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250 villages cut off by heavy snowfall in Turkey

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Snow removal in Turkey.
In Hozat and Ovacik snowfall exceeded half a meter (20 inches), says this article on gercekgundem.com. And there is 20 cm (8 inches) of snow in the city center of Pülümür.

Normal life in Tunceli is stopped

Due to the increasing snowfall during the night in Tunceli, the Tunceli-Pülümür and Tunceli-Erzincan highways remained closed to traffic due to the dozens of vehicles stuck on the road.

A large number of machines were sent to the area to open roads. Meanwhile, Tunceli-Hozat, it was learned that the Tunceli-Ovacik road transport in closed due to snow.

About 250 villages are cut off.

Snowflake Cold

Birds in Rhode Island found dead due to severe winter

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Dead Canada goose.
Rhode Island's severe winter has proven deadly for waterfowl — primarily Canada geese — whose carcasses are being found across Rhode Island as the snow and ice start to melt, according to the Department of Environmental Management. Tides have also pushed them in along the shoreline.

The birds have died from malnutrition and starvation, said wildlife biologist Joshua Beuth, with the DEM Division of Fish and Wildlife. The die-off is atypical, attributable to this winter's persistent ice and snow cover; similar die-offs have occurred in Massachusetts and Connecticut, Beuth said.

"I went to several of the sites and took a look at the birds to confirm our belief of malnutrition and starvation," Beuth said. "There's very little muscle tissue; [they're] very emaciated and there are no other signs of trauma that would indicate any other cause of death."

Wolf

Man stabs his pit pull terrier after it attacks him, wife in Hamden, Connecticut

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A family dog or a fighting breed?
The pit bull turned on the owners when they tried to separate it from a family puppy.

A Hamden resident stabbed his adult male pit bull after the dog attacked him and his wife on Friday afternoon.

Both Ford Street residents were taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Sgt. Anthony Diaz said in a press release.

Diaz said that the pit bull attacked the woman after she tried to separate it from one of the puppies at the home. The pit bull had been biting the puppy, according to Diaz.

The woman's husband then coaxed the dog into a backroom of the residence at which time the pit bull attacked him as well.

Attention

Rare deep sea beaked whale dies on Guam shore

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Bile Bay: A rare 15-foot beaked whale died in Bile Bay in Merizo yesterday, March 23. Guam Department of Agriculture authorities are expected to conduct a necropsy today.
A very rare whale washed up on the Merizo reef yesterday.

The 15-foot beaked whale was still alive when it washed up in Bile Bay in Merizo.

Residents reported it to authorities at 10:30 a.m. When authorities arrived an hour later it was dead, said to Brent Tibbatts, Guam Department of Agriculture fisheries biologist.

Tibbatts said Guam Department of Agriculture authorities planned to haul it away yesterday evening at high tide to perform a necropsy at a Guam Department of Agriculture facility.

Attention

Strong winds sweep wild fire in North Korea across South Korean border

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The cause of the blaze was not known, and damage estimates were not immediately available.
Strong winds swept a wild fire in North Korea across the heavily armed border with South Korea, prompting a suspension of cross-border movements into a jointly-run factory park in the North.

About 50 firefighters and three helicopters were battling the fire on the south side of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) border, according to an official at the South Korean border town of Paju, adding that there were no reports of casualties.

Access to the area is normally restricted.

Attention

12 pilot whales dead in Bunbury harbour, Australia

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Pilot whales stranded in Bunbury harbour
The fight to save members of a whale pod stranded at a beach in WA's south continues after a dozen long-finned pilot whales were confirmed dead.

The pod of whales became stranded along the breakwater wall and adjacent beach in Bunbury harbour early Monday and Department of Parks and Wildlife nature conservation leader Kim Williams said 12 whales had died in the stranding, while six were earlier herded out to sea.

Cloud Precipitation

Large hailstones kill horses, birds and ravage cotton crops in northern New South Wales, Australia

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A woman holds a huge piece of hail at Narrabri from a super cell storm.
Just weeks before picking, severe storms have wreaked havoc on north-western New South Wales cotton crops.

Large hailstones pounded the Narrabri region and winds close to 100 kilometres an hour ripped at crops and pulled at tiled rooves.

The cotton crop of the Narrabri Community Education Trust farm has suffered extensive damage, but farmer Rob Eveleigh, who helps manage the crop, said other growers around it may have lost everything.

He said the 60 hectares of cotton was being grown as a fundraiser for local schools.

"It's probably in the order of 25 to 30 per cent damage which is a big loss obviously. That's the profits," he said.

"I know not too far away from there there's growers who lost whole crops.

"It's just one of those thing. If you're in farming, you just have to take it on the chin and move on."

Snowflake

Oldest weather observatory in US breaks seasonal snowfall record

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With just 1.8 inches of snow falling, Blue Hills Observatory & Science Center finally breaks the seasonal snowfall record.
Now that spring has officially begun, Blue Hills Observatory & Science Center in Milton has finally broken its snowfall record.

With 1.8 inches falling Friday into Saturday, this year's snowfall surpassed the seasonal record set in 1996 with 145.8 inches, according to the Observatory.

Blue Hills is the oldest operating weather observatory in the nation, with observers tracking snowfall there since 1885.

Observatory chief Don McCasland says this winter will be a subject of folklore.

"They'll say, 'Oh, you know, February 2015 was the worst. The only one almost as bad was 1978,'" he said.

Snowflake Cold

Strange 'pillars of light' in Michigan - it's 'diamond dust'

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Monday morning's low temperatures created a weather event in northern Michigan that you're more likely to see in the Arctic Circle.

Pillars of light filled the sky early in the morning from a phenomenon called diamond dust. It's a cloud formation made from ice crystals.

Justin Arnott - a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Gaylord - says diamond dust can take light from street lamps or traffic lights and refract it into light pillars.

"They can extend very far from a light source," Arnott says. "You can see the tops of them before you even know what's creating the light. So that can kind of make it surreal."

Arnott says the cause is tiny ice crystals from residual moisture.

"You're really seeing the impact of light as it encounters really small ice crystals in the atmosphere," Arnott says. "And it really tends to happen only when it's really cold. I mean well below zero before we see that kind of phenomenon."

Comment: In the last month, as well as this 'fairly rare' ice crystal cloud phenomena in Michigan, and the 'rare', bizarre 'portal to heaven' cloud formation in Turkey; 'strange sounds' were also heard in Philadelphia, and the aurora borealis, commonly referred to as the 'Northern lights' are being observed more frequently in more Southern locations.

Perhaps there is a correlation with the increasing comet/volcanic dust loading of the atmosphere, which is accentuating electric charge build-up?


Bizarro Earth

Magnitude-6.4 earthquake rocks Northern Chile

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A major earthquake struck early Monday morning in northern Chile.

The National Seismological Service at the University of Chile initially listed the temblor at a magnitude-6.3. The U.S. Geological Survey listed it as a magnitude-6.4.

The temblor's epicenter was located 48 kilometers (30 miles) east-southeast of Putre, Chile, at a depth of 128 km (180 miles), the USGS reported. It was near the borders with Peru and Bolivia, and occurred at 12:51 a.m. local time.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the region.

No tsunami was expected as a result of the earthquake, according to the Chilean Navy Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service.

The earthquake was felt in Tacna, Peru, but it didn't affect the electrical system, according to the USGS and Twitter users.