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September 11, 2017, 06:59:33 am Psalm 51:17 says: The law of reaping and sowing. It's amazing how God's mercy and longsuffering has hovered over America so long. (ie, the infrastructure is very bad here b/c for many years, they were grossly underspent on. 1st Tim 6:10, the god of materialism has its roots firmly in the West) And remember once upon a time ago when shacking up b/w straight couples drew shock awe?

Exodus 20:5  Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
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« Reply #60 on: April 15, 2012, 06:18:05 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/residents-digging-tornadoes-hit-midwest-162446696.html

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Residents digging out after tornadoes hit Midwest
By SEAN MURPHY | Associated Press – 1 hr 43 mins ago.

WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — The television was tuned to forecasters' dire warnings of an impending storm when Greg Tomlyanobich heard a short burst from a tornado siren blare after midnight Sunday. Then silence. Then rumbling.

The 52-year-old quickly grabbed his wife and grandson, hurrying them into the emergency cellar as debris whirled around their heads at their mobile home park in northwest Oklahoma. They huddled inside with about 20 other people before the tornado — among dozens that swept across the nation's midsection during the weekend — roared across the ground above, ripping homes from their foundations.

"It scared the hell out of me," Tomlyanobich said.

The storm killed five people, including three children, and injured more than two dozen in Woodward, a town about 140 miles northwest of Oklahoma City. But it was the only tornado that caused fatalities. Many of the touchdowns raked harmlessly across isolated stretches of rural Kansas, and though communities there and in Iowa were hit, residents and officials credited days of urgent warnings from forecasters for saving lives.

When Tomlyanobich emerged from the underground shelter after the storm subsided, he saw a scattered trail of destruction: home insulation, siding and splintered wood where homes once stood; trees stripped of leaves, clothing and metal precariously hanging from limbs.

"It just makes you sick to your stomach. Just look at that mangled steel," he said Sunday, pointing to what appeared to be a giant twisted steel frame that had landed in the middle of the mobile home park, which is surrounded by rural land dotted with oil field equipment.

The storms were part of an exceptionally strong system tracked by the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., which specializes in tornado forecasting. The center took the unusual step of warning people more than 24 hours in advance of a possible "high-end, life-threatening event."

Center spokesman Chris Vaccaro said the weather service received at least 120 reports of tornadoes by dawn Sunday and was working to confirm how many actually touched down.

The storm system was weakening as it crawled east and additional tornadoes were unlikely, though forecasters warned that strong thunderstorms could be expected as far east as Michigan.

Woodward suffered the worst of the destruction from the storms, which also struck in Kansas, Iowa and Nebraska. Woodward City Manager Alan Riffel said 89 homes and 13 businesses were destroyed, and bloodied survivors in the 12,000-resident town emerged to find flipped cars and smashed trailers.

Retired firefighter Marty Logan said he spotted the tornado when it knocked down power lines, causing flashes of light, and saw a radio tower's blinking lights go black. He later saw a man emerge from a twisted, wrecked sport utility vehicle that had been tossed along the side of the road.

"The guy had blood coming down his face," Logan said. "It was scary, because I knew it was after midnight and a lot of people were in bed."

The state medical examiner's office identified the victims as Frank Hobbie and his 5-year-old and 7-year-old daughters, who died when the tornado hit the mobile home park, and Darren Juul and a 10-year-old girl who died when the home they were in a few miles away was hit. Office spokeswoman Amy Elliot said no other details were available, but she said a critically hurt child was air lifted to a Texas hospital.

Authorities said a signal tower for Woodward's tornado sirens was struck by lightning and hit by a tornado early Sunday morning. Police Chief Harvey Rutherford said the tower that was supposed to send a repeating signal to the town's tornado siren system was knocked out.

Considering the tornado struck at night and the sirens were damaged, it was remarkable that there wasn't a greater loss of life, Rutherford said. "We had the hand of God take care of us," he said.

Frank and Treva Owens knew dangerous storms were moving toward Woodward, and although they didn't hear sirens, the elderly couple was watching TV weather reports all day.

"I heard them say we had nine minutes and that's when I hit the cellar," Frank Ownes said, noting that the 12-foot by 12-foot shelter was prepped with their medications, food and clothing.

In the tiny western Iowa town of Thurman, piles of toppled trees lined the streets in front of homes where missing walls and roofs exposed soaked living rooms. Longtime resident Ted Stafford recalled feeling his home shake, then hearing three windows shatter as the storm hit. He was amazed that no one in town was seriously injured.

"We're all OK, fortunately. Nobody's hurt. We can fuel this recovery with beans and coffee," the 54-year-old said while standing on the broken concrete of what had been his home's new basement foundation.

In Kansas, a reported tornado damaged McConnell Air Force Base and the Spirit AeroSystems and Boeing plants in Wichita late Saturday. Preliminary estimates suggest damages could be as high as $283 million in the area, where the storm also toppled a 65-foot Ferris wheel at a local amusement park.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback acknowledged that the damage could have been far worse, noting in an interview with CNN that residents appeared to have heeded safety warnings. "God was merciful," he said.

Yvonne Tucker rushed to a shelter with about 60 of her neighbors at Pinaire Mobile Home Park in Wichita. She said people were crying and screaming, and the shelter's lights went out when the twister hit. When they went back outside, they found several homes destroyed, including Tucker's.

"I didn't think it was that bad until I walked down my street and everything is gone," Tucker said. "I don't know what to do."

Fellow mobile home resident Kristin Dean, who was pushed out of her home in a wheelchair, grabbed some possessions before going into the shelter, and she later learned that was all she had left. Her home was gone.

"It got still," she said. "Then we heard a 'wham,' things flying. Everybody screamed, huddling together. It is devastating, but you know, we are alive."

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Associated Press reporters Roxanna Hegeman in Wichita, Kan.; Grant Schulte in Thurman, Iowa; and Rochelle Hines in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.
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« Reply #61 on: April 15, 2012, 06:33:32 pm »

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Severe weather alert: Tornado warnings issued Friday; more storms likely Saturday

SHAWNEE, Okla. —

April 13, 2012

Forecasters and emergency managers began issuing alerts Friday about the threat of storms occurring and continuing into Saturday, and as expected, storms popped up in central Oklahoma. Tornado sirens were activated in Shawnee, Tecumseh and other areas in Pottawatomie County about 5 p.m. Friday when storms with rotation and reported funnels moved through the area. No damage was reported.
 
The threat of a tornado outbreak remains today and into Sunday, with officials asking everyone to be weather aware this weekend.
 
Storm spotters and law enforcement officers were among those watching the skies Friday evening in Pottawatomie County as a storm that dropped a tornado in Norman skipped across this area.
 
Shawnee/Pottawatomie County Emergency Management Director Don Lynch said there were reports of tornadoes in three areas — about one mile south of Independence on Drummond Road, in the area of Old Highway 270 and U.S. 177 and north of Westech Road on SH 18.
 
“We’ve driven the area and thankfully can’t find any damage,” Lynch said late Friday, as he and others were on alert for the possibility of more storms developing overnight. About 8:30 p.m., a tornado watch that had been issued for Pottawatomie County was extended until 4 a.m. today, with the outlook also showing the potential tornado outbreak today.
 
The warnings for a stormy weekend issued Friday came in response to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issuing a High Risk Outlook for the second day of a storm period. The warning is a somewhat unusual move by the SPC, Lynch said.
 
“The storms have no idea where SPC draws those lines, and the outlook categories are not fences that keep the bad storms only in the moderate or high-risk areas,” Lynch said. “The bottom line is we are in a risk area... and you need to pay close attention and check the weather often.”
 
The severe weather may include tornadoes, hail and strong winds up to 70 mph.
 
A large upper-level system that developed over the southwestern U.S. was expected to advance into Oklahoma Friday, although the brunt of the system may not form until late today. The storms will also be fast-moving, which allows for less time to react to warnings and makes storm spotting operations difficult and more dangerous than usual, Lynch said.
 
“Now is the time to prepare for severe weather... including making sure safe rooms and shelters are ready,” he said.
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« Reply #62 on: April 15, 2012, 07:24:08 pm »

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More twisters reported Sunday after deadly barrage

Updated at 7:58 p.m. ET: A long and wide swath of the central U.S. is in a severe storm danger zone on Sunday, following twisters that killed at least five people and caused damage across the Midwest on Saturday.

By early Sunday afternoon, at least two tornadoes reportedly briefly touched down in Nebraska. One caused damage to two buildings in Wheeler County. Oklahoma and Minnesota also each saw one suspected twister, though no damage was reported.

The areas "most likely" to see tornadoes on Sunday afternoon and evening, the National Weather Service said, are parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"Severe storms are also possible in a band from Illinois and Missouri southward into Arkansas, northwest Louisiana and east Texas," the service added.

Weather.com severe weather expert Greg Forbes assigned a 70 percent chance for tornadoes in parts of Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday.

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« Reply #64 on: April 22, 2012, 02:20:22 pm »

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Rain and heavy, wet spring snow forecast in East; shuttle Enterprise trip delayed

4/21/12

By msnbc.com staff and news services

A disruptive spring storm already pummeling the Atlantic seaboard Saturday will delay the space shuttle Enterprise’s trip to New York and bring winter-like snow to the Appalachians and Great Lakes, forecasters warn.

Rain that washed out ballgames and festivals in southern Florida was moving north and expected to meet cold air moving south from Canada, forecasters said.

Tornado watches were issued late Saturday in central and southern Florida.
 
Severe thunderstorms with wind gusts up to 34 mph struck Delaware, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

Up to 4 inches of rain was forecast Sunday from Washington, D.C., to New York City.

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« Reply #65 on: April 22, 2012, 05:30:20 pm »

Destructive Snowstorm Targets Interior Northeast


http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/snowstorm-destructive-northeast_2012-04-22
Updated: April 22, 2012 3:30 pm ET

The snow season "that largely wasn't" in the Northeast will be "bookended" by two destructive winter storms.

A heavy, wet snowstorm in 2011 downed trees and powerlines, knocking out power to over 3 million customers in the Northeast just before Halloweeen 2011, in a storm dubbed "Snowtober".

Unfortunately, another "Snowtober"-type destructive snowstorm will wreak havoc in parts of the Northeast kicking off this week. Let's get to the critical details.

Heavy, wet snow

Low pressure will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina later Sunday into the interior Northeast Monday. In concert with this surface low, a powerful dip in the jet stream and just enough cold air near the surface will team up to produce heavy, wet snow.

The areas of concern are western New York, western Pennsylvania, extreme eastern Ohio, parts of northern West Virginia and extreme western Maryland. The timing of the changeover to snow is shown by the model forecast loop below (denoted by white shadings). Snowfall rates may exceed 1" per hour Sunday night into early Monday, accompanied by thunder and lightning!

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Destructive Snowstorm Targets Interior Northeast


http://www.weather.com/outlook/weather-news/news/articles/snowstorm-destructive-northeast_2012-04-22
Updated: April 22, 2012 3:30 pm ET

The snow season "that largely wasn't" in the Northeast will be "bookended" by two destructive winter storms.

A heavy, wet snowstorm in 2011 downed trees and powerlines, knocking out power to over 3 million customers in the Northeast just before Halloweeen 2011, in a storm dubbed "Snowtober".

Unfortunately, another "Snowtober"-type destructive snowstorm will wreak havoc in parts of the Northeast kicking off this week. Let's get to the critical details.

Heavy, wet snow

Low pressure will intensify as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from North Carolina later Sunday into the interior Northeast Monday. In concert with this surface low, a powerful dip in the jet stream and just enough cold air near the surface will team up to produce heavy, wet snow.

The areas of concern are western New York, western Pennsylvania, extreme eastern Ohio, parts of northern West Virginia and extreme western Maryland. The timing of the changeover to snow is shown by the model forecast loop below (denoted by white shadings). Snowfall rates may exceed 1" per hour Sunday night into early Monday, accompanied by thunder and lightning!

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looking for this one, supposed to hit around 10-11 am here.
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Hey Mark, everything OK where you're up at now?

http://news.yahoo.com/april-noreaster-dumps-rain-snow-east-coast-064129380.html

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April nor'easter dumps rain, snow on East Coast
By CAROLYN THOMPSON | Associated Press – 4 mins 57 secs ago.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A nor'easter packing high winds, soaking rain and springtime snow churned up the Northeast on Monday, unleashing a burst of winter, closing some schools and sparking worries about power outages in communities that were basking in record warmth a month ago.

The earliest hits were on higher ground, where snow-laden tree limbs pulled down power lines and commuters navigated slushy roads to work and school. Up to a foot of snow or more was forecast for higher elevations.

Utilities reported about 50,000 customers without power in Pennsylvania and central and western New York.

"It's going to be a bad one. Limbs are breaking everywhere," said Mark Shaffer, who works at Laurel Valley Hardware in Stahlstown, about 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. Shaffer said power at the store went out about 8:30 a.m., even though there was just 4 inches of snow on the ground.

Rain in the Buffalo area changed over to snow about 9 a.m. Monday with 5 to 9 inches expected through 7 a.m. Tuesday. Up to 16 inches are possible in higher elevations south of the city. Up to 12 inches of snow was expected in the higher elevations of central and western Pennsylvania. In northeastern Ohio, 3 to 7 inches of snow was forecast.

George Wallach, of Buffalo, said he'd gone to Home Depot for lawn fertilizer last week — never thinking he might need rock salt. Buffalo saw a run of record-heat in March that included a St. Patrick's Day weekend in the 70s and an 82-degree reading March 22.

"I should learn not to plan anything till after May," he said while waiting with parents outside a Buffalo elementary school to retrieve children after a half day that was scheduled in advance.

Kevin Fitzgerald, a National Weather Service meteorologist in State College, Pa., called the snowstorm "unusual, but not unheard of."

Some schools in western Pennsylvania were closed Monday morning ahead of the storm. Districts in the state's Allegheny Mountains began announcing closings Sunday night.

Farther east, the threat was rain. Much of New Hampshire and western Maine were under a flood watch Monday, with the possibility of some creeks and rivers flooding.

Buffalo-based weather service meteorologist Sean Smith said the slow-moving storm could linger before moving out sometime Tuesday. Sustained winds of 20-30 mph were predicted throughout the Northeast, and gusts of up to 50 mph were expected off Cape Cod.

The snow postponed minor league baseball in Batavia, where the Empire State Yankees and Norfolk Tides were supposed to play.

"The field is completely covered in snow, and there's no way to get it all off," Travis Sick said from Dwyer Stadium, where the snow continued to come down.

Finger Lakes Racetrack called off its thoroughbred racing card as heavy wet snow blanketed the central New York track, and the gray skies and snow forced the University at Buffalo's dedication of a new solar panel installation indoors.

The weather was suspected in the rollover of a truck in the Chautauqua County town of Westfield. It was unknown if there were any injuries.

In Cortland and Yates counties in central New York, authorities said roads were snow-covered and slippery, and they urged drivers not to head out unless absolutely necessary. Dozens of schools in central and western New York were delayed or closed. The snow and slippery roads stretched into the Adirondacks, which got about 2 inches of slushy accumulation.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Wood said six inches of snow fell by daybreak Monday in the higher terrain of Tug Hill, just southeast of Watertown. The snow was expected to change to rain later Monday.

Utilities reported about 25,000 customers without power in central and western New York by midmorning Monday. About 25,000 customers over 31 counties were without power in Pennsylvania, said Scott Surgeoner, a Penelec spokesman based in Reading, Pa.

Amy Shaulis, a waitress at the Summit Diner in Somerset, Pa., wondered if the storm was a bit of payback.

"We had a very, very light winter, we had summer in the middle of winter and now we're paying for it," she said.
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« Reply #68 on: April 23, 2012, 05:49:51 pm »

Hey Mark, everything OK where you're up at now?



Nothing so far, a lot of wind, but they are saying we should get some snow tonight a dusting maybe.
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« Reply #69 on: April 23, 2012, 05:50:50 pm »

We were about 95 today, and sunny!  Grin
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« Reply #70 on: April 23, 2012, 05:54:12 pm »

We were about 95 today, and sunny!  Grin

get back to me when its 117 out there this summer.  Shocked  Cheesy
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Touche'  Wink
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« Reply #72 on: April 29, 2012, 11:33:45 pm »

http://phys.org/news/2012-04-moscow-swelters.html

Moscow swelters in record heat

April 29, 2012

Moscow sweltered in unseasonable heat on Sunday, with temperatures of nearly 29 degrees Celsius (84.2 Fahrenheit), a record for April since data collection began 130 years ago, authorities said.
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« Reply #73 on: May 06, 2012, 07:45:43 pm »

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/nepal-flash-flood-death-toll-may-hit-60-20120506-1y7an.html

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Nepal flash flood death toll may hit 60

May 7, 2012 - 12:40AM.

The death toll in a flash flood in Nepal's central Annapurna region could be as high as 60, according to rescuers scouring the area for survivors.
 
They say there is almost no hope of finding anyone else alive.
 
Fifteen bodies have been recovered but district police superintendent Sailesh Thapa told AFP that 43 missing people, including three Ukrainian tourists, were feared dead.

"So far, 12 of the 15 bodies have been identified. An excavator has reached the worst affected areas and is clearing the mud," he said.
 
"We have a list of another 43 people who have gone missing. Their chances of survival are almost zero. The three Ukrainians are still missing."
 
Eight people have been rescued since the Seti burst its banks near the city of Pokhara, a tourist hub, on Saturday, sweeping away a village and swamping families picnicking by the river.
 
Most of the missing are thought to be local.
 
One witness, Uddha Bahadur Gurung, described how the river suddenly turned into a lethal surge.
 
"There was nothing unusual. People were enjoying picnics, some were relaxing in the hot spring pools by the river and others working," he told the Kathmandu Post.
 
"Out of nowhere came this swelling dark murky water with debris, sweeping away many people."
 
Sniffer dogs have been sent 200km from the capital Kathmandu to search for bodies along the banks of the river, which has now subsided, while police and army personnel hunt for survivors.
 
Prime Minister Baburam Bhattari broke off from political negotiations over forming a new government to visit Kharapani village, which was washed away by the flood.
 
"He has instructed the authorities to bring 20 excavators so that the dead bodies of those who have been buried by the floods can be recovered," Bishwadeep Pandey, personal secretary to the premier, told AFP.
 
"The prime minister has also committed the government to provide expenses for the last rites to family members of those who died."
 
A landslide caused by days of heavy rain had blocked the Seti near its origin in the snowfields and glaciers of the Himalayas, said Nepalese army spokesman Ramindra Chhetri.
 
"Then there was a powerful outburst, which resulted in a flash flood in the Seti river that entered human settlements and created havoc," he told AFP, adding some houses had been covered with mud up to 3.5 metres deep.
 
"We have mobilised a company, an engineer platoon and soldiers from specialised troops for search and rescue operations," he said.
 
The area around 8,091-metre Mount Annapurna attracts thousands of trekkers, both local and foreign, each year as well as day-trippers.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/weather/nepal-flash-flood-death-toll-may-hit-60-20120506-1y7an.html#ixzz1u8l5Z2Xf
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Four killed, 10 missing in Indonesian floods


5/8/12

JAKARTA — Floods carrying volcanic debris swept through a town in eastern Indonesia Wednesday killing four people, including a nine-year-old child, and leaving 10 others missing, a government official said.

A further 15 people were injured after floodwaters rampaged through 11 villages in Ternate City in North Maluku province, national disaster mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

"Following heavy rains during the night, volcanic floods hit early morning at 2:00 am (1700 GMT)," Nugroho said, adding that more than 280 people were evacuated to government offices and schools.

"Four people have died, 10 are missing and 15 have been injured. Fifty-eight families, or 284 people, have been evacuated," he said.

Two bridges and 15 homes were completely destroyed by the floods, while 173 other homes were damaged, Nugroho said.

The floods carried volcanic mud from Mount Gamalama, which forms the entire island of Ternate in the Maluku chain, which erupted and spewed a column of ash 2,000 metres (6,500 feet) into the air in December.

Two rivers on the eastern side of the volcano overflowed after Wednesday's heavy rains carried volcanic debris down to the affected residential areas, Nugroho said.

The Indonesian archipelago has dozens of active volcanoes. The country's most active volcano, Mount Merapi in central Java, killed more than 350 people in a series of violent eruptions in 2010
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« Reply #75 on: May 09, 2012, 11:04:59 am »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/9252146/Tornado-spotted-in-Oxfordshire-as-storms-batter-southern-England.html

Tornado spotted in Oxfordshire as storms batter southern England

 Britain could be braced for more thunder and lightning following a storm which brought a tornado to Oxfordshire
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1:14PM BST 08 May 2012

The thunderstorm started in Wiltshire, and moved across Oxfordshire, where a tornado was reported in several places including Bicester, Eynsham and Witney, and then moved to Buckinghamshire.
 
Richard Glazer drove through the tornado with his wife and son on the A34 near Kidlington, Oxfordshire.
 
"It was very wet, we were just driving on the A34 and looked up and realised one part of the sky was moving in one direction and another in the opposite direction," he said.
 
"I thought, 'that looks like a tornado!' We pretty much drove through it, we were right underneath it.
 
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http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/243794.html

Outbreaks - Leptospirosis in Peru

By Newsroom America Feeds at 12:48 pm Eastern

Flooding has caused an outbreak of leptospirosis in Peru, especially in the Loreto region. This is the worst flooding seen in this area for over 20 years. Peru has reported more than 300 cases and 3 deaths associated with leptospirosis thus far in 2012. Health authorities have alerted people to take precautions against the infection. http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/outbreak-notice/leptospirosis-in-peru.htm
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« Reply #78 on: May 14, 2012, 10:15:44 pm »

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gMWK_HfppcFSh3G45689GhAiMG_A?docId=CNG.e2e54aa5b44f9d99e0dc6a6da2435057.231

5/14/12

Snow hits Bosnian capital

SARAJEVO — The Bosnian capital and its surroundings were covered by snow on Monday, the first time in half a century snow has settled in Sarajevo at this time of year, as temperatures plunged to just above freezing.

"The snow was nine centimetres (over three inches) high at 0500 GMT. It is the first time in the past 50 years that we have snow that remained in Sarajevo in May," Dzenan Zulum of the national meteorological institute told AFP.

Zulum said snow had previously covered the capital in May in 1962 and 1953, adding that it also fell in Sarajevo in May 2005, but immediately melted.

Temperatures have plummeted in the past two days from 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) on Saturday to 0.3 degrees Celsius on Monday.

Farmers have reported that many orchards had been damaged by the unseasonal cold snap, as snow also fell in central and eastern parts of Bosnia.

However forecasts for the next few days predict temperatures soaring back above 20 degrees Celsius.

Like much of Europe, Bosnia suffered a harsh winter, with snow falls up to two metres (over six feet) high.
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« Reply #79 on: May 14, 2012, 10:25:31 pm »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/9263425/40-killed-during-hour-long-hailstorm-in-China.html

Forty people were killed when a brief but violent hailstorm and torrential rain swept through a mountainous region of northwest China.

5/13/12

Eighteen others remained missing in Min county, a disaster-prone area of Gansu province, while 87 had been sent to hospital, the local government said.

Officials said 29,300 people were evacuated after rain and hail battered the county for just an hour late on Thursday afternoon.

It "wreaked havoc" on all of the county's 18 townships and affected more than two-thirds of its 450,000 residents, the state-controlled Xinhua news agency reported.

"Roads were blocked, houses collapsed, farmland was destroyed, and the power supply and telecommunications services were disrupted by the extreme weather," the agency said, quoting Xu Guangyao, a senior county official.

Min county is 90 miles from Zhouqu county, where a rain-triggered mudslide killed about 1,500 people in August 2010.

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« Reply #80 on: May 19, 2012, 08:09:15 pm »

http://news.yahoo.com/records-joplin-twister-costliest-since-1950-180214897.html

5/19/12

Records: Joplin twister was costliest since 1950

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The cost of 30 manhole covers that got sucked away: $5,800. A new concession stand at the destroyed high school: $228,600. Shelter and care for more than 1,300 homeless pets: $372,000.

The tornado that tore through Joplin a year ago already ranks as the deadliest twister in six decades. Now it carries another distinction — the costliest since at least 1950.

Insurance policies are expected to cover most of the $2.8 billion in damage. But taxpayers could supply about $500 million in the form of federal and state disaster aid, low-interest loans and local bonds backed by higher taxes, according to records obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with federal, state and local officials.

Almost one-fifth of that money was paid to contractors who hauled off debris. Tens of millions more dollars went to individuals for temporary housing and other living expenses in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Additional money could help subsidize construction of a new hospital to replace one that was irreparably damaged.

All told, about two dozen school districts, emergency agencies, public housing authorities, religious groups and other nonprofits could receive taxpayer money through a program run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The outpouring of assistance is nowhere near the scale of Hurricane Katrina, which swamped New Orleans and damaged property along a wide swath of the Gulf Coast in 2005. Yet the Joplin tornado raises questions anew about the government's role in disasters.

For Joplin families still on the long road to recovery, the taxpayer aid generally is appreciated.

The twister killed Danielle Robertson's mother and destroyed the duplex she shared with her teenage daughter and two dogs. After several months of temporary living arrangements, Robertson eventually got one of the FEMA trailers for tornado survivors. No rent or utility payments were required.

"There are just thousands of people who would not have recovered at all had that aid not been there. I mean there's no way," said Robertson, who finally moved into a rebuilt rental home about three weeks ago. "I like to consider myself a survivalist, but there was nothing to survive with."

The Joplin tornado, which killed 161 people, was one of 99 major disasters declared by President Barack Obama in 2011. Other included blizzards, wildfires and hurricanes. Congress responded in December by authorizing an extra $8.6 billion in disaster aid.

Missouri has a rainy day fund with about $500 million that was created for costly emergencies. But the fund hasn't been tapped for Joplin because Gov. Jay Nixon and some lawmakers are reluctant to trigger a constitutional mandate that the borrowed money be replenished within three years.

Some critics of federal disaster aid point to Missouri's rainy day fund as a prime example of how states pass the buck to the federal government for local tragedies.

"It seems to me this indicates the bad incentive problem that comes with federal involvement — that states would rather tap federal taxpayers before they have to tap their own taxpayers," said Chris Edwards, an economist and editor of downsizinggovernment.org, a website run by the Washington-based Cato Institute, a group that promotes free markets.

FEMA Director Craig Fugate said it takes an especially destructive tornado to trigger federal aid. What made the Joplin tornado so unusual was the intensity of the devastation in such a concentrated area, he said.

"We're talking thousands of families impacted, hundreds of deaths, the trauma to the community alone was overwhelming," Fugate said. "The likelihood of Joplin being able to recover successfully without federal assistance ... warranted the president declaring it" a disaster zone.

Some of the taxpayer-subsidized projects, such as rebuilding St. John's Regional Medical Center, will benefit people well beyond Joplin. The hospital served patients from a wide region extending into southeastern Kansas and northeastern Oklahoma.

Hospital administrators estimate their total cost from the tornado at $950 million, including demolishing the old building, creating temporary facilities and constructing a permanent replacement.

The hospital expects to get more than $345 million from insurance. It's submitted more than $88 million of expenses to FEMA, of which the federal government could pay for 75 percent. The rest will be covered by private donations and the resources of the Sisters of Mercy Health System, which runs the hospital.

"We do hope to get some money from FEMA, but we're not counting on that," said Shelly Hunter, the chief financial officer for Mercy Health of Joplin.

The cost of replacing damaged school buildings will be covered largely by insurance, too. But voters recently approved the largest bond issue in Joplin history — $62 million — to help rebuild or repair 10 school buildings. The resulting property tax increase is estimated at $65 a year for the owner of a $100,000 home — roughly a 10 percent hike.

The Joplin school district has sought disaster aid for dozens of costs not covered by insurance, such as a truck and trailer used to shuttle band equipment between makeshift school buildings, as well as the concession stand, bleachers, flagpoles, fences, outdoor basketball hoops and new mulch for playgrounds. The cost to remove and replace the mulch at just three sites: $7,100.

The city has its own share of tornado costs, like the manhole covers. The tornado also destroyed two sirens that warn people of dangerous storms. Taxpayers paid more than $41,000 for temporary and permanent replacements, according to disaster-aid records.

During the cleanup, 14 fire hydrants and curbs and gutters at 111 locations were damaged by heavy equipment. And tires were punctured on about 125 vehicles, costing almost $57,300.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said it spent $1.2 million providing shelter and veterinary care for 1,300 homeless pets after the tornado. The city of Joplin agreed to cover $351,000 of those costs and now is seeking reimbursement from FEMA. It's seeking an additional $21,000 for costs incurred by Joplin Human Society.

Federal disaster aid rules also reward local entities for the charitable work and donations of others. Joplin expects to receive $1 million through FEMA as a partial credit for an estimated $17.7 million worth of volunteer labor and donated supplies and services. That money can be used to offset the city's own expenses for debris cleanup and emergency response.

"The fact that we can basically break even from a tornado of this magnitude is astonishing, and it's in large part due to the donated resources," city Finance Director Leslie Jones said. "Not only did it help us financially, they helped us clean up our community. I don't even have words to describe it."
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« Reply #81 on: May 24, 2012, 12:09:05 pm »

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http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/preseason-tropical-storms-rare/65453

5/24/12

On May 19, Tropical Storm Alberto began rocking the Atlantic shore from northeast Florida to South Carolina. It is only the third tropical storm to have formed prior to the official start of hurricane season in the past 31 years.
 
Although hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, it is rare, but not impossible, for the season to begin sooner.

"Named storms before June 1 are unusual," said Expert Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait. "There have been about 25 over the last 125 years."
 
Tropical Storm Arthur was the second most recent, striking Belize and Mexico on May 31, 2008 with 45 mph winds.
 
Tropical Storm Ana was the third most recent pre-season tropical storm, and the only storm ever recorded to form in the North Atlantic basin during the month of April.

Ana hit Florida from April 20 to April 24, 2003, with 60-mph winds, killing two people.

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« Reply #82 on: May 24, 2012, 12:17:25 pm »

Notice that the top latest dates are all in the last few years. Arizona has been running temps 5-10F above normal. Last couple days it was 108, when the average is about 95F I think. The desert has been extra hot these last 2-3 years that I've noticed. We haven't seen record low temps much in a long time. It's always high records. Definately overall it seems it's running above normal.
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« Reply #83 on: May 24, 2012, 12:24:43 pm »

Notice that the top latest dates are all in the last few years. Arizona has been running temps 5-10F above normal. Last couple days it was 108, when the average is about 95F I think. The desert has been extra hot these last 2-3 years that I've noticed. We haven't seen record low temps much in a long time. It's always high records. Definately overall it seems it's running above normal.

Well, it's not global warming, that's for sure.

But in all seriousness - yeah, we're seeing alot of crazy weather headlines et al recently, especially since the 2008 Presidential election campaigns.
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« Reply #84 on: May 30, 2012, 04:51:30 pm »

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/05/29/montreal-floods-flooding_n_1554322.html

5/29/12

Montreal Floods: Heavy Rain Causes Power Failures, Shut Down Parts Of Metro (VIDEO)

CP  |  By Andy Blatchford and Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted: 05/29/2012 6:25 pm Updated: 05/30/2012 11:02 am



MONTREAL - A wall of rain collapsed onto Montreal in one torrential instant that flooded city streets, closed subway stations, caused power failures, damaged private property and forced evacuations from public buildings Tuesday.

It took only a few minutes to transform downtown streets into miniature canals. The foul odour of overflowing sewage floated over the area near the port.

Many thousands of people were affected. While some scooped water from their own basements, much larger buildings were evacuated including a fancy downtown hotel, the Quebec provincial library, multiple university pavilions, commercial centres and a large part of the metro system.

More than 28,000 people lost electricity in Quebec, with more than half those disruptions occurring in the province's biggest city. All but about 4,300 customers in the province and 1,900 in Montreal regained their power later in the evening.

The brief but powerful storm saw a sunny afternoon lapse into night-like darkness. A solid slab of water crashed through the air, eventually bursting sideways in what looked like puffy, swirling white clouds.

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« Reply #85 on: June 02, 2012, 11:16:23 am »

Hampton, VA cleaning up after tornado slams downtown area

HAMPTON -- A tornado hit downtown Hampton Friday evening, causing significant damage but no major injuries.
 
The twister moved across the James River and hit the area where the annual Blackbeard Pirate Festival is being held.
 
City crews were assessing the damage Saturday morning. Officials say the downtown area was hardest hit. The neighborhoods of Merrimac Shores and Park Place also sustained major damage. High winds felled trees and power lines, blew out windows and scattered debris.
 
Police are urging people to stay away from those areas unless they live there.
 
Witnesses reported also damage along Settlers Landing Road, the Hampton Yacht Club, Amory's Seafood, Little England, and along Chesapeake Avenue.
 
One home in the 800 block of Park Place in Hampton had extensive structural damage and was condemned, according to Hampton police.
 
The National Weather Service confirmed that the storm was an EF-1 tornado. It was first spotted in Portsmouth and traveled across the James River, hitting between Wythe area and downtown. It then skipped over Mercury Blvd with wind speeds around 85 mph in the area of Boxwood St.
 
The storm damaged buildings downtown and scattered tents and vendor stalls at the Blackbeard Pirate Festival.

Festival organizers have been cleaning up damage overnight and plan to open the festival at 2:00 p.m.
 
A canopy over the stage at Mill Point Park was blow off but city officials say the stage itself does not appear to be damaged.
 
Dominion Power has had crews working overnight to repair damge to power lines. Officials say electricity should be restored to all customers by midnight Saturday.
 
Friday night there were over 9000 without power in Hampton Roads, Gloucester and the Northern Neck.
 
Amory's Seafood Market, a family-run business for 95 years in Hampton, sustained major damage. The first floor of the Hampton Yacht Club was also severely damaged.
 
Earlier Friday, a tornado struck Elizabeth City, N.C., causing tree damage.
 
Rich Olson, city manager of Elizabeth City, told 13News around 5:30 that there had been a report of a tornado siting at Rt 17 near Hughes Blvd and Halstead Road.

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« Reply #86 on: June 03, 2012, 05:09:51 pm »

Tornadoes, heavy rains leave U.S. mid-Atlantic battered

6/3/12

(Reuters) - High winds, heavy rains and six tornadoes have descended on the mid-Atlantic region, causing at least one serious injury but no deaths and damaging homes, businesses and boats, officials said on Saturday.

The violent storms that struck Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia on Friday collapsed a fabric dome near Pittsburgh, stranded motorists on flooded roads, and ruined homes and boats.

The National Weather Service said in a post on Twitter late on Saturday that six tornadoes had been confirmed as part of the weather outbreak. No other details were immediately available.

One man in Bel Air, Maryland, near Baltimore suffered broken bones when the concrete block wall of his automotive garage business collapsed on him during the storm. Another man inside the garage had minor injuries, Edward Hopkins of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said.

An alert employee evacuated 11 others from the fabric golf dome at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania a minute before winds caused it to collapse on Friday. They escaped unhurt, the university said in a statement.

Tens of thousands of people lost power in Washington and its Maryland suburbs on Friday, but outages were down to around 250 customers by Saturday, said Myra Oppel, a spokeswoman for Potomac Electric Power Company.

"It was really nasty weather," Oppel said in a telephone interview. "I've never heard so many tornado warnings."

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« Reply #87 on: June 04, 2012, 07:09:12 pm »

Winter Hits Europe – Stockholm Has Coldest Day in 84 Years! Sweden Coldest Temperature In 20 Years!

6/3/12


http://notrickszone.com/2012/06/03/winter-returns-to-europe-stockholm-has-coldest-day-in-84-years-sweden-coldest-in-20-years/
Parts of Europe are being gripped by unusual cold, even though the calendar says it’s meteorological summer. Now children in Sweden are finding out what snow is like – in June! Strangest warming I’ve ever seen.

The English language The Local here writes that “Stockholm broke an 84-year-old cold record on Saturday, as the capital’s temperature only reached 6 degrees Celsius, the lowest June maximum daily temperature the city has seen since 1928.”
 
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Indeed, you could be excused for thinking that the current chill is more like winter than summer. It was actually colder in the capital yesterday than on Christmas Eve. ‘The temperature was a degree lower than it was at Christmas in Stockholm, so it is colder. And it’s windier, too,’ said SMHI’s meteorologist Lisa Frost to newspaper Dagens Nyheter.”

Just two days ago The Local here reported that snow blanketed northern parts.
 
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Residents in northern Sweden were forced to grab shovels rather than sun lotion on what was supposed to be the first day of summer, as much of the region was left covered in a thick blanket of snow on Friday. As much as 20 centimetres of thick, wet snow fell in parts of Västerbotten County, giving residents quite a shock when they woke up Friday morning.”

The mercury also dropped to minus 6 degrees Celsius in one town, making it the coldest June Sweden recording in 20 years. The Local adds:
 
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The weather agency forecasts that the first weekend in June will feel more like the start of winter than the start of summer.”

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« Reply #88 on: June 04, 2012, 07:19:08 pm »

Extreme Weather in China on Monday, 04 June, 2012 at 02:34 (02:34 AM) UTC.

Heavy rainfall has been sweeping across parts of Northern and Northeast China. The storms caused traffic delays and many flights have been delayed or cancelled. Beijing received a huge sudden downpour at around 3pm Sunday, local time. The clouds were so heavy that the capital almost fell into darkness. Some vehicles became stranded on the roads, and the storm prompted officials to declare a "Blue alarm" - the lowest emergency level. Northeast China also suffered torrential rain, with thunder and hail storms. Some areas saw over 50 millimeters of rainfall within just 2 hours. Parts of the country’s south also suffered severe storms. Weather forecasters say the bad weather could last another 3 or 4 days. It’s prompting fears that flooding could occur along the country’s waterways. 

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=ST-20120604-35310-CHN
 
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« Reply #89 on: June 05, 2012, 10:00:38 am »

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Three_dead_six_missing_as_typhoon_passes_Philippines_999.html

Three dead, six missing as typhoon passes Philippines
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Manila (AFP) June 4, 2012

Three children were killed and six fishermen were missing after typhoon Mawar brought heavy rains and rough waters to parts of the Philippines, the civil defence office said Monday.

Two siblings were carried off by an overflowing river in the western island of Palawan while a seven-year-old boy drowned in a river east of Manila, the office's deputy director, Florentino Sison, said.

A search is continuing for six fishermen on three separate boats who went missing after setting off before the storm hit, he added.

Thirty-two fishermen were rescued in rough waters off the eastern island of Catanduanes on Saturday after their boat ran out of fuel during the storm.

Mawar became a typhoon early on Sunday with maximum winds of 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour as it passed near the eastern side of the Philippines.

Although Mawar did not hit the country directly it brought heavy rains, particularly over eastern parts of the archipelago, raising fears of flashfloods and landslides.

As the typhoon moved away from the Philippines, the government weather station warned of "gale force winds" in the northern and central coasts of the country.

Mawar was 660 kilometres northeast of Manila just before dawn Monday, moving northeast at 15 kph.


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