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Wrong place, wrong time: 3 summer tanagers that normally winter in Central, South America turn up around San Francisco

A bright red summer tanager made San Francisco's Glen Park Canyon home in January 2019.
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A bright red summer tanager made San Francisco's Glen Park Canyon home in January 2019.
A brilliant red bird — the sort you'd expect to find in a tropical forest — has made an unusual appearance in San Francisco's Glen Canyon Park.

The summer tanager is what birders call a "vagrant," a bird that ends up far from its usual migratory destination.

The medium-size song bird typically breeds in southern portions of the United States and migrates to Central America and northern South America for the winter. Dylan Hayes, who has worked in the canyon as a San Francisco Recreation and Parks naturalist for more than 15 years, said he has never seen this species in the city.

Butterfly

Monarch butterflies in California at critically low level for 2nd year in a row

Monarch butterfly
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A monarch butterfly collects nectar from a flower in the People's Garden, in Washington, D.C. in 2014.
The number of monarch butterflies wintering in California remains at a critically low level, according to a new study.

The total number of monarchs observed this year during The Xerces Society Thanksgiving count was 29,418, according a press release issued Thursday by the nonprofit, which focuses on conserving invertebrates.

While that number is slightly higher than the 2018-2019 count -- which saw an all-time low of 27,218 -- the organization warned that this year's numbers "are no better."

Comment: As we are seeing with most life on our planet, it's likely that what's affecting the butterflies is the impact of humanity, but a more significant contributor could be Earth Changes: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Cloud Precipitation

Further severe weather in Madagascar leads to 13 dead, 18 missing after floods in 7 regions

floods
Further severe weather has affected parts of Madagascar over the last few days.

On 21 January FloodList reported that at least 6 people had died in floods and landslides in several parts of the country during a period of heavy rainfall from 07 January, with more severe weather forecast.

Since then the country's National Office for Risk and Disaster Management (BNGRC) has reported further severe flooding in at least 7 regions of the country.

On 23 January, BNGRC said that 13 people have died in recent flooding, which has affected over 47,000 people in the regions of Diana, Boeny, Analamanga, Melaky, Sofia, Betsiboka and Alaotra Mangoro.


Cloud Precipitation

Widespread flooding in Mozambique leaves at least 28 dead and more than 58,000 affected

Mozambique floods
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At least 28 people have been killed and more than 58 800 affected in the latest floods to hit the disaster-prone Mozambique.

Some 66 people have been injured during the crisis affecting regions still recovering from the Cylones Idai and Kenneth early last year.

The Cabo Delgado, Sofala and Zambezia provinces are the hardest-hit but Gaza, Manica, Maputo, Nampula, Niassa and Tete are also affected.

More than 10 200 houses have been damaged or destroyed, including 2 589 completely shattered, and at least 47 schools have been affected.

In Zambezia, the province with the highest number of people affected, flooding since the beginning of 2020 has damaged infrastructure, destroyed crops and led to displacement.

Nearly 2 300 hectares of crops are currently flooded, less than two months before the planned harvest.


Comment: The back-to-back cyclones, Idai and Kenneth, that ravaged Mozambique last year were unprecedented in recorded history according to the UN. See: UN: Pattern of Mozambique storms 'unprecedented'


Windsock

Storm Gloria generates the biggest wave ever recorded in the Mediterranean Sea

Storm Gloria record waves
On January 20, 2020, Spain's Ports of the State announced the largest significant wave height in recorded history in the Mediterranean Sea.

According to the Spanish meteorologists and oceanographers, Storm Gloria generated a record-breaking significant wave height of 8.44 meters (27.69 feet) off the port city of Valencia, in Spain.

The previous significant wave height record in the Mediterranean Sea had been set at 8.15 meters (26.73 feet) and was recorded in 2003 in Mahón, Menorca.

The authorities estimate that this time, Storm Gloria produced waves of 13.5 meters (44.29 feet).

Storm Gloria, which continues to affect much of the western Mediterranean, including France and Portugal, has already smashed several significant wave height records according to the network of deep-sea buoys.

This historical maximum, the highest data measured in the western Mediterranean, has been obtained by an ocean buoy located near Valencia.


Comment: Storm surge from Storm Gloria reaches at least 3km inland in Spain


Snowflake

Epic snowfalls in the Pyrenees - up to 6 feet

Les Angles,

Les Angles
There have been some huge snowfalls in the Pyrenees mountains on France, Spain and Andorra.

After a generally dry and sunny start to the year across most of Europe, forecasters had been predicting the storm that has hit the Pyrenees this week might bring up to a metre of snowfall, but in the event up to 1.8 metres (six feet) has been reported at some areas on the French side.

Les Angles, pictured above and top with ski star Wadeck Gorak wading through the snow there, was one of the big winners reporting 1.2 metres (Four feet) of snow on lower slopes and 1.5 metres (Five feet) on higher slopes by midday yesterday with the snow still falling.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain triggers floods and landslides in southern Peru

floods
Heavy rain has several triggered landslides and flooding in Arequipa Department in the south of Peru.

According to Andina, the state owned news agency, flash floods and landslides struck on 22 January 2020 in the district of Uchumayo, affecting the communities of Congata and Cerro Verde. Over 80 homes have been damaged, including seven severely. Roads have been closed in the affected area. Damage assessments are ongoing.

The previous day heavy rain caused landslides in the area of Villa Unión, also in Uchumayo district, blocking roads and affecting 3 families, according to reports from Peru's National Institute of Civil Defense (INDECI). A similar situation was reported in Yura district, where around 15 people were affected and roads were blocked.


Seismograph

Shallow M3 earthquake shakes homes of Teeside, UK

stockton-on-tees
Teesside has been struck by an earthquake of 3.0 magnitude which woke people up and caused homes to shake.

The tremor was felt across Stockton, Billingham, Hartlepool, Wolviston and Middlesbrough just before 06:00 GMT.

People posted on social media to say they heard a rumbling or felt their houses shake. Emergency services said they received calls but there were no reports of damage.

The website Earthquake Track said it was six miles (10km) beneath Stockton.

Comment: Despite the geologist claiming that this is fairly normal because the UK sees these kinds of quakes "three times a year", there have in fact been a significant number more - below are just some recorded in the last year:


Seismograph

Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near Adak, Alaska - USGS

The location of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake Wednesday night in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands
© Los Angeles Times
The location of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake Wednesday night in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.
An earthquake with a reviewed magnitude of 6.2 shook west of city of Adak in Alaska on Thursday, according to the US Geological Survey.

The earthquake was recorded at 5:53 a.m. UTC. The quake's epicentre was located 22 kilometres east of the Tanaga volcano, which is part of the Aleutian Islands system. The epicentre lay at a depth of 10 kilometres.

No information was received regarding casualties and destruction. The tsunami threat was not announced.


Attention

Iguanas fall from trees in south Florida as temperatures drop

Frozen iguanas falling from trees in South Florida

Iguanas falling from trees in South Florida
Cold-stunned iguanas fell from trees in South Florida Wednesday morning as temperatures in Miami hit 40 degrees - the lowest recorded there in more than nine years.

The National Weather Service in Miami issued a "falling iguanas" alert on Tuesday.

"This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s," the agency tweeted Tuesday. "Brrrr!"

Some residents of South Florida tweeted photos and videos of cold-stunned iguanas Wednesday morning.