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Cold wave of 2010 wanes; major jet stream pattern change coming

By: Dr. Jeff Masters, 3:18 PM GMT on January 12, 2010

The worst of the cold wave of 2010 is over for the Southern U.S. Temperatures this morning across the southern tier of states rebounded substantially from the lows observed Saturday through Monday, and the citrus growing region of Florida did not receive sustained periods of temperatures below 28°--the critical threshold for fruit damage. Only one record low for the day has been reported so far this morning by the National Weather Service, a 25°F low at Melbourne, Florida, beating the old record of 26° for the date set in 1982. For comparison, 11 low temperature records were set Monday morning in Florida. Temperatures will continue to recover throughout the week as a major re-orientation of the jet stream takes place. By next week, a significant January thaw will occur over the Eastern U.S., and a period of stormy weather and heavy precipitation will impact the Western U.S.

Key West's temperature bottomed out at 51° this morning, breaking its string of 5 consecutive days with temperatures below 50°--the second longest such stretch on record there. However, the damage is done in the citrus growing regions of Florida, where four nights of extremely cold temperatures over the past week may have killed 7.5% of this year's citrus crop.

Here's a list of the number of daily minimum low temperature records set at major airports during the cold wave of January, 2010, in the South:--Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida:

January 2: 1 FL
January 3: 1 SC
January 4: 4 FL, 2 GA
January 5: 1 AR, 1 FL, 1 TX
January 6: 5 AL, 1 AR, 17 FL, 1 GA, 1 LA
January 7: 15 FL, 1 GA
January 8: 2 FL, 2 TX
January 9: 2 FL, 17 TX
January 10: 7 FL, 4 TX
January 11: 11 FL, 1 TX
January 12: 1 FL (data not all in yet)


Figure 1. Ice encases tangerines in Altoona, Florida. Image taken Sunday, January 10, 2010 by wunderphotographer CAVU.

A major jet stream pattern shift coming
As I noted in my post on Thursday, a sharp kink in the jet stream and a strong negative phase of the North Atlantic Oscillation was responsible for this winter's cold blast over eastern North America and Europe. However, the ridge of high pressure that has been blocking the west-to-east motion of weather systems over the past ten days is weakening and progressing eastwards, which will allow a jet stream pattern more typical of an El Niño winter to set up next week. The jet stream will dive southward over California, bringing a strong flow of moist, Pacific air to the West Coast. A series of powerful storms is expected to begin battering California Sunday, and these storms should bring significant drought relief--and flooding rains--to most of California and portions of Arizona. The stormy period will likely last at least a week.

A strong low pressure system will also bring heavy rain to the Gulf Coast this Friday and Saturday. It currently appears that the large amount of cold, stable air this weekend's cold wave has delivered to the Gulf will prevent the storm from generating a significant tornado outbreak. Some isolated severe thunderstorms are possible with this storm, and we may see the Storm Prediction Center issue a "Slight" risk area of severe weather for this storm, late this week.


Figure 2. Surface pressure and precipitation forecast for next Wednesday, January 20, from this morning's 00Z run of the GFS model. A strong low pressure system is expected to impact the West Coast and Desert Southwest, bringing large areas of rainfall in excess of 1/2 inch (green colors) during a 12-hour period. While the timing and areal coverage of this precipitation event will no doubt be different than this, given that 8-day forecasts are pretty unreliable, we can expect a very wet and stormy period of weather for the Western U.S. next week. In the Eastern U.S., a surface high pressure system will set up over the East Coast, pumping warm air northwards and bringing a significant January thaw to the Midwest and much of the Eastern U.S.

I'll have an update on Wednesday.

Jeff Masters
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Reader Comments

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Thanks Dr M, link below to an article by Allan Hoffman, meteorologist out of Raliegh, NC, discussing the 2 week wet period and a possible return to the icebox in early Feb 10:

Link
Great news. Now we'll get a break from the global warming deniers.
There is no doubt the we have seen the "ugly, frigif cold side of climate variation"!!

Bring on the JANUARY THAW :0)!!
Thanks for the update, Doc. I'll be expecting more snow next week then...
Quoting Bordonaro:
Thanks Dr M, link below to an article by Allan Hoffman, meteorologist out of Raliegh, NC, discussing the 2 week wet period and a possible return to the icebox in early Feb 10:

Link


It is definitely possible but it is far out in time I would say. If it does come to pass I hope it just hope it is not nearly as cold as this one.
Thank you very much Dr. Masters for your latest blog update!

Good news in that most of us in the Eastern CONUS will get a much needed respite from the bitter cold we have experienced since the start of 2010.
We just need to find a big atmospheric lock and key, and keep all that cold air locked up.

And I hope that whatever Arctic incursion we have is milder than the last one!! My electic bill and my wallet would appreciate that!!
Dust storm warning for Midlands, Tasmania
Tuesday January 12, 2010 - 15:18 EDT

Tasmanian Police have advised motorists about a dust storm on the Midland Highway between Tunbridge and Ross.

They have warned of high winds and the storm has reduced visibility to 20 metres.

Police are asking motorists to slow down.

- ABC

What The.....Okay, 1 question I have on this article, where is the dust coming from?
Tasmania is the little island at the southern tip of Australia, surrounded by the southern ocean, and most of it is national park and very very green. Is the dust coming from the mainland or from somewhere in Tasmania. I will endeavor to find out.
Quoting Bordonaro:
We just need to find a big atmospheric lock and key, and keep all that cold air locked up.

And I hope that whatever Arctic incursion we have is milder than the last one!! My electic bill and my wallet would appreciate that!!


My parents had to turn on the heater for 4 days in Miami. My dad remembers only max having it on for two before this.
Quoting newenglandnative:
Great news. Now we'll get a break from the global warming deniers.


What are you talking about....you are so far in left field you can't see the plate!
Lets try that again.

We are all treated discussions with family and friends regarding weather and climate.
I note that my borther-in-law is an self proclaimed expert in this (and numerous other) matters. Using his extensive experience and powers of reasoning and deduction, any single data point that he observes can be extrapolated to the entire planet! Gerrrrrr.

So the question remains, is anyone aware of a single source reference (THAT IS NOT CLIFFS NOTES !!) that discusses ALL of the various world weather patterns and how they historically tend to act AND INTERACT. These weather patterns would include;

- El Nino (all flavors)
- La Nina (does it come in flavors ?)
- the Pine Apple Express
- the North Atlantic Oscillation
- various Monsoon patterns
- jet streams (all of them)
- whatever happens around Antartica
- anything else that I haven't included.

Thanks again.
Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, Australia Forecast
Now: 80.8°F falling
Feels Like: 83.1°F
Relative Humidity: 63%
This morning: 75°F
Today: 88°F
Updated at 02:30 EDT
Quoting AussieStorm:
Parramatta, Sydney, NSW, Australia Forecast
Now: 80.8°F falling
Feels Like: 83.1°F
Relative Humidity: 63%
This morning: 75°F
Today: 88°F
Updated at 02:30 EDT

Tuesdays temps
Jan 12 Min: 71.1°F Max: 100°F
You can see the Potential Severe Weather threat LOW moving East over Mexico.....




Models do not appear to have it being as severe as 24hrs ago.

Bordonaro, Amen to your post about the electricity bill. I had a noticable increase as well.

We have a couple of more nights here in the Jax area of sub freezing temps before the warm advection finally begins in earnest here ahead of the developing GOM Low system.

But, I am so ready to wave goodbye to the Great Freeze of 2010!!!!!!

When it is all said and done by Thursday morning, it is likely that temps will be sub freezing for 13 out of the first 14 days of this month and year!

An absolutely amazing prolonged cold period, one in which I have never, ever seen here as a native North Floridian.

BTW, the lowest temperature for me during this entire event was 19.8 degrees, which was yesterday morning.

Each other morning temp has been in the 20-26 range during this event, except Jan 2, when the temp was 32.7 for a minimum.

Thanks, Dr. M...
Quoting ElConando:


My parents had to turn on the heater for 4 days in Miami. My dad remembers only max having it on for two before this.


For the next 2 weeks, milder weather will return to Florida, actually, most of the US.

Unfortunately, it's an El Nino winter that is acting mighty strange, maybe it's a "hybrid" El Nino, with a -NAO and -AO twist!
Quoting unf97:
Bordonaro, Amen to your post about the electricity bill. I had a noticable increase as well.

We have a couple of more nights here in the Jax area of sub freezing temps before the warm advection finally begins in earnest here ahead of the developing GOM Low system.

But, I am so ready to wave goodbye to the Great Freeze of 2010!!!!!!

When it is all said and done by Thursday morning, it is likely that temps will be sub freezing for 13 out of the first 14 days of this month and year!

An absolutely amazing prolonged cold period, one in which I have never, ever seen here as a native North Floridian.

BTW, the lowest temperature for me during this entire event was 19.8 degrees, which was yesterday morning.

Each other morning temp has been in the 20-26 range during this event, except Jan 2, when the temp was 32.7 for a minimum.



Well, it looks like this may have been a 200 year event for you guys; in January of 1797 a surveying crew noted 5-8" of snow in the Baker County area and an extended period of freezing weather...in 1800 a 5" snowfall was recorded just north of the present day Jacksonville...not having any tools for weather recording of course, there were no temps provided in either report:

Snow events in northern Florida
14 and 15!! AussieStorm, we like to place 235,000,000 million orders lows near 70F and highs near 100F please, and a large order of fries, and a large Pepsi please!
Quoting Bordonaro:


For the next 2 weeks, milder weather will return to Florida, actually, most of the US.

Unfortunately, it's an El Nino winter that is acting mighty strange, maybe it's a "hybrid" El Nino, with a -NAO and -AO twist!


Sounds like a drink order:

I'll have an El Nino Winter with a -NAO twist; make it a double...
Quoting Floodman:


Sounds like a drink order:

I'll have an El Nino Winter with a -NAO twist; make it a double...


Somebody will be yelling, "Order UP", on or around your birthday. You may get your birthday wish for snow and cold.

While many people in the Deep South will be throwing tomatoes at you, and frozen roosters at me. Probably need to check for chicken and tomato recipes!
Quoting unf97:
Bordonaro, Amen to your post about the electricity bill. I had a noticable increase as well.

We have a couple of more nights here in the Jax area of sub freezing temps before the warm advection finally begins in earnest here ahead of the developing GOM Low system.

But, I am so ready to wave goodbye to the Great Freeze of 2010!!!!!!

When it is all said and done by Thursday morning, it is likely that temps will be sub freezing for 13 out of the first 14 days of this month and year!

An absolutely amazing prolonged cold period, one in which I have never, ever seen here as a native North Floridian.

BTW, the lowest temperature for me during this entire event was 19.8 degrees, which was yesterday morning.

Each other morning temp has been in the 20-26 range during this event, except Jan 2, when the temp was 32.7 for a minimum.



So far, the first 10 days in Dallas-Ft Worth, TX averaged 32.8F, which is a normal for New york City, not Dallas, about 11F BELOW NORMAL.

I do regret that our 1-2 week warm up may be short lived. My electric meter is going, "stop the madness, we're getting real dizzy in here"!!

Thanks Dr......Bring on the January thaw....Just stepped outside of the office in Tallahassee and stood in the Sun for few minutes.....Feels really nice near 50 with no wind.........Here's hoping for some more seasonal temps in the short term but February is nothing to laugh at before we start rounding the bend towards Spring in March.


Now that is more like it.....
morning everyone, thanks for the update Dr. Masters,

Warmest I've been since December 31,

Lafayette, Purdue University Airport
Lat: 40.43 Lon: -86.93 Elev: 623
Last Update on Jan 12, 10:54 am EST

Partly Cloudy

28 °F
(-2 °C)
Humidity: 72 %
Wind Speed: Calm
Barometer: 30.44" (1031.6 mb)
Dewpoint: 20 °F (-7 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.
Quoting TampaSpin:
You can see the Potential Severe Weather threat LOW moving East over Mexico.....




Models do not appear to have it being as severe as 24hrs ago.




That's the wrong shortwave you're looking at in the WV loop, TS.
Next one will be responsponsible for any severe over FL.
Quoting Bordonaro:


Somebody will be yelling, "Order UP", on or around your birthday. You may get your birthday wish for snow and cold.

While many people in the Deep South will be throwing tomatoes at you, and frozen roosters at me. Probably need to check for chicken and tomato recipes!


Chicken Parmesan, man!
Quoting Bordonaro:
14 and 15!! AussieStorm, we like to place 235,000,000 million orders lows near 70F and highs near 100F please, and a large order of fries, and a large Pepsi please!

Ok your order is on its way, will take about 4 months to get there, but i promise it will still be hot when it arrives. hehe
Quoting AussieStorm:

Ok your order is on its way, will take about 4 months to get there, but i promise it will still be hot when it arrives. hehe


Hey Aussie! How you doing down there?
Quoting Floodman:


Chicken Parmesan, man!


sounds delicious
Quoting IKE:
12Z GFS on the GOM low...


Ultimate actual trajectory will probably change but that model shows it coming in from the SW, missing the panhandle, and coming in through Cedar Key moving NW out again near Jacksonville........It's a watch and wait as to rainfall issues, particularly if it moves quickly through Florida, but at least a huge severe weather threat may not be there for this one as noted by Dr. M; I'm more worried about the ones coming in February and March.
36. IKE
Quoting weathermanwannabe:


Ultimate actual trajectory will probably change but that model shows it coming in from the SW, missing the panhandle, and coming in through Cedar Kew moving NW out again near Jacksonville........It's a watch and wait as to rainfall issues, particularly if it moves quickly through Florida, but at least a huge severe weather threat may not be there for this one as noted by Dr. M; I'm more worried about the ones coming in February and March.


We could use a little rain. Settle the dust. It's been so dry this month.

We'll get some rain....doesn't look as strong of a low as previously thought.
Quoting beell:



That's the wrong shortwave you're looking at in the WV loop, TS.
Next one will be responsponsible for any severe over FL.


That would be very far out if i am looking at things correctly and the timing of the LOW.....LOOK at the last loop on my home page...What longitude is is at. Your saying its the one at 140W.
Quoting IKE:


We could use a little rain. Settle the dust. It's been so dry this month.

We'll get some rain....doesn't look as strong of a low as previously thought.


We better get a lot of rain because this Freeze has killed a lot of brush just waiting to be ignited...big fire season coming if we don't get rain.
Quoting Floodman:


Hey Aussie! How you doing down there?

Doing great, except for the lack of sleep, and my back is loving summer, giving my no complaints.
Going to bed, a nice cool breeze has kicked up and will be coming straight into my bedroom.
Goodnight all, Stay safe and stay warm.
Quoting TampaSpin:


That would be very far out if i am looking at things correctly and the timing of the LOW.....LOOK at the last loop on my home page...What longitude is is at. Your saying its the one at 140W.


Run the 500mb 12Z GFS loop if you want and watch the two circled shortwaves. See which one is over the SE Gulf states this weekend and which one does not create much weather.
Link

This is from the 12Z 500mb valid at 00Z Thursday
Photobucket
Quoting tornadodude:


sounds delicious


Good news, being Italian, I can cook that :0)!!
Quoting Bordonaro:


Good news, being Italian, I can cook that :0)!!


nice!

I put up a new blog if anyone is interested, it isnt about weather :P


A COUPLE OF STORM SYSTEMS WILL WILL MOVE ACROSS NORTHERN MEXICO MEXICO AND SOUTH TEXAS LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY... BRINGING APPRECIABLE RAINFALL TO MUCH OF NORTH TEXAS.

THE SECOND STORM SYSTEM WILL BE THE STRONGER OF THE TWO AND BRING LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL...ESPECIALLY AREAS SOUTH OF INTERSTATE 20...WHERE AMOUNTS BETWEEN 1 AND 3 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE BY SATURDAY MORNING.
Chicken Parmesan, man!

no, it was the Chicken Tetrazini!

( anyone watch Maury Povich? )

;)
...ved dee in ter est ing...
Link
N.C. Port Shut Down: Containers With Explosives Punctured


A North Carolina port near Morehead City shut down and cleared after nine containers with highly explosive material were found to be punctured. Traffic on Highway 70 adjacent to the area was also closed. A voluntary evacuation was in order for the area after punctured containers were discovered around 4:45 A.M. People are encouraged to stay away from windows and doors. No casualties or injuries have been reported. The situation is ongoing as police are investigating.

It is not clear what type of explosive was in the containers or when and how they were Punctured. However, there are speculations that the explosive material could have been the PETN, the kind of explosive that was unsuccessfully used by Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on board Flight 253 on Christmas Day. The PETN is widely considered to be one of the most powerful explosive in existence.



"Morehead City Police said US Marine explosives experts from Cherry Point EOD were on scene with Morehead City firefighters and the Coast Guard to deal with the situation."

when and how they were punctuated

I hope everyone is safe and all that but that brought a tweeter here. uh...twitter I mean.
I dont write um O weather auricle..I just Link um.

snicker,ack..laff

me thinks my thermometer is lying to me, says 65.3, :P
O weather auricle

Definitely a snicker or two there...
Quoting Floodman:


Chicken Parmesan, man!


I can't believe you didn't say Chicken Marsala...one of many among your signature dishes, my talented personal chef. :)
My "talented personal chef" only cooks British food that I won't eat!

:(
my Catholic Southern German wife cooks food the way it oughta be cooked: lottsa salt, sugar and fat...
Quoting Bordonaro:


Good news, being Italian, I can cook that :0)!!


Bord, you and I need to get together in a kitchen somewhere...my Italian is good, my German is good and I can make biscuits and gravy from scratch that'll make your tongue slap your brains out...
Portlight has had a Pop up style camper Donated to them in STILLWATER Pa...the donor wants the unit moved ASAP,and we just dont have time/resources to get there and get it right now...what we need from you(who ever you might be)is someone to pick this Camper up for us and store it for a week or so till we can make arrangements to come and retrieve it...other wise this unit will be destroyed ...if you or someone you know can help with this situation PLEASE let me or Presslord know ASAP!!!Thank you Auburn!!!
LOL, Amy - can the British really call that stuff "food"??

Flood, you and Bord need to organize a WU dinner party somewhere. I'll bring the desserts. :)
I'm liking this dinner party idea! how about a superbowl party?
Quoting auburn:
Portlight has had a Pop up style camper Donated to them in STILLWATER Pa...the donor wants the unit moved ASAP,and we just dont have time/resources to get there and get it right now...what we need from you(who ever you might be)is someone to pick this Camper up for us and store it for a week or so till we can make arrangements to come and retrieve it...other wise this unit will be destroyed ...if you or someone you know can help with this situation PLEASE let me or Presslord know ASAP!!!Thank you Auburn!!!


Hey, Flood...think Jersey might be able to help with this? Or maybe Doug A.? Surely we know someone in that area who could help out.
Quoting LongStrangeTrip:
LOL, Amy - can the British really call that stuff "food"??

Flood, you and Bord need to organize a WU dinner party somewhere. I'll bring the desserts. :)


Oh man...about 19 courses, including Marsala and several varieties of LST's Cheesecake (capitalized on purpose...try her Cheesecake and you'll know why!)
We could have a WU Portlight fund-raising dinner?
Quoting LongStrangeTrip:


Hey, Flood...think Jersey might be able to help with this? Or maybe Doug A.? Surely we know someone in that area who could help out.


I'll call Doug AND Jersey and see what we can do...I've been to call the kid for a while anyway.

Auburn, I may have a solution for you! Check your WUMail
Quoting Floodman:


Oh man...about 19 courses, including Marsala and several varieties of LST's Cheesecake (capitalized on purpose...try her Cheesecake and you'll know why!)


Aww, shucks - thanks! I do make killer cheesecake, I won't deny it. :)

How about a combined Pig-Out Party and Portlight "Walk-it-Off"? All you can eat on a Friday or Saturday night, followed by the perfect way to undo the damage!
Quoting tornadodude:
We could have a WU Portlight fund-raising dinner?


See, great minds DO think alike! :)
Quoting Floodman:


Bord, you and I need to get together in a kitchen somewhere...my Italian is good, my German is good and I can make biscuits and gravy from scratch that'll make your tongue slap your brains out...


Sounds like a plan, I can make real good pasta sauce, add some italian sausage and homemade meatballs, mmmm.
Quoting LongStrangeTrip:


See, great minds DO think alike! :)


most definitely! :P
Quoting tornadodude:
We could have a WU Portlight fund-raising dinner?


Now THERE'S an idea...
Looked at the 12Z GFS run. Alot of the Pacific energy imported into the SW US looks anemic after moving into S CA. Surprised, and not alot of big Low's developing from them. It's as if the GFS folk are missing important data. Did they ever fix their problem from yesterday.

PRELIMINARY EXTENDED FORECAST DISCUSSION
NWS HYDROMETEOROLOGICAL PREDICTION CENTER CAMP SPRINGS MD
831 AM EST TUE JAN 12 2010

VALID 12Z SAT JAN 16 2010 - 12Z TUE JAN 19 2010


THE PRELIMINARY FRONTS AND PRESSURES FOR DAYS 3 THROUGH 7 WERE
UPDATED USING THE 00Z/12 ECMWF THROUGH DAY 6...WITH A MODEST
INCORPORATION OF THE 00Z/12 GEFS MEAN FOR DAY 7 TO MITIGATE THE
DROP OFF IN DETERMINISTIC SKILL SHOWN AT THAT TIME RANGE. THE
DETERMINISTIC ECMWF HAS SHOWN STRONG VERIFICATION WITH SURFACE
PRESSURES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES...SOUTHERN CANADA...AND
NORTHERN MEXICO OVER THE PAST FOUR MONTHS...EDGING OUT THE
GFS...GEFS MEAN...AND EC MEAN FOR DAYS 3 THROUGH 6...WITH A
SIMILAR SCORE SHOWN AT DAY 7 TO THE GEFS MEAN. FOR TODAYS
FORECAST...THE 00Z/12 ECMWF...GEFS MEAN...AND EC MEAN CLUSTER WELL
DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE PERIOD...WITH THE GFS A FAST OUTLIER
IN STREAKING ENERGY TO CAPE HATTERAS BY MID PERIOD. THE EASTERN
PACIFIC LOOKS STORMY...WITH ALL THE GUIDANCE SENDING THE STRONGEST
JET YET THIS COLD SEASON INTO CALIFORNIA. THE FLOW REMAINS SPLIT
OVER THE INTERIOR WEST AND ROCKIES...WHICH IS CLIMATOLOGY FOR MID
WINTER. PERHAPS THE MOST CONTENTIOUS ASPECT OF THIS FORECAST IS
HOW MUCH LOW LEVEL COLD AIR CAN FILTER SOUTHWARD EAST OF THE
APPALACHIANS WHILE THE SPRAWLING GULF LOW SLOSHES ACROSS THE
SOUTHERN END OF THE MOUNTAIN CHAIN. THE STRENGTH OF THE HIGH OVER
CANADA ALONE WOULD ARGUE FOR MORE NOSING OF THE ARCTIC AIR THAN IS
DEPICTED BY THE CHOSEN GUIDANCE...WITH SUCH AN ADJUSTMENT RAISING
THE CHANCES FOR ICE AND SNOW FOR PORTIONS OF THE NORTHEAST AND MID
ATLANTIC STATES.


CISCO
Quoting Bordonaro:


Sounds like a plan, I can make real good pasta sauce, add some italian sausage and homemade meatballs, mmmm.


It's amazing what some XXX Virgin olive oil, fresh garlic and roma tomatoes can do when they're brought together properly...
60. tornadodude 9:50 AM PST on January 12, 2010
We could have a WU Portlight fund-raising dinner?


Once again, I live on the wrong coast!!!!!!!

:(
wow!

Lafayette, Purdue University Airport
Lat: 40.43 Lon: -86.93 Elev: 623
Last Update on Jan 12, 12:54 pm EST

A Few Clouds

32 °F
(0 °C)
Humidity: 59 %
Wind Speed: Calm
Barometer: 30.46" (1032.0 mb)
Dewpoint: 19 °F (-7 °C)
Visibility: 10.00 mi.
Quoting NRAamy:
60. tornadodude 9:50 AM PST on January 12, 2010
We could have a WU Portlight fund-raising dinner?


Once again, I live on the wrong coast!!!!!!!

:(


We could have it in the middle, say, Kansas?

:P
The power of creative visualization - it's even starting to SMELL good in here. But now I'm really hungry...with yogurt on the menu for lunch. :(
Quoting LongStrangeTrip:
The power of creative visualization - it's even starting to SMELL good in here. But now I'm really hungry...with yogurt on the menu for lunch. :(


I had a spicy chicken sandwich, oatmeal cream pie, and a hazelnut cappuccino
thanks, Tdude...but that doesn't help much...

:)
Quoting NRAamy:
thanks, Tdude...but that doesn't help much...

:)


oh wait, you could buy all of us plane tickets to sunny warm California!
Quoting tornadodude:


I had a spicy chicken sandwich, oatmeal cream pie, and a hazelnut cappuccino


Further proof that fast metabolisms, much like youth, are wasted on the young. :P
Quoting tornadodude:


oh wait, you could buy all of us plane tickets to sunny warm California!


She'll need a BIG kitchen...I get the feeling that Bord, much like myself, is cook that spreads out a bit while working...
Quoting LongStrangeTrip:


Further proof that fast metabolisms, much like youth, are wasted on the young. :P


I'm sure it will catch up to me soon :P
OMG look at the GFS for CA
oh wait, you could buy all of us plane tickets to sunny warm California!

yeah...that's it....I'll just dip into my never-empty checking account...it's magical....I got it from the genie that lives down the street...
Quoting Floodman:


She'll need a BIG kitchen...I get the feeling that Bord, much like myself, is cook that spreads out a bit while working...


man, if this had been a year ago, we could have done it in my town. My dad used to own a steak house, and it had a great kitchen that we worked in, (I made plenty of chicken parms in my day)
Quoting NRAamy:
oh wait, you could buy all of us plane tickets to sunny warm California!

yeah...that's it....I'll just dip into my never-empty checking account...it's magical....I got it from the genie that lives down the street...


you could do that, then you could apply for a bailout?
All you people on here Rock
!!!!
Quoting tornadodude:


man, if this had been a year ago, we could have done it in my town. My dad used to own a steak house, and it had a great kitchen that we worked in, (I made plenty of chicken parms in my day)


AHH! Kitchen size is not real important. Four of five people in a small kitchen would be hysterical, NRArmy, you hold the camcorder and film that, sister!!!
Quoting tornadodude:


We could have it in the middle, say, Kansas?

:P


Lord...please don't let me say what I'm thinkin'...
Quoting tornadodude:


man, if this had been a year ago, we could have done it in my town. My dad used to own a steak house, and it had a great kitchen that we worked in, (I made plenty of chicken parms in my day)


That would have been too cool! Surely, in this amazing community of people, someone owns or knows someone who owns a restaurant/banquet facility/retreat center...something like that. Or maybe Portlight could set up the mobile kitchens in a state park somewhere...dining al fresco makes everything taste better. And the walk could take place the next morning, amidst some nice scenery.

Okay, I gotta get back to work, or I'll riff on this for the next couple of hours...lots of ideas!!
Aub...Yup! This is a 45 caliber group of humans...
Quoting NRAamy:
oh wait, you could buy all of us plane tickets to sunny warm California!

yeah...that's it....I'll just dip into my never-empty checking account...it's magical....I got it from the genie that lives down the street...


Does you're genie wanna lend me some money?? Ha, ha, ha :0)
Quoting Bordonaro:


AHH! Kitchen size is not real important. Four of five people in a small kitchen would be hysterical, NRArmy, you hold the camcorder and film that, sister!!!


oh my, that would be comical ha
Quoting presslord:


Lord...please don't let me say what I'm thinkin'...


LOL...stay strong, press!
Quoting LongStrangeTrip:


Hey, Flood...think Jersey might be able to help with this? Or maybe Doug A.? Surely we know someone in that area who could help out.


Doug is 24 miles from Stillwater...calling him here in a sec
Quoting Tazmanian:
OMG look at the GFS for CA


Yes, Taz, Califonia is going to have plenty of rain. Here is a link below to Allan Hoffman, a meteorologist out of Raleigh, NC. He wrote a cool article about your upcoming "Rain Event"!!Link
OK Flood...I'm startin' to get a glimpse of what she sees in you...

; )
rain rain rain rain rain!!!!!!!

:)
Life is not about learning to avoid the storm its about learning to dance in the rain.
I found a kitchen we can rent in NOLA link
Portlight info, scoop, 411, news, updates
Link
Quoting NRAamy:
rain rain rain rain rain!!!!!!!

:)


SOUTHWEST CALIFORNIA AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION...UPDATE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LOS ANGELES/OXNARD CA 1020 AM PST TUE JAN 12 2010

.LONG TERM (SAT-MON)... THE GFS AND EC BOTH AGREE THAT THE RIDGE WILL QUICKLY BREAK DOWN SATURDAY. MORE IMPORTANTLY BOTH ARE IN GOOD AGREEMENT THAT A MAJOR PATTERN SHIFT WILL OCCUR AWAY FROM WARM DRY AND OFFSHORE TO CLOUDS AND RAIN. THE GFS KEEPS SATURDAY DRY WHILE THE EC SQUEEZES SOME PRECIP OUT FORM A FAST MOVING FRONT. AFTER THAT BOTH MDLS HAMMER THE AREA WITH A SERIES OF STORMS SUNDAY THROUGH FRIDAY. THE EXACT TIMING OF ANY OF THESE INDIVIDUAL STORMS IS IMPOSSIBLE BUT THERE WILL BE A GOOD CHANCE OF RAIN EACH DAY. SOME OF THESE STORMS COULD BE QUITE POWERFUL.
Quoting auburn:
Life is not about learning to avoid the storm its about learning to dance in the rain.


AMEN!
well I'm off to go get some more timecards for work, ill be back in about an hour, later (:
102. GBlet
MY HOUSE MY HOUSE MY HOUSE. Within 60 miles of geographical center of country!!!!!
I vote Nola on a mardi gras day =D
Pat find us a kitchen (shouldn't be too hard) I can make a killer ..... sweet tea ... =P
Quoting Bordonaro:


Yes, Taz, Califonia is going to have plenty of rain. Here is a link below to Allan Hoffman, a meteorologist out of Raleigh, NC. He wrote a cool article about your upcoming "Rain Event"!!Link



thanks
Quick question, hopefully answered by Dr. Masters, but others welcome - only serious answers, do not want to start the old debate. If/when global warming happens, will we no longer have to worry about Florida fruit crops freezing or will those temperature fluctuations still occur anyway? Thanks.
Quoting Floodman:


Doug is 24 miles from Stillwater...calling him here in a sec


Flood, please check your WU mail box :0)
Quoting auburn:
Life is not about learning to avoid the storm its about learning to dance in the rain.


Oh, man...to use one of my favorite SE Louisiana expressions, "dat's for true!"
Quoting SouthALWX:
I vote Nola on a mardi gras day =D
Pat find us a kitchen (shouldn't be too hard) I can make a killer ..... sweet tea ... =P


Great idea, I shot a WU e-mail to Flood about a "plan"!
105. Even with Global Warming, there will be unusual fluctuations in temperatures, just like we're experiencing now!
I love the NOLA dinner site idea,but no way for Mardi Gras day,..as everything is Closed and well,all the food is out on the Parade Routes.
And there will ZERO Hotel space for folks too.

Now ,..a Spring date here,,I could find a Hall to donate the space and Kitchen maybe.

Also,,if we could..we need to place all these Excellent ideas in the Portlight featured Blog,as not to take away from the entry topic here.





Ahhh, warmth in Arlington, TX. I've got the laptop out in the backyard, sitting in the Sun, watching my dog warm up.
ABC Video of Cute Calf with Heart-Shape on Forehead

Whoops, this was supposed to be for Ike's Dog, Animal, Pet, Human Blog. Oh well, any objections?
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
ABC Video of Cute Calf with Heart-Shape on Forehead

Whoops, this was supposed to be for Ike's Dog, Animal, Pet, Human Blog. Oh well, any objections?


Not from me :o)! How are you this afternoon?
Quoting Tazmanian:
OMG look at the GFS for CA


is there an image you could post?
Quoting Bordonaro:


Not from me :o)! How are you this afternoon?

Pretty good. Very much looking forward to the warmup. My terrier Taz is 10 now and was obviously achy this morning, despite glucosamine and sleeping in warm bed in our BR.
I updated my blog, called about upcoming classes at the Emerg. Mngmnt Inst., etc., but it's getting late and we're out of coffee! That's a BIG NO-NO.

Oh, a party? Where's my invite? I guess I should go to Portlight blog now?
Quoting WaterWitch11:


is there an image you could post?

Monday 1-18-10 from GFS 12Z run, suface map
115. AIM, and all are invited to Portlight to discuss a Portlight Cookout. I wanna cook the lasagna, baked ziti, italian sausage and pepper sandwiches!!
Quoting Bordonaro:
115. AIM, and all are invited to Portlight to discuss a Portlight Cookout. I wanna cook the lasagna, baked ziti, italian sausage and pepper sandwiches!!

I LIKE IT when the MEN COOK!!
I'll bring Beer and Bibs!!
See ya'll on the Portlight blog!
CALIFORNIA!! Storm #2, TU 1-20-10 12Z Run, surface map, storm #2:

Quoting AwakeInMaryland:

I LIKE IT when the MEN COOK!!
I'll bring Beer and Bibs!!


young strapping men?
Quoting WaterWitch11:


is there an image you could post?


STORM #3 FR 1-22-10, GFS 12Z Run, surface map

Quoting AwakeInMaryland:

Pretty good. Very much looking forward to the warmup. My terrier Taz is 10 now and was obviously achy this morning, despite glucosamine and sleeping in warm bed in our BR.
I updated my blog, called about upcoming classes at the Emerg. Mngmnt Inst., etc., but it's getting late and we're out of coffee! That's a BIG NO-NO.

Oh, a party? Where's my invite? I guess I should go to Portlight blog now?


OMG, no coffee!!

Quoting AwakeInMaryland:

Oh, a party? Where's my invite? I guess I should go to Portlight blog now?


AWAKE!! Hi!!! C'mon over to the Portlight blog...we're talkin' party/fundraiser in there. :)
Make some real Italian: Bruschelloni

Get the butcher to slice you some very thin slices of sirloin (about 1/4" max).

Lay flat, brush with olive oil, sprinkle Italian bread crumbs lightly

Sprinkle the following (finely minced): boiled egg, black olive, onion.

Roll into a tube and tie up with bakers twine (sort of like old fashioned kite string)

Place as many rolls into a pot full of tomato gravy and cook for 3-4 hours. Serve over pasta. You can cut this with a fork, and it will melt in your mouth! :)
well, this isn't entertaining me at all... short on weather, far from dramatic.. even the new DrM post is feeling redundant. i suppose these are all good things in light of a bigger picture :)
re: blog etiquette, is it bad to cut and paste a part of dr. masters blog into another blog group If I give him credit? I want to post it to a horse group. also, what about pictures. I want to post the picture patrap sent of the joan of arc horse in the mardi gras parade. is it ok to do stuff like that without permission or do you ask every time or what...
Quoting IKE:


We could use a little rain. Settle the dust. It's been so dry this month.

We'll get some rain....doesn't look as strong of a low as previously thought.



Ike, weren't you complaining about a lack or rain early last year? And then didn't you get about 100 inches? Be careful what you wish for!
Wow...you brought back a great memory, nimitz. I first had bruschelloni at a place in the Bucktown section of New Orleans, called "Carmine's"...it was without question one of the best meal's of my life! :)
Quoting LongStrangeTrip:
Wow...you brought back a great memory, nimitz. I first had bruschelloni at a place in the Bucktown section of New Orleans, called "Carmine's"...it was without question one of the best meal's of my life! :)


the best meal of my life was a muffaletto from central grocery. i heard they were good and when he asked how many there was such a long line i thought i would order 2. imagine my surprise to find each one was as big as a pie plate.
Quoting Minnemike:
well, this isn't entertaining me at all... short on weather, far from dramatic.. even the new DrM post is feeling redundant. i suppose these are all good things in light of a bigger picture :)


Better than Two hurricanes hitting GOM states within two weeks of each other ala Gustav and Ike.
Quoting ElConando:


Better than Two hurricanes hitting GOM states within two weeks of each other ala Gustav and Ike.


it is entertaining to me to know we are getting a break from this freeze and now its californias turn :)
132. IKE
Quoting BobinTampa:



Ike, weren't you complaining about a lack or rain early last year? And then didn't you get about 100 inches? Be careful what you wish for!


LOL...just trying to balance it out.
133. IKE
Check out the storms on the 12Z ECMWF...Link
Quoting Minnemike:
well, this isn't entertaining me at all... short on weather, far from dramatic.. even the new DrM post is feeling redundant. i suppose these are all good things in light of a bigger picture :)


Sorry, two-thirds of America spent about 6 weeks in the freezer. it's the heart of winter and there will be several large storms that will cause up to 8" of rain in CA,and the frigid Arctic air will be back in Early Feb.

What would you like to see?
Quoting Patrap:
I love the NOLA dinner site idea,but no way for Mardi Gras day,..as everything is Closed and well,all the food is out on the Parade Routes.
And there will ZERO Hotel space for folks too.

Now ,..a Spring date here,,I could find a Hall to donate the space and Kitchen maybe.

Also,,if we could..we need to place all these Excellent ideas in the Portlight featured Blog,as not to take away from the entry topic here.






Hotel? I was going to stay with you <3
Quoting Bordonaro:


Sorry, two-thirds of America spent about 6 weeks in the freezer. it's the heart of winter and there will be several large storms that will cause up to 8" of rain in CA,and the frigid Arctic air will be back in Early Feb.

What would you like to see?


hence my final statement... a good thing ultimately... entertainment is not the key to a good life :) (dare i stray from my american upbringing)
Quoting Minnemike:


hence my final statement... a good thing ultimately... entertainment is not the key to a good life :) (dare i stray from my american upbringing)


I apologize, I wasn't trying to be disrespectful. This particular blog is HOPPING during Hurricane Season. Right now, it's winter, alot of people here are thawing out and enjoying a break.

If you'd like the "Portlight" group is putting together ideas for a big dinner in New Orleans, LA, to help fund their relief efforts, please check it out:

Link
Quoting IKE:
Check out the storms on the 12Z ECMWF...Link


Ahh, yes, a parade of Pacific Powerful, El Nino storms is coming right up.

I feel bad for California. They're supposed to receive over 8" of rain, if not more in 2 weeks time, NOT a real good thing. Link below to an article, written by Allan Hoffman, a meteorologist out of Raleigh, NC, discussing the up and coming event:

Link
Noticed Gonzo flew a Pacific winter mission today. Seventeen dropsonde obs went into the 12Z models. Another mission is scheduled for tomorrow.
In resp to Bord: I was not being mean either btw.
y'all really are a great lot of good folks.. the 'family' that is (or, i like to refer as...)

if i wasn't such a hot head with trolls and the like, i'd get more involved round here. but it is a treat to get both quality weather information constantly, and to see the class, comradely, and compassion shared by you regulars!
NOAA just released news on Gonzo's escapade in the Pacific today..



NOAA’s Gulfstream IV aircraft, known for investigating Atlantic hurricanes, will begin flying over the North Pacific Ocean to fill gaps in atmospheric observations, which will enhance forecasts of winter storms for the entire North American continent through improved computer modeling.

The highly specialized twin turbofan jet will be stationed at Yokota Air Force Base in Japan through February before repositioning to Honolulu in March. From these locations, the aircraft will be tasked by the National Centers for Environmental Prediction — a division of NOAA’s National Weather Service — to fly into data sparse regions to collect information such as wind speed and direction, pressure, temperature and humidity. This data will be sent via satellite to global operational weather forecasting centers — and fed into sophisticated computer forecast models.

“These flights will help us better observe and understand the current state of the atmosphere over the Pacific, where most of North America’s weather originates, in order to better predict future conditions across the U.S. and Canada three to six days in advance,” said Louis Uccellini, Ph.D., director of the National Centers for Environmental Prediction in Camp Springs, Md.

These computer model improvements will play an essential role in meteorological support for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in addition to more precise precipitation forecasts along the U.S. West Coast and points further east.

NOAA incorporated the Japan-based missions into its annual Winter Storms Reconnaissance program in early 2009 — flying 332 flight hours and logging miles equivalent to circling the Earth five times. Prior to 2009, missions were flown from Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast. By expanding the reach across the International Date Line to Japan, NOAA is essentially pushing farther upstream to observe areas of interest with greater lead times.

These missions showed significant positive impact to global numerical weather prediction models, increasing both accuracy and lead times for high-impact weather events. For example, model forecasts of precipitation amounts improved, on average, 10 to 15 percent.

The high altitude, high speed NOAA Gulfstream IV is based at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center, located at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.
NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources.
Gale conditions over the Gulf waters come Thursday/Friday/Saturday
Arctic priming itself for next wave of assault come February

RAWS FT. YUKON AK US, Chalkyitsik, Alaska (PWS)
Updated: 43 min 40 sec ago
-53 °F
Partly Cloudy
Windchill: -53 °F
Humidity: 56%
Dew Point: -62 °F
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 1.0 mph
Pressure: in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 10000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 464 ft



RAWS FT. YUKON AK US, Chalkyitsik, Alaska (PWS)
Updated: 43 min 40 sec ago
-53 F
Partly Cloudy
Windchill: -53 F
Humidity: 56%
Dew Point: -62 F
Wind: Calm
Wind Gust: 1.0 mph
Pressure: in (Steady)
Visibility: 10.0 miles
UV: 0 out of 16
Clouds: Few 10000 ft
(Above Ground Level)
Elevation: 464 ft



WOO HOO!!!!! RAIN!!!!!!
Freeze kills southwest Fla. vegetable crops
South Florida vegetable crops devastated by extended string of freezing days


TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Consumers can expect to pay more for tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, sweet corn and other produce in the coming months thanks to the recent cold snap in Florida.

More than a week of frigid overnight temperatures has devastated crops in south Florida, which is the primary source of fresh vegetables in the United States during the winter months, industry representatives said Tuesday.
RitaEvac, Skypeone and my fellow blog buds:

That nasty, frigid, yucky, Siberian/Arctic air that's currently bottled up in the NW Territories over into AK and over the top of the North Pole into Siberia is going to go someplace!!

I do not want 3.500 frozen roosters thrown at me, but the last frame on the 12Z GFS run, Jan 28, 2010, has a weak Polar Vortex L near Northern Hudson's Bay, just south of Baffin Island, with the Siberian front straddled across S Canada up along the spine of the Canadian Rockies, with a @ 1038MB H over the Yukon Territory. It looks like it will eventually visit the CONUS, again..

Plenty of winter veggies from Calif...guess those prices will go up as well....

:(
10th consecutive freeze this morning, and looks like #11 for tomorrow morning, and possibly #12 Thursday morning! Incredible! Our old record was 8, and the closest runner up was only 5!
Quoting Bordonaro:
RitaEvac, Skypeone and my fellow blog buds:

That nasty, frigid, yucky, Siberian/Arctic air that's currently bottled up in the NW Territories over into AK and over the top of the North Pole into Siberia is going to go someplace!!

I do not want 3.500 frozen roosters thrown at me, but the last frame on the 12Z GFS run has a weak Polar Vortex L near Northern Hudson's Bay, just south of Baffin Island, with the Siberian front straddled across S Canada up along the spine of the Canadian Rockies, with a @ 1038MB H over the Yukon Territory. It looks like it will eventually visit the CONUS, again..






My Local Weather:
John Wayne-Orange County, California
65 °F
Scattered Clouds

come on rain!!!!!!

:)
Getting back to average temps. during the next ten days:

Local Text Forecast for
West Palm Beach, FL (33409)

Jan 12 Tonight
Mainly clear. Low near 40F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph.
Jan 13 Tomorrow
Generally sunny. High around 65F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph.
Jan 13 Tomorrow night
Partly cloudy skies early will become overcast later during the night. A few sprinkles possible. Low 51F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Jan 14 Thursday
Mostly Cloudy. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the low 60s.
Jan 15 Friday
Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the mid 60s.
Jan 16 Saturday
Scattered thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the mid 60s.
Jan 17 Sunday
Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms.. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s.
Jan 18 Monday
Mix of sun and clouds. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the upper 50s.
Jan 19 Tuesday
Times of sun and clouds. Highs in the low 70s and lows in the upper 50s.
Jan 20 Wednesday
Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 70s and lows in the low 60s.
Jan 21 Thursday
Mostly Cloudy. Highs in the upper 70s and lows in the low 60s.
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wexx22 paaq 122203
tibat1

tsunami information statement number 1
nws west coast/alaska tsunami warning center palmer ak
603 pm ast tue jan 12 2010

...this tsunami information statement is for puerto rico/ the virgin islands/ the u.s. atlantic and gulf of mexico states/ and eastern canadian provinces...

no warning... no watch and no advisory is in effect for these areas.

evaluation
based on earthquake data and historic tsunami records the earthquake was not sufficient to generate a tsunami damaging to puerto rico/ the virgin islands/ the u.s. atlantic and gulf of mexico coasts/ and eastern canada.

however - earthquakes of this size sometimes generate tsunamis that can be destructive along coasts located in the region of the earthquake epicenter. authorities in the region should be aware of this possibility and take appropriate action.

preliminary earthquake parameters
magnitude - 7.3
time - 1653 est jan 12 2010
1753 ast jan 12 2010
2153 utc jan 12 2010
location - 18.5 north 72.5 west
- haiti region
depth - 21 miles/33 km

the pacific tsunami warning center in ewa beach hawaii will issue messages for areas in the caribbean outside puerto rico and the virgin islands.

this will be the only statement issued for this event by the west coast/alaska tsunami warning center unless additional information becomes available. refer to the internet site wcatwc.arh.noaa.gov for more information.
still prelim
<15 min ago

Thank you chucktown
While the weather is getting back to normal the erath is opening up, now Floridians have to deal with sinkholes! yikes

From Cold Snap to Sinkholes what's next...
Quoting aquak9:
still prelim
<15 min ago

Thank you chucktown


USGS downgraded it to a 7.0Mw:


TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 1
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
2203 UTC TUE JAN 12 2010

THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO COUNTRIES WITHIN AND BORDERING THE
CARIBBEAN SEA...EXCEPT FOR PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

... A LOCAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

HAITI / CUBA / BAHAMAS / DOMINICAN REP

FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE CARIBBEAN COVERED BY THIS MESSAGE...IT IS
FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2153Z 12 JAN 2010
COORDINATES - 18.5 NORTH 72.5 WEST
LOCATION - HAITI REGION
MAGNITUDE - 7.3

EVALUATION

A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER - THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOCAL TSUNAMI THAT
COULD AFFECT COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A HUNDRED
KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES FOR THE
REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY.
AREAS FURTHER FROM THE EPICENTER COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA
LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR UNUSUAL COASTAL CURRENTS.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
-------------------------------- ------------ ------------
HAITI JEREMIE 18.6N 74.1W 2224Z 12 JAN
PORT-AU-PRINCE 18.5N 72.4W 2229Z 12 JAN
CAP-HAITEN 19.8N 72.2W 2255Z 12 JAN
CUBA BARACOA 20.4N 74.5W 2249Z 12 JAN
BAHAMAS GREAT INAGUA 20.9N 73.7W 2246Z 12 JAN
DOMINICAN REP PUERTO PLATA 19.8N 70.7W 2304Z 12 JAN
SANTO DOMINGO 18.5N 69.9W 2337Z 12 JAN

ADDITIONAL BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT AS MORE INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Wow, the tectonic activity is really ratcheting up, huh?
7.0, Port au Prince, Haiti...

less then 8 miles deep?

That's...not good.
Wow--that earthquake is scary! I wonder how many people will be killed in Haiti--the infrastructure there is so poor. :(

There have been some very strong earthquakes on the north side of the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico that fortunately did not generate ocean crossing tsunamis:

August 4, 1946 Dominican Republic--magnitude 8.0 Lat 19.25 north, Lon 69 W.

And this one: Link

I am glad no tsunami is heading this way! But the poor, poor people of Haiti. They just don't get a break!

Thanks Chucktown!
Automatic Impact USGS PAGER News Maps ReliefWeb Documents

Red Earthquake Alert in Haiti
Summary
On 1/12/2010 9:53:08 PM UTC an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 and depth 0km has struck an very highly populated area in the Ouest Province (population: 2.2 million) in Haiti. GDACS estimates the likelihood for need of international humanitarian intervention to be high (Red alert).

This earthquake can have a high humanitarian impact since the affected region is very highly populated and has medium resilience for natural disasters.

The earthquake 22km from the city of Port-au-Prince. The nearest populated places are Aboni (15km), Henry (16km), Bellevue (5km). It is a mountainous region with a maximum altitude of 2532 m.


Peace, friends...I'm out

Y'all play nice now
165. IKE
CNN....report from Chad Myers... it was 6 miles deep.

Hospital has collapsed.
interesting read

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/01/11/years-global-cooling-coming-say-leading-scientists/?test= latestnews
Haiti Hit With 7 Magnitude Earthquake Near Capital

The U.S. Geological Service is reporting a magnitude 7 earthquake near Haiti's capital of Port Au Prince.

The U.S. places the epicenter 10 miles southwest of the capital. Unfortunately, the earthquake was relatively shallow at about 6.2 miles below the earth's surface. Generally. the shallower the earthquake, the worse the shaking and damage it causes.

A tsunami warning has been issued with other Caribbean islands being told they could be in the path. Haiti, the Dominican Republic which shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti, Cuba and the Bahamas have been warned.

There are reports that a hospital has collapsed.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation and does not have the search and rescue resources to deal with a disaster of this magnitude.
168. IKE
5.9 after-shock just reported.
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A strong earthquake hit the impoverished country of Haiti on Tuesday afternoon, where a hospital collapsed and people were screaming for help. Other buildings also were damaged.

The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 and was centred about 14 miles (22 kilometres) west from the capital of Port-au-Prince, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

An Associated Press videographer saw the wrecked hospital in nearby Petionville, and a U.S. government official reported seeing houses that had tumbled into a ravine.

No further details on any causualties or other damage were immediately available.

"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, a visiting official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "The sky is just grey with dust."

Bahn said he was walking to his hotel room when the ground began to shake.

"I just held on and bounced across the wall," he said. "I just hear a tremendous amount of noise and shouting and screaming in the distance."
Bahn said there were rocks strewn all over the place and he saw a ravine where several homes had been built. "It's just full of collapsed walls and rubble and barbed wire," he said.

Link
5.5 as well about 30 minutes ago, the 5.9 was about 40 minutes ago.
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:






1038mb canadian high isn't particularly strong, IMO. I get more concerned when I see something 1048+.
Hmmmm. CNN had the Haitian ambassador on the phone--there were times when I thought he was going to cry. :(

174. IKE
Magnitude 7.0
Date-Time

* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC
* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 04:53:09 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 18.451°N, 72.445°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances 15 km (10 miles) SW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
140 km (90 miles) E of Les Cayes, Haiti
145 km (90 miles) WNW of Barahona, Dominican Republic
1140 km (710 miles) SE of Miami, Florida
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.3 km (5.2 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=103, Nph=103, Dmin=365.7 km, Rmss=1.14 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source

* USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID us2010rja6
175. IKE
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
Hmmmm. CNN had the Haitian ambassador on the phone--there were times when I thought he was going to cry. :(



Yeah...I heard that too.


mag 7.0

follow by 2 aftershocks
177. IKE
Sunset in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti was at 5:30 EST.
Haiti can't get a break. Good lord!
179. eddye
keeper of the gate would that mean more cold temps for florida
180. IKE
Thumbs down to MSNBC and FOX for not covering this.
TSUNAMI MESSAGE NUMBER 2
NWS PACIFIC TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER EWA BEACH HI
2254 UTC TUE JAN 12 2010

THIS MESSAGE APPLIES TO COUNTRIES WITHIN AND BORDERING THE
CARIBBEAN SEA...EXCEPT FOR PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS.

... A LOCAL TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT ...

A TSUNAMI WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR

HAITI / CUBA / BAHAMAS / DOMINICAN REP

FOR OTHER AREAS OF THE CARIBBEAN COVERED BY THIS MESSAGE...IT IS
FOR INFORMATION ONLY AT THIS TIME.

THIS BULLETIN IS ISSUED AS ADVICE TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES. ONLY
NATIONAL AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO MAKE
DECISIONS REGARDING THE OFFICIAL STATE OF ALERT IN THEIR AREA AND
ANY ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN IN RESPONSE.

AN EARTHQUAKE HAS OCCURRED WITH THESE PRELIMINARY PARAMETERS

ORIGIN TIME - 2153Z 12 JAN 2010
COORDINATES - 18.5 NORTH 72.5 WEST
LOCATION - HAITI REGION
MAGNITUDE - 7.1

NOTE: MAGNITUDE IS REDUCED FROM 7.3 TO 7.1

THERE ARE NO SEA LEVEL READINGS YET FOR THIS EVENT. READINGS
FROM THE NEAREST GAUGES SHOULD BE RECEIVED WITHIN THE NEXT HOUR.

EVALUATION

A DESTRUCTIVE WIDESPREAD TSUNAMI THREAT DOES NOT EXIST BASED ON
HISTORICAL EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI DATA.

HOWEVER - THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A LOCAL TSUNAMI THAT
COULD AFFECT COASTS LOCATED USUALLY NO MORE THAN A HUNDRED
KILOMETERS FROM THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER. AUTHORITIES FOR THE
REGION NEAR THE EPICENTER SHOULD BE AWARE OF THIS POSSIBILITY.
AREAS FURTHER FROM THE EPICENTER COULD EXPERIENCE SMALL SEA
LEVEL CHANGES AND STRONG OR UNUSUAL COASTAL CURRENTS.

ESTIMATED INITIAL TSUNAMI WAVE ARRIVAL TIMES AT FORECAST POINTS
WITHIN THE WARNING AND WATCH AREAS ARE GIVEN BELOW. ACTUAL
ARRIVAL TIMES MAY DIFFER AND THE INITIAL WAVE MAY NOT BE THE
LARGEST. A TSUNAMI IS A SERIES OF WAVES AND THE TIME BETWEEN
SUCCESSIVE WAVES CAN BE FIVE MINUTES TO ONE HOUR.

LOCATION FORECAST POINT COORDINATES ARRIVAL TIME
-------------------------------- ------------ ------------
HAITI JEREMIE 18.6N 74.1W 2215Z 12 JAN
PORT-AU-PRINCE 18.5N 72.4W 2228Z 12 JAN
CAP-HAITEN 19.8N 72.2W 2246Z 12 JAN
CUBA BARACOA 20.4N 74.5W 2240Z 12 JAN
BAHAMAS GREAT INAGUA 20.9N 73.7W 2237Z 12 JAN
DOMINICAN REP PUERTO PLATA 19.8N 70.7W 2256Z 12 JAN
SANTO DOMINGO 18.5N 69.9W 2328Z 12 JAN

ADDITIONAL BULLETINS WILL BE ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT AS MORE INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.
They should have been a little more aggressive with the warning on the US east coast and GOM coast.



7.0 will be widespread destruction on Haiti.
Quoting eddye:
keeper of the gate would that mean more cold temps for florida


no things going zonal and somewhat normal as regards to winter
near end of month going into feb we will have to watch for last of the big winter play outs
and how severe season begins to shape up
by then sping will be just over 30 days away lots to see yet before winter 2010 is done
Quoting JFLORIDA:
They should have been a little more aggressive with the warning on the US east coast and GOM coast.



7.0 will be widespread destruction on Haiti.


What warning is there on the east coast of the U.S.?
Quoting IKE:
Thumbs down to MSNBC and FOX for not covering this.

I couldn't agree with you more Ike they should be ashamed.
A hospital and many other buildings have collapsed in Haiti.
From BBC news.
This is not good.
Just heard Cuba felt the Quake too.
Quoting PensacolaDoug:
Haiti can't get a break. Good lord!
there has been an increase of activity along around entire atlantic basin which is normally quiet with most reports in carb but as of late seems to show slight increase in the activity

Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


What warning is there on the east coast of the U.S.?


There are NO warnings, A Tsunami Watch for Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Rep and Bahamas is in effect until further notice.

USGS states earthquakes in that are usually do NOT present anything but a local tsunami threat, hence no watches for the US coast, the Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico or the USVI.
JF well---the earthquake was on the south side of Haiti--the tsunami threat is mostly in the Caribbean.

Grand Iguana island was in the tsunami strike zone over a half hour ago and reported nothing.

And stronger earthquakes (8.0 Dominican Republic, 1946 and (7.5 in open ocean, north end of Mona Passage just of NW corner of Puerto Rico, 1918) were better situated for tsunami formation, as well as stronger. No east coast tsunami happened.
191. IKE
Port-Au-Prince, HA (Airport)....hasn't updated in over 2 hours. Not sure if they update hourly under normal conditions.
Thanks Bordonaro...Been reading the advisories...I was just curious why someone would post something like that?
Yesterday and today, Port Au Prince stopped reporting in mid afternoon, with no reports at night. But I bet they will be knocked out for a while:

Link

Link
reports of barb wire within the debris third world homeowners put the wire as well a broken bottles around their homes for security not pretty
Evening all. Just hearing about the earthquake here. Prayers are going up for the pple in Haiti, who, it seems, can't buy a break....

Also listening for any local reports about effects in Inagua or Mayaguana.
The Quake occurred at approx 4:14 CDT or 5:14 EST,,preliminary
fyi...Portlight's focus in this is going to be on people with disabilities in Haiti...providing medicasl equipment, shelter, and food for them...there is an article on our WU blog about the treatmrent of thisn population in the best of times...and this ain't the best of times...
http://www.wunderground.com/blog/Portlight/comment.html?entrynum=28#commenttop
we have a "Go" container in Atlanta which will ship out in a few days...and an ongoing reltionship with a community of Catholic sisters in Port au Prince who will be opening shelters....
In times like this, the Weather Chats may be useful :)


12-JAN-2010 22:12:05 5.5 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 22:00:42 5.9 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 21:53:09 7.0 HAITI REGION
We can flow the info here and on the portlight blog as were gonna need to draw funding if were gonna make a Impact on the suffering their.
The needs are going to be great.

Lets Roll....!!
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
JF well---the earthquake was on the south side of Haiti--the tsunami threat is mostly in the Caribbean.

Grand Iguana island was in the tsunami strike zone over a half hour ago and reported nothing.

And stronger earthquakes (8.0 Dominican Republic, 1946 and (7.5 in open ocean, north end of Mona Passage just of NW corner of Puerto Rico, 1918) were better situated for tsunami formation, as well as stronger. No east coast tsunami happened.


It depends on the underwater geography - even a lesser EQ can create a large wave should a landslide occur. - even away from the epicenter.
144. presslord 6:26 PM EST on January 12, 2010
any funds we raise will be used to defray shipping costs of medical and clinical equipment...and for the purchase of food and other shelter supplies...Haiti is our neighbor...and Haitians are certainly forgotten people...people with disabilities in Haiti are frequently barely seen as human...

anyone interested in going to Haiti to help staff one or more shelters for Hatians with disabilities please WU mail me...
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The quake could be felt strongly in the eastern Cuban city of Santiago, about 250 miles west of Port-au-Prince.

"It was very strong. It lasted for almost a minute," said Marlon Romaguera, who runs a bed-and-breakfast there.



They probaby are going to have to relocate a good deal/use mobile hospitals.

There isnt standing that is stable id imagine.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 7.0
Date-Time Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 21:53:09 UTC
Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 04:53:09 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 18.451°N, 72.445°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances 15 km (10 miles) SW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
140 km (90 miles) E of Les Cayes, Haiti
145 km (90 miles) WNW of Barahona, Dominican Republic
1140 km (710 miles) SE of Miami, Florida

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.3 km (5.2 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=103, Nph=103, Dmin=365.7 km, Rmss=1.14 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
Source USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)


Event ID us2010rja6
207. IKE
Report on CNN...terrible situation in Haiti. People trapped under buildings and rubble.

All power out in Port-Au-Prince.

Just had a 5.1 within the last 30 minutes....

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 5.1
Date-Time

* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 23:12:04 UTC
* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 06:12:04 PM at epicenter

Location 18.390°N, 72.570°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances

* 17 km (11 miles) N (349°) from Jacmel, Sud-Est, Haiti
* 22 km (14 miles) SW (225°) from Carrefour, Ouest, Haiti
* 31 km (19 miles) SW (235°) from PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 4.4 km (2.7 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=163, Nph=163, Dmin=316.9 km, Rmss=0.84 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source

* U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Event ID us2010rjbg
I think this is the second aftershock, Ike.
I cant imagine that - I been in a 5.3 and wouldn't want to be anywhere near a real event.
210. IKE
Quoting BahaHurican:
I think this is the second aftershock, Ike.


They've had....5.9....5.5 and now 5.1.

Link
GDACS Alert
Link
Ten miles S of the centre of Haiti's largest metropolis.... even the strongest blgs designed to withstand hurricane damage rather than earthquake damage.... extreme poverty already the norm for a large percentage of the population....

Things are going to be tough there.

Unoff building photo



It was very strong here AZUA DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Quoting presslord:
144. presslord 6:26 PM EST on January 12, 2010
any funds we raise will be used to defray shipping costs of medical and clinical equipment...and for the purchase of food and other shelter supplies...Haiti is our neighbor...and Haitians are certainly forgotten people...people with disabilities in Haiti are frequently barely seen as human...

anyone interested in going to Haiti to help staff one or more shelters for Hatians with disabilities please WU mail me...
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I am not in a position to help but don't forget to contact IAMCO. They have already done disaster relief in Haiti.


mag 7.3 MAJOR

follow by 5 aftershocks
News reports of homes falling into ravines... this is sad.
EVALUATION

A TSUNAMI MEASURING 12 CM CREST-TO-TROUGH WAS RECORDED AT SANTO
DOMINGO IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC AND A TSUNAMI LESS THAN 1 CM
CREST-TO-TROUGH WAS RECORDED ON A DEEP OCEAN GAUGE IN THE
EAST-CENTRAL CARIBBEAN. BASED ON THESE DATA THERE COULD HAVE
BEEN DESTRUCTIVE TSUNAMI WAVES NEAR THE EARTHQUAKE EPICENTER
BUT THERE IS NOT A THREAT TO COASTAL AREAS FURTHER AWAY.
THEREFORE THE TSUNAMI WATCH ISSUED BY THIS CENTER IS NOW
CANCELLED.

FOR ANY AFFECTED AREAS - WHEN NO MAJOR WAVES HAVE OCCURRED FOR AT
LEAST TWO HOURS AFTER THE ESTIMATED ARRIVAL TIME OR DAMAGING WAVES
HAVE NOT OCCURRED FOR AT LEAST TWO HOURS THEN LOCAL AUTHORITIES
CAN ASSUME THE THREAT IS PASSED. DANGER TO BOATS AND COASTAL
STRUCTURES CAN CONTINUE FOR SEVERAL HOURS DUE TO RAPID CURRENTS.
AS LOCAL CONDITIONS CAN CAUSE A WIDE VARIATION IN TSUNAMI WAVE
ACTION THE ALL CLEAR DETERMINATION MUST BE MADE BY LOCAL
AUTHORITIES.

THIS WILL BE THE FINAL PRODUCT ISSUED BY THE PACIFIC TSUNAMI
WARNING CENTER FOR THIS EVENT UNLESS ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
BECOMES AVAILABLE.
Is the blog running slow….or just my pc? Tsunami watch cancelled.
222. IKE
After-shocks of...

5.9
5.5
5.1
4.8
4.5
Please see Dr. Jeff Masters post in the portlight Featured Blog.
I think it was the whole internet. I couldn't get into google for 5 mins.
From the portlight blog...

146. JeffMasters (Admin) 6:42 PM EST on January 12, 2010

I'll be blogging about the Haiti quake tomorrow, and promote the Lambi Fund and Portlight's efforts there. I agree with Paul, the Haitians are truly forgotten and under-served. A shallow major quake only 10 miles from the capital is bound to cause a terrible toll.

Jeff

ReliefWEB Alerts

(From GDACS)
Orange earthquake alert Haiti(M=5.5) potentially affecting 5.4 million people. 3 hours ago
Orange earthquake alert Haiti(M=5.9) potentially affecting 4.6 million people. 3 hours ago
Red earthquake alert Haiti(M=7) potentially affecting 5.4 million people.


mag 7.0 MAJOR

follow by 9 aftershocks
Because of a lack of internal relief abilities. The greater majority of relief and rescue operations will likely begin tomorrow morning.
The shallow depth of the quake will mean tremendous force was felt in Port-Au-Prince. After making it through the hurricane season of 2009 without a scratch, now this for Haiti! At least they don't have to worry about hurricane season coming while they rebuild, but this will be very, very bad for Haiti. I heard this from my contact at the Lambi Fund of Haiti:

"Most buildings in Port-Au-Prince have been damaged or have collapsed, which would include homes of staff and families we work with, as well a the grain mills, sugar cane mills and sites for community economic development. And cisterns and latrines we have supported for safe drinking water and sanitation. Major rebuilding effort needed. Please post on your blog. There are rumors that presidential palace has major damage--it is designed like the White House--it is near the epicenter, so would not be surprising".

This quake may rival the hurricane season of 2008 for death and destruction, and may rank as one of the worst natural disasters in Haitian history. I'll blog more about this tomorrow, and include donation links for those wanting to help. Give your prayers to them tonight! Some history: Hurricane Flora killed over 8000 people in 1963, making it the 6th most deadly hurricane ever. An unnamed 1935 storm killed over 2000, and Hurricane Hazel killed over 1000 in 1954. As far as earthquakes go, the May 7, 1842 the magnitude 7.7 Cap-Haïtien earthquake shook whole island, killing 10,000, and generated a tsunami that killed 300 people on the island. The quake wrecked the towns of P-a-Paix, Mole St. Nicola, O Kap, and Fort Liberte. One of the largest cities in Haiti--Cap-Haïtien, with a population of 60,000--was destroyed, with the loss of 6,000 lives.

Three charities in Haiti to consider:

Lambi Fund of Haiti
Haiti Hope Fund
Catholic Relief Services of Haiti

Jeff Masters
Quoting IKE:
Thumbs down to MSNBC and FOX for not covering this.


I dunno if they are waiting for more info or something but they better start by 8pm or they will be harshly criticized tomorrow.
thanks for quick update doc iam sure more info will follow and more news too
2010 starting off with some style i hope we don't get to fancy with it
Thank you Dr. M.
Tragic for this poor country...
Hey. ON the local Bahamian news, as part of the reports on the earthquake, major shaking in Inagua was reported, with descriptions of furniture shaking and dishes falling. No reports of tsunami at this point.

Fox did start covering it at 7:00...but then switched to their second-most important story in the world... the late-night T.V. wars on NBC...MSNBC, nothing.
Quoting BahaHurican:
Hey. ON the local Bahamian news, as part of the reports on the earthquake, major shaking in Inagua was reported, with descriptions of furniture shaking and dishes falling. No reports of tsunami at this point.



It reached the Southern Bahamas?
Hey everyone I have bumped LoveTheTropics and LoveTheTropics2 blogs asking for their help. Please help keep them bumped up to the top of the blog list. Hopefully they are able to respond. In case you don't know, they live in Caguas, Puerto Rico and maybe be able to help us..BTW, does anyone know how to contact Aida?
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Fox did start covering it at 7:00...but then switched to their second-most important story in the world... the late-night T.V. wars on NBC...MSNBC, nothing.
well iam glad it wasn't a 12.2 off the mid atlantic ridge generating a 1000 foot wave heading towards east coast of north america
Aida is o.k.
Quoting AllyBama:
Hey everyone I have bumped LoveTheTropics and LoveTheTropics2 blogs asking for their help. Please help keep them bumped up to the top of the blog list. Hopefully they are able to respond. In case you don't know, they live in Caguas, Puerto Rico and maybe be able to help us..BTW, does anyone know how to contact Aida?
my prayers go to all the people in haiti god bless them. the storys coming out of there are not good. Trying to get ahold of one of my co-workers to see about her family. lives near the airport
Were quickly putting together a relief mission here at portlight.org and the wunderground.

Paul Timmons,the Portlight Chairman and relief Manager is getting our Warehoused Goods assembled for transport to Haiti.
This first Push of relief will be medical supplies and Mechanical goods for the disabled there,wheelchairs,crutches and many other items too many to mention here.

But were going to need urgent funding to make a impact on the suffering there. That's going to take funds.

One can use the Paypal Button in the Portlight Blog on the wunderground.com

or send a check to,


You can make checks payable to:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

Also Dr Jeff Masters,founder of the wunderground.com website will be posting a Blog entry tomorrow morning on the Devastating Earthquake that has struck Haiti.

He will also be providing a link to the Lambi fund of Haiti,Haiti Hope Fund,and Catholic Relief Services of Haiti..all organizations that do full time relief work in Haiti.

Please,and I stress urgency as to the following.

Feel free to post this request on any site,media page,facebook page,or twitter it by a link.

Time is of the essence in any Relief Mission and we aim to provide this relief as soon as Possible.

Thank you for supporting this worthy effort in any manner possible.
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
well iam glad it wasn't a 12.2 off the mid atlantic ridge generating a 1000 foot wave heading towards east coast of north america
I think Simon Cowell quitting American Idol would of been the lead on MSNBC, then Harry Reid, and then the wipe out of the U.S. east coast.
Hey Kids - can someone please forward me the web address to portlight please? I am going to post it on my facebook again and see if folks want to help out...

Thanks Pat - I was posting that as you were posting your note. Thank you!!!
Where is AIM tonight? This is her area of expertise.
Ill just do the paypal thing pat.

Time is really important now in this. Im sure you guys will be abler to find something to help with QUICKLY.

I would suggest also writing to the State Department suggesting all barriers to temporary medical care in the SE US be dropped.

I think we all should.
I'll try and see if I can send some money. Not much but I think my donation will be quite proper.
Mauritius Meteorological Services
Tropical Cyclone Advisory Number THIRTY-FIVE
EXTRATROPICAL DEPRESSION, FORMER EDZANI (08-20092010)
4:00 AM Réunion January 13 2010
======================================

At 0:00 AM UTC, Extratropical, Former Edzani (984 hPa) located at 27.3S 69.0E has 10 minute sustained winds of 45 knots with gusts of 65 knots. The extratropical low was reported as moving southwest at 10 knots.

Dvorak Intensity: Undefined

Storm Force Winds
=================
70 NM from the center extending up to 100 NM in the southern semi circle

Gale-Force Winds
=================
within the center

Near Gale-force Winds
======================
80 NM from the center extending up to 250 NM in the southern semi-circle

Forecast and Intensity
=====================
12 HRS: 28.8S 68.3E - 45 knots (EXTRATROPICAL)
24 HRS: 30.8S 68.2E - 45 knots (EXTRATROPICAL)
48 HRS: 35.7S 75.6E - 55 knots (EXTRATROPICAL)

Additional Information
=========================
Last animated satellite pictures show weak to moderate convective activity around EX-EDZANI low level circulation center due to the lower levels convergence.

Maximum winds are in order of 45 knots, locally 50 knots far from the center in the southern semi circle due to the gradient effect with the subtropical ridge. Winds are weaker (20-30 knots) within a raius of 30 NM from the center (extratropical feature).

EX-EDZANI system keeps on tracking southwest. The southern ridge is forecasted to weaken and system should track southward over the next 24 hours. Beyond it is forecasted to accelerate southeast within a mid latitude trough. At the end of the forecast range it should merge with a high latitude low.

Average wind speed should remain in the order of the gale force, locally storm force over the next 24 hours, and after strengthen due to the gradient with the subtropical high pressures and high speed of the system.
Is it 7.3 or 7?
originally reported as 7.3, revised down to 7.0
251. IKE
Quoting ElConando:
Is it 7.3 or 7?


Magnitude 7.0
Quoting StSimonsIslandGAGuy:
originally reported as 7.3, revised down to 7.0


.3 can make a difference with such high numbers.
Quoting melwerle:
Hey Kids - can someone please forward me the web address to portlight please? I am going to post it on my facebook again and see if folks want to help out...


We have a blog here and the address is http://www.portlight.org/
254. IKE
Continued double thumbs down to MSNBC and FOX News(we report, you decide...BS).
WU mailed Awake in Maryland. I wish someone had her home or cell#!
Thanks Flood...put them on my facebook and asking my sisters and friends to do it too.
I'm posting a link to portlight's website on myspace and facebook.
portlight facebook page

currently updating as fast as we can


http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Portlight-Strategies/34977944066?ref=ts
Quoting IKE:
Continued double thumbs down to MSNBC and FOX News(we report, you decide...BS).


Continuing with pre recording programing... NBC has multiple news channels, like CNN so they really have no reason. Not that FOX has much excuse either.
260. IKE
Quoting ElConando:


Continuing with pre recording programing... NBC has multiple news channels, like CNN so they really have no reason. Not that FOX has much excuse either.


Their both talking about or with Sarah Palin. Pathetic reporting.

Already negativity about FOX news
261. IKE
Heck..The Weather Channel is talking about it.
54 down here in West Palm / Lake Worth...almost feels like summer!
Quoting IKE:


Their both talking about or with Sarah Palin. Pathetic reporting.

Already negativity about FOX news


Well their a liberal watchdog group with a major purpose is watching FOX news for errors or right wing-ed remarks, or lack of coverage. The mainstream may pick up on it soon although fox did cover it for a few minutes.
SPECIAL SECTION
Link link to portlight


Were quickly putting together a relief mission here at portlight.org and the wunderground.

Paul Timmons,the Portlight Chairman and relief Manager is getting our Warehoused Goods assembled for transport to Haiti.
This first Push of relief will be medical supplies and Mechanical goods for the disabled there,wheelchairs,crutches and many other items too many to mention here.

But were going to need urgent funding to make a impact on the suffering there. That's going to take funds.

One can use the Paypal Button in the Portlight Blog on the wunderground.com

or send a check to,

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

OR DONATE BY CREDIT CARD




I'd love to talk about coverage and lack of coverage Ike but I'm sure both of us are more worried about the eye popping toll for loss of life, wounded, and homeless. Unrest is a real possibility as well.
Argh! I missed putting my forecast in WunderCast again. Was there an earthquake earlier? I'll check. A lot of quakes happening recently it seems.
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
Argh! I missed putting my forecast in WunderCast again. Was there an earthquake earlier? I'll check. A lot of quakes happening recently it seems.


A serious earthquake has hit Haiti, 7.0 on the Richter scale!!
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
Argh! I missed putting my forecast in WunderCast again. Was there an earthquake earlier? I'll check. A lot of quakes happening recently it seems.




mag 7.0 MAJOR

follow by 9 aftershocks
Plenty of ways to get relevant info other than the er,3 Stooges on Cable..

Source: Voice of America (VOA)

From ReliefWEB

Strong Earthquake Rocks Haiti




Date: 12 Jan 2010


VOA News 12 January 2010

An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 has struck the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake struck Tuesday afternoon, and that it was followed by two aftershocks with magnitudes of 5.9 and 5.0. The initial quake struck at a depth of only 10 kilometers, and was centered about 16 kilometers from Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince.

There are unconfirmed reports that a hospital has collapsed. A tsunami watch has been issued for the neighboring Dominican Republic, along with Cuba and the Bahamas.

Haiti's ambassador to the United States, Raymond Joseph, told CNN that the Caribbean nation will be seeking U.S. assistance. He called the quake a major catastrophe, telling the network he is calling on friends of Haiti to come to the country's aid.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. Recent development efforts have suffered severe setbacks because of political violence and lawlessness, corruption and natural disasters. Seventy percent of the population lives on the equivalent of less than $2 per day.

Last year, former U.S. President Bill Clinton, the United Nations special envoy to Haiti, sought to assure international investors that Haiti has regained stability and is a safe place to do business.
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
Argh! I missed putting my forecast in WunderCast again. Was there an earthquake earlier? I'll check. A lot of quakes happening recently it seems.


No all is fine. I don't read previous posts also. Just move on.
from a friend with local knowledge;

"Food will be crucial, rice, beans, drinking water, pots and pans to cook. You can't imagine the poverty there...if you're old enough you may remember Biafra...this is worse because of AIDS.
Tetanus shots, antibiotics, anti-diarrheal, first aid kits. Clothes, shoes, underwear, you name it they need it."
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
Argh! A lot of quakes happening recently it seems.


there has been an increase of activity along around entire atlantic basin
which is normally quiet with most reports in carb
but as of late seems to show slight increase in the activity

Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


No all is fine. I don't read previous posts also. Just move on.


Hey Geoff :0)
274. IKE
Another 5.2 aftershock...25+ minutes ago...

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 5.2
Date-Time

* Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 00:59:06 UTC
* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 07:59:06 PM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 18.257°N, 72.914°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances 70 km (45 miles) WSW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
90 km (55 miles) E of Les Cayes, Haiti
180 km (115 miles) SSW of Cap-Haitien, Haiti
1125 km (700 miles) SE of Miami, Florida
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 7.7 km (4.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST= 88, Nph= 88, Dmin=189.5 km, Rmss=1.43 sec, Gp= 50°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source

* USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID us2010rkaf
Yes, there was a report of shaking in Inagua. I haven't heard about other islands so far.

I am also appalled at Fox in particular. In South Florida, where there are MAJOR populations of expatriate Haitians, they were showing celebrity gossip. When the big news moguls go out of business, they are going to lose to PNNs like Facebook, etc.
Huge earthquake rocks Haiti

* By staff writers and AFP and Reuters correspondents in Port Au Prince
* From: news.com.au
* January 13, 2010 11:56AM


The earthquake hit the poor nation in the late evening, local time / Eric Auld Source: news.com.au


This image from the US Geological illustrates the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Caribbean nation of Haiti

# Earthquake rocks Caribbean nation of Haiti
# Tsunami warning has been issued

BUILDINGS have collapsed, people are screaming for help and bodies are lying in the rubble after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the Caribbean nation of Haiti.


A Caribbean tsunami warning was issued for parts of the Caribbean, including neighbouring Dominican Republic, Cuba and the Bahamas, by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre, but it has since been cancelled.

"A destructive widespread tsunami threat does not exist based on historical earthquake and tsunami data," the centre said.

"However, there is the possibility of a local tsunami that could affect coasts located usually no more than a 100km from the earthquake epicentre."

The country's ambassador to the United States, Raymond Alcide Joseph, told CNN television: "I think it's really a catastrophe of major proportions."

The ambassador said he was heartbroken as he had just spoken by telephone with a senior presidential aide who described scenes of chaos and devastation.

"He had to stop his car just about half an hour ago, and take to the streets, start walking, but he said houses were crumbling on the right side of the street and the left side of the street," Mr Joseph said.

"He does not know whether he would reach his home, not knowing what he would find, because he had a bridge to cross to get there."

Ian Rodgers from Save the Children in the capital, Port-au-Prince, told CNN collapsed retaining walls have blocked most of the roads, and the aftershocks are making the situation worse.

"It's very dangerous to move at this time," he said. "There's a lot of distress and wailing... people trying to find love ones trapped under rubble."

He said all power seems to be out in Port-au-Prince, but some homes have their own generators.

A journalist with Haitian television station Haitipal, told AFP that public buildings across the capital had been destroyed.

"The presidential palace, the finance ministry, the ministry of public works, the ministry of communication and culture,'' were all affected by the quake, the reporter said, adding that the parliament building and a cathedral in the capital were also crumbling.

People digging out victims

Reuters reporter Joseph Guyler Delva, who is in the capital, said: "Everything started shaking, people were screaming, houses started collapsing ... it's total chaos."

He said he had seen dozens of people apparently dead or injured lying under rubble, which blocked roads. Panic-stricken residents were desperately trying to dig people out from under rubble or searching for missing relatives.

An AFP correspondent in the suburb of Petionville said one three-story building, housing two offices, was toppled, and a tractor was already at the scene trying to dig out victims as people fled onto the streets in panic. The up-scale area is home to many foreign diplomats and members of a major United Nations mission to the country.

A broadcast on Radio Soleil Haiti reported that the situation was "critical" and a lot of people are "worried and panicking".

US President Barack Obama said the United States was ready to help.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have been affected by this earthquake. We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti," he said.

The Associated Press reported a hospital has collapsed and people can be heard "screaming for help".

Henry Bahn, a visiting official with the US Department of Agriculture, told AP: "Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken" and the sky is "grey with dust".

He said he saw a house that had fallen into a ravine.

"It's just full of collapsed walls and rubble and barbed wire," he said.

Two powerful aftershocks measuring 5.9 and 5.5 on the magnitude scale have also struck the region.

Haiti has become the number one trending topic on Twitter since the earthquake struck. Twitter user @troylivesay (Port Au Prince, Haiti) wrote: "Just experienced a MAJOR earthquake here in Port au Prince - walls were falling down. - we are ALL fine - pray for those in the slums". Another user @mangu45 tweeted: "earthquake in haiti, i felt it here, in dominican republic".

UNICEF has launched an urgent appeal for aid to supply emergency medical supplies, safe drinking water and temporary shelters. To donate to the emergency relief effort, please visit: www.unicefusa.org/haitiquake.

Nation already struggling

Already the poorest nation in the Americas, Haiti has been hit by a series of disasters recently and was battered by hurricanes in 2008. The country was also gripped by a tense political standoff in April 2008 amid riots over skyrocketing food prices.

Seventy per cent of Haiti's population lives on less than $US2 per day and half of its 8.5 million people are unemployed. According to official figures, food insecurity already affects more than a quarter of Haiti's population, some 1.9 million people, with women and children the worst affected.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation has designated Haiti as one of the world's most economically vulnerable countries.

The World Food Program serves one meal a day to more than 500,000 Haitian schoolchildren, providing them with what is often their only meal of the day. The organisation also feeds 100,000 women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and 50,000 children under the age of five.

Since mid-2004, the Brazilian-led MINUSTAH has been keeping the peace in the impoverished Caribbean island nation.
OMG, that looks like a terrible earthquake! Link

Upwards of 700,000 people subjected to violent or extreme shaking, and 2.3 million to severe shaking, including the nation's capital. I haven't seen a single earthquake this potentially destructive on the maps since the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Especially considering Haiti was the only country severely affected by any damaging shaking, and the potential for landslides and sea level disturbances as this occured near a harbour, this could have a devastating effect on the country.
266. Lots of earthquakes...everywhere. CA has had a ton of them up and down the coast all the way into mexico...a six something the other day. I look at the shake maps every day and there are sooooo many all over the world and they aren't little guys either.
The Lambi Fund of Haiti Not getting good news from Haiti. At least 2 hospitals have collapsed and Delmas where many staff members live is heavily damaged. Surely if stable buildings have fallen, Grain Mills, Sugar Mills and other Lambi Fund supported projects have collapsed. Help rebuild Haiti now. from their FB page.
I'm going to be busily updating Wikipedia on this earthquake. Any word on casualty numbers?
Twitter photos
Link
People on Twitter are reporting more new aftershocks.
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
OMG, that looks like a terrible earthquake! Link

Upwards of 700,000 people subjected to violent or extreme shaking, and 2.3 million to severe shaking, including the nation's capital. I haven't seen a single earthquake this potentially destructive on the maps since the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Especially considering Haiti was the only country severely affected by any damaging shaking, and the potential for landslides and sea level disturbances as this occured near a harbour, this could have a devastating effect on the country.
I hate to say it, but I have a bad feeling the death toll is likely to rival the Sichuan earthquake. There is a LOT to be concerned about here.
284. IKE
Just had a 5.8! Although it was further down....22.4 miles.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 5.8 (Preliminary magnitude %u2014 update expected within 15 minutes)
Date-Time

* Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 01:32:49 UTC
* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 08:32:49 PM at epicenter

Location 18.390%uFFFDN, 72.910%uFFFDW
Depth 36 km (22.4 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances

* 42 km (26 miles) WNW (293%uFFFD) from Jacmel, Sud-Est, Haiti
* 54 km (34 miles) WSW (253%uFFFD) from Carrefour, Ouest, Haiti
* 63 km (39 miles) WSW (254%uFFFD) from PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST=012, Nph=012, Dmin=0 km, Rmss=1.69 sec, Gp= 61%uFFFD,
M-type="moment" magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=A
Source

* NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Event ID pt10013000
Quoting AstroHurricane001:
I'm going to be busily updating Wikipedia on this earthquake. Any word on casualty numbers?


Shouldn't you be browsing the internet for immediate updates?
Some guy who skyped someone at CNN said they were having aftershocks every 30 minutes or so, and everybody was extremely worried because it wasn't "over".....

Sounds like a really rough time.... :(
If the original hit didn’t collapse buildings…it certainly weakened them. The aftershocks may finish what the initial quake started. The more aftershocks…the more the damage.
289. IKE
Just had a 5.6...9 miles deep.

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 5.6 (Preliminary magnitude — update expected within 15 minutes)
Date-Time

* Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 01:36:32 UTC
* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 08:36:32 PM at epicenter

Location 18.400°N, 73.000°W
Depth 15 km (9.3 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances

* 52 km (32 miles) WNW (290°) from Jacmel, Sud-Est, Haiti
* 63 km (39 miles) WSW (257°) from Carrefour, Ouest, Haiti
* 72 km (45 miles) WSW (257°) from PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

Location Uncertainty Error estimate not available
Parameters NST= 24, Nph= 18, Dmin=0 km, Rmss=0.87 sec, Gp= 83°,
M-type="moment" magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=B
Source

* NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Event ID pt10013000
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


Shouldn't you be browsing the internet for immediate updates?


Right, I almost forgot about Google News. Thanks.
291. unf97
I am so sorry to hear about the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. My God, that is a severe one on the Richter scale. I can't fathom the potential damage and loss of life down there. My thoughts and heartfelt prayers to all in Haiti.
Thank you! Glad to lend a hand!
There is a blogger who was born in Haiti I forget his blog name though.
Futuremet is who you are thinking of--he was born there. Unless you are thinking of someone else.
Quoting Minnemike:
y'all really are a great lot of good folks.. the 'family' that is (or, i like to refer as...)

if i wasn't such a hot head with trolls and the like, i'd get more involved round here. but it is a treat to get both quality weather information constantly, and to see the class, comradely, and compassion shared by you regulars!


Amen!
MSNBC now reporting live on the earthquake.

aquak thank you its futuremet. He has family there :/
Quoting BahaHurican:
I hate to say it, but I have a bad feeling the death toll is likely to rival the Sichuan earthquake. There is a LOT to be concerned about here.
funny thing is it don't have to be like this
Fox nada...reporting on Harry Reid.
I think part of the reason why Fox and MSNBC may not have been reporting as much as CNN is partially due to a lack of reporting resources in the country and a lack of knowledge in using internet resources to facilitate the reporting when personal reports aren't available. Though, if that's not true, then they really are horrible.
Folks along the Lower Coastal areas,CUBA,Jamacia and the Islands need to be aware that the aftershocks are of HIGH Magnitude..

Stay tuned to here and Local Media in case we see a Larger Event the next few Hours.

My Take only..
Quoting AstroHurricane001:


Typical rightist news services...?


who knows...
Emergency number....1-888-407-4747
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Emergency number....1-888-407-4747


?
Pictures starting to show up. CNN iReport
We can focus on the event and belay the US Political jargon as it serves ZERO purpose.


Saw nuff of that a few years back from inside a calamity.

Focus on what we as a community can do,and keep the real-time flow a coming.

Ike is working the aftershocks and those are a Big Concern as night has fallen
309. unf97
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
MSNBC now reporting live on the earthquake.



Thanks. Finally someone with full coverage.
Finally a warmer night here in E Central Florida... still below average though :/
Quoting ElConando:


?


To start the process of searching for family members in Haiti.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:


To start the process of searching for family members in Haiti.


Oh I see.
Quoting Patrap:
Folks along the Lower Coastal areas,CUBA,Jamacia and the Islands need to be aware that the aftershocks are of HIGH Magnitude..

Stay tuned to here and Local Media in case we see a Larger Event the next few Hours.

My Take only..

patrap is absolutely right. what has not come down will be shaken again and again. the outskirts of Port-au-Prince damn i don't even what to say. i just know that is far worse than most people think.
314. IKE
Another 5.4....

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time

* Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 01:57:35 UTC
* Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 08:57:35 PM at epicenter

Location 18.459°N, 72.924°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances

* 47 km (29 miles) WNW (301°) from Jacmel, Sud-Est, Haiti
* 54 km (33 miles) W (262°) from Carrefour, Ouest, Haiti
* 63 km (39 miles) W (261°) from PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 6.9 km (4.3 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST=189, Nph=192, Dmin=182.6 km, Rmss=0.78 sec, Gp= 97°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=6
Source

* U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center:
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Event ID us2010rkaq
Big Haiti quake topples buildings, many casualties

Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Date: 12 Jan 2010


* Buildings, homes collapse in capital Port-au-Prince

* Dead, injured seen in rubble, screams heard in streets

* Obama says United States ready to help

* Haiti is "facing a major catastrophe" - ambassador (Updates with details, quotes)

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A major earthquake hit impoverished Haiti on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince, burying residents in rubble and causing many deaths and injuries, witnesses in the city said.

The magnitude 7.0 quake, whose epicenter was inland and only 10 miles (16 km) from Port-au-Prince, sent panic-stricken people screaming into the streets of the city, as a cloud of dust and smoke from falling buildings rose into the sky.

As darkness fell amid scenes of chaos and anguished cries from victims, residents desperately tried to dig out survivors or searched for missing relatives in debris-strewn streets.

The presidential palace was among the buildings damaged, Haiti's ambassador to the United States, Raymond Alcide Joseph, told CNN.

"My country is facing a major catastrophe," he said.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has a history of destructive natural disasters. Some 9,000 U.N. police and troops are stationed there to maintain order.

The major quake, followed by several aftershocks, prompted a tsunami watch for parts the Caribbean but this was later canceled.

"Everything started shaking, people were screaming, houses started collapsing ... it's total chaos," Reuters reporter Joseph Guyler Delva said in Port-au-Prince.

"I saw people under the rubble, and people killed," he added, saying he had witnessed dozens of casualties.

U.S. President Barack Obama said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the people of Haiti and pledged to come to their aid. The Obama administration said the State Department, USAID and U.S. military were working to coordinate assistance.

The United States "will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

A local employee for the charity Food for the Poor reported seeing a five-story building collapse in Port-au-Prince, spokeswoman Kathy Skipper told Reuters.

Another Food for the Poor employee said there were more houses destroyed than standing in Delmas Road, a major thoroughfare in the city.

"Within a minute of the quake ... soil, dust and smoke rose up over the city, a blanket that completely covered the city and obscured it for about 12 minutes until the atmospheric conditions dissipated the dust," Mike Godfrey, who works for USAID, told CNN from the city.

Experts said the quake's epicenter was very shallow at a depth of only 6.2 miles (10 km), which was likely to have magnified the destruction.

PEOPLE SCREAMED 'JESUS, JESUS'

Speaking to CNN from Port-au-Prince, Ian Rogers of the charity Save the Children said he could hear cries of anguish and mourning rising up from around the city in the darkness.

Homes and buildings built on hillsides had come crashing down along with earth and rubble.

"All the roads currently are blocked," Rogers said.

"People were screaming 'Jesus, Jesus' and running in all directions," Delva said.

The Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, where many foreigners stay, suffered at least some minor damage.

A group of 12 U.S. students from Lynn University in Florida were visiting Haiti with Food for the Poor and some were able to send text messages to say they were fine, Skipper said.

The powerful quake was felt in southeastern Cuba, about 160 miles (257 km) from the epicenter. Cuban authorities evacuated coastal residents because of the initial tsunami threat.

"I was seated on the terrace and I thought my chair had slid out from under me but I realized it was an earthquake," said Eduardo Machin, a resident of the coastal city of Santiago de Cuba. "It was very strong."

Sailors at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in eastern Cuba felt the quake but there was no damage to the base or the detention camp where the United States holds 198 foreign terrorism suspects, said Chief Petty Officer Bill Mesta.

"It just shook a number of the buildings," Mesta said. "It felt like there was a strong gust of wind up against the building."

The base has stockpiles of blankets, tents and other relief supplies on hand for emergency use in case of mass disasters in the Caribbean. Personnel had begun checking the goods in anticipation that they will be asked to help in the relief effort, Mesta said. (Additional reporting by Alister Bull, Jane Sutton, Phil Barbara, Jeff Franks, Writing by Sandra Maler and Pascal Fletcher; Editing by John O'Callaghan)

For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.alertnet.org
6.2 miles down Ike,that a shallow bad un..and with Night,spookie as Hades closet.

The International Airport 3 Primary Runways are undamaged at last report from reliefweb

The Times Online is reporting that the Presidential Palace in Haiti is in ruins. I worked there for a time. Looks beautiful but, up close and personal, it was never in great shape especially after the coup. I have photos of the walls riddled with machine gun fire. In fact, I also did work near the reported epicenter of the quake. My prayers go out to the people of Haiti right now. What they have had to endure...
Hmmmmph. Hey, presslord, you are being censored to nonmembers. Just an fyi. Don't know if they tell you that when they wave the ban hammer around.

So...How strong have all the aftershocks been and how many aftershocks have there been?
Quoting WaterWitch11:


patrap is absolutely right. what has not come down will be shaken again and again. the outskirts of Port-au-Prince damn i don't even what to say. i just know that is far worse than most people think.


Believe me, I know the area around Port-au-Prince and Petionville well. I won't be shocked at the devastation, just stunned.
321. IKE
Quoting WinterAnalystwx13:
So...How strong have all the aftershocks been and how many aftershocks have there been?


5.9 the largest. Maybe 10-12 aftershocks.
pressslord and admin are well aware of the forces of hate pushing buttons.
They will be dealt with in a swift and permanent manner,as one was last night.

Thanx for that info as well.
17 aftershocks so far:

MAP 4.9 2010/01/13 02:11:31 18.445 -73.026 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.4 2010/01/13 01:57:35 18.459 -72.924 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 01:55:17 18.397 -72.824 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.4 2010/01/13 01:36:34 18.595 -72.892 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.3 2010/01/13 01:32:45 18.384 -72.950 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.1 2010/01/13 01:16:52 18.431 -72.856 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 01:05:50 18.537 -72.666 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.2 2010/01/13 00:59:06 18.257 -72.914 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 00:43:28 18.541 -72.486 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/13 00:23:57 18.410 -72.716 10.0 HAITI REGION



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MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s LAT
deg LON
deg DEPTH
km Region
MAP 4.5 2010/01/12 23:47:39 18.471 -72.851 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.5 2010/01/12 23:35:40 18.437 -72.811 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/12 23:27:37 18.482 -72.810 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/12 23:14:34 -13.800 34.491 10.0 MALAWI
MAP 5.1 2010/01/12 23:12:04 18.390 -72.570 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.2 2010/01/12 23:07:04 18.432 -72.620 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.5 2010/01/12 22:12:05 18.485 -72.556 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.9 2010/01/12 22:00:42 18.321 -72.848 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 7.0 2010/01/12 21:53:10 18.451 -72.445 10.0 HAITI REGION
Quoting WinterAnalystwx13:
So...How strong have all the aftershocks been and how many aftershocks have there been?


to monitor aftershocks:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/285_20_eqs.php
There are more shakers across the world then ever before(what is going on?)! I join the chorus with all of you..."This is completely unprecedented!!!"
hotel montana, caribbean supermarket, hospital notre petits freres & soeurs, hexagan building PV, hotel caribe (old union school) - All reported down.
my thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by these awful events. Thank God for organizations like Portlight that provide assistance to the needy.
Y'know, a number of my friends and family were in the Bay Area quake last week that was only a 4.0. They were all talking about that. Then you look at the list of aftershocks in this quake and there are 18 between 4.2 to 5.9. Those are some mighty big aftershocks.
Hopefully this Atlantic Basin Event will settle down.

Prayer for the affected is a prudent measure tonight.
The Power is out,hundreds if not thousands are trapped..were gonna need Heavy Lift equipment SAR's dogs and teams.

Time to go ALL in.

The Full Monty of Disaster services and personnel are already assembling.


Quoting bappit:
Hmmmmph. Hey, presslord, you are being censored to nonmembers. Just an fyi. Don't know if they tell you that when they wave the ban hammer around.



I'm not sure what you mean...
There are reports of rescue helicopters flying over now.
This is going to be VERY bad in the morning.... [shakes head].

We have a fairly large number of Haitians, legal and illegal, residing here in the Bahamas. I there there is going to be a lot of weeping here over the next few days as casualty reports begin to come in.....

[sigh]
Wow... does anybody know how many earthquakes are normal in a given week? I never really researched it before, but on the USGS site it shows an amazing amount of tremors accross the world. (amazing to someone like me who doesnt know anything about it anyways)
My thoughts and prayers are for those in Haiti.

Hey Presslord, will you be able to assist in Haiti? (or more importantly, are you planning on trying to assist?)
ok, how come google chrome doesnt let me post images or do links?
Unconfirmed report of another strong aftershock... dust flying.
Disaster for the people of Haiti.
MSNBC Breaking news.... UN Headquarters seriously damaged with many personnel missing.

Wow... what a start to 2010.

Being in South Florida where many many Haitians live.. My prayers and thoughts go out to them
Quoting Dakster:
My thoughts and prayers are for those in Haiti.

Hey Presslord, will you be able to assist in Haiti? (or more importantly, are you planning on trying to assist?)


Hey! check the Portlight blog...
DATE LAT LON MAG DEPTH REGION

13-JAN-2010 02:26:34 18.47 -72.84 4.8 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 02:11:31 18.44 -73.03 4.9 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 01:57:35 18.46 -72.92 5.4 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 01:55:16 18.40 -72.82 5.0 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 01:36:34 18.59 -72.89 5.4 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 01:32:45 18.38 -72.95 5.3 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 01:16:52 18.43 -72.86 5.1 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 01:05:49 18.54 -72.67 4.6 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 00:59:06 18.26 -72.91 5.2 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 00:43:27 18.54 -72.49 5.0 10.0 HAITI REGION
13-JAN-2010 00:23:56 18.41 -72.72 4.8 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 23:47:39 18.47 -72.85 4.5 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 23:35:40 18.44 -72.81 4.5 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 23:27:36 18.48 -72.81 4.8 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 23:12:04 18.39 -72.57 5.1 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 23:07:03 18.43 -72.62 4.2 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 22:12:05 18.48 -72.56 5.5 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 22:00:42 18.27 -72.86 5.9 10.0 HAITI REGION
12-JAN-2010 21:53:09 18.45 -72.45 7.0 10.0 HAITI REGION

Disater sone
Re: 333

It seems that since about last October things have been really busy. Like we are building up to a super "big bang" of seismic activity somewhere. How many 7+ quakes have we had in the last six months, again?

Futuremet is our resident blogger with roots in Haiti, but there is also at least one Haitian guy who blogs with Wunderground (is he Jeanne Claude? I'm prolly wrong) on his own blog. Hope he's ok...
341. unf97
The whole scope of this catastrophe won't be really fully assessed until first thing tomorrow morning.

But, it is so heart-breaking to see what is happening down there right now. Many prayers to the people of Haiti!!!
342. skep
Here is a photo of the Palais National
Link
Video from Haiti

Link
Portlight info, update, etc.

Link
345. skep
Frightening Video from after the quake..the whole city seems to be under a dust cloud...
Link
So far ten aftershocks above mag. 5.0, Presidential Palace and several other government buildings and a cathedral reported destoryed, thousands feared dead.
Link
Oops
usgs podcast
The Cayman Islands had a 6.8 on Dec 14, 2004. Although it was a very bad feeling thank God our buildings are strong enough that we had no structural damage and no injuries. I feel for the poor Haitian people and pray to God they come out of this with no lives lost.
Quoting skep:
Frightening Video from after the quake..the whole city seems to be under a dust cloud...
Link





Thanx a bunch skep..I took the Liberty of embedding it here.
Presential Palace not destroyed...damaged and all are safe as of recent reports.
On a live chat... they are requesting antibiotics and bandages. Many injuries reported.
Very sad.
Thoughts and prayers to our friends in Haiti...

Seems little doubt thousands lost their life today, what an extreme tragedy to a country which even on a good day suffers!

Hopefully the US will step up..... but I so far am not impressed. We sent 6 dogs, 72 people, and 42 tons of equipment. Doesn't sound like much to me!

Donate here, just one of many sites.....
Los Angeles pledges help for quake-stricken Haiti
www.chinaview.cn 2010-01-13 10:18:11 Print

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Los Angeles County and an international aid group based in the area pledged assistance to Haiti after the poor Caribbean country was struck by a major earthquake earlier Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Fire Department planned to send about 60 firefighters to conduct search and rescue mission in Haiti where a powerful quake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, struck an area about 10 miles (15 km) west of the capital of Port-au-Prince.

The team will be deployed to aid local and foreign rescue operations. Thousands of people are feared dead during the onslaught of the major earthquake, a local Catholic Relief group member was quoted as saying.

Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based international aid organization said it will send emergency medical aid to Haiti. It is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements.

It was the largest quake recorded in the area and the first major one since a magnitude-6.7 temblor in 1984, according to American seismologists.
Obama sends thoughts, prayer and, possibly, aid to Haiti after earthquake hits island
By Matthew Lee (CP) – 2 hours ago

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said his thoughts and prayers were with the people of Haiti, where a powerful earthquake hit on Tuesday, and the United States stands ready to help the impoverished Caribbean nation.

U.S. officials in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince reported "significant damage" there.

White House officials said Obama also had asked aides to make sure U.S. personnel at the embassy were safe. Fewer than 20 U.S. military personnel are in Haiti, largely working with the U.S. Embassy there. Officials said Obama told them to start preparing in case humanitarian assistance was needed.

The State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development and U.S. Southern Command have started to co-ordinate.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said from Honolulu that the United States was gathering information about the quake and its impact, and the government was offering full civilian and military assistance to Haiti.

Clinton spoke with the deputy chief of U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, David Lindwall, before making a speech in Honolulu.

"We have been in touch with the embassy," State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said in Washington. "They report significant damage in town, but the embassy is unaffected.The embassy is working to get in touch with Haitian government as well as trying to ... account for Americans."

Haitian phone lines are down, and cellphone coverage is understandably unreliable," he said.

The U.S. ambassador to Haiti was in the country, but was at his residence, which is in Petionville, and the phone lines were out, Duguid said. "The embassy is in touch with the ambassador via radio."

The State Department was setting up a hot line telephone number for people to call, but the number was not yet working.

"Our embassy is also trying to make contact with the Haitian government," Duguid said. "There are emergency meetings going on right now in Washington to identify assets that can be moved quickly into the area.U.S. search and rescue teams have been put on alert, and we are trying to assess the status of the airport.As President Obama has said, we will assist in any way we can."

Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere subcommittee, said, "This is the worst possible time for a natural disaster in Haiti, a country which is still recovering from the devastating storms of just over a year ago."

Engel urged the administration "to do everything possible to help" the Haitian people recover.

Former President Bill Clinton, the U.N. special envoy for Haiti, said his office and the rest of the U.N. system were monitoring the situation. He pledged relief, rebuilding and recovery assistance to Haiti.
I can assure everyone,all US assets,DoD and civilian are gearing up on this event in RED mode.

There is NO higher code for a event.

All my sources have confirmed that.

from ReliefWEB


Big Haiti quake topples buildings, many casualties

Source: Reuters - AlertNet

Date: 12 Jan 2010


* Buildings, homes collapse in capital Port-au-Prince

* Dead, injured seen in rubble, screams heard in streets

* Obama says United States ready to help

* Haiti is "facing a major catastrophe" - ambassador (Updates with details, quotes)

By Joseph Guyler Delva

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A major earthquake hit impoverished Haiti on Tuesday, toppling buildings in the capital Port-au-Prince, burying residents in rubble and causing many deaths and injuries, witnesses in the city said.

The magnitude 7.0 quake, whose epicenter was inland and only 10 miles (16 km) from Port-au-Prince, sent panic-stricken people screaming into the streets of the city, as a cloud of dust and smoke from falling buildings rose into the sky.

As darkness fell amid scenes of chaos and anguished cries from victims, residents desperately tried to dig out survivors or searched for missing relatives in debris-strewn streets.

The presidential palace was among the buildings damaged, Haiti's ambassador to the United States, Raymond Alcide Joseph, told CNN.

"My country is facing a major catastrophe," he said.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere and has a history of destructive natural disasters. Some 9,000 U.N. police and troops are stationed there to maintain order.

The major quake, followed by several aftershocks, prompted a tsunami watch for parts the Caribbean but this was later canceled.

"Everything started shaking, people were screaming, houses started collapsing ... it's total chaos," Reuters reporter Joseph Guyler Delva said in Port-au-Prince.

"I saw people under the rubble, and people killed," he added, saying he had witnessed dozens of casualties.

U.S. President Barack Obama said his "thoughts and prayers" were with the people of Haiti and pledged to come to their aid. The Obama administration said the State Department, USAID and U.S. military were working to coordinate assistance.

The United States "will be providing both civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

A local employee for the charity Food for the Poor reported seeing a five-story building collapse in Port-au-Prince, spokeswoman Kathy Skipper told Reuters.

Another Food for the Poor employee said there were more houses destroyed than standing in Delmas Road, a major thoroughfare in the city.

"Within a minute of the quake ... soil, dust and smoke rose up over the city, a blanket that completely covered the city and obscured it for about 12 minutes until the atmospheric conditions dissipated the dust," Mike Godfrey, who works for USAID, told CNN from the city.

Experts said the quake's epicenter was very shallow at a depth of only 6.2 miles (10 km), which was likely to have magnified the destruction.

PEOPLE SCREAMED 'JESUS, JESUS'

Speaking to CNN from Port-au-Prince, Ian Rogers of the charity Save the Children said he could hear cries of anguish and mourning rising up from around the city in the darkness.

Homes and buildings built on hillsides had come crashing down along with earth and rubble.

"All the roads currently are blocked," Rogers said.

"People were screaming 'Jesus, Jesus' and running in all directions," Delva said.

The Hotel Montana in Port-au-Prince, where many foreigners stay, suffered at least some minor damage.

A group of 12 U.S. students from Lynn University in Florida were visiting Haiti with Food for the Poor and some were able to send text messages to say they were fine, Skipper said.

The powerful quake was felt in southeastern Cuba, about 160 miles (257 km) from the epicenter. Cuban authorities evacuated coastal residents because of the initial tsunami threat.

"I was seated on the terrace and I thought my chair had slid out from under me but I realized it was an earthquake," said Eduardo Machin, a resident of the coastal city of Santiago de Cuba. "It was very strong."

Sailors at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in eastern Cuba felt the quake but there was no damage to the base or the detention camp where the United States holds 198 foreign terrorism suspects, said Chief Petty Officer Bill Mesta.

"It just shook a number of the buildings," Mesta said. "It felt like there was a strong gust of wind up against the building."

The base has stockpiles of blankets, tents and other relief supplies on hand for emergency use in case of mass disasters in the Caribbean. Personnel had begun checking the goods in anticipation that they will be asked to help in the relief effort, Mesta said. (Additional reporting by Alister Bull, Jane Sutton, Phil Barbara, Jeff Franks, Writing by Sandra Maler and Pascal Fletcher; Editing by John O'Callaghan)

For more humanitarian news and analysis, please visit www.alertnet.org


Obama is acting quicker on the Haiti disaster than Bush on Hurricane Katrina!!!!!
Quoting Beachfoxx:
On a live chat... they are requesting antibiotics and bandages. Many injuries reported.
Very sad.


we are all over that...working with Catholic Charities...also clinical supplies
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Presential Palace not destroyed...damaged and all are safe as of recent reports.

I have seen news footage of the Palace and it looks in a very bad way.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Obama is acting quicker on the Haiti disaster than Bush on Hurricane Katrina!!!!!


No need for comparisons,,.History will do that.

Lets focus on the flow of relevant info..

Hate is easy..
Love takes courage
Quoting AussieStorm:

I have seen news footage of the Palace and it looks in a very bad way.


Yes aussie,,the top half collapsed into the Lower floors and some deaths have been reported there.
Same here Aussie...All are safe...It is damaged, and all are safe.
we can solve all the problems in the world in one day if we could learn to work together
Good work... and good luck. Will be a huge task, many injuries and reports of death are being reported. One report of a hip hop artist,but I won't repeat since this is a live chat and in French. (I could be translating incorrectly). It is heartbreaking.
Quoting presslord:


we are all over that...working with Catholic Charities...also clinical supplies
21 aftershocks now:

MAP 2.7 2010/01/13 03:30:39 32.445 -115.159 27.6 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 02:54:20 18.393 -72.974 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 02:43:48 18.484 -72.984 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 2.5 2010/01/13 02:43:38 36.395 -117.870 0.2 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP 4.8 2010/01/13 02:26:35 18.470 -72.836 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.9 2010/01/13 02:11:31 18.445 -73.026 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.4 2010/01/13 01:57:35 18.459 -72.924 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 01:55:17 18.397 -72.824 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.4 2010/01/13 01:36:34 18.595 -72.892 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.3 2010/01/13 01:32:45 18.384 -72.950 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 01:24:33 18.494 -72.811 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.1 2010/01/13 01:16:52 18.431 -72.856 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 01:05:50 18.537 -72.666 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.2 2010/01/13 00:59:06 18.257 -72.914 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 00:43:28 18.541 -72.486 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/13 00:23:57 18.410 -72.716 10.0 HAITI REGION



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MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s LAT
deg LON
deg DEPTH
km Region
MAP 4.5 2010/01/12 23:47:39 18.471 -72.851 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.5 2010/01/12 23:35:40 18.437 -72.811 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/12 23:27:37 18.482 -72.810 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/12 23:14:34 -13.800 34.491 10.0 MALAWI
MAP 5.1 2010/01/12 23:12:04 18.390 -72.570 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.2 2010/01/12 23:07:04 18.432 -72.620 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.5 2010/01/12 22:12:05 18.485 -72.556 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.9 2010/01/12 22:00:42 18.321 -72.848 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 7.0 2010/01/12 21:53:10 18.451 -72.445 10.0 HAITI REGION
Quoting Patrap:


Yes aussie,,the top half collapsed into the Lower floors and some deaths have been reported there.

There is also fires burning in the city, no water to put them out with.
Many people are laying in the streets servely injured. The USGS had received 300 reports via there "did you feel it" reports via there website, some reports are from 100's of miles away from the epicenter.
Sadly there are fires... and many are using fire for light since there is no electricity.
Quoting AussieStorm:

There is also fires burning in the city, no water to put them out with.
Many people are laying in the streets servely injured. The USGS had received 300 reports via there "did you feel it" reports via there website, some reports are from 100's of miles away from the epicenter.
349. Man thats a lot of dust. Seems like the videos is being taken from an I phone.
A US Marine Detachment Go team is assembling at GITMO to Deploy first Light.

3 Sea-Stallions and 2 Chinooks
Quoting Patrap:
A US Marine Detachment Go team is assembling at GITMO to Deploy first Light.

3 Sea-Stallions and 2 Chinooks


Very good thanks for the info Pat.
The team is a security and assessment team that will do a Fly around..secure a perimeter and get all the relevant video and info from the officials on scene and then telex that back to the Pentagon for further dissemination
Some graphic images from Haiti - very sad, very bad.

Link
A good page to bookmark as it will have a lot of photos and real time info once its available

defenseLINK
Modified. : )Link
That Image says it all beachfoxx..and were gonna make a dent in that misery as best as we can as soon as we can.

Im out tonight folks,..bad mojo rising inside me from these sufferings were seeong.

Hang on Haiti,,..were coming.

Take care of each other best you can...hang on.

Quoting Beachfoxx:

Sorry but can people link to photo's instead of posting them. There are somethings i don't want my kids to see.
377. Yes I was thinking the same thing. It would be better.
Quoting Patrap:


No need for comparisons,,.History will do that.

Lets focus on the flow of relevant info..

Hate is easy..
Love takes courage


AMEN PATRAP
Thank you beachfoxx for the reality check. It makes you feel so helpless and small. So foolish over the little things we worry and complain about. Sleep will not come easy tonight knowing the sufferring happening. I keep thinking.. "there but for the grace of god" this (or another act of god) could happen to any of us at any time. The only comfort is knowing there are people out there who do care, and are willing to help.
I'm sorry Aussie... I actually sorted through and picked one of the ones that was not so heart wrenching. My apologies, I understand your protection of your children 100% and respect that.
Quoting AussieStorm:

Sorry but can people link to photo's instead of posting them. There are somethings i don't want my kids to see.
I believe their Presidential Palace is a replica of our White House...
384. JRRP
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 03:31:57 18.254 -72.922 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 2.7 2010/01/13 03:30:39 32.445 -115.159 27.6 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 03:17:12 18.398 -72.997 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 02:54:20 18.393 -72.974 10.0 HAITI REGION
Quoting presslord:
I believe their Presidential Palace is a replica of our White House...


Built fairly similarly yes.
Quoting Beachfoxx:
Sadly there are fires... and many are using fire for light since there is no electricity.



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Is that really necessary KOTG,..?

Some here have spent nights like that and dont need you and your avatar's ego reminding us of it.

Please give it a rest friend
Pray for those who suffered today.

This is a terrible disaster.

Millions live within miles of the epicenter. Literally, millions.

They need our thoughts and prayers.

They have mine



yes pat it is
sometimes the best response
is from hearing the truth

i feel for them friend
if one person donates
because of what i said
my job is done
Quoting KEEPEROFTHEGATE:
yes pat it is sometimes the best response is from hearing the truth

i feel for them friend if one person donates because of what i said my job is done


Yeah,thanx a million.

Many have tonight so you can rest it.
i wish the duvaliers were there in the palace,it would have been a divine intervention,, im sorry to say that , but he and her inflicted more pain and death on this country that could have surpassed most island nations in the carib,, if papa and baby had been coup ,forgive my rant,, i give my hope and prayers to those that should be alive,, and are alive,,
I'm sorry folks, I have been listening for a couple of years, never felt that I have something of importance to say, but tonight I have to intrude and ask you what I can do from my community to help in this situation. Money, clothes are available, please tell me where to send. Thanks, in advance to Presslord, Patrap etc. Primordialin central Fl.
Quoting thelmores:
Hopefully the US will step up..... but I so far am not impressed. We sent 6 dogs, 72 people, and 42 tons of equipment. Doesn't sound like much to me!

Donate here, just one of many sites.....
To be fair, it's hard to expect a more specific commitment that that on the first day. That kind of team is basically just to dig out the airport, IMO. That fits on the first plane out. I don't think the US will be shirking on this one, either from the government or the more general humanitarian perspective....


SPECIAL SECTION
Link


Were quickly putting together a relief mission here at portlight.org and the wunderground.

Paul Timmons,the Portlight Chairman and relief Manager is getting our Warehoused Goods assembled for transport to Haiti.
This first Push of relief will be medical supplies and Mechanical goods for the disabled there,wheelchairs,crutches and many other items too many to mention here.

But were going to need urgent funding to make a impact on the suffering there. That's going to take funds.

One can use the Paypal Button in the Portlight Blog on the wunderground.com

or send a check to,

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Hwy
Charleston, SC 29412

OR DONATE BY CREDIT CARD




I have been soberly watching this event in Haiti. Let's all keep the Haitian people in our thoughts and prayers. I think after I cry, I'll feel better, I hate to see people hurt and suffer.
Quoting Patrap:
Is that really necessary KOTG,..?

Some here have spent nights like that and dont need you and your avatar's ego reminding us of it.

Please give it a rest friend


KOTG, no disrespect meant, but please, put a sock in it!
Quoting Patrap:
Hopefully this Atlantic Basin Event will settle down.

Prayer for the affected is a prudent measure tonight.
The Power is out,hundreds if not thousands are trapped..were gonna need Heavy Lift equipment SAR's dogs and teams.

Time to go ALL in.

The Full Monty of Disaster services and personnel are already assembling.




That's good to know, Patrick.
My Internet was out for much of the day and then tuned in to this disaster in Haiti.

Perhaps this can be turned into an opportunity for success.

Poney up. And plant some trees while we're in there; asses in gear; there's work to do.
Am glad to be part of this connected community, thanks to Dr. Jeff Masters, the Impresario who keeps us interested with his insightful blogs.

I got $25 bucks. Where do I send it?
To Portlight because very little money goes for administrative costs evidenced by the size of PressLord's boat!

I'll forgo paying my tuition January 22nd, and throw in the tire for my car. It's worth a late payment.

Best Regards to all of you and prayers for the people of Haiti.
Let this be an opportunity.
Magnitude 5.7 - HAITI REGION
2010 January 13 05:02:58 UTC

Another very strong aftershock
The good news is, Dr. Masters has declared the cold pestilence will not return to Florida in the winter of 2010.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Obama is acting quicker on the Haiti disaster than Bush on Hurricane Katrina!!!!!

President Bush was monitoring Hurricane Katrina more than 48 hours before landfall. So... Obama is psychic?

Do you not understand that each state and local governments are responsible for their own disaster planning? The Feds and FEMA only respond when requested by the state? It's all wonderful to blame President Bush, but in reality it was the failure of the State of Louisiana and the party in charge of the government both before and during the Katrina disaster.

Pray for the people of Haiti... Good to hear that the Marines are on the way and will be there at first light. SecState Clinton must have finally reached someone in the Haitian Gov't and received approval to enter their airspace. That takes time when all communication's practically been eliminated. I'm sure satellite surveillance was retasked long before the sun set over Haiti though, and the pictures were available to Obama as soon as possible. No one ever drags their feet intentionally during a crisis.

No one else in the world gives like Americans do, and this will be proof once more, I'm sure. Disasters bring out the best in us. I'm sure many good people died today in Port-au-Prince. God rest their souls.
Quoting Chicklit:
The good news is, Dr. Masters has declared the cold pestilence will not return to Florida in the winter of 2010.


I sure pray and hope not! The GFS long range shows a possible return of Arctic Air around the end of Jan. I pray and hope it goes back to Siberia and Alaska, where it came from :o)!
401. Its a very iffy subject with very passionate people and very intelligent people on both sides on this blog. It is Let it be.
Let us hope that tomorrows light brings hope because its always darkest before the dawn.
lets hope this is not a precursor to august 31 1886,, im not a geologist,as i ask . when one plate slips,does that put more pressure on the plate in sc? my aunt and cousins live in summerville sc,, and that fault line lines up with the faultline off of the coast of the atlantic,forgive my stupidity,,
Quoting gregpinehurstnc:
lets hope this is not a precursor to august 31 1886,, im not a geologist,as i ask . when one plate slips,does that put more pressure on the plate in sc? my aunt and cousins live in summerville sc,, and that fault line lines up with the faultline off of the coast of the atlantic,forgive my stupidity,,


I honestly do not have an answer for you on that one. I know that the plates are all inter-connected. However, seismology, is not an exact science, many have tried unsuccessfully to predict eartquakes, and I will not even try.
Good night all, keep Haiti in your prayers, and for all who suffer in this world :0).
There is a USGS page about the 1886 Charleston earthquake--there have been indications of several others found in the past, but they were all 400-600 years apart.
Quoting GeoffreyWPB:
Obama is acting quicker on the Haiti disaster than Bush on Hurricane Katrina!!!!!


This is a joke statement to make. Get out of the Obama bed. It was the Governor of Louisiana and the Mayor of New Orleans that waited to call for help......they must do so first before the National Government steps in! Build another Basketball court in Haiti would help those poor people i guess.
Quoting gregpinehurstnc:
lets hope this is not a precursor to august 31 1886,, im not a geologist,as i ask . when one plate slips,does that put more pressure on the plate in sc? my aunt and cousins live in summerville sc,, and that fault line lines up with the faultline off of the coast of the atlantic,forgive my stupidity,,

haha. i was wondering if the recent volcanic activity to the se of it wasn't a precursor. where's weather 456 when you need him?
I understand what you are trying to say here, I call them "echo" quakes there was a quake in northern California last week I believe this is the "echo" of that one. When you have plate shift somewhere you expect there to be another one within a few weeks somewhere else to balance the pressures an Echo if you will

Quoting gregpinehurstnc:
lets hope this is not a precursor to august 31 1886,, im not a geologist,as i ask . when one plate slips,does that put more pressure on the plate in sc? my aunt and cousins live in summerville sc,, and that fault line lines up with the faultline off of the coast of the atlantic,forgive my stupidity,,
saying , thank you. for answering , that question,, i do appreciate it,, i just sad that , it happens,
Diffently need to watch the Mid-Atlantic Ridge for something as it could produce a major Tsunami if something was to happen there......i am a beleiver where pressure is released in one place pressure is likely applied somewhere else.
The Seismic Monitor is very cool TampaSpin.
When the pressures against the plates build up, somethin's gotta give.

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Quoting Chicklit:

haha. i was wondering if the recent volcanic activity to the se of it wasn't a precursor. where's weather 456 when you need him?

The slip-strike fault to the south of Port-au-Prince moves slowly to the east, relative to the North American plate above it. These are relatively shallow faults, and can cause tremendous damage when they slip.

This is much different than a subduction zone fault, where one plate is slipping under another. The subducting plate partially melts, and the upwelling of magma forms volcanoes on the overriding plate. The Soufrierre Hills volcano is one of these. Mount Saint Helens and the rest of the Cascade Range volcanos are more examples. They tend to have very violent explosions when they finally blow, due to more gasses in the magma (due to the water carried down in the rock of the subducting plate).

This is not to say that the Haiti quake might help to hasten the Soufrierre Hills volcano blowing earlier, if it destabilizes the roof of the magma chamber. A bubble of magma will move up until restricted to just the main vent. Gasses venting from the chamber up into the cone causes the sort of outburst we've been seeing so far from Soufrierre Hills. Magma will typically keep pushing up though, until it stretches the mountain over top of it (like the famous bulge in Mt St Helens north face). A strong quake can cause a rock slide, and expose the main vent down to the magma chamber. With the pressure released, all of the gasses in the magma chamber will try to release upwards all at once. Two words when that happens "Ka Boom!"

Soufrierre Hills was settling down again, so scientists aren't sure if the danger's gone away, or whether the vent has simply plugged, and will soon release. They monitor "harmonic quakes" which signal magma rising, and sulfer dioxide output, which also indicates fresh magma coming up.

Some people are weather junkies. I'm a volcano and earthquake junkie. I almost live on the San Andreas Fault (hopefully a safe distance away). I hope this helps.
Quoting TampaSpin:
Diffently need to watch the Mid-Atlantic Ridge for something as it could produce a major Tsunami if something was to happen there


Uh, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is a spreading center, magma coming up and forming new crust. Not a subduction zone (as most of the west pacific), not a slip/strike (as Haiti and California). Ain't gonna happen there
417 Thank you!!
g'morning WU-Bloggers, prayers continue.
421. 789
futuremet if your lurking thoughts and prayer for you and your family ,
38 moved the receiver seems as if that works alittle better guess it was too close to the wall to get a accurate measurement. all that matters really is we have got two freezes this yr so far yesterday night and sunday night ecen florida
Looks like the drought in Cailfornia, will be ending in the next two week with the change of the jet, the GFS shows storm after storm hitting California, starting January 18, and lasting to January 27th, I predict mudslides floods and a general disaster for the debt stricken state.
We will see how Homeland Security Director Napalitano reacts to California's needs for federal help at the end of this month.
The Hollywood rich, will be affected by these storms too!
I have watched the models for a week now and their consistent with heavy rains for all of California and Arizona.
424. IKE
28.0...my low this morning.

Thousands feared dead in Haiti....from CNN.
my best friend lives right on the fault west san fransisco beautiful place bet they are resting uneasy
Coffee, Blog-friends, Doggies, Hubby still asleep in bed (though he should have gotten up by now)...the simple things seem extra good this morning.

Haiti's capital shattered by powerful earthquake
By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer 5 mins ago

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Dazed and injured Haitians sat on darkened streets pleading for help Wednesday and untold numbers were trapped in tons of rubble brought down by the strongest earthquake to hit this poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years.

Destroyed communications made it impossible to tell the extent of destruction from Tuesday afternoon's 7.0-magnitude tremor — or to estimate the number of dead lying among thousands of collapsed buildings in Haiti's capital of about 2 million people.

The ornate National Palace crumbled into itself, the headquarters of the U.N. peacekeeping mission collapsed and swaths of rickety shacks lay in shambles. Clouds of dust thrown up by falling buildings choked Port-au-Prince for hours.

International Red Cross spokesman Paul Conneally said an estimated 3 million people may have been affected by the quake and that it would take a day or two for a clear picture of the damage to emerge.

The United States and other nations began organizing aid efforts, alerting search teams and gathering supplies that will be badly needed in Haiti, the Western Hemisphere's poorest country. The international Red Cross and other aid groups announced plans for major relief operations.

Associated Press journalists found the damage staggering even for a country long accustomed to tragedy and disaster.

Aftershocks rattled the city as women covered in dust clawed out of debris, wailing. Stunned people wandered the streets holding hands. Thousands gathered in public squares long after nightfall, singing hymns.
(story continues...)
There is Proxygee on the 29th of this month when the full moon occurs 3 hours before Perigee. Probably the strongest lunar gravity effect on the Earth this year. Might affect seismic and volcanic activity.
428. IKE
From CNN...."much of the capital city of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, may be destroyed."


27.5 my low now.
morning all, Hi Ike 24 in z-hills fl last nights low. glad it almost over. god bless those people in haiti
Pennsylvania Area Bloggers:
PLEASE READ HELP!!!

Posted by: auburn, 5:41 PM GMT on January 12, 2010
Portlight has had a Pop up style camper Donated to them in STILLWATER Pa...the donor wants the unit moved ASAP,and we just dont have time/resources to get there and get it right now...what we need from you(who ever you might be)is someone to pick this Camper up for us and store it for a week or so till we can make arrangements to come and retrieve it...other wise this unit will be destroyed ...if you or someone you know can help with this situation PLEASE let me or Presslord know ASAP!!!
Thank you,
Auburn!!!
431. IKE
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti....

this is interesting....

according to the WU regional radar, its snowing/sleeting in florida

Link
CNN is streaming live video from the Haiti earthquake.
For the first time in a long time we did not hit the freezing mark in orlando, we bottomed out at 35. I'm just glad my grandad wasn't in Haiti at the time because he is the engineer at the CoCa Cola plant in Port AU Prince. I'm sure that plant is destroyed as well.
A big Haitian community in Orlando I just hope that there families are fine down there.
So many of you are doing a great job of not only providing info but also laying a foundation for real help. What a great community.

Thinking of one of the members: Hope Orcasystems and SWMBO will make it out of windy rainy Victoria BC to warm & sunny Cancun.
437. IKE
4.5 aftershock 45 minutes ago...first one in awhile...

Earthquake Details
Magnitude 4.5
Date-Time

* Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 12:28:25 UTC
* Wednesday, January 13, 2010 at 07:28:25 AM at epicenter
* Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location 18.409°N, 72.728°W
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region HAITI REGION
Distances 45 km (30 miles) WSW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti
110 km (70 miles) E of Les Cayes, Haiti
160 km (100 miles) SSW of Cap-Haitien, Haiti
1125 km (700 miles) SE of Miami, Florida
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12 km (7.5 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST= 16, Nph= 16, Dmin=164.7 km, Rmss=1.43 sec, Gp= 94°,
M-type=body wave magnitude (Mb), Version=7
Source

* USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

Event ID us2010rkb1
Big prayers for the folks in Haiti. Those images are devastating.
I am glad our leader is responding rapidly, that rain will follow the cold, and this is the last night all week even in the neighborhood of freezing.
Thanks for the links.

Subduction leads to Orogeny!
Maybe this will be a chance for the World to show it does care for the plight of Haiti and it's peoples. Perhaps a chance to rise from the dust and destruction and begin anew, stronger and healthier. Sending prayers and positive healing thoughts for all affected.
A forecast of 70 to 82 in orlando for the next 15 days with bouts of severe weather on the warmest days. Have a feeling that some bad tornado outbreaks maybe looming for Florida over the next couple of weeks.
Quoting presslord:
I believe their Presidential Palace is a replica of our White House...


I worked at the Presidential Palace in Haiti. It looks beautiful from the front but it is a bit of a facade. There are walls that are still riddled with holes from machine gun fire. There are rooms in the back (i.e. the dungeons) with no floors and just cement walls). My husband and I were discussing this last night. While it is a shock about the Presidential Palace, it is not a surprise.

Also keep in mind, while it takes our government quite a bit of time to organize anything worthwhile. I already know groups that are on the ground in Haiti and helping. Our government does need to step it up but, as usual, may other relief and church groups are already there doing what they can.
443. IKE
(CNN) -- The powerful earthquake that rocked Haiti "destroyed" much of Port-au-Prince, the country's first lady reported, as the widespread devastation in the country's teeming capital came into full view Wednesday as dawn broke.

"We talked with the first lady of Haiti last night, at least our consulate general in Miami did," Raymond Joseph, Haitian ambassador to the United States, told CNN's American Morning, referring to Elisabeth Debrosse Delatour.

"And she said that she was all right and the president was all right, and most government officials were all right because this thing happened after hours, and most of the government buildings that have collapsed, collapsed after the employees were out."

But "the bad news is that she said most of Port-au-Prince is destroyed, and she's calling for some help in the form of a hospital ship off the coast of Port-au-Prince, just in the same way that the United States had helped us in 2008 after four hurricanes hit Haiti in three weeks."
Morning All. My heart goes out to the people of Haiti. They will be in my preys when I go to bed tonight, Which might be soon, got a fast moving Thunderstorm coming close to me. Might have to shut down soon. Sydney RADAR
People on the news keep saying "point of impact". That sounds like a fox news term. Is it different from epicenter? It sounds like there is a meteor, an aircraft, or a sniper involved, like the book.

Is Point Of Impact the center of damage or devastation rather than the center of the quake?

Is it a disaster relief term? I'm searching.
Quoting biff4ugo:
People on the news keep saying "point of impact". That sounds like a fox news term. Is it different from epicenter? It sounds like there a meteor involved, an aircraft, or a sniper involved, like the book.

Is Point Of Impact the center of damage or devastation rather than the center of the quake?

Is it a disaster relief term? I'm searching.


I don't know how FoxNews uses it but in geology, we use it to describe the point from which the waves move out
Quoting gregpinehurstnc:
lets hope this is not a precursor to august 31 1886,, im not a geologist,as i ask . when one plate slips,does that put more pressure on the plate in sc? my aunt and cousins live in summerville sc,, and that fault line lines up with the faultline off of the coast of the atlantic,forgive my stupidity,,

We really know so little about plate tectonics. When you consider how Alaskan earthquakes change geyser activity in Yellowstone and their future patterns, it certainly gives one pause for thought.
Terrible situation in Port-au-Prince.
Daytona Beach (Ponce Inlet), FL
Updated: 7 sec ago
38.1 °F


Link

Founder of the weather channel.
Subduction leads to Orogeny!

Huh? Oh, Seduction Leads to Progeny!! Got it.

[Please forgive my little attempt at humor. You wouldn't believe how glad I am to have this blog to come back to this morning. Just took a neighbor and her son to the subway so they could catch a plane at National Airport bound for Florida. Her Mom died and they both have colds.
I am grateful Florida is warming up and they will be with family.
I am grateful I could do a neighbor a small favor this morning.
I am grateful to be able to sit here this morning with a hot cup of coffee, electrical power, natural gas heat, internet access and cable television.
Despite the cold temps we've had, and the higher utility costs, I am grateful that the bills are paid for another month.
Friends, family, hubby...it's all good here...and I am grateful.
I wish peace, good will, a better environment and infrastructure, food and shelter and all the blessings that I am fortunate enough to experience every day, to flow in a fortunate tide to the people of Haiti upon rebuilding.
Amen.]


nice rtn flow well into heart of cen tex dev begins shortly
Quoting RitaEvac:
Link

Founder of the weather channel.


Thanks for this. I'll be sending this to a few people.
SE TX:

Powerful storm system to affect the area Thursday-Saturday PM.

Potential for heavy rains and coastal flooding.

Impressive upper level storm system will be moving onshore S CA latter today and into N MX tonight and Thursday. Warm air advection will begin in earnest late tonight and really ramp up on Thursday as strong forcing aloft forces a coastal low off the lower TX coast. Moisture levels rapidly increase with PWs reaching over an inch by Thursday afternoon and nearing 1.3 inches Friday morning. Upper air pattern becomes strongly divergent over the region with impressive surface moisture convergence especially over our SW counties into the coastal bend. Expect significant heavy rainfall to develop and focus in the Matagorda Bay region Thursday afternoon/night and then spread up the coast Friday. Models are hammering away at high QPF bombs between Palacios and Rockport and the HPC 5-day total in this region is upwards of 6 inches.

Coastal surface low will deepen off the middle TX coast and move ENE toward the SC LA coast late Friday and early Saturday. Strong winds will develop over the coastal locations and waters with this event…although gale conditions look to be the extent of the winds and not the storm conditions the GFS was showing previously.

Impacts:

Rainfall:

Will need to grade totals from N to S as the highest totals will be S of I-10 and likely around Matagorda Bay. Will go with widespread 3-5 inches in the Matagorda Bay region with isolated amounts of 6-8 inches possible. Across the rest of SE TX widespread 1-3 inches with isolated 5 inches will be possible. Fairly long duration of this event does raise the concern for flooding however Flash Flood Guidance is fairly high and the grounds somewhat dry. Will be on the lookout for flooding by the weekend on the major river systems as this event will drop widespread rains over a large area which tends to focus more toward river flooding. Main concern areas right now would be the Tres Palacios, Lavaca/Navidad, lower Guadalupe, and Mustang Creek.

Tides:

Strong easterly winds will commence late Thursday as low pressure develops and begins to deepen off the lower TX coast and move ENE to NE up the coast. ENE winds will increase Friday into the 25-35mph range with 40mph gust along the coast and offshore. Tides will increase to 1-2 feet above normal and may result in some issues in the areas hard hit by Ike.

Will continue to fine tune the impacts over the next 24 hours.

454. code1
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Subduction leads to Orogeny!

Huh? Oh, Seduction Leads to Progeny!! Got it.

[Please forgive my little attempt at humor. You wouldn't believe how glad I am to have this blog to come back to this morning. Just took a neighbor and her son to the subway so they could catch a plane at National Airport bound for Florida. Her Mom died and they both have colds.
I am grateful Florida is warming up and they will be with family.
I am grateful I could do a neighbor a small favor this morning.
I am grateful to be able to sit here this morning with a hot cup of coffee, electrical power, natural gas heat, internet access and cable television.
Despite the cold temps we've had, and the higher utility costs, I am grateful that the bills are paid for another month.
Friends, family, hubby...it's all good here...and I am grateful.
I wish peace, good will, a better environment and infrastructure, food and shelter and all the blessings that I am fortunate enough to experience every day, to flow in a fortunate tide to the people of Haiti upon rebuilding.
Amen.]


Amen.
Quoting biff4ugo:
People on the news keep saying "point of impact". That sounds like a fox news term. Is it different from epicenter? It sounds like there a meteor involved, an aircraft, or a sniper involved, like the book.

Is Point Of Impact the center of damage or devastation rather than the center of the quake?

Is it a disaster relief term? I'm searching.


I do not know in the context of what they said, the only thing I can think of is that point of impact is when the fault moved.
Quoting trinigal:


Thanks for this. I'll be sending this to a few people.


All this stuff makes my head ache.

AGW supporters can point to their facts and reach one conclusion, and AGW skeptics can point to their facts and reach one 180 degrees opposite.

Astounding.
good morning everyone
Trini,(#446) thanks for answering.
How is that definition of "point of impact" different from epicenter?
Doesn't that mean the same thing? The epicenter is the point on the earth's surface directly over the focus of the quake. "Epicenter" seems like the perfect word to use for what they are talking about.
Can you point me at a book that uses "point of impact", it really comes across as an "unsicentificky" phrase IMHO. (Taking off my vocabulary police hat now)

AIM(#450) I feel the same way today.
?so a slightly above average activity next summer is the general consensus on this tropical blog? el nino got punched in the gut withthe assault of cold weather but now seems to be making a comebk good day
Quoting TampaTom:


All this stuff makes my head ache.

AGW supporters can point to their facts and reach one conclusion, and AGW skeptics can point to their facts and reach one 180 degrees opposite.

Astounding.


Oh so true. This video just happens to be what I learned in school though in both my graduate and undergraduate studies (geosciences). Of course, we also received the global warming theories but this point of view is the one that makes most sense to me. I thought this was a very easy-to-understand video and so I'm sending it to a few folks I know who didn't spend as much time in college studying global warming and only hear the one-sided theories on television.

Opinions are great, aren't they?
Orogeny (Greek for "mountain generating") refers to natural mountain building, and may be studied as (a) a tectonic structural event, (b) as a geographical event, and (c) a chronological event. Orogenic events (a) cause distinctive structural phenomena and related tectonic activity, (b) affect certain regions of rocks and crust, and (c) happen within a specific period of time.

Orogenic events occur solely as a result of plate tectonics; the problems which were investigated and resolved by the study of orogenesis contributed greatly to the theory of plate tectonics, coupled with study of flora and fauna, geography and mid ocean ridges in the 1950s and 1960s.

462. unf97
Good morning everyone

The morning low temperature was 26.4 degrees at my location in North Jax. This makes the 12th time in 13 days that sub freezing temps were measured at my home. Truly amazing!

The forecast for tonight is near 30 degrees in the interior areas of NE FL. THE LIGHT IS FINALLY AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!! Tomorrow morning should be the last of sub freezing temps for awhile and I can say goodbye to the Great Freeze of 2010. It has cxeratinly left its mark in the history books in this area, that's for sure!

This day is so grim with the absolute sheer destruction and massive loss of life feared in Haiti. I have such aheavy heart right now and my deepest thoughts and prayers to everyone there.

Have a blessed day everyone.
35 aftershocks now after the first 7.0 quake.

MAP 5.4 2010/01/13 14:43:46 18.550 -73.000 33.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.2 2010/01/13 12:42:39 6.647 124.353 10.0 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 12:41:45 18.411 -72.814 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.5 2010/01/13 12:28:26 18.409 -72.728 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 3.9 2010/01/13 11:17:55 47.431 -113.174 20.8 WESTERN MONTANA
MAP 4.8 2010/01/13 10:22:15 26.940 53.497 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN
MAP 4.8 2010/01/13 10:08:21 76.940 18.262 10.0 SVALBARD REGION
MAP 2.5 2010/01/13 09:58:45 18.515 -67.410 17.5 MONA PASSAGE, PUERTO RICO
MAP 3.5 2010/01/13 08:44:40 63.641 -151.378 1.2 CENTRAL ALASKA
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 08:35:09 0.791 123.941 269.2 MINAHASA, SULAWESI, INDONESIA
MAP 2.7 2010/01/13 08:26:01 36.933 -119.118 37.6 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 07:55:00 5.177 127.317 118.9 PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
MAP 2.5 2010/01/13 07:52:59 60.529 -151.983 79.2 KENAI PENINSULA, ALASKA
MAP 2.8 2010/01/13 07:37:00 31.867 -115.000 7.1 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 07:23:04 18.355 -72.884 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.5 2010/01/13 06:58:27 18.346 -73.062 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.5 2010/01/13 06:48:03 18.379 -72.876 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 06:24:17 18.339 -73.059 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 05:49:24 18.431 -73.019 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.9 2010/01/13 05:24:03 18.438 -72.837 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.2 2010/01/13 05:18:03 18.386 -72.905 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.7 2010/01/13 05:02:58 18.417 -72.945 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 3.2 2010/01/13 04:28:17 57.392 -154.257 35.6 KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 03:52:22 -20.219 -68.605 64.9 POTOSI, BOLIVIA
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 03:31:57 18.254 -72.922 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 2.7 2010/01/13 03:30:39 32.445 -115.159 27.6 BAJA CALIFORNIA, MEXICO
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 03:17:12 18.398 -72.997 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 02:54:20 18.393 -72.974 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 3.2 2010/01/13 02:47:58 18.840 -64.493 33.3 VIRGIN ISLANDS REGION
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 02:43:48 18.484 -72.984 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 2.5 2010/01/13 02:43:38 36.395 -117.870 0.2 CENTRAL CALIFORNIA
MAP 4.8 2010/01/13 02:26:35 18.470 -72.836 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 02:17:58 18.451 -72.956 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.9 2010/01/13 02:11:31 18.445 -73.026 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.4 2010/01/13 01:57:35 18.459 -72.924 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 01:55:17 18.397 -72.824 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.5 2010/01/13 01:36:32 18.363 -72.832 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.3 2010/01/13 01:32:45 18.384 -72.950 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.7 2010/01/13 01:24:33 18.494 -72.811 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.1 2010/01/13 01:16:52 18.431 -72.856 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.6 2010/01/13 01:05:50 18.537 -72.666 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.2 2010/01/13 00:59:06 18.257 -72.914 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.0 2010/01/13 00:43:28 18.541 -72.486 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/13 00:23:57 18.410 -72.716 10.0 HAITI REGION



--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
MAG UTC DATE-TIME
y/m/d h:m:s LAT
deg LON
deg DEPTH
km Region
MAP 4.5 2010/01/12 23:47:39 18.471 -72.851 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.5 2010/01/12 23:35:40 18.437 -72.811 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/12 23:27:37 18.454 -72.808 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.8 2010/01/12 23:14:34 -13.800 34.491 10.0 MALAWI
MAP 5.1 2010/01/12 23:12:04 18.386 -72.555 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 4.2 2010/01/12 23:07:04 18.432 -72.620 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.5 2010/01/12 22:12:05 18.485 -72.556 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 5.9 2010/01/12 22:00:42 18.321 -72.848 10.0 HAITI REGION
MAP 7.0 2010/01/12 21:53:10 18.451 -72.445 10.0 HAITI REGION
Quoting unf97:
Good morning everyone

The morning low temperature was 26.4 degrees at my location in North Jax. This makes the 12th time in 13 days that sub freezing temps were measured at my home. Truly amazing!

The forecast for tonight is near 30 degrees in the interior areas of NE FL. THE LIGHT IS FINALLY AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL!!! Tomorrow morning should be the last of sub freezing temps for awhile and I can say goodbye to the Great Freeze of 2010. It has cxeratinly left its mark in the history books in this area, that's for sure!

This day is so grim with the absolute sheer destruction and massive loss of life feared in Haiti. I have such aheavy heart right now and my deepest thoughts and prayers to everyone there.

Have a blessed day everyone.

I am with you with your thoughts about Haiti.
Hello, thanks, take care and stay safe all.
Quoting biff4ugo:
Trini,(#446) thanks for answering.
How is that definition of "point of impact" different from epicenter?
Doesn't that mean the same thing? The epicenter is the point on the earth's surface directly over the focus of the quake. "Epicenter" seems like the perfect word to use for what they are talking about.
Can you point me at a book that uses "point of impact", it really comes across as an "unsicentificky" phrase IMHO. (Taking off my vocabulary police hat now)

AIM(#450) I feel the same way today.


The point of impact would be synonymous with the focus rather than the epicenter since this is where the seismic waves originate. I think it is used more to 'visually' describe a quake since we can all imagine what happens when a stone in thrown into a body of water. The ripples begin at the point of impact and spread out.

As for books, you're on your own. We recently moved and I am not motivated to dig out any of my geology books from the attic :) I would just think of this as a colorful euphemism. Most people, present company excluded of course, would be lost if you started using terms like focus. However, point of impact they can understand.

I am watching Sky News from UK. Currently speaking to a nurse at an orphanage. Also it's reporting that the airport is operational, so aid and rescuers can arrive much quicker to the people of Haiti.
458, from the USGS.

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/learn/glossary/



"The epicenter is the point on the earth's surface vertically above the hypocenter (or focus), point in the crust where a seismic rupture begins. "
Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Pennsylvania Area Bloggers:
PLEASE READ HELP!!!

Posted by: auburn, 5:41 PM GMT on January 12, 2010
Portlight has had a Pop up style camper Donated to them in STILLWATER Pa...the donor wants the unit moved ASAP,and we just dont have time/resources to get there and get it right now...what we need from you(who ever you might be)is someone to pick this Camper up for us and store it for a week or so till we can make arrangements to come and retrieve it...other wise this unit will be destroyed ...if you or someone you know can help with this situation PLEASE let me or Presslord know ASAP!!!
Thank you,
Auburn!!!


I'm waiting for a guy I know in Sweet Valley (24 miles from Stillwater) to call me back. I should know in the next hour or so whether he can get it and hold on to it
I have a friend living in Haiti, and I was actually able to get through to him on the phone this morning. He and his family are OK, but their house is destroyed. He said dead bodies litter his street as more and more are pulled from the ruins. He lived in a relatively "upscale" area of the city and said most buildings collapsed or had major damage. He worries about food and water in the days ahead.
hi everyone. just popping in for a bit. sad to see what happened in Haiti.
Morning everyone...the photos of Haiti just bring tears to my eyes. I can't even believe the devastation. I am SOOOOO fortunate - I have ZERO to complain about.
UK headquarters is whats astounding, I can't believe that thing collasped.
New Blog
I volunteered to help the sea turtle people yesterday morning. A friend called they had the 1st out of (hurricane) season turtle alert. Looked along a causeway that crosses over the Indian River near Melbourne, Fl for cold shocked turtles. Saw some cold shocked sting rays (smaller ones dead) & puffer fish. Dead catfish, pompano, horseshoe crabs & small tarpon. Saved the rays..
Quoting trinigal:


The point of impact would be synonymous with the focus rather than the epicenter since this is where the seismic waves originate. I think it is used more to 'visually' describe a quake since we can all imagine what happens when a stone in thrown into a body of water. The ripples begin at the point of impact and spread out.

As for books, you're on your own. We recently moved and I am not motivated to dig out any of my geology books from the attic :) I would just think of this as a colorful euphemism. Most people, present company excluded of course, would be lost if you started using terms like focus. However, point of impact they can understand.



I've never seen the phrase "point of impact" used in terms of earthquake events; I think Fox News in their usual way, found a phrase they thought would be more interesting and applied it here...

Journalism is not what it used to be
Hey, pearland! Yep; and it hits the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Given what we know, historically, while this event would provide an opportunity to build infrastructure in Haiti that the country currently lacks, the rampant corruption there will make certain that only about the average of say 30% of the relief funds are used for what they were intended...
Quoting Floodman:


I've never seen the phrase "point of impact" used in terms of earthquake events; I think Fox News in their usual way, found a phrase they thought would be more interesting and applied it here...

Journalism is not what it used to be


You mean like when we had rampant yellow journalism in the late 19th century?
Just humbling photos coming from Haiti right now...
Quoting biff4ugo:
People on the news keep saying "point of impact". That sounds like a fox news term. Is it different from epicenter? It sounds like there is a meteor, an aircraft, or a sniper involved, like the book.

Is Point Of Impact the center of damage or devastation rather than the center of the quake?

Is it a disaster relief term? I'm searching.

Epicenter is the spot within the earth's crust where the waves originate. The point of impact, more often called the "focus center" is the point on the SURFACE directly above the epicenter. That point receives the most violent motion from the earthquake waves.

My apologies if this has already been answered today. I'm just now getting back to my computer late this morning Pacific Time.
Quoting Floodman:


I'm waiting for a guy I know in Sweet Valley (24 miles from Stillwater) to call me back. I should know in the next hour or so whether he can get it and hold on to it
My father lives in Harrisburg, just south of Stillwater, and he's got a truck. I think it has a hitch on it. How big is that trailer?
Quoting rotarymunkey:



Some people are weather junkies. I'm a volcano and earthquake junkie. I almost live on the San Andreas Fault (hopefully a safe distance away). I hope this helps.


I have a daughter uin Eureka, CA, a sister in Portola Valley, and cousins up and down the CA coast. Please keep us updated on any CA earthquake info you know about. TIA