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FIRE-EARTH Global Weather Alerts 001216

Posted by feww on December 16, 2016

Global Weather Alerts

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FIRE-EARTH Global Weather Alerts 001214

Posted by feww on December 14, 2016

Global Weather Alerts

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Climate Change Causing China Drought

Posted by feww on March 29, 2010

Drought in southwestern China caused by climate change: Chinese experts

Chinese meteorologists say the ongoing severe drought in southwest China is caused by climate change.

The drought has left more between 18 and 62 million people and 11.7 million to more that 20 million livestock with insufficient drinking water “over a region encompassing the southwestern provinces of Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan, the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and the municipality of Chongqing, data from the Ministry of Civil Affairs showed.”

[Note: the figures vary widely depending on each day’s published definition of “affected by drought” and “short of drinking water.” See also data entries in 2010: Year One of Human-Enhanced Disasters.]


A parched reservoir in Green Pool Dame at Shilin County, Kunming City, Yunnan Province (February 2, 2010). Photo:AFP/Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge.

“The direct reason for the drought is light rain and high temperatures,” Ren Fuming, a leading expert at China’s National Climate Center, told Outlook Weekly, a popular magazine in China, Xinhua said.

Zhang Peiqun, another senior meteorologist with the center, who agrees with Ren Fumings, aid the rainfall in worst-affected Yunnan province is the lowest in living memory while the average temperature since the beginning of winter has been the highest on record.

“The decreased rainfall during the rainy season led to less water in store and high temperatures resulted in greater evaporation, directly causing the severe drought,” Zhang said.

Zhang believes complicated ocean currents and anomalous atmospheric circulation are responsible for the drought. [See: Kelvin waves in Your Worst Fears About El Niño.]

“Zhang said the lingering cold air mass that formed last September in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau had fenced off the warm and moist currents from the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal, and at the same time the cold air from the north has had difficulty reaching the Yunnan-Guizhou plateau hinterland.” Xinhua reported.

“The cold and warm currents can’t converge to produce rain, so there is little rain,” Zhang said.

Sun Honglie, director of the national expert committee on climate change, said he believed the drought was was caused by anomalous atmospheric currents.

“It is not an environmental or ecological problem,” he said. “But the drought is bound to have an impact on the ecological system.”

“Another expert, Chen Yiyu, an academic at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, also said the year has seen anomalous climate conditions globally and that the drought in China is part of the phenomenon.” Xinhua said.

[Note: They are probably refering to the impact of El Niño.]

Water Severely Rationed

In Fuyuan County there has been no tap water since late 2009, residents said, complaining that “rationed water supply has not been steady, and that they have had to fetch water themselves from a village three miles away.” Epoch Times said.

“Each family is given four water tickets every two weeks and each ticket entitles the bearer to 100 kg (about 26 gallons) of water, which is not enough for daily use at all, especially for a large family of six or seven. So we have to fetch water from somewhere else. I haven’t taken a shower for a few months.” a resident was reported as saying.

Statistics released recently indicated that as of March 17, 2010, some “43,486,000 hectares (about 17.6 million acres) of crops were affected by the drought, among which 940,000 hectares (about 380,566 acres) yielded zero production, causing a direct economic loss of 19 billion yuan (US$2.8 billion).”

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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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