Earth Changes

Cloud Precipitation

Fukushima safety measures tightened, 500 flights cancelled and 59 injured as Typhoon Vongfong hits Tokyo

Residents look on as strong winds whip up towering waves that hit the Shitang Township in Wenling, China on Sunday
Safety measures at the devastated Fukushima nuclear power plant were tightened today as the strongest storm to hit Japan this year battered the southern islands of Kyushu and Shikoku.

Typhoon Vongfong brought heavy rain to Tokyo and caused extensive travel disruption across Japan, where 820,000 people have been urged to leave their homes and seek shelter.

Many trains in western cities were suspended, while more than 500 domestic flights were cancelled, the public broadcaster NHK said. At least one overseas flight was cancelled, according to an airline.

About 4,900 households in Tokyo suburbs were without power, media said, and rain in the city was expected to intensify overnight.

Vongfong continued to batter the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, 1,000 miles south of Tokyo, where it landed yesterday, and moved up to also hit Kyushu and Shikoku islands, injuring 59 people, NHK said.

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Grizzly bear attack near Fernie sends man to Calgary hospital

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A grizzly bear roams near the Koeye River on B.C. 's Central Coast in this file photo.
Victim was mauled by bear and shot by fellow hunter trying to stop the animal, officials say

A man has been transported by air ambulance to hospital in Calgary after he was attacked by a grizzly bear near Fernie, B.C.

Officials with Alberta-based STARS air ambulance say they responded at around 9:23 a.m. MT Sunday to transport the man from an area about eight kilometres south of Fernie.


Two hikers attacked by grizzly bear in Fernie, Canada

A hiking trail in Fernie has been closed after two men were attacked this morning by a grizzly bear.

The two men were hiking on the Mount Proctor Trail when they encountered a sow that charged and attacked them. One hiker managed to discharge pepper spray into the bear's face, while the second man shot the animal at close range. The bear fled into the bushes with her cub.

They were both taken to hospital this morning but were later released.

One of the men later returned to the scene with conservation officers to search for the grizzly.

The trail has since been closed by the Ministry of Environment and a team of conservation officers is investigating the area.
Cloud Lightning

Typhoon Vongfong heads for Kansai; 40 hurt, one missing

Beach Storm
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High waves batter a pier in the city of Kochi as Typhoon Vongfong blew through Shikoku on Monday afternoon.
Typhoon Vongfong pummeled Kyushu Monday morning before racing northeast through Shikoku in the afternoon, leaving at least 40 people injured and one missing.

The season's 19th typhoon is likely to sweep through the rest of the archipelago on Tuesday, blowing through the Kansai, Chubu and Kanto regions before heading out to sea off the coast of Tohoku in the morning, where it is expected to fizzle into a tropical depression.

At 4 p.m., Vongfong was blowing through Kochi Prefecture at a speed of 45 kph, with an atmospheric pressure of 975 hectopascals at its center and maximum gusts of 108 kph. It was forecast to reach the Kanto region including Tokyo early Tuesday.

The typhoon hit Sukumo, Kochi Prefecture, at around 2:30 p.m. after making landfall in Makurazaki, Kagoshima Prefecture, at around 8:30 a.m.

Over 400 flights were canceled the same day, many in and out of Kyushu and Shikoku, while the Sanyo Shinkansen Line was forced to suspend service in Hiroshima Prefecture in the morning by strong winds.
Bizarro Earth

Threat of pyroclastic flows from Mt. Sinabung still overshadows Karo residents

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Large pyroclastic flow on Sinabung on 9 Oct 2014
It has been reported that Mount Sinabung in Karo regency in North Sumatra is still prone to emitting deadly pyroclastic flows that could occur at any time. During the past week, the active volcano repeatedly erupted, spewing hot clouds and showering the nearby city of Berastagi with volcanic ash.

Head of the Sinabung observation post, Armen Putra, said the pyroclastic flows were expected to continue as the volcano displayed intensifying activity. He said there was a good chance that Mt. Sinabung would keep erupting during the following days. "Based on our observations Mt. Sinabung is still emitting huge pyroclastic flows that could be discharged at any time in greater volumes than ever," he told The Jakarta Post on Sunday.

He said the pyroclastic flows currently travelled down the slopes to the south of several villages. On Oct. 5 they reached 4.5 kilometers to the south, which was deemed the longest descent so far. As of Sunday at 12 p.m., Mt. Sinabung emitted the hot flows on five occasions, reaching 3 km to the south.

"Residents living around the volcano should remain alert because the pyroclastic flows have been continuously released during recent days," Armen said.
Bizarro Earth

Update: Tropical Storm Gonzalo nears Leeward Islands; Hurricane Watch for Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as Tropical Storm Gonzalo strengthens in the Atlantic Ocean just east of the Leeward Islands. Tropical Storm Gonzalo, the seventh named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, formed early Sunday afternoon.

Gonzalo is moving toward the west at 10 to 15 mph, and is expected to steadily gain strength over the next few days. Hurricane watches and tropical storm warnings have been issued for Puerto Rico, Vieques, Culebra, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands.

Tropical storm warnings are also in effect for islands as far south as Guadeloupe in the Lesser Antilles. Gonzalo will spread showers with gusts of tropical storm force across the Leeward Islands through Monday, then into the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico later Monday into Tuesday.

Gonzalo may near hurricane strength by time it reaches Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Gonzalo is then expected to curl toward the northwest, then north around the periphery of subtropical high pressure in the central Atlantic Ocean.
Cloud Lightning

Millions faced with severe weather across central U.S. - Multi-day severe outbreak begins tonight; three severe thunderstorm watches issued

The severe weather outbreak is set to begin Sunday night, continuing through Monday and Tuesday as a deep dip in the jet stream swings from the Great Plains into the South.

In addition, the flash flood threat will be in play from this same system as locally heavy rainfall is wrung out over areas that have been soaked in past days.

Below, we have more details on severe weather and flash flood threats across the country. You can scroll down the page, or click on these links to jump to your area of interest.

The Weather Channel TV network will pre-empt regular programming nationwide to bring you continuing live weather coverage from midnight Sunday night (Monday morning) until at least 11 p.m. EDT Monday to cover this severe weather outbreak, along with Tropical Storm Gonzalo as it threatens the Caribbean. We will cut into programming at other times if conditions warrant.
Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 4.0 - Near Mammoth Lakes, California

Event Time
2014-10-13 00:13:50 UTC
2014-10-12 17:13:50 UTC-07:00 at epicenter
014-10-12 17:13:50 UTC-07:00 system time


37.475°N 118.783°W depth=7.1km (4.4mi)

Nearby Cities
25km (16mi) SE of Mammoth Lakes, California
108km (67mi) NE of Clovis, California
108km (67mi) NE of Sanger, California
113km (70mi) NNE of Reedley, California
206km (128mi) SSE of Carson City, Nevada

Scientific data

Comment: Nearly 3 dozen small quakes in 24 hours - Volcanic unrest at Mammoth Lakes?

Cloud Lightning

11 Colombian Indians killed by lightning strike

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A building in Colombia, where an indian tribe held a ritual, was hit by ligthing leaving 11 people dead and another 15 injured.
Bogota (AFP) - Eleven Wiwa Indians killed by lightning during a tribal ceremony in Colombia's Sierra Nevada mountains will be left unburied where they died according to their traditions, an official said Sunday.

The community of about 60 families will abandon their remote village in the wake of Monday's tragedy, but it was not yet clear where they would go, said Jose Gregorio Rodriguez, an advisor on the Wiwas at the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia, which represents the country's 800,000 indigenous people.

"The bodies will stay in the 'uguma' (ceremonial hut) where they died and the community will leave the site, as their customs and traditions dictate," Rodriguez told AFP.

The 11 men were killed on Monday when lightning struck the hut during a ceremony, also injuring another 20 participants who suffered second and third degree burns.

Comment: If there is any truth to the idea that the lightning strike on these people, known for their reverence of nature, was in some way connected to "man's turning his back on nature," imagine what mother nature has in store for the peoples of 'developed' countries.

Ice Cube

West Antarctic's Thwaites glacier likely melting from geothermal heat below, not from so-called global warming

A paper published today in Earth and Planetary Science Letters finds evidence that one of the largest glaciers in West Antarctica, the Thwaites Glacier, is primarily melting from below due to geothermal heat flux from volcanoes located along the West Antarctic Volcanic Rift System, i.e. not due to man-made CO2.
antarctic Volcano
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CAGW proponents have alleged that West Antarctic glaciers such as such as the Thwaites Glacier and the neighboring Pine Island Glacier are rapidly melting due to man-made greenhouse gases and/or ocean heating, despite observations showing the air temperature in the Antarctic hasn't risen since 1979, Antarctic sea surface temperatures have fallen since 2006, and ARGO ocean heat content of the Southern Ocean shows no increase at any level of the top 2000 meters since the system was put in place in 2004. The authors find the neighboring Pine Island Glacier also overlies the same volcanic rift system and thus may also be melting from geothermal heat below.

The West Antarctic Volcanic Rift System is illustrated by JoNova below, and just so happens to correspond to the areas of notable glacier melt and alleged warming. In contrast, East Antarctica, which holds > 80% of Antarctic ice mass and does not have any known underlying volcanoes, is significantly increasing in ice mass.

Comment: This is another example of how Wall Street-based carbon trading elite (CAGW proponents) created global warming scare-mongering by cherry picking of earth changes data for its own benefit.

The paper joins several others finding geothermal heat largely if not entirely responsible for glacier melt in multiple regions in both Antarctica and Greenland, i.e. not anthropogenic.

Comment: And then there is this: Arctic Ocean leaking methane faster than anticipated