Hurricane MATTHEW might go right between Haiti and Cuba and into the Bahamas, first landfall hurricane of the season and very late in the season, too. West to get early taste of winter with pattern change as snow falls in the Sierras and Rockies. US winter forecast: Frequent snow to blast Northeast; Freeze may damage citrus crop in South as things cool down drastically from last year’s evil warm fall. Didn’t we all hate that warm fall…yup.
If you click on this site: Interactive GOES East Water Vapor Weather Satellite Images and set the speed at 30 frames, you can see how the hurricane has been moving relentlessly westwards in nearly a straight line with out hesitation so far. Suddenly making a 90 degree turn directly northwards is unlikely. It may move towards Panama, not Cuba.
Looks to me like the hurricane has split in two and is grinding along the Venezuela coast which is grinding it down a bit. Nussblog: Matthew now a Category 3 hurricane in the Caribbean | wwltv.com
Scientists Fear Active Volcano Near Nuclear Plant Could See Major Eruption Soon as Japan toys yet again with self/planetary destruction. The absolute worse place on earth to build any nuclear power plants is Japan with Indonesia a close second. Building nuclear power plants within spitting distance of one of the most active volcanoes on earth was stupid in the first place.
The most recent satellite images shows the hurricane still moving only westwards, no turn to the north so far.
NOAA’s latest National Forecast Charts map as of today at 10:am shows the cold front turning into a stationary front which means the hurricane has a 50%+ chance of going westwards over Central America, not suddenly halting and driving due north, a 90% turn. This is just my opinion but I feel that momentum is behind moving further westwards and even turning to the south by around 15-20 degrees.
Just one half hour wait and look! As I re-checked my story, I clicked on the weather maps of Intellcast and look: the stationary front is actually warping backwards instead of pressing southwards due to the hurricane and is no longer capable of pushing this hurricane suddenly northwards.
Another check: 12 hours ago, the hurricane began to split in two.
Now it has, of this hour today at 10 am EST, it is now three storms and the eye is weaker. I notice all the hysteria headlines of category 5 hurricanes have finally vanished. A category 3 is now predicted but it is weakening, not getting stronger so far.
But then, we might forget all the above due to this: Risk of big earthquake on San Andreas fault rises after quake swarm at Salton Sea which could be a sign that the sleeping dragon of the San Andreas and all the sister faults connected to it, are about to blow. The section of California that will have this eruptive event has to jump northwards by around 16 feet since the North American plate is moving very slowly and the Pacific Plate/California costal landmass is moving northwards at a much higher pace.
The singular event that really impacts everyone is of course, major volcanic eruptions. Hurricanes are local issues. Blizzards become major global issues only when Ice Ages begin (which comes regularly, I fear) but volcanic eruptions give us a taste of Ice Age climate by cooling down the planet very suddenly.
When Pinatubo blew up in the Philippines years ago, I was living in a tent while building my house. I looked up to see the characteristic volcanic ash cloud moving rapidly overhead. I told my husband, we were in deep trouble and yes, we had one major blizzard after another and it went down to -45 below zero one day and this was the coldest, by far, I had ever been in my life and it was pure hell.
Last winter’s ‘global warming’ on the other hand was wonderful. Easy life, that period. No problems! I loved it. My plants loved it, the wildlife was happy as happy could be. Well, if a major volcano erupts, this means the iron laws of survival of the fittest will return.
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