Sunday, May 24, 2015

EXTREME WEATHER: Memorial Day Storms Threatens More Than Half Of The United States - High Potential For Heavy Floods, Severe Hail, Violent Thunderstorms, Damaging Winds And Isolated Tornadoes!

May 24, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Showers and thunderstorms threaten to interfere with Memorial Day festivities across more than half of the United States.

That does not mean that half of the picnics, parades and other outdoor events throughout the nation will not be able to go on as scheduled.

Monday will not be a complete washout in most communities being threatened by showers and thunderstorms. There will still be stretches of dry weather.

Residents should monitor their local forecast pages to determine the best time to schedule outdoor plans. On the actual holiday, a close eye will have to be kept on the sky and AccuWeather MinuteCast® to know when to move indoors.

Widespread severe weather is not a concern on Monday, but lightning is.

"While only a small number of storms become strong enough to produce damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes, every thunderstorm produces lightning," stated Brian Lada.

"Lightning is one of nature's deadliest phenomena, claiming roughly 55 to 60 lives every year across the United States and injuring hundreds more," added Lada.

The most active parts of the nation in terms of thunderstorms will lie from Texas and the northern Gulf Coast states to the Midwest and St. Lawrence Valley and across the northern Plains and Intermountain West.

A large corridor of showers and thunderstorms will be found on Monday from the Gulf Coast to the Midwest with steamy air in place and a storm system located over the Upper Midwest.

The morning hours will be more active than the afternoon around Chicago and St. Louis.

On the cool side of the storm, periods of rain will dampen the northern Plains--Fargo, North Dakota, included. Just south of this zone, thunderstorms will return to Nebraska with a few of the thunderstorms becoming strong in the afternoon.

The greatest concern for the thunderstorms to be heavy and trigger flash flooding lies from Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley, home to Shreveport, Louisiana.

In addition to flooding downpours, the threat also exists for some of the thunderstorms in central and eastern Texas to turn severe with damaging winds, hail and an isolated tornado. San Antonio, Dallas and Houston are among the communities at risk.

These violent thunderstorms will eventually bring yet another round of flooding downpours to the lower Mississippi Valley at night.

Meanwhile, the thunderstorms set to develop from the eastern Gulf Coast and Georgia to the eastern Tennessee Valley will mainly be limited to the afternoon and spottier in nature. Most of the Carolinas will stay dry.

Along the leading edge of the surging warm and humid air, a steadier band of rain and thunderstorms threatens to cause more significant disruptions to holiday plans across the upper Great Lakes.

The eastern extent of this wet weather will nose into the St. Lawrence Valley, while the rest of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic remain dry and turn warmer.

Two other storm systems will work to keep a large part from the Rockies to the Cascades and Sierra unsettled with showers and thunderstorms. The afternoon hours will be the most active time of the holiday.

Anyone planning to spend Monday at a national park or forest, including Yellowstone or Rocky Mountain, should have a plan in place of where to seek shelter during a thunderstorm.

As soon as thunder is heard, the risk of being struck by lightning is present.

The Desert Southwest and the immediate West Coast should escape wet weather on Memorial Day. In the Southwest, that means residents will have to remain diligent when participating in some holiday festivities to avoid starting a brush or wildfire.

Away from the contiguous United States, showers will dot Alaska and a few windward communities on Hawaii this Memorial Day. The shower chance will come after Fairbanks, Alaska, experiences a rare feat of recording a high greater than Phoenix on Saturday. - Accuweather.


FIRE IN THE SKY: Fireball Cover-Up - "Flying Rocks From A Quarry" Damage Homes, Businesses In Virginia?!

- Bob Ryan was driving to get a cup of coffee in Sterling, Va., on Thursday morning when he saw rocks the size of baseballs shower out of the sky.

"They hit, and then smaller ones hit in succession like, 'boom, boom, boom,'" Ryan said.

At first, Ryan thought maybe kids hiding in a treeline were pelting cars. But he noticed that the rocks appeared to have rained down from the clouds, as if they were meteors.

Laura Rinhart, a Loudoun County firefighter, said that the rocks likely were not from outer space and had instead come flying from a nearby rock quarry. Rinehart said that some rocks struck a home on Old Ox road and debris also hit the pavement near Oakgrove Rd.

A person who answered the phone at Loudoun Quarries on Thursday said he was not sure if the rocks came from their quarry, the only quarry in the area.

Some residents in the area heard a boom at around 10:30 a.m. that they thought sounded like thunder. Ryan said that stones then blasted car windows and damaged vehicles in a shopping center parking lot. He said he picked up some of the rocks and noticed that they had a burnt smell.

"One rock double the size of a softball was sitting on the sidewalk in front of a beauty salon," Ryan said. "If it had gone through there would have been lots of casualties."

Comment: In relation to the rock quarry, Old Ox Road is 3-5 miles West of the quarry, other locations reported are 2 miles or so East of the rock quarry. Why not rocks North, South, East and West? There isn't enough information to know for sure, but this seems fishy!

Rinehart said that Loudoun fire and rescue units along with officials from the quarry are investigating the incident.

Comment: This story is a bit farfetched and reads like damage control. Here's another piece from USA Today with video of a rock coming from the sky. Would a controlled blast also create a burnt smell on the rocks?
The smell that is being given off by this meteorite is hard to describe. When I first smelt it, I tried to think of the proper words to describe the odor. I tried to think of things that had a similar smell:

"like hot metal, or like a cast-iron skillet that has over-heated, or like the metal filaments when you first turn on an electric heater.
Also, a lot like when you make sparks by striking two flint-rocks against each other.
Maybe a little like ozone, but with a more smoky, sulfurous aroma."

That's when the phrase "burnt gunpowder" came into my mind.

Source: Meteorite Times
Chelyabinsk. Meteor Smells

A group of four observers of the Leonid meteor shower of 1833 reported a peculiar odour, "like sulphur or onions."

It was thought that "This apparent transmission of smells at the speed of light could be explained if they were due to nitrous oxide or ozone produced by an electric discharge." (Ozone [O3] a gas. From the Greek, ozein, for smell). Observers of the Texas fireball of 1 October 1917 also reported the odour of sulphur and burning powder as it passed.

A possible explanation is suggested by the following Chelyabinsk observer reports.

Field survey reports of smells were concentrated in the area surrounding the fireball trajectory. After an initial strong burst, the smells continued for a few hours. The eastern edge of this area coincides with the eastern edge of the glass damaged area. Arkhangel'skoe is the most western village where smells were reported. It is situated near the western edge of the glass damaged area. Fourteen villages reported similar smells, with nearly all described as a sulphur smell, a burning smell, or a smell similar to that of gunpowder.

These smells may have originated from the decomposition of Troilite (FeS), an iron sulphide mineral named after Domenico Troili, who first noted it in a meteorite that fell at Albareto, Modena, Italy in 1766. Troilite is one of the main components of the Chelyabinsk meteorite. Some burning smells may also have been caused locally when the shockwave dispersed soot from flues and stoves.

Respondents in Emanzhelinka, immediately under the fireball trajectory, also reported an ozone smell, similar to the smell after a thunderstorm. Ozone, with nitrogen oxides as by products, may have been produced in the immediate surroundings of the fireball by Ultra-Violet (UV-B λ= 290-320 nm wavelength) radiation from the meteor. This reinforces reports about sunburn caused by UV radiation from the fireball.

Source: Engineering and Technology Wiki
It's more likely space rocks coming into our atmosphere and the government owned media does not want the people to know they are about to be bombarded back to the Stone Age. What slimeballs. - Washington Post.