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Three Gray's beaked whales wash up at Cape Point, South Africa

dead whales
Three Gray's beaked whales were stranded at Cape Point over the weekend with SANParks, NSRI and a number of relevant organisations responding to the scene to assist.

Upon arrival at the scene, two adult whales were found along with a calf. Both adults were dead on arrival and the calf died at the scene after a few hours.

Gray's beaked whales are rarely seen as they are deep water specialists, spending most of their time away from the view of the public. This particular species (Mesoplodon grayi) is one of the more common whale species along the SA coast. According to Sea Search Research & Conservation they are one of the few whales with "normal" teeth instead of more tusk-like teeth used in male on male competition.

Cloud Lightning

Rare double Gigantic Jet lightning captured over Puerto Rico

Gigantic jet over Puerto Rico
Since sprites were discovered in the late 1980s, researchers have photographed thousands of the strange upward-reaching lightning bolts. Their oversized cousins, Gigantic Jets, are far more rare. Only dozens have been photographed. It is no wonder, then, that observers are still seeing new behaviors in this type of powerful "super sprite." On Oct. 2nd, photographer Frankie Lucena may have recorded the first example of a "double Gigantic Jet."

"In the past, I've captured Gigantic Jet events that split into two, but this is the first time I've seen a Gigantic Jet that fired a second time just as the first jet was beginning to fade out," explains Lucena. "They shared the same channel of ionization, so it is considered to be a single event."

Comment: On 30th August: Gigantic jet photographed piercing the sky in China


Arrow Up

Climate models are unreliable and predictions of warming "absurd" says German professor

Fritz Vahrenholt
© Marcelo Hernandez
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Aurubis AG and Member of the Board of the German Wild Animal Foundation: Fritz Vahrenholt was Environmental Senator from 1991 to 1997.
Yesterday the online Hamburg Abendblatt published an interview with Prof. Fritz Vahrenholt on the recent climate demonstrations and alarmism. Vahrenholt calls the demonstrations and demands "over-the-top", and a real threat to the economy. He says the climate models are unreliable and predictions of great warming "absurd".

Vehrenholt is one of founders of Germany's modern environmental movement, the founder of the country's largest renewable energy company, Innogy and a member of Germany's SPD socialist parties. Lately the retired professor has become renegade among his peers by criticizing the "over-the-top climate debate" and warning against "hasty reforms".

Atmosphere of fear and hysteria

Vahrenholt tells the Abendblatt the climate debate has become hysterical and that in fact "we don't have a climate emergency." He adds: "If Greta Thunberg's demands are implemented, global prosperity and development will be massively endangered."

Vahrenholt is one of the more prominent signatories of the letter to the UN: "There is no climate emergency."

In the interview with the Abendblatt, Vahrenholt rejects Thunberg's bleak world view, noting that human society has markedly improved on almost every front over the recent decades.

"The number of hungry people in the world has halved, life expectancy has doubled, and infant mortality has been reduced to tenths. These successes have been largely due to the supply of energy for electricity, heat, transport and nutrition," said Vahrenholt.

When asked why so few German scientists (12) signed letter to the UN, Vahrenholt told the Abendblatt: "People no longer dare to express themselves differently."

The German chemistry professor says spreading panic and fear is "irresponsible" and that we should: "Stop scaring the children - they are already getting delusions."

Snowflake

Nearly a month's worth of snow hits southern Yukon

Kerri Scholz woke up to this view in the Porter Creek neighbourhood of Whitehorse Sunday morning.
© Kerri Scholz
Kerri Scholz woke up to this view in the Porter Creek neighbourhood of Whitehorse Sunday morning.
About 5,500 residents in southern Yukon lost power after a heavy snowfall Saturday night that caused trees to fall on power lines.

Marsh Lake was the hardest hit, but power was out "all over," said Jay Massie, manager of ATCO Electric Yukon, "from Teslin to Tagish, Carcross out to Deep Creek and west towards Haines Junction."

Some people were without power for more than 24 hours. Massie said utility crews worked through the night on Sunday to restore electricity, getting everyone's power restored by about 10 a.m. Monday.


Ice Cube

4.83-inch hailstone in August confirmed as largest in Colorado's history

Largest hail stone recorded in Colorado at 4.8 inches in Bethune in 2019
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Largest hail stone recorded in Colorado at 4.8 inches in Bethune in 2019.
Hailstones up to the size of grapefruits fell from a thunderstorm in eastern Colorado on Aug. 13, one of which has been confirmed as an official record for the largest hail ever observed in the state.

A supercell thunderstorm struck near Bethune, Colorado, some 150 miles east of Denver, between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. MDT on Aug. 13. It produced several very large hailstones, and one of the largest ones was preserved in a freezer by a local family.

Representatives from the National Weather Service in Goodland, Kansas, and the Colorado Climate Center met with the family the following day and measured the hailstone at 4.83 inches in diameter. The NWS confirmed Friday that this officially topped Colorado's previous hail-size record of 4.5 inches.


Comment: Hailstones the size of grapefruits fall in Colorado, including largest ever recorded


Snowflake

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Opposite of what 'climate experts' told us: Global snow

First snow in Heinävaara, Joensuu, on 4 October
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First snow in Heinävaara, Joensuu, on 4 October 2019
Extended ski season for 3rd year in a row Australia, Unusual heavy snows China, India, Finland, Norway with a revisit of MS Malmo stuck in early sea ice at the end of Summer. Its the opposite of what climate experts have told us was going to happen.


Sun

Chile's unprecedented drought affects 37,000 farmers

Chile's drought devastates ranchers, farmers

Chile's drought devastates ranchers, farmers
The driest southern winter in six decades has left a complex balance: 6 of the 16 regions in Chile are suffering the effects of the rainfall deficit, which in the case of Valparaiso and Santiago reached 77%. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, there are about 37,000 farmers at risk. In addition, nearly 106,000 animals in the regions between Atacama (north) and Maule (south) have died due to lack of water and food, according to data from the ministry.

Chile meets most of the nine vulnerability criteria set forth by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), including areas prone to drought and desertification.

"The situation is complex," acknowledged Javier Maldonado, the governor of the province of Chacabuco, which houses several of the communities affected by the drought. "We have to be realistic, climate change is here to stay," he added.


Snowflake

Winter: The White Elephant In The Room

climate cartoon
Summer is over, and it is time to change focus from alarmists nonsense about summer, to alarmist nonsense about winter.

Errata : I attributed a Washington Post reference to the New York Times


Snowflake Cold

Record cold in Sakhalin, Russia

frost
Among the record holders is the settlement of Moskalvo, where the average daily temperature is 3.4 degrees below the climatic norm, and the new absolute maximum for October 5 is now -1.7, one degree lower than the previous record set in 1955.

In Nogliki, the thermometer dropped to -4.6 degrees, the previous record of -2.3 was observed recently, in 2017.

At the beginning of the new week in the valleys of the center and north, the air will catch frost to -5 degrees, and in the valleys of the south to -2.

Thanks to Victor for this link.

Snowflake

Third autumn snowstorm hits the Alps

snow
There has been another snowstorm in the Alps, the third so far this autumn, bringing more fresh snow to higher slopes.

Around 12 glacier ski areas are currently open in Europe, more than half of them in Austria, and all have reported fresh snowfall in the past 24 hours, although several now have clear skiers this morning for a powder snow day.

Hintertux, pictured below this morning, reports 20cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours.