Monthly archives: January 2016

Jan

31
2016

Pacifica in state of emergency over El Niño storm damage – SFGate

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Sfgate.com reports that...

Fears that crushing waves and powerful rains from El Niño would erode the coastal bluffs in Pacifica — where several vacant apartment buildings and homes have been left teetering for years — were realized this weekend.

Read more at www.sfgate.com


Jan

29
2016

Video shows man standing next to sea wall with a child in his arms as he’s hit by huge wave | Daily Mail Online

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Dailymail.co.uk reports that...

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Jan

29
2016

Man killed in Queensland super cell storm – 9news.com.au

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9news.com.au reports that...

A man in Queensland has died after a tree fell on him when powerful super cell storms ripped through the state overnight.

Read more at www.9news.com.au


Jan

29
2016

Storm Gertrude: weather reporter struggles to stand in gale during report – video | UK news | The Guardian

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Theguardian.com reports that...

A weather reporter for ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Laura Tobin, struggles to stay in her feet as she gives a live report on Storm Gertrude on Friday. Storm Gertrude arrived on Thursday night from the Atlantic on a powerful jet stream. About 8,500 properties in Scotland are without electricity as a result of the storm. Severe gales of up to 100mph are expected throughout Friday

Read more at www.theguardian.com


Jan

27
2016

Scores Die Across East Asia as Cold Snap Hits

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Breitbart.com reports that...

Taiwan: At least 85 people have died from the cold, primarily elderly residents whose heart trouble left them vulnerable to the sudden drop in temperature to 39 degrees Fahrenheit, the lowest in 44 years. Six people died in the northern regions of Taipei and Taoyuan; 16 more died in the south in Kaohsiung, according to Focus Taiwan. The victims often lacked central heating.

Read more at www.breitbart.com


Jan

24
2016

Massive blizzard hits US east coast

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Bbc.com reports that...

The storm, which some US broadcasters are calling “Jonas”, has brought extreme snowfall and strong winds across the US east coast, including over Washington and New York.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Jan

23
2016

Cold-stunned turtles flood state’s rescue centers

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Starnewsonline.com reports that...

This month alone, more than a thousand turtles in North Carolina have been hurt by cold-stun, an occasionally fatal condition brought on by a rapid drop in water temperature. Beasley said in more than 40 years of working with turtles she’s never seen a cold-stun spate this severe

Read more at www.starnewsonline.com


Jan

20
2016

Bizarre worldwide weather

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About half of Thailand is in drought, although the rice belt has been largely spared.  Rice throughout Asia is usually grown using wet farming methods, which requires the fields to be flooded.  The central rice growing regions are expected to have enough water until May, but thereafter may face water shortages too.

Meanwhile, intense rains in California have given some residents hope that the historic drought may be ending, but as it stands, most of the rain in southern California drains right to the Pacific due to civil engineering.  This prevented the tremendous flooding that would have resulted were the storm drains not in place, but resulted in a missed opportunity for California to capture a great deal of water.  Nearly 3 inches (10cm) fell in this rain-starved state last week.  The government is now spending $200 million to capture water instead of draining it to the Pacific.  Such measures may control the drought or even eliminate it, but this seems to be a concession that it will take a man-made effort to eliminate drought and flooding together.  In other words, this reflects an improvement in ingenuity, not the natural forces causing the drought in the first place.

Meanwhile, a powerful storm walloped the Atlantic provinces of Canada.  12,000 people in Halifax lost power.  Many schools, businesses, and government offices were closed.  A number of flights were cancelled as well.  More storms are on the way, however, for the region, and there is a high risk of storm surges causing local flooding.   There was a severe flooding incident this week in Mississippi.  Many people are unable to return home, and the flood waters are receding, but there was extensive damage.    In Israel, massive dust storms have been covering the region in thick dust. They were until very recently facing  literally suffocating pollution because of the dust.  The pollution levels were up to nine times the average pollution in several regions.

In other news, Hurricane Pali just formed in the Atlantic.  That hasn’t happened in January since 1938.  The incredibly rare storm was able to form due to favorable conditions brought on by El Niño, which itself is shaping up to be the most powerful since 1950.  The storm is even heading due south, toward the equator, which is unusual as well.  Most storms move west or north, according to meteorologist Derrick Wroe.  El Niño is also being blamed for another bizarre event recently.  Thousands of squid suddenly died and washed up on the shores of Chile. Without being too specific, the oxygen levels suddenly dropped, resulting in the deaths.  This is of course bizarre and alarming in itself, but for Chileans there is the added threat of a sanitary emergency.  Officials claim that locals will suffer health problems resulting from the decomposition.

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 recent headlines, please click here.


Jan

20
2016

Sandstorm brings with it suffocating air pollution – Inside Israel – News – Arutz Sheva

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Israelnationalnews.com reports that...

The Ministry of Environmental Protection announced Monday that the haze has cause air pollution throughout the country, with a particular rise in pollution measured in the afternoon in the coastal and central district.

Read more at www.israelnationalnews.com


Jan

20
2016

Mississippi River crests, but flood victims not yet out of woods | Weather – WAPT Home

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Wapt.com reports that...

The Mississippi River has reached crest level in Vicksburg and Natchez, but residents along the river are far from being in the clear.

Read more at www.wapt.com