Friday, July 1, 2011

WEATHER ANOMALIES: "SUPER-CELL" Thunderstorm Hits Chicago?!


A fast-moving storm with destructive hail and wind gusts blew through Chicagoland Thursday evening.

Photos of hailstones on the ground, some said to be the size of golf balls gave the appeance of a snowstorm on the eve of July. The "supercell" thunderstorm was following the path of the jet stream and moving southeast. It should be completely out of the Chicago area by 11 p.m., though rain will likely persist in Indiana until the early-morning hours. The storm blew in from the lake and caused problems along the lakefront. Three sailboats capsized at Montrose Harbor. At 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, Commonwealth Edison said roughly 50,000 of its customers were without power in the wake of the storm. This comes a little more than a week after nearly 440,000 customers were put in the dark from another series of storms. The weather story on Friday will be summed up by one word: hot. Temperatures are expected to reach to the mid- to upper-90s with a heat index around 105. If those predictions prove accurate, it would be nearly 20 degrees hotter than the average high for this time of year, which is usually in the lower 80s.
- NBC Chicago.
WATCH: Two videos of Eyewitness capture of the thunderstorm.




THE DELUGE: Tropical Storm Arlene Drenches Mexico!


As rain from Tropical Storm Arlene continues to soak the Rio Grande Valley, several neighborhoods are under water south of the border in Matamoros, Mexico.

The Atlantic season’s first tropical storm hit Mexico’s Central Gulf Coast yesterday, hurling heavy rains over a wide swath. The heart of Tropical Storm Arlene struck land near Cabo Rojo, a cape just off the mainland between the cities of Tampico and Tuxpan. It had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour and was moving inland at 8 miles per hour, said the US National Hurricane Center in Miami. Coastal towns appear to have escaped serious damage from the initial storm. Tree branches fell, water accumulated on some streets, and a neighborhood of Tuxpan lost electricity, civil protection authorities reported.

Officials in the storm’s path had prepared for flooding by closing schools, mobilizing emergency medical units, and preparing evacuation shelters. In the mountains, authorities were on guard for possible landslides. Tropical storm-force winds extended as far as 205 miles from the storm center, but mainly over the Gulf of Mexico, away from land. Mexico’s national weather service said 6 inches of rain had fallen over a 24-hour period in northern Veracruz state. Some mountainous areas inland could get up to 15 inches of rain, the hurricane center said. Forecasters said south Texas also could get rain before Arlene begins to dissipate today.
- Boston.
WATCH: First Tropical Storm of the season hits Mexico.


MAJOR ALERT: Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant - Ruptured Berm And Burnt Worker As Missouri River Floods Overflows The Facility!


As the swollen Missouri River surrounds the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Power Plant in Nebraska, a 10-mile mandatory evacuation area has been established by authorities in a precautionary step to prevent a major catastrophe. Meanwhile, a worker was burned at the plant as a pump caught on fire.

The head of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said a Nebraska nuclear power plant is safe from flood waters a day after a protective berm failed leaving key parts of the facility surrounded by overflow from the Missouri River. NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko visited the Fort Calhoun plant Monday, and a commission spokeswoman said he found the plant to be in safe condition. Federal officials will continue to oversee steps to control flood waters from the swollen Missouri and plan to conduct a follow-up inspection. "We do have robust systems in place to protect public health and safety," NRC spokeswoman Lara Uselding said. Mr. Jaczko's visit came 8 hours after a protective berm collapsed early Sunday, causing water to surround the containment buildings and key electrical equipment at the Fort Calhoun plant. Local officials in towns around the plant, which is 19 miles north of Omaha, weren't concerned about safety at the plant Monday, saying operators there had the situation under control. The plant is operated by the Omaha Public Power District. Rod Storm, the city administrator of Blair, said officials in the town of about 8,000 people near the plant are more worried about keeping the city's wastewater treatment facility running so it can pump about 10 million gallons of water a day to local industries. The facility sits on the bank of the Missouri River. "We've got a lot to worry about and the event at the nuclear facility is the least of our worries," Mr. Storm said. These days we don't hear too much about the ailing nuclear reactors in Fukushima Japan, but make no mistake the situation at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant remains very serious. Now the U.S. is dealing with it's own potentially serious nuclear situation in Nebraska.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said the breach in the 2,000-foot inflatable berm around the Fort Calhoun station occurred around 1:25 a.m. local time. More than 2 feet of water rushed in around containment buildings and electrical transformers at the 478-megawatt facility located 20 miles north of Omaha. Reactor shutdown cooling and spent-fuel pool cooling were unaffected, the NRC said. The plant, operated by the Omaha Public Power District, has been off line since April for refueling. Crews activated emergency diesel generators after the breach, but restored normal electrical power by Sunday afternoon, the NRC said. Buildings at the Fort Calhoun plant are watertight, the agency said. It noted that the cause of the berm breach is under investigation.
- Wall Street Journal.
A worker at the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Station was burned while refilling a gas tank on a water pump Thursday. Omaha Public Power District officials said a pump used to remove water seepage caught fire when the employee was refilling its gas tank. The worker was able to put the fire out with a fire extinguisher, but his arms and face were burned. Emergency crews took him outside the plant, where a medical helicopter picked him up and took him to a burn center in Lincoln. Officials said the incident took place outside the security building, which is not part of the power plant. It remains surrounded by a barrier to protect it from the rising Missouri River. OPPD officials stress that the plant was not in danger at any time, and they have notified the Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the incident. - KETV.
WATCH: Flood challenges nuclear plant.


WATCH: Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant main building underwater, as a 10-mile mandatory evacuation area is established.


EARTH CHANGES: Hail Storm Causes Damage in Gilmer, Texas!


A major hail and windstorm struck downtown Gilmer early Thursday evening, catapulting one business building's roof up against the north side of the Upshur County Courthouse and damaging at least three firms' roofs on the courthouse square's south side.

The lawn of the Upshur County Courthouse was ringed in yellow police tape before 8 p.m. No injuries have been reported, according to police. The metal roof of the Roberts Building, which houses various offices on the north side of the downtown square, was hurled across the street and crumpled up against the brick exterior of the 74-year-old courthouse. The roof came to rest partly on the courthouse steps, covering a huge portion of the brick courthouse's north side, and also flattened part of a nearby fence surrounding a central air unit on the north lawn.

Damage also occurred to the roofs of Gilmer Cable TV; an adjacent vacant building which is undergoing remodeling and which was occupied until recently by The Furniture Store; and Hadden's Sandwich Shop. Employees of Gilmer Cable TV, housed on the square's southeastern corner, were holding a housewarming party when the storm struck, employee Bill Butler said. He and fellow worker Dennis Jenkins said debris could be seen flying, although Butler said "visibility was reduced to just beyond the curb." About a 20-foot section of roof was removed from the cable TV firm, Butler said. A large tree limb also crashed to the ground on the courthouse's south lawn near some old military weaponry that is on permanent display.
- KYTX CBS.


MAJOR ALERT: Los Alamos fire set to become state's biggest ever!


Firefighters inside the Los Alamos nuclear weapons complex in New Mexico scrambled on Thursday to clear brush near barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste stored just a few miles from a monster blaze roaring through surrounding forests.

The so-called Las Conchas Fire has charred nearly 93,000 acres of thick pine woodlands on the slopes of the Jemez Mountains since erupting on Sunday near the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and was poised to become New Mexico's largest ever wildfire by day's end. "We're seeing fire behavior we've never seen down here, and it's really aggressive," Los Alamos County Fire Chief Douglas Tucker told reporters, adding that earlier hopes of lifting evacuations in the area by this weekend had been dashed. Thick smoke billowing over the region prevented officials from obtaining the accurate aerial views they needed for an afternoon update of acreage burned. The state's biggest blaze on record, the Dry Lakes Fire of 2003, scorched more than 94,000 acres of the Gila National Forest. By comparison, the largest blaze in Arizona, the Wallow Fire, has blackened 538,000 acres since it erupted May 29 of this year. It is still burning.

The New Mexico fire, believed to have been sparked by a downed power line, has burned mostly in the Santa Fe National Forest and lapped perilously close to the Los Alamos weapons lab and adjacent town, home to some 10,000 residents. Both have remained evacuated since Monday. Laboratory and fire officials say no structures within the sprawling lab complex have been damaged, and no release of radiation or other hazardous materials has been detected. A firefighting force that has grown to roughly 1,200 people managed by Wednesday to carve containment lines around 3 percent of the fire's perimeter on the eastern and southern flanks, keeping flames from invading the lab complex. Those lines continued to hold on Thursday even as the blaze, driven by erratic wind gusts of up to 40 miles per hour, grew larger and advanced farther to the north, burning more than 6,000 acres of an Indian reservation, the Santa Clara Pueblo, officials said. "We are devastated to witness the destruction of our precious homeland," Santa Clara Pueblo Governor Walter Dasheno said in a statement, adding the reservation has lost two-thirds of its forest lands to wildfires over the past 13 years. About 150 miles to the south, a separate wildfire caused by lightning blazed largely out of control in and around the Mescalero Apache Reservation. By evening, the Donaldson Complex Fire had burned nearly 73,000 acres, almost 7,000 acres of it on tribal land, and forced about 50 people to flee their homes, authorities said.

One concern at Los Alamos has been the presence of about 20,000 metal barrels of plutonium-contaminated waste, such as old, tainted clothing and equipment, stored on a corner of the complex within about 3 miles of the fire's edge. Lab officials say most of the low-level radioactive waste is kept on pavement and the 55-gallon sealed drums are built to withstand heat three times the temperature of a wildfire... Established during World War Two as part of the top-secret Manhattan Project to build the first atomic bomb, the complex remains one of the leading nuclear weapons manufacturing facilities in the United States. The Los Alamos complex also contains 3 metric tons of highly radioactive weapons-grade plutonium, stored in concrete and steel vaults in the basement floor of a building near the center of the complex, with an air-containment system surrounding it. Lab officials say those storage structures are fire safe and pose no threat to public safety.
- Reuters.
WATCH: Fires still blazing in Los Alamos.


WATCH:
Multiagency force patrols Los Alamos.


WATCH: Las Conchas Fire chars tribal land.



THE SUN: MAJOR SOLAR ACTIVITY - SOLAR PROMINENCE ALERT!



According the renown meteorologist and astrologist Piers Corbyn, there will be disastrous events between June 27th and July 2nd.


Corbyn, who is the owner of the Weather Action, makes his forecasts and predictions based on  what he calls "The Solar Weather Technique," a combination of statistical analysis of over a century of historical weather  patterns with clues derived from solar observations, in other words, the interconnectivity of  Sun-Earth magnetism.

According to Space Weather, a solar prominence alert has been issued due to the growth of Sunspot 1242, which is expected to be a threat with the production of C-class solar flares. In addition, a solar wind stream flowing from a coronal hole is expected to reach Earth on July 2nd.


Based on the information from the following video, a "significant coronal hole in the northern hemisphere (CH460) could produce a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake during this watch period. Targeting areas 23-27 Degrees and 36-40 Degrees North Latitude. Plotting areas at risk for this possible event are Taiwan, Volcano Islands, Gujarat-India, Gulf Of California or Yunnan-China . Time frame for this July 1-2. The area of Japan could be at risk of a significant after shock during this watch also as the large coronal hole does span across its latitude. Ionospheric/OLR anomaly's indicate regions of Luzon-Philippines, India, Kermadec Islands have increased readings and could produce a significant earthquake during this watch period."


Now, I am a subscriber to Corbyn's theories, however, I do believe that this Sun-Earth magnetism has been significantly altered by a cosmic disturbance in the solar system that is now creating a double magnetism. I expect that Earth's magnetosphere will eventually collapse from the photon waves coming from this disturbance, since the outer layers of the planet's atmosphere is in the process of been ripped off.