Earth Changes


French Alps hit by some very unseasonal July snowfalls

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The French Alps looked more like a winter wonderland this week as the rotten summer weather continued in France.
Holidaymakers in the Alps in recent days would have been forgiven for thinking they had come in the wrong season after the region was hit by some very unseasonal snowfalls. There was bad news for sunseekers too with the sun set to stay away for much of July.

Parts of the Alps looked like a winter wonderland on Thursday as summer snow continued to fall, disrupting the usual holiday activities.

The regional newspaper Dauphiné Libere reported that tourists in the town of La Rosière were asking shopkeepers for toboggans so they could go sledging on the slopes.

At the resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isere, the snowfall ruined the chances of activities such as flyboarding and mountain biking.

The resort of La Rosiere
Ice Cube

Ice still present on Lake Superior in July!

The mainstream media tries to pretend that ice remained on Lake Superior "only" into June.

"How about July?"asks reader E Stephens.

"We should name icebergs still floating in Lake Superior in July after infamous AGW scientists. This one is Gavin," says Tilly LaCampagne via Twitter.

See photo dated 11 July 2014:

Thanks to E Stephens for this link
Cloud Lightning

One killed and seven injured by lightning in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

© Ellen Haviland
A lightning strike killed one woman and injured seven other people inside Rocky Mountain National Park on Friday, park officials said.

The strike occurred shortly after 1 p.m. on the Ute Crossing Trail, officials said. Eight people suffered a variety of injuries, including one woman who died at the scene.

The people were all Colorado residents hiking together.

Of the remaining seven, two were transported by ambulance and five transported themselves to the Estes Park Medical Center, park officials said.

Four of the victims were treated and released. The other three remained hospitalized, but were expected to survive.

Snowflake Cold

Coldest June ever recorded in Antarctica

© John Weller
Antarctica continues to defy the global warming script, with a report from Meteo France, that June this year was the coldest Antarctic June ever recorded, at the French Antarctic Dumont d'Urville Station.

According to the press release, during June this year, the average temperature was -22.4c (-8.3F), 6.6c (11.9F) lower than normal. This is the coldest June ever recorded at the station, and almost the coldest monthly average ever - only September 1953 was colder, with a recorded average temperature of -23.5c (-10.3F).

June this year also broke the June daily minimum temperature record, with a new record low of -34.9c (-30.8F).

Other unusual features of the June temperature record are an unusual excess of sunlight hours (11.8 hours rather than the normal 7.4 hours), and unusually light wind conditions.

Timebomb! Watch as 6.8 Magnitude quake shakes the Fukushima nuclear power plant

Fukushima map
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Fast forward to 1 minutes 6 seconds into the clip (equivalent to 4:22am local time, and where every second is equvalent to 6 seconds in real-time) to see what the 6.8 magnitude earthquake, which we reported earlier, was all about. Luckily, this time, it was nothing to write home about. Let's hope it stays that way for all future earthquakes as well, or otherwise Abe will have much bigger problems on his hands than just a flaccid "third arrow."

Comment: USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8 - 129km ESE of Namie, Japan

Alarm Clock

Earthquake Magnitude 4.3 in central Greece rattles Athens

Earthquake 4.3 hits central Greece
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An earthquake of 4.3 magnitude on the Richter scale rattled Central Greece, today, July 11 at 12:46 pm. The areas where the earthquake was mostly felt were Chalkida and Eretria, while Athenians also felt its impact.

According to the Institute of Geodynamics the epicenter of the earthquake was in the city of Chalkida, Euboea, 54 kilometers north of Athens. The focal depth of the quake was detected at five kilometers.

Historically, earthquakes have caused widespread damage across central and southern Greece, the islands of the Ionian Sea, Crete, Cyprus, Sicily and other neighboring regions.

In January, a series of strong earthquakes on the western island of Kefalonia damaged hundreds of homes and injured more than a dozen people.
Alarm Clock

Channel Islands hit by biggest earthquake in 90 years

The biggest earthquake in Jersey and Guernsey on the Channel Islands for almost 90 years has struck, with a magnitude of 4.2.

Rumbles of sounds were heard as windows rattled when the quake struck at a depth of seven miles around 12 miles west of St Helier at 12.54pm.
Channel Islands earthquake
© Google
Jersey hit by biggest earthquake in 90 years.
The British Geological Survey (BGS) said it was the largest earthquake to have hit the region since a 5.6-magnitude quake on February 17, 1927.A spokesman for the BGS said it was also felt weakly on the South Coast of England, but only caused "very minor" damage.

One local thought a plane had crashed nearby, while another reported that the impact was enough to make them jump and go outside.
Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.8 - 129km ESE of Namie, Japan

Earthquake 6.8 Japan
Event Time
2014-07-11 19:22:00 UTC
2014-07-12 04:22:00 UTC+09:00 at epicenter

37.069°N 142.364°E depth=13.3km (8.2mi)

Nearby Cities
129km (80mi) ESE of Namie, Japan
131km (81mi) E of Iwaki, Japan
147km (91mi) ENE of Kitaibaraki, Japan
151km (94mi) ENE of Takahagi, Japan
284km (176mi) ENE of Tokyo, Japan

Scientific data

Comment: This is getting uncomfortably close to Fukushima! Namie lies in Fukushima prefecture.


15-foot-long pilot whale washes up on Hilton Head, South Carolina

A 15-foot-long pilot whale beached itself Thursday morning on Hilton Head Island and died, causing a stir for beachgoers, some of whom tried unsuccessfully to save the mammal.

A necropsy performed on the whale, found near the heel of the island at Port Royal Plantation, did not reveal a cause of death. More tests to check for viruses or other conditions that led to the 700-pound mammal's stranding will be completed in coming weeks, said Jessica Conway, a marine mammal technician with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

It was the first pilot whale to be stranded on Beaufort County shores since 2012, when one was found on Hunting Island.

The whale on Hilton Head was found near marker 118 at about 6 a.m. by a beachgoer who notified the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

A group of about eight people tried to push the dying whale back into the water, according to an email to The Island Packet from an onlooker. The whale had been thrashing in the surf, but was dead by 7:30 a.m. when volunteers with the island's Sea Turtle Protection Project arrived.

Cloud Lightning

Colorado man struck by lightning while videoing storm

Just as the camera went black, so did the man’s ability to function.
Next time you venture out to record an intense storm, you may want to keep an eye out for lightning.

Chad Greenless, a resident of Arvade, Colorado was standing on his front porch with a camera in hand, ready to record an intense summer storm Monday night.

It was in the middle of filming that the unexpected happened: Greenless was struck by the very lightning he had set out to record.

It's not the first time an attempt to use technology has resulted in a lightning strike, either. Just last week, a Peterborogh man was struck by lightning when he tried to live tweet a storm.

Eyewitness News reported that Greenless was paralyzed at the moment of contact, but is now slowly recovering at home.