Hurricane Beatriz slams into Mexico; heavy rains, tornadoes hit the Midwest

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:34 PM GMT on June 21, 2011

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Hurricane Beatriz plowed into the Pacific coast of Mexico near La Fortuna this morning as a Category 1 hurricane with 90 mph winds, bringing very heavy rains and mudslides to a 200-mile stretch of coast. Acapulco reported 5.20" of rain yesterday, and one injury due to a falling free. Hurricane-force winds extend outwards 25 miles from the center of Beatriz, and these winds are likely to cause moderate damage along a 200-mile stretch of the Mexican coast today as the storm moves northwestwards towards Cabo Corrientes. However, the primary threat from the storm will be heavy rain, and the expected rains of 6 - 12" are likely to cause very dangerous flooding and mudslides today and Wednesday morning. Satellite loops reveal that Beatriz weakened significantly over the past few hours, once the eye moved over land. The mountainous terrain of coastal Mexico will continue to tear up the storm today, and Beatriz will likely be a weak tropical storm by the time it moves back out to sea on Wednesday.


Figure 1. Morning satellite image of Hurricane Beatriz over the Pacific coast of Mexico taken at 9:30am EDT June 21, 2011. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

Tornadoes, heavy rain slam the Midwest
Severe thunderstorms rumbled through a wide section of the Midwest yesterday, generating numerous tornadoes, baseball-sized hail, and heavy flooding rains. The storm also brought heavy snow to the mountains of Colorado above 9,500 feet, an unusual occurrence for so late in June. NOAA's Storm Prediction Center logged 43 preliminary tornado reports yesterday in Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Texas, and North Dakota. The tornadoes mostly avoided populated areas, and only sporadic damage was reported. Perhaps the most significant impact of the storm was the large area of 1 - 4 inches of rain it dropped on Nebraska and South Dakota. This rain will run off into the Missouri River, further aggravating the flooding that has breached two levees and overtopped two other levees in the past week. The large, slow-moving low pressure system responsible for the rains and severe weather will bring additional heavy rains of 1 - 3 inches over portions of the Missouri River watershed today, and will touch off a new round of severe weather today and Wednesday as the storm progresses slowly eastwards. However, the Storm Prediction Center is issuing only their "Slight Risk" forecast for severe weather for both days.


Figure 2. Radar reflectivity image of a supercell thunderstorm with a classic hook echo. The storm spawned a tornado that hit Elm Creek, Nebraska yesterday. The tornado ripped the roofs off of several houses and tore down power lines.

The Atlantic is quiet
The Atlantic is quiet, with no tropical cyclones predicted over the next seven days by the reliable computer models.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting weatherh98:


tiger bait tiger bait


Daughter @ LSU school of Nursing

Geaux Tigah's..!

Saturdays can be Loud here in da Fall
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Quoting weatherh98:
thesky is falling th sky is falling!!!!! oh wait im sorry that just rain!!!!


Wow, you posted that twice, I guess you're in one of the areas that needs the rain :-)
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Quoting Patrap:





Roll Green Wave,,Uptown


tiger bait tiger bait
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thesky is falling th sky is falling!!!!! oh wait im sorry that just rain!!!!
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The sky is falltting!!! The sky is falling, oh wait just rain
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


Not the place for that, even if you noted that it was off-topic.


Theres nothing going on, god knows that we talk about worse on here haha
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august is always fun on the boards
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Quoting scooster67:
Off Topic

Defense council for Casey Anthony is:?

A) Competent
B) Good
C) OK
D) Bad
E) Pathetic
F) Historically the worst ever! OMG!!


This is a weather blog. Read the rules, your post is deep in the off topic range. Might be a good idea to delete it to prevent a ban. Just sayin...
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Quoting scooster67:
Off Topic

Defense council for Casey Anthony is:?

A) Competent
B) Good
C) OK
D) Bad
E) Pathetic
F) Historically the worst ever! OMG!!


Not the place for that, even if you noted that it was off-topic.
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Sprinkling in Brandon, FL. The cloud cover is giving more relief than the precipitation I think. ;)
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Quoting Patrap:


Tulane fan?
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345. beell
Quoting DEKRE:


he gave you RH


Correct.
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if you are a big firefox fan like many are on here


firefox 5 is out


Link
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Quoting Tropicsweatherpr:
Tropical wave has been introduced at the 18z surface analysis around 17W. Is the most north a wave has emerged West Africa in 2011.



That's because the cooling of the Gulf of Guinea has forced the monsoon trof and ITCZ very far north.
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341. DDR
T&T met office forecasting more rain

Tonight:
Variably cloudy with scattered showers and the
risk of isolated pre-dawn thundershowers.

Tomorrow:
Mostly cloudy with widespread showers and isolated
thundershowers.
Gusty winds,street and flash flooding will
accompany heavy showers and thundershowers.
THE REMAINDER OF THE LESSER ANTILLIES
Fair to partly cloudy with isolated showers.
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Tropical wave has been introduced at the 18z surface analysis around 17W. Is the most north a wave has emerged West Africa in 2011.

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12Z CMC Ensemble precipitation forecast Hr. 228:



12Z CMC Ensemble sea level pressure forecast Hr. 228:

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338. DEKRE
Quoting beell:


Did that station report a dewpoint?


he gave you RH
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337. beell
Quoting CatfishJones:
Heat Index in Fort Meade, Florida hit 124... (106F/42%RH)


Did that station report a dewpoint?
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Quoting CycloneUK:
This thing is IMMENSE:

Floater image seems to be having trouble fitting the whole storm on the page lol
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


I guess they didn't think they had anywhere else to put it.


Well that makes me think I should work in video production instead of geology/cartography, because I can come up with five different ways to display the source information for the video without covering the "meat" of what the video is showing...

:)

(not digging on you for posting it, of course... just digging on weather.com for overuse of templates...)
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334. MTWX
Quoting blsealevel:


Nice; it rained alittle here this morning but that was about all so far today looks worse then it is.

We are having a 4th of July party at my place this year, and my yard is completely dead. Hopefully this will green it back up a bit, so no one catches my yard on fire!
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Quoting CycloneUK:
This thing is IMMENSE:



Looks a whole lot better than Haima.

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This thing is IMMENSE:

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Quoting MrMixon:


Cool video, but what were they thinking with that banner? It completely covers the line of contact between the tornado and the ground for most of the video...


I guess they didn't think they had anywhere else to put it.
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Quoting BEENE:
Any hope for Texas? Seems like we are still stuck in this no rain pattern here in Houston.


Check the link in #314. Does not look good for us right now. I hear talk of rain but, I think this must be some type of folk lore and not actually real.
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Quoting MTWX:

finally getting some decent rain here!! We are currently at .8 inches and it is still coming down!! Current rainfall rate 2 in/hr!


Nice; it rained alittle here this morning but that was about all so far today looks worse then it is.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:
Judging by the size of the tornado, and the radar estimates from yesterday, I'd rate the tornado an EF-3, maybe an EF-4.

Look at this incredible video.


Cool video, but what were they thinking with that banner? It completely covers the line of contact between the tornado and the ground for most of the video...
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327. BEENE
Any hope for Texas? Seems like we are still stuck in this no rain pattern here in Houston.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
i like when the trolls show up it shows the rest of us just how many stupid people there really is out there
Lol.Before I flag them I let them entertain me for a while.
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324. MTWX
Quoting blsealevel:

finally getting some decent rain here!! We are currently at .8 inches and it is still coming down!! Current rainfall rate 2 in/hr!
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Quoting CatfishJones:
Heat Index in Fort Meade, Florida hit 124... (106F/42%RH)



Is that a record high for there? That is pretty toasty.
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Judging by the size of the tornado, and the radar estimates from yesterday, I'd rate the tornado an EF-3, maybe an EF-4.

Look at this incredible video.
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Heat Index in Fort Meade, Florida hit 124... (106F/42%RH)
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Quoting presslord:


dude.,..we had one out here on the beach over the weekend...the bride was soaked in sweat...and I don't mean in a hot way...it was very disturbing...


Ouch, not a pretty picture...
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Hopefully July has some interesting things going on so that we won't have to worry about this foolish things.


i like when the trolls show up it shows the rest of us just how many stupid people there really is out there
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:


I wouldn't worry about July being inactive...Most of our analogue years featured about 2-3 named storms. The normal number of tropical cyclones by July 31 is only 1, so if we get 2-3, we will be above normal.
I just want a storm to track.So I can keep busy on the blog.
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Quoting washingtonian115:
Hopefully July has some interesting things going on so that we won't have to worry about this foolish things.


I wouldn't worry about July being inactive...Most of our analogue years featured about 2-3 named storms. The normal number of tropical cyclones by July 31 is only 1, so if we get 2-3, we will be above normal.
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I keep hearing of promises of rain for me. Scroll down to the bottom and check out this radar:

Link

I am afraid to show this to my lizard. He bought swim fins yesterday. He is NOT going to be a happy camper, er, swimmer.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
and i can declare that you have been the official season is a bust troll for june 2011 the outlook for july looks to be just as trollish whenever you are on this blog
so the forecast for july expect same trolls with trollish behaviour to continue
Hopefully July has some interesting things going on so that we won't have to worry about this foolish things.
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312. JRRP
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A little off topic but I just read where someone in Coral Springs dropped there newborn baby girl at the firestation. What a great law we have that enables people to drop them off instead of dumping them in the trash. I know she won't read this but I am proud of her for at least giving her baby a chance.. KUDOS to whoever dropped it off...
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Quoting presslord:


dude.,..we had one out here on the beach over the weekend...the bride was soaked in sweat...and I don't mean in a hot way...it was very disturbing...


I've seen some here during the summer, and my first thought is = What the he*#, are they INSANE?
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SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN WI
410 PM CDT TUE JUN 21 2011

WIC047-212130-
/O.CON.KMKX.TO.W.0013.000000T0000Z-110621T2130Z/
GREEN LAKE WI-
410 PM CDT TUE JUN 21 2011

...A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR NORTHERN GREEN LAKE COUNTY
UNTIL 430 PM CDT...

AT 409 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BERLIN...MOVING NORTH AT 25 MPH.

THIS DANGEROUS STORM WILL BE NEAR...
BERLIN AROUND 420 PM CDT.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

HEAVY RAINFALL MAY OBSCURE THIS TORNADO. DO NOT WAIT TO SEE OR HEAR
THE TORNADO. TAKE COVER NOW.

&&

LAT...LON 4381 8893 4388 8917 4398 8917 4399 8890
TIME...MOT...LOC 2110Z 201DEG 20KT 4392 8898

$$

MRC

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