it.
John Locatelli October 31, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Hi John-- The oceans and the atmosphere are truly linked together. A change in one will change the other. El Nino and La Nina are good examples. Another is the Gulf Stream. Ocean currents can increase the melting of Arctic ice and that melting along with the release of fresh water from increased melting of glaciers can disrupt important currents. If the Gulf Stream should ever change it's patten the consequences would be unthinkable. This is a hot topic of current research.
John Locatelli October 31, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Hi Dexter A graduate student I worked with did go storm chasing in the summer and I helped with realtime forecasting when he was on the road. He had the best part of the deal. There is nothing like seeing these storms in person. It's too bad something so fascinating is so destructive.
Bob McCoy November 05, 2012 at 04:33 AM
"Thank you for not putting a political, global warming twist on it." Global warming is not political, it's chemistry and physics doing what was anticipated by Nobel Laureate Svante Arrhenius (http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1903/arrhenius-bio.html) in his 1896 paper "On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground" (http://www.rsc.org/images/Arrhenius1896_tcm18-173546.pdf), and since verified by most climate scientists, probably including John Locatelli.
dexterjibs November 05, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Keep drinking the kool aid, Bob. You only make yourself look silly.
dexterjibs November 05, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Hey Bob, there are many scientists who disagree with global warming and/or manmade global warming. Many scientists and so called scientists have a financial interest in perpetuating the globull warming myth. I understand John believes it, but the voice of truth and common sense tells me otherwise. Plus, i don't put my faith in any single entity (other than Jesus Christ).
Bob McCoy November 06, 2012 at 03:34 AM
You're probably correct dex, I'll look silly; it's pretty much the history of my family to buy in to the bs of the time. We've been silly so often: one of my ancestors voted to add C, D and M to the number system, when pretty much L was big enough for any foreseeable number. Later they bought into zero, another silly nothing. Then Copernicus had the stupid idea that the Earth wasn't the center of creation--sure enough, my silly family drank that KoolAid. I guess that's why the Pig Latin on the family coat of arms is "Astlay otay nowkay, irstfay otay ebay aughedlay taay." I'm embarrassed that they bought into germ theory, tectonics, believed that man could break the sound barrier, walk on the moon, transmit pictures, data, and sound through the air using only two digits, and so many silly ideas based on everything but the truths the shamans received from the voices of gods. I hope you have chiseled your pronouncement in marble, so your ancestors will know whom to thank for their enlightenment. I'll just stick with the sugar high of KoolAid, to carry on the family tradition of silliness.

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