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Krakatoa volcano stirs to life

The volcanic island of Krakatau (previously called Krakatoa) is situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of a much larger island of three volcanic peaks which was obliterated in a cataclysmic 1883 eruption.

In 1927, a new island, Anak Krakatau, or "Child of Krakatoa", emerged from the caldera formed in 1883 and is the current location of eruptive activity.

In the NASA photos below, you can see some stunning images of the volcano as it's been stirring to life again
Krakatau Volcano
© NASA

Cloud Precipitation

North India receiving up to 11 times higher rainfall than normal

A swollen Beas river flows after heavy rains
© PTI
A swollen Beas river flows after heavy rains in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, on September 24, 2018.
Incessant rainfall up to 10 times higher than normal in parts of north India, heavy snowfall in the upper reaches of the Himalayas, and a delay in the withdrawal of monsoon winds, can be attributed to a combination of strong westerly winds over Gujarat and a deep depression caused by Cyclone Daye over the coast of Odisha, weather experts said on Monday.

Since Friday, north-west India received 454% more rainfall than the normal for this period.

The departure was highest for Punjab, which received 1,193% more rainfall than usual, and lowest for western Rajasthan, which also got 317% more rain than normal.

Weather experts said that rainfall in this part of the country normally occurs when localised depressions caused by summer heat attract moisture laden winds, mostly from the Bay of Bengal. But the rainfall being experienced by the region at the moment is a result of moisture from both the Bay of Bengal to the east and the Arabian Sea to the west.

"The large low pressure area caused by Cyclone Daye, extending to the coast of Gujarat, got 'hooked' with the westerly winds coming from Arabian sea, taking the moisture upwards towards north," said India Meteorological Department (IMD) director general KJ Ramesh.

Comment: In addition see: North India wreaked by rains: Death toll jumps to 25 as floods, landslides hit Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana

20 rescued from Rohtang Pass after 4 foot of fresh snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, India

2 foot of September snow in 24 hours damages apple, potato crops in Himachal Pradesh, India


Snowflake

Three centimetres of early snow recorded in the Tatra mountains in Slovakia

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A Štrbské Pleso resort in the High Tatras was white, covered with three centimetres of fresh snow on the morning of September 25, the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) wrote on its Facebook profile.

"In the arctic air that appeared on the night from Monday to Tuesday, we witnessed on our territory snow showers or snow already from around 900 metres above sea level, sometimes even lower," the meteorologists wrote, as cited by the TASR newswire.

Starting with 1,000 to 1,100 metres above sea level, a snow cover temporarily arose in some places in Slovakia. At Štrbské Pleso, there were three centimetres of snow.

"Snowing occurs from time to time in Štrbské Pleso by the end of September - but the incidence of continuous snow cover in the third week of September in this locality is quite a rarity," the meteorologists summed up.

Comment: On the same date across other parts of southeastern Europe early snowfall was noted in Romania, Ukraine and Bulgaria.


Sun

30 years ago global warming 'authorities' warned the Maldives would be swallowed by the Indian Ocean

Maldives islands
Environmental officials warned 30 years ago the Maldives could be completely covered by water due to global warming-induced sea level rise.

That didn't happen. The Indian Ocean did not swallow the Maldives island chain as predicted by government officials in the 1980s.

In September 1988, the Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported a "gradual rise in average sea level is threatening to completely cover this Indian Ocean nation of 1196 small islands within the next 30 years," based on predictions made by government officials.

Then-Environmental Affairs Director Hussein Shihab told AFP "an estimated rise of 20 to 30 centimetres in the next 20 to 40 years could be 'catastrophic' for most of the islands, which were no more than a metre above sea level."

Fish

Whale hello there! Rare sighting of Beluga from Arctic waters seen feeding in River Thames, UK

The whale was spotted near Gravesend in Kent
© ROB POWELL/LNP
The whale was spotted near Gravesend in Kent
A Beluga whale, native to the waters surrounding the arctic, has been spotted in the River Thames, marine life rescuers have confirmed.

The sighting has caused excitement on social media, partly due to a dearth of exciting wildlife in the British Isles.

Ecologist, Dave Andrews, was the first to spot the impressive creature, watching it as it ate around the barges near Gravesend, Kent.

After British Divers Marine Life Rescue were alerted, they confirmed the sighting, noting that the whale seemed to be "swimming strongly."

Spokesperson, Julia Cable, warned the public not to get close to the creature, but rather "to watch it from the shore."


Comment: Is there some change occurring in our planet's waters that are driving these rare sightings?


Snowflake Cold

Early snowfall hits Sibiu, Romania

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The temperature is minus six degrees.

In the County of Sibiu, situated in the Central part of Romania, the first snow fell on the road works snow removal equipment. This was informed in the Office of County transport.

"In the highways of the County on Tuesday morning the snow thickness in some places is 6 cm", - stated in the message.

According to the Romanian meteorologists, air temperature in this region reached in the night from Monday to Tuesday -6 degrees with a frost.

Traffic police warns the owners of vehicles not to drive on the roads without winter equipment of the vehicles.

Forecasters warned that the storm will last until Friday, September 28.


Snowflake Cold

The Carpathian mountains in Ukraine receive early snowfall

Snow falls in Ukraine's Carpathian mountains

Snow falls in Ukraine's Carpathian mountains
On September 25, the first snow fell in the mountainous regions of Ivano-Frankivsk region.

Snow fell on Pip Ivan of the Chornohora mountain range on the border with Ivano-Frankivsk and Zakarpattia regions, the Chornohora range search and rescue post reported on the Facebook page.

"As of 7:20 am, September 25, it was snowing on Pip Ivan Mountain in the Carpathians. The wind was 5-6 m / s. The temperature was -5°C," the report reads.

As Ukrinform reported, ground frosts and wind gusts up to 20 m / s are expected in Ukraine in the coming days.


Snowflake

Early autumn snow falls on Botev Peak, Bulgaria

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The first snow of the new season in Bulgaria fell on Botev Peak in the Stara Planina mountain range on September 25, web camera footage from the mountain showed.

At 2056 metres, Botev Peak is not among the top 10 highest mountain peaks in Bulgaria.

After a cold front entered the region, Bulgaria saw drastically dropping temperatures and strong winds that caused damage in several parts of the country.

Part of the insulation of a high school in Montana was brought down by the wind, reports on September 25 said.

Attention

Popocatépetl volcano erupts in Mexico

Popocatepetl volcano

Popocatepetl volcano
Popocatépetl volcano has erupted, with smoke visible across the state of Puebla.

Residents have been warned not to travel within seven-and-a-half miles of the active volcano.

Witnesses reported an "explosion" at around 5pm BST before smoke and ash began billowing out of the volcano.

Shock photos show the smoke visible from miles around - even from built up nearby towns.


Attention

Dead whale washes ashore in Amagansett, New York

WHALE
A dead minke whale washed up on Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett Monday afternoon.

The Atlantic Marine Conservation Society was called to the beach for the 12 to 14-foot whale at around 4:30 p.m.

The A.M.C.S. is working with East Hampton Town Marine Patrol and the East Hampton Town Highway Department to figure out how to remove the whale from the beach.