Saturday, November 19, 2011

SIGNS & SYMBOLS: Crop Circle - Ipuacu, Santa Catarin, Brazil!

A crop circle appeared at Ipuacu, Santa Catarin, in Brazil. The formations were reported  to the Crop Circle Connector, the international crop circle online database, on November 6th, 2011.

On Sunday, November 6th it was found many more crop formations in the nearby city of Ipuaçu, where these phenomena started in Brazil in 2008. This time the formations were much more impressive and divided in two sets, one with 8 circles of different sizes around a larger figure in the format of a circle with a cone or a triangular piece. The other formation is composed of four circles, three smaller and one bigger, being the smaller ones connected to the bigger one by lines.

Here are ground and aerial photos of the phenomena:

Other photos of previous formations are here:

The small city is very agitated with the new formations. I have been informed that local authorities and residents are afraid that new signs may appear, which, at this point, is unpredictable. I won’t be able to cover these new occurrences due to my trip tomorrow to USA. But I have settled a team of researchers to keep the area under observation.

A. J. Gevaerd, Editor, Brazilian UFO Magazine.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Numerous Mystery Fish in Port Au Port Bay!

"I've been fishing for 35 years and have never seen it before, never had one in a net."

Beachcombers along Port au Port Bay were amazed recently to find the shore littered with large numbers of an unknown species of dead fish.

"I have lived here for 65 years and have never seen anything like it," said Joe Martin. The Port au Port West native said that he looked the fish up in a book and he's confident it is a species called the short-nosed flying fish. Andrew Harvey, a fisher, also researched the strange fish. He thinks it is halfbeak, fish more common to Florida and found along the eastern seaboard as far north as Nova Scotia. "I've been fishing for 35 years and have never seen it before, never had one in a net," said Mr. Harvey. The fisher said he's heard this phenomenon is not only happening in Port au Port West, but all around the Port au Port Peninsula and as far as the Bay of Islands.

The local Fisheries and Oceans officer was unavailable for comment at the time of this writing. However, a marine biologist with Fisheries and Oceans in St. John's, Jack Lawson, explained how warm water fish can end up in local waters. Mr. Lawson said the Gulf Stream moves up from Florida along the east coast and then deflects out from the Grand Banks. Eddies of warm water break off from the current and can take days or weeks before they dissipate. He said fish that normally live in warm water get caught up in these warm core rings and because they won't move out into colder water, they eventually become cold-shocked and are left dead or dying on the beaches. "I am wondering if, with climate change and maybe changes in current patterns, perhaps some of these warmer water animals are moving, getting washed into our area," Mr. Lawson said. - The Georgian.

EXTREME WEATHER: Wildfire Tears Through Reno - 10,000 Evacuated!

"The whole mountain was on fire."... "I thought it was an earthquake."... "The people are in a state of shock."

Police went house to house in the middle of the night and evacuated about 10,000 people from the edge of the city of Reno, Nevada, as a massive wildfire destroyed homes and injured several people.

A firefighter suffered first and second-degree burns and an elderly man died of a heart attack while trying to flee a sudden wildfire that spread through the Nevada Sierra foothills and roared into Reno on Friday, blanketing upscale houses, horse pastures and mountain roads in smoke plumes, amber flames and flying embers. Authorities said the worst was likely over, but warned a change in the furious northern winds could refuel the sprawling fire that sent thousands of families fleeing their homes in the middle of the night and blanketed the region's mountain roads in flames. At least 25 properties were damaged and destroyed. Fire Chief Mike Hernandez said flames still endanger some areas, but firefighters had largely contained the blaze that sent nearly 10,000 people from their homes in the middle of the night. "We are actually backtracking and going over areas that have burned and extinguishing hot spots," Hernandez said. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared the fire a major disaster. Roughly 100 Nevada National Guard members were assisting local law enforcement in checking homes and keeping people out of the evacuated area. Health officials urged residents to stay inside and reduce physical activity, warning that the dust and smoke were adding to pollution levels in the affected regions and downwind neighborhoods. Sixteen people were hospitalized, many for smoke inhalation. A 74-year-old man died of a heart attack while trying to leave his home. The cause of the blaze wasn't known, but a downed power line or homeless encampments in the area might be to blame, Hernandez said. He said the region is also a popular area for teenagers who might have started the fire to stay warm. Growing snow flurries and dropping temperatures late Friday afternoon stroked hopes that the remaining showers of ember and ash would die down quickly.

At least 400 firefighters from as far as 260 miles away flocked to Reno early Friday as multiple fires roared from the Sierra Nevada foothills in northwestern Nevada and spread to the valley floor. Police went house-to-house, pounding on doors and urging residents to evacuate in the dark of the night. "The whole mountain was on fire," said Dick Hecht, who said when he escaped from his home with his wife, it was so windy he could barely stand. "It was so smoky, you couldn't hardly see." The couple tried to return to their home before morning, but they were turned back by high winds and erupting flames. As they made their way back down the mountain roads, flames burned less than 40 yards from their vehicle. Gusts of up to 60 mph grounded firefighter helicopters and made it difficult for firefighters to approach Caughlin Ranch, the affluent subdivision bordering pine-forested hills where the fire likely began after 12:30 a.m. The strong winds combined with area's dry terrain helped the fire spread from 400 acres to 2,000, or more than 3 square miles. Firefighters said their efforts spared 4,000 homes, but that the disaster would likely cost multi-millions of dollars. The gusts were comparable to the Santa Ana winds that often aggravate and spread wildfires in the hills surrounding Los Angeles, officials said. "The wind is horrific," said Reno spokeswoman Michele Anderson. "We just watched a semi nearly blow over on the freeway." Evacuated families were shaken up by the fire. "I thought it was an earthquake," Darian Thorp told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "We could see it from our window. ... Then I could see it from both sides. It was all around us."

Reno resident Kathy Harrah said she was panicking when an officer knocked on her door in the middle of the night. She ordered her son rip a computer out of a wall and load up household items in their truck as they evacuated. "I was watching the fire all night," Harrah told the Reno-Gazette-Journal. "I didn't know it was going to get this bad." John and Maggie Givlin were among those watching a television at the shelter at Reno High School Friday morning, scanning the screen for details on whether the home they left behind was safe. They already were preparing to flee when a police officer knocked on their door at about 1:30 a.m. "I smelled smoke and got out of bed and the electricity was out," said John Givlin, a retired civil engineer who has lived there about eight years. "I looked out the front window and saw the glow over the hill before us." He and his wife made their way out of their home with a flashlight. Outside, flames billowed in every direction. More than 150 people had filled two shelters set up at area high schools by midmorning. "The people are in a state of shock and are hanging in there," Gov. Brian Sandoval said. More than 4,000 NV Energy customers lost power as poles and electrical wires were scorched and knocked down, said spokeswoman Faye Andersen. Utility workers were not being allowed into the fire area. Reno Mayor Bob Cashell said evacuees could start returning to their homes at noon Saturday. Cashell said a number of local hotel-casinos were offering discounted rooms to displaced residents. "These next 24 hours, with all the power lines down and everything else, it is still a very, very dangerous area," he said. School buses were on standby to help with evacuations. At least 90 schools were closed for the day to clear the roads of school traffic and make way for emergency workers. The U.S. Postal Service suspended delivery to the area for the day and the state high school athletic association moved its football playoffs from Friday night to Monday. - CBS.
WATCH: Wildfire tears through Reno.


DELUGE: Flood Misery for 1.8 Million in Cambodia and Vietnam!

About 1.8 million people across Cambodia and Vietnam are currently suffering a silent misery from the worst flooding in a decade.

Hang Davi's life now depends on her husband's luck. If he catches fish in the stagnant floodwaters that have turned her Cambodian village into a lake, the family eats. If not, they go to bed hungry and pray his losing streak won't last another day. For two months Davi has waited for the filthy water to retreat, as it does every year, so she can work in the surrounding rice fields. But the stubborn brown pool has continued to lap high against the bamboo ladder leading into her tiny stilt shack, trapping her inside. She and about 1.8 million people across Cambodia and Vietnam are currently suffering a silent misery from the worst flooding in a decade. Thailand's flood crisis has received extensive media coverage, especially as the waters inch toward central Bangkok, but less attention has been paid to its much poorer neighbors, where many rural families still waiting for water levels to drop have received little or no aid from their governments or international organizations.

"Farmers like us rely mainly on agriculture, but when our rice and other crops have been completely destroyed by the floods, how can we survive?" Davi says, sobbing softly while balancing her 1-year-old son on her hip. "This flood is the biggest I have ever seen in my life. The floods have completely destroyed our hope." Flooding is an annual cycle of life for Cambodian and Vietnamese subsistence farmers living along the Mekong River. High waters often don't draw much attention because people there simply know how to cope with what is normally considered a necessary nuisance. They wait for the waters to recede so they can plant new crops in the freshly deposited silt. Even Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has said the most worrying thing for farmers living along the river is to see no floods come at all. "This year the level of water is good," he said in August after the first floods hit. "The water has flown into the lowlands, bringing a lot of fertilizer for the farmers." But this season people were simply swallowed by water following cataclysmic monsoon rains that brought torrents down from the mountains. At least 250 people and countless livestock have died in Cambodia. Remote villages have been left in waist- to chest-high waters for up to three months, with three-quarters of the entire country swamped and 1.6 million people - about 1 in 10 - affected.

The situation has started improving in Vietnam, but nearly 175,000 people there are still struggling in the southern Mekong Delta, where about 90 percent of the more than 80 people killed were children, according to the United Nations. An estimated 20 million people across Southeast Asia have been affected by flooding since June. Most are in Thailand, but the Philippines was slammed with back-to-back typhoons in October, and tiny, landlocked Laos was hit by cyclones in July and August. Myanmar also is experiencing flooding, though the extent is unclear because little information has been released from the secretive country. Local media there reported some 30,000 people were hit by flash floods last month that killed more than 160. "This year's been a freak event," said Kirsten Mildren, spokeswoman for the U.N.'s regional Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Thailand. "It's not like a tsunami or a hurricane where after a couple of days the immediate crisis has ended and you're into recovery. Here, you're weeks or months in water and it just keeps escalating. - Miami Herald.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Unimaginable Cold Remains Across Alaska!

A record-breaking cold snap gripping Alaska will persist through at least the Thanksgiving holiday, delivering temperatures that most of the world would consider hard to fathom.

Near the center of this deep freeze since Tuesday is Fairbanks, the state's second largest city situated across the interior with a population of 31,000. Temperatures dropped to an incredible 41 degrees below zero Thursday morning, breaking the old record of 39 below. The record comes just 2 days after Fairbanks saw its first record low broken since 1994. Six hours of sunlight did little to warm temperatures during the daytime hours, with the mercury topping off at a crispy 30 below. Though extreme temperature swings are the norm for the Last Frontier, normal temperatures are about 40 degrees higher this time of year (about 10 above for a daytime high and 10 below for a nighttime low). Some outlying valley areas bested Fairbanks. According to the local National Weather Service office, Manley Hot Springs, located about 85 miles to the west, bottomed out at 54 below zero. Such a temperature would establish a new all-time record low in all but nine states. However, it remains 26 degrees off Alaska's all-time record of 80 below set on Jan. 23, 1971, in Prospect Creek.

Simulation shows expected temperatures across Alaska.
As Senior Meteorologist Dave Samuhel indicated, the unusually cold air is thanks to a strengthening area of high pressure. Samuhel also notes that nearby northwestern Canada is also locked in the grips of this cold wave. The good news for hearty Alaskans is that milder air is beginning to work its way in. However, the bad news is that we must put the word 'milder' in its appropriate context. High temperatures the next several days in Fairbanks will be about 10 to 15 degrees higher -- in the middle teens below zero. Indications are that the mercury will stay below zero until after the Thanksgiving holiday across a large part of the interior. Looking for "warmth"? Head closer to the Alaskan-Pacific coast, where cities like Anchorage will reach a sweltering 15 degrees into the weekend. - Accu Weather.

EXTREME WEATHER: Drought Forces Rail Line Closure in UK?!

Drought conditions have been blamed for closing a railway line after a lack of rain caused track movement in the United Kingdom.

The line between Ely, in Cambridgeshire, and Downham Market, in Norfolk, will be closed for two days while repairs are carried out. Network Rail said the problem resulted from the dry weather of recent months. The line will be closed on November 20 and 27 to allow for repairs to take place. Services will be running at reduced speeds at other times. A company spokeswoman said the conditions had caused the track to become out of line with overhead cables. "The closures are necessary because the ground on this stretch of track is drying out owing to a lack of rainfall in the area," said the spokeswoman. "As a result of the dry weather, ground movement has caused the tracks to become out of direct alignment with the overhead lines used to power trains."

Colin Sampson, chairman of the Fen Line Users' Association, said the reason for the closure might seem unusual but was not unexpected. "If you lived in other parts of the county, you might wonder what on earth was going on but for most of us here I don't think it's that much of a surprise," he said. "The reasons are perfectly understandable. It's due to the poor Fenland soil quality. "It's unfortunate because it causes disruption but we're lucky it hasn't happened before. It's a result of the incredibly dry summer." Anglian Water applied for a drought permit this week after experiencing the driest spring for 80 years. Drought is latest natural event blamed for disruption on the railways. Previously, problems have been caused by leaves on the line, snow and extreme heat. Network Rail apologised for the disruption on the 19-mile route. - BBC.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: Unexpected Tornado Strikes Bolivia!

A tornado ravaged three neighborhoods in the outskirts of the Bolivian city of Cochabamba, damaging dozens of private homes and warehouses but was not responsible for any deaths. 
A tornado tore metal sheeting from roofs, demolished buildings and uprooted trees in the city of Cochabamba in central Bolivia on Wednesday. There were no fatalities reported, despite dozens of of private homes and warehouses being damaged. A resident in Pucara, one of the affected neighbourhoods, captured video on his mobile phone of children desperately trying to seek shelter as the tornado hit. - BBC.
WATCH: Raw video from the Associated Press.