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Ferocious Fire Forces Hundreds of Evacuations in SoCal

Posted by feww on September 14, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC HAZARDS
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT
RISING TEMPERATURES
LIGHTNING STORMS
DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES
STATE OF EMERGENCY
MAIN SCENARIOS 900, 800, 797, 777, 555, 444, 311, 111, 101, 100, 070, 03, 02
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Another Major Fire Threatens Hundreds of Homes in Drought-Stricken Calif.

The Silverado Fire has consumed about 650 hectares in the Cleveland National Forest burning through brush and chaparral and threatening 217 homes amid California’s record drought and 3-digit, record-high temperatures.

The fire started Friday morning near the 30500 block of Silverado Canyon Road and is expected to continue through the weekend. At this time the fire is headed northeast, said Inciweb.

Approximately 738 fire personnel are now on site with 10 rotary and 5 fixed-wing aircraft currently in use.

An evacuation order affecting approximately 217 homes remains in place from 30331 Silverado Canyon Road east to the end of the road.”

Excessive Heat Warning: DANGEROUSLY HOT WEATHER EXPECTED THROUGH TUESDAY

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for the valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura counties as well as  Santa Monica Mountains warning of heat indices rising to 110 degrees (44.3°C).

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag Warnings remain in effect for southern California, as well as NW Oregon, W Washington state, and SW Wyoming, as of posting.

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Wildfire Destroys Dozens of Homes in California

Posted by feww on December 17, 2013

Wildfire raging out of control in Big Sur, California

Hundreds of fire crews are trying to control a fast moving wildfire in Big Sur, California that had consumed more than 600 acres by late Monday, local time.

The raging blaze forced scores of other residents to flee the Los Padres National Forest near state Highway 1. One of the homes destroyed by the blaze belonged to Big Sur Fire Chief, reports said.

In 2008, the Basin Complex Fire forced an eight-day evacuation of Big Sur and closure of Highway 1. The fire consumed more than 130,000 acres (530 km²), destroying about 30 homes.

Daily High Temperatures Tied, or Broken in SoCal

Meantime, unseasonably warm weather in southern California, created by high pressure, broke or tied temperature records from Santa Barbara to Riverside counties on Monday, said the National Weather Service (NWS).

  • Santa Barbara Airport: 82 degrees, tying the record set in 1980
  • Los Angeles International Airport: 85 degrees, tying daily record set in 1980
  • San Gabriel: 89 degrees (32ºC), the warmest temperature in the U.S.
  • Lake Elsinore:  88 degrees, breaking the record set in 1980 by one degree

[Low Temperature for Monday December 16, 2013: -29 degrees (-34ºC) at Crane Lake, MN — as received by 1 am EST December 17-

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events – June 8, 2013

Posted by feww on June 8, 2013

Excessive Heat Warning issued for parts of 3 states

National Weather Service (NWS) has issued an Excessive Heat Warning for Southern Nevada, Southeastern California and Northwestern Arizona. 

NWS has warned that high temperatures will remain at potentially dangerous levels
through Sunday.

Very hot weather is expected across the region through the weekend. An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Sunday evening for elevations below 4000 feet in the Mojave Desert.

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Very hot weather is expected across the region through the weekend. An Excessive Heat Warning is in effect through Sunday evening for elevations below 4000 feet in the Mojave Desert. Forecast high is represented by the orange bars while record values are denoted in red. Source: NWS

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Severe Sandstorm Hits NW China (Again)

Sandstorm NW China 8jun2013
A severe sandstorm enveloped Yinchuan, capital of northwest China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, June 8, 2013. (Xinhua/Wang Peng). More images …

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Three major wildfires burning in N.M.

The largest of the three fires is the Thompson Ridge Fire which broke out in the Jemez Mountains just over a week ago.

Thompson Ridge Fire

  • Location: Valles Caldera National Preserve
  • Started: May 31, 2013
  • Personnel: 1,015
  • Cause: Downed power line
  • Size: 14,430 acres
  • Containment: 10 percent, as of Friday 8:30 a.m.
  • Fuels: Mixed conifer and Ponderosa pine

Evacuations:  An evacuation order remains in effect for Thompson Ridge, Rancho de la Cueva and Elk Valley.

Tres Lagunas Fire

  • Location: 10 miles north of Pecos
  • Started: May 30
  • Personnel: 1,011
  • Cause: Downed power line
  • Size: 10,048 acres
  • Containment: 34 percent, as of Friday 8:00 a.m.
  • Fuels: Timber

Evacuations: Some evacuation orders remain in effect; residents north of Windy Bridge are still evacuated.

Red Flag Warnings are in effect for parts of N. Calif., W. Colorado,  N. Central and Western New Mexico.

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Lubbock, Texas Declares a State of Emergency

City and County of Lubbock have declared a state of emergency due the damage caused by severe thunderstorms Wednesday.

“The storm’s 80-plus mph winds caused severe damage to infrastructure throughout the entire service territory, which led to more than 19,000 reported outages at its peak,” said a report citing LP&L.

Continued…

DISASTER CALENDARJune 8, 2013  
SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN:
1,008 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,008 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History

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String of Tornadoes Cause Major Destruction in NW Poland

Posted by feww on July 16, 2012

Powerful tornadoes flatten large swaths of forest, destroy more than 100 homes in Poland

A string of tornadoes with winds of up to 200kph slammed northwestern Poland, leaving at least one person dead and a dozen others injured.

The twisters, described as ‘freak tornadoes with unprecedented scale and ferocity,’ left vast swaths of forest flattened, downing power lines and destroying at least 100 homes, mostly in Kujawy and Wielkpolska provinces, reports said.

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • USA. Excessive heat is returning to Central and Eastern U.S., NOAA forecasters said.
    • Near record temperatures ranging from 95 to 105 degrees will prevail across the central portions of the U.S. on Monday. “The above normal temperatures will expand into the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic for Tuesday and Wednesday. Excessive Heat Warnings and Heat Advisories are already in effect for portions of the aforementioned areas.”
  • China. Hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD) infected more than 381,000 people in China in June, killing at least 112 people, AFP reported the health authorities as saying.
    • More than 460,000 people were infected by HFMD in May, of whom 132 died from the disease, according to China’s Ministry of Health.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Continental US Experienced Warmest 12 Months in 117 Years

Posted by feww on July 10, 2012

Contiguous U.S. 2 degrees warmer in June than 20th century average

Continental U.S. experienced record-warm first half of the year and the warmest 12-month period since recordkeeping began in 1895.


Temperature Chart for Contiguous U.S. (January-June 1895-2012; 6-month average). Source: NOAA/NCDC

Scorching temperatures during the second half of June led to more than 170 all-time high temperature records broken or tied, NOAA reported.


Contiguous U.S. Temperature, July-June 1896-2012; 12-month average (year, temperature) – Source: NOAA/NCDC

  • The average temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 71.2°F last month, which is 2.0°F above the 20th century June average.
  • The July 2011-June 2012 period was the warmest of any 12-months on record for the contiguous U.S.
  • The average temperature for the U.S. was 56.0°F, or 3.2°F above the long term average for the 12-month period, with every state across the contiguous U.S. experiencing warmer than average temperatures, except Washington, which was near normal.
  • Precipitation total of 2.27 inches (national average), were 0.62 inch below long-term average.
  • “Temperatures in South Carolina (113°F) and Georgia (112°F) are currently under review by the U.S. State Climate Extremes Committee as possible all-time statewide temperature records,” NOAA reported.
  • Colorado experienced its warmest June on record, with a statewide temperature of 6.4°F above average.
  • As of July 3, 76.33 percent of the contiguous U.S. was Abnormally Dry or in Drought, with about 56.0 percent of the contiguous U.S. experiencing D1 – D4 drought conditions, marking the largest percentage of the country experiencing drought conditions since the U.S. Drought Monitor began over 12 years ago.
  • “Drought conditions worsened across much of the West, Central Plains, and the Ohio Valley, causing significant impacts on agriculture in those regions.” (see previous posts for details).
  • A list of select June temperature and precipitation records is posted  here.


U.S. Drought Map. Released July 5, 2012

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Disaster Calendar – 5 July 2012

Posted by feww on July 5, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,350 Days Left

[July 5, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,350 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Colorado Declared Agri Disaster Area

Posted by feww on July 4, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR – 4 July 2012

Symbolic Countdown: 1,351 Days Left 

[July 4, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,351 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

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Drought, Extreme Weather Events Cause Agricultural Disaster in Colorado

USDA has designated the state of Colorado as agricultural disaster area due to damage and losses caused by drought, excessive heat and high winds that began January 1 and continues.

  • All but two of Colorado’s 64 counties have been declared primary natural disaster areas, with the remaining counties, Delta and San Juan, being designated continuous disaster areas.

Other Global Disasters, Significant Events

  • Florida. The Disaster President has declared a major disaster exists in the state of Florida following the damage caused by Tropical Storm DEBBY.
    • Baker, Bradford, Columbia, Pasco, and Wakulla Counties are listed as Federal Disaster Areas.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 3 July 2012

Posted by feww on July 3, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,352 Days Left

[July 3, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,352 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 2 July 2012

Posted by feww on July 2, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,353 Days Left

[July 2, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,353 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Disaster Calendar – 1 July 2012

Posted by feww on July 1, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,354 Days Left

[July 1, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,354 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Kansai Electric Power Co restarted the 1,180-megawatt No. 3 unit at its Ohi nuclear plant on Sunday.

The No.4 reactor unit will resume operations in two weeks time, reports said.

Several thousand protesters  marched through Tokyo streets calling for an end to the use of nuclear power, NHK reported. [Japan has a population of about 128 million.]

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Disaster Calendar – 30 June 2012

Posted by feww on June 30, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,355 Days Left

[June 30, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,355 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History…

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Destructive Wildfire Activity Intensifies in Colorado

Posted by feww on June 28, 2012

Tens of thousands of evacuees crowding emergency shelters; hundreds of Colorado homes destroyed  

Waldo Canyon Fire dubbed ‘a monster’ by local fire chief grew nearly 300 percent overnight, consuming at least 18,500 acres, and destroying an estimated 500 homes.

  • The blaze has destroyed many homes on the edges of Colorado Springs prompting more evacuations on Wednesday.
  • As many as 50,000 people have fled their homes, so far, though the authorities have not yet revealed the exact number of the displaced, or the number of homes destroyed by the blaze.
  • The blaze has burned about 12 acres along the southwest boundary of the Air Force Academy campus.
  • The blaze, currently about 5% contained, is expected to continue growing:
    • Size: 18,500 acres [Reported by JIC at 11:57UTC on Thursday, June 28, 2012]
    • Structures threatened: 20,085 residences and 160 commercial structures
    • Growth Potential: Extreme
    • Terrain Difficulty: Extreme
    • Wind Conditions: 12 mph SW
    • Temperature: 93 degrees
    • Humidity: 8%

Evacuations and Closures

Currently on mandatory evacuation:  

  • Cascade, Chipita Park, Green Mountain Falls, Crystola
  • City of Colorado Springs
    • All areas north of Garden of the Gods Rd. between I-25 to the east all the way to the western City limits and north to the Air Force Academy.
  • Air Force Academy
    • Evacuated areas include all housing areas on the base except the airfield.
  • US 24
    • Closed between Cave of the Winds and El Paso/Teller County line.
  • Pike National Forest
  • Order 12-08 closes the Pike National Forest in the area of the Waldo Canyon Fire as shown on map of order.

Currently on Voluntary Evacuation:

  • Crystal Park
  • Manitou Springs

The fire is one of ten major wildfires burning in Colorado, as of posting.


Waldo Canyon Fire Map (June 27).

Other Significant Fires in Colorado

  • High Park Fire, Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests / Pawnee National Grassland, about 15 miles west of Fort Collins, 87,284 acres, 75% contained.
    • At least 257 homes have been lost and the toll is expected to grow as assessments continue.
    • Several thousand residents currently remain under mandatory evacuation orders.
  • The Little Sand Fire, located 13 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs, 22,440 acres consumed, 31% contained.
  • Weber Fire, San Juan National Forest, 6 miles south of Mancos, CO, has consumed 9,155 acres, 30% contained.
    • Evacuations are in place, number of evacuees NOT reported by Montezuma County Sheriff.
  • Pine Ridge Fire. “The lightning-ignited Pine Ridge Fire was reported June 27 about 10 miles northeast of Grand Junction above the Book Cliffs. It has grown rapidly and is currently estimated at 500 acres. Seven structures are threatened.” Inciweb reported.

At least 3 dozen active wildfires are currently burning hundreds of thousands of acres in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, Alaska, California and Virginia.

Montana Wildfires – State of Emergency Declared

Dahl Fire Wildfire. Montana Governor has signed an emergency declaration for Musselshell, Rosebud, Custer, Treasure, Yellowstone and Big Horn Counties and the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Earlier this week, Gov Schweitzer signed another emergency proclamation for Lewis & Clark, Broadwater, Jefferson and Madison Counties.

  • Dahl, Hawk Creek, and Ash Creek Fires.The Dahl Fire in Musselshell County was reported on Tuesday, June 26th and has since exploded to 18,751 acres.
    • The massive blaze is fueled by high temperatures, low relative humidities and gusty winds, with ZERO containment.
  • Pony fire and at least 2 other fires, Antelope Lane fire and Corral fire, are burning in Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, threatening numerous structures.
    • The town of Mammoth and South Boulder north to the Indiana University Geology Field Station are under mandatory evacuation, fire authorities reported.

Utah Wildfires

  • The Wood Hollow Fire, a blaze about 1 mile south of Fountain Green in Utah State Division of Forestry Fire & State Lands has now grown to 46,190 acres, claiming at least one life and destroying a reported 56 structures  and scores of farm animals, mostly sheep.
    • The communities of Indian Ridge, Elk Ridge, Big Hollow, and Oaker Hills communities are under mandatory evacuation.
    • The entire town of Fairview (pop: 1,200) has been evacuated.
    • About 2,000 others have been evacuated from surrounding communities.
  • Church Camp Fire, located 22 miles S. of Duchesne, has grown to 4,000 acres, destroying 12 homes.
    • Mandatory evacuation ordered by Duchesne County authorities for the Argyle Canyon Road, east of State Road 191 to Gardner Canyon and 2 miles north and 2 miles south of Argyle Canyon Road.
    • Fire Behavior:  Extreme fire behavior, crowning, torching, spotting. Short crown runs in dense timber.
    • Containment: ZERO percent.
    • Growth Potential:  Extreme
  • Wyoming Wildfires.The Fontenelle Fire,  a wildfire burning in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, Lincoln and Sublette County, Wyoming, about 33-miles northwest of the community of LaBarge was first reported around 4:30pm on Sunday, June 24.
    • The fire has grown nearly 9  folds from about 2,000 to 17,000 acres in 24 hours.
    • The blaze has forced several road closures and evacuations in the area.

Record heat continues in southern Plains

Excessive Heat Warnings

  • Excessive Heat Warning and Dust Storm Warning are in effect in Arizona, as of posting.
  • Excessive Heat Warnings are in effect in parts of Kansas, Oklahoma,  Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

Heat Advisories

Heat Advisories are in effect until 10 p.m. CDT today, expanding dangerous heat to the north and east. Record high temperatures are impacting parts of 13 states today including South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky, NWS reported.

Record High Temperatures

Record high temperatures were reported at 92 locations in 10 central-U.S. states, NOAA/NCDC said.

  • Colorado reported 18 record high temperature, with the highest at 110 degrees at John Martin Dam, breaking the old record set in 1980 by 4 degrees.
  • Kansas reported 13 record highs, with the highest record of 112 degrees at Healy (Lane Co.), topping the old record set in 1971 by 4 degrees.
  • Other record highs and ties were recorded in Missouri (4 record highs), Nebraska (3 ), Wyoming (14), Arkansas (10), Oklahoma (5 ), Alabama (2), Tennessee (2), Texas (21).

Air Quality Alerts

Air Quality Alerts are in effect for parts of six states: Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.


NESDIS Map of Analyzed Fires from Satellite Data


Current Hazard Mapping System Fire and Smoke Analysis – NOAA/NESDIS

Flooding in the U.S.

Some 24 locations nationally were under flood conditions this morning. Seven river gauge sites were at Major Flood level, three at Moderate Flood and 14 at Minor Flood; 22 sites were Near Flood,  NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service reported.

U.S. Drought

The drought in the U.S. has intensified since last week  with 72.01 of the lower 48 in D0-D4 (Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought) conditions.

  • No reported change in Hawaii since last week, with 78.89 of the state in D0-D4 conditions.
  • Alaska has reported an increase in dry conditions since last week, climbing from 18.35% to 42.00% in D0.

Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

Other Global Disasters/ Significant Events

  • Drought Impact on US Corn Crop. USDA has rated only 56 percent of the U.S. corn crop as good/excellent, the lowest rating for the category in quarter of a century.
  • Flooding in Florida. Scores of homes and dozens of road were left completely submerged under 2 feet of water, with low-lying areas experiencing up to 4 feet,  before Tropical Depression DEBBY finally left Florida, moving into the Atlantic.
  • Bangladesh.  Intense monsoon rains have triggered severe flooding and landslide, killing more than 100 people, washing away at least 1,000 homes and stranding about a quarter a million people.
    • Parts of the country received more than 18 inches of rain in under 24 hours.
  • Ireland.   Severe flooding in County Cork and Northern Ireland, caused by heavy overnight rains, has led to severe flooding, with Clonakilty and Douglas being the worst hit areas, said a report.
    • “There is no access in or out of Clonakilty, while Douglas village was under a meter of water. Parts of the city were evacuated and hundreds of ESB customers are still without power as a result.”
    • “Northern Ireland also experienced heavy rain. Homes in Belfast were flooded and motorists were forced to abandon their cars.”
    • Many homes have been evacuated in Ballyvolane, with flooding also reported in counties Sligo and Tipperary.
    • Many homes and businesses have been severely damaged by floodwater.
    • Met Éireann said it has been the wettest month of June on record in the Republic of Ireland.

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