Saturday, August 1, 2015

2015 - JUL - Other Stories

2015-07-01 - Volcano Fuego (Ecuador) rumbles, erupts, belches ash:

Quote: "The volcano, 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Guatemala City, was belching 'fiery clouds' over the course of the day, said David de Leon, a spokesman for the government's disaster response office. The danger warning issued by the government was one step short of a declaration of emergency requiring evacuation of the communities around the volcano. He said the mountain has been shaken by explosions that have rattled windows and rooftops and spewed columns of ash to some (5,000) 15,000 feet above sea level."

2015-07-01 - Quake swarm hits the southwest coast in Iceland:

2015-07-01 - Scientists say we should monitor supervolcanoes with atomic clocks:

2015-07-01 - Record high temps and fires destroying crops in France:

2015-07-01 - Record-breaking heatwave envelops Central Asia:

2015-07-01 - Rising temps could pose serious problem for cold-blooded creatures:

2015-07-01 - Flash-flooding washes cars away near Festus (Missouri), at least 2 killed:

2015-07-01 - Microplastics in the ocean are moving up the food chain:

2015-07-01 - NASA readies test for first Mars airplane:

2015-07-01 - Unknown creature washes ashore in Eastern Russia:

Quote: "Kim added: “I can confidently say that this is some kind of a dolphin. However, it has fur. It’s unusual. Dolphins do not have any fur.'"

Note: Maybe it's MOSTLY dolphin but also partly something else that DOES have fur. In other words, a genetic chimera, a blending of two species, similar to the sheep that have been born with human-ish faces in recent years...

2015-07-01 - Russian epidemiologists find link between Ebola and Hepatitis B:

2015-07-01 - Man films mysterious object in the sky over Mariners Wharf in coastal Liverpool (Britain):

2015-07-02 - HazMat event, unknown odor sickens two people in Tucson (Arizona):

2015-07-02 - Person goes out on boat, goes missing, empty 'ghost boat' found, off coastal Barrington Beach (Rhode Island):

Quote: "Crews were called out after a family member reported that a loved one was out on a small boat in the area but never returned home. Barrington Police and Fire were called to Barrington Beach around 5:30 p.m. Thursday. A massive water search was underway after an unmanned vessel was located off shore."

2015-07-02 - Ogallala aquifer drying up in the Central Plains, crops at risk:

Quote: "About one-fifth of all U.S. cattle, corn, cotton, and wheat depend on the Ogallala. Without it, meat prices would rise, farm exports fall, and rural communities wither, says Bill Lapp, a former chief economist for ConAgra Foods and the Omaha-based president of Advanced Economic Solutions, an agriculture consultant."

2015-07-02 - As Alaska burns, Anchorage sets records for heat and lack of snow:

Quote: "Hot and dry conditions in Alaska have been toppling records over the past few months — many of which have been held for decades. And now, with two million acres burned already, 2015 appears well on its way to becoming the worst fire season on record for the state."

2015-07-02 - London breaks July UK temp record as heatwave bakes Britain:

2015-07-02 - Strong winds pushing El Nino toward extreme event:

2015-07-02 - Waterspout roars ashore and destroys four homes in Misamis Oriental (Philippine Islands):

2015-07-02 - Unusual sun halo seen in Kenosha (Wisconsin):

2015-07-02 - Animals being used to try to predict earthquakes, in Nanjing (China):

2015-07-02 - NASA's New Horizons spacecraft spots dark spots on Pluto:

2015-07-02 - Robot kills man at VW plant in Baunatal (Germany):

Quote: "German news agency dpa reported that prosecutors were considering whether to bring charges, and if so, against whom."

Note: Robot says it wants a jury of its peers!

2015-07-03 - Teen, 15, has seizure in swimming pool, almost dies, in Cleburne (Texas):

Quote: "In what is becoming a summer of drownings and near-drownings in North Texas, one child died and another was injured Friday in separate swimming pool-related incidents."

Quote: "Also Friday, a 15-year-old Cleburne teenager was hospitalized after being pulled from a pool following a seizure suffered while swimming Thursday night. An update on the teen’s condition wasn’t immediately available Friday afternoon."

2015-07-03 - Magnitude 6.5 earthquake strikes in Xinjiang Province (China), at least 3 killed, 20 injured:

Quote: "A magnitude 6.5 earthquake that shook China's far-western region of Xinjiang killed three people, injured 71 and collapsed thousands of houses, officials said Saturday."

2015-07-03 - Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Philippine Islands:

2015-07-03 - Europe swelters from heatwave:

2015-07-03 - Extremely warm temps hitting Siberia:

2015-07-03 - Winds do indeed mix the atmosphere between the north and south hemispheres:

Note: That has implications for radiation from Fukushima as well as atmospheric methane and hydrogen sulfide...

2015-07-03 - Oceans threatened by rising CO2 levels:

2015-07-03 - Polar bears threatened as ice melts away:

Note: Both above stories involve dangerously wishful thinking, that we can reverse what's happening and save the oceans and the polar bears. We're way too far along for that. We should be focusing every erg of energy and every resource on survival for the human race itself. I don't know if it's even possible for us to save human beings, but it's definitely impossible if we don't even try...

2015-07-03 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Lake Henry in Alexandria (Minnesota):

2015-07-03 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits the Han River in coastal Singapore:

2015-07-04 - Island volcano Batu Tara erupts in Indonesia:

Quote: "The activity at the volcano remains intense. We visited Batu Tara from 30 June - 4 July on our recent Volcano Special tour and observed strombolian eruptions of varying intensity at intervals ranging between 10 and 50 minutes. The strongest explosions caused loud cannon-shot like noises and produced abundant incandescent ejections that reached heights and distances of up to approx. 500 m from the crater. They were followed by glowing avalanches of blocks rolling down the sciara to the sea. On 3 occasions within 16 hours between the evening of 2 and morning of 3 July, unusually strong eruptions produced small pyroclastic flows triggered by collapsing material from the eruption and small parts of the crater rim."

Note: Mother Nature puts on her own fireworks show!

2015-07-04 - Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Eugene (Oregon):

2015-07-04 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Sutherland Reservoir (Nebraska):

2015-07-04 - Heatwave heads for Spain:

2015-07-04 - Sturgeon leaps out of water, kills girl on boat on the Suwannee River (Florida):

2015-07-04 - Lightning strike injures 6 people at RV park at Toledo Bend Reservoir (Texas):

2015-07-05 - Mobile 'dead zones' may now be appearing in the North Atlantic Ocean:

2015-07-05 - Man jumps off boat and disappears at Lake Mead (Nevada):

2015-07-05 - Man, 21, goes missing while swimming with friends in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2015-07-05 - Magnitude 3.0 earthquake shakes Geysers (California):

2015-07-05 - Heatwave hits Germany, which sees highest temp ever recorded on any day:

Quote: "Germany’s all-time heat record was shattered Sunday when temperatures climbed to 104.5 degrees Fahrenheit, making it the hottest day in Germany since recordkeeping began in 1881..."

2015-07-05 - Greenland melt extent hits 50% on July 4:

2015-07-05 - Storms hit Britain with massive number of lightning strikes:

2015-07-05 - Western Pacific Ocean spawns four tropical cyclones in a week:

2015-07-06 - Record-breaking heat bakes the US West:

2015-07-06 - Heatwave hits Italy, at least 9 killed:

Quote: "Ansa reported that two cyclists from Bergamo died, along with three other elderly victims at beaches in the Emilia-Romagna region."

Note: I wouldn't be so sure the people who died at the beaches died because of the heat. People have been dying at beaches all over, regardless of the temperature, so they may have died simply because they were at beaches...

2015-07-06 - Northern hemisphere heatwave frequency increasing:

2015-07-06 - Hit by drought and encroaching saltwater, Bangkok may run out of water within a month in Thailand:

2015-07-06 - As Pakistan dries up and ocean levels rise, seawater is encroaching on the Indus Delta in Pakistan:

2015-07-06 - Multiple typhoons appear in the ocean near China:

2015-07-06 - Tropical storm brings flooding and landslides to the Philippine Islands:

2015-07-06 - Selfie-sticks may act as lightning rods and cause lightning strike deaths:

2015-07-06 - Bottlenose dolphins seen in Aarhus (Denmark) for the first time in 7 decades:

2015-07-06 - Great white sharks spotted off the coast near Santa Cruz (California):

2015-07-07 - Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Shikotan (Russia):

2015-07-07 - Plankton filmed eating microplastic for the first time:

Note: That's near the base of the food chain there, so that means microplastic particles are going to be getting into basically everything, if that's not already occurring...

2015-07-07 - Bees swarm passenger plane at airport in Moscow (Russia):

Quote: "Thousands of bees staged an extraordinary attack on a passenger plane at a Moscow airport. They swarmed an Airbus-319 as it was about to start taxiing ahead of taking off from Vnukovo Airport bound for St Petersburg."

Note: I don't consider this an attack, since nobody got hurt and there was no sign the bees were even trying to hurt anyone. It was certainly an unusual swarming event though...

2015-07-07 - Massive arctic heat dome set to bake northern sea ice:

2015-07-07 - Rising temps causing some lizard species to change their sex in Australia:

Quote: "Bearded dragons that are genetically male have been recorded hatching as females and giving birth to other lizards."

2015-07-07 - Shanghai (China) hit by lowest July temps more than 140 years:

2015-07-07 - Typhoon Chan-hom takes aim at Okinawa, Taiwan:

2015-07-07 - Spinning waterspout filmed near Boynton Beach (Florida):

2015-07-07 - Rare noctilucent clouds light up the skies over Moscow (Russia):

2015-07-07 - 100 children in 34 states afflicted with paralysis:

2015-07-07 - Strange noises heard in Earth's upper atmosphere:

2015-07-07 - European stocks, Chinese stocks and commodities crashingare US stocks next?

2015-07-08 - Two men go out on boat, go missing, on the Tombigbee River in Monroe County (Mississippi):

2015-07-08 - Man, fisherman, loses consciousness at 2:30 AM on ship near coastal Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (France), medevac'd off:

Quote: "On July 8, 2015, at 5 a.m. a crew member of the 'Penn Kalet' was medevaced by helicopter and taken to the hospital of Caen. The fisherman had lost consciousness, and at 2:30 a.m. the CROSS Jobourg coordinated a rescue operation 30 miles east of Saint-Vaast-La-Hougue, after consulting the maritime medical coordination center."

2015-07-08 - Volcano Sabancaya (Peru) shaking and quaking:

2015-07-08 - Dangerous flash flooding hits Indiana, Texas, Kentucky and Missouri, and more is likely:

2015-07-08 - Albuquerue (New Mexico) breaks rainfall record from 1893:

2015-07-08 - We may see five tropical cyclones in the Pacific Ocean this week:

2015-07-08 - El Nino to weaken monsoon, exacerbate drought in Pakistan, Northwestern India:

2015-07-08 - NYSE shut down by 'glitch', airlines hit by 'technical issues', DC mysteriously loses power to 2500 homes, and more:

2015-07-08 - Tom Selleck accused of stealing numerous truckloads of water from another water district in California:

Note: This should be investigated...but not by Magnum, PI!

2015-07-08 - Yellow-nosed albatross from the South Atlantic turns up near Reykjavík (Iceland):

Quote: "'Aw crap, I had the map upside down!' moaned the albatross."

2015-07-08 - Earth changes summary for June from SOTT:

2015-07-08 - Chinese DDoS hackers attack St. Louis, cause internet problems:

Quote: "What clearly stands out is that for some reason Chinese DDOS attacks/hackers seem to be focusing on St. Louis this morning."

Note: Rude! Please leave my internets alone or I'll be forced to stop ordering Chinese takeout! (I gotta go back to the Threat Store and get some better threats.)

2015-07-08 - Boeing patents laser-powered nuclear jet engine:

Note: I read a science fiction novel in the 1970s or 1980s that postulated EXACTLY this method of propulsion: using lasers to hit chunks of deuterium and tritium, causing small nuclear explosions. Boeing has added a twist, in that their engine uses the resulting heat to power the lasers. I think the novel was The Jupiter Theft, from 1977, by Donald Moffitt. He died in 2014 so he didn't get to see the very propulsion method he postulated getting patented by Boeing. Dredging this book up from my memory banks was no easy task - that was 38 years ago!

2015-07-08 - Is this cloud actually a disguised UFO?

Note: That is no normal cloud, that's for sure...

2015-07-09 - Mount Raung erupts, spews ash into the sky, in Indonesia, five airports closed:

Quote: "Five airports in Indonesia have been shut, including in the tourist hotspot Bali, because of a volcanic eruption, transport officials say. Mount Raung in East Java has been spewing ash into the air for nearly a week obscuring visibility at Bali's Denpasar airport."

2015-07-09 - Volcano Colima erupts, spews ash four miles into the atmosphere, in Mexico:

Quote: "A volcano in western Mexico has erupted, spewing ash more than 4 miles into the air and sending lava down its flanks."

2015-07-09 - Magnitude 6.7 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Dadali in the Solomon Islands:

Note: MISA Theory keeps on keepin' on...

2015-07-09 - Antarctic air mass heads to Australia, temps set to plummet:

2015-07-09 - Snowstorm kills 2000 alpacas in Peru:

2015-07-09 - Powerful tornado rips through northeastern Italy near Venice, 1 killed, 30+ injured:

2015-07-09 - Tennessee woman has advice on how to prevent being attacked by sharks: don't get in the ocean!

Note: This method of shark attack prevention has been working great for me!

2015-07-09 - Sunburn art a new unhealthy cancer-inducing trend:

2015-07-09 - Stocks soar as China threatens short sellers with arrest:

2015-07-09 - X-Files making a return, with new six-part limited series run:

2015-07-10 - 'The Blob', area of warm ocean water off the West Coast, is 300 feet deep and the size of Alaska:

Quote: "The section of ocean from California to the Gulf of Alaska is roughly 5 degrees warmer than it should be, and that may be causing all kinds of disruption to the climate."

2015-07-10 - Global mean atmospheric methane levels break above highest 2014 reading:

2015-07-10 - Arctic sea ice collapse threatens:

2015-07-10 - Tornado rips through Berks County (Pennsylvania):

2015-07-10 - Boy, 14, killed by brain-eating amoebas after swimming in lake in Minnesota:

2015-07-10 - Two-headed lizard hatches in Birkenhead (Britain):

2015-07-10 - Two electric planes cross the English Channel:

2015-07-10 - Surfer's waves, also called Kelvin-Helmholtz waves, found all over the universe, including Earth's magnetosphere:

2015-07-10 - Newly-discovered Wendiceratops had crown of horns:

2015-07-10 - Bonobos observed making wooden spears, daggers and stone shovels:

2015-07-11 - Kazakhstan sleeping sickness mystery solved: gases from mine the culprit:

Note: They try to implicate carbon monoxide, but they mention 'other gases' too. It couldn't have been carbon monoxide for the same reason that all the carbon monoxide emitted by cars doesn't cause the same problems in every city in the world that uses cars: carbon monoxide is a lighter-than-air gas. That's why carbon monoxide detectors go on ceilings. So once carbon monoxide exits the mine, it'll head up to the ceiling, which in this case is the sky. They mention methane. Methane is also a lighter-than-air gas. They mention 'hydrocarbon'. That's where you find hydrogen sulfide, since it's produced by bacteria and archaea that eat, among other things, methane. Natural gas from the ground contains hydrogen sulfide and so does oil - that's what refineries do: they 'de-sour' gas and oil and take the hydrogen sulfide and other impurities out. And hydrogen sulfide not only could cause all the symptoms this village experienced, but it's a heavier-than-air gas and once it escaped from the mine, it might very well blow over the village and contaminate the water, the ground, the peoples' clothes and buildings, and get breathed in too. So this town of people afflicted by memory-loss, long-duration sleep and hallucinations - that looks like what you see when you have a population that gets hit by low-level hydrogen sulfide over a long period of time. A gas-emitting mine in the area does explain why it was THIS village that was having problems...

2015-07-11 - Antarctic wind vortex is strongest in 1000 years:

2015-07-11 - Super Typhoon Chan-hom roars into China, 865,000 people evacuated, flooding ensues:

2015-07-11 - As most glaciers around the world disappear, the world's youngest glacier grows at Mount St. Helens (Washington):

2015-07-11 - Heaviest snowfall in years kills more than 170,000 alpacas in Peru:

2015-07-11 - Some scientists say Earth heading for a 'mini ice age' in 15 years:

2015-07-11 - Wettest day since 1886 hits Abilene (Texas) as eight inches of rain falls in one day:

2015-07-11 - Cheetahs hop aboard tourist vehicle, one climbs inside, in Kenya:

Note: Guy in the vehicle with the cheetah looks pretty scared!

2015-07-11 - Sharks found swimming around inside active volcano in the Solomon Islands:

2015-07-11 - Vet finds eight pairs of underwear and 62 hair bands in stomach of dog in Mars (Pennsylvania):

2015-07-11 - Cannabis can now be legally taken on in-state flights in Oregon:

Note: The phrase 'can I help you with your bags' just took on a whole new meaning!

2015-07-12 - Two men, 61 and 77, go out on boat, go missing, near coastal Myrtle Beach (South Carolina):

2015-07-12 - Person falls off boat and disappears at Lavon Lake (Texas):

2015-07-12 - Large numbers of jellyfish seen near Burnham-On-Sea (Britain):

2015-07-12 - Large numbers of jellyfish seen on the western coast of Sweden:

Note: Jellyfish reproduce better in warmer waters, so as the oceans warm up there are gonna be a whole lot of jellyfish around. Jellyfish-related incidents have been on the rise for some years now...

2015-07-12 - Mid-July frost hits central Europe:

Quote: "After the European heat wave of last week, the pendulum has swung to the other extreme. Currently the weather pattern dominating Central Europe is bringing unusually cold air over the continent, and early this morning regions in a number of countries were hit by ground surface frost."

Note: Ground frost in the middle of summer. Hard to call that normal...

2015-07-12 - Waterspout knocks out power in the Outer Banks (North Carolina):

2015-07-12 - Storm dumps three inches of rain on Louisville (Kentucky), flash-flooding ensues:

2015-07-12 - Thunderstorm hits Calgary (Canada), flooding and blackouts ensue:

2015-07-13 - West Antarctic ice sheet may be melting because of heat from BELOW:

Quote: "As The Register points out, parts of the ice sheet are melting more and more quickly for reasons scientists believe may be related to geology rather than climate change, while other parts are melting at slower rates."

Note: That's what I've been saying all along. And where did that big heat 'blob' come from off the US northwest? No way was that caused by only solar radiation. So that heat, at least a lot of it, also had to come from below, likely from volcanic activity in the oceans, like that volcano that erupted off the coast of Oregon recently...

2015-07-13 - Gigantic Siberian sinkholes formed by methane eruptions:

Quote: "Russian scientists say mystery giant holes suddenly appearing in northern Siberia were caused by dramatic gas eruptions, a process previously 'never observed'."

2015-07-13 - More than 30 earthquakes strike near the San Andreas fault (California), 169 quakes in area this week:

2015-07-13 - Cascadia subduction zone poses serious earthquake threat to the West Coast and Canada:

2015-07-13 - Human civilization is dangerously reliant on trucking:

2015-07-13 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Harvey Lake in New Brunswick (Canada):

2015-07-13 - New Zealand records lowest maximum temperatures in decades:

2015-07-13 - Vicious flooding hits Kentucky, 1 killed, others missing:

2015-07-13 - FEMA pays for a new fire truck for coastal Narragansett (Rhode Island):,107185?

2015-07-13 - Fleet of electric vehicles part of microgrid project at Fort Carson (Colorado):

2015-07-13 - 75 percent of Chinese cities fail to meet air quality standards in June:

2015-07-13 - Archaeologists unveil 24 new geoglyphs on the Nazca Plateau (Peru):

2015-07-14 - Man, 52, goes into convulsions on cargo ship 'Elsa' near coastal Kodiak (Alaska), medevac'd off:

Quote: "They conferred with the duty flight surgeon who recommended 4-hour scheduled communications with the vessel to monitor the crewmember’s condition. The following afternoon the crewmember was suffering from convulsions. Watchstanders notified the duty flight surgeon who recommended an immediate medevac."

2015-07-14 - Man, 49, goes missing from boat near coastal San Clemente (California), empty 'ghost boat' found:

Quote: "Rescue crews are searching for a possible missing boater after a sailboat was reported adrift off a San Clemente beach."

Quote: "Several rescue boats and a helicopter were dispatched to search for 49-year-old Joseph St. Jean. Officials say a cell phone and a backpack belonging to St. Jean were found on the sailboat."

2015-07-14 - Dead zones and toxic algae on the rise in waterways:

2015-07-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks close two beaches in Burlington (Vermont):

2015-07-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Owasco Lake (New York):

Quote: "Owasco Lake has had an outbreak of algae every year since 2012, but this one is the earliest in the season, according to the DEC database. The others have begun in late August or early September; last year's bloom began on Aug. 22 and lasted 12 weeks."

2015-07-14 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Cazenovia Lake (New York):

2015-07-14 - Rare deepwater oarfish caught alive near Santa Catalina Island (California):

2015-07-14 - Another albatross ends up in the wrong hemisphere, this time in Suffolk (Britain):

2015-07-14 - Two-headed bull sold at auction in Mareeba (Australia):

2015-07-14 - Scientists finally prove the existence of a new particle, the pentaquark:

Note: I bet it cost a bunch of latinum to figure this out!

2015-07-14 - Orderly harmonic plasma waves detected in space near Earth:

2015-07-14 - NASA shows some images of Pluto and its moon Charon:

2015-07-15 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Lac La Biche Lake (Canada):

2015-07-15 - Oregon will be devastated if a big earthquake hits the Cascadia subduction zone:

Quote: "The New Yorker’s article also cites an Oregon safety policy group that estimates it could take up to 3 months after the quake to restore electricity. It could take another 6 months to fix major highways in the region and a year for sewer services to get back up to speed."

2015-07-15 - Heavy summer rains accelerating ice melt in Greenland:

2015-07-15 - Four inches of rain in an HOUR hit Ogndal (Norway):

Quote: "More than a month’s rain fell in 60 minutes and the precipitation more than doubled a record-breaking storm in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, last summer. Government meteorologist Geir Ottar Fagerli told national broadcaster NRK: 'This just does not happen in Norway, we have a hard time believing that it’s true. It’s not that we doubt the observations, but it is absolutely amazing. These are figures that you only normally see in the jungle.'"

2015-07-15 - Massive flooding and widespread power outages hit Auckland (New Zealand):

2015-07-15 - Boston's mountain of snow finally melts away:

2015-07-15 - Lightning strike possibly kills man and boy inside tent near West Maroon Pass (Colorado):

Note: The man had burn marks on half his body. Maybe lightning, but then again, maybe not...

2015-07-15 - Major reservoir in China contaminated with large amounts of lead:

2015-07-15 - Study show high-risk areas for Lyme disease growing:

2015-07-15 - Sixty-kilogram piece of airplane falls onto manufacturing building in coastal Shanghai (China):

2015-07-16 - Mount Gamalama (Indonesia) erupts, nearby airport closed:

Quote: "Mount Gamalama in Ternate, North Maluku, erupted on 9:58 a.m. local time on Thursday, spewing dark clouds of volcanic ash around 1,500 meters into the sky. The head of the Mt Gamalama observation post, Darno Lamane, said in Ternate on Thursday that the volcano had shown an increase in its volcanic activity since Wednesday, including volcanic tremors reaching 90 times."

2015-07-16 - Magnitude 6.4+ earthquake strikes in the ocean near the island of Barbados:

2015-07-16 - Greenhouse gases hit record high in 2014:

Note: We're already past survivable levels of methane in the atmosphere and it's only getting worse at an accelerating rate now as the oceans heat up and unload their methane guns into the atmosphere, so that leaves Plan B or death. Of course, like the saying goes, survival isn't mandatory...

2015-07-16 - Nearly one-fifth of all groundwater in California is contaminated:

2015-07-16 - Portland (Oregon) gets two new state-of-the-art fireboats to help in case of megaquake:

Quote: "The city of Portland has two brand new state of the art tools to fight fires, even if all the city's water lines and fire hydrants go down. They are high-tech fire boats. Each one is a 55-foot-long high-tech boat built specifically for the city of Portland and any potential disasters. Each boat can pump 8,000 gallons of water a minute to help put out the fires that will likely be burning after a quake. That water comes straight from the Willamette. Water that could then be relayed to fire trucks across the city."

2015-07-16 - Four inches of hail hits Rapid City (South Dakota), snow plows get busy:

2015-07-16 - Typhoon Nangka roars into Japan, as much as a METER of rain forecast:

2015-07-16 - A foot of rain hits areas in Nepal in one day, landslides and flooding ensue, 2 killed, hundreds homeless:

2015-07-16 - Devastating storms and flooding hit Brazil, 3 killed, 79 injured:

2015-07-16 - Unusual gathering of 50 sharks spotted in the waters near Sussex (Britain):

2015-07-17 - US scientists warn that oceanic warming is unstoppable and irreversible:

2015-07-17 - As the planet warms and the oceans absorb vast amounts of heat, records fall all over the planet:

2015-07-17 - 'Thermal activity' closes road in Yellowstone National Park (Montana):

Quote: "A press release from the park says that the new feature became 'visibly active' in May near the Upper Terrace parking lot, creating new small terraces adjacent to the drive. Geologists and rangers monitored the thermal feature and found temperatures up to 152 degrees Fahrenheit."

Note: Another sign of heat rising from below...

2015-07-17 - Six tropical storms seen at the same time in the Pacific Ocean:

2015-07-17 - Vicious 50C+ (122F) heatwave scorches Iraq:

2015-07-17 - Kinzua Beach swimming area and Twin Lakes closed because of high e-coli levels near Warren (Pennsylvania):

2015-07-17 - EF-2 tornado rips through Cameron and Delavan (Illinois), at least 50 homes damaged:

2015-07-17 - SIX waterspouts seen in Chesapeake Bay off the coast of Annapolis (Maryland):

2015-07-17 - Summer snowstorm hits the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island (Hawaii):

2015-07-17 - Typhon Nangka roars into Japan, at least 2 killed, 230,000 people told to evacuate:

2015-07-17 - Torrential rain and flooding hits Alyth (Scotland):

2015-07-17 - Boeing warns airlines against flying battery shipments:

2015-07-17 - Towing company charges woman $1095 to tow her vehicle from scene of Cajon Pass fire in California:$1000-to-towing-company/862325/

2015-07-17 - Medical drone makes house calls in remote mountain area in Virginia:

Quote: "Friday's deliveries were from an airport only a mile away. It was a demonstration to show what's possible. In the future, the plan is to deliver medicine and medical supplies right to the front door of a remote patient in need."

2015-07-17 - Robot passes self-awareness test:

2015-07-18 - Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Solomon Islands:

2015-07-18 - Stench hits the Red Hook area near Vessup Bay on the island of St. Thomas (Virgin Islands):

Quote: "Routch said the odor reminds him of hydrogen sulfide, which can be a byproduct of decaying organic matter. 'If I were a consultant working on this, first thing I would immediately do is I'd get some air monitors in that school. I don't think the people realize that it is a potential health hazard,' said Routch who worked for several years as an environmental consultant. Routch said hydrogen sulfide can mix with the moisture in the body and irritate tissue. Last year, noxious fumes forced students and staff out of Central High School on St. Croix for months. Tests showed elevated readings of hydrogen sulfide at the school, emanating from the sewer system."

2015-07-18 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks hit multiple ponds on the East Coast in New York:

Quote: "The algae has been found in: Old Town Pond in Southampton, Kellis Pond in Bridgehampton and Wainscott Pond in Wainscott. Blue-green algae also persist at Agawam Lake and Mill Pond in Southampton, Maratooka Lake in Mattituck, and parts of Lake Ronkonkoma."

2015-07-18 - Cal Fire offers tips to stay safe if you're caught in a fire:

2015-07-18 - Waterspout roars ashore, carries boat five blocks, at Manahawkin Bay on Long Beach Island (New Jersey):

2015-07-18 - Torrential flooding washes away vehicles and buildings in Wickenburg (Arizona):

2015-07-18 - Fierce storm closes beaches and causes blackouts in Los Angeles (California):

2015-07-18 - Confused animals struggle to cope with freezing weather in Australia:

2015-07-18 - Snow closes roads on the Eastern Cape (South Africa):

2015-07-18 - Strain of bird flu, H7N7, confirmed in Lancashire (Britain):

2015-07-18 - Some low-income workers live in coffin-sized 'apartments' in China:

Quote: "Each compartment is only enough to put a bed inside but its monthly rent is over 2,000 Hk dollars ($333). It is commonly known in Kong Hong as 'coffin homes' where residents are mostly low come earners."

2015-07-18 - 85-year search finds massless particle with implications for electronics:

Quote: "Scientists have discovered Weyl fermions, elusive massless particles theorized 85 years ago that could give rise to faster and more efficient electronics because of their unusual ability to behave as matter and antimatter inside a crystal."

2015-07-19 - Quake swarm shakes volcano Irazu (Costa Rica):

2015-07-19 - Arctic sea ice collapse threatens - update:

2015-07-19 - Storm pounds the Central Valley in California and ignites numerous fires, flooding and mudslides ensue:

2015-07-20 - Toddler boy loses consciousness on tour boat near the island of Maui (Hawaii), medevac'd off:

2015-07-20 - Underwater volcano erupts off the coast of Taiwan:

2015-07-20 - Monster El Niño makes record hot year look inevitable:

Quote: "This is a new kind of heat. In more than 135 years of global temperature data, four of the five hottest months on record all happened in 2015: February, March, May, and now June. This has been the hottest start to a year by far, according to data released today by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

2015-07-20 - Flooding devastates dozens of villages in Pakistan:

2015-07-20 - Climate scientist James Hansen issues dire forecast:

Quote: "James Hansen’s new study explodes conventional goals of climate diplomacy and warns of 10 feet of sea level rise before 2100. The good news is, we can fix it."

Note: Uh huh, well, I'm from the Show Me State, so someone show me how we stop the oceans from belching more and more methane. I won't hold my breath waiting...

2015-07-20 - Huge waterspout seen near St. George Island (Florida):

2015-07-20 - Golden jackals and other predators expanding territory:

2015-07-20 - Lightning strikes have killed 21 people in the US this year so far, well above the average:

2015-07-20 - Lightning strikes kill 8 people, injure 16 more, in Odisha (India):

2015-07-20 - Lightning strikes boat and kills 4 people in Pakistan:

2015-07-20 - Fireball lights up the night skies over Cancun (Mexico):

2015-07-20 - Sun halo seen over Abu Dhabi (UAE):

2015-07-20 - People attacking bee farms because they fear the bees hurt rice crops, in Quang Ngai Province (Vietnam):

Quote: "Dozens of young men attacked bee farm owners and asked them to give compensation for the loss of their paddy fields which, they thought, had been destroyed by bees. In fact, agricultural experts have said honey bees do not cause any harm to rice crops."

2015-07-20 - US submarine launches and recovers underwater drone for the first time:

2015-07-21 - Volcano Cleveland erupts in Alaska:

Quote: "An explosion shook Cleveland Volcano in the east-central Aleutian Islands at 8:17 local time Tuesday morning. It's the volcano's first explosion since November."

2015-07-21 - Magnitude 4.0 earthquake and 14 aftershocks shake coastal Fremont (California):

2015-07-21 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreak hits Jamaica Pond (Massachusetts):

2015-07-21 - Earth is now the hottest it has ever been in recorded history:

2015-07-21 - June 2015 breaks all heat records, people dying from the heat in Europe and Japan, among other places:

2015-07-21 - Heatwave bakes Austria, outdoor barbecues and fires banned in public areas:

2015-07-21 - Central Alberta (Canada) hit by golfball-sized hail:

2015-07-21 - Some Chrysler vehicles - and possibly those from other manufacturers too - vulnerable to remote cyberattacks:

Quote: "Hackers can cut the brakes, shut down the engine, drive it off the road, or make all the electronics go haywire."

Quote: "The researchers have concluded that the vulnerable Chrysler models are those from late 2013, all of 2014 and early 2015 that are loaded with Uconnect and the full navigation displays. But Miller said there could be other vehicles with this weakness that he isn't aware of. The researchers did not test any cars made by Ford, General Motors or others - but only because they're a tiny team that lacks the funding to keep buying cars and the time to break into them."

2015-07-21 - Two-headed pig born in Raeford (North Carolina):

2015-07-22 - Five volcanoes erupt in Indonesia, skies shrouded with ash, 3 airports closed:

Quote: "Eruptions of ash at five volcanoes shrouded the skies over parts of the Indonesian archipelago Wednesday, forcing three airports to close."

2015-07-22 - Heatwave bakes Japan, 14 people killed, 6,165 people hospitalized:

2015-07-22 - Fierce storm pounds parts of Saskatchewan (Canada) with rain and hail:

2015-07-22 - Freaky scary-looking cloud seen over Moscow (Russia):

Note: Who knows what's in that cloud. A huge cloud of hydrogen sulfide hit Moscow late last year, residents told to shelter in place, mentioned in the 2014-11-10 update...

2015-07-22 - Florida facing leprosy epidemic, armadillos may be to blame:

2015-07-22 - Anthrax kills 100+ animals at Lake Nakuru National Park (Kenya):

2015-07-22 - Curious cows help save young seal trapped in mud at Frampton Marsh Nature Reserve in Lincolnshire (Britain):

2015-07-23 - Underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny rumbling and venting near Grenada:

Quote: "Divers off the west coast of Grenada have also observed degassing in the Moliniere Sculpture Park area. The SRC also advises that the alert level system is primarily for Grenada. Currently, the volcano is most dangerous for ships and boats since the gases released by Kick 'em Jenny can lower the density of the water causing them to sink even if it is not erupting. For this reason there is an exclusion zone around the summit of the Kick 'em Jenny."

2015-07-23 - Scientists warn that we'd best slow emissions of heat-trapping gases, or else:

Note: They seem to be missing the fact that it no longer matters what we do - the oceans aren't going to stop spewing methane, and that alone will wipe human civilization off the surface of the Earth. Also, as time goes on, more and more of that methane will be turned into deadly, reactive and explosively flammable hydrogen sulfide by the ancient anaerobic bacteria and archaea that eat methane and produce hydrogen sulfide. So, it's Plan B or die. Nothing is going to alter those options...

2015-07-23 - Storm dumps a foot of rain in 16 hours on Hong Kong (China), waterspout seen too, 6 killed:

2015-07-23 - Patrick Stewart backs drones to collect whale snot:

Quote: "The drone is called Snotbot. It works by flying above a whale breaching the surface of the water and collecting the mucus that is expelled from the animal's blowhole."

2015-07-23 - Mayflies swarm Mississippi River bridge, plow trucks called in, near Sabula (Iowa):

2015-07-23 - Crop circles mysteriously appear in the Samara region (Russia):

2015-07-24 - Two boys, both 14, go out on boat, go missing, near coastal Jupiter (Florida):

2015-07-24 - Volcano Ubinas erupts, spews large cloud of ash, in Peru:

2015-07-24 - Meditterranean Sea warming up:

Quote: "Absolutely spectacular sea surface temperatures (SST) across the Mediterranean yesterday (and continuing today) - approximately 3-5 °C above the long term average for this period. Note the Tyyrhenian and northern Adriatic sea reaching 30-31 °C!"

2015-07-24 - Locust swarms threatening the entire agricultural output of the Crimean Peninsula:

2015-07-24 - Rampant locust swarms hitting Inner Mongolia (China), chickens deployed as countermeasure:

2015-07-24 - Glacier lake overflows, flooding ensues, in Almaty (Kazakhstan), 1000 people evacuated:

2015-07-24 - Stream in Pennsylvania is radioactive:

2015-07-24 - Two huge 40-foot waves hit Deadliest Catch boat:

Note: Wow, lucky nobody died!

2015-07-24 - Lightning strikes kill 9 people in one day in Bihar (India):

2015-07-24 - Spain and Chile will host the world's most powerful gamma-ray observatory by 2016:

2015-07-24 - Sharks scare people out of the water at Long Beach (New York):

2015-07-24 - Man found with 30 cow eyeballs up his butt:

2015-07-25 - Magnitude 5.5 earthquake shakes Islamabad (Pakistan), home collapses, 3 killed:

2015-07-25 - Magnitude 4.2 earthquake and two aftershocks shake Fontana (California):

2015-07-25 - Arctic ocean temps continue to rise:

2015-07-25 - Man, 33, has heart problems on cargo ship near coastal Cherbourg (France), medevac'd off:

Quote: "On July 24, 2015, the "Raven Arrow" reported to the CROSS) Jobourg that one of its crew members, a Filipino sailor of 33 years, had suffered cardiac distress. The vessel was 60 mile west of Cherbourg enroute to Flushing."

2015-07-25 - Lightning strike kills 7 people near Guanajuato (Mexico):

2015-07-25 - Lightning strikes kill two people in Bangladesh:

2015-07-25 - Netherlands hit by worst July storm since records began in 1901, transportation disrupted, 1 killed:

Quote: "One person was killed as the most severe July storm ever recorded in the Netherlands swept across the country on Saturday, delaying flights and disrupting road and rail traffic."

2015-07-25 - Rare tornadoes hit northern Sweden:

2015-07-25 - Strongest El Nino in history could bring six months of storms to Britain:

2015-07-25 - China building largest radio telescope in the world, half a kilometer in diameter:

2015-07-25 - 'Lion-like' animal spotted in Milwaukee (Wisconsin):

2015-07-26 - Man, 58, goes out on paddle boat, goes missing, in coastal Fort Pierce (Florida):

2015-07-26 - Volcano Mount Io rumbles and shakes, shows deformation, on the island of Kyushu (Japan):

2015-07-26 - Volcano Nevado del Ruiz erupts in Colombia, two airports closed:

2015-07-26 - Volcano Cabulco erupts twice in 24 hours in Chile:

2015-07-26 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake strikes off the island of Java (Indonesia):

2015-07-26 - Toxic blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) outbreaks hit multiple lakes in the Shetland and Western Islands (Scotland):

2015-07-26 - California drought could help spread West Nile virus:

2015-07-26 - Historic droughts wreak havoc on four continents:

2015-07-26 - Unknown illness sickens people in Le Locle (Switzerland):

2015-07-26 - E. coli contaminates water in coastal Corpus Christi (Texas):

2015-07-26 - Ominous-looking black smoke ring seen in the sky over West Bridgford (Britain):

2015-07-26 - Four fireballs in the same night light up the skies in Spain and Portugal:

2015-07-26 - Arctic bird seen at Lake Nockamixon (Pennsylvania):

2015-07-26 - Extremely rare bright orange lobster caught in the Gulf of Maine (Maine):

2015-07-26 - Two-headed snake found with poachers near Roorkee (India):

2015-07-27 - Volcano Popocatepetl erupts, belches ash two kilometers into the sky, ash hits two towns, in Mexico:

2015-07-27 - Volcano Mount Hakone venting and smoking in Japan:

2015-07-27 - Volcano Mount Meakan hit by quake swarm in Japan:

2015-07-27 - Magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes near coastal Javapura (Indonesia):

2015-07-27 - Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes in the ocean near Yunaska Island (Alaska):

Note: MISA Theory keeps on chugging...

2015-07-27 - Magnitudes 4.5 and 4.0 earthquakes strike near Oklahoma City (Oklahoma):

2015-07-27 - Elevated E. coli levels close Campbell Lake in Robert Morris Park in Comstock Township (Michigan):

2015-07-27 - 2015 a record-breaking year for climate extremes:

2015-07-27 - July snowstorm hits the Northern Rockies (Colorado):

2015-07-27 - Lightning strike kills man in Moscow (Russia):

2015-07-27 - Lightning strike kills man in Remedios T. Romualdez (Philippine Islands):

2015-07-27 - Only 100 tigers left alive in the Sunderbans (Bangladesh):

2015-07-27 - Ten mysterious orbs filmed in the sky over coastal Osaka (Japan):

2015-07-28 - Father and son, 52 and 28, go out on boat, go missing, on the Brazos River near coastal Freeport (Texas):

Quote: "Brazoria County Sheriff's Department deputies contacted Coast Guard Station Freeport around 9:20 a.m. to report an unmanned boat circling on the Brazos River north of the Intracoastal Waterway. Officials say keys were in the boat's ignition, and cell phones were left on the boat."

2015-07-28 - Passenger has heart attack on ferry ship 'Côte d’Albâtre' near coastal Dieppe (France), medevac'd off:

Quote: "On July 28, 2015, the 'Côte d’Albâtre' informed the Marine Medical Consultation Centre (CCMM) in Toulouse that a passenger had suffered a heart attack on board. The vessel was approximately 15 nautical miles off Dieppe enroute to Newhaven. Following a conference between the CCMM, the CROSS Gris Nez and the Maritime Medical Coordination (SCMM) of Le Havre, a medevac was decided."

2015-07-28 - Earthquake swarm shakes Carson City (Nevada):

2015-07-28 - Six inches of hail hits Custer (South Dakota):

Note: That looks like winter, not summer!

2015-07-28 - Changing storm dynamics causing more flooding, 40% of US homes at risk:

2015-07-28 - Washington DC sinking into the sea as sea level rises:

2015-07-28 - Scorching heat hits the US from coast to coast:

Note: Ugh, tell me about it!

2015-07-28 - Heatwave and glacial melting send hundreds of people fleeing in Tajikistan:

2015-07-28 - Extreme cold killing livestock in New South Wales (Australia):

2015-07-28 - Storm unloads 40 percent of a month's worth of rain in one day onto Moscow (Russia):

2015-07-28 - Deadly flooding hits Pakistan, 69 killed, nearly 300,000 displaced:

2015-07-28 - Vietnam hit by greatest rainfall in 40 years, 11 killed:

2015-07-29 - Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes near the coast near Redoubt Volcano (Alaska):

Quote: "A 6.3-magnitude earthquake has struck in Alaska, some 42 miles southwest of the active Redoubt Volcano, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has said. Notably, the earthquake also struck near Mt. Katmai, the site of the largest volcanic eruption of the 20th century. The epicenter was 9 miles south of Mt. Iliamna, another volcano in the area, the Alaska Dispatch News reported."

2015-07-29 - Growing seismic unrest affecting the planet from Mexico to the Philippines:

2015-07-29 - Deadly flash flooding hits Gujarat (India), at least 26 killed:

Quote: "At least 26 people have been killed in the flash floods by torrential monsoon rain in Gujarat in the past 48 hours, authorities confirmed on Wednesday. 'Over 2,000 villages of north Gujarat have been affected due to the floods,' a duty officer in the state's emergency control room told AFP. 'We have lost contact with most of these villages and there is no information coming in from those areas.'"

2015-07-29 - Deadly flash flooding hits Myanmar, at least 20 killed:

2015-07-29 - Tornado rips through Manitoba (Canada) for three hours, one of the world's longest-lasting tornadoes ever:

2015-07-29 - Scotland prepares for summer snowfall in the Southeastern Highlands:

2015-07-29 - Freak cold wave hits Papua (Indonesia), hailstorms damage crops, people hungry:

2015-07-29 - Mountain of snow from November 2014 still melting in Buffalo (New York):

2015-07-29 - Summer snowstorm hits mountains near Jackson Hole (Wyoming):

2015-07-29 - 18-foot python captured in Everglades National Park (Florida):

Quote: "Caught along a popular wildlife-watching trail in Everglades National Park, the snake was a female measuring 18 feet, 3 inches, and weighing 133 pounds."

Quote: "Pythons are not native to Florida, where scientists say the snakes are devouring native wildlife. Burmese pythons have no natural predators."

2015-07-29 - 15-foot 160-pound python found in yard at home in Warren County (Missouri), man kills it with shotgun:

2015-07-29 - Weird transparent gelatinous blob found in waters off the coast of Turkey:

2015-07-29 - Financial crises hitting South American economies:

2015-07-30 - Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes in the ocean near the Sunshine Coast (Australia):

2015-07-30 - More and bigger drilling-linked earthquakes rattle Oklahoma:

2015-07-30 - Toxic algae outbreak feared once again for Lake Erie:

2015-07-30 - Heavy rains turn streets into rivers in northern China:

2015-07-30 - Climate change presents threat to national security:

2015-07-30 - Dangerous heat warnings and advisories issued for 11 states in the US:

2015-07-30 - Scorching heatwave bakes Iraq, the country takes a mandatory day off:

2015-07-30 - Iran bakes in heat, heat index hits 154 degrees:

2015-07-30 - Devastating drought wiping out crops in Thailand:

2015-07-30 - Worst summer in 4 decades causing crop problems in Shetland (Scotland):

2015-07-30 - Unusually large oil slick spotted off the coast of California:

2015-07-30 - Hidden ocean bigger than all 5 Great Lakes combined found beneath basin in China:

2015-07-30 - Firefighters train for train derailments in Colorado:

2015-07-30 - Last 'blue moon' until January 31 2018 shines over the Earth:

2015-07-30 - Voracious, potentially infectious African land snail spreading in Florida:

Quote: "Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe."

2015-07-30 - Venomous brown recluse spiders force school to close for 3rd time in Mercersburg (Pennsylvania):

2015-07-30 - Aggressive albino monocled cobra found at luxury high-rise apartments in Houston (Texas):

Note: Snails, spiders and snakes - this update has been brought to you by the letter S!

2015-07-31 - Magnitude 5.2 earthquake shakes central Iran:

2015-07-31 - After two underground fires in 2 weeks, unprecedented inspection of vaults planned in coastal Long Beach (California):

2015-07-31 - Locust swarms rampaging in southern Russia, state of emergency declared in three regions:

Quote: "The Ministry of Agriculture of Stravropol Territory reported that swarms of migratory locusts in the south of Russia began on July 20 and have since spread to cover an area of about 90,000 hectares, leading officials to declare a state of emergency in three regions."

2015-07-31 - Deadly heat broils Iran, temps feel like 165F:

2015-07-31 - Meteorite strike reported in Iran:

2015-07-31 - Hurricane Guillermo forms in the Pacific Ocean, may impact Hawaii:

2015-07-31 - Lightning strike kills two people in Natore (Bangladesh):

2015-07-31 - Landspout tornado seen near Safford (Arizona):

2015-07-31 - Flood Museum hit by flooding in Zeeland (Netherlands):

Note: Now more realistic than ever!

2015-07-31 - Beijing wins bid for 2022 Winter Olympics, but mountain has no snow:

2015-07-31 - Fireball turns skies green over Argentina:

2015-07-31 - NASA releases images of asteroid that recently passed 4.5 million miles from Earth:

2015-07-31 - Manatees from Florida show up in North Carolina:

2015-07-31 - Computerized sniper rifles can be hacked:

2015-07-31 - Volcano Manam erupts, blows cloud of ash 12 miles into the atmosphere, on island in Papua New Guinea:

Quote: "The Manam volcano in Papua New Guinea sent up a major eruption on Friday, local time, the first of its kind in almost 11 years. Volcanic ash was sent 19,812 meters (65,000 feet) into the air as a result of the eruption, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology reported in an volcanic ash advisory. The plume was moving to the southwest but was spreading out in all directions. A Code Red aviation advisory was issued as a result."

Note: Here's a Google Maps link of the area. The last link is an animated GIF that shows the eruption...

2015-07-31 - Volcano Le Piton de la Fournaise erupts on Reunion Island (France):

Note: July ends with a volcanic bang as MISA Theory keeps on chugging. Both volcanoes that erupted are coastal island volcanoes...

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