Very unusual March-like storm to blast California with drenching rain, mountain snow and severe weather

 

After sunshine and pleasant weather grace California early this week, a powerful storm system will barrel into the state during the middle to latter part of the week. The return of a March-like weather pattern, driven by a large dip in the jet stream, will be the culprit for driving this rare storm into the West Coast. Another unseasonal Atmospheric River will cause chaos in California.

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A storm looms off the West Coast early Tuesday morning, May 14, 2019. (Satellite/NOAA)

Heavy rain

Rain will first move into Northern California on Wednesday before overspreading the rest of the state by Wednesday night and Thursday.

By the time the storm moves into the Four Corners region later on Friday, the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and parts of Northern and coastal California will receive between 1 to 3 inches of rain. The hardest-hit locations may receive as much as 4 or 5 inches of rain.

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Between 1 and 2 inches of rain is expected in San Francisco, with 0.50 to 1 inch of rain possible in Los Angeles.
San Diego may even receive up to 0.50 of an inch of rain from this system.

Even parts of the San Joaquin Valley will have to deal with showers and thunderstorms from Wednesday night into Thursday that could produce localized heavy downpours and some incidents of small hail.

It is extremely unusual for a storm system to bring this amount of rainfall across the state this late in the spring season.

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Ryan Maue

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Strong late-season storm to impact California by Thursday.
Unusually powerful jet-stream + atmospheric river to provide heavy rain to most of the state + heavy Sierra snow.

The dry season — not so much.

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Average rainfall during the month of May ranges from just under 0.75 of an inch in Sacramento to just under 0.50 of an inch in San Francisco and Fresno. San Diego typically receives around 0.10 of an inch for the month.

These cities, as well as many other locations across the state, will receive two to three times their normal monthly rainfall in the span of only two or three days later this week.

Travel and flash flooding

Travel will turn slippery with numerous delays on the roadways after the recent stretch of generally dry weather. Motorists traveling on Interstates 5 and 80, as well as secondary roadways, should allow extra time to reach their destination and reduce speed to lessen the risk of hydroplaning.

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Not sure about the May climatology / records for rainfall, but this seems like quite a lot heading thru middle-May.

Rainfall 3-5″ especially along coast … and up to 5-feet of snow in the Sierra.

ECMWF map update (12z — accumulations thru 10-days)

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Lengthy flight delays and cancellations both into and out of the major hubs along the West coast will also be likely, and some flights may have to be rerouted as gusty winds accompany the rain.

In addition, flash flooding of streets and poor drainage areas, as well as smaller streams and creeks, will be a danger to anybody living in flood-prone areas.

Cold temperature

Abnormally chilly air will accompany the clouds and rain later this week, with high temperatures struggling to reach the lower to middle 60s F across the Central Valley on Thursday. Normal highs during the middle of May are in the 80s.

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‘Rare May storm’
A powerful storm system will barrel into California during the middle to latter part of the week. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada and parts of Northern and coastal California will receive between 1 to 3 inches of rain. https://bit.ly/2JD7lUQ #cawx #cawater

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Showers may even reach Death Valley on Thursday and keep high temperatures only in the upper 70s after they soar above the century mark early this week.

Snow

Snow levels are forecast to drop as low as 6,000-7,000 feet in the Sierra Nevadaby Thursday and Thursday night, and up to a foot of snow is possible at the highest elevations.

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It is going to feel more like winter by the middle to end of the week. Snow is expected in the Sierra late Wednesday through Thursday night. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued above 6000 feet. #CAwx

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Motorists traveling across I-80’s Donner Pass may even have to deal with snow on the roadway for a brief time if snowfall rates become high enough.

Severe Storms

In addition to drenching rain and mountain snow, there is the potential for a few heavy, gusty and perhaps locally severe thunderstorms to be spawned, according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.

The greatest impact from the storms will be for hail and strong wind gusts. However, on occasion, severe thunderstorms can produce brief tornadoes and waterspouts.

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Wet weather returns mid to late this week. Here is an early projection on how much rain could fall through early Saturday. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to the event. #cawx

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The potential for severe thunderstorms will extend well inland beyond California as the storm moves along to portions of Nevada, Arizona and Utah at the end of the week,” Sosnowski said.

With the copious amounts of rain and blast of chilly air ahead, water temperatures in streams and lakes will continue to run low well into June. Anybody attempting to cool off in the state’s waterways when heat returns will need to be aware of the dangers of cold water shock.

Good News

The heavy rain and mountain snow will have some benefits in the long run heading into the summer and fall.

This late-season storm will help prevent a shortage of the water supply during the summer and fall across the state,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski said.

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California Drought Update May 2019

There is no drought & every dam in California is FULL. #ClimateCatastrophe #scam
Fake #climate scientists who predicted never ending drought look worse than crank astrologists.

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Any early fire threat will also be minimized since the rain and cool air will help to keep the ground and vegetation across the state saturated and prevent it from drying out quickly.

Strong late-season storm to impact California by Thursday.   Unusually powerful jet-stream + atmospheric river to provide heavy rain to most of the state + heavy Sierra snow.
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The March-like weather pattern shows no signs of ending in the near future, with at least two more storms slated to barrel into the state from this weekend into the middle of next week. (Click to Source)

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It Is No Longer a Matter of IF, but When the Oroville Dam Will Fail

Submitted by Dave Hodges on Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 14:05.

Since 2016, Paul Preston and myself have extensively covered the damage to the Oroville Dam and the danger that a dam failure would pose to the communities between Oroville and Sacramento. Despite photographic evidence, insider information and a team of observers that keep the dam under constant surveillance, Paul and myself have been called “fear mongers”. I will gladly wear that title if our efforts will culminate in the saving of lives.

In 2017, the water levels and subsequent spillage and leakage reached such a critical point that Butte County evacuate nearly 200,000 people. Despite this action by Butte County officials, Paul and myself were still called fear mongers, again. “Nothing to see here please move along”.

Relative Calm Back to Crisis

After a period of relative calm following the February 2017 evacuation, the situation at the dam has reach an unparalleled crisis which appears far worse than the conditions that led to the previous evacuation just over two years ago.

Below, there is a silent video which contains proprietary photos. Some of the photos come from the surrounding high ground, some from aerial surveillance with night vision equipment and some of the photos come from some unidentified person inside of the Department of Water Resources. How do I know there is insider involvement in this disclosure? Simple, there are parts of the dam that are off limits to the public where there are photos that are published on the Youtube video.

The dam is presently 13 feet from over-topping. However, this is not the main danger that could ultimately lead to a catastrophic dam failure.

The Identified Dangers

As previously identified on the CSS, the structural integrity of the spillway is severely compromised. The previously published photos clearly established the compromising of the structural integrity of the spillway. However, as we most recently exposed, the last line of defense, the OG Weir is in danger of over-topping because of the high levels of water on the Oroville Lake. This directly impacts the structural integrity of the dam. Additionally, the video shows that the upstream dams are at or near capacity. If anyone of these dams is compromised, the Oroville Dam will fail within 30 minutes and the spring run-off from the snow melt is under way.

The video below, derived from surveillance photos obtained between April 30-May 4th, clearly shows more severe cracks in the dam. Fissures are beginning to be observable.

Insider photos, taken inside the dam’s control room, shows a missing turbine. The dam was designed with six turbines each for expelling water (outflow) to balance inflow (eg snow runoff that would drive the water levels up. The video shows a chart that Paul and I have discussed before. The turbines are compromised to the point to where they can only expel about 10-11,000 cubic feet of water per second. The soon-to-be inflow water  levels approaching the dam is catalogued in public documents (shown on the video) between 19-2,400 cubic feet per second. This is a prescription for catastrophe. The COMBINATION of all these variables, mentioned and not mentioned in this article, speaks clearly to the fact that this dam is compromised and failure could happen at any time.

The Department of Water Resources is buying time, but not much time, by beginning the construction of a pool on the other side of the mountain. This is known as a coffer dam and they are doing everything under the cover of darkness. My source as well as Paul Preston say that this buy them a week, more or less.

Motivation for the Deep State Sabotage

California is broke. The failure of the dam will result in a billion dollars of federal aid, immediately. However, the goals of the Deep State are super-imposed on this event. Many of us in the Independent Media (IM) have been saying that before a we can be militarily attacked as a nation, we must be weakened within. This is one of two events I have highlighted that could precipitate such a weakening. Remember, the CALEXIT movement, favored by former Governor, Jerry Brown, is part and parcel to the coming destruction. CALEXIT has failed to win the state as an alternative to the formation of the 51st State under Paul Preston’s guidance. CALEXIT is desperate and it is controlled by the Deep State. Therefore, the failure of the dam would benefit all.

If the dam fails, one of the richest agricultural area in world would be no more. Spot famines would occur. Retail traffic would not make it out of California and would devastate the economy. This is the weakness that the Deep State desires. It is when we are in the throes of this event, that we will likely be attacked.

When the dam breaks, the water will coming rushing out  of the dam will be traveling at 70MPH and create a wall of water about 30 feet high. The water will reach Sacramento in about 45 minutes. My experts tell me that the Central Valley of California would take 72 hours to evacuate. It is unknown if an evacuation order would permit the necessary time to evacuate properly.

At this point, I find myself in an ethical dilemma. I don’t wish to unduly panic people. However, the video makes it clear that I would evacuate if asked to do so. At minimum, it would be wise to locate a location that is 40 feet above the ground. One should be preparing their bug out bag now. And as I told Paul Preston this morning, I would be evacuating my family right now. (Click to Source)

This video will make it crystal clear why I am sounding the alarm.

 
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Mississippi River Breaks 1993 Flood Record

As severe rain and thunderstorms continue to hammer the Midwest, flooding along the Mississippi River has broken quarter-century record. Water levels at Rock Island, Illinois, reached a new record peak, and other spots along the river could also reach new record highs if the rain doesn’t stop.

The water level at Rock Island rose 7.7 feet (2.3 meters) above flood stage as of 8 am local time on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Rock Island is about 175 miles west of Chicago, and the previous record was set in June 1993, when the upper Mississippi and Missouri Rivers flooded the surrounding area, according to Bloomberg.

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Though the area has experienced substantial precipitation in the past few months, in 1993 “we had rain after rain after rain throughout the spring and summer,” said Justin Palmer, a hydrologist with the U.S. North Central River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minn.

“It is kind of a one-off right now,” Palmer said. “But the potential is there as we get more rain for the river to stay high. We are definitely vulnerable to a rain event.”

But according to forecasts, the flooding could get worse. About 1.5 to 2 inches of rain is forecast to fall across Iowa and Illinois through May 10, the US Weather Prediction Center said. Between January and March, much of the Midwest will have had one of the 10 worst rain and snow seasons.

Between Jan. 1 and Thursday, 15.1 inches of rain fell in Davenport, Iowa, across the river from Rock Island.

High waters levels, which have persisted for months, have slowed the shipments of agriculture commodities like corn and grain, even forcing the CME Group to declare force majeure as some shipping stations became impossible to reach. (Click to Source)

 
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1.2 million in Northeast without power as Tropical Storm Philippe fizzles out

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(CNN)The Northeast struggled with power outages and commuting delays Monday morning as the remnants of Tropical Storm Philippe blew out of the region.

The storm left about 1.2 million customers without electricity, including 313,875 in Massachusetts and around 400,000 in Maine.
Maine was especially hard hit, and Gov. Paul LePage issued a state of emergency to give power companies more flexibility to make repairs.
 Central Maine Power said it probably wouldn’t be able to restore power on Monday because of widespread damage and the danger of downed power lines. Another round of high winds was expected in the afternoon.
“Our first priority is public safety, and crews are busy grounding and de-energizing downed lines so they don’t pose a danger to first responders or the public,” said Gail Rice, the utility spokeswoman.
Conditions across the region will slowly improve on Monday as the low-pressure system drifts into Canada, CNN meteorologist Dave Hennen said.
Colder air will push in behind the system for much of the East, he said. Frost was being reported as far south as the Florida Panhandle and snow may fall on the higher elevations of the Appalachians.
For many, the storm was an unpleasant reminder of Superstorm Sandy, which pummeled New York and New Jersey five years ago. Some New Englanders also remembered “the Perfect Storm” of October 30-31, 1991, which killed at least nine people.
So far, no deaths have been reported from Philippe.
Much of New England was dealing with flood watches Monday morning.
New York’s Central Park reported more than 3 inches of rain and parts of Connecticut reported more than 5 inches of rain.
More than 60 million people in a dozen states from Maine to the Carolinas were under high wind warnings or wind advisories. The National Weather Service reported winds of 131 mph on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. In Massachusetts, Mashpee reported 82 mph and Nantucket 70 mph, the weather service said.
Transportation was slowed across the Northeast.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority warned commuters to expect delays across the system because of flooding and high winds that knocked trees down across tracks.
Service was suspended and then resumed on several lines of the Long Island Railroad and Amtrak between Boston and New Haven, Connecticut, the transit agencies said on their Twitter accounts.
Dozens of flights were delayed at LaGuardia Airport in New York and Logan Airport in Boston, the website FlightAware reported.
In Massachusetts, dozens of schools canceled or delayed the start of classes for the day, CNN affiliate WBZ reported.
Philippe formed near western Cuba a few days ago, the National Hurricane Center said. It raced up the Atlantic Ocean off the East Coast and by Sunday afternoon had dissipated and merged with a cold front, the center said.  (Click to Source)
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Powerful Coastal Storm Will Likely Bring Damaging Winds, Flooding Rainfall to the Northeast Starting Sunday Into Monday; Bombogenesis Possible

A powerful coastal storm with strong winds and heavy rain will impact the East Coast beginning later this weekend, likely resulting in tree damage, power outages and flooding. A significant wind event is possible Sunday or Monday.

It is possible that this low pressure system could undergo a process called “Bombogenesis” according to the National Weather Service. This process is a rapid deepening of pressures across the area, which rapidly increases winds near the center of the storm.

One of the ingredients for this coastal storm is a powerful jet stream disturbance sweeping through the eastern states this weekend that will help induce the formation of a strong low-pressure system near or off the mid-Atlantic and Northeast coastline. This storm system will also receive an injection of moisture and energy from Tropical Storm Philippe, currently located south of Florida.

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Storm Setup

An area of low pressure will intensify near the East Coast while tapping tropical moisture Sunday into Monday. This will result in a powerful storm system that could cause wind damage and flooding rainfall.

The National Weather Service office in Boston noted in its Saturday morning discussion that this is an unusual and truly strong, potentially dangerous storm system for late October.

Here’s an overview of the timing and possible impacts for this storm. But keep in mind, given the complicated setup, forecast details still remain uncertain.

Storm Timing

Overall, this East Coast storm will be a quick-mover as it races northward this weekend into Monday.

  • Saturday Evening: Tropical moisture from Tropical Storm Philippe will fuel heavy rain in South Florida before being pulled into the developing East Coast storm. Rain will also begin to push into the interior Northeast and Appalachians.
  • Sunday: Heavy rain and increasing winds will begin to affect locations from the Outer Banks of North Carolina into the Northeast by Sunday morning.
  • Sunday night: Peak impacts from the storm begin to ramp up in the Northeast during this time, including the potential for damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
  • Monday: Potentially damaging winds and heavy rain may continue over parts of New England and upstate New York, at least during the first half of the day.
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Sunday Night Forecast

Wind Damage Threat

High winds are likely in the Northeast starting Sunday, with damaging winds expected along the coast by late Sunday into Monday.

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Wind Forecast

We expect to see wind gusts up to 65 mph in some areas, and they could be higher depending on the intensity and track of the storm. The potential for higher-end wind gusts will be greatest along the immediate coast and in higher-terrain locations, particularly in New England.

High wind warnings have gone up for the eastern end of Long Island and portions of coastal New England including Boston for Sunday night and Monday morning. Gusts up to 65 mph are expected.

High wind watches have been issued by the National Weather Service for portions of New England, the New York City metro area, Upstate New York and Long Island where these wind gusts have the potential to cause damage.

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Current Wind Warnings

There will be three main impacts from the winds starting later Sunday in portions of the Northeast region:

  • Tree damage and power outages will be possible across the Northeast, and likely along the coast.
  • The strong winds will likely cause delays at major airports.
  • Onshore southeast winds ahead of the storm could result in some coastal flooding, along with high surf.
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Power outage potential on Sunday and Monday, mainly due to expected damaging winds.

Uncertainty exists in the strength of the wind due to lower confidence exactly how low pressures will drop as this system transits the Northeast. A lower pressure would mean higher winds.

Heavy Rain Potential

Given the tropical moisture tap, a large portion of the Northeast could see more than 3 inches of rainfall. Heavier totals topping 5 inches are possible, but exactly where those higher-end amounts line up will once again depend on the track of the storm. At this time, the heaviest rainfall is expected in the higher terrain of eastern New York, but as details come into view, we will be able to pinpoint these bullseyes.

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Rainfall Forecast Through Monday

(Rainfall amounts will be dependent on the exact track of the storm system.)

The heavy rain could contribute to flooding not only in urban and poor-drainage areas, but also on streams and rivers. This concern has prompted flash flood watches to be issued by the National Weather Service for much of New England, New York, northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Flood Alerts

After a very dry start to October, the Northeast saw heavy rain this week from another storm system. Now that the ground has become more saturated, particularly in parts of New England, that will make those areas more prone to flooding starting Sunday.

 The rain will also likely erase some of the abnormally dry and moderate drought areas on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. (Click to Source)

The strongest storm on Earth right now is heading for Japan

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Super Typhoon Lan has been undergoing rapid intensification on Thursday night and Friday, and may reach Category 5 intensity by Saturday morning. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 150 miles per hour as of Friday afternoon, eastern time, and was still slowly intensifying.

Super Typhoon Lan is in a favorable environment for strengthening, and is likely on a collision course with highly populated areas of Japan while in a weaker, but still formidable state.

One characteristic of this storm that’s clear from satellite imagery is that it has developed a massive eye about 50 miles in diameter. To put that into perspective, if you put the center of the storm on top of Manhattan, it would encompass parts of New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley of New York, southwestern Connecticut, and western Long Island.

As the storm weakens, Typhoon Lan is forecast to move just off the Japanese coast, passing near the city of Kyoto on Oct. 22 and near or directly over Tokyo between the 22nd and 23rd.

At that time, the JTWC, predicts the typhoon will be a large Category 2 storm, though it may also be transitioning into a large and powerful non-tropical system.

Nevertheless, it could bring multiple, serious hazards to the Tokyo area, including storm surge flooding along the coast, inland flooding from heavy rains, as well as strong, damaging winds that could cause widespread power outages.

One of the most interesting aspects of this typhoon will be how it will affect the weather thousands of miles away, including across the East Coast of the U.S. during the next one to two weeks. When typhoons, particularly powerful ones like Lan, recurve into the northern Pacific Ocean, they can give a jolt — akin to a 6-pack of Red Bull — to the jet stream flowing from west to east across the Pacific Ocean.

Map showing the Pacific jet stream before Typhoon Lan recurves into the North Pacific.
Map showing the Pacific jet stream before Typhoon Lan recurves into the North Pacific.

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Map showing the Pacific jet stream after Typhoon Lan recurves into the North Pacific.
Map showing the Pacific jet stream after Typhoon Lan recurves into the North Pacific.

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The jet stream, which is a narrow highway of strong winds at about 30,000 feet above the Earth’s surface that steers weather systems, tends to become more amplified, or wavier, in the days after a strong typhoon recurves into the northern Pacific Ocean. These waves in the jet stream can spawn storms and outbreaks of cold air across North America, and are part of what long-range weather forecasters look for when making a prediction.

It appears that Typhoon Lan, will alter the U.S. weather pattern in a way that ends a long period of unusually mild weather across the eastern U.S., for example.

For now, though, the focus remains on the threat to Japan, given that Tokyo is a flood-prone city of 9 million.  (Click to Site)

Canary Islands on alert as magma seen moving in La Palma volcano

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LA Palma volcano’s red-hot magma has risen after its recent flurry of earthquakes causing the ground on the Canary Islands to “significantly” rise above ground level, experts said. Volcano experts discovered the ground in the area surrounding local hotel Teneguia Princess hotel has risen by about 1cm to the south and 3.5cm upwards over the past year, according to GPS sensors regulating ground deformation.

The shocking results from the Volcanological Institute of the Canary Islands (Involcan) come after the archipelago was rocked by two separate seismic swarms in the area surrounding the deadly Cumbre Vieja. One of the world’s leading experts in volcanology, Professor Takeshi Sagiya, from the Nagoya University, described the GPS data as ”significant”. He said the recorded change in height looked significant compared with the changes in the last year.

The GPS sensor is located about 3.5 to 4.5 miles south of the centre of the latest seismic swarm.

There were 44 earthquakes recorded up to 2.1 magnitude hit between Friday at 1.52pm and Saturday to 4.17am.

They followed another seismic storm the weekend before, which saw about 50 tremors in three days, between 1.5 and 2.7 on the Richter Scale, sparking fears the islands most active volcano was about to erupt.

Scientist Stefan Scheller said: “If we assume the magma accumulation lies below the seismic swarm and thus raises the ground above.

“A circular elevation of the ground about 7 km around the centre means a quantity of raised rock with a volume of approximately 5 million m³, which corresponds to approximately 12.5 million tons of rock.”

Mr Scheller also played down the recent activity, but did not rule out an eruption would take place.

He said only the future will tell if the rock above the magma is stable enough to stop the movement or if the rise breaks the rock even more, which would be reflected in future micro-earthquakes, and over time would lead to an eruption.

But he insisted deformation had begun a year ago and there was no reason to be rushed or alarmed.

Meanwhile, the National Geological Institute (IGN) insisted hat its sensors have not detected any deformation of the ground.

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The sky turned red over the U.K. as Ophelia made landfall

The record-breaking Fall 2017 natural disasters continue in force as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia strike Ireland and the U.K., bringing with it hurricane-force gusts.  Several people have reportedly been killed and nearly 400,000 homes and businesses are without power

.  It was the most powerful cyclone to strike the British Isles in 56 years

.  That makes this storm highly unusual.

Strange and unusual weather happens from time to time, but what year can possibly be compared to this year?  It’s the convergence of these events in Fall 2017 that piques the interest.  Those scoffers who say nothing is happening are blind to reality.
1. Most powerful cyclone in the British Isles in 56 years – 30 foot waves were recorded.

2. Deadliest wildfire in California’s history still ongoing

 (40+ killed, 99+ still missing, 5,700+ structures destroyed, 220,000+ acres burned).

3. Deadliest earthquake in Mexico in 32 years

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4. Days before #3, the most powerful earthquake in North America in 50 years

, which was the most powerful quake in Mexico in 85 years.

5. Harvey: most rainfall from any storm in U.S. history; possibly costliest disaster in U.S. history; first major hurricane to make U.S. landfall in 12 years.


6. Irma: most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic; lowest central pressure of a hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic; the longest, most powerful sustained winds ever recorded for a cyclone anywhere in the world; longest lasting Category 5 hurricane in 51 years.

7. Maria: first Category 5 and most powerful hurricane ever to hit Dominica.  Most powerful hurricane to make landfall in Puerto Rico in 89 years.

8. The most powerful solar flare since 2003 and the most powerful solar flare to hit earth since 1997

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9. Largest wildfire in Los Angeles history

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10. Worst monsoon and flooding in South Asia in decades

 in which over 1,300 were killed.

These are just a sampling from the past few months.  There were also record heatwaves and wildfires in Europe, some of which are ongoing among many other extreme weather events.  Outside of natural disasters, we tragically witnessed the largest mass shooting in U.S. history

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Most importantly, significant prophetic events actually have taken place just like in 2015 when many scoffed and then Russia and Iran moved into Syria, setting the stage for the fulfillment of parts of Ezekiel 38.  Just last week on the 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles or Shemini Atzeret depending on which calendar you use, Fatah and Hamas signed and announced a final reconciliation agreement

that reunifies Palestine after a decade-long split.  This paves the way for a final peace agreement between Israel and Palestine that could very well be the covenant spoken of in Daniel 9:27.  This was huge news.  Keep watching!

Maranatha!

Ireland closes schools as rare hurricane approaches

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Dublin (AFP) – Ireland has ordered all schools to close Monday as the country braces for an “unprecedented storm” with the arrival of Ophelia, the largest hurricane ever recorded so far east in the Atlantic Ocean.

“In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills is now publicly informing all schools, colleges and other education institutions that they are to remain closed tomorrow, Monday 16 October,” the department said in a statement.

The decision followed discussions with the government’s emergency planning task force and advice “on this unprecedented storm” from Ireland’s Met Eireann national weather service, the statement added.

Met Eireann issued a nationwide “status red” alert and warned of “potential risk to lives” when the storm hits daytime Monday.

Although Ophelia will weaken as the storm travels over cooler seas towards the west coast of Ireland, Met Eireann forecast “violent and destructive gusts”.

Heavy rain and storm surges are expected to lead to flooding.

An amber wind warning has been issued for Northern Ireland between 1400 GMT and 2100 GMT, when gusts could reach up to 130 kph (80 mph).

“By the time Ophelia reaches our latitudes, she will be weakening and will be an ex-hurricane,” said Steve Ramsdale, chief forecaster at Britain’s Met Office national weather service.

“However, Ex-Ophelia will be bringing some significant impacts to Northern Ireland and western and northern Britain on Monday and Tuesday.”

Scotland, Wales and parts of England were under yellow warnings issued by the Met Office, which forecast “very strong winds” and heavy rain in some areas.

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Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Sunday that defence forces were being deployed to areas due to be hit by the storm.

Ophelia is the 15th named storm of the 2017 Atlantic season, which is expected to last until the end of November.

Three major hurricanes — Harvey, Irma and Maria — caused catastrophic damage in the Caribbean and the US Gulf Coast.

Meteorologists say Ophelia is the most powerful hurricane recorded so far east in the Atlantic and the first since 1939 to travel so far north.

It was classed Category 3 on Saturday as it passed near Portugal’s Azores islands, which means it packed winds of at least 178 kilometres (110 miles) per hour.

When Ophelia reaches Ireland on Monday it is expected to weaken to a “post tropical storm”, according to the US National Hurricane Center.

“Mean wind speeds in excess of 80 kph (50 mph) and gusts in excess of 130 kph (80 mph) are expected, potentially causing structural damage and disruption, with dangerous marine conditions due to high seas and potential flooding,” it said.

Flights, ferries and buses all face disruption. Cork Airport in southwest Ireland said “cancellations are likely” and urged passengers to check with their airlines in advance of travel.

– Sea warning –

Matt Crofts, a lifesaving manager with the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, said the seas could be “particularly dangerous and unpredictable”.

“Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but big waves can easily knock you off your feet.

“We understand why people want to experience extreme weather, but it’s not worth risking your life, so we strongly urge people to respect the water and watch from a safe distance.”

Seven of the nine islands in the Azores were put on high alert for the storm’s passage, but it did not cause major damage, authorities told reporters.

Four trees were torn out of the ground on the island of Sao Miguel and firefighters responded to six incidents across the Azores to deal with small floods or landslides.

Several flights between the islands or to the Portuguese mainland were cancelled, affecting about 800 passengers. (Click to Site)