Luzon/ Philippines/ China/ Hong Kong/ Vietnam: Typhoon KALMAEGI (15W)/ LUIS: 141800Z near 18.4N 119.6E, moving WNW at 17 knots (JMA) – Updated 140914 2000z (UTC)

Typhoon KALMAEGI (15W)/Bagyong LUIS in the Philippines Typhoon “LUIS” has slightly weakened as it continues to cross the Northern Luzon area – PAGASA TY 1415 (KALMAEGI) Issued at 18:45 UTC, 14 September 2014 <Analyses at 14/18 UTC> Scale – Intensity Strong Center position N18°25′(18.4°) E119°35′(119.6°) Direction and speed of movement WNW 30km/h(17kt) Central pressure 975hPa Maximum … Continue reading

East Pacific/ Mexico/ Baja California: Hurricane ODILE 15E: 131800Z nr 16.6N 106.0W, moving NW at about 4.34 knots (NHC) – Published 130914 2030z (UTC)

Hurricane Odile (CATEGORY 1 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR… * MANZANILLO TO CABO CORRIENTES * LA PAZ TO SANTA FE …ODILE GETTING STRONGER…NHC   000 WTPZ35 KNHC 131752 TCPEP5 BULLETIN HURRICANE ODILE INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 14A NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP152014 1100 AM … Continue reading

Philippines: Ferry sinks off Leyte carrying at least 84, at least 70 missing as Typhoon Kalmaegi/Luis approaches – Published 130914 1900z (UTC)

At least 70 people are missing after a ferry sank in the waters off the central Philippines in bad weather on Saturday night, the government’s civil defence office said. The Maharlika II ferry, carrying at least 84 people went down off the central island of Leyte with only 14 people rescued so far by other … Continue reading

UK SEVERE WEATHER and FLOOD WARNINGS – Updated 25 Aug 2014 1717z (GMT/UTC)

*UK* Met Office   East Midlands Yellow Warning East of England Yellow Warning London & South East England Yellow Warning North West England Yellow Warning South West England Yellow Warning Wales Yellow Warning West Midlands Yellow Warning   (see details below or follow above links) NO Flood Warnings in England and Wales – None in … Continue reading

India/ Pakistan: Heavy monsoon rains leave at least 82 dead in Punjab, Kashmir, KPK. More rain forecast – Published 050914 1010z (UTC)

At least forty (G: 82 over Punjab and Azad Kashmir) people died in separate incidents of roof collapse, land sliding and electrocution followed by heavy downpour in Punjab on Thursday. Heavy rains lashed Lahore where six members of a family lost their lives in a roof collapse, including an infant. In another incident of roof … Continue reading

East Pacific/ Mexico/ Baja California: Hurricane NORBERT 14E: 050600Z nr 22.3N 111.3W, moving NNW at about 6.95 knots (NHC) – Published 050914 0845z (UTC)

Hurricane NORBERT* 14E …CENTER OF NORBERT PASSING WEST-SOUTHWEST OF CABO SAN LUCAS… A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * SANTA FE TO CABO SAN LAZARO A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * SAN EVARISTO TO SOUTH OF SANTA FE * NORTH OF CABO SAN LAZARO TO PUNTA ABREOJOS A TROPICAL STORM WATCH … Continue reading

Eastern Pacific/ Mexico: Tropical Disturbance 93E: 020830Z nr 15.6N 107.5W, moving NE at 9 knots. High chance of becoming Tropical Cyclone within next 24 hours (JTWC) – Published 020914 1505z (UTC)

Tropical Disturbance 93E THE POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS IS HIGH – JTWC Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC)       Google Earth Graphic Overlay   WTPN21 PHNC 020830 MSGID/GENADMIN/JOINT TYPHOON WRNCEN PEARL HARBOR HI// SUBJ/TROPICAL CYCLONE FORMATION ALERT// RMKS/ 1. FORMATION OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE … Continue reading

Mexico/ Bay Of Campeche: Tropical Storm DOLLY (05L): 022100Z near 22.0N 97.0W , moving W at 10 knots (NHC) – Updated 020914 2104z (UTC)

Tropical Storm DOLLY (05L) …CENTER OF DOLLY REFORMING TO THE SOUTH… A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * CABO ROJO TO BARRA EL MEZQUITAL MEXICO NHC (Image: wunderground.com) 5 day forecast (Click image for source) (Image: wunderground.com) Satellite (Click image for source) (Image: wunderground.com) North Atlantic Surface Temp (Click image for source) 000 … Continue reading

Nigeria: Passenger boat with 34 aboard sinks near Port Harcourt, 12 drowned, 17 rescued, others missing – Published 300814 1800z (UTC)

No less than 10 people (G: now 12) have drowned following the capsizing and sinking of a boat carrying 35 passengers. The passenger boat was headed for Port Harcourt when it suffered the mishap which killed 10 people, and 8 persons reportedly missing. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) co-ordinator, Onimode Bandele confirmed the incident saying, … Continue reading

Atlantic/ US/ Canada: Post-tropical Cyclone CRISTOBAL 04L: 291500Z nr 45.5N 47.1W, moving NE at about 38.2 knots(NHC) – Updated 291514 2200z (UTC)

Post-tropical Cyclone CRISTOBAL 04L ……CRISTOBAL BECOMES A POWERFUL EXTRATROPICAL CYCLONE OVER THE NORTH ATLANTIC……NHC CRISTOBAL STILL A STRONG POST-TROPICAL STORM ON EASTERN EDGE OF THE GRAND BANKS – STRONG WINDS REMAIN TO ITS WEST.- CHC Though Cristobal is no longer a hurricane, it still has hurricane-force winds, and will be a threat to marine … Continue reading

Europe: Severe weather inc tornadoes forecast for E France and S Germany (Estofex) – Published 250814 2215z (GMT/UTC)

European forecaster Estofex issues level 2 Storm Forecast for E France and S Germany….. Storm Forecast Storm Forecast Valid: Tue 26 Aug 2014 06:00 to Wed 27 Aug 2014 06:00 UTC Issued: Mon 25 Aug 2014 21:17 Forecaster: SCHLENCZEK A level 2 was issued for E France and S Germany mainly for tornadoes and severe … Continue reading

East Pacific: Tropical Depression Karina 11E: 252100Z near 17.2N 127.6W, moving E at about 5.2 knots(NHC) – Updated 250814 2102z (UTC)

Tropical Depression KARINA 11E …KARINA HANGING ON AS A TROPICAL DEPRESSION……NHC THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. (Image: wunderground.com) Global Sea Surface Temp (Click image for source) 000 WTPZ31 KNHC 252036 TCPEP1 BULLETIN TROPICAL DEPRESSION KARINA ADVISORY NUMBER 52 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP112014 200 PM PDT MON AUG 25 … Continue reading

East Pacific/ Mexico: Hurricane MARIE 13E CAT4: 251600Z near 18.0N 115.0W, moving NW at 10 knots (JTWC) – Updated 250814 1637z (UTC)

Hurricane Marie 13E (CATEGORY 4 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) …EYE OF MARIE VERY NEAR CLARION ISLAND… …LARGE SWELLS MOVING UP THE COAST OF THE BAJA CALIFORNIA PENINSULA TOWARD SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA…                         000 000 WTPZ33 KNHC 251433 TCPEP3 BULLETIN HURRICANE MARIE ADVISORY … Continue reading

East Pacific/Mexico: Hurricane LOWELL 12E: 211500Z near 20.0N 122.1W , moving NW at 3 knots(NHC) – Updated 210814 1633z (UTC)

Hurricane LOWELL 12E (CATEGORY 1 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) …LOWELL BECOMES THE SEVENTH HURRICANE OF THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC SEASON… THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT….NHC   000 WTPZ32 KNHC 211432 TCPEP2 BULLETIN HURRICANE LOWELL ADVISORY NUMBER 15 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL EP122014 800 AM PDT THU … Continue reading

The Trevor Project

Originally posted on Queer Landia:
In the wake of Robin Williams taking his own life I’ve been thinking a lot about The Trevor Project.  I thought I’d give them a shout out this week and help raise more awareness and shine a light on this sad darkness. From their website: The Trevor Project is the…

Gay man sues doctor for listing “homosexual behavior” as “chronic problem”

Originally posted on Queer Landia:
Matthew Moore Some people just refuse to change. Openly gay Los Angeles resident Matthew Moore is suing his doctor and Southern California medical network after discovering the doctor had listed “homosexual behavior” as a “chronic problem” on his medical records, and refused to remove it after he called them out…

Tropical Atlantic May Try to Come Alive Next Week

Originally posted on TheSurvivalPlaceBlog:
By By Kristina Pydynowski While a robust tropical wave is moving through the Atlantic, the window for tropical development will not open until next week. Several tropical waves are roaming the Atlantic Ocean, but none are projected to develop into the next tropical depression of the season. This includes a robust…

UK: RNLI lifeguards at Polzeath rescued 32 people last night after they extended their patrol hours – Published 120814 1752z (GMT/UTC)

RNLI lifeguards at Polzeath rescued 32 people last night after they extended their patrol hours. With a large number of people in the water and difficult conditions on the high spring tide, the lifeguard team stayed on past their normal finishing time of 6pm to ensure everybody was safe. The lifeguard team, made up of … Continue reading

An Open Letter to Robert Gates: The Boy Scouts Need to Accept Gay Adults

An Open Letter to Robert Gates: The Boy Scouts Need to Accept Gay Adults

Originally posted on TIME:
I was just 4 years old when I went on my first camping trip with my older brother and his Cub Scouts pack. After that, I was hooked. Scouting has been a constant part of my life since then. The Boy Scouts taught me everything from how to survive in the…

Gay rights around the world

Originally posted on Queer Landia:
So I happened to come across this cool map today from ILGA.  Upon further examination I thought I’d post it and share a little bit about a new organization I learned about today. The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association was founded in 1978 and claims to be…

Japan/ Russia: Severe Tropical Storm HALONG 11W 101800Z nr 41.2N 137.3E, moving N at 45km/h(25kt)(JMA) 2 Dead, 1.6 million displaced (WestPacWx) – Updated 100814 2130z (UTC)

Severe Tropical Storm 1411 /11W HALONG Japan: 2 Dead, 1.6 million displaced (WestPacWx) (Image: wunderground.com) 5 day forecast (Click image for source) (Image: wunderground.com) Satellite (Click image for source)   (RSMC Tokyo is the lead agency in this area) Japan Radar Currently valid Warnings/Advisories Click on image for source STS 1411 (HALONG) Issued at 18:45 … Continue reading

Signpost to UK SEVERE WEATHER, FLOOD WARNINGS and TORRO TORNADO WATCH – Updated 09 Aug 2014 2325z (GMT/UTC)

EX-Hurricane Bertha TORRO TORNADO WATCH for much of southern, central, and eastern England, and parts of N England, Wales and the Channel Islands. THREATS Tornadoes; wind gusts to 60mph; CG lightning; hail Valid from 03:00 until 17:00GMT on Sunday 10th August 2014 A TORRO TORNADO WATCH has been issued at 22:45GMT on Saturday 9th August … Continue reading

UK: Ex Bertha bringing wet and windy weather on Sunday, says Met Office – Published 080814 1719z (GMT)

#UK #SEVERE #WEATHER, #FLOOD WARNINGS and #TORRO #TORNADO WATCH. #Bertha #UKstorm #FloodAware #Wx #News… http://t.co/fIcYIK4jr5 — Goaty’s News (UK) (@Goatys_News) August 9, 2014 8 August 2014 – The remnants of Hurricane Bertha will continue to track towards the UK during the next few days. “The Met Office has been assessing the likelihood of the UK … Continue reading

Central Pacific/ HAWAII: Tropical Storm ISELLE 09E 081000Z near 19.0N 155.3W, moving W at 09 knots. 43nm from Hilo (JTWC) – Updated 080814 1100z (UTC)

Tropical Storm ISELLE 09E …ISELLE WEAKENS TO A TROPICAL STORM…CONTINUES CHURNING TOWARD THE BIG ISLAND…NWS CHC TROPICAL STORM 09E (ISELLE) WARNING NR 033 DOWNGRADED FROM HURRICANE 09E A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * HAWAII COUNTY A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR… * MAUI COUNTY…INCLUDING THE ISLANDS OF MAUI…MOLOKAI…LANAI… AND KAHOOLAWE. * … Continue reading

US/Canada: Tropical Storm Bertha 051500Z near 34.8N 71.9W, moving NNE at 19 knots (NHC) – Updated 050814 1520z (UTC)

Tropical Storm Bertha …BERTHA WEAKENS A LITTLE MORE…. SURF…SWELLS GENERATED BY BERTHA WILL AFFECT PORTIONS OF THE COASTS OF NORTH AND SOUTH CAROLINA TODAY AND TONIGHT…..NHC BERTHA NOW EAST OF THE CAROLINAS MOVING NORTHEASTWARD – EXPECTED TO TRACK OFFSHORE – COULD AFFECT EASTERN NEWFOUNDLAND WITH RAIN LATE WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY – CHC 000 WTNT33 KNHC … Continue reading