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Freezing Weather Kills Scores in Eastern Europe

Posted by feww on February 1, 2012

Temperatures plunge to -36ºC (-33ºF) in parts of Eastern Europe

Heavy snow and a severe cold snap have killed at least 90 people across central and eastern Europe and left more than a thousand others suffering from hypothermia and frostbites. 

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 1

[February 1, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,505 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Eastern Europe.  A severe cold snap across central and eastern Europe has killed at least 90 people since last Sunday and left more than a thousand others hit by hypothermia and frostbites. 
    • Temperatures have plunged to as low as -36ºC (-33ºF) in some areas, the coldest in living memory.
    • Freeze-related deaths have been reported throughout the region including in Bosnia, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Turkey and Ukraine.
    • The air temperature in some parts of the republic of Yakutia (Siberia) has fallen to as low as -50C (-58F), a report said.
    • In Moscow, the temperature fell below -30C, Wednesday morning, about 14 degrees below normal.
    • Heavy snow has made roads impassible, cutting off power to many areas, forcing hundrdes of schools to close down and prompting various governments to enact emergency measures.
    • In Bulgaria, 25 of the country’s 28 districts have declared states of emergency.
    • In Ukraine, tens of thousands of homeless have sought refuge in makeshift shelters.
    • In Czech republic capital of Prague, about 5,000 homeless people huddled up in an emergency tent set up by the authorities outside the City Hall.
    • In Serbia, at least 20 municipalities have declared states of emergency.
    • In Turkey, all flights out of Istanbul airport have been canceled.
    • In Romania, blizzard cut electricity to more than 50 cities.
    • Snowfalls were reported in southern Italy and the island of Corsica in the Mediterranean.
    • [NOTE: The actual death figure is probably in the hundreds.]
    • More heavy snow is forecast for the region, as the cold snap intensifies.

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Disaster Declared in North Dakota

Posted by feww on January 14, 2012

Agricultural disaster declared in 22 of 53 ND counties

Multiple disasters caused by extreme weather events including spring snowstorms, frosts and freezes in late spring and early fall, excessive rain, flooding, ground saturation, landslides, strong winds, hail, tornadoes, unseasonably cool spring temps, scorching summer heat and weather-related insects and crop diseases, USDA reported.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 14

[January 14, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,523 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • North Dakota, USA.  USDA has declared 22 of 53 North Dakota counties as agricultural disaster areas due to extreme weather events including spring snowstorms, frosts and freezes in late spring and early fall, excessive rain, flooding, ground saturation, landslides, strong winds, hail, tornadoes, unseasonably cool spring temps, scorching summer heat and weather-related insects and crop diseases, which occurred from January 1, 2011, and continues.
    • The following ND counties have been designated as Primary Disaster Areas: Adams, Bowman, Burleigh, Logan, Morton, Slope and Stark.
    • ND counties designated as contiguous disaster areas include Billings, Hettinger, Mercer, Dunn, Kidder, Oliver, Emmons, La Moure, Sheridan, Golden Valley, McIntosh, Sioux, Grant, McLean and Stutsman.
    • “North Dakota farmers have experienced several disaster conditions over a long period of time, which have caused major losses to a wide variety of crops such as corn, wheat, sunflowers, dry beans, pasture and forage crops,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
  • Montana. Fallon County in the neighboring state of Montana has also been designated as a disaster area because it’s contiguous.
  • South Dakota. Corson, Harding and Perkins counties in SD have also been added to the disaster declaration because they’re contiguous.

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Tornado Dead to Haunt Missouri Officials

Posted by feww on May 31, 2011

Joplin Tornado: Deadliest in Recorded History

Number of the missing is changing faster than Missouri officials can count

29 Missing in Joplin: Missouri officials rapidly reduce number of people unaccounted for after the deadly tornado!  

Other Official Stats

  • Sets of remains, including partial remains: 146 (Source: City Manager Mark Rohr quoting the Missouri Highway Patrol)
  • Missing in Joplin: 29  (down from 43 only  8 hours earlier, and from 1,500 six days earlier.)
  • No. of victims who have been positively identified: 101 (as of 3:00pm local time on Monday)
  • No. of school children killed in the tornado: 7  (from Joplin School District)
  • Number of teenage victims:  11 under the age of 18
  • About 5,000 people have so far registered with the FEMA seeking housing.

City officials said about 8,000 houses and apartment buildings were destroyed by the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2010.

Rotation tracks over Joplin, Missouri

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Tornadoes, Severe Thunderstorms, Heavy Snow

Posted by feww on April 15, 2011

“A very active weather day,” NWS forecast


The NWS Storm Prediction Center in Norman OK has forecast the development of

  • Strong Tornadoes
  • Very Large Hail
  • Damaging Winds

Areas most likely to experience this activity include

  • W Arkansas
  • SE  Kansas
  • Extreme SW Missouri
  • E  Oklahoma
  • Extreme NE Texas

Severe storms also possible from the central Plains to the Mid-South.

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“A disturbance will emerge from the Four Corners region to the southern and central High Plains this afternoon, where it will begin a rapid intensification as it is fed by a strong surge of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico. Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected in the south-central Plains today with a strong possibility of tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. Heavy rainfall is also possible.” NWS said.

Little Rock, AR,  Base Reflectivity Radar. Click image to enlarge. Click here to update.

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TEXAS Wildfires

Meanwhile, large wildfires continue to burn across portions of Texas. As of posting, 33 states are helping Texas to fight some 21 large to major wildfires.

Picture of the Swenson fire in Stonewall County taken on April 7, 2011.  Photo is courtesy of the Texas Forest Service.

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Weather Chaos Across the U-S

Posted by feww on February 20, 2011

The Day Before Washington’s Birthday

Blizzard, Winter Storm, Gale Warning, Critical Fire Weather and other Red Flag Warnings

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(24-Hr FE ED).

A Winter Storm is expected to affect Upper Midwest during the long Washington Birthday weekend. A surface low pressure system will take shape near the Four Corners region tonight and trek into central Nebraska and Kansas by Sunday morning, bringing heavy snowfall across much of the region Saturday night through Monday morning. Strong winds will also bring blowing and drifting snow across the region Sunday afternoon into early Monday. Near blizzard conditions are expected in open areas from west central to south central Minnesota. (Source: NWS)

A major winter storm is taking aim on the Northern Plains. Snow will move into the western and central part of South Dakota tonight, then spread across the rest of the area tomorrow morning. Northerly winds will increase and become quite gusty, creating widespread blowing and drifting snow. 6 to 12 inches will be common, with a more heavier band setting up over portions of central and eastern South Dakota, into Minnesota where amounts will be closer to a foot or perhaps more. (Source: NWS)

The next in a series of winter storms will bring significant snow accumulations to most mountains of eastern Utah and western Colorado this weekend. An associated cold front will pass this evening changing valley rain and snow to all snow tonight. Isolated thunderstorms are possible ahead and along the cold front this afternoon and evening. Snow accumulations of at least a foot of snow are likely in most mountain locales, with up to 2 feet in the southwest San Juan Mountains. The storm exits to the east Sunday night with quieter weather conditions expected Monday and Tuesday. (Source: NWS)

A winter storm will move across the region Sunday and Sunday night. Snow is expected to develop across central Wisconsin Sunday morning, then spread into northeast and north central Wisconsin Sunday morning into Sunday afternoon. The snow may be heavy at times Sunday afternoon. A heavy band of snow with accumulations of 8 to 13 inches is expected along and south of Highway 29. Along with the heavy snow, northeast winds are expected to increase Sunday afternoon and then continue Sunday night. Areas of blowing and drifting snow are expected across central and north central Wisconsin. Along and east of Highway 41, strong northeast winds gusting up to around 45 mph will create significant blowing and drifting of the snow and create near blizzard conditions late Sunday afternoon and into Sunday night. The snow will taper off early Monday morning, but considerable blowing and drifting snow will continue across northeast Wisconsin Monday morning. (Source: NWS)

Cloudy skies this afternoon as conditions deteriorate across Wyoming. Snow will develop by mid-afternoon over central portions, becoming more widespread during the evening hours. This activity will continue throughout the nighttime hours toward daybreak. Snow will begin to decrease by late Sunday morning before finally ending by the afternoon. Winter storm Warnings and Advisories have been issued for much of the state. Please refer to individual areas for specific details as well as the Top News Story on the Homepage. …IMPACTS OUTLOOK… TONIGHT… Lows tonight will drop into the single digits and teens across most locations with areas to the south in the 20s. These cold readings, coupled with winds of 20 to 30 mph, will drag wind chill values into the -0s to -20s. Blowing and drifting snow will be a concern as well, as snowfall rates approach 1 inch per hour, greatly reducing visiblities. TOMORROW… Snow activity will be winding down by noon on Sunday. Any remaining snow will be reduced to flurries. Highs will be in the teens across north-central and eastern Wyoming, while the rest of the state slowly climbs into the 20s. A few locations to the south may reach the lower 30s. Breezy conditions will remain across the western mountains as well as the Lower Green River Basin. MONDAY…Minimal Impact Expected. (Source: NWS)

Warm and windy weather will develop once again across the Panhandles on Sunday. With dry conditions continuing, fire weather concerns will increase across the area. A Red Flag Warning is in effect for all of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles on Sunday. Southwest winds of 25-35 mph with gusts approaching 45 mph are expected. In addition, unseasonably warm afternoon highs are also anticipated with temperatures ranging from near 60 across the northwestern Panhandles to the mid 70s in the far southeast Texas Panhandle. (Source: NWS)

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Image of the Day: Tartagal Landslide

Posted by feww on February 12, 2009

12 missing, 1,000 evacuated

Flooding caused by heavy rains triggered landslides in the town of Tartagal in the province of Salta, Argentina, submerging many homes in up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) of mud, February 10, 2009.

People walk on a bridge destroyed by a landslide in the northern Argentine city of Tartagal February 10, 2009. Hundreds were evacuated yesterday after rains flooded the main river through the city and a massive mudslide swept away a railroad bridge and homes. Government officials visiting the disaster area said that at least eight people are still missing. REUTERS/Ramon Taboada. Image may be subject to copyright.

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Ice storm paralyzes northeast US

Posted by feww on December 14, 2008

Massive ice storm knocks out power to 1.4 million homes and businesses across seven states

Felled branches lay on Brattle Street in Worcester yesterday after the ice storm. Governor Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency in Massachusetts. (JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF). Image may be subject to copyright.

A powerful ice storm has knocked out power to 1.4 million homes and businesses across  seven states in New England, forcing the state of Maine to shut government offices.

States of emergency have been declared in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and in parts of Maine and New York state.

“This is a very, very serious situation right now,” New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch said after declaring an emergency in his state, in what the authorities described as the worst outages in 30 years.

The storm has killed at least 4 people so far and caused tens of millions of dollars in damage across northeast United States.

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