KANSAS CITY, Mo. – While we have experienced the heat, humidity, and typical summer storms here in Kansas City, things have been unusually calm in the tropical Atlantic.
No named storm has formed in this part of the world since Elsa cleared on July 9 over the northeastern United States. That kind of quiet stretch at this time of year hasn’t happened since the 2009 season.
NOAA has released its updated forecast for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, saying the tropics will wake up again, and that this could be one of many more storms as we move through the peak of the season. hurricanes.
It is likely that we will see the next named storm in the Atlantic as early as tonight.
An area of low pressure continues to form as it drifts north and west, approaching Barbados. This can impact several landmasses in the Caribbean and possibly the Gulf of Mexico.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) at 1 pm today gave this “watch area” an 80% chance of forming in the next 48 hours, indicating that a new tropical storm could form as early as tonight. The next named storm (which would be called “Fred”) could arrive soon.
And a few hours later, the NHC went ahead and named this “watch area” Potential Tropical Cyclone 6 (PTC 6), which is one step closer to tropical storm status.
As was the case with Elsa in July, the possible nomination of “Fred” will be well ahead of the average schedule:
PTC 6 expected to maintain this north-northwest heading. Residents of the Lesser Antilles, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Haiti will really need to be careful with tropical storm conditions as the preparation time will be shorter than normal.
If this path continues, impacts to Florida or other Gulf Coast states are possible.
We will continue to keep you updated on the evolution of this developing storm as it crosses the Caribbean and nears the United States.
CHARLESTOWN, RI (WLNE) – Rhode Island’s Department of Environmental Management (DEM) on Wednesday issued an advisory that Atlantic sea nettle jellyfish were spotted in large numbers in two ponds in Charlestown.
Jellyfish have been identified in the Ninigret and Green Hill ponds.
DEM says anyone planning to recreate themselves in these ponds should bring a first aid kit, which includes a bottle of vinegar and anti-sting spray.
The bite of a sea nettle can cause moderate discomfort and a swollen itchy rash on the skin. If you get stung, DEM says to:
Remove visible tentacles with a gloved hand or plastic bag
Rinse the affected area in vinegar or a commercially available anti-bite spray (or salt water)
DO NOT rinse with fresh water, as this may make the sting worse
Apply heat pack or rinse under warm water
Use an ice pack and / or hydrocortisone cream to reduce discomfort
If symptoms worsen, see a doctor
DEM says these jellyfish are common in Rhode Island during the summer, although the reason for their high numbers right now is not understood. Their number should decrease as the season progresses.
The US Navy released videos on Friday of a crash test it conducted on its newest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford, which triggered a 3.9 magnitude earthquake at sea.
The full ship shock trial (FSST) was carried out by detonating about 18 tonnes (40,000 pounds) of explosives a few meters from the vessel sailing in the Atlantic, according to a statement.
It was the first of three naval-scheduled water explosions, kicking off the ship’s full crash tests on the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to determine if it can withstand an enemy hit for the fight.
The US Geological Survey recorded the powerful explosion with a magnitude 3.9 earthquake about 100 miles off the Florida coast at 4 p.m. Friday, according to USNI new.
Images from the trial showed gigantic shards of water gushing out of the ocean as thousands of pounds of explosives exploded near the carrier. The super aircraft carrier was unscathed from the powerful explosion, as the Navy called it a “successful” test.
The Navy said in the statement that the trials are being conducted “under a tight schedule that meets environmental mitigation requirements, respecting known migration patterns of marine life in the test area.”
“The first aircraft carrier in its class was designed using advanced computer modeling methods, testing and analysis to ensure the ship is toughened to withstand combat conditions, and these crash tests provide data used to validate the hardness of the impact of the vessel, ”he said. added.
Following completion of the FSST later this summer, the carrier will enter “planned incremental availability for six months of modernization, maintenance and repairs” prior to its first deployment.
The transporter is 333 m long, 77 m high and has a displacement of 100,000 tonnes at full load while including two nuclear reactors and four wells.
According to the US Navy, full ship crash tests were performed on an aircraft carrier for the first time in 34 years, since the crash test on the USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) in 1987. It It was also the first FSST on any class of vessel since 2016.
David is a wealthy farmer who owns land along the Atlantic coast. He loves being on the coast and needs help on the farm. Therefore, he advertised for the hired hands.
However, many people were reluctant to work on the farms along the coast. They were mostly terrified of the terrible storms that raged across the oceans.
Storms hit the buildings and crops on his large farm. The day of the interviews arrived, and David took it upon himself to personally interview the candidates for the post.
Photo – A photo of a farmer with cows in a pasture | Source: Pexles
Unfortunately, no one was willing to work for him on the farm and he received a flood of refusals. As he was about to give up hope, a short, thin man came along.
He was well over fifty and approached David. “Are you a good farm worker? David asked the man. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” the man replied.
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David raised his eyebrows and was intrigued by the man’s response, and because he was desperate, he hired him on the spot. The man was relieved and delighted.
He started his first day on the job, and as the days went by, David noticed that the little man was doing a good job around the farm. He strove to work from sunrise to sunset, and David was pleased with his progress.
Photo – A photo of a green field and a clear blue sky | Source: Pexels
One evening, the wind was blowing hard from the sea. David jumped out of bed, grabbed a lantern, and rushed to the man’s sleeping headquarters.
He shook the man and shouted that he should wake up, telling him the storm was coming. “Fix things before they fly!” David said.
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To his surprise, the little man didn’t react as he expected and instead rolled over in his bed and said firmly, “No sir, I told you … I can sleep when the wind blows. “
David got furious and almost kicked him out on the spot. Instead, he ran outside to prepare for the storm on his own. To his astonishment, he saw that all the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins.
The cows were in the barn, and the rest of all the other animals were where they were supposed to be, safe. The man had shutters tightly closed and everything else was tied up. Nothing could be blown away by strong winds.
Photo – A group of black and white cows | Source: Pexles
David then understood what the man meant and went back to his bed and fell sound asleep as the wind blew. When you are prepared, mentally, physically and spiritually, you have no fear.
The man in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. The moral of this parable is that we, in faith, protect ourselves from the storms of life by putting our trust in God.
If you liked this parable, read another story about a farmer who sold his well but refused the buyer to draw water from it.
Atlantic Chamber Ambassadors visited Shaved Tail Louie’s on Thursday, May 27. The Ambassadors were able to chat with owner Megan Roberts, who has been in business in the Atlantic for three years and plans to expand to Audubon this summer.
Megan and her husband, Adam, started their business in the Atlantic in the hopes of providing delicious shaved ice to the community. Megan worked in a shaved ice business throughout high school and when the opportunity to open hers presented itself, she couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
The name Shaved Tail Louie came with a lot of meaning. A Shaved Tail Louie is an old war term for a new American trooper with little experience. Megan’s middle name is also Louise, so the name seemed appropriate for the new venture.
Shaved Tail Louie’s attends many events throughout the summer, including at Lake Icaria for July 4th. Coming this summer, they will be opening another store in Audubon, where they will have 13 employees working hard to bring high quality crushed ice to the community.
Ambassadors From left to right: Steve Tjepkes, Adam Roberts, Jessi Klever, Dr Keith Leonard, Ruth Sears, Anne Quist, Steve Andersen, Dolly Bergmann, Colt Doherty, Kelsey Beschorner, Donnie Drennan, Kathy Hockenberry, Rich Perry, Jennifer McEntaffer, Janet Cappel, Megan Roberts, Mike Cook, Anna Wieser, Krysta Hanson, Rachel Zaks, Jessie Shiels, Tori Gibson, Glen Martin, Kim Bowers and Marcus Daugherty.
The Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday June 5 and Sunday June 6 at the Lewes Historical Society campus located at 110 Shipcarpenter St. in Lewes.
Saturday visitors can bring their favorite pieces of sea glass to chat with author and East Coast native Richard LaMotte about the origins and ages of the shards from their personal collection. LaMotte, who wrote the popular book “Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems”, is an expert in identifying sea glass and will be at the show all day Saturday to meet visitors and share his take on sea glass.
The event will also host local children’s book author Corinne Litzenberg, who will lead the activities of the Children’s Corner – Getting Started. Events for kids will include identifying seashells, sorting and sequencing sea glass, as well as creating a take-home note card. Litzenberg, a Lewes resident and retired teacher, will sign copies of her book, “S is for Sea Glass”, during the two-day festival.
Sea glass collector Stu Jacobs and his daughter Emily will set up their extensive sea glass exhibit in the company’s Rabbit’s Ferry House. Festival-goers can safely stroll around the circa 1740 house on campus and view Jacobs’ educational exhibit of thousands of shards of sea glass collected over the years, as well as examples of antique glassware including parts can come. Emily Jacobs will be exhibiting a sea glass dress weighing over 30 pounds.
The Jacobs will be on site Sunday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. to spot the shards of sea glass from festival-goers. Stu began collecting sea glass almost 20 years ago, mostly along the shores of Chesapeake Bay, and assumes he amassed over 10,000 shards. He was inspired to learn more about the origin of his pieces during a visit to Cape Henlopen State Park where he found a magnificent piece of rare turquoise sea glass. This led him to continue to search for more historic sea glass, and now his basement is full of his entire collection.
The festival will host nearly 50 sea glass and ocean glass artists over the weekend, rain or shine.
Food trucks Amy’s Grill and Retro Street East will also be on campus with live music throughout the two-day event.
Prior to the festival, the Lewes Historical Society will be offering a special Castaway and Seaglass Tour at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 3. This unique experience will feature the legends and traditions of Lewes seaside past. Participants will discover tales of pirates and buried treasure as they tour the company’s main campus, the canal side, and the infamous Cannonball House. The 60-minute tour begins at Ryves Holt House, 218 Second St., and ends in the back garden of Cannonball House. Families are encouraged to bring their children aged 8 and over. All young participants will receive a commemorative coin of locally collected sea glass. The cost of the tour per person is $ 5.
Admission to the Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass Festival is $ 5 per person; children 12 and under are free. Tickets are available before the event online, on the LHS website and at the door each day. The $ 5 entry will also allow festival-goers free entry to any of LHS’s museums on the day of purchase only. All entry restrictions will be based on the state of Delaware’s COVID-19 regulations as of June 5. For safety reasons, the number of vendors present has been reduced to provide enough space between each tent. Wearing a mask may be required and hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout campus. An entry and exit point will be provided along with a suggested one-way path.
In a new study, researchers tracked the movements of young green turtles and found that they sailed towards the Sargasso Sea, rather than passively drifting along the currents of the North Atlantic Ocean.
While there have been theories and anecdotal evidence that hatchlings of turtles travel to the Sargasso Sea and spend their “wasted years” in the region, this is the first study that uses tracking. by satellite to confirm that the green turtles are actually going there.
A previous study by the same group of researchers also tracked the movements of loggerhead turtles in the Sargasso Sea, although their journeys were found to be more nuanced.
Experts say the study draws attention to the importance of protecting the Sargasso Sea and tackling issues such as plastic pollution.
After spending two months hatching in eggs, it’s time for the green turtles to come out of their shells. Newly hatched reptiles scale the steep walls of their nests, scaling the abandoned eggshells of their siblings, and together they scurry onto the sand and paddle out into the ocean. Then they disappear – not only from sight, but from scientific knowledge. No one really knows where green turtle hatchlings go and what they do for the next two or three years of their lives. But that is changing now.
A new paper in The Proceedings of the Royal Society B gave an overview of the so-called ‘lost years’ of endangered green turtles (Chelonia mydas) by tracking the movements of 21 juveniles released off the southeast coast of Florida. Over the course of about 150 days, most of the turtles made their way to the Sargasso Sea, an area of open ocean in the subtropical North Atlantic gyre, rather than letting the currents push them north towards the North Atlantic. Azores.
“One of the long-held ideas was that these [green turtles] are passive little wanderers, ”lead author Katherine Mansfield, a sea turtle expert at the University of Central Florida, told Mongabay in an interview. “Historically, turtles were supposed to swim offshore, enter these eddies, and then drift for several years in a large circle around the Atlantic. But what we found [was that] they had very directed movements in the vortex.
This document is based on a 2014 to study by Mansfield and his colleagues who have followed the movements of loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) across the Atlantic. Most loggerheads also moved away from the prevailing currents, although their movements in the Sargasso Sea were not as pronounced as those of green turtles.
“The Loggerheads kind of led the way and gave us a little more insight that things can be a lot more complex than what we realized and / or initially assumed,” Mansfield said. “We were thrilled that the green turtles were going into the Sargasso Sea and it was a nice validation that, ‘OK, so maybe that’s really a thing, and the Sargasso Sea is something we need to pay more attention and protect, or at least identify as an area in need of protection for a variety of young species that can use it on the growth habitat.
The Sargasso Sea does not currently benefit from any form of large-scale protection, but it faces threats from many human activities, including commercial fishing, shipping, pollution from floating debris such as plastic, and even possible harvesting of Sargassum algae in the near future.
For the new study, researchers collected green turtle hatchlings from wild nests in Boca Raton, Fla., And reared them for several months in a lab until they were around 12 to 18 centimeters tall. (5-7 inches) and weigh over 300 grams. (11 ounces), about the weight of a can of soup. At this size, the 9.5 gram (0.3 oz) satellite tags did not interfere with the turtles’ ability to dive, surface or swim, Mansfield said. The hatchlings, on the other hand, would likely sink under the weight of the transmitters, which is why the researchers were unable to use wild hatchlings for the study.
They also had to refine their methods for attaching solar-powered tracking devices to animals. Green turtles have more waxy shells than loggerheads, so they couldn’t use the same adhesion technique for both species, but the researchers found a way to attach the tags to the green turtles without negatively affecting their growth or their behaviour. It is believed that the beacons fall off naturally within a few months.
According to Mansfield, the most likely way for turtles to enter the Sargasso Sea is by hanging on to certain Sargassum mat, the seaweed that gives the region its name. Sargassum not only provides transportation, but provides a “structured habitat with a rich food supply, protection from predators, and thermal benefits that promote growth and foraging,” the authors write in the study.
Once the turtles live among the algae, they probably don’t want to leave, Mansfield said.
“Do you, as a little turtle, choose to wander away and passively drift into ocean currents where you may not have that protection, or do you follow it into the Sargasso Sea?” ” she said. “We think that makes sense.”
David Godfrey, executive director of Sea Turtle Conservancy, said this new study provides scientific evidence that corroborates existing theories about where sea turtles went in their lost years.
“There have been a lot of theories and anecdotal information about turtles spotted in sargassum floating mats,” Godfrey, who was not involved in the study, told Mongabay in an interview. “Even going back to the founder of our organization, Archie Carr, who worked on turtles in the 1950s and 1960s and 1970s and wrote many books on the subject – he was convinced that the wasted years had been spent adrift in the Sargasso Sea. with turtles that have taken up residence in Sargassum.
“People generally knew what the shape of this puzzle was [and] they knew what it looked like, ”he added,“ but they [the researchers] help place the pieces.
He said the study also underlines the urgency to tackle the problem of plastic pollution in the Sargasso Sea.
“[T]debris and pollution and plastic… that we let go into the marine environment… usually drift [along] the same currents – the convergence zones – where Sargassum accumulates, ”he said. “The fact that all of this human waste ends up in these same areas, and we now know that turtles are certainly there too, raises the stakes of our need to reduce this flow of plastic waste into the oceans.”
Justin Perrault, research director at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, Fla., Said the study provides vital information about the life history of sea turtles.
“These types of studies are important because they allow us to better understand habitat use and movements of different life stages so that we know which life stages are vulnerable to which threats and where,” he said. said Perrault, who was not involved in the study. Mongabay in an email. “It just gives us a better understanding of turtle migrations so that we can make more informed conservation decisions.”
Mansfield said there is still a lot to be learned about the sea turtle species and that others can build on his research in multiple ways.
“We are finding that turtles can do different things in different parts of the world [so] we can’t… just take what we know about North Atlantic turtles and then die-stamp it all over the world because they might be doing something completely different, ”he said. she declared. “Really, that opened up a whole world of questions, and it’s pretty exciting because it’s rare that a species that has been so well studied still has so many gaps in the data.”
Mansfield, KL, Wyneken, J., & Luo, J. (2021). The first Atlantic satellite tracks of green turtles from the “lost years” confirm the importance of the Sargasso Sea as a nursery for marine turtles. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288(1950). do I:10.1098 / rspb.2021.0057
Mansfield, KL, Wyneken, J., Porter, WP and Luo, J. (2014). The first satellite tracks of newborn sea turtles redefine the oceanic niche of the “lost years”. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281(1781), 20133039. doi:10.1098 / rspb.2013.3039
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The Mid-Atlantic Sea Glass & Ocean Arts Festival will be held on the Lewes Historical Society campus on June 5 and 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.
The festival will host sea glass and ocean glass artists, as well as sea glass exhibits, historical exhibits, a “Kids’ Corner: Just Getting Started” and a “Talking with an Expert” highlight. Food and music vendors will add to the outdoor atmosphere provided at the historic LHS campus, located at 110 Shipcarpenter Street in Lewes, DE.
Richard LaMotte, author of “Pure Sea Glass”, residents of the mid-Atlantic, and Mary McCarthy, author and president of NASGA Education, will be at the festival as “experts” of the event to identify the own shards. sea glass from participants, which the LHS encourages participants to bring.
Admission to the event costs $ 5 per person, with children 12 and under admitted free. Tickets are available before the event online and at the door. Entry restrictions will be based on and limited to Delaware state regulations as of June 5.
For safety reasons, the number of vendors present has been reduced to provide enough space between each tent. Wearing a mask is mandatory and hand disinfection stations will be available throughout the campus. An entry and exit point will be provided, along with a suggested one-way path.
Another study confirmed the unprecedented impacts of the climate crisis: Sea levels along the eastern United States are rising at its fastest rate in 2,000 years.
Researchers led by a team from Rutgers University studied sea level rise at six sites along the Atlantic coast. They found that the rate of change between 1900 and 2000 was more than double the average for the period between year 0 and 1800, Rutgers Today reported.
“The growing influence of the global component is the most significant change in sea level balances at the six sites,” wrote the study authors.
The research, published in Nature Communications Tuesday, focused on sea-level sites in Connecticut, New York, North Jersey, South Jersey (Leeds Point and Cape May Courthouse) and North Carolina. Scientists looked at sea level budgets, which are the set of regional, local and global factors that influence sea level change. Examples of regional factors include land subsidence or subsidence, while local factors include groundwater withdrawal, Rutgers Today explained. The study is the first to examine these factors over a long period at sites in the Atlantic. Most studies of sea level balance have focused only on the 20th and 21st centuries, and only at the global level.
Research found that the dominant force behind the sea level change had changed. During the entire 2000 year period, land subsidence caused by the retreat of the Laurentian ice sheet caused the change.
However, in the last century, global forces have gained the upper hand.
“Where it was once this regional shipwreck that was the dominant force, now it is this global component, which is being driven by melting ice and warming oceans,” Jennifer S. Walker, Senior Author and Postdoctoral Fellow Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Told CNN.
Since 1950, the global climate crisis has caused 36 to 50 percent of sea level rise at all six sites, the authors determined.
The results are not only important for understanding the scale of the current crisis, but also for helping policymakers cope with its consequences. Rising sea levels can increase flooding on sunny days and make storms such as Hurricane Sandy of 2012 more extreme.
“The impacts of a big storm like this are just going to be exacerbated on top of (rising seas),” Walker told CNN.
This is why the study chose to study individual locations over a long period of time.
“Having a thorough understanding of sea level change at long-term sites is imperative for regional and local planning and for responding to future sea level rise,” Walker told Rutgers Today. “By learning how different processes vary over time and contribute to sea level change, we can more accurately estimate future contributions at specific sites.”
MIAMI – Two coast guards based in the Atlantic zone unloaded more than $ 330 million in illegal narcotics on February 4 and 8 at Port Everglades, Fort. Lauderdale, Florida, said the 7th Coast Guard District in a Feb.8 statement.
Coastguard Campbell’s crew unloaded over 7,200 pounds of cocaine on February 4, worth over $ 123 million, and on February 8, coastguard Harriet Lane’s crew unloaded more 11,800 pounds of cocaine and marijuana, worth more than $ 206 million.
The illegal narcotics landed are a direct reflection of 14 bans that took place in the Eastern Pacific Ocean involving seven Coast Guardsmen and two US Navy assets.
On April 1, the United States Southern Command stepped up its counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs. Numerous US agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security have cooperated in the effort to combat transnational organized crime. Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as well as allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-crime operations. drug.
Tackling drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea requires a united effort in all phases, from detection, surveillance and bans to criminal prosecution for those bans by the bureaus. of the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, the Southern District of Florida and the Southern District of California. The law enforcement phase of anti-smuggling operations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean is conducted under the authority of the 11th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Alameda. The law enforcement phase of counter-smuggling operations in the Caribbean Sea is conducted under the authority of the 7th Coast Guard District, headquartered in Miami. The prohibitions, including the boardings themselves, are directed and conducted by members of the United States Coast Guard.
The USCGC Campbell Medium Endurance Cutter is homeported in Kittery, Maine. USCGC Medium Endurance Cutter Harriet Lane is home based in Portsmouth, Virginia.