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2 children killed by pack of stray dogs in Pakistan

dog attack
Two children died after they were attacked by a pack of stray dogs in Rahim Yar Khan on Tuesday.

According to residents, the incident took place near the Aabe Hayat police station. "The children were playing on the streets when the dogs suddenly attacked them," a neighbour said.

He added that the boys had sustained severe injuries and died on the spot.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has taken notice of the incident and summoned a report from the city commissioner immediately.


Dramatic waterspouts appear off Greek coast after severe storms

Waterspouts over open water.
© Wikimedia Commons
Waterspouts over open water.
After unexpected rain storms slammed into the country early Tuesday morning, sharp-eyed weatherspotters were able to capture waterspouts which formed near the island of Thasos and the northern Greek region of Chalkidiki.


Heavy rains cause flooding in Naples, Italy

Heavy rains cause flooding in Italy, Naples.

Blue Planet

The deep sea is slowly warming

sea horizon
© Doug White
A new study finds temperatures in the deep sea fluctuate more than scientists previously thought.
New research reveals temperatures in the deep sea fluctuate more than scientists previously thought and a warming trend is now detectable at the bottom of the ocean.

In a new study in AGU's journal Geophysical Research Letters, researchers analyzed a decade of hourly temperature recordings from moorings anchored at four depths in the Atlantic Ocean's Argentine Basin off the coast of Uruguay. The depths represent a range around the average ocean depth of 3,682 meters (12,080 feet), with the shallowest at 1,360 meters (4,460 feet) and the deepest at 4,757 meters (15,600 feet).

They found all sites exhibited a warming trend of 0.02 to 0.04 degrees Celsius per decade between 2009 and 2019 — a significant warming trend in the deep sea where temperature fluctuations are typically measured in thousandths of a degree. According to the study authors, this increase is consistent with warming trends in the shallow ocean associated with anthropogenic climate change, but more research is needed to understand what is driving rising temperatures in the deep ocean.

Comment: Since 'man-made global warming' has been thoroughly been debunked by this point, another more likely reason for the warming in the depths could be related to the thousands of underwater volcanoes. Taken together with the uptick in various other kinds of unusual and extreme kinds geological activity, it would appear that they may share a similar cause: And check out SOTT radio's:


Schweitzer Mountain in Idaho sees fresh layer of early snowfall, 45 days before ski season

© Schweitzer Mountain Resort
If this doesn't get you excited for ski season, we don't know what will.

Schweitzer Mountain tweeted several photos of fresh snowfall on the mountain.

"Let's just say, we're all a little excited up here today," the resort tweeted. "So good to see you, Winter!"


Heavy rain triggers floods and landslides in 8 provinces of Indonesia

Floods in Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, October 2020.
© BPBD Parigi Moutong
Floods in Parigi Moutong Regency, Central Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, October 2020.
Floods and landslides have affected wide areas of Indonesia since 07 October, 2020. At least 3 people have lost their lives. Homes have been damaged or destroyed and hundreds of people displaced.

Java Island

West Java

Flooding since 11 October 2020 has affected around 1,000 households in 6 districts of Garut Regency in West Java Province. The affected districts are Pameungpeuk, Cikelet, Cibalong, Peundeuy, Singajaya and Banjarwangi.

Indonesia's National Board for Disaster Management (BNPB) said heavy rain caused an overflow of the Cipalebuh and Cikaso rivers. Around 60 homes were damaged, including 7 severely damaged. Sixty families were displaced in Pendopo Pamengpeuk District.

Homes were also damaged after floods and landslides occurred in Tasikmalaya Regency, West Java Province on 12 October.

Cloud Precipitation

Southeast Asia flood deaths near 40 as new storm Nangka approaches

Nearly 40 people have died in Vietnam and Cambodia and scores more were missing, including rescuers, due to prolonged heavy rain and flash flooding as tropical storm Nangka edged towards the Vietnamese coast on Tuesday.

Heavy rains since early October have caused deadly floods and landslides in several provinces in central Vietnam and displaced thousands of people in western Cambodia, officials and state media said.

The floods are expected to worsen over the coming days, with tropical storm Nangka forecast to dump more rain as it makes landfall in Vietnam on Wednesday.

Nangka, packing wind speeds of up to 100 km per hour (62 miles per hour) will trigger heavy rain of up to 400 millimetres in parts of northern and central Vietnam from Wednesday through Friday, its weather agency said.


11 dead dolphins wash up on beach in Egypt

Eleven dead dolphins of varying sizes washed up on the Red Sea's Marsa Allam beach, south of Wadi al-Gamal, according to environmentalist sources.

The dolphins included seven mature females, one mature male, and three juveniles.

The animals had been unable to return to the Red Sea's waters due to receding tides, the sources explained, and had likely stranded due to being pushed into shallower waters in search of food.

According to a report by the sources, the dolphins were found in an area where striped coral reefs were growing, extending around five kilometers from the shore in the direction of open water.


Rare red auroras captured over Utsjoki, Finland

Red Auroras on October 12, 2020 @ Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland
© Rayann Elzein
Red Auroras on October 12, 2020 @ Utsjoki, Finnish Lapland
Arctic photographer Rayann Elzein sees auroras all the time over Utsjoki, Finland. But the auroras he saw last night were different. "They were red," he says. "Almost only red."

"Rarely have I seen anything like this before," says Elzein. "I double-checked the white balance on my camera to make sure nothing was wrong. But it was the same color temperature as on all my other northern lights pictures."

"Later, we were treated to the usual swirls of green and even some pink nitrogen fringe," he says. "When the green swirls calmed down, the red returned."

Comment: A couple of days ago on 11th October, Space Weather reported no solar flare, no coronal mass ejection (CME), no solar activity of any kind. However a crack opened in Earth's magnetic field through which a slow-moving solar wind poured, sparking an "amazing outburst" of auroras over Norway.
Aurora taken by on October 11, 2020 @ Tromsø Norway
© Markus Varik
Aurora taken by on October 11, 2020 @ Tromsø Norway
In February this year another crack in Earth's magnetic field sparked rare blue auroras over Norway, some of the 'strangest in years'.

Cloud Precipitation

United Airlines flight makes emergency landing after windshield cracks in hail storm

No one was hurt and the flight landed safely.
© Alex Lang
No one was hurt and the flight landed safely.
A United Airlines flight made an emergency landing on Monday after a windshield reportedly cracked while going through a hailstorm.

The flight was bound for Washington Dulles Airport, but had to return to Chicago O'Hare International Airport approximately an hour after it took off, according to data from Flight Aware.

Twitter user Alex Lang, a passenger on the flight tweeted out a photo of a cracked windshield in the cockpit, writing the inclement weather caused the damage.