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Waterspout caught on camera off Nambucca Heads, Australia


File photo - Shane Chalker photographed water spouts off Forster in April 2015.
A Nambucca Heads man wasn't quite sure what he was seeing when a rare water spout formed off Main Beach this morning.

Rodney Thurtell, 50, was munching on a piece of barbecued chicken for breakfast and gazing out to sea from an elevated position near the surf life saving club when he noted a dark, thin line in the clouds, which stretched all the way to the surface of the ocean.

"I could see the water moving in the sea where it touched down," Rodney told the Guardian.

"I saw another bloke and he said 'what's that', and I said 'that's a water spout' and he agreed that's exactly what it was."


Red Flag

Emergency accommodation, food, evacuation routes and rain forecast for 72 hours in California


Oroville Dam
With evacuations ordered from the Oroville Dam days late hundreds of thousands flee into the night. if you are on the move and need assistance with food or shelter, the Sikh community and all of its temples are open to help, even with medical care. Animal shelter areas and RV camping ground areas for others are listed in the video. Head north if possible to Chico and get out of low lying flood plain areas.

GOES WEST rainfall forecast mapsas well. Once you leave your homes you will not be allowed to return for weeks if at all until spring. Good Luck.


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At least 749 earthquakes have hit the Dardanelles, Turkey since February 6

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At least 749 earthquakes have hit the Marmara province of Çanakkale since Feb. 6, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has stated.

The first wave of the earthquakes was recorded on Feb. 6 at 6:51 a.m. in the province's Ayvacık district with a 5.3-magnitude temblor. That was followed by another one with the same magnitude at 13.58 p.m. on the same day, and the latest major quake occurred in Ayvacık on Feb. 12 with the same magnitude, according to AFAD.

A number of buildings in the region were damaged and many locals settled in tent cities set up near the village of Yukarıköy, which was severely damaged by the quakes.


AFAD and the Turkish Red Crescent are currently setting up a container city for victims in the area.

Attention

Signs and portents: Rare two-headed calf born in Kyrgyzstan


Two-headed calf
A rare two-headed calf was born in Batken region, local veterinarian Astanakul Muratov told Turmush regional news service.

The calf was born on February 9 in the village of Ak-Tilek, Kadamjay district.

Owner of the cow that gave birth to a rare two-headed calf is local villager Muhammad Karabayev.

"The owner of the calf and I after the birth checked the health of the animal, it was OK first minutes of its life despite the rare condition. But because it could not suck milk, the animal died after 20 minutes," said Muratov.

Veterinarians that arrived in the place are studying the died animal, he added.

According to experts, this condition is very rare. It happens only once in 400 million births. Experts term the condition of having two or more heads polycephaly. A polycephalic animal with two heads is described as bicephalic.


Attention

3rd dead whale found within 8 days in Virginia Beach


Third dead whale to wash ashore
A male juvenile humpback whale was found washed ashore Sunday morning near 80th Street in Virginia Beach. The whale had suffered propeller wounds.

Matt Klepeisz, a spokesman for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center, said the whale had been reported off the Cape Henry area on Saturday morning and came ashore either Saturday night or Sunday morning at 80th Street.

According to Alex Costidis, an aquarium stranding team coordinator, the whale, after being spotted at Cape Henry, was seen at Rudee Inlet. The stranding team stayed with it Saturday, taking samples from the water until sunset. The whale was reported ashore Sunday morning at 80th Street by a passerby.

Costidis said the black and white whale had "three large propeller wounds." He estimated the whale was 2 to 4 years old and weighed 13,000 to 16,000 pounds. It measured more than 30 feet long.


Question

Loud mystery booms rattle homes in eastern Pennsylvania

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The booms are loud and deep, enough to rattle the dishes.

"I have heard it four times Saturday night through Sunday night," says Carolyn Risko, who lives south of Lancaster. "It's very loud and shakes the house."

She and other residents of the area have been trying to determine the cause of the loud noises, but they haven't had any luck.

Risko says she went outside after each boom but "didn't see anything."

Residents contacted Manor Township police and spoke to an officer who also heard the booms, Risko says. Firefighters, too, patroled the area searching for the cause.

"They can't pinpoint a location so they can't really investigate it," Risko says.

Manor Township police Sgt. Gary Gardner says he doesn't think anyone has tracked down the source of the booms.

Arrow Up

Indonesia's Sinabung volcano spews clouds of smoke, ash in latest of violent eruptions

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Children play at school as Indonesia's Mount Sinabung spews clouds of smoke and ash on February 10, 2017.
A rumbling volcano on Indonesia's Sumatra island spewed clouds of smoke and ash high into the air Friday, the latest in a series of violent eruptions.

Huge columns of smoke hung over Mount Sinabung and the surrounding area, including an elementary school where children played in the shadow of the towering volcanic cloud.

Activity levels have increased in the past week, with Sinabung shooting hot ash clouds into the sky dozens of times, according to the local volcano monitoring agency. Despite the eruptions, local villagers continue their precarious existence.

The children were playing at a school in Neman Teran district, although officials say it is safe as the site is outside a four-kilometre (2.5-mile) danger zone around the crater where no one is supposed to set foot.

"It's safe for the school to be used," insisted local disaster agency chief Nata Nail.

Farmers continue tending to their crops and people in local towns put on masks to go shopping as ash rains down from the sky.

Comment: Sinabung volcano erupts seven times in less than 24 hours, Indonesia


Sun

Magical sun halo shines over northern Sweden

© Tomas Bjornerback
A sun halo or a portal to another world?

Tomas Björnerbäck took these incredible photos with his phone showing the sun over the ski region Hemavan when he went up one of the main ski lifts, Kungsliften.

"The trip up started really foggy with only 50 metres of visibility", he told The Local. But soon the trip would be worth the effort. "At around half way to the top, we suddenly came out of the fog, above the clouds, and the blue sky was all around us. There were ice crystals in the air, and from the top of the ski lift, I took these pictures."

A halo effect is a light phenomenon appearing as a ring around the sun or more suns on the sky. It happens when the light is shining through ice crystals in the air.

"For a halo to be formed, ice crystals must have clean geometric shapes. This is because the light will be spread and reflected in the same direction. If ice crystals are shaped unevenly, we get an irregular distribution and we get an even haze instead of a halo," SVT meteorologist Åsa Rasmussen explained.

House

First responders probe loud house-rattling booms in northeast Indiana

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Whitley County law enforcement and volunteer firemen have investigated calls from homeowners in southern Whitley County of at least two loud "explosion" noises that rattled homes and homeowners alike.

The calls came into emergency dispatch centers between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m. Saturday. Both Whitley County and Huntington County dispatch centers fielded calls, including one from the Roanoke town marshal.

Whitley County responders investigated the areas between Meridian and Washington Roads near CR 800 South after the Saturday night phone calls but were unable to find the sources of the loud booms.

Homeowners reported the explosive noise literally shook their houses.

Possible sonic booms from air craft in the area were discounted as the cause as there were no Air National Guard exercises ongoing at the time.

Another cause could be the phenomena named "frost quakes," although those usually happen in much colder weather; however, there is also a moisture component to the freak winter events.

Snowflake Cold

Snow piles on across New England for second time in a week

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A Waterville Public Works department employee struggles to clear the sidewalk of snow along Elm Street in Waterville during the storm on Monday.
Heavy snow fell Monday across the Northeast, closing schools and government offices, snarling roads and cancelling flights with a forecast for 8 to 16 inches expected from New York to Maine.

By morning, some towns in Upstate New York already had a foot of snow on the ground.


The storm, called a nor'easter, will bring blizzard conditions across Maine with strong winds, which the weather service warned could bring heavy snow and reduced visibility.

Travel could be dangerous during the height of the storm as road crews have difficulty clearing roads, according to AccuWeather.com. Blizzard warnings are in effect for eastern Maine, according to the weather service.