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January 18, 2007

Stay Safe

Parts of the U.S. experience severe winter storms. Europe is not spared either.

Today's weather warning map for Germany is unprecedented. This one was issued an hour ago by the German National Weather Service (DWD).

Orange colored are counties warned of severe storm conditions. Dark red colored are counties where very severe storms are expected.

The forecast predicts up to 100 mph squalls and up to 2.8 inch of rain. For my local city of Hamburg tonight's high-tide may come in some 12 feet above average.

Stay safe, wherever you are ...

Update: Getting worse: Warning map as of 1:30pm local time (7:30am blogtime)

Posted by b on January 18, 2007 at 10:17 UTC | Permalink

Comments

na bernhard,

so a bissle Fön weht uns hier sho ned weg.

stay put...

Posted by: sabine | Jan 18 2007 11:27 utc | 1

I am watching the wind mills from my office window and wondering how much energy they are putting into the grid today.

it would be interesting to know how many cubic meters of gas or tons of coal are saved because of these winds.

and yes it is really blowing here in Rheinland Pfaltz

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 18 2007 11:37 utc | 2

We have had quite some storms up here too, but it is calming down now. We had one similar last year, and that was the biggest in 30 years or so. After a similar one this year, one has to be blind not to recognise climat change.

Last years was worse in terms of property destruction, but then there was less wind-sensitive property (mainly trees, forestry being big in Sweden) left now.

Btw, I am pretty sure it is "stay safe". (You said in Hamburg that you appreciated language feedback, so here you go.)

Posted by: a swedish kind of death | Jan 18 2007 11:58 utc | 3

thanks askod - corrected - and keep telling me when I make such stupid mistakes.

Posted by: b | Jan 18 2007 12:01 utc | 4

Posted by: Cloned Poster | Jan 18 2007 12:58 utc | 5

Quiet day of drizzle and rain so far in Hamburg - though now just before 2 in the afternoon the trees are beginning to sway and it seems to have stopped raining but remains very wet and gloomy - love it! - but that's just me.

Posted by: Hamburger | Jan 18 2007 13:00 utc | 6

Bernhard,
How is "severe" and "very severe" defined by DWD? In the US, the National Weather Service uses very specific criteria for issuing a warning. "Severe" is defined as a thunderstorm producing any of the following: (1) 3/4" or larger hail, (2) wind gusts of 58 MPH or greater, or (3) funnel clouds or tornadoes. "Very Severe" isn't used much, but I think it is based on wind gusts of 75 MPH. Since such weather is fairly localized, warnings are usually issued for a handful of counties at a time.

Severe Thunderstorm or Tornado "watches" are issued for broader areas, and indicate that conditions are favorable for such weather to develop.

However the DWD defines it, be careful and stay safe.

Posted by: Joe F | Jan 18 2007 13:16 utc | 7

@joe f -
"severe" (orange) - regional wind gusts above 75 mph
"very severe" (red) - general wind above 75 mph

Gusts are today/tonight expected to go above 100 mph in exposed areas.

I have never seen that map all orange/red ...

Posted by: b | Jan 18 2007 13:36 utc | 8

love it! - but that's just me.

you and jana ;)

we had the strongest winds in seattle we've had in over 50 years. i thought my windows were going to burst. knocked out power in many areas of the city for days.

Posted by: annie | Jan 18 2007 14:33 utc | 9

Well, here in Basel it is still Föhn, probably the same Sabine is experiencing, windy and it feels like something is brewing, and the clouds move at high speed - at least thats what it looks like.

Posted by: Fran | Jan 18 2007 14:50 utc | 10

here in parigi we've had more wind than usual- not sure of exact speed - and fast moving clouds with smattering rain. not unusual except for the winds which make it feel - as fran sayas - like something is brewing. maybe it's just rattling our little tinfoil hats a bit... he he he.

be safe all

esme lurking

Posted by: esme | Jan 18 2007 15:58 utc | 11

hope everyone stays safe. the weather in 2006 rocked us here at the confluence of the missouri & mississippi rivers. i can't find the national weather service's archived report for our area, but the local office reported the highest number of severe weather incidents in the u.s. for the whole of last year. record number of tornados & severe storms, etc... in july (wind) & at the end of november (ice) storms knocked out power for more than 500,000 customers each time, some going for 3 weeks w/o electric. and another ice storm over the past w/e knocked out power for another 300,000. as you can imagine, it's really made living rough for a lot of people. the july outage was during a heatwave that saw temps above 100F for the entire week, and the last few nights have dipped into the low teens & single digits. so, indeed, stay safe & stay warm. we're probably just getting started into what unstable climates have in store for us.

Posted by: b real | Jan 18 2007 16:02 utc | 12

It's about 4:45 CET here in Hamburg and I just learned the Prez of the University told all to go home. Students report "trouble in the streets" ... huh? About an hour ago a heavy rain with some small hail swept through my neighborhood but rather calm at the moment. I hear wind but don't see the effects much. Yeah dramatic weather is ... dramatic - hope trees don't break and worse. Everyone, get home safe. Lentil lamb stew on the stove, fresh ciabatta bought just before the rain. Hunker down time.

Posted by: Hamburger | Jan 18 2007 16:05 utc | 13

It's picking up here too. There is a big swarm of birds circling outside, unusual, and the wind has increased. Not to forget that tonight is new moon - which can add to high tides or if I remember correctly to springtides. So I hope you up north along the water will be safe.

Posted by: Fran | Jan 18 2007 16:30 utc | 14

It is super windy in central London, but I did not think it was so bad, and foolishy trekked an hour across town this afternoon to see this Damien Hirst show at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park. However, when I got there, the police said the park was closed because of falling trees.

Natural World 1, Art World 0.

Posted by: Dismal Science | Jan 18 2007 16:48 utc | 15

But shouldn't it be snowing rather than raining?? I mean it is mid-January after all...

Posted by: jj | Jan 18 2007 17:17 utc | 16

Posted by: Cloned Poster | Jan 18 2007 17:21 utc | 17

Everyone loves to talk about the weather, it seems.

I've been checking Hamburg weather every day (last month's habit prevails) and it seemed to never change much. Hang tight b.

I've been working out of the office about an hours drive away the last couple of days and on my trip back this morning encountered the appropriately named black ice. Freezing rain hit the frigid pavement and turned into a sheet of invisible ice. On a 5 mile stretch I saw 6 accidents on the interstate. Most vehicles upsidedown and some even into the woods. Ugly.

And must go back tonight.

Posted by: beq | Jan 18 2007 17:46 utc | 18

call me crazy, but i happen to love wild weather. perhaps it is in the blood, growing up in new england on the water. as long as there is a warm house to return to i am the first out in a storm. new york has been frigid the last few days, but the weather could hardly be classified as severe. i don't know why but i have not seen as many homeless this year. that is where my heart goes when the weather changes. the pollyanna in me hopes it is because the shelters area better, not something more ominous.

but to all of you across the pond, i hope you stay warm and safe and if you venture out (as i would), enjoy it, but take care.

Posted by: conchita | Jan 18 2007 18:09 utc | 19

the lights just came on here again in Bacharach on the Rhine, but we have overhead power lines, which are rare in Germany these days.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jan 18 2007 18:10 utc | 20

I hear you conchita. I love "weather" as long as it's cold and snowy and I have a warm fire.

Posted by: beq | Jan 18 2007 18:51 utc | 21

conchita

this is really incredible weather. I have never experienced winds this strong. there are 85 mph gusts which are beautiful and frightening at the same time. the wind is blowing trucks over on the road and it was a bit hairy driving back home tonight.

thankfully it is not cold nor snowing.

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 18 2007 18:53 utc | 22

dan of steele

85 mph!! is more than i have experienced. it is hard to imagine trucks being blown over. yikes. i hope you and your family all stay safe.

Posted by: conchita | Jan 18 2007 19:04 utc | 23

Just back from the riverside - had a beer at the Schellfischposten, the oldest seamen pub in town (a coffee with baileys for faux). They had already lifted their piano to the ceiling as they expect some flooding later tonight.

The rain down the river comes in horizontal gusts, I was wet down to the skin within minutes. Nearly none of the usual harbour noise as all cranes and container bridges are shut down and ship traffic is next to zero. Only wind ...

On the way back a few severed park trees - nothing serious - I'd love to be at the coast tonight and get the real treat.

Posted by: b | Jan 18 2007 19:08 utc | 24

8 Uncommon Ways To Keep Warm

Frigid weather got you down? Warm the heart of your cockles with these smokin' tidbits
- By Mark Morford

Mix three parts rum to two parts vodka to one part cinnamon schnapps. Add a chug of Worcestershire sauce, a splash of Tabasco and a generous sprinkle of red pepper flakes. Carry large tray of this white-trash rocket fuel over to the nearest frat house and hand out shots of skanky death juice to anyone wearing a backward baseball hat and a sports jersey and eyes that scream "future associate VP of a Texas coal company." Come home, strip naked, pour yourself a large glass of Pinot, climb into a hot bath and warm your soul in the knowledge that you will never become a Republican

...on the road again.

Posted by: beq | Jan 18 2007 19:14 utc | 25

we are safe and warm. watching the weather on TV, reports of winds over 120 mph in the Harz mountains which are not all that far from where b lives. some parts expect 100 mph winds tonight but not in my area

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 18 2007 19:18 utc | 26

Geneva, Switz. At 20 00 hours it is 12 degrees, normal, in the sense of accepted, for January by now. Wind blowing, not stormy, just the spring blows, birds twittering about even now in the dark ! - the crows of course stay put and are quite angry. They used to have the place to themselves. (Except for the gulls, their enemies..) I never dared make friends with them, for fear of creeping out the neighbor and alarming my family.(Witches.) The crows understood this. Hi guy - I say, with gestures, craak craak they go, and I walk on, in a tshirt, a sleeveless winter vest, just to pretend that seasons still exist, and I’m respectable.

The permafrost in CH is melting. Glaciers vanish like vanilla ice cones held by determined toddlers. Glaciers are basically history, everyone here accepts it. In CH temps have been in Oct-Nov (not Dec, we had some days of frost) and Jan, between 5 and 11 degrees C above ‘normal’ (the 1961 - 1990 average which in itself, at the tail end, included at lot of balmy weather.)

In the Ticino, it was 21 degrees, and aspiring starlets bathed, to the delight of photographers.

Other topic: Meanwhile, there have riots in Mexico concerning the price of tortillas. Made from corn. Mexico is now corn dependent on the US and prices have doubled, tripled, goneoutta sight... because corn is being put other uses, suv - sidized to make ethanol.


Posted by: Noirette | Jan 18 2007 19:21 utc | 27

Sunny and mild in south of New Zealand; but December was one of the wettest on record. My in-laws had 100mm of rain in a 24 hour period. Our weather is always erratic, but it is good to have green grass right through summer; and more fruit than usual. All the best to you northerners.

Posted by: PeeDee | Jan 18 2007 20:39 utc | 28

For those planning their next 100 years of weather, the New Scientist has just put up 2100: A world of wild weather with world maps keyed to various weather changes predicted by a model developed in Zurich.

Think back to the hottest summer you can remember. Now imagine a summer like that every year. For those of us who are still around by the end of the 21st century, this is what we can expect, according to a new index that maps the different ways that climate change will hit different parts of the world. The map reveals how much more frequent extreme climate events, such as heatwaves and floods, will be by 2100 compared with the late 20th century. It is the first to show how global warming will combine with natural variations in the climate to affect our planet.
...
Meanwhile, Antarctica and the Arctic can expect exceedingly wet years to become 13 times more likely, while tropical regions like the Amazon rainforest and the Congo basin will suffer droughts around 13 times more frequently (see Map). Rainfall in places in the middle, like Australia and the southern US, is expected to remain fairly close to what it is now.

Posted by: PeeDee | Jan 18 2007 21:07 utc | 29

Crap, I forgot the link. Try 2100: A world of wild weather.

Posted by: PeeDee | Jan 18 2007 21:10 utc | 30

Noirette,

the tortilla riots are brought to you care of NAFTA, which drove lots of small Mexican producers right out of the market, as they could not compete with US industrial agribusiness.

Posted by: ralphieboy | Jan 18 2007 21:53 utc | 31

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/011107H.shtml>meanwhile in the US of A{mnesia|ssh*les|rrogance|nomie|utomobiles}, chirpy weathercasters continue to smirk and giggle over "that wacky weather"...

sone days there just isn't enough piano wire in the whole world...

Posted by: DeAnander | Jan 18 2007 21:56 utc | 32

Sheedt, I've have never seen a January like this in Denmark and I've been expatriating here for forty years.

The early flowers, "vinter gæk" and "erantis" came up Jan. 10 and that's a week earlier than I have ever seen.

The rain! Jeeze, the rain! Never seen so much water, just puddles and muddles is what our front lawn is. Every morning I go out and check to see if maybe something has blown away.

Thing is, though, it can turn solid cold freezing just as quick and we really need to disabuse ourselves of the term "global warming" and make common the more accurate term "climate change".

Posted by: Chuck Cliff | Jan 18 2007 22:45 utc | 33

"Climate change" with a dose of chaos theory. The article linked by DeA at #32 spells it out clearly:

Global warming is not a slow, gentle, pleasant rise in temperatures to be savored. It is an abrupt fundamental breakdown in the Earth System's climate sub-system that threatens the Earth's, humanity's and your family's ability to live.

Few people understand how a chaotic system can be tipped over the edge into greater disorder by a fairly small change in energy level.

Posted by: catlady | Jan 18 2007 23:07 utc | 34

wind 75/100 mis/hr - that's hurricane levels!

You folks do take care and stay safe... hope there are no power outages or that you at least have a fireplace and lots of food and drink... namaste

Posted by: crone | Jan 19 2007 0:54 utc | 35

@catlady I have been trying to explain this to people who come w/in my ambit for several years. mostly they shrug. "the weather" is something irrelevant, right? we have cars, we have air conditioners and washer/driers, and our food doesn't come from anyplace we've ever seen even from a train window. if it's cold we turn up the heat. if it's hot we get a cold one out of the fridge. "the weather" -- a life and death issue for all terrestrial life forms -- is merely a sideshow to news of really burning importance like the latest Dow average or some celeb's new baby.

it fills me with a gut-level disquiet -- fear, really -- to speak to apparently intelligent people who have internalised the conviction that they exist in some other dimension, utterly separate from and superior to the physical world. it feels sometimes somewhat like the myth of the invulnerability of the "Boxer" rebels... much good it did them, poor sods.

Posted by: DeAnander | Jan 19 2007 1:39 utc | 36

DeA- Welcome. Pls. stop by more frequently. Are you still in america??

Posted by: jj | Jan 19 2007 2:03 utc | 37

it fills me with a gut-level disquiet -- fear, really -- to speak to apparently intelligent people who have internalised the conviction that they exist in some other dimension, utterly separate from and superior to the physical world.

Nature...shit..we conquered that bitch long ago.

No??? The entire male western project & mindset goes into the abyss - it's built on rational male conquest of irrational passive female nature.

Posted by: jj | Jan 19 2007 2:06 utc | 38

Not to rub it in, but we've been having great weather here in Panamá in January after a very rough December. Here are some pictures taken just a bit up the road from us of a waterspout forming over the Pacific on Christmas day.

Hopefully all are safe as this round of major storms passes through.

Posted by: mats | Jan 19 2007 2:14 utc | 39

@B:

Passat half-reefed off Falmouth, waiting orders.

Moderate gale.

Hope they have that piano down come Saturday night.

Posted by: Hilgendorf | Jan 19 2007 2:16 utc | 40

@jj re: the subordination of "that bitch Nature" -- currently reading D Jensen's Endgame (in 2 vols). I can take exception to some of his argument but the bulk of it is I think irrefutable, highly relevant. just starting on vol 2 now. best read I think after digesting the precursor work The Culture of Make Believe. and I cannot rave enough about Alf Hornborg's The Power of the Machine which ties off a lot of loose ends and has changed my brain.

alas still in usa -- waiting on interminable processing of immi paperwork, trying to sell off material impedimenta, learning to make cheese. not that the projected new location is much saner on the deepest levels -- just as wedded to the cornucopian cult. but lower population density, more arable land not yet paved over (though mygawd, they are working busily on that)...

just hoping I can rent a truck and get outta here before the Bush mafia attack Iran and oil is $200/barrel.

Posted by: DeAnander | Jan 19 2007 3:09 utc | 41

That storm passed pretty fast - biggest one in the last 20 years - train traffic was and partly is still out in all of Germany - mostly through trees having fallen on the railway power lines. Many schools will be closed today. But otherwise nothing serious happened. Electricity is up about everywhere (most lines are underground anyway).

Some eight people died through various accidents, falling trees in Germany, 28 in Europe total.

The storm moved faster than predicted leading to less flooding than expected. Maximum wind was 120+ mph.

Posted by: b | Jan 19 2007 8:16 utc | 42

to absolutely no one's surprise (at least around here)

Surge in carbon levels raises fears of runaway warming

Carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere is measured in parts per million (ppm). From 1970 to 2000 that concentration rose by about 1.5ppm each year, as human activities sent more of the gas into the atmosphere. But according to the latest figures, last year saw a rise of 2.6ppm. And 2006 was not alone. A series of similar jumps in recent years means the carbon dioxide level has risen by an average 2.2ppm each year since 2001.

Posted by: dan of steele | Jan 19 2007 8:56 utc | 43

but CO2 is necessary for life

Posted by: gmac | Jan 19 2007 10:39 utc | 44

What a bunch of hot air in gmac's link.

Last couple of years has in Sweden made such non-sense journalism a thing of the past regarding climate change (or as the good people of International Geosphere - Biosphere Program (IGBP) calls it: Global change (to include that the biosphere is not only affected by climate change but also affects the climate)). Oxygen and carbon dioxide are both necessary for life as we know it. Can we put that fake journalist in a room and make him choose if he wants a 100% oxygen or a 100% carbon dioxide environment in said room?

As both are quite lethal we would not have to suffer any more non-sense from him.

DeA,
good to see you around. I can report that Alf does quite impressive lectures too. As you mention truck I guess you will still be pretty far away from next years moonkind meetup in Venice? It is a port so maybe some sailing will be in order...

Posted by: a swedish kind of death | Jan 19 2007 11:21 utc | 45

Oh ralphie I know.

About the weather, or climate change, we shouldn’t forget that some of the catastrophic consequences of typhoons, wind, hurricanes, unexpected hail, a deluge of rain, mountains that split, and so on, are the result of inadequate attention and inappropriate actions by humans, such as overbuilding on unsteady hillsides, under levees, in river beds, on fault lines, etc.; making concrete sheets where before the earth absorbed water; clearing land for agriculture, draining it into rivulets; cutting down trees; fill in more...These ‘human’ engineered catastrophes are becoming more frequent, noticeable, and don’t in themselves signal that the weather has gone ‘mad’.

it fills me with a gut-level disquiet -- fear, really

Plenty of people in Switz. are terrified. The ice breaker, the casual friendly remark, about the rain, the flowers, the cold, the duck fleas on the lake, the swallows swooping by, the dull and dark, or lovely, or scintillating, weather: all gone. Finis.

Now, in public transport particularly, a weird silence reigns. Before mentioning the weather, careful glances must be made. One has to gauge one’s neighbor. Tourist? Clueless. Cleaning lady? Frightened for her children. Gothic teen? Watch out for the politics. Older gentleman, sharp looking? Careful, he may break down.

Posted by: Noirette | Jan 19 2007 15:48 utc | 46

A lovely swedish television show went around and asked (mostly teenagers) what they know about climate change (a lot) and why they are not panicking. The answers were not all that good, but the questions were appropriate.

Posted by: a swedish kind of death | Jan 19 2007 16:33 utc | 47

12 dead in the UK.

I should not be so blase.

Posted by: Dismal Science | Jan 19 2007 17:45 utc | 48

When titanic glaciers melt or slide from land to sea, the earth flexes from the weight now dispersed. Earthquakes, tsunamis and lava flows result. This has happened many times. This is decades old information but is not mentioned in Inconvenient Truth nor stressed by Amsterdam based Greenpeace, California based Sierra Club, anyone anywhere, including those who archive the 2 articles below.

We are not in the same boat as the big boys, who want global warming and deliberately encourage it. They point out we'll now have a Northwest Passage, the unicorn of shipping, and buy property in Colorado. They also sold the worldwide port operations of the Penninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company to Dubai. City boys stick the yokels.

Don’t be confused by the motives of relatively small businessmen., such as Amana, U.S. 2nd largest air conditioner company who wrote to Bush administration in 2001 that 30% more efficient central a.c. unit regulations put in place by Clinton were no problem. WTO level is different. Remember that Standard Oil sold gas and additives to Germany through intermediaries during WW2.

That some small earthquakes nowadays were leftovers from glacier weight accumulated over millenia then dispersed 10,000 years ago is standard information. I believe I remember it from Earth Science in 8th grade in Buffalo (1966-7). But with all my internet research on West Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier etc. sliding, I never thought of weight removal implications, nor did I see any mention of such until the Ottawa Citizen 7/3/06 piece

http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/story.html?id=0447a0d1-63be-4f15-8992-96131e57853c&k=42084/>Climate Change Could Cause Earthquakes and Volcanic Eruptions, Scientists Say
('Could" as in "Gravity could cause unsupported things to fall.)

We act as hypnotized.

Why would people arguing for Kyoto etc. not bring up that earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis result when ice slides from land to sea, and that they last a long time?


Combine that with L.A. Times http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:0mgvUAHzDqgJ:www.climateemergency.org/joomla/index.php%3Foption%3Dcom_content%26task%3Dview%26id%3D47%26Itemid%3D107+%22Greenland%27s+Ice+Sheet+Is+Slip-Sliding+Away%22&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=4&ie=UTF-8/>Greenland's Ice Sheet Is Slip-Sliding Away Robert Lee Holtz 6/25/06.


Starts off "Gripping a bottle of Jack Daniels between his knees ... " and includes information of Greenland possibly being 3 islands under the 2 miles thick ice, so the center area is 1000' below sea level (numeral from other source).There is no discussion of the sea water thus running under and up into the glaciers, but there is a lot about the drill-like holes, produced in weeks below the unblemished surface, allowing meltwater down to the bedrock and so to the waiting sea. Note the increased seismic activity at the end and ponder the implications ignored in the article itself as it warns of decades of melting instead of hours of sliding.

Reduced ice weight produces earthquakes.
Earthquakes move ice.
Repeat.

Many, many choruses.

Note that our leaders, including environmentalists, journalists and celebrities, have been ignoring these inevitabilities in their communications with us, including the otherwise valuable Weather in 2100 piece in #30.

Note that in the 6th century Justinian's great historian, Procopius, wrote of yellow dust in the sky that gendered famines, plagues and decisive wars. Lesser European and Chinese, Japanese and Mayan sources concur. The post Arthurian Wasteland is a hint of this, but otherwise we've forgotten that climate changes have serious consequences. (Keys, Catastrophe, Random House, o.p. but went to at least 4 printings, available digitally via Amazon for $9.95, and searchable free for key words like Procopius, plague, slavery and famine to find a couple of pages at a time.).

Note that cavalry men, filled with love for men & horses, ordered cavalry charges against well emplaced machine guns repeatedly1914-1918, and in 1926 Brit. Field marshall Haig wrote "aeroplanes and tanks are only accessories to the man and the horse, and I feel sure that as time goes on you will find just as much use for the horse - the well-bred horse - as you have ever done in the past." (Ellis, Social History of the Machine Gun, Johns Hopkins U. Press, in print and searchable on Amazon).
All visible are in denial, or pretend to be so in likeness to the rest of us.

Posted by: plushtown | Jan 20 2007 13:21 utc | 49

@PeeDee - Welcome Back. Happy to see you. Did you move from Mich to N.Z.? What happened w/inviting Fitts, etc?

Posted by: jj | Jan 20 2007 19:58 utc | 50

Global warming is even hitting sports pages, as World Cup ski races @premier European ski resorts have had to be cancelled. This weeks one was rain-delayed!! Swiss looking into using chemicals to essentially Glue the snow to the slope :(

Posted by: jj | Jan 20 2007 20:01 utc | 51

this seems like an appropriate place to post this, but may do it on the ot thread as well. from reuters today:

RED ALERT! WORLDWIDE VICIOUS COMPUTER VIRUS "STORM WORM" HITS COMPUTERS ALL OVER THE WORLD STARTING FRIDAY!
Saturday, January 20, 2007, 7:08 a.m. ET

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Computer virus writers started to use raging European storms on Friday to attack thousands of computers in an unusual real-time assault, head of research at Finnish data security firm F-Secure told Reuters.

The virus, which the company named "Storm Worm" is sent to hundreds of thousands of e-mail addresses globally, with the e-mail's subject line saying "230 dead as storm batters Europe." The attached file contains the so-called malware that can infiltrate computer systems.

"What makes this exceptional is the timely nature of the attack," MikkoHypponen, head of research at F-Secure said.
Hypponen said thousands of computers around the world, most in private use, had been affected.

He said most users would NOT notice the malware, or trojan, which creates a BACK DOOR to the computer that can be exploited later to steal data or to use the computer to post spam.

Posted by: conchita | Jan 21 2007 0:12 utc | 52

jj- you're thinking of JDP (and i'm betting that the locals didn't take too kindly to his enthusiasm for fitts, which is why he dropped off the radar)

Posted by: b real | Jan 21 2007 4:52 utc | 53

snopes says storm worm virus is real.

Posted by: conchita | Jan 21 2007 6:27 utc | 54

JDP is still in Mich, last I saw e-mail from him, wish he'd get back here

Posted by: anna missed | Jan 21 2007 6:46 utc | 55

JDP dropped off after a Debs is Dead lashing over his "kissing China's ass comment".

Posted by: anna missed | Jan 21 2007 7:27 utc | 56

thanks, anna missed. more confirmation that not taking up gambling was a good move on my part... :)

Posted by: b real | Jan 21 2007 7:48 utc | 57

From the Guardian:

Global warming is destined to have a far more destructive and earlier impact than previously estimated, the most authoritative report yet produced on climate change will warn next week.

A draft copy of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by The Observer, shows the frequency of devastating storms - like the ones that battered Britain last week - will increase dramatically. Sea levels will rise over the century by around half a metre; snow will disappear from all but the highest mountains; deserts will spread; oceans become acidic, leading to the destruction of coral reefs and atolls; and deadly heatwaves will become more prevalent.

The impact will be catastrophic, forcing hundreds of millions of people to flee their devastated homelands, particularly in tropical, low-lying areas, while creating waves of immigrants whose movements will strain the economies of even the most affluent countries.

'The really chilling thing about the IPCC report is that it is the work of several thousand climate experts who have widely differing views about how greenhouse gases will have their effect. Some think they will have a major impact, others a lesser role. Each paragraph of this report was therefore argued over and scrutinised intensely. Only points that were considered indisputable survived this process. This is a very conservative document - that's what makes it so scary,' said one senior UK climate expert.

Posted by: Bea | Jan 24 2007 13:49 utc | 58

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