Wednesday, March 16, 2016

SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Weather Phenomenon - Curious Cloud Formation Appears In The Sky Above Cornwall Beach!

© Via Facebook/Ian Warne

March 16, 2016 - ENGLAND - Ian Warne was walking along the coast at St Peter's Point when he saw the curious cloud formation.

Meteorologists say the phenomenon is so rare it doesn't even have a name.

© Via Facebook/Ian Warne

Ian Warne was walking with his dog, when he suddenly spotted something incredible in the sky.

Angel wings started to form as the sun rose in the sky above a Cornish beach. Is it the sun or is it an angel?  - Strange Sounds.


ANIMAL BEHAVIOR: Disaster Precursors - Elephant Kills Mahout, Holds Up Rail, Road Traffic In Thrissur, India?!

The elephant Choppies Kuttisankaran turned violent and attacked its fellow elephants at the Makayiram Purappad ceremony

March 16, 2016 - INDIA - An elephant, which turned unruly during the Makayiram Purappad at the Bhagavathy temple, Thaikkattussery, near here, killed its mahout and created panic in the area for hours on Tuesday late night.

Suresh, 55, of Kallettukara, was killed when he was trying to tether the elephant. The elephant Choppies Kuttisankaran, who turned violent and attacked its fellow elephants at the Makayiram Purappad ceremony, ran around 20 km before it was tethered at Marathakkara by 12.30 a.m.

The elephant attacked the mahout while he was trying to bring it under control at Thaikkattussery. Though the mahout was rushed to hospital his life could not be saved. The attempt to tranquilize the elephant was not successful.

Damages railway gate

The elephant, which damaged the railway gate at Ollur, ran though the railway line for almost six km. The Mumbai-Thiruvananthapuram Express train, which reached Ollur, was stopped as the elephant started running through the rail line. The train service was resumed after the elephant was tethered.

It ran from Thaikkattussery and went through Ollur, Padavarad, Ramanchira and Elamthuruthy and reached the National Highway at Marathakkara. Though it started running through Marathakkara bypass, it didn't attack any vehicles or damaged properties.

The elephant, which entered a compound near the Marathakkara bypass was tethered there.

The police had a tough time as hundreds of people also started running after the elephant. Some people tried to stop the elephant by putting fire on the road. As the railway gate was damaged the traffic was disrupted for sometime. - The Hindu.


SIGNS IN THE HEAVENS: Weather Phenomenon - Circumhorizontal Arc And Solar Halo Adorn The Skies In Paraguay! [PHOTOS + VIDEO]

© Rodrigo Villamayor
March 16, 2016 - PARAGUAY - This Sunday two atmospheric phenomena beautified the Paraguayan sky. They were a solar halo and circumhorizontal arc or cloud of fire. Despite their rarity, they are natural optical effects.

The phenomenon was captured by several people on Sunday in different departments of our country, which had a colorful morning thanks to the beautiful weather phenomenon that was shared on social networks.

© Eduardo Villalba

Both the solar halo and the circumhorizontal arc atmospheric optical phenomena are produced by the behavior of the Sun with clouds. The first, also called Antelia or iris ring, is produced by the reflection of light of the sun on the ice crystal clouds. For its part, the circumhorizontal arc, also called rainbow of fire, occurs only when the sun is high in the sky, at least 58 ° above the horizon.

The difference in the common rainbow is that it is shorter, thicker and not caused by the refraction of light in water droplets, but through ice crystals in clouds.

WATCH: Stunning solar halo in Paraguay.

- Ultima Hora.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Landslide Hits California - Destroys Highway Near Weaverville! [PHOTOS + MAPS]

© Caltrans District 1

March 16, 2016 - CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES - A giant sinkhole has bitten a chunk out of Hwy 3. The road is closed with now estimated time of reopening. Caltrans posted on the following photos and information on their Facebook page this morning.

© Caltrans District 1



Weaverville, California is pretty close to, if not in the Cascadia Subduction Zone:

Cascadia Subduction Zone. © USGS

Weaverville, California. © Google Maps

- Kym Kemp.


EXTREME WEATHER: Daytime Tornado And Large Supercell Hit Illinois - Hail Warning, Structural Damage! [VIDEOS]

© Screenshot via YouTube/StormChasingVideo

March 16, 2016 - ILLINOIS, UNITED STATES - A daytime tornado and an angry supercell have been filmed and photographed near Macomb, Illinois on March 15, 2016. Structural damage, golf ball-sized hail and flying debris, but no reports of injuries have been reported.

Here a close view of this awesome tornadic supercell engulfing Macomb, Illinois:

WATCH: These stormchasers are tracking the tornado supercell.

WATCH: Just before touchdown.

WATCH: Here the tornado damage is filmed.

A high wind watch has been put in place for Wednesday in the Chicago area. The weather service is forecasting wind gusts of up to 60 mph.

Hope you are safe if you live in the area. - Strange Sounds.


GEOLOGICAL UPHEAVALS: Sinkholes Keep Popping Up Across The United States - Car Swallowed By Large Sinkhole In Hoboken, New Jersey; And California Shopping Center Evacuated After Sinkhole Opens Up And Causes Gas Leak In Moraga! [VIDEOS]


March 16, 2016 - UNITED STATES - Here are two reports about sinkholes in the United States.

Car swallowed by large sinkhole in Hoboken, New Jersey

A water main burst in Hoboken on Monday, turning an intersection into a pond and creating a large sinkhole that swallowed a car.

A 12-inch pipe near First and Clinton streets burst at about 6 a.m., authorities said. Water from the main flooded one block and caused a sinkhole that which engulfed a parked car.

WATCH: Car swallowed by sinkhole after New Jersey water main break.

Utility workers spent most of the morning getting the car out of the sinkhole. Once the car was removed, they began trying to repair the broken main.

"I went to get breakfast and on the way back we couldn't see the car so for a little bit we thought they towed it away," said car owner Phil Snyder. " As we got closer we could see the rear end of the car sticking out of the ground." - News2.

Moraga, California shopping center evacuated after sinkhole opens, causes gas leak

Moraga Police: a traffic pole fell into this sink hole and punctured a gas line, prompting them to evacuate area.© Sergio Quintana

Officials evacuated a shopping center after a sinkhole caused a gas main to rupture in Moraga Sunday afternoon.

Moraga police said residents of 60 to 100 homes have been asked to shelter in place as PG&E crews repair the gas main break.

WATCH: Moraga shopping center evacuated after sinkhole causes gas main to rupture.


The break occurred at 5 p.m. at Center Street and Rheem Boulevard after a traffic signal pole fell into a sinkhole and ruptured a gas line, Acting Police Chief Jon King said.

About 450 people from nearby businesses were evacuated because of the break, which was producing a strong odor in the area.

Police said customers of the Rheem Theater, 24 Hour Fitness and other businesses in the area have been evacuated. - ABC7 News.