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Reply #101 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 11:45 AM

"It's the damned fluoride in the water, Jim."


Reply #102 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 12:56 PM

the storm thats hitting  QLD at the moment is no where near us, but I have a brother that lives in Carins Qld and it is not looking good for them, and their daughter, they have  stuff packed and windows tapped up   I am thinking of them and they are in my prayers .... link to the latest report

Fuzzy Logic
Reply #103 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 1:01 PM

You should say "I'm a doctor not a minerologist"...

Reply #104 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:05 PM

It's a cat 5 Cyclone .... bigger than Tracy.

Tracy flattened Darwin....something the 100-odd bombing raids by the Japanese couldn't do in WW2.

Reply #105 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:07 PM

That's a freakin' monster. You guys gonna be alright?

Reply #106 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:12 PM

Fuzzy Logic
You should say "I'm a doctor not a minerologist"...

That, or "Rock on.".

Reply #107 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:13 PM

NASA Satellite Tracks Menacing Australian Cyclone

Tropical Cyclone Yasi AIRS infrared image of Tropical Cyclone Yasi taken at 6:29 a.m. PST (9:29 a.m. EST) on Jan. 31, 2011. Areas colored purple represent the storm's coldest cloud-top temperatures and areas of heaviest precipitation. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Fresh on the heels of a series of crippling floods that began in December 2010, and a small tropical cyclone, Anthony, this past weekend, the northeastern Australian state of Queensland is now bracing for what could become one of the largest tropical cyclones the state has ever seen.

The Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite, built and managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., captured this infrared image of Yasi on Jan. 31, 2011, at 6:29 a.m. PST (9:29 a.m. EST). The AIRS data create an accurate 3-D map of atmospheric temperature, water vapor and clouds, data that are useful to forecasters. The image shows the temperature of Yasi's cloud tops or the surface of Earth in cloud-free regions. The coldest cloud-top temperatures appear in purple, indicating towering cold clouds and heavy precipitation. The infrared signal of AIRS does not penetrate through clouds. Where there are no clouds, AIRS reads the infrared signal from the surface of the ocean waters, revealing warmer temperatures in orange and red.

The AIRS image shows deep convective (thunderstorm) bands wrapping tighter into the low-level circulation center. Wrapping bands of thunderstorms indicate strengthening.

At the approximate time this image was taken, Yasi had maximum sustained winds near 90 knots (166 kilometers per hour, or 103 mph), equivalent to a Category Two hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. It was centered about 1,400 kilometers (875 miles) east of Cairns, Australia, moving west at about 19 knots per hour (35 kilometers per hour, or 22 mph). Cyclone-force winds extend out to 48 kilometers (30 miles) from the center.

Yasi is forecast to move west, then southwestward, into an area of low vertical wind shear (strong wind shear can weaken a storm). Forecasters at the Joint Typhoon Warning Center expect Yasi to continue to strengthen over the next 36 hours. The Center forecasts a landfall just south of Cairns as a large 100-plus knot-per-hour (185 kilometers per hour, or 115 mph) system by around midnight local time on Wednesday, Feb. 2.


Alan Buis 818-354-0474
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Reply #108 Tuesday, February 1, 2011 6:29 PM

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Reply #109 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 2:42 AM


It's now cat 5 ....and has an eye larger than the entire cyclone that levelled Darwin.

Super-imposed over the US it effectively covers the entire US....West to East.

50 times bigger than Tracy.

If it were to hit a high population area...such as  S.E. Asia it would likely kill tens of thousands.

Reply #110 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 3:11 AM

and the count down is on, they are saying anytime now,   update as of now

Reply #111 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 4:51 AM

Bigger than Katrina in some respects. More powerful too. Up here that would be a hurricane and a strong cat 5 like Katrina ........ It boggles the mind. I've been out in hurricanes several times with wind gusts up to 50kph bu I'm having a hard time wrapping my brains around this one. Wherever you guys are stay safe please!

Reply #112 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 7:30 AM

It's about twice the size of Katrina.

A Cyclone is the same as a Hurricane....just on the other end of the world..... probably because they will be like plug holes....spin the other way...

50k is a baby.....this is supposed to be currently around 300kph and increasing.

Reply #113 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 8:16 AM

the latest on  cyclone YASI has now on its way to landfall at the moment at aust. qld time 12 00 am Townsville has wind speeds of  180 kph and gaining speed. 80,000 homes with out power.


Reply #114 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 11:00 AM

speeds of 180 kph and gaining speed. 80,000 homes with out power.

OMG   poor buggers , and I thought the floods were bad enough

Reply #115 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 12:45 PM

Poor folks just happen to be in it's path... I hope they chose to get out as quickly as the probable landfall was known.

My thoughts are with them...

Reply #116 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 1:23 PM

NASA Satellites Reveal Heavy Rains in Dangerous Cyclone Yasi on its Australian Approach

Several NASA satellites have been monitoring the growth of powerful and massive Cyclone Yasi and providing data on clouds, rainfall and intensity to forecasters as it nears Queensland, Australia. NASA data shows where the heaviest rainfall is occurring, frigid temperatures at the top of its thunderstorms and the size of Yasi's eye.

Tropical cyclone Yasi became much more powerful and was upgraded to a dangerous category fpur tropical cyclone on the Saffir Simpson scale on February 1, 2011.

A Cyclone Warning is now in effect for Queensland, Australia for coastal areas from Cape Melville to Sarina, extending inland to east of Croydon to Hughenden. A Cyclone Watch is in effect for coastal areas from Lockhart River to Cape Melville, and in the tropical interior north of Winton to Sarina.

Yasi was seen by the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite when it passed over on Febuary 1, 2011 at 0356 UTC (Jan. 31 at 10:56 p.m. EST/1:56 p.m. Australia/Brisbane local time). TRMM precipitation data collected with that pass revealed that intensifying Yasi had a small eye surrounded by powerful thunderstorms. The heaviest rainfall was falling mostly on the south and eastern sides of the storm at a rate of about 2 inches (50 mm) per hour. Most of the rainfall in the rest of the storm was moderate, falling at a rate between .78 to 1.57 inches (20-40 mm) per hour.

The precipitation analysis used TRMM's Microwave Imager (TMI) and Precipitation Radar (PR) data and was overlaid on a visible/infrared image from TRMM's Visible and InfraRed Scanner (VIRS).

Less than one hour before, NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Cyclone Yasi and captured an infrared image of its cold clouds on Feb. 1 at 0247 UTC (Jan. 31 at 9:47 p.m. EST/12:47 p.m. local time). Infrared imagery suggests that the storm appears to fill up most of the Coral Sea, and provided scientists with a 10 nautical mile-wide eye measurement of the storm.

At the time of the AIRS image, the western fringes of the storm were exiting the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The strongest thunderstorms and heaviest rainfall were around the center of the storm, and cloud top temperatures in those areas were as cold as or colder than -63 degrees Fahrenheit (-52 Celsius)!

Another satellite passed over Cyclone Yasi earlier. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument onboard NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible image of Cyclone Yasi approaching Australia at 00:00 UTC (7 p.m. EST Jan. 31/10 a.m. local time) on February 1, 2011. Yasi's eye was visible in the image, despite some clouds wrapping into its center.

At 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST, Feb. 1 / 1 a.m. Feb. 2, Australia/Brisbane local time) on February 1, 2011, Cyclone Yasi was packing maximum sustained winds near 120 knots ( 138 mph/ 222 kmh) with higher gusts. That makes Yasi a Category four (out of five) hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Cyclone-force winds were occurring as far as 50 nm from the center. It was located about 450 miles (724 km) east-northeast of Cairns, Australia near 14.9 South and 153.2 East. It was moving west-southwest near 17 knots (~20 mph/ ~32 kmh).

Cyclone Yasi is a powerful and dangerous storm and is generating waves up to 38 feet (11.5 meters) in the Coral Sea.

Unfortunately, the system is expected to continue to intensify due to good outflow, low vertical wind shear (winds that if strong enough can weaken a tropical cyclone) and warm sea surface temperatures.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts that the storm will make landfall near Cairns in Queensland by Wednesday, February 2 near 1200 UTC (7 a.m. EST/10 a.m. local time ) at a provisionally forecast strength of 130 knots (149 mph/240 kmh), which is just under being classified as a Category 5 cyclone.

Residents of Queensland should check the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's website for storm updates at: and should heed evacuations and emergency preparedness immediately.





Reply #117 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 2:45 PM

Hit about 1am, EST with wind speeds of 290kph [180mph] ....that was less than 6 hours ago so they're still in the middle of it.

Currently down from cat 5 to 3.

Reply #118 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 2:56 PM

Good L-rd...what a monster.

My best thoughts....

Reply #119 Wednesday, February 2, 2011 3:34 PM

How far inland between cat 5 and 3. Reports say it could last a full 24 hrs and a storm that big ..... I pray every stays safe.

Reply #120 Thursday, February 3, 2011 8:53 AM

I pray every stays safe.

me too, I got word that my brother who lives in Carines is ok and his place is fine as fare as I know

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