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Extreme Drought Spreads in California

Posted by feww on July 25, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
RISING TEMPERATURES
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 555, 444, 123, 111, 101, 100, 033, 011, 08, 04, 03, 02
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Exceptional and Extreme Drought Levels Cover about 82 Percent of California

About 81.89 percent of California is covered by ‘Extreme’ to ‘Exceptional’ drought levels, up from 81.85 percent last week.

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

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Washington Wildfires Become Top National Priority

Posted by feww on July 20, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
INTENSE DROUGHT
HIGH TEMPERATURES
MAJOR LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
STATES OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 797, 111, 101, 03
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18 Major Wildfires burning across the Pacific Northwest

Three of the fires in the state of Washington have become the country’s top three priority in the following order:

  1. Carlton Complex wildfire, about 4 miles south of Pateros
  2. Chiwaukum Creek Fire, near Leavenworth
  3. Mills Canyon Fire, near Entiat

Fire crews from across the U.S. have arrived to assist the locals, officials said.

The Carlton Complex was one of  the major lightning-sparked wildfires burning Saturday across the Pacific Northwest.

The massive blaze has destroyed more than 130 homes in the city of Pateros and the community of Chiliwist.

“This is such a huge fire. There’s so much loss of property. It’s overwhelming,” said Okanogan County Sheriff on Saturday. “It’s a massive fire with a lot of destruction.”

“At 5 p.m. 129 homes in the Antoine Creek area, about 10 miles northeast of Chelan, were given Level 3 (get out now) evacuation notices, as firefighters battled tinder-dry conditions and erratic winds,” said a report.

The blaze, which has so far consumed about 900km², has also damaged transmission lines in the region, cutting power to thousands of homes in the Methow Valley and surrounding areas.

Last week the governors of Washington and Oregon declared  states of emergency after dozens of lightening-sparked wildfires erupted across the region.

The region’s largest blaze, the Buzzard Complex, sparked by lightning on July 14, has burned about 1,500km² of rangeland in eastern Oregon, according to Inciweb.

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Wildfire Destroys Town in Washington

Posted by feww on July 19, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WA Declares State of Emergency due to Ferocious Forest Fires

Posted by feww on July 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Oregon

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

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

Idaho

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

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

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Russia Declares State of Emergency as Refugees Flood Rostov Region

Posted by feww on July 2, 2014

STATE TERRORISM
SOCIAL UNREST
MASS DISPLACEMENT
STATE OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIOS 444, 411, 200, 070, 04
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110,000 people flee Ukraine, 54,000 internally displaced: UNHCR

The governor of Russia’s Rostov Region has declared a state of emergency for 40 additional municipal districts in the region amid an influx of refugees from Ukraine, said a report.

“A state of emergency has now been declared across the entire region. The measure is aimed at facilitating the work of temporary accommodation centers and ensuring sustenance for the refugees. In early June, a state of emergency was declared in 15 territories bordering Ukraine.”

“Amid simmering tensions in the Ukrainian east, where violent clashes between pro-Kiev forces and independence supporters continue, thousands of civilians are leaving their homes and seeking shelter in neighboring Russia,” said the report.

As of last week, at least 110,000 people had fled Ukraine to Russia since the beginning of the crisis, and more than 54,000 were internally displaced, according the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

Ukraine President Calls Ukrainians “Dirt and Parasites”

“Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of ‘[dirt and] parasites,’” Reuters pro-Kiev reporters said.

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States of Emergency Declared due to Flooding, Fire…

Posted by feww on June 26, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME RAIN EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
FOREST FIRE
STATES OF EMERGENCY

SCENARIOS 900, 444, 111, 101, 023
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Mechanicville Declares State Of Emergency

A state of emergency has been declared in Mechanicville City, NY, due to severe flooding.

No traffic is being allowed in or out of the city, and residents are told to stay indoors until further notice. “A boil water advisory is in effect for the city,” said a report.

“Thunderstorms have dropped one to two inches of rain in parts of Washington, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties and more rain is in the forecast.”

Forest fires cause state of emergency in Krasnoyarsk region

The authorities in central Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk region have declared a state of emergency due to forest fires, most of which are burning in hard-to-reach terrain, the region’s acting Natural Resources and Ecology Minister told reporters, said a report.

Aided by hot, dry weather, more than 50 forest fires have consumed at least 2,000 hectares.

State Of Emergency Declared In St. Paul, Minn. due to Flooding

St. Paul Mayor has  declared a state of emergency as the Mississippi River continues to rise there causing severe flooding, said a report.  “It’s the same situation in Ramsey County, and Harriet Island is under water.”

St-Colomban, Que. Canada

The town of St-Colomban, Que., has declared a  state of emergency after heavy rain flooded roads, triggered landslides and inundated sewers, said a report.

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WE TOLD YOU SO: Golden State Continues Shrinking

Posted by feww on June 21, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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State of Emergency Declared in Minn. amid Severe Flooding

Posted by feww on June 20, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
SEVERE FLOODING
CROP DISASTER
STATE OF EMERGENCY
DISASTER DECLARATION
SCENARIOS 444, 111, 023
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MN Gov. Declares a State of Emergency as Torrential Rains Flood Crops, Raise River Levels

Minnesota Governor Dayton has declared a State of Emergency after record rainfall inundated dozens of counties, damaging crops, and raising river levels.

“Governor Dayton is also directing the Minnesota National Guard to send 100 soldiers to Koochiching County, where Rainy Lake’s high waters have destroyed hundreds of public and private docks, and flooded many homes and cabins, said a report.

More rain has fallen on the International Falls area this month than in any other comparable period since record keeping began more than 100 years ago.

The 35 counties covered by the initial disaster declaration are Beltrami, Blue Earth, Brown, Dodge, Faribault, Freeborn, Goodhue, Grant, Hubbard, Jackson, Lake of the Woods, Le Sueur, Lyon, Koochiching, McLeod, Morrison, Mower, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Olmsted, Otter Tail, Pipestone, Ramsey, Redwood, Renville, Rice, Rock, Roseau, St. Louis, Scott, Sibley, Steele, Todd and Waseca.

Up to 10 inches (25cm) of rain has fallen on parts of Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota in the past week—the equivalent of about two months’ rainfall.

“The water level on Lake Minnetonka, recorded since 1906, reached an all-time high Thursday of 930.77 feet above sea level, breaking the record set only 16 days earlier. Minnehaha Creek also set a record, rising quickly in south Minneapolis and overflowing its banks in many spots along Minnehaha Parkway, much of which was closed Thursday,” said a report.

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Tornadoes Force State of Emergency in Nebraska

Posted by feww on June 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY TORNADOES
MAJOR DISASTER
SCENARIO 88
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Massive Twin Twisters Destroy Homes, Damage Multiple Towns in NE, IA

Massive twin tornadoes swept Nebraska, killing at least one, injuring dozens, 16 critically,  and causing substantial damage to at least four towns in Nebraska, according to various reports.

The powerful super-cell storm system spawning the tornadoes has since headed into northwestern Iowa.

“The towns of Pilger [population: ~ 400] and Stanton had suffered damage and emergency officials were searching for survivors, said Al Vacanti, city administrator for the nearby town of Wisner,” reported Reuters.

“Pilger is totally destroyed. We’re heading there to help out,” said Cathy Ruppert, wife of Stanton council member Mike Ruppert. She did not know whether there were injuries.

“A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and 16 others are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska,” AP reported.

“This is one powerful storm that moved across our area and we do believe there is still a threat for strong, severe thunderstorms including the potential for tornadoes,” said a meteorologist at National Weather Service in Omaha.

News release submitted by NE governor’s office:

Tornadoes Hit Stanton, Cuming and Wayne Counties

Several northeast Nebraska communities have been affected by tornadoes and high winds this evening, leaving areas with severe damage. Emergency responders are working in Pilger, Wisner and Stanton conducting searches for people trapped under debris.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency has had reports of damage from local emergency managers in both Cuming and Wayne Counties.

The State Emergency Operations Center is activated at NEMA. The Nebraska State Patrol and American Red Cross are working with NEMA staff at the SEOC Nebraska Department of Roads staff in the field.

NE Gov. has declared a state of emergency and deployed the national guard.

Nebraska State Patrol has closed off the town of Pilger. No one is being allowed in or out. Norfolk Police Captain said damage was extensive, resources are in place to help, and they’re asking volunteers to stay away so first responders can do their jobs.

The storm Prediction Center (SPC) at NWS  has received 20 tornado reports in NE and IA as posting.

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US Weather Hazmap

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Source: NWS. Update map…

 

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Emergency Conflagration Act Invoked in Oregon amid Wildfires

Posted by feww on June 10, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
DROUGHT
WILDFIRE
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIO 101
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Gov. Kitzhaber Invokes Emergency Conflagration Act in Response to Wildfires in Central Oregon

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

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

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

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

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

Oregon Department of Forestry Wildfire Blog

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

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Coconut Scale Threatens Food Security in Philippines

Posted by feww on June 9, 2014

CLIMATE CHANGE
CROP DISASTER
FOOD SECURITY THREAT
COCONUT SCALE INSECT INFESTATION
STATE OF EMERGENCY
SCENARIO 123
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State of Emergency Declared in Philippines as Coconut Scale Insect Infests Million Trees

Coconut scale insects have infested more than a million trees in the country, which are in danger of dying, according to the Philippine Coconut Authority.

The insects have also infested lanzones and banana plants in several regions—Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) and Basilan in Mindanao.

The Philippine President has declared a state of emergency in five provinces so far, but may extend the coverage due to the scale of disaster.

“If the spread of this invasive pest is not contained, it may wipe out the coconut industry not just in Calabarzon but eventually in the rest of the country,” said the president in his executive order declaring the state of emergency.

The loss to the Philippine coconut industry could amount to more than US$ 1 billion.

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Coconut scale Aspidiotus destructor Signoret. Photo credit: Bernhard Loehr/ Bugwood.org

“It is serious enough to ask for emergency measures… If we don’t address this, it could spread to the Bicol region, and also in the Zamboanga peninsula,” said the Presidential Assistant for Food Security. 

The infestation was first reported in 2010 but the authorities failed to stop the spread.  Coconut scale insects are wind-borne and can easily spread to other regions, experts say.

The armored scale insects, known scientifically as Aspidiotus destructor Signoret (Hemiptera: familia Diaspididae), are tiny plant parasites, causing yellowing or chlorosis, wilting, premature nutfall (in coconut) and low yield because they siphons off the plant sap.

The coconut scale is a common pest of coconut and banana, but it also infests other trees and plants including avocado, bird of paradise, breadfruit, ginger, guava, mango, mock orange, mountain apple, palm, papaya, pandanas, plumeria and sugarcane.

The parasite is common to tropical and subtropical regions, especially on islands. The insects have been found in American Samoa, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Irian Jaya, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Vanuatu and Western Samoa, and now the Philippine islands.

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Californians Lose Collective Life Insurance Policy

Posted by feww on June 3, 2014

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

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

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Source: Department of Water resources/ California Data Exchange Center

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

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

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

 Crop Disasters in Calif

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

Last Month …

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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State of Emergency Declared in Russia’s Kabardino-Balkaria

Posted by feww on May 30, 2014

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MUDSLIDES
SCENARIO 023
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Extreme Rain Events and Mudslides Plague republic of Kabardino-Balkaria

Extreme Rain Events and Mudslides have forced the Ministry for Emergencies to declare a state of emergency throughout the republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in Russia’s North Caucasus, ITAR-TASS reported.

An earlier state of emergency was declared for the Chegemsky and the Chereksky districts of the republic on May 22, said the report.

Extreme Rain Events on May 13-14 and May 20-21 triggered mudslides across Kabardino-Balkaria, destroying or damaging roads and bridges and blocking access to multiple villages.

Severe shortages of water, gas and electricity have since affected the region with the cost of damage estimated at more than 1 billion rubles, said the report

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Southern Sierra Loses Snow Cover

Posted by feww on May 27, 2014

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

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

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

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

SWEQ table Calif 27may2014

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

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

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

 Crop Disasters in Calif

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

Disaster Applications

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

Three Weeks Ago…

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

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

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

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

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

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California’s Snow Story: Going, Going …

Posted by feww on May 21, 2014

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

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

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

Calif SWEQ 20 may2014

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

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

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

 Crop Disasters in Calif

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

Disaster Applications

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

Two Weeks Ago…

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

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

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

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

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

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Calif SWEQ Drops to 0.6 Inch

Posted by feww on May 20, 2014

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

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

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

Calif SWEQ 19may2014

Impact of Drought on Calif Agriculture

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

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

 Crop Disasters in Calif

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

Disaster Applications

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

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Balkan Historic Flood Disaster Update

Posted by feww on May 17, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY HAZARDS
EXTREME RAIN EVENT

HISTORIC FLOODING
SCENARIO 023
STATES OF EMERGENCY 

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Dozens killed, 85,000 Evacuated, Many Homes Destroyed, States of Emergency Declared in Bosnia, Serbia

The worst flooding ever recorded across the Balkans have submerged Serbia and Bosnia, killing at least two dozen people and forcing tens of thousands to flee their homes.

More than 300,000 households were without power across the two countries and Poland.

“This is a catastrophe. Nature has never been so cruel to us,” declared Serbian Energy Minister Aleksandar Antic. [Clearly, Mr Antic doesn't read this blog. Editor]]

The government of Bosnia-Herzegovina declared a state of disaster on Thursday after extreme rain events caused rivers to burst their banks flooding a large number of infrastructure, housing facilities and agricultural areas.

Flooding also triggered numerous landslides in the mountainous regions, burying entire communities, destroying roads and bridges.

Floodwaters left many parts of Serbia isolated, accessible only by boat.

“This is the greatest flooding disaster ever. Not just in the past 100 years; this has never happened in Serbia’s history,” Serbia’s Prime Minister told reporters.

“More rain fell in one day than in four months,” he said.

Serbia declared a state of emergency across the country Thursday, and asked for international help, as rescuers continued to evacuate tens of thousands of people by boat, most of them from the rooftops.

Meanwhile, Bosnia’s Center for the Removal of Landmines warned that mines laid during the 1992-95 war could be dislodged by floods and landslides, Reuters reported.

Several towns in Serbia, including Krupanj in the Mačva District (population; 5,000) have been almost completely destroyed.

More than 800 landslides have occurred across the deluged region.

Cost of Damage

FIRE-EARTH Models estimate the total cost of damage caused by flooding and landslides in the Balkans at more than $2 billion, based on initial reports, as of posting. The estimate includes the cost of flood damage to Tamnava coal mines, in the Kolubara coal basin.

Links to Recent Historic Floods

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California Running Out of Snow

Posted by feww on May 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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Severe – Exceptional Drought Plagues 100% of California

Posted by feww on May 16, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
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CRITICALLY LOW SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
SCENARIOS 03, 101
MULTIPLE STATES OF EMERGENCY
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All of California Falls into Severe – Exceptional Drought

Drought conditions are forecast to exacerbate as a heat wave settles in this week, said US Drought Monitor. Increases on water demand and the increased risk of fire will intensifies as the heat soars.

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Source: US Drought Monitor.

Calif Wildfires

Nine major wildfires are burning in San Diego County, Southern California, forcing tens of thousands of people out of their homes.

A Week Ago …

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

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

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

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

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

30 Percent of California Water Comes from Snowpack

Snowpack provides about a third of the water used by California’s cities and farms. As of  May 15, 2014, the California statewide water content of snowpack (weighted average) stood at only 9% of normal for this date, and just 5%  of April 1 average, according to the Department of Water Resource.

Snow Water Equivalents – Statewide Summary

Provided by the California Cooperative Snow Surveys – Updated May 15, 2014 08:38PDT

Statewide Summary
Statewide Average SWEQ: 2″
Statewide Percent of April: 5%
Statewide Percent of Normal: 9%

May 14, 2014

Average snow water equivalent:  2″
Percent of April 1 average: 6%
Percent of normal for this date: 10%

May 5, 2014

Average snow water equivalent:  3″
Percent of April 1 average: 9%
Percent of normal for this date: 13%

Tragedy of the Commons

Between 2003 – 2010, California’s groundwater “overdraft” averaged almost 2.5 million acre-feet per year, and more than triple that amount (nearly 8 million acre-feet per year) in 2012 (a dry year) and 2013 (a critically dry year), according to Hydrologic Modeling Center at the University of California.

[An acre-feet is about 1.23 million liters. Editor ]

“This overdraft is, in many respects, a ‘tragedy of the commons:’ the accumulation of what could be viewed individually as benign actions, i.e., small amounts of pumping, that has broad impacts extending beyond individual pumpers,” said the report.

[Overdraft: The condition of a groundwater basin in which the  amount of water withdrawn by pumping exceeds the amount of water that recharges the basin over a period of years during which water supply conditions approximate average. Because groundwater is extracted at a higher rate than it is replenished over this period of time, groundwater levels decline persistently under this condition.]

The report has identified the following potentially devastating effects associated with the depletion:

Land Subsidence. Groundwater pumping can cause deformation of the land surface, leading to subsidence. The sinking or deformation of land could in turn cause:

  • Increased coastal and inland flooding
  • Reduced conveyance capacity of canals, aqueducts, and flood bypass channels
  • Damage to buildings, roads, bridges, pipelines, levees, wells, and other infrastructure
  • Development of earth fissures, which can damage surface and subsurface structures and allow for contamination from the surface to enter shallow aquifers

During the 1960s and 1970s, parts of the Central Valley experienced a drop of more than 25 feet due to groundwater pumping. Occurrences of land subsidence have been discovered in many areas across the state, costing billions of dollars to the federal and state government, farmers, irrigation districts, and local agencies to repair. Subsidence continues in many of these areas as discussed in “Land Subsidence from Groundwater Use in California” LSCE, Borchers & Carpenter (2014), sometimes at near historically high rates.

Increasing energy costs. Overdraft has caused groundwater levels to drop hundreds of feet in certain areas of the state. As groundwater levels drop, water users must pump from greater depths, increasing energy used to operate pumps and thereby increasing costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Water quality degradation. Overdraft can damage water quality through a variety of mechanisms. It can allow saltwater intrusion, as has occurred in Pajaro Valley, the Central and West Coast Basins, and elsewhere, or draw in adjacent plumes of pollution. The interconnection between surface water and groundwater means that contamination in one may migrate to the other. Ironically, by over pumping groundwater to meet a current need, water users may be contaminating the aquifer and effectively reducing their future groundwater supplies.

Streamflow depletion impacts on surface water rights and ecosystems. Many aquifers naturally release water into surface water bodies. When groundwater is depleted the aquifer may instead draw from adjacent or connected surface water bodies like lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands; this reduces streamflows and lake levels.
Streamflow depletion impacts surface water right holders, degrades aquatic habitats and harms the flora and fauna that depend on these habitats. For example, partly due to groundwater overdraft, the lower Cosumnes River recently has been completely dry throughout most of the salmon migration period and impacting surface water flows into the Delta.

Related Links

First State of Emergency Issued in January

Governor Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency on January 17  amid the worsening statewide drought.  He called the “really serious,” adding that 2014 could be California’s third consecutive dry year. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought.”

Second State of Emergency

Brown proclaimed a second State of Emergency on April 25, 2014 to “redouble state drought actions, and has called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.”

“We are playing Russian roulette with our environment,” said Brown.

However, it’s doubtful whether he knows exactly how many bullets there are in the cylinder, contends FIRE-EARTH.

California State Resources

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]

 

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Historic Flooding Turns Deadly in Serbia, Bosnia

Posted by feww on May 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY HAZARDS
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HISTORIC FLOODING
SCENARIO 023
STATE OF EMERGENCY 

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State of Emergency Declared in Serbia amid Deadly, Historic Flooding

“What we are facing is the biggest water catastrophe in Serbia’s history. This is the greatest flooding disaster ever. Not only in the past 100 years [...] this has never happened in Serbia’s history [...] more rain has fallen in one day than in four months,” said the Serbian Prime Minister.

Hundreds of people in the Balkans have been evacuated as rain-swollen rivers flooded roads, bridges and railways, cutting off power and phone service, and forcing schools to close, AP reported.

Floodwaters have submerged large swathes of land isolating numerous towns and villages and killing at least 6 people, according to local reports.

The Bosnian government is using the military to help thousands of civilians whose homes were inundated, especially in the central and eastern regions, Reuters reported.

“This is the worst rainfall in Bosnia since 1894, when weather measurements started to be recorded,” said a Bosnian meteorologist, forecasting the rain would continue until the end of the week.

Heavy flooding has been reported also in large parts of Romania, reports said.

Links to Recent Historic Floods

‘Historic’ Flooding Submerges Pensacola, FL  April 30, 2014

 

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State of Emergency Declared for San Diego County, CA

Posted by feww on May 15, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DROUGHT
NEAR RECORD HEAT
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
MASS EVACUATIONS
SCENARIO 101
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State of Emergency declared as nine wildfires consume 40km² of San Diego County

Gov. Brown has declared a state of emergency for San Diego County as multiple wildfires plague southern California.

The Twin Oaks fire, a wildfire in San Marcos, north of San Diego, prompted the authorities to issue more than 21,000 evacuation notices and a California State University campus with about 10,000 students was evacuated.

The so-called Tomahawk Fire, a massive blaze which broke out on the Camp Pendleton Marine Base north of San Diego, and another smaller blaze, quickly spread consuming more than 6,000 acres by Wednesday evening, and prompting evacuation of military housing and a naval weapons station, according to reports.

Poinsettia fire, another new wildfire in San Diego County, has destroyed at least 30 homes and forced the fire and emergency officials to issue evacuation orders for more than 15,000 residences.

“It’s just unfortunately a recipe for a large fire and that’s what we’re seeing right now,” said a Cal Fire Capt., describing the Poinsettia fire to reporters.

The Poinsettia fire was a “very dynamic situation. Very dangerous situation.”

“It’s right in the middle of the city,” said another fire official, describing the 100 acre fire.

“The Santa Ana winds are expected to continue through this evening and the high temperatures and strong, gusty winds are expected to elevate danger even higher than it has been,” he said.

The Bernardo Fire

Meanwhile, the Bernardo Fire had consumed about 1,600 acres by Wednesday afternoon.

Southern California Edison evacuated 13 employees from the largely shuttered San Onofre Nuclear Power Station some 30km north of Carlsbad as a precaution, Reuters reported.

“Strong Santa Ana winds will continue to impact the mountains, valleys, and coasts today,” warned National Weather Service (NWS) in San Diego. “Strongest gusts will occur along the coastal slopes. The hot, dry and windy conditions will bring a very high risk of rapid wildfire spread today.”

NWS has issued Red Flag Warnings for multiple counties in southwestern and central California.

Related Links

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State of Emergency Declared in Missouri

Posted by feww on May 12, 2014

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TORNADO
MAJOR DISASTER
SCENARIO 88
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Severe Storm, Tornadoes and Hail Batter Missouri

Missouri Gov. Nixon declared a State of Emergency in Missouri as a massive weather system battered the state with severe storms, tornadoes and hail.

“I urge Missourians to stay alert, use caution and take shelter immediately if severe weather is headed their way,” said Nixon in a statement. “Our state emergency management team will continue to monitor conditions and work closely with local officials to help communities prepare for and respond to this dangerous weather system.”

Meanwhile, the Missouri Highway Patrol continued helping with clean-up in the tornado-devastated town of Orrick, where a homes, schools, businesses and vehicles were destroyed or damaged.

 

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California Groundwater Levels 100 Feet Below Previous Historic Lows

Posted by feww on May 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME & EXEPTIONAL DROUGHT
CRITICALLY LOW SNOWPACK WATER CONTENT
CRITICALLY LOW GROUNDWATER LEVELS
WATER FAMINE
CROP DISASTERS
SCENARIO 03
TWO STATES OF EMERGENCY
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Vital groundwater provides up to 60% of California’s water supply during droughts

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

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

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

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

30 Percent of California Water Comes from Snowpack

Snowpack provides about a third of the water used by California’s cities and farms. As of  May 6, 2014, the California statewide water content of snowpack (weighted average) stood at only 13% of normal for this date, and just 9%  of April 1 average, according to the Department of Water Resource.

Snow Water Equivalents – Statewide Summary

Provided by the California Cooperative Snow Surveys – Updated May 6, 2014 06:37PDT

Average snow water equivalent:  2″
Percent of April 1 average: 9%
Percent of normal for this date: 13%

May 5, 2014

Average snow water equivalent:  3″
Percent of April 1 average: 9%
Percent of normal for this date: 13%

The monthly snow survey on May 1, 2014 showed the average water content in the northern Sierra snowpack that helps fill the state’s major reservoirs at a dismal 7 percent for this time of the year.

Tragedy of the Commons

Between 2003 – 2010, California’s groundwater “overdraft” averaged almost 2.5 million acre-feet per year, and more than triple that amount (nearly 8 million acre-feet per year) in 2012 (a dry year) and 2013 (a critically dry year), according to Hydrologic Modeling Center at the University of California.

[An acre-feet is about 1.23 million liters. Editor ]

“This overdraft is, in many respects, a ‘tragedy of the commons:’ the accumulation of what could be viewed individually as benign actions, i.e., small amounts of pumping, that has broad impacts extending beyond individual pumpers,” said the report.

[Overdraft: The condition of a groundwater basin in which the  amount of water withdrawn by pumping exceeds the amount of water that recharges the basin over a period of years during which water supply conditions approximate average. Because groundwater is extracted at a higher rate than it is replenished over this period of time, groundwater levels decline persistently under this condition.]

The report has identified the following potentially devastating effects associated with the depletion:

Land Subsidence. Groundwater pumping can cause deformation of the land surface, leading to subsidence. The sinking or deformation of land could in turn cause:

  • Increased coastal and inland flooding
  • Reduced conveyance capacity of canals, aqueducts, and flood bypass channels
  • Damage to buildings, roads, bridges, pipelines, levees, wells, and other infrastructure
  • Development of earth fissures, which can damage surface and subsurface structures and allow for contamination from the surface to enter shallow aquifers

During the 1960s and 1970s, parts of the Central Valley experienced a drop of more than 25 feet due to groundwater pumping. Occurrences of land subsidence have been discovered in many areas across the state, costing billions of dollars to the federal and state government, farmers, irrigation districts, and local agencies to repair. Subsidence continues in many of these areas as discussed in “Land Subsidence from Groundwater Use in California” LSCE, Borchers & Carpenter (2014), sometimes at near historically high rates.

Increasing energy costs. Overdraft has caused groundwater levels to drop hundreds of feet in certain areas of the state. As groundwater levels drop, water users must pump from greater depths, increasing energy used to operate pumps and thereby increasing costs and greenhouse gas emissions.

Water quality degradation. Overdraft can damage water quality through a variety of mechanisms. It can allow saltwater intrusion, as has occurred in Pajaro Valley, the Central and West Coast Basins, and elsewhere, or draw in adjacent plumes of pollution. The interconnection between surface water and groundwater means that contamination in one may migrate to the other. Ironically, by over pumping groundwater to meet a current need, water users may be contaminating the aquifer and effectively reducing their future groundwater supplies.

Streamflow depletion impacts on surface water rights and ecosystems. Many aquifers naturally release water into surface water bodies. When groundwater is depleted the aquifer may instead draw from adjacent or connected surface water bodies like lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands; this reduces streamflows and lake levels.
Streamflow depletion impacts surface water right holders, degrades aquatic habitats and harms the flora and fauna that depend on these habitats. For example, partly due to groundwater overdraft, the lower Cosumnes River recently has been completely dry throughout most of the salmon migration period and impacting surface water flows into the Delta.

Related Links

First State of Emergency Issued in January

Governor Brown proclaimed a State of Emergency on January 17  amid the worsening statewide drought.  He called the “really serious,” adding that 2014 could be California’s third consecutive dry year. “In many ways it’s a mega-drought.”

Second State of Emergency

Brown proclaimed a second State of Emergency on April 25, 2014 to “redouble state drought actions, and has called on all Californians to redouble their efforts to conserve water.”

“We are playing Russian roulette with our environment,” said Brown.

However, it’s doubtful whether he knows exactly how many bullets there are in the cylinder, contends FIRE-EARTH.

California State Resources

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 others. Editor]

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Federal Disaster Declared for Florida

Posted by feww on May 7, 2014

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SEVERE STORMS
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SCENARIO 023
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Major Disaster Declared for Florida (DR-4177)

Federal Disaster has been declared in the state of Florida in the areas severely affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding from April 28 to May 6, 2014.

Areas most affected by multiple disasters are the counties of Escambia and Santa Rosa.

The Federal Disaster Declaration follows a State of Emergency Proclamation issued by the state last week.

Gov. Scott declared a state of emergency for 26 panhandle and north Florida counties on April 30, 2014.

The State of Emergency Proclamation included the counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Holmes, Washington, Bay, Jackson, Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty, Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Wakulla, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor, Hamilton, Suwannee, Lafayette, Dixie, Columbia, Gilchrist, Levy, and Alachua.

Latest Federal Disaster Declarations

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Extremely Critical Fire Weather Conditions Persist in U.S. South

Posted by feww on May 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
EXTREME CLIMATE HAZARDS
DROUGHT
RECORD HEAT
EXTREMELY CRITICAL FIRE WEATHER CONDITIONS
SCENARIO 101
STATE OF EMERGENCY
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Extreme Fire Danger Forecast for parts of  Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Arizona

Extremely critical fire weather conditions are worsening across parts of Southern Plains, according to the latest forecast by the National Weather Service (NWS).

Record heat, gusty winds and low relative humidity values will continue the high fire danger through at least Wednesday across parts of the southern Plains and Southwest. The most extreme conditions are expected from the eastern Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles into parts of southern Kansas and northwestern Oklahoma. Elevated to critical fire weather conditions exist elsewhere across the region.

Extreme and Critical Fire Danger

About 8.3 million people live in the areas threatened by Extreme and Critical Fire Weather Conditions, a total of about 835,000km² (322,000 square miles), including the counties/cities of Amarillo, TX, Woodward, OK, Pratt, KS, Canadian, TX, Lahoma, OK, El Paso, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, Albuquerque, NM, Tucson, AZ, Wichita, KS…

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600 Fires

Up to 600 active wildfires are currently burning across the U.S. , base on satellite images and ESRI.

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings are in effect across parts of seven states—Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nebraska.

Fire Danger in Oklahoma

Gov. Fallin has declared a state of emergency for all 77 counties in Oklahoma. Fallin also issued an executive proclamation declaring a burn ban for 36 counties.

The Governor’s Burn Ban covers 36 counties in western and south-central Oklahoma, according to the Proclamation. Those counties are Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cimarron, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Major, McClain, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward.

The largest fire in Oklahoma so far has burned more than 4,000 acres and destroyed at least six homes, and three dozen other buildings, killing one person, said fire officials in Guthrie, adding that the numbers are likely to rise.

More than 1,000 people were ordered to evacuate the fire disaster zone.

Latest Fire Headline News

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