Cave Discovery Shows How Humans Survived the Extreme Weather 78,000 Years Ago
A large cave system was found in Southeast Kenya, located 15km from the coast. It's name is Panga ya Saidi. The cave system housed homo sapiens at least as far back as 78,000 years ago. It was in a more stable climate area where people could feed off the woods and animals in the area. It looked inhabited all throughout the time of the Toba super-eruption 74,000 years ago which caused major weather disruptions and die offs of people and other species. Many artifacts were found dating from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The cave reveals a point around 67,000 years ago when homo sapiens began on more technical endeavors. It was the dawn of crafting small useful items. More here..
At the Kenyan site the scientists found several different symbols of tools and culture of primitive humans. These are, from left to right: Worked red ochre; bead made of a sea shell; ostrich eggshell beads; bone tool; close-up of the bone tool showing traces of scraping
Carnies Convicted in Bounce House Wind Death
Been following this trial in Essex over a seven year old girl's death. The carnival owners were taking down inflatables as a storm blew up. The girl wanted to bounce just a little bit longer. The carnival owner agreed and then the wind carried the bounce house down a hill. It stopped when it hit a tree. William Thurston, 29, and his wife Shelby Thurston, 26, were convicted of gross negligence manslaughter.
There is two invests out there 97W & 90E. The tropics overall haven't been very active; the flooding, landslides and such continue on.
Minor FLOODING across JAMAICA (May 7, 2018) Teach Dem Teach Dem
Published on May 9, 2018
Swirl Watch On
Issued a Haircon Advisory on the blob approaching Florida a few days ago. Models are coming into more and more agreement this may rain on Florida's weekend. GEOS-5 shows it being no worse than a possible Tropical Depression but may put a damper on Sunfest..
High Winds to the North
High winds tore through from Michigan to Toronto and through the Northeast disrupting power, removing shingles and damaging trees. Over 300,000 people are without power. Atleast two deaths and two major injuries have occurred so far.
Wind storm leaves path of destruction in Toronto CityNews Toronto
Published on May 4, 2018A look at some of the destruction caused by the wind storm Friday afternoon in Toronto. Nitish Bissonauth speaks with a passenger who was on a flight that made a harrowing landing at Billy Bishop.
Possible Swirl Watch
GEOS-5 has some swirl watching Mid-Atlantic tomorrow night into Thursday. Has it struggling after detaching from the front. Diving to the Southwest it loses convection as it goes without ever really firing well from the center. Poofs by Friday.
Global Worst Wine Harvest in 60 Years
2017 failed to produce the grapes and now the wine lovers will be served some whine instead. Though 25 billion liters of wine was produced it was 1.7 billion short of 2016. Weather was mostly to blame. Europe had ill timed freezes, hail then drought, Both South Africa and California's crop were devastated by wildfires. Quality has suffered as some blending of better and not so palatable is bringing flavor down a notch. The price of cheaper wine is already having a disproportionately larger percent increase. Wine stats can be found here.
East Central Florida Flooding
Drivers rescued from flood waters at Maitland-Winter Park line WESH 2 News
Locally there has been some heavy rain. A messed up drainage situation can turn deadly around here. Luckily people were on hand to fish others out of this car drowning trap on 17/92 at the Maitland-Winter Park line. They even saved Elvis..check out that license plate.
Tornadoes Caught Traipsing Across the South
The one in Fort Walton Beach tossing debris in the water was something..
An 18 year old blind and nearly deaf dog stayed with a 3 year old that wandered off on New South Wales. The child was lost through a night of rain and 50F weather. In the morning when searchers got near, the dog ran to them and guided them back to the girl.
Wind is up tonight and from the east for a change. After watching the day go by with showers coming in off the Atlantic to the south and north, finally Melbourne's turn came this evening. The wind hitting the east trees, the way it comes in waves off the ocean with certain sounds, reminds tropical season is nigh. Still has a cool touch to it, subtropical like. The switch is on. All the outdoor lettuce got too hot last week and has since been eaten. Some bush bean are up, a few squash & the tomatoes should be coming in soon. Blueberries have been very good this year. Looks like thousands of Surinam cherries coming.
Long Lived Storm on the Loose
Looking at GEOS-5, shows some long lived storm energy that is currently over the Midwest and Mississippi Valley. Has it coming to the Gulf of Mexico, then getting swept up in a front that it dominates. The tail of that and another front forms the possible sub-tropical low people are swirl watching on models in ~240hrs out in the Atlantic. The GFS has liked it a bit as well. Below is the real time viewfrom CIMSS.
Excessive Hail Continues
4-21-2018 Childress, TX Large Hail, Accident, Hail Fog Live Storms Media
As a cold front pushes into the plains and south the atmosphere is destabilizing a bit this week. So far today there has been only one wind report to the Storm Prediction Center with trees damaged and limbs snapped in Sebastian, AK. Later today there is a slight risk across parts of Texas with marginal risk extending over a large area from The Four Corners thru Texas & back up into Ohio. Mississippi River Basin is taking more rain. They should have near completely closed the Bonnet Carre Spillway from the last flood. With this rain forecast it was announced the other day that a second opening may happen. It would be the first time ever it was opened twice in one year.
GEOS-5 has today's worst weather in Oklahoma. Wednesday still looks like the most severe day and concentrates it in Texas. Thursday has the worst now over coastal Texas, with lesser thru Louisiana, Mississippi & more severe in Tennessee.
Cyclone NORA Aftermath
Cyclone NORA has degraded into a remnant low but much of it's water remains over Queensland & Northern Australia. 40 people were rescued from two Cairns caravan parks in the flood. The youtube below captures some of what is described here, where the campers were smashed into buildings from that event when 100mm of rain fell in a minute.
floods in Cairns, Tropical cyclone Nora damage, inundations Queensland , North Australia Cities of the World
Published on Mar 27, 2018floods in Cairns, Tropical cyclone Nora damage, inundations Queensland , North AustraliaQueensland damage,
Australia Cyclone Nora
Mike Hughes Launches His Homemade Rocket
Mike Hughes launched in his homemade rocket Saturday in California. It went 1,875 ft in altitude before deploying two parachutes and taking a hard landing. Mike still looks undecided on if the earth is shaped like a Frisbee. He has plans to build a rocket that launches from a balloon and could go 68 miles in altitude. He also has plans to run for governor.
Lookout For Next Week's Weather
The two most prominent features of the coming week's weather are some fun swirl watching in the Atlantic and severe storms, the worst probably being in Texas and Oklahoma.
The swirl watching should come from the storm over the Mid-Atlantic states. It should push off over the Carolinas. When it first spins up and has the most convection it should be half frozen. Once it detaches from everything and warms up as a storm, it weakens. NASA's model never shows this firing from the center so it shouldn't make any sort of Sub-tropical classification.
Wednesday and Thursday may be severe weather days for Texas with some spilling into Oklahoma. Thursday night into Friday the system moves east some as other part of the south begin to take bad weather..notably bad is Mississippi.
Kenneth Graham to be Next NHC Director
NOAA announced today the Kenneth Graham would be the next Director of the National Hurricane Center, starting April 1st. He has been at the NWS New Orleans-Baton Rouge office since 2008. With his experience working coastal offices from Maryland to Texas and in events like Katrina to the Gulf Oil Spill, he looks qualified and recommended by his co-workers.
NOAA to Get New Planes
The $1.3 trillion spending package that Congress just approved includes $122 million for NOAA to acquire backup aircraft for its older fleet of "hurricane hunter" jets.
Comedian and Producer Byron Allen Bought the Weather Channel TV network
Comedian and producer Byron Allen bought the Weather Channel TV network for $300million. This was just the television portion of what used to be part of The Weather Company before Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast Corp. broke them up and sold the digital assets to IBM. Byron Allen has been putting together a network and is planning on investing farther into the Weather Channel including having more local reports.
Bad night for severe weather across parts of the south tonight. The worst is across north Alabama, moving into north Georgia overnight. So far the hail winner is GILES TN with 2.5in tennis ball size. Wind reports show alot of trees down. Some were suspected tornadoes, others straight line or rear flank downdraft winds. Added some tornado footage videos out of Alabama below.
Tornado footage from Falkville, Alabama AL.com
Published on Mar 19, 2018Special thanks to Cody Kustermann for the footage
Tornado in Russellville, Alabama. AL.com
Published on Mar 19, 2018Credit: @paulcannol Instagram
Overall hail events have been up on the up tick this last week. It's probably aided by the turbulent change in season. Spring and Fall are times when hail is more prevalent as is during the sort of wavy jet stream pattern that we are in now. I went to check the Global Wind Oscillation..in certain phases it helps hail readily form in certain areas. It looks like the GWO plotting ended when the scientists that supported the pages retired.
Pakistan had hail accumulate in Parachinar city and surrounding areas. The hail flattened crops and damaged orchards mostly.
San Carlos, CA also saw a rare hail, it even accumulated.
Intense Hail Storm in San Carlos, California | Mar 17, 2018
Published on Mar 17, 2018
Lesotho Hail & Flooding
Hail hit hard in Lesotho's southern Quthing district where a group of School children were caught out in the open. They suffered wounds to mostly heads and hands. Below is video of the event where the flooding sweeps up a truck with 10 people, 6 manage to escape or be saved from the flood.
Another Truck Rescue in Kenya Flooding
At least 15 people have died across Kenya due the heavy rains that have fallen over much of the country.
Flooding in Kenya merkeju
Published on Mar 16, 2018