Morgan, Clader retire from Church Divinity School of the Pacific

first_imgMorgan, Clader retire from Church Divinity School of the Pacific Former dean and president, dean of academic affairs finish long tenures on June 30 Rector Knoxville, TN Rev Sandra McCann MD says: Theological Education Rector Shreveport, LA June 20, 2013 at 6:34 pm You have both been great gifts to The Church and to the many you have influenced in preparing for ministry over the years.God’s Blessings and may you enjoy a most fulfilling retirement. If you figure out how to do it, please let me know…I’m looking for a “12 Step Group”. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL The Rev. Robert W Harvey says: The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says: Sanford Z. K. Hampton says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET June 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm Big blessings to you both…Thank you for all you have contributed to CDSP Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN chaplain Tom Chapman says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group People, Submit a Job Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest June 20, 2013 at 10:42 pm If both or either of you are up for a different kind of adventure, we surely could use both of your skills at Msalato Theological College in Dodoma, Tanzania. My physician husband and I have been here as appointed mission partners of TEC since 2004 and would love to have you join us, even for a term. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Church Divinity School of the Pacific] Dr. Donn F. Morgan and the Rev. Dr. Linda L. Clader are retiring from Church Divinity School of the Pacific on June 30, the Very Rev. W. Mark Richardson, CDSP dean and president, has announced.Dr. Donn F. MorganMorgan has taught Old Testament at CDSP since 1972 and served as president and dean from 1995–2010. He also taught biblical studies, Christian education, homiletics and other multidisciplinary courses and topics. His tenure at CDSP reflected his belief “that theological education is critically important for the church to do mission and ministry effectively and well.”Morgan holds an A.B. from Oberlin College, a B.D from Yale Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School. In addition to serving 15 years as CDSP dean and president, he served as acting dean and president from 1987–88, 1989–90, and 1994–95.The Rev. Dr. Linda L. CladerClader has taught homiletics at CDSP since 1991 and served as dean of academic affairs for 10 years. As dean, she successfully managed two accreditation reviews and grew institutional and academic connections with the Graduate Theological Union and its member schools and centers.She is a Chicago-area native who studied classical languages at Carleton College and Harvard University, where she earned a Ph.D. in Classical Philology. After teaching classical languages at Carleton for 18 years, she received her M.Div. from CDSP in 1988 and was ordained priest in 1989 in the Diocese of Minnesota. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Submit a Press Release Posted Jun 19, 2013 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Rev Fred Heard says: TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments (7) Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Washington, DC June 20, 2013 at 1:39 am Many thanks and blessings to you both, Donn and Linda. Happy retirement. Harriet+ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Miriam Raub Vivian says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York June 20, 2013 at 5:08 pm What a gif t you been at CDSP. I wish you many blessings as you move on to what’s next in your life. I relocated back to Minnesota April 10 this year. Call me if you ever get back to visit. 520-256-7362.Shalom, Bob Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET September 23, 2013 at 7:34 pm What terrific examples of sheer grace and faithfulness. It will be beautiful to watch and see how you both reinvent yourselves for the next part of your life story. Live dear friends, Hug galore. Tom Chapman Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem June 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm Congratulations on your retirements, Donn and Linda. You both gave enormously to a wonderful institution, and I’m so glad we were at CDSP when you were there! Best wishes in whatever lies ahead for you. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Comments are closed. 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Link between domestic violence and mass murder

first_imgAfter Devin P. Kelley murdered 26 people and wounded 20 others in a Texas church on Nov. 5,  the media reported studies showing a clear correlation between mass murders and domestic violence.Kelley had been found guilty of kicking, beating, choking and constantly threatening his first spouse with a loaded gun (with which he also fractured his toddler stepson’s skull) in an Air Force court-martial in 2012.  He was sentenced to a year in military prison and given a bad conduct discharge in 2014.Over the intervening years Kelley was repeatedly investigated for violence against women and even charged with sexually assaulting and raping a woman. He was also known to brutally attack his dog. What precipitated his carrying out the assault at the church using a military style semi-automatic rifle was an argument with his current mother-in-law who was a member there.However, because of the Lautenberg Amendment passed in 1997, Kelley should have been prohibited from purchasing or possessing guns and ammunition due to his domestic violence conviction. But the Air Force — whether through deliberate neglect or routine omission — failed to record his conviction in the FBI National Crime Information Center database. Those statistics are used by the National Instant Check System to flag prohibited purchases and lead to follow-up investigations. So Kelley slipped through the cracks and was free to act out his cruel, misdirected rage.There is a glaringly consistent pattern of domestic violence by mass killers that has not been reported until now.  This applies to Omar Mateen, who killed 49 people and wounded 58 at the Orlando Pulse nightclub in June 2016; Tamerian Tsarnaev, whose bomb at the Boston Marathon in April 2013 killed three and injured 264; and Adam Lanza, who killed his mother before entering the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where he killed 2o children between the ages of 6 and 7 and six adults in December 2012. Nine of the 10 deadliest mass killings in the U.S. in the past 50 years were perpetrated by men with histories of domestic violence. (Village Voice, Nov. 8)A 2014 study by Everytown for Gun Safety showed that 59 percent of the 100-plus mass shootings (where four or more people were killed)  in the U.S. between January 2009 and June 2014 involved the murder of an intimate partner or family member.A deadly pattern of misogynyYet it took the tragedy in a Texas church on a Sunday morning to expose the deadly connection between mass murder and age-old misogyny — one of the pillars of capitalism that drives U.S. society.While such statistics have been around since the 1990s, they are not well-known, even by those who follow the movement for women’s liberation. It took years of struggle, beginning in the 1970s when women first set up battered women’s shelters, to see that the federal Violence Against Women Act was passed in 1994 and updated in 2013 to include same-sex relationships and visas for battered immigrants. However, the VAWA is woefully inadequate and viciously racist in how it is currently applied.According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women have been physically abused by an intimate partner during their lifetime. Every day three women are killed by male intimate partners in the U.S. Half of all women murdered in this country are killed by men they know intimately.The critical factor is if there is a gun in the home. According to a study published by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2004, which compared abused women who were murdered by a partner and those who survived partner abuse, the presence of a gun more than triples the risk of death in a domestic violence situation.Police families lead in domestic violenceIronically, which families have the highest rate of domestic abuse? According to two studies cited by the National Center for Women and Policing, at least 40 percent of families headed by police experience domestic violence in contrast to 10 percent of other families. The NCWP states: “Victims of police family violence typically fear that the responding officers will side with their abuser and fail to properly investigate or document the crime.”The 2012 jailing of Marissa Alexander, an African-American mother of three, for firing a warning shot at her abusive spouse who was threatening her life, is Exhibit A of why that is not a paranoid fear and how the VAWA can be turned upside down.While here are many socioeconomic conditions and widely accepted cultural behaviors that lead to domestic abuse, in addition to racist, gendered and class oppression, there is no question that the solution will not come under capitalism. In fact, if the predator in chief in the White House has his way, domestic abuse and its link to mass killings will only increase. In the first round of proposed budget cuts, Trump put 25 grants exploring ways to prevent violence against women on the chopping block.But the good news is that the current spotlight on domestic violence and mass murders coincides with an upsurge in activism against sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace. They are two sides of the same patriarchal coin.  A coin that needs to be tossed into the cesspool of sexist history, along with all other manifestations of toxic capitalism.This is the first of several articles about domestic violence in the U.S.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Farm Credit Mid-America Announces Election Results

first_img Previous articleFall Testing for Soybean Cyst NematodeNext articleState Corn Groups Work to Bring Consumers Choice in Work for Higher Ethanol Blends Gary Truitt On the same ballot, customers elected 20 members to serve on the Nominating Committee who will meet next June to slate candidates for the 2013 elections.The newly elected and re-elected Board members are Facebook Twitter Farm Credit Mid-America Announces Election Results SHARE TENNESSEE Two Year Position – Hugh Adams of Dresden – Hugh is a grain production farmer. He holds a degree in agriculture and business from Mississippi State University. He recently retired from the Tennessee Farm Bureau, where he served 35 years as a Field Service Director. Hugh was involved in the Weakley County Farm Bureau as a director and has been a member of the Tennessee Soybean Association and Tennessee Corn Growers Association for more than 25 years.  He serves as a director for the West Tennessee River Basin Authority and is a former member of the Dresden Farm Credit Advisory Committee. INDIANA Four Year Position – Kevin Cox (Incumbent) of Brazil – Kevin is a grain production, cattle and hay farmer and is President and Owner of TST Farms INC. and TST Trucking LLC. He also owns a land holding business, TST LLC. Kevin is serving as Parke County REMC Director. He retired from Parke County Farm Bureau after 26 years of membership, 16 of which he was President. Kevin served on the Parke County Extension Board, the Clay Community Schools Ag Advisory Committee and the Indiana Farm Bureau Young Farmer Committee. Kevin is the board incumbent and has served in that capacity since 2008. He serves as the board’s Vice-President. Home Indiana Agriculture News Farm Credit Mid-America Announces Election Results Five farmers were elected by customers of Farm Credit Mid-America as the newest members of the Board of Directors. Farm Credit’s Board is comprised of 16 elected directors and two independent directors who meet monthly to set policy and provide overall direction for the agricultural lending cooperative which spans four states and serves almost 100,000 customers-members. “As a cooperative, Farm Credit offers customers the opportunity to vote for the individuals that will drive the decisions of the association, the members of the Board,” said Kevin Cox, chair of Farm Credit’s Board of Directors. “The results of the 2012 election are in and we are excited to welcome back three directors and introduce two new members.” OHIO Four Year Position – Bill Patterson (Incumbent) of Chesterland – Bill owns and operates Patterson Farms, PFF, Inc. and Orchard Hills Inc. He received a degree in Agriculture Economics from the Ohio State University. Bill is a Trustee for the Ohio Farm Bureau and member of Ohio Produce Growers Marketing Association.  He is the board incumbent and has served in the capacity since 2004. By Gary Truitt – Oct 24, 2012 TENNESSEE Four Year Position – Donald Blankenship (Incumbent) of  Murfreesboro – Donald’s farm operation consists of cow-calf pairs, grain, vegetables and custom farming. He received a degree in Agribusiness from Middle Tennessee State University. He has past board experience serving in other organizations including Farm Bureau (local director), Tennessee Young Farmer and Rancher (Vice-President and Treasurer) and Mid-State Producers (Secretary and Treasurer).  Donald is the board incumbent and has served in that capacity since 2008. SHARE Facebook Twitter KENTUCKY Four Year Position – John Kuegel Jr. of Owensboro – John is a dairy and grain farmer. He received a degree in animal science from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of Kentucky Farm Bureau Young Farmers Committee (past state chair), the Daviess County Farm Bureau (director and immediate past president), the Kentucky Farm Bureau (District 2 chair), the Daviess County Extension Board and the Kentucky Holstein Cattle Club (past president). He is a former state president of the Kentucky FFA. John is a former member of the Owensboro Farm Credit Advisory Committee.last_img read more

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Friday Night Football Preview: A Hobbled Maranatha Heads to Temecula, Looks for First Win

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Maranatha (0-2-1) at Linfield Christian of Temecula (1-1-1)Maranatha is in need of its first win of the season.The Minutemen showed promise last week in challenging Arcadia throughout, but coach Steve Bogan’s squad is going to need quarterback Kwon Peterson and running backs Daniel Torres and Awan Parker to have breakout games.Bogan hopes his injured and inexperienced unit can put their best foot forward before league play starts in two weeks when they open up against Village Christian.Linfield Christian is averaging just 135 yards passing and 120 rushing, so it looks as good a week as any for Maranatha to get its first victory.“We’re going in with three 2-way starters out and two others (starters) out, so it’s going to be a challenge,” Bogan said. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeauty Sports Friday Night Football Preview: A Hobbled Maranatha Heads to Temecula, Looks for First Win By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 6:10 pm Business Newscenter_img Community News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribe Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more

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£10,000 and quantity of counterfeit cigarettes seized in Derry

first_imgNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Twitter WhatsApp Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleReported sighting of missing Rhonda O’LoughlinNext articleAmy Boyle Carr named on Ireland Squad for Euro Qualifiers News Highland Twitter Facebook Pinterest £10,000 and quantity of counterfeit cigarettes seized in Derrycenter_img Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – September 27, 2018 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Yesterday afternoon officers from the District Support Team in Derry seized a quantity a suspected counterfeit cigarettes as well as over £10,000 in cash during a search of a van in the Creggan area.The driver of the van was arrested and his van seized.The man was detained at Strand Strand Road Police Station following searches of two properties. WhatsApp Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

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McConalogue says decisions will be made on satellite vaccination centres

first_imgDonegal Deputy and Agriculture Minister Charlie McConalogue has defended the government’s decision to alter the vaccination priority protocols, saying it is based on scientific advice and designed to achieve the most effective programme possible.On today Nine til Noon Show with Greg Hughes, Minister Mc Conalogue also confirmed that once we enter the next phase of vaccinations, there will be less emphasis on GP surgeries and more on vaccination centres.He suggested decisions on extra satellite centres, such as the one being sought for Inishowen, may be made shortly…………..Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/chavacc5pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – March 31, 2021 Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest WhatsApp Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction McConalogue says decisions will be made on satellite vaccination centrescenter_img AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleHealth and Care Centre to be developed on Fort George site in DerryNext article411 new Covid 19 cases, 31 in Donegal News Highland Google+last_img read more

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One death, 24 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 One death, 24 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland Google+ Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img By News Highland – July 7, 2020 Previous articleSinn Féin have an over-focus on a border poll – TaoiseachNext articleGardai catch motorist drug driving in Ballyshannon News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook 24 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.The total number of confirmed cases in the Republic stands at 25,538.One further death brings the death toll here to 1,742.There are no new confirmed cases in Donegal today with the number remaining at 466. Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

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‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett believes ‘justice will be served’ after brutal attack

first_imgGabriel Olsen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — Three days after he told police that he was attacked in a possible hate crime in Chicago, Jussie Smollett thanked his fans Friday and assured them that he was on his way to recovery, both mentally and physically.“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” the 36-year-old “Empire” actor said in the statement to ABC News. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.”ESSENCE Magazine first reported Smollett’s statement.And though Chicago Police have told ABC News that Smollett is only being viewed as the victim in this investigation, the actor is still bothered by some chatter online that his story may have changed in any way. Police also revealed video grabs earlier this week of two men that they hope to question about the incident.“I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level,” he said in the statement. “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.”Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the department was taking the case as seriously as it does any crime, but called Smollett a “victim” and said he’s been “cooperative.”“The allegations are horrendous, horrible and cowardly,” Johnson said, adding, without specifics, that detectives have made progress. “We have no reason to believe he has not been genuine.”In his statement, Smollett said attacks like the one he described are “happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily.”“I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident,” he added.Smollett said that he will address the details of the attack soon, but needs a “moment to process.”“Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love,” he said in the statement. “It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.”The “Empire” star told police he was attacked early Tuesday. He was subsequently hospitalized and released, local authorities said.Smollett told police that the men also allegedly poured “an unknown chemical substance” on him, possibly bleach, and wrapped a rope around his neck, police said. The rope was still around Smollett’s neck when police spoke to him, officials said.Smollett’s family also released a statement Thursday, saying he was the victim of a “violent and unprovoked attack.”“We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime,” the family wrote in the statement to ABC News. “Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice.”Chicago Police has told ABC News that a dozen detectives are pursuing new leads and have tracked the actor’s movements that morning through video and photos.They said early Thursday that video shows Smollett walking across the street from two men, whose photos were released late Wednesday to the public. In the video, Smollett walks out of frame for about a minute and reappears on another camera “wearing a rope like a neck tie,” police said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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An ice-core proxy for northerly air mass incursions into West Antarctica

first_imgA 200-year proxy for northerly air mass incursions (NAMI) into central and western West Antarctica is developed from the examination of 19 shallow (21–150 m deep) Antarctic ice-core non-sea-salt (nss) Ca2+ concentration records. The NAMI proxy reveals a significant rise in recent decades. This rise is unprecedented for at least the past 200 years and is coincident with anthropogenically driven changes in other large-scale Southern Hemisphere (SH) environmental phenomena such as greenhouse gas (GHG) induced warming, ozone depletion, and the associated intensification of the SH westerlies. The Hysplit trajectory model is used to examine air mass transport pathways into West Antarctica. Empirical orthogonal function analysis, in combination with trajectory results, suggests that atmospheric circulation is the dominant factor affecting nssCa2+ concentrations throughout central and western West Antarctica. Ozone recovery will likely weaken the spring-summer SH westerlies in the future. Consequently, Antarctica could lose one of its best defences against SH GHG warminglast_img read more

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Will Hurricane Season Sizzle Or Fizzle?

first_imgWe have officially entered the 2017 Hurricane Season and there is still uncertainty whether or not we will have a active year. While hurricanes typically don’t threaten our area until late summer and fall, it always important to be prepared.Several forecasts have been issued and it shows that an average to above normal season is possible. In case you missed it, we have already had one named storm. Tropical Storm Arlene made a brief appearance in the Atlantic back in April.NOAA predicts a 45% chance of an above normal hurricane season with 11-17 named storms, 5-9 hurricanes and 2-4 major hurricanes. (Courtesy: NOAA)Of course, several factors are still in question on whether the forecasts will verify. One factor is El Nino. There has been uncertainty on the development of El Nino emerging this summer. El Nino is a result of warmer than normal temperatures along the Pacific equator which can affect the weather on a Global scale. So you might ask, how will this affect Ocean City during this year Hurricane season?El Nino is known to stifle the formation of developing tropical systems in the Atlantic Ocean due to upper level westerly winds shearing the systems apart when they form. However, latest forecasts indicate that El Nino may fail to develop, which would allow tropical systems to thrive.Latest forecasts show a weak El Nino is possible but less of a chance of a moderate to strong El Nino forming.Another factor which is important to tropical development is sea surface temperatures. Looking at current ocean temperatures across the Atlantic, Carribean and Gulf of Mexico shows that temperatures are already at or above 80 degrees which is enough to support tropical development.Current Sea surface temperatures (Courtesy:tropicaltidbits.com)As I have already mentioned, the threat of any tropical storms or hurricanes really don’t impact our area until late August through September. Only recent storms to affect our area outside of that time frame was Hurricane Arthur, which moved up the coast over the July 4th weekend in 2014 and Superstorm Sandy in late October 2012.Graph shows the total amount of named storms over the last 100 years with the highest amount peaking during the 2nd week of September. NOAAThe U.S. coastline has not been hit with a Major Hurricane in over 11 years (Hurricane Wilma-2005). This does not mean there was a lack of major hurricanes in the Atlantic. Steering currents in the upper atmosphere guided these storms stay away from the U.S. When a trough sets up over the Eastern U.S. approaching hurricanes are picked up and pushed out to sea. However, there are times when a blocking pattern sets up and can capture a storm and pull it towards the coast, like Superstorm Sandy. Ocean temperatures and our geographical location make it difficult for major hurricanes to affect Ocean City. Hurricanes need to 80+ degree water to maintain its strength. Also, wind shear is much stronger at our latitude which weakens hurricanes. But it is important to know, the strength of a hurricane which is determined by its maximum wind speed isn’t as important as its impacts. Storm surge and tidal flooding has been the major impacts of any hurricane or coastal storm that has affected Ocean City.A new feature that will be issued by the National Hurricane Center is the Storm Surge Watch & Warning. This product will forecast the potential storm surge along the coastline as a hurricane threatens the coast. This feature was developed thanks to Superstorm Sandy when a weakening storm (as far as wind strength) did not accurately represent the real severe impact of the storm.In conclusion, we can expect at least an average season to potential above average hurricane season. The average would be 12 named storms (39-73mph), 6 hurricanes (74mph+) and 3 major hurricanes (111mph+). Remember, whether its an active or inactive season, it only takes one storm. So be prepared!last_img read more

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