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Potentially 'explosive' losses of barley and wheat following extreme weather in EU - analyst

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Large parts of Western Germany were hit by heavy, continuous rain in the night to 15 July resulting in local flash floods that destroyed buildings and swept away cars.
Adverse weather in the European Union has sharply reduced prospects for wheat and barley harvests, contributing to a potentially 'explosive' global supply outlook for the cereals, analyst firm Strategie Grains said.

In a monthly report, the French firm reduced its forecast for 2021 soft wheat production in the 27-country EU by 1.5 million tonnes to 131.5 million tonnes.

Wet weather in the run-up to harvesting had led to disappointing yields in France and Germany while high temperatures in June had lowered yields in Poland and northern Europe, Strategie Grains said.

Comment: This may mean not only higher grain prices for human consumption, but also higher prices for meat, too.

And that's just grains and corn, crop losses caused by various factors are mounting over much of the planet, and have been for years now: Also check out SOTT radio's:

Cloud Precipitation

One dead after flash floods in El Paso, Texas

One person died and another was seriously injured after torrential rain and flooding caused the wall of a house to collapse in El Paso, Texas, on 12 August 2021.

The victims were attempting to evacuate the house before the wall collapsed. "Firefighters worked to extricate the victims from under the wall as the living room continued to flood. Fire and Medical Services transported both to an area hospital where the woman was pronounced deceased," El Paso city officials said.

Further heavy rainfall since then has left wide areas of the city of El Paso were under torrents of water. Sandbags are being distributed to protect property. El Paso emergency services responded to several incidents of vehicles stranded or swept away after drivers attempted to drive through the floods. Roads were also flooded across the border in Mexico, causing traffic disruption in Ciudad Juárez.

Cloud Precipitation

Over 1,500 evacuate floods in Krasnodar region, Russia

Floods in Krasnodar Region, Russia, 13 August
© Ministry of Emergency Situations Krasnodar Region
Floods in Krasnodar Region, Russia, 13 August 2021.
Severe weather has once again affected areas of Russia's Black Sea coast, in particular in Krasnodar Region, where strong winds, hail and heavy rain have caused power outages and flooding.

As of 14 August, over 100,000 people were without power in the Krasnodar Region due to wind damage. Heavy rain has triggered flash floods in several areas, in particular in the resort city of Anapa where more than 450 people were evacuated including tourists from hotels.


Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes off Alaska, no tsunami warning issued

A 6.9 earthquake struck off the coast of the Alaskan Peninsula early Saturday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Despite the size of the quake, no tsunami warnings were issued. The closest place to the epicenter was Perryville, home to a little more than 100 people 85 miles (135 kilometers) northwest. Much of the land around the part of the Gulf of Alaska where the earthquake struck just before 4 a.m. is home to wildlife refuges.

Alaska is a hotbed of seismic activity. The Alaska Earthquake Center, housed at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, detects an earthquake every 15 minutes, on average, according to its website. The center also says that 75% of all U.S. earthquakes with a magnitude over 5 occur in Alaska.

Cloud Precipitation

55 people killed by floods in Niger with 53,000 homeless - Cameroon's capital Douala hit by waist-deep floodwater

Several countries in West and Central Africa have recorded severe floods in the past week.

Heavy rains in Niger have killed at least 55 people and left 53,000 homeless.

The worst-hit regions are Maradi in the southeast, Agadez in the northern part of the desert and the capital Niamey.

Cloud Lightning

7 people are struck by lightning and 4 are injured while hiking Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina

Lightning struck MacRae Peak at 12.05pm Friday, as a storm passed over it abruptly. Pictured: Satellite image of the storm in the northern part of the state

Lightning struck MacRae Peak at 12.05pm Friday, as a storm passed over it abruptly. Pictured: Satellite image of the storm in the northern part of the state
Seven people were impacted by lightning strikes on a hiking trail in North Carolina that left four people injured.

Lightning struck MacRae Peak on Grandfather Mountain, located in the northern part of the state, at 12.05pm Friday, as a storm passed over it abruptly.

One victim had fallen and had to be airlifted to a hospital with a head injury, while another suffered from burns.

The other victims of the strike had minor injuries, according to the National Weather Service.


Major magnitude 8.1 earthquake - South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands, on 12 August

Major magnitude 8.1 earthquake at 48 km depth

Date & time: 12 Aug 2021 18:35:20 UTC - 1 day 16 hours ago
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 12 Aug 2021 4:35 pm (GMT -2)
Magnitude: 8.1
Depth: 48.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 58.4157°S / 25.3206°W (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)
Nearest volcano: Montagu Island (59 km / 37 mi)
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)

Comment: Additional information from the USGS:
M 8.1 - South Sandwich Islands region

2021-08-12 18:35:20 (UTC)58.416°S 25.321°W48.3 km depth

Seismic observations suggest this earthquake is part of a complex seismic sequence. Our current interpretation is that this earthquake is the mainshock to a M7.5 that occurred ~170s earlier. The location, depth, mechanism, and magnitude of this earthquake is preliminary and less well constrained than typical events of this size due to interference from the preceding M7.5 foreshock. Research is being conducted on this sequence to better understand the faulting geometry and details of rupture. This analysis will take time and our understanding will likely evolve. This page will be updated as we learn more about these interesting events.

Cloud Lightning

6 people hospitalized after lightning strike at Orchard Beach in Bronx, New York - Boy later dies (UPDATE)

Six people were taken to the hospital after reports of a lightning strike in the Bronx on Thursday.

The incident was reported at Orchard Beach just before 5:30 p.m.

Beachgoers abandoned their belongings and ran for their lives when a vicious storm cell blasted through -- seemingly out of nowhere.

Officials say a total of six people were struck by lightning while sitting on the sand, including a 13-year-old boy who is in critical condition.

All of the victims were taken to Jacobi Medical Center. The other victims are said to be stable.

Comment: Update: From the same source:
Teen dies after lightning strike at Orchard Beach

A teenage boy has died after being struck by lightning during a fast-moving, pop-up thunderstorm that rolled over Orchard Beach late Thursday afternoon.

Carlos Ramos, 13, of the Bronx died at Jacobi Medical Center.

His friends of his family are devastated.

"If lightning struck one of my children, I don't know what I'll be doing. The thing is, he was a kid, he was a good kid. Really, really good one," family friend Jamila Banks said.

Six other people were hospitalized after the incident including 13-year-old, Stacy Saldivar.

Outside the hospital Friday, Saldivar, who was at the beach with her parents and two siblings, said she and her family saw the storm clouds, left the water and gathered their things and were running to escape a downpour of rain when lightning struck just in front of her.

"I passed out and then I was shaking and blood started coming out of my mouth," Saldivar said. "There was this man that was giving me compressions."

Saldivar said her dad screamed for help.

She said she was told the lightning struck the ground in front of her, but miraculously didn't leave a mark on her body.

"Like a little tingle that really hurt a lot," Saldivar said. "I feel lucky to be alive still."

Saldivar said she and her family were not at the beach with Ramos and that they don't know each other.

Lightning strikes are very rare, but what happened Thursday in the Bronx is a reminder they can happen.

The storm dumped heavy rain and brought thunder and lightning, forcing lifeguards to clear the beach.

But several people got caught in that storm.

In addition to Ramos and Saldivar, those struck were a 41-year-old man; a 33-year-old woman; a 14-year-old boy; a 12-year-old girl; and a 5-year-old boy.

All were taken to the hospital. All are expected to survive.

Beach goers described the scary scene.

"One lightning came down, and next thing you know the cloud came above us and lightning just started falling everywhere all around us," said Ralph Gonzalez.

"You can't there's no rationalizing it. It's just Mother Nature, if you want to call it that."

The thunderstorms came with the intense heat that gripped at the Tri-State area on Thursday, heat which is expected to continue Friday.

Lightning has injured 17 people in New York City since 2001, not including Thursday's incident.

In Aug 2018, two men were struck while playing soccer in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, we covered that. During the same storm, a man was struck while standing next to a car in Jamaica, Queens.

Three people were struck by lightning, also at Orchard Beach, back in August 2014.

In August 2002, a 25-year-old man was struck and killed by lightning on the roof of a building on Broome Street in Chinatown, likely the last known lightning death in the city.

Nationwide, lightning has killed six other people this year, including a 70-year-old man on a golf course in Westhampton, New Jersey.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly mudslide in Nagasaki, Japan after record 29.2 inches of rain in 2 days and 22.4 inches in one day

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the highest level 5 risk alerts in Hiroshima

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the highest level 5 risk alerts in Hiroshima
Authorities have issued evacuation orders after days of heavy rainfall in south and western Japan. One person has died and 2 are missing after a mudslide destroyed 2 houses in Nagasaki prefecture.

A landslide struck in the city of Unzen in Nagasaki prefecture early on 13 August following heavy rainfall. Two houses collapsed, burying 4 residents. As of 13 August rescue workers had located the body of one of the victims, while another was found alive but seriously injured. Two people are still missing. Search and rescue teams, including members of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force, are working at the site. Areas of Unzen city are also flooded.

Record Rainfall and Evacuation Orders

Mount Unzen, near Unzen City, recorded 80.5 mm of rain in 1 hour on 13 August. A record 571.5 mm of rain fell in 24 hours and 743.0 mm in 48 hours to 13 August. The previous 24-hour high was 486 mm set in 2006, and the 48 hour was 510 mm, also set in 2006.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued heavy rain and mudslide warnings for several areas. Authorities have issued evacuation orders in 13 prefectures, affecting around 1.7 million households or 3.4 million people. The prefectures include Niigata, Toyama, Gifu, Shizuoka, Shimane, Hiroshima, Ehime, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita and Kagoshima.


6.3 magnitude earthquake in the South Sandwich Islands region - 4th major quake in 24 hours


6.3 magnitude earthquake

UTC time: Friday, August 13, 2021 10:34 AM

Your time: Friday, August 13, 2021, 11:34 AM GMT+1

Magnitude Type: mww

USGS page: M 6.3 - South Sandwich Islands region

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people

Comment: Details of the others:

6.2 magnitude earthquake off South Sandwich Islands

6.0 magnitude earthquake in South Sandwich Islands region

Major magnitude 7.5 earthquake - South Sandwich Islands Region