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?!

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.

Why have 10 major volcanoes along the Ring of Fire suddenly roared to life?

Seven volcanoes in six different countries all start erupting within hours of each other

So, we have eruptions big enough to prompt evacuations. Flights are canceled, and a new island pops up off the coast of Japan. I would have called that newsworthy myself but obviously I’m wrong. If I was right it would have been common knowledge right? Reports may have been on the news right? So many volcanoes throwing so much gas, ash and particulates into the air can have an effect on climate, this is a scientific fact. I’m not saying that these volcanoes herald the start of a new ice age but the planet certainly seems to be getting a bit more active of late.

Why have 10 major volcanoes along the Ring of Fire suddenly roared to life?

Ten major volcanoes have erupted along the Ring of Fire during the past few months, and the mainstream media in the United States has been strangely silent about this. But this is a very big deal. We are seeing eruptions at some volcanoes that have been dormant for decades. Yes, it is certainly not unusual for two or three major volcanoes along the Ring of Fire to be active at the same time, but what we are witnessing right now is highly unusual. And if the U.S. media is not concerned about this yet, the truth is that they should be. Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 80 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire, and it runs directly up the west coast of the United States. Perhaps if Mt. Rainier in Washington state suddenly exploded or a massive earthquake flattened Los Angeles the mainstream media would wake up. Most Americans have grown very complacent about these things, but right now we are witnessing volcanic activity almost everywhere else along the Ring of Fire. It is only a matter of time before it happens here too.

This IS a big deal!

The ocean is broken

The ocean is broken

Macfadyen felt sick to his heart. That was one fishing boat among countless more working unseen beyond the horizon, many of them doing exactly the same thing.

No wonder the sea was dead. No wonder his baited lines caught nothing. There was nothing to catch.

If that sounds depressing, it only got worse.

The next leg of the long voyage was from Osaka to San Francisco and for most of that trip the desolation was tinged with nauseous horror and a degree of fear.

“After we left Japan, it felt as if the ocean itself was dead,” Macfadyen said.

“We hardly saw any living things. We saw one whale, sort of rolling helplessly on the surface with what looked like a big tumour on its head. It was pretty sickening.

“I’ve done a lot of miles on the ocean in my life and I’m used to seeing turtles, dolphins, sharks and big flurries of feeding birds. But this time, for 3000 nautical miles there was nothing alive to be seen.”

In place of the missing life was garbage in astounding volumes.

Tragic. This planet needs a long respite from human activity. By destroying their environment, humans are bringing on their own extinction.

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.

Back from the dead: Jupiter’s gravitational pull breathes life into ‘graveyard’ of comets that burned out millions of years ago

Back from the dead: Jupiter’s gravitational pull breathes life into ‘graveyard’ of comets that burned out millions of years ago

A ‘graveyard of comets’ has been found by astronomers in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

And, to the surprise of astronomers, a number of comets in this graveyard have come back to life after being dormant for what could have been thousands or even millions of years.

The findings, by a Colombian team, contradict the long-standing view that the main asteroid belt was once populated by thousands of comets which ultimately burned out as they aged.

Over the past ten years researchers have found 12 active comets in the asteroid belt.

The mystery of the reactivated comets led the Colombian team to investigate their origin.

Their findings suggests that these comets came back to life after moving closer to the sun.

Why is it that astronomers keep getting surprised? Maybe they need to re-think their theoretical foundations. This phenomenon, taken together with a whole lot of other stuff, suggests that something big is happening to our solar system and maybe we need to figure it out pretty quick?

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…

Meteorite crashes through roof of Pennsylvania business

Another “once in a century” or “once in a lifetime” event. Pretty soon, everyone will have one of these!

Meteorite crashes through roof of Pennsylvania business

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The dent in the floor. © KDKA

Mercer, Pennsylvania – There is a mystery surrounding a strange-looking rock that came crashing through the ceiling of a Mercer County business.

It happened sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning. Employees of the business discovered the shiny, sharp-looking object inside their warehouse Friday morning.

They also found an eight-inch by eight-inch hole in the building’s 30-foot high, steel roof where the object came into the building.

The object left a nice dent in the building’s cement floor where it landed, too. The owner of the company says he believes the rock could be a meteorite.

However, there’s been no official word as to exactly what the object is.

Narrow escape for British family after red-hot sulphuric meteorites rain down on their Shrewsbury garden

Oh my! It goes on and on! Just wait for showers of boulders!

Narrow escape for British family after red-hot sulphuric meteorites rain down on their Shrewsbury garden

A mother-of-two told how her young children had a lucky escape – after fragments from a meteor shower rained down in their back garden.

Sarah Marston-Jones was playing outside with Harry, two, and Benjamin, four, when asteroid rocks fell behind her house in Shrewsbury.

The teacher heard a large ‘whooshing’ sound and a ‘cracking’ noise as 15 rocks from the meteorite shower blazed through the earth’s atmosphere and onto her lawn at 9.30am on Tuesday.

She was forced to rush her two young children off their trampoline to safety indoors as brown and black fragments showered down just inches from where they were playing.

The red-hot rocks, some of which were more than an inch wide, even left a strong burning smell in the family’s Shropshire garden.

Experts advised her to check the shards with a magnet as asteroids often contain iron – and she was stunned when it stuck.

Sarah said: ‘I don’t know if it was some sort of meteor shower or one fragment which cracked on impact, but I turned around and took one step before hearing this whooshing and cracking sound coming through the hedge and tree, and you could hear lots of dropping sounds on the patio.

‘There was this really intense burning smell followed by a smell which I can only describe as rotten vegetables.

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.