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Russian pensioner 'eaten alive' by brown bear after joking about being mauled by one

A pensioner has been eaten alive by a bear just hours after joking about being attacked and killed by one.

Alexander Korneyev was out picking wild mushrooms when a brown bear savagely mauled him in eastern Russia, just outside the village of Suluk, about 5,300 miles east of Moscow.

The 66-year-old had only a penknife to try and defend himself against the powerful animal, but was unable to do so and was 'eaten alive'.

When the retired railway construction worker was found, it's said that not a single spot was left untouched.

Arrow Up

Underwater eruption discovered near Fonualei Island, Tonga

Tonga islands submarine volcano eruption
© MODIS/NASA, annotated by Culture Volcan
Satellite image of the pumice raft on 15 Aug
A new eruption, likely submarine, has occurred (or is still in progress) during the past days west of Vava'u Island in the Tonga archipelago. Its origin volcano is still a bit unclear, but the eruption, evidenced by fresh pumice rafts and steam plumes is most likely from a submarine volcano near or a vent of the small Fonualei volcano.

On 7 Aug, an observer sent us the following report:

"At around 10:40am on Wednesday 7 August, we noticed large clouds of smoke on the horizon at the location of Fonualei volcano. The plume continued to get larger over the next few hours. It seemed to pause and then erupt again."

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Heavy summer snowfall hits northern British Columbia

The view from Melody Magaton's window Monday morning, at the Buffalo Inn along the Alaska Highway in Pink Mountain, 190 kilometres north of Fort St. John, B.C.
© Melody Magaton
The view from Melody Magaton's window Monday morning, at the Buffalo Inn along the Alaska Highway in Pink Mountain, 190 kilometres north of Fort St. John, B.C.
It's been a long, cold night in parts of northern B.C.

As Environment Canada promised, a heavy dump of snow has fallen on parts of the Alaska highway and a total accumulation of 20 to 30 centimetres is expected to be on the ground when all is said and done.

"The combination of an unseasonably cold arctic airmass and Pacific moisture associated with a low on the North Coast will result in continued heavy snow for higher elevations between Fort Nelson and Watson Lake," read the report from Environment Canada.


Gran Canaria: 4,000 evacuated as wildfires rip through island for second time in a week

Gran Canaria wildfires

Thousands of people have been evacuated in the area around Valleseco
Thousands of people have been evacuated from dozens of towns on Gran Canaria as firefighters battle to contain out-of-control wildfires.

The fires, which broke out on Saturday for the second time in a week, have forced around 4,000 people to evacuate at least 40 towns near Valleseco, a town situated on the north of the popular tourist island.

They had spread in two different directions and razed more than 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) by Sunday afternoon, according to the island's provincial government.

There is currently a huge operation under way involving nine helicopters, two planes and 600 emergency responders to control the fires, which officials say has "great potential" to spread further.

Angel Victor Torres, the Canary Islands' regional president, told a news conference that the blaze was neither "contained nor stabilised or controlled".

Comment: Huge wildfire on Gran Canaria, Spain sparks mass evacuation


Mountainside in Peru appears to be blowing away in the wind

Some kind of bizarre slow-motion 'hill-slide' is taking place in Apurímac, Peru - and it's affecting local residents
peru mountainside dust
© Indeci
Apurimian authorities have requested the immediate intervention of govt agency Ingemmet in order for experts to carry out technical-scientific studies on this natural phenomenon, which has been ongoing since July 27.

An expedition of the Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet) will go from Lima to the Apurimac region to inspect the area affected by the collapse of the eastern slope of Chamanayoc Mountain, on the right bank of the Pachachaca river, located in the district of Huancarama in Andahuaylas province.

Ingemmet has coordinated with the general manager of the Regional Government of Apurímac, Raúl Gutiérrez Rodas, for the transfer of specialists Paul Vásquez y Gonzalo Luna to the area, which is affected by the dense dust from constant landslides that occur in the aforementioned mountain, and which have caused respiratory and ophthalmological effects in more than 200 local residents living downwind from the mountain.

Translated by Sott.net

Comment: Well that is just weird. Perhaps some sort of liquefaction process is at work inside the mountain. Local media is calling it 'landslides', but the constant stream of dust coming off it suggests something more unusual than that.

With landslides, top layers give way, the mass crashes to the foot of a slope, and (in dry climates) a dust cloud is the temporary result.

Here, there's apparently just a mountainside 'smoking dust'!

Cloud Precipitation

18 people missing as flash flood washes away 20 houses in Uttarakhand, India

At least 18 people are missing after a flood in the Tons River washed away around 20 houses in Uttarakhand's Uttarkashi district on Sunday. The Tons River has been flowing above the danger level in Uttarkashi following heavy rainfall in the past few days. The water breached local markets recently, prompting the administration to issue an alert.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat directed the Uttarkashi District Magistrate and Disaster Management Secretary to carry out rescue and evacuation operations and provide relief material to the affected people, news agency ANI reported.

The state government has sent in teams of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) for rescue operations.

However, incessant rains have severely crippled transportation, making it difficult to reach the spot.


Glacier National Park in Montana sees snowfall in August

Glacier National Park
© Missoula National Weather Service

The Missoula National Weather service recorded between one inch and trace amounts of snow falling near the Canadian border in Glacier National Park above 6,000 feet Saturday.

The weather in Montana is sometimes described as fickle, and mother nature proved that description true once again Saturday morning.

Officials said the snow stuck at 6,000 feet or above.

Comment: Four days prior over in Europe: Fresh snow in the Alps (Yes, it's August)


UK cauliflower shortage as 'unprecedented' rain takes toll on brassicas

© PA
The unexpected rainfall has taken it toll on brassicas.
A shortage of cauliflowers, cabbages and broccoli could extend to Brussels sprouts at Christmas after a week of heavy rain damaged crops in Lincolnshire.

British Growers described the situation as "very concerning" after crops in the region were deluged with as much as six inches (152mm) of rain in a week in June.

Tesco and Sainsbury's online sites are only offering organic cauliflowers, with the former advising customers that standard single and large cauliflowers are "currently unavailable".

British Growers chief executive Jack Ward said the cauliflower shortage was likely to continue until early September, but warned that broccoli was also starting to decline and Brussels sprouts crops had also been affected.

Mr Ward said: "For some, a year's work was destroyed in one week of rains."

"Crops come in waves but we're looking at the shortage going on for another two to three weeks, possibly extending to broccoli.


Large numbers of red sprites in the skies over Europe this summer

Red sprites above a mesoscale convective system in Hungary, as seen from western Slovenia. July 31, 2019.
© : Marko Korošec / Weather-Photos.net
Red sprites above a mesoscale convective system in Hungary, as seen from western Slovenia. July 31, 2019.
Have you noticed the huge number of reported red sprites in the skies over Europe lately? What are they? How are they detected? Is this normal?

Thunderstorms are electrically charged weather systems, and we are quite used to typical electrical discharges from storms - lightning. Lightning that we are most familiar with goes from the cloud to the ground, called cloud-to-ground lightning. However, thunderstorms discharge also upwards, above the storm. This is not typical lightning, but phenomena sometimes called upper atmosphere lightning and more appropriately transient luminous events.

There is an entire zoo of transient luminous events caused by electrical discharges from thunderstorms. Of these, red sprites are by far the most common. Red sprites happen when the parent thunderstorm unleashes a strong positive lightning bolt. Positive lightning is very powerful, typically 2x to 10x more powerful than typical negative lightning. It is also rare, with less than 5% of all lightning bolts being positive.

Comment: Severe Weather Europe reports another round of sightings during the night of 18/19 Aug.

See also the following reports of this increasingly frequent phenomenon (and other unusual atmospheric events) from the last few years: