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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. "

Cloud Lightning

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.


Cloud Lightning

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.


Endemic locust species observed eating its own males for the first time in Turkey

Bradyporus karabagi
A female Bradyporus karabagi eats a male of her own species alive, near the Karacadağ dormant volcano, Diyarbakır, Turkey, June 1, 2020.
Females of an endemic species of locust, colloquially known as the fat locust, have been observed eating males alive to have more qualified spawn in Turkey's southeastern region.

The Bradyporus karabagi species lives only in southeastern Turkey and has been spotted around the Karacadağ dormant volcano, located between Diyarbakır, Şanlıurfa and Mardin provinces. Officials made an application to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2017 to include fat locusts on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Bradyporus karabagi has not been able to spread its habitat to a larger area because it is a wingless species, experts say.

Speaking on the issue, professor Ali Satar of Dicle University told Demirören News Agency (DHA) said that although cannibalism is a common practice among the ensifera suborder of insects, they witnessed this practice for the first time among the Bradyporus karabagi species.


Pit bull attacks, kills owner in Jeffersonville, Indiana

A man died following a pit bull attack in Jeffersonville, WAVE 3 News has learned.

Jeffersonville police officers responded to the 800 block of West Larkspur Drive on a report of a man being bitten by a dog Wednesday morning. Det. Josh Schiller confirmed it happened just after midnight.

The first officer to arrive tried to stop the pit bull attack with pepper spray, but was unsuccessful. The officer then shot the dog to end the attack, according to a statement from the Jeffersonville Police Department.

Officers then tried to render medical aid to the victim, a man in his early 60′s, until EMS arrived. EMS workers arrived and then also tried to render aid, but it was too late. The man died at the scene. He has not been identified.

Det. Schiller confirmed the dog died and that it was owned by the victim.


This year's cold and wet spring sinks US wheat acreage to its lowest levels since USDA records began in 1919 - Corn and potatoes down too

US harvest

Following a disastrous 2019 growing season across the U.S., particularly in the Midwest, the cold and wet spring of 2020 along with "burnt" farmers has resulted in reduced planting of this year's crops, too.

The weather proved so cold and wet in 2019 that many North Dakota farmers' corn harvest lasted more than six months — and a few still haven't finished it, reports thedickinsonpress.com. And now, following last year's challenging conditions, North Dakota's 2020 corn acreage is down more than 30% year on year, with potato planting also drastically reduced.

ND corn acreage this spring is pegged at 2.4 million, 31.5% lower than the 3.5 million planted in 2019, according to the USDA acreage report released Tues, June 30-a report based on surveys of farmers during the first two weeks of June.

The combination of a never-ending 2019 harvest and unfavorable planting conditions this spring likely discouraged many farmers across the Midwest from planting.

Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension marketing specialist, says farmers didn't again want to risk planting beyond the optimal time, and end up with immature corn that they will have to harvest in spring 2021.

"Farmers said 'I got burned last year,'" says Olson.

Nationwide, farmers planted 92 million acres of corn in 2020 — and while that's a fraction more than last year, it took the trade by surprise because, earlier this spring, U.S. farmers had indicated they would plant 97 million acres in 2020-an organized attempt to make up for the Midwest's poor 2019 harvest.


Summer storm Päivö leaves nearly 60,000 homes without power in Finland

Rescue unit works to clear a fallen tree over a road in Miehikkälä, southeastern Finland
© Noora-Liia Rautio
Rescue unit works to clear a fallen tree over a road in Miehikkälä, southeastern Finland.
Almost 60,000 households were left without electricity Wednesday morning after summer storm Päivö brought down power lines across various parts of Finland overnight.

The Finnish Meteorological Institute's (FMI) meteorologist Helena Laakso said that while the storm itself is over, some regions are still due for more rain or thunderstorms which could be severe in some areas.

FMI tweeted around midnight on Tuesday that Päivö's strong winds had shifted from Upper Savonia and Upper Karelia towards eastern Kainuu. The force of the gusts were described as dangerously strong and residents were encouraged to stay indoors until the storm passed.

It could take a few days to restore electricity to households in areas stretching from southern Savo to Kainuu, according to authorities.

The power cuts could also affect the functionality of mobile networks, including communications to emergency services, according to northern Karelia's rescue unit, which advised residents to head to local fire departments if emergency services calls cannot be made.

The summer storm tore across southern Finland, first eastward then took to the north on Tuesday.