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Kirk Mellish Blog

    After three consecutive nights with a hard freeze we start pulling out of the frosty cold snap, but no big warm-up coming just a moderation on the thermometer.  Temperatures none-the-less will remain coolish and near-normal to slightly below-normal through next Monday.  We even had some teens for lows this morning in the usual cold spots: EUROPEAN MODEL ENSEMBLE TEMPERATURE AVERAGE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL NEXT 8 DAYS: EUROPEAN MODEL ENSEMBLE TEMPERATURE AVERAGE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL DAYS 8-15: CFSv2 MODEL 20-DAY MEAN TEMPERATURE DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL OUTLOOK FEB OPEN (weathermodels graphic): EUROPEAN MODEL ENSEMBLE PRECIPITATION NEXT 15 DAY DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL: EUROPEAN MODEL ENSEMBLE SNOW NEXT 15 DAYS: BLEND OF MODELS TEMPERATURE OUTPUT: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • “There’s a chill this evening, a hard freeze is coming by the dawn” Lyrics from an old country music song I just made up. I do remember, “When there came a killing frost...” from the song Wildfire. There is also a book by that title.  The air may be too dry for frost with dew points in the single digits to low teens Monday through Wednesday, that’s worthy of Minnesota and is split-ends and chapped lips weather with a static electricity alert after walking across a carpet. Very low humidity, very dry air that gets even drier when heated indoors.  GFS MODEL FORECAST DEW POINTS: Actual thermometer lows projected would at least tie for the lowest seen this Fall or Winter, and may end of lower: MODEL BLEND FORECAST LOWS MONDAY MORNING: MODEL BLEND FORECAST HIGHS MONDAY: FORECAST WIND CHILL FACTOR (”FEELS LIKE”): However, like our previous cold waves the Polar Air Mass is transient so that a warming trend quickly returns temperatures back to normal for this time of year Thursday and 60 could return before the month is done. Remember that old saying about “Thunder in winter, snow X days later”. Well how is that working out for ya?  I’ve lost track of how many times there has been thunder in all or parts of Metro Atlanta this Fall and winter. I guess if that old wives tale folklore is right then we are due for multiple snowstorms lol.   *Thus far at least there are none on the table for the Southeast in the foreseeable future.* As far as history is concerned, JANUARY is by far the month with the most big snow events in Atlanta #1. MARCH is #2, and FEBRUARY is #3 with DECEMBER fourth.  Give up? Well, given the chaos in the weather patterns across the Northern Hemisphere I still would not yet say winter is over with the next mild spell with history telling us it can happen in the two months ahead of us.  That having been said there are presently no concrete signs of it, and I just can’t trust the models beyond 7 days as for many months they have been performing worse than normal beyond that timeframe, and after two false alarms I am just gonna take a pass on any long lasting cold projections. It only takes one quick buckling of the jet stream to trigger a chain of events that could lead to winter precipitation with little advance notice.  For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • As has been the pattern since the Autumn, we get cold snaps that come and go and that pattern looks to continue the rest of this month and the next two. For months now the global computer models have periodically tried to change the pattern to one that would allow cold to come and stay, but they always end up reversing themselves and correcting to warmer modes. The normal or average high and low this time of year are 52 and 34.  We’ll be near-normal today and tomorrow then the bottom drops out Sunday into Wednesday. From our temperatures this Wednesday to temperatures next Monday we will see about a 32 degree temperature drop as we go from 20 degrees above normal to 10 degrees below normal. (GFS Model forecast temperature departure from normal shown in map above). Ahead of the polar cold front a few scattered showers move in tomorrow between 7 and 11 am, with rain coverage increasing afternoon and early evening, ending after midnight with amounts a quarter inch on average.  Below-normal temperatures start Sunday and last into next Wednesday with the lowest readings since mid-November. SURFACE WEATHER CHART SATURDAY MORNING: SURFACE WEATHER CHART SATURDAY EVENING: ESTIMATED RAINFALL AVERAGE BETWEEN 7AM SATURDAY AND 7AM SUNDAY: MULTI MODEL BLEND TEMPERATURE OUTPUT AROUND THE METRO: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • The change in the prevailing jet stream weather pattern I mentioned here Monday morning still looks to be on track as seen in forecast model maps above. The jet stream flow flips from coming out of the Southwest to coming down from the Northwest. Forecasting highs today of 68-71 not far from a record. The normal or average high this time of year in Atlanta is just 52!  If we get enough sun we could tie or break the record. The downward temperature trend will occur in steps with the first step down Thursday, another Friday and the big one starting Sunday and on through next week. A HARD FREEZE is due several mornings in a row starting Monday with lows in the 20s, a few readings in the teens not out of the question by Tuesday or Wednesday. These will be the lowest readings since mid-November as a taste of winter returns. We also dry out along the way, especially after Saturday. Just a few showers or an isolated thundershower today, mostly dry tomorrow and Friday. Then showers and maybe a thundershower Saturday. Then dry Sunday-Thursday. ESTIMATED AVERAGE RAINFALL TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY NIGHT: ECMWF ENSEMBLE PRECIPITATION DEPARTURE FROM NORMAL NEXT 15 DAYS: ECMWF MODEL TEMPERATURE GUIDANCE: As is always the case my specific forecast will vary from others and from models. For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • Old man winter is asleep on the Southeast but he’s not dead yet.  We have more rain and more unseasonably warm weather ahead in the coming week (temps 18-26 degrees above-normal) as the cold front that brought the severe weather Saturday stalls out and then drifts back North as a warm front through Tuesday before another cold front moves through on Thursday that will bring back noticeably cooler weather to end the week 50s and 30s and the downward trend will continue next week. It will turn colder in the medium to long-range period and we may have to monitor another strong thunderstorm chance somewhere along the way in the transition, after a marginal risk of a strong thunderstorm Tuesday afternoon or night. 5-DAY RAINFALL TOTAL ESTIMATE: 1-2 inch rain totals are expected by the time the week ends on AVERAGE, with isolated 4 inch totals possible for localized flooding.  500MB JET STREAM FLOW PATTERN TUESDAY: An arctic air mass is seen in Southwest Canada while a broad mild Southwest to Northeast jet stream flow is seen for much of the U.S. below I-80 including an active  sub-tropical jet flow across the Southland.  However, there is mounting predictive data supportive of a change to a pattern that will support periods of colder weather back to normal highs and lows for dead winter or even some spells of below-normal roughly January 19 into early February with some milder spells in-between but not nearly as warm as recently.  But given poor model performance for many months I will not jump on any long-lasting frigid air yet.  None-the-less the “Modoki El Nino” atmospheric behavior continues and the MJO is forecast into more favorable phases and there is consensus among the various numerical variants for a pattern flip with +PNA West Coast ridging in the jet stream pattern and a -EPO which can deliver colder air and is the opposite of the upper-air flow pattern we have now seen in map above.  The +IOD in the Indian Ocean area and the MJO in the West Pacific have kept the U.S. pattern mild to this point, but changes are afoot as seen in the WxBell Charts: Weather has cycles and they typically last on the order of 45 days or so sometimes 60 before changing, we are getting close to that from the last chillier jet stream pattern in the U.S that occurred in November and early December after the warm autumn so that fits. Likewise current data suggest stratospheric warming over the North Pole another signal of pattern change and the warm sea-surface “blob” persists beneath Alaska in the NE Pacific.  The analogs continue to be supportive of a flip in the pattern since there is precedent in past warm winters to end noticeably colder, as recently as 2015 for example. That has been a common theme of many winters in the 2000s with February and March and I think we’ll do it again as the SE upper ridge gets beaten back down and squashed out of here with the change starting next weekend and increasing in the weeks beyond. So January 17-27 is a transition period it probably won’t happen overnight but it looks like the pattern will flip and last in on and off fashion into March.  Any snow or ice threat unlikely through Jan 21 but final 11 days of this month OR next month can’t be ruled out. Confidence highest I-40 or a little South but I-20 or South not off the table.  I am just saying winter is far from over, it’s just too early to cancel it.  But keep in mind I am not predicting anything because specifics that far out in time are not scientifically valid so I don’t do that.  IF if and when there is something stronger to say I will.  I try to be right not first to mention snow or ice, this is not supposed to be a game of look at me. I don’t get extra pay for blogs or tweets or Facebook so I don’t seek attention or likes, retweets, shares or forwards. Nothing in it for me. I also consider unscientific long-range hype to be unethical and unprofessional.  But data is mounting that at the very least  we are going to change to at a minimum more neutral conditions in the key teleconnections to one that allows at least the possibility of something to occur in that time frame, maybe maybe January 24th give or take a few days but odds are highest I-40 North not I-20 but nobody can be sure this far out. So let me reiterate it’s not a forecast for any snow or ice because that can NOT be known this far in advance by anybody or any gadget. KEY TELECONNECTION LOCATIONS: I am simply saying a “window of opportunity” as I like to call them may be opening as we end January and continuing at times next month and first half of March.  I do not yet see any EXTREME cold however so far, nor do I see weeks of non-ending cold. The global numerical prediction models projected pattern flip MJO and GFS ENSEMBLE 500MB JET STREAM: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • The worst is over, the warnings have expired. The tornado watch is cancelled for Metro Atlanta.  Reports of damage continue to come into the news and weather center. It’s all about the clean-up and recover. Quiet weather tomorrow, showers return Sunday night into Wednesday. MY exclusive 5-day forecast is always available HERE.
  • The squall line is moving in and through the metro area on schedule. Be prepared to move to a place of safety with little or no warning. Severe thunderstorm warnings for damaging winds have already been issued and more are likely across the rest of the area during the next 3-4 hours. These counties in gray have been ADDED to the earlier Tornado Watch: Live updates ongoing  as needed tune-in to 95.5 WSB on any device.
  • The news headline making low pressure and frontal system (mid-latitude cyclone) is advancing our way, but is expected to weaken at least somewhat as it moves through Metro Atlanta, but not enough to eliminate a risk of severe weather: In fact the Storm Prediction Center has increased the coverage of Risk Level 2 and brought in more Risk Level 3 (enhanced in orange) to the West side as seen above.  Here are some various models output of forecast (SIMULATED) radar projections between 5pm and 10pm... The best estimate of the PRIMARY WINDOW for damaging thunderstorm winds or an isolated spin-up tornado along the squall line (QLCS) for the METRO ATLANTA AREA is 3pm-10pm give or take a couple hours.  Remember winds will be gusting to 30-40 mph at times even outside of a thunderstorm when it’s dry or just showers and that alone can bring down a weak tree or tree branch. Even without a tornado thunderstorm winds may gust to 65 MPH in the stronger storms. NOTE: not everyone will get a severe thunderstorm, and some places may not even get a regular thunderstorm just heavy downpours and strong wind gusts.  A Tornado Watch already posted to our West this morning: SPC SEVERE WEATHER TECHNICAL DISCUSSION: ESTIMATED RAINFALL NEXT 24 HOURS: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB. Live team coverage as needed on the radio 95.5 WSB or your favorite listening device. DOWNLOAD the WSB RADIO APP HERE.
  • A news maker type system is taking shape for much of the country East of the Rockies to the Atlantic Coast Friday through Sunday with a blizzard and ice storm in the cold sector and flooding and tornadoes in the warm sector of the low pressure system.  A classic deepening mid-latitude cyclone and frontal system Texas-OK Pan Handle hooker type storm track. Spring-like temperatures will clash with winter temperatures trying to advance for a very March type cyclone (low pressure system). While the heat and moisture factors for severe weather are limited by this being January, this will be compensated for by suffice CAPE values/surface dew points and strong kinematics, dynamics and sufficient thermodynamics with a strong low-level jet and mid and upper level jet stream for diffluent flow, divergence aloft for large-scale assent with strong warm and cold air advection and venting of the upper atmosphere, wind shear will provide ample helicity for tornadoes and a squall line with cyclonic vorticity at mid-levels. Thankfully for us in Georgia the system looks like it will be weakening some as it arrives here compared to states to our West.  But soils here are sorta soggy already from recent rains and there will be gusty winds even without a severe thunderstorm just from synoptic scale pressure gradient winds and from downward momentum flux from any downpours, so isolated power outages or traffic light problems and tree branch falls will be possible even outside of any strong storm.  Trees can fall and home damage possible in a few areas if we get any severe thunderstorms.  RGEM MODEL SATURDAY 7AM (Pivotal weather chart): 3-KM NAM MODEL SATURDAY 7PM: ESTIMATED RAINFALL BETWEEN NOW AND 7AM SUNDAY: MORE HEAVY RAIN NEXT WEEK AFTER A LULL SUNDAY: MULTI-MODEL ENSEMBLE TEMPERATURE OUTPUT (10-25 degrees above normal): 3-KM NAM MODEL FORECAST ATMOSPHERIC SOUNDING THERMODYNAMIC DIAGRAM 7PM SATURDAY (Pivotal Weather): SPC SEVERE WEATHER OUTLOOK FOR SATURDAY: It is highly likely there will be Tornado Watches issued from Oklahoma/Arkansas and Texas East through Alabama to the Florida Pan Handle, but it can’t be ruled out that one will be issued for a part of Georgia late Saturday or Saturday evening. For Metro Atlanta the main risk of a damaging thunderstorm looks to be 3pm to 10pm, subject to updates of course.  Threat Level currently 2 on a scale of 1-5. I’ll be working this weekend so stay tuned for updates on 95.5 WSB and download the WSB Radio APP. For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.
  • We stay dry with quiet weather today and tomorrow. Then... Georgia will be in the squeeze between a cold jet stream trough centered to our West/NW and a warm high pressure ridge in the jet stream centered to our Southeast. The resulting Southwest to Northeast upper-level wind flow will bring in high dew points of Gulf moisture more like Spring and copious rain amounts, with temperatures running 10-28 degrees above-normal this weekend.  We get a relative lull in rain Sunday with some sun, before it comes back by Sunday evening into much of next week. However, as of now any way, NO all-day constant rain days are seen. But before all is said and done we may have flooding in parts of Georgia and maybe damaging thunderstorm winds in some areas as well.  It WON’T rain every day but over the next 2-3 weeks precipitation will average above-normal. By the time the next lasting dry spell arrives parts of the Southeast may pick-up a couple months worth of rain. SURFACE WEATHER MAP TODAY: SURFACE WEATHER MAP FRIDAY: SATURDAY MORNING AND EARLY AFTERNOON MULTI-MODEL ENSEMBLE: LATE SATURDAY/SATURDAY EVENING MULTI-MODEL ENSEMBLE: 500MB JET STREAM FLOW PATTERN FRIDAY: 500MB JET STREAM FLOW PATTERN SATURDAY: 5-DAY ESTIMATED RAINFALL: The cold front trailing from the Midwest-Great Lakes snow and ice storm will produce severe weather in the Southern states with a danger of some tornadoes, centered on the Arklatex, Deep South and Tennessee Valley regions. A chance of strong thunderstorms in Metro Atlanta Saturday afternoon and night but it’s too early for specifics yet. As of now I am not overly worried. I’ll focus more on that in the days ahead as needed.  SEVERE WEATHER THREAT SATURDAY-SATURDAY NIGHT: GFS MODEL ENSEMBLE TEMPERATURE GUIDANCE: For more follow me on Twitter @MellishMeterWSB.

News

  • A pilot was killed Saturday morning when a small plane crashed into the side of a north Florida home, according to the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. The family inside the home managed to escape the home without injury, the Sheriff’s Office said. A picture a viewer sent to Action News Jax shows the moment when a plane crashed into the front yard of the Lake City home.In the picture, a man in an orange shirt can be seen running across the yard to try to help the pilot, but he had to retreat because the flames were too extensive. Neighbors watched as a ball of fire flared up in their neighbor’s yard. Kristy Amato said she hears many small planes and often worries about them. “I was sitting on my couch watching a movie with my daughter, and I heard a plane take off like all of the planes take off,' Amato told Action News Jax. “Then I heard a backfire, then a loud kaboom, so I ran out front and there was a plane in my neighbor’s yard on fire.” Columbia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Murray Smith told Action News Jax that after crews put the fire out, the pilot’s body was found underneath debris. “Shortly before 10, we received about 59 911 calls,” Smith told the television station. Smith said he believes the plane was a single-engine aircraft. The National Transportation Safety Board is now working to find out where the Piper PA-32 was going and the name of the pilot who died. Officials believe he was the only person on the plane. “There is an airport nearby, but so many neighbors have come over and gave so many stories, so we’re just going to wait for NTSB to get all of the facts straight,” said Smith. The Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB are investigating what caused the plane to crash, but the investigation likely won’t be complete for months.
  • Three people — including two teens — are in custody and police are looking for a fourth after an armed robbery at a Sandy Springs jewelry store.  Antonio Collier, 40, Antwan DeKarlos Robinson, 17, and a 16-year-old juvenile were arrested after the incident, which happened about 4:20 p.m. Saturday at a business on Abernathy Road near Roswell Road, officials said.  Witnesses to the robbery and the store owner were able to subdue two of the suspects until police arrived, Channel 2 Action News reported.  Three men walked into the business and tried to steal items from the display case, Sandy Springs police spokesman Sgt. Sam Worsham said.  “They had hammers and were breaking everything and grabbed Rolexes,” a witness told Channel 2.  The owner, who was returning from lunch, saw the robbery in progress, the news station reported. He told Channel 2 he hit the robbers over the head and in the face with a bag full of glass pickle jars.  Two bystanders then tackled one of the suspects, Worsham said.  Two other suspects drove off in a car, he said. The incident turned into a police chase that ended in a crash on Glenridge Road.  One of the suspects was arrested at the scene, and the fourth suspect ran away into a wooded area, Worsham said.  Collier, Robinson, and the juvenile are all charged with armed robbery, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felony criminal damage to property, possession of tools for the commission of a crime, obstruction and two counts of battery.  Read the full story from Channel 2 Action News here.
  • Tamra Judge is leaving “The Real Housewives of Orange County” after 12 seasons, the star of the Bravo series said in an Instagram post Saturday. “It’s been a wild 12 years. But it’s time for me to move on,” Judge wrote on Instagram. “I’m sad to go but I’m very excited about my future.” Judge is currently the longest-running full-time cast member in “Housewives” history, People reported. She joined the show during its third season in 2007, according to the magazine. Judge’s announcement comes a day after fellow co-star Vicki Gunvalson also announced she was leaving the reality television show, E! Online reported. Judge said she was looking forward to life after the series. “It’s been a wild ride, and after all these years, I’m looking forward to life away from the cameras,” Judge told People. “I was offered a chance to come back to the show in a limited role, but would prefer to walk away on my own terms.” Judge has been part of the show’s most memorable moments, including the show’s first wine toss, People reported. She also starred in a three-episode spinoff of the series, “Tamra’s OC Wedding,” which documented her June 2013 wedding to Eddie Judge. “I want to thank all the fans who have offered me their support over the years,” she told People. “It’s meant a lot.”
  • Margaret Mackie is not a household name in the music industry, but she’s getting there in a hurry. The 83-year-old dementia patient from Scotland has gone viral on YouTube with her heart-melting duet of “My Way” with her caregiver, Jamie Lee Morley. The pair recorded a single of the song, with proceeds going to Dementia UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. People with elderly parents will have a tough time avoiding the tissues after watching the sweet, sentimental ballad made famous by Frank Sinatra. But Mackie is not ready to face the final curtain just yet. She’s content to keep singing. Morley, a musician who works as a food server at the Northcare Suites Care Home in Edinburgh since it opened last fall, told The Washington Post he was walking past a lounge at the center when he heard a lovely voice singing Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Morley told the newspaper he thought someone had left the radio on, but then he saw Mackie singing the song in perfect pitch. “I was stunned,” Morley, 31, told the Post. “I’ve loved singing and music since I was a little lad, and I could just tell that Margaret did, too. Her voice is amazing.” Morley and Mackie sang “My Way” at the care home’s Christmas party in December, CBS News reported. A video of the duet was posted to YouTube and quickly went viral. “Every day in work we sing this song together and I do whatever I can to brighten her day and all the other residents,” Morley wrote on YouTube. 'For those close to me will know this was my Grandad’s funeral song who our family sadly lost to Alzheimer’s last year. I’ve never really sang this song, as it’s a classic, but I knew how much Margaret and her family would love it.” Mackie’s family attended the Christmas party and enjoyed the duet, CBS News reported. They are even more delighted with the response to the video. “It has brought her back to life. The dementia was taking a hold of her and she was getting sad with it, but this has given her a new lease of life,” Mackie’s daughter, Mairi Hunter, told the BBC. “It’s quite remarkable how she can remember the lyrics. It just seems to come back to her. “She wants everyone to be happy. People cry when they hear the song and she’ll say ‘No don’t cry, I want you to be happy.’” Meanwhile, the recording of “My Way” is No. 6 on the United Kingdom’s Amazon download chart and at one point reached No. 27 on iTunes’ Top 40 in the U.K., the Post reported. That’s ahead of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Ed Sheeran, the newspaper reported. Morley filmed his excursion with Mackie to the recording studio and released the single and a music video to go with it Dec,. 28, CBS News reported. The music video has had nearly 200,000 views since its release. Mackie, a former whiskey distillery worker, rarely remembers one day from the next, the Post reported. She came to Northcare Suites in October from another care center, Jordan Simpson, manager of Northcare Suites, told the newspaper. While Mackie might be forgetful, she never forgets the lyrics to her favorite songs, Simpson said. “Singing is something that makes Margaret happy. She has a great singing voice,” Simpson told the Post. “And although she has dementia, she has a great memory for song lyrics. She and Jamie sing together most of the day.” Mackie said she wouldn’t mind recording another song, and joked about recording an entire album, the BBC reported. “It’s great seeing your face in all those newspapers,” Mackie told the BBC. “It’s nice to have a busy life like that, every now and then.” The single can be purchased on iTunes here.
  • A FedEx driver in upper Michigan went beyond the call of duty while delivering a package Thursday morning. The delivery man was dropping off a package for Jodi LaFreniere in Manistique around 11:42 a.m., WLUC reported. Instead of just leaving the package on the snowy stoop, the delivery man grabbed a shovel and cleared off the area, the television station reported. “Shout out to this guy! He shoveled my stoop while I was gone,” LaFreniere wrote on Facebook. LaFreniere, who is a kindergarten teacher, told WLUC she received an alert on her phone from her doorbell camera. When she checked the video, she saw the delivery man shoveling off her porch. “I was wondering who was at my house since my fiance was away in Alaska, teaching,” LaFreniere told CNN. LaFreniere hadn’t spoken to the delivery driver -- Melvin J. Marlett, who has worked for FedEx for 23 years -- but said her fiance, Rodney Riesland, has spoken with him since he is usually home when deliveries are made, CNN reported. “There are good people out there who do selfless acts,” LaFreniere told WLUC. LaFreniere decided to post the video to Facebook as a way of saying thanks. “FedEx is proud of the many contributions our team members make to the communities we serve every day,” FedEx spokeswoman Heather Wilson told CNN. “We commend our courier, Mel Marlett, who went above and beyond to help shovel snow for our customer while making a delivery.” Marlett told CNN he thought shoveling the snow was the right thing to do. “I would hope it’s something that anybody would have done,” Marlett told the cable network. “If you take care of your customers, they take care of you.”
  • Sophie Yazzie, the longest-living veteran in Arizona and a member of the Navajo Nation, died Saturday. She was 105. Yazzie died at her Tucson home, according to Facebook posts by Women Warriors and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Yazzie, who was born in Canyon de Chelly in 1914, enlisted in the Army when he was 28 and served during World War II, KPNX reported. She was a Women’s Army Corps Technician Grade 4 and was honorably discharged after the war, according to Navajo Times. Yazzie graduated from Wingate Boarding School in 1934, the website reported. She returned to her alma mater after the war and worked there until she retired at 70, KPNX reported. Wanda Wright, the director of the Arizona Department of Veterans Services, released a message of condolences, KNXV reported. “I am blessed to have met Sophie and hear about her service to our country. Last summer we were honored to be able to present Sophie with Governor Ducey’s Arizona Women Veteran’s Week proclamation,' Wright said. 'We send our deepest condolences to her family and friends, and will always remember her legacy.” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted a tribute to Yazzie on Saturday afternoon. She had four children, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.