Welcome to the Willis University. This is a site dedicated mostly to the world's natural disasters. Also some random inserts of global news from credible sources and also a mixture of opinion. Some of the opinions are not suitable for all. Please remember this is my opinion only. Thanks to all for the guidance I've been given.

August 12, 2011

Depression 6 Develops


The Willis U is back and up and running...expect to see a plethora of posts and more links added.

May 27, 2010

Hurricane Season Could Be Strongest Ever, Say Top Meteorologists

NOAA issues 2010 hurricane forecast. It begins June 1st and runs thru November 30th.

May 15, 2010


Here is a pic of the crab we caught last weekend

May 11, 2010

Dysn James Cooper Willis

Born on 5-10-10. Weight 9.5lbs and 21.5" long.

March 03, 2010

Strong earthquake hits Taiwan, 1 injury reported

TAIPEI, Taiwan – A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Taiwan on Thursday morning causing buildings to sway hundreds of miles (kilometers) to the north. Local news reports said at least one person was injured.

The quake was centered in the county of Kaohsiung, and struck at a depth of about 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). Kaohsiung is about 249 miles (400 kilometers) south of the capital Taipei.

March 02, 2010

The Flu Season That Fizzled

Cases of H1N1 Have Dwindled, Seasonal Flu Has Been a No-Show and Doctors Wonder Why

February 28, 2010

Fierce Storms in France, Spain, Portugal Kill Dozens

PARIS — A violent late winter storm with fierce rain and hurricane-strength winds ripped across western Europe on Sunday, battering France and four other countries, leaving at least 51 people dead.

The storm, named Xynthia, was the worst in France since 1999 when 90 people died. Prime Minister Francois Fillon held an emergency cabinet meeting and afterward called the storm a "national catastrophe."

Many of the at least 45 victims in France drowned, while others died when hit by parts of buildings or trees and branches that were ripped off by the wind. At least a dozen people were missing Sunday and 59 others were injured.,2933,587619,00.html?test=latestnews

February 27, 2010

Massive Magnitude 8.8 Quake Hits Chile, Killing Dozens

BREAKING NEWS — A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile early Saturday, collapsing buildings, killing dozens and downing phone lines. President Michele Bachelet declared a "state of catastrophe" in central Chile and said the death toll was rising.

Chile's top emergency official said at least 78 people were killed.

There have been a number of aftershocks to hit Chile since the quake, the largest one registering at magnitude 6.9, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.,2933,587565,00.html

February 22, 2010

Death toll expected to rise in Madeira flooding

FUNCHAL, Madeira Islands - Rescue workers dug frantically Sunday to free cars and homes buried under heaps of mud in Madeira, after torrential flash floods and mudslides killed at least 42 people on the popular Portuguese island.

Residents looking for missing loved ones were directed by local authorities to the resort's international airport, where a makeshift morgue has been set up.

February 19, 2010

St. Paul now target of big spring floods

Spring floods will likely wash over much of Minnesota when one of the deepest, wettest snow covers in recent years melts into the region's major rivers, the latest National Weather Service forecast warns.

Not just confined to the flat and flood-plagued Red River Valley, high water this year will also bedevil the metro area, likely forcing closings of several heavily used commuter bridges over the Minnesota River in Scott and Carver counties for the first time since 2001. High water is also likely to inundate parts of St. Paul's Harriet Island, and Warner and Shepard Roads.

Swarm of small earthquakes near Redlands

A series of 18 small earthquakes shook Friday near Redlands, but there were no immediate reports of damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Most of them were small, so they wouldn’t have been felt,” said Paul Caruso, a geophysicist with the agency's National Earthquake Information Center.