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Hurricane Force Blizzard Batters N. Japan

Posted by feww on February 1, 2015

Powerful blizzard buries N. Japan cities in 100cm of snow

A powerful blizzard barreled into the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido with heavy snow and hurricane-force winds of 130 km/hr, burying several cities, according to local media.

A low-pressure system had already dumped up to 100cm of snow on large sections of the island, forcing dozens of train and flight cancellations, and blocking major highways.

Forecasters say the stationery system could dump up to 70 cm of additional snow in Hokkaido and 50cm in coastal regions of Sea of Japan  by lunchtime Monday.

The blizzard is the third major snowstorm to pound northern Japan in the last 6 weeks.

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State of Emergency Declared in NE U.S.

Posted by feww on January 27, 2015

‘Crippling snow’ and ‘life-threatening’ blizzard:  States of Emergency declared in five states

A paralyzing blizzard is buffeting northeaster US with massive, possibly record, snowfall amounts and life-threatening blizzard conditions, prompting eight states—New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania* and Maine—to declare states of emergency.

Thousands of flights into and out of the Northeast have been canceled with snowfall amounts of 1 – 3 feet or more forecast for many parts of the region, while hurricane-force winds are forecast to batter the coastal areas.

Up to 30 million people will face blizzard conditions Monday/Tuesday,  while up to 60 million people could see 6 – 12 inches or more of snow as the storm system, dubbed “Winter Storm Juno,” barrels across the region, forecasters said.

NYC Mayor said 2,300 snowploughs will be deployed to clear the city, while urging residents to stay out of their way.

Driving bans have been imposed across dozens of cities and counties in the NE, including NYC and Boston.

[*Pennsylvania Gov. issued a disaster emergency proclamation, and called up the National Guards.]

NWS said:

“A storm system off the East Coast will continue to strengthen as it develops into a major nor’easter on Monday. As the storm moves up the coast, it is expected to bring snowfall of 1-3 feet or more to many parts of the Northeast through Tuesday evening, including New York City and Boston. Strong, gusty winds will combine with the snow to create blizzard conditions along and near the coast.”

  • High-impact winter storm expected to bring crippling snowfall amounts and life-threatening blizzard conditions to much of the Northeast
  • Blizzard warnings are in effect for the coastal areas of New Jersey through Maine.
  • Winter storm warnings are in effect from New Jersey to Maine. Winter storm warnings are also in effect for an area of the Appalachians in West Virginia.
  • Coastal flood warnings and advisories are in effect from Delaware to the coast of Maine.

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State of Emergency Declared in Washington

Posted by feww on January 20, 2012

Washington declares a state of emergency amid deadly ice storm

A deadly ice storm swept across the U.S. Pacific Northwest (PNW) following record snowfalls.

Disaster Calendar 2012 – January 20

[January 20, 2012]  Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.  SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,517 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

  • Washington, USA.    Washington’s governor declared a state of emergency following the deadly “Snowmageddon” and ice storm, which swept across PNW killing at least 2 people and cutting power to hundreds of thousands of people in the region.
    • At Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, a new daily snowfall record of 6.8 inches was set, shattering the previous record of 2.9 inches set in 1954, reports said.
    • “Authorities called for voluntary evacuations of the town of Mapleton, Oregon, which has about 1,000 residents, and some nearby areas because expected flooding,” a report said.

U.S. Weather Warnings Map. Source: NWS

U.S. Composite Satellite Image  (Source: SSEC/Wisc-Uni)

Other Global Disasters

  • Nevada, USA. Gov. Brian Sandoval has declared a state of emergency after a massive wildfire, fanned by 82-mph winds, burnt thousands of acres near Reno, killing at least 1 person, destroying more than 2 dozen homes and forcing the authorities to evacuate over 10,000 people.
  • Oregon, USA.Extensive flooding has forced the Governor to  declare a state of emergency in Marion, Coos, Benton, and Lincoln counties.
    • More counties will likely be added as conditions worsen, he said.
    • The city of Salem has activated its Emergency Operations Center due to flooding.
    • The combined impact of snowmelt and torrential rains have flooded communities across Oregon.
    • “The return of severe winter weather has overwhelmed communities across our state,” the Governor said. “My priority is to ensure the safety of all Oregonians and their properties. With this emergency declaration, I have directed all available state resources to help affected counties in any way possible.”
    • Benton County, Or.Officials have declared Benton County a disaster area. “Flooding and landslides beginning January 18 in the area due to heavy rains and melting snow from a recent snow storm have created high water conditions,” the officials said in a statement. “A preliminary assessment shows damage to roads and homes and closed roads resulting in isolated areas of the county.”
      • “Rising creeks flooded much of Marion and Linn counties, including the communities of Turner and Scio, where hundreds of residents were evacuated from their homes and businesses,” said a report.
  • Hawaii.  Hawaii County in Hawaii has been declared a Primary Natural Disaster Area by USDA.
    • The disaster declaration follows losses caused by drought that occurred from January 1, 2011, and continues.
  • Tennessee, USA. USDA has declared 13 counties in Tennessee as agricultural disaster areas.
    • The disaster declaration follows losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred June 1 – October 20, 2011.
    • Primary Disaster Areas:  Henry and Williamson Counties.
    • Contiguous Disaster Areas: Benton, Cheatham, Dickson, Marshall, Carroll, Davidson, Hickman, Maury, Rutherford, Stewart and Weakley counties
  • Kentucky, USA.The following counties in the neighboring state of Kentucky were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous.
    • Calloway and Graves counties.
  • Tennessee, USA.  Seven counties in Tennessee have been declared agricultural Disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rain, high winds, hail and flooding that occurred June 21 – December 5, 2011.
    • Primary Disaster Areas:  Claiborne and Union counties.
    • Contiguous Disaster Areas: Anderson, Campbell, Grainger, Hancock and Knox counties.
  • Kentucky, USA. The following counties in the neighboring state of Kentucky were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous: Not Specified.
  • Virginia, USA. The following counties in the neighboring state of Virginia were also added to the disaster list because they’re contiguous: Lee County.
  • Mozambique. Flooding in Mozambique has left at least 5 people dead and made hundreds of others homeless.
    • Tropical depression DANDO, the first to strike Southern Mozambique in nearly 30 years, brought heavy rain and strong winds with gusts of up to 120km, dumping more than 250mm of precipitation over much of the south.
    • The winds and flooding have damaged thousands of homes schools and businesses in Gaza Province, and hundreds more in the capital Maputo.
    • Hundreds of people have lost their home and thousands more have been evacuated.
    • The Mozambican authorities have issued a Red Alert for the southern part of the country, which covers the capital Maputo, Matola city, Many districts in Maputo province, and the coastal areas in Gaza and Inhambane provinces, the National Meteorological Institute (INAM) said.
  • USA. Violent sex crimes committed by active U.S. Army soldiers have nearly doubled in the past five years, according to a US Army report.
    • The crimes are blamed, in part, on the trauma of war.
    • Of the 2,811 violent felonies reported in 2011, about a half were violent felony sex crimes, and most were committed in the United States.
    • List of the top five violent felony offenses committed by soldiers in 2011:
      1. Aggravated assault
      2. Rape
      3. Aggravated sexual assault
      4. Forcible sodomy
      5. Child pornography.
    • “One violent sex crime was committed by a soldier every six hours and 40 minutes in 2011.”

Billion-dollar disasters of 2011 [Updated]

Extreme drought, heat waves, floods, unprecedented tornado outbreaks, hurricanes, wildfires and winter storms set  a record 14 weather and climate disasters in 2011 each causing  at least $1 billion in damages.

  1. Groundhog Day blizzard (January 29-February 3, 2011)
  2. Tornadoes  in Midwest/Southeast (April 4-5, 2011)
  3. Tornadoes in Southeast/Midwest  (April 8-11, 2011)
  4. Tornadoes in Midwest/Southeast (April 14-16, 2011)
  5. Tornadoes in Southeast/Ohio Valley/Midwest (April 25-28, 2011)
  6. Tornadoes in Midwest/Southeast (May 22-27, 2011)
  7. Tornadoes and severe weather in Midwest/Southeast (June 18-22, 2011)
  8. Drought and Heatwave in Southern Plains/Southwest (Spring-Fall, 2011)
  9. Mississippi River flooding (Spring-Summer, 2011)
  10. Severe weather in the Rockies and Midwest (July 10-14, 2011)  added Jan. 19, 2012
  11. Flooding in the Upper Midwest (Summer 2011)
  12. Hurricane Irene (August 20-29, 2011)
  13. Wildfires in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona  (Spring-Fall 2011)
  14. Tropical Storm Lee (Early September, 2011)  added Jan. 19, 2012)

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background

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Humongous Snowstorm Paralyzes Eastern U.S.

Posted by feww on February 6, 2010

Snow Forecast: Record 76 cm (30 in)

Snowfall totals of up to 76 cm are forecast from Virginia to southern New Jersey

Virginia, Maryland and Delaware  declare states of emergency amid “snowpocalypse,” and put the National Guard on alert

Real-Time U.S. Composite Satellite Image.
Click Image to enlarge (24-Hr FE ED). Source: UW-SSEC

A ferocious blizzard caused by at least 12 inches of snow, as of posting (and mounting),  and 64 km/h  (40 mph)  winds in what is dubbed as “snowmageddon” is pummeling the US mid-Atlantic.

The authorities canceled all flights at Washington’s Reagan National airport, allowing only a few international flights to operate at Dulles International, news reports said.

The blizzard forced the U.S. govt offices in the Washington area to close after lunch yesterday.

Virginia Department of Transportation, VDOT said it had less than 6% of the state’s snow removal budget left, with the lion’s share already spent during the earlier blizzard in December.

About 20,000 homes have lost power in the Washington area as power lines and tree branches snapped under heavy snow.

The blizzard is the second to strike the area since December, when another storm dumped about 41 cm (16in) of snow in the Washington area.

Forecasters have predicted more than 76 cm (30 inches) of snow, for the area, some 5 cm (2 in) more than the all time record of 28 inches set in 1922.

GOES East – Eastern U.S. Imagery

An aviation color enhancement of a satellite image. GEOS Eastern U.S. Imagery

Weather Map – Click Image to Enlarge

The National Weather Service Snow Stats:

More than 30.5cm (12in, 1ft) of snowfall:  13 times since records began in 1870

Heaviest snowfall on record:  71cm (28in) in January 1922

Worst snowfall ever: about 91.5cm (3ft)  hit the area  in 1772 (100 years before records began)

National Snow Analysis:

February 5, 2010 (Metric Units)

Area Covered By Snow: 62.3%
Area Covered Last Month: 59.0%
Snow Depth
Average: 17.0 cm
Minimum: 0.0 cm
Maximum: 2340.7 cm
Std. Dev.: 27.6 cm
Snow Water Equivalent
Average: 3.7 cm
Minimum: 0.0 cm
Maximum: 1158.5 cm
Std. Dev.: 7.1 cm

February 5, 2010 (English Units)

Area Covered By Snow: 62.3%
Area Covered Last Month: 59.0%
Snow Depth
Average: 6.7 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 921.5 in
Std. Dev.: 10.9 in
Snow Water Equivalent
Average: 1.5 in
Minimum: 0.0 in
Maximum: 456.1 in
Std. Dev.: 2.8 in

Other NOHRSC Links:

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Snow Reports

Top Ten: Metric Units…
Station ID Name Elev
35.1322_082.9342 LAKE TOXAWAY (278LAK) 3061 5.000 6 2010-02-05 04
0724H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 0.4 ESE, NM 8940 12.000 24 2010-02-04 14
0730H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 2.3 S, NM 8684 12.000 24 2010-02-04 14
35.1906_083.3639 EAST FRANKLIN (840685EA) 2087 3.000 6 2010-02-05 03
35.3186_082.4611 HENDERSONVILLE (932HEND) 2188 3.000 6 2010-02-05 05
2199C_MADIS TIJERAS 5.0 E, NM 7113 11.200 24 2010-02-04 14
0722H_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 4.9 NE, NM 8294 10.700 24 2010-02-04 14
MTRN5 MOUNTAINAIR 8NW 6634 10.500 24 2010-02-04 14
2395C_MADIS CLOUDCROFT 16 ESE, NM 6621 10.000 24 2010-02-04 14
3705S_MADIS NORTH LOGAN 0.8 ESE, UT 4757 10.000 24 2010-02-04 15

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