While we will have some breezy conditions and may see drizzle, showers and a few thundershowers through the weekend, there is a much larger storm to the northwest. A very large, strong low pressure system is tracking just off the Washington coast.
The remnants of Typhoon Songda and the National Weather Service is naming it the Ides of October storm. The Pacific Northwest is expecting wind gusts over 50 mph late Saturday. Heavy rain and severe weather is also possible.
Orographic clouds are those formed by air moving over mountains or other larger changes in elevation. We don’t usually see them in Iowa. Most clouds form as the air moves up the mountain and hits the cooler air.
But sometimes, they keep going up and over the top and spill down the other side. It is pretty impressive as you can see from this video from Jungfrau, Switzerland.
or click here for a timelapse from the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has started it’s second phase of in water surveys to assess the massive bleaching occurring in the reef. In June, officials observed that 22 per cent of the coral reef had died. The latest can be found here: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/media-room/coral-bleaching
Flooding continues in North Carolina and humans are not the only ones who need rescuing. A crew is working to save stranded dogs due to the high waters.
Posted under Clouds, Flooding, Miscellaneous
This post was written by Eileen Loan on October 14, 2016