Tuesday, November 29, 2016

How big droughts, forest fires could be the new normal in Appalachia

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/widespread-forest-fires-claims-may-signal-new-normal-appalachian-mountains/ How big droughts, forest fires could be the new normal in Appalachia

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

After Rain Deluge, Rare Winter Floods on Mississippi River

Warm and wet weather over the last several weeks followed by storms that brought a deluge of rain in recent days have produced a severe threat of flooding along the Mississippi River, where water could reach record high levels soon in some places. The winter flooding is unusual and could portend even worse problems in the spring depending on weather the rest of the season. Here's a look at what is prompting the concern: RECORD CRESTS The sudden flooding along the Mississippi River is both rare and historic. At a time of the year when both precipitation and the river level typically are well below normal, there could be record crests in some places along the Mississippi. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/rain-deluge-rare-winter-floods-mississippi-river-35986844

Sunday, December 27, 2015

The Siege of Miami

The city of Miami Beach floods on such a predictable basis that if, out of curiosity or sheer perversity, a person wants to she can plan a visit to coincide with an inundation. Knowing the tides would be high around the time of the “super blood moon,” in late September, I arranged to meet up with Hal Wanless, the chairman of the University of Miami’s geological-sciences department. Wanless, who is seventy-three, has spent nearly half a century studying how South Florida came into being. From this, he’s concluded that much of the region may have less than half a century more to go. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/12/21/the-siege-of-miami

Flooding forces mass evacuations in South America

(CNN)Floods displaced more than 150,000 people in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay this week after days of torrential rains blamed on El Niño. In Paraguay, which was the hardest-hit, more than 130,000 people were evacuated. In Alberdi city, residents fled as walls holding back water appeared on the verge of collapse, authorities said. Argentina had 20,000 evacuees, half of them from Concordia city, which President Mauricio Macri will visit Sunday. http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/27/americas/south-america-flooding/

Alabama Braces for Flooding After Tornado, Severe Weather

Alabama was on alert Saturday for more extreme flooding, a day after a tornado touched down in Birmingham and left a two-square-mile swath of destruction. Heavy rains and flooding continue to hammer the state — along with much of the Southeast — in a deluge of downpours since Wednesday. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/tornado-hits-birmingham-severe-southern-weather-continues-n486011

UK floods: Extra soldiers sent to stricken areas

Leeds has also been badly affected, with 1,000 homes flooded, but the city's council leader said the government had been warned "a major flood... was a catastrophe waiting to happen". "While now is the time to focus on the wellbeing of our residents and the condition of their properties and possessions, we will again be calling on the government for further significant investment in additional flood defences," Judith Blake added. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35184999

SEE IT: Dutch family drives through California wildfire: 'I was terrified and in a total shock'

Maks said sparks and a burning bush hit their car on the Southern California freeway, and they barely saw anything because of the smoke. A passenger in the car can he heard yelling "we will catch fire!" "I was terrified and in a total shock," Maks told CNN. "In the end, it only took a few seconds, but it felt like an hour." She told CNN that their car "could have exploded." http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/dutch-family-drives-california-wildfire-article-1.2477897

Texas Reeling as 'Crippling' Blizzard to Follow Deadly Tornadoes

Eight people were killed in Garland, which was hit by what Ari Sarsalari, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, called "a violent tornado with a long path." "It was terrifying," Randy Gore, who drove up to an impact scene where five people were killed, told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth. "It was heartbreaking, especially being the day after Christmas." Officials in Collin County confirmed three deaths, two of them at a Copeville gas station that was destroyed in the storms. http://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather/texas-reeling-crippling-blizzard-follow-deadly-tornadoes-n486371

UK floods: 'This could be the end for our business'

Some 500 soldiers have been brought in to deal with "unprecedented" flooding in Yorkshire and Lancashire. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35187597

Nearly 30 killed in Christmas season storms, tornadoes hitting U.S

Storms hit southern and central U.S. states over the Christmas holiday unleashing torrential rains and tornadoes that left nearly 30 people dead, toppled buildings and snarled transportation for millions during a busy travel time. At least 11 people were killed in the Dallas area over the weekend by tornadoes, including one packing winds of up to 200 miles per hour (322 km per hour). That twister hit the city of Garland, killing eight people and blowing vehicles off highways. "A tornado of that strength is very rare in a metropolitan area," National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bishop said in a telephone interview. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-weather-holiday-idUSKBN0U90DX20151227

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Notice anything missing?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

27 Staggering New Pictures Of The Somerset Levels Floods

Friday, January 17, 2014

End game.

If you’re too busy to read the evidence presented below, here’s the bottom line: On a planet 4 C hotter than baseline, all we can prepare for is human extinction (from Oliver Tickell’s 2008 synthesis in the Guardian). Tickell is taking a conservative approach, considering humans have not been present at 3.5 C above baseline (i.e., the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, commonly accepted as 1750). According to the World Bank’s 2012 report, “Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided” and an informed assessment of “BP Energy Outlook 2030” put together by Barry Saxifrage for the Vancouver Observer, our path leads directly to the 4 C mark. The 19th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 19), held in November 2013 in Warsaw, Poland, was warned by professor of climatology Mark Maslin: “We are already planning for a 4°C world because that is where we are heading. I do not know of any scientists who do not believe that.” http://guymcpherson.com/2013/01/climate-change-summary-and-update/

Friday, June 14, 2013

Juneau could see record heat this weekend

JUNEAU, Alaska — Juneau could see record high temperatures this weekend after a string of abnormally warm days that have left some residents grumbling about the heat. National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Fritsch says daytime highs this week have run as much as 10-14 degrees above normal at the Juneau airport. He says normal temps for this time of year are around 62 degrees. http://www.adn.com/2013/06/13/2938376/juneau-could-see-record-heat-this.html

Warm Ocean Causing Most Antarctic Ice Shelf Mass Loss

This is a really bad sign. All it takes is a few degrees shift in temp and the currents in the ocean start shifting = massive change in moisture and climate patterns. PASADENA, Calif. -- Ocean waters melting the undersides of Antarctic ice shelves are responsible for most of the continent's ice shelf mass loss, a new study by NASA and university researchers has found. Scientists have studied the rates of basal melt, or the melting of the ice shelves from underneath, of individual ice shelves, the floating extensions of glaciers that empty into the sea. But this is the first comprehensive survey of all Antarctic ice shelves. The study found basal melt accounted for 55 percent of all Antarctic ice shelf mass loss from 2003 to 2008, an amount much higher than previously thought. http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/earth20130613.html

How do oysters spell climate change relief? A-N-T-A-C-I-D

Oyster hatcheries are dropping the equivalent of Tums and other antacids into water to make it easier for naked mollusk larvae to build their shells. The remedy is working, for now, to keep hatcheries in business and oyster bars well stocked with the slimy delicacies, a hatchery scientist said. Heartburn for the shellfish industry comes from ocean waters turning ever more corrosive as they absorb a fraction of the carbon dioxide humans are pumping into the atmosphere. The acidification, in turn, makes it harder for oyster larvae to build their shells. http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/06/12/18919646-how-do-oysters-spell-climate-change-relief-a-n-t-a-c-i-d?lite

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Arctic melt hit record in a stormy 2012: U.N.

GENEVA – Melting of the Arctic’s sea ice reached a record extent in 2012, the ninth-hottest year on record, compounding concerns about climate change, the U.N. weather agency said Thursday. In a report on the situation in 2012, the World Meteorological Organization said that from August to September, the Arctic’s sea ice covered an area of just 3.4 million sq. km. That was a full 18 percent less than the previous record low, set in 2007. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/05/03/world/arctic-melt-hit-record-in-a-stormy-2012-u-n/#.UaYA45xGZAE

United Nations: 2012 was 9th-hottest year since 1850

GENEVA — The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) says that last year was the ninth-warmest since record-keeping began in 1850, despite the cooling effect of the weather pattern called La Nina. The U.N.'s weather agency says this marks the 27th year in a row the global average temperature -- 58 degrees Fahrenheit in 2012 -- surpassed the 1961-1990 average. http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2013/05/03/united-nations-ninth-warmest-year/2132745/