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Residents nervous from sudden appearance of sinkholes in Port Richey, Florida neighborhood

WTSP has confirmed that the Neva Lane sinkhole situation involves one confirmed sinkhole and two depressions at the residence
Renee Phillips is packing up and leaving her home on Friday night. Reason? Two possible sinkholes. One in the backyard. One in the front.

Her elderly mother is dragging her suitcase out, too, her vacation visit to see her daughter becoming frightening.

Pasco County Fire Rescue officials say the ground under the house two doors down on Neva Lane in the Gulf Highlands subdivision may be the culprit.

"For the last few couple of days, crews were already working on filling a confirmed sinkhole on the property two doors down when a depression opened up under a foundation wall," said Fire Rescue Personnel Chief Andrew Fossa.


Snowflake Cold

NOAA's own data reveals that global climate has cooled over 10 years

"Hey Al - denial is a river in Egypt!!!"
Data from the U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that the United States has undergone a cooling trend over the last decade.

This data contradicts a recently released report from a group of authors affiliated with NOAA and National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) that attempted to refute previous studies indicating that there had been a hiatus in global warming.

Anthony Watts, a former broadcast meteorologist and publisher of the science blog Watts Up With That?, compiled NOAA/USCRN data to use the agency's own statistics to refute the recent report ("Possible artifacts of data biases in the recent global surface warming hiatus") by NOAA researchers claiming there has been no 15-year "hiatus" in global warming.

Comment: Authoritarian hoaxters and governmental climate false flag? As always, false flags are perpetrated to persuade the gullible public into a programmed mindset and course of action, never in the public's best interest however (that is the hoax part). Someone (who "owns" NOAA) is sitting back and chuckling "gotcha!" Will arresting folks for not accepting false data be their next desperate move?

Cloud Precipitation

Another 'freak' hail storm hits Australia

© Julie South
Freak hailstorm in Queensland's North Burnett region
Central Queensland grain growers say a freak hail storm that left a town looking like a "white Christmas" is unlikely to hurt the winter plant.

The storm passed through the Monto area of the North Burnett, west of Bundaberg, at about midday yesterday, blanketing a narrow path with pea-sized hail stones that resembled snow.

It continued on to parts of the Capricornia district and Gladstone, where larger hail stones were reported.

Julie South, from the Mulgildie Pub, said it was a day locals would remember.

"Absolutely amazing, I don't think anybody in the town has seen this before, it's just like snow," she said.

"White Christmas coming early.

"There [was] just white 'snow' everywhere, everything was white, the fields were white, it was beautiful."

Chairman of the Monto Grain Cooperative, Lex Dow, said the storm was highly unusual.

'It was an unusual winter thunderstorm, a lot of thunder, it was two or three storms that sort of split up and went this way and that way," he said.

"There was a fair amount of hail just in a narrow strip about a kilometre wide that went across the from the west towards the east, across the Burnett Highway near Three Moon.

"It was nearly six inches thick on the bitumen for a kilometre or so, but it was only small sized hail, so I'm anticipating that any crops that were in its path, because they are still fairly young; only probably three, four, six inches high, that the damage will be minimum."

Comment: So much for the mainstream meteorological mantra - "unusual storm is unlikely to be repeated". Another 'freak' hailstorm hit Australia only a couple of weeks ago, which turned the desert around Alice Springs white!

To see just how extreme our weather is becoming world-wide, check out:

SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2015: Extreme Weather and Planetary Upheaval


Russian fishermen catch monster fish with reptile head and fossilized scales

© RIA Novosti/Olga Kropova
A mysterious fish featuring the head of reptile and petrified scales has reportedly been caught by fisherman in Russia's northern Arkhangelsk region.

The mutant fish was caught in a net in the Northern Dvina River near a ferry terminal in Bereznik-Osinovo, Arkhangelsk Oblast, local media reports.

The fishermen were unable to identify what kind fish it was. The creature's head reminds one of a tortoise and its scales are fossilized. It also has thorny needle-like barbs and a sucker.

Its appearance is a bit similar to the angler, a predatory European deep-sea fish. Some people say it may be a rabbit fish which, however, is also a sea-fish - not a river one. The mouth of the fish looks like that of a sterlet - but the whole fish is a far cry from it.


Fourth shark attack in a fortnight reported in North Carolina

© Chuck Burton/AP
Children walk with their skim boards on the beach in Oak Island, North Carolina, last Monday.
An eight-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being bitten by a shark on Wednesday while swimming in knee-deep water in Surf City, North Carolina.

Town manager Larry Bergman says the town does not plan to warn visitors about the shark bite or tell swimmers to get out of the water, but it has increased police beach patrols.

The Surf City incident is the fourth shark bite in shallow water off a North Carolina beach in the past two weeks.

"It really comes down to a joint decision on public safety officials, including myself," Bergman said. He said he would have decided to close the beaches "if there was a big hazard, if there was an imminent danger".

The town does not have an official lifeguarding staff, instead employing police officers and water-rescue-trained firefighters to patrol the beaches on four-wheelers. Beachgoers swim "kind of at their own risk", Bergman said.

He said some people have approached police officers after hearing about the bite on social media.

"News travels really fast," he said.


North Korea says it is suffering the worst drought in 100 years

North Korea says it has been hit by its worst drought in a century, resulting in extensive damage to agriculture during its main planting season.

The official Korean Central News Agency said the drought has caused about 30 percent of its rice paddies to dry up. Young rice plants normally need to be partially submerged in water during the early summer.

"Recently in our country, there has been a severe drought with sudden extremely high temperatures and nearly no rain," Ri Yong Nam, a senior North Korean weather official, told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "Now the drought is causing a water shortage and great damage to agriculture, and we foresee this drought will continue for a while."

He said temperatures in May were 5-7 degrees Celsius (9-12 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than normal.

Both North and South Korea have had unusually dry weather this year.

Bizarro Earth

Overfishing, warm ocean force nesting seabirds to abandon Gulf of California

A partial view of healthy Elegant Tern nesting colony in Isla Rasa, in the Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California in 2011. Credit: E. Velarde.
Isla Rasa, in the Gulf of California, is renowned for its massive aggregations of nesting seabirds. Over 95 percent of the world populations of Elegant Terns and Heerman's Gulls concentrate unfailingly every year on this tiny island to nest. Ever since the phenomenon was described by L. W. Walker in 1953 the island has been a magnet for tourists, naturalists, filmmakers, and seabird researchers.

During some years in the last two decades, however, the seabirds have arrived to the island in April, as they usually do, but leave soon after without nesting. The first event was the 1998 "El Niño", when oceanic productivity collapsed all along the eastern Pacific coast from Chile to California. But then colony desertion happened again in 2003, and since then it has recurred with increasing frequency in 2009, 2010, 2014, and 2015. Researchers and conservationists were asking themselves where are the birds going when they leave their ancestral nesting ground, and what is causing the abandonment of their historic nesting site.

Comment: What the researchers don't mention is that the oceans may be warming due to undersea volcanoes:


"Dust Devil" turned "Water Spout" filmed over Kansas lake

Pretty much everyone knows Kansas weather can turn on a dime.

One example of how things can change quickly was sent to us by Laura Lemmons. While Laura had her camera out, she shot a photo of a dust devil that headed for water.

Laura kept shooting even though the dirt devil kept moving.

No one was hurt, and this amazing video shows once again that the only constant about Kansas weather is change.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flooding kills 9, leaves 6 others missing in northern Vietnam

© VNA/VNS Photo Dieu Chinh To
The flash floods inundated many houses, including the Hoang Van Phuoc's, in the northern mountainous province of Lai Chau.
Flash floods that occurred in the wake of Typhoon Kujira, which hit northeastern Vietnam on Wednesday, had killed nine people and injured six others as of Thursday, local authorities said.

Eight of the nine deaths occurred in Son La Province, the provincial Steering Committee for Disaster Prevention & Control and Search & Salvage said yesterday.

The victims were swept away in floodwaters created by downpours that came after the typhoon hit the area between Quang Ninh Province and Hai Phong City on Wednesday afternoon and then weakened into a tropical depression.

Three people are also missing in Thuan Chau and Moc Chau Districts in Son La, and six others were injured in other locales, the committee said.

Rescuers are searching for the three missing people.

Bizarro Earth

Citizens of Sao Paulo, Brazil struggling with one of nastiest water crises in decades

© Nacho Doce / Reuters
Really low: reservoir levels for dams and reservoirs that provide water in Sao Paulo state are at historic lows.
Exceptional drought, extreme temperatures, unprecedented drops in reservoir levels and threatening water shortages for millions of people have dominated headlines in California in recent years. Unfortunately, Californians are not the only people being stressed with the "water crisis."

Citizens of one of the most densely populated areas in South America - the Sao Paulo metropolitan area (SPMA) in southeastern Brazil - are struggling with one of the nastiest water crises in decades.

With over 20 million people and the main financial and economic center of Brazil, this region is under the influence of the South American monsoon system and receives the largest fraction of its precipitation during the Austral summer, from October to March. Yet in the last four years, rain gauge stations near the most important reservoirs supplying water to the city have been reporting growing deficits in precipitation. Last year saw the worst since at least 1961, which has been followed by another dry year.

To aggravate these conditions, daily records of high temperatures during these summers have increased evapotranspiration, accelerating drought conditions, similar to what has been observed in California.