Monday, August 10, 2009

When It Rains, It Pours.

"SALINA, Kan. | Central Kansas has been slammed by powerful storms that uprooted trees, damaged buildings and left hundreds of customers without power.

In Salina, a steeple was blown off the roof of a church at midmorning Monday. Winds estimated at 70 mph broke windows at a home in the Morris County town of Council Grove.

Dean Speaks, interim director of Saline County emergency management, said no injuries were reported, but teams were being sent out at midday to assess the damage.

The violent weather moved into the Salina area about 10:45 a.m. with hail and heavy rain. Speaks said the storm lasted about an hour.

Several homes in Salina were flooded. Speaks said a few house fires were also reported, likely sparked from downed power lines." -- Read From Source

"Are you ready for this year's Perseid Meteor Shower? What will be the best place to watch and when will be the best date to see the most "shooting stars"? Follow along and let's find out…

The Perseid meteor shower has a wonderful and somewhat grisly history. Often referred to as the "Tears of St. Lawrence" this annual shower coincidentally occurs roughly about the same date as the saint's death is commemorated on August 10. While scientifically we know the appearance of the shooting stars are the by-products of comet Swift-Tuttle, our somewhat more superstitious ancestors viewed them as the tears of a martyred man who was burned for his beliefs. Who couldn't appreciate a fellow who had the candor to quip "I am already roasted on one side and, if thou wouldst have me well-cooked, it is time to turn me on the other." while being burned alive? If nothing else but save for that very quote, I'll tip a wave to St. Lawrence at the sight of a Perseid!

While the fall rate – the number of meteors seen per hour – of the Perseids has declined in recent years since Swift-Tuttle's 1992 return, the time to begin your Perseid watch is now. The random rate has already increased sharply and there is no guaranteed that skies will be clear on the predicted peak time – traditionally August 12 at approximately 11:00 GMT. The tears of St. Lawrence are already beginning to fall! Let's join John Chumack via his Northeast Sky Camera #2 in his backyard Observatory in Dayton, Ohio, USA, for a look. This 5 hour movie was compressed to 10 seconds for web viewing." -- Click Here For Source

"TAIPEI, Taiwan — A mudslide touched off by a deadly typhoon buried a remote mountain village, leaving at least 400 people unaccounted for Monday, and military rescue helicopters unable to land because of the slippery ground dropped food to desperate survivors.

Typhoon Morakot slammed Taiwan over the weekend with as much as 80 inches (two meters) of rain, inflicting the worst flooding the island has seen in at least a half-century.

The storm submerged large swaths of farmland in chocolate-brown muck and swamped city streets before crossing the 112-mile-wide Taiwan Strait and hitting China, where it forced the evacuation of nearly 1 million people.

A disaster appeared to be unfolding around the isolated southern village of Shiao Lin, which was hit by a mudslide Sunday at about 6 a.m. local time — while many people were still asleep — and was cut off by land from the outside world." -- Read from Source here

"By Aaron Sheldrick

Aug. 11 (Bloomberg) -- A magnitude-6.6 earthquake struck Japan’s Tsuruga Bay area southwest of Tokyo early today, the national weather agency said. A tsunami warning was issued and a 60-centimeter (2-foot) wave hit the coast about six minutes later, NHK Television reported.

The earthquake struck at 5:07 a.m. local time 20 kilometers (12 miles) below the seabed, about 170 kilometers southwest of Tokyo near the Izu peninsula, the agency said on its Web site.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries." -- Read From Source Here

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