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Beaches to disappear once again!

Disappearing Beaches
They also disappeared in 1987.

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The strange case of Antarctica's snow turning blood red

Blood Snow
© Andriy Zotov
Streaks of red algae coat the Antarctic ice in "blood snow."
A strange phenomenon variously dubbed by scientists as "watermelon," "raspberry," and "blood" snow has affected part of Antarctica. Here the normally white landscape has been transformed into a variegated red. How has this happened?

The first appearance of the 'red' snow was reported by Smithsonian Magazine, occurring during late February 2020. This was later confirmed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, with the images taken close to Ukraine's Vernadsky Research Base (Galindez Island).

The following video provides a scan of the red snow:

The reason for the red snow relates to algal habitat blooming following the onset of melting.
The patterns for snow algal shows diversity, in terms of growth patterns and pigmentation (pigmentation is due to the production of carotenoids).


Blood-red snow appears at Ukrainian polar station in Antarctic

Arrow Down

2 separate avalanches kill 6 people in Austria

An avalanche killed five people on a snowshoeing tour in the Dachstein region of Austria on Sunday, police said.

The five people were believed not to be Austrian, but their identities were still under investigation, a spokeswoman for police in Upper Austria province said.

Broadcaster ORF said on its website that initial indications were the five young victims came from the Czech Republic.

A search has ended and found no more victims, police said.

Source: Reuters

Comment: A sixth person was also killed in the same country by a separate avalanche on the same day.


Spring arriving earlier across the US throwing wildlife into disarray

trout lily
© Katja Schulz/Wikipedia, CC
Yellow trout lily flowers nearly a week earlier now than in previous decades in the Appalachian Mountains.
Across much of the United States, a warming climate has advanced the arrival of spring. This year is no exception. In parts of the Southeast, spring has arrived weeks earlier than normal and may turn out to be the warmest spring on record.

Comment: An early and warm spring does not equal a warming climate, because the US and much of the planet are also breaking numerous cold records.

Apple blossoms in March and an earlier start to picnic season may seem harmless and even welcome. But the early arrival of springtime warmth has many downsides for the natural world and for humans.

Rising temperatures in the springtime signal plants and animals to come alive. Across the United States and worldwide, climate change is steadily disrupting the arrival and interactions of leaf buds, cherry blossoms, insects and more.

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Cloud Precipitation

10 drown as flash flood washes away 4 buses in Dera Ghazi Khan, Pakistan

flash flood
At least ten people were drowned as four passenger buses swept away by flooding in Dera Ghazi Khan on Wednesday.

According to rescue sources, the incident took place in the Sakhi Sarwar area of Dera Ghazi Khan where heavy rains caused severe flooding.

Sources further added that the floodwater from the hill suddenly struck at an alarming velocity and swept away the buses.

According to police, a dead body and seven survivors have been retrieved from the flooding torrent on Wednesday morning.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 3, injure 5 in 2 districts of Bangladesh

Three people, including two stone traders, were killed and five others injured in lightning strikes in Sylhet and Gaibandha districts on Friday.

In Sylhet, five stone traders were severely injured as a thunderbolt struck them in Anforer Banker area in Gowainghat upazila in the early hours when they took shelter in a tin-shed house.

All of them were taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital where doctors declared two of them dead, said Atikuzzaman Junel, sub-inspector of Gowainghat Police Station.

The deceased were identified as Noor Mia, 35, and Moyna Mia, 24, son of Israil Ali of Birmongol Noapara village.

Comment: On the same day lightning strikes killed 2 people in Uttar Pradesh, India.


Woman killed by pack of dogs in Washington County, Florida

dog attack
A resident of Home Sweet Home, an assisted living facility in Washington County, about 8 miles south of Chipley, Fla., died after being mauled by a pack of dogs earlier this week.

Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call in reference to a dog attack just after 4 p.m., Tuesday afternoon. Upon arrival, deputies found the victim severely injured on the side yard of an adjoining property.

EMS responded to the scene and transported the victim to a local hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries.

Cloud Precipitation

Melbourne, Australia hit by month's worth of rain - Highest March rainfall since 1929

Flooding at Burnley Station, Melbourne

Flooding at Burnley Station, Melbourne
Melbourne has woken up to a month's worth of rain that has caused flash flooding, downed trees and prompted more than 300 calls to emergency services across the state.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Peter Otto said 55 millimetres of rain hit Melbourne overnight — the highest rainfall for March since 1929.

The average rainfall for Victoria in March is 50.1 mm.

Mr Otto said the wet weather was the result of remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Esther moving south from Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Heavy rainfall was expected to hit north-eastern Victoria today with possible totals of up to 100 mm.

"Melbourne showers will ease throughout the day and north-east storms will clear overnight," Mr Otto said.

A spokesman for the State Emergency Service (SES) said crews began responding to calls for help in the early hours of this morning as people woke up to the damage.


SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

The winter remained harsh in the northern hemisphere throughout February with even more cold and snowfall records broken.

70 villages in southeastern Turkey were buried under 20 feet of snow after a powerful blizzard. Residents were left without power and water as they also struggled to dig their way out. Furthermore, two avalanches killed 41 in the eastern part of the country, while a 5.7 magnitude earthquake killed 8 people in the southeast... That's quite a lot of extreme events in a single region.

Haji Omaran, a town on the mountainous Iraq-Iran border, also experienced exceptionally heavy snowfall, with roads blocked and cars buried in the snow. Saudi Arabia also got its share of unusual cold weather (for the desert!) as the temperature dropped to -5°C.

Last but not least, Taiwan's highest peak of Yushan and nearby counties were hit by the heaviest snowfall in two decades, whilst Himachal Pradesh's capital received the highest snowfall in eight years.

Heavy rain continued breaking records around the globe: 2 feet of rain in 24 hours in Fiordland, New Zealand; 5 dead and hundred displaced in Kenya; a month's worth of rain in 3 hours in São Paulo, Brazil; rainfall 400% above normal in Mississippi; hundreds evacuated in Northern Argentina due to widespread flooding, while western Washington got hit by historic flooding and landslides... and that's just to mention some of the most significant events.

At least seven people were killed across Europe by Storm Ciara, heavy rain and strong winds shut down transport and left hundreds of thousands without power. And storm Dennis left its mark in the UK, dumping a month's worth of rain in 48 hours with 91mph winds.

Meteor fireballs also gave quite a show this month, sightings on the rise... at least for now.

See it for yourself in this month's SOTT Earth Changes Summary:

Cloud Precipitation

1 missing, 900 displaced after floods destroy homes in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

mud flood
One person is missing after being swept away by flash floods in Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on 03 March 2020.

Disaster authorities said the incident occurred after heavy rains caused flooding in a mountainous area of the regency, dragging with it mud, logs and flood debris.

The flooding caused 900 people to evacuate their homes. At least 10 houses were washed away and completely destroyed. A further 60 houses were damaged, at least 11 of them severely.