5/09/2015 — SNOW-NADO (cold tornado) forms over Colorado Springs, CO

A rare “cold” tornado has formed, and the National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for the area due East of Colorado Springs, CO.

As a former resident of the Colorado front range, I know the area around Colorado Springs quite well.  The cold mountain air (below freezing) is mixing with the warm moist air of the plains (Kansas / Oklahoma).

snow-nado colorado springs may 9 2015

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The downdrafts from the upper slopes of the Rocky Mountains is usually quite strong, however the prevailing winds of the low pressure systems which press storms TOWARDS the mountains from the plains due to the counter-clockwise rotation of these large storms.

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Above: NEXRAD RADAR feed from Colorado Springs 400pm MDT , May 9 2015 shows multiple tornadoes forming very close to the RADAR station

The counter clockwise rotation pulls the warm air into the cold air.  As we all know, warm air rises, and cold air falls.  When the warm air is pushed into the cold mountain downdrafts, the warm air suddenly rises while mixing with the cold air.

When the warm air, and cold air mix aloft, storms and tornadic rotation forms in the COLD area.
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Normally, we would expect warm balmy conditions for tornadoes to form, or extremely HOT days where supercells can break out under high humidity.

In this case we have overall cold temperatures, with a blast of warm air coming up from the Southeast moving to the Northwest.

temperatures may 9 2015 severe weather outbreak

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As it stands right now, a very large tornado warning has been issued in the area between Colorado Springs, and Denver, CO  (just East of Castle Rock, CO).

Also, in the South, a very large tornado watch zone has been issued *500pm CDT* across the midwest and South United States (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana)

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5/09/2015 — 4.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Hawaii — Flank of Mauna Loa Volcano

Hawaii now showing larger earthquake activity.

After a rapid buildup of lava inside the lava lake of Kilauea volcano over the past 2 weeks, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake has now struck the flanks Mauna Loa , and Kilauea Volcanoes.

mauna loa earthquake 4.5m may 9 2015

This 4.5M earthquake follows a swarm of events which has struck over the past 2 weeks.

We have seen dozens of 2.0 – 3.0M range events off the South shores of the Big Island of Hawaii which led up to this larger 4.5M earthquake.

Over the past 7 days (up to May 9, 2015) the buildup has been quite clear.

past 7 days of 2.5m greater hawaii may 9 2015

Above: May 9, 2015 – Past 7 days of 2.5M+ earthquakes in Hawaii shows heavy movement underway on the South flank of the big Island near Mauna Loa + Kilauea Volcanoes

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The lava lake in Kilauea caldera fully overflowed about 10 days ago.  See the overflow event here:

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Information on the M4.5 from the USGS:

Magnitude / uncertainty 4.5 ml± 0.2
Location / uncertainty 19.142°N 155.598°W± 0.5 km
Depth / uncertainty 9.7 km± 0.6
Origin Time 2015-05-09 12:18:48.240 UTC
Number of Stations 60
Number of Phases 86
Minimum Distance 11.66 km (0.10°)
Travel Time Residual 0.28 sec
Azimuthal Gap 119°
FE Region Island of Hawaii, Hawaii (613)

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5/09/2015 — Icepack levels growing rapidly to RECORD levels at the South Pole — North Pole still frozen solid

Last year, in 2014, there were record levels of ice (and record area covered) at the South Pole / Antarctica.

It wasn’t just conjecture, or hearsay, NASA actually confirmed last years levels as being an all time high.

This past summer at the South Pole, not as much melting occurred as we would normally expect to see a large melt-off over the summer month.   The record ice pack from last year did not fully melt, thus it was left to re-freeze this year.

Now going into winter at the South Pole (May 2015), and we see the continent of Antarctica already shrouded on all sides by ice pack extending nearly 1,000 miles out from its coast in some places.

icepack levels may 9 2015

Icepack levels are growing rapidly to be beyond last years RECORDS levels at the South Pole… now going into winter, we see the icepack growing out very far from Antarctica — looks like this year will be even greater than last year.

Here is a screenshot of the record icepack from last year, October 2014, clearly this year of 2015 (seen above) is on track to beat out last years record levels :

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Meanwhile, the North pole remains frozen solid, extending far South now going into late spring, and early summer come June.

Clearly things are changing. Global warming now replaced by rapid cooling, and record ice levels.

In other news, snow storms hitting the central midwest and Rocky Mountain states in the US.

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See the icepack levels for yourself, and compare to past years here:

http://arctic.atmos.uiuc.edu/cryosphere/

5/09/2015 — Western Yellowstone Magma chamber movement — Dormant volcanic activity rising

Yesterday (May 8th) I made a full post about how the 10 most recent earthquakes in California were at dormant volcanic locations.

This California dormant volcano movement follows the news that a new volcanic eruption is occurring off the West coast of the United States near Oregon.

Today (May 9th), we see a moderate magnitude 3.0 earthquake strike at the Westernmost portion of the upper Yellowstone magma chamber.

The magma chamber was verified to extend far West into Idaho, and North into Montana via new measurements done in 2014, and now again in 2015.

western yellowston magma chamber earthquake may 9 2015

Above: Graphic shows the most recent 3.0M location vs. the location of the magma chamber associated with Yellowstone Supervolcano. Clearly the earthquake in Idaho falls right in line with the Western upper edge of the underground magma chamber.  Thus we know the earthquakes in Idaho are related to the magma chamber for Yellowstone.

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New Measurements were done on the underground magma chamber as of late April 2015.

They have found 11,500 cubic miles in a new LOWER chamber, the equivalent of over 11 grand canyons full of molten magma which feeds the upper chamber.

The upper chamber is one of the largest in the world already, with this new discovery about the 11 grand canyons worth of magma underneath Yellowstone, no doubt this is the largest supervolcano in the world for the moment.

See the new April 2015 Yellowstone magma chamber measurement results in the video below.

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Information on this 3.0M earthquake in Idaho from the USGS:

Magnitude / uncertainty 3.0 ml± 0.0
Location / uncertainty 44.325°N 114.880°W± 2.5 km
Depth / uncertainty 5.7 km± 7.8
Origin Time 2015-05-09 06:33:41.480 UTC
Number of Stations
Number of Phases 40
Minimum Distance 56.77 km (0.51°)
Travel Time Residual 0.58 sec
Azimuthal Gap 51°
FE Region Southern Idaho (33)

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5/09/2015 — Mount Karangetang Volcano erupts in Indonesia — Hundreds evacuated

A large eruption has occurred at Mount Karangetang Sulawesi in Indonesia.

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This past weeks volcano activity in Indonesia follows announcements that Bulusan Volcano in the Philippines is showing signs of eruption  as well as Mount Hakone in Japan showing signs after being dormant for nearly 800 years!

Also, May 8 2015, ELEVEN eruptions in 1 single day at Sakurajima Volcano in South Japan.  Clearly the West Pacific is on the move.

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Hundreds flee from Mt.
Karangetang activity

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May 8, 2015 – Screenshot from mobile phone video capture of the newest large eruption of Mount Karangetang in Sulawesi Indonesia. Over 500 people evacuated from nearby towns as the eruption sent a blast of hot ash down the flanks of the mountainsides.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/05/09/hundreds-flee-mt-karangetang-activity.html

 

“Hundreds of residents of Siau, Sitaro Islands regency, North Sulawesi, have fled to safer ground after Mount Karangetang erupted.

Mt. Karangetang erupted at 12:30 p.m. local time on Thursday, prompting residents in Bebali subdistrict, East Siau district, in Siau, Tagulandang and Biaro (Sitaro) Islands regency to seek refuge.

Thursday’s eruption discharged lava and sent volcanic ash and pyroclastic flows in the direction of the Batuawang River in East Siau district. The eruption caused panic among residents, who fled the area. People initially took shelter in the Bebali subdistrict office, but moved to the East Siau district administrative office in Ulu after volcanic activity increased.

Mt. Karangetang Observation Station head Yudia Tatipang said the volcano’s alert status remained the same despite the significant increase in volcanic activity.

“The alert status remains at level 3. Pyroclastic flows frequently occur,” said Yudia by phone.

He added that the volcano activity gave no signs of abating soon. “Residents are advised not to return home until further notice,” he said.

“This is the first time we have witnessed a massive eruption,” said Bebali district resident Junico Kasiuhe, 35.

According to Junico, Bebeli residents panicked and fled to safety.

“Residents are terrified of the pyroclastic flows as they are rapid and hundreds of lives could be lost in a matter of seconds. That’s why we immediately took the initiative to evacuate,” said Junico.

Kanang villager Harto Narasiang said the wind had carried volcanic ash to Karalung and Kanang villages in East Siau district.

“The blanket of ash can be 2 centimeters thick and has affected roads in both villages,” said Harto.

Sitaro Disaster Mitigation Center (BPBD) head Bob Wuaten said village administration offices had evacuated about 2,000 residents.

“The BPBD has evacuated about 465 residents to three shelters from both villages,” said Bob.

Besides the shelters, residents have also taken shelter at other residents’ homes. “We evacuated those living within a 200-meter radius from the lava flow. Currently, four homes have been buried by volcanic ash,” he said.

He added that the North Sulawesi provincial administration, BPBD and the local health office had provided relief aid. He urged residents to remain alert and to wear masks, especially those living along the Batuawang River.

East Siau district chief Wilman Panguliman said there was still volcanic activity as of Friday afternoon, although not as much as Thursday.

He added that aid supplies remained available, but evacuees needed mattresses and blankets.

Mt. Karangetang is also known as Api Siau, or Siau Fire. It is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia as it has erupted more than 40 times since 1675 and has had undocumented innumerable minor eruptions. An eruption in 1997 killed three people, while in August 2010 four people went missing during an evacuation effort.

The volcano is among a number of other volcanoes currently showing signs of activity, including mounts Soputan and Lokon in North Sulawesi, Mt. Gamalama in North Maluku, Mt. Slamet in Central Java and Mt. Sinabung in North Sumatra.”

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