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Blizzard in Mongolia leaves one dead and 98 lost


Cars stuck in snow, Mongolia.
Heavy snowfall and blizzard left 98 people lost, 140 cars and more households covered in snow, and numerous livestock dead nationwide last week.

A total of 98 people were reported missing in Arkhangai, Dundgovi, Uvurkhangai, Tuv, Uvs and Bulgan Provinces. From them, 96 were found safe while one was found dead and one is still missing.

Dundgovi Province Police reported that the last missing person to be found is a 50-year-old herder of Erdenedalai soum, who was reported missing during a blizzard while herding. He was found far from his home in another soum, Luus.

The herder said he found a winter quarter of another herder and took shelter until the blizzard died.


Winter returns to Iceland with a vengeance

© Mbl.is/ Malín Brand
Take care when dri­ving to­day, the snow is back and roads are icy.
Reykjavik locals had to sweep snow off their cars this morning as the few spring-like days are seemingly over and winter is back with a vengeance. The weather forecast for the next few days is summed up in two words: cold and windy.

The Reykjavik metropolitan police ask people to drive carefully today as the roads are icy. In south and west Iceland today, heavy snowfall is expected causing poor visibility. Today's winds are between 15- 23 m/s and more snow is expected this week. Spring may not be around the corner- yet.

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Warped! Danish school professor wants to show children porn as a part of their 'education'

danish school
© Reuters / Eric Thayer
A sexology professor has called on Danish schools to show students porn to help them become "critical consumers." Christian Graugaard believes it's important for teens to distinguish between adult movies and real sex relationships.

"Instead of having sex education be boring and technical, where you roll a condom onto a cucumber, I want us to educate young people to be critical consumers who see porn with reflection and critical distance," Graugaard, a Professor at Aalborg University, told public broadcaster DR.

Denmark is among one of the world's most porn-friendly countries. It lifted a ban on pornography in 1967. In 1969, it became the first country in the world to completely legalize pornography.

According to research conducted in the Nordic countries in 2006, up to 99 percent of teenage boys and 86 percent of teenage girls watched porn.

A 2013 study from the University of Copenhagen showed that viewing online porn or sexually explicit content in magazines has little influence on the sexual behavior of teens and young adults.

Comment: What's next? Giving students cocaine to dissuade them from taking drugs? How sickening it is that so many of those society has entrusted to guide our children in their development are without any sense or human decency.


Cold weather stops migrating storks in their tracks in Europe

© Wikimedia commons/K.Billington
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).