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Rare beaked whales have mysteriously washed ashore in York and Phippsburg, Maine

beaked whale
With their dolphin-like noses, beaked whales are among the ocean's most mysterious whale species, and they aren't usually found near Maine. Only four beaked whale sightings have been documented in coastal waters in the past 20 years.

But to the surprise — and alarm — of ocean biologists, two have washed up on Maine shores — one last month in York, a dead 14-foot, 2,200-pound Blainville's beaked whale, and the other in Phippsburg, where a 1,700-pound female Sowerby's beaked whale died after being saved from a mudflat in Atkins Bay on Saturday, the Times Record reported.

It's troubling that no cause of death has been identified in either case, said Lynda Doughty, director of Bath-based Marine Mammals of Maine. There are 22 known species of beaked whales, but sightings are so infrequent that knowledge of them is scant, the Times Record reported.


7.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Papua New Guinea coast

PNG quake map
© United States Geological Survey / screenshot

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake has struck the region of eastern Papua New Guinea at a depth of 85.5km, the US Geological Survey reported. A tsunami warning was issued.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center put out an alert for "hazardous waves" for coastal area within 300km of the epicenter of the quake, which took place around 8pm Pacific Time.

The National Weather Service later reported that the North American coastline was not in danger.

The USGS initially reported the quake as magnitude 7.3, but later downgraded it to 7.0.

There have been no reports of damage or casualties so far.


STEVE makes unusual summertime appearance, record breaking solar minimum update

© Harlan Thomas on July 14, 2020 @ West of Calgary, Alberta
STEVE/Picket Fence Aurora, NLC's and Comet NEOWISE
Even STEVE wants to see Comet NEOWISE. On July 14th, the geomagnetic phenomenon appeared over Canada, streaking the sky with mauve ribbons of light. Harlan Thomas of Calgary, Alberta, reports: "I was out shooting the comet when I noticed a mauve-looking cloud. Wow!" I thought. "STEVE has come to visit NEOWISE. How cool is that?"

STEVE is a recent discovery. It looks like an aurora, but it is not. The purple glow is caused by hot (3000°C) ribbons of gas flowing through Earth's magnetosphere at speeds exceeding 6 km/s (13,000 mph). It appears during some geomagnetic storms, often alongside a type of green aurora known as the "picket fence," also shown in Thomas's photo.

Statistics suggest that STEVE appears most often in spring and fall. What summoned STEVE in mid-summer? It may have been a CME that grazed Earth's magnetic field on July 13th. As our planet passed through the CME's magnetized wake on July 14th, hot currents and plasma waves rippled through Earth's magnetosphere. STEVE was the result.

Comment: If only all we had to worry about was an Ice Age, because discoveries like STEVE are just the tip of the ice berg when it comes to the unusual phenomena that reflects the shift occurring on our planet - and even further afield: Also check out SOTT radio's: And SOTT's Earth Changes Summary - May 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Farmland once again inundated in Tangail, Bangladesh - 50,000 hectares of crops damaged

Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union of Tangail's Bhuapur upazila on Tuesday, July 14, 2020
© Dhaka Tribune
Floodwater reached houses in Rulipara village under Gabsara union of Tangail's Bhuapur upazila on Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Altogether 25 unions in Sadar, Nagarpur, Delduar, Bhuapur, Kalihati and Gopalpur upazilas were flooded

About 1,320 hectares of fresh farmland have once again been inundated amid the ongoing flooding situation, triggered for a second time by incessant rains and water level rise of the major rivers in Tangail.

Previously, during the first phase that ended a few days ago, around 27,000 farmers incurred losses as crops on 3,839 hectares were inundated, according to the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) in Tangail.

On Tuesday morning, the Jamuna, Jhinai and Dhaleshwari was flowing 35cm, 19cm and 67cm respectively above the danger mark at three different points in Tangail, according to Deputy Assistant Engineer Rezaul Karim of the Water Development Board (WDB) in Tangail.

Comment: Also pertinent: Third of Bangladesh underwater, at least 1.5 million people affected

Cloud Precipitation

Flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi rises to 24, 69 missing

Residents wade through flood water
© Khaizuran Mucthamir/Xinhua
Residents wade through flood water with their belongings after flash flood hit Luwu Utara, Indonesia, July 16, 2020. The flash flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province's district of Luwu Utara rose to 24 and 69 others were missing in the natural disaster, district head Indah Putri Indriani said Thursday.
The flash flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province's district of Luwu Utara rose to 24 and 69 others were missing in the natural disaster, district head Indah Putri Indriani said Thursday.

At present there are 39 centers for the displaced people including those located in mountainous areas which can only be reached by two-wheeled vehicles to deliver logistics, Indriani was quoted by Detik.com website as saying.

"There are some points that can only be reached by two-wheeled vehicles, such as those in mountainous areas in Masamba city where the access is cut off, " she said, adding as bridges in the areas are broken down, the rescuers are trying to find alternative roads through other mountainous areas.

Cloud Precipitation

Surprise summer flash flood inundates Palermo, Italy

Firefighters in the Italian city of Palermo have worked through the night searching for people thought to have been trapped in a car in a flooded underpass after the most "violent" rainstorm in memory, according to local officials.

The rain, which reportedly fell intensely for several hours, caused widespread flooding in Palermo on Wednesday and resulted in the hospitalisation of two small children for hypothermia, Italian news agency ANSA said.

As the underpass search continued, police said they had received no report of people missing.

Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo on the island of Sicily, described the downpour as "the most violent rain in the history of the city since at least 1790, equal to that which falls in a year".

Comment: Another report by EuroWeekly states that 2 people died trapped inside a car.

Snowflake Cold

Record cold hits southern Brazil

Dawn in Urupema was marked by record-cold and hard-frosts
© Marleno Muniz Farias
Dawn in Urupema was marked by record-cold and hard-frosts.
A cold, recording-breaking past few nights have been suffered across the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina regions of Brazil, reports noticias.uol.com.br and g1.globo.com.

Thermometers hit double digits BELOW-ZERO.

A bone-chilling -10C (14F) was observed in the mountain settlements of Santa Catarina. Even regions in the lower-lying state of Rio Grande do Sul suffered negative temperatures into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One reading of -10C (14F) occurred in the rural town of Bom Jardim da Serra, and, after checking the record books, that observation has tied with August 2, 1991 for the areas all-time coldest temperature on record.

With regards to the more urban areas, the lowest minimum on the same day appears to be the -8.8C (16F) in the town of São Joaquim — a further example of the Urban Heat Island effect, if we needed it.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Comets and lost crops as China buys 2nd largest amount in 25 years

China corn
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
China continues to be hit with 100 year floods and with flood gates wide open all along the Yangtze River, the only option to prevent over topping dams is to push water into vast swaths of farmland countryside. This is a reason in addition to the HK Dollar un-peg that the central government has bought the 2nd largest quantity of corn on record in a single purchase. China also unveiling 5G hydrogen driverless farm equipment line. Comet NeoWise in the skies.

Comment: See also:

Cloud Precipitation

Thousands affected by flooding after weeks of rain in Colombia

Bridges were destroyed by floods in Meta
© Colombian Air Force
Bridges were destroyed by floods in Meta department.
Wide areas of Colombia have seen heavy rainfall since the start of July. According to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), the rain has caused over 80 incidents of flooding or landslides in 19 departments of the country, with over 5,000 families affected.

Meta, Putumayo and Antioquia Departments

Flooding in Meta Department affected the municipalities of El Castillo, Lejanías, El Dorado, Guamal, Cubarral, Granada, Acacias and Villavicencio. The departmental government reported on 06 July that 1,245 families were affected and 131 families evacuated. Twenty-four homes, several bridges and over 1,000 hectares of crops have been damaged. The Meta government said the Ariari, Guape, Guamal, Guayuriba, Urichare, Cumaral and La Cal rivers all overflowed after heavy rain in early July.

Hundreds of homes were damaged by flooding in Sibundoy and Mocoa municipalities of Putumayo Department on 04 July, 2020. Media report over 2,000 families were affected.


Tropical Brown Booby seabird turns up on the coast of Ireland

Brown Booby
© Dick Coombes-BirdWatch Ireland
Brown Booby
Birders are continuing to flock to Greystones in Co Wicklow after what is believed to be the first ever sighting of a Brown Booby in Ireland.

The large seabird is usually found fishing in tropical waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

It was spotted yesterday afternoon in Greystones and has delighted birders by loitering at the beach today.

Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland said: "It's a species that's supposed to be in the tropical Atlantic, where it's found in the West Indies and the Cape Verde islands.