The Duluth flooding this week (complete report, photos & videos from AccuWeather.com | National Weather Service) provided some great examples of why you shouldn't drive across a flooded roadway. Most people think that the reason you shouldn't is because your car could be swept away by less than a foot of water. As I've said before, that's true, but it's also because the road might not be there, under the water, anymore.
The NWS says: "Three-day rainfall amounts of 8 to 10 inches were common across the Minnesota Arrowhead and northwestern Wisconsin from June 17 through June 19. The heavy rain took its toll on the road infrastructure and caused rivers and streams to flood."
"A raging Miller Creek flooded the Lake Superior Zoo, drowning many animals. Two seals were swept from their enclosures, but were returned safely after being found on a local street. The polar bear escaped its exhibit, but was safely returned after being tranquilized by a dart."
'Nuff said? For goodness sakes, Turn Around Don't Drown!
Photos provided by NWS.
Today I'm pleased to announce a new suite of world radar maps and advisories from the national weather services of several countries on AccuWeather.com.
There's much ado this week about the polar vortex visiting the U.S. this week, but it wasn't long ago that we set over 7,800 cold records in July.
I caught an awesome lightning storm on the Dropcam at AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions' office in downtown Wichita Wednesday night.
Hurricane Arthur set a number of records and caused damage across eastern North Carolina. View the storm through maps, webcams and more.
Meteorologically, Hurricane Arthur is a beautiful storm -- almost a textbook example of a hurricane, especially when the right color palettes are applied.
What other Tropical Storms have threatened the U.S. on July 4th, or the days leading up to it? Very few since 1980. Here's a list.