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Critical Overload Threatens Planet

Posted by feww on July 4, 2014

Collapse of Planetary Life Support Systems Accelerates

HIoN skyrockets to yet another new high

The FIRE-EARTH/CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the human impact on the planetary life support systems, climbed to a critically high level of 382 this month. In other words, the anthropogenic impact on the living environment exceeded 3.82 times the planet’s diminishing carrying capacity.

  • The index is rising exponentially.
  • HIoN reached 323  in July 2013 .
  • HIoN has risen 97 points, or more than 34 percent, since July 2012 when it reached 285.
  • The index was less than 80 in 1960, and rose to about 100 in 1980.

“According to HIoN projections, our cities and population centers could become almost entirely unsustainable by as early as 2015.”

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Diagram shows the exponential growth of Human Impact on Nature (HION) between 1960  and July 2013. Source: FIRE-EARTH Real-Time Earth Models. Copyright: FIRE-EARTH Blog Authors.

RAPID CHANGE IN PROGRESS!

Tidal Surge of Global Change 28 Times Faster in 21st Century: FIRE-EARTH

FIRE-EARTH Models show the rate of global change has intensified by a factor of at least 28 in the last decade compared with the 1960s.

FIRE-EARTH defines ‘global change’ as the deterioration in the planet’s life-support capacity, caused by large-scale anthropogenic impact, which is leading to a total collapse.

HIoN since End June 2012

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July 4, 2014 – SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN –

614 Days Left

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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800 Days and Counting Down

Posted by feww on December 30, 2013

Homo Ignarus Reach another Expected Milestone in their Brief Pathetic History

Year two of BIG “Surprises” is about to begin!

Critical Overload Threatens Planetary Life Support Systems

The FIRE-EARTH/CASF Index of Human Impact on Nature (HIoN), an index for calculating the human impact on the planetary life support systems, climbed to a critically high level of 323 on July 1, 2013. In other words, the anthropogenic impact on the living environment exceeded 3.23 times the planet’s diminishing carrying capacity.

  • The index is rising exponentially.
  • HIoN rose 38 points, or more than 13 percent, year to July 1, 2013.
  • The index was less than 80 in 1960, and rose to about 100 in 1980.
  • Based on current FIRE-EARTH projections, the HIoN on July 1, 2014 WILL be a big “surprise!”

“According to HIoN projections, our cities and population centers could become almost entirely unsustainable by as early as 2015.”

FIRE-EARTH - HION Index - 1 JULY 2013 - hsc2
Diagram shows the exponential growth of Human Impact on Nature (HION) between 1960  and July 2013. Source: FIRE-EARTH Real-Time Earth Models. Copyright: FIRE-EARTH Blog Authors.

RAPID Decline IN PROGRESS!

Tidal Surge of Global Change 26 Times Faster in 21st Century: FIRE-EARTH

FIRE-EARTH Models show the rate of global change has intensified by a factor of at least 26 in the last decade compared with the 1960s.

FIRE-EARTH defines ‘global change’ as the deterioration in the planet’s life-support capacity, caused by large-scale anthropogenic impact, which is leading to a total collapse.

Humanoids are about to enter a new year as the anthropogenic impact on the living environment continues to exponentially destroy the planet’s diminishing carrying capacity.

No major “inspiration” since harnessing fire

homo erectus harnessing fire
Homo erectus making fire – source: arthursclipart.org

[December 30, 2013] DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 800 Days Left 

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Drought Expands in the U.S. Plains

Posted by feww on January 18, 2013

Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma plagued by severe drought or worse

Severe drought has spread to 87.25 percent of the High Plains, up from 86.20 percent previous week, with 61.27 percent of the region rated in extreme drought, up from 60.25 percent.

  • The entire land area in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma is currently affected by severe drought or worse.

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U.S. Drought Map for 15 January 2013, released by U.S. Drought Monitor on January 17, 2013.

About 58.87 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least “moderate” drought as of January 15, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Oklahoma declares a state of emergency amid persistent drought

About 16,000 residents in rural Payne, Pawnee, and Lincoln counties are running out of water, prompting emergency managers to declare states of emergency.

  • The water level at Lone Chimney Lake, the area’s only source, has dropped under four feet—11.5 feet below normal, reports said.
  • “This month the small Oklahoma farming town of Wapanucka lost water completely when the spring-fed wells the community relies on ran dry. Officials closed schools and residents had to do without tap water until the town could run a line to a neighboring water district.”

“Last summer’s extreme weather locked two-thirds of the U.S. continental land mass in severe drought, cutting production of the biggest crop, corn, by 27 percent from early-season estimates,” said a report.

Drought Links

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DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,149 Days Left 

[January 18, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,149 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 …

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U.S. Drought Disaster Spreads

Posted by feww on January 17, 2013

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,150 Days Left 

[January 17, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,150 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 …

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Dozens of additional counties across 8 states declared drought disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated dozens of  additional counties across 8 states as drought disaster areas.  The designations include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

  • The latest designations are for counties in the states of Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Missouri, Kansas, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.
  • Drought Disaster 2013 has now spread to at least 904 counties across 27 states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.

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Deadly floods paralyze Indonesian capital, Jakarta

A state of emergency was declared by the new governor of Jakarta as severe flooding triggered by days of heavy rain inundated large parts of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, blocking roads and forcing up to 100,000 people from their homes.

  • Many businesses and government offices, especially in the capital’s central business district, were forced to close because staff could not get to work. Dozens of schools have told their students to stay at home.
  • At least half dozen people have been killed in the extreme rain and flood-related incidents so far.
  • “Rain will continue to fall in the greater Jakarta area … the potential for flooding remains,” a spokesman for the Meteorology Climatology Meteorology and Geophysics Agency told Reuters.

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Drought Disaster Declared in 4 States, Health Emergency in NY

Posted by feww on January 13, 2013

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,154 Days Left 

[January 13, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,154 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Drought disaster declared for dozens of counties across MN, MT, ND and SD, flue emergency in NY

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared as drought disaster areas dozens of counties across Minnesota, Montana North and South Dakotas. The designations follow damages and losses caused by the recent drought.

Health emergency declared in NY state amid flu epidemic

New York State has declared a public health emergency, as a severe influenza outbreak tightened its grip across the country.

  • About  20,000 cases of flu have been reported statewide so far this season, a rise of nearly 4 folds on the last season (4,400 confirmed cases in 2012).
  • “We are experiencing the worst flu season since at least 2009, and influenza activity in New York State is widespread, with cases reported in all 57 counties and all five boroughs of New York City,” Governor Cuomo said in a statement. “Therefore, I have directed my Administration, the State Health Department and others to marshal all needed resources to address this public health emergency and remove all barriers to ensure that all New Yorkers – children and adults alike – have access to critically needed flu vaccines Gov. Cuomo said .
  • Public health officials in NY announced last week that flu-related illnesses had reached epidemic levels, killing at least 20 children nationwide.
  • CDC estimates that from the 1976-1977 flu season to the 2006-2007 season, flu-associated deaths each season ranged from a low of about 3,000 people to a high of about 49,000 people.
  • Twenty-four states and New York City are now reporting high ILI activity. Additionally, 16 are reporting moderate levels of ILI activity. States reporting high ILI activity for the week ending January 5, 2013 include Alabama, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia, CDC said.

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U.S. Drought 2013

Posted by feww on January 11, 2013

U.S. Drought Map for January 8, 2013

FEWW DROUGHT FORECAST: REMOVED BY A MODERATOR.

As of January 8, 2013 drought covered more than 60 percent of the contiguous U.S. and rendered a further 11.5 percent as ‘Abnormally Dry,’ according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

  • ‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought levels plagued more than 86 percent of High Plains including
    • 100 percent of Nebraska
    • 100 percent of Kansas
    • Nearly 97 percent of South Dakota
    • More than 86 percent of Wyoming
    • Over 95 percent of Colorado
  • More than half of southern United States including the entire state of Oklahoma and about two-thirds of Texas were also experiencing ‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought conditions.
  • At least 44 percent of the West, a third of the Midwest and a fifth of the Southeast also reported similar drought conditions.

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U.S. Drought Map for 8 January 2013, released by U.S. Drought Monitor on January 10, 2013.

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U.S. Drought: Little Change Despite Snowstorms

Posted by feww on January 3, 2013

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,164 Days Left 

[January 3, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,164 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

About 73 percent of U.S. ‘Abnormally Dry’ or worse

More than 61 percent of the U.S. remained in ‘Moderate’ or worse drought conditions (D1 to D4 on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale), as of January 1, 2013.

us drought map 1jan2013
U.S. Drought Map for January 1, 2013.  Released January 3, 2013 by U.S. Drought Monitor

Recent Drought Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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2013: Year One of Big “Surprises”

Posted by feww on January 1, 2013

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,166 Days Left 

[January 1, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,166 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Earth Dwellers Brief History:  No major inspiration since harnessing fire

The earth dwellers have entered a new year as the anthropogenic impact on the living environment reaches nearly three times the planet’s diminishing carrying capacity.

  • FIRE-EARTH Models show the rate of global change has intensified by a factor of at least 26 in the last decade compared with the 1960s.
  • FIRE-EARTH defines ‘global change’ as the deterioration in the planet’s life-support capacity that is caused by large-scale anthropogenic impact, and that is leading to a total collapse.

homo erectus harnessing fire
Homo erectus making fire – source: arthursclipart.org

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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U.S. Drought Spreads

Posted by feww on December 28, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,170 Days Left 

[December 28, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,170 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Drought spreads fractionally across the U.S.

Abnormally Dry or worse drought conditions (D0 to D4 levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale) spread to 73.84 of continental U.S. as of December 25 fractionally higher than the previous week (73.79%), while moderate to severe drought (D1 to D4) expanded to 61.82 percent of the country.

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U.S. Drought Map for December 25, 2012. Released December 27 by U.S. Drought Monitor

Additional Counties Designated as Drought Disaster Areas

  • California.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 30 counties in California as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought that began Jan. 1, 2012, and continues. The designation includes 6 counties as primary disaster areas and 24 others as secondary disaster areas.
  • Texas.  USDA has also designated 12 counties in Texas as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought. The designation include 2 counties as primary and 10 others as secondary disaster areas.

Recent Drought Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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U.S. Drought Persists Despite Snow

Posted by feww on December 21, 2012

Nearly 74% of the U.S. remains abnormally dry or worse, despite  snowstorms 

“The snow is good, but in most instances it was less than one inch of liquid and if the soils are frozen, there will be little infiltration,” said a climatologist with the National Drought Mitigation Center.

  • High Plains:  Severe drought covered 86.20% of the High Plains as of December 18, 2012, up from 86.12% percent the previous week , While extreme drought spread to 59.98% of the region, up from 58.39% and exceptional drought area increased to 26.99%, up from 26.91%.
  • Contiguous United States:  About 61.79% of Continental U.S. was in moderate to exceptional drought (D1 to D4 on the Drought Monitor Scale), a marginal improvement from 61.87% on December 11.

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U.S. Drought Map for December 18, 2012. Released December 20 by U.S. Drought Monitor

Drought Links

GLOBAL WARNING

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Drought Continues to Expand through U.S. Farming Region

Posted by feww on December 14, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,184 Days Left 

[December 14, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,184 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Drought affecting about two-thirds of U.S. new winter wheat crop

As of December 11, 2012 ‘severe’ to ‘exceptional’ drought levels (D3 – D5 on the U.S. Drought Monitor Scale ) pervaded through 42.59% of continental United States, up from 42.22% a week earlier.

  • Some 61.87 percent of the contiguous United States was in at least ‘Moderate’ drought, down from 62.37 percent the previous week.

U-S Drought Map - 11dec2012
U.S. Drought Map for December 11, 2012. Release December 13 by U.S. Drought Monitor

Map of the U.S. Counties Designated as Drought Disaster Areas

As of December 12, 2012, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) had designated as drought disaster areas  a total of 2,735 counties throughout  the country. The designations included 2,300 counties declared primary disaster areas and 435 additional counties as contiguous disaster areas.

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U.S. Drought Disaster Map for December 12, 2012.

Drought Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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Drought Continues to Expand through Central U.S.

Posted by feww on December 7, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,191 Days Left 

[December 7, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,191 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

‘Abnormally Dry’ to ‘Exceptional Drought’ conditions plague more than ¾ of Contiguous United States

More than 76 percent of Contiguous United States was covered by Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought conditions, as of December 4, 2012, U.S. Drought Monitor said.

US Drought Map 4dec2012

  • The ongoing drought is seriously impacting winter wheat crop and restricting the movement of essential commodities along receding waterways.
    • Drought conditions in the South have expanded by 5 percent, covering additional parts of Texas, Oklahoma,  Missouri, Louisiana and Kansas.
    • The winter wheat conditions are worse than any November on record, USDA reported.
    • More than 65 percent of the new winter wheat crop is in drought areas.
    • Many producers may be forced to abandon the crop due to its extremely poor condition, USDA said.
  • Record high temperatures kept 2012 on track for the warmest year on record, NOAA said.
    • The year-to-date has been the warmest first 11 months of any year on record for the contiguous United States.
  • Nebraska remained the worst hit state with 100% of the area plagued by Severe to Exception Drought conditions (D2 – D4 on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale).

NEBRASKA drought map

Drought Links

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US: Dozens of Additional Counties Designated Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on December 4, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,194 Days Left 

[December 4, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,194 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

USDA declares counties across 9 states disaster areas

Drought, excessive heat, unseasonably warm and cold weather, and Hurricane Sandy prompts USDA to declare 163 counties across nine states as agricultural disaster areas.

  • The designated disaster areas are in the states of California (4 counties as both primary and contiguous disaster areas), Illinois (3), Michigan (3), Minnesota (6), New York (57), Pennsylvania (9), Vermont (2), Virginia (7) and  Wisconsin (72 counties).
  • Some 2,709 counties across 45 states and D.C. are currently designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.  [Note: Drought disaster designations include both primary and contiguous disaster areas,  2,268 and 441 counties respectively. ]


U.S. Drought Disaster Map.  This USDA map is incomplete because it does NOT show all 2,709 counties across the 45 states and D.C. that are currently designated as Drought Disaster Areas. For a recent update see
List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties (PDF, 581KB)

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U.S. Precipitation Chart, 26 November – 2 December 2012. Source: HPRCC

Highlights from November Drought Update (CPC/NOAA)

  • Drought impacts to persist into winter and spring
  • Mississippi River barge traffic being impacted by low flows above the Ohio River
  • Severe impacts on agriculture, water supplies, river transportation and energy sectors expected if drought persists into next year
  • 36% of  lower 48 currently in severe or worse drought
  • Exceptional to Extreme Drought persists in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas
  • Extreme Drought persists in parts of Minnesota and Iowa
  • 53% of Midwest still in the Moderate to Exceptional range – substantial improvements across the east
  • 2012 remains the worst agricultural drought since 1988

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U.S. Rain Map  18 – 24 Nov. 2012.  Source: CPC/NOAA

Drought Links

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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U.S. Drought Deepens

Posted by feww on November 29, 2012

About 76 percent of continental United States abnormally dry or worse

‘Abnormally Dry’ to ‘Exceptional Drought’ conditions cover nearly 76 percent of contiguous U.S., an increase of more than 2 percent since last week.


U.S. Drought Map for November 27, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor  November 29, 2012.


U.S. Weekly Rain Map.  Source: HPRCC

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U.S. Drought Widens Over Past Week

Posted by feww on November 22, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,206 Days Left 

[November 22, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,206 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

‘Abnormally Dry’ to ‘Exceptional Drought’ conditions cover nearly 74 percent of contiguous U.S.

Extreme and Exceptional drought plague the Great Plains including virtually all of Nebraska and Kansas.


U.S. Drought Map, November 20, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 21, 2012.

Highlights from the weekly Drought Monitor Report:

  • Nearly 94% of High Plains is now in drought with more than 84% of the region plagued by ‘Severe’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought levels.
  • More than three-quarters of Texas is in at least a ‘Moderate’ drought, with about nearly half the state covered by ‘Severe’ or worse drought conditions.
  • More than 72% of the West, 61% of the South, 30% of the Southeast and 52% of the Midwest are in drought.

Weekly Precipitation Map (November 14 – 20, 2012)


U.S. Weekly Rain Map.  Source: HPRCC

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SANDY: Fisheries Disaster Declared for NY, NJ

Posted by feww on November 17, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,211 Days Left 

[November 17, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,211 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Dept of Commerce declares fisheries disaster for N.Y. and N.J. in the aftermath of SANDY

“We are taking action because of the storm’s devastating impact on the people who live and work in coastal communities that were hit hard by Sandy.” Acting Secretary of Commerce said in a statement.

  • In 2010 alone, New Jersey and New York commercial fisheries landed almost 190 million pounds of fish, valued at more than $210 million dollars.
  • In the same year, New Jersey and New York recreational fishermen took more than 10 million trips and caught a total of nearly five million fish.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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United States: Drought Persists

Posted by feww on November 16, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,212 Days Left 

[November 16, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,212 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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U.S. Drought persists despite rain: Drought Monitor

As of November 13, about ¾ of contiguous United States remains Abnormally Dry or worse  according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.


U.S. Drought Map, November 13, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 15, 2012.


U.S. Rain Map: Total precipitation (inches),  4 – 10 Nov 2012.

Highlights from November Drought Update (CPC/NOAA)

  • Drought impacts to persist into winter and spring
  • Mississippi River barge traffic being impacted by low flows above the Ohio River
  • Severe impacts on agriculture, water supplies, river transportation and energy sectors expected if drought persists into next year
  • 36% of  lower 48 currently in severe or worse drought
  • Exceptional to Extreme Drought persists in Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas
  • Extreme Drought persists in parts of Minnesota and Iowa
  • 53% of Midwest still in the Moderate to Exceptional range – substantial improvements across the east
  • 2012 remains the worst agricultural drought since 1988

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

GLOBAL WARNING

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U.S. Drought Intensifies in the Plains

Posted by feww on November 9, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,219 Days Left 

[November 9, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,219 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Middle America: Persistent hot and dry conditions hurting winter wheat crop

Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought conditions continue to affect 72.52 percent of the contiguous US as Exceptional Drought level widens, US Drought Monitor reported.


U.S. Drought Map, November 6, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 8, 2012.


U.S. Soil Moisture – Daily Soil Moisture Anomaly – USDA/NOAA

Drought Disaster Spreads  to 2,709 Counties Across the U.S.

USDA has designated additional counties in North Dakota and Montana as Drought Disaster Areas.  A total of 2,709 Counties across the country are currently designated as Drought Disaster Areas. The total includes 2,266 primary and 443 contiguous counties.


U.S. Drought Disaster Map.  This USDA map is incomplete because it does NOT show all 2,709 counties across the country that are currently designated as Drought Disaster Areas. For a recent update see List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties (PDF, 581KB)

CONTINUED…

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NE Storm Forecast to Hit NY-NJ Region

Posted by feww on November 6, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,222 Days Left 

[November 6, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,222 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

New storm projected to pass near NJ disaster coastline Wednesday

Mandatory evacuation order has been issued for low lying areas in Brick Township, N.J.

A nor’easter is expected to bring winds of 60-70 mph, several  inches of rain, which would trigger flooding along the coast line, and 4-6 inches of snow to Pennsylvania and New York, forecasters said.


U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Nov. 6, 2012)

“Prepare for more outages!” NWS has warned residents in the region. “Stay indoors. Stock up again.”

  • SANDY  claimed more than 100 lives in 10 states.
  • About 1.5 million customers in New York state and NJ are still without power, a week after the storm.
  • More than 34,000 of the residents displaced by SANDY are currently housed in hotels and motels in the two states.

NSW, Australia

  • Three local government areas in NWS, Australia have been declared natural disaster zones following a massive fire that has been raging in northern NSW for two weeks, reports said.
    • The 51,000-hectare blaze has consumed large swaths of national parks, state forests and private land across Armidale Dumaresq, Walcha and Kempsey, said a report.

Rhode Island, USA.

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Rhode Island in the area affected by Hurricane Sandy during the period of October 26-31, 2012

Utah, USA

The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Utah in the area affected by a severe storm and flooding on September 11, 2012.

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Superstorm, Sandstorm and People Without Homes

Posted by feww on November 3, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,225 Days Left 

[November 3, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,225 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Superstorm SANDY


Superstorm SANDY as it plowed into the U.S. Atlantic Coast. The superstorm caused much destruction across 15 states and cut power to at least 8.5 million customers affecting an estimated 65 million people.

“Where are you going today?”


Original Caption: Citizens walk in sandstorm in Hami, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Nov. 2, 2012. Parts of Xinjiang were hit by a sandstorm on Friday. (Xinhua/Polat) 

Cyclone NILAM

  • INDIA: Cyclone NILAM  brought heavy rain and a storm surge to southern India, destroying thousands of homes displacing 150,000 people.
  • Sri Lanka. Flooding in Sri Lanka caused by the cyclone displaced about 70,000 others.
    • The storm left at least a dozen people dead and many injured in the region.

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U.S. Drought: 54 Additional Counties Declared Drought Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on November 2, 2012

USDA designates 2,699 counties drought disaster areas

The drought disaster count increases to 2,699 counties [includes 2,260 primary, and 439 contiguous counties] from 2,645 counties previous week.


Drought Disaster Map.  The above map provided by USDA is incomplete. For a recent list of drought disaster areas see List of Designated Drought Disaster Counties (PDF, 579KB)

U.S. Drought Map


U.S. Drought Map, October 30, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on November 1, 2012.

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United States: The First Phase of Collapse Has Begun

Posted by feww on October 31, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,228 Days Left 

[October 31, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,228 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Superstorm SANDY dumps enough snow to keep your heads buried

The progress of collapse would be swift, cruel and unceremonious [“abrupt, brutal and grisly.”]

Superstorm SANDY

  • Hurricane-force winds of up to 145 km/h (90MPH) were recorded as SANDY slammed into NJ shore.
  • “The devastation is unthinkable,” New Jersey Governor said after viewing photos of the New Jersey coast. “The idea … that you see homes [ripped from their foundation and tossed] in the middle of Route 35 southbound and northbound is just unfathomable,” he told reporters.
  • SANDY knocked out electricity to more 8 million homes and businesses [figure released by the U.S. Department of Energy,] affecting an estimated 65 million people across 17 states.
  • “New Jersey, New York in particular have been pounded by this storm. Connecticut has taken a big hit,” said the Disaster President. “This storm is not yet over.”
  • The White House has declared the States of New Jersey and New York as major disaster areas, having issued states of emergency declaration for  New Hampshire, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey, District of Colombia, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland.
  • Thousands of homes and businesses have been inundated, many destroyed by flooding, high winds aor other storm related disasters.
  • A large fire, possibly caused by downed powerlines, destroyed 80 – 100 homes in Breezy Point, on the Rockaway barrier island, in NYC’s borough of Queens, reports said.
  • Garrett County in Maryland has reported  20 inches of icy snow.
  • The storm reached as far inland as the state of Ohio.
  • The massive storm has forced cancellation of at least 16,000 flights to and from the affected region thus far.
  • “To describe it as looking like pictures we’ve seen of the end of World War Two is not overstating it. The area was completely leveled. Chimneys and foundations were all that was left of many of these homes,” New York Mayor  said.
  • Blizzard warnings were issued by NWS for West Virginia, western Maryland, eastern Tennessee, eastern Kentucky and western North Carolina after  Sandy converged with a cold weather system.
  • Storm surge buried about three-quarters of Hoboken [pop: ~50,000], NJ under several feet of water.
  • Atlantic City remained in an official state of emergency, as of posting, with a 6 p.m.-to-6 a.m. curfew in effect.
  • Death toll from SANDY has reached about 120, including 70 in the Caribbean and 20 in NYC [Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York state, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Toronto have reported up to 30 deaths due to the storm.]
  • Pelting the region with hail, snow, and rain, SANDY “continued to whip southern Ontario with winds,” where a warning for gusts of up to 100 km/h remained in place, said a report.
  • Meanwhile, the “Antichrist” and “Mammon” put campaigning on hold for a second day.

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Global Disasters Continue Intensifying

Posted by feww on October 30, 2012

FIRE-EARTH forecasts proving deadly accurate!

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,229 Days Left 

[October 30, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,229 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Storm surges inundate many towns as Superstorm SANDY slams into East Coast

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PSR Map will be available soon!

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U.S. Counties Declared Disaster Areas

Posted by feww on October 25, 2012

Dozens of counties across 13 states designated agricultural disaster areas

USDA has designated 151 additional counties (includes both primary and contiguous designations and some duplications) across 13 states as agricultural disaster areas. All but 9 of the designations were due to drought and excessive heat.

The states are Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Vermont and Utah.

  • USDA has now designated a total of 2,645 counties as agricultural disaster areas thus far in 2012 [includes 2,206  counties listed as primary and 439 as contiguous disaster areas.] The designations extend across the lower 48, Hawaii and D.C.

[NOTE: The disaster list represents 85 percent of all 3,143 counties and county-equivalents in the U.S.]


DROUGHT DISASTER MAP. All Drought Disaster Incidents as of 10/24/2012- Map provided by USDA Farm Service Agency Production, Emergencies and Compliance Division.

Additional Drought Information

  • Drought is expected to persist into winter across most of Rockies, Great Plains and Midwest.
  • More than two-thirds of winter wheat is currently in drought
  • Up to 55% of crops are in poor to very poor conditions


U.S. Drought Map, October 23, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on October 23, 2012.

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Aditional U.S. Counties Declared Disaster Areas

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U.S. Drought Update

Posted by feww on October 19, 2012

U.S. drought retreats fractionally, expected to persist through winter

Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought conditions (D0 to D4 drought levels on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale) now cover 74.98 percent of Continental United States, down from 76.72 percent last week, due to multiple storm system moving across the country.

U.S. Drought Map


U.S. Drought Map, October 16, 2012. Released by US Drought Monitor on October 18, 2012.

“The large majority” of the drought is expected to persist, however, and spread westward, said deputy director of NOAA.

“We even see drought expanding westward … into Montana, Idaho and part of Oregon and Washington.” He said.

Forecasters at NOAA also predict a dryer-than-usual and warmer winter.

“The main issues facing the U.S. going into this (winter) outlook period stem from persistent heat and drought,” chief of climate monitoring at NCDC told Reuters. “It is likely that 2012 will be the warmest of the 118-year record for the contiguous United States.”

2012 Drought Disaster Update

USDA has designated 2,673 counties as agricultural disaster areas. The designations, which extend across 47 states and D.C., include 2,234 counties listed as primary and 439 as contiguous disaster areas, as of October 17, 2012.


Total All Crop Approved Designations Disaster Incidents as of 10/17/2012- USDA Farm Service Agency Production, Emergencies and Compliance Division.   NOTE: The above map does NOT appear to have been fully updated.

CONTINUED…

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