WEIRD WORLD PT2/Feb 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.
- Mon, 31 Jan 2011 15:18 CST
Dome of the Rock UFO and Kazakhstan Comet – Something Chaotic This Way Comes
At 1 am Israel time (UTC+2) on the 28th of January 2011, two videos were recorded in central Jerusalem. Both videos appear to have filmed the same event from different positions: A white ball of light descends from the sky and hovers over and slightly to the East of the Dome of the Rock, approximately over the garden of Gethsemane. After about 30 seconds, the ball of light shoots off into the sky at high speed.
First video shot from about 4 kms to the South of the Dome:
- Tue, 01 Feb 2011 16:31 CST
A dark croissant-shaped hole has opened up in the Sun’s atmosphere, and it is spewing a stream of solar wind into space. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory took this picture of the vast opening during the early hours of Jan. 31st. Researchers call this a “coronal hole.” Solar rotation is turning the coronal hole toward Earth. The stream of solar wind pouring from it will swing around and hit our planet in early February, possibly sparking polar magnetic storms. High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras between Feb. 2nd and 4th.
- Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:41 CST
As a winter storm of historic proportions prepares to sweep across the USA later this week, midwesterners should be alert for some unaccustomed sights. One of them is snow spirals. Michael French photographed this specimen in Frederick, Maryland, on Jan. 29th.
- Tue, 01 Feb 2011 14:27 CST
According to the official forecast, the odds of geomagnetic activity on Jan. 31st were less than 10%. That was good enough for Kjetil Skogli of Troms, Norway. “We went out to look in spite of the low expectations–and there it was!” An aurora-burst was in progress directly overhead.
- Tue, 01 Feb 2011 15:27 CST
People were trying Tuesday to determine the cause of a ”widespread and mildly irritating” odor in East Los Angeles and surrounding neighborhoods, a city fire spokesman said. Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said his department had been getting 911 calls, mostly from people in the Boyle Heights area, while County firefighters were receiving the same reports in the larger area of East Los Angeles.
- Fri, 04 Feb 2011 18:47 CST
Record snowfall is turning the city’s mean streets even meaner, with 65 manholes exploding or catching fire since New Years, a utility spokesman said on Friday. With snow piled six feet high for the past month, huge ice chunks raining down on congested intersections and street corners turned into frigid wading pools, flying manhole covers are yet another symptom of winter’s wrath. In the most recent serious case, a fireball erupting from a manhole in Brooklyn this week engulfed an SUV that had been parked over the opening only moments before.
- Sat, 05 Feb 2011 23:25 CST
During the geomagnetic storm of Feb. 4th, Fredrik Broms of Kvaløya, Norway, witnessed an episode of elusive pulsating auroras. “The sky was filled with patches of green that oscillated in brightness,” he explains. A snapshot with his Nikon D3 caught the phenomenon in mid-pulse
- Mon, 07 Feb 2011 18:03 CST
The Earth doesn’t stop wobbling all of a sudden for no reason. We are seeing the effects of a change in the electro-magnetic forcing upon the Earth (weather and geology). The change is forced upon the Earth and not the other way. For example if other planets experience a magnetic change, this is a smoking gun that it doesn’t come from the Earth but from space.
- Thu, 10 Feb 2011 18:29 CST
Maryland and West Virginia officials said they’ve had no luck finding the source of a mysterious odor reported in both states. The Maryland Emergency Management Agency has been monitoring a chemical leak that happened in West Virginia. An odd odor has been reported throughout Frederick, Prince George’s, and Montgomery counties, the Baltimore Sun reported.
- Wed, 09 Feb 2011 06:31 CST
Mysterious “night shining” or noctilucent clouds are beautiful to behold, and are usually seen during the summertime, appearing at sunset. They are thin, wavy ice clouds that form at very high altitudes and reflect sunlight long after the Sun has dropped below the horizon. Scientists don’t know exactly why they form, but continue to observe them – both from Earth and from space. These images were taken by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) on NASA’s Aura satellite.
- Sat, 12 Feb 2011 17:10 CST
How about a plane ticket to Norway? A solar wind stream due to brush past Earth’s magnetic field around Feb. 14th could spark romantic lights around the Arctic Circle. Gabi and Gunter Reichert send this preview from Henningsvaer, a fishing village in Norway’s Lofoten islands.
Fri, 11 Feb 2011 14:06 CST
Around two-dozen high school students come home, in the middle of winter with what looks like… Get this— a sunburn. Now, parents and teachers want to know how this happened. It’s a mystery in the community of Hathaway and it has people burning to know the answers. “We don’t know what caused it,” parent, Donald Demary said. “We just kept trying to find answers,” Hathaway High Principal Mona Miller said. On Wednesday, about two dozen Hathaway High School students came back from a field trip with what appears to be a sunburn.
- Fri, 11 Feb 2011 15:58 CST
A plethora of scientists have come out in the past 12 months warning about the signs of an impending Ice Age. Another mammoth Icelandic volcano, Baroarbunga, is ready to erupt. This one could dwarf the Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano that blew in 2010 causing havoc throughout Europe. That’s the word that’s streaming out of the northern island nation as geophysicists around the globe hold their breaths to see what will happen next. The Eyjafjallajokull eruption galvanized Europe and stunned the world with its unrelenting ferocity. It caused billions of dollars in loss, paralyzed European air travel and caused food and other commodities to spike upwards. Worried experts warn that this eruption could be much, much worse.
- Mon, 14 Feb 2011 21:03 CST
Solar wind buffeting Earth’s magnetic field is sparking bright Valentine’s auroras around the Arctic Circle. Øystein Lunde Ingvaldsen sends this picture of the sweet lights over Bø in Vesterålen, Norway.
- Fri, 28 Jan 2011 19:17 CST
Were the eerie flashes of blue light similar to that in the picture above thundersnow — or something else?Eerie flashes of blue lit up the snowy sky during this week’s powerful coastal storm, but no one seems to know for sure what caused it. Howard Bernstein, morning meteorologist at WUSA 9 in Washington, said he believes the lights were lightning strikes associated with “thundersnow.” The National Weather Service reported frequent lightning with Wednesday’s storm, but said those who saw the flashes of light would have also heard thunder, and that wasn’t the case around Prince William. Bernstein says that’s not necessarily true. “I’ve given this a little bit of thought (and I also did a little research). I believe we were seeing lightning that was refracted by all of the ice crystals/snow flakes to give it more of a blue appearance,” he said this morning in an e-mail. “Also, the thunder was probably quite muffled by all of the snowflakes, so if you weren’t very close to the lightning, you probably couldn’t hear the thunder.”
- Tue, 08 Feb 2011 08:14 CST
In a strange phenomenon, a black chemical substance gushed out from the earth, creating panic in Maddikera village in Kurnool district on Monday. Huge cavities also formed in the three acres of land owned by a farmer, Nagaiah, of Maddikere, about 100 km from Kurnool, soon after the black substance spewed out from beneath the land. Nagaiah said it damaged the soil. The nearby grass caught fire when the black substance spread like lava from a volcano. A cement electric pole in the vicinity collapsed. Nagaiah said he first saw the phenomenon two days ago. Officials rushed to the village to take stock of the strange occurrence. Experts said they would conduct studies to unravel the mystery behind the spewing out of the blackish material from beneath.
- Thu, 17 Feb 2011 00:22 CST
Most sun haloes are circles. They surround the sun when sunbeams hit ice crystals in the air. The haloes this week in Finland, however, were not circular. Olli Leivo sends this picture from Lahti in southern Finland.
- Sat, 19 Feb 2011 14:23 CST
Salmon, Idaho – Bob Appleby will learn this spring if the evergreen tree in his yard in Montana has survived a mysterious outbreak threatening to kill thousands of Austrian pines across the state.
- Sun, 20 Feb 2011 21:24 CST
Magnetic north, the point at the top of the Earth that determines compass headings, is shifting its position at a rate of about 40 miles per year. In geologic terms, it’s racing from the Arctic Ocean near Canada toward Russia.
- Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00 CST
At the end of the 20th century, the rise in sea level of the Mediterranean sea was lower than in the rest of the world due to atmospheric pressure, but since the start of the 21st century the levels of the Mediterranean have regained pace and seem to be accelerating. This has been demonstrated by the updated results from the second edition of the book Cambio Climático en el Mediterráneo Español (Climate Change in the Spanish Mediterranean). “The sea level in the Mediterranean has risen by between 1 and 1.5 millimetres each year since 1943, but this does not seem set to continue, because it now seems that the speed at which it rises is accelerating”, Manuel Vargas Yáñez, main author of the book Cambio Climático en el Mediterráneo Español, and researcher in the Spanish Oceanography Institute (IEO), tells SINC.