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  • Landfall of Hurricane Florence From Space (International Space Station)

    09/17/2018 12:26:18 PM PDT · by ETL · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | Sept 14, 2018 | NASA
    Cameras outside the International Space Station captured views of Hurricane Florence on Sept. 14 at 7:41 a.m. EDT minutes after the storm made landfall. NASA satellites track the storm: Florence made landfall near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina packing winds of 90 miles an hour. The National Hurricane Center said Florence is moving very slowly to the west at only 6 miles an hour, then is expected to turn to the southwest, increasing the threat for historic storm surge and catastrophic flooding to coastline areas and inland cities in North Carolina and South Carolina.
  • President Duterte calls Philippines typhoon an 'act of God'

    09/16/2018 4:08:22 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Philippine News Agency ^ | 09 - 16 - 2018 | Jelly Musico
    President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday expressed his sympathies to families who lost their loved ones during the onslaught of Typhoon Ompong. “I share the grief of those who lost loved ones,” Duterte said in a situation briefing on the effects of "Ompong" in Tuguegarao City. “Those we call in the unforeseen events, in insurance, this is an act of God. I don’t know how it can be an act of God but that is the term used by the insurance,” he added. Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Francis Tolentino said at least 25 people died at the height of the...
  • Florence Deaths To Rise To 20,000 (Satire)

    09/15/2018 6:24:20 PM PDT · by RetiredTexasVet · 11 replies
    9/15/18 | RetiredTexasVet
    A study commissioned by the Democratic National Committee at George Washington University projected that at least 20,000 people would die as a result of Hurricane Florence. GWU used the Climate Change Model perfected by Global Warming professors Jones, Hansen and Mann to calculate their projections of 20,000 deaths. Although the actual number of deaths to date are less than 20, when the Puerto Rico model (3,000 estimated deaths) was updated with the Florence statistics and tweaked several times, the death estimates rose to 20,000. GWU defended their results stating that several factors influenced the estimates. Many of the estimated deaths...
  • NASA satellite launched to measure Earth’s ice changes

    09/15/2018 11:39:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 15, 2018 12:13 PM EDT
    A NASA satellite designed to precisely measure changes in Earth’s ice sheets, glaciers, sea ice and vegetation was launched into polar orbit from California early Saturday. A Delta 2 rocket carrying ICESat-2 lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:02 a.m. and headed over the Pacific Ocean. NASA Earth Science Division director Michael Freilich says that the mission in particular will advance knowledge of how the ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica contribute to sea level rise. The melt from those ice sheets alone has raised global sea level by more than 1 millimeter (0.04 inch) a year recently,...
  • Strange cloud formation puzzles Bay Area

    09/15/2018 8:43:59 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 30 replies
    kron ^ | 09/04/2018
    KRON4 Chief Meteorologist Lawrence Karnow says the formation is known as a "fallstreak hole" or "hole punch cloud." The clouds form when there are water droplets that are colder than freezing but have yet to freeze, according to the National Weather Service. These "supercooled" water droplets need a "reason" to freeze, which usually comes in the form of ice crystals, the NWS explains. Planes passing through the cloud layer can bring these ice crystals.
  • Terrified families trapped in rising Florence floods plead for help and admit they were wrong [tr]

    09/15/2018 5:25:22 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 15, 2018 | Keith Griffith and Chris Dyer
    Hundreds of residents have been left trapped, thousands have been left without power and five people have been killed as Hurricane Florence battered the south-east coast of America. Blowing ashore with howling 90 mph winds, Hurricane Florence splintered buildings, trapped hundreds of people and swamped entire communities along the Carolina coast. Roads became flooded, trees blown over and homes destroyed as some parts of North Carolina have already seen surges of flood water as high as 10ft. As Florence first broke on land yesterday 90mph winds struck the coastal areas, but as the storm system moved across land it was...
  • A warmer world makes hurricanes wetter and more intense [barf]

    09/14/2018 6:24:33 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 14, 2018 7:01 PM EDT | Seth Borenstein
    A warmer world makes for nastier hurricanes. Scientists say they are wetter, possess more energy and intensify faster. Their storm surges are more destructive because climate change has already made the seas rise. And lately, the storms seem to be stalling more often and thus dumping more rain. Study after study shows that climate change in general makes hurricanes worse. But determining the role of global warming in a specific storm such as Hurricane Florence or Typhoon Mangkhut is not so simple — at least not without detailed statistical and computer analyses. The Associated Press consulted with 17 meteorologists and...
  • Weatherman dramatically braces for Hurricane Florence while 2 guys casually stroll by [Funny]

    09/14/2018 3:37:25 PM PDT · by Boomer · 67 replies
    Mashable ^ | 9/14/2018 | Amanda Luz Henning Santiago
    As Hurricane Florence continues to wreak havoc on the Carolinas, weather people and storm chasers are heading as close as they can to the eye of the storm without putting themselves in danger. One such reporter was caught on camera bracing for the storm ... a little too intensely.
  • VANITY: So We're Clear... (Florence-related)

    09/14/2018 12:47:58 PM PDT · by SilvieWaldorfMD · 34 replies
    Self ^ | 9/14/18 | Self
    So we're clear: A person in North Carolina who will die in about 6 months of diabetes complications because he didn't take care of himself will be counted as a victim of Hurricane Florence, correct? (sarc)
  • Hurricane Florence: Waffle House Index prepared for storm

    09/12/2018 10:17:31 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 25 replies
    AJC ^ | September 12, 2018 | Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group
    Waffle House is stepping into action ahead of Hurricane Florence. Just as in previous storms and severe weather, the restaurant chain typically remains open. The latest hurricane is no different. “The ⁊@WaffleHouse⁩ Storm Center is activated and monitoring #Florence,” the restaurant tweeted Monday. “Plan ahead and be safe.” And the WaHo Storm Center is real, according to Waffle House. The photo was taken at the Norcross, Georgia, -based chain’s corporate office.
  • Hurricane Florence supplies scramble: Video shows chaotic scene at Durham Walmart

    09/12/2018 6:48:39 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 87 replies
    ABC 11 Durham ^ | September 12, 2018
    DURHAM, N.C. (WTVD) -- It was a chaotic scene at the Walmart on Glenn School Road in Durham as people scrambled to get water and other supplies. An ABC11 Eyewitness recorded the video as people pushed, shoved, tugged in efforts to get their cases of bottle water and other supplies and Walmart workers and security tried to keep order.
  • COMPLETE VANITY- daughter's wedding this weekend

    09/10/2018 7:20:07 PM PDT · by terart · 35 replies
    Please forgive me if you think this is a dumb post....really don't need the slams right now as I posted this in chat and said it was a complete vanity. My only daughter's wedding is supposed to take place this Sunday in Va Beach and sadly we just got the call that the area is now under mandatory evacuation. I know this is bad news for everyone in all the areas affected. Just dealing with it right now in my home...all the planning. Daughter tried to do everything the "right" way for her. Lived at home with parents, went to...
  • Potential tremendous rainfall amounts from Hurricane Florence as an "atmospheric brick wall" [tr]

    09/10/2018 6:05:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    perspectaweather ^ | September 10, 2018 | Staff
    All eyes are focused on Hurricane Florence as we begin the new week and chances for a major impact on the US east coast continue to grow. Florence is now churning slowly towards the US east coast as a category 2 hurricane and may make a landfall late Thursday or early Friday somewhere along the Carolina coastline – likely with “major” hurricane status. Very strong high pressure ridging is now building at upper levels of the atmosphere across southeastern Canada and the northwestern Atlantic and this will be a key player in the push of Florence towards the east coast...
  • Global marches seek urgent action on climate change

    09/08/2018 6:49:46 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 08, 2018 9:18 PM EDT
    More than 18,000 people marched Saturday in Paris as part of an international mobilization to show popular support for urgent measures to combat climate change in advance of a San Francisco summit. Crowds overflowed a plaza in front of City Hall before marching east to the Place de la Republique, carrying an urgent message that it’s up to the public to put global warming at the top of the political agenda. “Planet in Danger,” read some banners. Activists around the world encouraged “Rise for Climate” protests before the summit taking place Sept.12-Sept. 14. California’s governor proposed the event after President...
  • An engineering firm wants to tow icebergs thousands of miles from Antarctica(trunc)

    09/08/2018 2:57:42 PM PDT · by sodpoodle · 56 replies
    Business Insider / MSN ^ | 9/8/2018 | Jeremy Berke
    A Dubai-based engineering firm wants to tow icebergs from Antarctica to Dubai in order to provide the city with a reserve of fresh drinking water. The firm will use satellite imagery to select candidate icebergs. It's eyeing icebergs that are between 2,000 and 7,000 feet long, and weigh around 100 million tons. But the plan is short on details: the firm doesn't know exactly how it will get the icebergs to Dubai, or how the icebergs will be stored. What do you do if you're a fast-growing city in the desert with lots of thirsty people and little freshwater reserves?...
  • Florence Forecast To Become A Major Hurricane And Risk To The East Coast Is Rising

    09/08/2018 2:33:33 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    npr ^ | September 8, 20183:21 PM ET | SHann Van Sant
    Tropical Storm Florence is quickly approaching the eastern United States, and according to the National Hurricane Center, the storm's threat to the East Coast keeps rising. The storm is traveling over warm water, and is expected to increase its speed and become a hurricane Saturday night. The National Hurricane Center forecasts Florence will be a dangerous major hurricane near the southeast U.S. coast by late next week, "and the risk of direct impacts continues to increase." "However, given the uncertainty in track and intensity forecasts at those time ranges," the National Hurricane Center tweeted, "it's too soon to determine the...
  • Hawaii Braces for More Rain as Hurricane Olivia Barrels Toward Island

    09/08/2018 2:28:23 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 11 replies
    “Although it is too early to pinpoint any details with regard to specifics related to potential impacts to the islands, forecast confidence is increasing each day as the guidance remains in very good agreement,” the National Weather Service in Honolulu said. Olivia would be the second tropical system to hit the Hawaiian Islands this year. Hurricane Lane dropped more than 50 inches of rain across the Big Island last month. The storm was the second-wettest tropical system to affect the United States and the wettest tropical system on record in Hawaii, surpassing Hurricane Hiki in 1950. Some rain from Olivia...
  • Tropical Storm Mangkhut tracking impact on Tuesday

    09/07/2018 6:41:31 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 2 replies
    Guam Daily Post ^ | September 8, 2018 | Daily Post Staff
    Tropical Storm Mangkhut remains on its current track and is projected to intensify into a typhoon by the time it reaches Guam on Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service continues to monitor the storm that was upgraded to a tropical storm before 9 a.m. Saturday. Mangkhut was located 13.0 degrees north latitude and 163.5 degrees east longitude, which is approximately 1,260 miles east of Guam.
  • Northern Minnesota sees record-breaking cold temperatures Thursday morning

    09/07/2018 1:04:02 PM PDT · by jjotto · 42 replies
    KMSP Fox 9 ^ | SEptember 6, 2018 | KMSP
    (KMSP) - The National Weather Service reports some record-breaking cold temperatures for Sept. 6 in northern Minnesota with both International Falls and Hibbing finding themselves waking up to a very chilly morning. International Falls reached 28 degree Thursday, breaking the previous record of 31 degrees for Sept. 6. Hibbing fell to 29 degrees, breaking the previous record of 33. Though not a record, Robinson, Minnesota near Ely was a chilly 25 degrees. Summer was nice while it lasted.
  • Hurricane Florence

    09/07/2018 6:43:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Weatherbell ^ | September 7,2018 | Hojczyk
    This could turn into Harvey (Flooding) for the Eas tcoast t Click daily summary