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Colorful arc spotted over Seattle's Space Needle

Fire rainbow over Seattle, WA
© Don Clapp
Mother Nature put on a bit of a color show over Downtown Seattle last week with a brilliant display of a rainbow arc.

This particular arc, photographed by Don Clapp, is called a "circumhorizontal arc" or sometimes colloquially as a "fire rainbow" due to its appearance (it has nothing to do with actual fire.)

Instead this is the result of sunlight refraction. The ice crystals in the cloud refract the sunlight provided the crystals are a certain shape and at a favorable angle to the incoming sunlight.

"A small shower had just passed. I was surprised the color swath was so wide," Clapp said. "As it drifted along, the colors were very vividly glowing. When it was over the Space Needle directly, the left side was a neon blue and the right side was tending toward burnt orange. As it moved northward the colors tended to be more on the red side. It was visible for several minutes. Really was pretty spectacular. Not something I remember seeing before and I watch the sky a lot."


Severe hailstorm strikes Kastel Luksic, Croatia

Severe hailstorm hits Kastel Luksic, Dalmatia - CROATIA, June 20, 2020.

Cloud Precipitation

Flash flood in central Mongolia kills two and caused major loss

Heavy rain fell in the Tuv and Gobi-Sumber Provinces and caused flash flooding at the weekend. Two people in the Sergelen Soum of Tuv Province were killed by the deluge while herding their livestock.

According to the meteorological agency, Zuunmod Soum of Tuv Province recorded 51 mm of rainfall. The flash flood killed 409 livestock, destroyed 53 fences and washed away 10 vehicles. During the incident, a sub-power station in Tuv Province was damaged and 400 homes lost their electricity.

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Summer flood hits Bursa, Turkey - at least 5 killed, 4 missing (UPDATE)

After the floods in Kestel, Bursa Province, Turkey 21 June 2020.
© Government of Bursa
After the floods in Kestel, Bursa Province, Turkey 21 June 2020.
At least 2 people have died in floods after heavy rain in north west Turkey.

Flooding struck the Kestel district of Bursa province on 21 June. After initial assessments, the provincial government reported two people had died and four were believed to be missing in the floods.

Raging flood water swept through narrow streets of several neighbourhoods in the district, including Dudakli, Narlidere, Aksu and Kayacik. A team of over 350 personnel are carrying out relief and search and rescue operations.

Comment: Update: Middle East Monitor reports on 22nd June:
5 killed, 4 missing, as flooding hits Turkey

Damaged buildings and vehicles are
© Sergen Sezgin/Anadolu Agency
Damaged buildings and vehicles are seen while the damage assessment and cleaning operations continue at Dudakli neighbourhood in Kestel district of Bursa, Turkey on June 22, 2020. At this neighbourhood with 130 residences, where approximately 550 people live, many houses were damaged by flood, nearly 50 tractors and cars were flooded
Five people have died after heavy rains caused floods in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said today.

Yakup Canbolat, the governor of Bursa province, said four people are also missing, CNN Turk reported.

"Intensive search and rescue operations are being carried out in flood-hit areas by 257 personnel, including 134 gendarmeries," he said.

Reportedly, rescue workers found the body of a woman and recovered the bodies of the people washed away by the flood.

Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu arrived in Bursa under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's instructions to inspect the area.

Soylu said the incident is far beyond seasonal norms.

"For now, the only thing the rescue team can do is locate the four people," he added.

Last week, an earthquake with a 5.7 magnitude shook Bingol province in eastern Turkey, killing one and injuring 18 people and causing the collapse of a military observation tower.

Arrow Down

Gold mine collapse kills 3 after heavy rainfall in Villanueva, Nicaragua

The bodies of the miners were removed by the rescuers in black bags to deliver them to their relatives and give them a Christian burial

The bodies of the miners were removed by the rescuers in black bags to deliver them to their relatives and give them a Christian burial
Three young men have been found dead following a mine collapse in northwestern Nicaragua, officials said Sunday.

Juan Fernando Gómez, mayor of the town of Villanueva, confirmed the deaths at El Rincón de García mine. The miners, aged 16, 19 and 26, had been hunting for bits of gold when the mine collapsed on Wednesday following heavy rains in the area.

Another collapse at the same mine in 2014 killed four people.

Source: AP


Wrong place, wrong time: Asian Desert Warbler turns up in Northumberland, UK

Asian Desert Warbler
© Mark Leitch
Asian Desert Warbler
Asian Desert Warbler is one of those species that has an 'old-school' rare element of mysticism about it. Indeed, for any millennial or below birders, it has simply been unobtainable - the last record was a single-observer individual in Kent in 2012, with the previous twitchable example back in 2000.

So, when Mike Carr discovered one on Holy Island, Northumberland, and the bird chose to play ball and hang around a while, it inevitably sparked the biggest twitch of 2020. Mike takes up the story: "Monday 15 June will live long in my memory. I'd taken the day off work to pin down some Merlin nests in The Cheviots, but heavy fog had put the mockers on that.

"Rather fortuitously, just as I was leaving the fells, my friend Richard Drew rang me to say he had had a subalpine warbler species on The Snook, Holy Island. A great bird and, with the chance it could be Moltoni's Warbler, I headed there. Thankfully, a forgiving 3.9-m tide allowed me just enough of a buffer to get onto the island ahead of the incoming sea.


Hottest Arctic temperature record likely set with 100-degree reading in Siberia

Record heat Siberia
© The Weather Channel (screen capture)
A Russian heat wave smashed an all-time record high in one Siberian town this weekend, possibly the hottest temperature on record so far north in the Arctic, continuing an off-the-charts warm year in what is typically one of coldest places on Earth.

The high temperature in Verkhoyansk, a town in northeast Russia about 260 miles south of the Arctic coast and about 6 miles north of the Arctic Circle, topped out at 38 degrees Celsius, or 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, Saturday.

If that reading is found to be correct, that would smash the town's all-time record of 37.3 degrees Celsius - 99.1 degrees Fahrenheit - set on July 25, 1988. Temperature records in Verkhoyansk date to 1885.

It would also be the hottest temperature on record north of the Arctic Circle, according to Etienne Kapikian, a meteorologist with Meteo France.

The average high in late June in Verkhoyansk is only in the upper 60s, or around 20 degrees Celsius.

Comment: Weather swings in Siberia as extreme heat is followed by June snow, tornadoes and floods


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Stumbling over monopoly money in a food recall

dust storm
Satellite imagery of the dust plume from the Sahara trekking across the Atlantic toward the Americas on June 18, 2020.
More food recalls on the exact items that supply chains can't deliver, which is interesting timing. Massive Saharan dust cloud heads to N. America and Zimbabwe 37% down on corn yields. The hyperinflation / clothing paradox.

Comment: 'Abnormally large dust cloud' making 5,000-mile trek across Atlantic


Earthquakes shake North Iceland

Iceland earthquakes
© Screenshot, Icelandic Met Office
An earthquake measuring 5.6 was felt in towns and villages in North Iceland on Saturday afternoon, RÚV reports.

The quake occurred just after 3pm, and was centered offshore, roughly 20 km northeast of Siglufjörður. According to the Icelandic Met Office, it came on the heels of a similarly sized quake, measuring 5.3, in the same area, and was felt by residents in Dalvík, Hofsós, Siglufjörður, and Akureyri, and as well as those in the municipality of Hörgársveit, further inland.

The Tjörnes fracture zone started experiencing an earthquake swarm on Friday afternoon, peaking with the 5.6 quake on Saturday. Following this, there were a number of smaller quakes, many of which were measured at a 3.0 or higher.

Though the largest earthquake was felt all around the region, it doesn't seem to have caused any substantial damage and police in the area said they received fewer calls about it than expected, most likely because sunny weather had taken most people outdoors on Saturday afternoon.

Comment: Iceland's Grímsvötn volcano showing signs of increased activity, eruption possible

Fireball 2

Krakatoa And The Great Comet of 1882: Exploring The Real Engine of 'Climate Change'

Eruption of Perbuatan volcano on Krakatoa Island, 26 August 1883.
© Dea Picture Library/De Agostini/Getty Images
Eruption of Perbuatan volcano on Krakatoa Island, 26 August 1883.
In May 1883, the captain aboard the German ship Elizabeth observed ash spewing above Krakatoa, an island in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. In the following weeks, other vessels reported hearing thunder and seeing incandescent clouds. Locals would also report earthquakes as small volcanic eruptions rumbled across the island.

Little did they know that these were the early signs of what would become one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. Krakatoa erupted on Sunday August 26th 1883, sending volcanic dust as high as 24km (15miles) into the atmosphere. The following day on August 27th, two enormous explosions were heard as far away as Australia, with the final eruption destroying two-thirds of the island and triggering a powerful tsunami that wiped away entire settlements and was felt all the way across the Indian Ocean in South Africa. It's estimated that 36,000 people died in this natural disaster.

The eruption also had a marked impact on the global climate, sending a very large amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) into the stratosphere, which led to a global increase in sulfuric acid concentration. This in turn increased cloud coverage that dimmed sunlight, sending global temperatures down by at least 0.4°C the following year. As submarine telegraph cables were already in use, news about the eruption was relayed rapidly across the globe, hitting the newspapers in New York, London and Paris by August 28th.