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Archive for October 13th, 2009

Recent Earthquakes ≥ 6.0 Mw

Posted by feww on October 13, 2009

FEWW list of earthquakes measuring ≥ 6.0 Mw that occurred between 7 – 12 October 2009

Source of the initial data: USGS/EHP; maximum quake magnitudes estimated by FEWW.]

Earthquakes tables - energy released
The total amount of energy released by the above quakes was the equivalent of the energy released by about 3,830 Hiroshima A-Bombs. [Click image to enlarge.]

1. About 52 percent of the total energy released during the listed events came from the Vanuatu earthquake measuring 8.2 Mw.

2. A combined total of 89 percent of the energy released came from the two earthquakes highlighted in shades of blue, measuring 8.2 and 8.1 Mw respectively.

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End of 2009 Growing Season

Posted by feww on October 13, 2009

Wheat production in the US fell 11% from 2008

Wheat production in the US totaled 2.22 billion bushels in 2009, down 11% from 2008.  The yield is 44.4 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last year. USDA’s Agricultural Statistics Board.

End of 2009 growing season

This map identifies those areas in the contiguous U.S. where a minimum temperature of 32° F or less was observed, as well as those areas where a hard freeze has likely ended this year’s growing season. A season-ending hard freeze is assumed to have occurred when minimum temperatures of 28° F or less are observed. Minimum temperature data are obtained from the NOAA/NWS Cooperative Observer Program.

Major and minor agricultural areas are based on averaged NASS countylevel crop production data from 2000 to 2004. The counties that combine to form the major agricultural areas are, on average, responsible for 75% of the total national production annually. Similarly, the counties that comprise the major and minor areas combined are, on average, responsible for 99% of the total national production annually. Source: USDA/Joint Agricultural Weather Facility

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