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July snowfall strikes Northern N.W.T. communities in Canada

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Lee-Michael Shawn Ruben and John Sam Green enjoy the snow in Paulatuk.
It might not quite feel like a Northern Christmas in July, but some people in parts of the N.W.T. certainly aren't welcoming the winter-like weather that's hit their communities.

This week, snow has been falling in at least three N.W.T. communities — Sachs Harbour, Inuvik and Paulatuk.

CBC Meteorologist Ashley Brauweiler says about five centimetres fell in Sachs Harbour between Tuesday and Wednesday, breaking a new record for July 20. The last record was hit in 1966 with just 3.3 centimetres of snow.

© Aaron Baraboff
A poor little snowman with a bottle cap for a hat in Inuvik, N.W.T., on July 20.
Brauweiler says conditions could continue into Thursday, with another two to three centimetres falling in Sachs Harbour.

She says it's all thanks to a low-pressure system that formed over the Beaufort Sea and is slowly moving east, including over Sachs Harbour.

Snowflake Cold

Brazilian Arabica coffee crop suffers 36% loss from cold; 70% banana crop loss

Brazil suffering record cold temperatures again in July 2016 after a cold wave that damaged agriculture in June 2016.

Arabica coffee beans stand at 36% loss, bananas 70% loss in Ribeira, Argentina 30% loss of raisin production and Chile clementine 30% increase.

The grand solar minimum is here, South America is repeating the normal pattern expected climate wise during the GSM.

Cloud Lightning

Man dies following lightning strike in Lawrence County, Alabama; 11th death within 6 weeks in U.S. due to lightning

A 20-year-old Hatton man who was studying meteorology has died from injuries suffered when he was struck by lightning.

Hunter Blankenship was a 2014 Hatton High School graduate and a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

"Hunter was a really, really good kid," Hatton Principal Brent Gillespie said. "It's so sad to lose a young man."

Lawrence County Coroner Greg Randolph said Blankenship was pronounced dead about 11:50 p.m. Thursday. Randolph said Blankenship was struck by lightning in his yard about 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. He said CPR was administered at the scene, and EMS transported Blankenship to the Lawrence Medical Center in Moulton. Blankenship was then flown to the UAB Medical Center about 9:30 p.m., where he died two days later.

Comment: See also: Teenage girl killed by lightning strike at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Utah; 10th death within 6 weeks in U.S. due to lightning

Cloud Lightning

Teenage girl killed by lightning strike at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Utah; 10th death within 6 weeks in U.S. due to lightning

A 14-year-old girl died and a woman was critically injured Friday when a bolt of lightning struck their personal watercraft at Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

It happened around noon in the "Hideout" area of the reservoir. Daggett County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Susie Potter said the woman was driving and the girl was a passenger on the watercraft at the time of the incident.

The deceased was later identified as 14-year-old Brooklyn Reynolds of Utah County.

Daggett County Sheriff Jerry Jorgensen said the teen was riding with her father's girlfriend and heading back to shore. They were only about 30 yards away from the dock when the freak accident occurred.

Comment: There have now been 10 fatalities due to lightning strikes within the last 6 weeks across the U.S. See also: Lightning strike kills male teenage hiker on Humphreys Peak, Arizona

Farmworker killed by lightning in Manatee County, Florida

Lightning kills man at Mount Mitchell State Park, North Carolina

Man killed by lightning in Huntsville, Alabama

Woman likely killed by lightning strike in Stewart County, Tennessee

Lightning bolt kills one man and injures another in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Man and dog fatally struck by lightning in Jefferson County, Missouri

Lightning bolt kills one and injures two in Daytona Beach, Florida

Lightning strike kills man in Lumberton, Mississipp


Dozens of seagulls found dead at Bay Beach, Wisconsin

It's not the scenic view Nancy O'Kelley had in mind while trying to enjoy Bay Beach.

"I was disappointed you hate to walk up to the beach and see dead birds," said O'Kelley.
Wildlife experts say the die off isn't unusual.

"At this time of year the parents don't take care of them any longer so this is the really tough time of year for young gulls," explained Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary director, Mike Reed.

Wildlife experts say the reason so many gulls are landing near Bay Beach is because they nest at Renard island, which is very close to the shoreline.

Comment: See also: What's killing hundreds of young gulls in Buffalo, New York?

Cloud Precipitation

Floods and landslides in China kill at least 87, millions evacuated

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A child carries kettles while a woman pushes a bike along a flooded street in Tianjin, northeast China, on Wednesday.
Heavy rain in China has killed at least 87 people and forced 16 million from their homes, state media reported on Saturday.

Seventy-two people have been killed and 78 are missing in the northern province of Hebei after rain triggered floods and landslides, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing the civil affairs department.

Nearly 50,000 homes have collapsed and about 8.6 million people have been affected, it said.

In the central province of Henan, 15 people were killed and eight were missing after thunderstorms and strong winds forced 7.2 million people from their homes and damaged 18,000 houses,

Large parts of China have been inundated with rain this summer, killing more than 200 people.

More than 1.5 million hectares of crops have been damaged, leading to direct economic losses of more than 20 billion yuan ($3 billion), the government has said.

Comment: The death toll has now reached 120.


Two spots in Middle East hit with 129 degrees, hottest ever in Eastern Hemisphere

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Temperatures simulated by the GFS model in the Middle East on Friday reached 129 degrees (54 Celsius).
The temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait, surged Thursday to a blistering 129.2 degrees (54 Celsius). And on Friday in Basra, Iraq, the mercury soared to 129.0 degrees (53.9 Celsius). If confirmed, these incredible measurements would represent the two hottest temperatures ever recorded in the Eastern Hemisphere, according to Weather Underground meteorologist Jeff Masters and weather historian Christopher Burt, who broke the news.

It's also possible that Mitribah's 129.2-degree reading matches the hottest ever reliably measured anywhere in the world. Both Mitribah and Basra's readings are likely the highest ever recorded outside of Death Valley, Calif.

Death Valley currently holds the record for the world's hottest temperature of 134.1 degrees (56.7 Celsius), set July 10, 1913. But Weather Underground's Burt does not believe it is a credible measurement: "[T]he record has been scrutinized perhaps more than any other in the United States," Burt wrote. "I don't have much more to add to the debate aside from my belief it is most likely not a valid reading when one looks at all the evidence."

If you discard the Death Valley record from 1913, the pair of 129.2-degree readings from Mitribah and Basra over the past two days would tie the world's highest known temperature, also observed in Death Valley on June 30, 2013, and in Tirat Tsvi, Israel, on June 22, 1942. But Masters says the Israeli measurement is controversial.

Basra, the city of 1.5 million about 75 miles northwest of the Persian Gulf, has registered historic heat on two straight days. On Thursday, it hit 128 degrees (53.6 Celsius), the highest temperature ever recorded in Iraq, which it then surpassed on Friday, rising to 129.

Comment: See also:

Cloud Precipitation

Giant sinkhole emerges in Altai region of Russia after heavy flooding

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Footage filmed on Wednesday shows the aftermath of heavy flooding which left a huge sinkhole on a road in the village of Baturovo in the Altai Region. No injuries were reported.

According to EMERCOM, 82 emergency service officers as well as 37 units of equipment are currently involved in the recovery works.


Dead dolphins, whales wash up on beaches in Nassau County, Florida

Dead dolphin found on Flagler Beach
It has been a sad week for marine mammal researchers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

A dead kogia whale calf washed up at Fort Clinch in Nassau County Monday. Then a dead kogia whale was found dead in the area Tuesday.

There were three dead dolphins found on area beaches this week, including one found on Flagler Beach. Another was found in the St. Johns River.

The deaths are not believed to be connected.

Dead kogia whale calf


Twin waterspouts filmed off Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Twin water spout off Hilton Head
7-21-16 Hilton Head, SC amazing twin waterspouts dance together!

Amazing video as twin waterspouts dance around each other off the coast of Hilton Head, SC!

Severe storms produced a few waterspouts in the area.