Massive flooding in Australia cuts off city of 75,000

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3. tammikuuta 2011 klo 13:52 (GMT)

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The arrival of the new year has brought continued misery to northeast Australia, where unprecedented flooding continues in the wake of weeks of torrential rains. The floods have killed at least ten people and covered an area the size of France and Germany combined, cutting off the coastal city of Rockhampton. Today, the military was forced to fly in food, water, and other supplies into Rockhampton, a city of 75,000, due to the lack of unflooded roads into the city. The local airport, all access roads, and all rail lines into the city are closed. The flooding has affected at least 21 other towns, and 200,000 people in northeast Australia. Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stated last week, "Some communities are seeing flood waters higher than they've seen in decades, and for some communities flood waters have never reached these levels before [in] the time that we have been recording floods." According to the National Climatic Data Center, springtime in Australia (September - November) had precipitation 125% of normal--the wettest spring in the country since records began 111 years ago. Some sections of coastal Queensland received over 4 feet (1200 mm) of rain from September through November. Rainfall in Queensland and all of eastern Australia in December was the greatest on record, and the year 2010 was the rainiest year on record for Queensland. The heavy rains are due, in part, to the moderate to strong La Niña event that has been in place since July. The relatively warm waters that accumulate off the northeast coast of Australia during a La Niña typically cause heavy rains over Queensland.


Figure 1. Comparison of river conditions in Queensland from today to December 30, 2010. While some rivers have fallen below major flood stage, the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is rising, and may peak at levels not seen since 1918 on Wednesday. Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.


Figure 2. Rainfall in Queensland, Australia for December, 2010. Image credit: Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

The rains over Queensland continued yesterday and today, with many of the flooded regions receiving 1/2 - 1 inch (about 12 - 25 mm) of rain. Total rainfall amounts in the flood region over the past month are generally in the 16 - 24 inch range (400 - 600 mm). Predicted rainfall amounts for the next two days in the flooded region are less than 1/2 inch (12 mm), which should allow for river levels to peak by Tuesday or Wednesday, then slowly fall. However, heavy rains are predicted to affect the area again by Thursday, and it may be several weeks before the summer rains ease enough to allow all of Queensland's rivers to retreat below flood stage. Damage to infrastructure in Australia has been estimated at over $1 billion by the government, and economists have estimated the Australian economy will suffer an additional $6 billion in damage over the coming months due to reduced exports, according to insurance company AIR Worldwide. Queensland is Australia's top coal-producing state, and coal mining and delivery operations are being severely hampered by the flooding. Damage to agriculture is currently estimated at $400 million, and is expected to rise.

Jeff Masters

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763. ScottLincoln
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 18:49 (GMT)
Quoting Neapolitan:

That anomalous plume looks to be centered just southwest of Beebe, which sits inside White County north of the Lonoke County line. It sure would be a coincidence were a mass bird killing to occur in the same spot and at the same time as some as-yet-unexplained phenomenon causing such an odd radar signature, and yet there be no correlation whatsoever. Then again, stranger things have happened...


Plume#1 around 0426z when it reaches 47dbz.

One scan later (04430z), plume#1's leading edge has moved to the southeast with a estimated 50kt speed.
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762. ScottLincoln
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 18:32 (GMT)
Quoting jeffs713:


Exactly. Also, when you add in the issue of the ongoing seismic anomaly in the area (small earthquakes nearby), things get really muddled. Maybe a gas release? Also, does anyone know if there is any oil/gas drilling going on in the area?


That was actually one of the first things I tried to look into while plotting the radar data over geographic data in GR2Analyst. So far it seems like 3 of the plumes originated in the open area between Windwood Drive and Arkansas State University's South Campus. The other one was slightly NW of the other 3, near the business area at the expressway exit.

Guy, AR, where the ongoing earthquake swarm has been located, is a bit to the NW of Beebe. Maybe 50-100 miles. I would imagine that toxic gases released in a populated area like this would have caused more problems than just killing one species of bird...
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761. sarahjola
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 17:39 (GMT)
Quoting JFLORIDA:



from Plymouth State imagery...
For a starting point, select ID: LZK, standard base reflectivity, 2011 /
Jan / 1 / 5Z / 30 min, 21 frame JAVA, and 50% zoom factor...  The 1st odd "blow-up"
occurs around 0421Z, then repeats several times after up thru near 07Z /
1 AM CST. [thanks DocNDswamp]

that is interesting
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760. jeffs713
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 17:20 (GMT)
Quoting calusakat:



Don't start with those manufactured misdirections again, please.

The scientists were only absolved of wrongdoing. The authorities made it clear that there was no judgment as to whether or not they altered the data as they freely admitted in the e-mails. In other words, altering the data was not wrong.

NASA and NOAA have also discussed the changing of the data using various excuses, including 'smoothing the data'. They have also admitted to filling in data where data has been determined to be missing.

There is no proof that the data is complete because, as was discussed at length in those same e-mails, they considered the programs and underlying data to be proprietary.

Do you really think that the folks who frequent this blog are so limited in their IQ's that they would so easily forget such things.

Thank God that someone had the character to leak those e-mails so that we could see for ourselves just how dishonest they really are when it comes to AGW.



Smoothing data is a widely accepted scientific and statistical practice to reduce the impact of outliers that are not representative of the trend.
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759. RipplinH2O
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:51 (GMT)
Quoting NavarreMark:
The reason dead birds are falling from the sky is because only living birds can fly.
LOL...that and McDonalds is having a sale on "chicken" McNuggets (footnote: Jay Leno)
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758. PakaSurvivor
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:51 (GMT)
Dr. Masters has opened a new blog
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757. calusakat
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:51 (GMT)
Quoting Neapolitan:

Do you have any proof of this "altering and tweaking"? Now before you answer, consider this: so-called "Climategate" was a manufactured controversy that's been completely debunked; no climate scientists were found to be guilty of anything more than bad judgement where a few intra-personal matters were concerned; no data manipulation was found, and the science itself is completely intact. So with that in mind, I ask again: Do you have any proof of this "altering and tweaking"?



Don't start with those manufactured misdirections again, please.

The scientists were only absolved of wrongdoing. The authorities made it clear that there was no judgment as to whether or not they altered the data as they freely admitted in the e-mails. In other words, altering the data was not wrong.

NASA and NOAA have also discussed the changing of the data using various excuses, including 'smoothing the data'. They have also admitted to filling in data where data has been determined to be missing.

There is no proof that the data is complete because, as was discussed at length in those same e-mails, they considered the programs and underlying data to be proprietary.

Do you really think that the folks who frequent this blog are so limited in their IQ's that they would so easily forget such things.

Thank God that someone had the character to leak those e-mails so that we could see for ourselves just how dishonest they really are when it comes to AGW.


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755. RitaEvac
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:49 (GMT)
I bet everybody the clueless public and media don't even know that there was a radar plume near where those birds died. You'd think this would be all over the news
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754. Minnemike
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:49 (GMT)
Quoting NavarreMark:
The reason dead birds are falling from the sky is because only living birds can fly.
that really should not have made me laugh so hard...
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752. Neapolitan
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:37 (GMT)
Quoting JFLORIDA:



from Plymouth State imagery...
For a starting point, select ID: LZK, standard base reflectivity, 2011 /
Jan / 1 / 5Z / 30 min, 21 frame JAVA, and 50% zoom factor...  The 1st odd "blow-up"
occurs around 0421Z, then repeats several times after up thru near 07Z /
1 AM CST. [thanks DocNDswamp]


That anomalous plume looks to be centered just southwest of Beebe, which sits inside White County north of the Lonoke County line. It sure would be a coincidence were a mass bird killing to occur in the same spot and at the same time as some as-yet-unexplained phenomenon causing such an odd radar signature, and yet there be no correlation whatsoever. Then again, stranger things have happened...
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750. atmoaggie
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:21 (GMT)
Quoting MichaelSTL:
...
In other words, all based on either very infrequent observations or even theoretical model predictions.
...

XD
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749. jeffs713
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:21 (GMT)
Quoting ScottLincoln:


Probably should check a nearby sounding or forecast sounding from the time period. The plumes move off to the SE at 45-55mph, yet I'm not sure that those types of birds can fly nearly that fast, especially not for 15 minutes sustained. Unless there was some help from a strong NW wind, I'm having a hard time figuring out what the radar actually could be seeing.


Exactly. Also, when you add in the issue of the ongoing seismic anomaly in the area (small earthquakes nearby), things get really muddled. Maybe a gas release? Also, does anyone know if there is any oil/gas drilling going on in the area?
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748. ILwthrfan
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:19 (GMT)
Quoting GetReal:
Can anyone of the experts around here explain how man is responsible for the climate change occurring on Mars and Jupiter, i.e. the polar ice caps on Mars retreating, much larger than usual storms on Jupiter???

Hmmmm, I have to wonder as to what is the common denominator these two planets and their climate change have in common with the Earth???

(Hint: It is not humans)



I would think it would have much more to do with the distance from the sun, the size of planet, the material in which it is composited and it's corresponding atmosphere. If these planets were the same distance from the sun and the same size as our earth, composed of the same material, then your statement could hold water.
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747. ScottLincoln
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:17 (GMT)
Quoting JFLORIDA:
The 1st odd "blow-up"
occurs around 0421Z, then repeats several times after up thru near 07Z /
1 AM CST. [thanks DocNDswamp]



Probably should check a nearby sounding or forecast sounding from the time period. The plumes move off to the SE at 45-55mph, yet I'm not sure that those types of birds can fly nearly that fast, especially not for 15 minutes sustained. Unless there was some help from a strong NW wind, I'm having a hard time figuring out what the radar actually could be seeing.
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745. ScottLincoln
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:14 (GMT)
Quoting gaweatherboi:
I wonder which one is true for sunday night in my hometown of Millen, GA.... The weather Channel-29 degrees Rain/Snow Showers....Wunderground-31 degrees Rain/Freezing Rain....Weather.gov-32degrees Rain/Freezing Rain!!!!


Those are pretty close forecasts for 4 days out...
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744. gaweatherboi
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 16:05 (GMT)
I wonder which one is true for sunday night in my hometown of Millen, GA.... The weather Channel-29 degrees Rain/Snow Showers....Wunderground-31 degrees Rain/Freezing Rain....Weather.gov-32degrees Rain/Freezing Rain!!!!
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742. sarahjola
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:53 (GMT)
Quoting ScottLincoln:


It wasn't just 1 plume, but 4 of them between 9pm and 12:30am. The leading edge of the echoes in each plume was moving southeast from Beebe (between Windwood Dr and Arkansas State University South Campus) at 45-55mph.
do you have any pics, or anything. i would like to see what you all saw on radar. thanks in advance
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741. Neapolitan
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:53 (GMT)
Quoting jeza:


Don't know that you can call any flood in Australia unprecedented. The records don't go back far enough. Europeans haven't even been here all that long. So we don't know for sure that similar floods didn't occur as recently as 200-300 years ago. In fact every year there is a place in Australia that is in drought (defined as below average rain fall) and other parts that may well be in flood, though most definitely getting above average rain fall. That's the nature of a continent this size.

I really wish we could do away with this particular point of contention, one that seems to come up an awful lot (especially with GW contrarians): when talking about records, it's unnecessary in most contexts to always have to qualify any point of data by adding the disclaimer "in recorded history" or "since records were kept" or whatever. Reasonable people assume that stating a record means the stating of a fact in comparison with all the other known facts. For example, people simply say, "Mt. Everest is the tallest mountain on the planet"; few feel the need to add, "That is, right now; there may have been others in the past that have since eroded". Or folks simply say "The coldest temperature ever was -128.6 at Vostok Station in Antarctica"; few see the benefit in adding, "That is, the coldest since records were kept; it's possible there may have been colder temperatures there or elsewhere before." Or people just say, "The tallest man who ever lived was 8 foot, 11 inch Robert Wadlow"; few feel the need to add, "Of course, there may have been taller people in the past, though their heights weren't written down."

But, okay: yes, there very well may have been larger floods in the past. In fact, there likely were. But in the past several hundred years--that is, in recorded history--the Queensland floods are unprecedented in that part of Australia.
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740. hydrus
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:52 (GMT)
Quoting RitaEvac:
GFS is picking up on something coming in from Mexico next week over the cold air
This is cold air for sure. Notice the minus 30 isotherm.....Datz coldt mane......:)
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739. atmoaggie
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:49 (GMT)
Thank you surface low.

And this only through 6 CST; more to come.

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738. aspectre
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:46 (GMT)
710 Neapolitan "At any rate, I'd really like to see some objective third-party, out-of-state necropsy results."

They're being sent to Wisconsin for testing, with some being sent to Georgia to provide a crosscheck.
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737. GetReal
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:43 (GMT)
Can anyone of the experts around here explain how man is responsible for the climate change occurring on Mars and Jupiter, i.e. the polar ice caps on Mars retreating, much larger than usual storms on Jupiter???

Hmmmm, I have to wonder as to what is the common denominator these two planets and their climate change have in common with the Earth???

(Hint: It is not humans)

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736. Skyepony (Mod)
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:26 (GMT)
Notice! Next text translated by the Google Translate:

This event is reported on 01/03/2011: A survey conducted by the Federation of Fishermen's Colony of Paraná, Paranaguá on the coast of the state, indicates that at least 100 tons of fish (sardine, croaker and catfish) have turned up dead since last Thursday off the coast of Parana.On Sunday, representatives from the Environmental Institute of Paraná (IAP), the Secretary of State for the Environment and Water Resources (SEMA), took samples to verify the reason for the deaths. The report will be released today. The president of the Federation of Fishermen's Colony of Parana, Edmir Manoel Ferreira, reports that between Paranaguá and Guaraqueçaba at least 2,800 fishermen depend on the daily seafood. "On Thursday we began to realize very dead fish. Only one community came to bury 15 tons. We are experiencing a very sad situation on the coast, "reports. Apart from Paranagua, Ferreira said the dead fish are starting to appear in other coastal towns. "The dead fish are going to Antonina, and Guaraqueçaba Pontal do Paraná. We need an urgent solution to this, "he warns.

Captain Edson Oliveira Avila, regional coordinator of Civil Defense in the Paraná region, believes there are three hypotheses for the death of fish."We will wait to see what happened, but speculations suggest that fish may have died due to an environmental imbalance, dropping a fishing boat or leakage of chemicals," he says. Through his press office, the city of Paranagua said the sale of seafood is a precaution, temporarily suspended in the region. "It is not forbidden, but we have oriented people do not purchase or consume these products to avoid any problems. There is no indication that someone has gone bad, "said Avila. The issue was discussed yesterday in a meeting involving the city of Paranaguá, IAP, Brazilian Institute of Environment and Natural Resources (IBAMA) and the Civil Defense of Parana. Reportedly, the IAP said it will only give a ruling today, after the result of the award. The samples were sent to the Centre for Marine Studies (CEM), Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR).

The whole situation worries the fishing community of coastal Paraná. "I urge the authorities to look for these workers from the sea. Not just in Paranagua, but throughout our state. When a disaster such sufferers is the fisherman. We can not let that happen ", says Ferreira.
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735. Neapolitan
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:24 (GMT)
Quoting calusakat:


Patrap

Those graphs that you have been posting are really exciting.

The graphs clearly indicate that the programmers at NOAA and elsewhere are accomplished to an impressive degree when it come to displaying information in graph form.

I can hardly wait until they are allowed apply their graph making talents on true and complete data as opposed to the altered and tweaked data that they are compelled to use now.

Fiction sometimes makes for an interesting read; yet the truth is so much more fun and exciting.

There is a tingling going up my leg as I write.

I can hardly wait.



Do you have any proof of this "altering and tweaking"? Now before you answer, consider this: so-called "Climategate" was a manufactured controversy that's been completely debunked; no climate scientists were found to be guilty of anything more than bad judgement where a few intra-personal matters were concerned; no data manipulation was found, and the science itself is completely intact. So with that in mind, I ask again: Do you have any proof of this "altering and tweaking"?
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734. atmoaggie
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:20 (GMT)
Quoting jeza:


Don't know that you can call any flood in Australia unprecedented. The records don't go back far enough. Europeans haven't even been here all that long. So we don't know for sure that similar floods didn't occur as recently as 200-300 years ago. In fact every year there is a place in Australia that is in drought (defined as below average rain fall) and other parts that may well be in flood, though most definitely getting above average rain fall. That's the nature of a continent this size.
EDIT: oops!

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733. atmoaggie
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:16 (GMT)
Quoting Seawall:
Wow, SW Louisiana is finally getting some much needed rain. SE Tx got it's fair share as well. Still way behind rainfall totals, but this will definitely help. Thunder and lightening in January on the Gulf Coast.
Add Kentucky to the states with bird deaths. And along with Point Coupee, here in Calcasieu Parish, in Lake Charles, lots more birds down.
Surely, Shirley, this is Biblical in nature. :)
Quick, everyone go look for dead birds!
(Since everyone is looking, more are surely to be found...)
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732. ScottLincoln
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:15 (GMT)
Quoting Neapolitan:
Given that odd plume on the NYE Beebe radar loop shown here yesterday, I wouldn't at all rule out such a thing. At any rate, I'd really like to see some objective third-party, out-of-state necropsy results.


It wasn't just 1 plume, but 4 of them between 9pm and 12:30am. The leading edge of the echoes in each plume was moving southeast from Beebe (between Windwood Dr and Arkansas State University South Campus) at 45-55mph.
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731. atmoaggie
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:13 (GMT)
Quoting MichaelSTL:
I also want to add, on the solar-climate connection (and this also includes any supposed natural warming cycles caused by ocean cycles), changes in ocean heat content directly contradict the observed surface warming as being caused by stored heat being released, as some propose as an explanation for why temperatures have continued to rise after solar activity peaked (50 years after the fact), since heat content would be decreasing if this were true (as far as I know, this is only true on a significant scale in the tropical Pacific, during ENSO cycles with El Ninos releasing heat and La Ninas accumulating it, with other patterns only producing slight changes, moreso in the SST patterns than actual heat storage). Also, while the ocean heat content graph I posted appears to show a solar cycle influence, the peaks don't add up; the last two solar cycles peaked in 1989 and 2000 but it shows three peaks in that period (to the present) and only one coincides with a solar maximum (1989).
You are assuming an instant solar cycle to ocean heat correlation with no lag...

Given that we have very poor ocean heat measurements, we cannot say that is the case or not, yet.
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730. calusakat
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:06 (GMT)
Quoting breald:


I doubt they would set of bombs in a populated area like most of Fl. If that is the case, why haven't you seen any dead birds in your area? I too am a little skeptical about that theory.


Its called Pinecastle Impact Range and it is located in the Ocala National Forest. Operated by the Navy, it is

"the only place on the East Coast where the Navy can do live impact training. The Navy drops nearly 20,000 bombs a year at the site, a few hundred of which are live. The Navy has used nearly 6,000 acres of the 382,000-acre forest for target practice for 50 years under a special use permit from the US Forest Service."

On a quiet evening it should be easy to hear the distant booming of exploding ordinance in Wekiva Springs.


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729. Chicklit
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 15:01 (GMT)
a href="" target="_blank">I Wish it Would Rain!
Extreme Drought in ECFL
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728. breald
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:51 (GMT)
Quoting Jeff9641:


Wekiva Springs, FL.


I doubt they would set of bombs in a populated area like most of Fl. If that is the case, why haven't you seen any dead birds in your area? I too am a little skeptical about that theory.
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726. calusakat
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:46 (GMT)
Quoting Patrap:
Where can someone find more information about climate change and climate monitoring?

* US Global Change Research Program
* NOAA Climate portal
* Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society State of the Climate report for 2009


Patrap

Those graphs that you have been posting are really exciting.

The graphs clearly indicate that the programmers at NOAA and elsewhere are accomplished to an impressive degree when it come to displaying information in graph form.

I can hardly wait until they are allowed apply their graph making talents on true and complete data as opposed to the altered and tweaked data that they are compelled to use now.

Fiction sometimes makes for an interesting read; yet the truth is so much more fun and exciting.

There is a tingling going up my leg as I write.

I can hardly wait.


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724. breald
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:45 (GMT)
Quoting Jeff9641:


I agree! I think this is more on the line of an enviromental issue. Something enviromentally is happening or this is cause by the Government because where I live every night at about 8pm to 9pm you can hear the bombing by US Military. Some people may think my post 711 is far fetched but I don't think so as the US Government test all types of bombs for combat. So I wonder if there is a bombing range near by that is causing this.


Where do you live?
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723. Patrap
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:40 (GMT)

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720. jeza
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:33 (GMT)
Quoting Neapolitan:

These past few years, on the other hand, have seen incredible extremes of temperature and precipitation all over : the unprecedented heat wave in Moscow--a decidedly non-desert region; the unprecedented flooding in Pakistan and Australia;....


Don't know that you can call any flood in Australia unprecedented. The records don't go back far enough. Europeans haven't even been here all that long. So we don't know for sure that similar floods didn't occur as recently as 200-300 years ago. In fact every year there is a place in Australia that is in drought (defined as below average rain fall) and other parts that may well be in flood, though most definitely getting above average rain fall. That's the nature of a continent this size.
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719. breald
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:22 (GMT)
Quoting drg0dOwnCountry:
Mass bird death mystifies Swedish town
Stockholm - The mass death of a flock of birds in a small Swedish town was to be investigated by veterinarians on Wednesday, local media reported.

Some 50, perhaps as many as 100, dead jackdaws were found on a street in the south-western town of Falkoping late Tuesday evening, reports said.

The area has been cordoned off, Perry Malmberg of the emergency services told Swedish TV.

A few days ago, several thousand dead birds were found in the US state of Arkansas. One theory was that those birds had been shocked by New Year fireworks. Link

Swedish birds 'scared to death': veterinarian
A county veterinarian has speculated that the dead birds that fell from the sky in central Sweden on Tuesday may have been frightened by fireworks, then run over by a car after landing on the road in the dark.
Link


Why all of a sudden fireworks are killing birds? Something else is happening here.
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718. RitaEvac
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:20 (GMT)
850mb surface temps

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717. RitaEvac
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 14:18 (GMT)
GFS is picking up on something coming in from Mexico next week over the cold air
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714. Jax82
5. tammikuuta 2011 klo 13:52 (GMT)
We need da rain.

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