Wednesday, May 22, 2013

SOLAR WATCH: Sunspot 1745 Unleashes Significant M5 Solar Flare Explosion - Most Magnificent Coronal Mass Ejection And Hailstorm Of Protons Heading Towards The Earth; Solar Radiation Storm Currently In Progress!

May 22, 2013 - THE SUN - A strong solar flare measuring M5.0 was observed on Wednesday morning. The eruption was centered around Sunspot 1745.


A slow eruption around Sunspot 1745 produced a bright Coronal Mass Ejection within the past hour.

The eruption produced a bright Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). This was the second CME of the morning, however this one could have somewhat of an Earth directed component.


Attached is an updated image by STEREO Ahead COR2 showing a substantial Coronal Mass Ejection leaving the Sun this morning.

WATCH:
Pair of Coronal Mass Ejections - May 22, 2013.





A solar radiation storm is in progress on May 22nd following the M5-class explosion on the sun's western limb. The source of the flare, which peaked at 1332 UT, was departing sunspot AR1745. SOHO coronagraphs observed a magnificent CME emerging from the blast site:


Attached is a new image by Lasco C3 showing the extent of a large CME following the M5.0 Solar Flare around Sunspot 1745.

The speckles dancing across the image are caused by high-energy solar protons striking the CCD camera in SOHO's coronagraph. Those protons were guided toward Earth by magnetic field lines that connect our planet to the blast site. The rain of protons is what forecasters mean by a "radiation storm." This storm ranks S2 on NOAA storm scales.

A moderate S2 Level Radiation Storm is now in progress. Protons streaming past Earth following the solar flare is currently on the rise.

Although the explosion was not Earth-directed, we cannot yet rule out the possibility that the CME could deliver a glancing blow to Earth in the days ahead.

The CME Prediction Model released by Goddard Space Flight Center is calling for a CME to sweep past Earth by May 25. Most of the material was directed to the west, however a portion of the plasma cloud could be directed this way. An increase in geomagnetic activity will be possible this weekend.


CME Prediction Model released by Goddard Space Flight Center.


ALERT: Proton Event 10MeV Integral Flux exceeded 100pfu
Begin Time: 2013 May 22 1520 UTC
NOAA Scale: S2 - Moderate
Potential Impacts: Radiation - Passengers and crew in high latitude, high altitude flights may experience small, increased radiation exposures.
Spacecraft - Infrequent single-event upsets to satellites are possible.
Radio - Small effects on polar HF (high frequency) propagation resulting in fades at lower frequencies.

WATCH: M5.0 Solar Flare & Huge CME - May 22, 2013.





SUNSPOTS: Sunspot AR1748 has substantially decayed since it unleashed four X-flares last week. It now poses a threat for lesser M-flares.


Credit: SDO/HMI.


CORONAL HOLES: Solar wind flowing from this coronal hole should reach Earth on May 23-24. 

Credit: SDO/AIA.

SOURCES: Space Weather | Solar Ham.



MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Mother Nature Strikes Back - Are We Entering The Worst Period For Natural Disasters In The History Of The United States?!

"Look for me in the whirlwind". - Marcus Garvey.

"Mother Nature ain't playing, the ancestors ain't playing,... There will be a cleansing, you ain't seen nothing yet,...". - Nicky Love.

May 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Weather patterns are becoming increasingly erratic and the ground under our feet is becoming extremely unstable.  So precisely what in the world is going on here?  Is this the beginning of a trend?  Could it be possible that we are entering the worst period for natural disasters in U.S. history?  The tornado that just hit the town of Moore, Oklahoma is already being called one of the most destructive tornadoes that America has ever seen.  That tornado came almost two years to the day after the deadliest tornado in U.S. history hit Joplin, Missouri.  But of course it is not just tornadoes that seem to be getting more powerful.  Giant sinkholes are appearing at an unprecedented rate,  earthquakes are becoming more frequent and more powerful, 6 of the 10 worst years for wildfires ever recorded in the United States have all come since the year 2000, and the western part of the country is experiencing the worst stretch of drought since the days of the Great Depression.  Is all of this just some sort of a giant coincidence?  If not, what is causing these changes?


Powerful tornado swept through an Oklahoma City suburb, tearing down blocks of homes and two schools.

The giant F4 tornado that absolutely devastated Moore, Oklahoma had winds of up to 200 mph.  It was estimated to be at least two miles wide at one point, and what made it especially destructive was the fact that it sat on the ground for 40 minutes.  Most tornadoes only reach the ground for a couple of minutes.  According to the latest reports, the tornado resulted in 24 deaths and hundreds of others were seriously injured.

It was far more powerful than the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima, and it is being called “the worst tornado damage-wise in the history of the world” by a meteorologist at KFOR-TV.

You can see video of the tornado right here.  Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb compared the tornado to a “two-mile-wide lawnmower blade going over a community.

Meanwhile, other parts of Oklahoma experienced very unusual weather as well.  In fact, hail the size of grapefruits was falling in one area near Oklahoma City.

Personally, I sure am glad that I don’t live in tornado alley.  I don’t know if I could handle hail the size of grapefruits and tornadoes that are two miles wide.

But despite the fact that we have seen such destructive tornadoes in recent years, constructing storm shelters has very much gone out of style.  This is very unfortunate, because as Mike Adams of Natural News has pointed out, even a very small storm shelter can save your life…
Storm shelters offer almost 100% survivability against tornados. Tornadoes cannot penetrate underground, after all. If YOU are underground, even in a small, cramped storm shelter that’s just two meters wide and two meters tall, you have an almost 100% chance of emerging from the storm completely unhurt.

Most fatalities in tornados happen because people are killed from flying debris. You might even call it “wind shrapnel.” Take a bunch of lumber, aluminum siding, bricks and roof trusses and accelerate them to 200 mph and you have a deadly weapon that will kill almost anyone it touches. But put your body just three feet underground — in a tornado shelter — and all that debris flies right past you, harmlessly above your shelter.
Another huge concern is the epidemic of sinkholes that we have seen all over the United States over the past few years.

Some cities are actually being eaten alive by these things.  For example, just check out what is happening to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania’s state capital is suffering from a rash of monster sinkholes, but city officials are too broke to do anything about it.

Loose soil and leaky, century-old underground water pipes are to blame for the municipal nightmare, which came to a head on the New Year’s Eve when a 50-foot sinkhole yawned open along Fourth Street, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The eight-foot deep crater — one of at least 41 in the city — is so large, locals made it a “check-in” site on the social media site Four Square.

Some cheeky residents and the media nicknamed the hole “Super Sinkhole Walter.”
And check out what is happening in one housing division out in California
Scott and Robin Spivey had a sinking feeling that something was wrong with their home when cracks began snaking across their walls in March.

The cracks soon turned into gaping fractures, and within two weeks their 600-square-foot garage broke from the house and the entire property — manicured lawn and all — dropped 10 feet below the street.

It wasn’t long before the houses on both sides collapsed as the ground gave way in the Spivey’s neighborhood in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco.
For much more on this phenomenon, please see my previous article entitled “Why Are Giant Sinkholes Appearing All Over America? Is Something Happening To The Earth’s Crust?

At the same time, we have seen the number and intensity of earthquakes increase all over the planet in recent years.

Thankfully, the U.S. has not seen “the big one” strike yet.

But everyone knows that it is going to happen at some point.

One of the areas that I am most concerned about is the New Madrid fault zone.  A massive earthquake along that fault zone would deeply affect millions of lives.  The following is from a recent article by Michael Fitzgerald of the CNHI News Service
It’s a bleak scenario. A massive earthquake along the New Madrid fault kills or injures 60,000 people in Tennessee. A quarter of a million people are homeless. The Memphis airport – the country’s biggest air terminal for packages – goes off-line. Major oil and gas pipelines across Tennessee rupture, causing shortages in the Northeast. In Missouri, another 15,000 people are hurt or dead. Cities and towns throughout the central U.S. lose power and water for months. Losses stack up to hundreds of billions of dollars.

Fortunately, this magnitude 7.7 temblor is not real but rather a scenario imagined by the Mid-America Earthquake Center and the Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management at George Washington University. The goal of their 2008 analysis was to plan for a modern recurrence of quakes that happened along the New Madrid fault more than 200 years ago, in 1811 and 1812.
And remember, the scenario discussed above is just for a 7.7 earthquake.  Much more powerful earthquakes have happened in the New Madrid fault zone in the past, and that is exactly what many are expecting to happen in the years ahead.

Meanwhile, the “Ring of Fire” continues to heat up.  Over the past few years, there have been major earthquakes in almost every area along the Pacific rim except for the west coast of the United States.  We should be very thankful for that, but that good fortune will not last indefinitely.

Personally, I would not want to be living anywhere along the Pacific coast in the coming years.

And it is not just earthquakes that we need to be concerned about along the Ring of Fire.  We are also seeing a significant increase in volcanic activity.

Most Americans don’t realize it, but a major volcanic eruption is going on up in Alaska right now.  The following is from Yahoo News
One of Alaska’s most active volcanoes, which has been belching ash and spewing lava since last week, has forced regional flight cancellations and dusted some nearby communities with ash, scientists and local officials said on Monday.

Pavlof Volcano has sent up ash as high as 22,000 feet, with the cloud blowing eastward and the eruption showing no signs of abating, according to the federal-state Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The lava from its 8,261-foot (2,518-metre) peak has also created huge steam clouds on meeting the mountain’s snow.
And there are several volcanoes along the west coast of the United States that people should be keeping their eyes on as well.  One of them is Mt. Saint Helens.  The following is what one scientist recently said about Mt. Saint Helens…
We know magma is forming, we see little earthquakes, and we know it is reloading. We know it will erupt again and we know we may have as little as a week’s notice.
Personally, I am even more concerned about Mt. Rainier.  That is one of the reasons why I included an eruption of Mt. Rainier in my new novel.  Mt. Rainier has started to become unstable, and a full-blown eruption would be absolutely catastrophic.

In addition to everything else that I have discussed above, we have also been witnessing an increase in the intensity of hurricanes, wildfires, drought and dust storms over the past decade.

So what is causing all of this? - TAD.



FIRE IN THE SKY: Major Solar System Disturbance - Asteroid 2013 KB To May Close Approach To Earth On May 22; Moving "Relatively Fast"; "Tracking May Not Work"!

May 22, 2013 - SPACE - Location of NEO 2013KB as seen from the SSO observatories from 21-23 May at 3:22 pm local time.





NEO asteroid 2013 KB will come within 3.2 Earth-Moon distances of us, with the closest approach of the 16 meter dimaeter asteroid on May 22 06:05 UT.

This is a Southern Scope asteroid, as it passes through Centaurus and Cricinus. It will be a difficult object to follow, not getting brighter than magnitude 18.5.

While at 3.2 LD away, paralax is not too big an issue, but it is still moving relatively fast, and the asteroid tracking may not work.




Close up chart of 2013 KB for 22-23 May, tick marks are every 1 hour. The large rectangle is the field of view of  T12  and small rectangle is the field of view of  T9. Note the parallax difference between the calculated position and the orbit.

To catch it, it's best to choose a star not far from where the asteroid would be (best use on a topocentric ephemeris, as there is still significant parallax), and set that as the target, then wait for the asteroid to zoom by.

Remember that it can take up to 5 minutes for the telescopes to slew to the imaging position, so you have to allow for this in your timing.





Up to date orbital information from the MPEC ephemeris generator is best.  If you enter the observatory code for SSO - Q62 it will create a topocentric ephemeris for Siding Spring. - iTelescope.




MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: "The Perfect Storm" - A Monster Vortex Formed To Create Moore Twister In Oklahoma!

May 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A monstrous tornado that ripped through Oklahoma Monday piling cars on top of one another, demolishing an elementary school and killing several adults and children, may owe its power and deadliness partly to a convergence of jets of air, say meteorologists.




The preliminarily rated EF-4 tornado touched down at 2:56 p.m. CDT (3:56 p.m. ET) and was on the ground for 40 minutes as it tore a 20-mile-long (32 kilometers) path through Newcastle, Moore and South Oklahoma City, Okla., with winds likely up to 200 mph (320 km/h).

"I think from looking at the helicopter footage, it's safe to say at its strongest point it was probably 2 miles (3.2 km)across, that's a safe assumption," Kurt Van Speybroeck, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service based in Fort Worth, Texas, told LiveScience.

'Perfect storm'Moore, Okla., was undoubtedly hit the hardest.

"The debris ball from the tornado, as seen on Doppler radar, expanded to over 2 miles in diameter, and debris was carried over 100 miles (160 km) from Moore," Jeff Masters of Weather Underground wrote on his WunderBlog.

Tornado science is complex and several ingredients are needed to create a monster vortex like the one that spun through Moore; and even then, meteorologists say they can't identify exactly which storms will spawn tornadoes.

"The jet stream had a role, but of course, it is much more complex than that," Keith Brewster of the Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms at the University of Oklahoma told LiveScience. "There are several ingredients involved in the creation of a tornado; these include a source of warm, moist air at the surface and colder, generally drier, air above."

Those ingredients were in place yesterday. Essentially, the perfect storm seemed to come together right over Moore.

"The atmosphere was just right in Moore, Okla., for a violent tornado. If you'd gone 25 miles to the north, they had storms but no tornado," Van Speybroeck said. "Right in that location, we call that the local mescoscale, everything was just right in that storm for it to create that really violent vortex."


The path of devastation left behind by the preliminarily rated EF-4 tornado in Moore, Okla., on Monday.
Steve Gooch / AP

Tornado formationTo rev up a tornado, wind shear, or a change in wind speed and direction with height, is also needed. "Finally, you need some sort of triggering process to set it all off; in today's case, we had the convergence of air on the dryline southwest of Moore," Brewster told LiveScience on Monday night. That created the supercell storm that spawned Monday's devastating tornado.

The atmosphere above Oklahoma was set up perfectly to spawn tornadoes, due to the convergence of three jetlike streams, including the dry air from the southwest, Van Speybroeck said.

A low-level jet, at an altitude of about 5,000 feet (1,520 meters) was bringing warm, moist and unstable air up from the Gulf of Mexico. Just above that layer, from about 12,000 to 15,000 feet (about 3,700 to 4,600 m), a southwesterly jet of dry air blew in from the plateau of Mexico and northern Mexico. This southwesterly flow created the turning of the atmosphere above the unstable layer, Van Speybroeck said. The result can be a long-lasting supercell thunderstorm that is ripe for tornado spawning, which is what happened over Moore.

Adding to the mix, at about 20,000 to 25,000 feet (6,000 to 7,600 m), a high-speed jet of cold, dry air swooped west across the Rockies. This upper-level jet can reach speeds of 80 to 100 mph (130 to 160 km/h), and the air in it gets colder and drier with height, acting to pull the warmer, moist air upward and creating updrafts. Updrafts push storm winds that are rotating horizontally so that they are rotating vertically, creating a funnel cloud. Rains and hail in a storm then push the tail of the funnel cloud down until it touches the ground. - NBC News.



FIRE IN THE SKY: Major Solar System Disturbance - Asteroid QE2, Nine Times The Size Of A Ocean Liner Approaches Earth On May 31st; Potential To Wipe Out Life On The Planet!

May 22, 2013 - SPACE - The 1998 QE2 asteroid has the physical mass to potentially deliver life on Earth a knockout punch, being 2.7km in length. It is to buzz our planet on May 31, aweing the stargazing community.


AFP Photo / NASA.

Officially known as Asteroid 1998 QE2, the ‘minor planet’, as astronomers refer to these space objects, is about nine times the length of its name-sharing ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth 2.

The incoming space object is not named in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, however, nor the 12-deck QE2 luxury liner. It’s simply the designation assigned by the US Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, based on an alphanumeric code for naming newly-discovered asteroids.

Aside from the asteroid’s hulking mass, another thing that intrigues astronomers about QE2 is that nobody can say with any certainty where it came from.

One clue to its origins, however, is that its surface is said to be covered with a sticky, black residue, suggesting that it may be the remains of a comet that came in close proximity to the sun, Amy Mainzer, a researcher at Jet Propulsion Laboratory at La Cañada Flintridge, California, told the Los Angeles Times.


Screenshot from space.com.

Another explanation is that QE2, discovered on August 19, 1998 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was originally part of the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, she said.

QE2’s nearest approach happens on May 31 at 20:59 GMT, bringing the huge space rock to within 3.6 million miles (5.8 million km) of Earth – about 15 times the distance to the Moon. While this may seem a great distance, in astronomical terms it is a mere stone’s throw away.

Mainzer emphasized the significance of the asteroid, drawing parallels with a past celestial event that had devastating consequences for the entire planet.

"This is a really big asteroid, similar in size to the one that killed off the dinosaurs, and it's getting very close to us,"
she told the Times.

"Fortunately we've been tracking its orbit very carefully so we know with great certainty it won't hit us.
We don't need to panic, but we do need to pay attention, she added.

Since the threat of a doomsday scenario seems unlikely, astronomers will be given an opportunity to study the physical characteristics of asteroids, as well as their history.

"Whenever an asteroid approaches this closely, it provides an important scientific opportunity to study it in detail to understand its size, shape, rotation, surface features, and what they can tell us about its origin,”
radar astronomer Lance Benner, the principal investigator for the Goldstone radar observations from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement.

Observers will take advantage of radar technology to measure the asteroid's distance and velocity to improve the calculation of its orbit and compute its motion farther into the future than we could otherwise, he added.

The next arrival of Asteroid 1998 QE2 following its near-miss on May 31 will not occur again for another two centuries.

WATCH: Orbit of QE2.



Rocky history

For millions of years, Earth has been occasionally pounded by space objects both large and small. Russia, due to its sprawling landmass, has played an unwitting host to many of these celestial bodies.

In 1908, a comet explosion over a largely uninhabited area of Siberia flattened some 80 million trees. The so-called Tunguska Event is recognized as the largest impact event on or near Earth in recorded history: The explosion was about 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

More recently, on February 15 this year, a meteor exploded in the sky over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. The shock waves from the explosion shattered windows and damaged buildings, injuring more than 1,500 people, mostly from flying glass and other debris.

Following the Chelyabinsk meteorite, which is the largest known space object to have entered Earth's atmosphere since the Tunguska Event, NASA chief Charles Bolden gave advice on how to handle an asteroid that was on a collision course with Earth “if it's coming in three weeks”: Pray.

While NASA is tracking about 95 per cent of the largest objects flying near Earth, only about 10 per cent of an estimated 10,000 asteroids with a diameter of 50 meters (165 feet) or more have been identified.

Meanwhile, mankind continues the search for ways to counter future space objects deemed dangerous.
Just days after the Russian meteor struck, the European Space Agency (ESA) announced a joint mission between Europe and the US that aims to strike an asteroid with a spacecraft.

The Joint European/US Asteroid impact and Deflection Assessment mission (AIDA) is preparing to intercept the asteroid Didymos in 2022, when it is about 6.5 million miles (11 million km) from Earth.

Didymos, which poses no immediate threat to Earth, is actually a binary system, in which an 800-meter-wide asteroid and a smaller 150-meter space rock orbit each other.

The AIDA mission - designed to test the theory that governments can protect the planet from a space object on a collision course with the planet - will target the smaller asteroid with a rocket at about 14,000 mph (22,539 kph) in an effort to knock the object off course. - RT.


EXTREME WEATHER: America Under Attack - Severe Storms Of Thunderstorms, Damaging Hail, Heavy Rainfall, Possible Tornadoes And Strong Winds Target Tennessee, Cincinnati, Ohio, Michigan, And New York!

May 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The focus for severe storms will shift eastward into the Ohio Valley and will continue over upstate New York and part of New England on Wednesday, bringing the threat for damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall.




The thunderstorms will be fueled by warm and humid air that will be in place across the Ohio and Tennessee valleys. With a warm, southerly flow out ahead of a cold front, temperatures will surge into the 80s by the afternoon.

Areas from Knoxville, Tenn., to Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio, Charleston, W.Va., Detroit, Mich., Pittsburgh and Scranton, Pa., and Buffalo and Albany, N.Y., should be ready for strong-to-severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday.

With some of the storms producing urban flooding, torrential downpours and strong winds, it could be a difficult evening commute in some areas.

This slow-moving cold front is part of the same system that brought the devastating tornadoes to Oklahoma on Monday.

At the same time, thunderstorms will also develop along a slow-moving warm front across upstate New York and part of New England.

The main concerns with the Ohio Valley and Northeast thunderstorms will be damaging straight-line wind gusts, hail and drenching downpours. Frequent lightning will also accompany many of the storms.

A couple of the strongest storms could produce a short-lived tornado. While a large number of or very strong tornadoes are not anticipated, even a brief tornado or powerful wind gusts in a populated area pose a risk to lives and property.

The front will continue to slide eastward on Thursday, shifting the threat for severe weather into the Interstate 95 corridor from New York City to Washington, D.C.

In the wake of the front, much cooler air will move into the Great Lakes and Northeast for the Memorial Day weekend. A storm is forecast to develop near New England and part of the mid-Atlantic, spoiling part of the holiday weekend.

Meanwhile, the severe storms shifting eastward into the Ohio Valley and will continue over upstate New York and part of New England through Wednesday.




Strong to severe thunderstorms will impact areas from Nashville, Tenn., to Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, Detroit, Mich., and Buffalo and Albany, N.Y., during the afternoon and evening hours.

Damaging winds, hail and heavy rainfall will be the biggest threats. A weak, short-lived tornado is possible with the strongest storms, though a large outbreak is not anticipated.

REPORTS:

2:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday: Two to three inches of water flowing across parking lots in Rotterdamn, N.Y.

2:26 p.m. EDT Wednesday:
Tractor trailer blown over on Interstate 88 in Schenectady County, N.Y. due to thunderstorm winds.

2:05 p.m. EDT Wednesday:
One person has been reported injured by falling hail at a campground in Roscoe, N.Y. Hail was 2.75 inches in diameter.

1:37 p.m. EDT Wednesday:
Golf ball-sized hail reported in Sullivan County, N.Y.

1:16 p.m. EDT Wednesday:
A possible tornado has been reported out of Sullivan County, N.Y.

12:55 p.m. EDT Wednesday:
Quarter-sized hail fell in Harpursville, N.Y.

- AccuWeather.



ICE AGE NOW: Global Warming Debunked - NASA Report Verifies Carbon Dioxide Actually Cools Atmosphere!

May 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Practically everything you have been told by the mainstream scientific community and the media about the alleged detriments of greenhouse gases, and particularly carbon dioxide, appears to be false, according to new data compiled by NASA's Langley Research Center. As it turns out, all those atmospheric greenhouse gases that Al Gore and all the other global warming hoaxers have long claimed are overheating and destroying our planet are actually cooling it, based on the latest evidence.




As reported by Principia Scientific International (PSI), Martin Mlynczak and his colleagues over at NASA tracked infrared emissions from the earth's upper atmosphere during and following a recent solar storm that took place between March 8-10. What they found was that the vast majority of energy released from the sun during this immense coronal mass ejection (CME) was reflected back up into space rather than deposited into earth's lower atmosphere.

The result was an overall cooling effect that completely contradicts claims made by NASA's own climatology division that greenhouse gases are a cause of global warming. As illustrated by data collected using Sounding of the Atmosphere using Broadband Emission Radiometry (SABER), both carbon dioxide (CO2) and nitric oxide (NO), which are abundant in the earth's upper atmosphere, greenhouse gases reflect heating energy rather than absorb it.

"Carbon dioxide and nitric oxide are natural thermostats," says James Russell from Hampton University, who was one of the lead investigators for the groundbreaking SABER study. "When the upper atmosphere (or 'thermosphere') heats up, these molecules try as hard as they can to shed that heat back into space."

Almost all 'heating' radiation generated by sun is blocked from entering lower atmosphere by CO2


According to the data, up to 95 percent of solar radiation is literally bounced back into space by both CO2 and NO in the upper atmosphere. Without these necessary elements, in other words, the earth would be capable of absorbing potentially devastating amounts of solar energy that would truly melt the polar ice caps and destroy the planet.




"The shock revelation starkly contradicts the core proposition of the so-called greenhouse gas theory which claims that more CO2 means more warming for our planet," write H. Schreuder and J. O'Sullivan for PSI. "[T]his compelling new NASA data disproves that notion and is a huge embarrassment for NASA's chief climatologist, Dr. James Hansen and his team over at NASA's GISS."

Dr. Hansen, of course, is an outspoken global warming activist who helped spark man-made climate change hysteria in the U.S. back in 1988. Just after the release of the new SABER study, however, Dr. Hansen conveniently retired from his career as a climatologist at NASA, and reportedly now plans to spend his time "on science," and on "drawing attention to [its] implications for young people."

You can read more details of the new NASA SABER study by visiting:
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/22mar_saber/

You can also check out a informative, four-minute video report on the solar storm here:
http://youtu.be/EEFQHDSYP1I

- Natural News.


PLANETARY TREMORS: Analysis Of 2011 Mega-Quake And Tsunami Disaster In Japan - Seismic Fault's Temperature Implies Deadly Earthquake Involved Low Friction?!

May 22, 2013 - JAPAN - Researchers have come a step closer to understanding how and why the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan in 2011 were so surprisingly big. Temperature sensors installed in the fault last year now show that friction between the rocks during the quake was an order of magnitude smaller than previously assumed.





The magnitude-9 Tohoku earthquake shocked the research community by setting a record for the greatest amount of slip ever seen in a fault: some 40–80 metres. No one could explain how or why this happened. In late 2011, a group of researchers mounted a ‘rapid response’ effort to investigate.

In the spring of 2012, they managed to install a suite of 55 temperature sensors more than 850 metres into the fault, which itself lies under 6,900 metres of water. Creating an observatory at those depths was in itself a record-breaking achievement. The project faced many challenges: bad weather delayed the installation, shifts in the fault could have crushed the instruments and an earthquake in December could have buried the observatory with landslides. But the team managed to retrieve their sensors on 26 April.

“Amazingly, it seems like the experiment might have actually worked,” says team member Emily Brodsky of the University of California, Santa Cruz. She and a colleague presented their preliminary results at the Japan Geoscience Union Meeting on 19 May.




The temperature measures show how heat dissipated from the fault over time, enabling the researchers to extrapolate back to the moment of the earthquake and to see how much frictional heat was generated during the shift. From this they calculated the coefficient of friction for the fault, and found it to be an order of magnitude lower than the conventional value that has been used since the 1970s. That lower number means less friction.

The result supports the theory that the friction during an earthquake can be dramatically different from the friction during quiet times, perhaps because water in clays is heated by a quake’s shaking, then expands and jacks open the fault. Brodsky says that there are hints that this finding could be generalized to other faults.




The result is consistent with experiments being conducted by Brodsky’s collaborator Kohtaro Ujiie of the University of Tsukuba, who has been trying to recreate the pressure and temperature conditions of this fault in the lab. Both groups hope to publish their results soon. - Nature.



ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: CICADAPOCALYPSE 2013 - The Cicada Brood Is HERE; Billions Of Flying Bugs Invade The East Coast Of The United States; A Once-In-17-Years Event!

May 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES -The cicadas invasion of the East Coast has begun, with the insects spotted everywhere from Virginia to Massachusetts.  The infestation, named Brood II by scientists, has not been seen since 1996. Before that it last appeared in 1979.  So far the majority of sightings have been in Virginia and other southern states, where some people have found hundreds in their backyards accompanied by the insects' loud chorus call. 


Cicadas invasion: The insects have been spotted everywhere from Virginia to Massachusetts.

The invasion has arrived: Cicadas swarm outside a house in Fredericksburg, Virginia, while two cats look on through a screen door.

Further north the weather has been too cool in the likes of New England and New York for a full-blown Brood II emergence, but it isn’t expected to be too far away.  Cicadas are expected to emerge from the ground in the billions in the next couple of weeks as soil temperature reaches 64 degrees Fahrenheit.  

For weeks, bug-watchers have been posting their sightings (and soil temperature readings) to websites such as Cooley's Magicicada.org and RadioLab's Cicada Tracker. The emergence of the insects has been slower than expected due to this spring's cool temperatures in northern states, reports NBCNews.


Cicadas invasion: The insects have been spotted everywhere from Virginia to Massachusetts.

Radiolab's online trader is documenting sightings of cicadas up and down the East Coast.
In order to bring the soil up to 64 degrees F, air temperatures have to get significantly higher than that on a consistent basis.  The insects are harmless. They do not bite or sting, and will not harm crops or other animals. Lots of people will not even see them, though they could certainly hear their mating call, which was once recorded at 94 decibels.  And the insects can even be transformed into a high protein, low-carb meal.   

The magicicadas are only after sex. After a few weeks up singing their loud mating call up in the trees, they will die and their offspring will go underground, not to return until 2030.  Since 1996, this group of one-inch bugs, has been a few feet underground, sucking on tree roots and biding their time.  They will emerge only when the ground temperature reaches precisely 64F. 


WATCH:
Cicadas emerge from underground den.





'This particular brood is extremely large', pest controller Billy Tesh told NBC, who saw a swarm at a farm in Stokes County.  'I've never seen so many in one location in my life. They were on almost every blade of grass.'  A recipe book by scientist Jenna Jadin advocates collecting the creatures for food - though not without consulting a doctor first, and not if you suffer from a nut or shellfish allergy.  She told WUSA9 that about 8pm to 9pm is the prime time for cicada gathering.  'You're going to look at the low-lying shrubs on the ground,' she said.  'You're probably going to need a lot because they're great.'  Ms Jardin, who wrote the book during her PhD at the University of Maryland and now works for the U.S. department of agriculture, advised grabbing the magicicadas off bushes and putting them into a paper bag or basket. 


The cicadas have been living underground for 17 years and will emerge when the ground temperature hits 64F.

The cicadas, seen here in North Carolina, shed their shells and spread their wings before finding a mate.

'Newly hatched cicadas, called tenerals, are considered best for eating because their shells have not hardened,' says the book.  'They should be blanched (for 4-5 minutes) soon after collection and before you eat them!  'Not only will this make their insides solidify a bit, but it will get rid of any soil bacteria that is living on or in them. You can then cook with them immediately, or freeze them.'  The insects are expected to arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1.  'It's just an amazing accomplishment,' May Berenbaum, a University of Illinois entomologist, told the Associated Press.  'How can anyone not be impressed?'  There are ordinary cicadas that come out every year around the world, but these are different.  

They are called magicicadas - as in magic - and are red-eyed. And they are seen only in the eastern half of the United States.  There are 15 U.S. broods that emerge every 13 or 17 years. Last year the swarm affected only a small area, mostly around the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee.  Next year, it is the turn of Iowa into Illinois and Missouri; and Louisiana and Mississippi.  Brood II is one of the bigger groups. Several experts say that they don't know how many cicadas are lurking underground but that 30billion seems like a sensible estimate.  At the Smithsonian Institution, researcher Gary Hevel said it could be closer to a trillion.  If 30billion magicicadas were lined up head to tail, they would reach the moon and back.  'There will be some places where it's wall-to-wall cicadas,' says University of Maryland entomologist Mike Raupp.  Strength in numbers is the key to cicada survival: There are so many of them that the birds can't possibly eat them all, and those that are left over are free to multiply, he says.




Some scientists think the magicicadas come out in the odd 13 and 17-year cycles so that predators cannot match the timing and be waiting for them in huge numbers.  Another theory is that the unusual cycles ensure that different broods don't compete with each other.  And there's the mystery of just how these bugs know it has been 17 years and is time to come out, instead of 15 or 16 years.  'These guys have evolved several mathematically clever tricks,' Raupp says. 'These guys are geniuses with little tiny brains.'  While they stay underground, the bugs aren't asleep. As some of the world's longest-lived insects, they go through different growth stages and molt four times before ever getting to the surface.  They feed on a tree fluid called xylem. Then they surface, where they molt, leaving behind a crusty brown shell, and grow a half-inch bigger. 


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The timing of when they first come out depends purely on ground temperature. That means early May for southern areas and late May or even June for northern areas.  The males come out first as nymphs, which are essentially wingless and silent juveniles, then climb on to tree branches and molt one last time, becoming adult winged cicadas.  They perch on tree branches and sing, individually or in a chorus. Then when a female comes close, the males change their song, they do a dance and mate, Raupp explained.  The males keep mating and eventually the female lays 600 or so eggs on the tip of a branch.  The offspring then dive-bomb out of the trees, bounce off the ground and eventually burrow into the earth, he says.  'It's a treacherous, precarious life,' Raupp says. 'But somehow they make it work.' - Daily Mail.







MASS ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Caribou Numbers Plummet On Baffin Island, Canada - Shocking Decline By 95% In 20 Years?!

May 22, 2013 - CANADA - It's a shocking decline. In the past 20 years, caribou numbers have dropped by about 95% in the southern region of the island

A survey by the territory of Nunavut in northeastern Canada conducted in 2012 and released last Thursday, confirms what elders and hunters have been saying, that it's getting much harder to find caribou there.


A caribou pauses near the Meadowbank gold mine near Baker Lake, Nunavut in 2009. New data suggest the south Baffin Island population has declined by more than 95 per cent in the last two decades.© Canadian Press

Estimates from the early 1990's put the herd number between 60-thousand to 180 thousand.

This recent survey, announced by Nunavut's environment minister, James Arreak, is the first comprehensive count of the animals. Elders, hunters and communities have expressed The survey report is called "Estimating the Abundance of South Baffin Caribou.

No immediate reason for the decline was given but the communities on the island have expressed concerns about the negative impacts of land use and other factors on caribou and their habitat. The survey however cites climate change, disease, and anthropogenic activities, including mineral development and unrestricted harvest, as possible threats to the herd.


Caribou populations in the South Baffin area, shown here circled in red, may have dropped by as much as 95 per cent over the past 20 years, according to a 2012 aerial survey by Nunavut’s Department of Environment.
© Nunavut Department of Environment.Summary Report 2012

Meanwhile, a recent survey of the Beverly herd shows a major decline as well. The Beverly caribou range across a vast area of the Northwest Territories, northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba and Nunavut. In 2011 the herd was estimated at 124-thousand animals, compared to the last calving ground estimate of 1994 which put the figure at more than double at 270-thousand animals.

Ross Thompson, executive director of the Beverly and Qamanirjuaq Caribou management board, said the Beverly herd's decline needs to be taken seriously.

"It's a combination of factors that stem from habitat changes, harvest is certainly a factor, predation... all these things that are called cumulative effects have added up, I think, to cause the decline," he said.

Many communities in the far north depend on caribou as an important source of food. - RCI.







ICE AGE: Lessons From History - Rapid Cooling Triggered Bronze-Age Collapse And Greek Dark Age!

May 22, 2013 - EARTH - Of course the politically correct verbiage is “climate change.”

Between the 13th and 11th centuries BCE, most Greek Bronze Age Palatial centers were destroyed and/or abandoned throughout the Near East and Aegean, says this paper by Brandon L. Drake

A sharp increase in Northern Hemisphere temperatures preceded the wide-spread systems collapse, while a sharp decrease in temperatures occurred during their abandonment. (Neither of which, I am sure – the increase or the decrease – were caused by humans.)




Mediterranean Sea surface temperatures cooled rapidly during the Late Bronze Age, limiting freshwater flux into the atmosphere and thus reducing precipitation over land, says Drake, of the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico.

This cooling and ensuing aridity could have affected areas that were dependent upon high levels of agricultural productivity. The resulting crop declines would have made higher-density populations unsustainable.

Indeed, studies of data from the Mediterranean indicate that the Early Iron Age was more arid than the preceding Bronze Age. The prolonged arid conditions – a centuries-long megadrought, if you will – lasted until the Roman Warm Period.

Those four centuries – known as the ‘Greek Dark Ages’ – were typified by low population levels, rural settlements, population migration, and limited long-distance trade.

The Late Bronze Age collapse is associated with the loss of writing systems such as Linear B, and the extinction of Hatti as both a written and spoken language. Writing and literacy do not return to the Aegean until the end of the ‘Greek Dark Ages’ in 8th century BCE with the spread of the Phoenecian alphabet.

The collapse of Palatial Civilization occurred in different places at different times. Many of these destructions have been attributed to human-causes. (We love to blame humans for climate-driven circumstances, don’t we?) Large population migrations took place, most famously with the incursions of the ‘Sea Peoples’ into the Nile Delta and the Levant.

In Egypt, several inscriptions detailed wars with ‘Sea People’ beginning in the reign of Ramses II (1279-1213 BCE). While population movements of the ‘Sea People’ were better documented in Egypt and the Levant, they have been tied to destabilization of the Aegean region as well.

The ensuing economic decline resulted in the widespread dissolution of governments. Once the governments were dissolved it was impossible to reestablish a central authority.

While economic collapse continues to be the dominant theory for the collapse of Palatial Civilization in the Bronze Age, climatic/environmental explanations have also been proposed. (I think the climate conditions triggered the economic collapse, of course.)

Conditions improve following the introduction of iron tools, and accelerate at the beginning of the Roman Warm Period at 350 BCE, says Drake.
Wouldn’t this make it appear that warmer climates are good for civilization? And that cooler climates can lead to systems collapse?  I’m thinking that our leaders are sorely mislead.
See all of Drake’s paper, including citations HERE.
 

- Ice Age Now.





GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano Erupts With Four-Kilometer High Ash Cloud!

May 22, 2013 - COSTA RICA - Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano erupted yesterday morning, releasing an ash cloud that reached up to four kilometers in height, according to emergency authorities.  The eruption began around 8:30am.



Ash emissions from Turrialba volcano (OVSICORI webcam).


According to volcanologist, Javier Pacheco, the volcano began to release water vapor at about 5am.  Two hours later, there was a column of carbon dioxide gas long enough to reach the Central Valley.  Finally, at about 8:30am, cameras captured the eruption of ash from the volcano.

Residents from as far away as Vázquez de Coronado, Ipís de Goicoechea and Moravia reported the presence of ash on farmland, vehicles, lawns and property following the eruption.  The ash could pose a serious hazard to more than 1,000 nearby dairy cows, as well as crops of carrots, broccoli, cabbage and potatoes.  Farmers are hoping that the possibility of rain today could help wash the ash from the crops. - Inside Costa Rica.


New ash emissions occurred yesterday and produced light ash falls in the outskirts of San José, in the areas of Guadalupe, Tres Ríos, Curridabat, and Ipis (at about 30 km distance).

The relatively strong ash emissions occurred from about 08:50 until 10h30 local time and were produced from two vents at the volcano. At the moment, it is not yet clear whether some of the ash is from new magma or if it is only pulverized older rock (i.e. the product of phreatic activity).

Analysis of ash samples will probably tell this very soon. The volcano has in the recent past occasionally emitted ash, such as last in Jan 2012, but had otherwise only been in a state of strong degassing recently. It is known for high SO2 emissions that damage vegetation around the crater and at nearby plantations. - Volcano Discovery.

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PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: Two Dead And Five Hospitalized After Mystery Respiratory Illness Hits South Alabama - Victims Had Symptoms Of Fever, Cough And Shortness Of Breath!

May 22, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Two people have died and five others have been hospitalized by a mysterious respiratory illness in southeast Alabama, state health officials said on Tuesday.  All seven adults had been admitted to hospitals with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath in recent weeks, said Alabama Department of Public Health spokeswoman Mary McIntyre.  McIntyre said it's unclear what's causing the illness but some of the seven patients also had the flu. 


Authorities are urging hospital staff to wear masks when caring for patients who appear to be suffering from respiratory illnesses.

So far, one sample has tested positive for H1N1 influenza A, but it's not clear that that is behind the unusual illnesses.  There's no evidence of other kinds of flu, including the H7N9 strain that has caused illness and death in China, McIntyre said. 

'At this point it's too early to tell,' McIntyre told NBC News. 'That's why we called it a respiratory illness of unknown origin.'  There's no evidence that any of the victims had a connection or traveled outside the country, which would have put them at risk for unusual pathogens, including a deadly new coronavirus recently christened MERS or Middle East Respiratory Syndrome.  


All seven adults had been admitted to hospitals with symptoms including fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Authorities are urging hospital staff to wear masks when caring for patients who appear to be suffering from respiratory illnesses.  Laboratory samples have been sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but testing results are not yet available, officials said.  McIntyre says officials hope to have preliminary results on the samples back by Wednesday or Thursday morning.  The illness was first reported late last week and the last of the seven patients was hospitalized Monday, McIntyre said.  It wasn't immediately clear which municipalities the illnesses were concentrated in.  State and federal health officials are continuing to investigate. - Daily Mail.