Gosic http://gosic.org/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 15:11:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://gosic.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2-150x150.png Gosic http://gosic.org/ 32 32 News 4 weather forecasters share what to expect this winter in a special in the St. Louis Winter Weather Outlook https://gosic.org/news-4-weather-forecasters-share-what-to-expect-this-winter-in-a-special-in-the-st-louis-winter-weather-outlook/ Wed, 23 Nov 2022 01:03:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/news-4-weather-forecasters-share-what-to-expect-this-winter-in-a-special-in-the-st-louis-winter-weather-outlook/

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) — The St. Louis subway has already experienced severe winter weather and it’s not Thanksgiving yet.

News 4’s First Alert Weather team gives us a detailed rundown of what to expect for the rest of the winter months. Our team interviews road crews about their latest strategies for keeping the roads safe and how to prepare your home and car for the elements.

Meteorologist Kent Ehrhardt gives us a glimpse into some of St. Louis’ most extreme winters.

When winter weather hits, a lot of our focus turns to road conditions. Meteorologist Matt Chambers turned to the experts to find out how they deal with slippery roads.

It can be difficult to keep your home warm and safe when temperatures drop, and we’ve seen efforts to stay warm get deadly in recent years. Meteorologist Kristen Cornett spoke to firefighters about best practices this winter.

How do you prepare your car for winter weather? Our meteorologists break down what you want in your car when stranded in inclement weather.

What do persimmon seeds and woolworms have in common? Well, some people think they can predict the weather. Meteorologist Leah Hill puts these theories to the test.

How much heavier is wet snow compared to dry snow?

Freezing rain is caused by warm air on the ground. Right or wrong?

Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton has the answers.

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For some Florida flood insurance policyholders affected by Hurricane Ian, the deadline is approaching to expedite recovery https://gosic.org/for-some-florida-flood-insurance-policyholders-affected-by-hurricane-ian-the-deadline-is-approaching-to-expedite-recovery/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 14:50:17 +0000 https://gosic.org/for-some-florida-flood-insurance-policyholders-affected-by-hurricane-ian-the-deadline-is-approaching-to-expedite-recovery/

NFIP policyholders with renewal dates from August 25 through October 23 must act

WASHINGTON – Some National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) policyholders in Hurricane Ian-affected areas of Florida are nearing the deadline to renew their policies without suffering a loss.

NFIP previously announced that certain Hurricane Ian-affected Florida policyholders would be granted a 90-day grace period to renew their policies, instead of the standard 30-day grace period. This means that after the policy has been renewed, the policyholder can make a claim if they have suffered flood damage from Hurricane Ian or any other type of flooding.

The extended grace period applies to policyholders whose flood insurance policy expiry date began on August 25, 2022 through October 23, 2022 inclusive. This means for policyholders whose renewal date was originally August 25th, the deadline to renew their policy is now Wednesday 11/23.

FEMA has identified over 11,000 policyholders in Florida who may still be able to renew their policies due to the grace period extension. FEMA estimates that 220 policyholders have until November 23 to take advantage of the grace period extension.

The extension of the grace period will help thousands of Florida policyholders renew their flood insurance policies without forfeiting coverage. To maximize awareness, FEMA has taken the extraordinary step of going door-to-door advising policyholders of this opportunity, while also directing flood insurance companies and insurance agents to contact them.

There are 26 counties in Florida designated for FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program where policyholders can take advantage of the grace period. FEMA encourages all impacted policyholders residing in these counties to expedite their recovery by using the grace period to renew their policies as soon as possible.

As of November 21, more than 45,000 policyholders have filed claims for damage caused by Hurricane Ian. The majority of these claims are located in Florida. The National Flood Insurance Program has paid more than $706 million in claims payments to insured policyholders.

Hurricane Fiona

Policyholders in Puerto Rico also received a 90-day extension. The renewal extension applies to policyholders whose flood insurance policy expiry dates began on August 17, 2022 through October 15, 2022 inclusive. As of November 14, there are over 79 policyholders who are still able to extend their flood insurance policy due to the grace period extension. As of November 16, more than 121 applications have been filed in the wake of Hurricane Fiona. The National Flood Insurance Program has paid a total of over $880,000 in claims payments to insured policyholders in Puerto Rico.

Contact your insurance agent or company to renew an expired policy

Policyholders wishing to take advantage of the grace period for either Hurricane Fiona or Ian should contact their representative or insurance company today. Policyholders who do not have their insurance agent or company’s contact information should call 877-336-2627 for assistance. To learn more about filing a flood insurance claim, visit floodsmart.gov.

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Weather today (November 22): Rain over Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala https://gosic.org/weather-today-november-22-rain-over-odisha-telangana-karnataka-kerala/ Tue, 22 Nov 2022 02:35:01 +0000 https://gosic.org/weather-today-november-22-rain-over-odisha-telangana-karnataka-kerala/

Here is the weather forecast for Tuesday:

Tuesday (November 22nd)

  • Fairly widespread rains and thunderstorms are likely over the coast of Andhra Pradesh and Yanam.
  • Scattered rain and thunderstorms are likely over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.
  • Occasionally it can rain over Odisha, Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala – Mahe, with the risk of lightning.
  • Air quality is likely to be very poor in North and Central India, poor in East, West and South India.

Wednesday (November 23)

  • Scattered rain and thunderstorms are likely over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh and Yanam Coast, Rayalaseema, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal, and South Interior Karnataka.
  • Patchy rain is likely over Coastal & North Interior Karnataka, Kerala – Mahe with a risk of lightning.
  • Air quality is likely to be very poor in North India, poor over Central, East, West and South India.

5-day nationwide forecast

3-day precipitation accumulation from Tuesday to Thursday (TWC Editorial Team)

3-day precipitation accumulation from Tuesday to Thursday

(TWC Editorial Team)

A depression over the southwestern parts of the southern Bay of Bengal is likely to trend west-northwest and approach the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh to the coasts of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and then weaken to a well-marked depression around November 22nd likely to move west-northwest towards the northern coasts of Tamilnadu-Puducherry and the southern coast of Andhra Pradesh over the following 3 days.

Under its influence, isolated to fairly widespread rainfall is likely to peak on November 22 and 23 over southern peninsular India, particularly the coast of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Karaikal.

Additionally, a cyclone circulation is likely to form over the North Andaman Sea around Thursday and begin affecting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Regarding mercury levels, maximum temperatures are projected to be slightly below normal in some areas of India’s North Peninsula, while others will be near normal or above normal during this forecast period. Minimum overnight stays will be higher than normal in the southern peninsula of India, while slightly below normal in the northern half of the country.

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An important catalyst to foster financial inclusion for women MSMEs https://gosic.org/an-important-catalyst-to-foster-financial-inclusion-for-women-msmes/ Mon, 21 Nov 2022 05:39:21 +0000 https://gosic.org/an-important-catalyst-to-foster-financial-inclusion-for-women-msmes/

Enabling the growth of MSMEs through innovation, technology and policy has been a priority for the economy. But this growth story has overlooked a key demographic – women entrepreneurs who represent 20% of the MSME sector. These are mainly one-man businesses, which provide direct employment for a 22 to 27 million people. Bath & Company projects that female entrepreneurs can create 150-170 million jobs for the working-age population by 2030. Instinctively, empowering these MSMEs will lead to positive socio-economic and personal outcomes.

For that, we need to address its most glaring pain point, which according to a study titled “What women MSMEs want”, raises capital. According to data from International Finance Corporation (IFC)the credit gap for women-owned MSMEs currently stands at $158 billion (about Rs 12 lakh crore).

The gender divide in access to cormal finance

An overwhelming majority of women entrepreneurs, 90% to be exact, use informal sources of finance such as loans from family and friends, cash vouchers, informal savings clubs, etc. In most scenarios, compared to their male counterparts, female entrepreneurs end up being disadvantaged. This is the result of certain socio-cultural barriers that they exclusively face:

  • Subconscious bias in formal systems

There is a negative bias that perceives women-owned businesses are riskier and women entrepreneurs have a higher loan application rejection rate. It’s even when to research confirms that women are more disciplined borrowers than men and have a better credit profile.

There is great inequality in the inheritance that women receive and simply the limited access to assets and property so that they can take out a loan against collateral. There are also cultural constraints such as the unequal distribution of unpaid household chores, lack of security and limited mobility that prevent a woman from approaching a physical lender to access credit.

Women MSMEs tend to be unaware of the financing options available, the pros and cons, as well as the costs of the various options, the benefits of borrowing, etc. This lack of knowledge and awareness, especially in small towns, generates reluctance to access funding through formal channels.

How Technology is Bridging the Gap

Technology has undeniably become a key driver of sustainable economic development in businesses and households. This speaks directly to the fact that there is an explosive increase in the number of homebuilders-turned-entrepreneurs, which has been spurred by growing internet penetration and digitalization of supply chain management.

The existence and development of online aggregation platforms has also been a boon for these entrepreneurs. They can manage the majority of their business operations from the comfort of their homes. It is also a factor that gives them the confidence to run their business due to the increased visibility and reach of these platforms in the market, as well as connections from digital providers and lenders. Digital lenders have deep integration into these platforms with a complete digital journey from loan initiation to disbursement, enabling easy access to credit for women entrepreneurs to overcome cultural disparity and their key barriers when it comes to is to begin their credit journey.

Another benefit directly related to access to credit is the information and help they get from these platforms; they can explore and receive information on what’s new in the market, available lenders on platforms, financing options, terms, etc., bridging the financial literacy gap. The digital lenders themselves provide easy and quick access to information in addition to what is available on the platforms through FAQs, self-explanatory videos, chatbots, WhatsApp support, and more. enabling a smooth flow of information through cost-effective channels. dissemination of credit and its information.

Confident in the understanding and usefulness of financial products by women entrepreneurs, digital lenders offer gender-neutral risk assessment through AI-based algorithms and machine learning, avoiding human biases. Second, with cash flow-based lending, the lack of conventional qualifications (which female entrepreneurs do not have) for a loan is no longer an issue. Moreover, the digital This aspect of it proves to be most beneficial for women, as they can avail of credit without having to physically leave their homes and see the process consume a significant amount of their time (for which they are already pressed). Taking advantage of this opportunity, lenders have now launched integrated services in which credit trips can start through platforms like WhatsApp. The process is just to answer a few questions via WhatsApp and send documents to avail the loans.

The path to follow

Addressing the digital divide must be a top priority to realize this potential at scale. In Indiawomen are 15% less likely to own a mobile phone and 33% less likely to use mobile internet.

For technological capabilities to drive full financial inclusion, much remains to be done. Currently, we see that technology can address three of the key touchpoints for growth. It has the potential to level the playing field for female entrepreneurs. Digital loans have been proven to enable scaling for women entrepreneurs running successful businesses. Because of this, it can widen the funnel for other women to engage in entrepreneurship and credit, without worrying about their access to capital.



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Scott Martin: Cool, dry weekend for most of Alabama https://gosic.org/scott-martin-cool-dry-weekend-for-most-of-alabama/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 14:13:43 +0000 https://gosic.org/scott-martin-cool-dry-weekend-for-most-of-alabama/

THE ALABAMA WEEKEND: After a chilly start, clouds will increase throughout the day but all shower activity will be confined to the Gulf Coast. Highs will be in the upper 40’s to the upper 50’s.

Clouds will decrease on Sunday and bright sunshine will return. However, we remain with below average temperatures with highs in the mid 40’s to low 50’s.

NEXT WEEK: A short wave will move towards Alabama on Monday bringing more clouds but we’re trying to stay dry at this point. We will start to see a warming trend with highs in the low 50’s to low 60’s. The first half of Tuesday looks dry, but with the passage of shortwave some showers are possible during the afternoon and into the evening. Highs will be in the 50’s. A few showers seem possible during the first half of Wednesday, which will clear up in the early afternoon. Highs are between the high 50s and low 60s.

Daylight on Thanksgiving Day looks dry, with mostly sunny skies, but clouds will increase from the west as a frontal system approaches. The rain will move into western Alabama at sunset or shortly thereafter and appears to hit the I-59 corridor by midnight. Highs will be in the high 50s to high 60s.

On Friday, the rain will continue to push east as the front slowly moves through Alabama. Buyers must definitely have an umbrella handy. The rain appears to have completely cleared the area by midnight. Afternoon highs are between the low 50s and low 60s.

TROPICS: The tropics are all calm at this point as we near the end of the Atlantic hurricane season. No new tropical or subtropical systems are expected to form within the next five days.

ON THIS DAY IN 1988: Strong thunderstorms developed in the morning, causing storms in east Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley into the early hours of the night. Thunderstorms spawned 21 tornadoes, including 13 in Mississippi. A tornado killed two people and injured 11 others in Nettleton, Mississippi, and another tornado injured eight people in Tuscaloosa. Thunderstorms generated baseball-sized hail in east Texas and northern Louisiana, and Summit, Mississippi, was inundated with 6 inches of rain in four hours.

BEACH FORECAST: Get the latest weather and up-to-date forecasts for beaches from Dauphin Island to Panama City Beach, Florida on our Beach Forecast Center page. There you can select the forecast of the region that interests you.

For more weather news and information from James Spann, Scott Martin and other members of the James Spann team, visit AlabamaWx.

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Prince of Wales arrives at RAF base to learn about Typhoon jets https://gosic.org/prince-of-wales-arrives-at-raf-base-to-learn-about-typhoon-jets/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 17:59:46 +0000 https://gosic.org/prince-of-wales-arrives-at-raf-base-to-learn-about-typhoon-jets/
The Prince of Wales has arrived at RAF Coningsby to find out about the work needed to keep Typhoon jets aloft – and to open a new boxing club. William visits the RAF base in Lincolnshire in his role as Honorary Air Commander at RAF Coningsby.

The former RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot arrived by helicopter and was greeted by Group Captain Billy Cooper, the base commander.

Royal visit to RAF Coningsby
The Prince of Wales arrives by helicopter for a visit to RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire (Joe Giddens/PA)

During the visit, William will spend time at the Air Traffic Control Center to learn about Project Marshall, a multi-billion dollar equipment upgrade program for air traffic control radar services in Lincolnshire.

On display will be new technologies used by ground crews, from exoskeletons to virtual reality headsets, to make maintenance more efficient on Typhoon jets flown by two Typhoon squadrons based at RAF Coningsby can.

The Prince will also visit and officially open the new RAF Coningsby Boxing Club in the heart of the base.

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4 government agencies you may not know will help you pay off your student loan https://gosic.org/4-government-agencies-you-may-not-know-will-help-you-pay-off-your-student-loan/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 15:07:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/4-government-agencies-you-may-not-know-will-help-you-pay-off-your-student-loan/

of President Joe Biden student loan cancellation plan seemed like a dream come true for millions of borrowers when it was unveiled in August. Now they face the nightmarish possibility that the money they were planning to save will have to be paid back after all.

Discover: 11 companies you may not know will help you pay off your student loan
Student Loan Forgiveness: What to do if you have already applied

A lawsuit filed by six Republican-leaning states challenging the legality of the debt relief program has led to a recent court order that temporarily blocked him. The US Department of Education has stopped accepting applications while legal battles unfold.

Now, there are growing concerns about whether the program will fulfill its mission of canceling up to $20,000 in student loan debt per borrower. James Kvaal, Undersecretary for Education, said in a recent court filing that if the Department of Education cannot provide debt relief, “there could be a historically large increase in the amount of federal student loans in arrears and defaults.”

Whatever happens, the United States will always be home to a huge amount of student loan debt. During the third quarter of 2022, student loan balances were $1.57 trillion, according to a Nov. 15 press release from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

If the Biden administration’s debt relief package ends up being permanently stalled, federal student loan borrowers will have to start repaying their loans in early 2023. That’s when the break current refund must end.

The amount of student loan debt in the United States — combined with the number of borrowers at risk of default — will likely reignite conversations about the role employers can play in helping their employees reduce their debt. That might be the best long-term solution, according to Kristen Carlisle, chief executive of improvement at worka provider of 401k benefits and financial wellness.

“Amid all this uncertainty, one thing is clear: Not all student debt will go away anytime soon and it’s time for employers to act,” Carlisle told GOBankingRates in an emailed statement. “The billions of dollars in student debt owed to the United States is a national crisis and an enormous burden on the millions of Americans who carry this debt…Employers must partner with employees to help find solutions .”

A number of leading companies have programs in place to help employees pay off student debt. Many government agencies do the same through loan repayment assistance programs, or LRAPs. These are provided to federal and state government employees and members of the U.S. Armed Forces as a recruitment and retention tool, according to the OPM.gov website.

Annual LRAP payments are capped at $10,000 and cumulative payments are capped at $60,000, although some federal agencies have lower limits, according to the Cappex website. Employees must agree to either continue working for the agency for at least three years or repay the full amount of the loan.

The Ask the Money Coach website lists more than 80 agencies that help with college loans through LRAP, ranging from large federal agencies such as the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, and of Energy to smaller independent agencies like the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Federal Elections Commission, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Housing Finance Agency, Small Business Administration, and Smithsonian Institution

Federal employees may also be eligible to have their loans forgiven under the Civil Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Under this program, you can get your entire remaining direct loan balance forgiven after making 120 qualifying payments or 10 years’ worth.

To learn more about getting student loan help as a government employee, visit Office of Personnel Management (OPM) website.

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Here is an example of how four federal agencies provide student loan repayment benefits:

  • Department of Justice PARL: Eligible attorneys can get $6,000 a year in repayment assistance with a lifetime maximum of $60,000, according to Best Colleges. Participating attorneys must sign an agreement with the DOJ and commit to an initial three-year service obligation.
  • Indian Health Service Loan Repayment: Eligible health practitioners can receive up to $20,000 per year in student loan repayment assistance in exchange for a two-year service commitment to practice full-time at a designated Indian Health Program site.
  • National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Rural Community Loan Repayment Scheme: Physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals can earn up to $100,000 in student loan repayment assistance in exchange for a three-year service commitment at an NHSC-approved site.
  • State Department: According to the State.gov website, its Student Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) allows employees to reduce student loan debt incurred to support educational programs the employee has already completed or, in the case of Parent Loans. Plus, followed by the employee’s child. Payments are made directly to the lender or the employee’s loan servicer.

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Meteorologists warn citizens of possible storms https://gosic.org/meteorologists-warn-citizens-of-possible-storms/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 01:00:00 +0000 https://gosic.org/meteorologists-warn-citizens-of-possible-storms/ “Citizens should be wary and wary of possible negativity as it is forecast to blow heavily in Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea and …]]>
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Meteorologists have issued a “yellow alert” warning for 39 provinces, mainly in the south-west of the country, warning citizens to be cautious and cautious about possible storms and strong winds.

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“Citizens should be wary and wary of possible negativity as it is forecast to blow heavily in Marmara, Aegean and Black Sea and Central Anatolia regions and from time to time in the form of short-term storms in Marmara and Aegean regions,” he said the Turkish State Meteorological Service in its latest weather report.

The bureau also warned of problems from the potential storm, such as falling trees and poles, deflating roofs and disruption to transportation.

Meteorologists urged citizens of western Marmara to beware of negative influences such as local flooding and lightning as local heavy rainfall is expected.

Meanwhile, the Istanbul Municipality also issued a statement warning citizens to beware of strong winds. “The expected storm with a speed of 40-65 kilometers per hour may turn into a strong storm of 70-75 kilometers with short-term movements, as Istanbul and the western regions of our country will be affected by the low-pressure system over the middle Mediterranean Sea.”

“Due to the pressure system that is bringing the warm and rainy weather of the South to our area, the rain is expected to continue into Tuesday [Nov. 22]and temperatures are expected to remain in the 15 to 18 degree Celsius range throughout next week,” it said.

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It is estimated to be 1 to 3 degrees below seasonal norms between November 21 and 30, he added.

The “yellow alert” indicates a “potentially dangerous situation” in the weather. Although the predicted event is not uncommon, it is used as a warning to exercise caution in activities that may be affected by meteorological conditions.

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Hurricanes need more offensive production from Kotkaniemi https://gosic.org/hurricanes-need-more-offensive-production-from-kotkaniemi/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 19:07:44 +0000 https://gosic.org/hurricanes-need-more-offensive-production-from-kotkaniemi/

After last night’s 3-0 win over the Chicago Blackhawks, the Carolina Hurricanes find themselves third in the Metropolitan Division with 16 games played.

Just three points behind the division-leading New Jersey Devils and one point behind the New York Islanders with a game in hand.

The season already had its ups and downs but seemed more of a struggle compared to last season’s success.

In the era of salary caps in the NHL, a lot of things have to go your way in order to win a division and finish in the top two of the conference.

One thing is for sure, when you give a player a decent contract, you need the matching success to win hockey games. The Hurricanes are no different in this regard, having limited space on the Cap as a Stanley Cup contender.

Secondary Point Battles

The Hurricanes were led by explosive starts by Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov. Both players are over one point per game production.

Sebastian Aho also started the season with just over one point per game with 7 goals and ten assists.

What was problematic at the beginning of the season is the underperformance of strikers like Teuvo Teravainen and Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

Teravainen is now injured although showing signs of life, but Kotkaniemi has not been productive or conspicuous in the first 16 competitions.

That needs to change if the Hurricanes are to fight for the division title and be strong in the playoffs.

Kotkaniemi

The 22-year-old Finnish forward has tremendous ability and was picked third overall in the 2018 NHL draft for that very reason.

During his brief NHL career, Kotkaniemi has shown signs of becoming a star. His biggest showcase was on the biggest stage in the playoffs for Montreal.

With 8 points in 19 playoff games, Kotkaniemi has made a name for himself. This led to his offer sheet of Don Waddell and the Hurricanes.

In his first season at Carolina, it was clear there was a lot more to come from the young forward. In just 66 games, he scored 12 goals and 29 points.

The start of this season was not ideal. In 16 games played, Kotkaniemi has only one goal and 3 points for it.

In the face-off, Kotkaniemi did well, but the necessary differentiator didn’t appear, showing the limits of this offense without him.

If it was worth signing Kotkaniemi, the player needs to start with consistency or the team will continue to run into cap issues.

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More than 2,500 lightning bolts struck the North Island during severe thunderstorms https://gosic.org/more-than-2500-lightning-bolts-struck-the-north-island-during-severe-thunderstorms/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 04:20:38 +0000 https://gosic.org/more-than-2500-lightning-bolts-struck-the-north-island-during-severe-thunderstorms/ MetService National Weather: November 16-18.

More than 2,500 lightning strikes have struck both inland and offshore as MetService issued severe thunderstorm warnings for much of the North Island.

MetService meteorologist Angus Hines said 2,597 lightning strikes have been recorded since noon, mostly in the lower parts of the North Island, such as Wairarapa and inland Manawatu.

There were also isolated strikes in other parts of the country such as Waikato, Marlborough, inland Canterbury and inland Southland.

Waikato, Waitomo, Taumarunui, Taupo, Hawkes Bay, Taihape, Wanganui, Manawatu, Tararua, Wairarapa have severe thunderstorm watches from 1pm to 7pm today.

MetService warns that these storms will become “heavy” in the early evening, producing localized downpours with intensities of 25 to 40mm per hour.

“Rainfall of this intensity can cause surface and flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas such as streams, rivers or narrow valleys, and also lead to slips,” MetService advised.

“Driving conditions will also be dangerous with surface flooding and poor visibility in heavy rain.”

The storm is being caused by a low-pressure system slowly moving across the Tasman Sea, pulling warm air and moisture across land ripe for showers, MetService meteorologist Tui McInnes said.

“To make matters worse, it’s late in the year, which means the sun is high in the sky, sea breezes are strong, and that adds to the ingredients for thunderstorms,” ​​McInnes said.

“So don’t be surprised if you see a few flashes in the sky and hear a roar from above.”

Sticking with the mix of extremes we’ve had over the past week, with scorching temperatures in the south and thunderstorms in the north, Mcinnes said: “If you’re not going to get wet, expect some sun”.

“Given the weather scenario at hand, expect the wet weather to be localized – meaning while one town could get soaked in the afternoon, the next town down the road could remain completely dry,” Mcinnes said.

Later in the evening, Hines said the torrential downpour and thunder are likely to hit tomorrow, with Northland getting the worst of it.

“The most intense rain will start in Northland tomorrow but move south as the day progresses,” Hines said.

“So it looks like it’s going to basically be all over the North Island by the end of the day and then move on to the north and east of the South Island over the weekend.”

More than 2500 lightning strikes have struck across the country both inland and offshore.  Photo / NZME
More than 2500 lightning strikes have struck across the country both inland and offshore. Photo / NZME

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