Earth Changes

Cloud Lightning

Hurricane Odile could bring catastrophic flooding from Tucson to Albuquerque NM in U.S. Southwest

Odile will unload tremendous rainfall over a large part of the Southwest United States that will run off the mountains and into the desert valleys and plains through the end of the week.

According to Western Weather Expert Ken Clark, "There is the potential for devastating, catastrophic and historic flooding in this scenario."

The heaviest rainfall will hit the Southwestern states of Arizona and New Mexico where a general 3 to 6 inches will fall, but local amounts of 10 inches or more are possible on the slopes of the mountains. Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches per hour can occur.

There is a significant risk to lives and property in the region.

"Not only will flash and urban flooding occur in this case, but there is the potential for major river flooding," Clark said.

Bear attacks and kills 31-year-old man in Wyoming

Bridger-Teton National Forest
A 31-year-old Utah man doing research alone in a remote backcountry area has died in a bear attack in the Bridger-Teton National Forest in northwest Wyoming.

Officials aren't certain yet what type of bear killed Adam Thomas Stewart of Virgin, Utah.

"I'm assuming grizzly, but we don't have the bear so I can't say for certain," Fremont County Coroner Ed McAuslan said Monday. "At this particular time we're still putting stuff together."

Fremont County Undersheriff Ryan Lee said Stewart was in a remote area checking on a research plot when he failed to return as expected on Sept. 5. He was reported missing on Sept. 7, prompting a search.
Bizarro Earth

Northern California wildfires claim 100 structures, forcing closure of Interstate 5

A raging wildfire, which erupted Monday afternoon, has damaged or destroyed more than 100 structures and has forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents in Northern California, near Weed. The Boles Fire has scorched 375 acres, and prompted the closure of Interstate 5, according to CalFire.
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Twitter user Ken Bodnar:
My wife just got these pics from a friend in #WeedCa of the #BolesFire
Evacuation orders were issued for residents in Weed, Carrick and Lake Shastina, CalFire reported. An evacuation center has been opened at the Siskiyou County Fairgrounds in Yreka. Three injuries were reported. As of Tuesday morning, the fire is 20 percent contained.
Snowflake Cold

Killing freeze, widespread frost to seize the Northeast U.S. later this week

The chilliest air of the season so far will settle over much of the Northeast Thursday into Friday and will bring frost to more areas than experienced frost early this week.

The pattern through this week will bring cooler-than-average temperatures to the region with a reinforcing push of cool air forecast to settle in Thursday night and Friday.

Where skies become clear and winds diminish Thursday night over the interior, the stage will be set for a frost and even a freeze in the coldest locations.

Hunter viciously mauled by his own dog in Austria

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Cujo, the rabid St. Bernard. Not the dog in the story.
A hunter in the Burgenland village of Mariadorf was seriously hurt on Monday after being bitten by his own dog.

The 61-year-old was tracking a deer, which had been injured in a traffic accident.

When his dog found a dead rabbit instead, it became aggressive and attacked the man.

The hunter was able to tie the animal to a traffic sign and alert the police.

When the officers arrived, the badly wounded hunter asked the police to kill his dog in order to prevent further danger.

The animal was killed with two shots and the hunter taken to hospital with serious injuries to his hands, legs and abdomen.
Cloud Lightning

Tornado hits Valdelamusa, Huelva, Southern Spain

Residents of the small commune of Valdelamusa, Huelva province, Spain were thrown into a state of panic this afternoon when they saw flying roofs, trees and even a lamppost. As reported by, emergency services began calling inhabitants of the village to warn them of extremely strong wind and rain that may have produced a tornado around 2 30 in the afternoon, Tuesday, September 16th.

Among the incidents were downed trees, the collapse of an electric pole on the access road to the town and severe damage to the roofs of several stores. A truck with two people inside was blown over a few kilometers from the village, although it seems that the occupants were not seriously wounded.

Extensive damage to trees and buildings was caused by a tornado in Valdelamusa
Cloud Lightning

Tornado hits near Marseille - video

A small tornado struck a shopping district in the French communes of Pennes-Mirabeau and Cabriès 15kms north of Marseille yesterday, September 15th. Local workers recorded the tornado ripping roofs off adjacent stores and throwing debris across a parking lot. No injuries were reported.


Denizen of deep water, cuviers beaked whale found dead on Titahi Bay beach, New Zealand

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A cuviers beaked whale washed up on the beach south of Titahi Bay near Wellington this morning.

Onlookers have flocked to a beach at Titahi Bay, north of Wellington, to see a dead 6m-long whale which washed up overnight.

The whale, believed to be a cuvier's beaked whale, was first spotted about 8am today.

Department of Conservation's (DOC) marine species team manager Ian Angus said the whale was a deep-water species and appeared to be mature.

He said although cuvier's beaked whales had stranded on New Zealand shores before, it was not common.

"I can't see any obvious damage to it or injury, so I presume it died at sea and a combination of wave and wind has brought to Titahi Bay," he said.

DOC has put up a cordon around the whale to discourage people from touching it; one person nearly stood on it, a DOC staff member said.

Comment: See also:Creatures from the deep signal major Earth Changes: Is anyone paying attention?

Cloud Lightning

Heavy rainfall causes floods throughout Greece, 1 person dead

greece floods
The heavy rainfall in the municipality of Oreokastro, a Thessaloniki suburb in northern Greece, caused serious road damages and the death of a man.

Greek authorities confirmed the death of a 49-year-old man and the serious injury of his 19-year-old son. The accident occurred after their car was overturned by the flood.

The local fire department received an emergency call at 11:45 pm on Sunday. The rescue operation began immediately as eight firemen and four fire engines rushed to the spot. The operation ended three hours later, as it was very difficult for the rescue team to approach the vehicle. The 49-year-old was transferred to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Comment: The Greek media reports that the heavy rains, even hail in some areas, will continue until Thursday.

The following image is from the roads in Athens:

athens flooding

Black Cat

Hunt on for man-eater leopard after 2 killed in Alirajpur, India

Meanwhile, throughout the day rumours about killing by leopard kept forest officials on their toes.
A day after a pregnant woman was mauled by a man-eater leopard at Chhoti Jwari village in Alirajpur district, wildlife rescue team and battery of forest officials have launched a massive hunt to trace the beast.

DFO Alirajpur RS Sikarwar said, "Nearly six teams have been sent to different directions to trap the leopard. The rescue operation is being carried out with two tranquilizer guns and other equipment to catch the beast. Local villagers are also helping us but so far we are unable to trace it. Search operation is expected to intensify from Friday morning."

Meanwhile, throughout the day rumours about killing by leopard kept forest officials on their toes.

"Today no one was killed by leopard and people are spreading rumours," said Sikarwar.

Comment: A total of 10 leopard attacks on humans ( though not all involving fatalities) have now been recently reported from India, all within a relatively short time span (29th July - 14th September).

See also: Eight separate leopard attacks on humans across India within 2 months: Leopard attacks 5 people, beaten to death in Assam, India

Leopard attacks teacher in Doon locality, India (Two reports.)

Leopard attacks 8-year-old girl in Amreli, India

Indian woman kills leopard with sickle after half-hour battle

Leopard attacks and mauls six villagers in West Bengal, India

2 farm workers attacked by leopard in India

Man-eating leopard preys on drunk villagers in the Didihat region, Himalayas