Archive | October 7, 2014

Super typhoon Vongfong is intensifying and heading for Japan

NASA eyes Super typhoon Vongfong
On Oct. 7 at 0429 UTC (12:29 a.m. EDT) the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder called AIRS that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured cloud top temperature data on Super typhoon Vongfong. AIRS data very strong thunderstorms circling Vongfong’s clear 27 nautical-mile wide eye. Those cloud top temperatures were colder than -62F/-53C indicating that they were high in the troposphere and capable of generating heavy rainfall. The bands of thunderstorms circling Vongfong appeared symmetric on satellite imagery.
 
At 11 a.m. EDT on Oct. 7, Vongfong’s maximum sustained winds were near 135 knots (155.4 mph/250 kph) making it a strong Category 4 Typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale. Vongfong’s center was located near latitude 17.5 north and longitude 133.6 east. That’s about 649 nautical miles (747 miles/1,202 km) southeast of Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. 
 
Vongfong is moving toward the west at 11 knots (12.6 mph/ 20.3 kph)
Vongfong is creating massive ocean swells with seas to 47 feet (14.3 meters), according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
 
JTWC forecasters expect Vongfong to continue tracking to the west until it runs into a trough or elongated area of low pressure sometime on Oct. 9 that will turn it to the north. By Oct. 12, the JWTC expects the center of Vongfong to be near the Japanese island of Amami Oshima. Kadena Air Base and Amami Oshima should prepare for typhoon conditions.

Ferocious cyclonic storm to strike 16 Districts in Odisha, India

Cyclone Alert

With a depression formed over Tenasserim coast and adjoining Andaman Sea, Odisha government on Tuesday put 16 of the 30 districts in the state on alert in view of a possible cyclonic storm. “We have asked the collectors of 16 districts to remain alert to the possible cyclone and told collectors of 14 other districts to remain vigilant to the emerging situation,” said deputy special relief commissioner Pravat Ranjan Mohapatra. The district authorities were also asked to ensure that all government employees remain present at their places of posting. “The collectors have been told to cancel the leave of all the employees,” Mohapatra said, adding Odisha Disaster Rapid Action Force (ODRAF) and fire service personnel have been told to be ready for any eventuality. The districts which have been alerted are Ganjam, Gajapati, Puri, Khurda, Nayagarh, Dhenkanal, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Koraput and Malkangiri. Apart from Koraput and Malkangiri, 14 other districts were last year hit by cyclone Phailin, Mohapatra said. A bulletin issued by the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, “Yesterday’s low pressure area over Tenasserim Coast and adjoining Andaman Sea has concentrated into a depression and lay centred at 0830 hours over North Andaman Sea and neighbourhood near latitude 11.50 degree N and longitude 95.00 degree E about 1380 km southeast of Gopalpur.” “It would move in a west-northwesterly direction and intensify into a deep depression within 24 hours and further intensify into a cyclonic storm thereafter,” the bulletin said. The Met office also forecast rain or thundershower at one or two places over Odisha during the next 24 hours. “As the system is more than 1300 km from the state coast, we have not issued any warning for fishermen. However, authorities of Paradip and Gopalpur ports are advised to hoist distant cautionary signal number one,” said S.C. Sahoo, director, IMD, Bhubaneswar. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said the state government is fully prepared for the possible eventuality. “The government is prepared for the possible cyclonic storm,” Patnaik said on his return from New Delhi. “We have asked district collectors to procure dry food locally. Besides, we have alerted some dealers in Chhattisgarh and West Bengal to keep ready some dry food if required,” said food and supplies secretary M.S. Padhi.

Intense hurricane Simon is forecast to strike Mexico as a tropical storm at about 00:00 GMT on 8th October 2014

Intense hurricane Simon is forecast to strike Mexico as a tropical storm at about 00:00 GMT on 8 October. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 28.7 N, 116.1 W. Simon is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 64 km/h (40 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

Record heatwave of 100F + in October is crippling California, USA

Temperatures hit 104F in San Fernando valley
 
Cycling enthusiasts brave scalding heat in downtown LA event
Heatwave Alert
“Stay safe!” went the mantra, as tens of thousands of cyclists zipped around Los Angeles this weekend for CicLAvia, an event to celebrate public spaces.
 
Fellow riders, pedestrians and police shouted it as much in greeting as exhortation since clearly the safest thing was to be indoors clutching an ice pack with your feet up and the air-conditioning blasting.
 
The danger, for once, was not motorists, or potholes, or muggers, but heat. Record, scalding temperatures fried the city and much of southern California with temperatures exceeding 100F, defying a calendar that said autumn.
 
Staying safe meant wearing a hat, drinking lots of water and seeking medical advice at the first sign of hallucinations. “Man oh man, hot!” howled one man, apparently happily, as he whizzed down the Broadway theatre district. A friend close behind mimicked the Wizard of Oz’s wicked witch: “Melting! I’m melting!”
 
The four-day furnace eased on Monday, with temperatures dropping to the low 90s, but another intense heatwave is due this weekend, bringing fresh risks of wildfires and power outages.
 
The San Fernando valley hit 104F (40C) on Saturday, making Pasadena’s 102F seem merciful, and Torrance’s 96F positively cool. Most Angelenos hunkered indoors, close to a fan or air-conditioning, or splashed in the sea, swimming pools and fountains.
 
On Sunday an estimated 50,000, however, participated in the annual CicLAvia, a cycling-centric event which closed streets around downtown and east LA.
 
There was little shade and you could have fried an egg on the tarmac but spirits were high. Evangelical Christians handed out water bottles with recruitment pamphlets – double salvation – while other bystanders used water pistols and hoses to spray the sweating, panting hordes. “Thank you, thank you,” we yelled, pedalling through the vapours.
 
The 2nd Street tunnel, usually a roaring darkness of engines and fumes, was transformed into an oasis of shade and clicking wheels.
 
“California has mistaken October for July. In the Sahara,” declared BuzzFeed, which compiled tweets from the frontline. “It’s so hot Superman just requested a black car from Uber!” said one. “Live tweeting myself bursting into flames,” said another. And: “Too hot for condoms.”
 
A high-pressure system over the western US, along with Santa Ana winds, which blow across deserts before hitting southern California, generated the heat.
 
Combined with three years of drought, which has turned many farms to dust, wilderness areas are a tinderbox. The US Forest Service and LA County fire department have bolstered firefighting crews and sent extra equipment to strategic locations.
 
“We’ve got wind, heat, the perfect combination, everything in alignment for a potential brushfire,” fire captain Rich Moody warned last week as he patrolled a southern California hillside.
 
A recent report in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, which investigated 16 extreme weather events in 2013, found that human-caused climate change played a role in heatwaves.

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MAGNITUDE 4.2 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 8 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.676 -17.450
(5.5 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

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MAGNITUDE 3.5 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 2.5 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.680 -17.460
(5.4 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   07 Oct 20:25 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 3.7 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 5.1 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.676 -17.489
(4.4 km NNE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   07 Oct 20:25 GMT

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Time and magnitude of earthquake   07 Oct 20:25 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 3.6 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 10 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.680 -17.428
(6.5 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   07 Oct 20:25 GMT

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MAGNITUDE 4.0 ICELAND REGION

Subject to change

Depth: 8.4 km
 

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.627 -17.593
(3.4 km WSW of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   07 Oct 20:25 GMT

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