Climatology and recent increase of westerly winds over the Amundsen Sea derived from six reanalyses

first_imgThe observed acceleration of glaciers from West Antarctica into the Amundsen Sea is estimated to be contributing 6% to current sea-level rise with the estimated potential to add 0.24 m to global sea level. Stronger westerly winds over the Amundsen Sea can increase the flow of relatively warm ocean water to the base of ice shelves that flow from glaciers into the Amundsen Sea. Thinning of the glaciers caused by this warming is a potentially important factor in driving the observed acceleration of glaciers. However, the climatology of winds in the region has not been extensively studied due to a lack of in situ observational long-term records. Here six different reanalysis datasets are assessed (CFSR, ERA-40, ERA-Interim, JRA-25, MERRA and NNR1) to determine a best estimate of variability and change since 1979 when the widespread monitoring of the atmosphere from satellites was introduced. A comparison with independent mean sea-level pressure data from ice drifting buoys shows that ERA-Interim is clearly the most accurate at capturing the details of individual weather systems over the neighbouring Bellingshausen Sea, implying that it is also accurate over the Amundsen Sea. In terms of climatological means, the five recently-produced (after ∼2000) reanalysis datasets show only small differences. Decadal variations of westerly winds congruent with the observed increases in the southern annular mode (SAM) index are a consistent feature across the reanalysis datasets. In particular, the strong seasonal dependence of observed trends in the SAM (i.e. significant positive trends in the summer and autumn in recent decades) is also seen in the strength of westerly winds over the Amundsen Sea. In terms of year-to-year variability, the annual mean westerly winds over the Amundsen Sea were found to be significantly correlated with the SAM in summer (r = 0.35; p≤0.05) and El Nino-Southern Oscillation in spring (September to November) (r = 0.41; p≤0.05).last_img read more

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USS Pearl Harbor sailors complete VBSS drill

first_img Authorities May 9, 2017 Taking part in America Amphibious Ready Group’s composite training unit exercise (COMPTUEX), US Navy sailors aboard amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD 52) completed a visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) training exercise on May 3.The training scenario gauges the VBSS team’s ability to board a foreign vessel and ensures that the team will be ready as real-life scenarios and situations arise.“This type of training is always important, because it keeps us alert and reminds us that in a real life scenario, we need to always be ready,” said Ensign Barret Goman, the boarding officer for Pearl Harbor’s VBSS team.During the exercise, the VBSS team boarded a role-playing vessel and confronted personnel who played the role of potentially dangerous foreign sailors.“The most important thing we learned during this exercise was how to maneuver on a foreign ship and how to work as a team to clear the vessel,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Ian Orsinger, a member on the VBSS team. “We have to know what to do in every situation and we have to be able to determine if the ship is compliant and non-threatening.”The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), which consists of Pearl Harbor, the amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD 22) and amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6) is currently underway conducting a composite training unit exercise off the coast of Southern California, in preparation for the ARG’s upcoming deployment later this year. The exercise is designed to bring every part of an ARG together to work effectively and efficiently as one cohesive unit, ensuring overall readiness for deployment. View post tag: US Navy USS Pearl Harbor sailors complete VBSS drill View post tag: America ARG View post tag: USS Pearl Harbor Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Pearl Harbor sailors complete VBSS drill Share this articlelast_img read more

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Sikorsky to build 12 CH-53K helicopters under $1.3B deal

first_img Authorities May 20, 2019, by View post tag: CH-53K The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Sikorsky a $1.3 billion contract for the construction and delivery of 12 CH-53K King Stallion helicopters for the US Marine Corps.The low rate initial production (LRIP) Lots 2 and 3 contract was awarded on May 17.The most powerful helicopter in the Department of Defense, the CH-53K King Stallion is a new-build helicopter that will expand the fleet’s ability to move more material, more rapidly throughout the area of responsibility. The CH-53K will provide the Marine Corps with the heavy-lift capability it needs to meet future operational requirements for the vertical lift mission.“The Marine Corps is very appreciative of the efforts by the Navy and our industry partners to be able to award the LRIP 2/3 contract,” said Lt. Gen. Steven Rudder, Deputy Commandant for Aviation. “This is a win for the Marine Corps and will secure the heavy-lift capability we need to meet future operational requirements and support the National Defense Strategy.”With a designed and demonstrated lift capability of nearly 14 tons (27,000lbs/12,247 kg) at a mission radius of 110 nautical miles (203 km), in navy high/hot environments, the CH-53K lifts triple the baseline CH-53E lift capability.The CH-53K has proven the ability to lift up to 36,000lbs via the external cargo hook. According to the navy, the CH-53K will have an equivalent logistics shipboard footprint, lower operating costs per aircraft, and less direct maintenance man hours per flight hour.“This contract award reflects close cooperation and risk sharing between the Government and industry teams to deliver critical capabilities to the Marine Corps,” said James Geurts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. “Working with our industry partners, the team ensured that solutions for technical challenges are incorporated into these production aircraft. This reflects the urgency to ensure we deliver capabilities necessary to support the Marine Corps and the Department of Navy’s mission, while continuing to drive affordability and accountability into the program.”The helicopter has so far demonstrated high altitude, hot temperature, and degraded visual environment flights, maximum weight single-point cargo hook sling load of 36,000 pounds (16,329 kilograms); forward flight speed of over 200 knots; 60 degrees angle of bank turns; altitude of 18,500 feet mean sea level (MSL); 12-degree slope landings and takeoffs; external load auto-jettison; and gunfire testing. Back to overview,Home naval-today Sikorsky to build 12 Marines CH-53K helicopters under $1.3B contract navaltoday View post tag: US Navycenter_img Share this article View post tag: Lockheed Martin View post tag: US Marine Corps Sikorsky to build 12 Marines CH-53K helicopters under $1.3B contract View post tag: Sikorskylast_img read more

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Sinkhole Blocks Wesley Avenue at 17th Street

first_imgA water main break early Sunday morning on the 1700 block of Wesley Avenue in Ocean City flooded nearby streets and left a crater in the roadway.The block is closed to traffic, and New Jersey American Water Company work crews are on the scene repairing the pipeline and the road.Barricades are set up at 17th Street and 18th Street to redirect traffic on Wesley, the avenue closest to the beach on that stretch of the island.The police and fire departments did not have information available immediately on Sunday morning on whether any cars were damaged or had to be removed from the sinkhole.__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free Ocean City newsletter“Like” us on Facebook__________ A water main break left a sinkhole on Wesley Avenue near 17th Street early on Sunday, July 12.last_img read more

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Costa is latest to trail concept stores

first_imgCosta Coffee is testing two concept stores in central London, specifically for urban markets.The chain has opened a metropolitan store design with a more youthful feel on Great Portland Street, and has refurbished a store near Farringdon Station to capture the ‘fast service’ needs of business commuters. Costa said both concepts were achieving excellent results. It will also reopen its first energy-efficient refurbished Costa in Basingstoke, where it anticipates an almost 30% reduction in energy use. Meanwhile, Costa’s trial for a new breakfast food range to increase morning sales has proved successful, it said, with breakfast products set to be rolled out more widely during the second half of the year. Sales increased by 27.7% to £198.5m, with like-for-like sales up 8.5% in the half-year to 2 September 2010. Pre-exceptional operating profits were up 55.6% to £19.3m. The company said this had been driven by its customer loyalty programme and innovations in the product range, such as Flat White and Ice Cold Costa.The coffee chain has big plans to increase the number of stores to 3,000 worldwide by 2014/15 – with 1,600 in the UK and 1,400 overseas, up from the current 1,134 stores in the UK and 582 overseas.>>Costa launches first ever TV adlast_img read more

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Finding Nemo at the Great Barrier Reef

first_imgPERTH, Australia – What happens after the Notre Dame students in Perth have slammed shut their underused textbooks, ripped apart all paper evidence of the past semester and tossed away half their clothes to make room for cliché stuffed koalas and Australian bro tanks? The answer for most of us is travel. When classes ended Nov. 2, we had a week of studying before exams Nov. 10 through 24. Some of us finished our exams the first week of the period, but a few unfortunate souls had an exam the day before we flew out of Perth. I finished in the middle of the second week, which left me with three days to finish exploring and say goodbye to the wonderful Australians and other international students who lived at St. Thomas More College with us. Regardless of when we were able to officially swear away all forms of study, we all departed Perth on Nov. 25, free at last and looking forward to a few weeks of travel. Earlier in the semester, we broke into travel groups of six to 10 people. We then called the Australian airline Qantas to change our tickets using the amazingly generous deal Notre Dame had set up for us, which basically allowed us to add stopovers for approximately $100 each. My group arranged our itinerary to include three days in Sydney, four in Cairns and two weeks in New Zealand. My roommate and I also managed to snag five days in Fiji. Cairns is a well-known tourist destination and the main outlet for expeditions in the Great Barrier Reef. From the home base of our hostel, we were able to venture onto the reef one amazingly sunny, tropical and probably typical day for North Queensland. We went with a company called Reef Experience, which took us to two different locations to snorkel, scuba dive and (the one unfortunate side effect of the day) get painfully sunburnt despite several layers of coconut-scented SPF 30. Sunburns aside, the reef was phenomenal. It’s located in the Coral Sea off the northeast coast of Australia on the continental shelf. We did, in fact, find Nemo (or at least, clownfish), and he looked quite happy in his little anemone. We also saw two massive sea turtles, stingrays and the most remarkable array of fish imaginable. The reef is home to more than 2,000 species of fish, which is almost double the number found in the Caribbean. There are over 30 species of marine mammals, including dolphins and whales, and six species of sea turtles alone. It was like swimming through a rainbow. The only thing that could have made the day more fulfilling was if Thomas Newman’s “Finding Nemo” score were playing underwater. This amazing day reinforced for me the significance of Australians’ ties to the ocean. There are many ways to see the reef, including glass-bottom boats, overnight sailing trips, helicopter tours, snorkeling and scuba adventures and jet boat rides. In Western Australia, the main attraction may have been the huge swells on the ocean’s surface, but in tropical North Queensland, the underwater dwellers stole the show. When I wrote this, we were about to leave Cairns for Auckland, New Zealand, where we were going to pick up a campervan and explore for two weeks. I’m beyond thrilled to continue traveling and can only hope that even more epic adventures await me. Contact Lauren Fritz at [email protected]last_img read more

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Wegmans Upping Prices Of Some Products

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – In a note from the grocery chain’s leadership, Wegmans says it is increasing the prices of some products.“In addition to an increase in operating costs, we are seeing an increase in product costs in supply-challenged areas, such as meat. For these reasons, retail prices on certain items in our stores will fluctuate in response,” the letter read.In the same letter, Wegmans says it has donated $4 million to its partner food banks.Here is the full letter: Dear Friends,We continue to think about all of you as we work through the effects of the coronavirus. We understand the vital role our stores play in the communities we serve and are doing everything we can to continue to serve you with the highest standards and utmost care.One thing we can all say for certain is that this pandemic has changed the world as we once knew it. All aspects of our lives—school, work, home—have been affected. The same holds true for businesses, whether large or small, private or public, across all industries. From supply chain and workforce to communication and operating procedures, the way companies do business is completely different in a COVID world.As grocers, we have experienced more change in the past two months than we have in the last 50 years. Not just the changes you see in our stores, but those that go unseen, as well. There is not a part of the food supply chain that has gone unaffected. Everything works differently; new partnerships are being forged, and we continue to keep our shelves full and our stores a safe place to work and shop.Whether it be social distancing, supplying masks or limiting the number of people in a store at a given time, the store experience during and after COVID is, and will continue to be, very different.We pride ourselves on our stores being an open, happy community for our customers. The relationships formed in our stores are special to us and our people—they are what keep us going. In the matter of a few short weeks, our stores had to transform into a place where people keep their distance from one another and wear masks to keep those around them safe.The transition was challenging, but once the new normal started to set in, we saw the sense of community in our stores strengthen. The spirit alive in our stores has never been stronger. We are social beings and, when confronted by change, we find ways to adapt, which is exactly what is happening in our stores. While we can no longer offer a typical smile, we have learned to smile with our eyes, use hand gestures, and just be there for each other.Grocers are on the front line of this pandemic, not only in the true sense of being an essential business, but in figuring out how to operate a business safely and successfully. Our priority has always been the safety of our employees and customers and keeping our stores open. All the decisions we have made came from this perspective, not the impact to our bottom line. We have always believed, if we do what is right and take a long-term view of the business, everything will work out. These decisions have been no different.In addition to an increase in operating costs, we are seeing an increase in product costs in supply-challenged areas, such as meat. For these reasons, retail prices on certain items in our stores will fluctuate in response.We know these are hard times and many are feeling the effects. We feel it is our responsibility to continue to support those in need. One way to do this is by supporting local food banks that can provide food directly to those who need it most. Given the unknown duration and overall impact of this crisis, Wegmans has donated $4 million across all our partner food banks and continues to support our community partners directly, as needed.We are doing our very best to work though these challenging times and want to remain transparent about what is happening in the world around us. As more businesses begin to open, they too will see that the cost of doing business has changed from a short time ago. We will do our part and share our processes and procedures with other businesses, so they can save time and get their businesses open quicker.The only way to overcome COVID-19 is to all work together.Be Well,Danny, Colleen, Nicolelast_img read more

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Flavor of Georgia

first_imgCategory winners received an award and membership in the state Department of Agriculture’s Georgia Grown program, statewide notoriety and bragging rights. All winners and finalists earn the right to have their products stamped with the 2018 Flavor of Georgia logo. They also gain exposure to grocery buyers and food industry professionals who judge the final round of the contest. For more information about Goodson Pecans, visit goodsonpecans.com. The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is sponsored by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development in partnership with Gourmet Foods International, Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. The winners are listed below by prize name, product name, company name and town.Grand Prize Winner and Miscellaneous Category: Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter, Goodson Pecans, LeesburgFinalists’ Choice Award and Honey Category: H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey Creamed Healthy, H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey, StatesboroBarbecue Sauces: Lane’s BBQ Sorta White BBQ Sauce, Lane’s BBQ, BethlehemBeverages: Olympus Greek Mountain Blueberry Citrus Tea, Olympus Greek Mountain Teas, LawrencevilleConfections: Brown Butter Crunch Gelato, Honeysuckle Gelato, AtlantaDairy Products: New World Chocolate Milk, Rock House Creamery, NewbornJams and Jellies: Wild Elderberry Pepper Jelly, Fairywood Thicket Farm, FairburnMeat and Seafood: Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pine Street Market, Avondale Estates Condiments and Salsas: Sourwood Balsamic Vinegar, Built by Bees, AtlantaSauces and Seasonings: Cajeta, Bootleg Farm, LLC, SpringfieldSnack Foods: Sugar and Spice Cashews, High Cotton Company, Sandy SpringsShowcase events like the 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest help entrepreneurs spread the word about their products. Many participants have landed spots in regional and national grocery chains like Whole Foods, Ingles, Fresh Market, Earth Fare, Kroger and Harvey’s. David and Melody Goodson, co-owners of Goodson Pecans of Leesburg, Georgia, have taken the grand prize at University of Georgia’s 2018 Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest with the Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter.The annual contest, conducted by the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, is a chance for food businesses to showcase their new products.A team of food industry experts and grocery buyers chose Goodson Pecans Honey Cinnamon Pecan Butter as the best of 33 finalists. They rated the products on qualities including innovation, use of Georgia theme, market potential and flavor.In addition to the grand prize, Goodson Pecans also won first place in the miscellaneous category.Governor Nathan Deal, Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Dean and Director Sam Pardue congratulated the category and grand prize winners during Flavor of Georgia Day, part of Georgia Agriculture Awareness Week at the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta.“We had over 125 products submitted this year and some of the toughest competition we’ve seen in the contest’s 12-year history,” said Sharon P. Kane, Flavor of Georgia contest coordinator. “The 33 products represented are truly the best of the best.” The Flavor of Georgia Food Product Contest is organized by the UGA CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development with support from the Georgia Center of Innovation for Agribusiness, Nadine’s Wardenga Enterprises Inc., the Office of the Governor, Walton EMC, Gourmet Foods International, the Georgia Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agribusiness Council. For more information about the contest, visit www.flavorofga.com or follow @FlavorofGA on Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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CCV receives $50,000 grant from McClure Foundation

first_imgThe J Warren and Lois McClure Foundation, a supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Community College of Vermont to expand access to CCV’s Introduction to College Studies (ICS) course. Last year the Foundation supported course delivery and transportation to ICS classes for students in rural parts of the state. This fall, the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation awarded additional funding to expand delivery of the program in regions where access to college is a significant barrier for students.CCV’s Introduction to College Studies course helps many Vermont students make the transition from high school to college, serving over 1,200 students each year. This free, non-credit class offers a fun and effective environment for helping students build skills and confidence for college. Students who successfully complete the ICS course are eligible to apply for a voucher for a free course at any of the Vermont State Colleges or a partnering college.In a recent survey, 81% of students who completed ICS said the class gave them the experience and confidence they need for college, and in a three-year follow-up, 76% of students who successfully completed Introduction to College Studies were enrolled in college. The ongoing and charitable support from the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation improves college access for many young Vermonters, while helping them further their education and become active members of Vermont’s workforce and communities.The Community College of Vermont is an open admissions college, serving over 12,000 students each year through 12 statewide learning sites and comprehensive online course offerings. For more information visit www.ccv.edu(link is external) or www.vermontcf.org(link is external).Source: CCV. 11.3.2010last_img read more

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Dogs Rescued from Overcrowding up for Adoption on LI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thirty puppies and dogs from an animal shelter in Florida recently arrived at a Long Island animal rescue that is rehabilitating the cuddly canines before putting them up for adoption.The pups arrived Sunday at Precious Pups Rescue in Calverton a day after they left Miami-Dade Animal Services shelter following a “Bon Voyage” party in a move was funded by the Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, which partnered with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to provide medical care and relocating for dogs in overcrowded shelters.“Mrs. Petrie had a strong connection to the ASPCA for many years,” said Jay Goldberg, president of the Carroll Petrie Foundation, which has helped 16,600 dogs over the past year.Precious Pups Rescue was chosen because they already have a relationship with the Miami-Dade shelter and receive dogs from them about once a month, according to ASPCA Animal Relocation Director Austin Gates.The foundation helped with this transport by funding a $50-per-dog subsidy, providing gas for the rental van and giving the dogs vaccines.For people that want to adopt the new dogs, Precious Pups Rescue has an adoption application on their website, preciouspupsrescue.org.last_img read more

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