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Hurricane Florence: Your guide to the story Hurricane Florence: Your guide to the story
- September 13, 2018

Anxious about how the government will respond to Hurricane Florence's devastation? Though Florence won't be making landfall until Friday , tropical-storm-force winds - 39 to 73 miles per hour (63 to 117 km/h) - will begin whipping through coastal regions as early as tomorrow, making it exceptionally risky to be outside, Graham said. (more...)
U.S. east coast braced for catastrophic hurricane strike U.S. east coast braced for catastrophic hurricane strike
- September 13, 2018

Then come the torrents of rain. Residents on the Carolina coast are finding empty gas pumps and depleted store shelves as they flee a potentially devastating blow from Hurricane Florence. Salna predicts it could rise as high as 15 feet. "The storm surge is like a wall of water ahead of the storm that just rises up at nine to thirteen feet, and it moves things like buildings". (more...)
Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom, bringing chances of gale force winds Hurricane Helene heading towards the United Kingdom, bringing chances of gale force winds
- September 13, 2018

The NHC said the first tropical storm-force winds of at least 39 miles per hour would hit the region early on Thursday with the storm's center reaching the coast Friday. The Outer Banks, Wilmington and other coastal cities were already experiencing strong winds and rain midday Thursday. Hurricane-force winds now extend up to 80 miles from the eye of the storm, and tropical-storm-force winds now extend up to 195 miles from the center of the storm. (more...)
California Commits To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2045 California Commits To 100 Percent Clean Energy By 2045
- September 13, 2018

But Brown on Monday said moving toward a regional grid is essential to achieving California's new 100 percent clean energy goal without sending electric prices skyrocketing. In a signing message for SB 100, Brown said the bill "sends a clear signal to markets to expand clean energy generation". " Iceland and Norway meet essentially all of their electrical needs through hydro and geothermal power, and have for years - but those countries take advantage of extraordinary geology , ... (more...)
Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence Everything you need to know about Hurricane Florence
- September 13, 2018

Florence will be, in all likelihood, the most intense storm to strike the region in at least 25 years, since Hugo. FEMA has warned that while downgraded, the storm will still generate life threatening storm surge and rainfall in North and SC. (more...)
Pluto was erroneously rejected as a planet: Scientists Pluto was erroneously rejected as a planet: Scientists
- September 13, 2018

This was a problem for Pluto, which is influenced by Neptune's gravity, among other things. According to a new study of how planets have historically been defined, it should be reclassified as a planet. In fact, "the only planet that has more complex geology is the Earth". One would need to submit a proposal to redefine " planet " and, if it makes it past the Working Group, it would likely go to a vote of the IAU General Assembly again, Twarog said. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: South Carolina vs. Marshall matchup canceled due to storm
- September 13, 2018

The National Hurricane Center has, accordingly, warned of "Life-threatening, catastrophic flash flooding and prolonged significant river flooding are likely over portions of the Carolinas and the southern and central Appalachians late this week into early next week, as Florence is expected to slow down as it approaches the coast and moves inland". (more...)
Pro- and anti- whaling nations set for clash in Brazil Pro- and anti- whaling nations set for clash in Brazil
- September 13, 2018

While the country said its aim is for "the sustainable use of whales", Japan started their "scientific whaling " program dating back to 1987 as a "loophole" to IWC's whaling ban, conservationists claim. Its take hang of has fallen in latest years in segment due to declining domestic quiz for whale meat and challenges to its hunt. Brazil as host country is instead trying to rally anti-whaling nations behind a "Florianopolis Declaration", which insists that commercial whaling is no longer ... (more...)
Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING Hurricane Florence looms over East Coast — WHAT’S HAPPENING
- September 13, 2018

The Atlantic hurricane is located about 450km east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina , packing maximum sustained winds of 175km/h, the NHC said. region with mostly clear skies on Saturday. "In 12 or 18 hours, they may be saying different things all over again", he said. Storm surge of 13 feet on top of a high tide at 7 feet could overwhelm Carolina Beach. (more...)
Prehistoric 'hashtag' may be world's oldest drawing
- September 13, 2018

Humans, as this discovery makes clear, have been doodling for a very long time. Numerous other artefacts were found in Blombos Cave, including beads covered in red ochreand a paint-making kit dating back around 100,000 years. This has shifted our thinking about when human ancestors started drawing. For example, the oldest known engraving - a zigzag etched on a 540,000-year-old shell - was discovered in Trinil in Java; and 64,000-year-old paintings made by Neanderthals were recently found ... (more...)
'Monster' Hurricane Florence to pummel US Southeast for days
- September 13, 2018

A storm covering enormous area, to drench and lash more people. As of Tuesday, more than 1.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia were warned to clear out. Florence could strengthen some over open water and then weaken as it nears land, but the difference won't make it any less unsafe, forecaster Stacy Stewart wrote in a National Hurricane Center discussion. (more...)
Can wind and solar power plants turn desert green?
- September 13, 2018

In fact, the generation-spanning plans to transform Arrakis into a lush paradise is one of the key subplots of the novel, and it relies on just a few simple mechanisms, like wind traps. "This increase in precipitation, in turn, leads to an increase in vegetation cover, creating a positive feedback loop", study co-lead researcher Yan Li, a postdoctoral researcher in natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of IL, said in a statement . (more...)
Powerful hurricane ‘Florence’ could bring catastrophic flooding, rain here still days away Powerful hurricane ‘Florence’ could bring catastrophic flooding, rain here still days away
- September 13, 2018

The storm was about 435 miles southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina and 470 miles east-southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. "Maximum sustained winds have increased to near 140 miles per hour [220 km/h] with higher gusts". Gov. Henry McMaster has ordered evacuations in counties along the state's coast, including Charleston. Coastal areas in both Carolinas have taken steps to evacuate residents and tourists, including a mandatory evacuation in SC. (more...)
Hurricane Florence has weakened but it will still be devastating Hurricane Florence has weakened but it will still be devastating
- September 13, 2018

Fox News reported that sustained winds were picking up a bit along the North Carolina coast. Florence is moving over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas today, and is expected to approach the coast of North Carolina or SC in the hurricane warning area on Friday . (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Storm force winds for North Carolina within hours
- September 13, 2018

Its maximum sustained winds slackened slightly to 125 mph, qualifying it as a Category 3 storm, but its wind field has grown, with hurricane-force winds extending out 70 miles from the center and tropical storm-force winds stretching as far as 175 miles from the storm's center. (more...)
Rick Scott to deploy emergency teams, resources ahead of Hurricane Florence
- September 13, 2018

While some of the computer forecasting models conflicted, the latest projections more or less showed the storm shifting southward and westward in a way that suddenly put more of SC in danger and imperilled Georgia, too. "We will experience power outages, we will have infrastructure damage, there will be homes damaged, there will be debris on the roads - this will be a storm that creates and causes massive damage to our country", announced Jeffrey Byard, Response and Recovery administrator ... (more...)
Lapse footage captured hurricane-hunting plane fly through Florence
- September 13, 2018

Forecasts project the center of Florence to make landfall around the South and North Carolina border on Friday as a Category 3 or 4 hurricane. Faced with new forecasts that showed a more southerly threat, Georgia's governor joined his counterparts in Virginia and North and SC in declaring a state of emergency, and some residents who had thought they were safely out of range boarded up their homes. (more...)
Olivia downgraded to tropical storm near Hawaii Olivia downgraded to tropical storm near Hawaii
- September 13, 2018

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 90 miles from Olivia's center. Central Pacific Hurricane Center meteorologist Maureen Ballard says Monday there's only a slight difference between the two, so people should prepare as though it will be a hurricane. (more...)
Pluto is a planet argues new research - and it always was
- September 13, 2018

Since Neptune's gravity influences Pluto, and Pluto shares its orbit with frozen gases and objects in the Kuiper Belt, that meant Pluto was out of planet status . "The IAU has done damage to the public perception of science, which is a process free from centrally dictated authority, in its imposition of a definition of planet and the number of planets fitting that definition, which has been instilled in educational textbooks around the world on the basis of their authority". (more...)
Hiker likely killed by cougar, OR officials say Hiker likely killed by cougar, OR officials say
- September 13, 2018

Authorities previously said that Bober, an avid hiker from Gresham, was considered a missing person, and noted her auto was found on Saturday. Her backpack was found by two hikers on the following day and her auto was left in a parking lot at the base of the mountain. (more...)
NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space NASA Footage Shows Strengthening Hurricane Florence From Space
- September 13, 2018

Gerst wrote . "It's chilling, even from space". That's because, on the ground, the storm has brought mayhem. Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as an "extremely risky major hurricane" overnight on Thursday. "Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you". It's the latest advisory - albeit from a different perspective - that residents from Maryland to Georgia should be prepared for a risky storm. (more...)
Here's what the DC region can expect from Hurricane Florence
- September 12, 2018

Florence could be only the second Category 4 storm to pummel the Carolinas since 1800, when record-keeping began. The center says the storm is moving west-northwest at 17 miles per hour, and has maximum sustained winds of about 130 miles per hour. (more...)
Jaw-dropping images of Hurricane Florence from space
- September 12, 2018

Since reliable record-keeping began more than 150 years ago, North Carolina has only been hit by one Category 4 hurricane: Hazel, with 210 km/h winds in 1954. It's the latest advisory - albeit from a different perspective - that residents from Maryland to Georgia should be prepared for a risky storm. The governors of those three states have declared states of emergency, CNN reports, and North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper warned residents to prepare for a period of time without power. (more...)
Space Station's view of Hurricane Florence looks eerily apocalyptic
- September 12, 2018

Forecasters said Florence could become an extremely unsafe major hurricane sometime Monday and remain that way for days. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station have a gorgeous view of Earth whenever they want it. Hurricane Florence is a Category-4 storm that's headed for the US East Coast and predicted to start impacting SC and North Carolina as early as Thursday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center. (more...)
New map of Antarctica shows the icy continent in New map of Antarctica shows the icy continent in "stunning detail"
- September 12, 2018

Today it is the most detailed map is not only the sixth but also any other continent of the Earth. "Considering that Antarctica is the highest, driest and one of the most remote places on Earth, we now have an incredible topographic model to measure against in the future", said Paul Morin, an earth sciences researcher from University of Minnesota . (more...)