Saturday, December 6, 2014

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: "We Are Seeing Storms Just About Every Afternoon In Australia" - Magnetic Polar Migration In Full Effect Mode As New South Wales Have Been Battered By Storms All Week, With More To Come; Freak Clouds Turn Sydney Sky Dark!

A montage of lightening strikes in Sydney. © Roland Taylor

- The radar image says it all. A big blob of red, yellow and blue heading your way.

If you've been in Canberra, Sydney or Brisbane in recent days and weeks, you've seen storms just about every afternoon.

This weekend, more thunderstorms, hail and powerful winds are expected in New South Wales set to last until early next week.

Saturday is likely to be the worst day with heavy rains across one third of the state.

It comes after three days of severe weather in New South Wales that saw the State Emergency Service receive about 300 calls for help overnight and has led to thousands of volunteers being put on standby.

Crews will be stationed at flash-flood hotspots in Sydney, while the Belubula River in the central west region will be on flood watch on Saturday.

"Definitely not a good afternoon for golf tomorrow," SES spokesman Phil Campbell said.

"While it's still sunny, clean your gutters and downpipes, secure loose items in your yard or balcony like trampolines and also check your roof is in good repair."

Sydney radar this Friday arvo. Bring your brolley! © NewsComAu

Meanwhile large hailstones, heavy rain and damaging winds have been forecast for Brisbane and parts of southeast Queensland, just a week after a supercell smashed the city causing up to $1 billion worth of damage according to Brisbanes's Lord Mayor Graham Quirk.

Queensland's Bureau of Meteorology says severe thunderstorms have hit parts of Brisbane's outer northwest, including Mount Nebo, Highvale and the D'Aguilar Ranges.

"These thunderstorms are moving towards the northeast," it says. "Damaging winds, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and large hailstones are likely."

But why is it so bad?

We put that question to Chris Webb, forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology in Sydney. He started spouting confusing weather jargon at us like these people often do so we said, whoa, slow down and talk English please.

Spooky. © TWITTER @kwogowitch

This he eventually did and we now translate for your afternoon reading pleasure.

Basically, the wind has been blowing from the north all week. That makes it hot. That northerly wind has also been carrying a bunch of moisture and humidity down from Queensland. That makes it sticky.

There has also been a trough in central New South Wales.

WATCH: Freak clouds turn Sydney sky dark, thunderstorm cuts power.

No, not a big thing that cattle are all drinking from, but a part of the atmosphere which has low air pressure, and which is therefore acting like a giant basin where all the air converges.

All that air has to go somewhere. So what happens is, it goes up.

That turns the moisture into liquid for a bunch of reasons which you probably learned in school. And because it's all unstable, you get heaps of thunder and lightning as part of the show. - News Australia.

ICE AGE NOW: First Winter Snowfall Breaks Juneau, Alaska Records - Eight-And-Half Inches Of Snow; The Most Since 1946!

Return of the berm: Sunday’s record snowfall in Juneau was partially cleared by Monday morning’s commute,
but it also brought the return of those familiar white piles.   © Matt Miller/KTOO

December 6, 2014 - ALASKA
- The National Weather Service says Saturday night's winter storm brought record-setting snowfall to Juneau.

Eight-and-half inches of snow fell at Juneau International Airport over the 24-hour period that ended at midnight on Sunday.

That broke a record of 6.3 inches of snow set back in 1946.

Just over 9 inches (9.1) fell at the National Weather Service office on Back Loop Road.

That broke the record of 5.4 inches set in 2010.

An 11-year-old record of 5.8 inches of snow at Lena Point was broken with Sunday's snowfall of 9.6 inches.

At Outer Point on Douglas Island 5 inches fell, while 4.5 inches fell in Pelican on Sunday.

That was nearly double the old record of 2.5 inches that fell in Pelican on Nov. 30, 2006.

Edward Liske of the National Weather Service office in Juneau said the snowfall that occurred late Saturday and all day Sunday started with a weak low pressure system that developed in the northern Gulf of Alaska and traveled along the outer coast of Alaska.

Liske said that system pushed warm moist air over the boundary of an area of cold air that lingered north of Southeast Alaska.
"The cold air actually (acted) as sort of a wedge under the warm air that was advancing up from the south. When that warm air hit the cooler air, the warm air was forced upward, it condensed, and then that started falling out as snow pretty much over the entire panhandle."
Elsewhere in Southeast Alaska, Liske said 9 inches of snow fell in Petersburg on Sunday. - KTOO.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: Omen – The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior, Mass Animal Die-Offs, Appearance Of Rare Creatures And Warnings From Mother Nature!

December 6, 2014 - EARTH - The following constitutes the latest reports of unusual and symbolic animal behavior, mass die-offs, beaching and stranding of mammals, and the appearance of rare creatures.

Killer whale washes up dead off Courtenay, Canada

The whale was towed in around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon after a local resident notified DFO of what they thought was a dead orca off the beach. 
© George Bates

Young adult female was believed to have been pregnant when spotted this summer

A young adult killer whale that washed up on the shores of Vancouver Island on Thursday has been identified as a member of the endangered southern resident population.

The whale was discovered by residents in Courtenay who saw it floating in the water and towed it to shore.

A biologist from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans - along with a whale watching expert - took preliminary samples as well as photos of the whale's dorsal fin in order to identify it.

The whale was identified as 18-year-old J-32, according to Paul Cottrell, a marine mammal coordinator with the department.

"It really tugs at the heart strings. It's a magnificent animal. Sixteen feet or so - so it's likely a juvenile. So, it's terrible and we want to figure out what the cause of death was here and how this animal died," said Cottrell.

According to the Orca Network J-32, which was nicknamed Rhapsody, was thought to be in the late stages of pregnancy last summer due to her wide girth, which was visible when she breached.

"A necropsy Saturday led by Dr. Stephen Raverty will reveal if she was indeed pregnant and hopefully will find the cause of death. She was believed to have died in the past 24 to 48 hours," said the statement posted by the Orca Network.

There are several distinct populations of killer whales that visit the waters off the west coast of British Columbia, but the southern resident population, which is found off southern Vancouver Island, is listed as endangered with a population of just 77 animals.

"The loss of J-32 marks the fourth death of a southern resident orca in 2014. The last surviving southern resident baby was born in August of 2012," said the statement. - CBC.

Black bear attack on 68-year-old woman in Heathrow, Florida

A bear attack in Florida on Wednesday night has left a 68-year-old woman injured. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the incident happened in the town of Heathrow in Central Florida. The woman who has been attacked has been identified as Jeanne Barber.

The bear attack happened as she was walking her dog near her home. According to reports, the dog saw the bear first near a construction dumper nearby and panicked. The terrified dog then yanked at the leash the woman was holding, causing her to fall to the ground. The bear quickly reached Jeanne and attacked her. The bear had clamped its jaws around Barber's arm. Luckily for Barber, she was able to break free and raise an alarm. The bear, sensing trouble, also fled.

WATCH: Woman walking dog attaced by bear in Lake Mary.

Help arrived soon and Jeanne was taken to the Central Florida Regional Hospital in Sanford, where she is reportedly out of danger. Her injuries were not of life-threatening nature, officials from the hospital as well as the Seminole County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Barber's attack was the third reported from Seminole County in the past year, according to ABC News.

The bear attack occurred just days after several bears were seen by people in the area. While some bears were bemused at the human presence, there were some others who were clearly annoyed and fearful.

The bear attack has also left other people in the region concerned. According to Mark Schumacher, who has a home under construction just a few hundred meters from where the bear attack took place, it's a constant threat.
"What's scary is the bears are around at all times, not just dawn and dusk".
He has three kids under the age of ten and is now concerned about their safety while playing outdoors.
"I think now, once word gets around, people will be very nervous about going out for a jog."
Meanwhile, The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirms that they had earlier issued warning for residents in the area about heightened bear activity. The bears are likely to forage for food in preparation for the winter during these times of the year.

Biologists and officials from the Wildlife commission added that they have no details on the bear that attacked the woman. They have, however, set up a trap in an attempt to catch and relocate the bear.

The area where this latest bear attack happened had witnessed several other attacks in the past, as well. In fact, records from the Orlando Sentinel database show that nearly 17 nuisance reports were filed within two blocks from the place where Barber was attacked. - Inquisitr.

Nature bites back: Study shows lethal control of wolf populations increase livestock depredations

Mollies Pack Wolves Baiting a Bison. © Wikipedia

Washington State University researchers have found that it is counter-productive to kill wolves to keep them from preying on livestock. Shooting and trapping lead to more dead sheep and cattle the following year, not fewer.

Writing in the journal PLOS ONE, WSU wildlife biologist Rob Wielgus and data analyst Kaylie Peebles say that, for each wolf killed, the odds of more livestock depredations increase significantly.

The trend continues until 25 percent of the wolves in an area are killed. Ranchers and wildlife managers then see a "standing wave of livestock depredations," said Wielgus.

Moreover, he and Peebles write, that rate of wolf mortality "is unsustainable and cannot be carried out indefinitely if federal relisting of wolves is to be avoided."

The gray wolf was federally listed as endangered in 1974. During much of its recovery in the northern Rocky Mountains, government predator control efforts have been used to keep wolves from attacking sheep and livestock. With wolves delisted in 2012, sport hunting has also been used. But until now, the effectiveness of lethal control has been what Wielgus and Peebles call a "widely accepted, but untested, hypothesis."

Their study is the largest of its kind, analyzing 25 years of lethal control data from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Interagency Annual Wolf Reports in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. They found that killing one wolf increases the odds of depredations 4 percent for sheep and 5 to 6 percent for cattle the following year. If 20 wolves are killed, livestock deaths double.

Work reported in PLOS ONE last year by Peebles, Wielgus and other WSU colleagues found that lethal controls of cougars also backfire, disrupting their populations so much that younger, less disciplined cougars attack more livestock.

Still, Wielgus did not expect to see the same result with wolves.

"I had no idea what the results were going to be, positive or negative," he said. "I said, 'Let's take a look at it and see what happened.' I was surprised that there was a big effect."

Wielgus said the wolf killings likely disrupt the social cohesion of the pack. While an intact breeding pair will keep young offspring from mating, disruption can set sexually mature wolves free to breed, leading to an increase in breeding pairs. As they have pups, they become bound to one place and can't hunt deer and elk as freely. Occasionally, they turn to livestock.

Under Washington state's wolf management plan, wolves will be a protected species until there are 15 breeding pairs for three years. Depredations and lethal controls, legal and otherwise, are one of the biggest hurdles to that happening.

Wolves from the Huckleberry Pack killed more than 30 sheep in Stevens County, Wash., this summer, prompting state wildlife officials to authorize killing up to four wolves. An aerial gunner ended up killing the pack's alpha female. A second alpha female, from the Teanaway pack near Ellensburg, Wash., was illegally shot and killed in October.

That left three breeding pairs in the state.

"We're one-third of the way towards recovery and now we're way off," said Wielgus. "Recovery is going to take x more years because of what happened. Obviously you can't keep doing that."

As it is, said Wielgus, a small percentage of livestock deaths are from wolves. According to the management plan, they account for between .1 percent and .6 percent of all livestock deaths - a minor threat compared to other predators, disease, accidents and the dangers of calving.

In an ongoing study of non-lethal wolf control, Wielgus's Large Carnivore Lab this summer monitored 300 radio-tagged sheep and cattle in Eastern Washington wolf country. None were killed by wolves.

Still, there will be some depredations, he said. He encourages more non-lethal interventions like guard dogs, "range riders" on horseback, flags, spotlights and "risk maps" that discourage grazing animals in hard-to-protect, wolf-rich areas.

"The only way you're going to completely eliminate livestock depredations is to get rid of all the wolves," Wielgus said, "and society has told us that that's not going to happen." - PHYS.

Hundreds of thousands of Salmon dying due to algae in southern Chile

 Four years ago that the salmon industry revived not due to one of its greatest fears: the massive death of your fish by health factors, causing an intense operation by the Government through the Servicio Nacional de Pesca (Sernapesca).

Last week four companies, whose cultivation centres hundreds of kilometres away in the southern area, lit the alarms of the health authority due to its high mortality rates. It's the companies: Blumar, Friosur, Acuinova and Acuimag, the first three in Aysén and Magallanes last.

This time two foci of - also called bloom of algae - algae blooms caused high mortalities of fish and occurred simultaneously in the northern area of Aysén and Magallanes, in the sector of Última Esperanza.

In the latter, the case generated impact in Puerto Natales, closest town to affected culture centers, due to fulminant death of the fish that were in those moments of fattening.

"In four days in Magellan 400 thousand fish died in a Center. Many animals die in a very short time and what is important is that we are acting quickly to prevent the spread,"explains the Subdirector of aquaculture of the Sernapesca, Alicia Gallardo.

And adds: "the researchers have published is that climate change could affect temperatures in the sea and that could lead to an increase of populations zoo planktonic that produce these bloom." Therefore, it is expected that such events come with climate change".

Such was the level of impact that Magellan at the peak there were between 5 to 6 thousand fish killed per hour, detailing the authority.

An Executive linked to precise industry that if well loss itself is not so much, in the future, the impact is greater.

The above due to lower revenues in the order of US$ 10 to US12 million, just in the Magallanes Region. Add to that the losses of Aysén figure doubles, reaching US$ 24 million, explains a high source of industry.

Blumar - linked to family Yaconi-Santa Cruz and Sarquis-families, commissioned a study to "find a scientific explanation" to the mass flowering of algae affecting their centers in Aysén, which would be in the hands of the directory in one more week.

Blumar, Gerardo Balbontín CEO says "a long time ago we had an episode like this, which was strong enough", but so far the damage is limited. In his view the generated losses, estimated to be at least $1.5 million, does not warrant deliver a particular controller, since the insurance cover the impact.

While the President of SalmonChile, Felipe Sandoval says that "they are specific cases, but what we have spoken with Sernapesca is that there should be a monitoring particular to these episodes." There should be a greater observation to the rise in temperatures. You have to go try checking if this could be repeated in most followed way". - Pulso. [Translated]

ICE AGE NOW: "Parts Of China Resemble Antarctica" - Waist-Deep Snow In China With The Most Severe Snowstorm Seen In Years; Up To THREE FEET DEEP Of Snow "Covered Everything, Paralyzing Transportation And Causing Huge Problems"!

December 6, 2014 - CHINA
- The snow is up to 3 feet (90 cm) deep, leaving residents struggling to open doors.

A blizzard lasting more than 60 hours hit Fuyuan County,
a border town in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province on Thursday.

Local communities banded together to clear snow from roads, and the county government said a contingency plan is in place to relieve economic stresses due to the snow.

WATCH: Heavy snow in northeast China forces closure of schools, hinder traffic.

Parts of China resemble Antarctica

According to a Greek website: Parts of China resemble Antarctica.

The snow has exceeded one meter (39 inches) in Cheilongkziangk province in northeast China, as the area was hit by the most severe snowstorm in years.

"I started to shovel snow outside my door at 6 am and after 2-3 hours I arrived at the curb," says ekas local resident in camera of Chinese television.

The last two 24-hour non-stop snowing so a dense veil of snow has covered everything, paralyzing transportation and causing huge problems.

Temperatures reached as low as minus 20 Celsius (-4 F)
- Ice Age Now.