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Large Wildfires Burning Across Nine U.S. States

Posted by feww on August 18, 2017

US Wildfires Burn 590,592 Acres

National Preparedness Level: 5
[Friday, August 18, 2017 –05:30 MT]

Active Incident Resource Summary

No of Fires: 106
Cumulative Acres: 590,592
Crews: 487
Engines: 899
Helicopters: 172
Total Personnel: 19,761

TOTAL FIRES: 42,235
TOTAL ACRES: 6,371,233

Ten Year Average Fires (2007 – 2016 as of today): 46,311
Ten Year Average Acres (2007 – 2016 as of today): 4,735,053

States Currently Reporting Large Fires: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming.

Source: NIFC

 

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Major Snowstorms Forecast in China, U.S.

Posted by feww on January 20, 2016

Cold wave sweeps across China

[Source: Xinhua]

Much of China will experience a rapid drop in temperatures together with heavy snow and rain in the coming days as a strong cold front approaches the country.

The National Meteorological Center forecast sharp drops in temperatures across northwestern, northern and northeastern China, with the mercury plunging by as much as 14 degrees Celsius.

“The center warned of snow and rain in central and eastern provinces, which will see their coldest days so far this winter.

“Meteorological authorities in eastern Jiangxi Province forecast a cold snap from Wednesday, adding rain and snow to the coldest week since 1992.”

“The temperature will stay minus zero for several days. Only ten percent of the vegetables will survive,” said a farmer.

Major cities in the affected regions including Shanghai and Changsha are expected to see record low temperatures.

In Beijing, the freezing weather catapulted power demand, raising the grid peak load to a record winter high of 16.6 gigawatt Monday evening, said the report.

Meanwhile, back in the U.S., NWS forecasters issued the following alert:

Potential major winter storm for the Eastern U.S. later this week

NWS forecasters are monitoring the possibility of a major winter storm affecting the
Northeast later this week, including the possibility of heavy snow for the urban corridor extending from Washington, DC, to New York and Boston Friday into Sunday. Based on the anticipated storm track, as much as 1 to 2 feet of snow is possible near and northwest of I-95. Coastal flooding is also likely.

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U.S. Deadly Heroin Epidemic Reaches New Heights

Posted by feww on July 9, 2015

UPDATED

Heroin Addiction more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in 10 years: CDC

Heroin addiction and related overdose deaths are climbing in the U.S. In 2013, an average of 2.6 people—3.6 male and 1.6 female—per 1,000, or a total of about 800,000 people across the nation, were addicted to the deadly opioid drug, with 2.9 people per 100,000 killed by overdose, according to a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The number of male heroin-addicts in the U.S. increased by 50% from 2.4 to 3.6 per 1,000 people, and the female from 0.8 to 1.6 (up 100%), between the period 2002-2004 and 2011-2013.

Heroin use has more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade, while overdose related deaths have soared to 8,200—a threefold jump—in just three years (2010–2013).

Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers. As heroin use has increased, so have heroin-related overdose deaths. Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013. States play a central role in prevention, treatment, and recovery efforts for this growing epidemic. —CDC

According to the report:

  • The heroin-related overdose death rate increased 286% from 2002 to 2013.
  • The heroin-related overdose death rate increased from 1.0 to 2.7 persons between 2010 and 2013.
  • The main drivers of heroin epidemic are non-Hispanic whites, women and wealthy people.
  • Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013.

Heroin use is part of a larger substance abuse problem

  • Nearly all people who used heroin also used at least 1 other drug. Most used at least 3 other drugs.
  • Heroin is a highly addictive opioid drug with a high risk of overdose and death for users.
  • People who are addicted to…
  • Alcohol are 2 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.
  • Marijuana are 3 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.
  • Cocaine are 15 times more likely to become addicted to heroin..
  • Prescription opioid painkillers are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin.
SOURCE: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 2011-2013.
SOURCE: Multiple Cause of Death Files from the National Vital Statistics System, 2002-2013.
SOURCE: CDC Vitalsigns, July 2015

Where does the heroin come from?

Heroine is manufactured  from Opium. About 90% of the world’s heroin originates in Afghanistan. The deadly drug has a market value of about $70 billion, with a worldwide captive audience of 25 million addicts. Heroin is killing more than 1 million people each year (conservative estimates).

About 10 kilograms of opium is used to manufacture one kilogram of heroin.

Based on recent data on the morphine content of Afghan opium, the heroin conversion ratio, which describes the amount of opium needed to produce a kilogram of heroin, has been updated. For converting opium to pure heroin base, a ratio of 18.5:1 is estimated; for heroin of export quality [impure heroin of 52% purity with morphine content 12.3% in the opium and 34% laboratory efficiency,] a ratio of 9.6:1 [9.1:1 to 10.2:1] is estimated. —UNODC

In 2007, Afghanistan cultivated 193,000 hectares of opium poppies, and favorable weather conditions helped produce opium yields of 42.5 kg per hectare compared with  37.0 kg/ha previous year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

“As a result, in 2007 Afghanistan produced an extraordinary 8,200 tons of opium (34% more than in 2006), becoming practically the exclusive supplier of the world’s deadliest drug (93% of the global opiates market). Leaving aside 19th century China, that had a population at that time 15 times larger than today’s Afghanistan, no other country in the world has ever produced narcotics on such a deadly scale.”

In 2013, The Drug Enforcement Administration seized a total of 2,196 kilograms of heroin in the U.S., up from about 500 kilograms annually between 2002-2008.

In the same year, coalition forces seized about 41,000 kilograms of opium out of about 5,500,000 kilograms produced in Afghanistan, and destroyed a tiny fraction of poppy fields in the country.

In 2014, Afghanistan’s poppy cultivation increased 7 percent, to a record 224,000 (200,000-250,500) hectares; however, the yield was lower than the 2007 record crop year due to poor weather. Potential opium production was estimated at 6,400 metric tons, an increase of17% on 2013 production (5,500 tons), while total eradication of opium poppy decreased by 63%, to only 2,692 hectares, according to UNODC.

[Afghanistan national average price of dry opium, weighted by regional production, was US$133/kg in 2014, down 23% from previous year.]

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Deadly New Wildfires Flare in Eastern Siberia, “Triassic Weather” in U.S.

Posted by feww on April 14, 2015

State of Emergency Declared in Siberia

Deadly new wildfires are raging in eastern Siberia claiming at least three lives in Zabaikal region, while many others have been killed in similar blazes further west, said local officials.

In Khakassia (southern Siberia), at least 23 people lost their lives and about 500 others were injured, many of them severely. The blazes have also destroyed more than 1,300 homes, killed thousands of farm animal.

Up to a 100 blazes in Zabaikal have incinerated tens of thousands of hectares of grassland and continue to burn uncontrollably.

See also:  Deadly Wildfires Devastate 30 Towns and Villages in Siberia

Critical fire weather conditions: Northern Plains, Rockies and Great Basin

The NWS Storm Prediction Center expects critical fire weather conditions to persist on Tuesday for portions of the Northern Plains into the Rockies and Great Basin. This critical fire weather threat is due to a combination of above normal temperatures, very gusty winds, and low relative humidity. Any fires that start in these areas will quickly spread and become hard to control.

Red Flag Warnings, Extreme Fire Danger, Fire Weather Watch, High Wind Warning, Gale Warning and Hazardous Weather Outlook and are in effect across portions of at least 20 states.

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Another Deadly Storm Swipes Northeastern U.S.

Posted by feww on March 13, 2014

EXTREME WEATHER & CLIMATIC EVENTS
DEADLY WINTER STORM
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Powerful winter storm impacting Northeastern U.S.

An intense  storm system moving from the Ohio Valley into the Northeast is bringing accumulating snow from the Lower Great Lakes to northern New England, said the NWS, forecasting more than a foot of snow for some areas, with damaging winds being the main threat.

The forecasters have predicted

  • Heavy snow for Northern Maine
  • Temperatures as much as 25 degrees below average from parts of the Great Lakes to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic
  • Temperatures as much as 15 degrees above average over parts of the Northern/Central Plains [creating a massive stage for extreme weather events]

Deadly Storm

At least three people were killed and several others seriously injured in a pileup of more than 50 cars and trucks on a 2-mile stretch of the Ohio Turnpike, one of several multiple car crashes in the Buckeye State, after ice and snow covered the Great Lakes region and reduced visibility to near zero on Wednesday, according to media reports quoting state and county officials.

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A pileup involving dozens of vehicles on the Ohio Turnpike, near Clyde, left at least three people dead and several others seriously injure. Image credit: Jeremy Wadsworth/ The (Toledo) Blade. Image may be subject to copyright.

National High and Low Temperature (for the contiguous United States)
Issued 2 am EDT Thursday, March 13, 2014 by NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD

Low Temperature for Wednesday:

  • -26ºC (-15 degrees) at Crane Lake, MN

High Temperature for Wednesday:

  • 31ºC (88 degrees) at Pompano Beach, FL
  • 31ºC at Miami (Kendall-Tamiami), FL

[Temperature spread 57.2ºC (103 degrees), as calculated by FIRE-EARTH]

FIRE-EARTH Forecast

On January 7, 2014 FIRE-EARTH said [Google and WordPress censored]:

FIRE-EARTH Models show more Extreme Weather Events could wreak havoc across North America in the coming days and weeks.

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M6.9 Quake Strikes West of Eureka, California

Posted by feww on March 10, 2014

SEISMIC HAZARD
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Strong Earthquake Strikes 81km West Of Eureka, California

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck offshore 81km west of Eureka, California (population: 27,000) at 2014-03-10 05:18UTC.

The quake was preceded by at least 3 foreshocks and followed by 10 aftershocks, with the largest  measuring 4.6Mw, as of posting.

Earthquake Location Map

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Approximate location of the Eureka quake, fore- and aftershocks, as of 07:10UTC March 10, 2014.  Source: USGS/EHP

Earthquake Details

Event Time: 2014-03-10 05:18:12 UTC
Location: 40.821°N, 125.128°W depth=7.0km (4.3mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 77km (48mi) WNW of Ferndale, California
  • 81km (50mi) W of Eureka, California
  • 85km (53mi) WNW of Fortuna, California
  • 87km (54mi) W of McKinleyville, California
  • 398km (247mi) NW of Sacramento, California
  • Source: USGS/EHP

TSUNAMI EVALUATION
NO Tsunami threat to ALASKA/ BRITISH COLUMBIA/ WASHINGTON/ OREGON AND CALIFORNIA

A WIDESPREAD DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

THE U.S. NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER WILL ISSUE INFORMATION REGARDING ANY LOCAL TSUNAMI THREAT TO COASTS NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER.

Other Significant Quake(s)

M5.8 – 37km SW of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico
Event Time: 2014-03-10 00:38:15 UTC
Location: 16.080°N,98.267°W; depth=10.0km (6.2mi)
Nearby Cities:

  • 37km (23mi) SW of Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Mexico
  • 68km (42mi) SSE of Ometepec, Mexico
  • 131km (81mi) WNW of Puerto Escondido, Mexico
  • 140km (87mi) SE of San Marcos, Mexico
  • 381km (237mi) SSE of Mexico City, Mexico

Related Links and Recent U.S. Quakes

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State of Emergency Declared for Louisiana

Posted by feww on January 24, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
ENERGY EMERGENCY
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Louisiana declares a State of Emergency due to extreme cold temperatures

Gov. Jindal has declared a state of emergency due to the extreme cold temperatures impacting citizens of Louisiana and the rest of the country, according to a statement issued by Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).

The emergency order will allow for the uninterrupted delivery of propane and heating fuels across Louisiana and to other states, said the statement.

“Louisiana is a key producer and exporter of propane and heating fuel products.  State agencies are now authorized to take appropriate actions to ensure these products can be delivered in Louisiana and other states,” said the statement.

State offices in 32 Louisiana parishes to remain closed Friday

State offices in 32 Louisiana parishes will remain closed Friday in anticipation of power outages and hazardous driving conditions.

Louisiana Commissioner of Administration announced today that state government offices will be closed on Friday, January 24, in the following parishes across Louisiana where hazardous driving conditions and scattered power outages are forecast for the morning due to a mix of rain and sleet, as well as snow and ice accumulation:

Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Avoyelles, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Catahoula, East Baton Rouge, Evangeline, Grant, Iberia, Iberville, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, LaSalle, Livingston, Natchitoches, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, St. Helena, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Vermilion, Vernon, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, and Winn.

National Heating Fuel Shortages

“Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy reported that cold weather led to record-high natural gas storage withdrawals, as well as propane.  These are the largest drawdowns in the 20-year history of the survey and the second time this year the record has been broken. Efforts are underway with the U.S. Department of Energy to acknowledge that emergency conditions could be forming, as consumers and businesses in dozens of state are faced with higher electricity and gas costs due to persistent cold weather,”  said the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) in its latest Statement on Propane Supply, Demand, and Distribution.

Some of the propane gas retailers have run out of supplies in the worst hit areas in the South, East and Midwest, said NPGA.

US-DOT: Current – Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits

In addition to the State of Emergency in Louisiana, numerous other states of emergencies and/or executive orders, wavers and exemptions have been issued  for 33 states in the U.S. South, East and Midwest and District of Columbia, according to the Department of Transportation.

The following Emergencies are currently in effect:

Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Southern Service Center (PDF)

Affected States: Louisiana, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Oklahoma.  (Effective Date:  1/21/2014 – In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less).

Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Eastern Service Center (PDF)

Affected States: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia.  (Effective from 1/19/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less).

Regional Emergency Declaration Issued by Midwestern Service Center (PDF)

Affected States: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.   (Effective from 1/19/2014 In effect for the duration of the emergency or until 2/11/2014, whichever is less).

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Tennessee Declares Statewide Energy Emergency

Posted by feww on January 22, 2014

EXTREME CLIMATIC EVENTS
ENERGY EMERGENCY
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State of emergency declared in Tennessee amid dwindling propane supplies

Gov. Haslam has proclaimed a state of emergency on Tuesday to speed up shipments of propane to the Volunteer State.

Haslam has indicated in the executive order that the frigid temperatures forecast for the rest of the week would  cause increased demand and disrupted supply.

“This has been a hard winter already for many home and business owners in Tennessee,” said Haslam. “This executive order will help families, farmers and businesses get the necessary energy resources to stay warm, stay open and keep operating.”

Propane shortages are already occurring in northeastern parts of Tennessee, said Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman, the Tennessean reported.

“The executive order would exempt drivers in the state from federal mandates, which require drivers moving hazardous materials to drive no more than 11 hours a day with at least a 10-hour break in between shifts.”

Current – Emergency Declarations, Waivers, Exemptions & Permits

In addition to the state of Tennessee, governors in 30 other states and DC have issued similar executive orders waving the licensing requirements for out-of-state propane transporters allowing them to bring propane into their respective states because of widespread fuel shortages, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The following Emergency Declarations are currently in effect:

NOTE: The list of Emergency Declarations above may not be complete. Additional declarations may be in effect even if not listed here.

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Crop Disasters Declared in 6 States

Posted by feww on January 10, 2014

46 Counties across six states designated as crop disaster areas by USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 46 counties in six states—Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia—as crop disaster areas in two separate declarations.

Drought conditions and lack of moisture

USDA has declared the following counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin as crop disaster areas due to losses caused by drought conditions and lack of moisture that occurred September 1 – November 15, 2013.

  • Minnesota:  Kanabec, Morrison, Pine, Aitkin, Carlton, Chisago, Isanti, Benton, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Stearns and Todd counties.
  • Wisconsin: Douglas and  Burnett counties.

Excessive rain and flooding

USDA has also designated the following counties in The Carolinas, Tennessee and Virginia  as crop disaster areas due to excessive rain and flooding that began January 1, 2013, and continues.

  • North Carolina: Alleghany,  Granville, Polk, Ashe, Harnett, Wilkes, Alexander, Franklin, Moore, Vance, Caldwell, Henderson, Person, Wake, Chatham, Iredell, Rutherford, Watauga, Cumberland, Johnston, Sampson, Yadkin, Durham, Lee and Surry counties.
  • South Carolina:  Greenville and Spartanburg
  • Tennessee: Johnson County.
  • Virginia:  Grayson, Halifax and Mecklenburg counties.

Crop Disasters 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 4,447 county-level agricultural disaster areas across 46 states in 2013.

State and County level records of calendar year 2013 disaster designations made by the USDA include losses and damages caused by one or more of the following

  • DROUGHT
  • FLOOD
  • Flash flooding
  • Excessive rain, moisture, humidity
  • Severe Storms, thunderstorms
  • Ground Saturation
  • Standing Water
  • Hail
  • Wind, High Winds
  • Fire, Wildfire
  • Heat, Excessive heat
  • High Temp. (incl. low humidity)
  • Winter Storms, Ice Storms, Snow, Blizzard
  • Frost, FREEZE
  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tropical Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcano
  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, Landslides
  • Heavy Surf
  • Ice Jams
  • Insects
  • Tidal Surges
  • Cold, wet weather
  • Cool/Cold, Below-normal Temperatures
  • Lightning
  • Disease

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

4. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and December 18, 2013.

Recent Federal and Agriculture Disaster Declarations

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Mass Blackouts Continue in Freezing US, Canada

Posted by feww on December 26, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS

Up to 650,000 homes in northeastern US and southeastern Canada still without electricity days after deadly ice storm

Dozens of fatalities reported in the region, many caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from heating appliances.

The ice storm severely impacted a vast area in the US, from Michigan to Maine, and large parts of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in Canada.

Toronto’s Mayor called the ice storm “one of the worst storms in Toronto history.”

The ice storm also battered New York state, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, forcing New York Governor to declare a winter ice storm emergency on Friday in four counties where more than 2 inches of ice covered the roads.

States of emergency were in effect across many towns, cities and counties during the ice storm.

Low Temperature Embarrass MN

Low Temperature in the U.S. on Thursday, December 26, 2013 was -28 degrees (-33ºC) at Embarrass, MN
(as received by 7 am EST December 26), reported NWS Weather Prediction Center.

Record Daily High and Low Temps

As of December 24, 2013 some 983 daily record high temperatures and 1,124 daily record low temperatures were broken or tied across the U.S. for the month, according to National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)  in Asheville, North Carolina.

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Major Blackouts in U.S., Canada as Deadly Storms, Tornadoes Kill 18

Posted by feww on December 24, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS

Deadly storms pummel northern US, eastern Canada leaving a million homes dark, cold

Deadly storms cut power to about a million homes in the U.S. and Canada, leaving at least 18 people dead, grounding hundreds of flights, delaying thousands more and causing major disruptions to transport networks throughout vast regions.

Ice storm has caused massive outages in the state of Michigan as well as in western and northern NY, leaving more than 2 inches of ice on trees and many roads.

On Monday, up to half a million homes and businesses in Michigan, upstate New York and northern New England and as many in eastern Canada remained without electricity as thick ice continued to fell trees and bring down power lines, according to reports.

Toronto’s Mayor has called the ice storm “one of the worst storms in Toronto history.”

The ice storm also battered New York state, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, forcing New York Governor to declare a winter ice storm emergency on Friday in four counties where were more than 2 inches of ice covered the roads.

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The Storm Prediction Center has recorded at least 12 confirmed tornado reports and more than 320 wind reports since Friday, December 20, 2013.

High and Low Temperatures for the contiguous U.S. on Monday 

  • High Temperature: 86 degrees (30ºC) at Fort Myers/Southwest Florida, several other locations in FL
  • Low Temperature:  -37 degrees (-38ºC) at 13 miles northeast of Poplar, MT

Source: NWS Weather Prediction Center, College Park, MD – Issued 7 pm EST Monday, December 23, 2013

Temperature Range for Monday: 123 degrees

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Two Winter Storms Impacting the U.S.

Posted by feww on December 7, 2013

EXTREME WEATHER EVENTS

DEADLY WINTER STORM continues battering eastern U.S. while a second system begins impacting the West

The deadly ice storm has been described as the worst winter storm to strike the U.S. in years.

Texas governor declared a State of Disaster in 143 counties across the state on Thursday, due to “the imminent threat of disaster.”

States of Emergency were declared in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee ahead of the ice storm.

Minnesota declared Snow Emergency in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Other cities also proclaimed emergencies including Crystal, West St. Paul, Plymouth, St. Paul, Robbinsdale, Mendota Heights, Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Louis Park.

The storm has been battering much of the US, killing at least a dozen people, so far, including the mayor of Granby, Missouri, whose car skidded off an icy state highway and struck a tree on Thursday.

  • The storm cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses  in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee Thursday and Friday, and forced about 2,000 flight cancellation on Friday alone.
  • The authorities closed thousands of schools from Texas to Wisconsin.

“Snow, sleet, freezing rain and heavy rainfall will continue to impact the eastern third of the U.S. through the weekend. Extremely cold temperatures will continue to settle into the western two-thirds of the country behind this storm system. In the meantime, a reinforcing shot of cold air is beginning to impact the West Coast as the next system approaches,”  said NWS.

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Near Real-Time U.S. Composite Satellite Image. Recorded at 08:00UTC on December 7, 2013. (Source: SSEC/Wisc-Uni)

Multiple Warnings for Extreme Weather

Multiple Warnings, Watches and Advisories for Extreme Weather Events are in effect across the entire country. The warning include Winter Storm Warning,  High Wind Warning, Storm Warning, Flood Warning, Lake Effect Snow Warning, Gale Warning, Wind Chill Warning, Hard Freeze Warning and Freeze Warning, as of posting.

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U.S. Weather Hazards Map (Hazmap)  for Friday, December 7, 2013. Source and Update: NWS/CRH. Hazmap enhanced by FIRE-EARTH Blog.

Selected Highlights from NWS Weather Forecast

  • Freezing rain and sleet forecast from parts of the Lower Mississippi
    Valley to the Central Appalachians/Northern Mid-Atlantic
  • Snow from the Middle Missouri Valley to the Upper Great Lakes and over parts of the Mid-Atlantic
  • Heavy rain possible from the Lower Mississippi Valley to the Tennessee Valley
  • Temperatures will plunge as much as 35 degrees below average from the High Plains to Great Lakes/Central Gulf
  • A band of freezing rain/sleet will develop over parts of the Tennessee Valley and the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday.
  • Snow will cover parts of the Ohio Valley on Sunday morning expanding into the Upper Great Lakes to the Northern Mid-Atlantic by Sunday evening.

A three-inch layer of ice and sleet will stay on roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area through Sunday, forecasters said.

Recent Extreme Weather Events

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Crop Disaster Areas Declared across 4 States

Posted by feww on November 21, 2013

22 Counties across four states declared crop disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 22  counties in four states as agricultural disaster areas due to losses caused by excessive rains and flooding that began May 5, 2013, and continues.

The disaster areas are

Vermont: Addison, Chittenden, Grand Isle, Rutland, Bennington, Essex, Orange, Caledonia, Franklin, Orleans, Windham, Washington, Windsor and Lamoille counties.

Massachusetts: Berkshire and Franklin counties.

New Hampshire: Cheshire, Coos, Grafton and  Sullivan counties.

New York:  Rensselaer and Washington counties.

Crop Disaster 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 3,924 county-level agricultural disaster areas across 44 states, so far this year.

The crop disasters for year 2013 include losses and damages caused by

  • DROUGHT
  • FLOOD
  • Flash flooding
  • Excessive rain, moisture, humidity
  • Severe Storms, thunderstorms
  • Ground Saturation
  • Standing Water
  • Hail
  • Wind, High Winds
  • Fire, Wildfire
  • Heat, Excessive heat
  • High Temp. (incl. low humidity)
  • Winter Storms, Ice Storms, Snow, Blizzard
  • Frost, FREEZE
  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tropical Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcano
  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, Landslides
  • Heavy Surf
  • Ice Jams
  • Insects
  • Tidal Surges
  • Cold, wet weather
  • Cool/Cold, Below-normal Temperatures
  • Lightning
  • Disease

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

4. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and November 20, 2013.

Recent Crop Disaster Designations

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Crop Disaster Losses 2013

Posted by feww on September 27, 2013

Disaster Declarations USDA: 3,721 County-level crop disasters in 38 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared 3,721 county-level agricultural disaster areas across 38 states so far this year.

The crop disasters for year 2013 include losses and damages caused by

  • DROUGHT
  • FLOOD
  • Flash flooding
  • Excessive rain, moisture, humidity
  • Severe Storms, thunderstorms
  • Ground Saturation, Standing Water
  • Hail
  • Wind, High Winds
  • Fire, Wildfire
  • Heat, Excessive heat, High temp. (incl. low humidity)
  • Winter Storms, Ice Storms, Snow, Blizzard
  • Frost, FREEZE
  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Tropical Storms
  • Tornadoes
  • Volcano
  • Mudslides, Debris Flows, Landslides
  • Heavy Surf
  • Ice Jams
  • Insects
  • Tidal Surges
  • Cold, wet weather
  • Cool/Cold, Below-normal Temperatures
  • Lightning
  • Disease

Notes:
1. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on at least one crop.

2. The total number of counties designated as agricultural disaster areas includes both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

3. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

4. A number of counties have been designated crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

5. The disaster designations were approved by USDA between January 9 and September 25, 2013.

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Middle East Narrowly Escaped Major War Tuesday: Russian Expert

Posted by feww on September 6, 2013

Russian expert says Mideast made narrow escape from major war Tuesday

By Itar-Tass World Service writer Tamara Zamyatina

MOSCOW, September 3 (Itar-Tass) – Launching of two ballistic missiles in the Mediterranean water area testifies to the ongoing U.S. preparations for air strikes against Syria, a top-rank Russian military expert said in an exclusive interview with Itar-Tass Tuesday night.

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Original Photo: The mushroom cloud from XX-11 IvyMike (Fusion Bomb). Public domain photo. Source: United States Department of Energy Inset: Tomahawk Block IV Cruise Missiles. Image source: EDRO. Image added by FIRE-EARTH.

The U.S. and Israel actually wanted to watch the reaction to the launch on the part of Russia, China and Iran, said Colonel-General Leonid Ivashov, Ret. From 1996 through to 2001, Gen Ivashov was chief of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Department for International Defense Cooperation. He is President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems at present.

He believes that the missiles were launched for the purposes of reconnaissance.

“The thing is ballistic missiles won’t be used if the U.S. and their allies begin an intervention in Syria,” Gen Ivashov said. “While a cruise missile can hit directly not only the target as such but even a separate element of it, a ballistic missile very definitely won’t hit the target due to the impact dispersal effect. Hence it’s inefficient for the purpose.”

“Those who launched the two ballistic missiles towards Syria obviously hoped Iran would consider this launch as an attack on Damascus, its ally,” Gen Ivashov went on. “The Pentagon clearly wanted to see if the Iranians would respond to this by delivering a ballistic missile strike at Israel.”

“The provocation would have thus played into Binyamin Netanyahu’s hands and would have helped him to convince his nation Israel should throw its shoulder into a joint aerospace operation conducted by the U.S., Turkey and Saudi Arabia against Syria,” he said.

“Had Iran responded to the challenge, the U.S. would have gotten weighty reasons for attacking Syria by way of support for Israel as its ally, since Barack Obama still doesn’t have congressional support for an operation against the Syrian government either among the rank-and-file Americans or in the Gongress. In the meantime, the necessity of defending Israel would offer an important argument for shaping up public opinion in favor of ousting the Bashar al-Assad regime.”

“From the angle of view of military strategy, the launch of ballistic missiles compels Syria and Iran to bring into full-scale action all the tracking systems they have,” Gen Ivashov said. “Air defense systems, too, start reacting to missile launches.”

“When this happens, the U.S. warships, aircraft, and ground-based tracking systems immediately do the computerized identification of all the locations in Syria and Iran where combat operations control is exercised from – their working frequencies, the places where radar stations are deployed, their coordinates, technical characteristics, and so on.”

“Right after that, radio-electronic jamming of the enemy’s combat control networks goes into action. It is followed by string missile strikes, with the data on location of the enemy’s control and command systems loaded into the programs.”

“As a result, the Syrian and Iranian Armed Forces should lose control and coordination and lose the war eventually,” Gen Ivashov said.

This is a technological side of the provocation but there is a political side to the missile launch, too.

“Israel is demonstrating blatant disregard for the norms of international law,” Gen Ivashov said. “The Israeli Defense Ministry did not issue a warning to the countries, the ships of which were cruising in the Mediterranean at the moment. More than that, Israel has a bigger arsenal of nukes than France although it is not a member of the world nuclear club.”

“Nonetheless, Israeli government was prepared to set the machine of a major war in the Middle East into motion Tuesday – with support from the Pentagon,” he said.

Another Russian military expert commented earlier this year on the role that an element of spontaneity may play in triggering a large-scale armed conflict.

Major-General Pavel Zolotaryov, Ret., a deputy director of the Moscow-based Institute for the U.S. and Canada Studies made the comment in spring 2013 with regard to the crisis on the Korean Peninsula. “The Korean crisis may pose a danger to the world due a possibility of haphazard developments,” he said.

“When two countries, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Republic of Korea keep their Armed Forces in a huge tension, a factor of spontaneity can play a very bad role,” Gen Zolotaryov said. “Suppose someone has a nervous breakdown and fires a shot and then unpredictable developments start snowballing.”

A risk of a chain of haphazard events is looming in the situation around Syria, too.  [http://www.itar-tass.com/en/c39/863249.html]

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