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Wildfire Destroys Town in Washington

Posted by feww on July 19, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 03
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“The fire basically burned out the town of Pateros”

A ferocious wildfire has destroyed score of homes east of Washington state’s Cascade Mountains and forced hundreds of residents to flee.

Authorities have issued mandatory evacuation orders for the entire town of Pateros (population: ~ 700), about 200km northeast of Seattle.

Sheriff estimates up to 100 homes have been lost in the wildfire.

“The fire basically burned out the town of Pateros,” said Mark Clemens, a spokesman with the Washington Emergency Management Division.

“In the nearby city of Brewster, a hospital and several homes were evacuated and much of the area was without power after the Carlton Complex fire, triggered by lightning strikes earlier this week, charred 186,000 acres across the picturesque Methow Valley,” reported Reuters.

Dozens of wildfires have been sparked by lightening in Washington and Oregon burning tens of thousands of acres.

A state of emergency was declared in the state of Washington for 20 eastern counties after wildfires burned tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and other structures, threatening about 1,000 more homes and forcing mass evacuations.

The emergency proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.

Oregon Gov. has also declared a state of emergency after more than a dozen fires erupted across the state last week.

Hot, dry weather has dramatically increased wildfire danger across the Northwest.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Six States

Posted by feww on July 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
INTENSE DROUGHT
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
HAIL
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900,  888, 066, 555, 444, 178, 111, 178, 071, 023, 03
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Drought, Extreme Rain Event, Hail, and Flooding destroy crops in 34 counties across six states.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 34 counties in six states as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by the worsening drought, extreme rain events, hail, and flooding.

The disaster designations are as follows:

Drought Disaster

  • Idaho: Madison, Bonneville, Fremont, Jefferson and Teton counties.
  • Oklahoma: Hughes, Mayes, Okmulgee, Wagoner, Cherokee, McIntosh, Pontotoc, Coal, Muskogee, Rogers
    Craig, Okfuskee, Seminole, Creek, Pittsburg, Tulsa and Delaware counties.
  • Utah: Wasatch, Duchesne, Salt Lake, Summit and Utah counties.

Disaster designations due to heavy precipitation, flooding and hail from June 11, 2014, through June 18, 2014

  • Minnesota: Rock, Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties.
  • Iowa: Lyon County.
  • South Dakota: Minnehaha and Moody counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,170 separate crop disasters across 31 states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on July 16, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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WA Declares State of Emergency due to Ferocious Forest Fires

Posted by feww on July 17, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 03
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Multiple Wildfires Raging in Western US

A state of emergency has been declared in the state of Washington for 20 eastern counties after wildfires burned tens of thousands of acres and dozens of homes and other structures, threatening about 1,000 more homes and forcing mass evacuations.

The emergency proclamation covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.

The largest fire in the state of Washington is the Mills Canyon Fire, which has consumed about 93km² (23,000 acres) near the town of Entiat, along the Columbia River, as the temperatures soared above 43°C (110 degrees).

“Extreme fire weather conditions and a lack of available firefighting resources in the Pacific Northwest could hamper future firefighting efforts in the state,” said Washington’s Emergency Management Division.

Oregon

In southern Oregon, the Moccasin Hill fire near the town of Sprague River, has consumed about 10km²,  destroying two dozen homes and other structures since last week.

About a dozen wildfires have been sparked by massive lightning storms. An estimated 15,000 lightning strikes were recorded in Oregon over the weekend.

Idaho

A major wildfire in Idaho has consumed about 130km² near the city of Carey. The blaze was sparked by a lightning strike.

The fires in the drought stricken West are fueled by high winds, soaring temperatures and very low humidity.

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Crop Disasters Declared for Counties in Six States

Posted by feww on July 10, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
RISING TEMPERATURES
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
FLASH FLOODING, EXCESSIVE RAIN, FLOODING, HIGH WINDS, HAIL, DANGEROUS LIGHTNING, DEADLY TORNADOES
CROP DISASTERS
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 066, 555, 444, 111, 178, 071, 023, 03
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Drought and deluge, high winds and hail, excessive rain and flash flooding, dangerous lightning and deadly tornadoes destroy crops in 55 counties across six states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 55 counties in 11 states as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by the worsening drought, flooding, high winds and hail, excessive rain and flash flooding, dangerous lightning and deadly tornadoes. 

The disaster designations are as follows:

Drought Disaster

  • Arizona: Yuma, La Paz, Maricopa and Pima counties.
  • California: Imperial County.
  • Idaho: Bingham, Bannock, Bonneville, Caribou, Power, Blaine, Butte and Jefferson counties.

Disasters Due to flash flooding, excessive rain, flooding, high winds, hail, dangerous lightning and deadly tornadoes

  • Arkansas: Clay, Independence, Phillips, Sharp, Faulkner, Jackson, Pulaski, White, Fulton, Lawrence, Randolph Woodruff, Arkansas, Desha, Lee, Prairie, Baxter, Grant, Lonoke, St. Francis, Cleburne, Greene, Monroe, Saline, Conway, Izard, Perry, Stone, Craighead, Jefferson, Poinsett, Van Buren and Cross counties.
  • Mississippi: Bolivar, Coahoma and Tunica counties.
  • Missouri: Butler, Dunklin, Howell, Oregon, Ozark and Ripley counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,136 separate crop disasters across 29  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on July 9, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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Massive Wildfire in California’s Wine Region Threatens Hundreds of Homes

Posted by feww on July 3, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRE
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIOS 111, 101, 03
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Butts fire in Napa County grows to 4,300 acres

  • Acres burned: 4,300
  • Structures Threatened: 380
  • Structures Destroyed: [at least] 2 residences, 7  outbuildings
  • Fire started: Date/Time Started: July 1, 2014 12:08 pm
  • Location: Napa & Lake Counties
  • Evacuation: At least 2,000 people evacuated [FEWW estimate]

The fire is burning in a mix of grass, brush, oak and pine trees in steep, rugged terrain in a rural area of Lake and Napa Counties amid  extreme conditions, high heat, humidity, with the potential for erratic winds, said  Cal Fire.

U.S. Recent Wildfires

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Drought Destroys Crops in 11 States

Posted by feww on July 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
FISHERY DISASTERS
CROP DISASTERS
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY

SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 071, 03
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Crop Disasters Declared for 62 Additional Counties across 11 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 62 counties in 11 states as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by the worsening drought.

The disaster designations are as follows:

  • Arizona: Apache County
  • California: Del Norte County
  • Colorado: Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Conejos, Mineral, San Juan, Hinsdale, Rio Grande and  San Miguel counties
  • Idaho: Blaine, Camas, Canyon, Fremont , Minidoka, Ada, Custer, Jefferson, Owyhee, Bingham, Elmore, Jerome, Payette, Butte, Gem, Lincoln, Power, Cassia, Gooding, Madison, Teton, and Clark counties
  • Montana: Beaverhead, Gallatin and Madison counties
  • New Mexico: Rio Arriba and San Juan counties
  • Oregon: Coos, Curry, Douglas,  Josephine and Malheur counties
  • Texas: Matagorda, Brazoria, Calhoun, Jackson and Wharton counties 
  • Utah: San Juan County
  • Washington: Ferry, Kittitas, Chelan, King, Pierce, Douglas, Lincoln, Stevens, Grant, Okanogan and Yakima counties
  • Wyoming: Teton County

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,081 separate crop disasters across 29  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on July 2, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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Drought Destroys Crops in Texas, Utah, Colorado

Posted by feww on June 26, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
RISING GLOBAL TEMPERATURES
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
DISASTER AREAS DECLARED
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 03
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Crop Disasters Declared for 18 Additional Counties across Texas, Utah, Colorado

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 18 counties in three states—Texas, Utah and Coloradoas crop disaster areas due to losses caused by the worsening drought.

The disaster designations are as follows:

  • Texas: Calhoun, Aransas, Jackson, Matagorda, Refugio and Victoria counties.
  • Utah: Duchesne, Uintah, Carbon, Emery, Summit, Wasatch, Daggett, Grand, and Utah counties.
  • Colorado: Garfield, Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,019 separate crop disasters across 29  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on June 25, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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WE TOLD YOU SO: Golden State Continues Shrinking

Posted by feww on June 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
FISHERY DISASTERS
CROP DISASTERS
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY

SCENARIOS 555, 444, 111, 071, 03
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Exceptional Drought Plagues Third of California

Exceptional Drought spreads to about 33 percent of California, up from 25 percent last week— a jump of 32 percent.

The entire state of California, now in its third year of a catastrophic drought, has been experiencing severe drought or worse for about three months.

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“Usually about this time of year we kind of settle into a pattern where it stabilizes and we don’t expect things to change,” said California state climatologist. “But in this case with the severity of the drought we expect to see more impacts come up as the summer progresses.”

FIRE-EARTH 2009 Forecast: Desertification of California in the Near Future Is Almost a Certainty - with the critical phase occurring by as early as 2011.

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India, too, is shrinking!

Posted by feww on June 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
HUMAN IMPACT
DESERTIFICATION
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 444, 111, 071, 03
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Nearly 2/3 of India Undergoing Desertification, or Land Degradation

More than a quarter of  India’s total land is undergoing desertification, while over a third is facing degradation that has affected its productivity, critically affecting the livelihood and food security of hundreds of millions people across the country, said a report.

About 105.2 million hectares (Mha), or 35.5% of India’s total land area, is being degraded, while 82.2 Mha, or 27.7%,  is undergoing desertification.

Nearly 70 percent of land in India is dry and therefore prone to drought, making it vulnerable to water and wind erosion, salinization and water logging, according to a 2007 report prepared by Indian Space Research Organization.

Soil erosion accounts for about 72 percent of the total degradation in the country, while wind erosion causes over 10 percent of the damage, said the report. Water-logging and salinity/alkalinity are also responsible for the erosion, according to the latest National Report on Desertification, Land Degradation and Drought.

The worst affected areas are the states of Rajasthan with 23 Mha desrtified, followed by Gujarat, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir(13 Mha each) and Orissa and Andhra Pradesh (5 Mha each).

“Desertification and loss of biological potential will restrict the transformation of dry lands into productive ecosystem. Climate change will further challenge the livelihood of those living in these sensitive ecosystem and may result in higher levels of resource scarcity,” the report warns.

About 146.82 Mha of the country is severely affected by various kinds of land degradation including water erosion (93.68 Mha), wind erosion (9.48 Mha), waterlogging (14.30 Mha), salinity/alkalinity (5.94 Mha), soil acidity (16.04 Mha) and other causes (7.38 Mha).

Occupying only 2 percent of the world, India is home to 17 percent of the its population.

[NOTE: India's total area is about 3,287,590 km², including 9.6 percent water. However, the official report incorrectly calculates the total area, which makes the percentage of land affected by desertification and degradation smaller than the actual size.]

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Drought, Rising Temperatures Force Evacuation of California Trout Hatcheries

Posted by feww on June 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
EVACUATION OF TROUT HATCHERIES
SCENARIOS 555, 111, 071, 03
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California Evacuating Millions of Trout amid Drought, Rising Temperatures

California wildlife officials are evacuating Millions of young rainbow trout, salmon and steelhead from hatcheries near Sacramento to save the fish from rising water temperatures caused by worsening drought.

They are moving rainbow trout out of the American River Hatchery, having released salmon and steelhead from Nimbus Hatchery into state waterways, according to reports.

California is now in its third year of a catastrophic drought. The entire state is currently under some level of drought, ranging in severity from moderate to exceptional.

“The water is expected to reach lethal temperatures for these fish. We are taking proactive actions to avoid catastrophic fish losses,” Fish and Wildlife’s state hatchery program manager said in a statement. “We’ve engaged in an evacuation plan so these fish don’t just sit here in the hatchery and die.”

“The fish in the warm waters are constantly stressed,” he said. “Their immune systems don’t work well, and a lot of the bacterial pathogens have an advantage.”

The water flows through the hatcheries on the American River normally at about 65 degrees, he said, However the temperature could rise above 78 degrees this year.

Up to 2.5 million fish are being evacuated.

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FIRE-EARTH 2009 Forecast: Desertification of California in the Near Future Is Almost a Certainty - with the critical phase occurring by as early as 2011.

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500 Homes Evacuated in California amid Raging Wildfire

Posted by feww on June 16, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
DROUGHT
WILDFIRE
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIO 101
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Raging Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuation in Southern California

The so-called Shirley Fire has grown to more than 2,000 acres with about 10 percent containment, as of posting.

Assisted by prolonged drought and dry fuel conditions, the Shirley Fire wildfire is burning actively in Rattlesnake Creek drainage about a mile from Wofford Heights, West of Lake Isabella. The fire is being fanned by a westerly wind and influenced by topography. Fuels burning range from conifers in the higher elevations, to grass in the lower areas, according to Inciweb.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office has initiated evacuations in the following areas: Pala Ranches, Juniper Highlands, Old State Road, all residences between Old State Rd and Evans Rd on Hwy 155. An evacuation advisory was also issued for Alta Sierra 500 residences fall within the evacuation area.

The fire is expected to north and east, said fire authorities.

U.S. Recent Wildfires

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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in 8 States

Posted by feww on June 12, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
WORSENING DROUGHT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 444, 03
CROP DISASTERS DECLARED
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Drought Destroys Crops in 79 Counties across Eight States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 79 counties across eight states as crop disaster areas due to worsening drought. USDA issued six separate designations for crop disasters on June 11, 2014.

Drought Disaster Designations are for the following states:

Idaho (18 counties),  Oklahoma (13 counties), Oregon (20 counties), Washington  (14 counties), Nevada (1 County), Utah (1 County), Wyoming(2 counties) and Kansas (10 counties).

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,992 separate crop disasters across 27  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington, Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on June 11, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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Worsening Drought Plagues Syria and Region

Posted by feww on June 11, 2014

WORSENING DROUGHT
WATER FAMINE
FOOD SECURITY THREAT
TERRORIST THREATS
MASS DISPLACEMENT
SCENARIOS 202, 04, 03
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Drought, Lowest Rainfall in 6 Decades, Pose Latest Threats to Children in Syria and Region

Many parts of Syria have had their lowest rainfall in nearly 60 years, placing more than 4 million children in the war-torn country at even greater risk, according to UNICEF.

Water scarcity in Syria is now so acute that it may soon force more people to leave their homes, exacerbating the refugee situation. Some 9.3  million people  have already been displaced by the conflict.

“In Lebanon and Jordan, meanwhile, tensions between local communities and Syrian refugees are being heightened by competition over limited resources, including dwindling water supplies,” said the report by the UN agency.

“The scarcity of safe water—adding to the impact of the ongoing conflict and the intense summer heat—raises the real risk of more population displacement and the spread of disease among vulnerable children,” said the UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

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Emergency Conflagration Act Invoked in Oregon amid Wildfires

Posted by feww on June 10, 2014

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WILDFIRE
MASS EVACUATIONS
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Gov. Kitzhaber Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Wildfires in Central Oregon

Governor Kitzhaber has invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act in response to wildfires burning near Bend in Deschutes County.

Kitzhaber said that a threat to life, safety, and property exists due to the wildfires and that the threat exceeds the fire-fighting capabilities of local fire-fighting personnel and equipment.

He ordered the Oregon State Police and the Oregon State Fire Marshal to mobilize fire resources statewide and coordinate with Fire Defense Chiefs.

“With the fires so close to Bend and the city’s water supply, the State Fire Marshal and the Department of Forestry are working cooperatively with the U.S. Forest Service and the local community to minimize threats to people and property,” said Kitzhaber.

This emergency is declared only for the Two Bulls Wildfire in Deschutes County. Originally two separate fires, Two Bulls Wildfire is being managed as one incident. The fires have consumed about 7,000 acres.

Oregon Department of Forestry Wildfire Blog

Dry weather conditions will continue to keep temperatures in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s and relative humidity dipping below 20%. The main concern for today will be hold the lines on the southern portion of the fire and out of the City of Bend’s watershed, as winds are forecasted to get gusty from the northwest at 10-18 mph in the afternoon as a weak upper level disturbance moves over the area.
• 6,800 acres consisting of heavy brush and timber
• 250 homes threatened with 50 remaining under Level III Evacuation
• No structures lost or damaged
• No injuries
• Cause under investigation
• 5% containment
• 11 helicopters, 46 engines, 11 dozers, and 708 personnel assigned to the fire

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Californians Lose Collective Life Insurance Policy

Posted by feww on June 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
ZERO SNOWPACK
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
MAJOR CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
SCENARIOS 03, 04, 101
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
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Golden State Loses Snowpack

California has lost all of its snow cover, as of June 3, 2014. Snowpack provides about a third of the water used by California’s cities and farms.

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Source: Department of Water resources/ California Data Exchange Center

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

California’s drought could cost farmers at least $2billion this year, forcing them to leave fallow more than a million acres of land.

Tens of thousands of full time and seasonal jobs could be lost as a result of the drought, now in its third year, described by officials as catastrophic.

 Crop Disasters in Calif

All of the 58 counties in the country’s most populous and 3rd largest state have now been declared crop disaster areas at least once this year.

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Vital groundwater provides up to 60% of California’s water supply during droughts

California groundwater resources are at historically low levels, and recent groundwater levels are more than 100 feet below previous historic lows in some parts of the state, according to a recent report released by the California Department of Water Resources.

About 30 million Californians, over three quarters of the state’s population, receives at least part of their drinking water from groundwater, said California Water Foundation.

Groundwater is the only supply available for some regions during drought, and it’s critical to the state’s agricultural economy.

Drought causes water famine leading to crop disasters. It degrades water quality, and leads to surface and groundwater level declines, land subsidence, soil erosion, intense wildfires, humongous dust storms, and spread of disease.

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Wildfire in Southern Colorado Prompts Mass Evacuations

Posted by feww on June 2, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
DROUGHT
RECORD HEAT
WILDFIRE
MASS EVACUATION
SCENARIO 101
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Intense Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuations in Colorado

An intense wildfire in Huerfano County in southern Colorado has prompted evacuation orders for residents within a 4-mile radius of blaze.

The evacuation orders covered a 4-mile radius of from Cougar Trail and Fourmile Canyon Road, said the state Office of Emergency Management, adding that an evacuation center had been opened at the Huerfano County Community Center in Walsenburg.

The so called Four Mile Canyon fire, located on the northwest side of the canyon, had zero containment Sunday evening, KRDO television in Colorado Springs reported.

Recent Wildfires in Colorado

 

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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in 10 States

Posted by feww on May 29, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
WORSENING DROUGHT
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIO 03
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Drought Devastates Crops in 156 Counties across Ten States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 156 counties across ten states as crop disaster areas due to worsening drought. USDA issued six separate designations for crop disasters on May 28, 2014.

Drought Disaster Designations are for the following states:

Colorado (1 County), Idaho (17 counties), Kansas (21 counties),  Missouri (4 counties), Montana (1 County), Nebraska (37 counties), Nevada (19 counties), Oklahoma (36 counties), Oregon (2 counties) and
Washington (18 counties).

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,913 separate crop disasters across 26  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on My 28, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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California Wildfire Threatens 100 Homes

Posted by feww on May 28, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
MAJOR WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIO 101
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Mass evacuation ordered as wildfire consumes 1,300 acres

A fast-moving wildfire, burning west of Yosemite National Park in central California and threatening more than 100 homes, has prompted fire officials to issue mandatory mass evacuation orders.

The fire erupted on Monday and had consumed more than 1,300 acres near Lake McClure in Mariposa County, injuring at least 5 people, as of posting.

Alert Details (Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office)

  • Severity: Extreme – Extraordinary threat to life or property
  • Category: Law enforcement, military, homeland and local/private security
  • Event: Police Activity

Hunters Fire Incident Information (Cal Fire)

  • Last Updated: May 27, 2014 3:00 pm
  • Date/Time Started: May 26, 2014 3:33 pm
  • Administrative Unit: CAL FIRE Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit
  • County: Mariposa County
  • Location: Hunters Valley area near the southeast shore of Lake McClure

Acres Burned – Containment: 1,300 acres – 20% contained

  • Structures Threatened: 100 residences
  • Structures Destroyed: 3
  • Evacuations: Evacuations are in effect for the Hunters Valley Area including all of Hunters Valley Rd to Bear Valley Rd including Hunters Valley Access Rd and Detwiler. The evacuation center is located at 2820 Hwy 140, Cathey’s Valley, McKay Hall.
  • Road Closures : Hunters Valley Rd at Bear Valley Rd and Cotton Creek Rd at Bear Valley Rd
  • Injuries: 5
  • Cooperating Agencies: CHP, CDCR, Mariposa County Sheriff, Mariposa County Fire, US Forest Service, BLM and dozens of local fire agencies
  • Total Fire Personnel: 671
  • Total Fire Engines: 83
  • Total Fire crews: 22

Cal Fire has responded to more than 1,500 wildfires, or double its five-year average, so far this year. Extremely   dangerous fire conditions are worsened by drought, bone dry brush and soaring temperatures.

 

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Southern Sierra Loses Snow Cover

Posted by feww on May 27, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
NEAR ZERO SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
SCENARIOS 03, 04, 101
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
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ZERO Snow on Southern Sierra Mountains

California’s Southern Sierra has lost all of its snow cover, as of May 27, 2014. Snowpack provides about a third of the water used by California’s cities and farms.

The statewide average snow water equivalent in the Golden State  dropped to less than 0.3 inch, or just 3% of the average for the date, and only 1% of the April 1 average.

SWEQ Map calif 27may2014

The following is a summary of California Cooperative Snow Surveys as reported on May 27, 2014 .

SWEQ table Calif 27may2014

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

California’s drought could cost farmers at least $2billion this year, forcing them to leave fallow up to a million acres of land.

Tens of thousands of full time and seasonal jobs could be lost as a result of the drought, now in its third year, described by officials as catastrophic.

 Crop Disasters in Calif

All of the 58 counties in the country’s most populous and 3rd largest state have now been declared crop disaster areas at least once this year.

Disaster Applications

The Golden State has made 362 Disaster Applications to USDA, as of May 1, 2014, compared with 157 for the entire 2012, and 331 throughout 2013.

Three Weeks Ago…

Vital groundwater provides up to 60% of California’s water supply during droughts

California groundwater resources are at historically low levels, and recent groundwater levels are more than 100 feet below previous historic lows in some parts of the state, according to a recent report released by the California Department of Water Resources.

About 30 million Californians, over three quarters of the state’s population, receives at least part of their drinking water from groundwater, said California Water Foundation.

Groundwater is the only supply available for some regions during drought, and it’s critical to the state’s agricultural economy.

Drought causes water famine leading to crop disasters. It degrades water quality, and leads to surface and groundwater level declines, land subsidence, soil erosion, intense wildfires, humongous dust storms, and spread of disease.

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Mega Disasters Uproot 144 Million Africans in 4 Years

Posted by feww on May 26, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MAJOR DISASTERS
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
SCENARIOS 444, 101, 070, 066, 023, 09, 04, 03
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Extreme climatic events, related conflicts displace 144 million in the Horn of Africa

Some 144 million people have been displaced  in the Horn of Africa region between 2008 and 2012 due to the mega disasters caused by climate change, according to a joint report by the Institute for Environment and Human Security of United Nations University, and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC).

The new report by said thousands of people in the Horn of Africa are at risk of being displaced across borders as extreme weather increases in frequency.

“As extreme weather increases in intensity thousands are at risk of being displaced. Many of the displaced receive some assistance, but the support varies. There is a need for more predictive protection and assistance. We must start in the hardest affected regions,” according to NRC spokesperson.

famine in Africa - Kevin Carter
Sudanese Famine 1993. A vulture patiently awaits a starving Sudanese child to die, dated March 1993. Pulitzer Prize winning photo by the deceased photojournalist Kevin Carter.

The majority of those displaced in the four-year period fled from floods, storms and wildfires and other impacts of climate change, said  the report.

Most of the victims remained in their own countries as internally displaced people, but many fled across the borders to neighboring countries.

“Drought forces people to leave their homes in Somalia and Ethiopia and flee to Kenya, Egypt or Yemen. Most of those fleeing are pastoralists, small scale farmers and agro-pastoralists,” said the report.

The impact of climate-related disasters are intensified by ethnic and political discriminations, according to the report, which cites  armed conflict and lack of humanitarian access in Somalia as major contributing  factors  to worsening conditions caused by the drought and famine.

People are forced to cross borders when Extreme Weather Events flood their habitat, or destroy their crops, said the report.

“Individuals leave for another country for a variety of reasons, but in many cases the driving factor is related to the loss and deterioration of livelihood,” said representative from UNU.

 

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Drought Spells More Crop Disasters for Five States

Posted by feww on May 22, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
WORSENING DROUGHT
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIO 03
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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in 39 Counties across 5 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 39 counties across five states as crop disaster areas due to drought. USDA issued four separate designations for crop disasters on May 21, 2014.

Drought disaster designations are for the following states:

  • Oklahoma: Craig (2 designations), Marshall, Nowata (2 designations), Rogers, Bryan, Delaware, Love, Ottawa, Carter, Johnston,  Mayes,  Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.
  • Kansas: Labette (2 designations), Cherokee (2 designations),  Crawford,  Montgomery (2 designations),  Neosho, Cheyenne and Rawlins counties.
  • Texas: Delta, Fannin, Hopkins, Lamar, Franklin, Hunt, Red River and Grayson counties.
  • Colorado: Yuma County.
  • Nebraska: Dundy, Chase, Hayes and Hitchcock counties.

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,757 separate crop disasters across 24  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on My 21, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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California’s Snow Story: Going, Going …

Posted by feww on May 21, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
NEAR ZERO SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
SCENARIOS 03, 04, 101
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
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Snow Water Equivalent (SWEQ) Nearing Zero in Southern California

The statewide average snow water equivalent in California has dropped to less than 0.6 inch (~ 1.5cm), or just 4% of the average for the date, and only 2% for April 1.

The following is a summary of California Cooperative Snow Surveys as reported on May 20, 2014 .

Calif SWEQ 20 may2014

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

California’s drought could cost farmers about $2billion this year, forcing them to leave fallow up to a million acres of land.

Tens of thousands of full time and seasonal jobs could be lost as a result of the drought, now in its third year, described by officials as catastrophic.

 Crop Disasters in Calif

All of the 58 counties in the country’s most populous and 3rd largest state have been declared crop disaster areas at least once this year.

Disaster Applications

The Golden State has made 362 Disaster Applications to USDA, as of May 1, 2014, compared with 157 for the entire 2012, and 331 throughout 2013.

Two Weeks Ago…

Vital groundwater provides up to 60% of California’s water supply during droughts

California groundwater resources are at historically low levels, and recent groundwater levels are more than 100 feet below previous historic lows in some parts of the state, according to a recent report released by the California Department of Water Resources.

About 30 million Californians, over three quarters of the state’s population, receives at least part of their drinking water from groundwater, said California Water Foundation.

Groundwater is the only supply available for some regions during drought, and it’s critical to the state’s agricultural economy.

Drought causes water famine leading to crop disasters. It degrades water quality, and leads to surface and groundwater level declines, land subsidence, soil erosion, intense wildfires, humongous dust storms, and spread of disease.

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Calif SWEQ Drops to 0.6 Inch

Posted by feww on May 20, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME & EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CRITICALLY LOW SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
SCENARIOS 03, 101
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
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California’s Snow Water Equivalent (SWEQ) Drops to 6% of the Average

The statewide average snow water equivalent in California has dropped to 0.6 inch (1.5cm), or only 6% of the average for the date, and 3% for April 1.

The following is a summary of California Cooperative Snow Surveys as reported on May 19, 2014 .

Calif SWEQ 19may2014

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

California’s drought could cost farmers about $2billion this year, forcing them to leave fallow up to a million acres of land.

Tens of thousands of full time and seasonal jobs could be lost as a result of the drought, now in its third year, described by officials as catastrophic.

 Crop Disasters in Calif

All of the 58 counties in the country’s most populous and 3rd largest state have been declared crop disaster areas at least once this year.

Disaster Applications

The Golden State has made 362 Disaster Applications to USDA, as of May 1, 2014, compared with 157 for the entire 2012, and 331 throughout 2013.

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California Running Out of Snow

Posted by feww on May 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME & EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CRITICALLY LOW SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
SCENARIOS 03, 101
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
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Could this Explain the Requisition for Submachine Guns?

Calif Statewide Average SWEQ Drops to 1″ (2.5cm)

The statewide average snow water equivalent in California has dropped to just 1 inch, or only 7% of the average for the date, and 4% of the average for April 1.

The following is a summary of California Cooperative Snow Surveys as reported on May 16, 2014 at 09:06PDT.

Calif SWEQ
Source: California Cooperative Snow Surveys/ Department of Water Resources. 

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Crop Disasters Declared in 11 States

Posted by feww on May 16, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
WORSENING DROUGHT
FREEZE
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 03, 177
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Drought, Freeze Cause Crop Disasters in 182 Counties across 11 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 182 counties across 11 states as crop disaster areas due to drought and freeze. The USDA issued seven separate designations for crop disasters on May 15, 2014.

Crop disaster designations due to DROUGHT are for the following states:

  • California (2 additional counties)
  • Kansas (39 additional counties)
  • Oklahoma (17 additional counties)
  • Oregon (15 additional counties)
  • Texas (66 additional counties)
  • Utah (7 additional counties)
  • Washington (9 counties)

Crop disaster designations due to FREEZE are for the following states:

  • Connecticut (2 counties)
  • Massachusetts (1 county)
  • New York (22 additional counties)
  • Pennsylvania (2 additional counties)

Drought Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 1,718 separate crop disasters across 24  states. Most of those designations are due to the worsening drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on My 15, 2014.

California Drought Disasters

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