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SPC MD 1726

6:42 pm Eastern | U.S. News

MD 1726 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH UNLIKELY FOR NORTHWEST TX Mesoscale Discussion 1726 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0541 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017 Areas affected...Northwest TX Concerning...Severe potential...Watch unlikely Valid 212241Z - 220015Z Probability of Watch Issuance...20 percent SUMMARY...Isolated severe wind gusts and marginally severe hail will be possible with high-based storms west of the dryline. A severe thunderstorms watch issuance is unlikely in this corridor, but a watch issuance is much more probable farther east later this evening. DISCUSSION...High-based convection has developed between the west/east-oriented cold front and southwest/northeast-oriented dryline across the South Plains and Low Rolling Plains ofread more »

SPC MD 1725

6:39 pm Eastern | U.S. News

MD 1725 CONCERNING SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 502... FOR EASTERN KANSAS...WESTERN MISSOURI...AND FAR SOUTHERN IOWA Mesoscale Discussion 1725 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0538 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017 Areas affected...Eastern Kansas...western Missouri...and far southern Iowa Concerning...Severe Thunderstorm Watch 502... Valid 212238Z - 212345Z The severe weather threat for Severe Thunderstorm Watch 502 continues. SUMMARY...The risk of damaging wind gusts and isolated hail continues along and ahead of a squall line in western portions of WW 502. DISCUSSION...Storms have mostly congealed into linear segments along an outflow that extends from near STJ to TOP to just southeast of ICT. Several of these storms are mostly behind this outflow and sread more »

SPC Oct 21, 2017 2000 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

4:01 pm Eastern | U.S. News

SPC 2000Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0257 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017 Valid 212000Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM FAR NORTHWEST TEXAS TO THE OZARKS... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM THE SOUTHERN PLAINS TO FAR SOUTHWESTERN WISCONSIN... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM PARTS OF TEXAS TO THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY... ...SUMMARY... Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected across the southern/central Plains through tonight. Very large hail, damaging winds, and a few tornadoes will all be possible, primarily across the southern Plains. ...Discussion... Only minor changes have been made to the ongoing sread more »

Commonly Asked Questions about Applying for Federal Disaster Assistance

2:40 pm Eastern | U.S. News

ORLANDO, Fla. – After a major disaster was declared Sept. 10, 2017 in Florida for Hurricane Irma, residents in 48 declared counties became eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Misconceptions can sometimes stand in the way of getting all the assistance a person is eligible to receive. People who would qualify for help can miss out if they don’t know about or understand various assistance programs and eligibility requirements. Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about the registration process, FEMA grants and U.S. Language English read more »

Commonly Asked Questions about SBA Low-interest Disaster Loans

2:34 pm Eastern | U.S. News

ORLANDO, Fla.  After a major disaster was declared in Florida Sept. 10, 2017 for Hurricane Irma, residents in 48 declared counties became eligible for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Some owners and renters also became eligible to apply for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Here are answers to commonly asked questions about SBA loans and their connection to FEMA disaster assistance. Language English read more »

SPC - No watches are valid as of Sat Oct 21 18:25:02 UTC 2017

2:24 pm Eastern | U.S. News

No watches are valid as of Sat Oct 21 18:25:02 UTC 2017.read more »

SPC MD 1721

2:24 pm Eastern | U.S. News

MD 1721 CONCERNING SEVERE POTENTIAL...WATCH LIKELY FOR EASTERN KANSAS...FAR SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA...FAR SOUTHWEST IOWA AND NORTHWEST MISSOURI Mesoscale Discussion 1721 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0123 PM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017 Areas affected...eastern Kansas...far southeast Nebraska...far southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri Concerning...Severe potential...Watch likely Valid 211823Z - 212100Z Probability of Watch Issuance...95 percent SUMMARY...Thunderstorms are expected to develop along the east-southeastward progressing cold front across eastern Kansas later this afternoon. Once initiation occurs, storms will quickly intensify with damaging wind gusts, hail and a tornado or two possible into the evening hours. A watch will likely be needed read more »

USS Monterey Provides Assistance to Vessel

12:14 pm Eastern | U.S. News

The Ticonderoga—class guided—missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61) provided assistance to a commercial vessel in distress off the coast of Florida Oct. 20.read more »

SPC - No MDs are in effect as of Sat Oct 21 13:58:01 UTC 2017

9:57 am Eastern | U.S. News

No Mesoscale Discussions are in effect as of Sat Oct 21 13:58:01 UTC 2017.read more »

SPC - No watches are valid as of Sat Oct 21 13:58:01 UTC 2017

9:57 am Eastern | U.S. News

No watches are valid as of Sat Oct 21 13:58:01 UTC 2017.read more »

SPC Oct 21, 2017 1300 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

8:46 am Eastern | U.S. News

SPC 1300Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0742 AM CDT Sat Oct 21 2017 Valid 211300Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN MISSOURI ACROSS OKLAHOMA...AND NEAR THE RED RIVER IN NORTH-CENTRAL/NORTHWEST TEXAS... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ELSEWHERE FROM NORTH TEXAS TO THE SOUTHERN MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN BORDER AREA... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SURROUNDING THE SLIGHT RISK AND EXTENDING TO WESTERN WISCONSIN AND THE EDWARDS PLATEAU REGION IN TEXAS... ...SUMMARY... Scattered severe thunderstorms are expected especially across portions of the south-central Plains lread more »

SPC - No watches are valid as of Fri Oct 20 22:32:02 UTC 2017

20 Oct 18:31 | U.S. News

No watches are valid as of Fri Oct 20 22:32:02 UTC 2017.read more »

SPC - No MDs are in effect as of Fri Oct 20 22:32:02 UTC 2017

20 Oct 18:31 | U.S. News

No Mesoscale Discussions are in effect as of Fri Oct 20 22:32:02 UTC 2017.read more »

Statement from the Press Secretary on the Presidential Delegation for the Royal Thai King’s Funeral

20 Oct 17:30 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump will send a Presidential Delegation to Bangkok, Thailand to attend the Royal Cremation Ceremony of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26, 2017. Secretary of Defense James Mattis will lead the delegation as the President’s Special Envoy, joined by United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Thailand Glyn Davies. President Trump extends his profound condolences on behalf of the American people for the passing of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. He was a champion of the Thai people and the United States-Thailand alliance. His innovative work, diplomacy, and 70 years of selfless service will ensure that his legacy will live on for many generations to come. read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

20 Oct 17:14 | World

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:18 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good afternoon. Q Good afternoon. MS. SANDERS: It's Friday. Come on, guys. Q Happy Friday. MS. SANDERS: Don't let Brian Karem show you up. I know that there is more spirit out there. (Laughter.) As many of you saw last night, the Senate adopted a budget resolution. This is another important milestone for tax reform, and sets the stage for us to pass major tax cuts that will deliver more jobs and higher wages for hardworking Americans all over the country. Many of you have seen today that the First Lady donated the gown she wore to the Inaugural balls to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. In her speech, she mentioned that leading up to Inauguration Day, everyone was so busy getting ready that the dress's designer ended up only having two weeks to work on the First Lady's read more »

Expert: Be concerned about how apps collect, share health data

20 Oct 17:08 | U.S. News

As of 2016 there were more than 165,000 health and wellness apps available though the Apple App Store alone. According to Rice University medical media expert Kirsten Ostherr, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates only a fraction of those.read more »

SPC Oct 20, 2017 2000 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

20 Oct 15:58 | U.S. News

SPC 2000Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0254 PM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017 Valid 202000Z - 211200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Isolated thunderstorms will remain possible over parts of east Texas, south Florida, and the Pacific Northwest through this evening. Isolated/widely scattered storms are expected overnight from the central Plains to Minnesota. ...Discussion... Only very minor changes have been made to the ongoing general thunder areas. While a strong storm or two may develop late tonight near the mid Missouri Valley, the severe risk still appears too low for the introduction of marginal severe probabilities. ..Picca.. 10/20/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSread more »

SPC Oct 20, 2017 2000 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

20 Oct 15:58 | U.S. News

SPC 2000Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0254 PM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017 Valid 202000Z - 211200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Isolated thunderstorms will remain possible over parts of east Texas, south Florida, and the Pacific Northwest through this evening. Isolated/widely scattered storms are expected overnight from the central Plains to Minnesota. ...Discussion... Only very minor changes have been made to the ongoing general thunder areas. While a strong storm or two may develop late tonight near the mid Missouri Valley, the severe risk still appears too low for the introduction of marginal severe probabilities. ..Picca.. 10/20/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSread more »

EPA awards nearly $900K in wetlands grants to help grow PNW state and tribal wetland programs

20 Oct 14:10 | U.S. News

Contact: Mark MacIntyre, EPA-Seattle, macintyre.mark@epa.gov (mailto:macintyre.mark@epa.gov) , 206-553-7302

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SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

20 Oct 13:31 | U.S. News

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1229 PM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017 Valid 211200Z - 221200Z ...CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER AREA FOR THE SANTA BARBARA...VENTURA...AND LOS ANGELES COUNTY MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHERN CA... ...Southern California... Critical fire weather conditions are still anticipated across the mountains of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties from late Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. This will signal the beginning of a prolonged period of critical fire weather conditions where offshore flow will contribute to very warm temperatures, gusty winds, and poor overnight RH recovery. Warm and dry conditions will support elevated fire weatheread more »

SPC Oct 20, 2017 1730 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

20 Oct 13:26 | U.S. News

SPC 1730Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1225 PM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017 Valid 211200Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PLAINS... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM NORTH TEXAS TO FAR WESTERN WISCONSIN... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM CENTRAL TEXAS TO THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEY... ...SUMMARY... Scattered to numerous thunderstorms are expected to develop Saturday afternoon through the overnight hours, from the southern Plains to the upper Mississippi Valley. Several of these storms, especially across the southern Plains, will be capable of damaging winds, large hail, and perhaps a couple tornaread more »

Ready, Relevant Learning Fleet Summit Emphasizes "Right Training at the Right Time"

20 Oct 12:27 | U.S. News

Senior leadership throughout the fleet participated in a one-day Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) Summit at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Orlando, Florida, Oct. 18.read more »

E-cigarettes may trigger unique and potentially damaging immune responses

20 Oct 11:18 | U.S. News

E-cigarettes appear to trigger unique immune responses as well as the same ones that cigarettes trigger that can lead to lung disease, according to new research.read more »

SPC - No watches are valid as of Fri Oct 20 13:45:02 UTC 2017

20 Oct 09:44 | U.S. News

No watches are valid as of Fri Oct 20 13:45:02 UTC 2017.read more »

SPC - No MDs are in effect as of Fri Oct 20 13:45:02 UTC 2017

20 Oct 09:44 | U.S. News

No Mesoscale Discussions are in effect as of Fri Oct 20 13:45:02 UTC 2017.read more »

SPC Oct 20, 2017 1300 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

20 Oct 08:42 | U.S. News

SPC 1300Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0735 AM CDT Fri Oct 20 2017 Valid 201300Z - 211200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Scattered thunderstorms are possible during the day today over eastern Texas, with more isolated activity overnight into parts of the central Plains and Midwest. A few strong storms are possible, but the severe thunderstorm risk is expected to be low. ...Synopsis... A deep large-scale upper trough will shift slowly eastward across central and western CONUS today, while an upper ridge will remain in place over the Southeast. Within the large-scale trough, a strong embedded shortwave is expected to move from the Pacific Northwest into the nread more »

SPC Oct 20, 2017 0600 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

20 Oct 00:59 | U.S. News

SPC 0600Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1155 PM CDT Thu Oct 19 2017 Valid 211200Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND ADJACENT PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN KANSAS AND NORTHERN TEXAS... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS SURROUNDING AREAS OF THE PLAINS...NORTHWARD THROUGH THE LOWER MISSOURI AND UPPER MISSISSIPPI VALLEYS... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS SURROUNDING THE SLIGHT RISK AREA... ...SUMMARY... Widespread thunderstorm development is expected late Saturday afternoon into Saturday night, from portions of the upper Mississippi Valleyread more »

SPC Oct 20, 2017 0600 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

20 Oct 00:16 | U.S. News

SPC 1200Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1109 PM CDT Thu Oct 19 2017 Valid 201200Z - 211200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Scattered thunderstorms are possible during the day on Friday over eastern Texas, with more isolated activity overnight into eastern Nebraska and Iowa. ...Synopsis... An amplified upper trough will move across the Rockies during the day, approaching the High Plains into Saturday morning. A surface low will deepen over south-central Canada, with a cold front extending southward across the central Plains Friday night. A broad area of southerly low-level flow will allow dewpoints to rise into the low to mid 60s from the middle MO Valley intoread more »

SPC Oct 19, 2017 2000 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

19 Oct 15:51 | U.S. News

SPC 2000Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0247 PM CDT Thu Oct 19 2017 Valid 192000Z - 201200Z ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS FAR WEST TEXAS AND SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO... ...SUMMARY... Isolated marginally severe hail and thunderstorm gusts are possible through early evening over a portion of southern New Mexico and far west Texas. ...Discussion... Only minor changes have been made to the ongoing Marginal probabilities. They have been focused closer to the Mexican border, where wind profiles and surface-based buoyancy are slightly more favorable for updraft organization and related potential for gusty winds and marginally severe hail. Elsewhere, the potential for iread more »

Despite mobile options and cord-cutting, sports fans still turn on the TV

19 Oct 15:19 | U.S. News

Despite the growth of mobile technology and viewing options, when sports fans want to watch a game, they turn to traditional live TV, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll.read more »

FEMA Funds Disaster Case Management Program in Missouri

19 Oct 14:37 | U.S. News

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missourians with disaster-related unmet needs now can access disaster case management services. The services are available even if applicants already received state and federal disaster assistance.The state of Missouri has received a grant of more than $2.2 million to help the long-term recovery of individuals and families affected by the severe storms, and flooding that struck the state this spring, according to federal recovery officials. Language English read more »

Disaster Recovery Center Opens for Four Days in Tavares

19 Oct 13:59 | U.S. News

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Friday, Oct. 20 for four days in Tavares to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Monday, Oct. 23. Language English read more »

SPC Oct 19, 2017 1730 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

19 Oct 13:10 | U.S. News

SPC 1730Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1208 PM CDT Thu Oct 19 2017 Valid 201200Z - 211200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... A few thunderstorms will be possible across the southern Plains, Florida Peninsula, and Pacific Northwest Friday. Isolated storms will also be possible Friday night across the mid Missouri and upper Mississippi Valleys. ...Discussion... As a series of strong upper jets move ashore the West Coast over the next 24 hours, 500mb heights will gradually fall over much of the western half of the US on Friday. Related to this evolution, several weak mid/upper perturbations will lift northeast from the southern Plains towards the upper Mississippiread more »

Consumer Agency to Ban Harmful Chemicals in Children's Toys

19 Oct 09:13 | U.S. News

In a major victory for public health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted, 3-2, to ban several harmful phthalate chemicals from plastic used in children's toys and child care articles. read more »

SPC Oct 19, 2017 0730 UTC Day 3 Severe Thunderstorm Outlook

19 Oct 01:23 | U.S. News

SPC 0730Z Day 3 Outlook Day 3 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1221 AM CDT Thu Oct 19 2017 Valid 211200Z - 221200Z ...THERE IS AN ENHANCED RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS OK AND PARTS OF NORTH TX... ...THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM NORTHWEST TX TO EASTERN KS... ...THERE IS A MARGINAL RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS FROM CENTRAL TX TO SOUTHWEST IA... ...SUMMARY... Severe thunderstorms, including large hail and damaging winds, will develop late Saturday afternoon across eastern Kansas into western Oklahoma. Severe squall line will progress into the lower/mid-Mississippi Valley during the overnight hours. ...Texas to Iowa... Short-range model guidance supports earlier thoughts regardinread more »

SPC Oct 19, 2017 0600 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

19 Oct 00:30 | U.S. News

SPC 0600Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1120 PM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017 Valid 201200Z - 211200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Some thunderstorm potential will exist across the south-central US and over the upper Mississippi Valley and across parts of southern Florida. ...Discussion... Higher-PW air mass will begin to advance north across the western Gulf basin into the Plains during the day2 period as broad troughing establishes itself across the western parts of the US. One low-latitude short-wave trough will eject across the southern High Plains into OK/north TX during the afternoon and this should enhance low-level warm advection such that isolated-scatteredread more »

Disaster Recovery Center to Open for Four Days in Hudson

18 Oct 18:33 | U.S. News

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Thursday, Oct.19, for four days in Hudson to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Sunday, Oct. 22. Language English read more »

Assistance available to workers who lost jobs in hurricanes – apply by Nov. 13

18 Oct 18:28 | U.S. News

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Employees or self-employed individuals – who lost their livelihood as a direct consequence of Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria – may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the Bureau of Employment Security (BES) of the Puerto Rico Department of Labor and Human Resources, DUA is for those who are not eligible for regular BES unemployment insurance.   Language English read more »

Disaster Recovery Center to Open for Four Days in Palm Coast

18 Oct 18:18 | U.S. News

ORLANDO, Fla. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) opens Thursday, Oct.19, for four days in Palm Coast to help Florida storm survivors. The DRC hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until close of business Sunday, Oct. 22. Language English read more »

Readout Of President Donald J. Trump’s Call With President Mauricio Macri Of Argentina

18 Oct 17:09 | Weather

President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina. The two leaders underscored their continued commitment to expanding trade and investment between the United States and Argentina. President Trump praised President Macri’s economic reform efforts. They also discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and agreed to continue to work together to help the people of Venezuela restore democracy in their country. read more »

Study examines what types of searches click for car buyers

18 Oct 17:08 | U.S. News

A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas examines how consumers allocated their time when searching offline and on the internet as they shopped for a new automobile, and what the outcomes were for price satisfaction.read more »

For $1,000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

18 Oct 17:03 | U.S. News

Privacy concerns have long swirled around how much information online advertising networks collect about people's browsing, buying and social media habits -- typically to sell you something.read more »

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Sarah Sanders

18 Oct 16:36 | Weather

James S. Brady Press Briefing Room 2:49 P.M. EDT MS. SANDERS: Good Afternoon. I know it's been a few days since I've been up here. I'm sure that you have all missed me as much as I've missed you. As many of you will recall, one of President Trump's core campaign promises was to defeat ISIS. With the stunning fall of Mosul in June, and now with ISIS nearly eradicated from Raqqa, it is clear that ISIS's so-called caliphate is crumbling across Iraq and Syria. This eminent victory by the global coalition and our brave servicemembers comes at a high cost, particularly to the Syrian Democratic Forces who suffered many casualties as they fought to liberate their own country from the oppression of ISIS. of caring for the urgent humanitarian needs of Raqqa's residents, ISIS utilized the money it stockpiled to finance terrorist attacks across the world, including against many Muslread more »

President Donald J. Trump Signs S. 178, S. 652, and H.R. 1117 into Law

18 Oct 16:25 | US Politics and Govt

On Wednesday October 18, 2017, the President signed into law: S. 178, the “Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act,” which establishes certain requirements for the Department of Justice with respect to investigating and prosecuting elder abuse crimes; and amends Federal criminal law to expand telemarketing fraud to include “email marketing” fraud; S. 652, the "Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Act of 2017," which reauthorizes and modifies two Department of Health and Human Services programs for early detection, diagnosis, and treatment regarding deaf and hard-of-hearing newborns, infants, and young children; and H.R. 1117, which requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency to submit a report to the Congress on plans to improve the administration of disaster assistance during the response to an emergency or disaster. read more »

Second Lady Karen Pence Announces Plans for Her Initiative, Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART

18 Oct 16:01 | US Politics and Govt

Washington, DC--Today, Second Lady Karen Pence announced the goals she wants to accomplish through her art therapy initiative, on the campus of Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, home to a nationally acclaimed art therapy graduate education program. Mrs. Pence has named her initiative, Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART.    Ann Scott, First Lady of Florida, joined Mrs. Pence for the announcement along with John Thrasher, FSU President; Dr. Donna Betts, President of the American Art Therapy Association; Dr. Sara M. Kass, Retired Navy Captain, and Senior Military and Medical Advisor to Creative Forces: The NEA/Military Healing Arts Network; and Dr. Dave Gussak, Chair of FSU’s Department of Art Education, which houses FSU’s Art Therapy program. In early May, Mrs. Pence held a brainstorming session at the White House with a group of people with diverse backgrounds and experiences with art therapy, including art therapy practitioners,read more »

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook

18 Oct 15:49 | U.S. News

SPC Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook Day 2 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0248 PM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017 Valid 191200Z - 201200Z Modest expansions have been made to the elevated areas across parts of MT and central/eastern WY for Day 2/Thursday based on latest short-term model guidance. Uncertainty regarding sufficient duration of critically reduced RH values precludes the introduction of critical delineations for now. See the previous discussion below for more information. ..Gleason.. 10/18/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 0146 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017/ ...Synopsis... Broad cyclonic flow is expected to return across the western United States Day 2/Thursday, as a large-scale trough amplifies acroread more »

SPC Oct 18, 2017 2000 UTC Day 1 Convective Outlook

18 Oct 15:32 | U.S. News

SPC 2000Z Day 1 Outlook Day 1 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 0228 PM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017 Valid 182000Z - 191200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Isolated thunderstorms will continue into the evening over a portion of the Florida Peninsula, southwestern New Mexico and far west Texas. Isolated/brief thunder is also possible tonight near the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. ...Discussion... Only minor adjustments have been made to previous forecast. ..Dial.. 10/18/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 1051 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017/ A moist/unstable air mass remains across the central and southern FL peninsula today, where scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through the periread more »

EPA awards Idaho almost $15 million for critical water project loans statewide

18 Oct 15:23 | U.S. News

SEATTLE - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today that it is awarding $14.6 million to Idaho’s clean water and drinking water revolving funds to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will be used to finance water quality protection and drinking water projects that will last far into the future.

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SPC Oct 18, 2017 1730 UTC Day 2 Convective Outlook

18 Oct 12:46 | U.S. News

SPC 1730Z Day 2 Outlook Day 2 Convective Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1144 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017 Valid 191200Z - 201200Z ...NO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM AREAS FORECAST... ...SUMMARY... Thunderstorm probabilities will be greatest across the southern Rockies, along the Pacific Northwest Coast, and over parts of Florida on Thursday. Other thunderstorms will be possible over a portion of the Texas Coastal area. ...Southern Rockies through southern High Plains... An upper trough will undergo modest amplification as it traverses the central and southern Rockies and southern High Plains. Vorticity maxima embedded within this feature along with steep mid-level lapse rates and diabatic heating over the higher terrain will fosteread more »

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook

18 Oct 11:59 | U.S. News

SPC Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook Day 1 Fire Weather Outlook NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 1058 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017 Valid 181700Z - 191200Z No substantial changes have been made to the elevated areas across parts of southeastern WY and ND/northwestern MN/far eastern MT. See the previous discussion below for more information. ..Gleason.. 10/18/2017 .PREV DISCUSSION... /ISSUED 1254 AM CDT Wed Oct 18 2017/ ...Synopsis... A quasi-zonal flow pattern will remain over much of the CONUS today, with a mid-level trough moving eastward over central Canada. Strong mid-level flow will reside near the base of the trough over the Northern Plains. Meanwhile, an associated surface low is forecast to shift eastward from Maread more »

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