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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.

Cloud Precipitation

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.

Cloud Lightning

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.


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

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.

Cloud Precipitation

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.

Apple Red

Bad weather affects food production all over Italy

The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds."

"Cherries and apricots have been heavily damaged by hail on July 3rd. Some stones were as large as golf balls and weighed over 80 grams," explains Simone Venzi, a grower from Sarsina (Forlì-Cesena).

At the moment, Venzi grows the Corniola variety, although much of the fruit has been lost. "Luckily, a lot of the produce had already been harvested, so the damage was limited to the late productions. Late apricots were also lost."

Arrow Up

Nishino-shima volcano, Japan erupts to 27,230 ft (8.3 km) - Its highest since 2013

Nishino-shima volcano

The worldwide volcanic uptick associated with the next Grand Solar Minimum is continuing. We can now add Nishino-shima volcano to the list after its ongoing effusive-explosive, high-level eruptions which started in mid-June.

Nishino-shima volcano (Volcano Islands, Japan) awoke last December after a two-or-so year quiescence. And now, on the back of June's string of 12,000 ft vulcanian-strombolian-type eruptions and active lava flows on its northern slopes, the volcano has ejected a very dense ash plume to an altitude of 27,230 ft (8,300 m).

Today, July 6, both the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and HIMAWARI-8 satellite data have confirmed the July 4 eruption, which is considered to be the highest ash plume of the volcano since 2013.

Cloud Precipitation

21 killed after bus carrying students crashes into lake amid widespread flooding in China - death toll reaches 119

Rescue workers are seen at the site where a bus carrying students plunged into a lake
Rescue workers are seen at the site where a bus carrying students plunged into a lake
At least 21 people were killed when a bus carrying students to their annual college entrance exam plunged into a lake in southwest China on Tuesday, authorities and state media said.

The bus crashed into a guardrail and veered into Hongshan Lake in Guizhou province, leaving 15 others injured, the local emergency management department said in a statement.

The incident took place around noon in Anshun city and eyewitnesses said the bus' passengers included students who were on their way to sit their gruelling "gaokao" examinations, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Security camera footage shared on social media by CCTV showed the vehicle veering across at least five lanes - cutting into oncoming traffic - to plough through barriers on the other side of the road.


Temperature extremes: Pole of Cold district that recently recorded desert-like heat of +38C now sees snow in Verkhoyansk, Russia

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.
Topsy-turvy summer swings from Saudi-heat to freezer in Arctic north of Russia's largest region of Yakutia.

Abnormally cold weather has been recorded in the north of Yakutia with residents of Verkhoyansk district waking up to fresh snow on 5 July.

Just days before that, locals were complaining about the hot and dry beginning of July, with air temperature heating up to +27C on 1 July, and wildfires raging.

Earlier, on 17 June this district saw a world record for the Arctic of 38C.

Cloud Precipitation

Airbus diverts following nose damage caused by hailstorm over New York


Hail damage
A Delta A319 traveling from West Palm Beach to New York, La Guardia, last night was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK after suffering damage. The crew reported issues with the navigation system onboard, and when you see what the plane looked like when it landed, that's no big surprise.

All hail Delta Air Lines

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A319, registered N342NB, was performing flight DL1076 from West Palm Beach, Florida, to New York, La Guardia, last night. The aircraft took off from PBI just about on time at 16:02 and headed north for the two-and-a-half-hour flight.