Month: November 2011
Hurricane Kate breaks record 26 years later - November 24, 2011 by dharkanjhel

Hurricane Kate now holds the record for striking the U.S. coast later than any other hurricane during storm season, the National Hurricane Center announced this week. Kate hit Florida’s Panhandle on Nov. 21, 1985 as a Category 2.
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TD 24W [Unnamed] – Update #001 - November 24, 2011 by dharkanjhel

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Local marketing firm wins Silver Summit Award - November 23, 2011 by dharkanjhel

TWG Communications
News Release

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TWG Communications, today announces receiving a Silver Summit Award for the creative and strategic rebranding of the North Bay … continued on BayToday.ca
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Goats and Gratitude - November 22, 2011 by dharkanjhel

A man went to his rabbi and complained, “There are ten of us living in one room. Life is unbearable! What can I do?” The rabbi answered, “Go home and take your goat into the room with you.”  The…

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Secretary Chu: We Can Win Clean Energy Battle - November 22, 2011 by dharkanjhel

Chu toured a GE-PrimeStar Solar plant in Arvada, Colo., on Nov. 18 that he said was a stellar example of American invention leading to American jobs. Later the same day, he toured the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo. and spoke to a gathering of NREL and DOE employees.

At PrimeStar, Chu noted that the company adopted technology developed at NREL to build thin film solar panels made of cadmium and telluride. The technology can be more efficient than silicon solar cells and cost much less — because it uses 99 percent less chemical material than more conventional cells.

GE PrimeStar recently announced plans to build a large manufacturing plant in Aurora, Colo., which will employ about 400 people and build enough modules to power 80,000 homes.

Chu said that if the United States balks at helping private firms invest in the most exciting new

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BREAKING NEWS: Space and Earth Scientists On Edge - November 21, 2011 by dharkanjhel
































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Top international scientists and disaster experts have come together with a sharp message for the world's political leaders: 'Get ready for more dangerous and unpredictable weather caused by the Sun's effect here on Earth.'

 

 

The scientific panel was formed by the United Nations and World Meteorological Organization. In the past, it has discussed extreme events which were mostly manipulated by global warming enthusiasts, but this time scientists are putting variant studies together.

 

Sami Solanki, of the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPISSR) in Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany said: "After looking at data of past solar activity, we have pointed out that it is just as likely that the Sun will go into a grand maximum in the current cycle (24) and then again into a grand minimum in cycle 25."



 

Experts fear that without preparedness, crazy weather extremes may overwhelm some locations, making them uninhabitable. This may be the first time a group of differing scientific body's has focused on the dangers of extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, droughts and storms.

 

In August, the U.S. government said the United States had already tied its yearly record for the number of weather disasters with an economic loss of billion or more. I guess it still comes down to the money (and greed) to make significant shifts.

 

Cycles Which Supersede Cycles

 

Solar activity increases and decreases in an 11-year cycle, but it also displays broader patterns over longer time scales. The Sun's activities have a direct casual effect to us on Earth. When the Sun erupts with charged particles in the form of solar flares, coronal holes and CMEs, it has an effect on Earth's magnetic field; this in-turn, can knock out satellites, power grids and create extreme weather.

 

Studies have shown massive disasters such as hurricane Katrina or the 2010 heat wave which hit Russia – were most likely related to external influences related to the Sun-Earth connection. Maarten van Aalst, director of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Center in the Netherlands said: "A pattern of cyclical shifts from smaller events have been noticed."

 

Scientists have been tracking solar activity for about 300 years by noting the comings and goings of Sunspots, temporary dark patches on the solar surface that often give rise to powerful flares and CMEs. These records show that virtually no sunspots were observed from 1645 to 1715 – a period of prolonged solar quiescence now known as the Maunder minimum.

 

 

The Sun may be coming out of a 70-year-long "grand maximum" of high activity at the end of this cycle, and some astronomers have suggested that our star could now be transitioning toward another Maunder-like minimum.

 

Scientists investigated this possibility by studying the Sun's past, have combed through the old sunspot data but also looked at records of certain isotopes of the elements carbon and beryllium, which allowed them to go back much further in time.



These isotopes, carbon-14 and beryllium-10, are produced when fast-moving cosmic ray particles slam into Earth's atmosphere. Because solar storms help sweep cosmic rays away from our planet, the abundance of carbon-14 and beryllium-10 enables researchers to reconstruct the Sun's activity as far back as 11,000 years ago. These records show that virtually no Sunspots were observed from 1645 to 1715 – a period of prolonged solar quiescence now known as the Maunder minimum.



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The debate continues between environmentalists – as to the cause of weather extremes, however, the focus appears to have made a marked shift from solar vs manmade politics, to a focus on the solution.



Scientists are getting better and better at predicting solar activity hours or days in advance, thanks in large part to Sun-watching spacecraft such as NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, a joint effort of NASA and the European Space Agency.

 

The new SDO and the European Space Agency's Solar Orbiter spacecraft, which is due to launch in 2017, should teach researchers more about the Sun's interior, but our star's rumblings will likely remain mysterious for a while.

    







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Help With The Missing Pieces - November 21, 2011 by dharkanjhel

I love puzzles. Crosswords, brainteasers, and search-a-words to be sure, but nothing beats an old fashioned jigsaw puzzle with about gazillion pieces spilling out of the box. Right now there is a monster-sized puzzle strewn across our family’s dining…

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Ernest Mitchell Jr. Confirmed as U.S. Fire Administrator - November 20, 2011 by dharkanjhel
Published by: Michael Widomski, Deputy Director, Public Affairs

Today, the Senate unanimously confirmed Ernest (Ernie) Mitchell Jr. as the Administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA).

After the vote, Administrator Fugate praised the action:

With decades of experience fighting fires and leading fire service organizations, Chief Mitchell will be a great addition to our team at FEMA and a tremendous asset to firefighters and first responders around the country.

As with our other senior leaders at FEMA, he comes from a state and local background, which means he understands the kind of support our nation’s fire departments and fire service organizations need. He will be a tireless advocate for firefighters and the communities they serve and I look forward to working with him.

Here’s a snapshot of Chief Mitchell’s background:

  • Retired fire chief with more than 33 years of experience working in the fire service at the federal, state and local levels
  • Past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)
  • Served as Fire Chief and Assistant Director of Disaster Emergency Services for the City of Pasadena, California, Fire Department; Fire Chief and Deputy City Manager of Monrovia, California; and Battalion Chief for the City of Compton, California
  • Holds the following degrees: A.S. in fire science from Long Beach City College, a B.P.A. from the University of San Francisco and an M.P.A. from California State University at Northridge

Please join all of us in congratulating Chief Mitchell on his confirmation.

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TD 24W [Unnamed] – Update #002 - November 20, 2011 by dharkanjhel

  for Tuesday, 08 November 2011 [7:20 AM PhT] <<>>Get the latest SMS Storm Alerts! For more details: Text T2K HELP to 2800 (Globe/TM) | 216 (Smart/TNT) | 2288 (Sun) *Only P2.50 (Smart/Globe) / P2.00 (Sun) per msg received.Click here on how to use this
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What We’re Watching: 11/18/11 - November 19, 2011 by dharkanjhel
Published by: Public Affairs

At the end of each week, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Severe Weather Outlook

This weekend, the National Weather Service predicts severe drought conditions to continue through the weekend in parts of the Central and Southern Great Plains. Below average temperatures with a possibility for snow are expected in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Plains throughout the weekend.

With the official start of winter (December 21) approaching and cold weather expected this weekend, we want to encourage you and your family to prepare for the winter months by taking some steps this weekend to get prepared:

  • Be sure to update your family’s emergency supply kit and add items such as snow shovels, extra blankets, rock salt (or more environmentally safe products) to melt ice on walkways, and appropriate clothing (i.e., hat, gloves, and scarf).
  • Have an emergency kit in your car in the event you are stranded by a blizzard or traffic jam. Be sure to include items you would need to stay warm and comfortable.
  • Make a family communications plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.
  • Maintain your heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year, so if you’re overdue, schedule an appointment.
  • Learn how to shut off water valves (in case a pipe bursts).

FEMA Think Tank

Earlier this week, Deputy Administrator Rich Serino announced the FEMA Think Tank, which is a new initiative to allow the public to offer their input on how we can improve all aspects of emergency management.

The FEMA Think Tank has two components:

  • An online forum where anyone can submit your own ideas, comment and vote on others, and participate in conversations meant to generate creative solutions.
  • Monthly conference calls. Each month, we will discuss three to four ideas generated from the online forum that address improving emergency management at the federal level. The individuals that submitted these ideas will personally brief their idea to FEMA officials.

We encourage you to utilize this tool to help improve emergency management and encourage your family, friends, and colleagues to participate.

Careers at FEMA

FEMA is always looking for highly motivated people interested in a rewarding career in emergency management. Here are a few open positions with the agency:

Visit our Careers page to watch testimonials from employees, learn more about FEMA, and browse through other opportunities that are available.

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