Top Ten Global Weather Events of 2012

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:34 PM GMT on January 11, 2013

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It was another year of incredible weather extremes globally during 2012. The year featured two of the most expensive weather disasters in world history--Hurricane Sandy and the Great U.S. Drought of 2012, which will both cost more than $50 billion. Thankfully, no disasters had a death toll in excess of 2,000, though the 1,901 people dead or missing due to Super Typhoon Bopha in the Philippines may rank as that nation's 2nd deadliest typhoon ever. Twenty-six weather disasters costing at least $1 billion occurred globally, according to insurance broker AON Benfield. Eleven billion-dollar weather disasters hit the U.S., a figure exceeded only by the fourteen such disasters in 2011. Nine billion-dollar weather disasters hit China, their highest total in a decade of record-keeping. I present for you, now, the top ten global weather stories of 2012, chosen for their meteorological significance and human and economic impact:



1) New Record Minimum for Arctic Sea Ice (September 16)
Sea ice extent in the Arctic fell to 3.41 million square kilometers on September 16, breaking the previous all-time low set in 2007 by 18%--despite the fact that 2012's Arctic weather was much cloudier and cooler than in 2007. Nearly half (49%) of the icecap was gone during 2012s minimum, compared to the average minimum for the years 1979 - 2000. This is an area approximately 43% of the size of the contiguous United States. And, for the fifth consecutive year--and fifth time in recorded history--ice-free navigation was possible in the Arctic along the coast of Canada (the Northwest Passage), and along the coast of Russia (the Northeast Passage or Northern Sea Route.) "We are now in uncharted territory," said NSIDC Director Mark Serreze. "While we've long known that as the planet warms up, changes would be seen first and be most pronounced in the Arctic, few of us were prepared for how rapidly the changes would actually occur. While lots of people talk about opening of the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic islands and the Northern Sea Route along the Russian coast, twenty years from now from now in August you might be able to take a ship right across the Arctic Ocean." Arctic sea ice is an important component of the global climate system. The polar ice caps help to regulate global temperature by reflecting sunlight back into space. White snow and ice at the poles reflects sunlight, but dark ocean absorbs it. Replacing bright sea ice with dark ocean is a recipe for more and faster global warming. The fall air temperature over the Arctic has increased by 4 - 6°F in the past decade, and we could already be seeing the impacts of this warming in the mid-latitudes, by an increase in extreme weather events. Another non-trivial impact of the absence of sea ice is that is causes increased melting in Greenland, contributing to sea level rise.


Figure 1. A sunny, slushy day near the North Pole on September 1, 2012. Webcam image courtesy of the North Pole Environmental Observatory. It won't be many years before Santa's workshop needs pontoons in the summer to stay afloat.

2) Agricultural Drought in the U.S., Europe, and Asia (Summer)
Drought is civilization's great enemy, and the most dangerous threat from global warming. Drought impacts the two things we need to live--food and water. When the rains stop and the soil dries up, cities die and civilizations collapse, as people abandon lands no longer able to supply them with the food and water they need to live. In a harbinger of things to come, severe droughts affected important agricultural regions across the globe during summer 2012, including eastern Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and central North America. Wheat, corn, and soybean crops were among those heavily impacted; global food prices rose by 10 percent during July. While it will be several months before the costs of America's worst drought since the 1930s Dust Bowl are known, the 2012 drought is expected to cut America's GDP by 0.5 - 1 percentage points, said Deutsche Bank Securities. Since the U.S. GDP is approximately $15 trillion, the drought of 2012 represents a $75 - $150 billion hit to the U.S. economy. This is in the same range as the estimate of $77 billion in costs for the drought, made by Purdue University economist Chris Hurt in August, and the Great U.S. Drought of 2012 is going to be one of the top-five most expensive weather disasters in world history.


Figure 2. Corn in Colby, Kansas withers in the Great Drought of 2012 on May 27. Image credit: Wunderphotographer treeman.

3) Superstorm Sandy (October 29)
Hurricane Sandy was the most powerful and second most destructive Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. Ten hours before landfall, at 9:30 am EDT October 29, the total energy of Sandy's winds of tropical storm-force and higher peaked at 329 terajoules--the highest value for any Atlantic hurricane since at least 1969, and equivalent to more than five Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs. At landfall, Sandy's tropical storm-force winds spanned 943 miles of the the U.S. coast. No hurricane on record has been larger. Sandy's huge size prompted high wind warnings to be posted from Chicago to Eastern Maine, and from Michigan's Upper Peninsula to Florida's Lake Okeechobee--an area home to 120 million people. Sandy's winds simultaneously caused damage to buildings on the shores of Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore, and toppled power lines in Nova Scotia, Canada--locations 1200 miles apart! Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, NJ on October 29, with sustained winds of 80 mph and a central minimum pressure of 946 mb--the lowest pressure on record along the Northeast coast. The Battery, in New York City Harbor, had an observed water level of 13.88 feet, besting the previous record set by Hurricane Donna in 1960 by 3 feet. Sandy's catastrophic storm surge was responsible for the majority of the 131 deaths and $62 billion in damage in the U.S. Sandy also brought torrential rainfall in excess of 12 inches to the mid-Atlantic, and blizzard conditions to the central and southern Appalachians. Sandy's late-season show of unprecedented strength, unusual track, and exceptionally damaging storm surge were made more likely due to climate change, and the storm helped bring more awareness and debate about the threat of climate change to the U.S. than any event since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


Figure 3. Hurricane Sandy at 10:10 am EDT October 28, 2012. Image credit: NASA/GSFC.

4) Greenland Ice Sheet melt and Glacier Calving (July)
Measurements from three satellites showed that on July 8, about 40 percent of the Greenland ice sheet had undergone thawing at or near the surface. But during four consecutive days July 11 - 14, temperatures rose above freezing at the top of the Greenland Ice Sheet, which is 10,551 feet (3216 meters) above sea level and 415 miles (670 km) north of the Arctic Circle. Melting of the ice sheet dramatically accelerated, and an estimated 97 percent of the ice sheet surface had thawed by July 12. This was the greatest melt since 1889, according to ice core records. On July 16, an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan calved from the Petermann Glacier in Northeast Greenland. This was the second huge ice island to calve from the glacier since 2010. The glacier's margins have now retreated to the farthest point in the last 150 years. The record melt in Greenland caused the highest loss of ice mass observed in the satellite era, and melting from Greenland is now thought to cause about 0.7 mm/year of global sea level rise, which is about 20 - 25% of the global total.


Figure 4. The massive 46 square-mile iceberg two times the size of Manhattan that calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier on July 16, 2012, as seen on July 21, 2012, using MODIS satellite imagery. Image credit: NASA.

5) Super Typhoon Bopha (December 3 - 4)
The deadliest weather disaster of 2012 was Super Typhoon Bopha. Bopha was the strongest typhoon ever hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, making landfall as a Category 5 super typhoon with winds of 160 mph (260 km/h) on December 3. Bopha made two additional landfalls in the Philippines, on central Visayas and on Palawan, on December 4. The typhoon left 1901 people dead or missing, mostly on the island of Mindanao. If the missing people are presumed dead, this total would make Bopha the 2nd deadliest typhoon in Philippine history. Bopha affected over 5.4 million people and left over 700,000 people homeless. With damages estimated at $1.04 billion, Bopha is the most costly typhoon ever to hit the Philippines. The previous record was the $600 million price tag of 2009's Typhoon Parma.


Figure 5. December 7, 2012: rescuers and residents look for missing victims amongst toppled tree trunks and coconut shells after flash floods caused by Super Typhoon Bopha hit Compostela Valley on Mindanao Island in the Philippines on December 3 - 4, 2012. (AP Photo/Jay Morales, Malacanang Photo Bureau, HO)

6) Northern Hemisphere Warmth (throughout 2012)
Land areas in the Northern Hemisphere reached record warm monthly values for four consecutive months (April - July). Much of the unusual warmth occurred in North America; Canada was 3rd warmest on record for the period January- September, and the United States had its warmest year on record. Many European countries and Russia had record to near-record warm summer temperatures in 2012.


Figure 6. This young lady chose to cool her heels in the Fox River on June 28, 2012, as the temperature was topping 102 degrees in Carpentersville, IL imag credit: wunderphotographer pjpix.

7) Eurasian Continent Cold Wave (January 24 - February 17)
Europe's worst cold snap in at least 26 years hit central and eastern Europe hard during a 3-week period in late January and the first half of February. The 824 deaths being blamed on the cold wave made it 2012's second deadliest weather disaster. Parts of the Danube River froze over for the first time in 25 years, and Northeast China through eastern Inner Mongolia recorded extremely cold minimum temperatures ranging between -30°C to -40°C.


Figure 7. Snow falls in Trogir, Croatia on February 3, 2012. Image credit: wunderphotographer antoniomise.

8) China Floods (July 21 - 22)
Torrential downpours on July 21 - 22 affected Beijing, Tianjin, and Hebei, with several stations recording their highest daily precipitation on record. Mentougou recorded an impressive 305.2 mm (12 inches) of precipitation in one day. The floods killed 129 people and did $4.8 billion in damage, one of a record nine billion-dollar weather disasters to affect China in 2012.


Figure 8. A Chinese man uses a signboard to signal motorists driving through flooded street following a heavy rain in Beijing Saturday, July 21, 2012. China's government says these were the heaviest rains to hit Beijing in six decades. The torrential downpour left low-lying streets flooded and knocked down trees. (AP Photo)

9) Pakistan Floods (August 21 - September 30)
Torrential monsoon rains caused deadly floods in Pakistan, with Balochistan, Punjab, and Sindh provinces the hardest hit. Over 5 million people and over 400,000 hectares of crops were affected by the floods, with more than 460,000 houses and infrastructures damaged or destroyed. The death toll of 455 made it Earth's 3rd deadliest weather-related disaster of 2012.


Figure 9. A driver makes his way on a street flooded from heavy rain in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

10) African Floods (July - October)
Heavy rains in Nigeria killed at least 431, making it Earth's 4th deadliest weather disaster of 2012. Over 3 million people were affected by flooding across 15 countries in Africa, most notably Nigeria, Niger, Senegal, and Chad. The floods destroyed farmlands, homes, and schools, and caused outbreaks of cholera and other diseases.

Other Top Ten Weather Lists of 2012
My Top Ten U.S. Weather Events of 2012.

Wunderground's Angela Fritz's has a list of Top Climate Events of 2012.

A group of seventeen climate scientists and climate bloggers created a Climate Disruption: Critical 2012 Events and Stories list of 19 key climate change events that occurred in 2012.

TWC's Stu Ostro has his annual post showing his pick for top weather images of 2012.

Climate Central has a top-ten most striking images of 2012 post.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Jeff Masters

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Quoting LargoFl:
Good Morning Aussie..I watched a nature show last night about Australia and all the different parrots and parakeets..all the different colors and how they flock to the desert area's after a cyclone dumps the rains and the desert comes alive..amazing show and ,,hmmm..budgies? lol..you guys have some great names for birds..the show went all around australia showing all the different birds..you have an awesome country my friend

Yeah, we have a beautiful natural country.

Fires around Ularu (Ayres Rock)
Daytime


Night time

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In Australia..its the humans that fear the fires, in the forests the tree's and birds look forward for the fires, there are tree's where the fruit will only mature under extreme heat and once the fires have moved on..the parrots etc move in to pluck the now matured fruits..its dinnter time lol..what an amazing show that was last night..AND after the fires..the tree's come alive again sprouting new limbs and leaves, the fires are good for getting rid of the old wood and undergrowth...saw one hmmm parrot..thats been in australia..10 million years, what a hardy breed that is..they think its the oldest breed of bird in the world,I forget the name but its black and smart too....
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Morning Everybody,
I saw this on the BBC world news, after there were several comments on it last night. Even the European TV services are saying how bad this is getting and it probably will go on for some days yet.
I have copied some of the text and the link is below.

"WHO guidelines say average concentrations of the tiniest pollution particles - called PM2.5 - should be no more than 25 microgrammes per cubic metre.

Air is unhealthy above 100 microgrammes. At 300, all children and elderly people should remain indoors.

Official Beijing city readings on Saturday suggested pollution levels over 400. Unofficial reading from a monitor at the US embassy recorded 800.

Once inhaled, the tiny particles can cause respiratory infections, as well as increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease.

Last year Chinese authorities warned the US embassy not to publish its data. But the embassy said the measurements were for the benefit of embassy personnel and were not citywide."

The BBC Link:-
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-209981 47
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Good Morning Folks!.7-day for the Tampa bay area.....
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Good Morning Aussie..I watched a nature show last night about Australia and all the different parrots and parakeets..all the different colors and how they flock to the desert area's after a cyclone dumps the rains and the desert comes alive..amazing show and ,,hmmm..budgies? lol..you guys have some great names for birds..the show went all around australia showing all the different birds..you have an awesome country my friend
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Major Fire Updates

Emergency Warning - Wambelong Fire, Coonabarabran (Warrumbungle LGA) 13/01/13 20:27
Posted: 13/01/2013
An emergency warning is in place for a large fire which is burning uncontrolled in the Warrumbungle National Park to the West of Coonabarabran.



Current Situation

This is a large and dangerous bush fire. The fire is burning around the area of Timor Road.

Police evacuated the area around Siding Spring. All staff of the Siding Spring Observatory were evacuated before the fire impacted and are safe and well in Coonabarabran.

A southerly change has now passed across the fire ground, this is pushing smoke and embers in a north and north easterly direction including the area of Bugaldie. There is also a threat to the Warkton Valley. Police have been doorknocking homes in the area evacuating residents.

Two properties on Timor Road have been destroyed. Parts of the Siding Spring Observatory have been damaged by fire. Firefighting crews will assess these in the morning.
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"Without additional water supplies, Texas will be short 8.3 million acre-feet of water by 2060... ...one million gallons of water equals just 3.07 acre-feet."

Unless Texas experiences an unlikely level of depopulation, I suspect the TexasWaterBoard is vastly underestimating the expectable shortage.
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767. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Fiji Meteorological Services
Tropical Disturbance Advisory #5
TROPICAL DEPRESSION 08F
18:00 PM FST January 13 2013
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A TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT IS NOW IN FORCE FOR HA'APAI AND VAVA'U GROUP, NIUAFO'OU AND NIUATOPUTAPU GROUP FOR TONGA

At 6:00 AM UTC, Tropical Depression 08F (999 hPa) located at 15.5S 179.2W has 10 minute sustained winds of 25 knots. The depression is reported as moving slowly. Position poor based on hourly GMS infrared and visible imagery and peripheral surface reports.

Overall organization has slightly improved in past 24 hours. Deep convection remains persistent in northeast quadrant of system. Outflow good in eastern semi-circle but restricted elsewhere. System lies under an upper diffluent region in a low sheared environment. Sea surface temperature is around 29C. Dvorak analysis based on 0.3 wrap on LOG 10 spiral giving DT=2.0 MET and PT agrees. Final Dvorak number based on DT.

Dvorak intensity: T2.0/2.0/D0.5/24 HRS

Most global models agree on a southeastward movement with further intensification

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 16.2S 178.6W - 30 knots (Tropical Depression)
24 HRS: 17.4S 177.4W - 30 knots (Tropical Depression)
48 HRS: 19.5S 174.2W - 45 knots (CAT 1/Tropical Cyclone)
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766. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center
Tropical Cyclone Advice #30
SEVERE TROPICAL CYCLONE NARELLE, CATEGORY THREE (05U)
2:32 PM WST January 13 2013
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At 2:00 PM WST, Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle (968 hPa) located at 22.0S 110.7E or 355 km west of Exmouth and 440 km northwest of Carnarvon has 10 minute sustained winds of 65 knots with gusts of 90 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving south southwest at 8 knots.

Hurricane Force Winds
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25 NM from the center

Storm Force Winds
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55 NM from the center

Gale Force Winds
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120 NM from the center

Dvorak Intensity:

Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle is expected to continue to move toward the south southwest and is not expected to come closer to the coast before weakening. Narelle is not expected to produce gales on the coast, however a Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Sunday afternoon and evening for parts of the Gascoyne and Central West forecast districts including coastal areas between Cape Cuvier and Northhampton.

Tides along the west Pilbara coast and down the west coast are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark with flooding of low lying coastal areas possible.

Tropical Cyclone Warning
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The Cyclone WARNING for coastal areas from Exmouth to Denham has been CANCELLED

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 23.7S 110.0E - 55 knots (CAT 2/Tropical Cyclone)
24 HRS: 26.2S 109.4E - 45 knots (CAT 1/Tropical Cyclone)
48 HRS: 31.2S 109.9E - 35 knots (CAT 1/Tropical Cyclone)
72 HRS: 37.2S 120.3E - 25 knots (Tropical Low)

Additional Information
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Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle has continued to show a weakening trend despite low to moderate shear, with the effects of cooler ocean temperatures evident in the warmer cloud top temperatures. Shear was around 10 knots from the northeast at 0000 UTC. Shear is expected to remain low to moderate during Sunday with increasing westerly shear on Monday.

Dvorak DT estimates have fallen to 4.0 with the CI held at 4.5. ADT has CI at around 4.0 with raw T numbers mostly in the 3 to 3.5 range. The operational intensity estimate is held at 65 knots [10-min mean] with the expectation that it will reduce further over the next six hours.

Weakening is expected to continue due to cooler Sea surface temperatures, and accelerate on Monday as the system is affected by westerly shear. Narelle is likely to remain a cyclone until Tuesday when it should weaken below cyclone strength well off the west coast.

Model guidance continues to show a relatively low spread in track forecasts with expected motion generally toward the south southwest during Sunday and Monday.

Higher than normal tides are likely about the west Pilbara coast and upper west coast on Sunday, with a shelf wave moving down the west coast likely to push tides above the highest astronomical tide further down the coast during Monday and Tuesday.

Although widespread heavy rain is not expected in the west Pilbara, upslide to the southeast of the cyclone may bring some rain to the Gascoyne and southern parts of the state from Sunday to Tuesday.
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765. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory #4
TEMPETE TROPICALE MODEREE EMANG (06-20122013)
10:00 AM RET January 13 2013
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At 6:00 AM UTC, Moderate Tropical Storm Emang (998 hPa) located at 11.6S 80.9E has 10 minute sustained winds of 35 knots with gusts of 50 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving northeast at 2 knots.

Gale Force Winds
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25 NM only in the southern semi-circle

Near Gale Force Winds
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30 NM radius from the center, extending up to 70 NM in the southern semi-circle

Dvorak Intensity: T2.5/2.5/D0.5/18 HRS

Forecast and Intensity
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12 HRS: 11.8S 79.9E - 40 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modérée)
24 HRS: 12.3S 79.0E - 45 knots (Tempête Tropicale Modérée)
48 HRS: 13.1S 77.9E - 55 knots (Forte Tempête Tropicale)
72 HRS: 13.8S 77.1E - 70 knots (Cyclone Tropical)

Additional Information
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Since 0000z, general pattern of the system has little evolved. First visible satellite pictures show an exposed low level circulation center with convection wrapping around. DT has maintained at 2.5+ for the last hours and consequently, system has been named Emang by the Mauritius Meteorological Services. Maximum wind radius has been reviewed greater in regard of current configuration. It is likely that gales force winds only exists within the southern part of the system.

0300z CIMSS data show that easterly constraint is weakening and should continue to decrease today. For the next days, upper level environment becomes more favorable for intensification, mainly on Monday as both outflow channels is expected to build northward and southward.

However, intensity forecast keeps on being rather tricky in relationship with the small forecast size of the system and with the uncertainty about the influence of the oceanic cooling generated by the system itself as it is expected to track slowly under the combined steering influence of antagonist steering flows.

Track forecast is difficult also. Numerical weather prediction models are not in good agreement and ensemble ECMWF runs are very dispersed. Current forecast is based on 0000z ECMWF run that suggests a most rapid track than previously. Emang is expected to track westward at short range undergoing the steering influence of the low level subtropical ridge. On monday, system should track south-westward under the combined influence of a mid-level low in the south and a building mid-level ridge in the east.

On Wednesday, the system is expected to track again westward as the mid-level subtropical ridge rebuilt in the south.
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707 KEEPEROFTHEGATE: [cyclone] XX/AOI/XXL [at] MARK 36.65N/44.65W

YYT is St.Johns,Newfoundland. The island on the right edge of that animation is SaoMiguel,Azores.

Saw a lot of TropicalCyclones positioned similarly during the 2012 HurricaneSeason
Associated cloud cover hanging 1046miles(1684kilometres) from the center to SaoMiguel(PDL)
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Quoting BtnTx:
It is good to see you back Grothar: Happy Happy Joy Joy to you in this New Year!


Thanks, Bt. Back at ya!
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


What you missed is still here. Business as usual.

There have been some amazing photos posted here, most certainly. Some will give you heart. Some will steal your heart. Some will break your heart. The best way to say it, I guess, is that this blog has a lot of heart.


You've gotta have heart........
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761. BtnTx
Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


What you missed is still here. Business as usual.

There have been some amazing photos posted here, most certainly. Some will give you heart. Some will steal your heart. Some will break your heart. The best way to say it, I guess, is that this blog has a lot of heart.
Very well stated!
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760. BtnTx
Quoting Grothar:


Thanks for the updates, Rookie. I haven't been away this long in quite awhile. I come back on and doesn't look like I missed much. I been looking at some amazing wunderphotos the bloggers have been posting. Some really good ones.
It is good to see you back Grothar: Happy Happy Joy Joy to you in this New Year!
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Quoting Grothar:


Thanks for the updates, Rookie. I haven't been away this long in quite awhile. I come back on and doesn't look like I missed much. I been looking at some amazing wunderphotos the bloggers have been posting. Some really good ones.


What you missed is still here. Business as usual.

There have been some amazing photos posted here, most certainly. Some will give you heart. Some will steal your heart. Some will break your heart. The best way to say it, I guess, is that this blog has a lot of heart.
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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Good to see you back, Grothar. The guys and gals here missed you as well. Your wit and humor has been sorely missed here. ... I tried to fill in for you in your absence. I guess you know how well that probably went over??? ... Well, at least they didn't ban me. I guess that is something?


Thanks for the updates, Rookie. I haven't been away this long in quite awhile. I come back on and doesn't look like I missed much. I been looking at some amazing wunderphotos the bloggers have been posting. Some really good ones.
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Quoting Grothar:


Sorry, Rookie. We got back late last night and had a busy day. I missed you guys.


Good to see you back, Grothar. The guys and gals here missed you as well. Your wit and humor has been sorely missed here. ... I tried to fill in for you in your absence. I guess you know how well that probably went over??? ... Well, at least they didn't ban me. I guess that is something?
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An emergency warning has been issued for a large bushfire burning uncontrolled in the Warrumbungle National Park, west of Coonabarabran.

The fire is currently burning north of Timor Road towards Siding Spring Observatory.

About 12 isolated properties at Mt Woorut, including Siding Spring Observatory, may come under threat, according to the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Siding Spring Observatory is Australia's largest optical astronomy research facility.

Police are evacuating the area.

Firefighters and waterbombing aircraft are on scene.

An emergency alert telephone warning message has been sent to people in the area.

An RFS spokesman said the bushfire was burning to the west of the observatory but could not say how far away it was.

Telescopes at Siding Spring

3.9 m Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAO)
1.24 m UK Schmidt Telescope (AAO)
2.0 m Faulkes Telescope South (LCOGT)
1.3 m SkyMapper Telescope (ANU)
2.3 m Advanced Technology Telescope (ANU)
HAT-South Telescope Network (ANU, CfA, MPIA)
Solaris Telescope (Nicolas Copernicus Astronomical Centre - Poland)
0.5 m Uppsala Southern Schmidt Telescope (ANU)
0.5 m Automated Patrol Telescope (UNSW)
0.45 m ROTSE IIIa, Robotic Optical Transit Search Experiment (UNSW)
Korean YSTAR Telescope (Korean Southern Observatory)

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Quoting Some1Has2BtheRookie:


Hi Grother! I just posted on your blog that you are taking a break when BtnTx inquired about you.


Sorry, Rookie. We got back late last night and had a busy day. I missed you guys.
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Quoting Grothar:
Here is a little sample of Chinese phrases for weather.

When pollution is high it is called Cho-king.

When there is a temperature inversion it is called
"Won Hung Low"

When the weather is clear, it is called Sun-Ni-dai


Hi Grother! I just posted on your blog that you are taking a break when BtnTx inquired about you.
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753. wxmod
Quoting Grothar:
Here is a little sample of Chinese phrases for weather.

When pollution is high it is called Cho-king.

When there is a temperature inversion it is called
"Won Hung Low"

When the weather is clear, it is called Sun-Ni-dai


Fountain of knowledge!!!
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Take out the s in the https. the s makes it secure which means it can't be shared here. Same with twitter photo's



Wow that simple, aye? Thanks, Aussie!
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Here is a little sample of Chinese phrases for weather.

When pollution is high it is called Cho-king.

When there is a temperature inversion it is called
"Won Hung Low"

When the weather is clear, it is called Sun-Ni-dai
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Quoting GTcooliebai:
Well now that would be something else if it were to verify.

Link

Link

Sorry about that image won't post, but it shows snow for the Panhandle of Florida on the 25th.

Take out the s in the https. the s makes it secure which means it can't be shared here. Same with twitter photo's



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Quoting wxmod:


You know, I hadn't thought of tapping into the Gro

Good tip!


Gro doesn't need Google. He already knows the words.

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I'm going hypo right now. Thunderstorming big time here right now. it's very loud.

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747. wxmod
New image of China. MODIS Terra satellite photo a few minutes ago.


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Well now that would be something else if it were to verify.

Link

Link

Sorry about that image won't post, but it shows snow for the Panhandle of Florida on the 25th.
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745. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Darwin Tropical Cyclone Warning Center

A slow moving monsoon trough is strengthening over the Timor and Arafura Seas. A tropical low (1004 hPa) located near 11S 129E is expected to develop further as it moves southwest through the Timor Sea, before moving out of the region by Wednesday.

Tropical Cyclone Formation Potential
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Monday: Low
Tuesday: Moderate
Wednesday: Very Low

Perth Tropical Cyclone Warning Center

The low mentioned may develop into a tropical cyclone late on Tuesday, or more likely on Wednesday when conditions become more favorable. Its potential for development will be monitored over coming days.

Tropical Cyclone Formation Potential
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Monday: Low
Tuesday: Moderate
Wednesday: High
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744. wxmod
Quoting AussieStorm:

I did that. and I got these, WOW!!!













Great! Thanks
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743. wxmod
Quoting Bielle:


Have you tried searching using Chinese words? (That's not being facetious, just practical.) You can go onto Wikipedia's Reference Desk (Language) and ask for someone to provide search terms in Chinese script like "air pollution" "image" "Beijing" "today". I wonder what would happen if you copy-pasted them into the search box. Grothar might even know how to do it.


You know, I hadn't thought of tapping into the Gro

Good tip!
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@robrfs Rob Rogers
Latest image from line scanner for Wambelong fire #nswfires pic.twitter.com/fg7s3UtC



This is the awesome technology used to map bushfires.



Photo of Wambelong Fire from Coonabarabran airport
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741. BtnTx
Has anyone heard from Grothar lately?
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Yeah, good night to the blog too, gettin' late here.
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Think I will call it a Night - Stay Safe - Sleep Well - Bundle up on the West Coast of U.S. ..... lol

46.4 now forecast low 36.0
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Fixed it now.


Yes, I see.....
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Quoting PedleyCA:


Think you got blocked.....

Fixed it now.
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Quoting AussieStorm:

No, I just put Beijing Air Pollution into google translator then copied and pasted it into google search.


Good on ya!
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Quoting AussieStorm:
Monster-clone


Think you got blocked.....

Edit: image loaded that time, weird... web site glitch?
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Quoting Bielle:


Well done! Do you know Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese or another dialect?)

No, I just put Beijing Air Pollution into google translator then copied and pasted it into google search.
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Monster-cyclone
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Quoting AussieStorm:

I did that. and I got these, WOW!!!













Well done! Do you know Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese or another dialect?)
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TD 9S is exhibiting a curved band:

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Quoting Bielle:


Have you trued searching using Chinese words? (That's not being facetious, just practical.) You can go onto Wikipedia's Reference Desk (Language) and ask for someone to provide search terms in Chinese script like "air pollution" "image" "Beijing" "today". I wonder what would happen if you copy-pasted them into the search box. Grothar might even know how to do it.

I did that. and I got these, WOW!!!











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Narelle continues to have an eye, even though it is weakening:

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NSW RFS @NSWRFS
http://ow.ly/i/1mDXq Photo just in of the Coopers Rd fire 20km N Coonabarabran taken from the nearby visitors centre. #nswrfs #nswfires



Lightning from yesterday. hence why so many new fires are starting.
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Quoting wxmod:


I suppose. However, there are an extreme lack of photos of the China pollution event available online.


Have you tried searching using Chinese words? (That's not being facetious, just practical.) You can go onto Wikipedia's Reference Desk (Language) and ask for someone to provide search terms in Chinese script like "air pollution" "image" "Beijing" "today". I wonder what would happen if you copy-pasted them into the search box. Grothar might even know how to do it.
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Rob Rogers ‏@robrfs
Image from linescanner of fire burning in warrumbumgle. glad not near homes as there is no stopping that. #nswfires pic.twitter.com/KaINPurU
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Quoting MontanaZephyr:


Interesting.

sort of off topic, but I couldn't count the number of times I will learn of a breaking story reading Aussie news websites, sometimes even state-side events. I suspect that each country discourages reporting of certain items and the rest it doesn't care about. Slants are oftimes different too.

I guess free speech means differently in different countries.
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