Cyclones Hitting Earthquake Areas

The powerful tidal wave in China.

Powerful storms are coming ashore in India and the Philippines.

India and the countries along the Indian Ocean have had their fair share of natural disasters from earthquakes and tsunamis, and the Philippines have had every natural disaster hit their island from volcanoes, earthquakes, and violent storms.

Today, violent cyclones (aka hurricanes) are coming onshore in both of these countries.

Typhoons, Cyclones, Tropical Storms and Hurricanes

A map of the Bay of Bengal

Tropical cyclone Phailin formed in the enclosed Bay of Bengal

Tropical cyclone Phailin has whipped up hurricane force winds equal to a CAT 4-5 hurricane. Forming within the enclosed Bay of Bengal, Phailin came onshore in India October 12, 2013. So far, 800,000 people have been evacuated from this very highly-populated eastern Indian shore.

Typhoon Nari crossed over the northern region of the Philippines in Luzon on October 11-12, 2013, Thirteen people were killed when the storm ripped off the roofs of homes and buildings, toppled trees, and triggered flash floods and landslides.

Nari is now in the South China Sea heading directly toward VietNam, and is expected to make landfall early Sunday October 13, 2013.

Typhoon Wipha  has formed in the Pacific Ocean, east of the  Philippines, and is heading NNW toward the southern islands of Japan.

Tropical Storm Octave is forming south of Baja, heading north onto the Baja Pensisula, but no warnings have been issued.

What’s A Cyclone?

The terms “hurricane” and “typhoon” are regional names for a strong “tropical cyclone”;  they are all the same thing – a violent storm that forms over water.

 

 

First Winter Storm Comes Early

 huge bolt of lightening.

An early winter storm is heading into the central US bringing a mix of snow and severe weather.

The first winter storm, Atlas, is driving down into the northwestern part of the US Thursday and Friday. Temps are expected to drop all the way south into Texas, dropping as much as 30 degrees, and severe storms are expected throughout the Midwest.

Global Warming Actually Means Global Cooling

Snow and colder temperatures in October? Isn’t this a bit early?

Yes, but we have all noticed that the weather has been unpredictable and very odd over the past three winters. This might seem confusing with the “global warming” debate going on, but global warming actually means global cooling at the end of the day.

There is no doubt that our planet is heating up, but the atmosphere is also filling up with lots of “stuff” – carbon from wildfires and volcanic ash, carbon dioxide from human pollution,  metals such as aluminum, barium and strontium from weather modification, and changes in sunlight.

As the atmosphere fills with gases and particulate matter/junk, it retains more heat at the Earth’s surface, which heats us all up. At the same time, the heat coming in from the Sun is reflected back into space, and this creates a chain of events that brings odd weather because it knocks the Earth’s natural thermostat out of whack.

This creates the following chain of events:

  1. global warming creates more evaporation from the oceans; hence, more rain and storms;
  2. planetary heating melts the polar ice sheets and continental glaciers; hence, more rain and floods;
  3. as the planet continues to warm, more storms and rain occur in the Spring, Fall, and Summer seasons, and more snow and ice in the Winter, Spring and Fall;
  4. chronic global warming creates chronic storms occurring earlier and lasting longer, year by year.

Like today, October 3, 2013.

Mini-Ice Age

A picture of the ice melting in Antarctica

Arctic ice is melting at the same time it is beginning to refreeze due to a Mini-Ice Age..

Humans  have never witnessed the climate changes and the sheer number of natural disasters that we are experiencing today. Measurements taken from ice cores and sea-floor sediments show definite trends in the Earth’s climate; that trend is to expect a mini Ice Age within the next 10 years.

Understanding that climate change is a natural cycle that humans cannot control helps explain the mysterious coming and going of the odd weather patterns today.

Climate changes have a very precise pattern, and the timing of these cycles is determined by changes in sunlight, in the Earth’s rotation and orbit around the Sun, and in the amount of particulate matter present in our atmosphere – “stuff” put there by both man and Nature.

All these influences are changing our weather patterns. it’s time to get your winter sweaters out, but don’t put your shorts and sandals away, yet.

 

 

 

 

 

A Resurge In Big Earthquakes Today

A USGS map of the Middle East and Pakistan.

Pakistan is having a swarm of large earthquakes north of the Persian Gulf – USGS.

I woke up this morning to my PDC Disasters Alert app going off non-stop. It’s been rather quiet for a few days, and this was  a calm before the storm, it appears.

Today, there has been a resurge in some big quakes.

Early Quakes On Tuesday, September 24, 2013

In order of occurrence:

  1. 5.6  Carlsberg Ridge (west of Persian Gulf)
  2. 7.8  Awaran, Pakistan (approximately 150 killed, north of Persian Gulf)
  3. 5.9  Awaran, Pakistan
  4. 4.7  Awaran, Pakistan
  5. 5.0  Awaran, Pakistan
  6. 5.7  Awaran, Pakistan
  7. 5.6  Awaran, Pakistan
  8. 4.8  Hachijo-shima, Japan
  9. 5.1  Chichi-shima, Japan
  10. 5.2  Khuzdar, Pakistan
  11. 4.8  La Ligua, Chile
  12. 4.9  Awaran, Pakistan
  13. 5.0  Druzhina, Russia
  14. 5.5  Aaran, Pakistan

State-Side

Map of Typooh Pabuk heading toward Japan.

Typhoon Pabuk heads toward Japan – AcuWeather.com.

Now, throw in a few quakes around Yellowstone and the Western US today:

  1. 3.2 West Yellowstone, Montana
  2. 3.0 Smith Valley, Nevada
  3. 3.0 Leavenworth, Washington

And then, throw in Typhoon Pabuk heading toward Southern Japan (just to stir things up a bit …)

It’s been an active morning. Let’s see what the afternoon brings.