Fire Earth

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

Posts Tagged ‘Megadisasters’

Massive Wildfires Force Mass Evacuations in Spain

Posted by feww on August 20, 2011

Tsunamis of fire consume large parts of Calblanque natural park in Murcia region, SE Spain

Thousands of people are forced to evacuate the town of Portman, near Cartagena.

[August 19, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,671 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

READ THIS FIRST

Continued hacking and content censorship

In view of the continued hacking and censorship of this blog by the Internet Mafia, the Moderators have decided to maintain only a minimum presence at this site, until further notice.

FIRE-EARTH will continue to update the 2011 Disaster Calendar for the benefit of its readers.

WordPress is HACKING this blog!

WordPress Continues to Hack Fire-Earth, Affiliated Blogs

The Blog Moderators Condemn in the Strongest Possible Terms the Continued Removal of Content and Hacking of FIRE-EARTH and Affiliated Blogs by WordPress!

Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 19 Entry

  • Murcia, Spain. Raging wildfires, fueled by strong winds and high temperatures, have consumed large parts of Calblanque natural park in Murcia region, southeastern Spain. The raging fires have forced thousands of residents to flee the town of Portman, near the historic city of Cartagena, reports said.

Texas Could Experience Back-to-Back Fire Seasons

  • Texas, USA. Raging wildfires continue to consume the drought-plagued state of Texas.
    • Wildfires have consumed 5,400 square miles [3,456,000 acres] since mid-November, 2010, TFS reported [3,392,130 acres since January].
    • Fire have destroyed 1,945 structures [2,650 according to FEWW estimate] since January.
    • Fast-moving wildfires have destroyed dozens of homes/structures in the past few days.
    • A record 250 of Texas’s 254 counties are currently under burn bans.
    • So far, 7  of the 10 largest wildfires in the state’s history have occurred this year.
  • Louisiana, USA. Department of Natural Resources Office of Conservation has issued an Emergency Order in response the extended drought conditions in southern Caddo parish, a report said.
    • South Caddo Parish has experienced “moderate” to “exceptional” drought conditions for 15 consecutive months.

Related Links

Posted in wildfires | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

U.S. Disaster Losses Mounting

Posted by feww on August 18, 2011

YTD losses from heatwaves, storms, flooding and tornadoes have climbed to at least $35 billion: NWS

Nine separate billion-dollar disasters in the United States, so far this year, tie the record set in 2008, NOAA said.

The losses from thunderstorm in the US reached at least $20 billion in the first 6 months of the year, twice the previous three-year average of $10 billion, NOAA reported.

[August 18, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,672 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

READ THIS FIRST

Continued hacking and content censorship

In view of the continued hacking and censorship of this blog by the Internet Mafia, the Moderators have decided to maintain only a minimum presence at this site, until further notice.

FIRE-EARTH will continue to update the 2011 Disaster Calendar for the benefit of its readers.

WordPress is HACKING this blog!

WordPress Continues to Hack Fire-Earth, Affiliated Blogs

The Blog Moderators Condemn in the Strongest Possible Terms the Continued Removal of Content and Hacking of FIRE-EARTH and Affiliated Blogs by WordPress!

Disaster Calendar 2011 – August 18 Entry

  • USA. YTD losses from heatwaves, storms, flooding and tornadoes have climbed to at least $35 billion, NWS reported.
    • The losses from thunderstorm in the US reached at least $20 billion in the first 6 months of the year, twice the previous three-year average of $10 billion, NOAA reported.
    • Nine separate billion-dollar disasters in the United States, so far this year, tie the record set in 2008, NOAA said.
    • The U.S. has sustained 108 weather-related disasters over the past 31 years in which overall damages/costs topped $1 billion each, with the total normalized losses exceeding $750 billion.


Billion Dollar Weather Disasters 1980 – mid-August 2011. Source: NOAA. Click image to enlarge

List of the US Billion-Dollar Weather Disasters 2011 (preliminary)

  • Upper Midwest Flooding, Summer, 2011 [losses of $1.0 billion, at least 5 deaths]
  • Mississippi River flooding, Spring-Summer, 2011 [up to $4.0 billion; at least 2 deaths]
  • Southern Plains/Southwest Drought, Heatwave, & Wildfires, Spring-Summer, 2011 [well over $5.0 billion; losses expected to rise dramatically as events are ongoing]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, May 22-27, 2011 [total losses greater than $7.0 billion; at least 177 deaths]
  • Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest Tornadoes, April 25-30, 2011 [total losses greater than $9.0 billion; at least 327 deaths]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 14-16, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.0 billion; at least 38 deaths]
  • Southeast/Midwest Tornadoes, April 8-11, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.2 billion; numerous injuries]
  • Midwest/Southeast Tornadoes, April 4-5, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.3 billion; at least 9 deaths]
  • Groundhog Day Blizzard, Jan 29-Feb 3, 2011 [total losses greater than $2.0 billion; at least 36 deaths]

[Source: NCDC]

 

Related Links

Posted in environment | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Weather extremes the “new norm”

Posted by feww on May 19, 2011

Mega Droughts and Deluges, Extreme Rain Events, Super Storms, Giant Snowfalls … Here to Stay: Climatologist

“It’s a new normal and I really do think that global weirding is the best way to describe what we’re seeing,” climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University said at a news conference.

“We are used to certain conditions and there’s a lot going on these days that is not what we’re used to, that is outside our current frame of reference,” Hayhoe added.


The temple of Angkor Wat, Cambodia (aerial photo). The religious complex of Angkor Wat was center of a civilization that depended for irrigation on a vast network of canals, embankments and reservoirs. Credit: Charles J Sharp

canyonlands-dust.jpg
Canyonlands in Utah. Dust in the West has increased by 500 percent since the 1800s. [Photo Credit: Jason C. Neff, University of Colorado at Boulder.]


Canadian firefighter checks for hot spots at a destroyed neighborhood in Slave Lake, Alberta. Photo Credit Todd Korol/Reuters. Image may be subject to copyright.

Three Things the Scientist Didn’t Know (Tell)

1. How long will this “new normal” stay before it gets even worse?

2. How much worse will it get?

3. How quickly will you have to pack your bags?

Those questions have already been answered:

2011-2012:  A TIME FOR MEGADISASTERS

Emerging Calamities You CAN’T Prepare for, or Insure against

Climate Change, Global Broiling, Volatility and Extremes of Weather, Mega Swings of Temperature, Megadeluges and Megadroughts, Giant Dust Storms, Megaquakes, Super Volcanic Eruptions, Extreme Wildfires, Food and Water Scarcity, Deadly Diseases, Megadeaths (Forests, Plants, Animal Species…)

Looming Megadisasters Could Impact 1/3 to 1/2 of  Human Population in 2011-2012

1,763 Days Left to the the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

Related Links:

Posted in mass dieoffs | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Global Floods Update – Brazil

Posted by feww on January 16, 2011

600+ Lives Claimed by Brazil Floods

Entire villages are washed away in Brazil’s worst floods in 50 years, as rivers of mud cut off towns

The towns of Nova Friburgo,  Petropolis, Teresopolis and the municipality of Sumidouro in southeastern Brazil are turned into disaster zones as local morgues are filled to capacity with corpses of victims claimed by the floods and mudslides, reports say.


A church is destroyed by a landslide in Teresopolis, Rio de Janeiro state, as the “Pope prays for the victims,” January 14, 2011. Image credit: Reuters/Bruno Domingos. Image may be subject to copyright. More images…

The worst hit area is Nova Friburgo, with at least 274 people killed. Teresopolis located WSW, has reported a death toll of at least 263, and 55 people have been killed the nearby city of Petropolis. Floods have also claimed 18 lives in the small Rio de Janeiro municipality of Sumidouro, the authorities said.


An aerial view of a landslides near in Teresopolis, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Image credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

Nova Friburgo (population: 180,000; Elevation: 846m) located in the mountains northeast of Rio de Janeiro has plunged into darkness, and the mayor of Teresopolis (Population: 150,000; Elevation: 871m) has declared a state of emergency in the city.

“The torrent of earth and water swept like a tsunami through mostly poor communities, smashing houses and killing whole families as they slept. Some corpses in Teresopolis were found several miles away from their houses.” Said a report.

More than 15,000 people have already been left homeless by the floods that are said to be Brazil’s worst in nearly half a century.

The torrential rain that began on Monday was forecast to continue for at least another week, increasing the scale of the disaster in the region.

Dozens, possibly hundreds of people are missing, as washed-out roads hamper rescue operations.

“Rescue workers fear the number of dead will continue to rise as they reach areas which have been without communication since the rains started at the beginning of the week,” a report said.

Related Links:

Disaster Forecasts and Calendars

Mega Disasters:

Posted in 2011 disasters, disaster calendar, Nova Friburgo, Petropolis, Teresopolis | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

It Never Rains in Southern California

Posted by feww on December 23, 2010

Severe Storm Hits SoCal

Up to 533mm (21 inches) of rain falls in seven days

Evacuation order has been issued for residents in Silverado Canyon, parts of Modjeska Canyon, Santiago Canyon and San Juan Capistrano, a report said.


GOES 11 Satellite image.

SNOW

The storms have also deposited about 5.2m (17 feet) of snow near the Kern River in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains, the U.S. Hydrometeorological Prediction Center said.

RAIN

Los Angeles receives 70 percent of its annual rainfall in just seven days

  • Widespread flooding and mudslides reported across region.
  • A bridge collapsed in San Bernardino County.
  • Corona Municipal Airport is flooded.
  • SeaWorld in San Diego County shutdown due to flooding.
  • Qualcomm Stadium football field closed until further notice.
  • Homes damaged by floodwater and mudslides in
    • Orange County canyons
    • Highland in San Bernardino County
    • Laguna Beach
    • Laguna Canyon

“Some homes were filled with mud that stood 4 feet deep indoors,” the report said.


As Advertised!
Flood waters rise to about 4 feet on Sorrento Valley Road north of San Diego. Photo Credit: LA Times. Image may be subject to copyright.

  • Evacuations were ordered in
    • Dove Canyon
    • Parts of San Juan Capistrano
    • Silverado Canyon
    • Parts of Orange County canyons
  • At least one person was reportedly killed when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle near Laguna Beach.

Near Real-Time Satellite Images

Related Links:

Related News Links

NWS Links

Posted in Arizona Flood, calif flooding, Calif mudslide, Calif Rainstorm, Nevada Flood | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Megadisasters Loom

Posted by feww on December 11, 2010

2011-2012:  A TIME FOR MEGADISASTERS

Emerging Calamities You CAN’T Prepare for, or Insure against

Climate Change, Global Broiling, Volatility and Extremes of Weather, Mega Swings of Temperature, Megadeluges and Megadroughts, Giant Dust Storms, Megaquakes, Super Volcanic Eruptions, Extreme Wildfires, Food and Water Scarcity, Deadly Diseases, Megadeaths (Forests, Plants, Animal Species…)

Looming Megadisasters Could Impact 1/3 to 1/2 of  Human Population

Previously

The impact of anthropogenic and human-enhanced natural disasters on the population will be 600 percent more severe in 2011 compared with 2010: Fire-Earth Forecast

Earth is critically wounded and diseased as a result of human assault and battery.

and …

Fire-Earth models show that the impact of anthropogenic and human-enhanced natural disasters would be about 600 percent more severe in 2011 compared with this year.

Based on our findings, we estimate that between one-third and one-half of the world population could be affected in some way by various disasters that are forecast to occur in 2011.

Global Map of Temperature Anomalies


Mapped between  January 1, 2000 – December 31, 2009. Source: GISTEMP via NASA E-O. Click images to enlarge.


Mapped between  January 1, 1970 – December 31, 1979.
GISTEMP via NASA E-O.

The average global temperature of our planet  has increased by about 0.8°Celsius (1.4°Fahrenheit) in the past 131 years. About 67% of the warming has occurred steadily since 1975 at a rate of 0.15-0.20°C per decade, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).  The above maps depict temperature anomalies  for 2000-2009 (top) and 1970-1979 compared to the regional norm measured in 1951-1980.

Data available at Global Temperatures

Megadroughts and Megadeluges

Brazil’s Negro River Reaches Record Low


Image acquired December 10, 2010. Download large image (15 MB, JPEG)


Image acquired December 9, 2008.  Download large image (15 MB, JPEG)

“According to news reports, the drop in the water level stranded villages that rely on the rivers for transportation and caused food and water shortages. The record low at the Negro River comes just 16 months after the river set a record high of 29.77 meters, flooding Manaus.Read full caption here.

Continued …

Related Links:

Posted in Climate Change, global Temperature Anomalies, Megadeluges | Tagged: , , , | 2 Comments »

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 435 other followers