WEIRD WORLD PT5/May 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.
Tue, 03 May 2011 16:08 CDT
WINTER IN MAY? About 10 thousand people in Lower Silesia region are left without electricity due to the heavy snowfall. Wet, heavy snow broke branches in many places, damaging power lines of high and medium voltage.
Tue, 03 May 2011 16:53 CDT
Cosmic rays crashing into the Earth over the South Pole appear to be coming from particular locations, rather than being distributed uniformly across the sky. Similar cosmic ray “hotspots” have been seen in the northern skies too, yet we know of no source close enough to produce this pattern.
Wed, 04 May 2011 17:05 CDT
A giant celestial snake is slithering into view in our current night sky this spring.
Sat, 07 May 2011 14:56 CDT
PREHISTORIC-This unusual specimen might look like something out of a horror movie, but it proved to be one of the highlights of Peter Bailey’s most recent trip to the prolific waters off the north of Norway.
Fri, 06 May 2011 14:41 CDT
Friday afternoon from about noon to 1 p.m. some folks in west central Minnesota looked up in the sky and saw a mysterious halo around the sun. “What does it mean?” observers inquired. “It’s an angel,” one person commented. “Nah, it’s some scientific thing,” said another. “I think it’s God,” declared another.
Mon, 09 May 2011 20:38 CDT
The loss of ozone over Antarctica has been well-known since the late 1970s, when a major report exposed the crisis happening on the continent. But this spring, an Arctic hole in the ozone nearly opened up over the northern United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Russia.
Fri, 13 May 2011 15:17 CDT
Mammatus Clouds Over Minnesota-On May 10th, a severe storm captured national attention when it dumped golf-ball-sized hail on a Minnesota Twins baseball game. “I missed the hail,” reports John Rogers of New Hope, Minnesota, “but I got a nice view of the clouds that formed after the storm passed.” He snapped this picture in waning twilight at 8:30 pm local time:
Fri, 13 May 2011 10:51 CDT
Dramatic explosions lighting up the Fort Worth night sky on Tuesday provided a multi-colored display that left residents in awe and thousands without power, thanks to an intense thunderstorm system that moved through the area. The explosions resulted from lightning strikes hitting feeder lines used for electricity transmission throughout the neighborhoods. The explosions included intense blue, orange, purple and red colors, ranging over what appeared to be a multiple-block area.
Tue, 17 May 2011 06:31 CDT
Seismic Shift? As Bahamas Sink, One Island Mysteriously Rises-All the islands in the Bahamas were thought to be slowly sinking, but now scientists find one quirky isle going against the crowd.
Thu, 19 May 2011 12:33 CDT
A frigid spring storm blew through Northern Arizona on Wednesday, bringing a mix of rain, sleet and wet snow.
Sun, 22 May 2011 20:01 CDT
Earthquake scientists trying to unravel the mysteries of an unfelt, weeks-long seismic phenomenon called episodic tremor and slip have discovered a strange twist. The tremor can suddenly reverse direction and travel back through areas of the fault that it had ruptured in preceding days, and do so 20 to 40 times faster than the original fault rupture.
Tue, 24 May 2011 14:42 CDT
Dhaka – Lightning strikes during a heavy rainstorm in Bangladesh killed at least 40 people and injured more than 150, most of them harvesting rice in fields or fishing, police and officials said on Tuesday.
Thu, 26 May 2011 22:29 CDT
The unusual cardinal that appeared at Larry Ammann’s backyard feeder. A strange bird showed up in Larry Ammann’s backyard on Jan. 14. Clearly a cardinal, it had the bright red plumage of a male on its left side and gray, female feathers on its right. “I had no clue how on Earth something like that could happen,” said Ammann, a professor of statistics and a wildlife photographer who lives in a suburb of Dallas. “It was a learning experience.” Ammann and the biologists he consulted concluded the bird was most likely part female, part male. Creatures with this condition are called gynandromorphs. They are genetic anomalies: Some cells in their bodies carry the genetic instructions for a male, some for a female. While this gender-bending also occurs among insects, spiders and crustaceans, birds like this cardinal have raised questions about how sex identity is determined among some animals. As the breeding season began, other cardinals became more territorial, and the bird disappeared before it could be trapped and its feathers collected for genetic testing.