SOTT Summary, February 2014: Fireballs, Extreme Weather, and Earth Changes

SOTT Summary, February 2014: Fireballs, Extreme Weather, and Earth Changes

The following video contains footage of some of the extreme weather, fireballs and seismic activity from around the world in February. Think the weather’s crazy where you live? Check out what’s happening elsewhere…

January’s ‘polar vortex’ returned to bury most of the US in snow… despite a record number of ‘winter wildfires’ breaking out as far north as Oregon.

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia erupted spectacularly… then a string of volcanoes followed the ensuing pyroclastic cloud down the mountain, while another major volcanic eruption occurred in Ecuador.

Severe flooding, tidal surges and hurricane force winds hit Western Europe, while Eastern Europe was hit by heavy snow and ice-storms.

A wildfire broke out in Wales between winter storms… as Atlanta, Georgia was knocked out by snow.

There were record snowfalls in Iran and Tokyo, more ‘strange sky sounds’ and the Great Lakes almost completely froze over.

A waterspout was filmed off the Australian coast, a major heatwave hit Brazil, and sinkholes opened up all over UK…

Is this normal?!

Senior meteorologist on extended USA cold blast to last past Groundhog day: ‘WOW F..ing WOW’

Senior meteorologist on extended USA cold blast to last past Groundhog day: ‘WOW F..ing WOW’

Normally quiet and reserved WeatherBell senior forecaster Joe D’Aleo (co-founder of the Weather Channel with John Coleman) almost never writes (email subject lines) like this. When he does, it gets my attention. A new forecast shows the cold blast in the eastern half of the USA extending well past Groundhog Day, Feb 2nd, according to their models. WeatherBell has had an excellent track record this winter so far. He says he hasn’t seen anything like it since 1918 when the big flu pandemic hit the USA.

Dead sperm whales – What’s up?

I think something strange is going on in our oceans and it doesn’t bode well… several widely spread stories about dead sperm whales washing up on beaches.

December 15, southern hemisphere: A sperm whale stranded on Anthony’s beach near Stanley, Tasmania

January 10, Florida: Sperm whale found dead on Boca Raton beach, Florida

January 11, much further north: Dead sperm whale washes up on Edinburgh beach, Scotland

January 12, Uruguay: Sperm whale body stuns, draws crowd in Uruguay

January 13, 13 smaller whales, southern hemisphere: Whales wash up at Farewell Spit, New Zealand

UK weather: Environment Agency issues flood warnings for whole of England and Wales

Wow! UK and USA simultaneously! Hmmm… is there a cosmic statement there?

UK weather: Environment Agency issues flood warnings for whole of England and Wales

With the UK suffering the worst band of winter storms in more than 20 years, the Environment Agency has been forced to issue flood warnings in every single region across England and Wales.

The agency currently has around 350 alerts in place across the country as a whole, including three severe warnings which indicate there is a “danger to life”.

Last night a flood siren warning of extreme danger to people and property was sounded in Dorset, as gales and tidal surges battered the coast.

The Environment Agency raised the alarm after its sea defences were breached at Chiswell Beach in Portland last night, following on from a severe flood warning in the area.

Dorset Police told families to move to an upstairs room facing away from the sea and arm themselves with flood kits.

The Met Office said a further band of heavy showers will hit the south and southeast today, and will continue to cause a localised flooding risk throughout Tuesday and into early Wednesday.

Does climate change modulate human behaviour? ‘Same pattern over and over again’: Study finds levels of violence increase during periods of climate change

Does climate change modulate human behaviour? ‘Same pattern over and over again’: Study finds levels of violence increase during periods of climate change

Researchers from Princeton University and the University of California-Berkeley report in the journal Science that even slight spikes in temperature and precipitation have greatly increased the risk of personal violence and social upheaval throughout human history. …

The researchers analyzed 60 studies from a number of disciplines – including archaeology, criminology, economics and psychology – that have explored the connection between weather and violence in various parts of the world from about 10,000 BCE to the present day. During an 18-month period, the Princeton-Berkeley researchers reviewed those studies’ data – and often re-crunched raw numbers – to calculate the risk that violence would rise under hotter and wetter conditions.

They found that while climate is not the sole or primary cause of violence, it undeniably exacerbates existing social and interpersonal tension in all societies, regardless of wealth or stability. …

Extreme climatic conditions amplified violence in all three categories, regardless of geography, societal wealth or the time in history. An aberrant climate coincided with incidents including spikes in domestic violence in India and Australia; increased assaults and murders in the United States and Tanzania; ethnic violence in Europe and South Asia; land invasions in Brazil; police using force in the Netherlands; civil conflicts throughout the tropics; the collapse of ancient empires; and wars and displacement in Middle-Ages Europe.

“We find the same pattern over and over again, regardless of whether we look at data from Brazil, Somalia, China or the United States,” Miguel said. “We often think of modern society as largely independent of the environment, due to technological advances, but our findings challenge that notion. The climate appears to be a critical factor sustaining peace and wellbeing across human societies.”

Does violent human behavior ATTRACT cosmic disorder and planetary response? Is the rise of pathology in power the key element?

1) Psychopaths rise to power and inflict misery and suffering.
2) The masses of humanity become unhappy and miserable but are forced to suppress this out of fear.
3) The planet expresses the unhappiness of the masses in climate disorder which may be related to other cosmic processes.
4) The climate issues exacerbate the fear and unhappiness of the masses.
5) The psychopaths clamp down even harder.
6) A breaking point is reached when humanity and the planet react to pathology and death and destruction on a massive scale is the result, leveling the playing field.
7) Human beings learn to help each other to survive until psychopaths come along and subvert them and the process begins again.

Rising food prices, climate change and global ‘unrest’

Rising food prices, climate change and global ‘unrest’

I don’t mean to put a damper on the everyone’s summer holidays, but the current heatwaves in the U.S. and Europe has me thinking back to numerous warnings issued during last summer’s major drought and “record-breaking heatwave” in the U.S.

Analysts at Rabobank, a Netherlands-based bank specialising in food and agri-business financing, were crunching the numbers and predicted at the time that food prices, specifically meat prices, would soar in 2013 as a result of the U.S. drought.

Back in 2011, the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), a research body of academics from Harvard and MIT, using data from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Food Price Index, published a paper that correlated “outbreaks of unrest” in 2008 and 2011 with increases in food prices. They claimed to have identified the precise threshold for global food prices that leads to worldwide unrest: 210 points

In June, it hit 211.3…

Torrential rains and flooding ravage Central Europe: the worst in 70 years

Wait a minute… back in 1997, around the time of the death of Princess Diana, central and eastern Europe were experiencing “The Flood of the Century.” That’s was also the year of Comet Hale-Bopp. Connection?

Torrential rains and flooding ravage Central Europe: the worst in 70 years

Authorities in parts of Europe issued disaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defenses as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks. Several people have died or are missing in the floods in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Switzerland since the rains began on Thursday. The floods have killed at least one person and left several missing across the Czech Republic. Czech officials warned that the waters of the Vltava river could reach critical levels in Prague late on Sunday as soldiers erected metal barriers and piled up sandbags to protect Prague’s historic center from flooding after days of heavy rains swelled rivers and forced evacuations from some low-laying areas. Prague authorities also limited public transport and closed underground stations as water from the Vltava River overflowed into parts of the Old Town.

Monster May snow buries Newfoundland

Another snowfall record broken; global warming, eh?

Monster May snow buries Newfoundland

A record-smashing snowstorm has buried parts of Newfoundland under about 2 feet of snow.

There were no reports of serious damage or disruption.

Gander tallied a heavy, wet snowfall of 69 cm (7 inches) between Saturday morning and Sunday night, weather data accessed by AccuWeather.com showed. Of this amount, 46 cm fell (18 inches) within only 12 hours on Sunday. The snow depth reached at least 55 cm (22 inches) on Sunday and still stood at 51 cm on Monday morning.

The snowfall had a water equivalent of about 69 mm (2.7 inches), which amounts to the lion’s share of the normal May precipitation of 86 mm.

Strange weather and the Syria distraction

And all our “brilliant” leaders can do is quibble over where the next war is going to be…

All eyes on Syria: Russian warships enter Mediterranean to form permanent task force

Warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet have entered the Mediterranean for the first time in decades. Russia’s Navy Chief says the task force may be reinforced with nuclear submarines, as the country starts building up a permanent fleet in the region.

“The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Channel and entered the Mediterranean. It is the first time in decades that Pacific Fleet warships enter this region,” the Pacific Fleet spokesman, Capt. First Rank Roman Martov told RIA.

Keeps our eyes off the weather, the fireballs, the earthquakes, coming famines, plagues, etc.

Wall of ice destroys Manitoba homes, cottages

This is May, remember. How’s that “Global Warming” working for you?

Wall of ice destroys Manitoba homes, cottages

Wall of ice destroys Manitoba homes, cottages

A local state of emergency has been declared in a western Manitoba municipality after homes in Ochre Beach were destroyed and seriously damaged by a wave of lake ice.

Area officials told CBC News the wind pushed built-up ice off Dauphin Lake on Friday evening and caused it to pile up in the community, located on the lake’s southern shore.

The piles of ice, which were more than nine metres tall in some cases, destroyed at least six homes and cottages, according to the Rural Municipality of Ochre River.