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New South Wales, Australia just suffered its coldest summer in a decade

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It wasn't just Facebook giving Australia the cold shoulder this southern hemisphere summer — according to data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), the eastern Aussie state of New South Wales (NWS) has just suffered its coldest summer season since 2011.

March 1 is the start of autumn down under. December 1 to February 28 is summer, and those 3-months delivered lower than average temperatures across the majority of Australia — NOAA reveals that 823 new low temperature records were set during that time-period in Australia, while the latest data from the BoM (released today, March 1) shows us that the southeastern Aussie state of NSW, distinguished by its coastal cities, national parks, and capital city Sydney, just endured its coldest summer since the end of the previous solar minimum (late 2010/early 2011).

As reported by the dailytelegraph.com.au, the average NSW temperature for the summer of 2020-21 was the coldest on record since 2011 when the average temperature reached a relatively cool 23.2C (73.8F).

According to the BoM -even with their UHI-ignoring bias- "mean maximum temperatures were cooler than average for much of the Aussie mainland," with mean minimum temperatures "below average for the northern interior of Western Australia and adjacent Northern Territory, areas of southern inland New South Wales, north-west Victoria, and south-east and northern South Australia."


Over 39,000 households affected by record snowfall in Iwamizawa, Japan

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Heavy snow has been falling intermittently in Hokkaido, Japan, since Tuesday, February 23, 2021, with Iwamizawa city recording its second-highest snowfall of 2.05 m (6.7 feet) on Thursday, 25.

It resulted in disruptions in the city, particularly in train services and even the water supply in the neighboring Bibai city, where more than 39 000 households have been affected.

Heavy snow has been piling up in Hokkaido, especially in the Sorachi region, since Tuesday. Iwamizawa city was blanketed by 2.05 m (6.7 feet) of snow as of Friday morning, the second-highest snowfall in the area since the start of statistics. The figures were just 3 cm (1.2 inches) shy of the record 2.08 m (6.8 feet).


Body of striped dolphin rarely found in UK waters found in Minnis Bay, Kent

A striped dolphin has been found in Minnis Bay
© Lisa Butcher
A striped dolphin has been found in Minnis Bay.
The body of a dolphin species rarely seen in UK waters has tragically washed up on a seafront.

Beachgoers sadly discovered the dead striped dolphin in Minnis Bay, near Margate, following yesterday's high tide.

Although they are widely distributed throughout the world, the striped dolphin is usually found in deep tropical to warm temperate oceanic waters.

They are usually seen in groups of up to 100 and usually feed on a diet of fish or cephalopods, such as squid.

Male striped dolphins can grow to lengths of about 9ft, while females can reach up to 8ft.


18-meter sperm whale found dead off China's northeast coast

An 18-meter sperm whale was found dead in the shallow waters of Bohai Sea in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, state media cited local authorities as saying.

No external wounds were visible in the 40 tone male whale, Xinhua said, quoting scientists at the scene.

Research will be carried out into how the whale died, Xinhua reported.

Source: AFP


Florida manatees are dying in droves this year with 317 recorded dead - experts blame poor water quality, starvation

A manatee surfaces for air in Fort Myers, Fla., on Jan. 15.
A manatee surfaces for air in Fort Myers, Fla., on Jan. 15.
It's already been a deadly year for Florida manatees.

More sea cows deaths have been documented through the first two months of the year than were recorded during those same two months in 2019 and 2020 combined, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission records.

Through Feb. 12, the state recorded 317 manatee deaths, though former FWC commissioner Ron Bergeron said he thought the number was closer to 350 sea cows.

Manatee advocates said the die-off is another example of poor water quality.

Arrow Down

Avalanche kills woman in Hokkaido, Japan

Avalanches triggered by warm weather struck two municipalities in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido on Feb. 28, claiming the life of a 44-year-old woman, police said.

The avalanches occurred in the village of Akaigawa and in the town of Kamikawa. In Akaigawa, Remi Otsuka, an office worker from Tokyo's Setagaya Ward who was part of a group of six backcountry skiers, was caught in the avalanche at about 12:35 p.m. on Feb. 28. Police said she was later rescued but was confirmed dead at a hospital.

Cloud Precipitation

High water rescues after flash floods in Kentucky - 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

A truck can be seen passing Miller Creek Road
© Ryan C. Hermens | Lexington Herald-Leader
A truck can be seen passing Miller Creek Road in Estill County as floodwaters cover it.
A flash flood emergency has been declared for parts of Kentucky, USA, after heavy rainfall from 28 February. Several locations in the state saw more than 5 inches (127mm) of rain in 24 hours to early 01 March 2021.

Flash flooding affected parts of Kentucky and Tennessee on 28 February. Local media reported several high water rescues, mostly involving motorists attempting to drive through flood water.

The National Weather Service (NWS) declared a "Flash Flood Emergency" for parts of Todd County.

NWS Paducah, KY said: "A Flash Flood Emergency has been issued for Todd County KY. This is an extremely dangerous, life-threatening situation unfolding for the Elkton, KY and surrounding areas of the county. Do not attempt to travel in this area unless you are fleeing an area subject to evacuations."


'Tsunami' of plastic covering Brazilian beaches

According to Oceana Brazil's report, the South American country throws some 325,000 tons of plastic into the sea

According to Oceana Brazil's report, the South American country throws some 325,000 tons of plastic into the sea
Some of Brazil's beaches have been covered by a "tsunami" of rubbish, leaving once pristine coastlines completely engulfed in everything from plastic bags and bottles to children's toys and dead fish, Brazilian environmentalists have said.

On a tour of a beach just 20 kilometres from Rio de Janeiro's iconic Copacabana, environment protection activist Ricardo Gomes explained the gravity of the situation as he tried to clean up some of the waste on Isla do Catalao.

"These are the 8 million tonnes of plastic that reach the ocean each year, suffocating marine life and threatening the existence of Man on the planet," Mr Gomes said.

"This is a crime, it is not just a crime against the City of Rio de Janeiro, it is not a crime only against the population of Rio de Janeiro. This evil that we do in Rio de Janeiro, what the people of Rio de Janeiro do, what we do to the Ocean is a global crime," he added.

Cloud Precipitation

1 dead, over 90,000 affected by floods in Semarang City, Indonesia

Heavy rain triggered landslides in Samarang City,
© BPBD Semarang City
Heavy rain triggered landslides in Samarang City, Indonesia, Late February 2021, with emergency workers carrying out rescues.
Flooding has affected over 90,000 people in Semarang City, Central Java, Indonesia over the last few days. One person died after flood waters caused parts of a wall to collapse.

Flooding began on 23 February 2021 after heavy rainfall during the previous days. Floods affected the districts of East Semarang, North Semarang, West Semarang, Pedurungan, Genuk, and Gayam Sari, with flood water 75cm deep in some areas.

According to local disaster authorities, 90,590 people from over 18,000 families have been affected. As many as 9,169 houses were inundated.

One fatality was reported in Tegalsari after flood waters caused a wall or fence to collapse, Semarang City Disaster Management Agency (BPBD) reported. The heavy rain also caused several landslides in Gajahmungkur, where emergency workers rescued at least 3 people trapped under mud and rubble.

As of 26 February flood water remained in Genuk but had mostly subsided in other areas.


Spectacular eruption at Mount Etna for the 7th time recently


Mount Etna is at it again! This is the 7th outbreak in the last few weeks.

Living up to its name as one of the most active volcanoes on Planet Earth