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Global Weather Chaos

Posted by feww on March 8, 2010

Driving at Maximum Speed and Without Brakes

As the impact of human activity on the planet worsens exponentially, the unbridled use of dirty energy, pillage of resources, over-consumption, colossal pollution and unstoppable mobility approach the top notch, the energy dinosaurs’ madness precipitates in global climate and weather chaos.

In Winter Officially Starts Today! the Moderators described the snow chaos  as a ‘dry run for the climate chaos heading our way.’ Today, we echo the call and forecast, ‘you ain’t seen nothin’ yet!’

Human activity is affecting all of the planetary systems driving Earth toward total chaos at top speeds, and there’s no braking!

The choice seems to be between one of ripping off the engine and ejecting it out of the car, hoping the vehicle would eventually stop before running out of road, or that of crashing into the ‘extinction valley’ down below, at top speeds.

It’ll be a Wild Ride!

Selected Global Weather in Alphabetical Order:

Australian Weather:

Severe thunderstorms have hit Melbourne submerging parts of the city in waste-high water, turning roads into rivers, sweeping cars, as Victoria state is lashed by strong winds and hail stones the size of golf balls (AFP report described them as the size of tennis balls), causing damage throughout the territory.

The weather system was described as a mini-cyclone, which struck Australia’s second biggest city with 100-km/hr (62 mph) winds.  An Australia Bureau of Meteorology forecaster said the event had likely not been seen for up to a century.

“The weather system that brought the damage to Melbourne is known in meteorological terms as a supercell thunderstorm, an organised beast of a storm that once it gets going tends to last more than your average thunderstorm,” he said, AFP reported.


Storm system lingering on over southern Australia (Melbourne and nearby areas).  Color-Enhanced Infrared Satellite Image of Australian Region. Image may be subject to copyright.


Melbourne floods after severe storm (ABC-online User submitted: Henry Hunt).

China Weather:

Rain and snow are expected throughout most of China in the next few days, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) forecast.


Large weather system is seen over most of China and Japan. (Still image used for reference).


Click images to enlarge (and update bottom image). Source: Digital Typhoon.

“A new cold front is expected to sweep northern China over the next two days, bringing strong winds and a drop in temperatures, while cooler weather will persist in the southern part of the country,” the CMA said, China Daily reported.

China Daily complained that even though spring had already arrived, the snow keeps falling. Perhaps the authorities have over-seeded the skies.

“Heavy snow started on March 4 in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, causing 40 to 50 vehicles and nearly 100 people to be trapped on roads to the city’s Binxian county …”

Various regions in Shanxi, Shaanxi and Hebei provinces, as well as the Inner Mongolia autonomous region are forecast to receive heavy snow Sunday throughTuesday,  CMA forecast said.

Below freezing temperatures in many areas are likely to drop by a further 10 to 12 degrees Celsius, with rain and snow expected to fall “south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River,” the CMA said.

The temperature in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, fell by a massive 20 degrees, from 30ºC to 10ºC on Sunday, the report said.

Bottom Line for Farmers:

“After experts warned the cold weather and persistent damp might cause damage to winter wheat crops, farmers were urged to take protective measures.” China D. reported.

Though it did not specify what sort of protective measures they could take against extreme conditions.

US Weather:

Extreme rain events in Arizona and New Mexico, snow on high ground, with winter weather advisories for the Southwest forecasting more snow. More areas of rain and snow in the Upper Midwest. Meanwhile, NWS issued an above-normal risk of flooding for the Quad Cities due to snow melt spring thawing conditions.


Predominant Weather Map of the U.S. Click images to enlarge and update.


Weather Forecast Map for the U.S. (see inset for date/time)


Weather Forecast Map for the U.S. For latest forecast click image.

[NOTE: Don’t be fooled by any potential loll in the storm.]

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A few sobering shocks may be around the corner

Posted by feww on August 6, 2009

submitted by a reader

Psychologists may be right!

Nothing short of a cluster of large scale disasters would wake people up—and keep them on their toes!

“Psychological barriers like uncertainty, mistrust and denial keep most Americans from acting to fight climate change, a task force of the American Psychological Association said on Wednesday.” Reuters reported in Psychological barriers hobble climate action.

What wasn’t addressed by the task force of the American Psychological Association, however, are the issue of mind control and culpability:

  1. How many of those factors introduced into the human experience nexus are INTENTIONALLY added.
  2. Which of their members are responsible for the mind control operations?
  3. Which private/government organizations, special interest groups, corporate bodies foot the bill?

The Reuters report continues:

Policymakers, scientists and marketers should look at these factors to figure out what might prod people take action, the task force reported at the association’s annual convention in Toronto.

Did you have the feeling what was about to follow? The solution to the problem is one that must be [and can be]  found by policymakers, scientists and marketers [sic] within the existing framework of  global economy [sic.]

While most Americans — 75 percent to 80 percent in a Pew Research Center poll — said climate change is an important issue, it still ranked last in a list of 20 compelling issues such as the economy or terrorism, the task force said.

Any wonder why “economy” and “terrorism” are manipulated to the extent they are to keep the real issue, climate change [also depletion of resources and ecosystem collapse—ecocide] way down at the bottom of the pile?

Despite warnings from scientists that humans need to make changes now if they want to avoid the worst effects of climate change, “people don’t feel a sense of urgency,” the association said in a statement.

Don’t worry, they will!  A few sobering shocks may be around the corner.

Numerous psychological barriers are to blame, the task force found, including: uncertainty over climate change, mistrust of the messages about risk from scientists or government officials, denial that climate change is occurring or that it is related to human activity.

In a little while, all of the above could turn out to be academic. There are those forces of nature that are beyond the spinpower of Rand Corporation and the likes.

Other factors include undervaluing the risk. Even though an international study showed many people believe environmental conditions will worsen in 25 years, that could lead some to conclude that they don’t have to make changes now.

Do you smell FEAR? These psychologists have a very low fear threshold.

Some people believe anything they do would make little difference and they therefore choose to do nothing.

They may well be right. However, the difference is a “quantum” one. The observer action, regardless of the observer’s certainty in the perceived outcome, will determine her fate.

Habit is the most important obstacle to pro-environment behavior, the task force found.

Do consumption junkies stand a chance?

But habits can be changed, especially if changing saves money and people are quickly made aware of it. People are more likely to use energy-efficient appliances if they get immediate energy-use feedback, the task force said.

Do ethanol junkies stand a chance?

It identified other areas where psychology can help limit the effects of climate change, such as developing environmental regulations, economic incentives, better energy-efficient technology and communication methods.

So the whole thing is yet another spin. The “mother of all spins,” as it were, created by the shrinks because it’s packed with subliminal conditioning, laced with oxymoron like “economic incentives,” and shrouded in the vagueness of phrases like “better energy-efficient.”

If you thought lawyers were bad, you probably didn’t know the evil some shrinks get up to—and not just in their spare time.

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Strong Quake Strikes Baffin Bay

Posted by feww on July 8, 2009

Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake Occurred at Baffin Bay off the NW Coast of Greenland

FEWW Moderators believe magnitude of the seismicity most likely intensified as a result of icemelt in the region.

Other examples of climate-intensified natural events would be posted on this blog when they occur.

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Location of earthquake is marked on the Bathymetric map of the Arctic Ocean. Original Map: NOAA

Details of the Earthquake

  • Magnitude: 6.1
  • Date-Time:
    • Tuesday, July 07, 2009 at 19:11:45 UTC
    • Tuesday, July 07, 2009 at 02:11:45 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 75.325°N, 72.312°W
  • Depth: 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
  • Region: BAFFIN BAY
  • Distances:
    • 170 km (105 miles) SW of Qaanaaq (Thule), Greenland
    • 315 km (195 miles) ESE of Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada
    • 1455 km (910 miles) NNW of NUUK (GODTHAB), Greenland
    • 3330 km (2070 miles) N of Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.8 km (2.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
  • Parameters:  NST=216, Nph=216, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 58°, M-type=centroid moment magnitude (Mw), Version=T
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID us2009iubh

Earthquake Location:

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10-degree Map Centered at 75°N,80°W

Seismic Hazard Map

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Historic Seismicity

Historic Seismicity - neic_iubh_7

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Eco Tourism?

Posted by edro on September 28, 2007

Eco-Tourism Is an Oxymoron!

Compare healthy smoking, environmentally-friendly SUVs, safe malignant cancer…

Eco-tourism is growing at a phenomenal rate stressing the environment, damaging fragile ecosystems and destroying endangered species. Eco-tourism is the gang-rape of the environment under the “green” flag.

Basic ecological facts:

1. Human activities degrade ecosystems.
2. Intensive human activities destroy ecosystems.
3. After warfare, tourism [euphemistically referred to as eco-tourism,] is the most destructive human activity. ~ EDRO

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