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Ice Age Farmer Report: DERECHO - Corn crop catastrophe, grain stores destroyed, food prices

Derecho devastates corn crop
Massive "derecho" devastates US corn crop, with tens of millions of acres of corn affected. As well, many grain silos and elevators were destroyed, and with them tons of "on farm storage" -- what remains of the US Strategic Grain Reserve. Yields will be reduced for ALL of those acres, particularly where damage was severe or irrigation was destroyed.


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Comment: Powerful derecho storm wreaks havoc across US Midwest leaving 1.1 million without power


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At least 11 from same family killed by flash flood in Panama

A road that was washed away by the recent floods in Panama.

A road that was washed away by the recent floods in Panama.
At least 11 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall caused flooding in several province of Panama over the last few days.

Panama's National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) said 11 members of the same family, including 9 children, died after their home was swept away by flash flooding.

According to Sinaproc, flooding from the Bejuco River swept away their family home near Calovébora in Veraguas Province during the night of 08 to 09 August. Two others are thought to be still missing.


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4 dead, 15,000 displaced after floods in north Nigeria

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The International Organization for Migration reported on 10 August that flooding has displaced almost 15,000 people in north west and north central Nigeria.

Flooding affected the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara between 03 and 09 August, according to the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), August 2020.

The Local Government Areas (LGA) of Baure and Kaita in Katsina state were the worst affected. Over 1,8000 shelters were damaged and almost 10,000 people affected. Two people died in Baure.

In Kaduna, 2 fatalities were reported in Jema'A, where flooding damaged 36 shelters and affected over 3,300 people. The state government warned of flooding along the Kaduna river after heavy rainfall from 06 to 07 August.


Cloud Precipitation

Two rare 'atmospheric rivers' form over Australia

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© Kimberley Reid / University of Melbourne
Two "atmospheric rivers" formed over Australia's east and west coasts over the past few days, carrying huge amounts of rain from tropical locations.

A rare weather phenomenon has occurred above Australia, with two almost symmetrical cloud "rivers" forming at opposite ends of the country.

An "atmospheric river" is caused when a stream of very moist air moves in from the tropics and causes very heavy rain.

The Bureau of Meteorology calls these streams "atmospheric rivers".

They are cloud bands that can stretch for thousands of kilometres, carrying large quantities of water.

"It occurs when any strong weather system is able to tap into moisture in tropical locations," a BOM spokesperson told nine.com.au.

"This one has tapped into moisture around Papua New Guinea and brought rain from there.

"The two that are forming above Australia's north-east and south-west coasts are responsible for the heavy rainfall experienced in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and WA in recent days.

While an atmospheric river is not uncommon, having two form in such close proximity to each other is rare.

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Tornado hits north China's Inner Mongolia injuring 33

Mongolia tornado
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A tornado hit Baotou City in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, injuring 33 people on August 9. A local farmer at the tourist site of Tian'e Lake recorded the whole process with his phone. Rescue operations are underway as around 100 yurts, the traditional round-shaped dwelling in the area, were damaged. Three people were critically injured but are in stable condition, according to local authorities.


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Powerful derecho storm wreaks havoc across US Midwest leaving 1.1 million without power

Derecho damage in Illinois
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A person surveys the damage from the roof of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, after a severe storm toppled the church steeple on the campus of Wheaton College on Monday
A rare storm packing 100 mph winds has left more than 1.1 million Americans without power across the Midwest as it caused widespread destruction with blown over trees, flipped vehicles, property damage and several severe weather warnings as it turned toward embattled Chicago.

The derecho, a widespread weather system with a long line of storms packing high winds, descended upon the Central U.S. on Monday with wind speeds comparable to a major hurricane as it spent several hours tearing through parts of Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

The storm likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado, said Patrick Marsh, science support chief at the National Weather Service´s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

It´s not quite a hurricane. It has no eye and its winds come across in a line. But the damage it is likely to spread over such a large area is more like an inland hurricane than a quick more powerful tornado, Marsh said.

He compared it to a devastating Super Derecho of 2009, which was one of the strongest on record and traveled more than 1,000 miles in 24 hours, causing $500 million in damage, widespread power outages and several deaths.


Comment: Severe storms bring tennis ball-size hail, damaging winds, torrential rain to Minneapolis - Saint Paul


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France's sugar beet harvest ravaged by insects, government lifts ban on pesticide blamed for harming bees

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France to ease pesticide ban for sugar beet to curb crop losses
The French government will propose lifting a ban on certain pesticides blamed for harming bees to protect sugar beet crops that have been ravaged by insects this year, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday.

The government plans to support a legislative amendment in parliament later this year to exempt sugar beet for up to three years from a general ban on neonicotinoids, the ministry said in a statement following a meeting with sugar industry representatives.

Sugar beet growers blame the ban on the neonicotinoid group of crop chemicals for insect attacks that could decimate yields this year and say this further threatens the French sugar sector after a price slump in recent years already led to factory closures.

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe storms bring tennis ball-size hail, damaging winds, torrential rain to Minneapolis - Saint Paul

Overnight storms sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the Twin Cities metro area. This was the view from the Dartmouth Bridge near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
© Dave Peterlinz
Overnight storms sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the Twin Cities metro area. This was the view from the Dartmouth Bridge near the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
Round after round of severe storms brought large hail, damaging winds and torrential rain to the Twin Cities metro area late Sunday into early Monday.

The storms also sparked nearly continuous lightning and thunder for much of the night across the metro area.

Winds gusted to 61 mph at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. As of 9:10 a.m., Xcel Energy reported more than 10,000 homes and businesses without power in the wake of the storms, mostly in the south and west metro.

The Bloomington Fire Department reported early Monday that "fire crews have been responding to numerous incidents since the storms started last evening. Many trees and limbs blocking roads throughout the city."

There were widespread reports of hailstones the size of golf balls or larger. The National Weather Service received a report of tennis-ball-size hail in Loretto in western Hennepin County.

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Sudan rains and floods claim 20 more lives

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At least 20 people were killed and 13 others wounded Sunday in torrential rains and flooding, the latest victims of days of flooding in Sudan, the civil defense said.

Heavy rains typically hit Sudan between June and October each year, and this week the country has been badly battered by the downpour.

"20 people have died and 13 have been injured while 345 houses were destroyed or badly damaged" across the country Sunday, the civil defense said.


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Signs and Portents: A two-headed viper spotted near Mumbai, India

Rare two-headed Russell's Viper rescued in Maharashtra

Rare two-headed Russell's Viper rescued in Maharashtra
The wildlife rescuers at Kalyan's Gandhare road area on Mumbai's outskirts rescued a two headed Russel viper snake last Thursday, and the visuals of dangerous reptile are viral ever since. The snake reportedly measures 11 cm with both its heads out there with approximately 2 cm dimensions.

Found mostly in and around country's both Eastern and Western Ghats, the Russell's Viper snake is one of the most venomous snake species found in India, and reportedly also causes one of the most incidents of snake bites.

The snake was rescued by Mumbai-based War Rescue Foundation, after the wildlife conservation group received a call from a Kalyan resident Dimple Shah, following which two rescuers managed to to rescue the snake from the spot, Mumbai Live reported.