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South Bay earthquake swarm continues near Hollister, California

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San Andreas Fault, latest swarm of quakes.
An earthquake swarm is continuing to rattle the South Bay near Hollister. In the past four days, more than 39 tremors have hit the area on a section of the San Andreas system known as the Calaveras Fault. Between Sunday night and Monday afternoon, 39 quakes greater than 1.0 have occurred and 20 more than 2.0, seven over 3.0, one 4.1 and one 4.2, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The first struck Sunday night at 10:26 a.m., 12 miles southeast of Hollister, and had a preliminary magnitude of 3.3. Over 260 people reported the incident to the USGS. The largest quake recorded on Monday gave a gentle shake at 2:27 a.m., 12 miles northeast of Hollister, and had a preliminary magnitude of 3.8.

Several quakes shook the area on Tuesday, including a 4.2 trembler recorded 11 miles southeast of Hollister and 17 miles east of Salinas. Over 650 people reported feeling this quake. On Wednesday, tremors continued to gently shake the area, and the USGS recorded two 3.0 earthquakes. One hit 12 miles southeast of Hollister at 5:14 a.m. and another two miles southwest of San Juan Bautista and nine miles west of Hollister at 7:08 a.m.

No injuries or damage have been reported.

Cloud Precipitation

Stunning photo and video show a microburst dumping rain and wind over Phoenix, Arizona

© Jerry Ferguson
Zoomed in image of the rain shaft associated with the microburst.
Helicopter pilot Jerry Ferguson was cruising through the skies above Phoenix on Monday as thunderstorms erupted around the desert city.

While filming the weather for a local television station, Ferguson took a picture that ranks among the best photos ever captured of a dangerous meteorological phenomenon known as a microburst.

Microbursts occur when a rush of rain cooled air collapses toward the ground from a parent thunderstorm, crashing to the ground and spreading out at speeds above 100 miles per hour.

The microburst in this image, and in a related timelapse video shot by Bryan Snider from the vantage point of Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills male teenage hiker on Humphreys Peak, Arizona

A lightning strike killed a teenage hiker this week at the highest point in Arizona, police said.

The unidentified 17-year-old male hiker was fatally struck Wednesday near the summit of Humphreys Peak, the Coconino Sheriff's Office said.

Two other hikers, ages 17 and 18, were transported to a Flagstaff hospital. Their condition is unknown, but they were conscious and walking when emergency responders reached them, the Sheriff's Office said.

Their injuries were apparently related to their proximity to the lightning strike.

At 12,633 feet, Humphreys Peak is the highest point in the state, and with a trail that leads directly to the summit, is a popular hiking spot in the Flagstaff area.


Deluge hits Siberia's largest city - 3 'rare' tornadoes in two weeks

Tornado - first since 1954 - signals freak downpour, opening craters in roads which swallow up cars.

The sudden storm caused flooding in Novosibirsk's metro stations, city centre streets and shops - while the water opened cracks in asphalt large enough for vehicles to fall into. A waterfall was spotted close to the central railway station, a major stopover on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

'New tourist attraction,' quipped one online joker.

A rare tornado seen over Burmaistrovo village - the first in Novosibirsk region in more than 60 years, but the third in Siberia in two weeks - preceded the flash flooding in and around the city with a 1.51 population, the third largest in Russia. No injuries were reported from this rare phenomenon.

Comment: To gain further understanding as to how and why these events are occurring, read:

Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection: The Secret History of the World by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.

Cloud Lightning

Violent storm peels roof off apartment building in Winnipeg, Canada

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The roof of an apartment on Sinclair Street in Winnipeg lifted off the building during a storm Wednesday night.
The roof of an apartment complex in Winnipeg was peeled off the building like a sardine can as a storm and violent winds forced their way through the city Wednesday night.

Police and emergency crews were called to a building in the 2000 block of Sinclair Street at about 8:45 p.m.

Insulation from the building was strewn across lawns and boulevards near Leila Avenue at the northeast edge of the Garden City neighbourhood.

The underside of the roof appeared to be flipped up and facing the sky, and a large part of the roof could be seen dangling over the edge of the top of the building.

Ice Cube

Déjà vu: Global warming expedition stopped in its tracks by Arctic sea ice

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The MV Akademik Shokalskiy is pictured stranded in ice in Antarctica, December 29, 2013.
A group of adventurers, sailors, pilots and climate scientists that recently started a journey around the North Pole in an effort to show the lack of ice, has been blocked from further travels by ice.

The Polar Ocean Challenge is taking a two month journey that will see them go from Bristol, Alaska, to Norway, then to Russia through the North East passage, back to Alaska through the North West passage, to Greenland and then ultimately back to Bristol. Their objective, as laid out by their website, was to demonstrate "that the Arctic sea ice coverage shrinks back so far now in the summer months that sea that was permanently locked up now can allow passage through."

There has been one small hiccup thus-far though: they are currently stuck in Murmansk, Russia because there is too much ice blocking the North East passage the team said didn't exist in summer months, according to Real Climate Science.

Real Climate Science also provides a graph showing that current Arctic temperatures — despite alarmist claims of the Arctic being hotter than ever — is actually below normal.


Several houses evacuated after 30-foot-wide (and growing) sinkhole opens in Tampa Bay, Florida

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Officials say they've evacuated several Tampa Bay area homes after a sinkhole opened up beneath one house.

Pasco Fire Rescue responded to the Holiday neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Chief Shawn Whited says they initially estimated the hole to be about 30 feet wide and 15 feet deep, but it was still growing. Firefighters evacuated the affected home, as well as four other surrounding houses. Whited says the structures will have to remain empty until an engineer can inspect the hole either later Monday or Tuesday.

Whited says the sinkholes can usually be stabilized and filled in.

No injuries were reported.

Comment: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth


Waterspout comes ashore in Galveston, Texas

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The National Weather Service issued a waterspout warning in Galveston early Sunday when a weather cell hovered northeast of the causeway.

The warning, which expired at 9 a.m, was issued as the waterspout came shore. The National Weather Service warned beachgoers between 61st and 91st streets to seek shelter.

A tornado warning was also issued through 9 a.m. Sunday.

Cloud Precipitation

Hailstones the size of baseballs, tennis balls hammer Saskatchewan, Canada

© Ryan Wunsch
Ryan Wunsch posted this photo of tennis-ball-sized hail about 13 kilometres south of Tompkins, Sask., just after 5 p.m. CST on Tuesday.
It's been a summer of big hailstones in Saskatchewan, but last night people were reporting the biggest ones yet.

Photos of hail the size of baseballs were circulating on social media from places like Strongfield and Stewart Valley, but there were plenty of tennis-ball-sized hailstones, too.

Here's Environment Canada's roundup of hail in Saskatchewan from July 19, 2016:

​​Herschel: golf ball size

Carmichael: golf ball size

Tompkins area: tennis ball size

Bounty: golf ball size

Outlook: tennis ball size to softball size

Stewart Valley: baseball size

Broderick: Loonie size

Strongfield: baseball size


Temperatures around the globe set monthly record in June for 14th consecutive month

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Last month was declared the hottest June ever recorded in modern history, with global temperatures in the past 14 months breaking all records since 1880, scientists reported.

On Tuesday the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that June was the 14th consecutive month with record high temperatures. April 2015 was the last month when the Earth did not encounter any record high temperatures.

"The globally averaged temperature over land and ocean surfaces for June 2016 was the highest for the month of June in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880," the agency said in a statement.

"This marks the 14th consecutive month the monthly global temperature record has been broken, the longest such streak in the 137-year record."