WEIRD WORLD PT6/June 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.
- Sun, 05 Jun 2011 05:09 CDT
There are no reports of injuries so far, but more than 3,500 people have evacuated their homes near an erupting volcano in southern Chile.
- Mon, 06 Jun 2011 17:22 CDT
The 2011 season for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) is underway, and it is intensifying. Observers are now reporting electric-blue waves and filaments in the sunset skies of both Europe and North America. Last night, Bob Conzemius photographed a vivid display over Trout Lake, Minnesota, and–bonus–he caught some Northern Lights, too. Click on the image to set the scene in motion:
- Wed, 08 Jun 2011 16:18 CDT
Two Air Force Reserve cadets were taken to a hospital by ambulance and 75 others by bus after a lightning strike Wednesday at a southern Mississippi military training base, a spokeswoman said.
- Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:48 CDT
Snow levels are dropping down close to 5,500′ this morning with snow in Butte, Montana!
- Thu, 09 Jun 2011 13:58 CDT
Last night Wichita, Kansas experienced a very rare weather phenomenon known as a “Heat Burst.” At 12:22 a.m. the temperature at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport was 85 degrees. At 12:44 the temperature spiked to 102 degrees. This was a 17 degree increase in only 20 minutes.
- Sat, 11 Jun 2011 01:47 CDT
A view of the lunar eclipse from Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Aug. 28, 2007. The Earth’s shadow crept across the moon’s surface slowly eclipsing it and turning it to shades of orange and red during second total lunar eclipse this year. This month’s full moon will pass almost directly through the center of Earth’s shadow on Wednesday (June 15) in what will be an unusually long total eclipse of the moon.
- Mon, 13 Jun 2011 11:34 CDT
SIZE OF POSSUMS-Over-sized rats are taking up residence southwest of Brisbane at Goodna, as residents slowly move back into their flood-affected homes.
- Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:25 CDT
The mysterious ‘double sunset’ at Crome Hill, Glutton Bridge.A rare midsummer phenomenon is set to make an appearance next week. The mysterious double sunset will once again be visible in good weather from several locations in North Staffordshire and West Derbyshire.
- Wed, 15 Jun 2011 14:36 CDT
US scientists say the familiar sunspot cycle seems to be entering a hibernation period unseen since the 17th century, a pattern that could have a slight cooling effect on global temperatures. US scientists say the familiar sunspot cycle seems to be entering a hibernation period unseen since the 17th century, a pattern that could have a slight cooling effect on global temperatures.
For years, scientists have been predicting the Sun would by around 2012 move into solar maximum, a period of intense flares and sunspot activity, but lately a curious calm has suggested quite the opposite.
- Thu, 16 Jun 2011 11:19 CDT
What in the world? A bright display in the clouds. A colorful apparition materialized over Washington this week; the rarely glimpsed, rainbow-tinted specter appeared and vanished in the space of just minutes.
- Thu, 16 Jun 2011 04:04 CDT
A full moon lunar eclipse seen in Islamabad–A lunar eclipse provided a visual treat for sky watchers across the globe – with ash from a Chilean volcano turning the moon blood red for those in some countries. Most viewers in UK were left disappointed, with the natural phenomenon not visible in most areas.
- Thu, 16 Jun 2011 06:16 CDT
Lately, the Sun has been behaving a bit strangely. In 2008 and 2009, it showed the least surface activity in nearly a century. Solar flare activity stopped cold and weeks and months went by without any sunspots, or areas of intense magnetism. Quiet spells are normal for the Sun, but researchers alive today had never seen anything like that two-year hibernation.
- Fri, 17 Sep 2010 00:00 CDT
Sometimes, the pictures come to you. A wedding photographer managed to be lucky enough to step outside his front door and witnesses this incredible scene. Rob Sharrock snapped up his Nikon D300 and dashed out to capture this monstrous roll cloud which seems to go on forever. Mr Sharrock , from Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia, lives in the house with the awning to the left of the frame. The roll cloud is a subtype of arcus cloud – the funnel is horizontal and does not connect to the ground.The other subtype of arcus is a shelf cloud, which also often appear to precede storm fronts. These rare long clouds sometimes form near advancing cold fronts. A downdraft from an advancing storm front can cause moist warm air to rise, cool below its dew point, and so form a cloud. When this happens uniformly along an extended front, a roll cloud may form. Mr Sharrock said: ‘It was amazing. I couldn’t believe my luck in getting something like this right outside my own home. ‘I just looked up in the sky and said “Bloody hell, what on earth is that? It seemed to go on for miles. It was truly incredible.”
- Mon, 20 Jun 2011 14:07 CDT
The unofficial snow report from a picnic table at Arapahoe Basin shows 6 new inches Monday morning. The ski area is closed this week but will be open Fri-Sun through Fourth of July weekend. The calendar says summer starts tomorrow in the Northern Hemisphere. The snow falling in the mountains of Colorado tells a different story.
- Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:44 CDT
A young Emperor penguin took a rare wrong turn from the Antarctic and ended up stranded on a New Zealand beach – the first time in 44 years the aquatic bird has been sighted in the wild in the South Pacific country.
- Wed, 22 Jun 2011 03:31 CDT
Naga Fireballs–Each year, hundreds of fireballs spontaneously explode out of Thailand’s Mekong River. Known as “bung fai paya nak” or “Naga fireballs,” they have appeared on the “late Autumn night of the full moon at the end of the Buddhist Lent for as long as anyone can remember,” according to a 2002 Time magazine story about the phenomenon. Some believe the balls come from the breath of Naga, a mythical serpent that haunts the river; locals use old grainy pictures and postcards of the mythical beast to prove its presence to tourists. Others believe the fireballs are actually pockets of methane bubbling up from the river, but many locals remain convinced that the fireballs are of a supernatural origin.
- Thu, 23 Jun 2011 06:05 CDT
This extraordinary photograph captures the incredible moments a ‘supercell’ storm reared up against a backdrop of lightningA huge storm rears up like a giant tidal wave, sparking horizontal bolts of lightning.
- Sat, 25 Jun 2011 16:18 CDT
A man walking on the beach on an island off Massachusetts made a remarkable discovery – a zip-style plastic bag containing clear plastic dental aligners from 100 miles away. Rick Maurice was taking a first-day-of-summer stroll on Tuckernuck Island off Nantucket when he came across the bag. When he picked it up he noticed the plastic dental devices inside and the dentist’s name printed on the bag.
- Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:00 CDT
Spectacular footage showing a massive lighting bolt striking a commercial airliner. I wonder how the people on board reacted to that?
Sun, 26 Jun 2011 04:32 CDT
VERMONT-An investigation into the source of a mysterious bubbling on Lake Quassapaug only turned up a few beer cans. Police were told last week that something was causing bubbling in the north end of the lake near a cove, a few days after a boat had been seen speeding away from the area.
- Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:01 CDT
There was the brown booby, the plunge-diving tropical seabird that inexplicably hopped aboard a crab boat this spring in Willapa Bay. And fishermen have caught spear-snouted striped marlin off the Washington coast and a 6-foot leopard shark in Bellingham Bay. The shark, in particular, is hardly ever seen north of Coos Bay, Ore. Even Bryde’s whales, which normally range from Chile to northern Mexico, have washed up dead on southern Puget Sound beaches. Twice. Just since early 2010.
- Tue, 28 Jun 2011 00:00 CDT
Supersized Hail-Saturday’s bright sunny skies disappeared in the evening hours as a supercell thunderstorm grew in intensity and tracked southeast from northeastern Kimball County. The massive storm reportedly spawned several unconfirmed tornadoes and sporadically spit supersized hail onto property unfortunate enough to be in the way.
- Thu, 30 Jun 2011 15:56 CDT
MORE TRANSFORMER FIRES? Phoenix Fire-Mesa – Thousands of East Valley residents are without power after a transformer exploded at a Salt River Project facility in Mesa. SRP spokesman Scott Harrelson confirm approximately 35,000 customers in Mesa and Apache Junction are affected by the outage.
- Mon, 30 Jun 2008 04:33 CDT
One hundred and three years ago today, on the night of 30 June and 1 July, one of the most extraordinary events in modern history occurred.
The first reports of a strange glow in the sky came from across Europe. Shortly after midnight on 1 July 1908, Londoners were intrigued to see a pink phosphorescent night sky over the capital. People who had retired awoke confused as the strange pink glow shone into their bedrooms. The same ruddy luminescence was reported over Belgium. The skies over Germany were curiously said to be bright green, while the heavens over Scotland were of an incredible intense whiteness which tricked the wildlife into believing it was dawn. Birdsong started and cocks crowed – at two o’clock in the morning. The skies over Moscow were so bright, photographs were taken of the streets without using a magnesium flash. A captain on a ship on the River Volga said he could see vessels on the river two miles away by the uncanny astral light. One golf game in England almost went on until four in the morning under the nocturnal glow, and in the following week The Times of London was inundated with letters from readers from all over the United Kingdom to report the curious ‘false dawn’. A woman in Huntingdon wrote that she had been able to read a book in her bedroom solely by the peculiar rosy light. There were hundreds of letters from people reporting identical lighting conditions that went on for weeks… (Tom Slemen) http://www.slemen.com/tunguska.html
None of the people witnessing this strange phenomenon had any idea that, in the central Siberian plateau, just after 7:15 a.m. local time, the planet had been hit by a cometary impactor that exploded – as most such impactors do – in the atmosphere just above the Earth’s surface.
- Thu, 30 Jun 2011 11:22 CDT
A nuclear power station in eastern Scotland had to shut down its reactors after “high volumes” of jellyfish were found
London – A nuclear power station in eastern Scotland had to shut down its reactors after “high volumes” of jellyfish were found on its seawater filter screens, the operating company said Thursday.