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Powerful derecho storm wreaks havoc across US Midwest leaving 1.1 million without power

Derecho damage in Illinois
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A person surveys the damage from the roof of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, after a severe storm toppled the church steeple on the campus of Wheaton College on Monday
A rare storm packing 100 mph winds has left more than 1.1 million Americans without power across the Midwest as it caused widespread destruction with blown over trees, flipped vehicles, property damage and several severe weather warnings as it turned toward embattled Chicago.

The derecho, a widespread weather system with a long line of storms packing high winds, descended upon the Central U.S. on Monday with wind speeds comparable to a major hurricane as it spent several hours tearing through parts of Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

The storm likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado, said Patrick Marsh, science support chief at the National Weather Service´s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

It´s not quite a hurricane. It has no eye and its winds come across in a line. But the damage it is likely to spread over such a large area is more like an inland hurricane than a quick more powerful tornado, Marsh said.

He compared it to a devastating Super Derecho of 2009, which was one of the strongest on record and traveled more than 1,000 miles in 24 hours, causing $500 million in damage, widespread power outages and several deaths.


Comment: Severe storms bring tennis ball-size hail, damaging winds, torrential rain to Minneapolis - Saint Paul


Bug

France's sugar beet harvest ravaged by insects, government lifts ban on pesticide blamed for harming bees

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France to ease pesticide ban for sugar beet to curb crop losses
The French government will propose lifting a ban on certain pesticides blamed for harming bees to protect sugar beet crops that have been ravaged by insects this year, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

The government plans to support a legislative amendment in parliament later this year to exempt sugar beet for up to three years from a general ban on neonicotinoids, the ministry said in a statement following a meeting with sugar industry representatives.

Sugar beet growers blame the ban on the neonicotinoid group of crop chemicals for insect attacks that could decimate yields this year and say this further threatens the French sugar sector after a price slump in recent years already led to factory closures.

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe storms bring tennis ball-size hail, damaging winds, torrential rain to Minneapolis - Saint Paul

Overnight storms sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the Twin Cities metro area. This was the view from the Dartmouth Bridge near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
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Overnight storms sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the Twin Cities metro area. This was the view from the Dartmouth Bridge near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Round after round of severe storms brought large hail, damaging winds and torrential rain to the Twin Cities metro area late Sunday into early Monday.

The storms also sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the metro area.

Winds gusted to 61 mph at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. As of 9:10 a.m., Xcel Energy reported more than 10,000 homes and businesses without power in the wake of the storms, mostly in the south and west metro.

The Bloomington Fire Department reported early Monday that "fire crews have been responding to numerous incidents since the storms started last evening. Many trees and limbs blocking roads throughout the city."

There were widespread reports of hailstones the size of golf balls or larger. The National Weather Service received a report of tennis-ball-size hail in Loretto in western Hennepin County.

Cloud Precipitation

Sudan rains and floods claim 20 more lives

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At least 20 people were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday in torrential rains and flooding, the latest victims of days of flooding in Sudan, the civil defense said.

Heavy rains typically hit Sudan between June and October each year, and this week the country has been badly battered by the downpour.

"20 people have died and 13 have been injured while 345 houses were destroyed or badly damaged" across the country Sunday, the civil defense said.


Attention

Signs and Portents: A two-headed viper spotted near Mumbai, India

Rare two-headed Russell's Viper rescued in Maharashtra

Rare two-headed Russell's Viper rescued in Maharashtra
The wildlife rescuers at Kalyan's Gandhare road area on Mumbai's outskirts rescued a two headed Russel viper snake last Thursday, and the visuals of dangerous reptile are viral ever since. The snake reportedly measures 11 cm with both its heads out there with approximately 2 cm dimensions.

Found mostly in and around country's both Eastern and Western Ghats, the Russell's Viper snake is one of the most venomous snake species found in India, and reportedly also causes one of the most incidents of snake bites.

The snake was rescued by Mumbai-based War Rescue Foundation, after the wildlife conservation group received a call from a Kalyan resident Dimple Shah, following which two rescuers managed to to rescue the snake from the spot, Mumbai Live reported.


Umbrella

Trinidad and Tobago - Floods and landslides after 4.7 inches of rain in 9 hours

floods and landslides destroyed a house in Arima, Trinidad 08 August 2020.

Floods and landslides destroyed a house in Arima, Trinidad 08 August 2020.
At least 2 homes were destroyed after heavy rainfall caused flash flooding and landslides in Trinidad on 08 August, 2020.

Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Service said 120.6 mm of rain fell in Caura in 9 hours early on 08 August. North Oropouche recorded 93.2mm, La Reunion (Piarco) 81.1mm and Moka 68.4mm during the same period.

The Service also warned on 08 August that "River levels are currently near threshold values in some parts, especially along the Caroni River basin and flooding is ongoing in certain regions as well."


Seismograph

Another major eruption forces evacuations from around Mount Sinabung in Indonesia

Mount Sinabung seen spewing volcanic smoke
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Mount Sinabung seen spewing volcanic smoke from Tiga Pancur Village in Karo, North Sumatra.
Rumbling Mount Sinabung on Indonesia's Sumatra island erupted Monday, sending a column of volcanic materials as high as 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky.

There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, Indonesia's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center said.

Villagers are advised to stay 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the crater's mouth and should be aware of the peril of lava, the agency said.

Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around the mountain in the past few years.

A thick layer of ash covered several villages up to 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the crater, said Armen Putra, an official at the Mount Sinabung observation post.


Stock Up

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Satellites go down as food prices run away with no recovery in sight

Food prices increase
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Exceptional food price increases have the world wondering if people will be priced out of simple items like beef and eggs. Satellites go down in Australia with almost unnoticeable space weather, which shows a huge problem, small coronal holes and not even CME's are causing problems with Earth's communication satellites. Massive dust storm right out of a movie in Rajasthan, India and metals are making a run from endless money printing.


Comment: Draconian lockdown measures increase grocery prices due to supply chain disruption and restaurant closures


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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - July 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

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July 2020 saw record volumes of rainfall, killing hundreds of people, leaving millions displaced or homeless, and destroying crops around the world.

Asia seemed to get the worst of it, with extreme monsoon rain and consequential flooding killing hundreds of people in China, Japan, South Korea, Nepal, Bangladesh and India. China in particular continues to battle its worst flooding in decades as the water level of 433 rivers remains above the flood-control line, with 33 of them reaching record highs.

Heavy rain and floods have ravaged Assam, India, since May, affecting 2 to 3 million people across 27 districts, and claiming the lives of more than 100 people and destroying crops.

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Better Earth

Florida ocean current weakest in over a century

florida ocean
© Carol Anne Clayson, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
The new study uses a method of tracking the strength of near-shore ocean currents from a distance via measurements of coastal sea level.
A key component of the Gulf Stream has markedly slowed over the past century — that's the conclusion of a new research paper in Nature Communications published on August 7. The study develops a method of tracking the strength of near-shore ocean currents using measurements made at the coast, offering the potential to reduce one of the biggest uncertainties related to observations of climate change over the past century.

"In the ocean, almost everything is connected," said Christopher Piecuch, an assistant scientist in the Physical Oceanography Department at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and author of the study. "We can use those connections to look at things in the past or far from shore, giving us a more complete view of the ocean and how it changes across space and time."

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