America is on the brink of a monumental disaster that will shake the very foundations of this planet. The signs of this are everywhere. The following stories that I am about to highlight are just a tip of an iceberg to that which is coming to the collapsing superpower nation.
We begin in Texas, where wildfires highlight the severe weather conditions over the weekend, wreaking havoc across the state. While some parts of the country are still suffering from the cold, Texas is feeling the heat from wildfires that scorched thousands of acres.
TEXAS WILDFIRES DESTROYS HOMES AND BUILDINGS!
Wildfires scorched more than 230,000 acres in Texas on Sunday, roaring through a West Texas town, destroying an estimated 80 homes and buildings and critically injuring a firefighter. The Texas Forest Service reported more than 60,000 acres burned and 40 homes lost in one blaze that raced through West Texas and into the small mountain town of Fort Davis. The fire rushed across 20 miles in 90 minutes. Officials at the scene, however, estimated at least 100,000 acres in two counties had burned from the fire, which continued to grow Sunday evening. "I can only describe it as an ocean of black, with a few islands of yellow," State Representative Pete Gallego said. Flames "licked at the edges" of the town but did not burn their way through its center, sparing more buildings than expected, he said. But 17 to 20 homes were destroyed, and as many as 30 more buildings were burned, he said after visiting the town, including a more than 100-year-old historic wooden ranch home. Residents had worked overnight to save their homes and moved on to help their neighbors, he said. Hot spots still burned along the highway, and a glow from miles away was visible at night, he said. "Even now, the flames in some places are 15 to 20 feet high," Gallego said. The town was without power Sunday evening. Gallego said many of the residents may not have been insured for fire. Presidio County Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Mitschke said it was the first fire to scare him in 13 years of fighting grass fires. The blaze crossed railroad tracks and state highways as it roared past Fort Davis, he said. Without a change in winds, which were keeping aircraft from helping firefighting efforts, the fire could burn for days or weeks, he said. "Frankly, it moved almost as quick as a truck," Mitschke said. "When you hear the word firestorm, this is what I imagine." A federal emergency management spokesman said a fire grant for the county had been approved Saturday and that the agency stood by to support as needed. Wildfires fed by dry, windy conditions have charred more than 270,000 acres in eight days across Texas, burning homes, killing livestock and drawing in crews and equipment from 25 states. Plants that thrived in wet weather turned to tinder under a cold, dry winter. Weeks of high winds and little moisture have made every spark dangerous. - Reuters.
There was a dramatic increase in the amount of tornadoes during the month of April, especially across the central part of the United States. Warm, moist air clashed with cooler, drier air across the far north. Jet stream energy moving across the country resulted in the development of severe thunderstorms capable of tornadoes. The highest threat was seen over northern Texas and southern Oklahoma, with a medium threat north into central Iowa and east into Georgia. According reports from the Associated Press, there have been reports of tornadoes sweeping across the Midwest, including one that hit Mapleton, a town of 1,200 people in western Iowa. About 100 homes were destroyed, and 12 to 15 blocks of the town were flattened by the devastating twister when it struck about 7:20 p.m. on Saturday. Nearly 60 percent of the town was reportedly ravaged. It was all part of a violent storm system originating in eastern Nebraska and northern Oklahoma and following a warm front across western Iowa, according to Mohler. There was a 10-minute warning. About 500 to 600 residents were displaced, and officials said that no fatalities were reported. The damaging storms were shifting eastward to the Atlantic coast Tuesday.
WAVES OF TORNADO CAUSES MAJOR DEVASTATION IN IOWA!
Meanwhile in the upper Midwest, flooding along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota closed at least 60 miles of roads. as heavy rains poured down on Interstate 29. The river is expected to crest at nearly 40 feet and run high for several days in Fargo, North Dakota, where the temporary levee is about 44 feet.In Wisconsin, a powerful storm caused a record-breaking seven tornadoes.
HEAVY RAINFALL AND MASSIVE FLOODING IN THE MIDWEST!
In Wisconsin, a powerful storm caused a record-breaking seven tornadoes.
RECORD WEATHER SYSTEM IN WISCONSIN!
A powerful storm system that moved through the nation’s midsection over the weekend caused what may be a record-breaking seven tornadoes in Wisconsin, officials said Monday. “It’s one of the most significant tornado outbreaks in April,” said Rich Mamrosh, meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He said if confirmed, the number of Sunday night storms may have broken a record for a single day in April in the state — the previous record was six. Mamrosh said a strong low pressure system moved from South Dakota to northern Wisconsin Sunday, moving warm, moist air into the state, which was followed by a cold front, producing the storms. A tornado in Merrill in the north-central portion of the state causing widespread damage to homes and businesses, said Captain Scott Krause of the Merrill Fire Department. Three people were taken to area hospitals. Storms caused damage in other portions of the Midwest and south over the weekend. Iowa governor Terry Branstad declared a state of emergency after a storm Saturday that destroyed over half the town of Mapleton, but left no one seriously injured among its 1,200 residents, according to local law enforcement. The peak U.S. tornado season lasts from March until early July, the period when warm, humid air often has to thrust upward against cool, dry air. – Yahoo News.In Arizona, several areas was hit with over ten inches of snow.
WINTER STORM HITS ARIZONA!
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In Oklahoma, baseball-sized hail and strong winds hammered sections of the northwest.
BASEBALL-SIZE HAIL POUNDS OKLAHOMA!
A Tornado Watch was issued late this afternoon shortly before storms exploded across areas north and west of Enid. The watch is set to expire at 1 a.m. Saturday as the storms fizzle out while moving into areas of southern Kansas. So far today no official reports of a tornado touching down in the state. More storms are in the forecast this weekend. Sunday a powerful storm system will move into the central plains. Ahead of it very warm temperatures and strong winds will fuel an extreme fire danger for most all of Oklahoma. A burn ban is currently issued for 47 counties in Oklahoma. All outdoor burning, including grilling of any type, is prohibited in the banned areas. - KTUL.
In other sections of Oklahoma, extreme and record drought conditions continues to devastate wheat crop production.
EXTREME DROUGHT IN OKLAHOMA!
Counties across Oklahoma are seeing severe drought conditions. The drought is the worst the state has seen since the 1920s. During a good crop season and for this time of the year, the wheat should be about 18 inches tall, but many wheat fields are only about six inches or less. Wheat in many Oklahoma fields is more brown than green. "Brown from a lack of rain," said farmer Roy Wilson. This is the worst drought Wilson has seen in his 40 years of farming. "Even if we get a rain now, this crop won't survive," Wilson said. Wilson grows wheat to bail for hay to feed his cattle. He can usually get about 120 bails, but this year he said he will be lucky to get 10. "I will have to look elsewhere for hay to feed my cattle," Wilson said. He can salvage what's left in his field by letting cattle graze. Down the road, even though it's waving in the wind, Wilson's other crop is not what it should be. "It ain't gonna be 100 percent, but it will probably be an 80 percent crop on it," Wilson said. Wilson's not alone. Farmers all over the state are praying for rain to save what's left. Instead of selling the wheat for food, most farmers will most likely make money by selling crops as hay and recoup their losses through crop insurance. "We're gonna have to find something to supplement what we lost this year," Wilson said. Most likely there will be a spike in food prices because of the short wheat crop, but just how high prices will go won't be known until harvest time which is in June. Agricultural experts said if the state does get rain soon, crops north of I-40 could be decent, but rain or not crops south of I-40 do not have a chance. - NewsOn6.In Seattle, a report from the city's Green Seattle Partnership – a volunteer effort to preserve the city's forests – has forecast that 7 out of 10 Seattle forest trees be die in 20 years.
POSSIBLE EXTINCTION OF TREES IN SEATTLE!
The report says that without massive effort, 7 out of 10 trees in Seattle's forests will be dead within 20 years. That's due to English ivy, Himalayan blackberry and other invasive plants infesting more than 40 percent of Seattle's native forests. "City forests are failing as trees reach the end of their natural life, and invasive plants choke out the next generation of trees," wrote Mark Mead, a senior urban forester with the city's Parks and Recreation Department. Seattle's struggling tree canopy isn't complete news to tree saviors, and the city began trying to reverse the trend six years ago with Green Seattle Partnership, an effort with the Cascade Land Conservancy. But the latest report shows that budget pain is hampering the effort's lofty goal of restoring 2,500 forest acres in 20 years. - Seattle PI.In New Orleans, Feral flocks of chickens have proliferated the neighborhoods.
WEIRD ANIMAL BEHAVIOR IN NEW ORLEANS!
Since Hurricane Katrina, Ruby Melton's 9th Ward enclave has welcomed a new species of neighbor: clucking, crowing, prancing chickens that dart across streets and nest in the trees. "We don't have stray dogs any more," said Melton, 68. "But everyone I talk to has stray chickens." Most people figure that the wild birds descended from domesticated fowl that escaped backyard coops after the storm. Since then, the population has boomed, with the local SPCA chapter now dispatching officers weekly to catch feral chickens, spokeswoman Katherine LeBlanc said. Most calls hinge on neighbors' irritation with ear-piercing squawks, she said, rather than complaints about chicken droppings or attacks on pets or children. The birds don't appear to be fugitives from the growing number of New Orleans homesteaders who raise chickens for eggs and meat. Animal control officers place the stray chickens with a farmer they call the Chicken Man, LeBlanc said, noting that capturing the creatures is "extremely hard" and often requires the effort of several officers... Several 7th Ward chickens commute between two empty lots on opposite sides of Touro Street. Cynthia Stampley, who has lived on the block for 30 years, said that until Katrina, she'd never seen such a proliferation of wild chickens. Other cities have waged high-profile battles with chickens. After neighbors complained last year, animal-control workers in the Bronx removed 35 chickens that were "believed to be the city's largest brood of wild chickens," according to a newspaper report. – Nola.If all of the preceding is not enough, then the continuous swarm of earthquakes stretching from Washington to California to Nevada to Wyoming and to Arkansas surely should indicate that the seismographs are registering tectonic plate movements that could result in major seismic disturbances.
Areas that are directly link to Yellowstone Volcano Caldera, the San Andreas Fault Zone and the New Madrid Fault Zone.
New York is a major loser and Reykjavik a winner from new forecasts of sea level rise in different regions. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in 2007 that sea levels would rise at least 28cm (1ft) by the year 2100. But this is a global average; and now a Dutch team has made what appears to be the first attempt to model all the factors leading to regional variations. Other researchers say the IPCC's figure is likely to be a huge under-estimate. Whatever the global figure turns out to be, there will be regional differences. Ocean currents and differences in the temperature and salinity of seawater are among the factors that mean sea level currently varies by up a metre across the oceans - this does not include short-term changes due to tides or winds. So if currents change with global warming, which is expected - and if regions such as the Arctic Ocean become less saline as ice sheets discharge their contents into the sea - the regional patterns of peaks and troughs will also change. "Everybody will still have the impact, and in many places they will get the average rise," said Roderik van der Wal from the University of Utrecht, one of the team presenting their regional projections at the European Geosciences Union (EGU) meeting in Vienna. "But places like New York are going to have a larger contribution than the average - 20% more in this case. - BBC.Considering the exponential rate with which we are experiencing these Earth changes and the near impossibility of finding sustainable alternatives to the natural resources, then it seems that we probably need to take heed to the Astrophysicist Nassim Haramein's and Professor Stephen Hawking's dire message that the planet is really on the brink of an extinction.
"We need to free our society from the bounds of being stuck to the surface of the planet. Which is NOT a really good place to be. Just isn't. Cosmologically speaking, surfaces of planets are highly unstable... There's a typically cosmological time period in which a civilization like ours has to figure out how to get off their rock, and if they don't on time, well, you know, on to the next round. You see what I am saying? This is a fundamental step that a civilization MUST do." - Haramein.
"I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space. It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next hundred years, let alone the next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load." - Hawking.
As our Sun continues to age and expand, our planet will continue to heat up and weather anomalies will increase in magnitude and frequency. Given these factors and the contributions of man-made weather manipulation and modification, it will only be a matter of time, before these precursors produces a monumental catastrophic event along the American landmass.