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Two Risso's dolphins wash ashore near Great Yarmouth, UK

Risso Dolphin washed ashore Great Yarmouth beach
© HM Coastguard Gorleston
Risso Dolphin washed ashore Great Yarmouth beach

Marine experts are trying to discover why strange looking dolphins are beginning to turn up dead hundreds of miles from their deep sea haunts. Two bull-headed Risso's dolphins have washed ashore, the first time in 50 years the mysterious-looking creatures have been found in the southern reaches of the North Sea.

The Zoological Society of London has retrieved the dolphin carcasses from near Great Yarmouth over the weekend and will be conducting post mortems to discover how the creatures had died.

Rumours have emerged that the dolphins may have fallen victim to a great white shark attack because they were scarred, but skin gouges are a common sign on these type of marine mammals because of injuries they receive eating their favourite food, squid.

What concerns conservationists is the way the dolphins were found in a southern stretch of the North Sea when, by rights, they should be hunting squid and octopus around the western Scottish and Irish coastlines.

Cloud Lightning

Astronaut captures spectacular lightning storm from space

lightning storm
© NASA / Twitter
Ever wondered what lightning looks like from space? Well, wonder no more because NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold has released extraordinary footage showing numerous flashes lighting up North America.

The footage was filmed from the International Space Station as it orbited the globe on a predawn pass from Mexico to New York.

Arrow Up

Japan's Mount Shinmoedake spews hot ash and smoke 15,000 feet high

Japan's Mount Shinmoedake
Japan volcano: The volatile volcano erupted for the third time this year
JAPAN's volatile volcano Mount Shinmoedake roared back into life last night, choking out the skies with a monsters column of ash and smoke as high as 4,500m into the sky in the terrifying Ring of Fire region.

The southern Kyushu volcano erupted approximately at 2.44pm local time on Monday, belching grey smoke into the sky.

Mount Shinmoedake erupted for the second time since it reared its ugly head on April 6.

Local authorities advised all tourists and residents in the area to stay away amid fears of eruption hazards.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) in Fukuoka issued a Volcanic Alert Level 3 around the fiery mountain on Tuesday.

The JMA said: "Refrain from approaching the crater in following local municipalities: Miyazaki - Kobayashi-shi, Takaharu-cho and Kagoshima - Kirishima-shi."

A volcanic warning was also issued in the Miyazaki prefecture municipalities of Miyakonojo-shi and Ebino-shi.

A giant plume of smoke and ash blasted from the volcano's summit on Monday, reaching almost 15,000 feet or 4,500m hight.

Residents have been warned of falling rocks within a 1.8 miles radius of the volcano's summit.

Shinmoedake's eruption on Monday marks the third time the volcano blew since the start of the year.

Comment: Some other related articles from around the world include: For more, check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

Bizarro Earth

Two meteotsunamis form on Lake Michigan in one day

Lake Michigan meteotsunamis
A freeze frame from the animation below showing one of the April 13, 2018 meteotsunamis in detail. Orange and red indicate a rising water level and blue shows a falling water level.
Two meteotsunamis sloshed across Lake Michigan in a single day last month and a newly released modeling of them is giving us a look at their evolution.

Meteotsunamis are a type of tsunami, but instead of being generated by an underwater earthquake, the source is meteorological, which gives them their unique name. Thunderstorms are the instigator for the development of many meteotsunamis because they sometimes provide the spike in wind speed and the atmospheric pressure change needed to trigger their formation.

On April 13, bands of thunderstorms pushing across northern Lake Michigan spurred the development of a pair of meteotsunamis.

NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL) released a modeling of the meteotsunamis in a tweet Friday. Click the play button below and notice rising water level (orange/red) followed by falling water level (blue) between 43 and 45 degrees north latitude (marked on the left side of the animation).

This happens twice in the same general area of the modeled output, indicating that the two separate meteotsunamis formed in response to storms that moved through the area.

"The meteotsunami was caused by those short, extreme bursts of wind and pressure," said the GLERL.

Comment: Meteotsunami? Ocean dramatically recedes on South American Atlantic coast as huge waves batter the Pacific side

Cloud Precipitation

Floods cause landslide at hydroelectric plant, destroy buildings, bridges, and force evacuations in Colombia

Floods Force 600 Colombians to Evacuate in Antioquia
© @RiosVivosCol / @elcarlosjuan
The officials are compiling a registry of people who have been affected by flooding.
The Ituango plant became at risk on April 28 after an "unpredictable geological condition" that caused a massive landslide, covering up the waters below.

The rising level of the Cauca river, in the north-eastern province of Antoquia, has forced at least 600 people to leave their homes on Sunday, as the hydroelectric plant Ituango created a situation of emergency, reported Medellin's Public Companies or EPM.

Comment: The intensity and frequency of floods around the world are increasing, and are a sure sign of shifts occurring on our planet: Also check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Flood warning issued for inland Northwest US lakes and rivers due to excessive snow melt

Okanogan River

Okanogan river
The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a flood warning for numerous lakes and rivers in Eastern Washington and North Idaho.

The Weather Service says rising temperatures this week will increase snowmelt and runoff.

Minor flooding is occurring on the Similkameen River near Nighthawk, and major flooding is forecast for later in the week.

Comment: See also these other noteworthy flood reports due to the extreme snow melt this May: Finnish Lapland braces for worst spring flooding in 20 years

Thousands forced from their homes in British Columbia due to historic flood

By the numbers: The record-setting flood in New Brunswick, Canada - due to snow melt


Fish winterkill strikes several Central Alberta sites

Thousands of dead fish have surfaced in three Central Alberta ponds and lakes because of winterkill.
© Rory O’Connor
Thousands of dead fish have surfaced in three Central Alberta ponds and lakes because of winterkill.
Thousands of dead fish have surfaced in three Central Alberta ponds and lakes because of winterkill.

In Crimson Lake, thousands of perch died and collected around the shoreline.

While not pleasant for lake visitors to look at or smell, winterkill is a natural phenomenon.

"They're very common in Alberta," said Jessica Reilly, senior fisheries biologist out of Alberta Environment and Parks Rocky Mountain House office.

In Central Alberta, winterkill was also reported at Dickson Trout Pond and Pine Lake.

"Basically what happens is the plants and algae in the lake over winter die and decompose. When they decompose they use up oxygen."

The longer the decomposition, the more oxygen is used up. That is exacerbated in a long winter because oxygen can't be replenished while the water is covered by ice.

Comment: See also: Thousands of dead fish found at lake in Alberta


10-year-old boy suffered heavy blood loss after shark attack at Hilton Head, South Carolina

Jei Turrell, 10, was bitten by a shark while swimming at a Hilton Head Island beach on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He is recovering at the Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah.

Jei Turrell, 10, was bitten by a shark while swimming at a Hilton Head Island beach on Sunday, May 13, 2018.
A shark bit 10-year-old Jei's right forearm while he and his older brother were splashing in waist-deep water Sunday, his mom Tonya Turrell told the Island Packet.

They had only been at the beach for about an hour when Tonya heard her younger son screaming and made out the word "shark!" That's when she saw the blood, she said.

Jei was airlifted to the Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah. The rest of the family followed in their car.

"That was the longest hour of my life, driving here," his mom said. They didn't know how bad his injuries were. They didn't know what to expect. All they were told was that getting him to a trauma center was the first priority.

Cloud Precipitation

Over 3 inches of hail reported near Parker, Colorado - snowplows dispatched to clear roads

Drivers were forced to pull over and residents south of Parker were whipping out their phones to shoot video of the impressive hailstorm that pounded the Pinery on Monday afternoon.

Viewers flooded the FOX31 newsroom inbox with pictures and video of the size able hail that pelted cars and quickly piled up on roads and in yards.

The hail accumulated to the point that snowplows were dispatched to clear high traffic areas.

Ice Cube

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: North Atlantic record iceberg season and ice arches around Greenland

This years Iceberg season is three weeks to a month behind as a record 565 bergs are in the waters as of May 14, 2018 this eclipses last years record of 481. Ice Arches backed up sea ice through the Nares Straight and Hudson Bay remains near 100% ice covered which is usually at 70% covered. The Arctic still has 4+ meter / 12 foot thick ice pack and Cape Town now wants to tow icebergs to alleviate its water shortage.