Anomalies

Storms of sand and dust around the world

Around at 14:00 on April 15, Aershan in Mongolia experienced a red sky, accompanied by rain containing a black substance. By 2:50, the sky returned to normal.

There have been many stories in the past few days regarding rather frightening dust and sand storms that have kicked up around the world. Here is a roundup. Sandstorms have been sweeping across China’s northern regions. The storms caused disruptions and very poor visibility and air quality. Bejing had their worst storm in years. […] a mighty…

Rain of worms in Norway? (Fish in Thailand?)

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Thousands of earthworms have been reported on top of the snow in Norway leading people to conclude that it rained worms. When one report from Bergen was publicized on a Norwegian news channel, additional reports have come in from Lindås and Suldal near Bergen, and as far away as Femunden on the Swedish border. Earthworms rain…

Today’s forecast: Red rain

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Prepare for a fall of blood rain. No, it’s not a portent of doom, well, it does bode ill for those with asthma and breathing problems. The fine particles in the air create pollution. ‘Blood rain’ to fall on Britain as red Saharan dust blows in from Africa – Telegraph. ‘Blood rain’ will fall on…

Unfortunate misunderstood creature caught by wildlife officials in Malaysia

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Even natives are ignorant about local animals when they look different. They call it a monster, alien, or mutant, and they beat it. The unfortunate critter was just very ill. The video of the frightened animal in Sarawak appeared in January, but this story has just resurfaced as wildlife rescuers have finally captured the animal, a…

Black ring appears in Kazakhstan sky

Photo credit: Vicky Britton

It’s another black smoke ring. NBC News’ Alan Boyle covers it and includes link to DN. Let’s not panic. This Black Smoke Ring Is Amazing, But It’s No Mystery – NBC News.com. I noticed an increase in hits to this previous post from last year at this time:  What is the Black Ring of Leamington…

Joni Mitchell’s health scare brings Morgellons condition back into the news

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Legendary folk singer Joni Mitchell’s emergency hospital trip this week has brought Morgellon’s disease back into the media eye. What Is Morgellons? Singer Joni Mitchell’s Disputed Diagnosis – NYTimes.com. Joni Mitchell, 71, was taken to a hospital in Los Angeles on Tuesday after she was found unconscious at her Los Angeles home. In recent years, the…

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,…