Archive | March 5, 2014

Niagara Falls Freezes Over – Again

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Story submitted by Eric Worrall

In further indications of global warming induced cold, Niagara Falls has frozen over for a second time this winter. 

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Small Plane Crashes At Atlantic City Airport, USA

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Authorities are investigating the crash of a single-engine plane at Atlantic City International Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the Piper Cherokee PA28 developed an engine problem soon after taking off from the airport on Tuesday afternoon. The pilot, who was the only person aboard, was trying to return when the plane went down on airport property and clipped a fence.

South Jersey Transportation Authority spokesman Kevin Rehmann tells The Press of Atlantic City the pilot exited the wreckage seemingly unharmed. The plane sustained substantial damage.

The pilot’s name has not been released.

Plane Crash Seriously Injures Two Passengers Just Outside Gloucester, UK
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TWO people were seriously injured when a light aircraft crashed north of Gloucester.

A 46-year-old male pilot from Coleford and a 55-year-old female passenger suffered multiple injuries after a microlight crashed during take-off from a farm airstrip at Over Farm on Tuesday, March 4.

The microlight came down on the airstrip operated by Rob Keene, owner of the Over Farm Market.

The woman was flown by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital, near Bristol, and the pilot was taken by road ambulance to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

He suffered broken bones and she was treated for back and pelvic injuries but both are in a stable condition.

An ambulance service spokesman said both were conscious and breathing when paramedics arrived.

Mr Keene’s son, Rees, said: “The pilot is a middle aged man who has been using our flying facilities here for about a year. He stores them microlight here.

“He was taking off yesterday with a woman passenger when for some reason he aborted and crash landed.

“I don’t know the reason for the aborted take off. It could have been an engine failure, the mud on our runway at the moment or a problem with to much weight for the craft.

“I understand they are both quite badly injured but not in a life-threatening way.”

He declined to name the pilot, whom he said he knew quite well after seeing him regularly flying from the farm airstrip over the last year.

The damaged microlight has now been moved from the crash site, he added.

The crash happened at 4pm and firefighters from Gloucester North, South and Cheltenham East fire stations rushed to the scene of the accident with South West Ambulance Service paramedics and police.

Both pilot and passenger were released before firefighters arrived after initial reports that they were trapped.

Fire crews were on scene for approximately one hour.

Police informed the Air Accident Investigation Bureau of the crash.

A spokesperson for the AAIB said: “We are aware of the incident and investigating via correspondence.”

The crash comes just two weeks after a light aircraft went down over the Sandhurst area when it experienced an engine problem. No one was injured during that incident but the plane was damaged.

NASA Sees Tropical Cyclone Faxai Stretching Out
When a tropical cyclone becomes elongated it is a sign the storm is weakening. Imagery from NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite today revealed that wind shear was stretching out Tropical Cyclone Faxai and the storm was waning.
On March 5 at 1500 UTC/10 a.m. EST, Tropical Cyclone Faxai’s center was located near 22.5 south and 155.2 east, about 699 nautical miles/804.4 miles/ 1,295 km west-northwest of Wake Island. According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC, Faxai’s maximum sustained surface winds dropped to 50 knots/57.5 mph/92.6 kph. Faxai was moving to the northeast at 14 knots/16.1 mph/25.9 kph and quickly weakening.
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Faxai on Mar. 5 at 03:35 UTC and the VIIRS instrument or Visible Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite aboard captured a high-resolution visible image of the storm. VIIRS is a scanning radiometer that collects visible and infrared imagery and radiometric measurements. VIIRS data is used to measure cloud and aerosol properties, ocean color, sea and land surface temperature, ice motion and temperature, fires, and Earth’s albedo.
The VIIRS image showed that Faxai had become elongated as a result of increasing vertical wind shear. The VIIRS image also showed cold air stratocumulus clouds were moving into the western quadrant of the storm.
The JTWC noted that all strong convection (rising air that forms thunderstorms that make up a tropical cyclone) has dissipated. Satellite imagery also showed that Faxai was taking on frontal characteristics.
The JTWC issued their final bulletin on Faxai and noted that the storm was expected to become extra-tropical by the end of the day on March 5 as it becomes embedded into a westerly flow.


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Depth: 58 km

Distances: 179km (111mi) SSE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
183km (114mi) WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
245km (152mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
420km (261mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
775km (482mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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Depth: 34 km

Distances: 13km (8mi) ENE of Nicoya, Costa Rica
26km (16mi) ESE of Santa Cruz, Costa Rica
37km (23mi) SW of Canas, Costa Rica
48km (30mi) SSE of Liberia, Costa Rica
141km (88mi) WNW of San Jose, Costa Rica

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Asteroid 2014 DX110 Buzzing Earth, Closer Than Moon – 5th March 2014

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The Virtual Telescope Project appears to be working a technical glitch via the live feed, however the observatory has captured the first shot. The 4 p.m. ET webcast by Slooh is still on track. —- A newfound asteroid will buzz close by Earth today (March 5), flying safely between our planet and the orbit of the moon, and you can follow the space rock encounter live online in two webcasts here, courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh online observatory.


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Magnetogram 05.03.14  20.38 hrs UTC


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Depth: 122 km

Distances: 340 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 04:34:20.0 2014-03-06
86 km N of Luganville / pop: 13,397 / local time: 04:34:00.0 2014-03-06
48 km NE of Port-Olry, Vanuatu / pop: 1,951 / local time: 04:34:20.0 2014-03-06
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Depth: 3 km

Distances: Emery, UT – 14 km (9 miles) WNW (287 degrees)
Ferron, UT – 27 km (17 miles) WSW (238 degrees)
Mayfield, UT – 32 km (20 miles) SE (124 degrees)
Clawson, UT – 32 km (20 miles) SW (233 degrees)
Provo, UT – 145 km (90 miles) S (171 degrees)

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