Earth Changes


Winter storm looms early Tuesday for Charlotte, Carolinas

Road crews and Carolinas residents began preparing Sunday for a double-barreled winter storm expected to bring several inches of snow to Charlotte on Tuesday and Wednesday and sleet and freezing rain in other areas.

The National Weather Service said it expected more than 3 inches in Charlotte from the first system Tuesday. Additional snowfall is likely Wednesday from the second system, forecasters said.

The N.C. Department of Transportation launched its trucks on the road at midday Sunday, when sunshine and southerly winds sent temperatures soaring above 60 degrees in Charlotte. Jen Thompson of the DOT said 22 trucks spread brine on major highways to prepare for the snow, which is forecast to begin late Monday or early Tuesday. By Sunday evening, state crews had progressed to secondary roads.

Sunday's mild weather was expected to end overnight. A cold high pressure system is forecast to bulge southward over the Carolinas, and a pair of low pressure systems then are predicted to track across the Southeast.

While crews were laying a coat of the salt-water mixture on the roads, Charlotte-area residents flocked into grocery stores and hardware stores. An employee at the Lowe's store at Sycamore Commons shopping center in Matthews said Sunday that business had increased in the afternoon for winter-related items.
Snowflake Cold

Winter Storm Watch issued for Atlanta starting Monday night

Another winter storm is poised to move through the southeast U.S. between Monday night and Thursday this week. All weather models now point to a wintry recipe impacting a good portion of north Georgia, and it may dip as far south as Atlanta.

Winter Storm Watch

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Atlanta from 10 p.m. Monday night through 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant winter weather that may impact travel.


Rain will move into Metro Atlanta Monday night. The rain will change to a mix of rain and sleet Tuesday morning. The best chance of a wintry mix Tuesday morning will be north of I-20.

A mix of rain and sleet will continue, north of I-20, Tuesday afternoon.

A second band of freezing rain will move into all of Metro Atlanta Wednesday morning. This will produce the biggest travel hazard.
Cloud Precipitation

Gales continue to batter southern UK

Work continues on the closed railway line at Dawlish, Devon amid a fresh storm

Gales have continued to batter southern parts of the UK, with coastal areas hit by wind and rain.

Gusts reached 80mph on the coasts of Cornwall, the Bristol Channel and west Wales and the Environment Agency says there is a risk of further floods.

In Surrey, the River Thames has burst its banks at Chertsey, with homeowners warned to expect flooding.

Landslips and floods mean all rail routes into south-west England are now blocked.

First Great Western said a landslip at Crewkerne in Somerset meant there were no services running between Yeovil and Exeter and replacement buses were in operation.
Snowflake Cold

78,000 still without power after Pennsylvania ice storm as big freeze continues

Frozen: About 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland are still without power, and faced the prospect of yet another day without electric heat or light.
Utility crews restored power to thousands of Pennsylvania homes Saturday and early Sunday, yet some customers in the dark for days after a tree-snapping ice storm may not regain power until early next week.

About 78,000 customers in Pennsylvania and Maryland remained without power early Sunday, and faced the prospect of yet another day without electric heat or light.

The majority of them are in the Philadelphia area, with utility PECO reporting about 77,500 outages, as of 1 a.m., down from about 155,000 earlier Saturday.

The latest outages include nearly 39,000 customers in hard-hit Chester County, or more than one in five customers.

SOTT Summary, January 2014: High Strangeness, Fire in the Sky, Earth Changes

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Signs of the Times in January 2014

The first in a new monthly series, the following video compiles footage of 'signs of the times' from around the world during the past month. From 'strange lights' in the skies to extreme weather events, from geological upheaval in the form of volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, landslides and earthquakes to loud booms rattling communities and meteor fireballs turning night into day, the Big Blue Marble is rocking and rolling!

High Strangeness

Some of the highlights in January 2014 include bizarre apparitions of 'UFOs'. Many explain away strange lights in the sky as 'Chinese lanterns' or 'optical illusions' from refractions of man-made or natural light sources in the atmosphere. Some of these apparitions may well be down to such things, but are all of them? Certainly, people making hoax videos with free CGI software have far too much time on their hands, but not everyone is able or willing to do that.

Fire in the Sky

Then there's that other subset of 'strange lights in the sky': meteor fireballs. Distinct in appearance from the largely stationary 'UFO lights', fireballs generally leave a brief 'flash' and trail in the night sky, illuminating the ground for miles around. But as you'll see, several in January appeared to move very slowly, and some were filmed during the daytime. Depending on the size, trajectory and other variables of an incoming space rock, its fragmentation in the upper atmosphere may also produce an audible boom, or series of booms. Something else to keep in mind, however, is that many of these 'mystery booms' being reported across the U.S. and elsewhere may be related to increased seismic activity...

Earth Changes

...which brings us to 'Earth Changes'. More 'long-dormant' volcanoes woke up along the Pacific Ring of Fire last month, another strong earthquake hit New Zealand, wildfires raged in record-breaking heat across Australia and a sinkhole swallowed a whole neighbourhood in Brazil. In the northern hemisphere, it was so cold in Norway that seawater froze, trapping shoals of fish inside the frozen ice... and yet it was apparently also so 'hot' that wildfires broke out near the Arctic Circle. While a succession of hurricane-force storms drenched the UK and Western Europe with giant waves and record flooding, cold temperature and snowfall records over 100 years old were broken across the U.S. as a 'polar vortex' gripped the entire Eastern half of the nation in ice age conditions.

Environmental upheaval, signs in the heavens, wars and rumors of wars, social revolution... it's nothing the planet hasn't seen before, but it's also something new to modern civilization. As the ancient Chinese put it, we certainly appear to be living in 'interesting times'...

Knowledge protects, ignorance endangers
Cloud Lightning

UK: West Country completely cut off by rail and forecasters say current conditions likely to prevail until next weekend

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Flooding from the river Thames at Datchet in Berkshire.
Forecasters have warned of another week of storms as the prime minister prepares to lead the latest emergency meeting about the flooding crisis.

Heavy rain and winds of more than 60mph are predicted to die down throughout Sunday but the brief respite will be broken by another storm arriving Monday night. More storms will continue to batter Britain until next weekend, it is predicted.

In Chertsey, Surrey police are investigating whether flooding was linked to the death of a seven-year-old boy, named in reports as Zane Gbangbola, who died after feeling unwell. An elderly woman was taken to hospital with serious injuries after a tree fell on to her car in Birmingham.

The West Country has been left completely cut off by rail and operators have put on replacement bus services and slashed ticket prices for passengers. Flooding at Athelney and between Taunton and Bridgwater in Somerset means that all mainline routes to the region from London have been closed. The diversionary route via Yeovil is closed at Crewkerne because of a landslip and is expected to remain shut for up to a week.

A stretch of the rail line connecting Cornwall to the rest of the country fell into the sea at Dawlish in Devon when a section of the sea wall was destroyed by high tides and stormy seas.

Hollywood earthquake is third in 10 days

A shallow magnitude 3.0 earthquake that was centered near Hollywood and shook parts of the Los Angeles basin Saturday morning was the third temblor to hit the area in the last two weeks.

The latest quake occurred at 10:13 a.m. at a depth of 5.0 miles and was felt from the Westside to East L.A., said Anthony Guarino, a seismologist at Caltech.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was near the intersection of Melrose and Virgil avenues, on the eastern edge of Hollywood. It was the third magnitude 3.0 or greater quake to hit that area in the last 10 days.
Cloud Lightning

Birds found washed up on Sidmouth shore are latest casualties of the storm in UK

Devon Wildlife Trust: 8 guillemots & this puffin were found dead at Sidmouth
The Devon Wildlife trust has said that nine birds found dead on the East Devon coast could have died from exhaustion due to the current storms.

Eight guillemots and one puffin were found dead on Sidmouth beach earlier today.

It is believed that the puffin, which is expected to be seen out at sea, could have fallen in to the water after becoming exhausted in the wind.

The trust is asking the public to be on the lookout for birds on the shores and contact them if they see anything.

Dan Smith from the trust added "Obviously with the storms remaining in Devon for the next few day we would not recommended the public going to the coast to look for the birds but if anyone sees anything they should get in contact."

He added that that birds have adapted to the storms and it should be nothing to worry about at this point.

The heaviest snow in two decades has struck Tokyo

Tokyo Snow
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A jetliner of Japan's All Nippon Airways taxis at Tokyo's Haneda airport covered by the heavy snow on February 8, 2014.
The heaviest snow in two decades has struck Tokyo and other areas across Japan, leaving at least seven people dead and more than 1,000 injured.

Up to 27 centimetres of snow was recorded in Tokyo by late Saturday, the heaviest fall in the capital for 45 years, according to meteorologists.

The storm hit Tokyo on the eve of its gubernatorial election. Observers say the heavy snowfall may affect voter turnout in the city of 13 million people.

As a depression moved along the Pacific coast on Saturday, the north-eastern city of Sendai saw 35 centimetres of snow, the heaviest in 78 years.

Local media said at least seven people have been killed in snow-linked accidents - mostly crashes after their cars skidded on icy roads.

In central Aichi prefecture, a 50-year-old man died after his car slipped on the icy road and rammed into an advertisement steel pole, a local rescuer said.
Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - Scotia Sea

Scotia Quake_080214
Event Time
2014-02-08 19:50:36 UTC
2014-02-08 16:50:36 UTC-03:00 at epicenter

60.435°S 45.239°W depth=18.3km (11.3mi)

Nearby Cities
862km (536mi) SW of Grytviken, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
1503km (934mi) SE of Ushuaia, Argentina
1750km (1087mi) SE of Punta Arenas, Chile
1772km (1101mi) SE of Rio Gallegos, Argentina
1245km (774mi) SE of Stanley, Falkland Islands

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