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"We warned at the start of ZetaTalk, in 1995, that unpredictable weather extremes, switching about from drought to deluge, would occur and increase on a lineal basis up until the pole shift. Where this occurred steadily, it has only recently become undeniable. ZetaTalk, and only ZetaTalk, warned of these weather changes, at that early date. Our early warnings spoke to the issue of global heating from the core outward, hardly Global Warming, a surface or atmospheric issue, but caused by consternation in the core. Affected by the approach of Planet X, which was by then starting to zoom rapidly toward the inner solar system for its periodic passage, the core was churning, melting the permafrost and glaciers and riling up volcanoes. When the passage did not occur as expected in 2003 because Planet X had stalled in the inner solar system, we explained the increasing weather irregularities in the context of the global wobble that had ensued - weather wobbles where the Earth is suddenly forced under air masses, churning them. This evolved by 2005 into a looping jet stream, loops breaking away and turning like a tornado to affect the air masses underneath. Meanwhile, on Planet Earth, droughts had become more intractable and deluges positively frightening, temperature swings bringing snow in summer in the tropics and searing heat in Artic regions, with the violence of storms increasing in number and ferocity."



From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for February 4, 2012:


The wobble seems to have changed, as the temperature in Europe suddenly plunged after being like an early Spring, Alaska has its coldest temps ever while the US and much of Canada is having an extremely mild winter. India went from fatal cold spell to balmy again. Has the Earth changed position vs a vs Planet X to cause this? [and from another] Bitter cold records broken in Alaska - all time coldest record nearly broken, but Murphy's Law intervenes [Jan 30] Jim River, AK closed in on the all time record coldest temperature of -80°F set in 1971, which is not only the Alaska all-time record, but the record for the entire United States. Unfortunately, it seems the battery died in the weather station just at the critical moment. While the continental USA has a mild winter and has set a number of high temperature records in the last week and pundits ponder whether they will be blaming the dreaded "global warming" for those temperatures, Alaska and Canada have been suffering through some of the coldest temperatures on record during the last week.

There has been no change in the wobble pattern, the wobble has merely become more severe. Nancy noted a Figure 8 format when the Earth wobble first became noticeable, in early 2005, after Planet X moved into the inner solar system at the end of 2003. The Figure 8 shifted along to the east a bit on the globe between 2005 and 2009, (the last time Nancy took its measure) as Planet X came closer to the Earth, encountering the magnetic N Pole with a violent push earlier in the day. But the pattern of the Figure 8 remained essentially the same. So what changed recently that the weather patterns became noticeably different in late January, 2012?

The N Pole is pushed away when it comes over the horizon, when the noon Sun is centered over the Pacific. This regularly puts Alaska under colder air, with less sunlight, and thus the historically low temps there this January, 2012 as the wobble has gotten stronger. But by the time the Sun is positioned over India, the N Pole has swung during the Figure 8 so the globe tilts, and this tilt is visible in the weather maps from Asia. The tilt has forced the globe under the hot air closer to the Equator, warming the land along a discernable tilt demarcation line.

The next loop of the Figure 8 swings the globe so that the N Pole moves in the other direction, putting the globe again at a tilt but this time in the other direction. This tilt is discernable in weather maps of Europe, again along a diagonal line. Depending upon air pressure and temperature differences, the weather on either side of this diagonal line may be suddenly warm or suddenly cold. The tilt and diagonal line lingers to affect much of the US and Canada, but the Figure 8 changes at this point to be an up and down motion, pulling the geographic N Pole south so the US is experiencing a warmer than expected winter under a stronger Sun. Then the cycle repeats, with the magnetic N Pole of Earth pushed violently away again as the Sun is positioned over the Pacific.


From the ZetaTalk Chat Q&A for April 6, 2013:


Would the Zetas be able to let us know what is causing the early break-up of the Arctic Ice, the ice seems to have taken on a swirling pattern at the same time, would this be wobble related? [and from another] The ice in Canada’s western Arctic ripped open in a massive “fracturing event” this spring that spread like a wave across 1,000 kilometres of the Beaufort Sea. Huge leads of water – some more than 500 kilometres long and as much as 70 kilometres across – opened up from Alaska to Canada’s Arctic islands as the massive ice sheet cracked as it was pushed around by strong winds and currents. It took just seven days for the fractures to progress across the entire area from west to east. [and from another] A high-pressure weather system was parked over the region, producing warmer temperatures and winds that flowed in a southwesterly direction. That fueled the Beaufort Gyre, a wind-driven ocean current that flows clockwise. The gyre was the key force pulling pieces of ice west past Point Barrow, the northern nub of Alaska that protrudes into the Beaufort Sea.

The Figure 8 formed by the N Pole during the daily Earth wobble has shifted somewhat to the East, due to Planet X positioned more to the right of the Earth during its approach. This was anticipated, and well described in ZetaTalk, the Earth crowding to the left in the cup to escape the approach of Planet X, so the angle between these two planets would change slightly. This shift of the Figure 8 to the East is due to the push against the Earth’s magnetic N Pole occurring sooner each day than prior. Thus instead of occurring when the Sun is high over the Pacific, over New Zealand, it is now occurring when the Sun is high over Alaska. All the wobble points have shifted eastward accordingly.

This has brought a lingering Winter to the western US, and a changed sloshing pattern to the Arctic waters. Instead of Pacific waters being pushed through the Bering Straits into the Arctic when the polar push occurs, the wobble is swinging the Arctic to the right, and then later to the left, creating a circular motion in the waters trapped in the Arctic. Since the Earth rotates counterclockwise, the motion also takes this path. This is yet another piece of evidence that the establishment is hard pressed to explain. They are attempting to ascribe this to high pressure and wind, all of which are not new to the Arctic, but this circular early breakup of ice in the Arctic is new.

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This photo shows a small building damaged by a tree in a street in Sambava, Madagascar, on March 8, 2017. (By AP)
This photo shows a small building damaged by a tree in a street in Sambava, Madagascar, on March 8, 2017. 

Nearly 40 people have lost their lives and 180 others sustained injuries since a powerful cyclone battered the island nation of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean mid-last week.

The national disaster management office in Madagascar (BNGC) made the announcement on Friday, saying that 38 people had been killed countrywide by tropical cyclone Enawo and an estimated 53,000 people displaced by storm waters.

More than 32,000 people have been affected in the capital city of Antananarivo alone, the agency said in an emailed statement.

“The damage is enormous wherever the cyclone has gone,” said Thierry Venty, the executive secretary of the BNGC agency, without providing further details on overall damage and casualties.

The BNGC agency had issued an earlier toll of four deaths and 10,000 displaced people as Enawo made landfall in Madagascar’s northeastern coast at a speed of 290 kilometers per hour on Tuesday morning, destroying roads and cutting off communications with Antalaha district, which has a population of 230,000 people.

Firefighters work to remove a fallen tree from a car caused by tropical cyclone Enawo in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on March 8, 2017.

Images and videos in the social media showed trees flattened and roofs ripped apart; however, no clear estimate about the damage was proffered by government officials.

Deploying 500 volunteers to help in the area, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said up to 700,000 people could be affected by the cyclone, which was the most powerful to strike the island since 2012.

More than 100 Madagascans were killed five years ago when tropical storm Irina and tropical cyclone Giovanna hit the land. Madagascar has been grappling with severe drought and food shortages since 2015, although storms mostly affect the more affluent northern regions.

Comment by KM on March 11, 2017 at 11:49pm

Brazil – State of Emergency Declared After Floods in Amazonas

The Juruá river in the northern state of Amazonas, Brazil, has overflowed affecting more than 6,000 families in four municipalities.

Civil Defence officials have been monitoring the situation since heavy rainfall in early January. However levels of the river recently increased dramatically and a state of emergency has been declared in the municipalities of Guajará, Ipixuna, Eirunepé and Itamarati.

As of 07 March, 2017, the Juruá river in Guajará reached 16.68 metres where the flood level is 12.64 metres.

Amazonas Civil Defence have started to distribute food and other emergency supplies including medicine, hygiene kit, sleeping equipment and water purification kits.

Elsewhere in the state increasing levels of the Juruá have placed on alert communities in the municipalities of Juruá, Carauari and Envira.

The Solimões river is also rising, causing concern in the municipalities of Tabatinga, Benjamin Contant, São Paulo de Olivença, Amaturá, Santo Antônio do Iça, Tonantins and Atalaia do Norte. No flooding has been reported but Civil Defence officials say the areas are under a “situation of attention”.

Floods in Amazonas state, Brazil, March 2017. 
Distributing relief supplies to flood victims in Amazonas state, Brazil, March 2017. 
Distributing relief supplies to flood victims in Amazonas state, Brazil, March 2017. 

Floods in 8 States Prompt Emergency Declarations

Yesterday Brazil’s Ministry of National Integration announced that emergencies had also been declared in other parts of the country after several incidents of flooding.

In Amapá state the Araguari river overflowed and affected families living in the town of Bailique.

Heavy rain and flooding affected Bauru and Bofete in São Paulo. Emergencies were also declared after recent flooding in Água Doce do Norte, Espírito Santo state and Ribeirão Grande, São Paulo state.

A state of emergency was declared due to the flash floods in Trairão (Pará state), Nova Santa Rita (Rio Grande do Sul state), and in Aparecida de Goiânia (Goiás state).

The state of emergency declaration allows the municipalities to request material and financial support from the National Secretariat for Civil Protection and Defense (SEDEC).

Comment by Stanislav on March 11, 2017 at 7:48pm

February record warm for 16 states, 145M Americans

8 March, 2017. The USA might not have recorded its warmest winter since data-keeping began more than 120 years ago, but it didn't feel that way for nearly half of Americans whose states sweltered through their warmest February on record.

Overall, the country recorded its 2nd-warmest February since climate tracking started in 1895, and its 6th-warmest winter, federal scientists announced Wednesday. Sixteen states experienced their warmest February ever recorded.

The average U.S. temperature last month soared to 7.3 degrees above average, scientists from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information said. Only February 1954 was warmer.

(Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)

Cities and towns across the nation tallied an incredible 11,743 record highs compared to 418 record lows in February — the highest ratio of highs to lows, meteorologist Guy Walton said.
Other notable weather anomalies last month included Massachusetts' first February tornado on record and Chicago's third snow-free February, NOAA said.

As for the winter of 2016-17, defined by meteorologists as the months of December-February, it was the nation's 6th-warmest on record. Two states — Texas and Louisiana — experienced their warmest winter.

Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia each tallied their second-warmest winter on record.
The average national winter precipitation total was 8.22 inches, 1.43 inches above average, ranking this winter as the 8th-wettest on record. Rain and snow reached extraordinary levels in the West, especially in Nevada and Wyoming, which both experienced their wettest winter ever recorded.

The onslaught of storms that battered California throughout the winter gave the state its second-wettest winter on record, delivering a near-knockout blow to the state's ongoing drought. When the winter started, about 73% of the state was in a drought. That percentage dropped to about 9% as of the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday. Source:

This was the coldest winter in 32 years (Seattle, US)

1 March, 2017. Were you born after 1985? Then you just experienced the coldest winter of your life. The National Weather Service says the Seattle-area has had the coldest winter season since the winter of 1984-1985 and one of the top 20 coldest winters since record keeping began in 1984.

The agency says the average temperatures taken at the Sea-Tac Airport weather station were colder than normal for December, January, and February, with 21 more nights near or below freezing than normal, adds Q13 Fox Chief Meteorologist Walter Kelley.
Yes, it rained/snowed a lot last month. 2017 was the wettest February in more than 50 years — since 1961 to be exact. Source:

Bermuda Experiences Record Low Temperature

7 March, 2017. Sub-tropical Bermuda has recorded its coldest March 5 since records began more than 50 years ago, the Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) said on Tuesday.

BWS said Sunday’s bone-chilling temperature fell to 47.7 Fahrenheit (8.7 Celsius) at 9.30 p.m., a record low for the date.

The previous low for March 5 was 52F recorded in 1978, the BWS’s deputy director James Dodgson said. The last time the island recorded a low similar to Sunday’s was on February 27, 2006, when it dropped to 47.1F. Source:

One of the Weirdest Weather Months in U.S. History Set 20,000+ Records

2 March, 2017. The eastern U.S. experienced a rash of extreme weather in February 2017, from record warmth that has led to the early blooming of trees and plants to severe storms and deadly tornadoes. All of that strange weather brought back memories of one of the weirdest weather months in U.S. history five years ago when similar early-season events unfolded.

Persistent record warmth vaulted March 2012 to the most extreme temperature departure from average for any month on record in the Lower 48. It was 8.91 degrees Fahrenheit above the 1901-2000 average, according to NOAA's National Centers For Environmental Information (NCEI). Twenty-five states, all of them east of the Rockies, recorded their warmest March on record.
As a comparison, 11,000 warm temperature records were set in February 2017, mainly in the central and eastern states, according to preliminary data from NOAA's National Centers For Environmental Information. A number of cities saw a record or near-record warmest February, but we won't know how the month will rank as a whole for the Lower 48 until later in March.
A few tornadoes that occurred that month also touched down unusually far north for that time of year. A March 12 tornado in Midland County, Michigan, was the first tornado north of Interstate 96 in that state before March 20 dating to 1950. Source:

Minnesota Saw Its Record-Earliest Tornadoes During Monday's Severe Weather Outbreak

7 March, 2017. Source:

Warmest February in over 100 years of records in some Michigan cities

1 March, 2017. Source:

Australia's summer broke 205 weather records, climate group says

More than 200 weather records were broken during Australia's most recent summer, a climate group has warned.
The Climate Council report, titled "Angry Summer", said the season was defined by intense heatwaves and bushfires in eastern Australia but heavy rain and flooding in the west.

Australia's summer - key records

  • Hottest summer on record for Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra
  • Moree, a town in New South Wales, experienced 54 consecutive days above 35°C
  • Adelaide endured its hottest Christmas Day in 70 years (41.3°C)
  • Perth had its highest summer rainfall on record (192.8mm; 7.6in)
  • News South Wales temperatures were 2.57C above average, a summer record

It showed climate change was being felt across Australia, the researchers said.

At least 205 records were broken over the three-month period, the independent body said.
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California storms: Wettest Oct-Feb in 122 years

8 March, 2017. Fueled by a parade of “Pineapple Express” storms, California is in the midst of its wettest water year in 122 years of record-keeping, according to federal scientists.

Cars carefully drive through a flooded area on High Street during the morning commute in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017. The High Street near 880 always floods during heavy rain. (Laura A. Oda/Bay Area News Group)

Between October 2016 and February 2017, California averaged 27.81 inches of precipitation, the highest average since such records began being kept in 1895, according to data released Wednesday by the National Centers for Environmental Information, part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Source:

Winter 'driest for Northern Ireland in 53 years'

6 March, 2017. Winter was Northern Ireland's driest in more than five decades, according to the Armagh Observatory.

The Observatory has reported that, taking the three winter months together, this winter was very dry, mild and slightly duller than average. Source:

Where Winter 2016-17 Ranked as One of the Warmest, Coldest, Wettest or Driest on Record

1 March, 2017. Winter 2016-17 was much warmer and wetter than average for parts of the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by the Southeast Regional Climate Center. One region, however, saw much colder temperatures than average, while a few areas reported one of the coldest winters on record.

The dots in orange indicate a top-5 warmest winter (December-February) and the dots in blue are where winter was a top-5 coldest. (Southeast Regional Climate Center)

Temperatures were very mild in much of the eastern half of the U.S., and for many, it didn't feel like winter. Meanwhile, chilly air gripped the Northwest, which gave the region one of its coldest winters on record.
In terms of precipitation, winter will be remembered for the series of storms that brought heavy rain and mountain snow to California.
For all the superlatives below, December through February is considered winter in meteorological record-keeping.

Warm and Cold Extremes

  • This winter will likely be remembered as warmer than average in many areas, especially the East. Numerous locations, from the Great Lakes and Northeast into the South, saw a top-10 warmest winter.
  • Houston recorded its warmest winter on record, with an average temperature of 61.5 degrees. The previous record was 57.8 degrees, which occurred in 2011-12. Average temperature refers to the average between each day's high and low temperatures compiled from December through February.
  • A record number of 80-degree days occurred in Houston during climatological winter: 22 days, or about 25 percent of all winter days.
  • Staying in Texas, Austin also recorded its warmest winter on record. The average temperature over the past three months was 58.6 degrees, which broke the previous record of 57.6 degrees in 1999-2000.
  • Dallas-Fort Worth also experienced a record-warm winter, with an average temperature of 53.6 degrees. This breaks the old record of 53.0 degrees, set in 1999-2000.
  • Portions of Florida also saw very mild conditions. Miami reported its warmest winter on record, with an average temperature of 74.2 degrees. The previous record was 73.1 degrees, which occurred in 2007-08.

Nights below 50° have been trending down. In 120 years cut in about half. This winter in #Miami? ZERO, a new record. Source:

  • The temperature in Miami did not drop below 50 degrees the entire winter, which has never happened in 121 years of records in the South Florida city.
  • Fort Myers, Florida, also experienced its warmest winter in history. The average temperature was 70.9 degrees, breaking the prior record of 70.1 degrees from 1948-49.
  • A large swath of the eastern U.S. was mild enough to at least finish with a top-5 warm winter. Atlanta, for example, recorded its third-warmest winter, with an average temperature of 52.2 degrees. New Orleans also recorded its third-warmest winter at an average of 61.2 degrees.
  • Farther north, Raleigh, North Carolina, measured an average temperature of 47.9 degrees, making it the city's third-warmest winter. Washington D.C. also recorded its third-warmest winter, with an average temperature of 43.8 degrees.
  • In Boston, this winter will finish as the fifth-warmest. The average temperature during the last three months was 35.6 degrees. This is what the average high should be in mid-January, typically the coldest time of the year.

While the East saw a warmer-than-average winter, the Northwest saw conditions that were much colder than average.

  • Portland, Oregon, experienced its fifth-coldest winter on record, with an average temperature of only 37 degrees. This is equivalent to its average low in late February.
  • In Pendleton, Oregon, it was the third-coldest winter on record. The average temperature was just 28.4 degrees.
  • Farther south in Burns, Oregon, the second-coldest winter was recorded; the average temperature topped out at a whopping 18.6 degrees. The coldest winter on record there was in 1992-93, when the average temperature was only 17.6 degrees.

One state that really needed rainfall – California – received above-average precipitation this winter. In some locations, this resulted in a top-10 January for rainfall. But this eventually became too much of a good thing and led to flooding, mudslides and rockslides in parts of the state.

Record-Wet Winter

The dots in green indicate a top-5 wettest winter (December-February) and the dots in yellow are where winter was a top-5 driest.

  • Sacramento recorded its wettest winter on record, with 21.78 inches of rainfall, breaking the previous record of 20.65 inches set in 1955-56. The average over an entire year is 17.64 inches, and Sacramento picked up over four inches more in just three months. This is also a big difference from the past few years; last winter, only 8.01 inches of rainfall fell in California's capital city. The one piece of good news is that the rainfall in California helped reduce drought conditions in the Golden State.
  • It was also the wettest winter on record in Reno, Nevada, with 10.20 inches of rain measured from December through February. This far surpasses the previous record of 8.36 inches in 1955-56.
  • The nearby Sierra Nevada mountains were buried in feet of snowfall, with Mammoth Mountain setting a new snowfall record for any month in January: 245.5 inches, or just over 20 feet of snow. Their season total is now up to 512 inches – nearly 43 feet of snow.
  • In the South, San Antonio, Texas, saw its fourth-wettest winter, with 12.55 inches of rain reported. Farther east along the Gulf Coast, Pensacola, Florida, measured 24.97 inches of rain, the third-wettest winter for that city.
  • Parts of the upper Midwest also had very wet winters. In Rochester, Minnesota, it was the wettest winter on record, with 5.85 inches of precipitation. The previous record was 5.47 inches in 1887-88.
  • It was also tied for the wettest winter on record in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where 6.16 inches of precipitation was reported. Wausau, Wisconsin, also had its wettest winter on record, with 6.60 inches of precipitation.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, Columbia, Missouri, recorded its fifth-driest winter, with only 2.23 inches of precipitation. It was the fourth-driest winter in Springfield, Illinois, where 2.38 inches of precipitation fell.


Record warm winter on Faroe Islands

10 March, 2017. An average temperature of over 6 degrees was the highest since 1890

Despite its northerly location in the North Atlantic Ocean, temperatures on the Faroe Islands never tend to drop too low thanks to its close proximity to the Gulf Stream. But they have never been this high before!

This past winter has seen the highest average seasonal temperature in its capital Tórshavn since 1890-91, the first year they were recorded. The results were buoyed by a record warm December that doled out an average temperature of 6.9 degrees. Source:

Today was the coldest March morning in Anchorage since 1999 (Alaska, US)

7 March, 2017. Southcentral Alaska experienced one of the coldest March mornings in nearly two decades. The temperature at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport dipped to 8 degrees below zero just before 8 a.m. Although that’s nowhere near the daily record of 24 degrees below zero, set in 1971, it is the coldest March temperature observed at the airport since 1999, when the temperature also dipped to 8 degrees below zero. Other parts of the Anchorage bowl were even colder, with the temperature on JBER dropping to 15 degrees below zero and Merrill Field dropping to 13 degrees below zero. Source:

Comment by KM on March 10, 2017 at 1:32pm

"It's horrible, just horrible. I left the house with (60) shells and used them all," Konrade said. He said he probably killed 40 cows, "and in a lot of places there weren't even very many left alive to put down." 

"All in all, I'd guess I seen between 300 and 400 dead cattle," he said. "It was just a matter of putting animals out of their misery, doing them a favor. They were going to die anyway. 

"It's horrible out there, the things I saw today. The fire was so big, and so much of Clark County burned, I don't see how anything lived through it." 

The state of Kansas is burning at unprecedented levels. Parts of it are literally scorched earth at this point. And many people are having to shoot their own cattle in order to avoid the perils from all the smoke and fire. Clark county has been burned almost entirely. An entire county, smoldering in ashes. 

According to Randall Spare, co-owner of Ashland Veterinary Center, via

"Let me put it into perspective: If someone had 500 cattle on their ranch, I'd guess at least 80 to 90 percent were killed in the last day," Spare said. "That's not including the calves; we're really getting into calving season and there was a lot of baby calves on the ground." 

The fires have all but taken down the entire county of Clarke. 

The combination of severely dried out lands and 60 mph winds has led to a tinderbox in the state. 

A drone view shows Meade, Kansas burning into ash and smoldering. This video was taken Monday evening, March 6th 2017 somewhere around Meade, Kansas about 6 miles high. These fires were spread out as far as the eye could see, for dozens of miles. They started in the panhandle of Oklahoma. 

Comment by KM on March 10, 2017 at 2:11am

High winds in Michigan knock out power to 1mn customers

High winds in Michigan knock out power to 1mn customers
Wind gusts of more than 60 miles per hour downed thousands power lines across Michigan, leaving 10 percent of its residents without power. Many schools were closed and reports were coming in of damage to numerous properties.

Crews are working to restore power after high winds hit the state on Wednesday and knocked out electrical service in Michigan and several Great Lake states.

"Near hurricane force sustained winds pounded our state for over 10 hours. This is the largest weather event in DTE’s 100-year history," DTE Energy said during a press conference on Thursday. DTE said 4,000 lines were downed, and they had more than who are working to restore power.

DTE said because of the unusual warm weather, as well as significant rainfall, the ground is very soft and saturated and coupled with the high winds caused many trees to uproot falling on poles and downing power lines causing widespread outages.

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Detroit-based DTE Energy Co said 700,000 of its customers lost power in southwest Michigan and more than 670,000 were without service early Thursday. While Consumers Energy Co (CMS_pb.N), another Michigan utility company, said more than 300,000 of its customers were without power too.

The company said the recovery will take days, and 90 percent will have power by Sunday, according to Detroit Free Press.

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Power Outages, Damage, Traffic Issues Due To High Winds Across Southeast Michigan

Thousands are without power in metro Detroit and the surrounding area, with a High Wind Warning in effect.

Strong winds fanned a blaze that killed five people in a Detroit apartment building and pushed a plane carrying members of the University of Michigan basketball team off a runway during takeoff southwest of Detroit.

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder activated the state’s Emergency Operations Center to monitor and share information about the storm damage and power outages across the state.

“As Michiganders are struggling with storm damage and power outages from some of the extreme winds that are blowing through the state, our first priority is the safety and security of residents,” Snyder said Wednesday in a statement“Utility companies have been spending much of the afternoon just trying to get a handle on how many lines are down and how best to restore power as quickly as possible.”

Gov. Snyder tweeted it was never safe to refuel a generator while it was running.

Michigan State Police issued cautions to residents over non-working traffic lights, and over downed power lines and standing water.

Comment by KM on March 7, 2017 at 12:07pm

Powerful windstorm batters France, killing 2 and leaving 600 000 homes without power

Powerful windstorm batters France, killing 2 and leaving 600 000 homes without power

Severe weather, including snowfalls and hurricane-force winds, has been affecting the central-southern and south-eastern areas of the France over the past 48 hours, causing at least two fatalities. Some 600 000 properties lost electricity, the highest such number since a monster storm in 1999. Severe weather is forecast to continue affecting the country over the next 24 hours. The storm, named Zeus, will then exit into the Mediterranean Sea and rapidly deepen as it moves toward Italy. Severe to extremely severe wind gusts are expected this evening and tonight.

This powerful windstorm was produced by rapidly deepening cyclone coming from the British Isles toward Northern France this morning. An intense sting jet has developed within the cyclone, Severe Weather Europe reports, traveling right across Brittany, NW France.

Meteo France has updated the number of departments on Orange alert to 31 this morning and urged residents to be vigilant, stay off the rooftops and secure objects that are liable to be blown away.

The departments on Orange alert, as of Monday morning, March 6, are: Cantal, Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Loire, Haute-Loire, Lozère, Puy-de-Dôme, Rhône, Allier, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Cher, Corrèze, Côtes-d'Armor, Creuse, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loire-Atlantique, Maine-et-Loire, Mayenne, Morbihan, Deux-Sèvres, Vendée, Vienne, Haute-Vienne, Alpes-Maritimes, Dordogne, Gironde, and Var.

The agency said that significant damage could be caused by the wind as well as disruptions to local traffic. There is also a possibility of cuts to electricity and telephone lines, it warned.

The town of Camaret, in Brittany, saw record-breaking winds of 193 km/h (120 mph) during Monday morning. Winds reaching 191 km/h (119 mph) were recorded in Ouessant, 180 km/h (112 mph) in l’Ile de Groix and 170 km/h (105 mph) in Pointe du Raz.

As of 07:00 UTC on March 6, local media reported two deaths, including one in the municipality of Seyne-sur-Mer and one in Marseille (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur). Two injuries in the Aveyron Department (Occitanie Region) and one person missing in Marseille have also been reported.

Tens of thousands have lost power by 12:00 UTC today. By the end of the day, some 600 000 properties lost electricity, according to power distributor Enedis. It was the highest such number since a monster storm in 1999 that left scores dead and three million households without power.

Over the next 24 hours, severe weather is forecast to continue affecting the country. 

The storm will exit into the Mediterranean Sea, redevelop and intensify late March 6 and into March 7 as it moves toward Italy. Severe to extremely severe wind gusts this evening and tonight.

Comment by KM on March 7, 2017 at 11:38am

Deckhand captures stunning images of monster waves crashing into the Manly ferry - as wild weather hit Sydney at the weekend

  • A Sydney deckhand captured the incredible moment the Manly ferry was thrown around on rough surf 
  • There were horrendous conditions on Sydney Harbour over the weekend with enormous swell battering boats
  • It gave ferry worker Haig Gilchrist, 47, the chance to hone his photography skills as the ferry was smashed 
  • Monster waves were a result of weather system rolling through the state that will last throughout the week

Sydney deckhand has captured amazing images of the Manly ferry being swamped by monster waves. 

Horrendous conditions on Sydney Harbour over the weekend gave ferry worker Haig Gilchrist the chance to hone his photography skills.

A stunning image he managed to snap amongst the chaos shows a huge wall of water about to crash into the side of the ferry. 

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A Sydney deckhand has captured amazing images of the Manly ferry being swamped by monster waves. One snap shows a huge wall of water about to crash into the side of the ferry

A Sydney deckhand has captured amazing images of the Manly ferry being swamped by monster waves. One snap shows a huge wall of water about to crash into the side of the ferry

'East Coast Low intensifying,' Mr Gilchrist captioned the photo he shared on Instagram, later commenting: 'Great day to be working.' 

The image has taken the internet by storm, with hundreds of commenters praising his talents as a photographer.

Others were more interested in the damage the monster wave had caused.

'Amazing, so what happened next?' one commented. 

Another snap taken over the weekend shows the bow of the ferry almost completely disappearing as it travelled through Sydney Heads.  

Another image shows the bow of the ferry almost completely disappearing as it travelled through Sydney Heads

Another image shows the bow of the ferry almost completely disappearing as it travelled through Sydney Heads

The Queenscliff ferry makes the trip across Sydney Harbour from Manly in heavy surf 

The Queenscliff ferry makes the trip across Sydney Harbour from Manly in heavy surf 

The monster waves were a result of a developing weather system rolling through the state.

While the Sydney ferries could struggle with more dangerous swell, surfers will embrace 'Big Wednesday,' with massive offshore waves.

The swell is set to peak at three to four metres in some areas, with even larger and stronger conditions further offshore. 

The warning comes just days after two men drowned in separate incidents at Bondi and Bellinger, near Coffs Harbour.

'The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment and the changing conditions,' Surf Life Saving NSW operations manager Andy Kent said in a statement on Sunday.   


Comment by KM on March 5, 2017 at 11:46am

Floods and landslides cause havoc across the Andes in Peru

Trapped by the floods... It took a team of rescue workers and volunteers to get this horse back on dry land. Similar scenes are playing out across much of Peru after months of heavy rain. 

Here in in the greater Lima district of Lunahuana, a landslide crashed down across a highway. Fortunately no vehicles were caught underneath. Close by in the town of Chosica, a ravine collapsed, sending muddy water gushing across the road. 

Landslides and floods have left residents desperate for help. In Piura, they're trying to salvage their belongings after rainfall unlike anything they've seen in 30 years. The floods have already killed 26 people across the country and displaced almost 250,000. And it could get worse with more rain predicted. 

Comment by KM on March 5, 2017 at 11:38am

Hundreds dying from hunger as severe drought grips Somalia

Hundreds dying from hunger as severe drought grips Somalia

110 people have died from hunger in the past 48 hours in just one region of Somalia as severe drought gripped the country, causing hunger crisis. The death toll was announced by prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire today and it comes from the Bay region in the southwest part of the country alone. Humanitarian agencies report worrying similarities to the 2011 famine, in which nearly 260 000 Somalis lost their lives. Somali elders say they have never seen drought as severe as this one.

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, just a week after his inauguration, President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has declared the drought a national disaster. The declaration comes amid an ongoing war with al-Shabab and is expected to be a trial for all those involved in Somalia's struggles. It will test the international community’s response, the government's ability to assist, and the strength of security provided by the African Union forces, Al Jazeera explains.

In the far north of Somalia, three years with little rain has had increasingly disastrous effects for a population reliant on the land. The parched earth has failed to produce food for the camels and goats that the people depend on for their income, meat, and milk for their children.

Critical health services are needed for 1.5 million people currently affected by drought conditions and a worsening food crisis, according to the WHO.

The humanitarian situation in Somalia continues to deteriorate, the organization said, and there is a high risk that the country will face its third famine in 25 years. More than 6.2 million people – half of the total population – are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, including almost 3 million facing a food security crisis. Nearly 5.5 million people are at risk of contracting waterborne diseases, more than half of whom are women and children under 5 years of age.

Acute drought in many parts of Somalia has reduced the availability of clean water sources, and the food crisis has given way to malnutrition. More than 363 000 acutely malnourished children and 70 000 severely malnourished children are in need of urgent and life-saving support, it said. According to United Nations estimates, if the current situation food and security continues, these numbers are estimated to double in 2017.

Drought conditions have also increased the spread of epidemic-prone diseases such as acute watery diarrhea, cholera, and measles. In the first 7 weeks of 2017, over 6 000 cases and 65 deaths by acute watery diarrhea/ cholera have been reported, and a total of 2 578 cases of suspected measles were reported as of September 2016.

“Somalia is now at a critical point as a result of this drought and environmental hazards and lack of basic services,” said WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Dr. Mahmoud Fikri.

“We named this (2017) drought ‘Odi Kawayn,’ which is Somali for ‘something bigger than the elders.’ None of our elders has ever seen a drought as severe as this one,” said drought victim Halima, as reported by the International Organization for Migration.

Somalia, however, is not the only African country currently dealing with severe hunger crisis, Ethiopia and Kenya are too. 

These three countries in the Horn of Africa are currently suffering a severe drought that is threatening the lives of more than 11 million people. 

“Unfortunately, the international community is responding very reluctantly. People don't have any reserves left, as in recent years their harvests have failed and animals died because of the lack of water and fodder. Every donation helps us save lives,” said Till Wahnbaeck, Welthungerhilfe chief executive officer.

According to UN figures, more than 20 million people in Africa are dependent on humanitarian assistance for survival.

Comment by Juan F Martinez on March 4, 2017 at 11:25pm

Zimbabwe – Floods Leave 246 Dead after an absolutely astonishing shift from a drought condition to an excessive saturation mirroring events in California

In a country where millions have been affected by a crippling drought in the last couple of years brought on by the super El-Niño event, an absolutely astonishing shift has taken place from a drought condition to an excessively wet situation” and there have been heavy (rain) falls that have surpassed all previous years. The situation was exacerbated by Tropical Cyclone Dineo in mid-February.
The government of Zimbabwe has appealed to international donors to help those affected by floods in the country during the 2016 to 2017 rainy season.
246 people have died, 128 people injured and approximately 1,985 made homeless by flooding in the country since October 2016.
The country’s Civil Protection agency reported a few days ago that another 859 people remained displaced after flooding in Tsholotsho District in Matabeleland North, where the Gwayi River and its tributaries burst their banks in the latest deluge.
Across the country as a whole, the minister, Mr. Kasukuwere said that over 2,500 homes have been damaged since October and some communities are still cut off by the floods. Roads, schools and health facilities have also suffered damage. The districts of Mberebgwa, Insiza and Lupane have suffered major road damage. Full damage assessments are yet to be carried out in some areas that remain inaccessible due to flooding.

And as is happening this month in California, Mr. Kasukuwere added that “85% of dams in the country are full and spilling, thus even low amounts of rainfall will cause flooding.” Around 70 small and medium sized dams have already been breached.
Just last November it was reported that Zimbabwe's dam levels had fallen to below 40 percent following the devastating drought that has left millions in need of food aid and local councils rationing water, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Friday.

An El Nino weather pattern, which ended in May, triggered drought conditions across the southern African region that hit the staple, maize, and other crops and dented economic growth.
Mnangagwa said the last time Zimbabwe experienced such a severe drought was in 1992, adding that the biggest dam in the south of the country was only 9 percent full.


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