Nov 19, 2009

North Pacific Storm

A storm in the North Pacific Ocean, just east of the Kamchatka Peninsula is now at 952 mb.Just for perspective, category 4 Hurricane Bill, which passed near Bermuda in August this year, had an estimated minimum pressure of 943 mb, and maximum sustained winds of 115 knots (130 mph). The Pacific Northwest is already being pounded with 27 foot waves and 50 knot winds (buoy 460410) by a 977 mb storm over the coast of British Columbia. The energy from the Kamchatka storm is forecast to hit the Pacific Northwest as early as Saturday, with increasingly stronger storms to follow through next week. The effect further downstream may be a white Thanksgiving for the upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes.Freeze warnings have been extended though the rest of Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.

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