Tropical Cyclone Irina kills 72 on Madagascar

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:13 PM GMT on March 07, 2012

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Heavy rains from Tropical Cyclone Irina have killed 72 people on Madagascar and left 70,000 homeless, according to news reports. Irina never reached hurricane strength, but dumped heavy rains on the island over an extended period, February 29 - March 2. The area affected was remote, so the reports of the disaster only today reached the outside world. Irina is the deadliest tropical cyclone of 2012 thus far, and the second deadly storm to affect the island in recent weeks; Tropical Cyclone Giovanna hit the island two weeks ago as a Category 3 storm, killing 35 and leaving 240,000 homeless. Irina is expected to dissipate over cold waters southwest of Madagascar over the next day.


Figure 1. Tropical Cyclone Irina over Madagascar at 07:15 UTC March 1, 2012. At the time, Irina was a tropical storm with 65 mph winds. Image credit: NASA.

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Quoting Grothar:


Great movie!
Yes, it is.
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Quoting gordydunnot:
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Lol I'll get off after this. This man is the god of Reddit.
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Quoting gordydunnot:
Grothar I remember we were playing football on the field and we heard a strange noise looked to the west and the most amazing curtain of water was coming at us at about 20 mph. We ran for shelter it over took us. It didn't rain a drop until the curtain hit you. had to see it to believe it. But yes you could set your clock to the afternoon rain. My Dad played softball in the late 40's he said it was almost impossible to get a season in it used to rain so hard in the afternoon the fields would stay flooded for hrs.


Oh, I believe it. I've been on I-95 when it was raining on one side and not the other.
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Well I'm off. Hope everyone has a wonderful night (or morning).
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try this video out I think you will like this, as in some was it eases all concern sit back relax and enjoy wish I knew how to directly post http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedd ed&v=9D05ej8u-gU
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Quoting Neapolitan:
People who realize that the cheapest price items don't always come at the lowest cost.
Yes you have to take in things like utility and repair but thats why I put in same product.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:Who in the right mind is going to shop at a store with the same products for a higher price?
People who realize that the cheapest price items don't always come at the lowest cost.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
Going back to your taste in music would you happen to be a fan of the Offspring?
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Quoting bluheelrtx:
Quoting hurricanehunter27:Who in the right mind is going to shop at a store with the same products for a higher price?

Call me crazy, but my conscience has been clean for nearly a decade.
Not at all. In fact I think it is very respectable.
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Oh I forgot nice video Keeper and thanks for the Solarham updates Pat
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Grothar I remember we were playing football on the field and we heard a strange noise looked to the west and the most amazing curtain of water was coming at us at about 20 mph. We ran for shelter it over took us. It didn't rain a drop until the curtain hit you. had to see it to believe it. But yes you could set your clock to the afternoon rain. My Dad played softball in the late 40's he said it was almost impossible to get a season in it used to rain so hard in the afternoon the fields would stay flooded for hrs.
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:Who in the right mind is going to shop at a store with the same products for a higher price?

Call me crazy, but my conscience has been clean for nearly a decade.
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The Serpent Dust Devil of Mars


A towering dust devil, casts a serpentine shadow over the Martian surface in this image acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The scene is a late-spring afternoon in the Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars. The view covers an area about four-tenths of a mile (644 meters) across. North is toward the top. The length of the dusty whirlwind's shadow indicates that the dust plume reaches more than half a mile (800 meters) in height. The plume is about 30 yards or meters in diameter. A westerly breeze partway up the height of the dust devil produced a delicate arc in the plume. The image was taken during the time of Martian year when the planet is farthest from the sun. Just as on Earth, winds on Mars are powered by solar heating. Exposure to the sun's rays declines during this season, yet even now, dust devils act relentlessly to clean the surface of freshly deposited dust, a little at a time. This view is one product from an observation made by HiRISE on Feb. 16, 2012, at 35.8 degrees north latitude, 207 degrees east longitude. Other image products from the same observation are at http://www.uahirise.org/ESP_026051_2160 . HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates the orbiter's HiRISE camera, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, built the spacecraft.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona"
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I just preached my sermon to the camera, in preperation for youth sunday(April 8th)

got it on computer, going to see how i was :D
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Current Mayan Date

baktun 12 katun 19 tun 19 uinal 3 kin 11
Haab: 19 Kayab
Tzolkin: 1 Chuen
Mayan epoch: 11 Aug, 3114 B.C.E.

...date based on local time 9:28:46pm, Wed Mar 7, 2012
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Quoting gordydunnot:
Grothar, is absolutely correct about S. Fl. weather.I think it is due to the urban spread to the west. The afternoon showers have defiantly migrated further west over the last 40 yrs. The hot air in my opinion allows for a lot more moisture in the air without precipitation and reduced moisture release by foliage as it has been cut and cleared for development. It is odd we used to have a tropical disturbance almost every year in June below Cuba that would inundate S. Fl. for a week. Many had no names or designations as they were referred to as lows back then.You have to see S. Fl. to believe how large an area is under pavement.i say a good 80 miles by 15 miles.


You got it. In the afternoons, one could always see the clouds building in the west. By mid-afternoon they would move to the east as the sea breeze died down and we would get tremendous thunderstorms. That doesn' happen anymore. Not enough moisture since everything is urban sprawl.
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Sunspot 1428 which has spent the last little while in the shadows of 1429, just produced a minor C7.2

Solar Flare at 02:53 UTC early Thursday morning.






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I just finished watching a Walmart commercial not to long ago talking about the cheap prices.Lol.
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Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:


What an incredible video and orchestra! I hope everyone was able to view that in full screen at 1080P and surround sound speakers. Very, very impressive!
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Grothar, is absolutely correct about S. Fl. weather.I think it is due to the urban spread to the west. The afternoon showers have defiantly migrated further west over the last 40 yrs. The hot air in my opinion allows for a lot more moisture in the air without precipitation and reduced moisture release by foliage as it has been cut and cleared for development. It is odd we used to have a tropical disturbance almost every year in June below Cuba that would inundate S. Fl. for a week. Many had no names or designations as they were referred to as lows back then.You have to see S. Fl. to believe how large an area is under pavement.i say a good 80 miles by 15 miles.
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Quoting KoritheMan:


Meteorology actually, o_O.

But yeah, Walmart sucks. Had another manager complain to me yesterday, but I fought back this time. They want you to become their personal *****, and I'm not going to.

I'm leaving that cesspool as soon as I can. Count on it.


Advise you to suck it up and keep your job. It's not like anyone's hiring or anything.
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Quoting Patrap:


2 words.

Your Guess. lol

But then again, Im a "Blue Nose" ..so Plttttttttttttt!


Gotcha!
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

Yes, it is called an Early College, lol.

My school: Pender Early College High School
Wow lol thats pretty cool.
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Quoting Grothar:


HAHA. This is how I cam back.



2 words.

Your Guess. lol

But then again, Im a "Blue Nose" ..so Plttttttttttttt!
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Quoting Patrap:


Back to States..as we went from Tromso, to Portsmouth for Washdown of Equip.
Then to Germany, Holland and Back to Moorehead City.

Then Bussed up to MCAS Cherry Point.

USS Raleigh LDP 1

..note the forward and Aft Phalanx Domes.



HAHA. This is how I cam back.

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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
I guess I'm the same? Not an "Early Collage". If you want to check it out its called Woodward Academy. Personally I thought most High School's were like that in the sense that late work was your own responsibilty. Taking notes is a given. Just happy my parents sacrifice so much to send me there. By Early Collage do you mean a Collage Preparatory school?

Yes, it is called an Early College, lol.

My school: Pender Early College High School
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
No not true at all. Its mainly defence spending, entitlment programs, and stimulas. The goverment debt is not truely reflective of the US economy.

But who is ready to give up entitlments? I sale to a lot of small Mom and Pop business and they have had a hard time and they carry this country on their backs. Sorry will get off my soap box and get back to weather.
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Quoting Grothar:


Back to Germany?


Back to States..as we went from Tromso, to Portsmouth for Washdown of Equip.
Then to Germany, Holland and Back to Moorehead City.

Then Bussed up to MCAS Cherry Point.

USS Raleigh LDP 1

..note the forward and Aft Phalanx Domes.

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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I go to an Early College, so they treat us like we are actually in college. We get lectures in class all period and have to take notes, but they won't slow down, it's our responsibility it email them if we miss work, and they decide IF we get to make it up.

It's not easy, trust me. :P
I guess I'm the same? Not an "Early Collage". If you want to check it out its called Woodward Academy. Personally I thought most High School's were like that in the sense that late work was your own responsibilty. Taking notes is a given. Just happy my parents sacrifice so much to send me there. By Early Collage do you mean a Collage Preparatory school?
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.....TEH.
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Quoting Patrap:


April and earlier as we had a Nor'easter out at Sea Easter Sunday..returning.



Back to Germany?
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Quoting BaltimoreBrian:


But it is rewarding for the self-motivated :)

And it will pay off in the long run. But still, I have four years left...
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Well the NATO Operation,TEAMWORK 84 Gro and I was on was in Feb-March 84' I do Believe..

Right over Tromso tonight..

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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Remember before the downfall of Rome what the last emperors did to try and stay into power for as long as they could:


Bread
and
Circuses

Bread = Welfare, Obamacare, and free stuff for everyone.

Circuses = Has anyone been watching the news recently? Half of it is stupid celebrity nonsense and talking heads trying to outdo each other. And the biggest news isn't the brewing Middle East war or oil prices, it's "Snooki Engaged and Pregnant!!!"

Welcome to the start of the downfall of the American Empire, people. Brought to you by large corporations, political greed and the politicians quest for power!

As seen by a realist concerned by recent world events.
I don't really understand why everyone thinks America is falling appart. We just got some huge debt problems. People are just freaked out cause the economy sucks. This talk always comes around when its sucking. Btw lots of countries survive debt problems it just really sucks.
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I go to an Early College, so they treat us like we are actually in college. We get lectures in class all period and have to take notes, but they won't slow down, it's our responsibility it email them if we miss work, and they decide IF we get to make it up.

It's not easy, trust me. :P


But it is rewarding for the self-motivated :)
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Remember before the downfall of Rome what the last emperors did to try and stay into power for as long as they could:


Bread
and
Circuses

Bread = Welfare, Obamacare, and free stuff for everyone.

Circuses = Has anyone been watching the news recently? Half of it is stupid celebrity nonsense and talking heads trying to outdo each other. And the biggest news isn't the brewing Middle East war or oil prices, it's "Snooki Engaged and Pregnant!!!"

Welcome to the start of the downfall of the American Empire, people. Brought to you by large corporations, political greed and the politicians quest for power!

As seen by a realist concerned by recent world events.


I thought that bread and circuses was implemented long before the fall of Rome? Or was it emphasized and implemented in a larger way near the end?
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Quoting weatherbro:


Is that a UFO down at the bottom lol?


Actually I'm curious as to what body that is. At first I thought Venus or Jupiter but that doesn't make sense since both are visible in the night sky and I think the flare happened just after midnight UTC.
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Quoting Xyrus2000:


High school IS easy. You won't grasp how easy it is until you're older. High school is the last years of life treating you with kid-gloves. Once you get to college, those gloves start coming off. After college, life puts on a pair of brass knuckles. With spikes.

Enjoy it while you can. :)

I go to an Early College, so they treat us like we are actually in college. We get lectures in class all period and have to take notes, but they won't slow down, it's our responsibility it email them if we miss work, and they decide IF we get to make it up.

It's not easy, trust me. :P
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Quoting Patrap:
I've sipped cold Tromso brewed Local Beer and Gazed up at the Northern Lights..in Spring.



Itsa Bucket list item I can assure you.


How late in the spring can you seem them? By late April there isn't much deep night there.
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Quoting gulfbreeze:

You may be right but our debt is due to a large part that we keep sending our jobs over seas and one day soon we will wake up and find out we make nothing!!
No not true at all. Its mainly defence spending, entitlment programs, and stimulas. The goverment debt is not truely reflective of the US economy.
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Quoting SPLbeater:


it isnt a blob..look at visible imagery. most of those cold cloudtops to the north and south are outflow :D


Impressive convective structure for what looked like nothing on IR. :P
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Quoting Grothar:


Macko-Wacko. Would that have been April or May? Those were some nights, eh Pat?


April and earlier as we had a Nor'easter out at Sea Easter Sunday..returning.

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That solar storm will make a nice night for aurora watching!

http://www.gi.alaska.edu/AuroraForecast/NorthAmer ica/2012/03/09
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Quoting hurricanehunter27:
Ok who elects them to office? The top rich are a tiny ammount of the US population. At some point they will have to listen to there constituency. Money really helps get them re-elected and thats about it. And it really pisses me off how people only blame the Republicans. Its EVERYONE! Best way to fix it is put a limit on terms and stop the fact that working for congress is now a caree instead of a service.


Sorry, I added the democrats in after you quoted my post. I will admit that everyone is the problem.

The top rich might be a small amount of people but they hold the most power in any country (whether it be a democracy, monarchy, dictatorship etc). Yes, politicians have to listen to it's people and repeat what they want to get elected, but they don't generally do what the people want unless it has some benefit to the rich.
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Quoting Patrap:
I've sipped cold Tromso brewed Local Beer and Gazed up at the Northern Lights..in Spring.



Itsa Bucket list item I can assure you.


Macko-Wacko. Would that have been April or May? Those were some nights, eh Pat?
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The Old Way of deceit, fear and War is dying.
The New way, forming.

Row hard.

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