I am an avid weather watcher for the last 42 years. Weather has been a love of mine since I was 7. I enjoy watching the Tropics & Severe Weather.
By: Bordonaro, 4:46 PM GMT on January 18, 2010
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Arlington's Homeless and Discarded Youth
I spent yesterday with a good friend of mine, named Keith Wright. We have both made a few mistakes in life. A matter of fact, we met in 2004, at the TDCJ Micheal Unit, in Tennessee Colony, TX. We have been friends for 6 yrs. He ended up having an argument with his roommate. Even though Keith did not start the argument, the police were called and he spent 3 months at ISF/ jail, in Pampa, TX. He lost his car, job and place to live.
Keith got out of ISF in December, was fortunate enough to get his old job back, stayed with a friend, who then lost his place, 10 days ago. Homeless on the streets for 3 days. Before he broke down and contacted me he slept in a tent, wrapped in a blanket, behind a warehouse in downtown Arlington, TX. The Arlington Night Shelter was full. He was wet, cold, tired, scared senseless, slept 3 hours in 3 days.
Keith called me, he came over, he told me what happened, I made sure he had clean clothes, a hot shave/shower, and a decent meal and a place to sleep.
By: Bordonaro, 5:30 AM GMT on January 05, 2010
Good evening everyone. I am an avid weather watcher, I have been enjoying the weather for almost 42 years. I am not a meteorologist, but I would like to discuss the wild weather pattern that developed during December '09 and the Siberian/Arctic airmass that will affect North Central Texas, in earnest from the 1/6 through 1/10/10 timeframe.
The last 40 days or so, the Eastern two-thirds of the USA has experienced some very unusual weather, includung Texas. Temperatures in the DFW area were 72F on 11-30-09. December began above normal across much of the lower 48. Boston, MA and New York City, NY did not experience their first freezes until 12/6/09 and 12/7/09, almost 1 week after we experienced our first freeze. Then the weather pattern changed with the first big storm of December 7-10 2009, affecting about two-thirds of the lower 48.
The pattern changed after that storm moved out of the US into Canada on 12/11/09.
There is a upper level Low pressure area, called a trough, over the Eastern Pacific Ocean. This is the Northern, or Polar Jet Stream. At the same time, the Sub-Tropical Jet Stream is accessing energy, flowing from Southern China, across the length of the Pacific, directing its energy across Baja California, into Northern Mexico, into the Gulf of Mexico.
A blocking ridge of High pressure has been set up off of the Central California coast. That sends the normal Pacific Storms, and the Polar Jet, that usually affect California north into the Pacific Northwest and into Canada.
At the same time a very large High pressure system has parked over Greenland. That helps to pull Arctic air into Eastern and Central Canada, bringing record lows to many portions of Central Canada.
This Blocking High also keeps the storm systems that develop over the Gulf of Mexico and the East Coast of the US from moving out into the NW Atlantic, sending them southward into the Central Atlantic, into the UK and France, creating havoc, with wintery precip all the way from Scotland to Spain. Currently, the Blocking High is so strong, it is sending storm systems back into the Canadian Maritime provinces and Quebec. Those area of Low pressure pull even more Arctic Air into Canada.
The end result, is a very large trough of Lower pressure in the Upper Atmosphere, running over the Eastern two-thirds of Canada and the USA. The Polar Jet travels north off the California coast into Northwest Canada. The Polar Jet then heads south, bringing Arctic air into W MT, ND, SD, WI, MN, IA, NE, KS, the balance of the Midwest, the Deep South, portions of the Eastern Seaboard, from ME to FL.
At the same time, the SW Sub-Tropical Jet brought over 25" of rain to New Orleans, LA in 12/09, heavy flooding rains in S FL, and the moisture to produce a major Pre-Christmas Snow over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, and the Christmas '09 Blizzard over the Midwest.
The Southern Plains, including TX, up until this week sat far enough west, so we received several moderate inflows of Arctic air, with milder intervals in between. In December 2009, we received snow on 12/2, 12/23 and 12/29/09, ending about 4 degrees below normal for Dallas-Ft Worth, TX.
A large pool of Arctic air, called a Polar Vortex, moved into far Northern Canada, near 75N/150W yesterday. This Low and the counter-clockwise flow is pulling Siberian/Arctic air, over the North Pole and into NW Canada, building a very large area of High Pressure over that area. That High will reach about 1052MB/31.10", a very cold pool of air will get thrusted into the US and North Texas on late Wednesday on 1/6 and will be over N TX until 1/11/09.
Below are the graphics, compliments of the NWS FT Worth-Dallas, TX, a Special Weather Statement concerning the Arctic Outbreak, along with our Weather Forecast through Su, 1/11/10:
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
355 PM CST MON JAN 4 2010
355 PM CST MON JAN 4 2010
...ARCTIC AIRMASS TO BRING MUCH COLDER WEATHER TO NORTH TEXAS LATER
AN ARCTIC AIRMASS WILL ARRIVE IN NORTH TEXAS WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND
BRING AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF FREEZING TEMPERATURES TO THE REGION.
TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO DIP BELOW FREEZING AFTER MIDNIGHT
WEDNESDAY NIGHT AND THEN REMAIN BELOW FREEZING THROUGH EARLY
AFTERNOON SATURDAY FOR MOST LOCATIONS IN NORTH TEXAS.
WITH AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF SUB FREEZING TEMPERATURES
EXPECTED...RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO MAKE PREPARATIONS. A HARD
FREEZE CAN CAUSE DAMAGE TO EXPOSED WATER PIPES AND CAN DAMAGE
SENSITIVE VEGETATION. OUTDOOR PETS WILL ALSO REQUIRE PROTECTION FROM
THIS ARCTIC OUTBREAK. WIND CHILL VALUES ARE EXPECTED TO FALL INTO
THE SINGLE DIGITS OR LOWER DURING THE DAY THURSDAY AND CONTINUE INTO
FRIDAY MORNING. EXTRA PROTECTIVE CLOTHING WILL BE NEEDED FOR ANYONE
EXPECTED TO BE OUTDOORS AT THESE TIMES...ESPECIALLY CHILDREN GOING
THERE IS ALSO SOME PRECIPITATION IN THE FORECAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT AS
THE ARCTIC COLD FRONT MOVES THROUGH THE AREA. AT THIS TIME MUCH OF
THE PRECIPITATION LOOKS TO FALL AS RAIN BEFORE THE DEEPER ARCTIC
AIRMASS MOVES INTO THE REGION. THERE IS SOME POSSIBILITY THAT
PRECIPITATION WILL BRIEFLY CHANGE OVER TO FREEZING DRIZZLE OR SNOW
FLURRIES BEFORE ENDING THURSDAY MORNING. NO ACCUMULATION OF WINTRY
PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME. ANY ROADWAYS THAT REMAIN WET
THURSDAY MORNING AS THE ARCTIC AIR MOVES IN MAY FREEZE OVER CAUSING
FURTHER DETAILS ON ANY POTENTIAL FREEZING PRECIPITATION AND THE
DURATION OF THE FREEZING TEMPERATURES WILL BE PROVIDED AS THE EVENT
NEARS. STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO...LOCAL MEDIA OUTLETS...OR
VISIT US ON THE WEB AT WEATHER.GOV/FORTWORTH FOR THE LATEST FORECAST
Overnight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 24. North northeast wind around 5 mph.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. North northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south southeast.
Tuesday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 30. South southeast wind around 10 mph.
Wednesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48. South wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Windy, with a north northwest wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to between 25 and 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy and cold, with a steady temperature around 26. Windy, with a north northwest wind between 20 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.
Thursday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. North wind between 15 and 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday: Partly sunny and cold, with a high near 25. North wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 13. North northwest wind between 5 and 10 mph.
Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 38.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 22.
Sunday: Sunny, with a high near 49.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.
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