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Early Freeze Strikes US East Coast

Posted by feww on October 19, 2015

Numerous Freeze Warnings, Watches, and Frost Advisories issued for 18 states in NE, Mid-Atlantic

The US National Weather Service has made the following forecast for the Middle Atlantic and Northeast:

Coldest airmass of the fall season has overspread the Middle Atlantic and Northeast; warming up this week

The coldest temperatures so far this season have overspread the Northeast and mid-Atlantic this weekend. Numerous Freeze Warnings, Watches, and Frost Advisories are in effect. A warm-up is in store this week. Meanwhile, heavy rain and flash flooding continue to be possible in portions of the Southwest and Great Basin.

Red Flag Warnings

Red Flag warnings are in effect in eastern Kansas, SE Nebraska, Most of Iowa, N Illinois, NW Indiana and northern half of Missouri.


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States of Emergency Declared in 4 States

Posted by feww on February 11, 2014


Governors in 4 states declare States of Emergency ahead of winter storm 

Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi declare States of Emergency ahead of yet another severe round of winter storm. More states are expected to follow suit.

Alabama: Gov. Bentley has declared a state of emergency ahead of yet another round of winter storm forecast to hit the state. The state of emergency is effective 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.

“Alabama recently experienced a winter weather situation two weeks ago, and we are again bracing for more winter weather to impact the state over the coming days,” said Bentley.

Local Area Emergency for Marshall County

All roads in Marshall County are covered with 2 inches or more of
accumulation of snow and sleet. Road reports from throughout the County indicate that all roads are becoming extremely dangerous to impassible.

Louisiana: Gov. Jindal on Monday declared his fourth State of Emergency for severe weather during the past five weeks.

The governor has ordered state offices closed in 19 parishes, in the central and northern parts of the state. The parishes are Avoyelles, Bienville, Caddo, Caldwell, Claiborne, East Carroll, Franklin, Grant, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Rapides, Richland, Union, Vernon, Webster, and West Carroll.

Georgia: Gov. Deal has declared a state of emergency for Georgia just hours ahead of a winter storm.

Deal was severely criticized for the response to the January 28 storm that paralyzed the Atlanta metro area after just two inches of snow, leaving drivers stranded in frigid conditions overnight, and forcing students and some parents to sleep in school buses.

Snow is forecast for the region from Tuesday night to Thursday morning, said NWS.

Mississippi: Gov. Bryant declared a state of emergency Monday in anticipation of a “potentially Dangerous” winter storm, which is forecast to cause ice and snow accumulations in northern and central parts of the state.

“I have declared a State of Emergency to aid emergency officials in preparing for the onset of this potentially dangerous weather,” said  Bryant. “Mississippi has seen its share of winter weather lately, but now is not the time to become weather weary. Residents should not overreact but should make plans now to ensure they are prepared for a variety of conditions, including prolonged freezing temperatures, icy roadways and accumulations of ice and winter precipitation.”

U.S. Weather Forecast

Significant Winter Storm Impacting the South and Southeast with Heavy Snow, Dangerous Ice: NWS

Cold air behind a stalled frontal boundary will combine with Gulf moisture resulting in snow, sleet and freezing rain across parts of the South and Southeast through midweek. In addition to heavy snow, there is a potential for dangerous ice accumulations from the lower Mississippi Valley into the Carolinas.

US weather hazmap 11feb14U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Tuesday, February 11, 2014. Issued at 12:31UTC. Source: NWS. UPDATE

Energy Emergency

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) extended on Wednesday the regional States of Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits for transporting propane throughout the United States.

A total of at least 38 states and District of Columbia are currently impacted by shortages of propane and other heating fuels.

States covered by the emergency declarations include:

  • Western Service Center: North Dakota and South Dakota
  • Southern Service Center: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee
  • Eastern Service Center: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia
  • Midwestern Service Center: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin

Colorado Governor Issued Emergency Declaration to Authorize Temporary Exception to Hours of Service Regulations for CMVs Used for Propane Transport on February 7, 2014.

Texas Governor Renews Proclamation Declaring Liquefied Petroleum Gas Emergency [Feb. 4, 2014.]

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Whacked by Wild, Wild Weather

Posted by feww on October 5, 2013

TS KAREN Heading North, Record Snow in West, Tornadoes Hit Nebraska and Iowa

Tornado Warnings, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, Severe Weather Statements, Civil Emergency Messages, Blizzard Warnings, Winter Storm Warnings, High Wind Warnings, Tropical Storm Warnings, Flood Warnings, Gale Warnings, Hard Freeze Warnings, Freeze Warnings, Red Flag Warnings, as well as dozens of Watches and Advisories have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS), as extreme weather events pound large portions of the U.S.

Record-setting Snow Storm

A record-setting snowstorm is buffeting large section of Wyoming, Nebraska and South Dakota. Up to two feet of snow is covering parts of Minnesota, Wyoming, Iowa and Oklahoma, affecting millions of people

Tropical Storm KAREN

Meantime, up to five inches of rain and destructive winds are forecast to hit the Gulf’s northern coastline as TS KAREN continues to grow larger.

Mandatory evacuations are under way in Plaquemines parish , Louisiana, due to the threat of storm surge as TS KAREN closes in.

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map – October 5, 2013

U.S. Tornado Reports

At least 2 dozen injuries reported in Wayne County, Nebraska as a result of tornadoes in the past 24 hours.

At least 17 tornadoes reported in Nebraska and Iowa over the past 24 hours: Storm Prediction Center

Santa Ana Wind Continues

Santa Ana Winds with gusts of up to 66MPH combined with very low humidity are creating ideal conditions in California.

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Fire Threat Intensifies in Western U.S.

Posted by feww on June 19, 2013

Red Flag Warnings issued for most of the West

Fire threat grew for much of the western United States on Wednesday, prompting NWS to issue Red Flag Warnings across a vast region. NWS said:

Parts of the Western United States is under a Red Flag Warning for Wednesday with another day of hot, dry and windy conditions expected.

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US weather Hazards Map for June 19, 2013. Source: NWS

Black Forest Fire, Colorado

The Black Forest Fire, which started on Tuesday, June 11, was about 85 percent contained on June 18, 2013 (6:00 p.m. DST).

According to El Paso Sheriff’s website, the property loss caused by the deadly fire were as follows:

  • Total Loss: 509 homes
  • Partial Damage: 28

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 14 April 2013

Posted by feww on April 14, 2013

H7N9 avian flu human infections in China climb to 60, with 13 fatalities

Latest Update [2013-04-14 19:23:48 local time]: Shanghai reported two more deaths from H7N9 bird flu on Sunday, while three new cases were confirmed, local health authorities said in a statement,” said a report.

  • The latest update raises the infection toll to 60, and the fatalities to at least 13.

Earlier on Sunday…

Two new infections of H7N9 avian flu were reported in east China’s Jiangsu Province on Sunday, bringing the total number of such cases in China to 57.

“Eight new cases of human infection were reported nationwide on Sunday, with two in Henan Province in central China, two in Jiangsu Province and four in Zhejiang Province in east China. Of the 57 people infected thus far, 11 have died,” said a report.

All four patients in east China’s Zhejiang Province were in serious condition, according to the provincial health department, said a report.

Avian Influenza A (H7N9) Virus

This is a “novel” (non-human) virus and therefore has the potential to cause a pandemic if it were to change to become easily and sustainably spread from person-to-person. So far, this virus has not been determined to have that capability. However, influenza viruses constantly change and it’s possible that this virus could gain that ability. CDC takes routine preparedness actions whenever a new virus with pandemic potential is identified, including developing a candidate vaccine virus to make a vaccine if it were to be needed. There is no licensed H7 vaccine available at this time. —CDC


UPDATE: Earthquake that hit “birthplace of Japan” caused by “unknown active fault”

The magnitude 6.0 quake that hit Awajishima Fukin on Apr 13, 2013, at 05:33 local time has reportedly injured two dozen people, 7 of them seriously, and damaged more than 1,900 homes.

  • “The government’s earthquake research committee said Sunday an unknown active fault may have caused a magnitude 6.3 [revised down to M6.0 by JMA] earthquake that jolted western Japan early Saturday.” Kyodo reported.
  • The fault reportedly extends about 10 km from north to south of the island, according to the committee.
  • “There are many as-yet-unrecognized active faults,” warning that  M6  quakes could occur anywhere in Japan, the committee chief has said.

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.0
  • Depth: 10 km
  • Date and Time: April 13,  2013 at 05:33 JST (local time)
  • Epicenter:  34.4ºN, 134.8ºE
  • Region: Awajishima Fukin (Source: JMA)

EQ Location Map

Awajishima EQ
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA). Map enhanced by FIRE-EARTH.


U.S. Weather:  Major winter storm to impact the north central United States

A major winter storm will impact the north central United States through Monday morning, where total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches will be common. Some locales in central North Dakota could experience more than 15 inches of new snow. Strong gusty winds will also lead to considerable blowing and drifting snow and near blizzard conditions, creating hazardous travel conditions. —NWS

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US Weather Hazards Map. The map shows 10 different Weather Warnings, including Red Flag Warnings across parts of 5 states. Source: NWS

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Another Round of Extreme Weather Forecast for Thursday

Posted by feww on April 11, 2013

Severe Storms to Hit Ohio/Tennessee Valleys, Southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S.

Another round of severe weather is forecast for Thursday across the eastern Ohio, Tennessee River Valleys,  the southern Mid-Atlantic and Southeast U.S. The storms will bring damaging winds, tornadoes and large hail, targeting parts of Alabama, Georgia and the Florida Panhandle, NWS reported.

A powerful storm will bring a variety of weather hazards to parts of the central & eastern U.S. on Thursday. In addition to winter weather conditions over parts of the Upper Midwest & Great Lakes, there is a risk of severe thunderstorms for a large portion of the Ohio Valley & Southeast. Flash flooding will also be a threat for much of the lower & mid-Mississippi Valley into the lower Great Lakes. —NOAA

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Filtered storm reports gathered by SPC. The map shows some 180 reports including 2 tornadoes.

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U.S. weather hazards Map for April 11, 2013. Source: NWS

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Red Flag Warnings Raised in 7 States

Posted by feww on April 8, 2013

Fire Disaster Recipe:  Strong Winds and Low Humidity

RED FLAG WARNINGS are in effect in parts of Texas New Mexico, Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah and Oklahoma as both strong wind and low Humidity worsen across the region, NWS said.

“A low pressure system over the Great Basin will dig slowly southeastward toward New Mexico, today. Strong winds aloft will initially push over western New Mexico, gradually spreading to most areas. These strong winds aloft will combine with a deepening area of low pressure at the surface, leading to very windy conditions. In addition, dry conditions will precede the storm system with relative humidities ranging from the upper single digits to mid teens across much of the area.”

Critical Fire Weather conditions are expected from late Monday morning into Monday evening, across the region.

  • Wind: Southwesterly sustained winds of 25 to 40 mph; with gusts up to 60 mph
  • Relative Humidity: 10 to 15 percent
  • Impacts: Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map – April 8, 2013. Source: NWS/CRH/NOAA

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Extreme Weather Prevails Across the U.S.

Posted by feww on December 25, 2012

Xmas Madness: 93.3 million Americans expected to travel 50 miles plus from home

More than 93.3 million travelers are expected to travel longer than 50 miles from home, including 84.4 million by car and at least 5.6 million by air, through January 1, said AAA.

  • Snowstorms have already forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights.
  • Thunderstorms and multiple  tornados are forecast on Christmas Day.
  • Heavy snowfall and strong winds are forecast for the Northeast, which could lead to more flight delays or cancellations.
  • Tough driving conditions are reported in parts of New York state, Ohio, Pennsylvania and northern New England.

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Weather Hazards Map for December 25, 2012. Source: NWS


The authorities have declared a state of emergency in Khovu-Aksy, the Republic of Tyva, and evacuated thousands of people as the temperature fell to -38ºC (-36ºF), a report said.

  • As the coldest ever December rolled through Russia, hundreds more were evacuated in Siberia, where the temperatures plunged below -50ºC, and Moscow experienced its coldest night in the season, so far.
  • A lingering anticyclone, has forced the temperatures below -50 degrees Celsius (-58ºF) in some parts of Russia over the past ten days, the report said.
  • “Yakutia, which makes up the bigger part of Russia’s Far East, is set face frosts down to -54C (-65F).”

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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Million Plus Displaced by Floods in Nigeria

Posted by feww on October 17, 2012


[October 17, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,242 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

NOTE: Countdown was revised on October 16, 2012


Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Flooding in north-central Nigeria displaces at least a million people, killing 300, destroying homes and public infrastructure

Flooding has ravaged vast areas in 6 states of north-central Nigeria, displacing more than a million people, killing at least 300 people and tens of thousands of livestock, destroying farmlands and hundreds of thousands of homes, roads and bridges.

  • “The worst hit was Kogi State, closely followed by Benue State. The two states had the worst cases because of their positioning along the River Niger and River Benue. In fact, in the case of Kogi, many people have even fled to parts of Anambra State located in the southeast region, but we have followed them and established camps there also,” according to the National Emergency Management Agency.
  • “Many people are still missing and we still receive distress calls from communities in danger of being submerged.”
  • Describing the flood as colossal, the NEMA official mentioned Plateau, Nasarawa, Kwara, and Niger as other north-central states badly hit by the flood,”  said a report.


The humanitarian crisis in the north of Mali continues deteriorating, as people struggle with the effects of armed conflict and severe flooding, which  has destroyed crops and sent food prices soaring, said ICRC.

  • “Basic foodstuffs have become difficult for most people to obtain in the Timbuktu, Kidal, Mopti and Gao areas because of the high cost,” said the head of the ICRC regional delegation for Mali and Niger.
  • About 420,000 people in Timbuktu, Gao, Kidal and Mopti areas have been severely affected.

U.S. Weather Hazards

US Weather Hazards map., 17-10-2012. Source: NWS


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Hard Freeze Hits the U.S.

Posted by feww on October 5, 2012


[October 5, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,258 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History


Global Disasters/ Significant Events

“Early season” snowstorm surges south and east across the U.S.

A powerful early season snow storm is forecast to bring light to heavy snow, freezing temperatures and strong winds to the north-central Plains today. Snow will expand to the central Plains and the northern Rockies on Friday and Saturday, NOAA forecasters said.

  • Forecasters in several locations are calling for overnight low temperatures in the 20s that will bring an end to the growing season. A hard freeze with temperatures in the 20s is expected through 9 a.m. Friday in western South Dakota and northeast Wyoming. Freezing overnight temperatures are also expected in parts of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.
  • The cold front is expected to move into much of the Eastern United States and the Deep South.
  • Hard Freeze WarningsFreeze Warnings, Hazardous Weather Outlook,  and various winter-weather watches and advisories are in effect across much of the country.

Other Disasters/ Significant Events

China. Landslide death toll in Yiliang County, located in SW China’s Yunnan province,  has climbed to at least 19, including 18 primary school children.

  • Eight-hundred residents were relocated after the landslide.
  • Yiliang was struck by a cluster of earthquakes on September 7, which left 81 people dead and 800 others injured, said a report.

Rescuers search at the landslide site in the village of Zhenhe, located in Yiliang County, Zhaotong City, 
Yunnan Province, southwest China, October 4, 2012. Nineteen people, including 18 primary school students, who were buried in the landslide on Thursday are now confirmed dead. (Xinhua/Long Jiao).  More photos…

South Africa.  Anglo American Platinum, world’s largest platinum producer, has fired 12,000 striking South African miners after a protracted strike over wages, reports said.

  • Clashes between striking miners and police left one worker dead.
  • Some 34 miners were shot dead by the “post-apartheid” police in August.

Global Disasters: Links, Forecasts and Background


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