Friday, February 20, 2015

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Major Planetary Transformational Uptick - Four U.S. Cities Set ALL-TIME RECORD LOWS; Washington D.C. Has'nt Seen This SINCE 1885, OR EVER; FIVE-STOREY "Ice Volcano" Forms At New York Geyser; Great Lakes Sees Most Ice SINCE RECORDED TIME; AND ANOTHER BLAST NEXT WEEK!

"Our elders maintain the Sun doesn’t rise where it used to, we see longer daylight to hunt and the Sun is higher than it used to be and warms up quicker than before. The Earth has shifted, wobbled or tilted to the North."
- Inuit Elders

February 20, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Hundreds of daily record lows and at least three all-time record lows have been set as a frigid air mass with a connection to Siberia grips the central and eastern United States with dangerously cold conditions. Friday morning has brought the most widespread and intense cold of the winter to many areas, sending temperatures into the 30s below zero as far south as Kentucky.

WATCH: Another Blast Of Cold Air To End Weekend - In the Midwest, temperatures will get a bit closer to average Saturday, but watch out Sunday. 

Lynchburg, Virginia, plummeted to 11 below zero Friday morning, setting a new all-time record low for any day of the year. The previous record was 10 below zero on Jan. 21, 1985, and Feb. 5, 1996. Impressively, Lynchburg's temperature records go all the way back to 1893.

Flint, Michigan, tied its all-time record low of 25 below zero, originally set Jan. 18, 1976. Weather records in Flint began in 1921.

Earlier this week Erie, Pennsylvania, had tied its all-time record low when it reached 18 below zero Monday. That tied the record set Jan. 19, 1994. Not far away, Jamestown, New York, set an all-time record low of 31 below zero Tuesday, though its records only go back to 1960.

Coldest in At Least a Decade - The cities plotted on this map have recently recorded their lowest temperatures for any date in at least 10 years.

Current Temperatures

Current Wind Chills

At least 72 daily record lows have been set Friday morning from Connecticut to Florida to as far west as Indiana, including major cities such as New York, Baltimore, Washington, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Detroit and Cincinnati.

According to NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, 453 record lows were tied or broken Sunday through Wednesday. This figure includes not only major airport reporting stations, but also smaller cooperative observation sites in rural areas. This number is likely to skyrocket when data for Thursday and Friday are published.

More Friday Morning Records

All-time February record lows:
Cleveland has broken its all-time record low for the month of February, reaching 17 below zero. The previous February record was minus 16 on Feb. 10, 1899, in the nation's worst arctic outbreak in modern memory. It is also Cleveland's coldest day since Jan. 19, 1994, when the city set its all-time record of 20 below zero.

A Kentucky Mesonet site east of Richmond, Kentucky, reported a low of 32 below zero. According to the Kentucky Climate Center, this ties the all-time February record low for the state set in Princeton on Feb. 2, 1951. Kentucky's all-time record low for any month and day was 37 below zero in Shelbyville on Jan. 19, 1994.

Coldest so late in the season:
Norfolk, Virginia, reached 9 degrees. That city had never recorded a single-digit temperature this late in the season before; previously the latest single-digit low had been on Feb. 14 in 1899. Lexington, Kentucky, reached 18 below zero – also beating February 1899 for the coldest reading so late in the season.

Coldest since the 1990s:
Besides Cleveland (mentioned above), several other cities had their coldest temperatures since the 1990s:
- Philadelphia reached 2 degrees for its lowest reading since Jan. 19, 1994.
- Lexington, Kentucky, also had its coldest morning since that date.
- Huntington, West Virginia, reached 15 below zero for the first time since Jan. 19, 1994.
- Washington, D.C., hit 5 degrees for the first time since Feb. 5, 1996.
- Baltimore had its lowest temperature since Jan. 19, 1997, reaching 1 degree.

Coldest in at least a decade:
New York City fell to 2 degrees, marking its lowest temperature since Central Park hit 1 degree on Jan. 16, 2004. It's the Big Apple's second 10-year low in less than a week; Central Park hit 3 degrees on Feb. 16, outdoing the 4-degree low on Jan. 7, 2014.

Florida chill:
Florida was not exempt from the cold. Record lows for the date included Miami (42, tie); Fort Lauderdale (40, tie); West Palm Beach (38); Naples (36); Fort Myers (35); Tampa (34); Orlando (33, tie); and Jacksonville (24), among others.

Crestview, in the Panhandle, dipped to 19 degrees Friday morning.

Forecast: Frigid Air Will Retreat, But Won't Disappear

Friday highs
will be 10 to 25 degrees below average from Maine to Florida.

Friday's Forecast High Temperatures

Saturday: Below-average temperatures will continue in much of the Midwest and Northeast. Our forecast shows that more than a dozen locations in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic could threaten daily record lows on Saturday morning.
Potential record lows (current record in parentheses): Richmond, Virginia (13 degrees) | Baltimore (8 degrees) | Newark (1 degree)

Saturday Morning Lows/Saturday Highs - Lows for Saturday morning are displayed to the left in blue. Highs for Saturday are to the right in orange.

Recap: Records Already Broken

Wednesday Recap:
 Highs were up to 30 degrees below average in the Midwest, with highs mainly in the single digits and teens. In fact, the Twin Cities topped out at just 2 degrees Wednesday, or 28 degrees below average.

Parts of the Northeast and Southeast, including Florida, were 10 to 20 degrees below average. For example, Pensacola, Florida topped out at a brisk 53 Wednesday, 11 degrees below average, after a frosty morning low of 29.

According to the National Weather Service in Chicago
, the Windy City has not had a high temperature below 10 degrees this late in the winter since 1963. And on Wednesday, Chicago's high was only 8 degrees. The average high for Feb. 18 in Chicago is 36.

Thursday morning lows:
 Lows in the single digits were recorded as far south as northern Georgia and northern Alabama. Widespread subzero lows were reported as far south as Kentucky and Tennessee. Teens and 20s below zero were recorded in parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Michigan. A few spots in northern Minnesota were in the minus 30s and even the minus 40s. The coldest temperature reported was minus 43 degrees near Cotton, Minnesota.

Daily record lows were set in the following cities:
Chicago (minus 8 degrees), Louisville, Kentucky (minus 3 degrees), Paducah, Kentucky (minus 10 degrees), Lexington, Kentucky (minus 8 degrees), Bowling Green, Kentucky (minus 7 degrees), Greensboro, North Carolina (10 degrees), Nashville, Tennessee (5 degrees - tie), Cincinnati, Ohio (minus 6 degrees), Springfield, Missouri (minus 5 degrees), Asheville, North Carolina (3 degrees) and Lynchburg, Virginia (4 degrees).

For Bowling Green, Kentucky, and Paducah, Kentucky, Thursday morning was the coldest since Jan. 19, 1994 with lows of minus 7 degrees and minus 10 degrees, respectively. In Lexington, Kentucky, the low of minus 8 degrees was the coldest temperature there since Feb. 4, 1996.

Thursday highs:
Bitterly cold weather lasted all day across much of the eastern half of the country Thursday.

Highs in both Lexington, Kentucky, and Charleston, West Virginia, were 40 degrees below average based on preliminary data. Highs were at least 30 degrees below average from Chicago to Nashville to Atlanta to Pittsburgh. Atlanta's high only reached 28, the first time Georgia's capital has had a subfreezing high temperature this late in the season since March 2, 1980.

Siberian Connection

This tweet from winter weather expert Tom Niziol of The Weather Channel shows the origin of this frigid air mass. The red line traces the air mass back to Siberia in Russia. It then crossed over the North Pole on its way to Canada and into the United States. This is what meteorologists sometimes refer to as the "Siberian Express".

So where is record cold for Nashville and the Southeast coming from, check out Siberian Express!!  Twitter: Tom Niziol 

- Weather.

120-year-old record low broken in D.C., one of many today and in the past week

RTMA temperatures at 6 a.m. this morning, near daytime lows. (

We talk about record highs a lot
 in Washington, but the recently unfathomable was accomplished this morning. We broke a record low.

A temperature of 5 degrees was enough to smash a 120-year-old record for the date — a moment worthy of meteorological reflection.

When the city — often the warmest location in the region — is breaking record lows, you know it’s a cold one. Most of the area saw one of the most truly frigid nights in recent memory last night, made more amazing because of how late in the season it happened.

Key facts

  • Two out of three of our climate sites — National and Baltimore-Washington airports — broke record lows this morning. This comes after record low maximums at Dulles and BWI on Thursday, and other records earlier in the week.
  • Yesterday’s 21 degree maximum tied for the coldest high recorded at National Airport (since the 1940s) so late in the season.
  • In some ways, this late-season cold is nearly unprecedented. Four days with highs 22 or less in mid-February and beyond would break a record dating to the 1800s.
Records in this cold blast
The big one — partly because it’s so rare — is the D.C. (as measured at National Airport) record low of 5 degrees this morning. It bests the 8 degrees that was put on the books way back in 1896 on this date. It’s the first record low broken in the city since May 2002 (one was tied in April 2007), and the first winter record low since January 1994.

D.C.’s record low of 5 degrees also surpasses last winter’s coldest low of 6 degrees on Jan. 7. The last time D.C. officially reached 5 degrees or lower was in 1996. January 1994 was the last below-zero reading, when it hit -4 degrees.

As usual, D.C. was outdone by its climate-station partners at Dulles and Baltimore/BWI. Dulles’s low temperature of 1 degree just missed the old record low of -2 degrees in 1979. Following a stretch of no subzero readings at Dulles from 1997 through 2013, two were recorded there last year, and they made a valiant effort today.

BWI’s low temperature reading of 1 degree surpassed the old record of 4 degrees in 1979. The last time it was below zero there was 1996. Additionally, record low maximums were set yesterday at Dulles with a 15 degree high and BWI with an 18 degree high.

More record low maximums are likely today.

Cold February days

This series of cold snaps continues to rise in the ranks of impressive. As CWG’s Matt Rogers suggested earlier this month, February is easily on track to be remembered as very cold, and potentially also snowy when all is said and done.

The 21 degree high yesterday at National Airport tied for the coldest this late in the season or later.

Remarkably, that also means only eight days have had a colder high this late in the season in the entire record for D.C. The most recent occurrence of colder was in 1934! Same goes for this morning’s low.

The 15 degrees at Dulles yesterday is the coldest high recorded this late in the season since the airport opened in 1962. BWI’s 18 degree reading came in at second all-time this late or later, dating back to the 1870s.

It’s possible these numbers could be challenged again today, particularly at BWI. Intense stuff, but it gets even more anomalous.

In a post mid-week
, then again yesterday, we pointed out how unusual it was to get two days with such cold readings last Sunday and Monday. The gist: you need to go back decades to see it.

Then came round two. Yesterday’s high of 21 degrees in D.C. was just below the 22 degrees seen on the “warmest” of the super-cold days over Presidents Day weekend. Taking that 22 degree reading as a ceiling, we find this stretch is truly incredible.

Only 1885 has featured as many super-cold high temperatures as we’ve seen this year during mid-February through the end of the season. We’ve got another likely on the way today to put us over the top.

Looking at days 22 degree or colder highs for all of February through the end of winter, we’re set to fall behind just 1895 (five days with highs 22 or lower) and 1899 (six days with highs 22 or lower). The claim to fame of 1899 is that it featured the coldest weather D.C. has ever seen. It dropped a hard-to-believe all-time low of -15 on Feb. 11th.

Not quite that bad this go around, but we’ll remember it for a long time. - Washington Post.

'Ice volcano' forms at New York state park

The arctic conditions have turned a fountain at a state park in western New York into a five-story-tall "ice volcano."

The pressure-fed fountain is in a pond near the Glen Iris Inn at Letchworth State Park, which straddles the Wyoming-Livingston county line 40 miles south of Rochester. Days of subzero temperatures have formed a solid cone of ice several feet thick with water still spouting out of the top.

Letchworth State Park on @GMA: ‘This frozen geyser in #WNY is quite incredible!’ @NYstateparks [PHOTO/JoBeth Rath]  Twitter:  NY State Parks

Photo via John Kucko

Photo by Rich Robinson/Glen Iris Inn

Park officials tell local media that the formation dubbed an ice volcano is at least 50 feet high.

Winter is normally a quiet season for the park, known as the "Grand Canyon of the East" for its scenic gorges, but dozens of people are showing up daily to see the frozen wonder while it lasts. - MYFOXNY.

Great Lakes “likely to have the most ice since records began,” says meteorologist

(Satellite photo of Lake Michigan from Thursday. Courtesy: NOAA)

“Great Lakes ice is now running ahead of last year and ice will increase with more brutal cold coming,” says meteorologist Joe d’Aleo. “We are likely to have the most ice since records began.”

“By the end of February the entire country east of the Rockies will have averaged below normal,” says d’Aleo. “Boston will have either the coldest or second coldest month in their history. It is nearly 13F below normal in Cleveland and all points east for February. Boston has the second most snow for the season and is very likely to be the snowiest ever by the end of the winter. They blew away the all time monthly snow record by 18 inches and could end up with 6 feet if models are right in 1 month. Ice has clogged Delaware Bay and New York and Boston Harbors.”

“Ice is seen as far south as off the New Jersey Coast and will likely clog Boston and New York Harbor in the brutal cold of the next 10 days. Freezing spray warnings are in effect in the waters around NYC this morning.”

- Ice Age Now.

Record cold continues; next week could be colder

Cold weather records continue to fall across West Michigan and more brutal cold is on the way.

Friday morning’s low of -13 degrees in Grand Rapids tied the existing record low set in 1966. Hundreds of schools closed due to the extremely cold temperatures with wind chills colder than -20 degrees.

Thursday’s high of 7 degrees in Grand Rapids was a new record for the coldest high temperature for the date, and we’re already on pace for this to be one of the coldest February months ever.

We’ll briefly warm to the upper 20s on Saturday before plunging back into the deep freeze with more Arctic air next week.

WATCH: Bitter cold continues next week.

Lake Michigan is lagging behind the other four Great Lakes’ ice cover with 54% coverage. The Great Lakes’ total ice cover is 85% right now and expected to grow.

Another Arctic air mass is headed to West Michigan that could be just as cold or colder for the Great Lakes region next week.

Friday morning Storm Team 8 Meteorologist Matt Kirkwood tried a science experiment on the coldest morning of the season so far. He soaked an outfit in water and left it outside in the bitter cold for about an hour. Watch what happened next by clicking on the video player below or click here. - Wood TV.

PARADIGM SHIFT: BRICS Rising And Precursors To The End Of The Petrodollar And The Ultimate Collapse Of The White Supremacy Paradigm - Russia Ratifies $100 BILLION BRICS New Development Bank, And Dumps Most U.S. Paper Ever As China Reduces Treasurys Holdings To January 2013 Levels!

(L-R) Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, Chinese President Xi Jinping and South
African President Jacob Zuma join their hands at a group photo session during the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza July 15, 2014. (Reuters/Nacho Doce)

February 20, 2015 - RUSSIA
- The Russian State Duma has ratified the $100 billion BRICS bank that’ll serve as a pool of money for infrastructure projects in Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa, and challenge the dominance of the Western-led World Bank and the IMF.

The New Development Bank is expected to start fully functioning by the end of 2015, according to the Russian Finance Ministry.

Russia has agreed to provide $2 billion dollars from the federal budget for the bank over the next seven years.

It will have three-tiers of corporate governance, with a Board of Governors, Board of Directors and a President.

The bank’s board of directors will hold its first meeting in Ufa in Russia in April. Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov is likely to become the bank’s first Chairman of the Board of Governors, according to Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak talking on the Russia 24 TV channel.

The decision to establish the BRICS bank, along with a $100 billion reserve currency pool, was made in July 2014. Each of the five member countries is expected to allocate an equal share of the $50 billion startup capital that will be expanded to $100 billion.

The bank will be headquartered in Shanghai, India will serve as the first five-year rotating president, and the first Chairman of the Board of Directors will come from Brazil.

- RT.

Russia Dumps Most US Paper Ever As China Reduces Treasurys Holdings To January 2013 Levels

Back in December, Socgen spread a rumor that Russia has begun selling its gold. Subsequent IMF data showed that not only was this not correct, Russia in fact added to its gold holdings. But there was one thing it was selling: some $22 billion in US Treasurys, a record 20% of its total holdings, bringing its US paper inventory to just $86 billion in December - the lowest since June 2008.

It wasn't just Russia: the country that has ever more frequently been said to be in the same camp as Russia - and against the US - namely China, also sold another $6 billion in Treasurys in the last month of 2014, which would have made its US treasury holdings equal with those of Japan, if only Tokyo hadn't also sold over $10 billion in the same month.

And while we know that Russia used at least some of the proceeds to buy gold, the bigger question is: just what is China buying with all these stealthy USD-denominated liquidations, and how much gold does the PBOC really have as of this moment.

Edgar Cayce: 'Russia - The Hope Of The World'

The readings of America's greatest psychic remain an extraordinary body of data which often stagger the reader with its prescience and projections of future events.  Many years ago, during the cold war, I remember reading about how Cayce claimed - while in one of his self-induced trance sessions - some remarkable things about Russia.

Today, much of the world views Russia and the brilliant leadership of Vladimir Putin as the only hope of stopping the malignant and deadly spread of world zionism.  The signing of the new Russian-Iranian strategic gas and oil agreement on Sunday, July 13, further seems to underscore that any attack on Iran may bring Russia directly and immediately into the conflict on the side of peace and the preservation of a free and independent Middle East and - some would argue by extension - the world.

The following two excerpts from Edgar Cayce readings are quite extraordinary by any measure.


In this first short example, Cayce - in the 1930s - indicated the 'sins' of the key nations:

America - has forgotten "in God we trust"
England - conceit
France - lust
China - isolationism
India - internalization of knowledge
Italy - dissensions

He said "Russia will become beacons of hope for the world."  The statement about the 'conceit' (of the Zionist London Banksters?) in England is extraordinary.  Just look at the Zionist conquest of Europe under the EU.  The comment about America having forgotten "in God we Trust" is beyond eerily accurate.  Remember, these statements were made in the 1930s


In this, more detailed account of his prowess, Cayce makes a number of nearly breathtaking projections -

Cayce predicted the beginning and end of both the First and Second World Wars, and the lifting of the Depression in 1933. In the 1920s, he first warned of coming racial strife in the United States, and in 1939 he predicted the deaths of two presidents in office;

"Ye are to have turmoils -- ye are to have strife between capital and labor. Ye are to have a division in thy own land, before ye have the second of the Presidents that next will not live through his office... a mob rule!"

President Franklin D. Roosevelt died in office in April 1945. In November 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, when racial tensions in the United States were at their height.

"Unless there is more give and take and consideration for those who produce, with better division of the excess profits from labor, there must be greater turmoil in the land."

In October 1935, Cayce spoke of the coming war in Europe. The Austrians and Germans, he said, and later the Japanese, would take sides.

"Thus, an unseen force, gradually growing, must result in an almost direct opposition to the Nazi, or Aryan theme. This will gradually produce a growth of animosities. And unless there is interference by what many call supernatural forces and influences -- which are active in the affairs of nations and peoples -- the whole world as it were... will be set on fire by militaristic groups and people who are for power expansion."

(This 'unseen force' is clearly the Zionist banking cartel and its forcing the US into WWII against Germany via the chicanery of FDR and the London and Wall Street Zionist banksters.  Few remember that the Bolshevik Communist Zionist Jews were within a few weeks of a massive invasion of Germany and all of Europe when Hitler beat them to the punch with Operation Barbarosa, hoping to destroy Communism/Bolshevism once and for all.)

Through Russia, Cayce said "comes the hope of the world. Not in respect to what is sometimes termed Communism or Bolshevism -- no! But freedom -- freedom! That each man will live for his fellow man. The principle has been born there. It will take years for it to be crystallized; yet out of Russia comes again the hope of the world."

Cayce also predicted the possibility of a THIRD World War. He spoke of strifes arising..."in Libya, and in Egypt, in Ankara, and in Syria; through the straits around those areas above the Persian Gulf."

Later on, when asked in June 1943 whether it would be feasible to work towards an equitable international world currency or a stabilization of international exchange levels when the war (WW II) had ended, Cayce replied that it would be a long, long time before this would happen. Indeed, he said, "there may be another war (WW III) over just such conditions."


It does not get much more clear than that.  The final paragraph from 1943 points to the world financial criminal cartel, doubtless the City of London banking and financial controllers, preventing the true and equitable stabilization of world economics after WWII ended.  Today's 'exchange levels' are being set by the world's 'currency' masters - the oil and energy and banking cartels - and the control and manipulation of it all by this now not so 'unseen' force.

Cayce was peerless in his visions, and it appears that Mr. Putin and Russia are standing in the breach in terms of preventing, for the moment, the 'unseen force' (world Zionism) from taking total control of the West.

Russia is the only obstacle ('the hope of the world') to that, and the Bush/Cheney/Zionist cabal is unarguably attempting to force Russia into a war with the phony Bush protect-Europe-from-Iran 'missile shield' in Eastern Europe deployment efforts.  Russia is now saying it will respond 'militarily' to such a deployment.

We are at the edge, seemingly very much along the lines 'seen' by Cayce over 60 years ago in the final year of his life.  - Jeff Rense.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Ultralight Plane Crash In Puerto Rico - 1 Dead, 1 Injured!

February 20, 2015 - PUERTO RICO
- Authorities in Puerto Rico say one person has died and another was injured when their ultralight plane crashed off the island's western coast.

Police said Friday that co-pilot Ricardo Torres from Mayaguez died shortly after the aircraft went down in the water just offshore from the popular tourist town of Rincon.

They said pilot Antonio Zapata helped Torres reach the shore but that the 35-year-old man died shortly after.

WATCH: Small plane crash in Puerto Rico.

The accident happened on Wednesday. Officials said the men had taken off from a small airport in Mayaguez.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. - Yahoo.

INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Two Trains Collide Near Zurich, Switzerland - At Least 5 People Injured!

Rescue workers inspect the site of a train crash at the train station of Rafz, northern Switzerland, on February 20, 2015. (AFP Photo/Michael Buholzer)

February 20, 2015 - SWITZERLAND
- Two Swiss passenger trains have collided near Rafz Station north of Zurich in an accident early morning, injuring at least 5 people, one seriously, according to police.

Previously a member of the emergency services was cited as saying the figure of injured stood at 49.

A witness riding in one of the trains described how the S-Bahn Schaffhausen derailed in Rafz Station, saying that “probably the engineer has overlooked a red light.” But then, “from behind came the fast train from Zurich to Schaffhausen,” ramming the first train and shifting it sideways.

A total of five cars were reportedly derailed.

There was smoke in the front area of the S-bahn, witness January Sieber, 18, told local media. “The trains looked pretty badly damaged,” he said, while another witness reported how one of the trains stood still on the bridge.

Both drivers then asked the passengers to disembark, as “ambulances from across the region were mobilized” to treat the injured, according to an employee speaking anonymously.

WATCH: Train collision in Zurich.

Rafz Station was being secured and roads were blocked as numerous police and emergency vehicles arrived at the scene. - RT.

ICE AGE NOW: Monster Snowfall In Prince Edward Island, Canada - Cars And Streets COMPLETELY BURIED!

OMGosh!!!! - this is Summerside PEI this morning!! photo from CBC New Brunswick . Twitter: Kathryn Reed-Garrett

- Snow always makes driving more difficult, but in Prince Edward Island, so much of it has fallen many people can't even find their cars.

A winter storm has dropped almost a metre of snow in the past few days, and it's often hard to see where the road ends and the ditch begins. On some rural roads, snowbanks are piled three times higher than the people standing next to them.

You just know there is an awesome school with terrific liberal arts programs buried under all that snow in #PEI.  Twitter: R. A. Whipple

Toronto it could be worst RT @Waggable1 10.5 hours on the snowblower to get to my car! #pei #snow. Twitter:  Frankie Flowers

“Full photo of a friend's granddaughter standing on road just outside #kensington #pei #blizzard2015”  Twitter:  Susan Gorham

This is a highway on #PEI. Absurd amount of snow.
RT @RCMPPEITraffic: Snow crews have made it to Route 20 ParkCorner. 
Twitter:  Ben Wright

This is a highway on #PEI. Absurd amount of snow.
RT @RCMPPEITraffic: Snow crews have made it to Route 20 ParkCorner. 
Twitter:  Ben Wright

This buried car is typical of what I'm seeing today in rural #PEI . Snow is wind-blown and hard packed.  Twitter:  Brian Higgins

Thats a car at the end of a long snow tunnel! MT @globalalexh
Here's the photo fr #PEI were were just talking about
Twitter:  Energy1035 90s & NOW

Inside my car. Not on the hood #snow #pei   Twitter: Chris*

Before the plows came! So much snow in #Charlottetown #PEI!!! #snow #instawinter #canada #frozen by kidsequipped  
Twitter: Insta Tag Canada

Massive snow drifts all across PEI.   Twitter: Bill Jameson

Buried! #PEI. #gentleisland #princeedwardisland.   Twitter: rcdrost

Snow canyon. Horne Cross Road #PEI is about two metres underneath this snowdrift. Yes, it's open to traffic.  Twitter: Brian Higgins

That's a lot of snow. RT @pei_stormchaser: Very common sight on rural roads across PEI. Roads down to one lane.  Twitter: PrimeChoiceAutoParts

The Journal Pioneer
reported that some residents dug an eight-metre-long tunnel to try to find their car under white stuff piled two storeys high. The island itself is nearly invisible when viewed from space, as satellite images show.

  - The Globe and Mail.

EXTREME WEATHER: TWO Powerful Cyclones Pound Australia - Leaving A Trail Of Widespread Destruction; Houses Ripped Apart, Trees Uprooted And Electricity Cut To Thousands; "Lot Of Structural Damage"!

12:30 UTC on Thursday 19 February 2015. Cloud/surface composite view showing areas of cloud with embedded thunderstorms across the far north of the
continent, largely associated with severe tropical Cyclone Lam near Arnhem Land, Northern Territory and with a thunderstorm complex near the north
Kimberley, WA. Intense convective activity can also be seen near severe tropical Cyclone Marcia near the Queensland coast, with the eye of the
cyclone distinctly evident. (Infrared image courtesy of the Japan Meteorological Agency/Blue Marble surface image courtesy of
NASA/Bureau of Meteorology/Australian Government)

February 20, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- Two powerful cyclones pounded Australia Friday, leaving a trail of destruction with houses ripped apart, trees uprooted and electricity cut to thousands of people, but authorities expressed relief there were no fatalities.

Tropical Cyclone Marcia, a top-rating category five storm, slammed into the Queensland coast just after 2200 GMT Thursday with its landfall coming just hours after Cyclone Lam hit further north.

The category four Lam caused extensive damage to remote Aboriginal communities near Elcho Island, some 500 kilometres (310 miles) east of the Northern Territory capital Darwin, including Milingimbi, Ramingining, and Gapuwiyak.

Meanwhile, howling winds and torrential rain had residents hunkering down to wait out the terrifying conditions whipped up by Marcia which landed near Shoalwater Bay, a town of 16,000 people some 670 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said while there had been "a lot of structural damage" in the towns of Yeppoon and Rockhampton as the storm passed through, "thankfully to date there is no loss of life".

"The good news is that the cyclone has now been classified, downgraded to a category two," she said.

An assessment of the damage around the two towns would be carried out by helicopters on Saturday, Palaszczuk said, with two Australian military aircraft assisting, weather permitting.

Queensland's state emergency service said that so far they had only received reports of "some minor injuries", but that no one was known to be seriously hurt or missing.

Rockhampton mayor Margaret Strelow said there were 268 reports of structural damage and localised flooding with "many people without power".

Palaszczuk added that fears a separate weather system inundating the state's southeast with heavy rain could became as severe as the 2011 floods -- when the east coast city of Brisbane was brought to a standstill for several days -- had now eased.

Officials originally forecast Yeppoon to bear the brunt of the storm's eye but Palaszczuk said it only "grazed" the town en route south towards the much bigger Rockhampton, home to some 80,000 people.

Surfers head out Snapper Rocks as Cyclone Maria approaches the coast of Queensland on February 19, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia. Cyclone Maria is a
category 4 storm expected to hit central Queensland between Mackay and Gladstone early Friday morning. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Waves crash into a breakwall after Tropical Cyclone Marcia made landfall in the coastal town of Yeppoon in north Queensland on February 20, 2015
(AFP Photo/Shelly Allsop)

Strong winds and waves hit the coastal town of Yeppoon in north Queensland on February 20, 2015 after Tropical Cyclone Marcia made landfall
(AFP Photo/Shelly Allsop)

Despite that, there was extensive damage to property in Yeppoon with roofs torn off and some homes virtually destroyed, and more than 30,000 people left without power in the region.

"I don't care about the house whatsoever -- our family's here so we can start again," Simone O'Leary told reporters from an evacuation centre in the town.

"We're all safe and that's all that matters."

Images posted to national broadcaster ABC's website showed what appeared to be the remains of small homes which had crumbled into the ocean as big seas eroded the beach on Great Keppel Island, off Yeppoon.

"Three houses have gone into the ocean,"
island resident Margaret Gearin told the ABC.

- Massive seas -

Roiling seas, a deluge of rain, and gusts of up to 295 kilometres per hour (182 miles per hour) were experienced along the central Queensland coast with a storm surge predicted to raise sea levels three metres (10 feet) higher than normal.

The storm was weakening as it headed south but still packing a powerful punch with the impact being felt over a wide area, officials said late Friday.

The first cyclone, Lam, has also since been downgraded to a tropical low, with very heavy rain expected to cause flooding.

"Initial indications are that there has been substantial damage, initial reports are the airstrip is still intact but covered with debris," regional police commander Bruce Porter said of the Elcho Island community, which was without power and water.

"There are downed power lines. There are a number of trees down and many roads are impassable and we do have a number of buildings and houses that have been severely damaged."

Residents as far away as Brisbane sandbagged their homes and cleared properties of objects that could be whipped away by the wind, while Australia's Channel Nine network showed images of a shark washed ashore by the waves.

Dozens of schools were closed and businesses shuttered as a series of domestic flights were cancelled.

Queensland has been smashed by several major storms and cyclones over the past few years with Cyclone Oswald, also a category five, flooding parts of the state in 2013, racking up insurance claims of some Aus$977 million (US$765 million). - Yahoo.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Very Strong 6.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northeast Of Miyako, Japan - No Tsunami Warnings! [MAPS + TECTONIC SUMMARY]

USGS earthquake location.

February 20, 2015 - JAPAN
- A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.3 hit off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

USGS shakemap intensity.

The agency said that some change in tidal levels was possible but that no damage was expected.

Earlier this week, a 6.8 magnitude quake struck off the northeast coast, triggering a tsunami advisory and evacuation warnings in coastal towns. - Reuters.

Tectonic Summary - Seismotectonics of Japan and Vicinity

Japan and the surrounding islands straddle four major tectonic plates: Pacific plate; North America plate; Eurasia plate; and Philippine Sea plate. The Pacific plate is subducted into the mantle, beneath Hokkaido and northern Honshu, along the eastern margin of the Okhotsk microplate, a proposed subdivision of the North America plate. Farther south, the Pacific plate is subducted beneath volcanic islands along the eastern margin of the Philippine Sea plate. This 2,200 km-long zone of subduction of the Pacific plate is responsible for the creation of the deep offshore Ogasawara and Japan trenches as well as parallel chains of islands and volcanoes, typical of Circumpacific island arcs. Similarly, the Philippine Sea plate is itself subducting under the Eurasia plate along a zone, extending from Taiwan to southern Honshu that comprises the Ryukyu Islands and the Nansei-Shoto trench.

USGS plate tectonics for the region.

Subduction zones at the Japanese island arcs are geologically complex and produce numerous earthquakes from multiple sources. Deformation of the overriding plates generates shallow crustal earthquakes, whereas slip at the interface of the plates generates interplate earthquakes that extend from near the base of the trench to depths of 40 to 60 km. At greater depths, Japanese arc earthquakes occur within the subducting Pacific and Philippine Sea plates and can reach depths of nearly 700 km. Since 1900, three great earthquakes occurred off Japan and three north of Hokkaido. They are the M8.4 1933 Sanriku-oki earthquake, the M8.3 2003 Tokachi-oki earthquake, the M9.0 2011 Tohoku earthquake, the M8.4 1958 Etorofu earthquake, the M8.5 1963 Kuril earthquake, and the M8.3 1994 Shikotan earthquake.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics


DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

February 20, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

100,000 birds dead, more culled in latest outbreak of avian flu in Taiwan, China

New outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8 and H5N2 variants) have been reported to the OIE this week. All but one of the outbreaks was in domestic poultry (mostly geese but also chickens and turkeys). A total of almost 295,000 birds were affected, including 100,000 deaths.

The Taiwanese animal health authority has sent two new reports covering new outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

There were five new outbreaks of H5N8 avian influenza on poultry farms between 6 and 12 February following abnormal mortalities in Yunlin and Chiayi counties and Tainan City.
One of the farms had turkeys, while the other outbreaks were in geese. In total, 24,790 birds were involved; 4,676 birds died and 20,114 have been culled.

Thirty further outbreaks have been confirmed with the H5N2 variant of the virus as the cause. The outbreaks started between 19 January and 12 February.

One of the outbreaks was in a wild bird, found dead in Taitung City in the south-east of Taiwan. The affected bird was a black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax; Ardeidae).

Abnormal mortalities were also observed on 29 poultry farms - mostly geese but also some chickens and native chickens - in the counties of Changhua, Yunlin, Chiayi and Pingtung as well as Tainan City.

A total of 269,894 birds were affected, of which 95,908 died and 168,686 have been or will be culled.
In all cases, the farms have been put under movement restrictions. Thorough cleaning and disinfection will be conducted after the stamping-out operation. Surrounding poultry farms within a three-kilometre radius of infected farms will remain under intensified surveillance for three months. - The Poultry Site.

Boar kills woman in Kerala, India

Wild boar.

A woman has died after being attacked by a boar at Kubdaje near Badiadka.

The deceased person is Ayesha (55), wife of late Abdul Rahiman.

As per reports, at around 7.30 am on Tuesday, February 13, Ayesha was attacked by a boar when she ventured out from her house. When she reached the front side of the house, the boar jumped into her. Mohammed, her son managed to chase the boar.

Ayesha was given first aid in the Badiyadka hospital and was immediately rushed to a hospital in Mangaluru. But she breathed her last on the way due to grave injuries inflicted on her.

The boar which went to a nearby shed later belonging to Prakash also attacked a buffalo there. The baffalo sustained deep injuries on its shoulder. When villagers came to the shed, the boar ran into the nearesr forest.

Wild boar presence in the locality has created problems for the villagers who cannot move out freely these days. - Daiji World.

Dozens of swans found dead and more dying on Snoqualmie River in Washington, United States

(Photo: KING)

What started as a few reports of dead trumpeter swans in the Snoqualmie Valley has turned into much more. Dozens of birds are dead and many more are terminally ill in an area near Carnation along the Snoqualmie River.

Experts believe it to be a massive case of lead poisoning.

A lone trumpeter swan appears perfectly fine as it floats in a Snoqualmie River side channel, but it's in serious trouble.

"The only good news is, it's not raining," said Martha Jordan, coordinator with Washington Swan Stewards.

Jordan is going after that swan like she has dozens more just like it since a lead poisoning die off began late last month.

"Probably it's close to 50 down here," she said.

Nothing is easy when it comes to collecting dead and dying swans. Today Jordan is using her specially trained dog to herd a sick swan close enough for her to net it.

The swan has enough strength to fly away, but its days are numbered.

"Even if we caught it today, it will not be surviving. It's just not something you can rehabilitate," said Jordan.

Jordan cannot un-poison the birds, which have apparently eaten small, lead shotgun pellets. She can only keep searching for them in hopes of capturing them and humanely putting them down.

Her next chance to do that is at a nearby golf course where she spotted a sick swan during an aerial survey yesterday.

This one requires extra equipment.

"The hope is they can seal off its escape in one direction, get the boat in the water and actually capture it," said Jordan.

It is not to be. The swan musters enough strength for a low aerial escape.

"That bird is essentially a flying mortality," she said.

Each death, each escape by a dying bird takes an emotional toll on Jordan and her team. But there is no time to reflect on it.

Even though lead shot was outlawed for hunting water fowl years ago, many more Trumpeters swans are finding it and dying from it in the Snoqualmie Valley.Jordan believes the lead was probably washed down to the river corridor by floodwaters from upland areas where lead shot is still legal. - King5.

Striped sparrow resident in Mexico turns up 700 miles from home for the first time in the US

The striped sparrow has been seen mixed in with a variety of other small birds feeding on crushed
pecans and other food resources, with plenty of water nearby from a Williamson County creek. 
© Austin American-Stateman
Richard Kostecke stood on the side of a Williamson County road for more than two hours peering on and off through a telescope. Then he quietly said, "I've got it."

Right in the middle of his lens was a bird never before seen in the wild in the United States.

The striped sparrow, recognizable by a black mask-like stripe on its head, was perched on a shrub 200 feet away on a sunny February afternoon. It was 700 miles away from its home in the western mountain ranges of Mexico, said Kostecke, the associate director of conservation for the Nature Conservancy in Texas.

It was the second sighting of the bird for Kostecke. He was the first person to see it on Jan. 11 on County Road 428, east of its intersection with County Road 361 near Granger Lake. Since then, more than 100 people from across the country have traveled to the area to glimpse it.

But in order to make its first appearance in the United States official, the sighting has to be accepted by a bird society in Texas.

That's a problem, Kostecke said. It has to be proven that the bird migrated here without any human help for the Texas Bird Records Committee, which is part of the Texas Ornithological Society, to record it.

The striped sparrow is sedentary and doesn't migrate, said Kostecke. No one really knows how it got to County Road 428, said Keith Arnold, a member of the bird records committee.

Some people think the bird was brought in a cage by boat or released from a bird market on the Mexican border, Arnold said.

But the striped sparrow, which is relatively plain-looking and not known for its singing abilities, is not the type of bird people would cage, Arnold said. "The idea that it was a bird in cage and someone helped it to get here is just as unlikely as it flying here," Arnold said.

The committee receives reports of about 70 to 80 rare bird sightings a year in Texas, said Eric Carpenter, another committee member.

The striped sparrow seen in Williamson County likes to hang out with some local sparrows and blackbirds, all munching on pecans that have fallen from trees and been crushed by passing cars, Kostecke said. The section of County Road 428 where the birds gather is bordered by the San Gabriel River on one side and tall grassland pasture on the other.

The owner of the land on both sides of the road, an organic farmer and rancher named Betsy Ross, said she doesn't use pesticides on her land in order to attract all types of animals.

She said she's met people from Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Louisiana who have come to see the striped sparrow.

It's hard to say how long the bird will be staying in the same area, Kostecke said. It could be hanging out for several months or it could disappear any day, he said.

"I think it's safe to say that it's the most photographed sparrow in the U.S. right now," Kostecke said. - Statesman.

Eight-year-old boy attacked by pack of dogs in Baheri, India

Feral dogs in India.

After a brief lull, another child has been attacked by a pack of stray dogs while he was on his way home from a rice mill in Rurki village of Baheri district on Tuesday evening.

According to reports, the pack mauled the eight-year-old boy and dragged him towards a sugarcane field. However, a few passersby heard his cries for help and rushed to his aid. The mill workers, armed with bamboo sticks, hit the dogs and shooed them away.

The minor sustained serious injuries on his neck, head, legs and arms. He was admitted to a community health centre (CHC) in Baheri but was later referred to district hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment.

Starting from January 15, pack of stray dogs have killed four children and seriously injured more than ten to date.

While the forest department and the district administration have joined hands to tackle the issue, no results have been seen yet. The forest officials are claiming that they have caught nearly 50 dogs from Baheri and released them in the nearby forest. Whereas, the district administration is maintaining that they are educating the villagers on how to deal with the dogs.

"Our forest teams have not been able to identify the pack of dogs which is attacking the children. Whenever we get information from locals about an attack, our team takes around half-an-hour to reach the spot and by that time, the dogs manage to flee," said Shubash Chandra, sub-divisional forest officer (SDO), Bareilly.

Chandra added that villagers have been told to take matters in their own hands and kill dogs when they attack. "Instead of depending on us to take action against the stray dogs, villagers should immediately kill them whenever they find the dogs attacking children. On February 3, when a pack of dogs attacked group of school children of Chaknarkunda village, locals armed with guns rushed to the spot and killed six out of the 12 dogs with bullets while remaining ones managed to escape," he said.

SDM Baheri, Rameshwarnath Tiwari said that the district authorities are making locals aware that they should remain alert. "We are advising them to move in groups," said Tiwari. ADM, administration, Arun Kumar said they will continue the campaign of catching dogs until the attacks on children are completely stopped.

After the number of dog attacks went up, the district administration had formed joint teams of forest department, nagar palika and zila panchayat to catch the dogs and sterilize them, however, the menace still continues in villages of Baheri. - The Times of India.

417,041 birds killed due to avian flu throughout Nigeria

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Mr. Akinwumi Adesina has stated that 299.883 birds out of 417,041 killed nationwide as a result of the recent outbreak of the avian influenza are from Kano State's affected farms.

The minister made this known when he led the ministry's delegation to Kano State Governor, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, over the bird flu outbreak.

He added that out of the total number of 104 farms affected nationwide, Kano State has 58 affected farms which constitutes about 56% of the affected poultry farms in the country.

Adesina also stated that in the Federal Government's attempt to address the situation, it has approved the payment of N140 million as compensation to farmers affected by the outbreak in the 16 affected states of the country, adding that Kano State has the highest share of the approved amount with N100 million allocated to it out of the total amount approved by the government.

The minister further stated that the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and agric ministries in the affected states have been working hand-in-hand to see that the spread of the virus is curtailed through taking various preventive measures. According to him, with the avian influenza outbreak on January 8, 2015, there is need for the state governments to improve on the provision of logistic and that of personal protective gadgets to speed up quarantine and other curtailing measures.Governor Kwankwaso in his address reaffirmed his administration's commitment to the agricultural sector and assured the minister of the state's cooperation in tackling the menace.  - All Africa.