Australia's record-breaking heatwave has sent temperatures soaring, melting road tar and setting off hundreds of wildfires - as well as searing new colors onto weather maps. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has added dark purple and magenta to its weather forecasting map to represent temperatures of 51 to 54 degrees Celsius (123.8 to 129.2 Fahrenheit), officials said. Temperatures on the map were previously capped at 50 degrees Celsius, represented by the color black.
If that does not sound sufficiently impressive, consider that 34,008 daily high records were set at weather stations across the country, compared with only 6,664 record lows, according to a count maintained by the Weather Channel meteorologist Guy Walton, using federal temperature records. That ratio, which was roughly in balance as recently as the 1970s, has been out of whack for decades as the country has warmed, but never by as much as it was last year.
This is a huge fireball which was visible for at least 20 miles in the Westchester area. That's not far from the Los Angeles airport. The fireball was at a gas company. The company says this happened when an unplanned release of methane ignited. It took an hour to burn-off but the company insists there was never any danger.
Chum Tai-kong, the Ma On Shan fire station commander, said a technician had been carrying out work in the restaurant's air conditioning machine room at the time of the blast. "We are investigating what kind of work he was doing and what equipment he used," Chum said. Nine men and 12 women, aged between seven and 92, were injured or reported feeling unwell after the blast. Witnesses reported hearing an explosion, then seeing smoke in the dining area, before a fireball burst out of the machine room to the street. The 2,000 sq ft restaurant was packed with lunchtime diners when the explosion happened at about 12.15pm. A female employee said: "I first saw smoke and then shouted for diners to run. As I reached the exit, an explosion went off."
Seismologists said the booms weren't an earthquake. The Air Force at first said its aircraft didn't break the sound barrier. Aerospace company ATK said it wasn't testing any rockets. And asteroid and meteorite watchers had nothing to report.
Following the outbreaks of cholera and measles which have claimed the lives of more than three hundred children and sickened several thousands in the northern Sindh districts, now the outbreak of one unknown mysterious diseases in the same region has killed more than 360 domestic animals including buffaloes, cows and goats.
The loud explosion that jolted North Hollywood on Tuesday night remained a mystery the next morning, authorities said. An officer at the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood station said police searched the area for a half an hour Tuesday night but had no luck in determining what caused the sound. The officer said police received numerous calls about the noise. At about 9:30 p.m., numerous people began tweeting about a loud explosion. Some thought it had come from a North Hollywood Metro station; others reported hearing an explosion in Studio City.
Details as to what caused the methane build up at the mine in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak are yet to emerge.
Originally posted by SteveR
Anyone considered acquiring a hydrogen sulphide detector? Jonny, you said there are cases of H2S poisoning locally to you (near the mississippi) and one of your friends is affected with neurological problems that you believe are related. Have you thought of checking it out and taking some measurements?
EVANSVILLE - Southwestern Indiana authorities are trying to determine the source of mysterious late-night booms that are giving area residents a rude awakening. Twenty-four-year-old Caleb Donahoo says he's heard the booms each night this week at his Evansville-area home. He says the first one, on Monday, was so loud it shook his home and rattled its windows. Evansville-Vanderburgh County Emergency Management Agency director Sherman Greer tells the Evansville Courier & Press that so far, local authorities are at a loss to explain the loud noises. The booms have fueled rampant speculation on social media, with theories ranging from a blown power transformer to a meth explosion or a sonic boom from some sort of aircraft. Others have speculated the noises could be mine blasts at a nearby coal mine.
A series of mysterious booms over Indianapolis around 12:14 am on jan 7th 2013. I say three big ones total. when we heard the first one a few minutes before, i grabbed my phone because of all the sirens. the lights would have been in the northeast direction. I live in 46th & Sherman area. Last boom shook our house so hard it cracked a _ I don’t know if these are planes, Missiles or UFOs but my family was terrified
According to air quality reports on the DEQ website, levels of hydrogen sulfide and sulphur dioxide were abnormal around 6 p.m. on Thursday in the area. Current scientific evidence links short-term exposure to sulphur dioxide, ranging from 5 minutes to 24 hours, with an array of adverse respiratory effects, such as emphysema and bronchitis, as well as aggravating existing heart disease. The effects can be more profound on asthmatics, children and the elderly. On Thursday, the level of hydrogen sulfide was at 1 or 2 parts per million throughout the day, but at 6 p.m. that number jumped to 10. Levels of sulphur dioxide were between 1.6 and 2.7 parts per million throughout the day, however, climbed to 29.1 at 6 p.m., the website shows.
Abnormal storms which for four days have blasted the Middle East with rain, snow and hail have left at least 11 people dead and brought misery to Syrian refugees huddled in camps. Officials reported that two women were found dead in the West Bank on Wednesday after their car was swept away in floods, while a 30-year-old man froze to death in Taalabaya, in Lebanon’s Bekaa province, after he fell asleep drunk in his car.
The weather office said the lowest temperature was recorded at 3ºC in the northern town of Syedpur and the Red Crescent said hospitals were packed with patients suffering respiratory illness. Shah Alam, deputy head of the weather office, said the last time the temperature had dropped below 3ºC was in February 1968 when Bangladesh was still part of Pakistan.
Because the Carlsberg Ridge is one of the slowest-spreading, and so supposedly less active oceanic ridges, many had thought it unlikely to be the location of a major volcanic eruption.. At ridges such as this, heat is thought to be released more slowly from the underlying magma. However, we may have to rethink that previous assessment. The Carlsberg Ridge region is currently being shaken by a major seismic swarm, which could very well be volcanic in nature. The strongest tremor in the current swarm is a magnitude 5.0. Nature journal said in previous eruption, “A huge plume of hydrothermal chemicals, drifted up to 1.4 kilometers above the vent site and 70 kilometers along the underwater ridge was seen some years ago. It’s by far the biggest vent plume ever seen, and confirms that such plumes form following volcanic eruptions at the sea floor, even at slow-spreading oceanic ridges.”
10/01/2013 17:21, 5, 52.56°N , 170.65°W , 10, Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands
10/01/2013 13:47, 5.6, 4.66°N , 95.09°E , 55, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
9/01/2013 21:46, 5.5, 57.11°S , 141.49°W , 10, Pacific Antarctic Ridge
9/01/2013 21:05, 5, 0.77°N , 92.71°E , 29, Off West Coast of Northern Sumatra
9/01/2013 18:38, 5.1, 18.00°S , 69.33°W , 93, Northern Chile
9/01/2013 11:21, 5, 24.45°S , 69.36°W , 90, Northern Chile
9/01/2013 7:44, 5.1, 29.71°N , 81.73°E , 13, Nepal
9/01/2013 1:41, 5.7, 25.30°N , 95.03°E , 87, Myanmar-India Border Region
9/01/2013 0:17, 5, 47.13°N , 152.48°E , 10, Kuril Islands
8/01/2013 21:26, 5.7, 34.53°S , 179.05°E , 15, South of Kermadec Islands
8/01/2013 20:14, 5.1, 10.16°S , 161.75°E , 10, Solomon Islands
8/01/2013 18:55, 5.1, 52.43°N , 170.67°W , 10, Fox Islands, Aleutian Islands
8/01/2013 14:16, 5.8, 39.69°N , 25.55°E , 13, Aegean Sea
8/01/2013 7:51, 5.5, 40.18°N , 142.35°E , 43, Near East Coast of Honshu, Japan
7/01/2013 13:53, 5.1, 37.83°N , 142.51°E , 42, Off East Coast of Honshu, Japan
7/01/2013 6:49, 5.5, 24.54°N , 122.82°E , 71, Taiwan Region
6/01/2013 19:39, 5.1, 45.68°N , 154.09°E , 10, East of Kuril Islands
6/01/2013 18:24, 5.2, 17.12°N , 94.91°W , 55, Chiapas, Mexico
6/01/2013 16:28, 5.2, 26.25°S , 178.33°E , 634, South of Fiji Islands
6/01/2013 11:08, 5.2, 1.13°N , 127.51°E , 139, Halmahera, Indonesia
6/01/2013 10:25, 5, 1.94°N , 89.73°E , 10, North Indian Ocean
5/01/2013 17:42, 5.1, 20.08°S , 66.46°E , 10, Mauritius/Reunion Region
5/01/2013 12:28, 5.1, 55.13°N , 134.62°W , 14, Southeastern Alaska
5/01/2013 10:11, 5.1, 55.91°N , 135.29°W , 9, Off Coast of Southeastern Alaska
5/01/2013 8:58, 7.5, 55.28°N , 134.87°W , 10, Southeastern Alaska
5/01/2013 4:11, 5.3, 28.66°N , 128.78°E , 10, Ryukyu Islands, Japan
5/01/2013 4:00, 5.1, 13.02°S , 66.61°E , 10, Mid Indian Ridge
4/01/2013 23:16, 5.2, 20.78°S , 169.64°E , 57, Vanuatu Islands
4/01/2013 20:24, 5.2, 5.44°S , 146.11°E , 67, Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G.
4/01/2013 13:13, 5.2, 16.58°S , 173.21°W , 41, Tonga Islands
4/01/2013 10:10, 5.1, 29.84°S , 176.12°W , 10, Kermadec Islands Region
4/01/2013 7:32, 5, 15.22°S , 173.92°W , 61, Tonga Islands
3/01/2013 0:02, 5.3, 1.48°S , 127.50°E , 10, Halmahera, Indonesia
1/01/2013 7:35, 5.3, 47.05°N , 151.24°E , 10, Kuril Islands
Originally posted by Rezlooper
Hey Johnny, where are ya buddy? Need your feedback on these booms and chemical smells. What you think? I know you once mentioned that you think this could possibly be hydrogen sulfide explosions. Check out that video of the Indianapolis booms and the lights he was filming.
Originally posted by Rezlooper
reply to post by JonnyMnemonic
Great insight - great responses. I do find it strange there are so many of these explosions. These does seem funny that gas company was working a gas leak.
Did you notice in my posts about the chemical smell in LA where a poster reported that hydrogen sulfide had risen high and was detected in area. Also, there are more than a handful of people on ATS who have said they couldn't believe the amazing red sunset in the area. Could that be related?
Check out picture here from that sunset last night in Louisiana. So bright it almost hurts your eyes.
And by the way, thanks for all your work on this stuff and getting this information out there!edit on 11-1-2013 by Rezlooper because: (no reason given)
Sure, the weird sunsets could easily be related. Like you said about the weather too. The atmosphere's composition is changing, so anything related to the atmosphere is likely to be affected, at least sometimes: weather anomalies, weird sunsets, fierce blazing white Sun, rings around Sun and Moon.
Chalmette is not in a good area! Look on a map; they're just a coupla miles away from waters of the Gulf of Mexico there. I'm not surprised at all that there are 'strange smells' and people are getting sick there. Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, those are probably the states most vulnerable to whatever's coming in off the Gulf of Mexico. California, Oregon, Washington, most vulnerable to whatever's coming in off the Pacific Ocean. And the entire eastern seaboard is vulnerable to whatever's coming in off the Atlantic. Then you have the Great Lakes, so Minnesota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, etc. And the Mississippi River Valley is where a lot will flow to when wind isn't blowing it on, so there goes Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Tennessee, Arkansas, etc.
You start really looking and...there is no real 'safe' spot. So even if those people in Chalmette wanted to flee, where might they go? I guess east side of a mountain overlooking a big plains area, in Colorado or Utah. Heh, back to that. Still wouldn't be totally safe though, just less unsafe.
Also, the burning eyes and difficulty breathing: those are symptoms of hydrogen sulfide, for sure. Remember the birds that came down in Beebe? Some of their eyes had EXPLODED. Hydrogen sulfide can make blood vessels burst and cause bruising. Eyes are full of blood vessels. That's one reason I tried so hard to find pics from WWI when the British weaponized hydrogen sulfide for use against the Germans during trench warfare - do PEOPLES' eyes sometimes explode too, if the concentration is high enough? And if so, what does that look like? Does it look like 'gunshot to the head'? Because there have been lots of people dying with 'gunshot to the head' lately, if you see what I'm saying here...
I'd like two Sewage Class tickets to Mars!
edit on 11-1-2013 by JonnyMnemonic because: (no reason given)extra DIV
A research cruise has discovered 40 previously unknown gas seeps on the seafloor off the U.S. East Coast. The plumes of gas are almost certainly methane, also known as natural gas, according to government scientists.
A mere generation ago, methane seeps were virtually unheard of off the East Coast. Since the early 1980s, however, several seeps have been found. "With advanced multibeam sonar, it may become routine to discover seeps while we systematically explore our poorly known ocean," NOAA scientist Stephen Hammond said in the statement.