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Storm system brings snow from Midwest to Great Lakes

first_imgABC News (NEW YORK) — A storm system is bringing snow this morning to parts of the Midwest and Great Lakes, as well as very heavy rain to much of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.Snowfall rates of near 1 inch per hour will be possible in parts of Illinois and Wisconsin this morning. Snowfall could pile up locally 3 to 6 inches through the morning.As the storm moves east, some of the precipitation moving into the Northeast is changing from rain to an icy mix. Therefore winter weather advisories have been issued from parts of Eastern Pennsylvania to Maine.While accumulations should remain light due to the rather relatively mild air, some slick spots could be possible this morning and through parts of the weekend — especially in the higher elevations of the Poconos and Catskills this morning.Some of the rain is falling at 1 to 2 inches per hour across parts of Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. Localized flash flooding will be possible this morning. Further south, there is an isolated potential for a strong to severe storm in parts of eastern North Carolina this morning. This line of heavy rain will move through the entire I-95 corridor.By mid-day and afternoon, torrential rainfall will be possible, with localized flash flooding. Urban flooding with rainfall totals of 1 to 2 inches are possible today in Philadelphia, New York, Hartford and Boston. A couple of rumbles of thunder will be possible as well.This storm system clears out on Sunday with only a few snow showers possible near the Great Lakes and in part of the Appalachians.The Pacific Northwest will also be seeing a series of storms over the next several days. Locally over 5 inches of heavy rain will be possible along the coast from Northern California to Washington. In the higher elevations of the Cascades, up to 2 feet of snow is expected this weekend.As has been the case much of this winter, there is a lack of prolonged sustained cold air in the forecast. Much of the country is expected to trend near to above average this weekend. Looking ahead into the first days of February, much of the U.S. is looking like it will be trending mild. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A novel miniature confocal microscope/Raman spectrometer system for biomolecular analysis on future Mars missions after Antarctic trials

first_imgBiomolecules, such as the productive and protective pigments of photosynthetic organisms, are good biomarkers in extreme Antarctic deserts as analogues of early Mars. Laser Raman technology at long wavelengths which minimize fluorescence is ideal for remote analysis of biomolecules in situ. We report Raman spectra obtained with a prototype miniature laser-Raman spectrometer/confocal microscope (specification < 1 kg) under development for a Mars lander and evaluation in Antarctic deserts. We compare the efficiency of its 852 nm laser/CCD detector system with an optimal bench-top 1064 nm FT Raman spectrometer which excels with biomolecules. Using a yellow Antarctic lichen, Acarospora chlorophana, we show good correlation between both instruments restricted to the 460–1350 cm−1 wavenumber range.last_img read more

University of Utah men’s basketball head coach adds three to staff

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, University of Utah head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith announced the additions of Brandon Ubel, Justin Johnson and Logan Ogden to his support staff for the Utes’ program.All three worked under Smith previously at Utah State.Ubel will be the program’s director of scouting after serving as a graduate manager the past two seasons for the Aggies.Johnson will be the special assistant to the head coach with the Utes. Ogden will be the program’s strength and conditioning coach. April 19, 2021 /Sports News – Local University of Utah men’s basketball head coach adds three to staff Written bycenter_img Brad Jameslast_img read more

Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger Sails to Scrap Yard

first_img March 6, 2015 Authorities The US Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Ranger, once used for scenes in the movies “Top Gun” and “Star Trek IV”, is starting a 16,000-mile trip from Puget Sound, to a scrap yard in Texas.International Shipbreaking Limited has been contracted to dismantle the carrier at a contract price of a penny. Crosby Tugs LLC of Golden Meadow, La., will tow the carrier that weighed more than 81,000 tons arrayed for battle, the Presstelegram reports, adding that there were several efforts to save the Ranger since it was offered to the public for donation 10 years ago. Because it can’t fit through the Panama Canal, the vessel embarked on a five-month journey around South America to the scrap yard.The Ranger was commissioned in 1957 and was active during the Vietnam War. The vessel also deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm, in the first Persian Gulf War, according to the Navy Times. The carrier was decommissioned in 1993 at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.[mappress mapid=”15319″]Naval Today Staff, Image: US Navy View post tag: ship View post tag: Start Trek View post tag: Legend View post tag: Sails Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger Sails to Scrap Yard View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Top Gun View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today Aircraft Carrier USS Ranger Sails to Scrap Yard View post tag: USS Ranger Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Mobile Bay fires first missiles after Aegis upgrade

first_img November 8, 2017 Authorities View post tag: US Navy US Navy’s first Aegis baseline 9 equipped cruiser tests upgrade in missile shoot The first US Navy guided-missile cruiser to receive the Aegis baseline 9 combat system upgrade tested the updated combat system with a live-fire missile exercise off the coast of Southern California.The historic missile exercise was carried out by USS Mobile Bay (CG 53) on October 24.Mobile Bay is the first cruiser to upgrade from the Aegis baseline 8 combat system to the updated Aegis baseline 9 combat system (9 on 8) which increases the accuracy, range and weapons capabilities of the ship.“We are testing a system that brings advanced war fighting capabilities to the ship and to the fleet,” said Capt. James L. Storm, Mobile Bay’s commanding officer. “We are validating these capabilities before bringing them to other ships.”The cruiser fired two Standard Missile 2 (SM-2) missiles and one Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM) missile from the forward launcher on the ship’s forecastle. The primary objectives of testing the fire control loop with the 9 on 8 computer program, as well as test some newly introduced advanced features, were successfully demonstrated.One SM-2 missile engagement was accomplished using only the SPQ-9 radar system, a first in US naval history.“It’s exciting to lead the effort for the surface community,” said Storm. “It feels good that our 30-year-old ship is one of the most advanced in the fleet.”Mobile Bay previously upgraded to the Aegis baseline 8 combat system in 2010 as part of a cruiser modernization initiative. In addition to extensive modernization of structural, mechanical, and electrical components of the ship, the legacy Aegis weapons system computing suite was removed and replaced with commercial off the shelf hardware (known as Technical Insertion-08), bringing the weapons system into an open architecture environment.This open architecture foundation made further combat system improvements using the Aegis baseline 9 common source library and some minor hardware changes to the ship’s computing suite needed to support improved graphics and data processing.“In a matter of weeks, we were able to significantly upgrade the combat system capabilities of this ship and we will continue providing software updates, as needed, to increase capability in response to emerging threats and requirements,” said Capt. Andrew Biehn, the Aegis Fleet Readiness Officer for Naval Sea Systems, Command Program Executive Office for Integrated Warfare Systems.“Specifically, bringing baseline 9 on 8 to Mobile Bay enables her to employ the SM-6 missile, conduct Naval Integrated Fire Control-Counter Air (NIFC-CA), and employ the latest Aegis weapons systems capabilities against air and missile threats.”The Aegis baseline 9 combat system update was a one-year long joint effort that started in October 2016 between the crew of the Mobile Bay, Department of the Navy civilians and defense contractors.Navy civilians and contractors were brought on board Mobile Bay on Oct. 20, 2017 to assist the crew with training, testing and troubleshooting in preparation for the first live-fire event using the updated system. View post tag: Aegis View post tag: SPQ-9 Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s first Aegis baseline 9 equipped cruiser tests upgrade in missile shoot View post tag: Ticonderoga-Class View post tag: USS Mobile Bay Share this articlelast_img read more

Sugar prices set to stay volatile, says Rabobank

first_imgUK bakers should expect sugar prices to remain volatile for at least the next four years as global prices continue to fluctuate, according to a new report from Rabobank.The report New Realities for the EU Sugar Industry predicted that EU sugar prices would be unstable until at least the end of the current sugar regime in September, 2015. This is largely due to doubts over whether Brazil would be able to match the growth in sugar production it has achieved over the last decade, while unpredictable weather patterns and volatile exchange rates around the world are also likely to impact sugar prices.The report said: “The new reality for the EU sugar industry is that these global dynamics now have a very profound effect on the domestic sugar market. Sugar is no longer a commodity that European sugar purchasing managers can consider for just a few days a year, but a volatile one, which requires knowledge and day-to-day monitoring.”The European Commission announced last month that EU sugar quotas would be abolished in September 2015 a move that was welcomed by the European Sugar Users organisation. Robert Guichard, president of European Sugar Users, said: “There is a clear need to establish market dynamics in the EU sugar market. This will help the whole value chain to meet the many supply and sustainability challenges of the future.”He added: “The current system is clearly not working, supporting the call for long term change. Members continue to struggle to secure supplies making it very difficult to establish long-term supply relationships and contracts.”last_img read more

Scottish chocolatier wins second Best in the World award

first_imgFor a second year running, Perthshire-based Master Chocolatier Iain Burnett received a prestigious gold accolade in the International Chocolate Awards.Burnett was given the accolade for his Caramel with A Twist of Liquorice Velvet Truffle.In competition with chocolatiers from all over the globe, the new truffle topped the board and made Burnett the only UK chocolatier to win in the truffle and praline category this year.Burnett’s Highland Chocolatier has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Its special expertise in making both ‘naked’ and enrobed (coated) chocolates has made the premises one of the area’s leading tourist attractions.Burnett said of his latest success: “I’m really pleased that my new velvet truffle has been selected. Liquorice is a flavour that sometimes gets a bad press, but I’ve developed a chocolate that uses a gentle hint of liquorice with white chocolate that has been caramelised to complement it. The balance of chocolate and spices is combined to create a complex chocolate that is, above all, delicious!”The truffles cost £19.95 for a gift box and are available from the Grandtully and St Andrews stores, as well via mail order across the UK and internationally through the website.The whole Velvet Truffle range has also won Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Overall Product of the Year.In June, Burnett was celebrating after winning a hat-trick at the British National Competition of the International Chocolate Awards for two of its truffles.last_img read more

Sorting immigration facts, fiction

first_imgCan emotional media narratives about undocumented workers be tempered with data about the true economic impact of global immigration? Could scholars help journalists dispassionately analyze a red-hot political topic?These questions were discussed — sometimes soberly, sometimes passionately — during a conference on “The Futures of Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue” held Friday at the Walter Lippmann House, home to the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard. The afternoon conference brought together academics and working reporters to hash out immigration topics such as the law, economics, and the future impact of the new arrivals’ children on U.S. labor markets and culture.Richard Hornik, moderator of a discussion on “Immigration in a Time of Economic Crisis,” repeatedly challenged his panel concerning how professors and other academics could work with journalists to present a fuller portrait of immigration issues.But the former Time magazine editor and Harvard Business Review contributing editor may not have found the answers, despite the lively give-and-take about points that panelists acknowledged were often passed over in public debates.For starters, Richard B. Freeman, the Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics, noted that undocumented immigration to this country has diminished amid the recession.“Those people come for jobs. And when there are no jobs — and the country certainly is not in a good situation with respect to jobs — we then see the immigrants stop coming,” he said. There’s also a decrease in those coming in with non-immigrant work visas. Still arriving are students in higher education, many of whom historically settle here, he said.“If you don’t want [undocumented workers] in the country, you should be happy. But in fact you would be much happier if they were trying to get into the country because that means we have a good recovery,” Freeman said. Another fact discussed by the panel: Undocumented workers are helping to plug the Social Security shortfall. According to 2007 figures, unauthorized immigrants contributed 5 to 10 percent of the Social Security trust fund, Schumacher-Matos said. “We would already be having a solvency problem today with Social Security if it weren’t for that money. [Insolvency] is going to happen anyway. Will this save Social Security? No. Does it make a difference? Yes.”Such information may not be getting sufficient attention, as economically troubled newspapers and other media outlets are cutting back on reporters and resources devoted to immigration issues. “Fewer stories are being told,” said panelist Cindy E. Rodriguez, a former Boston Globe reporter on immigration issues and a journalist-in-residence at Emerson College. Even more sadly, time-strapped journalists “don’t really cover the issues in depth.”Conference organizer Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, professor of globalization and education at New York University, said the problem may be one of overreach. “We have a $14 trillion economy. The impact of immigration … is relatively moderate. Immigrants are not going to make the U.S. economy; they’re not going to break the U.S. economy,” he said.Rodriguez countered that if undocumented workers went on strike, “You would have a hard time finding a place to eat. There would be no one cooking the meal, no one doing the dishes.”But expand the definition of immigrants to “foreign-born people” who are now citizens, and the impact at Harvard would be drastic, Freeman said. “Imagine if all the immigrants went home from Harvard University. I would say 40 percent of the classes would have nobody teaching them,” he said. “I have a slide I used in science presentations: What would happen if foreign-born people left our labs? [It’s a] photo of an empty lab.”However, Freeman said, “The bulk of the economic benefits of immigration go to immigrants. They may send money back to their villages and so on, but the gap between the pay in their home country and the pay in our country is massive.”Schumacher-Matos underscored the point made by Suarez-Orozco, by observing that “in a macro sense, for the U.S. economy, the impact [of immigration] is about zero.”He added that if worldwide immigration (which is restricted by virtually every country, as Freeman noted) were to be even slightly loosened, this would help the global economy. “Over time we would all become richer. The problem is, it’s over time,” Schumacher-Matos said. “The best way to raise global health and global wealth would follow … would, in fact, be a free flow of people.”Audience member Abraham F. Lowenthal, professor of ethics, globalization, and development at the University of California, chided the panel for not focusing more on specifics of how academics can help the media grasp the complexities and nuances of issues. Lowenthal then described how he tries to educate reporters who call him but noted he has learned to include a “seven-second” sentence or sound bite. Predictably, someone in the audience shouted out, amid laughter, that Lowenthal had used up his seven seconds.The session was sponsored by Immigration Studies at New York University and by the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute at the University of Southern California, with support from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard, and the Nieman Foundation. Undocumented workers do negatively affect the bottom 10 percent of the American labor pool, said Edward Schumacher-Matos, the ombudsman for National Public Radio and the former director of Migration and Integration Studies at Harvard School of Public Health. However, he noted, perhaps half of that 10 percent is made up of former immigrants. “So who’s being hit the most by undocumented workers? Previously undocumented workers,” he said.The drastic decline of the housing market seems to have had a less dramatic impact on immigrant populations, said Gary Painter, the director of research at the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California. The gains in housing ownership made from 2006 to 2007 by the general population have been all but washed out, but ownership rates among Latino immigrants were not hit as hard, and this is particularly notable in smaller metro areas. Painter said this data should be viewed with caution, because it may reflect the increased economic status of immigrants the longer they are in this country.last_img read more

Kudzu Bug Decline

first_imgOnce a devastating presence in Georgia’s soybean fields and a major nuisance to homeowners, the kudzu bug population has diminished over the past three years.“Having kudzu bugs in your field isn’t the end of the world. It becomes problematic when you have too many of them,” said Ian Knight, a University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences graduate student.The focus of Knight’s master’s degree thesis is the rapid decline of kudzu bug populations in Georgia. This unexpected decline forced Knight to change his proposed research project from measuring the rising population of kudzu bugs in Georgia to determining the reason for the population plummet.Researchers developed a formula for counting the kudzu bugs by the number of insects that filled a certain area, he said. One cupful represented about 2,300 bugs, and two cups came to about 4,600 bugs.“When they were at their (population) peak, you couldn’t count that many bugs,” Knight said. “That’s how I thought I would be measuring kudzu bugs, (but) nope, not even close.”Knight studied the pest and found that populations have dropped significantly for two reasons: a parasitoid wasp and a fungus.The parasitoid wasp Paratelenomus saccharalis can deposit a single egg into a kudzu bug egg. The wasp egg hatches and feeds on the developing egg, killing the kudzu bug within.The wasp is not native to the U.S. It was a candidate for release to assist with the management of the kudzu bug, but it appeared on its own in recent years. UGA Cooperative Extension entomologist Phillip Roberts believes it may have arrived with the original infestation of kudzu bugs in 2009. He said it might have taken longer for the wasps to catch up with the bug population.“We have observed greater than 50 percent kudzu bug mortality in some soy and kudzu fields due to parasitism by this wasp,” Roberts said.Roberts and Knight also attribute the Beauveria bassiana fungus to the kudzu bug decline. The fungus attacks and kills both immature and adult kudzu bugs in soybean and kudzu fields, and UGA researchers observed kudzu bug populations killed by the fungus.At their population peak, kudzu bugs were a major pest for soybean farmers in the Southeast. Roberts and fellow UGA entomologist Michael Toews observed an average soybean yield loss of 19 percent in untreated fields during UGA field research trials from 2010 to 2013. The damage rose as high as 60 percent soybean yield loss in some fields.“Kudzu bug populations were outrageous during these years and caused great concern as we did not have definitive answers,” Roberts said. “Our team at UGA did a great job of finding answers that are still relevant today in Georgia and other areas of the U.S. that continue to deal with kudzu bugs.”High populations of the pests can infect and irreparably damage soybean plants, stunting the plants’ growth, reducing seed weight and causing a decline in the number of seeds per pod.Kudzu bugs are currently not a major issue, but that doesn’t mean their populations won’t spike in the future, Roberts said. For that reason, he implores farmers to be aware and consistently scout to curb any chance of a problem in the future.“It was incredible how only a few kudzu bugs could turn into an outbreak several years ago,” Roberts said. “If we’re not careful, it could happen again.”last_img read more

First electricity from Victoria’s largest wind farm flowing into Australian grid

first_imgFirst electricity from Victoria’s largest wind farm flowing into Australian grid FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:The first production has been spotted from the 194MW Bulgana wind farm – the much-delayed project that will form a key part of what will be the biggest wind and battery hub in Victoria.The Bulgana Green Energy Hub will combine the output of the wind farm and a 20MW/34MWh Tesla big battery to provide a 100 per cent renewable energy supply to the proposed giant greenhouse to be built by Nectar Farms. It will also inject a significant amount of supply into the main grid.However, the Bulgana wind farm has been one a dozen new projects that has had its connection and commissioning delayed by the growing grid congestion in north-west Victoria, where new connections were halted after problems emerged with voltage control, resulting in five big solar farms having their output cut in half for more than seven months.Bulgana’s most recent construction update indicated that only one out of 56 turbines has been completed, and it is thought that the construction, connection and commissioning process may not be complete much before the end of the year.Still, Paul McArdle from Global Roam, the providers of Renew Economy’s popular NEM-Watch widget, spotted the first output earlier this week, with a modest 1MW of production going into the grid. There is no sign yet of any activity from the new battery, which will be the third big battery in the state, joining the Gannawarra and Ballarat facilities.[Giles Parkinson]More: First production spotted from Victoria’s biggest wind and battery hublast_img read more