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Fin whale found washed up on Baja California beach in Mexico

An 18-meter long Fin Whale found washed up on Baja California beach

An 18-meter long Fin Whale found washed up on Baja California beach
The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) attended to the report of a deceased whale in the municipality of Playas de Rosarito.

The large mammal was discovered washed up on the beach by municipal cleaning personnel. Profepa officers arrived and verified the mammal was an 18-meter long Fin Whale and was in an advanced state of decomposition.

Officers noted that the whale did not exhibit any signs of physical injuries and deemed the death was likely caused by anthropogenic impacts. The Fin Whale is listed as a protected species in Mexico. It is the third whale found dead in Mexican waters since May.

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2,170 lightning strikes within 3 hours near West Little Rock, Arkansas - thousands without power

Meteorologist Todd Yakoubian reports that 2066 lightning strikes happened within 25 miles of West Little Rock Thursday evening.

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Lightning strikes kill 4, injures 10 others in Bara, Nepal

As many as four persons have lost their lives while 10 others have been injured due to a lightning strike early Thursday morning, in Bara district. All of the deceased are women.

Two of the four — Aasha Devi Mahato (35) and Halika Khatun (45) — were residents of Sitalpur, Kalaiya Sub Metropolitan City-12. They were working at the field. While two others — Indu Devi Mahato (30) and Sunarpati Dev Mahato (40) — were from Tribeni, Pheta Rural Municipality-1.

Indu and Sunarpati were at their homes while the lightning struck and they were killed on the spot, informed Chief District Officer Rudra Prasad Pandit.

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Lightning strikes kill at least 8 in Rangpur region of Bangladesh

At least eight people were killed and nine others injured in separate incidents of lightning strikes in three districts of Rangpur region on Thursday.

Of them, four were killed in Lalmonirhat, three in Rangpur and the other was killed in Kurigram district.

The deceased in Lalmonirhat were identified as Montu Mia, 32, son of Ramzan Ali of Bejgram area of Hatibandha upazila, Ati Mia, 39, son of Abdul Hamid and Jahedul Islam, 28, son of Khandaker Ali of Islampur village under Patbarbati upazila and Hasan, son of Zahir Uddin of the same village.

Police and locals said some youths went for fishing in Kalibari beel of Tongbhanga union of Hatibandha upazila when Montu Mia and Ati were injured in a lightning strike.


US tornado alley goes quiet, Canada's season had roaring start

Tornado activity US
© The Weather Network
A single U.S. outbreak in April produced more tornadoes than May and June combined.

Tornado sirens are a fact of life for people in the United States' traditional 'tornado alley' in the country's midsection.

But it looks like the region had something of a reprieve this season, boasting May and June tornado numbers lower than they've been for half a century or more, with the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) going so far as to call it a tornado drought.

May's preliminary tornado count of 59, for example, is the lowest in 50 years, while June mustered no more than 50 twisters, the fewest since 1952. The drought is enough to bring 2020 in below average so far, though some parts of the country have had higher than normal tornado activity.

The 2020 season didn't start out this slow. May and June's combined count is less than a single outbreak over the Easter weekend in April that produced 114 confirmed tornadoes and killed more than 30 people. That month as a whole produced 351 tornadoes, the second most of any April on record.

The count of tornadoes at EF2 level or higher is also down, with the U.S. only seeing a single twister at that strength for the entire month of June.


Circumhorizontal arc, sun halo seen over Swiss Alps

CZ and sun halo over Swiss Alps
© YouTube/Oliver Staiger
Multiple atmospheric phenomena were seen in the skies above the Swiss Alps on Les Diablerets near Sion on June 26.

The sightings of not just a solar halo but a circumhorizontal arc was a particularly special scene.

The filmer said: "A 22° solar halo is seen around the Sun, and below it, near the horizon, a bright portion of circumhorizon arc.

"The solar halo is rather common but the circumhorizon arc can only be seen in summer here when the Sun is high enough in the sky.

"The arc is some 46° below the Sun. "

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Lightning strikes kill 31 in a day across Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India

In view of the IMD alert, Mumbai Police have advised citizens not to venture out of homes

At least 31 people died in lightning strikes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, while the flood in Assam claimed one more life and inundated crop fields, even as Mumbai braced for extremely heavy rainfall.

However, the national capital sweltered under a stifling heat with no rains. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted dry weather in the city for the next two days and rains on the weekend.

Most places in the city recorded the maximum temperatures between 39 degrees and 42 degrees Celsius.

In Bihar, 26 people were killed on Thursday after being struck by lightning, officials said. More than 100 have died in lightning strikes in the state in the last one week, they added.

Comment: Continuing the trend for the last 8 days:


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Arctic heat as world civilization resets

Arctic reached 100F last week of June 2020, but 99.1F in 1988, so many climate anomalies as this Grand Solar Minimum intensifies so we need to look back at 1177 B.C to find a deep cooling that ended that civilization.


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Deadly cyclone hits southern states of Brazil - at least 9 killed

Cyclone damage in Santa Catarina state, Brazil, 30 June 2020.
© Defesa Civil Santa Catarina
Cyclone damage in Santa Catarina state, Brazil, 30 June 2020.
At least nine people died after a cyclone swept through parts of southern Brazil on 30 June. Winds of over 120 km/h were reported in the state of Santa Catarina. The states of Rio Grande do Sul and Paraná were also badly affected.

The wild weather has also brought the threat of flooding. Storm surge has prompted warnings for coastal flooding in Santa Catarina. In Rio Grande do Sul, river levels are above flood stage in some areas of after the storm brought rain of over 140mm in 24 hours.

Almost 50 cities or municipalities in Santa Catarina state were affected by the cyclone, where 9 fatalities were reported. State Civil Defence reported wind speeds of between 60 and 90 km/h in many parts of the state, with winds reaching 120km/h in Morro da Igreja.

Emergency services in Santa Catarina responded to hundreds of calls for assistance during the storm. Over 1 million people were left without electricity after winds downed power lines.


Summer blizzard hits Xinjiang, China leading to death of livestock, disturbing traffic


Blizzard in China
Herdsmen in Tekes County, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have endured heavy losses after Monday's blizzard froze to death over 400 livestock animals across the county.

The snow also disrupted traffic in Nilka County of Ili Kazak Autonomous Prefecture. Over 400 tourists in 130 vehicles were either stranded in the Tangbra Mountain or on the Dushanzi-Kuche Highway, which runs through the Tianshan Mountain from its south end to north end.