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?!

Risk of asteroid impacts may be more common than expected

They are waking up to reality a day late and a dollar short.

Risk of asteroid impacts may be more common than expected

Rather than expecting an impact every 150 years, researchers believe the risks could be ten times greater.

Researchers warn that the risk of space rocks, like the one that exploded over Russia in February 2013, hitting the Earth is ten times larger than previously estimated.

Using videos from security and dashboard cameras, researchers were able to reconstruct the asteroid and its trajectory through the atmosphere.

Three separate papers out this week agree that the asteroid, which caused an intense flash of blinding light at daybreak on Feb. 15 near the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, was nearly twice as heavy as earlier estimated and had the explosive power of 500,000 tons of TNT.

“Luckily, most of the kinetic energy was absorbed by the atmosphere,” said Jiri Borovicka, an asteroid researcher at the Astronomical Institute near Prague and lead author on a study published in Nature. “A more solid rock that might have blasted closer to the ground would have caused considerably more damage.”

According to Borovicka, the asteroid approached the Earth from a region in the sky that is inaccessible to ground telescopes. The asteroid should have been visible six weeks before the impact, but only during the day, when the sky is too bright to spot objects of its size.

Peter Brown, a planetary scientist at the University of Western Ontario and lead author on a separate paper published in Nature, said that previous models suggested that asteroids like the Chelyabinsk asteroid would hit the earth once every 150 years. But looking at the number of observed impacts over the last 20 years suggests the impact risk could be substantially higher.

Brown suggests that a sensible response to the Chelyabinsk asteroid is scanning the visible sky with asteroid detection and early-warning system like ATLAS, which is currently being developed in Hawaii.

2013 saw a dramatic increase in meteor fireballs – What does 2014 have in store?

2013 saw a dramatic increase in meteor fireballs – What does 2014 have in store?

Fireball Increase 3.0

… if our true history shows us one thing, it’s that when a civilization is thoroughly corrupted and infected by psychopaths in power, to the extent we’re seeing in our world today, and when people just sit back and allow it to happen, our environment seems to respond in a rather unpleasant way…

Are the increasing numbers of meteorites bringing life forms to Earth?

Good question. And is one – or more – of those life forms the new Black Death?

Are the increasing numbers of meteorites bringing life forms to Earth?

In 2010, Duane P. Snyder announced the discovery of the first and only known Ice Meteorite containing Extraterrestrial Life-forms. The Ice Meteorite’s particle analysis, its gas analysis, and likely origin including photos of the life-forms found in the melt-water of the meteorite where also exhibited. Dr. Albert Schnieders of Tascon USA Inc, commented that they basically found nearly all elements up to 90u in the sample spherical particles tested.

The results, photos and reports where then posted on Snyder’s website snydericyrite.com.

The life forms that were photographed were inside the ice meteorite, not on the ice meteorite. They choose not to melt Ice Meteorite in order to prevent the loss of valuable information and knowledge.

According to Snyder, Saturn’s moon Enceladus is the only known orbiting body having a mechanism capable of launching chunks of ice out of its gravitional influence and orbit. A gas analysis of the gases matched the results found in NASA’s Cassini spacecraft’s fly-through of the ice/water geyser plumes of Saturn’s moon Enceladus on october 9, 2008.

In 2011, an astrobiologist working at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center outside Huntsville, Alabama has made another astounding claim. In published journal article, he claimed to have discovered a preserved alien life form residing inside a meteor that journeyed through the vast black of space before impact on our planet.

The researcher, Dr. Richard B. Hoover, had to go to extraordinary lengths to make his discovery. He reasoned that if alien microbes were to hitch a ride on a meteorite, they would likely have to do so in a special meteor.

Four unique fireball events fall over U.S. in 24 hour period – wide range reported

The planet is turning into a shooting gallery and still the madness continues.

Four unique fireball events fall over U.S. in 24 hour period – wide range reported

In the last 24 hours the AMS has received confirmed reports about 4 unique fireball events all occurring near 4:00 AM UTC time. The most recent event occurred in Arkansas and Missouri on May 19th near 3:37 UTC. At the same time 3:37 UTC 4 witnesses reported a fireball in Arizona. The distance between these two locations would inhibit witnesses from observing the same fireball from both locations. On May 18th two large fireball meteors were also spotted within an hour of each other, one over the central east coast and another in Colorado. –AMS

More Fireballs!

More and more… it’s NOT letting up!

Two separate fireballs blaze over East and West coasts of Canada, 25 February 2013

25 February 2013 – Kristine Waverley, Nova Scotia 21:45 AST

5 seconds duration. It went from right to left, I was facing North. Blue colour, as bright as the Sun. It was very low in the sky.

25 February 2013 – Nadia, Porters Lake, Nova Scotia 10:00 pm Atlantic Std. Time

~ 3 seconds duration. Moved from South to North. No sound. Bright yellow colour with a green flaming tail. As bright as the Sun/moon. It burned up before my eyes, and moved fast and low.

25 February 2013 – Christine Kristen, VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA 18:25 PST

3 seconds or so duration. Big bright streak, straight down. I was facing west. It was white colour. It was very bright and seemed very big considering how far away it appeared (perhaps over the Pacific coast?). Sky was still light.

25 February 2013 – Darragh Courtenay, BC, Canada 18:30 PST

I saw it for 2 seconds as I was driving through town. I was facing it and it was heading north at a sharp enough angle downwards. Bright white colour with a white tail and trail of smoke into the hills. It was bright, cause it was still a clear sky and still daylight there was a long trail of smoke. I tried to track it down, cause it looks like it went to the ground, there was a vertical smoke stream.

And another!

Comet fragment breaks apart over southern U.S.? Enormous fireball reported over Gulf of Mexico, 27 February 2013

27 February 2013 – Max Watts, Dickinson 03:25 CST

I’d say it lasted for about 1 minute and 30 seconds from the time I first noticed it. It was real bright with red tails. I thought it was a comet at first glance. Brighter than the full moon, this thing was very large. In fact, it was one large piece with a number of fragments behind it. It seemed to be heading Northeast. I fully expected to hear several impacts but heard none. My first thought was ‘Russia!’ and that now it’s happening here!

Meteorites, Asteroids, and Comets: Damages, Disasters, Injuries, Deaths, and Very Close Calls

Be sure to check out my list of meteorite, asteroid, and comet events on SOTT.net. We’ve got it updated to this year, including yearly summaries, statistics, and descriptions of significant celestial events going back 13,000 years!

2012 (Summary) – Worldwide: In 2012, SOTT.net archived 136 fireball reports, 24 unexplained sonic booms (at least 3 of which were accompanied by ground tremors or earthquakes), and 16 recovered meteorites. The biggest meteorite fragment was found in China in February and weighed 12.5 kg. The fireball reports contained a remarkable number of multi-state sightings – at least 21 – twice the yearly totals for both 2010 and 2011, including one in Australia which was called ‘unprecedented’ by experts. Eighteen exploded mid-air and/or were accompanied by sonic booms, including one in India that produced a 2.1 magnitude earthquake on May 22, and one daytime sighting in Nevada and California that was estimated to be the size of a minivan before breaking up, both of which fireballs left several meteorite fragments. 2012 also saw 7 daytime events in these six months, more than doubling the yearly totals for 2009, 2010 and 2011. Mark Gilmer reported 11 meteorites fitting his own criteria (he notes that “since the year 2000, we have averaged about 5 recovered meteorite falls per year that are either officially accepted by the Meteoritical Society or verified by reliable sources”–the next highest year was 2008, with 10 falls). 2012 also saw several seeming cover-ups of celestial events, notably in Israel and Turkey, Louisiana, and the Southwestern U.S.

Fireballs everywhere these days!

Sometimes you don’t see them, you just hear them.
Mystery ‘loud booms’ felt, heard over the Midlands, South Carolina

Columbia, SC – News19 has gotten multiple reports of loud booms in Several Midlands neighborhoods.

The reports began coming in around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

We heard from worried residents in Sumter, Wedgefield, Manning, and Bishopville. The noise was so loud that windows rattled and homes shook.

Reports also came out of Summerton, Eastover, Mayesville, and Sandy Run.

We made several calls to try and find out what caused the sounds, and the State Emergecny Management Agency says it wasn’t an earthquake.

Shaw Air Force Base hasn’t reported any unusual flying activity and the Lynn Douglas with the Columbia Airport says she knows of no sonic booms in the Midlands.

This dash-cam fad in Russia is cool. I want one:

Separate daytime fireball recorded just 250km west of Chelyabinsk, 4 days before massive overhead explosion in Russia

A bright fireball was filmed in the Bashkiria sky

Online video of an unusual phenomenon in the sky, filmed from the highway between Ufa and Orenburg. The the video was shot last night, February 11, 2013, near the village of Bulgakovo in the Ufa area.

“This was a bright, luminous body, visible for long distances,” said Professor Ufu, RU director of the Ufa “Planetarium”, Anatoly Denisov. Have not been able to determine to what meteor shower this bolide belonged. It is possible that it did not belong to any particular shower; such fireballs are sporadic…

And when will the next one “hit” and go “kaboom! splat!”???

Daytime fireball breaks up over Brazil, 20 February 2013

Dr. Marcelo Souza, professor of physics in Campos Dos Goytacazes, called me and reported that witnesses had just seen this event from Campos Dos Goytacazes, Vitoria, and Cabo Frio, in Rio de Janeiro State, Brasil approximately 20 minutes prior. It has now been confirmed that there was a single bolide seen by many persons in north Rio de Janeiro State, Brasil.

Campos Dos Goytacazes Brasil Sentinel Allsky Network is currently checking for video capture.

Dirk Ross, LunarMeteorite*Hunter, Tokyo, Japan, Dr. Marcelo Souza, IFF-R.J. and Sentinel Allsky established the Brasil Allsky Network, the FIRST in South America, last year.

Ross says, “This event, along with the recent Russia and other large events demonstrates that Brasil needs to take the threat of an asteroid impact more seriously and expand the Brasil Allsky Network nationwide for detection”.

Ross is hoping that Sao Paulo State will soon establish the second network.

Eyewitness Report

“Avistei hoje, às 1312 UTC, em vitória, es, um metero cruzando o céu, sentido norte para sul. O meteoro foi visto por cerca de 5 segundos por mim. Mais 4 testemunhas, que estavam no local, também avistaram. Uma das testemunhas, que avistou um pouco antes, deve ter visto o mesmo por cerca de 12 segundos antes dele se desintegrar na atmosfera.

O que vi foi basicamente um rastro iluminado, amarelado, cruzando o céu numa trajetória descendente e se desintegrando completamente.”

Google translation

“I saw today at 1312 UTC, in victory, es, a metero across the sky, north to south. The meteor was seen by about 5 seconds for me. More 4 witnesses who were at the scene also spotted. One witnesses who saw a little before, must have seen it for about 12 seconds before it disintegrates in the atmosphere.

What I saw was basically a trail illuminated, yellow, streaking across the sky in a downward trend and disintegrating completely.”

Verified by Dr. Marcelo Souza – Name of eyewitness withheld as requested.

A local TV report on this daytime fireball sighting in Brazil: