Archive | November 11, 2014

Early winter storm dumps several inches of snow on Minnesota, USA

An early blast of winter in the Upper Midwest unloaded several inches of snow across a wide swath of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Monday, causing difficult driving conditions and leading to school cancellations across the region.
The heaviest band of snow was parked on top of Minnesota’s midsection and into Wisconsin. In Stearns County, 16.5 inches were reported in St. Augusta, and Kimball saw 13 inches and St. Cloud measured an even foot, the National Weather Service reported. The was 9.5 inches recorded by noon at Murdock in Swift County.
Total accumulations of 12 to 18 inches were forecast through Tuesday morning across central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin.  By mid-afternoon, 10 to 11 inches had been reported in Burnett and Sawyer counties in northwest Wisconsin.
“It’s going to keep on snowing tonight and, with the strong north or northwest winds, it’s not going to be a good night to be out and about. It’s going to be near whiteout or blizzard conditions at times,’’ said Carol Christenson, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Duluth.
“Get home and stay there and let the plows do their work,” Christenson said.
Areas from about Pine County, Minnesota, across northern Wisconsin and into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could see 18 inches or more of new snow by the time the storm moves out Tuesday.
Snow also was falling in the Twin Cities, where at least 175 flights were canceled at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and metro commutes were dragged out.
With up to 16 inches expected before the snow is finished, St. Cloud State University’s Bob Weisman, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences predicted this would be the heaviest November snowfall in St. Cloud since Nov. 26-27, 2001.
A winter storm warning remains were still in effect for some areas into Tuesday, with blustery winds threatening to cause some blowing and drifting. The heavy wet snow was making shoveling a chore.
Icy roads were a factor in a fatal crash in southern Minnesota’s Blue Earth County.
The Minnesota State Patrol reports that Mridusha Allen, 30, of Springfield, Minn., died after losing control of a Toyota Corolla on state Highway 68 and sliding into the path of an tractor-trailer driven by Howard Klingler of New Ulm. Klingler was not hurt.
In the west Twin Cities metro area, the Carver County sheriff’s office reported a second fatal weather-related crash.
Travel will remain hazardous into Tuesday morning, the Weather Service said, with temperatures dropping overnight and remaining unseasonably cold.
Motorists who braved the highways Monday found difficult driving conditions. Accident reports from the Minnesota State Patrol on Monday included a tractor-trailer jack-knifed on an icy stretch of Highway 59 in Nobles County in the southwest to a rollover on a divided stretch of Highway 53 in St. Louis County in the northeast.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the North Dakota Highway Patrol issued a travel alert for western and southwestern North Dakota because of falling snow creating wet and slippery roads. Bismarck reported 3 inches of snow. The band of snowfall moved across South Dakota and into Minnesota, where it headed northeast it toward the Great Lakes.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation issued a reminder Monday for motorists to use caution around slower-moving snowplows.
MnDOT gave this advice: Stay at least five car lengths behind a plow, out of the snow cloud. Be alert for plows that turn or exit frequently. Some plows may also travel over center lines or partially into traffic to remove snow.

Three die as Cyclone Hudhud lashes India and typhoon hits Japan

Severe Weather Alert

At least three people were killed on Sunday as a powerful cyclone was lashing a large swath of India’s eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds on Sunday
Cyclone Hudhud one of two storms pounding Asia slammed into India’s east coast packing winds of almost 200 km per hour ripping down power cables and forcing roads and railways to shut.
At least 400000 people were evacuated from the coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states and hundreds of shelters were set up to house them.
Visakhapatnam one of the largest cities in southern India and a major naval base was bearing the brunt of the cyclone’s fury.
‘We have had three deaths since this morning’ said Natrajan Prakasam a Disaster Management Commission official in the worst-hit state of Andhra Pradesh in southeast India.
Two people were crushed by falling trees while the third was killed when a wall collapsed in heavy rains he told AFP.
India placed its navy and coastguard on high alert ahead of the storm and advised residents to stay indoors as the cyclone passed by warning of large waves known as storm surges.
Some flights were cancelled while bus and train services in the worst affected areas were suspended.
The head of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) said the main highway in the port city of Visakhapatnam which was in the eye of the storm as it hit was strewn with fallen trees and electricity pylons.
In Japan at least 35 people were reported injured as Typhoon Vongfong packing winds of up to 180 km per hour and heavy rain hit the southern island of Okinawa and was aiming at the island of Kyushu where authorities told 150000 people to evacuate.
vember that cause deaths and widespread property damage.
The region is populated by fishermen and small-scale farmers many of whom live in flimsy huts with thatched roofs or shanties.
More than 8000 people were killed in Orissa the state to the north of Andhra Pradesh by a cyclone in 1999 and authorities are keen to avoid a repeat of that disaster.
Last year India undertook its biggest ever evacuation ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Phailin with about a million people moved from their homes along the east coast.
The cyclone killed at least 18 people in the state and left a trail of destruction but authorities said the toll could have been much worse without the evacuations.
On Sunday authorities in Orissa said they had evacuated almost 70000 before the storm hit many of them indigenous people living in mud houses.
P.K. Mohapatra special relief commissioner of Orissa told AFP preparations had been made to evacuate another 300000 ‘once the cyclone crosses our 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired an emergency government meeting late Saturday to review preparations for the cyclone.
The navy earlier said it had ‘assumed a high degree of readiness’ and ships equipped with divers doctors inflatable rubber boats helicopters and relief material were on standby.

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 22:00, 22:15, 22:30, 22:45 hrs UTC


***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 11.11.14  22.48 hrs UTC


Subject To Change

Depth: 8 km

Distances: Morgan, UT – 10 km (6 miles) NE (38 degrees)
Henefer, UT – 14 km (9 miles) NW (322 degrees)
Huntsville, UT – 22 km (13 miles) SE (138 degrees)
South Weber, UT – 28 km (17 miles) E (94 degrees)
Salt Lake City, UT – 47 km (29 miles) NNE (31 degrees)

11.11.14 M2.1 8 km


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Depth: 116 km

Distances: 474 km E of Dili, East Timor / pop: 150,000 / local time: 06:22:25.8 2014-11-12
386 km SE of Ambon, Indonesia / pop: 355,596 / local time: 06:22:25.8 2014-11-12

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 381 km S of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands / pop: 48,220 / local time: 03:36:24.3 2014-11-12
215 km SE of Inarajan Village, Guam / pop: 2,273 / local time: 03:36:24.3 2014-11-12

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Depth: 84 km

Distances: 3226 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 14:25:14.2 2014-11-11
3360 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 13:25:14.2 2014-11-11
4153 km SE of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 13:25:14.2 2014-11-11

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 657 km NW of Medan, Indonesia / pop: 1,750,971 / local time: 22:24:35.2 2014-11-11
246 km NW of Banda Aceh, Indonesia / pop: 250,757 / local time: 22:24:35.2 2014-11-11
215 km NW of Sabang, Indonesia / pop: 24,519 / local time: 22:24:35.2 2014-11-11

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Depth: 40 km

Distances: 292 km N of Dubai, United Arab Emirates / pop: 1,137,347 / local time: 14:05:46.0 2014-11-11
74 km N of Bandar ‘Abbās, Iran / pop: 352,173 / local time: 13:35:46.0 2014-11-11

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Subject to change

Depth: 2.7 km

Distances: Latitude, Longitude  64.669 -17.440
(5.2 km NE of Bárðarbunga)

Earthquake location   11 Nov 21:15 GMT

Map of earthquake epicentres

Time and magnitude of earthquake   11 Nov 21:15 GMT

Graph showing earthquake timing and magnitude