Earth Changes


US: 3rd major blizzard in less than a month wreaks havoc in Northeast

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People shovel snow off a sidewalk in front of businesses as pedestrians make their way during a snowstorm in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, Friday, Feb. 26
New York - A record-breaking winter storm slammed New York and much of the U.S. Northeast on Friday, forcing businesses, schools and transportation systems to shut down as nearly two feet of snow fell in the city.

Commuters struggled in the absence of suburban train and bus services into New York City, where the National Weather Service said more than 20 inches of snow had fallen so far with the storm set to become the third heaviest on record.

The heaviest storm to hit New York was in February 2006 when 26.9 inches blanketed the city. The latest storm took New York City's total snowfall for February to more than 36 inches, making it the snowiest month on record.

"Enough is enough -- I am tired of shoveling," said retired Ron Rigo, 62, as he tried to dig out his car in a Manhattan street. "It's the worst winter in recent years."


US: Florida freezing weather moving in

Tampa -- Arctic air will settled into the Bay area Thursday, setting the stage for a night of freezing temperatures for much of the region.

The high only made it to around 57 degrees, which is about 20 degrees below average for this time of year.

Small craft advisories are in effect.

The National Weather Service has issued a Freeze Warning for the entire Tampa Bay area, with the exception of Pinellas County. The Freeze Warning will be in effect from 4 a.m. until 8 a.m. Friday morning.

A Freeze Warning is issued when three or more hours of temperatures between 27 and 32 degrees are expected over a widespread area.


Flights cancelled as storm whacks Toronto area

Plows and salters were out on Friday trying to clear the highways and streets in Toronto.
On Thursday evening the strongest storm of what has been a relatively gentle winter for Canada's largest city blew into the region, causing traffic snarls, flight delays and generally unpleasant conditions.

More than 150 flights were cancelled or delayed at Pearson International Airport Friday as the tail end of a two-day snowstorm pounded the Greater Toronto Area.

Airport authorities are advising travellers to call ahead to see whether their flights have been grounded.

Parts of the region received between 10 and 15 centimetres of snow throughout the day, making roads slushy and slick.

Cloud Lightning

Stormy weather wreaks havoc across Egypt

A lightning illuminates the sky over Cairo.
Cairo - Four people were killed and more than 50 hurt as bad weather wreaked havoc across Egypt, pelting the capital with a freak hail storm and smashing a luxury liner into a pier, officials and media said Friday.

In the northern Mediterranean city of Alexandria, waves as high as a two-storey building pounded the coast, media reports said.

Thursday evening's hail storm in Cairo, the first in many years, caused mayhem in the capital, snarling traffic and bringing the sprawling city to a virtual standstill.

Cars crawled on the slippery roads as lightning periodically lit up the drenched streets.

The downpour followed a heat wave and caught many off guard.

Bizarro Earth

At least 64 dead as huge 8.8 quake rocks Chile

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A huge 8.8-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile early Saturday killing at least 64 people, toppling buildings and triggering a tsunami warning around the Pacific rim of fire, a government minister said.

The massive quake plunged much of the Chilean capital, Santiago, into darkness as it snapped power lines and severed communications, and AFP journalists spoke of walls and masonry collapsing. People in pyjamas fled onto the streets.

Residents in the south of the city, which appeared to have borne the brunt of the quake, said roads had crumpled and a bridge had been damaged, as an AFP correspondent said buildings "shook like jelly."

Japan's meteorological agency also warned of a tsunami risk across large areas of the Pacific including as far away as the Antarctic as the Philippines warned low lying coastal areas to prepare for a possible evacuation. Related article: 'Widespread' tsunami warning for Pacific nations

Bizarro Earth

Chile quake 1000 times greater than Haiti.Tsunami on the move.

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 8.8 has hit Chile. Early reports of buildings having collapsed and communications disrupted. Tsunami warning issued as far as Australia.

Update#7. Almost all countries in the Pacific have been issued a warning, including New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Hawaii and as far as Russia and Japan.

There has been no contact with the Chilean city of Concepcion, a coastal area home to more than 600,000 people which is under 100 kilometres from the quake epicentre.


7.3 quake rattles Japan's Okinawa

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A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 jolts south of Japan in the Pacific Ocean, the government's Meteorological Agency says.

The quake struck the southern Japanese island of Okinawa, 84 km east of Naha, and about 1,600 km south of Tokyo, at 5:31 a.m. local time Saturday (2031 GMT Friday), at a depth of 29 km below the seabed.

A tsunami warning for waves of up to two meters in some areas was issued, the agency said.


Flamingos die en masse in Cyprus but experts say they are not worried yet

The number of dead or dying flamingos on Larnaca's Salt Lake has increased to between 30 and 40 from around ten earlier this week, it emerged yesterday.

Fifteen more birds have been collected from the lake and taken to the Veterinary Department for testing but the results are still pending. The results of water samples taken are also pending.

The flamingo deaths were briefly discussed during the Parliament's Environmental Committee meeting yesterday but no new information emerged, said Martin Hellicar, Campaign Manager for Bird Life Cyprus.

Bizarro Earth

Quake hits off Japan's southern coast, tsunami warning briefly issued

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A quake reading on a seismograph. A 7.0 magnitude quake struck southern Japan early Saturday the USGS …
Tokyo - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit off Japan's southern coast early Saturday, shaking Okinawa and nearby islands, where a tsunami warning was briefly issued, Japan's Meteorological Agency said.

The quake occurred off the coast of the island of Okinawa at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers) at 5:31 a.m. Saturday (2031 GMT Friday), the agency said.

There have been no reports of major damage or casualties so far, except for reports of ruptured water pipes in two locations, Okinawa police official Noritomi Kikuzato said.

The Meteorological Agency had initially predicted a tsunami up to 6 feet (2 meters) near the Okinawan coast, warning nearby residents to stay away from the coastline. The agency later lifted the warning within two hours after observing only a small swelling of tide.

Brick Wall

Global warmists insist this winter has been the hottest the world has ever seen!

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Singapore - The pace of global warming continues unabated, scientists said on Thursday, despite images of Europe crippled by a deep freeze and parts of the United States blasted by blizzards.

The bitter cold, with more intense winter weather forecast for March in parts of the United States, have led some to question if global warming has stalled.

Understanding the overall trend is crucial for estimating consumption of energy supplies, such as demand for winter heating oil in the U.S. northeast, and impacts on agricultural production.

"It's not warming the same everywhere but it is really quite challenging to find places that haven't warmed in the past 50 years," veteran Australian climate scientist Neville Nicholls told an online climate science media briefing.