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Busy street is hit by lightning before sparks come down like pouring rain in Shenyang, China

A flash of white bright light appeared over Heping Road as the lightning struck on Thursday
A dashcam footage has captured the terrifying moment a flash of lightning struck a busy road in China.

The footage was filmed on May 11 during the rush hours in Liaoning province, Chinese media reported.

Bright sparks were seen pouring down onto the road full of vehicles.

The 23-second clip, posted to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, had attracted 37 million views in the past few days.

It was believed to be filmed by the dash cam on a vehicle travelling on Heping Road, Shenyang, at around 5pm on Thursday.

The beginning of the clip shows the car driving down the road during a thunderstorm.

Suddenly a flash of white bright light appeared over the busy street.

Ice Cube

Atlantic ocean begins to cool, icebergs abound & global warming can't explain cosmic cycles

With the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation beginning its 30 year cooling phase in the 60 year cycle, near record iceberg sightings dot the Canadian coastline. Excuses are give such as the Peterman Glacier developing a crack, the ice on Greenland calving as new ice builds in the center, any excuse except the real cause, a cosmic cycle. The late Holocene sea surface temperatures show a warm period at 1000AD, and cool period 100AD which we are beginning to repeat.



15ft high dust devil filmed in Oswestry, UK

The giant dust devil first gathered into clouds of dust before it concentrated into a compact spiral of whirling dust and wind. The phenomenon is usually found in arid environments
This is the incredible moment a huge dust devil, more commonly seen in deserts, was caught on camera swirling around an industrial park - in SHROPSHIRE.

Managing director Stuart Jones was walking across his site when the piles of dust suddenly whipped up several feet into the air in front of him.

He managed to get his phone out and film the dust swirling around the yard like a mini tornado.

His one-minute video shows the 15ft high dust devil gathering pace as it moves around the site before it eventually fizzles out.

The phenomenon, which is known as a dust devil, is more common in desert or arid landscapes.

Bizarro Earth

Campi Flegrei: One of world's most dangerous supervolcanoes could erupt sooner than expected

© Daniel Enchev/Flicrk
Volcanic activity on Campi Flegrei. The supervolcano has shown signs of unrest since the 1950s.
One of the world's most dangerous supervolcanoes appears to be closer to erupting than we once thought, scientists have warned. Campi Flegrei in southern Italy has been showing signs of reawakening over the past 67 years, and new research indicates the volcano has been building energy throughout this period, increasing the risk that it will erupt.

Campi Flegrei is a huge volcanic field that sits about 9 miles to the west of Naples, a city home to over a million people. It is made up of 24 craters and edifices, and appears as a large depression on the surface of the land.

The volcano last erupted in 1538 after almost a century of pressure building up. But though it lasted over a week, this was a comparably small one—40,000 years ago, it produced a "super-colossal" eruption. This is the second highest measure on the volcanic explosivity index, the first being "mega-colossal," like those seen at the Yellowstone supervolcano in the U.S. thousands of years ago.

Comment: Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection

Bizarro Earth

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake - 39km S of Namatanai, Papua New Guinea

Magnitude: 6.2

Location uncertainty: 4.022°S 152.489°E± 8.7 km

Depth Uncertainty: 10.0 km± 1.7

Origin Time: 2017-05-15 13:22:38.580 UTC


Growing sinkhole unnerves residents at Nova Scotia apartment building

© Jessie Bainbridge
A small sinkhole in Glace Bay, N.S., has turned into a big problem for residents living beside it in an apartment complex.

"It feels like every time you turn your back it grows a little bit more and gets a little deeper," says tenant Blair Brewer.

The hole first appeared a year ago. The building owner has filled it with loose rock and gravel a number of times, but the ground keeps slipping away.

Residents of a Glace Bay, N.S., apartment complex say this sinkhole is getting bigger on a daily basis. It's all unnerving for residents.

"If something should happen and part of the building sinks in, it's not just the person in that part of the building that needs to worry," says Blair. "The whole building will be evacuated and we will have to look for a new home. That's not easy with a new family, especially with a three-month-old daughter."


Entomologists: Where have all the insects gone?

© Jef Meul/NIS/Minden Pictures/National Geographic Creative
Hover flies, often mistaken for bees or wasps, are important pollinators. Their numbers have plummeted in nature reserves in Germany.
Entomologists call it the windshield phenomenon. "If you talk to people, they have a gut feeling. They remember how insects used to smash on your windscreen," says Wolfgang Wägele, director of the Leibniz Institute for Animal Biodiversity in Bonn, Germany. Today, drivers spend less time scraping and scrubbing. "I'm a very data-driven person," says Scott Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation in Portland, Oregon. "But it is a visceral reaction when you realize you don't see that mess anymore."

Some people argue that cars today are more aerodynamic and therefore less deadly to insects. But Black says his pride and joy as a teenager in Nebraska was his 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1—with some pretty sleek lines. "I used to have to wash my car all the time. It was always covered with insects." Lately, Martin Sorg, an entomologist here, has seen the opposite: "I drive a Land Rover, with the aerodynamics of a refrigerator, and these days it stays clean."

Comment: See also: Vanishing act: Why insects are disappearing and why it matters


26 cm (10 inches) of snow recorded in eastern Finland on Mother's Day

Brilliant sunshine and relatively balmy Mother's Day weather greeted mothers in some parts of southern Finland, but in other parts of the country, mums woke to a completely different scenario.

According to the Finnish Meteorological Institute, FMI, in Kuhmo, which lies in the southeastern corner of Kainuu in the east, the heavens dumped some 26cm of snow on Sunday.

In other parts of the eastern region, snowfall measured 20cm. However in areas such as Kajani and Sotkamo, the precipitation was more moderate, averaging just over 10cm.

The last time that so much snow was recorded in a 24-hour period between May 1 and 20 was in 1997.

By Sunday, Kainuu municipalities such as Paljakka in Puolanka had accumulated up to 93cm of snow on the ground, while other areas such as Pesiö in Suomissalmi had 53cm and Kajaani 13cm.


Snow on Mother's Day in New England

© Carroll Police Department
Further north, Washington and Alexandria in New Hampshire both received snow as well.
The National Weather Service reports that several areas of New England received snow this Mother's Day, including some parts of Maine.

The service says snow fell and accumulated in elevations about 1,500 feet early Sunday morning.

The foothills of the Berkshires in East Hawley, Massachusetts, with an elevation of 1,650 feet saw 4 inches.

Further north, Washington and Alexandria in New Hampshire both received snow. In Carroll, New Hampshire, heavy snow and fallen trees left some roads blocked.


Dead minke whale found at Grandview Nature Preserve in Hampton, Virginia

A dead whale has washed ashore Sunday at the Grandview Nature Preserve, according to Matthew Klepeisz with the Virginia Aquarium.

Klepeisz says it is a Minke Whale, which have been known to approach ships, according to the American Cetacean Society.

However, the cause of death and size of the whale that washed ashore is unknown.

The American Cetacean Society says it can be hard to see a Minke Whale at sea because its blow is rarely visible and it tends to disappear quickly after exhaling.