Couple Soggier Days Ahead But Back end of the Long Weekend Looks Good...May 16th
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- Light rain that moved in yesterday evening continued through the overnight and into the morning hours. But now that systme has weakened and warm, sunny breaks have already begun across the south coast
- Look for a nice mix of sun and clouds through this afternoon with temps in the high teens...the next pulse of moisture moves in for tomorrow morning
- Spotty showers will be the story all day Friday and through most of Saturday. Friday afternoon/evening sunny breaks not out of the question and the showers will be light and spotty at best over the next two days, but definitley a greyer end end to the week
- For Sunday, a little ridge of high pressure attempts to build in for only a small risk of showers but mainly sunny skies...and sunnier skies for the holiday Monday
- After an incredibly quiet start to the US tornado season (12 months with a record low death toll), last night's deadly tornado swept through Granbury killing 6 and injuring up to 100 poeple making it the deadliest tornado in over a year
- The same system also dropped a 'mile-wide' tornado about 35 km west of Granbury where damage was so heavy a state of emergency was declared..but luckily only minor injuries occured. There may have been as many as 10 touch-downs last night
- The National Weather Service has given Granbury the firt 'EF-4' (winds >270 km/h) rating this year..(Dr. Jeff Masters' WunderBlog)
- An interesting factor floating around the weather blogs today:"Due to the clay-like soil in this part of Texas basements are very uncommon". Maybe one of the reasons death toll so high...warnings out well in advance
Photo by JeffMangum in Millsap, Tx
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- Mahasen likely brought a storm surge of up to a meter to the coast, but it is the storm's rains that are causing the main problems.
- According to Reuters 6 people have been killed but the storm could have been a lot worse
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- On May 17th 133 hand-picked troops, which included 30 Canadians, dropped bouncing bombs on German hydro dams, targeting the industrial sector.
- The Dambuster was a big move that would turn the tide of the war but it came with a big price: Exactly 50% of the Canadians who took off did not return. There are only three surviving bomber crew members left around the world, and one of them is Fred Sutherland, 89, now living in Rocky Mountain House, Alta.