Sunday, November 24, 2013

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Ice Age Now - Winter 2013 To Be The Longest In British HISTORY; Heavy Snow Could Fall Until MAY, Warn Forecasters; Truly UNPRECEDENTED!

November 24, 2013 - BRITAIN - BRITAIN is facing an unprecedented SIX MONTH winter with long-range forecasters warning relentless heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures could last until MAY.

The entire UK has been told to brace for a record-breaking period of bitter Arctic winds, crippling snowfall and plunging temperatures.

Heavy snow and huge drifts will cause chaos for up to six months [APEX]

Long-range forecasts now point to winter 2013 now being the worst for more than 60 years with Polar conditions stretching right into the beginning of next spring.

The shock warning comes with the UK already shivering in an unseasonably early big freeze with temperatures plummeting to -5C and heavy snow sparking chaos in parts of the UK.

It has also sparked fears that the extreme cold expected this winter could kill far more vulnerable people than usual, especially as millions turn down their heating in the wake of huge energy price rises.

Long range forecasts show that a high pressure ‘blocking system’ drawing cold air in from the Arctic will wreak havoc with our weather, generating prolonged spells colder than in  Iceland, Norway and Sweden and even parts of the Arctic region.

Drivers across the UK face a battle to beat the snow this winter [MASONS]

Britain is facing a relentless, long winter of heavy snow [PA]

Wintry scenes like this will dominate winter 2013 in Britain [NORTH NEWS]

Long-range forecaster James Madden, of Exacta Weather, said: “An exceptionally prolonged period of widespread cold is highly likely to develop throughout this winter and last into next spring.

“It will be accompanied by snow drifts of several feet and long-lasting snow accumulations on a widespread scale.

“This period of snow and cold is likely to result in an incomparable scenario to anything we have experienced in modern times.

“A scenario similar to December 2010 is likely to develop, but on a more prolonged scale in terms of overall duration.”

Jonathan Powell, forecaster for Vantage Weather Services, said this winter could now parallel hthe worst winters ever recorded.

He said: “Looking back at historical data there is certainly an argument that we may well parallel with severe winters of the past including 1947 and 1962.

“We have had such a cold November, and there is no sign of any change due to a high pressure blocking system.

“When these severe temperatures bed in it becomes like an accumulative effect - like a heatwave but in reverse, we could be looking at the longest winter in history.

The whole of Britain is facing a long whiteout and heavy snow this winter [PA]

Drivers have been warned to expect huge snow drifts throughout winter 2013 [CAVENDISH]

Train users face long delays because of heavy snow and ice [PA]

“And this is when you see records breaking, all signs point towards this winter being exceptionally severe, I wouldn’t put anything past it.”

As energy bills rocket, campaigners warn around 25,000 people could die of the cold - around 23 per cent more than during a Swedish winter.

Ed Matthew, director of the Energy Bill Revolution, said: “It is a national disgrace that thousands of people are dying unnecessarily every year, lives that could be saved by something as simple as better insulation.

“That more people die from the cold every year in temperate Britain than in freezing Sweden is an embarrassment and a tragedy.”

This winter has so far shown signs of delivering a repeat of 1962 when temperatures tumbled in mid-November and the first snow fell.

Southern England was hit by blizzards and London was buried under 12 inches of drifting snow with further downpours in January and February (Source: Netweather).

Devon and North East England were left under 2ft of snow and people were able  to walk on the tops of the frozen shrubbery.

This winter could also be a carbon copy of 1947, the snowiest in history with showers in March leading to seven-metre high drifts.

The worst winter since 1814 there was continuos snowfall from January 22 to March 17 (Source: Netweather) with seven inches falling in South West England and the Scilly Isles in January.

In early March there was a blizzard in England and Wales, with 1ft widely, and 5ft over high ground. Flooding was also a problem as rain ran off frozen ground in torrents leading to widespread chaos on the roads.

Highland cattle face months of freezing Arctic winds and heavy snow [PACEMAKER PRESS]

Some British animals are already getting ready for the snow... [PA]

...while others, like this robin, were born ready [GETTY]

The lack of power supplies became so critical that at one point radio and TV broadcasts were suspended, magazines were ordered to stop being published and many newspapers were forced to cut their size.

Mr Powell added: “The worst of the weather is likely to arrive in January - this is when the real trouble is likely to start.

“So far, we have seen an early taste of what this winter could have to offer, and it is only November,  late December into next year looks shocking.

“And there is every possibility this could be the picture right through until May and even into spring, we could see one of the longest winters in history.”

The Met Office said clear skies and persistent high pressure over the weekend and into next week will keep minimum temperatures below average for the time of year.

Forecaster Dan Williams said: “It is going to turn more settled and resulting clear skies mean there is more heat loss, keeping things cooler than average.

“It is a cold picture for the rest of the week, and there could be the risk of fog." - Express.

EXTREME WEATHER: Powerful Storm System Blast Western United States, Marches Eastward - Eight Killed; Hundreds Of Accidents; Widespread Snowfall, Freezing Temperatures And Gusty Winds; Will Threaten East Coast With Nightmarish Conditions During Thanksgiving Holidays!

November 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A powerful storm system that has caused hundreds of accidents across the Western U.S. has marched eastward with predictions of widespread snow, freezing temperatures and gusty winds.

(Weather Underground/ Associated Press ) - This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Nov. 22, 2013 at
02:00 p.m. EST shows a storm system on the southern jet moving into the the desert southwest.This is
producing heavy rains in Arizona and heavy mountain show in New Mexico and Colorado. Dry air
wrapping into the storm is producing sunny skies in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest.

The fierce weather has caused at least eight deaths and prompted advisories Saturday afternoon in New Mexico and Texas.

As thick, gray clouds covered the Southwest, forecasters said the storm would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast next week, causing problems for holiday travelers.

Joe Harris, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the “Nordic outbreak” will “produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation.”

In New Mexico, authorities and residents braced for the second hit of a one-two punch that had already blanketed parts of the state with snow and freezing rain and caused a rollover accident that killed a 4-year-old girl in the eastern part of the state.

Three other storm-related deaths were reported Saturday in a crash in the Texas Panhandle involving nearly a dozen vehicles.

In California, where the storm system hit first, prompting flooding and water rescues in recent days, three deaths have been linked to the storms since Thursday, as authorities found one body near downed power lines, one man crashed his vehicle into a tree and a woman was killed when a tree fell on a parked car.

In Arizona, firefighters recovered the body of a man who was swept away by high waters Friday in the Santa Cruz River in the southern part of the state.

(San Bernardino County Fire Department/ Associated Press ) - This image provided by the San Bernardino
County Fire Department shows a traffic accident in the San Bernardino Mountains in California. The rain
throughout the West led to flooding in San Bernardino County, where five homeless people were trapped
by water and had to be rescued from the Santa Ana River, fire officials told the San Bernardino County Sun.

(Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jerry Henkel/ Associated Press ) - Curtis Raulerson, of Las Vegas, holds Maya
as Dakota follows through about nine-inch deep snow at Lee Canyon snow play area on Mt. Charleston
northwest of Las Vegas, Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. The rain was turning to heavy snow in higher elevations,
including rural eastern Nevada’s Lincoln County, where 50 to 60 cars got stranded early Friday.

(The Tribune, Laura A. Oda/ Associated Press ) - A school bus drives past a fallen eucalyptus tree in Oakland,
Calif., on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Three people were killed in Northern California as high winds battered
the region and caused major power outages, and fallen trees and branches.

(City of Redlands/ Associated Press ) - This Nov. 21, 2013 photo released courtesy City of Redlands
shows flooding, mud and debris on San Timoteo Canyon Road in Redlands, Calif. Firefighters
responded to dozens of calls of weather-related traffic collisions, flooding and mudslides
spurred by Thursday’s downpour in southern California.

The storm already has affected much of the Western U.S., causing hundreds of rollover accidents and prompting officials to cancel events and close roads.

In Nevada, snow in high elevations in the rural, eastern part of the state stranded dozens of cars. No fatalities were reported and authorities got the road open again by Saturday.

In Arizona, rain came down Saturday as more than 8,000 cyclists competed in the annual El Tour de Tucson. Also, high school football games, soccer tournaments and parades were cancelled across the state.

WATCH: Winter Storm Boreas Brings Rockies Snow, Texas Ice; Snow Likely for Northeast.

Forecasters said parts of both California and Arizona could expect severe weather with winter storm warnings through Saturday. Weather officials said the mountains and the Antelope Valley foothills northeast of Los Angeles were under the most risk. However, they said there was only a small chance of rainstorms like those that prompted flooding in California on Thursday.

In New Mexico, it was unclear where the heaviest bands of snow would develop, meteorologist Jennifer Palucki said.

In Texas, freezing rain and cold temperatures have already hampered travel and much of the “heavy stuff” will hit south of I-20, Harris said. Several traffic accidents were reported Saturday, including the fatal crash late Friday that also left several injured hurt in Vega, about 30 miles west Amarillo, and one that injured three members of singer Willie Nelson’s band when their bus struck a pillar near Sulphur Springs, north of Dallas. - Washington Post.

Major East Coast Winter Storm To Threaten Millions During Thanksgiving.

A major winter storm will unfold across the East Coast on Wednesday, threatening to create a nightmare for the millions of Thanksgiving holiday travelers--even those elsewhere in the U.S.

The same storm bringing snow and ice to New Mexico and the southern Plains to close out the weekend is set to spread heavy rain across the South and I-95 corridor Tuesday through Wednesday.

The storm has already been blamed for the deaths of eight people across the Southwest since Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

Substantial snow will unfold from the spine of the Appalachians to the St. Lawrence Valley and far northern New England.

"The potential exists for a foot of snow to fall from Bradford, Pa., to Burlington, Vt.," stated Meteorologist Eric Wanenchak.

The timing of the impending winter storm could not come at a worst time with AAA projecting 43.4 million travelers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

"The Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be the busiest single day of travel with 37 percent of travelers departing for trips Nov. 27," AAA stated in a press release.

Heavy Rain for I-95 Corridor Wednesday

Heavy rain set to inundate the South on Tuesday will spread across the Carolinas and up the Northeast's I-95 corridor late Tuesday through Wednesday to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

Even without snow in the forecast, Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski stated, "[The rain] would be enough to slow travel on the highways and delay a number of flights."

Water ponding on roadways heightens the danger of vehicles hydroplaning when traveling at highway speeds, while downpours threaten to dramatically reduce visibility for motorists.

"Gusty winds would also factor in to delays along the coast," Sosnowski continued.

Worsening the situation is the fact that the rain will be heavy enough to trigger flash flooding in some communities. Coastal flooding is another concern along the Northeast coast.

Snow from the Appalachians to St. Lawrence Valley

Current indications put the corridor from the spine of the Appalachians to the St. Lawrence Valley and far northern New England at risk for travel-disrupting snow from this midweek winter storm.

The storm will likely be an all-snow event across northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York to west of Montreal, Canada.

The rest of the area will see both rain and snow (likely the snow at the storm's onset, when sleet is possible in some communities, and backside). The timing of the final changeover to snow will range from late Tuesday night in the southern Appalachians to Wednesday night in the St. Lawrence Valley and far northern New England.

Snow amounts will be substantial enough to clog roads and create treacherous and slippery travel. As the storm strengthens on Wednesday, gusty winds will follow suit and whip the snow around--further reducing visibility for motorists.

In addition to Bradford and Burlington, the worst of the snowstorm may center on Syracuse, Montreal and stretches of Interstates 81, 86, 88, 87, 89 and 90. The snow will total 6 to 12 inches in this zone with locally higher amounts.

East of the heaviest snow zone, there could be a changeover from rain to a few inches of snow and slick travel along the I-81 corridor from Virginia to Pennsylvania and northeastward to Albany, N.Y., and central Maine. meteorologists do not expect snow to reach the I-95 corridor.

Southern Rain, Thunderstorms, Wind

Rain and thunderstorms developing along the western Gulf Coast on Monday will spread eastward across the Deep South Monday night and to the Southeast and southern mid-Atlantic on Tuesday.

Travel delays on the I-10 and I-20 corridors are in store from Louisiana to Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and northern Florida from rain-soaked highways and poor visibility from downpours.

The soaking rain and low-hanging clouds could delay flights at New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte and other airports in the region for travelers heading to their Thanksgiving destinations early.

Across southern Georgia and Florida, there is concern for the thunderstorms to turn severe Tuesday through Tuesday night.

As the worst of the storm shifts to the Northeast, more travel problems may unfold in the South on Wednesday due to lingering rain, wind and gusty winds.

Rest of the Nation

Much of the rest of the nation will have good travel conditions.

Beware, aircraft and flight crews originating from the South and Northeast could be delayed, perhaps causing ripple-effect problems with a few flights throughout the nation.

There will be bands of lake-effect snow over the Upper Midwest, due to fresh cold air moving in Tuesday and Wednesday. The lake-effect snow will gradually wind down in many locations on Thanksgiving Day.

While odds favor the snow streaming over areas south to southeast of the lakes, there is some concern lake-effect snow will sneak into Chicago and cause issues at O'Hare International Airport on Wednesday. - AccuWeather.

MAJOR STORM ALERT: Red Alert Issued In India For Tropical Cyclone LEHAR-13 - Can Have "High Humanitarian Impact" Affecting 7.3 Million People With Maximum Wind Speeds Of 185km/h!

November 24, 2013 - INDIA - Tropical storm Lehar is forecast to strike India as a severe cyclonic storm at about 00:00 GMT on 28 November. Data supplied by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center suggest that the point of landfall will be near 16.7 N, 82.8 E. Lehar is expected to bring 1-minute maximum sustained winds to the region of around 185 km/h (114 mph). Wind gusts in the area may be considerably higher.

The image shows the total rainfall accumulation associated with the cyclone.
Image: GDACS.

According to the Saffir-Simpson damage scale the potential property damage and flooding from a storm of Lehar's strength (category 3) at landfall includes: Storm surge generally 2.7-3.7 metres (9-12 feet) above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed.

Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the centre of the storm. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering from floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 1.5 metres (5 feet) above mean sea level may be flooded inland 13 km (8 miles) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences within several blocks of the shoreline may be required. There is also the potential for flooding further inland due to heavy rain.

The information above is provided for guidance only and should not be used to make life or death decisions or decisions relating to property. Anyone in the region who is concerned for their personal safety or property should contact their official national weather agency or warning centre for advice.

This alert is provided by Tropical Storm Risk (TSR) which is sponsored by Crawford&Company and University College London (UCL).

Tropical Cyclone LEHAR-13 can have a high humanitarian impact based on the Maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Rain map with eTraP data. (Source: JRC) Storm surge maximum height. (Source: JRC)

Updated: this report is based on advisory number 7.

  • Tropical Cyclone Tropical Storm (maximum wind speed of 185 km/h)
  • from 24/11/2013 12:00 UTC to 18:00
  • Population affected by Category 1 (120 km/h) wind speeds or higher is 7.3 million
  • Vulnerability: High

Extreme Rain

Potential rainfall is calculated based on rainfall observed by several microwave satellite sensors.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Most Dangerous Volcano In The United States Is Roaring To Life - New Earthquake Swarm Underway At Yellowstone National Park!

November 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - A new earthquake swarm is currently underway at Yellowstone National Park, USA. According to the earthquake list of University of Utah, a new series of relatively stronger earthquakes started on November 23, 2013. Almost all of them are located approximately 19 km (12 miles) NNE of West Yellowstone, MT.

Most noticeable earthquakes are M 3.3 that struck on November 23 at 20:47 UTC (13:47 local time) and M 3.1 that struck on November 24 at 07:18 UTC (00:18 local time).

Keep in mind that we are still 7 days before the new YVO monthly update report when more data will be available.

Image: UUSS

Below is the list pf earthquakes recorded by University of Utah Seismograph Stations for the last week (November 24, 2013, at 14:00 UTC - past 168 hours). Times are local (MST or MDT), for UTC time add 7 hours. Most recent earthquakes are at the top of the list. Click on the word "map" or "MAP" to see a map view. Click on a "DATE" to get additional text information. Magnitude 3 and greater earthquakes are printed in bold type.

- Watchers.

GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVAL: More Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Van Falls Into Massive Sinkhole In Maunawili, Hawaii As Second Hole Plagues Salt Lake!

November 24, 2013 - HAWAII - A white minivan fell into a sinkhole in Windward Oahu on Thursday night, not long after a separate sinkhole was reported on Ala Lilikoi Street in front of Salt Lake Elementary in Honolulu.

Photographs from the scene showed the rear tire of a minivan stuck inside the road on Aloha Oe Place in Maunawili. Hawaii News Now was told that a water main break may have been to blame for the incident.

Sinkhole reported in Salt Lake.

Sinkhole reported in Maunawili.

Sinkhole reported in Salt Lake.

The van was pulled out of the ground using a tow truck at around 8:45 p.m.

Earlier on Thursday, another sinkhole was reported in the area fronting Salt Lake Elementary, and road repairs may have an impact on traffic in the area as parents seek to drop their children off at school.

Board of Water supply said they had no reports of any outages in the Salt Lake area, and the cause of the sinkhole there remains unknown. - Hawaii News Now.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: "This Is Very Uncommon" - Firefighters Battle Unusual Winter Wildfire In Northern California; Over 2,000 Acres Burned Already; 10 Percent Contained!

November 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Nearly 800 firefighters and more than 50 fire engines battled a large late season wildfire that destroyed one structure and was threatening several others in Northern California on Saturday, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Firefighters from Schell Vista in Sonoma County and Santa Clara County prepare to attack hot spots
in the hills of Soda Canyon above Napa, on Friday.  Kent Porter / The Press Democrat via AP

Dubbed the McCabe fire, the blaze that began Friday morning had burned 2,000 acres in The Geysers in Sonoma County, a rugged area north of San Francisco that produces geothermal energy, by midday Saturday, destroying a power plant cooling tower.

The fire, which was 10 percent contained, was burning in steep and rugged terrain, making it difficult for firefighters to access certain areas, said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for Cal Fire. He said dry conditions in the area and strong offshore winds over the last few days have fanned the fire and allowed it to grow quickly despite it being late in the season for fires.

“Absolutely having a fire this large this late in the year is very uncommon, especially in Northern California along the coast,” he said.

Calpine Corp., which owns much of the land where the fire is burning, evacuated employees on Friday. Aside from the geothermal plants, the area is remote and lacking many structures. But Berlant said firefighters were focused on protecting the geothermal power facilities in the area. According to the Cal Fire website, the fire currently threatens 12 structures.

Berlant said weather conditions have made it harder for firefighters to contain the blaze.

“We are seeing strong winds today which could allow this fire to grow even larger and the risk for new fires is heightened as well,” he said.

Additional fire department resources were en route to join the 783 personnel and 54 fire engines already on the scene, including some from Southern California.

On Saturday afternoon the cause of the fire remained unknown and Cal Fire said it was still under investigation. No injuries have been reported.

Berlant warned that if conditions continued to remain dry the state, which has seen little rainfall this season, California would be at risk for additional fires even later in the winter.

 “This year in California we saw very little rainfall early in the season and that’s allowed this year to be a very prolonged fire season and unfortunately until we get a good amount of rainfall we will remain susceptible to wildfires,” he said. - NBC News.

MONUMENTAL DISASTER IMPACT: The Stench Of Death Remains In The Philippines, Even As Recovery Begins - The Death Toll Could Exceed 6,000; 1,611 Still Missing; Many Unidentified Bodies Buried In Mass Graves!

November 24, 2013 - PHILIPPINES - The death toll from one of the strongest typhoons on record could exceed 6,000.

 Typhoon survivors walk down a road in Palo, Philppines, during a
procession for typhoon victims on November 24.

Already, the death toll has risen above 5,000 and with 1,611 persons still unaccounted for Philippine officials say it is likely to climb further, although recovery efforts are beginning to take hold.

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said 4,919 people were killed on Leyte, Samar and nearby islands in the Eastern Visayas region.

Civil defence chief Eduardo del Rosario said 290 others died in other parts of the central and southern Philippines.

The regions were battered two weeks ago by fierce winds and tsunami-like storm surges from Typhoon Haiyan, locally called Yolanda.


"That is the sad record of Yolanda's passage through our country," Roxas said. But he added that "The worst is over."

He likened the region to a patient that has been moved out of the emergency room into an intensive-care unit.

"We have overcome the most difficult part," he said. "In the first week we can say we were in the emergency room ... this second week we are now in the ICU, still critical but stabilised."

A father cuddles his son aboard a US Air Force C-130 plane on a mercy flight from typhoon-ravaged
Tacloban city, Leyte province in central Philippines to Manila last Sunday.

A man searches through the debris in Tacloban on November 23.

A member of the Philippine air force drops relief goods for survivors in Tolosa on November 21.

He said the hard-hit Leyte provincial capital of Tacloban reported 1,725 dead. "I believe this number in Tacloban city is not yet final," he said.

Most of the bodies have been buried in mass graves, many of them unidentified, he said. "It is possible that some of the missing are among the unidentified," he said.

Journalists in Tacloban say the stench of death from piles of debris, upturned vehicles and remnants of what once were homes indicates that bodies remain trapped underneath.

Roxas said the situation was stabilising, with major roads on Samar and Leyte cleared of debris and some banks, grocery stores and gas stations now open.

Security Increase

More troops and police have been brought to the region from other parts of the country to beef up law and order.

Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippines on November 8 and quickly barrelled across its central islands, packing winds of 235 kilometres (147 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 275 kph (170 mph), with a storm surge of 6 metres (20 feet).

WATCH: Philippines looks to long-term typhoon issues.

Even though authorities evacuated about 800,000 people ahead of the typhoon, the death toll was high because many evacuation centres - schools, churches and government buildings - could not withstand the winds and water.Officials said people who sought shelter in the buildings drowned or were swept away. - Jamaica Gleaner.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Tens Of Thousands Of Dead Fish In A Dam "Shock Residents" In Cloncurry, Australia?!

November 24, 2013 - AUSTRALIA - Cloncurry residents were shocked by the sight of tens of thousands of dead fish floating at Chinaman Creek Dam on Saturday.

FISHY GRAVEYARD: Many species of dead fish were found at Chinaman Creek Dam on Saturday. -
Picture: ED BIRD

Species including barramundi, freshwater catfish, bony bream and butter bream lined the edges of the dam.

Cloncurry Shire Council chief executive officer David Neeves said it was the first time he had ever seen anything like it in the area.

``I went out to the dam to see how much water the rain  put in the dam,'' Mr Neeves said.

``We suspect it's because of the reduced oxygen and increased turbidity in the water.''

Mr Neeves said a crew of council staff was removing the fish carcasses from the  water yesterday. He assured residents the dam was not being used as a source for the town's supply due to its low water levels.

Mr Neeves said the council was doing everything possible to respond to the unique occurrence. - Northwest Star.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Massive And Extremely Bright Fireball Explodes Over Russia/Ukraine - Turns The Night To Day! [VIDEOS]

November 24, 2013 - UKRAINE/RUSSIA - Residents of several localities in Russia and the Ukraine witnessed a strange phenomenon: the sky lit up with a bright flash of the unknown, which in a few seconds turned the night into day.

Screen capture of the fireball.

The strange phenomenon was observed by local residents of cities such as Kotelniki and Lubertsy and the surrounding villages. The unusual sight was captured on several security cameras.

Areas in the Ukraine where the fireball was seen.

Areas near Moscow where the fireball was seen.

Here are several videos of the sighting:

WATCH: Fireball over Ukraine/Russia.

SOURCES: NTV | Lunar Meteorite Hunters.

MASS FISH DIE-OFF: Thousands Of Dead Fish Found In Salado River, Argentina?!

November 24, 2013 - ARGENTINA - As soon the sun came out, fishermen and dozens of citizens and surrounding areas Añatuya went fishing in the Salado river, as usually they happen. As they approached the place, the foul smell and the little volume was preaching that things were not right.

Outrage from the community to the fish kill.

Great was the surprise when thousands of dead fish found in the few water or on dry land. This scene caused impotence and indignation at the hundreds of people who came to the leveling gate, just meters from Route 92, in the department Avellaneda, 7 kilometers from the city of Añatuya. According to speculation locals, this sad scenario arises as a result of low flow in the river there for some time.

Over the past week, New Journal had published the situation prevailing in the river, noting that conspicuously, in 2012 at this same time of year, a similar attack occurred in the ecosystem of this part of the Salado River. At that time, no arguments that would convince citizens were provided, so that the neighbors were hoping that this time some kind of solution is provided.

A few days ago, the head of the Regional Development Agency of the City of Añatuya, Professor Hugo Lopez, seen by this alarming situation, said that "the issue is that Skip is not deriving the corresponding amount, the authorities are claiming it just but he told me that in a few days the water will come, because the are missing out, "said in press statements.

The major concern of persons residing in the vicinity of the river, are the diseases that occur in a situation of this kind. They must not only stand the smell that emerges from the dead fish and rotten water, but are exposed to various kinds of infections.

This problem was one of the topics most reported by the public during the day yesterday, so expect that this situation will change now, thinking mainly on the health of children and adolescents. - Nuevo Diario Web. [Translated]

AGE OF OBAMA: Precursors To The End Of Zionism And The Collapse Of The Failed White Supremacy Paradigm - Iran And P5+1 World Powers Agree To Landmark And Historic Nuclear Deal As President Obama Stands Up To And Delivers A Mortal Defeat To The Saudi-Israeli Warmongering Alliance!

November 24, 2013 - MIDDLE EAST - The Saudi-Israeli alliance hoped to sink a deal between Iran and world powers that limits but doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear program, so the deal’s signing in Geneva is both a defeat for that new alliance and a victory for President Obama and diplomacy, writes Robert Parry.

The interim agreement restraining Iran’s nuclear program represents a stern international rebuke to the new Saudi-Israeli alliance which sought to thwart the deal and maneuver the United States into another military confrontation in the Middle East.

Despite increasingly hysterical rhetoric from Saudi Arabia, Israel and their many media and political allies, the world’s leading powers – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – hammered out an agreement that increases chances for a peaceful settlement with Iran. Over the next six months, Iran and the so-called “p-5-plus-1” can now try to devise a permanent framework for ensuring that Iran keeps its word about not wanting a nuclear bomb.

Surely, Saudi Arabia and Israel will not abandon their efforts to torpedo a fuller agreement – and one can expect more sabotage by members of Congress, elements of the Western news media, and countries, such as France (a disgruntled p-5-plus-1 member), angling for lucrative business deals with Saudi Arabia.

Nevertheless, this interim arrangement with Iran – on the heels of a negotiated agreement on Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal (which headed off a threatened U.S. military strike last summer) – means that Saudi Arabia and Israel were blocked on two high-profile issues in which they favored a violent solution that would have dragged the U.S. military into another Mideast conflict. On both Syria and Iran, the Saudi-Israeli tandem was stopped by a big-power alliance headed by the United States and Russia, favoring diplomacy.

Thus, what we have seen over the past several months — though mostly missed by the mainstream U.S. news media — is a dramatic shift in the polarity of geopolitics, especially in the Middle East. The Saudi-Israeli alliance, with its combination of wealth and oil on the Saudi side and propaganda and lobbying on the Israeli side, has represented a new pole testing out its combined strength against the more traditional powers of Washington and Moscow.

(L to R) British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, US Secretary of State
John Kerry, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, EU foreign
policy chief Catherine Ashton and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attend a
plenary session on early November 24, 2013 in Geneva. (AFP Photo / Fabrice Coffrini)

European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (3rd L) delivers a statement during a ceremony next
to British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Iranian Foreign
Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,
Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (L-R) at
the United Nations in Geneva November 24, 2013 (Reuters / Denis Balibouse)

Since Saudi Arabia and Israel lack the “hard power,” i.e., the military might of the United States and Russia, the Saudi-Israeli alliance has sought to deploy its “soft power” of Saudi financial inducements and Israeli political and media manipulation. That has meant Saudi Arabia spreading petrodollars around to economically vulnerable countries like France — and to clients like the Egyptian military and Syrian rebels – while Israel puts talking points into the mouths of its many neocon puppets in Congress and the U.S. press corps.

Regarding Iran, the Saudi-Israeli strategy was to torpedo the interim deal by getting France to blast a hole in the negotiations in Geneva while influential neocons in Washington harassed President Barack Obama sufficiently to prevent him from saving the sinking ship. Then, the thinking went, he would have few options left other than to join Israel in a bombing campaign against Iran with the Sunni royals of Saudi Arabia cheering the battering of their Shiite rivals.

This Saudi-Israeli strategy was aided, apparently inadvertently, by the inept diplomacy of Secretary of State John Kerry, who – the fluent French speaker that he is – agreed to French demands for changes to the pending agreement two weeks ago, thus scuttling that deal with the Iranians.

WATCH: P5+1 & Iran agree landmark nuclear deal at Geneva talks.

 WATCH: Asia Times Correspondent Pepe Escobar - Spin war started in Geneva, but world needs to follow deal 

As the p-5-plus-1 negotiations with Iran took on water and foundered, the Saudis and the Israelis whipped up new waves of resistance from their buddies in Washington. There were congressional threats of new punitive sanctions against Iran and numerous op-eds accusing Obama of appeasement toward Iran.

But President Obama did not back down. He fended off any immediate congressional action on new sanctions and worked with Russian President Vladimir Putin to salvage the Iran deal. I’m also told that Obama personally ordered Kerry to – this time – steer the Iran deal home.

On one level, the interim agreement, signed early Sunday morning, only curtails Iran’s nuclear program for six months while further negotiations proceed, but the signing represents an historic achievement, the first time the United States and Iran have joined in a formal diplomatic pact since the Iranian revolution of 1979.

Yet, perhaps even more significant, the agreement is a message to the Saudis and Israelis that their desire to be the small-power tail wagging the big-power dog has its limits, that Obama and Putin can form their own alliance in favor of diplomatic solutions.

In facing down Israel’s hawkish Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Obama also has done something that few recent U.S. presidents have dared even attempt, to stand up to Israel and its imposing lobby. - Consortium News.

PLAGUES & PESTILENCES: World Health Organization Says That Humans And Animals Are Both Fueling MERS Spread - As Another Patient Dies Of MERS Infection In Saudi Arabia, Raising The Death Toll To 55 And Qatar Announces Fourth MERS Death!

November 24, 2013 - MIDDLE EAST - The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report today that the continuing outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases is probably being sustained, as some researchers have suggested, by a combination of human-to-human transmission and spillover from animals or other non-human sources—not one or the other.

In its latest summary and literature update, the WHO also agreed that many MERS-CoV cases are probably going undetected and warned that this poses a risk of further outbreaks in hospitals.

The agency's current MERS-CoV count is 157 confirmed and 19 probable cases, for a total of 176. With 69 deaths, the case-fatality ratio is 39.2%. Two cases recently reported in Spain remain in the "probable" category, pending completion of testing.

Most recent cases sporadic

Since the WHO's last summary on Sep 20, 27 new MERS-CoV cases have been reported, and three countries have had their first cases: Kuwait, Oman, and Spain. Eighteen of the 27 cases were sporadic, meaning the patients had no contact with other known cases, the WHO said. Another 7 case-patients reported contact with others, and information was lacking for the other 2 cases.

"This appearance of the virus in new countries and the steady increase in sporadic cases continues to raise concerns about possible expansion of virus in the as yet unknown reservoir," the WHO said. "It is clear that human-to-human transmission is occurring. However, the continuing of reports of sporadic cases from Middle Eastern countries suggests that cases continue to be infected from non-human source(s) as well."

The statement added that the two probable cases in Spain are the only ones reported in people who participated in this year's Hajj in Saudi Arabia. The cases involved two women who traveled together and have since recovered. In a statement today, Spain's health ministry said the follow-up period for monitoring the two women's contacts expired yesterday without detection of any more cases.

"The public health alert is now considered closed," the ministry statement said.

In other observations, the WHO said, "MERS-CoV surveillance is focused on severe disease in much of the Middle East and it is likely that many milder cases are undetected." This echoes the conclusion of a recent study in which researchers estimated, on the basis of cases related to travel to the Middle East, that at least 62% of symptomatic MERS cases have gone unnoticed.

Risk of hospital outbreaks

Undetected cases can spawn hospital outbreaks, the WHO warned. "The large number of transmissions that occur in hospitals raises concerns about transmission occurring in this setting when infection with MERS-CoV is not recognized either because cases are not tested or the tests are falsely negative," the agency said. It noted that upper respiratory samples can yield false-negative results and that lower respiratory specimens are more reliable.

The agency made several recommendations to help prevent hospital outbreaks of MERS-CoV. Among them is that countries in the affected region should consider testing community-acquired pneumonia patients even if they are not severely ill.

Possible animal sources

In developments related to the mystery of the virus's source, the agency said all four recent case-patients in Qatar had contact with farm animals. The first case involved a 61-year-old Qatari who owns a farm, and the second case was in a 23-year-old resident who worked on the farm.

The third and fourth cases involved a 48-year-old man and a 61-year-old man who had had no contact with other cases but had "frequent interactions with farm animals," the WHO said. It added that Qatar's Supreme Council of Health is investigating the animal exposures of all four patients.

Meanwhile, a Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) report today, citing Qatari health officials, said the 48-year-old MERS patient in Qatar died of his illness yesterday. This appears to contradict a machine-translated Nov 19 KUNA report, which said a 48-year-old patient in Qatar had recovered. The same Nov 19 KUNA story said a 61-year-old who was a foreign visitor in Qatar had died.

As for the possibility that camels are the source of the virus, the WHO today repeated the cautious view it expressed in a set of frequently asked questions earlier this week. It said the recent finding of the virus in a camel owned by a Saudi Arabian MERS patient is consistent with earlier findings of MERS-CoV–reactive antibodies in camels and is important information.

"However, this finding does not necessarily implicate camels directly in the chain of transmission to humans," the agency said. "The critical remaining question about this virus is the route by which humans are infected." It also noted that most of the patients in sporadic cases were not exposed to camels. - CIDRAP.

Another Patient Dies Of MERS Infection In Saudi Arabia, Raising The Death Toll To 55.
Men wearing surgical masks as a precautionary measure against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
coronavirus (MERS-CoV), speak at a hospital in Khobar city in Saudi Arabia (file photo).

Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry says another patient has died from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the kingdom.

In a statement released on Sunday, the ministry announced the death of a 30-year-old Saudi man from the MERS-CoV in the capital Riyadh.

The ministry added that the recent death has placed the total number of those died from the illness in Saudi Arabia at 55.

On November 18, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement that the number of confirmed infections throughout the globe stood at 157, of which 66 have died.

“Globally, from September 2012 to date, WHO has been informed of a total of 157 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with MERS-CoV, including 66 deaths,” the statement said.

MERS-CoV is a cousin of SARS. The virus first emerged in the Middle East, and was discovered on September 2012 in a Qatari man who had recently traveled to Saudi Arabia.

Similar cases have also been reported in Jordan, Qatar, Germany, France, Italy, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. Health officials say the virus is likely to have already spread between people in some circumstances.

On November 19, Qatar's Supreme Council of Health said in a statement that a 61-year-old man died after contracting MERS, adding that the man also suffered from underlying “chronic illnesses.”

The statement also said that another man, 48, was discharged from hospital following a three-week treatment for the coronavirus.

In early November, Spain’s Health Ministry said a woman was diagnosed with the MERS-CoV.

The ministry added that this was the first case of the MERS-CoV infection to have been reported in the European country.

The woman was infected with the deadly coronavirus after returning from a visit to Saudi Arabia, it said.

MERS-CoV is most closely related to a bat virus. Scientists are considering whether bats or other animals like goats or camels are a possible source of infection. - Press TV.

Qatar Announces Fourth MERS Death.
A Qatari drover is seen leading camels at the race track of al-Shahaniya during a neutralised 40 km (25 mile)
race of the Tour of Qatar in the Qatari capital Doha on February 5, 2009.A Qatari drover is seen leading
camels at the race track of al-Shahaniya during a neutralised 40 km (25 mile) race of the Tour of Qatar
in the Qatari capital Doha on February 5, 2009

An expatriate living in Qatar has died of MERS, bringing to four the number of deaths in the Gulf state from the coronavirus, health authorities said on Friday.

The 48-year-old had other pre-existing health problems, Qatar's Supreme Council of Health in a statement.

It was the second death reported in Qatar this week. On Tuesday the emirate reported the death of a 61-year-old expatriate.

Two other deaths were reported in early September.

In addition, a Qatari man died in a London hospital in late June after contracting the virus.

The World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that it has been notified of 155 laboratory-confirmed cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus worldwide so far, including 64 deaths, most of them in Qatar's larger neighbour Saudi Arabia.

Experts are struggling to understand the disease, for which there is no vaccine.

It is considered a deadlier but less-transmissible cousin of the SARS virus that erupted in Asia in 2003 and infected 8,273 people, nine percent of whom died.

Like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, MERS appears to cause a lung infection, with patients suffering from a temperature, coughing and breathing difficulties.

But it differs in that it also causes rapid kidney failure, and the extremely high death rate has caused serious concern.

In August, researchers pointed to Arabian camels as possible hosts of the virus.

And the Saudi government said on November 11 that a camel in the kingdom had tested positive for MERS, the first case of an animal infected with the coronavirus. - France 24.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Global Volcano Report For November 24, 2013 - Alert Raised To Highest Level As Mount Sinabung's Eruption Intensifies In Indonesia; Violent Eruption At Japan's Sakurajima Sends Ash Plumes To 15,000 Feet High; And Updates On Santiaguito, Pacaya, Fuego, Colima, And Popocatépetl! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

November 24, 2013 - WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of  Volcano Discovery.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The activity of the volcano continues to increase. More vulcanian-type explosions have occurred over the past days. Since yesterday evening alone, at least 8 explosions have been registered, the biggest one being probably one this morning that produced an ash plume rising to 25,000 ft (7.5 km) and drifting 60 nautical miles to the NW.

Vulcanian eruption column from Sinabung volcano this morning (@sitepu_yolanda)

The frequent eruptions have been causing severe ash fall in villages nearby where lapilli of up to 0.5-1 cm in size have fallen. In Medan city 50 km to the NE, ash fall caused disruptions of traffic as visibility was reduced to 20 meters.

The aviation color code (red) and alert status (4 out of 1-4) of the volcano are now on their highest levels. The exclusion zone was extended from 3 to 5 km, which implies that about 10,000 additional people should be evacuated.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): No significant changes in activity occurred. Explosions generate ash plumes as high as 900 m above the dome and effusive activity continues to produce small lava avalanches mainly from the NE flank of the dome. A felt earthquake occurred yesterday night at 00:32 local time.

Pacaya (Guatemala): INSIVUMEH reports ongoing, but relatively weak strombolian activity.

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): After a short phase of weaker activity, the volcano began to erupt more violently yesterday with a series of powerful explosions that sent ash plumes up to 15,000 ft (4,5 km).

Explosion from Sakurajima this morning (Tarumizu MBC webcam).

Near-constant ash emissions have been taking place from the Showa crater.

WATCH: Sakurajima volcano activity - November 24, 2013.

Fuego (Guatemala): Activity has returned to normal levels, with weak explosions (ash plumes of 500-600 m height drifting W and NW). The lava flow towards the Ceniza canyon remains weakly alimented and had a length of 200 m yesterday.

Colima (Western Mexico): Lava avalanches and flows continue to spill down the upper flanks.

Colima early on 23 Nov 2013 (Photo: Hermando Rivera, s. facebook link)

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The rate of emissions has dropped to less than 10 per day. Glow remains visible from the summit crater at night, indicating that magma continues to arrive (slowly).

A small volcanic-tectonic quake of magnitude 2.0 occurred yesterday morning (CENAPRED).

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for November 24, 2013.

- Volcano Discovery.

MASS BIRD/ANIMAL DIE-OFF: Tens Of Thousands Of Poultry And Cattle Washed Away And Killed From Flooding In Quang Ngai, Vietnam! [GRAPHIC PHOTOS]

November 24, 2013 - VIETNAM - Many people Nghia Hanh (Quang Ngai) cries out in bulk merciful when cows worth more than 20 million animals was big for the family were found washed away.

Ms. Duong Thi Duyen, communal meditation, the crying cow worth more
than 20 million drowned in flood waters.

Many cattle and poultry death is listed.

On the morning of 18/11, we returned to the flood-meditation, Action Action Tin Tin East and West, Nghia Hanh district (Quang Ngai). Just over the bridge of the Republic, is greeted us very much cattle, poultry death is listed.

After a data flood, the local people in the running for a time to work, it's not cleaning the house after the flood that is ... butchered cow, buffalo eaters eat rice instead.

Nghia Hanh district has more than 1,000 cattle, 4,700 more pigs, more than 67,700 chickens and ducks died in the flood last. Image farmers working in the fields all year round picks now holding a knife to slice meat blow on the cows being killed by floods, everyone was sad and a half and a half. They are racing against time to beef not bloated, rotten. Everywhere flies, fly vi vo incense.

Going into the villages along the river's edge, Cleaning, spectacle cows, pigs dying all over the place causing many people not from pity. By cows, buffaloes is almost the biggest asset of farmers, many families have to mortgage banking loan book buy red bull in the hopes of raising life changing but now that hope has been dashed when cows as "speculation business" did not exist.

Two of his cows Sang, Dong Hanh Tin, flood waters engulfing be dead in the house.

Pigs killed by floods data.

A cow died in the flood were butchered.

Too many dead cows should be sold dirt cheap though but his household, Hanh Tin Dong,
sat from noon to 16:11 pm still not sold out a cow leg.

Also lucky escape when their cows died in the flood. Mr. Tuan Thien Hanh, after a
searching have found the cow he was swept away by flood waters go over 2 km.

Along Provincial Road 624, many people die flood beef calves for sale but do not see people buy, whether sold for dirt cheap ...

Ms. Duong Thi Duyen, communal meditation, the crying cow worth more than 20 million drowned in flood waters. To have this cow, she had red book to borrow mortgage 20 million, buy cows for feeding all 16 million, 4 million remaining sisters shed. Only after a night stables were collapsing water flood water, the cow died. "Now I have nothing at all. Bank debt that must assign this house alone "- she cried Coast.

Tran Van Khanh commune in the side lonely cow worth more than 20 million is the largest asset in the data are killed by floods. Anh Khanh said sadly: "Intended to feed cows sold for large amounts of money for two children's school fees paid in Saigon after Tet, so that now no longer exists and cows. Upcoming taken not know what to give the school paid off."

Also falling into dead cow, but the cow was killed and two at a time, in Hanh Tin Sang Dong said: "I call bull buyers to the purchase price to help but no one came. Perhaps not spend much regret it, I hand-cut set of maps, selling to people, hopefully salvage a little of that over the next theme is lost. Done two cows, I have sawn through my mother's house a cow dead too. "

Many people had to eat beef instead of rice. Image farmers sobbed the "speculation business" makes her feeling so excited we could not ... - Tienphong. [Translated]