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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Weather trends look good for the next 3 days. Whether you're golfing, leaf peeping or picking apples, dry weather looks to persist through early next week. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
Wednesday sure looked and felt like autumn under a gray sky with a cool breeze. We stand a better chance of spying the sun today with temperatures mellowing close to 70F by tomorrow. No more heat waves - and a welcome lack of downpours into Tuesday of next week. Meanwhile we're keeping an eye on "Matthew" in the Caribbean. Will this be our October surprise? Too early to say.
The big story is news that we had not one, but two mega-rain events this past summer, based on forensic data and investigation by the Minnesota Climate Office and DNR. These sprawling areas of flooding appear to be on the increase; we've experienced at least 7 of these events since 2000. Somehow we get a break in the puddle treadmill with cool sunshine the rule from today into the weekend. Good timing for the Ryder Cup. Have you heard it's in town town? I had no idea. I'm just gratified we were able to squeeze in a big, glitzy, high-visibility international event - in between floods.
A large area of low pressure centered over Ontario is responsible for this windy nonsense. While wind gusts won't be quite as strong as they were Monday, we'll still have a nagging breeze to combat as you meander about outdoors. The low clouds surrounding the storm system will also make an appearance again Tuesday with passing showers that will likely be present during the afternoon hours. Check the blog for more details. -Todd Nelson
As the stubborn storm drifts east, a ridge of high pressure builds in allowing sunshine and dry weather to persist for several days. Golfers and golf fans will be appreciative of the downpour free forecast as the Ryder Cup comes to town this week. Check the blog for more updates. -Todd Nelson