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Death from ‘Antifreeze’ in the Sky?

Posted by feww on January 6, 2011

Dead jackdaws fall from the Swedish sky

Hundreds of dead jackdaws have fallen from the sky in the town of Falkoeping, Sweden, the local media reported.

Officials have cited a number of reasons for the deaths including “disease or poisoning.”

Animal Rescue chief Christer Olofsson holds a dead jackdaws in Falkoeping, Sweden. Photo Credit: AFP. Image may be subject to copyright.

The report comes fast on the heels of a another incident on New Year’s Eve  in the town of Beebe, Arkansas, where thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky.

U-S scientists said the blackbirds in Arkansas may have been affected by the celebratory fireworks.  However, there were no reports of fireworks or storms in Falkoeping prior to the deaths.

One of more than a record 5,000 blackbirds that fell in the town of Beebe, Arkansas on the New Year’s Eve. Photo Credit: AP. Image may be subject to copyright.

“The U.S. Geological Service’s website lists about 90 mass deaths of birds and other wildlife from June through Dec. 12. Five list deaths of at least 1,000 birds and another 12 show at least 500 dead birds.” LA Times reported.


“Hole Punch Clouds?”

Now see image below. The NASA caption reads:

Looking up on a chilly December morning in 2009, residents of rural West Virginia (southwest of Charleston) would have seen a halo of light bursting through the thin bank of clouds that hung overhead. The light was streaming through hole-punch clouds and canals, most likely created by passing airplanes. This image, taken by the Landsat-5 satellite on December 11, 2009, shows the unique conditions in which such holes form.

Hole Punch Clouds over West Virginia

Download large image (4 MB, JPEG). Source: NASA-EO

‘Antifreeze’ in the Sky?

The caption concludes

The surrounding cloud bank is made up of altocumulus clouds, sitting at an altitude of 2,000 to 7,000 meters (6,600 – 23,000 feet), where temperatures ranged between minus five and minus twenty degrees Celsius, according to radiosonde data taken nearby. Despite the chill, this image reveals that the clouds were made of water, not ice. [Emphasis added by FIRE-EARTH]

Full caption and reference available HERE.

Physics 101: Water freezes when cooled below 0°C (273.15K, 32°F) at standard atmospheric pressure, unless mixed with antifreeze.

See also

Second State Experiences Mass Bird Kill

2 Responses to “Death from ‘Antifreeze’ in the Sky?”

  1. feww said

    Birds Dying In Italy: Thousands Of Turtle Doves Fall Dead From Sky

  2. Jack said

    [Even by your STANDARD of imagination the links, timing, “microwave connection,” etc, is wildly remote! You may want to serve the popular science by asking the researcher whose work you’ve cited at what temperature water, “pure with no contaminants,” finally freezes–the hint was that the sky-atmosphere-was far too polluted for the birds to even fly safely. Moderator]

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