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Huge crocodile lounges on rooftop in flood-swept India

Crocodile rests on roof of Belgaum house

Crocodile rests on roof of Belgaum house
A stunning video from the Indian state of Karnataka shows an adult crocodile lying on the rooftop of a house submerged under water. The reptile found itself beached on the tiles after the flood receded.

Residents of the Belgaum district in Karnataka, one of the regions hardest hit by the devastating flash floods brought by a monsoon, were shocked to see a 10-foot-long crocodile resting on the roof of a farmhouse on Sunday.

It is believed that the terrifying creature ended up on the roof after swimming about a kilometer from the Krishna River, which overflowed and flooded the area. As the water receded, the crocodile got stuck on the asbestos tiles and risked being trapped.

Cloud Precipitation

Hope fades for man, girl missing in Switzerland flash flood

Aftermath of major flash floods / debris flows in Chamoson, Valais, Switzerland

Aftermath of major flash floods / debris flows in Chamoson, Valais, Switzerland
Authorities in Switzerland are searching for a man and a girl missing since Sunday after their car was swept away by a flash flood caused by heavy rain in the Swiss Alps.

Police in the southern canton (state) of Valais said Monday they have little hope of finding the 37-year-old man and the 6-year-old girl alive. More than 70 rescuers including a helicopter crew searched for them through the night.

Videos posted online showed a wave of water, mud and debris crashing down the Losentze River near the village of Chamoson.

Authorities say a second car that was also swept away has been found, but nobody was inside that vehicle.

Cloud Lightning

Rare lightning strikes detected near the North Pole

North Pole lightning
© National Weather Service/Fairbanks, Alaska
Several lightning strikes were detected near the North Pole on Saturday, something rarely seen in that region of the Arctic Ocean.

The lightning flashes were recorded within 300 miles of the North Pole, at 85 degrees north latitude, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. AKDT, according to the National Weather Service in Fairbanks, Alaska. That's about 700 miles north of the Lena River Delta in Siberia.

This was a rare event and one of the most northerly lightning strikes in the memories of Alaskan forecasters, the NWS said.

Lightning does occur each summer north of the Arctic Circle (66.6 degrees north latitude), including occasionally over southern portions of the Arctic Ocean.

It's uncertain how many lightning strikes in history have occurred as far north as Saturday's event, but based on the worldwide lightning climatology map shown below, they are hardly seen in that region of the Arctic.

Comment: A couple of weeks ago record lightning strikes were reported in Iceland. In March this year an anomalous lightning storm hit Southern California producing more than 1,200 bursts in five minutes. In December 2018 the sky over New York City lit up with mysterious blue light.

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Cloud Lightning

Florida woman dies following lightning strike

© Getty
A 20-year-old Florida woman has died two weeks after being struck by lightning while working with a roofing crew, authorities said.

Romelia Ramirez succumbed late Friday to injuries she suffered from the lightning strike on a rooftop in Wellington, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

She had been in critical condition since July 30, when she took a direct hit from the lightning strike, which knocked her to the ground from the two-story home, officials said.

Another worker who was knocked off a ladder during the incident hit his head but is expected to survive. Four other workers were treated at the scene or local hospitals and released.


Global cooling to replace warming trend that started 4,000 years ago - Chinese scientists

China snow
© Xinhua
A team of Chinese researchers says a period of global cooling could be on the way, but the consequences will be serious.
A new study has found winters in northern China have been warming since 4,000BC - regardless of human activity - but the mainland scientists behind the research warn there is no room for complacency or inaction on climate change, with the prospect of a sudden global cooling also posing a danger.

The study found that winds from Arctic Siberia have been growing weaker, the conifer tree line has been retreating north, and there has been a steady rise in biodiversity in a general warming trend that continues today. It appears to have little to do with the increase in greenhouse gases which began with the industrial revolution, according to the researchers.

Lead scientist Dr Wu Jing, from the Key Laboratory of Cenozoic Geology and Environment at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the study had found no evidence of human influence on northern China's warming winters.

Comment: Other scientists have come to a similar conclusion, and there appear to be a myriad of factors associated with and amplifying the shift to a much cooler climate: Also check out SOTT radio's: And for regular updates on the changes we're witnessing on our planet, watch SOTT's monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - June 2019: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Massive wildfire spreads rapidly in Athens suburb overnight, sparking evacuations

Fire in Ymittos, Athens, Greece last night, August 11/12

Fire in Ymittos, Athens, Greece last night, August 11/12
A huge blaze prompted early morning evacuations in a suburb of the Greek capital. At least 140 firefighters and 46 vehicles were dispatched to battle the wildfire.

Locals in the city's eastern suburb of Paiania were awoken by authorities in the middle of the night to evacuate their houses. However, a spokesman for the fire service said there is no information on how many people fled.

Fanned by strong winds, flames from the large fire climbed 20 meters and spread quickly up the 1,026-meter (3,366-feet) slopes of Mount Hymettos.


Huge wildfire on Gran Canaria, Spain sparks mass evacuation

1,000 people evacuated following wildfires in Gran Canaria

1,000 people evacuated following wildfires in Gran Canaria
Around 1,000 hectares (2,500 acres) have so far been destroyed in the fire, which erupted Saturday in the western municipality of Artenara near the provincial capital of Las Palmas.

Some 1,000 residents evacuated overnight have not yet been allowed to return to their homes, emergency services said in a statement on Sunday.

Police said they had detained a man for allegedly starting the fire by using welding equipment.

Fire fighters battling the flames seemed to have the upper hand by Saturday evening but a change in wind direction worsened the situation overnight, Canary Islands president Angel Victor Torres told Spanish radio COPE on Sunday.

More than 200 fire fighters, including an emergency military unit deployed only for worst-case scenarios, were trying to bring the situation under control, he added.


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Cloud Precipitation

24 dead, 6 missing as floods wreak havoc in Vietnam

The body of the last missing flood victim in south-central Vietnam has been recovered, bringing the monthly death toll from floods in the country to 24, authorities reported Monday.

The body of the last missing flood victim in south-central Vietnam has been recovered, bringing the monthly death toll from floods in the country to 24, authorities reported Monday.
Floods have wreaked havoc in August in both the Central Highlands of southern Vietnam as well as in northern Vietnam, where Typhoon Wipha made landfall on Aug. 2, killing 13 in the subsequent flooding, the Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control reported.

Six remain missing in the northern floods.

In the south, nearly 3,900 houses and more than 22,000 hectares of crops were submerged, mostly in Lam Dong province.

Floods have also damaged more than 30 kilometers of national roads
, including the road leading to the tourist city of Dalat.


Antarctic cold front drops record snow in southeast Australia

Kangaroos in the snow.
© Stephen Grenfell
Kangaroos in the snow.
Australians have endured a bizarrely wintry weekend, with parts of the country's southeast seeing snow for the first time in decades as an Antarctic vortex brought frigid conditions from the south.

The State of New South Wales' (NSW) iconic Blue Mountains ranges, just 50 kilometres west of Sydney, were blanketed in white on Saturday with shocked residents in Katoomba, Goulburn and the Central Tablelands waking to the unusual sight.

Meanwhile, in the NSW Riverina region, the towns of Cootamundra and Tumut received their first snowfall since 1985 and 2000, residents told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.