Monday, March 16, 2015

FIRE IN THE SKY: Fireballs Seen Over Europe - Bright Meteorite Falls In Central Bulgaria And Fall Meteor Seen Over Cumbria, England!

March 16, 2015 - EUROPE - Here are two stories of fireballs seen over England and Bulgaria on the 16th of March, 2015.

Bright Meteorite Falls in Central Bulgaria

A meteorite has landed in the Sredna Gora mountain near the town of Sopot, in Central Bulgaria.

Locals reported seeing bright lights just before 19:00 EET (17:00 GMT) followed by rumbles and smoke, according to Novinite's Bulgarian-language website.

Some witnesses claim the fireball looked "the size of a washing machine" while making its way downwards.

But Sopot Mayor Veselin Lichev told private national channel TV7 that "it was a small piece of a rock... It fell somewhere in Sredna Gora and we will not be able to find it."

Lichev ruled out that it could set anything ablaze, since there have been no reports of a fire in the past 15 hours. - Novinite.

Falling meteor in Cumbria

Meteorite Tyrol March 2015

A major search was launched after distress flares, which turned out to be a meteor, were reported in Cumbria.

Concerned members of the public reported someone in trouble at about 9.20pm last night.

Maryport Coastguard Rescue Team was dispatched to the area, between Workington and the Isle of Whithorn, where members took up various observation points while Workington lifeboat was dispatched to carry out a search.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "After a thorough search of the area and enquiries made - as well as receiving more reports from other parts of the country reporting lights in the sky - it was decided that the sighting was probably a meteor."

The team and lifeboat were stood down and, as the coastguard was leaving the area, the team was flagged down by a security guard from one of the local factories reporting a bright object moving across the sky.

- News & Star.

WEATHER PHENOMENON: Rarely Seen Disc-Shaped Clouds Sighted Over Cheshire, United Kingdom!

March 16, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM - Swirling through the air in mesmerising saucer-like shapes, these exceptionally rare lenticular clouds are the most common explanation for UFO sightings. The remarkable-looking disc shapes were spotted by amateur photographer Glenn Spencer, 42, in the sky above Chester in Cheshire.

The formations, also known as wave clouds, were scattered over miles, producing a stunning spectacle. Rarely seen in the UK, lenticular clouds are formed when a tall geographic feature, such as the the top of a mountain, obstructs a strong wind.

Rare spectacle: These lenticular clouds, also known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, are hardly ever seen in British skies

Stunning: They form when wind blows over high ground and then undulates down in a stream of waves creating a rippled effect as the air cools

Pilots of powered aircraft tend to avoid flying near lenticular clouds because of the turbulence of the rotor systems that accompany them

The interruption in airflow creates a wind wave pattern in the atmosphere on one side of the mountain and at the top of these waves, moisture in the air condenses and forms a cloud. As air moves down into the trough of these waves the water evaporates again, leaving behind clouds in a characteristic lenticular shape.

Mr Spencer noticed them while driving to the shops and was so amazed that he stopped the car to retrieve his camera from the boot. He said: 'I tried to follow them to higher ground to get a good view. They were just so mesmerising and I thought they looked amazing. It is easy to see why people mistake them for UFOs. They are brilliant. I've never seen anything like it.'  - Daily Mail.

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Extreme Water Crisis - Only ONE YEAR Of Water Left In California; NASA Scientist Suggests Rationing!

© Reuters / Lucy Nicholson

- NASA's top water scientist says California only has about one year's worth of water left in storage, and its groundwater - often used as a backup for reservoirs and other reserves - is rapidly depleting. He suggests immediately rationing water.

California just had the driest January since record-keeping began in 1895, with groundwater and snowpack levels at all-time lows, NASA scientist Jay Familglietti wrote in a column for the Los Angeles Times. He said the state has been running out of water since before the current years-long drought and storage levels have been falling since at least 2002, according to NASA satellite data.

"California has no contingency plan for a persistent drought like this one (let alone a 20-plus-year mega-drought), except, apparently, staying in emergency mode and praying for rain," said Familglietti. "In short, we have no paddle to navigate this crisis."

California's Evolving Drought. NASA

A team of NASA scientists, using the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites, discovered that the state's Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins were 11 trillion gallons (41.6 trillion liters) below normal seasonal levels. The researchers say that water levels have steadily dropped since the launch of GRACE in 2002.

Californians use an average of 181 gallons of water each day and a total of around 2.5 trillion gallons a year, according to data from the USGS website.

Familglietti called for an immediate and dramatic rationing of water, including for domestic, municipal, agricultural and industrial uses. A recent Field Poll shows that 94 percent of Californians surveyed believe the drought is serious, and one-third support mandatory rationing.

Satellite and Airborne Observatory Data Provide Sobering Look at California Drought. NASA.

Other solutions to rationing are desalination plants. San Diego is building the largest ocean desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere. The $1 billion project will deliver 50 million gallons of drinking water a day and is scheduled to open in 2016, while 15 other plants are planned along the coastline from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Basin.

But there are a few drawbacks: the San Diego plant requires more electricity to produce than any other water source, and in order to get 50 million gallons of drinking water it has to process 100 million gallons of seawater, which once returned to the ocean as discharge water has double the saline level.

"This plant can't come online fast enough," Bob Yamada, water resources manager at the San Diego County Water Authority, told the Sacramento Bee. The Authority serves 3.1 million people and is buying all of the plant's freshwater production.

"It's drought-proof. That's one of the most important attributes. It will be the most reliable water source we have," he added.

Desalination has been adopted by other nations with fewer natural freshwater supplies - Israel, Australia and Saudi Arabia, for example.

Another remedy being considered by California municipalities is wastewater recycling, which involves treating city sewage to drinking water standards and using it to refill reservoirs. - RT.

RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Booms Continue To Shake Houses In Port Angeles, Washington?!

© Peninsula Daily News

- new round of booming noises has disturbed residents of west Port Angeles and Joyce, who say the mysterious sounds shake their homes.

The rattling noises were reported at about 12:21 p.m. Wednesday, almost exactly two weeks after the last round of booms heard on the afternoon of Feb. 25, and again at about 9:35 a.m. Thursday.

"It sounded like it came from the direction of the Strait [of Juan de Fuca]," said Jim Haugen, who lives on Milwaukee Drive in west Port Angeles near the bluffs and reported the Wednesday boom.

"We were in the house, heard the boom and the house vibrated," he said.

"It sounds similar to a sonic boom, [but there were] no planes in the area," he added.

Haugen said he has been hearing and feeling the booming vibrations at his home for 13 years.

On Thursday morning, reports of booms from Joyce to downtown Port Angeles were made on Facebook.

Speculation on the cause of the booms has included naval military exercises in the Strait, thunder, sonic booms from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island aircraft, hunters and small, shallow earthquakes.

"We don't know what caused the booms that people have heard, but I can tell you they were not earthquakes," said Leslie C. Gordon, geologist and spokeswoman for the U.S. Geological Survey for the Pacific Northwest.

Gordon said she checked with the University of Washington, which runs the seismic network in the Pacific Northwest, to see if there had been any seismic activity in the area.

"It is clear that the 'boom' was transmitted through air, as there was very little coupling with the ground. We looked but could not see anything on our seismograms," UW researchers replied.

Gordon and her colleagues speculated that the sounds were sonic booms caused by military jets.

"I am only guessing based on similar incidents we have had in California," she said.

If it was a sonic boom, it wasn't from a U.S. Navy aircraft, said Anthony Popp, spokesman for NAS Whidbey Island.

The Navy strictly adheres to aviation rules on supersonic flight operations, which restricts supersonic operations to designated areas or over the ocean, more than 30 miles offshore, Popp said.

Spokespeople with other military units in the region have said they have had no activity in the Strait during the times the booms were heard.

Those include Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, which operates a demolition range on Bentinck Island northwest of Port Angeles on the Canadian side of the Strait, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, which provides a demolition team for military training ordnance that occasionally washes up on beaches. - Peninsula Daily News.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Dash-Cam Dazzle - Huge Fireball Captured On Video Over Switzerland And Austria!

There were reported sightings of the fireball in Austria, France, Switzerland and Germany.

March 16, 2015 - SWITZERLAND
- Witnesses reported seeing a green and white meteor flying over Switzerland on Sunday evening, with several dash-cam recordings soaring in popularity on social media sites.

WATCH: Meteorite seen over Switzerland.

Some even reported hearing loud explosions along with the bright lights.

The fireball was observed at around 8:50 p.m. local time in Switzerland. It was also reportedly seen in Austria and southern parts of Germany.

Witnesses claim the bright object moved in a southern direction across the sky. Some reported hearing two loud explosions on top of seeing the greenish light.

Screenshot from YouTube user Accident
Screenshot from YouTube user Accident

Latest map showing the density of reports of the fireball. © International Meteor Organization

“My daughter was on balcony when this happened and she heard a bang. She even felt a slight pressure wave,”
one woman told the local newspaper Aargauer Zeitung.

“The blast sounded like an explosion,”
said another witness.

Police in Zurich and Berne allegedly received multiple calls reporting the bright lights in the sky.

WATCH: Meteorite seen over Switzerland.

While observed cases of space objects causing damage by direct impact are extremely rare, fireball explosions can, in fact, be devastating.

In February 2013, the Russian city of Chelyabinsk was rocked by a meteor blast that blew out thousands of windows and damaged several buildings in frigid winter weather. Hundreds of people sought medical attention for minor injuries, mostly caused by shattered glass and debris sent flying by the impact wave.

The celestial body responsible for the havoc was later discovered on the bottom of a lake outside the city, and was called the Chelyabinsk meteorite. - RT.