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Destructive Typhoon Slamming Philippines

Posted by feww on August 11, 2013

Dangerous UTOR forecast to strike the Philippines as Cat 4B Typhoon

Typhoon UTOR (Typhoon 11W) is forecast to strike the Philippines at about 16:00 UTC on 11 August with sustain winds of up to 230 km/hr and wind gusts of over 265 km/hr.

Typhoon UTOR Details @ 12:00UTC on 11 August 2013
Approximate Position:  15.5N, 123.8E
Location:  370 km east of Manila
Movement: Tracking WNW at 20km/hr
Maximum Sustained Winds: 225 km/hr
Maximum Wind Gusts: 275 km/hr
Max significant Wave Height: (Estimated) 12m

Source: FIRE-EARTH and others

TY-UTOR
TY UTOR. IR satellite image (BD Enhancement) – 2km res. Source: CIMSS

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Tornado Record for April Smashed

Posted by feww on April 27, 2011

295 Confirmed April Tornadoes So Far

April 2011 Tornadoes Smash Record 267 Tornadoes Set in 1974

With 3.5 more days to go, some 295 confirmed tornadoes have wreaked havoc in the United States this month, causing death and destruction in dozens of states.

The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has received a total of 6,559 reports (LT average ~ 3,300) of sever weather reports this month, as of Tuesday April 26. 2011 @ 20:18CT

  • Tornadoes: 654
  • Hail: 2,725
  • High/Damaging Winds:  3,180
  • TOTAL: 6,559

In one of the latest incidents, a tornado touched down about 75 miles east of Dallas near the E. Texas town of Edom, destroying/damaging at least 100 homes.

“We have major destruction,” said Chuck Allen, Van Zandt County emergency management spokesman. “We have multiple houses damaged or destroyed … easily 100-plus.”

As the storm moved on toward Central Texas, it spawned about 20 tornadoes, reports said.

April also saw the first EF4  tornado for the year, which leveled the St. Louis suburb of Bridgeton. [Also the first EF4 tornado in metro area since Jan. 24, 1967. ]


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Hurricane Tomas Intensifies to Cat 2

Posted by feww on October 31, 2010

Tomas Strengthens to a Cat 2 Hurricane, Headed Toward Haiti

Hurricane Tomas, the 12th hurricane of 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, has strengthened in the eastern Caribbean and continues moving WNW, possibly toward Haiti.


Hurricane Tomas. IR Satellite Image with projected trajectories superimposed. Source: NOAA/TPC via CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

“The hurricane swept over St. Lucia and St. Vincent on Saturday, damaging homes, knocking out power and blocking roads with flooding and debris. There were no immediate reports of any deaths,” a report said.

“We have over 100 homes that have lost roofs. We expect that to increase,” said Michelle Forbes, head of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) of St. Vincent.

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Hurricane Watch – September 17

Posted by feww on September 17, 2010

KARL, IGOR, JULIA and FANAPI

The Four Hurricanes


(L to R) Hurricanes KARL, IGOR, Julia and FANAPI. Image Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.


KARL was a cat 3B hurricane as of posting [FEWW estimate.]. Image source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.


IGOR was a cat 4A hurricane as of posting [FEWW estimate.]. Image source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.


JULIA
was a cat 1 hurricane as of posting [FEWW estimate.]. Image source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.


FANAPI, about 12 times larger than the are of its target, Taiwan,  was a cat 2B hurricane as of posting [FEWW estimate.]. Image source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

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THE STORM QUATRO

Posted by feww on September 16, 2010

4 More Storms Including 2 Hurricanes Deliver Huge Amounts of Precipitation Globally


(L to R) TS KARL, Hurricanes IGOR and Julia, TS FANAPI. Image Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

SSMI/AMSRE-derived Total Precipitable Water – Global


Timed at: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 12:15:30 UTC. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

Animated Version of the above image:


Source:CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

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Awesome EARL Powers Toward U.S. Coast

Posted by feww on September 2, 2010

What’s worse than a major hurricane making landfall?

EARL Now a Cat 4B Hurricane Packing Sustained Winds of 235km/hr, Intensifying


Hurricane EARL
– GOES Satellite Floater Imagery. Click image to enlarge

Real-Time U.S. Composite Satellite Image

Animate image. Click image to enlarge.

Hurricane Earl

Hurricane EARL – natural-color image was captured by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite at 2 p.m. EDT on September 1, 2010. The Bahamas are immediately west of the storm. Download large image (6 MB, JPEG) – Image acquired September 1, 2010. Click image to enlarge.

Hurricane Earl – The Astronaut View

This photograph was captured with a digital SLR camera by a NASA astronaut, Douglas Wheelock, on August 30, 2010, showing Earl with a distinct eye that spanned about 28 kilometers. Full caption here.

POES Composite  –  (Daily Sea Surface Temps)

  • Atlantic Ocean Current Temp: Image – Loop\

Other Satellite Images o EARL


Satellite Imagery (GOES 12 Floater/NOAA/SSD).
West Atlantic – IR (Aviation Color Enhancement). Click image to enlarge.


Loops/ Satellite Animations (GOES 12; NOAA/SSD).  Tropical Atlantic Hurricane Sector – Infrared. Click image to animate.

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ALEX Making Landfall as Cat 3C Hurricane

Posted by feww on July 1, 2010

ALEX Has Strengthened to a Cat 3C Hurricane, Making Landfall in NE Mexico


Hurricane ALEX –
IR Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge.

HURRICANE ALEX — Summary of Status At 01:00UTC – July 1, 2010
[Source: Fire-Earth Estimate]

  • Time- Date: 01:00UTC July 1, 2010
  • Location: 24.5N, 98.1W
  • Distances
    • About 80km (50 miles) NE OF LA PESCA, Mexico
    • About 160km (100 miles) SE of Brownsville, Texas
  • Max. Sustained Winds 204km/hr (127 MPH)
  • Currently Movement: W  (270) at 19km/hr (12 MPH)

Hurricane Warning [Source: NHC]

  • Coast of Texas south of Baffin Bay to the mouth of the Rio Grande
  • Coast of Mexico from the mouth of the Rio Grande to La Cruz

Tropical Storm Warning

  • Coast of Texas from Baffin Bay to Port O’connor
  • Coast of Mexico south of La Cruz to Cabo Rojo

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Satellite Images Taken by MODIS


Hurricane Alex as it hovered over the western Gulf of Mexico. Image taken by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite at 12:10 p.m. Central Daylight Time on June 30, 2010. Source: NASA E/O. Download large image (6 MB, JPEG)


Hurricane Alex covering the Gulf of Mexico, from the Yucatán Peninsula to the Louisiana coast. Natural-color image taken  by MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite on June 29, 2010. Source: NASA E/O. Download large image (5 MB, JPEG)

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Could Alex Surprise Everyone?

Posted by feww on June 29, 2010

TS ALEX – UPDATE June 29

ALEX Standing Still in Southern Gulf of Mexico, Strengthening to a Hurricane

TS Alex could still surprise everyone by heading toward the leaking Macondo oil well, instead of moving as forecast.

Even on its projected path, Alex would create high winds and rough seas hampering the ‘cleanup’ operation.

TS ALEX At 00:00UTC – June 29

  • LOCATION: 20.6N, 91.6W
  • Distances
    • About 675km (420 miles) ESE OF Tampico, Mexico
    • About 845km (525 miles) SE of Brownsville, Texas
  • Max. Sustained Winds 95km/hr (60MPH)
  • Currently Movement: STATIONARY
  • Min Central Pressure 990 MB (29.23 inches)


TS ALEX — IR Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge


TS ALEX — GOM Wind Shear Diagram. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge


ALEX Projected Paths –
Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge

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TD ALEX – UPDATE June 28

Posted by feww on June 28, 2010

TS ALEX UPDATE  @ 03:00UTC – June 28

ALEX has regained strength, as expected, and is now a TROPICAL STORM once again.

Fire Earth Moderators believe ALEX could become a hurricane before its next landfall.

TS ALEX At 03:00UTC – June 28

  • LOCATION: 19.4N, 91.3W
  • Distances
    • About 90km (55miles) SSW of Chetumal, Mexico
    • About 755km (470 miles)  ESE OF Tampico, Mexico
  • Max. Sustained Winds 75km/hr (45 MPH)
  • Currently Moving WNW  (300 degrees) at 11km/hr (7 MPH)
  • Min Central Pressure 991 MB (29.26 inches)


TS ALEX VIS/IR Satellite Image. Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge

Earlier:

TROPICAL DEPRESSION ALEX MOVING INTO THE SW GULF OF MEXICO, MAY RESTRENGTHEN


ALEX Projected Path: Various Dynamical Models Forecasts.  Source: CIMSS. Click image to enlarge

TD ALEX SUMMARY OF STATUS at 21:00 UTC (June 27, 2010)

  • LOCATION: 19.2N, 90.9W
  • Distances
    • About 90km (55miles) SSW of Chetumal, Mexico
  • Max. Sustained Winds 55km/hr (35 MPH)
  • Currently Moving WNW  (300 degrees) at 15km/hr (9 MPH)
  • Min Central Pressure 999 MB (29.50 inches)

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Cyclone Nargis: The Worsening Aftermath 2 Years On

Posted by feww on May 9, 2010

Cyclone Nargis killed an estimated 138,000 people and affected 2.4 million others, most of whom have had little chance of recovery.

The following is a public information release by Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

Hardship and human rights violations continue among Burma cyclone survivors

The survivors of Cyclone Nargis, which struck Burma (also known as Myanmar) in May 2008, continue to face challenges in rebuilding their lives, in lack of access to relief and reconstruction efforts, and in violations of basic rights more than one year after the storm, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Emergency Assistance Team—Burma.

Dead bodies from Cyclone Nargis float on a flooded field in Labutta (Source: AFP) Image may be subject to copyright. See FEWW Fair Use Notice.

The study “Community-Based Assessment of Human Rights in a Complex Humanitarian Emergency: The Emergency Assistance Teams-Burma and Cyclone Nargis” is published May 7 in the journal Conflict and Health. Accounts from survivors and relief workers show that necessities such as food, potable water, shelter and medicine remained insufficient for many a year after the disaster. According to the researchers, a lack of support to help rebuild livelihoods and worsening household debt have precluded survivors from accessing healthcare services, which were inadequate before Cyclone Nargis.

“Accounts of survivors and independent relief workers one year after the cyclone make clear that the basic needs remain unmet for many survivors—a situation made worse by Burma’s military rulers who continued to hamper the recovery effort and to limit access by independent relief workers,” said study co-author Chris Beyrer, MD, professor and director of the Center for Public Health and Human Rights at the Bloomberg School.

For the study, a network of community-based organizations, known as the Emergency Assistance Team–Burma, worked on the ground to conduct an assessment of the human rights conditions in Burma immediately following Cyclone Nargis. In response to the cyclone—a storm that killed an estimated 138,000 people and affected 2.4 million people—the team was formed within days after the storm’s landfall. The assessment found that community aid efforts faced government restrictions and harassment, including the threat of arrest of independent relief workers. Storm survivors reported land confiscation, misappropriation of reconstruction materials and governmental restrictions on communication and information, all of which continued in 2009.

Similar reports have been released by human rights organizations, most notably the Human Rights Watch report “I Want to Help My Own People,” which indicated that denial of basic rights, lack of clean water, sanitation, health resources and unjustified restrictions of aid continue. The same report noted that a positive outcome of the storm was the expansion of community-based initiatives, such as the Emergency Assistance Team–Burma, in response to local natural disasters and other humanitarian crises.

“The team’s ability to quickly provide appropriate relief services and conduct these assessments reaffirms the key role of community-based organizations in responding to disasters, particularly in challenging settings such as Burma, where official restrictions on humanitarian assistance are extensive,” said Beyrer.

He added, “Community organizations like Emergency Assistance Team-Burma are well positioned, given their knowledge of the area and trust by the community, to independently assess human rights conditions in response to complex humanitarian emergencies such as Cyclone Nargis. Efforts of this nature must be encouraged, particularly in settings where human rights abuses have been documented and censorship is widespread.”

Contact: Tim Parsons
tmparson@jhsph.edu
410-955-7619
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health

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