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"Biblical" rains trigger flooding that kills 3 in Colo.

“Biblical” rains trigger flooding that kills 3 in Colo.

BOULDER, Colo. — Massive flash flooding along Colorado’s picturesque Front Range mountains, triggered by what the National Weather Service termed “biblical rainfall amounts,” killed at least three people Thursday, cut off small towns and forced countless residents to scramble for high ground. Boulder, home to the University of Colorado, was among the hardest hit by the devastating waters. Classes were… Read more →

Scientists study Gippsland earthquake hotspot

Scientists study Gippsland earthquake hotspot

Scientists in Victoria are attempting to learn more about the increase in the number of earthquakes in the Gippsland region. Seismologists are describing the region as an earthquake hotspot. There were only 50 earthquakes recorded up until 2009, but since then there have been 700. The activity has been particularly high in the Strzelecki Ranges which lie between the Latrobe… Read more →

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About a million more square miles of ocean are covered in ice in 2013 than in 2012, a whopping 60 percent increase — and a dramatic deviation from predictions of an “ice-free Arctic in 2013,” the Daily Mail noted.

Arctic sea ice averaged 2.35 million square miles in August 2013, as compared to the low point of 1.32 million square miles recorded on Sept. 16, 2012, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center. A chart published Sept. 8 by NSIDC shows the dramatic rise this year, putting total ice cover within two standard deviations of the 30-year average.

Noting the year over year surge, one scientist even argued that “global cooling” was here.

“We are already in a cooling trend, which I think will continue for the next 15 years at least. There is no doubt the warming of the 1980s and 1990s has stopped,” Anastasios Tsonis of the University of Wisconsin told London’s Mail on Sunday.

The surge in Arctic ice is a dramatic change from last year’s record-setting lows, which fueled dire predictions of an imminent ice-free summer. A 2007 BBC report said the Arctic could be ice free in 2013 — a theory NASA still echoes today.

 

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NASA satellite images show the changing Artic sea ice coverage. from August 2012 (left) to August 2013 (right) — a growth of about a million square miles. (NASA)

A massive wildfire racing through the Yosemite wilderness — fueled by high winds — is threatening San Francisco’s fresh water and power supply as well as California’s iconic giant sequoias.

It’s one of several fires statewide being fought by more than 8,000 firefighters across nearly 400 square miles. The fire, which began on Aug. 17 and has grown to become one of the largest in state history, has consumed approximately 225 square miles of picturesque forests and officials estimate containment at just 7 percent.

“This fire has continued to pose every challenge that there can be on a fire,” said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “It’s a very difficult firefight.”

 

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New Japanese Tsunami Video: Possibly the Scariest Video I Have Ever Seen

A wildfire has burnt 6,000 acres in Riverside County, Calfornia as hundreds of people are forced to leave their homes. The blaze broke out shortly after 2pm on Wednesday near a back-country road south of Banning, about 90 miles outside Los Angeles in Riverside County. Within hours it had scorched more than 6,000 acres. Two firefighters have been injured and one civilian.

Poppet Flats, Twin Pines and Silent Valley are under mandatory evacuation orders and Highway 243 has been closed. Report by Ashley Fudge.

Tons of tainted water leaking into ocean from Fukushima

Tons of tainted water leaking into ocean from Fukushima

TOKYOA Japanese government official said Wednesday approximately 300 tons of contaminated water is leaking into the Pacific Ocean each day from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the Reuters news agency reports. The official also told reporters Tokyo believes the water has been leaking into the ocean for two years. The statement came after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged… Read more →

(Reuters) – The world’s largest geyser has exploded to life at Yellowstone National Park for the first time in eight years, sending a high-pressure burst of steamy water 300 feet into the air, a park official said on Thursday.

The stream of 160 degree water released on Wednesday night by the so-called Steamboat Geyser lasted for roughly 10 minutes, delighting a small number of “geyser gazers” who have waited years for such a show, Yellowstone spokesman Dan Hottle said.

“There are a lot of people who wait hour after hour, day after day, for things to erupt,” he said.

Yellowstone visitors could potentially wait a lifetime for Steamboat Geyser, which has gone as long as 50 years between major eruptions. Steamboat Geyser last sent a superheated torrent of water hundreds of feet into the air in May 2005.

Yellowstone, which stretches across the states of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, is the oldest and arguably best known U.S. national park, attracting more than 3 million visitors a year.

The park contains half the world’s geothermal features in the form of more than 300 geysers and countless hot springs, boiling mud pots and steam-emitting fumaroles.

Old Faithful, the park’s most famous geyser, gained its name by reliably spewing hot water and steam every 90 minutes.

Major eruptions of Yellowstone geysers can be likened to pressure cookers. They are caused when cold water from snowmelt and rain meets underlying rock liquefied by heat.

The mix creates steam that rises in temperature and pressure until it shoots through surface vents, carrying overlying water with it.

Geyser eruptions can trigger seismic tremors and have sometimes been mistaken for earthquakes by Yellowstone visitors.

“The ground shakes and you can hear it from several miles away. It sounds like a jet taking off,” Hottle said.

 

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November 23, 2012 – Joni Table Talk – The Great Divide on the Mississippi River

I SAW A HEADLINE THAT SAID THE GREAT DIVIDE AND THE NEW NORMAL ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER. AND YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO GET UP AND DOWN THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.HE SHOWED ME TWO THINGS. ONE THAT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER WOULD, SHIPPING WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO UP AND DOWN BECAUSE OF DROUGHT, WHICH THAT HAPPENED JUST IN THE LAST,… Read more →