Monthly archives: September 2015

Sep

30
2015

Smith Mountain Wildfire Is Now 800 Acres

Natalie     Predictions, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Kgwn.tv reports that...

*UPDATE* As of Wednesday morning (9/30/15) The Smith Mountain wildfire is 45 percent contained and estimated to be 800 acres, with no structures lost. It is estimated that the fire will be 100 percent contained by Monday, Oct. 5.

“At this time, our focus is on containing the fire and providing for the safety of those on the ground,” said Frank Keeler, Bureau of Land ManagementHigh Desert District Fire Management Officer. “The fire is still under investigation.”

Read more at www.kgwn.tv


Sep

29
2015

Glacial river flood under way

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

Icelandmonitor.mbl.is reports that...

The Icelandic Met Office has just announced that a flood of the Skaftá glacier river in Iceland’s mighty Vatnajökull glacier has begun.

Flood water is reportedly discharging from the east cauldron of Skaftá. According to an IMO Facebook post, floods from the east cauldron are bigger and rarer than floods from the west cauldron.

Read more at icelandmonitor.mbl.is


Sep

29
2015

CentrAm coffee growers struggle to adapt to climate change

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

Phys.org reports that...

Adrian Hernandez says he can’t remember a year as dry as 2015, which has nearly cost him his farm and turned him from a climate change skeptic into a true believer.

Read more at phys.org


Sep

29
2015

Typhoon Dujuan: 2 Dead, More Than 300 Injured in Taiwan; Nearly 750,000 Homes Without Power

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

Weather.com reports that...

Two people are dead and six others are missing in Taiwan after Typhoon Dujuan slammed the island nation before moving west into mainland China.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency, via the government’s emergency operations center, reported 324 injuries. Six mountain climbers have been reported missing, the agency also said.

Read more at www.weather.com


Sep

25
2015

Sydney weather: Wild conditions set to ease as weekend temperatures creep higher

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Smh.com.au reports that...

Read more at www.smh.com.au


Sep

25
2015

Suspected Tornado Hits Johns Island in South Carolina, Severely Damaging Homes

Natalie     Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Nbcnews.com reports that...

A suspected tornado tore through a South Carolina island community early Friday, meteorologists said, severely damaging up to a dozen homes, uprooting large trees, and downing power lines.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Sep

24
2015

Arid World

Jodde     Blog     0

Fiji, a tourist hotspot known as a tropical resort paradise, is in deep in drought. Over 50,000 people are affected. It is relatively rare for islands to suffer drought, since there is a lot of humidity over islands, but the water is simply falling somewhere else.  If anything, we are actually seeing more precipitation in fewer storms, and this year, far less of it on land. One of the worst effects of drought is the damage it does to crops, Fiji’s chief export, sugar, for example.

All plants need water for metabolism, and an inefficient metabolism leads to an inefficient immune system. We have explained this process in more detail here, so we will not discuss it in the present article. Drought in Brazil has been harming coffee farmers for at least the year of 2014, but now it is causing trouble for its mate; sugar. Most of the world’s sugar comes from sugar cane. Some comes from sugar beets or from other sources. Much of that cane sugar comes from India, which is suffering from a lingering drought.  Some of the sugar cane crop is so bad that farmers have resorted to using it as feed for their livestock. While we are not likely to see a decline this year, the shortfall in production will affect availability in 2016-2017, but that portends a rise in price. While sugar is one of the cheapest food products on the market, with a kilogram (2.2 pounds) cost of $1.13 USD, and an increase in price would hardly be devastating, it may be the harbinger of dramatic food price increases. In the 2011 Arab Spring,, very high food prices was arguably the precipitating factor. There were other issues in play, but the high food prices seem to have been the last straw. The upshot of this is that high food prices have already possibly caused a massive uprising. Prices for bread, a vital staple food in the region, increased by 37%.

In the Nevada, drought is tragically affecting wild horses. The vegetation they graze on has been disappearing due to the arid conditions. The Bureau of Land Management is tasked with preserving wild horses, as by law they are to be preserved as a symbol of the frontier spirit of the American West. Many of the horses in Nevada are inadvertently being tamed, as well-meaning people have been feeding the emaciated horses.

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.

 


Sep

24
2015

As India’s cane crop wilts, risks grow for the global sugar market | Reuters

Jodde     Weather Events, yellow     0

Uk.reuters.com reports that...

NAZARE, India, Sept 22 Reuters – Thousands of acres of India’s sugar crop are suffering severe damage from a faltering monsoon, with some farmers in the world’s second-biggest grower forced to feed withered cane to cattle in the top producing state.

Read more at uk.reuters.com


Sep

22
2015

Cold snap: Australia’s south east to be hit by rain, snow and strong winds

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

News.com.au reports that...

JUST when we though the worst of winter had past, Australia’s south east is expected to be hit with another freezing Antarctic blast.

A strong cold front and associated low pressure system will drive cold and gusty winds into Tasmania, Victoria and NSW today, with conditions not set to ease until the weekend.

Read more at www.news.com.au


Sep

19
2015

Flash floods kill 10 people in Iran

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

Sfchronicle.com reports that...

Iran’s state TV says flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed 10 people in the capital, Tehran, and south of the country.

The report Saturday says the flash flood killed six in Tehran and four in the southern province of Hormozgan on Friday night.

Read more at www.sfchronicle.com