Monday, March 7, 2016

RATTLE & HUM: Mysterious Sounds Heard Across The Planet - The "Windsor Hum" Is Now LOUDER THAN EVER, A Strange Inexplicable Hum Is Haunting Residents Of A Canadian City; Like A "POUNDING ON THE WALL,... Incessant Sound,... SHOOK EVERYTHING,... Vibrating Beds Of Residents,... Rattle Windows,... It Can Get Real DISTURBING,..."?!

Windsor, Canada as seen from Detroit. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images)

March 7, 2016 - ONTARIO, CANADA - A droning, industrial hum that for years perplexed and disturbed locals in Windsor, Ontario, near the U.S.-Canada border, reemerged in recent months.

The monotonous, reverberating sound and its accompanying vibrations – known as “the Windsor hum”—has returned to haunt the city’s residents, according to the Windsor Star.

And this time it’s louder than ever.

Mike Provost, a resident on Windsor’s Hillcrest Boulevard, has kept records of the hums heard throughout his neighborhood, he told the newspaper. He noted a particular blast on Saturday, Feb. 27, that “shook everything … like a pounding on the wall."

“Some people complain about dishes rattling, windows rattling,” Provost told the Star. “It can get real disturbing.”

Concerns about the hum first arose several years ago on the western and southern ends of Windsor, which lies just south of Detroit across the Detroit River. One night in 2012, more than 22,000 residents phoned government officials about the hum during a call-in event.

A 2013 report in On Earth magazine described how the incessant sound disturbed thousands of residents in that time, “vibrating their beds, wrecking their concentration, making their toddlers cranky. Some even blamed it for killing their goldfish.”

The hum jolted resident Gary Grosse out of sleep at 2 a.m. one night, the magazine reported, driving him to try to hunt down the source in his car. Another resident, Sherry Kelly, heard the hum, too, but feared people would think she was crazy if she mentioned it.

The crew of a SyFy channel show even visited Windsor in 2013 and floated the idea that the hum was connected to HAARP, a U.S. communications program that conspiracy theorists said could control minds or the weather, depending on whom you ask. The show found no conclusions.

After myriad complaints, a 2014 report by the Canadian government linked the noise pollution to the work of U.S. Steel, based on Zug Island – a mass of land in the Detroit River just over the U.S.-Canadian border, the Star reported.

Experts think the hum could be the traveling sound of distant blasts from industrial furnaces releasing pressure on the American island, but jurisdictional complications have hamstrung Canadian officials in investigating operations there.

U.S. Steel, for its part, has cast doubt on the notion that it causes the hum.

An attorney of River Rouge, Mich., the municipality that oversees Zug Island, told the Star in 2012 that it didn’t have resources to look into the problem.

“We are not going to pay for something that is for somebody else’s benefit because this is not a problem affecting us,” David Bower said.

According to Provost, the Windsor resident tracking the hum’s return, the jolting noises have been worse around 8 p.m.

“Come on, give me a break,” he said. “Let us get some sleep. Let us get some peace and quiet.” - USA Today.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Latest Report Of Volcanic Eruptions, Activity, Unrest And Awakenings – March 3-7, 2016! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

Strombolian eruption at Tungurahua on March 2, 2016. (Photo: E. Gaunt - OVTIGEPN)

March 7, 2016 - EARTH - The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): The volcano is in a phase of mild to moderate strombolian activity. Incandescent bombs are ejected to the upper slopes of the volcano, generating avalanches. Ash plumes rise up to a few km above the crater and drift mostly in westerly directions.

Apparently, the large vent-clearing explosion on 27 Feb has opened the conduit to allow a sustained slow rise of magma and more gradual release of gas pressure in small discrete explosions (= strombolian activity).

In its latest report, IGEPN published a series of remarkable photos taken during cloud-free periods at night.

Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): An explosion occurred at the volcano this morning, producing an ash plume that rose 3000 m above the summit. The eruption was accompanied by Ash falls occurred later in several nearby towns to the NW including Chinchiná, Villamaría, Manizales and Palestine.

Nevado del Ruiz' eruption column. (Photo: Luis Guillermo Velásquez / La Patria)

The regional La Nubia airport was closed today after noon.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The lava dome continues to be very active, generating frequent rockfalls and small glowing avalanches on the SW side as well as, more rarely, on the SE side as can be seen on today's time-lapse video.

WATCH: Time-lapse of Shiveluch.

A larger event might have taken place after dark, as Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume to 18,000 ft (5.4 km) altitude this morning 08:20 UTC (17:20 local time in Kamchatka).

Copahue (Chile): The activity at the volcano, near-constant degassing with sometimes ash emissions, has decreased over the past weeks. Ash venting has become less frequent and intense, and the glow from E Agrio crater that had been visible at the crater disappeared.

Weak steam/ash plume from Copahue.

According to the Chilean scientists from SERNAGEOMIN who monitor the volcano, the current activity of the volcano is being caused by the interaction of a small volume of new magma under its highly active shallow hydrothermal system - none or little of this magma reaches the surface itself, but the heat transfer into the circulating fluids causes fragmentation by small explosions and the emission of gasses and particles (ash). This activity reflects in a continuous tremor signal of moderate intensity.

Scientists concluded that the new magma volume has been too small to greatly affect the internal balance in the hydrothermal system. Other geophysical parameters such as rate of degassing and deformation are mostly within normal levels of the volcano. It is therefore expected that the current activity continues in the coming weeks to months at fluctuating rates. This includes possible short-lived phases of more pronounced sporadic phreatic to strombolian explosions.

Chripoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): A new eruption might have taken place at the volcano this afternoon. Based on satellite imagery, Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume to estimated 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude that drifted east.

Whether or not an eruption took place still needs to be confirmed.

Alaid (Northern Kuriles): A new eruption is occurring at the volcano, satellite images show. A pronounced steam plume with possible ash content can be seen drifting west from the volcano, at estimated 13,000 ft (4 km) altitude. In addition, NASA's MODIS and VIIRS sensors have been detecting an intense heat source from the volcano's summit lately.

Steam plume from Alaid volcano. NASA Suomi NPP satellite image

Bromo (East Java, Indonesia): The latest eruptive cycle of the volcano might have ended. No more eruptions (explosions, ash emissions) have been observed during the past 2 weeks and seismic activity has returned to normal levels as well, our friend Oystein Andersen from Jakarta reported.

Tokyo VAAC raised the aviation color code to orange.

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): The (probably) strombolian-type activity that had started a few days ago continues at the Otake crater and is visible as bright glow from neighboring islands.

Glow from Suwanose-jima's active crater.

Manam (Papua New Guinea): New activity has been reported from the volcano this morning. A pilot reported an ash plume at approx. 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude extending 50 km to the SE. A plume, along with a thermal signal, can also be seen on the latest satellite image.

Ash plume from Manam volcano

You can find photos and more detailed reports of the latest eruption at his website.

Telica (Nicaragua):
The volcano has remained mostly calm during the past 24 hours. Sporadic weak ash emissions occurred at night, but glow could no longer be seen from the crater.

Ash emission from Telica.

Masaya (Nicaragua): The activity of the lava lake in the Santiago crater has been increasing in the past week. In a recent bulletin, INETER mentions that the previously two ponds in two adjacent vents have now joined, probably as a result of erosion by the violently degassing and convective lava.

The following video taken on the 1st of March gives a good impression:

WATCH: Activity at the Masaya lake.

Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): A small eruption occurred at the volcano again yesterday, the first activity since the mild explosive activity on 7 February. Starting around noon, the volcano began to emit a steam plume of variable intensity, sometimes mixed with ash. The activity took place at one of the new craters that had formed in early February.

Eruption of Nevados de Chillan volcano

According to SERNAGEOMIN, seismicity and other monitored parameters had shown little fluctuations during most of February, but then started to increase at the end of the month, possibly related to a slowly ascending body of magma. Yesterday's new activity is likely the result of this and could be a precursor of more activity in the near to medium future.

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): Based on Himawari-8 satellite data, Darwin VAAC reported an ash emission from the volcano at 7,000 ft (2.1 km) altitude last evening, creating a plume that drifted 100 km to the NE. Aviation color code is at Orange.

Kilauea (Hawai'i): The activity of the volcano remains essentially unchanged. Rising magma levels under the east rift zone briefly caused an overflow of lava that erupted from a spatter cone within the southern part of the Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater.

Thermal image of the lava overflow inside Kilauea's Pu'u 'O'o crater

This activity started around 8:15 a.m. local time yesterday (2 Mar), covered part of the crater floor and ceased at about 15:00 local time. No lava flowed beyond the crater. According to HVO, "this type of activity is not unusual for Puʻu ʻŌʻō, and does not reflect a significant change in the ongoing eruption".
At the summit caldera, rising magma levels temporarily brought the surface of the lava lake inside Halema'uma'u back in sight from the Jaggar Museum overlook in the early morning hours before receding.

Scattered surface flows remain active on the 'June 27th' flow field, all within about 6.0 km (4 mi) of Puʻu ʻŌʻō and do not currently threaten any nearby communities. Seismicity and deformation are within normal levels throughout the volcano.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico):
No significant changes in activity have occurred over the past weeks. Bright glow at the summit crater indicates that the lava dome in its inner crater continues to grow slowly.

Intermittent weak to moderate explosions (on average 2-3 per day) sometimes produce ash plumes that rise up to 1-2 km and rarely eject incandescent material outside the crater.

WATCH: Glow from Popocatepetl volcano.

Fuego (Guatemala): The volcano's activity started to drop again to normal levels (intermittent small explosions) yesterday evening - the most recent paroxysm has now ended.

View of Fuego volcano.

Barren Island (Indian Ocean):
Weak eruptive activity continues at the summit vent of the remote and rarely directly observed volcano, satellite data indicates.

A thermal hot spot has been present regularly during recent weeks, and on cloud-free days, a steam-gas plume can often be seen drifting from the island that sometimes contains some ash.

Steam (and ash?) plume from Barren Island on March 1(red spot is a thermal anomaly detected by the VIIRS radiometer onboard NASA's Suomi NPP)

What exactly the activity is like is difficult to say, but most likely is mild strombolian activity and/or the occasional presence of a (very small) lava lake in the summit crater.

- Volcano Discovery .

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - NOAA Radiosonde Data Shows No Warming For 58 YEARS! [GRAPHS]

Poster from the 2004 science fiction film The Day After Tomorrow.

March 7, 2016 - EARTH - In their “hottest year ever” press briefing, NOAA included this graph, which stated that they have a 58 year long radiosonde temperature record. But they only showed the last 37 years in the graph.


Here is why they are hiding the rest of the data. The earlier data showed as much pre-1979 cooling as the post-1979 warming.


I combined the two graphs at the same scale below, and put a horizontal red reference line in, which shows that the earth’s atmosphere has not warmed at all since the late 1950’s


The omission of this data from the NOAA report, is just their latest attempt to defraud the public. NOAA’s best data shows no warming for 60 years. But it gets worse. The graph in the NOAA report shows about 0.5C warming from 1979 to 2010, but their original published data shows no warming during that period.


Due to Urban Heat Island Effects, the NOAA surface data shows nearly one degree warming from 1979 to 2010, but their original radiosonde data showed no warming during that time. Global warming theory is based on troposphere warming, which is why the radiosonde data should be used by modelers – instead of the UHI contaminated surface data.


NOAA’s original published radiosonde data showed no net troposphere warming from 1958 to 2010, when the data set ended.


The next graph shows how NOAA has altered their 850-300 mb temperature data since 2011. Another hockey stick of data tampering.


- Real Science.

PLANETARY TREMORS: "It Was SIGNIFICANT" - Earthquake "Shook Houses" In Southeast England!

The earthquake at was centred near the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border

March 7, 2016 - ENGLAND - An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.3 has been recorded in Oxfordshire, the British Geological Survey (BGS) has confirmed.

Residents in Chinnor and Thame as well as Princes Risborough, Aylesbury and Bledlow in Buckinghamshire reported feeling shaking late on Sunday.

The BGS said the earthquake, centred on the village of Emmington, happened at 23:11 GMT.

Seismologist Glen Ford said: "The fact it was noticed makes it a bit special." A caller to BBC Radio Oxford, who lives in Chinnor, said: "The whole place shook - it was more than a wind and rattled the windows."

People also took to social media to post comments after experiencing the late-night movement.

Anna Edwards tweeted: "Earthquake or explosion? Something moved in S Oxon. Felt in Chinnor & Thame."

The earthquake was picked up by the British Geological Survey's sensors.© British Geological Survey

Chris White tweeted: "Bucks earth quake? We felt it, house shook, low noise!"

Emily Smith also posted: "Magnitude 2.3 earthquake in Bucks last night, that explains the house shaking then."

The BGS said the quake was one of about a dozen felt in the UK each year.

Mr Ford said: "Old geological faults still get activated by the stresses which are put on them from the major fault lines we have, and every now and again these pressures are released with a small earthquake."

He added: "It was a very small earthquake, but in UK terms it was significant as it was actually felt by the general public - 90% of earthquakes go completely unnoticed." - BBC.

MONUMENTAL DELUGE: The Latest Reports Of High Tides, Heavy Rainfall, Flash Floods, Sea Level Rise, Widespread Flooding, And Catastrophic Storms - Floods From California Storm Leave 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated; Serbia Declares EMERGENCY Following Regional Floods; After Drought In Papua New Guinea, Floods, Mudslides Hit Thousands "Razor's Edge"; Heavy Rainfall Continues In La Paz And Cochabamba, Bolivia; 24 Dead And 30 Missing After Floods In Lubango, Huila In Angola! [PHOTOS + VIDEOS]

on Sorrento Rd North of Elverta for car stuck in 3 ft of water. Driver rescued from roof, uninjured.
Twitter: MetroFire Sacramento

March 7, 2016 - EARTH - The following list constitutes the latest reports of high tides, heavy rainfall, flash floods, widespread flooding, sea level rise and catastrophic storms. 

California Storm – Floods Leave 1 Dead, Dozens Evacuated

Saturday’s storm across parts of central and northern California caused flooding that forced dozens to evacuate their homes. At least one person has died in the floods.

The fatality occurred in Yuba County on Saturday 05 March, 2016, when a woman drowned after the vehicle she was in entered deep flood water. Local media report that s stretch of Highway 70 was flooded and had been blocked off by police. The driver of the car ignored the blockade and drove into flood water as deep as 8 feet (2.4 metres). The driver was able to escape from the car.

In Sacramento County, a man was rescued from his vehicle after driving into this water near Elverta on Sunday 06 March. The driver was able to escape and take refuge on the roof on the roof of his vehicle until responders from MetroFire Sacramento arrived.

Twitter: MetroFire Sacramento

The storm also drenched parts of Santa Cruz County with more than 6 inches (15 cm) of rain falling in some places on Saturday 05 March 2016. National Weather Service say that Boulder Creek Huckleberry recorded 6.70 inches (16.5 cm) during 24 hours. Nearly 2 inches (5 cm) of rain fell in 2 hours in Soquel.

The heavy rain caused local rivers, including Soquel and Corralitos Creeks and the San Lorenzo River, to rise above flood stage.

The resulting floods prompted evacuations of residents near the two creeks in Capitola and along the San Lorenzo River in rural Santa Cruz. The American Red Cross set up an evacuation centre in Capitola. There were no reports of injuries or fatalities.

Further Heavy Rain and High Surf

NWS said that further heavy rain was expected from late Sunday 06 March, falling on already saturated ground. NWS warned of possible flooding and rock slides.

“the next Pacific weather system will begin to spread widespread rain across the north bay by late this afternoon and then across the remainder of the region from this evening through the early morning hours of Monday.

“Rain will likely be heavy at times starting this evening. There is a possibility of isolated thunderstorms. Heavy rain late on Saturday has saturated the soil. Therefore additional heavy rain will lead to rapid rises on rivers and streams by this evening creating flooding potential. In addition, flooding of low lying and poorly drained urban areas will be possible. Rock slides or debris flows are likely in areas of steep terrain.”

NWS also warn of very large and potentially damaging surf and moderate coastal flooding on Monday into Tuesday morning.

The say that “a long period west swell will continue across the coastal waters through tonight. An even larger west swell will arrive on area beaches Monday through Tuesday morning, bringing potentially damaging surf, minor coastal flooding and significant beach erosion to west and north west facing beaches. This will be due to a combination of the large surf with large high tides”.

Serbia declares emergency following regional floods

Floods near the city of Cacak as seen on a YouTube video.
The authorities have declared an emergency situation in the Cacak, Lucani and Arilje municipalities in central and eastern Serbia due to heavy rain and flooding.

The Serbian Interior Ministry declared an emergency situation on Monday in the flood-affected Cacak, Lucani and Arilje municipalities.

There were also landslides caused by the deluge in the Bajina Basta municipality, where several homes were submerged and roads damaged.

In Preljine near Cacak, where about 80 millimetres of rain per square metre fell overnight, the River Cemernica broke its banks, resulting in the evacuation of 15 people, Emergency Situations Sector chief Predrag Maric said.

Matic also said that water levels were rising in major rivers elsewhere in Serbia, but that serious problems were not expected there. "We contacted the Serbian Army to get involved, and prepared if necessary to evacuate people," he said.

A bus drives along a flooded road near Pozega, some 150 kilometers south of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, March 7, 2016.© AP

A man walks in front of a his flooded home in Pozega, some 150 kilometers south of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, March 7, 2016.

He said that the Kosjeric, Arilje and Cacak municipalities saw flash flooding, but had been forewarned on Friday that this might happen.

The River Bjelica flooded and shut down the road from Lucani to Guca and the the road from Guca to Cacak.

Meanwhile in Guca itself, the Milan Blagojevic factory, the local healthcare centre, a hospital, a school and the main power station were all flooded. In Pozega in western Serbia, heavy rain caused flooding from streams and rivers, although the extent of the damage was not known on Monday morning.

The Hydro-Meteorological Institute warned on Sunday evening that Serbia could expect a further downpour ranging from 20 to 40 millimetres of rain per square metre on Monday in southern, central, and eastern areas, and that road traffic could be disrupted as a result.

In May 2014, the country was hit by series of floods affecting 39 out of 120 municipalities, forcing more than 30,000 people from their homes and damaging or destroying roads, railways, bridges, homes, power plants and telecommunications infrastructure.

WATCH: Floods in Serbia.

The floods came after heavy rainfall and a powerful cyclone that swept through the central part of the Balkan Peninsula.

Obrenovac, a small town south of Belgrade, suffered the most from the floods. A damage assessment report adopted by the government in July 2014 put the total cost of repairing the damage at about 1.5 billion euros.

This included the damage to homes, infrastructure, agriculture and educational and other facilities.

The authorities said 485 houses were completely destroyed by the deluge and 12,000 hectares of land became usable for agricultural production in the following season.

After Drought in Papua New Guinea, Floods, Mudslides Hit Thousands “On Razor’s Edge”

After months of food and water shortages caused by drought and frost, Papua New Guinea is suffering floods and mudslides affecting 2,000 people living on a “razor’s edge” after last year’s lack of rain.

The El Niño-driven drought last year cut food production and left about 480,000 people facing critical shortages and in need of food aid, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Successive rains since early February have triggered floods and mudslides that have damaged or destroyed homes, food gardens, water sources, roads and bridges in several provinces, particularly in the highlands and coastal Momase region.

The floods and mudslides have affected about 300 people in Jiwaka province in the highlands, and 1,700 in Morobe province on the coast, said George Gigauri, the head of the International Organization for Migration in Papua New Guinea.

Despite the rains, people remain in need of assistance in the Pacific island nation of 7 million people who largely rely on what they grow in their backyard gardens and have little or no access to markets.

“The sweet potato takes six to nine months to grow. So even if they plant now, it takes time before they can harvest,” said Gigauri by telephone from Port Moresby. Agriculture on the island focuses heavily on tuber crops.

“If sweet potato is hit, then the whole village will be in trouble, and that’s what happened this time.”

The drought has also forced healthcare facilities to close or operate at reduced capacity because of lack of water, said Boris Pavlin, an epidemiologist for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Papua New Guinea.

Since the rains began, some of the health centres may have reopened, but many did not have good ways to store water in the first place, he said.

“They don’t use running water, or have to haul water in buckets when they have to do a (birth) delivery,” Pavlin said.

Aid agencies are coordinating with the government to distribute food and to monitor dengue outbreaks in Daru island off the southern coast near Australia, and probable cases in Kiunga in the west, near the Indonesian border.

The drought was caused by the El Niño weather system, which warms the Pacific Ocean and has caused extreme weather affecting millions of people across parts of the world.

“The rains are still insufficient and below expected levels. We’re by no means out of the woods in terms of the impact of El Niño,” Pavlin said.

“Many, many people are very affected because they live on the razor’s edge.”

Reporting by Alisa Tang, editing by Ros Russell, for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, corruption and climate change.

Bolivia – Heavy Rain Continues – More Floods and Landslides Hit La Paz and Cochabamba

Heavy rain that began in late February has resulted in several overflowing rivers and landslides in northern and central Bolivia.

La Paz Department

As a result of the heavy and prolonged rainfall that has affected the north of La Paz Department since Monday 29 February 2016, several municipalities of Valles, Sur and Nor Yungas are suffering damages and transport communications issues after increased river levels in the region.

According to local authorities, the Quita Calzón River in Apolo municipality overflowed, affecting a significant part of the town and causing major damages to 30 houses. Several landslides interrupted the communication route connecting Apolo to the Titicaca Lake borders, causing issues to local public and private transport.

Intense rainfall events also occurred in the Eliodoro Camacho province of La Paz. Escoma, on Lake Titicaca, suffered the overflow of the Suches River on Sunday 28 February 2016. The inundation affected 70 hectares of agricultural cultivation, ruining the harvest and causing serious problems for an area characterised by subsistence farming.

File photo: Rio Suches, Camacho, Bolivia. Photo: Canaviri, under CC BY-SA 3.0

The prolonged rainfall continues to increase the soil saturation, leading to several hydro-geological problems. After the landslide in Jupapina of Saturday 27 February, another one occurred on Sunday 28 February in Achocalla Municipality, between La Paz and El Alto, affecting 3 houses.

A torrential rainstorm hit the city of La Paz on the 24 February 2016, causing a flash flood resulting in the overflow of the Huayñajahuira River.

Cochabamba Department

The heavy rain of late February caused several rivers to significantly increase their levels in the north of Cochabamba Department.

According to departmental Civil Defence authorities of Cochabamba, rain caused major inundations in Puerto Villaro

el municipality in Carrasco Province, affecting up to 30 local communities, and a total of 600 families. Due to the flat morphology of the region, some areas are under 1 to 2 metres of flood water, and communication routes linking to these local communities are suffering major issues.

In Arani Province the recent torrential rain caused flooding in several areas, affecting as many as 500 families and seriously damaging 30 hectares of agriculture cultivations.

On 03 March, 2016, the National Service of Hydrology and Meteorology (Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología de Bolivia, SENAMHI) issued a red alert for intense rain (up to 90 mm in 24 hours) expected from Saturday 05 March to Monday 07 March 2016 in the north of Bolivia, including the areas in La Paz and Cochabamba Departments already affected by floods and landslides.


NASA’s IMERG data collected from February 23-29, 2016 were used to estimate rainfall totals over this area of South America. The highest rainfall total estimates for this period were over 700 mm (27.6 inches). These extreme rainfall total estimates were shown east of the Andes in southeastern Peru and Bolivia.

Angola – 24 Dead, 30 Missing After Floods in Lubango, Huíla

At least 24 people have been killed and many more are missing after floods struck in city of Lubango, Huíla, in southern Angola.

Angola news agency ANGOP reports that heavy rain fell for around 9 hours on Monday 29 February 2016. Local media report that two rivers – the Capitao and the Caculuvar – overflowed.

The worst affected areas were the Tchioco and Canguinda districts of the city. It is thought that the flood water may have swept through a local market in Tchioco, where many young people work washing cars. Many of the victims are aged between 12 and 30, ANGOP report. Local emergency services said bodies were found up to 500 metres downstream.

The funerals of the victims took place yesterday. During the ceremony, retired archbishop of Lubango, Dom Zacarias Kamwenho, called for an end to building houses in risk areas. Lubango has been the site of several forced mass evictions to make way for public infrastructure projects. Families were left with no alternative housing, according to Human Rights Watch.

Further heavy rain fell on Tuesday, 01 March. The search continues for the 30 missing people.

- Floodlist.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Monumental Weather Anomalies In The UK And Ireland - Spectacular Aurora Borealis "Northern Lights" Makes Rare Appearances! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

Aurora over Scotland

March 7, 2016 - UNITED KINGDOM - The Northern Lights illuminated skies above the UK and Ireland last night, giving local photographers a rare opportunity to capture the spectacular sight of the aurora borealis.

The dazzling phenomenon was visible as far south as Oxfordshire as well as South Wales, Scotland and in parts of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

© @debennis11 / Instagram

The Aurora borealis occurs when electrically charged particles from the sun enter earth's atmosphere.

The phenomenon is normally best observed in regions close to the North Pole.

However, cosmic conditions and clear skies combined last night to give night sky watchers in the UK and Ireland an unforgettable light show.  - RT.

ICE AGE NOW: Global Cooling Continues Relentlessly - Spectacular Rare Snow Tornado Filmed In Norway! [VIDEO]

YouTube video screen capture. © Fjuken3

March 7, 2016 - NORWAY - Snow devils or "snownadoes" are extremely rare weather phenomena since they require very specific meteorological conditions to form.

Snow tornadoes are so rare that only six have ever been captured on camera and very little is known about them.

These twisting columns of snow are closely related to waterspouts since they form over either frozen lakes or snow-covered areas.

For snow devils to occur, the necessary conditions include a colder air mass passing over a relatively warmer surface heated by sunlight, and a low-level wind shear (change of wind speed or direction with height) or colliding air currents to get the rising air to spin.

A warmer surface causes the snow or ice to form fog or steam, and if there is a column of colder, low-pressure air above this fog, it will begin to rise, and the wind shear or currents will cause it to rotate and begin to pick up loose snow forming the recognizable funnel shape.

WATCH: Snownado in Norway.

The combination of these conditions is what makes snownadoes so rare and less intense than tornadoes.

Snownadoes have been reported as large as 30 feet wide, 45 feet high, and capable of lifting objects over 1,500 pounds.

They usually occur under or before a snow squall, meaning they are often indicators that more snow is on the way.

The one above, recorded by Tom Ording Dahl in Skjåk, Norway on March 1, 2016 was definitely not dangerous, but mesmerizing. - Strange Sounds.

EXTREME WEATHER: More Signs Of Increasing Magnetic Polar Migration - Lightning Bolt Kills 3 People In Chingola, Zambia!

March 7, 2016 - ZAMBIA - Lightning has killed three people believed to be members of the same family in Chingola, two others are nursing serious burns.

The victims are believed to have had taken shelter under a mango tree when the lightning struck, killing the three on the spot.

Copperbelt Police chief Charity Katanga confirmed the tragedy, which happened on Saturday in Chabanyama area around 14:00 hours.

Ms Katanga named the deceased as Goza Banda, 82, of house number 15, Chabanyama, his grandson Mathias Banda, 14, of Twashuka Township and Suzan Njamba, 44 of Chigayo area, while those injured were Grace Nakamba, 60, and Dorcas Nanyangwe, who were both admitted to Nchanga North Hospital.

She said the victims were in the garden when the rains characterised by lightning started. - Times of Zambia.

CELESTIAL CONVERGENCE: Signs In The Heavens - Freak Supermoon, Total Eclipse Of The Sun And A Staggeringly Close Asteroid Flyby Set To Happen Within 24 HOURS! [VIDEOS]

Some conspiracy theorists claim the three events in the same day are a warning. GETTY

March 7, 2016 - SPACE - Conspiracy theorists are stocking up on food supplies amid fears the world could end in just TWO days when a total eclipse of the sun, super full moon and staggeringly close asteroid pass of earth are set to happen within 24 hours.

On March 8 asteroid TX 68, a 30-metre long lump of space rock, is due to whistle past Earth as close as 19,000 miles away.

But doom mongers are not convinced it will miss us with fears we won't be able to see it because it will be obscured by the sun.

The looming event has sent online doomsday predictors into a frenzy, particularly as NASA admits it is uncertain of the orbital path and has given estimates as close as 19,000 miles away to as far as 11 million miles.

The US space agency has also changed the DAY of the pass with the initial date being given as yesterday, March 5.

Now NASA says it will be on Tuesday, March 8.

The uncertainty over the pass coupled with the fact some online doom mongers were predicting an asteroid would smash into earth in March 2016 several months ago, has fuelled the latest fears.

Some self-styled internet prophets released videos several months ago warning an asteroid, or even a mythological rogue planet called Nibiru or Planet X, would strike Earth in March 2016, and could spell the end of the word. found several YouTube videos released six months or more ago, before there was any widespread talk of asteroid TX68's cosmic close shave.

A NASA animation showing how the total eclipse will unfold. NASA

It must be noted that videos also appear to exist for a number of other months and appear to be update when one date comes and goes without incident.

But if all this was not enough to pedal a doomsday prophecy, the conspiracists have been given more on a plate.

March 8 will also see a total solar eclipse in some parts of the globe, and a massive super full moon - the first of 2016.

In a video entitled 'Armageddon March 8th???', YouTube filmmaker Mike Morales questioned how NASA could say for sure it would not strike the planet, saying they didn't have the evidence to back it up either way.

Speaking of the total eclipse and super moon, he said: "We also have asteroid 2013 TX68 coming the exact same day and what they are saying is we won't be able to see or track it with a telescope because it is coming from the sun's side.

"This is a big heads up. is it Armageddon, who knows, but no mainstream news is warning us, NASA is not warning, so I am going to get ready like they are. Make sure you have got plenty of food supplies and water.

"It could definitely come inside our satellite belt. This thing could take out our satellites and could our gravitation pull or the moon's gravitational pull move it in?"

WATCH: Path of March 2016 Total Solar Eclipse (Animation)

Regular asteroid and earthquake watcher, YouTube channel BPEarthWatch released a video with other concerns.

The video said: "We got a great amount of uncertainty.

"They now know it is moving slower or orbiting for slightly longer. It has a condition code of seven to nine and nine is the highest code of uncertainty.

"There is a cluster of debris coming with it we can't see because it is between Earth and the sun.

"They cannot see the object, are not picking it up on radar and have not given any new data.

"This is definitely one to pay attention to, head up and be safe."

YouTube channel Nemesis Maturity posted a video about the events this month.

Screen grab from Nemesis Maturity video showing the celestial line up. NEMESISMATURITY YouTube

Although it did not predict the end of the world would result, it warned of increased tidal activity and introduced the obligatory conspiracists's code into the mix.

The short film said TX68 would pass on March 8 - the 68th day of 2016.

It also pointed out we are due for 68 total solar eclipses this century.

WATCH: Supermoon Coincides With Total Solar Eclipses And Asteroid Flyby.

Video subtitles said: "The super moon will line up with the sun to create a larger than average effect on earth's oceans."

The odd astronomical trio has seen the religious doommongers enter the ring as well with their own prophecies.

So what is the truth?

Well NASA said it is certain it will not hit us or pose any danger this year, although this is a very slim outside chance of a strike next year.

Professor Gary Shogren, a former pastor who studied the New Testament at Aberdeen University, said: "You’ll never go broke predicting the apocalypse". - Express.

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Increase In Weird Weather Phenomenon As Magnetic Polar Migration Escalates - Spectacular Mammatus Clouds And Fiery Red Skies Photographed Over Santos Brazil! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

I loved the late afternoon. © Meire Ruiz
March 7, 2016 - SANTOS, BRAZIL - These stunningly spectacular fiery red mammatus clouds engulfed the sunset skies of Santos, Brazil during the months of February and March.

The photos were taken by Meire Ruiz and posted on her Facebook page. 

Mammatus are pouch-like clouds that protrude down from the bottom of a thunderstorm's anvil cloud.

The storm's anvil consists of ice crystals but, as it spreads out at the top of a thunderstorm, some of the ice begins falling and cools the clear air below.

Despite popular misconception, mammatus clouds usually are an indication severe weather has passed and thunderstorms are weakening.

They are not a sign that a tornado is about to form.

However, mammatus clouds sometimes form on the upwind, or backside, of severe thunderstorms that at the same time are dropping large hail and unleashing 60-70 mph bursts of wind.

Raining fire in the north to sunset in the west. Last rays of sun coloring the rainwater. © Meire Ruiz

Sunset creating these wonderful landscapes. © Meire Ruiz

A small group and mammatus cloud. © Meire Ruiz

Good night. Another beautiful sunset. © Meire Ruiz

Good night. Another beautiful sunset. © Meire Ruiz

Storms have to have wicked updrafts of rising air, probably moving at 75-100 mph, to spread an anvil into the steering winds in the first place as a thunderstorm's anvil cloud naturally and easily spreads with the wind.

But, in most cases, mammatus can be found beneath the anvils of dying thunderstorms.

Here a good scientific article about the mysteries of mammatus clouds.

WATCH: Mindblowing cloud formations over Brazil.