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Coldest temps in decades across Netherlands | NL Times

Posted in 2017, Extreme Weather, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 21, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

frosty_daisy_8127252886.jpgAfter a mild start to April, it seems the Netherlands has been dropped back into winter. Tuesday night brought frost to large parts of the country, and many places across the Netherlands measured the coldest temperatures in decades, according to Weerplaza.

Heino and Achterhoek had the coldest minimum temps on April 19th since 1991 with temperatures of -3.9 and -3.6 degrees Celsius respectively. Eindhoven measured its coldest April 19th minimum in 38 years with -2.4 degrees. On the ground Heino measured -6.4 degrees and Twente -8.6 degrees – coldest its been on April 19th in 26 years. 

Weerplaza expects minimum temperatures tonight to again drop to below freezing, both on the ground and on observable height – about half a meter above the ground. Minimum temperatures will range from -1 to -4 degrees. On the ground temperatures may drop to -8 degrees. Weerplaza expects that tonight will again break some cold records.

Source: Coldest temps in decades across Netherlands | NL Times

Freaky April 2017: Heat Wave in India, Cold Wave in Sweden!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 18, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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The weather across most of Sweden has been unseasonably cold – and it’s not going to get any better any time soon. Easter Sunday saw temperatures plummet to around a teeth-chattering -20C in the far northern Norrland.

And the Mercury is still misbehaving in the far south too. In the capital, Stockholm, Monday will see a high of 2C (and a low of -2C), with temperatures to sink as low as -4C on Tuesday and Wednesday. Gothenburg will be similarly cold this week, reaching lows of -2C, and even Malmo in the south will hit subzero temperatures on Wednesday. In the capital, Stockholm, Monday will see a high of 2C (and a low of -2C), with temperatures to sink as low as -4C on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Gothenburg will be similarly cold this week, reaching lows of -2C, and even Malmo in the south will hit subzero temperatures on Wednesday.

“A cold front is going to keep pushing through the country this week, and will even hang around at the beginning of next week,” Lovisa Andersson, meteorologist at Swedish weather agency SMHI, told the TT news agency. Southern reaches of Sweden can expect some light relief on Thursday and Friday, with temperatures expected to hit up to around 10C, she added.

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http://hisz.rsoe.hu/

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Freezing Easter for Sweden as temperatures hit -20C in the north

https://www.thelocal.se/20170417/freezing-easter-for-sweden-as-temperatures-hit-20c-in-the-north

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Melting road markings in New Delhi

Picture: EPA/HARISH TYAGI

India’s extreme heat wave, in pictures

Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of India in an extreme heat wave.

Lying in the shade and splashing into rivers, Indians are doing whatever they can to stay cool during a brutal heat wave that has killed more than 1,400 in the past month.

Above: Road markings appear distorted as the asphalt starts to melt due to the high temperature in New Delhi

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/india/11636124/Indias-extreme-heat-wave-in-pictures.html

Wild horse attacks alligator because nature is brutal. Also, Florida.

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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There are odd animal couples, and now we’re introducing odd animal enemies.

A group of people at the at Paynes Prairie State Park in Micanopy, Florida, were shocked to see a band of wild horses pick a fight with an alligator. 

After bullying the alligator out of the brush, one horse decides to stomp the gator, prompting a tense few moments as the crowd of people watched in surprise just feet away.

If you look closely, the gator can clearly be seen biting the horse as it tries to kick its head, though neither appears to be seriously injured immediately following the fight.

 

 

Another video before the beatdown shows the alligator was originally in the brush before it was bullied out to the path.

 

 

Source: Wild horse attacks alligator because nature is brutal. Also, Florida.

Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia: Dog Escapes By Opening Doors With His Mouth

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on April 12, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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When pets go missing, our first thoughts are how vulnerable, terrified, and lost they must feel. These are all valid concerns — after all, owning a pet is a massive responsibility. But General, a 10-year-old Great Pyrenees, proved we don’t give nearly enough credit to dogs for how smart and self-sufficient they can be.

Before a trip to Virginia beach, one family brought their dog to Aquia-Garrisonville Animal Hospital in Stafford, Virginia. They assumed he was in good hands, since they previously had good experiences with the hospital. But their trip was cut short when they received a call that General had broken out of his cage using his mouth, wandered out of the hospital, headed through the parking lot and down the sidewalk out of video surveillance’s eye.

The video footage depicts the dog looking both ways to see if the coast was clear (or maybe he was just interested in his new surroundings? Dogs love surroundings!). He proceeds to nonchalantly march out. If only sneaking out of awkward situations were that easy.

Deputies, animal control officers, and hospital employees banded together for an entire day to find him, and their efforts paid off. The hospital announced on their Facebook page that evening that the dog had been found (Phew! Searching for a lost pup at night doesn’t sound like a cake walk).

Source: http://www.teenvogue.com/story/dog-escapes-animal-hospital

SpaceWeather.com — Jupiter at Opposition. Today, April 7th, the sun, Earth and Jupiter are almost perfectly aligned

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on April 7, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Today, April 7th, the sun, Earth and Jupiter are almost perfectly aligned. Or, as an astronomer would say, “Jupiter is at opposition.”

From our point of view on Earth, Jupiter and the sun are on opposite sides of the sky. At opposition, the giant planet rises at sunset and stays up all night long. 

This is also the time when Jupiter is closest to Earth. Even small telescopes reveal Jupiter’s moons and stormy cloud belts.

Source: SpaceWeather.com — News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras, and near-Earth asteroids

Night sky guide for April 2017

Posted in Uncategorized on April 1, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

2017: What’s up in the night sky this April? Jupiter, king of the planets is visible all night long, and the Lyrids meteor shower peaks on April 22.

For more astronomy events near you, visit the Night Sky Network site at https://nightsky.jpl.nasa.gov/

April 1ST Comet Flyby: No kidding. Green comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is flying over Earth’s North Pole

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 31, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame

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Amateur astronomer Yasushi Aoshima sends this picture of the approaching comet from Fukushima, Japan

Green comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is flying over Earth’s North Pole this week where sky watchers can find it all night long not far from the bowl of the Big Dipper. At closest approach on April 1st it will be just 21 million km from Earth–an easy target for backyard telescopes and almost visible to the naked eye.

Amateur astronomer Yasushi Aoshima sends this picture of the approaching comet from Fukushima, Japan

“On March 22nd I caught 41P ‘eating’ M108, the Surfboard Galaxy,” says Aoshima. “The comet’s green atmosphere appeared to swallow the distant spiral galaxy as it exited Ursa Major.”

Why green? Like many comets, 41P has a verdant hue because its atmosphere contains diatomic carbon (C2)–a substance that glows green in the near vacuum of space.

Comet 41P is not only approaching Earth, but also the sun. April 12th is the date of perihelion (minimum distance from the sun). This means we are catching the comet just as solar heating is furiously searing its icy core. The green atmosphere should be well puffed up by streamers of vaporizing gas. Optimistic estimates of the comet’s brightness place it at magnitude +6, near the lower limit of naked-eye visibility.

This is not a Great Comet, but it should be a good one. The best time to observe is during the dark hours before sunrise when the green fuzzball is high in the northern sky. If you have a GOTO telescope, you can point it using an ephemeris from the Minor Planet Center. These sky maps show approximately where to look: March 31, April 1, 2.

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