Jordan Walker’s mother still hopes he didn’t jump into South Saskatchewan RiverCBCJanuary 11, 2016Jordan Walker’s mother still hopes he didn’t jump into South Saskatchewan River By her own admission, Maria Pitman knows that she’s grasping at straws.It’s been a month since her 21-year-old son Jordan Charles Walker is feared to have jumped off the Broadway Bridge.There are still many unknowns than in the case.But what is known, is bad. In early December, police responded to a call from a distraught person on the Broadway Bridge. Officers arrived and discovered Walker’s backpack and wallet on the deck.No one has seen or heard from the young man since.Lost days Pitman said her son had moved west from their Ontario home hoping to make his own way. He lived and worked in Edmonton before coming to Saskatoon last year.She’s heard from his friends that he had worked at Tim Hortons and was trying to get into a trade. But Pitman, and police, are unable to reconstruct his final days before disappearing.”Some how, some way he ended up on that Broadway Bridge,” she said.Pitman is hoping he may left his belongings and walked away from his life. Or, checked himself into a hospital.”I’m grasping at any straw possible, right?”Police are still investigating and asking for help from anyone who may have been on the bridge the day that Walker went missing.
Vanuatu on red alert as Cyclone Ula, category 4 storm, approaches By Morag MacKinnon January 10, 2016 3:07 AM By Morag MacKinnon PERTH, January 10 (Reuters) – Residents of Vanuatu are taking shelter as a category four cyclone brings heavy rain and strong winds to the same area devastated by the largest cyclone in the South Pacific island nation’s history last year, aid workers said on Sunday. Disaster management authorities have issued a red alert for islands in Tafea, the southernmost of Vanuatu’s six provinces, a spokesman of CARE Australia told Reuters.”Most people are sheltering in schools and churches, the only permanent buildings on these islands,” Sam Bolitho said. „Some people are also sheltering in caves.”The eye of the storm, Ula, is not expected to pass over any islands but the ring of the cyclone was causing damage, Bolitho said in an email.Islanders are bracing for winds expected to reach up to 165 kmph (100 mph), besides flash flooding, landslides and storm surges. Last March, tropical cyclone Pam, a category 5 storm, the highest classification, wiped out more than 90 percent of Vanuatu’s crops, tore up homes and power networks, killed 11 and disrupted the lives of most of its 252,800 people.”This time, people are taking every possible precaution,” said Inga Mepham, CARE’s Vanuatu program director, adding that the aid agency was working with disaster authorities to spread the latest weather information and take precautionary measures.(Reporting by Morag MacKinnon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
A Few Severe Storms Possible Late Week Published: 16 hours 15 min ago weather.com Tornado Damage in SW Florida At least 3 people were injured when a tornado hit Cape Coral, Florida Saturday evening. No widespread severe weather is anticipated this week as cold and stable air will dominates the U.S. That said, we can’t rule out a few isolated severe storms in the South late week.(MORE: Damage from EF2 Tornado near Cape Coral, Florida Saturday)Severe Weather ForecastThunderstorm Forecast Through WednesdayNo severe thunderstorms are anticipated.On Wednesday, a few non-severe thunderstorms may develop in southern Texas.Thursday-Friday A chance of isolated severe storms exists from upper coastal Texas to southern Louisiana on Thursday ahead of a new weather system developing in the central states.On Friday, this same weather system could bring a few severe storms from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Florida panhandle and southwest Georgia. The threat of severe thunderstorms may spread across south Georgia and into eastern South Carolina overnight.This Weekend Severe thunderstorms are not expected.Current Radar with Watches and WarningsSee below for a guide to watch and warning colors.(MORE: View National Interactive Radar Map | Difference Between a Watch and a Warning)Snapped An Awesome Shot? Share Your Photo!If you crave pictures of severe weather, you’ve found your home here. Upload your photos or video (taking care to only take photos and videos from a safe location) to us and share your experience!(PHOTO/VIDEO GALLERIES: Severe | Storms)PHOTOS: Late-December 2015 Tornadoes and Flooding The photo above shows the Bonnet Carre spillway in Louisiana. (Instagram/Sarah Barnett)
Climate change means more fear, less fun for global middle class: UBSBy Megan Rowling 13 hours agoA jogger wearing a mask runs along the bund near the Huangpu river across the Pudong New Financial district, …By Megan RowlingBARCELONA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The erosion of wealth among the world’s middle class due to climate change is a threat to economic and social stability which could spur its 1 billion members to push for action on global warming, Swiss bank UBS Group AG said.In a study of middle-class consumption in 215 cities around the world, UBS analysts found spending priorities were noticeably different in cities most at risk from climate change such as Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai.In those top-risk cities, the middle class spent between 0.6 and 0.8 percent more on housing compared to the national average, and less on luxuries, entertainment and durable goods.The report said middle-class households are already changing their lifestyles in the cities most exposed to hotter temperatures, rising sea levels and extreme weather such as storms and floods.”More fear, less fun is how we might sum it up,” said the study https://www.ubs.com/microsites/climatechange/en/home.html.In places with high risks of climate-related shocks, people spend more on the upkeep of their properties. And homes may decrease in value if certain places become less appealing to live, eating into wealth, the report said.Efforts to adapt to changing climate conditions – which remain modest and sporadic among the middle class – can also bring new costs.In cities that suffer extreme heat, the middle-class is increasingly laying out for air conditioning, the report noted.But some types of adaptation can create „a negative feedback loop”, it warned. For instance, higher demand for air conditioning requires more electricity, which can lead to grid failure and increased planet-warming emissions.In addition, inadequate infrastructure and health care systems increase the need to rely on emergency government support when disasters strike. „In our assessment this is likely, even in the richest of countries,” the report said.The largest cities are home to nearly a quarter of the global population and generate around half of global GDP, the report said.Most of the global middle class lives in Southeast Asia, the region that has experienced the fastest urban population growth in recent years, it noted.But 91 percent of weather-related losses in Asia are uninsured, it added, compared with 32 percent in the United States, which had the highest level of insurance penetration in the study sample.DRIVER OF CONFLICTThe report also said climate-driven population shifts into urban areas have the potential to create and exacerbate conflict, as in Syria.In the course of five years of drought starting in 2006, Syria lost 85 percent of its livestock and saw crop production plummet, child malnutrition worsen and the subsequent migration of 1.5 million residents from rural to urban areas.”These conditions led to protests, which ultimately escalated into civil war,” Zurich-based UBS said in a statement.However, the political and social clout of middle-class populations means their vulnerability to climate change risks should translate into pressure on governments to tackle global warming, the report noted.”The middle class has two important qualities that make them critically important to the conversation about climate change: substantial assets and political influence,” said Paul Donovan, global economist and managing director at UBS Investment Bank.”If the effects of climate change significantly hurt the middle class, the inevitable reaction should in turn elicit a strong response from policy makers.”(Reporting by Megan Rowling; editing by Ros Russell. Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change. Visit www.trust.org)
Video Of The Terrifying Moment 100 People Were Struck By Freak Wave On Sydney Beach 10 hours agoA huge rogue wave crashed into 100 people when it landed in a rock pool on a beach in Sydney.Footage of the wave shows the feat of nature strike unsuspecting beachgoers without warning.Many people were scattered metres across rocks. One couple in the video, who were just about to kiss when the wave hit, were among those swept away in the deluge.The incident happened at the Royal National Park in Sydney on Saturday when the wall of water rose up into the air then dumped itself into the rock pool.Voices can be heard screaming “Get out!” and “Brace yourselves!” as the wave is about to strike.Two rescue helicopters were called to the scene after the wave hit and three women were airlifted to hospital – one with a head injury and another with a suspected broken ankle – although they were later discharged.About 100 people were hit by the freak wave in total.
Scientists Discover Terrifying Prehistoric Crocodile That Weighed 6,000 Pounds The newly discovered Machimosaurus rex may have roamed southern Tunisia about 130 million years ago. Jacqueline Howard Associate Science Editor, The Huffington Post An extraordinary crocodile that terrorized the seas some 130 million years ago has been discovered, and scientists are going gaga.Paleontologist Dr. Federico Fanti and his colleagues recently unearthed a skull and other fossilized bones in southern Tunisia that belong to the prehistoric beast Machimosaurus rex. Their research, which was supported by the National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration, was published in the journal Cretaceous Research on Monday.”We were very happy to find out that several skeletons of this new species were fossilized in very good condition,” Fanti, a researcher at the University of Bologna in Italy, told The Huffington Post. Federico Fanti Federico Fanti and his colleagues next to the newly discovered skull and fossils of the giant marine crocodile Machimosaurus rex.The fossils indicate that M. rex belonged to a group of crocodiles that inhabited the sea and coastal areas around the end of the Jurassic Period, but the species is not directly related to modern-day crocodiles, Fanti said.It was also a whole lot bigger: The creature weighed three tons and likely grew to more than 30 feet long, National Geographic reported. Scientists believe M. rex had a powerful bite and short, stocky teeth. It likely ate turtles and fish, and may have scavenged for food as well.”It would likely have been something of an ambush predator, hanging around in shallow water hunting turtles and fishes and maybe waiting for some land animals to come a little too close to the shore,” Dr. Stephen Brusatte, a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland who was not involved in the new research, told National Geographic. „This is a neat new discovery from a part of the world that hasn’t been well-explored for fossils.” Marco Auditore An illustration of Machimosaurus rex, based on the newfound fossils (in white). The drawing shows that the creature would have dwarfed a human.The remains of other species that belonged to the extinct Machimosaurus genus of crocodiles have been discovered in Europe and North America. Analyses of those fossils reveal that the marine crocodiles were affected by a mass extinction near the end of the Jurassic Period.However, the newly discovered remains of M. rex show that the species was still alive at that time, and may have continued to thrive for another roughly 25 million years after the supposed extinction event in other parts of the world, Fanti said.”Therefore, this discovery sheds new light on the hypothesized mass extinction event at the end of the Jurassic — a biological crisis currently much less understood than the famous extinction at the end of the Cretaceous that wiped out the dinosaurs,” he added.Also on HuffPost:Dinos Dining: Prehistoric PredatorsMORE:Daily Discovery, Fossils, Marine Crocodile, Prehistoric Crocodile, Machimosaurus Rex, Jurassic Crocodile, Crocodiles, Dinosaurs, Paleontology, Jurassic Period|
Ontario Bridge Split by Cold Weather, Closing Major Canadian Highway Published: 21 hours 9 min ago By Sean Breslin weather.comOntario Bridge Split by Cold Weather Meteorologist Ari Sarsalari has the latest on a newly opened bridge to separate along a major Canadian thoroughfare closing on Sunday after cold weather damaged it. Cold weather caused a newly opened bridge to separate along a major Canadian thoroughfare Sunday – a closure so influential that the local municipality declared a state of emergency.“Canada has been cut in half,” Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey told the media.Ontario’s Nipigon River Bridge was split in half after a piece of its decking lifted about two feet, according to the CBC. The bridge, which is a major piece of the Trans-Canada Highway that connects much of southern Canada from coast to coast, was closed Sunday afternoon, the report added. On Monday morning, one lane was reopened to traffic, the CBC also said.“If you want to take something from Toronto to (British Columbia), it goes across this bridge. There is no alternative,” Harvey also said. „Every truck that goes across Canada goes across this bridge.”(PHOTOS: 70 Amazing Winter Travel Destinations) FollowNipigon Bridge looks wavy – 6 wks old and does not look good – Canada spit in 1/2 Cold weather was blamed for the broken expansion joint, and the bridge is less than two months old, News Talk 770 reported. Commercial traffic had to be rerouted through the United States while the bridge was completely closed, the report added. As a result of the bridge closure, Greenstone municipality declared a state of emergency.According to Weather Underground data, Nipigon reached a high temperature of 3 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, and wind chills were about minus 10 at the time the bridge fractured.The Ministry of Transportation told the Canadian Press that they have no estimate for when the bridge will be completely repaired and reopened. Pedestrian traffic is still allowed on the bridge’s footpath, the report added.Nipigon is a town of about 1,600, located just north of Lake Superior.MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Canada’s Greatest Treasures Jasper National Park, AlbertaDesignated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984, Jasper National Park is Canada’s largest national park, home to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. About 97 percent of the park’s 11,000 square kilometers is protected wilderness. Here, visitors can see stunning glaciers, hot springs and waterfalls, as well as wildlife including elk, caribou, white tailed deer, bears, wolves and hoary marmots. (Flickr/Esther Lee)
Rainbows Color the Sky Over the Northeast (PHOTOS) Published: 21 hours 35 min ago By Ada Carr weather.com The photo above shows a rainbow stretching over midtown Manhattan in New York on Jan. 10, 2016. (Instagram/Paul D. Mills) Residents in the Northeast were treated to a surprise in the sky Sunday, as vibrant rainbows stretched above. Some people even spotted rare double rainbows. „Rainbows are visible when raindrops refract sunlight. In this process sunlight is separated into different wavelengths, which correspond to different colors,” said weather.com meteorologist Linda Lam. „If the refracted sunlight then reflects off the raindrop’s edge at exactly 48 degrees, they refract again, and the result is a rainbow in the sky. You must have your back to the sun to see a rainbow and rain must be present at some nearby location.”If the angle is less than 48 degrees, then the light will simply pass through the raindrop. Anything greater than 48 degrees will cause the light to reflect straight back out of the raindrop, and no refraction will occur. Without refraction, a rainbow will not form.(MORE: Rare Iridescent ‘Rainbow’ Cloud Spotted Over Ocho Rios)Because raindrops are relatively round when the sunlight refracts through them, the visual result is a spherical arc that soars across the sky. Viewers who are lucky enough to see a whole rainbow will observe a colorful arc spanning the entire Earth, from end to end.Double rainbows, which are considered to be lucky, are the result of optical effects occurring in tandem.Both rainbows form at the same time, the first and brighter rainbow called the primary rainbow, created by the process described above. It only requires the light to reflect off of the raindrop once before refracting out of the raindrop. MORE ON WEATHER.COM: Rainbow Cave Remote ice caves appear in a kaleidoscope of colors in these stunning shots. Denis Budkov, 35, trekked inside the dangerous caves – which could collapse at any moment – to capture the colorful scenes. The rainbow caves are given their various colors by light refracting through the ice – with the thicker the ice, the more emerald they appear. And Denis, from Kamchatka, in the Russian Far East, also decided to add his own take – by lighting flares to turn the normally blue hues into dark reds. (Denis Budkov/ Caters News Agency)
Michigan governor to request federal aid in Flint water crisis 3 hours agoThe Flint River is seen flowing through downtown in Flint, Michigan, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca …DETROIT (Reuters) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Monday said the state was beginning to put together a request for federal assistance in dealing with the lead-contaminated drinking water in the city of Flint.”We also have engaged FEMA in this process,” the governor said at a news conference in Flint. A spokesman for the governor said Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials were already in Flint providing technical assistance on the issue.”We actually have liaison officers from FEMA in dialogue already,” Snyder said. „We have not made a specific request of assistance yet, but we are in dialogue with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and talking to them about how we can best work together.”The financially strapped city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager when it switched its source of tap water to the nearby Flint River in April 2014 from Detroit’s water system to save money.Flint, about 60 miles (100 km) northwest of Detroit, returned to Detroit water in October after tests found some children had elevated levels of lead in their blood and lead was found in higher-than-acceptable levels in the water.While the process has begun, the state needs to determine the full extent of the needs in Flint before a request for federal aid is made and that could take a period of time that he did not specify, said Dave Murray, press secretary for the governor.Snyder apologized again on Monday for the state’s mishandling of the situation. In late December, he accepted the resignation of the state official whose agency, the Department of Environmental Quality, oversees water quality.Last week, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit said it was investigating the lead contamination of Flint’s water and Snyder declared a state of emergency in Gennessee County, which includes Flint, authorizing additional state resources to address health and safety issues.Flint residents have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the city and state of endangering their health.(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales and Ben Klayman; Writing by Ben Klayman; Editing by Sandra Maler)