Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ida Makes First Landfall

Tropical Storm Ida officially made landfall around 5:40 a.m. Tuesday along the shores of Dauphin Island, Alabama.

As I type this blog, the storm has crossed the island and is now over Mobile Bay -- and will make a second landfall soon on the U.S. mainland.

I just checked the latest observation out of Mobile and they have a sustained wind from the North at 28 mph gusting to 44 mph. They've seen over 3 inches of rain in the area during the past 30 hours.

Thanks to CoCoRaHS observations -- we see a few isolated pockets of 5 to 7 inches.

Elsewhere around the nation -- things are really starting to chill down across Alaska. Over the next several weeks we'll have to start paying attention to what is happening up there as we often see large masses of cold air develop -- and then spill down the Rockies and across much of the lower 48.

It has been fairly mild across much of Alaska in recent weeks, but things are now chilling down enough that rivers and lakes are freezing up for the winter.

There is a flood advisory in and around the Fairbanks vicinity due to potential flooding along the Tanana River because of ice jams.

The forecast over the next 5 days has high dropping to near zero with lows falling into the 20s below zero around Fairbanks so that river willl freeze up nice and solid and the threat for flooding will come to an end.

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