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Soggy spring slows seeding, farmers falling behind in Alberta

Flooded farmland in Alberta
Alberta farmers are off to a slow start after a wet, soggy spring.

Allam Farms Partnership farms 14,000 acres in Thorhild County and Strathcona County but chief operations officer Chris Allam said the business is behind where it normally is at this time of year.

"We're usually done seeding by now. Right now, we're approximately 30 to 40 per cent complete. Our problem is we're up against the clock," he said.

Allam said his machinery has been stuck in his fields close to 30 times because the fields are so wet.

"If we seed a bit late, it's going to be hard to get it off in the back-end. We'll see issues with quality and yield reductions," he said."We're working really long hours and trying to get it all in and get it done in a timely fashion. But Mother Nature didn't cooperate earlier on - it is [okay] for the next few days - but we'll see if the forecast changes."

Allam said that roughly 10 per cent of his fields will not get seeded because of the water.


Mass bird die-off observed from Amelia Island to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Representative image
Pelicans and other species of aquatic birds are reportedly dying off from the coast near Amelia Island all the way south to Ponte Vedra Beach, sea life researchers say.

Researchers with the Florida Sea Grant Extension of Northeast Florida, a part of the Unversity of Florida/IFAS Extension Program based in Flagler County, say ospreys, pelicans, gulls, and anhingas are a part of this die-off.

These birds appear to become disoriented, the researchers say, and somehow find themselves far from the ocean and their habitats. Their feathers become dry, brittle, bleached and lack proper waterproofing. Some can even be seen bleeding from the mouth.


Biblical: State of emergency is declared on Greek island battling a plague of locusts

Villagers are battling a plague of locusts on a tiny Greek island, prompting a state of emergency to be declared. Pictured, locusts swarming a desert in Israel

Villagers are battling a plague of locusts on a tiny Greek island, prompting a state of emergency to be declared.

The sleepy port of Agios Efstratios has been overrun with millions of the insects, which are devouring so much vegetation that the sheep are starving.

Desperate students from Athens have been traversing the rocky terrain to spray the locusts with pesticide - but they continue to swarm across the island.


Sea lion grabs young girl and drags her into the water in Richmond, British Columbia

The animal leaps out of the water before grabbing a young girl sitting at the side of the pier by her dress
A little girl was left traumatised after a sea lion grabbed her as she sat on the edge of a pier before dragging her underwater.

The horrifying incident took place at the Steveston Fisherman's Wharf in Richmond B.C., in Canada, as tourists watched the animal looking for fish.

Footage shows people laughing as the sea lion bobs up and down in the water.

At one point it jumps right up to a young girl who was leaning over the side of the pier to get a better look.

She flinches back and giggles - seemingly thinking the animal is being playful - before sitting at the water's edge.

But the sea lion then leaps from the water grabs her by the dress before pulling her in.


Dead whale found on beach in Felixstowe, UK; reports of dead calf nearby


A dead whale sadly washed up at Felixstowe beach.
The UK Coastguard received a report from crew onboard a ship that a whale was "floating out at sea" at around 1.30pm today (Saturday).

The whale, believed to be an adult minke whale and measuring around seven metres, later washed up on the beach during the evening. A UK Coastguard spokesman has confirmed it died.

A team of marine experts are currently at the scene and may remain overnight. A cordon is expected to be put up later. The incident remains ongoing.

The spokesman said: "A vessel reported at approximately 1.30pm that a whale was floating out at sea. It has since washed up on the beach."

The UK Coastguard is receiving support from the Felixstowe Coast Patrol Rescue Service, Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk Coastal District Council.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill a total of 10 cows in Udupi, India

During the heavy rains and lightning that took place in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts from Thursday late night to Friday evening, several cows have died and more than 300 electric poles have been damaged. Trees were seen uprooted in many parts of the district.

In Dakshina Kannada district, Mangaluru, Puttur, Sullia, Bantwal and Beltangady areas received good rains with lightning and thunder. Mulky Kinnigoli and Suratkal areas received more lightning with light rains and strong winds.

Winds caused uprooting of trees and as a result more than 300 electric poles were damaged which is unprecedented during pre-monsoon showers in Dakshina Kannada.

Several parts of the district were affected with electric supply till Friday evening.

Udupi district too witnessed the same situation like in Dakshina Kannada. All parts of the district received moderate to heavy rains. Lightning claimed 3 cows in Kukkuje near Hebri, 3 cows in Amasebail, 3 cows in Thekkatte near Kundapur and a calf at Karkala. Several houses were reportedly damaged due to rains. Losses are yet to be ascertained.

Arrow Up

Eruption at Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano

© YouTube/webcamsdemexico (screen capture)
Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention said the Popocatépetl volcano launched incandescent lava fragments more than half a mile away from its crater.

The disaster prevention center, or CENAPRED, on Thursday said Popocatépetl erupted 19 times in the prior 24 hours, had 82 volcanic plumes and had five volcano tectonic earthquakes -- measuring in magnitudes 1.5, 1.6, 1.5, 1.4 and 1.3 , respectively.

CENAPRED also said it recorded 20 minutes of a low-amplitude harmonic tremor, as well as a plume mostly of water vapor and gas with low ash content that lasted nearly three hours and rose up to 1.2 miles.


Earthquake swarm continues shaking near Bremerton, Kitsap Peninsula

© Kitsap Sun
A map from the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network shows where the earthquake swarm is centered.
Scientists say hundreds of tiny earthquakes have rumbled through the Bremerton area since the start of May— most too weak for humans to feel.

How long the shaking will continue is anyone's guess.

"Sometimes these swarms last years, sometimes they're over in an hour," Pacific Northwest Seismic Network Director John Vidale said Thursday.

The chances of a significant earthquake still remain low.

"The overwhelming odds are there is nothing damaging in our near future," Vidale said.

Though disconcerting to some residents, seismologists hope the ongoing earthquake swarm, centered between East Bremerton and Bainbridge Island, will reveal new information about the orientation of fault lines running beneath central Puget Sound.

The quakes have already offered some intriguing clues. Their depth for example — some 15 miles below the earth's surface — is below the level where the Seattle Fault is believed to lie, suggesting the activity could originate from another source.

"We just don't know," Vidale said, adding more research is needed to draw firm conclusions. "We're still figuring out what details we can decipher."

Comment: Small earthquake shakes Seattle area days after swarm near Kitsap Peninsula

Bizarro Earth

Southern Hemisphere's largest wave recorded in Southern Ocean

© Kirk Hargreaves/Fairfax NZ
A Kiwi buoy recorded the largest ever wave in the Southern Hemisphere on Saturday.
A giant wave south of New Zealand earlier this weekend was the biggest ever recorded by a buoy in the Southern Hemisphere - and scientists expect even higher waves to follow over winter.

The 19.4-metre wave - higher than a five-storey building - was captured by a newly-deployed buoy in the Southern Ocean on Saturday morning.

Waves in the area are among the biggest in the world, and researchers say this one "isn't as big as it gets".
© Stuff.co.nz
The data will help the NZDF better understand conditions in the Southern Ocean to design its future vessels.
"There's a possibility we'll get something even bigger, and we are starting to get towards the biggest waves ever measured anywhere," says David Johnson, the technical director of MetOcean, which partnered with the New Zealand Defence Force to deploy the buoy in February.

Cloud Lightning

Ground to sky lightning filmed across Oklahoma City

Ground to sky lightning in Oklahoma City on May 18 2017.
It's the video that you can't take your eyes off of! Storms in Oklahoma City last night produced lots of lightning. But it's this video here that has many wondering " How did it do this?"

There are 2 thoughts to this.

1- TV towers are manmade objects thus creating "unnatural" electric potential. In this case we'd call this a "ground-to-cloud" lightning strike. The towers, which likely had a positive charge to it, generated lightning that then moved toward an area in the sky that had a negative charge. Remember opposites attract.

Comment: Spectacular lightning show captured over Oklahoma (VIDEOS)