A state of emergency has been declared in Russia's southeastern Astrakhan region where locusts are swarming through farmlands, devouring crops, the local branch of the emergencies ministry said on Sunday. More than 8,000 hectares of land have been affected by the swarms. The emergencies ministry seeks to tackle the locusts. So far, 265 hectares of land have been treated with pesticides. - RIAN.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Russia sent emergency fire-fighting aircraft over Taiga forests and residential areas in Siberia, to battle 200 new wildfires raging over the past 24 hours.
Twenty-two major ones have been reported, officials said. Since summer began, there have more than 5,500 forest fire outbreaks in Siberia, the government agency reported, with 210,000 hectares (518,921 acres) ablaze, three times more than in 2010. Russian Emergency Minister Sergei Shoigu, who is heading to the affected areas, said the most devastating fires are now raging in remote parts of Central and Eastern Siberia, as well as the Far East.
Shoigu said there are concerns of a repeat of last year's disaster, when a persistent drought and fires raged across the country, claiming more than 60 lives, destroying one-third of all crops and forcing Russia to ban grain exports. "Wildfires (in Siberia) are greater in area compared to last year's fires by more than two times," he told Russian State TV on Saturday. An I1-76 plane, bases at Bratsk airport, has carried out five flights to drop tons of water over the Chunsk district. An amphibious Be-200 and a Mi-8 helicopter are also engaged, Itar-Tass reported. Siberia Gov. Dmitry Mezentsev has declared a state of emergency in the entire area as the situation appeared to be increasingly "deteriorating," the agency reported. - CNN.
CHIMERA: E. COLI Superbug - Weaponized with Bubonic Plague DNA? X-MEN: The Transcendent Evolution through Genetic Manipulation?!
"Witness the moment that will change our world." - X-MEN First Class tagline.
As German scientists continue to declare that vegetable sprouts is the caused for the E. coli outbreak, the bacteria has taken more lives there and in other places around the world, as the cases of people infected by the germ increases, dramatically raising alarms that we might be looking at an engineered weapon.
An outbreak of E.coli cases in northeastern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia has sickened 13 people and resulted in the death of a young child, public health officials said on Friday. Virginia has two confirmed cases of the E.coli strain O157:H7, which can cause severe illness -- particularly in young children and the elderly. The same strain caused a 1993 E.coli outbreak that killed four people who ate tainted hamburgers from the Jack in the Box fast-food chain. Both Virginia cases affected children who had close contact with each other, and one of those children died, said Maureen Dempsey, a Virginia Public Health Department deputy chief. Dempsey declined to confirm the age and sex of each of the children, but local media reported a 2-year-old girl from Dryden, Virginia, died on Sunday and her brother, who was also infected, was released from a hospital a few days later. Northeastern Tennessee has 11 laboratory-confirmed cases of E.coli since June 1, said David Kirschke, medical director of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Health Office. "That's as many cases as we had all of last year," he said. Three cases were O157:H7, and the remainder other strains in a category known as non-O157, he said. Kirschke said no link has been made between the Virginia and Tennessee cases. "We're not even sure if our cases are linked with each other," he said, adding the Tennessee O157:H7 strains also are being genetically fingerprinted to see if they are from a single source. Still, Kirschke said health officials are treating the cases as an outbreak due to their large number, their close proximity and the short time frame of their appearance. "It seems too coincidental to have this many cases in a week," he said. - Public Broadcasting.What is quite strange about these cases in the American states is that health officials admitted that the E.coli strains in Virginia and Tennessee are different from the one behind the deadly outbreak in Germany. That outbreak is being blamed on a rare strain of Shiga toxin-producing E.coli known as O104:H4.
Mike Adams, the Editor of Natural News, disclosed that the bacteria was systematically and genetically engineered through laboratory manipulation.
European health authorities are leaping at the opportunity to spread fear about organic foods while ignoring the obvious true cause of the contamination in the first place — the widespread abuse of antibiotics in animal farming operations… The e.coli blame game has become a circus of musical chairs. First, they blamed the Spaniards as a form of retaliation for Spain’s resistance to accepting GMOs. This act drove Spanish farmers into bankruptcy through a savage campaign of rumor-mongering. After ravaging the Spanish vegetable farmers, they began to randomly instill widespread fear about a variety of vegetables: First it was cucumbers, then lettuce and then finally tomatoes. And now, the blame has come full circle and is now being cast upon organic sprout growers in Germany! - Natural News.According to Dr. Rima Laibow, Germany’s E. coli bacteria outbreak is a superbug, weaponized with Bubonic Plague DNA.
A cat in Prineville has been diagnosed with bubonic plague, the fourth case reported in Oregon among people and animals since January of last year. Christine Stone of the Oregon Health Authority says the cat has been treated with antibiotics and is recovering. Stone says two people were diagnosed with the bubonic plague last year, and one dog. All survived. The bacteria that cause the disease are spread to humans from flea bites. Stone says untreated cases can be fatal, but early treatment with antibiotics cures the infection. According to the OHA, bubonic plague cases are rare in Oregon and flea treatment for household pets can help prevent its spread. - The KGW.A week or two ago, in a story from The Atlantic, Karch delivered a frightening disclosure about this superbug.
On Tuesday [May 31], the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that [leading German E. coli researcher Helge] Karch had discovered that the O104:H4 bacteria responsible for the current outbreak is a so-called chimera that contains genetic materia from various E. coli bacteria. It also contains DNA sequences from plague bacteria, which makes it particularly pathogenic.If this E. coli bacteria is capable of transforming and mutating the genetic material to produce diseases, are we looking not just at a weaponized superbug, but a program of genetic manipulation and hybridization to selectively transform us towards post-humanity?
Is it possible that the radioactive elements from last year's BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the ongoing nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan are part of an orchestrated plan to set certain "harvesting" conditions that will modify our physicality or the molecular basis of our biological activity, in this three-dimensional (3D) realm during the coming cyclic event and galactic alignment, when the electromagnetism of our world converges with that of another?
Transcendent evolution? Childhood's end? Starchild? X-Men? Christ-Men? The Apotheosis of Mankind?
"As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man, They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all" - Luke 17:26-27.The encoding of this genetic manipulation and hybridization is evident in "given in marriage" in the book of Luke from the New Testament. The New Testament of the cyclic event, retelling the story of Noah's deluge, one of the episodes of the perpetual cycle, as a warning that it will happen again. Here "marriage" is used as a code of this genetic intermingling in the ancient civilizations. Here, in the new movie X-Men, this civilization is called "First Class," in other places like the Fox's sci-fi television series Fringe its "The First People." In the records of the Atlantean civilization, where there was a worldwide technologically advanced culture, there are legends of the procreation and experimentation of "abominations," half-human creatures, minotaurs, centaurs, satyrs, hybrids, beasts, chimera, etc.
"There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." - Genesis 6:4.Are we looking at the implementation of an age old plan, through the construction of these conditions to facilitate genetic mutation not only of humans but the entire planet, what George H.W. Bush called a "Grand Idea." A diabolical "ascensionary" goal of the Priest Class of the Magi to fulfill the original dreams of the "First People" to escape devolution by manipulating the genetics and psionic energies of humanity for their Sirian Overlords, as the 2012 galactic alignment window approaches?
There have been a boatland of conspiracy theories surrounding the disappearance of Australia's classified files on unidentified flying objects (UFOs) or UFO X-Files. If you have a few seconds to spare, permit me the time to add my own two cents to it. Feel free to disregard and discard if it doesn't fit into your rational and scientific thought process.
Firstly, a Sydney newspaper had made a request for the files to the Australian Department of Defence. However, the military indicated that they could not be found.
Could there be any better fodder for Australia's conspiracy theorists? The Department of Defence has ''lost'' its X-Files. For decades, Defence officials dutifully investigated an unknown number of UFO sightings being reported all over the country. Intelligence officers attached to the Royal Australian Air Force checked the known movement of aircraft against reported sightings, and politely responded by mail to everyone who claimed they saw floating lights or flat saucers or streaking vapour trails. Some of the files were marked as classified. Last year, the British government released a large part of its dossier on unidentified flying objects after significant pressure from freedom- of-information applicants. More than 4000 pages of Defence Ministry documents, detailing 800 reported encounters during the 1980s and 1990s were posted online. Fairfax sought access to the Australian version. But the response was more surprising than what the files might have contained - the material has largely gone missing. The department spent two months searching its offices for files that would be captured by the Herald's FOI application, which sought a ''schedule of records held by the Department of Defence … which relate to unidentified flying objects''. But in late May, the department's FOI assistant director, Natalie Carpenter, delivered a reply that seemed almost designed to set online chat rooms alight with conspiracy chatter. The only file Defence was able to locate was titled ''Report on UFOs/Strange Occurrences and Phenomena in Woomera''; the others had been destroyed. ''We also discovered one [other] file, which had not been destroyed but could not be located,'' Ms Carpenter wrote. ''In an effort to retrieve this file our office conducted searches of the Defence Record Management System, National Archives Australia [Canberra], National Archives Australia [Chester Hill], Defence Archives Queanbeyan and Headquarters Air Command, RAAF Base Glenbrook. ''Despite searching these locations, the files could not be located and Headquarters Air Command formally advised that this file is deemed lost.'' Previous FOI applications for similar files had also been destroyed, she said, ''as is normal administrative procedure''. What is left is sketchy at best - a handful of ancient press clippings and scattered pieces of formal government correspondence. The papers show that about six years ago, the Australian UFO Research Association was able to locate some files, now missing. The organisation's summary of the material is one of the few complete items left in the remaining dossier. - Sydney Morning Herald.From the article, the operative word here, seems to be "DESTROYED." Why would the Australian government and/or the Department of Defence destroy these files? Is it because the classified documents proved conclusively the extraterrestrial presence? No, most of these forms of disclosure is really based on eyewitness accounts and can be easily dismissed or discredited as a natural phenomenon, mistake or conjecture. But what if those files had evidential records in the form of video reports from the military of "something" not of this world. What if that "something" is really the detection of a planetary body coming into our solar system.
Let's roll the time machine back to Friday, December 30, 1983 and find an article on Page A1 in the Washington Post written by Staff Writer Thomas O'Toole. The piece reads as follows:
A heavenly body possibly as large as the giant planet Jupiter and possibly so close to Earth that it would be part of this solar system has been found in the direction of the constellation Orion by an orbiting telescope aboard the U.S. infrared astronomical satellite. So mysterious is the object that astronomers do not know if it is a planet, a giant comet, a nearby "protostar" that never got hot enough to become a star, a distant galaxy so young that it is still in the process of forming its first stars or a galaxy so shrouded in dust that none of the light cast by its stars ever gets through. "All I can tell you is that we don't know what it is," Dr. Gerry Neugebauer, IRAS chief scientist for California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and director of the Palomar Observatory for the California Institute of Technology, said in an interview. The most fascinating explanation of this mystery body, which is so cold it casts no light and has never been seen by optical telescopes on Earth or in space, is that it is a giant gaseous planet as large as Jupiter and as close to Earth as 50 trillion miles. While that may seem like a great distance in earthbound terms, it is a stone's throw in cosmological terms, so close in fact that it would be the nearest heavenly body to Earth beyond the outermost planet Pluto. "If it is really that close, it would be a part of our solar system," said Dr. James Houck of Cornell University's Center for Radio Physics and Space Research and a member of the IRAS science team. "If it is that close, I don't know how the world's planetary scientists would even begin to classify it." The mystery body was seen twice by the infrared satellite as it scanned the northern sky from last January to November, when the satellite ran out of the supercold helium that allowed its telescope to see the coldest bodies in the heavens. The second observation took place six months after the first and suggested the mystery body had not moved from its spot in the sky near the western edge of the constellation Orion in that time. "This suggests it's not a comet because a comet would not be as large as the one we've observed and a comet would probably have moved," Houck said. "A planet may have moved if it were as close as 50 trillion miles but it could still be a more distant planet and not have moved in six months time." Whatever it is, Houck said, the mystery body is so cold its temperature is no more than 40 degrees above "absolute" zero, which is 456 degrees Fahrenheit below zero. The telescope aboard IRAS is cooled so low and is so sensitive it can "see" objects in the heavens that are only 20 degrees above absolute zero. When IRAS scientists first saw the mystery body and calculated that it could be as close as 50 trillion miles, there was some speculation that it might be moving toward Earth. "It's not incoming mail," Cal Tech's Neugebauer said. "I want to douse that idea with as much cold water as I can." Then, what is it? What if it is as large as Jupiter and so close to the sun it would be part of the solar system? Conceivably, it could be the 10th planet astronomers have searched for in vain. It also might be a Jupiter-like star that started out to become a star eons ago but never got hot enough like the sun to become a star. While they cannot disprove that notion, Neugebauer and Houck are so bedeviled by it that they do not want to accept it. Neugebauer and Houck "hope" the mystery body is a distant galaxy either so young that its stars have not begun to shine or so surrounded by dust that its starlight cannot penetrate the shroud. "I believe it's one of these dark, young galaxies that we have never been able to observe before," Neugebauer said. "If it is, then it is a major step forward in our understanding of the size of the universe, how the universe formed and how it continues to form as time goes on." The next step in pinpointing what the mystery body is, Neuegebauer said, is to search for it with the world's largest optical telescopes. Already, the 100-inch diameter telescope at Cerro del Tololo in Chile has begun its search and the 200-inch telescope at Palomar Mountain in California has earmarked several nights next year to look for it. If the body is close enough and emits even a hint of light, the Palomar telescope should find it since the infrared satellite has pinpointed its position.The next day, the following addendum was issued by the newspaper in relation to the O'Toole's article:
(ITEM 123)December 31, 1983, Saturday, Final Edition(ITEM 127)The distance from earth of a mysterious object in space was reported incorrectly in some editions yesterday. The correct figure is 50 billion miles. Articles appear as they were originally printed in The Washington Post and may not include subsequent corrections.Now, this is the Washington Post, the largest and oldest newspaper in Washington D.C. A leading, prestigious and credible American newspaper, not some weekly supermarket tabloid covering outlandish stories about the supernatural, paranormal or the antics of celebrities. O'Toole's article should therefore be considered as documented evidence of NASA's recognition of the possibility of this object as early as 1983.
The current transformation in the geological, climatological and geophysical features of planet Earth is also happening all over the solar system with a frequent intensity, which means that something cosmic is altering the electromagnetosphere of every planet in this system and influencing the defensive reaction from the Sun. Even NASA admits this, although they attribute it to the giant ribbon captured recently by the Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX ) spacecraft, at the edge of the solar system. What seems to be another psyops, deflecting away any information about the imminent convergence with this object, towards the influence of cosmic rays and interstellar clouds on the heliosphere; yet dropping clues here and there, with news about other objects that bears remarkable similarities in characteristics, properties and symbolism such as the star Betelgeuse, the planet Tyche, Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin), Asteroid 2010 SO16, and the extrasolar planet 55 Cancri e .
Any search for this convergence, influence, rogue planetary object or brown dwarf coming into our area of space would be done from the southern hemisphere, since all theories seem to point to the approach coming from below the ecliptic at about 30 degrees in the direction of Sagittarius. Which is the reason for the South Pole Telescope (SPT) located at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. According to Wikipedia, the official goal for the SPT is to conduct a survey to find several thousand clusters of galaxies, which should allow interesting constraints on the Dark Energy equation of state and to search for non-luminous objects such as brown dwarfs.
Is it possible that indicators and signs of this object was captured in Australia, since it is believed that Australia has similar instrumentation, such as the Australia Telescope Compact Array?
If the earth is subject to a gravitational pull from below the ecliptic (from the South Pole), this would theoretically make the South Pole "inflate out" (ocean and continent rising) and the North Pole crustal layers slide and stretch from one to another (mantle stretching and following the earth's circumference path.) If this is true, it would lead to unusual weather and other types of anomalous patterns, such as unexpected tidal behavior. Have scientists noticed such phenomena? The answer, here again, is a very resounding yes! Scientists from different parts of the world have recently verified these occurrences. - Marshall Masters, YOWUSA.As I have been reporting here, we have certainly witnessed this over the last year or two, in and around Australia with intense and frequent changes in climatic and atmospheric conditions.
What else could explain it?
Thousands of people staged anti-nuclear rallies in Tokyo and other Japanese cities on Saturday, as radiation continued to leak from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi power plant, three months after a powerful earthquake and tsunami triggered one of the world's worst nuclear disasters. With the situation getting worse by the minute, authorities have added four new areas in northern Japan to the list of places affected by radiation originating from the nuclear plant.
CNN.Meanwhile, the Japanese government has detected radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka, the heart of the nation's green tea industry, prompting a recall.
A tea dealer has started a recall of the dried tea after measuring about 679 becquerels of caesium per kilogramme in leaves at a tea factory in the city of Shizuoka, prefectural officials said. The legal limit is 500 Bq/kg. Earlier this month Japan banned the shipment of green tea leaves from all or part of four other prefectures around Tokyo - Chiba, Ibaraki, Kanagawa and Tochigi - after radioactive caesium above legal levels was found in samples. Shizuoka prefecture will carry out sampling tests at some 100 other tea factories in the area next week, although the caesium was at a level unlikely to affect human health, the prefecture said. It was the first detection of radiation above the legal limit in tea grown in Shizuoka prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, where some 35,000 tonnes of dried tea is produced annually. "We believe the source of the radiation was the Fukushima nuclear power plant," a prefectural official said. - The Telegraph.As fears mount over the nuclear leak at the tsunami-ravaged plant, a new radiation alarm have been ignited after a rabbit born close to the facility was discovered with no ears, suggesting some form of genetic mutation.
WATCH: Ear-less rabbit sparks worries about radiation.
It seems quite obvious that the pollution from the dumping of thousands of tons of radioactive water into the sea by the Japanese will move further out in the Pacific Ocean, enter fresh water locations and ultimately end up in the food chain. These moves by Japan that was used to "curtail the leaks," have only made the matter worse. Much worse. When you consider that Tokyo Electric had made a singular dump of 11,500 tons of radioactive water in just three days, then you will realize the magnitude of this crisis given that they have been doing this method of disposal since March. 11,500 tons is approximately 3 million gallons of water, since water is about 8.5 pounds per gallon, which is equivalent to about 10 spent fuel pools (each pools holds around 300,000 gallons). Although, the company believes that this radiation will be quickly diluted, the dumping of so much radioactive water into the ocean will not only contaminate the sea life, but mutate it and that of human life, by extension.
Maybe that is the purpose all along, using these radioactive elements to modify the planet and humanity. The word SHIMA taken from Fukushima and Hiroshima, the first city in modern history to be destroyed by a nuclear weapon, refers to places in Japan or the land of Japan. Just like the word HIRO. If you consider the dropping of the atomic bomb by the United States on Japan in 1945 and now this crisis at the nuclear power plant , you have to wonder if you are not looking at a deliberate plan to alter or modify the properties of land, the Earth. In other words, Fukushima becomes FU*K U SHIMA.
Perhaps, Dr. Richard Sauder says it best, in his expansion of this modification of the planet, that seems to dovetail with my theories of the Priest Class of the Magi and their Sirian Overlords.
we are seeing Black Magic of the darkest sort at work, and I mean that very seriously. We are seeing unimaginably deep Evil channeled into our realm by the very darkest and foulest of entities. Whether those entities are human, or non-human, or humans in the thrall of non-human forces, you can be sure that the Fukushima crisis is no ordinary event. The groundwork for all of this was laid decades ago, awaiting the present day. - The Intel Hub.
MONUMENTAL DISASTER: The Chilean Volcano Kills 4.3 Million Fish, As Ash Spreads Over Southern Hemisphere Towards New Zealand!
The Chilean volcanic eruption of Puyehue-Cordon Caulle, has turned a waterway into a steaming torrent, boiling the Nilahue River and in the process killing more than 4.3 million fish.
Standing on the bank, three residents of a small Chilean village watch as steam hauntingly rises from the local river. With one using his camera to capture the spectacle, the grey-coloured water flows past, laced with stones and ash from the nearby volcano. And the steam that hangs above the Nilahue River is caused by rocks spewing from the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic eruption in the Andes of eastern Chile. The usually chilly river temperature of six degrees has been raised to an average of around 45 degrees by the eruption. The huge surge in temperature has caused more than 4.3 million fish to die since it began last Saturday. The eruption also forced the evacuation of 3,500 people from around the site, while a ten kilometre exclusion zone was also set up. Ash that has risen from the volcano is falling across South America, with reports it has reached as far as Argentine capital Buenos Aires, around 850 miles away. The ash cloud is not causing problems on the ground, but in the skies it is a different story. At least a dozen flights have been cancelled, while others have been re-routed to airports across the continent. The country's transport ministry has said that at least seven regional airports are closed and will not re-open until the cloud clears. - Daily Mail.WATCH: Chile volcano displaces thousands.
Ash from the volcano is now heading towards New Zealand, and could disrupt flights to and from the South Island.
|Ash cloud spreads over the Southern Hemisphere.|
The eruption in the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic chain, about 920 km south of the capital, Santiago, in Patagonia, belched an ash cloud more than 10 km high that blew over the Andes last weekend (June 4). While the biggest volcanic ash particles fall to the ground quickly, small particles take a long time to settle out of the atmosphere. The eruption ejected the small particles very high, where strong winds have carried them to the east. The Civil Aviation Authority said particles could reach New Zealand tonight over southern parts of the country, and spread north through the remainder of the weekend. Flights over the South Island may be affected. The plumes are expected to be at cruising levels for both jet and turboprop aircraft (20,000 - 35,000 feet), but at the moment not below 20,000 feet. Met Service said airlines will have to adjust their flight routes and altitudes if visibility gets low. The country's airspace could be affected for at least a week due to continuing volcanic activity. Initial forecast indicate air traffic routes over the South Island, the Christchurch to Australia routes, and the great circle routes between Australia and New Zealand and South America may be affected. The MetService has its Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Wellington monitoring the situation. Meanwhile, there are reports from Invercargill that the ash appears to be already in the atmosphere above the south. Reporter Malcolm Gayfer said an extremely red sunset was visible this evening over Southland describing it as "deep red" and not normal. - TVNZ.
Qantas has cancelled Tasmania and New Zealand flights after warnings from the Australian and NZ Volcanic Ash Advisory Centres (VAAC), with flights from Hobart, Christchurch and Queenstown to Melbourne and Sydney affected. Chilean volcano Puyehue-Cordón Caulle continues to throw an ash cloud into the southern hemisphere, which has now circled the globe and threatens to affect more flights. Passengers to other airports on New Zealand's South Island and lower North Island are also likely to be affected, with ash cloud predictions from the Wellington VAAC also covering Wellington. - Australian Business Traveller.
MONUMENTAL DISASTER: Arizona Wildfire Out Of Control - Now The Worst Wildfire In State History As Blazes Spreads To New Mexico?!
The devastating wildfire sweeping through Arizona has become the worst ever in the state's history.
The Wallow Fire has burned more than 600 square miles, 408,887 acres, and is now six per cent contained. At least 10,000 people have been displaced and more than 30 homes have been destroyed so far. Authorities said full containment is nowhere in sight, and power lines that supply much of West Texas and Southern New Mexico with electricity are also in jeopardy. Yesterday an absence of strong winds allowed firefighters to set preventive burns and cut fire breaks. The winds, however, are expected to pick up and pose more challenges to fire fighting crews. Last night the massive fire did cross the border into western New Mexico. More than 5,000 residences are threatened by the massive fire, officials said. Arizona cut $250,000 from the 2011 fire budget under the assumption that it would be a 'quiet' year for fires. This is now the third wild fire in Arizona this year. Next year the budget calls for $300,000 in cuts from the department. Full evacuations were still in place for Eagar, Springerville, Sunrise, Greer, Blue River, Alpine, Nutrioso and many subdivisions. Officials also say 24 outbuildings in Greer were destroyed along with one vehicle. On Thursday, more than 3,000 firefighters got a break from nature when high winds driving the flames lost strength. - Daily Mail.WATCH: Wallow Fire defying containment.
WATCH: Huge Arizona Wildfire Spreads.
“We do have quite an unusual set of circumstances, meteorologically.”
Residents of several states in America were trying to keep water from their homes as the flood-swollen Missouri River continued to rise this week. By Saturday night, thousands of homes had been evacuated.
Heavy flooding along the Missouri River will last throughout the summer, predict federal officials. The surging waters, created by unprecedented weather conditions, have already caused levee failures, and more are expected to come. The Missouri River and its tributaries in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota are swelling with water. A confluence of factors are driving the rising waters, notably the record heavy snowfall earlier this year in the Rocky Mountain region. Snow accumulation was 140 percent above normal, says Lynn Maximuk, director of the National Weather Service in the central region. “We do have quite an unusual set of circumstances, meteorologically,” Mr. Maximuk told reporters Monday afternoon.
The unusually heavy snows – combined with ongoing heavy rains, expected to continue all summer – will create a total runoff of some 55 million acre-feet of water, according to projections from the US Army Corps of Engineers. (An acre-foot of water is the equivalent of one foot of water covering one acre of land.) That’s the highest runoff level since they began keeping records in 1898. The immediate danger this week comes from heavy storms, expected to move south along the river valley. Meteorologists predict that 2 inches of rain in Montana and North Dakota and up to 3 inches of rain in Omaha, Neb., will fall over the next few days, Maximuk says. May was the second-wettest month for northern Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota since 1889. To relieve pressure on the river, the Corps plans to release 150,000 cubic feet per second of water at the Oahe Dam above Pierre, S.D., on Tuesday. The other dams will be opened in succession, remaining open through mid-August. Kevin Grode, a Missouri Basin reservoir regulation team leader with the Corps, says the amount of water released may increase, depending on the changing climate. “We are going to be testing the system,” he stresses, “because we’ll be releasing more water than has ever been released before.” - CS Monitor.