Siberian Express to bring record-breaking cold temps to much of US Midwest

February 2015 WEATHER CHICAGO, Il. – The brutal cold returned Wednesday as an arctic front brought single digits and wind chills below zero to the Chicago area, but Thursday’s temperatures could set record lows. “Wind chills right now are 10 to 20 below already,” ABC7 Meteorologist Cheryl Scott said. “They’re going to continue to crash overnight.” The current record low of -7 for February 19 was set in 1936. Tomorrow’s high temperature will hover around 2 degrees, and the low could fall to -9. A wind chill advisory goes into effect at 6 p.m. CST Wednesday and lasts until Thursday at noon for the entire Chicago area. Chicago Public Schools announced they will be closed on Thursday in advance of the expected record-breaking cold. The YMCA said its centers will beef up staffing since the organization sees more children during the cold weather after school.
“It’s bone-chilling. But as long as you’re not out too long, it’s not too bad,” Kory Zasadzinski said. Mary Solomon walks the Adams Street Bridge from Union Station to her office every workday.  “It’s terrible,” she said. James Futrell lives in the Loop and normally rides his bike to work. “It’s definitely cold. I feel bad for people who have to stay out here for sure,” Futrell said. Mike Crotty delivers sandwiches by bike for Uncle Sammy’s Sandwich Classics in Lincoln Park. The cold doesn’t keep him from his job. “It’s nice when it’s sunny out. But when it’s cloudy and cold, it’s really bad,” Crotty said.
Even in this cold, Aimee Sullivan plays platform tennis outside. She said she and the others layer, layer, layer. “We actually peel coats off. It gets warm out here,” Sullivan said. Health officials said Chicago commuters should also layer up, whether they’re driving or taking public transportation. “My main concern is sometimes the Amtrak freezes up. I come all the way down here and then have to go back home. So as long as everything’s running, I’m OK,” said Stan Lee, who takes the train to work. The Illinois Tollway activated 24-hour road patrols Tuesday. Patrol teams will scour roadways for stranded drivers. If a motorist runs out of gas, gets a flat or needs any other kind of help, they should call *999. Ice boulders are also being reported along Lake Michigan and Niagara Falls has frozen solid again. The cold weather caused a big, icy mess along Chicago’s lakefront. Chicago Park District officials closed the Lakefront Trail from Oak Street to North Avenue, a 3-mile stretch, because of large ice boulders covering it. That portion of the path will stay closed until crews are able to clear the trail. –ABC  7 News
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Oklahoma’s earthquake problem is getting worse

Oklahoma Quakes
February 2015 OKLAHOMA - A lawsuit claims that Oklahoma’s great increase in earthquake activity has been caused by pumping waste from drilling operations back underground. The suit involves the largest measured quake in the history of the state, a 5.6 tremor that happened in Prague, east of Oklahoma City in November 2011. As the volume of drilling waste pumped underground has grown, the number of earthquakes with magnitude 3 or higher has increased. In particular, as the drilling has intensified along the northern border, the quakes have followed. The Prague 5.6 magnitude quake in 2011 had one 4.8 magnitude foreshock and one 4.8 magnitude aftershock.
The Prague 5.6 magnitude quake had one 4.8 magnitude foreshock and one 4.8 magnitude aftershock. Altogether there were 63 quakes of magnitude 3 or higher, concentrated mostly in the center of the state, where the 860 million barrels of waste pumping was centered. Drilling activity increased in northern Oklahoma but the 34 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater remained concentrated in the center of the state. Waste pumping increased to more than 1.2 billion barrels, with a big increase in the north. Earthquakes surged with 106 magnitude 3 or greater, including a string of quakes in the north of the state, where waste pumping also increased as the statewide volume rose to more than 1.5 billion barrels. The rate of quakes multiplied with 567 jolts at least magnitude 3 with the heaviest concentration in the northern end of the state.  Waste-pumping data for 2014 is not yet available. –Washington Post
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Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Oklahoma-Kansas border

 Earthquake Oklahoma
February 2015OKLAHOMA - An earthquake in northern Oklahoma shook Wichita shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday. The U.S. Geological Survey reported the tremblor struck at 9:08 a.m. and registered 4.2 on the Richter scale. It was three miles deep and was centered just northeast of Cherokee, Okla., slightly south of the state line. Residents around Wichita reacted to the earthquake on social media. People in Lawrence reported feeling the quake in their office building. “I know I felt that earthquake,” Dara Bitler tweeted. “My bed shook and my windows rattled.” Kelly Leonard tweeted that Willie the Wildcat bobblehead doll shook as the earthquake struck. “When you have windows that shake easy, it’s easy to tell when you’ve had an earthquake,” Bo Bonner tweeted. No reports of damage have surfaced, however. –Kansas
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45: Reunion volcano erupts – Mt. Etna has spectacular eruption

Mt Etna
February 2015 GEOLOGYOne of the world’s most active volcanoes is erupting again. Piton de la Fournaise in the Indian Ocean on the French island of Reunion began spewing lava from one of its four craters on Wednesday. Stunning visuals out of YouTube show Italy’s Mount Etna erupting in grand fashion earlier this month. The Sicily volcano started erupting on January 31 and proceeded to spew a mixture of lava and ice, along with large plumes of smoke for two days. –The Weather Network
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43: Mexico’s Colima Volcano shaken by another explosive eruption

Colima Volcano
January 2015MEXICOMexican authorities said a volcano eruption caught on webcam blasted ash at least 13,000 feet into the air, but did not pose a danger to the public. The Colima volcano, located on the border of southwestern states Colima and Jalisco, erupted about 9:13 a.m. Wednesday and blasted ash about 13,000 feet into the air. Time-lapse video of the eruption and an earlier burst of ash Monday were recorded by a webcam placed in 2013 to monitor the volcano, which has erupted more than 40 times since the 16th century. Volcán de Colima, also known as the Fire Volcano, erupted on Jan. 25, in the latest in a string of eruptions at the most active volcano in the Colima Volcanic Complex. The youngest of the complex’s three volcanoes also erupted on January 3, 10 and 14.
Moderate quake off North Coast: A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck off the North Coast on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake was reported at 1:08 p.m. and was centered 25 miles southwest of Ferndale, off the coast of Humboldt County. People reported feeling the shaker as far north as the Oregon border and as far east as Chico, but officials from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office said that they had yet to receive any reports of damage or injuries. No tsunami warning was issued, but officials warned that the likelihood of a magnitude 5 or greater aftershock in the next seven days was roughly 40 percent. –SF Gate
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Volcanoes rumble across the planet – current activity Jan 2015

Volcano Watch
January 2015VOLCANIC ACTIVITYBardarbunga (Central Iceland): The visible intensity of the eruption continues to decrease gradually. The Icelandic Met office conducted air-borne measurements of the lava field last week, showing that it has significantly thickened (rather than expanded laterally) during the past weeks, and is now estimated to contain approx. 1.4 cubic kilometers of lava. Effusion rates, although decreasing, are still close to an impressive 100 m³ per second.
Fogo (Cape Verde): The eruption still continues although most of the time visible activity is very low and restricted to degassing. Minor lava effusion and sporadic flares of strombolian activity of mild to moderate size occur from time to time. Scientists from the Cabo Verde volcano observatory (OVCV) who climbed the volcano on 25 January observed small ash emissions, and published a detailed report about the most recent significant activity during 20-23 January, when explosions produced a short-lived ash plume that rose up to 1200 meters on the morning of 20 Jan, as well as a small lava flow on the following day.
Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): The eruption continues and a lava flow is active on the southeastern upper flank. A collapse of lava from the flow and violent snow-lava interaction produced a pyroclastic flow that descended to the base of the steep mountain yesterday afternoon around 17:40 local time. From webcam images, it can be estimated that the flow traveled approx 2000 meters in about 2 minutes, resulting in a mean velocity of around 16 meters per second.
Karymsky (Kamchatka): Moderate explosive activity continues. Ash plumes from strombolian to vulcanian eruptions were reported by KVERT, reaching approx. 14,000 ft (4.2 km) altitude and drifting north and later east from the volcano. Aviation color code remains “orange”.
Shishaldin (United States, Aleutian Islands): A faint thermal signal remains visible on satellite imagery. According to the Alaska Volcano Observatory, weak eruptive activity likely continues in the summit crater.
San Miguel (El Salvador): A small explosion occurred last Monday at 06:43 morning. Probably phreatic in nature, it was the first eruptive activity since minor ash emissions past July. According to MARN, falling blocks from the eruption could be heard from people in the vicinity of the volcano. No further eruptions have followed so far, and no significant temperature signal can be detected at the summit, only constant degassing reaching 150-250 m height. Seismic activity remains relatively low, but sudden explosions of small to moderate size remain a possibility.
Sangay (Ecuador): Eruptive activity of some sort is likely in progress at the volcano. Along with pilot reports of spotted plumes relayed through the Washington VAAC, thermal signals detectable on satellite data have been more and more frequent since early January, Culture Volcan points out in his blog. It is unknown what kind of activity is occurring, but the most likely scenario is mild to moderate strombolian activity, which is typical for Sangay,- an extremely remote, but at the same time very active, that often has this type of activity. In many ways it is similar to its Kamchatka counterpart Klyuchevskoy currently in eruption as well. –Volcano Discovery
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Blizzard of 2015 blankets portions of US Northeast with a meter of snow

Blizzard
January 2015NORTHEAST - The Blizzard of 2015 might have been a disappointment for New York, but it will go down in the record books for eastern Massachusetts after as much as 36 inches of snow fell between Monday and Tuesday, making it the snowiest storm on record in Worcester, Mass., and the snowiest January storm for Boston. Widespread snowfall totals of two to three feet were reported across eastern Massachusetts, southeast New Hampshire and Maine. The cities of Auburn, Hudson and Lunenburg, all in Massachusetts, came in with the highest snow accumulation of 36 inches. Northeast Connecticut and eastern Long Island also saw over 30 inches of snow.
The Blizzard of 2015 is now ranked number one for snow in Worcester, Mass. The powerful winter storm dumped 34.6 inches on the city which — maybe unsurprisingly — was ranked the second snowiest location in the United States in the winter of 2012-2013, when 109 inches of snow fell. Boston’s official reporting station, Logan International Airport, reported a storm total of 24.6 inches, which makes the blizzard the snowiest January storm on record, and the sixth snowiest of any storm on record. However, the Logan Airport total remains one of the lower totals in the area. A station downtown reported 26 inches, and South Boston saw 31 inches.
Given the storm’s track, which was about 100 miles farther to the east than forecast, locations west of Hartford, Conn., and Long Island saw smaller totals, which led to feelings ranging anywhere from relief to disappointment to sheer social media outrage after forecasts suggested snowfall totals topping two feet in some locations. Central Park ended the day with 9.8 inches, and Staten Island accumulated seven. The eastern boroughs were just slightly snowier — LaGuardia reported 11.4 and Bayside in Queens saw 12 inches. See below for more snow totals. –WP
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