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U.S. corn production may fall on flooding, heat, drought

Posted by feww on June 28, 2011

Severe flooding in the Mississippi and Missouri river basins have damaged 2.5 million acres of U.S. farmland: Report

Flooding in the Midwest and Northern Plains may lead to a fall in corn production in 2011, according to the CEO of Cargill, the world’s largest commodities trader.

“Clearly, we have lost acres with the flooding,” Greg Page, chief executive of Cargill Inc., told journalist during a visit to Kiev, the Ukraine capital. “Certainly our company is fighting the floods on the Missouri River.

“You could certainly be talking about 300m-400m bushels [lost,]”  Page said.

“The price of corn shot to a record high this month amid surging demand from emerging markets and rising consumption of the grain by the ethanol industry. US corn inventories are set to fall to their lowest since the mid-1990s, according to the US Department of Agriculture.” Said a report.

Added to the problem of flooding in key corn-growing states like Ohio and Indiana, is the worsening drought and soaring temperatures in the southern United States.

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Nebraska Nuke Plant Remains Shut After Missouri River Flooding

Posted by feww on June 20, 2011

The Fort Calhoun NPP in Nebraska still in shutdown following Missouri River flooding  

The federal government insists the plant has not flooded and is NOT expected to pose any danger.


Original caption: The Fort Calhoun nuclear power station in Fort Calhoun, Neb., currently shut down for refueling, is surrounded by flood waters from the Missouri River, Tuesday, June 14, 2011. On Tuesday, the releases at Gavins Point Dam in South Dakota hit the maximum planned amount of 150,000 cubic feet of water per second, which are expected to raise the Missouri River 5 to 7 feet above flood stage in most of Nebraska and Iowa. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik). Image may be subject to copyright.

The 480-megawatt plant which is located north of Omaha shut down about 10 weeks ago to refuel, but has remained shut since due to flooding, according to Omaha Public Power District (OPPD).

The Fort Calhoun NPP has a single CE pressurized water reactor generating about 480 megawatts of electricity, the smallest commercial power reactor in North America.

OPPD is “a customer-owned utility,” which provides electricity to about 346,000 customers in all or parts of 13 counties in east and southeast Nebraska.

“Floodwaters are already surrounding the Fort Calhoun plant. The river has risen 1.5 feet higher than Fort Calhoun’s 1,004-foot elevation above sea level, but the water is being held back by an 8-foot-tall flood barrier,” a report said on Friday.

“When the river reaches 1,004 feet above mean sea level, we shut down,” said OPPD spokesman Jeff Hanson. “We don’t have any idea when we’ll be able to start again.”

OPPD has not issued any updates since June 16, 2011.


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Red Flag Warnings, Missouri River flooding, Severe T-storms

Posted by feww on June 14, 2011

RED FLAG WARNING in 8 STATES

Numerous rivers, streams running near or above record levels

Numerous locations on the Missouri River and its northern tributaries have exceeded record levels set in 1952 and 1993 and major flooding is expected to continue for weeks into months, NOAA said.

Major to record flooding conditions stretch from Missouri River headwaters in Montana across parts of North Dakota and South Dakota. Floodwaters continue to work their way south to Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri: NWS


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Severe weather is expected from the north-central Plains to the Tennessee Valley; rain and thunderstorms for the northern Plains, eastern Washington and Oregon to southeastern Minnesota and western Kentucky and flash flooding in southern Iowa and northern Missouri, NWS said.

Major Flooding was observed on the Missouri River and tributaries this morning (June 13) at the following locations:

  • Montana
    • Jefferson River near Three Forks
    • Musselshell River near Roundup
    • Milk River near Tampico
  • North Dakota
    • Missouri River near Williston (crest expected Tuesday at record 30 feet)
    • Souris River near Westhope
    • Souris River near Bantry (at 14.5’ expected crest June 15 at record 14.8’
    • Souris River near Towner
    • Souris River near Foxholm (record 17.33 feet set June 11, old record was 17.2’)
  • South Dakota
    • James River near Stratford
    • James River near Ashton
    • Missouri River near Greenwood (set record at 37.98’ June 8, old crest 31.89’ in 1997

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Hydrometeorological Prediction Center weather threats map: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/noaa/noaa.gif.

Outlooks from NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center indicate much of the Missouri River from South Dakota to northern Missouri could be impacted by heavy rain from severe weather today. There is a Slight Risk of severe weather development today from eastern Wyoming across parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. See http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day1otlk.html.

See http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day2otlk.html.

See http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/outlook/day3otlk.html.

River levels continue to rise on the Missouri River and some tributaries. As of this morning, automated data feeds showed 145 locations across the country at some level of flooding. Thirteen sites were at Major Flood, 35 at Moderate Flood and 97 at Minor Flood. Another 106 gauge sites were at Near Flood. See graphics at http://water.weather.gov/ahps/index.php?stage=7.

Missouri River waters are still on the rise in areas from Nebraska to Missouri. Local reports on Missouri River flooding may be found on the following web pages:

Weather Forecast Office Bismarck, North Dakota (Under Top News of the Day at) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/bis

Weather Forecast Office Sioux Falls, South Dakota (Latest Missouri River Flooding Information) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=fsd&storyid=69349&source=0

Weather Forecast Office Omaha, Nebraska (Additional information on the Missouri River Flooding) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=oax&storyid=69012&source=0

Weather Forecast Office Kansas City, Missouri (Flooding on the Missouri River 2011) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/eax/?n=moriverflood_2011

Weather Forecast Office St. Louis, Missouri (Latest Missouri River Flooding Information, Top News) http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lsx

Nationwide rainfall forecasts for the coming five days are at http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/qpf/qpf2.shtml.

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2011 Disaster Calendar – June 4

Posted by feww on June 4, 2011

June 4 Entry in the 2011 Disaster Calendar

On May 15, 2011 symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began.

Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016

2011 – 2012: A Time for Mega Disasters

U.S., the world, stake the future on high-energy strategies. Energy models’ simulations show all such strategies ending in collapse. EDRO

Nearly all of the anthropogenic and human-enhanced disasters that will occur on the planet in the 2011-2012 period would have been preventable.

Humans continued to devour energy at a rate of 17.3terrawatt in 2011, when maximum ‘safe’ limit was less than 1.9terrawatt.

In 2010, FIRE-EARTH Forecast that 2011 would be SIX TIMES MORE DISASTROUS THAN 2010

2011 Disaster Calendar

January 2011 | February 2011 | March 2011 | April 2011 | May 2011 | June 2011 |

  • [June 4, 2011]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,747 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History
    • The Arctic. Cairn Energy, a British oil exploration company based in Edinburgh, has started drilling two wells off the coast of Greenland, reports said. “The company, which plans to drill a total of four wells in Greenland this summer, said that drilling operations commenced at one well on its Atammik Block and one well on its Lady Franklin Block off the coast of West Greenland.”
    • Tunisia.  At least 250 passengers are feared drowned after a Europe-bound boat from Libya capsized off the Kerkennah island, near the coast of Tunisia, reports said.
      • “We recovered only two bodies yesterday [and] we suspended search operations because of bad weather,” coast guard director told AFP news agency on Friday.
      • “Earlier, Carole Laleve from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) told Reuters that 150 bodies had been found off the shores of Kerkennah.” The report added.
    • USA. Wildfires have consumed a YTD total of about 6 million acres and 1,800 structures throughout the U.S., FIRE-EARTH estimated.
    • Texas, USA. Wildfires have incinerated at least 2,753,912 acres and destroyed 1,195 structures in the state of Texas, according to Texas Forest Service. [Note: FIRE-EARTH estimates that at least 1,600 structures have been lost to Texas fires since January 2011.]
    • The Dakotas, USA. About 15,000 people were forced to evacuate in Minot, North Dakota as Missouri River continued swelling.  Meanwhile, hundreds of homes in Pierre, Fort Pierre and Dakota Dunes in South Dakota, are being evacuated.

[NOTE: This listing is by no means exhaustive.]

An activist scales the underside of Cairn Energy’s Leiv Eiriksson oil rig. Two activists were arrested on Wednesday. (Greenpeace)


Two of the activists protesting against Arctic oil exploration by the Leiv Eiriksson rig were arrested by armed-to-the-teeth Danish commandos, who ended the 4-day occupation on the 53,000 ton monstrosity in the Davis Strait, west of Greenland. Photo credit: Markel Redondo/Greenpeace

See also Gunboat Democracy: When a government uses the military against protesters 

2010 Disaster Calendar

January 2010 | February 2010 | March 2010 | April 2010 | May 2010 | June 2010 | July 2010 | August 2010 | September 2010 | October 2010 | November 2010 | December 2010

“The antiphase will rapidly transform humans into vicious animals, fighting each other for water, food, fuel, land and all other dwindling natural resources. The fighting, in turn, enhances the positive feedbacks, accelerating the downward spiral.” —EDRO

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Massachusetts Tornadoes Kill at least 4

Posted by feww on June 2, 2011

Deadly tornadoes spawned by extreme weather in western Massachusetts kill at least 4

Massachusetts Governor said one person was killed in Springfield (about 40 others were injured), two in Westfield and one in Brimfield, as he declared a state of emergency Wednesday evening and called for 1,000 National Guard to assist with cleanup.

The rare tornadoes left a trail of devastation across 24 towns, destroying roofs, damaging structure, uprooting trees and power lines.

At least 18 tornadoes were reported on Wednesday in Massachusetts, Kansas, Nebraska and California.


Tornado, Hail and Severe Weather Map for June 1 (Preliminary reports)

Some 364 severe weather reports received by SPC on June 1 included 17 tornado sightings in 4 states, as of posting.

A tornado watch is in effect in the Boston area until 11:00pm EDT June 1, with heavy showers and thunderstorms expected, NWS said, adding that the region was also under “threat of large hail and damaging wind.”


A child runs for cover  following a tornado touchdown in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, June 1, 2011 (Photo Credit: Don Treeger/ via Springfield Republican)

GOES Eastern US SECTOR Infrared Image


Eastern Conus Sector (Infrared Channel)
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Flooding News

North Dakota, Nebraska rivers reaching long-standing record stage levels


US Flood Map. Source: NWS


The Lower Mississippi River was still swollen on June 1, 2011, when MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download largest image (11 MB, JPEG)  


Weather Forecast Maps May 31 – June 2

Political Manipulation of Joplin Tornado Deaths Continue

Meanwhile, the Missouri Department of Public Safety, which has taken over the Joplin tornado deaths investigation, has once again diluted the fatality figures. The Department said on Wednesday that it had counted only 134 sets of human remains. “On Tuesday, the department reported that 146 sets of human remains, some from dismembered bodies, had been recovered.”

FIRE-EARTH believes that such heavy-handed political manipulation of the statistics by the government is a clear and desperate attempt to deny the human factor in the exponentially increasing impact of climate change by way of associating the worst disasters with the past.

However, looming Mega Disasters (forecasts are based on FIRE-EARTH and EDRO dynamic models) will shatter ALL historical records by such massive margins that the politicians could no longer fabricate or fiddle the stats.


Joplin Tornado Track. False-color Satellite image of the deadly EF-5 tornado track taken by ASTER on NASA’s Terra satellite on May 30, 2011. Click image to enlarge. Download largest image (2 MB, JPEG) 

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Update at 12:35UTC on June 2, 2011

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