Thursday, April 7, 2016

PLANETARY TREMORS: "Tectonically Active" - Swarm Of Small Earthquakes Hit Northwestern Arizona!

Arizona has been hit by nearly 20 earthquakes since March 29th. The tremors have ranged from magnitude 0.7 to magnitude 2.6. (KGUN/Inform)

April 7, 2016 - ARIZONA, UNITED STATES - A series of small earthquakes swarmed the state's northwest corner after an initial magnitude 2.3 earthquake on the Arizona strip March 29, officials said Tuesday.

The earthquake that struck near Littlefield, Ariz., a community about 20 miles southwest of St. George, Utah, was the first of 18 small-magnitude tremors that lasted through Sunday, according to the Arizona Geological Survey.

The largest event was a 2.6 magnitude quake at about 8:36 a.m. Sunday. The Arizona Geological Survey has not reported any injuries or damage from the series of tremors.

While the amount of quakes to hit the area may seem unusual, Geological Survey researcher Michael Conway said the state has seen swarms before.

Conway said the area is "tectonically active," but this was the first time a swarm has been recorded in the northwest corner of the state, bordering Utah and Nevada.

"Active faults in the vicinity of the earthquake swarm include the Mesquite/Overton Arm," according to an Arizona Geological Survey statement. The area has extensive earthquake history.

The tremors were large enough to register with the seismometers installed in the area but small enough to go unnoticed, Conway said.

He pointed out that the Geological Survey has a duty to record, catalog and remind people that Arizona experiences at least 100 small quakes each year.

According to Conway, there hasn't been significant technological advances that can predict naturally occurring quakes, but researchers have been able to predict induced tremors in Oklahoma and Texas likely due to fracking.

There have been moderate-sized earthquakes closer to Phoenix, including the Nov. 2, 2015, quake in Black Canyon City, which had a 4.1 magnitude.

Conway advised that if an earthquake happens, "you drop down, get under a desk and hold on." - AZ Central.

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - Ontario, Canada Breaks Cold Temperature Records For Spring!

Ontario's long cold winter isn't over yet, even if spring has officially sprung

April 7, 2016 - ONTARIO, CANADA - After a mild winter where temperatures in Ontario more typical of April often appeared, a large arctic high-pressure area sent temperatures plummeting to values more typical of mid-winter on April 5.

As a result of unseasonable cold, new record low minimums were set in a number of localities across Southern and Northeastern Ontario.

"We used up some of our spring-like weather too early, and now we're paying for it," Environment Canada Meteorologist Geoff Coulson said. Coulson added that cold temperatures can be blamed on a combination of a weakening El Niño and polar vortex coming down south.

Deep freeze breaking southern Ontario weather records. Toronto under extreme cold warning

"The vortex brought with it some colder air, not just for Ontario but also for Quebec, Atlantic Canada, and a good chunk of the midwestern US and northeastern US as well. And with this pattern being fairly stubborn at this point, this cold air is expected to linger at least through mid-month, giving us temperatures more like single digit highs anywhere between 2, 3 °C (35.6, 37.4 °F) when we'd normally be seeing daytime highs of around 10 °C (50 °F)."

The following is a summary of weather event information received by Environment Canada on April 5:

London Airport -12.0 °C (10.4 °F) breaks previous record -10.5 °C (13.1 °F) set in 1995
Delhi -12.2 °C (10.04 °F) breaks previous record -10.5 °C set in 1995
Kitchener -15.5 °C (4.1 °F) breaks previous record -11.5 °C (11.3 °F) set in 1982
Guelph -16.7 °C (1.94 °F) breaks previous record -12.8 °C (8.96 °F) set in 1903
Hamilton -10.9 °C (12.38 °F) breaks previous record -10.8 °C (12.56 °F) set in 1995
Barrie -15.0 °C (5 °F) breaks previous record -14.0 °C (6.8 °F) set in 1982
Timmins -24.5 °C (-12.1 °F) breaks previous record -22.9 °C (-9.22 °F) set in 1995
Kirkland Lake -26.5 °C (-15.7 °F) breaks previous record -22.8 °C (-9.04 °F) set in 1970

- The Watchers.

EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALY: "Cold Blob" - Large, Anomalous Area Of Colder-Than-Normal Sea-Surface Temperatures To Be Wild Card In 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season?!

April 7, 2016 - ATLANTIC OCEAN - The potential movement of a 'cold blob' of water in the North Atlantic Ocean may be the wild card in the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, experts say.

The cold blob refers to a large, anomalous area of colder-than-normal sea-surface temperatures, located east of Newfoundland and south of Greenland.

"This area of colder water started to show up a few years ago and has become larger and more persistent during the past couple of years," AccuWeather Atlantic Hurricane Expert Dan Kottlowski said.

Whether or not ocean currents draw cold water from this blob southward into tropical regions of the Atlantic could determine how active the season becomes. With all potential factors in mind, forecasters are predicting that tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic will total 14 this season, two more than what is considered normal.

If the cooler water migrates southward across the eastern Atlantic, then westward into tropical breeding grounds, it will lower sea-surface temperatures over the region where 85 percent of Atlantic tropical systems develop.Another possibility is that the water from the cold blob could alter the makeup of deep ocean currents and affect the salinity of the water. If this happens, the pattern of warming waters that has been occurring since 1995 will reverse, leading to a period of cooling.

Either of these scenarios would limit tropical development in the Atlantic.If these scenarios don't occur, sea-surface temperatures will remain mostly warmer than normal, likely resulting in a season more active than in the past three years.

Should this be the case, experts believe the current El Niño will weaken, eventually leading to a neutral pattern by the end of the spring or early summer.

"The big question is whether we will go into a La Niña, which is what we're anticipating right now," Kottlowski said. La Niña is characterized by cooler-than-normal ocean water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean near the equator. When this occurs, less wind shear is found in the developmental regions of the Atlantic, increasing the potential for a higher-than-normal amount of tropical systems.

"Historically, some hurricane seasons that have followed a transition from El Niño to La Niña have been very active. It's possible we could flip from one extreme to the other, from below-normal seasons the past three years to an above-normal year in 2016," he said. - AccuWeather.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" - Is Yellowstone Supervolcano Awakening?!

Scientists have analysed the molten rock within the dormant supervolcano beneath Yellowstone and found that eruption is possible without any external trigger.

April 7, 2016 - PACIFIC NORTHWEST - Less than 48 hours after public display of volcanic activity at Yellowstone was intentionally taken OFFLINE from public view, we now know why:

© SuperStation95

Looks like "there's a whole lot a shakin' goin' on!"

Take a look at this reading from Bore Hole 944 inside the super-volcano at Yellowstone National Park:

Yellowstone Bore Hole 944. © SuperStation95

Folks within 500 miles of Yellowstone National Park may want to keep close watch on the super-volcano there. With readings like you see above, now closed-off to the public, it seems there's something taking place at the deadly volcano.

- SuperStation95.


EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Unusually Harsh Summer Heat Hits India's Telangana State - 66 People Killed!

© India Today

April 7, 2016 - INDIA - The unusually harsh summer heat in Telangana has already started taking a huge toll of human life.

With heatwave conditions prevailing across the state, 66 people have died due to sun stroke and other related problems, officials said.

The highest number of deaths — 28 — were reported from Mahbubnagar, followed by 11 in Medak and five each from Karimnagar and Khammam.

Other deaths were reported in Adilabad, Nizamabad, Warangal and Nalgonda.

According to the Meteorological Department Nizamabad, north Telangana continues to be the hottest area in the state with maximum temperatures of 43.4C followed by Medak and Karimnagar with 43C. Hyderabad recorded 41C.

In an indication of the unbearable hot conditions in the state nowhere was the temperature below 40C.

The severe heatwave was forcing the people to stay indoors during the peak hours of the day and the roads and bazaars in Hyderabad and other major cities were wearing deserted look.

The state administration has advised the people to avoid going out into the open from 12 noon.

Telangana normally witnesses heatwave condition only in the month of May but this year the temperatures have been unusually high and harsh right from the beginning of summer.

Last year more than 2,000 people lost their lives in heatwave in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.

Officials were fearing worst this year as the Meteorological department has warned of even worse days ahead. Officials have warned that the highest temperature this year may reach 46 to 47 degrees at some places. - Gulf News India.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - Rains, Landslides And Floods Kill OVER 200 In Northern Pakistan! [PHOTOS]

The weekend's heavy rains turned the streets on the outskirts of Peshawar in northern Pakistan into rivers

April 7, 2016 - PAKISTAN - Rescue workers in northwestern Pakistan dug through debris and mud on Tuesday in hopes of finding survivors after a landslide buried at least 30 people alive on Monday as the death toll from days of torrential rains and flashfloods passed the 200-mark, local officials have said.

Footage aired on local television channels showed army troops and rescue workers digging through the rubble on the outskirts of the Kohistan district where they managed to recover six dead bodies and two survivors.

Some six hundred army troops and engineers are currently engaged in clearing the roads and assisting in rescue operations, an army spokesman said. Ongoing bad weather has hampered rescue operations, in which desperate local residents have used spades, shovels — even their hands — to help find people trapped under the mud.

According to Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), a week of rains and flooding have killed 212 people — including women and children — in the country's north and northwest.

The northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) province, which borders Afghanistan, appears to have been the hardest-hit, accounting for almost half of the casualties reported so far.

Traders try to prevent their vehicles being washed away by floodwaters near the city of Peshawar

Seasonal rains are a big problem in Pakistan every year and these people on the outskirts of Peshawar have been left wading in water

The northern Gilgit-Baltistan territory, which shares a border with China, has also borne the brunt of the rain spell, with numerous roads blocked due to landslides.

Around 200 people have been injured — and nearly 1,500 buildings damaged or destroyed — by rains and flashfloods, the NDMA said.

It is the second major rain spell in both regions in less than one month.

The weather cleared up in most parts of KP and Gilgit-Baltistan on Tuesday, but signs of destruction are still widely apparent.

In the hard-hit districts of Swat, Shangla, Dir, Kohistan, Diamir and Mansehra, wailing families buried their dead. - Muslim News.

GLOBAL COASTAL EVENT: Lighthouse Is Swamped By 160 FOOT WAVES In Quessant, France - Massive Swell Reach As High As 11 Double-Decker Buses!

The huge swell engulfs the entirety of the island lighthouse, meaning the enormous wave was as high as 11 double-decker buses

April 7, 2016 - FRANCE - This is the dramatic moment a lighthouse off the coast of France was pummeled by massive 160ft-high waves while in the epicentre of a storm.

Winds reaching 85mph helped whip up the massive swell - which was so powerful spray from the sea was felt in the helicopter carrying the photographer.

Mathieu Rivrin spent around five hours flying near the lighthouses located on the French island of Quessant, as well as Finistere and Penmarc'h.

The winds, which were blowing at 85mph during the storm frenzy, helped drag the wave up and over the tall building

This particular lighthouse in Quessant, off the coast of Brittany, with its white paned windows and a red lantern room, is 160ft tall and the waves easily engulfed it.

Mr Rivrin, 26, of Brest, said: 'The lighthouse is located in Quessant, an island 20km from the coast of Finistere.

'It's called Phare de la Jument as Jument is the name of the rock where the lighthouse has been built.

'The building itself is 47m high and throughout the day the waves were between 15-20m tall. I was in a helicopter to capture these images.

'The winds were very strong - 140km/h [85mph] during Storm Ruzica - or Storm Imogen in English - so only one helicopter could fly over the storm at the time.'

After the wave crashed into the lighthouse, the sea surrounding it was whipped up into a white-water frenzy

I was about 20m away from the lighthouse when I was photographing it. Sometimes, as I was taking the pictures I could feel the spray of waves reach me.

'It wasn't scary but it was fascinating. I've been dreaming of a moment like this since I was five years old.

'I had been looking at the weather forecast and the ferocity of the of waves eight days before the storm actually hit. I booked the helicopter five days before the storm and spent five hours in the helicopter around the lighthouses in Finistere between Penmarc'h and Ouessant.

'Being in the helicopter provided a whole different viewpoint of the waves. I have never have seen waves like these before because I've always stayed on the coast, it was incredible.' - Daily Mail.