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Stunning 'jellyfish' sprites captured over French mountain range

Red sprites over France
© Stephane Vetter
NASA has shared an image of rare 'red sprite' lightning that looks scarily similar to an alien invasion.

The red lightning can be seen branching out like jellyfish or fireworks over a French mountain range.

The amazing image was captured by photographer Stephane Vetter.

Nasa revealed it as there Astronomy Picture of the Day for July 4.

Nasa said: "A sensitive video camera on a summit of the Vosges mountains in France captured these surprising fireworks above a distant horizon on June 26.

"Generated over intense thunderstorms, this one about 260 kilometers away, the brief and mysterious flashes have come to be known as red sprites.

Comment: Last month more giant jellyfish sprites were recorded over Europe.

With the surge in sightings of red sprites in recent years (which are still considered 'rare' by some) it seems the electrical nature of our weather and changing atmosphere is becoming more apparent: For more, check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


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

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Sheets of rain, floods and hail left a path of destruction all over the world, and the northern hemisphere still got snow in June.

The unbelievable amount of precipitation during the past months can be explained with the increasing amount of charged particles in upper layers of the atmosphere.

When meteors and meteorites pass through our lower atmosphere, or when our planet goes trough a comet dust stream, charged particles accumulate between the ionosphere and the surface of the earth causing storms to intensify, clouds to grow and more rain to fall. Wildfires and volcanic eruptions, for example, also contribute to this accumulation of particles.

At the same time, rain can conduct the accumulated electrical charge of the ionosphere to the ground, which increases the occurrence of other electrical phenomena, as tornadoes, hurricanes and plasma formations.

The accumulation of charged aerosols and increasingly colder temperatures in upper layers of the atmosphere - caused by the current solar minimum - can also be responsible of the increasing amount of hail and unseasonable snow around the world.

Charged particles influence weather much more than has been appreciated.

Heavy rain and raging floods took the life of hundreds and affected millions in south China, and destroyed 1,470 houses and 3 bridges in Gorontalo Province, Indonesia. Heavy floods also hit Assam, India leaving 16 dead and over 253,000 affected.

While Romania got its second coldest day in June, Montana got more than 1 foot of snow and southeast Wyoming got 6 inches... just at the beginning of summer.

Siberia got a share of extreme weather this month, from tornadoes to floods and extreme temperature swings.

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake rattled large swaths of southern and central Mexico, killing at least five people. No major damage was reported.

Locusts continued to ravage Africa, India, Brazil, Argentina and the Middle East, with no sign that they'll be gone soon.

All that and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for June 2020:


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Japan flooding kills at least 60 people - 550,000 told to evacuate - 4 inches of rain in an hour (UPDATE)

Meteorologist Heather Tesch says the death toll is expected to rise after flooding in Japan.

Meteorologist Heather Tesch says the death toll is expected to rise after flooding in Japan.
Flooding and landslides caused by unprecedented rain in southern Japan have left at least 35 people confirmed or presumed dead.

Standing water and risk of more mudslides delayed rescue operations on Sunday, according to the Japan Times.

The victims include 14 residents of a nursing home that was flooded when a river overflowed its banks. Another 50 residents and 30 caregivers were rescued by boats on Sunday.

More than a dozen people were missing, and more than 2,000 households remained cut off in eight municipalities in Kumamoto prefecture on Japan's southwestern Kyushu island, the Kyodo News agency reported.


Comment: Update: ARIRANG NEWS reports on July 7:
Torrential rain storms that triggered flash floods and mudslides in Japan's Kyushu region have left 60 people dead or missing.

Hundreds of thousands have also been evacuated to safer areas.

Lee Seung-jae reports.


Mother Nature's wrath continues to sweep Japan.

Torrential rain in the country's Kyushu region,... in southwestern Japan,... has triggered floods and mudslides.

Authorities say at least 49 people have been confirmed dead,... while eleven others are unaccounted for.

Rescue efforts have been hampered by continued downpours,... with up to 300 millimeters of rain in the forecast through Tuesday

Meteorological authorities in Japan have also issued special heavy rain warnings to three prefectures Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka and the authorities have also issued evacuation orders to 330-thousand citizens.

Such orders have also been issued to 205-thousand people in Kumamoto Prefecture,... and to approximately 35-thousand in Miyazaki and Kagoshima Prefecture,... totaling 550-thousand people across Japan.

With many waiting to be rescued,... the Japanese government has also dispatched around 10-thousand Ground Self-Defense Force personnel to the hardest-hit areas.

More than 2-thousand households have been left stranded,... many of which are home to elderly people.

Helicopters and boats have been rescuing people from their homes where they can.

The flooding has also cut off power and communication lines,... further delaying search and rescue efforts.



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Summer storm and floods in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Areas around Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, were hit by heavy rain, lightning strikes and strong winds during an overnight storm 06 to 07 July.

Emergency services received 750 calls for assistance. One person was injured when a roof collapsed. Streets, metro stations, underpasses and buildings were all flooded. The country's Interior Ministry said emergency teams were called to pump flood water and remove stranded vehicles.


Comment: Global cooling anyone? Below is a chart showing the increasing trend for flooding reports across the planet as covered by SoTT in the last decade or so:




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Flash floods kill 8 people and 7,000 animals in Mongolia

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Mongolia's National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) reports that 8 people died in flash floods in several parts of the country in the last few days. More heavy rain is expected.

Five people died in a flash flood on 03 July 2020 in Bayandalai district (sum / soum) of Ömnögovi Province in the south of the country. On the same day, three people were killed while crossing a river on a motorcycle Erdenetsagaan, Sükhbaatar Province (aimag) in eastern Mongolia.


Comment: Global cooling anyone? Below is a chart showing the increasing trend for flooding reports across the planet as covered by SoTT in the last decade or so:




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Rare storm-driven tsunami forms in Upper Chesapeake Bay

A fast-moving line of storms can be strong enough to trigger a meteotsunami
© File photo: NOAA/Michelle Mcgahey
A fast-moving line of storms can be strong enough to trigger a meteotsunami.
When intense storms moved through the Chesapeake region on Monday afternoon and evening, a weather phenomenon occured in the Bay: a tsunami.

Yes, you read that right: The National Weather Service Mount Holly office says a rare meteotsunami happened in the Chesapeake Bay near Tolchester Beach. This is a tsunami wave that is brought on by air-pressure disturbances often associated with fast-moving weather events like severe thunderstorms, squalls, and other storm fronts- not by seismic activity.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) explains, "The storm generates a wave that moves towards the shore, and is amplified by a shallow continental shelf and inlet, bay, or other coastal feature."

According to folks at Tolchester Marina, the storm was extremely intense. Cathy Bramble, marina president, tells Bay Bulletin the rain came down sideways and wind gusts were so strong that Tolchester's 20-foot steel flagpole was bent. Bramble says the wind also blew a sign right into the marina's palm tree, where it became lodged in the trunk.

Boaters at the marina saw hail and one sailboater's wind instrument clocked a gust at just under 70 miles per hour.

NOAA Tsunami Warning Coordinator Dave Snider, who spoke to Bay Bulletin all the way from the National Tsunami Warning Center in Alaska, says it's entirely possible a storm that strong could make the air pressure drop enough to create a meteotsunami.

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Floods affecting over a million people across Bangladesh

River levels in Bangladesh, 08 July 2020.
© Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, BWDB, Bangladesh
River levels in Bangladesh, 08 July 2020.
According to disaster management authorities, over 1 million people across 13 districts have been affected by flooding in Bangladesh since late June.

Flooding hit several northern districts of the country in late June after heavy rain in the country and in river catchments in neighbouring India. Jamalpur, Kurigram and Gaibandha districts were the worst affected, with some flash flooding also reported in Sylhet and Sunamganj districts.

Since then flooding has been reported in a further 8 districts. According to a report by Network for Information, Response And Preparedness Activities on Disaster (NIRAPAD) of 04 July, a total of 1,012,775 people have been affected and 221,158 households marooned. The affected districts include: Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Nilphamari, Rangpur, Sunamganj, Sirajganj, Bogura, Jamalpur, Sylhet, Tangail, Rajbari and Madaripur.


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Lightning bolt kills 7 cows in Nigeria

The cows killed by lightning

The cows killed by lightning
Lightning has reportedly killed at least seven cows at Elepo village, Ifon Osun in Orolu Local Government area of Osun State, southwest Nigeria.

Naija News learned that all the cattle were killed where they were being kept after returning from the grazing field at the Elepo village when the incident happened.

An anonymous resident of the area described the incident as sad and very unfortunate, saying it has caused panic and fears within the community.

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19,380,000 people now affected by the flooding across China

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Torrential rains have been pounding large areas of China, triggering floods, mudslides and destroying roads as local authorities scramble to send in rescuers. State media reported that the deadly floods had affected around 19,380,000 people as of July 3, 2020. At least 121 people were reportedly dead or missing.


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Summer floods devastate Serbian crops and raspberry orchards

Vegetable gardens, pastures, crop plantations and raspberry orchards were flooded after the rains in Serbia. Raspberry plants take years to mature.
© Mila Mirkovic
Vegetable gardens, pastures, crop plantations and raspberry orchards were flooded after the rains in Serbia. Raspberry plants take years to mature.
Due to climate change, the weather is becoming volatile and unpredictable. In South-Eastern as well as in Central Europe, winters are now miilder, spring weather is dry and turbulent, and summers are scorching hot. Plant cultivation is vulnerable, and droughts as well as floods can cause serious damages. In the recent period, the early summer rainy season started in Serbia and caused considerable damages.

Floods devastate crops and raspberry orchards

A tributary of Zapadna Morava, the Moravica River flooded and destroyed more than a thousand hectares of raspberry orchards in Western Serbia. Between 2-3 thousand hectares of potato and corn plantations, vegetable gardens and pastures have been flooded, stated President of the Association of Raspberry and Blackberry Producers in Serbia Dobrivoje Radovic.