Posts in category: green

Oct

26
2014

Yosemite rangers try to keep hungry bears at bay

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

Wrcbtv.com reports that...

Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep wild black bears – with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws – far away from humans.

For the last 16 years, park rangers have done their best to warn visitors about the perils of leaving food in their cars, which a bear can easily peel open for a quick treat. And now a bear management team has begun outfitting bears with sophisticated GPS tracking collars to better understand their movements.

Overall, reported bear encounters have plunged by 92 percent since 1998, when the park embarked on a concerted public education campaign.

Despite their long-term progress, park rangers have lost ground in the battle this year.

The instances of bears raiding campgrounds and parking lots for human food are up by 35 percent from Jan. 1 to Oct. 19 compared to the same period last year- the second such increase during the state’s three consecutive dry years. Officials say the heightened bear activity may be partly caused by the drought cutting the supply of berries and other natural bear food.

Read more at www.wrcbtv.com


Oct

26
2014

Torrential rains cause floods in Athens

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

Worldbulletin.net reports that...

Torrential rains caused floods in Athens and the western suburbs of the capital on Friday.

Flooding was knee-deep in the streets, and the water penetrated houses and shops.

The fire department received more than 600 calls.

The worst flooding was in the western suburbs of Athens. In one of them, Peristeri, cars floated on the torrents and ended up in piles. In Ilion, 30 cars were completely submerged by the floods. Fifteen cars were trapped in the three-storey underground parking lot of a big super market chain.

Read more at www.worldbulletin.net


Oct

25
2014

Cotton suffers from low prices

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

Moultrieobserver.com reports that...

Well into the cotton harvest, Colquitt County growers are seeing decent yields, at least on irrigated land.

Prices, however, are not working in farmers’ favor and dryland cotton is, for some, a disaster situation.

 

Read more at www.moultrieobserver.com


Oct

06
2014

High winds and floods affect roads and ferries in Scotland

Natalie     green, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Bbc.com reports that...

High winds and floods have been causing travel disruption as forecasters warn of more strong gusts and heavy rain in several parts of Scotland.

Read more at www.bbc.com


Oct

05
2014

Hurricane Simon intensifies off Mexico’s coast

Natalie     green, Reports & Findings, Weather Events     0

Usatoday.com reports that...

Simon has strengthened into a major hurricane in the Pacific, but still poses no direct threat to land.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami says Simon’s maximum sustained winds increased to 130 mph on Saturday, making it a Category 4 hurricane. Forecasters say Simon is expected to begin weakening Sunday.

Read more at www.usatoday.com


Oct

01
2014

California drought promotes early date harvest

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

Thepacker.com reports that...

California’s drought, with its hot dry conditions, may have been a bane to many fruit and vegetable producers, but it’s been a boon to the state’s date growers.

Harvest started about two weeks early, and Bakersfield-based Atlas Produce and Distributing Inc., has reported excellent quality.

Read more at www.thepacker.com


Sep

30
2014

35,000 Walrus Come Ashore in Northwest Alaska

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

Nbcnews.com reports that...

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in northwest Alaska. An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed Saturday about 5 miles north of Point Lay, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Point Lay is an Inupiat Eskimo village 300 miles southwest of Barrow and 700 miles northwest of Anchorage.

Read more at www.nbcnews.com


Sep

29
2014

Sydney sizzles as temperatures set to pass 30C in the city and 34C in the western suburbs

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

Dailytelegraph.com.au reports that...

THINGS are heating up across NSW, with temperatures tipped to hit 30C in Sydney this afternoon and 34C further west.

Weather experts say warm, dry winds blowing in from the north-west are fuelling the unseasonally hot conditions, pushing the mercury 10C above the September average.

It marks a balmy end to a September which already figures among the warmest starts to spring since records began.

Read more at www.dailytelegraph.com.au


Sep

20
2014

Perth temperatures break September record

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

Watoday.com.au reports that...

Saturday’s soaring temperatures broke a Perth record set nearly 100 years ago.

Until today the highest temperature recorded in Perth during September was 32.7 degrees – back on September 30, 1918.

By 2.17pm the official temperature for Perth had reached 34.1 degrees.

Read more at www.watoday.com.au


Sep

17
2014

Arctic Sea Ice to Reach Sixth Lowest Extent on Record

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

Climatecentral.org reports that...

As summer draws to a close, the Arctic sea ice melt season is coming to an end. And while the season didn’t top 2012’s astounding record melt, it has still resulted in what will likely be the sixth lowest September minimum ice extent on record.

The extent of the ice on Sept. 15 was 1.96 million square miles, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and wasn’t expected to change much over the coming days. That extent was 11,600 square miles below last year’s summer minimum and 440,000 square miles below the 1981-2010 average. The 2012 minimum reached 1.32 million square miles.

 

Read more at www.climatecentral.org