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Posted by feww on November 2, 2013
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What’s wrong with that!???
FACT SHEET: The White House, November 1, 2013
Executive Order on Climate Preparedness
President Obama Establishes a Task Force on Climate
“We’re going to need to get prepared. And that’s why this plan will also protect critical sectors of our economy and prepare the United States for the impacts of climate change that we cannot avoid. States and cities across the country are already taking it upon themselves to get ready… And we’ll partner with communities seeking help to prepare for droughts and floods, reduce the risk of wildfires, protect the dunes and wetlands that pull double duty as green space and as natural storm barriers.” – President Barack Obama, June 25, 2013
Really, what’s wrong with that???
Paying Lip Service to Environmental Preservation
On Friday, President Obama established a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration.
The President signed an Executive Order that directs Federal agencies to take a series of steps to make it easier for American communities to strengthen their resilience to extreme weather and prepare for other impacts of climate change.
Well, nothing is wrong with that, really, except that it’s a little too late, lacks concrete action, and relies on the very systems that have driven life on this planet to the precipice of collapse.
The window of opportunity closed a long while back, and all that anyone can do now is a meaningful prayer for the dead, in Latin.
President Obama has said that we have a moral obligation to our children and future generations to leave them a planet that is not polluted or damaged.
A planet that is not polluted or damaged?
Is there a time-machine involved here? Because for a meaningful grasp of the above you need to travel back, way back, in time.
Building climate preparedness and resilience in our communities amid exponentially deteriorating climatic conditions and imminently collapsing ecosystems is one thing (!), leaving behind “a planet that is not polluted or damaged” to our grown-up kids, let alone future generations, is an entirely different matter.
Posted in Climate Change, environment, Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, significant events | Tagged: Climate Action Plan, climate preparedness, Collapsing Riverbank, Executive Order on Climate Preparedness, extreme weather, impacts of climate change, President Barack Obama, Task Force on Climate, window of opportunity | 2 Comments »
Posted by feww on October 14, 2013
5000 Lightning strikes in 2 hours, as powerful winds batter NZ capital, “worse is yet to come”
Hurricane-strength winds have downed trees, closed roads and cut power to thousands of New Zealand homes, forcing dozens of flight cancellation in the capital Wellington on Monday.
A local forecaster has warned “worse is yet to come” with ”the meat of the core of the strong winds” to hit Wellington between 2-8pm today.
Parts of the country were also being “lit up like a Christmas tree” by lightning strikes, said the forecaster, with 5000 strikes recorded between 10am and noon Monday.
“Most of those were west of the South Island’s main divide, although some were spilling over to the east,” said a report.
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Posted by feww on September 24, 2013
State of Emergency Declared in Brazil’s Santa Catarina State
A major storm system has triggered severe flooding, displacing more than 20,000 people in southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state.
The flooding, hail and landslides have affected 71 counties, destroying or damaging scores of roads, bridges, and much of the state’s infrastructure, as well as thousands of homes.
The governor of Santa Catarina, Raimundo Colombo, has declared states of emergency in 50 of the state’s municipalities amid a major rainstorm that has been pounding the state since end of last week, said Com informações da Agência Brasil.
The emergency decree shall be in effect for 180 days, the governor’s office said.
Extreme Rain Events triggered widespread flooding in the city of São José (Santa Catarina), Sunday, September 22, 2013. Photo credit: Marcelo Bittencourt / Futura Press.
Suspected Tornado Kills 2, Injures 64 in Taquarituba city, São Paulo, Brazil
A suspected tornado hit the city of Taquarituba, in the Brazilian state of São Paulo, about 320 km from the state capital, “partially destroying the municipality,” said a report.
The city (population: ~ 24,000) remains without power, the report said.
“Firefighters reported hat the “weather phenomenon” had destroyed more than 100 homes, as well as the industrial hub of the city and the highway.”
Wreckage of Taquarituba houses destroyed by a suspected tornado that swept through Brazilian state of São Paulo. Photo credit: Oslaim Brito/ Futura Press. More images…
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Posted by feww on August 13, 2013
Extreme heat kills at least 40 people in south China
A heatwave that has been hovering over a large region encompassing eight provinces and municipalities in central, eastern and southern China has already been the longest lasting since 1961 (presumably when record-keeping began), with the temperatures reaching or exceeding 35ºC for an average of 25.3 day since July 1, said the National Meteorological Center (NMC).
[Note: the actual number of people killed as a result of the heatwave may be much higher.]
“Authorities have for the first time declared the heat to be a second-level weather emergency, a label normally used for typhoons and floods. The NMC issued a second-level heat alert on Tuesday for the next 20 days.”
Worsening drought an the long-lasting heatwave have “taken a heavy toll on agriculture and made drinking water increasingly difficult to obtain,” said the report.
At least 130 million people in China have been affected by the drought and extreme heat. More than 10 million people, and as many livestock, are short of drinking water, FIRE-EARTH estimates. See earlier posts on China drought.
Original caption: Withered tea plants are seen at a Longjing tea protection area in Hangzhou City, capital of east China’s Zhejiang Province, Aug. 12, 2013. More than 40 percent tea plants in the Longjing tea protection areas in Hangzhou died of the continuous scorching weather in recent days. (Xinhua/Long Wei). More images…
Related Links: Drought, Extreme Heat Cripple China, Japan, S. Korea
Iraq Death Toll
Since August 1, at least 400 people have been killed and more than 2,500 others wounded amid growing violence in Iraq.
- In July, at least 1,057 people were killed and thousands more injured.
- Since the beginning of this year, at least 4,500 people have lost their lives to the violence.
Vietnam’s coffee crop forecast down in 2013-2014
Vietnam’s coffee production for 2013-2014 is estimated at about 1.2 million tons, a decrease of 15 percent compared to the previous year, said the Vietnam Coffee and Cocoa Association (Vicofa).
The decrease is due to the drought and hail in June, which damaged about 5,000 hectares of coffee plantation and affected other 27,000 hectares, said a report.
Fishery disaster declared in Apalachicola
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Pritzker has declared a commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay, said a report.
“Gov. Rick Scott requested the declaration in September 2012 because the fishery was near collapse. A May 2013 state report sent last week to federal officials blames lack of fresh water flowing from federal reservoirs in Georgia and Alabama.”
“Pritzker declared the commercial fishery failure for the oyster fishery along the west coast of Florida. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the fishery resource disaster resulted from excessive drought conditions in Apalachicola Bay and elsewhere in the Florida panhandle during the 2012-13 winter fishing season.” More…
Cholera outbreak infects 1,500 in NE Afghanistan
A cholera outbreak in northeast Afghanistan has infected 1,492 people, killing at least one person and leaving more than 100 in critical condition, local officials told reporters.
Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, global drought | Tagged: acute water shortage, Afghanistan, Apalachicola Bay, China, Cholera outbreak, Climate Change, coffee crop, Drought, drought disaster, extreme weather, Fishery disaster, Heat Dome, heatwave, Iraq death toll, livestock, Vietnam | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on August 11, 2013
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Posted by feww on July 12, 2013
Drought and winterkill spell disaster for 61 counties across the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 61 counties in five states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the worsening drought, and winterkill.
USDA has designated a total of 5 counties in Idaho as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the worsening drought.
The latest disaster designations, issued on July 10 include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
Winterkill: Disasters Caused by Extreme Weather Events
USDA has further designated as disaster areas a total of 56 counties in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and South Dakota due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of heavy rainfall followed by freezing temperatures and multiple periods of thawing and refreezing, resulting in winterkill that occurred between January 1 and May 15, 2013 in 56 counties.
Posted in Global Disaster watch, global disasters, global disasters 2013, Significant Event Imagery, significant events | Tagged: drought disaster, extreme weather, U.S. Department of Agriculture, US disaster areas, US Disaster Counties, US Disaster Declaration, US Drought Disaster, USDA, winterkill | Leave a Comment »
Posted by feww on July 10, 2013
Extreme Rain Events affect more than 10 million, destroy tens of thousands of homes in 300 counties
Extreme Rain Events have affected more than 508,000 people in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, destroying at least 300 homes and raising water levels on major rivers dangerously high, said Xinhua.
“Rainstorm-triggered natural disasters have wreaked havoc in 21 provincial-level regions in China since July 3, leaving at least 33 dead and another 14 missing, the National Commission for Disaster Reduction said Monday.”
In central China’s Hubei Province, Extreme Rain Events have left a dozen people dead, about 2 million affected, 114,000 people in 29 counties relocated, tens of thousands of homes destroyed or damaged and about 200,000 hectares of crops ruined.
In Yunnan Province, rainstorms have affected about 30,000 people and destroyed at least 5,300 houses. Schools in the area have been abandoned.
- Since July 3, natural disasters triggered by extreme weather have killed or left missing scores of people, affected more than 10 million, displacing hundreds of thousands of others in as many as 300 counties across 21 provinces.
Original caption: A road is destroyed by rainstorm-triggered landslide in Wenchuan County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province, July 10, 2013. Rainstorms battered the county in these two days. (Xinhua/Lu Guotong). More images …
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Posted by feww on July 4, 2013
USDA declares agricultural disasters in 140 counties in ten states
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of 140 counties in ten states as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought (85 counties), and the combined effects of excessive rain, excessive snow, and multiple periods of thawing and refreezing (55 counties).
USDA has designated a total of 85 counties in seven state—California, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming—as agricultural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.
The latest disaster designations, issued on July 3 include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.
Winterkill: Disaster caused by Extreme Weather
USDA has further designated as disaster areas a total of 55 counties in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of excessive rain, excessive snow, and multiple periods of thawing and refreezing, resulting in winterkill that occurred Jan. 1 – May 21, 2013.
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Posted by feww on July 2, 2013
States of Emergency declared for Cuyler and Deruyte, NY
Widespread flooding prompted the Town Supervisors in Cuyler and Deruyte to issue states of emergency late Monday, said a report.
Flooding also forced the authorities to evacuate many homes, turn off power and gas and provide shelters for the evacuees, the report said.
Meanwhile, NWS has issued multiple Flood Warnings, Flash Flood Warnings, Flood Watches and Flood Advisories for much of the eastern U.S.
U.S. Weather Hazards Map – July 2, 2013. Source: NWS.
State of Emergency Declared for the City of Ashtabula, Ohio
Extreme Rain Events on Thursday and Friday triggered widespread flooding in Ashtabula, inundating properties, washing out streets, and prompting City Council to declare a state of emergency, said a report.
- The worst-hit area is the Ashtabula harbor, which reportedly took the brunt of the storm.
States of Emergency Declared for Two Minnesota Counties
Fillmore and Houston Counties in Minnesota have declared states of emergency due to the loses and damage caused extreme rain events and flooding.
“In some areas water levels are rising more than 8 feet,” said a report. “Both Houston and Fillmore counties took the brunt of the storm.”
Air crash kills 19 people in Russia’s Sakha Republic
A Russian transport helicopter crashed into a hilltop in Siberia killing at least 19 people, including children, said the Russian authorities.
- The Polar Airlines Mi-8 helicopter crashed in a remote, mountainous terrain, about 40 miles from Deputatsky in the Sakha Republic.
- The crash has been blamed on bad weather. “The main theory at this time is difficult weather conditions,” the Interfax news agency quoted the regional police as saying.
- There were three crews and 25 passengers, including 11 children, on board the helicopter.
M6.1 Quake Strikes Near Bireun, Indonesia
A shallow quake measuring 6.1Mw struck 55km (34mi) S of Bireun in the Aceh Province of Indonesia [4.698°N 96.687°E] killing at least 1 person, leaving two people missing and more than a hundred others injured.
- The quake has damaged or destroyed dozens of homes near the epicenter.
Time: 2013-07-02 16:37:02 UTC+09:00
Location: 4.698°N 96.687°E
Depth: 10.0km (6.2mi)
- 55km (34mi) S of Bireun, Indonesia
- 72km (45mi) SE of Reuleuet, Indonesia
- 74km (46mi) SW of Lhokseumawe, Indonesia
- 87km (54mi) NE of Meulaboh, Indonesia
- 581km (361mi) WNW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Posted by feww on April 23, 2013
Temperatures to plunge 30 degrees below normal, as flooding displaces thousands
As a strong cold front pushes across the central U.S. on Tuesday, parts of the central & southern Plains can expect winter-like precipitation, stretching from Colorado across Kansas and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma and into southern Iowa. The precipitation should taper off by Tuesday evening. In addition, temperatures will be as much as 30 degrees below normal across the region on Tuesday. —NWS
Meantime, at least six rivers in Illinois have surged to record levels, inundating homes and businesses and displacing thousands of people, as extreme weather continued across parts of central and southern Plains.
The hardest hit communities, including Elmhurst, Des Plaines, River Forest, Bellwood, Riverside, Moline, Quincy, Bartonville, North Aurora, Marseilles, Ottawa, North Utica and Morris.
“We have seen some of the worst flooding damage to neighborhoods and homes across our state in Illinois history,” said Illinois Governor Quinn, declaring 44 counties state disaster areas.
Counties included in the state disaster declaration are Adams, Brown, Bureau, Calhoun, Carroll, Cass, Champaign, Cook, DeKalb, Douglas, DuPage, Fulton, Greene, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Jersey, Jo Daviess, Kane, Kendall, Knox, Lake, LaSalle, Livingston, Marshall, Mason, McDonough, McHenry, Mercer, Morgan, Ogle, Peoria, Pike, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Scott, Stark, Tazewell, Whiteside, Will, Winnebago and Woodford.
US Weather Hazards Map. Source: NWS
Missouri: Gov. Nixon declared a state of emergency in Missouri on Friday after a strong storm system that included heavy rainfall led to flash flooding in many parts of the state and to rapidly rising rivers levels on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
“The sustained periods of heavy rainfall has swollen creeks and streams and is pushing the Mississippi River over flood levels, endangering river communities,” declared Nixon.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Flooding Warnings in parts of at least 16 states, as more rain continued to swell rivers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi.
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Posted by feww on April 14, 2013
H7N9 avian flu human infections in China climb to 60, with 13 fatalities
Latest Update [2013-04-14 19:23:48 local time]: “Shanghai reported two more deaths from H7N9 bird flu on Sunday, while three new cases were confirmed, local health authorities said in a statement,” said a report.
- The latest update raises the infection toll to 60, and the fatalities to at least 13.
Earlier on Sunday…
Two new infections of H7N9 avian flu were reported in east China’s Jiangsu Province on Sunday, bringing the total number of such cases in China to 57.
“Eight new cases of human infection were reported nationwide on Sunday, with two in Henan Province in central China, two in Jiangsu Province and four in Zhejiang Province in east China. Of the 57 people infected thus far, 11 have died,” said a report.
All four patients in east China’s Zhejiang Province were in serious condition, according to the provincial health department, said a report.
Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus
This is a “novel” (non-human) virus and therefore has the potential to cause a pandemic if it were to change to become easily and sustainably spread from person-to-person. So far, this virus has not been determined to have that capability. However, influenza viruses constantly change and it’s possible that this virus could gain that ability. CDC takes routine preparedness actions whenever a new virus with pandemic potential is identified, including developing a candidate vaccine virus to make a vaccine if it were to be needed. There is no licensed H7 vaccine available at this time. —CDC
UPDATE: Earthquake that hit “birthplace of Japan” caused by “unknown active fault”
The magnitude 6.0 quake that hit Awajishima Fukin on Apr 13, 2013, at 05:33 local time has reportedly injured two dozen people, 7 of them seriously, and damaged more than 1,900 homes.
- “The government’s earthquake research committee said Sunday an unknown active fault may have caused a magnitude 6.3 [revised down to M6.0 by JMA] earthquake that jolted western Japan early Saturday.” Kyodo reported.
- The fault reportedly extends about 10 km from north to south of the island, according to the committee.
- “There are many as-yet-unrecognized active faults,” warning that M6 quakes could occur anywhere in Japan, the committee chief has said.
- Magnitude: 6.0
- Depth: 10 km
- Date and Time: April 13, 2013 at 05:33 JST (local time)
- Epicenter: 34.4ºN, 134.8ºE
- Region: Awajishima Fukin (Source: JMA)
EQ Location Map
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.
U.S. Weather: Major winter storm to impact the north central United States
A major winter storm will impact the north central United States through Monday morning, where total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches will be common. Some locales in central North Dakota could experience more than 15 inches of new snow. Strong gusty winds will also lead to considerable blowing and drifting snow and near blizzard conditions, creating hazardous travel conditions. —NWS
US Weather Hazards Map. The map shows 10 different Weather Warnings, including Red Flag Warnings across parts of 5 states. Source: NWS
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Posted by feww on April 11, 2013
Severe Storms to Hit Ohio/Tennessee Valleys, Southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.
Another round of severe weather is forecast for Thursday across the eastern Ohio, Tennessee River Valleys, the southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. The storms will bring damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail, targeting parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, NWS reported.
A powerful storm will bring a variety of weather hazards to parts of the central & eastern U.S. on Thursday. In addition to winter weather conditions over parts of the Upper Midwest & Great Lakes, there is a risk of severe thunderstorms for a large portion of the Ohio Valley & Southeast. Flash flooding will also be a threat for much of the lower & mid-Mississippi Valley into the lower Great Lakes. —NOAA
Filtered storm reports gathered by SPC. The map shows some 180 reports including 2 tornadoes.
U.S. weather hazards Map for April 11, 2013. Source: NWS
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Posted by feww on February 15, 2013
U.S. Disasters 2013: Drought, derecho, hail, excessive heat, excessive rain, flash flooding, Hurricane Sandy, a snowstorm and a nor’easter
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 21 counties in 4 states—New Jersey, Delaware, New York, and Pennsylvania—as natural disaster areas, both primary and contiguous, due to damages and losses caused by the combined effects of drought, high winds (derecho), hail, excessive heat, excessive rain, flash flooding, Hurricane Sandy, a snowstorm and a nor’easter that occurred during the period of June 28 – November 8, 2012.
As of February 13, prior to the latest designations, about 980 counties, nearly a third of all U.S. counties, had been designated for 2013 crop disaster losses, USDA reported.
FIRE-EARTH Drought Links 2013
Mississippi Disaster Declaration
The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the State of Mississippi in the areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding beginning on February 10, 2013, and continuing.
- The worst affected areas are Forrest and Lamar Counties.
February 15, 2013 – DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,121 Days Left
Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,121 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human History
- The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on January 19, 2013
DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,148 Days Left
[January 19, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,148 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
- Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 …
Global Disasters/ Significant Events
Snowpocalypse Russia: Snow ‘tsunami’ buries entire city
More than 10 feet of snow has buried the polar circle city of Norilsk, forcing rescue workers to dig passageways through the snow banks.
- Large icicles, up to three feet long, are breaking up at random and causing a lethal hazard for pedestrians below, said a report.
In Moscow, more than 10 inches of snow—about half the average snowfall for the month of January—has pushed the congested city to the verge of a traffic collapse. “Traffic measuring portal Yandex reported Grade 10 (out of 10) jams on Friday, as strong winds created blizzard conditions and built imposing snow drifts.”
Snow and Ice Chart – Northern Hemisphere. Source: NESDIS/NOAA
Snow buries Russia. Global Snow Cover. Source: NOAA.
Snow buries the polar circle city of Norilsk. Source: bigpicture-ru/via RT-com. More images…
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on December 25, 2012
Xmas Madness: 93.3 million Americans expected to travel 50 miles plus from home
More than 93.3 million travelers are expected to travel longer than 50 miles from home, including 84.4 million by car and at least 5.6 million by air, through January 1, said AAA.
- Snowstorms have already forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights.
- Thunderstorms and multiple tornados are forecast on Christmas Day.
- Heavy snowfall and strong winds are forecast for the Northeast, which could lead to more flight delays or cancellations.
- Tough driving conditions are reported in parts of New York state, Ohio, Pennsylvania and northern New England.
Weather Hazards Map for December 25, 2012. Source: NWS
The authorities have declared a state of emergency in Khovu-Aksy, the Republic of Tyva, and evacuated thousands of people as the temperature fell to -38ºC (-36ºF), a report said.
- As the coldest ever December rolled through Russia, hundreds more were evacuated in Siberia, where the temperatures plunged below -50ºC, and Moscow experienced its coldest night in the season, so far.
- A lingering anticyclone, has forced the temperatures below -50 degrees Celsius (-58ºF) in some parts of Russia over the past ten days, the report said.
- “Yakutia, which makes up the bigger part of Russia’s Far East, is set face frosts down to -54C (-65F).”
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on November 19, 2012
DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,209 Days Left
[November 19, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.
- SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,209 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
- Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 ...
Global Disasters/ Significant Events
More than 100,000 bolts of lightning strike QLD area
A massive storm system hammered southern Queensland with destructive, near hurricane force wind gusts as 4-inch hail and heavy rain buffeted the region.
- Flash-flooding swamped parts of Brisbane (pop: ~2.2 million), Australia’s third most populous city. [SE QLD urban conurbation around Brisbane has a population of about 3.2 million.]
- The storms affected the Brisbane, Ipswich, Sunshine and Lockyer council areas, causing crop damage in the Granite Belt and on the Darling Downs, reports said.
- The storms caught the country’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) by surprise, as they failed to issue a specific warning until after the extreme weather event had hit parts of Brisbane.
Lightning strikes outside Dalby in southern Queensland. (Photo: Hans Siebert/via abc.net.au)
At least 100,000 bolts of lightning, delivering an estimated 50 megacoulombs of electric charge, were recorded in the region.
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on May 31, 2012
Tornadoes, severe storms, hail and flooding force OK governor to declare State of Emergency
The storms crossed Okla. Tuesday night and continued battering the state into Wednesday morning causing severe damage to homes, businesses and vehicles, as well as numerous power outages.
“The severe storms that crossed the state on Tuesday left behind massive damage to personal and business property that will need to be repaired,” state Attorney General said.
The declaration has also activated the state’s price-gouging statute, which prohibits increases of more than 10 percent in the price of goods and services during the emergency period.
- The counties included in the disaster declaration are Alfalfa, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Creek, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Harper, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Major, McClain, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pottawatomie, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa, Washita, Woods and Woodward.
- Additional counties may be added to the declaration if conditions warrant.
Other Global Disasters, Significant Events
- Southwestern USA.Record warmth is expected for the Southwestern U.S. Thursday and Friday, NWS reported.
- “The warming trend continues this week across the southwestern United States. High temperatures will reach or exceed record values Thursday and Friday for the lower deserts of southwest Arizona and southeast California. On Thursday, temperatures are expected to range from 109 degrees in Phoenix to 113 degrees in Parker, Arizona with even higher readings expected on Friday.” NWS said.
Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background
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Posted by feww on October 27, 2011
Extreme weather, insects and diseases render North Dakota a disaster area
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 52 out of 53 counties in North Dakota as natural disaster areas because of extreme weather, insects and diseases that have plagued the state this year.
Disaster Calendar 2011 – October 27
[October 27, 2011] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,602 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
- North Dakota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 52 counties in North Dakota as disaster areas due to losses caused by the combined effects of spring snowstorms, frosts and freezes in late spring and early fall, excessive rain, flooding, ground saturation, landslides, high winds, hail, tornadoes, periods of unseasonably cool spring temperatures, excessive summer heat and weather-related insects and diseases that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, and continues.
List of 42 counties that are designated as primary disaster areas. Source: USDA
- The 10 North Dakota counties designated as contiguous disaster areas are Adams, Burleigh, Emmons, Kidder, Logan, Morton, Sheridan, Sioux, Slope and Stark counties.
- Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. The following 17 bordering counties in the states of Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota have also been designated as disaster areas:
Other Global Disasters
- Mexico, Central America and Colombia. More than two weeks of torrential rains, triggering widespread flooding and mudslides and swamping up to 1,000 towns and cities in the region, have displaced or severely affected over a million people, destroying their food stocks in southern Mexico and Central America.
- “In the Mexican state of Tabasco alone, over 250,000 people have been displaced by the floods and are demanding government aid,” a report said.
- Floodwaters have inundated tns of thousands of farms, destroying or damaging hundreds of thousands of hectares of crops in the region.
- “Drought, freezing temperatures, and floods have contributed to the loss of some 400,000 heads of cattle,” the report said.
- The region has also experienced severe losses in the production of corn, beans and sorghum.
- Colombia. Torrential rains have again hit Colombia, killing at least 35 and severely affecting more than 100,000 people.
- The country hasn’t even remotely recovered from last year’s epic floods, which have contributed to devastating mudslides that have destroyed much of Colombia’s infrastructure over large areas.
- Famine. Food shortages are forcing up prices, and leaving thousands threatened with famine, the report said.
- “The price of tortillas, a staple in the Mexican diet, is expected to be 30 percent higher at the end of this year relative to 2010. The expectation for the rise in the price of corn is higher, 56 percent in comparison with last year. The price of beans is already 70 percent higher, and that of vegetable shortening 100 percent, sugar 40 percent, milk 50 percent, rice 130 percent, and bread 60 percent.”
- El Salvador. The Mega Deluge has destroyed more than 40 percent of the corn crop and 75 percent of the bean crop according to preliminary reports.
- Guatemala. At least 40,000 peasant farmers whose entire crops have been wiped out are now facing famine.
- Nicaragua. Mega floods have affected up to 150,000 people, displacing at least 10,000 villagers.
Many of the nearly 1,000 towns and cities that have been inundated across the vast geographical area, which extends from Mexico to Colombia, would be unable to recover from the ongoing disasters and face certain collapse.
In fact, collapse is already occurring:
- Famine is already present in some parts of Mexico, the Torreón Catholic Diocese has reported.
- “Every day hundreds of displaced farmers and their families flock to this city in Coahuila state to ask for food that they can no longer afford to buy. And it is not just food: the cost of potable water is also on the rise, forcing families to turn to sources of drinking water that are contaminated by parasites and pollutants.”
- Minnesota, USA. Thirty-four counties in the state of Minnesota have been designated as natural disaster areas due to the combine effects of excessive rain, excessive heat, high winds, tornadoes and an early fall frost that occurred during the period of April 1, 2011, through Sept. 15, 2001, USDA reported.
List of the 11 Minnesota counties designated as primary disaster areas. Source: USDA
List of the Minnesota counties designated as disaster areas because they are contiguous. Source: USDA
- North and South Dakota. The following counties in North and South Dakota have also been declared as disaster areas because they are contiguous:
- North Dakota: Richland County.
- South Dakota: Deuel, Grant and Roberts counties.
- Turkey. The powerful quake that struck eastern Turkey together with large swarms of aftershocks have now claimed at least 525 lives, injured 1,650 people and made thousands homeless, officials said.
- Hundreds are still missing under the rubble.
- Survivors are buffeted by freezing rain and snow in worsening conditions.
- There are severe shortages of tents and aid supplies, reports said.
- A major earthquake could yet strike Turkey in 2011/2012 with a certainty of 0.7 (P= 66%).
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Posted by feww on July 11, 2011
Excessive Heat, Flood and Severe Thunder Storms Warnings in Many Parts of the Country
Deadly heatwaves of unprecedented intensity could strike the U.S. in 2011, claiming thousands of lives and affecting millions more: FIRE-EARTH Climate Model
Please cite FIRE-EARTH as the source of forecast, if you’re copying this information.
Fatalities from weather events. Source: NOAA
Fatalities from weather events. [More sanitized version?] Source: NOAA-OCWWS
Between 1936 and 1975, about 20,000 people died in the U.S. from the effects of heat and solar radiation. [Source: NWS-WFO]
Follow the temperature line until it intersects the relative humidity line. Then read the Heat Index on the curved line. For example, an air temperature of 100°F and Relative Humidity of 40%. Follow the 100°F temperature line until it intersects the 40% relative humidity line. Then curved line that also intersects is the Heat Index of 110°F, or Very Hot. That is the temperature the body thinks it is and attempts to compensate for that level of heat. Remember, these values are in the SHADE. Add up to 15°F to these values if you are in direct sunlight. [Source: NWS-WFO]
The risk to the body from continued exposure to excessive heat
Click image to enlarge. [Source: NWS-WFO]
National Hazards Map – July 11
Click map to enter NWS interactive portal.
Many rivers in Midwest and northern Plains bulging with excess water, as flooding seems set to continue through the summer: Forecasters
GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image
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Posted by feww on June 1, 2011
Probability of Tornadoes in June
The Maximum Threat: June Tornado Alley Maps Based on 15-Year Data
This map shows the time for maximum probability of tornadoes for the month of June.
This map shows the time for maximum probability of SIGNIFICANT tornadoes (F2 to F5 or EF-2 to EF-5) for the month of June.
This map shows the time for maximum probability of VIOLENT tornadoes (F4 and F5 or EF-4 and EF-5) for the month of June.
- F2 or greater (significant) tornadoes
Tornado Probabilities [Monthly]
The probability of having one or more days with a tornado within 25 miles of a point sometime during a month. The base data for all tornadoes are the reports from 1980-1994 and for significant and violent tornadoes are the reports from 1921-1995. The values are probabilities in percent. Source: Severe Thunderstorms Climatology
F5 and EF5 Tornadoes of the United States
[1950 - present Source: Storm Prediction Center]
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The Enhanced Fujita Tornado Scale – Quick Chart
EF0: 65 TO 85 MPH
EF1: 86 TO 110 MPH
EF2: 111 TO 135 MPH
EF3: 136 TO 165 MPH
EF4: 166 TO 200 MPH
EF5: Wind speeds greater than 200 MPH
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Posted by feww on May 2, 2011
Big-game animals record die-offs in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming
Harsh winter, heavy snows and sustained freeze [dividends of climate change] in the Northern Rockies caused the record die-offs
“Elk, deer and moose—those animals are having a pretty tough time,” said a Wyoming Game and Fish biologist.
Rocky Mountain Bull Elk. Image credit: Mongo
“Wildlife managers estimate die-offs in the tens of thousands across thousands of square miles that span prairie in northeastern Montana, the upper Snake River basin in Idaho near Yellowstone National Park and the high country of northwestern Wyoming near the exclusive resort of Jackson.” Said a report.
The estimated mortality rate among mule deer fawns in a wildlife management reserve near McCall in central Idaho jumped to 90 percent this winter, 4 and a half times the average annual rate, the report added.
Die-offs are occurring in the tens of thousands across a vast area measuring several thousand square miles from prairie in northeastern Montana, to the upper Snake River basin in Idaho near Yellowstone National Park and the high country of northwestern Wyoming. More …
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Posted by feww on December 2, 2010
Arctic Weather Kills Dozens Across Europe
Extreme weather conditions, snow and subzero temperatures cause chaos across Europe for the 4th day
Temperatures dropped to -34ºC (-29.2ºF) in Poland, where at least 18 people died from exposure.
About three dozen others have so far died from the cold in Central, Northern and Western Europe.
Icy roads caused at least 2,000 accidents in Germany killing at least 5 people. Belgium reported 650km (400 miles) of tailbacks on its highways.
Up to 10,000 schools across the UK have been closed, as severe snow warnings were issued for many parts of the country.
About 30cm (12in) of snow was recorded around Britain’s second largest airport, Gatwick, forcing the authorities to close it down.
At least a dozen other airports across the continent were forced to shut down.
“Switzerland suffered its coldest November night for 45 years as temperatures plunged below minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit), according to national weather service Meteosuisse.” AFP said.
Temperatures in Moscow fell to minus 24ºC (-10.5ºF), the chilliest the city has experienced in 80 years, Russia’s Itar-Tass news agency reported. At least a dozen people have died from exposure in recent days.
Freezing conditions are expected to last for about a week, possibly longer, as a low-pressure front over western Europe inches eastward.
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Posted by feww on July 10, 2008
5:00 PM AST WED JUL 09 2008
BERTHA STRENGTHENS BACK TO A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE
Hurricane BERTHA Public Advisory #27
AT 500 PM AST…2100Z…THE CENTER OF HURRICANE BERTHA WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 24.8 NORTH…LONGITUDE 58.1 WEST OR ABOUT 560 MILES…
900 KM…NORTHEAST OF THE NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS AND ABOUT 660
MILES…1060 KM…SOUTHEAST OF BERMUDA.
Portrait of Bertha [Updated] NOAA
BERTHA IS MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/HR. A
GRADUAL TURN TOWARD THE NORTH-NORTHWEST WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD
SPEED IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 105 MPH…165 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24
HOURS AND BERTHA COULD AGAIN BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE.
Bertha Heading West/Northwest. [Updated] NOAA
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 30 MILES…45 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 140
ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 970 MB…28.64 INCHES.
LARGE SWELLS AND HIGH SURF COULD BEGIN AFFECTING PORTIONS OF BERMUDA
TONIGHT OR TOMORROW.
REPEATING THE 500 PM AST POSITION…24.8 N…58.1 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD…NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…105 MPH.
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…970 MB.
THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
1100 PM AST. FORECASTER RHOME
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Posted by feww on May 6, 2008
What’s a Tropical cyclone?
A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a low pressure center and numerous thunderstorms that produce strong winds and flooding rain. A tropical cyclone feeds on the heat released when moist air rises and the water vapor it contains condenses.
The term “tropical” refers to both the geographic origin of these systems, which form almost exclusively in tropical regions of the globe, and their formation in Maritime Tropical air masses. The term “cyclone” refers to such storms’ cyclonic nature, with counterclockwise rotation in the Northern Hemisphere and clockwise rotation in the Southern Hemisphere. Depending on their location and strength, tropical cyclones are referred to by other names, such as hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, cyclonic storm, tropical depression and simply cyclone.
Map of the cumulative tracks of all tropical cyclones during the 1985–2005 time period.
Tropical cyclones can produce extremely powerful winds and torrential rain, as well as high waves and devastating storm surge. They develop over large bodies of warm water, and can cause significant damage to coastal regions flooding up to 40km from the coastline. Although inland regions are relatively safe from receiving strong winds, heavy rains can produce significant flooding inland. (Source)
Cyclones can relieve drought conditions
Known for devastating human populations, tropical cyclones can also relieve drought conditions. They also carry heat and energy away from the tropics and transport it towards temperate latitudes, which makes them an important part of the global atmospheric circulation mechanism. As a result, tropical cyclones help to maintain equilibrium in the Earth’s troposphere, and to maintain a relatively stable and warm temperature worldwide. (Source)
Structure of a tropical cyclone (Source: NOAA)
Tropical cyclones are areas of low atmospheric pressure near the Earth’s surface. The pressures recorded at the centers of tropical cyclones are very low. Tropical cyclones are driven by the release of large amounts of latent heat of condensation, which occurs when moist air is carried upwards and its water vapor condenses.
Eye and inner core
A strong tropical cyclone will harbor an area of sinking air at the center of circulation. If this area is strong enough, it can develop into an eye. Weather in the eye is normally calm and free of clouds, although the sea may be extremely violent. The eye is normally circular in shape, and may range in size from 3 km to 370km in diameter. (Source)
The 1970 Bhola cyclone is the deadliest tropical cyclone on record, killing more than 300,000 people and potentially as many as 1 million after striking the densely populated Ganges Delta region of Bangladesh on November 13, 1970. Its powerful storm surge was responsible for the high death toll. The North Indian cyclone basin has historically been the deadliest basin, with several cyclones since 1900 killing more than 100,000 people, all in Bangladesh. Super Typhoon Nina caused major damage and deaths in China, mainly from the collapse of the Banqiao Dam. Hundreds of thousands of people died due to the resulting floods, making it one of the deadliest tropical cyclones recorded in history. The collapse of the dam due to heavy floods also caused a string of 60 or so smaller dams to collapse. (Source)
Global Warming and Hurricanes
Source: Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
The strongest hurricanes in the present climate may be upstaged by even more intense hurricanes over the next century as the earth’s climate is warmed by increasing levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. [...]
According to a new simulation study by a group of scientists at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL), a 5-12% increase in wind speeds for the strongest hurricanes (typhoons) in the northwest tropical Pacific is projected if tropical sea surfaces warm by a little over 2°C (Figure 1). Recent preliminary findings indicate that these results may apply to the other tropical cyclone basins as well. [...] (Source: OAR NOAA)
Recent Cyclones and Hurricanes:
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