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Re: Giant wave hits Canadian beach

Unread postby Isard » Thu Sep 04, 2008 6:18 am

Seems all the abnormal events are happening now... :cry:

AN abnormally high tide was reported along South Africa's west coast on Thursday, according to South African news reports. Oceanographers in that country are investigating the cause of what was described as a "mini-tsunami", during which sea levels rose and fell about a metre higher and lower than average. Craig Lambinon of South Africa's National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) in Cape Town told The Namibian on Monday that although the surge was minor, it had caused damage. At St Helena Bay, a car was pulled into the sea and some factory buildings suffered damage. Lambinon said the NSRI had asked Geoff Brundrit, a retired professor of the University of Cape Town's Oceanography Department, to investigate the phenomenon. "We hope to hear from him soon to see if the surge was due to weather or seismic activity under the ocean," he said. According to him, hydrographical readings at Walvis Bay indicated seismic activity in the Atlantic Ocean. Walvis Bay and Luederitz are apparently the only two locations in Namibia where hydrographical monitors have been placed - the readings are fed directly to the South African Hydrographic Centre in Cape Town. There were reports that the "mini-tsunami" was caused by a "massive underwater landslide" offshore from the Orange River, but Lambinon said it was too early to say what the real cause was. A Namport source at Walvis Bay told The Namibian that there was no sign of a surge at Walvis Bay or Luederitz.

"If there was something, our phone lines would be ringing red hot," the source said. The source said if there had been abnormal rises and drops in the sea level it would have affected port traffic. He said large, fully loaded cargo ships entered the port at high tide to avoid hitting the ocean floor. "If a heavy ship did come in, and the tide dropped [by about a metre], especially when the tide was going out, then we might have experienced problems. But nothing like that was reported," the source said. Riaan Burger of Namdeb at Oranjemund also said nothing was detected there. He said a rise or drop of about one metre would not be a major problem to Namdeb's mining operations. "Rough seas during a spring tide would be more of a concern to us," he told The Namibian. Ciaran MacDevette, Assistant Tidal Officer at the Hydrographic Centre in Cape Town, confirmed the incident. "Unfortunately we are not able to draw any conclusion since the incident is being investigated," he said. "There was however anomalous tidal activity - the readings were different to stormy conditions and similar to the small surge that followed the South East Asia Tsunami in 2004, which could also be felt along South Africa and Namibia's coastline a couple of weeks later." He said in general such a small fluctuation would not be detected with the naked eye, except where people lived along the beach and were familiar with the shape of their shoreline during normal tide variations.)

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Re: Giant wave hits Canadian beach

Unread postby BlueSkyHope » Tue Sep 23, 2008 6:09 pm

Another Giant Wave Report
Eastern Pacific Tropical Depression Karina said to be the cause of event
RSOE EDIS Website wrote:Sept 4 2008 - 03:04:23 UTC (Thursday)
Location: N 22° 53.432 W 109° 55.004

Police say an American tourist drowned after a giant wave swept him and two others away in southern Baja California. The U.S. Embassy confirmed that Richard Harry Barr, 72, from Fort Smith, Arkansas, drowned in Cabo San Lucas on Tuesday. State police investigator Enrique Wilar says the two other people managed to swim to shore. Wilar said the three were taking a walk on a beach when they were swept away. The surf was unusually rough from the effects of Tropical Depression Karina. On the same stretch of beach two years ago, a giant wave swept away and killed an American tourist.)


RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service Website
hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert_read.php?cid=18355&lang=eng


Update on Giant Wave off South African West Coast
Which had occurred August 27 2008 - 18:23:24 UTC (Wednesday) per RSOE EDIS Log Date
although the account's original writeup said Thursday (see Isard post above)
This Situation Update mentions Wednesday, August 20th, and Thursday, August 21st.
Timeline:
Seismic Activity August 20
Tide Changes in 6 Hours August 21st
Apparently Some More of Same?
Giant Wave on August 27th-28th?
This seems sketchy to me, but it has been ongoing apparently.

RSOE EDIS Website wrote:Location: S 26° 36.343 E 15° 7.114
Oceanographers believe that an undersea earthquake, followed by a mudslide, in the Atlantic caused the mini-tsunami that damaged factory buildings on the South African west coast recently. The South African National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) says hydrographic readings from Cape Town, Port Nolloth, Luederitz and Walvis Bay show evidence of seismic activity on the night of Wednesday, August 20. "All activity had ceased by the following day, indicative of the most likely origin being an undersea earthquake resulting in an undersea mudslide," an NSRI statement reads. "The Port Nolloth hydrographic monitor shows the most extreme variance." The NSRI was alerted to a sudden change in sea level at a number of places along the west coast on August 21. Witness reports indicated three sudden tide changes in a matter of six hours. NSRI's spokesperson Craig Lambinon told The Namibian that the surge was minor, but it dragged a car into the sea and caused damage to factories at St Helena Bay. Oceanographer Professor Geoff Brundrit, Chairman of the Global Ocean Observing System, initially said there could be three causes of the surge - a mid-ocean earthquake, a mid-ocean slump (similar to a mudslide), or extreme thunderstorms. Brundrit later said hydrographic monitoring equipment at Walvis Bay showed considerable activity over three days. This could only point to seismic activity - and earthquake - in the Atlantic Ocean, the NSRI statement said.
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Warming in Iran reported by Havaria RSOE EDIS

Unread postby Isard » Tue Mar 24, 2009 8:55 am

From RSOE Emergency and Disaster Information Service
Budapest, Hungary

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert_read.php?cid=20924&lang=eng

Event description:
This winter, temperatures in Iran were much warmer than in previous years, to the point that people sought out the shade to protect themselves from getting sunburns. It’s really amazing how warm this past winter has been. People have even begun to turn on their air conditioners in some cities, which they had never before used at this time of the year. The warming has been compounded by the drought, which is worse than last year’s. Water flows in some of Iran’s rivers are slowing down, the mountain snow is melting like heated butter, many wells have run dry, and farmers are despondent. Pictures posted on the Mehr News Agency website on February 20 showed that the Zayand-e-Rud River, an important river that passes through the beautiful city of Isfahan, has run dry. The current drought, which is probably due to global warming, has made Iran one of the world’s leading importers of wheat over the past year. Scientists say carbon emissions are responsible for climate change. However, this warning has not been taken seriously by many of the world’s most important decision-makers. )


And here, the article from Mehr News:
http://www.mehrnews.com/en/NewsDetail.aspx?pr=s&query=drought%20&NewsID=850820

Signs of global warming in Iran
TEHRAN, Mar. 17 (MNA) -- This winter, temperatures in Iran were much warmer than in previous years, to the point that people sought out the shade to protect themselves from getting sunburns.
It’s really amazing how warm this past winter has been. People have even begun to turn on their air conditioners in some cities, which they had never before used at this time of the year.



The warming has been compounded by the drought, which is worse than last year’s. Water flows in some of Iran’s rivers are slowing down, the mountain snow is melting like heated butter, many wells have run dry, and farmers are despondent.


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Re: Summer Snow {Melted Hail} Arrives in New York and New Jersey

Unread postby socrates » Sun Jun 21, 2009 2:37 pm

http://blog.timesunion.com/austinbenconnor/2009/06/16/weird-weather/

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Jen Smith on June 16, 2009 wrote:That was a heck of a storm that blew through Niskayuna last night. We had hail for probably 15 minutes straight. It wasn’t huge but it was loud.

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These were from our backyard. A little bit later I got a call from my brother. He lives in Schenectady near Central Park. He said they had no hail, yet when they drove up to Mohawk Commons, this is what they saw!

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That’s a LOT of hail! At least we didn’t have to shovel, like they did in New Jersey!



New York has been getting absolutely drenched this month. It is reminiscient of what happened here for a few months around the same time in Massachusetts back in 2006.

June's Rainy Weather Makes People Crazy (June 20th)

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As mentioned yesterday, Thursday's record-breaking rainfall for a single June day (2.3 inches) puts NYC within striking distance of breaking 2003's record June rainfall of 10.23 inches—and we've got almost two weeks to go....

While we have that "woe is me and my rainy June" attitude, to be fair, at least we didn't get socked with 4.5 inches of rain yesterday the way Chicago did (crazy video included).


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Yesterday's storms were impressive, both visually and statistically. Besides the impressive display for the eyes, the storms smashed the city's single-day rain record for June 19 with 3.97 inches of rain falling at O'Hare, also good enough for the third wettest June day ever and the city's twelfth wettest day ever overall. Of course, that was just at O'Hare. As WGN Weather reports, well over 4.5 inches of rain fell on the Northwest Side.
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Re: The Blob in Alaska

Unread postby socrates » Sun Jul 19, 2009 4:12 pm

Huge blob of Arctic goo floats past Slope communities

Don Hunter of The Anchorage Daily News wrote:Something big and strange is floating through the Chukchi Sea between Wainwright and Barrow.

Hunters from Wainwright first started noticing the stuff sometime probably early last week. It's thick and dark and "gooey" and is drifting for miles in the cold Arctic waters, according to Gordon Brower with the North Slope Borough's Planning and Community Services Department....


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Alaska Sea Blob Mystery (Sorta) Solved

Steve Pendlebury AOL News wrote:(July 17) -- Dark blobs are lurking in the sea off Alaska's North Slope.

What sounds like a sci-fi movie was a real mystery. Scientists, initially puzzled, have figured out what the floating goo is. But they still don't know why it's there.

Hunters and fishermen became concerned when they spotted the stuff last week. Gordon Brower was among the local officials who went out to take a look. They all returned baffled. No one had ever seen anything like it....


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So it's some kind of mystery algae bloom that no one has a clue how it got there. Folks are saying it's definitely not oil and is biological in nature. That's some weird looking black goo with strands in it.
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