Tsunami Potential. Click the link to go to the National Data Buoy Center to get realtime information from Pacific Ocean sensors - everyone is trying to gauge the potential impact on Hawaii, and all of the 53 nations ringing the Pacific.
West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center. Click here for the latest.
Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. Click here for detailed information on the quake and subsequent tidal wave.
Tracking the Quake. Here is a link from USGS, which taps into a global network of seismographs. Click here to go directly to the site. All the tremors seem to be clustered wiithin 200 miles of Santiago - thankfully, the most extreme 8.8 quake seemed to be centered about 150-200 miles away from the Chilean capital.
Twitter Updates. Plug in #tsunami into the search box on Twitter to get an (amazing) real-time feed of data, stories and helpful links. Here's a link provided by Steve Case, founder of AOL:
How to Survive a Tsunami. Good information to have - even though Minnesota is blessedly tsunami-free, much of the world is vulnerable to earthquakes and subsequent tsunamis. File this one away for future reference - hopefully you'll never need to use it.
This all seems a bit surreal - but I wanted to pass along some links/tools I've found in just the last hour or so. Stay tuned...
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We salvaged an OK weekend after all, not as warm as we thought though. I'm still wondering (out loud) if a canopy of thick smoke from western wildfires kept us a few degrees cooler. The combination of heat and humidity will make it feel more like July this week, a streak of days ranging from 85-90F. Relief arrives next weekend; right now Sunday looks like the wetter, more volatile day. By Labor Day it will definitely feel like September.
Yesterday was a murky day, smoke from western wildfires kept our sky dirty - keeping daytime highs a few degrees cooler. A very warm week is shaping up - I hesitate calling it a heat wave, but a few days may approach or even top 90F. Meanwhile Erika is no longer a tropical storm but that doesn't mean the flood risk for Florida has passed. Not yet.
The rains pretty much avoided the metro yesterday; just a trace of rain at MSP International. Today will be sunny and lukewarm; downright hot weather returns next week with a streak of days in the 85-90F range. Meanwhile we're still keeping an eye on "Erika", which promises to deliver a memorable dousing to Florida early next week.
There's something for everyone in today's forecast: a potential hurricane for Florida and the southeastern USA, early September sweat, some rain (today) and a helpful State Fair Bingo guide. That, and cookies. Sweet Martha cookies...still warm and gooey.
Brushfires are still burning out of control in Washington State and much of the Pacific Northwest; smoke from those fires drifted over Minnesota yesterday, taking the edge off our blue sky. Meanwhile we're watching "Erika" in the Caribbean, which could threaten Florida and the coastal southeast USA by early next week. It puts our soggy Friday into perspective. The sun comes out this week with a shot at 90F next week. No, summer isn't nearly done with us just yet...