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Siberian wildfires spread 17.5% in 24 hours

The fires have been fueled by abnormally high temperatures, historic drought and strong winds.
© Russian Aerial Forest Protection Service / TASS
The fires have been fueled by abnormally high temperatures, historic drought and strong winds.
Wildfires ravaging northeastern Siberia have spread by nearly 70,000 hectares in the past day, marking a 17.5% increase in a single day, the Kommersant business daily reported Friday, citing the regional emergencies ministry.

Some 400,000 hectares of forest are now burning in Russia's republic of Sakha.

Abnormally high temperatures and historic drought as well as strong winds have all contributed to the rapid wildfire spread, Sakha's deputy ecology minister and chief forester Sergei Sivtsev told Kommersant.

"For the central regions of the republic, June 2021 became the second driest in the entire history of observations; the last time such a drought was observed was at the end of the 19th century, in 1888," Sivtsev told Kommersant.


Fire

Wildfires torch homes, land across 10 states in US West

A truck driver who hauls fire equipment watches as the Sugar fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex fire, burns in Doyle, California, on Saturday.
© Noah Berger/AP
A truck driver who hauls fire equipment watches as the Sugar fire, part of the Beckwourth Complex fire, burns in Doyle, California, on Saturday.
Wildfires that torched homes and forced thousands to evacuate burned across 10 parched Western states on Tuesday, and the largest, in Oregon, threatened a portion of California's power supply.

Nearly 60 wildfires tore through bone-dry timber and brush from Alaska to Wyoming, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Arizona, Idaho and Montana accounted for more than half of the large active fires.

The fires erupted as the West was in the grip of the second bout of dangerously high temperatures in just a few weeks. A climate change-fueled megadrought also is contributing to conditions that make fires even more dangerous, scientists say.

The National Weather Service said the heat wave had peaked in many areas, and remaining excessive heat warnings were expected to expire by Tuesday night.


Attention

Number of deaths, injuries from brown bear attacks in Hokkaido, Japan to hit record high this year

In this June 2015 file photo, a brown bear is seen in the Hokkaido town of Shari.
© Mainichi/Hiroaki Homma
In this June 2015 file photo, a brown bear is seen in the Hokkaido town of Shari.
The number of deaths and injuries caused by brown bear attacks in Japan's northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido this year has reached nine, including suspected cases yet to be confirmed, putting the prefecture on track to mark the highest number of incidents since 1962, when records began to be kept.

Experts are warning that brown bears are living in areas closer to people as buffer zones that used to separate their habitats and residential areas have disappeared.

"I feel bears are appearing this year more often than usual, with a spate of reports of sightings at the same locations near urban areas," said a government employee in the town of Takinoue, where the body of a suspected brown bear attack victim whose gender has not been confirmed yet was found on a mountain.

An employee of the district forest office traveling by car found the collapsed victim bleeding heavily from head wounds around 2 p.m. on July 12 in a lump of grass along a forest road in the town, and informed Monbetsu Police Station.

Comment: Body of suspected bear attack victim found on Hokkaido forest road in Japan - 2nd such fatality in 10 days


Doberman

13-year-old girl killed by pack of dogs in Fort Defiance, Arizona

dog attack
The mother of a 13-year-old girl who was killed by a pack of dogs on the Navajo Nation has said she "never thought that would happen".

Lyssa Rose Upshaw was walking in Fort Fefiance, a county within the Navajo Nation and Arizona, when dogs are thought to have attacked her in mid-May.

The girl's mother, Marissa Jones, found her daughter's body curled up on a dirt track and covered in dirt. She told the Associated Press that she suspected dogs, although she was waiting for confirmation from officials.

An autopsy requested by the AP confirmed that the teenager had died from a dog attack, and that it was accidental. The autopsy was carried out by the medical examiner's office in Coconino County, Arizona.

The report follows Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez recently vetoing a bill that would hold dog and animal owners accountable for attacks. It is not currently tribal law.

Cloud Precipitation

15 killed in floods and mudslides in Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan

Soldiers search for missing victims after floods
© Kyrgyzstan Emergency Ministry
Soldiers search for missing victims after floods in Kyrgyzstan
Floods and mudslides caused by heavy rains swept away houses in two villages in the Aksy district in Jalal-Abad Region of western Kyrgyzstan on 12 July, 2021, close to the border with Uzbekistan. At least 15 people across the two countries have died as a result.

Kyrgyzstan's Emergency Ministry carried out search and rescue operations after reports of 8 people missing following the floods and mudslides in Aksy district. The bodies of 7 people have since been recovered, six of them members of the same family. One person is still missing. Roads and 4 bridges were also destroyed.

A state of emergency has been declared in Jany-Jol and Ak-Jol rural districts of Aksy region of Jalal-Abad oblast. President Sadyr Japarov expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.


Cloud Precipitation

Four dead and 30 missing after houses collapse during severe floods in Germany

The Kyll river has overflowed its banks in Erdorf and flooded parts of the village
© Harald Tittel/dpa/AP
The Kyll river has overflowed its banks in Erdorf and flooded parts of the village.
Four people have died and more than 30 are missing following the collapse of several homes after heavy rain triggered severe flooding in western Germany, police said.

The deaths were reported in the Ahrweiler district, which is a wine-growing region on the Ahr river that flows into the Rhine.

The properties collapsed last night in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, broadcaster SWR said.

Around 25 more houses are in danger of collapsing in the district of Schuld bei Adenau in the hilly Eiffel region, it added.

The report described the situation in the rural district of Eifelkreis Bitburg-Prum as "extremely dangerous".


Cloud Lightning

5 killed by lightning strikes in Odisha, India - one bolt killing 3 children and 19 goats

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At least five persons, including three minors, were killed by lightning strikes in separate incidents in Odisha on Tuesday.

The first incident was reported from Baghuasole village under Chandua police limits in Mayurbhanj district. Three minors, including two boys aged 15 and a girl aged 12, were playing outdoors in front of their house when it started raining heavily. The sudden downpour was accompanied by lighting.

The three youngsters took shelter under a tree. However, the lightning struck the tree, killing the three on the spot.

Besides the three minors, at least 19 goats were also killed in the lightning strike.

Cloud Precipitation

Huge hail crashes onto cars and rooftops in Milan, Italy

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Rain and hail storm in Rozzano and Varese, Milan, Italy.
Natural disaster on July 8, 2021


Comment: 5 days later a plane was damaged in another hailstorm over the same city.


Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm hits the city of Turin, Italy

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Awesome strong scenes from the hailstorm that hit the city of Turino! Italy



Cloud Grey

Unusual shelf cloud photographed over Georgia explained by meteorologist

shelf cloud georgia
© CodyAlcorn/Twitter
They were all in my social media feeds on July 12th, 2021. Pictures and videos of ominous looking clouds rolling into parts of North Georgia. People scurried from ball fields or homes and grabbed their phones to capture the moment. Jane Worley is a colleague of mine at the University of Georgia. The Northeast Georgia resident sent the picture below from River of Life Church in Nicholson, Georgia with the message, "Thought you would enjoy." Little did she know, I was taking a picture of a shelf cloud rolling through my own subdivision 40 miles away. What are these clouds anyhow?

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