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This blog has previously touched on two vitally important topics: alcohol consumption and weather. Today, we combine these two wonderful themes and the Jim Cantore Drinking Games are born.This blog has previously touched on two vitally important topics: alcohol consumption... more
Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks about the need for federal aid after Irene and the state of Vermont's roadways and infrastucturehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6NFXMEEYAQ Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks about the need... more
Within a week, Mother Nature delivered an earthquake and a major hurricane to the northeast section of the United States. We are not sure what side she is fighting on, but she needs to back off a bit. Irene, a hurricane with a girl’s name, packed a punch like a roller derby queen and WHACKO-TV was there to cover the news. From live coverage from elected officials telling us how bad is was going to be, to our French report Jean-Paul out there in the trenches to show us how bad it really was. This one is titled Goodnight Irene.Within a week, Mother Nature delivered an earthquake and a major hurricane to the... more
As Hurricane Irene gradually weakened from a category 2 hurricane to a tropical depression New York residents saw their city prepare for what seemed like the end of the world. As hordes of New Yorkers clamored around grocery stores forcing shortages of water and non perishables on shelves, many wondered if this is sane? Some us saw it this storm for it was, a gross political spectacle of crisis spun by the likes of the weather channel and the federal & local government for something simply dealt with a raincoat.
Just a reminder to our newly arrived New Yorkers... we are not Florida! Chill out
http://gothamist.com/2011/08/27/mta_insider_on_hurricane_irene_wors.phpAs Hurricane Irene gradually weakened from a category 2 hurricane to a tropical... more
US President Barack Obama has warned that flooding and power cuts are still a risk as Tropical Storm Irene moves away north towards Canada.
Link : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-14705074US President Barack Obama has warned that flooding and power cuts are still a risk as... more
It offends me to no end the way they insist on politicizing everything environmental. Why does concern and honest, open discussion about the health of our world have to be cast in a liberal vs. conservative light. I want open debate concerning climate change, not baseless rhetoric.
"The idea Irene is a “harbinger” of climate change is just as reliable as the predictions uttered with sober certainty only 48 hours ago that the storm would cause unprecedented damage. But there is one trend we can rely upon to be true. Despite the complete absence of proof, for the foreseeable future, global warming alarmists will continue to spout theories about an increase in hurricanes and any other type of bad weather and assert they are the result of human activity that is cooking the planet. And much of the mainstream media will continue to report such wild theories as if they were verifiable facts."
I don't know whether or not Irene is a sign of anything, nor do I don't claim to, and especially not just for political reasons. I do know know we're actively taking a massive dump all over our planet, and that's just a horrible idea. Pond scum, Pa-tooie!
http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2011/08/28/irene-hurricane-warming/It offends me to no end the way they insist on politicizing everything environmental.... more
Hurricane Irene brought hilarious tweets, slip 'n slides, raw sewage....and red mushrooms? Reader Luke Dohner sent us the above photos, and told us he found them this morning across the street from East 2nd Street near Avenue C, where he locks up his bike every day...and they weren't there before the storm! "There are about 100 in this little triangle park, about 8 inches tall, spongy body, and lots of flies. Bright red with a dick head-like shape. Looks like more are coming up today," he wrote us.
We think they may be related to the Phallaceae family of mushrooms, also known as "stinkhorn mushrooms"—they are known for their foul smelling sticky spore masses. As Dr. Casey Simon told the Huffington Post, hurricanes create the perfect climate conditions for mushrooms to grow...including "magic mushrooms," psilocybin (which are noted by their bluish-gray stems). In case you're thinking about going down there and eating them, naturopathic physician Dr. Suneil Jain warned that many mushrooms can be toxic, and shouldn't be consumed unless they've been examined by an expert.
Update: According to Sally Bondor, "my mushroom book calls them the Mutinus Caninus or "Dog Stinkhorn.'" Dog Stinkhorn, which are part of the Phallaceae Family, is generally considered not edible, although it is "probably edible" at the ‘egg’ stage.
http://gothamist.com/2011/08/28/photos_strange_red_mushrooms_sprout.phpHurricane Irene brought hilarious tweets, slip 'n slides, raw sewage....and red... more
Hurricane IRENE is on her way to New York City shutting down the city, subways, baseball games, broadway shows, beaches and forcing evacuations throughout the Jersey Shore and NYC! Here is what she has to say about all the panic!Hurricane IRENE is on her way to New York City shutting down the city, subways,... more
People up and down the East Coast are bracing for Hurricane Irene’s arrival this weekend. When will she make landfall, and what damage might she bring to your area? Tracking a hurricane isn’t an exact science, but thankfully there are a number of sites that can keep you informed.
The Queen Mother of hurricane-tracking sites is the National Hurricane Center. It serves up information straight from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), including current advisories, satellite photos, and a number of maps that show projections for wind speed and storm surge.
Storm Tracker Websites for Hurricane Irene
Weather.com is an obvious stop for storm trackers. It has boatloads of maps and videos from Weather Channel meteorologists and storm chasers who show you what the storm has done to the Bahamas and what the potential impact might be in a large population center such as New York City. More maps and projections can be found at Weather Underground, which also includes the updated and informative Jeff Masters’ WunderBlog. And rounding out the weather sites is MyWeather.com; its Hurricane Tracker page features a Bing map with Irene’s projected path.http://usatopsearches.com/storm-tracker-websites-for-hurricane-irene/ People up and... more
By Brad Johnson on Aug 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as a Category Two storm, and is expected to track a path of destruction up the densely populated Atlantic coast, with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordering the first-ever mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas of the city. As the U.S. government report “Global Climate Change Impacts in the US” summarized in 2009, warming of the oceans is causing Atlantic hurricanes to become more intense and dangerous:
The destructive potential of Atlantic hurricanes has increased since 1970, correlated with an increase in sea surface temperature. An increase in average summer wave heights along the U.S. Atlantic coastline since 1975 has been attributed to a progressive increase in hurricane power. The intensity of Atlantic hurricanes is likely to increase during this century with higher peak wind speeds, rainfall intensity, and storm surge height and strength. Even with no increase in hurricane intensity, coastal inundation and shoreline retreat would increase as sea-level rise accelerates, which is one of the most certain and most costly consequences of a warming climate.
Below, ThinkProgress Green explores in more detail how Hurricane Irene has been made more destructive by the combustion of hundreds of billions of tons of fossil fuels.
Oceanic Warming. Greenhouse pollution is causing the world’s oceans to warm. Sea surface temperatures in the region where Hurricane Irene formed and along its track are around 0.5°C warmer than they were about 30 years ago. “This rise is simulated pretty well by climate models forced by anthropogenic changes in greenhouse gases and aerosols, implicating these as the probable cause,” Dr. Doug Smith, the climate scientist who leads the Met Office Decadal Climate Prediction System tells ThinkProgress. This increased heat adds about 10 to 20 miles to the top potential speed of the hurricane’s winds. Storm surge increases proportionally to the square of the wind speed, meaning a 10 percent increase in hurricane wind speed means a 20 percent increase in storm surge. Climate scientists are debating how global warming and natural variability are interacting to change the intensity of Atlantic storms overall.
Sea Level Rise. Greenhouse pollution is causing the world’s oceans to rise, both because of warming of the ocean water and because of the melting of Greenland and Antarctica. Sea levels have been rapidly rising along the East Coast of the United States. Because of a combination of the global sea level rise and because of subsidence, Boston’s relative sea level has increased 11.8 inches since 1990, and sea level at Norfolk, VA has steadily risen 14.5 inches over the past 80 years. The one-foot rise in sea level means that damage from Hurricane Irene’s storm surge will be about 50 percent greater than it would have been otherwise.
More Atmospheric Vapor. As the world’s oceans have warmed, the amount of atmospheric water vapor has increased by about 4 percent. Rainfall rates due to hurricanes appear to have increased by 6 to 8 percent since about 1970 in association with increased water vapor in the atmosphere and warming. “This is because of the dominant reliance of storms on the resident moisture in the atmosphere and the moisture convergence for precipitation and latent heating in storms,” Dr. Kevin Trenberth wrote in 2007. “These warm ocean temperatures will also make Irene a much wetter hurricane than is typical, since much more water vapor can evaporate into the air from record-warm ocean surfaces,” tropical meteorologist Jeff Masters explains in the Daily Beast. “The latest precipitation forecast from NOAA’s Hydrological prediction center shows that Irene could dump over eight inches of rain over coastal New England.”
Increased Extreme Precipitation. Because of greenhouse pollution, heavy rains in the United States have increased 14 percent over the 20th century, much greater than the increase in overall precipitation. This has been one of the wettest years in history for the Northeast, directly in the path of Hurricane Irene. Hurricane Irene’s wind and rain will more easily topple trees in the loose, saturated soil and flood rivers, reservoirs, and drains.
Millions of people and billions of dollars of property are at risk from this one storm, in this year of billion-dollar climate disasters. Global warming pollution is far from the only reason that Hurricane Irene shouldn’t be thought of as a “natural” disaster. Much of the devastating potential of Hurricane Irene will be a consequence of past decisions about land use, construction and coastal preservation, mitigated by the brave work of public servants under attack by Tea Party conservatives. Even as we have polluted the climate to increase the threat from Atlantic storms, we have overbuilt the increasingly vulnerable coasts. Although Irene is being described as a “once in a lifetime” threat, the weight of the evidence indicates that this storm is merely a harbinger of our dangerous future.
More at linkBy Brad Johnson on Aug 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the... more
Evacuation orders widened Thursday to include parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia and more North Carolina counties after the forecast for Irene took a turn for the worse. In Florida, eight people were reported injured by rough waves stirred up by the menacing hurricane.
Link : http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44270712/ns/weather/Evacuation orders widened Thursday to include parts of Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia... more
Irene's flooding 'could be a hundred-year event'
By the CNN Wire Staff
August 25, 2011 4:38 p.m. EDT
NEW: Bahamas reports damage but expects tourists to return quickly
King memorial dedication still on schedule in Washington
States of emergency in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Virginia,parts of North Carolina
Ocean City, Maryland, will begin a mandatory evacuation at midnight
Editor's Note: Check out "Open Story: Hurricane Irene," a collaborative effort of CNN and iReport contributors who are documenting the storm as it moves across the Atlantic Ocean. Read more about Hurricane Irene from CNN affiliate WBOC.
Miami (CNN) -- Five governors declared states of emergency Thursday as Hurricane Irene threatened to wreak havoc along the United States' Eastern Seaboard.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley declared emergencies for their states, while North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue declared a state of emergency in counties east of Interstate 95. The emergency declarations allow states to free funds and prepare resources that may be needed.
If Irene continues along its current track, "from a flooding perspective, this could be a hundred-year event," Christie said. He encouraged voluntary evacuations to begin immediately. "Anybody who is on a barrier island should go," he said.
Christie said it was too soon to know whether there will be mandatory evacuations.
Hurricane Irene batters Bahamas
In parts of North Carolina, mandatory evacuations were under way Thursday.
The military moved more than two dozen ships out to sea ahead of the storm.
As of 2 p.m. ET, the Category 3 storm was pounding the Bahamas, with its eye over Abaco Island, the National Hurricane Center said.
Cat, San Salvador and Long islands "took direct hits," said Gayle Outten-Moncur of the National Emergency Management Agency. "There has been bad flooding in some areas."
By Thursday afternoon, no deaths or injuries had been reported in the island chain. Officials reported widespread power outages, impassable roads, downed trees and flooding in some spots. Still, they expected tourists to return by the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds were at 115 mph as the storm worked its way northwest.
"I didn't really want to take my chances," said Janeen Wall, who left her vacation spot in Carolina Beach, North Carolina, to make it back to Richmond, Virginia. "Also, if I waited for an evacuation order, I would have to share the road with more than a few thousand other folks trying to leave at the same time."
A mandatory evacuation order was in effect for residents and visitors in Hyde County, North Carolina, which includes Ocracoke Island, reachable only by boat or private plane, on the Outer Banks.
Ocracoke resident Farris O'Neal, 40, told CNN that for the first time he may head for the mainland instead of sticking out the storm. "It's different this time," he said. Since the last big storm, he has gotten married and had two children. "My wife is sick, and so's the baby."
Nearby Dare County, which includes Manteo, Nags Head, Duck and historic Kitty Hawk, had an evacuation order for tourists only.
Carteret County also issued a mandatory evacuation order for visitors in part of the county. On Friday, there will be a mandatory evacuation for all residents of Bogue Banks, said county spokesman Rodney Cates.
Ocean City, Maryland, Mayor Richard Meeham announced a mandatory evacuation beginning at midnight, CNN affiliate WUSA reported.
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