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Floods and landslides kill 17 in past 3 days in Nepal

The landslide occurred around 50 metres
© Hobindra Bogati
The landslide occurred around 50 metres above the two-storey stone and mud house in Syangja.
Seventeen people have died from floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains in the last three days in Nepal.

According to the National Emergency Operation Center of the Home Ministry, 17 people died in the period of three days from Tuesday to Thursday due to natural disasters.

Similarly, 15 others have gone missing during the same period, according to the records maintained by the Center.

A total of 14 people died on Thursday alone. Over 90 percent of damages were caused by the landslides, said Murari Wasti, the chief of the Center.

Comment: Sadly, to be added to this total - 307 killed, 100 missing due to floods and landslides in past 3 months across Nepal

Cloud Precipitation

Rise in incidence of cyclones over the north Indian Ocean (and floods)

Based on the statistics during 1891-2017, on an average 5 cyclones develop over North Indian Ocean in a year with 4 developing over Bay of Bengal and 1 over Arabian Sea.

However, in the recent past increase in frequency had been observed in formation of cyclones in the North Indian Ocean.

Also studies show an increase in frequency of severe cyclones over Arabian Sea in recent years.

The details of Cyclones formed over North Indian Ocean during 2017 to 2019 follow:


Giant waterspout comes ashore in Salerno, Italy, uprooting trees and damaging buildings - 3rd in 5 days for the country

A giant waterspout came ashore in the Italian city of Salerno on Friday, September 25, uprooting trees and causing minor damage to vehicles and buildings, according to local authorities.

A Facebook post on Mayor Vincenzo Napoli's page said that nobody was injured, and that the Torrione district was the most affected by the twister.

According to Il Fatto Quotidiano, there was widespread damage to cars, buildings, and street furniture, and the window of a bus was shattered as a result of debris from the storm.

This video shows the waterspout approaching Salerno from the sea.

Credit: @adrianodefalco.hiking.guide via Storyful

Comment: A day earlier another huge waterspout was filmed off Porto Ercole further north on Italy's west coast:

On September 20 another impressive one was recorded off the city of Cefalù on the island of Sicily:

Cloud Lightning

Red sprites captured in slow motion over Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia in August

Red sprites captured over the Sverdlovsk oblast in the summer of 2020. The abundance of nighttime thunderstorms this season has made it possible to capture this rare phenomenon in great detail:

00:00 - sprite №1 close-up, real time
00:10 - sprite №1 close-up, speed is slowed down 2 times
00:13 - sprite №1 close-up, speed is slowed down 5 times
00:19 - sprite №1, stack of frames
00:27 - sprite №2 close-up, real time
00:29 - sprite №2 close-up, speed slowed 2 times
00:35 - sprite №2 close-up, speed is 5 times slower
00:39 - sprite №2, stack of frames
00:48 - sprite №3, real time
00:52 - sprite №3 close-up, speed slowed 2 times
00:56 - sprite №3 close-up, speed slowed down 5 times
01:00 - sprite №3, stack of frames

Ice Cube

Robert W Felix: 'Earth is about to enter a Mini Ice Age'

The Thames during the Great Frost of 1739
© City of London Corporation
The Thames during the Great Frost of 1739 by
Jan Griffier II
Robert W Felix, author of "Not by Fire but by Ice" and proprietor of iceagenow.info, has written a great article entitled "Earth about to enter Mini Ice Age" — below is my abridged version.

I've been saying this for years, begins Felix, but now we're starting to hear it from the mainstream media. As power-hungry politicians ramp up their man-made global warming propaganda, some scientists warn that a far different type of climate change is headed our way.

11 Scientific Predictions for the upcoming Grand Solar Minimum (spoiler: wrap up, its getting cold)

We should be bracing for a prolonged solar minimum that could last for decades, until the 2050s, is the stark advice coming from Valentina Zharkova, professor at Northumbria University in Newcastle, England.

"The Sun is approaching a hibernation period," says Zharkova, who holds a BSc/MSc in Applied Mathematics and Astronomy, and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics: "Less sunspots will be formed on the solar surface and thus less energy and radiation will be emitted towards the planets and the Earth."

Comment: See also:


Multiple coyote attacks on people reported at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps base in North Carolina

© Getty Images
Cape Lejeune Marine Corps Base on the North Carolina coast has issued a safety alert after multiple people reported being attacked at the military facility by coyotes.

At least four attacks have occurred recently on the eastern side of the base, near the Wallace Creek area, officials said in a Facebook post.

Investigators did not give details of the injuries, but noted all victims "were running after dark in the vicinity."

The latest attack occurred at 4 a.m. Sept. 23. All the victims reported being near offices of the II Marine Expeditionary Force Information Group Command when attacked, officials said.


'These are hidden deaths.' Over 1,000 likely died early due to California's wildfire smoke

Vehicles on Interstate 80 in Vacaville drive through smoke from California’s wildfires on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020.
Vehicles on Interstate 80 in Vacaville drive through smoke from California’s wildfires on Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. Dense wildfire smoke that blanketed the state for weeks in August and early September may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds of Californians and sent thousands more to the emergency room, Stanford University researchers say.
Dense wildfire smoke that blanketed the state for weeks in August and early September — contributing to dangerous air quality from the San Francisco Bay area to Sacramento to Fresno and beyond — may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds of Californians and sent thousands more to the emergency room, Stanford University researchers say.

Nearly 30 people have died in California wildfires that have destroyed millions of acres and continue to burn into late September. For weeks, skies above the Golden State were soiled brown or an apocalyptic orange grabbing headlines of a state on fire.

But "the total cost in terms of human lives and health is likely far larger due to the immense amount of smoke that has been inhaled over the last 3 weeks by the very large number of people living on the West Coast," said researchers at Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment.

Massive amounts of smoke pumped out from California's infernos sent soot levels soaring across Northern California from Silicon Valley to Fresno and here in the Sacramento region, with lethal consequences, especially for the state's senior population, the researchers showed.


5 of the 6 largest wildfires in California history are burning right now

A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire.
A law enforcement officer watches flames launch into the air as fire continues to spread at the Bear fire.
Five of the six largest wildfires in California state history have been sparked in the past two months — and they're all still raging.

The state's most aggressive fire, August Complex, has so far scorched nearly 860,000 acres of NorCal's Tehama County — nearly doubling the now second-largest Mendocino Complex in 2018, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Rounding out the all-time top six are four other blazes still currently burning, according to the agency and The Sacramento Bee, which first reported the staggering toll.

The SCU Lightning Complex has now consumed 396,624 acres near Santa Clara and Alameda counties, while the LNU Lightning Complex has decimated 363,220 acres around Sonoma and Napa counties.

Black Cat

60-year-old woman mauled to death by tiger in Maharashtra, India - 27 such fatalities this year for the state

File photo.
File photo.
A 60-year-old woman was killed in a tiger attack on Saturday afternoon at a field near Andharwadi village in Pandharkawada, Yavatmal district in Maharashtra.

Forest officials said a tiger had been moving across villages Andharwadi, Koparmandvi, Vasari, and Kobai in the Pandharkawada Forest Reserve for the last 10 days and was also spotted at the site of the attack after Saturday's incident.

This is the second tiger attack and first death reported from the area and a committee empowered to decide on the tiger's capture (as per National Tiger Conservation Authority guidelines) will be sending its recommendations to senior forest officials by Sunday.

According to the forest department, around 1.30 pm Saturday, Laxmibai Bhimrao Dadanje, resident of Andharwadi was attacked and killed by a tiger at a field located between Patanbori and Andharwadi villages.


Grizzly bear kills hunter in Alaska

A grizzly bear in Alaska.
A grizzly bear in Alaska.
A grizzly bear killed a hunter in a national park in Alaska, the National Park Service said Tuesday.

The hunter, who was on a 10-day moose hunting trip with a friend, was killed Sunday in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, a 13.2-million-acre park in the eastern part of the state next to the Yukon in Canada.

The hunter's identity has not been released pending an investigation, the park said.

No other injuries were reported.

More details about the deadly attack and information about whether officials were looking for the bear were not immediately clear.

Comment: Two other hunters were also involved in an attack (non-fatal) by a grizzly recently in eastern Idaho on September 18, according to the Idaho Statesman - the 3rd this year for the state:
An Idaho hunter survived an attack by what he described to officials as a grizzly bear, according to a news release from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

The man, who has not been publicly identified, was archery hunting with another hunter south of Mount Two Top near Island Park in Eastern Idaho on Friday morning. The hunters stumbled upon the bear in thick brush, and it charged at one hunter, knocking him to the ground. The man was able to deploy bear spray, a mace-like deterrent, before the attack. His hunting companion then deployed his own bear spray, and the animal fled.

Fish and Game said the victim was taken by ambulance to a Rexburg hospital after both hunters hiked out of the backcountry. Officials credited the bear spray for saving the hunters' lives.

In a similar event the previous week, a grizzly bear attacked two archery hunters near Sandpoint when they crossed paths with her and her cubs. Those hunters also used bear spray and escaped the attack with minimal injuries.

This is the third reported grizzly attack in Idaho this year. In May, a Montana man hiking in the Henrys Lake area — near Mount Two Top — was attacked and bitten by a female grizzly bear. He survived the attack.
See in addition: Bear attacks increasing worldwide