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` Earthquake of 6.7 Magnitude has struck off the coast of Japan ‘


#AceWeatherNews says that a 6.7 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Japan, near Okinawa, the US Geological Survey said.

The National Weather Service’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre announced that no tsunami is expected as the earth shook at a depth of 110 km off the Ryakyu Islands.

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` Earthquake measuring 6.4 Magnitude has struck off Nicaragua ‘


#AceBreakingNews says reports of a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck Nicaragua, the US Geological Survey reported.

The epicentre of the quake was estimated at a depth of 70.9 kilometers in the ocean and 23 kilometers away from the town of Jiquilillo.

Government officials said that the earthquake was felt across the country.

There were no reports of personal or material damage.

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#UKWeatherNews : ” Global Perspective on Storms and Floods According to Met office”


#AceWeatherNews says `Global Perspective on the Recent Storms and Floods in the UK

Strong winds and high tides batter the coastal road close to Newtownards, Northern IrelandFebruary 2014 - This winter the UK has been affected very severely by an exceptional run of winter storms, culminating in serious coastal damage and widespread, persistent flooding. This paper documents the record-breaking weather and flooding, considers the potential drivers and discusses whether climate change contributed to the severity of the weather and its impacts.

This series of winter storms has been exceptional in its duration, and has led to the wettest December to January period in the UK since records began. Heavy rains combined with strong winds and high waves led to widespread flooding and coastal damage, causing significant disruption to individuals, businesses and infrastructure.

The severe weather in the UK coincided with exceptionally cold weather in Canada and the USA. These extreme weather events on both sides of the Atlantic were linked to a persistent pattern of perturbations to the jet stream, over the Pacific Ocean and North America.

The major changes in the Pacific jet stream were driven by a persistent pattern of enhanced rainfall over Indonesia and the tropical West Pacific associated with higher than normal ocean temperatures in that region. The North Atlantic jet stream has also been unusually strong; this can be linked to exceptional wind patterns in the stratosphere with a very intense polar vortex.

As yet, there is no definitive answer on the possible contribution of climate change to the recent storminess, rainfall amounts and the consequent flooding. This is in part due to the highly variable nature of UK weather and climate.

Nevertheless, recent studies have suggested an increase in the intensity of Atlantic storms that take a more southerly track, typical of this winter’s extreme weather. There is also an increasing body of evidence that shows that extreme daily rainfall rates are becoming more intense, and that the rate of increase is consistent with what is expected from the fundamental physics of a warming world.

More research is urgently needed to deliver robust detection of changes in storminess and daily/hourly rain rates and this is an area of active research in the Met Office.

The attribution of these changes to anthropogenic global warming requires climate models of sufficient resolution to capture storms and their associated rainfall. Such models are now becoming available and should be deployed as soon as possible to provide a solid evidence base for future investments in flood and coastal defences.

Report on the recent storms and floods in the UK, February 2014 Download a briefing report on the recent storms and floods in the UK (PDF, 3 MB)

Last updated: 7 February 2014 

 

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” Worst Storm Heading Towards `United Kingdom’ Since the `Great Storm’ of 1987″


#AceWeatherNews says `Stormpocalypse: Worst storm ‘in quarter of a century’ heading for UK

Published time: February 08, 2014 19:05

 
People look on as high waves strike the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales on February 8 2014. (AFP Photo / Geoff Caddick)People look on as high waves strike the harbour wall at Porthcawl, south Wales on February 8 2014. (AFP Photo / Geoff Caddick)
Britain is readying itself for a historic storm set to batter its coast this weekend, with warnings of strong gales and enormous waves. The centre of approaching ‘Mega Storm Charlie’ is more intense than the Great Storm of 1987, meteorologists say.

“Gales across England and Wales, severe across southwest and southern coasts” are anticipated as early as Saturday night, according to the Met Office. Winds of up to 80mph have been detected, accompanied by up to 1.6 inches (40mm) of rain. The rain is expected to batter the UK for six hours.

A new house is pictured with a barrier around it protecting it from flood waters in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014 (AFP Photo / Justin Talli)A new house is pictured with a barrier around it protecting it from flood waters in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014 (AFP Photo / Justin Talli)

Superstorm Charlie is currently measuring at an even lower pressure than the 1987 storm, which was caused by a deep low of 951 millibars. Charlie is registering 948 millibars – even lower.

The storm is expected to hurl itself onto the UK at roughly 2000 GMT and last through the night until Sunday morning. Coastal regions are preparing for 100mph gales. Severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office for the UK.

Flood warnings are in place for large areas of Britain. Waves of up to 50 feet could batter the already drenched Cornish coast, according to weather forecasters on magicseaweed.com. The intense weather conditions are likely to continue to pile more pressure on the already disrupted travel and power networks.

A deluge of torrential rain and hurricane-force winds will smash into Britain (Image from magicseaweed.com)

A deluge of torrential rain and hurricane-force winds will smash into Britain (Image from magicseaweed.com)

Some 1,500 troops have been put on six hours’ notice by the Ministry of Defence, in case they are needed to come to the rescue of victims of the floods, according to a spokesperson. 

Hundreds of Royal Marines have already been deployed to the southwest of the country, along with army engineers, to help secure an important stretch of rail that has already been destroyed by the storms.

The Environment Agency has warned of a “significant risk” of flooding on the coasts of Devon, Devonshire, Cornwall, and southwest England, with the issued warnings spreading as far north as Hull. Two “severe” flood warnings have been issued, meaning that the weather could be life threatening in affected areas.

January was already the wettest on record that Britain had experienced.

Environment agency workers take a ride on the side of a Land Rover as they travel through flood waters in Moorland, 19 Kms northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)Environment agency workers take a ride on the side of a Land Rover as they travel through flood waters in Moorland, 19 Kms northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

Conservative MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset, Ian Liddell-Grainger, told the BBC that river levels in his constituency are still “enormously high,” while being heavily critical of the Environment Agency for not dredging the area.

“We have been let down by London,” he said. On the ground they [Environment Agency staff] are working hard. Up in London I do not know what they are doing,” he said.

However, the Environment Agency was resisting the demands of both MPs and farmers to dredge the area.

 “Dredging is often not the best long-term or economic solution and increased dredging of rivers on the Somerset Levels would not have prevented the recent widespread flooding,” Environment Secretary Owen Paterson stated recently.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron overruled him and ordered the Environment Agency to step away from its opposition to the expensive practice.

British Royal Marines help lay sandbags around a home threatened by floodwaters during flood relief operations in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

British Royal Marines help lay sandbags around a home threatened by floodwaters during flood relief operations in Moorland, some 19 Kms Northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

Belongings are seen, piled up in a outhouse which has been surrounded by flood water in Moorland, 19 Kms northeast of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

Belongings are seen, piled up in an outhouse which has been surrounded by flood water in Moorland, 19 Kms north-east of Taunton on February 7, 2014. (AFP Photo / Justin Tallis)

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#UK : ” Worst `Floods in Twenty Years’ leave `Thousands without Power’ across South West”


#AceWeatherNews `UK Storm’s Worst Flood’s in 20 Year’s Leave Thousands without Power’

Weather Alerts in South EastHeavy rain and winds have battered Britain, leaving thousands of homes without power in Wales and the south-west of England.

Electricity companies said Wednesday some 44,000 homes were experiencing intermittent power with another 5,000 homes being cut off from main power.

Britain’s Environment Agency has so far issued six severe flood warnings along the south coast in Cornwall and Dorset, meaning conditions represented a danger to life.

On the Isles of Scilly, there were reports of winds as strong as 146 kilometres per hour (91 miles per hour).

In the south-western county Devon, a section of the sea wall in the town Dawlish collapsed and left the main railway line suspended in mid-air.

The bad weather also caused disruptions to rail and air travel, with cancellations across much of the south.

This was the latest of the bad weather that has battered Britain since last December.

One of the worst affected areas is Somerset Levels in south-west England where thousands of hectares (acres) have been under water for more than a month.

Several villages in the Somerset Levels have been cut off and are only accessible by boat, as the area is experiencing the worst floods in 20 years.

Experts say the main reason for the wet weather is a predominance of west and south-west winds, bringing in mild air from the Atlantic.

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World Metreological Organisation `WMO’ says `2013 Was the Sixth Warmest Year Since 1850″ .


#AceNewsServices says `2013 was the sixth warmest year since 1850, tied with 2007, confirming? Inexorable warming of the planet, according to statistics from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

wmo_StatementAs the AFP has reported the average surface temperature of land and oceans exceeded 0.50 ° C calculated on the normal period 1961-1990 and 0.03 ° C above the average for the last decade (2001-2010), says the WMO, a United Nations agency based in Geneva . “The average temperature in 2013 confirms the warming trend over the long-term,” said the Secretary-General of WMO Michel Jarraud. “It is an undeniable reality even if the rate of warming is not uniform.

Given the records concentrations of greenhouse gas emissions that are measured in the atmosphere, increasing temperatures will continue over several generations, “said meteorologist. “Our action or inaction to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases greenhouse will shape the state of our planet for our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, “warned Mr. Jarraud yet. ‘s surface temperature is a well-known and measured meteorological variable notes WMO but it is only one aspect of the changes under-way for more than 90% of the additional heat caused by humans is absorbed by the oceans.

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