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Small pod of pilot whales stranded in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania only weeks after mass stranding at the same location

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks,

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment are responding to reports four whales have become trapped in Macquarie Harbour, on Tasmania's west coast where 470 of the mammals were stranded last month (pictured)
A small pod of pilot whales have become stranded in Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania's rugged west coast, only weeks after a mass stranding in the same harbour left hundreds dead.

The Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment are responding to reports a large pilot whale became stuck in the harbour near Strahan on Saturday afternoon.

Three smaller pilot whales, which were swimming with the large whale before it became stranded, also remain in the harbour.

The whales appear to be healthy and should be returned to sea on Sunday, wildlife biologist Sam Thalmann says.

Comment: 380 whales dead in worst mass stranding in Australia's history


Seismograph

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Easter Island Region, Chile

Easter Islands region quake
© Volcano Discovery
Date & time: Saturday, 10 October 2020 13:14 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 10 Oct 6:14 am (GMT -7)
Magnitude: 6.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 28.67°S / 112.3°W (Chile)

Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Interlaced reset loop - 2021 food prices

Two fishermen watched as a waterspout developed before their eyes over Lake Erie

Two fishermen watched as a waterspout developed before their eyes over Lake Erie
We are beginning to see the interlacing of Grand Soar Minimum intensification reducing the length of growing seasons, leading to higher food prices where people cannot afford to eat after all of the business closures across continents. This is pushing the need for food banks, but China experienced the worst crop wipe out in the last 200 year and are actively buying grain and commodity crops across the planet, driving up prices further. This in turn adds 10% to food prices where more people can't afford food, sending them to food banks. Record waterspout count in the Great Lakes as South America enters a drought further reducing global grain totals. The spiral is in play.


Comment: Waterspout outbreak over the Great Lakes sets world record of 232 for a 7 day period

As well as natural disasters devastating crop growth, the insane response to the coronavirus crisis and losing value of currency in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

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Fire

Two dead as dozens of forest fires burn in Syria and Lebanon

smoke
Forest fires in Syria and neighbouring Lebanon have killed two people and burned swathes of land since Thursday, state media and officials said.

Syrian state television on Saturday morning broadcast scenes from the affected areas, where firefighters were working to extinguish the blazes.

It said hundreds of hectares had burned in the countryside of Syria's coastal Latakia and Tartus provinces, and in the central Homs province.

The health ministry said two people died in Latakia province on Friday as a result of the fires, and that 70 people in the area were taken to hospital suffering breathing difficulties.



Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm and flooding hits Izmir, Turkey

Hail storm and flooding hits Turkey, Izmir.


Umbrella

Tropical Storm Delta brings heavy rain and flood threats to Tennessee Valley after slamming US Gulf Coast

Hurricane Delta floods the gulf coastal town of Sulphur, Louisiana.

Hurricane Delta floods the gulf coastal town of Sulphur, Louisiana.
More than 5 million people are under flash flood warnings across the lower Mississippi River Valley after Delta made landfall as a Category 2 hurricane and continued to drench the Southeast.

Delta, now a tropical storm, dropped over a foot of rain in Louisiana and its powerful winds pounded communities already ravaged by Hurricane Laura weeks ago. In its wake, it left nearly 730,000 homes and businesses along the Gulf Coast without power, according to poweroutage.us.

Flash flood emergencies were also issued following the heavy rain, with parts of southwest Louisiana receiving up to 17 inches of water. Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter, who rode out the storm in a downtown building, said the experience felt a little like "deja vu."


Snowflake

It's snowing in October in parts of Nova Scotia, Canada

snow
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It's snowing!? That is the question being asked after some Canadians woke up to a blanket of white snow this morning, in October.

Residents from a town called Antigonish, in Nova Scotia, were in for a big surprise when they looked out of their windows and saw snow covering the ground and in some cases, mounted on their cars.

They quickly took to social media to share the news and show the rest of Canada just how epic the precipitation got so early in the year.

One resident woke up to her car covered in snow, but was very cheerful and welcomed the unexpected mix of seasons into town.

Doberman

Man killed, woman injured after attack by their own pit bull in Moses Lake, Washington

PIT BULL ATTACK
A man is dead and his wife was seriously injured Thursday after they were attacked by their own dog at a mobile home park in Moses Lake, sheriff's officials said.

The dog was identified as a pit bull or pit bull mix, said Kyle Foreman of the Grant County Sheriff's Office.

The incident unfolded at about 11:20 a.m. when a neighbor called 911 to report a dog attack at the Harvest Manor Mobile Home Park in the 4800 block of Airway Drive.

Deputies and medics responded to the scene and found the man and woman with severe injuries consistent with a dog attack.


Cloud Lightning

Something new in the realm of sprites

Sprite-Halo with Feet
© Frankie Lucena
Sprite-Halo with Feet and a Red Sprite on September 28, 2020 @ Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
Frankie Lucena of Puerto Rica has made a discovery. Some jellyfish have feet. Jellyfish sprites, that is. "On Sept. 28th, I photographed an outburst of upward directed lightning over the Caribbean," he says. "Their jellyfish forms included something unusual. I call them 'feet.'" Note the bright endpoints at the bottom of the sprite's dangling tendrils.

"This feature in a sprite event hasn't been documented yet," says Lucena, who has spent years documenting sprites and gigantic jets above electrical storms near Puerto Rico. "After checking my database I was only able to find three others that have this feature, so I compiled all four into a single image. My best guess is that the electrons were only able to propagate downward to a certain point and they accumulated there, causing the tips of the tendrils to brighten."

Comment: With the surge in sightings of red sprites in recent years (which are still considered 'rare' by some) it seems the electrical nature of our weather and changing atmosphere is becoming more apparent:


Snowflake

Heavy early snow hits Iran

SNOW
In recent days, significant thicknesses have accumulated, especially in the East Azerbaijan province.