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Heavy rain triggers deadly floods in Meghalaya and Assam, India - at least 13 dead, 5 missing

Flood rescue in Meghalaya, India, September 2020.
© Meghalaya Police
Flood rescue in Meghalaya, India, September 2020.
Heavy rainfall over the last 5 days has caused deadly flooding and landslides in Meghalaya state in north eastern India. Also in the north east of the country, further flooding has been reported in Assam, where almost 180,000 people have been affected.


Local media report that at least 13 people have died in floods and landslides in Meghalaya since heavy rainfall began around 22 September. State Disaster Management Authority said that 5 people remain missing while a total of 985 people in 37 villages across East Khasi Hills, West Khasi Hills and Ri Bhoi districts have been affected.


Early snowfall in Czech Mountains

© Horská služba Šumava – Kvilda
The current spell of cold brought on Saturday morning the season's first snow to the Czech mountains.

The first snow of this winter in the Czech Republic fell around the village of Kvilda in the Šumava mountain range in the southwest of the country on Friday night, Blesk.cz reported.

According to pictures from webcams, snowfalls were recorded as well at Bučina, Březník, Luzný and Klínovec in the Ore Mountains, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute informed on Facebook.


Beached pilot whales are a sign of the magnetic pole shift and waning magnetosphere

Cape cod pilot whales

Since 1850 Earth's magnetic field has been weakening. At the turn of the millennium it then began reducing exponentially, at more than 10% per decade — this drop off is extreme and concerning, and here's why.

Earth's magnetic field protects us from space radiation. Our shields going down is very bad news for all life on our planet, and could possibly even lead to the next mass extinction.

"As the magnetic field weakens, the poles shift," says David Mauriello of the ORP and MRN. For the past 100-or-so years, both north and south poles have been rapidly headed towards the equator (shown below), and their pace is increasing, warns Mauriello. The south pole is now off the Antarctic continent and making a beeline for Indonesia, and the north pole is shifting across the Arctic circle towards Siberia, it too headed for Indonesia-where the pair are likely to meet within the next few decades, perhaps around 2050.

This "meeting" will lead to one of two eventualities: 1) a full flip will take place (aka a "reversal" where the magnetic poles switch places), or 2) a "snap-back" will occur where the poles quickly return to their original starting points (aka an "excursion").

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Scottish village recorded 'coldest September temperature for 20 years'

The weather station at Altnaharra
© Stuart Meek / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA
The weather station at Altnaharra.
A SUTHERLAND village is once again living up to it moniker as the coldest spot in the UK after the mercury plunged last night.

The temperature fell to roughly -5C in Altnaharra - making it one of the coldest September nights reported in Scotland for more than 20 years.

BBC weather presenter Matt Taylor, who is also a former senior operational meteorologist at the Met Office, confirmed the news on Twitter this morning.

Of course, -5C is nothing unusual in winter in Altnaharra, which holds the record for the coldest temperature ever documented in the UK. On December 30, 1995, the mercury plunged to an Arctic -27.2C (-17F).

Altnaharra wasn't the only slightly chilly place in the Sutherland last night. Kinbrace was not far behind Altnaharra's low, recording a temperature of close to -4.5C.

Weather stations at Klibreck and Banscol also recorded temperatures near to -3C.


Shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits south of Africa, USGS says

A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit south of Africa at around 17:10 GMT this Saturday with the epicentre lying at the depths of 10 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey

No tsunami warning has been issued yet. Meanwhile, people living in South Africa have been reporting tremors.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods hit SW Slovenia after torrential rain - at least 6 inches in just a few hours

Torrential rainfall over the night and in the morning caused severe flash floods in SW Slovenia.

Locally, up to 6,7 inches of rain has fallen in just a few hours!


Alps surprised by early snowfall, 2 Swiss towns set new records of 10 inches and nearly 2 feet

St Anton, Austria

St Anton, Austria
Parts of Switzerland, Austria and Germany were surprised by unseasonably early snowfall overnight, after a sharp drop in temperatures and heavy precipitation.

The Swiss meteorological agency said Saturday that the town of Montana, in the southern canton (state) of Valais, experienced 25 centimeters (almost 10 inches) of snowfall — a new record for this time of year.


Beautiful sun halo brightens Singapore skies

Sun halo over Singapore
© Desmond Wee
A sun halo seen from a Housing Board block near Guillemard Road at about 12.15pm yesterday. The weather phenomenon occurs when thin clouds are so high in the sky that the water in them consists of ice crystals rather than droplets. These crystals act like tiny prisms, reflecting and refracting light in a way that creates what appears to be a ring around the sun.

Yesterday's sun halo was visible from locations across eastern Singapore such as Tampines, Simei and Ubi around noon.

A less distinct halo was seen three weeks ago, near the Merlion.


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher from North America turns up on Tiree, Scotland - first time recorded in Western Palearctic

Rich olive-green above, with a complete bold eye-ring, an orange lower mandible,
© John Bowler
Rich olive-green above, with a complete bold eye-ring, an orange lower mandible, a distinct yellow suffusion on the throat and down the breast, plus the bird's overall 'cute' look, diagnosed the 'Empid' as Britain and the Western Palearctic's first Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
A fast-moving depression whipped across the North Atlantic and struck the Isle of Tiree early on Sunday 13 September 2020. Conditions looked ideal for bringing a North American bird or two across 'the pond' and I even fantasized about finding an Empidonax flycatcher. However, checks of my local patch at Balephuil later that day produced nothing new other than a Lesser Whitethroat and a small influx of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

A fresh juvenile Common Rosefinch popped up briefly in our garden the following day and with the winds slackening in a ridge of high pressure, my bird-finding thoughts switched back towards drift migrants from the east. First thing on Tuesday morning, I casually opened the curtains of our lounge windows with a cup of tea in hand and was dumbfounded by what I saw! In exactly the same willow where the rosefinch had been the previous day, a boldly marked flycatcher eyed me from just a few metres away. Rich olive-green above, with a complete bold eye-ring, an orange lower mandible, a distinct yellow suffusion on the throat and down the breast, and very striking whitish wing-bars and edgings to the tertials and secondaries - it was an Empidonax flycatcher! I grabbed my camera and took a few record shots to make sure I wasn't hallucinating.

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods in Gilan Province, Iran

Floods in Talesh County Gilan Province, Iran, September 2020.
© Iran Red Crescent
Floods in Talesh County Gilan Province, Iran, September 2020.
At least 2 people died after flash floods struck in northern Iran.

According to the Iranian Red Crescent, heavy rainfall triggered flash flooding in Talesh County in the northern province of Gilan on 20 September.

Flooding caused damage to homes, roads and bridges in 6 villages of the county. Two fatalities were reported.

Iranian Red Crescent has distributed relief items such as tents, blankets, hygiene items and food.