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Global Disasters/ Significant Events Headlines – 31 March 2013

Posted by feww on March 31, 2013

Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline leaks 10,000 barrels of Canadian oil in Arkansas

More than 10,000 barrels of Canadian Wabasca heavy crude oil, described as “oil sands,” has leaked from Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline in Mayflower city, Arkansas.

The incident is categorized as a “major spill” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and 22 homes near the rupture point have been evacuated.

Exxon has shut down the pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, said a report.

“The Arkansas spill was the second incident this week where Canadian crude has spilled in the United States. On Wednesday, a train carrying Canadian crude derailed in Minnesota, spilling 15,000 gallons of oil.”

U.K. reports coldest Easter Sunday on record

Easter Sunday was the coldest Easter day on record, with the lowest temperature dipping to -12.5ºC (9.5ºF) in Braemar, in the Scottish Highlands, said a report.

Average U.K. temperatures for this time of year are between 10ºC and 13ºC, said the UK Met Office, adding that the entire month of March has been provisionally declared the coldest since 1962.

Report on Brisbane’s Wivenhoe Dam locked out for 30 years

“THOUSANDS of internal documents obtained during investigations by Queensland’s $15 million public inquiry into floods and the operation of Brisbane’s Wivenhoe Dam are being withheld from public access and scrutiny for 30 years by the state government.”

Deadly floods wreak havoc in Mauritius capital Port Louis

At least 10 people have died after a sudden extreme rain event triggered flash flooding in the Mauritian capital Port Louis (population: ~ 150,000), officials have said.

Some 152mm (6in) of rain fell in less than an hour, causing chaos in the city, reports said.


1,077 Days Left 

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

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,077 Days Left to ‘Worst Day’ in the brief Human  History
  • The countdown began on May 15, 2011 …


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Statewide Catastrophe Declared in Queensland, Australia

Posted by feww on January 27, 2013


[January 27, 2013] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016.

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,140 Days Left to the most Fateful Day in Human History
  • Symbolic countdown to the ‘worst day’ in human history began on May 15, 2011 …


Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Australian Army Called to Help as QLD Flood Disaster Intensifies

Flood and storm damage across the Australian state of Queensland has prompted a statewide catastrophe declaration from the Insurance Council of Australia (ICA), said a report.

  • ‘‘Insurers are greatly concerned about extreme weather expected over the next few days in Queensland, with severe inundation already having been experienced in several towns and cities, and major flood warnings now in place for every river from Cairns to the border,’’ said ICA chief executive.
  • ‘‘Unfortunately, this catastrophe declaration is the result of the first cyclone to come close to the coast this season, and the weather bureau has warned it’s highly possible we will see more before the end of summer.’’

Meantime, the Queensland Government has asked the Australian Army to help amid extreme rain events, worsening flood disaster  and tornado outbreaks.

Local rainfall daily records in central and southeast Queensland are tumbling after falls of 461mm at Boolaroo Tops, 454mm in Walla and 272mm in Gayndah since yesterday morning.”

  • A giant storm cell is slowly moving southeast toward the population centers, dumping at least 200mm of rain, and destructive winds and tornadoes are expected along the Sunshine Coast and Bribie Island, reports said
  • A 5-meter wall of  water is pouring over the spillway of the Awoonga Dam into the Boyne, south of Gladstone.

awoonga dam spillway
Awoonga Dam on January 26. Source: Reece Ireland, Gladstone/ via The Australian

  • A saddle dam off the Awoonga Dam is close to overflowing, which would put 500 homes in peril, the authorities said.
  • “Water continues to spill from Wivenhoe dam in preemptive releases.”
  • Forecasters have warned more than 300mm of rain could fall in Wivenhoe Dam catchment, upstream of Brisbane, in the next few days, with coastal areas receiving about 500mm, isolating additional communities.
  • Authorities have issued an evacuation order for north Bundaberg after the Burnett River broke its banks.
    • The Burnett River is now forecast to peak at 9 meters—well above the levels recorded during the 2010/11 floods, reports said.
  • Residents in the Gympie area, north of Brisbane, are being rescued from rooftop, as Mary River continues to rise to a forecast peak of  peak at 17m.

United States

The deep freeze persists throughout much of the Northeast as forecasters warn of looming ice storms. Severe ice storm are expected to hit Northern Illinois, southern Michigan, NE Missouri, large swathes  of the Midwest as well as mid-Atlantic, and Ontario.

US weather HAZMAP- NWS
U.S. Weather Hazards Map. Source: NWS

  • Tennessee has declared state of emergency as the eastern portion of the state continues to see significant icing, reports said.
  • Michigan governor has declared state of emergency to boost propane deliveries.


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YASI: If the ‘Devil’ Were a Cyclone

Posted by feww on January 31, 2011

Cyclomageddon: TC YASI Larger than Queensland

Massive Cyclone YASI Could Strike Queensland With 200+ km/hr Winds

Tropical Cyclone YASI was located about 2,000km east of Cairns, Australia at 11:00UTC on January 31, 2011. The cyclone was tracking west at speeds of about 30km/hr.

Details of Cyclone YASI (TC11P) at 11:00UTC on January 31, 2011

  • Location:  2,000km east of Cairns, Australia
  • Position:  14.0S 161.0E
  • Max Sustained Winds: 150km/hr
  • Wind Gusts: 200km/hr
  • Source: FIRE-EARTH estimates (based on data provided by JTWC and others)

If the ‘Devil’ were a cyclone, it would probably look like YASI

Tropical Cyclone YASI – IR Satellite image. Source: MTSAT-2 via Digital Typhoon. Remnants of ex-cyclone Anthony are seen moving across Queensland. Click images to enlarge.

Oceania Weather Animation for January 2011

TC YASI (Tropical Cyclone 11P). IR Satellite Image (NHC Enhancement). Source: CIMSS.  See inset for time/date. Click image to enlarge.

Australian Region Infrared Satellite Image


Source: JTWC

Australia: Current Weather Warnings

Australia Headline News

“The operators of Brisbane’s Wivenhoe Dam could be risking more flooding because of their refusal to immediately release unneeded water from the dam, according to engineers and hydrologists.” Said a report.

Cyclone Anthony

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Flood crisis spreads to 5 Australian states

Posted by feww on January 15, 2011

Flood emergencies erupt in NSW, South Australia and Victoria

Flood emergencies flare up in NSW, South Australia and Victoria forcing at least  2,000 people out of their homes after heavy rain hit the region.

At least 12 towns in the northern and and northwestern parts of the state of Victoria have been evacuated this week and a dozen more are likely to be affected, State Emergency Services said.

“Floodwaters are expected to hit the Riverina town of Echuca early on Sunday after record summer rainfalls continued to cause widespread damage to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure,” a report said.

Residents in the towns of Boort and Donald, while several communities in central Victoria remain without electricity and water, the report added.

Source: Image from Japan Meteorological Agency satellite MTSAT-1R via Bureau of Meteorology.  Click image to enlarge.

“Authorities in Victoria yesterday called on all 1000 residents of Carisbrook to evacuate to nearby Maryborough as the waters threatened homes,” a report said.

Australia Flood Map. Source: BOM

Meanwhile, hundreds of homes in Beaufort, Charlton, northwest of Bendigo, have either been inundated or “were under grave threat,” according to the Victoria State Emergency Service.

“The SES in South Australia last night warned residents of Naracoorte, 336km southeast of Adelaide, to prepare for potential flooding.” The report added.

“And in NSW, about 70 homes in the border township of Boggabilla, in the state’s north, were surrounded by water last night, and water was flowing through the nearby Aboriginal settlement of Toomelah.”

BOM News Release:

Further heavy rain has occurred over Tasmania during the last 24 hours, focused in the northwest and, during Thursday, over the northeast. More heavy falls are expected in the next few hours before conditions ease with the passage across the state of a trough during today. Continued flooding of northern rivers is expected, and further localised flash flooding is likely until this afternoon, particularly in northwestern Tasmania.

Strong and gusty northeasterly winds will tend northwesterly during the day and may cause localised damage in exposed areas throughout the state.

January rainfall records in N Tasmania broken

Yolla had its highest 24-hour January rainfall on record, registering 131 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am this morning. The record had been set just yesterday, when it received 100 mm in 24 hours, eclipsing its previous record of 70 mm in a January day in 1946. Together these have given Yolla its wettest January on record, and its second-wettest 2-day period. Rain has been measured at Yolla, inland from Burnie, since late 1905.

Yesterday’s very heavy rain on the northern East Coast also set records. Falmouth registered 282 mm in the 24 hours to 9 am yesterday, giving it the wettest January day ever recorded at an official rain gauge in Tasmania. Scamander, with 278 mm, also broke the old state record. Rain continued to fall during yesterday in the area, giving some spots at least 50 mm more. There have been unofficial (but credible) observations of nearly 400 mm in the area in the last two days.

Meanwhile, NASA Earth Observatory released the following images:

Rainfall in the Australian Interior

Download large image (5 MB, JPEG) – Image acquired January 14, 2011

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(5 MB, JPEG) – Image acquired December 29, 2010

False-color images of Australian interior captured by MODIS on NASA’s Terra satellite on January 14, 2011 (top), and December 29, 2010 (bottom). “Both images use a combination of infrared and visible light to increase the contrast between water and land. Water ranges in color from electric blue to navy. Clouds appear bright blue-green. Vegetation is bright green. Bare ground appears in shades of beige and tan.” Source: NASA-EO. Click images to enlarge.

Flooding in Brisbane Suburbs

“Homes and businesses were inundated in more than 30 suburbs as [Brisbane River,] swollen by water being discharged from the overloaded Wivenhoe Dam, reached 4.2 metres,” a report said. A detailed astronaut photograph illustrates flooding in suburbs of the Brisbane, Australia metropolitan region acquired on January 13, 2011, and provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations experiment and Image Science & Analysis Laboratory, JSC. Image Source NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge. Download larger image (3 MB, JPEG)

Zelia’s rainfall Captured by TRMM Satellite

Tropical Storm Zelia’s rainfall was captured by NASA’s TRMM satellite on Jan. 14 at 04:17 UTC. “The heaviest rainfall (falling at about 2 inches per hour) appears to be on the northwestern and southwestern sides of the storm and appear in red. The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour.” Source: NASA

Tropical Storm Vince

Visible image of Tropical Storm Vince captured on Jan. 14 at 06:20UTC (1:20 a.m. EST/2:20 p.m. Australia/Perth) by MODIS on NASA’s aqua satellite. The bulk of the thunderstorms are seen southwest of Vince’s center due to wind shear. Source: NASA

Heavy Rainfall in TS Vania Captured by TRMM

“TRMM satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Vania’s rainfall on Jan. 14 at 04:22 UTC. The heaviest rainfall (falling at about 2 inches/50 mm per hour) in the storm was occurring in the western and southern quadrants of the storm and over southeastern New Caledonia (in red). The yellow and green areas indicate moderate rainfall between .78 to 1.57 inches per hour.” Source NASA


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