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'Ipo-ipo' waterspout filmed in Batangas, Philippines

A spectacular waterspout—known locally as "ipo-ipo"—was filmed off the coast of Mabini, Batangas, on Sunday, April 24.

A witness at a beach resort, who managed to capture the spectacle on video, said that the waterspout's sudden appearance on the horizon prompted bathers to rush out of the water.

Fortunately, according to authorities, nobody was hurt.

Waterspouts are uncommon but well-known phenomena, especially among fishermen and coastal residents.


Snowflake

Two meters of new snow in Austrian Alps, most ever in second half of April

© Foto Kuss
Record snowfall. The most snow EVER in the second half of April.

Severe winter weather led to chaos on Austrian roads, power failures, and panic among wine growers on Wednesday evening and Thursday. In the east of Austria came record snow. In the mountains there was as much snow as never before in the second half of April.

According to the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG), Lunz am See recorded 86 cm (almost 3 ft) of snow on Thursday. The west was partly covered in deep snow, but far from a record.

Up to 2 meters (6′-6″) of fresh snow (!) fell in the Lower Austrian Alps, mostly in the Ybbstaler and Türnitzer Alps. The avalanche danger is extremely high, warned the avalanche warning service of the country.

Also in Upper Austria there have been up to 150 cm (5 ft) of fresh snow - mostly in the Totengebirge, the Ennstal Alps and the Upper Austrian pre-Alps.

In the Styria region between the mountains of Gesäuse and Hochschwab, fresh snow fell to almost 2 meters. In the east, avalanche warning level 4 of the five-part scale applies.

Attention

Global power grids go down due to weak magnetosphere & plasma electrification


Power outages coincide in LA, New York, and San Francisco
With the world news focusing on power grids and satellite disruptions all pointing to hackers or planned government exercises, the global media hasn't looked to the collapsing magnetosphere and weakened magnetic field from the Sun as a cause. Additionally during the same geomagnetic storm, a new never seen before type of auroral display was photographed, it was a plasma filament. When I say plasma filament, it is straight from ancient legends of dragons in the sky and gods in the heavens. Cross two of these streams and indeed a dragon would appear. Incredibly charged skies with blue auroras again. This is the real reason for power outages, and from this point forward it will intensify and we will see more power outages and we get closer to 2019.


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Comment: See also: Coincidence? Power outages strike LA, New York and San Francisco and New atmospheric phenomenon discovered by SWARM satellites.

Another outage was recently reported in Ireland.


Attention

Minke whale euthanized after washing up in the Bronx, New York

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society is investigating what caused a 15-foot whale to wash up in the Bronx Sunday afternoon.

The minke whale was stranded in Orchard Beach around noon Sunday.

Several agencies including the NYPD, Riverhead Foundation and veterinarians from the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo attempted to help the whale swim on its own back out to see.

Officials say though the whale was free floating, it kept sinking and washing up on the shore. They decided the most humane thing to do was to euthanize it, as it would not be able to survive in the wild.

Snowflake Cold

Photos of April snow in Turkish cities

Residents in the Turkish cities of Eskişehir, Ankara and Bolu were surprised to see their surroundings covered in white fluffy snow April 23.

Snowflake Cold

Evidence of Global Cooling: Eastern Europe still buried in snow during Spring

© Maksim Bogodvid / Sputnik
A man walks in the street in Kazan, 20 April 2017.
Roads, houses, and even flowers covered in thick snow - though it's mid-April, winter won't loosen its grip on Russia and Eastern Europe, as abundant photos on social media clearly illustrate.

"April 22, It's St Petersburg, baby," was a widely-spread comment on Instagram from residents of Russia's northern capital on Saturday.Local emergency services warned of snowfall, slippery roads, and fog on Saturday.

"81st day of February in St. Petersburg," one person wrote.

"This eternal winter is driving me crazy. What kind of April is this?!"

Comment: Regular SOTT readers aren't surprised, what we're seeing is the onset of another ice age. The question is, how long and how severe will it be?


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills three horses in Giles County, Tennessee

As severe thunderstorms rolled through the Tennessee Valley Saturday afternoon, several homes suffered damage.

In western Ardmore, Roger Riddle's home was hit with golf ball sized hail that ripped through part of his wall, leaving several holes.

Up in Pulaski, Larry Hargrove lost three horses to the storms.

"You hate to lose any animal, but when you've had them for 20 years plus and you've raised them from a baby, they're family members," Hargrove said.

While he was away from his home, his three mares were struck by lightning around three o'clock.

Heart - Black

Algae toxin killing marine mammals along Southern California coast

© imagebroker / Michael Weber / Global Look Press
Dozens of sick and dying sea lions, seals, loons, pelicans and other fish eaters have been reported along the Pacific coast in Southern California. Algae bloom has caused a spike in domoic acid, a neurotoxin that is passed from fish to their predators.

Domoic acid poisoning is at least partly to blame for the spate of sick marine life from Santa Barbara to San Diego, according to reports. Fish eat algae then pass on the naturally occurring neurotoxin to its predators, causing seizures, brain damage and, in some cases, death.

Organizations like the Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute (CIMWI) and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) have fielded hundreds of
calls per day in the last week or so, according to local reports, flagging sick or dead animals along Southern California beaches.

Wolf

Stray dog unleashes terror, attacks 11 people in Chandigarh, India

© Manoj Mahajan
Victims (from left) Mohammad Irshad, VM Chopra, Sukhdev Kumar and Virender Gupta at Sector 15.
MC team catches canine; not rabies carrier, says official

A stray dog attacked 11 persons, including senior citizens, in Sector 15 today. Though the dog was caught in the afternoon, the residents were not happy with the efforts made by the MC team.

The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation has failed to find a permanent solution to the stray dog menace in the city.

Kanhaiya, who works at the MC public toilet in Sector 15-D, was the first one to be attacked by the stray dog at 4 am while he was sleeping outside the toilet block. He said the dog attacked his left leg and he had to be treated at the Sector 16 hospital.

Virender Gupta (45), a rickshaw-puller, who was attacked by the dog at 5 am, said he was sleeping in the corridor of the Sector 15-D market when he was attacked by the dog. He even punched the dog but it did not leave his foot, he said. Echoing a similar view, Sukhdev Kumar, a resident of Sector 15-A, who was attacked in the right leg, said it was 6.30 am and he was in the market opposite his house when the dog suddenly attacked him. He tried to save himself from the dog, but to no avail, he said.

Attention

Dead minke whale found on beach in Harwich, Massachusetts

© Todd Telemanick
Dead minke whale washed up at Sea Street Beach in Harwich
A dead minke whale found on Sea Street Beach Friday was brought to the town transfer station where a necropsy is planned for Sunday.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare responded to a report of the minke just before sunset Friday, according to Brian Sharp, the Yarmouth Port-based organization's marine mammal rescue and research program manager.

The whale was collected Saturday morning with help from the Harwich harbormaster and the Harwich Department of Public Works, according to Sharp.