Anomalies

Sky Shows Galaxy-lensed “Reruns” of Exploding Supernova, Demonstrating Gravity of the Situation

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Sometimes† space is just awesome. More specifically, stuff (or mass) in space has some properties that manifest in empirically awesome ways. Earlier this week, Science put out a report on a supernova (Wikipedia) observed behind a galaxy in the MACS J1149.6+2223 cluster. This particular supernova is visible due to gravitational lensing (Wikipedia) around the cluster, greatly magnifying…

Northwest US experiences dusty rain (UPDATE: yep, dust)

Fine particles in the rain remain after the water evaporates.

This rain cleaned the air but made everything else dirty. Mystery milky rain falls on Washington, Oregon. Rainfall described as milky-colored, dusty or dirty fell across parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with its origin is unclear. Suspects include volcanic ash from worldwide volcanoes that mixed with the moisture. Such rain is very common near…

Frost quakes possible cause of winter booms in Missouri

Six days of sub-freezing temperature at Puget Sound Energy's power plant in Goldendale, Wash. left a growing hoarfrost on anything exposed to the wind, including barbed wire. (Photo credit: iWitnessWeather user gardnertoo)

Booming noises continue in Kansas City, MO. One possible cause is frost quakes or cryoseisms. ‘Frost Quakes’ May Be the Source of Puzzling Booms in Kansas City – weather.com. Planes, trains and other ideas are being floated as possible sources of the booms. This is the time of year for cryoseisms, which we’ve covered extensively last…

Just violently swaying in the breeze

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Quote: “Jesus! I never seen it do THAT before!” Watch: Street lights sway violently in the wind – UPI.com. Britain’s Highways Agency said the violent swaying of lamp posts in a video taken by a motorist driving in high winds was an example of “vortex-shedding.” Bob Hill posted a video on YouTube showing lamp posts…

It’s frost quake season in North America!

The seismic signal of a frost quake, as recorded by a seismometer in Ontario. Photo: Natural Resources Canada

As reports of mystery booms continue every week, we finally have confirmation that the weather services have determined that frost quakes are occurring in Eastern Canada and even in the U.S. ‘Frost quake’ shakes Montreal’s West Island – Montreal – CBC News. Some residents on Montreal’s West Island were shaken early Tuesday morning by a…

Warblers high-tailed it away from on-coming storm a day in advance

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In a small study that tracked 20 songbirds, scientists noted that five birds seemingly evacuated before an oncoming storm. BBC News – Birds ‘heard tornadoes coming’ and fled one day ahead. US scientists say tracking data shows that five golden-winged warblers “evacuated” their nesting site one day before the April 2014 tornado outbreak. Geolocators showed…

UK is booming – What was that noise?

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There has been a wave of mystery booms across the UK leaving people to speculate wildly on the possible causes. The Big Bang Theory: Was it UFOs, fireworks or a sonic boom that caused loud noises in skies above Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the UK on Saturday? | Gloucestershire Echo. Did you hear the mysterious series…

Sea stars mystery: Mass mortality from virus

Pisaster ochraceus, Ochre sea star is affected by the wasting disease (Wikipedia)

We have a worrying update to the news from 2013 about star wasting disease. Starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast were dying – losing limbs and turning to slime (technically reported as “epidermal necrosis and ulceration, and dermal inflammation and edema in the body wall”). Researchers have proposed that a virus is…

“Unicorn” deer found in Slovenia

Photo credit: Eva Klevska

You can create a unicorn and you can occasionally find one. But that doesn’t make the mythical idea of a spiral horn on a horse-like animal real. Real-Life ‘Unicorn’ Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity. Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia, in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare type of antler deformity,…

Out of place pufferfish found on UK beach

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Pufferfish, balloon fish, porcupine fish, are native to tropical waters. This was not a typical visitor to the UK shoreline. Poisonous Pufferfish found washed up on Chesil Beach. A POISONOUS tropical pufferfish has been found washed up on Chesil Beach. Richard Fabbri, who works at Weymouth Watersports, found the 12-inch oceanic pufferfish while on a…

Why are there giant, ancient stone circles across the Middle Eastern landscape?

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Huge stone circles have been found in the Middle East. It’s not clear why they are there or how they got there. Such stories will prompt radical speculation. But if the archaeologists don’t have leads, a amateurs and fringe watchers won’t know either. Will this become another “earth mystery”? The giant stone circles in the Middle…

Reptile Virgin Mary

Thelma, the reptile virgin mother. Wonder if they'll rename her Mary now.

Photo credit: Kyle Shepard

You don’t always need a male. But it helps. World’s Longest Snake Has Virgin Birth—First Recorded in Species. An 11-year-old reticulated python named Thelma produced six female offspring in June 2012 at the Louisville Zoo in Kentucky, where she lives with another female python, Louise. No male had ever slithered anywhere near the 200-pound (91-kilogram),…

Unusual radar reading – It’s ALIVE!

Photo from: National Weather Service, Saint Louis, Missouri

Well, the good news is, it’s Monarch butterflies. They were having some trouble. Nice to see them en masse. Cloud Turns Out To Be Butterfly Swarm. Late last week, meteorologists in St. Louis noticed a cloud acting peculiarly: It was beating a path toward Mexico while changing into a variety of odd shapes. Was it…