Earth Changes


Siberian snow cover far ahead of schedule - near record pace

The difference is massive.

Compare snow mapping for October 2013 and October 2014


NSIDC Snow Cover showing Siberian Snow Extent 2004-2014

Quoting WxRisk, "not only is the SAI way ahead of schedule and at a near record pace BUT the SCE - snow cover extent - is also going Gang busters.."

Thanks to Caroline Snyder in West Virginia for these links
"And we know that Siberian Ice Extent influences the severity of North American winters," says Caroline.
Bizarro Earth

Hurricane Ana floods roadways putting Hawaii's Big Island under Flash Flood Warning

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service in Honolulu has issued a Flash Flood Warning for the Big Island until 12 noon Saturday (Oct 18). At 9 a.m. rain gages at Kulani Cone above Glenwood showed heavy rain falling at two inches per hour. This area of heavy rain was nearly stationary. The heavy rains will continue to stream into the Ka'u and Puna districts over the next two to three hours.

The Hawaii Police Department reports that Highway 11 between the 57 and 58 mile marks between Pahala and Naalehu is closed to all traffic due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid the area and to use alternate routes if possible.

Campers and hikers should avoid low lying flood prone areas. People should stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low lying areas prone to flooding. The rainfall and runoff will cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action.

80% of Bermuda without power as Hurricane Gonzalo hits

Hurricane Gonzalo
© Nicola Muirhead/Reuters
Bermuda's south shore is battered by heavy winds from Hurricane Gonzalo, which pounded the British territory Friday evening.
Hurricane Gonzalo has hit Bermuda, cutting power to many residents.

The category 2 hurricane caused flooding, felled trees, knocked down power lines and damaged buildings, including the island's main hospital.

Wind speeds of up to 175km/h (110mph) were reported, making it the strongest storm to hit the British overseas territory in a decade.

However there were no reports of deaths or serious injuries and emergency services are now clearing the wreckage.

Birds fall dead from sky in Bapunagar, India

It's a sight that would send shivers down most people's spines -- dead birds plummeting from above for no apparent reason. Nearly 50 crows and eagles were found dead around Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Bapunagar on Friday morning. When they first realised what had happened, residents in the areas were, understandably, left baffled by the necrotic avian rain. They said it was like something out of a horror film.

"The birds would get up and try to fly, go out of control and crash again. It was just strange," they said. Concerned residents called the forest department as well as the animal help organizations. However, forest officials refused to come claiming this was not under their jurisdiction, said residents. Manoj Bhavsar of Jeevdaya Charitable Trust, one of the organizations that reached the spot, said, "We received a call saying they spotted 7-8 dead birds in the area. Soon, we got a couple of other calls that more birds have been found dead or in a weak condition.
Cloud Lightning

Tropical storm Trudy forms off Mexico's Pacific coast; flash floods and mudslides forecasted

rainfall tropical strorm trudy
Tropical storm Trudy formed off Mexico's Pacific coast late on Friday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in a statement forecasting life-threatening flash floods and mudslides in southern regions of the country.

The storm, which was headed north at about 5 miles (7 km) per hour, was about 85 miles (140 km) southeast of the beach resort of Acapulco on Friday evening and expected to make landfall in southern Mexico on Saturday.

With sustained winds of nearly 40 mph (65 km/h), Trudy is expected to dump 6 to 12 inches (15-30 cm) of rain on the southern states of Guerrero and Oaxaca over the next few days.

The storm could strengthen before making landfall, when it is expected to weaken.
Cloud Precipitation

Flooding in Galicia, Spain - Vigo under 40cm of water

© Oscar Vázquez
The city of Vigo in Galicia, Spain, is still under water after heavy rain has battered the region since 16 October 2014. WMO reports that the city saw 81 mm of rain fall in 24 hours between 16 and 17 October 2014.

Emergency teams from Protección Civil were called out on at least 20 occasions. The worst affected areas were the central parts of the city and also around the Balaídos football stadium. Numerous roads around the coty have been blocked by flood water around 40 cm deep. Not only did he flooding stop traffic, it also stopped car production in the city's Citroen car plant. Trains and ferry services have also been affected.

The storm has left over 9,000 without power.

Cloud Precipitation

NASA satellites sees a question mark in Tropical Storm Ana as it approaches Hawaii

Storm Ana
NOAA's GOES-East satellite captured this image of Tropical Storm Ana approaching Hawaii in the Central Pacific Ocean on Oct. 17 at 1500 UTC (11 a.m. EDT).
NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Tropical Storm Ana that showed the outer clouds were already reaching the big island by 11 a.m. EDT and the storm resembled a giant question mark.

Tropical Storm Ana was nearing hurricane strength mid-day on Oct. 17 and the Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) expects the storm to become a hurricane before reaching the big island of Hawaii.

NOAA's GOES-West satellite took an infrared picture of Tropical Storm Ana as it was approaching Hawaii on Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. EDT (5 a.m. HST). Ana looked like a giant question mark in the infrared image, as a large band of thunderstorms wrapped into the center from the eastern side of the storm and extended south of the storm.

Despite the storm looking like a question mark from space, the Central Pacific Hurricane Center said that there is no question the storm has been intensifying.

Cox Hospital Springfield sees increase in dog attacks, Missouri

Most serious cases involve children.

They're called man's best friend, but dogs also have the potential to be dangerous. Cox Hospital has seen an alarming rise in serious dog bites this year - most of them involving children.

It's not unusual for the Cox South Emergency Room to treat dog bites, but doctors say they've seen an increase in life threatening dog attacks. More children have been admitted to the hospital than usual, and some were even placed in critical condition.

Here's a look at the numbers:

Comment: See also: Dog attacks surging in Yarra Ranges, Australia

Indore reports at least 50 dog bite cases daily, India

Nine people killed by feral dog attacks in Rumbek, Sudan

Modesto, California: Vicious dogs roaming streets, chasing people and trapping them inside homes


Indore reports at least 50 dog bite cases daily, India

About 50 to 60 persons are bitten by dog every day in city. In first seven months of this year, 11,826 incidents of dog bites have been reported, said Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) in its additional reply filed before Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday.

In 2012, nearly 10,100 people were affected by dog bites from April to December. Number went up to 16,000 in 2013. IMC reply was based only on figures received from Lal Hospital. Actual number of people bitten by dog in city during the corresponding periods, however, could be more as records of people treated at private hospitals are not available with the civic body.

According to latest survey of IMC, the city has around 29,000 stray dogs. This was the fourth reply filed by IMC before double bench of Justices PK Jaiswal and DK Paliwal in a PIL against increasing number of dog bites filed in December 2013.

Snowfall predicted for Moscow this weekend

© RIA Novosti. Artyom Jitenev
The warm season seems to be over in Moscow, as the Russian capital is expecting a snowfall this weekend, a weather center Fobos reports.
The warm season seems to be over in Moscow, as the Russian capital is expecting a snowfall this weekend, a weather center Fobos reports.

Meteorologists are diligently observing a powerful cyclone intensifying in South-Eastern Europe, which eventually will move north. The cyclone will bring rain to Europe, however since Moscow is located further north, Russians would have to deal with a series of snowfalls, reported newspaper Gazeta.

"On October 17, cold air will flow into the capital region with north-east winds, reducing the thermometer: up to four degrees in the capital and minus four in the Moscow region. North and north-east of the region might see some wet snow", said news agency Moskva.

After the weekend, temperatures will continue to drop.