Dee Finney's blog

start date July 20. 2011

Today's date March 16, 2012

update August 11, 2012

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I was living in a small town near Boston, Massachusetts, and my job was the weather reporter.

Circumstances were such that we were expecting a very large storm and I had to write the report quickly so we could get it on the air.

In order t report it, we had to drive to the television studio and get it on the air in person.

I recall starting it out by saying that the weather station was owned by Barbara, and the report written by Dee and Paul.  Following that was a rather lengthy explanation of he storm that was expected to come through the area.


We got into our vehicle and Paul was driving very fast, and we had to make a left turn at a large intersection where a chemical truck usually parked that carried DIGYOXIN as it was manufactured nearby.

At the intersection where we took the corner very fast, was a large pink refurbished bus that said TV/VIEW on it.   I felt quite relieved that the DIGYOXIN truck was not parked there that morning.


When Paul finally stopped driving, we got out of the vehicle where some men were building a very large wooden barn.  I walked inside to take a look at it, and I noticed that the door was just barely high enough to get in, and I wasn't the tallest person that would use that door - we had other people working for our crew that were much taller.   However, the inside of the barn was very high, though the workmanship did not seem very high quality, perhaps because they were working very fast, but I noticed that high up, I could see that the joists were held together with those screws that had wing-bolt nuts on them and that made me feel better.  It was held together with more than just nails.


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Photos: Viewers Capture Lightning Storm Over NH


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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Several u local members were treated to a light show over southern New Hampshire on Tuesday night as storms rolled through.

After an unseasonably warm day, spring-like thundershowers moved through the state from about 10 p.m. to after midnight.

photo here:

NOTE FROM DEE:  My readers may or may not be shocked to here that the storm was not natural, caused by spring weather.  It was generated by the power of the energy of a spirit being who was visiting the area, while working to prevent the Israel/ U.S./ Iran war, and she was frustrated and burst into tears.  The llightning started instantly out olf a clear night's sky, and continued to wrack trees down, and cause power outages, and the spirit being cired herself to sleep and th emoment she fell alseep, the storm stopped instantly.  It didn't just fade away in the distance like most storms, it just STOPPED!







Arizona Wildfires 2012: Blaze Near Historic Mining Town Nearly Triples In SizE


CROWN KING, Ariz. (AP) — Strong wind gusts will likely keep spreading a wildfire that has grown to nearly 10 square miles and prompted the evacuation of a historic Arizona mining town.

Fire incident spokeswoman Michelle Fidler says gusts of up to 40 mph are expected Thursday in the Prescott National Forest, near Crown King.

She says the wind could push the fire, which is only 5 percent contained, northward but crews will use the opportunity to slow the blaze from the west, where communication towers are threatened.

The fire has destroyed two homes and a trailer, and prompted an evacuation order Sunday. Crown King is a community of mostly summer homes about 85 miles north of Phoenix.

The blaze started at a home, but investigators have yet to determine the cause.




Sheriff: Colorado wildfire 'running crazy'

Fast-moving blaze more than doubled in size overnight

UPDATED 5:15 AM EDT Jun 11, 2012

Colorado wildfire explodes to 14,000 acres

(CNN) -

A raging, fast-moving Colorado wildfire continued to grow Sunday, prompting evacuations as some 20,000 acres burned, authorities said.

First measured at two acres early Saturday morning, High Park fire has grown exponentially in the time since -- including more than doubling in size over the course of Sunday.

Firefighters' primary goal is to get people out of harm's way and try to save as many buildings as possible, said Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith said. Still, he admitted much is still beyond authorities' control, thanks to low humidity, high temperatures and dry brush fueling the flames.

"This thing has a mind of its own, and it's pretty much telling us what to do," Poudre Fire Authority Chief Tom Demint told reporters Sunday night.

Calls have gone out to around 2,000 phone lines attached to homes around the area, Larimer County Sheriff's Office spokesman Nick Christensen said.

The location and rate of evacuation requests -- which have come almost continuously over a 36-hour stretch, and on all edges of the blaze -- "is completely unheard of," according to Smith.

Responding to "rumors" that several people have died because of the fire, the sheriff said only that "we have a single person we still can't account for, in a location we believe somebody could have burned."

He also said authorities are looking into a report that two hikers were missing in the area of the blaze.

InciWeb, the U.S. multi-agency Incident Fire Response website, confirms 18 structures have been lost or damaged. However, Smith concedes that number may be higher given the difficulty in reaching and assessing some areas, adding he doesn't anticipate a firm count on damaged homes "in the near future."

Smith lauded the work of firefighters, saying he's been struck seeing "several structures surrounded by black that were still standing," indicating the fire had gone all around but left them untouched

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Colorado Wildfires 2012: Fire Department Says Fireworks 'Not Worth The Risk'


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colorado fire, destroying more than 600 homes and taken six lives, 7News reports. Now with 4th of July approaching, the heat combined with relative low humidity and unseasonable dryness has firefighters saying that fireworks are "not worth the risk" this year during the worst wildfire season in a decade.

"In the city of Colorado Springs fireworks are always illegal,"Sunny Smaldino with the Colorado Springs Fire Department told The Associated Press. "We do ask for people to apply for a permit if they are going to do a public display or a private display in their neighborhood. This year we didn't issue any of those permits simply because of our conditions -- it's not worth the risk."

Although now at 70 percent containment, the Waldo Canyon Fire wreaked havoc in Colorado Springs and the city is still reeling from the most destructive fire in state history.

In mid-June, Gov. John Hickenlooper issued an executive open fire and fireworks ban and more than 40 cities around Colorado have already canceled their fireworks shows for the 4th of July.

Just a few miles from the High Park Fire, the second largest fire in Colorado history now 100 percent contained, Fort Collins is one of the more than 40 cities that decided to forego their fireworks celebration while keeping other activities.

“The City wanted to avoid prematurely canceling this long standing community tradition, but with the extreme nature of fires currently burning across our state in addition to a 10-day forecast with no expected reprieve, we believe this to be the most prudent course of action,” City Manager Darin Atteberry said.

There are still some cities that are planning 4th of July fireworks shows, click here to view the full list




7-3-12   Heat wave


Nashville, Tennessee Heat Wave: June 2012 Breaks All-Time Record With 109-Degree Day


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Weather Service has crunched some end-of-June numbers that give dimension to the heat wave.

In Nashville, June continued the trend of above-normal temperatures for an eighth consecutive month. June went into the records averaging 1.3 degrees above normal, but most people will dwell on the last days of the month that set an all-time heat record for Nashville at 109 degrees on Friday.

The hottest recorded temperature in middle Tennessee occurred in Woodbury, which baked at 110 degrees on Friday.

Rainfall was scant. Nashville received just 0.26 inch — 3.88 inches below normal. June was the driest sixth month since 1936 and the third-driest on record.

2012 heat wave



Ash Creek Fire in SE Montana tops 200K+ acres

Posted: Jul 4, 2012 1:02 AM by KTVQ
Updated: Jul 4, 2012 1:02 AM

The largest wildfire currently burning in Montana is the Ash Creek Fire, which Tuesday grew to 204,000 acres and continues to spread.

Containment remains at 55%.

On the ground, firefighters found little help from the weather, with winds gusting up to 35 mile per hour, pushing the fire further.

The wind-fueled fire was traveling up to three miles per hour across the tree tops; on the ground it was moving as fast as 16 miles per hour.

The wind kept the Ash Creek Fire very active to the northeast, but we're told progress was made against the flames in northern and southern sections of the fire zone.

At least 810 firefighters are now helping battle the fire, with the bulk of the firefighters stationed in Ashland.

As hotshot crews worked to protect structures, the flames burned closer to the edge of Highway 212 creating low visibility.

Crews are using various fire fighting techniques, including fire line breaks, to slow the fire's progress.

On Wednesday the fire bosses expect another active day with high temperatures and humidity down into the teens.

We're also told that BLM fire crews are battling two new fire starts near the Ash Creek Fire in the area near Fort Howes.

Here is a look at where the largest uncontained fires in Montana are:






A petrified tree branch and river stones are visible in the receding Mississippi River near St. Louis on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Extreme heat and little or no rain is dropping Mississippi River levels. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

The ongoing drought has river levels along the Mississippi River plunging to very low levels this summer and more serious issues for barge traffic are possible moving into the autumn if rainfall does not normalize.

Have you ever been delayed on an interstate highway during road construction, where two or three lanes are whittled down to one lane? This could be the developing situation on Old Man River in the coming weeks and months with barge traffic.

It was just last year when levels along the Mississippi River and many of its tributaries were close to record high levels. What a


difference a year makes.


Falling river levels are not uncommon during the summer months in the central and eastern United States. However, the building drought over much of the middle of the nation currently has the mighty Mississippi running well below normal and levels in many areas are likely to fall in steps through the balance of the summer into the autumn, unless widespread and regular rain comes.




Along much of the Mississippi River, water levels continued to drop in the past week and will go lower moving forward this summer.

Low river levels along stretches of the Mississippi were already beginning to cause minor problems.

Thus far the main shipping channel is open and traffic is flowing freely, according to the United States Coast Guard.

However, very low water levels have exposed shoals, potentially putting river traffic at risk for running aground. Some docking locations are becoming too shallow to easily remove cargo. Some barge companies are lightening their loads to reduce the risk of getting stuck on the river bottom.

Officials in some areas are considering one-way traffic along portions of Old Man River due to the narrowing channel.

According to National Weather Service (NWS) Hydrologists river levels along parts of the Mississippi River are 30 to 50 feet lower this year, compared to around the same time last year.

While significant rain is forecast to fall by over portions of the northern and eastern part of the Mississippi drainage basin, a tremendous lack of rain will continue over the western, central and southern part of the basin for much of the summer.

According to NWS Hydrologist Steve Buan, at the North Central River Forecast Office, "As of July 6, 2012, river levels over the Upper Mississippi River are not 'yet' extraordinarily low."

Buan commented that heavy rain earlier in the summer from around Minneapolis to southwest of Duluth kept the river levels from reaching extremely low levels through the first part of July.

The flooding from up north early in the summer has run its course downstream.

As of July 26, the river level at St. Louis was 1.2 feet. The river level was projected by NWS Hydrologists to dip to near 0.0 feet around July 26.

According to St. Louis Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs Chief Mike Peterson, "At the low water reference point of minus 3.5 feet, a safety zone is established in the navigation channel and some restrictions by the United States Coast Guard may be put in place."

The river bottom of the Mississippi is dynamic, always changing so that barge companies and pilots will police themselves until mandatory restrictions are in place.

"Officials will continue to patrol the river and may undertake dredging operations as necessary to keep channels and ports open," Peterson said.

The Mississippi River drains more than 40 percent of the United States and has the Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio rivers as some of its major tributaries, all of which are experiencing abnormally low levels.

Compare the Mississippi River basin to the amount of real estate experiencing abnormally dry and drought conditions this summer.

Additional spotty rain over the Illinois, Ohio and upper Mississippi basin was causing levels farther downstream along Old Man River to fluctuate slightly during week three and four of July.

River levels along the Mississippi as of July 26, 2012 include: 10.0 ft. at Thebes, Ill.; 1.2 ft. at St. Louis, Mo.; 1.9 ft. at Vicksburg, Miss. and -6.9 ft. at Memphis, Tenn.

As a point of reference, on July 13, 1988, the river level at St. Louis was -1.0 ft.

Simply put, a negative river gauge reading can occur as the river bottom condition changes from natural causes or dredging.

Concerns for low river levels and their impacts will continue over the Mississippi basin well into the fall.

On average, river levels and water tables reach their lowest point during the autumn, barring intervention of tropical weather systems.

As a result the inconvenience to barge traffic going on now could become more serious progressing through the late summer and into the fall.

The drought has and will continue to cost local communities and American tax payers money through ongoing dredging operations. At the same time lighter loads will limit profits among barge companies.


This story was originally published on July 6, 2012 and has been updated.


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