An elongated area of low pressure, previously located over northeast Florida has emerged over the western Atlantic and is now located about 60 miles east of the coast of Georgia. The low is likely to become a tropical depression or storm during the next day or so before it merges with a cold front. This low is expected to cause increasing winds and rough surf along the coasts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia through mid-week. A tropical storm watch may be required for a portion of the coast of North and South Carolina this afternoon. Heavy rain is also expected to continue over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next

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An elongated area of low pressure, previously located over northeast Florida has emerged over the western Atlantic and is now located about 60 miles east of the coast of Georgia. The low is likely to become a tropical depression or storm during the next day or so before it merges with a cold front. This low is expected to cause increasing winds and rough surf along the coasts of Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia through mid-week. A tropical storm watch may be required for a portion of the coast of North and South Carolina this afternoon. Heavy rain is also expected to continue over portions of the Florida peninsula during the next

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A tropical disturbance over the Florida Peninsula, named 92L, has been promoting frequent bouts of heavy rain over the area over the past few days. The area most prone to flooding will be in and around Fort Myers, Florida, who have already received 6 inches of rain since Wednesday through Saturday morning. By Tuesday, drenching rainfall and strong winds will be impacting the barrier islands of the Carolinas. Flooding could result from both excessive rainfall and coastal inundation. The tropical disturbance will have the potential to further develop just east of the Georgia coastline early next week. If it intensifies to tropical storm strength, it will be named Irma. Even so, this system

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A tropical disturbance over the Florida Peninsula, named 92L, has been promoting frequent bouts of heavy rain over the area over the past few days. The area most prone to flooding will be in and around Fort Myers, Florida, who have already received 6 inches of rain since Wednesday through Saturday morning. By Tuesday, drenching rainfall and strong winds will be impacting the barrier islands of the Carolinas. Flooding could result from both excessive rainfall and coastal inundation. The tropical disturbance will have the potential to further develop just east of the Georgia coastline early next week. If it intensifies to tropical storm strength, it will be named Irma. Even so, this system

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will use its infrared capabilities to study the “ocean worlds” of Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus, adding to observations previously made by NASA’s Galileo and Cassini orbiters. The Webb telescope’s observations could also help guide future missions to the icy moons.  One of the telescope’s science goals is to study planets that could help shed light on the origins of life, but this does not just mean exoplanets; Webb will also help unravel the mysteries still held by objects in our own solar system (from Mars outward). The scientists are the plumes of water that breach the surface of Enceladus and Europa, and that contain a mixture of water

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NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope will use its infrared capabilities to study the “ocean worlds” of Jupiter’s moon Europa and Saturn’s moon Enceladus, adding to observations previously made by NASA’s Galileo and Cassini orbiters. The Webb telescope’s observations could also help guide future missions to the icy moons.  One of the telescope’s science goals is to study planets that could help shed light on the origins of life, but this does not just mean exoplanets; Webb will also help unravel the mysteries still held by objects in our own solar system (from Mars outward). The scientists are the plumes of water that breach the surface of Enceladus and Europa, and that contain a mixture of water

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Hurricane Harvey which has upgraded to a Category 4 storm, has begun to pound the Texas coast and its millions of residents, with hurricane-force winds knocking down trees, power poles and signs, and with torrential rain deluging streets. The eye of the storm still is a few hours offshore, but the storm surge, downpours, and harsh winds are already pummeling the shores. The National Hurricane Center warns that some areas will see as much as 13 feet of storm surge and large, destructive waves. Maximum sustained wind speeds were at 130 mph Friday night. And there’s the rain that the slow-moving storm is expected to produce. Because it is expected to

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Hurricane Harvey which has upgraded to a Category 4 storm, has begun to pound the Texas coast and its millions of residents, with hurricane-force winds knocking down trees, power poles and signs, and with torrential rain deluging streets. The eye of the storm still is a few hours offshore, but the storm surge, downpours, and harsh winds are already pummeling the shores. The National Hurricane Center warns that some areas will see as much as 13 feet of storm surge and large, destructive waves. Maximum sustained wind speeds were at 130 mph Friday night. And there’s the rain that the slow-moving storm is expected to produce. Because it is expected to

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The Northern lights are often heard about, but not seen often here in parts of the US. This phenomenon describes the effects on Earth’s wider environment as it is constantly bombarded by particles and magnetic energy from the Sun. The impacts can damage satellites and even disrupt electricity grids. The Sun perpetually billows clouds of magnetic energy and plasma (a gas of electrically charged particles) in all directions. But often great eruptions of this emission are directed straight at Earth. When these interact with our planet’s own magnetic field and atmosphere, they set off all manner of disturbances. The Aurora Borealis is one such consequence, as particles are accelerated downwards to collide with

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The Northern lights are often heard about, but not seen often here in parts of the US. This phenomenon describes the effects on Earth’s wider environment as it is constantly bombarded by particles and magnetic energy from the Sun. The impacts can damage satellites and even disrupt electricity grids. The Sun perpetually billows clouds of magnetic energy and plasma (a gas of electrically charged particles) in all directions. But often great eruptions of this emission are directed straight at Earth. When these interact with our planet’s own magnetic field and atmosphere, they set off all manner of disturbances. The Aurora Borealis is one such consequence, as particles are accelerated downwards to collide with

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A hurricane warning is in effect from Port Mansfield to Sargent along the Texas coast. A hurricane watch covers from Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande. There also is a tropical storm warning north of Sargent to High Island and south of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande. A tropical storm watch was in effect from south of the mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan, Mexico. Additionally, a storm surge warning is in effect for Port Mansfield to High Island, and a storm surge warning was issued for Port Mansfield to Sargent. The cautions from the NHC indicate that Harvey, assuming the

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A hurricane warning is in effect from Port Mansfield to Sargent along the Texas coast. A hurricane watch covers from Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande. There also is a tropical storm warning north of Sargent to High Island and south of Port Mansfield to the mouth of the Rio Grande. A tropical storm watch was in effect from south of the mouth of the Rio Grande to Boca de Catan, Mexico. Additionally, a storm surge warning is in effect for Port Mansfield to High Island, and a storm surge warning was issued for Port Mansfield to Sargent. The cautions from the NHC indicate that Harvey, assuming the

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Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Texas as a Category 3 storm — the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1999’s Hurricane Bret — when it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday, forecasters say. The storm strengthened to a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, on Thursday afternoon. The storm’s surge could be life threatening, up to 10 feet, with waves as high as 20 feet above that. Rain is expected to range from 10 to 20 inches, and some areas could receive up to 30 inches. Perilous flash flooding and 115 mph gusts are possible. The biggest worry with Hurricane Harvey is that it’s expected to stall

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Hurricane Harvey is expected to hit Texas as a Category 3 storm — the likes of which haven’t been seen since 1999’s Hurricane Bret — when it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday, forecasters say. The storm strengthened to a hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph, on Thursday afternoon. The storm’s surge could be life threatening, up to 10 feet, with waves as high as 20 feet above that. Rain is expected to range from 10 to 20 inches, and some areas could receive up to 30 inches. Perilous flash flooding and 115 mph gusts are possible. The biggest worry with Hurricane Harvey is that it’s expected to stall

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The Spring/Summer storm season rocked the Northeast this year, causing multiple damaging thunderstorms and tornado warnings. Here is a summary of the tornado reports for the 2017 season so far as released by the NWS Pittsburgh: Public Information Statement National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 151 PM EDT Mon May 8 2017 …Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed on 05/01/2017… OVERVIEW: A survey team on Saturday confirmed two additional tornadoes in Clarion/Forest Counties in western Pennsylvania. These two are in addition to the four previously confirmed in Butler and Clarion Counties, bringing the total tornado count for this storm event to six. This document summarizes the six tornadoes that were surveyed in order by time

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The Spring/Summer storm season rocked the Northeast this year, causing multiple damaging thunderstorms and tornado warnings. Here is a summary of the tornado reports for the 2017 season so far as released by the NWS Pittsburgh: Public Information Statement National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 151 PM EDT Mon May 8 2017 …Multiple Tornadoes Confirmed on 05/01/2017… OVERVIEW: A survey team on Saturday confirmed two additional tornadoes in Clarion/Forest Counties in western Pennsylvania. These two are in addition to the four previously confirmed in Butler and Clarion Counties, bringing the total tornado count for this storm event to six. This document summarizes the six tornadoes that were surveyed in order by time

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The National Weather Service of Pittsburgh confirmed a downburst came through McDonald around 1:30 p.m. An afternoon of numerous thunderstorm warnings gave way to a Flood Advisory for Allegheny County in the evening hours, but that expired at 7:30 p.m. In Allegheny County, the South Hills was also hit hard with damage. They saw flash flooding, and high winds brought down trees and power lines. McDonald in northern Washington County may have seen the worst of the weather. The NWS said on their Twitter account that a downburst brought down numerous trees in the area. In other areas, trees were reported down in various places from Murrysville to Export to Harrison City

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The National Weather Service of Pittsburgh confirmed a downburst came through McDonald around 1:30 p.m. An afternoon of numerous thunderstorm warnings gave way to a Flood Advisory for Allegheny County in the evening hours, but that expired at 7:30 p.m. In Allegheny County, the South Hills was also hit hard with damage. They saw flash flooding, and high winds brought down trees and power lines. McDonald in northern Washington County may have seen the worst of the weather. The NWS said on their Twitter account that a downburst brought down numerous trees in the area. In other areas, trees were reported down in various places from Murrysville to Export to Harrison City

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Scattered strong to severe storms remain a threat across eastern Pennsylvania into parts of New England this evening and perhaps to the early overnight. Although instability will be weakening, given the loss of daytime heating, storms will continue to spread across eastern PA into northern NJ and southeast NY to parts of New England this evening to the early overnight, as strong forcing for ascent should compensate for the weaker instability in the short term. Strongly sheared environment, as deep-layer winds strengthen into New England, will continue to favor storm organization with low-level rotation remaining possible for a tornado or two. For those who will be in the path of these

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Scattered strong to severe storms remain a threat across eastern Pennsylvania into parts of New England this evening and perhaps to the early overnight. Although instability will be weakening, given the loss of daytime heating, storms will continue to spread across eastern PA into northern NJ and southeast NY to parts of New England this evening to the early overnight, as strong forcing for ascent should compensate for the weaker instability in the short term. Strongly sheared environment, as deep-layer winds strengthen into New England, will continue to favor storm organization with low-level rotation remaining possible for a tornado or two. For those who will be in the path of these

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