Monthly archives: September 2016

Sep

30
2016

Record heat and horrific weather

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August was extraordinarily hot.  It was, in fact, the hottest August that has ever been recorded. September has had its share of heat waves too.  The UK has felt so much heat that power stations suffered unplanned blackouts due to unexpectedly high demands.  Prices were astronomical, at 160£ ($200 USD) per megawatt.  That is roughly quadruple the regular price.  Heat records are being smashed in the Bay Area of California.  Temperatures peaked at 101ºF (38ºC).  This is just ahead of the first day of fall in the northern hemisphere where temperatures should be getting lower.  With the beginning of fall, we should start to see a decline in wildfires with the decrease in heat. However, a few are burning with catastrophic results.  There is one that is burning in California which has become the costliest fire is US history.  A fire in Puerto Rico knocked out a power station causing an island-wide blackout.  In Alberta, a recent report concludes that wildfires there are largely responsible for a 1.6% decline in Canadian GDP growth.  Just to put that into perspective, Canada’s annual GDP is $1.8 trillion, so a quarterly decline of 1.6% is over $8 billion.  That $8 billion effect on the economy doesn’t even include insurable losses (an insurable loss causes a demand for and therefore production of what was lost). At least $1 billion of that loss happened because of deferred capital expenditures in Alberta following the massive wildfires near the oil sands.

Rainy weather has been extreme, unleashing serious flooding in several Australian states.  Some states in Australia are having their wettest spring since record-keeping began.  Deluges struck Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario recently as well.  The Detroit side experienced several crashes and submerged cars.  The floods are not as bad as the historic ones of 2014.  The flooding in Windsor resulted in traffic problems with flooded roads and inundated basements.    Further, flooding in and around North Carolina is causing chaos, with the nearly the whole downtown of Fayetteville affected.  There was no loss of life reported, but two dozen roads had to be closed, and a number of water rescues were required.  There were 80 calls for service overall.  North Korea could be in a lot of trouble, after deadly flooding hit there, leaving hundreds dead and thousands more homeless.  The closest country that could provide aid, South Korea, naturally is quite reluctant to.  This could not only contribute to ongoing flood-related issues in North Korea, but could be politically explosive. One man is dead in Java after a landslide obliterated his house.  This is dwarfed by recent news of a landslide in China, in which up to 26 people were killed (though only five people are confirmed dead at the time of writing.)    Excessive rain fuelled both the Java landslide and the Chinese landslide.


Sep

30
2016

Power price surges to record high on supply shortage fears

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Telegraph.co.uk reports that...

Electricity prices for Thursday have soared to record highs after unplanned nuclear plant shutdowns and the continued heatwave triggered an unseasonal power crunch.

Read more at www.telegraph.co.uk


Sep

30
2016

One Killed in Central Java Landslide | Jakarta Globe

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Jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com reports that...

A young man was killed after a landslide hit Sidengok, Peawaran in Banjarnegara district, Central Java, on Sunday morning 25/09, a rescue official said. JG Photo/ Dhana Kencana

Read more at jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com


Sep

30
2016

26 still missing, 15 others rescued in Lishui landslide – CCTV News – CCTV.com English

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English.cctv.com reports that...

To the landslide in the eastern province of Zhejiang, where 15 people have been rescued, and 26 others are still unaccounted for.

Read more at english.cctv.com


Sep

30
2016

More rain on way to Metro Detroit after streets flood

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Detroitnews.com reports that...

The floods are due not only to the “band of rain” stagnant over Metro Detroit, but also the fast accumulation of rain underneath the clouds, Pollman said.

Read more at www.detroitnews.com


Sep

30
2016

Windsor-Tecumseh Flood: Heavy rain pummels Windsor and Essex County | Windsor Star

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Windsorstar.com reports that...

“We may get some breaks here and there, but unfortunately with this low-pressure system parking itself in southern Indiana it’s going to keep sending these streams of moisture northward over the next couple of days,” Environment Canada spokesman Geoff Coulson said this afternoon, forecasting that the next big rain is coming across Lake Erie and should arrive in Windsor-Essex by about 4:30 p.m.

Read more at windsorstar.com


Sep

29
2016

NSW weather: Flood warnings in place across the state

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Dailytelegraph.com.au reports that...

The NSW SES is warning locals in affected areas to stay inside where possible, after a busy week rescuing people and animals from already flooding rivers and dams.

Read more at www.dailytelegraph.com.au


Sep

29
2016

State of emergency declared in Cumberland County as roads, neighborhoods flood | WNCN

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Wncn.com reports that...

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. WNCN — Officials have now declared a state of emergency in Cumberland County because of flooding.

Read more at wncn.com


Sep

29
2016

Province estimates wildfire put $1-billion dent in 2016 oilsands spending plans | CTV News

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Ctvnews.ca reports that...

CALGARY Alberta wildfires that swept through Fort McMurray in May have resulted in the loss of $1 billion in planned capital spending in the oilsands for 2016, according to Alberta’s chief energy economist.

Read more at www.ctvnews.ca


Sep

29
2016

Bay Area Heat Wave: Brief cool down before more hot stuff

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Eastbaytimes.com reports that...

Summer is making its final 2016 act a long, record-setting one for the Bay Area, and it’s not going breezily into fall.

Read more at www.eastbaytimes.com