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Drought Disaster Declared in Two States

Posted by feww on October 31, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  900, 444, 117, 111, 100, 067, 03, 02
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Crop Disaster Declared for Eight Counties in Georgia and Alabama

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of eight counties in Georgia and Alabama as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought.

The disaster designations are for the following areas:

  • Georgia. Early, Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Miller and Seminole counties.
  • Alabama. Henry and Houston counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,690 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to  drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and 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 counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some 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 October 29, 2014.

Crop Disaster Declarations since September 2014

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Thousands of California Wells Drying Up

Posted by feww on October 24, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
DESERTIFICATION
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT, WATER FAMINE
SINKHOLES, SUBSIDENCE
SOIL EROSION, LOSS OF TOPSOIL
DUST STORMS, MEGA LIGHTNING STORMS, DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MAJOR CROP DISASTERS
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 900, 808, 800, 555, 444, 311, 117, 111, 101, 100, 090, 071, 067, 010, 090, 04, 03, 02
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California drought threatens fifth of U.S. milk supply

Exceptional drought continues to severely affect California’s dairy industry. The average dairy needs about 500,000 liters of water per day just to prevent its cows dying from thirst.

Lack of water also translates into lack of feed. The farmers have been forced to leave fallow more than a million acres of land.

Meantime, they are paying up to $350 a ton for alfalfa hay, nearly twice what they paid last year.

Additionally, many farmers are paying on average 10 times more for water for their animals and crops than they were a year ago, according to a spokeswoman for Fresno’s Westlands Water District.

In the absence of County water allocation, the cost of water in In Fresno has skyrocketed from to about $1,100 per acre-foot—about 325,851 gallons, or 1.23 million liters— compared $140 last year, said a report.

In Tulare, farmers are paying $1,200 to $1,800 per acre-foot, said the  executive director of the Tulare County Farm Bureau.

Meantime, the cost of milk continues to climb,  with a gallon of whole milk in Los Angeles priced at $3.79, a rise of 54 cents  since 2012, and $4.76 a gallon in San Francisco, up 89 cents, said the report.

“California has lost 1% to 2% of its dairy industry in the last three years, said Lesley Butler, a dairy economist at UC Davis. About 100 dairies go out of business every year waiting for rain.”

Gov. Brown has declared multiple states of emergency since January due to the worsening drought and signed an executive order in August to purchase drinking water for farmers with dry wells.

In April, 2014 FIRE-EARTH said:

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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Crop Disasters Declared in Six States

Posted by feww on October 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
DROUGHT
HAIL, HIGH WIND
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  477, 444, 178, 111, 100, 064, 03, 02
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Crop Disasters Declared for 21 Counties across Six States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared crop disasters for an additional  21 counties across six states—Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee—due to the losses and damage caused by recent drought, hail and high wind.

Crop damage and losses caused by a recent drought

  • Georgia. Miller, Seminole, Baker, Decatur and Early counties.
  • Florida. Gadsden and Jackson counties.
  • Alabama. Houston

Crop damage and losses caused by high winds and hail on October 7, 2014

  • Arkansas. Craighead, Mississippi, Crittenden, Greene, Jackson, Lawrence and Poinsett counties.
  • Missouri. Dunklin and Pemiscot counties.
  • Tennessee. Dyer, Lauderdale, Shelby and Tipton counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,682 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to  drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and 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 counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some 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 October 22, 2014.

Latest/ Recent Crop Disaster Declarations

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Food Security Alert for Central America

Posted by feww on October 23, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC DISASTERS
DROUGHT
COFFEE RUST (Hemileia vastatrix)
CROP DISASTERS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
FAMINE
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 817, 808, 800,  444, 300, 277, 255, 244, 111, 101, 100, 03, 02
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Drought, Coffee Rust Threaten Food Security across Large Areas of Central America

Poor harvest caused by drought and coffee rust threaten food security across large swathes of Central America, severely affecting millions of people in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador, according to Famine Early Warning System (FEWS).

Poor harvests caused by severe drought and “the reduction in coffee-sector income for day laborers, and a more rapid than usual increase in the prices of some staple foods, extremely poor households across large areas of Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador will experience a rapid deterioration in their food security in early 2015. Atypically high levels of humanitarian assistance, possibly the highest since Hurricane Mitch in 1998, will likely be required in order to avoid a food crisis,” reported FEWS.

Large swathes of central America have been experiencing severe drought since May, with the rainfall accumulation being up to 75 percent below average.

proj primera 2014 vs 2013 crops-FEWS
Estimated losses to basic grains for the 2014 harvests of Primera crops.  † For Honduras, the reference year is 2010/11. Source: Prepared by FEWS NET with data provided by national Ministries of Agriculture, and estimates

“Primera crops are estimated at between 9 and 75 percent, while losses incurred by subsistence farmers located in the worst-affected areas are expected to exceed 70 percent. Forecasts by the XLIV Central American Climate Outlook Forum indicate below-average rainfall will continue through November in all four countries, meaning that Postrera harvests are also likely to be below-average,” said FEWS.

 Honduras

The Government of Honduras declared a state of emergency for drought in the dry corridor in July, 2014.

As of last month, up to one million people (about 190,000 families) have been affected by the drought.

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Drought Decimates Water Reserve in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Posted by feww on October 11, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS  444, 219, 111, 100, 090, 03, 02
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Brazil’s biggest city running out of water after 9 months of exceptional drought

The governor of Sao Paulo has asked the federal government for permission to siphon the remaining water out of the main reservoir that supplies water to millions of residents in Sao Paulo city, AP reported.

More than 95% of the water in Sao Paulo’s main reservoir, the Cantareira system, has already gone.  The reservoir provides water to about 6.7 million residents.

The drought, said to be Brazil’s worst ever, has also affected at least 30 other  cities in the states of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais.

The affected regions  received  less than 30 percent of the normal rain during Brazil’s wet season that runs from December to February.

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Calif Wildfire Threatens 12,000 Homes & 9,000 Other Structures

Posted by feww on September 19, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MEGA DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
HISTORIC DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Spot fires from King Fire observed 5km ahead of the blaze

Authorities have ordered additional residents in mountain communities NE of Sacramento to abandon their homes Thursday after a ferocious blaze nearly tripled in size overnight.

At least 3,000 people had been evacuated from the disaster area as the massive blaze threatened more than 12,000 homes and 9,000 other structures.

The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines in El Dorado National Forest. The fire nearly tripled in size making a run to the northeast yesterday of over 10 miles up the Rubicon Canyon towards Hell Hole Reservoir. Spot fires were observed up to 3 miles ahead of the fire front and have moved into Placer County, said Cal Fire.

State of Emergency

Gov. Brown declared yet another state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties in response to the destructive fires, late Wednesday local time.

“The wildfires in Northern California serve as a reminder that dry conditions can be the precursor to devastating loss,” said Mr Brown.

The Boles Fire wildfire in Siskiyou County has burned at least 150 homes and a Catholic Church, as it tore through the logging town of Weed.

The Courtney Fire wildfire in Madera County has destroyed at least three dozen structures.

About a dozen major fires and scores of smaller blazes fueled by the Golden State’s historic drought are burning across the state.

King Fire
Last Updated: September 19, 2014 6:40 am
Date/ Time Started: September 13, 2014 4:32 pm
Acres Burned – Containment: 76,376 acres – 10% contained
Homes/ Structures Threatened: 12,000 residences and 9,000 other structures
Evacuations: See Cal Fire’s latest list

Total Fire Personnel: 4,425
Total Fire Engines: 366
Total Fire crews: 121
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 64
Total Water Tenders: 74
Incident Management Team: 5

Fire danger remains extreme across California, said officials.

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Drought Crop Disasters Declared in U.S. West

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES
HISTORIC DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 03, 02
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Crop Disaster Declared for 70 Counties in Four States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 70 counties across four states—California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona—as crop disaster areas due to losses and damage caused by the historic drought.

The crop disaster designations are as follows:

California. Alameda, Kern, Monterey, Sierra, Alpine, Kings, Orange, Siskiyou, Amador, Lassen, Plumas, Sonoma, Butte, Los Angeles, San Benito, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Madera, San Bernardino, Tehama, Colusa, Marin, San Joaquin, Trinity, Contra Costa, Mariposa, San Luis Obispo, Tulare, El Dorado, Mendocino, Santa Barbara, Tuolumne, Fresno, Merced, Santa Clara, Ventura, Glenn, Modoc, Shasta, Yolo, Inyo, Mono, as well as, Del Norte, Placer, San Mateo, Humboldt, Riverside, Santa Cruz, Lake, Sacramento, Solano, Napa, San Diego, Sutter, Nevada, San Francisco and Yuba counties.

Arizona. La Paz and Mohave counties.

Nevada. Clark, Douglas, Esmeralda, Lyon, Mineral, Nye and Washoe counties.

Oregon. Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Lake counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,385 separate crop disasters across 35 states. Most of those designations are due to the ongoing drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, 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 September 17, 2014.

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Massive Wildfire Threatens Thousands of California Homes

Posted by feww on September 18, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
MEGA DISASTERS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
HISTORIC DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
LOSS OF HABITAT
MASS DISPLACEMENTS
LOSS OF CROPS & LIVESTOCK
SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 111, 101, 100, 080, 071, 070, 03, 02
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Ferocious Wildfire Prompts another State of Emergency Declaration in California

A major blaze burning in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is threatening more than 2,000 homes and 1,500 other structures.

Thousands of residents in areas threatened by the King Fire wildfire have been evacuated.

Gov. Brown declared yet another state of emergency in El Dorado and Siskiyou counties in response to the destructive fires, late Wednesday local time.

“The wildfires in Northern California serve as a reminder that dry conditions can be the precursor to devastating loss,” said Mr Brown.

The Boles Fire wildfire in Siskiyou County has burned at least 150 homes and a Catholic Church, as it tore through the logging town of Weed.

The Courtney Fire wildfire in Madera County has destroyed at least three dozen structures.

About a dozen major fires fueled by the Golden State’s historic drought are burning across the state.

The following details are provided by Cal Fire:

Date/Time Started: September 13, 2014 4:32 pm
County: El Dorado County
Location: Near Pollock Pines
Acres Burned – Containment: ~ 71,000 acres [~ 28,700 hectares] – 5% contained
Structures Threatened: 2,007  residences and 1,505 other structures
Evacuations:

Evacuations: See Cal Fire website for a list of areas under Mandatory Evacuation Orders and  Voluntary Evacuation Advisories.

Total Fire Personnel: 3,695
Total Fire Engines: 299
Total Fire crews: 88
Total Helicopters: 15
Total Dozers: 49
Total Water Tenders: 68
Conditions: The King Fire is burning in steep terrain in the South Fork of the American River Canyon and Silver Creek Canyon, north of the community of Pollock Pines. This afternoon the fire made a significant run to the northwest necessitating the mandatory evacuation order for Quintette and Volcanoville.

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Crop Disasters Declared in Five States

Posted by feww on September 12, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
DROUGHT
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS (ERE)
HIGH WINDS
HAIL STORM
FROST
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900,  888, 444, 178, 177, 111, 064, 03, 02
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Drought, Frost, ERE and Winds destroy crops in five states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 26 counties in five states–Texas, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico and Kansas–as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by drought, frost, extreme rain events and high winds.

Drought Disaster Areas

A total of 9 counties in Texas and one county in New Mexico have been designated as crop disaster areas due to ongoing drought.

  • Texas: Crane, Winkler, Andrews, Ector, Pecos, Ward, Crockett, Loving and Upton counties.
  • New Mexico: Lea County

Drought & Frost Disaster Areas

11 Counties in Kansas and Nebraska have been declared crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought and frost that occurred during the period of January 1, 2014, and continuing.

  • Kansas: Republic, Washington, Clay, Cloud, Jewell, Marshall and Riley counties.
  • Nebraska: Gage, Jefferson, Nuckolls and Thayer counties.

Excessive Rain and Winds Disaster Areas

USDA has designated five counties in North Carolina as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain and winds that occurred on July 3, 2014.
  • North Carolina: Pamlico, Beaufort, Carteret, Craven and Hyde counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,315 separate crop disasters across 35 states. Most of those designations are due to the ongoing drought.

  • Those states are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, 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 September 10, 2014.

Crop Disaster Links

 

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Drought Destroys Crops, Livelihoods across Central America

Posted by feww on September 4, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAJOR DISASTERS
DROUGHT IN CENTRAL AMERICA
CROP DISASTERS
COFFEE RUST PLAGUE
RISING FOOD PRICES
HUNGER
SCENARIOS 808, 444, 300, 277, 255, 100, 03, 02
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Drought leaves millions hungry in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua

Drought has destroyed crops and devastated livelihoods across the so-called “Dry Corridor,” a drought-prone area shared by Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, said the world Food program (WFP).

“Some 2.5 million people in Central America need food assistance due to the combined impact of severe drought, the Coffee Rust plague and a spike in food prices. WFP is working with the governments of Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua to provide food assistance to 1.4 million people, but there are challenges.”

Millions of  subsistence farmers and day-to-day laborers in Central America “are in a critical situation due to the combination of three factors,” said WFP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.

“First, they lost their subsistence crops, mostly beans and maize, to the drought. Second, due to the outbreak of the Coffee Rust plague in 2012, coffee production dropped and so did the demand for jobs and the families’ income. And finally, a shortage of beans and maize has caused a rise in food prices in all countries.”

“Some families resort to dangerous survival tactics, such as skipping or reducing the size of meals. Others simply stop sending their children to school to save money. Others send the head of households to Mexico or the United States to find jobs,” he said.

Conditions are expected o deteriorate further early next year because of  poor harvests, forecasters said..

“These people grow mostly maize and beans to feed their families, but these crops demand lots of water,” he added.

Meantime, Guatemala has declared a state of emergency after more than ¼ million families lost their crops due to the drought.

 

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$45-Million Wildfire Forces Mass Evacuations in California

Posted by feww on September 4, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800,797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Extreme fire conditions prompts mass evacuations near California-Oregon border

A fast-moving wildfire in the Klamath National Forest near California-Oregon border is exhibiting extreme conditions amid rising temperatures, high winds and very low relative humidity, prompting officials to extend mandatory evacuation orders over a large area.

The lightning-sparked ‘Happy Camp Complex Fire’ has been burning in the Klamath National Forest since August 11, blackening about 77,000 acres, according to Inciweb.

Fire Details
Date Started: August 11, 2014
Containment: 19 percent for the complex (Zone 1 + Zone 2)
Size: 76,959 acres total for the complex
Total Personnel: 2,847
Estimated Cost to Date: $44.7 million
Committed Resources: 91 crews, 13 helicopters, 133 engines, 21 dozers, 44 water tenders, 29 mules, 8 horses

The Klamath National Forest is under an emergency closure. An evacuation center for both zones was established at the Winema Hall of the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka, CA.

Zone 1:  Mandatory evacuations remain in place along the Scott Valley Road, south of highway 96 from Johnsons Bar to Seiad Valley. Additional mandatory evacuations include the area north of highway 96 from Johnsons Bar to Seiad Valley.

Zone2: Scott River Road remains closed and under mandatory evacuation from Johnson Bar south to Bridge Flat. Traffic along the Scott River Road is being monitored by Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

[Previous evacuation orders were issued for about 300 homes, but no information is yet released regarding the extended evacuation areas.]

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for the entire western Oregon and large parts of northern California, as of posting.

Additional Information

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GLOBAL DISASTERS/ SIGNIFICANT EVENTS, Aug. 30, 2014

Posted by feww on August 30, 2014

VOLCANIC ERUPTION
SIGNIFICANT SEISMIC EVENTS
BARDARBUNGA VOLCANO
TAVURVUR VOLCANO
DROUGHT MEGA DISASTER
SCENARIOS 808, 800, 444, 023, 017, 09, 08, 07, 03, 02
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Another Significant Quake Strikes Iceland’s Bardarbunga Volcano

Centered at 64.844°N, 16.858°W [about 18.0km ENE of Kistufell] the quake struck at a depth of 5.4km on Saturday, said IMO.

The shock occurred beneath Bardarbunga’s main volcano at 07:03 GMT, said IMO, adding that they had not observed any new eruptions.

Iceland’s Earthquake Count [48 hrs to13:40 GMT on Aug 30]:

Magnitude less than 1Mw: 494
Magnitude 1 to 2Mw: 1627
Magnitude 2 to 3Mw: 228
Magnitude 3 or greater: 16
Total: 2,365
Source: IMO Earthquake Count


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Drought Destroys Crops in N China

Recent drought in northern China has destroyed crops in much of northern China, leaving scores of people without food or drinking water, according to authorities, said Xinhua, China’s official news agency.

The regions include the provinces of Liaoning, Henan, Jilin, Hebei and Hubei as well as Inner Mongolia and Ningxia Hui autonomous regions, said the report, citing the country’s Ministry of Civil Affairs.

Liaoning province has experienced its worst drought since 1951, with about half million hectares of crops destroyed. The grain production in the province is expected to decline by 5 billion kg this year, said the report.

Severe Drought in Hebei

“Lingering droughts have spread to most parts of Hebei, a major grain-producing region in China, affecting 1.25 million hectares of crops, said the provincial water resources department.”

Large numbers of livestock are also short of water. Average precipitation in the province through mid-August was 21 mm, about 50 percent less than the average for the period, said the report.

Record Drought Kills Scores of Livestock in Xinjiang

“A prolonged drought in northwest China’s Xinjiang has left about 200,000 people in need of emergency aid, including drinking water, said the region’s civil affairs department.” Xinhua reported.

“In seven counties of the Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture of Ili in northern Xinjiang, more than half a million people and 3.46 million head of livestock have been affected. Some 7,700 cattle have died.”

“Herders are concerned how their livestock will survive the winter due to the destruction of fodder by the drought. Over 4.3 million mu (287,000 hectares) of crops and 22.8 million mu of pastures have suffered, with direct economic losses of 4.3 billion yuan (700 million U.S. dollars).”

Nationally, the drought has affected about 3 million hectares of crops.

“Artificial rain has failed to relieve the situation.”

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Drought Destroys More Crops in Texas

Posted by feww on August 28, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
RISING TEMPERATURES
SEVERE DROUGHT
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 900, 555, 444, 111, 101, 03, 02
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Crop Disaster Declared for 7 Additional Texas Counties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of seven counties in the Lone Star  State as crop disaster areas due to severe drought.

The crop disaster designations are for  El Paso, Kleberg, Brooks, Hudspeth, Jim Wells, Kenedy and Nueces counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,262  separate crop disasters across 33 states. Most of those designations are due to the 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, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina 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 August 27, 2014.

Crop Disaster Links

 

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Extreme Rain Events Batter E. China Province

Posted by feww on August 22, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
RISING TEMPERATURES
SEVERE DROUGHT
MAJOR DISASTERS
SCENARIOS 555, 444, 111, 101, 070, 066, 023, 03, 02
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Mass Evacuations in E. China as Floods Affect Half Million People

At least half a million people have been affected by extreme rain events and severe flooding across four cities in east China’s Zhejiang Province since August 8, with about 65,000 people displaced, according to China’s official news agency, Xinhua.

“Statistics from the provincial hydrological bureau showed that the province’s average precipitation has reached 204 millimeters over the past fortnight, the highest since 1951 excluding the influence of typhoons.”

Up to a thousand houses have collapsed, and 26,100 hectares of croplands have been damaged, of which 1,400 hectares were completely destroyed, said the report.

“The torrential rains also forced 255 factories and mines to stop their production, destroyed 193 roads, 21 power supply lines, 33 sluices, 72 small reservoirs, 444 irrigation facilities and 13 hydropower stations.”

Drought causes severe water shortages in NE China

Meantime, a severe drought in NE China has left about a third of a million people without drinking water.

Drought in northeast China’s Liaoning Province has left about 330,000 people and 82,000 head of livestock without water, said authorities, Xinhua reported.

“The worst drought since 1951 has also affected 28 million mu (1.8 million hectares) of crops, 56 reservoirs and 427 rivers, said the provincial flood control and drought relief headquarters.”

Liaoning has received less than 40 percent of its average rainfall between  July 1 and August 17, and the dry, hot weather is forecast to continue, said the report.

“Artificial rain has failed to relieve the situation.”

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Severe Drought Destroys Crops in Washington State

Posted by feww on August 21, 2014

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Crop Disaster Declared for 9 Counties in Washington

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of nine counties in Washington state as crop disaster areas due to severe drought.

The crop disaster designations are for Yakima, Benton, King, Klickitat, Pierce, Grant, Kittitas, Lewis and Skamania counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared at least 2,255 separate crop disasters across 33 states. Most of those designations are due to the 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, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina 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 August 20, 2014.

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Major Wildfires Threaten Hundreds of California Homes

Posted by feww on August 19, 2014

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Mass evacuations continue due to California wildfires

Major wildfires burn across California assisted by high temperatures and exceptional drought conditions.

The following information mirror postings by InciWeb, CalFire, and other sources.

Junction Fire Incident Information

Date/Time Started: August 18, 2014 1:50 pm  [Updated: August 19, 2014 6:15 am]
County: Madera County
Location: off Road 425A, near the Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 junction in Oakhurst
Acres Burned – Containment: 1,200 acres;  zero percent containment
Structures Threatened: 500
Structures Destroyed: 8
Evacuations are in effect for the following areas: Mandatory
Road 620 between Highway 41 and Lone Oak Lane
Jean Road East, Jean Road West, Scott Road and Taylor Mountain
All residence and business between Highway 41 North from Road 426 to Road 620

Advisory: Sky Ranch Road, and the community of Cedar Valley

Evacuation Shelters:

  • Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick, Coarsegold CA
  • Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold CA

Injuries: 2
Cause: Under Investigation
Total Fire Personnel: 469
Total Fire Engines: 51
Total Fire crews: 14
Long/Lat: -119.6581/37.3433
Conditions: Extreme fire conditions related to the current drought situation have hampered containment.

California Junction Fire (FM-5074)  – Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 19, 2014

Way Fire

Way Fire reported at approximately 3:00 pm, Monday, August 18th.
The fire is 3,000 acres, as of posting.

The Way fire is located in Wofford Heights on the North side of Hwy 155 on lands administered by the Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Kern County Fire Department.

Road closures are in effect on Hwy 155 at Sierra Vista, Adams, Mountain View and Rock Haven.

  • Evacuations are in effect in Wofford Heights on Bristle Cone, Sycamore, Sireea Vista, Needhem, Llama Lane, Sgt Lane.
  • Evacuations in Kernville Burlando Road, Frontier Lane, Plater Road.
  • Evacuation center located at Kern Valley High School.

Structures are believed to have been destroyed, no known number at this time.

More structures are threatened.

California Way Fire (FM-5075) – Fire Management Assistance Declaration declared on August 19, 2014

Tecolote

Current as of 8/19/2014, 11:32:11 AM
Incident Type Wildfire
Date of Origin: Sunday August 17th, 2014 approx. 02:30 PM
Total Personnel :200
Size: 274  acres
Angeles National Forest
Significant Events: San Gabriel Canyon along Highway 39 has been evacuated.

Eiler Fire Incident Information:

The Eiler Fire exploded from just a few hundred acres to thousands between Friday and Saturday. Evacuations are ongoing for the area. Around the rest of state, red flag warnings were in effect and other fire outbreaks are a major concern. Tens of thousands of lightning strikes across Northern California have caused numerous fires.

Date/Time Started: July 31, 2014 6:04 pm [Updated on August 19, 2014 6:15 am]
Location: 12 miles southeast of Burney near Old Station, Shasta County
Acres Burned – Containment: 32,416 acres – 97% contained
Estimated – Containment: 8/20/2014
Structures Destroyed: 7 Residences, 2 Commercial and 12 Outbuildings
Evacuations:  Fire Restrictions in effect

  • Mountain View Road, 0.5 mile east of Burney High School to Hwy. 89, is now restricted to residents only.
  • Campgrounds Closed – Honn
  • Pacific Crest Trail Closed at Highway 299 to Highway 44
  • 1000 Lakes Wilderness
  • Forest closures on fire affected areas
  • For all other Forest closures refer to http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/lassen/notices/?cid=STELPRD3811897

Injuries: 11

July Complex Fire

A storm moved across Siskiyou County on July 29, 2014 with little moisture and a significant amount of lightning—with over 955 down strikes recorded. As of August 1st, the lightning had resulted in at least 26 lightning caused fires on the Happy Camp/Oak Knoll, Salmon/Scott Ranger District, and Goosenest Ranger District.

These fires are now being managed as the July Complex; the Whites fire, Log fire, Leef fire, and Ray’s fire.

The July Complex now includes the Man Fire in the Marble Mountain Wilderness near Man Eaten Lake, about 14 miles northwest of Etna. This fire was caused by lightning on August 12 and is estimated at 180 acres.

The following Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office evacuation order and advisories are in effect: Evacuation Orders Residents should leave immediately. · Evacuation orders are in place for the community of Sawyers Bar and the Eddy Gulch, Little North Fork, Idlewild, Mule Bridge, Robinson Flat and Whites Gulch areas. Once a person leaves, they may not be able to re-enter the evacuation area until the fire danger has passed. Exit via Sawyers Bar Road to Forks of the Salmon and then take Salmon River Road to Highway 96.

Evacuation Advisories Residents should be prepared to evacuate if fire conditions worsen.

  • An advisory is in place for the communities of Quartz Valley, Mugginsville, Greenview and South Kidder Creek.
  • An advisory is in place for the Scott Valley communities of French Creek and Sugar Creek.
  • An advisory is in place for the residents of Black Bear Ranch, Godfrey Ranch and Blue Ridge Ranch.
  • A hard closure is in place on the Sawyers Bar Road from east of Sawyers Bar to a point between Etna Summit and Etna. Only firefighting traffic is allowed on the road. See details of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office evacuation orders and advisories at http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4035.

National Forest Closure Orders: A new emergency closure order has been issued for the area of the Man and Log Fires. Closure Order No. 14-05-751 on the Salmon Scott River Ranger District of the Klamath National Forest is in effect from August 16, 2014, until the Log and Man Fires are declared out.

Current Situation
Total Personnel: 1,955
Size: 34,612 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained: 18%

Lodge Lightning Complex (also known as Lodge LCA Fire) Incident

Date/Time Started: July 30, 2014 6:27 am [Updated: August 18, 2014 5:15 pm]
Location: Wilderness Lodge/Eel River Canyon, Mendocino County
Acres Burned – Containment: 12,535 acres – 85% contained
Injuries: 15

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10,000+ Lightning Strikes Spark Scores of New Wildfires in OR, WA

Posted by feww on August 14, 2014

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Raindrops evaporate before hitting the ground due to extremely dry air in parts of Oregon

Some 60 of the new fires are located in Oregon and 14 others in the state of Washington. Currently, three fires are spreading, according to the authorities.

Two fire are spreading in Oregon.

  • The Rogue River Drive fire north of Medford, which has blackened  more than 600 acres and threatens more than 130 homes, as of Wednesday morning local time.
  • 15 Cent fire southeast of Burns, which has  consumed 15,000 acres.

The third fire is in Washington state:  Lost Ridge Fire west of Ellensburg has charred 200 acres.

In Oregon, raindrops evaporated before reaching the ground because of extremely low humidity on Tuesday night, allowing lightning and winds to start and fuel new fires, said a spokeswoman for the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has issued a state conflagration emergency for the fire zone. He proclaimed a state of emergency, also due to the wildfires, on July 16.

Fire crews are currently tackling at last 26 large fires across the two states including

In Oregon:

  • The South Fork complex south of John Day has consumed more than 64,700 acres, and  is  30 percent contained.
  • The 5 Mile fire east of Joseph has charred 4,500 acres.
  • The Sommers Fire northeast of Enterprise has exploded to 27,000 acres, ttreateings ranches, historic structures, and is zero percent contained.
  • The Beaver Complex northwest of Medford has grown to 35,300 acres. The fires are about 90 percent contained.
  • The Staley complex southeast of Oakridge has burned more than 300 acres and is 15 percent contained.
  • The Bald Sisters Fire in Grant County east of Prairie City has consumed more than 1,200 acres. It is  zero percent contained.
  • The Rowena fire northwest of The Dalles has charred 3,680 acres, but is now 100 percent contained.
  • The Camp Creek complex in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, has blackened about 800 acres and is 45 percent contained.
  • The Nene Creek fire north of Warm Springs has consumed about 350 acres and is 90 percent contained.
  • The Incident 769 fire north of Condon has burned 3,000 acres. It is zero percent contained.
  • The Blaylock Canyon fire west of Arlington has consumed about 1,000 acres. The fire is also zero percent contained.

In Washington:

  • The Devil’s Elbow complex northeast of Nespelem has burned about 21,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. The fire is threatening homes, with many residents under a mandatory evacuation order.
  • The Snag Canyon fire has grown to 12,000 acres. It is 50 percent contained.
  • The Hansel Creek fire south of Leavenworth has scorched more than 1,000 acres. It is 15 percent contained.
  • The Duncan fire north of Leavenworth has consumed more than 10,500 acres and is also 15 percent contained.
  • The Little Bridge Creek fire west of Winthrop has burned about 4,200 acres and is 14 percent contained.
  • The Upper Falls fire north of Winthrop has scorched more than 8,000 acres and is only 6 percent contained.
  • The South Cle Elum Ridge fire southwest of Cle Elum has grown to about 1,000 acres, and is 15 percent contained.
  • The Chiwaukum complex near Leavenworth has charred about 14,200 acres and is 40 percent contained.
  • The Carlton Complex south of Twisp has consumed about 256,200 acres and is now 95 percent contained.
  • The Haven Lake fire northwest of Olympia has scorched about 200 acres and is zero percent contained.
  • The Enterprise fire south and southeast of Colville, which had charred more than 150 acres is now 100 percent contained, according to Inciweb.

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Drought and Deluge Plague China

Posted by feww on August 13, 2014

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Worst Drought On Record Hits Parts of China

Worst drought in more than 6 decades is plaguing North China’s Liaoning Province, and it could get even worse, said a report.

The has affected most of the province, devastating 2 million hectares of crops. Officials said  more crop losses could occur due to below normal rainfall forecast for the remainder of August.

Severe drought has also affected other provinces in northern China including Jilin, Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Henan and Hubei.

“Since July, the province has received the least precipitation since meteorological records began in 1951, the provincial meteorological bureau said in a statement,” said the report.

“Liaoning has raised its emergency response level to the third-highest in a bid to reduce the drought’s impact.”

drought in china
Original Caption: Combination photos show a farmer checking his drought-hit corn field in Zhizhushan Village of Fuxin Mongolian Autonomous County on Aug. 12, 2014 [top] and a sharp contrast between a normal corn and a drought-affected corn in Qingshan Village of Fuxin Mongolian Autonomous County on Aug. 13, 2014 [bottom,] both in northeast China’s Liaoning Province. Liaoning Province is suffering the harshest drought in 63 years with its precipitation since July hit a record low since meteorological records began in 1951. The drought may be caused by the weather anomaly known as El Nino, which usually triggers drought in northern China while bringing more rains to southern China. Liaoning has raised its emergency response level to the third-highest in a bid to reduce the drought’s impact. Local meteorologists said they are prepared to fire artificial rain-making rockets to force rainfall if conditions are suitable. (Xinhua/Pan Yulong)

Drought Inflicts Massive Financial Losses in Central China

Meanwhile, severe drought in central China’s Henan Province has inflicted  direct economic loss of $1.2 billion, said local authorities, Xinhua reported.

The drought has affected about 21  million people, leaving more than 1.1 million short of drinking water throughout  the province.

“Henan, a major grain producing region, has raised its emergency response to the third-highest level,” said the report.

Floods Affect 50 Million Chinese

Some 50.27 million people across the China have been affected by floods so far this year, with 311 people dead and 88 missing,  said to China’s national flood prevention headquarters, Xinhua reported.

“As of Aug. 12, direct losses caused by floods amounted to 107.8 billion yuan (17.52 billion U.S. dollars), the State Flood Control and Drought Relief Headquarters said.”

“But the headquarters noted the number impacted by floods was halved [probably due to the sever drought - Editor] and deaths were down by 60 percent compared with the average in the past 14 years.”

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Drought Could Decimate Australian Cotton Crops

Posted by feww on August 11, 2014

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Eastern Australia experiencing its worst drought in 112 years

Worsening drought is forecast to devastate cotton crops in Australia, world’s third largest exporter.

Australia produced about 4 million bales of cotton this year,  but the output could be halved in 2014-2015, if the drought persists, according to Cotton Australia.

Drought Spreading across Eastern Australia

Large swathes of eastern Australia are experiencing their driest year since the Federation Drought more than a century ago, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The average rainfall over the entire region for the past 12 months is the lowest since 1901–02.

Bushfires

The drought has also brought forward the fire season by about two months. “On Friday and Saturday last week, crews were attending to 90-100 fires each day–excluding the hazard-reduction burns underway,”  said a report.

“The dry conditions have brought forward the fire season in some regions, particularly north-eastern NSW. The Rural Fire Service has had to attend 444 bush or grass fires since August 1, with 40 burning on Thursday, said Matt Sun, an RFS spokesman.”

“It’s an unusual number for this time of year,” said a fire official.

Rainfall deficiencies increase in Queensland and northeastern New South Wales

“July rainfall was below average for the mainland eastern States and an area of Western Australia stretching from the Pilbara coast into the southern interior. This has seen an increase in severity and extent of rainfall deficiencies in Queensland and New South Wales at a range of timescales,” said the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

“Rainfall deficiencies for the 8 months from December 2013 to July 2014 have increased in extent over southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales [...]  Serious to severe deficiencies (lowest 10% to 5% of records) are present along the coast of southeastern Tasmania and in a large area of northeastern New South Wales and greater southeastern Queensland [...] “

“Much of northeastern New South Wales and greater southeastern Queensland also shows serious to severe deficiencies for the 12 months from August 2013 to July 2014.”

“Rainfall deficiencies for the 22-month (October 2012 to July 2014) period have increased in Western Australia in the region near Shark Bay, in inland western Victoria and across large areas of Queensland and parts of adjacent States.

“Serious to severe deficiencies (lowest 10% to 5% of records) remain in an area spanning much of Queensland away from the eastern coast and also in smaller areas in adjacent parts of the Northern Territory and South Australia, and in an area inland of the Great Dividing Range extending from southern Queensland into northern New South Wales. The area of deficiencies on the coast of Western Australia near Shark Bay has again increased in size compared to the previous Drought Statement, as has the area of inland western Victoria experiencing deficiencies.”

 

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80 Million Chinese Affected by ‘Natural Disasters’ in July

Posted by feww on August 11, 2014

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Disasters in China cause direct economic losses of $16.34 billion in July

Natural disasters’ in July affected more than 80 million Chinese, about 6 percent of the population, forcing at least two million people to relocate and leaving 302 dead, with 64 still missing, said the Ministry of Civil Affairs (MCA).

In July, China was hit by typhoons, floods and drought. “Hails, earthquakes, mountain collapses, landslides, fires in forests and prairie, and storm tides also occurred during the month,” reported Xinhua.

“Over 107,000 buildings collapsed due to natural disasters, and 8.653 million hectares crops were affected, including 943,100 hectares completely destroyed, with direct economic losses of 100.6 billion yuan (16.34 billion U.S. dollars), the MCA said.”

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‘Worst Drought in 30 Years’ Paralyzing Nicaragua

Posted by feww on August 10, 2014

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Nicaragua Facing Worst Drought in Decades

Nicaragua is experiencing its worst drought in 3 decades, according to the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET).

The agency predicts that the drought will continue through October, with the losses estimated at 1.1 billion bushels of corn, 100,000 bushels of peanuts and more than one million tons of rice during the 2014 – 2015 crop year.

Nicaragua has received very little rain during the the current rainy season which began in May, according to a report.

central america hazard outlook
In July, both local rain gauges and satellite estimated rainfall anomalies show fairly large moisture deficits ranging between 5 to 50 percent of normal across central Guatemala, southern Honduras, El Salvador, and western Nicaragua. Much of this dryness is in addition to the drought conditions that developed over west-central Nicaragua, and has already resulted in failed and wilted crops over many local areas. Long-term vegetation indices also reflect poor moisture conditions over much Nicaragua, with recently declining vegetation conditions over the past several weeks in parts of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The continued suppression of late-season Primera rainfall will likely result in reduced seasonal crop yields over many local areas of Central America. —CPC/NOAA

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States of Emergency Continue in California, Oregon, Washington

Posted by feww on August 5, 2014

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Fierce Wildfire Destroys Homes in Washington

The so-called Snag Canyon Fire in Ellensburg has consumed at least 1,930 acres, destroying 16 structures, as of posting.

The Snag Canyon fire was sparked by lightning on Saturday, August 2. It is currently estimated at 1,930 acres, with about 10 percent contained, said Inciweb.

Evacuation orders were in effect for about 200 homes on Monday.

WA State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Status: 

Phase III: The State EOC activated to Phase III in support of multiple fire mobilizations throughout Washington State.

Federal emergency aid has been made available to the State of Washington to supplement state and local response efforts in the area affected by wildfires beginning on July 9, 2014, and continuing.

  • Washington Snag Canyon Fire (FM-5071)

California

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) in support of the Inland Regional Operations Center (REOC) and local regions due to fires currently burning throughout Northern California.

On Saturday, August, 2, 2014, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr., declared a state of emergency in 11 California counties: Madera, Modoc, Butte, Siskiyou, Mendocino, Shasta, Amador, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lassen, and Mariposa.

“Fires like the Day and Bald Fires can put a strain on resources, particularly at a time when dry conditions due to the drought, above normal temperatures and winds have increased the wildfire threat significantly,” said a state official.

Fire Management Assistance Declarations have been declared on August 2 – 3, 2014 for the following wildfires:

  • California Day Fire (FM-5070)
  • California Bald Fire (FM-5069)
  • California Oregon Gulch Fire (FM-5068)
  • California Eiler Fire  (FM-5067)

Oregon – Fire Management Assistance Declaration has been declared on August 1, 2014

  • Oregon Oregon Gulch Fire

 

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Exceptional Drought Grows in California

Posted by feww on July 31, 2014

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Golden State Turns Dark Brown

Exceptional Drought spreads to 58.41 percent of California, up from 36.49 percent last week, according to the latest data release by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The entire land area in the Golden State is experiencing ‘Severe’ to Exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Source: US Drought Monitor, data released July 31, 2014.

National Drought Summary for July 29, 2014: State of California

Increasingly, drought indicators point to the fact that conditions are not appreciably better in northern California than in central and southern sections of the state. In addition, mounting evidence from reservoir levels, river gauges, ground water observations, and socio-economic impacts warrant a further expansion of exceptional drought (D4) into northern California. For California’s 154 intrastate reservoirs, storage at the end of June stood at 60% of the historical average. Although this is not a record for this time of year—the standard remains 41% of average on June 30, 1977—storage has fallen to 17.3 million acre-feet. As a result, California is short more than one year’s worth of reservoir water, or 11.6 million acre-feet, for this time of year. The historical average warm-season drawdown of California’s 154 reservoirs totals 8.2 million acre-feet, but usage during the first 2 years of the drought, in 2012 and 2013, averaged 11.5 million acre-feet.

Given the 3-year duration of the drought, California’s topsoil moisture (80% very short to short) and subsoil moisture (85%) reserves are nearly depleted. The state’s rangeland and pastures were rated 70% very poor to poor on July 27. USDA reported that “range and non-irrigated pasture conditions continued to deteriorate” and that “supplemental feeding of hay and nutrients continued as range quality declined.” In recent days, new wildfires have collectively charred several thousand acres of vegetation in northern and central California. The destructive Sand fire, north of Plymouth, California—now largely contained—burned more than 4,000 acres and consumed 66 structures, including 19 residences. [ U.S. Drought Monitor]

California experiences record warmest winter and spring

Meanwhile, the most populous U.S. state saw its warmest winter and spring on record this year, with the temperatures rising 2.8ºC (5 degrees Fahrenheit)  above normal during the first six months of 2014,  about 0.6ºC (1 degree F) warmer than the previous record, increasing the threat of water famine, crop disasters and wildfires even further.

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.

[NOTE: The above forecast and most of the links posted below have previously been filtered/censored by Google, WordPress and rest of the Internet Mafia. Editor]

California State Resources

California Drought Disasters

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Exceptional Drought Plagues Central, Northern China

Posted by feww on July 28, 2014

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Water Famine Severely Affecting Parts of China

Persistent drought in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and central China’s Henan Province has dried up rivers and reservoirs, causing power and water shut-offs and severe drinking water shortages, said Xinhua.

In Inner Mongolia, about 600,000 people in seven prefectures and cities have been affected by the drought since April, with half of them lacking drinking water, according to the regional civil affairs department.

Some 150,000 hectares of farmland and 16.4 million hectares of pastures have been affected in the worst drought in three years. About 1.34 million heads of cattle also lack drinking water.

The worst drought since 1961, caused by more than 140 consecutive days without precipitation, has severely affected about 98 percent of pastures in Araxan prefecture, said the report.

Large swathes of Henan province have seen only about 10 percent of the average annual precipitation, making it the driest year since 1975.

About a million hectares of crops in the province had been affected by the drought as of July 26, 2014, said the report.

Pingdingshan City has had its worst drought since 1975. The Baiguishan Reservoir, the major source of drinking water in the city, was at dead storage level.

Water supply for car wash businesses, commercial swimming pools and public baths has been cut off in the city. Major water-consuming enterprises were ordered to restrict their consumption.

In the provincial capital of Zhengzhou City, the municipal power grid decided to restrict power supply for some residential compounds, enterprises and business operators for four days starting on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the temperatures are  forest to soar above above 35ºC in most  parts of the region this week,   according to the local meteorological office.

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Parched West Depleting Underground Water

Posted by feww on July 25, 2014

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‘We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking’

Researchers say more than 75 percent of the water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin came from underground resources, starting late 2004.

They are now admitting that the extent of groundwater loss poses a greater threat to the water supply of the western United States than previously thought.

Underground water stores in the West have receded at an alarming rate worsening drought that has scorched multiple states from Oklahoma to the Pacific Coast.

“Monthly measurements in the change in water mass from December 2004 to November 2013 revealed the basin lost nearly 53 million acre feet (65 cubic kilometers) of freshwater. That’s almost double the volume of the nation’s largest reservoir, Nevada’s Lake Mead. More than three-quarters of the total—about 41 million acre feet (50 cubic kilometers)—was from groundwater,” according to the report.

“We don’t know exactly how much groundwater we have left, so we don’t know when we’re going to run out,” said a water resources specialist at the University of California, Irvine.

“This is a lot of water to lose. We thought that the picture could be pretty bad, but this was shocking.”

The Colorado River

The Colorado River is the only major river in the southwestern United States. Its basin supplies water to more than 40 million people in 7 states, and irrigates at least four million acres of farmland.

Most of the reduction has been recorded in the Lower Colorado River Basin.

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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California State Resources

California Data Exchange Center – Reservoirs

Conditions for 6 Largest Reservoirs: 23-Jul-2014 (Report Generated: 25-Jul-2014 4:06 AM)

Lake Shasta -

  • Current Storage: 1,644,468 AF
  • 36% of Total Capacity
  • 49% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 4,552,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 3,341,319 AF)

Lake Oroville -

  • Current Storage: 1,303,267 AF
  • 37% of Total Capacity
  • 49% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 3,537,577 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 24: 2,648,645 AF)

Trinity Lake -

  • Current Storage: 913,231 AF
  • 37% of Total Capacity
  • 46% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,447,650 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,987,858 AF)

New Melones -

  • Current Storage: 647,861 AF
  • 27% of Total Capacity
  • 44% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,400,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,483,900 AF)

San Luis -

  • Current Storage: 498,632 AF
  • 24% of Total Capacity
  • 46% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,041,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,072,891 AF)

Don Pedro -

  • Current Storage: 926,110 AF
  • 46% of Total Capacity
  • 59% of Historical Avg. For This Date
  • (Total Capacity: 2,030,000 AF)
  • (Avg. Storage for Jul 23: 1,565,879 AF)

California Drought Disasters

 

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