Monthly archives: February 2015

Feb

28
2015

Two cyclones devastate areas of northern and eastern Australia

Natalie     Damage over $1M, Data, Reports & Findings, Weather Events, yellow     0

Wsws.org reports that...

Hundreds of people have been left homeless and tens of thousands remain without power across both central Queensland and the Northern Territory in the wake of the impact of cyclones Marcia and Lam, which struck the two regions on February 22.

Read more at www.wsws.org


Feb

28
2015

Major Thunderstorms Flood Miami Streets

Natalie     Data, green, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Weather.com reports that...

Parts of Miami, Opa-Locka and Hallandale, Florida  saw up to 6 inches of rain Saturday after major thunderstorms flooded the area, leaving entire neighborhoods underwater, according to The Miami Herald. The thunderstorms and winds up to 50 mph began shortly after 10 A.M. and continued through the afternoon, flooding roads and making travel nearly imposible.

Read more at www.weather.com


Feb

28
2015

Six infants die in drought-hit Tharparkar

Natalie     Data, Fatalities, red, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Arynews.tv reports that...

Six more children died in nursery ward of Mithi Civil Hospital in drought hit Tharparkar district of Pakistan’s southern Sindh province on Saturday, ARY News reported.

Read more at arynews.tv


Feb

27
2015

Winter storm brings travel chaos to north Texas

Natalie     Data, green, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Usatoday.com reports that...

A winter storm dumped several inches of snow in Texas on Friday.

Read more at www.usatoday.com


Feb

27
2015

14 killed in Madagascar

Natalie     Data, Fatalities, Predictions, red, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Worldbulletin.net reports that...

At least 14 people were killed early Friday in violent flooding caused by torrential rains in Madagascar’s capital, Antananarivo, according to preliminary reports by the Malagasy government.

Read more at www.worldbulletin.net


Feb

27
2015

Another record-tying low temperature recorded Friday in Ann Arbor

Natalie     Data, green, Records, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Mlive.com reports that...

Future climatologists will see the year 2015 at least one more time when examining low-temperature records in Ann Arbor.

Read more at www.mlive.com


Feb

26
2015

From Clams to Cold

Jodde     Blog     0

If you have a bad case of heartburn, you might take something like Tums to alleviate it.  Tums and other brands like it, are acid neutralizers.  They are made of chalk, also known as calcium carbonate.  The acid in your stomach reacts with the chalk to make water and CO2.  You may be wondering at this point what this has to do with the price of tea in China.  Nothing at all, but it may well effect the price of shellfish there.  That’s because shellfish use chalk to build their shells, too.  Of course, the oceans are nowhere near as acidic as the acids the stomach produces, but it is still hard for any shellfish to build their shells.  Some CO2 that dissolves in the ocean becomes carbonic acid, which also reacts with chalk, albeit far less aggressively.  This breaking down makes shell building difficult.  While the extinction of oysters would pose an economic threat, there is a much larger threat from the most abundant shelled animals in the ocean; coral, but that is a story for another time.  This map illustrates the economic threat in the US, but makes no mention of Asian nations, like Japan, which produces thousands of metric tons of shellfish.  Continuing drought of course is an economic threat, but NASA may have a new tool to help mitigate it.  It is hoped that the satellite will be able to detect and evaluate moisture levels on the ground.  The satellite should be operational within the month, and knowing that a drought is starting could help mitigate some of its effects by allowing policy makers to regulate water usage in advance of a catastrophic shortage.

In other news, unseasonably cold temperatures in Raleigh, North Carolina hit many business owners hard, retailers in particular.  On cold days, people naturally try to avoid leaving their warm homes and offices as often as possible.  Unfortunately, unseasonable temperatures continue to plague large swaths of the US.  Furthermore, thousands of people are without power after a severe winter storm blanketed much of the east coast with snow.  Several roads from South Carolina to New York were covered in ice, making for treacherous driving conditions.

Unfortunately, the tragic events we reported on are in no way a full reflection of what has been going on in the world.  If you would like to see all of our headlines from the past week, please click here.


Feb

24
2015

The remote Alaskan village that needs to be relocated due to climate change

Natalie     Data, green, Predictions, Records, Reports & Findings, Severe Events, Weather Events     0

Washingtonpost.com reports that...

This tiny and isolated town of 400 cannot be reached by road. It lies on a fragile barrier island along the Chukchi sea , 83 miles above the Arctic circle. And for generations, the Iñupait people of the region have hunted gigantic bowhead whales from camps atop the sea ice that stretches out from the town’s icy shores.

But in recent years, climate change has thinned the ice so much that it has become too dangerous to hunt the whales. Soon, the U.S. government says, it may be too dangerous to live here at all, with less sea ice to protect the barrier island from powerful waves that wash across the village.

Read more at www.washingtonpost.com


Feb

24
2015

Tropical Cyclone Marcia: Thousands remain without power in central Queensland; Premier, Police Minister to visit region

Natalie     Data, Records, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Mobile.abc.net.au reports that...

Thousands of properties in central Queensland remain without power after Tropical Cyclone Marcia, as the Premier and Police Minister return to the region.

Read more at mobile.abc.net.au


Feb

23
2015

Arctic air returns to parts of New England, New York

Natalie     Data, Fatalities, Records, Reports & Findings, Weather Events, yellow     0

Foxnews.com reports that...

Arctic air returns to northern New England and parts of New York State on Monday after a brief flirtation with sunshine and slightly warmer temperatures.

Read more at www.foxnews.com