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Nevada could see weeks of Katrina-style flooding when warm spring and summer sunshine melts the massive snowpack

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather with tags , , , , on April 21, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Nevada Division of Forestry An aerial view of this winter?s flooding in Lemmon Valley. An aerial image of flooding in Lemmon Valley in late winter 2016.

Sierra snowpack will send nearly 500 billion gallons into swollen Walker and Carson rivers!

That’s according to the Nevada National Guard and other emergency planners and responders who briefed Gov. Brian Sandoval on potential disaster scenarios.

“Typically, Nevada experiences flash flooding,” Col. Cory Schulz told Sandoval, referencing hurricane flooding in 2005 that devastated New Orleans and southern Mississippi. “This will be saturation flooding, much like Katrina.”


Coldest temps in decades across Netherlands | NL Times

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 21, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

frosty_daisy_8127252886.jpgAfter a mild start to April, it seems the Netherlands has been dropped back into winter. Tuesday night brought frost to large parts of the country, and many places across the Netherlands measured the coldest temperatures in decades, according to Weerplaza.

Heino and Achterhoek had the coldest minimum temps on April 19th since 1991 with temperatures of -3.9 and -3.6 degrees Celsius respectively. Eindhoven measured its coldest April 19th minimum in 38 years with -2.4 degrees. On the ground Heino measured -6.4 degrees and Twente -8.6 degrees – coldest its been on April 19th in 26 years. 

Weerplaza expects minimum temperatures tonight to again drop to below freezing, both on the ground and on observable height – about half a meter above the ground. Minimum temperatures will range from -1 to -4 degrees. On the ground temperatures may drop to -8 degrees. Weerplaza expects that tonight will again break some cold records.

Source: Coldest temps in decades across Netherlands | NL Times

Drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes – The Watchers

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather with tags , , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Last week, we reported car and house-sized chunks of broken-up sea ice are being pounded onto the shore of St. John’s harbor in a sight locals haven’t seen since the 1980’s. Now, USCG’s International Ice Patrol reports a drastic increase in icebergs drifting in the transatlantic ship lanes.

As of April 4, 2017, 455 icebergs have drifted or been sighted south of 48°N in the transatlantic shipping lanes, according to the U.S. Coast Guard’s International Ice Patrol. On average, 83 icebergs drift south of this latitude by the end of March based on data collected between 1900 and 2016. The number of icebergs we are seeing now is usually not seen until late May or early June.

Coast Guard Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, who leads the ice patrol, told AP she has never seen such a drastic increase in such a short time. Adding to the danger, three icebergs were discovered outside the boundaries of the area the Coast Guard had advised mariners to avoid, she said. According to AP, McGrath is predicting a fourth consecutive “extreme ice season” with more than 600 icebergs in the shipping lanes.

“Cold temperatures and persistent, strong northerly winds caused sea-ice expansion south and east through to near 46°N,” IIP said in their 7-day Iceberg Outlook released April 5. “These conditions also brought significant numbers of icebergs into Flemish Pass. During the last week of March, three icebergs were detected outside of IIP’s published Iceberg Limit.” 

“While sea ice is forecasted to contract and recede to the north, hundreds of icebergs are expected to continue drifting the Flemish Pass expanding the Iceberg Limit southward. The Southern Iceberg Limit will reach near 42°N close to the mid-April median Iceberg Limit while the Eastern Iceberg Limit is expected to remain inside of the mid-April median over the next seven days,” IIP said.

IIP’s data records, which extend to 1900, show that nearly 500 icebergs enter the shipping lanes in an average year. However, the year-to-year variation is wide. In 1984, the busiest iceberg year in IIP’s history, 2 202 icebergs entered the shipping lanes. On the other hand, during two years (1966 and 2006) no icebergs reached the shipping lanes.


Source: Drastic increase in the number of icebergs in transatlantic shipping lanes

Nasa Earth Observatory: Polar Sea Ice at Record Lows : Image of the Day

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 29, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


In March 2017, Arctic sea ice reached a record-low maximum extent, according to scientists at NASA and the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). In the same month, sea ice on the opposite side of the planet, around Antarctica, hit its lowest extent ever recorded at the end of the austral summer—a surprising turn of events after years of moderate sea ice expansion.

On February 13, 2017, the combined Arctic and Antarctic sea ice numbers were at their lowest point since satellites began to continuously measure sea ice in 1979. Total polar sea ice covered 16.21 million square kilometers (6.26 million square miles), which is 2 million square kilometers (790,000 square miles) less than the average global minimum extent for 1981–2010. That’s the equivalent to losing a chunk of sea ice larger than Mexico.

The line graphs above plot the monthly deviations and overall trends in polar sea ice from 1979 to 2017 as measured by satellites. The top line shows the Arctic; the middle shows Antarctica; and the third shows the global, combined total. The graphs depict how much the sea ice concentration moved above or below the long-term average. (They do not plot total sea ice concentration.)

Arctic and global sea ice totals have moved consistently downward over 38 years. Antarctic trends are more muddled, but they do not offset the great losses in the Arctic. The maps below give a closer look at the record lows that occurred at each pole this year.



Source: Polar Sea Ice at Record Lows : Image of the Day

10 Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew (That Most Of Us Have Forgotten) – Howtoprovide

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather, food with tags , , , , , , , , on March 23, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Our modern society is highly dependent upon we’ll call the “system.” Not only do we rely upon utility services to bring us electricity, water and natural gas, but also on an incredibly complex supply chain which provides us with everything from food to computers. Without that supply chain, most of us wouldn’t know what to do.

This situation is actually becoming worse, rather than better. When I compare my generation (I’m in my 50s) to that of my children, I see some striking differences. In my generation it was normal for a boy to grow up learning how to do a wide variety of trade skills from his father, and seemingly everyone knew how to do basic carpentry and mechanic work. But that’s no longer normal.

If we extrapolate it back, we can see that my father’s generation knew even more – and my grandparent’s generation even more. Those older generations were much more closely tied to the roots of an agricultural society, where people were self-reliant. There are multiple skills they had which modern society no longer considers necessary.

But if we were to have a breakdown in society, those skills which we never bothered to learn would become essential. Those who don’t know these skills would either have to learn or die trying.

Here are 10 skills our grandparents knew that most of us have long forgotten:

1. Gardening for Food


via 10 Survival Skills Your Great-Grandparents Knew (That Most Of Us Have Forgotten) — How to Provide

Trouble: Heat Wave In Antarctica; Slightest change in temperature can cause enormous changes

Posted in Extreme Weather with tags , , , , , , on March 3, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Since a couple of last decades, rapid temperature spiking is directly affecting the Polar regions of Earth. The entire region of Antarctica is going through a striking rate of melting ice that is truly agitating for climate scientists.

The World Meteorological Organization(WMO) has recently announced that the highest recorded temperature was 63.5� Fahrenheit (~17.5� C).

This is not a good news for geologists and climate Scientists.

Engadget reported that The temperature reading was recorded at the Esperanza base on March 24th, 2015. By expanding the database of extreme weather and climate conditions throughout the world, WMO committee of experts has confirmed this as the Hottest year after 1980 at their recent Conference in Geneva. Polar expert Michael Sparrow from WMO co-sponsored World Climate Research Program, said in a statement,”The Antarctic and the Arctic are poorly covered in terms of weather observations and forecasts, even though both play an important role in driving climate and ocean patterns and in sea level rise”.

By verifying the minimum and maximum temperatures researchers were able to build a picture of the weather and climate in one of Earth’s final frontiers. Antarctica is a large continent, it is almost the same size as the United States and both of the continents facing rising of temperature since the 1980s.

According to I4U News, polar ice sheets are containing 90 percent of the fresh water of the global village. If all of the ice were to melt then those melting ice would be responsible for at least 60 meters of sea level rising which would be a nightmare for both humans and other creatures of Earth. The burning of fossil fuel and garbage churned out by human beings causing Global warming which is the main reason for melting polar ice. If ecological balance gets hampered in one side then the other regions will also get affected just like a domino effect.

WMO announced that the poles of the earth deserve close scrutiny for a better understanding of weather patterns. Besides human activity, warm Chinook wind is the main reason for temperature rising. As the chinook wind passes through the polar areas, it heats up the atmosphere of this region. Polar regions are the most delicate regions in the world, Slightest change in temperature can cause enormous changes

SOURCE: RSOE Heat Wave in Antarctica

Mike Horn is completing what may be the most monumental adventure ever. And he’s Instagramming the whole thing.

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather, Mind with tags , , , on February 22, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

Last April, professional adventurer and world-renowned explorer Mike Horn introduced us to Pole2Pole, a north-to-south-to-north circumnavigation of the entire planet. Horn is now nine months into his two-year, 24,000-mile journey by vehicle, sailboat, kayak, skis, and on foot. His idea is crazy by many measures. So it’s been considered by some to be among the greatest expeditions of all time.

This week, he completed an extremely difficult leg of the trek: A ski-crossing of Antarctica. He successfully navigated to and from the southern Pole of Inaccessibility, the most difficult-to-reach point on the most inhospitable continent.

He did the crossing unsupported, carrying all his gear, alone, on one of the harshest places on the planet. While on foot, his crew sails his vessel to rendezvous points, conducting marine research along the way.

Since his launch in May, Horn has Instagrammed his progress. From Monaco, across the Atlantic Ocean to South Africa, and through Antarctica, his posts offer a rare peek into an amazing journey. You can follow along as his journey turns northward toward an eventual date with the North Pole before turning homeward.

Pole 2 Pole In Pictures

In an era where athletes and thrill-seekers embark on increasingly dangerous and extreme campaigns for acclaim, Horn is a throwback. He is a jack of all trades — sea captain, ice climber, overlander, scientist, and de facto philosopher.

‘Learn To Live In Harmony’

Horn departed Europe to sail along the west coast of Africa. Along the way, he and a team of researchers tagged sharks to track and protect them.

‘Balance Is The Key To Everything In Life’

Much of Horn’s expedition is in a Mercedes overland G-Class. In between long hours on safari through Botswana, he took time for an impromptu dip.

‘Life Is Lived Out Of The Comfort Zone’

An experienced sailor, Horn is in charge of every aspect of his journey, even chasing the wind.

‘We’re In It Now!’

The Southern Ocean between Cape Horn and Antarctica is treacherous sailing. As noted, “Strong upwelling, westerly winds, cyclonic storms, highest wind speeds on Earth and frequent threat of icebergs make this “the world’s most dangerous ocean.”

‘If The World Is Flat… Then We’re On The Edge’

“Pangaea is our home, our transportation and our safety net. Our bellies are full and our spirits are high. On the outside it is cold and blue. Beautiful but unforgiving. We are a small dot in a very big ocean and the reality is we don’t have a safety net. ”

‘The end of one road leads to the start of the next!’

To make it across the span of Antarctica in time to meet his ride, Horn had to average 25 miles a day solo and unsupported. He carried everything he needed with him every inch of the way.

‘It Is What It Is’

Some two weeks before he was set to rendezvous with his ship on the opposite coast of Antarctica, Horn’s ship experienced “a big electrical problem” and had to turn back. Rather than panic, Horn recited that simple phrase and accepted what he could not change.

‘Be In Love With Life; You Will Never Be Disappointed’

Horn and crew now begin the long trek north. Now on the water, Pangea will take Horn to Oceania, Australia, and drop him off in Asia. There, he must cross the Kamchatka Peninsula before his next polar trek.

Follow Mike Horn’s progress and wisdom on his website and Instagram.

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