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Beijing bracing itself for record breaking cold

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November 22 was recorded as Beijing's coldest day in over 1,000 days, leading some meteorologists to expect record breaking cold in the region.
Beijing could be set to experience record breaking cold this week, with temperatures set to drop to their lowest November levels since modern records began, reports China News Service.

Northern China's coldest November temperatures on record were minus 12.3 degrees Celsius on November 30, 1970. That record could be broken however with Sunday recorded as Beijing's coldest day in over 1,000 days.

After blizzard conditions on November 22, Beijing had temporary snow again on Tuesday, leading to frozen roads and cold weather warning announcements from authorities.

Peak daytime temperatures in Beijing this week are likely to stay under zero degrees, according to weather forecasts. Meteorologists have estimated that temperatures on November 26 and 27 will hit minus 12 degrees and possibly lower.

CNN reports that the conditions saw more than 200 flights cancelled in Beijing, as well as the closure of schools and roads.


Massive 33ft squid caught off coast of Spain

The 10 metre long, 150kg monster was caught by fishermen aboard the boat Minchos off the coast of the northern Asturias region, some miles from the Strait of Villaviciosa
You'd be forgiven for thinking these images have come straight from a Sci-Fi film.

But these are pictures of a real giant squid, caught by fisherman off the coast of Spain.

The beast measured 33 foot and weighed in at a staggering 330lbs.

Believed to be a female, the squid was caught in the nets the fishermen were trawling at a depth of almost 500m.

Speaking of their surprising monster catch, one of the fishing boat crew said: "To see a specimen of this size can intimidate anybody, even those who fish every day and have spent a lifetime at sea."

Ice Cube

Huge ice circle forms in Swedish river

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The ice circle in the River Kalix in northern Sweden.
A Swedish man has described his luck after his picture of a peculiar natural phenomenon in an icy river in the far north of the country hit the headlines in Sweden on Monday.

Torgny Johansson spoke to The Local a day after he snapped the picture of the enormous ice circle floating in the Kalix River at Forsbyn, 75 kilometres north of Luleå, using his drone.

"I have seen one maybe two or three times before near the same place as this one. But nothing as large as this," he said.

Ice circles are formed in slow-moving areas of rivers where a part of the current moves in the opposite direction to the main stream, a so-called 'backstream'.

When the water freezes the circling currents form an ice disc.


Dead whale found on the shoreline at Inverkip, Scotland

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A dead whale has been found washed up on the shoreline in Inverkip.

The massive marine mammal was found beached at Kip Marina just after noon today.

A passer-by contacted the coastguard after initially fearing it was a capsized boat.

But when the lifeboat and coastguard teams arrived they realised it was in fact a whale.

As a result, teams from Police Scotland, Inverclyde Council, the Scottish SPCA and the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme attended the scene.

A cordon is in place around whale before it is removed from the scene tomorrow.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: "Someone phoned us as they thought that a boat had capsized.

"When our crews arrived they discovered it was a big Minke whale that had died.

"We notified all the relevant teams and the police cordoned the area off.

"The whale has been secured before it is taken away tomorrow."

Sergeant Bob Adam of Greenock Police it was a joint operation.

He said: "We cordoned off the whale for public safety.

"A marine biologist will analyse the whale before it is removed from the area."

Cloud Precipitation

Tennis ball-sized hail pounds Oakey, Australia


Sha Sha Atkins shows the size of the hail in Oakey.
Hailstones the size of tennis balls have turned the streets of Oakey white.

A freak hailstorm showered parts of the Darling Downs with hail between 3.50pm and 4.20pm this afternoon.

Hail has also been reported in Highfields and Pittsworth.

Houses and cars in Oakey have sustained damage from the hail.

Snowflake Cold

Deepest November snow for over 60 years in Sapporo, Japan

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Sapporo is used to deep snow, but not in November
Residents of northern Japan were surprised by an early blast of winter this week as sub-zero temperatures and heavy snow combined to cover much of Hokkaido with a white winter duvet.

One resident of the prefecture capital, Sapporo, said: "It's a lot, a lot! Last year it snowed around November 8 but it was nothing like this".

In this northern prefecture of Hokkaido, the lavender fields of Furano saw temperatures on Wednesday night drop to minus 21 degrees Celsius. On the same night in Sapporo, the temperature fell to minus 7C.

Sapporo first dropped below freezing on Monday night, with snow started falling in the early hours of Tuesday.

Comment: See also: Russia's port city of Vladivostok hit by icy tempest

Cloud Precipitation

At least two dead after flash flooding in Texas, following record rainfall

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A nearly submerged vehicle in west Dallas. Swift water rescue crews did not find anyone inside.

Heavy rain across the south-central US has resulted in at least two deaths and one person missing in north Texas, with flood watches in effect as far north as St. Louis. Some areas received four inches of rain overnight as the storm moved northeast.

Rising floodwaters claimed the lives of two motorists who attempted to drive through high water in Johnson County, Texas, according to the Star-Telegram in Fort Worth. In Tarrant County, a sheriff's deputy was rescued by Fort Worth firefighters after she tried to assist a 70-year-old motorist whose car was lifted off a bridge by the flooding.

Deputy Krystal Salazar, 26, was found clinging to a tree two hours after she attempted to rescue the stranded senior, who is currently considered missing. Salazar was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Comment: All over the planet rainfall records are being broken. Within the past few days Addu City in the Maldives experienced the worst floods in 40 years as 9 inches of rain fell in 12 hours; and Qatar and Saudi Arabia, both desert countries, were ravaged by torrential rains causing havoc. Qatar's capital Doha, recorded more than a year's worth of rain in one day.

We are observing increasingly chaotic and extraordinary weather events globally. See SOTT's Earth Changes video summary for October below.

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - October 2015: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Bizarro Earth

Weird purple slime choking Norway's fjords

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Fisherman in northern Norway first noticed the strange-looking purple slime in late August of this year. At first, there were large clots of the slimy stuff, but now, it has collected in a 200 meter (219 yards) wide belt around Lyngen Fjord.

Whatever the purple slime is, it's freaking out fishermen and sailors alike, and no one seems to know what it is. There are various descriptions of the mass of purple slime, from clotted and mucoid, to gelatinous and gooey.

The Local, Norway's news in English reported that Roger Larsen, an associate professor at the University in Tromsø, told state news broadcaster NRK, "We have not been able to find out what this really is, other than that we are talking about large amounts of jellyfish."

Comment: Mystery purple slime coats Norway fjord

Ice Cube

Russia's port city of Vladivostok hit by icy tempest

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Russia's Far Eastern port city of Vladivostok has been hit hard by gusts of freezing wind reaching speeds of 25 meters per second causing sea water to freeze over anything the giant waves touched.
This Thursday Vladivostok's port turned into a giant slushy machine as sea water mixed with sand started freezing under gusts of cold wind in subzero temperatures.

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Climate science fiction: NOAA avoids atmospheric satellite data which shows no global warming in last two decades

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the nation's leading collector of climate data. Every day, NOAA analyzes vast amounts of data to predict changes to our climate, weather, oceans and coasts. The agency also publishes monthly temperature averages across the nation and compares those numbers to historical temperature records.

As the nation's self-proclaimed authority on "environmental intelligence," NOAA should be held to the highest scientific standards. This means their conclusions should be objective, independent of political consideration and based on all available sources of information.

NOAA's top official, Kathryn Sullivan, has described the agency's role as providing "timely, reliably, and actionable information — based on sound science — every day to millions of Americans."

In testimony before the House Science Committee, NOAA's deputy administrator, Manson Brown, made similar remarks, noting the importance of satellite data. He said that NOAA's ability "to deliver environmental intelligence starts with keeping the pulse of the planet, especially the atmosphere and the ocean, and this is the central capability where space-based assets come into play." So why does NOAA leave out satellite data when it releases climate projections?

NOAA often fails to consider all available data in its determinations and climate change reports to the public. A recent study by NOAA, published in the journal Science, made "adjustments" to historical temperature records and NOAA trumpeted the findings as refuting the nearly two-decade pause in global warming. The study's authors claimed these adjustments were supposedly based on new data and new methodology. But the study failed to include satellite data.

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