Due to a massive solar storm on the sun, Delta Airlines has announced that it will reroute some of their flights to avoid the impact of the storm.
Flights from Detroit and Minneapolis, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Seoul will be taking alternative routes during overnight flights, according to The Wall Street Journal. A Delta spokesperson has also said that planes were flying faster to keep schedules intact.
The precaution is being taken on similar transpolar flights that pass near the poles, which have a thin ozone layer. These areas are subject to heightened radiation levels which could be especially sensitive during the storm. The convergence of magnetic fields lines at the poles can also cause the disturbance of navigation and communication systems. more >>
The sun is currently experiencing what is the strongest solar storm since 2005 causing it to deal a significant amount of radiation to the Earth.
This solar flare began around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday and is expected to hit the Earth three different times with three different effects. Radiation being the most dangerous of these, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Space Weather Prediction Center in Colorado (NOAA).
This radiation can cause various satellite disruptions and also disturb astronauts in space. It can create problems with communication for polar-traveling airplanes as well. more >>
A deadly storm is slamming five states along the southwestern frontier of the United States, causing massive delays in holiday travel and several deaths across the Great Plains.
The storm has pummeled states with heavy winds and layers of snow, turning roads to ice and making driving virtually impossible for motorists.
Several accidents have occurred as a result of the storm. more >>
Doing outreach for a new church may seem like a normal activity, but for Michael Cheshire, senior pastor of The Journey Church of Conifer, Colo., it would include opening up a diner, sponsoring a racecar, and getting shot at.
These and other crazy adventures are recorded in Cheshire’s book How to Knock Over A 7-Eleven and Other Ministry Training, an account of the experiences of the young pastor and his pals while planting a church in the rural Midwest.
“You have to believe God is telling you to do this,” said Cheshire in an interview with The Christian Post. more >>
Holding hands and smiling despite the chilly weather, President Barack Obama, his wife, Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha, took a walk across the street from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church Sunday morning to attend the worship service.
With the first family sitting on a pew, the Rev. Dr. Luis Leon spoke about John the Baptist and discussed Obama in his sermon, according to pool reports.
The pastor told the congregation that the expectations Americans had from Obama could be compared with illusions people had about John the Baptist at the time of Jesus. The religious leaders of the time had great expectations from John the Baptist but he told them he was neither the Messiah nor the prophet, but a voice calling in the wilderness, Leon told the congregation. Even Americans thought Obama would bring an immediate change, the pastor added. more >>
A report released Wednesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that 2011's natural disasters each caused at least $1 billion in damage. Ranging from blizzards to brushfires, the collection of natural phenomena is costing American taxpayers in total $52 billion.
"In many ways, 2011 rewrote the record books," said Chris Vaccaro, a NOAA spokesperson, in an e-mail. "It's taken a huge financial toll with high economic losses and a heavy loss of life with more than 1,000 weather-related fatalities and more than 8,000 people injured."
Vaccaro said his organization has overseen data collection on disasters as varied as blizzards, heat waves and floods since 1980. He said that a major factor in increasing damage and fatalities was La Nina, a cyclical climate pattern that reroutes typical storm patterns, sending them in unfamiliar directions. He said they hit high-population centers they'd normally leave alone. more >>