Saturday, December 12, 2015

China's 'Airpocalypse' Visible from Space


China has a really gross problem, and it's only getting worse.
Smog levels have gone far beyond what's considered safe in Beijing and other parts of eastern China, which has led officials to take unprecedented measures. In Beijing, the first ever "code red" was issued because of what is being called the "airpocalypse," Live Science reported.

http://www.weather.com/science/environment/news/china-smog-pollution

High Surf, Coastal Flooding Inundates California Coast

Powerful waves pounded the California coast on Friday, causing damage and street flooding, while also forcing evacuations in some communities.
In Ventura, California, local police issued a high surf alert and advised residents to stay out of the water and use caustion near the beach. Roads that were close were eventually reopened although the police said more roads along the coast could see closures through the weekend.
The Ventura County Fire Department was called to initiate a water rescue near Mondos Beach.
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2015/12/11/photos-high-surf-coastal-flooding-inundates-california-coast/

Beijing air pollution reaches 'red alert' for first time ever

The first ever ‘red alert' for poor air quality was issued for Beijing, China, by the city government due to heavy smog, multiple sources report.
This alert began on Tuesday morning and will be in effect until Thursday Reuters said.
"High pressure over the area has provided almost calm winds, allowing pollutants to build up with little to no influx of fresh air," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman said.
The Beijing city government ordered all outdoor construction to stop and all schools to remain closed until the smog clears.
"Construction waste, excavation transport vehicles, cement trucks, gravel transport vehicles and other large-scale vehicles are prohibited from driving on roads," authorities added in the notice.
This poor air quality will impact the 22.5 million people who live in and around the city.
China has a four-color warning system for pollution conditions. The four levels include blue, yellow, orange and red. The four-color warning system was created in October 2013 according to Xinhuanet news.
A ‘red alert' is issued when there is expected to be at least three consecutive days of very poor air quality, according to the Associated Press (AP).
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2015/12/08/beijing-air-pollution-reaches-red-alert-for-first-time-ever/?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obinsite

Northwest Oregon pummeled by rain as forecast calls for more storms

Oregon and the rain are synonymous — but the downpours that have caused flooding, landslides and evacuations in the state this week are getting to be too much even for the Pacific Northwest.
Residents in the Portland area and throughout northwest Oregon and southwest Washington were pummeled by a second barrage of heavy rains on Tuesday, as rain continued to soak already saturated ground, bringing some area creeks and rivers to flood stage.
Officials predicted that residents could face a repeat of Monday's scenario: streets turned into creeks, flooding near rivers and streams, landslides and delays in traffic and mass transit. Some buildings and residences were stacking up sandbags to prevent further flooding.
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2015/12/08/northwest-oregon-pummeled-by-rain-as-forecast-calls-for-more-storms/?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obinsite
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Buffalo has yet to see snow in December, breaks 116-year-old record

A 116-year-old snow record has fallen in Buffalo. This time, it's for lack of snow.
The city had yet to see its first measurable snowfall by Friday, breaking the record for latest first snow set on Dec. 3, 1899.
The wait will continue, National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Mitchell said. There's no snow in the forecast until at least mid-December.
During an average season, Buffalo gets its first measurable snow, considered a tenth of an inch or more, on Nov. 8 and sees about 93 inches through the winter.
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2015/12/05/buffalo-has-yet-to-see-snow-in-december-breaks-116-year-old-record/?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obinsite
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Highway connecting Oregon, Washington collapses after torrential rains

A rain-soaked hillside collapsed on the main highway connecting Washington and Oregon, stranding thousands of motorists for hours Thursday while rain continued to fall throughout the region.
The storms that have been sending rivers out of their banks, closing roads and killing at least two people in the Pacific Northwest this week were easing a bit, but forecasters said mudslide danger on the saturated hills would remain high through the weekend.
"It was crazy and I was scared," said Diane Smith of Lacey, Washington, who was stuck for three hours behind the landslide on Interstate 5 about 26 miles north of Portland, Oregon, and then drove a steep, windy mountain road to get around the slide.
The massive landslide blocked the lanes Wednesday afternoon after a hillside of rocks and dirt collapsed on the roadway after days of pounding rain. Crews were able to reopen one lane Thursday evening and transportation officials estimate all lanes will be reopened by Sunday evening.
More rain is on the way through the weekend.
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2015/12/11/highway-connecting-oregon-washington-collapses-after-torrential-rains/?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obinsite
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Landslide closes interstate, tornado reported as major storm slams Pacific Northwest

Thousands of motorists were stranded Thursday during a major storm in the Pacific Northwest that caused a landslide that stopped all northbound traffic on a major highway connecting Washington and Oregon.
Forecasters say the storms that left two people dead, flooded rivers and caused mudslides, were easing up, but the threat from slides and flooding remained.
"It was crazy and I was scared," said Diane Smith of Lacey, Washington, who was stuck for three hours behind the landslide on Interstate 5 just 26 miles north of Portland, Oregon, and then drove a steep, windy mountain road to get around the slide.
The massive landslide blocked the lanes Wednesday afternoon after a hillside of rocks and dirt collapsed on the roadway after days of pounding rain.
http://www.foxnews.com/weather/2015/12/10/dramatic-storms-easing-up-in-pacific-northwest/?intcmp=ob_article_sidebar_video&intcmp=obinsite