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More hurricane-force wind gusts were reported across the US in a single day than ever before

hurricane winds midwest US truck
© Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP
Two semi trucks, one southbound and one northbound, were part of the truck carnage on I-25 Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, in Colorado Springs, Colo. These trucks were north of Briargate Pkwy. Over a dozen semi trucks were blown over by high winds in the Pikes Peak region on I-25.
Heavy winds barreled Wednesday from the Rockies to the Great Lakes, exacerbating fire dangers and setting weather records as gusts shut down a stretch of interstate, tore off roofs and even forced the evacuation of some air traffic controllers.

At least 55 reports of hurricane-force thunderstorm wind gusts over 75 mph were tracked across the Great Plains and Midwest, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, setting a one-day national record. Around 300 severe wind reports came in across the regions throughout the day, with alerts impacting at least 80 million people.


The future is full of garbage

As the coast erodes, decades-old trash is coming out of the ground.

Leaky Landfills
© Global Warming Images/Alamy Stock Photo
Thousands of landfills built over the past century, like this one on Walney Island, England, are susceptible to flooding, sea level rise, and coastal erosion.
In the early 2010s, garbage started falling out of the sand dunes in Lingreville, France. Beset by chronic coastal erosion, a long-forgotten landfill was spewing its rotten trove into the ocean. In 2016, a powerful storm dug into the site. The next year, cleanup crews stripped 14,000 cubic meters of sand mixed with waste — including asbestos — from the site. Now, researchers are warning that coastal communities around the world are set to face the same fate, with destabilized landfills on the verge of releasing large amounts of waste into the ocean.

Humans have been throwing everything from hazardous industrial waste to domestic rubbish into landfills for decades. Landfills were originally seen as eternal dumping grounds that could hold waste forever. It didn't take long for environmental concerns to arise, and today legislation often dictates what can and can't be chucked into a landfill. But the vast majority of landfills predate such rules. And with sea level rise causing more extreme erosion, flooding, and storm surges, we are on the verge of being reunited with much of this refuse.

Robert Nicholls, an expert in climate adaptation at the University of East Anglia in England, is concerned that people are under-appreciating just how much garbage could be loosed from degrading shorelines. To demonstrate the true extent of the issue, Nicholls and his colleagues analyzed existing data on landfills in Europe and in Florida — a state set to lose huge swaths of its area over the next century — to show the vast number of historical landfills sitting precariously close to the rising ocean.


Couple find terrifying deep sea fish on beach in Devon, UK - 9,000 miles away from its natural home

The rare fish is usually found half a mile underwater

The Angler fish washed up on South Sands Beach in Devon.
The Angler fish washed up on South Sands Beach in Devon.
A terrifying-looking rare fish usually found half a mile underwater has washed up on Devon's shores - a staggering 9,000 miles from its home in the Pacific Ocean.

Katrina Ashmore, 41, and Paul Ashurst, 43, spotted the fish as they paddled in the sea on their staycation.

The couple watched the angler fish bobbing about for ten minutes before it washed up onto South Sands beach.

They thought the deep-sea monster, which lives as much as 3,300 feet underwater, was a turtle or even an old rucksack.

Comment: Recommended reading: Creatures From the Deep Signal Major Earth Changes: Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Cloud Precipitation

Floods leave 15 dead, 9 missing and thousands displaced in Congo-Brazzaville

Floods in Oyo, Congo November 2021.
© Ministère Des Affaires Sociales Et De L’action Humanitaire Congo
Floods in Oyo, Congo November 2021.
At least 15 people have died, 9 are missing and thousands have been displaced after weeks of flooding in Congo-Brazzaville (also Republic of Congo).

Congo-Brazzaville's ministry of Social Affairs (Ministère Des Affaires Sociales Et De L'action Humanitaire) reported flooding in parts of Likouala Department from early September this year. Further heavy rain has been reported since then, intensifying from mid- to late November. In response to the disaster the government declared a state of emergency on 29 November 2021.

Flooding was reported along the main rivers in the central and northern departments of Likouala, Sangha, Cuvette and Plateaux. Heavy rain also caused damage and flooding in the cities of Pointe-Noire in the south, and the capital Brazzaville.


South Sudan - Over 800,000 affected by worst flooding in 60 years

Floods in Fangak, Jonglei state, South Sudan, October 2021.
© WFP South Sudan
Floods in Fangak, Jonglei state, South Sudan, October 2021.
Ongoing floods in South Sudan have affected more than 835,000 people across 8 states. Livelihoods, food production and drinking water supply have all been severely impacted. Humanitarian agency Concern Worldwide described the flooding as the worst in 60 years, and estimates over 200,000 people have been forced to leave their homes.

Flooding began with the onset of the rainy season in May this year. In July 7 people died in floods which submerged several homes in Mayendit County. Flooding worsened considerably in the following weeks and by 01 September over 380,000 people across 6 states were affected.

In a recent update, the United Nations said flooding has now affected more than 835,000 people in 33 of South Sudan's 78 counties. Jonglei, Unity and Upper Niles remain the worst impacted states, with some 80 per cent of the total cumulative number of affected people, the UN said. The situation in particularly bad in Jonglei State, where 305,000 people affected, followed by Unity (220,000 affected) and Upper Nile (141,000 affected).


'Extremely rare' deep-sea fish washes up on California beach

Ultra-rare Pacific footballfish
© Photos via Scripps Institution of Oceanography
An ultra-rare Pacific footballfish, pictured here with Ben Frable of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, was reported as washing ashore Dec. 10 at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, Calif. Researchers with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego say it’s the third time in the past month a deep-sea fish has been reported near a local beach.
Another ultra-rare deep-sea fish has washed up this month on a beach in California, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego said Tuesday.

Officials say scientists were notified Dec. 10 about a deceased female Pacific footballfish found at Swami's Beach in Encinitas, in San Diego County. The creature measures nearly 13 inches long and weighs 5 pounds, Scripps spokeswoman Brittany Hook said in a news release.

It is the third time in the past month a deep-sea fish was reported near an area beach, including the second such Pacific footballfish, which was photographed on Nov. 13 at a beach in La Jolla. An unusual 4-foot lancetfish also was found dead Dec. 1 on the sand at La Jolla Shores.

Cloud Precipitation

'Storm of the season' dumps record-breaking rainfall on Southern California and snowfall in the mountains - 6 FEET of snow reported

A vehicle is wedged against a bridge pillar in the surging Los Angeles River on Tuesday.
© Damian Dovarganes / Associated Press
A vehicle is wedged against a bridge pillar in the surging Los Angeles River on Tuesday.
Streets flooded in North Hollywood's Arts District and other neighborhoods.

The normally constrained L.A. River roared to life, sucking vehicles down its surging waters and swamping the small islands that dot the middle of the urban waterway near Atwater Village. A man in Sylmar had to be rescued after he got swept up into its flow.

Trees were toppled in Whittier, while homeless people who normally occupy benches near the Civic Center stop downtown huddled in an alcove in an effort to stay dry.

The most significant storm of the season arrived in Southern California on Tuesday with a wallop — snarling traffic, delivering gusty winds and dropping a steady deluge of record-breaking rain and snow across the region.

"As far as intensity, it's one of our stronger storms," said Kristan Lund, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. "It's definitely the strongest we've seen so far, and potentially one of the stronger ones we'll see this season."

Comment: 'It's going to crank up': Tahoe area reports 2 feet of snow overnight, with another 2 to 5 feet on the way


Man mauled to death by pack of dogs in Rosebud County, Montana

dog attack
A man from Montana who was found dead on Sunday was killed by a pack of dogs, according to his family.

Duke Little Whirlwind, 58, was found just before noon on Sunday on a dirt road near his home in the Northern Cheyenne Reservation of Lame Deer in Rosebud County.

His niece, Avalee Little Whirlwind, told KRTV that her uncle had ventured out at 11 a.m. that morning to fetch a bicycle that he had repaired. He never returned home and his body was discovered soon after by a neighbor.

Avalee told the news outlet that all signs point to her uncle falling victim to a pack of dogs.


Belted kingfisher from North America spotted in Preston, UK - only the fourth ever recorded

A rare belted kingfisher has been spotted in Preston
© George Shannon/Unsplash, Joshua J.
A rare belted kingfisher has been spotted in Preston
Birdwatchers have been flocking to a Lancashire nature reserved in recent weeks, hoping to catch a glimpse of a rare bird that has only been seen a handful of times in the UK in the last 100 years.

A belted kingfisher has been spotted at Brockholes Nature Reserve in Preston and The Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve has seen an increase in visitors keen to spot the bird for themselves.

The bird is generally only found on inland lakes in the United States and Canada.

It is believed to be only the fourth time the bird has been spotted in the United Kingdom - the last sighting was in Staffordshire in 2005, but one was seen in Ireland over the past couple of years.

The bird was initially seen by fisherman and birder George Shannon on the River Ribble near Samlesbury, before it flew onto the nature reserve where it has been spotted by several local birders.


With just weeks to go until 2022, the Ring of Fire is suddenly ROARING to life

Ring of Fire
Why are so many earthquake swarms suddenly happening all along the Ring of Fire? For those that don't know, the Ring of Fire is a series of fault zones that run roughly along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. 75 percent of the Earth's active volcanoes are located within the Ring of Fire, and it accounts for more than 80 percent of all global earthquakes. So the fact that the Ring of Fire is starting to become so active should definitely trouble us all.

As I write this, we are less than three weeks away from 2022.

And as I have expressed on numerous occasions, I have such a bad feeling about 2022.

So many pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together, and that includes an alarming rise in seismic activity.

Let me start by discussing what just happened in Oregon. Starting last Tuesday and continuing through Wednesday, we witnessed a very strange swarm of earthquakes along the Blanco Fault Zone...