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Funnel clouds spotted by weather watchers across the north-east of Scotland

A funnel cloud spotted above Dyce

A funnel cloud spotted above Dyce
While the region contended with thunder and lightning - and a series of torrential downpours - it was an unfamiliar sight hovering above Dyce in Aberdeen that grabbed the most attention.

Thought to be a funnel cloud, the weather pattern is the first step towards the development of a tornado.

It is only when the cloud makes contact with the ground that it can be described as a tornado or, if it lands at sea, what is known as a waterspout.

When that does happen, the pressure of the clouds forms a "vortex", suddenly generating high-powered and extremely destructive winds to swirl around it.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Strange events happening across our planet

More Chinese regions brace for floods as storms shift east

More Chinese regions brace for floods as storms shift east
Incredible events continue to sweep our planet from now locust swarms in S. America moving toward the US, 200 year floods in Europe, 50 year floods Japan, 100 year floods China, worlds longest lightning bolt in Brazil and rail traffic down 21.9% compared to 2019.

Comment: For more information on extreme weather events from around the world, check out our monthly Earth Changes Summaries. The latest video: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - May 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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Rampaging floods inundate Northern Bangladesh with situation set to worsen

People use makeshift raft as transport during the flood in Sunamganj
© Dhaka Tribune
People use makeshift raft as transport during the flood in Sunamganj
Situation may worsen over next 4-5 days, forecasts FFWC

With the monsoon setting in and onrush of hilly water from the upstream, Bangladesh is currently facing a serious threat of floods that could cause extensive damage to farmlands across the country, officials have said.

Heavy precipitation and onrush of water from hilly areas upstream have already inundated districts in the northern and eastern regions of the country.

Low lying and char areas and crop fields in Kurigram, Gaibandha, Bogra, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, and Jamalpur, have gone under water while thousands of people have been left marooned.


Nearly 14 million affected by continuing storms and floods in China, with more heavy rainfall forecast

More Chinese regions brace for floods as storms shift east

More Chinese regions brace for floods as storms shift east
Torrential rain is set to hit China's eastern coastal regions this week after overwhelming large parts of the southwest, inundating villages and tourist spots and displacing more than 700,000 people, state weather forecasters said on Monday.

Nearly 14 million people in 26 different provinces had been affected by storms and floods by Friday, with 744,000 evacuated, the China Daily reported, citing the Ministry for Emergency Management. The ministry said 78 people have been confirmed dead or missing, with direct economic losses at 27.8 billion yuan ($3.93 billion).

Much of the damage has hit southwestern regions like Guangxi and Sichuan, and the municipality of Chongqing on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river last week experienced its worst floods since 1940.


Floods in India's Assam force a million from their homes

Heavy flooding triggered by monsoon rains has forced more than a million people to flee their homes in the northeast Indian state of Assam, authorities said on Monday, warning that the crisis was becoming more critical by the hour.

The Brahmaputra River, one of the largest rivers in the world which flows from Tibet into India and then into Bangladesh, burst its banks in Assam over the weekend, inundating more than 2,000 villages, and it was still raining on Monday.

"Two people have died in separate incidents of drowning in the past 24 hours and more than one million people have been affected, with the flood situation turning critical by the hour," a state government flood bulletin said.

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Boy killed after being dragged by crocodile into river in Odisha, India

Representational Image

Representational Image
In a man-animal conflict a life was lost in Malkangiri district when a minor boy was killed after a full-grown crocodile attacked and dragged him into the Sileru river in Chitrakonda here.

According to sources, the incident occurred on Saturday when a crocodile reportedly dragged him into the river, while he was roaming near the river bank.

However, the mutilated body, that is missing the legs and the hands, was spotted in the river today morning.

The family said that the minor boy was killed in crocodile attack.


Grizzly bear attacks federal biologist in Montana

A grizzly bear has attacked a federal biologist during a surprise encounter at a research site in Montana's Centennial Valley.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spokesperson Joseph Szuszwalak said the biologist, who was not named, was treated for serious bite wounds Wednesday before being released from a hospital in Rexburg, Idaho, the Missoulian reported.

The biologist heard a noise in the brush while monitoring a sage grouse research project and saw two grizzly bears less than 100 yards (300 feet) away, Szuszwalak said. One bear stood up while the other charged.

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Severe storm rips through southwestern Manitoba causing flooding

Manitoba storm
© Facebook/Tracey M Hales
A severe storm ripped through southwestern Manitoba Sunday evening, causing flooding and damage in and around the Brandon area.

Around 4 p.m. a tornado warning was issued in the Minnedosa area, however the warning ended shortly after.

Environment and Climate Change Canada said it's too early to say whether a tornado touched down in the area. Meteorologist Sara Hoffman told CTV News Environment Canada received reports of damage near Rapid City.

Hoffman said conditions were favourable for producing a tornado, but couldn't say yet whether one had occurred. She said Environment Canada will have to comb through data and damage in order to make that determination.


A mysterious radiation spike detected over Europe

© Lassina Zerbo/Twitter
A mysterious increase in radiation levels over northern Europe was detected this month by authorities from several countries, although no nation has yet come forward to claim responsibility for the anomaly.

The subtle radiation spike - at levels that are considered harmless to humans, but significant enough to be picked up by radiation monitoring stations - began to make headlines last week, with European authorities announcing new readings of human-made radionuclide particles in the atmosphere.

"Very low levels of the radioactive substances cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 were measured," the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority tweeted on Tuesday.

"The levels measured are so low that they pose no danger to people or the environment."

Similar observations were also made by radiation protection authorities in Norway and Finland.

Later in the week, Lassina Zerbo, the Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation, tweeted a map outlining the possible source region of the anomaly, most of which was territory inside Russia, but also parts of Finland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.

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Hundreds of cars stranded by floodwater in Kota Belud, Malaysia

A truck is partially submerged by flood waters in Kota Belud June 28, 2020.

A truck is partially submerged by flood waters in Kota Belud June 28, 2020.
Hundreds of cars are stranded at Kota Belud main roundabout, about 74 kilometres from here, after vehicles bound towards the district from both Kota Kinabalu and Kota Belud directions, cannot pass through the road due to flood, following heavy rain in the state since yesterday.

Sabah Fire and Rescue Department assistant director of operations, Misran Bisara said vehicles from Kota Kinabalu were stranded as far as three kilometres from the roundabout, which was the main entrance into the district.

"Similarly vehicles from Kota Belud, could not go out because the roads were inundated," he said when contacted by Bernama here, today.