first_imgFORECASTERS have issued a weather warning for Co Donegal for Monday, and warn a Big Freeze could follow next weekend with temperatures falling as low as -10C.Peter O’Donnell from Irish Weather Online says latest weather models show that snow showers on Monday and Tuesday will be accompanied by winds gusting to 110km/hr.He says some models are warning of severe cold spell to follow from next weekend, although he says this is less certain at this stage. “We have issued an alert for severe wintry weather arriving on Monday (afternoon to evening) in the form of wintry showers, snow on at least higher ground, and very strong winds gusting to 110 km/hr at times on Monday and Tuesday,” said Peter today.“With somewhat less confidence, we are also looking further ahead to possible severe cold by the following weekend if some models are correct, and that might bring temperatures as low as -10 C over any snow cover that develops, otherwise about -7 C. There might also be limited recovery in the daytime with the possibility of freezing fog and “ice days” where daily maxima are also below freezing.“Confidence on the early phase of strong winds and wintry showers is about 90% now, and remains about 50-60 per cent on the severe cold to follow. It should be noted that the GFS model has begun to show this severe cold on today’s guidance, and the leading European model continues about as before, so now it’s only some of the less reliable guidance that is hesitant on the severe cold.”  MONDAY … Windy and turning colder in stages, with showers or drizzly rain in a strong to gale force westerly, temperatures steady 7-9 C during the early morning hours, then slowly falling to about 3-5 C later in the morning to mid-day for south which will see the cold front passing around 10:00 a.m. to noon, later showers possibly becoming wintry by afternoon and evening especially in Connacht and West Ulster, as temperatures continue to drift down in a strong westerly wind. There could be some hail and thunder with a second cold front arriving during the overnight hours. The overnight period will be very windy with blustery showers of sleet, hail and snow, and possibly some thunder, with temperatures not far from 1-2 C on average (the flow is coming straight from Greenland and over the near Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures of 9-10 C will warm the lower levels of this very cold air to about 3-5 C but those temperatures will only be felt briefly on land near sea-level, then temperatures will fall off rather quickly in the air mass when it loses contact with the ocean — this process will also generate a strong potential for thundery showers some of which could be snow and hail). TUESDAY … Very windy and cold with mixed wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow (accumulating to 3-7 cm on some northern hills) with west to northwest gale force winds 70-110 km/hr, risk of some severe gusts in the north, and temperatures steady in the 2-4 C range possibly dropping to 0-2 C where snow accumulates. The rain-snow line will rapidly fall to about 150m or lower and some of the passing squally showers could be thundery with large hail or snow. Blizzard-like conditions may develop in higher sections of the north. It will feel exceptionally cold in the wind and conditions may become severe for livestock in higher elevations especially. The northern coastal areas will be seeing near-hurricane force wind gusts at times and together with western Scotland they may be experiencing this as a sort of wintry version of a tropical storm force event (force 10-12 winds in the range of 50-70 knots over the North Atlantic both west and north of Donegal Bay).WEEKEND OUTLOOK … Colder again with the possibility of some snow streamers in eastern and central counties, as well as some parts of the northwest. Winds generally from the northeast although ranging from east to a little west of due north as troughs move southwest around the remnants of the earlier storm (by now in the Alps region of Europe). Severe cold may develop during the weekend, but for now we will suggest lows -5 to -2 C and highs -1 to +3 C with variable skies and some sunshine, also some patchy ice fog well inland, streamers of snow near east coast and Donegal Bay. The coldest part of this pattern is suggested for about Monday 11th and could persist for several days. At some point there could be highs below freezing and lows in the -10 to -7 C range, even colder if snow cover developed and clear skies followed. This scenario is the most likely, but there is some chance of a milder outcome with highs in the 4-7 C range and mixed or sleety precipitation in this time frame. WEATHER ALERT: ‘SNOW STORM ON WAY TO DONEGAL AND BIG FREEZE COULD FOLLOW’ – FORECASTER was last modified: February 3rd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal daily weatherWEATHER ALERT: SNOW STORM ON WAY TO DONEGAL – BIG FREEZE COULD FOLLOWlast_img read more

Alaskas congressional delegation addresses AFN on final day of convention

first_imgSen. Dan Sullivan addressing the AFN convention. ()Photo by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)The 51st Alaska Federation of Natives convention wrapped up in Anchorage on Saturday. Delegates passed a number of resolutions and heard from all three members of the state’s congressional delegation.Listen nowAFN’s last day saw a flurry of activity, starting with an informal and unwritten speech by Congressman Don Young. He touched on the history of AFN and some of the ills confronting Alaska, including social isolation he said is the result of overusing technology. Young told the crowd one antidote from the dizzying pace of news and information is taking time to just visit with friends. And, the 84-year-old said he avoids social media.“I’m the smartest congressman in Congress,” Young said. “And you’ll say ‘how could he dare say that?’ And I’ll tell you why! I’ve never Twittered, wiggled or giggled – I have no idea what I’m doing. That makes me really smart as a congressman because everyone gets in trouble in Congress because of their cell phone.”Senator Dan Sullivan’s address covered a number of topics, including veterans, the opioid crisis and Alaska’s relationship with the Trump Administration. Sullivan counted off Alaskans recently appointed to prominent federal positions, including Tara Sweeny, Joe Balash and Chris Hladick. And he described a high-level meeting earlier this year withPresident Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke focused on development opportunities in Alaska. Sullivan said during the encounter Trump asked if he should scrap the last administration’s executive action that officially restored the name of North America’s tallest mountain back to Denali.“And Senator Murkowski and I jumped over the desk and we said ‘NO! No, don’t wanna reverse that,’” Sullivan said. “And he looked at me and he said ‘Well, why?’ And I said, ‘Well, Mr. President, with all due respect to previous presidents, Alaska Native people named that mountain over 10,000 years ago. And by the way, that was the Athabascan people, and my wife’s Athabascan, and if you change that name back now she’s gonna be really, really mad.’ So he was like ‘Alright, we won’t do that.’”Delegates approved dozens of resolutions spanning a broad range of topics. The body voted to change how it will endorse political candidates in statewide elections, putting the matter before delegates instead of the AFN board. The Native Village of Savoonga brought forward a successful measure asking that legally obtained walrus ivory and marine mammal products be exempted from state-level ivory bans, an issue coastal communities say is still hurting livelihoods. And a proposal from the Chenega Corporation to transfer municipal lands held in trust by the state to local tribal and corporate entities was tabled and referred to the AFN board.Groups rally against mine and other development during the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage. Southeast and Bristol Bay tribal officials signed an agreement during the convention to combine fisheries-protection efforts. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)Outside the convention center, a protest organized by a group called Defend the Sacred rallied against proposed development projects in Bristol Bay, the Arctic Wildlife Refuge and trans-boundary mines in Canada.Between 50 and 100 people gathered in a light snow to chant, wave signs and listen to speeches.Earlier in the week, AFN saw two major legal victories, with the Governor signing a compact to give tribal entities more control over child welfare services. And the state Attorney General also issued an opinion officially recognizing 229 tribes in Alaska as fully sovereign – recognition the State of Alaska has avoided for decades.last_img read more