Earth Changes


Hundreds of dead wildebeest discovered in Tanzania


Dead wildebeest
Hundreds of lifeless wildebeest were spotted this morning in the Mara River in northern Serengeti, Tanzania. The sad sight was captured on phone cameras by safari guides.

The images below can only be described as tear-jerking. The pile of carcasses stretches into the distance and scavenger birds have already started circling the wildebeest.


Cloud Lightning

Vicious thunderstorm crashes through Queensland, thousands left without power after 10,000 lightning strikes hit Brisbane

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More than 4,500 homes in Brisbane have been left without power after a severe storm hit the Queensland capital just after 2.30 pm on Tuesday.
More than 4,500 homes in Brisbane have been left without power after a severe storm hit the Queensland capital just after 2.30 pm on Tuesday.

Properties were without power after 10,000 lightning strikes hit the city of Brisbane.

Flights at Brisbane Airport were also delayed in the chaos, while reports of road accidents were recorded in the Chermside, Greenslopes and Auchenflower area, reported 9news.

Severe weather warnings were cancelled by the Bureau of Meteorology at around 4.15pm who commented in a statement that: 'The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed however thunderstorms are still occurring in the area with small hail possible.'

Brisbane residents were battered by both hail and torrential rains, as large thunderstorms hit south-east Queensland.

Dark clouds moved over the city just before 3 pm on Tuesday after the Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the region.

Comment: Such storms may not be so "unusual" when seen as an isolated event. Recently however, this region in Australia has been battered by 'golf-ball sized' hail, an enormous sinkhole swallowed part of a beach and campsite and the area was rocked by 2 earthquakes as powerful as an 'atomic bomb'- in the strongest shakes in nearly 100 years. Is this normal or usual?

Keep informed on these increasingly chaotic, global events by viewing the monthly SOTT Earth Changes Summary.

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


Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Indonesia reaching Papua New Guinea

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A magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook Abepura, Indonesia at 23:20 UTC. The tremor reached 1078 km to Papua New Guinea, which has experienced several tremors already.

Both Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are on "Green Alert," this means people are unlikely to have been injured and there was little to no damage. This area is prone to earthquakes because they are on the boundary of the Australia-Pacific plate, which experiences a great deal of seismic activity. However, the many tremors that have impacted Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have caused landslides and other secondary hazards. This can cause not only loss of lives but a loss in the economy of these countries.


4.8 earthquake hits Uttarakhand, India

Mild tremors were felt in parts of Uttarakhand this afternoon as an earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter Scale hit Pithoragarh district on the India-Nepal border and adjoining areas.

The earthquake, which struck at around 2.57 pm, had a latitude of 29.7 degree north, a longitude of 80.3 degree east and a depth of 33 km, the MeT office in Dehradun said.

There is, however, no report of any damage to life and property from the area so far.

Source: Press Trust of India

Bizarro Earth

Bizarre snowy froth returns to Bellandur Lake in Bangalore, India

© Debasish Ghosh
The foam rises so high that it flows into the neighbourhoods around the lake.
Is it snowing in India's tropical southern city of Bangalore?

The picture above would certainly make you think so.

Unfortunately, the reality is quite different: what looks like snow is actually harmful snow-white froth that floats up from the city's largest lake and spills over into neighbouring areas.

Over the years, the 9,000-acre Bellandur lake in India's technology capital has been polluted by chemicals and sewage.

IT professional Debasish Ghosh has been taking pictures of the lake of "harmful snowy froth" for months now. Here is a selection of his pictures.

Comment: This has apparently been happening for a number of years on this lake, although this year the 'froth' became utterly 'other-worldly': it's thicker and smellier than ever, and it even caught fire!

This is what the 'froth' looked like in April this year:

And here it is on fire in May:

Most everyone is assuming that this is caused by untreated sewage pouring into the lake as a result of mismanagement of the city's explosive growth in recent years. There was a mass fish kill in a nearby lake in 2011. The following report in The Hindu attributes the froth's 'rotten eggs' sulphur smell to methane:
Utterly puzzled by the phenomena Siddaramaiah, Regional Officer (Bommanahalli division) of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB), said this was the first time in the city that froth or debris on top of the lake was reported to have instantaneously combusted.

"We believe it is because of methane build up along the surface. Sewage has been following into the lake, and a layer of oil and froth - which is caused by accumulating chemicals from detergents and cleaners - had formed. In one area, methane gas had started to accumulate within the froth. This is a highly combustible gas, and it must have caught on fire," he said.
While methane is a by-product of sewage, untreated sewage does not typically result in such 'fiery froth'. Given the hundreds of instances of unusual methane outgassing we've collected from around the world over the last decade, we naturally wonder if this 'froth' phenomenon may be the result of - or at least significantly amplified by - methane outgassing coming from below, either directly or tangentially related to the global increase in seismic activity.

After all, if geysers of methane can erupt on a golf course in Ontario, and methane gas pockets can surface then detonate and leave behind incredible crater-holes in Siberia, anything is possible on our changing planet.


Spain registers first snowfall of season high in the Sierra Nevada


Sierra Nevada
Just a few days before the start of October, the first snowflakes have fallen in Spain, on Europe's most southerly ski resort.

Summer is well and truly over in Spain, and winter sports fans are getting excited as the first snowflakes fall in one of the country's best ski resorts.

Spanish ski resorts: Eight of the best

The Sierra Nevada ski station in Granada, southern Spain, recorded its first snowfall on Monday and posted a series of videos and photographs, welcoming the wintery weather.
Breve vídeo grabado esta mañana en el corazón de #SierraNevada mientras nevaba #Monodenieve #Winteriscoming

— Sierra Nevada (@websierranevada) September 28, 2015
The highest points of the ski resort - the most southerly in Europe and Spain's highest with peaks of 3,300m - were sprinkled with a fresh snowfall on Monday (see video above).

Ice Cube

Route through Northwest Passage in Arctic still too thick with ice for regular shipping

From YORK UNIVERSITY and the "paging Dr. Peter Wadhams" department...

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Northwest passage routes
Despite climate change, sea ice in the (NWP) remains too thick and treacherous for it to be a regular commercial Arctic shipping route for many decades, according to new research out of York University.

Prior to this research, there was little information about the thickness of sea ice in the NWP, which meanders through the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Yet, next to ice coverage and type, sea ice thickness plays the most important role in assessing shipping hazards and predicting ice break-up.
"While everyone only looks at ice extent or area, because it is so easy to do with satellites, we study ice thickness, which is important to assess overall changes of ice volume, and helps to understand why and where the ice is most vulnerable to summer melt," says lead researcher York Professor Christian Haas, the Canada Research Chair for Arctic Sea Ice Geophysics.

Comment: Could the thickness of the sea ice described be connected to the following?

Surprising cold 'blob' found in the North Atlantic Ocean - astute climate scientists worried

Why is NOAA altering weather data ahead of the UN climate change meeting?


Department of Fish and Game investigating black bear attack in Dry Valley, Idaho

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Stock photo of black bear
Idaho Department of Fish and Game is investigating a report of a black bear attack on a member of a hunting party over the weekend.

The attack occurred on Sunday, September 27 in the Dry Valley Area in southeast Idaho approximately 14 miles northeast of Soda Springs. One person was hurt in the attack. They were treated at Caribou Memorial Hospital in Soda Springs and released.

Biologists and officers with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are currently investigating the incident.

Black bear attacks on humans are unusual. Records show this is the first such attack by a black bear in southeast Idaho since 2002.


Woman injured in rare black bear attack near Kalispell, Montana


Black bear
An elderly woman has been hospitalized with serious injuries she suffered in a rare attack by a black bear outside her rural home near the city of Kalispell in northwestern Montana, wildlife managers said on Monday.

Few details were immediately available about the incident, which happened on Sunday afternoon near a lake west of Kalispell where dozens of black bears are known to roam but have rarely, if ever, attacked a human, Montana wildlife officials said.

"Black bears just don't attack, as a rule," said Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden Charles Bartos.

Wildlife managers are investigating and have set traps in hopes of capturing and killing the bear responsible, said agency spokesman John Fraley. He said he was not aware of another such case in his 24 years with the department.


Sun halo in San Francisco, California opening act for super blood moon

KPIX 5 Morning Weather Anchor Roberta Gonzales answers the questions you never get to ask on-air.
Two images of the halo seen around the sun, September 27, 2015.
Q: Hey Roberta, did you see the super moon lunar eclipse? Brian Cain; Hayward

A: Yes I did! But did YOU see yesterday's "halo" around the sun?

I was running in the San Jose Rock and Roll Marathon yesterday when I looked up (probably gasping for air!) and saw the prettiest halo around the sun! Did you see it?

Officially, scientists refer to a ring or circle of light around the sun or moon, a halo. What makes a halo around the sun or moon?

Well, there's an old weather saying, "ring around the moon means rain soon". That's not necessarily true. The true part is, high cirrus clouds often come before a storm. And if you look at my photos, those wispy looking clouds are cirrus clouds. They are high and thin and usually located around 20,000 feet in elevation. The cool thing about cirrus clouds, is they contain millions and millions of ice crystals! A halo forms because of the refraction (splitting of light) and reflection (glints of light) from these ice crystals.

What I love about a halo is, because of the positioning of the ice crystals and an individual's positioning looking up, everyone sees a halo differently. So my halo yesterday was different than the one you probably saw. Just think about it, your own personal halo!