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Monthly Archives: September 2011
We got a little rain this morning. It should clear up this afternoon. From the NWS:
FXUS66 KEKA 251111
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE EUREKA CA
411 AM PDT SUN SEP 25 2011
.SYNOPSIS…A COLD FRONT WILL SWING THROUGH TODAY BRINGING LIGHT
RAIN TO THE REGION. WARMER AND DRIER CONDITIONS CAN BE EXPECTED FOR
MUCH OF THE UPCOMING WEEK.
.DISCUSSION…COLD FRONT ARRIVED QUICKER THAN ORIGINALLY ANTICIPATED.
AS OF 4 AM…THE FRONT IS RIGHT ALONG THE NORTH COAST…WITH THE
MAIN PRECIP BAND STRETCHING NE-SW ACROSS THE CWA. A SHORTWAVE
COMING AROUND THE BASE OF THE TROUGH LOOKS LIKE ITS ENHANCING THE
SOUTHERN END OF THE FRONT…WHICH MAY END UP GIVING AREAS FURTHER
SOUTH (MENDOCINO CO) A LITTLE MORE QPF THAN EXPECTED. THE FRONT
WILL BE SLOW TO MAKE EASTWARD PROGRESS FOR A FEW HOURS UNTIL THE
UPPER TROUGH CATCHES UP. THE MAIN BRUNT OF THE -RA DONE BY MID-
MORNING…THEN JUST A FEW RESIDUAL SHOWERS UNTIL THE UPPER LEVEL
TROUGH AXIS SWINGS THROUGH LATER THIS AFTERNOON. PARTIAL CLEARING
SHOULD OCCUR LATER IN THE DAY AND OVERNIGHT AS HIGH PRESSURE MOVES
IN BEHIND THE FRONT. A MOIST BOUNDARY LAYER WILL SET THE STAGE FOR
POSSIBLE FOG DEVELOPMENT FOR EARLY MON. ANOTHER STORM WELL TO OUR
NORTH WILL DRAG A COLD FRONT ACROSS THE PACNW MON INTO EARLY TUE.
THE TAIL END OF THIS FRONT MAY DROP AS FAR SOUTH AS THE OR/CA
BORDER WITH A FEW LIGHT -SHRA POSSIBLE. HEIGHTS WILL BE ON THE
INCREASE FROM THE SW AS A RIDGE TO OUR SOUTH RE-STRENGTHENS. A
WARMING TREND IS IN STORE FOR THE INTERIOR FOR MUCH OF THE
UPCOMING WEEK UNDER THE RIDGE. MODELS ARE SHOWING A TROUGH
DEEPENING WEST OF 130W BY WEEKS END. THE EVOLUTION OF THIS TROUGH
IS STILL VERY MUCH IN DOUBT AS WE HAD INTO NEXT WEEKEND…SO FOR
NOW WE HAVE STUCK CLOSE TO CLIMATOLOGY UNTIL A CLEARER PICTURE
Remember that “acid bomb” that exploded at the Bayshore Mall awhile back? They’ve arrested suspects. See below:
On 9/05/11, at about 1:43 PM, officials with the Eureka Fire Department (EFD) and Eureka Police Department (EPD) were dispatched to the Bayshore Mall (3300 Broadway) regarding an explosion in a hallway there. Upon arrival, they found remnants and scattered debris from an apparent “muriatic acid and aluminum foil bomb” packaged in a 2-liter plastic soda bottle.
EPD Criminal Investigation Services detectives reviewed video surveillance footage of the incident, which depicted four juvenile suspects who were involved in planting and detonating the homemade explosive device in a hallway. Detectives developed several leads and eventually identified the suspects: three males and a female ranging from 13 years old to 15 years old. According to the lead investigator, Senior Detective Ronald Harpham, evidence suggests three of the juveniles violated criminal conspiracy laws and a 13 year-old male suspect violated a law pertaining to possession of an explosive device in a public place. None of the juvenile suspects had prior criminal histories or negative contacts with local law enforcement. The investigation is now complete and the criminal case has been forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.
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– The Management
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The National weather Service has issued a weather watch for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties for low daytime humidity and poor nighttime humidity recovery. Wind gust are expected to be 10 to 15 mph in the evening with gusts from 20 to 30 mph expected along higher terrain such as the Bald Hills, Trinity Lake and the west slopes of the Salmon and Siskiyou Mountains.
Cal Fire would like to encourage extreme caution. Make sure your home as a Defensible Space by clearing flammable vegetation from structures.
A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low humidity and warm temperatures will create higher fire growth potential.
For any questions please contact your local fire department or Cal Fire at 707 725-4413.
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From the EPD:
On 9/05/11, at about 1:43 PM, the Eureka Fire Department (EFD) was dispatched to the Bayshore Mall (3300 Broadway) regarding an explosion in a hallway there. Upon arrival, EFD officials found remnants and scattered debris from an apparent “muriatic acid and aluminum foil bomb” packaged in a 2-liter plastic soda bottle
At approximately 2:00 PM, Eureka Police Department officers were dispatched to the mall to assist EFD with the resulting criminal investigation and evidence collection. EPD investigators reviewed mall security surveillance footage, which depicted four juvenile suspects (3 males and one female approximately 13-years old) who were involved in planting and detonating the homemade explosive device in a hallway.
In the video, the juvenile suspects were seen entering the mall hallway together through an entrance/exit on the south side of the mall near Spencer’s. One of the male juveniles is then seen returning to the door alone moments later, removing the 2-liter plastic bottle/explosive device from his backpack and mixing/shaking its components together. The suspect then sets the device on the floor near the door and walks quickly away from it. Approximately 3 minutes later, the bomb detonates. As the suspect walks away from the acid bomb he just planted, an unsuspecting woman is seen on video walking past him and the device and exiting through the doorway.
No property appeared to have been damaged by the explosion and there were no reported injuries. However, debris and muriatic acid from the device was scattered across the floor and walls.
EPD investigators are currently following up on leads they’ve developed. EPD would like to emphasize that this is not being treated as a mere “prank,” but rather as a serious crime. The suspect(s) committed at least two felonies: 1) possession and detonation of an illegal explosive device in a public place, and 2) releasing noxious/injurious gases/liquids in a public place.
Muriatic acid (also called hydrochloric acid) is available over the counter at many hardware stores. It is a highly corrosive, strong acid commonly used for many industrial applications such as leather processing and cleaning masonry surfaces. When mixed with aluminum foil, a chemical reaction occurs which creates hydrogen gas. When these ingredients are put together inside a sealed container such as a 2-liter water bottle, the resulting gas expands inside the container until a loud explosion with an ensuing noxious white cloud occurs.
Muriatic acid is irritating and corrosive to living tissue (mild to severe burns of the eyes and skin can occur). Brief, low level exposure can cause irritation of the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. Higher level exposure can result in chemical burns, breathing difficulties, swelling and spasms of the throat, accumulation of fluid in the lungs and even suffocation and death.
Additionally, if an individual were to be in close proximity to a muriatic acid and aluminum foil bomb when it exploded, the explosion itself could cause significant tissue damage.
Anyone with information concerning the suspects’ identities is asked to call the Eureka Police Department. Please direct your inquiries/information to the lead investigator, Senior Detective Ron Harpham, at 707-441-4305.