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Zeeland flood museum in Holland flooded

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Flood Museum in Ouwerkerk, Zeeland
A combination of a whirlwind and heavy rain on Thursday morning has flooded the Flood Museum in Ouwerkerk, Zeeland.

According to the museum, the rainwater is usually drained by municipality pumps. But this time there was so much of it, that it could not simply be drained away. And so the water ended up in the museum through a side wall, NOS reports.

The fire brigade was called in to pump the water out of the reception hall. "They pumped out most of the water", Lianne Kooijman of the Flood Museum said to local news agency PZC. "Now we're waiting for the cleaning crew to suck up the remaining water with a water vacuum."

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 2 in Natore, Bangladesh

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Two people were killed by lightning at Shatakuri village in Singra upazila of the district yesterday afternoon.

The deceased were identified as Rabeya Begum, 35, wife of Mohammad Bachchu, and Kalpona Khatun, 12, daughter of Abdul Kuddus of the village.

Police said both were struck by a thunderbolt while fishing in a canal nearby their houses around 5:00pm. They died on the spot.

Fire

Rapidly growing wildfire burns unchecked in Northern California

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Firefighters watch the Rocky Fire advance in Lake County, California July 30, 2015.
A rapidly growing wildfire burned largely unchecked in Northern California's ranch country on Friday after destroying three homes and forcing hundreds of people to flee.

The blaze, which has nearly doubled in size from late Thursday morning to scorch some 15,000 acres (60 square km) of California's rural Lake County, was one of 18 large fires under attack by 8,000 firefighters statewide, forestry authorities said.

About 500 people were ordered to evacuate, with emergency shelters opened for the evacuees and facilities set up to hold their livestock, officials said.

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the blaze was fueled by strong winds and grew quickly during its first 12 hours, devouring three homes and numerous outbuildings.

Cloud Precipitation

Farmers suffering worst summer in 4 decades on Shetland, Scotland

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The poor weather has hit the fortunes of both crop and livestock farmers.
The chairman of the local National Farmers' Union (NFU) branch has echoed nationwide concerns about the impact poor weather is continuing to have on the agriculture industry.

Jim Nicolson said that this year's weather is "almost certainly the worst" he's experienced in Shetland in the last four decades, with high levels of rainfall and a cold climate affecting the growth of grass and crops.

His comments come after NFU president Allan Bowie said this week that there is "real concern" over how some farmers will cope in the coming months as a result of the poor weather.


Bowie made the remarks after visiting Caithness to see first-hand the impact the climate has had on Scotland's agriculture industry.

Nicolson, who chairs the Shetland NFU branch, said that there are continuing "knock-on effects" that will run on through to winter as a result of adverse weather earlier in the year.

Eye 2

Shark attack off Australian coast leaves surfer seriously hurt

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Great white sharks have been responsible for previous attacks on the NSW north coast.
The 52-year-old surfer undergoes surgery on arm and leg injuries after punching the great white when it attacked him from behind

A surfer has suffered serious injuries after fighting off a great white shark which attacked him off a beach in northern NSW.

The 52-year-old man from Evans Head, named in media reports as Craig Ison, punched the shark when it attacked from behind during his regular early morning surf on Friday.

He was undergoing surgery on Friday after suffering injuries to his legs and hands.

His friend, Geoff Hill, said Ison was paddling back to shore as the shark pursued him, biting him and knocking him off his board before the surfer punched it away. He was then helped to shore and received first aid

"It was like watching a Mick Fanning replay," Mr Hill told the Northern Star, referring to the world champion surfer's headline-grabbing escape from a shark in South Africa earlier this month.

Pictures of Ison's punctured surf board show a large bite mark and a shark expert from the NSW department of primary industries has confirmed the predator was a great white.

Attention

'Unusually large' oil slick off California coast spotted near site of May spill

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A sample of oil scraped off the side of a kayak after two kayakers encountered a large oil sheen and called the Santa Barbara County fire department to investigate.
A large oil slick mysteriously appeared on Wednesday off the southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.

The sheen was initially reported as about 50-60ft wide about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County city of Goleta, said coast guard petty officer Andrea Anderson. But county fire captain Dave Zaniboni said it was "very large" and its current size would be determined when a coast guard helicopter arrived to fly over it.

A marine safety team was dispatched to try to determine the source of the oil, including whether it was from well-known natural seepage in the Santa Barbara Channel.

Comment: See also: California declares emergency as oil spill fouls sea and beaches near Santa Barbara

Recent reports show the Pacific Ocean is suffering unprecedented mass die-off's turning it into a 'desert'. As well as increased emissions from ocean floor venting, as Earth 'opens up', other causes include: Increased undersea volcano activity also has an effect:


Bizarro Earth

Voracious, potentially infectious African land snail spreading in Florida

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The giant African land snail is causing problems for Floridians.
Florida plant detectives are on the trail of a slippery foe, an invasive African land snail that is wily, potentially infectious, and can grow as big as a tennis shoe.

In the four years since Giant African Snails were discovered in Miami, they have slowly but surely spread to new territory, alarming residents in the southern suburbs and the neighboring county of Broward.

Their slimy tracks have led agricultural experts on an odyssey of discovery about animal behavior, folk religion and the precise amount of chemicals and cash it takes to kill the world's biggest gastropods.

Since 2011, Florida has spent $10.8 million on the Giant African Snail eradication program, according to state agriculture department spokesman Mark Fagan.

That is 10 times more than officials spent to wipe out the snails' last invasion of Florida in the 1960s, an effort that lasted an entire decade.

And there is still no end in sight.

Comment: These snails can grow as big as rats and have been found in a number of other states as well.


Arrow Down

Roads, caravans and power lines are swallowed up by giant sinkholes in the Dead Sea

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Collapsed: A neglected grove of date palms line a section of a two-lane desert road - a main north-south artery that cuts through Israel and the Palestinian West Bank - that was shut down six months ago when a gaping hole opened up beneath the asphalt
Roads, caravans and power lines are being swallowed up by giant sinkholes appearing at a rapid rate because the Dead Sea is shrinking from Israeli shores in a man-made phenomenon.

Hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court and some two storeys deep, are wreaking havoc by devouring land where the shoreline once stood.

Waters are vanishing at a rate of more than one metre a year and the problem is set to get worse without action on an international scale.

A neglected grove of date palms line a section of a two-lane desert road - a main north-south artery that cuts through Israel and the Palestinian West Bank - that was shut down six months ago when a gaping hole opened up beneath the asphalt.

Workers had stopped tending the date grove, fearing the earth might swallow them up.
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Worrying phenomenon: Hundreds of sinkholes, some the size of a basketball court and some two storeys deep, are wreaking havoc by devouring land where the Israeli shoreline once stood. It is happening because the Dead Sea is shrinking at a rapid rate

Moon

Blue moon: Britain to witness rare celestial event

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Britain will be treated to a rare astrological spectacle on Friday evening as the first blue moon since 2012 graces its skies.

The blue moon, which refers to the extra full moon that takes place over a calendar year, will not be seen again until 2018, so stargazers and astronomers alike will be making the most of the natural spectacle.

But the extra full moon is something of a misnomer, and those viewing it may be disappointed to discover that the blue moon is no bluer than a regular moon. In other words, it's going to be quite gray.

Blue moons occur due to a difference between calendar and lunar months. A calendar month is anything between 28-31 days, whereas the length between lunar months - the time between two full moons - is always 29.53 days.

The phenomenon has more significance for astrologers, people who claim they can glean meaning from the movement of the stars, than for scientific astronomers.

A blue moon traditionally marks a time of change and possibility in the astrological world.

The blue moon is the first since August 31, 2012, and won't be seen again until January 31, 2018.

Sun

Iranian city approaches record for world's hottest day

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Residents of the Iranian city of Bandar Mahshar were eager to reach a deal that would give them relief from the heat Thursday, when the air there felt like 154 degrees, factoring in the humidity.

The actual air temperature was 109 degrees with a dew point temperature of 90, the Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang reported.

"Bandar Mahshahr sits adjacent to the Persian Gulf in southwest Iran where water temperatures are in the 90s. Such high temperatures lead to some of the most oppressive humidity levels in the world when winds blow off the water," wrote Jason Samenow, of the Post.

Comment: All over the world extreme weather records are being broken! See also:

Russian scientist: Slowdown in Earth's rotation means we're on the verge of major climatic upheaval

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