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As promised our weather changes continue with the up and down back and forth pattern well established with the wavy jet stream pattern.  As I’ve mentioned in many past blog posts here the frequency of Gulf of Mexico lows this fall and start of winter is eye catching, indicating an active split-flow Southern Jet stream pattern. It’s the type of pattern that often provides ice and snow later in the winter. Yet another “wedge” or CAD event (cold air dam) is taking shape today and tomorrow, that’s when High pressure to our Northeast feeds cold dry air down the lee of the Appalachians and it gets wedged or damed up against the mountains as warm moist air aloft overrides the top of the shallow cold air creating clouds and precipitation as low pressure and a front advance Northeast out of the Gulf.  You can see the process in the maps below.  MOST of us will get back home dry today but there is a small chance of a shower at the end of the afternoon with rising rain chances this evening becoming likely overnight into tomorrow, then gradual improvement over the weekend with Sunday the best of the two days. Rainfall totals from the system expected to average a half to one inch.  It stays chilly with a high today only in the lower 50s and highs tomorrow only in the low to mid 40s but we moderate to near 60 Sunday.  MID-AFTERNOON THURSDAY: MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT-FRIDAY AM: END OF DAY FRIDAY: 7AM SATURDAY: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS EARLY THIS EVENING: ESTIMATED RAIN AMOUNTS OVERNIGHT: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS FRIDAY: ESTIMATED RAIN AMOUNTS SATURDAY MORNING: 

News

  • The remains of six victims of a deadly volcano eruption in New Zealand have been recovered. Sixteen people were killed on White Island when a volcano there unexpectedly erupted Monday, The Associated Press reported. Eight military specialists recovered six of the eight victims believed to be on the island, and the bodies will be taken to Auckland for identification, CNN reported. Due to toxic gases still being released from the volcano, the team had to wear protective suits and breathing gear to be on the island, the AP reported. The search had to end as air supplies ran low, the New York Times reported. An additional recovery mission is planned to find a tour guide and boat captain who had taken tourists to the island. At least one of them is expected to be in the water, but the other person’s location is unknown, the AP reported. Forty-seven tourists, many from a Royal Caribbean cruise, and guides were on the island when the volcano exploded. Many of the people who survived were burned. Fifteen tourists not from Australia are in burn units across the country with 11 listed as very critical. Thirteen Australians who were part of the tour have all returned to their home country, the AP reported. Skin banks are sending tissues to hospitals to help treat the burns, as medical teams from Australia, Britain and the U.S. travel to New Zealand to help treat patients, the AP reported.
  • A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 24 years in prison in the death of his 13-day-old son. Michael Herkal, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, nearly 16 months to the day after Apple Valley police responded to an Aug. 12, 2018, medical call for an infant not breathing, WCCO reported. The child died two days later, after doctors determined he had suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain. Herkal was charged initially with felony assault and malicious punishment of a child, but three additional charges of murder were filed after authorities received the autopsy report, KARE11 reported. According to WCCO, Herkal initially told authorities his toddler pulled the newborn off the couch twice but later claimed the baby slipped from his hands and fell onto a coffee table during a diaper change. During his plea hearing, however, Herkal admitted he also shook the infant violently and slapped him, the TV station reported.
  • Major League Baseball announced substantial changes Thursday to its drug use and testing policy, multiple news outlets reported. In addition to removing marijuana from its “drugs of abuse” category – making it the first major US sports league to do so – the organization announced mandatory testing for the presence of opioids, cocaine, synthetic THC, LSD and fentanyl, ABC News reported. Per the policy revisions, players will still be tested for “natural cannabinoids” such as THC, CBD, and marijuana, but punishment for violations will now be treated similarly to those of the alcohol and violence policies, ABC News reported. 'Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids,” the league, in association with its players union, stated. According to NPR, the policy changes will take effect during 2020 spring training.  “The opioid epidemic in our country is an issue of significant concern to Major League Baseball,” MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said in a prepared statement, adding, “It is our hope that this agreement - which is based on principles of prevention, treatment, awareness and education - will help protect the health and safety of our Players.” Read more here and here.
  • Seeking emergency mental health assistance could soon be as simple as dialing 988, federal regulators announced Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission formally began the process Thursday to designate 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. “The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” Dwight Holton, CEO of suicide prevention nonprofit Lines for Life, told USA Today. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.' According to The Wall Street Journal, the new hotline is intended to simplify access to services available currently by dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Once operational, dialing 988 would connect callers to the existing hotline and then route them to nearby crisis centers equipped to provide assistance. “We believe this historical and critical effort will turn the tide on reducing suicides and promote mental wellness in the United States,” said a statement from Kimberly Williams, chief executive of Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit that administers the lifeline, The Journal reported. Read more here and here.
  • An emergency landing by a single-engine plane snarled traffic Thursday night on Interstate 5 in San Diego, multiple news outlets reported. Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, told KNSD the Cessna 182 made a hard landing on the southbound lanes around 7:15 p.m. Within 30 minutes authorities had re-opened two southbound lanes, KFMB reported. Carlsbad Fire Division Chief Mike Lopez told KNSD a man and a woman were on board traveling from the San Gabriel Airport in Los Angeles to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. According to KFMB, no injuries were reported, and the plane did not strike any motorists. “They did a pretty good job landing this thing,” Lopez told KNSD, adding, “The skill of that pilot, he did a stellar job.”
  • A Fort Gibson man recently showed off his blacksmith skills by taking first place in a competition television show. Nic Overton, 23, earned the top spot on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” which is centered around blacksmith work. Along with bragging rights, Overton won a $10,000 prize. Overton told KOKI he’s been fascinated with blacksmithing since he was a child and crafted his first knife out of a railroad spike. He managed to turn his hobby into a career. He owns his own business called Nix Knives.
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Kirk Mellish's Weather Blog
As promised our weather changes continue with the up and down back and forth pattern well established with the wavy jet stream pattern.  As I’ve mentioned in many past blog posts here the frequency of Gulf of Mexico lows this fall and start of winter is eye catching, indicating an active split-flow Southern Jet stream pattern. It’s the type of pattern that often provides ice and snow later in the winter. Yet another “wedge” or CAD event (cold air dam) is taking shape today and tomorrow, that’s when High pressure to our Northeast feeds cold dry air down the lee of the Appalachians and it gets wedged or damed up against the mountains as warm moist air aloft overrides the top of the shallow cold air creating clouds and precipitation as low pressure and a front advance Northeast out of the Gulf.  You can see the process in the maps below.  MOST of us will get back home dry today but there is a small chance of a shower at the end of the afternoon with rising rain chances this evening becoming likely overnight into tomorrow, then gradual improvement over the weekend with Sunday the best of the two days. Rainfall totals from the system expected to average a half to one inch.  It stays chilly with a high today only in the lower 50s and highs tomorrow only in the low to mid 40s but we moderate to near 60 Sunday.  MID-AFTERNOON THURSDAY: MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT-FRIDAY AM: END OF DAY FRIDAY: 7AM SATURDAY: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS EARLY THIS EVENING: ESTIMATED RAIN AMOUNTS OVERNIGHT: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS FRIDAY: ESTIMATED RAIN AMOUNTS SATURDAY MORNING: 
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As promised our weather changes continue with the up and down back and forth pattern well established with the wavy jet stream pattern.  As I’ve mentioned in many past blog posts here the frequency of Gulf of Mexico lows this fall and start of winter is eye catching, indicating an active split-flow Southern Jet stream pattern. It’s the type of pattern that often provides ice and snow later in the winter. Yet another “wedge” or CAD event (cold air dam) is taking shape today and tomorrow, that’s when High pressure to our Northeast feeds cold dry air down the lee of the Appalachians and it gets wedged or damed up against the mountains as warm moist air aloft overrides the top of the shallow cold air creating clouds and precipitation as low pressure and a front advance Northeast out of the Gulf.  You can see the process in the maps below.  MOST of us will get back home dry today but there is a small chance of a shower at the end of the afternoon with rising rain chances this evening becoming likely overnight into tomorrow, then gradual improvement over the weekend with Sunday the best of the two days. Rainfall totals from the system expected to average a half to one inch.  It stays chilly with a high today only in the lower 50s and highs tomorrow only in the low to mid 40s but we moderate to near 60 Sunday.  MID-AFTERNOON THURSDAY: MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT-FRIDAY AM: END OF DAY FRIDAY: 7AM SATURDAY: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS EARLY THIS EVENING: ESTIMATED RAIN AMOUNTS OVERNIGHT: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AMOUNTS FRIDAY: ESTIMATED RAIN AMOUNTS SATURDAY MORNING: 

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News

  • The remains of six victims of a deadly volcano eruption in New Zealand have been recovered. Sixteen people were killed on White Island when a volcano there unexpectedly erupted Monday, The Associated Press reported. Eight military specialists recovered six of the eight victims believed to be on the island, and the bodies will be taken to Auckland for identification, CNN reported. Due to toxic gases still being released from the volcano, the team had to wear protective suits and breathing gear to be on the island, the AP reported. The search had to end as air supplies ran low, the New York Times reported. An additional recovery mission is planned to find a tour guide and boat captain who had taken tourists to the island. At least one of them is expected to be in the water, but the other person’s location is unknown, the AP reported. Forty-seven tourists, many from a Royal Caribbean cruise, and guides were on the island when the volcano exploded. Many of the people who survived were burned. Fifteen tourists not from Australia are in burn units across the country with 11 listed as very critical. Thirteen Australians who were part of the tour have all returned to their home country, the AP reported. Skin banks are sending tissues to hospitals to help treat the burns, as medical teams from Australia, Britain and the U.S. travel to New Zealand to help treat patients, the AP reported.
  • A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to more than 24 years in prison in the death of his 13-day-old son. Michael Herkal, 33, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, nearly 16 months to the day after Apple Valley police responded to an Aug. 12, 2018, medical call for an infant not breathing, WCCO reported. The child died two days later, after doctors determined he had suffered a skull fracture and bleeding in his brain. Herkal was charged initially with felony assault and malicious punishment of a child, but three additional charges of murder were filed after authorities received the autopsy report, KARE11 reported. According to WCCO, Herkal initially told authorities his toddler pulled the newborn off the couch twice but later claimed the baby slipped from his hands and fell onto a coffee table during a diaper change. During his plea hearing, however, Herkal admitted he also shook the infant violently and slapped him, the TV station reported.
  • Major League Baseball announced substantial changes Thursday to its drug use and testing policy, multiple news outlets reported. In addition to removing marijuana from its “drugs of abuse” category – making it the first major US sports league to do so – the organization announced mandatory testing for the presence of opioids, cocaine, synthetic THC, LSD and fentanyl, ABC News reported. Per the policy revisions, players will still be tested for “natural cannabinoids” such as THC, CBD, and marijuana, but punishment for violations will now be treated similarly to those of the alcohol and violence policies, ABC News reported. 'Going forward, marijuana-related conduct will be treated the same as alcohol-related conduct under the Parties’ Joint Treatment Program for Alcohol-Related and Off-Field Violent Conduct, which provides mandatory evaluation, voluntary treatment and the possibility of discipline by a Player’s Club or the Commissioner’s Office in response to certain conduct involving Natural Cannabinoids,” the league, in association with its players union, stated. According to NPR, the policy changes will take effect during 2020 spring training.  “The opioid epidemic in our country is an issue of significant concern to Major League Baseball,” MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem said in a prepared statement, adding, “It is our hope that this agreement - which is based on principles of prevention, treatment, awareness and education - will help protect the health and safety of our Players.” Read more here and here.
  • Seeking emergency mental health assistance could soon be as simple as dialing 988, federal regulators announced Thursday. The Federal Communications Commission formally began the process Thursday to designate 988 as a nationwide suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline. “The three-digit number is really going to be a breakthrough in terms of reaching people in a crisis,” Dwight Holton, CEO of suicide prevention nonprofit Lines for Life, told USA Today. “No one is embarrassed to call 911 for a fire or an emergency. No one should be embarrassed to call 988 for a mental health emergency.' According to The Wall Street Journal, the new hotline is intended to simplify access to services available currently by dialing 1-800-273-TALK, the existing National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Once operational, dialing 988 would connect callers to the existing hotline and then route them to nearby crisis centers equipped to provide assistance. “We believe this historical and critical effort will turn the tide on reducing suicides and promote mental wellness in the United States,” said a statement from Kimberly Williams, chief executive of Vibrant Emotional Health, the nonprofit that administers the lifeline, The Journal reported. Read more here and here.
  • An emergency landing by a single-engine plane snarled traffic Thursday night on Interstate 5 in San Diego, multiple news outlets reported. Ian Gregor, public affairs manager for the Federal Aviation Administration, told KNSD the Cessna 182 made a hard landing on the southbound lanes around 7:15 p.m. Within 30 minutes authorities had re-opened two southbound lanes, KFMB reported. Carlsbad Fire Division Chief Mike Lopez told KNSD a man and a woman were on board traveling from the San Gabriel Airport in Los Angeles to McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. According to KFMB, no injuries were reported, and the plane did not strike any motorists. “They did a pretty good job landing this thing,” Lopez told KNSD, adding, “The skill of that pilot, he did a stellar job.”
  • A Fort Gibson man recently showed off his blacksmith skills by taking first place in a competition television show. Nic Overton, 23, earned the top spot on the History Channel’s “Forged in Fire,” which is centered around blacksmith work. Along with bragging rights, Overton won a $10,000 prize. Overton told KOKI he’s been fascinated with blacksmithing since he was a child and crafted his first knife out of a railroad spike. He managed to turn his hobby into a career. He owns his own business called Nix Knives.