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Major Dust Storm Moves Across Arizona

Posted by feww on July 6, 2011

Massive dust storm causes near zero visibility in large parts of Arizona

A 100-km wide and up to 3-km high dust storm moved over the Phoenix area Tuesday night, causing near-zero visibility, grounding flights, wreaking havoc on the roads and cutting power to thousands of homes and businesses.

“This was pretty significant,” said an NWS meteorologist. “We heard from a lot of people who lived here for a number of storms and this was the worst they’d seen.”

Wind gusts of up to 60MPH pushed the dust cloud, which originated in Tuscon area,  north across the desert and then northwest through Phoenix, Avondale, Tempe and Scottsdale, reports said.


A very large and historic dust storm moved through a large swatch of Arizona during the late afternoon and evening hours of July 5, 2011. Widespread reports of near zero visibility and winds gusting over 50 mph were received by the NWS Phoenix office. Image and Caption: NWS

North American Monsoon System (NAMS), aka, the Southwest Monsoon.

The dust storm is related to the North American Monsoon. “Monsoon storms can cause damaging winds, torrential rainfall, frequent lightning and dust storms,” NWS said.


The belated North American Monsoon typically starts in mid-June and lasts through late September. 

NAMS


In terms of “weather”, the monsoon is associated with a dramatic in increase in summer precipitation, mostly in the form of thunderstorms.  The basic forcing of the monsoons is derived from a seasonal contrast in the heating of the land continent versus the ocean. Source o image and caption: NWS.

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NO CHANCE: Malnourished kids fleeing Somalia’s drought

Posted by feww on July 6, 2011

2011 Disaster Calendar – July 6 Entry

[July 6, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,715 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Somalia. The levels of malnutrition among young children fleeing Somalia’s drought are so high that they drop dead on their way to or within a day of arriving at relief camps in Ethiopia and Kenya, the UNHCR said. See Worst drought in living memory gripping Horn of Africa.
    • UNHCR has estimated that more than a quarter of Somalia’s 7.5 million population are now either internally displaced or living as refugees in neighboring countries.
    • “The massive influx of Somali refugees into neighbouring Kenya and Ethiopia continues unabated. Relentless violence compounded by devastating drought has forced more than 135,000 Somalis to flee so far this year. In June alone, 54,000 people fled across the two borders, three times the number of people who fled in May.” UNHCR said.
    • “There are now more than 750,000 Somali refugees living in the region, mostly in neighbouring Kenya (405,000), Yemen (187,000) and Ethiopia (110,000). Another 1.46 million are displaced within Somalia.”

Eastern Africa: Drought – Humanitarian Snapshot (as of 28 Jun 2011)


Source: UNOCHA. Click image to enlarge. Click here to view the original map (PDF)

  • Sudan. Some 200 people drowned in the Red Sea when a boat carrying Sudanese migrants to Saudi Arabia sank off the coast of Sudan, reports said.
  • Mexico. Death toll from tropical storm Arlene, the first major storm of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has climbed to at least 22, reports said.
    • TS Arlene made landfall on the Mexican coast at Cabo Rojo late last week with sustained winds of about 65mph, bringing up to 144mm of rain  (at Tamuin), and causing deadly flooding.
    • Most of the deaths are said to have occurred from drowning.

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