Archive for February, 2011


Latest Round Of Snow May Set Record:

CHICAGO (CBS) – A brief snowstorm swooped into the area early Friday, putting Chicago within a fraction of an inch of the snowiest February ever.

The National Weather Service measured 0.4 inch of snow at O’Hare–and with more snow expected tonight, the more than 100-year-old record could fall this weekend.

…  The greatest amount of snow recorded in the month of February in Chicago was the 27.8 inches in 1896, according to the National Weather Service. This February is now about 0.4 inches behind that.

Heavy Snow, Rain Targeting Northeast, Atlantic Canada:

A strengthening storm is spreading a swath of heavy snow, flooding rain and increasing wind across the Northeast, with conditions across Atlantic Canada expected to deteriorate.

It is the same storm that brought damaging severe weather and tornadoes to the South Central states Thursday night.

The storm is bringing a plethora of weather to parts of the Midwest and Northeast today, while Atlantic Canada will experience difficult travel conditions tonight into Saturday.

3 Amish kids swept to deaths in swollen creek:

MAYFIELD, Ky. — The bodies of three Amish children were found early Friday after their horse-drawn buggy overturned in a creek swollen by heavy rains in southwestern Kentucky. A fourth child was still missing.

A mother and her six children were trying to cross the creek on a roadway Thursday when the accident happened.

The woman and two of her children escaped but three girls and a boy were swept away.NBC station WSMV-TV reported that they were aged 11, 5, 8 and 6 months old.

And in other icey news: Ice-age child’s remains discovered in Alaska…

The new catastrophe yardstick, ‘Katrina’:

Earth is overdue a solar storm as the sun enters its most active period

The world is overdue a ferocious ‘space storm’ that could knock out communications satellites, ground aircraft and trigger blackouts – causing hundreds of billions of pounds of damage, scientists say.

Astronomers today warned that mankind is now more vulnerable to a major solar storm than at any time in history – and that the planet should prepare for a global Katrina-style disaster.

A massive eruption of the sun would save waves of radiation and charged particles to Earth, damaging the satellite systems used for synchronising computers, airline navigation and phone networks.

Read more at the source via ‘Global Katrina’: Biggest solar storm ever could cause power cuts for MONTHS | Mail Online.

Mainstream news coverage of the everyday effects of “Earth Changes”:

Magnetic north, the point at the top of the Earth that determines compass headings, is shifting its position at a rate of about 40 miles per year. In geologic terms, it’s racing from the Arctic Ocean near Canada toward Russia.

As a result, everyone who uses a compass, even as a backup to modern GPS navigation systems, needs to be aware of the shift, make adjustments or obtain updated charts to ensure they get where they intend to go, authorities say. That includes pilots, boaters and even hikers.

“You could end up a few miles off or a couple hundred miles off, depending how far you’re going,” said Matthew Brock, a technician with Lauderdale Speedometer and Compass, a Fort Lauderdale company that repairs compasses.

Although the magnetic shift has little impact on the average person and presents no danger to the Earth overall, it is costing the aviation and marine industries millions of dollars to upgrade navigational systems and charts.

Read the entire article here:

Compass shift means changes for pilots, boaters, campers – South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com.

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