Friday, January 08, 2016
US WILFIRES BURNED RECORD AREA IN 2015.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun,(HEATING UP-SOLAR ECLIPSES) and in the moon,(MAN ON MOON-LUNAR ECLIPSES) and in the stars;(ASTEROIDS ETC) and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear,(TORNADOES,HURRICANES,STORMS) and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth:(DESTRUCTION) for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.(FROM QUAKES,NUKES ETC)
El Niño-strengthened storm brings rain, floods to California-Reuters By Curtis Skinner-January 6, 2016 6:24 PM-YAHOONEWS
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An El Niño-strengthened storm brought widespread rain to drought-stricken California on Tuesday, triggering flooding that clogged roadways, and authorities warned residents about possible mud slides.The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued flash flood watches for much of the coast from San Diego to San Francisco and said storms would linger through Friday. The service forecast widespread rain and mountain snow.Emily Thornton, a NWS meteorologist in Los Angeles, said Tuesday's storm was the strongest thus far of the El Niño season, which she said is expected to last into spring."It's definitely the biggest rainmaker we've had," Thornton said, adding that another storm would replace it on Wednesday.The weather service warned of flooding on urban roads, as well as flash floods and mud flows that could hit areas recently ravaged by wildfires.There were no immediate reports of weather-related injuries, but California Highway Patrol said four cars were damaged when large rocks fell from a cliff onto the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Canyon.The Los Angeles Fire Department said it had made several water rescues by Tuesday afternoon.Southbound lanes of the 101 freeway, a major roadway that runs the length of California, were also briefly closed near Santa Barbara due to mud and water, officials said.Police in Glendora, a Los Angeles suburb, closed a road due to flooding and debris flowing onto the street. Pictures provided by the department showed a few inches of muddy water snarling traffic.Further north, the Bay Area county of Santa Cruz saw heavy rainfall, and the San Francisco Chronicle newspaper said vehicle accidents were reported across the greater Bay Area.California is in its fourth year of a drought that has cost the state's agricultural economy $1.84 billion, according to the University of California, Davis.The El Niño phenomenon, characterized by a warming of the Pacific Ocean that often brings precipitation to California, is expected to help ease the drought over the next few months, but experts caution the state's woes are far from over.(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in Los Angeles; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Cynthia Osterman)
FIRES AND EXPLOSIONS
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
U.S. wildfires burned record area in 2015: Agriculture Department-Reuters-JAN 6,16-YAHOO NEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. wildfires burned a record 10.1 million acres (4.09 million hectares) in 2015 and the Forest Service spent 52 percent of its budget fighting fires, the Agriculture Department said on Wednesday.The states of Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington were especially hard hit. The 2015 fires included more than 20 that topped 100,000 acres (40,500 hectares), the department said in a statement. The area burned last year broke the 2006 record of 9.9 million acres (4 million hectares). The 2015 fires destroyed more than 4,500 homes and other structures and killed 13 firefighters, it said."We take our job to protect the public seriously, and recently, the job has become increasingly difficult due to the effects of climate change, chronic droughts, and a constrained budget environment in Washington," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.He urged Congress to pass legislation to replace the method for funding firefighting which has remained unchanged for generations even as big fires are on the rise.The Forest Service spent a record 52 percent of its budget on firefighting last year, up from 15 percent 20 years before. The Agriculture Department spent more than $2.6 billion to fight fires and had to transfer funds from forest restoration projects to battle blazes.Firefighting costs reached a record $243 million in a one-week period during the height of fires in August, the statement said.(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Sandra Maler)
FAA says 181,000 U.S. drones registered in its database-[Reuters]-January 6, 2016-YAHOO NEWS
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration said on Wednesday that 181,000 drones have been registered in the database it launched just over two weeks ago in response to a surge of rogue drone flights near airports and crowded public venues.The total is a fraction of the 700,000 drones that officials have said they expected to be sold during the recently ended Christmas season. FAA said it is working with the private sector on ways to streamline registration including new smart phone apps that could allow a manufacturer or retailer to register a drone automatically by scanning an identification code on the aircraft."As of today, about 181,000 aircraft have been registered," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement. "But this is just the beginning. Now that we have set up the registration system, our challenge is to make sure everyone is aware of the requirement and registers."The FAA unveiled the registry for recreational drone owners on Dec. 14 and launched the database on Dec. 21. Owners of drones weighing between 0.55 pound (250 grams) and 55 pounds (25 kgs) must register and display an FAA identification number on their aircraft.Federal officials see online registration as one way to address unauthorized flights near airports and crowded public venues that have raised safety concerns across the United States.The FAA introduced a B4UFLY phone app in August that tells people about flight restrictions in areas where they intend to fly their drones.(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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