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National Guard re-evacuation of Oroville Dam, general denies but eight inches of rain falling


Oroville Dam
Some National Guard on station near Oroville Dam were asked by citizen journalists what they were doing in the area and the response was that "they were there to help with the re-evacuation", this was quickly corrected by a major general within an hour. Winter storm warnings for all northern California with forecast of 8 inches as Southern California slammed with Cat 2 hurricane force winds.


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Shallow earthquake shakes Panama with magnitude of 4.7

A strongly felt earthquake has swayed skyscrapers in Panama's capital and caused the evacuation of some buildings.

The U.S. Geological Survey gives a preliminary magnitude of 4.7 for Monday afternoon's quake.

The shaking set off car alarms and local news media said the local subway system was halted.

There are no immediate reports of injuries.

The 2:35 p.m. (1935 GMT) quake was centered 6 miles (10 kilometers) deep about 51 miles (83 kilometers) south-southeast of Panama City in the Gulf of Panama.

Source: AP

Cloud Lightning

42,000 lightning strikes recorded around Bulahdelah, Australia

© Kane Smillie
The Great Lakes and surrounds were treated to a spectacular light show during the weekend's storms. In a 50km radius from Bulahdelah Weatherzone reported there were 42,000 lightning strikes including cloud to cloud lightning strikes and cloud to ground strikes.

There were 5000 cloud to ground lightning strikes. A Weatherzone spokesperson said this amount of lightning was "quite intense" for one area.
The spokesperson said the majority of the lightning hit between Bulahdelah and Forster, with the storm heading in a southwesterly direction.They added 26mm of rain fell in Forster during yesterday's (Sunday, February 19) storm.

Megaphone

Whistleblowers exposing corrupt climate science can no longer be silenced

© AP Photo/John McConnico
Whistleblowers at the U.S. government's official keeper of the global warming stats, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), claim their agency doctored temperature data to hide the fact that global temperatures plateaued almost 20 years ago.

Can the whistleblowers be believed in this claim, originally made in 2015? And in the further claim that NOAA then rushed this doctored data into print in time for the UN's Paris global warming summit of world leaders, to dupe any doubters that the planet was in fact overheated?

Of course the whistleblowers can be believed, and not just because NOAA repeatedly stonewalled inquiries, even failing to comply with a congressional subpoena. No one paying attention can have any doubt that the governmental global warming enterprise has been a fraud. It's been lies from the start, starting with the very mandate of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which astonishingly ruled out factors like the sun as being worthy of investigation.

Among those astonished was the Danish delegation to the IPCC. It discovered at one of the IPCC's early meetings a quarter-century ago that its scientists could not present their study, newly published in the prestigious journal Science, showing a remarkable correlation between global warming and solar activity. To their further astonishment, to squelch dissent the IPCC cabal set out to destroy the reputation of its chief author, falsely accusing him of fabricating data.

Whistleblowers now know they will no longer be silenced.

Comment: See also: Whistleblower: No more global warming, NOAA scientists falsified temperature data


Question

Source of loud boom that shook houses a mystery in Dayton, Ohio

Residents across the north Dayton, Englewood, Clayton and Trotwood areas reported a loud boom this evening that shook their houses.

"We just heard a huge explosion, like a sonic boom," said one caller in the 8300 block of East Westbrook Road, near Seybold Road. "It happened very close by. It jarred the house. It sounds like a house explosion."

The Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center and Englewood police said they received reports around 6:25 p.m. about the loud boom.

Many residents took to social media, questioning the source of the boom on Facebook pages.

Englewood officers and Montgomery County sheriff's deputies responded to the area but were not able to find anything that may have caused the boom.

Better Earth

Over '1 million Magellanic penguins' descend on Punta Tombo, Argentina in spectacular scene

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Over 1 million of the flightless birds are reported to have landed onshore in Argentina
Over one million penguins arrived on Punta Tombo, Argentina in what is thought to be a record number, resulting in stunning displays of wildlife along the shoreline. Often seen in parts of southern Argentina and Chile, the numerous small inlets of Punta Tombo in Argentina's southeast region make a perfect breeding ground for the Magellanic penguins due to the large quantities of sardines and anchovies found close to shore.

Measuring about 45cm (17in) tall and weighing around 4kg (9lbs), the Magellanic penguin sports a large white crescent of feathers on their breast, and have distinctive pink coloring on their faces. Tens of thousands of tourists flock to the peninsula each year to catch a glimpse of the flightless birds but this year is extra special as locals say more than one million of the birds have arrived - a record number - according to AP. While not yet an endangered species, a number of Magellanic penguins die annually when they become tangled in the nets of commercial fisheries.

Bizarro Earth

El Niño to return during the 2017 Hurricane Season?

© International Research Institute for Climate and Society
The chance for various phases of El Niño.
In a statement on Feb. 9, the Climate Prediction Center announced the end of La Niña, the counterpart to El Niño that changes global weather patterns. These oscillations occur naturally with periods of 2 to 7 years with varying predictable effects around the globe - including hurricane activity.

With La Niña's end, sea temperatures have steadily warmed in the equatorial region of the central and eastern Pacific, and we're now in the neutral phase of the oscillation. As shown below, models currently suggest we'll be in the neutral category through the spring and into the summer months (June-July-August, or JJA), but after that, sea temperatures could be warm enough for El Niño conditions to take over.

Bizarro Earth

Fires, storms and now snow? More extreme weather hits New South Wales, Australia


Mt Kosciusko has received a light dusting of snow overnight. (Thredbo Resort)
The alpine regions of New South Wales and Victoria have been hit by a dusting of snow in summer, following heatwaves and wild storms. Between five and 10 centimetres of snow fell on Victoria's Mount Buller overnight, as temperatures dipped to - 0.8degress just after midnight.

In New South Wales - which last week grappled with catastrophic bushfire conditions and then severe storms - a light dusting of white sprinkled snow-cams on the summit of Mt Kosciusko today.

Bizarro Earth

Storms and tornado rock San Antonio, Texas area, 150 homes damaged

© Marvin Hurst, KENS-TV
Severe storms ripped through northeastern San Antonio late on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.
More than 150 homes were damaged and several people were injured in San Antonio by severe overnight storms that ripped through south-central Texas. The National Weather Service confirmed Monday morning that a tornado hit San Antonio. Many structures were damaged but only minor injuries have been reported so far.

At one point Sunday night, 46,000 customers were without power in the San Antonio area. A family of five said they hid under a mattress to stay safe from what they describe as tornado-like winds over their home Sunday night in San Antonio.

Homeowner Lucy Duncan said the family was watching TV as the storms were starting to pick up. "I couldn't even describe it because I've never experienced it before," Duncan said. "I knew immediately something was wrong."

During the storm part of Duncan's roof was ripped from the house. Duncan said the swing set and outside structure that was in their backyard are both completely gone.

Bizarro Earth

Gale force winds, heavy rains and flood warnings for central South Africa

The rainy weekend weather is set to continue as we head into the new week, with widespread showers expected across central SA and flash flood warnings in place.

Flood risk continue

SA Weather Services warns Monday 20 February will see heavy rain leading to localised flooding in the eastern parts of the Eastern Cape, southern KwaZulu-Natal, southern and western parts of the Free State and eastern Northern Cape.

An 80% chance of rain exists for most of Gauteng, the Free State and the Northern Cape, while a 60% to 30% chance of rain exists for the rest of the central region, extending to the east coast of KwaZulu-Natal.

These rainy conditions are expected to continue into the rest of the week - with heavy flood risks expected for Joburg and the surrounding area.

Gale Force Winds

A watch has been issued for Monday, when gale force winds of up to 65km/h can be expected over Richard's Bay and Kosi Bay at first. While towards the south of the country gale force winds of up to 70km/h can be expected between Lamberts Bay and Cape Point.