Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Storm Warnings: Extreme Weather Is a Product of Climate Change

Links to the following news stories match many of the I AM America prophecies of flooding in the midwest, and the widening of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers. The prophecies of the I AM America 6-Map Scenario mirror this first article regarding the frequency of violent storms and extreme changes in weather patterns.~ Lori.

by John Carey

In North Dakota the waters kept rising. Swollen by more than a month of record rains in Saskatchewan, the Souris River topped its all time record high, set back in 1881. The floodwaters poured into Minot, North Dakota's fourth-largest city, and spread across thousands of acres of farms and forests. More than 12,000 people were forced to evacuate. Many lost their homes to the floodwaters. Yet the disaster unfolding in North Dakota might be bringing even bigger headlines if such extreme events hadn't suddenly seemed more common. In this year alone massive blizzards have struck the U.S. Northeast, tornadoes have ripped through the nation, mighty rivers like the Mississippi and Missouri have flowed over their banks, and floodwaters have covered huge swaths of Australia as well as displaced more than five million people in China  and devastated Colombia. And this year's natural disasters follow on the heels of a staggering litany of extreme weather in 2010, from record floods in Nashville, Tenn., and Pakistan, to Russia's crippling heat wave...Read More

Extreme Weather and Climate Change: What's the Link? Does global warming increase the risk of extreme weather? Environmentalists and scientists are re-examining that possible link in light of the wild weather the United States has seen so far in 2011, including heat waves, tornadoes, and wildfires. A similar debate was prompted last year by extreme weather throughout the world, including wildfires in Russia and floods in Pakistan...

[And An Update on the Fort Calhoun Nuclear Plant from CHINA]
U.S. Fort Calhoun nuclear plant flooded
BEIJING, July 5 (Xinhuanet) -- The Fort Calhoun plant north of Omaha in the US state of Nebraska has been surrounded by flood water from the Missouri River for over ten days. As worries mount, US authorities have reassured the public the plant is safe.
Could this be another Fukushima?
Operators of the Fort Calhoun plant say no.
But pictures like this make it hard to believe the official statement that only part of the utilities are flooded.
Rumors have spread that the reactors suffered a complete meltdown and that radioactive tritium is leaking into the river.
But plant operator, Omaha Public Power, says all key buildings in the plant are secure. No flooding, no meltdown, no radioactive leakage.
They say the plant has nine power sources, and two backup generators, making a Fukushima scenario impossible.
They've received some backing from the independent Union of Concerned Scientists. The group says despite some flooding inside, there are no severe safety problems.
Local residents aren't reassured.
"Yeah, we are definitely worried. That's without question. "
"We are always worried, but there's nothing we can do. "
Nebraska has two nuclear plants along the Missouri River. The troubling photos have brought the Fort Calhoun facility into the spotlight.
The plant was switched off in April to add fuel. Since then, there's been a series of incidents. Though officials say the flood is not a major factor, it will certainly make it more difficult to bring the reactor back online, which many speculate will be in August.