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Body of dead humpback whale on Maryland beach being removed

WHALE
Crews are working to remove the body of a humpback whale that was stranded along the Maryland coast last week.

The whale, which the state's Department of Natural Resources said was a Gulf of Maine humpback whale named Pivot, was found stranded Thursday night.

Officials are still working to determine what led to Pivot's death, adding Tuesday the whale's body was being removed from the surf.

In a Facebook post, the Assateague Island National Seashore urged people not to go near it, adding whales can spread diseases to humans and pets.


Attention

Dead humpback whale calf washes ashore in West Cork, Ireland

The male whale measured 10 metres in length and the IDWG said it was not an individual previously documented in Irish waters.
© IDWG via Robbie Shelly and Helen Tilson of SchullSea Safari
The male whale measured 10 metres in length and the IDWG said it was not an individual previously documented in Irish waters.
A young dead whale has washed up and been stranded off the West Cork coast.

The humpback whale came ashore off Coney Island, west Roaringwater Bay yesterday afternoon.

While humpback sightings are rare, they have been increasing in recent years.

Humpback strandings are very rare, however. According to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) only eight have been recorded in Ireland since 1893.


This is only the second such stranding of a humpback ever recorded in Cork.


Arrow Down

At least 4 people killed, 5 injured by landslide in Himachal Pradesh, India

Photo for representation. — iStock

Photo for representation. — iStock
Four people were killed and five sustained grievous injuries in a road accident under Aut police station in Mandi district on Saturday evening.

According to police, nearly 12 people were travelling in a jeep on Kalhani-Thunag link road under Seraj assembly segment of Mandi district, when a landslide occurred at Kashaud. The debris hit the vehicle, pushing it off the road and down the hill.

It is believed that all victims were natives of Mandi district.


Butterfly

Population of Mexico's monarch butterflies falls 26%, conservationists find

BUTTERFLIES
The population of monarch butterflies that arrived in Mexico's forests to hibernate this winter fell 26% from a year earlier, the country's Commission for National Protected Areas and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said on Thursday.

Millions of orange and black monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico on a 2,000-mile (3,220-km) journey each year from Canada across North America.

But the butterflies occupied only 2.1 hectares in December 2020, compared with 2.8 hectares the previous winter season, the conservationist group WWF said in a statement.


Comment: Monarch butterfly population getting closer to extinction - less than 2,000 of western population counted wintering in California


Snowflake

Late February snowfall in Kashmir brings back cold wave-like conditions - up to 18 inches falls

People walk past stranded vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway during heavy snowfall, at Qazigund in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
© PTI
People walk past stranded vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway during heavy snowfall, at Qazigund in Anantnag district of South Kashmir.
Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir on Saturday brought back cold wave- like conditions in the valley where the day temperature for the past week was several degrees higher than normal for this time of the year, officials said.

Fresh snowfall was reported from most parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, the officials said.

Macchil and Z-Gali areas in remote Kupwara district recorded snow between one foot to 18 inches, while places like Gulmarg, Baramulla and Sonamarg recorded up to seven inches of snow, they said.


Ice Cube

Vicious hail storm turns streets to icy rivers in Benoni, South Africa

South Africa hail storm
© YouTube/chave weather (screen capture)
Heavy hail hits Benoni, near Johannesburg, South Africa, causing rivers of ice to flow. February 26th 2021.


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: More infrastructure goes down across the globe

Crimean bridge closure
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Unbelievably more infrastructure going down across the planet, Japan pipes collapse due to a six foot plus snowstorm cutting off water on Hokkaido. Europe's longest bridge closed due to too much snow fall. Oil prices up and exodus from the cities expected to continue for the next 24 months.


Comment: Texas 'deep freeze': Urgent climate warning - but not how you think


Igloo

Gulf Stream System at its weakest in over a millennium, last significant decline recorded during the little ice age

gulf stream ocean conveyor belt circulation
© Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
The circulation of the Atlantic Ocean plays a key role in regulating global climate. The constantly moving system of deep-water circulation, sometimes referred to as the Global Ocean Conveyor Belt, sends warm, salty Gulf Stream water to the North Atlantic where it releases heat to the atmosphere and warms Western Europe. The cooler water then sinks to great depths and travels all the way to Antarctica and eventually circulates back up to the Gulf Stream
Never before in over 1000 years the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), also known as Gulf Stream System, has been as weak as in the last decades. This is the result of a new study by scientists from Ireland, Britain and Germany. The researchers compiled so-called proxy data - taken mainly from natural archives like ocean sediments or ice cores - reaching back many hundreds of years to reconstruct the flow history of the AMOC. They found consistent evidence that its slowdown in the 20th century is unprecedented in the past millennium - it is likely linked to human-caused climate change. The giant ocean circulation is relevant for weather patterns in Europe and regional sea-levels in the US; its slowdown is also associated with an observed 'cold blob' in the northern Atlantic.

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Snowflake

Mother Nature 'paves Paradise' at Mount Rainier, Washington with nearly 19 feet of snow

Paradise Ranger Station near the Jackson Visitors Center sits under nearly 19 feet of snow.
© Mt. Rainier National Park
Paradise Ranger Station near the Jackson Visitors Center sits under nearly 19 feet of snow.
If your idea of Paradise is to frolic in several feet of snow, then the ranger station at Mt. Rainier is aptly named.

Paradise Ranger Station, at about 5,400 feet, typically sits under a massive snow blanket at this time of winter, but this La Nina winter, that blanket is especially thick.

Latest measurements show a snowpack up there of 225 inches (nearly 19 feet!) through mid-Friday morning with snow continuing to fall. That is over 4 FEET ahead of the average snowpack at the peak of the entire winter snow season -- usually around April 1.

In fact, if it holds close to that amount through the weekend -- which it should -- it will become the 6th highest snowpack on March 1 since records began there in 1927 and second-most since 1991, only behind the epic snow season of 1998-99.

Snowflake

Denver expected 'a trace to 4 inches' of snow - Up to 16 inches fell overnight

A Denver motorist works to clear
© David Zalubowski/AP
A Denver motorist works to clear more than a foot of snow left by a late winter storm that swept over the region. The storm moved away from Colorado's Front Range communities and on to the eastern plains overnight.
Residents of the Denver metro area went to bed Wednesday night expecting a typical light-to-moderate snowfall. But on Thursday morning, they awoke to as much as 16 inches.

Winter weather advisories advertising a run-of-the-mill snow event were quickly converted into warnings overnight as snow fell at rates topping two inches per hour.

Original forecasts called for an upslope snow event, which means air forced up the Front Range of the Rockies would deposit considerable snowfall at the base of the foothills. But that band ended up 20 miles farther east than expected, parking right over the heart of downtown Denver.

Between 10 inches and a foot fell in the city proper, with 15 inches reported in southeast Denver near Colorado Boulevard. Englewood, a suburb just south of downtown, tallied 16 inches of snow.