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State of Emergency Declared in Oregon Due to Wildfire

Posted by feww on August 18, 2012

Oregon declares a statewide state of emergency due to ‘imminent threat of wildfire’ 

Oregon Gov Kitzhaber has  declared a statewide State of Emergency due to ‘the imminent threat of wildfire,’ after  extreme fire danger and red flag warnings were issued for much of the state.

  • A wildfire has scorched about 85,000, threatening at least 200 structures and prompting evacuation orders for residents near Lakeview.
    • The Barry Point Fire, sparked by lightning on Monday August 6, is located about 22 miles southwest of Lakeview, OR on the Fremont-Winema National Forest and private lands.
  • Another Wildfire, Ten Mile Complex Fire, consisting of the Ten Mile fire (10,000 acres), and the Banana Lake Fire(5,000 acres), also sparked by lightning, is reportedly 90 percent contained.
  • The Holloway Fire, a Mega Wildfire, has  scorched 700 square miles along the Nevada-Oregon state line, more than half of it in Oregon.
  • Other wildfires in the state include the Fort Complex fire, three blazes burning together from California into SW Oregon, the Waterfalls 2 fire near Warm Springs, and the Butte fire in Douglas County.

‘Thunderstorms this weekend in the Pacific Northwest, particularly western Washington through Oregon into northern California and Nevada, will be capable of abundant lightning with little or no rain. Given the very dry fuel conditions, lightning has the potential to start new wildfires across the region,’ NWS said.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Texas, USA.Dallas Mayor has declared a state of emergency and ordered aerial pesticide spraying in Dallas following a surge in the cases of the West Nile virus which have killed at least 26 people nationwide this summer.
    • Dallas County has reported more than 200 infections, which have resulted in at least ten deaths.
    • About 450 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in 2 dozen Texas counties, with at least 16 fatalities attributed to the infections.
    • In Houston, 95% of mosquitoes tested carry the virus.
  • See also: Forest Fires Force Thousands to Evacuate in Canary Islands

2012 West Nile virus update: as of August 14

At least 43 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. A total of 861 cases of West Nile virus disease in people, including at least 26 deaths, have been reported to CDC. Of these, 59% were classified as neuroinvasive disease (such as meningitis or encephalitis) and 41% were classified as non-neuroinvasive disease.

More than 80 percent of the cases have been reported from six states (Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and California) and almost half of all cases have been reported from Texas, CDC reported.

West Nile virus (WNV) activity reported to ArboNET, by state, United States, 2012 (as of August 14, 2012)


Eight hundred sixty-one (861) human West Nile virus infections have been reported to CDC ArboNET from Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

Non-human WNV Cases

Non-human West Nile virus infections have been reported to CDC ArboNET from Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

  • Louisiana, USA.   Gov Jindal has declared a state of emergency for Plaquemines Parish due to encroaching salt water, which is threatening drinking water in the New Orleans area.
    • “Due to the Mississippi River’s low water levels, salt water has been moving far upriver and was at the outskirts of New Orleans by Wednesday, nearly 90 miles north of the mouth of the Mississippi,” said a report.
    • High levels of sodium and chloride have been detected in Plaquemines Parish’s drinking water.

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Another Heat Wave Grips America’s Heartland

Posted by feww on July 18, 2012

Dangerous heat warnings issued for 17 states from eastern Iowa to southern New England

Record-setting triple digit temperatures return to America’s Heartland, forcing National Weather Service (NWS) to issue another round of Heat Advisories and Excessive Heat Warnings across 17 states, with NO precipitation predicted for the central and southern Plains, the southern Great Lakes and the Ohio Valley.


U.S. Weather Hazards Map. Source: NWS

Daytime high temperatures reached record levels at 8 locations, Tuesday, and tied records at 6 other sites, NWS reported. (The reporting locations were in Colorado, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire and Wisconsin).

  • Excessive Heat Warnings were issued for southeastern Michigan, northwest Ohio, and areas along the Pennsylvania-New Jersey state line.
  • Heat Advisories were in effect for parts of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey, NWS said.
  • New York issued an Air Quality Alert for about 2 dozen counties in central, southern and eastern parts of the state.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • USA.  USDA has designated an additional 39 counties in 8 states as Primary Natural Disaster areas due to worsening drought, making up a total of 1,297 counties in 29 states.  Additionally,  several hundred other counties have been declared as contiguous disaster areas.
  • Missouri, USA.  All 114 counties in the state of Missouri have been declared disaster areas due to the drought, Governor Jay Nixon said in a statement.
  • Oregon, USA.   A state of emergency has been declared in Oregon following the damage caused by wildfires that have burned about 800.000 acres (1,250 square miles) in SE  Oregon, reports said.

U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records (July 2012)


TNO moved to the east!!? U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set in July 2012. Source: NCDC. 

  • U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records set on July 17, 2012:
    • Broken: 43 records (11 of the new records set were 3-digit temperatures)
    • Tied: 16
    • Total: 59
  • U.S. Daily Highest Max Temperature Records Set Between July 1 – 17, 2012

    • Broken: 2,245 records
    • Tied: 803
    • Total: 3,048

Highest temperature records for July 16 – 17

  • WESSINGTON SPRINGS JERAULD,  SD. New record: 105.0°F set on 2012-07-17; previous record 104.0°F set on 2006-07-17
  • SPRINGVIEW KEYA PAHA, NE.  New record: 107.0°F set on 2012-07-16; old record 106.0°F dated 2006-07-16

Global Temperatures

  • For the second consecutive month, the global land temperature was highest on record in June, NCDC reported.
  • June global land temperature was 1.93°F (1.07°C) above the 20th century average of 55.9°F (13.3°C). [ Error margin of is ±0.23°F (0.13°C).]
  • Global land and ocean surfaces average temperature for June was fourth highest on record for June, at 61.03°F (16.13°C) or 1.13°F (0.63°C) above the 20th century average. [Error margin:  ±0.13°F (0.07°C).]

Wildfire

  • Patras, Greece. The authorities have declared a state of emergency in Patras, Greece’s third largest city, after a wildfire threatened homes in nearby villages, prompting the evacuation of three communities and Patras University campus.

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Thailand Drought Deepens

Posted by feww on February 9, 2012

At least 63 districts in 11 Thai provinces have been declared drought zones

Following last year’s epic deluge in northern Thailand, the region is now struck by another disaster: Drought.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – February 9

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  • Thailand.  Another textbook case of large scale drought and deluge has unfolded in Thailand.  At least 63 districts in 11 Thai provinces have been declared drought disaster zones.
    • The drought stricken provinces are Kampaeng Phet, Lamphun, Sukhothai, Phayao, Phitsanulok, Uttaradit, Loei, Chanthaburi, Chachoengsao, Suphanburi and Petchaburi,  the country’s director general of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department said.
    • Additionally, the northern province of Chiang Rai is experiencing major drought, a report said. “The main rivers have run dry and more than 70,000 rais (28,000 acres) of farmland lacks water due to the absence of rainfall for the past three months.”
    • The provincial government has declared 6 districts as disaster areas. About 100,000 people have been affected in the province.

Other Global Disasters

  • Italy.  State of emergency persists due to shortage of gas supplies, a report said.
  • Bulgaria. “States of emergency had been declared in the municipality of Kostinbrod in the Sofia district and in parts of Velingrad municipality,”  as Bulgaria’s severe winter weather crisis deepens.
    • Bulgaria has requested European Union for assistance.
  • Greece.  The authorities have declared a state of emergency for the Evros region in northern Greece after a swollen river burst its banks, flooding the border village of Ormenio and forcing hundreds of people to evacuate, reports said.
    • Evros River flooded after the dam on the Ivanovo Reservoir collapsed sending a 3-meter (9 ft) surge of water to the nearby village of Bisser near the Greek border and down the Arda river in Greece.
    • At least 4 people have been killed in weather related  incidents caused by strong winds, torrential rains, severe flooding and landslides which have caused substantial damage to crops, property and infrastructure in many parts of Greece.
  • Nevada, USA.   The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 5 counties in Nevada as  natural disaster areas due to severe losses caused by wildfires that occurred from Sept. 30, 2011, through Oct. 5, 2011.
    • The disaster areas are Eureka (PDA), Elko, Lander, Nye and White Pine counties.
  • Virginia, USA.USDA has designated 7 counties in Virginia as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee and continuing excessive rainfall that occurred from Jan. 27, 2011, through Oct. 31, 2011.
    • The disaster areas are Surry County (PDA), Charles City, Isle Of Wight, James City, Prince George, Southampton and Sussex counties and in the independent city of Newport News.
  • North Carolina, USA. USDA has designated 60  counties in North Carolina as Agricultural Disaster Areas due to losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2011.

The following counties and independent cities in South Carolina and Virginia were also declared disaster areas because they’re contiguous.

  • South Carolina: Dillon and Horry
  • Virginia:  Brunswick, Halifax, Henry, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania and Southampton
  • Independent Cities: Danville and Suffolk
  • New York, USA.USDA has designated 6 counties in New York as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flash flooding and flooding caused by Tropical Storm Lee that occurred from Sept. 5-10, 2011.
    • The disaster areas are:  Chenango (PDA) Broome, Cortland, Delaware, Madison and Otsego  counties.
  • Florida, USA.USDA has designated 22 counties in Florida as agricultural disaster areas due to two separate disaster conditions.
    • Indian River and St. Lucie Brevard counties (PDA), as well as Martin, Okeechobee and Osceola counties in Florida were designated as disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, flooding and high winds that occurred from Oct. 7-9, 2011.
    • Alachua, Dixie, Gilchrist, Levy and Union counties in Florida were designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by freeze and frost that occurred from Nov. 11-12, 2011.  Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Lafayette, Marion, Lafayette, Suwannee, Putnam and Taylor counties were also declared disaster areas because they are contiguous.
  • Oregon, USA.  Oregon Gov. has added 14 more counties to an executive order declaring a state of emergencydue to January’s severe weather including heavy snow, freezing rain and record flooding in Mid-Willamette Valley.
    • A total of 18 counties could potentially be declared federal disaster areas. The counties are Marion, Benton, Coos, and Lincoln (initialdeclaration), Polk, Yamhill, Lane, Linn, Tillamook, Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, Columbia, Clatsop, Curry, Douglas, Harney, and Hood River counties.

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