WEIRD WORLD PT11/November 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. I have to add….month (11) November 2011…plus it turned out PART 11! That’s twilight zone stuff!
- Thu, 03 Nov 2011 10:47 CDT
A major glacier in Antarctica is melting unusually quickly because ocean currents are undermining it from below, researchers find. Scientists are gathering meaningful and accurate data of how ice sheets and glaciers are changing over time, and what this means for our planet.
- Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:23 CDT
A huge iceberg that will grow to 880 square kilometres – an area the size of Berlin – is forming in a shelf of floating ice in West Antarctica.
- Sat, 05 Nov 2011 12:07 CDT
These incredible pictures show how a pair of 1,500-year-old giant sequoias – whose branches are the size of normal trees – dramatically fell to the ground. A German tourist watched the two 250ft trees fall to the ground at the Trail of 100 Giants in California and captured the amazing moments and the crushing sound on video. The trees lay the length of a football pitch and their diameter of their torn roots and base was 20ft. The iceberg started out as a surface crack in the sheet of ice, which is located in front of the Pine Island Glacier (PIG) in the Antarctic region. The rift, which was first noticed in October, runs for almost 20 miles from end to end and is thought to be 200ft deep. With the crack widening every day, the iceberg will be formed – or ‘calved’ as it is scientifically known – when it breaks away from the floating ice mass. This is expected to take place at the end of the year or in early 2012.
- Mon, 07 Nov 2011 09:58 CST
US: Seismic Waves Shaking Up Oklahoma,Georgia,Tennessee,& Texas–Sonic Boom-Birds & Bugs Flee-It seems that this past year has been filled with all types of strange weather patterns all across the nation. Between droughts, flooding, tornadoes and rare earthquakes many located in regions not known for seismic activity for 50-150 years. This past week alone reports have been flowing in from worried residents throughout Oklahoma, Georgia, Tennessee,& Texas. The residents reported they heard loud booming sounds while the earth beneath them rattled around .Radar tracking captured birds or bugs fleeing on as the tremors occurred. Are these tremors the result caused by seismic waves ? You ask what are seismic waves ?
- Wed, 09 Nov 2011 09:10 CST
An unprecedented number of fish with red spots, lesions and parasites, as well as dead dugongs and turtles, have been found this year. Fishermen and conservationists blame the state of the marine life on dredging to widen Gladstone Harbor to accommodate carrier ships servicing the booming liquefied natural gas and coal seam gas industries.
- Thu, 10 Nov 2011 22:01 CST
Victoria’s State Emergency Service has responded to more than 1000 calls for help overnight after one of the wildest storms to lash the state this year. SES rescuers responded to cases of flash flooding, hail damage, people trapped in cars, unroofed homes and fallen trees. In one of the worst-hit areas, Frankston received 30 millimeters of rain in 20 minutes yesterday. Residents made more than 200 calls for help, including 150 about flooding and 40 about building damage.
- Fri, 11 Nov 2011 16:45 CST
Trace amounts of the radioactive material iodine-131 have been detected across Europe over the past two weeks, according to nuclear officials there. The source of this radiation-spewing material is unknown.
- Fri, 11 Nov 2011 11:52 CST
Auroras in Nebraska are rare, but who needs auroras when you’ve got iridescence? University of Nebraska freshman Evan Ludes took this picture of cloud-colors over Omaha on the morning of Nov. 10th.
- Sat, 12 Nov 2011 13:53 CST
After one of the strangest local weather days in memory, an Oklahoma woman with a sense of humor asked on Twitter earlier this week: “Wanna experience the apocalypse before it happens? Visit Oklahoma!” She posted that on Monday night shortly after a 4.7-magnitude aftershock earthquake shook the state. The temblor occurred not long after six tornadoes ripped through southwest Oklahoma, which was preceded by flash-flooding in an area that’s been plagued by a historic drought. “Seriously, WHAT’S GOING ON?” someone else tweeted that night.
- Tue, 15 Nov 2011 08:23 CST
A pungent odor invaded a local community, forcing many concerned residents to call 911. The smell was gone by Tuesday night, but it lingered over Lorain for several hours Tuesday morning. “I smell gas down here on West 21st Street and I don’t know where it’s coming from, but it’s pretty strong down here,” said one 911 caller. “I got a strong odor of gas in my apartment, it just woke me out of my sleep,” said another. Lorain firefighters responded to calls from all over the city between 5 a.m. 9 a.m. Tuesday. The complaints are all the same. “It’s a real, real strong propane smell,” said another 911 caller. “It just smelled like gas, it was a really bad smell, and everything, and I smelled it all the way from my house, all the way up to the high school and everything,” said Lorain resident Samantha Haupt.
- Tue, 15 Nov 2011 09:14 CST
The sky above this Singapore hotel seems perfectly normal…but then something weird starts happening in the clouds. They suddenly change shapes, brighten and dim, and seem to pulsate for no apparent reason. This strange phenomenon has baffled scientists…until now. Videos capturing these strange, rapid light changes in clouds have popped up a lot in recent years, and they defied immediate explanation. But after what NASA rather charmingly calls some “inspection and contemplation”, we now have a rather nifty explanation for just what’s going on here:
In sum, this hypothesis holds that a lightning discharge in a thundercloud can temporarily change the electric field above the cloud where charged ice crystals were reflecting sunlight. The new electric field quickly re-orients the geometric crystals to a new orientation that reflects sunlight differently. In other words, a lightning discharge can cause a sundog to jump. Soon, the old electric field may be restored, causing the ice crystals to return to their original orientation.
Comment: From “A brief guide to Corrupted Science”:
Whenever NASA (or other corrupted institution) says that they have done some “inspection and contemplation”, what it really means, that they took some time to fabricate data or invent a ridiculous and fraudulent explanation in order to conceal the truth.
- Thu, 17 Nov 2011 09:47 CST
Thousands of flesh-eating piranhas have infested a beach popular with tourists in western Brazil and have bitten at least 15 unwary swimmers. Officials in the city of Caceres in Mato Grosso state say this is the first time they have had a problem with piranhas at the Daveron beach on the Paraguay river, where the aggressive fish began schooling about two weeks ago.
- Fri, 18 Nov 2011 10:21 CST
More than a dozen students were sent to the hospital after a mysterious odor swept through part of Blevins Middle School in Fort Collins. The incident was first reported at about 12:30 p.m., initially from a laboratory classroom. Poudre Fire Authority investigated for nearly six hours and didn’t locate the source. Investigators plan to return to the school on Saturday. “When the firefighters arrived on scene they found the 12 students in front of the school and the remaining students in the process of being evacuated,” said Poudre Fire spokesman Patrick Love. Students say they were told it was fire drill and to evacuate. “We were out there for 15 minutes. We were thinking something was wrong,” says 8th grader Sean Papile. The army of firefighters, police and paramedics made them question–and worry. “When we came out we had no idea what was going on, so it was a little freaky for us,” says 6th grader Jack Sexton.
- Mon, 21 Nov 2011 23:36 CST
I love looking at unusual cloud formations, and these have to be some of the most intriguing. These long, horizontal rolls of clouds are called “cloud streets” and NASA’s Terra satellite had a “drive by” of these clouds, observing them over Hudson Bay, Canada on November 20, 2011 at 12:25 p.m. EST (17:25 UTC). These rows of clouds stretch from northwest to southeast over the Hudson Bay.
- Tue, 22 Nov 2011 14:01 CST
A climate study has found increasing fluctuations between cloudy days and sunny ones, and between dry days and downpours. Above, an example of one extreme. The world isn’t just warming, in parts of the planet the weather is becoming more erratic, new research indicates. By looking at measurements of sunlight striking the planet’s surface as well as precipitation records, a study has found that in certain places, daily weather is increasingly flip-flopping between sunny and cloudy, and downpours and dry days. It’s not yet clear why this is happening.
- Wed, 23 Nov 2011 03:56 CST
An underwater ‘icicle of death’ which sinks to the seabed destroying everything it comes into contact with has been caught on camera for the first time.