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Giant wildfire chars 15,000 acres within Yosemite National Park, as blaze rages closer to San Francisco water reservoir

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© REUTERS/Max Whittaker
Firefighters work to prevent the Rim Fire from jumping Highway 120 near Buck Meadows, California, August 24, 2013.
One of the largest California wildfires in decades roared largely unchecked for a 10th day through forests in and around Yosemite National Park on Monday and threatened a reservoir that supplies most of San Francisco's water.

As of midday, the eastern flank of the so-called Rim Fire had burned to within a mile of Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy reservoir on the Tuolumne River, raising concerns about the possibility of ash and soot contaminating the sprawling artificial lake.

On Saturday, flames had been no closer than 4 miles from the reservoir, which supplies 85 percent of the water consumed by 2.6 million people in San Francisco and several communities in three adjacent counties about 200 miles to the west.

Roughly 300 million gallons of water is carried to the San Francisco Bay area daily through tunnels and an aqueduct, and reservoir samples show water quality has remained healthy since the fire began on August 17, according to a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

"There's no evidence of a change in the water quality, and there's no change in our ability to deliver that water to all of our customers," said the spokeswoman, Suzanne Gautier.

Snowflake

Snow every day expected at Mt Rainier - and it's still August

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© Wikimedia Commons, Wsiegmund
7-Day Forecast from the National Weather Service, Seattle Office
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Paradise-Mt. Rainier, Washington - Elevation: 12,600 feet.

This Afternoon A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 35. West northwest wind around 6 mph. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31. Northwest wind 5 to 11 mph becoming west southwest in the evening. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. Light and variable wind becoming south southwest 5 to 10 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Sunday Night A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West southwest wind around 9 mph. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Bizarro Earth

Swordfish catch in River Tyne 'very rare'

Swordfish
© BBC News
Swordfish are normally associated with warmer waters like the Mediterranean sea.
A swordfish usually found swimming in the clear, warm waters of the Mediterranean has been caught by a surprised fisherman in the River Tyne.

The fish, which measures about 1.2m (4ft) long from the tip of its sword to its tail, was caught in salmon nets close to South Tyneside.

It has now been taken to Latimer's Fishmongers in Whitburn to be filleted.

Owner Rob Latimer believes the fish had been "chasing" mackerel or salmon down the river when it got caught.

"It must have fancied a holiday in Whitburn I think - I can't blame it," Mr Latimer said.

Swordfish are normally associated with warmer waters like the Mediterranean sea.

Chief executive of the National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations (NFFO), Barry Deas, said: "I have never heard of this before.

"They are definitely a warm water fish, this is very rare."

Bizarro Earth

Volcanic 'geyser' erupts close to Rome airport

Geyser Crater
© The Telegraph, UK
The crater measured about six feet wide and three feet deep.
Italian experts have been puzzled by the overnight appearance of a geyser crater spraying clouds of gas 15 feet in the air, yards from the end of the runway at one of Europe's busiest airports.

Motorists on Saturday were alarmed to notice hot, stinking gas spurting from a newly formed crater in the middle of a roundabout close to the perimeter fence of Rome's Fiumicino airport -- less than 900 yards from the end of a runway.

Spectators gathered around the smoking crater, which measured about six feet wide and three feet deep, before firefighters and vulcanologists arrived to seal off the roundabout to prevent inhalation of the gas, suspected to be a cocktail of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and methane. Tests are now underway.

While initial reports suggested the gas came from rotting organic matter trapped underground, one expert said volcanic activity was more likely.

Bizarro Earth

Unusual 'double-tap' earthquakes hit Irish Sea

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© BBC
Aftershocks from two earthquakes that struck in the Irish Sea may be felt for days to come, it has been claimed.

The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) said the quakes, which occurred this morning off the north west coast of England, were probably caused by stresses built up from the weight of glaciers covering land during the Ice Age.

INSN director Tom Blake said it was unusual that the earthquakes - measuring 2.4 and then a stronger 3.3 on the Richter scale - happened in the Irish Sea.

"It is impossible to tell if stronger earthquakes will occur in the coming days and weeks, but aftershocks can be expected even if most, if not all, will be too weak to be felt," Mr Blake said.

Comment: Caused by glaciers from the Ice Age that ended 12,000 years ago?

That seems very unlikely to us.

There is probably a direct energetic relationship to what is going on NOW, both above, below and on the planet.


Cloud Grey

Stunning video captures fog rolling over Newfoundland mountains

A huge, hypnotic wall of fog has been filmed cascading down over the Long Range Mountains in Newfoundland's Lark Harbour.


Filmed earlier this week, the video shows the incredible scene in Newfoundland, a Canadian island off the country's east coast, as a wave of fog appears to crash over the top of the mountain range.

YouTube user Perry709 captured the eerie moment on video, describing it as "unbelievable."

The waterfall-like effect was prompted by Lake Harbour's natural terrain.

Moist air on the other side of the mountain, nearer to the Lake's bay, caused fog to form.

This fog moved up and over the ridge only to be met by warmer, drier air on the way down, which in turn caused it to dissapate.

Source: youtube

Bug

A maelstrom of mayflies: Millions of insects create flying cacoons around cars as they rise from the River Danube in Hungary

  • One of only a handful of times mayflies have swarmed there in 40 years
  • Efforts to clean up the river have helped the insects return to the area
  • Spectacle become unlikely tourist attraction with scores watching
Millions of mayflies swarmed along the River Danube in Hungary this weekend as they hatched there for one of the first times in 40 years.

Passers-by were hit with blizzard-like conditions and the air was thick with the winged insects.

There were so many insects in the northern town of Tahitotfalu, about 18 miles from Budapest, that cyclists had to cover their faces and cars were barely visible, even with their headlights on.

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Blizzard: A car is barely visible as it travels through millions of swarming mayflies in Tahitotfalu, Hungary
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In the spotlight: The headlights illuminate the millions of insects that hatched along the River Danube

Stop

Far Eastern Russian city on 'round-the-clock' flood watch

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© RIA Novosti. Vladimir Astapkovich
Far Eastern Russian City on ‘Round-the-Clock’ Flood Watch
Russia's Emergencies Ministry has placed flood barriers in the city of Khabarovsk in the country's Far East under round-the-clock watch to help monitor water levels and identify breaches as soon as they happen, a local branch of the ministry said Saturday in a statement.

The statement noted the "complex flooding situation" in parts of Khabarovsk nearest the Amur River, and said that newly built flood barriers would be placed on round-the-clock watch to ensure that any breach is identified, repaired and reported as soon as it happens, the statement said.

According to the latest figures from Russia's Far East Development Ministry, 85,000 people are living in areas currently affected by the flooding in the country's Amur basin. The floods are the worst the region has seen in the past decade.

Cloud Precipitation

Some 500,000 affected by Typhoon Trami in China

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© REUTERS/ Stringer
Some 500,000 Affected by Typhoon Trami in China
Over 485,000 people have been affected by Typhoon Trami in central and south China, the country's Xinhua news agency has reported.

Typhoon Trami, the 12th typhoon in China this year, has affected 361,000 people in central China's Hunan Province and 125,700 people in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local authorities said.

Phoenix

Massive California wildfire creating its own weather patterns

A raging California wildfire has grown to 200 square miles and is so large and burning with such force that it is creating its own weather patterns, making it hard to predict where it will move, fire officials said Saturday night.


"As the smoke column builds up it breaks down and collapses inside of itself, sending downdrafts and gusts that can go in any direction,'' CalFire spokesman Daniel Berlant told NBC Bay Area. "There's a lot of potential for this one to continue to grow.''

More than 5,500 homes are threatened by the blaze, called the Rim Fire, and four were destroyed.