Top 10 Most Extreme Weather Conditions

We all know that weather can get pretty wild sometimes and that it is not always in accordance with our wishes. Global warming, pollution, and and similar effects caused by human could increase chance for some extreme weather conditions.

Could you imagine how it would be to live a single minute on a 57,8°C (136 °F) temperature? Could you imagine that there was hailstorm with hailstones as big as 17,8 cm (7.0 in) diameter and 47.6 cm (18.75 in) circumference? Extreme weather can happen almost anywhere and we hope none of us will be there when it happens.

1. Highest Air Temperature Ever Recorded:

It would have been a bad time to be in Al ‘Aziziyah, Libya on September 13, 1922. The temperature high of the day was recorded at 57.8 °C (136 °F), making it the highest air temperature ever recorded. Al ‘Aziziyah is located near the Sahara desert which is one reason it was so hot. Despite this record, there have been claims of higher temperatures in other places during a phenomenon known as a “heat burst” where winds rapidly increase the temperature and lower the moisture in the air. The most extreme of these is the supposed 87 °C (188 °F) during a heat burst in Abadan, Iran during June of 1967. The event has not been confirmed and therefore is not accepted as the world record. As of now Death Valley, California is a close second for hottest recorded temperature with a high of 56.7 °C (134 °F) on July 10, 1913.

2. Fastest Temperature Rise:

At 7:30 a.m. on January 22, 1943, in Spearfish, South Dakota, the temperature was -20°C (-4°F) when a chinook (wind that goes downhill) began to blow very quickly. Within two minutes the temperature had risen to +7°C (+45°F). This 27°C (49°F) rise in temperature is the fastest temperature rise ever recorded. The strange weather patterns continued and an hour and a half later the wind stopped and the temperature dropped from 12°C (54°F) to -20°C (-4°F), a total drop of 32°C (58°F) in only 27 minutes. Sources: Spearfish and RMC.

3. Coldest Temperature on Earth:

The Vostok Station is a Russian research facility located on the southern “pole of cold” in Antarctica. The poles of cold are the points on the earth with the lowest recorded air temperatures, and although there are multiple locations that are considered “poles of cold” in the northern hemisphere, Vostok is undeniably the coldest part of Antarctica. To give you some perspective, the average winter climate is −65 °C (−85 °F) and about −30 °C (−25 °F) in the summer. On July 21, 1983, the temperature at the Vostok Station dropped to −89.2 °C (−128.6 °F), and this is the coldest temperature ever recorded on earth. In addition to the cold, the climate in the area is incredibly unfit for humans for many reasons. There is essentially no moisture in the air, the average wind speed is 11 mph (Up to 60 mph), there is a lack of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the air, and the area has a polar night that lasts three months. The facility is used for research such as ice core drilling and the study of magnetic fields.

4. Fastest Temperature Drop:

South Dakota has some strange weather due to the Chinooks, and Rapid City (about 45 min from Spearfish) holds the record for the fastest temperature drop ever recorded. On January 22, 1943, the same day as the strange weather in Spearfish above, the temperature plummeted 27°C (47°F) in 5 minutes from 16°C (60°F) to -11°C (13°F), and this set the record for fastest drop in temperature ever recorded.

5. Largest Snowflake:

On January 28, 1887, a rancher at Fort Keogh, Montana discovered a snowflake that was 38 centimeters (15 in) in diameter, but unfortunately because of the time period there is no picture of the actual flake. Although the circumstances seem fishy, he had witnesses and the flake is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest snowflake ever recorded.

6. Most Rain in 24 Hours:

Between 15 and 16 March 1952, Cilaos at the center of the Island RĂ©union received 1,869.9 mm (73.6 in) of rainfall, and this is the greatest 24-hour precipitation total ever recorded on earth. The island also holds the record for most rainfall in 72 hours, 3,929 mm (154.7 in) at Commerson’s Crater in March, 2007.

7. Highest Snowfall in North America:
Between July 1, 1998 and June 30, 1999, 29.0 meters, (1140 in) of snow fell on Mount Baker which is located in Washington State, United States. When the Mt. Baker Ski Area reported the figure it was investigated by the National Climate Extremes Committee and they voted unanimously to accept the number. The previous record was 1,122 inches on Mt. Rainer (150 miles south of Mt. Baker) in 1971. The Pacific Northwest has large quantities of snowfall in the mountains and that is for a few reasons. Seattle has a well-earned reputation for raining often, and when all of the moisture-filled clouds from the Pacific hit the mountains they begin to dump their precipitation on the slopes. Seattle is at a low elevation so it is frequently too warm for snow, but it is often below freezing at elevations higher than 4,000 feet which leads to the high snowfall in the mountains.

8. Largest Hailstone:

On June 22, 2003 a large thunderstorm moved across south-central Nebraska, and after a hailstorm local residents in Aurora found an extremely large hailstone and quickly put it in a freezer to keep it from melting. It was examined by the National Climate Extremes Committee who measured it as being 17.8 cm (7.0 in) diameter and 47.6 cm (18.75 in) circumference. The previous record was found in Coffeyville, Kansas, on September 3, 1970, and had a diameter of 5.7 (14.5 centimeters) inches as well as a circumference of 17.5 inches (44.5 centimeters). It is not officially the heaviest hailstone ever recorded, but it may have been before it hit a gutter and had time to melt before between the time it fell and was frozen. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) reports that hail can fall as fast as 100 miles (160 kilometers) per hour, and more destructive hailstorms cause one billion dollars in damage to property and crops annually. At this time the record-holding hailstone is stored at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

9. Fastest Wind:

On May 3, 1999, tornadoes formed in Oklahoma and began destroying homes across the state. At about 7:00 Pm a DOW (Doppler On Wheels as pictured above) recorded a three second gust of wind that was traveling at 512 km/h (318 mph), and the speed far surpassed the previous record of 460 km/h (286 mph) in a tornado by Red Rock, Oklahoma, on April 26, 1991. In 1971 Ted Fujita of the University of Chicago introduced a method of categorizing tornadoes called the Fujita Scale. In the rating system he set out parameters to classify tornadoes F0 through F5, but in his notes he also described a theoretical F6 tornado which would have a higher wind-speed than a F5 tornado and he was almost certain could not exist. The highest windspeed for a F5 is 318 mph, so if the winds had been 1 mph faster it would have been the first tornado ever to be classified as an F6.

10. Largest and Most Severe Tornado Outbreak:

From April 3 to April 4, 1974, in a period of 18 hours, 148 tornadoes occurred across the 13 central US states and Ontario, Canada. The event came to be known as the “Super Outbreak” and it had devastating effects. 24 of the tornadoes were classified on the Fujita Scale as F4’s, and six were F5’s, more F5’s than have been reported in any other year. There were also more significant tornadoes during that 24 hours than any other entire week on record. It extensively damaged approximately 900 square miles (1,440 square kilometers) along a total combined path length of 2,600 miles (4,160 km). The outbreak of tornadoes was caused by an extreme low-pressure system that moved across the US, and it created $3.5 billion in damages. More than three hundred people were killed during the 18 hours, and 5,484 people were injured



Strangest Animals in the World

Recently on the Into the Wild blog, we took a dive into the world of the weird and the wonderful, searching out some of Earth’s strangest animals and showcasing their odd looks, bizarre adaptations and gruesome survival techniques.

First we entered the mysterious depths of the world’s oceans, where scientists still don’t know for sure what could be lurking down there in the dark. To give you your first taste of the bizarre, let’s take a look at the Dumbo octopus. With an uncanny similarity to the cartoon character, the so-called Dumbo octopus can be found living at extreme depths of 9,800 to 1,300, where it stalks its prey, engulfing it whole before gliding off into the murky depths.

Next is a creature that looks more like a prop from a low-budget '70s sci-fi movie than an actual animal: we present to you the fangtooth. As one of the deepest dwelling fish in our oceans, the fangtooth has possibly the most menacing set of nashers out there. Large teeth are a common feature of many deep sea species, and scientists think that this may be an adaptation that enables them to prey on any animal that may come along, even larger fish.

Finally in our submarine roll-call, possibly the strangest the ocean has to offer: the sea pig. This creature behaves like a terrestrial slug but is in fact a sea cucumber – and actually doesn’t look like a pig at all, apart from the fact that it’s pink. This one’s truly a curious character.

With more people having walked on the surface of the moon than on the bottom of the Mariana trench, these watery depths remain some of the least explored areas on our planet. New species are turning up all the time as scientists push the boundaries of exploration, so we’re sure that the oceans will provide us with yet more new and peculiar species to gawk at very soon.

Next into the spotlight: the 'mad mammals'. With heaps of peculiar adaptations, spectacularly strange faces and funny habits, the mammals are certainly up there in the strange animal stakes. There’s definitely plenty out there to choose from, but these are some of our favorites.

Starting off proceedings is the star-nosed mole of eastern Canada and the north-eastern United States (above). This little creature has a circle of 22 mobile, fleshy tentacles at the end of its nose, which it uses to locate food as it scuttles around underground.

Up next is the pink fairy armadillo. Armadillos are weird creatures at the best times but this species is a particularly peculiar combination of fluff and scales. Also known as pichiciego, this critter calls central Argentina home. It is now endangered – so if you come across this little fellow be sure to take care of it.

Without a doubt the prize for the cutest weirdo out there goes to the jerboa. Strangely, jerboa do not drink water; instead they extract moisture from their food. Astonishingly, one experiment claimed that jerboa have lived for up to three years on dry seeds alone. The jerboa has tiny forearms, an extremely long tail, long hind legs and what can only be described as clown’s feet. The latter come in handy for its hopping locomotion, enabling it to move at high speeds with minimal energy exertion. The quirky long-eared jerboa of Mongolia and north-western China has exceptionally long ears which it uses to locate its insect prey.

With so many offbeat individuals out there, Into the Wild simply couldn’t leave these guys off our list; so here’s our best of the rest. This one's a real gem: the beautiful and delicate Malaysian orchid praying mantis. A master of camouflage, each of its legs looks incredibly similar to an orchid petal, and its hunting abilities aren't to be sniffed at either. The orchid praying mantis ambushes its prey and catches it with astonishing speed, generally using its spiked forelegs before devouring it with its pincer-like mouth.

Also making 'best of the rest' is the giant Chinese salamander. Growing up to an incredible 6 feet long, it's the largest salamander on the planet. This strange looking freshwater monster is found in the mountain streams and lakes in China. Considered a delicacy by the Chinese, it is also critically endangered.

To finish our week of oddity, Into the Wild took a divergence from the world of reality and wholeheartedly stepped into the world of myth and superstition. These are the elusive creatures that have never been proven to exist, but might just be out there somewhere. From the Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas to the Mongolian death worm, we checked out the evidence, the myths and the hoaxes to find out how these mythical creatures have become cultural icons, legends of the big screen, and the cornerstones of folklore.

We hope you’ve enjoyed Into the Wild’s little snapshot of the weird and wonderful world of animals.



Top 15 Bizarre Nature Places in America

1. Library of Ages at Central California.
The fog settled in after another nice sunset along the central California coast. The rock layers which record the geologic history of Montana De Oro State Park just south of Big Sur, can be read like books in an ancient library. A long exposure isolated the rock by smoothing the large surf. Indeed, the photos is very naturally magnificent.

2. Big Sur, Portal of the Sun.
This photo is a winner in the 2009 Nature’s Best Ocean Views competition. A print will hang in the Smithsonian museum in Washington DC for a year! This sea arch opening in a cliff face at Pfeiffer Beach in Big Sur allows large waves to come through at high tide before a big storm. The waves often fill the entire portal to the top, and the portal becomes a giant water shotgun! The Tufoni formations in the rock are incredible and should be seen in person.

3. Maelstorm Kauai at Hawaii.
The lava-ledge is 20 feet above the sea, and the incoming wave is twice that height. This is not the Sprouting Horn near Poipu and it is not Queen’s bath! It is called the Mokolea Lava Pools and this is indeed a near-death experience for the photographer. Solute!

4. Shores of Eternity at Big Sur, California.
This timeless place was begging for the long exposure treatment. This little cove is one of many dozens of lesser-known and hard to reach places along the Bug Sur coast. It is heavily guarded by steep cliffs, and lots of poison oak, which produces a bad skin rash to those that are allergic to the oils in the leaves and stems. This wallpaper is very well-done.

5. Bird Rock at Point Lobos California.
Being close to the “Library of the Ages”, the Bird Rock is just another stunning nature attraction for the tourists and also photographers.

6. Trade Winds at Isla Mujeres, Mexico.
On this stretch of coastline on Isla Mujeres, the trade winds blow constantly, sending clouds and storms from Africa and keeping temperatures moderate. These rocks were under the sand until hurricane Wilma scored a direct hit on this area with wind gusts exceeding 200 mph. Aww scary.

7. La Jolla – Sandstone and Sky.
The sun rises over La Jolla California. The symmetery of the stones is adding harmony to the wallpaper. I love this wallpaper.

8. Pigeon Point Evening Lighthouse.

Evening comes to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse, on the San Mateo count coast near San Francisco. Pigeon Point is home to large numbers of pelicans year round. It really should be called Pelican Point.

9. Needles and a Haystack at Cannon Beach, Oregon.
Canon Beach in Northern Oregon is an exceptionally wide, long and flat beach with a number of large rock islands and sea stacks offshore. Low tide is often the best time to see it because you can get closer to the rocks and the sand is glossy and smooth both for walking and for photography. For two short minutes, the sun illuminated this scene against a dark sky. This is indeed a very rare moment for photographers.

10. Trinidad Surf at Humboldt Country California.
When the wave hits the rock, the whole beach echoed with the sound of monsterous entity. I really wished that the photo will come together with the sound.

11. Ray of Light at Mount Diablo California.
A final ray of light burst through the clouds on Mt. Diablo, 20 miles inland from San Francisco. A mid-winter storm provided some much needed rain and some much needed atmosphere too!

12. Yosemite National Park.
It is amazing how this scene is just handed to you on a silver platter. The green is so significant that the photographer can’t avoid to take a shot on the landscape.

13. Maui Red.
The red sand beach is just outside of Hana and is rather difficult to get to at high tide, especially in the dark before sunrise. The old path was washed away by a landslide and the waves at high tide make it difficult to run across the beaches between waves.

14. Point Lobos, Pinnacle Rock.
Point Lobos, at the north end of Big Sur just south of Carmel, California could keep a photographer busy for months or even years. The sun peeks under the fog deck at sunset to illuminate the sea. It is a peninsula that has been sculptured by large Pacific waves over millions of years and the results are stunning. This is one of the western-most points of rock and is probably 50 feet tall at high tide. Sometimes waves wash over the entire rock.

15. Big Sur, Garrapata Surf.
Large waves were rolling the cobblestones on the shoreline of Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California. Too bad photographs cannot capture sound as an extra element. The cobblestones made quite an impressive sound as they rolled around in the large surf.



The Verdon Gorge

The Verdon Gorge in south-eastern France has been dubbed the Grand Canyon of Verdon because of its topological similarities with the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, United States. The Grand Canyon of Verdon is about 25 kilometers long and up to 700 meters deep and measures 200 to 1500 meters from one side of the Gorge to the other. It is formed the Verdon River, which is named after its startling turquoise-green colour, one of the canyon's most distinguishing characteristics. The most impressive part lies between the towns of Castellane and Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, where the river has cut a ravine up to 700 metres down through the limestone mass. At the end of the canyon, the Verdon river flows into the artificial lake of Sainte-Croix-du-Verdon.

Because of its proximity to the French Riviera, the canyon is very popular with tourists, who can drive around its rim, rent kayaks or hike. The limestone walls, which are several hundreds of meters high, attract many rock climbers. It is considered an outstanding destination for multi-pitch climbing. There are routes encompassing cracks, pillars and seemingly endless walls. The climbing is generally of a technical nature, and there are over 1,500 routes, ranging from 20m to over 400m.



Lake Vostok Mistery

A shocking Ministry of Defense report on the Russian scientific team that has successfully drilled 3,768 meters into the world’s largest submerged lake on the continent of Antarctica, believed to be untouched for over 20 million years, states that the underwater video camera discovered the“striking image” of a “golden-like swastika” estimated to be no less than 100 meters in height and width.

According to this report, the discovery of this underwater swastika was made on 30 January after which the Ministry ordered into silence the scientists who have been working on this project for the past 20 years until highly specialized encrypted communication devices could be delivered to them and sparking fears among many that they were missing as they had been “out of communication” for 5 days.

Upon their receiving their new communication “devices” the scientists released their first report to the world through Russian state media’s RIA Novosti which added into their announcement of this historic mission the following:

“It is thought that towards the end of the Second World War, the Nazis moved to the South Pole and started constructing a base at Lake Vostok. In 1943, Grand Admiral Karl Dontiz was quoted saying “Germany’s submarine fleet is proud that it created an unassailable fortress for the Fuehrer on the other end of the world,” in Antarctica.

According to German naval archives, months after Germany surrendered to the Allies in April, 1945, the German submarine U-530 arrived at the South Pole from the Port of Kiel. Crewmembers constructed an ice cave and supposedly stored several boxes of relics from the Third Reich, including Hitler’s secret files.

It is also rumored that later the submarine U-977 delivered the remains of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun to Antarctica for DNA cloning purposes.

The subs then entered the Argentinean port of Mar-del-Plata and surrendered to authorities.”

Lake Vostok is the largest of more than 140 sub-glacial lakes found under the surface of Antarctica. The overlying ice provides a continuous paleoclimatic record of 400,000 years, although the lake water itself may have been isolated for 15 to 25 million years. It is located at the southern Pole of Cold, beneath Russia’s Vostok Station under the surface of the central East Antarctic Ice Sheet, which is at 3,488 metres (11,444 ft) above mean sea level. The surface of this fresh water lake is approximately 4,000 m (13,100 ft) under the surface of the ice, which places it at approximately 500 m (1,600 ft) below sea level. Measuring 250 km (160 mi) long by 50 km (30 mi) wide at its widest point, and covering an area of 15,690 km2 (6,060 sq mi), it is similar in area to Lake Ontario, but with over three times the volume.

Russia’s St. Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute developed the drilling technique employed by Russian scientist which has involved the use of freon and kerosene to lubricate the borehole and prevent it from collapsing and freezing over; 60 tons of these chemicals have been used thus far on the ice above Lake Vostok. Other countries, particularly the United States and Britain, have failed to persuade the Russians not to pierce to the lake until cleaner technologies such as hot-water drilling are available.

Russian interest in Antarctica, particularly Lake Vostok, where heightened after World War II when in 1947 American Admiral Richard E. Byrd led 4,000 military troops from the US., Britain and Australia in an invasion of Antarctica called “Operation Highjump” but who were reported to have encountered heavy resistance from Nazi “flying saucers” and had to call off the invasion.

Most interesting to note about Admiral Byrd’s Operation Highjump mission was his solo flight towards the South Pole on 19 February 1947 wherein he recorded in his diary the following:

“1000 Hours- We are crossing over the small mountain range and still proceeding northward as best as can be ascertained. Beyond the mountain range is what appears to be a valley with a small river or stream running through the center portion. There should be no green valley below! Something is definitely wrong and abnormal here! We should be over ice and snow! To the portside are great forests growing on the mountain slopes. Our navigation instruments are still spinning, the gyroscope is oscillating back and forth!

1005 Hours- I alter altitude to 1400 feet and execute a sharp left turn to better examine the valley below. It is green with either moss or a type of tight knit grass. The light here seems different. I cannot see the Sun anymore. We make another left turn and we spot what seems to be a large animal of some kind below us. It appears to be an elephant! NO!!! It looks more like a mammoth! This is incredible! Yet, there it is! Decrease altitude to 1000 feet and take binoculars to better examine the animal. It is confirmed – it is definitely a mammoth-like animal! Report this to base camp.

1030 Hours- Encountering more rolling green hills now. The external temperature indicator reads 74 degrees Fahrenheit! Continuing on our heading now. Navigation instruments seem normal now. I am puzzled over their actions. Attempt to contact base camp. Radio is not functioning!”

Though deliberately obscured by the West today, Nazi German leader Adolph Hitler was obsessed with New Swabia (German: Neuschwabenland) which was the name given to the area of Antarctica located between 20°E and 10°W in Queen Maud Land which he believed would one day be the world capital of his “master race.”

Soviet archives have extensive files detailing that Nazi Germany and the United States forged an alliance prior to the end of World War II allowing Hitler and cohorts to escape to their Antarctica base in exchange for German technology that included the atomic bomb and advanced fighter jet, rocket and flying saucer technology.

Not known to all but of few about Nazi German flying saucer technology were that German brothers Walter Horten (1913-1998) and Reimar Horten (1915-1994), who were not only devout followers of Hitler, but were, also, the most advanced flying craft engineers in the world who not only invented the “flying saucer,” but, also, deliberately fabricated the American UFO incident in 1948 known as Roswell in conjunction with the Soviets to destabilize the United States.

Interesting to note in this report is its only mentioning the “golden swastika” without any Nazi affiliation, which is important when this most ancient of symbols is taken into its correct and complete context.

Far from its being the symbol of the Nazi Empire, the swastika is our world’s oldest known symbol that dates back to the Indus Valley Civilization of Ancient India, as well as Classical Antiquity, and due to the extreme amount of time estimated in the millions of years since man last looked into the depths of Lake Vostok, it is entirely possible that what has now been discovered in Antarctica may very well be another clue to who we are and where we really come from.

The evidence for this “golden swastika” predating the Nazis is further bolstered by the Finaeus (1531) and Piri Reis (1513) maps of Antarctica used by Western explorers to “discover” the New World and showing it to be ice free with flowing rivers, drainage patterns and a clean coastline.

To whatever the origin of this mystery will be it is not in our knowing, other than to note that as we progress further into this most climatic of years, 2012, even more shocking discoveries and revelations will surely await us all.

The Lake Vostok ‘Alien Craft’ Coverup
DISTURBING NEWS has been leaking out from the giant continent at the bottom of the world. Scientists manning lonely outposts under the drifting and shifting aurora are nearly paralyzed with fear. Their clipped reports are being reviewed by astonished superiors back in the home countries.
Russian researchers posted near the giant South Pole sub-glacial Lake Vostok have reported eerie anomalies and incidents over the past few years that sometimes seem to border on the frayed edge of creeping madness.

Artificial structure found under two miles of ice.
During April 2001 one of the world’s great secrets was revealed: an ancient structure or apparatus that lay encased miles under the hard Antarctic ice was detected by a roving spy satellite. The US military immediately moved to quash the reports and the mainstream news media dutifully complied.
Despite the news blackout, reports still surfaced that a secretive excavation project had commenced on the heels of the discovery. Some European countries formally protested the excavation by the US military.

“If it’s something the US military has constructed down there, then they’re violating the international Antarctic Treaty,” said an aide to Nicole Fontaine, at the time he was the European Parliament’s French president. “If not, then it’s something that’s at least 12,000 years old, which is how long ice has covered Antarctica. That would make it the oldest man-made structure on the planet. The Pentagon should heed the calls of Congress and release whatever it’s hiding.”
The federal government and the Pentagon ignored the calls.

High technology and strange events
Soon after, some military observers noted that robotic devices were being shipped to the South Pole and speculation erupted about the belief by some that the US Air Force had transported their mammoth nuclear-powered tunnel-boring machine, the Subterrene, on a C5-A to a secret Antarctic base.

US Air Force's incredible Subterrene giant earth borer

The Subterrene, a cylindrical vessel that is said manned with a crew of four to six, is capable of subterranean travel and has undergone tests in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico. Designed to bore through hard rock strata, drilling into the ice would be like a laser cutting through a marshmallow.

Earth-borer: like a laser cutting through a marshmallow

Following the frenzied events, of early 2001, the news broke of a mysterious medical emergency that forced an evacuation of unnamed personnel during the depths of the Antarctic winter–the first event of its kind during the dangerous South Pole winter season.

Shortly after that the region was shaken by an unusual earthquake. Seismologists located the temblor at the epicenter of the buried structure in East Antarctica. Yet still the military resisted making any comment.
A magnetic anomaly formed, intensified, and spread to the vicinity of the Russian Vostok base. Russian researchers were shocked and puzzled.

Meanwhile, the American military airfield buzzed with activity as flights came and went at a dizzying pace. Heavy machinery–some pretty exotic–appeared on the bleak Antarctic ice sheet. Unverified reports claimed that the nuclear-powered earth borer Subterrene arrived.

Subterrene sent to explore prehistoric machine?

Finally, the American and European media were pressing hard for some believable answers when 9-11 occurred and the US was suddenly under terrorist attack. Domestic and international focus immediately shifted from the Antarctic to New York City and Washington, D.C.
The mysterious events in Antarctica were forgotten.

2002: TV crew disappears
A California TV crew filming in the Antarctic went missing in November 2002.
Supposedly, a video discovered among the crews’ personal effects by a special U.S. Navy SEAL rescue team tasked to find the filmmakers confirmed earlier reports of a huge artifact buried under the ice–a prehistoric machine that may be of alien origin.

“The U.S. government said it will seek to block the airing of a video found by Navy rescuers in Antarctica that purportedly reveals that a massive archaeological dig is underway two miles beneath the ice,”stated a press release that appeared briefly on the studio production’s website.

Time vortex erupts
As one bizarre event followed another, a research team of US and UK scientists accidentally came across a mind-numbing discovery. While working on a joint weather research project, the team witnessed the creation of a spinning vortex of time.

US physicist Mariann McLein allegedly testified that she and her colleagues became aware of a “spinning gray fog” in the sky over their heads. They initially dismissed the phenomenon as merely part of a random polar storm.

The spiraling vortex, however, did not disperse. Stranger still, despite gusts of wind and briskly moving clouds overhead, the weird spinning gray fog remained stationary.

Deciding to explore the odd phenomenon, the group took one of its weather balloons and attached a meteorological instrument to it that calibrated temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, windspeed and a scientific chronometer to record the times of the readings.

After attaching a cable to the balloon, and securing the other end to a winch, they released it. The balloon and instrument package soared upwards and were immediately sucked into the gaping maw of the swirling vortex.
The balloon and instruments disappeared.

Tunnel to the past
After a several minutes, they decided to retrieve the balloon. Despite some difficulty with the winch they succeeded in bringing the balloon back to earth and checked the instruments. McLein stated that everyone was stunned by the readout on the chronometer. It displayed a date decades in the past: January 27, 1965.
McLein claimed the experiment was repeated several times with the same result.

Later, she said, the entire episode was reported to military intelligence and passed on to the White House. Presumably the strange vortex phenomenon—a highly magnetic tunnel to the past–was code named The Time Gate by military intelligence.

As the phenomenon was generated in the same general vicinity as the discovery of the giant apparatus deep under the ice, it’s thought the two may be related.

If indeed a magnetic time vortex is appearing and disappearing over Antarctica–and if the phenomena is not natural, but generated by some unknown technology deep under the icecap–it may reveal the physics of time and could potentially allow control of the past, and by implication the future. If true, it’s no wonder the military is so intensely interested and so closed-mouthed about it…



Top 10 Coldest Places in the World

There are extreme places in the world, some of them more extreme than others. However far and no matter how cold, the life managed to sneak in those places in spite of all the odds we see working against it.

Maybe, the regular person cannot imagine living in a place where your saliva freezes the second you open your mouth, but there is such a place out there.

The places with the lowest temperature on Earth are the less likely spot one would expect to see life. Still, human dwellings are present in spite of the extreme temperature and life manages to go on in spite of nature.

1. Rogers Pass, Montana, USA with -56.5 C

2. Fort Selkirk, Yukon, Canada with -58.9 C

3. Prospect Creek, Alaska, USA with -62.1 C

4. Snag, Yukon, Canada with -63.0 C

5. Eismitte, Greenland with -64.9 C

6. Northice, Greenland with -66.0 C

7. Verkhoyansk, Russia with -67.7 C

8. Oymyakon, Russia with -71.1 C

9. Plateau Station, Antartica with -84.0 C

10. Vostok, Antartica with -89.2 C