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Western Wildfires, Extreme Heat, Debby and Florida Flooding

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

I snapped this picture on Tuesday near Stanley, ND from a family farm in northwest North Dakota…

Duluth, MN Flooding

Here’s a picture from space over the western tip of Lake Superior. It was a little more than a week ago that 8″ to 10″ of rain fell within 24 hours, creating massive flooding. The runoff from the heavy rain shows up as dirty water at the head of the lake…

See more flooding photos from MPR HERE:

Florida Flooding

Thanks to T.A.R.D.I.S for the picture below from Sopchoppy Co. FL…

Here’s more on the flooding from Debbie from the city of Jacksonville, FL

From the City of Jackonsville: Mayor Alvin Brown signed a declaration of emergency today at 5 p.m. The declaration enables the city to seek state and federal aid for damages related to Tropical Depression Debby. More than 1,000 city workers, including Public Works, JSO and JFRD, assessed over one-third of the city’s properties Wednesday. Mayor Brown and Fire Chief Marty Senterfitt accompanied several assessment crews to many of the affected areas. Damage evaluations are scheduled to continue Thursday.”

Florida Rainfall

This is the radar estimated rainfall over the past 7 days… note the white contours in the north central part of the state. Those are radar estimates of 20″!

Excessive Heat Continues

The National Weather Service has several Excessive Heat headlines posted across the nation through the upcoming weekend where heat index values could top 100°. Actual air temperatures could reach 110°+

High Temps Yesterday

Look at these crazy high temperatures from Wednesday! There are several spots reporting triple digit heat… 115° was reported in Hill City, KS!

Record Highs Past Week

According to Hamweather.com there have been over 1000 record high temperatures (tied or broken) in the past week.

Forecast Highs Today

These are the forecast high temperatures for today. St. Louis, MO could hit their All-Time record high for June, which is 105° and maybe even surpass it!

Colorado Wildfires

The Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs has now burned more than 18,500 acres.  That’s an increase of 3,000 acres since yesterday at this time.   And it’s still only 5% contained.  Here’s a snippet from inciweb updated about 10am MT, Thursday.

Structures threatened: 20,085 residences and 160 commercial structures
Evacuees: Approx. 32, 000
Cost to Date: $3, 200, 000
Structures lost Yet to be determined
Announcement:

Wind and Waldo Canyon Fire 

Want a sense of the wind’s power in wildfires.  Here’s a great explanation and video from Matt Meister-Storm Tracker 13.

Click Here to watch the time lapse video that goes with Matt’s post.

Forced to Flee: A personal story

Imagine having just a few minutes to pack up your loved ones and belongings and get out of town.   Bill Vogren wrote about his family’s experience in the story “Hell in the rearview mirror”.  It was published in the Gazette.com

Here’s an excerpt.

In the garage, I stopped at the wall where we traced our kids’ profile, measuring their heights to document their growth over the years. I took one last picture of the shark mural in my youngest son’s bedroom, grabbed my oldest boy’s high school letterman’s jacket, took a photo of my daughter at Disney World and began our escape.

Read more: http://www.gazette.com/articles/house-140917-family-outside.html#ixzz1z6bQjJwL

Wildfire and Wildlife 

The Waldo Canyon Fire also sent wildlife running from their mountain homes into more populated areas.  Bobbi L. Belport’s husband, Steve and his buddy, Chris, both volunteer firefighters, rescued this fawn from Waldo Canyon Tuesday, June 26.

Photo courtesy: Bobbi L. Belport.

Fire updates atColoradoSprings.com and gazette.com.

Phoenix Dust Storm

Two evenings in a row of Dust Storms caused some disruptions for folks in the Phoenix area.  Weather Nation Facebook fan, Mary Hoke shared some amazing pictures with us.  Here is one of her photos.  This is from the Mesa, AZ area.

What’s the weather like where you are today? Please send us your photos.  You can either share on our Facebook wall or upload to the WeatherNation website.  We look forward to showcasing your work in our broadcasts.

Thanks for checking in on this Thursday, have a great rest of the week/weekend!

Don’t forget to check me out on Twitter @TNelsonWNTV

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