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Southern California experiences reverse meteorological spring for first time in nearly a century

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Rain clouds move in over downtown Los Angeles, California in this March 2, 2015 file photo.
Spring weather in downtown Los Angeles and other areas of Southern California flip-flopped this year as temperatures cooled from March to May, creating a so-called reverse meteorological spring for the first time in nearly a century, officials said on Tuesday.

A reverse meteorological spring is rare and indicative of the abnormally warm and dry weather plaguing California, which has suffered severe drought conditions for the last four years, National Weather Service weather specialist Stuart Seto said.

"What this means is that springtime started out warmer in March and then April was cooler and May was cooler," Seto said. "It's an unusual occurrence that's only happened three times in the history since we've been keeping records."

The last reverse meteorological springs in the area were in 1914 and 1921, according to National Weather Service records dating to 1877.


Bison attacks Australian tourist at Yellowstone

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A Yellowstone bison
Yellowstone National Park is known for its breathtaking landscapes and its array of wildlife inhabitants, but one Australian man got a little bit too close for comfort out in nature.

An unnamed 62-year-old tourist had a harrowing encounter with a bison while visiting the park. Authorities said that the man was rushed to the hospital after being tossed three times in the air by the bison. He sustained serious injuries but survived.

Yellowstone officials reported that several people had crowded the bison as it quietly lay near a path from the famous site of Old Faithful geyser. Park officials said that the bison was already becoming agitated due to the people crowding near it and it attacked the man as he took photos from a few feet away.


Wrong place, wrong time: Trio of Arctic Beluga Whales seen off coasts of New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut

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Three beluga whales have repeatedly been spotted off the coast of the northeast U.S., in areas that are much further south than the Arctic waters they typically inhabit.
In a rare series of sightings, three beluga whales have been spotted repeatedly off the coasts of New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut in the past few weeks. The group was seen hanging around the area as recently as Friday when the town of New Hempstead, New York, posted a video to Facebook that shows the whales swimming near a boat.

Scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the whales may have wandered down from the St. Lawrence Estuary in Canada, which is 940 miles away, where one was first spotted two years ago. If the whales were to turn around today, it could take them as long as two months to swim back, NOAA biologist Jamison Smith told Rhode Island Public Radio.

But the group seems to be headed even further southeast and Smith said their inquisitive nature may take them further still. The group was first spotted May 10 and has been observed in both Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island and Long Island Sound between New York and Connecticut. Beluga whales typically stick to colder waters but this group may be following a source of food on their long journey, WABC-TV, New York, reports.


Humpback whale beached in Mossel Bay, South Africa

© Rene Barnard Marais
The rescue operation to save a Humpback whale that beached earlier today in Great Brak, was unsuccessful.
The rescue operation to save a Humpback whale that beached earlier today in Great Brak, was unsuccessful.

According to Tersia Marais, freelance photographer for the Mossel Bay Advertiser, who arrived on the scene shortly after it was reported this morning that a whale beached, the operation was abandoned at around 13:30.

"The beach is being cleared from bystanders and general public, as the whale will have to be euthanized," Marais reported.

Members of the NSRI arrived around 11:22 and battled in rough sea conditions to get the whale back into the surf. They were assisted by Pinnacle Conservation and some members of the angling fraternity and the public.

Bystanders said that the whale was sunk deeply into the sand and at the start of the rescue already weak and kept on washing back.


Young minke whale found dead in Lough Foyle, Northern Ireland


A whale, thought to be a three month old minke whale, has washed up on the Lough Foyle in Myroe near Limavady.
It was discovered by people walking along the beach on Friday.

It was encouraged back into the sea by the Loughs Agency on Friday but it washed up on Tuesday due to its emaciated condition.

The dead whale has been removed from the site by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Loughs Agency.

A spokesperson for the Department of Environment (DOE) said: "We assessed the situation and noted that the animal was an unweaned calf about three months old and apparently separated from its mother.


Elephant kills 65 year old woman in Zambia


African Elephant
A-Sixty five year old woman of Likamba village in chief Imonga in Sioma district of Western Province has died after being attacked by an Elephant.

Western Region Zambia Wild Life (ZAWA) Commanding Officer Gryton Kasamu disclosed the incident to ZANIS in an interview in Mongu today.

Mr. Kasamu said the Woman met her fate when she was coming back from her field where she went to collect Pumpkin leaves for relish around 09:00 near Sioma National Pack last Sunday.

He has identified the name of the deceased as Manyando Mwiya 65 adding that following the development, fear and panic has gripped the residents in the area.


Rare 17-foot-long oarfish found dead off Catalina Island, California

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A rarely-seen sea serpent was discovered Monday on a beach on the western end of Santa Catalina Island. The island harbor patrol found a 17-foot dead oarfish floating in the waters off Sandy Beach. Courtesy of Catalina Conservancy
A rarely-seen sea serpent was discovered Monday on a beach on the western end of Santa Catalina Island.

The island harbor patrol found a 17-foot dead oarfish floating in the waters off Sandy Beach.

Seagulls apparently had been eating parts of the body, said Annie MacAulay, a marine scientist who was at nearby Emerald Bay with 50 science camp students.


After 55 year slumber, Chile's Guallatiri volcano shaken by earthquake swarm - alert level raised to 'yellow'

Guallatiri or Guallatire is one of the most active volcanoes in northern Chile. It is just west of the border with Bolivia and at the southwestern end of the Nevados de Quimsachata. It is a symmetrical 6,071-metre-high (19,918 ft) (3.7723 miles) ice-clad stratovolcano. Wallatiri is capped by a central dacitic dome or lava complex, with the active vent at its southern side. The volcano last erupted in 1960. -Wikipedia

Elevated seismic activity since the night 30-31 May triggered SERNAGEOMIN to raise the alert level of the volcano to "yellow." A swarm 22 earthquakes related to internal rock fracturing, possibly caused by rising magma, was registered shortly after midnight 30-31 May. A magnitude 3.7 quake occurred at 05:17 local time the next morning.

At the same time, slight deformation of the summit area of the volcano was detected as well, which would be consistent with a new magma intrusion at depth. No other changes (such as increased degassing, rock falls etc) have been noted.


Sun halo appears during beatification mass in El Salvador

As the relics of Blessed Oscar Romero were brought out for veneration during his beatification Mass in San Salvador, the cloudy skies parted and a ring of light - known as a "solar halo" - appeared around the sun.

"Honestly, I think this one of the most supernatural things I have ever experienced in my life," Father Manuel Dorantes told CNA May 29.

A priest of the diocese of Chicago and Spanish assistant to the director of the Holy See press office, Fr. Dorantes was present in San Salvador for the May 23 beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero.

Romero oversaw the diocese of San Salvador from 1977 until March 24, 1980, when he was shot and killed while saying Mass. In February Pope Francis officially recognized him as a martyr, and his beatification took place in his former diocese just over a week ago.

The ring around the sun appeared once Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, had finished reading the official decree proclaiming Oscar Arnulfo Romero as a martyr and a blessed, Fr. Dorantes recalled.

Comment: Sun halos have been much more frequent this year. So far, they have been reported in the UK, Mexico, China, Japan, the U.S., the Virgin Islands, and elsewhere.

See also: Chemtrails? Contrails? Strange Skies

Black Cat

Tiger kills animal keeper in Malaysia


A tiger behind bars
An Indonesian animal keeper died after he was attacked by a caged tiger at a resort here this afternoon.

In the 2 pm incident, the tiger which the man had been taking care of for the past eight years, suddenly attacked him when he entered the cage to feed it.

Alor Gajah district police chief Supt Muhammad Ismail Muhammad Yusuf said the 34-year-old victim was rushed to Tampin Hospital for treatment but he died shortly after.

Melaka Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director, Noorzakiahanum Mohd Noh said the department was investigating on the incident.

"Perlihitan is also observing the condition of the tiger to determine why it attacked the caretaker," she told reporters here today.