Archive | November 16, 2013

Comet ISON Is Within Earth’s Orbit And Scientists Are Perplexed By It’s Erratic behaviour As It Heads Towards The Sun – ETA 28th November 2013
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Comet ISON is now inside the orbit of Earth as it plunges headlong toward the sun for a fiery close encounter on Nov. 28th. The comet is putting on a good show for observatories around the solar system, especially after an outburst on Nov. 13-14 that boosted the comet’s brightness 10-fold. NASA spacecraft and amateur astronomers alike are snapping crisp pictures of the comet’s gossamer green atmosphere and suddenly riotous tail.
Because ISON has never passed through the inner solar system before (it is a first-time visitor from the distant Oort cloud), experts aren’t sure what will happen next. Can the comet survive its Thanksgiving Day brush with the sun? Will it emerge as a bright naked-eye object?

Floods & Landslides Kill Five And Leave Four Missing – 1000’s Displaced, Vietnam
Another 4,500 people were evacuated from their homes in the neighboring province of Quang Nam.
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Floods and landslides triggered by heavy rains have killed five people and forced 70,000 from their homes in central Vietnam, disaster officials and state media said Saturday.

Officials in Quang Ngai province said that the floods forced 64,500 people from their homes in the province, where two people died. They said the military and police are rushing aid and food to people in many villages cut off by the flood waters.

Another 4,500 people were evacuated from their homes in the neighboring province of Quang Nam.

State media reported that three people were killed by flooding in two other central provinces.

Torrential Rain Causes A River To Burst It’s Banks – Worst Flooding In Years, Cape Town, South Africa
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Patients at a hospital in Somerset West, Cape Town, were evacuated after a nearby river burst its banks, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Saturday.

NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said rescue teams were called out at 9.30pm on Friday to evacuate the Vergelegen Mediclinic. Persistent rain had caused the Lourensford River to burst its banks. NSRI teams were called from other towns and brought sea rescue vehicles and jet-ski’s.

Photos on social media site Twitter showed nurses pushing stretchers down a hospital corridor through water knee-deep. By 2.30am on Saturday, most patients and staff had been evacuated.

Lambinon said the NSRI also rescued nine people near Hottentots Holland High School. They were safely transported from the roofs of their flooded homes to higher ground.

“During the operation (the) NSRI witnessed major flooding of residential and business areas of the Somerset West area and flooding of roads with some areas where even street stop signs were buried under water,” Lambinon said.

Disaster risk management officials were providing shelter for those affected, restoring electricity, draining water systems and assessing damage to buildings and roads.

The provincial health emergency medical services team was helping with the treatment and wellbeing of the evacuated hospital patients and those caught in car accidents due to flooding. “NSRI remain on high alert around the Western and Southern Cape to assist the emergency services in affected areas as the severe weather front moves East,” Lambinon said.

On Friday, disaster management centre director Schalk Carstens said the province was on high alert for heavy rainfall at the weekend. The SA Weather Service said heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding was expected on Friday night and Saturday.

The areas at risk were the southern parts of the West Coast, western parts of the central Karoo, the Cape Metropole, Overberg, Cape Winelands and Eden districts. Lambinon urged people to stay away from the sea because of rough conditions.

“The approaching full moon spring tide is also now in effect, coupled with the rough sea conditions. This means extremely strong rip currents and rough, high seas will be experienced over the coming days and shoreline anglers and bathers are also urged to exercise extreme caution, along with the boaters and paddlers, around the coast.”

Storm With Moderate Rain Pounds Parts Of Oman & Floods Many Areas Forcing People To Stay At Home
Flooding forces people to stay home in Muscat while football match cancelled
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Heavy rains accompanied by strong winds brought back memories of tropical cyclone Gonu even as residents in Oman geared up for a further dip in temperatures.

Some Muscat streets were flooded and traffic moved at a snail’s pace. However, there were no major traffic jams as people stayed home for the weekend.

The Oman Professional League Cup football match final between Seeb and Saham had to be abandoned after the first half as flood lights went off amid the downpour that also flooded the Seeb Football Stadium. The match was scheduled to resume today.

Northern suburbs of Muscat also witnessed heavy rain and strong winds. “The rains accompanied by storm reminded us of cyclone Gonu,” Shailesh Seth, a shop owner in Al Khodh area of Muscat, told Gulf News.

The streets in Muscat are decked out with lights to mark the 43rd National Day on November 18 and lightning and rain made it look even better.

Moderate to heavy rain fell over Batinah region in the north as well as in central Oman. Authorities have urged motorists to be careful while crossing low-lying wadis during rain.

The Directorate General of Weather and Air Navigation has forecast that the rain will subside by Saturday in Muscat.

Rare Risk For Severe Storms & Tornadoes On Sunday 17th November 2013 In Many Parts Of America
“Moderate” risk of severe storms Sunday PM
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Damaging winds up to 50 mph are the main threat Sunday afternoon, though the Storm Prediction Center is also warning about the possibility of an isolated tornado.

The Storm Prediction Center has put much of Southern Lower Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, a small part of Eastern Illinois and Northern Kentucky in a “moderate risk” for severe storms — an unusual classification for the region in November.

New Ash Emissions At Copahue Volcano, Chile
New ash emissions started yesterday shortly before noon (local time) and have been more or less continuous since then. The low-level ash plume is drifting NW.

Explosions Continue At Sinabung Volcano, Sumatra, Indonesia
Explosions continue to become gradually stronger. Two powerful vulcanian explosions occurred on 14 Nov producing ash plumes rising to about 12,000 ft (3.6 km) and causing small pyroclastic flows. More than 5000 people have been evacuated so far.

Explosion With Ash Plume At Bagana Volcano, Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea
An explosion this morning produced an ash plume to 9,000 ft (2.7 km) altitude this morning, VAAC Darwin reported.

Continuous Ash Emissions And Some Relatively Large Explosions At Sakurajima Volcano, Kyushu, Japan
VAAC Tokyo reports continuous ash emissions and some relatively large explosions with plumes reaching 12,000 ft (3.6 km) altitude last evening.

Explosive Activity At The Summit Crater Has Intensified At Klyuchevskoy Volcano, Kamchatka
Explosive activity at the summit crater has intensified. The volcano produces a near constant steam and ash plume of fluctuating size. The ash plume reaches about 21,000 ft (6.3 km) altitude drifting east.