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Japan sizzles as heat persists after hottest day of 2014 leaves 11 dead

Japan heat wave
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Children enjoy bathing in the fountain at a park in Tokyo on July 26, 2014.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of extreme heat today in Tokyo and other areas after local media reported 11 people died and almost 1,900 were hospitalized yesterday on the country's hottest day this year.

A quarter of the agency's 927 observation stations recorded 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher yesterday, the most so far this year, the Mainichi newspaper reported. Today's highest temperature reached 38.8 Celsius in Otsuki city, 75 kilometers (46 miles) west of Tokyo, as of 12:31 p.m., the agency's website showed.

Fifteen of those taken to hospitals yesterday suffering from the heat remained seriously ill, the Yomiuri newspaper reported today. Yesterday's high was 38.8 Celsius, in the central Japanese city of Higashiomi, a record for the location, according to agency data stretching back to 1978. Four of 10 of the hottest locations yesterday set record highs.
Cloud Lightning

First recorded tornado in Suffolk county north of Boston in over 64 years

Revere tornado
© David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe
Storm damage in Revere, Mass. on July 28, 2014
Extreme weather rolled into the North of Boston region on Monday morning, spawning a tornado that ripped off roofs, uprooted trees, and shattered windows in the coastal community. Officials estimate 100-150 structures have been damaged, including 65 buildings that received substantial damage as well 13 that are uninhabitable. The damage was limited largely to residential roofs and windows on seven or eight streets, with no reported serious injuries.

"It's a work in progress, but I'm very confident that with the help of everyone involved... we're gonna get through this just fine," Mayor Rizzo said at a press conference late Monday afternoon.

The National Weather Service confirms the tornado had a path length of two mile and width of 3/8 of a mile with most winds on the EF-1 scale, however, EF-2 damage was reported in the vicinity of Revere Beach Parkway and the tornado will be classified as such. Maximum wind gusts were estimated between 100 and 120mph.

Cloud Precipitation

Violent hailstorm causes head injuries in southern Siberia

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Temperatures in Moscow may be scorching this week, but in southern Siberia the weather has proven to be a whole lot chillier - and destructive.

At least seven people suffered serious head injuries after walls of hail the size of golf balls rained down on residents in the Altai Republic, the local branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry said Tuesday.

About 3,000 buildings and countless cars were damaged in the downpour, which shattered an estimated 1,600 square meters of glass, the ministry said in a statement.

A video uploaded to YouTube attests to the size of the hail, which fell Monday in the region's Maiminsky and Gorno-Altai districts.


Snowflake

Prepare for the Ice Age: Weather goes crazy in Siberia - with record high temperatures, then July snow

Winter comes to summer including freak hailstorms, mega-flooding but also wild fires.
© Sergey Repin
While it was hot in Kemerovo, our remarkable picture shows the giant hailstones that thudded down on the mountainous region. This came a day after an extraordinary hailstorm at the main river beach in Novosibirsk, Siberia's largest city.
Thermometers have been yo-yoing in July as Siberia copes with weather extremes that have seen record-breaking summer temperatures in major cities. Despite this, freak hailstones larger than hen eggs hit Kemerovo while a beach and park in Novosibirsk was left with an icy sheen of white, like in winter.

In Chelyabinsk region on the western fringe of Siberia, snow fell giving a ground cover of up to an unprecedented ten centimetres in the southern Urals.

In Magadan, in the extreme east, three months of rain fell in a day and a half, with locals water skiing along highways.

Last month, Yakutsk - capital of Siberia's coldest republic, Sakha, also known as Yakutia, recorded its highest-ever 21 June temperature of 35C.
Music

Cosmic music: 'Whistling' volcanic lightning heard halfway around the world


© Credit: Claire Antel
A spectrogram of whistlers recorded in Dunedin, New Zealand.

The Earth sings every day, with an electric chorus. With the right tuning, radios can eavesdrop on this sizzling symphony of crackles, pops and whistles - the melody of millions of lightning bolts. A listener in New Zealand can even hear a volcano in Alaska erupt, a new study reports.

Lightning strikes unleash intense bursts of visible light and very-low-frequency (VLF) radio waves, among other kinds of energy. With a VLF receiver, anyone can listen to the constant chatter of Earth's lightning, estimated at 8 million strikes every day. (Not every lightning bolt becomes a whistler.)


A worldwide listening network is tuned to one particular lightning sound, called whistlers. These eerie electronic signals supposedly got their name from soldiers, who compared the sound to falling grenades. Modern ears might liken whistlers to a video game's "pew-pew-pew" soundtrack. [Listen to the Volcanic Whistling]

Whistlers are pulses of VLF radio energy that have traveled into space, leaping from one side of Earth to the other along the planet's magnetic field lines. Scientists monitor whistlers because the beautiful noise tells them about the planet's protective bubble of charged particles, called the plasmasphere. Whistlers on Venus and Jupiter suggest lightning also crackles on other planets.

Now, however, researchers have also linked a flurry of whistlers detected in Dunedin, New Zealand, to processes deep inside the Earth. For the first time, scientists have connected whistlers to volcanic lightning, according to a study published July 2 in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.

"I think it's really cool," said Jacob Bortnik, a researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles, who was not involved in the study. "We're establishing a new connection between deep Earth and space."

Comment: For "good, up-to-the-minute knowledge of what's going on in space" [and earth] the team should read Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk's new book, which offers plenty of explanations from the winning Electric Universe model. By demystifying phenomena such as how lightning, earthquakes and meteors generate electrophonic sounds, through disruptions of the geomagnetic field and the emissions of VLF, these and many other not commonly acknowledged interactions of our plasma rich universe are objectively explained.

Cloud Lightning

Flash floods and storms cause travel chaos in London

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Ankle deep: commuters remove shoes and trudge through the rain water at Ruislip Manor Station
Firefighters have rescued people trapped in their homes and cars following flash flooding in west London this morning.

The Met Office recorded more than 42.6mm of rainfall in Northolt at 8am, causing train stations and roads to be closed off in the Hillingdon area.

In some areas, more than two weeks' worth of rain fell in an hour.

Fire crews rescued two women who became stuck in a car engulfed in floodwater close to South Ruislip Station. The women escaped uninjured but they were forced to leave the car in situ.

50 properties were reported to have been flooded on Bedford Road in Ruislip. Tube lines were also hit with the Metropolitan Line suspended between Ruislip and Rayners Lane.

The A40 Western Avenue in Uxbridge was closed because of flooding and the AA's Special Operations Response Team said six cars were stuck in floodwater in the surrounding area.

Binoculars

Wrong time, wrong place: Rare plover from the Arctic tundra turns up in Tamworth, UK


Bird-watchers get into a palaver over Pacific Golden Plover
Dozens of dedicated bird watchers have been getting into a flap at a beauty spot near Tamworth after an ultra-rare bird flew in - thousands of miles from where he should be.

Flustered 'twitchers' have descended on the RSPB's Middleton lakes armed with long-lens cameras after a Pacific Golden Plover was spotted in the site's Jubilee Wetlands.


The arrival of the bird, which is spotted gold and black on the crown, back and wings, was quite a surprise.

That's because at this time the year it should be in its breeding ground, thousands of miles away in the Arctic tundra, from northernmost Asia into western Alaska.

Ambulance

Gulf of Mexico dying from polluted and poisoned bioterrain, thanks to BigAg, Big Oil and BigPharma

There have been several significant developments over the past few decades in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) which now require special and immediate attention. The multitude of oil spills - both large and small - require extraordinary remediation measures, as well as the application of safe and proven technologies which will not make the existing hydrocarbon pollution worse. There are other major sources of water pollution in the GOM which have also became apparent, particularly since the eye-opening 2010 BP oil spill.

The Gulf of Mexico is Dying: A Special Report On The BP Gulf Oil Spill

The BP Gulf Oil Spill drew the world's attention to the GOM for a variety of reasons. The sheer volume of oil spilt was unprecedented, as were its profound and lasting effects on a large geographic area. Because it occurred in such a large body of water, many population centers were adversely impacted as they continue to be up to this very day. However, it was the incompetent and negligent oil spill response from BP that received the justified scrutiny of the entire world.

Some have since advanced the notion that global oil spill response has been forever changed for the better, because of how profoundly BP mismanaged the spill for all to see. In this regard, they speak of a literal sea change regarding the methodologies and modalities, process and procedure, science and technology that are now accepted by many of the nations of the world.

The entire world watched in horror as millions of gallons of the dispersant Corexit were used to 'disappear' the gushing oil in the Macondo Prospect throughout 2010 and beyond. Disappearing the oil actually meant sinking it, after micronizing it, so that both BP and the US Federal Government could be 'applauded' for a successful response. However, the known health risks/dangers and environmental damage caused by Corexit became so well publicized that it has now been banned in those countries which have learned from the BP fiasco. The following article provides more details in this regard.
Arrow Down

Earth is opening up: Two more holes are discovered in Siberia

Reindeer herders find more craters in the far north in a deepening puzzle for scientists.
© Local residents
The funnel is a perfectly formed cone, say locals who are mystified at how it was formed. Its depth is estimated at between 60 and 100 metres and its diameter - more than four metres.
Millions of people around the world glimpsed the first giant hole after it was revealed by The Siberian Times here and on The Siberian TimesTV here.

Now news has emerged of two new similar formations in the permafrost, prompting more intrigue about their creation.

Comment: Consider the following excerpt from Superluminal Communications dated 26 of July, 2014:
Q: (Data) I would like to ask about this hole that opened up in Siberia that makes like a sinkhole that also has ejected material around. What caused this hole?

A: Gases exploding within the earth. We told you that an infinitesimal slowing of the earth rotation would cause things to "open up". Expect more of that in future as well. You did not ask what sparked the "explosion"? We can tell you to once again think of greater current flow.

Q: (L) So an electrically sparked inner earth explosion. That's creepy!

(Pierre) Earth opening up, gas released, and more electric current discharged.

(Perceval) I wonder could that be caused by a lightning strike, for example?

A: Yes.

Q: (L) So a lightning strike could strike the earth, and if the gas was within a...

(Pierre) These crazy fires everywhere... Gas, lightning, fireball, boom boom.

(Kniall) Did something like this happen in Harlem? There was a gas explosion in a building, and then the appearance of a sinkhole. It could have been the same kind of thing.

(L) Remember some time ago we asked about all the fires, and they talked about electrical sparking or something then? Even back then. It's not all necessarily fireballs.

(Perceval) They said that all those fires in like frozen land with scrub and bogs was gas.

(L) It's freakin' gas being released, and sparks.


Ice Cube

Arctic summer sea ice extent nearing a decade record

You probably haven't heard about this from the mainstream media.

Arctic approaches ten year summer sea ice maximum

Thanks to jbird for this link
"Check it out while there is still time, i.e. before they change the data," says jbird.
Source: ocean.dmi.dk
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