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Large fire tornado forms over farm in Brazil

A fire tornado over a farm in west Brazil
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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.


Horseshoe fire: 200-acre brush fire forces mandatory evacuations near San Jacinto, California

brush fire juniper flats san jacinto ca sep 2019
A 200-acre brush fire that erupted Saturday in the Juniper Flats area between Perris and San Jacinto forced mandatory evacuations of more than 200 people and is 10% contained as of Sunday morning, authorities said.

It was reported at 5:52 p.m. in the 21000 block of Horseshoe Trail, Riverside County Fire Department spokesman Rob Roseen said.

The blaze was first reported at 10 acres but jumped to 75 acres by 6:40 p.m., Roseen said. Officials said the fire had grown to 100 acres by 8:40 p.m. There was no containment.

"The first arriving engine reported the fire burning in heavy fuels with a moderate rate of spread," he said.

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Cloud Lightning

210,000 lightning strikes recorded in Sweden this year, a six-fold increase on 2017

Lightning strikes the Öresund Bridge on June 15 this year.
© Jonas Ericsson/TT
Lightning strikes the Öresund Bridge on June 15 this year.
If you thought this summer in Sweden was stormy, you weren't wrong. More than 210,000 lightning strikes have been registered in the country so far this year, a six-fold increase on two years ago.

Erik Engström, a meteorologist at state weather forecaster SMHI told broadcaster TV4 that the high frequency of thunder and lightning came down to warm weather.

"This summer we had a lot of warm, wet air coming in over the country and that's one of the main pre-conditions for storms," he said.

Arrow Down

Six family members killed by landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Nepal

Six members of a family were buried to death in a landslide at Thawang Rural Municipality, Rolpa, last night.

The landslide triggered by a heavy rain had struck the house at Chherlowang of Thawang Rural Municiplaity-2, at midnight.

Bodies of Thir Kumari Jhankri Budha, 28, and her son Ashal Budha, 4, were recovered this morning.

According to Ward Chairperson Basant Rokka, bodies of Jaya Budha, 38, his wife Muljyoti Budha, 36 and their daughters Devasti, 9, and Karishna, 2, were dug out of the rubble this afternoon.


NOAA sees dramatic increase of ice seal deaths in Bering and Chukchi seas

A dead seal found on a beach near Kotzebue, Alaska, May 24, 2019.
© Raime Fronstin/NPS
A dead seal found on a beach near Kotzebue, Alaska, May 24, 2019.
Ice seal strandings have dramatically increased in the Bering and Chukchi seas over the last two years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. Strandings are being reported five times more frequently than they were in years before 2018, the agency said.

Since June 1 2018, NOAA has received reports of 282 dead ice seals in the Bering and Chukchi seas. In 2018, there were 119 ice seal strandings reported, while 163 have already reported this year. NOAA said they typically receive reports of about 29 ice seal strandings a year.

By mid-June this summer, communities along Alaska's western coast were noticing scores of dead ice seals.

Cloud Lightning

British Columbia sets new record for lightning strikes with 422,000 this year - way above average

B.C. set a record for lightning strikes, but enjoyed the quietest fire season in years thanks to timely rainfall.

Environment and Climate Change Canada has recorded 422,000 lightning strikes this year in the province, far above the 18-year average of 266,000. July alone saw 264,344 lightning strikes, said meteorologist Matt MacDonald.

"Leading into the summer people were on edge for another record wildfire season, given how dry it was this spring," he said.

In June, July and August — the meteorological summer — total rainfall was actually below normal in many parts of B.C. and it could have gone terribly wrong for our parched forests. But instead of long, warm spells punctuated by dry lightning storms, electrical activity was accompanied by rain.

Comment: Lightning strikes are occurring in record numbers everywhere:

210,000 lightning strikes recorded in Sweden this year, a six-fold increase on 2017


RT team nearly attacked by polar bear while making wildlife film in Russia

Polar bear
© RT Doc
Journalists from the RTDoc team have narrowly avoided a polar bear attack in the Russian tundra. The ferocious animal appeared right in front of the reporters as they filmed a documentary with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

The crew of RT's documentary channel, RTDoc, was out filming bears and walruses on the remote Chukotka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, when a large polar bear suddenly emerged on top of a slate hill, stunning the reporters. The journalists and their guide tried to fend off the animal as it stood just meters away, making loud noises and banging a spear against the rocks. The tactic seemed to work, as the bear left after a brief but intense standoff.

Blue Planet

Did Earth 'Steal' Martian Water?

Mars earth plasma discharge
While finalizing the writing of the article titled "Of Flash Frozen Mammoths and Cosmic Catastrophes", I encountered an unexpected anomaly.

The time of the demise of the mammoths is also known as the Younger Dryas, a period of global cooling that lasted from 12,900 to 11,700 years ago (10,900 B.C. to 9,700 B.C.) during which surface temperatures dropped by approximately 7°C.

In theory, such a severe cooling should increase the volume of polar ice and, as a result, reduce sea level. However, during the Younger Dryas, sea levels rose 17 meters over more than a millennium, as illustrated by the graph below.
Sea level VS global temperature (20000BP-Now)

Sea level VS global temperature (20000BP-Now)
If the sea level rose while ice caps were building up, it's possible that the source of the water was external. But where could this water have come from?

Coincidentally or not, most of Mars' Northern hemisphere was once covered with water, and this ocean has mysteriously disappeared. So where did the Martian water go?