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Earth's mesosphere creating glowing clouds

Via NASA: extra water vapor in the mesosphere is creating more glowing nighttime clouds

This summer, something strange has been happening in the mesosphere. The mesosphere is a layer of the atmosphere so high that it almost touches space.
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Layers of the atmosphere: exosphere; thermosphere; mesosphere; stratosphere and troposphere. vertical structure of the earth’s atmosphere. layers drawn to scale, objects within the layers are not to scale.
In the rarefied air 83 km above Earth's surface, summertime wisps of water vapor wrap themselves around specks of meteor smoke. The resulting swarms of ice crystals form noctilucent clouds (NLCs), which can be seen glowing in the night sky at high latitudes.

And, no, that's not the strange thing.

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Four interesting events in the tropics over the past week

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Several interesting things caught our eye in the tropics in the past week, including Hurricane Hector's length of time as major hurricane in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Debby's formation in the Atlantic Ocean, an active eastern half of the Pacific Ocean and Typhoon Shanshan's scrape with Japan.

Below, we'll go into greater detail about each of these notables.

Hurricane Hector Sets Record in Northeastern Pacific Ocean

Hurricane Hector passed well south of the Big Island of Hawaii on Wednesday as a major hurricane, one classified as Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Hector generated high surf and breezy conditions on the Big Island, with no more than a few outer rain showers scraping portions of that island.

As of Saturday morning, Hector was still maintaining Category 3 intensity about 1,000 miles west of Hawaii. That means it had been a major hurricane for at least 7.5 consecutive days, the longest duration any hurricane in the northeastern Pacific Basin has held that intensity, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.


Snowflake Cold

Earth undergoing unexplained major cooling event - scientists ignore it

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A most remarkable climate phenomenon is taking place under our very noses without anybody paying attention to it.

As nearly everybody knows, the planet is warming. Since its short-term rate of temperature change hasn't changed much, the warming is essentially accomplished because the planet spends less time cooling than warming. Therefore, periods of cooling have become shorter and result in less cooling.

In the figure below, we can see the top 10 biggest periods of cooling in terms of temperature decrease since 1950. The data used is a 13-month centered average of the monthly HadCRUT 4.6 global dataset found here.

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Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: How fast the climate is going to change from 2019-2021 - A forecast

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With the Suns magnetic waves cancelling, this will usher in fewer sunspots, more coronal holes and increased possibilities of huge CME's and EMP's. As you have all see these last few months are absurd with the weather amplification on our planet. I have broken down Zarkova's, Potpov's, Zarkov's and Shephard's research to show how much more amplification there will be in Earths weather patterns heading into 2021.


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Rare tornado filmed in Inner Mongolia, China

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A rare tornado was sighted in a desert in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Sunday.

Five people died in northern China and more than 50 homes were destroyed in a major city in Inner Mongolia, according to state media.

According to data from the local meteorological authority, the tornado occurred at 12:47 and lasted for some 10 minutes before it disappeared.


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Rare tornado touches down in north China, ravaging villages

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A rare tornado touched down in Jinghai District of north China's Tianjin Municipality Monday afternoon, snapping utility poles in half and causing damage to local residences.

The tornado was formed at around 17:30 and barreled through swathes of crop fields and several villages.

Videos taken by local residents showed the sizable tornado from a distance and the glass roof shaking while the fierce wind carrying debris across.


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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska

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The United States Geological Survey reports a preliminary magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck near Tanaga Volcano, Alaska on Wednesday.

The quake hit at 11:56 AM local time at a depth of 20 kilometers.

There was no initial word on damage or injury resulting from the quake. More information on this earthquake is available on the USGS event page.

See the latest USGS quake alerts, report feeling earthquake activity and tour interactive fault maps in the earthquake section.

Comment: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are the New Madrid and Alaskan fault zones waking?


Cloud Grey

Mystery in the mesosphere: Noctilucent clouds TRIPLE compared to last August

NLCs on August 14, 2018 @ Hamnoy, Norway
© Paul Knightley
NLCs on August 14, 2018 @ Hamnoy, Norway.
This summer, something strange has been happening in the mesosphere. The mesosphere is a layer of the atmosphere so high that it almost touches space. In the rarefied air 83 km above Earth's surface, summertime wisps of water vapor wrap themselves around specks of meteor smoke. The resulting swarms of ice crystals form noctilucent clouds (NLCs), which can be seen glowing in the night sky at high latitudes.

And, no, that's not the strange thing.

Northern sky watchers have grown accustomed to seeing these clouds in recent years. They form in May, intensify in June, and ultimately fade in July and August. This year, however, something different happened. Instead of fading in late July, the clouds exploded with unusual luminosity. Kairo Kiitsak observed this outburst on July 26th from Simuna, Estonia:

"It was a mind-blowing display," says Kiitsak. "The clouds were visible for much of the night, rippling brightly for at least 3 hours."

Other observers saw similar displays in July and then, in August, the clouds persisted. During the first half of August 2018, reports of NLCs to Spaceweather.com have tripled compared to the same period in 2017. The clouds refuse to go away.

Researchers at the University of Colorado may have figured out why. "There has been an unexpected surge of water vapor in the mesosphere," says Lynn Harvey of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). This plot, which Harvey prepared using data from NASA's satellite-based Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) instrument, shows that the days of late July and August 2018 have been the wettest in the mesosphere for the past 11 years:

Comment: Late-season surge in Noctilucent Clouds produces stunning displays
In 2017 a heat wave in the mesosphere melted those crystals, causing a brief "noctilucent blackout." Could something similar, but opposite, be happening now? Perhaps a cold spell in the mesosphere is extending the season.
In July an English astronomer reported photographing more noctilucent clouds in six weeks than in the last three years. See also: Are noctilucent clouds increasing because of the cooling climate, and the rise of fireball and volcanic activity?

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With the rise in rare and unexplained phenomena in our skies, clearly something is changing in our atmosphere: Also check out SOTTs' monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Cloud Precipitation

Worst floods in a century kill 67 across Kerala state in India

The Shiva Temple in Kochi was submerged when water was released from a dam

The Shiva Temple in Kochi was submerged when water was released from a dam
The state's chief minister says there is "unprecedented flood havoc" in Kerala - a magnet for millions of tourists each year.

Sixty-seven people have been killed over the past week in the worst floods to hit India's Kerala state in nearly a century.

At least 25 died on Wednesday, with the disaster management authority saying that the number is likely to increase.

Tourists, who flock to the southern state for its beaches, scenic landscapes and tea plantations, have been warned to stay away from many popular areas because of flooding.

The Sabarimala hill shrine is threatened by rising river levels in nearby Pampa River - the Hindu pilgrimage centre attracts around 45 million people a year.


Comment: See also: 'Unprecedented' flash floods kill dozens in Kerala, India


Attention

Dead humpback whale found at Ocean Shores Beach, Washington

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The corpse of a humpback whale washed up on Ocean Shores Beach, Washington, on Aug. 11, possibly killed by getting wrapped up in fishing lines.

The whale had been floating offshore for a few days, monitored by scientists from the nonprofit Cascadia Research Center (CRC).

Commercial fishing gear is a deadly hazard for marine mammals. Fishermen leave lines and nets extending across miles of ocean, which whales cannot see. Whales become entangled and can drown, or can get deeply lacerated by the lines as they thrash in an effort to get free.

According to CRC researcher John Calambokidis, more than a dozen whales have died by entanglement so far this year.