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US: Minnesota: Heavy rains flood neighborhoods, metro roads

Heavy rains flooded metro neighborhoods and roads, including a half-mile stretch of Interstate 35W near Interstate 694.

Crews closed that section of the well-traveled freeway early Saturday morning, after receiving reports of stalled vehicles. Both directions of I-35W were reopened by around 9:30 p.m.

"With the intense rains we had overnight, the overflow ponds have overflown onto the freeway," said Trooper Kyle Klawiter of the Minnesota State Patrol.

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North Carolina, US: Flash flood slams Cherokee hatchery

Thousands of fish were killed when a wall of water swept through the Cherokee Fish Hatchery.

The flash flood washed many of the young trout out of the raceways where they were being raised as well as taking down about 75 feet of fence surrounding the facility, hatchery supervisor Doug Reed said.

The hatchery has about 800,000 fish at any one time. Reed said Saturday he and other workers were still trying to determine how many had been killed as they cleaned up the mess. He estimated the damage at about $30,000-$50,000.

"It overflowed the raceways and poured the fish out onto the ground," he said. "It washed leaves and sticks into the raceways."


More Harsh Winter Weather In Store for Ireland and UK

© Image MODIS
View of Ireland and UK from space on Christmas Day 2010.
The trend of severe winter weather could be set to continue according to new research.

A number of senior UK-based academics have published their findings in the journal Environmental Research Letters. The basis for the wintry outlook is that relatively cold winters in the United Kingdom and Ireland are more common when solar activity is low.

The findings follow on from one of the coldest winters experienced in Ireland and Britain in more than 45 years.

Using the Central England Temperature (CET) record, which dates back to mid-17th century, the research team said that average temperatures during recent winters had been markedly lower than the longer-term average.

According to the authors of the new report: "The mean CET for December, January and February for the recent relatively cold winters of 2008/09 and 2009/10 were 3.50C and 2.53C respectively. Whereas the mean value for the previous 20 winters had been 5.04C. The cluster of lower winter temperatures in the UK during the last three years had raised questions about the probability of more similar, or even colder, winters occurring in the future".

Bizarro Earth

US: Alaska Peninsula - Earthquake Magnitude 6.1

Earthquake Location
Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 19:59:14 UTC

Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:59:14 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

54.895°N, 161.267°W

48.2 km (30.0 miles)


70 km (43 miles) SW of Sand Point, Alaska

98 km (60 miles) ESE of Cold Bay, Alaska

971 km (603 miles) SW of Anchorage, Alaska

1674 km (1040 miles) W of WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory, Canada

Bizarro Earth

Southern Lights As Seen From the ISS

Earth orbit is a great place to watch geomagnetic storms. On July 14th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station witnessed a broad curtain of green auroras over the southern hemisphere. This is what aurora australis looks like from space:

© SpaceWeather
The picture was taken by one of the crew of space shuttle Atlantis, now docked to the ISS for the last resupply mission of NASA's 30-year shuttle program. In addition to Southern Lights, the picture also frames Atlantis's port side wing and a segment of the boom sensor system attached to the shuttle's robotic arm.

The display was caused by a solar wind stream which hit Earth's magnetic field on July 12th. Note to astronauts: Another solar wind stream is heading for Earth, due to arrive on July 19th. The crew of Atlantis should remain alert for auroras.


Balkans Wilt Under Heat Wave

© Janeen
Balkan countries are roasting under a heat wave, with temperatures over 30 degrees for a third day in a row, causing deaths and increasing the risk of wildfires.


The heat on the Croatian coast has caused eight deaths so far. Five people died on Thursday and Friday, while on Saturday another three people died in the town of Zadar and on the islands of Vis and Pag.

In addition, hundreds of tourists sought medical attention over the weekend. According to local rescue and medical services, the number of casualties are likely to grow if the heat continues.

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US: Father and Son Both Victims of Lightning, 48 Years Apart

A New Jersey man followed the tragic fate of his own father 48 years ago when he was struck dead by lightning during a weekend barbecue with his family.

On Thursday, family members said 500 people from the tight-knit Hammonton, N.J. community attended the funeral to mourn the death of Stephen Rooney, 54, who was "well-known" and a "real nice guy," according to the town's Chief of Police Robert Jones.

On July 3, Rooney, and 25 members of his extended family took part in the "normal Fourth of July kind of antics," at a weekend barbecue--a 30-year family tradition at Rooney's residence at 59 Plymouth Road.

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US: Severe Thunderstorms Cause Delays at Minneapolis Airport

Severe thunderstorms with heavy rain and frequent lightning is causing delays for air travelers Friday in the Twin Cities.

As of 2 p.m. the FAA website said travelers were experiencing delays of up to 78 minutes at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Officials expect flights to be affected throughout the day Friday due to backups on the grid and urge travelers to check with their airline for flight status.

Airport spokeswoman Melissa Scovronski says the lightning also temporarily caused air traffic controllers to ground flights Friday morning.

Thunderstorms will continue to move through the Twin Cities with heavy downpours of rain and frequent lightning into the early afternoon. Some of the storms may contain hail and gusty winds at times.

The storms will mainly be north and east of the metro by 3 p.m. but additional storms could redevelop at anytime. The most likely time for dry weather today will be from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. then more storms likely after midnight.

Magic Wand

Is summer over already? Clement the cuckoo seems to think so (he's already in Africa for his winter break)

Trying to tell us something? Clement the cuckoo has already migrated to Africa, where he spends each winter. The tracking device can be seen on his back
It seems the chances of a warm British summer are doomed if the migratory movements of a cuckoo are anything to go by.

So unimpressed with our mild climate is Clement the cuckoo that he has already flown to Africa, where he spends each winter.

He is one of five cuckoos that scientists are tracking on their southward migration, and the first to have left Europe altogether.

Three of the others are currently in Italy, while the last has remained in East Anglia, where all five were caught and tagged with fingernail-sized tracking devices in May.

The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO) is monitoring the birds in order to work out why their population has dramatically fallen over the last few years.

The adventurous Clement left Britain on June 3, a month before ornithologists had thought the cuckoos would begin their migration.

He then surprised researchers by taking a westward route, flying over France before heading west through Spain and then crossing the Mediterranean into Algeria.

Scientists had expected all the cuckoos to travel on an easterly route down the length of Italy.


US: Bear Mauls Boy at Colorado Bowhunting Gathering

A marauding black bear tore through a mountain campsite at a bowhunters gathering in west-central Colorado on Friday and mauled a teenage boy, wildlife officials said.

The bear entered the boy's campsite in Lake County before dawn and broke into a food cooler, feasting on eggs before it entered the boy's tent, Randy Hampton, spokesman for the Colorado Division of Wildlife, said.

The bear grabbed the boy by the leg before other campers who heard his screams scared the animal off. The boy, who was not identified, sustained minor lacerations to his leg and was treated at a local hospital and released, Hampton said.

He said wildlife officers were tracking the bear with dogs and would destroy the animal if it is found.

"We like to have a thriving black bear population, but when they become aggressive toward people they must be put down," he said.