Wet pattern persists in Southeast, critical fire danger continues in West

first_imgABC News By: DANIEL MANZO, ABC News (NEW YORK) — The Southeast U.S. will remain unsettled for the next several days due to back-to-back interacting stalled weather systems.A stationary front is currently sitting over Florida stretching to the Carolinas and is not forecasted to move much over the next 36 hours.Along the stationary front, thunderstorms, at times with very heavy rain, are developing.On Saturday in Florida, 4.7 inches of rain fell near Naples causing some flash flooding. Additionally, a waterspout was spotted off the coast of Clearwater Beach.More storms will fire up along this stationary front Sunday in the Southeast U.S. with heavy rain locally and perhaps some gusty winds occasionally.Meanwhile a new low pressure system will dip down from the North and move through the Ohio Valley and Appalachians causing the development of some thunderstorms and rain from parts of West Virginia down through western North Carolina.On Monday, going through the middle of the week, the upper level low associated with this new low pressure system will interact with the stalled stationary front. The upper level low is likely to become cut off from the jet stream in the southeast U.S. and bring regular rounds of showers and thunderstorms to the area for days.Forecast models are showing numerous rounds of rain and thunderstorms Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for much of the southeast U.S., especially in the Carolinas and Virginia.By the end up of the week the cut off low looks to become less organized and begin to flow with the jet stream again allowing for a pattern shift and the end of the wetter pattern for the area.The result of this is locally a wide swatch of 2 to 4 inches of rain for parts of the Appalachians and the Carolinas through the next few days. However, forecast models are showing some areas may receive more than 6 inches of rain through the middle of the week, especially in eastern North Carolina, including and predominantly the Outer Banks. This rainfall could produce some flash flooding in the region in the coming days.Meanwhile, in the western U.S. there is still critical fire weather conditions today for parts of the Four Corners and the central High Plains. Red Flag Warnings and Fire Weather Watches are currently posted for parts of the region for both the threat today and for the next threat coming on Tuesday.In Arizona, the Bighorn Fire in the Coronado National Forest on Saturday grew to 11,500 acres and is 11% contained. There are still some evacuations in place because of the fire.In the four corners region, relative humidity values will likely fall as low as 5% on Sunday, with winds locally higher than 20 mph in spots.A couple of dry thunderstorms containing lightning will be possible with a frontal system moving through the region.In the high plains from Texas to Kansas, relative humidity may fall as low as 10% with wind gusts possibly up to 25 mph.Additionally, some isolated dry thunderstorms could develop in the region and lightning and outflow winds could briefly enhance the risk for fire development today.Unfortunately, another round of possibly dangerous fire weather conditions looks to arrive in parts of Nevada and Utah on Tuesday with some of those new fire weather watches already being posted. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: I will not run away from bad results

first_imgJose Mourinho has dismissed any parallels between 2007 and now, insisting he has the desire and determination to lead Chelsea out of their current malaise. Press Association Mourinho had a categorical response for those thinking his second spell at Stamford Bridge could unravel and end as quickly as the first. “Let’s be objective. I don’t want to leave the club, in any circumstances,” the Portuguese said. “And the club doesn’t want me to leave. I’m not going to walk away. The club is not going to sack me. “If somebody anyone thinks that I walk, or I leave the job, it’s somebody that doesn’t know. “Chelsea fans know me for good and for bad and that’s not my profile, to run away from problems, in this case to run away from bad results.” The similarities to 2007 are startling in some commentators’ eyes, but Mourinho then had the desire to work in Italy and Spain, where he had success with Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Now the 52-year-old, who returned to Chelsea in June 2013, has only ambitions with the Blues. He also pointedly suggested Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich knows it is unlikely he will find a better boss than himself, after experiencing numerous managerial changes in his 12-year tenure. “When I was here in 2007, I had two things in my mind – go to Spain and go to Italy,” he added. “I don’t want to go back. I want to stay here. That’s enough. “Mr Abramovich in 2007, in his football life, if you can say that, he knows only two managers – (Claudio) Ranieri and myself. “In this moment, he knows, how many? Ten? He knows a lot of them. He knows a lot of them. “I repeat – I stay until Mr Abramovich wants. A few weeks ago (I had) a contract that expired in two years’ time. “And he gave me a contract that expires in four years’ time. “We have one problem. We are not getting the results we always expect to get. That’s our problem.” Mourinho, though, is optimistic positive results are near. “I’m not happy and I’m happy that I’m not happy,” he added. “I work harder than ever. I’m optimistic, I trust the players. I repeat, the players trust me. “It’s not such a hard situation because you feel that better results will arrive. We are going to leave this situation, for sure.” The Blues won the 2014-15 Barclays Premier League title at a canter, but have four points from four games and sit eight points behind leaders Manchester City ahead of Saturday’s match at Everton, who frustrated Mourinho in his pursuit of John Stones. With the Toffees sticking to England defender Stones, Chelsea had to turn to other players, like the unheralded Papy Djilobodji, prompting speculation Mourinho was unhappy just weeks after signing a four-year contract. last_img read more

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Ghana Rugby kicks 2016 off with a bang

first_imgThe Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU) kicks the new year off with the start of Round 2 of the 2015/16 Ghana Rugby Club Champions (GRCC) at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday 16 January 2016The first round of the Club Championship ended in December last year and all teams went on break with the new team Conquerors SC leading the log with 20 points followed by the reigning champions Cosmos Buffaloes RFC. The other teams competing for top honours include Dansoman Hurricanes RFC, Idas Sports RFC, Griffons RFC, Accra Sharks RFC and UCC Spartan RFC.The second round begins on 16 January at the Accra Sports Stadium with a full day of entertainment for fans. The day will again kick off with a training session for kids followed by a U18 boys match and a ladies match.The GRCC matches on the day will feature UCC Spartans from Cape Coast and Idas at 1pm with the second game, the match of the day, between Cosmos Buffaloes and Dansoman Hurricanes at 3pm.  During the break and for the first time in the history of Ghana Rugby all teams went on massive training sessions and recruitment of new players to beef up their squads.The teams from Cape Coast, Griffons and UCC Spartans, have been a thorn in the flesh of all teams with challenging performances. These teams have improved with great speed and have promised to spring more surprises during the second round of the GRCC. The 2015/16 GRCC will conclude with semi final matches between the top four teams on the log followed by a third place play off and the final.In the beginning of the year the GRFU also announced the adoption of a groundbreaking Rugby Management System, scrmIT.Meanwhile, the President of the GRFU, Mr. Herbert Mensah, is expected to meet with the President of Africa Rugby, Mr. Abdelaziz Bougja, and Mr. Jean-Luc Barthes, Rugby Services Manager (Africa), in Paris on 16 January 2016 to discuss Ghana Rugby’s strategic priorities for the years to come.According to Mr. Mensah some of the issues that will be on the table for discussion include Best Practice Governance, Overcoming Ghana Rugby’s Development Dilemma, Improving Technical Capabilities, International Match Exposure for Ghana Rugby and Grassroots or “Get Into Rugby” Development, to name a few.Mr. Mensah further stated, “Since my administration took over on 5 June 2014 a lot of time and effort was spent on picking up the pieces and to get grip of the essential strategic priorities. In 2016 we will build on what was established with the objective to escalate the development of Rugby in Ghana to much higher levels. To do that Ghana Rugby needs the support of the whole Rugby Family and especially for corporate Ghana to come forward and join hands with us in order to enjoy the benefits of brand exposure and of building goodwill for their brands with a fast growing Rugby support and player base.” On 28 May 2016 the Ghana National Men’s 7s team will travel to Lome in Togo to compete in the annual Africa Rugby Men’s 7s tournament for West Africa.Ghana Rugbyhttp://ghanarugby.org  Mr. Herbert Mensah, President of the Ghana Rugby Football Union (GRFU), with one of the kids who religiously join in the training sessions for kids before all Club Championship matches.  Round 2 of the Ghana Rugby Club Championship (GRCC) that kicks off on Saturday 16 January 2016last_img read more

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