As heavy rain made its way through parts of Pennsylvania early Friday morning, a flash flood warning was in effect until 8:45 am this morning. Heavy rain from these storms triggered flash flooding in Indiana County, leaving some residents without power, and flooded homes and roadways. The National Weather Service said emergency management officials reported multiple flooded roadways and several hundred flooded basements shortly after 5 a.m. Emergency officials told news sources, that they received 30 to 40 reports of flooded basements not only in Indiana Borough, but in White Township as well. Water levels reached four feet in some homes. Parts of Wayne Avenue down to Carter Street, looked like a pond,

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As heavy rain made its way through parts of Pennsylvania early Friday morning, a flash flood warning was in effect until 8:45 am this morning. Heavy rain from these storms triggered flash flooding in Indiana County, leaving some residents without power, and flooded homes and roadways. The National Weather Service said emergency management officials reported multiple flooded roadways and several hundred flooded basements shortly after 5 a.m. Emergency officials told news sources, that they received 30 to 40 reports of flooded basements not only in Indiana Borough, but in White Township as well. Water levels reached four feet in some homes. Parts of Wayne Avenue down to Carter Street, looked like a pond,

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We all have heard of water spouts, dust devils, and tornadoes, but what about a firenado? The fire whirl is a rare occurrence in which a fire forms a tornado-like vortex of flames. These vicious cyclones of flame are also known as firenadoes or fire devils and no wonder – these babies look like they come straight out of the deepest bowels of hell! These hellish whirling dervishes of fire occur when trees, a hillside or flames force air to shift against competing air temperatures and speeds. While some fire whirls peter out pretty quickly, others can travel when the heat is able to stay afloat and surrounding gasses push it tighter

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We all have heard of water spouts, dust devils, and tornadoes, but what about a firenado? The fire whirl is a rare occurrence in which a fire forms a tornado-like vortex of flames. These vicious cyclones of flame are also known as firenadoes or fire devils and no wonder – these babies look like they come straight out of the deepest bowels of hell! These hellish whirling dervishes of fire occur when trees, a hillside or flames force air to shift against competing air temperatures and speeds. While some fire whirls peter out pretty quickly, others can travel when the heat is able to stay afloat and surrounding gasses push it tighter

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While many people may know the definitions of weather-related terms such as tornado and blizzard, the root origins of these and other terms may not be as familiar. English navigators unfamiliar with certain weather events would either ask native people about the appropriate term or invent a word themselves based on the language they already knew. Explored below are the origins of nine additional weather terms. Defined as a “widespread and usually fast-moving windstorm that can produce damaging straight-line winds over areas hundreds of miles long,” derecho originated in the late 19th century. It’s really the Latin word ‘directus,’ meaning ‘straight,’ taken in and given a sort of Spanish pronunciation so that it evolves away

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While many people may know the definitions of weather-related terms such as tornado and blizzard, the root origins of these and other terms may not be as familiar. English navigators unfamiliar with certain weather events would either ask native people about the appropriate term or invent a word themselves based on the language they already knew. Explored below are the origins of nine additional weather terms. Defined as a “widespread and usually fast-moving windstorm that can produce damaging straight-line winds over areas hundreds of miles long,” derecho originated in the late 19th century. It’s really the Latin word ‘directus,’ meaning ‘straight,’ taken in and given a sort of Spanish pronunciation so that it evolves away

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Storm season can bring severe weather and the possibility of tornadoes. While tornadoes form more frequently in tornado alley, they can all spin up in other areas further east. Here is an article on tornado safety and how tornadoes form. A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust and debris. Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms. About 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. yearly. Since official tornado records only date back to 1950,

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Storm season can bring severe weather and the possibility of tornadoes. While tornadoes form more frequently in tornado alley, they can all spin up in other areas further east. Here is an article on tornado safety and how tornadoes form. A tornado is a narrow, violently rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm to the ground. Because wind is invisible, it is hard to see a tornado unless it forms a condensation funnel made up of water droplets, dust and debris. Tornadoes are the most violent of all atmospheric storms. About 1,200 tornadoes hit the U.S. yearly. Since official tornado records only date back to 1950,

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As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy batters parts of the state, we take a trip back 45 years to Hurricane Agnes. At 8 a.m. on this date 45 years ago, the center of erstwhile Hurricane Agnes – and it never got beyond a Category 1 – was off the Delmarva coast on its way to executing one of the more-Byzantine journeys in the history of tropical cyclones. By the time it had arched back toward New York and looped southwestward to all the way to near Pittsburgh, the remnants of Agnes and a powerful co-conspirator would become one of the deadliest and costliest tropical storms on record. The cosmic rains

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As the remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy batters parts of the state, we take a trip back 45 years to Hurricane Agnes. At 8 a.m. on this date 45 years ago, the center of erstwhile Hurricane Agnes – and it never got beyond a Category 1 – was off the Delmarva coast on its way to executing one of the more-Byzantine journeys in the history of tropical cyclones. By the time it had arched back toward New York and looped southwestward to all the way to near Pittsburgh, the remnants of Agnes and a powerful co-conspirator would become one of the deadliest and costliest tropical storms on record. The cosmic rains

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Motivated by adventure, science, and awe at the power of nature, stormchasers are risking it all to get closer to tornadoes than ever before. The tornado that touched down in an open field at 6:03 P.M. on Friday, May 31 took the name of the town El Reno, but it was not a single tornado in the traditional sense, nor was it confined to one municipality. Part of a larger system that dropped eight tornadoes across Oklahoma’s midsection, it traveled 16.2 miles, enveloping lines of cars caught at a standstill in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 40 before dissipating at 6:43. Panicked motorists began crossing the median and driving up embankments, unsure

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Motivated by adventure, science, and awe at the power of nature, stormchasers are risking it all to get closer to tornadoes than ever before. The tornado that touched down in an open field at 6:03 P.M. on Friday, May 31 took the name of the town El Reno, but it was not a single tornado in the traditional sense, nor was it confined to one municipality. Part of a larger system that dropped eight tornadoes across Oklahoma’s midsection, it traveled 16.2 miles, enveloping lines of cars caught at a standstill in rush-hour traffic on Interstate 40 before dissipating at 6:43. Panicked motorists began crossing the median and driving up embankments, unsure

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On the evening of May 31st, 1985, a devastating and deadly tornado outbreak struck the Northeastern United States and Canada. 43 tornadoes and numerous damaging thunderstorms tore across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario.  This event was the deadliest tornado outbreak of the 1980’s; killing 89 people in total, injuring more than 1,000 others, and racking up more than $600 million in property damage. In fact, since May 31, 1985, only two tornado days have been deadlier in the entire United States. The thunderstorms were supported by a cold front moving east across the northeastern U.S. ahead of a low pressure system moving northeastward through the Great Lakes region.  Unseasonably warm

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On the evening of May 31st, 1985, a devastating and deadly tornado outbreak struck the Northeastern United States and Canada. 43 tornadoes and numerous damaging thunderstorms tore across Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario.  This event was the deadliest tornado outbreak of the 1980’s; killing 89 people in total, injuring more than 1,000 others, and racking up more than $600 million in property damage. In fact, since May 31, 1985, only two tornado days have been deadlier in the entire United States. The thunderstorms were supported by a cold front moving east across the northeastern U.S. ahead of a low pressure system moving northeastward through the Great Lakes region.  Unseasonably warm

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of western Maryland, southwest Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia, including the following areas, in western Maryland, Garrett. In southwest Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Fayette, Fayette Ridges, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland, and Westmoreland Ridges. In northern West Virginia, Eastern Preston, Eastern Tucker, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Ridges of Eastern Monongalia and Northwestern Preston, and Western Tucker. * Until 10 PM EDT this evening * Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are expected across the watch area during the afternoon and evening hours. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible, which could cause localized flash flooding of small streams, as

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The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Watch for portions of western Maryland, southwest Pennsylvania, and northern West Virginia, including the following areas, in western Maryland, Garrett. In southwest Pennsylvania, Allegheny, Fayette, Fayette Ridges, Greene, Washington, Westmoreland, and Westmoreland Ridges. In northern West Virginia, Eastern Preston, Eastern Tucker, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Ridges of Eastern Monongalia and Northwestern Preston, and Western Tucker. * Until 10 PM EDT this evening * Slow-moving showers and thunderstorms are expected across the watch area during the afternoon and evening hours. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour are possible, which could cause localized flash flooding of small streams, as

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Some of us have seen the scene from the move “Twister” where the crew is driving through a field. Unfortunately, that same scene plays out in “tornado alley,” an area of the United States known for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Driving through one’s field is considered trespassing. Farmers probably don’t appreciate a bunch of storm chasers ruining their crops. Crops are a farmer’s livelihood. When I chase and document storms, I stay on public lands. Examples are state game lands and/or state parks. I sometimes pull off the side of the road if space permits to view a storm. I try to put myself in the property owners shoes. If I

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Some of us have seen the scene from the move “Twister” where the crew is driving through a field. Unfortunately, that same scene plays out in “tornado alley,” an area of the United States known for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. Driving through one’s field is considered trespassing. Farmers probably don’t appreciate a bunch of storm chasers ruining their crops. Crops are a farmer’s livelihood. When I chase and document storms, I stay on public lands. Examples are state game lands and/or state parks. I sometimes pull off the side of the road if space permits to view a storm. I try to put myself in the property owners shoes. If I

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BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 634 PM EDT FRI MAY 5 2017 The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Armstrong County in west central Pennsylvania… Clarion County in west central Pennsylvania… * Until 930 PM EDT. * At 632 PM EDT, radar indicated continuing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is underway in Kittanning. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Clarion, Vandergrift, Kittanning, Knox, Rimersburg, Ford City, Leechburg, Freeport, New Bethlehem, West Kittanning, North Apollo and West Leechburg. This includes Interstate 80 in

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BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Pittsburgh PA 634 PM EDT FRI MAY 5 2017 The National Weather Service in Pittsburgh has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for… Armstrong County in west central Pennsylvania… Clarion County in west central Pennsylvania… * Until 930 PM EDT. * At 632 PM EDT, radar indicated continuing heavy rain across the warned area. Up to two inches of rain have already fallen. Flash flooding is underway in Kittanning. * Some locations that will experience flooding include… Clarion, Vandergrift, Kittanning, Knox, Rimersburg, Ford City, Leechburg, Freeport, New Bethlehem, West Kittanning, North Apollo and West Leechburg. This includes Interstate 80 in

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