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The Faces Behind the Forecasts

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From the time they first left the comfort of dry land, seafarers have sought to understand the mysterious and unpredictable ways of weather. And although meteorology has long since evolved from lore to science, it’s still a mystery to many of us, so we seek the guidance of those who study it professionally.
To meteorologists, the challenge of accurately predicting weather that lies in the offing is their daily bread, and because of the broad impact weather has on our daily activities, governments employ many of them. The U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is probably the world’s largest body analyzing and predicting weather.  
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Eye in the Sky

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Contrails are a direct indicator of present and future weather. Why? Because contrails, which are manmade clouds, show us just how much moisture there is in the upper atmosphere, and in what direction the upper air winds are moving.

Why do we care about moisture in the upper atmosphere and direction of upper airflow? Because moisture represents energy and upper airflow controls surface weather development and movement.  more...

 



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MAC RACE WEATHER ADVISORY!

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Bill Biewenga, Commanders' Weather and OPC meteorologists ramp up to help you study the trends and options to Mackinaw Island. The WxLIVE! online interactive weather seminar is convenient to your schedule. Workshop archives are available for Port Huron-Mac sessions and July 15 & 16 seminars are open for Chi-Mac. http://www.weather4sailors.com/seminars.htm


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WEATHER TRICKS

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Just some stuff that I have learned over many thousands of miles cruising both sailboats and power...some you already know but have forgotten!
 
a) When you look up at the sun on a hot day (usually humid) and see a ring around the sun, these are ice crystals and usually high pressure will follow in next day or two.
b) Always be aware of "anvil type clouds" high in the sky...these are for sure storm warnings and start thinking about someplace to go if on the water.
c) When the flies start to bite your ankles etc. and you can't get rid of them, rain & bad weather is coming soon...pressure change for sure!
d) And the old one that still stands true, no matter where you are! "Red sky in the morning, sailors warning - red sky at night, sailors delight!"
 
If you have some additional ones that seem to apply please let me know and I will publish them!

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The cleanup continues

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Two weeks after devastating floods, officials and residents try to cope.

By JON OTTMAN - Staff Writer

Homeowners and officials in sections of Macomb County continue to cope with the aftermath of severe floodwaters that swept through the area two weeks ago.

According to the National Weather Service's White Lake office, May's precipitation totaled 8.46 inches, which is 5.41 inches above normal.

It was the wettest May on record, breaking the old mark of 8.05 inches set in 1943. May was also the second wettest month on record, behind 8.76 inches in July 1878.

Most of that rainfall came between May 20 and May 24, when radar estimates and ground reports indicate that generally three to six inches of rain fell across most of southeast Michigan.   more...

 



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23-Acre Lake Disappears in St. Louis Suburb

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ImageWILDWOOD, Mo. -- To folks around Wildwood, it is nothing but freaky: an entire 23-acre lake vanished in a matter of days, as if someone pulled the plug on a bathtub.

Lake Chesterfield went down a sinkhole this week, leaving homeowners in this affluent St. Louis suburb wondering if their property values disappeared along with their lakeside views. Read More...

 



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4 Day Weather Forcast for 6/4/2004

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Rising lakes keep marinas afloat

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The change may be imperceptible to many, but boaters and marina owners are rejoicing at lake levels that for the first time in years are approaching normal.

"Right now, it's great," said Bob Brissette, operator of the Stoney Point Marina off Lake St. Clair. And while homeowners may be cursing the clouds as they pump out flooded basements and farmers can't plant their crops because their fields are too soggy, Brissette said Thursday he is thankful for every raindrop that falls.   more...

 



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The browning of Lake Erie

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It looked like a thick stream of chocolate milk had spilled into Lake Erie.

Heavy rains turned the Cuyahoga River mud brown this week, washing tons of soil from construction sites between Akron and Cleveland and eroding stream banks. It's an ongoing problem, one that's costly to the environment and taxpayers.

Over the last decade, the Cuyahoga River has pumped 2 million tons of soil into the mouth of the river and the lake, according to data collected by the Water Quality Lab at Heidelberg College in Tiffin.   more...

 



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Heavy rain brings severe flooding; county estimates more than $10 million in damage.

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Heavy rains that poured down on Macomb County last week brought severe flooding to the area, unleashing a torrent of tears and currents of anguish around the community.

The several inches of rain fell on already saturated ground, pushing the Clinton River and its tributaries over their banks and swamping communities around Macomb County with as much as six to eight feet of water.

Macomb Township and the city of Utica were hardest hit.

In Utica, the river swept past to the west of downtown before running under M-59. Once south of the highway, the water rose above its banks Sunday afternoon, flooding Heritage Park along Van Dyke.   more...

 



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Downtown office workers are fascinated by up-close view of river

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The Grand Rapids Press

When the river rises in your back yard, it's a nuisance. But when the floodwaters crest in downtown Grand Rapids, it's a spectacle.

"This gives a whole new meaning to office pool," said Lawrence D. Bos Jr., a Northwestern Mutual Life employee whose lower-level office window meets the river.

Normally, tenants of the Riverfront Plaza building, which is across the Grand River from Van Andel Museum Center, can see pedestrians along the riverwalk. But when the river crested at 19.54 feet Thursday -- a 19-year high -- the walkway was submerged. The only thing moving outside their windows had webbed feet.   more...

 



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Flooding Continues To Hit West Michigan

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WEST MICHIGAN -- Heavy flooding has hit many parts of West Michigan. But some areas have yet to see the worst of it.

Canoes, sandbags, and water pumps are what people are using to battle the rising water, with several rivers still bursting at the seams.

In Hastings, family and friends worked together trying to ward off the water. Downriver in Alto, firefighters were working together to save a house along the Thornapple River by stuffing sandbags, wading through water, building a barrier around an endanger home. Caldeonian Fire Chief Brian Bennet told Fox 17 News At Ten, "We could lose the foundation of the home. We're worried about it falling in or the washboards walking away."
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Rivers recede,remain threat

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As rivers receded, roads opened and basements dried out across mid-Michigan on Tuesday, the three-day deluge of rainwater threatened to burst a dam northwest of Lansing.

The Lyons dam, located on the swollen Grand River, is showing signs of wear from the weekend storms - posing a threat to homes and stores in central Ionia County, officials said.

A dam break wouldn't affect Lansing, which is about 35 miles from Lyons, Ionia County Administrator Mark Howe said.

"It's holding but we have some concern because there's some erosion on the side," Howe said. "If the dam broke, you're going to see a rush of water heading toward the city of Ionia. It could lead to people having to evacuate their homes. You'll see damage to businesses."   more...

 



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New storms threaten to stall cleanup

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As officials from Dearborn Heights to Macomb Township tally damages from weekend thunderstorms likely to reach tens of millions of dollars, more flooding could be in the forecast.

Showers are expected today and much of the rest of the week. National Weather Service meteorologist Bryan Tilley said they’ll lack the wallop of weekend rains that flooded more than 1,000 basements in Wayne County, washed out roads in Macomb County and still have 11,000 customers without power.

Still, more rain is the worst fear for folks such as Christina Dingess, whose Allen Park basement was covered by 2 feet of murky water, or workers at Moravian Hills Country Club in Clinton Township, which is under 5 feet of water.

“All we can do right now is just hold on for the ride,” said Eric Vatral, an assistant golf pro.

The forecast comes as Michigan is emerging from 4.1 inches of rain dumped in a succession of storms since Friday. Statewide, 24 counties were under flood warnings Monday, and power problems closed more than 50 schools from Detroit to northern Macomb.   more...

 



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Heavy rains raise lower-than-average Great Lakes water levels

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(KRT) - The rain that brought distress to thousands of metro Detroit residents the past few days was the best news water-starved boaters and Great Lakes property owners may have had in six years.

Water levels on Lake St. Clair - which, like the Great Lakes, have been low in the past few years - have responded from May's near-record rains and are about 5 inches higher than at this time last year.

That's partly because of the heavy flows coming into the lake from tributaries like the Clinton River and streams on the Canadian side of the lake.

National Weather Service hydrologist Danny Costello said Monday that lakes Huron and Michigan are 9 inches higher this month compared with May 2003, when they were only 8 inches above their record lows set in May 1964.

It'll take many more downpours like those that have drenched metro Detroit in the last several days to raise water levels to normal - about another foot, say hydrologists from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Great Lakes Commission.   more...

 



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