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Lake Michigan deep water is warming and scientists don't know why - NOAA

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Lake Michigan: Climate-driven shifts in deep Lake Michigan water temperatures signal the loss of winter Changes foreshadow impacts on lake ecosystems, fisheries
Climate change is causing significant impacts on the Great Lakes and the surrounding region. As the largest surface freshwater system in the world, the Great Lakes have an enormous impact, seen and unseen, on the more than 34 million people who live within their collective basin. Because of their unique response to environmental conditions, Earth's large lakes are considered by scientists as key sentinels of climate change.

A long-term study published in Nature Communications today from NOAA reveals a warming trend in deepwater temperatures that foreshadows profound ecological change on the horizon. While less visible than the loss in ice cover and increasing lake surface temperatures, this latest index of climate change adds to the growing evidence of climate change impacts in the region.

Comment: It certainly is curious that, despite an overall worldwide cooling trend, with record breaking cold weather occurring in the US, that Lake Michigan has been found to be warming; one wonders just what's causing it?


Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow in early spring hits Jiuzhaigou National Park, China

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Jiuzhaigou National Park has been again dressed in white after the scenic spot in southwest China's Sichuan Province welcomed a heavy snow in early spring on Saturday.


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Up to 2 feet of fresh snowfall in late March for north Kashmir

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All government and private schools upto Class 8th have been closed due to inclement weather conditions in north Kashmir district of Kupwara.

Heavy snowfall continued for the second successive day on Tuesday in the upper reaches while rain lashed plains in the summer capital, Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir valley, particularly border district of Kupwara.

"Keeping in view the inclement weather conditions and for the safety of children all the government and private schools up to elementary level (up to class 8th) shall remain closed on March 23," Chief Education Officer (CEO) Kupwara said in an order.

The order said this is in accordance with the directions given by the district development commissioner Kupwara.


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First week of spring sees plenty of fresh snow on Mount Hood, Oregon - up to 17 inches

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For people who love the snow, the conditions on the mountain are the perfect start to spring break.


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Colorado snow totals for March 22: 10-plus inches in the Colorado Springs area

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March continues to uphold its title as the snowiest month in Colorado after an overnight storm dropped powder along the Front Range.

Sunday evening into Monday morning saw several inches of more snow fall in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas just a week after a record-setting blizzard.


Here are some of the snow total report by the National Weather Service:

Updated: 9:30 a.m. Monday

- Colorado Springs: 6 inches

- Air Force Academy: 10.4 inches

- Black Forest: 10 inches

Attention

Gray whale dies after beaching at Dockweiler, California

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A beached juvenile gray whale died on the shoreline at Dockweiler State Beach, on Wednesday, March 17, as a rescue team had grappled with how to save the mammal.

The whale had washed up on shore about 4 p.m. Officials believed the whale was sick, also noting how thin it appeared. Two hours later, the animal died.

Since it washed up on shore, likelihood of survival for the whale, which was about 25 feet to 30 feet long, had been slim, Justin Viezbicke, California stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said late Wednesday afternoon prior to its death.

"At this point, there's not much we can do," he said.

The NOAA response team couldn't pull the animal out to sea for fear of hurting the creature or causing even more damage.

"It can be super dangerous," Viezbicke said. "We don't try and pull a live whale."


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Dead humpback whale washes up on Blyth beach, UK

The whale on Blyth beach.

The whale on Blyth beach.
The 11-metre (33 feet) mammal, was spotted on the sands at Blyth beach this morning (Friday, March 19).

An HM Coastguard spokesman said: "We received reports of a beached whale at Blyth from numerous members of the public around 7.20am.

"Local coastguard officers are in attendance and a small cordon is in place to keep the public away."

The finding has been reported to Northumberland County Council which will have responsibility for disposing of the whale.

A council spokesperson said: "A deceased juvenile whale has washed up on Blyth beach.


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Dead 18-foot-long humpback whale washes up on Pea Island, North Carolina

The remains of the whale washed up Thursday
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The remains of the whale washed up Thursday.
A dead adult humpback whale has washed up in the southern end of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

According to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the dead whale was located about a half-mile north of Rodanthe on Thursday.

"It's in a decent state of decay already and displays some evidence of shark activity (not necessarily the cause of death, that likely happened after, according to a post on the USFWS in North Carolina Facebook page.

Refuge and National Park Service biologists were able to complete a field assessment, collect tissue samples, and photograph the carcass on site and will report the event to the marine mammal stranding network.

Given its current size and state, they anticipate it will remain on the beach, and stink, for awhile. And with the forecast of rough surf, and continued decomposition, parts of the whale may end up elsewhere on the beach.

Refuge officials said there is no need to call-in reports about the whale, and that nature will eventually take care of it.

Attention

Arctic Walrus spotted in Wales days after being seen in Ireland

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© Emma Ryan
Creature 'slightly underweight' but otherwise doing fine

A walrus has been spotted in Wales after being seen in Ireland.

The Arctic animal, which was seen on rocks near Broad Haven South beach, in Pembrokeshire, on Friday, is thought to be the same one seen off the coast of County Kerry the week before.

Officials have warned anyone who spots it in their area to respect the "sensitive species".

"The tired, young Walrus last spotted on Valentia Island, County Kerry, last Sunday has been spotted in Wales!" Sea Rescue Ireland said.


Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Greece split in half - snow in the north, warm in the south

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Greece has been split in half since Saturday in terms of its weather conditions, with snow in the north and warm temperatures in the south.

The northern half of the nation experiences cold weather, with rain, snow, and temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius.

In the meantime, the southern part of the country sees unseasonably warm weather, with sunshine and temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius.

Additionally, large quantities of dust from the Sahara desert in northern Africa have been transferred to the Ionian Sea, as well as to Crete due to the strong southerly winds.