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Dead minke whale washes ashore in Newington, New Hampshire

© Jason Schreiber
A dead minke whale was found washed up along Great Bay in Newington Tuesday morning.
A dead minke whale was found Tuesday in mud near a home in Newington.

The 12- to 15-foot-long whale was found near a home on Fox Point Road.

The Seacoast Science Center will determine the whale's cause of death.

New Hampshire Fish and Game officials will then tow the whale to a non-public spot.

Officials believe it's the same dead whale seen over the weekend at the mouth of the Piscataqua River.

Live whales in the mouth of the river aren't that uncommon because menhaden fish, a big attraction for hungry whales, are plentiful there. A live whale was spotted at the mouth the past week, officials said.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes cause at least 4 houses fires in Williamson County, Texas

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A house fire on Donovan Circle in northeast Austin on July 24, 2017
Firefighters in Williamson County were kept extraordinarily busy Monday as at least four houses caught fire when storms rolled through the area.

Crews were called to a Cedar Park home after lightning struck on Paden Circle, near Colonial Parkway and Vista Ridge Boulevard. At 3:16 p.m., a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for southwest Williamson County and northwest Travis County, as frequent lightning and heavy rain headed south.

Three other house fires in Leander, involving heavy damage, are possibly lightning related: a house fire in the 400 block of Monahans Drive, 2000 block of Lookout Range Drive and 3500 block of Goodnight Trail.

In the Cedar Park fire, a woman and her 7-year-old grandson were inside at the time of the fire, and were able to escape. No one was injured in the incidents crews responded to Monday.


Comment: See also: Lightning strikes blamed for three house fires in Flagstaff, Arizona


Ice Cube

Anomalous hailstorm hits Grottammare on Italy's Adriatic coast

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The beach turned white after a freak hailstorm hit Grottammare, Italy on July 25 2017.
In the early afternoon of July 25 the beach and roads of the Italian town of Grottammare were blanketed by significant amounts of hail, as reported by blitzquotidiano.it. The hail was pea to tennis ball sized according to reports. Images of the rare weather event on Italy's Adriatic coast at the end of July, were shared widely on social media.



Comment: Some other severe hailstorms from around the world in recent months include: It is likely that atmospheric dust loading from increased comet and volcanic activity is contributing to these 'anomalous' or 'freak' hailstorms, the cooling effect of which causes ice crystals to form.


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According to NASA, sea levels are going down

That's right, according NASA, sea levels are going DOWN! This is big news. How come the media hasn't mentioned it?

NASA satellite sea level observations for the past 24 years show that - on average - sea levels have been rising 3.4 millimeters per year. That's 0.134 inches, about the thickness of a dime and a nickel stacked together, per year.
As I said, that's the average. But when you focus in on 2016 and 2017, you get a different picture.

Sea levels fell in 2016, and with all of this winter's record-breaking snowfall, I wouldn't be surprised if they decline again this year.

Sun

Pope shuts off Vatican fountains for first time in living memory as Rome suffers with drought

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All 100 Vatican City fountains, including two Baroque masterpieces in St Peter's Square, will be shut off in the coming days as a drought sweeps Rome and other parts of Italy.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said it was the first time the Vatican could recall turning off all of its fountains and reflected Pope Francis' views on the environment.

"This decision is very much in line with the pope's thinking on ecology: you can't waste and sometimes you have to be willing to make a sacrifice," he told Reuters.

"This is the Vatican's way of living [in] solidarity with Rome, trying to help Rome get through this crisis," Burke added.

While the decision is likely to upset summer tourists who look forward to viewing the Vatican's famed fountains, water conservation is being widely encouraged as Rome's authorities consider the introduction of strict water rations.

Fire

Wildfires rage through the French Riviera, Corsica and Portugal; residents flee

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A firefighting helicopter drops water over a forest fire in Carros near Nice, southern France, as blazes broke across the French Riveria.
Actress Joan Collins is among the Saint-Tropez residents were have been forced to flee from their villas as huge fires ripped through the French Riviera and across southern Europe.

Large forest blazes in the French Riviera, Corsica and Portugal were sparked by heatwaves across the sun-kissed region, which is already teeming with British tourists ahead of the busy summer holiday period.

Homes and holiday resorts were under threat as fires sporadically broke out across the continent, with emergency services rushing to evacuate buildings amid fears that high winds could add to the chaos and spread of fire.

As tourists continued to sunbathe on the beaches, hundreds of firefighters tackled a blaze spanning 2,000 acres around the Var prefecture. Two villas were destroyed in La Croix Valmer, seven miles west of the glamorous holiday destination.

British actress Joan Collins, 84, told Twitter followers she was one of 11 who fled from the house last night and later claimed the massive blaze had been caused by someone's barbecue.

Ice Cube

Antarctica melting from beneath and volcanoes begin steaming under Greenland

© Ágúst Arnbjörnsson, a pilot at Icelandair.
Plumes of steam rising from cracks in a glacier near Kulusuk, Greenland.
With all of the world media hype surrounding the iceberg that broke off of Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf, the MSM forgot that there were 5x bigger icebergs in 1956 and 1927 that broke off. As well underwater volcanoes are responsible for the crack, not CO2 warming. Add to this images coming from Icelandic Air pilots showing steam vents that have opened through the Greenland Ice sheet, which signals an awakening of new vents under that ice sheet. All of the increases in volcanic and tectonic activity has been predicted as our Earth and Sun enter a grand solar minimum. It is apparent in the traces of volcanic aerosols in the ice sheets that every grand solar minimum there are more volcanic eruptions.

This is what we are seeing now, but the MSM focuses on human causes for the iceberg, when they should be talking about the intensification of the Eddy minimum.


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Attention

Boy killed by lone hyena in Kenya; third attack in less than 3 weeks


Hyena
A 14-year-old boy on Saturday night was killed when a lone hyena attacked a village in Boka, Tana River county. Seven others, all relatives, were injured. One was seriously hurt. Four of the injured have been identified as Salatho Bishar, 34, Zainab Omar, 26, Mohamud Abdi, 26, and Mude Gedi, 32.

The deceased, Jirr Abdi, was son of Salatho. The survivors suffered serious head injuries, fractured bones and some lost fingers. The injured were taken to Garissa Nursing Home.

Addressing the press at the hospital yesterday, relatives Mohamud Haji and Ali Ibrahim said the hyena strayed into a goat pen and attacked them. Ibrahim said the commotion and bleating from the goats attracted the attention of one of the victims and when she went to check, the hyena attacked her. She raised the alarm and relatives who came to her rescue were also attacked. Ibrahim said the hyena mauled the victims one by one as they went to the woman's rescue. "Abdi was not lucky. The hyena grabbed him in the confusion and dragged him into a nearby thicket. Everybody was scared and they ran back to their manyattas," he said. "When we went to check on the injured, we realised the boy was missing. No one was ready to risk going outside to look for him.

Fire

Massive forest fires force French Riviera residents to flee homes


Dramatic pictures show flames and massive clouds of smoke from an inferno ripping through woodland near the upmarket French resort of Saint-Tropez. This was the scene in the hills of Gigaro in La Croix-Valmer near the glamorous town
A huge fire has hit the French Riviera with the blaze forcing residents to flee homes in the Saint Tropez region.

Photos shared on social media show large plumes of smoke above the hills above the posh beach resort region.

One resident, Paul Adieannsens, tweeted: "Big fire in La Croix Valmer.

"Just made it to escape from our house!"

The location of the fire has been described as southeast of the main St Tropez township near the town of Ramatuelle.


Cloud Precipitation

Flood fury hits Rajasthan and Gujarat, India

© PTI
Rescue work is carried out after a jeep was swept away by floods in Kherwada area of Udaipur district on Monday.
Flood waters swept across several places in the country on Monday, killing two in Rajasthan and forcing Gujarat to declare a high alert.

In an upside, the situation in flood-ravaged Assam improved considerably as the swollen Brahmaputra and Barak rivers, along with their tributaries, started flowing below the danger mark at most places.

In West Bengal, lowlands in Birbhum, Purulia, West Medinipore and Hooghly districts were inundated.

With the meteorological department predicting more rains in the Gangetic region of the state in the next 24 hours, chief minister Mamata Banerjee held a monitoring meeting with senior officials at the secretariat this afternoon.