Solar Impulse Flight Aborted (1st June) - Solar-Powered Plane To Land In Japan
Solar Impulse forced to abort flight due to adverse weather.
Solar Impulse, the solar powered plane which took off less than 48 hours ago, on a 6 day journey from China to Hawaii, has been forced to abort the flight due to poor weather conditions. The plane will now head to Japan and wait for clear skies before attempting to continue the flight.
Pilot, Andre Borschberg, has Tweeted that he is disappointed but looking forwards to the next attempt.
Bertrand Piccard, the project co-founder, watching the flight from mission control has stated that the weather does not fit, and that safety ha to be their top priority.
The plane should arrive at the Komaki airfield in Nagoya, Japan at 23:00 local time (14:00 GMT). You can track the flight on the Solar Impulse website.
This is the seventh leg in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe using just the energy of the Sun.
Germanwings 4U 9525 crashes in French Alps - 24th March 2015
Germanwings Airbus A320
Our thoughts go out today, to the families of passengers and crew of Germanwings 4U 9525, which crashed this morning in the French Alps with 140 passengers on-board.
At the time of the crash, the weather was calm over the Alps. However, it is thought that the plane had flown through unstable weather conditions in the Mediterranean. At this time it is unknown whether the weather played any part in the crash.
The weather in the area where Germanwings 4U 9525 crashed is likely to deteriorate this afternoon as a storm system moves into the region. The site may be difficult to access as it is a remote area with limited roadways.
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Hurricane Iselle and Julio - Hawaii Braces For First Hurricanes In 22 Years - 8th August 2014
NASA satellite image of Hurricanes Iselle & Julio
On the evening of Thursday 8th August, Hawaii is in a state of emergency, bracing itself for Iselle, the first hurricane to hit the islands since Hurricane Iniki destroyed over 1400 homes and killed six people back in 1992. As if that is not bad enough, a second even stronger Hurricane named Julio, is following close behind.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the state is prepared for the back-to-back storms, noting the National Guard is at the ready and state and local governments were closing offices, schools and transit services across Hawaii. Emergency shelters also are being opened across the state.
Hurricane Iselle is expected to bring heavy rain, winds up to 85mph and flash floods. This is a category 1 Hurricane, which is the lowest category, but this does have the potential to cause some significant disruption, and may even bring danger to life. Hewaii is used to changeable weather, but Hurricanes are extremely rare here.
There is some hope that Iselle will loose some of it's power whilst passing over the Big island, and before it hits Uahu and Maui.
Billy Kenoi warned Islanders and tourists to take this very seriously, he said that when dealing with high winds, lots of rain and high surf, for an island community, when you put all of those elements together, you get increasing unpredictability.
Colorado Flash Flooding - More Rain Expected
Colorado towns and cities have been evacuated as flash flooding continues.
Thousands of people have been evacuated as heavy rain and devastating flash flooding continues in Colorado. Flooding that cut off many people in the Colorado mountains today has caused rivers and creeks to overflow, bursting their banks and forcing thousands of people to evacuate towns and cities.
As the rain continues to fall, two people are know to have died and another is missing. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has said that 'It's got to be the largest storm that I can imagine in the state's history'.
President Barack Obama has approved a federal disaster assistance request, which will release funds to help with emergency protection.
Now, there are new warnings that the rain may not yet be over, Kari Bowen, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service said "We're still expecting some flooding to occur, but not quite as bad as the last couple of days in terms of the amount of rain that we've been getting".
Sources say that intermittent rain could continue over the weekend, causing more flooding.
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