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Signs and Portents: Rare two-headed viper spotted in western India

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A rare two-headed snake was caught on camera crawling through rocky terrain in western India.

The viper was filmed on September 19 in Aadharwadi area of Kalyan city in Maharashtra's Thane district.

A man was seen picking up the small reptile from the rocky terrain and placing it on a leaf.

Once on the leaf, the snake coiled up, and was later transferred to a glass box by Forest Department handlers with a hook.


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The Climate Prophets

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A group of Iowa academics just released their latest climate prophecies. In this video I look at their unsupportable claims, which are the exact opposite of historical trends.


Cloud Precipitation

Hurricane Lorena causes flooding in Jalisco, Mexico

NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Lorena on Sept. 18, 2019 and revealed powerful storms around the low-level center.
© NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS)
NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite passed over Tropical Storm Lorena on Sept. 18, 2019 and revealed powerful storms around the low-level center. Strong storms were also lashing the coast of western Mexico, bringing heavy rainfall.
Mexico's National Meteorological Service (SMN) said that Tropical Cyclone Lorena made landfall near Playa Pérula, Jalisco, on 19 September, 2019. As of 20 September the hurricane was moving towards the Baja California Peninsula.

Jalisco State

Media reported that around 200 people were evacuated and over 50 houses and some roads were flooded in Jalisco State.

Civil Protection said they rescued two men who were trapped in their home after flooding from the Villa Purificación river in the town of Agua Caliente in La Huerta. Civil Protection also carried out flood rescues in Chamela.


Cloud Precipitation

Flash floods hit Thessaloniki, Greece

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Heavy rainfall late during the evening of 19 September, 2019, caused flash floods in areas around the city of Thessaloniki in northern Greece.

Local media reported that 2 people were rescued from vehicles trapped in flood waters. The fire service received more than 150 calls with 17 requests for flooded homes or basement stores to be pumped out.

Athens-Macedonian News Agency (AMNA) reported that a hail damaged wide areas of crops in Trikala regional unit on 19 September.

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'Forming like roaches': Six tropical storms whirling at once in Western hemisphere have tied a record

six tropical storms september 2019 record
© Weather.com
Six storms spun at the same time in the Atlantic and Pacific basins the third week of September 2019.
September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, NOAA reports.

Sure, it's the middle of hurricane season. But this is ridiculous.

The six named storms whirling at once this week in the Atlantic and Pacific hit a record first set in 1992, forecasters reported.

"While Humberto and Kiko were spinning in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific, four new tropical cyclones formed Tuesday: Imelda and Jerry in the Atlantic Basin, and Mario and Lorena in the Eastern Pacific Basin," the Weather Channel reported.

Comment: Local Texas news station 12NewsNow reports:


12NewsNow evacuating their studio:





Snowflake Cold

Coldest September morning EVER for six South Australia towns

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The coldest town in South Australia on Wednesday morning was Yunta, east of Port Augusta, where a low of -3.2C was recorded just after 6am.

Elsewhere, Murray Bridge woke up to a bitter -3.1C, while Snowtown, Kingscote and Kadina were sitting at -2.3C, -2.2C and -1.7C respectively.

Strathalbyn, southeast of Adelaide, couldn't escape the cold either with a low of -0.2C.

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Thousands of dead fish wash up on drought-stricken Greek lake

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© AFP / Sakis MITROLIDIS
Thousands of fish washed up dead on the shores of Lake Koroneia in northern Greece on Thursday as a result of high temperatures and declining water levels, authorities said.

A long period of drought and high temperatures left the fish high and dry, Dimitra Bobori, responsible for lakes in the Macedonia region, told AFP.

The lake, 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the city of Thessaloniki, has experienced the phenomenon repeatedly over the last few decades.

Koroneia's depth has plummeted from nine feet (2.8 metres) in 2014 to between 60 and 80 centimetres today, Bobori said, adding that engineering works had failed to reverse the trend.


Attention

Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupts leaving city 5 miles away 'covered' in ash

Ash began falling over Kagoshima within an hour of the eruption

Ash began falling over Kagoshima within an hour of the eruption
One resident of Kagoshima was "completely covered with ash" after Japan's Sakurajima volcano erupted

Volcanic ash has rained down on a city after Japan's Sakurajima erupted and belched a massive column of ash two miles into the sky.

People in Kagoshima - five miles away from the volcano - posted photos on social media showing their ash-covered clothing or cars, and the particles falling in the streets.

One resident tweeted: "Sakurajima's ashes!!! Because I forgot my umbrella, I was completely covered with ash. The second photo is an ash-covered bag."

Sakurajima, of the most active volcanoes in the world, erupted at about 4pm local time.


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Mammoth Mountain in California gets first snow of the season after a very short summer

Mammoth Mountain gets first dusting of the season.
© Peter Morning / Mammoth Mountain Resort
Mammoth Mountain gets first dusting of the season.
Like a movie trailer of things to come, Mammoth Lakes got its first snow of the season early Thursday. By noon it was mostly gone, although it served as a reminder that the Eastern Sierra ski season is only seven weeks away.

Lows on Thursday night were forecast for the mid-20s, another sign that as fall begins on Monday, winter in the Sierra will be close behind. Mammoth Mountain lifts will begin to spin Nov. 9, likely with mostly machine-produced snow, courtesy of the cooler nights.

Lake Tahoe's Squaw Valley and Mt. Rose ski resorts reported snow at high elevations earlier in the week from the same system.


Attention

We've lost 3 billion birds since 1970 in North America

Populations of rare and common birds alike are decreasing across North America, including (clockwise from top left) snowy owls, sanderlings, cactus wrens and Western meadowlarks.

Populations of rare and common birds alike are decreasing across North America, including (clockwise from top left) snowy owls, sanderlings, cactus wrens and Western meadowlarks.
Scientists found profound losses among both rare and common birds

Nearly 3 billion fewer birds exist in North America today than in 1970.

While scientists have known for decades that certain kinds of birds have struggled as humans (and bird-gobbling cats) encroach on their habitats, a new comprehensive tally shows the staggering extent of the loss. Nearly 1 in 3 birds — or 29 percent — has vanished in the last half century, researchers report September 19 in Science.

"Three billion is a punch in the gut," says Peter Marra, a conservation biologist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The loss is widespread, he says, affecting rare and common birds alike. "Our study is a wake-up call. We're experiencing an ecological crisis."