Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fourth Typhoon set to impact Taiwan

        Citizens of Taiwan have been having a very hard time coping with the numerous devastating typhoons. Nepartak, being the first, occurring back in July crashed into the city of Taiwans southeast coast. Earlier this month, Meranti, classified as a category 4, occurred a bit south Taiwan, and Malakas slammed into the capital Taipei as a category 4 also just a bit over a week ago. These hurricanes collectively have caused tremendous damage and has dumped a lot of rain throughout the island, causing many to evacuate their homes.

         However it seems as if the citizens of Taiwan troubles aren't just over yet as a fourth typhoon, Megi, is predicted to hit the island by Thursday.  Specialist believe it may shift from a category 2 into a category 3 which would be devastating for those in Taiwan.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Earth's Atmosphere Is Losing Oxygen at an Accelerated Rate, Study Says

Oxygen levels in the Earth's atmosphere are on a downward spiral, but it's nothing to panic over just yet, researchers say. 
In a study published in the journal Science, a team of scientists, led by researchers from Princeton University in New Jersey, tested the concentration of oxygen in the atmosphere and found that levels have dropped by almost 0.7 percent over the past 800,000 years, compared to modern levels.
More disturbing, the rate seems to have sped up over the past century, dropping by a further 0.1 percent.
Although oxygen levels do seem to be decreasing faster, the decrease is nothing to panic over, the researchers say. 
Oxygen levels fluctuate from time to time but are currently registering at around 21 percent. In the course of the 4.3 billion-year history of Earth, there have been two major spikes in oxygen levels linked to explosions of life.



After Days of Preparation, Cedar Rapids Waits For Floodwaters to Arrive

Residents in Iowa's second-biggest city scrambled to complete preparations as the rising Cedar River neared its crest following a week of flooding in the Midwest.
Authorities urged thousands to leave their homes and businesses in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Sunday as floodwaters began to crest along the Cedar River. Volunteers filled some 250,000 sandbags to fortify homes. A 9.8-mile sand-filled and earthen barrier was erected since last week to hold back floodwaters, according to The Des Moines Register. 
“It’s crunch time in Cedar Rapids,” said Mayor Ron Corbett during Monday’s flood briefing. “The next 48 hours are the most critical. The next 48 hours are the most dangerous. And the next 48 hours we need 100-percent cooperation from the citizens in both the evacuation area and outside the evacuation area.”
The recommended evacuation was not mandatory, but fire officials requested names of the next of kin from those who didn't leave their homes, according to USA Today.

Iowa City is getting ready for Flooding

Flood waters are expected to reach 23 feet Tuesday, which is the second highest recorded flood waters in city history. Miles of levees have been constructed and thousands of sandbags have been laid in preparation. Only about half of the residents in flood zones have been evacuated. Flooding has already started rising up to roads and around the outskirts.

"Yes, city officials said at a Monday news conference. Mayor Ron Corbett said nearly 10 miles of temporary levees have been constructed in just days, and 250,000 sandbags have been filled and placed to protect homes and businesses. More sandbags were being filled Monday to beef up barriers around critical city infrastructure. The Fire Department has staged boats for water rescues on both sides of the river. The American Red Cross has opened two shelters, and a local official said more emergency workers are flying in to help."

"The river crested Saturday night in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, which are about 55 miles upstream from Cedar Rapids. The water levels in Cedar Falls and Waterloo were slightly lower than had been expected, but they still reached levels that were second only to those in 2008."


Tropical Storm Developes Over Land

Tropical Storm Julia formed over the state of Florida September 13th. It is extremely rare for a storm to earn the rank of tropical storm while inland, but this storm has done it due to the saturation in the soil. It gained tropical storm force winds for 12 hours which qualified it for official status. It weakened further inland and became a low-pressure system.

"Another interesting phenomenon could also be at play: the "brown ocean" effect, in which a tropical cyclone gains enough energy from a saturated Earth to keep a warm core. It's too early for scientists to know for sure what caused Julia to form over land, but these theories will certainly be researched as a result of this rare formation."


Julia is forecast to dump upwards of 10 inches of rain across the southeast coastline.

Typhoon Megi Closing in on Taiwan; Typhoon Warnings Issued

Typhoon Megi, a Category 2 equivalent typhoon in the western Pacific Ocean, is closing in on Taiwan, the fourth typhoon to landfall or brush Taiwan this season. Megi is currently located just over 300 miles southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. Megi rapidly intensified with wind speeds increasing from a 50 mph tropical storm to a 105 mph typhoon in just 24 hours this weekend. Monday, it appeared Megi was replacing its eyewall, something common in stronger tropical cyclones.
Current Storm Status
Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau has issued typhoon warnings and a number of "extremely heavy rain advisories" ahead of Megi. Radar from Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau (CWB) shows Megi's broad shield of rain pushing toward Taiwan now.
Megi will make landfall in Taiwan Tuesday afternoon, local time. Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern daylight time.
There is still some chance Megi gains some intensity coming off the eyewall replacement cycle, but it is running out of time before landfall.
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Tropical Depression Nineteen-E Expected to Become Seymour in the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Depression Nineteen-E became the latest tropical cyclone of a busy 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season Monday morning. This system was located over 1,100 miles east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, as of Monday afternoon. Strengthening is expected, and this system will likely become Tropical Storm Seymour soon. However, the "future Seymour's" lifespan will be short. Strong wind shear will eventually rip apart this system by late in the week well east of the Big Island of Hawaii.Thus, it is no threat to the Hawaiian Islands.
Current Storm Information, Infrared Satellite Image
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