Thursday, June 13, 2013

UA (University of Arizona) - Developed App Warns Drivers of Dust Storm Danger (click here) 

April 4, 2013 

Available for free download on iTunes, the app uses a person's geographical location anywhere in the country to determine if there is danger of a dust storm, or any other type of storm, in the area. The warnings come directly from the WeatherBug service.
In addition to storm alerts, the app provides a list of specific tips for what to do when a dust storm hits, such as:

  • Do not drive into or through a dust storm.
  • Do not stop in a travel lane or in the emergency lane.
  • Look for a safe place to pull completely off the paved portion of the roadway.
  • Turn off all vehicle lights, including your emergency flashers.
The app also offers a place to list emergency phone numbers or insurance policy numbers drivers may want to have readily available in a storm, as well as a list of things people should keep in their cars as part of a Dust Storm Survival Kit. Some of those items include water, snacks or energy bars, a basic first aid kit, flashlight, dust mask and a whistle or pocket siren to signal for help....

Dust Storm(click here)

By University of Arizona

Open iTunes to buy and download apps.

It is already June 14th in Iran. Preliminary elections are today.

...Of five hardline candidates (click here) professing unwavering obedience to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, three are thought to stand any chance of winning the vote, or making it through to a second round run-off in a week’s time. Of those three main conservative hopefuls only one, current chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili, advocates maintaining Iran’s robust, ideologically driven foreign policy.

The other two, Tehran Mayor Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf and former foreign minister Ali Akbar Velayati, have pledged never to back away from pursuing Iran’s nuclear program but have strongly criticized Mr. Jalili’s inflexible negotiating stance. They face a single moderate candidate, the only cleric in the race, Hassan Rohani. Though very much an establishment figure, Mr. Rohani is more likely to pursue a conciliatory foreign policy....
This Monday June 10, 2013 photo provided by the Nevada Highway Patrol shows a 26-vehicle pileup on Interstate 80, three miles west of Winnemucca, Nev. (AP Photo/Nevada Highway Patrol)

June 11, 2013
By Michelle Rindels

Twenty-seven vehicles slammed (click here) into each other during a sandstorm that blinded drivers on Interstate 80 in rural northern Nevada, killing a truck driver, seriously injuring several other people and sapping already thin emergency resources, officials said.

Humboldt County sheriff's dispatchers called in virtually every medical, law enforcement and fire worker in the sparsely populated area after drivers reported "near-apocalyptic" conditions Monday evening on I-80 at Winnemucca, according to officials at Humboldt General Hospital there. A mine rescue crew also assisted, and a charter bus was used to transport victims who were uninjured.

"It was kind of surreal," said Jared Oscarson, captain of clinical services at the hospital, describing a curtain of blowing dirt that at times hid the crash scene from rescuers' sight. "There was kind of just chaos and destruction everywhere."...

Looking for previous dust storms in Nevada there is this in the Library of Congress from 1940.

Date Created/Published: 1940 Mar. (click here)

There was one in 2004 found by NASA.
A fierce dust storm blew across northwestern Nevada on April 28, 2004, with winds that gusted up to 70 mph. This image of the blowing dust, which reduced visibility to nearly zero in some places,...

I believe there was a person killed in that pile up a couple of days ago. I hope that didn't happen because there was little to no emergency response able to reach them.

Kind of scary to think there is such weather conditions that can actually disturb the best plans of emergency services.

Ravi Dyer, 51, from Chicago, killed when his truck rear-ended vehicle. (click here)
How very sweet, FOX News is worried about President Obama's credibility. I can assure them his announcement about Assad's Sarin attacks on his own citizens didn't come from "Curveball." It is okay, Mr. O'Reilly, everything will be fine.

I am sure the floods in Europe will also be a centerpiece to the G8.

Unprecedented rainfall (click here) and flooding continued to plague central Europe in mid-June 2013, causing billions of dollars in damage. The Elbe, Danube, Saale, and other river systems rose well above their banks and breached flood defenses in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia. Many news outlets and some government sources were describing it as the worst flooding since medieval times, surpassing the devastating floods of 2002 in many areas....

...At the time of the June 7 image, the river stage stood at 6.7 meters (about 22 feet) in Wittenberg. On June 11, 2013, police shut down the center of Wittenberg as crews worked to shore up sandbag dikes and other defenses. The Elbe River was expected to crest again near the city, following another rainfall over the weekend. Downstream in Magdeburg, the surging river had already burst a dam and forced evacuations

According to the Austrian Meteorological Agency (ZAMG) and meteorologist Jeff Masters, several months worth of typical rainfall soaked southern Germany and western Austria between May 29 to June 6. That precipitation landed on soil that was already soaked from above-average spring rains.

“The primary cause of the torrential rains over Central Europe during late May and early June was a large loop in the jet stream that developed over Europe and got stuck in place,” Masters wrote. “A blocking high set up over Northern Europe, forcing two low pressure systems to avoid Northern Europe and instead track over Central Europe. The extreme kink in the jet stream ushered in a strong southerly flow of moisture-laden air from the Mediterranean Sea over Central Europe, which met up with colder air flowing from the north due to the stuck jet stream pattern.”

G8 is next week.

UN report says children are recruited, maimed or raped by government forces and armed groups

Published: 10:32 June 13, 2013
United Nations: (click here) Syrian troops and rebels are recruiting children to fight in the country’s civil war and some have been tortured by government forces for having links to the opposition, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in a report on Wednesday.

The report issued after Ban’s special envoy for children and armed conflict, Leila Zerrougui, visited Syria in December said thousands of children have been killed in the violence, “while thousands more have seen family members killed or injured.”

The United Nations considers anyone aged under 18 to be a child. Ban said that in Syria, torture and ill-treatment of children accused of associating with opposition forces was a worrying trend.

“There were a number of accounts of sexual violence against boys to obtain information or a confession by the state forces, largely but not exclusively by members of the state intelligence services and the Syrian armed forces,” the report said.

The G8 leaders will want to avert any possibility of arming a number of different groups of rebels. Such actions would result in escalation of ethnic and sectarian violence rather than a consolidation of rebel authority. The G8 leaders will want to resolve to consolidate an oppositional authority to bring about a coalition government.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (click here) will fly to Britain a day before next week's G8 summit for talks with David Cameron on the conflict in Syria, the British prime minister announced Wednesday. 

...The two leaders will meet at Cameron's Downing Street office on Sunday, before heading to Northern Ireland for the summit of Group of Eight nations on Monday and Tuesday.
"We should use the G8 to try and bring pressure on all sides, to bring about what we all want in this House, which is a peace conference, a peace process and a move towards a transitional government in Syria," Cameron told the House of Commons.

"I'm delighted to tell the House that President Putin will be coming in advance of the G8 for meetings in Downing Street on Sunday, when we can discuss this."
Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, has with the United States proposed an international peace conference to get the two sides in the conflict to the negotiating table....

S. Amendment 711 - legal guns - continued

The NRA celebrates the Six Month Anniversary of the Newtown Deaths with a
bigoted ad. Thanks, Joe.
The NRA never admits the list of legal guns are so numerous it takes a long
time to work through the particulars to be accurate about the generosity of 
the Assault Weapons Amendment.
The NRA is immoral in it's content. When are members going to be outraged
by this level of hatred to stop it? Bigotry? The members of the NRA don't have
a solid basis for the right to their guns? They have to front hatred to justify
their rhetoric? They should be ashamed.

4900 Americans have died within our borders since the deaths in New Town,
Connecticut. Some of the most recent were in Santa Monica at a college 
university. One of the most tragic was to realize a man that worked on the 
campus lost his dear daughter in this most recent incident. He will relive that
over and over when he returns to his job.
In the past six months the Senate bill for background checks was defeated with
a 56 vote majority. The US House has done nothing. There has been no bill or any
constructive debate to move forward with better law to protect the people of 
this country. Nothing.

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June 13, 2013
UNISYS Mid-Atlantic Enhanced Infrared Satellite (click here for 12 hour loop)

Get off the road. Planes, especially small private planes need to rethink their flight plans.

These are the kind of winds that pick up tractor trailers and throw them around the road.

By Scott Dance
The Baltimore Sun
June 13, 2013  

Severe storms (click here) are forecast across Maryland and much of the mid-Atlantic Thursday afternoon, bringing potential for damaging wind gusts, heavy rains and flooding, and isolated tornadoes. But the highest risk for dangerous conditions has shifted to the south.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Baltimore and Baltimore, Harford, Howard and Anne Arundel counties through 7 p.m. A flash flood watch was meanwhile in effect across the state through 8 p.m.

A few wind gusts as strong as 70 mph are possible, along with an inch or more of rain, and some isolated tornadoes, according to the weather service....

Cat One hurricanes start at 74 mph. This is worse than a hurricane. At least hurricanes are sustained winds that can be compensated from, but, straight line winds are not sustained, they are gusts.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

...According (click here) to a wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service in Tulsa, wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour were common in Benton County on Monday....

Senator Elizabeth Warren state today, "The USA government will make $56 Billion on the back of our students and the Republicans propose adding $16 Billion to that."

Senators split on rising student loan rates

Casey wants to extend current level; Toomey rejects proposals from both parties. (click here)

June 11, 2013
By Sam Kennedy and Scott Kraus, Of The Morning Call
Pennsylvania's senators are split on what do to about a key student loan interest rate set to double soon unless Congress intervenes.
Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. backs his party's plan to extend current rates, affecting subsidized Stafford loans, for two years.
But Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is opposed to an extension — as well as to his own party's plan, which would tie student loan rates to a variable rate set by the U.S. Treasury.

The enormous college debt carried by a generation of American neglected by their government for the past decade and faced college graduation with unemployment are unable to contribute to the USA economy besides. 

Jun. 9, 2013 4:20 PM 
...Richard Cordray, director of the CFPB, (click here) noted in prepared remarks that U.S. Census data show nearly 6 million Americans ages 25 to 34 lived with their parents in 2011. It’s estimated that this age group made up 27% of all home buyers in 2011, the lowest share in the past decade, according to the National Association of Realtors.“Young consumers bowing under large debt loads may be unable or unwilling to buy a car or a home,” Cordray said.

Another chemical plant explosion in the south? Again? Source of cause unknown, I am sure.

Published: June 13, 2013 14:30
Edited time: June 13, 2013 15:33


After the initial blast, (click here) clouds of thick black smoke could be seen billowing towards the sky, visible from a local school. Flames could be seen rising from two separate locations.  

“It looked like a pretty big explosion – it looks like Williams have taken all the precautions they can do to evacuate all the personnel.

The firefighters are responding as needed,”  witness Ryan Meador told local station 90 WAFB.
“Everyone evacuated to the road. Everyone is trained for something like this.”

Meador released witness footage of the fire's aftermath:

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