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Hoover Dam reservoir hits alarming record low

Hoover dam
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The reservoir created by Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel that symbolized 20th Century American ingenuity, has sunk to its lowest level ever, underscoring the gravity of the extreme drought across the U.S. West.

Cloud Precipitation

India records second-highest May rainfall in 121 years

India rain
May received the second-highest rainfall in 121 years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its monthly report Thursday, attributing two back-to-back cyclones and western disturbances for the record precipitation.

It also said that at 34.18 degrees Celsius, the average maximum temperature over India this May was the fourth lowest since 1901.

The lowest ever temperature recorded for May was 32.68 degrees Celsius in 1917. The temperature was lowest since 1977 when it was of 33.84 degrees Celsius, the IMD said.

There was no significant heatwave spell observed during the month over any parts of India, he said. Rainfall over the country as a whole for the month of May 2021 shows that it has recorded 107.9 millimetres which is 74 per cent more than its Long Period Average (LPA) of 62 mm.

"Rainfall over India during the month of May was second-highest since 1901. The ever highest rainfall occurred in the year 1990 (110.7mm)," the IMD said in its monthly report for May. May saw the formation of a cyclone each in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Tauktae formed over the Arabian Sea and developed into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm'.

Comment: Monsoon rains cause havoc in Mumbai, 11 dead after building collapses - 8 inches of rainfall in 12 hours

Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm leaves municipalities in Mexico covered in white

The hailstorm that fell this Wednesday covered the streets of municipalities such as Atizapán, Ecatepec and Metepec in the State of Mexico in white.

Through social networks, users shared images and videos of the roads completely covered by hail, which also caused floods.

Internet users also shared photographs showing that the hail that fell on this day was large.

Through its Twitter account, Conagua Clima indicated that for the next few hours the storms, gusts of wind of 45 kilometers per hour and hail fall in the municipalities of the State of Mexico will continue.

Drivers traveling on the Mexico-Toluca and Mexico-Cuernavaca highway were also alerted.

Snowflake Cold

Coldest June day in 122 years for New South Wales, Australia

Blizzards have dumped more than half a metre of snow over parts of New South Wales over the last 48 hours as towns and cities shiver through record-breaking temperatures.

Comment: Related: Floods prompt evacuations and rescues in Victoria, Australia - rivers rise significantly beyond major flood warning levels


Some Quebecers wake up to SNOW on June 10

© Mélissa Brière | Facebook Roxanne Berger | Facebook
If you thought Montreal's heat wave was bad, locals of the town Murdochville, Quebec, woke up to snow on Thursday morning.

The town is located approximately an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from Montreal. So while it wasn't anywhere close to us, we can still feel for our fellow Quebecers.

Snow in June? Who wants that?

One resident of Murdochville, Roxanne Berger, told MTL Blog around 8 a.m. that it was no longer snowing.

At the time of writing this article, The Weather Network showed that it was 1 degree in Murdochville. Meanwhile, it was 15 degrees in Montreal.

Cloud Precipitation

Strong floods and streets turn into rivers in Saratov, Russia

Strong floods sweeping cars in the city of Saratov, Russia.


Floods prompt evacuations and rescues in Victoria, Australia - rivers rise significantly beyond major flood warning levels

Levels of Traralgon Creek at Traralgon Victoria, Australia June 2021.
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Levels of Traralgon Creek at Traralgon Victoria, Australia June 2021.
Severe weather including heavy rain and strong winds affected the state of Victoria, Australia, from 09 June 2021. Wind gusts of over 100 km/h were reported. More than 200mm of rain fell in 24 hours in several locations. Police said one person died in a vehicle caught in flood water.

The heavy rainfall caused rivers to rise, in particular the Traralgon Creek in Traralgon where State Emergency Services (SES) issued an evacuation notice for more than 200 homes. SES said:

"If you live, work, or are holidaying in the Traralgon Creek area you should evacuate now. Flood waters are currently sitting above major flood level."

Levels of the creek jumped from under 1 metre to 5.78 metres in the space of around 12 hours between 09 and 10 June 2021. Major flood level here is 4.80 metres.

Cloud Precipitation

Monsoon rains cause havoc in Mumbai, 11 dead after building collapses - 8 inches of rainfall in 12 hours

The Southwest Monsoon arrived in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, with dramatic effect on 09 June, 2021. More than 200mm of rain falling in less than 12 hours. Roads were inundated with flood water up to 50cm deep, causing widespread traffic disruption. Train services were also interrupted.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Mumbai and neighbouring Thane, Palghar and Raigad districts will receive heavy to very heavy rainfall over the coming 3 or 4 days. Fifteen National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have been deployed to various parts of Maharashtra state in response.

The government of Mumbai, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), reported a building collapsed in Malvani, Malad West. At least 11 people have died in the incident, with 17 injured and 15 rescued. More are feared buried in the rubble and firefighters are conducting rescue operations. Three other buildings nearby are in "dangerous condition" and the residents have been evacuated, the BMC said.


Flash floods in Santa Catarina, Brazil after 11 inches of rain in 24 hours

Torrential rain caused flooding and landslides in the state of Santa Catarina in southern Brazil from 08 June 2021.

The government of Santa Catarina said teams from the Military Fire Department of Santa Catarina (CBMS) responded to calls for assistance in several municipalities.

The municipality and city of Canelinha was one of the hardest hit, where dozens of homes were flooded and 146 people evacuated to temporary shelter. Other rescues and evacuations were carried out in Brusque, Tubarão and Itajaí. CBMS also responded to calls in Balneário and Camboriú. In total at least 16 municipalities have reported incidents of flooding and severe weather impacts, with further heavy rain fall forecast.

More than 280mm of rain fell in Canelinha in the state of Santa Catarina, southern Brazil in 24 hours to 09 June 2021. At least 7 other locations in the state saw more than 150mm of rain during the same period.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe flash floods in Ankara, Turkey

Flash floods swamped areas around the city of Ankara, Turkey, on 09 June 2021. Worst affected was the metropolitan district of Mamak, Ankara Province. Videos shared on Social Media showed flood waters racing through streets, dragging vehicles and debris. Media reported dozens of buildings and roads damaged.

Turkey's meteorological agency Meteoroloji Genel Müdürlüğü wanred of further heavy rainfall in the south of the country, in particular the provinces of Adana, Osmaniye and Kahramanmaraş.