Tuesday, May 24, 2011
According to the Crop Circle Connector, the international crop circle online database, a new pattern appeared at Burderop Down, near Wroughton in Wiltshire. The circle was reported on Sunday, May 22nd and updated today, May 24th.
Here are two images that captures the pattern:
Here is drawing of the pattern:
Click HERE for more aerial shots, ground shots, field reports, diagrams and articles.
A section of the United States Highway 62, near Eureka Springs, washed out sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning. Apparently, the road section had developed several cracks as late as last month, which continued to crumbled until a major section, fell off on Monday.
Part of Highway 62 just west of Eureka Springs has collapsed Monday, Carroll County dispatchers said. The highway is not closed, but it’s down to one lane, officials said. The collapse happened near the Razorback Gift Shop, west of Eureka Springs on Highway 62. Randy Ort with the Arkansas Highway Department said the east bound lane just west of Eureka Springs near the entrance to Thorncrown Chapel dropped about 3 feet. He said when areas of North Arkansas get too much water it makes the slopes very unstable. Monday afternoon, flaggers were controlling traffic on Highway 62. Ort said engineers have looked at the problem and it can be temporally fixed to allow for traffic to move in both directions, but they doubt they can get to work for a couple of days because rain continues to fall. - 4029 TV.
This is the second major highway washout near Eureka Springs from heavy rains in the last month. The other occurred on Highway 23 North, north of the city. Interestingly, Eureka Springs is a city in Carroll County, which is in Arkansas, which lies atop the New Madrid Seismic Fault Zone. The series of faults and fractures runs about 150 miles from Arkansas into Missouri and Illinois. Scientists and geological experts believe that a large earthquake or mega-quake is long overdue, that could inflict great damage to Arkansas as well as up to half the nation.
Is it possible, that this collapse, is a precursor to that?
Biologists across the United States have declared that the bat population is declining rapidly and could become an endangered species. They believed that the preceding winter continued the decimation of several of the hibernating species, as the deadly White-Nose Syndrome spreads to more than a dozen states. The syndrome, named for the sugary smudges of fungus seen on the noses and wings of hibernating bats, has killed over 1 million bats since 2006. They are now studying a mutated fungus in comparison with European bats to find an effective solution for this endangered species.
A fungus blamed for killing more than a million bats in the US since 2006 has been found to differ only slightly from an apparently harmless European version. The minor genetic differences could hold the key to preventing future deaths. Alternatively, European bats may have been exposed to the virus longer and evolved resistance. Jeffrey Foster at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, and colleagues, compared the genomes of strains of Geomyces destructans infecting US and European bats and found that the strain thought to cause lethal "white nose syndrome" (WNS) in the US is almost identical to one that is harmless to bats in Europe. "There were very few mutational differences between the North American and European samples, strongly suggesting they're related," says Foster. The team presented their preliminary results last week at a conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. If it is the DNA differences making the US version of the fungus virulent, then finding a treatment will be easier than if the reason for the transatlantic difference is that European bats have evolved resistance, says Foster. The answer should come from Craig Willis at the University of Winnipeg in Manitoba, Canada, who is currently testing both strains on little brown bats from the US, to see if both versions cause WNS. Irrespective of whether it is the nature of the fungus or evolved resistance, researchers in Europe told the meeting that they are trying to find out why European bats are not getting sick. "We've been taking wing-punch samples in the field for analysis to see if there are clues to survival in the genetics," says Natália Martínková of the Institute of Vertebrate Biology in Brno, the Czech Republic. - New Scientist.
More Canadian soldiers and military personnel are being called in, as water levels at the Richelieu River in Quebec, Canada hits new peak, returning to a historic high.
The number of Canadian soldiers helping flood victims along Quebec's Richelieu River doubled to about 500 in the past day as water levels hit a record high. Winds from the south of up to 80 kilometres an hour forced water from Lake Champlain to spill into the Richelieu southeast of Montreal. Premier Jean Charest toured the region Monday afternoon for a third time since the flooding began five weeks ago. He then asked the Canadian Armed Forces for more help. "They will be used for different tasks," Charest said. "Be it security, sandbagging … we will be responding to requests as quickly as possible." About 3,000 homes have been flooded and nearly 1,000 people have been forced out since the start of the floods. It's not clear how long the additional soldiers from the Valcartier base will stay in the region, said Major Richard Collin, deputy commander of the domestic task force, which is managing the operation. "What I can say is that we will be in every town along the Richelieu River [affected by flooding]," he said. Water levels are expected to decrease dramatically Tuesday afternoon, Collin said. "Based on all the models that we saw … we expect that the winds are going to die down drastically after lunch," he said. But residents aren't out of the woods yet. René Héroux of Environment Canada said rain is in the forecast later this week. "About two to three days of precipitation starting Thursday … and going into the weekend," Héroux said. It won't be until the start of next week that flood victims should start seeing "the light at the end of the tunnel," he said. - CBC.WATCH: Quebec flood update, a massive vaccination campaign and the military to the rescue?
Large swarms of locusts have laid waste to vast tracts of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with authorities expecting the plague to worsen as the weather heats up.
The locust plague began in the pastureland of the Ili River Valley and Taer Basin in late April, said Wang Xinchang, an official with the animal husbandry bureau in Tacheng Prefecture, on Tuesday.
"Locusts have infested nearly 100,000 hectares of pastureland in Tacheng Prefecture," he said. As the summer heat persists, the situation might still worsen next month. At least 400,000 hectares of pastureland could become infested, he said.
Xinjiang's regional headquarters of locust and rodent control said an estimated 15.7 million hectares of pastureland would suffer from the locust plague this summer. The local governments in Ili and Tacheng have stepped up monitoring of the plague and have launched a pesticide spraying campaign to stop it spreading. Xinjiang has more than 100 kinds of locusts, one of the major menaces to the health of its grassland. It has a history of using chickens, ducks and other birds to fight the insects. - PhilSTAR.
This morning, in an article on the lightning strikes in Bangladesh, I highlighted the recent deluge of thunderstorms and weather anomalies inflicting misery across the Asian continent. This afternoon, I have received further news regarding an outbreak of hailstorms in section of India and the tremendous damage done to the crops of farmers and residents.
Devastating thunderstorm and heavy rains coupled with hailstorm on Saturday destroyed agricultural and horticultural crops in many villages in Kullu and Mandi district of Himachal. Preliminary estimates said that apple crop in Kullu district and high hills of Mandi has been severely damaged while dry wheat crop and vegetables in thousands of acres of land have considerably suffered.
Hailstones, weighing about 25 to 40 grams, continued for 20 minutes and damaged apple, pear, peach and vegetables. The most affected villages in Mandi were Kelodhar, Baksial, Bada, Dharot, Gohar, Chachyot, Thunag and Janjahli. Lightning, hailstones and high velocity winds along with rains wreaked havoc in Haripur, Shaleen, Barod, Chhiyal, Poojan, Shangchar, Badagran and many other Kullu villages. Apple growers are already facing hardships due to poor crop yield this year and the bad weather has added to their misery.
"The intensity of the hailstorm was so severe that it knocked down fruits from the trees. The strong winds uprooted many trees and flattened wheat crop which was ready for harvesting," said Khem Singh Thakur, an orchardist in Kelodhar village. - The Times of India.
MYSTERY: Symbols of an Alien Sky, Man-Made or Natural Phenomena - A 200 Metres Wide UFO Seen Hovering Over Khabarovsk, Russia?!
"What I saw, shocked me beyond words!"
According to the following television report from Gubernia TV, a 200 metre wide unidentified flying object (UFO) was seen hovering over the village of Lesopilniy, in the region of Khabarovsk in Russia. The news presenter declared that what they saw, "did not resemble anything known to human science. All residents agreed they saw something beyond belief and issued an alarm."
One woman, who witnessed the object said, "What I saw shocked me beyond words!" Another villager described the dimensions of what he saw, "It was 200 metres in size, much bigger than a large passenger plane." Based on the news report, a teenage boy tried to take a video with his cellphone camera, but was overpowered by 'alien' technology and drew a picture instead of what he saw. He said, "I tried to take a video, but the aliens prevented me, it was too overpowering and dark!"
Here is what he drew:
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WATCH: Gubernia TV's report of the UFO sighting.
Fears are mounting that a repeat of the 2010 Russian wildfire disaster will occur again, as fires continue to rage in the east of the Motherland. Last year's fires cost over (USD) $15 billion in damages, killing an estimated 56,000 persons, with state of emergency declared in 35 regions, as temperatures rosed to the hottest ever in recorded Russian history.
Today, the BBC is reporting that there have been an outbreak of over 400 hundred wildfires in just a 24 hours period.
Russia has reported 421 wildfires burning in forests and peat bogs over the past 24 hours, covering an area of 116,098 hectares (450 sq miles). The fires were mainly confined to remote parts of Siberia and the Urals, with no blazes reported near Moscow and other central Russian cities. But the area on fire is twice the size of that for the same period last year. Drought, fires and smog left dozens dead and ruined crops in 2010, and there are fears of a repeat disaster. The emergencies ministry said in a report on its website that the biggest fires were in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), the Amur region and the Krasnoyarsk territory. More than 6,000 personnel equipped with more than 1,140 units of fire-fighting equipment were deployed against the fires, backed by 42 aircraft. Of the 421 fires reported on Monday, 241 were extinguished, the ministry said. Western Russia, the centre of the country's grain production, remains largely unaffected by fire, but officials say the situation may deteriorate if dry weather persists. Russia's official forecast for this year's wheat crop is 85-90m tonnes compared to some 61m in 2010, 97m in 2009 and 108m in 2008. Meanwhile, drought conditions have been hitting grain crops in northern Europe, with some forecasters predicting above-average temperatures for the summer months. - BBC.
The recent deluge of heavy rains that resulted in flash flooding, landslides and land subsidence in several parts of the Asian continent, seems to be getting worse, as violent downpours of rain are now accompanied by storms of thundershowers and lightning strikes. Over the last couple of weeks, several countries on the continent, have been pummeled by unprecedented high velocity storms attributed to a heavy upper air cyclonic circulation weather disturbance.
We are now witnessing the same type of weather system in Bangladesh.
Lightning strikes during a heavy rainstorm in Bangladesh killed at least 40 people and injured more than 150, most of them harvesting rice in fields or fishing, police and officials said on Tuesday.
The deaths, the largest number of casualties from lightning in a single day, occurred on Monday.
Ten people died in northwestern Chapainawabganj district. Rainstorms ahead of the monsoon season starting in May or June often bring electric storms that kill residents and damage crops. - Strait Times.
A mysterious fish kill in the Ogeechee River in Bulloch County, has the Georgia Environmental Protection Division closing landings and warning people not to swim in or eat fish from the river, as it seems to be spreading into Bryan, Screven, Chatham, and Effingham counties.
WSAV.WATCH: Mystery on the Ogeechee River.
It is definitely looking like there is something really important going on with pilot whales. Over the last couple of months, these cetaceans have been stranding themselves on beaches around the world. Although, it is quite common for pilot whales to strand, one must wonder if geomagnetic anomalies might be causing some form of disorientation in their perception of Earth's magnetic field? Is it possible that they might be using their keen sense to avoid an imminent or pending disaster, given the fact that it has been scientifically proven that animals have been known to swarm, collect, strand or move to different areas from their usual gathering spot, prior to a devastating disaster such as an earthquake, tsunami or floods?
The next case of stranding comes out of the Florida Keys, where hundreds of volunteers are trying desperately to save the lives of several pilot whales.
Since the first plea for help came over a Florida Keys radio station, hundreds of volunteers have worked around the clock to save pilot whales that mysteriously stranded in shallow waters. The massive effort, now entering its third week, includes veterinarians, retirees, college kids, a paraplegic, two-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Steve Lundquist and blockbuster film producer Jon Landau of "Titanic" and "Avatar" fame. Some volunteers have worked shifts as long as 40 hours. Occupational therapist Brenda Ewer and her boyfriend, Brad Azar, postponed their "cruising" to the Bahamas on a trimaran to run a makeshift kitchen to feed the weary volunteers. "We're exhausted at the end of the day, but it is just amazing to connect with the whales," Ewer said. "And I've noticed that as much as the humans are helping the whales, the whales are helping the humans." Blair Mase, the marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Southeast Region, said events like this stranding of a pod of 23 whales "brings out the heart and soul of the people of the Keys." The massive rescue that began on May 5 is now a rehabilitation effort to nurse the remaining four survivors back to health. They were found in critical condition, all with some form of pneumonia and various other problems. The effort appears to be paying off. "I'm very cautiously optimistic we can save all four," said Douglas Mader, one of the volunteer veterinarians. - Kansas City.com.
As residents begin digging through the rubble of their home after it was destroyed by a tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri on Sunday, ripping a path about a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses, killing over one hundred people; severe thunderstorms are expected to hit Missouri and other states in America today.
A vast swath of the United States — from tornado-hit Missouri to New York to Texas — could be hit by severe thunderstorms Tuesday, forecasters are warning. As rescue crews dug through piles of splintered houses and crushed cars in a search for victims of a half-mile-wide tornado that killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Mo., one expert said the severe weather was not over, "not by a long shot."... The Joplin tornado was the deadliest single twister in the U.S. in nearly 60 years and the second major tornado disaster in less than a month. Authorities fear the toll could rise as the full scope of the destruction comes into view: house after house reduced to slabs, cars crushed like soda cans, shaken residents roaming streets in search of missing family members. The shaded areas depict those locations where thunderstorms are expected to occur during a 12-hour period from 3:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, according to The Weather Channel. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told The Associated Press he did not want to guess how many people had died, but said the number was "on its way up." "Sadly, given the events in Joplin, Mo. and Minneapolis this past weekend, we are not through with severe weather this week. Not by a long shot. The ingredients are in place for a classic Plains tornado outbreak Tuesday," Jonathan Erdman, senior meteorologist at The Weather Channel wrote on its website. He said that atmospheric conditions were effectively creating a "cap" on the storm system, which — like putting a lid on a pot of boiling water increases the intensity of the boiling — was expected to result in "dangerous supercell thunderstorms" in the late afternoon or early evening Tuesday. The Weather Channel produced a map, above, showing a vast area of the U.S. colored red, indicating areas where severe thunderstorms were possible and an even bigger area in orange where normal storms could hit. Joplin, where people were still coming to terms with the destructive power of the twister that hit the town, is included within the areas at risk of tornadoes, high winds and hail. Fires from gas leaks also burned across town. "I've never seen such devastation — just block upon block upon block of homes just completely gone," said former state legislator Gary Burton who showed up to help at a volunteer center at Missouri Southern State University. Not since a June 1953 tornado in Flint, Michigan, had a single twister been so deadly. That storm also killed 116, according to the National Weather Service. - MSNBC.WATCH: Rescuers search for survivors of Joplin Tornado.
Several weeks ago, I highlighted the story about thousands of dead walleye, found washed ashore in Lake Erie in Ohio, stunning researchers, who have been perplexed by what's killing so many fish and why they have been washing up on beaches along Lake Erie's western shore. Today, the freshwater perciform fish, native to most of Canada and to the northern United States, is still washing up on the same beaches.
Thousands of dead walleye are washing ashore. The dead fish have been located on the beaches of Lake Erie, primarily from Oak Harbor to the islands. Biologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say they are still monitoring the situation, but it appears to be improving. Biologist Roger Knight has been investigating the cause of the kill. He's tested dozens of fish for disease, but he says all the tests have been negative. After testing and researching, Knight says it appears the walleye died of natural causes associated with spawning or mating. He says fewer people are reporting seeing large numbers of dead fish, and biologists say the situation is improving. It's also worth mentioning that the fish are safe to eat. - ABC Local.WATCH: Biologist investigates the death of thousands of walleye.
A dense ash cloud from the Icelandic volcano Grimsvotn, blew toward Scotland on Monday, causing airlines to cancel flights, forcing President Barack Obama to shorten a visit to Ireland, and raising fears of a repeat of last year's huge travel disruptions in Europe by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, that stranded millions of passengers.
A Scottish airline has cancelled 36 flights tomorrow as the ash cloud billowing from a volanco in Iceland approaches UK airspace. Regional carrier Loganair, which flies out of Glasgow, announced that there would be no flights following a Civil Aviation Authority warning that disruption could not be ruled out. The Met Office is predicting the plume of ash from the Grimsvotn volcano will begin to drift over parts of Scotland in the next few hours and would cover all of Ireland, Scotland and parts of northern Britain by 6am tomorrow. Asked whether this would cause some disruption to flights, a CAA spokesman said: 'That's the way it's looking certainly at the moment.' William Hague, however, has said he does not predict the volcano will not cause the chaos seen a year ago. The Foreign Secretary has said that Britain has more information on how ash clouds move and is less likely to have to enforce a blanket flight ban. Last April airports across the UK were shut down for five days. With school half-term holidays next week any disruption to UK airports would cause chaos for hundreds of thousands of families. Europe's air traffic control organisation has said that if volcanic emissions continued at the same rate then the cloud might reach west French airspace and north Spain on Thursday. Authorities have backed more relaxed rules on flying through ash after being criticised for being too strict last time. Then, closing European air space forced the cancellation of 100,000 flights, disrupted 10 million passengers and cost the industry an estimated $1.7 billion in lost revenues. - Daily Mail.
British Airways has suspended all flights from England to Scotland until 2pm tomorrow because of a shift in the direction of the cloud of Icelandic volcanic ash. The Dutch airline KLM has cancelled 16 flights to Scotland and England on Tuesday. Glasgow-based Loganair has called off 36 flights. Airports in Scotland have remained open but services from Barra, Benbecula and Tiree airports are at risk from the cloud. The latest Met Office prediction showed the plume would cover Scotland and Ireland by 6am on Tuesday. And the latest prediction by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre at the Met Office indicated ash would be present up to 20,000ft over almost all of the UK by midday on Tuesday. Air traffic control company Nats has advised passengers to check with their airline before travelling to these airports. Transport Secretary Philip Hammond said the ash had already caused "modest delays" to some flights including some Atlantic services. "We continue to monitor the situation in Iceland closely in conjunction with the Met Office," he said. - Sky News.WATCH: Volcano brings the dead darkness of night into the day.