Archive | January 20, 2013

Home- Schooling Beats Factory Schooling

Home- Schooling Beats Factory Schooling


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Freaky Weather, Climate Change, Pole Shift, or Signs of a New Era!?

Freaky Weather, Climate Change, Pole Shift, or Signs of a New Era!?


January 18, 2013

A severe weather warning has been issued for Sydney, just hours after the city registered its hottest day on record.

The warning for heavy rain and damaging winds was also issued for the NSW Central Tablelands and parts of the Hunter, Illawarra and Central West Slopes and Plains Forecast Districts.

  • Mercury peaks at 45.8 degrees
  • Major delays across train services
  • Monorail sparks grass fire

Weatherzone meteorologist Ben Domensino said this was the second day this month the city had sweated through temperatures over 40 degrees. That had happened only four times in January in the past 107 years.

A boy shovels the pavement in Tokyo, capital of Japan, Jan. 14, 2013. A storm system hit eastern Japan on Monday resulting in heavy snow fall that had impacted on traffic in many prefectures, including the capital city of Tokyo.


January 9, 2013

The fiercest winter storm to hit the Mideast in years brought a rare foot of snow to Jordan on Wednesday, caused fatal accidents in Lebanon and the West Bank, and disrupted traffic on the Suez Canal in Egypt. At least eight people have died across the region.


Indonesians wade through floods in Jakarta, Indonesia. Seasonal rains have triggered massive flooding in Indonesia’s capital, triggering the evacuation of at least 20,000 people in Jakarta.

Arkansas, US

Jan 17, 2013

The sleet and snow that fell on January 15 2013 in White County Arkansas was not normal. Background levels in this area are 35cpm. The sleet and snow was showing an alert level above 100cpm. The high levels only lasted about 24 hours indicating a short half life of the hot particles. This kind of exposure can reduce the immune system and may be the cause for recent spikes in flu and illness in this area and others. We can only assume because the event was short lived is why they are not warning parents to keep there children out of this unsafe wintery mix. Not creating panic or concern seems to be more important than public safety. Why warn parents exposure to the snow and sleet is equal to flying at 30000 feet or exposure levels for nuclear plant workers right?


Jan 14, 2013

Los Angeles, US

50 States are now under snow. The snowiest day on record for each state in the country covers a wide range from less than six inches to more than five feet. Low temperatures are causing frozen pipes, flood damage, and good business for plumbers!

March 2013


It is interesting how abnormal weather conditions have been hitting the two pivots of the global multiple crises that has been taking place – the US and the UK. . .

Death toll could reach as high as 30,000 as the country is experiencing its coldest March for 50 years. The shortfall of the country’s gas storage could also force the long-term price of gas higher, hitting British taxpayers harder than ever.


Hail stones, 8 – 10 centimetres in diameter, have destroyed over 10000 homes. The hail storm only lasted 20 minutes in the northern Lao Cai province, Vietnam.  26 people were injured.

April 2013

 The Prefecture of Catania proclaimed Mt. Etna a “forbidden volcano” on April 5, 2013. Explosive eruptions and lava fountains have been belching forth.

May 2013


Wisconsin is pummeled with 17 inches of snow, in what should be spring.

Saudi Arabia

First in 25 years, flash floods kill 16 people .  The deaths occurred mainly in capital Riyadh, Baha in the south, Hail in the north and in the west.

June 2013


“Tornado in the US. Floods in Czech Republic. SNOW in Kemerovo!”

Meteorologists blame this on a cyclone bringing cold Arctic air from Kara Sea region into Siberia dropping, temperature to lows typical for summer north of the Arctic Circle.

Hungary & Germany

More than 24,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in Germany and Hungary as dramatic increases in the levels of Elbe and Danube rivers continued to cause severe floods in Central Europe.’


Alaska, well known for its long and brutal winters has been coping with high temperature records as a heat wave continues across Alaska. Temperatures in the 80s and 90s are hot for Alaska, where few buildings have air conditioning. In Talkeetna, 75 miles north of Anchorage, reached 96 degrees. In McGrath it reached 94 degrees, crushing its all-time record of 90 set June 15, 1969 –

August 2013

140 Year Heat Wave Melts Shanghai…

 The heat is unbelievable, the streets are melting,   hospitals are clogged and the government is not admitting the truth of just how  many people are being affected by Shanghai’s worst heat wave in the 140 years  that temperature records have been kept in the city.

Shanghai’s extreme  heat wave joins dozens of other weather extremes, ranging from violent storms to  flooding to heat waves and drought from around the world that have characterized  Earth’s climate in 2013. The temperature  is expected to reach 106.F Meteorologists anticipate that a cooling trend will  set in later in the month


Published on 17 Aug 2013

As many as 100,000 people may be evacuated from their homes near Russia’s border with China if the region’s biggest floods for 120 years get worse, Russian media reported on Saturday.

The floods, caused by a month of unusually heavy rain, are not expected to start receding until early September, the head of Russia’s hydrometeorology monitoring service told news agency Ria Novosti.

Television footage showed residents rowing boats past half-submerged houses and military vehicles dumping gravel to counter the floodwater, which has already led to the evacuation of about 170,000 people from the Amur, Khabarovsk and Jewish Autonomous regions.

“The damage is extensive, but the most significant achievement is there have been no casualties … we cannot relax, there is still a lot of work to be done,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a televised address.

Water has swamped huge swathes of the countryside with 400,000 hectares of agricultural land submerged, causing potential damage of more than 2 billion roubles ($60 million), Putin’s envoy to the region Viktor Ishaev was quoted as saying.

In 2012, flash floods killed 171 people and damaged more than 4,000 homes in southern Russia’s mountainous Caucasus region.


Sakurajima Volcano Erupts Largest in Decades

Residents in a southern Japanese city were busy washing ash off the streets Monday after a nearby volcano spewed a record-high smoke plume into the sky.

Sakurajima, one of Japan’s most active volcanoes, experienced one of its most powerful eruptions in decades Sunday, sending an ash plume as high as three miles into the air.

The volcano, located in the far southwestern part of Japan’s mainland on the island of Kyushu, began to erupt at 4:31 p.m. local time Sunday (3:31 a.m. EDT U.S. time). The smoke plume eventually reached a height of 5,000 meters (approximately 16,000 feet), according to the Kagoshima Local Meteorological Observatory. Public broadcaster NHK reported it was the volcano’s tallest ash plume since records began in 1955.

Visibility in the city of Kagoshima, where the volcano sits, deteriorated quickly as ash spread into populated portions of the city of 600,000 residents, according to the English-language NHK World website. NHK World said a pyroclastic flow, a fast-moving current of gas and rock, was observed along a one-kilometer (0.6-mile) swath on the southeast flank of the mountain.

People in Kagoshima city wore masks and raincoats and used umbrellas to shield themselves from the ash after the Sakurajima volcano erupted Sunday afternoon. Drivers turned on their headlights, and local media described the ash like driving through snow at night. Railway operators stopped service in the city temporarily so ash could be removed from the tracks.

Video from Japan’s FNN television network shows the initial moment of the eruption:

Japanese news media said it was the 500th eruption of 2013 at Sakurajima. No injuries or damage were reported.

By Monday morning, the air was clearer as masked residents sprinkled water and swept up the ash. The city was mobilizing garbage trucks and water sprinklers to clean up.

“The smoke was a bit dramatic, but we are kind of used to it,” said a city official who requested anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media.

JMA says there are no signs of a larger eruption but similar activity may continue. It was maintaining an earlier warning that people not venture near the volcano itself.

The eruption is the latest in a string of recent natural calamities in Japan. A deadly, record-shattering heat wave has gripped Japan most of this month. Northern Japan suffered deadly landslides earlier this month and has seen additional heavy rainfall and floods in more recent days.

October  2013


A record-breaking early snow storm kills thousands of cattle in South Dakota as four feet of snow fell. In Rapid City, 23 inches of snow fell. Ranchers have had to deal with heavy losses, in some cases perhaps up to half their herds have died.

The weekend storm led to furloughed staff being recalled after a government shutdown as more than 22,000 homes and businesses in went without electricity. Wyoming and Colorado were also buried while Nebraska and Iowa underwent destructive tornadoes.


Lightning strikes killed 32 people, including nine children, during storms at the weekend in Bihar and Jharkhand, India. It is not rare for lightning to strike someone when it is monsoon season, but that the sheer number of the death toll is extremely rare.
‘About 24 people including seven children were killed Saturday and Sunday by bolts of lightning across Bihar,’ State Disaster Management Minister Renu Kumari Kushwaha said.

In neighbouring Jharkhand, eight people including two children died, Puran Mahto, an official in the state’s Dhanbad district said.

The high death toll is extremely unusual – on average three people die in the UK each year from lightning strikes, while in the US 30 people a year are usually killed.

Last June 27 people were killed in Bihar following lightning strikes and more than two dozen
sustained serious burn injuries.

In 2009 at least 35 people including eight children were killed after they were struck by lightning in the adjoining eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand.


For a couple of weeks, an unusual earthquake swarm (dozens of earthquakes up to a Magnitude of 3.8 ) has been taking place in Eastern Romania, close to Moldovia border. Galati is the province where the earthquakes are happening.

Galati is a region with relatively low seismic activity and earthquake swarms like the current events are only known from the newspapers in other regions.

The quakes have an extremely shallow depth, have a relatively high shaking intensity and are causing a lot of damage in the villages near the epicenter areas (the epicenters have to be situated in an area of many kms and not in one location).

Residents and seismologists are very surprised and are trying to understand what is happening. Oil extraction and floodings where initially mentioned as possible triggers but these reasons cannot explain why some other phenomenons like : a constant sound like “boiling water” (coming from the ground) and a strange water smell (like sulfur) is being noticed.

November  2013

A week after one of the most powerful storms ever recorded killed at least 10,000 people in the central Philippines with huge waves sweeping away entire coastal villages and devastating the region’s main city.


This photo released by the African Union-United Nations Information Support Team shows an aerial view of flooding in and around the town of Jowhar in Somalia, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013.

A slow-moving tropical storm pounded the Somalia coast this weekend, a rare hit for the war-torn country that killed more than 100 people and devastated coastal communities. The unnamed tropical storm made landfall on Sunday (Nov. 10) north of Eyl in the Puntland state, a semiautonomous region that typically receives less than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of rain every year.

The Puntland government said preliminary information indicates that homes, buildings, boats and entire villages have been destroyed and more than 100,000 livestock lost, endangering the livelihoods of tens of thousands of local people. One or two tropical cyclones strike Somalia every decade, but records only go back for about 30 years.

December 2013


Ten people were killed or reported missing, and thousands more had to be evacuated from their homes in order to escape the rising sea waters. 15,000 families in Britain alone were forced to leave their belongings and head to rescue centers to wait out the storm. In Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden, all services were all on high alert and flood defenses were reinforced in order to minimise damage and casualties.

Elsewhere in Europe, two Filipino sailors were washed overboard in high seas as their ship was sailing off the Swedish coast, and their bodies have not yet been found. In Denmark, a van was toppled by gale force winds, killing its 72 year old lady driver.

The storm brought hurricane-force winds of up to 142 miles per hour (228 kilometres per hour), earning it the title of “Xaver”. In northern Schleswig-Holstein state alone, emergency services were called out 2,000 times as road and rail accidents left four people injured, and the adverse conditions damaged ripped off house roofs and smashed windows. Across the rest of Europe, the emergency services fought to contain the situation as harbours flooded, and fallen trees damaged houses, roads, train lines and electricity power lines.

Felled power lines contributed to the chaos causing blackouts affecting 400,000 homes in Poland, and 4000 homes in Germany, with a further 50,000 families in Sweden being left without power. Travel was severely affected, as flights, ferry and train services were suspended all across Europe. In Hamburg, suburban commuter train was derailed when it collided with a fallen tree, leaving the tracks and hitting a bridge post. There were no fatalities but fire-fighters had to free six passengers from the wreckage.

Due to strong winds, many bridges had to be closed, including Europe’s longest, the Oeresund road and rail bridge between Sweden and Denmark which was closed overnight but reopened early Friday as authorities scaled down the alert level from the maximum 3 to 2.It had been 60 years since a storm of similar ferocity had struck this region and the authorities were keen to avoid the same level of devastation that occurred back in 1953, when a storm surge resulted in the deaths of over 2000 people. It appears that their efforts to evacuate people out of danger zones combined with improvements in flood defenses and meteorogical forecasting helped to keep fatalities to a minimum, though the loss of life was still keenly felt.  



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