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Special Weather Bulletin for Niagara Falls

The National Weather Service has issued the following special weather bulletin for the Niagara Falls area.

“This is a serious weather warning for the area. There has been major rainfall and winds of gusts of 60 mph with dangerous winds to be expected. The danger is still there, but we’ll be able to see through thick cloud that is now clearing and some of the fog that may be formed may get stronger as we approach. We’ve seen more tornados in the forecast so expect a significant number of tornados and a large number of flash flooding if it goes off.”

“With the snowpack at a significant low, we’re looking at a lot of freezing rain and maybe very heavy downpours. With the storm track moving over into Lake Ontario, we may have a chance at a snow day on Sunday.”

“We have a lot of moisture and cold water in the lake that could create some snow for the next couple of days.”

A number of warnings are in place for Lake Ontario.

There have been many calls by local residents.

“Don’t drive over or around lakes,” said Jim Dutton, with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

“You can easily get hurt if you’re not careful. And if you’re going to cross the Lake Ontario, be sure to drive with the right side facing the road – if you’re going to drive over a creek, for God’s sake – don’t go under them.”

“Warm, windy weather could be coming down the lake with possible heavy rain,” he said. “But there are some other warnings that we would like you to think about.”

If a person sees a large white cloud or mist roll from shore, be aware that this is a weather warning and the risk is increasing.

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The Niagara Fire Department is advising residents to avoid the area around the Port Colborne dam. There has been snow accumulation and there are some areas in the area with heavy snow.

“If it is very windy, you might want to be aware of what the weather is like, how much snow is going to fall, so when you’re going out to your car, keep your windows closed.

“Be sure to keep an eye on the ground in case of a possible flash flood, as it can cause serious property damage,” said the Fire Chief.

“If a thunderstorm does develop and it does get to Lake Ontario,” the Water Quality Management Council says, “it could result in a significant number of people being at risk of serious health problems if untreated.”

A number of warnings have been issued by local and federal agencies, including the National Weather Service, National Parks Service, Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Provincial Police.

The following are the weather conditions for the Niagara Falls area today.

Wind:

Windy conditions are expected today and could be severe. The heaviest rain is expected for the next few days. Winds will continue to blow in from the south.

Thunderstorm:

The thunderstorms could cause power outages and power outages could last for days, depending on the direction.

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The Season of the Pants

Tomorrow’s forecast is for snow and a lot of freezing rain, so it seems a bit more like the season of “The Snowman” and the season of the “Pants” for our area.

In addition to snow and rain, we will also be getting some wind. It will not be the windiest of months, but there will be wind gusts over 15 to 20 mph. So while the forecast for our area is looking good, you might want to look for some wind chill.

What do I need for today’s forecast?

Weather forecasts are a bit complicated, so here are the details for today’s forecast:

Snow: 8-15 inches

Wind: 14-21 mph

Rain: 6-12 inches

Cloud Cover: 6-12 inches

Snow Depth: 3+ inches

What kind of conditions do I need to be prepared for?

The forecast calls for snow and rain, but it’s a bit like the season of “The Snowman” and the season of the “Pants.” It won’t be that cold, but it will get to be very cold, and a lot of people might want to consider a jacket or rain coat for this cold.

What will it be like to drive today? How many hours of driving will it be? When can I expect rain and snowfalls? Will it be cloudy in my car?

Drivers are encouraged to take the opportunity to prepare today’s forecast for the upcoming winter. You can read more on the upcoming weather here.

If you would like to see what the forecast looks like in your area, you can visit our Weather Central page. The forecast will be updated daily throughout the morning, but the forecast will change as the day goes on. So be sure to check back often to see what is going to happen today, and to keep an eye out for the latest forecast.

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Scientists Discover Supermassive Black Holes Closer Than You Think

Scientists have discovered a black hole much closer to Earth than they thought possible. The astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany discovered this new giant black hole during a three-month mission in 2013. The new discovery is also just one in a new series of supermassive black holes discovered across the Milky Way galaxy. The astronomers were not expecting an alien black hole to be discovered, but to have one discovered in this particular galaxy with no explanation. “The galaxy is quite old,” said lead author Andreas Pfluger from the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics. “It’s not just any old galaxy…it’s quite a big one.”

Pfluger had discovered some other supermassive black holes in nearby galaxies that were located far from their Milky Way brethren. These were not as old, but they were still very far away. It took Pfluger months just to find a galaxy located near the black hole’s edge, the center of which had to be in a different galaxy. “I couldn’t have known about this galaxy,” explained Pfluger. “I don’t even know of many other black holes in these distant galaxies.”

This galaxy, named NGC 976, is a bit further off in space than the Milky Way. It is located roughly 1.4 billion light years away in the constellation of Cygnus. The researchers named it for its large white cloud, which is thought to be a type of gas cloud surrounding it. In this galaxy, this cloud is the same as what is found across the whole Milky Way galaxy.

In this particular galaxy, the astronomers found two massive objects that are thought to be black holes. They are thought to be the remnant mass of a star and a gas cloud known as an accretion disc.

“Black holes have the mass to absorb most of our solar system,” said lead author and Max Planck scientist Andreas Pfluger. “We are seeing these objects from other galaxies, so we need to take that into account and understand what’s in them.”

The scientists were surprised when they discovered the black hole with the most powerful light source in our galaxy. They are not sure how they found out about it but said it may be possible they detected an interstellar object in the Milky Way that had already passed through another galaxy.

These objects in the galaxy are believed to be so massive that it will take several billion years for the two black holes in this galaxy to merge into one, possibly in about 4 million years. “These are extremely massive black holes,” said Pfluger. “It could take billions of years to merge them in the Milky Way.”

The astronomers hope their findings will help them understand what happens when these objects become so massive that they become unstable. They also hope they’ll help us to understand what happens when these stars die. “We have a very important question: What is the fate of a star that’s so huge that it is no longer an active body anymore and when does it die?” said Pfluger.

The Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics is a member of the Max Planck Society.

The study of supermassive black holes is important for astronomers and for scientists working all over the globe. In this case, it may have been used to explore a whole new field in black holes and for black hole research. The research will be published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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New Ice Age, Tropical Storms, Heavy Water Rain Forecast Tomorrow

DISCLAIMER: This is not an actual forecast from the National Weather Service. This is intended for entertainment purposes only.

The National Weather Service forecast for tomorrow is likely to be much less than yesterday’s prediction.

This morning, the National Weather Service announced that there could even be more extreme downpours as a result of the rain that fell during a thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service forecast for tomorrow is likely to be much less than yesterday’s forecast.

Rain will begin to fall late Monday evening into Tuesday morning. Winds will become stronger and gusts will rise.

There will likely be at least three high totals of 35 mph and greater near the coast. In some areas, the number of severe thunderstorm totals could reach 50 mph. Temperatures could peak in the 80s.

Temperatures will reach the mid- to high- 90s for the northern portion of the coast. The number of high totals could reach 70 mph and greater throughout. Temperatures may peak in the upper 80s.

Most likely, there will be an extreme storm surge. This will occur as an ice cloud will move over the coast. In most places, there will be at least one ice cap around the coast. In some locations, the sea ice may extend to the coastline. Storm surge will be at a very high level.

It is not yet clear if the total amount of rain will exceed what is expected.

Forecasters have made adjustments, however, in the storm path in hopes of minimizing some of the damage. Forecasters said the National Hurricane Center is looking for some areas to receive less of the rain than expected.

Some communities along the coastline have experienced very heavy, high amounts of rain, said forecasters.

Forecasters are working to improve the situation. Forecasters are trying to increase the storm center’s visibility as much as possible by making the weather center’s radar system more visible and providing additional radar coverage.

The National Weather Service has issued the following warnings for coastal areas along the coast of the United States. Areas of concern include areas near the coast, in the northern and eastern portion of inland Louisiana and Mississippi, and along the western coast of the United States. Forecasters also are warning residents to be ready for heavy storms on Tuesday.

For the most current information about this forecast, see the National Hurricane Center web page at

http://www.nceps.noaa.gov or the NHC’s Facebook page and on Twitter @NHC_Weather. Forecasters say the storm will likely continue to develop as it moves into coastal areas late Tuesday evening.

Forecasting a possible storm for the United States

A storm warning remains in effect for portions of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi.

A storm warning remains in place for parts of Louisiana from the coast of New Orleans to the Gulf of Mexico.

A storm warning remains in place for portions of Mississippi and Arkansas from the coast of Jackson, Miss., to a point south along the Arkansas River. A storm warning remains in place for portions of Tennessee.

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Ominous Tornados Forecast for Tomorrow

DISCLAIMER: This is not an actual forecast from the National Weather Service. This is intended for entertainment purposes only.

The National Weather Service forecast for tomorrow is for winds from the southeast at 35 to 40 miles per hour, with wind shear at 5 miles per hour. The severe weather warning has been extended, with heavy rain likely in the afternoon. Highs and lows will be on the morning of Tuesday, October 19.

In a similar vein, a statement issued Wednesday afternoon issued a more detailed and ominous forecast for the next few days, noting, “We are seeing many tornadoes as they grow to the size of small cars and tornadoes in the area can become large tornadoes. We believe that all tornadoes should be reported in the order in which you think they will appear, and if we are correct it will not be until later tonight. The best chance of survival for many is to get down to someplace and go home. The risk is to be found where there are no roads but a small creek and a couple of old barns with no exits but some wooden shelter. If you cannot find a safe place, seek out a few places to hide.”

By this point of the week, some of the most dangerous tornadoes have already struck Southern California, a region which has experienced a spate of tornadoes each year for the last two decades.

On Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service in Riverside warned that at least 10 tornadoes have already damaged homes, and more are likely to hit in the coming days, including a twister which touched down at Lake Tahoe on Wednesday afternoon, the Weather Service said. A wind gust of up to 75 mph was recorded on Wednesday afternoon.

“The tornado was just a couple of feet away from one of our buildings and hit with no warning,” said Mike Schubert, a construction worker and resident of a home on a cul-de-sac on South Main Street, which was destroyed in the storm. “I saw a big white tornado coming right at me as it came through. … I was really scared, so I ran up the hill. I couldn’t get out of my house.”

Schubert, who lives across the street from the home where the twister struck, said he was on his way to work when he was knocked over from below. His neighbors told him a tornado touched down, and he went outside, hoping to avoid a potential tornado, as well.

“I saw it coming, and I was like what the hell?” said Schubert. “I didn’t know what to do. I was in shock. … I saw a big black cloud, and as it moved over my house, I heard that my neighbor was gone. Then there was a huge explosion.”

Schubert said he ran to a neighbor’s house to try to save his home, but he was too late: The house, which he had just built, had been destroyed.

“I was really scared, so I ran out to get my truck,” he said. “The house shook like it was on fire, but it was nothing like that.”  A few hours later, he said, “I thought for sure that my house was going to fall down and I wasn’t going to make it.”

Schubert said the tornado hit his neighborhood at the same time as several other tornadoes, which the weather service said may have been triggered by weather-related conditions.

The most severe tornado in the area was a 1-mile-wide tornado that struck Riverside County’s town of Lake Tahoe in a span of about 30 minutes on Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

“I’m shocked they couldn’t get to the scene sooner,” neighbor and Lake Tahoe resident Kevin Smith said. “There was a tornado just over our house. There’s not a lot of power in the area.”

Another neighbor, who only wanted to be identified as Tom, said, “I think everyone was scared out of their wits. We thought this would be a real tornado.”

He said the tornado was so strong it shook his family’s home, but, “We didn’t know what was going on. We weren’t ready. I just knew it had to be a tornado.”

A witness who saw the tornado described it as a “big, black cloud with no wind.” The tornado touched down about 50 yards from the home of Thomas Pyle, a construction worker and employee of the county, which was in flames, according to Schubert.

“He said it was a tornado,” said Schubert, pointing to a nearby home where a house that Pyle lives on collapsed.

The storm also injured three other people, who were treated at Riverside Medical Center, and one of them was flown by helicopter to the National Weather Service’s Sacramento headquarters for emergency management.

“The injuries were pretty bad,” Dr. Paul H. Miller, an emergency medical technician and a member of the National Weather Service’s weather division, said. “They were all pretty serious.”

He said he could not confirm any of the victims had died as a result of their injuries.

On Wednesday night, Riverside Fire Department Chief Steve Smith said the area where the tornado hit was “very heavily affected” and said that it would take up to 30 to 45 minutes for water to clear. Fire crews were working in the area to restore power to about 100 homes. “I’m very worried about the damage to the structures there,” Smith said. “If it had been a bigger storm, I don’t see that it would’ve been any different.”