WEIRD WORLD PT10/October 2011
The events noted in this blog does not include massive animal deaths because I have a series covering this. It does not include the most weather or earthquake events due to the massive numbers involved. I also don’t include the sinkhole due to the series covering this on the blog as well.
- Sat, 01 Oct 2011 11:59 CDT
Frightening phenomenon in the sky of Leresti, a village from Argeş county, Romania. A cloud of fire shaped as a comet, appeared in the evening and terrified the locals.
- Sat, 01 Oct 2011 10:12 CDT
It sounds like a horror movie: Biting ants invade by the millions. A camper’s metal walls bulge from the pressure of ants nesting behind them. A circle of poison stops them for only a day, and then a fresh horde shows up, bringing babies. Stand in the yard, and in seconds ants cover your shoes.
- Sun, 02 Oct 2011 10:54 CDT
By day, a red tide is unsightly and uninviting, with water the color of coffee. But at night, during this unusual phenomenon caused by a plankton bloom, the waves are a brilliant, almost neon blue. This wonderfully surreal scene has played out almost nightly along San Diego beaches for several weeks, luring spectators with cameras and video recorders.
- Sun, 02 Oct 2011 04:39 CDT
Tennessee, US: Ground-shaking booms puzzle Louisville neighborhood-Louisville residents searching for the source of an unexplained ground-shaking boom can scratch another theory off the list. A Loudon County resident speculated on Thursday that the noise could have come from maintenance on an underground pipeline (see previous story below). The Plantation Pipe Line Company operates a large liquid refined petroleum pipeline that runs from Knoxville to Macon, Georgia. The pipeline is co-owned and operated by Kinder Morgan.
- Sun, 02 Oct 2011 15:19 CDT
CNN has now openly admitted a massive brown dwarf star 4 times the size of Jupiter is in our solar system.
- Tue, 04 Oct 2011 15:37 CDT
Authorities have closed a portion of Interstate 10 northwest of Tucson, after a dust storm led to a multi-vehicle pileup that has left at least one person dead. Both directions of the interstate have been shut down as emergency crews tend to injured motorists at the scene. Visibility has been cut to zero because of intense dust blowing in the area. Pinal County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Elias Johnson said deputies are assisting Department of Public Safety officers in two separate incidents along westbound I-10. According to Johnson, 20 vehicles were involved in a pileup at mile marker 213, and another 30 vehicles were involved in a second massive wreck further east at mile marker 219. DPS spokesman Bart Graves said serious to fatal injuries have been reported in the collisions, which involve both commercial and passenger vehicles.
- Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:25 CDT
ESA’s GOCE mission has delivered the most accurate model of the ‘geoid’ ever produced. Red corresponds to points with higher gravity, and blue to points with lower gravity. The devastating earthquake that struck Japan earlier this year was powerful enough to slightly alter the pull of gravity under the affected area, scientists now find. Anything that has mass has a gravity field that attracts objects toward it. The strength of this field depends on a body’s mass. Since the Earth’s mass is not spread out evenly, this means its gravity field is stronger in some places and weaker in others.
- Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:43 CDT
The third-order (tertiary) rainbow (left), accompanied by the fourth-order (quaternary) rainbow (right). They appear on the sunward side of the sky, at approximately 40° and 45°, respectively, from the Sun. This is the first picture ever of a quaternary rainbow in nature and the second picture ever of a tertiary rainbow. Forget the double rainbow. This year, the quadruple rainbow is all the rage. A new photograph shows the first-ever evidence of an elusive fourth-order rainbow. Few people have ever claimed to see even three rainbows in the sky at once. Scientific reports of these phenomena, called tertiary rainbows, were so rare – only five were reported in 250 years – that until now many scientists believed they were as real as a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
- Fri, 07 Oct 2011 12:37 CDT
First snow: Ski lifts on Cairngorm, Scotland, on Thursday (Picture: Alistair Grant)The first snow of winter has fallen in the UK on Thursday – remarkably, just a few days after the hottest October day ever recorded. Snow coated mountains were visible across the Scottish Highlands on Thursday as an Arctic storm caused foot-high drifts, near hurricane-force 70mph winds and an 18C temperature plunge – with ski resorts planning to open in just five weeks. Cairngorm reported two inches and foot-high drifts, with the white stuff also coating Glencoe, Glenshee and on the Nevis Range.
- Mon, 10 Oct 2011 16:10 CDT
Smallest Full Moon of 2011 Rises Tuesday-A full moon in Stockholm, Sweden in 1900. The image was made with an old photography technique called cyanotype, which tinted everything blue.
The moon will be full but small on Tuesday (Oct. 11) as Earth’s rocky companion swings wide in its orbit around the planet.
- Wed, 12 Oct 2011 11:28 CDT
This stunning cloud formation appeared above Cumbria and looks just like a huge eagle soaring through the sky.
- Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:05 CDT
The geep (front) has a lamb’s body and a goat’s head, legs and bleat. No kidding – it’s a geep.
- Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:08 CDT
A screenshot of a video that Sandy Clem shot as the haboob swept over Lubbock-A giant dust storm known as a haboob swept through Lubbock, Texas, on Monday, blotting out the sun and turning everything a hazy copper. The 8,000-foot-tall (2,400 meters) dust cloud knocked down trees and power lines, sparked small wildfires and damaged a hangar at the local airport, reported the Los Angeles Times. Jerald Meadows, a meteorologist based in Lubbock, told the L.A. Times that smaller haboobs of around 1,000 feet (305 m) in height are fairly common in the area, but that yesterday’s whopper was “fairly rare.” He attributed the storm to the dry condition in the area, which have plagued most of Texas this year, and strong cold front with whipping winds that moved in from the Rockies. The storm traveled at an estimated 75 mph (120 kph). Haboob is Arabic for “strong wind.”
- Tue, 18 Oct 2011 16:30 CDT
A new and strange phenomenon is baffling scientists. This is the case of the vanishing lakes in the northern part of the Arctic which can have an impact on local wildlife and human populations, researchers said.
- Wed, 19 Oct 2011 13:41 CDT
25 FOOT WAVES!-A high wind warning goes into effect for the Chicago area Wednesday afternoon, and the city could see waves of up to 25 feet along the city’s Lake Michigan coast.
- Thu, 20 Oct 2011 10:15 CDT
Whitecaps churn in the Atlantic off West Africa as an underwater volcano erupts off Spain’s Canary Islands on Monday. Since last week, the volcano has been spewing gas and fragments of smoking lava, staining the ocean surface green and brown, as seen above. Spanish authorities have closed a port on Hierro island, ordered ships away from the island’s village of La Restinga, and banned aircraft from flying over the island’s southern tip, according to the AFP news service. Six hundred residents living at the port were evacuated Tuesday.
- Wed, 26 Oct 2011 01:30 CDT
A photo provided by storm chaser Brian Emfinger shows the aurora borealis lighting up the Ozark, Ark., sky on Monday. In the Alleghany Highlands in Virginia, residents who said they saw an aircraft, heard an explosion then saw a fireball may have seen the lights, the Alleghany County sheriff said. The solar storm that stirred colorful northern lights Monday surprised skywatchers unusually far south, including some who may have mistaken it for a mountain fire in the Alleghany Highlands. The lights are usually visible near the North Pole and South Pole when solar storms happen in the spring. But for the second time in a decade, the lights, called aurora borealis, stretched as far south as Arkansas. “They are very rare events,” said NASA scientist Bill Cooke, who posted aurora photos on the Marshall Space Flight Center’s blog. “We don’t see them this far south that often.”
- Mon, 24 Oct 2011 00:00 CDT
Geomagnetic Storm / Incoming CME Impact Throughout Canada And United States-Reports of some sort of meteor event in North and South Carolina as well as Georgia are lighting up the internet as large parts of central and eastern United States witnessed red and green lights across the sky from what was an apparent CME hit. According to NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center, a moderate Geomagnetic Storm Monday evening caused the Northern Lights to visible throughout much of the country. SpaceWeather.com relayed a report from the Goddard Space Weather Lab saying, “the impact [of the CME] caused a strong compression of Earth’s magnetic field, allowing solar wind to penetrate all the way down to geosynchronous orbit for a brief period.” At the same time widespread reports have came in that indicate a large fireball/meteor was seen in both South and North Carolina as well as Georgia.
- Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00 CDT
A coronal mass ejection (CME) hit Earth on Oct. 24th at approximately 1800 UT (2:00 pm EDT). The impact strongly compressed Earth’s magnetic field, directly exposing geosynchronous satellites to solar wind plasma, and sparked an intense geomagnetic storm. As night fell over North America, auroras spilled across the Canadian border into the contiguous United States. Wow, wow, wow! These were the best Northern Lights I’ve seen since 2004,” says Shawn Malone, who took this picture from the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan.
- Wed, 26 Oct 2011 11:03 CDT
MASS FAINTING-A day after 136 students collapsed at a Kompong Cham high school while standing at attention as punishment for not showing deference to the national flag, the local police chief offered a unique explanation for the mass fainting – trees. “According to the hospital’s analysis, the reason why the students fainted is [because of] the huge tree in the school compound and the farmland surrounding the school, which absorbed the oxygen,” said Heng Meng, police chief of Chamkar Leu district, adding that the punishment could not be blamed as one of the teachers “also [had difficulty breathing] and felt dizzy”. Heng Phal Rith, school director of Bosknor high school in Chamkar Leu district, also cited the hospital’s report in blaming the incident on a lack of oxygen, adding that he “did not punish the students. It is just a rumor”.
- Wed, 26 Oct 2011 15:51 CDT
Six inches falls, cutting power to tens of thousands-A heavy, wet snowstorm descended on the Denver area early on Wednesday morning, causing widespread power outages and numerous car crashes and minor injuries in the Centennial State.
Just two days after record high temperatures, six inches of snow fell in the Denver area forcing the closure of roads in the mountains and eastern planes. Another two to five inches is expected before the storm moves out on Wednesday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
- Fri, 28 Oct 2011 21:52 CDT
THREE-EYED FISH!!–Argentina-Has real life imitated fiction? It seems that Blinky, the three-eyed goldfish from The Simpsons may not be such a far-fetched idea, following a recent discovery in Argentina! A group of fishermen on a reservoir in the Córdoba province of Argentina landed something a little bit different. The fish they caught had an extra eye. The reservoir where the three-eyed wolffish was reeled in has hot water from a nearby nuclear facility pumped into it, prompting concern among locals. One of the fishermen, Julián Zmutt told infobae.com: “We were fishing and we got the surprise of getting this rare specimen. As it was dark at that time we did not notice, but then you looked at him with a flashlight and saw that he had a third eye.” Rather unsurprisingly, the fishermen decided not to eat the fish, which is instead to be tested to see whether the mutation actually occurred as a result of something in the water.
- Fri, 28 Oct 2011 13:14 CDT
According to Saevar Helgi Bragason, chairman of the Amateur Astronomical Society of Seltjarnarnes, all sightings of mysterious lights in the sky across Iceland on Wednesday evening have natural explanations. They were satellites, shootings stars, northern lights or even torches, he said.
- Mon, 31 Oct 2011 14:40 CDT
SINKHOLE SWALLOWS 80 YEAR OLD MAN-Sinkholes can open up when an old well or cesspool collapses.Chasm may have been from old well or cesspool. An 80-year-old man who went out to get his morning newspaper fell into an 8-foot sinkhole that opened up in his Long Island lawn. Michael Ciron was not seriously injured in his Sunday morning ordeal, and even boasted that he managed to hang onto the papers, according to Newsday. He yelled for his daughter, who woke up and came to his aid by calling police and firefighters to the Oceanside home. Ciron, who was wearing slippers, found himself stuck in wet, shifting sand. “It was scary down there,” he told Newsday.