Wednesday, December 10, 2003

Hmmm ....

300,000 lose power near Cape ... Hundreds of thousands of people lost power last night in southeastern Massachusetts from New Bedford to Provincetown to the islands, closing stores, heightening danger at busy intersections, and forcing rescue workers to increase the number of ambulances responding to emergency calls.

Signs of the Times #521
TransCanada says Alberta Gas Pipeline Ruptures [Dec 2] ‘TransCanada Corp, one of the largest natural gas transporters in North America, said its pipeline system ruptured twice on Monday and Tuesday in a remote area of northwest Alberta. The first rupture occurred late Monday afternoon on an underground gas pipeline in a remote area about 70 miles (110 km) southeast of Grande Prairie, Alberta, she said. The second rupture occurred early Tuesday about 10 miles (17 km) downstream of the first rupture. Both ruptures were accompanied by fire’

Sydney Went Bang, and Nobody Knew Why [Dec 3] ‘Buildings shook, windows rattled and terrified residents thought their homes were crashing around them - but nobody has any idea what caused a mysterious explosion that shook Sydney´s north and west late last night. Police began receiving phone calls about 10.20 of an enormous explosion, with reports coming from an area stretching from Wiseman´s Ferry to the lower Blue Mountains. In about 20 minutes, Riverstone police station alone received more than 100 calls from worried residents.’ [and from another source] Freak Hailstorm Hits Melbourne [Dec 3] ‘Locals said the 20-minute storm hit the suburb about 4PM with hailstones the size of golf balls.’ [and from another source] Yesterday [Dec 2] the weather seemed normal for Oregon, rainy and a high in upper 40's. Today [Dec 3] the Sun is out and we are pushing 60. This is March weather not December, the grass is starting to grow again.

Signs of the Times #522
Fox Creek is roughly 150 miles northwest of Edmonton, and as the weather has been unseasonably warm for this time of year, again the cold can not be blamed. They are very, very quickly blaming "pipeline fatigue" I've lived in this province my entire life and I've never heard of "pipeline fatigue" in a gasline break. [and from another source] Pipeline Blasts not Suspicious [Dec 3]‘Energy Minister Murray Smith says two pipeline explosions in northwestern Alberta were not due to acts of vandalism. During the normal course of business the lines are checked continually. Flames from the ruptured line near Little Smoky were visible in the night from kilometres away, said witnesses.’

Signs of the Times #520
Cracks Let Solar Wind Disrupt Earth's Atmosphere [Dec 3] ‘The solar wind pries open immense cracks in the Earth's magnetic field, holding them apart while it gushes through to cause geomagnetic storms, scientists reported on Wednesday.’ [Note: once again, NASA, who holds all the data that can prove this one way or the other, attempts to explain why our compasses are going wild.]

Signs of the Times #519 (from godlikeproduction Message Board)
In Alaska [Dec 3] my compass is pointing East.! Just happened! I have lived up here all my life and I can tell you that our compasses point north or a little northeast or west at times, but never never do they point 48 degrees from normal. It is pointing east, and a little south! Close to Anchorage, southcentral. I have 2 sources. One compass away from any interference, ie speakers, TVs and such. Also have a large computer magnet attatched to our ceiling with paper underneath to mark the degrees away from any other magnetic sources and they are reading the same variation. [and from another poster] Connecticut reporting in. I have a cheap floating compass and it is pointing east at the wall that should be North! I checked again, it has swung back toward normal, but still seems a bit NE instead of N. [and from another poster] In the Carolina Mountains, 33-34 latitude, 83-84 longtitude, tonight my compass is more than 25 degrees NE of usual! The past six months the compass swings back and forth 6-8%, but never as much as this! My compass is not a ´good´ one, but it lies in the same place on my desktop and there is nothing around to cause it to swing off. [and from another poster] I am in north central BC and mine is NE more east than it should be though. I am in the bush I do use my compass so do not think anything is wrong with it. [and from another poster] I took out my Army Engineers compass, the reading was still showing magnetic north a full 10 degrees off expected position. I also took to compass to an outside location to validate and remove any possible variables due to wiring etc. At this point in time, I see something terribly wrong with the earth´s magnetics. I have confered with many in the know. If what I am measuring is for real, and I suspect that it is, we are experiencing events which are a first for historically recorded human experience.

A freak thunderstorm hit Melbourne in Australia on Wednesday, causing widespread flooding and leaving drivers stranded on the roofs of their cars. Firefighters had to use boats to rescue people as more than 100 millimetres of rain were dumped on the city in just over two hours. "This is a once in 100 year event," local forecaster Dean Stewart said. Emergency services said they had received 1,000 calls and hundreds of homes had been flooded or damaged.

A government minister has called for a swift report into a power cut which left tens of thousands of people in Northern Ireland without electricity.

There's a report that at least three of India's biggest cities will be underwater by 2020 In addition, over the weekend a group of German scientists reported that shortly thereafter, the worldwide water levels will rise upwards of 30-feet or more.

In a rare turn of seismic events, two minor earthquakes shook Norman on Monday. The first quake at 9:50 a.m. ranked at a magnitude of 1.7 on the Richter scale and the second at 1:18 p.m. brought a 2.0 magnitude, according to initial data from the Oklahoma Geological Survey, said geologist Kenneth Luza.

The second tropical storm of December-named Peter,was announced at 10 am EST this morning,by The National Hurricane Center. This is very rare,in fact this is the first time this has happened since 1887.

Snow piled up nearly a foot deep Tuesday in western Nebraska as a new storm blew out of the Rockies and across the Plains and upper Midwest ... By noon Tuesday, a band of snow stretched from the Texas Panhandle across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, Minnesota and northern Wisconsin ... Earlier, the storm had left as much as 19 inches of snow at ski resorts in the Colorado Rockies.

Startled East Coast residents from North Carolina to Maryland were shaken Tuesday by an earthquake that registered a preliminary magnitude of 4.5. The U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) said the quake occurred about 28 miles west of Richmond — 104 miles south-southwest of Washington. There were numerous reports from people who felt it in three states and the District of Columbia.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale has rattled eastern Taiwan

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