December 21st, 2010
by Tim Ballisty, Editorial Meteorologist
You'd have to believe at some point that all the mess, all the rain and snow, all that tremendous energy that has blasted the West over the past several days would have to evolve into something downstream.
Energy from the West will help yield a winter storm that will go on to produce a Christmas week snowfall from the central Plains and Midwest to the mid-South and East Coast.
The map below is divided into three dayparts; Friday morning, Saturday morning and Sunday morning.
Our Christmas week storm is born over the south-central Rockies on Thursday morning and shifts east into the south-central Plains by Thursday evening.
As this takes place, snow begins to fill in and grow in intensity over the Northern and Central Plains with showers over the Southern Plains.
As we start off Christmas Eve, our storm continues its eastward track dropping several inches of snow from Iowa to Ohio with a wintry mix (sleet, freezing rain) right along the Ohio River itself leading into West Virginia.
Caution: This is just one possible eastward track. Other track possibilities could shift this axis of snow and wintry mix north or south.
As of this writing, light to moderate snow is forecast to fall over parts of the Mid-South, the Appalachians and the Mid-Atlantic on Christmas Day.
Then things get interesting.
Our winter storm transitions from a weakening interior storm in the Southeast to a gradually strengthening coastal storm off the East Coast.
We move to December 26. Will a major nor'easter materialize or won't it? This is where the forecast becomes even more uncertain.
Computer models have been indicating for several days now that a potent storm could take shape off the East Coast late Christmas night and push north toward New England.
As you can see on the image below, storms that parallel the East Coast always come with plenty of questions including, "How close to the coast will the storm track?"
Answering that particular question will tell us how much snow major cities along the I-95 corridor will receive.
As always, we will fine tune this forecast during the week and provide finer details including forecast snow amounts. Stay tuned to The Weather Channel and check out weather.com all this week as you prepare for you Christmas celebrations!
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Dec 25: 9pm, 12am
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Dec. 27: 5pm
Jan 1: 7pm, 10pm
December 21st, 2010
DENVER - Many ski resorts will be able to measure the snow in feet within the next few days. The Colorado weather forecast calls for a prolonged period of snow for the Colorado high country through the middle of the week.
- High elevation mountain towns blasted with snow
The National Weather service says snowfall of "epic proportions" could fall in some areas.
9NEWS Meteorologist Becky Ditchfield says a few flurries may fly in Denver Tuesday and again on Thursday, but measurable snowfall is not expected in the city before Christmas. You will need to head west for a white Christmas.
Tuesday, the winter solstice occurs at 4:38 p.m. and the Solstice coincides with the only complete eclipse of the full moon in 2010. Cloud cover held off just long enough to make for beautiful views of the eclipse overnight along the Front Range.
The last winter solstice full moons were in 1999 and 1980.
Winter is already in full swing in the Colorado high country as a WINTER STORM WARNING remains in effect through Tuesday night for nearly all mountain areas in Colorado, which could see 12 to 36 inches of snow.
The mountains surrounding Vail, Aspen, Snowmass, Crested Butte, Telluride and Silverton should see 1 to 3 feet of snow by Tuesday evening with the heaviest snow on west-facing slopes.
The mountains of Summit County, the Winter Park area and the Rocky Mountain National Park region could see up to 2 feet on west-facing slopes, while valley locations such as Silverthorne, Frisco and Fraser will generally see less than 12 inches.
In addition, southwest winds will gust over 40 mph at times causing blowing and drifting snow and leading to limited visibility.
Anyone planning travel through the high country through early Wednesday should be prepared for the possibility of severe winter driving conditions, especially over mountain passes and along the approaches to the Eisenhower Tunnel.
Another wave of moisture will move in from the west Wednesday through Thursday. Snow showers will intensify, once again, making travel through the high country extremely difficult, if not impossible at times Wednesday afternoon.
It is possible that by Thursday afternoon, mountain locations above 9000 feet could see 3 to 8 feet of snowfall accumulate. Locations near Crested Butte, Silverton and the Grand Mesa may be hardest hit from these systems. In general, mountain locations facing west and southwest will see the most snow.
Locations between 8000 and 9000 feet could see 1 to 3 feet of snow by Thursday afternoon, while areas between 7000 and 8000 feet could see 6 to 12 inches of total snowfall.
As the latest fall storm rages on in the high country, Denver and the Front Range can look forward to a couple of warm dry days with above average temperatures in the mid-50s.
Warmer drier weather returns just in time for the Christmas holiday with sunshine and a high near 50 on Saturday.
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December 21st, 2010
RIO DE JANEIRO – A bridegroom fatally shot his new wife, his best man and then himself after announcing to horrified guests that he had a "surprise" for them, authorities said Monday.
Witnesses reported that 29-year-old Rogerio Damascena, a sales manager in Camaragibe, outside the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, did not give any previous indication that anything was wrong at his wedding reception, police investigator Joao Brito said.
Brito would not speculate on a possible motive, saying family members were in shock and he had not interviewed them yet.
Brito did say the killings are believed to be premeditated because of the groom's announcement and because he had hidden a gun in his father's pickup truck.
Twenty-five-year-old bride Renata Alexandre Costa Coelho and best man Marcelo Guimaraes were both killed in Saturday's murder-suicide. A brother of the bride was treated at a hospital and released.
The website Globo.com quoted a sister of the bride who left before the shootings as saying she didn't believe it was a crime of passion.
"My sister was a wonderful person who loved and wanted to be loved," Lucia Helena Coelho was quoted as saying.
"He was happy, she was happy, the party was beautiful. His family adored her and doesn't understand this," Coelho told Globo.com. "He revealed himself as a sociopath who fooled the entire family and killed his best friend, who was ... the best man."
December 20th, 2010
By Barry Secrest
The White House recently announced that Rock Star Jon Bon Jovi had been appointed to Obama's Community Solutions program. Bon Jovi responded by saying that he was "honored to have been selected by the President to serve on the newly created White House Council for community solutions." To which we must point out--only the ever brilliant Obama could actually choose a Star best known for a song called "Living On A Prayer" to represent his economically clueless Administration. This, therefore, leads us into a the storyline for this week that has largely been missing in public discourse...(Read More)
December 20th, 2010
The Heritage Foundation Weighs In On harmful Start Treaty
Undermines America's Deterrence Strategy
- START: After more than a year of negotiations on a follow-on to the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), Presidents Barack Obama and Dmitry Medvedev reached an agreement. While many arms control advocates are jubilant about a 30% reduction in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, larger questions linger.
- No Priority on Defense: President Obama has slashed the defense budget and pulled back on building a comprehensive missile defense system. Now he wants to destroy weapons in the name of diplomacy when Iran and North Korea are developing nuclear capabilities. The Administration’s claim that this treaty will induce Iran to discontinue developing nuclear weapons is, at best, misguided. Tehran wants these weapons to intimidate us and its neighbors.
- Times Are Different: When President Reagan originally proposed the predecessor treaty, the world was dominated by only two superpowers. But the world today is much different, with many nations having nuclear capabilities.
Opens Way for Russian Vetoes of U.S. Missile Defense
- Dangerously Links Offensive Weapons with Missile Defense: When President Obama abandoned missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic during early START negotiations, he unwisely played into Russia’s strategy to link these weapons.
- Misperceptions: While the Administration insists the text of the treaty imposes no constraints on testing, development, or deployment of current or planned U.S. missile defense programs, Russia has stated that there is indeed a “legally binding linkage between strategic offensive and strategic defensive weapons.”
Questions About Modernization, Verification, and Transparency
- Verification: Russia has a history of violating arms control agreements, and verifying the number of deployed warheads in its arsenal is difficult. The treaty will allow for warhead estimates based on the number of launchers, but it is unclear whether it will provide a method to ensure Russia doesn’t put more than the estimate on each launcher.
- Abandoned: When the START treaty expired in December, the U.S. had to abandon a monitoring station for Russian weapons in Votkinsk. The U.S. is now unable to monitor Russia’s production of the highly destabilizing RS-24 mobile multi-warhead intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Open sources indicate that this missile will be the mainstay of Russian strategic forces by 2016.
- Modernization: Some arms control advocates insist that the U.S. has a robust nuclear modernization program, which is simply inaccurate. America’s nuclear infrastructure is rapidly aging, is in deep atrophy, and is losing its reliability and effectiveness. The U.S. is not producing or testing nuclear weapons, and its aging ICBM force is shrinking.
- Others Are Modernizing: Russia and China are engaged in major modernization efforts. On December 16, 2009, 41 U.S. Senators voiced concern and sent the President a letter saying they will oppose the new treaty if it does not include specific plans for nuclear modernization as stipulated in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.
The Road Ahead
- U.S. Conventional Forces Adversely Affected: The treaty also applies to bombers and launchers that could be used for conventional purposes, which will put more reliance on nuclear weapons.
- Bad Policy Should Be Rejected: Signing arms control treaties to score public relations points in pursuit of a “getting to zero” nuclear pipe dream is bad policy. The Senate should not be rushed into ratifying a treaty that would undermine national security.
For more information, please visit: www.heritage.org</a>