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'Trumpet-like sounds' heard in Queens, New York

Strange sounds inn Queens, NY
© YouTube/A Fox
Trumpet-like sounds were heard and recorded by YouTuber 'A Fox' over Queens, New York. He reports that he heard them just before an airplane flew overhead:
...and the plane for a few seconds suddenly sounds as if it's echoing off of something metallic, as well as the trumpet sounds themselves become more metallic and both sound very slightly muffled, only until the plane starts to move away; it's the best way I can describe it.
The sounds began when he was idling his car at around 9:00 a.m. and lasted about 5 minutes.

'A Fox' posted another strange sounds video in December of 2017 that lasted about 10 minutes.


Snowflake

Mt. Baker ski resort in Washington finishes season with 70 feet of snow - third-highest this century

Mt. Baker shows off its massive coat of snow as seen from Lyden, Wash.
© Randy Small
Mt. Baker shows off its massive coat of snow as seen from Lyden, Wash.
You'd expect the spot that holds the World Record for most snow in a season to get quite a bit of snow in a winter, and this year was no different for Mt. Baker.

The ski resort declared their 2017-2018 season over on Monday, and what a season it was. The resort measured 840 inches of total snow through Monday -- 70 feet! That's the third-highest amount recorded this century, behind last year's 866 inches and the 857 inches recorded in 2010-2011.

Their 15 year average is 663 inches.


Info

Unique hybrid population: Promiscuous monkeys discovered mating with other species

A blue monkey
© Alamy
A blue monkey
When it comes to finding a partner, monkeys are not necessarily so picky they insist a mate comes from the same species.

New genetic research suggests that primates in Tanzania are so promiscuous they will happily cross the species divide.

The study shows red-tailed and blue monkeys living in Gombe National Park regularly get together - despite being entirely separate creatures with entirely different looks and social structures.

It is the first time that such cross-divide mating has been proven among guenon monkeys.

Snowflake

Michigan still almost 40 percent covered in snow, and it's nearly May

Snow cover on April 24, 2018
© National Snow Analysis
Snow cover on April 24, 2018
After a fully wintry three weeks in April, Michigan still has a significant amount of land covered in snow. One area still has almost three feet of snow on the ground.

Michigan has 37 percent of our ground still covered with snow on April 24, 2018. That's down from 49 percent on March 24, 2018.

The snow is melting fast. The average snow depth at locations with snow is only 2.9 inches. However, there are places that have much more snow on the ground.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rainfall and landslides kill 18 in Rwanda

The damage from heavy rain and landslides in Rwanda.
© Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees
The damage from heavy rain and landslides in Rwanda.
Eighteen people died overnight on Monday when heavy rains ripped through several parts of Rwanda, causing landslides, the government said.

The East African nation, dubbed a country of a thousand hills, has recently been affected by landslides as a result of heavy downpours flattening houses on mountain slopes.

"Eighteen people passed on due to disasters caused by heavy rains in the night of 23rd April," Rwanda's ministry in charge of disaster management said on Twitter.


Windsock

Extreme winter storms and wave heights have been increasing over the last 70 years in the Western Europe

wave crash
© Tim Poate/University of Plymouth
Waves crashing onto Chesil Beach in Dorset during the winter of 2013/14.
Average winter wave heights along the Atlantic coast of Western Europe have been rising for almost seven decades, according to new research.

The coastlines of Scotland and Ireland have seen the largest increases, with the average height of winter waves more than 10mm/year (more than 0.7metres in total) higher than in 1948.

That has also led to increased wave heights during extreme weather conditions, with levels off the Irish coast increasing 25mm/year during the past 70 years, representing an average increase of 1.7m.

Comment: And it's not just the coastlines that are being affected: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


Attention

Lava lake at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii overflows

USGS photo shows spattering at on the margin of the Halema'uma'u Crater lava lake margin on Sunday, April 22.

USGS photo shows spattering at on the margin of the Halema'uma'u Crater lava lake margin on Sunday, April 22.
Lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano spilled over the banks of the summit lava lake overnight on April 22, according to the USGS's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO).

Lava could be seen spilling onto the floor of the Halemaumau Crater in photographs and videos from the HVO team taken on April 22 and 23. The level of lava has since fallen back below to the level of the rim, according to the HVO update from April 23. "The lower lake level reflected the switch from inflation to deflation at the summit of Kilauea," HVO said in a statement posted on its website.


Attention

Series of stronger eruptions at Stromboli volcano in Italy

Stromboli volcano
A series of stronger explosions occurred yesterday (24 April) morning at 11:05 local time from the southernmost vent of the central crater area, ejecting glowing bombs to approx 250 m and generating a dense ash plume that rose a few hundred meters.

Attention

Threat remains from 6 active volcanoes on Vanuatu islands

Ash from the eruption of the volcano on the Vanuatu island of Ambae has smothered crops.
© Penama Provincial
Ash from the eruption of the volcano on the Vanuatu island of Ambae has smothered crops.
As Vanuatu's government prepares to evacuate Ambae Island after volcanic activity intensified, volcanoes on other islands remain in a state of unrest.

Ambae's Manaro Voui crater is at alert level three of five, posing a threat to the health of the island's 11,000 inhabitants, who are being encouraged by the government to evacuate.

Nearby, a level two alert is in place on Ambrym, according to the Geohazards Department, with exclusion zones around the erupting Benbow and Marum craters.

A geohazards analyst Melinda Haru said the main threat for the people of Ambrym outside those zones was gas emitted by the volcano.

Seismograph

M5.2 earthquake hits Turkey, significant damage reported with dozens injured

turkey earthquake April 2018
A strong and damaging M 5.2 earthquake struck near Samsat, Turkey at 00:34 UTC (03:34 local time) on April 24, 2018, causing significant damage and injuring at least 39 people. The earthquake was registered by the USGS as M5.2 and the agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M5.2 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to USGS, the epicenter of the earthquake is 4 km (2.5 miles) NE of Samsat, Turkey which has a population of 9 308 people.

According to Turkish officials, dozens of people were injured after the earthquake. Samsat district governor Sedat Sezik said the earthquake was felt in neighboring cities, adding that search and rescue activities have begun in the province as AFAD teams are reaching the quake site, according to Anadolu news agency.

Turkey's health minister Ahmet Demircan said that 35 were still receiving treatment. The regional governor said the injuries were caused as people fled their homes in panic.

Comment: Were seeing an increase in extreme Earth movements and their associated effects. Scientists have been predicting Earthquakes would be on the rise as the rotation of our planet slows down - but why is it slowing down? For more information, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?