Supermoon to light up the sky tonight

For stargazers and astronomy enthusiasts across the world, the Sunday sky will be a visual treat as the Supermoon will make its brightest and closest appearance this year. Scientifically called as the ‘perigee moon’, the celestial event will see the moon in line with the sun and the earth at a specific point on the moon’s orbit. While Supermoons are an annual occurrence, this will be a special phenomenon as the Earth’s satellite on Sunday will appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter. To catch a glimpse of the moon in all its glory, Hyderabadis will just have to look skywards on Sunday evening post 6.49pm.

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The moon will come closest to the earth and will be at a distance of 3,56,989 km away from us. “The Supermoon on Sunday will be doubly special as this is the closest that the moon has come to the earth since last year in May and it will be a full moon,” said Raghunandan Kumar, director and founder secretary of the Planetary Society of  Kumar added that planets Saturn and Venus can also be spotted in the sky as non-twinkling bright objects in the east post sunset.

Like most such celestial occurrences, superstitions are associated with the Supermoon as well. Many believe the phenomenon to be a harbinger of ill luck which causes natural calamities and affects human behavior. The NASA, however, has debunked all such theories stating that there is no scientific evidence to show a co-relation between phases of the moon and the incidence of crime, sickness, human behavior etc.

Scientists closer home too are urging people to not shy away from the Sunday sky. “We would strongly advise people to come outdoors and see for themselves the astronomical miracle on Sunday,” Kumar said.

The next such Supermoon is expected to be seen after duration of one year, one month and 18 days that is, August 10, 2014.

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Rain lashes Many Parts of Sindh During Night.

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Rain With Fast Wind Lashes Upper And Eastern Sindh in Late night Morning hours.. Moderate intensity of Rainfall occurred in Larkana Khairpur Ranipur Bhriya Tando Masti Sanghar Kot-lalu and Other parts of various districs got light to moderate rain .

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According to Source  Yestreday night rain with thunderstorm hits many pars of upper sindh including Stagnant rainwater hit districts, including Sukkur, Ghotki, Shikarpur, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Larkana and Khairpur traces of rain reported in nawabshah District.. Spotty drizzle also occur in some parts of karachi..

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Lahore:torrential rain that lashed the city on Saturday morning.

Scores of localities were inundated and the rainwater could not be cleared from many localities till in the evening despite tall claims by the government.

The only road that remained unaffected by the very heavy rain was the pathway of the metro bus service, indicating the need for also investing funds in improving the city’s age-old run-down drainage system and road network.

Power supply was disrupted in majority localities in the city immediately after rain began. Overhead wires fell, sparked and terrified people. The power supply could not be restored for several hours in many localities. Some still missed it by Saturday evening.

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Rain also lashed several cities in the country because of a pre-monsoon system and a westerly wave over the upper parts of the country.

The torrential rain in Lahore that began late last night continued till in the morning. It was accompanied by a windstorm having a velocity of 60km per hour, uprooting trees, plants and bill boards and leveling houses.

Parveen, 60, her daughters Uzma, 14, Ismat, 16, and Hussain, 6-month, were killed as the roof of their house collapsed at Qainchi Amar Sidhu. Parveen’s husband Khushi Muhammad, a son and a daughter were injured.

Ahad Khan, a watchman, was killed when the roof of his room caved in at Shawala Chowk, Singhpura. His friend Shahid Khan was injured.

In Sittara Colony, Kamahan Road, Abbas and his two children, Wasim, 6, and Irum, 3, were killed as the roof of their house collapsed. His wife Irshad Bibi and three children sustained injuries.

At Bedian Road, Chungi Amar Sidhu, Ali Hasan, 7, was electrocuted as an overhead electricity wire fell on him during the rain storm.

In Hanjarwal, Muhammad Ashraf and Khurshid Alam were electrocuted as an iron bar they were unloading from a truck touched an overhead electricity wire during the rain.

According to Rescue 1122 several other persons too were injured in rain related incidents in different parts of the city.

Meanwhile, rain kept life disrupted in the city throughout the day. The Met office recorded 102mm of rain at its Jail Road observatory and 92mm at the airport.

It inundated low lying areas not only in the main city but also in localities like Gulberg. A large number of cars and motorcycles broke down on the submerged roads during the rain storm and afterwards, causing a great deal of inconvenience to people and disrupting traffic.

Pedestrians and motorcyclists took shelter as the windstorm began to uproot trees and bill boards.

Some of the streets and localities that were submerged included Lakshmi Chowk, Jail Road and Muslim Town underpasses, Multan, Road, Wahdat Road, Ferozepur Road, The Mal, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Gadhafi Stadium, Barkat Market, Garden Town, Model Town, Sabzazaar, Marghazar, Chauburji, Samanabad, Bahawalpur Road, Mozang, Shara-e-Fatima Jinnah, Lawrence Road, Shahrah-i-Awan-i-Tijarat, Ravi Road, G T Road, Lahore Hotel Chowk, Shimla Hill, Allama Iqbal Road, Gulshan-i-Ravi, Wapda Town, Valencia, Dubanpura, Mustafa Town, Thoker Niaz Baig and Cantonment.

Roads in some Wapda Town blocks were inundated as a local drain spilled over.

Earlier, the Met office reported widespread rain in the country. Toba Tek Singh received 50mm of rain, Jhelum 39, Kotli 37, Rawlakot 36, Murree 35, Jhang 50, Sahiwal and Bannu 29 (each), Okara, Muzaffarabad and Sialkot A/P 25(each), Noorpur Thal 22, Sialkot cantt 12, Johrabad 20, Islamabad Z/P 18, Kakul 17, Faisalabad 15, Mangla 12, Saidu Sharif 10, Badin 9, Malam Jabba 7, Chitral and Sargodha 6(each), Bahawalnagar 5, Mirkhani and Garhi Dupatta 4(each), Pattan and Bunji =03 (each), Bhakkar, Gujranwala and D I Khan 2 (each).

The Met office forecast widespread thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds, heavy falls at isolated places, over northeast Punjab, DG Khan, Multan, Bahawalpur, D I Khan, Bannu, Kohat divisions, Waziristan and northeast Balochistan in the next 24 hours. Fairly widespread thunderstorm /rain with gusty winds may occur over Sahiwal and Malakand divisions, north Punjab (including Islamabad), Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir.

Scattered thunderstorm/rain with gusty winds would occur over Peshawar, Mardan divisions and Sindh.

Lahore will also receive more rain that can be heavy at times.

High Chances Of BOB will Birth Cyclone..

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THE AREA OF CONVECTION PREVIOUSLY LOCATED NEAR 4.0S 86.7E,
IS NOW LOCATED NEAR 4.3S 86.5E, APPROXIMATELY 850 NM EAST-NORTHEAST
OF DIEGO GARCIA. ANIMATED INFRARED SATELLITE IMAGERY SHOWS AN
ELONGATED AND CONSOLIDATING LOW-LEVEL CIRCULATION CENTER (LLCC) WITH
FORMATIVE CONVECTIVE BANDING. A 061507Z AMSU-B IMAGE SHOWS A BROAD
LLCC WITH FRAGMENTED CONVECTIVE BANDING. UPPER-LEVEL ANALYSIS REVEALS
A MARGINAL ENVIRONMENT WITH MODERATE TO STRONG (20-30 KNOTS)
NORTHERLY VERTICAL WIND SHEAR OFFSET BY GOOD DIFFLUENCE ALOFT. THE
DYNAMIC MODELS CONTINUE TO SHOW CONTINUED DEVELOPMENT OVER THE NEXT
TWO DAYS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED SURFACE WINDS ARE ESTIMATED AT 20 TO 25
KNOTS. MINIMUM SEA LEVEL PRESSURE IS ESTIMATED TO BE NEAR 1004 MB.
THE POTENTIAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SIGNIFICANT TROPICAL CYCLONE
WITHIN THE NEXT 24 HOURS REMAINS MEDIUM.

Major Western Storm Hits Pakistan.!

Large Western Disturbance Strong  weather system (the Worst Storm) which already effect Middle East,entered in Pakistan on 3rd February  Saturday night.which produced Wide Spread rain over Peshawar Islamabad K-P-k and Baluchistan. Moderate To isolated Heavy rain also reported in Sindh province during 3,4 Days.Widespread snowfall heavy at times is expected over the hills of Malakand, Hazara, Murree, Galiyat, Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir on Monday and Tuesday while hailing is also expected at isolated places in the plains of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab including Islamabad during the period.The heavy snowfall caused the closure of link roads avalanches/landslides areas mentioned above

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Rainfall Recored: Chakwal 106, Rawalakot, Sadusharif 91, Cherat 88, Garidupatta 85, Islamabad (Z/P) 75, Rawalpindi 73, Muzaffarabad 68, Risalpur 65, Balakot 60, Lower Dir 58, Kakul57, Pattan 56, Joharabad 51, Drosh 45, Multan 42, Dir, Parachinar 40, Murree 39, Kotli: Karachi 8mm

Note: SWP Already Posted For this Storm on 23 January On This Blog

Punishing heatwave in Sydney

punishing heatwave has settled over many parts of Australia, pushing temperatures as high as 46C (115F). More from Helen Willetts.

Despite temperatures in Sydney hitting 45.8 degrees Celsius on 18 January, data centres in the area did not encounter any power failures or heavy demands on cooling infrastructure, say operators.

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According to a Fujitsu spokesperson, its facilities are designed to withstand a one-in-150 year heatwave event.

“Given accurate temperature records are approximately 75 to 100 years old, a theoretical value is calculated for a 1:150 event,” the spokesperson said. “Friday’s heatwave was closer to a 1-in-100 year event.”

 

However, the spokesperson added that its North Ryde data centre recorded temperature alerts for a couple of hours. No outages were sustained due to “good operational management”.

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Equinix Australia managing director Tony Simonsen said in a statement that the heatwave created “no additional challenges” for its three Sydney data centres.

“Our buildings and infrastructure are designed and built to cope with extremes in weather conditions and every resource has redundancies in place,” he said.

HP Asia Pacific and Japan ITO product marketing manager David Simpfendorfer also reported no issues at its Aurora facility in West Sydney.

According to Simpfendorfer, Aurora features state-of-the-art ventilation and cooling services, including air to air heat exchangers for the IT cells. This technology takes advantage of the West Sydney climate and reduces reliance on traditional condenser-based technology.

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“We were able to quite easily manage last week’s extreme weather conditions by utilising our multiple power and cooling distribution paths to combat the load and were able to continue to meet our customers’ requirements as normal,” he said.

Europe hit by blizzards, air traffic havoc, deaths

Extreme winter weather swept across western Europe Saturday, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at London s main international airport and claiming several lives in Spain, Portugal and France, including those of three Mali-bound soldiers.

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The frigid temperatures also caused delays and cancelations on major railway lines including the Eurostar train service, and transport authorities warned of further traffic disruptions with more blizzards forecast for Sunday.

In London, thousands of passengers were forced to camp out on the floors of Heathrow Airport overnight as hundreds of flights to and from the British capital were cancelled.

“There are lots of bodies lying around in the airport. If feels like there s been a natural disaster,” Jerry Meng from Los Angeles, whose flight to New York was cancelled, told British broadcaster BBC.

London s other main airports, Gatwick and Stansted, managed to operate fairly normally Saturday.

For Sunday, the snow is expected to cause a 20-percent traffic reduction at Heathrow, and French air traffic authorities have ordered a 40 percent cut in take-offs and landings at Paris  Charles De Gaulle and Orly airports.

The snow and ice covering large parts of France led to several fatal car crashes, one of which killed three French soldiers about to join comrades fighting in Mali, authorities said.

The troops were travelling in an army car with their military packs and weapons when their vehicle crashed in an accident involving two trucks and two cars.

In total, six people were killed on French roads Saturday, and the nation s weather services have forecast more snow across the northern and southeastern parts of the country over the weekend.

The cold spell also led to power outages, particularly in Northern Ireland where at least 900 homes were without electricity Saturday.

In southern Europe, the fierce weather claimed several lives, killing two men in Spain as a the force of the winds whipping the country s south-eastern coast caused a wall to collapse on them in the city of Cartagena.

Spain s National rail operator ADIF said wind damage forced delays to high-speed trains linking Madrid with the major cities of Seville and Valencia.

The country s interior ministry issued an alert for the weekend, warning of snow and rain storms nationwide with winds up to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) and rough seas in the Mediterranean.

In Portugal, an elderly man was killed after strong winds hurled him into a door in the central municipality of Abrantes, leaving him with deadly head injuries. Two teenagers were hospitalised after a chimney collapsed in Agualva, in the Lisbon suburbs.

 

The Portugese meteorological institute has issued the highest weather alert for six of its 18 districts. According to rescue services, some 3,900 weather-related incidents were reported in Portugal between Friday morning and noon Saturday.

Some welcomed the icy spell.

In Russia, thousands of Orthodox devotees braved the cold weather and plunged into holes cut into frozen rivers and ponds to celebrate the annual holiday of the Epiphany.

Get Well Soon Malala ♥ The Pride of Humanity, Muslims, and Her Country !!

Get Well Soon Malala ♥ The Pride of Humanity, Muslims, and Her Country !!
“Malala Yousufzaii”, who is the 14 year old girl who has been awarded by International organizations, Universities, NGO’s and governments for her intelligence and brave

 to stand against the terrorists for education in Pakistan at such a little age, has been shot on the head by Taliban when two men stopped her school bus, identified her and shot her. Alhumdulillah she is still alive, and doctors and the Government are trying their best to save her life. All humans, no matter what ur religion, please pray for the health and safety of the innocent genius girl who has made humanity and her Country Proud. Please forward the bc ! Your prayer can save a very valuable life ! ♥ May her attackers (the extremists) Perish ! Ameen !