Originally Posted On: January 31, 2011 | Updated On: February 03, 2011.
Now, it is estimated that there are nearly 150 Deep Underground Military Bases (DUMBS), employing nearly 250,000 persons in America with prominent installations at the White House in Washingon D.C., Groom Lake (also known as Area 51 or Dreamland) and the Tonopah Test Range (also known as Area 52) in Nevada, Dulce in New Mexico, Adirondack Mountain in New York, Fort Hood in Texas, the Kennecott Copper Mines in Utah, Fort Huachuca in Arizona, Palms Marine Base in California, the Denver International Airport in Colorado, Camp David in Maryland, and the FEMA Regional Center in Atlanta, Georgia. These underground bases and tunnels are also featured worldwide at the Vatican in Rome, the Doomsday Vault in Norway, Ellora and Ajanta in Afghanistan, the Nahanni Valley and the "Great Lakes Triangle" in Canada, Pine Gap in Australia, Staffordshire in England, the ruins of El Tuna Gable and Memphis-Saqqarah in Egypt, the Carolina Islands, the Sarowak Chamber on the island of Borneo in Malaysia, in Cappadocia in Turkey, and the Himalayan mountains.
Over the last two months we have even seen a series of states buying bulk quantities of staple crops such as wheat and rice. Just today, the London Telegraph reported that several governments are already stockpiling food.
Commodities traders have warned they are seeing the first signs of panic buying from states concerned about the political implications of rising prices for staple crops. However, the tactic risks simply further pushing up prices, analysts have warned, pushing a spiral of food inflation. Governments in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have recently made large food purchases on the open market in the wake of unrest in Tunisia which deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali... Nouriel Roubini, the New York University economics professor who predicted the financial crisis, this week told the World Economic Forum in Davos that high prices were "leading to riots, demonstrations and political instability." "It's really something that can topple regimes, as we have seen in the Middle East," he said. Algeria purchased 800,000 tonnes of milling wheat on Wednesday and Saudi Arabia has said it will purchase enough wheat for a 12 month reserve. Egypt, which has seen several days of unrest in part provoked by high food prices, is expected to follow. Bangladesh has tripled its rice import target and Indonesia this week bought 820,000 tonnes of Thai rice."This is only the start of the panic buying," said Ker Chung Yang, commodities analyst at Singapore-based Phillip Futures.
Stockpiling of Food.
What is of high concern, is that the stockpiling and manipulation of the food markets will only result in higher food prices. Therefore, creating additional problems in an environment already overrun by crisis. Speaking of crisis, the weird weather patterns continue relentlessly worldwide, further plunging the planet towards this orchestrated cataclysmic chaos.
In Australia, where weird weather anomalies have become the norm, thousands of homes lost power and were damaged when a cyclone hit the Australian coast.
CYCLONE ANTHONY RIPS THROUGH QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA!
The flood-ravaged Queensland, bore the brunt of Cyclone Anthony's strength overnight, with another strong cyclone - Yasi, roaring quickly towards the already swamped region
What is really weird is that Melbourne is currently suffering from an heatwave? Yup, an heatwave? Not just any heatwave, but an unprecedented one too?
UNPRECEDENTED HEATWAVE SCORCHES MELBOURNE!
I definitely would not want to live anywhere near Australia, right now. From aerial and radar anomalies to snow in Summer to flooding of "Biblical proportions" to in-land tsunamis to cyclones to heatwaves. Sorry, mates. It's like someone is running an experiment on the repercussions of different weather anomalies on the country.
Melbourne is preparing for a scorching day, with the weather bureau forecasting the first day of 40 degree weather for the year. It is expected to be even hotter in the north-west with 42 degrees expected in Mildura and Swan Hill, where many residents are continuing preparations for a peak in floodwaters. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Dean Stewart says a cool change should sweep through Melbourne at around 6:00pm or 7:00pm. “There will be southerly winds, initially fairly gusty, but they should settle down and temperatures by around eight o’clock this evening should be around 25 to 30 degrees,” he said. He says an unprecedented heatwave in Central Australia has contributed to today’s extreme forecast for the state. “With a high pressure system in the Tasman Sea we’re likely to see the northerly winds develop over south-east Australia and bring some of that very hot air from the inland down over Victoria,” he said.”We’re expecting a lot of centres to get over the 40 degree mark, even as high as 42 up in the north-west of the state. - ABC News.
Locals soaking up the heat.
Next door, in New Zealand, residents are still reeling from the saturation and trail of destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Wilma over the weekend.
TROPICAL STORM WILMA BATTERS NEW ZEALAND!
|Tropical Cyclone Wilma.|
Tropical cyclone Wilma battered New Zealand’s upper North Island in the wee hours of Saturday, bringing flood waters and wrecking landslides in the region, local media reported. The flood has caused damage to a number of state highways and led to power blackouts in the region, said media reports. Fallen trees, slips, heavy rains, forceful winds have added to the woes, Radio New Zealand reported. According to New Zealand’s meteorology department, the worst affected areas include the Northland province, Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, the Waikato region, Tauranga and Rotorua... Meanwhile, flood conditions continued to be likely as most of the major rivers, including River Waimana and Whakatan, in North Island were topping their banks, New Zealand Civil Defence told media. - IBTraveler.In flood-weary Brazil, winds seemingly as strong as those coming from a cyclone, ripped through Para State and devastated a 25-story skyscraper.
STRONG WINDS COLLAPSES SKYSCRAPER IN BRAZIL!
A skyscraper in the city of Belem in Para State, Brazil, collapsed on Sunday, injuring several people and trapping three beneath piles of rubble. The incident occurred just as four construction workers had left the site. The collapsed building was in the process of construction and was due for release in December this year. The three trapped workers had been completing their shift, according to union representatives. It is unknown whether the building caused damage to surrounding structures as it fell, but police have cleared surrounding buildings while inspections are carried out. Emergency services in the city had been dispatched to the scene to find the trapped men, said Para state Health Minister Helio Franco, although it unknown if they survived. - Malaysia Sun.
One of the worst cases of flooding was experienced in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, where torrential rains swamped the city and towns with extensive and deadly flooding, leading to the evacuation of thousands. According to online reports, over ten persons died with numerous remain missing.
SAUDI ARABIA DELUGED BY TORRENTIAL RAINS!
In Singapore, heavy rain caused the collapse of a bridge under construction at the Punggol Waterway and mass flooding across the country.
THE SINGAPORE DELUGE: HEAVY RAINS AND MASS FLOODING!
|Punggol Bridge collapse.|
A partially completed bridge at the construction site opposite his house collapsed under the weight of rainwater on Sunday morning, reported The Straits Times Reader Simon Low who took and sent in a picture from his flat in Block 638b Punggol Drive. In an email report to The Straits Times website, Mr Low wrote: 'This morning, I noticed part of the bridge had collapsed due to the heavy rain. 'I believe the bridge also acted as a dam, but the water overflowed (from the right side) the partially built bridge, and pushed the bridge away. 'The banks of the waterway on the right side of the bridge overflowed due to this morning's heavy rain. I wonder whether it will happen again once the waterway is fully completed.' Heavy rain drenched most of the island yesterday, causing flash floods in at least five areas, mostly in the east. National water agency PUB said it received reports of floods on the Tampines Expressway slip road at Tampines Avenue 12 and near the Punggol exit, Airport Boulevard, one stretch of Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 and Changi Village. Upon checking these sites, its officers found localised chokes in the drainage along Airport Boulevard, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 5 and in Changi Village. Lanes along Airport Boulevard and at the junction of Tampines avenues 9 and 12 had to be closed for one to two hours. At Block 384A in Tampines Street 32, a multi-storey carpark that was shin-deep in water, workers were pumping out water from its basement level. Although the rain yesterday was islandwide, the eastern area around Changi and Pulau Ubin was the wettest. As at 7.50pm yesterday, 200.8mm of rain had pelted down on Pulau Ubin, and 178mm in Changi. The usual 'hot spots' - Bukit Timah and Upper Thomson - were spared from floods yesterday, as was Orchard Road, parts of which went under water twice in the middle of last year. - Strait Times.
As the Earth changes persists, so does the mass animal die-off. In Detroit, thousands of dead fish was found in Erie, St. Clair.
MASS FISH DIE-OFF IN DETROIT!
|Fish die-off in Erie.|
Officials say cold weather and a fish virus likely are to blame for thousands of dead gizzard shad found recently in Lakes Erie and St. Clair, the St. Clair River and the Detroit River. The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News report that the weather and viral hemorrhagic septicemia, or VHS, are suspected in the fish deaths. Researchers from Michigan State University and the University of Toledo took samples of dead shad Thursday and Friday that showed signs of the fish virus. Shad deaths are typical in the winter. It's expected to take a month to determine whether the fish had VHS. Although not dangerous for humans, the virus has previously caused large fish kills in Lakes Ontario, Erie and Huron. It also has turned up in Lake Michigan. - MLIVE.In America, meteorologists are declaring that this week's winter storm could be one of the worst ever.
A WEEK OF WINTER RECORD BREAKING STORMS IN THE UNITED STATES!
|Snowman in New York's Central Park.|
Chicago was under a blizzard watch late Sunday as portions of the Midwest and Northeast braced for a major storm system that will bring bitter cold and a "long duration" of snow, according to forecasters. Some of the coldest air of the season will plummet southward and combine with another storm developing over the southern Plains, according to CNN meteorologist Sean Morris. An intense surface low will develop over north Texas and pull abundant warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico into the frigid Arctic air diving southward into the Plains. The result: blizzard conditions, heavy snow, ice storms and tornadoes. This storm appears to be another one for the record books. The storm will likely extend from Oklahoma City to Caribou, Maine, by late week, said CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen. The National Weather Service said the "dangerous storm" will begin to affect Missouri and Illinois, which were under storm warnings, as early as Monday. Snowfall, primarily on Tuesday, could be over 12 inches in parts of both states, the agency said. CNN St. Louis affiliate KSDK indicated the storm could be "historic," saying it could rival a 1981 system that left 13.9 inches of snow in St. Louis and some areas with more than 2 feet. Very heavy snow will fall from Oklahoma northeastward through Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Snow accumulations here will be measured in feet, not in inches. Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions are expected as far south as Oklahoma City on Tuesday. The National Weather Service forecast office in Norman, Oklahoma, warns that a "potentially dangerous winter situation" is developing with travel becoming extremely dangerous or impossible across the state by Tuesday morning. Accumulations of 16 to 24 inches are possible in a narrow band from Illinois into Ohio, and perhaps through St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit, Hennen said Sunday, adding it was not yet possible to pinpoint the exact location. This storm could be one of the top 10 biggest snowstorms ever in the Windy City with snowfall accumulations of 15 to 20 inches and isolated higher amounts possible, according to Morris. The biggest snowstorm in Chicago's history occurred from January 26-27, 1967, when 23 inches of snow fell. According to the National Weather Service, snowstorms that drop more than 15 inches of snow occur once in about every 19 years. The last time this happened was in January 1999, when 21.6 inches of snow was recorded in Chicago. The peak of the storm in the Midwest should be from Tuesday into Wednesday morning, Hennen said. Snow will affect Oklahoma City; Kansas City, Missouri; St. Louis; Chicago; and into Detroit. Other cities likely to be affected during the week include Milwaukee, Cleveland, Boston and the New York cities of Buffalo, Syracuse and Albany. Punxsutawney Phil, of Groundhog Day fame, may be more interested in his exposed fur than his spring forecast when the system reaches western Pennsylvania. Severe thunderstorms will likely develop along a trailing cold front from a main low-pressure area. There could be a significant potential for tornadoes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama. Where the warm air overrides the cold Arctic air, rain will fall into subfreezing temperatures at the surface and coat trees, power lines and roads in ice from Missouri to southern Illinois and eastward into central Indiana, Morris said. Ice accumulations of up to three-quarters of an inch will be possible, which will likely combine with gusty winds, which could cause tree branches to fall on power lines. This will also be some of the coldest air of the season, with temperatures expected to drop well below zero in parts of the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma by Wednesday. Temperatures across the central and southern high Plains will be almost 50 degrees below normal in some areas. Low temperatures on Wednesday morning could be in the single digits as far south as north Texas. Strong winds will combine with the cold temperatures to create extremely dangerous wind chills of 20 to 35 below zero across the southern Plains. - CNN.Accuweather is forecasting that a two-part major winter storm will disrupt travel with a deluge of snow and ice over the Northeast of America.
The storm is beginning to hit the Plains now and will focus on the Midwest Tuesday. However, snow and ice will streak eastward into the Northeast during Tuesday as well. As the storm progresses into Wednesday, it will bring dangers from the risk of falling trees and power lines under the weight of a glaze of ice in some areas and roof collapses under the weight of heavy snow in others...The storm will be very complex and will span 48 hours in many locations, much longer than a typical winter storm. For some locations, this will be a two-part event with two periods of precipitation and a lull in between. The storm will result in wet roads in southernmost areas, snow covered roads in northern areas and snowy, icy and wet roads in the middle. A couple of degrees difference in temperature may be all that lies between gridlock and relatively minor travel issues. The storm will directly or indirectly impact flights in the major hubs of Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore/Washington and Pittsburgh in the Northeast as it is also forecast to hit the Midwest and Plains very hard as well, including Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis and Denver.In Oregon, torrential rains caused massive landslides and damages to the roads and water mains of Lincoln City.
RAINS CREATES LAND UPHEAVALS IN OREGON!
|Cracks along Schooner Creek.|
Residents of Lincoln City are being told to prepare for the possibility of water rationing after torrential rains caused a county road to give way and put the city’s water main in jeopardy. Schooner Creek Road was closed last Friday due to a landslide and 7,000 residents received a reverse 9-1-1 call warning them about the possibility of a water shortage that could last a couple of days. Lincoln City Public Works officials are asking residents to stockpile water by filling the bathtub and have gallons of drinking water available should the road keep sliding and break the 24-inch water main. The reverse 9-1-1 call on Friday created a water-buying frenzy at local grocery stores that emptied shelves. - KATU.Just last week, the largest ever exercise was held in Oregon to prepare for future ruptures of the Cascadia Fault system, featuring over 37,000 residents.
Speaking of fault lines, today a moderate 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck Tonga. The quake struck at 95 kilometres southwest of Nuku Alofa or 360 kilometres south east of Neiafu, or at at depth of 68.6 kilometres, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Tonga and the other countries within the ring have seen an avalanche of seismic and volcanic activity recently.
|Increase activity around the Pacific Ring of Fire.|
Perhaps, this is related largely to the amazing activity taking place on the Sun:
CORONAL HOLE: A dark croissant-shaped hole has opened up in the sun's atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind into space. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture of the vast opening during the early hours of Jan. 31st: Researchers call this a "coronal hole." Solar rotation is turning the coronal hole toward Earth. The stream of solar wind pouring from it will swing around and hit our planet in early February, possibly sparking polar magnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras between Feb. 2nd and 4th. A solar wind stream flowing from the indicated coronal hole should reach Earth on or about Feb. 3rd. - Spaceweather.February 2nd to 4th? Hmmm...? We surely are in interesting times. What will happen next?
UPDATE: Uncharted Waters, Earthquakes, Snowstorm, Pole Shift, Land Mass Sinking, ASTROTOMETRY and the GeoMagnetic Ripple Effects?!
In its latest update, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting that there is a 60% chance of polar geomagnetic storms scheduled for February 3rd. According to NOAA, a high-speed solar wind stream and a Coronal Mass Ejection (CMEs) could hit Earth's magnetic field on Wednesday, a double whammy almost certain to spark some degre of geomagnetic activity.
NASA's new solar sail, NanoSail-D, is circling Earth and attracting the attention of sky watchers - especially when it flares. Sunlight glinting off the sail's reflective fabric can rival the brightest stars, making a sudden and luminous streak across the night sky. "At its peak, the flare was magnitude +3.5, easily seen with the naked eye," says photographer Vesa Vauhkonen. On the same night, NanoSail-D flared even more brightly over Helsinki, Finland. A meteor camera operated by Esko Lyytinen caught the sail flashing almost three times brighter than a 1st magnitude star. Future flares could dwarf these. NanoSail-D is skimming the top of Earth's atmosphere and slowly descending as it circles the planet. As the spacecraft gets closer to Earth and aerodynamic forces flatten the fabric into an ever-better reflector, flares are likely to intensify, theoretically exceeding the brightness of Venus as much as 100-fold (5 magnitudes). - Spaceweather.In an earlier report, Spaceweather had indicated that a dense ionized wind stream had burned Earth’s magnetosphere, where the solar wind pouring from the large coronal hole on the Sun had hit Earth, causing the magnetosphere shield to expand dramatically and ionize in protection of the planet.
GEOMAGNETIC STORMS HITS THE EARTH!
We see this in the Magnetosphere Simulation, where the ripple effects of the geomagnetic disturbances causes erratic movements of Earth's magnetic field.
Proton density is 20.9 protons/cm3 in a wind helio-wind speed of 376.8 km/sec. That’s high enough to have an ionized, searing effect of the planet’s fledging protective barrier. This is one of the largest coronal holes we’ve seen on the Ear...th-facing hemisphere of the Sun in some time and it’s emitting a powerful blast of proton particles toward earth like a ray gun. The particle stream is so powerful, it’s pushing the planet’s magnetic field out almost as fast as it’s being generated from its rotational spin. Looking at the pressure reading of the magnetosphere below, we can see this is a very high resolution burn at maximum intensity. High proton density counts on the Sun are common when there is a plasma interface with the Sun’s magnetic field from a comet but solar wind streams generally flow out in much weaker constitution from the Sun.
Solar winds streams from the Coronal Hole.
According to Astrotometry, the recent solar activity indicates a very strong possibility of a major northern hemisphere earthquake in the coming days.
Note that Astrotometry indicated that a strong seismic event could possibly occur between the 25 and 41 degrees north latitude, where the large broad spectrum hole in the corona would extend through the extreme ultraviolet bands to deliver a a shock over 7.5 magnitude on the Richter Scale. This event is expected to occur in either one of the following regions: Mount Etna in Italy, Southeastern Iran, Myanmar-China-India, the Philippines, Southern and Baja California, the New Madrid Fault, the San Andreas Fault and the Indian-Eurasian Plate.
|IRIS Seismic Monitor - Earthquakes in February.|
In Japan, the Shinmoedake volcano erupted with its biggest explosion yet, for the sixth time since last week, sending huge plumes of gas and rocks into the sky. The massive blast downed trees and broke hundreds of windows, forcing residents 8 kilometres away to leave their homes as lava, ash and landslides threaten their livelihood. Officials have since raised the alert and warning levels.
What is quite frightening about this, is the prospect of additional high magnitude quakes upon the already collapsing tectonic plates such as in Pakistan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand in places along the Pacific Ring of Fire where cities, towns, villages and coastlines have been submerged under seemingly permanent floods. Citizens in residential areas, have seen waters lodged in place, with no leading tributary path or sign of recession, where torrential rains would normally flow away into the ocean. This is evident in the sinking of roads, drainage canals and lands, as well in the numerous cases of the sudden appearance of sinkholes. It should be remembered that geologists and scientists had indicated that the magnitude 7.4 earthquake that hit New Zealand last year, had opened a new fault line, causing a significant movement on the Earth.
Mark Quigley, a geology professor leading a team investigating the cause of the quake, said: "One side of the earth has lurched to the right. Up to 11 feet in some places has been thrust up. The long linear fracture on the earth’s surface does things like break apart houses, break apart roads. We went and saw two houses that were completely snapped in half by the earthquake.” - Telegraph.There is no way, shape or form that the Earth could lurch, fracture and thrust by 11 feet without causing some severe repercussions elsewhere. Case in point, it has now been revealed by scientific research, that the massive earthquake that rocked Chile in 2010 could have triggered a swarm of smaller quakes thousands of miles away in California.
This is given even further resonance in the country of Malaysia, which lies just a bit off the rim of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where 47,000 people have been evacuated from flood-hit areas, a consistent deluge of water over several weeks.
The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that hit Chile last year struck just offshore of areas holding 80 percent of the country's population. The quake killed at least 521 people, injured about 12,000 more and damaged or destroyed at least 370,000 houses. Now it turns out Chile might not have been the only place this quake affected. "We now know that a very large earthquake like the 2004 Sumatra earthquake and the 2010 Chile quake can trigger seismic activity potentially at anywhere within the Earth, because the seismic waves from such major earthquakes are large enough to circle the entire globe," researcher Zhigang Peng, a seismologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, told OurAmazingPlanet. Peng and his colleagues suggest the Chilean quake triggered four earthquakes with magnitudes of 2 or higher that shook California, with the largest of the group being a magnitude 3.5 quake that rattled the Coso Volcanic Field about 5,730 miles (9,220 kilometers) away, where several geothermal power plants are located. Although this area is one of the most seismically active regions in California and often plagued by small quakes, when the researchers estimated the chance of an earthquake swarm occurring there immediately following the Chilean earthquake, their calculations suggest there was a more than 99 percent chance the two seismic events were probably connected. The seismologists also detected a cluster of deep tremors along the Parkfield-Cholame section of the San Andreas Fault that also appeared to be influenced by the Chilean quake about 5,820 miles (9,360 km) away. That section of the San Andreas was the site of possibly the largest quake on that fault in the last few centuries, the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake, a magnitude 7.9 temblor... "Earthquakes talk to each other," Peng said. "Many scientists have found that when a large earthquake occurs, it will trigger numerous earthquakes, mostly around the previous one, which are known as aftershocks. Some of them could be potentially dangerous."... "So far we have found much evidence that large earthquakes could trigger small earthquakes at long-range distances," Peng said. "We have yet to see a damaging earthquake triggered at very large distances." One might also ask if the small tremors these distant quakes set off might relieve pressure on a fault, thus preventing or delaying larger quakes in the future. However, "since most of triggered earthquakes are small, then the built-up pressure in other faults are not relieved at all," Peng said. "However, it is possible that those triggered earthquakes could continue for a while, and may even lead to large earthquakes at later times." - Our Amazing Planet.
Epicentre of Chilean Earthquake.
THE MALAYSIAN DELUGE!
In Peru, flooding and mudslides submerged the tourist region of Cusco, home to the Machu Picchu Incan ruins, displacing over 20,000 people. Roads between Cusco city and Machu Picchu have been closed by official authorities, with car and train services suspended, leaving tourists and locals stranded.
THE PERUVIAN DELUGE!
Elsewhere, in Australia, the state of Queensland is now in the midst of Category 5 Cyclone Yasi, as it approaches from the northeast with catastrophic consequences for the disaster-weary residents. The Cyclone is over 1,000 kilometres long is predicted to be the most powerful Cyclone to ever strike Queensland, in over 100 years. The weather system is currently twice the size of Cyclone Tracy, which decimated Darwin in 1974 and ten times larger than Hurricane Katrina which destroyed Louisiana in America in 2005.
In America, a huge winter storm pummeled through parts of the Midwest, as it continues its chaotic march towards the Northeast, disrupting businesses, flights and other transportation systems - dropping as much as 20 inches of snow in places like Chicago, the third largest in the history of the state.Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has warned residents that there could be devastation and heartbreak on an unprecedented scale as Cyclone Yasi smashes into the state. North Queensland residents are feeling the full force of one of Australia's worst cyclones, with the category-five storm crossing the coast near Mission Beach, south of Innisfail. Yasi, packing winds up to 290 kilometres per hour, slowed as it approached the coast and was moving west south-west at 25kph. Hundreds of thousands of people are sheltering in evacuation centres and homes across the region as strong winds and heavy rain lash hundreds of kilometres of coastline. In Cairns, trees are thrashing violently and some are bending over, while street signs are rattling. Power has been cut to the main evacuation centre in Cairns at Earlville shopping centre, where about 2,000 people are taking refuge. A total of 152,000 customers are without power across the region, including the Townsville CBD where a number of evacuation centres are located. Townsville resident Robert White lives in a four-storey waterfront unit and says he is struggling to stop his glass doors from shattering in the raging wind. "The waves have been unbelievable, and the wind... I can't believe it," he said. "We've got a glass frontage on our unit and we've put our lounge suite and everything against the windows and the doors because they're all glass and we're just trying to hold them together at the moment." Ms Bligh says the potentially deadly system is the "most catastrophic storm ever seen" in the state, and as well as destructive wind gusts it could also cause a tidal surge as high as nine metres. The Premier says she cannot sugar-coat the situation and that it will be a tough night and a tough few days for people in north Queensland. "We are in completely uncharted waters," she said. - ABC Network.
MONSTER SNOWSTORM BLIZZARDS THROUGH AMERICA!
A huge winter storm pummelled the United States on Wednesday, bringing parts of the Midwest to a standstill, delivering a wintry blow to the Northeast, and disrupting businesses, flights and other transport. Major automakers shut down plants in six Midwestern states and Ontario, and were just a fraction of the commerce that felt the storm's wrath. Grain and livestock movement by rail and road were also paralyzed in many areas. Wheat prices rose on worries that extreme cold to follow the storm could damage crops. Citrus growers in south Texas also feared extensive damage from a hard freeze. The storm, touching some 30 states and a third of the U.S. population, stretched from New Mexico to Maine as it moved toward the northeast where an ice storm wreaked havoc on New York City. Chicago was set to get its biggest snowfall in more than 40 years. Some 20 inches (54 cm) of snow was forecast to pile up by late Wednesday. Snowfalls of a foot (30 cm) or more were recorded from Oklahoma City to Kansas City and Indianapolis. "This is pretty unbelievable. I was around in '67 but this is really crazy," said John Paczesny, 48, a Chicago church maintenance worker and suburban firefighter, who was out shovelling snow Wednesday morning. On January 26-27, 1967, 23 inches of snow fell on Chicago, collapsing roofs and shutting down the city for days. The website flightaware.com, which tracks airline cancellation information, said more than 5,600 flights had been cancelled in the United States so far on Wednesday. That followed thousands of flight cancellations on Tuesday. "We're totally out of Chicago today; 920 cancellations in and out," said American Airlines spokesman Tim Smith. Power was out for more than 375,000 customers from Texas to New England, and into Canada.. The Texas power grid operator imposed rolling blackouts as frigid weather swept across the state, leaving 3 million homes temporarily without electricity. Treacherous ice, rather than deep snow, hit New York City. The heavily used commuter rail service between New Jersey and New York was suspended due to ice buildup on the overhead power lines, authorities said. Public transportation in other major cities, including Boston, was also disrupted... The huge two-day storm delivered its strongest punch to the Midwest, dumping as much as three inches (7.6 cm) of snow an hour on Chicago during most of the night along with winds of up to 40 miles per hour (65 kph). Chicago's two major airports cancelled a combined 2,000 flights, the city's Department of Aviation said. Chicago's O'Hare International Airport is the second busiest in the United States, after Atlanta. - Reuters.
The wild weather continues across the globe. In Canada, a brutal blizzard continues to wreak havoc on Toronto, forcing the closure of schools and businesses, as the conditions left thousands of travellers stranded at airports with close 30 centimetres of snow on the streets caused by the build up of frenzied winds. In Japan, heavy snow has wreaked havoc on transportation in areas along the Sea of Japan coast of central Honshu. The Imajo district of Minami-Echizen, Fukui Prefecture, saw a record 236 centimeters of snow. The Ground Self-Defense Force of Japan was expected to send troops to the town of Uonuma, where a snow depth of 4.09 meters, or 13.4 feet, has reportedly build up. In Bolivia, raging floods cost the lives of at least 22 people, with at least six others remaining missing in the province of Chuquisaca, as high water levels swept away houses and cars. In the Philippines, over 2 million have been affected by floods and landslides in the regions of Souther Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao with 399,237 families (or 2,001,221 people) in 190 towns and 18 cities, evacuated into emergency centres. As of today, the official death climbed to 75, with 13 injured and 22 still missing. Some 1,114 houses were completely destroyed while 4,610 were partially-damaged. Damage to property was estimated at P2.053 billion, including P659.533 million in agriculture and P1.372 billion in infrastructure. As the massive and historic snowstorm makes its way across the United States, China is having the exact opposite problem, with 84 snowless days into winter, the is the longest dry spell since they started keeping records in 1951. Months of dry weather have given China's key wheat-growing province of Shandong its worst drought in at least 40 years, that threatens to put further pressure on surging food prices.
UPDATE: Geomagnetic Disturbances, Deluges, Monster Snowstorms, and the Beast?!
The Cosabio Virtual Institute at Astrotometry has just released an update to the earlier video that I featured in my last update. In this video, the Institute is forecasting that special attention be paid to the Mount Etna volcano in Italy and the Arabian Plate based on a comparative analysis of the shape of the geomagnetic disturbance from the Sun and the seismic activity on that plate.
It is quite possible that this could affect other regions as well, since the Arabian Plate has been moving northwards against the Eurasian Plate, with the African and Indian crustal plates in concert, which can affect mountain ranges extending from northern Africa to southern Europe and the Middle East to ranges in southeast Asia. I have already showcase here, reports that the African continent is sinking and we have also seen Mount Etna erupting several times since the start of the year. Therefore, this makes for interesting analysis and something that we should monitor carefully.
Perhaps, one of the first signs of the influence of the geomagnetic disturbance is that fact that scientists are now mystified why clouds around the polar regions are growing brighter:
MYSTERIOUS CLOUDS OF THE POLAR REGIONS STUNS SCIENTISTS!
|Illuminating clouds of the Polar region.|
These so-called night-shining clouds are still rare — rare enough that Matthew DeLand, who has been studying them for 11 years, has seen them only once. But his odds are increasing. These mysterious clouds form between 50 and 53 miles (80 and 85 kilometers) up in the atmosphere, altitudes so high that they reflect light long after the sun has dropped below the horizon. DeLand, an atmospheric scientist with NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has found that night-shining clouds — technically known as polar mesospheric or noctilucent clouds — are forming more frequently and becoming brighter. He has been observing the clouds in data from instruments that have been flown on satellites since 1978. For reasons not fully understood, the clouds' brightness wiggles up and down in step with solar activity, with fewer clouds forming when the sun is most active. The biggest variability is in the far north. Underlying the changes caused by the sun, however, is a trend toward brighter clouds... The fact that night-shining clouds are getting brighter suggests that the mesosphere is getting colder and more humid, DeLand said. Increasing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere could account for both phenomena. In the mesosphere, carbon dioxide radiates heat into space, causing cooling. More methane, on the other hand, puts more water vapor into the atmosphere because sunlight breaks methane into water molecules at high altitudes. – Space.On the southeastern tip of the Indian peninsula on the Indian Plate, Sri Lanka continues to be devastated by a deluge of heavy rains, flooding and landslides, displacing countless people across the north central and eastern regions.
THE SRI LANKA DELUGE!
Nearby, in the Philippines, the AFP is reporting that heavy rains has displaced over 250,000 persons, leaving 4 dead, as floods swamps the southern regions.
THE PHILIPPIAN DELUGE!
|Towns under a deluge of flood waters.|
The rains over the past five days have flooded entire towns and caused landslides across vast areas of the mainly rural south, with more bad weather forecast for the rest of the month. "What we are having now is a creeping disaster," the head of the state weather service, Graciano Yumul, on Wednesday told reporters in Manila. Yumul said Surigao, a city of 120,000 people, had received 1.8 metres (nearly six feet) of rain in one day. Two farmers drowned on Monday and another on Friday when they were swept away while crossing swollen rivers near Surigao, June Parada, spokesman for the provincial government of Surigao del Norte, told AFP. A seven-year-old boy also drowned in a neighbouring southern province, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Manila. The government was rushing rescue equipment and emergency aid to nearly a quarter million people affected by the floods and landslides, it added. It was the second time the region had been hit by torrential rains this year. Flooding across the southern and central Philippines last month claimed 75 lives, according to the disaster council. - AFP.In America, the 2,000-mile-long monster winter snowstorm continues to carve out a path of extreme coldness across the Midwest and Northeast, leaving behind frozen footprints and 30 degrees below zero temperatures, from the deluge of ice, rain and 2 feet of snow. The highly unusual weather system is now extending into the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, lowering temperatures to 8 degrees across the region.
SNOWSTORM USA - ICE AGE NOW!
In Australia, Category 5 Cyclone Yasi has been described as "The Beast," striking the state of Queensland with 290 kilometre winds and raging seas.
CYCLONE YASI, "THE BEAST" ROARS THROUGH AUSTRALIA!
The category five storm made landfall between Townsville and Cairns but concentrated its fury on the 100-kilometre strip of coast around Mission Beach, between Cardwell and Innisfail, an area devastated by cyclone Larry in 2006. The town of Mission Beach was hit by the full force of the storm at midnight. It tore apart buildings, ripped up trees, and more than 90,000 sat through the night in the dark when power supplies were cut. Having done what they could to protect lives and property, those in Yasi's path could do no more than wait as the driving rain and intensifying winds lashed their barricaded homes. "If you pray, pray for us," a staff member at the Disaster Co-ordination Centre in Cairns said. The Queensland Premier, Anna Bligh, said all of Australia would need to brace itself for what it would wake up to this morning. She predicted a ''sense of devastation and heartbreak on an unprecedented scale''. - SMH.