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Driver finds 9 foot python under the hood, New Mexico

© Santa Fe Police Department
A 9-foot long python rests on top of a vehicle engine in Santa Fe.
A woman in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had just left her home early Thursday morning when her car suddenly stalled. A good Samaritan pulled over to help, but when he opened the hood of the car he didn't find a dead battery. Instead, he found a very much living 9-foot, 20-pound python..

"It was looking right at me. It flicked its little tongue, and I kind of freaked out a little bit," Jackson Ault said of the discovery.

So Ault and the woman, who wasn't identified, called the local police to help. The first officer on the scene wasn't anymore interested in dealing with the snake (believed to be a Burmese python) than Ault.

Cloud Lightning

Second lightning strike fatality in two days at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

View of Rocky Mountain National Park from Estes Park, Colo.
A lightning strike on Saturday killed a man in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, a day after another strike killed a woman who had been out on a hike.

Four people were injured in Saturday's strike, and eight were hurt on Friday, officials said in a news release.

Park spokeswoman Kyle Patterson identified the woman killed on Friday as Rebecca R. Teilhet, 42, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, who had been hiking with her husband and a friend.

She died at the scene as rough weather allowed an air ambulance to land only between "cycles of severe weather," Patterson said.

The man killed in Saturday's incident was not identified. The victims were struck by lightning at Rainbow Curve, where visitors often gather to watch for rainbows after rainstorms.

Patterson said rangers learned of the latest strike at the 11,000-foot high lookout trail shortly before 4 p.m. Mountain Time. The four injured people and the man who died were taken by regular ambulance to Estes Park Medical Center, she said.

Thunderstorms pummeled the area around the park on Saturday, and heavy rain and more storms were expected Saturday night and Sunday, the National Weather Service said.

Source: Reuters

Thousands of dead fish found on Oahu's shores in Hawaii

It's a sight not often seen on the shores of Oahu - fish, by the thousands, washing up on the south and west shores.

Viewers alerted KHON2 of the small dead fish via Report It and beachgoers we talked to say they've never seen such a phenomenon.

From a distance, the shoreline in Nanakuli looks normal with some type of debris or rocks on the sand. But take a closer look and you'll see that's not what it is.

"Stinky and scary because fish are supposed to be in the water, not on the sand," said beachgoer Diamond Briscoe.

"Earlier we were swimming around and we saw little fish parts, like heads and stuff," said beachgoer Jesus Ramos.

The same type of fish and the same size were found dead on numerous beaches. Each fish is about two inches long, but there are hundreds, if not thousands of them on the shores between Nanakuli and Maili.

KHON2 also received reports of this happening at Ko Olina and Waikiki.


Wildfires: Greek firefighters battle bushfire near Athens

Wildfire near Athens Greece
A massive bushfire is threatening houses near the Greek capital, Athens, with more than 100 firefighters struggling to contain the flames.

The fire began on Saturday in the town of Keratea, located some 40 kilometers (25 miles) southeast of the capital.

The fire raged unchecked for several hours in the forested hills above the city's houses, with strong winds sparking new fronts for several kilometers.

Local mayor Costas Levantis told Greek media that one house has been burned down by the flames.

Authorities have dispatched 120 firemen, two planes, two helicopters and dozens of firefighting vehicles; however, they have so far failed to extinguish the blaze.

Residents in the affected area have already been evacuated for safety, as dark smoke and orange flames could be seen for kilometers. The flames are now threatening homes on the outskirts of Athens.

Meanwhile, the Greek government has warned that firefighting resources are stretched dangerously thin.

Greece has often been plagued during the summer season by hundreds of fires in the past, some of them deadly.

Last year, wildfires forced massive evacuations in the city of Avra, located some 50 kilometers from Athens, after ten houses went down in flames.

In 2007, over 70 people died in some 3,000 wildfires that destroyed an estimated 10,000 hectares of land across Greece.


Wildfires burn 2,000 acres in rural California prompting evacuations

California wildfire
California fire officials say the Bully Fire started Friday afternoon in a forested area in Shasta County.
Wildfires in rural California burned through 2,000 acres of brush and timberland on Friday, prompting some evacuations, but no homes were threatened, officials said.

A 1,200-acre fire erupted Friday afternoon in the unincorporated community of Igo, a few miles from Redding in Northern California. It was 10 percent contained by nightfall.

Evacuations were ordered near some roads to clear the way for fire crews and as a precaution in case a wind shift drove flames toward scattered homes in the area, state fire spokesman Dennis Mathisen said.

The fire was burning in a foothill area of brush and oak, he said.

Aircraft and about 280 firefighters were on the scene but the work was challenging because the fire seemed to be heading into steeper areas.

"They still have a lot of work ahead of them," Mathisen said.
Bizarro Earth

Earthquake aftershocks continue to rattle SE Arizona

Earthquake aftershocks of about magnitude (M) 3 continue to lightly rattle Duncan, Arizona and environs. The latest event, a M3.6 temblor, was felt 30 miles north in Morenci, Arizona. Aftershocks stem from the M5.2 earthquake that struck near Duncan, Arizona, (approximately 40 miles east of Safford) on the evening of June 28.

Since the M5.2 event, 14 felt aftershocks (from M2.8 to M3.9) have rattled the area around Duncan in southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Like the main shock, these were shallow events occurring about 3 miles deep. The largest aftershock, at M3.9, occurred at 3:56 p.m. on July 3. Since yesterday, July 10, five felt earthquakes have been reported. The largest were M3.6 temblors at 2:59 p.m. on July 10, and 10:33 a.m. on July 11. Hundreds of smaller magnitude aftershocks - less than ~ M3.0 - have occurred since the onset of activity, and most went largely unfelt.

People in southeastern Arizona should be prepared for ongoing M3.0 to M4.0 earthquakes over the next weeks or even months. In the event of strong ground shaking, follow the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" convention used in earthquake-prone areas. For more information on what to do in the event of an earthquake, please visit the Great Arizona ShakeOut website.
Bizarro Earth

El Salvador's Chaparrastique volcano continues to show significant levels of internal seismic activity

The Chaparrastique volcano near San Miguel, El Salvador continues to show significant levels of internal seismic activity. Authorities are on a high level of preparedness should actions be needed. The activity since yesterday has been at the highest levels seen. The chart below shows activity during July -- the average, normal level is 50, and current levels are above 1100.
This graphic shows the location of micro-quakes on the northern slopes of the volcano:
Snowflake Cold

Coldest temperatures hit Australia's Sunshine Coast in over a century

© Terry West, Southern Downs Weather and Stormchasing
Cows among the frost.
If you are lucky enough to be reading this from the comfort of your blankets, it might be best to stay there, as Brisbane has hit its coldest temperatures in 103 years. Not since July 28 1911 has Brisbane felt this cold, getting down to a brisk 2.6C at 6.41am.At 7am, it inched up to 3.3C.

Matt Bass, meteorologist from BOM, said the region was well below our average temperatures.
"If it felt cold, that's because it was, breaking that record is pretty phenomenal for Brisbane," Bass said. "The average for this time of year is 12C, so Brisbane was about 9C below average, it is pretty impressive really, to have the coldest morning in 103 years is a big record."

The coldest place across the state was Oakey which got down to -6.1C, which was the coldest temperature for the town since 2011. Brisbane wasn't the only town hitting landmark temperatures with Clermont breaking its coldest record two days in a row. "Clermont in the coal fields got down to -4.5 which is a new record for them, their previous record was -3.7, which was set yesterday, so they've re-broken their record two days in a row."

Bizarro Earth

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 4.1 - 43km WNW of Lordsburg, New Mexico

Event Time:
2014-07-12 02:48:58 UTC
2014-07-11 19:48:58 UTC-07:00 at epicenter

32.555°N 109.102°W depth=5.0km (3.1mi)

Nearby Cities:
43km (27mi) WNW of Lordsburg, New Mexico
80km (50mi) WSW of Silver City, New Mexico
130km (81mi) WNW of Deming, New Mexico
140km (87mi) NNE of Douglas, Arizona
294km (183mi) ESE of Phoenix, Arizona

Subsequent 3.0 aftershock

Scientific data

Comment: June 29, 2014: USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 5.2 - 89 miles NNE Douglas, Arizona


Tropical storm Rammasun threatens Philippines; intensifying to typhoon by mid-week

The Japan Meteorological Agency (Regional WMO) has designated the Tropical Depression Near Guam as the newest tropical storm in the western pacific for the 2014 Typhoon Season. This brings it up to nine named storms thus far this year.

Rammasun has already brought cause for alarm in Guam on Thursday and Friday where it passed as a Tropical depression. The Guam NWS did issue Tropical storm warnings as it passed by dropping all the warnings by Saturday morning.

Where to Next?
When and Where?

According to the JMA and the US military the Rammasun will continue to intensify in to a Strong Typhoon by mid-week as it tracks west along the southern periphery of the sub-tropical ridge to the north. Given the strength of the ridge now stretched across Okinawa and the southern Japanese islands a re-curving storm seems unlikely at this time. Instead those in Luzon a should be preparing for a possible landfall by Wednesday.