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« on: February 26, 2015, 08:35:17 PM »
New Topic:  DROUGHT in the US 2015

US Drought Monitor image for Feb 24, 2015


The upper-level circulation pattern during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week was dominated by a strong trough over the eastern CONUS (contiguous United States) which funneled cold air masses into the central and eastern United States. Storm systems moving along the southern edge of the trough generated a wintry mix of weather, dumping locally heavy rain and snow from the Lower to Mid-Mississippi Valley on the western end to the Mid-Atlantic coast in the east, improving drought conditions … especially in the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. The precipitation mostly missed the immediate Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, where drought expanded. An upper-level low pressure system moved across the ridge over the western CONUS and settled in over the Southwest near the end of the week, with above-normal precipitation falling across parts of the Southwest and Rocky Mountains. The week was drier than normal in the Pacific Northwest and much of the Intermountain Basin, where drought expanded. Temperatures in the West averaged above normal this week, but the anomalies were not as warm as in previous weeks.

Solar Events / Re: SOLAR EVENTS (also current info on space weather)
« on: February 26, 2015, 08:24:35 PM »

SWPC Backup System Testing Complete for now
.published: Thursday, February 26, 2015 13:13 UTC

We apologize for any inconvenience our unintended outage caused our customers yesterday.  While we were out of service much longer than expected, we were able to make great progress towards having a fully operational, geographically diverse backup to all SWPC products and services.

« on: February 26, 2015, 08:20:00 PM »
Starting a 2015 Topic for DROUGHT, soon

California just finished one of its driest years on record and is now in its fourth year of drought. The effects have been reflected by the landscape in many ways, from exposed lake bottoms to snowless mountains. The effect is uneven and complicated, however, when you look at the vegetation in this fertile, agriculturally rich state.

The maps above show the enhanced vegetation index (EVI) for California for early January 2014 (left) and January 2015 (right). EVI is a satellite data product that describes the “greenness” of the landscape. The product quantifies the amount of sunlight absorbed and reflected by the chlorophyll in vegetation—a proxy measurement of the health of trees, shrubs, crops, and grasses. Greenness generally increases with plant canopy growth and decreases with droughts, frosts, seasonal changes, or other events that cause leaves to die and change color. The data for the maps above were collected by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) on the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite.

“The January 2014 map is extremely anomalous and is an indicator of the nature of this historic drought in one picture,” said Jennifer Dungan, a remote sensing specialist at NASA’s Ames Research Center. “With the 2015 data, the story gets more complex. There is green-up from strong December storms, but that does not mean the drought is over.”

In January 2014, the majority of California had below-normal levels of vegetation greenness (as measured by EVI), though the farm-filled Central Valley was neither positive nor negative because many fields are typically bare and between plantings in January. In both years, the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges are unusually brown, a reflection of the lack of rain and snow.

In January 2015, more of the state has greened, an immediate reflection of several heavy rain events in December 2014. The effect will not be lasting, though, unless the state receives more of the rain and snow that typically moisten the region each winter.

“We took a close look at the early January data because it is the time of year when California’s ‘natural’ vegetation is normally green, reflecting the response of the vegetation to autumn rains,” Dungan said, referring to the native vegetation as opposed to irrigated farmlands, ranches, vineyards, and orchards. “The main green-up in 2015 is on the edges of the Central Valley, primarily the foothills of the Sierra and Diablo ranges.”

In the 2014 water year (October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014), many Central Valley farmers received 10 percent or less of their full surface water allocations from the California State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. This led to extensive pumping of groundwater for use in irrigation. So while hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland have been idled by the drought, many still appear active and green while the rest of the landscape gets parched.

January usually arrives with the most precipitation in an average year, but many parts of California just had the driest January on record. And despite the December rains, the state has seen just 47 percent of its usual precipitation four months into the water year. So unless rain picks back up, the EVI maps will likely grow brown again this spring.

References and Related Reading

Christian Science Monitor (2015, February 4) California’s driest January on record: is more water conservation needed? Accessed February 23, 2015.
EcoWatch (2015, February 9) Ski Resorts Close as West Coast Drought Intensifies.  Accessed February 23, 2015.
NASA Earth Exchange (2014, January) Meet Up in the NEX World. Accessed February 23, 2015.
NASA Earth Observatory (2015, January 30) Satellites Spot Fields Idled by Drought.
NASA Earth Observatory (2011, June 21) Measuring Plant Health from Fluorescent Light.
NASA Earth Observatory (2014, February 7) Seasonal Amazon Greening May Be a Satellite Effect.
NASA Earth Observatory (2006, June 30) Defying Dry: Amazon Greener in Dry Season than Wet.
NASA Earth Observatory (2000, August 30) Measuring Vegetation (NDVI & EVI).

NASA Earth Observatory images by Jesse Allen, using VIIRS EVI data from the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership and provided by Jennifer Dungan (NASA/Ames). Suomi NPP is the result of a partnership between NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Defense. Caption by Mike Carlowicz.
Instrument(s): Suomi NPP - VIIRS

« on: February 26, 2015, 05:48:36 PM »
There were two Civil Emergency messages late last night for Alabama. Didn't get them posted... They were about very hazardous ice conditions, driving...
Tonight I don't see any posted.

I recommend people have a stash of:
•   B1 especially if they are on prescription meds.
•   instant fizzy drink of Calcium Magnesium
•   Valerian root capsules supposedly not for all blood types (Eat Right For Your Type) •   Works well for me, I’m an O+. Sleep and mental health.

Current page info...


Cam not totally gone anymore as you may know... Much of the time some sort of screen blocking a proper view of the cam. Just now took a peek it seems only smoke and fog are blocking. Will be taking a peek again soon.

PLANET X ASTRONOMY / Re: Suspicious0bservers
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:59:26 PM »
I missed posting the videos from Ben Davidson, Suspicious0bservers for a couple days. After this post will post the titles and links. He mentions rare quake locations such as near France...
Suspicious0bservers uploaded 11 hours ago

Earthquake Watch, Weather Alerts | S0 News February 26, 2015      5:21     12,975 views

Video link:

Published on Feb 26, 2015
New Section:  Subscribed only
Mexico Webcams:
Cali Landscape:
Ceres Bright Spot:   
[ More Links, see ]

Solar Events / Re: SOLAR EVENTS (also current info on space weather)
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:40:51 PM »
Not much is predicted today for solar activity on the earth-facing side. Not sure yet what is going on, on the other side...
...   STEREO AHEAD:  Jan 25, 2015 NO DATA !!

Solar Events / Re: Ed's Newer Topic for Geomagnetic Warnings, etc.
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:31:07 PM »
No Geomagnetic storms predicted yet, for today:

WINDY WITH A CHANCE OF STORMS: Earth is passing through a stream of fast-moving solar wind, setting the stage for a possible outbreak of Northern Lights around the Arctic Circle. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of geomagnetic storms on Feb. 26th

EARTH CHANGES / Re: WINTER - January - March 2015
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:26:44 PM » US Map with Alerts

The current situation:  2206 UTC, 1706 hrs. -  5:06 PM EST

EARTH CHANGES / Re: WINTER - January - March 2015
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:12:40 PM »

As system moves offshore in the east, snow develops across parts of western, southern U.S.

The system that has been bringing a mix of wintry precipitation to the Southeast and mid-Atlantic will continue to move off shore over the Atlantic on Thursday, with snow continuing from the Ohio Valley, southern Great Lakes and Appalachians through Thursday evening. Meanwhile, snow will develop over the central and southern Rockies, with rain and mountain snow across the Pacific Northwest.
(Latest Discussion - Issued 2037Z Feb 26, 2015)
Short Range Forecast Discussion
NWS Weather Prediction Center College Park MD
337 PM EST Thu Feb 26 2015

Valid 00Z Fri Feb 27 2015 - 00Z Sun Mar 01 2015

...More quiet weather is expected for the eastern U.S. as unsettled
weather moves into the western U.S...

After a series of quick-moving winter storms, the eastern half of the U.S.
is expected to enter a period of quieter weather as a large high pressure
system builds in from the northern Plains and into the entire eastern U.S.
by Saturday.  Arctic air will accompany this high pressure system where
temperatures of 10 to 30 degrees below normal will be widespread.  The
only areas seeing precipitation will be in southern Florida where showers
and thunderstorms are expected behind a cold front.  Another area of
precipitation will be from the Ohio Valley into the central Appalachians
where snow showers should initially accompany a dissipating cold front.

Meanwhile, the West continues to enjoy near to above normal temperatures.
However, an upper-level shortwave trough is beginning to dig southward
from the Gulf of Alaska.  This trough is expected to bring increasing
moisture as well as colder air into the Pacific Northwest Friday and into
Saturday. We can expect rain near the coast will begin to spread steadily
to the south and east into the interior mountains as snow Friday into
Saturday.  Over the central Rockies, upslope flow continues to support
snow in western Colorado into New Mexico.  Upper-level winds are expected
to push to moisture southeastward into the central and southern Plains
where light snow is expected over the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma on
Friday.  By Friday night into Saturday morning, we could be looking at
sleet and freezing rain forming in central Texas.  Rain showers are also
expected to form down into southern Texas.


Graphics available at

Man - Made Disasters / Re: Fracking
« on: February 26, 2015, 02:04:01 PM »
Yowbarb Note: Last one on this for now. The point is, fracking is bad for the workers themselves. Only those at the top are going to benefit from this.
...  workers exposed to dangerous levels of benzene

Yowbarb Note, EXCERPTS:

Michelle Chen:  Nov 10, 2014 Are fracking workers being poisoned on the job?

Man - Made Disasters / Re: Fracking
« on: February 26, 2015, 01:25:15 PM »

Opinion Editorial: Study of fracking health impacts is critical
Updated October 4, 2012 6:18 PM

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's administration has pushed the reset button on its long study of whether New York can safely allow use of the controversial drilling technique called fracking, to break loose natural gas from upstate shale deposits. It's a prudent pause, but with some caveats.

There's little question that a study of potential health impacts is necessary, but the quality of that study is crucial. Though the state Health Department is running it, the agency must consult closely with genuinely independent experts from outside New York's political loop, to buttress the credibility of the ultimate finding on the fractious fracking issue.

This highly charged debate has brought relentless pressure on Cuomo. Environmental groups are pushing him constantly to block the drilling method called high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing. Their concerns include the huge amounts of water it uses, the contaminated wastewater it produces, the potential impacts on drinking water, and others. Many municipalities have acted to block fracking, but the question of whether they have the legal power to do that is still in the courts.

On the other side, many upstate property owners are desperate for the income they'd get from leasing their land to drilling companies -- and those companies want the process to go forward.

But natural gas prices are so low right now that it may not be worth their while yet to invest in New York, when they're already fracking in other states. So a delay of a few months is reasonable.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation had compiled 80,000 comments on its revised environmental impact statement on fracking. Now the health study. Environmental groups wanted an outside institution to do it, but the state settled on the Health Department.

That study must be thorough, impeccably scientific and impartial, and not drag on indefinitely. And the public must have a chance to comment on it. Someday, Cuomo will have to decide about fracking. This study must be good enough to help him get it right.
PHOTO from Daily Mail article,  (Asthma, nosebleed rashes etc. suffered from Texas families with fracking on their land.) '"My doctors asked me to start keeping up with what was going on in my area because no one could figure out what was wrong," said Lisa to MyFoxDFW. Cattle born on the Parr's ranch were also deformed according to the lawsuit.
Relief: The Parr family lived in such miserable conditions that they had to leave their home at one point.  ...Fracking Verdict May Open Door For More Lawsuits

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