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Hundreds evacuated due to floods following persistent heavy rain in North Argentina

Floods in Chaco, Argentina, February 2020.
© Government of Chaco
Floods in Chaco, Argentina, February 2020.
Persistent heavy rainfall in northern Argentina has triggered flooding in the provinces of Tucumán, Salta, Chaco and La Rioja.


Around 160 families have evacuated their homes in northern and eastern areas of Salta province after flooding began around 11 February. Provincial authorities are delivering relief supplies and assisting with evacuations.

Many of those affected are from the indigenous Wichi community. Recently the Government declared an emergency following the deaths of eight children under five linked to malnutrition in the Wichi community since December 2019.

Salta is close to the border with southern Bolivia, where flooding recently affected parts of Potosí. Department.

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Heavy rainfall triggers landslide killing 4 in West Java, Indonesia

Floods in Cirebon Regency, West Java, Indonesia 16 February, 2020
Floods in Cirebon Regency, West Java, Indonesia 16 February, 2020
Disaster authorities in Indonesia have reported further death and damages as a result of heavy rain currently affecting wide areas of the country.

The rain trigged a landslide in Ciawi District, Bogor Regency, West Java, in the early hours of 20 February. The landslide destroyed a wall of a house, causing the building to collapse and killing four people inside.

Heavy rain has recently caused flooding and landslides in at least 4 provinces of the country; West Sumatra, West Nusa Tenggara, East Kalimantan and West Java.

As many as 115,000 people have been affected by flooding in Bandung Regency in West Java. The recent flooding struck on 18 February, damaging around 16,000 homes in Baleendah, Bojongsoang and Dayeuhkolot districts. Over 400 people have been displaced.

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Two named storms hit the UK within two successive weekends - "Climate change to blame!" bark the ill-informed

Storm Dennis

Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis have undoubtedly caused disruption and flooding across parts of the UK of late, but to blame them on "global warming" is painfully stupid and easily refuted...

The UK Met Office introduced a storm naming system in 2013 in order to simplify things for the public and media. A storm is named when it is deemed able to have a "substantial" impact on the UK or Ireland. The first substantial storm of any given season begins with the letter "A," and subsequent storms progress through the alphabet.

Dennis starts with a "D" — meaning it is the fourth named storm of the 2019/20 season.

Simple enough.

Proponents of AGW, however, have labelled both Ciara and Dennis the catastrophic results of climate change. But what they clearly haven't bothered to look-up are the named storms of previous years.

By this time in 2015/16, the storms had already reached the letter I, and in 2017/18 were at the letter G.

"It's just because we have had two named storms over a weekend which is when people want to go out and want to do things," said Net Weather forecaster Jo Farrow.

"That's perhaps meant people have noticed it more or been more affected by it."

Comment: Draconian Climate Change Agenda: Back to The Medieval Green World


Stray dogs maul 12-yr-old girl to death in Punjab, India

dog attack
A minor girl of a migrant family, who had gone to look for potatoes in fields of Naulari village, was attacked and mauled to death by stray dogs. The deceased identified as, Simran (12), was a Class IV student of Naulari primary school. Daughter of Jugal Sharma, a resident of Bihar, and she was presently residing on the farms of Sukhdev Singh, a farmer.

As per the information, Simran left her room to collect potatoes from fields for her family on Tuesday evening at about 6 pm. When she did not return till late night, her family members started searching for her. Later, they spotted her lying in a pool of blood with stray dogs sitting nearby. She had died on the spot. The victim's family members managed to shoo away dogs with much difficulty.


Snowiest February ever at Breckenridge, Colorado - already 7.5 feet by the 17th

It's February and more than 24 feet of snow has already fallen in Breckenridge. The ski resort says this is the snowiest month on record since they started keeping records in the 1980s.

Breckenridge and Steamboat Springs Ski Resort are racing to hit 300 inches of snow this season.

An active jet stream has been funneling that snow into Colorado's high country.

"I'm glad because the skiing is awesome," said one woman visiting from Florida.

Comment: 0uttherecolorado.com reports that by the 17th the snowfall total for the month was already 7.5 feet.

See in addition: Northwest Colorado records storm's highest snow total - 40 inches over weekend


UN calls for greater global effort in tackling locust invasion as June upsurge forecast

The United Nations (UN) has called on the international community to help East African and West Asian countries where devastating swarms of locusts continue to devour crops and threaten food safety in the region.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) stated that Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are the worst affected by the desert locusts that present an extremely alarming and unprecedented threat to food security and the livelihoods of 13 million people.

Some researchers have tied the plague to climate change which has brought a prolonged bout of exceptionally wet weather in East Africa. Desert locusts usually thrive after continuous rainfalls that trigger blooms of vegetation in their normally arid habitats.

Comment: See also:

Cloud Lightning

Rare 'St. Elmo's Fire' captured by aircraft in North Atlantic

St. Elmo's fire can be seen outside a
St. Elmo's fire can be seen outside a "hurricane hunter' aircraft in the North Atlantic on Saturday.
A plane that is typically used for hunting hurricanes recently captured a rare weather phenomenon while flying above the North Atlantic.

The NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft was collecting winter storm data during its flight when what appeared to be lightning struck through the skies. While this discharge of atmospheric electricity looks similar to lightning, the aircraft actually encountered St. Elmo's Fire.

This phenomenon occurs because of a luminous plasma that is created between clouds and the ground in the vicinity of a thunderstorm's electric field, which rips molecules apart in a process called ionization.

St. Elmo's Fire has both audible and visual effects - a crackling or hissing noise can appear as well as a whitish-blue ghostly glow that is emitted near sharp objects. It is not necessarily dangerous to those on the ground, but it can be an indicator that thunderstorms are near.

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Frosts in two regions of Colombia cause losses in more than 67,000 hectares of pastures and crops

Although there are still no official consolidated figures, the heavy frosts that have been recorded in the Colombian regions of Boyacá and Cundinamarca have resulted in losses in more than 67,000 hectares of pastures and crops.

Of the 150,000 hectares that Boyacá has for food production, 43,000 have already been affected by the cold temperatures, which have fallen as low as -8 ºC, according to the Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies (Ideam).

This figure, added to the 12,500 producers who have been harmed in that department, has led Governor Ramiro Barragán to ask permission from the Disaster Risk Management Council to issue a public calamity declaration due to frost in 57 municipalities, with Sogamoso, Sotaquirá, Belén, Cerinza, Floresta, Tuta, Siachoque, Caldas, Firavitoba, Toca, Motavita, Paipa, Cómbita, San Miguel de Sema, Tunja and Gámeza being the most affected.


Almost twice as much snow as last year in north Norway - more than 7 feet

In Kautokeino, there is almost twice as much snow
TRYING TO OPEN THE ROAD: In Kautokeino, there is almost twice as much snow in February this year compared to last year.
Over two meters (more than 7 feet) of snow in the north. Not since 2005 has there been as much snow in Nordland and Finnmark as in February this year.

In the municipality of Kautokeino there is more snow than normal, 85 cm measured today. That's almost twice as much as at the same time last year.

In many places in Northern Norway it is well over a meter of snow, much more than normal. Most snow is in Lyngen, in Troms and Finnmark, where 220 cm (more than 7 feet) of snow was measured today.


Dozens of endemic Sumatran birds closer to extinction due to habitat loss, hunting

Straw-headed Bulbul
© Lee Tiah Khee
Straw-headed Bulbul
Dozens of bird species endemic to Sumatra Island are closer to extinction because of habitat loss from land use change as well as illegal hunting.

According to bird conservation NGO Burung Indonesia, 42 bird species have been listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. Meanwhile, nine species are listed as critically endangered.

"Most of the species in the critically endangered category are losing their habitat [and are] illegally hunted," Burung Indonesia spokesman Achmad Ridha Junaid said on Tuesday.

For example, cucak rawa (straw-headed bulbuls) were often hunted to be sold as pets, despite their limited number remaining in the wild, Achmad went on to say. The IUCN red list in August 2018 estimated the number of cucak rawa in the wild at 600 to 1,700.

Some experts believe the species is extinct by now.