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Burgundy vines destroyed in three minutes by 'machine gun' hail storm

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Grape vines near Pommard in Burgundy that were seriously damaged after a summer hailstorm in 2013. The hail has struck again this year, ruining up to 70% of the crop.
Some of Burgundy's finest vineyards have had their hopes of a bumper harvest dashed after a fierce hail storm "machine-gunned" their vines for the third summer in a row, damaging up to 90 per cent of the plants in the worst-affected areas.

Hailstones as big as golf balls and strong winds on Saturday lashed France's Côte de Beaune region, which is home to the Santenay, Meursault, Volnay, and Pommard appellations.

"It was like a machine-gun attack," said Anne Parent, who makes Pommard wines, adding that the devastating hail storm lasted a mere three minutes.

It will be several days before winemakers can assess the full damage, but officials said that between 50 and 90 per cent of the harvest may be lost.

Hopes had been high that this year's harvest would be a good one as a wet spring followed by a hot and sunny June had provided perfect conditions for winegrowers.
Phoenix

Mandatory evacuations ordered as crews battle fire near Vernal, Utah

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Officials said a wildfire is burning on about 700 acres 10 miles north of Vernal, and they said structures are threatened and mandatory evacuations are in progress.

Kelsey Birchell, a fire information officer with the Bureau of Land Management, did not say how many people are being evacuated but did say the evacuations are mandatory; they are calling the blaze the Taylor Mountain Road Fire.

Fire officials tweeted that the evacuations are for Taylor Mountain Road and Steinaker Reservoir, and they stated Highway 191 is under vehicle restrictions.

As of about 4:30, 20 engines, one type 1 helicopter, three heavy air tankers and various other resources have been dispatched to the fire. Photos from FOX 13 News viewers show the scene.
Cloud Precipitation

Intense rainfall causes flooding in northern Spain

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Intense rainfall early on Friday morning has caused the river Baztan in the north Spanish Community of Navarra to burst its banks and flood parts of the town of Elizondo, it was reported on Spanish television.

The heavy rain, which was caused by a deep area of low pressure over central and northern Spain, saw the river Baztan unable to cope with a flow of 350 cubic meters per second and its level rose to almost four meters, flooding the heart of Elizondo, where several people needed to be rescued from their homes and cars were carried away by the strength of the floodwater.

This is the latest incident in what has been a chaotic 48 hours in terms of weather in Spain.

Tuesday saw a spectacular hailstorm leave around one meter of ice in the streets of the town of Almazan, which is in the province of Soria.

Comment: Hailstorm hits Spain, floods homes, blocks roads

Snowflake Cold

Hailstorm hits Spain, floods homes, blocks roads

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On Twitter on Wednesday evening, I saw some amazing footage of a hailstorm that hit town of Almazan, just outside the city of Soria in northern Spain.

The hailstorm lasted around 45 minutes and caused flooding of homes and businesses, as well as blocking roads, leading to traffic chaos.

There were reports of hail one metre deep next to the Duero river. Local police, the civil guard and firefighters used snow ploughs to help clear the streets. But you're probably thinking, how can hail in summer when it's hot?

How does hail form?

Within a cumulonimbus cloud, there are many particles of ice and super-cooled water - water that remains in liquid form at temperatures below freezing due to a lack of condensation nuclei for them to freeze around.

Ice tends to be at near the top of the cloud, where the air temperature can be as low as minus 60C. Super-cooled water tends to be nearer the bottom half of the cloud, where temperatures are closer to freezing.
Arrow Down

Patio falls into 10-foot deep sinkhole in West Town, Chicago


Firefighters evacuated two buildings in West Town after a patio leading to the main building collapsed into a sinkhole 10 feet deep.
Chicago firefighters evacuated a coach house and four-story building in West Town after a patio collapsed into a 10-foot deep sinkhole early Friday morning.

The Department of Buildings says it is now working with the building owners who, officials said, are taking full responsibility and control of the situation. Tenants are being relocated as crews evaluate the patio.

Tenants said the collapse at 1 a.m. Friday at 1421 West Chicago Avenue sounded like a bomb. An entire concrete section between the main building and a coach house fell 10 feet into a what the landlord described as an unused, old, underground walkway. Patio furniture and air conditioning units also fell into the sinkhole, which measures 20 feet wide and 20 feet long.

No one was on the patio when it collapsed and no one was injured in the incident. Firefighters had to evacuate three people from the coach house since the patio was their only entrance. Fire crews broke through the back of the carriage house to do that.


Alarm Clock

Water being auctioned for millions of dollars in California as drought reaches extremes

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As the water shortage crisis in California rises to a boil, desperate farmers are coming forward to bid on the remaining steam. The Central Valley in California is indeed drying up, but private landowners who still have leftover water reserves on their property are now looking to cash in.

A California water rush is on, as water is being auctioned for millions and aquifers are depleted
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According to state records, two water districts in California are beginning to auction off their private supplies of water. The two landowners in charge have reportedly made millions off their water stashes. The Buena Vista Water Storage District has already raked in about $13.5
million from the auction of 12,000 acre-feet of water this year.

Upon hearing the news, at least 40 other land owners have begun to prepare for a massive sell-off of their surplus water storage. Drilling for water has become more important than drilling for oil, as water banks are drained at an alarming rate.

The demand for California water is at an all-time high. In the past five years, the price of water has spiked tenfold. An acre-foot of water can now go for $2,200 in drought-stricken regions. As the aquifers are depleted to the highest bidder, it's only a matter of time before the less fortunate are put at the mercy of those who have a hand on the water tap.

Some are calling on new state regulations to ensure that the water distribution remains transparent. "If you have a really scarce natural resource that the state's economy depends on, it would be nice to have it run efficiently and transparently," said Richard Howitt, professor emeritus at the University of California, Davis.

Others believe that the free market is more capable of controlling the price of the important natural resource. "We think that buyers and sellers can negotiate their own deals better than the state," said Nancy Quan, a supervising engineer with the California Department of Water Resources.
Alarm Clock

USGS: Earthquake Magnitude 6.0 - 88km SE of Sinabang, Indonesia

Earthquake 6.0 Sinabang, Indonesia
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Event Time
2014-07-05 09:39:30 UTC
2014-07-05 15:39:30 UTC+06:00 at epicenter

Location

1.995°N 97.015°E depth=30.0km (18.6mi)

Nearby Cities
88km (55mi) SE of Sinabang, Indonesia
198km (123mi) W of Sibolga, Indonesia
204km (127mi) SW of Kabanjahe, Indonesia
241km (150mi) SW of Binjai, Indonesia
534km (332mi) WSW of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Scientific data
Cloud Lightning

Tropical storm Arthur to hit Nova Scotia, Canada with damaging winds, flooding

Arthur is expected to slam into Nova Scotia with strong winds, heavy rain and rough seas on Saturday.

Arthur will bring damaging wind gusts, heavy rain and pounding surf to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.

Winds will be strong enough to knock down trees, produce power outages and cause minor property damage, especially along the coast.
© Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
Arthur from space
Gear

Apollo astronaut says: Man-made global warming hypothesis is the 'biggest fraud in the field of science'

Climate alarmism is "the biggest fraud in the field of science" and the 97% consensus claim is nonsensical, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham tells MRCTV in a preview of his presentation at the upcoming Heartland Institute climate conference, July 7-9.

"Since about 2000, I looked farther and farther into it," Col. Cunningham (USMC, Ret.) tells MRCTV in an exclusive interview. "I found that not one of the claims that the alarmists were making out there had any bearings, whatsoever. And, so, it was kind of a no-brainer to come to the conclusion."


Cunningham rejects the notion of man-made climate, not only as fact - but also as even qualifying as an actual "theory":

"In the media, it was being called a theory. Obviously, they didn't know what it means to be a theory."

"If we go back to the warmist hypothesis - not a theory, but, a hypothesis- they've been saying from the very beginning that carbon dioxide levels are abnormally high, that higher levels of carbon dioxide are bad for humans, and they thought warmer temperatures are bad for our world, and they thought we were able to override natural forces to control the earth's temperature. So, as I've looked into those, that's the problem that I've found, because I didn't find any of those to be correct - and, they certainly were not a theory, it was just their guess at what they wanted to see in the data they were looking at."

Comment: So, if the proponents of man-made global warming have been proven incorrect and are exposed as frauds, is something else, something much bigger, happening on our planet? In times past, people understood that the human mind and states of collective human experience influence cosmic and earthly phenomena. Historical records reveal a strong correlation between periods of authoritarian oppression with catastrophic and cosmically-induced natural disasters. See Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron for more information.

Windsock

Huge dust storm envelops Phoenix, Arizona

While residents on the east coast of the United States are dealing with Hurricane Arthur, residents of Phoenix, Arizona, were battling another type of storm on Thursday - a dust storm.

The massive wall of dust swept across the city around 7:30 p.m., grounding flights at the city's main airport.

Dust storms aren't unusual for the region and are part of the monsoon season.

Monsoons are reversals of wind patterns over a geographic area and happen seasonally. Generally, they produce heavy rains and thunderstorms.

The monsoon season in the U.S. is much less severe than those in India and Southeast Asia. Sometimes these thunderstorms can produce downbursts of air and push out wind ahead of it which sweeps across the drier land, creating these dust storms. Also known as "haboobs," these storms can last for hours.

According to the National Weather Service, Phoenix generally receives one to three dust storms a season.

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