WEIRD WORLD PT7/July 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.
- Fri, 01 Jul 2011 16:37 CDT
Mysterious “night shining” or Noctilucent Clouds are beautiful to behold, and here are some gorgeous examples what skywatchers in the UK have been experiencing. Stu Atkinson took this stunning panoramic view from Kendal Castle. (Click image for access to a larger version). NLCs 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, and they seem to be appearing more and more in recent times.
- Sat, 02 Jul 2011 13:54 CDT
Last night, a bank of rippling electric-blue noctilucent clouds spilled across the Canadian border into the lower United States. In doing so, the clouds made their farthest excursion of the year away from the Arctic, their usual environment. “These were the most brilliant NLCs I have ever witnessed!” reports Steven Rosenow, who sends this picture from Washington state.
- Tue, 05 Jul 2011 01:54 CDT
Agent Orange is one of the most devastating weapons of modern warfare, a chemical which killed or injured an estimated 400,000 people during the Vietnam War — and now it’s being used against the Amazon rainforest. According to officials, ranchers in Brazil have begun spraying the highly toxic herbicide over patches of forest as a covert method to illegally clear foliage, more difficult to detect that chainsaws and tractors. In recent weeks, an aerial survey detected some 440 acres of rainforest that had been sprayed with the compound — poisoning thousands of trees and an untold number of animals, potentially for generations.
- Tue, 05 Jul 2011 13:11 CDT
GLOBAL WARMING FRUAD- Camels emit 45kg of methane (farting), the equivalent of one tonne a year in carbon dioxide (CO2) a year. The world’s association of camel scientists fought back angrily over Australian plans to kill wild dromedaries on the grounds that their flatulence adds to global warming. The idea is “false and stupid… a scientific aberration”, the International Society of Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) said yesterday, adding the animals were being made culprits for a man-made problem.
- Wed, 06 Jul 2011 00:28 CDT
PHOENIX VALLEY HABOOB-A massive haboob moved through the Valley Tuesday night, reducing visibility and kicking up dangerous high winds.
- Wed, 06 Jul 2011 13:43 CDT
Another power station was shut down by jellyfish today amid claims that climate change is causing a population surge among the species. A huge swarm clogged up the Orot Rabin plant in Hadera, Israel, a day after the Torness nuclear facility in Scotland was closed in a similar incident.
- Wed, 06 Jul 2011 12:49 CDT
Florida’s Volusia County beaches were littered with Sea Nettle jellyfish over Fourth of July holiday weekend. In all my years of beaching it in northern Volusia county, I’ve never seen an invasion of jellyfish, also known as sea jellies, quite like what filled the surf and littered the beach shoreline in Ormond on Saturday.
- Wed, 06 Jul 2011 16:20 CDT
Giant Hogweed can grow up to 20 feet tall. Giant hogweed might sound like something out of Harry Potter, but it’s straight out of New York. This noxious weed has spread across the state, threatening humans with sap that causes severe burns, blistering, permanent scarring and even blindness.
- Thu, 07 Jul 2011 16:14 CDT
DRIEST SPOTS ON EARTH-Emergency services were forced to rescue stranded motorists following heavy snowfall. One of the driest spots on earth has experienced its heaviest snowfall in almost two decades, according to the Chilean Directorate of Meteorology (DMC). A cold front brought up to 80 centimetres (31.5 inches) of snow to the Atacama desert region of South America forcing emergency services to close local roads and rescue dozens of motorists from their vehicles. The temperature in the Chilean capital, Santiago, dropped below minus 8c on Wednesday. Neighbouring Argentina and Uruguay are also experiencing subzero temperatures.
- Thu, 07 Jul 2011 13:25 CDT
A nuclear power plant on the coast of Israel was forced to shut down this week when its seawater cooling system became clogged with jellyfish. A similar incident temporarily disabled two nuclear reactors at the Torness power station on the Scottish coast last week. A week before, a reactor in Shimane, Japan was crippled by yet another jellyfish infiltration.
- Thu, 07 Jul 2011 18:49 CDT
Georgia, US: Residents Report Mysterious Loud Noise and Ground Vibrations-Gainesville – Hall County sheriff’s deputies have been patrolling the northeast Georgia county after several people reported hearing a mysterious loud noise. Several residents called 911 to report hearing a loud noise and feeling the ground vibrate between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Thursday. Hall County Maj. Jeff Strickland tells The Times of Gainesville that most reports were from the area of Browns Bridge and McEver Roads. Lt. Col. James Wilson, a spokesman for Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, said the cause was probably not an aircraft coming to or from the base. He said its flight schedule does not indicate any aircraft would have been passing through the area then. Base officials say they’ve received calls from local law enforcement agencies, and are still looking into the matter.
- Fri, 08 Jul 2011 07:12 CDT
20 of Wesley and Sammy Anderson’s Angus cows were killed by lightning on Wednesday afternoon. A lightning storm Wednesday afternoon claimed the lives of 20 Angus cows belonging to Wesley and Sammy Anderson, of Ellerbe. The cows congregated underneath a tree when the storm rolled in, and were killed when lightning struck and traveled through the group.
“We’re fourth generation farmers, and my dad and I don’t ever remember seeing anything like this,” said Sammy. “I’ve heard of cows being hit standing in ponds, but not this many – and I’ve never seen it myself.” Sammy said that it’s normal for cows to congregate under trees during storms.
- Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:15 CDT
Giant swarms of locusts are said to be threatening the food supply for nearly 20 million people in the region.
- Sat, 09 Jul 2011 16:31 CDT
If anyone can observe the changes to our world, it is the Aboriginal peoples of this planet.
- Sun, 10 Jul 2011 20:54 CDT
On Sunday morning, July 10th, a bank of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) swept across Europe. Instead of the usual rosy-red, the sunrise over Poland was electric blue.
- Thu, 10 Jul 2008 04:58 CDT
Massive Sinkhole Opens in Daisetta, Texas
- Mon, 11 Jul 2011 16:39 CDT
Christchurch City-There have been more than 7400 aftershocks in Christchurch in the 10 months since September’s magnitude-7.1 quake.
- Mon, 11 Jul 2011 07:24 CDT
NLC photographed near Dunluce Castle, Co. Antrim (North Coast), N. Ireland on July 9, 2011.The season for spotting Noctilucent Clouds or the “night-shining” clouds has begun, NASA said in a statement in early July. Noctilucent Clouds are composed of tiny ice crystals 40 to 100 nanometers wide, which is just the right size to scatter blue wavelengths of sunlight, a NASA scientist explained. According to NASA, the best time and location to search for these breathtakingly beautiful phenomenon would be between mid-May and the end of August in the northern hemisphere. However, with no explanation yet found, these glowing, mystical clouds have been seen even as far south as Utah and Oregon and Denver, Colorado in the recent years.
- Tue, 12 Jul 2011 01:35 CDT
Santo Domingo.- Enriquillo Lake has grown around 9,000 hectares from February 26, 2009, to April 15, 2011, a NASA sensor measurement reveals from space, while the Santo Domingo State University’s (UASD) Marine Research Center suggests that two underground currents at the Haiti-Dominican border as the possible cause. The UASD hypothesis that the subsurface currents from Tierra Nueva and Las Lajas, towns adjacent to Haitian territory, spill their waters into Enriquillo and Azuey lakes, could turn out to be the cause behind the as yet unexplained flooding in both bodies of water. “That amount of water is still draining towards Enriquillo lake from high territories” in the Dominican Republic, NASA said on its Website, and affirms that the lake’s surroundings “have been flooded even more than the floods brought about by the rain sequel caused by Hurricane Noel and Tropical Storm Olga in 2007.” NASA’s measurements of Enriquillo’s underflow level were done with Landsat and Modis type sensors, which also provided satellite imagery in the study. Enriquillo received 400 millimeters of water during those rains, and surpass 700 millimeters in the last two years, without any rain in the zone, which reveals the magnitude of the flooding that affects the Caribbean region’s biggest lake since 2009.
- Wed, 13 Jul 2011 16:41 CDT
Kudzu bugs, which feed on the infamous vine, showed up in Georgia in 2009.As if kudzu, the invasive “vine that ate the South,” weren’t trouble enough, one of its little friends from Asia has joined it in the United States.
- Thu, 14 Jul 2011 15:10 CDT
This is a picture of the car that landed in the sinkhole. Tabiona – A teenage girl is dead and two people injured after a road collapsed, leaving a 40-foot wide gap in an eastern Utah highway.
- Thu, 14 Jul 2011 04:51 CDT
New Yorkers have witnessed an urban solar phenomenon, with the Sun setting in alignment with the city’s skyscrapers and giving an effect fans say is reminiscent of Wiltshire’s Stonehenge. Welcome to Manhattanhenge. Twice every year amateur photographers gather in carefully-selected spots to set up tripods and wait to capture the ultimate sunset. On Wednesday night at 2025 local time (0125 BST), the east-west lying streets of the city’s famous grid system neatly framed the setting sun, creating golden glows New Yorkers rarely see. During the phenomenon, the Sun appears to be nestled perfectly between the skyscraper corridors, illuminating the north and south sides of the streets.
- Fri, 15 Jul 2011 00:00 CDT
48 YEARS APART-A New Jersey man followed the tragic fate of his own father 48 years ago when he was struck dead by lightning during a weekend barbecue with his family.
- Fri, 15 Jul 2011 20:05 CDT
Threat: Ms Bammes said the bees have built large nests on her home and an exterminator has already killed 6,000 to 8,000 of the insects. Aggressive swarms of bees tormenting a Southern California neighbourhood have killed a family dog.
- Sat, 16 Jul 2011 13:52 CDT
Earth orbit is a great place to watch geomagnetic storms. On July 14th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station witnessed a broad curtain of green auroras over the southern hemisphere. This is what aurora australis looks like from space.
- Tue, 19 Jul 2011 14:49 CDT
SEA MONSTER-Chessie, Maryland’s very own “sea monster” that first made an appearance in the bay 17 years ago, was spotted by boaters on Friday.
- Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:04 CDT
A man inspects the sinkhole in Guatemala City.Sinkhole, 12m deep and 80cm in diameter, forms at Guatemala City home of 65-year-old Inocenta Hernandez.
- Tue, 26 Jul 2011 14:33 CDT
“The morning of July 26th was electric blue!” says Heiko Ulbricht of Freital, Saxony, Germany. “I woke up at 3 clock, looked out my bedroom window to the north and saw a stunning display of noctilucent clouds.” Moments later, he dashed outside with a camera to record the view.
- Tue, 26 Jul 2011 10:29 CDT
Trees form a horizon from which a gigantic jet emerges; the thunderstorm is 200 miles away. Mysterious and gigantic jets of lightning that shoot up to near the edge of space have now been observed in unprecedented detail, revealing just how much charge they pack and how they form. More than 50 miles (80 kilometers) above Earth’s surface, extreme ultraviolet radiation from the sun reacts with air molecules to produce highly charged particles, generating an energetic region known as the ionosphere.
- Tue, 26 Jul 2011 13:45 CDT
Australia police used pepper spray to overpower an aggressive kangaroo after it attacked a 94-year-old woman in her backyard on Sunday.
- Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:08 CDT
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania – An 11-year-old western Pennsylvania girl is recovering after she was struck by a bolt from the blue on CLEAR day.
- Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:58 CDT
A luminous floating sphere of what could be electricity was spotted near Brisbane, Australia, according to a video posted on YouTube. The cameraman filmed the UFO at a distance in January last year, and believes it was ball lightning.
- Thu, 28 Jul 2011 23:29 CDT
Three dogs have savaged about 40 sheep on a Rotorua farm in the worst attack in memory, animal control officers say.
- Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:18 CDT
WORLD GETTING FATTER?-Data from GRACE, twin satellites launched in 2002 that make precise measurements of Earth’s gravity, suggest ice loss is in fact changing the shape of our planet. (ISNS) – Like many of its inhabitants, the Earth is getting thicker around the middle – that’s what a new study out this week says. The increased bulge is due to the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets.
- Fri, 29 Jul 2011 09:49 CDT
Wild boars are invading the farms of central New York state, attacking livestock, killing family pets and chasing people, experts warned on Friday.