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Forecasts: Northeast Due for Big Hurricane

[quote]DOVER, NH - New England could be in for a big one Meteorologists say conditions — including warmer temperatures in the Atlantic Basin and cooler temperatures in the Pacific Ocean — are ripe for the Northeast coast to be hit by a whopper of a hurricane this season Ken Reeves, a senior meteorologist at the AccuWeather Center in State College, Pa, said that when the Pacific is cooler, it "essentially drives the storm track further to the east in the Atlantic Ocean basin"

Fault East of Bay Area 'Locked and Loaded' (USA)

[quote]HAYWARD, Calif - New cracks appear in Elke DeMuynck's ceiling every few weeks, zigzagging across her living room, creeping toward the fireplace, veering down the wall Month after month, year after year, she patches, paints and waits "It definitely lets you know your house is constantly shifting," DeMuynck said So do the gate outside that swings uselessly 2 1/2 inches from its latch, the strange bulges in the street and the geology students who make pilgrimages to her cul-de-sa

Tropical Cyclone Lashes Australia

[quote]SYDNEY, Australia - A powerful tropical cyclone ripped the roofs off buildings and uprooted trees, tearing across Australia's northeastern coast with powerful winds that kept emergency workers from responding to pleas from terrified residents With winds up to 180 mph, Tropical Cyclone Larry smashed into the coastal community of Innisfail, about 60 miles south of Cairns, a popular jumping-off point for the Great Barrier Reef, sending hundreds of tourists and residents fleeing for hig

Melting Ice Threatens Sea-Level Rise

[quote]WASHINGTON - The Earth is already shaking beneath melting ice as rising temperatures threaten to shrink polar glaciers and raise sea levels around the world By the end of this century, Arctic readings could rise to levels not seen in 130,000 years — when the oceans were several feet higher than now, according to new research appearing in Friday's issue of the journal Science Even now, giant glaciers lubricated by melting water have begun causing earthquakes in Greenland as th

Volcano Eruption Update Thread

Here's a site that updates volcano activity regularly The following list is of recent Jan 2006 volcanic activity Aoba, Ambae Island, Vanuatu Augustine, Cook Inlet, Alaska USA Barren Island, Andaman Islands, India Colima, Mexico Fuego, Guatemala Galeras, Colombia Kilauea, Hawai'i, USA Popocatepetl, Mexico Santa Ana, El Salvador Santa Maria, Guatemala Soufriere Hills, Montserrat, West Indies Spurr, Southwestern Alaska, USA Mount St Helens, USA Suwanose-Jima Ryuky

Scientists Closely Watch Augustine Volcano

[quote]KENAI, Alaska - Recent changes with the Augustine Volcano indicate that the activity the volcano is exhibiting now is less explosive than what occurred in January Scientists, however, are continuing to keep an eye on the Cook Inlet volcano Activity at the volcano climbed to a new level last week Measurements and observations made on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday show the nature of the activity is less hazardous than the explosive activity the volcano exhibited in mid-January

106 inches of rain in Hawaii -- in 3 weeks!

[quote]Storms expected through weekend [b]Kauai has six times more rain than usual for all of March[/b] Four back-to-back storms over the last three weeks have dumped more rain on parts of the islands than they normally would have seen in months, and drenched Kauai with up to six times more rain than normal for all of March, the National Weather Service said yesterday The news comes as forecasters are expecting heavy rains to stick around through the weekend The weather service also

European Space Agency Satellite Reveals Yellowstone's Deep Secret

[quote]Satellite images acquired by ESAs ERS-2 revealed the recently discovered changes in Yellowstones caldera are the result of molten rock movement 15 kilometres below the Earths surface, according to a recent study published in Nature InSAR, a sophisticated version of 'spot the difference', involves mathematically combining different radar images, acquired from as near as possible to the same point in space at different times, to create digital elevation models and reveal otherwise u

Carbon Dioxide Hit Record in 2005

[quote]WASHINGTON - The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere climbed to a record 381 parts per million last year, an increase sure to spark further debate on global warming The reading was up 26 parts per million, according to preliminary calculations, David J Hofmann of the Office of Atmospheric Research at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday Final calculations from reporting stations around the world won't be available until later in the sp

Tornadoes Rip Across Midwest, Killing 10 (USA)

[quote]SPRINGFIELD, Ill - Swarms of tornadoes killed at least 10 people across the Midwest, shut down the University of Kansas and caused so much damage in Springfield that the mayor compared it to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina The violent weather started during the weekend with a line of storms that spawned tornadoes and downpours from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley On Monday, a second line of storms raked the region, with rain, hail and fierce wind tearing up trees and

Update - Storm Warning. Scientists Say Sun's Next Cycle Stronger

[quote]LOS ANGELES - A new computer model suggests the next solar cycle will be more active than the previous one, potentially spawning magnetic storms that will be more disruptive to communication systems on Earth The next sunspot cycle will be between 30 percent to 50 percent more intense than the last one, scientists said Monday The cycle will also begin a year later than expected, in late 2007 or early 2008, and peak around 2012, said Mausumi Dikpati of the National Center for Atmo

Scientists find Antarctic ice shrank significantly

[quote]WASHINGTON Reuters - The Antarctic ice sheet shrank significantly during the past three years, according to the findings of a NASA study released on Thursday Using data from the NASA/German Aerospace Center Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment GRACE, scientists concluded that Antarctica's ice sheet decreased by about 152 cubic kilometers annually from April 2002 to August 2005 The estimated loss was enough to raise global sea level about 12 millimeters 004724 inch duri

Yellowstone Volcano Grows as Geysers Reawaken

[quote]Forces brewing deep beneath Yellowstone National Park could be making one of the largest volcanoes on Earth even bigger, a new study reveals In the past decade, part of the volcano has risen nearly five inches, most likely due to a backup of flowing molten rock miles below the planet's crust While the rise may not be noticeable to the casual hiker, the activity may have cracked the crust in the park's famous Norris Geyser Basin NGB, leading to the formation of new fumaroles

UN warns world on Africa drought

[quote][b]The world is in danger of allowing a drought in East Africa to become a humanitarian catastrophe, the UN warns [/b] The UN special envoy to the Horn of Africa, Kjell Bondevik, says a disaster can be avoided if funding comes "in a matter of weeks not months" Around 11 million people are in serious danger in Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia and Djibouti, the UN estimates The World Food Programme, leading the aid effort, says it has only a third of what it needs to cl

Waterworld: how life on Earth will look 1,000 years from now

[quote][b]Waterworld: how life on Earth will look 1,000 years from now[/b] By the next millennium the global map will have been redrawn by disastrous climate changes, according to a new forecast AN APOCALYPTIC vision of life 1,000 years from now has been painted by a team of scientists studying the effect of global warming If mankind does not put its house in order, temperatures could have risen by 15C 27F by the year 3000 and sea levels by more than 11 metres 36ft, flooding mu
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