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Antarctica is suffering a near-record breaking winter - 10C colder than usual

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Antarctica is experiencing an unusually cold start to winter, cold which is threatening to break the icy continent's lowest temperature ever recorded-
the -89.6C (-129.3F) registered at Vostok Station on July 21, 1983.

'Spare a thought for the hardy crew who are wintering down in Antarctica,' reads the opening paragraph of a recent newshub.co.nz article, 'who are experiencing near-record breaking cold this week of -81.7C (-115F)'-logged at Japan's Dome Fuji Station.

Antarctica New Zealand science tech Jamie McGaw, who is camped 2,400km away from Dome Fuji, at Scott Base, says he "can't even imagine that extreme cold".

"I mean, the coldest I've experienced here, even in wind chill, is the -60Cs and that is pain — that is any bare skin exposed feels like it's on fire."

Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Extremes in both hemispheres (how will crops respond?)

Antarctica extreme temps
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Extreme cold in the Southern Hemisphere with extreme drought and cold in grow zones across N. America and Europe with a dust storm arriving across the Atlantic to pound S.E USA with torrential rain. I wonder how crops will respond to these conditions.


Comment: The coronavirus crisis, earth changes affecting crop growth, suspicious cyberattacks and the losing value of currency which is set to get much worse in Western nations in particular, have made the production, availability, purchasing and distribution of food - a MAJOR global issue the likes of which we haven't seen in generations.

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Cloud Grey

Rare 'night shining' clouds put on a dazzling display across Calgary, Alberta

Noctilucent clouds Calgary Alberta
© The Weather Network
A beautiful display of noctilucent or "night shining" clouds lit up the skies across Calgary on Wednesday night. It's a rare, but dazzling atmospheric phenomenon that is only visible under certain very specific conditions at this time of year.

"They are the highest clouds in the atmosphere, forming from ice crystals about 80 km above the earth's surface in the mesosphere," explains Michael Carter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "For comparison, the top of a typical tall thunderstorm cloud is about 12-15 km above the surface."

The ice particles are also 1/1000 the width of a human hair.

According to Carter, they are usually much too faint to be seen, but they can become visible during the twilight hours, as was the case in the Calgary area Wednesday night. This occurs when the setting sun is still illuminating the high atmosphere, while to an observer on the surface the sun is already below the horizon.

"Just unbelievable noctilucent clouds this evening...only seen around this time of year!," tweeted The Weather Network's Kyle Brittain who captured the rare phenomenon in Calgary.


Boat

Kolkata in India waterlogged due to overnight heavy rains - up to 7 inches falls

Heavy monsoon rains cause floods in several parts of Kolkata, West Bengal, India on June 17, 2021
© Sumit Sanyal/Anadolu Agency
Heavy monsoon rains cause floods in several parts of Kolkata, West Bengal, India on June 17, 2021
Several parts of Kolkata reported waterlogging on Thursday morning following heavy overnight rains. The early morning high tide in Hooghly river added to the problem.

"The western parts of the city experienced a downpour. There was also a high tide in the river and the lock-gates, which allow the storm water to drain out, had to be kept shut. As a result, several areas were submerged in knee-deep in water," said a senior official of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).

The India Meteorological Department's (IMD) regional office in Kolkata reported around 144mm of rain till Thursday morning.

According to the data shared by the KMC, the rain was heavier in the southern and western parts of the city. While Behala received around 163 mm rain, Mominpore and Kalighat received around 179 mm and 168 mm rain respectively. Compared to this, Salt Lake and Dum Dum recorded only around 73mm and 51mm rain respectively.


Camera

Night shining 'noctilucent' clouds make mesmerizing appearance over Seattle, Washington

Noctilucent clouds over Seattle
© Travis Mayfield
If you happened to be up before the sun Thursday -- which is REALLY early now that we're just a few days from the summer solstice -- you would have been treated to a rare and awesome sight of noctilucent clouds.

Also informally known as "night shining" clouds, these clouds are not the typical ones that portend rain, but instead are in the highest reaches of the atmosphere some 50 miles up.


"They form when summertime wisps of water vapor rise to the edge of space and crystallize around disintegrated meteoroids," says Dr. Tony Phillips with SpacevWeather.com. "When you see a (noctilucent cloud), you're literally seeing a cloud of frosted meteor smoke."


How cool is that?!?

Camcorder

Skier in Washington captures incredible sun dog

Sun dog WA
© Via Twitter @StrictlyChristo
A skier who was in the right place at the right time was able to photograph an astonishing weather phenomenon known as a sun dog.

When conditions are ideal, the rare sight is known as a mock sun and appears at 22 degrees in the sky.

The man, who goes by the handle Strictly Christo, posted the video to Twitter on Sunday but didn't say where it was shot.

"A solar parhelion," he captioned the video. It belongs to the family of halos formed by ice crystals in the atmosphere refracting sunlight.

"Cirrus or cirrostratus clouds have the required ice crystals. The appearance of the parhelion is determined by the presence and placement of these clouds. A 'sun dog' is a term used to describe this phenomena.


Cloud Precipitation

Large hail falls on Novoaltaisk, Russia

hail
Hot weather, with a temperature of about + 30 ° and above, which has been observed in the Altai Territory for several days, was interrupted today by a cold atmospheric front. It crosses the region from west to east, carrying pockets of thunderstorms of downpours, in places with hail and squalls. So large hail and heavy rainfall were observed in the afternoon of June 19, 2021 in the city of Novoaltaisk.

Flooding formed on the streets of the city, and the diameter of the hailstones, according to eyewitnesses, reached 2-4 cm.

The hailstones caused great damage to green spaces and crops, they easily pierced the roofs of outbuildings and destroyed greenhouses. According to the data of neighboring meteorological stations, the wind speed reached 15-20 m / s.

Further, the frontal section will move to the east, and tomorrow it will threaten the southern part of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, Khakassia and Tuva.


Attention

Signs and Portents: Mutant calf born with two heads in Uttar Pradesh, India

Rare 2-Headed Calf With 4 Eyes & 2 Mouths Born in UP's Chandauli

Rare 2-Headed Calf With 4 Eyes & 2 Mouths Born in UP's Chandauli
A mutant calf born with two heads, four eyes, two mouths and a and a pair of ears has baffles villagers in India's Uttar Pradesh.

According to the details, a cow gave birth to a rare two-headed calf in a village in Chandauli's district. The mutant calf was born at the home of Arvind Yadav on Sunday and both the cow and the calf are healthy.

The news spread like a jungle fire in the area and people thronged to see the rare calf. Veterinary doctors said that such thing happens due to abnormal development of cells during the development of the embryo.

Chief Veterinary Officer of Chandauli Dr Satya Prakash Pandey said, "During the development of the fetus in the womb, cells divide into many parts and during this process sometimes there is an additional development of cells. This is why two heads form."


Arrow Down

2 dead in landslide during incessant rainfall in West Bengal, India

Representational image

Representational image
Incessant rainfall resulted in a landslide inside the railway tunnel on the Sevok Rongpu Railway project, killing two and leaving several others injured. The incident occurred at around 10:30 pm on Thursday. While the tunnelling operation was underway on the rail line project of IRCON in tunnel 10 at Bhalukhola in Kalimpong district, a landslide occurred. At least 7 workers were trapped inside the tunnel.

"A police team rushed from Melli police station to the spot. The trapped labourers were rescued and rushed to the Kalimpong district hospital. Two labourers were declared dead. Two others have been shifted to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and 3 sustained minor injuries and are under treatment at the Kalimpong hospital," stated Harikrishna Pai, Superintendent of Police, Kalimpong.


Cloud Precipitation

Flood hits Puyang, China

FLOODS

Heavy rain causes flooding in Puyang City, Henan Province, China, which fills an underground car park, destroying all the vehicles inside. June 15th 2021.