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Strange animal behavior: Kangaroo attacks female jogger then waits outside house 'like something from a horror movie'

A kangaroo attacked a female jogger and chased her to a house in a scene 'like a horror movie' which was blamed on her perfume driving the animal wild (file photo)

A kangaroo attacked a female jogger and chased her to a house in a scene 'like a horror movie' which was blamed on her perfume driving the animal wild (file photo)
A kangaroo attacked a female jogger and chased her to a house in a scene 'like a horror movie' in Australia which was blamed on her perfume driving the animal wild.

Tracy Noonan was knocked to the ground and scratched in the back by the kangaroo while going for a run near Melbourne, saying she had 'felt a massive thump in the middle of my back' and turned round to see the marsupial standing over her.

After taking refuge in a nearby house, she looked outside and saw the animal continuing to watch her for the next 20 minutes, she told 3AW radio.

A ranger told her that the scent of the Sarah Jessica Parker perfume she was wearing had likely attracted the kangaroo's attention, she said.


Parts of Kansas saw up to a foot of snow from winter storm

Winter weather moved through Kansas Thursday morning, bringing slick roads that led crashes and slide offs across Wichita.

Westbound Kellogg saw delays all morning after a crash near Washington. Northbound 235 was in a similar situation after a crash near 29th N. There were other crashes across the area, but no serious injuries were reported.

The highest snowfall amount recorded in Wichita so far is 2.4-inches. That came from the 21st and Maize area. 1.7-inches of snow was recorded at the Eisenhower airport.


Record rainfall triggers floods and landslides in south east Alaska - 11.7 inches of rain in 48 hours

Record rainfall in South East Alaksa caused a landslide in Haines on 02 December 2020.
© Alaska State Troopers
Record rainfall in South East Alaksa caused a landslide in Haines on 02 December 2020.
Two people are still missing and 4 others have been found safe after heavy rain triggered a landslide in Haines, Alaska, USA on 02 December 2020.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety said on 02 December; "the landslide has been determined to be on Beach Road extension. At this time, there are six people unaccounted for and four houses have been destroyed. There is approximately nine feet of mud and trees covering the area. (Search and Rescue) SAR operations have been suspended for the evening due to rumbling unstable ground."

As of 03 December, 2 people were still missing. State of Alaska geologists are traveling to the area today to help ascertain the risk of searching the mudslide.

Further mudslides and some flooding have been reported in areas around Haines following heavy rainfall. Haines Borough said the ground is already frozen due to significant snowfall so the extreme rain is causing serious flooding. Roads have been blocked and some residents left stranded and several families displaced.


Dogs attack and kill man in Meru, Kenya

dog attack
Shock engulfed Kiandugui Village in Kibirichia, Meru County, after residents found the mutilated body of a 30-year-old man who had been mauled to death by dogs.

It is suspected that the man, identified as Mbaya wa Ndethu, was attacked by the dogs as he went home. It was drizzling at the time.

The dogs tore his clothes, stripping him naked, before mauling him to death.

Area elder, Nteere Muguna, said the man's legs and hands had been partially eaten by the dogs while pieces of his clothes and shoes were scattered all over.

Comment: Also recently a man succumbed to his injuries after being attacked by 2 rottweilers in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.

Ice Cube

Record cold, record-fast zonal winds, missing NLCs and an open ozone hole: Antarctic weather has scientists in a spin


Consider it just the tip of the iceberg: noctilucent clouds (NLCs) over the south pole are AWOL this year, writes Dr. Tony Phillips of spaceweather.com.

NLCs are Earth's highest clouds. Water crystallizing around specks of dust 83 km above Earth's surface creates beautiful electric-blue structures, typically visible from November to February in the southern hemisphere, and May to August in its north counterpart. Their appearance over Antarctica in 2020 is now seriously overdue.

"Normally we see the first NLCs of the southern season around Nov. 21st," says Cora Randall of the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP). "But this year, it's already December and we're still waiting."

Ice Cube

Delhi records coldest November in 71 years

Cold temps in Delhi
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The month of November was the coldest in the national capital in 71 years, with the mean minimum temperature dropping to 10.2 degrees Celsius, according to the India Meteorological Department.

Delhi had recorded a mean minimum temperature of 10.2 degrees Celsius in November 1949.

The mean minimum temperature for November was 9.6 degrees Celsius in 1938; nine degrees Celsius in 1931 and 8.9 degrees Celsius in 1930, according to IMD data.

Normally, the mean minimum temperature for the month of November is 12.9 degrees Celsius.

The mean minimum temperature was 15 degrees Celsius last year, 13.4 degrees Celsius in 2018 and 12.8 degrees Celsius in 2017 and 2016.

Delhi also braved four cold waves in November -on the 3rd, 20th, 23rd and 24th.


Southeast Turkey shaken by shallow M5.0 earthquake

Turkey quake map
Turkey's disaster authority and the U.S. Geological Survey say a 5.0 magnitude earthquake has struck Siirt in southeastern Turkey.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority, or AFAD, said on Dec. 3 there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake that hit at a depth of 20 kilometers (12 miles) at 8:45 a.m. (0545 GMT).

Turkey is crisscrossed by fault lines and was hit by two strong tremors this year - one that hit the western port city of Izmir last month, killing 117 people, and another in Elazığ province, killing 41 people.

At least 17,000 people died in a powerful earthquake in northwest Turkey in 1999.

Christmas Lights

Stunning light pillars illuminate night sky in Chinese city

Light pillars in China
© Pear Video

Residents in a northern Chinese city have been stunned by a spectacular optical phenomenon illuminating in the night sky.

Incredible footage shows dozens of colourful light beams appearing on Saturday evening in Inner Mongolia region's Genhe, a city dubbed 'China's pole of cold'.

Millions of social media users were also left in awe at the extraordinary scene, known as light pillars or sun pillars, caused by a bright light source reflected off falling ice crystals in cold weather.


Flooding in southern provinces of Thailand after heavy rainfall- at least 5 dead (UPDATE)

Pedestrians cross a flooded street in Muang district of Songkhla following heavy rain on Monday night.
© Assawin Pakkawan
Pedestrians cross a flooded street in Muang district of Songkhla following heavy rain on Monday night.
Heavy rain on Monday night caused new flooding in many parts of the southern provinces of Songkhla and Phatthalung.

In Songkhla, Nam Krachai five-way junction - which connects Muang, Hat Yai, Chana and Singha Nakhon districts - at Moo 2 village in tambon Phawong, Muang district, was about 40 centimetres under water on Tuesday morning.

The old Kanchanawanich road to Hat Yai, in particular, was impassable. Many cars were left stalled in the water along the road.

Comment: Update: Reuters reports on December 3:
Five dead as flash floods hit southern Thailand

Thailand on Thursday reported at least five deaths after flash floods caused by monsoon rains hit seven provinces in the country's southern region.

Authorities reported the deaths all took place in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, where television footage showed staff of a hospital piling up sandbags outside an emergency room to fend off water gushing in from the street.

Other images showed people wading or pushing motorcycles through thigh-deep water while some residents, including a Buddhist monk, rowed boats through commercial areas where children played.

The floods started a week ago but had receded by Thursday, according to the interior ministry, having affected more than 255,000 households in seven of the southern provinces.

The impacted region is home to Thailand's major rubber plantations, accounting for the majority of the world's natural rubber supply.

The Rubber Authority of Thailand said on Thursday it will pay affected rubber farmers 3,000 baht ($99.34) if the flood damaged more than 20 rubber trees in their plantations.

Arrow Down

6 people missing after 2 days of heavy rain cause mudslides in Haines, Alaska

Damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Dec. 2, 2020.
© Matt Boron / Alaska Dept of Transportation and Public Facilities
Damage from heavy rains and a mudslide 600 feet wide in Haines, Alaska, on Dec. 2, 2020.
Landslides buried homes beneath piles of mud in Haines, Alaska on Wednesday December 2 after days of heavy rain.

According to media reports , six people were missing in the state's south-east in the aftermath of the mudslides.

Alaska's Governor Mike Dunleavy took to Twitter, saying the National Guard and State Troopers were on their way to assist in rescue and recovery efforts.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service, and was in effect until Wednesday night.