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Unprecedented number of porpoises wash ashore on the Wadden Islands, Netherlands - around 100 so far

Around 100 dead harbour porpoises have so far been spotted in the Wadden Islands.

Around 100 dead harbour porpoises have so far been spotted in the Wadden Islands.
Dozens of dead adult porpoises have washed ashore since Thursday on the Wadden Islands, SOS Dolphin reported. An epidemic could be at hand, according to Omroep Fryslan.

Volunteers from the animal rescue have one day to gather all reports and remove the animals from the beach.

The porpoises have been washing ashore on the beaches on the north side of the islands of Vlieland, Ameland, Terschelling and Schmiermonnikoog. Almost all of the porpoises were in a state of decomposition, according to the Dutch governmental organization for forestry.

The recent north wind is responsible for driving the dead animals to the shore more quickly, but the number of stranded porpoises found within a short period of time is unprecedented, SOS Dolphin said.

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Lightning strike kills woman and 35 sheep in Rajasthan, India

A woman was killed and three persons were injured when lightning struck them in a forest. Thirty-five sheep were also killed in the incident. The incident took place near Dharamdas ji ka Kheda village of Dhamancha gram panchayat under Begun sub division.

District collector Tara Chand Meena and Rajendra Prasad Goyal, SP Chittorgarh visited the place. The victims were migrating with the herd of sheep from Madhya Pradesh towards Marwar. The shepherds with the herd had halted in the jungle near Dhamancha village. Late in the night heavy rains with thunder and lightning lashed the area.


Flooding in 6 districts of Bangladesh worsens

Flood situation worsens as 100,000 people maroo
Flood situation worsens as 100,000 people marooned in Sirajganj
With thousands of people still marooned by floods, river erosion has taken a serious turn at least in six districts.

Many houses, vast areas of cropland and other structures have already been devoured by rivers, while many other structures are at risk.

The flood-hit people are passing hard days amid shortage of food and drinking water, though government officials concerned are saying that measures have been taken to distribute relief materials.

A bulletin of Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre said 14 rivers in the country were flowing above the danger level yesterday.

"In next 24 hours, the flood situation in low-lying areas of Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Bogura, Tangail, Sirajganj, Pabna, Manikganj, Rajbari, Shariatpur and Faridpur districts may deteriorate," it said.

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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - August 2021: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

A 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern Haiti on August 14, devastating the already fragile infrastructure in Grand'Anse, Nippes, and Sud Departments. Around 7,000 homes were destroyed, and nearly 5,000 buildings were damaged, including hospitals and schools.

Rescue work was hampered by damaged roads and bridges, and further efforts were halted by floods caused by Tropical Storm Grace. The latest reports register more than 2,200 dead and 12,200 injured.

Ida, the fifth-most-powerful hurricane to strike the US, wreaked havoc on the Louisiana coast, leaving widespread destruction in major cities like New Orleans. Extreme wind and rain, fallen trees and flooding damaged basic infrastructure, a million homes and businesses were left with no electricity, and more than 600,000 people lacked running water. The hurricane caused $50 billion in total damage.

More than 1,100 homes in North Korea were damaged, thousands of people evacuated, and farms and roads washed away after days of heavy rains and floods. Authorities expect a negative impact on food supplies due to the significant crops damage.

91 wildfires are now burning across the US triggering states of emergency and mass evacuations. This year, 37,803 fires have burned more than 3 million acres across the United States. During the same period in 2020, 32,059 fires burned a total of 2.1 million acres. Idaho is the state with the biggest number of large fires, however, Oregon has the most acres burned: 554,587 among its 11 fires.

Extreme heat is baking North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and Nebraska all contain areas of extreme drought. North Dakota and Minnesota, in particular, are experiencing near-record lows in soil moisture, affecting crops.

The Caldor Fire continued to experience unprecedented growth due to extremely dry fuels pushed by the southwest winds in Northern California. Nearly 50,000 acres have been scorched, destroying dozens of homes.

More than 1,100 people were evacuated by sea from the tourist hotspot of Bodrum to escape Turkey's forest fires burning along the Mediterranean coast. In Greece, the fires have forced the evacuation of four villages. The fire was in a mountain forest 30 kilometers (19 miles) east of Patras, Greece's third-largest city. Aided by strong winds, the fire raced down the slopes and threatened seaside villages.

Wildfires also ravaged forests and villages in the Kabyle region of Algeria, covering the mountainous area with thick clouds of smoke. At least 65 people died, including 25 soldiers who were part of the rescue efforts

Most of the wildfires around the world have been triggered by dry conditions, strong winds, and increased lighting strikes. Rather symbolic for a world that is also figuratively on fire as well.

Now to the other extreme of the thermometer, Colorado and Utah got covered in snow just after the hottest couple of months ever. This sudden drop to "winter-like" temperatures in August is far from normal.

Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Australia, and South Africa also reported unusually cold temperatures and heavy snow this winter.

All this and more in our SOTT Earth Changes Summary for August 2021:

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Flash floods destroy roads in Kohistan, Pakistan

Men sit beside a coach buried under a landslide on KKH in Khushi area of Upper Kohistan on Wednesday.
© Dawn
Men sit beside a coach buried under a landslide on KKH in Khushi area of Upper Kohistan on Wednesday.
Heavy rain and flash floods on Wednesday wreaked havoc in Upper Kohistan district with the landslides blocking the Karakoram Highway at various points and floodwaters washing away many link roads, bridges and school buildings.

District education officer Sharafat Khan told reporters here that he had declared three days vacation in schools for the disposal of rubble and floodwaters.

The residents said the Karakoram Highway was blocked in Khushi area early morning by the heavy mudslides from mountains.

They said a landslide hit a passenger coach bound for Mansehra from Khushi area but four people travelling in it remained unhurt and came rushing out of it.

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Storm Ida: Flash-flooding across US Northeast kills 45 - New rainfall record of 8cms in 1 hour in NYC - Tornados ravage New Jersey

Comment: The new rainfall record comes just TEN DAYS after the previous one was set...

Social media footage shows flooding in Williamsburg area of Brooklyn
© Jaymee Sire
Social media footage shows flooding in Williamsburg area of Brooklyn
At least six people have died after flash flooding and tornadoes hit the north-east US, local media report.

Some people were trapped in the flooded basements of their homes, while one body was retrieved from a vehicle that was swept away.

The governors of New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called it a "historic weather event".

At least 8cm of rain fell in just one hour in New York's Central Park.

The US National Weather Service declared a flood emergency in New York City, Brooklyn and Queens, and issued tornado warnings for parts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Comment: From Floodlist:
While parts of Louisiana are still under water after storm surge and torrential rain from Hurricane Ida, remnants of the storm have moved north, dumping heavy rainfall and causing flooding in parts of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Maryland.

Destructive floods hit parts of Southwest Virginia in the previous 24 hours.

Record Rainfall

National Weather Service (NWS) Eastern Region reported 48 hour rainfall totals of over 7 inches (177.8 mm) in several areas. Coatsville, Pennsylvania recorded 8.62 inches (218.95 mm) and Stockton in New Jersey 8.04 inches (204.22 mm). Most of this rain fell during a 12 to 24 hour period to late 01 September, NWS Eastern Region said.

New York City saw its rainfall record broken for the second time in a few weeks. The National Weather Service (NWS) recorded 3.15 inches (80 mm) of rain in New York's Central Park in one hour, far surpassing the 1.94 inches (49.27 mm) that fell in one hour during Tropical Storm Henri which was a record high at the time.

Rainfall in north east USA after remnants of Hurricane Ida 30 August to 01 September 2021.
© NWS Eastern Region
Rainfall in north east USA after remnants of Hurricane Ida 30 August to 01 September 2021.
UPDATE 02/09/2021:
Several tornadoes touched down in New Jersey, wreaking destruction through communities as the remnants of Hurricane Ida hit the East Coast, also triggering New York City's first ever flash flood emergency amid a massive downpour.

Twisters were spotted in multiple locations across New Jersey on Wednesday evening, with dramatic videos circulating on social media showing massive funnel clouds touching down.

Extensive damage to homes was also seen in other videos making the rounds, as well as flooded streets in Hoboken.
Meanwhile the flooding continues:

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Water, water everywhere: Heavy rainfall causes destructive flash floods in Spain - 3 inches of rain recorded in just 30 MINUTES

Street turns into river as flash floods wreak

Street turns into river as flash floods wreak havoc in Toledo
Heavy rainfall on Wednesday caused flooding in parts of central and eastern Spain. The provinces of Tarragona, Castellón and Toledo were particularly affected by the storms, while in Madrid the rising waters flooded homes and created significant traffic disruption.

On Thursday, parts of mainland Spain as well as the Balearic Islands were on the national weather agency Aemet's yellow alert level for rain and thunderstorms.

Train services were still affected on Thursday morning. At 8.30am, the railway company Renfe notified interruptions on the high-speed Madrid-Toledo line between the stations of La Sagra and Toledo, as well as additional disruptions on the Tarancón-Huete line (between Aranjuez and Cuenca) and the Teruel-Zaragoza line (at Cariñena).

In Catalonia, weather stations recorded rainfall of 77mm in just 30 minutes. The heavy rain triggered flash floods on city streets and damaged ground-floor properties in municipalities of the Montsià and Baix Ebre areas of Tarragona province. In the small coastal town of Alcanar (population 9,300), record rainfall of 167mm caused flash floods that dragged vehicles out to sea.

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Wyoming saw more above-normal rain and cooler temperatures in August

The National Weather Service in Riverton said on Wednesday that the majority of its climate sites recorded more moisture than a typical August this summer.

Most locations were also about one-half to one degree cooler than normal.

Greybull had its wettest August on record,
according to the NWS in Riverton. Greybull saw 1.12 inches of precipitation. To put that in terms some Wyomingites may be more familiar with, Greybull saw the equivalent of about 14.56 inches of snow.


Gray wolf spotted for 1st time in decades in Kern County, California

A gray wolf in Kern County, California on May 15, 2021
© California Department of Fish and Wildlife
A gray wolf in Kern County, California on May 15, 2021
A gray wolf was spotted in Kern County earlier this year, the farthest south the species has traveled since being reintroduced in California after going extinct, wildlife officials said.

The collared gray wolf was captured on a trail camera drinking from a water trough on private property back on May 15, but officials received the footage last week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said in a statement Saturday.

It is possible the wolf could be OR-93, a young male wolf that entered California from Oregon in January. The animal was spotted in San Luis Obispo County on April 5, when his collar stopped transmitting, they said.


August snowfall at ski hills in British Columbia

It was looking like a winter wonderland at Silver Star Tuesday morning.
© Silver Star Mountain Resort
It was looking like a winter wonderland at Silver Star Tuesday morning.
Yes, there was snow falling on the Coquihalla and some BC Interior ski hills, but that does not mean summer is over.

It does mean things are cooling down a lot.

From a record heat wave in June that lead to one of the worst fire seasons on record, a cold front has a brought a drastically different climate to the region.

Lisa Erven, Environment Canada meteorologist, said the cool temperatures on the last day of August resulted in flurries in certain areas including Silver Star, Whistler and parts of the Okanagan Connector, but as the day progressed, things warmed up and the snow disappeared.