Monday, January 18, 2021

Event Update For 2021-01-17

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

2021-01-17 - RV bursts into flame and kills man and dog near I-5 and Military Road South in coastal Seattle (Washington):

Note: This is the 16th RV to burn in 2021, and this is the 1st deadly RV fire in 2021...

2021-01-17 - Boat bursts into flame while docked at marina, fire scorches megayacht, in coastal Fort Lauderdale (Florida):

Quote: "It was the second fire of the day for the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department. 'We had a house fire this morning,' Gollan said. The fire broke out around 8 a.m. at a house in the 800 block of Northeast 17 Court. A cat inside the house died. No one else was injured but the house was totaled, Gollan said."

Note: This is the 23rd boat/ship to burn/explode in 2021...

2021-01-17 - At least 15 passenger buses go up in flames while parked at depot in Reggio Emilia (Italy):

Quote: "According to the first estimates reported by a note from the Fire Brigade, still engaged in extinguishing operations, the flames involved about 15 buses all powered by LPG, also causing several explosions. At the moment there doesn't seem to be any people involved."

Note: These are the 11th-25th buses to burn in 2021...

2021-01-17 - Recycling center fire breaks out near Buckeye Road and 65th Avenue in Phoenix (Arizona):

2021-01-17 - 2020 climate events were examples of how excess heat is expressed on Earth:

2021-01-17 - Cremation limits lifted as death toll soars in Los Angeles County (California):

Quote: "The death rate during the COVID-19 pandemic is so high in Los Angeles County that an emergency order has been issued lifting environmental limits on the number of cremations that can be performed every month. The death rate in the region is double what it was before the pandemic, leading to a big backlog at hospitals, funeral homes and crematoriums, according to the South Coast Air Quality Management District."

2021-01-17 - Locust swarms arriving in Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea and Yemen:

2021-01-17 - Tractor trailer bursts into flame on I-39 in Winnebago County (Illinois):

2021-01-17 - Tractor bursts into flame at West Park in Yarnscombe (Britain):

Note: These are the 65th and 66th tractors/tankers/semis to burn/explode in 2021...

2021-01-17 - SUV bursts into flame on the Garden State Parkway in coastal Ocean View (New Jersey):

2021-01-17 - Pickup truck bursts into flame inside garage at home, cars and garage damaged, in Bazetta Township (Ohio):

Quote: "A garage in Bazetta Township and several cars are damaged after a Ford Pickup truck started a fire Sunday morning."

2021-01-17 - Car bursts into flame at convenience store in Bellevue (Nebraska):

Quote: "On Sunday morning there was a car on fire in Bellevue and a car crash in Omaha."

2021-01-17 - Car bursts into flame on highway in coastal Tauranga (New Zealand):

2021-01-17 - Vehicle bursts into flame at McDonald's on Northeast Stadium Way in Pullman (Idaho):

2021-01-17 - Pickup truck and garage destroyed by fire in Cresaptown (Maryland):

Quote: "A fire Sunday destroyed a garage and vehicle in Cresaptown, according to the Maryland state fire marshal's office."

2021-01-17 - Two vehicles, garage and home destroyed by fire in Bridgenorth (Canada):

Quote: "When crews arrived, they found the brick bungalow with a garage along with two vehicles fully engulfed in flames."

2021-01-17 - Medical office building destroyed by fire in Midvale (Utah):

2021-01-17 - Two factories destroyed by fire in Ernakulam (India):

2021-01-17 - Garage goes up in flames on East Iowa Street in Evansville (Indiana):

2021-01-17 - Garage destroyed by fire on Route 36 in Wallback (West Virginia):

2021-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by fire on Pebble Quay in coastal Chesapeake (Virginia):

2021-01-17 - Home heavily damaged by garage fire in the Trout River Bluff neighborhood in coastal Jacksonville (Florida):

2021-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire on Converse Road in Nicholville (New York):

2021-01-17 - Home destroyed by fire on Carnoustie Court in Collier Township (Pennsylvania):

2021-01-17 - Deadly fire destroys mobile home on Highway 15 in coastal D’Iberville (Mississippi), 1 killed:

2021-01-17 - Deadly fire rips through home at 3:34 AM, ignites brush fire, in coastal Malibu (California), 1 killed, 2 injured:

Quote: "A person was killed and two others were seriously injured in connection with a second-alarm fire Sunday morning in Malibu that started out as a house fire and spread to nearby brush, charring a little under four acres, a county fire department dispatcher said."

2021-01-17 - Vacant home destroyed by fire at 1 AM on Sylvan Drive in Rostraver (Pennsylvania):

2021-01-17 - Whale washes ashore dead at beach near coastal Kuwait City (Kuwait):

2021-01-17 - Two dugongs wash up dead at beaches in coastal Krabi Province (Thailand):

2021-01-17 - Police officer, man, 51, has 'medical emergency' and dies in New London (Ohio):

Quote: "A New London police officer died after an unconfirmed medical emergency while on duty Sunday. Wilson F. Velazquez, 51, died shortly before 1:30 p.m., according to a New London Police Department Facebook post."

2021-01-17 - Man, 22, found dead near tributary of the Trinity River in Liberty County (Texas):

Quote: "A body was found amid an ongoing search for missing 22-year-old Nathan Allen Heathco in Liberty County who was last seen walking away after a car crash. On Sunday morning, a fisherman found the body of a white man lying near a tributary that leads into the Trinity River near Private Road 442 in south Liberty County, according to the Liberty County Sheriff's Office."

2021-01-17 - Person found dead along North Clint San Elizario Road in El Paso County (Texas):

2021-01-17 - Woman, 34, found dead on East Pass Road in coastal Gulfport (Mississippi):

2021-01-17 - Man found dead in the Potomac River near Clear Spring (Maryland):

2021-01-17 - Emergency services director, man, found dead at home in Surry County (North Carolina):

2021-01-17 - Woman, 69, found dead in vacant home in Hillsdale (Indiana):

2021-01-17 - Man, 24, found dead in pond in Sangareddy (India):

2021-01-17 - Man, 34, found dead in car along canal in Todarpur (India):

2021-01-17 - Man, 38, found dead in canal in Sargodha (Pakistan):

2021-01-17 - Woman, 20, found dead in river in Morawhanna (Guyana):

2021-01-17 - Man, 65, has 'medical emergency' and dies on Gorwydd Road in Gowerton (Britain), 1.5 miles from the coast:

Quote: "A 65-year-old man has died following a medical emergency in Gowerton, Swansea, over the weekend. Emergency services were called to Gorwydd Road just after 3pm on January 17."

2021-01-17 - Small plane makes emergency landing on coastal Treasure Island Beach (Florida), engine failure:

2021-01-17 - Small plane makes emergency landing in field in Richmond Hill (Georgia), engine failure:

2021-01-17 - SUV veers off road, crashes into tree, on Washington Boulevard in Fort Wayne (Indiana):

2021-01-17 - SUV veers off road, crashes into restaurant, on Hillside Avenue in coastal Queens (New York), 1 injured:

2021-01-17 - Pickup truck veers off road, crashes into rocky bluff, on Great River Road near Millville (Iowa), 1 killed:

2021-01-17 - Pickup truck crashes into building in Smithfield (Virginia):

2021-01-17 - Car veers off road at 4 AM, crashes into parked vehicles at dealership, bursts into flame, on the Southwest Freeway in Houston (Texas), 1 killed:

2021-01-17 - Car overturns at 1:15 AM on Norris Brook Road in Middlebury Township (Pennsylvania):

2021-01-17 - Car veers off road, crashes into tree, on North Keim Street in Lower Pottsgrove (Pennsylvania):

2021-01-17 - Car veers off road at 12:40 AM, crashes into tree, bursts into flame, on Stoudts Ferry Bridge Road in Muhlenberg Township (Pennsylvania):

2021-01-17 - Landslide hits mountain on Harrison Lake (Canada):

2021-01-17 - Water main breaks in Emigration Canyon (Utah):

2021-01-17 - Tropical Cyclone Kimi to make landfall over Queensland (Australia):

2021-01-17 - Heavy rain and flooding hit Loch Vaal (South Africa), 3 inches of rain in an hour:

2021-01-17 - Nearly 100 million Chinese people supplied drinking water with 'unsafe' levels of toxic chemicals:

2021-01-17 - Pentagon aims to spread artificial intelligence across US military services:


  1. Terrible Tuesday Jonny and everyone. Not looking forward to the rest of the week.

    Final insured losses for “Black Summer” bushfires of 2019/2020 in Australia estimated at A$1.866 billion

    The fourth and final industry loss report includes a detailed breakdown of property and motor losses by postcode, with the data further divided by residential and commercial lines. Loss amounts are provided for buildings, contents and business interruption, and include fire intensity metrics and mean damage ratios. The fire intensity metrics per postcode, which are based on satellite data, can be used for correlation analysis of observed damage degrees and to derive vulnerability functions to model bushfire risk in Australia.

    This report is released 12 months after the worst Australian bushfire season on record, known as the ‘Black Summer’. The bushfires affected the entire continent and resulted in 33 fatalities and an estimated 24 million hectares of burnt land between September 2019 and March 2020. Insurance losses during the New Year peak period were most severe in the states of New South Wales, which accounted for 71% of the industry loss, Victoria (17%) and South Australia (12%). In light of the devastating bushfire season, the Federal Government’s Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements released its final report in October 2020 which tabled a comprehensive list of improvements for future response and recovery coordination. [more; doesn't include wildlife]

    The pandemic taught us how not to deal with climate change

    There’s a case to be made that 2020, for all the sacrifices it demanded and tragedies it inflicted, could at least mark a turning point on climate change.

    It’s now possible that global oil demand and greenhouse-gas emissions may have already peaked in 2019, since the pandemic could slow economic growth for years, accelerate the demise of coal [not likely], and bring about long-lasting declines in energy demand through things like continued remote working.

    On top of that, a growing number of major companies and nations, including China, have committed to zero out their emissions by around midcentury. The election of Joe Biden will put a president in the White House who has committed to take bold action on climate change. Clean [b/s] technologies like solar, wind, batteries, and electric vehicles are getting cheaper and gaining ground in the marketplace. [still depend on fossil fuels]

    And in the final days of the year, the US Congress managed to authorize (though not yet appropriate) tens of billions of dollars for clean power projects within a sweeping coronavirus relief bill. The package also enacted tightening limits on hydrofluorocarbons—highly potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners. (After criticizing the bill as a “disgrace,” President Trump nonetheless signed it into law on 27 December 2020.)

    But finally reaching a turning point, decades after scientists began warning us of the dangers, matters less than how rapidly and consistently we cut emissions on the other side of it. And that’s where some of the darker signs in 2020 have me worried. [more]

    Tuesday, 19 January 2021
    The 10th major quake of 2021 a Mag 6.4 rocks San Juan, Argentina, the 9th major quake to hit the Pacific Ring Of Fire this year: Death toll from Indonesia’s Sulawesi quake last week at 84 people and 30,000 displaced: 29 Volcano eruptions ongoing

    A very powerful shallow magnitude 6.4 quake rocked San Juan, Argentina this morning continuing an impressive uptick in volcanic and seismic activity to 2021. [more]

    [2nd segment directly after]

  2. Even The Director Of Biden’s National Economic Council Has Been Forced To Admit The Economy Is “Spiraling Downward”

    If your economy is “spiraling downward”, is that a good sign or a bad sign? To me, that doesn’t sound good at all, but if I am mistaken please tell me. I just want to make sure that I am not “misinterpreting” anything. Brian Deese, the man who will shortly be serving as the head of the National Economic Council, has publicly stated that our economy is “spiraling downward” at this moment. When I hear that, I picture a passenger airplane that completely loses control just before it crashes. But according to Deese, there is a solution. All we need to do is to pass the 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus package that Joe Biden is proposing…[more]

    5-year-old girl rescued from a sewage well after eight hours at -20C on the Russian island of Sakhalin

    Yana went missing around 4pm on Sunday, 17 January, after going to play on an ice slide outside her block of flats in the suburb of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

    Little Yana Khairulina was found after midnight on 18 January, eight hours after she disappeared from an ice slide next to her block of flats.

    To rescuers who discovered her sitting quietly inside an empty well she said that she's been calling for help for hours.

    'I was calling out loudly, asking to please open the door', the confused girl explained.

    The hole was covered with a heavy snow cap, which is why it took hours to notice it. Many volunteers said they walked passed the well, not realising it was there hiding under the snow.

    Yana was rushed to a children hospital where doctors concluded that she suffered no major traumas. [more; short video]

    Newly found Comet Leonard might become 2021's brightest

    Hot on the heels of last summer's Comet NEOWISE it's looking like the northern hemisphere might just get another bright comet in 2021.

    Discovered last week, new images of Comet Leonard appear to show the dusty visitor to the Solar System already has a bright nucleus and a tail. [more]

    Etna volcano erupts in Italy [~ 3.5 min. video & text]

    37 landslide incidents following incessant rain in Mambong state, Malaysia

    The incessant rain last week resulted in 37 landslide incidents reported in the Mambong state constituency, near here, said its assemblyman, Datuk Dr Jerip Susil.

    According to him, three roads connecting Kampung Sadir, Kampung Kiding and Kampung Sepit were affected with the shoulder of the main road to Kuching city collapsing in incessant heavy rain all day.

    "Four houses were also damaged" [more]

    [3rd piece follows]

  3. ‘Important Victory’: Massachusetts Rescinds Flu Vaccine Mandate

    Facing lawsuits, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health withdrew the mandate that would have required all students under age 30 attending Massachusetts schools to get a flu vaccine by Feb. 28.
    [more; it's a start]

    California health official urges halt to 300,000 Moderna vaccinations after reports of allergic reactions

    Oil companies, aid groups plan to press Biden to allow Venezuela fuel swaps

    Representatives of fuel suppliers to Venezuela, importers of Venezuelan oil and advocacy groups said this month they plan to press the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to reverse a ban on crude-for-diesel swaps.

    The Trump administration since the last quarter of 2020 has barred companies from sending Venezuela diesel in exchange for crude. Those deals were exempted for more than a year from sanctions on state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse.

    That has prompted concerns about the humanitarian impact of a possible deficit of diesel, widely used in Venezuelan public transportation, agriculture, and as fuel for generators used as a backstop for frequent blackouts. Farmers are already warning that shortages are impeding sugar harvesting and rice planting. [more]

    [we can be Heros, just for one day]
    All 4 nurses in a Kansas county's health department refused to give out COVID-19 vaccines

    [here's how the CIA edited Yahoo news spins it]

    All four nurses working in the health department of Coffey County in Kansas said they wouldn't give people the COVID-19 vaccine, a sign of how misinformation [!] about the shots is spreading even among health professionals. [more; oh, ya mean like all the DEATHS?!]

    Global Efforts to Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Are Lagging as Much as Efforts to Slow Emissions

    A new UN report highlights how an adaptation gap hurts the most vulnerable countries and urges increased financing and cost-effective, nature-based preparations.

    Along with promising to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to slow global warming, under the Paris climate agreement world leaders also agreed to prepare for its unavoidable and mounting impacts: the displacement of people and the destruction of communities and croplands by sea level rise, intensifying storms, drought, wildfire and famines.

    But adaptation efforts are lagging just as much as efforts to reduce climate-warming emissions, United Nations Environmental Program director Inger Andersen said Thursday, during the release of the 2020 UNEP Adaptation Gap report.

    While the coronavirus pandemic has distracted many countries from efforts to adapt to the changing climate, the report shows that investment in such efforts was already feeble. [more; too late!]

    [4th part awaits]

  4. [ridiculously cold temps]
    Extreme cold sends temperatures plummeting to 73 below zero in Siberia

    The temperature in portions of the Yakutia region of eastern Russia, where Yakutsk is located, dropped below 40 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (40 degrees below zero Celsius) during the middle of December and hasn't climbed above that level since -- making this one of the longest stretches of subzero cold in at least 14 years, according to The Associated Press.

    Outside of a brief "warmup" to around 24 below zero F (31 below zero C) for the first couple of days of January, the city of Yakutsk, located just south of the Arctic Circle, has recorded both high and low temperatures below 30 below zero F (34 below zero C) since Dec. 8, 2020.

    Even colder air has settled into Delyankir, a small district located about 500 miles (800 km) to the northeast of Yakutsk. On Monday morning, Jan. 18, a low temperature of 73 below zero F (58.3 below zero C) was reported.

    Delyankir is near Oymyakon, a rural village which is known as the coldest inhabited place on Earth. According to The Siberian Times, the lowest officially recorded temperature in Oymyakon was 89.9 F below zero (67.7 below zero C) in 1933. [more]

    Rainforest frogs have evolved to wave instead of croak to attract females as waterfalls are too loud

    [Ghost Glass Frog (Sachatamia Ilex)] choose habitats located deep in the rainforests in Ecuador because they can blend in to the mossy surroundings and avoid predators.

    The amphibians have now evolved and developed new techniques in an attempt to attract females, with individual frogs raising their hand above their body while bobbing their head. [more; if that doesn't work they'll raise discarded lit Bic lighters!]

    [oh, we thought you had it under control!]
    China's COVID outbreak worst since March 2020

    Snow blankets sand in the Sahara desert [35 sec. video]

    Temperatures in the small town in Naama province reached -3 degree Celsius (26.6 degree Fahrenheit) on Wednesday (January 13). The town has experienced snow only three other times in 42 years - in 1979, 2017 and 2018. 2017 also saw a blizzard dumping snow up to a meter thick in Ain Sefra.

    [more that Biden (or any other Pres. or agency) won't fix]
    ‘The science is real’: Coastal experts hope Biden will partner to combat sea level rise

    [move before it's too late]

    The Atlantic Ocean poured into streets and neighborhoods from Maine to Florida during seasonal high tides last fall, and scientists feared it would only get worse. But now, with Joe Biden becoming president, climate experts and government officials have a simple reason to hope for help in combating the problem.

    They’ll finally have a president who actually believes sea levels are rising. [more; not that belief will help anything]

    [5th installment under this]

  5. Biden’s climate crusade: How his plan to cut carbon emissions, create jobs could impact U.S.

    As he steps into office this week, President-elect Joe Biden brings an ambitious plan to address climate change, and with Democrats in control of Congress for the first time in a decade, he may have the opportunity to accomplish some of his loftiest goals. [all b/s]

    Biden’s goals include carbon-free electricity by 2035, more wind and solar to get the nation to net-zero emissions and 100% clean energy by 2050. He also wants to upgrade millions of buildings and homes to be more energy efficient, plug abandoned oil and gas wells, reclaim mines and make environmental justice a key consideration.

    The climate and energy plans don’t delve into specifics on how those goals might be achieved, and his transition team declined multiple requests to answer questions about the plans. [because it's all merely verbiage and empty promises]

    American Oil & Gas Drillers Add Rigs for 8 Successive Weeks

    The count of rigs engaged in exploration and production of oil and natural gas in the United States was 373 for the week through Jan 15 versus the prior-week count of 360. Thus, the tally has increased for eight successive weeks, indicating that oil and gas drillers are gradually returning to domestic shale plays since the commodity pricing scenario is getting considerably better. However, the current national rig count is below the year-ago level of 796. [more]

    [in case you're planning that Hawaiian vacation]
    Potent storm to bring flood threat, gusty winds to Hawaiian Islands

    The entire island chain of Hawaii is being put on alert for downpours heavy enough to trigger flash flooding along with gusty winds into the middle of the week. [more]

    Facing smog and blackouts, Iran blames illegal Bitcoin mining

    Iranian authorities have blamed a novel culprit for rolling blackouts and heavy smog in major cities this winter: illegal cryptocurrency mining.

    In recent weeks air pollution in the capital Tehran and other metropolitan areas in Iran has reached hazardous levels, while residents report widespread power cuts. [more]

    Trapped Chinese miners say thanks for medicine, call for sausages

    Twelve miners trapped underground after an explosion at a Chinese mine have said they are grateful for nutritional liquids and medicine delivered via a long thin communication tunnel, but would really like some pork sausages.

    The miners have been able to communicate via a new telephone line.

    Rescuers had initially lowered rations on a cable, and received back a note saying "Don't stop trying to reach us".

    Ten other miners remain missing in the gold mine, their fate unclear. [more]

    Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche

    Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul and smog spiking as more coal was being burned to generate heat.

    In Switzerland, a skier who had been buried by an avalanche over the weekend died in a hospital of his injuries, authorities said Monday.

    Powerful winds raise wildfire threat in California [~ 1.75 min. lead-in video]

    A Santa Ana wind event and a storm brewing off the coast of California fueled powerful winds and increased the wildfire threat on Jan. 18.

  6. Chilly pattern with spotty snow may be harbinger of bigger storm to come

    The weather pattern will usher in rounds of chilly air typical for late January, and it could trigger lake-effect snow and snow showers into the weekend. The cold air could set the stage for a more extensive snow and ice storm across the Midwest and Northeast by early next week -- and the potential for serious cold after it's over.

    It will be colder than it has been in recent weeks, and temperatures can even dip below average on occasion into this weekend. [more]

    Strong earthquake causes injuries, damage and power outages in Argentina

    Shaking was felt as far away as Chile's capital of Santiago after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Argentina on Monday night., Several injuries have been reported, but there have been no official reports of fatalities thus far.

    Crumbled buildings and cracks in roadways were seen in videos posted on Twitter from the province of San Juan in Argentina. Goods were also seen strewn about on market floors, and some power outages have been reported. [more]

    Chaos as snow hits Japanese highway, 134 cars in crashes; one dead

    At least 134 cars were involved in a series of crashes in Japan on Tuesday when a snow storm struck a stretch of highway and one person was killed and a dozen hurt in the chaos.

    The crashes occurred on the Tohoku Expressway in the northern prefecture of Miyagi at around noon, on a stretch of road about 1 km (half a mile) long, the government said.

    Some 200 people were caught up in the crashes with 12 of them were sent to hospital, the disaster management agency said. [more]

    [from DUH! news]
    Wildfires having devastating effect on air quality in western US, study finds

    Increasingly ferocious wildfires in the western US are taking a devastating toll on the region’s air quality, with wildfire smoke now accounting for half of all air pollution during the worst wildfire years, according to a new study.

    Scientists from Stanford University and UC San Diego found that toxic plumes of smoke, which can blanket western states for weeks when wildfires are raging, are reversing decades of gains in cutting air pollution. While heat-related deaths have previously been predicted as the worst consequence of the climate crisis, researchers say that air pollution caused by smoke could be just as deadly. [more]

    California households owe $1bn in water bills as affordability crisis worsens

    The magnitude of America’s water affordability crisis has been laid bare by shocking new data from California where debt owed on water bills has hit $1bn and one in every eight households is currently in arrears.

    A survey by the state water board found at least 1.6m households are behind on water bill payments. The average debt is $500, but 155,000 or so households are in real trouble, owing more than $1,000 each and accounting for half the total debt. [more]

    [2nd piece upcoming]

  7. Bomb cyclone can bring blizzard conditions to parts of the UK this week

    Several far-reaching storms impacting northern and western Europe this week will bring widespread rain, wind and snow. As the worst of the storm hits the United Kingdom, it can strengthen rapidly into a 'bomb cyclone', unleashing a blizzard across portions of England and Scotland.

    "There will be a total of three storms to impact the region through Thursday," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys. [more]

    Spain declares disaster-zone status for Madrid, other storm-hit regions

    Spain's government classified Madrid and other regions struck by Storm Filomena last week as disaster zones on Tuesday, a move which will trigger emergency subsidies and other support measures.

    This came as the Madrid regional government warned rains predicted for Wednesday were likely to bring floods and further chaos. [more]

    Israel confirms Pfizer jab 'less effective than thought', India warns vulnerable AGAINST getting AstraZeneca version

    Israel's coronavirus tsar has warned that a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine may be providing less protection than originally hoped, as the country reported a record 10,000 new Covid infections on Monday.

    In remarks reported by Army Radio, Nachman Ash said a single dose appeared "less effective than we had thought", and also lower than Pfizer had suggested.

    [SOTT]Comment: It's having an effect, albeit perhaps not the intended effected: HUNDREDS of Israelis get infected with Covid-19 after receiving Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine [link; more]

    [2 from Not An Omen news]
    Statue of Liberty-sized space rock among six asteroids set to make 'close approach' to Earth on Biden's inauguration day

    Joe Biden's reign as US president is due to get off to a rocky start - a barrage of asteroids are set to make "close approaches" to our planet as the Democrat takes the oath of office on Wednesday.

    The tightest shave will see an asteroid come significantly closer to Earth than the Moon, the largest passing visitor measuring up to 305 feet (93 meters) in width. In a weird inauguration-day quirk of fate, the Statue of Liberty in New York is also 93 meters tall.

    All the asteroids are forecast to safely fly by our planet and continue on their journeys through space. [more]

    Meteor fireball booms over eastern USA as witnesses report being 'scared' by burst of light

    A bright blast of light lit up the skies across eastern USA on Saturday, as a meteor entered the atmosphere above the coast of North Carolina. The blast was so big that it could be seen across three different states - Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina - as well as Washington DC. [more; 13 sec. video]

    Heavy snowfall and extreme cold sweeps across Europe

    Sakurajima volcano (Kyushu, Japan): glowing lava bombs thrown from crater [74 sec. video incl.]

    Ongoing Earthquake SWARM at Possibly Active Mt Hood Volcano in Oregon - DOUBLE Comets Dive into Sun [10.75 min. MrMBB333]