Cyanobacteria Bloom covers Lake Okeechobee
A large Cyanobacteria bloom of blue-green algae has spread over Lake Okeechobee. It started beck in the spring and has really taken off under these weather conditions. There has been testing to see if it is a toxic strand, so far it appears not to be. Last test samples were taken Monday, the results will be in on Thursday. More here..
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Museum May Fall in Kilauea
'We probably will not ever return.' Park official reflects on Kilauea's past, present, and future
Published on Jun 22, 2018Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has now been closed for six weeks, and the popular Jaggar Museum is all but deserted.
Watch for heavy downpours meandering across the northern half of the nation this week.
Corpus Cristi Precipitation Total
Texas flood information, evacuations, shelters and other info from USGS can be found here.
Customers Climb on Tables as Pennsylvania Restaurant Floods Inside Edition
Published on Jun 21, 2018Cars floated down the street as flash floods wreaked havoc in Pittsburgh Wednesday night. Inside a restaurant,customers panicked as water came rushing in. People were climbing on chairs and tables trying to stay safe as an estimated 3 to 6 feet of water flooded the establisment. Nikki Cialone recorded this video and says it was complete chaos. "The glass doors broke and all the water shot in all of a sudden,” she told Inside Edition.
Blob Watch Continues
The the blob of moisture has some mid-level spin to but is not really expected to develop. It hasn't been declared anything other than a rain maker. It may bring 15-20 inches of rain to Corpus Christ and a large area mostly north and northeast from there.
Five Day Precipitation Forecast
Jellyfish Dare Continues at Volusia County Beaches in Florida
The jellyfish invasion in Volusia County continues as do the onshore winds. 2,500 people have been stung in the last 10 days in that county. After 350 were stung the first day people have scoffed at the warnings and braved the jellies. Vinegar is best to neutralize the stings. Seek a lifeguard. These have had extra brittle tentacles that may need tweezers to remove. Don't rub them in, makes is worse.
Trans-fats Ban in Food Should Save ~50,000 Lives a Year
In 1993 it was coming out through research that trans-fats were killing people with heart disease. In 2004 the Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA to take the hydrogenated fats out of food. Fourteen years later it's finally coming to pass. Special thanks to Michael Jacobson and others that fought for this and everyone that has stopped buying products containing trans-fats. The social media shaming was instrumental in stopping some of the big restaurants from serving up a recommended weekly allowance of trans-fats in one meal. For more click here.
Hail Aftermath in a Garden
My opinion~ this garden probably isn't a total loss. Some of the cooler weather veggies should not lose too much production over it. Moving hail away from tender plant stems can help save them.
Louisville Colorado Hail Storm June 18th, 2018 Erick Gilbert
Published on Jun 18, 2018Louisville Colorado Hail Storm June 18th, 2018
World of Unrest
So far this June Earth seems to have shifted to even more a state of unrest. Volcanoes have come to life and the earthquake maps are lit up...with so many in Hawaii.
June 16 2018 11:54 AM Mt. Sakurajima Volcano Aomori Prefecture, Japan Volcano Eruption
June 14 2018 02:03 PM Volcan Santo Tomas, Galapagos Island of Isabela, Galapagos Island Volcano Activity
June 14 2018 04:50 AM Mount Agung volcano Island of Bali, Indonesia Volcano Eruption
June 11 2018 02:30 AM Great Sitkin Volcano State of Alaska, USA Volcano Activity
June 04 2018 03:22 AM Fuego Volcano Chimaltenango, Escuintla, Guatemala Volcano Eruption
June 01 2018 12:44 PM Mt Merapi Volcano Central Java, Indonesia Volcano Eruption
May 21 2018 07:51 AM Mount Merapi Volcano Central Java, Indonesia Volcano Eruption
May 04 2018 04:14 AM Kilauea volcano State of Hawaii, USA
651 earthquakes occurred today. The strongest was 5.3, located 5km WSW of Volcano, Hawaii. Current stats from tertrema.
This is still an unpredictable tropical disturbance. Lot of moisture and factors in play. GEOS-5 and other models has it rain on Texas and North Mexico. Remnants and another wave may compile to set it off in the Bay of Campeche, week after next.
1-3 Day Precipitation Forecast
SWELL OF THE YEAR 2018 | THE WEDGE |June 11th 2018| ENTRY #1 | 2018 EDITION | Watershots
Published on Jun 15, 2018Giant Waves hit the Wedge. This was one of the best swells I have witnessed at Wedge. You definitely had to be at the right place at the right time. Easily some of the best waves I have ever seen. Some of the hardest poundings i have taken. Using my Sony A7SII and My Aquatech Water-housing to get these Watershots. Some waves were perfect some waves destroyed you. June 11th, 2018 was incredible and a day I will never forget.
All The Wedge guys were charging. Surfers Mike Harris, Tommy Cantrell, Alex Johnston, Brad Ettinger, Mitchell Grant, Brad Domke and more(tag them if you know them.
Bodyboarders include: Mike Lucas (Man of Water), Hideto Shibata, and more (tag them if you know them)
Song: EEkkoo Lunr - lost
Hurricane Bud Headed to New Mexico
Hurricane Bud was down graded today as he hit cooler waters but not before drowning alot of cars and causing coastal flooding damage.
Current Bud on GOES_EAST Floater from ramsdis
Bud's Cone from National Hurricane Center
Kilauea's Green Gems
It has been raining Olivine Crystals from Kilauea. Over 50% of the earth's crust it composed of this green mineral or variations of. Usually it is bound with lava or other rocks. Kilauea is blowing bits of it free that is then raining down in areas near the the eruptions. So far the gems have reported to be small and not life threatening when falling from the sky. When Olivine is in it's quality gemstone form it is known as peridot.
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano starts raining green gems
Published on Jun 13, 2018The scene around Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, now in its fifth week of intense eruption, has taken a turn for the surreal.
Amid the ash-grey skies and flame-streaked lava spilling from the volcano’s fissures, tiny, glittering green gems are appearing, at times even raining from the sky.
Blob in the Caribbean
RAMMB Floater 1. Should update when page refreshes. Currently on the blob models have been hinting but undecided about. A Kelvin wave should pass to the south bringing favorable conditions. NHC is giving it less than 40% of becoming a storm in the next 2 and 5 days.
Hurricane Bud was still intensifying this morning.
Flood Hits Dave Matthews Band Concert
Published on Jun 10, 2018
Torrential rains compounded by a clogged drainage pipe caused between 20 and 30 vehicles to flood during the Dave Matthews Band concert at Jiffy Lube Live, Prince William County Fire and Rescue said. STORY: http://bit.ly/2xZMXc2
Levee Database Goes Public..Gates Open at Lake Okeechobee, Algae is Already Blooming..There's a Reservoir Plan
The National Levee Database is now available to be perused by the public. Turns out nationwide there is 8,798 Levee Systems containing 29,124 Miles of Levees. There is 46,507 Levee Structures and the Average Levee Age is 55 years old. It was easy to check out the levee system built nearby in 1991. Found 24 miles of embankment levee well west of Palm Bay on the west side of the river. It was last been inspected in 2015 and deemed unacceptable.
The height of Lake Okeechobee recently spiked with all the rain to over 14 foot. The locks on both sides of Florida were opened so the Lake could be lowered. This has affected water quality in the canals, locks and beaches they flow into. Here is the daily Lake height and flow rates through the various canals.
To the east:
6.1 billion gallons of Lake Okeechobee water has been discharged to the St. Lucie River since June 1.
27.3 billion gallons of water has flowed through St. Lucie Lock and Dam since May 8.
Brown algae blooms has been reported at:
Shepard Park, where Frazier Creek enters the river in downtown Stuart
Palm City on the north side of the Palm City Bridge
Port Mayaca, where Lake Okeechobee water is discharged toward the St. Lucie River
St. Lucie Lock and Dam
Much of the C-44 Canal connecting Lake O and the St. Lucie.
Indian River Lagoon
Blue green toxic algae has been found in lower levels in Port Mayaca
Above is the various Lake Okeechobee levels over time in blue.
Below the Mayor from Sanibel Island speaks out as the area loses tourist due to the Lake run off.
Sanibel Mayor speaks out on Lake Okeechobee runoff Published on Jun 8, 2018The mayor of Sanibel wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering, addressing the concern that the runoff from Lake Okeechobee was damaging quality of life on the island and affecting the local tourism economy.
Bill Passes to Build a Lake Okeechobee Reservoir
Wednesday the 2018 Water Resources Development Act was passed by the US House, that included a Reservoir for Lake Okeechobee. The project should help relieve the flooding threat and filter water more so than release it straight to the ocean. The Senate is expected to vote on it's version of the bill this summer. Florida passed a similar bill this past year. Nearly 500 acres has already been purchased, mostly from the Seventh Day Baptists. Below is a map of the reservoir project area.
With the various volcanoes venting and seemingly more than some years nearer to the equator, thought it might be a good time to glance at SO2 in the atmosphere.
First a look from NASA at the different sources of SO2. This gas that can cool the atmosphere for a few years after major eruptions not only comes from volcanoes, but from human endeavors such as oil and gas exploration, power plants and smelting.
Looking at the GEOS-5 Chem model, specifically SO2 Col Mass the various sources can be seen belching varied amounts. Fuego and Kilauea can easily be spotted in the GEOS forecast. Both their plumes are headed in a generally west direction as is other volcanoes in the equatorial region from the Caribbean through Central Pacific. The western edge of the Ring of Fire has the SO2 being swept north and south toward the poles and back eastward. Some additional close up graphics of Kilauea SO2 plume from NOAA can be found here.
According to the Guam Weather Office Vog from Kilauea has already affected the Marshell Islands and is expected to impact Kosrae, Pohnpei and possibly Chuuk in the Federated States of Micronesia this week.
Volcanoes Behaving Badly
Hurricane Season is Here
This seems like a tougher year to forecast the number of storms ahead. Don't really see ENSO being a limiting factor. We are going into this with the switch not thrown. Globally storms have been scarce and weaker recently or more on land. The other basins have had fewer than their share overall so far too which tends to lend to a busier Atlantic Season or WPAC. There has also been alot of mid-'70s references in the records broken the last few months. Of my analog years 4 have a high number of depressions with about half as many named storms. Two had high number of storms and high number of named storms (both were more recent analog years). The other two years had low storms and named storms. Looking at that, the trend so far and with lesser confidence I'll go 19 (depressions) -16 (named storms) -10 (hurricanes) -4 (major storms). Considering SSTs and such, I'm trending toward it being a year more likely to have land-falling storms. Main Development Region (well out in the Atlantic) may never really heat up but closer to land maybe plenty warm for homegrown storms. This SST forecast also lends to maybe relatively more for the Atlantic than WPAC.
Volcan de Fuego Erupts
The most active volcano in Central America, Volcan de Fuego has erupted for the second time this year. This one was a bit larger and has killed atleast seven people. Twenty were injured, many more are missing and assumed buried in ash or lava. El Rodeo Village had lava come into it and is one of the harder affected areas. 3,100 people have had to evacuate from nearby communities. Shelters are open. Over all this is affecting around 1.7million people. Ash is falling on Guatemala City, Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango, Escuintla and the tourist town of Antigua. More here.
Webcam Antigua Guatemala, Refresh page for most recent image. Link to live cam
A Song to the Lava
An eighteen-year-old girl singing her song in front of lava Published on Jun 3, 2018Eighteen-year-old Hawaiian resident Kumsa Maphalala sings the song "Burn It Down" in a few meters from vocalno Kilauea lava.
Kumsa composed this song in May, when Kilauea's fissures eruption has been started