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In Sheep News

Australia has sheep:

Wool shorn off an overgrown sheep found near Canberra yesterday has set an “unofficial” world record for the heaviest fleece removed in one shearing, the RSPCA says.

The sheep, found yesterday, underwent a risky shearing operation to remove 40.45 kilograms of wool.

It smashed the previous world record held by a sheep in New Zealand called Shrek, whose fleece weighed 27 kilograms.

After shearing, the sheep weighed in at 44 kilograms.

This was the second attempt by Australia to capture Shrek’s crown. First was Shaun the sheep [not related to this Shaun the Sheep] in Tasmania who came in short at 23.5kg.

Update: The RSPCA dubbed the sheep Chris. NPR’s headline was Woolly Mammoth, but the BBC’s mobile headline Fleece Release Me for the article is my personal favorite.

September 2, 2015   2 Comments

Tropical Storm Fred – Day 4

Tropical Storm FredPosition: 20.6N 32.7W [10PM CDT 0300 UTC].
Movement: West-Northwest [295°] near 10 mph [17 kph].
Maximum sustained winds: 40 mph [ 65 kph].
Wind Gusts: 55 mph [ 90 kph].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 70 miles [110 km].
Minimum central pressure: 1006 mb.

Currently about 655 miles [1050 km] West-Northwest of the Cape Verde Islands.

The forecast is for the storm to go extra-tropical later today.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

September 2, 2015   Comments Off on Tropical Storm Fred – Day 4