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And now, a “drunken storm” after 4.5 inchs of rain

December 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Noon update: Another third of an inch of rain since morning. Highest wind gust: 34 mph at 11:07 a.m.

Garbage cans and tree limbs litter the streets.


Nearly 4 1/2 inches of rain has fallen on Maple Leaf Life South so far this week – 4.44 inches, to be exact, as of 7 a.m.

And we’re enjoying serious rain now.

Cliff Mass has decided to dub the system now hanging off our coast a “drunken storm.”

Drunken Storm: a storm that circles around and has minimal forward motion, in contrast to normal storms that move rapidly to the east or northeast.

(Today), an usually powerful storm for our region will careen around in our offshore water for an extended period before making landfall. A very strong storm and unusual behavior.

It will be followed by a sober storm, with wind, this weekend.

The National Weather Service’s current discussion of all this distinguishes itself with the phrase: “A BENT BACK OCCLUSION OR STINGER JET.”

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