Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Earth Changes and Challenges

Here in Brooklyn, it's rainy, hot, and muggy - best to stay in air conditioning as temps move into the 90's. My friend John in Tampa, Florida wrote, "Constant rain here or 2 hourly thunderstorms, night and day. I'm telling you, BUY a rowboat. I'm counting forty days and forty nights. lol"

John's comment takes us back to Flood Stories and Noah - or should I say my grandson Noah for today. When Noah was here with his family on Sunday, I told everyone I had a story to share about my towels. Noah looked at me and said, "They disappeared." Surprised, Grandma asked, "Then what happened?" "They magically came back," he said with a toothless grin.


Minor Earthquake Strikes Below Lake Erie   Live Science - July 1, 2013

An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 3.6 struck early today beneath Lake Erie, just outside of Cleveland, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The temblor's epicenter was 4 miles (6 km) northwest of Fairport Harbor, Ohio. It originated 3.7 miles (6 km) deep and struck at 3:48 a.m. local time (07:48 UTC), the USGS reports. Some light shaking was felt in coastal towns just northeast of Cleveland, but no damages were reported, according to The Columbus Dispatch. Damaging earthquakes are rare in the region. The largest temblor on record in the Northeast Ohio seismic zone struck in 1986 with a magnitude of 4.8, according to the USGS. That quake, which caused minor property damage and a few injuries, was felt over a wide area from Illinois to New York.

The Great Lakes are known for UFO sightings - some rising from the water - March 2013:


The last I heard from Ron, was yesterday morning as he drove to work from Sparta, NJ to Manhattan. As he passed by Berkeley Heights, he told me he was in the path of a tornado. What happened Ron? Did you wind up with Dorothy in OZ? Last week, the Jersey shore had a small tsunami while further north there was a small earthquake.

Today, Ron wrote, "I saw the tornado just ahead of me heading in the direction of NYC. It was black, green and gray. I wasn't scared but the wind was howling like a freight train. For a second, I felt like one of those storm chasers, but couldn't get a picture because I was driving. No one I know got hurt, but friends reported an enormous amount of flooding. If this continues in NJ, I'm going to build an ark."


Out west, the temps are setting records as wildfires claimed the lives of an elite squad of firefighters in Prescott, AZ on Sunday as the fires continue. This is so sad. Loss of 19 firefighters in Arizona blaze 'unbearable,' governor says

Yarnell Hill Fire   Wikipedia
The Yarnell Hill Fire was ignited by lightning on June 28, 2013. On June 30, nineteen firefighters with the Prescott Fire Department's interagency Granite Mountain Hotshots, based in Prescott, Arizona, were killed when a windblown wildfire trapped them. Fourteen of the firefighters were in their 20s; their names were released on July 1, 2013.


Deluge from sub-glacial lake's burst   BBC - July 2, 2013

Scientists have seen evidence for a colossal flood under Antarctica that drained six billion tons of water, quite possibly straight to the ocean. The cause is thought to be a deeply buried lake that suddenly over-topped. Satellites were used to map the crater that developed as the 2.7km-thick overlying ice sheet slumped to fill the void left by the escaping water.

The peak discharge would have been more than double the normal flow rate of London's River Thames, researchers say. The location of the flood was Cook Sub-Glacial Lake (SGL) in the east of the continent, and the event itself occurred over a period of about 18 months in 2007-2008.