Archive | February 7, 2015

Mystery milky rain falls on Washington, Oregon, USA

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Rainfall described as milky-colored, dusty or dirty fell across parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, but its origin is unclear.
 
The National Weather Service received reports of the dirty rain from more than 15 cities from Hermiston, Ore., to Rathdrum, Idaho, on Friday. The weather service’s Spokane office collected water samples that will be sent to a lab for testing.
 
The light gray dirt in the rainfall coated vehicles and windows across the region as a rainstorm that originated in the Pacific moved in.
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Experts said they are checking out several possible explanations including a recent volcanic eruption in Mexico and one in Russia. The weather service said the rainstorm may have passed through some dust or volcanic ash as it moved west.
 
Walla Walla County’s emergency management staff posted a statement on its Facebook page that the ash is likely from Volcano Shiveluch in Kamchatka Krai, Russia, some 3,000 miles away. Volcano Shiveluch spewed an ash plume about 22,000 feet high in late January, the statement said.
 
However, the county cautioned the source of the dirty rain has not been scientifically confirmed and that there are a number of volcanoes currently active.
Facebook – We had many reports of a “dirty” or “milky” rain
CNN Meteorologist Derek Van Dam, meanwhile, pointed to an eruption Wednesday of a volcano in southwest Colima, Mexico, as another potential source of the dirty rain. That volcano is more than 2,000 miles away from the region.
 
Meteorologists said it may be a while before they figure it out simply because nothing is showing up on satellite. However, that is not uncommon with these thick clouds and moisture.
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Major snow alert for Canada

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Prepare your shovelling back as there is a lot more snow to come, according to an Environment Canada special weather statement issued early Saturday morning.
 
About 10 to 15 centimetres of snow is forecast to fall in the Ottawa region and across the area extending from Algonquin Park to Cornwall by Sunday evening, the meteorologist service said at 5 a.m.
 
The temperature should reach -13 C in Ottawa Saturday, with an overnight low of -18 C.
 
This anticipated snowfall falls just below the criteria for a weather warning, which is 15 cm of snow falling in 12 hours.
 
The precipitation comes as a sharp Arctic front stalled over extreme Southwestern Ontario, creating the conditions for “complicated” active winter weather conditions and heavy snow fall over most of the Golden Horseshoe, Central and Eastern Ontario, the alert said.
 
Southwestern Ontario may also experience freezing rain from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, then turning back into snow. Ice pellets are expected to fall in the area from Grey Bruce to Barrie, and southeast across Toronto and Hamilton in to Niagara.
 
Meteorologists were unsure where the heaviest snow and freezing precipitation shall fall, but updated alerts will be issued throughout the weekend on the Environment Canada website. All are encouraged to monitor local weather reports.
 
Driving conditions are expected to be treacherous throughout the larger area and motorists are encouraged to prepare for hazardous conditions.
Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen News

MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 08:45, 09:00, 09:15, 09:30, 11:00 hrs UTC

**VERY URGENT**
   MEGA DIP SPIKES ON THE MAGNETOSPHERE @ APPROX 08:45, 09:00, 09:15, 09:30, 11:00 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 07.02.15  11.09 hrs UTC

MAGNITUDE 4.6 ALBANIA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=426176

Subject To Change

Depth: 10 km

Distances: 64 km N of Tirana, Albania / pop: 374,801 / local time: 02:56:23.3 2015-02-07
33 km NW of Peshkopi, Albania / pop: 14,848 / local time: 02:56:23.3 2015-02-07
9 km N of Kurbnesh, Albania / pop: 1,429 / local time: 02:56:23.3 2015-02-07


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YELLOWSTONE REGION MAGNITUDE 2.9 UTAH, USA

http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=426185

Subject To Change

Depth: 5 km

Distances: 587 km N of Phoenix, United States / pop: 1,445,632 / local time: 18:51:17.6 2015-02-06
234 km S of Salt Lake City, United States / pop: 186,440 / local time: 18:51:17.6 2015-02-06
34 km SW of Fillmore, United States / pop: 2,435 / local time: 18:51:17.6 2015-02-06

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