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Severe storms cause flash floods, power outages and uprooted trees in Houston, Texas

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There was street flooding in Deer Park during Friday's storms.
Severe storms created all sorts of problems throughout the greater Houston area Thursday.

In New Waverly, the severe weather sent a tree barreling through a home and cutting it in half. Not far away, an 18 wheeler overturned due to heavy winds.

In Huntsville, heavy rain flooded the Woodcreek Apartments and the weight of high water forced a glass wall to cave at Sam Houston State University's recreational center. More than 14 inches of water flooded the center, forcing it to temporarily close until crews can make repairs.

In Spring, another scary moment as a tree uprooted and fell through a house off Falling Leaf Lane, narrowly missing a man standing in the kitchen.

Attention

Mexico's 'Volcano of Fire' in Colima spews colossal column of ash over Ciudad Guzman


Mexico's Colima volcano has spewed a giant 3.5-kilometre-high column of ash that rained down on a nearby city, authorities say. The Jalisco state civil protection agency said a "moderate" quantity of ash fell on Ciudad Guzman, a town near the western state of Colima, where the volcano is located.

A civil protection official said there were no reports of damage or injuries in the city of 100,000 people.

Officials urged the population to use masks if they venture out of their homes, remove excess ash from rooftops so they do not collapse and cover water drains.

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Cloud Precipitation

Storm rips through Bangladesh burying over 100 people under collapsing walls and trees

Eleven people, injured during a powerful storm that ripped through Bogra on Saturday night, have died.

This takes the death toll in the storm to 14 in the northern district.

Bogra's Deputy Commissioner Shafiqur Reza Biswas said over 100 people were injured when they were buried under collapsed walls and trees during the storm.

Eleven people died between Saturday night and Sunday morning, said the district administration's chief.

At least 85 persons are being treated at different local hospitals, he added.

Attention

Collapse of sea life in Pacific Ocean: Sardine populations decline by 91% in eight years

Earlier this week Michael Snyder warned that the bottom of our food chain is going through a catastrophic collapse with sea creatures dying in absolutely massive numbers. The cause of the problem is a mystery to scientists who claim that they can't pinpoint how or why it's happening.

What's worse, the collapse of sea life in the Pacific Ocean isn't something that will affect us several decades into the future. The implications are being seen right now, as evidenced by an emergency closure of fisheries along the West coast this week.

On Wednesday federal regulators announced the early closure of sardine fisheries in California, Oregon and Washington. According to the most recent data, the sardine populations has been wiped out with populations seeing a decline of 91% in just the last eight years.

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Massive dust storms descend upon Belarus and Utah

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BELARUS - A potent dust storm swept through Belarus this week — turning day into night in a scene straight out the Book of Revelation. Stunning video shows the exact moment when the "apocalyptic" batch of weather invades the city of Soligorsk and plunges one of its bustling roadways into darkness.

Vision shot from an apartment block in the city of Soligorsk shows a gradual darkening of the sky. Within minutes, the city was pitch black, with drivers gradually seen flicking on their headlights as darkness descended. Television network RT reported police had to escort pedestrians around the streets with flashlights. Subsequent heavy rain led to electricity being cut and some damage to buildings from falling trees.

Residents were said to be both scared and excited by the natural phenomenon, which hit Belarus on Monday, according to the Russian website RT. Local meteorologists in the Eastern European region dubbed the ominous occurrence a "haboob" — which means "intense red dust storm" in Arabic. - NY Post


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Pensioner finds snake in his oven in Halliwell, UK

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Find: The 65-year-old scooped up the reptile and put it in a plastic food recycling box
David Atherton scooped up the reptile and put it in a plastic food recycling box and alerted police after he watched it fall to the floor and curl up

A pensioner ready to enjoy a meal of pie and chips was shocked to discover a three foot snake slithering around inside his oven.

David Atherton was about to put his meal inside the cooker when he saw the black and white banded California king hanging at the side.

The 65-year-old scooped up the reptile, put it in a plastic food recycling box and alerted police after he watched it fall to the floor and curl up.

RSPCA officers retrieved the snake the same evening and it has been given a temporary home with a local conservationist.

Mr Atherton, from Halliwell, near Bolton, Greater Manchester, revealed his sister Margaret, 73, who has a phobia of the animal, had to be taken to hospital with heart problems after becoming distressed when she heard of the incident.

He said: "Her phobia is so bad she cannot even look at a snake on TV, let alone see one in real life.

Igloo

April blizzard conditions cause 70-vehicle pile up on Wyoming interstate; 10 inches of snow in one day

As many as 70 vehicles piled up in one spot of a Wyoming interstate Thursday after a heavy April storm dropped almost 10 inches of snow on the area, authorities said.
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Multiple-vehicle crashes in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 on Thursday, April 16, 2015, that closed the highway between Rawlins and Cheyenne, Wyoming.
An almost 150-mile-long stretch of Interstate 80 remained closed in both directions Thursday afternoon between Cheyenne in southeast Wyoming and Rawlins in the central part of the state because of treacherous, slick conditions that caused accidents across the area, officials said. The worst spot was near mile post 342, between Cheyenne and Laramie, two of the state's major population centers.

The state Highway Patrol said three major accidents happened at that location within just a few hours, the first at 11:22 a.m. ET (1:22 p.m. ET) in blizzard conditions. All told, as many as 50 commercial vehicles and 20 passenger vehicles were piled up at the scene, it said.

No deaths were reported, but the Highway Patrol said, "but multiple injuries have been confirmed." Details on the injuries weren't immediately available.

State Transportation Dept. traffic cameras showed that a long line of trucks and cars remained stalled at that location late in the afternoon:

The National Weather Service said parts of Laramie County along I-80 got up to 9.8 inches of snow — and things could get worse.

Snow was expected to increase overnight into Friday morning, with as much as a foot of snow expected along the southern Laramie range. "there will likely be significant impacts to travel, especially along Interstate 80 from Buford to Arlington," it said.

Comment: Average Snowfall for Wyoming in April:
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The number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century's YEARLY average

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Volcano Eruption.
Is the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide increasing? Yes. During the 20th century, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions globally. That works out to approximately 35 eruptions per year. That may sound like a lot, but according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now. In other words, the number of volcanoes erupting as you read this article is greater than the 20th century's yearly average.

And all of this is part of a larger trend. In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we had ever seen in a single year, and 2015 is already threatening to be another one for the record books. All over the planet, volcanoes that have long been dormant are beginning to wake up, and this is greatly puzzling many scientists.

Fortunately, most of the eruptions in recent years have been relatively small. But scientists tell us that if we do see a VEI 7 or a VEI 8 eruption today, the amount of energy that would be released would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a million nuclear bombs going off all at once, and such an eruption would completely literally transform our civilization almost overnight.

The last VEI 7 eruption that the world witnessed was in Indonesia in 1815.

According to the Express, that massive eruption resulted in a "year without summer" and created famine all over the globe...
The deadly eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia sparked what was known as the 'Year Without Summer' in 1815 as crops failed and livestock died in much of the Northern Hemisphere - causing the worst famine for hundreds of years.

However, academics have warned that the chances of a similar disaster happening in the next 85 years, which could see the Earth flung back into a "pre-civilisation state", was estimated to be as high as one in 10.

Due to dense population, an eruption which killed tens of thousands only two centuries ago would now be "cataclysmic" for today's population, the authors warned.

"Large volcanic eruptions have the potential to impact climate, anthropogenic infrastructure and resource supplies on a global scale," the panel of geologists, economists and climate scientists from the European Science Foundation have written in a new paper.
If you don't think that such a thing could happen today, you should keep in mind that global food production is just barely keeping up with global food demand. In fact, in some years the world actually eats more food than it produces. Global food reserves are at perilously low levels, and so a "year without summer" would be absolutely cataclysmic.

And right now, some of the biggest volcanoes in the world are starting to wake up.

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.5 - 183km SSW of Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

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  1. 2015-04-17 15:52:51 (UTC)
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  1. 183km (114mi) SSW of Sigave, Wallis and Futuna
  2. 224km (139mi) ENE of Lambasa, Fiji
  3. 401km (249mi) NE of Suva, Fiji
  4. 474km (295mi) ENE of Nadi, Fiji
  5. 679km (422mi) NNW of Nuku'alofa, Tonga
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Wolf

Wolves attack sheep flock on the edge of Roquebillière town, France

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Wolves have attacked a flock of sheep just yards from houses in the Alpes-Maritimes town of Roquebillière.

The pack killed 12 sheep and injured many others in the attack early on Tuesday morning, the first time wolves have attacked so close to houses.

Farmer Daniel Nicolao, 59, told Nice Matin that 21 sheep were either killed or injured - and the injured animals were so badly hurt they were going to be slaughtered.

The Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage told the paper that so far this year there had been 128 wolf attacks and they had killed about 300 animals, with many of the attacks being near Roquebillière, a spa town in the Vésubie valley just 30km from Nice.

Mr Nicolao said he would get compensation but told the newspaper: "I don't give a damn about compensation, it's my sheep that matter. Do you know how much work that means! I'm going to get my rifle, and I'll fix the problem. You watch!"

He added that the pack had attacked every one of the sheep in the flock, meaning they had had young wolves with them and were teaching them to hunt.

"Today they are in the field next door - next year they'll be doing our dustbins!"