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As Europe melts, southern Africa enjoys some rare snow nearly 8 inches deep

SNOWFALL confirmed
© Rolene Williams
SNOWFALL confirmed
In sharp contrast to the heatwaves across Europe, people are skiing in Africa.

The tiny mountain kingdom of Lesotho, completely surrounded by South Africa, is the only country on earth where nowhere is fewer than a thousand metres above sea level.

While cold winters are not rare in much of southern Africa, snow is.

Inevitably, ski resorts are even rarer and at an altitude of 3,000 metres, Afriski in Lesotho's Maluti Mountains is Africa's only operating ski resort south of the equator.

Meka Lebohang Ejindu is a snowboard instructor there.

Comment: Another report - Snowfall between 5- 20cm confirmed in parts of South Africa.


Rare blue jet atmospheric phenomenon photographed over Texas, several sighted in one night

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A blue jet emerges from a thunderhead in Big Bend National Park, photographed by Matthew Griffiths in Marfa, Texas
Seeing one blue jet is rare. Photographer Matthew Griffiths just caught several of them over the Big Bend National Park in Texas. "This is by far the best," he says:

Griffiths is an amateur photographer, primarily interested in wildlife and the Milky Way. "On July 28th, I was starting a five night West Texas road trip to capture the Milky Way," he says. "But with thunderstorms in the distance I decided to try for red sprites instead."

He ended up photographing the sprite's elusive cousin, the blue jet. First recorded by cameras on the space shuttle in 1989, blue jets are part of a growing menagerie of cloudtop "transient luminous events" such as sprites, ELVES and green ghosts. They are all elusive, but blue jets may be the hardest of all to catch.

Comment: Taking into account the recency of the discoveries, along with the various other phenomena that have been occurring with an increasing frequency, some which were only just documented in the last decade or so - such as STEVE, the dunes and white picket fence auroras - and it wo nature of our planet.

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Flash flooding after 2 inches of rain in less than 30 minutes hits Denver, Colorado as Kentucky faces possibility of further floods

Firefighters rescued at least 19 people in Denver after flash floods turned roadways into rivers Sunday night as already flood-ravaged Kentucky faced the possibility of further storms this week.

In videos and photos shared on social media, cars in Denver could be seen partially submerged, with one video appearing to show a firefighter rescuing two children from a vehicle caught up in the flooding.

The Denver Fire Department told NBC News its crews rescued at least 19 people from flooding.

Eight people were rescued from heavy flooding in an underpass at 38th Avenue under Blake Street in an incident that appeared to align with the video of the children being rescued, Lt. J.D. Chism, a public information officer with the fire department, said. The department confirmed to KUSA, an NBC affiliate based in Denver, that multiple children were rescued at the location.

Another 11 people were rescued from their vehicles on Interstate 70 at York Street, Chism said.

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Two dead, several rescued after flash floods in Sonora, Mexico

Flood rescue in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
© Protección Civil Sonora
Flood rescue in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, August 2022.
Heavy rain over the last few days has caused flash flooding in parts of Sonora State, Mexico, where at least two people have lost their lives.

Sonora State Civil Protection reported 2 people died and one was rescued after a vehicle was swept away by flood waters from an overflowing stream near Hermosillo. Flooded streets in the city left several vehicles stranded.

Flooding has also affected other areas of the state. Four people were rescued from flood waters in Nogales. Five people were rescued from the overflowing Cabullona River in the municipality of Agua Prieta. Civil Protection said 250 vehicles in the Cabullona Park were unable to leave due to flooding from the river. No injuries were reported and all occupants were safe.

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Deadly flash floods in Dakar, Senegal - 5 inches of rain in a few hours

At least one person died and another was severely injured after flooding caused by heavy rain in Dakar, capital city of Senegal.

Heavy rainfall struck on 05 August 2022, with around 127 mm falling in the space of a few hours. City streets were inundated in flood water over 1 metres deep, causing widespread traffic disruption.

Senegal's Ministry of the Interior said in a statement that the heavy rainfall caused the death of a man who died after losing control of his vehicle in a flooded tunnel in Mermoz. According to police, another person was rescued in serious condition and taken to hospital.

Senegal's rainy season normally runs from July to October. On 20 July this year heavy rain of over 80 mm in 24 hours caused flooding in Dakar and surrounding areas in Senegal, causing damage to roads and buildings.


This week in volcano news: A new eruption in Iceland at Meradalir, unrest at Iwo Jima

Meradalir Eruption Ever Changing

Meradalir Eruption ever changing
This week, a new volcanic eruption began in Iceland at Meradalir. The fissure eruption has already began to construct a cinder cone at a higher rate than witnessed in the 2021 eruption. Meanwhile, in Japan, the Iwo Jima volcano and caldera produced a new series of explosive and shallow submarine eruptions. And, also in Japan, another island volcano was placed on a heightened alert level due to seismic unrest. This video will discuss these volcano related news stories, as told and analyzed by a volcanologist.


Power grid shuts down as Iraq exceeds 51C in crippling heatwave

The rapid change has seen southern marshes in the southern in Dhi Qar province dry up, lining cracks for miles on end.

The rapid change has seen southern marshes in the southern in Dhi Qar province dry up, lining cracks for miles on end.
Iraq's power grid has been fried by extreme temperatures exceeding 51C, in a heatwave that's forced authorities to step in as millions swelter.

Millions were left without power on Saturday as the electricity grid failed in the southern provinces of Basra, Dhi Qar and Maysan.

Reports of mass food spoilage and illness have forced authorities to take measures to keep the population safe due to the "noticeable rise in temperatures".

Local reports say residents were battling the heat by driving around their city for the sole purpose of using the air conditioner.

On Sunday morning, the governor of Dhi Qar province announced a public holiday for state employees would be extended until the religious festival of Muharram begins on Tuesday.

(More here)

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain causes flash floods in Sicily, Italy

Strong thunderstorms struck in the afternoon in the Sicilian hinterland. The most critical situation in Caltanissetta and San Cataldo where it rained heavily for about an hour starting at 3pm. In a few minutes the fire department received dozens of requests for intervention for fallen trees, blown manholes and flooded houses.

Rain, wind and hail caused many trees to fall even in the heart of the city. In particular, trees also fell on several cars in the Gurra Savarino district and in via Stazzone. Many people contacted the firefighters for the flooding of their homes in Caltanissetta in viale Luigi Monaco and via Due Fontane and in San Catalto in via Babbaurra.


State of emergency in central Newfoundland extended to Botwood amid forest fires - worst situation since 1961

A forest fire rages near N.L.'s Bay d'Espoir Highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
© Derrick Bragg
A forest fire rages near N.L.'s Bay d'Espoir Highway on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
The state of emergency in central Newfoundland has been extended to the Botwood area due to declining air quality.

Smoke from forest fires in the region had already prompted the Newfoundland and Labrador government to declare a state of emergency in the Grand Falls-Windsor, Bishop's Falls and Connaigre Peninsula areas.

Residents are encouraged to contact 811 or to see a health care provider if they experience any new or concerning symptoms that they feel could be related to the heat or smoke.

For information on emergency lodging, please contact the Canadian Red Cross at 1-800-222-9597.


California's McKinney fire has destroyed nearly 90 homes and is only 40% contained

Sheriff's deputies leave a home where a body was found.
© Noah Berger/AP
Sheriff's deputies leave a home where a body was found.
California's McKinney Fire has destroyed nearly 90 houses and is only 40% contained a week after breaking out in the Klamath National Forest, with hot and dry conditions expected to continue through the weekend.

The blaze, the largest wildfire in California so far this year, erupted on July 29 in the forest near the California-Oregon border and grew rapidly, fueled by winds from thunderstorms.

As of Sunday morning, the fire had burned over 60,200 acres and the perimeter was 40% contained, according to InciWeb, a US clearinghouse for fire information. More than 3,500 fire personnel are involved in battling the fire.

Of 274 structures inspected so far, 87 homes and an additional 47 structures — including garages and commercial buildings — have been destroyed, according to an initial damage assessment released by the Siskiyou County Office of Emergency Services.