Monthly archives: August 2015

Aug

30
2015

Erika remnants soak Florida as Tropical Storm Fred forms

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Usatoday.com reports that...

Remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought heavy rain and winds to southern and central Florida on Sunday as the next system, named Fred, formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean and watches were posted for a separate storm approaching Hawaii.

Widespread rainfall of 2 to 4 inches was expected throughout Florida, with localized amounts up to 8 inches, especially along the western coast of the state. A flood watch was  issued for the southern half of the state through Monday morning.

Read more at www.usatoday.com


Aug

29
2015

​Strong winds blamed for 2 deaths in Seattle area

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

Cbsnews.com reports that...

Powerful winds toppled trees and power lines across the Pacific Northwest on Saturday, causing two deaths in the Seattle area and knocking out electricity to at least a quarter-million customers in Oregon and Washington.

Read more at www.cbsnews.com


Aug

29
2015

Tropical Storm Erika: Dominica Death Toll Rises to 20

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

Nbcnews.com reports that...

The prime minister of the Caribbean island of Dominica said Friday that at least 20 people have died in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Erika, and the “the extent of the devastation is monumental.”

In an address to the nation, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said some others are still missing. More than a foot of rain fell in less than 12 hours as the storm hit Wednesday. Torrents of water flowed through streets and swept away cars.

 

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Aug

29
2015

Calgary air quality: When is the smoke going to clear? – Calgary – CBC News

Jodde     Weather Events, yellow     0

Cbc.ca reports that...

Mandeep Dhaliwal, the air-quality program manager with the Calgary Region Airshed Zone, says the city might see some relief starting Saturday if rain helps crews battling the wildfires in Washington state and British Columbia.

Read more at www.cbc.ca


Aug

28
2015

Where there’s smoke

Jodde     Blog     0

Wild fires burning in Washington State and British Columbia have sent thousands of people to the emergency room – in Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta. The smoke, which prompted a special air quality warning, has been thick for the last three days. It is dangerous for people with cardiopulmonary illnesses, like asthma, emphysema and hearts damaged from heart attacks. The smoke is even sickening healthy people, causing sore throat, cough and eye discomfort. The air quality index, usually a rating from 1-10, is 17; way off the charts. Hundreds of firefighters have been deployed to fight the fires in Washington and BC, from as far away as Australia. Australia is as far as ⅓the circumference of the Earth. For firefighters to be deployed from so far away is extraordinary. Firefighting efforts are described as one step forward, two steps back. As we’ve reported before, a controlled fire does not necessarily put a stop to the smoke. For one thing, smoke tends to hang around an area for a long time, even after the fire is gone. For another, a fire can burn long after it is contained, and with the drought and accompanying tinderbox conditions, it likely will. Containing a fire forces it to eventually consume all its fuel in a confined area, but it may take a long time for this to be accomplished. The smoke will be around for awhile to come.

To understand the scale of the smoke, consider the following: The fires have consumed more than 400 miles2 (643 km2.) That is an area the 1.3 times the size of New York City. Let’s say each tree burned is 10 feet (3m) tall. Now we have 4,000 miles3 (6,437 km3). If we assume a uniform density, and that the smoke has spread in a square bounded by Olympia, Washington as the southwest corner, and Calgary, Alberta as the northeast corner. That square would be filled with almost 40 feet (12m) high. While the assumptions made are not accurate, nor are they intended to be, this should provide a good sense of scale. While the smoke may well be 40 feet deep, a small fraction of each tree burned at a high temperature ends up as smoke. Clearly, a blanket of smoke as thick as every tree that has been burned would be fatal, so make sure the cloud is thin in your imagination. Several parts per million. You can still get a picture of just how much area is covered in smoke. The area of the square we described earlier is 800 miles2 (1,284km2.) 800 miles is roughly the width of a time zone.  The scale of these fires and the smoke that they are spitting out is staggering!

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.


Aug

27
2015

Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska

Natalie     Data, green, Records, Reports & Findings     0

Theguardian.com reports that...

The extreme loss of Arctic sea ice due to climate change is forcing thousands of walruses to crowd ashore on a remote barrier island off Alaska, and threatening their survival.

 

Read more at www.theguardian.com


Aug

27
2015

Hurricane Jimena chugs northwestward, 720 miles east of Hilo

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Khon2.com reports that...

At 5 a.m., the center of Hurricane Jimena was located about 720 miles east of Hilo. Jimena is moving toward the northwest near 5 mph. This general motion is expected to continue through Friday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 110 mph with higher gusts. Jimena is expected to gradually weaken from later today through Friday night.

Read more at khon2.com


Aug

26
2015

Tropical Storm Erika Approaching the Leeward Islands; Tropical Storm Warnings Issued in Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands; Potential Threat to Bahamas, Florida

Natalie     Predictions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Weather.com reports that...

Tropical Storm Erika is currently centered just under 300 miles east of the Lesser Antilles and is moving quickly westward at 17 mph.

For the next couple of days, Erika will be moving into an environment with vertical wind shear and dry air, both general inhibitors for tropical cyclone intensification.

Read more at www.weather.com


Aug

26
2015

NSW weather: Warragamba Dam to overflow; 320 properties evacuated in St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet

Natalie     Predictions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

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

Continuing heavy rain has forced the evacuation of more than 320 properties in St Georges Basin and Sussex Inlet on the New South Wales south coast.

Read more at mobile.abc.net.au


Aug

25
2015

Typhoon Goni lashes Japan

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

Typhoon Goni has lashed the Japanese mainland, leaving at least one person missing, more than 70 others injured as authorities urged more than 600,000 people to leave homes.

Read more at www.bbc.com