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Cloud Precipitation

54 areas of the Philippines flooded due to tropical depression Marilyn

A total of 54 areas across the country were flooded due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by tropical depression Marilyn.

Based on the situational report of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), as of September 15, the flooded areas that were affected include Pampanga, Negros Occidental, and Zamboanga City.

Several houses were damaged due to the flood, however, there were no reported accidents involving residents in the said areas as families have been evacuated.

Cloud Precipitation

Koh Chang in Thailand inundated with floods and rough seas after 2 days of torrential rain

Ferry services and tours were halted after torrential rain, floods and rough seas has inundated Koh Chang, in Southern Thailand.

Local officials reported the overflowing canals on the island following more than two days of torrential rain. Several roads, bridges and properties near waterways were damaged, the Bangkok Post reported.

The areas around Khlong Son, Khlong Phlu, Kai Bae and Chai Chet bridges were affected. Motorists were advised to stay away from flooded roads and bridges due to powerful currents. Which already engulfed and damaged several vehicles.

Blue Planet

New Zealand study refutes 'sinking' Pacific nation: Tuvalu is getting bigger

Tuvalu solomon islands map

Map showing Tuvalu in the Pacific.
The Pacific nation of Tuvalu — long seen as a prime candidate to disappear as climate change forces up sea levels — is actually growing in size, new research shows.

A University of Auckland study examined changes in the geography of Tuvalu's nine atolls and 101 reef islands between 1971 and 2014, using aerial photographs and satellite imagery.

It found eight of the atolls and almost three-quarters of the islands grew during the study period, lifting Tuvalu's total land area by 2.9 percent, even though sea levels in the country rose at twice the global average.

Cloud Lightning

Shocking traffic: Lightning strikes car twice in Novosibirsk, Russia

Lightning strikes car
© VK / Galina Ershova
A car crawling through traffic in Russia was blasted by lightning -twice- in an incredible double-strike that was filmed by the dashcam of a nearby vehicle. The flashes were so powerful they temporarily blinded another driver.

Galina Ershova was driving along the Berdskoye Highway in Novosibirsk, Siberia, when her dashcam recorded the unlikeliest of drivetime distractions - a double lightning strike mere feet away from her own car.

"I was blinded for a split second, I grabbed the steering wheel with a death grip," Ershova said. "It happened so quickly."

Snowflake Cold

Record cold in Siberia, Russia

Intensive cooling in a number of settlements in the region.

In the village of Novy Port in the Yamal-Nenets District, the thermometer fell to -3, a new record low for September 13. The previous record, -2.9 degrees, was observed 17 years ago.

In Aleksandrovsky (Tomsk Oblast) it was -3.2. The previous record of September 13 -3 lasted 18 years.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains, floods leave over 200 dead in central India

Over 200 people have died and thousands rendered homeless in ravaging floods due to heavy rains in India's central state of Madhya Pradesh over the past several days, a state government official confirmed to Xinhua.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the state received 34 percent excess rains compared to the previous year, leading to devastating floods.

State Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Sunday tweeted that incessant rains continued in several parts, including Mandsaur, Neemach, Ratlam, Aagar, Shajapur, Ujjain, Gwalior, Khandwa, Bhopal, and Indore districts.

Cloud Lightning

Child dies from lightning strike in Bath County, Virginia

The Bath County Sheriff's Office 911 center received a 911 call Saturday night about a child being struck by lightning.

According to the Bath County Sheriff's Office, the dispatch center was notified by a Hot Springs Rescue Member that there was a 12 year old boy without a pulse and not breathing.

Hot Springs Rescue Squad requested Air Medical but, due to weather conditions, none was available and the patient was transported to Bath Community Hospital.

The boy was revived by ER staff and transported to Roanoke Carilion Hospital by ambulance but died from sustained injuries at 11:23 am on September 15.

According to the Bath County Sheriff's Office, the victim was visiting family in the Hot Springs area of Bath County. To protect the privacy of the mourning family, no other details will be released.


Large fire tornado forms over farm in Brazil

A fire tornado over a farm in west Brazil
© FocusOn News
A fire tornado over a farm in west Brazil
A tornado of flames emerged from a fire and swirled several meters into the air on a farm in Brazil, on Tuesday.

The spectacular images show the whirlwind spreading on the banks of the GO-210 motorway near Santa Helena de Goiás, central west Brazil.

It relentlessly flashes its luminous orange flames as local workers step back to watch the spectacle, before the camera turns to the barren and dried land surrounding the blaze.

Otherwise known as a 'fire devil', the bright flame arcs towards the sky with explosions at the base and a rising vortex towards its core.

It is the result of a clash between intense heat and turbulent wind conditions - and can reach a staggering 1,090 degrees.

Farm workers were clearing the land when the rare spectacle occurred.

At the time, the climate in the region was very dry and those at the scene reported the open country area was hit by strong winds.

Stock Down

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Cooler global temperatures affecting corporations

Lenox corporation
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Lennox Air Conditioner company earnings fall 9% due to cooler than normal conditions in the USA and higher precipitation. That goes against the claims of hottest year ever. Greenland temperature monitoring equipment maintained by the DMI malfunctioned giving erroneous heat spike over the ice cap, media ran with the story but never followed up when the difference as corrected showing dropping temperatures.


World's worst scientist?

climate cartoon
Michael Mann has done some spectacularly awful science during his time, and he put it on full display on Twitter today.