Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:30 UTC
Severe flooding hit several parts of the globe, but the worst affected was Peru where dozens of people died and hundreds of thousands have been left with no homes. With freak tidal waves from Iran to South Africa, strange 'gas' explosions in the UK and methane gas leaks in Russia, not to mention snow off the coast of Africa and lightning scoring direct strikes on cars, March was a pretty intense month for the planet and its inhabitants.
Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:42 UTC
Last month's highlights include:
- Record wildfires in Chile and Argentina (where there was also record rainfall)
- Record rainfall ending record drought in California
- Record one-day and monthly snowfalls in Japan and the US West
- Record tornado outbreaks in the US South
- Record one-day rainfalls in the US South
- Record-cold temperatures and snowfalls in eastern and southern Europe
- Record snowfall in the Sahara
- Record heat in Australia, and record cold in New Zealand
Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:12 UTC
Variously described as groaning, metallic, clashing, clanging and trumpet-like, these (usually loud and pronounced) noises seem to come from the sky but generally reverberate in such a way that listeners are unable to make out from which general direction they come.
These 'strange sky sounds' have been observed all over the globe and first really caught the public's attention in 2011, when a spate of events sparked such widespread interest that significant effort was made to discredit the phenomenon through the dissemination of fake recordings.
Some, certainly, are hoaxes. That's human nature; we mock that which we do not understand. But the sheer proliferation of 'strange sound events' in recent years, the similarities (with minor differences) between them, and the diversity of the locations they've been recorded in (sometimes more than once), speaks to there being a global reality to this phenomenon. In the course of tracking and reporting these events on SOTT, we've noticed that they tend to come in waves; there can be 'silence' for some time, then 4 or 5 'strange sounds' events occur in disparate locations (perhaps within the same region or continent) in the time span of a week or fortnight. And, as best we can tell, this trend seems to be increasing.
Here is our 'best of' strange sounds summary video, comprising some events from around the world in 2016. Please excuse the occasional foul language - muting or otherwise distorting it would have interfered with the strange sounds themselves. Besides, hearing them curse and swear, you get a real sense of the observers' astonishment!
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:23 UTC
The relentless global escalation of extreme weather, geological upheaval, and cosmic bombardment continued last month, ending a year the authorities claim was (again) "the warmest ever - and it's humans' fault."
Still no explanation from them as to how 'man-made CO2' is responsible for - among other new or increased natural phenomena - all the sinkholes opening up and killing people; the meteor fireballs raining out of the sky; redirecting the course of high-altitude jet streams; and increasing the frequency of earthquakes two or three-fold.
But pay no attention to those details - they're probably just signs that we're heading into another ice age.
Highlights in our Earth Changes Summary video for December 2016 include:
- Persistent, heavy fog across the world last month - northern Europe, India, China and the Persian Gulf
- Return of the 'polar vortex' to both North America and Russia, bringing record-breaking snow and cold temperatures
- Snow in the Sahara Desert, Arabian Desert, and Syria
- Thundersnow, snow-nadoes, 'fog walls', 'fog domes', 'spinning ice disks', and other bizarre cold weather-related phenomena!
- Severe flash-flooding (and a tornado) across southern 'sunny' Spain
- Outbreak of forest fires in the Swiss Alps... in winter!?
- At least a half dozen spectacular meteor fireball events in North and South America, Europe, and Central Asia
- A string of powerful earthquakes and volcanic eruptions around the Pacific Ring of Fire
- Widespread flooding in Southeast Asia during its 'dry season'
- Record-breaking rainfall in Australia's desert regions
Sat, 17 Dec 2016 20:24 UTC
- Snow, hail and flooding in the deserts of Saudi Arabia (again)
- New Zealand's second strongest tremor in the modern era
- Johannesburg's worst flash-flood in living memory
- Another powerful quake (and another tsunami) off Fukushima, Japan
- Outbreak of 'thunder asthma' in Melbourne, Australia, which killed 8 people and sent another 8,500 to hospital
- The latest Atlantic Hurricane in the modern era (and the most southerly, and the first to ever make landfall in Costa Rica)
- Unprecedented 'superfires' torching swathes of the US Southeast
We are, of course, being facetious. There's nothing normal about any of this. We've entered a new global climate. Forecasting models are largely redundant at this point. The costs from all this destruction pile up ever higher with each passing month. Until now, elites have either ignored the climate/planetary upheaval, or blamed ordinary people for causing one or another symptom, then carried on milking taxpayers and spreading wars. No doubt, given recent patterns, they're soon going to start blaming it all on Putin.
These were (some of) 'the signs' in November 2016...
Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:09 UTC
The curtain-raiser in October 2016 was Hurricane Matthew, which left a swathe of destruction across Colombia, the Caribbean and the US East Coast. The strongest North Atlantic storm in a decade, Matthew was also the strongest storm ever recorded so close to the equator, dumped so much water that it broke rainfall records wherever it went, and cost over $10 billion in damages. Haiti, where over 1,600 people were killed, bore the brunt of it.
Extreme weather is so 'normal' now that South Carolina last month recorded its seventh '1-in-1,000-year' flood event in just 6 years, beating rainfall records set in... September 2016. While much of the US saw record-breaking warm temperatures for October, copious amounts of snow across Russia meant that the northern hemisphere's snow cover extent by late October was second only to that recorded in 1976.
We also have a dozen mind-blowing meteor events in this month's video, a reflection of what we suspect is another end-of-year uptick in 'space visitors'. As we reported at the beginning of the year, fireballs have significantly increased over the last decade, and the skies become especially 'illuminated' during the latter half of each year.
These were 'the signs' in October 2016...
Comment: Update 23 November 2016 - It has come to our attention that the 'meteor over south Wales' @15:14 is being claimed as the creation of some liberal artist, which may or may not be the case.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 10:17 UTC
A series of cyclones also brought wave after wave of flooding to southeastern Australia, breaking rainfall records dating back to the country's foundation in the 19th century, and bringing the country as a whole its third wettest winter on record. Meanwhile multiple typhoons in the northwest Pacific battered the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Korea and Japan. 50% stronger today than 40 years ago, the strongest of these cyclonic storms - Category 5 Meranti - was the strongest anywhere in the world so far this year, and second only to 2013's Typhoon Haiyan in the record books.
In addition to the walls of water brought by these large storms, local downbursts brought record-breaking rainfall, causing severe flash-flooding that washed away cars, homes and people in parts of the US, Mexico, Tunisia, Greece, Turkey, Ukraine, India, Indonesia, and China. Oklahoma, which never experienced earthquakes until recently, last month felt its strongest yet. A record-strong earthquake also hit South Korea, while a strong quake in Skopje, Macedonia, damaged buildings and sent residents into a panic.
Multiple volcanic eruptions, mass fish kills, whale beachings and meteor fireball events round off another eventful month of Earth Changes...
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 20:18 UTC
- A record-breaking number of tornadoes in the US for August
- Another '1-in-1,000-year flood event', this time in Louisiana
- A destructive earthquake in central Italy
- The fastest comet ever recorded
- Lots more lightning deaths, including an entire herd of reindeer in southern Norway
- Three massive sinkholes opening up to swallow (and kill) people in China
- Intense storms hitting many world capitals, including record rainfalls in Macedonia and Moscow
- Raging wildfires across the western Mediterranean and western US
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 22:13 UTC
- A destructive tornado outbreak in South Africa (where it's winter-time)
- Hail the size of golf-balls falling in - of all places - Colombia and Brazil
- Intense electrical storms everywhere, with lightning strikes continuing to pick people off in alarming numbers
- Deluges of rain washing away cars and people everywhere from Mexico City to Berlin to Maryland
- Devastating flooding across swathes of China, India and Nepal
- Multiple destructive waterspouts coming ashore in Cuba
- Animals, both wild and captive, attacking and killing people
- An enormous meteor fragmenting from horizon to horizon over the US Southwest
Mon, 04 Jul 2016 20:35 UTC
Yes indeed, it's summertime in the northern hemisphere, but not as we once knew it. The pace of increasing climate chaos continued relentlessly all over the world last month: China recorded its most destructive tornado in living memory, another 'once-in-a-millenium' flood hit the US Mid-Atlantic states, and intense storms battered capitals from Accra to Kuala Lumpur to Warsaw.
These were (just some of) the signs of the times in June 2016...