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Junk climate science - The new normal

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England had a hot day on July 25, which climate scientists immediately declared to be the "new normal" England's summer averaged five degrees cooler than the summer of 1976, during the ice age scare.


Early winter weather stuns western Norway

Winter came early over the weekend, with stormy weather dumping up to 20 centimeters of snow in some areas of the mountains while also wreaking havoc over wide areas of Vestlandet (Western Norway).

Strong winds knocked down trees and power lines, leaving thousands without power, while others were evacuated after heavy rain led to more flooding and landslides.

It was another wild weekend, and many roads remained closed Monday morning. Among them were RV52 over Hemsedalsfjellet and 10 county roads from Lærdal and Geiranger to Stryn. The popular FV63 better known as Trollstigen was also abruptly closed because of the weather, disappointing autumn tourists.

The biggest problem were the powerful wind gusts that also swept over many areas where skies were blue and the sun was shining, including the Oslo area. The southern cities of Kristiansand and Arendal were hit hard, with local utility companies scrambling to restore electricity after countless trees fell over power lines

Bizarro Earth

Worst storm in 140 years hits Spain: 6 dead, 300,000 ha (741,000 acres) of prime agricultural land destroyed

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Floodwaters damaged cars on Thursday, September 12, 2019, in Ontinyent in the Valencia region of Spain.
At least six fatalities have now been confirmed from the harsh weather that has been affecting southeastern Spain since September 11, 2019. Authorities are describing it as the worst storm since 1879 when floodwaters killed over 1 000 in Murcia and Orihuela.

The worst-hit provinces included Valencia, Alicante, Murcia, Albacete, Almeria, and Malaga.

Ontinyent, Orihuela, and Moixent experienced swelling of rivers leading to raging floods after 250 mm (9.8 inches) of rain fell in 12 hours on top of days of heavy rain. This is 10 times the normal amount for the time of the year.

Cloud Precipitation

Algeria's capital Algiers hit with 3 months' worth of rain in 40 minutes

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A flash flood in Algeria's capital inundated subway stations and the city's new airport, turned major boulevards into muddy rivers and trapped drivers in cars.

No deaths were reported, but civil security spokesman Karim Bernaoui said Friday that "the damage is enormous" from the Thursday evening downpour.

The Algiers mayor said 40 millimeters of rain fell in 40 minutes, the equivalent of three months of normal rainfall.

Comment: The same weather system caused havoc in southeastern Spain earlier in the week:

Torrential rain inundates Valencia region of Spain for second month in a row - Two dead as storm washes away hundreds of cars, spawns tornadoes

Cloud Precipitation

54 areas of the Philippines flooded due to tropical depression Marilyn

A total of 54 areas across the country were flooded due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical depression Marilyn.

Based on the situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of September 15, the flooded areas that were affected include Pampanga, Negros Occidental, and Zamboanga City.

Several houses were damaged due to the flood, however, there were no reported accidents involving residents in the said areas as families have been evacuated.

Cloud Precipitation

Koh Chang in Thailand inundated with floods and rough seas after 2 days of torrential rain

Ferry services and tours were halted after torrential rain, floods and rough seas has inundated Koh Chang, in Southern Thailand.

Local officials reported the overflowing canals on the island following more than two days of torrential rain. Several roads, bridges and properties near waterways were damaged, the Bangkok Post reported.

The areas around Khlong Son, Khlong Phlu, Kai Bae and Chai Chet bridges were affected. Motorists were advised to stay away from flooded roads and bridges due to powerful currents. Which already engulfed and damaged several vehicles.

Blue Planet

New Zealand study refutes 'sinking' Pacific nation: Tuvalu is getting bigger

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Map showing Tuvalu in the Pacific.
The Pacific nation of Tuvalu — long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels — is actually growing in size, new research shows.

A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery.

It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu's total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average.

Cloud Lightning

Shocking traffic: Lightning strikes car twice in Novosibirsk, Russia

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A car crawling through traffic in Russia was blasted by lightning -twice- in an incredible double-strike that was filmed by the dashcam of a nearby vehicle. The flashes were so powerful they temporarily blinded another driver.

Galina Ershova was driving along the Berdskoye Highway in Novosibirsk, Siberia, when her dashcam recorded the unlikeliest of drivetime distractions - a double lightning strike mere feet away from her own car.

"I was blinded for a split second, I grabbed the steering wheel with a death grip," Ershova said. "It happened so quickly."

Snowflake Cold

Record cold in Siberia, Russia

Intensive cooling in a number of settlements in the region.

In the village of Novy Port in the Yamal-Nenets District, the thermometer fell to -3, a new record low for September 13. The previous record, -2.9 degrees, was observed 17 years ago.

In Aleksandrovsky (Tomsk Oblast) it was -3.2. The previous record of September 13 -3 lasted 18 years.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains, floods leave over 200 dead in central India

Over 200 people have died and thousands rendered homeless in ravaging floods due to heavy rains in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh over the past several days, a state government official confirmed to Xinhua.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the state received 34 percent excess rains compared to the previous year, leading to devastating floods.

State Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Sunday tweeted that incessant rains continued in several parts, including Mandsaur, Neemach, Ratlam, Aagar, Shajapur, Ujjain, Gwalior, Khandwa, Bhopal, and Indore districts.