Sunday, January 5, 2020

Event Update For 2020-01-04

The seas, lakes and oceans are now pluming deadly hydrogen sulfide and suffocating methane. Hydrogen sulfide is a highly toxic water-soluble heavier-than-air gas and will accumulate in low-lying areas. Methane is slightly more buoyant than normal air and so will be all around, but will tend to contaminate our atmosphere from the top down. These gases are sickening and killing oxygen-using life all around the world, including human life, as our atmosphere is increasingly poisoned. Because both gases are highly flammable and because our entire civilization is built around fire and flammable fuels, this is leading to more fires and explosions. This is an extinction level event and will likely decimate both the biosphere and human population and it is debatable whether humankind can survive this event.

A. More fires and more explosions, especially along the coasts, but everywhere generally.
B. Many more animal die-offs, of all kinds, and especially oceanic species.
C. More multiples of people will be found dead in their homes, as if they'd dropped dead.
D. More corpses found in low-lying areas, all over the world.
E. More unusual vehicular accidents.
F. Improved unemployment numbers as people die off.

Category: Variety Pack

2020-01-04 - World Gone Wrong, an environmental diary of 2019:

2020-01-04 - Wildfires creating their own weather systems in Australia:

Quote: "The bushfires ravaging Australia are generating so much heat that they are creating their own weather systems including dry lighting storms and fire tornadoes."

2020-01-04 - Three wildfires merge into single wildfire bigger than Manhattan in Omo, Victoria (Australia):

Quote: "Three fires have combined to form a single blaze bigger than the New York borough of Manhattan, as Australian firefighters battle what has been predicted to be the most catastrophic day yet in an already devastating bushfire season. The fires joined overnight in the Omeo region in Victoria state, creating a 6,000-hectare (23 square mile) blaze, according to Gippsland's Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning."

2020-01-04 - Temperature hits record 120F [48.9C] in Penrith suburb of Sydney (Australia):

Quote: "The nearly 200,000 residents of Penrith experienced the hottest day ever recorded in greater Sydney after temperatures soared to 120 degrees, prompting officials to warn that it's now too dangerous to even evacuate."

Quote: "It breaks the previous record of 47.3, set in January, 2018. Then, that was the hottest the suburb had reached since 1939."

2020-01-04 - Norway records warmest January day ever, and the warmest winter day ever in all of Scandinavia, at 19C [66F]:

Quote: "It also breaks the record for any winter month (December to February) in Scandinavia, he adds."

2020-01-04 - Transformer bursts into flame and causes blackouts near 97th Street and Rogers Street in West Allis (Wisconsin):

2020-01-04 - Trucks and tree trimming business warehouse destroyed by fire at 3:20 AM in Grafton (Wisconsin):

Quote: "Hoppe Tree Service in Grafton lost a warehouse for storing trucks and equipment on Saturday when an early morning fire burned the building to the ground. The Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office responded to a call for a fire in the 1000 block of Arrowhead Road around 3:20 a.m. and found the business completely engulfed in flames."

2020-01-04 - World Food Programme forecasts global hunger hotspots as a new decade dawns:

2020-01-04 - Home explodes and burns on Evergreen Road in Detroit (Michigan), 6 injured:

Note: This is the 1st residential explosion in 2019...

2020-01-04 - Yacht bursts into flame near coastal Panama City (Panama):

Quote: "Panama’s Naval Air Service (SENAN) rescued 15 people from a blazing pleasure cruise on Saturday morning, January 4, in the area near Flamenco Island, on the Amador Causeway. A column of smoke from the fire could be seen in Panama City."

2020-01-04 - Boat bursts into flame near the island of Tortola (British Virgin Islands), 1 injured:

Quote: "A prominent land and sea tour operator on Anegada, Kelly Faulkner, suffered serious burns to his body when a fire broke out on a vessel he was operating on Saturday, January 4, 2020, according to reports reaching our news desk."

Note: These are the 6th and 7th boats/ships to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-04 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on Muirhall Road in Larbert (Scotland):

2020-01-04 - Passenger bus bursts into flame on street in Bolton (Britain):

Note: These are the 3rd and 4th buses to burn in 2020...

2020-01-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-70 near Whipup (Utah):

2020-01-04 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on Highway 5 near Clearwater (Canada):

Quote: "Following a semi truck fire on Highway 5 near Clearwater, the highway has been reopened to single-lane alternating traffic. "

2020-01-04 - Tractor, RV, three vehicles, RV trailer, four-wheeler and scooter destroyed by fire while parked at home on Weston Mountain (Oregon):

Quote: "Along with the motorhome, the flames destroyed three vehicles, a fifth wheel RV, a tractor, a scooter and a four-wheeler."

Note: This is the 6th RV to burn in 2020...

2020-01-04 - Semi tractor, pickup truck and car destroyed by fire at 5:05 AM while parked at home in Altona (Canada):

Quote: "Altona/Rhineland Emergency Services were called to a vehicle fire at a home on 14th Avenue NW early Saturday morning. Chief Greg Zimmerman confirms crews responded around 5:05 a.m. Upon arrival they found three vehicles burning; a semi, a pick-up truck and a car. All three vehicles were destroyed in the blaze."

Note: These are the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2020...

2020-01-04 - Truck bursts into flame on street in Granby (Massachusetts):

2020-01-04 - Truck bursts into flame on the A417 at Crickley Hill (Britain):

2020-01-04 - Van bursts into flame on Longslow Road in Market Drayton (Britain):

2020-01-04 - Car bursts into flame at 12:13 AM while parked at apartments in the Florence area in coastal Los Angeles (California):

Quote: "An early morning car fire threatened a two-story apartment building but was quickly contained by firefighters, early Saturday morning. Authorities responded to reports of a vehicle fire in the 800 block of East 80th Street in the Florence area around 12:13 AM. Units arriving on scene located a vehicle engulfed in flames in a driveway adjacent to a two-story apartment building."

2020-01-04 - Car bursts into flame while parked at Circle K in Vicksburg (Mississippi):

2020-01-04 - Car bursts into flame before 6 AM on Route 3 in coastal Duxbury (Massachusetts):

2020-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on US 219 in Richland Township (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on the Palmetto Expressway in Hialeah (Florida):

2020-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on Matilda Way in Devizes (Britain):

2020-01-04 - Car bursts into flame on Gorse Lane in Grantham (Britain):

2020-01-04 - Vehicle bursts into flame, ignites 40-acre brush fire, in Lawton (Oklahoma):

2020-01-04 - Motorcycle bursts into flame on Boldron Mews in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Boldron Mews, Hull. Sat 4 Jan 2020 13:18 (No: 000195) 04/01/2020 14:24:33 dhaw one motorcycle completely destroyed by fire. One hose reel in use."

2020-01-04 - Moped bursts into flame on Conway Close in coastal Hull (Britain):

Quote: "Conway Close, Hull. Sat 4 Jan 2020 13:44 (No: 000196) One moped completely destroyed by fire. One hose reel in use."

2020-01-04 - Van, car, four motorcycles and seven homes destroyed by fire at 3:55 AM in Taman Tupai Mas (Malaysia), near the coast:

Quote: "Seven units of double-storey terrace houses, four motorcycles, a van and a car were razed in a fire in Taman Tupai Mas here, early this morning."

2020-01-04 - Two barns and farm equipment destroyed by fire at 5:40 AM on the outskirts of Bures (Britain):

2020-01-04 - Burger King destroyed by fire at 6:15 AM in Newton (Iowa):

2020-01-04 - Restaurant heavily damaged by fire on North Main Street in Waterbury (Connecticut):

2020-01-04 - Mobile home destroyed by fire on Encino Corona Drive in Wilson County (Texas), nobody there:

2020-01-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire in the Calumet Heights area in Chicago (Illinois), 4 injured:

2020-01-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Crown Heights Way in Grovetown (Georgia):

2020-01-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire just before 11 PM on East Circle Court in Fresno (California):

2020-01-04 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Octave Street in Pasco (Washington):

2020-01-04 - Home destroyed by garage fire on Dunlop Avenue in Billings (Montana), nobody there:

2020-01-04 - Apartment building damaged by fire shortly after 3 AM on East Broadway Avenue in Spokane Valley (Washington), cat and dog killed:

2020-01-04 - Deadly fire burns home in Columbia Borough (Pennsylvania), 2 killed:

2020-01-04 - Deadly fire burns home on Carolina Avenue in Tarboro (North Carolina):

2020-01-04 - Deadly fire burns apartment building on West 8th Street in coastal Brooklyn (New York), 1 killed:

2020-01-04 - Deadly fire burns apartment building shortly before 1:45 AM on Erie Street in Port Huron (Michigan), 1 killed:

2020-01-04 - Vacant building burns on Vicksburg Drive in El Paso (Texas):

2020-01-04 - Vacant building burns in Niagara Falls (New York):

2020-01-04 - Dolphin strands and dies at coastal Cape Hatteras National Seashore (North Carolina):

2020-01-04 - Many Portugese Man O’ War washing ashore on the island of Trinidad:

Quote: "The Portugese Man O’ War, a marine animal that resembles a jelly fish, continue to wash ashore in unprecedented numbers along the beaches on Trinidad east and north coasts."

2020-01-04 - Woman, 29, drops dead before 6 AM on sidewalk in San Luis Obispo (California):

Quote: "With no signs of trauma, police say they don’t believe the woman was killed or attacked. 'There is no foul play suspected,' Sgt. Treanor said."

2020-01-04 - Woman, 26, slumps over dead in car, car slides to a stop against guardrail on I-70 in Washington County (Maryland):

Quote: "'While it does appear the car slid along the guardrail, there is no indication the woman sustained any life-threatening injury as a result of a crash,' Herald-Mail Media reported. 'Troopers and EMS personnel observed no sign of external trauma on the woman.'"

2020-01-04 - Woman, 64, drops dead near Lake Hartwell (South Carolina):

2020-01-04 - Woman found dead near retention pond in Shelby Township (Michigan):

Quote: "Police say Haddad was found under a line of trees near a retention pond. Police added that they do not believe foul play is a factor."

2020-01-04 - Boy, 17, found dead in canal in Joliet (Illinois):

2020-01-04 - Man found dead near Shankle Mill Road in Bristol (Tennessee):

2020-01-04 - Man found dead near the 91 Freeway in La Palma (California):

2020-01-04 - Man, 27, jumps in the water to help woman and dies himself in coastal Cape Town (South Africa):

2020-01-04 - Man in his 40s drops dead at home in coastal Carrickfergus (Ireland):

2020-01-04 - Man in his 40s found dead in canal near Yorkshire Street in Burnley (Britain):

2020-01-04 - Middle-aged man found dead near school in coastal Plymouth (Britain):

2020-01-04 - Driver has 'medical issue', SUV overturns several times, at Bringle Lake Park in Texarkana (Texas):

Quote: "According to a Facebook post, it happened at Bringle Lake Park. TTPD says the Suburban flipped several times and eventually stopped upside down in the middle of the volleyball court, after the driver experienced a medical issue while driving."

2020-01-04 - Driver has 'medical emergency', car crashes into restaurant, on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings (Georgia):

Quote: "No one was injured after a customer suffering a medical emergency crashed into a Vinings restaurant on Saturday. The incident happened at the Chicken Salad Chick restaurant on Paces Ferry Road."

2020-01-04 - Driver has 'medical emergency' in the Eisenhower Tunnel in Clear Creek County (Colorado):

Quote: "Westbound Interstate 70 was closed in Clear Creek County Saturday afternoon due to a medical emergency inside the Eisenhower Tunnel."

2020-01-04 - Twin-engine plane runs off runway during takeoff at airport in Morristown (New Jersey):

2020-01-04 - Small plane crashes and burns near the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita (California), 1 killed:

2020-01-04 - Tanker truck overturns on road in Adams County (Colorado):

2020-01-04 - Tractor trailer veers off road, crashes into home, in Quakertown (Pennsylvania):

2020-01-04 - Car hits tractor trailer head-on, on the South Mountain Freeway in Phoenix (Arizona), 1 killed:

2020-01-04 - Building partially collapses in the French Quarter in coastal New Orleans (Louisiana):

2020-01-04 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Cabo Delgado (Mozambique), 5+ killed:

2020-01-04 - Water shortages cause problems in the Panama Canal:

2020-01-04 - US on track for deadliest flu season in over 40 years:

2020-01-04 - US Energy Information Administration projects nearly 50 percent increase in world energy usage by 2050:

Note: Uh huh, sure, like that's gonna happen...


  1. Good morning Jonny, everyone reading JJFH this morning.

    The feeling of doom is closing in as we begin the year. We have a continent on fire (though at least 3 others have large fires going on), food shortages ramping up, species die-off continuing, and now the real risk of nuclear war, among a long list of attendant problems.

    [Let's start with the political sphere]
    Monday, 6 January 2020
    The Saker: The USA is now at war, de facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iran and Iraq

    The USA is now at war, de-facto and de-jure, with BOTH Iraq and Iran (UPDATED 6X)

    Iraq Votes To Expel US Troops As Iranian MPs Chant "Death To America"

    "US will not leave Iraq"

    Trump Says "US Will Not Leave" Iraq Unless Billions For Air Base Are Repaid,

    Threatens Baghdad With "Very Big" Sanctions

    America is guilty of everything we accuse Iran of doing

    How can anyone be so bloody stupid as to commit state murder?

    Signs of weather manipulation in Australia

    Australia's Cyclone Blake - Obvious Manufacturing By Man Using Nanotechnology [~ 12 min. video]

    The signal of human-caused climate change has emerged in everyday weather, study finds – “Weather is climate change if you look over the whole globe”

    For the first time, scientists have detected the “fingerprint” of human-induced climate change on daily weather patterns at the global scale.

    If verified by subsequent work, the findings, published Thursday in Nature Climate Change, would upend the long-established narrative that daily weather is distinct from long-term climate change.

    The study’s results also imply that research aimed at assessing the human role in contributing to extreme weather events such as heat waves and floods may be underestimating the contribution. [more]

    [2nd part below]

  2. 2019 was hottest year on record in Russia, 2nd hottest in Arctic Circle – Warmest New Year’s Eve on record in Anchorage

    This year was the hottest ever registered in Russia, the country’s weather chief said on Monday, as climate change pushes global temperatures to record highs.

    “This year in Russia was the hottest for the entire period of instrumental observations,” the head of the Gidromedtsentr weather service, Roman Vilfand, told Russian news agencies.

    He said Moscow’s average temperature for 2019 had hit 7.6-7.7 degrees Celsius (45.7-45.9 degrees Fahrenheit), beating the previous record by 0.3 degrees.

    Vilfand said January will continue to be warmer than usual in almost all regions of Russia.

    Weather records have been kept since 1879 in Moscow and since 1891 in Russia as a whole. [more]

    “Sub-alpine savannas” replace forests in the Victorian Alps as global warming drives fire frequency

    Dr. Tom Fairman, forest scientist at the Victoria Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning has posted a series of burn maps for the Victorian Alps showing the extent of bushfires from the 1970-2000 period to 5 January 2020. The maps reveal how much of the forest has been subjected to reburning from the increased fire frequency caused by global warming. [more]

    Potentially hazardous asteroid 2019 UO to pass by Earth this week

    [no threat, it's 4 million km away]

    Brocken spectre: Rare weather phenomenon captured on film by walker in Wales

    The Met Office says the Brocken spectre appears when a large shadow of an observer is cast on to cloud or mist. [more]

    'Strongest colors ever seen': Iridescent clouds make another spectacular appearance above skies in South Iceland

    BLACK BEAR NEWS: The sad truth about 1.5C [~ 26 min.]

  3. [some headlines from Rice Farmer]
    News Links, January 6, 2020
    Rice Farmer

    Baltic Index Has Worst Day In Six Years - Vessel Demand Sinks As Front-Loading Ends

    The Dollar's Losses May Just Be Getting Started

    Carmageddon Spreads to Canada
    Sales fall for second year in a row, as car sales collapse further and truck sales barely tick up.

    Low Rates, Cheap Gas and Deeper Debt Sustain Car Buying Boom (US)
    Does this sound sustainable to you? -- RF

    'They told people not to come': Australia's bushfires ravage tourism industry

    Debt will kill the global economy. But it seems no one cares

    In 2020, Have Boeing's Problems Just Begun?

    Boeing, FAA reviewing wiring issue on grounded 737 MAX
    The FAA flagged the wiring issue as potentially "catastrophic."

    After 18 Years of US Occupation, Poll Finds Zero Percent of Afghans Thriving, 85 Percent "Suffering"

    Blowback: Iran abandons nuclear limits after US killing

    Al-Shabab Attacks Military Base Used by US Forces in Kenya

    US SecDef Threatens Preemptive Attack on Iran

    American Oil Workers In Iraq Exiting Country At US Government Request

    U.S. Will Come To Regret Its Assassination of Qassim Soleimani

    Iran to take international legal measures against U.S. for Soleimani's killing: TV

    The USA Doubles Down on its Saudi Allegiance (Craig Murray)

    U.S. 'self-defense' argument for killing Soleimani meets skepticism

    A Dubious Official Story Masks the True Motives Behind the Soleimani Assassination
    Behind the official yet dubious justifications for the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian general on Friday lies a confluence of factors — some decades in the making, others more recent — that are pushing the U.S. towards yet another catastrophic war in the Middle East.

    US Kick Starts Raging '20s Declaring War on Iran (Pepe Escobar)
    Iraq is the preferred battleground of a proxy war against Iran that may now metastasize into hot war, with devastating consequences.

    The Revenge For The Assassination Of Qassem Soleimani

    U.S. farmers see another bleak year despite Phase 1 trade deal

    West's 'dust bowl' future now 'locked in', as world risks imminent food crisis

    Mexico president calls for Julian Assange to be released from UK prison

    Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak 'shows global manipulation is out of control'

    Biden Caught In 'Flat-Out Lie' Over Bin Laden Raid

    Manufacturing Employment, New Orders & Production Fall Fastest Since Apr-Aug 2009
    An ugly report. How will it impact the overall economy?

    Rail Traffic Continues To Plunge Amid Industrial Recession

    Economy isn't strong enough to support record market highs, Mark Zandi warns in new report

    Meth use up sixfold, fentanyl use quadrupled in U.S. in last 6 years

    'A stick of dynamite into a tinderbox' – 2020 Democrats rip Trump's decision to kill Iranian General Soleimani

    US cities ramp up security in wake of killing of Iran's top general

    Illinoisans Leave State in Record Numbers, and So Are We

    Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage law in 2014. Here's how it's turned out so far

    Trump's Point of No Return

    'Entire world will need to be on high alert': Iran general's death stirs fear of wide fallout
    Iran will respond by "forcing itself to the forefront of U.S. foreign policy considerations for years to come and drawing the United States into precisely the sort of shadowy battles the Pentagon has been trying to escape for more than a decade," Alterman said in a CSIS analysis posted Friday.

    The Tick, Tick, Talk of Recession Drones On

    Trump Stumbling Into Neocon Trap In Iraq (Ron Paul)

    The Donald Is Now America First's Own Assassin (David Stockman)

  4. Monday, 6 January 2020
    Here come the storms! Tropical Cyclone Blake the 1st cyclone of the Australian season: Expected to reach category 2 strength by Tuesday: System 92S also forming in the Arafura Sea

    Tropical Cyclone Blake is the 1st cyclone of the Australian season and is expected to reach category 2 strength by Tuesday. Blake is located 121 nautical miles north of Broom on the northwestern coast of Australia and is moving slowly southeastwards. Flood watches are in place with 250 mm rain expected in some parts. Destructive gale-force winds are expected later today. According to the latest update from BOM Tropical Cyclone Blake continues to develop to the north of Broome and is likely to track close to the Dampier Peninsula. Gales and heavy rain likely over the northwest Kimberley coast.

    There is also a chance moderate of a cyclone forming Wednesday in the Arafura Sea, the system, 92S is likely to bring heavy rainfall to the Darwin area. [more; incl. weather report]

    Exclusive: Samsung's NEON Revealed - Leaked Trailer Looks Perfectly Human! [~ 5.3 min. ]

    Major floods hit Israel after 20 percent of yearly rainfall in just 2 hours

    Major flooding hit parts of Israel following days of heavy downpour on January 4 and 5, 2020, claiming at least four lives. The rain was so intense that the city of Tel Aviv received 20% of its yearly rainfall in just two hours. [more]

    NEON is here, and they weren't kidding when they said it's an artificial human. We have leaked full promo videos that were found in the source code of the official NEON website by reddit user Saniska. [more; check it out]

    Intense earthquake swarm shaking southern Puerto Rico, damage reported after today's M5.8

    Numerous moderate to strong earthquakes shook southern Puerto Rico over the past 9 days, with the strongest earthquake in the sequence -- M5.8 on January 6, 2020. The quake struck 13 km (8 miles) SSE of Indios. "I've spent 29 years with Puerto Rico's Seismic Network, and it's the first time I observe this kind of activity," director Víctor Huérfano told The Associated Press a couple of days ago. [more]

    Climate change has Australian wildfires 'running out of control,' experts say

    Human-caused climate change is worsening the wildfires currently scorching Australia, experts say.

    "Climate change is increasing bushfire risk in Australia by lengthening the fire season, decreasing precipitation and increasing temperature," according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

    The unprecedented fires, which have killed at least 25 people and destroyed 2,000 homes, have been burning since September. In all, about 15 million acres have burned across the country, an area roughly the size of West Virginia. [more; holy shit!]

    Millions in central, eastern US to experience record-challenging warmth this week

    2020 has started on a warm note for the eastern two-thirds of the nation, and temperatures are about to throttle up even more. Both daytime highs and nighttime lows are projected to flirt with record levels from the south-central to the eastern United States during what is typically the coldest part of the year. [more; why isn't SOTT posting this . . ..]

    [more below]

  5. Oil Drillers Keep Removing Rigs From Permian & Cana Woodford

    In its weekly release, Baker Hughes Company BKR reported a decline in the number of drilling rigs in the United States.

    Baker Hughes’ data, issued at the end of every week since 1944, helps energy service providers gauge the overall business environment of the oil and gas industry.

    A change in the Houston-based oilfield service player’s rotary rig count affects demand for energy services like drilling, completion and production provided by the likes of Halliburton Company HAL, Schlumberger Limited SLB, Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc DO and Transocean Ltd. RIG.

    Rigs engaged in the exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the United States totaled 796 in the week through Jan 3, lower than the prior-week’s count of 805. The current national rig count is also below the prior year’s 1075. [more]

    Police still searching for body of Australian diver killed by great white shark

    Police are still searching for the body of an Australian diver who is believed to have been killed by a great white shark while scuba diving on Sunday. [more; he was lunch, fellas]

    California eyes climate bond to prepare for disasters

    In a state burdened by billions of dollars in wildfire damage, California lawmakers are hoping for an advance loan before the next climate-fueled catastrophe hits.

    Lawmakers in the Democratic-dominated state Legislature return to work Monday for the second year of a two-year session. Their to-do list includes a $4.2 billion climate bond, an ambitious proposal to borrow money before they need it to prepare for the types of natural disasters that have plagued the state. The disasters are so destructive they forced the nation's largest utility, Pacific Gas & Electric, to file for bankruptcy last year. [more]

    Boeing 737 Max investigation after several plane crashes revealed additional concerns with wiring and engines

    The New York Times reports that Boeing's internal audit completed at the request of the Federal Aviation Administration found that two bundles of critical wiring might be too close together.

    Previously known flaws in the software of the planes could trigger nosedives, and the software fix has yet to be approved as the planes sit out of service for longer than expected.

    The 737 Max engines have also fallen under scrutiny, thanks to a possible weakness in a rotor and a manufacturing problem that left the engines vulnerable to lightning strikes. [more]

    The penumbral eclipse, the first lunar eclipse of the year, will happen this week

    The start of 2020 will be marked by a spectacular lunar eclipse, known as the penumbral eclipse, which will occur on Friday 10th January. [more]

  6. SOTT Earth Changes Summary - December 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs [~19.6 min.]

    The Raging Stratospheric Polar Vortex Reaches Its Coldest Temperature in 40 Years

    The stratospheric polar vortex turns beastly, as it reaches its coldest temperature in the past 40 years.
    It is set to connect down and dominate our weather patterns as it spins at over 600km/h on top! This will push cold air into USA but mild air into Europe. [more]

    Mysterious Spiral of Light Terrifies Residents of Norway and Japan (Video and Pictures)

    What is this mysterious glowing blue vortex swirling in the sky of Norway and Japan?

    A blue spinning spiral suddenly appeared in the sky over Norway and Japan, baffling skywatchers and scientists. [more]

    Ocean Becomes SMOOTH as SILK as Earth Approaches Sun! - More Strange Sky Lights Coast to Coast [~ 12 min.]

    Firefighting conditions ease in Australia before they worsen again Friday

    On Monday and Tuesday local time in New South Wales some areas west of Sydney received rain, which with the higher humidities and lower temperatures slowed the spread of fires in the area. The cooler weather will continue until Friday when the inland areas of NSW will experience temperatures over 100F, 15 percent relative humidity, 15 mph northwest winds, and a chance of dry lightning which could ignite even more fires. The hot, dry, windy weather is expected to last just for the day after which temperatures should drop back into the 80s for several days. [more]

    So why aren't we talking about it? Alcohol is killing more people than the opioid epidemic

    Is it possible that alcohol related deaths do not garner as much of a cause for concern because it is legal, easily available and socially acceptable? Most likely. Alcohol sales reached $253.8 billion in the US in 2018 — this might also have something to do with it. [more]

    [Harry Shearer's Le Show for Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020] [~ 1 hr.]