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World Sizzling in Hottest Year to Date

Posted by feww on July 16, 2010

Specter of Global Drought Disasters Looming

Global Food Shortages Would Follow

The Planet Can Survive Higher Temperatures; YOU Can’t!

The first six months of 2010 has been the warmest on record so far. The average global temperatures for the first half of the year were 0.03 degree Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1998, according to the National Climatic Data Center.

The El Nino weather pattern was the major driver for the hot temperatures globally, climate scientists say.

“We had an El Nino episode in the early part of the year that’s now faded but that has contributed to the warmth not only in equatorial Pacific but also contributed to anomalously warm global temperatures as well,” said Jay Lawrimore, chief of climate analysis at the National Climatic Data Center.

Although La Nina could bring in cooler temperatures globally later this year, 2010 could still prove to be the hottest year overall since the records began, overtaking 2005 the previous record holder.

“This year the fact that the El Nino episode has ended and is likely to transition into La Nina, which has a cooling influence on the global average temperature, it’s possible that we will not end up with the warmest year as a whole.” Lawrimore said.

Global View

  • The Arctic sea, the ice melted to its thinnest level in June.
  • Britain has seen it driest year in 80 years.
  • Parts of Middle East are  undergoing the most severe drought since records began.
  • Northern Thailand is experiencing the worst drought in living memory.
  • The U.S.: “It’s going to be pretty warm across eastern Nebraska, Iowa, western portions of Missouri, mid to upper 90s (F),” said Donald Keeney, senior agriculture meteorologist with CROPCAST Ag Services.
  • Large temperatures anomalies in most parts of  Africa, Canada and tropical oceans have been registered, a report said.

Land Surface Temperatures, Early July 2010

Global map shows temperature anomalies for July 4–11, 2010, compared to temperatures for the same dates from 2000 to 2008. The anomalies are based on land surface temperatures observed by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite. Areas with above-average temperatures appear in red and orange, and areas with below-average temperatures appear in shades of blue. Oceans, lakes, and areas with insufficient data (usually because of persistent clouds) appear in gray. Source of Image and caption (edited) NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge. Download large image (3 MB, PNG)

Note from original caption: Because this image shows temperature anomalies rather than absolute temperatures, not all red areas are warmer than all blue areas. Red-hued northern Canada, for instance, is not warmer than blue-hued northern Mexico. Although deep red tones predominate along the mid-Atlantic coast, absolute temperatures are probably warmer in the barely orange American Southwest. Unusually warm conditions predominate in South America, but the Southern Hemisphere is in winter.”

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M 3.6 Quake Strikes Potomac-Shenandoah, Maryland

Posted by feww on July 16, 2010

Germantown Quake Largest Ever Recorded in D.C.

More, Stronger Quakes Could Strike the Atlantic Seaboard

The quake epicentered at 39.167°N, 77.252°W, in Germantown neighborhood, about 20 miles NW of Washington DC, and struck at a depth of about 5km on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 09:04:47 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude 3.6
  • Date-Time
    • Friday, July 16, 2010 at 09:04:47 UTC
    • Friday, July 16, 2010 at 05:04:47 AM at epicenter
  • Location 39.167°N, 77.252°W
  • Depth 5 km (3.1 miles) set by location program
  • Distances
    • 15 km (10 miles) NW of Rockville, Maryland
    • 30 km (15 miles) ENE of Leesburg, Virginia
    • 35 km (20 miles) NW of WASHINGTON, D.C.
    • 70 km (45 miles) WNW of ANNAPOLIS, Maryland
  • Location: Uncertainty horizontal +/- 13.3 km (8.3 miles); depth fixed by location program
  • Parameters: NST= 15, Nph= 15, Dmin=44.7 km, Rmss=1.49 sec, Gp=133°, M-type=”Nuttli” surface wave magnitude (mbLg), Version=6
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010yua6

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CONSON Restrengthens to Typhoon Force

Posted by feww on July 16, 2010

CONSON Stirs South China Sea with 150-km Winds

The Typhoon’s 2nd Attack Brings Lots More Rain and Thunderstorms

CONSON could strengthen to a Cat 2B hurricane with sustained winds of up to 170 km/hr before making its next landfall.

Typhoon CONSON – VIS/IR Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

CONSON Summary at 6:00UTC – July 16, 2010 [Estimated by Fire-Earth]

  • Location: Near 17.3N, 109.8E
  • Position: About 150 km SE of Hainan
  • Max Sustained Winds: 150 km/hr
  • Wind Gusts: 185 km/hr
  • Movement: West (270 degrees) at 16 km/hr
  • Max Wave Heights: 6m (18 feet)

CONSON Projected Path

Typhoon CONSON – IR satellite image with forecast path superimposed. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Typhoon CONSON – IR (NHC Enhancement) Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

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VolcanoWatch Weekly [16 July 2010]

Posted by feww on July 16, 2010

Manam Volcano Puffs Out a Small Plume

Manam Volcano released a small plume on June 16, 2010, which was captured by ALI on NASA’s EO-1 satellite.  Source: NASA E/O.

The 1,807-m Manam, one of Papua New Guinea most active volcanoes, last erupted in 2009, is a  basaltic-andesitic stratovolcano forming a 10-km wide island, located about 13km off the coast of mainland PNG.

“Frequent historical eruptions, typically of mild-to-moderate scale, have been recorded at Manam since 1616. Occasional larger eruptions have produced pyroclastic flows and lava flows that reached flat-lying coastal areas and entered the sea, sometimes impacting populated areas.” —GVP.

Summary of Weekly Volcanic Activity Report

[Source: SI/USGS]

New Activity/Unrest (7 July – 13 July 2010)

NOTE: Based on Fire-Earth Model, more volcanic activity/unrest may be expected in areas/groups shown in red.

Map of Volcanoes. Background Map: University of Michigan. Designed and enhanced by Fire Earth Blog. Click image to enlarge.

Ongoing Activity:

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GOM Oil Disaster – Satellite Images – Headlines

Posted by feww on July 16, 2010

GOM Oil Disaster: Day 87

Above photo-like image was captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite at 18:55 UTC on July 14, 2010,. Source: NASA E/O. Click image to enlarge.

Related News Headlines

“U.S. lawmakers on Thursday pressed the Environmental Protection Agency for assurances that BP was using safe agents to disperse its massive oil spill, saying they didn’t want the chemicals to become another ‘Agent Orange.'”

“Oil is no longer spewing into the Gulf of Mexico — at least temporarily — as BP Plc said it choked off the flow from its undersea well that ruptured in April and caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.”

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