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Another humpback whale washes onto beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey - 4th within 5 weeks

A dead humpback whale washed ashore Saturday morning on Mississippi Avenue in Atlantic City.
© Mike Lopez
A dead humpback whale washed ashore Saturday morning on Mississippi Avenue in Atlantic City.
It appears another dead whale has been beached along the Jersey Shore; this latest incident in Atlantic City.

This marks the second time in two weeks a (presumed) humpback whale has washed ashore in the World's Play Ground.

Another, 30-feet in length, was found on the Chelsea Avenue beach on December 23rd, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center.

Following that incident, NOAA Fisheries' Greater Atlantic regional office surmised rough surf and recent storms off the coast were to blame, according to NJ.com.

Comment: Reports of the other beached whales:

Cloud Lightning

Dangers to life, property remain high in California as storm onslaught continues

storms jan 2023 California flooding
© Accuweather
AccuWeather meteorologists warn that a moisture-packed system set to arrive early next week could be the strongest in a Pacific storm train that has been rolling since the end of 2022.

Another atmospheric river will bring heavy rain and mountain snow to California and neighboring states into early next week.

California has faced a frenzy of storms that have unleashed deadly impacts since the end of 2022, and AccuWeather meteorologists say the onslaught is far from over. One storm in the bunch is poised to aim a firehose of moisture at the Golden State early in the new week, potentially leading to "catastrophic" flooding, in addition to widespread mudslides and road closures, forecasters say.

"The impacts from this storm cannot be understated," AccuWeather Meteorologist Joe Bauer said.

Comment: A summary and good storm preparation advice from a local station:


Two feet of snow in Rawlins, Wyoming takes days to remove

In some areas the snow banks in the middle
© City Of Rawlins
In some areas the snow banks in the middle of the road are five feet high. Normally, these banks are not much higher than one-foot.
A snow storm that shutdown much of I-80 earlier this week left the south central city of Rawlins with an unusual amount of snow.

About two feet of snow fell in Rawlins between Sunday night and Wednesday morning, and the snow drifts were several feet deep. Even people with four-wheel drive were getting stuck in roadways.

Michael O'Brien, the utilities supervisor for the City of Rawlins, and his crew helped remove much of the snow. He said typically the area gets only a couple inches of snow in a storm.

"With this amount of snow though, it was very difficult," he said. "I mean, we had everybody from all different departments, different vehicles, every department had a vehicle out there, backhoe skid steer somewhat, trying to remove snow in places."


Snow piles up at Palisades Tahoe Ski resort - 5 feet in 7 days

Palisades Tahoe
© Blake Kessler
Palisades Tahoe
If it's raining in the Bay Area, that usually means in it's snowing in Tahoe.

Palisades Ski Resort just had a record amount of snowfall over the weekend, and it got even more Wednesday.

In the past seven days, nearly 5 feet of snow has piled up in Tahoe.


Huge amounts of snow in Norway

Geilo, Norway.

Geilo, Norway.
Where's all the snow? On the European continent, it seems that Norway has the lion's share. It's been dumping on the country's ski areas and there's much more in the forecast.

It has been snowing heavily in some of the Norwegian ski resorts over the past few days.

Those out in the snow at the moment have some of the best conditions in Europe.

Here's Norefjell.

Comment: Heavy snow causes travel chaos in Oslo, Norway


Actress and boy attacked by seal in Cape Town, South Africa

Bystanders rush to Taylor’s rescue.

Bystanders rush to Taylor’s rescue.
She inadvertently starred in her first animal horror movie.

An actress from "Raised By Wolves" had to be hospitalized after getting mauled by an angry seal in South Africa — in a scene she compared to something out of the movie "Jaws."

The clip is currently making waves online amid a spike in pinniped attacks.

The bizarre encounter occurred Wednesday while the South African-born actress, who was raised in Los Angeles, was swimming in the ocean off Clifton Beach in Cape Town, Jam Press reported.

"Be careful swimming at Clifton! I was attacked by a seal in the water," victim Loulou Taylor, who plays Cassia in the HBO Max series, wrote in an Instagram story describing her real-life horror movie scene, the Citizen reported.


7-year-old girl dies from injuries after dog attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A 7-year-old girl has died from injuries suffered from a dog attack according to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office.

EBRSO states that they were contacted by emergency officials and the St. George Fire Department in regards to a dog attacking a small child in the 25000 block of Kendalwood Road around 6:35 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 6.

The girl was transported to a local hospital where she later passed away from her injuries.

"This is an awful, heartbreaking tragedy," Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "My heart goes out to this family, and they will remain in my prayers."

EBRSO homicide is currently investigating the case. Animal Control was notified and has the dog in custody. Updates will be provided as available.

Comment: Dogs killed a record 62 Americans & 3 Canadians in 2022 - pit bulls killed 41


Hawaii's Kilauea volcano in fresh eruption after being declared 'inactive'

Kilauea volcano eruption january 2023
© U.S. Geological Survey via AP
Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, looking east from the west rim of the summit caldera, on Thursday, January 5, 2023 in a webcam image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Kilauea, one of the world's most active volcanoes, began erupting again in Hawaii on Thursday, nearly a month after federal officials said activity there had ceased.

The U.S. Geological Survey said webcam images showed lava flow within the Halemaʻumaʻu crater in the volcano's summit caldera.

The agency upgraded the volcano's alert level from watch to warning and said it was evaluating possible hazards. So far the eruption has been contained to the crater, it said.


Worst floods in Western Australia's history cut off towns, could create an inland sea

Wallabies crowd on a lump of dry land near Fitzroy Crossing
© Andrea Myers
Wallabies crowd on a lump of dry land near Fitzroy Crossing
Children are being winched out of remote communities, while livestock and wallabies are seeking refuge on small islands in what has been described as the worst flooding in Western Australia's history, in the state's northern Kimberley region.

"People in the Kimberley are experiencing a one-in-100-year flood event, the worst flooding WA has ever seen," the state's Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said.

"This situation is still changing and it's proving to be extremely challenging."

About 60,000 cubic metres of water per second is flowing down the swollen Fitzroy River, which is expected to create a 50-kilometre-wide inland sea as it spreads across the flood plain.

Comment: Earlier report from 4 days prior: Major floods and wild weather isolate towns across northern Australia as ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie maintains strength - over 13 inches of rain in a day


Dogs killed a record 62 Americans & 3 Canadians in 2022 - pit bulls killed 41

dog attack
Deaths due to dog eclipse previous records.

Deaths by pit bull might; it's all in how you count them.

Dogs caused the deaths of a record 62 Americans and three Canadians in 2022, the fortieth consecutive year that ANIMALS 24-7 has logged fatal and disfiguring dog attacks occurring throughout the U.S. and Canada.

The U.S. and Canadian totals combined come to 65, preliminary data indicates.

The U.S. toll eclipsed the previous record, 56 deaths in 2017, by six.

The previous record toll for the U.S. and Canada combined, also reached in 2017, was 57, eclipsed by eight.