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Major Disaster Declared for Massachusetts

Posted by feww on April 15, 2015

Massachusetts Declared Federal Disaster Area

Massachusetts Severe Winter Storm, Snowstorm, and Flooding (DR-4214)

The White House has declared a major disaster exists in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts due to the damage and losses caused by a severe winter storm, snowstorm and flooding during the period of January 26-28, 2015.

Areas worst affected by the  severe winter storm, snowstorm and flooding are Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Essex, Middlesex, Nantucket, Norfolk, Plymouth, Suffolk, and Worcester counties.

Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments, said the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.

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Multiple Crop Disasters Declared in New England

Posted by feww on October 4, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXTREME TEMPERATURE FLUCTUATIONS
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
EXCESSIVE COLD, FROSTS, FREEZES, HAIL
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 666, 444, 187, 178, 177, 157, 111, 02
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Extreme Weather and Climate Disasters Destroy Crops in 27 Counties across 4 States

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared multiple crop disasters for an additional  27 counties in four states—New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Vermont—due to the losses and damage caused by extreme weather and climatic events that have occurred during the 2014 crop year, so far.

Designation #1

Damages and losses caused by extreme temperature fluctuations, excessive cold, frosts, freezes and hail that occurred from Dec. 1, 2013, through April 30, 2014

  • New Hampshire. Belknap, Grafton, Rockingham, Carroll, Hillsborough, Strafford, Cheshire, Merrimack, Sullivan and Coos counties.
  • Maine. Oxford and York counties.
  • Massachusetts. Essex, Franklin, Middlesex and Worcester counties.
  • Vermont. Caledonia, Essex, Orange, Windham and Windsor counties.

Designation #2

Damages and losses caused by extreme fluctuations, freeze and hail that occurred on May 22 through May 25, 2014

  • New Hampshire. Cheshire, Hillsborough and Merrimack counties.
  • Massachusetts. Essex, Middlesex and Worcester counties.

Crop Disasters 2014

Beginning January 10, 2014 USDA has declared crop disasters in at least 2,620 counties across 41 states. Most of those designations are due to the drought.

Those states are

  • Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. [FIRE-EARTH has documented all of the above listings. See blog content.]

Notes:
i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Counties may have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

v. The disaster designations posted above were approved by USDA on October 1, 2014.

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Crop Disaster Declared For 8 States Due to Extreme Weather

Posted by feww on February 7, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
MULTIPLE CROP DISASTERS
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Crop disasters declared in 43 counties due to drought, flash flooding, flooding, excessive heat, excessive rain, lightning, high wind…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated ten counties in two states—Maine and New Hampshire—as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by flash flooding, flooding, excessive heat, excessive rain, lightning and high wind that occurred April 1 – October 31, 2013.
Those counties are

  • Maine: Androscoggin, Oxford, Sagadahoc, Cumberland, Franklin, Kennebec, Lincoln and York counties.
  • New Hampshire: Carroll and Coos counties.

Excessive Moisture and Heat

USDA has designated a total of eight counties in Massachusetts and Connecticut as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive moisture and heat that occurred during the 2013 crop year.

Those counties are

  • Massachusetts: Hampden, Hampshire, Berkshire, Franklin and Worcester counties.
  • Connecticut: Hartford, Litchfield and Tolland counties.

Crop Disaster Declared for 25 Counties in Four States due to Drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 25 counties in four states as crop disaster areas due to the recent drought. The disaster designations are for the states of California, Oregon, New Mexico and Colorado.

  • The disaster designation areas in California are Del Norte, Humboldt and Siskiyou counties.
  • Oregon: Curry and Josephine counties.
  • New Mexico:  DeBaca, Harding, Rio Arriba, Taos, Chaves, Los Alamos, Roosevelt, San Miguel, Colfax, Mora, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Guadalupe, Quay, San Juan, Union and  Lincoln counties.
  • Colorado: Archuleta, Conejos and Costilla counties.

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

4. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA on February 5, 2014.

2014 Federal and Agriculture Disaster Declarations

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States of Emergency Declared in New York, New Jersey

Posted by feww on January 3, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS
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Major Snow Storm and Dangerous Cold Prompt States of Emergency Declarations in States of New York, New Jersey

Authorities in northeastern US have warned residents to stay indoors, as the region braces for a major winter storm forecast to dump up to 14in (35cm) of snow on many areas.

The governors of New York and New Jersey have declared states of emergency and advised residents to stay indoors.

“As this winter storm unfolds, bringing heavy snow and high winds to many parts of the state, I strongly urge all New Yorkers to exercise caution, avoid travel and stay indoors,” said New York Governor Cuomo.

Blizzard conditions, with wind gusts of up to 76 km/h are forecast for New York, and throughout  much of New England.

Massachusetts Governor Patrick sent all non-emergency government employees home two hours early, warning residents to stay indoor and avoid dangerously low temperatures.

Thousands of flight cancellations and delays have been reported throughout the region.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)

High Temperature for Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • 87 degrees (30.5ºC) at Fort Lauderdale, FL

Low Temperature for Thursday, January 2, 2014

  • -47 degrees (-44ºC) at Babbitt, MN
  • -47 degrees at Embarrass, MN
  • -47 degrees at Van Buren, Maine

Issued 7 pm EST Thursday, January 2, 2014 – NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD

Temperature spread:  134 degrees 

Meantime, the temperatures in Canada also fell to dangerously low levels, with central Quebec recording -51 degrees (-46ºC).

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Harvard University Orders Evacuations Over Possible Explosives

Posted by feww on December 16, 2013

Evacuations underway at Harvard following reports of explosives on campus

Harvard University students and staff are being evacuated after reports of possible explosives found art four campus sites: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson.

Earlier the officials sent the following text message alert

Alert: Unconfirmed reports of explosives at four sites on campus: Science Center, Thayer, Sever, and Emerson. Evacuate those buildings now.
— Harvard University – December 16, 2013

Harvard University Police Department are currently investigating the scenes, according to local reports.

Harvard University is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Crop Disaster Areas Declared across 4 States

Posted by feww on November 21, 2013

22 Counties across four states declared crop disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 22  counties in four states as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rains and flooding that began May 5, 2013, and continues.

The disaster areas are

Vermont: Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle, Rutland, Bennington, Essex, Orange, Caledonia, Franklin, Orleans, Windham, Washington, Windsor and Lamoille counties.

Massachusetts: Berkshire and Franklin counties.

New Hampshire: Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and  Sullivan counties.

New York:  Rensselaer and Washington counties.

Crop Disaster 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 3,924 county-level agricultural disaster areas across 44 states, so far this year.

The crop disasters for year 2013 include losses and damages caused by

  • DROUGHT
  • FLOOD
  • Flash flooding
  • Excessive rain, moisture, humidity
  • Severe Storms, thunderstorms
  • Ground Saturation
  • Standing Water
  • Hail
  • Wind, High Winds
  • Fire, Wildfire
  • Heat, Excessive heat
  • High Temp. (incl. low humidity)
  • Winter Storms, Ice Storms, Snow, Blizzard
  • Frost, FREEZE
  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tropical Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcano
  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, Landslides
  • Heavy Surf
  • Ice Jams
  • Insects
  • Tidal Surges
  • Cold, wet weather
  • Cool/Cold, Below-normal Temperatures
  • Lightning
  • Disease

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

4. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and November 20, 2013.

Recent Crop Disaster Designations

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U-S Snowstorm Headlines

Posted by feww on January 12, 2011

3rd blizzard in 3 weeks to hit US NE

Up to 18 Inches of Snow Forecast for U.S. Northeast


Continental US Snow Depth Chart.
Image source:  NOHRSC. Click image to enlarge.

National Snow Analysis:

January 12, 2011
Area Covered By Snow: 70.9%
Area Covered Last Month: 35.1%
Snow Depth
Average: 17.4 cm
Minimum: 0.0 cm
Maximum: 2274.4 cm
Std. Dev.: 28.6 cm
Snow Water Equivalent
Average: 3.5 cm
Minimum: 0.0 cm
Maximum: 1105.1 cm
Std. Dev.: 7.6 cm

NO Snow in Florida!


Continental U.S. Snow Cover Map. Florida was the only state in the U-S without snow [for now anyway!] Image source:  NOHRSC


This shows the most recent image of the United States, taken from a NOAA satellite. This image is taken in the infrared band of light and show relative warmth of objects. Colder objects are brighter and warmer objects are darker. Lower layers of clouds, generally warmer and lower in altitude, are colored gray. Colder and generally higher clouds tops are highlighted in colors. Source NESDIS-SSD

NYC Mayor Declares State of Emergency Ahead of Snowstorm

NYC. Mayor Bloomberg, who is totally not in Bermuda this time, has declared a weather emergency ahead of the incoming snowstorm. That’s not to be confused with a “snow emergency,” which would have banned cars without snow chains and tires from major roads. The newly created “weather emergency” designation urges New Yorkers to avoid unnecessary driving, and suspends alternative side parking, payment at parking meters, and garbage collection. Source

Mass. Gov. closes state offices

BOSTON, Mass (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts is preparing, along with the rest of the state, to wrestle with a major storm that’s threatening to dump up to a foot of more of snow Wednesday.

Snow Cover Animations:

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Sinkholes Swallow Cars?

Posted by feww on April 1, 2010

Serial No  1,521. If any of the posts on this blog  is blocked in your country, please drop us a line.

Image of the Day:

Rain, flooding, again, and sinkholes


A massive sinkhole opened in City of Fall River, Massachusetts, as a result of a storm and heavy rain which triggered record-breaking deluge. Photo Credit: Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff. Image may be subject to copyright. For more images click here.

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US East Coast Inundated by Major Flooding

Posted by feww on March 31, 2010

Second Round of Flooding in the Northeast

Record rain and flooding have inundated  the East Coast since weekend with Rhode Island receiving the major dividends

NWS has issued flood warnings along the East Coast, from Maine in the northeast all the way to Florida in the southeast.  Two major storms have pummeled the East Coast, and there are threats of major flooding in the northeast.

National Weather Hazards (NWS Map)

Then:


Now


This map displays active watch, warnings, advisories and short term forecasts in the lower 48 US states. Click to enlarge and refresh image.

  • Click HERE to enter NWS portal.

Summary of Flooding:

  • NWS warned of potential deadly floods in Rhode Island
  • In Cranston, Rhode Island, Hundreds of families were evacuated from their homes on Monday.
  • In Warwick, R.I., about 500 homes and business were evacuated.
  • Massachusetts Gov declared a state of emergency and called a 1,000 National Guards to help residents in the deluge.
  • As Boston broke its rain fall record for the month of March, forecaster expected New York City to break its all-time record for the month, too.
  • Forecasters warned about major flooding in Maine to New York because the rivers were yet to crest.
  • In some areas about 10 inches of rain fell in less than 36 hours.
  • Roads have been washed out between South Carolina and Maine

NOW

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EARLIER

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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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EPA Sued Over GHG Pollution

Posted by feww on April 3, 2008

The states of Massachusetts, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday for failing to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new cars and trucks. The lawsuit came one year after the Supreme Court ruled that the agency had the power to do so.

Main Entry: 18 States Sue EPA Over GHG Pollution
Original Report: 18 states sue EPA over greenhouse gas pollution

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