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Temperature extremes: Baghdad, Iraq hits 125°F, shattering all-record - Damascus, Syria hits record 114.8

Crushing heatwave setting records in the Middle East

Crushing heatwave setting records in the Middle East
On Wednesday, Baghdad followed up with a temperature of 124 degrees, its second highest temperature on record. On Monday, it had reached 123 degrees.

The crippling heat forced many residents indoors, and street sellers had to seek whatever shade they could find. With the state electricity grid failing, many households were relying on generators to power fridges, fans or air conditioning units, the machines adding a guttural hum to the city's already-noisy streets.

Two protesters were shot dead by security forces Monday during demonstrations over a lack of electricity and basic services amid the heatwave.

In nearby Lebanon, where a nationwide electricity crisis has left much of the country with less than three hours of state-provided power per day, the cost of a generator had doubled, leaving many households to go without.

Weather records expert Maximiliano Herrera tweeted that a location about 30 miles east of Beirut registered Lebanon's highest temperature on record Tuesday, 113.7 degrees (45.4 Celsius), while additional locations in Iraq and Saudi Arabia also set records.

Umbrella

Heavy rains flood western Georgian regions washing away roads and bridges

Flood damages roads in Racha. 29 July, 2020
© Roads Department of Georgia
Flood damages roads in Racha. 29 July, 2020
Heavy rainfall caused flooding in a number of municipalities in western Georgia.

Upper Racha province was hit worst, with a dozen villages in Oni municipality with their 2,000 inhabitants being cut off from the rest of the world, said Archil Japaridze, the Governor of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti region.

The Roads Department noted that the flood in Racha damaged 10 bridges and eight sections of central Kutaisi-Alpana-Mamisoni pass road. The flood caused power outages in the said 12 villages, while 400 families were left without water supply.


Attention

10 dead whales found on Indonesian beach, one saved by locals

Locals rushed to push an eleventh member of the stricken pod across the baking sands and back into the ocean Handout Indonesian nature conservation agency
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Locals rushed to push an eleventh member of the stricken pod across the baking sands and back into the ocean Handout Indonesian nature conservation agency
Ten whales were found dead on an Indonesian beach Thursday, officials said, with images showing locals rushing to push a still-living member of the stricken pod back into the sea.

The marine mammals, ranging from 2-6 metres (6.5-20 feet) in length, were found in the remote province of East Nusa Tenggara, the head of the region's water conservation agency Ikram Sangadji told AFP.

Footage showed a group of around 10 men struggling to push an eleventh member of the pod across the baking sands and back into the ocean.

They eventually managed to get the creature -- which was scarred with deep cuts -- into the water, and it appeared to swim off by itself, prompting loud cheers from the group.


Fish

Many freshwater fish species have declined by 76 percent in less than 50 years

Like many migratory fish, chinook salmon
© Cristina Mittermeir
Like many migratory fish, chinook salmon are threatened by overfishing, habitat degradation, and dams that block their migration from the sea to upriver spawning grounds.
Migratory freshwater fish are among the most threatened animals on the planet, a new report by a coalition of environmental organisations shows.

The global assessment, described as the first of its kind, found that populations of migratory freshwater fish have declined by 76 percent between 1970 and 2016—a higher rate of decline than both marine and terrestrial migratory species.

"We think migratory freshwater fish might be in even greater peril" than the dramatic drop the report indicates, says the report's lead author, Stefanie Deinet of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). "Adding currently missing information from tropical regions where threats of habitat loss and degradation, overexploitation, and climate change have been increasing, will surely bend the curve of loss downwards."

Eye 2

16-year-old boy killed on land by crocodile in Odisha, India

The crocodile came out of the river and pounced on him, a forest official said

The crocodile came out of the river and pounced on him, a forest official said (Representational)
A 16-year-old boy was killed by a crocodile in Odisha's Kendrapara district, officials said on Monday.

The incident happened on Sunday when the boy, Rudra Narayan Behera, was taking bath in the Kharasrota river in Parimukundpur village, they said.

The crocodile came out of the river and pounced on him, a forest official said.

The mutilated body was later fished out by fire brigade personnel, he said.

His family will be given Rs 4 lakh compensation as per the state governments scheme related to the death of a person due to attack by protected wild animals, he added.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 3 women in Odisha, India

Representational image
© WUSF News
Representational image
As many as three women have been killed, 3 injured and ten escaped unhurt in Badatelenpali village of Sadar block here today.

According to sources, around 20 people were working in a field in the afternoon, when a lightning strike killed one woman on the spot and leaving two seriously injured.

The other two who sustained grevious injuries were rushed to Bhima Bhoi Hospital in Bolangir where the doctor declared them brought dead.

The family members of the deceased have demanded financial assistance.

The Police have reached the spot and further investigation is underway.

Cloud Precipitation

20,000 affected by floods in Mandalay region of Myanmar (Burma)

Floods in Kachi nState, Myanmar, July 2020.
© Myanmar Red Cross Society
Floods in Kachi nState, Myanmar, July 2020.
Update, 30 July 2020:

Myanmar state media reported on 30 July that the Ayeyarwady (also Ayeyawady and Irrawaddy) River burst its banks in Sagaing Region, prompting the evacuation of 6,516 people from 1,451 households.

In a report of 29 July, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said nearly 7,750 people in nine townships were displaced between 11 and 27 July by flooding in Kachin state.
As of 29 July, some of those displaced had been able to return homes, although 46 temporary shelters were still hosting around 6,650 people.


Snowflake Cold

Parts of Sweden shivering through coldest summer since 1962 - Don't tell Greta

Cold Sweden

The MSM doesn't consider record-COLD newsworthy — it runs against their AGW agenda after all, and so needs burying AT ALL COSTS.


July is usually a toasty month in the Scandinavian nation of Sweden. However, as has been the case in its Nordic neighbor Norway, the summer of 2020 has been "significantly colder than normal ... with record-breaking cold temperatures" registered up-and-down the country, reports thelocal.se.

Northern Sweden has not had a July this chilly since 2015, reports Swedish public radio. While most of southern and central Sweden hasn't suffered a colder July since 2004.

"We have simply not had a favorable flow for hot air to find its way up from the continent," explains SMH meteorologist Carolin Wahlberg. "It has been the low pressures that have controlled the weather, which has also given us cooler and more unstable weather."

In addition, and even chillier still, historic July cold has been registered in the towns of Mora, Sveg and Storlien. According to weather institute Storm, and as reported by Swedish newspaper Expressen, these towns are on for their coldest July's since 1962.

Comment: Meanwhile Norway's cities are set for the coldest July since the 1990's.


Cloud Precipitation

Flood situation deteriorates in Bihar, India - 36 killed in 24 hours, 3 million affected

Flood situation in North Bihar region may deteriorate further as the meteorological department has forecast moderate to heavy rains in Nepal and the catchment areas of different rivers.
© PTI
Flood situation in North Bihar region may deteriorate further as the meteorological department has forecast moderate to heavy rains in Nepal and the catchment areas of different rivers.
In Bihar, flood situation has further deteriorated following heavy rains in catchment areas of Nepal. 36 people lost their lives in flood related incidents during the past 24 hours.

Water level of Gandak, Kosi and Bagmati is rising all along their course and are flowing above danger marks. Adhwara group of rivers are also flowing above danger mark.

Met department has forecast widespread rain across the state in the next 48 hours. Floods have affected 30 lakh people in 12 districts. Over 11 lakh people of Darbhanga are reeling under the impact of flood.


Cloud Lightning

Summer storms and flooding in Najran, Saudi Arabia

floods

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Lightning storms and floods in Najran, Saudi Arabia. July 27, 2020.