Tue, 04 Aug 2015 13:28 UTC
Police have rescued 10 people who were stranded for more than a day after heavy snow in Tasmania.
Two men were rescued in Mount Field national park late on Monday night after their car was snowed in, but police were not aware of the other party until Tuesday.
At about 1pm on Tuesday, a helicopter winched nine adults and a child to safety from the same national park, north-west of Hobart.
Four had taken shelter in a hut - details of the others were not immediately released.
"All persons were in good condition and spirits," police search and rescue spokesman Michael Preshaw said.
Sun, 02 Aug 2015 13:06 UTC
Weather Zone meteorologist Brett Dutschke said the snow had fallen as low as sea level on some of the beaches around Hobart.
"It's very cold air that's travelled up from Antarctica and it's been moving up with an intense cold front," he said.
He said that there was another snowfall in the city in 2005 but it was not as widespread as this morning's.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 14:12 UTC
The average top temperature was 13.3 degrees Celsius in July, the lowest mark since 1995, when it was 12.9C.
Temperatures were consistently 1C below the normal average maximum temperature across the state.
The mercury dropped as low as minus 6C in Bendigo.
Melbourne had its coldest morning in 18 years on July 19, when the mercury dropped to just 0.6C in the city.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:17 UTC
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 19:17 UTC
"We've lost about 1.5 million juvenile fish this year due to drought conditions at our hatcheries," Ron Warren of Washington State's Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement. "This is unlike anything we've seen for some time."
Sockeye salmon losses in the Columbia River due to the heat are in the hundreds of thousands, said Jeff Fryer, senior fishery scientist with the river's Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. The fish were returning from the ocean to spawn when the "unprecedented" warm water killed them, he said.
Water temperatures in the Columbia River — part of which runs along the border of Oregon and Washington — reached the low 70s shortly after July 4, something that doesn't usually happen until August, if at all, Fryer said.
High temperatures — coupled with the low water levels — can be lethal to fish, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. With no end to the drought in sight, there could be additional fish die-offs, said Rod French, a fish biologist with the department.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 13:31 UTC
The Weather Service issued a 'code yellow' weather warning on Saturday, meaning: "The weather is potentially dangerous. The weather phenomena that have been forecast are are not unusual, but be attentive if you intend to practice activities exposed to meteorological risks. Keep informed about the expected meteorological conditions and do not take any avoidable risks."
The entire island is already basking in "wall-to-wall sunshine" as a swathe of blistering hot air sweeps in from Asia.
The heat wave will peak on Tuesday with temperatures reaching 42 degrees inland, a meteorologist told the Cyprus News Agency.
The mercury this weekend will average around the 38 degrees mark and will gradually climb above 40ºC, with 41 degrees being the average.
On the coastal areas slightly lower temperatures, ranging from 34 to 38 degrees, are expected.
The heat could have health impacts, causing dehydration and exhaustion, particularly in people over age 65, infants and young children, people with medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, asthma or respiratory conditions.
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:33 UTC
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 18:33 UTC
Jim Nicolson said that this year's weather is "almost certainly the worst" he's experienced in Shetland in the last four decades, with high levels of rainfall and a cold climate affecting the growth of grass and crops.
His comments come after NFU president Allan Bowie said this week that there is "real concern" over how some farmers will cope in the coming months as a result of the poor weather.
Bowie made the remarks after visiting Caithness to see first-hand the impact the climate has had on Scotland's agriculture industry.
Nicolson, who chairs the Shetland NFU branch, said that there are continuing "knock-on effects" that will run on through to winter as a result of adverse weather earlier in the year.
Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:51 UTC
The actual air temperature was 109 degrees with a dew point temperature of 90, the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reported.
"Bandar Mahshahr sits adjacent to the Persian Gulf in southwest Iran where water temperatures are in the 90s. Such high temperatures lead to some of the most oppressive humidity levels in the world when winds blow off the water," wrote Jason Samenow, of the Post.
Comment: All over the world extreme weather records are being broken! See also:
Russian scientist: Slowdown in Earth's rotation means we're on the verge of major climatic upheaval
Heat and high humidity can be a deadly combination
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:00 UTC
Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:00 UTC
The cold wave first struck at the beginning of July, hitting the district of Lanny Jaya particularly hard. The sub-districts of Kuyawage, West Wanu and Goa Baliem were struck by hailstorms accompanied by freezing temperatures which plunged to minus two degrees Celsius.
"Water is an urgent need for the communities in Lanny Jaya," said the Executive Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross Society, Ginandjar Kartasasmita. Local water sources are reportedly frozen or have been contaminated and supplies of bottled water are unavailable in local markets. In response, the Red Cross has so far distributed 500 gallons of drinking water, blankets and instant food to help 182,000 people who are in need of humanitarian assistance.
All aid items have been decided following a rapid assessment carried out by the Red Cross in coordination with local authorities which have distributed five tonnes of rice to Kuyawage and deployed two doctors and five nurses.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:39 UTC
A cold front that moved through Monday afternoon dumped heavy rain on the valleys and snow above 9,000 feet.
Officials at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort say they saw the storm coming and shut down their tram before it hit. Resort spokeswoman Anna Olson she didn't hear of any problems from the snowy weather.
She says an inch accumulated at most, but some stuck around until Tuesday.
Photos of the snow posted by the resort on Facebook triggered excitement among skiers — with four months to go yet until ski season.
Olson says snow in July isn't unheard of but she hasn't seen it for several years.
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:14 UTC
A car-sized almost invisible underwater object was discovered by a pair of divers as they were swimming near the coast of a small town in Turkey on July 9. The sphere was drifting 22 meters below the sea level and was about 4 meters wide.
The blob looked gelatinous and felt "very soft," according to one of the divers, named Lutfu Tanriover, who also took footage of the strange phenomenon.
The Istanbul-based diver investigated it with an underwater torch. Although the mass was looking totally transparent, upon a closer view the group spotted small white dots filling the underwater "cloud."
The divers described their finding as a mixture of a miracle and a nightmare and admitted they felt "both excitement and fear" as they neared the otherworldly object, as they told the Deep Sea News.
Lutfu Tanriover recorded the entire encounter with the mysterious sphere on camera and posted it in the internet in hope to find an explanation for the "thing" that appeared to be a total mystery.
Comment: If this blob actually is a huge squid egg mass, could the fact that it has been found in such shallow waters, be yet another indicator of unseen, deep underwater activity?
As the number of volcanoes erupting right now is greater than the 20th century's YEARLY average, a comparable escalation in activity of their underwater counterparts seems logical.
It is estimated there are up to one million submarine volcanoes on our planet. Effects from this volcanic activity, combined with increased methane outgassing and radiation from the Fukushima disaster are probably causing the ongoing devastation of marine life, mass fish die offs and strange migratory behaviour we are currently witnessing.