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Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« on: January 05, 2010, 09:35:19 AM »
Well, folks..welcome to the coldest winter in one heck of a lot of years.  As cold as last winter was, this one is much worse.  Countries left and right are gearing to save people from death due to cold.  People are already dying from a few of the cold spells we have already experienced this year - and the full force of winter in the Northern Hemisphere is just now approaching.

RHS1 is on it.  We will be reporting the havoc the cold is causing.  Here is our first update on some of the destruction already caused by this winter's cold.


Memphis 12/4/2009 At least three people have died due to frigid temperatures over the last few days in Memphis.

January 3, 2010
More than 30 people have died in cold weather-related incidents in northern India in the past 24 hours,


 23/12/09 at 9:30am:

The snowstorms in Europe have caused the death toll to rise since Monday with over 100 people dead due to the cold weather conditions. The death toll in Poland is now up to 42 people. The Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Germany have been hit significantly in the last few days with death tolls rising under cold temperatures as low as -33C:


Peru - The government is warning that the cold this winter will endanger many lives there.

Liverpool - Last year over 5,000 deaths were reported due to cold - and increase by a third from the previous year.  This year they expect another very solid increase in these numbers and are gearing up to help the poor survive the freezing temperatures there.

Stay tuned to this thread for further updates as we watch what is happening with the return of cold weather.  The last time our climate was similar, the population was half of todays, and natural resources, such as forests were not yet in states of dangerous depletion.  Oil was not unaffordable to the masses.  
By the way - we can thank the oil barons for increasing the price of oil during the current cold streak. Have to keep those billions in profits rolling in, though.  For those in country's such as Haiti, this winter can cause irreparable damage.  Heat is needed there not only for warmth but to cook their staple food which is poisonous in the raw.  When oil prices rise, such as they did a few years back, the people resort to stripping their forests - and frankly, there's not much left to strip.  

With governments taking strides to save their populations during the cold, will we see normal statistics for the winter or are we going to see major destruction.

Crops in some countries are now rendered dormant from freezing temps without protective snow cover.  A few more have seen flooding of fields and crops.  Other areas are enjoying increased crop yields from the moisture that results from cooling.   How is the world food supply going to look in 2010?

Stay tuned to RHS1 as we strive to keep you informed of the conditions on your home planet.
« Last Edit: January 20, 2010, 03:15:25 PM by HeySal »
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Cold Updates
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2010, 08:54:34 PM »
More than 30 people died in cold-weather related incidents in Northern India over the past 24 hours, with 10 of those losing their lives in train accidents caused by the fog. ? Meanwhile, 24 homeless people have also died in the Uttar Pradesh state since Saturday due to the severe drop in temperature. Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir were all hit with heavy snow, while Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi also recorded snowfall over the past 24 hours.


A series of weekend avalanches in the Swiss Alps killed at least five people, including a rescue doctor swept up while searching for a group of buried skiers. ?heavy snowfall in recent days have prompted officials to warn of a heightened avalanche risk in the Swiss Alps.


The unusually powerful high-pressure ridge causing the current freeze is holding at bay warmer air from the west and allowing frigid air to spill directly south from north-central Canada across the Midwest, Laflin said. Snow was the main issue over the weekend in much of New England and the interior Northeast, where nearly 3 feet blanketed Burlington, Vt. The 31.8 inches of snow recorded as of Sunday afternoon represented the city's all-time biggest snowstorm in 120 years of recordkeeping, according to the weather service's Scott Whittier in South Burlington.

12/11
90 throughout Europe (79) in Poland -- deaths from cold
Avalanche threat is extremely high for this winter.  3 people in Scotland and serveral in the Alps have been killed in Avalanches already in late December. Avalanches are not just a danger to skiers.  Snow walls can move at speeds of 200mph (320km) sending shock waves in front of them that can blast buildings into pieces.

Severity and duration of the current cold snap is causing worry about orange, strawberry, and tomato crops.  Farmers are taking precautions to protect crops, but continued duration of the cold, or further dips in temperature could ruin them completely.  Truck load weight limits  are being temporarily suspended so already harvested crops can be gotten out of the way of harm.

Weather warnings have been issued for large parts of Central and Southern England Tuesday as Scotland and N. England get 8 inches (20 cm) of snow causing traffic headaches.


China rationing power in response to cold snap.  Soaring energy demand in response to current cold weather are straining already tight supplies of coal.  Power is being rationed to industries in Eastern and Central China and residents are being asked to limit gas usage.

Texas about to be hit by the coldest weather in 20 years Thursday with some locations dropping to 30 degrees. More record lows are expected to hit Saturday night and Sunday morning.
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Cold Updates
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2010, 07:44:28 PM »
Winter this year is breaking up to 30 year record lows in many US states and
N. Hemisphere countries.  This year's winter is mimicking the cold of the early 1970's.

January 9  - at least one death due to cold in Omaha, NE

Palm Beach Florida opens cold weather shelters early.

Florida crops dying.  

Britain's cold snap hardest in 30 years.

TRAVEL CHAOS Throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Hundreds of flights
cut, re-routed, delayed in Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom.
Road travel hindered in many N. Hemisphere countries.


OTHER STORM WEATHER

NASA - More than 1,000 residents in New South Wales were ordered to evacuate after heavy rains created a water body on usually dry land. Residents of Coonamble, roughly 500 kilometers (311 miles) northwest of Sydney, sought accommodation with friends or families living nearby, or in a newly established evacuation center, according to news reports. Leaving the town altogether was not possible as exit routes were blocked by floodwater, one authority stated.

NASA - Tropical Cyclone Edzani formed over the Southern Indian Ocean in early January 2010 and intensified rapidly, according to the U.S. Navy?s Joint Typhoon Warning Center. As of January 7, 2010, the storm had maximum sustained winds of 100 knots (185 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 125 knots (230 kilometers per hour). The storm?s center was roughly 590 nautical miles (1,100 kilometers) southeast of Diego Garcia
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2010, 03:19:31 PM »
At the present time, counties in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas are under a severe weather/tornado watch.  Wednesday, A tornado struck near a town in east Texas - no deaths reported, but damage and injuries were sustained.

Over the last few days there have been a cluster of light earthquakes going on in the Yellowstone Park area.  28 quakes of mag 2.5 - 3.5 and ranging from 7.5 to 10 km deep have been recorded in the park since 1/17.  At this point in time scientists are not concerned, yet they have ruled out wind interference as being the source of the seismic information.

Evacuations have been ordered in fire damaged regions of California as storms beginning this week and continuing threaten landslides.  Around 750 evac orders were issued in the Los Angeles area.



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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2010, 11:00:15 AM »
The tremors in Yellowstone are continuing and increasing in intensity now and again, and the strongest of them now stands at 3.8 mags at 9/6 miles depth.

 We continue to watch this situation closely...um.........especially as I live close enough to be effected by any volcanic eruption of this monster of a volcano.

Further updates on seismic activity in that region can be found in the Earthquake watch thread - we will inform you there if the situation switches to Volcanic activity and will at that time be reporting in a special thread on the situation.
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2010, 05:31:44 PM »
Tropical Cyclone Olga lingered over northern Australia on January 28, 2010.  Olgas?s clouds are primarily inland, but a significant portion of the storm also hovers over the Gulf of Carpentaria.

On January 28, 2010, the U.S. Navy?s Joint Typhoon Warning Center reported that the storm was roughly 400 nautical miles (740 kilometers) southeast of Darwin, Australia, and had had been moving slowly toward the south-southwest. Olga had maximum sustained winds of 30 knots (55 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 40 knots (75 kilometers per hour). Residents of Australia?s Northern Territory braced for possible winds and rains associated with the storm.
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2010, 07:43:08 PM »
2/5
Severe Snowstorms are headed for the Mid-Atlantic. Two feet of snow are expected in Virgina.

Cyclone Oli hit French Polynesia today.  Thousands were evacuated.  26 foot waves are expected. Winds are averaging 90 miles an hour (150 km) with gusts up to 120mph (200 km) and are expected to pick up speeed.

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh is expecting heavy snows next week and is warning tourists to stay away from the igher regions.
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2010, 11:59:49 AM »
Governor Jan Brewer is "requesting a federal Major Disaster Declaration for nine Arizona counties and six tribal nations as a result of severe winter storm activity in January."

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http://arizonageology.blogspot.com/2010/02/governor-calls-for-disaster-declaration.html
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2010, 11:01:43 AM »
2l/26/2010

Tsunami WARNING - in effect for Japan after a 7 mag quake hit in the RYUKYU ISLANDS area  off the Japanese coast. 

The Quake - has been listed at between a 6.9 and 7.3 quake - it is now reported officially as 7.0 mag.  This reading may change later again once all statistics are in and reviewed.  All we know right now is that it was big enough to cause a tsunami. 
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Re: Planet in Crisis - Severe Weather Updates
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2010, 05:57:03 AM »
Storms on both sides of the Atlantic in the last week.

In NE US wind gusts hit up to 135 mph (Mt Washington), 91 off the coast of Portsmouth, NH.  As gusts of 60 mph were felt far south as W Virginia.  More that 1 million were without power due to storms.   

France has declared a National Emergency - Our own Indiana (Robert Velare) who designs our pages here has reported:

Winds up to 160 kilometers an hour tore the french coast apart. Combination of high sprig tides and hurricane force winds have backed up rivers causing much inland flooding. Coastal flooding is also widespread. people were asleep in bed when this happened...Report say up to 100 dead...From "asleep in bed" to "sitting on the roof in a howling wind" 15 mins. Most deaths by drowning...Power and water down in these areas...This news is coming to via an electric generators as power down here were I am...Reporting from France  8;45 am
March 1st ...Indiana   

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« Reply #11 on: March 16, 2010, 03:12:40 PM »
Massachusetts has declared emergency state because of the flooding over the last few days.  Connecticut is also now seeking emergency status.  This comes on the tail end of a storm that hit just a few weeks later that resulted in France declaring emergency status on the other side of the Atlantic.

In recent conversation with a friend in that state, she declared that the storm probably wouldn't have been so bad if there hadn't still been standing water from the last storm.   But there was.  She says also that another two feet of beach has currently been lost.
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