Blogsode 3/12 – Season 1
(Reading Rating: Mature Audience)
Plot: President Black is briefed by the Joint Chiefs; NOAA discovers the next locations to be touched by the storm; in order to retrieve information they start tracking the storm backwards.
December 31, 2099 @ 0700hrs (EST) – Somewhere over the Bering Strait
Flight 980 of North American Airlines (NAA) is en-route to Moscow, Russia with nearly 300 passengers and staff on-board the plane. The flight departed from Seattle, Washington and was put on another flight path due to a severe weather notification sent to the flight crew. During the flight a stewardess announced to all the passengers about the flight path that will be taking due to a severe weather cell hovering over the Pacific Ocean. Unknown to the flight staff and the passengers, the country of New Zealand has already lost two planes due to this storm and the first nation to be savagely destroyed by the storm moving westward.
As the flight was continuing west over Alaska, they started to experience heavy turbulence, which caused them put the seatbelt light on and ordered all crew and passengers to be seated. The captain and co-pilot were kind of confused and surprised at the strong turbulence they were receiving, but just figured it was part of the global weather pattern changing. After about ten minutes of straight turbulence, the captain announced to everyone on-board that he will increase the altitude to try to fly over it. When the plane started to climb higher into the clouds, they noticed that extremely heavy fog was presence even though it was already cloudy when they started. After about five minutes of climbing they noticed that the turbulence has decreased significantly.
By the time they leveled out and continued on their flight path, they had just entered Russian airspace where almost immediately things started to go south for everyone on board. Once the captain flew the plane out of the heavy fog, the first thing he noticed was the thick black cloud system straight in front him. Just as him and the co-pilot verbally reacted to the sight of this cloud system, all computerized electronics on the flight fried and completely went dead. The interior lighting throughout the plane all went dark and with only a few emergency lighting sources coming on. Every passenger on the plane reacted and started yelling out to each other and to anyone who would listen, “WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING!?” Just only a few seconds after the plane instruments and power went dead the flight path of the plane changed dramatically.
The captain and the co-pilot frantically attempt to contact the closes air traffic control tower, but their efforts became fruitless. The plane was able to float at a constant altitude for about two minutes before the plane started to descend with no control. Chaos on the plane began to almost get out of hand until the captain approached the back of the plane to help calm the passengers and assist the rest of the flight crew. A few physical fights broke out between two male passengers, which during their altercation; one female was struck in the face and suffered a busted lip. In defense of his wife, the husband yelled and stood up in his seat and hit the guy, who accidentally, hit his wife. That’s when the captain retreated back to the passenger portion of the plane to quell any more violence on the plane.
Meanwhile, the co-pilot is struggling with trying to keep the plane on path and at least prepare for a proper crash landing. The captain made a quick speech, which got everyone’s attention, but that wasn’t the only thing that got their attention. One of the passengers sitting on the left side of the plane noticed the black cloud as they were getting closer, although they were slowly losing altitude. The astonishing and severe lightning strikes could be seen and that just made everyone even more on edge. That is when the captain rushed back to the cockpit and joined his co-pilot in trying to guide the plane into a “soft landing”. The co-pilot, however, was able to manually operate the plane announcement and advised the passengers and the rest of the crew to prepare for a crash landing. Still no response from the air traffic control as they tried so feverously to contact.
Within minutes the plane was just outside of the severe storm raging over the Anadyr, Russia region. Before they knew it the plane was suddenly struck by series of lightning strikes that damaged both wings and blew the front glass right into the cockpit. The glass sliced both the captain and co-pilot in the face and as they were fighting for their lives, the windows in the passenger compartment also blew out and that caused a severe drop in cabin pressure. Pieces of the plane started to come apart as the wings sheared off and damaged the rear wings. At this point the plane received a large crack across the cabin and suddenly split apart, exposing everyone to the low-pressure, energized air. The front part of the plane immediately dropped out of the sky as passengers, near the severed portion of the plane, were being sucked out violently and at the mercy of gravity. It was at this point of the flight that the rear portion of the plane suddenly exploded in mid-air after being hit numerous times by more lightning strikes, which one strike ignited the fuel.
The small population that was in the region witnessed this horrific event of their heads as they were dealing with the same terrifying situation, which was ten times stronger, that the people on Christmas Island were dealing with two hours earlier. As pieces of the plane descended upon the people and the land below, severe lightning strikes caused the ground to perch and fires erupted spreading like they were ignited with extremely flammable liquids. Several villagers in the area were either killed or struck by lightning fleeing for their safety. This part of eastern Russia is under an international pact that forbids them to have any military presence in the area. With that pact still in affect years later, the villagers, who were warned not to be there, are on their own and must rescue themselves from danger.
The islands of Funafuti, Yaren and Tarawa were in the middle of this savage storm, but no one knows that the storm is still reigning over Christmas Island. At this part of the world the storm or “data blackout”, considered by the experts at NOAA, expanded from Pevek, Russia, which is within that demilitarized zone of Russia to Wake Island and continued south as far as miles past Wellington, New Zealand; and as far width from Christmas Island to now Wake Island. All the regions and islands that have fallen under this storm’s umbrella of terror still have no idea how severe and worse this storm will get. This massive storm, biggest one on global record, is attacking and damaging regions and islands that are not capable to handle such fury and ferociousness. However, the storm is not that all complicated, but does follow a certain pattern. The charge of NOAA now is to figure out the details of this storm and how to properly advise people around the world to brace themselves for this inevitable chaos.
December 31, 2099 @ 07:20hrs – NOAA Satellite Office (Bethesda, MD)
Melissa White and all the members of her team had arrived at the office nearly an hour ago to help gain understanding about this storm cell raging in the Pacific. When she arrived at the building, nearly half dressed, she immediately met with James and Jeremy to figure out what is going on.
MELISSA WHITE: James?! What the hell is going on? (Immediately questioning him after she opens the door to the monitoring station)
JAMES GREEN: Melissa? I’ll explain it to you outside. Jeremy is working on something right now and I don’t want to disturb him.
They step outside of the monitoring room and continue their conversation about what is happening.
JAMES GREEN: (Sighs) What I am about to explain to you has no immediate answer or simple explanation of what is happening. We are experiencing a “data blackout” over the Pacific Ocean south and west of Hawaii.
MELISSA WHITE: (Looking confused and perplexed) what the hell is a “data blackout”? I don’t remember learning anything like that?
JAMES GREEN: This is a term I learned myself not too long ago, which pertains to the inability to perceive or receive data at a constant pace or unable to receive data at all.
MELISSA WHITE: Is that what we experience when tracking a massive hurricane or tornado?
JAMES GREEN: It’s funny that you say that because with the data that we can obtain is that the elements in the atmosphere can easily generate an H5 hurricane or a T5 tornado. Right now all we are receiving is this “data blackout” that continues to grow and engulf island after island as it moves west.
MELISSA WHITE: What are we dealing with here? An abnormal hurricane cell, two or more weather cells gathering strength mixing with each other?
JAMES GREEN: (Sigh) I don’t know exactly. However, I know that when we bring up the model on the screen the portion of where the “data blackout” is, is exactly what that means. Portions of the map from the eastern region of Russia, from the north, as far south miles past Wellington, New Zealand. Majority of New Zealand has already been affected by the data blackout, which is the first and only nation right now to be touched by it.
MELISSA WHITE: Oh my God!! (Running her hands through her hair trying to make sense of it all) What are we to do now?
JAMES GREEN: We have to work really hard to gain the advantage of this storm and find out what it is about and how it is being formed. I feel that there is a pattern to this storm and we just haven’t figured it out yet.
JEREMY TIMMS: (Quickly opens the door and yells to Melissa and James) Hey!! Guys!! I think I have something!
This got their attention very quickly and they both sprinted down the hall back towards the monitoring office.
JAMES GREEN: What you go Jeremy?
JEREMY TIMMS: Well, I went to track the storm and decided to check on it going backwards.
MELISSA WHITE: What did you find?
JEREMY TIMMS: As I was tracking the storm backwards I discovered that this has been happening for quite some time.
JAMES GREEN: What do you mean by that?
JEREMY TIMMS: I mean the weather has been changing drastically for the past five years. I’ll show you what I mean. The changes have been so small we haven’t been able to catch it in time. Even if we did there wasn’t much for us to do except sit and wait.
He starts typing in the codes to make the computer model on the screen to start showing the past five years of weather changes and atmospheric conditions.
JEREMY TIMMS: Here you go. As we see here on the screen that the atmospheric changes began to really take a shift around 2050. With Global Warming taking affect and the Polar Ice Caps melting, the oceans rose up about 1 inch every year, right?
MELISSA WHITE: Yes.
JEREMY TIMMS: Okay. Now look at 2060 over the Western European area.
JAMES GREEN: Oh my God!
JEREMY TIMMS: Yeah! The damn jet stream has been slowly changing and now for the past thirty years this has been going on. (Shows them the computer model of the jet stream and atmospheric changes)
MELISSA WHITE: So for the past fifty years the weather has been changing over our heads and we never knew it? You think the last war has something to do with this?
JAMES GREEN: I was stationed in England years before the last war. We ran an operation with the British to eradicate the extremists that had placed a foot-hole in southern England. To make a long story short, we knew about their atmospheric bomb, but no one knew if it really worked or not. One of our missions was to not only defeat the extremists, but to locate the bomb and bring it back to the United States.
JEREMY TIMMS: Well, what happened?
JAMES GREEN: During our raid on their strong-hold we noticed a bright stream of light that was shot into the sky and suddenly exploded. We later discovered that the bomb was detonated at about 50,000 feet. The explosion was so loud and so big that it was felt all the way in Vatican City. That explosion is what caused the 2045 Global Earthquake.
MELISSA WHITE: So my feelings are correct when I say that the last war has been the cause of this major shift we are experiencing?
JAMES GREEN: I wouldn’t say it is the only cause of what we are experiencing, but the war has definitely played a major role in what we are experiencing today.
JEREMY TIMMS: Wait! What happen to the atmospheric bomb that exploded? Does that have something to do with the weather patterns now?
JAMES GREEN: The extremists that had the bomb claimed that they can change the atmospheric pressure and weather conditions with this bomb. No one took them seriously. Even when they detonated the bomb it wouldn’t be until at least five years until things started to change. Our seasons and weather during those seasons have changed dramatically, but the war certainly didn’t help.
MELISSA WHITE: So basically all we have is that the weather pattern starting changing five years after this bomb went off, and that maybe World War 3 could have played a major role in this weather phenomenon?
JAMES GREEN: We can only speculate at this point, but right now it sure sounds like things that happened fifty years ago is starting to affect us now. Even if that is the case, it wouldn’t explain this huge data blackout we are experiencing now over the Pacific and only spreading westward.
JEREMY TIMMS: Well, the next target seems to be Norfolk Island, but again we don’t know if this is a storm or some astonishing atmospheric change. I think I know someone who can help us with that. I’ll be right back. (Leaves the office to make a phone call)
December 31, 2099 @ 0725hrs (EST) – Joint Chiefs meeting with the President of the United States
While the president is still located in Hawaii, he is patched through a satellite feed to speak to the Joint Chiefs.
ADMIRAL JOINT CHIEFS: Good morning, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT BLACK: Good morning, Admiral. Any update on the submarine?
ADMIRAL JOINT CHIEFS: Nothing Mr. President. We’ve tried numerous ways to gain communication back, which have failed as well.
PRESIDENT BLACK: What’s your next course of action Admiral?
ADMIRAL JOINT CHIEFS: We are sending one of our aircraft carriers to search the area and have launched a scout plane as well.
PRESIDENT BLACK: Okay, Admiral. Keep me posted on the specifics.
ARMY GENERAL JOINT CHIEFS: Mr. President. Does the public know about this?
PRESIDENT BLACK: Not yet or at least not to my knowledge. They will soon know enough.
ARMY GENERAL JOINT CHIEFS: Do we have any idea if this “data blackout” will be putting our nation at risk?
PRESIDENT BLACK: I’m still waiting for NOAA to get back to me.
AIR FORCE GENERAL JOINT CHIEFS: How about things there Mr. President?
PRESIDENT BLACK: Weather here is very windy and dead fish are washing up on shore every hour. As soon as I can I’ll be out of here heading back to Washington.
A special agent interrupts the meeting when he hands the president the satellite phone and tells him that it is someone from NOAA.
PRESIDENT BLACK: Hold it one minute. I have NOAA on the line. Yes this is the president. Who is this?
JEREMY TIMMS: This is Jeremy Timms over at the NOAA Satellite Office in Bethesda, Maryland. I think I have some information for you to know about this data blackout.
PRESIDENT BLACK: What do you have?
JEREMY TIMMS: In tracking this storm, I had to move backwards and this weather change can be dated back to around 2050, but that would take some explaining. However, I think we have figured out that each time zone around the world will be affected by this data blackout when each time zone reaches midnight on New Year’s Day.
PRESIDENT BLACK: My God! What does that say for the United States?
JEREMY TIMMS: In about 18-19 hours from now the United States and majority of Canada will be engulfed in the data blackout, but after that who knows. Sorry Mr. President.
PRESIDENT BLACK: It’s okay, son. Keep working on it and give me updates as you get them.
JEREMY TIMMS: Yes, Mr. President.
PRESIDENT BLACK: (Hangs up the phone and resumes his meeting with the Joint Chiefs) Gentlemen? The information I have received has just changed the game for all of us. We have approximately 18 hours before this blackout reaches our coastline. I want plans of action and when and where to implement them by the time I return to the United States.
JOINT CHIEFS: Yes Mr. President!!!
Once the meeting is over, he turns to his wife and looks at her and speaks.
PRESIDENT BLACK: Things have gotten worse and we only have 18 hours before this data blackout reaches our shores.
END OF BLOGSODE III
(Next Blogsode IV – October 27, 2014)
Next on “Digital Realm” – Norfolk Island is hit; a timeline is given to the president of when and where the storm will strike.