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Flooding after heavy downpour in Mangaluru, India

Houses inundated by floodwater in Jeppu Kutpadi

Houses inundated by floodwater in Jeppu Kutpadi in Mangaluru.
The India Metrological Department (IMD) issued red warning for heavy rainfall in parts of Karnataka on September 11.

Downpour led to flood-like situation in Mangaluru.

Fire department and emergency services carried out rescue operation in the area.


Snowflake

Storms, deep snow hinder 3 Greenland expeditions

All three Greenland teams faced storms this week.
© Matthieu Tordeur
All three Greenland teams faced storms this week.
Despite unfavorable conditions, the three Greenland expeditions are progressing across the Inland Ice.

Norwegian sisters Aase and Hanne Seeberg are performing strongly on their east-to-west traverse. After 22 days, they are due to arrive at DYE II, an old radar station about three-quarters of the way along their 600km route.

"They have found deep snow but have skied a regular 20km every day," reports expedition liaison Lars Ebbeson. "They cleared the Summit [the apex of the Ice Sheet] before the last storm on the east side, so have been able to progress over the last few days."

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This seems very 2020: Watch as smoke from US forest fires gets sucked into Pacific storm

A swath of wildfire smoke is getting pulled into an offshore storm
© GOES-17/NOAA
A swath of wildfire smoke is getting pulled into an offshore storm
We've got another one for your 2020 list...

I'm going to file this under "I've never seen this in my career, but I probably should have expected it this year" as some of this thick smoke from the historic fires burning in Oregon and California is now getting sucked right into a Pacific storm.

Watch:


Arrow Down

Around 50 feared dead in DR Congo gold mine collapse after heavy rains flood nearby river

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About 50 people are feared dead after a gold mine collapsed in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo following torrential rain, local authorities said Saturday.

The accident in the makeshift mine occurred on Friday in the town of Kamituga, in South Kivu province.

Provincial governor Theo Ngwabidje Kasi deplored "the tragic deaths of 50 people, most of them young".

However, Kamituga mayor Alexandre Bundya said "we are not yet sure of the exact number" of victims. A local resident who was at the scene, Jean Nondo, told AFP that "according to witnesses, there are more than 50 dead. There is only one survivor."

He said a river close to the mine had flooded after torrential rain.


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Huge waterspout filmed over Dalian Bay, China

Footage released by China's Dalian Meteorology Bureau shows a waterspout looming over East Harbour Business District at 2pm on Friday. Another waterspout was spotted in the morning

Footage released by China's Dalian Meteorology Bureau shows a waterspout looming over East Harbour Business District at 2pm on Friday. Another waterspout was spotted in the morning
Two waterspouts descended on a coastal city in eastern China today, leaving the locals stunned.

Footage released by the meteorological authority of Dalian shows one of them looming over a business district in the afternoon.

The spectacle occurred at around 2pm near the East Harbour Business District, according to Dalian Meteorology Bureau.


Seismograph

Shallow M6.1 earthquake jolts Japan's Miyagi Prefecture

The epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on Sept. 12 at 11:44 a.m. is located in Miyagi Prefecture
© JAPAN METEOROLOGICAL AGENCY
The epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on Sept. 12 at 11:44 a.m. is located in Miyagi Prefecture
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake, which measured 4 on the shindo (intensity) scale, was detected at a depth of 40 kilometers off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday at 11:44 a.m.

There is currently no tsunami warning in effect.

As a precaution, those near coastal areas are advised to move to higher ground.

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Think 2020's disasters are wild? Worse is yet to come say experts

Creek Fire
© AP
A firefighter battles the Creek Fire as it threatens homes in the Cascadel Woods neighborhood of Madera County, California.
A record amount of California is burning, spurred by a nearly 20-year mega-drought. To the north, parts of Oregon that don't usually catch fire are in flames.

Meanwhile, the Atlantic's 16th and 17th named tropical storms are swirling, a record number for this time of year. Powerful Typhoon Haishen lashed Japan and the Korean Peninsula this week. Last month it hit 130 degrees in Death Valley, the hottest Earth has been in nearly a century.

Phoenix keeps setting triple-digit heat records, while Colorado went through a weather whiplash of 90-degree heat to snow this week. Siberia, famous for its icy climate, hit 100 degrees earlier this year, accompanied by wildfires. Before that Australia and the Amazon were in flames.

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Cloud Precipitation

Severe floods hit 760,000 people in West and Central Africa

Residents walk through a flooded street after last week's heavy rains in Keur Massar, Senegal September 8, 2020.
© REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra
Residents walk through a flooded street after last week's heavy rains in Keur Massar, Senegal September 8, 2020.
Nigerien student Hachimou Abdou has had to catch a boat to classes since river water swamped his route to university in the capital Niamey - one of about 760,000 people hit by severe flooding in recent weeks in parts of West and Central Africa.

Floods are common during the rainy season, but in recent years climate change, land degradation and poor urban planning have led to more frequent disasters as rapidly-growing cities struggle with heavier-than-normal rainfall.

Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Ghana, Niger, Mali, Nigeria, Congo Republic and Senegal are among those worst-hit this year, with at least 111 people killed, according to latest figures from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).


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300,000 displaced by floods in Ethiopia, says UN

Evacuations after floods in Afar region, Ethiopia September 2020.
© OCHA Ethiopia
Evacuations after floods in Afar region, Ethiopia September 2020.
Heavy rain and flooding continue in Ethiopia, with over 500,000 people affected and around 300,000 displaced since July.

Unusually heavy Kiremt season (June to September) rainfall triggered flooding in the country from late July. By early August the UN reported 30,000 people had been displaced, with many of them in the Afar region after the overflow of Awash River. The regions of Gambella, Oromia, SNNP and later Amhara were also affected.

In a report of 06 September, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said "heavy summer season (June-September) rains continue to cause flooding in many parts of the country. Some 500,000 people were so far affected, including some 300,000 displaced."


Snowflake Cold

Temperature extremes: Colorado shatters multiple records as wild weather continues

Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
© Michael Ciaglo
Fallen tree limbs block a street during an early season snow storm on September 9, 2020 in Boulder, Colorado.
A wild week of weather continues to unfold in Colorado that started with 100+ degree temperatures and transitioned into more than a more than a foot of snow in parts of the state.

Here's a look at some of the weather records that were set in the Centennial State during this tumultuous time.