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Want to turn off the internet? It could happen if a solar storm hits the Earth

It's happened before and it could happen again.

Roughly 2,700 years ago, an unusually powerful solar storm swept past the Earth, scientists announced in a new study. Though it had little to no impact on people in that long ago, pre-industrial and pre-technological world, such an event today would cause widespread power outages along with potentially disastrous communication and navigation failures.

The solar storm, which was in 660 B.C., was about 10 times stronger than any known event in the past 70 years, study lead author Raimund Muscheler said.

A solar storm of that strength would be "a threat to modern society in terms of communication and navigation systems, space technologies and commercial aircraft operations,” the study said.

Scientists studied ancient ice in Greenland to uncover clues about previous solar storms. Looking at an ice core that dated as far back as 100,000 years, researchers found radioactive isotopes that indicated a very powerful solar storm 2,700 years ago.

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California's second 'super bloom' in two years transformed a desert into a wildflower wonderland

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In this Wednesday, March 6, 2019, photo, a man looks on amid wildflowers in bloom near Borrego Springs, Calif. Two years after steady rains sparked seeds dormant for decades under the desert floor to burst open and produce a spectacular display dubbed the "super bloom," another winter soaking this year is shaping up to be possibly even better. (Photo: Gregory Bull)

BORREGO SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been crescendoing across Southern California’s Anza-Borrego desert in a burst of color so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above.

Two years after steady rains followed by warm temperatures caused seeds dormant for decades under the desert floor to burst open and produce a spectacular display dubbed the “super bloom,” another winter soaking this year is expected to create possibly an even better show by Mother Nature.

Having two super blooms in two years is highly unusual. In California, super blooms happen about once in a decade in a given area, and they have been occurring less frequently with the drought.

The 2017 super bloom was the best seen in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in 20 years and drew mass crowds to Borrego Springs, a town of 3,500 that abuts the park.

“There’s just an abundance in where it’s blooming and it’s coming in waves,” said Betsy Knaak, executive director of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association, which tracks the blooms.

 

On a recent day, Knaak wandered through swaths of bright yellow and acres of purple outside Borrego Springs. Families, retired couples and college students traipsed into the fields trying to capture the natural wonder in photos.

Stephen Rawding drove out from Carlsbad, north of San Diego, to take photos with his girlfriend after a friend told him it was better than the one in 2017.

“It’s unreal,” Rawding said. “It’s just like they said — so beautiful.”

The setting sun lit up the yellow flowers that contrasted sharply against the brown and copper mountains in the background.

There are tapestries of hot pink Bigelow’s Monkey Flower, purple Sand Verbena, delicate white and yellow Evening Primrose and of course the desert lilies, which bloomed extremely early, opening up in December, signaling a super bloom was possible.

Bright orange poppies are also blanketing the sides of Southern California highways.


A Brutal Winter Coming?

Experts say disruptions in the polar vortex could cause temperatures to plummet in the US

Activity in an Arctic climate pattern could send the polar vortex barreling towards more southern latitudes to envelop parts of North America, Europe, and Asia. The phenomenon has led to extreme winter weather in recent years, including record low temperatures in the US back in 2014 and last year's 'Beast from the East' in the UK. While there's still time for things to change, the models currently suggest a split in the high-altitude polar vortex will ring in the New Year, creating the potential for 'more severe winter weather' in the Eastern US in the weeks to follow.


Wild weather weekend: Nearly TWO THOUSAND flights canceled and TWO FEET of snow expected

Nearly TWO THOUSAND flights canceled amid winter storm

A winter storm started sweeping across the Midwest on Friday (pictured), leading to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to two feet of snow.  Nearly two thousand flights out of domestic airports have been canceled so far as the country braces itself for significant snow and ice, according to flight-tracking site FlightAware.com. The storm led to slick roads and runways, as it inched its way toward New England, where it was forecast to dump up to two feet of snow over the long weekend for Martin Luther King Jr Day.


What Are ‘Fire Rainbows’? Colorful Sight Seen In Clouds Over New England

BOSTON (CBS) – There was an unusual sight in the blue skies over New England this week – an apparent rainbow in the clouds.

The National Weather Service noted the presence of what some call “fire rainbows,” which are technically circumhorizontal arcs.

“It looks like a rainbow, but it’s actually a halo,” WBZ-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher explains. “Essentially you have ice crystals in these high clouds that create these large halos. This particularly variety only happens when the sun is very high in the sky, so around mid-day and mostly in the warm season here in New England.”

A woman in New Hampshire captured a particularly vivid fire rainbow at Rye Beach on Wednesday.

fire rainbow rye What Are Fire Rainbows? Colorful Sight Seen In Clouds Over New England

“A lot of people were seeing them over the past few days,” WBZ-TV meteorologist Dave Epstein noted.

WBZ viewer Kathy Diamontopolous she was just walking out to her car Wednesday and was “amazed” at what she saw.

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Past Hurricane Killers: Galveston

Hurricane season is here: A History Reminder of the past storms

1900 Great Galveston hurricane in Texas pictured

As Harvey continues to wreak havoc and the death toll rises, these pictures show the impact of America's deadliest natural disaster more than 100 years ago. Devastating images show houses flattened and rescuers digging for bodies following the Great Galveston Hurricane. The Category 4 hurricane, with winds of up to 145 mph, made landfall on September 8, 1900 killing at least 8,000 of its 37,000 residents and destroying more than 3,600 buildings.


The Deplorable Climate Science Blog

NOAA Data Tampering Approaching 2.5 Degrees- More evidence that global warming is a HOAX to take away our rights!

NOAA’s US temperature record shows that US was warmest in the 1930’s and has generally cooled as CO2 has increased.  This wrecks greenhouse gas theory, so they “adjust” the data to make it look like the US is warming.

Raw NOAA Data      Adjusted NOAA Data

The NOAA data tampering produces a spectacular hockey stick of scientific fraud, which becomes the basis of vast amounts of downstream junk climate science. Pre-2000 temperatures are progressively cooled, and post-2000 temperatures are warmed. This year has been a particularly spectacular episode of data tampering by NOAA, as they introduce nearly 2.5 degrees of fake warming since 1895.

 

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Delingpole: NOAA Caught Lying About Arctic Sea Ice

The Arctic is melting catastrophically! Sea ice levels are experiencing their most precipitous decline in 1500 years! Something must be done – and fast…

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Well, so claims the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and we know by now what that means, don’t we?

Yep: the Arctic sea ice is doing just fine. Yep: yet again, the NOAA is telling porkies.

As usual, Paul Homewood has got its number.

First, here’s what the NOAA is claiming, as relayed in a scaremongering piece at Vox:

The Arctic Ocean once froze reliably every year. Those days are over.

Arctic sea ice extent has been measured by satellites since the 1970s. And scientists can sample ice cores, permafrost records, and tree rings to make some assumptions about the sea ice extent going back 1,500 years. And when you put that all on a chart, well, it looks a little scary.

In December, NOAA released its latest annual Arctic Report Card, which analyzes the state of the frozen ocean at the top of our world. Overall, it’s not good.

“The Arctic is going through the most unprecedented transition in human history,” Jeremy Mathis, director of NOAA’s Arctic research program, said at a press conference. “This year’s observations confirm that the Arctic shows no signs of returning to the reliably frozen state it was in just a decade ago.”

Now, courtesy of Homewood, are the facts:

Sea ice in the Arctic is recovering after a period of decline:

Arctic sea ice is getting thicker:     Read The Rest


Niagara Falls FREEZES as wind chill drops as low as -89 DEGREES

220M Americans prepare for a VERY chilly New Year's Eve

Parts of Niagara falls have frozen as bitter cold weather has swept over most of the northern United States, leaving many areas looking like Narnia. More than 220 million people face below freezing temperatures on Friday, as temperatures are expected to drop further as the New Year's weekend continues. The bitter temperatures have already been blamed for a handful of deaths and cancelled in long list of weekend celebrations. Mountain weather-related headaches continue to pile up in already winter-weary parts of the Midwest and East Cost experiencing highway pileups, frozen pips and car thefts. And though the conditions may be treacherous, gorgeous photos of places such as Niagara Falls show glittering frozen icicles and bright white snow piles almost make the arctic chill worth it.


Niagara Falls has frozen over

Extreme winter weather has been causing problems for millions across the East Coast, but it has also made for some beautiful sights.

Among those beautiful sights is Niagara Falls, which has now frozen over due to temperatures which dropped to 16F on Wednesday.

And it looks like the popular tourist destination may stay frozen, as temperatures are expected to drop even lower come Thursday.

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Niagara Falls has frozen over due to temperatures which dropped to 16F on Wednesday
 Niagara Falls has frozen over due to temperatures which dropped to 16F on Wednesday
The popular tourist destination will stay frozen for some time because temperatures are expected to drop even more come Thursday
The popular tourist destination will stay frozen for some time because temperatures are expected to drop even more come Thursday
'The attention the Falls is receiving is bringing a crowd to view them in their majestic, winter splendor!' said Michelle Blackley, communications & community relations manager for the Falls
'The attention the Falls is receiving is bringing a crowd to view them in their majestic, winter splendor!' said Michelle Blackley, communications & community relations manager for the Falls
Yet another arctic blast is set to strike the central and eastern United States on Wednesday evening, bringing sub-zero temperatures to many parts
Yet another arctic blast is set to strike the central and eastern United States on Wednesday evening, bringing sub-zero temperatures to many parts
Almost the entire East Coast, including parts of Florida, will reach below freezing temperatures on Thursday night
Almost the entire East Coast, including parts of Florida, will reach below freezing temperatures on Thursday night

'The attention the Falls is receiving is bringing a crowd to view them in their majestic, winter splendor!' Michelle Blackley, communications & community relations manager for the Falls, told USA Today

Yet another arctic blast is set to strike the central and eastern United States on Wednesday evening, bringing sub-zero temperatures to many parts.

Them things are going to get even colder. 



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2958849/Niagara-Falls-frozen-extreme-winter-weather-continues-East-Coast-going-colder.html#ixzz3SCVJVXU6 


Maria Destroys Puerto Rico and Dominica

How Hurricane Maria left Dominica looking like a wasteland

Exclusive pictures have laid bare the extent of the devastation on Dominica after it was lashed by 160mph winds in Hurricane Maria, leaving 95 per cent of buildings on the island damaged. The island, one of the poorest in the Caribbean, has a population of 73,000 people who have all been left without phones, internet and electricity, meaning that almost no news or pictures have emerged from the country since Maria struck. So far seven people have been confirmed killed on the island, though this is expected to rise dramatically after rescuers are able to reach more remote communities.


'The ocean is missing!' Rare phenomenon caused by Irma sucks the water from Bahamas beaches

Extraordinary footage from the Bahamas shows the shoreline receded much farther than normal, exposing what is usually the ocean floor.

Twitter user @Kaydi_K from Long Island, Bahamas wrote on Friday: 'I am in disbelief right now... This is Long Island, Bahamas and the ocean water is missing!!! That's as far as they see #HurricaneIrma.'

The strange video shows her walking on the exposed ocean floor which is dry and covered in large shells. 

Another Twitter user tweeted a photo of the exposed beach at a different beach in the Bahamas and showed it was back to normal within less than a day. 

Hurricane Irma, which hit the Bahamas on Friday, is so powerful that it has altered the shape of the ocean in Long Island, but it will likely be back to normal by Sunday afternoon.

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Before: Hurricane Irma temporarily changed the shape of the ocean after hitting the Bahamas on Friday 
After: Twitter user @deejayeasya tweeted this photo on Saturday saying the shoreline where he lives in the Bahamas is back to normal 13 hours later 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4869268/Rare-phenomenon-sucks-water-Bahamas-beach.html#ixzz4sHfviDoW 


Conspiracy Theorists Vindicated: HAARP Confirmed Weather-manipulation Tool

Looks like a smoking gun????? 

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The most damning aspersion that can be lobbed against any person, or the exposure of “secret government activity,” overwhelmingly is “Conspiracy Theorist.” That pejorative ‘handle’ is equated with imbecile mind-activity with aspersions often suggested as ‘tin hat wearers’. Well, step aside all you doubters and listen up carefully to what took place in the halls of Congress on May 14, 2014 regarding the weather modification system known as HAARP. 

In the YouTube below Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) asks some pointed questions about HAARP. However, readers may not be surprised at the answers, but the mainstream media ought to be wiping oodles of egg yolk from its collective face.

 
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Niagara Falls comes to a halt AGAIN!

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For the second time in what has been a frigid winter in the Northeastern United States, Niagara falls has come to an icy halt as the six million cubic feet of water that typically flow over the falls every minute has frozen over. The flow of water over the falls typically can withstand icy temperatures like those that have frozen much of the country this winter, but Monday's high of 9 degrees Fahrenheit brought Niagara Falls to a standstill - and photographers were there to snap some stunning images of the frozen waterfall.

More: Niagara Falls comes to a halt AGAIN: Millions of gallons of cascading water is frozen in bitter temperatures

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The Day the Niagara Falls Froze Over

Photo: Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

It's an amazing snapshot – so amazing that many have been quick to cry fake: North America's most iconic falls, apparently frozen mid-flow – but what moment in time is frozen in sepia within this frame? One might think the answer would be simple, but with the origins of this photo veiled in a mist of uncertainty like the spray produced by the falls themselves, nothing is guaranteed.

It seems claims of Photoshop frolics are misguided in this case; yet while the shot looks authentic, because its photographer is unknown, we can't be sure precisely when it was taken. 1911 has been the date aired most on the web, but it could just as easily be 1912, when much of the surrounding Niagara River was frozen. The other point here is that in the photo the falls are not entirely frozen over, with several small spouts of water visible gushing out from beneath the crust of ice crystals.

American Falls frozen over, probably 1936
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Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

According to historical records, during only one year, 1848, has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver. Ice bridges spanning the Niagara River from bank to bank have formed as a result of various other colder winters, and in 1936, when the photo above was probably taken, the American Falls are said to have frozen over completely.


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http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/day-niagara-falls-froze-over/12738#zh8QGmLVVIBiLvYD.99

 

 

American_Falls_Frozen_Over_With_People_on_the_Ice_Niagara_FallsPhoto: Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

It's an amazing snapshot – so amazing that many have been quick to cry fake: North America's most iconic falls, apparently frozen mid-flow – but what moment in time is frozen in sepia within this frame? One might think the answer would be simple, but with the origins of this photo veiled in a mist of uncertainty like the spray produced by the falls themselves, nothing is guaranteed.

It seems claims of Photoshop frolics are misguided in this case; yet while the shot looks authentic, because its photographer is unknown, we can't be sure precisely when it was taken. 1911 has been the date aired most on the web, but it could just as easily be 1912, when much of the surrounding Niagara River was frozen. The other point here is that in the photo the falls are not entirely frozen over, with several small spouts of water visible gushing out from beneath the crust of ice crystals.

American Falls frozen over, probably 1936
American_Falls_frozen_over_Niagara_FallsPhoto: Image: Photographer unknown via Niagara Falls Public Library

According to historical records, during only one year, 1848, has freezing weather caused the thousands of cubic feet of water per second flowing over the Niagara Falls to run dry, an event thought to have been caused by ice jamming and damming upriver. Ice bridges spanning the Niagara River from bank to bank have formed as a result of various other colder winters, and in 1936, when the photo above was probably taken, the American Falls are said to have frozen over completely.

 


Read more at http://www.environmentalgraffiti.com/featured/day-niagara-falls-froze-over/12738#zh8QGmLVVIBiLvYD.99
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Nor'easter hitting next week could bring more flooding to ravaged coastline defenseless after seawalls and dunes were smashed by Sandy

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

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

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.


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Sandy New York New England Jersey Coverage

image from msnbcmedia.msn.com33 dead: Obama declares major disaster as Sandy death toll soars and daylight reveals apocalyptic scenes in hurricane-hit New York

 

How long can New York survive without power? Bloomberg warns city faces 'days' in darkness after superstorm (Maybe he shouldn't worry as much about the size of soda!)

 

NYC subways flooded; millions without power...

NJ levee breaks...

CON EDISON: 7-10 days to restore...

Cell service down in Manhattan...

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HMS Bounty Sinks. A sad tribute in photos

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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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MONSTER STORM SANDY SET TO SLAM NYC AND TRI-STATE REGION

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Major winter storm barrels up East Coast

image from images.ctv.ca NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A winter storm that brought a rare white Christmas to parts of the South was barreling up the East Coast early Sunday, with forecasters predicting 6 to 10 inches of snow for Washington and blizzard conditions for New York City and New England.

Airlines canceled hundreds of Sunday flights in the Northeast corridor, with more likely to come as the storm intensifies.

Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina declared states of emergency early Sunday or Saturday night. As North Carolina road crews tried to clear snowy and icy highways, Mid-Atlantic officials spent Christmas Day preparing for up to a foot of snow, plunging temperatures and high winds.   MORE


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Major Nor'easter to Slam Mid-Atlantic

: Blizzard warnings have been issued for south Jersey and Delaware.

Original article follows below...

Let's get right to it.

What? A major nor'easter will strike the Mid-Atlantic states producing major snow accumulations and strong winds.

When? Storm begins around midday Friday and lasts through the majority of Saturday.

Where? High-populated areas of Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylvania will likely all experience big snow totals.  Washington, DC and Baltimore could experience foot plus snow totals.

How much snow?  I'll let the map do the talking.  This map takes us out to 48 hours.  This map will update automatically with new forecast totals as the event approaches in time and as forecasts are tweaked.


Northeast I-95 Corridor U.S. 48-Hour Rain/Snow Forecast
(click map for slideshow collection of storm-related maps)


What else should we know?  Don't forget about the winds.  High, perhaps damaging winds, will howl across south Jersey, all of Delaware and eastern Virginia and Maryland as the snow falls.

Wind gusts over 40 or even 50 mph are possible especially right along the coast. 

There is some potential that blizzard criteria will be met at times. 

Blizzard warnings have been issued for parts of south Jersey and the state of Delaware.

Winds will also be gusty around southeastern Pennsylvania, Manhattan, Long Island and coastal southern New England.

During Sunday (especially the morning hours), wind chills throughout the Northeast and parts of the Mid-Atlantic will be brutal - largely in the single digits and teens.  Some areas may dip below zero especially interior sections of the Northeast.

What about New York City?  Difficult forecast.  NYC is near the cutoff from where some locations may receive a big snowfall versus locations that may not receive any snow at all.  Here is their forecast in narrative format.

Winter weather alerts:  Winter storm and blizzard warnings are posted for the region.  You can check them out here.

Got any storm maps?:  Yep, we got them. Click here for a slideshow collection of maps including radar, snow amounts, wind speed and current temperatures.

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