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Powerful winds leave thousands without power in Denver area

It could be midday Thursday before electricity is restored to everyone who lost power in the Denver area after powerful winds. Xcel Energy Inc. says the blackouts affected about 50,000 customers in Denver, Fort Collins and Greeley starting at 10 p.m. Tuesday. Crews restored service to most by midday Wednesday.

About 5,500 were still without power Wednesday evening, and the company said it could be noon Thursday everyone's service is restored. The National Weather Service said gusts of up to 60 mph were reported in the Denver area and the northeast Colorado plains Tuesday night.

Gusts of 46 mph were reported in the northern Colorado town of Loveland on Wednesday. Fort Morgan, Akron and Holyoke in northeastern Colorado reported 40 mph gusts. The Weather Service issued a high wind warning for much of northeastern Colorado, with sustained winds of up to 40 mph and gusts of up to 60 mph possible.

Bizarro Earth

Kilauea Volcano lava lake reaches highest level

Bizarro Earth

Rail line closed for second time as floods hit Cumbria

© Stephen Milton
The centre of Whitehaven has been among the worst affected areas
Heavy rain has caused a landslip on a stretch of rail line in west Cumbria where a train was derailed six weeks ago. Services were halted after part of an embankment collapsed on to the Sellafield to Whitehaven line near St Bees. No-one was hurt. Concrete barriers put in place after a similar incident in August failed to prevent the line being damaged.

Elsewhere, Whitehaven and Egremont are among areas to have suffered flooding. Network Rail said buses were being used for passengers travelling between Sellafield and Whitehaven, with the line expected to remain closed until Thursday. Spokesman Keith Lumley said: "Unfortunately we're in exactly the same situation as we were last time.

"The earth has slid down from the top of the embankment, the majority of which has been caught by concrete barriers we put in after the last slip.

Bizarro Earth

Commuter hell as flood chaos sweeps Dublin, Cork

Chaos reigned this morning after the country downpours and high winds lashed overnight. Torrential rain and high winds caused havoc in Dublin and Cork -- but conditions were expected to improve by this evening. Heavy rain from around 3am was too much for the drainage systems to cope with, causing water to build up on several major roads, particularly in south and west Dublin.

And it was a similar story in Cork this morning where city streets were under as much as two-feet of water as high tide blighted the city.


In Dublin, AA Roadwatch reported serious flooding around the Tallaght area, with the road impassable at the Jobstown Inn, and from the Old Bawn junction on the N81 Tallaght Bypass down to the M50 junction.

Several cars stalled on the N81 after driving through flooded areas. Traffic in the area was heavy inbound during morning rush hour as motorists queued to try to negotiate the floods by driving one-by-one on the higher footpaths beside the affected roads.

Further west on the N81 there was heavy flooding from Brittas to Tallaght.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - SW of Sarangani, Philippines

Event Time
2012-10-17 04:42:31 UTC
2012-10-17 12:42:31 UTC+08:00 at epicenter


4.191°N 124.573°E depth=337.4km (209.7mi)

Nearby Cities
166km (103mi) SW of Sarangani, Philippines
193km (120mi) SSW of Glan, Philippines
199km (124mi) S of Kiamba, Philippines
212km (132mi) SSW of Malapatan, Philippines
1071km (665mi) E of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Technical Details

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Earthquake Magnitude 4.0 - 6km NNE of Waterboro, Maine

Event Time
2012-10-16 19:12:22 UTC-04:00 at epicenter
2012-10-16 16:12:22 UTC-07:00 system time

43.592°N 70.676°W depth=6.6km (4.1mi)

Nearby Cities
6km (4mi) NNE of Waterboro, Maine
21km (13mi) WNW of Biddeford, Maine
21km (13mi) WNW of Saco, Maine
23km (14mi) W of West Scarborough, Maine
81km (50mi) ENE of Concord, New Hampshire


More strange sky sounds recorded, this time over Denmark on 11 October 2012

We also heard the sound of northern Sweden when we lived there, but it sounded more like a train. But it also came from the sky there. I will put this sound on our page too soon...

At first we thought it was a storm or hurricane coming above the city. When we opened the door it was completely calm. We could hear over the whole sky there was a hiss and a loud strange sound and noise, it was extremely loud. It lasted more than 2 hours and during the time I film is between 2 at night and 3 at night. I could not sleep for the weird sound and i was going to open the window to hear what it was again. But there was nothing to explain how strange it was... Experiments that governments and the military are involved in...??

Comment: Sott Report: Strange Noises in the Sky: Trumpets of the Apocalypse?

Blue Planet

Hurricane Paul to hit Baja California coast Tuesday afternoon

© NASA/AFP/Getty Images
This satellite-based image shows Hurricane Paul early Tuesday.
Hurricane Paul was expected to make landfall Tuesday afternoon along a lightly populated area of Mexico's Baja California.

Early Tuesday, the Category 2 hurricane was about 70 miles south of Cabo San Lazaro and was moving north-northeast at 21 miles per hour with maximum wind speeds of 105 mph, the U.S. National Hurricane Center reported.

Up to 10 inches of rain in some places could trigger flooding or mudslides, the center said, warning the storm would cause dangerous coastal waves.

Mexico issued a hurricane warning from Santa Fe northward to Punta Abreojos on the country's western Baja peninsula, the center said. On the east coast, a hurricane warning stretched from Mulege to San Evaristo.

While Paul was expected to weaken once it makes landfall, it should stay over Baja California for up to 36 hours, the hurricane center said.

The storm is not expected to hit the tourist resorts of Los Cabos.

Some rain from Paul should even make it to south Texas on Tuesday, weather.com reported.

Snowflake Cold

If extreme weather becomes the norm, starvation awaits

With forecasts currently based only on averages, food production may splutter out even sooner than we feared

I believe we might have made a mistake: a mistake whose consequences, if I am right, would be hard to overstate. I think the forecasts for world food production could be entirely wrong. Food prices are rising again, partly because of the damage done to crops in the northern hemisphere by ferocious weather. In the US, Russia and Ukraine, grain crops were clobbered by remarkable droughts. In parts of northern Europe, such as the UK, they were pummelled by endless rain.

Even so, this is not, as a report in the Guardian claimed last week, "one of the worst global harvests in years". It's one of the best. World grain production last year was the highest on record; this year's crop is just 2.6% smaller. The problem is that, thanks to the combination of a rising population and the immoral diversion of so much grain into animal feed and biofuels, a new record must be set every year. Though 2012's is the third biggest global harvest in history (after 2011 and 2008), this is also a year of food deficit, in which we will consume 28m tonnes more grain than farmers produced. If 2013's harvest does not establish a new world record, the poor are in serious trouble.

So the question of how climate change might alter food production could not be more significant. It is also extremely hard to resolve, and relies on such daunting instruments as "multinomial endogenous switching regression models". The problem is that there are so many factors involved. Will extra rainfall be cancelled out by extra evaporation? Will the fertilising effect of carbon dioxide be more powerful than the heat damage it causes? To what extent will farmers be able to adapt? Will new varieties of crops keep up with the changing weather?

Comment: And here we reach the crux of the matter. The man-made global warming nonsense is intended to produce precisely that reaction in people - simultaneously terrify them with long-term projections of slow upward trends way into the future, thereby leaving them feeling "oddly reassured". It's false hope, of course, because it provides a smokescreen that explains away the increasing extremes that people like the above author are noticing.

Forget 50 years from now! The signs of environmental stress we're seeing now pertain to choices we need to make now... like RIGHT NOW!

Cloud Lightning

"Rare" for October: Tropical Cyclone Anais rages in the Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone Anais is estimated to have a maximum wind of 115 mph as of early this morning, which is equivalent to a category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. The southwestern Indian Ocean is prone to tropical cyclones but what makes Anais so rare is that it is occurring in October, which is early springtime in the southern Hemisphere.
The peak period for tropical events in this part of the world is normally during our winter months of January-March. Anais is forecast to move southwest in the general direction of Madagascar for the next five days and weaken as it moves into cooler waters and unfavorable winds.