A burst of radioactive solar particles has erupted from the Sun, streaking toward Earth at 900 miles per second, NASA has announced.
The event, called a coronal mass ejection, or CME, while not occurring as frequently as solar flares, is still a common phenomenon. This time, however, rather than projecting out into space, it’s headed straight for Earth.
Given the direction and speed of the CME, Science World Report explains, mild to moderate effects may be felt as soon as Sunday.
When a CME strikes the Earth, the traveling body of solar energetic particles can – on rare occasion – causes a significant enough geomagnetic storm to disrupt the Earth’s magnetosphere. Results may include stronger aurorae around the Earth’s magnetic poles, disruption of radio transmissions and even damage to satellites and electrical transmission facilities, which could cause power outages.
It’s never comfortable to think about what your family should do or how you should prepare in the event of an emergency, natural disaster or crisis, but the safety and wellbeing of your household could very well depend upon your forethought. Making a definitive plan for how everyone should proceed and what to expect in case an emergency arises could easily mean the difference between surviving it unscathed and suffering devastating loss. In addition to making sure that you have enough non-perishable food, water and first aid supplies to last your family for several days, you should also have a plan in place that includes certain information so that everyone is on the same page and no one is ever left behind.
How Has Hurricane Sandy Affected You Spiritually?
Source: U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen, via Wikimedia Commons
This storm was unlike any other. Several very powerful weather systems combined, slamming into one of the most populated parts of America: New York City and New Jersey.
In one example of the human tragedy of the storm, the Wall Street Journal reported on a community of elderly people on Staten Island that didn’t evacuate before the storm. Many lived, but some drowned alone in their homes. In all, almost 200 people died in the storm’s path. Besides the human loss, about $50 billion in property damage is estimated.
It seems like natural disasters are getting worse and more frequent
Scientists reported in 2005 that while the number of hurricanes and cyclones had not increased, “the researchers did find a sharp increase during the past 35 years in the number of category 4 and 5 tropical cyclones, the most intense storms that cause most of the damage on landfall” (Richard Kerr, “Is Katrina a Harbinger of Still More Powerful Hurricanes?” p. 1807, Sept. 16, 2005).
Remember the awful earthquake and tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004? That disaster killed 300,000 people, more than any from any earthquake in more than 500 years.
America is experiencing more and more of these intense disasters. A German insurance reinsurance company reported that between 1980 and 2011, the number of big weather-related losses increased five times!
As the mass clear-up from Superstorm Sandy continues, forecasters are already warning of a powerful nor'easter storm front coming in from the Atlantic next week.
The beleaguered coast line is expected to face 45mph gusts of wind mixed with snow and rain on Wednesday.
The forecast has been greeted with dismay from beach erosion experts, who fear even more damage to shorelines already decimated by Sandy.
In ruins: Orley Beach in New Jersey. The forecast of another powerful storm on Wednesday has been greeted with dismay from beach erosion experts, who fear even more damage to shorelines already decimated
Flooding in Mantoloking, New Jersey. Sandy destroyed hundreds of miles of sand dunes and protective sea walls along the East Coast
Monday's devastating superstorm destroyed hundreds of miles of sand dunes and protective sea walls along the East Coast.
These natural defences, now either non-existent or severly weakened, are no match for another powerful storm, even one not on the scale of Sandy.
Experts fear a new storm could, despending on the wind direction, flood lowlands near the coast and worsen the extensive erosion already suffered by beaches and sand dunes.
The Bounty and 'MGM' (Photo credit: █ Slices of Light █▀ ▀ ▀)
It appears that the good ship has sunk in this terrible storm in an area that has become a graveyard to many ships like her. It appears 17 are rescued and 2 are still missing. Everyone at The Plain Truth sends our thoughts and prayers to all that are involved. Also a thanks to those brave men in the Coast Guard. Here is the link to The Bounty's Facebook page... Visit them and "like" them and send any thoughts their way. The Virginian Pilot is reporting that: "
Sailors abandoned the HMS Bounty in the Atlantic Ocean on Monday after it took on water during Hurricane Sandy, and the fate of two of its crew in peril.
The Coast Guard is searching the waters off the coast of North Carolina for two missing crew members, including Capt. Robin Walbridge, from the tall ship after rescuing 14 others from lifeboats this morning, a spokesman said. The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported that the other missing crew member is Claudene Christian of Oklahoma.
Coast Guard helicopters plucked the Bounty’s crewmembers from two canopied lifeboats in the Atlantic Ocean, a short time after the crew abandoned ship. The 180-foot, three-mast tall ship had lost propulsion and was taking on water, said Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Fredrick.
A short time later, the HMS Bounty sunk into the Atlantic Ocean about 90 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, Fredrick said.
“They lost their generator and when they lost their generator, they lost their ability to dewater the vessel,” Fredrick said. “That’s when they made their decision to abandon ship.”
Survivors told Coast Guard officials that three of the crew were thrown overboard while they were getting into the lifeboats. One man was able to swim to the life rafts but two others were pulled away.
Everyone was wearing cold water suits and life vests, which means they have a good chance of surviving until they can be rescued, Fredrick said."
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AS HURRICANE SANDY PICKS UP SPEED, forecasters say it could slam into New Jersey as early as 6 p.m. ET, as millions living along the New Jersey, New York and Connecticut coasts await evening high tide that could generate an 11-foot surge of sea water. U.S. Route 30 heading to Atlantic City, N.J., shown above, is already flooded.
DALLAS (The Blaze/AP) — Tornadoes tore through the Dallas area on Tuesday, tearing roofs off homes, tossing trucks into the air and leaving flattened tractor trailers strewn along highways and parking lots.
The National Weather Service confirmed at least two separate “large and extremely dangerous” tornadoes in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Several other developing twisters were reported as a band of violent storms moved north through the metropolitan area. Officials had no immediate information about injuries.
Footage from highway video cameras showed a large, dark funnel cloud moving on the ground not far from a major interstate early Tuesday afternoon. Crumpled orange tractor trailers were later visible in a Dallas County parking lot, as well as flattened trailers along the sides of highways and access roads.
WEST LIBERTY, Ky. – Rescue workers with search dogs trudged through the hills of Kentucky, and emergency crews in several states combed through wrecked homes in a desperate search Saturday for survivors of tornadoes that killed dozens of people.
American's top hurricane experts have admitted defeat and abandoned efforts to make a December forecast of the number of hurricanes the following year.
William Gray and Phil Klotzbach are famous for their advance predictions of how many storms are likely to hit during the following hurricane season, which runs from June to November.
But the pair, from Colorado State University, have now announced that a look back at the past 20 years of forecasts shows that their methods do not actually work.
Weathermen: William Gray, left, and Phil Klotzbach, of Colorado State University, have given up trying to predict the numbers of storms six months in advance
CSU's hurricane forecasting team has since 1992 predicted the number of storms that will take place the following year in early December, mere days after the end of the previous season.
Residents and authorities in the U.S. Deep South's hurricane country have paid close attention to the forecasts, as even a mid-strength hurricane can cause billions of dollars of damage.
As recovery from Hurricane Irene is still in the early stages, another potential problem storm is stirring in the tropics.
Katia us just a tropical depression at the moment, but it if it does become a tropical storm, it’s expected to move north and west and become a hurricane off the coast of the lesser Antilles early next week, News4 chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer reported.
It’s far too early to say whether it will continue to follow a similar path as Hurricane Irene, but while some computer models show it blowing off to sea, others have it coming very close to the region.
You might want to hang on to those unused jugs of Irene water as Kammerer keeps an eye on Katia.
It's a tragedy, but it does remind one of Funny Farm...
For the television reporter, clad in his red cagoule emblazoned with the CNN logo, it was a dramatic on-air moment, broadcasting live from Long Island, New York during a hurricane that also threatened Manhattan.
“We are in, right, now…the right eye wall, no doubt about that…there you see the surf,” he said breathlessly. “That tells a story right there.”
"Scenes from the city look much like those of the tornadoes that claimed more than 300 lives in the Southeast last month..."
Dozens are dead and even more injured after nearly 50 tornadoes tore though parts of the Midwest on Sunday.
At least 89 people were killed in Joplin, Mo., which received the worst of the severe weather. Damage was widespread across the city as homes, schools and a hospital were hit by a massive tornado.
According to AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alan Reppert, x-ray films from the hospital were found 70 miles away in a driveway. More>>>
As if tornadoes and damaging thunderstorms were not enough, historic flooding is also threatening the Mississippi River, below St. Louis, as well as the lower part of the Ohio River.
The rising waters are expected to top levels set during February 1937. This mark is the middle Mississippi Valley's equivalent to the 1993 event farther north along Old Man River.
Even if rain were to fall at a normal rate for the remainder of the spring, the consequences of what has already happened in the Midwest will affect way of live, property, agriculture and travel/shipping/navigation for weeks in the region.
While the amount of evacuees currently numbers in the hundreds, it could soon number in the tens of thousands as levees are topped or breached and rivers expand their girth into more farming communities, towns and cities. MORE>>
Repeat of 1859 Carrington Event would devastate modern world, experts say
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Richard A. Lovett
On February 14 the sun erupted with the largest solar flare seen in four years—big enough to interfere with radio communications and GPS signals for airplanes on long-distance flights.
As solar storms go, the Valentine's Day flare was actually modest. But the burst of activity is only the start of the upcoming solar maximum, due to peak in the next couple of years.
"The sun has an activity cycle, much like hurricane season," Tom Bogdan, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado, said earlier this month at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C.
"It's been hibernating for four or five years, not doing much of anything." Now the sun is waking up, and even though the upcoming solar maximum may see a record low in the overall amount of activity, the individual events could be very powerful.
Scientists in Iceland are warning that another volcano on the island looks set to erupt, threatening to spew-out a blanket of dust that would dwarf last year's eruption.
Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after noticing an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano Bárdarbunga.
Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides 'good reason to worry'.
Last year's eruption of volcanos near Eyjafjallajokull, located in the south of the island, caused chaos around the world as hundreds of planes were grounding due to dust and ash filling the sky.
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SYDNEY – A strong tropical cyclone roared toward Australia's flood-ravaged northeast on Monday, prompting evacuations and warnings from officials that the storm could be the worst the already-swamped region has ever seen.
Cyclone Yasi strengthened to a Category 3 on Monday with winds up to 115 mph (185 kph). It was expected to hit the Queensland state coast on Wednesday or Thursday as a fierce Category 4 storm with wind gusts up to 162 mph (260 kph). The storm could dump up to three feet (one meter) of rain on some communities already saturated from months of flooding, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said.
But Yasi is expected to strike somewhere along the state's north coast, largely avoiding areas to the south — including Brisbane — that have suffered the worst of the recent flooding. Still, Bligh said the storm's path could change and residents up and down the coast needed to be prepared.
"We couldn't rule out further flooding in areas that have already experienced significant flooding in the last few weeks," Bligh said.
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2010 was a year of extreme weather events with epic flooding, snowstorms, drought, heat waves and severe cold unfolding across the U.S. and the globe. It tied 2005 as the warmest year on record, and was also a year in which one of the strongest December La Niñas in recorded history was observed.
La Niñas, which occur when sea surface temperatures across the equatorial central and eastern Pacific Ocean are below normal, play a significant role in the overall weather pattern across the globe. The current La Niña has been influential in 2010's extreme events. Details on those events and their connection to La Niña can be found in this AccuWeather.com news story.
While some of the extremes have fallen in line with overall weather conditions typically expected during a La Niña, other events have been the complete opposite. Disastrous flooding in Southern California during December and recent extreme cold, snow and ice in the Southeast are examples of events in contrast with what is typically expected during a La Niña.
This graphic shows the area of the Pacific Ocean where the La Niña is occurring, with the large area of below-normal sea surface temperatures in blue.
So why are these extreme events non-typical for a La Niña occurring? The answer is complex and complicated. But in general, all La Niñas are different. While general trends have been observed throughout recorded history, no two La Niñas are identical.
Variations in strength of La Niñas also lend different results. In general, the stronger the La Niña (or the bigger the departure from normal in sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific), the more extreme weather events we'd expect to have. The difficult part is determining where these extreme events will occur and whether such events will occur with regularity.
Infrared satellite data, which currently is the primary means of measuring sea surface temperatures, has only been available for about 50 years. Prior to that time, most observations of sea surface temperatures came from buoys and ship reports. These older methods don't provide an adequate representation for the globe.
Therefore, there is only a short history of La Niñas and El Niños (the opposite of La Niña with warmer-than-normal sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific) available for study. Thus, we're not at a point where we can directly correlate "all" extreme weather events with La Niñas or El Niños, nonetheless predict when and where they will happen.
The current La Niña is still going strong and expected to persist through at least the spring. AccuWeather.com long range forecasters think it could even last well into the summer or early fall.
So what does that mean in terms of weather for the coming months? What can people expect for the rest of winter and the upcoming spring? Will there be a continuation of non-typical extremes like we've seen over the last few months?
What to Expect in Coming Months
In short, AccuWeather.com Expert Long Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok says that we can expect to see more of the non-typical La Niñna events in parts of the country in coming weeks.
For example, he expects colder-than-normal conditions to continue affecting the East through the end of January and possibly the first half of February. In contrast to December, which was coldest compared to normal in the Southeast, the upcoming cold in the East is expected to be most extreme in the Northeast.
A blast of cold air coming to the Northeast the weekend of Jan. 22-23 is forecast to be especially brutal. A healthy snowpack covering much of the East now will help make upcoming cold outbreaks even more intense.
This graphic depicts average weather conditions expected across the U.S. during a strong La Niñna from January through March. In general, AccuWeather.com long range forecasters' thinking is in line with this for much of the rest of the winter.
In the Southeast, Pastelok thinks the cold that continues in coming weeks will be significant enough to make temperatures for the entire winter average out below normal for much of the region. This would be an impressive feat, considering that La Niña winters in the Southeast are typically warmer than normal.
In general, Pastelok also expects a continuation of stormy weather from the Tennessee Valley into the mid-Atlantic for much of the rest of the season. Storms that track through this zone can vary between producing snow, ice and heavy rain.
The bitter cold destined for the East will first blast through the Midwest. So more extreme cold is in store for people across that region as well.
Southern California is still a question. Both Pastelok and AccuWeather.com Western Expert Ken Clark have commented that while a repeat of what happened in December is highly unlikely, another storm of significance cannot be ruled out for Southern California this winter.
The Southwest started this winter off with cool temperatures but has recently experienced warming. That warmth is starting to spread eastward into Texas, and Pastelok expects most of the interior Southwest and Texas to stay warmer much of the rest of the winter.
Above-normal precipitation is expected for the Northwest for the rest of the season with higher-than-normal snowfall in the interior. Temperatures should average below normal for the rest of the season.
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