Monday, April 27, 2015

Spring storms cause deadly flash flooding in Kentucky

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky was swamped by wave after wave of heavy rain, unleashing flash flooding that swept a woman into a creek, killing her, stranded a school bus and forced more than 160 rescues in Louisville.
In Lee County, authorities searched for the woman swept away by rushing water on Friday, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Rufus Cravens said in a statement.
The woman was stranded in her vehicle in high water Friday morning on an eastern Kentucky highway. Rescue workers lost sight of her about two hours later, Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy said.
As floodwaters receded Friday night, authorities reached the submerged vehicle and found the woman inside, who was pronounced dead by the county coroner, Cravens said.
Authorities initially believed that a child was also in the car, but no one else was found inside the vehicle, Cravens said. The initial investigation indicates that the woman was alone, he said.
The rains started Thursday and continued Friday in portions of the Bluegrass State.
As rain pushed through parts of the South and Midwest, severe thunderstorms were also blamed for the death of a woman who was camping with her family at Natural Bridge State Resort Park in eastern Kentucky.
Meanwhile, thousands of people in south central Kansas lost power amid winds that reached nearly 90 mph downed trees and damaged buildings overnight and early Friday, and a possible tornado was being investigated in Oklahoma.

Niagara Falls freezes over as polar vortex drops temperatures

It is so cold across North America that the normally rushing falls of the Niagara river have partially frozen. The river is still flowing underneath the ice, which isn’t expected to melt any time soon as temperatures continue to stay below freezing

frozen niagara

frozen niagara

frozen niagara

Terrifying Photos From Inside The Deadly Avalanche On Mount Everest

The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday triggered a massive avalanche at Mount Everest that left at least 18 people dead.
Roberto Schmidt, a photographer for Agence France-Presse, captured the terrifying scenes at Everest base camp when the avalanche hit.
Rescuers evacuated a number of avalanche survivors on Sunday, but many more climbers are feared to be trapped on the world's highest peak. "I heard a big noise, and the next thing I know I was swept away by the snow," tour guide Pemba Sherpa told the Associated Press. "I must have been swept almost 200 meters (yards)."



Huge tornado in Texas and hail the size of softballs

that was a tornado, it was one monster of one. Luckily, so far it looks like no one was hurt.
With tornadoes touching down near Dallas on Sunday, Ryan Shepard snapped a photo of a black cloud formation reaching down to the ground. He said it was a tornado.
It wouldn't be an exaggeration to say it looked half a mile wide.
More like a mile, said Jamie Moore, head of emergency management in Johnson County, Texas.

Tornado warning

It could have been one the National Weather Service warned about in a tweet as severe thunderstorms drenched the area, causing street flooding.
    "To repeat--tornadoes (yes, two) likely W and E of Rio Vista. The one to the E of Rio Vista is a large, damaging tornado," the NWS tweeted.
    Luckily, it tore through countryside, and there have been no reports of deaths.
    But surveyors had not been out to check for damage or casualties overnight because the weather was so bad, Moore said.
    There are reports of damage -- including many roofs ripped off -- in Rio Vista and Grandview, both outliers of Fort Worth.
    On social media, images circulated of flipped 18-wheelers.
    Tempestuous clouds created dangerous, awe-inspiring funnels and disks as a front swept through. Residents reported hail the size of softballs and posted photos as proof
    View image on Twitter

    Sailing regatta became race for life on Alabama coast as deadly storm

    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — At first it seemed like a perfect day for sailing on Mobile Bay. Skies were partly cloudy and rain was in the forecast, but there was plenty of wind to propel a boat across the murky, choppy waters.
    Then, in what seemed like an instant, a yearly regatta turned into a race for life.
    Gray skies quickly turned black and lightning popped all around. Skipper Susan Kangal said the wind spiked from around 20 mph to 73 mph — 1 mph short of hurricane force — and the 34-foot-long craft she was piloting heeled over on its side.
    Around the same time, as they were headed back to shore after finishing the 57th annual Dauphin Island Regatta, Connor Gaston and father Shane Gaston saw the wind yank the mainsail of their 16-foot catamaran. Within seconds, the boat flipped and dumped the two men into the roiling, frothy bay.
    "After that we were in the water, we were holding on to the boat," said Connor Gaston, 26, of Helena. "The boat's being tossed around. We ended up cartwheeling around about three times."
    Unhurt but soaked, the Gastons eventually righted their little boat after about 30 minutes in the water and sailed back to shore with a broken mast. Once the storm passed, Kangal's all-female crew of three women and five teens made it back safely to dock under engine power.
    Others weren't as fortunate. Two people caught in the storm are dead, and four others remain missing. Another round of strong storms forced authorities to suspend air and water searches on Monday, but officials encouraged anyone who was willing to walk along the shore looking for signs of the missing.
    About 20 relatives of the missing sought shelter at a state sea laboratory on Dauphin Island, where aid workers set up cots for them to sleep during the hunt for survivors.
    "This very difficult, very difficult for all of them," said Michael Brown of the American Red Cross. "There is still hope."
    The Associated Press

    Chile's Calbuco volcano covers town of Ensenada in ash

    People living in the vicinity of the Calbuco volcano in Chile are trying to save their homes and their livestock after tonnes of ash rained down following two volcanic eruptions.
    The roofs of a number of homes and businesses collapsed under the weight of the ash and residents feared for their sheep and cows.
    Soldiers have been deployed to help with the clean-up.
    The authorities have warned of the possibility of further eruptions.

    'Grey desert'

    They also said that should it rain, the ash could mix with debris to create dangerous mudflows.
    The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted twice last week, forcing the evacuation of more than 6,000 people.
    Chilean authorities said on Saturday that the volcano had spewed out an estimated 210 million cubic metres (7,420 million cubic feet) of ash.
    Local resident Victor Hugo Toledo said the area looked like a "grey desert".

    People sweep volcanic ash from the roof of a building in Puerto Varas, Chile, Sunday, April 26, 2015.
    A vehicle covered with ashes remains off the road after the eruption of the Calbuco volcano near the town of Ensenada on 26 April 2015.

    2015 Hurricane Season: One of the Least Active in Decades?

    The 2015 Atlantic hurricane season may be one of the least active in decades, according to an initial forecast issued Thursday by Colorado State University.
    The early outlook released April 9 calls for seven named storms, including three hurricanes, one of which is predicted to attain major hurricane status (Category 3 or stronger on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale).
    This is well below the 30-year average of 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.
    The outlook, headed by Dr. Phil Klotzbach in consultation with long-time hurricane expert Dr. William Gray, is based on a combination of 29 years of statistical predictors, combined with analog seasons exhibiting similar features of sea-level pressure and sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific Oceans.
    Here are four questions about this outlook and what it means for you.

    Q: Does this mean a less destructive season?

    There is no strong correlation between the number of storms or hurricanes and U.S. landfalls in any given season.
    "It is important to note that our - The Weather Channel - forecasts are for the total number of storms that may occur anywhere within the Atlantic Ocean, and do not attempt to predict the number of storms that will make landfall in the U.S.," said Dr. Peter Neilley, vice president of Global Forecasting Services at WSI.
    The 2014 season featured the fewest number of named storms in 17 years (eight storms), but also featured the strongest landfalling hurricane in the mainland U.S. in six years (Hurricane Arthur on the Outer Banks), and featured two back-to-back hurricane hits on the tiny archipelago of Bermuda (Fay, then Gonzalo).
    Furthermore, six of those eight storms became hurricanes, and Gonzalo was the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Igor in 2010.

    Hurricanes From Space - Satellite Imagery