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  • Cheerios Is Giving Away 100 Million Wildflower Seeds to Help Honeybees

    03/16/2017 3:34:45 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 54 replies
    mentalfloss ^ | March 16, 2017 | Kate Horowitz
    Buzz the bee has disappeared from many cereal boxes across North America. The peppy mascot’s conspicuous absence is part of a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of real honeybees. To further spread the word, General Mills is giving away 100 million wildflower seeds.
  • The Nor'easter is HERE! What are you gonna do during the blizzard?

    03/14/2017 1:31:45 AM PDT · by EinNYC · 95 replies
    My living room window | 3/14/17 | Me, myself, & I
    This Nor'easter, named Stella, is coming on like a son of a gun! My sidewalks are already indistinguishable in height from the lawn on either side. I spent a lot of Monday preparing to be snowed in: moved up medical appointments to Monday morning, topped up the gas in my car, corrected deficiencies in food staples supplies (shelves were already conspicuously bare in many aisles), laid in a good supply of crickets for my lizards, studied weather reports, and checked on friends. How have you in the Northeast prepared for Stella? If you stay home, how are you going to...
  • Winter Storm Stella is going to slam New York City(snowpocalypse)

    03/13/2017 1:16:25 PM PDT · by heterosupremacist · 132 replies ^ | 03/13/20 | Yaron Steinbuch and Lia Eustachewich
    Get out now while you still have the chance! A blizzard warning has been issued for New York City and much of the tri-state area beginning at midnight Tuesday as Winter Storm Stella threatens to dump as much as 18 inches of snow. Whiteout conditions are expected to make travel extremely dangerous and power outages are likely amid crippling wind gusts of 20 to 40 mph, according to AccuWeather senior meteorologist Tom Kines. New Yorkers stockpile supplies as massive snowstorm looms. “Travel will be poor at best, if not impossible,” Kines told The Post on Monday. “If you have the...
  • Ugh (Euro Snowfall Forecast for upcoming East Coast Snowstorm)

    03/12/2017 2:25:08 PM PDT · by dirtboy · 71 replies
    Both the Euro and GFS are showing stonger storms in closer to the coast, so this could well become reality.
  • Nor’easter: March snowstorm targets Mid-Atlantic, Northeast

    03/11/2017 4:42:15 AM PST · by metmom · 101 replies
    The Weather Network ^ | March 10,2017 | Dalia Ibrahim
    Friday, March 10, 2017, 5:55 - Parts of the Northeast are primed for significant snow threats through midweek next week as Canadian Arctic air spills south. A clipper system is forecast to descend form the Canadian Prairies this weekend bringing light snow to the Upper Midwest. As the low interacts with the sub-tropical moisture in the Southeast, it will begin to significantly intensify Monday and Tuesday. Early models indicate areas north of Virginia could see the highest snowfall accumulations Monday through Wednesday, while areas farther south will see mostly rain. “The threat of heavy snow greatly increases for Pennsylvania, New...
  • A section of the San Andreas fault just above L.A. is long overdue for a major earthquake

    03/07/2017 8:23:10 AM PST · by TermLimitsforAll · 35 replies
    LA Times ^ | 03/07/2017 | Rong-Gong Lin II
    Southern California could be overdue for a major earthquake along the Grapevine north of Los Angeles, according to a sobering new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The research found earthquakes happen there on average every 100 years. The last major temblor occurred 160 years ago, a catastrophic geological event that ruptured an astonishing 185 miles of the San Andreas fault. The land on either side of the fault has been pushing against the other at a rate of more than 1 inch a year since 1857, the researchers said, accumulating energy that will be suddenly released in a major...
  • Denial is a River in California: Can Oroville Spark New Dam Building?

    03/04/2017 8:44:51 AM PST · by WayneLusvardi · 27 replies
    MasterResource - free market energy blog ^ | March 4, 2017 | Wayne Lusvardi
    “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt” – Mark Twain “Consider a narrow river valley below a high dam, such that if the dam burst, the resulting flood of water would drown people for a considerable distance downstream. When attitude pollsters ask people downstream of the dam how concerned they are about the dam’s bursting, it’s not surprising that fear of a dam burst is lowest far downstream, and increases among residents increasingly close to the dam. Surprisingly, though … the concern falls off to zero as you approach closer to the dam! That is, the people living immediately under...
  • California Billionaire Kieu Hoang Donates $5 Million to San Jose Flood Victims

    03/02/2017 9:51:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/3 | Robert Handa
    The flood relief efforts in San Jose got a massive boost on Wednesday when a billionaire swept into town and made a multimillion-dollar donation. Kieu Hoang, the owner of the eponymous Napa winery, has made it his life’s mission to help people. To that end, he presented on Wednesday a $5 million check to city officials. Born in Vietnam, Hoang has made his wealth selling medical products and is a stakeholder in big pharmaceutical companies such as Shanghai RAAS Blood Products. Hoang moved to California at the end of the Vietnam War, and his net worth is estimated to be...
  • ‘Phenomenal’ California Snowpack Nears Record Levels

    03/01/2017 6:33:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 1, 2017
    The Sierra Nevada snowpack is close to setting records notched more than three decades ago — a welcome sight after five years of punishing drought in California, surveyors said Wednesday. A series of storms that doused the state in the first two months of the year brought the water content of the snowpack up to a “pretty phenomenal” 185 percent of normal, well above the 84 percent of normal a year ago, said Frank Gehrke, the state’s chief snow surveyor. Winter snowfall on the 400-mile mountain range provides roughly one-third of the water used in the nation’s most populous state...
  • Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ Says ‘Climate Deniers’ Suffer Psychological Delusions

    02/27/2017 12:54:09 PM PST · by PROCON · 68 replies ^ | Feb. 27, 2017 | Chris White
    Bill Nye said Monday that climate change skeptics suffer from a psychological problem preventing them from understanding how so-called man-made global warming affects their daily lives. Climate change skeptics suffer from cognitive dissonance on global warming, a type of psychological disorder that prevents people from recognizing reality, the comedian and former TV show host told Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during a Facebook Live event. “To the deniers out there. I want you to think about what is called cognitive dissonance,” Nye said, referring to situations wherein people prefer to bury their head in the sand instead of facing reality. It’s...
  • North Bay Driver Plunges into Creek, Survives Eight Hours Before Rescue

    02/25/2017 9:52:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 2/25 | Brendan Weber
    A North Bay woman and her dog are living to tell another tale after enduring a nightmarish crash over the weekend. Victoria Trautvetter was traveling along the windy two-lane Cazadero Highway in western Sonoma County around 11:45 p.m. on Friday when she rolled her car and plunged into Austin Creek, the Press Democrat reported. The 67-year-old's car crashed down the embankment and rolled roughly 10 feet into the creek, but it somehow managed to land on its wheels. Trautvetter spent the next eight hours or so in the her car with her small dog as rushing water and darkness surrounded...
  • A new culprit for climate change is found, but it’s not of this Earth

    02/24/2017 8:38:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/23/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Since the media is all aflutter over proposed changes to the EPA and various climate-based regulations, we may as well visit (or revisit) the debate on climate change. Is it the result of activities of man or simply the normal patterns of changes in the Earth’s complicated biosphere? Some claim that it’s a combination of the two. But now, a team of astrophysicists has released new data which seems to support a decades-old theory which places the blame, shall we say, a bit further away. Since a picture is worth 1000 words, here’s a hint:That’s right. The actual culprit...
  • A new culprit for climate change is found, but it’s not of this Earth

    02/24/2017 5:55:33 AM PST · by Moltke · 43 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 24, 2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Since the media is all aflutter over proposed changes to the EPA and various climate-based regulations, we may as well visit (or revisit) the debate on climate change. Is it the result of activities of man or simply the normal patterns of changes in the Earth’s complicated biosphere? Some claim that it’s a combination of the two. But now, a team of astrophysicists has released new data which seems to support a decades-old theory which places the blame, shall we say, a bit further away. Since a picture is worth 1000 words, here’s a hint: That’s right. The actual culprit...
  • Majority of California Is Out of the Drought After Weeks of Record-Setting Rain

    02/23/2017 2:33:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    KTLA ^ | 23 Feb 2017
    A year ago, some Californians never thought this day would come. But after being battered by weeks of record-setting rain, the vast majority of the state is out of drought.
  • Crews Working to Rescue Horses Stranded in San Jose Floodwaters

    02/23/2017 11:14:30 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    California authorities are expected to head to flooded ranches in San Jose to rescue 28 horses that have been standing in water for two days. The horses have been trapped since Tuesday, when flooding prompted the evacuation of 14,000 San Jose residents. Police and animal control crews have been waiting for water to recede in order to safely pull the horses out. "Our agency has spoken with large animal veterinarians and large animal rescue agencies, who have advised us that it is best for the horses to shelter in place, due to the possibility of obstacles under the water that...
  • From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a 'chaotic solar system'

    02/23/2017 7:58:58 AM PST · by JimSEA · 7 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 2/22/2017 | University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Plumbing a 90 million-year-old layer cake of sedimentary rock in Colorado, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the sun. The finding, published Feb. 23, 2017 in the journal Nature, is important because it provides the first hard proof for what scientists call the "chaotic solar system," a theory proposed in 1989 to account for small variations in the present conditions of the solar system. The variations, playing out over many millions of years, produce...
  • Five Homeless People Rescued from Flooded San Jose Golf Course

    On Tuesday, fire crews rescued five homeless people from the Los Lagos Golf Course in San Jose after a swollen creek flooded the area. A series of storms in the South Bay, combined with runoff from nearby hills and water spilling from the Anderson Reservoir has overwhelmed Coyote Creek, triggering a swift-moving torrent of water to flow right through the golf course. Rescue crews waded through waist deep water to save those stranded at a homeless encampment along the Coyote Creek river, including two who were inside a tent on the third hole tee box. One rescued man said he...
  • Vietnam Vet Lost His Purple Heart as Thieves Swept Into the Oroville Dam Evacuation Zone

    02/21/2017 4:52:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | FEBRUARY 17, 2017 | Sam Stanton
    Authorities are investigating a series of looting incidents in neighborhoods evacuated this week during the Oroville Dam crisis, with residents reporting the thefts of cash and credit cards. One Vietnam veteran had nearly two dozen military medals stolen from his Yuba City home. At least six people have been detained so far in various incidents, and authorities say they still are investigating some reports. Among the victims was Mike Pomeroy, 69, a Vietnam veteran who left his Yuba City home Sunday with his wife, Gaylene, after the evacuation was ordered, then returned to find he had lost nearly two dozen...
  • Every 200 years California suffers a storm of biblical proportions — this year’s rains are just...

    02/21/2017 10:02:22 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 48 replies
    The Verge ^ | Feb 21, 2017, 11:15am EST | Rachel Becker
    California has seen worse: massive floods have swept through the state about every 200 years for at least the past 2,000 years, climate scientists Michael Dettinger and Lynn Ingram recount in a 2013 article. The most recent was a series of storms that lasted for a near-biblical 43 days between 1861 and 1862, creating a vast lake where California’s Central Valley had been. Floodwaters drowned thousands of people, hundreds of thousands of cattle, and forced the state’s government to move from Sacramento to San Francisco. More than 150 years have passed since California’s last, great flood — and a team...
  • 4 killed, 24 wounded in holiday weekend city shootings so far (Chicago)

    02/20/2017 6:37:55 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 6 replies
    Despite unseasonably warm temperatures that can lead to more people being outside — and, thus, more violence — the number of people killed and wounded in shootings citywide is slightly down from last year. Four people have been killed and at least 24 more wounded, including two 13-year-old boys, in South and West side shootings since 6 p.m. Friday, according to Chicago Police.
  • 260 Drought Maps Show California's Deep Drought and Current Recovery

    02/17/2017 11:56:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 2/17 | Kyle Kim and Thomas Suh Lauder
    Persistent precipitation in recent months have significantly improved California's drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Extreme to exceptional drought – the most severe levels – have been virtually lifted in the entire state since it first appeared on Jan. 24, 2014.
  • Glory, Be! Lake Berryessa's Glory Hole Is Spilling Over

    02/17/2017 5:27:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 57 replies
    San Fracisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, February 17, 2017 | Amy Graff
    Lake Berryessa's Glory Hole is spilling over for the first time in 10 years. The reservoir two hours north of San Francisco reached full capacity and an elevation level of 440 feet Friday at 6 a.m., and began spilling, according to U.S. Bureau of Reclamation spokesperson Janet Sierzputowski. The unique spillway operates similarly to a bathtub drain
  • Strongest storm in years taking aim at Southern California

    02/17/2017 7:44:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 38 replies
    LA Times ^ | February 17, 2017 | Hailey Branson-Potts
    The storm is expected to dump up to 6 inches of rain on Los Angeles County beaches and valleys and 5 to 10 inches on south-facing foothills and coastal mountain slopes, according to the National Weather Service . A flash flood watch has been issued for Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles counties from Friday morning through Saturday morning.
  • Flooding Concerns Heightened in South Bay as Full Anderson Reservoir Expected to Overflow

    02/16/2017 12:20:11 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb 15, 2017 | Bob Redell and Brendan Weber
    Rising water filling up Santa Clara County's Anderson Reservoir, which was 99.3 percent full as of Wednesday, is expected to flow over the dam's spillway as a result of this week's impending storms. Unlike the potentially catastrophic situation with Lake Oroville's emergency spillway, the Anderson Reservoir's operational spillway is not at risk of failure, according to Santa Clara Valley Water District officials. Despite that good news, officials in Santa Clara County are warning residents living along Coyote Creek and near Kelley Park to be on the lookout for potential flooding. Water officials for the past month have been releasing water...
  • Sierra Club pushing abortion as population control to ‘save the environment’

    02/15/2017 3:09:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Cornwall Alliance ^ | February 6, 2017 | Mary Kay Barton
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed the Sierra Club’s Executive Director, Michael Brune, on Tucker Carlson Tonight, Feb 2, 2017. Carlson, a former Sierra Club member himself, dove right into asking Brune the tough questions. Puzzled by some of the Sierra Club’s recent position statements on such varied topics as President Trump’s border wall, the women’s march, abortion, and transgender bathrooms, Carlson asked Mr. Brune why the Sierra Club was veering away from protecting the environment to taking positions on the unrelated issues. For those who still naively believe that the Sierra Club is focused on protecting the environment, Brune’s...
  • A massive lake of molten carbon the size of Mexico is discovered under the US, and it could cause…

    02/15/2017 6:25:52 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 97 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 08:07 EST, 15 February 2017 | Tim Collins
    A huge well of molten carbon that would spell disaster for the planet if released has been found under the US. Scientists using the world’s largest array of seismic sensors have mapped a deep-Earth area, covering 700,000 sq miles (1.8 million sq km). This is around the size of Mexico, and researchers say it has the potential to cause untold environmental damage. The discovery could change our understanding of how much carbon the Earth contains, suggesting it is much more than we previously believed. …
  • Erosion at the end of the Homer Spit is speeding up

    02/14/2017 8:13:19 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Walk out past the parking lot onto the end of the Homer Spit in front of Land's End Resort and you'll see some changes have occurred over the winter. While the sand all along the Spit shifts with each season, this year is nothing if not dramatic as substantial amounts of sand have been swept away. The area on the northeast side of the Spit near the ferry terminal has changed the most. What was, only two years ago, a berm followed by a gradual beach reaching the water now features a sharp drop down to the water and has...
  • Oroville Dam: Feds and state officials ignored warnings 12 years ago

    02/13/2017 5:48:06 AM PST · by Sons of Union Vets · 89 replies
    The Mercury News ^ | February 12, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    More than a decade ago, federal and state officials and some of California’s largest water agencies rejected concerns that the massive earthen spillway at Oroville Dam — at risk of collapse Sunday night and prompting the evacuation of 185,000 people — could erode during heavy winter rains and cause a catastrophe. Three environmental groups — the Friends of the River, the Sierra Club and the South Yuba Citizens League — filed a motion with the federal government on Oct. 17, 2005, as part of Oroville Dam’s relicensing process, urging federal officials to require that the dam’s emergency spillway be armored...
  • Winter Storm Warnings for all of CNY Sunday and Monday

    02/11/2017 4:37:47 PM PST · by metmom · 44 replies
    WSYR ^ | Feb 11, 2017
    The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning effective 7:00 A.M. Sunday morning until 1:00 P.M. Monday afternoon for Chenango, Cortland, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Northern Cayuga, Northern Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Seneca, Southern Cayuga, Southern Oneida, Tompkins and Wayne counties. A storm system is forecast to move eastward out of the Ohio Valley this weekend and rapidly strengthen off of the Northeast US coast Sunday into Monday. Initially, some rain/freezing rain is possible in central New York Sunday, but as the storm strengthens, colder air will be drawn southward into our area. This will change the rain to snow....
  • VIDEO: Highway 35 in Los Gatos Shut Down, Roadway Gone

    02/11/2017 2:00:38 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    KRON ^ | February 10, 2017, | Aaron Pero
    Highway 35 in Los Gatos is shut down, a portion of the roadway at Las Cumbres Road is gone. Highway 35 has been completely washed away near mile marker 10.47 in Santa Cruz County, according to the California Highway Patrol. The ground gave-way Friday. The CHP sent this tweet out Friday afternoon:
  • Water Flowing Over Emergency Spillway at Lake Oroville For First Time Since 1968

    02/11/2017 10:39:19 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Officials say water has begun flowing over the emergency spillway at Lake Oroville for the first time since it opened in 1968 in Northern California's Butte County. A spokesman for California's Department of Water Resources says water began flowing over the emergency spillway around 8 a.m. Saturday. Officials had been hoping to avoid using the emergency spillway because it could cause trees to fall
  • Orinda Homeowner On Mudslide: ‘I Thought It Was Thunder’

    02/09/2017 10:33:29 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 9, 2017 | Don Ford
    A homeowner in Orinda on Thursday described the terrifying experience of having a massive mudslide come crashing through his house, leaving it damaged to the point where county officials red-tagged it. When it happened last Tuesday morning, Orinda resident Paul Vittimberga thought he was hearing a different storm-related sound outside his house on Van Tassel Lane. “I thought it was thunder at first,” Vittimberga. He remained remarkably calm when the slide initially hit. He said while it was small at first, the slide quickly became far bigger. “Then there was a much larger slide that came through the office. I...
  • California may be long overdue for a mega flood

    02/09/2017 9:25:40 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 7, 2017 | Paul Deanno
    It appears California has come out of the drought, with a fury. Atmospheric rivers, more commonly known as Pineapple Express storms, fueled by Hawaiian tropical waters, have pounded the Bay Area, and the state, with rain. But this is not new. Over 100 years ago California was in the same boat, literally. The rain started to fall just before Christmas, and it didn’t let up for over 40 days. The Central Valley became a lake. It was 1862. Leland Stanford was sworn in as California’s 8th governor. But he wouldn’t start his term in Sacramento because California’s capitol city, along...
  • Hit back at Global Warmers with these CO2 facts (Vanity)

    02/09/2017 5:57:55 PM PST · by Trteamer · 38 replies
    Trteamer | 2-9-17 | Trteamer
    I am sick and tired of the Eco-profiteers using CO2 as the climate boogeyman to fleece our pockets and brainwash our youth. Carbon footprint this and offset credits that, what a bunch of hogwash. Get your facts straight folks and hit back with these figures....
  • 'Everything's Being Destroyed':Woman Pleads on Facebook Live After Mudslide Destroys Property

    02/08/2017 1:22:35 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | Lisa Fernandez
    'Everything's Being Destroyed': Los Gatos Woman Pleads for Help on Facebook Live After Mudslide Destroys PropertyThree homes owned by one family on an off-the-grid Los Gatos, California property were devastated in a “massive mudslide” during heavy storms on Tuesday, and a daughter who lives there used Facebook Live to plead for help. “Everything’s being destroyed,” Jennifer Ray, 32, a stay-at-home mom, is heard saying on the 7:47 a.m. post, her voice teary and frantic. “The dogs are trapped in the car. Oh my God.” In an interview on Wednesday with NBC Bay Area, Ray said she didn’t know what else...
  • Heroic Good Samaritan Rescues Driver After Livermore Creek Plunge

    02/08/2017 1:05:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | February 8, 2017
    The California Highway Patrol on Wednesday praised the heroism of a Livermore man who helped save the life of a driver whose car ended up underwater in creek off Highland Road Tuesday. At 2:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, CHP officers were dispatched from the Dublin office to a call of an accident on Highland Road near Collier Canyon Road in Livermore. The arrived to find a 1996 Toyota Corolla upside down in a creek that runs alongside Highland Road. The driver, a 20-year-old male, had been traveling east on Highland Road and lost control while negotiating a curve in the roadway....
  • New Orleans Tornado Aftermath 2-7-17

    02/07/2017 1:10:01 PM PST · by Trumpnation · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/7/17 | JR
    Footage from a devastated neighborhood where at least three tornadoes touched down in and around Eastern New Orleans on Tuesday as severe thunderstorms destroyed homes and dropped ping pong ball-size hail, the National Weather Service said.
  • North Atlantic Storm With Hurricane-Force Winds Produces Extraordinary Satellite Images

    02/06/2017 11:01:23 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies ^ | Feb 6 2017 | Chris Dolce
    A powerful low-pressure system with hurricane-force winds intensified over the north Atlantic Ocean Sunday and Monday, resulting in extraordinary imagery from satellites in space. Winds in the intense non-tropical cyclone were estimated to be at least 90 mph late Sunday, said NOAA's Ocean Prediction Center, which also analyzed the storm with a central pressure as low as 932 millibars Monday morning. In general, a lower atmospheric pressure correlates with a more intense storm. For reference, the lowest central pressure of last October's Hurricane Matthew was 934 millibars. Despite the similar pressure at its peak, wind speeds in non-tropical cyclones such...
  • Ras Al Khaimah Sees Snow; Naturally a Snowman Gets Built

    02/06/2017 11:44:13 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The National ^ | February 5, 2017 | Evelyn Lau
    Well here’s something you don’t see every day in the Emirates. This past weekend, we were dealt with some unusual weather with high winds, cold temperatures, and drops of rain appearing. However, up in Jebal Jais in Ras Al Khaimah, something else happened. Temperatures became so low that the emirate actually saw snow. With temperatures dipping to -1.1 degrees Celsius, could we blame those in the area for not wanting to have a little fun? In a series of tweets posted on February 3, we are perhaps introduced to the UAE’s most adorable snowman, waving a UAE flag with a...
  • Video: Man Starts Fire in Car to Stay Warm in Saudi Arabia

    02/05/2017 3:00:50 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Al Arabiya News ^ | Sunday, 5 February 2017 | Staff writeR
    Twitter users circulated a video of a young man driving while burning fire in a container inside the car to stay warm in Saudi Arabia. Many users criticized the man's recklessness and called on relevant authorities to arrest him and punish him. The Saudi kingdom has witnessed a decrease in temperatures in recent days. The General Authority of Meteorology & Environmental Protection expected the cold wave to recede on Sunday. Social media users have circulated photos of lakes, valleys and corals freezing as a result of the cold.
  • WATCH: In Hawaii, A 'Firehose' Of Lava Pours Into The Ocean

    02/02/2017 3:10:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    NPR ^ | February 2, 2017 | Merrit Kennedy
    Researchers in Hawaii have captured dramatic footage of a "firehose" of red-hot lava plummeting down a cliff into the Pacific Ocean, sending fragments of lava and clouds of gray smoke into the sky. It's coming from the big island's Kilauea volcano, which has been erupting since January 1983. On New Year's Day, about 21 acres of rock from the Komokuna lava delta collapsed. After that, "the exposed lava tube continued to feed a cascade of molten rock down the steep sea cliff," according to the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. That's what we're looking at now. Follow USGS Volcanoes @USGSVolcanoes #Kilauea...
  • Georgia groundhog predicts early spring

    02/02/2017 5:34:11 AM PST · by Trump20162020 · 8 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | February 2, 2017 | Lauren Foreman
    If the state’s most famous rodent, Gen. Beauregard Lee, is to be trusted, spring will come early and the Atlanta Falcons will win the Super Bowl. Gen. Lee wiggled awake at Gwinnett County’s Yellow River Game Ranch early Thursday to find no shadow, meaning an early spring.
  • Monster winter storm expected to churn up 50-foot waves in the open Atlantic

    01/31/2017 3:15:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2017 | Angela Fritz
    A monster winter storm is taking shape along the East Coast this week, and the National Weather Service is calling for 50-foot waves in the Atlantic by Tuesday. That’s not just a shot-in-the-dark — if you add up all of the forecast data, there’s over a 90 percent chance that wave heights will exceed 30 feet. This storm is the same trough of low pressure that dipped into the Mid-Atlantic on Sunday and dropped a few inches of snow in the D.C. area. On Monday morning, the storm was just 1005 millibars — barely a low pressure system at all. But...
  • It's Spring time in East Tennessee

    01/30/2017 5:42:01 AM PST · by bert · 27 replies
    01-30-17 | bert
    As I sit here looking out over the back yard, I see at least 40 robins that are migrating north en masse. I suppose they are telling us something. It seems that the winter of 2017 will never happen. The robins are moving north in January to get an early start on spring. Down the street on severely sloping ground, a neighbor years ago planted some crocus bulbs. The plant found it's desired habitat and has spread all over. There are hundreds and hundreds of the pale lavender flowers now. They began to bloom early last week and are now...
  • In pictures: Incredible UFO cloud spotted in Sweden

    01/27/2017 1:46:29 PM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies ^ | 1-27-17 | Staff
    A mysterious UFO-shaped cloud baffled skiers when it appeared in the sky over Sweden. The bizarre cloud floated in the sky over ski resorts Åre and Duved on Thursday, prompting some to speculate that Martians had arrived for a day on the slopes. Many rushed to take pictures of the unusual phenomenon and posted them on social media. "I thought it was pretty cool," one of them, Elvira Kuper, told broadcaster SVT. Experts explained it was a so-called lenticular cloud, which forms over mountain peaks when the air is forced to rise as it hits the hillside. As it cools...
  • Activists Announce People’s Climate March

    01/26/2017 2:16:57 PM PST · by PROCON · 61 replies
    HUFFPO ^ | Jan. 25, 2017 | Ryan Grenoble
    Mark your calendars for April 29.A coalition of multiple organizations is seeking to mobilize crowds in major cities to demonstrate against President Donald Trump’s environmental policies. It’s the latest action following the Women’s March on Saturday, which, if the Metro’s trip count is any measure, had a bigger showing than Trump’s Inauguration in Washington D.C. a day earlier. On Wednesday, The Sierra Club, one of the organizations that’s involved, announced it will sponsor a “People’s Climate March” on April 29, 2017, in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere around the country.
  • Donald Trump tells Detroit auto CEOs that environmental regulations are ‘out of control’

    01/24/2017 5:32:52 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 24 2017 at 6:36 PM | Steven Overly
    President Trump told leaders of the country’s largest automakers Tuesday that he will curtail “unnecessary” environmental regulations and make it easier to build plants in the United States, changes that he expects will shore up the manufacturing jobs he repeatedly promised to voters on the campaign trail. After weeks of taunting the automotive industry over Twitter, Trump made a point to meet with the chief executives of General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler just days into his term. He has pressured the companies to build more vehicles in the United States and hire more Americans into manufacturing jobs. …
  • Danish Think Tank: $9B Cloud Project Could Prevent All 21st Century Global Warming

    01/24/2017 5:04:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 24, 2017 | 2:28 PM EST | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Instead of collectively spending $100 billion annually under the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement to combat global warming, developed nations should consider investing just $9 billion in a marine cloud whitening project that could prevent global warming for the rest of the 21st century, according to Bjorn Lomborg, director of a Danish think tank. Marine cloud whitening mimics the effects of a volcanic eruption by inserting salt particles into the atmosphere to make clouds denser so they reflect more sunlight back into space. “Spending just $9 billion on 1,900 seawater-spraying boats could prevent all the global warming set to occur this...
  • New website gives you the real deal on sea level rise and rates

    01/22/2017 9:41:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 27 replies ^ | January 21, 2017 | Anthony Watts
    New analysis and graphing tools for sea-level data at SeaLevel.infoGuest essay by David Burton now has interactive regression analysis (line/curve fitting) and visualization (graphing) tools available for mean sea level (MSL) measurements from over 1200 tide gauges, plus spreadsheets which combine various subsets of that data. This article is intended as a primer, for how to use these new tools.But first, a few notes:Note #1: This is a work in progress. I already have a large “to-do list,” but suggestions & corrections are nevertheless very welcome.Note #2: These tools are my free contribution to the community. There’s no charge...
  • Trump's victory creates uncertainty for wind and solar power

    01/22/2017 3:27:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 77 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2017 12:27 PM EST | Cathy Bussewitz and Geoff Mulvihill
    President Donald Trump has disputed climate change, pledged a revival of coal and disparaged wind power, and his nominee to head the Energy Department was once highly skeptical of the agency’s value. What this means for states’ efforts to promote renewable energy is an open question. States that are pushing for greater reliance on wind and solar power are not quite sure what to expect as Trump takes over. Many of them depend heavily on federal renewable-energy tax credits, grants and research, much of which comes from the Energy Department. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s pick to lead the...