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Cold snap devastates New Zealand vineyards

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© NZPA / John Cowpland
Some Central Otago vineyards have lost as much as 50% of their crop after devastating frosts hit the region over the weekend.

Central Otago Winegrowers Association president James Dicey said some vineyards suffered significant losses, with reports of temperatures plummeting to as low as -5.5 degrees Celsius in some areas, rendering frost-fighting techniques next to useless.

"The damage . . . appears to be worst on the road between Wanaka and Cromwell," Dicey said. "I'm on a vineyard at the moment and the damage is extensive, it looks like 50% is gone."

The full extent of the damage would not be known until next month, he said, as there was a chance some vines could recover.

"It's not fantastic news but it's too early to get too depressed about it yet," he said.

Cloud Lightning

New storm bears down on Sandy-battered New York and New Jersey

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A sign warning against looting is posted in the Nejecho Beach neighborhood of Brick, N.J. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, after the area suffered serious damage from last week's storm surge from Superstorm Sandy. Brick is ordering mandatory evacuations in advance of an approaching nor'easter. Residents in the low-lying waterfront sections of Brick Township have been told to leave their homes by 6 p.m. Tuesday. Those areas are prone to flooding and storm surges.
A nor'easter blustered into New York and New Jersey on Wednesday, threatening to swamp homes all over again, plunge neighborhoods back into darkness and inflict more misery on tens of thousands of people still reeling from Superstorm Sandy.

Under ordinary circumstances, a storm of this sort wouldn't be a big deal, but large swaths of the landscape were still an open wound, with many of Sandy's victims still mucking out their homes and cars and shivering in the deepening cold.

Thousands of people in low-lying neighborhoods staggered by the superstorm just over a week ago were warned to clear out, with authorities saying rain, wet snow and 60 mph gusts in the evening could bring more flooding, topple trees wrenched loose by Sandy, and erase some of the hard-won progress made in restoring electricity to millions of customers.

"I am waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. "We may take a setback in the next 24 hours."

In New Jersey, public works crews worked to build up dunes along the shore to protect the stripped and battered coast, and new evacuations were ordered in a number of communities already emptied by Sandy. New shelters opened.

In New York, police went to low-lying neighborhoods with loudspeakers, encouraging residents to leave. But Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn't order new evacuations, and many people stayed behind, some because they feared looting, others because they figured whatever happens couldn't be any worse than what they have gone through already.

Snowflake

Record-breaking blizzard freezes Beijing before Congress

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Workers clear a snow-covered street after a heavy snow-fall in the outskirts of Beijing on Nov. 4, 2012.
Netizens and scholar point to traditional culture, and posit causal link

A blizzard swept through northeastern China on Nov. 4, shutting down transportation in Beijing just before the opening of the 18th Party Congress. The unexpectedly early snow storm was commented on heavily, with Internet users drawing a connection between the inclement weather and the Chinese Communist Party's upcoming political meeting.

Breaks Records

In the early morning on Nov. 4, Beijing's Weather Bureau issued their most severe weather warning, a red alert, for the western and northern parts of the city and a second most severe warning, an orange alert, for the entire city, reported the state-run China Daily.

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 7.5 - 45km SW of Champerico, Guatemala

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Event Time
2012-11-07 10:35:51 UTC-06:00 at epicenter

Location
14.000°N 92.200°W depth=33.0km (20.5mi)

Nearby Cities
45km (28mi) SW of Champerico, Guatemala
60km (37mi) S of Suchiate, Mexico
73km (45mi) S of Ciudad Tecun Uman, Guatemala
81km (50mi) SW of Retalhuleu, Guatemala
195km (121mi) WSW of Guatemala City, Guatemala

Igloo

How Earth's oceans plunged the planet into a catastrophic big freeze - and it wasn't caused by humans

The planet's last major cold spell 13,000 years ago was caused by a catastrophic deluge of frigid fresh water from north-west Canada into the Arctic ocean, a new study suggests. Detailed computer simulations show meltwater from the enormous Laurentide Ice Sheet halted the sinking of very dense, saltier, colder water in the North Atlantic.
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Detailed: A new model of flood waters from the melting Laurentide Ice Sheet shows how water first flowed north-west into the Arctic, weakening deep ocean circulation and leading to the Earth's last major cold period
That stopped the large scale ocean circulation - the so-called thermohaline circulation - that transports heat to Europe and North America, causing the continents to dramatically freeze. The findings offer a new explanation for the cause of this last big chill, which scientists had thought was caused by freshwater flowing into the Atlantic through Canada's Gulf of St Lawrence.

It led to a cold spell lasting more than 1,000 years known as the Younger Dryas or 'Big Freeze', during which temperatures in parts of the northern hemisphere fell to about 10 degrees C colder than they are today.

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.5 - 39km West of Ahar, Iran

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© USGS
Event Time
2012-11-07 09:56:33 UTC+03:30 at epicenter

Location
38.472°N 46.613°E depth=10.0km (6.2mi)

Nearby Cities
39km (24mi) W of Ahar, Iran
51km (32mi) NNE of Tabriz, Iran
73km (45mi) E of Marand, Iran
83km (52mi) SSE of Kapan, Armenia
262km (163mi) SE of Yerevan, Armenia

Cloud Precipitation

US weather agency NOAA responds to demands to nuke hurricanes

NO: We will not nuke hurricanes. And a US weather agency has responded to public pressure by explaining why.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led its Hurricane Research Division's frequently asked questions page with an extraordinary - even for America - statement: "During each hurricane season, there always appear suggestions that one should simply use nuclear weapons to try and destroy the storms."

Simply?

Put nuclear winter aside for a moment.

And even the political - and radioactive - fallout.

NOAA's carefully worded response gives a more practical analysis.

Evil Rays

Mysterious 'stink' raises health fear in India

An unusual health hazard has been doing its rounds in the city for the last few weeks. A stinking odour grips the city and neighboring areas, especially in the evening. Civic bodies and health department are clueless regarding the source of the stench. This has left many complain of breathing problems.

Initially, it was suspected that the stink was from the Brahmapuram waste treatment plant but corporation officials stoutly deny it. The health department is mum over the issue.

The stink was initially felt outside the city at Eroor, Thripunithura, Irumbanam and Kalamassery. This has now spread to Vyttila, Palarivattom, Edappally and Kakkanad. Several people have experienced breathing problem and even vomiting sensation during rains when the intensity of stench is greater.

"Regular exposure to discomforting odour can trigger respiratory ailments and cough. Asthmatic patients will experience severe problems," said district medical officer Dr Junaid Rahman.

Sun

Jet stream is shifting and it has nothing to do with HAARP

The Jet Stream is moving - and it's NOT HAARP. No, it's a much more powerful electrical source: The SUN.

The worshipers of the "HAARP can do anything and everything anywhere and everywhere" church of magic realism don't do much comparative research in their field. If they did, they'd find that the electrical nature of the universe, and solar system - and Sun - easily and readily (and better) explain what's going on with the weather...

Comment: For more in-depth information on the electric universe theory read:
The Electric Universe: Thunderbolts of the Gods

To find out what HAARP is really designed to do read: Mind Control and HAARP


Snowflake Cold

Up to 40,000 New Yorkers may need to be relocated - freezing temperatures and more rain and wind from a 'nor'easter' storm

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Up to 40,000 New Yorkers may need to be relocated as the city prepares for freezing temperatures and more rain and wind from a 'nor'easter' storm. It is expected to hit New York and New Jersey with gusts of up to 55mph by Wednesday. The strongest winds are forecast for Long Island, with 40mph more likely for New York City. There is also the chance of more beach erosion, coastal flooding and trees weakened by Superstorm Sandy being felled.

Up to four inches of rain is expected along with snowfall in more inland mountainous areas and a tidal storm surge of up to 5ft is possible, forecasters say. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said tens of thousands of people were in need of shelter, including 20,000 in public housing. Almost 2million people still have no power as cold weather sets in - a week after Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast, killing at least 113 in the US.

Hundreds of thousands of commuters today faced tricky journeys into the city as public transport remained patchy. Rail service was reduced and the subway was at 80 per cent of its normal service. Most schools were due to reopen today, but some lacked power and others were being used as shelters.