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Fata Morgana? 'Ghost City' mirage filmed over lake in China

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© Photo: YouTube/People's Daily, China
The video elicited a mixed reaction from social media users, with people wondering whether it was some kind of elaborate optical illusion or merely a hoax.

A strange sight was recently observed near Hongze Lake in China when a whole row of buildings was seen seemingly hovering over the water's surface on the horizon. The sighting was captured on camera by onlookers.

A video subsequently uploaded on YouTube by the People's Daily channel shows what appears to be "a mirage of traditional Chinese buildings," according to the description, along with a working wind turbine.

Comment: This isn't the first suspected instance of Fata Morgana in China:

Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods kill at least 12 in Yemen

At least 12 people have died in flash floods after heavy rainfall in the northwestern Al Mahwit governorate of Yemen, according to local media.

Several victims died after flash flooding and a mudslide caused buildings to collapse in a mountainous area of Milhan district.

Torrential rains and flash floods have affected several other provinces over the last few days. On 31 July flash floods and landslides displaced around 120 families in Ibb governorate. There were no reports of casualties.

Snowflake Cold

Cold records shattered in Moscow - 'Dangerous for gardeners'

"August frosts, it's dangerous!" reads the headline.

On the night of August 5 the air temperature in the metropolitan area decreased in some places to record values. In Cherusti, in the east of Moscow region, the minimum air temperature was +1.9°C, and in the herbage was -2°C.

Cold record shattered

Thus, for this area a new minimum temperature record was set. Prior to that, it belonged to the years 2001 and 2002 and was +4.9°C.

Snowflake Cold

Already freezing in Finland

"We have had plenty of frost during recent nights in Finland," says reader in Finland.

Frost was present in the west and north with clear weather.

Also in the south, frost was -2.8 degrees in Kiikala, 2.1 in Kemiö, -2.2 in Jokioinen, -1.9 in Kokemäki and -0.8 in Niinisalo.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Underwater volcano eruption & Typhoon Lekima same day Taiwan

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© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
At 5:30 am a 6.0 earthquake hit off the Taiwan coast under a stratavolcano beneath Turtle Island (GuiShan Island). Interestingly that seemed to signal an underwater volcanic eruption at the same time Typhoon Lekima neared the island. Is it an Earth - Sun electrical connection? The Ionosphere Map shows nothing unusual but when three typhoons form over the western Pacific and earthquakes are popping off all over the place at he the same time perhaps we should look to the electromagnetic coupling between the Sun and Earth for causation. Check out the Disaster Prediction App.

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Cloud Precipitation

Floods in India kill at least 33, displace thousands

In this picture taken on Aug 6, 2019 people wade through a flooded street in Sangli, Maharashtra. The tally of dead in the floods was 25 in the western state of Maharashtra.
In this picture taken on Aug 6, 2019 people wade through a flooded street in Sangli, Maharashtra. The tally of dead in the floods was 25 in the western state of Maharashtra.
Floods brought by heavy rains and overflowing rivers across large swathes of western and southern India have killed at least 33 people and forced the evacuation of 180,000 from their homes, officials said on Thursday (Aug 8).

Seasonal monsoon rains from June to September cause deaths and mass displacement across South Asia every year, but they deliver more than 70 per cent of India's rainfall, crucial for farm output and economic growth.

The tally of dead in the floods was 25 in the western state of Maharashtra by Thursday, officials said, while government data in the neighbouring southern state of Karnataka showed eight dead.


'Mystery illness' strikes Dutch wild boar

Wild boars
The boar are popular with visitors
As many as 70 wild boar have died of an unexplained illness at a nature reserve in the eastern Netherlands.

Only about 20 boar die of disease in the Hoge Veluwe reserve annually, but the figure so far this year is more than triple that, the Omroep Gelderland public broadcaster reports.

Erik Koffeman of the Gelderland Wildlife Management Department says the death rate is "unprecedented - experts have never seen anything like this before".

Wild boar are allowed to live in only a few parts of the country, in case they cause damage or disrupt traffic, and the Hoge Veluwe reserve alone has a population of more than 6,000, according to the local De Stentor newspaper.


China issues 'red alert' as super typhoon Lekima approaches

Typhoon Lekima
© Nasa Earth Observatory Handout/EPA
Typhoon Lekima was expected to dump 90cm (35m inches) on parts of Taiwan before hitting mainland China early on Saturday.

Strongest storm in five years has already cancelled 300 flights and cut power to 40,000 homes in Taiwan

China's weather bureau issued a red alert as super typhoon Lekima approaches Zhejiang province on the eastern coast, after forcing flight cancellations in Taiwan and shutting markets and businesses.

The National Meteorological Centre said the typhoon, the strongest since 2014, was expected to hit the mainland in early on Saturday and then turn north. It has issued gale warnings for the Yangtze river delta region, which includes China's financial hub of Shanghai, a city of 26 million people.

Taiwan has already cancelled flights and ordered markets and schools to close on Friday as the typhoon headed northwest, cutting power to more than 40,000 homes and forcing the island's high-speed rail to suspend most of its services.

The island's authorities issued landslide warnings after an earthquake of magnitude 6 struck its northeastern coast on Thursday, hours before the typhoon approached. It was forecast to bring rainfall of up to 90cm (35 inches) in its northern mountains.

Cloud Precipitation

'It's gut-wrenching': Summer storm pulverizes Taber corn crops near Lethbridge, Alberta

An image of the destroyed corn crop at Molnar Taber Corn and Pumpkins.

An image of the destroyed corn crop at Molnar Taber Corn and Pumpkins.
What would have been a bumper Taber corn harvest has been reduced to mush by a vicious hailstorm.

Jenn Molnar and other family members took shelter in the basement of their home when the nine-minute onslaught descended on their farm at Barnwell east of Lethbridge on Tuesday night.

They emerged to a scene of total devastation that will mean a near-total loss for them and frustration for corn-lovers who crave their sweet cobs every August and September.

"We were completely wiped out," said Molnar.

"The Taber corn crops are gone, there's nothing left for this year."


Huge waterspout filmed on Lake Erie

A waterspout was spotted moving over Lake Erie, near Geneva-on-the-Lake, Ohio, in the early afternoon of August 7.

Amanda Briggs de Lavini of the Geneva-on-the-Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau shot this video from Township Park at the eastern edge of town.

The National Weather Service in Cleveland later tweeted her video, having earlier reported a chance of showers and thunderstorms in Geneva-on-the-Lake in the afternoon.


Credit: Amanda Briggs de Lavini via Storyful