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China renews blue alert for rainstorms

China's national observatory on Tuesday renewed a blue alert for rainstorms in parts of the country's northeastern, eastern and southern regions.

From Tuesday to 8 am Wednesday, heavy rainfall and rainstorms are expected in parts of Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Fujian, Guangdong and Guangxi, the National Meteorological Center said.

Some regions will see up to 60 mm of hourly precipitation, the center said.


Flood death toll rises to 6 in north east Ghana

A photo of the flood situation in the North East Region

A photo of the flood situation in the North East Region
Two more persons have died in the floods in the North East Region. This brings to six the number of persons who have died so far.

The deceased, namely Amanita Adjei, 42, and Anaab Akumayini, 39, were said to have drowned last Saturday while using a canoe to salvage their crops that had been submerged by the floodwaters.

Days of downpour and spillage from the Bagre dam in Burkina Faso have resulted in massive flooding of areas down the White Volta.

This year's opening of the spill gates to release water from the Bagre Dam is the earliest since 2007. The spill gates were opened on August 10, which is three weeks ahead of the earliest date previously recorded.


Carcass of dead minke whale washes up on Rhode Island Beach

Whale removed from Rhode Island Beach

Whale removed from Rhode Island Beach
The carcass of a young minke whale that washed up on a Rhode Island beach is due to be buried on Monday.

The whale washed up Sunday with the high tide at Scarborough State Beach.

The Providence Journal reports biologists with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management identified it as a juvenile northern or common minke whale.

Minke whales can grow to about 35-feet long and weigh up to 10 tons, but the one that landed near the North Pavilion of Scarborough Beach was young and 15-feet long.

Snowflake Cold

Don't let anyone tell you North America's historic shift to September snow is due to 'global warming'

US summer heat and snow
Parts of the U.S. have gone from balmy summer heat to historic cold and snow in less than 24 hours. Below is a rebuttal to the mainstream position that CO2-induced 'Arctic Amplification' is to blame.

Alarmists claim that the Arctic is warming faster than everywhere else, and that this phenomenon is weakening the jet stream. They say the difference in temperature between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes fuels the jet stream, and that a disproportionately warming Arctic is reducing that temperature difference, weakening the winds to favor a wavier flow:

Comment: Temperatures plunge by 60 degrees in under 24 hours, bringing snow to Colorado, Montana and Wyoming

Some recent articles relating to Grand Solar Minimum include:


Man mauled to death by his own dog in Perth, Australia

Father and former broadcast operator Dave Whitney

Father and former broadcast operator Dave Whitney (pictured), 59, was mauled to death by his own Rottweiler
Neighbours have described horrific scenes after a man from Perth was brutally mauled to death by his own dog.

Neighbours have described horrific scenes after a father from Perth was brutally mauled to death by his own dog.

Police were called to a property on Halvorson Rd in Morley just after 8pm on Monday where they found Dave Whitney, 59, with life-threatening injuries.

Mr Whitney died at the scene despite efforts from responding officers.

It's understood he had been in an argument with his roommate, 36-year-old Brody Gardner in the moments before the dog attack.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods hit Northern Provinces of Algeria

At least one person died and hundreds of homes damaged after flash flooding in northern Algeria.

The flooding came after stormy weather from 07 to 08 September brought heavy rainfall. Baraki in Algiers Province recorded 63.0 mm of rain in 24 hours to 08 September.

Algeria Civil Protection reported that one person, believed to be a child, died after being swept away by flood waters in the city of Mila.

Elsewhere, 3 people were rescued from a vehicle trapped in a flooded tunnel in the city of Oum El Bouaghi. Civil Protection were also called on to rescue people from several vehicles trapped in flood waters in the city of Batna. Around 800 homes were flooded in Boumerdès and 40 homes in Khenchela.

Flooding also affected the capital, Algiers, and surrounding areas. Roads were inundated, causing severe traffic disruption in at least 5 municipalities, including Sidi Mhamed where 2 buildings partially collapsed.


Wildfires prompt evacuations across Oregon and SW Washington - over 2.5 million acres burnt in former

Cody Perkins shared photos Tuesday of wildfire smoke over Roseburg

Cody Perkins shared photos Tuesday of wildfire smoke over Roseburg
Strong wind and hot, dry conditions are making for critical fire conditions across the Pacific Northwest.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management says there are more than 480 active fires across the state, adding that more than 2.5 million acres have been burned. Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act Tuesday afternoon.

Several fast-moving fires prompted evacuation orders in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington overnight Monday and into Tuesday.


Weirdly shaped waterspout filmed during calm weather off Flagler Beach, Florida

At the time of the waterspout no thunderstorms or warnings were in place

A waterspout was located off of Flagler Beach on Tuesday, News 6 viewer Bob Barrows took a photo and video of the funnel.

News 6 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells said no warnings or watches were in place at the time of the waterspout.

Cloud Precipitation

Sudan floods: Nile water level threatens ancient pyramids as three-month state of emergency declared

Sudan pyramids
The pyramids at the site are more than 2,300 years old
The authorities in Sudan are trying to protect the country's ancient pyramids from flooding as heavy rains have caused the nearby River Nile to reach record-breaking levels.

They have built sandbag walls and are pumping out water, archaeologist Marc Maillot is quoted by the AFP news agency as saying.

The site is home to a host of ruins more than 2,300 years old.

Countrywide, floods have killed nearly 100 people and made thousands homeless.

The Nile regularly bursts its banks and farmers rely on the floodwaters to create fertile land, but the extent of this year's flooding is very unusual.

"The floods had never affected the site before," Mr Maillot is quoted as saying.

"The situation is currently under control, but if the level of the Nile continues to rise, the measures taken may not be sufficient."

Comment: South Sudan - 600,000 displaced by floods since July, says UN

Cloud Lightning

Gigantic Jet lightning and sprite halo recorded over Puerto Rico

Gigantic Jet Lightning Events
© Frankie Lucena
Gigantic Jet lightning event on September 5, 2020 @ Cabo Rojo,Puerto Rico
Tropical waves may not be the biggest storms in the Caribbean, but they produce some of the biggest lightning. On Sept. 5th, Frankie Lucena pointed his video camera at a tropical wave passing just south of Puerto Rico, and this is what he saw.

"I recorded some very impressive Gigantic Jet lightning events and clusters of sprites," he says. "They were huge."

For years, Lucena has been watching sprites and Gigantic Jets leap up from passing storms. Interestingly, he says, weaker systems often produce the strongest upward-directed lightning. "Based on my observations so far, I would say that intensifying tropical waves have the most sprites. Often these systems go on to become hurricanes."

Comment: Last month a rare Type II Gigantic Jet event was recorded over Tropical Storm Laura.