Monday, September 28, 2020

Return Of The Dust Bowl? The “Megadrought” In The Southwest Is Really Starting To Escalate

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Much of the southwestern portion of the United States has been gripped by a drought that never seems to end, and there is a tremendous amount of concern that patterns that we witnessed back during the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s may be starting to repeat.  In a previous article, I discussed the extreme heat that we have been seeing in the region lately.  Phoenix has never had more days in a year when the high temperature has hit at least 115 degrees, and other southwestern cities have been smashing records as well.  At the same time, precipitation levels have been very low, and the combination of these two factors is starting to cause some major problems.

The Next Katrina? Laura Is Experiencing “Rapid Intensification” And Will Likely Make Landfall As “A Major Hurricane”

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

We need to keep a very close eye on this new “monster storm” that is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico.  Laura was officially declared to be a hurricane on Tuesday morning, and at this moment it is projected to make landfall along the Gulf Coast on either late Wednesday or early Thursday.  But before it does, it is expected to undergo a process known as “rapid intensification”, and that just happens to be the exact same process that Hurricane Katrina went through just before it absolutely devastated the city of New Orleans in 2005.  After undergoing “rapid intensification”, meteorologists are expecting Hurricane Laura to come ashore as a category 3 storm with winds “of around 115 mph”

Category-4 Hurricane Laura makes landfall in Louisiana as authorities warn of ‘catastrophic’ destruction (VIDEOS)

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from RT:

Hurricane Laura, declared a category-4 storm, has reached the shores of Louisiana. With winds of up to 150mph, the National Weather Service has urged nearby residents to seek shelter immediately.

The storm made landfall early on Thursday, bringing torrential rain and violent winds to coastline communities. Videos show huge gusts pushing against trees and sending debris flying through the air.

More than 1M Acres Burned, Seven Confirmed Deaths as Wildfires Rage in California

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by Penny Starr, Breitbart:

Lightning strikes have sparked hundreds of wildfires in California over the past week, with more than 1 million acres scorched and at least seven deaths reported.

Nearly 250,000 people have been asked to evacuate and 845 homes and other buildings have been destroyed.

Why Is America Being Hit By So Many Horrific Natural Disasters All Of A Sudden?

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

It has just been one thing after another in 2020.  First, the COVID-19 pandemic erupted and quickly spread all over the globe.  At this point more than 800,000 people have died globally, and authorities are warning us to brace ourselves for another wave of the pandemic in the fall.  Of course many would argue that fear of the virus has been even worse than the disease itself, and it is undeniable that the COVID-19 shutdowns were the primary reason why we have plunged into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression of the 1930s.  More than 57 million Americans have filed new claims for unemployment benefits so far this year, and that number just keeps rising with each passing week.  On top of all that, the tragic death of George Floyd caused an unprecedented wave of civil unrest to erupt in major cities all across America, and many are anticipating a fresh outburst of unrest as we head toward election day in November.  So coming into this month we had already faced far more trouble than we do in a typical year, and now a very strange series of natural disasters is making things even worse.

America Has Never Experienced A Heatwave Quite Like This

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Every summer is hot, and every summer there are heatwaves, but what we are witnessing in 2020 is rewriting all of the rules.  It has been blistering hot across the Southwest, and record after record is being broken.  In a year when we have had a seemingly endless series of things go wrong, we definitely didn’t need a historic heatwave to hit us, and it is causing all sorts of problems.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we will be getting any relief for at least a few more days, because it is being reported that record-setting heat is “expected to last throughout the week”…

Why Have So Many Enormous Earthquakes Hit The United States In Recent Months?

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Unusually large earthquakes have been striking diverse locations all over the United States in recent months, and experts are not exactly sure why this is happening.  On Sunday, a very strange magnitude 5.1 earthquake that hit North Carolina made headlines all over the nation.  In fact, when I checked the Drudge Report on Sunday it was the top headline on the entire site.  Earthquakes of this size very rarely happen in the eastern United States, and it is being reported that this quake was the most powerful to hit the state in more than one hundred years…

Deadly Beirut Blast Carved Out 43-Metre Crater, Packed the Punch of a 3.3 Earthquake

from Sputnik News:

Days after the deadly explosion in Beirut that killed over 150 people and transformed the bustling city into a pile of rubble, reports have traced the origin of the ammonium nitrate, implicated in the blast and stored at a port warehouse, to a vessel that docked there years ago, “The Rhosus”.

The huge chemical blast that hit Beirut’s port, turning swathes of the Lebanese capital into rubble and claiming over 150 lives, left a 43-metre (141 foot) deep crater, a security official was quoted by AFP as saying on Sunday, citing reports by French experts carrying out an assessment of the disaster area.

Scientists Have Warned That A 400 Foot Tsunami Could Hit The East Coast If An Asteroid Hit The Atlantic Ocean

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

We live at a time when giant space rocks are whizzing past our planet with alarming regularity.  Sometimes we know in advance that they are coming, and sometimes we don’t.  In fact, on July 28th an asteroid the size of a car zipped past our planet “at a range that rivals the orbits of some high-flying satellites”, but we had only spotted it for the very first time on July 26th.  If we couldn’t see that one until it was nearly upon us, could it be possible that there are much larger potential threats hurtling toward our planet that we currently know nothing about?

Developing: China Admits Three Gorges Dam Has “Deformed Slightly” – Video Shows If It Breaks It Will Be Catastrophic

by Joe Hoft, The Gateway Pundit:

China’s Three Gorges Dam has deformed slightly but if it breaks, it will be catastrophic. 

China finally admitted per reports earlier this week that its Three Gorges Dam has ‘deformed slightly’ but claims it happened over the weekend, ignoring reports of this happened long ago.