Monday, April 25, 2011

EARTH CHANGES: The Deluge - Widespread Flooding Everywhere!

As I have been reporting here for the last week or so, meteorologists and weather experts expect the severe thunderstorms that unleashed an onslaught of destructive tornadoes across America over the past few weeks,  to continue into this week and further into the month of May. According to AccuWeather, a series of storm systems is set to track across the hard-hit Plains, Midwest and Southeast throughout this week. "This could be more widespread than anything we've seen this season. We're going to see multiple outbreaks of severe weather Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week from the Ohio Valley to the southern Plains and into the southeastern U.S. The orientation of upper-level winds with this setup look to favor a high risk of tornado development," said Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. So far, 2011 has produced a record number of tornadoes and these experts expect to see over 300 more between now and mid-May.

What's more, is that the Easter weekend will go down as one of the hottest on record, at temperatures peaked in the mid-90s as far north as Boston. In New York, a sweltering 96 degrees was registered. Hotter temperatures generally mean lower pressure. In the troughs of low pressure or a mid-latitude area, when warm moist air collides with cooler air, thunderstorms can develop. These storms are usually accompanied by extremely strong winds and heavy rainfall. As a result of this, widespread flooding occurs.

A slow moving frontal boundary is expected to lead to several rounds of severe weather and the potential for life threatening flash floods across parts of Mississippi over the next few days.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed much of the state under the risk for severe weather from today through Wednesday with risk for tornadoes and damaging winds possible each day. The most likely areas for experiencing severe weather from late Monday morning through the evening exist across North and much of Western Mississippi with an enhanced risk for severe weather across northwestern sections, including Tunica, Olive Branch, Southaven and Clarksdale. The severe weather threat expands statewide on Tuesday into Wednesday. Also, the National Weather Service has issued a rare Particularly Dangerous Situation (PDS) Flash Flood Watch for parts of Northern Mississippi through Wednesday due to the likelihood of repeated rounds of very heavy rain that could lead to life threatening floods, even in areas that are not prone to flooding.  This PDS Flash Flood Watch covers 14 Mississippi counties including Alcorn, Benton, Coahoma, De Soto, Lafayette, Marshall, Panola, Prentiss, Quitman, Tate, Tippah, Tishomingo, Tunica and Union. - Examiner.
Kentuckians were cautioned Monday to beware rising waters along such rivers as the Ohio and Licking and flash floods caused by additional precipitation hitting rain-soaked ground. Most of Kentucky got 3-4 inches of rain on Sunday. Double-digit totals for the last week caused flooded rivers, streams and tributaries.


The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings through Tuesday for several counties bordering or near the Ohio River. Flood warnings covered Kenton, Campbell, Boone and others. The weather service on Monday said it had changed its forecast for flooding from minor to moderate for the Ohio River below the McAlpine Dam at Louisville. Jefferson and Meade counties were affected in Kentucky, as well as Clark, Floyd and Harrison in Indiana. At 10 p.m. Sunday, the Ohio below the McAlpine Dam in Louisville was 60 feet; flood stage is 55 feet. The river will continue rising to near 65.2 feet by Tuesday night, the weather service said. In the town of West Point, 31 miles southwest of Louisville, West Point Elementary School was closed Monday because of flooding. The town just northeast of Fort Knox sits between the rising Ohio and Salt rivers. Sherry Ramey loaded her mother's possessions into a moving truck in West Point on Sunday, telling The News-Enterprise of Elizabethtown that her mother stands to lose everything because she cannot afford the $6,000 flood insurance bill. West Point superintendent of public works Jon Baldridge said nothing could be done except pray the rain would stop. In addition to Ohio River flooding in the state, a flash flood watch continued through Monday night for Franklin, Harrison, Anderson, Woodford, Fayette, Bourbon, Nicholas, Nelson, Washington, Mercer, Jessamine, Clark, LaRue, Marion, Boyle, Garrard, Madison, Casey, Lincoln, Taylor, Warren and Simpson counties, according to the National Weather Service. -
The National Weather Service in northern Indiana has issued a number of flood watches and warnings for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

The flood warning continues for the following rivers: St. Joseph River affecting Allen and DeKalb counties in Indiana and Defiance County in Ohio until Friday night. At 9 a.m. Monday, the river was 09.9 feet and falling in Fort Wayne. Flood stage is 12.0 feet, and the weather service said it is likely to rise above flood stage Tuesday evening and crest near 12.7 feet by 8 p.m. Wednesday. Minor flooding is forecast. St. Joseph River near Newville was measured at 12.5 feet and steady at 10 a.m. Monday, with minor flooding. Flood stage is 12.0 feet. The river is expected to crest near 13.7 feet about 8 p.m. Thursday. Wabash River near Bluffton affecting Huntington and Wells counties. Tiffin River near Stryker affecting Defiance, Fulton and Williams counties in Ohio. The weather service said the region can expect rain and thunderstorms through the middle of the week. It said the potential exists for 1 to 3 inches of rainfall today through Wednesday with locally higher amounts possible. - Journal Gazette.
According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms, rain showers and flooding will continue this week, for several states across America, with a high possibility of strong tornadoes. Watch alerts have been issued early Monday to get state officials, weather and emergency personnel prepared.

In Canada, a flood threat has prompted the evacuation of the Roseau River First Nation, 100 kilometres south of Winnipeg.

There are plans to relocate approximately 850 people. About 170 had left by Saturday afternoon, while the rest were expected to leave Sunday and Monday. Flood co-ordinator Howard Nelson said the band council has determined the reserve could be cut off at any time. He's worried its permanent ring dike could breach, flooding the community in as little as 15 minutes. "According to the water levels we've been getting, we probably will lose our remaining access on the east side, so we called a full evacuation," he said. Across the province, more than 1,600 people have left their homes because of flooding or the threat of flooding. Many of the evacuees are First Nations residents. The Red, Assiniboine and Souris rivers have overrun their banks in some places. Provincial officials say more than 600 roads are closed and there are states of emergency in 33 municipalities. The flood fight along the Souris River is intensifying downstream of Melita, which is currently at crest. Provincial flood officials say in the town of Souris, the Souris River and intersecting Plum Creek are likely to crest at the same time, which could be as soon as tomorrow. That would lead to water levels similar to the record- breaking flood of 1976. - CBC.
Across the world, it is the same story.

In Columbia, nearly 30,000 people had to evacuate their homes.

More than 29,100 people have been forced from their homes by the latest round of torrential rains blamed for 93 lives so far this year, the Colombian Red Cross said Saturday. “The situation remains difficult” as rain continues to fall in 24 of Colombia’s 32 provinces, CRC official Cesar Urueña said. Worst affected are people living in the basins of Colombia’s two most important rivers: the Magdalena and the Cauca, Urueña said by telephone from the field. In La Dorada, a town on the Magdalena River in the western province of Caldas, 4,200 families have fled rising floodwaters, he said. Another 1,700 families were evacuated in Puerto Boyaca, a town on the northern stretch of the Magdalena. More than a thousand residents of three towns in the northwestern province of Antioquia – Puerto Berrio, Puerto Nare and Puerto Triunfo – were forced to abandon their homes when the level of the Magdalena rose after dam operators began releasing water from a rain-swollen reservoir near the southwestern city of Neiva. Flooding and mudslides have also blocked portions of 26 provincial and national highways, Urueña said, warning of likely problems as people begin to return from Easter-week vacations. - Latin America Herald.

In flood-ravaged Brazil, 23 cities have declared a state of emergency, following the deaths of 12 people from flooding.

A total of 23 Brazilian cities are still a state of emergency after the storm early Saturday, killing 12 people. In 27 cities in the state of emergency may at any time because of losses caused by torrential rains that left thousands of homes without roofs, crops completely destroyed, blocking roads and thousands of people without electricity. Among the victims were five children and five members of one family whose home was buried under a landslide in the town Igrejinha. - Informador.

In Venezuela, major floods took the lives of ten people.

Julio Leon, Governor of the Venezuelan state of Yaracuy, central-northern part of the country, has confirmed that ten people were killed in a wave flow of heavy rains in the area. Leon said that among the dead were six children. In recent days, the rains have wreaked havoc in most parts of the country, especially in the western states of Merida, Tachira, Trujillo and Zulia, where there were floods, blocked roads from landslides and mudflows. Power in a state of readiness to meet any unforeseen circumstances. - Ansa.

In Syria, similar cases of deaths from flooding.

A total of five children were killed by floods coming from the Iraqi borders towards villages in Hasakah province in northeast Syria, Syria's state-run news agency reported Sunday.  SANA reported that the five victims were from the same family and aged between five to nine years old, adding that rescuers have found the bodies of three children and are still searching for the other two kids. The agency said 26 villages in Hasakas have been flooded. -
In Thailand, rain and thunderstorms continue to pound the country.

Many areas of the country, including Bangkok, will remain under the threat of rainstorms for the next couple of days, the Meteorological Department warned yesterday. In its warning on summer storms issued yesterday, the agency said that many parts of Thailand, particularly the upper parts, were still covered with high-pressure ridges from China. This condition could result in summer storms in the North, the Northeast, the eastern seaboard region, and the Central region, including the capital... the situation underground flood trapped in Ban Ta Khun, Surat Thani to be worried about the area, rubber than 200 acres and houses the villagers to sink under water for over a week, even though official to expedite mobilization pumps water to drain but the water level has not. willing to reduce. If that happens, the groundwater in the deluge flooded house in Moo 2, Tambon Nong Tao Wong, A. Ta Khun, Surat Thani, Surat Thani road between km 51-52 - Takua Pa. Flood water levels are stranded on the road home Wong - Ban Wang Applied water level is still about 50-70 cm high flood detention of people flooded homes in the neighborhood of 5 after the flood of residents trapped rubber than 200 rai. High water level in the rubber plantations and almost 2 meters with a time a week ago. Although the mobilization of large water pumps to speed up 3 air pump to drain into the lower area. But so far have not reduced the amount of water also have water flowing from the corner stone of the mountain and the second son of Wong and a portion of water from artesian well water that came up from the ground continuously. - Manager.
In Indonesia, residents have started to evacuate several areas as widespread floods devours up roads and bridges.

"It's been three weeks more people in five villages in West Malaka, Belu regency, East Nusa Tenggara struggling with flooding. Until Saturday flooding due to overflowing of the River Benanaian still not subsided. Due to flooding, residents living practically paralyzed because residential areas are flooded. In fact almost most of the houses in five villages, it has been submerged and is no longer feasible attended."... Some 1,800 flood victims in Belu district, East Nusa Tenggara province, have been evacuated from Malaka Barat substrict to Weliman subdistrict to facilitate relief aid distribution, a spokesman said. "The evacuation is merely intended to ensure smooth communication and facilitate distribution of relief aid among flood victims. The relief aid distribution had been disrupted as they stayed in flood-encircled area," Belu Deputy District Head Lodovikus Taolin said on Saturday. The flood cut off land communication between the Belu district capital Atambua and the flood-affected area, causing difficulties to distribution of relief aid to the flood victims, he said. The flood victims evacuated from Malaka Barat to Weliman came from Umatos, Lasaen, Naas and Fatoe villages. Twenty-one families are staying at their relatives` houses in Betun, capital of Malaka Barat subdistrict... Flash floods on Saturday, reached two meters in eight villages in Kabupaten Bima, West Nusa Tenggara. The floods killed two people and two others were swept away by water flow. The water turned out to thousands of homes of local residents. Dozens of them have been wiped out. Floods caused by rain. Residents panicked when the flood came down. Many residents had fled and could not maintain their property... Four people were killed and two injured due to floods that occurred in the village Balloanging, District Balocci, regency Pangkep, South Sulawesi, on Sunday afternoon. Seven houses were seriously damaged. Four people were buried under a stream of flooding, it is the villagers Sangerang... Flash floods hit as high as two meters in eight villages in Kabupaten Bima, West Nusa Tenggara. Floods killed two people and two others were swept away the water flow. Floods submerge thousands of homes had residents on Saturday. Dozens of them flat with tanah.Hujan which resulted in flooding. Residents panicked when the flood came suddenly brown. Many residents who fled and could not save any valuables mereka.Pemerintah is looking for a number of victims that have not been found. The Government also help residents who began experiencing water shortages and food. While the flow of electricity dropped out since the morning. - Pole Shift NING.

Stay tuned. More anon.

SOLAR ACTIVITY: BIG SUNSPOT - Detailed Image of Sunspot 1195!

According to NASA, as we near solar maximum, the Sun is expected to undergo a period of increased magnetic and sunspot activity. This new activity in the solar cycle comes after years of record solar minimum, where sunspots and solar flares subsided to the lowest level in nearly a century, lasting longer than usual. However, sunspots have returned with a bang and are crackling with activity.

Have a look at this image from SpaceWeather of Sunspot 1195.
This detailed image of sunspot 1195 looks like it was taken by one of NASA's most advanced space telescopes. In fact, it comes from someone's backyard in the Netherlands. Photographer Emil Kraaikamp explains: "I took the picture on April 23rd using a 10-inch telescope with a white-light solar filter. The sunspot is so large, I could see plenty of details." Indeed, the primary dark core (at the top) is more than two times wider than Earth. With such dimensions, the sunspot group may be clearly resolved even from humble backyards. All around the sunspot, the stellar surface is literally boiling. The blobs shown so clearly in Kraaikamp's picture are solar granules, akin to rising blobs of water in a pot on a hot stove. These blobs, however, are made of plasma and they are about the size of Texas.

Sunspot 1195 is in a state of decay and poses a declining threat for strong solar flares. Currenly, there are no large coronal holes on the Earth-side of the sun and the probabilities for significant disturbances on the Earth's magnetic field are pretty low.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Pacific "Ring of Fire" - 6.2 Quake in Indonesia!

More seismic activity along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where a 6.2 magnitude struck Indonesia today. This comes against the background of the 6.0 earthquake in Honshu, Japan and the 6.9 in the Solomon Islands yesterday. The frequency in high magnitude of these tremors, definitely indicates that there is major movement along the conjunction of the continental plates.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake with a relatively shallow depth hit Sulawesi island in central Indonesia on Monday, officials in the region said. Reports from the area said the quake occurred 55 km (33 miles) southeast of the town of Kendari and likely struck the tip of the island. Officials said the tremor was strongly felt in Kendari and an aftershock of 5.2 was recorded soon after to the east of the town. There was no indication whether a tsunami warning had been issued, but many small islands in the area would be at risk from a strong quake. The United States Geological Survey said the quake occurred at 12:07 p.m. British time, 67 miles east of Baubau at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles (10 km). It later adjusted the depth to 5.8 miles. - EuroNews