Archive | January 23, 2015

Red alert issued by the police department ahead of the severe winter storm in Monroe, USA

Red Alert Issued

This is a Code Red notification Message from Monroe Emergency Management and the Monroe Police Department.
 
Severe weather conditions including freezing rain and snow are predicted for this area beginning early Saturday morning and continuing through Saturday evening.  A parking ban will be in effect from midnight on Friday to midnight on Saturday throughout the town of Monroe.
 
Vehicles parked in the street hinder the snow removal efforts.
 
Any vehicles in violation of this parking ban will be ticketed and towed.
Courtesy of Monroe Courier

MAGNITUDE 5.1 SOUTHWEST INDIAN RIDGE

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Subject To Change

Depth: 15 km

Distances: 1085 km S of Port Louis, Mauritius / pop: 155,226 / local time: 00:35:33.4 2015-01-24
1093 km SE of Saint-Denis, Reunion / pop: 137,195 / local time: 00:35:33.4 2015-01-24
1778 km SE of Antananarivo, Madagascar / pop: 1,391,433 / local time: 23:35:33.4 2015-01-23


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MAGNITUDE 5.2 SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION

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Depth: 60 km

Distances: 3280 km SE of Montevideo, Uruguay / pop: 1,270,737 / local time: 19:16:30.0 2015-01-23
3414 km SE of Buenos Aires, Argentina / pop: 13,076,300 / local time: 18:16:30.0 2015-01-23
4202 km SE of Santiago, Chile / pop: 4,837,295 / local time: 18:16:30.0 2015-01-23


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Alaska Airlines flight diverted away from Nome by ash from Russian volcano

Volcano Alert

Ash from a Russian volcano diverted the nightly flight into Nome Thursday.
 
The Global Volcanism Program at the Smithsonian Institution tracked “powerful explosions” last week and into this week from the Shiveluch volcano, considered one of the most active volcanoes on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, that sent plumes of ash up 32,800 feet in the air.
 
Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Nome said Thursday that the ash cloud went to the mid level and lower level of the jet stream, sending it east toward Alaska. The plume then combined with a high pressure mid-level system over the Bering Sea, suspending the ash cloud over the central and eastern Norton Sound by Thursday.
 
Alaska Airlines confirmed the flight overflew Nome due to the volcanic ash in the area.
 
Halley Knigge, a spokesperson with Alaska Airlines, said the nightly flight made it from Anchorage to Kotzebue without incident. The plane left Kotzebue at 7:03 p.m. and “observed a haze in the area” around Nome. Following the airline’s policy of “never flying through areas of known ash,” the crew diverted the plane to Anchorage (the flight’s ultimate destination) and landed at 8:33 p.m. Knigge said the airline expects the ash cloud to dissipate, and to resume regular flights, by Friday morning.
 
It was unknown Thursday if smaller planes, which typically fly lower than larger commercial jets, were affected by the ash cloud.
 
Forecasters say the plume is moving down the Norton Sound coast and could move over the Yukon Delta before likely dissipating within the next day or so.
 
Volcano watchers with Russia’s Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, who are continuing to monitor the Shiveluch volcano, reported Friday that “explosive … eruption of the volcano continues” with “ash explosions up to 32,800 feet … could occur at any time.” The volcanologists and other observers caution that “ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.”
Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch News

Major winter storm to hit this weekend in parts of America

Winter Storm Warning_2

So much for that snow-free winter!
 
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of Central and Eastern Massachusetts, saying a coastal storm beginning Saturday morning could dump 4 to 7 inches of snow.
 
The heavy, wet snow could reduce visibility to one-quarter mile and make travel difficult. It could also bring down tree branches and power lines, the forecasters said.
 
The snow is expected to begin Saturday morning, mix with rain about midday, then change back to snow in the afternoon and evening, the forecasters said.
 
A National Weather Service snowfall map issued Thursday afternoon showed a swath of heavier snow running diagonally from the northeastern corner of the state to the southern edge of the central portion of the state.
The immediate coast, as well as much of Southeastern Massachusetts and much of Western Massachusetts, will get less snow.
 
“This is our first significant event,” said weather service meteorologist Bill Simpson. “Luckily, it’s happening over the weekend, because people aren’t quite used to driving in the snow just yet.”
 
Wind gusts of 40 to 50 miles per hour on the Cape could raise the chances for downed branches and power lines, forecasters warned.
 
Forecasters said there was a chance of minor coastal flooding Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning.
 
Sunshine will reappear Sunday morning, forecasters said. Temperatures will crest in the mid-30s and drop to the teens at night.
 
Monday could bring some more snow showers to the state, though accumulations will be much smaller than the weekend, Simpson said.
 
Cold will follow the snow, with temperatures Tuesday and Wednesday dropping to the teens and low 20s. Nighttime temperatures will likely be in the single digits as cold air moves down from Canada, forecasters said.
 
It won’t stop there, Simpson said. “Much of next week is going to be pretty cold,’’ he said.
Courtesy of The Boston Globe

Severe winter storm could bring up to 14 inches of snow to South-Central Alaska

Winter Storm Warning_2

A storm passing over South Central Alaska is expected to bring up to 14 inches of snow to the Anchorage bowl by Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
 
On Thursday afternoon, winter weather advisories were in effect across South-central and Interior Alaska, forecasting snowfall from the Kenai Peninsula to Fairbanks.
 
According to the forecast, Anchorage, the Matanuska Valley and Susitna Valley can expect between 7 to 14 inches of snow by Friday afternoon. The Kenai Peninsula was forecast to see between 4 to 8 inches of snow by Friday. Additional snowfall was expected in South-central on Saturday.
 
The weather system moving through South-central is expected to bring snow in two waves. Snowfall that began Thursday afternoon is expected to taper off by Thursday night. A second period of  “substantial snowfall” is expected to sweep over South-central Friday afternoon and evening.
 
The National Weather Service wrote on its Facebook page that the winter storm could possibly linger until Sunday.
 
But even if it only snows through Saturday afternoon, National Weather Service meteorologist Shaun Baines said, it would be the most significant snowfall of the winter so far in South-central Alaska.
 
In the Interior communities of Healy and Denali National Park, winter storm warnings were in effect Thursday. Ten to 14 inches of snow were forecast through Friday evening. A second set of “heavy snowfall” was possible Saturday and Sunday, according to the weather service. 
 
Fairbanks is also expected to see between 2 to 8 inches of snow, and a weather advisory will be in effect starting Friday morning through Saturday morning.
Courtesy of Alaska Dispatch News

QUAKE SWARM NORTHERN ITALY

***VERY URGENT***

Earthquake Swarm

  QUAKE SWARM

NORTHERN ITALY

***BE ALERT***

MAGNITUDE 6.9 VANUATU

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Depth: 211 km

Distances: 67 km N of Port-Vila, Vanuatu / pop: 35,901 / local time: 14:47:28.2 2015-01-23
605 km N of Nouméa, New Caledonia / pop: 93,060 / local time: 14:47:28.2 2015-01-23
1069 km W of Suva, Fiji / pop: 77,366 / local time: 15:47:28.2 2015-01-23


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MASSIVE CROSSOVER DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:45, 21:30, 00:00 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MASSIVE CROSSOVER DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 20:45, 21:30, 00:00 hrs UTC. FURTHER EARTHQUAKES, VOLCANO ACTIVITY & ADVERSE WEATHER PATTERNS WILL BE GREATLY INFLUENCED BY THE COSMIC RAYS STRIKING THE EARTH’S CORE

***BE ALERT***

Magnetogram 23.01.15  00.08 hrs UTC