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Happy Earth Day From Sierra Club Calusa Group!

7:45 pm Eastern | U.S. News

Happy Earth Day Fellow Sierra Club Members, Great news! Sierra Club Calusa Group's Spring 2017 newsletter is out! Big thanks to our newsletter editor Joe Bonasia for the work he put into getting this done! Your feedback and ideas are welcome, please let us know what you think of the newsletter.

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SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 157 Status Reports

6:01 pm Eastern | U.S. News

WW 0157 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 157 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 20 SSE GSO TO 15 WSW AVC TO 30 NE RZZ TO 35 WSW ORF. ..DEAN..04/22/17 ATTN...WFO...RAH...RNK...AKQ... STATUS REPORT FOR WS 157 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS NCC001-063-065-069-077-083-127-131-135-181-185-222340- NC . NORTH CAROLINA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ALAMANCE DURHAM EDGECOMBE FRANKLIN GRANVILLE HALIFAX NASH NORTHAMPTON ORANGE VANCE WARREN THE WATCH STATUS MESSAGE IS FOR GUIDANCE PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE REFER TO WATCH COUNTY NOTIFICATION STATEMENTS FOR OFFICIALread more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 157

6:01 pm Eastern | U.S. News

WW 157 SEVERE TSTM NC VA CW 221905Z - 230100Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 157 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 305 PM EDT Sat Apr 22 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Northern North Carolina Southern Virginia * Effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 305 PM until 900 PM EDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible A tornado or two possible SUMMARY...A line of strong storms is moving eastward into south central Virginia and northwest North Carolina, while new storms are developing in advance of the squall line.read more »

SPC MD 548

5:57 pm Eastern | U.S. News

MD 0548 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 158... FOR CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI...NORTHWESTERN ALABAMA...AND SOUTHERN MIDDLE TENNESSEE Mesoscale Discussion 0548 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0456 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017 Areas affected...Central Mississippi...northwestern Alabama...and southern middle Tennessee Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 158... Valid 222156Z - 222300Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 158 continues. SUMMARY...Scattered to numerous storms continue in WW 158, with a continued threat for hail, damaging wind gusts, and perhaps a tornado or two through at least 02Z. DISCUSSION...Scattered thunderstorms have increased in coverage and intensity over the past couple of hours in WW 158. These storms havread more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 158 Status Reports

5:30 pm Eastern | U.S. News

WW 0158 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 158 THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES ACROSS THE ENTIRE WATCH AREA. ..COOK..04/22/17 ATTN...WFO...HUN...BMX...JAN...MEG...OHX... STATUS REPORT FOR WS 158 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS ALC033-043-057-059-075-077-079-083-089-093-103-107-127-133- 222240- AL . ALABAMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE COLBERT CULLMAN FAYETTE FRANKLIN LAMAR LAUDERDALE LAWRENCE LIMESTONE MADISON MARION MORGAN PICKENS WALKER WINSTON MSC007-015-017-019-025-051-057-069-079-081-087-089-095-097-099- 103-105-117-141-15read more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 158

5:30 pm Eastern | U.S. News

WW 158 SEVERE TSTM AL MS TN 222005Z - 230200Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 158 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 305 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Northern and West Central Alabama Central and Northeast Mississippi Southern Middle Tennessee * Effective this Saturday afternoon and evening from 305 PM until 900 PM CDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible A tornado or two possible SUMMARY...Storms are increasing from southwest Tennessee into central Mississippi ahead ofread more »

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

4:17 pm Eastern | U.S. News

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook CORR 1 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0312 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017 Valid 231200Z - 241200Z CORRECTED FOR HEADLINE TEXT ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR NORTHERN ARIZONA INTO FAR NORTHWESTERN NEW MEXICO... No substantial changes have been made to the critical area for northern AZ into far northwestern NM. Across this region, sustained southwesterly surface winds of 20-25 mph are still expected to occur as a shortwave trough moves over the Great Basin. RH values will also become lowered below 15% Sunday afternoon, supporting critical designation where fuels are dry. The elevated area has been extended northeastward into a small portion of western CO, wheread more »

SPC MD 547

4:15 pm Eastern | U.S. News

MD 0547 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 157... FOR NORTHERN NORTH CAROLINA AND SOUTHERN VIRGINIA Mesoscale Discussion 0547 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0312 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017 Areas affected...Northern North Carolina and southern Virginia Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 157... Valid 222012Z - 222215Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 157 continues. SUMMARY...Damaging winds and marginally severe hail will be possible the next few hours with the more intense storms along and south of the surface front. DISCUSSION...Convection has continued to increase in coverage along the surface front near the NC/VA border, and additional discrete cells are ongoing in the warm sector south of the front where surface tread more »

SPC Apr 22, 2017 2000 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

22 Apr 15:40 | U.S. News

SPC 2000Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0236 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017 Valid 222000Z - 231200Z ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHERN VIRGINIA AND NORTHERN NORTH CAROLINA... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS PARTS OF THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI INTO TENNESSEE VALLEYS... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SURROUNDING AREAS OF THE MISSISSIPPI/TENNESSEE VALLEYS INTO THE MID ATLANTIC COAST REGION... ...SUMMARY... A few severe thunderstorms capable of damaging wind gusts and large hail will be possible this afternoon and evening from Louisiana to the southeastern Virginia/North Cread more »

SPC Apr 22, 2017 1730 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

22 Apr 13:18 | U.S. News

SPC 1730Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1215 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017 Valid 231200Z - 241200Z ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SUNDAY ACROSS THE GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF THE COASTAL PLAIN... ...SUMMARY... Thunderstorms impacting the Georgia and South Carolina piedmont and adjacent portions of the coastal plain Sunday may be accompanied by some risk for severe weather. ...Synopsis... The leading edge of a strong, zonal belt of westerlies (traversing much of the mid-latitude Pacific) appears likely to continue nosing inland across the Pacific coast, through the Great Basin and Rockies during this period. Models suggest that this may bread more »

SPC Apr 22, 2017 1730 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

22 Apr 13:18 | U.S. News

SPC 1730Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1215 PM CDT Sat Apr 22 2017 Valid 231200Z - 241200Z ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SUNDAY ACROSS THE GEORGIA AND SOUTH CAROLINA PIEDMONT AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF THE COASTAL PLAIN... ...SUMMARY... Thunderstorms impacting the Georgia and South Carolina piedmont and adjacent portions of the coastal plain Sunday may be accompanied by some risk for severe weather. ...Synopsis... The leading edge of a strong, zonal belt of westerlies (traversing much of the mid-latitude Pacific) appears likely to continue nosing inland across the Pacific coast, through the Great Basin and Rockies during this period. Models suggest that this may bread more »

FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida’s Lehigh Acres Fire

22 Apr 12:37 | U.S. News

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida Wildfires

22 Apr 12:36 | U.S. News

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida’s Indian Lakes Estate Fire

22 Apr 12:36 | U.S. News

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FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida’s Indian Lakes Estate Fire

22 Apr 11:37 | U.S. News

ATLANTA--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Florida to fight the Indian Lakes Estate Fire in Polk County.This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fires. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control. Language English read more »

FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida’s Lehigh Acres Fire

22 Apr 11:34 | U.S. News

ATLANTA--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Florida to fight the Lehigh Acres fire in Lee County.This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fires. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control. Language English read more »

FEMA Authorizes Federal Funds to Help Battle Florida Wildfires

22 Apr 11:32 | U.S. News

ATLANTA--The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized federal funds to reimburse costs to Florida to fight a wildfire in the Golden Gate area of Collier County.This authorization makes FEMA grant funding available to reimburse 75 percent of the eligible firefighting costs for managing, mitigating and controlling the fires. Eligible costs can include labor, equipment and supplies used for fighting the fire and costs for emergency work such as evacuations and sheltering, police barricading and traffic control. Language English read more »

Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

21 Apr 23:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho

21 Apr 23:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Washington

21 Apr 22:38 | U.S. News

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President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho

21 Apr 22:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Washington

21 Apr 22:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

21 Apr 22:37 | U.S. News

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Federal Aid Programs for the State of Idaho

21 Apr 22:36 | U.S. News

Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Trump's disaster declaration issued for the State of Idaho.Assistance for State, Tribal, and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required: Language English read more »

President Trump Approves Major Disaster Declaration for Idaho

21 Apr 22:34 | U.S. News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the State of Idaho to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe winter storms and flooding from February 5 to February 27, 2017. Language English read more »

BP Oil Spill Did $17.2 Billion In Damage To Natural Resources, Scientists Find

21 Apr 17:15 | SciTech

The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill did $17.2 billion in damage to the natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists recently found after a six-year study of the impact of the largest oil spill in U.S. history.read more »

SPC Apr 21, 2017 2000 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

21 Apr 16:01 | U.S. News

SPC 2000Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0255 PM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 212000Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA...NORTH CENTRAL AND NORTHEASTERN TEXAS...AND SOUTHWESTERN ARKANSAS... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SURROUNDING AREAS OF THE SOUTHERN PLAINS AND OZARK PLATEAU... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN A CORRIDOR SURROUNDING THE SLIGHT RISK AREA EAST NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH THE TENNESSEE VALLY AND MID ATLANTIC COAST REGION... ...SUMMARY... Severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes are expread more »

California Cities Dominate List Of Nation's Most Polluted Regions

21 Apr 15:18 | U.S. News

The American Lung Association's State of the Air 2017 report found California has the dubious distinction of being home to the majority of the Top 10 cities with ozone and particle pollution in the United States. read more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 154 Status Reports

21 Apr 14:48 | U.S. News

WW 0154 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 154 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 35 NE DUA TO 15 E RKR TO 20 SW HRO. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SEE MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0536 ..DEAN..04/21/17 ATTN...WFO...LZK...TSA...SHV... STATUS REPORT FOR WS 154 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS ARC019-051-059-061-071-081-083-097-105-109-113-115-127-133-149- 211940- AR . ARKANSAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE CLARK GARLAND HOT SPRING HOWARD JOHNSON LITTLE RIVER LOGAN MONTGOMERY PERRY PIKE POLK POPE SCOTT SEVIER YELL read more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 154

21 Apr 14:48 | U.S. News

WW 154 SEVERE TSTM AR OK 211505Z - 212000Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 154 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1005 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Western Arkansas Eastern Oklahoma * Effective this Friday morning and afternoon from 1005 AM until 300 PM CDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts to 75 mph possible Isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible SUMMARY...A well-organized/fast-moving line of thunderstorms will continue moving quickly east-southeast across central and eastern Oklahoma and into western Arkansas this read more »

SPC MD 537

21 Apr 14:14 | U.S. News

MD 0537 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR FAR NORTHERN ALABAMA...MUCH OF TENNESSEE...WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA...WESTERN VIRGINIA...AND SOUTHEASTERN KENTUCKY Mesoscale Discussion 0537 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0113 PM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Areas affected...Far northern Alabama...much of Tennessee...western North Carolina...western Virginia...and southeastern Kentucky Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 211813Z - 212015Z Probability of Watch Issuance...20 percent SUMMARY...Scattered thunderstorms will pose a threat for sporadic hail/damaging wind gusts this afternoon and early evening. A WW is not anticipated for this activity. DISCUSSION...Scattered convection continues to increase in coverage within broadlread more »

SPC MD 536

21 Apr 14:13 | U.S. News

MD 0536 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 154... FOR FAR EASTERN OK...AR...WESTERN TN...NORTHERN MS Mesoscale Discussion 0536 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0112 PM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Areas affected...Far eastern OK...AR...Western TN...Northern MS Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 154... Valid 211812Z - 211945Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 154 continues. SUMMARY...A risk of locally damaging wind continues with the long-lived convective system moving into western AR. The longevity of this system is somewhat uncertain, but a local watch areal extension or new watch issuance may be required to cover the threat. DISCUSSION...At 1800Z, a well-organized, long-lived MCS is moving quickly eastward into western ARread more »

Press Gaggle by Press Secretary Sean Spicer

21 Apr 13:48 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 11:23 A.M. EDT MR. SPICER:  The U.N. Secretary General is in Washington for meetings today.  He came to the White House to meet with National Security Advisor McMaster, and we anticipate he’ll be  -- our plan is that he’ll stop by the Oval Office and meet with the President today.  So I just wanted to update you on that.  We’ll provide a readout after that meeting concludes. The President is also extremely pleased to have Aya Hijazi and her husband home again after three long years -- nearly three long years.  The President directly engaged behind the scenes on her behalf and made it clear to the Egyptian government how important it was to him that this American be released and returned. For those of you who are not fully aware of the story, Aya Hijazi was running an NGO dedicated to improving the lives of children in Cairo.  Nearly three read more »

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

21 Apr 13:35 | U.S. News

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1230 PM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 221200Z - 231200Z ...NO CRITICAL AREAS... No changes have been made to the ongoing forecast. See the previous discussion below for more information. ..Gleason.. 04/21/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 0258 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017/ ...Synopsis... A trough across the mid-Mississippi Valley will slowly dig southeast into the southeast United States as it begins to weaken and cut off from the westerlies. To the west, the next trough will move into the western United States. At the surface, a weak low over Arkansas at the start of the period will move east toward Georgia during the forecastread more »

SPC Apr 21, 2017 1730 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

21 Apr 13:27 | U.S. News

SPC 1730Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1223 PM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 221200Z - 231200Z ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SATURDAY INTO SATURDAY NIGHT ACROSS PARTS OF THE TENNESSEE VALLEY INTO THE LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SURROUNDING AREAS OF THE TENNESSEE AND LOWER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY...EASTWARD ACROSS THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS AND SOUTHERN MID ATLANTIC COAST REGION... ...SUMMARY... Thunderstorms accompanied by a risk for severe wind gusts and hail are expected across parts of the Tennessee Valley into the lower Mississippi Valley Saturday through Saturday evening. Additional strong thunderstorms with soread more »

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook

21 Apr 12:49 | U.S. News

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1144 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 211700Z - 221200Z ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR PORTIONS OF CENTRAL/EASTERN NEW MEXICO INTO A SMALL PART OF FAR WEST TEXAS... Elevated designation has been removed from the eastern FL peninsula, as onshore flow from the western Atlantic will likely keep RH values above 40%. Interior portions of the central/southern FL peninsula extending to the Gulf Coast will still realize elevated to locally critical fire weather conditions today as RH values fall below 40%, east-southeasterly winds around 10 mph occur, and fuels remain dry with an ongoing drought. No changes have been made to theread more »

SPC Apr 21, 2017 1630 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

21 Apr 12:48 | U.S. News

SPC 1630Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1140 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 211630Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS PARTS OF SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA AND THE ARKLATEX...AND ADJACENT NORTH TEXAS... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE MID-MISSISSIPPI VALLEY AREA WEST-SOUTHWEST INTO PARTS OF OKLAHOMA AND NORTH TEXAS... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS EXTENDING FROM THE MID-ATLANTIC REGION WEST-SOUTHWEST INTO THE SOUTHERN PLAINS... ...SUMMARY... Severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes are expected through tonight from parts of the southern Plains into the Ozark Plateauread more »

Real Estate Economists Predict Moderate Growth Through 2019

21 Apr 11:10 | Business

The U.S. economy and commercial real estate industry are, in general, expected to experience moderate growth through much of 2019, according to a new three-year economic forecast from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate.read more »

Commercial Deliverables for Commercial Signing Ceremony

21 Apr 09:47 | SciTech

Vice President Mike Pence and Indonesia Vice President Jusuf Kalla celebrated over $10 billion dollars in trade and investment agreements that demonstrate the strength of the U.S.-Indonesia economic relationship. The deals include the delivery of cutting-edge U.S. technologies to help meet Indonesia’s energy needs and process waste into valuable byproducts. U.S. companies are also supporting Indonesia’s desire for cleaner energy with the development of geothermal resources and the long-term supply of LNG. The procurement of U.S. high technology equipment will improve Indonesia’s ability to provide affordable and renewable energy. Two agreements were also signed to enhance aviation and defense cooperation. The agreements will contribute to economic growth and create jobs in both countries. “Today, on President Trump's behalf, I had the honor to join Vice President Kalla and American and Indonesian businesses as they signed historic agreements that will draw read more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 153 Status Reports

21 Apr 05:18 | U.S. News

WW 0153 Status Updates STATUS FOR WATCH 0153 HAS NOT BEEN ISSUED YET Read more read more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 153

21 Apr 05:18 | U.S. News

WW 153 SEVERE TSTM OK TX 210915Z - 211700Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 153 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 415 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Western and central Oklahoma Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles * Effective this Friday morning from 415 AM until NOON CDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible SUMMARY...Hail potential will increase over the watch area the next few hours as scattered thunderstorms continue to develop and increase in coverage from the Panhandles into wread more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 152 Status Reports

21 Apr 04:51 | U.S. News

WW 0152 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 152 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES RIGHT OF A LINE FROM 35 E SPS TO 30 SSE LTS TO 25 NNE CDS TO 20 N CDS TO 30 S AMA. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SEE MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 0533. ..PETERS..04/21/17 ATTN...WFO...OUN...LUB...AMA... STATUS REPORT FOR WS 152 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS OKC009-011-015-017-019-027-031-033-039-043-049-051-055-057-065- 067-073-075-083-087-099-109-129-137-141-149-210940- OK . OKLAHOMA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BECKHAM BLAINE CADDO CANADIAN CARTER CLEVELAND COMANCHE COTTON CUSTER DEWEY GARVIN read more »

SPC Apr 21, 2017 Day 4-8 Severe Weather Outlook

21 Apr 04:49 | U.S. News

Day 4-8 Outlook Day 4-8 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0346 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 241200Z - 291200Z ...DISCUSSION... ...Monday/Day 4... The medium-range models begin the Day 4 to 8 period with an upper-level low over northern Georgia and move this feature to the east coast on Monday/Day 4. Thunderstorm development will be possible during the day across parts of the eastern Carolinas. ...Tuesday/Day 5... Both the ECMWF and GFS advect moisture into eastern parts of the Great Plains on Tuesday/Day 5 and move a relatively low-amplitude upper-level trough across the region. Although a localized severe threat would be possible across parts of the southern Plains Tuesday afternoon and evening, any convectivread more »

SPC MD 533

21 Apr 04:45 | U.S. News

MD 0533 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 152... FOR PORTIONS OF THE OK/TX PANHANDLES INTO WESTERN AND CENTRAL OK Mesoscale Discussion 0533 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0344 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Areas affected...Portions of the OK/TX Panhandles into western and central OK Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 152... Valid 210844Z - 211045Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 152 continues. SUMMARY...Recent storm development is being monitored in northeast NM into the northwest TX Panhandle, which is likely the start of the next round of strong to severe storms forecast to spread to the east/southeast across the OK/TX Panhandles into western and central OK through the morning. This will likely warrant a new WW issread more »

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

21 Apr 04:03 | U.S. News

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0258 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 221200Z - 231200Z ...NO CRITICAL AREAS... ...Synopsis... A trough across the mid-Mississippi Valley will slowly dig southeast into the southeast United States as it begins to weaken and cut off from the westerlies. To the west, the next trough will move into the western United States. At the surface, a weak low over Arkansas at the start of the period will move east toward Georgia during the forecast period. A cold front will push east through much of the southeast, ushering in a cooler drier airmass. At this time, the pattern does not look favorable for the development of large-scale read more »

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook

21 Apr 04:02 | U.S. News

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0258 AM CDT Fri Apr 21 2017 Valid 211200Z - 221200Z ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR CENTRAL/EAST-CENTRAL NEW MEXICO AND FAR WEST TEXAS... ...Synopsis... A mid-level trough will slide east-southeast, moving from the central Rocky Mountains toward the mid-Mississippi Valley, during the forecast period. As this occurs, a mid-level ridge will move east into the western United States. At the surface, a weak surface low was analyzed this morning across portions of far southeast New Mexico with a weak warm front extending northeast from there into far southeast Oklahoma. This surface low should slowly move northeast into thread more »

A Letter from the President to Certain Congressional Committee Chairs

20 Apr 17:54 | US Politics and Govt

TEXT OF A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT TO THE CHAIRMEN OF THE HOUSE AND SENATE COMMITTEES ON APPROPRIATIONS AND THE JUDICIARY, THE HOUSE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES, AND THE SENATE COMMITTEES ON FOREIGN RELATIONS AND BANKING, HOUSING, AND URBAN AFFAIRS   Dear Mr. Chairman: In accordance with section 1264 of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Subtitle F, Public Law 114-328)(the "Act") I have enclosed the initial report on its implementation.  This report, compiled by the Departments of State, the Treasury, and other relevant executive departments and agencies (agencies), outlines my Administration's support for this important legislation and makes clear our commitment to its robust and thorough enforcement.  As noted in the report, my Administration is actively identifying persons and entities to whom the Act may apply and are collectiread more »

SPC MD 528

20 Apr 16:32 | U.S. News

MD 0528 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 151... FOR PARTS OF INDIANA/OHIO/SOUTHERN LOWER MICHIGAN Mesoscale Discussion 0528 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0331 PM CDT Thu Apr 20 2017 Areas affected...Parts of Indiana/Ohio/southern Lower Michigan Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 151... Valid 202031Z - 202230Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 151 continues. SUMMARY...Isolated severe risk continues in and near WW #151. DISCUSSION...Latest radar loop shows several bands of storms moving across southern Lower Michigan/Indiana/western Ohio at this time, with a new band of storms developing along the immediate frontal zone. This band of storms -- now entering northwest portions of WW #151 -- likely marks the back read more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 151 Status Reports

20 Apr 16:31 | U.S. News

WW 0151 Status Updates STATUS REPORT ON WW 151 THE SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES ACROSS THE ENTIRE WATCH AREA. ..GOSS..04/20/17 ATTN...WFO...IWX...GRR...DTX...CLE...ILN... STATUS REPORT FOR WS 151 SEVERE WEATHER THREAT CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS INC001-003-009-033-053-069-075-087-113-151-179-183-202140- IN . INDIANA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ADAMS ALLEN BLACKFORD DE KALB GRANT HUNTINGTON JAY LAGRANGE NOBLE STEUBEN WELLS WHITLEY MIC023-025-059-075-077-091-093-099-115-125-149-161-163-202140- MI . MICHIGAN COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE BRANCH CALHOUNread more »

SPC Severe Thunderstorm Watch 151

20 Apr 16:31 | U.S. News

WW 151 SEVERE TSTM IN MI OH LE 201805Z - 210000Z URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED Severe Thunderstorm Watch Number 151 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 205 PM EDT Thu Apr 20 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Watch for portions of Northeast Indiana South central and southeast Lower Michigan Northwest Ohio Lake Erie * Effective this Thursday afternoon and evening from 205 PM until 800 PM EDT. * Primary threats include... Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible SUMMARY...Clusters of strong/severe storms will continue to develop through the afternoon from Indiana into southern Lower Michigan and northwestern Ohread more »

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