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By Brett Rathbun – AccuWeather

Heavy rain will soak portions of Washington and British Columbia through Friday, leading to flash flooding before spreading inland through the weekend.

“A fire hose of moisture extending from the western Pacific Ocean to western North America will focus over British Columbia to Washington state through Saturday,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson.

The heaviest rain will fall across the Olympic and Cascade mountains of Washington as well as Vancouver Island and the Coastal Mountains of British Columbia. Total rainfall could exceed 10 inches (250 mm) in some locations through this weekend.

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Oho will hit parts of British Columbia and Alaska with drenching rain, gusty winds and pounding seas before the week comes to an end.

Oho reached Category 2 hurricane strength on Wednesday, but it will gradually lose most tropical characteristics during the latter half of this week as it tracks northeastward over the eastern Pacific Ocean.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist John Gresiak, even though the system will lose tropical traits, it is likely to remain a system to be reckoned with.

“The storm will actually get stronger as it transitions to a tropical rainstorm and approaches British Columbia and part of the Alaska Panhandle,” Gresiak said.

Areas of soaking rain will precede the main storm through Thursday.

Continue reading at AccuWeather: Oho to Blast British Columbia, Alaska With Rain and Wind at End of Week

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By Michael DollAccuWeather

On the heels of a storm that produced wind gusts of 100 mph and caused electricity disruptions to tens of thousands of customers, another storm will strengthen in the northeastern Pacific and slam the Northwest early this week.

Another bout of drenching rain and tree-toppling winds is expected from the northwestern U.S. to British Columbia late on Monday into Tuesday.

This next storm will take shape as a result of a merger between one storm and a rare northeastern Pacific tropical system.

Ana is currently tracking northeastward in an area of the Pacific where very few tropical systems have tracked before.

Ana will merge with another storm to its northwest and form a single storm over the northeastern Pacific on Monday.

While the new storm will lose its tropical characteristics, it will still have the added moisture and energy to bring heavy rainfall and winds strong enough to bring down trees and power lines.

Rain will overspread areas from western Oregon to western British Columbia late on Monday through Tuesday, and some of it can fall heavily at times.

The Pacific Northwest has already received an abundance of rainfall over the past week and the additional rainfall could cause some flooding in spots.

Some of the coastal ranges have received over 5 inches of rain since Oct. 19, while parts of the Olympics have seen over 10 inches.

Places like Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia, could have another inch or more of rainfall. The coastal ranges and foothills of the Cascades may receive another 4 inches or more.

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Snow levels in the Cascades will be above pass level on Monday night and Tuesday. This will be one less concern for travelers going through Snoqualmie and Stevens passes in Washington, but wet roads and gusty winds will make for less than ideal driving conditions.

Wind gusts along the coast could exceed 60 mph with gusts of 40 to 50 mph farther inland. Gusts of 40 mph or higher are possible for Seattle and Portland, Oregon.

Additional disruptions to electricity service are possible on Monday night into Tuesday.

This is unwelcome news for those that lost electricity on Saturday night across the region.

Crews from Seattle City Light and Puget Sound Energy will certainly look to restore power on Sunday and Monday before the next storm arrives.

At one point on Saturday night, over 144,000 electric utility customers were without power in the Seattle metro and Puget Sound areas.

Flights coming in and out of Sea-Tac Airport and Portland International could be delayed as a result of the winds and reduced visibility.

Calmer weather will follow for the region on Wednesday with more rain expected late in the week.

More at AccuWeather: Remnants of Ana to Lash the Northwest, British Columbia

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Storms are lining up over the northern Pacific, en route to the northwestern United States and British Columbia. One of the storms next week will be associated with Ana.

The first substantial train of storms of the winter season is on track to impact the Northwest this week into next week.

The storms will bring rounds of drenching rain, gusty wind and powerful waves to coastal areas from northern California to Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

One substantial storm will affect the area into Thursday. This storm has already produced wind gusts to 66 mph along the Oregon coast.

Another storm this weekend could produce even stronger wind gusts along the coast. Winds can be powerful enough to down tree limbs or loosely-rooted trees. Any time trees limbs come down there is the potential for sporadic power outages and blocked roads.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, “Each of the storms will bring heavy rain to coastal areas, which can be enough to cause flash flooding and mudslides.”

A general 3 to 6 inches (75 to 150 millimeters) of rain can fall along the immediate coast, but locally higher amounts are possible in the eastern slopes of the coastal ranges, including the Olympic Mountains in northwestern Washington state.

While the rain will be less intense to the lee of the coastal ranges, enough can fall to slow travel at times along the Interstate-5 corridor from Redding, California, to Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. Rain will soak Victoria and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Some rain may even reach far enough south to affect the World Series games in San Francisco.

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Some of the rain will reach and may benefit hard-hit drought areas of northern California and southern Oregon.

More sporadic and less intense rainfall will push farther south in California, but not to the extent to have significant impact on the long-term exceptional drought just yet.

Ana Impact

Meanwhile, Ana continues to track over the central Pacific Ocean, west of Hawaii.

As this system curves around over colder waters farther north later this week into the weekend, it will lose its tropical characteristics and may be absorbed by another storm. However, it will not completely fade away.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity, “Some of the heavy rain and strong winds from Ana may survive right to the coast of the Northwest.”

“That system may then plow onshore during early next week,” he said.

The center of Ana could hit anywhere from the northern coast of British Columbia to western Washington or northwestern Oregon, but the impact from heavy rain and gusty winds may far-reaching and significant. This especially true after some areas are hit with 10 inches of rain (250 millimeters) prior to Ana’s arrival.

As a result the risk of flash flooding, mudslides and downed trees will continue well into next week.

Large swells will be carried along by Ana and will crash along the coast next week.

More at AccuWeather: Ana to Join Train of Drenching Storms in Northwest

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RSOE EDIS Event Report: Thursday April 24, 2014

Generated By:  RSOE EDIS – Emergency and Disaster Information Service

Preliminary Earthquake Report

Notice! This is a computer-generated report – this event has not reviewed by a seismologist!

EDIS Number: EQ-20140424-401933-CAN
Magnitude: 6.7
Mercalli scale: 8
Date-Time [UTC]: 24 April, 2014 at 05:10:13 UTC
Local Date/Time: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 05:10 at night at epicenter
Coordinate: 49° 50.844, 127° 25.482
Depth: 11.37 km (7.06 miles)
Hypocentrum: Shallow depth
Class: Strong
Region: North-America
Country: Canada
Location: 1.67 km (1.04 miles) SE of Tofino, British Columbia, Canada
Source: USGS
Generated Tsunami: Declare
Damage: Not or no data
The potential impact of the earthquake
Drivers have trouble steering. Houses that are not bolted down might shift on their foundations. Tall structures such as towers and chimneys might twist and fall. Well-built buildings suffer slight damage. Poorly built structures suffer severe damage. Tree branches break. Hillsides might crack if the ground is wet. Water levels in wells might change.

Dead Birds In Alaska

By Michael Snyder

Why are huge numbers of dead birds dropping dead and washing up along the coastlines of Alaska?  It is being reported that many of the carcases of the dead birds are “broken open and bleeding”.  The photo of some of these dead birds at the top of this article was originally posted by Alaska native David Akeya on Facebook.  You can find more photos of these dead birds right here.  And of course it isn’t just birds that are dying.  As you will see below, something is causing mass death events among various populations of fish as well.  In addition, it has been reported that large numbers of polar bears, seals and walruses in Alaska are being affected by hair loss and “oozing sores”.  So precisely what is causing all of this?  Could Fukushima be responsible?  Authorities are claiming that all of this is being caused by “disease” or “harsh weather”, but are they actually telling us the truth?  Evaluate the evidence that I have shared below and decide for yourself…

#1 Something is causing large numbers of dead birds to wash up on shores all over Alaska.  The following is a report from Alaska Public Media about just one of these incidents…

Hundreds of dead birds washed up on the shores of St. Lawrence Island towards the end of November. And though the cause of the die off isn’t yet known, the quick response demonstrates a mounting capacity for dealing with unexpected environmental events in the region.

Scientists do not know why this is happening.  Some of them are blaming “harsh weather”.

#2 Something is causing large numbers of seals and walruses to lose hair and develop “oozing sores”…

For example, while skin ulcers and other conditions — hair loss, lethargy, oozing sores, bloody mucous, congested lungs — are affecting seals and walruses, it’s not known if the two species are suffering from the same sickness. And although much studying has been done to determine whether it’s the result of a virus or radiation, and no tests have linked these origins to the illness, it’s not yet known what the root cause is. Toxins and environmental factors, like harmful algae blooms and thermal burns, are under consideration. As is whether allergy, hormone or nutritional problems might play a role.

Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.

#3 Polar bears along the Alaska coastlines are also suffering from fur loss and open sores

Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears in recent weeks is widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.

The bears were among 33 spotted near Barrow, Alaska, during routine survey work along the Arctic coastline. Tests showed they had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.

Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.

#4 The population of sockeye salmon along the coastlines of Alaska is at a “historic low”

Aboriginal people in British Columbia who rely on Skeena River sockeye are facing some extremely difficult decisions as sockeye salmon returns plunge to historic lows.

Lake Babine Chief Wilf Adam was on his way to Smithers, B.C., on Monday for a discussion about whether to entirely shut down the food fishery on Lake Babine, something he said would be drastic and unprecedented – but may ultimately be necessary.

Authorities say that the number of sockeye salmon has dropped by more than 80 percent since last year…

Mel Kotyk, North Coast area director for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, said the department’s monitoring activities were finding one of the lowest runs in 50 years.

Only 453,000 sockeye are expected to swim along the Skeena this year, Kotyk said, compared to approximately 2.4 million last year, forcing all commercial and recreational Skeena sockeye fisheries to be closed.

Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.

#5 Something is causing Pacific herring to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs

Independent fisheries scientist Alexandra Morton is raising concerns about a disease she says is spreading through Pacific herring causing fish to hemorrhage.

Ms. Morton has called on the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans to investigate, saying it could cause large-scale herring kills and infect wild salmon, which feed heavily on herring.

“I’ve been seeing herring with bleeding fins,” Ms. Morton said Monday. “Two days ago I did a beach seine on Malcolm Island [near Port McNeill on northern Vancouver Island] and I got approximately 100 of these little herring and they were not only bleeding from their fins, but their bellies, their chins, their eyeballs. These are very, very strong disease symptoms.”

Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.

#6 Some residents of Alaska are absolutely convinced that Fukushima is to blame for the rapidly declining fish populations.  For example, just check out the following excerpt from a recent editorial in one Alaskan newspaper

We are concerned this hazardous material is hitching a ride on marine life and making its way to Alaska.

Currents of the world’s oceans are complex. But, generally speaking, two surface currents — one from the south, called the Kuroshio, and one from the north, called the Oyashio — meet just off the coast of Japan at about 40 degrees north latitude. The currents merge to form the North Pacific current and surge eastward. Fukushima lies at 37 degrees north latitude. Thousands of miles later, the currents hit an upwelling just off the western coast of the United States and split. One, the Alaska current, turns north up the coast toward British Columbia and Southeast Alaska. The other, the California current, turns south and heads down the western seaboard of the U.S.

The migration patterns of Pacific salmon should also be taken into consideration. In a nutshell, our salmon ride the Alaska current and follow its curve past Sitka, Yakutat, Kodiak and the Aleutian Islands. Most often, it’s the chinook, coho and sockeye salmon migration patterns that range farthest. Chum and pink salmon seem to stay closer to home. Regardless of how far out each salmon species ventures into the Pacific, each fish hitches a ride back to its home rivers and spawning grounds on the North Pacific current, the same one pulling the nuclear waste eastward.

We all know too much exposure to nuclear waste can cause cancer. And many understand that certain chemicals, such as cesium-137 and strontium-9, contained in said waste products can accumulate in fish by being deposited in bones and muscle permanently.

We are concerned our Alaska salmon are being slowly tainted with nuclear waste. We are worried about the impact this waste could have on our resources, and especially the people who consume them.

#7 Something also seems to be causing a substantial spike in the death rate for killer whales living off of the coast of British Columbia

A Vancouver Aquarium researcher is sounding the alarm over “puzzling” changes he’s observed in the killer whale pods that live off the southern British Columbia coast.

Dr. Lance Barrett-Lennard says he fears changes in the ocean environment are prompting odd behaviour and an unusually high mortality rate.

Barrett-Lennard says the southern resident orca pod, which is found in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland, has lost seven matriarchs over the past two years, and he’s noticed a lack of vocalizations from the normally chatty mammals.

Once again, scientists do not know why this is happening.

These kinds of things are happening further south along the Pacific coast as well.

For example, the recent death of thousands of birds down in Oregon is absolutely baffling scientists…

Residents have reported groups ranging from 10 to 200 dead or dying barn and violet-green swallows in barns and around other structures where they perch. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said the dieoffs appear to be worst close to rivers and standing water where the birds tend to gather.

The toll, estimated in the thousands, has stunned Fish and Wildlife specialists. “This type of mortality event is unprecedented and considered a rare and unusual event,” said Colin Gillin, wildlife veterinarian for the agency. “The effect on bird populations is unknown.”

Some scientists are blaming these deaths on “harsh weather”.

Do you buy that?

Clearly something very unusual is happening, and it should not be unreasonable to ask if Fukushima is at least partially responsible for all of this.

Without a doubt, the Pacific Ocean appears to be a much different place than it was before the Fukushima disaster.  In fact, one very experienced Australian adventurer said that he felt as though “the ocean itself was dead” as he journeyed from Japan to San Francisco recently…

The next leg of the long voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and for most of that trip the desolation was tinged with nauseous horror and a degree of fear.

“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.

“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.

“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”

In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes.

“Part of it was the aftermath of the tsunami that hit Japan a couple of years ago. The wave came in over the land, picked up an unbelievable load of stuff and carried it out to sea. And it’s still out there, everywhere you look.”

What in the world would cause the Pacific Ocean to be “dead” like that?

Where did all the life go?

Hopefully we will start to get some answers to these questions.

For much more on all of this, please see my previous articles entitled “28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima” and “Something Is Killing Life All Over The Pacific Ocean – Could It Be Fukushima?

Meanwhile, radiation levels around Fukushima just continue to increase.  The following is from a recent RT article

Outdoor radiation levels have reached their highest at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant,warns the operator company.Radiation found in an area near a steel pipe that connects reactor buildings could kill an exposed person in 20 minutes,local media reported.

The plant’s operator and the utility responsible for the clean-up Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) detected record radiation levels on a duct which connects reactor buildings and the 120 meter tall ventilation pipe located outside on Friday. TEPCO measured radiation at eight locations around the pipe with the highest estimated at two locations – 25 Sieverts per hour and about 15 Sieverts per hour, the company said. This is the highest level ever detected outside the reactor buildings, according to local broadcaster NHK.

And every single day, another 400 tons of very highly radioactive water gets released into the Pacific Ocean.  The total amount of radioactive material in the Pacific is constantly rising, and because many of these radioactive particles have a half-life of 30 years or longer, much of this material is going to be with us for a very, very long time.

This is turning out to be the greatest environmental disaster in modern history, and it is very far from over. – The Truth

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth.  His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

The winter of 2013 and 2014 will bring plenty of snow to the winter sports resorts in both the West and East, though the West will get off to a much quicker start as cold air gets established during November and December from the Rockies to the central Prairies.

Despite the milder temperatures during December and January, an active storm track will bring plenty of snow opportunities to ski country in eastern Canada, while mixed precipitation will be more common over southern Ontario.

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The West

The West Coast, including Vancouver, will have a changeable winter with drier-than-normal conditions for December before more typical winter storminess returns in January.

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Temperatures will average close to normal for the first half of the winter then trend above normal for the second half of the season.

Snowfall along the Coast Range in British Columbia will be typical for an average winter with the greatest potential for heavy snowfall coming in January and early February.

The Prairies

The winter will get off to a strong start across much of the Prairie region with shots of arctic air being directed south from the Yukon Territory with increasing opportunities for accumulating snowfall over  southern and western Alberta, including Calgary.

Average snowfall is expected for the central Prairies, including Saskatoon. However, below-average snowfall is forecast for the eastern Prairies, including Winnipeg, especially the second half of the winter as a seasonably cold, but dry flow of air takes over.

Eastern and Atlantic Canada

An active storm track through the Great Lakes during December and into a part of January will lead to above-normal precipitation this winter over a large portion of eastern Canada.

Snowfall will end up higher than normal from the upper Great Lakes through most of Quebec and into Labrador. Farther south in Ontario, from Windsor to Toronto and Kingston, the milder pattern during December and January will lead to more mixed precipitation events, which will cut down on the snowfall potential.

A man crosses the street as a snowstorm swept through Toronto, Thursday, March 1, 2007. (AP Photo/CP, Toronto Star, Steve Russell)

Despite the increase in natural snowfall, snow-making in the eastern and Atlantic Canada resorts will be a challenge the first half of the winter due to the higher temperatures and humidity.

A drier, colder pattern is expected to take over in Ontario and western Quebec during February as the storm track shifts toward the Maritimes and Newfoundland.

Due to the warmer start of winter in the East, lake-effect snowfall across the snow belts of Ontario will be lighter than usual for December and the first half of January before becoming heavier than normal for the second half of the winter with more sustained invasions of Arctic air moving over the mostly unfrozen Great Lakes.

More at AccuWeather – Canada Winter Forecast: Abundant Snow for Ski Resorts