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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:48 AM
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La Nina strengthens (predicted to last thru October)
La Nia continues to influence our weather, and has strengthened some in the past month, according the the latest discussion issued today by NOAA's Climate Prediction Center. They predict that La Nia will continue at least until June, and probably into October. If this prediction holds true, we are likely to see another very active hurricane season in the Atlantic, as wind shear is typically quite low over the Atlantic during La Nia conditions. Dr. Bill Gray's forecast (issued December 6) is calling for 17 tropical storms (average is 11), 9 hurricanes (average is 6), and 5 intense hurricanes (average is 2-3). It will be interesting to see if the stronger than expected La Nia conditions will cause him to raise his numbers in his forthcoming April 4 forecast for the 2006 hurricane season. The NOAA hurricane forecast will be issued in mid-May.

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jn2375 Donating Member (858 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:53 AM
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1. All those hurricanes will hit right before elections
Fema and Homeland Security incompetence will be on display again
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:55 AM
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2. Interesting point. If the Dems are good strategists...
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 10:56 AM by phantom power
they will campaign on themes of environment, climate change and disaster preparedness. This will make them look like geniuses when the hurricanes hit. Of course, the Dems have demonstrated that they couldn't strategize themselves out of a paper bag. But it will still make for some very interesting election dynamics, no doubt.
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poverlay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 10:58 AM
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3. Somebody please do a rain dance for us here in Arizona. La Nina
means less rain here and we're already over 135 days without.
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:11 AM
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4. In theory, we'll get some tomorrow. 145 days. Boo-ya!
And really, unless we get quite a few more rain days, tomorrow isn't going to mean squat.
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poverlay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:58 PM
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6. True dat... Either things change around drastically in the next few
years or I, and my family, are outta here. I'm so tired of air pollution, bark beetles, forest fires, skin cancer, and sweat in my knee-pits.(Phoenix native)

I think we're due some massive payback for all the years of 120+ degree summers. Maybe a whole~global warming shift to a completely opposite weather zone. Get some rainforests in Ajo and whatnot...

Y'know?
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starroute Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 11:42 AM
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5. Jeff Masters' weather blog is great
He was right on the money before Katrina. He has a good sense for the weather and a social conscience besides.
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poverlay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 03:59 PM
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7. link?
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phantom power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 04:08 PM
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8. Jeff Masters' blog:
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