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New striped rain-frog species discovered in Ecuador's cloud forests

© Jaime Culebras/Colorado State University

Researchers have documented a new 'spectacular-looking' species of frog they've named the Ecuadorian rainfrog (Pristimantis ecuadorensis).
A yellow-green frog with eye-catching stripes that was discovered recently in Ecuador's cloud forests has now been deemed a new species of rain frog, according to a new study.

Across the U.S. and Canada, there are about 110 described frog species. By comparison, Ecuador — which is about the size of Colorado — is home to 570 frog species, and counting, according to the researchers. The latest species discovery in Ecuador came from an expedition that focused on studying a similar, threatened frog called the ornate rain frog (Pristimantis ornatissimus).

Scientists previously thought the ornate rain frog population was a single species.

Fireball

Earth's worst-ever mass extinction of life holds 'apocalyptic' warning about climate change, say scientists

Runaway global warming saw the planet's average temperature hit about double what it is today about 250 million years ag
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Researchers studying the largest-ever mass extinction in Earth's history claim to have found evidence that it was caused by runaway global warming - and that the "apocalyptic" events of 250 million years ago could happen again.

About 90 per cent of all the living things on the planet were wiped out in the Permian mass extinction - described in a 2005 book called When Life Nearly Died - for reasons that have been long debated by scientists.

Comment: Aha! Finally a reasoned voice who admits that we have to 'wait and see' but that we are definitely in for some seriously dangerous and destructive weather patterns, which he probably concluded by checking the monthly Sott Earth Changes Summary!


Megaphone

Metallic, trumpet-like sounds recorded in Sweden

© YouTube/Sabrina Saba
Strange sounds from the sky. Sweden 08.03. 2017.


Attention

Signs and Portents: Four-legged chicken born in Brazil (VIDEO)

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The chick was expected to die within hours of being born.
A Brazilian chicken has no shortage of legs to samba dance with after being born with four of the extremities. Despite bleak predictions that the chick would die within hours of being born, it has defied all odds, strutting with pride for ten days so far.


Attention

Signs and Portents: Two-headed lamb born in Conwy, Wales


A lamb was born with two heads amid a rise in cases of Schmallenberg virus
Farmers urged to get livestock tested for Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which is on the rise in the UK

Farmers are being warned to test their livestock for a virus that causes birth defects in livestock.

Lambing flocks across the country are experiencing higher than normal losses from deformed lambs, while early calving herds are also yielding calves with congenital defects.

The birth - at a farm in Conwy - comes amid growing concerns about the rise of Schmallenberg virus (SBV). The lamb was put down shortly after birth.

Ice Cube

'Ice volcanoes' erupting on shores of the Great Lakes

© Robert Kirkham/Buffalo News
Ice volcanoes were visible Wednesday on the Lake Erie shore at Evangola State Park.
In a rare March appearance, a phenomenon of nature known as ice volcanoes formed on the shores of a few Great Lakes and began erupting this week in plumes of sand, water, ice and, yes, even fish, according to The Buffalo News.

Dave McCoy, an environmental educator at Evangola State Park in New York, told the News that more than two-dozen ice volcanoes sprung up along Lake Erie's shoreline for the fourth time this winter season.

"I've never seen them form in March," McCoy told the News.

They also formed on Lake Superior and Lake Ontario, the latter shown in video provided by The Weather Network:


Cloud Precipitation

Lanzarote in the Canary Islands turns white after freak hail shower

Lanzarote turned white on Sunday, after a hail storm turned parts of Teguise and Tinajo white.

The surprise weather came after a weather warning for heavy rain was issued for the area. However the rain fell as hail in a number of places, creating the wintry scene.


Wolf

Family dog kills 8-month-old boy in Lusby, Maryland

A family dog fatally mauled an 8-month-old boy in a Lusby, Maryland, home Thursday afternoon.

According to the Calvert County Sheriff's Department, deputies were dispatched to Prancer Court in Lusby after the attack was reported just after 1 p.m.

Deputies arrived within one minute of the initial call, the department said, and saw the dog still attacking the child. They shot the dog to stop the attack and immediately determined that the boy had died.

The attack reportedly occurred while a family friend was watching the child.

An investigation is ongoing, and a news conference with Sheriff Mike Evans is scheduled for noon Friday.

Comment: Other recent reports of serious dog attacks within the last 3 days: Child taken to hospital following dog attack in El Paso County, Colorado

Pit bull in NJ 'viciously' bites 5 people, including child

North Carolina woman critically hurt after being attacked by great danes


Cloud Precipitation

11 dead following floods and heavy rain in Luanda, Angola

At least 11 people have died in the province of Luanda, Angola, after heavy rain and flooding on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 March, 2017. Almost 80 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the capital.

According to local media, spokesperson for the provincial command of the Civil Protection and Fire Service, Faustino Minguês, told Radio Luanda that the deaths occurred in the municipalities of Cacuaco, Cazenga and Belas and in the urban districts of Sambizanga and Kilamba-Kiaxi in the municipality of Luanda. Several people are also believed to be missing.

Many of the victims died as a result of homes collapsing. Other were swept away by flood water or electrocuted by falling power cables.

According to officials, 5,773 homes have been damaged by floods. Around 344 families have been evacuated. Initial assessments reported that a total of 13 houses have been destroyed. AFP later reported the figure as 700.

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Another tornado record's in sight for U.S. as thunderstorms set to rip across the Great Plains and South

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Another wave of tornado-spawning thunderstorms is set to rip across the Great Plains and South this week, putting the U.S. within reach of a record year for life-threatening twisters.

Severe storms will drench a swath of the country from Texas to Mississippi over the next five days, according to the U.S. Storm Prediction Center. Through Thursday, 369 tornadoes have been reported across the country, the most in five years and more than double the normal number of sightings.

An active jet stream and unusually balmy weather are to blame for the burst of deadly tornado activity, the storm prediction center said. Strong winds have dragged storms into the warm, humid air that's blanketed the eastern half of the nation, creating conditions ripe for a weather phenomenon that leads to at least $400 million in damage a year in the U.S.

"We have a severe threat starting today and continuing for each of the next five days through at least Monday," said Patrick Marsh, warning coordination meteorologist at the storm prediction center in Norman, Oklahoma. "Through mid-March, we are on a record or near-record pace."

The atmospheric moisture across the southern U.S. in January was more typical of April, Marsh said. A confirmed tornado touched down in central Massachusetts in February, a first, while there was still snow on the ground.

Comment: A tornado outbreak in January this year was the deadliest since 1969 and exceeded the entire 2016 death toll in two days.