Tsunami Potential. Click the link to go to the National Data Buoy Center to get realtime information from Pacific Ocean sensors - everyone is trying to gauge the potential impact on Hawaii, and all of the 53 nations ringing the Pacific.
West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. Click here for the latest.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Click here for detailed information on the quake and subsequent tidal wave.
Tracking the Quake. Here is a link from USGS, which taps into a global network of seismographs. Click here to go directly to the site. All the tremors seem to be clustered wiithin 200 miles of Santiago - thankfully, the most extreme 8.8 quake seemed to be centered about 150-200 miles away from the Chilean capital.
Twitter Updates. Plug in #tsunami into the search box on Twitter to get an (amazing) real-time feed of data, stories and helpful links. Here's a link provided by Steve Case, founder of AOL:
How to Survive a Tsunami. Good information to have - even though Minnesota is blessedly tsunami-free, much of the world is vulnerable to earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis. File this one away for future reference - hopefully you'll never need to use it.
This all seems a bit surreal - but I wanted to pass along some links/tools I've found in just the last hour or so. Stay tuned...
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The Twin Cities dodged a snowy bullet overnight with heavy amounts as close as Mankato. If you're driving south of MSP this morning travel conditions will get progressively worse the closer you get to Mankato or Owatonna. Treacherous travel is expected along I-90 between Fairmont and Albert Lea. We dry out today and Sunday; the atmosphere marginally mild enough for rain showers on Monday, accelerating our snow melt. Spring is coming, but it's taking its sweet old time.
Snow lovers were getting a little discouraged watching a parade of Nor'easters pounding the northeast with heavy snow. So we get a little taste ourselves late Friday into Saturday morning, with heaviest amounts setting up from west central Minnesota into south central and southeastern Minnesota. The metro will be brushed with slush, but (increasingly) it's looking like a near-miss for MSP.
This is just Mother Nature's way of keeping things interesting. The odds of a Tournament Storm are increasing for late Friday into Saturday morning, especially south/west of the Twin Cities. Whatever falls will pretty much melt within a day or two, and it won't be as much as the snowy clobbering in the northeastern USA, but it's a reminder that spring in Minnesota is only a theory...
A forecast of "6 more weeks of winter" on February 2 - at our latitude - has a very high probability of verifying. No great surprise, but we'll just have to be content with (mostly) 40s in the coming days. A few 50s sprinkled in to keep us moderately sane, but nothing remotely resembling a warm front. I'm relieved, no mosquitoes, wicked thunderstorms or mulching duties anytime soon...whew.
We're down to a trace of snow (officially at MSP International) but I still have 3-4 foot piles of snow in my yard, and they won't be going anywhere anytime soon, it seems. Our slow meltdown drags on - no 50s or 60s imminent, but rain late in the week may accelerate melting. Today the atmosphere is cold enough for a coating of slush by tonight; maybe a couple inches west and southwest of MSP