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Maybe Not the Perfect Storm

But it looks like it’s going to be close enough. Three major systems are converging on the US this weekend, and meteorologists say it’s a “two- or three-times-a-century type of thing”:

If the gloomy computer models at the U.S. Climate Prediction Center are right, we’ll see this terrible trio:

  • The “Pineapple Express,” a series of warm, wet storms heading east from Hawaii, drenching Southern California and the far Southwest, already beset with heavy rain and snow. Flooding, avalanches and mudslides are possible.
  • An “Arctic Express,” a mass of cold air chugging south from Alaska and Canada, bringing frigid air and potentially heavy snow and ice to the usually mild-wintered Pacific Northwest.
  • An unnamed warm, moist storm system from the Gulf of Mexico drenching the already-saturated Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi valleys. Expect heavy river flooding and springlike tornadoes.

What does it mean? Let’s go to the map!

Let’s just hope the computer models are run on Windows machines.

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