Thursday, April 12, 2012

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: NOAA's State of the Climate Report - March Was an Epically Weird Weather Month?!

March was a whole new breed of insane for the record books according to NOAA's State of the Climate report for the month. First up, the mega tornado outbreak early in the month spawned 2012's first billion-dollar disaster, as w armer-than-average conditions created a juicy environment for severe weather.

There were 223 preliminary tornado reports in March, a month that averages 80 tornadoes. The majority occurred during the 2-3 March outbreak across the Ohio Valley and the Southeast. Forty people died and damages exceeded $1.5 billion. Other March highlights: It was the warmest March on record for the contiguous United States, a record that dates back to 1895. The average temperature of 51.1 degrees F was 8.6 degrees F above the 20th century average for March and 0.5 degrees F warmer than the previous warmest March in 1910. Of the more than 1,400 months that have passed since the U.S. record began, only one month, January 2006, saw a larger departure from its average temperature than March 2012. The March craziness was due to a persistent weather pattern that put a kink in the jet stream and kept cold away from the eastern two-thirds of the Lower 48. In the wind map above (click for amazing animation), you can see how this pattern formed a cut-off low: an atmospheric eddy, like an oxbow in a river, visible in the swirl of winds around Dallas. Here's how Martin Hoerling of NOAA's Earth System Research Laboratory describes the results of that kinky pattern:
Nature's exuberant smashing of daily high temperature records in recent weeks can only be described as "Meteorological March Madness". Conditions more fitting of June than March prevailed east of the Rocky Mountains since the start of the month. The numbers are stunning. Take, for example, the nine consecutive record high temperatures in Chicago from 14-22 March, eight of which saw the mercury eclipse 80°F. For those unfamiliar with the area's climatology, high temperatures do not normally begin exceeding 80°F until after commencement of the Summer solstice. NOAA's National Climate Data Center reported that over 7000 daily record high temperatures were broken over the U.S. from 1 March thru 27 March. With beachgoers flocking to the balmy shores of Hampton Beach, New Hampshire this week, one wonders if a new normal is emerging for the preferred destination of Spring-break revelers.
The same pattern brought cooler-than-average conditions to the West Coast states of Washington, Oregon, and California. Nevertheless: Every state in the nation experienced a record warm daily temperature during March. Preliminary data show 15,272 warm temperature records broken (7,755 daytime records, 7,517 nighttime records). Hundreds of locations across the country broke their all-time March records. There were an unbelievable 21 instances of nighttime temperatures being as warm, or warmer, than the existing record daytime temperature for that date. It wasn't only about temperature either. Precipitation was anomalous throughout much of the country too, as you can see in the map above... really wet or really dry compared to the 1981-2010 average, with not a whole lot in between. In fact the entirety of the so-called cold season that spanned October 2011 to March 2012 was whack. According to NOAA's US Climate Extremes Index (USCEI)—which tracks the highest and lowest 10 percent of extremes in temperature, precipitation, drought, and tropical cyclones across the contiguous US—38 percent of the contiguous US racked up the second highest USCEI rank on record: A record 100 percent of the Northeast and Upper Midwest regions were walloped by extremes in both warm maximum and warm minimum temperatures.  Between 90 and 100 percent of the Ohio Valley and the Southeast experience record extreme temperatures between October 2011 and March 2102. - Mother Jones.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Mount Etna Erupts For the Sixth Time in 2012 - With Lava and Plumes of Smoke From New Southeast Crater!

Mount Etna is erupting for the sixth time this year with lava and plumes of smoke and ash from a new crater on the volcano's southeast side. The new activity was preceded by new phase that began last night and that, according to experts from the INGV in Catania, has the same characteristics as the one before this one. Ash, carried by wind towards the east, has not yet created problems at the Fontanarossa airport, which is fully operational. - AGI.
WATCH: Mount Etna erupts again.


EXTREME WEATHER: Giant Hailstones Wreak Havoc in Guizhou Province - Kills Three, Injures Dozens as Storms Sweep China!

Three people have been killed and many more injured in a series of hailstorms across China.

The deaths on Tuesday and Wednesday were in eastern Jiangxi province, where 900 homes were damaged. In south-western Guizhou province, 25 people were injured as hailstones 3.5cm (1.5 inches) in diameter and weighing 18 grams (0.6 ounces) damaged buildings and destroyed crops over a wide area.

The storms forced more than 700 people from their homes in the area. Power lines were brought down and telecommunications disrupted as the local government sent medical and relief teams to the affected regions.
- BBC.
WATCH: Hail wreck havoc in China.


THE CELESTIAL CONVERGENCE: The Global Warming Buffoonery - NASA Has Been Rocked by Rebellion From Astronauts, Scientists and Engineers Against the "Man-Made Carbon Dioxide" Deception!

" ...unproven remarks ...not substantiated ...hundreds of well-known climate scientists ...tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief ...science is NOT settled ...unbecoming of NASA’s history ...advocacy of an extreme position ...damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA ...even the reputation of science itself…”

Fifty top astronauts, scientists and engineers at NASA have signed a letter asking the agency to cease its global warming buffoonery. The global warming emperor has no clothes, and people are finally saying so out loud and in public. Read the entire letter below. Please note, that the signers have a combined 1000 years of professional experience.

March 28, 2012

 The Honorable Charles Bolden, Jr. 
NASA Administrator
NASA Headquarters
Washington, D.C. 20546-0001

Dear Charlie,

We, the undersigned, respectfully request that NASA and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) refrain from including unproven remarks in public releases and websites. We believe the claims by NASA and GISS, that man-made carbon dioxide is having a catastrophic impact on global climate change are not substantiated, especially when considering thousands of years of empirical data. With hundreds of well-known climate scientists and tens of thousands of other scientists publicly declaring their disbelief in the catastrophic forecasts, coming particularly from the GISS leadership, it is clear that the science is NOT settled.

The unbridled advocacy of CO2 being the major cause of climate change is unbecoming of NASA's history of making an objective assessment of all available scientific data prior to making decisions or public statements. As former NASA employees, we feel that NASA's advocacy of an extreme position, prior to a thorough study of the possible overwhelming impact of natural climate drivers is inappropriate. We request that NASA refrain from including unproven and unsupported remarks in its future releases and websites on this subject. At risk is damage to the exemplary reputation of NASA, NASA's current or former scientists and employees, and even the reputation of science itself.

For additional information regarding the science behind our concern, we recommend that you contact Harrison Schmitt or Walter Cunningham, or others they can recommend to you.

Thank you for considering this request.
Click HERE for the list of the fifty attached signatures.

It seems quite obvious that the main reasons for climate change cannot be positively attributed to man-made causes, since there is no clear evidence that greenhouse gases can have that effect. As a matter of fact, studies, researches and experiments have proven that an increase in carbon dioxide produces better trees, plants, fruits and vegetables. Any true understanding of the planet's climate will reveal that Earth's temperature has been extremely hotter and colder than it is presently. During the Ice Age and Mini-Ice Age, the planet warmed up immensely, long before the Industrial Revolution and the invention of motor cars.

TERMINATOR NOW: The Rise of the Machines - DARPA's Boston Dynamics Robots Climbs Stairs, Walks Treadmill and Does Pushups!

The following video shows versions of DARPA and Boston Dynamics robots climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill and doing pushups.

A modified platform resembling these robots is expected to be used as government-funded equipment (GFE) for performers in Tracks B and C of the DARPA Robotics Challenge (http://www.darpa.mil/NewsEvents/Releases/2012/04/10.aspx). The GFE Platform is expected to have two arms, two legs, a torso and a head, and will be physically capable of performing all of the tasks required for the disaster response scenarios scheduled in the Challenge. However, despite the appearance of the robots in the video, the Challenge is decidedly not exclusive to humanoid robot solutions. Any designs are welcome provided they are compatible with shared human-robot environments, compatible with human tools, and compatible with human operators so that a human without expertise in robotics can give commands and confidently anticipate the response.

It is DARPA's position that achieving true innovation in robotics, and thus success in the Robotics Challenge, will require contributions from communities beyond traditional robotics developers. Hardware, software, modeling and gaming developers are sought to link with emergency response and various science communities to devise novel solutions that enable robots to respond to disasters according to the tasks laid out in DARPA's announcement (http://go.usa.gov/mVj) for the Challenge. - DARPA TV.
WATCH: DARPA Robot Masters Stairs.


MYSTERY: Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - The Latest UFO Sightings And Aerial Anomalies Around the World?!

Here are several of the latest unidentified flying objects (UFOs) seen recently across the globe.


St. Petersburg, Russia - 9th of April, 2012.



International Space Station (ISS) - 11th of April, 2012.


Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran - 9th of April, 2012.


Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom - 10th of April, 2012.


Idaho, United States - 3rd of February, 2011.


Phoenix, Arizona, United States - 9th of April, 2012.


American Fork, Utah, United States - April, 2012.


EARTH CHANGES: Geological Upheavals: Sea Level "Rising Fastest in the Southwest Pacific"!

Since the late 19th century the sea level in the southwest Pacific has risen about 20 centimetres with the fastest rate occurring in the early decades of the 20th century, says Dr Patrick Moss of the University of Queensland. Sea levels around the world rose at an average rate of 1.5 millimetres a year since 1880, but studies of tidal marshes in Tasmania show a rise of 4.2mm a year between 1900 and 1950.

"Sea levels in Tasmania remained relatively stable for much of the past 6000 years, but around 1880 they started rising drastically," said Dr Moss, who co-wrote the study in conjunction with scientists from the UK, New Zealand and Australia. Dr Moss said a jump in sea levels occurred after 1990. "The rise in 1910 probably reflects the end of the little ice age, when temperatures were about one to two degrees cooler in the northern hemisphere than today," he said. "The 1990s peak is most likely indicative of human-induced climate change." While debate exists over whether the increasing depths of the oceans is a result of thermal expansion of existing water or the melting of ice, the ultimate cause is undoubtedly global warming. Dr Moss said research suggests the earth has been free of ice at various periods during its existence, at which times sea levels could have been as much as 90-100 metres higher than today.

The results of the study published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters indicate the comparatively higher levels in the southwest Pacific are the result of melting ice in the northern hemisphere. "A large ice-melt is like a fingerprint," Dr Moss said. "When such a significant mass shifts around the earth's surface we can detect its movement. "Based on this, it appears likely that the primary source of sea level rise in the southern hemisphere is the Greenland Ice Sheet, but also mountain glaciers in Alaska, western North America and the Canadian Arctic." Dr Moss's study is largely based on sediment layers in core samples taken from salt marshes near Little Swanport in Tasmania. Dr Moss said the samples also provided physical evidence of the start of logging in Tasmania, when nuclear testing was at its peak globally and the introduction of unleaded petrol.
- Herald Sun.


MONUMENTAL PLANETARY TREMORS: Major Escalation in the Global Seismic Disturbances - 7.1 and 6.2 Magnitude Earthquakes Rock the Gulf of California in Minutes!

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has struck the Gulf of California on Thursday, April 12, 2012 at 07:15:48 UTC. The quake was located at 28.790°N, 113.142°W and had a depth of 10.3 km (6.4 miles).


The epicentre was 134 km (83 miles) northeast (48°) from Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico; 162 km (101 miles) west (268°) from La Doce, Sonora, Mexico; 180 km (112 miles) northwest (334°) from Santa Rosalia, Baja Calif. Sur, Mexico; 214 km (133 miles) west (262°) from Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico; and 557 km (346 miles) SE (137°) from Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has since downgraded the magnitude to 6.9.

NOAA's West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center indicated that based on the earthquake magnitude, location and historic tsunami records, a damaging tsunami IS NOT expected along the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska coasts. NO tsunami warning, watch or advisory is in effect for these areas.

This earthquake, comes against the background of a 6.2 magnitude earthquake in the same region, several minutes earlier at 07:06:01 UTC. This quake was located at 28.841°N, 113.072°W with a depth of 10.1 km (6.3 miles). The epicentre was 142 km (88 miles) northeast of Guerrero Negro, Baja Calif. Sur, Mexico; 182 km (113 miles) northwest of Santa Rosalia, Baja Calif. Sur, Mexico; 207 km (128 miles) west of Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico; and 519 km (322 miles) south of Phoenix, Arizona.

In the space of just one day, we have witnessed, a 8.7 and 8.2 off the west coast of northern Sumatra, a 6.0 in the North Indian Ocean, a 7.0 in Michoacan, Mexico and now a 7.1 and 6.2 in the Gulf of California. This escalation in the seismic disturbance across the globe can only be described as monumental.


EXTREME WEATHER: Unbelievably Incredible Hail Storm Ravages Texas Panhandle - 3 to 4 Feet High Hail Paralyzes and Shuts Down Highways!

Extreme weather, including heavy hail and flooding, has paralyzed parts of the Texas Panhandle, shutting down highways.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Highway 136 at Fritch was closed in Hutchinson County because of flooding for a short amount of time. It has since reopened.  Highway 287, which was previously at a complete standstill, has resumed traffic. TxDOT said traffic is moving on the northbound lanes and the southbound lanes will likely remain closed through the night.

The road must first be cleared and then damage assessed. Southbound traffic is being held in Dumas.  Three to four feet of hail was reported near the Canadian River. Watch the video above from Storm Search 7 Storm Chaser Doug Blach.  The Potter County Sheriff's Office confirmed motor vehicles being stuck in the ice and rain.  Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) reported extremely low visibilities in the area at the time of the storm. The main part of the heavy hail was reported four miles north of the Canadian River near the Fain Plant. - Connect Amarillo.
WATCH: Major hail storm hits the Texas Panhandle.