December 2009: 4th or 8th warmest December on record

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 2:38 AM GMT on January 17, 2010

The globe recorded its eighth warmest December since record keeping began in 1880, and 2009 tied with 2006 as the fifth warmest year on record, according to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center. NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies rated December 2009 as the 4th warmest December on record, and the year 2009 tied with 2007 as the second warmest year on record. NOAA rated December 2009 ocean temperatures as the 2nd warmest on record, next to 1997, and land temperatures as the 31st warmest on record. The anomalously cool conditions over much of northern Asian and North American land areas may be associated with the near record December snow cover extent over Northern Hemisphere land areas--2nd most on record, behind 1985. Snow cover records go back to 1967. The December global satellite-measured temperatures for the lowest 8 km of the atmosphere were the 7th warmest on record, according to the University of Alabama Huntsville and RSS data sets.


Figure 1. Departure of temperature from average for December, 2009. Image credit: National Climatic Data Center.

One interesting note: the NASA global average temperature for 2009 was .57°C above average. NOAA's was .56°C above average. These temperatures were just .06°C below the all-time hottest year on record, 2005. The 11-year global sunspot cycle causes a variation of 0.1°C between the maximum and minimum of the solar cycle. We are currently at a deep minimum of the solar cycle, so we would have set a new global temperature record had we been at the maximum of the solar cycle. The other global temperature data set, the UK HadCRUT3 data, is not yet available for 2009. This data set is the one most often quoted by global warming skeptics, since it says that 1998 was the warmest year on record. However, HadCRUT3 fills in a huge area of missing data in the Arctic with the average temperature from the rest of the globe. This is bound to cause an underestimate of the global temperature, since the Arctic has warmed much more than the rest of the globe. The NASA and NOAA data sets fill in the missing data in the Arctic with data interpolated from the nearest stations in the Arctic, a procedure which is less likely to underestimate the global temperature.

December 2009: 14th coolest December on record for the U.S.
For the contiguous U.S., the average December temperature was 3.2°F below average, making it the 14th coolest December in the 115-year record, according to the National Climatic Data Center. The U.S. has been on quite a roller coaster of temperatures over the past three months--the nation recorded its third coldest October on record, followed by its third warmest November, followed by its 14th coolest December. The coolest December weather was in the Central U.S., where Nebraska had its eighth coolest December; Texas, Nevada, and Wyoming their ninth; and Montana and Utah their tenth coolest.

December 2009 was the 11th wettest December in U.S. history. It was a record wet month for Georgia, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland; 2nd wettest month on record for New Jersey; and the third wettest month on record for South Dakota, North Carolina, and Alabama. The Northwest U.S. was dry, with Washington experiencing its 11th driest December on record.

The year 2009: 35th warmest for the U.S.
For the entire year of 2009, it was the 35th warmest year in the contiguous U.S during the 115-year record. The coolest state was Nebraska, which had its 19th coolest year on record, and the warmest state was California, with its 16th warmest year on record. The driest state was Arizona, where 2009 ranked as the 4th driest year on record, while the wettest states were Illinois, Alabama, and Arkansas, who all had their 2nd wettest year on record.

U.S. tornado deaths: 2nd lowest on record
The year 2009 was below average for number of tornadoes, with a final tally around 1120 expected, compared to the 3-year average of 1297, according to the Storm Prediction Center. The 21 tornado deaths in 2009 was the 2nd lowest death toll in the 60-year record. Only 1986, with its 15 tornado deaths, saw fewer fatalities. The 60-year average annual death toll is 84.

U.S. drought
At the end of December, 6% of the contiguous United States was in severe-to-exceptional drought, which is well below average. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows no areas in the highest classification of drought--exceptional drought, and U.S. drought extent is close to its lowest value for the past ten years. The second highest category of drought, extreme drought, covers only a small region of northeast Arizona, and this will shrink over the remainder of January as much-needed rain falls across Arizona. About 43 percent of the contiguous United States had moderately-to-extremely wet conditions at the end of December, according to the Palmer Index (a well-known index that measures both drought intensity and wet spell intensity). This footprint is significantly larger than the long-term average.

Average U.S. fire activity in 2009
Significant fire activity occurred early in 2009, but wetter conditions across many parts of the nation as the year progressed, coupled with effective fire management, helped to restrain fire activity by mid-year. Despite the largest fire in Los Angeles County's (California) recorded history (Station fire), by the end of August the nationwide acreage burned by wildfire was very near the 2000 - 2009 average, and thereafter declined below average. Based upon data provided by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), fire activity in 2009 ranked fifth highest (sixth lowest) out of the past decade in terms of number of fires, about 1 percent below the 2000 - 2008 average. Acres burned in 2009 were 14.5 percent below the 2000 - 2008 average, ranking seventh highest (fourth lowest) since 2000. Average fire size also ranked seventh highest out of the 2000 - 2009 period, at about 14 percent below average.

Strong El Niño conditions continue
Strong El Niño conditions continue over the tropical Eastern Pacific. Ocean temperatures in the area 5°N - 5°S, 120°W - 170°W, also called the "Niña 3.4 region", were at 1.6°C above average on January 10, just above the 1.5°C threshold for a strong El Niño, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The strength of El Niño has been roughly constant for the 9 weeks ending January 10. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is maintaining an El Niño Advisory. Most of the El Niño models forecast that El Niño has peaked and will gradually weaken. Most of the models predict that El Niño conditions will last into early summer, but cross the threshold into neutral territory by the height of hurricane season.

December sea ice extent in the Arctic 4th lowest on record
December 2009 Northern Hemisphere sea ice extent was the 4th lowest since satellite measurements began in 1979 and slightly below December 2008 levels, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). Only 2005, 2006, and 2007 saw lower December arctic sea ice extent. The weather pattern over the Arctic in December 2009 featured a strongly negative Arctic Oscillation (AO). This pattern tends to slow the winds that typically flush large amounts of sea ice out of the Arctic between Greenland and Iceland. In this way, a negative AO could help retain some the second- and third-year ice through the winter, and potentially rebuild some of the older, multi-year ice that has been lost over the past few years. However, the AO has increased significantly in January, and it is unclear what the net effect of the AO on sea ice transported out of the Arctic this winter will be.

Next post
I'm at the 90th Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Atlanta, Georgia, and will be making my next post from Atlanta on Tuesday.

Jeff Masters

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Quoting P451:
It was quite obvious that order would break down once the shock of the event wore off and the hunger and desperation grew. It was unavoidable and it will worsen.

You simply can't give in to the needs of 3 to 4 million homeless in time. You just can't.

The sad thing is they are entirely dependent on help now. All structures damaged or destroyed. No infrastructure. They can't feed themselves or care for themselves for the forseeable future. It could be years for most before they are self-sufficient again and to be honest before the quake they were unable to support themselves.

Far too many people crammed on a land mass that can't support them.

They will not survive without outside help. Continuous outside help.

Perhaps we should pull out of our twin trillion dollar wars with no end and put our focus on nation building in a place that deserves it.



HOW MANY BILLIONS MORE are we suppose to give to the Country of Haiti. We have given i believe the figure was 5 billion over the past 10 years. YES they need help now, We need to get past the immediate needs NOW! Country rebuilding I don't know with all the corruption that is in place. The only way we can fix that is by taking over and i don't think nor should that be the answer.
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One thing that struck me as odd about Haiti... They are STILL getting several 4.0+ aftershocks a week after the main shock. Isn't that a bit unusual? I can see getting some 4.x shocks for a few days, but a full week without much in the way of fading seems odd. Also, it is a bit more worrisome, since the main shock and all the aftershocks could be adding stress onto the fault line in the northern half of Haiti.
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Good Morning All,

Can someone help me understand where is the system that is going to come into CA on wed. When I look at GOES, i see the one that is hitting us now, but where is the one for wed. thanks in advance.
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Quoting P451:


I think multiple things are at work here and that's my point. There are even plate tectonics to consider as I believe the Maldives are headed towards a subduction zone so over time the land is going to submerge. Of course we're talking about quite a long period of time for that theory...but again the point is that multiple forces are at work.

It's not just a question of sea level changes. The problem I have is that AGW states everything ongoing at the coastlines is directly related to sea level rise. As if it is a lone factor involved.

This simply is not true.


I agree 100%; but like all issues of this magnitude people become polarized and break up into camps; you have the deniers that ignore any studies that tend to indicate that there is a problem and we're part of it and you have the opposite extreme that says the sky is falling and we're all going to die. From what I can gather from having read numerous studies is that the truth lies somewhere in between. To deny that we have some part in the changes happening is as bad as the those that say we're entirely to blame. I'm no tree hugger, but I really like trees, you know?

A measured and informed approach is what is necessary, and to bury your head in the sand and say there's nothing going on is just as bad as freaking people out and telling them that our children better learn to swim.
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Region: NEAR COAST OF GUATEMALA
Geographic coordinates: 13.813N, 90.203W
Magnitude:6.0 Mw
Depth:103 km
Universal Time (UTC):18 Jan 2010 15:40:32
Time near the Epicenter:18 Jan 2010 09:40:32
Location with respect to nearby cities:
39 km (24 miles) WSW (251 degrees) of Ahuachapán, Ahuachapán, El Salvador
52 km (32 miles) W (281 degrees) of Sonsonate, Sonsonate, El Salvador
53 km (33 miles) SSE (167 degrees) of Cuilapa, Santa Rosa, Guatemala
75 km (46 miles) WSW (254 degrees) of Santa Ana, Santa Ana, El Salvador
97 km (60 miles) SSE (160 degrees) of GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala
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Quoting Floodman:


Doda, when I just said we Un Peacekeepers on the ground, US MArines and the like, I wasn't suggesting that these guys have a BBQ; my point was that we shoulde providing security and suppressing these activities. I'm never one to advocate shooting people, but if that's what it takes...

From political standpiont I think we'd do better to avoid making Haiti the 51st state or anything.

IMO, I don't think that shooting people that are looting is the correct option. That being said, firing off a few rounds at their feet (but not hitting them) will definitely get a point across. If they brandish a weapon at UN or US troops, by all means they should be cleared to fire if they feel threatened.

Right now most of those that are looting are in true survival mode, and just trying to survive. Also, a lot of their actions are out of fear. If you were just in a massive earthquake and everything you know is in ruins... you would be pretty darn scared too.
For those looting for personal gain and for material goods... they need to be tossed into some kind of detention area for sure, and taken out of the general public.
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Quoting Dodabear:


On the Statehood or any other similar concept, I agree with you 100%. It is the law and order thing that concerns me. We are putting people in harms way down there and have no real way to control the situation as yet. That scares me. When people are desperate and have nothing more to lose, getting control of them is a daunting task at best.


The other issue here is that some of these people aren't looting for food, they're looting for their own personal gain. These are the people that should be rounded up as they're identified and placed in detention until some semblence of law and order can be established. Looters in general add to the general chaos, but when a man loots food to feed his fmaily I feel he's in a different class than the guy who is taking material items and money
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Who is GWHRC?
The Greater Washington Haiti Relief Committee is a coalition of local and international organizations developed with the support of the Haitian Embassy in Washington D.C. to streamline efforts during disaster relief. GWHRC was first convened in 2008 to respond to the series of Hurricanes that hit Haïti that year.


Site is updating daily. I noticed a shout-out for speakers of Haitian-Creole and for grief counselors on one of the pages.

http://www.gwhrc.org/
FAQ's and Other Links



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438. IKE
30 Americans hurt in mass casualty event in Port-Au-Prince....per CNN.
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436. IKE
Quoting Dodabear:


On the Statehood or any other similar concept, I agree with you 100%. It is the law and order thing that concerns me. We are putting people in harms way down there and have no real way to control the situation as yet. That scares me. When people are desperate and have nothing more to lose, getting control of them is a daunting task at best.


I'll put it this way and yes, I'm showing what a wuss I am....

I wouldn't go to Haiti...no way, no how.

From CNN(Breaking News)....."Mass casualty event"....involving 30 Americans in Port-Au-Prince.
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Quoting Floodman:


Doda, when I just said we Un Peacekeepers on the ground, US MArines and the like, I wasn't suggesting that these guys have a BBQ; my point was that we shoulde providing security and suppressing these activities. I'm never one to advocate shooting people, but if that's what it takes...

From political standpiont I think we'd do better to avoid making Haiti the 51st state or anything.


On the Statehood or any other similar concept, I agree with you 100%. It is the law and order thing that concerns me. We are putting people in harms way down there and have no real way to control the situation as yet. That scares me. When people are desperate and have nothing more to lose, getting control of them is a daunting task at best.
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Quoting Dodabear:


That is just great Flood. With no prison, no place to keep them, not being allowed to shoot them, just exactly how do you enforce law and order? How do you convince them to stop looting and shooting?


As for where we put them, I have to think we're setting up camps for the homeless etc; there will most certainly be secured areas for the detention of those detined by the security forces...
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[Don't worry, Flood, I'll send you links.]

Reaching the Embassy of Haiti:

We are extremely grateful and deeply touched by the outpour of support and solidarity we and the Haitian people have received.

The volume of calls we receive is such that we cannot answer to all calls and many times you will find that the lines are busy. If you can contact the embassy by email, kind volunteers will help us manage the various communications we receive.

* If you are offering your assistance and are in the medical field, please direct your email to earthquakerelief-med@haiti.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

* If you are offering your assistance and are in the engineering field, please direct your email to earthquakerelief-eng@haiti.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

* If your offer of services is in another field, please direct your email to earthquakerelief-gen@haiti.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

* For all other enquiries or communications you would like to send us, please direct your email to embassy@haiti.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you do not or cannot reach us by email, please try to call again later as we are also working on increasing our telephone response capacity.

In addition, we are doing our utmost to update the website as frequently as we can to share with the developments of the situation on the ground and the relief efforts. Please click here to access the website page created address this crisis.

Thank you.

These items are no longer being accepted at the Embassy -- at least for today, they need people to help sort and organize. But the list of needed items is probably still good.

From the National Organization for the Advancement of Haitians (NOAH)

***SURVIVAL KIT DRIVE***

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact (718.755.0119) or (202.904.9070).

Below are a list of items needed immediately. Many can be found at your local dollar store or even the One Spot in your local Target. Please spread the word to all because a MAJOR group effort is needed to get Haiti through this. I appreciate and thank you in advance for all your prayers, help and support.

ITEMS BEING COLLECTED:

Baby formula (dry/powder)

Baby wipes

Baby bottles

Diapers

Baby clothes

Toiletries (shampoo, soap, toothpaste)

Hand sanitizer

Vitamins

First aid kits

Over the counter medicines

Socks

Blankets

Mosquito repellent

Flashlights

Batteries

Candles

Flip flops

T-shirts

Pants

Lightweight jackets

Non perishable food that’s not in cans (seal-paks of tuna or sardines, for example)

Think flat, lightweight, easily packable. Remember, L'union fait la force!

***PLEASE FORWARD!!!***
2311 Massachusetts. Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
Phone: 202-332-4090
Fax: 202-745-7215
Email: embassy@haiti.org
Hours of Operations
M-F: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Consulate Section
M-F: 9:00am - 1:00pm
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:


Of course... let me just put some ice on one of my cheeks so I can turn the other...

I'll be glad to pull together those compassionate sources to send to your ever-lovin' most compassionate self.

ADD: Good night, Aussie.


You have mail, dear
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Quoting Dodabear:


That is just great Flood. With no prison, no place to keep them, not being allowed to shoot them, just exactly how do you enforce law and order? How do you convince them to stop looting and shooting?


Doda, when I just said we Un Peacekeepers on the ground, US MArines and the like, I wasn't suggesting that these guys have a BBQ; my point was that we shoulde providing security and suppressing these activities. I'm never one to advocate shooting people, but if that's what it takes...

From political standpiont I think we'd do better to avoid making Haiti the 51st state or anything.
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Come to think of it, if I were a Haitian survivor and needing food and water, getting arrested by the US would be great. At least I would have 3 hots and a cot!!! LOL
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Quoting Floodman:


From a political standpoint, I really don't want the US to make Haiti a Protectorate or a Territory or anything, but we have UN Peacekeepers, USMarines, Airborne, Navy and Coast Guard in place...all that anarchy will do is slow down the relief and recovery efforts. We need to step in and provide police and security forces to get the situation back under control but with these folks we have to be very careful; the UN force is there to monitor the peace after the recent Civil War and it wouldn't take much to start another Civil War.

The thing we can't lose sight of is that for every person looting in Haiti, there are 100 Haitians that are not looting or causing problems

Good morning, everyone, by the way!


That is just great Flood. With no prison, no place to keep them, not being allowed to shoot them, just exactly how do you enforce law and order? How do you convince them to stop looting and shooting?
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Quoting marktwx:


I agree. The fact of the matter is that there is excellent science on both sides of the Global Warming argument. Unfortunately - on this blog - if someone contradicts what Dr. Masters has to say - they are attacked.


I disagree...when someone attacks Dr. Masters they are given the like in return and rightfully so but never by Dr M; he is a gentleman and does not typically rise to petty insults and ridiculous attacks. I, on the other hand, tend to become a little enraged when someone comes into Dr Masters house and starts something. The point has been made that when someone makes a reasoned but opposing POV to one opf Dr. Masters posts, he will, in most cases, respond.

My greatest issue in here, the thing that makes me the angriest is the blanket statement "AGW or CC is a hoax!" or "The sky is falling, the world is coming to an end" without any science or references to back it up...those are the people that pad my ignore list because those are the actions of trolls, looking to hijack the blog for their own kicks
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Quoting Floodman:


AIM, can you ssend me that list direct along with the source? Thanks!


Of course... let me just put some ice on one of my cheeks so I can turn the other...

I'll be glad to pull together those compassionate sources to send to your ever-lovin' most compassionate self.

ADD: Good night, Aussie.
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Goodnight all.
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Local news reports that the aid drop-off at the Haitian Embassy in DC had traffic backed up for 6 blocks. They don't need any more supplies dropped off today -- the Embassy needs people to help sort.

There is also a call-out for more doctors and nurses to go to Haiti.

The Haitian Embassy and a Washington-Haiti relief group will keep an updated list of what goods/supplies Haiti needs in the present moment. I will post links later on today.

3 items needed now:
disposable diapers
powdered baby formula
pkgd. food that doesn't need a can opener (like pouches)


AIM, can you ssend me that list direct along with the source? Thanks!
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Quoting P451:


Land sinks however. In fact the Maldives are the last remnants of collapsed volcanoes. This is where "sea level rise" gets a bit hazy to me. Land sinks. Land erodes. Yet we want to suggest that the sea has risen substantially. I'm not so certain that is the case. I think what you see in the Maldives, in Alaska, and in coastal regions around the world can be attributed to natural processes such as land subsidence and erosion more than you can attribute it to just sea level rise.



The land loss in the Maldives is mostly due to sea level rise; now if you want to talk about land loss that has a questionable cause, Louisiana comes to mind. A lot of the issue there is loss of wetlands and to some degree mis- or under-managed land in the coastal areas
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Thanks for the post Dr. Masters....I think the emphasis should be on the ocean temps which are now running 1C above normal...that is a lot of heat capacity.

It is interesting that the AO forecast is showing a return to below normal in the near future.

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I checked in with the Higher Authority, and she's okay with my compassion...she just said some people on the blog are over-tired and worn out today, therefore less tolerant of my general goofiness.

Just made a light response to the suggestion for a premium for Doc Masters' blog suggestion.

My post is that it's not the time for a premium (jmo) -- I believe prob. the WU founders/managers would be okay with a donation to a bona-fide Haiti relief organization in lieu of a premium.

I've gotten in beaucoup trouble for my compassion over red tape and rules...and will again, I'm sure.
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Quoting presslord:
...in an abundance of fairness...I should mention, I suppose, that FEMA DID raise their 'Alert Level'...to mauve...or chartreuse...or some such...I'm sure the people of Haiti feel much better as a result...


LOL
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Quoting AussieStorm:

Anarchy rules as looters roam Haiti

ARMED looters and escaped criminals wandered the streets of Port-au-Prince last night as out-numbered police struggled to keep chaos at bay.

With bodies still littering the ruins four days after the worst earthquake in 200 years hit Haiti, increasingly hungry and thirsty survivors began combing the wreckage of shops, public offices and houses for whatever sustenance they could find.

Exhausted police fired into the air to scare off armed looters. But their shots did nothing to dissuade the looters - only seconds later the desperate mob were back.

The officers - one of the rare signs that the Haitian government has not collapsed - are under orders not to shoot to kill.

"Lots of people are armed and the streets are full of criminals because all the prisoners have escaped. Not far from here, they fired on a Brazilian team," an officer said.
Ignoring the dangers of clambering through the unstable ruins, people dash into the rubble hoping to find something useful and still intact that could be sold on the black market if it's not edible.

"They steal whatever they can take. Whether they need it or not. It's crazy," said policeman Louis Jean Eficien.

"We are under orders only to disperse them. We can't fire at them. But it's not working. We have no protection and we are afraid."

Foreign aid groups are doing what they can. But access is difficult and they can only work with the protection of UN blue helmets.

"We are the first people to get to this area. It's a delicate situation, that's why we brought our own security services with us," an official from a Costa Rican aid group said.

At various points across the city yesterday, desperate Haitians had begun to burn bodies. The former Justice Department was in flames.

Thousands left destitute by the 7-magnitude quake are leaving the city, taking their chances elsewhere in the hope of finding food, water and shelter in less-ravaged parts of the country.

"Leave the dead to rot and take care of the living. Give us food," cried out one woman as a team of Spanish aid workers passed by in a truck.

Shots rang out and a group of pillagers took off, fleeing on foot, their arms stuffed with booty.

"I have lost 70 per cent of my shop. They've stolen everything," sobbed Maxam Alcide, the owner of a beauty shop, who was trying to recover what she could from the ruins and take it to safety in her truck.

Houses have also been targeted by the looters.

In a partially ruined home a man identified only as Deslandes still lives with his family.

The thieves "thought we had abandoned the house, and they came in to try to rob us. But we met them with weapons", he said.


From a political standpoint, I really don't want the US to make Haiti a Protectorate or a Territory or anything, but we have UN Peacekeepers, USMarines, Airborne, Navy and Coast Guard in place...all that anarchy will do is slow down the relief and recovery efforts. We need to step in and provide police and security forces to get the situation back under control but with these folks we have to be very careful; the UN force is there to monitor the peace after the recent Civil War and it wouldn't take much to start another Civil War.

The thing we can't lose sight of is that for every person looting in Haiti, there are 100 Haitians that are not looting or causing problems

Good morning, everyone, by the way!
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Quoting AussieStorm:

I'm a paid member



yea...I mean an additional premium just for Dr. Masters' blog...
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Quoting presslord:
I have said this before...I think WU should charge a premium for Dr. Masters' blog...that would weed out a lot of the undesirable stuff...

I'm a paid member, that's why I have decided to Ignore people this year, I want to read information that's relevant, not some of the crud i have read on here in previous years.
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Quoting AwakeInMaryland:
Uh oh...WU dues or Portlight, WU dues or Portlight...
about those micro-loans...


I'm sure the people of Haiti are touched by your compassion...
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Uh oh...WU dues or Portlight, WU dues or Portlight...
about those micro-loans...
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Anarchy rules as looters roam Haiti

ARMED looters and escaped criminals wandered the streets of Port-au-Prince last night as out-numbered police struggled to keep chaos at bay.

With bodies still littering the ruins four days after the worst earthquake in 200 years hit Haiti, increasingly hungry and thirsty survivors began combing the wreckage of shops, public offices and houses for whatever sustenance they could find.

Exhausted police fired into the air to scare off armed looters. But their shots did nothing to dissuade the looters - only seconds later the desperate mob were back.

The officers - one of the rare signs that the Haitian government has not collapsed - are under orders not to shoot to kill.

"Lots of people are armed and the streets are full of criminals because all the prisoners have escaped. Not far from here, they fired on a Brazilian team," an officer said.
Ignoring the dangers of clambering through the unstable ruins, people dash into the rubble hoping to find something useful and still intact that could be sold on the black market if it's not edible.

"They steal whatever they can take. Whether they need it or not. It's crazy," said policeman Louis Jean Eficien.

"We are under orders only to disperse them. We can't fire at them. But it's not working. We have no protection and we are afraid."

Foreign aid groups are doing what they can. But access is difficult and they can only work with the protection of UN blue helmets.

"We are the first people to get to this area. It's a delicate situation, that's why we brought our own security services with us," an official from a Costa Rican aid group said.

At various points across the city yesterday, desperate Haitians had begun to burn bodies. The former Justice Department was in flames.

Thousands left destitute by the 7-magnitude quake are leaving the city, taking their chances elsewhere in the hope of finding food, water and shelter in less-ravaged parts of the country.

"Leave the dead to rot and take care of the living. Give us food," cried out one woman as a team of Spanish aid workers passed by in a truck.

Shots rang out and a group of pillagers took off, fleeing on foot, their arms stuffed with booty.

"I have lost 70 per cent of my shop. They've stolen everything," sobbed Maxam Alcide, the owner of a beauty shop, who was trying to recover what she could from the ruins and take it to safety in her truck.

Houses have also been targeted by the looters.

In a partially ruined home a man identified only as Deslandes still lives with his family.

The thieves "thought we had abandoned the house, and they came in to try to rob us. But we met them with weapons", he said.
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I have said this before...I think WU should charge a premium for Dr. Masters' blog...that would weed out a lot of the undesirable stuff...
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413. Skyepony (Mod)
93W

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Okay, found what I wanted (thanks Ike and others for comments). These are the general Wunderground Standards:

Rules of the Road

1. Please do not carry on personal disputes in the blogs.
2. Threats, intimidation, especially that which extends into the real world will be dealt with by extreme action.

3. Foul language is not allowed.
4. Please avoid topics that would be considered adults only. Many children come to this site looking for information about the weather.
5. Do not circumvent administrative action by creating new users, etc.
6. No spam.

And then, there's the rules of the road for Dr. Masters blog in particular...and now I've lost them! This new layout isn't helping me.

I'm not seeing a direct link for Blog Standards and Rules of the Road...(?)

Either I'm blind (possible)...or I'm going to suggest to Wunderworld that a link needs to be prominently posted.
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Haiti report...Link
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WOW, the drought in California and in the Desert Southwest should end this week. Then they'll have the opposite to worry about, I sure hope the local meteorologists in CA make their point about this storm system series.
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YAY!

Personal attacks on the blog! WHEEEE!

Guess I will be lurking elsewhere today.
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Quoting atmoaggie:

ROFL. If someone really fits the mold of shill for an industry, P451 isn't it.

BTW, how much does GE pay you for your services? LOL.
He is useing the same arguments as elsewhere from the sceptic industrie.
Just copy/past sentence from his comment into google search. Even if he is not into it he clearly has the same goal. And no matter what the topic is he uses those false arguments. Discuss, there is no consensus, it's natural bla bla bla
If someone would be sceptic he would ask more questions and would agree somewhere. He has no intrest to agree or take science seriously.
Anyway i think i made my point and hope that P451 will some day acknowledge that it might be wise to listen to science instead of jumbo mambo.
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Quoting P451:


Land sinks however. In fact the Maldives are the last remnants of collapsed volcanoes. This is where "sea level rise" gets a bit hazy to me. Land sinks. Land erodes. Yet we want to suggest that the sea has risen substantially. I'm not so certain that is the case. I think what you see in the Maldives, in Alaska, and in coastal regions around the world can be attributed to natural processes such as land subsidence and erosion more than you can attribute it to just sea level rise.



Spend the day learning about our GRACE satellites.
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Chairman Wang Shi of Vanke Co. Ltd is taking advice from all over the world. He has studied renewable energy technology in Norway and Japan. Last year, he was in Germany and the Netherlands.

His company is on the frontier of green building technology in China, particularly in water. At the moment, Vanke is working on rain water filtration for secondary usages, such as washing clothes, and using water circulation within a building for energy. This technology isn’t anything new; it’s being adapted to China’s needs from similar technology in other areas of the world.

Wang embraced the advice of a green consultancy firm that told him: In China, if you want to realize green building, it is not necessary to use high tech. Low tech, low cost is more suitable for China’s situation.

Low tech for China means adapting and innovating upon tried and true technologies to meet the country's pressing environmental challenges. Vanke has several arms including an environment fund, over half of which is spent on translating water conservation technology for China’s needs. The goal, Wang says, is not to use a single drop of water from the water company.
http://solveclimate.com/blog/20100118/simple-green-china-s-development-strategy
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Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:

Think again. So why than bother visiting a weather/climate blog? You are such a liar P451. How much do you get for posting your rants every day?

ROFL. If someone really fits the mold of shill for an industry, P451 isn't it.

BTW, how much does GE pay you for your services? LOL.
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...in an abundance of fairness...I should mention, I suppose, that FEMA DID raise their 'Alert Level'...to mauve...or chartreuse...or some such...I'm sure the people of Haiti feel much better as a result...
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Laughing hard (or else I'd cry), Press...
How is our "otherwise capable" gal? Well, I hope.

ADD ON: Oh, thanks, I'm stealing this for my Facebook, etc. Portlight appeal...

aside from the moral and humanitarian mandate to help Haiti, there is also, in my opinion, a compelling national security element...we simply cannot afford not to help them gain stability...

Works for Hawks and Doves, conservatives and liberals...very smart.
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Quoting presslord:


aside from the moral and humanitarian mandate to help Haiti, there is also, in my opinion, a compelling national security element...we simply cannot afford not to help them gain stability...


I agree. We as a country are uniquely positioned to help Haiti develop a stable government and help the Haitian people realize their potential.
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Quoting Jeff9641:


My concern is we are putting so much emphasis on Haiti that we have concerns of our own building in Cal. and Arizona. FEMA is terrible as it is, just look at Nola and cities on the MS coast that got no assistance after Katrina for 2 days.


aside from the moral and humanitarian mandate to help Haiti, there is also, in my opinion, a compelling national security element...we simply cannot afford not to help them gain stability...
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