Posts Tagged ‘Solar flares’

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8:22 KJV)

14 May 2013

SolarFlares2013MayA sunspot on the sun’s eastern limb is crackling with powerful X-class solar flares. Just-numbered AR1748 announced itself during the early hours of May 13th with an X1.7-class eruption (0217 UT), quickly followed by an X2.8-class flare (1609 UT) and an X3.2-class flare (0117 UT on May 14). These are the strongest flares of the year so far, and they signal a significant increase in solar activity. NOAA forecasters estimate a 40% chance of more X-flares during the next 24 hours.

All of these flares have produced strong flashes of extreme ultraviolet radiation. Here is the view of the latest eruption, which registered X3.2 on the Richter Scale of Solar Flares, from NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.

The explosions have also hurled coronal mass ejections (CMEs) into space. Coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory are tracking the clouds: movie. The planet in the CME movie is Mercury. Although the CMEs appear to hit Mercury, they do not. In fact, no planets were in the line of fire. However, the CMEs appear to be on course to hit NASA’s Epoxi and Spitzer spacecraft on May 15-16.

When the action began on May 13th, the instigating sunspot (just numbered “AR1748”) was hidden behind the sun’s eastern limb, but now solar rotation is bringing the active region into view. The next 24 to 48 hours should reveal much about the sunspot, including its size, magnetic complexity, and potential for future flares. For the moment, there is no reason to expect the explosions to stop. Stay tuned for updates.


Ice Tsunami
DailyMail Online
13 May 2013

IceTsunami2013MayIt could be a scene out of a 1950s horror film – an unstoppable ‘ice tsunami’ gradually moving ashore, destroying everything in its path. But video footage actually shows the weather phenomenon known as ice floe in action in Minnesota, North America, over the weekend. Strong winds are responsible for pushing this sheet of ice off the top of Lake Mille Lacs and up over the shoreline right up to resident’s doorsteps. Darla Johnson uploaded footage of a sheet of ice rising out of Milles Lacs Lake towards her home in Izatys Resort, Minnesota.

The ice flow phenomenon is caused by strong winds driving the ice ashore. Footage filmed by a homeowner shows the eerie ice shards slowly covering ground before eventually creeping into people’s home. National Weather Service Meteorologist Shawn Devinny says 30 to 40 mile an hour winds pushed the water into the ice, driving it ashore. The Department of Natural Resources says about 10 miles of shoreline are covered, with some reaching up to 30 feet high.

Massive ice floes rose out of a lake 600 miles north in Canada over the weekend, destroying a dozen homes and damaging fifteen others. Winds forced massive walls of ice onto the shores of Lake Dauphin, dwarfing homes in rural Manitoba, Canada on Friday. A dozen homes were destroyed and many others left uninhabitable after winds piled ice onto Ochre Beach Friday in an unusually large ice flow. By Friday night, a state of emergency had been declared in the town of Ochre River, a 188 miles northwest of Winnipeg.

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“Slow-Motion Disaster” Is Swallowing Homes in Northern California
13 May 2013

HouseSwallowedPhoto Robin and Scott Spivey walk past their home. It didn’t take former building inspector Scott Spivey long to figure out that something was terribly wrong when his house in Lake County, about 100 miles north of San Francisco, started developing cracks that rapidly turned into fissures.

Two weeks later, his garage lay 10 feet below street level and his neighbors’ homes were collapsing, but no one could tell them why it was happening. Resident Randall Fitzgerald told the Associated Press it was “a slow moving disaster.”

Within a short time, eight homes in the 30-year-old, hilly volcanic subdivision had to be abandoned and around two dozen more were threatened. The assumption was that the hill was somehow being eroded by water, but a dry winter and groundwater shortages seemed to belie that notion.

Couple Escapes As Landslide Destroys Cabin
Alaska Public Media
13 May 2013

LandslideRedoubtTwo people are safe after a massive landslide destroyed the cabin they were camping in Sunday morning (5-13-13) near Sitka. An air taxi pilot rescued the pair from a debris field estimated to be 20 feet deep.

All their belongings were buried in the slide. Their dog (Luna) remains missing. Kevin Knox, 41, and his girlfriend Maggie Gallin, 28, were staying at Redoubt Lake, a popular Forest Service recreation cabin about 15 miles southeast of Sitka. The cabin is located at the head of the valley, and is surrounded by steep mountain slopes and rocky cliffs that climb 4,000 feet above the surface of the lake.

“We had just tied the boat up and Maggie was in the cabin, and it just let loose — a huge piece off of the side of the mountain. I yelled for Maggie to run, to get out of the cabin. We started running down the beach. We were running along the lakeshore and got thrown into the water, trees kind of toppling on top of us. We both popped up three or four feet from each other. Then we got our wits about us and just tried to hunker down.”

Knox and Gallin were soaked to the skin. The cabin — and all their belongings — were under a debris field Knox thinks is about 20 feet deep. They wrung out clothes and tried to shelter as best they could until their scheduled pick up three hours later. Luna possibly escaped with Knox and Gallin, but remains missing.


13 Incredible Pictures from the Washington State Landslide
The Blaze
28 March 2013

APTOPIX Washington LandslideGeologists and engineers are assessing the stability of a scenic Puget Sound area after a large landside thundered down a hillside, knocking one house off its foundation and threatening others.

That heavily damaged home and 33 others were ordered evacuated after the slide broke loose early Wednesday in the Ledgewood community on Whidbey Island, about 50 miles north of Seattle. Click link below for additional photographs.