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Cold weather stops migrating storks in their tracks in Europe

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Still on the way.
A cold snap has stopped storks on the way back for the summer in Poland in their tracks.

The birds have halted their advance from Africa and are weathering the cold snap in Romania and Bulgaria, researchers reported.

The few storks that have already made their way to Poland are struggling to find food and are getting nearer to human settlements than usual. But storks are equipped to deal with harsh weather and the scientists have asked for people to refrain from feeding them.

The overwhelming majority of storks have, however, been put off by the cold, snow and strong winds.

"They are not far," ornithologist Ireneusz Kaługa said. "We believe two or three days of better weather will be enough for them to turn up."


Winter returns to Romania with a vengeance: Over a meter of snow falls in 2 days


Spring snow in Romania
It has been snowing continuously and extremely heavily for 24 hours in Step Tihuta as a wave of polar air moves across Romania.

A blizzard - at the beginning of spring. April winter.

Snow is 10 to 15 inches deep in places and the wind has been blowing hard, turning driving into a nightmare.

The worst hit is the northern county of Suceava, where the National Road 2 to Ukraine was closed. In addition, dozens of motorists are stranded: some abandoned their cars and others spent the night on a bench.

Road workers have already spread 80 tons of non-slip material and say they will not stop until the storm is over, but anyone who wants to spend Palm Sunday and Easter in the Bistrita may need to use a sleigh.

At dawn temperatures dropped below zero. In Bistrita and Brasov minus two degrees, in Miercurea Ciuc -5 and -1 in Cluj were recorded.

Ice Cube

Elk herd of at least 31 perishes after breaking through ice on Palisades Reservoir, Idaho

© John Stephenson
At least 30 elk crashed through the ice of Palisades Reservoir recently and drowned.
An eye-opening cluster of dead elk is decaying on the shores of Palisades Reservoir after an unusual but natural occurrence of a herd venturing onto thin ice and breaking through.

The elk crashed through the ice on March 21 near where the Snake and Greys rivers meet at the southeast corner of the reservoir, which straddles the Wyoming-Idaho border, Wyoming Game and Fish Department regional supervisor Tim Fuchs said. The elk were later pulled to shore.

Warden Todd Graham responded to a call the day of the event and found 31 dead elk floating, Fuchs said.

"They kind of straddled the state line," Fuchs said. "Twenty-five were on the Idaho side and the remainder on the Wyoming side."

There were likely more dead elk that had drifted off, he said — potentially as many as 50 total.

Comment: See also: 100 cows die after falling through lake ice in South Dakota


Where's the beef? Empty meat shelves in the stores of Newfoundland and Labrador

© Hannah Rideout
A photo shared on social media over the weekend shows empty shelves in the meat section of Dominion in Gander.
People looking to buy fresh meat in Newfoundland and Labrador grocery stores had to do without this past weekend, or get their meat elsewhere.

Staff at a Dominion grocery store in Gander say the store is "dramatically behind on orders" because of transportation problems.

It's not the first case of food shortages in the province's grocery stores recently, with reports of many not receiving shipments in time to restock their shelves over the last several weeks.

Shoppers took to social media to post and share photos of empty shelves in Gander over the weekend.

Bizarro Earth

'Double El Niño? Rare weather phenomenon about to change our world?

We're about to experience a "double El Niño" — a rare weather phenomenon that climatologists had warned about several months ago. That means two consecutive years of the concentration of warm water in the Pacific Ocean that brings West Coast storms, quiet hurricane seasons in the Atlantic and busy ones in the Pacific. The danger is that this could mean more than a few months of odd weather, but instead usher in a new phase of climate change. Last year was the warmest year on record; 2015 looks set to be even warmer. "One way of thinking about global warming from the human influences is that it's not just a gradual increase, but perhaps it's more like a staircase, and we're about to go up an extra step to a new level," says climate scientist Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
Normally, the warm water from an El Niño spreads across the Pacific and cools as it evaporates. The increased moisture in the air leads to thunderstorms and tropical storms. That hasn't happened as much as anticipated over the last year. "The moisture in the atmosphere triggers a lot of thunderstorms and tropical storms, but in general that atmospheric connection has not been anything like as strong as we normally expect in El Niño events, and as a result, the warm water is sort of sitting there, and it hasn't petered out," Trenberth explains. "The energy has not been taken out of the ocean, and there's a mini global warming, so to speak, associated with that." What kind of temperature increase are we talking about? Trenberth says it could mean a rise of two- or three-tenths-of-a-degree Celsius, or up to half a degree Fahrenheit. The change could occur "relatively abruptly," but then stick around for five or 10 years. While those numbers may seem small, in the context of global climate, a shift of that magnitude could have devastating consequences.

Comment: Ignoring the silly 'global warming' bent of this article, there is something we actually should be worried about: 'The Day After Tomorrow' just got one step closer to reality!


Snow covers streets and palm trees in Baljurashi, Saudi Arabia


Snow on the palm.
This video clip posted on "YouTube" shows streets, yards and homes of the province covered with snow last Friday.

Here is a collection of photos taken from social networking sites showing mountains, hills and forest covered with snow.


Snow in Saudi Arabia


Snowstorm paralyzes transportation system in Oslo, Norway


Bus in Oslo.
Oslo's bus system shut down, trams weren't running, some trains stood still and Norway's gateway airport at Gardermoen, north of Oslo, finally had to close. Warnings had been issued about Thursday's snowstorm, but it proved to be more than transport systems could handle.

The blizzard that began during the night and built up during the morning had dumped more than 40 centimeters of snow on the southern coastal town of Arendal by midday. Some areas reported more than 60 centimeters and it was still coming down. Streets that did get cleared were covered with slippery snow again within minutes.

At Oslo's main airport at Gardermoen, the snow was falling so thick and fast that the airport's army of plows were out in force trying to keep the runways clear, but without much luck. "And when we have plows on the runways, planes can't land or take off," airport spokesman Joachim Wester Andersen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Ice Cube

Deep freeze over the Great Lakes halts cargo shipments

© Canadian Coast Guard
The ship Arthur M. Anderson got underway on Lake Erie on Saturday after getting help from Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers.
The trip to pick up a load of iron ore powder in Conneaut, Ohio, was supposed to take four days by way of the Great Lakes.

But within sight of its destination, the cargo ship, the Arthur M. Anderson, got trapped in ice. Two heavy icebreakers from the Canadian Coast Guard eventually broke the vessel free.

It was a 24-day ordeal, and the ship returned to its home port in Wisconsin without picking up the cargo.

A deep freeze this winter left much of the Great Lakes blanketed in thick ice, sidelining the ship lines and companies that move vast amounts of grain, cement and other commodities through this system of waterways. And now the spring thaw, which creates piles of impassable ice, will most likely create more delays.

"There's a lot of ice out there, and we need to understand the impact of that ice," said Mark Barker, the president of the Interlake Steamship Company, which carries mostly iron ore, coal and limestone on its nine ships. "Last year, we pretty much lost the month of April."

Cloud Lightning

Extreme weather, meteor fireballs, and Earth Changes in March 2015 (VIDEO)

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Earth changes have taken place the past few weeks or so. Animals are listed among the dead.

I've been working 50+ hours a week, sorry if there's any mistakes. Thanks for watching and stay safe..

This series does not mean the world is ending! These are documentaries of series of extreme weather events which are leading to bigger earth changes. If you're following the series, then you're seeing the signs. It's much more than one video!

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Cloud Precipitation

Giant hailstones fall in Queensland, Australia


This shard of hail measuring about 12 centimetres crashed down in Chinchilla on Saturday afternoon
Weather watchers around the world have been stunned by giant chunks of ice that smashed an outback Queensland town in recent days.

Hailstones up to 12cm in diameter smashed cars and windows and left lawns checkered in the western downs town of Chinchilla during a freak storm on Saturday afternoon.

The downpour that stunned the state has now attracted interest overseas, with many in the US shocked at the "weird" weather that no one saw coming.

Some have pointed out the hailstones were about the same size as the small marsupials the town shares a name with.

"Shocking footage," wrote Keith Estiler, a New York City resident who shared video of the giant balls of ice bouncing off an oval in Chinchilla.

Comment: See also: Large hailstones kill horses, birds and ravage cotton crops in northern New South Wales, Australia