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More flooding hits Queensland, Australia

© Queensland Police
Flooding in Dajarra, Queensland
More flooding hit Queensland earlier today, 03 February, this time in the the state's remote north west. Last week, one man died and several were rescued after floods in the Bundaberg area on 31 January.

More heavy rain this week affected communities in the Mount Isa area. On 03 February, Urandangi recorded 162mm of rain in 24 hours, with most of it falling in around 3 hours. This is just short of its highest ever of 164mm, recorded in December 1984. Surrounding areas also received large amounts of rain.

Local police reported that flooding in the township of Dajarra has led to several people being evacuated from homes this morning. Police also reported that a number of vehicles in the area have been impacted by flood waters. At least person had to be rescued after he was stranded in his car by floodwater. Several roads across the region were closed.

Fire

Tasmania fighting fire and flood emergencies at the same time


Floods Tasmania
A refuge has been set up at the Triabunna council chambers for those stranded in the area.

The Tasman Highway between Buckland and Orford has been closed due to flooding and landslides, as has the highway a kilometre north of Triabunna.

One holiday-maker, who asked not to be named, said he and his young family were stuck on the other side of the Orford Rivulet, which was now a torrent.

He had been forced to walk into town for supplies, crossing the river via the beach.

"I spoke to the police and they said just to sit tight — the road south is closed and they don't know how long that will be the case for, " he said.

"They told me there was no point trying to get out at his stage."



Cloud Precipitation

Icy swamps replace knee-deep snow in Moscow after what meteorologists say is "abnormal" warming

© Vladimir Pesnya / Sputnik
Muscovites have been taken aback as knee-deep snow has been replaced virtually overnight with torrents of dirty water and icy swamps. Add in some biting winds, and the Russian capital has turned into one massive skating rink.

A heavy rainfall hit Moscow overnight, coinciding with a sudden warming and temperatures rising to plus two degrees Celsius - normally it would be around 10 below zero. Meteorologists say the "abnormal" warming combined with rain will persist.

Meanwhile, the rain washed away the piles of white snow from Moscow streets, replacing it with slush and mud. A lot of people found it quite difficult to get to work Friday morning, as the streets were blocked with "rivers," with dozens of complaints streaming in to the city authorities.

Muscovites took to social media to show images of cars trapped in water in the middle of the street, and people hanging on to fences in an attempt not to fall into the deep puddles. Some of them blamed the disastrous situation on the roads on the poor work of public utility services.


Comment: Moscow has already received twice the average amount of snow for January


Arrow Down

Climate fraudsters exposed by new monsoon study

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Advancing monsoon clouds and showers in Aralvaimozhy, near Nagercoil, India.
India's monsoon is in no danger of catastrophic collapse in response to global warming and air pollution, two atmospheric scientists said today, refuting earlier predictions that the monsoon could shut down within 100 years.

The scientists at Yale University in the US who used computers to model the Earth's atmosphere, land and oceans have found that the expected changes in the monsoon will not abruptly alter their strength or their water volume.

Their results contradict earlier forecasts by scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany portending frequent and severe failures and even a breakdown of the monsoon, which is critical to India's food, water resources and economy.

"Our models show that monsoon rainfall will change smoothly in response to rising greenhouse gas concentrations, air pollution, and changes in land use," William Boos, an associate professor at Yale University told The Telegraph.

"We should expect changes in the monsoon rainfall in response to changes in the global mean temperature in the coming decades, but there is no reason to expect those changes to be abrupt," Boos said.

The earlier modelling exercises had predicted that the monsoon, under the influence of global warming and air pollution, would experience a "tipping point" that would lead to a sharp drop in rainfall over India.

Boos and his colleague Trude Storelvmo have now shown that the theory and models that were used to predict such "tipping points" had omitted a key term in climate behaviour, ignoring the fact that air cools as it rises in the atmosphere.

The scientists described their results this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a US research journal.

Cloud Precipitation

2 months' worth of rain in an hour results in flash floods, Geelong, Australia

© VICSES
Flash floods in Geelong, Victoria, Australia, January 2016.
A storm in Geelong, Victoria, Australia on 27 January 2016 dumped more than double the January monthly average rain on parts of the city in just 1 hour.

Avalon, a suburb of the city, recorded 72 mm of rain between 16:00 to 17:00 local time on 27 January. Geelong Racecourse recorded over 40 mm of rain between 15:00 and 17:00.

The rain caused severe flash flooding throughout the city and suburbs. Emergency services responded to over 500 requests and had to carry out 15 flood rescues.

The City of Greater Geelong said that "Yesterday's storm was considered a 1 in 100 year event with double the January monthly average rain falling in just 1 hour".

Stefan Delatovic, Manager of Emergency Management Communications for Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) said:
"This dramatic storm has been characterised as a "once in a century event", but it's important to say that this is a measure of magnitude, as in 'a storm this severe has a one-in-100 chance of occurring in any given year'. It doesn't mean another storm like this isn't expected for another 50 years. More rain is forecast for today, another storm like this could pop up anywhere in Victoria with little warning".


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Flooding in Argentina leaves coastal areas crawling with thousands of snakes

© REUTERS/ Enrique Marcarian
Snake invasion off the coast of Buenos Aires
An invasion of poisonous snakes washed downriver in recent floods forced authorities to close beaches to summer holidaymakers in northern Argentina, officials said on Monday.

Floodwaters in the Rio Plata and Rio Parana carried a species of water lily and with it countless crawling, slithering creatures, south to beaches at the mouths of those rivers near Buenos Aires.

"We are raising awareness of the risk and danger present today. There are otters and species of snakes that are poisonous," said Matias Leyes, an official in the coastal town of Quilmes, south of the capital.

"The beaches of Quilmes have been closed as a precaution. We were cleaning up the coast during the week and while doing so we saw the snakes under the water lilies."

Igloo

The sun is cooling - Garbage science of global warming

© Dr. Sircus.com
Western government propaganda is increasing as the weather around the world defies global warming predictions. The latest publication insists that global warming is likely to disrupt a natural cycle of ice ages and contribute to delaying the onset of the next big freeze until about 100,000 years from now is utterly senseless.

In a new explanation for the long-lasting plunges in global temperatures that cause ice ages, scientists pointed to a combination of long-term shifts in the Earth's orbit around the sun, together with levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. They forgot though to mention what every astrophysicist knows is that the sun itself has cycles of higher and lower output (sunspot, solar winds and movement of solar belts on the sun itself) and that these variations cause mini ice ages that occur frequently.

"Humans have the power to change the climate on geological timescales," said lead author Andrey Ganopolski. The findings suggest human influences "will make the initiation of the next ice age impossible over a time period comparable to the duration of previous glacial cycles."

We are being convinced at great expense in the global warming scenario. We need to be convinced because it simply is not true no matter how many times they tell us it is true.

Umbrella

Huge waves flood coastal Viña del Mar, Chile

Waves of more than 5 meters are currently crashing on the coast of Chile, particularly hitting the city of Vina del Mar.

Due to the full moon, swells will intensify on Sunday January 24, 2016.

Watch these insane pictures and video of the giant waves flooding Vina del Mar.



Cloud Precipitation

400 displaced and 1 dead after floods in Tanzania

Several periods of heavy rainfall in Tanzania since 14 January 2016 have caused flooding in the regions of Mwanza and Dodoma, according to local media.

At least 400 people have been displaced in Dodoma municipality after 70 houses were destroyed or damaged after heavy rain between 17 and 18 January 2016.

In Mwanza region, a young boy died when he was swept away by flood water in the city of Mwanza, after heavy rain between 14 and 15 January.

Some minor flooding was also reported in Dar es Salaam between 20 and 21 January 2016.

Flood Warnings

Tanzania Meteorological Agency (TMA) warned that further heavy rainfall is expected, with over 50 mm in 24 hours possible in some places, including Lindi, Mtwara and southern parts of Pwani and Morogoro regions. TMA said that due to the heavy rain from previous weeks, additional rains are very likely to cause floods.

Umbrella

Huge waves flood Havana, Cuba

The ocean was so furious that giant waves flooded the Malecon in Havana on January 17, 2016.

Although in the middle of the ocean, such extreme weather is extrememly rare in Cuba.

© Sergio Abel REYES REINOSO
Giant wave Havana
The storm was so strong that the stone parapet could not hold back the assault of giant waves.

© Sergio Abel REYES REINOSO
As a result, parts of Havana, the capital of Cuba and some coastal distraicts were flooded.

Here a first video of these Havana's waves: