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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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Weekend Beach Weather Forecast

DISCLAIMER: Not a real weather forecast.

If you’re planning a trip to the beach this weekend, be sure to check out our three day weekend weather forecast. In addition to the rain and thunderstorms we predict this weekend, we are also predicting that a number of beaches and waterways are closed and some areas are closed for the duration of your trip. Check out the weather forecast for your location below.

We are also predicting an extremely high amount of sand and sandstorm debris. These debris are very large and can cause damage to vehicles and structures. If you have any concerns about your vehicle, check with all of the authorities for any necessary repairs or repairs on your car. You may want to consider bringing extra cash, food and water to keep things going until you are out of the storm or until you can get it fixed or replaced with a safe vehicle. If the damage is too severe to repair, there will be no way you can use the beach and there will be limited beach access.

If you are planning on using a vehicle to reach your destination, you may want to consider bringing a vehicle to get around the island. A number of islands and some of the smaller areas of the mainland have designated areas for people to park their vehicles. If you don’t know how to get to the designated area, please call a toll free number and ask them to let you know which designated area you’re interested in, but please understand that the designated areas can get busy and that it may be difficult to get to the designated area and park.

If you plan to use an emergency vehicle to reach any of the islands, please call the nearest county police station or emergency management center and let the operator know if they can assist you with finding your emergency vehicle. If the emergency vehicle is not available, you may have to call the local authorities or the U.S. Coast Guard to help.

For additional information about storm conditions, please visit the NOAA website.

If you have any questions about the storm, please visit the NOAA website at www.weather.gov.

The National Hurricane Center will update you with storm conditions.

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Flooding at San Jose Municipal Airport

DISCLAIMER: Not a real weather forecast or news post. I mean… come on.

The weather forecast for this weekend is expected to be dry but not totally dry. The storm forecast for this weekend is expected to be dry but not totally dry. (Published Saturday, Sept. 22, 2013)

A large number of people in the San Jose area had to evacuate Saturday evening as a strong winds and rains prompted authorities to close several roads and highways in the area.

Officials say they had to close the highway to northbound traffic, including the Highway 101 Freeway, for at least an hour during the storm. The San Jose Fire Department, the San Jose Air-Conditioning District and Cal Fire had to shut down the air conditioning system.

“There were no power lines,” said Lt. Paul Pimentel, public information officer for the San Jose fire department.

Pimentel says the storm is expected to continue into Sunday with wind gusts over 100 mph, with rain forecast along the coast by Saturday evening.

Some residents who live and work near the storm’s path are asking people to avoid getting into flooded cars or boats.

Officials said there are no reports of power lines being damaged.

The storm is the strongest in San Jose in years. Officials say at least seven homes have flooded, with at least six other homes under water and three at least four others reported to have been under water. The storm also caused extensive damage to some of the town’s most prized buildings including the San Jose Municipal Airport, the city’s airport-like structure.

Residents were forced out of their homes early Saturday. Many are stuck in floodwaters and have been advised to stay away from roads.

The storm has also caused a number of road closures. The San Jose Airport was temporarily closed due to flooding from the storm. The airport was also closed due to flooding from the storm and is expected to reopen by Sunday.

The San Jose Police Department says it was closed to traffic due to the high water and heavy rains.

The storm also caused some serious structural damage to the San Jose Fire Department’s West Lake District.

San Jose officials said the fire department has been closed while crews clean out and clean up the water that caused flooding at various fire stations around the city. The fire department has asked people who want to help to contact the San Jose Fire Department by cell phone, text and e-mail.

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Weather Mooncast

DISCLAIMER: This is not an actual forecast from the National Weather Service.

Today the National Weather Service forecast is the moon will be near Earth today. I believe it will rise in the afternoon, setting off a period of very cold conditions on the Earth. This event will be followed with the next moon rise and then with a period of very cold temperatures on the Mars surface. Then it’ll be a period of intense high pressure and a period of extreme low pressure on the North Pole (as the Earth and Mars orbit about the Sun). These high- and low-pressure events are called geomagnetic storms. You’ve probably seen these on our website a few times. In general, there will be one or two of these storms over the next couple of hours or so. These storms are very dangerous and can last anywhere between a few minutes and a few hours.

The moon will not be near Earth tonight. It will move around, but it’s not quite a full circle around the Earth. The next two to three days are likely to be a little more active for the moon, particularly over the North American and European oceans. It will be about an hour and a half between the time when the moon will be in the middle of the planet and when it will start moving back toward Earth.

On the other hand, we expect that the next moonrise, if the Sun is still above the horizon tonight, will be less active. The next three or four days should also be more active for the moon. The next full moon, the full moon of March 18, should occur around mid-February, and the moon will be in the middle of it by early March.

This will be the second moonrise of the year for the Earth and the sun. It will take place on the first full moons of the year in the spring (February and May) and fall (October and December). The next moonrise will happen on the second moonrise of the year in the summer of 2013. It will come two weeks and ten days after the sun sets on the Earth on the first full moon in March or March 18. So, as of today, you’ll have a very good indication as to how the month of March will look and the chances for a lunar eclipse.

So, that’s all for today, folks. I hope the rest of today’s forecast is as accurate as the sun is going to show me. I know I haven’t been very accurate, and it’s a little painful, but I have a job that requires me to report on weather on a regular basis and I do it well.

If there are any questions you’d like to raise on our weather forecast or the moon’s position in relation to the Earth or other planets, feel free to leave them in the comments and we’ll be happy to help.