|All times are CST.|
NOTE: Tornado related fatalities are entered once confirmed by NWS Weather Forecast Offices.
|January Killer Tornadoes: 1 Fatalities: 2|
|01||Jan 4||03:45 PM||Lydia LA||2||F1||WT001|
|Three mobile homes flipped over trapping seven people...at least five brick homes received major damage.|
|February Killer Tornadoes: 3 Fatalities: 22|
|02||Feb 2||02:15 AM||Lady Lake FL||8||F3||WT015|
|Mobile homes completely destroyed.|
|03||Feb 2||02:45 AM||Paisley/DeLand FL||13||F3||WT015|
|Complete destruction of mobile homes.|
|04||Feb 13||03:10 AM||Gentilly LA||1||F2||WT018|
|Several homes damaged...trailers and a hotel destroyed.|
|March Killer Tornadoes: 10 Fatalities: 27|
|05||Mar 1||06:33 AM||3 SW Caulfield MO||1||F3||WT042|
|Damage reported to two gas stations, four mobile homes and two frame homes.|
|06||Mar 1||12:30 PM||Millers Ferry AL||1||F4||WT044|
|Manufactured home destroyed.|
|07||Mar 1||01:05 PM||Enterprise AL||9||F4||WT046|
|High School severely damaged.|
|08||Mar 1||04:35 PM||Potterville GA||1||F2||WT046|
|Heaviest damage southwest of Potterville.|
|09||Mar 1||06:30 PM||North Newton GA||6||F2||WT046|
|Mobile homes damaged.|
|10||Mar 1||08:22 PM||Americus GA||2||F2||WT046|
|Significant damage to homes and hospital.|
|11||Mar 23||07:54 PM||6 SE Clovis NM||2||F2||WT070|
|Mobile home rolled.|
|12||Mar 28||07:30 PM||2 E Elmwood OK||2||F2||WT082|
|House and shed totally destroyed.|
|13||Mar 28||08:00 PM||Holly CO||2||F3|| |
|Large tornado destroyed mobile home.|
|14||Mar 28||09:50 PM||13 SSW Canadian TX||1||F3||WT082|
|April Killer Tornadoes: 3 Fatalities: 9|
|15||Apr 13||06:10 PM||Haltom City TX||1||F1||WT135|
|Damage to grocery store, several homes and a church steeple.|
|16||Apr 15||06:37 AM||4 E Mulberry SC||1||F3||WT145|
|Destroyed several mobile homes.|
|17||Apr 24||07:01 PM||Eagle Pass TX||7||F3||WT179|
|An elementary school destroyed and a number of mobile homes damaged.|
|May Killer Tornadoes: 4 Fatalities: 13|
|18||May 4||08:45 PM||Greensburg KS||10||F5||WT227|
|Large tornado, much of torn damaged or destroyed.|
|19||May 4||09:33 PM||Hopewell KS||1||F3||WT227|
|Two houses destroyed...sheriff dies of injuries sustained when patrol car was damaged by tornado.|
|20||May 4||10:35 PM||2 SSE Macksville KS||1||F3||WT227|
|Several homes damaged or destroyed.|
|21||May 5||10:30 PM||3 S Bennington KS||1||F2||WT235|
|Woman killed when camper was damaged by tornado.|
|August Killer Tornadoes: 1 Fatalities: 1|
|22||Aug 26||07:45 PM||Northwood ND||1||F4||WT653|
|One male fatality in mobile home. Significant damage to town of Northwood.|
|October Killer Tornadoes: 3 Fatalities: 5|
|23||Oct 17||11:05 PM||Paris MO||2||F2||WT714|
|Mobile home tossed 1/3rd mile into field.|
|24||Oct 18||07:35 PM||Kalkaska MI||1||F2||WT724|
|Considerable property damage.|
|25||Oct 18||08:45 PM||Williamston MI||2||F2||WT724|
|Modular home with two occupants flipped into a pond.|
|'The monster waves swept her away from me'|
|'Just before midnight the winds came like hundreds of demons'|
There were originally 159 personnel on board and 43 personnel remain on the platform. All are safe and well.A fire was reported on the platform at 08.07 on November 25th in the turbine module and was confirmed extinguished at 10:00 am.
The Thistle Alpha installation is located approximately 523 km (325 miles) north north east of Aberdeen and comprises a steel jacket supporting a three deck platform, accommodation and helideck.
Maria Hamilton, a spokesperson for Lundin Petroleum, said total oil production of the Thistle Alpha platform is 5,000 barrels a day. A spokesman at Petrofac also confirmed production at the platform has stopped completely.
UPDATE ON EXPLORER FROM CARGOLAW
From The Cargo Letter - Nov. 23 2007 -Tragedy Off Antarctica
ALERT>>>2400 gt passenger M/V Explorer (built 1969) ran into trouble about 0524 GMT Nov. 23, near King George Island in the Antarctic Ocean began sinking after she hit ice, near the South Shetland Islands. About 100 passengers & 54 crew members have been evacuated and are in lifeboats. Capt. the Chief Officer remained on board the vessel until everyone was evacuated. The vessel is owned by Toronto-based GAP Adventures. M/V Explorer hit a lump of ice off King George Island this morning and the impact left the vessel with a crack in the hull the size of a fist. Weather conditions were "fairly good" for this time of year, but it would be cold. Liner about to sink. The vessel had a 30 degree list. A rescue operation is being co-ordinated by the U.S. Coast Guard in Norfolk, Virginia, with the authorities in Ushuaia, Argentina. M/V Antarctic Dream, which is in the area, has been diverted to help the rescue. GAP Adventures said 23 Britons, 17 Dutch, 10 Australians, 13 Americans & 10 Canadians were among the passengers -- remaining nationalities of the rescued tourists are Irish, Danish, Swiss, Belgian, Japanese, French, German & Chinese. M/V Explorer was the 1st custom-built expedition ship -- known as the 'Little Red Ship' to aficionado, she became the first passenger vessel to navigate the North West passage in 1984 and was involved in rescue of crew from Argentine cargo vessel off Anvers Island, Antarctica, in 1989. From our Sr. Correspondent Tim Schwabedissen and our Correspondent A. Griffiths (Fri. Nov. 23 2007 am)
Disasters are getting worse it seems but the federal government's preparedness has been limited to helping after a disaster has occurred. On the other hand, local organizations often do not have the resources or the training to effectively react.
Federal and state support must now be given to programs that enable local governments to work effectively with communities to prepare for and respond to all disasters. That is the conclusion of a new analysis in the International Journal of Emergency Management.
Colin Falato, Susan Smith, and Tyler Kress of the Health and Safety Programs at the University of Tennessee, have looked at the preparedness of local and federal governments in their response to natural and human-induced disasters and found them seriously lacking. They suggest that it should be the responsibility of local government officials as well as citizens to work together to adapt the disaster-response programs to suit communities' needs.
Historically, the belief that local knowledge and experience is best suited to dealing with common natural disasters, such as hurricanes, tornados and floods, has meant that responsibility for disaster preparedness and response has been devolved to local organizations and communities themselves. Federal government intervention has been limited to assistance after the disaster. The same is true for other natural, civil, technological, and ecological disasters, the researchers explain.
In the last 25 years, the researchers point out, the continental USA has issued almost 1000 disaster declarations (902) and been subjected to 442 natural disasters. Among these natural disasters are hurricanes, fires, windstorms, earthquakes, tornados and floods. But, disasters are not limited to natural events.
September 11, 2001 refocused the country's attention on disaster preparedness and the realization that there was a lack of preparedness for such disasters. One effect of the 9/11 Commission was to mould two new organizations charged with the responsibility of protecting the USA from a new era of technological disasters. The US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) is the military arm responsible for homeland defense and the US Department of Homeland Security, which leads a unified national effort to secure the USA from potential terrorist attacks.
Four directorates were brought together from Homeland Security, including the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, which includes FEMA, and is tasked with domestic disaster preparedness training to help families make their homes safer from disasters of all kinds. This is similar in aims to the CitizenCorps developed by NORTHCOM. These initiatives are already having an impact on response capacity and equipment availability for certain communities in the USA. However, the rapid response required of a national disaster situation involves training local elected officials in every community to take control in a disaster situation.
The recent focus of US disaster funding has focused on terrorist events, but the benefits from this technological disaster preparedness orientation should crossover to natural disaster preparedness, the researchers suggest. In the US fledgling agencies are only now beginning to find their niche in the comprehensive overview of emergency management and the benefits they will be able to provide to communities have not been fully realized.
"It is the responsibility of the local governments to encourage the participation in disaster exercises and planning, and they must demonstrate a commitment to community disaster preparedness," the researchers say, "When these roles are met head on, then local communities within the USA will truly be better prepared when a local or national disaster, natural or technological occurs."MARITIME NOTES
The US Coast Guard released a statement from Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, regarding the agency’s efforts to determine exactly what happened with regard to the allision of the container ship COSCO BUSAN with a pier of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and the response to the subsequent oil spill. (11/16/07).
On November 19, the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure conducted a field hearing on the San Francisco November 2007 Oil Spill Causes and Response. As noted in the Summary of Subject Matter, the November 7 incident resulted in a spill of approximately 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel. Mayor Gavin Newsome of the City of San Francisco testified concerning his perception of the lack of coordination during the initial spill response. Rear Admiral Craig Bone, USCG, testified concerning the difficulty in quickly determining the volume of oil spilled and in the ongoing efforts of the Unified Command to keep other stakeholders advised on the situation. Dr. William Conner, National Ocean Service, explained the support his agency provided to the Unified Command. Mr. Mike Chrisman, California Resources Agency, stated that the response was immediate and consistent with approved guidelines. Mr. David Lewis, Save the Bay Association, testified concerning the need to assess the environmental damage and begin the remediation and restoration efforts. Mr. W. F. Grader, Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, explained the difficulty his members faced when they volunteered to assist in the response effort. Captain Thomas Hand, San Francisco Bar Pilot, explained the training program and oversight mechanism of the Bar Pilots. (11/19/07).
The man, whose surname is Howlet, died after jumping into the sea to save his two children after they were swept into the water by a wave as they photographed the stormy waves along the coast.
Mr Howlet, 32, managed to pull his older child, a seven-year-old, to safety but drowned along with his younger son before he could reach the shore. His wife witnessed the tragedy from a few feet away but was helpless to save them.
Their bodies were later pulled from the ocean after being spotted by a coastguard helicopter.
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A diver has told how he tried desperately to save the pair as they drowned off the Spanish resort of Tossa de Mar.
Argentine Ezequiel Mizrahi, 38, who runs a nearby diving centre, said: "The father was taking photos of his two sons on rocks right next to the sea when a wave knocked them off balance and swept them into the water.
"I raced to get my wet suit when I saw what had happened and by the time I got back local police were already on the scene.
"The father had managed to get one of his sons to safety but the current was taking him and his younger son further and further out.
"I tried to get across the breaking waves to reach them with the help of a rope the police gave me but it was impossible.
"Every time I tried the sea just sucked me under and threw me back onto the sand.
"The first time I attempted to reach them I could see the pair's faces. They were not shouting and were just struggling to keep their heads above water.
"Then I lost sight of them. By the seventh or eighth time of trying the police told me to give up.
"I didn't see the boys' mum in all the chaos but she was around and so apparently was their grandma.
"The local police reached the scene so quickly because a local politician had been walking nearby and alerted them on his mobile."
The tragedy happened around 11am local time this morning at a beach in the resort of Tossa de Mar near Girona in north east Spain.
Coastguards pulled their bodies out of the sea after a firefighters' helicopter located them floating in the water by a nearby lighthouse.
The dead man's wife and surviving child were being treated in hospital. The woman is thought to be suffering from shock.
A local hotel worker told how he had seen the two children at the centre of this morning's tragedy playing on the beach minutes before they were swept into the sea.
The man, who asked not to be named, said: "I drove by in my van about 15 minutes before it happened and saw them playing on the rocks by the water.
"The sea was pretty stormy, the waves were about two to three metres high and I thought it was a bit risky for the children to be there.
"It was definitely red flag-type conditions. I didn't see the parents anywhere.
"The place where it happened is near a beauty spot which overlooks the bay but there's no buildings nearby.
"We've been told a freak wave dragged both youngsters into the sea and their father died along with his younger son as he tried to save them both."
The diver Ezequiel added: "The sea was pretty stormy and there was a strong wind. The spray from the waves must have been reaching the ten-metre mark.
"The rocks are a lovely place to take a photo but not in the weather conditions at the time.
"Every so often three or four big waves would come along and they made the area where the family was very dangerous."
A spokesman for Spain's Civil Guard in Girona, which is probing the incident, said: "The father died after jumping into the sea to rescue his sons when they lost their footing on the rocks.
"He managed to rescue one but died after going back in for the other."
Tossa de Mar, around 20 miles south of Girona, is far removed from brasher resorts in the area like Lloret de Mar.
It is popular with families and couples. Mar Menuda where the tragedy happened is popular with scuba divers in the summer because of its clear waters.
A police spokesman said: "What we understand happened is that the father died as he tried to rescue his two children after they swept into the sea by waves.
"He managed to pull the older one to safety but died as he tried to rescue the younger one.
"The children's mother was on the shoreline and witnessed the tragedy unfolding.
"Coastguards pulled the two bodies out of the water."
A spokesman for local coastguards added: "There was a strong force seven to eight wind in the area at the time and the sea was pretty choppy with waves several feet high.
"The bodies were located at a lighthouse the other side of the bay from where the incident happened.
"One of our vessels retrieved the bodies after being guided to the area by a firefighter's helicopter."
The sandy beach where the tragedy happened, a sandy cove known as Mar Menuda, is thought to have been deserted at the time because of the bad weather.
Authorities have not yet disclosed the family's name.
Heavy rains meanwhile hit southern Spain, with more than 1,000 homes partly under water in Utrera near Seville. Dozens of people were evacuated.
In nearby Ecija, the River Genil was about to overflow its banks.
Today's deaths follow the drownings of three British holidaymakers in the Algarve this summer.
Robert and Deborah Fry, from Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, dived into rough waters in a desperate attempt to save four youngsters during a half-term holiday.
They, along with friend and fellow holidaymaker Jean Dinsmore, also from Wootton Bassett, died in the ill-fated rescue bid off Praia do Tonel beach near Sagres on October 22.The Frys' children, Rosie, 11, and George, nine, and Mrs Dinsmore's husband Roy, daughter Lydia, 11, and son Alexander, nine, survived the tragedy
The captain and first officer gave the order to leave the MV Explorer after it was holed by an iceberg. They were the only men to remain on board.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have not had any reports of anyone seriously injured. We are in contact with all the relevant authorities. STORY
Waves the size of 10-storey buildings that rear up suddenly from an apparently benign sea are the stuff of sailor's nightmares. Such "rogue waves" can sink a ship or damage an off-shore platform, but a new radar early warning system could give crews a fighting chance to either evade the waves, or at least batten down the hatches.
Ocean Waves, a German maritime radar company, and radar expert Jose Nieto of the University of Alcalá in Spain, have developed a technology that promises to identify large waves. Details of the system were presented at a conference on wave forecasting held in Oahu, Hawaii, last week.
They developed software that makes sense of the radar measurements of a tumbling, frothy ocean surface, from an instrument fixed to the deck of a ship or the side of a platform.
"The reflected radar picture from the wave does not depend entirely on the wave's height, but also on other factors like the local wind speed, sea-surface roughness, and the wave inclination," Nieto says.
The new algorithm filters out these noisy parameters and produces a more accurate video image of ocean surface elevations across a broad area (see image, top right).
For centuries mariners have
The Derbyshire, for instance, a 295-metre British bulk carrier, disappeared with all 44 crewmembers of the coast of Japan in 1980. An inquiry carried out in 2000 concluded that a rogue wave most probably cracked open the vessel's main cargo hatch, flooding the hold.
Then, in February 2001, two cruise ships, the Bremen and the Caledonian Star, were seriously battered by separate 30-metre-tall waves in the South Atlantic.
By chance, the waves that did the damage were roughly measured by two European Space Agency (ESA) satellites – ERS-1 and ERS-2 – that were using radar instruments to monitor sea-surface levels and happened to be passing over the area in question.
With definitive proof that giant, freak waves do exist, research began in earnest on the developing a warning system for ships and offshore platforms – to give sailors and workers a chance to prepare for the deluge.
Tests carried out so far on ships in the North Sea and off the Spanish coast are promising, says Nieto. The algorithm detected groups of waves between 8 and 15 metres high up to 3 kilometres away. And, with changes to radar signal wavelengths, he thinks it should do even better.
Proving that the technology will spot rogue waves will be tricky, though. "A giant wave is a special case of the groups of waves we are successfully detecting now – but it would be a single mountain of water," says Jens Dannenberg, a physicist at Ocean Waves.
"It should do the job – but it's hard to prove when you do not have such a monster wave to test it on," he adds.
Weather is tough to predict at the best of times, with Mother Nature not necessarily bringing the human need to know what clothes to wear in to her equations. But it gets even trickier when trying to predict hurricanes.
The 2005 hurricane season was a notable time for meteorologists, as they witnessed quickly intensifying tropical depressions turn in to massive hurricanes in the blink of an eye. Sadly, a similar event happened with Hurricane Humberto making the leap from depression to category one hurricane in less than 24 hours.
“It made the transition from tropical depression to hurricane within 24 hours right before landfall. It was a record breaker,” says NASA atmospheric scientist Robbie Hood.
No one knows if this is a trend that will continue, or just a few freak turns of climate.
“Forecasting intensity is one of the biggest problems we have right now with hurricanes,” says Hood. But Hood and her team of researchers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center are making strides toward solving that problem with a new invention called HIRAD, short for Hurricane Imaging Radiometer.
To construct a proper computer model to predict the outcome of a hurricane, one needs to be able to measure wind speeds at the base of the storm. In particular, winds close to the eye of the storm, and in the eye wall. But, naturally, that close to the frothing torrent of wind, is not an easy place to acquire data.
This is where HIRAD comes in to the picture. Designed to operate from an airplane or satellite, “HIRAD will see from above through a hurricane’s heaviest rains and thickest clouds to measure the intense winds at the surface of the ocean,” says Hood.
“Strong winds sweep and swirl across ocean waves, whipping up foamy white froth,” explains Hood. “HIRAD measures microwave radiation naturally emitted by this froth; the stronger the winds, the more froth, and the more microwave radiation.”
Also, HIRAD measures a wider swath of the ocean, meaning that there will be less passes to make, and the information will be acquired quicker. It is small, lightweight and doesn’t use much energy. No moving parts, inexpensive and with the potential to be mounted in a satellite, makes HIRAD a perfect companion to weather predictors.
HIRAD is gaining popularity, and it is hoped it will make its first trial run in the hurricane season of 2009. But funding is vital, for the progression of HRIAD from prototype to working tool. It will need to pass the 2009 trial run, and hopefully with funding, be installed upon a satellite.
“When you fly an instrument on a satellite, it helps everybody on the globe,” she says. “It improves forecasting around the world, for countries that don’t have the ground-based radar and aircraft instruments larger countries have.”
Karen Stephens, HIRAD Project Manager, adds, “In the post-Katrina era, it is especially satisfying to be working on something so immediately beneficial and possibly life-saving.”
Salvage of Den Den begins officially
By Team Mangalorean
Photographs: Rajesh Shetty
MANGALORE, November 15, 2007: The Gulf based Offshore Supply Vessel (OSV) Al-Haml arrived in Mangalore today and proceeded directly to the spot where the Eritrean freighter M.V. Den Den lays on its side since June 23. The arrival of the vessel actually heralds the beginning of the salvage operations.
Al-Haml carries high profile equipments used in such complicated salvage and rescueoperations that included drilling and diving equipments. The OSV is also equipped with three tanks each having 36 cubic metre space which will come handy for emptying fuel tanks of the Den Den. The OSV also carries on board pollution control equipment.
The salvage team which has arrived from Singapore had a closer look at the freighter and has carried out strength determination tests on the hull where it will attach a Hot Tap to ciphon the fuel of the sunken ship. There is yet another support team waiting for helping the onboard team.
The owners of the ship and the government of Eritrea has also given its permission for the salvage which had been secured from the diplomatic channels. The customs has also permitted the retrieval of fuel from the tanks of the sunken ship. The Karnataka State Pollution Control local unit has been monitoring the salvage operation for any spillage of oil that could harm the marine life.
The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the United States and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and Pacific.
In addition, the conference serves as a national forum for federal, state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend new policies to improve Emergency Management.
The 2008 National Storm Conference
Saturday, March 8, 2008
The Colleyville Center
The TESSA National Storm Conference is free and open to the public. Registration is not required, but arrive early, seating is limited to 500.
Directions, Lodging and Suggested Dining for the 2008 Conference
Conference Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities
ARLINGTON, Texas -The Texas Severe Storms Association (TESSA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) will collaborate again for the National Storm Conference on March 8, 2008 at the Colleyville Center in Colleyville, Texas. Speakers will deliver presentations on severe weather safety, storm spotter training and in-depth discussions on supercell and tornado meteorology.
National Severe Weather Workshop 2008
March 6-8 2008
A national forum for academia, emergency management, media, and NOAA to exchange information and techniques for public safety during severe weather.
SAN FRANCISCO - The most recent information about the clean up is as follows:
Total personnel employed: 1,069
Total gallons discharged: 58,000
Total gallons of oil recovered to date: approximately 16,419
Total gallons evaporated: approximately 4,060
Total birds captured: 1,023
Total dead birds: 1,255
Shoreline cleanup teams: 17
Shoreline assessment teams: 6
Feet of boom laid out: 18,250
Number of contracted aircraft: 1
HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Slashing through Burmese jungles with Maj. Gen. Orde Wingate’s Chindits; hunkering down far above the DMZ in North Vietnam; infiltrating into Northern Iraq to ensure the success of a thousand-man airborne jump -- not the average day at the office for most weather forecasters.
But those missions and many more have been business as usual since 1942 for the Air Force special operations weather teams assigned of the 10th Combat Weather Squadron here.
The battle-trained meteorologists of special operations weather have been at the tip of the spear for more than 60 years. They have deploying with other special operators from every branch of the armed forces. They provide combatant commanders with the weather data and analysis they need to plan and execute missions at the tactical, operational and strategic levels of war.
Elite members of the Air Force Battlefield Airman program, special operations weathermen receive specialized training far beyond that of other meteorologists, squadron director of operations Maj. Don Shannon said.
“Our guys have first gone through the normal weather training and served in an operational weather squadron before they can volunteer for SOWT,” he said.
Major Shannon said, “We typically work with special operations forces from the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, but because of the unique capability we provide, we also work with special operations teams from the other services. Because of the types of individuals we team with, we undergo much of the specialized training they do so we can keep up with them in the field.”
Weather team members are jump-qualified and may hold ratings as military freefall parachutists, air assault specialists, Rangers, combat diver qualifications and more, the major said.
Some team members have received specialized training in military snow skiing, snowshoeing and avalanche forecasting to better align with their SOF counterparts’ mission, he said.
“We know that when we put out a forecast, someone is going to use it downrange,” said Capt. Don Garrett, the squadron’s assistant director of operations. “We provide the real-time, eyes-on, ground truth about conditions that can critically impact the mission.
“That’s why this is a total volunteer outfit,” he said. “We’re all willing to give it one hundred percent every day.”
Major Shannon agrees the people are what make the weather teams unique.
“These people have great attitudes. They’re tough guys who get it done no matter how rough it gets,” he said. “There aren’t a lot of us, so we all know each other and know how to work as a team.”
In fact, there are very few SOWT operators in the Department of Defense. They are currently listed on the Global Military Force Policy low-density, high-demand asset list.
There are roughly 100 SOWT operators in the Air Force, including 20 to 25 officers, Major Shannon said. Most are with the Hurlburt squadron. But others serve with AFSOC special tactics units in the United States and overseas, he said.
A “typical” SOWT mission was like that performed by Staff Sgt. Dave Mack. He infiltrated into Iraq with an Army special forces operational detachment alpha team during the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tasked with collecting weather data, the team endured sandstorms that buried them in their sleeping bags.
They survived 12 missile attacks, one which destroyed their humvee, and endured almost continuous small-arms attack. At one point, Sergeant Mack provided 36 continuous hours of weather observations so aircraft could evacuate seriously wounded Soldiers from Baghdad. He also performed security and weapons details with the other team members.
“You get so much satisfaction from this mission,” Major Shannon said. “Everyone works together and you affect the mission at every stage, from planning to execution to redeployment.”
Staff Sgt. Jody Ball, a four-year veteran of special operations weather, agrees.
“The combination of the people and the mission is what makes this job so great,” he said. “I work with Rangers, (Army) special forces, (pararescue jumpers), combat controllers -- it’s an elite group.
“It’s much more than you can get working in a regular weather station,” he said. “It’s not your standard workday.”
The US Coast Guard issued a press release updating the status of the response effort for the recent oil spill in San Francisco Bay. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) issued a press release stating that they have sent a team to San Francisco to investigate the accident. Meanwhile, Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued a press release stating that the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has scheduled a hearing on November 19 to examine the causes of and response to the oil spill. (11/13/07).
The US Coast Guard issued a press release providing an update on the response to the recent oil spill. A second press release states that a new USCG representative to the Unified Command has been appointed so that the Commander of USCG Sector San Francisco can return to his regular duties. The local press is reporting that the crew of the ship involved in the accident is refusing to talk with NTSB investigators. This is not surprising in that the US Attorney has opened a criminal investigation. (11/14/07).
Update on PEMEX Rig Collision
Pemex Says Leaking Oil Well Catches Fire
by Anthony Harrup
Dow Jones Newswires 11/14/2007
Mexican state oil monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said Tuesday that fire broke out at an offshore well where workers are attempting to plug a leak caused last month by a rig colliding with another platform.
In a press release, Pemex said the fire at the KAB-101 well was caused by a spark as workers were attempting to stop the leak by injecting mud into the well.
Pemex said no injuries were caused by the incident, and that four firefighting vessels were working to control the blaze.
On Oct. 23, an oil rig crashed into an offshore platform in the oil-rich Campeche Sound amid stormy weather. The accident killed 21 workers and ruptured the well.