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Heavy downpour floods roads in Dover district

22 September 2015
by Victoria Chessum
Chaos has erupted this morning as some of the roads in Dover, Deal and Sandwich have become flooded due to heavy rain.

The downpour has been constant since before 6am, leaving country roads such as the Alkham Valley a difficulty to drive through.

Allenby Avenue was closed because of a big puddle in the middle of the road. Workers from Kent Highway Services attended and unblocked the road, reopening it at 10am.

 

The Met Office issued a weather warning for rain at about 7am and the deluge is not expected to ease until 3pm.

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  September 22 2015 10:16 AM Extreme Weather United Kingdom England, [Essex-wide] Damage level Details

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RSOE EDIS Event Report

Extreme Weather in United Kingdom on Tuesday, 22 September, 2015 at 10:16 (10:16 AM) UTC.

Description
The Met Office issued the warning for 7am until 3pm today due to heavy rain. A spokesman for the Essex Weather Centre said: “Heavy and occasionally thundery showers may become slow-moving in parts of south east England this morning. “This is most likely across Essex and Kent and may result in longer periods of heavy rain with potential for some flooding. “The showers will slowly move away southeast into the Channel this afternoon.” Up to 20mm an hour is possible with about 50mm in places. Drivers are urged to take extra care due to surface waters. However there have already been several problems on the roads. A collision involving a broken down vehicle on the A120 near the Ardleigh Crown caused tailbacks to Frating. The crash took place just before 9am and took an hour to clear. There have also been incidents on the A12 and Maldon Road, Colchester, with slow moving traffic on major routes across Essex. A yellow, or severe, warning means be aware, severe weather is likely and think ahead as plans are likely to be disrupted.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Storms

 

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Meteorologists from Chicago to Washington warn system could be the ‘worst severe weather outbreak’ of the year

 

  • guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 12 June 2013 16.12 EDT

 

Washington DC derecho storm damage

A derecho last June left millions of people around Washington DC without power for days. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

 

An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds could affect more than one in five Americans on Wednesday as it rolls from Iowa to Maryland.

Meteorologists were even warning about the possibility of a weather event called a derecho, which is a storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. The storms are also likely to generate tornadoes and cause power outages that will be followed by oppressive heat, said Russell Schneider, director of the National Weather Service’s storm prediction center in Norman, Oklahoma.

“We’re becoming increasingly concerned that a major severe weather event will unfold,” Schneider said. “The main thing is for folks to monitor conditions and have a plan for what to do if threatening weather approaches.”

For the first time this year, the center was using its highest alert level for parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The storms will start in the late afternoon in eastern Iowa, Schneider said, and could hit Chicago around rush-hour.

The area the weather service considers to be under heightened risk of dangerous weather includes 74.7 million people in 19 states.

Wednesday “might be the worst severe weather outbreak for this part of the country for the year,” said Jeff Masters, meteorology director at Weather Underground.

 

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wjz-13

 

Severe Weather

Reporting Bob Turk

WASHINGTON (AP/WJZ) — An unusually massive line of storms packing hail, lightning and tree-toppling winds Wednesday could affect more than one in five Americans as it reaches Maryland from Iowa.

Meteorologists were even warning about the possibility of a weather event called a derecho, which is a storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles. The storms are also likely to generate tornadoes and cause power outages that will be followed by oppressive heat, said Russell Schneider, director of the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla.

“We’re becoming increasingly concerned that a major severe weather event will unfold,” Schneider said. “The main thing is for folks to monitor conditions and have a plan for what to do if threatening weather approaches.”

Bob Turk reports a derecho forming in the Chicago area could possibly make its way to the region Thursday. There are two parts to this storm, Thursday morning and Thursday afternoon into early evening. The first part is primarily rain and the second part could bring us thunderstorms and even possibly tornadoes.

STORM TIMELINE:

  • Thursday morning: Rain, varying in intensity and locally heavy in parts. Some thunderstorms are possible
  • Thursday afternoon and early evening (2 p.m. until 10 p.m.): Severe thunderstorms are possible with heavy rain, damaging winds and possible tornadoes
  • Late Thursday evening (after 10 p.m.): The region will slowly be drying out

For the first time this year, the center was using its highest alert level for parts of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. The storms could hit Chicago around rush hour, Schneider said. Wednesday night’s White Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays was postponed in anticipation of bad weather.

 

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CBS Chicago

High Risk: Severe Storms Could Bring Tree-Toppling Wind, Tornadoes

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UPDATED: 6/12/2013 3:40 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) – The National Weather Service was anticipating a major severe weather outbreak in the Chicago area, starting Wednesday afternoon, with the likelihood of very strong storms, large hail, high winds, and a risk of tornadoes.

CBS 2 Meteorologist Megan Glaros reports there is a high risk for severe weather, a rarity for the Chicago area. It’s something more common in Tornado Alley in the central part of the country around Oklahoma and Kansas.

Strong storms in counties west of Chicagoland began to fire up around 3:40 p.m. Storms will continue through as late as 10 p.m. The highest chance of the most severe weather will happen around rush hour and continue into the evening.

In Lee and Ogle counties, a Tornado Warning was issued around 3:50 p.m., and is expected to expire at 4:30 p.m.

A Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for the entire Chicago area until 9 p.m.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

Rough road conditions for southern Manitoba

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Today Extreme Weather Canada Province of Manitoba, [Manitoba-wide] Damage level
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Extreme Weather in Canada on Monday, 21 January, 2013 at 04:19 (04:19 AM) UTC.

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The deep freeze continues in Manitoba Sunday with severe weather warnings across the province. According to Environment Canada’s website most regions, except those in the central area of the province and one in the north eastern corner, are experiencing extreme wind chill conditions. In Churchill, Man., the wind chill brings the temperature down to – 46 C, which means exposed skin can get frostbite in minutes. In southern Manitoba wind chill temperatures are in the – 30 C range. Winnipeg was as cold as – 38 C and Brandon was as cold as -43 C with the wind chill. Though temperatures are falling, conditions are gradually improving on some highways, with visibility becoming better in a few areas. However, the department of transportation is still reporting some roads to have snow-packed sections in Winnipeg and south eastern Manitoba. Also, heading up the Interlake, roads are still snow covered and slippery. There are also some visibility problems on roads both south and west of Brandon.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme Weather

  • By Dailyrecord.co.uk

Scots coastal towns issued new flood warnings just days after being hit by storms

19 Dec 2012 18:25

 

AS areas of Aberdeenshire and Berwick were recovering from the ‘perfect storm’ that struck last week, locals are bracing themselves for further bad weather.

Heavy rain is due

Today Extreme Weather United Kingdom Scotland, [Scotland-wide] Damage level
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Extreme Weather in United Kingdom on Wednesday, 19 December, 2012 at 11:16 (11:16 AM) UTC.

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Scotland is set to be battered by more wind and rain – sparking fresh flood alerts. And there could be more chaos on Boxing Day, with heavy downpours forecast. The storms will start tonight as two inches of rain and 60mph gales hit some parts of the country. The Met Office issued a 24-hour severe weather alert for flooding in the east from midnight. Up to 50mm of rain is forecast, as well as blizzards on high ground. The Met Office said gales nudging 60mph were expected in the east, meaning huge waves would hammer coasts again, threatening flooding. All other parts are due rain. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency are considering flood alerts and warnings, while a spokesman for motoring group the RAC said: “We’re preparing for a surge of wet weather calls.” More floods are possible on Saturday and Boxing Day. Met Office chief forecaster Andy Page said: “An active frontal system is expected to bring rain to all parts in coming days. “We have issued severe weather warnings which mean the public should plan ahead to take account of possible travel delays or disruption to their day to day activities.” The Met Office added: “As the rain moves across Scotland later on Wednesday and into Thursday, it combines with strong southeasterly winds to bring the risk of coastal flooding to parts of the east, with snow falling over higher mountains.”

 

Earth Watch Report  –  Tornadoes

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Today Tornado USA State of Louisiana, [Ascension Parish region] Damage level Details

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Tornado in USA on Tuesday, 11 December, 2012 at 11:06 (11:06 AM) UTC.

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The National Weather Service confirmed a EF1 tornado touched down in Ascension Parish. Several homes and even a fire station were damaged. The area off Black Bayou Road between LA 44 and Airline Highway got hit with strong winds around 9 Monday morning. Residents there are thankful no one was injured. Ascension Parish resident Angel Hutchison’s day began with startling news. She knew about a tornado warning for the area before she left for work, but never thought she’d hear of such strong weather damages. “I got a phone call from him saying that a tornado had come,” Hutchison said. Her son was at home when severe weather rolled through her neighborhood tearing up trees, ripping off roofs, and crushing cars. Winds reached as high as 90 miles an hour. “Scared, because he heard the whole freight train sound they always say you hear and he heard that. I was just worried about him,” Hutchison explained. Residents say the sound lasted only a few seconds, but the damage left behind could take weeks to clean up. Hutchison’s neighbors’ homes were also damaged. People went out in the rain and patched up their roof with tarps. Meanwhile, firefighters at the 7th District Fire Department saw similar damage.

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Earth Watch Report  –  Extreme  Weather

Canberra Storms

Canberra Storms (Photo credit: munnerley)

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05.12.2012 Extreme Weather Australia Capital City, Canberra Damage level
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Extreme Weather in Australia on Wednesday, 05 December, 2012 at 11:00 (11:00 AM) UTC.

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ACT emergency services have taken more than 26 calls for help across Canberra because of damage from high winds. A severe weather warning for damaging winds is in place as a cold front with vigorous west to south-westerly winds moves through south-east Australia. Winds are forecast to reach around 60 to 70km/h with peak gusts of 90 to 110km/h in parts of the Central Tablelands, Southern Tablelands, Snowy Mountains and ACT. Most calls for help have been about fallen trees and branches across roads and pathways around Yarralumla, Wanniassa, Chifley and Scullin. The ACT State Emergency Service is advising residents to secure any loose items around the home and move their cars under cover.

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Earthquakes

EMSC Ecuador
Mar 29 23:57 PM
4.7 73.0 MAP

USGS Ecuador
Mar 29 23:57 PM
4.7 72.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:50 PM
2.4 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:45 PM
2.5 7.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 23:29 PM
3.0 6.0 MAP

EMSC Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.6 55.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.0 22.4 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 22:31 PM
4.0 70.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 22:11 PM
2.6 13.0 MAP

EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 29 20:38 PM
4.8 54.0 MAP

GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan
Mar 29 20:38 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 29 20:18 PM
2.6 17.0 MAP

EMSC Greece
Mar 29 20:17 PM
3.3 2.0 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 29 20:03 PM
3.0 115.8 MAP

USGS Washington
Mar 29 20:01 PM
2.6 11.9 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 19:45 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 18:36 PM
3.0 5.0 MAP

USGS Utah
Mar 29 17:22 PM
3.4 6.3 MAP

USGS Utah
Mar 29 17:06 PM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 29 16:51 PM
2.6 8.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 15:59 PM
3.1 5.0 MAP

EMSC Sicily, Italy
Mar 29 15:57 PM
2.8 5.0 MAP

USGS Colorado
Mar 29 15:56 PM
2.8 4.8 MAP

USGS Atacama, Chile
Mar 29 14:23 PM
4.3 91.4 MAP

EMSC Atacama, Chile
Mar 29 14:23 PM
4.3 91.0 MAP

GEOFON Irian Jaya Region, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.8 10.0 MAP

EMSC Near S Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.8 12.0 MAP

USGS Near The South Coast Of Papua, Indonesia
Mar 29 14:16 PM
4.7 18.0 MAP

USGS Seattle-tacoma Urban Area, Washington
Mar 29 13:20 PM
2.8 1.8 MAP

EMSC Kerkira Region, Greece
Mar 29 13:14 PM
3.1 2.0 MAP

USGS South Of Alaska
Mar 29 12:41 PM
3.0 27.2 MAP

GEOFON Fiji Islands Region
Mar 29 12:37 PM
4.9 383.0 MAP

EMSC Strait Of Gibraltar
Mar 29 11:52 AM
3.3 5.0 MAP

USGS Central Alaska
Mar 29 11:39 AM
3.9 55.1 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:28 AM
3.5 5.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:19 AM
3.2 5.0 MAP

USGS Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.0 15.5 MAP

GEOFON Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.5 6.0 MAP

EMSC Western Turkey
Mar 29 10:13 AM
4.4 22.0 MAP

USGS Central California
Mar 29 10:00 AM
2.5 2.9 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 09:29 AM
2.6 5.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 09:08 AM
2.7 6.0 MAP

EMSC Central Turkey
Mar 29 09:00 AM
2.4 7.0 MAP

EMSC Albania
Mar 29 08:24 AM
2.8 2.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 29 08:18 AM
2.4 24.0 MAP

USGS Kodiak Island Region, Alaska
Mar 29 08:13 AM
2.5 27.7 MAP

USGS Southern Alaska
Mar 29 08:04 AM
2.8 40.0 MAP

EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece
Mar 29 07:37 AM
3.0 7.0 MAP

GEOFON Vanuatu Islands
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.7 253.0 MAP

EMSC Vanuatu
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.7 216.0 MAP

USGS Vanuatu
Mar 29 06:51 AM
4.6 208.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 06:26 AM
2.5 3.0 MAP

EMSC Southern Italy
Mar 29 06:20 AM
3.2 6.0 MAP

GEOFON Mindanao, Philippines
Mar 29 06:06 AM
4.3 591.0 MAP

EMSC Moro Gulf, Mindanao, Philippines
Mar 29 06:06 AM
4.3 591.0 MAP

EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 29 06:05 AM
4.6 230.0 MAP

USGS Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia
Mar 29 06:05 AM
4.6 230.1 MAP

GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.5 92.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g.
Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.3 103.0 MAP

USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea

Mar 29 05:54 AM
4.3 102.8 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 29 05:15 AM
2.5 0.0 MAP

USGS Baja California, Mexico
Mar 29 04:29 AM
2.7 8.9 MAP

EMSC Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.9 30.0 MAP

USGS Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.7 23.2 MAP

GEOFON Banda Sea
Mar 29 02:52 AM
4.9 33.0 MAP

EMSC Crete, Greece
Mar 29 02:16 AM
2.6 1.0 MAP

EMSC Romania
Mar 29 02:02 AM
3.3 141.0 MAP

EMSC Eastern Turkey
Mar 29 01:21 AM
2.8 8.0 MAP

EMSC Aegean Sea
Mar 29 01:10 AM
2.7 12.0 MAP

EMSC Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.3 30.0 MAP

GEOFON Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.2 10.0 MAP

USGS Southwest Indian Ridge
Mar 29 00:36 AM
5.3 10.0 MAP

EMSC Myanmar
Mar 29 00:23 AM
4.5 111.0 MAP

USGS Myanmar
Mar 29 00:23 AM
4.5 111.2 MAP

EMSC Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 29 00:19 AM
4.5 70.0 MAP

USGS Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
Mar 29 00:19 AM
4.5 70.4 MAP

 

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Volcanic Activity

MONTSERRAT

 

For the first time in two years, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) monitoring the Soufriere Hills volcano noted unusual activity, with increased seismicity, accompanied by ash fall. Acting Director of MVO Roderick Stuart said the change, which was noted on Friday, is a break from a long state of pause, thus a reminder the volcano is still very active and residents there must always be cautious and aware. Stuart reported, “Last Friday we had the first sort of activity in the volcano in over two years. It generated some ash and because it was the first activity we had in two years, it was almost a precautionary measure that we closed daytime access to Zone C just in case this activity started something bigger,” Stuart told Observer Media. The authority also noted increased steam venting activity on the volcano and a new steam vent (fumarole) that appeared on the northwestern face of the lava dome behind Gages Mountain. Audible roaring associated with the venting were intermittently heard from the Observatory, 5.75 km northwest of the volcano. The seismic network recorded nine rock falls, 105 volcano-tectonic (VT) and four hybrid earthquakes. Additionally, two swarms of VT earthquakes occurred. Earthquakes in the second swarm were described as markedly larger than those in the first. Consequently Zone C on the volcanic risk map was closed until Tuesday when there was a decrease in volcanic tectonic earthquakes below the volcano.

 

http://www.antiguaobserver.com/?p=73144

 

JAVA, Indonesia

 

Our expedition leader Doni just returned from a visit to Semeru and reports that on 27 March, he and our group observed frequent explosions every few minutes, with many powerful enough to eject glowing bombs to produce small glowing avalanches down on the southern flank of the volcano. Semeru, the highest volcano on Java, and one of its most active, lies at the southern end of a volcanic massif extending north to the Tengger caldera. Semeru, a favourite mountain trekking destination, has been in almost continuous eruption since 1967. It is known for its regular ash explosions that typically occur at intervals of 10-30 minutes

 

http://mobile.volcanodiscovery.com/semeru/news/7319/Semeru-volcano-East-Java-frequent-eruptions-and-glowing-lava.html

 

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Storms, Flooding,Wildfires

 

Rogue Vietnam typhoon may trigger rains over NE

 

Thiruvananthapuram, March 30:

Tropical storm ‘Pakhar’ in the northwest Pacific has intensified into a typhoon of minimal strength and is aiming to hit the Vietnam coast soon.

The landfall could take place during the course of the day, according to leading storm tracking models.

The track and eventual landfall of ‘Pakhar’ could be of interest for northeast India in as much as some of the moisture could drift its way in.

This moisture might help accentuate the build-up over the region, which is already witnessing influx of the same from the Bay of Bengal…..

 

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/article3261049.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home

 

Pakhar Aims Rain, Wind towards Vietnam

 

An unusual late-March tropical storm has potential to send torrential rain and strong winds ashore in Vietnam before the end of the week.

Tropical Storm Pakhar, which took shape over the southern South China Sea Thursday, could landfall in southern Vietnam by Sunday.

Excessive rain and flooding could spread over a wide area along and north of Pakhar’s direct path. Damaging winds will be possible as well.

Thursday, the center of Tropical Storm Pakhar was within about 350 miles, or 570 km, east of Ho Chi Minh City, according to various official forecast agencies. At the time, highest sustained winds were reckoned to be at least 40 mph, or 65 km/h, with storm movement towards the west-northwest…..

 

http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/pakhar-aims-rain-wind-towards/63401

 

NSW floods affect area the size of Spain

 

From: AAP

….The SES says about 20,000 people were evacuated from homes at the height of the crisis.

Worst affected communities included Wagga Wagga, Forbes, Gundagai, Yenda, Urana, Barellan, Hay and Darlington Point.

Many of these communities are now recovering but Mr Kear warned that floodwater will continue to move across NSW, with communities in the state’s southwest and northwest most vulnerable.

Evacuation orders remain in place at Maude in the southwest and Condobolin in the central west.

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/nsw-floods-affect-area-the-size-of-spain/story-e6frf7jx-1226314122944

 

Severe weather threat today

 

Severe weather expert Dr. Greg Forbes looks at who is in line for severe storms Friday and the possibility of tornadoes.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

Firefighters battle 15 forest fires in northern Spain

 

by Staff Writers

Over 500 firefighters backed by planes and helicopters battled 15 wildfires Wednesday in Spain’s northern Cantabria region amid hot dry conditions that fuelled them, the regional government said.

Eight water-dropping aircraft were deployed to fight the largest blaze near the town of Corrales de Buelna, a statement said.

 

http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Firefighters_battle_15_forest_fires_in_northern_Spain_999.html

 

Family talks about close call from fire

 

A Colorado family narrowly escaped a wildfire that claimed their neighbor’s life. They talk about their ordeal.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

Harrowing moments as family flees

 

Doug Gulick and Kimberly Olson and family escape from their home with minutes to spare from the Jefferson County, Colorado wildfire Monday. These terrifying seconds were captured on their cell phone.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

Teen describes family’s narrow escape

 

13-year-old Kaleb Gulick recorded cell phone video of his family’s harrowing drive away from the Jefferson County, Colorado wildfire, and in this interview, Gulick talks about what it felt like in those horrifying moments.

 

http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1

 

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Solar Activity

 

SUNSPOT SET TO RETURN:

 

Sunspot AR1429, the source of many strong flares and geomagnetic storms earlier this month, is about to re-appear following a two-week trip around the backside of the sun. Although the sunspot has probably decayed since its heyday, there are signs that it might still be a potent source of solar activity.

 

http://spaceweather.com

 

 

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