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Weather Update, November 7, 2008: Blizzard Begone! Paloma Wants Cigars =)

Our Blizzard Is No More
The blizzard warnings have all been canceled this afternoon for North and South Dakota. As our HWwarnings graphic at left shows, only a few winter weather advisories, flood warnings, and wind advisories remain for the region.

Some respectable snow totals have been reported for the event. As of 9am this morning Bismarck reports the following for North Dakota.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
940 AM CST FRI NOV 7 2008

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT…

LISTED BELOW ARE THE MOST RECENT SNOW REPORTS RECEIVED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BISMARCK. THESE VALUES REPRESENT THE STORM TOTAL SNOWFALL AS OF 930 AM CST FRIDAY NOVEMBER 7. ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL IS POSSIBLE TODAY. FURTHER STATEMENTS WILL BE ISSUED AS REPORTS ARE RECEIVED.

ORRIN...................22.0 INCHES
VOLTAIRE................20.0 INCHES
TOWNER 2 NE.............15.0 INCHES
VELVA 3 NE..............13.0 INCHES ESTIMATED
DRAKE 9 NE..............12.0 INCHES ESTIMATED
BALFOUR 3 SW............12.0 INCHES ESTIMATED
LOGAN ..................12.0 INCHES
RUGBY...................10.5 INCHES
BEULAH 2 NW.............9.4 INCHES
BISMARCK WFO............9.2 INCHES
WASHBURN................9.0 INCHES ESTIMATED
TUTTLE 12 NE............8.0 INCHES ESTIMATED
MINOT 1 SOUTH...........9.5 INCHES
MAX.....................7.0 INCHES ESTIMATED
FORT YATES .............6.5 INCHES
WATAUGA 13 N............6.0 INCHES ESTIMATED
LANSFORD................5.0 INCHES
CARSON..................4.5 INCHES
STREETER ...............4.0 INCHES
LINTON 5NW..............4.0 INCHES
JAMESTOWN...............3.0 INCHES
BOTTINEAU...............3.0 INCHES
TROTTERS ...............2.0 INCHES

On the Tropical Side of Things

On the tropical front Paloma is gaining strength and continuing its track towards Cuba, surely to obtain the fine cigars that we in the states are not allowed to buy! As previously stated Paloma will not impact the states, but with the latest forecast suggesting the possibility of reaching a CAT 3 at least it is a little more exciting =) Be sure to keep track of all the activities with the HAMweather Tropical Products section!

The latest discussion reads as follows:

TROPICAL WEATHER DISCUSSION
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL
105 PM EST FRI NOV 07 2008

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BASED ON 1200 UTC SURFACE ANALYSIS AND SATELLITE IMAGERY THROUGH 1715 UTC.

…SPECIAL FEATURE…

HURRICANE PALOMA IS CENTERED NEAR 18.4N 81.3W AT 07/1800 UTC OR ABOUT 50 NM S OF GRAND CAYMAN MOVING NNE AT 5 KT. THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE ESTIMATED FROM A NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER PLANE IS 974 MB. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WIND SPEED HAS INCREASED TO 80 KT WITH GUSTS TO 100 KT. PLEASE SEE THE LATEST NHC INTERMEDIATE PUBLIC ADVISORY UNDER AWIPS/WMO HEADERS MIATCPAT2/ WTNT32 KNHC AND THE FULL FORECAST/ADVISORY UNDER AWIPS/WMO HEADERS MIATCMAT2/WTNT22 KNHC FOR MORE DETAILS. SCATTERED MODERATE / ISOLATED STRONG CONVECTION COVERS THE AREA WITHIN 90 NM OF THE CENTER IN ALL QUADRANTS AND WITHIN 60/75 NM OF LINE FROM THE TIP OF JAMAICA NEAR 18N79W TO 21N82W. PALOMA IS A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE AND FURTHER STRENGTHENING IS LIKELY WITH PALOMA EXPECTED TO BECOME A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE LATER TODAY… AND POSSIBLY REACH CATEGORY THREE INTENSITY LATE TONIGHT OR ON SATURDAY.

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The possibility of snow is still in our future for next week, beginning in the west and later into the great plains, and finally the eastern U.S. I will let you know what the models are thinking on that front next week. If things look quiet overall, I will resume the requested postings of the IPCC’s fourth report.

Have a great weekend!

As always stay tuned to your favorite weather outlet, stay informed, and stay safe.

cheers,

–patrick

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