Sunday, November 29, 2015

ICE AGE NOW: California Freeze - MINUS ELEVEN DEGREES In Sierra Amid Snow And Ice!

Snowboarders glide down a hill at Mountain High Ski Resort. The temperature was 28 degrees in the afternoon on Saturday, Nov. 28.  Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

- A deep freeze in California's Sierra is continuing, with one spot east of Redding recording minus-11 degrees.

According to the National Weather Service, the Bogard Rest Area in the Lassen National Forest recorded that frigid temperature between Friday night and Saturday morning.

The rest area is north of Susanville.

Icicles form while snowboarders enjoy the early ski season at Mountain High Ski Resort in Wrightwood. Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A few other mountain areas posted below-zero temperatures overnight.

A series of winter storms have dumped large amounts of snow in the Sierra, with some places receiving more than 20 inches.

The NWS said another storm could move in by Thursday.

A good blanket of snow is now sticking to the ground across the mountain range, according to the weather service.

The cold temperatures are good news for ski resorts, which are off to a strong seasonal start after several years of drought conditions.

A freeze warning was in place in the Sacramento Valley for Sunday. Officials warned residents to protect outdoor plants and pipes. - LA Times.


GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – November 23-28, 2015!

Eruption of Telica volcano on November 22, 2015 (INETER webcam / annotated by Culture Volcan)

November 29, 2015 - EARTH
- The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe, courtesy of Volcano Discovery.

Telica (Nicaragua): After its powerful explosion on the 22nd of November, the volcano has mainly been calm, but weaker, sporadic ash emissions resumed during the past days.

Ash emission from Telica this morning

Ash emission yesterday

Ash plume from the eruption seen from Léon (Image: Canal 15 Nicaragua)

It is still thought that the recent activity is only caused by over-pressurized fluids in the upper conduit, and doesn't involve new magma, but comparing with the past episodes of explosive activity in May and September this year, it is almost likely that new, potentially strong and very dangerous explosions (in particular if you climb the volcano) could follow in the near future with no or little warning.

Batu Tara (Flores Sea, Indonesia):  We just returned from a 3-days expedition to the island during November 23-26: the volcano's activity was overall at similar levels as during the previous visits between 2012-June this year, but highly variable from day to day:

Phases lasting several hours, or even few days, with mild, ash-rich strombolian eruptions at intervals between 10-30 minutes alternated / were interrupted by much more powerful vulcanian-type explosions that produced shock waves and ejected dense columns of tephra (ash, blocks and incandescent lava bombs) in a single, cannon-shot like explosion. They sent ballistics to several hundred meters of height all over the upper half of the volcano. During the first two observation days, these explosions occurred at intervals between 3-10 hours, but became the dominant type of activity during the last 24 hours of our stay, when they occurred at shorter intervals of 1-2 hours typically.

Ash plumes from some of these explosions rose more than 1 km from the crater.

Copahue (Chile): Small to moderately strong ash emissions and explosions have been near continuous during the past days, creating steam/ash plumes that rise up to approx. 1 km. Overall, the volcano's activity seems to be gradually increasing.

Eruption plume from Copahue

Location of a landslide on the eastern flank yesterday (comparison by Lynne Gulley)

A larger landslide occurred yesterday from the eastern flank

Etna (Sicily, Italy): Since this afternoon there is a change visible in Etna's activity. Weak strombolian activity has started from the New SE crater. The activity probably started earlier today, but due to bad weather it was not observed before.

Thermal anomaly on the eastern side of the New SE crater (INGV Monte Cagliato thermal webcam)

Weak strombolian activity continues also from the vent inside the Voragine crater.

Tremor remains low at the moment.

Kanlaon (Negros Isl., Philippines): PHIVOLCS raised the alert level of the volcano following an increase in activity. Starting from 21:55 local time on November 24, a series of phreatic explosions occurred from the summit crater, producing ash plumes that rose up to approx. 1 km.

Ash emission from Canlaon volcano on November 24, 2015 (Image: Jigz Santiago)

According to PHILVOLCS, this explosive activity was followed by increased seismicity and volcanic tremor probably caused by degassing.

An exclusion zone of 4 km radius around the crater was put in place, to prevent similar accidents as when 3 climbers were killed by a sudden explosion in the 1990s.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The extrusive activity of viscous lava into the active dome continues with little significant change, but seems to have picked up a bit recently. Incandescent avalanches occur to both the southeast and southwest corridor.

Small pyroclastic flow into the southwestern corridor of the active lava dome of Shiveluch

Occasional larger collapses cause small to medium sized pyroclastic flows, such as one yesterday morning

Barren Island (India):  With all likelihood, the volcano continues to be in eruption. It is very remote and rarely directly observed, but satellite imagery regularly show albeit weak thermal signals - again present more or less continuously since August and more frequent since October this year.

Ash and steam plume from Barren Island on November 16 (Landsat 8 image, annotated by Culture Volcan)

MODIS thermal signal from Barren Island (MIROVA)

A satellite image from November 16 shows a volcanic plume stretching several tens of kilometers from the volcano.

SMOGEDDON: Heavy Smog In Beijing Triggers "ORANGE ALERT" - The HIGHEST DANGER LEVEL This Year!

Beijing residents told to stay inside as smog levels soar

November 29, 2015 - CHINA
- Beijing has issued an orange alert and has urged residents to stay indoors because of heavy smog which has covered the capital. This is the highest-level smog alert so far this year, and the warning level is second only to ‘red’ in terms of its severity.

The orange alert was issued a day after the level of small particles (so called PM 2.5 particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or less) reached 274 micrograms per cubic meter. The World Health Organization (WHO) considers only 25 micrograms to be a safe level.

The particle level fell below 200 on Sunday but was still considerably higher than that which is deemed safe safe.

Beijing has recommended that residents minimize outdoor activities. People with respiratory diseases as well as the elderly have been urged to stay at home. Under the orange alert, industrial plants must reduce production, construction sites should stop and the usage of large trucks is banned.

According to the municipal weather center, the smog is likely to remain for two more days because of humidity and a lack of wind. On Wednesday, a cold front is going to improve the environmental situation in Beijing.

Smog covers area of 530,000 sqkm around Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, as heavy air pollution hits 31 cities

Smog covers area of 530,000 sqkm around Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, as heavy air pollution hits 31 cities

Beijing issues orange alert for heavy smog

Environmental issues are very pertinent in China, which produces most of its electricity by burning coal, making it the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter.

In March, four types of pollution alerts - blue, yellow, orange and red - were introduced by Beijing's Environmental Protection Bureau. All factories are to be shut down during orange alerts. Heavy vehicles, such as construction trucks, are also completely banned during orange and red alerts.

China, however, is taking measures to battle the ecological issues. On Sunday, Environment Minister Chen Jining reported that China has fulfilled their green program, which is a part of the 12th five-year plan, six months earlier than scheduled.

“Not only are we working to fix our domestic environmental problems, we have made considerable contributions to addressing international challenges, too,” Chen said as cited by Xinhua.

The achievements don’t mean there is no room for improvement, Minister Chen said: 20 million tons of major polluting agents are discharged in China yearly. This number must be reduced by another 30 to 50 percent to see a significant improvement. - RT.


MONUMENTAL GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: "Cone Of Depression" - California's Infrastructure Being DESTROYED As Drought Plagued Areas Continue SINKING; MILLIONS In Damages; Land Is Sinking At A Rate Of TWO INCHES A Month; Over 1,200 SQUARE MILES Is Collapsing; Bridges, Pipelines And Roads Destroyed With THOUSANDS OF MILES MORE Threatened!

Cracks form in a field near Firebaugh, California. © David McNew/Getty Images

November 29, 2015 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - On a day when the skies were ashen from the smoke of distant wildfires, Chase Hurley kept his eyes trained on the slower-moving disaster at ground level: collapsing levees, buckling irrigation canals, water rising up over bridges and sloshing over roads.

This is the hidden disaster of California's drought. So much water has been pumped out of the ground that vast areas of the Central Valley are sinking, destroying millions of dollars in infrastructure in the gradual collapse.

Four years of drought - and the last two years of record-smashing heat - have put water in extremely short supply.

Such climate-charged scenarios form the backdrop to the United Nations negotiations starting in Paris on 30 November, which are seeking to agree on collective action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

But the real-time evidence of climate change and the other effects of human interference in natural systems are already changing the contours of California's landscape.

The strongest El Niño in 18 years is expected to bring some drought improvement to the Central Valley this winter, but the weather system won't end it, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Central Valley is the world's largest patch of class one soil, considered to be the best for crops, and produces about 40% of the country's fruits, nuts and vegetables.

In some parts of the valley, however, the land is sinking at a rate of 2in (5cm) a month. About 1,200 square miles, roughly bounded by interstate 5 and state route 99, is collapsing into what scientists describe as a "cone of depression".

"The land around here is sinking, and as it is sinking, the bridge is going with it,"
said Hurley, manager of the San Luis Obispo water company, on a tour of sinking infrastructure near the town of Firebaugh.

The water company, which is owned by area farmers, had recently rebuilt the levee, he said. But "because the water is hitting the bridge, they are going to have to reconstruct the bridge". Wellheads were being destroyed, because they could not maintain pressure. Dams were sinking. "I am having a hard time pushing water through my canal," Hurley said.

The sinking is a consequence of farmers' desperate efforts to stay in business after California began cutting off their access to rivers and reservoirs because of the drought.

The farmers began a literal race to the bottom, going underground, drilling new and deeper wells, and pumping so much water from the layers of sediment, sand and clay that it is causing the ground to collapse.

The sinking is worse in this part of the valley because it is rich in clay. Pumping pulls the water out of the clay pores, causing the clay layer to collapse. "The issue is the amount of deepwater pumping below the clay. That is what is causing the subsidence," Hurley said. "The land is sinking as they extract the water below the clay; there is a pressure differential. It is pulling the water out of the clay layer, and when it does, the clay collapses. And as it collapses, it brings everything with it." On a mid-September day with temperatures reaching above 100F (38C), Steve Arthur took shelter in his air-conditioned truck in a prune orchard near the town of Merced, while overseeing a crew drilling a new well.

The harvest was over and the owner had left the trees to fend for themselves. The leaves were so dry they crackled. As the rig bore into the earth, wet clay slopped out, landing in a heap.

Arthur, whose family has been drilling water wells in the Central Valley since the 1950s, estimated he had drilled 10 new wells a month during the drought.

There was no way of keeping up with demand - even favoured customers were told they would wait months, if not years. In one week, he said, he installed more than 5,000ft of well casing.

The harvest was already over, and the farmer had no water to spare for the trees. But they must still be sustained, Arthur said. "If you can't pump any water, everything will die. These crops cannot go a year without water. Everything you see for miles will be dead."

Arthur recognises that farmers are trapped in this race to the bottom. The Central Valley is the second most pumped aquifer system in the country, according to the US Geological Survey.

His family runs their own small almond orchard near his home in Fresno. Last year his own well ran dry, because the water table dropped so low.

Arthur goes on at length about the importance of agriculture to the Central Valley, to the country. He has no patience with the authorities' decision to cut off farmers and protect the state's rivers - seeing it as a misguided attempt to preserve fish.

But even Arthur recognises that there are costs to pumping out the water beneath during these years of drought. "Are we over-pumping? I am sure they are probably doing that now because they don't have any choice," Arthur said.

California records stretching back to the 1920s show the water table dropping during times of drought and recovering somewhat during years when there was heavy snowfall in the Sierra Nevada. The snowpack provides almost a third of California's water supply.

The state has also experienced subsidence, with an emblematic picture of a stranded road sign exhibiting the drop.

But the deepening drought in 2015, along with a snowpack in the Sierra Nevada at a 500-year low, made the drop bigger and deeper.

"Because of increased pumping, groundwater levels are reaching record lows - up to 100ft lower than previous records," Mark Cowin, the director of California's department of water resources, told reporters in August at the release of a subsidence report. "As extensive groundwater pumping continues, the land is sinking more rapidly and this puts nearby infrastructure at greater risk of costly damage."

The California legislature last year voted to direct the state's water agencies to come up with plans to guarantee supplies into the future.

Satellite data, analysed by University of California at Irvine scientists, suggest that the state has been losing about 4tn gallons of water a year from the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins since the drought began in 2011.

The satellites use highly sensitive gravity measures to monitor changes in the amount of water stored underground in soil and rock.

According to Jay Famiglietti, a water scientist at Nasa's jet propulsion lab in Pasadena and a professor at UC Irvine, two-thirds of the lost water has been sucked out of aquifers in the Central Valley, causing parts of the valley to sink.

In some parts of the valley, the land has been dropping by almost 2in a month, according to Nasa satellite measurements.

Land near the city of Corcoran sank 13in in just eight months. Parts of the California aqueduct sank 8in in just four months last year.

The subsidence has already damaged and destroyed bridges, pipelines and roads, and is threatening thousands of miles more.

It is twisting and crushing well casings, and could eventually reduce the underground aquifer's water storage potential. "Without the water to support those holes, the clays align and you get compaction," said David Cehrs, a water scientist and president of the Kings River conservation district around Fresno. The situation is far worse in geological formations with more clay than sand, such as on the western side of the San Joaquin valley.

A water canal used for irrigation running along a newly planted vineyard is nearly dry. © Michael Nelson/EPA

"With clay you get compaction up to 60%," he said. "Sands also compact," he went on. But he said: "If you dewater the sands you can put the water back into holes; if you dewater the clay you dewater the holes, and you can't get the water back in it because you can't refill the clay."

That is, even if El Niño does bring heavy rains, there is no natural way to store the water. "We have lost that water storage capacity forever," Cehrs said.

On the night before Thanksgiving in 2005, Carey Wilson, who lives in the small Central Valley community of Madera Rancho, started to wash the dishes piled up in her kitchen sink - to find there was only air sputtering out of the tap. She called a service company to lower her well, which was originally drilled at a depth of 258ft. A year later, when that well went dry, Wilson, a single mother and federal government worker, paid $12,000 to drill a new well to 389ft and install a more powerful pump.

But her neighbours, who were facing similar problems with their wells, also started drilling, going down deeper than her well. "They were pulling the plug out from underneath us," she said. "It was homeowner against homeowner."

Major farms in the area dug deeper still, often to depths in the thousands of feet. On days when she did laundry, Wilson began to notice the pump kicking on when she was in the shower.

By August 2014, the water table in her area had dropped 18ft. The land had dropped too, twisting and crushing the PVC pipe connected to the well, she said.

"I know the writing is on the wall," Wilson said. "It doesn't matter if it rains for 40 days and 40 nights, here the water table is never going to go up." - The Guardian.


PLANETARY TREMORS: It's Shaking All Over - 5.6 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes The Greater Jakarta, Indonesia; Two 5.0 Magnitude Tremors Hit Turkey; Magnitude 5.3 Temblor Jolts South Of Sarangani, Philippines; Moderate 4.9 Magnitude Quake Hits Sardinal, Costa Rica!

USGS earthquake locations of 4.5 magnitude or higher over the last 7 days.
November 29, 2015 - EARTH - The following constitutes several of the most noteworthy earthquakes to the planet over the last 24 hours, as we continue to monitor the global seismic uptick.

5.6 magnitude earthquake shakes Greater Jakarta, Indonesia

USGS shakemap intensity.

An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 5.6 on the Richter scale shook Jakarta and its surrounding cities at 9:47 p.m., on Saturday.

According to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the quake was centered 77 kilometers from southeastern Pandeglang, Banten, at a depth of 75 kilometers.

Social media users from Bogor, Depok, Sukabumi and Bekasi in West Java and Tangerang in Banten said they felt the shake in their respective regions.

Meanwhile, people residing near the quake felt an even greater shake.

"Me and my whole family went outside in fear of falling walls," said Uni, a resident of Rangkas Bitung, Banten, as quoted by

Two hours before the Banten quake, the agency recorded an earthquake 49 kilometers from southeastern Kepulauan Talaud in North Sulawesi. - The Jakarta Post.

Two 5.0 magnitude earthquakes hit Turkey

USGS earthquake location.

On Nov. 29, at 00:28 UTC, an unconfirmed magnitude (M) 5.0 earthquake erupted in Turkey. The epicenter was 10 km deep. According to GEOFON Program, the coordinates of the epicenter were 37.87ºE 38.90ºN.

At the same time, Central Turkey experienced a 5.0M quake that was 22 km deep and five minutes later, a 3.0M aftershock, five km deep continued to rock the cities nearby.
Nearby cities included:

Kulucak, Turkey - 7 km

Hekimhan, Turkey - 16 km

Darende, Turkey - 42 km

Gurun, Turkey - 45 km

Ankara, Turkey - 437 km

The initial earthquake has been confirmed, by GEOFON, as a magnitude 5.0. One witness reported to EMSC that to them the shaking was extreme.

There are four significant tectonic plates in the Middle East. They are Arabia, Eurasia, India, and Africa. In the area is also, a tectonic block, named Anatolia. These moving plates are going through a process of subduction, compressional mountain building, transform faulting, and crustal extension. These plates are moving at a rate no slower than 40 mm a year.

There is a continental thickening on the northern and western edges of India. This type of activity is responsible for some of the highest mountains in the world. - The Public Slate.

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake jolts south of Sarangani, Philippines

USGS earthquake location.

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake jolted seas off Batangas at 22:32:28 UTC today local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survery.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) registered the tremor with a 5.0 magnitude.

No casualties and losses have been reported so far.

The epicenter of the quake was initially determined to be 3.75 degrees north latitude and 126.88 degrees east longitude with a depth of 47.6 km (29.6 miles), the USGS said.

The Philippines sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. There are about 20 to 25 earthquakes occurring in the country everyday, most of them not felt by the general populace.

Light but noteworthy 4.9 magnitude earthquake hits Sardinal, Costa Rica

Google earthquake location.
A light earthquake with magnitude 4.9 was detected on Saturday, 53 kilometers (33 miles) from Sardinal in Costa Rica. A tsunami warning has not been issued.

Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 28/11/15 / 2015-11-28 23:47:38 / November 28, 2015 @ 11:47 pm. The temblor was reported at 17:47:38 / 5:47 pm (local time epicenter). Id of earthquake: us100041yi. Event ids that are associated: us100041yi.

Exact location of event, depth 27.05 km, -86.134° West, 10.4842° North. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 27.05 km (17 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Close country/countries that might be effected, Costa Rica (c. 4 516 000 pop), Nicaragua (c. 5 996 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 78 km (48 miles) from Liberia (c. 45 400 pop), 83 km (52 miles) from Nicoya (c. 15 300 pop), 65 km (40 miles) from Santa Cruz (c. 12 300 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from San Juan del Sur (c. 7 800 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was San Juan del Sur, Nicoya, Liberia (min 5000 pop).

Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days twenty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. - ENT.


Heimdal Glacier southern Greenland, from NASA's Falcon 20 aircraft at 33,000 feet above sea level.

November 29, 2015 - ANTARCTICA
- An intensive scientific study of both Earth's poles has found that from 2009 to 2016 overall temperature has dropped in the southern polar region.

NASA’s Operation IceBridge is an airborne survey of polar ice and has finalised two overlapping research campaigns at both the poles.

In the last few weeks NASA has revealed the overall amount of ice has increased at the Antarctic and the amount of sea ice has also extended.

Coupled with the latest announcement of slight cooling in the area, it has fuelled claims from climate change deniers that human industrialisation is not having the huge impact on global tenperature as often is claimed.

Map showing the extent of ice during the NASA studies

Christopher Shuman, a University of Maryland, Baltimore County glaciologist working at Goddard, said: "Field data suggests that there’s been a modest cooling in the area over the 2009–2015 time period, and images collected during that time by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on the Terra and Aqua satellites show more persistent fast ice (sea ice that is attached to the shore) in the Larsen A and Larsen B embayments”

However, Mr Shuman warned that in some areas of the Antarctic, glaciers continued to melt at significant levels, despite the slight temperature drop.

At the south pole, the mission observed a big drop in the height of two glaciers situated in the Antarctic Peninsula.

Mr Shuman added: "These IceBridge measurements show that once the ice shelves collapse, even some cooling and a good deal of persistent sea ice is not able to hold back these larger glaciers and they continue to lose mass overall.”

NASA has found that overall the amount of Antarctic ice has increased

During one flight in the Peninsula that mapped the drainage area of several glaciers, a drop of more than 490 feet (150 meters) in the height of two glaciers since IceBridge last plotted them, in 2009, was measured.

Both glaciers, called Green and Hektoria, were tributaries to the Larsen B ice shelf, which disintegrated in 2002.

After the ice shelf collapsed, it stopped buttressing the glaciers that fed it, and glacier elevations have fallen dramatically since then.

A study published in 2012 showed average elevation losses of up to 82 feet (25 meters) per year for the lower Green and Hektoria glaciers from 2006 to 2011.

Many scientists believe the climate is gradually heating up and we will be looking at droughts and w

A NASA spokesman said:"So IceBridge’s discovery that both are still losing ice fast many years after the loss of the adjacent ice shelf is “not all that surprising given what we have observed with other sensors,” said Mr Shuman.

So, confusingly, the new details of further glacial melt have fuelled those who believe we are causing global warming and polar ice melt.

At the Arctic north pole, the project collected much needed measurements of the status of land and sea ice at the end of the Arctic summer melt season.

The results of these have yet to be published, but the whole issue is set to be debated in full at a clime change conference in Paris later this month. - Express.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Animal Behavior - Massive 33-FOOT Squid Caught Off The Coast Of Spain?!

The 10 metre long, 150kg monster was caught by fishermen aboard the boat Minchos off the coast of the northern Asturias region, some miles from the Strait of Villaviciosa.

November 29, 2015 - SPAIN - You'd be forgiven for thinking these images have come straight from a Sci-Fi film.

But these are pictures of a real giant squid, caught by fisherman off the coast of Spain.

The beast measured 33 foot and weighed in at a staggering 330lbs.

Believed to be a female, the squid was caught in the nets the fishermen were trawling at a depth of almost 500m.

Speaking of their surprising monster catch, one of the fishing boat crew said: "To see a specimen of this size can intimidate anybody, even those who fish every day and have spent a lifetime at sea." The animal has now been frozen and sent to experts to experts at The Study and Protection of Marine Species in Northern Spain.

The president of the organisation said of their new arrival: "It is an extraordinary example, one of the biggest we have seen in the last few years."

The 10 metre long, 150kg monster was caught by fishermen aboard the boat Minchos off the coast of the northern Asturias region, some miles from the Strait of Villaviciosa © CEN/CEPESMA

The intimidating creatures can grow to impressive sizes but recent estimates but the maximum size at 43 feet for a female and 33 feet for males.

Reports of creatures as big 66 feet circulate amongst seasoned fisherman but have never been scientifically verified.

Until recently, little was known about the creature believed to be the real face of the mythical kraken, a sea-monster blamed by sailors for sinking ships off Norway in the 18th century. But in 2013, scientists managed to film one of the mysterious creatures in their natural habitat for the first time.

Intimidating: The 10 metre long, 150kg monster was caught by fishermen aboard the boat Minchos off the coast of the northern Asturias region.

The world's first live images of the elusive animal showed it in the depths of the Pacific Ocean near the Ogasawara islands, 1000km south of Japan.

In the footage the invertebrate, which has huge black eyes, can be seen holding a bait squid in its tentacles as it swims against the current at a depth of 900 metres. - Daily Mirror.


WEATHER PHENOMENON: Geological Upheavals - Huge Ice Circle Forms In Swedish River!

The ice circle in the River Kalix in northern Sweden.  © Torgny Johansson

November 29, 2015 - SWEDEN
- A Swedish man has described his luck after his picture of a peculiar natural phenomenon in an icy river in the far north of the country hit the headlines in Sweden on Monday.

Torgny Johansson spoke to The Local a day after he snapped the picture of the enormous ice circle floating in the Kalix River at Forsbyn, 75 kilometres north of Luleå, using his drone.

"I have seen one maybe two or three times before near the same place as this one. But nothing as large as this," he said.

Ice circles are formed in slow-moving areas of rivers where a part of the current moves in the opposite direction to the main stream, a so-called 'backstream'.

When the water freezes the circling currents form an ice disc.

A relatively rare natural phenomenon in most of the world, they are seen fairly frequently in northern Sweden, but not often as huge as the one captured in the Kalix River.

"I don't think they are that uncommon in streams in the north of Sweden, but they may be hard to see when you are on the ground," Johansson told The Local after the story was first written about by regional newspaper Norrbottens-Kuriren.

"That's why I took the picture with my drone. I guess the drone was about 60-70 metres high when I took the picture," he said. - The Local.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Animal Behavior - Dead Whale Found On The Shoreline At Inverkip, Scotland?!

November 29, 2015 - SCOTLAND
- A dead whale has been found washed up on the shoreline in Inverkip.

The massive marine mammal was found beached at Kip Marina just after noon today.

A passer-by contacted the coastguard after initially fearing it was a capsized boat.

But when the lifeboat and coastguard teams arrived they realised it was in fact a whale.

As a result, teams from Police Scotland, Inverclyde Council, the Scottish SPCA and the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme attended the scene.

A cordon is in place around whale before it is removed from the scene tomorrow.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "Someone phoned us as they thought that a boat had capsized.

"When our crews arrived they discovered it was a big Minke whale that had died.

"We notified all the relevant teams and the police cordoned the area off.

"The whale has been secured before it is taken away tomorrow."

Sergeant Bob Adam of Greenock Police it was a joint operation.

He said: "We cordoned off the whale for public safety.

"A marine biologist will analyse the whale before it is removed from the area." - Greenock Telegraph.


ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Across The Planet - Beijing Bracing Itself For Record Breaking Cold!

November 22 was recorded as Beijing's coldest day in over 1,000 days, leadin ome meteorologists to expect record breaking cold in the region.
© China News Service

November 29, 2015 - BEIJING, CHINA
- Beijing could be set to experience record breaking cold this week, with temperatures set to drop to their lowest November levels since modern records began, reports China News Service.

Northern China's coldest November temperatures on record were minus 12.3 degrees Celsius on November 30, 1970.

That record could be broken however with Sunday recorded as Beijing's coldest day in over 1,000 days.

After blizzard conditions on November 22, Beijing had temporary snow again on Tuesday, leading to frozen roads and cold weather warning announcements from authorities.

Peak daytime temperatures in Beijing this week are likely to stay under zero degrees, according to weather forecasts.

Meteorologists have estimated that temperatures on November 26 and 27 will hit minus 12 degrees and possibly lower.

CNN reports that the conditions saw more than 200 flights cancelled in Beijing, as well as the closure of schools and roads. - GB Times.


EXTREME WEATHER ANOMALIES: Freak Hailstorm - Tennis Ball-Sized Hail Pounds Oakey, Australia Damaging Houses And Cars!

Sha Sha Atkins shows the size of the hail in Oakey.

November 29, 2015 - AUSTRALIA
- Hailstones the size of tennis balls have turned the streets of Oakey white.

A freak hailstorm showered parts of the Darling Downs with hail between 3.50pm and 4.20pm this afternoon.

Hail has also been reported in Highfields and Pittsworth.

Houses and cars in Oakey have sustained damage from the hail.

WATCH: Oakey hailstorm.

- The Chronicle.


MASS FISH DIE-OFFS: Disaster Precursors - Mass Strandings Of Venomous Jellyfish Wash Up On Cornish Beaches, UK?!

Mauve stingers at Poldhu beach in Cornwall. © Rich Mulryne

November 29, 2015 - UNITED KINGDOM
- Mass strandings of highly venomous jellyfish have been reported from Cornish beaches in the past week.

Huge rafts of the mauve stinger jellyfish (Pelagia noctiluca) have been reported around the coast of Cornwall.

Rich Mulryne spotted thousands of the creatures at Poldhu beach on November 19, and there have also been reports from Tolcarne beach, Newquay, and Sennen.

Mauve stingers, an oceanic jellyfish that glows spectacularly in the dark, are the most venomous species in our waters. They grow up to four inches across, according to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust, but can reach 16in in northern waters. The deep bell is pinkish purple in colour and is speckled with wart-like spots that are actually stinging cells.

They have four frilly arms and eight trailing tentacles measuring up to six feet long.

The trust warned: "This jellyfish can have a potent sting (as a member of the trust found out surfing the other day) so be careful not to handle them - the stinging capsules still function automatically when an object comes into contact and even dead jellyfish can still sting."

Dr Priscilla Licandro from the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science in Plymouth said the jellyfish were common in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean said: "It wouldn't kill people, but if you are allergic it would cause trouble."

In 2007 a 10-mile square bloom of mauve stingers killed 100,000 salmon at a fish farm in Northern Ireland, causing damage estimated at £1million.

The jellyfish have few predators, apart from some turtles and some fish.

Population explosions, or blooms, used to occur roughly every 10-12 years and last for about four years, but the creatures were now common all year round, Dr Licandro said.

We think that this is the effect of the rise in sea temperatures recorded over the last few years, she said.

She said that for this species it was recommended to not use vinegar, freshwater or alcohol but rather to rinse with seawater or salty water and use cold or an icebag on the affected area.

The Marine Conservation Society said that as well as formal reports of mauve stinger jellyfish and the harmless "by the wind sailors" from several Cornish beaches, they had also been encountered in Devon and Dorset. - Western Morning News.


ICE AGE NOW: "It's A Lot, A Lot" - Deepest November Snow For Over 60 Years In Sapporo, Japan!

Sapporo is used to deep snow, but not in November. © Getty

November 29, 2015 - JAPAN
- Residents of northern Japan were surprised by an early blast of winter this week as sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow combined to cover much of Hokkaido with a white winter duvet.

One resident of the prefecture capital, Sapporo, said: "It's a lot, a lot! Last year it snowed around November 8 but it was nothing like this".

In this northern prefecture of Hokkaido, the lavender fields of Furano saw temperatures on Wednesday night drop to minus 21 degrees Celsius. On the same night in Sapporo, the temperature fell to minus 7C.

Sapporo first dropped below freezing on Monday night, with snow started falling in the early hours of Tuesday.

WATCH: Cold weather and snow sweeps over northern Japan.

It snowed throughout the day and night so that by dawn on Wednesday, there was 44cm of fresh powder snow on the ground - this is the deepest snow to cover Sapporo since 1953.

The ski resort of Niseko, a little to the south of Sapporo, received 24cm during Tuesday, which is a good start to the season. Significantly more can be expected in the next two or three days.  - Al Jazeera.