Monday, March 21, 2016

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Unusual Hailstorm Strikes Chenzhou And Guizhou Regions In China - Leaving Residents Shocked?! [VIDEO]

March 21, 2016 - CHINA - Residents of Chenzhou city in southern China's Hunan Province were in for a shock on March 20 when egg-sized hailstones hit the area out of the blue.

Amateur pictures taken during the 15-minute shower showed streets covered with the enormous pieces of ice and slush, resembling thousands of marbles rolling across the ground, China News Service reports.

One of the southernmost provinces in China, Hunan has a subtropical climate, meaning the summer will likely be more a case of sunny-side up than frozen egg hailstones.

Elsewhere in the province, the tumultuous conditions were on display as drivers in Anhua county were forced to stop on a highway after heavy rain caused a large landslide.

WATCH: Unusual hailstorm strikes Guizhou in Southwest China.

- GB Times.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Seismic Uptick - Oklahoma Experiences 23% Increase In Earthquakes This Year!

March 21, 2016 - OKLAHOMA, UNITED STATES - The total number of earthquakes across Oklahoma has increased 23 percent from this time last year, though most of the quakes are very small according to USGS data.

Oklahoma started the year slowly for the total number of quakes, though now has seen a large jump in the number of quakes registering 1.9 magnitude or smaller, year-to-date.

So far in 2016, the state has seen 142 of the very small quakes. At this time in 2015, the state registered 16.

Overall, 2016 has had a total of 825 quakes compared to 2015's 671.

But 2016 has seen more large, damaging types of quakes, including a 5.1 magnitude quake, the state's third largest on record.

In 2016, there have been nine quakes 4.0 or higher, compared to just four in 2015.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has issued a number of directives covering thousands of square miles to oil and gas producers to pull wells back. Scientists and seismologists point to oil and gas activity for the large increase in earthquakes in the last few years.

While quakes have been a part of state history, they increased dramatically starting in 2011, breaking records in 2015 for total quakes.

Last year, we had 5,650 quakes. - Fox25.

Tectonic Summary - Earthquakes in the Stable Continental Region

Natural Occurring Earthquake Activity
Most of North America east of the Rocky Mountains has infrequent earthquakes. Here and there earthquakes are more numerous, for example in the New Madrid seismic zone centered on southeastern Missouri, in the Charlevoix-Kamouraska seismic zone of eastern Quebec, in New England, in the New York - Philadelphia - Wilmington urban corridor, and elsewhere. However, most of the enormous region from the Rockies to the Atlantic can go years without an earthquake large enough to be felt, and several U.S. states have never reported a damaging earthquake.

Earthquakes east of the Rocky Mountains, although less frequent than in the West, are typically felt over a much broader region than earthquakes of similar magnitude in the west. East of the Rockies, an earthquake can be felt over an area more than ten times larger than a similar magnitude earthquake on the west coast. It would not be unusual for a magnitude 4.0 earthquake in eastern or central North America to be felt by a significant percentage of the population in many communities more than 100 km (60 mi) from its source. A magnitude 5.5 earthquake in eastern or central North America might be felt by much of the population out to more than 500 km (300 mi) from its source. Earthquakes east of the Rockies that are centered in populated areas and large enough to cause damage are, similarly, likely to cause damage out to greater distances than earthquakes of the same magnitude centered in western North America.

Most earthquakes in North America east of the Rockies occur as faulting within bedrock, usually miles deep. Few earthquakes east of the Rockies, however, have been definitely linked to mapped geologic faults, in contrast to the situation at plate boundaries such as California's San Andreas fault system, where scientists can commonly use geologic evidence to identify a fault that has produced a large earthquake and that is likely to produce large future earthquakes. Scientists who study eastern and central North America earthquakes often work from the hypothesis that modern earthquakes occur as the result of slip on preexisting faults that were formed in earlier geologic eras and that have been reactivated under the current stress conditions. The bedrock of Eastern North America is, however, laced with faults that were active in earlier geologic eras, and few of these faults are known to have been active in the current geologic era. In most areas east of the Rockies, the likelihood of future damaging earthquakes is currently estimated from the frequencies and sizes of instrumentally recorded earthquakes or earthquakes documented in historical records.

Induced Seismicity
As is the case elsewhere in the world, there is evidence that some central and eastern North America earthquakes have been triggered or caused by human activities that have altered the stress conditions in earth's crust sufficiently to induce faulting. Activities that have induced felt earthquakes in some geologic environments have included impoundment of water behind dams, injection of fluid into the earth's crust, extraction of fluid or gas, and removal of rock in mining or quarrying operations. In much of eastern and central North America, the number of earthquakes suspected of having been induced is much smaller than the number of natural earthquakes, but in some regions, such as the south-central states of the U.S., a significant majority of recent earthquakes are thought by many seismologists to have been human-induced.

Even within areas with many human-induced earthquakes, however, the activity that seems to induce seismicity at one location may be taking place at many other locations without inducing felt earthquakes. In addition, regions with frequent induced earthquakes may also be subject to damaging earthquakes that would have occurred independently of human activity. Making a strong scientific case for a causative link between a particular human activity and a particular sequence of earthquakes typically involves special studies devoted specifically to the question. Such investigations usually address the process by which the suspected triggering activity might have significantly altered stresses in the bedrock at the earthquake source, and they commonly address the ways in which the characteristics of the suspected human-triggered earthquakes differ from the characteristics of natural earthquakes in the region.



EXTREME WEATHER: More Signs Of Increasing Magnetic Polar Migration - Lightning Bolt Kills Woman In Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, United States And Lightning Bolt Kills 3 Farmers In Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh!

March 21, 2016 - EARTH - Here are two recent reports of deadly lightning strikes.

Lightning bolt kills 3 farmers in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Three farmers were killed as lightning had struck them in Matarbari of Moheshkhali upazila of the district.

The lightning struck them around 9:00am on Tuesday (March 22) while they were working at a salt field in the area.

One of deceased has been identified as Habib Ullah while the names of over victims could be known till filing the report.

Moheshkhali Thana officer-in-charge (OC) Didarul Ferdous confirmed the matter to banglanews. - Bangla News 24.

Lightning bolt kills woman in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana

The National Weather Service is reporting the nation's first lightning death of this year happened at the T-Bois Blues outdoor music festival. 28-year-old Jacqui Stavis was killed. The Lafourche Parish sheriff's office says severe weather moved in Friday night.

Jacqui, two other women (ages 24 and 30) and a dog took cover in their small tent. There was a lightning strike. Jacqui was found unresponsive. The other two women had electric shock injuries. The large Labrador died.

Jacqui died Saturday at the LaFourche Parish Hospital. The 30-year-old was also taken to that hospital. The 24-year-old went to "university medical center" in New Orleans. Friends and family of Jacqui are mourning. Her cousin told us Jacqui moved to New Orleans a few years ago with her boyfriend of several years. They loved and embraced New Orleans and had many friends, saying:

28-year-old Jacqui Stavis was killed

"Jacqui brought peace and happiness to everyone that she touched. She was a wonderful massage therapist. She brought good humor and demanded good tunes at every juncture in life," said Erik Yingling, Jacqui's cousin.

Jacqui worked as a massage therapist at Riverside Day Spa and Salon in the French Quarter. Her boss told us she will be deeply missed.

"I just saw her like 3 or 4 days ago — and - and oh my gosh, I can't believe it. I was feeling really sad the whole night last night and this morning I am like I 'm going to miss - I 'm going to miss her coming in," said Hoa Chau, the owner of Riverside Day Spa & Salon.

A vigil for Jacqui in New Orleans is still being organized. - WGNO.


ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - Spring Snowstorm To Hit United States East Coast!

© AccuWeather

March 21, 2016 - UNITED STATES - With the first day of spring ending up colder than Christmas Day, the stage is set for disruptive snow to ride up the coast of the northeastern United States Sunday evening into Monday. After wet snow in the mid-Atlantic struggles to stick to roads, the threat of snow-covered roads will heighten Sunday evening into Monday as an offshore storm begins to strengthen and cause moderate to heavy snow along the Northeast coast.

As the snow along the coast unfolds Sunday evening, a couple of inches of snow will create slick spots in the southern Appalachian Mountains.

The snow will increase as it spreads up the Northeast coast, leading to totals of around an inch on grassy surfaces in Delaware to travel-disrupting amounts approaching or exceeding six inches in eastern Long Island and far eastern New England.

The heaviest amounts will be measured on grassy and elevated surfaces, but motorists should prepare for roads to still become slick. This includes in Islip and Montauk, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Boston and Plymouth, Massachusetts; and Portland and Bangor, Maine.

In Boston, snow totals will be greatest toward the South Shore with less in the northern and western suburbs. 

© AccuWeather

"When temperatures fall after sunset, bridges and overpasses will be the first surfaces to see snow accumulate, which may sneak up on drivers experiencing otherwise wet roads," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brian Thompson said.

AccuWeather Meteorologist Jim Andrews also warned of persistently shaded areas being among the first surfaces to turn slick.

There could be enough of a gusty wind to blow the snow around, further reducing visibility.

Residents should prepare for a slow morning commute with slippery roads and flight delays in eastern New England on Monday. NCAA basketball fans heading to watch the women's second round games in Storrs, Connecticut, could face travel difficulties Monday morning.

"[The snow] may also cling to and weigh down some tree limbs," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. "A few sporadic power outages are possible as a result."

Southeastern Massachusetts is at greatest risk for this threat. The storm will also track close enough to the coast for snow to graze the major urban areas of Philadelphia and New York City Sunday night.

Roads will mainly be wet in Center City Philadelphia, but will turn slushy in any heavier bursts of snow in New York City, its suburbs and New Jersey.

The snow will have cleared New York City, Philadelphia and the rest of the mid-Atlantic by Monday morning.

"With temperatures near or just above freezing Monday morning after the snow ends, travel conditions should improve pretty rapidly from New Jersey and the New York City area into southern Connecticut," Thompson said.

There may still be flight delays at the New York City airports early as crew clear the runways. While any lingering snow will quickly melt later in the day, airline passengers may still encounter delays due to the ripple effect of problems in Boston and elsewhere in eastern New England.

Snow will depart New England in a south-to-north fashion Monday into Monday evening. Outside of Maine, the snow will begin to melt soon after it ends.

However, any wet or slushy areas will freeze and turn icy on untreated surfaces Monday night as temperatures plummet below freezing.

Setting the stage for the snow to start spring in the Northeast is the cold air that is causing the official first day of spring to be colder than Christmas Day, even in areas that will miss out on any snowfall.

Brisk winds will allow the chill to linger in the Northeast on Monday before warmer air makes a comeback as the week progresses. However, snow could streak back into northern New England at midweek before the springlike warmth returns. - AccuWeather.