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    Ready for 2011

    I know it is a little too early for 2011 is one and a half months away, but I feel the need to pre-warn everybody. These are current predictions for 2011 based not on my predictions alone but by mainstream scientists as well. The current predictions for 2011 are more contrasting climatic changes that is heavy snow/rainfall contrasts with heatwaves and droughts, sunstorms or flare disrupting telecomunications and power lines and food price inflation. I will write more as we approached 2011 and the beginning months of 2011 where disastrous events as predicted will be more evident. I do predict with almost absolute certainty that 2011 will be another year of disasters just like I did for 2010. 2010 is the year of La Nina and 2011 may be the year of El Nino with warmer climates. more heat waves and droughts. This is also predicted by scientists. I do hope they are wrong. I am not implying doomsday in 2011....I am no prophet.

    The purposes of this thread are not to scare the hell out of everybody so that they goes to heaven but:
    1. To forewarn readers of impending disastrous events or possible events so that they may be more prepared.
    2. Readers can also see for themselves if the predictions are correct from mainstream scientists.
    3. Readers can compare disasters in 2011 with my thread on "Ready for 2010" to see for themselves if disasters are getting more or worse.
    4. Help to pray for better times and that people will all be able to go through 2011 with much less sufferings.

    Fears of a new food crisis as prices soar
    The News - Economy
    November 17, 2010
    The bill for global food imports will top $1,000bn this year for the second time ever, putting the world “dangerously close” to a new food crisis, the United Nations said.
    The warning by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation adds to fears about rising inflation in emerging countries from China to India. “Prices are dangerously close to the levels of 2007-08,” said Abdolreza Abbassian, an economist at the FAO.

    The FAO painted a worrying outlook in its twice-yearly Food Outlook on Wednesday, warning that the world should “be prepared” for even higher prices next year. It said it was crucial for farmers to “expand substantially” production, particularly of corn and wheat in 2011-12 to meet expected demand and rebuild world reserves. [ FT.COM ]


    Sri Lanka floods force up to 300,000 from their homes
    The News - Natural Disasters
    November 16, 2010

    Sri Lanka sent in troops to rescue residents marooned in the capital Colombo on Thursday after the heaviest rains in 18 years flooded the city, forcing up to 300,000 people from their homes.
    At least one man was struck down by lightning and killed while a woman was injured when her house collapsed, disaster management officials said.

    The authorities set up 12 temporary shelters in and around the capital to accommodate the victims of the heaviest rains since June 1992.

    The national assembly was flooded, forcing parliamentary Speaker Chamal Rajapakse to take a boat to inspect the building, located on an island in a man-made lake, which is usually reached by a causeway. [ YAHOO NEWS ]


    Coronal Mass Ejections: Secrets of Exploding Plasma Clouds on the Sun
    The News - Science-Astronomy
    November 15, 2010

    The Sun sporadically expels trillions of tons of million-degree hydrogen gas in explosions called coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Such clouds are enormous in size (spanning millions of miles) and are made up of magnetized plasma gases, so hot that hydrogen atoms are ionized. CMEs are rapidly accelerated by magnetic forces to speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second to upwards of 2,000 kilometers per second in several tens of minutes. CMEs are closely related to solar flares and, when they impinge on Earth, can trigger spectacular auroral displays. They also induce strong electric currents in Earth's plasma atmosphere (i.e., the magnetosphere and ionosphere), leading to outages in telecommunications and GPS systems and even the collapse of electric power grids if the disturbances are very severe.

    Since the first observation of a solar flare in 1859, solar eruptions ("explosions") have attracted much attention from scientists around the world and have been studied with a succession of increasingly sophisticated international satellite missions in the past three decades. A major challenge has been that enormous and complicated plasma structures accelerating away from the Sun can only be observed remotely. As a result, it has been difficult to test theoretical models to establish a correct understanding of the mechanisms that cause such eruptions. But in 2006, an international twin-satellite mission called STEREO was launched to continuously observe the erupting plasma structures from the Sun to Earth. [ SCIENCE DAILY ]


    Solar shield to protect power grids from sun storms
    The News - Science-Astronomy
    November 09, 2010

    NASA has devised a new tool in the battle against massive eruptions from the sun: an early warning system to protect electrical grids on Earth from extremely powerful solar storms.

    The new project, called Solar Shield, is designed to predict the severity of powerful sun storms at specific locations on Earth to help power companies plan responses and limit the potential damage to their equipment.

    "It amounts to knowing 'something is coming and it may be big,'" said project leader Antti Pulkkinen, a research associate at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., told Space.com. But Solar Shield should provide "much more specificity."


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    Snow storm

    Snow storm is probably one of the first disaster to hit 2011. Weather disasters were already predicted by scientists for 2011. Already it is disrupting airlines in Europe and causing some death:

    (Reuters) - Heavy snow caused travel chaos across much of northern Europe on Thursday, keeping London's Gatwick airport closed for a second day and disrupting road and rail travel in France, Germany and Switzerland.

    Days of sub-zero temperatures and snow in Britain, beginning in Scotland and northern England and moving south, have halted flights and trains and could be costing the economy 1.2 billion pounds ($1.87 billion) a day, according to insurer RSA.

    Commuters struggled to get to work as Britain's worst early winter weather in almost two decades showed no sign of easing.


    Many Blessings for a better 2011
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    Red Moon....a sign of bad omen to come? Red moon in the Bible is always associated with negative things such as wars and natural disasters....beware of 2011 ! There is also a possibility of an emergence of more severe bird flu epidemic in 2011:

    WINTER SOLSTICE, LUNAR ECLIPSE OVERLAP FIRST TIME IN 456 YEARS...
    The News - Science-Astronomy
    December 20, 2010

    A total lunar eclipse is set to the turn the sky a deep red tomorrow morning as it coincides with the darkest day of the year for the first time in almost 400 years.

    The full moon will start to pass through Earth's shadow at 6.32am on the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice on December 21.

    According to NASA, the last time a total lunar eclipse coincided with the winter solstice was December 21, 1638 making tomorrow morning the darkest in almost 400 years.

    The next one will be December 21, 2094.

    Unusually, this eclipse will include a brief period when both the sun and eclipsed moon are above the horizon and appear precisely opposite each other in the sky known as a selenehelion. [ DAILY MAIL UK ]


    UK Swine flu: 200 fight for life.
    The News - Current Events
    December 20, 2010
    Fears virus has grown more virulent over last year
    NHS managers draw up emergency plans to tackle outbreak
    Nearly 200 swine flu victims were fighting for their lives last night.

    The number of patients in intensive care has doubled in a week and many of them are either elderly or pregnant.

    Seventeen of the 190 are being kept alive by highly-specialised heart and lung machines – three times the usual number. [ DAILYMAIL UK ]


    Many Blessings and Best Wishes for 2011.
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    Hey Cheow,

    I think you worry too much! Jesus told us not to worry about what's to come:
    Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
    As for the "red moon" ... have you asked yourself "why would it be red?" The answer is very simple. A war causes a lot of fires which put a lot of smoke in the air and make the moon look red. Here is a typical explanation (link)
    A Red Moon is often caused by the same atmospheric process that makes sunsets red.

    Just like the Sun, light from the Moon has to pass through a larger amount of atmosphere when it’s down near the horizon, compared to when it’s overhead. The Earth’s atmosphere can scatter sunlight, and since moonlight is just scattered sunlight, it can scatter that too. Red light can pass through the atmosphere and not get scattered much, while light at the blue end of the spectrum is more easily scattered. When you see a red moon, you’re seeing the red light that wasn’t scattered, but the blue and green light have been scattered away. That’s why the Moon looks red.

    The second reason for a red moon is if there’s some kind of particle in the air. A forest fire or volcanic eruption can fill the air with tiny particles that partially obscure light from the Sun and Moon. Once again, these particles tend to scatter blue and green light away, while permitting red light to pass through more easily. When you see a red moon, high up in the sky, it’s probably because there’s a large amount of dust in the air.
    I'm pretty sure the folks in the region of Jerusalem in 70 AD would have seen a blood red moon ... it has nothing to do with seeing a red moon before bad events happen. It is caused by the bad events.

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    No RAM, I do not worry of what is to come. If a world disaster is to come, whether as predicted or not, can we really do anything to prevent its coming?

    Thanks for your explanation on the red moon. I do understand how a red moon is formed. I may be too-superstitious but I think there is nothing wrong to be precautious...better safe than to be sorry. Nothing much we can do in a disaster but we can certainly soften the impact or at least provide some aids or comforts to those unfortunate victims.... And that is the gist of this thread.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheow Wee Hock View Post
    No RAM, I do not worry of what is to come. If a world disaster is to come, whether as predicted or not, can we really do anything to prevent its coming?

    Thanks for your explanation on the red moon. I do understand how a red moon is formed. I may be too-superstitious but I think there is nothing wrong to be precautious...better safe than to be sorry. Nothing much we can do in a disaster but we can certainly soften the impact or at least provide some aids or comforts to those unfortunate victims.... And that is the gist of this thread.


    Many Blessings and Merry Christmas!
    But you did not begin the 2010 thread with the idea of "precaution" (which is basic wisdom for all people in all times), but rather with a verse that implied we must get ready for the "end of the world" -

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheow Wee Hock View Post
    2010 started with major earthquake in Fiji, moderate earthquake in California, coldest spell in decades in Europe and China, floods in Indonesia. Now major earthquake in Haiti. My heartiest prayers go to them. I expect 2010 to be a year of natural disasters......it seems to be connected with climate change. I hope and pray that the world will go through the year with the least destructions and deaths.

    Matthew 24:6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8All these are the beginning of birth pains.


    Many Blessings to all.
    That's not a verse that tells us to take "precautions" - it is a verse that tells us that the "end of the world" is about to happen.

    I think it would be great if you "spoke plainly" on this issue. If you really believe that current events are signs of the "end times" then go ahead and say so. That way we can discuss the evidence and see if it is really so.

    All the best!

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    Wink

    Quote Originally Posted by RAM View Post
    But you did not begin the 2010 thread with the idea of "precaution" (which is basic wisdom for all people in all times), but rather with a verse that implied we must get ready for the "end of the world" -



    That's not a verse that tells us to take "precautions" - it is a verse that tells us that the "end of the world" is about to happen.

    I think it would be great if you "spoke plainly" on this issue. If you really believe that current events are signs of the "end times" then go ahead and say so. That way we can discuss the evidence and see if it is really so.

    All the best!

    Richard
    I have never utter the words "the end of the world" in this thread. It taken out of context and was presumed so by some who read this thread. The end of the world is never in my mind... not these few years ....not even in this decade. But I predict major disasters and troubles coming... the signs are not so convincing yet, we will need to wait and see. Don't worry, this forum will be the first to be informed if there are convincing signs....And hopefully RAM, Rose and Joe will be the first converts.

    Many Blessings and Merry Christmas.
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    There is a possiblity of huge tsunami and earthquake in 2011 because of the recent tsunami towards the end of the year in Mentawai, Indonesia and a small one in Vanuatu, beware.... Hopefully not....


    December 27, 2010 Company Profile Japanese Site

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    Pacific warning center notes tsunami after M7.3 near Vanuatu
    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami alert Saturday for areas of the Pacific Ocean near Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Fiji after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck the region.

    The center said the warning was based on sea level readings that "confirm a tsunami was generated."

    It added the tsunami "could have been damaging" to coastlines of the region near the earthquake's epicenter.

    The center also asked governments in the region to "take appropriate action" and check for any damage in the area.

    The U.S. Geological Survey reported the magnitude of the quake triggering the tsunami alert as 7.6 initially, but it revised it to 7.3 in a later report.

    The temblor struck at 00:16 a.m. Monday, local time, 24.4 kilometers below the seabed and was centered 145 km west of Isangel in Vanuatu and 230 km south of the capital Port Villa.

    A smaller quake, 5.5 in magnitude, followed the major temblor in the same area about a half hour later, the USGS said.

    There have been no initial reports of damage, but an earthquake of 7.3 magnitude can cause widespread damage.

    (Mainichi Japan) December 26, 2010


    Many Blessings and Happy New Year
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    Keep watch for 2011:

    "Destructive period of turbulence" for the Sun - 2011, 2012
    The News - Science-Astronomy
    December 30, 2010

    Many people may be surprised to learn that the Sun, rather than burn with faultless consistency, goes through moments of calm and tempest. The coming year will be an important one for space weather as the Sun pulls out of a trough of low activity and heads into a long-awaited and possibly destructive period of turbulence.
    But two centuries of observing sunspots -- dark, relatively cool marks on the solar face linked to mighty magnetic forces -- have revealed that our star follows a roughly 11-year cycle of behaviour. The latest cycle began in 1996 and for reasons which are unclear has taken longer than expected to end.

    Now, though, there are more and more signs that the Sun is shaking off its torpor and building towards "Solar Max," or the cycle's climax, say experts.

    "The latest prediction looks at around midway 2013 as being the maximum phase of the solar cycle," said Joe Kunches of NASA's Space Weather Prediction Center. But there is a prolonged period of high activity, "more like a season, lasting about two and a half years," either side of the peak, he cautioned.

    At its angriest, the Sun can vomit forth tides of electromagnetic radiation and charged matter known as coronal mass ejections, or CMEs. This shock wave may take several days to reach Earth. When it arrives, it compresses the planet's protective magnetic field, releasing energy visible in high latitudes as shimmering auroras -- the famous Northern Lights and Southern Lights.

    But CMEs are not just pretty events. They can unleash static discharges and geomagnetic storms that can disrupt or even knock out the electronics on which our urbanised, Internet-obsessed, data-saturated society depends. Less feared, but also a problem, are solar flares, or eruptions of super-charged protons that can reach Earth in just minutes.


    Many Blessings for 2011
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    2011 will be a year of floods and snowstorms and earthquake disasters...after the huge snowstorms end there will be floods as the ice melts....., 6.9 earthquake in Argentina... The first disasters of 2011.

    Australia Floods Show No Signs of Retreating

    Floods over an area the size of France and Germany combined included the Queensland town of Emerald, shown Friday.
    By J. DAVID GOODMAN
    Published: December 31, 2010

    Rising waters have knocked out roads and several highways in northeastern Australia, trapping motorists, marooning entire towns and driving thousands from their homes as flooding stretched into its second week on Saturday. More than 200,000 people have been affected so far by the floods, local news media reported.


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    Christopher Roth attempts to salvage belongings from the home of his parents’ flooded home in Bundaberg, Friday.
    The dangerous floodwaters that have spread across roughly half the state of Queensland, on the continent’s northeastern coast, showed no sign of retreating on Saturday as river surges continued to make their way toward the sea.

    On Friday, the city of Rockhampton, near the coast, was bracing for major flooding, with officials warning that the Fitzroy River, which runs through the city’s center, could reach levels not seen since 1918 by Tuesday. Roughly 30,000 residents in Rockhampton could be affected, officials said.

    Mayor Brad Carter urged people to evacuate, and news reports said hundreds already had.

    The flooding began last week as Cyclone Tasha crashed into the northeastern coast. While the heaviest rains have abated, wet weather continued in parts of the state on Saturday and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecast little reprieve. Flood warnings were in effect for a dozen rivers around the northeastern Australian state into the new year.

    'This disaster is a long way from over,' said Anna Bligh, the Queensland premier, as she toured flood-ravaged areas with Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Friday, The Sydney Morning Herald reported. Ms. Bligh warned that some towns could remain saturated for days and that cleanup efforts could cost billions of dollars.

    About 300,000 square miles have been affected by the flooding, officials told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    The government has sent Blackhawk helicopters and other military aircraft to assist in the evacuation and relief effort, dropping supplies to trapped towns, officials said.

    At an evacuation center in the town of Bundaberg, where hundreds of homes and businesses were inundated, Ms. Gillard announced disaster relief payments — $1,000 per adult and $400 per child — for families whose homes had been damaged by the floods, The Associated Press reported Friday.

    The flooding also affected Queensland’s inland coal mines, damaging one of Australia’s major export industries. High waters cut road and rail links and forced the mining giant Rio Tinto to declare emergency exemptions from some sales contracts.

    The heavy rain may have had its origins in colder waters gathering in the equatorial region of the Pacific Ocean, a regularly occurring event known as La Niña that alters weather patterns, said Anthony J. Broccoli, a professor of climate and environmental sciences at Rutgers University. 'Northeastern Australia tends to be wetter during La Niña events,' he said.


    Snowstorms in Japan

    Snow storms and extreme weather disrupt traffic in the western and northern Japan as peoples want to return to their hometown to celebrate the new year and caused casualties in some areas.Four men of ski resort patrol officers in the city of Kofu, Tottori prefecture of western Japan were killed on Friday because of avalanche officials said. The victim was found buried in a pile of snow after the avalanche occurred at around 13:00 local time (11:00 pm) in the ski resort Okudaisen according to Kofu city government and resort officials. Their deaths were confirmed by the hospital.Officers said the four ski resorts along with a vehicle hit by landslides suppressant while checking their snow ski slope and then hit by another landslide soon after the first landslide.Heavy snow and one accident paralyzed traffic on Totorri. About 1,000 cars are stuck as long as 20 km on national roads in the prefecture, officials said on Saturday (01/01/2011).Traffic congestion occurs because there is a fuel truck skidded on Route 9 in the town of Daisen on Friday night and inhibits both sides of the roads and traffic jams exacerbated because more and more snow fell in the area.Prefectural government said it had made a task force on Friday night and asked the army to help provide assistance such as blankets and fuel for peoples who are trapped in their vehicles.Japanese Army (Ground Self-Defense Force) sent about 30 personnel will initially begin to perform their task on Saturday around 04:00 local (02:00 GMT) but was delayed until about six hours, according to Kyodo news agency.The snow also caused the local express train stopped between two stations in Daisen because of fallen trees on Friday around 16:00 local time (14:00 GMT) makes about 130 passengers stuck until Saturday at 09:00 local time (07:00 GMT) quoting West Japan Railway Company.The height reached up to 100 cm of snow on Friday in Aomori, Yamagata prefecture in the north and Niigata and Hiroshima in the west. Strong winds up to speed 100 km / h occurred in some parts of Kagoshima Prefecture and Aomori according to Japan Meteorological Agency. At least hundreds of flights to these areas were canceled while the fast train service delayed Tokaido Shinkansen.Japan Meteorological Agency warned of a cold wind pressure pattern likely to continue in the new year with the addition of snow that fell in the Sea of Japan west to the northern Japan on Sunday.

    Many Blessings for the year
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