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Dead fin whale washes up on beach in Cornwall, UK

Police cordon off area after large whale found dead by surfers at Fistral Beach

Police cordon off area after large whale found dead by surfers at Fistral Beach
A massive 16m (50ft) whale has washed up on a popular Cornish beach. The fin whale was spotted at first light this morning on South Fistral Beach, in Newquay.


Kenya - 46 dead and 58,000 displaced as floods worsen

Floods in Elwak, Mandera County, Kenya, November 2023
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Floods in Elwak, Mandera County, Kenya, November 2023
The worsening flood situation in Kenya has forced as many as 58,000 people from their homes, according to the latest reports from humanitarian organisations.

In a recent interview with local television, the Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, Dr Ahmed Idris, said that at least 19 of the country's 47 counties have now been affected by flooding which began in late October 2023. As many as 46 people have now lost their lives as a result of the heavy rains and flooding, Dr Ahmed Idris said.

Currently the worst affected areas are in the north of the country, in particular in Samburu, Wajir, Isiolo, Marsabit and Mandera counties. However the recent overflow of the Tana River has affected areas in the east of the country including Tana River and Garissa counties. Dr Ahmed Idris said forecasts for the coming weeks show an possible increased flooding risk for western areas of the country.

Comment: Related: East Africa - Heavy rains and floods take their toll in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Malawi

Cloud Lightning

Woman struck dead by lightning in Cartagena, Colombia

CCTV security video footage of the moment shows bikini-clad Froilanis suddenly hit by lightning

CCTV security video footage of the moment shows Froilanis suddenly hit by lightning
A mum-of-two was tragically killed by a lightning bolt while enjoying a family holiday in Cartagena, Colombia.

Froilanis Maireth Rivas Roman, 34, was caught in a thunderstorm on the beach and was struck by lightning as she walked in the Caribbean surf. CCTV footage shows the horrifying moment when Froilanis was hit by a massive electric flash and instantly fell to the ground.

Another beach-goer nearby also felt the shock but seemed to escape the full force of the strike. Shocking phone footage taken by stunned beachgoers shows hairdresser Froilanis lying flat on her back as the sea surrounds her.

Comment: Also recently an individual and 27 cattle were killed by lightning in two separate incidents in Tanzania on November 15.


Extremely rare 'bright night' airglow phenomenon appears over Colorado

© Strong green airglow Taken by Aaron Watson on October 9, 2023 @ Paonia, Colorado, USA
Went out stargazing and it was bright out - I could see things clearly in the "darkness". The previous night's SQM read 21.3 mpsas under clear skies, tonight it was reading below 21.0 under equally as clear skies. SQM Readings of less than 21.0 mpsas on a clear night in my location is quite anomalous. The 20 second Nikon D750 exposure revealed the strong green airglow in all directions. It had a flat color density - there were no ripples. There were also no thunderstorms or lighting anywhere near the region. Interestingly, the views through the 12" dob telescope were still quite clear and enjoyable despite the bright sky quality, though the contrast was adversely affected.

A phenomenon rarely seen in centuries might have just appeared in the night sky over Colorado--a "Bright Night." Philosophers and scientists have reported Bright Nights for literally thousands of years. It's when an otherwise dark and moonless night fills with a soft glow, allowing observers to see distant mountains or read a newspaper. Pliny the Elder, an Army commander in ancient Rome, described the phenomenon as a "nocturnal sun" (~ 113 BCE).

Comment: Pliny may, or may not, have been describing airglow: The Cosmic Context of Greek Philosophy, Part One

In the modern world, Bright Nights are seldom seen. Most of our planet's human population lives in cities, and even rural landscapes are somewhat lit by distant urban bulbs. The "nocturnal sun" has been overwhelmed.

Or has it? Enter Aaron Watson, an experienced night-sky photographer who regularly visits the darkest of dark-sky sites in remote parts of Colorado. On multiple occasions this year he has photographed red auroras and green airglow invisible from any ordinary countryside. Last month, he was at one of his favorite inky-dark sites when he may have experienced a modern Bright Night.

Comment: Whilst solar activity may be contributing to the appearance of airglow, if that was solely the cause, then it would have been documented during the previous solar maximum. Instead, it seems that this can be added to the growing list of previously rare, unusual, and even new phenomena that signals an unprecedented shift is occurring on our planet - and throughout our solar system: Also check out SOTT radio's:


While media obsess about some warmth, globe seeing plenty of unusual cold events

Surface temperatures measured where people live show there's as much cold as there 's warmth, see temperature.global.com.
IceAge Earth
Snowpack extent in US reaches record levels!

America's first Arctic air blast of the season broke hundreds of low temperature records and led to the largest snowpack extent there in early November in NOAA records.

A high snowpack blanketed the Rocky Mountains, northern Plains, Great Lakes and northern New England, resulting in 17.9% of the Lower 48 under a blanket of snow as the calendar turned to November - a new record in the books dating back to 2003.

Many places recorded their snowiest Halloweens ever.

At 22 inches, Muskegon, MI, not only recorded the snowiest Halloween ever, but also the snowiest October day and month. Glasgow, MT, recorded the snowiest start to the season with 36 inches.

The cold broke hundreds of low temperature records across the country, from Texas to Maine, dropping the average temperature in the Lower 48 to -0.5°C - more than 5 degrees Celsius below normal.

Stock Down

West Antarctica temperature FALLS 2°C in 20 years

The continent of Antarctica is a difficult hunting ground for climate apocalypse fanatics since there has been barely any overall warming over the last 70 years. The exception is West Antarctica where there has been some local climate variation, possibly helped by significant geothermal activity. Of course this is enough for a scare or two, so don't expect to see reported in mainstream media some startling new evidence showing significant cooling in West Antarctica starting in the early 1990s, with temperatures falling by 0.93°C each decade from 1999-2018, a total of 2°C over the 20 years.

In a paper published by the American Meteorological Society, a group of international scientists note the "statistically significant" rate of temperature decline with the strongest cooling occurring in spring. During this season, the temperature fell by a massive 1.84°C every decade between 1999-2018. In the winter, the decadal fall was 1.19°C. The cooling was measured by a number of databases, while an accurate consistent record was collected from the Marie Byrd weather station. Despite some differences in cooling, all the databases are said to have shared similar changes across seasons and throughout the region. The graph below plots the temperature record at Marie Byrd back to the 1950s.

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Woman killed in dog attack in Birmingham, Alabama

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A family is asking for answers after a woman in Ensley was killed in a suspected dog attack.

According to the Jefferson County Coroner, 63-year-old Sharon Portis was found lying on the ground last Thursday morning on 18th St. Ensley after she was killed in a dog attack. Birmingham police say there is no threat to the public after the incident.

Portis's family says she was leaving for work when she was attacked. They added that she did not live far away and that the attack happened maybe 100 yards away. Family members say they have unanswered questions.

"I don't see her walking into an area there that she was well familiar with and knowing what was lurking behind the bushes, in the darkness," said Albert Ford, Portis's brother. "She's walking, or biking, or whatever the route she normally takes, and she's attacked by dogs."

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm leaves a trail of destruction in Johannesburg, South Africa

Residents are left to pick up the pieces as an unforeseen hailstorm ravaged through some parts of Johannesburg last night.

The hailstorm followed after a thunderstorm hit the city late afternoon. Hailstones the size of a golf-ball came down from the dark skies. Numerous cars and buildings were damaged as a result of mother nature's wrath.

Joburg Emergency Services say they remain on high alert as storms are expected Today. Robert Mulaudzi from Joburg EMS says mostly affected areas in the city are Braamfontein, Midrand, Sandton, Paulshof and the metro at large.

"From our side as the City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services, we remain on high alert throughout the day monitoring all seven regions of the city so that we can be able to respond to all emergencies which are reported through our emergency call centre," Mulaudzi explained.


Shallow magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits southern Indian Ocean

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.

According to the US agency, the earthquake, with its epicenter in the southern Indian Ocean, struck at around 0700GMT.

Its depth was recorded at nearly 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

The earthquake came days after a major earthquake of 6.4 magnitude hit the South Asian nation of Nepal. Around 150 people were killed following the strong tremor in the landlocked Himalayan nation.


Eruption fears as Iceland's Grindavik residents given five minutes to go home amid earthquakes

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Earth tremors have cracked a road in the center of Grindavik, Iceland, November 11, 2023
Seismic activity in area around Grindavik has 'increased significantly' in Iceland as eruption is predicted

Authorities in Iceland have declared a state of emergency as the threat of an "imminent" volcanic eruption which "could obliterate the entire town of Grindavik" loomed.

The Icelandic Met Office experts have said a volcanic eruption could last 'for weeks' as 30,000 earthquakes have been recorded since seismic activity began three weeks ago.

Matthew James Roberts, managing director of the service and research division at the Iceland Met Office, told Radio 4's Today Programme: "This would be a lava-producing volcanic eruption along a series of fissures and that would be the main hazard.

"Blowing lava an eruption that persists for weeks possible and that means roads and other forms of infrastructure could be eventually in harm's way."