An already-swollen reservoir west of downtown Houston has begun to crest levees this morning, sending an “uncontrolled release” of Harvey’s floodwaters into neighborhoods, and putting the besieged city into “uncharted territory,” according to an official.
The Addicks Reservoir, located about 19 miles west of downtown, will spill over for the first time in history by daylight Tuesday, threatening immediate surrounding subdivisions.
Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist with the Harris County (Texas) Flood Control District, told Fox News the spillover will cause “serious flooding in immediate areas,” starting as a trickle, then becoming an uncontrolled release of water. Second-story homes also will be at risk, Linder added.
Lindner said this does not mean that downtown Houston will necessarily be greatly impacted, but officials don’t fully know what will happen because they’ve never faced this situation before.
Hurricane Harvey is set to batter the US with three feet of rain, 125mph winds and 12-foot storm surges.
Harvey continued to intensify as it steered toward the Texas coast, with forecasters saying early Friday that it had strengthened to a Category 2 storm.
The hurricane with the potential for up to 3 feet of rain, 125 mph winds and 12-foot storm surges could be the fiercest such storm to hit the United States in almost a dozen years. Forecasters labeled Harvey a “life-threatening storm” that posed a “grave risk” as millions of people braced for a prolonged battering that could swamp dozens of counties more than 100 miles inland.
Landfall was predicted for late Friday or early Saturday between Port O’Connor and Matagorda Bay, a 30-mile (48-kilometer) stretch of coastline about 70 miles (110 kilometers) northeast of Corpus Christi.
In preparation for the storm, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday declared a state of emergency for 30 counties, including Austin, Harris and Brazoria.
With the Summer holidays coming to an end its only right that sods law looks set to bring a blistering start to September with temperatures possibly exceeding 30c!
As we all know its not been the greatest summer ever despite what was a good start back in June.
However things are finally set to return to something more akin to having a BBQ and a few glasses of something in the garden.
Both highly rated model Outputs the ECMWF & the GFS suggest high pressure will become situated to our east or South East allowing hot air to be drawn over much of the UK by the end of the month.
At such range of course there is still a lot of uncertainty but with both models showing a similar scenario for the UK and a weakening of areas of Low pressure coming in off the Atlantic the confidence of seeing a good start to next month is growing.
Its looking ok currently but later on this evening Scotland will find itself faced with the brunt of the bad weather.
The Met Office has released an Amber warning that reads as follows…
“Between 20:00 Tue 22nd and 09:00 Wed 23rd
Heavy rain will spread across southwest Scotland and the Hebrides on Tuesday evening, and then affect other western and central areas overnight and into Wednesday morning. Some intense downpours, perhaps thundery, will lead to localised flooding of roads. Some travel disruption should be expected through into the morning commute. The rain will clear away eastwards during Wednesday morning.”
For England & Wales however conditions should stay mainly settled today and over the coming days, With a hint that the weekend could turn out very nice indeed for those in the South before the potential for Thunderstorms returns.
We will have more on that prospect over the next day or two.
So usually we hear of a Hurricane or ex Hurricane heading towards our shores and we picture Heavy rain, strong winds etc etc
However Gert is expected to head to the North of the UK and whilst its effects may be felt by those in Scotland it will allow the Azores high to ridge up towards Southern areas bringing fine, Sunny and possibly Hot weather to many in England & Wales.
So when is this fine weather arriving?
Well unusually the timing looks like falling just when most people would like it. Yep the weekend.
Saturday could see temps hit 22-23c with 24-26c on Sunday. It doesn’t end there though, Thanks to the push from Gert the high pressure looks like staying on the scene and the beginning of next week will see temps rise even further with 27-28c being enjoyed by some.
So here’s to Gert and some nice weather. Finally!
So summer seemingly left the UK many moons ago however one model output (The GFS) has been hinting at a significant heatwave from the end of next week.
The big question is will the GFS be correct or has it got its wires crossed.
Currently there is some support to the output being shown however one of the other most trusted model outputs the ECMWF refuses to show such promising charts.
With that in mind and the length of time until such heatwave may or may not start confidence has to be low at around 20%.
The most likely scenario is a watered down outcome with best conditions towards the South East. That in itself may be an improvement on recent weeks.
So until we get some more certainty lets just bask in what the GFS shows for now and have all our fingers, legs and anything else crossed that it comes off…
Temps begin to rise sunday 25-27c possible
Heatwave if full swing by Tuesday with 30c likely hit in one or two areas…
Even by the following Sunday hot temperatures persist with 33-35c as potential highs
Nearly 3 Minutes of total darkness doesn’t sound particularly amazing however when it happens in the day its quite a sight.
To watch the day turn to night in the middle of the day, to see stars and planets come out if even for just an instant, seems inexplicable, magical even.
The darkness during the upcoming total solar eclipse Aug. 21 will last for about 2 minutes and 40 seconds along the path of totality.
Everyone in North America, parts of South America, Africa and Europe – including the UK – will see at least a partial solar eclipse, where the moon covers only a part of the sun.
However, 14 states across the United States will experience a total solar eclipse with more than two minutes of darkness descending in the middle of the day over the course of 100 minutes.
More than 12 million Americans live inside the path of totality and more than half of the nation live within 400 miles of it. Millions more are expected to travel to cities along the path to witness the phenomenon.
Image Credit: GreatAmericanEclipse.com
Sadly Brits won’t get a total eclipse like our friends across the pond, but we will be treated to a slight partial eclipse which will still be worth watching.
It will be visible in parts of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland from around 19:35 on August 21 – but make sure you’re in a spot where there’s no cloud.
The brightest meteor shower is about to happen, and you don’t want to miss it!
A meteor shower is a celestial event in which a number of meteors are observed to radiate, or originate, from one point in the night sky.
These meteors are caused by streams of cosmic debris called meteoroids entering Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high speeds on parallel trajectories. Most meteors are smaller than a grain of sand, so almost all of them disintegrate and never hit the Earth’s surface.
What’s even more exciting, a meteor shower is about to take place on 12th of August, 2017, but it’s not just a regular meteor shower. Astronomers suppose that this will be the brightest meteor shower in recorded human history! It will magically light up the sky, and some of them might be visible even during the daytime.
You just don’t want to miss this. Why? Because probably you won’t be alive in another 96 years to wait for the next one.
So called The Perseid meteor shower, one of the brighter meteor showers of the year, occurs every year between July 17 and August 24. The shower tends to peak around August 9-13.
Its been constantly persisting down out there and the rainfall continues.
All the while river levels are rising rapidly and as such the Flood Warning Information Service has put out 14 Alerts.
The number has been rising steadily all day with many more expected over the coming hours as an unprecedented 80mm (3.2″) of rain falls over a large swathe of the South East.
Flooding had already been seen in Grimsby on Tuesday with the Abandonment of the football game between Grimsby and Derby County.
Earlier today Highbury & Islington tube stations were shut because of the flooding with warnings to train passengers to expect delays on other routes aswell.
Thankfully its not all bad news as forecasters have said conditions are set to improve later this evening however with a largely dry day expected on Thursday.
For advice on the flood warning: https://flood-warning-information.service.gov.uk/
The wet weather is well and truly underway with things only set to get worse over the next 3-6hours.
In total as much as 80mm of rain could fall which to put in perspective the average for the entire month is just 48mm in London.
Currently there are 2 flood warnings and 5 flood alerts in place however with much of the rain still yet to fall these numbers are set to rise rapidly.
To keep an eye on the flood warnings in your are make sure you check out the Flood Information Service