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Around Earth's northern hemisphere, thunderstorm season is in full swing. That means it's a great time to see sprites.  Paul Smith photographed these specimens on July 14th:

"I was at Kaw Lake in Oklahoma when the sprites started leaping up from the thunderheads," says Smith.  Sprites are an exotic form of upward-directed lightning, reaching from the tops of electrical storms all the way up to the edge of space. 
Because they emerge from the tops of storms, the best place to see sprites is from a distance where the camera can point over the edge of the thunderhead. "I was about 140 miles from the storm in Kansas that produced these sprites," says Smith.  This weather map shows the location of his camera (blue pushpin) and where it was pointing (blue arrow):
People have been seeing sprites since at least the 19th century, but the first reports were met with skepticism. Sprites entered the mainstream in 1989 when researchers from the …
Small tsunami floods islands of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain
A meteo-tsunami formed in the Mediterranean Sea near the coast of Spain early July 16, 2018, and flooded the coasts of Mallorca and Menorca, Spain’s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Sea.  According to local media, a wave as high as 1.5 meters (5 feet) hit the islands of Mallorca and Menorca during the early morning hours of Monday, July 16.  The wave hit numerous cities along the coasts of both islands, including the port city of Ciutadella on the west coast of Menorca, flooding beaches, roads, bars, and terraces. Beach chairs, boats and parasols were swept away on both islands as well as a historic sailing boat used by the Majorca Island Council which had to be rescued by sailors and brought back to port as it drifted out to sea. There are no reports of injuries as the beaches were still relatively empty when the event took place. Markers on the map below show some of the cities affected by the event: Cities affected by…
Massive Iceberg Looms Over A Village In Greenland
The photographs are stunning: a giant mountain of ice towers over a tiny village, with colorful homes reminiscent of little doll houses against the stark, blue-gray landscape. But for the people living in those houses – that beauty could be life-threatening. "It's kind of like, if you lived in the suburbs, and you woke up one morning and looked out, and there was a skyscraper next to your house," says David Holland, an oceanographer at New York University who does research in Greenland during the summer months. "I'd be the first to get out of there." He says that's why authorities have taken action to evacuate those living closest to the water from the village of Innaarsuit, where the iceberg has parked itself just off the coast. According to the BBC, the village has just 169 residents. "In these shallow bays, these icebergs may drift in and become stuck, grounded on the sea floor," Holland say…
Huge Lava Bomb Explosion Hits Tour Boat Injuries Reported in Hawaii
(BIVN) – A large explosion at the lava ocean entry that reportedly injured passengers on a lava boat tour is under investigation. UPDATE: “At least 13 people were treated at the Hilo Medical Center after an incident on a lava tour boat early this morning,” reported the DLNR’s Division of Conservation and Resources Enforcement in an updated media release this morning. The explosion sent lava through the roof of the passenger cabin on a Lava Ocean Tours boat, DLNR said, adding that “a 20-year-old woman has major leg trauma. The other passengers suffered burns and scrapes. DOCARE and other authorities are investigating this incident.” DLNR Chair Suzanne Case said, “DLNR sends its wishes for full and speedy recovery to all of those involved.”
An image of Monday morning’s explosion was captured on video and shared to social media by Kalapana Cultural Tours, which was a safe distance away at the time and was not the tour comp…
Anthony Bourdain Tore the Clintons Apart in a Just-Released Interview Then he was DEAD! The late celebrity chef said the former president and first lady conducted 'unforgivable' actions by holding women back Anthony Bourdain, the late celebrity chef, television host and author, may have cast his vote for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election — but it is now clear he was no fan of the Clintons. “Bill Clinton, look, the bimbo eruptions — it was f***ing monstrous. That would not have flown today,” Bourdain said about the scandal. “[Bill Clinton is] a piece of s***. Entitled, rapey, gropey, grabby, disgusting, and the way that he — and she [Hillary] — destroyed these women and the way that everyone went along, and, and are blind to this!” he said in a newly released interview with Popula that was done a month after his death. ADVERTISEMENT The “Parts Unknown” host also said that the way Bill and Hillary Clinton shut down the former president’s accusers was “unforgivabl…
The biggest and yet least talked about issue facing conservatives and Trump supporters heading into the mid-terms and the 2020 presidential elections is social media censorship and big tech’s efforts to rig elections by manipulating their algorithms. In association with Mike Adams, Infowars has published a detailed master compendium on censorship that will serve as a roadmap for lawmakers and for President Trump as we begin the fight to return the battleground of ideas to a level playing field. The original document is embedded below and should be read in full. What follows below is a brief summary of the major talking points of this document. Slaves to the algorithm Algorithms are the most pernicious form of censorship because the target cannot conclusively prove they are being censored yet experience the impact of censorship anyway. As Robert Epstein has documented, “Google’s search algorithm can easily shift the voting preferen…