Why Is It So Hot? What Is A Heat Dome? When Will This Heatwave End? Find The Answers Here

Why is it so hot? That is what millions of Americans in over 26 states are wondering as temperatures and especially those “feels like” numbers remain in triple digits. This extremely hot weather has plagued most of America for nearly a month, with some areas being rendered almost unlivable. A heat dome currently blankets over 122 million Americans with stifling heat, but what exactly is this scorching weather phenomenon? According to NBC News, a high-pressure system or ridge traps hot air beneath it. The hot humid air is forced down and trapped in a single area. The dome covers a very large area in this case. Why is it so hot, even when the thermometer clearly shows it isn’t really over 100 degrees? It is because of the humidity, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Humidity drives up the heat index, and the weather has been very humid, as well as exceptionally hot. What is a heat index? The measurement used to quantify the combined effect of humidity and temperature on human beings is called the heat index. It is the way humans experience the sensation of heat, beyond reading a thermometer. It is similar to the experience of wind chill when wind coupled with cold air makes the air feel a lot colder. Why is it so hot? Because of the heat dome, the heat index in the Midwest has been over 115 degrees on at least some days and well over 100 on the east coast as well. Further west, people are unaccustomed to high humidity so it feels even worse to them. When the heatwave ends, it will bring even more weather chaos according to NBC News. The east coast is already experienced this extreme aftermath. Many major Northeast cities were pelted by rain, and hail, as thunderstorms, damaging winds, and excessive precipitation wrecked havoc across the east on Friday. Flash floods are still a problem as the heat dome takes its last bit of revenge on the east. Finding Ways To Keep Cool in NYC [Photo by Stephen Chernin.Getty Images]Why is it so hot? Has this kind of heat dome weather phenomenon ever happened before? Yes, it has. The dust bowl of the 1930s that impacted crops in the Midwest during the height of the depression was very similar to today’s weather. Is this Global Warming? While human activities may be exacerbating the situation, as it did in the 1930s when inefficient farming techniques robbed large areas of the ground of moisture, this weather is part of cyclic conditions in all weather. Though the poor farming techniques of yesteryear and the climate change aspects spoken of today both have their parts to play in the two situations, perhaps even playing a large part in the severity, much of this situation is cyclic according to the Environmental Defense Fund. “Because the Atlantic and Pacific oceans are so large, these natural cycles can heat large areas of the atmosphere from underneath, much like a stove heats a pot of boiling water. When aligned like they are right now, they can contribute to extreme heat and drought in the central part of the country.” Wy is it so hot in New York City? [Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images]So that is why it is so hot, but when will this end? Forecasters now believe relief from this heat dome is in sight according to NBC News, the temperature will start to drop significantly by Monday, with full relief coming by Thursday of this week. Why is it so hot, and will this kind of phenomenon ever happen again? Probably, yes it is cyclic, so it happens on a regular basis throughout history, but varies in severity according to other conditions, at least a few of which are man-made. Overall though these are normal cycles. Why is it so hot? A heat dome, over the midwest caused by cyclic ocean conditions, has caused hot moist air to be trapped, but the system is now breaking up. [Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images]

Hurricane Matthew: Monster Storm Could Hit Florida Twice Due To Projected Boomerang Path

As Hurricane Matthew bears down on Florida, forecasters reveal that the situation may be more dire than originally expected. Meteorologists say that Hurricane Matthew could make an extremely rare U-turn and hit Florida twice. Forecasters fear that Hurricane Matthew will make landfall in Florida as a Category 4 hurricane before working its way up the East Coast. However, after reaching the Carolinas, the hurricane may circle back and hit Florida a second time instead of going back out into the Atlantic like a typical East Coast hurricane. Time Magazine reports that most hurricanes that hit the East Coast come from the Caribbean, make landfall, and then continue back off into the Atlantic away from the United States. However, Hurricane Matthew may be one of the rare hurricanes that makes a “loop” after hitting the eastern edge of Florida. “Most hurricanes that hit the East Coast barrel north from the Caribbean, make landfall, and then eventually drift out into the Atlantic Ocean. But that may not be the case with Hurricane Matthew, which could be poised to pull a rare U-turn and hit Florida twice, wreaking even more havoc as the region tries to recover.” If the hurricane does make the unusual U-turn, Florida’s highly populated Miami could be in the direct path of Hurricane Matthew’s second round in the state. Midwest Storm Chasers and Researchers posted one of the loop models to Facebook noting that the projected model is “insane.” As the model shows, Hurricane Matthew may skim the eastern edge of Florida before making its way up into Georgia and the Carolinas. However, instead of fully returning to the Atlantic, the model shows the hurricane looping back and hitting Florida a second time in rapid succession. While it is unusual for a hurricane to boomerang like the projections show, forecasters note that it is possible given the high-pressure area over the Atlantic. The forecasters reveal that the high-pressure system over the Atlantic may block the massive storm form moving east across the Atlantic, aided by winds that could send the hurricane boomeranging back to Florida. GFS Ensemble, the loop solution is becoming very popular (and perhaps even probable) pic.twitter.com/3a7hwsuD55 — Marshall Shepherd (@DrShepherd2013) October 5, 2016 Whether the hurricane hits Florida once or twice, Governor Rick Scott has warned residents of Florida to “get out.” Scott notes that the storm will be “catastrophic” and that residents should heed the warnings and evacuate. The governor told Floridians that there is no reason not to leave and that going to the beach could prove deadly. “There is no reason not to leave. Do not surf. Do not go to the beach. This storm will kill you.” Boomerang: Could Hurricane Matthew Hit the US Twice? https://t.co/lp6xfFUaQP #Matthew #HurricaneMatthew pic.twitter.com/57nFKC0QcE — In Homeland Security (@InHomelandBlog) October 6, 2016 NBC notes that the senior hurricane specialist for The Weather Channel, Bryan Norcross, echoed Scott’s concerns stating that Hurricane Matthew will be the strongest hurricane to hit Florida. The hurricane specialist says that meteorologists are not exaggerating and that residents need to immediately get to safety. Norcross says that unfortunately there will likely be “a heartbreaking loss of life” due to the massive storm. “This is like no storm in the record books. This is not hype, this is not hyperbole, and I am not kidding. I cannot overstate the danger of this storm. Central and northern Florida have never been hit by a hurricane this strong.” In addition to the immediately concerns regarding storm surge and wind damage, experts say that the aftermath could make areas of Florida “uninhabitable” for weeks or months. Residents remaining in the area were told to expect long-term power outages and service interruptions. #ieWorld: Hurricane Matthew: Toll rises to 339, deadly storm hits Florida | READ https://t.co/BG15sR5ewx — The Indian Express (@IndianExpress) October 7, 2016 Meanwhile, the Hurricane Matthew death toll has already risen to 339 as cleanup efforts begin in Haiti. What do you think about Hurricane Matthew’s potential double-whammy on the state of Florida? Should more residents be taking the evacuations seriously? [Image via David Goldman/ AP Photo]

2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season: Very Busy Season Still Projected , Possibly 12-17 More Named Storms – Have You Prepared?

The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season started two-and-a-half months ago, and so far, it has been quite slow. There have been a few storms here and there while others have fizzled out, but so far, it has been Hurricane Earl which has done the most damage. There is still a lot of time left in this season as it doesn’t end until November 30, and forecasters are now predicting that there is a 70 percent chance of 12-7 more named storms. Even without a hurricane or tropical storm, many are having to deal with severe weather systems moving into their areas. This is insane video caught on camera by the CBS affiliate in Baton Rouge, LA. Watch this water rescue! pic.twitter.com/XPOyZ39b52 — Michael Geheren (@mgeheren) August 13, 2016 The Times-Picayune is reporting that 62 miles of highway (Interstate 12) from Baton Rouge to Covington, Louisiana has been closed due to flooding. If severe storms are causing this kind of havoc for some people, they aren’t happy to hear that the hurricane season may have not even really started yet. As of August 13, there have already been five named storms, but the chance of a lot more is quite strong. Here are all of the names for the storms if they should end up going that far along in the alphabet. Alex (Formed in January 2016) Bonnie (Tropical Storm) Colin (Tropical Storm) Danielle (Tropical Storm) Earl (Hurricane) Fiona Gaston Hermine Ian Julia Karl Lisa Matthew Nicole Otto Paula Richard Shary Tobias Virginie Walter According to the NOAA, the updated outlook for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is calling for a “near-normal or above-normal” season. The chance of a normal season has now been reduced to a mere 15 percent which means everyone should be prepared and ready. 2016 is expected to have the most active hurricane season since 2012. As of now, the 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms is huge and experts predict 5-8 of those named storms will turn into hurricanes. Going a bit further, 2-4 of those hurricanes are expected to be “major” and could cause serious damage if they head toward heavily populated areas. Four of the named storms so far in 2016 have made landfall: Bonnie in South Carolina, Colin in western Florida, Danielle in eastern Mexico, and Earl in Belize and Mexico. The 2016 Atlantic hurricane season might be the strongest in years https://t.co/ui4EaBRT7l pic.twitter.com/Cirg9POE1M — CBS News (@CBSNews) August 12, 2016 News 12 reported that each year, the United States gets 12 named Atlantic storms on average, including six hurricanes and three of them are typically major. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants to make sure that everyone understands and is prepared for what the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season may bring. There are many websites that people can keep track of, in order to stay up-to-date on the latest news and weather. NOAA Twitter account NOAA Facebook page National Hurricane Center (NHC) Twitter account The Weather Channel (TWC) Twitter account Weather Underground For those that may need help if they experience severe damage or loss, the Red Cross is always available and can be contacted in a variety of ways. Not only do they have a Disaster Recovery Guide but also a way to prepare for emergencies so you’re ready when danger may come about. The official Twitter account for FEMA also updates regularly with shelter locations and other information that can advise people where to get help and supplies. For almost four more months, many will have to keep a close eye on the weather as the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season is really just getting started. Prediction of 12-17 more named storms, in that short amount of time, is quite frightening and folks need to be prepared for whatever may possibly come their way. The only thing that can be done is to never turn a blind eye to any severe storms and what could come from them as you never know when you may need to go. [Photo by Andy Newman/AP Photo]

Hurricane Matthew: God's Way To Punish Homouals?

Hurricane Matthew has crumbled the Florida coast with torrential rain on Friday, potentially devastating storm surges leaving hundreds of thousands without any major resources. Now, a young educated man thinks that this is God’s way to punish all the homouals. Thirty-one-year-old Andrew Beiszad has suggested in his bizarre blog that the disastrous hurricane that has killed many across the Caribbean is in fact an act of God. The National Weather Service issued a dire warning, saying #Matthew could be unlike any hurricane in decades https://t.co/EuL0kAKgLM pic.twitter.com/o7GDoORotV — CNN (@CNN) October 7, 2016 According to Beiszad, killing thousands of homouals is God’s way of stopping gay pride parades in Orlando and Georgia. “Now, we know that Florida is an area that is infected with sin, especially cities such as Miami and Orlando, which are veritable dens of sodomy,” Beiszad wrote in the post. “Given America’s love affair with the worst forms of perversity, (Hurricane Matthew) is a sign of His anger against us for our obstinate attitude towards sin and refusal to repent for our evil ways.” According to latest updates, The White House has declared a state of emergency for much of the southeast on Thursday, and mandatory evacuation orders were issued for two million Americans after it was reported that more than 350 people have lost their lives in the Caribbean, including 339 in Haiti. The released death tolls did not hamper Beiszad’s way of thinking. In the blog, he further stated that it gives him pleasure to know that the hurricane will make landfall. Port Canaveral wind tower reporting a 100 mph wind gust just to our north! #HurricaneMatthew , see you on @GMA pic.twitter.com/1XwNoV7tjS — Ginger Zee (@Ginger_Zee) October 7, 2016 For those who do not know Beiszad, he apparently is the same person who penned an article suggesting the shooting in Orlando in June was not really evil since both the victims and the shooter were “objectively evil.” “How interesting it is that Matthew is set to smash Orlando and Savannah during their sodomite parades! But it gets even better,” he further wrote in the latest blog. Apparently, he is not the first and the only one who thinks that a hurricane is an act of God to punish all the sinners. According to the anti-gay website Shoebat the ongoing climatic change in the Atlantic is the result of God’s wrath. “A HUGE blob seen on the east side of Hurricane Matthew has baffled tropical storm experts around the world. As the hurricane heads over the Atlantic towards Haiti, satellite images clearly show the eye of the hurricane on the storm’s west side. But another large blob-like shape on the east side of Hurricane Matthew has caused confusion among meteorologists and cyclone experts.” It further reports that the Matthew is purported to be a sign of God’s will and his way of punishing tolerant America. Meanwhile, the number of people killed in Haiti has risen sharply into the hundreds. Today on TODAY: Complete live coverage of #HurricaneMatthew. Our team is spread out across the storm zone & @alroker will track its path @ 7 pic.twitter.com/9f28FZsFWl — TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 7, 2016 Most of the tragic fatalities were in fishing villages around the western end of Tiburon peninsula in Haiti’s southwest and in towns. According to Al Jazeera, many victims were killed by falling trees, swollen rivers, and flying debris. According to the updates, around 50 people were reported to have died in coastal Roche-a-Bateau, which according to the locals has apparently had everything devastated. “Everyone is a victim here, houses have been washed away, we lost all the roofing. I lost everything, right up to my birth certificate,” Dominique Osny told AFP news agency, citing a vital document hard to replace in Haiti. Currently there are 2 aircraft flying inside #HurricaneMatthew
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NOAA Gulfstream IV pic.twitter.com/BUjswxUsfK — Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) October 7, 2016 On the other hand, Marc Soniel Noel, the deputy mayor of Chantal told Reuters that they don’t have anything left. “All the crops have gone, all fruit trees are down. I don’t have a clue how this is going to be fixed,” he further stated. The Us National Weather Service stated the storm could be the most powerful to strike Florida in 118 years. Do you think that Hurricane Matthew is God’s way of eliminating homouals from America? If so, why do others became a part of this? Sound off your opinion in the comments below. [Featured Image by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images]

Deadly Flooding Louisiana: State Of Emergency Declared As Thousands Are Evacuated

A state of emergency has been declared in Louisiana due to an “unprecedented, historic” amount of rain has fallen in the deep south. The Guardian reports that members of the National Guard have been activated in order to rescue and evacuate as many people as possible before more rain falls in the area, causing even worse flood conditions. So far, over 1,o00 people have been evacuated from their homes and two people have lost their lives in the major flooding event. According to Governor John Bel Edwards, the storm is not over. “This is an ongoing event. We’re still in response mode.” Scary flash flooding is ongoing for our friends in Louisiana. As much as 2′ of rain has fallen in the past 48 hours. pic.twitter.com/xhY2lgB9wu — Nathan Gogo (@WXontheGogo) August 14, 2016 Governor Edwards has been sure to alert people that their past experiences with bad weather should mean nothing when it comes to evacuations being ordered. Many times, the government will issue an evacuation order that will go ignored by many people, forcing them to be rescued when the storms become more than they anticipated. Edwards wants to be clear that when an evacuation is given, it is for their safety of the people involved. It is not ordered just to be a nuisance. On Friday, up to 10 inches of rain had fallen in parts of Louisiana. Up to another 10 inches is being forecast for the same areas through this evening. As was seen during Hurricane Katrina, draining of large amounts of rain is almost an impossibility. With nowhere for the rain to go, the streets quickly flood which can lead to a dangerous and potentially deadly situation. Aside from Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi are being pummeled by the same amount of rainfall and having to deal with flooding of their own. Louisiana @RedCross staffing 29 shelters due to flooding providing meals, safe place to sleep, & emotional support. pic.twitter.com/mzSBsu18YI — Lori Thompson (@ARCfanHQ) August 14, 2016 People who lived in the area their whole life have never experienced anything like they are seeing right now with this Louisiana flood. Leroy Hansford lives in Beaver Creek and he commented about how quickly their house was flooded out on Friday and Saturday. “We woke up and the water kept on coming. It came up to my waist.” According to Hansford, his wife has lived in Beaver Creek for 48-years and the current water level is the highest she has ever experienced. People living in Baker, Louisiana have stated that in order to get to shelters set up by the Red Cross, they had to navigate through flooded streets that were snake infested. One of these residents, John Mitchell, swam to safe ground with his pit bull after his family was rescued by law enforcement. “This is the worst it’s been, ever. We tried to wait it out, but we had to get out People are keeping it together better than I thought they would.” Another resident who needed to be rescued, Shanita Angrum, commented about the snakes in the water as she tried to make it to dry ground. Angrum was forced to call for help on Friday morning when she discovered that her family was trapped inside their home by floodwater. Angrum’s six-year-old daughter was carried out of their house by a police officer while she and her husband waded through the water. “Snakes were everywhere. The whole time I was just praying for God to make sure me and my family were OK.” Both Angrum and Mitchell believe that most of their possessions have been destroyed. Sending Love & Prayers to the People of #Louisiana & First Responders as 1,000’s are rescued due to flooding. pic.twitter.com/OMhBZEELEg — D. Edward (@IamDonnaEdward) August 14, 2016 How long do you think it will take the flooded areas of Louisiana to recover? [Image Via AP Photo/Max Becherer]

Hurricane Matthew Update: Latest Florida Storm Details, Tropical Storm Nicole Weather Record

In the latest Hurricane Matthew updates, it appears the storm path missed South Florida landfall by a small margin, but still wreaked plenty of havoc on the state. After precautionary evacuations and closings, the state reported a widespread number of power outages, damaged areas, and several deaths. In addition, the destructive storm combined with Tropical Storm Nicole to set a weather record for the heavy winds the two brought over the Atlantic Ocean together. According to the Los Angeles Times, Matthew barely missed the coast and was downgraded to a Category 2 storm as of Friday night. It still left at least four deaths in its wake, two of which were said to be indirectly related to the storm. Two of the deaths in different counties occurred due to falling trees, with one falling onto a mobile home and another falling onto a woman who was outside to feed animals. In Saint Lucie County, there were two other deaths reported due to emergency workers being unable to get to two people in time. One person died of a heart attack, while the other had respiratory problems which led to their death. The storm had caused widespread concern throughout the state. It was best to err on the side of caution, as many individuals evacuated their areas believed to be in the storm’s path. Businesses closed down, including Walt Disney World and Universal Studios theme parks in Orlando. Hurricane Matthew caused downed trees in areas of Florida. [Image by Drew Angerer/Getty Images] Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs made comments about the fact that the storm missed the area. “Every indication we had from every weather service out there indicated this could be a very dangerous threat to Orange County. This is one of those cases where we were very fortunate and dodged a bullet.” While the center of Matthew was 25-40 miles off the northeast Florida coast, it still brought strong conditions along. It will continue to do so for several other areas of the south including Georgia and South Carolina over the next day. According to ABC News, Florida Gov. Rick Scott had informed reporters that a “storm surge” was of particular concern with Hurricane Matthew. Powerful winds and torrential rain caused the brunt of the issues as a result of the hurricane’s proximity to Florida. Flash flooding was also of concern in many areas of the state and will also be of concern in parts of Georgia and the Carolinas. #Hurricane #Matthew fcst 10-15ft waves w/ high tides & on shore flow. 6-9ft #Surge Live coverage & forecast on @weatherchannel @LocalNowTWC pic.twitter.com/iHCl1MJscu — Ryan Davidson (@RyanDavidsonWX) October 7, 2016 Power outages were also a serious issue in the state as over 1 million Florida customers reportedly were without power as of midday Friday. In particular, half of the individuals in Brevard County were said to be without power. The storm first formed in late September from a tropical wave which pushed off the African coast. Three days later, the system had moved near the Windward Islands and had enough organization to be classified as a Tropical Storm named Matthew. As it reached the eastern Caribbean, it eventually was classified as hurricane status with a peak intensity occurring just as the month of October began. Since its origin, the storm Matthew traveled over 3,000 miles to near the Florida coast. Hurricane Matthew brought flooding to many parts of South Florida. [Image by Joe Raedle/Getty Images] Following after Matthew was another newer storm, Tropical Storm Nicole, which had intensified to hurricane levels at one point. Nicole is not expected to hit landfall, although it could potentially strike Bermuda. The two powerful storms actually combined for a unique record over the Atlantic Ocean, though. According to Gizmodo, the two storms set a record for latest time in a calendar year that two storms in the North Atlantic Ocean had winds of over 105 miles per hour at the same time. It has been mentioned that after Matthew unleashes its wrath on southern states including North and South Carolina, it is expected to make a turn. It could head back towards south Florida, but the good news appears to be that it will have weakened in intensity. Residents of parts of Georgia, as well as North and South Carolina, will certainly want to pay close attention to the area weather and take appropriate actions to ensure safety. [Featured Image by Joe Raedle/Getty Images]

Watch Hurricane Hermine Coverage Live Online: Where To Find Streaming Video, Live Updates As Storm Makes Landfall

Viewers can watch coverage of Hurricane Hermine live online and see streaming video of the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida in more than a decade. Residents in the state’s Panhandle region started to bunker down on Thursday and some counties began issuing mandatory evacuation notices for residents in low-lying areas as the storm moved in, CNN reported. There are warnings that the hurricane could be life-threatening and forecasters believe it could bring a surge of ocean water as much as 9 feet above normal, the report added. In the hours before Hurricane Hermine made landfall, there were already heavy winds in many areas including St. Petersburg and Tallahassee. “The center of Hermine should make landfall along the coast of Apalachee Bay during the next few hours, then move across the eastern Florida Panhandle into southeastern Georgia early Friday,” the National Hurricane Center warned late on Thursday night. “The center should then move near or over eastern South Carolina on Friday night and near or over eastern North Carolina on Saturday.” Some areas were already being hit hard, with many trees already down and streets flooded in St. Petersburg, The Associated Press reported. In Tallahassee, there were already 32,000 customers who lost power and the city government said that repair work would not be done until the winds died down. With national attention turned to Hurricane Hermine, there are many outlets offering live streaming coverage of the hurricane and the damage it is expected to bring. Those who watch coverage of Hurricane Hermine live online could see the beginning of a particularly strong and long-lasting storm system. As The Weather Channel noted, the storm is expected to continue on through the Eastern Seaboard and there are already warnings for a number of other states along its northerly path. Hermine will likely become a non-tropical low by this weekend and will hover near or off the Mid-Atlantic or Northeast seaboard, potentially resulting in strong winds, coastal flooding and other impacts. A tropical storm watch is now in effect as far north as coastal parts of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland as well as the Virginia Tidewater since the low may still have significant impacts. For more details on what may happen in the Northeast, see this link. Some areas of southern Georgia are expected to see up to 10 inches of rain, with between 4 and 10 inches in the Carolinas by Sunday, when Hurricane Hermine will be moving through those areas. Rainfall totals will decrease as the storm continues to move along the Atlantic Coast as it is expected to begin moving out to sea, The Associated Press reported. Residents in those states are already preparing for the storm, with many high schools in South Carolina moving Friday night football games up to Thursday to avoid the heavy rains and wind expected. But it is Florida that will feel the brunt of Hurricane Hermine, with the storm gaining power before making landfall in the early morning hours on Friday and dumping 10 inches of rain on the state. If it maintains its strength, Hermine will be the first hurricane to strike Florida since Wilma in 2005. View in Tampa/St Pete earlier #HurricaneHermine coming over looking absolutely BEAUTIFUL yet deadly! #Floridaweather pic.twitter.com/yniikhoPXO — STORM (@MsChanel_1970) September 2, 2016 Florida Gov. Rick Scott is already issuing dire warnings, telling Sunshine State residents that the storm will bring high winds, power outages, and downed trees. “This is a life-threatening situation,” Scott said (via Fox News). “It’s going to be a lot of risk. Right now, I want everybody to be safe.” The eye of #HurricaneHermine now beginning to come ashore near St. Marks, FL. Official landfall soon. pic.twitter.com/4XKbdhZ4sC — Nick Walker (@wxdude) September 2, 2016 Those who want to watch live streaming video of Hurricane Hermine can find more coverage from CNN by clicking here. Live updates from the storm and its impact on Florida can also be found here. [Photo by John Raoux/AP Images]

Matthew Is No Longer A Hurricane, But Still Poses A Threat: Floodwaters Continue To Rise in North Carolina As Florida Deals With Aftermath Of Tropical Storm, See How Matthew Compares With Other Large Storms

After Hurricane Matthew hit, you’d be forgiven for confusing Lumberton, North Carolina with the canals of Venice. Though the storm has thankfully quieted down, it’s cities like Lumberton and those along the southeastern edge of the United States who have paid the heaviest price. Cities like Orlando, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC; and Lumberton were hit with heavy winds in excess of 140 miles per hour and relentless rains. As of 11:21 local time this morning, five counties in North Carolina and three in South Carolina are still under flood warnings. Weather Underground reports that, although the rain has stopped, 12-18 inches of water have accumulated and many cities and towns flooded due to Matthew. Lumberton, NC The National Weather Service predicts that the massive amount of water runoff will lead to small creeks and streams flooding, and still recommends avoiding areas where water covers the roadway. Many citizens of North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Georgia were under evacuation orders, with SC governor Nikki Haley warning citizens to get at least 100 miles from the coastline. Early Monday, the sky in Myrtle Beach was nearly black even before nightfall, and high winds were stirring up rough waves as well. Residents of coastal South Carolina were ordered to evacuate by no later than Tuesday at 3 PM. CNN.com found that the warnings about Matthew were similar to those given before Hurricane Katrina in 2005: “Extremely dangerous, life-threatening weather conditions are forecast in the next 12 to 24 hours,” the weather service warned.” Matthew has since been downgraded from a Category 1 (weakest hurricane) to a tropical storm, but the storm’s wrath is far from over. A total of 1,027 fatalities have been recorded in correlation with Matthew. Florida 19 of those casualties occurred in the US. One recurring news story told the tale of an elderly woman in FL who died of a heart attack during the storm. However, it was unclear whether the two incidents were related. Fox8.com mentions that there are nearly 1,500 people stranded in North Carolina due to Matthew and that helicopter teams are currently rescuing people from rooftops. A1A, an oceanfront road in Flagler Beach, FL, suffered damage from flood waters due to Hurricane Matthew. [Photo By Joe Raedle/Getty Images] Floods are only the beginning of the problem, though; Carolina’s governor tweeted that there are still over 400,000 total power outages due to the storm. McRory also advised residents not to try and remove downed trees or power lines from their homes. In Florida, Governor Rick Scott issued an update on the Hurricane’s devastation. Scott reported that Comcast is opening up dozens of Wi-Fi hotspots to access so people can stay in touch with their loved ones and get updates as they happen. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder just send a plane of medical supplies to Haiti to help victims of Hurricane Matthew. On the plane is Haitian L'union Suite Fam @pierregarcon and Ricky Jean Francois! Senior vice president of communications Tony Wyllie said is also making the one-day trip. #lunionsuite #haiti #haitian #matthewHaiti #hurricanematthew A photo posted by #1 Haitian-American Blog (@lunionsuite) on Oct 10, 2016 at 8:27am PDT Evacuation Orders And Details The hotspots are available in SC, FL, and GA. The report also mentions that the Florida National Guard has completed most of its missions and the majority of units are being deactivated. Additionally, there are seven shelters open in Florida to protect refugees of Hurricane Matthew who cannot return to their houses. All orders to evacuate have been lifted in both South Carolina and Florida. Hurricane Matthew evacuation update: pic.twitter.com/QUnDLeS36X — Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) October 10, 2016 Matthew By The Numbers The total damages Matthew exacted are not fully calculated in Florida. Not since 2007’s Hurricane Felix has a Category 5 hurricane made landfall. As the NASA Earth Observatory discovered, Felix ravaged areas like Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, and Guatemala with 160-MPH winds. The highest winds Matthew managed to bring were around 140 MPH. An awning in front of Pauline Books & Media in the King St. shopping area is left damaged after the effects of Hurricane Matthew. [Photo By Brian Blanco/Getty Images] Matthew was also the longest-lived Cat 4 or 5 hurricane in recent history, as the Weather Channel will tell. Previously, the record was held by Flora (1963), which lasted 66 hours on land. Hurricanes typically expend more energy when over dry land and thus downgrade. There are so many people suffering from the effects of #HurricaneMatthew! Please consider donating to @SaveTheChildren to support children and families who are affected and suffering. You can donate at the link in my profile. If you are in the #UnitedStates you can also just text “HURRICANE” to 20222 & donate $25. It’s times like this that we can inspire one another for a good cause. #ThankYou #OneLove A photo posted by Enrique Iglesias (@enriqueiglesias) on Oct 10, 2016 at 4:17pm PDT An estimate of the damage Matthew caused from Newsy places the possible cost at $4-$6 billion, though clipped that is towards the lower end. By contrast, Hurricane Floyd caused nearly $3 billion worth of damage when it clipped the coast of North Carolina in 1999. [Featured Image By Rob Foldy/Getty Images]

Hurricane Hermine Gaining Strength, Will New York City Be Spared?

Hurricane Hermine became the first hurricane in 10 years to make landfall in Florida. When Hermine hit Florida, it landed as a category one hurricane. Florida Governor, Rick Scott, stated that Hermine caused power outages to over 300,000 people in the state. One of the two reported deaths caused by Hermine occurred in Florida. The other death was reported in North Carolina. Hurricane Hemine now 40 mi from the coast. Max winds 80mph. Gust of 76 just recorded at Tyndall Tower, FL pic.twitter.com/umBgpOcvHd — Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJerasTV) September 2, 2016 As with all hurricanes, Hermine lost strength after impacting Florida with high winds and large amounts of rain. Hermine set its sights on the Carolinas as a tropical storm where more damage from wind and rain were reported. Now, forecasters are predicting that Hermine will once again become a hurricane before its impact is felt in the Mid-Atlantic states on Labor Day. The National Weather Service has issued tropical storm warnings from Maryland to Connecticut. Based on the projected path, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has preemptively declared a state of emergency for three counties that sit on the Atlantic Ocean. “The impending weather conditions constitute an imminent hazard, which threatens and presently endangers the health, safety, and resources of the residents of Ocean County, Atlantic County and Cape May County.” WATCH: Hurricane Hemine’s landfall along Panhandle https://t.co/Vq3ialdZSk — Miami Metro Bugle (@MiamiMetroBugle) September 2, 2016 Maryland’s Governor, Larry Hogan, is making sure to tell his citizens to stay vigilant. “I strongly encourage Marylanders to pay close attention to this storm system and, if appropriate, to start preparing for potential flooding or any other possible hazards.” The projected path and timing of Hurricane Hermine has forced the closing of beaches and canceling of events during the Labor Day weekend. Labor Day weekend is mostly viewed as the last time during the summer to go on a mini vacation. Even though Hermine is likely not going to increase past a category one hurricane, those in charge of closing the beaches and canceling events are playing it safe in order to avoid human injuries or casualties as much as they possibly can. The closing and cancellations are going to have a significant economic impact on the region. Even though warnings are being posted along the East Coast, Hermine is not predicted to make direct landfall. It is, however, an extremely slow-moving tropical system. Due to Hermine being slow moving storm, according to weather.com, it has the potential to hang around offshore during multiple tidal cycles. This could cause tides to create more beach erosion than was anticipated earlier in the storm’s forecast. Still fresh on everyone’s minds along the East Coast is the impact felt by Hurricane Sandy. Sandy was the last major hurricane to impact states along the East Coast. The major impact was felt in New York and New Jersey. Some areas of New Jersey are still recovering from the catastrophic damage that Sandy caused four years ago. The majority of the damage from Sandy was brought on due to the high winds of the hurricane. The size differential between Sandy and Hermine is also largely different. With Hermine, tropical storm force winds will be felt over a distance of 400 miles. During Superstorm Sandy, tropical storm force winds were felt over 950 miles while hurricane force winds were felt over 30o miles. People who are in the areas where Hermine will be felt should make sure they are prepared. The most common tips for preparing to ride out a hurricane are to ensure that you have the ability to stay without power for a couple of days. Flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food, and a cooler to store perishable food are just some of the ways to make sure you are prepared. Are you in the path of Hurricane Hermine? [Photo Via Weather.Com]

Thousands Of Giant Snowballs Appear On Siberian Shore, Sign Of Extra Snowy Winter In The U.S.

Thousands of large snowballs appeared on a beach in Nyda, Russia, in a rare phenomena that many U.S. meteorologists believe is a sign of an extra snowy winter throughout the United States. The mysterious snowballs reportedly appeared back in October with Russian officials noting they are the result of a rise in the level of the Gulf of Ob which turned the shore to ice. As the water receded, the ice balls were rolled about by the water creating the large snowballs that remain today. Mashable reports that thousands of these unusual sea-created snowballs have been photographed all along the Siberian coast near Nyda, Russia. Some of the snowballs reached the size of basketballs with thousands of other smaller snowballs covering the beach. Anyone for a snowball fight? Nature makes its own collection of snowballs on the Arctic shore of the Gulf of Ob https://t.co/sona6DeNr4 pic.twitter.com/9gtG9foJKb — The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) November 4, 2016 Local residents tell the Siberian Times that the snowballs look as though someone spilled them across the beach. Local resident Ekaterina Chernykh notes that the snowballs range in size from basketball to tennis ball. She also notes that this is not typical of the region and is the first time she has seen something like this in Nyda. “We have them only in one place. It’s as if someone spilled them. They are all of different sizes, from tennis balls to volleyball. We all were very surprised. Many people believed it only when saw with they own eyes. This has not happened previously. And there was not so much snow for them to form. It’s so interesting.” Valery Akulov from the village administration backed up Chernykh’s claims noting that “even old timers” say they have never seen anything like this in the town. “Even old-timers say they see this phenomenon for the first time. These balls appeared about a week and a half ago.” Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (AARI) says that the rare phenomena may not be common but it is natural. “It is a rare natural phenomenon. As a rule, grease ice forms first, slush. And then a combination of the action of the wind, the outlines of the coastline, and the temperature, may lead to the formation of such balls.” It was reported that the snowballs first occurred back in October and were quickly followed by a near record cold time for Siberia. Additionally, snow cover is at one of the highest levels this time of year since 1998. “Siberia is near record cold for this time of year, and snow cover is at around the highest level for this time of year since at least 1998.” Simply WOW!! Rare phenomenon creates thousands of giant snowballs on Russian beach https://t.co/Ed9Mnxeepe — Alex Hunter (@AlHunterRural) November 7, 2016 Though Siberian weather is not typically associated with forecasting in the United States, many meteorologists have indicated that the unusually high snow fall and cold temperatures in the Siberian region are good indicators of a harsh winter in the United States. “Siberia’s abundant snow cover last month, and the faster advance of that snow cover, might be linked to a weaker winter polar vortex, which could cause more frequent incursions of cold air into North America and Western Europe.” Strange! Gigantic Snowballs Appear On Russian Beach In Siberia – Pictures https://t.co/Ink853F4WV pic.twitter.com/7JXHQt2JTI — Anita Fuentes (@OYEPBreakinNews) November 6, 2016 Similar large ice balls have been seen in the United States in the past. In 2013, icy balls weighing up to 50 pounds were discovered in Good Harbor Bay, Michigan. The unusually sight was created when sheets of ice broke off the lake and were tumbled into balls by the water. [Featured Image via WSAV Chief Meteorologist/ Facebook]