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California wildfires: Lightning-sparked blazes explode in size to become some of the largest in state history

California wildfires 2020
© AP
Firefighters take refuge in their trucks in a cleared field as a wildfire also known as the Hennessey Fire jumped Knoxville Berryessa Road, west of Sacramento
Lightning-sparked wildfires in California have exploded in size to become some of the largest in state history, forcing thousands to flee and destroying hundreds of homes.

More than 12,000 firefighters assisted by helicopters and air tankers continue to battle wildfires throughout northern California.

Three groups of fires, called complexes, are burning north, east and south of San Francisco and have together scorched 991 square miles, destroyed more than 500 structures and killed five people.

At least 100,000 people are under evacuation orders.

The number of firefighters assigned to the sprawling LNU Complex - a cluster of blazes burning in the heart of wine country north of San Francisco - doubled to more than 1,000 firefighters Friday, Cal Fire Division Chief Ben Nicholls said.


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Cloud Lightning

ELVEs captured above Tropical Storm Laura

ELVEs over TS Laura
© Frankie Lucena
Above: The red arrow points from Lucena's camera to the approaching storm
Last night, Frankie Lucena of Puerto Rico trained his cameras on the eastern sky, anticipating the approach of Tropical Storm Laura. He recorded something he didn't expect. "The storm was generating ELVEs," he says. Note the flashing donut of light just above the treetops in this animation:


Comment: See also: Electric universe: Lightning strength and frequency increasing and Picket fence auroras and plasma ropes, electrical phenomenon in Earth's skies intensifies

The Electric Universe model is clearly explained, with a lot more relevant information, in the book Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron and Laura Knight-Jadczyk.


Cloud Precipitation

100,000 Chinese evacuated as Yangtze River floods threaten World Heritage Site

The Leshan Giant Buddha
© Xinhua
The Leshan Giant Buddha in Sichuan province has come under threat from rising floodwaters.

More than 100,000 Chinese were evacuated on Tuesday because of floods on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, which also threatened a 1,200-year-old Unesco World Heritage Site.

Staff, police and volunteers used sandbags to try to protect the 71 metre (233 feet) Leshan Giant Buddha in southwest China's Sichuan province, as muddy floodwater rose over its toes for the first time since 1949, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Sichuan, through which the Yangtze flows, raised its emergency response to the maximum level on Tuesday to cope with a new round of torrential rainfall.


Comment: China has just been slammed with heavy rain in recent weeks:


Snowflake Cold

Temperature drops below freezing in Russia during summer

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Frost in Moscow region ... Even though it's still summer.

In the morning of August 21, in the east of the Moscow region, in Cherusty, in the grass, the air temperature dropped to -1 degree. These are the first frosts of the upcoming season.

In the Kostroma region, frosts in the grass stand up to -1 degree are observed for the third day in a row.

Thanks to Victor for these links.

Cloud Precipitation

Sudan floods death toll hits 74 - unprecedented rise of Nile River's water levels

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The heavy summer rainfall has so far claimed 74 lives in Sudan, destroying more than 17,000 houses.

The number of victims of floods and heavy rains in Sudan has risen to 74, the country's Interior Ministry said on Friday.

The country's Interior Ministry has announced that 17,063 houses were completely destroyed, while 25,562 others were partially destroyed, Sputnik reported.


Sheeple

Massive losses of sheep in Patagonia, Argentina highlands because of intense snowstorms

“We estimate that the worse losses are along the mountainous terrain between 1,000 and 1,300 meters above sea level, while at sea level we can expect sheep mortality in the range of 30%”.

“We estimate that the worse losses are along the mountainous terrain between 1,000 and 1,300 meters above sea level, while at sea level we can expect sheep mortality in the range of 30%”.
Snowstorms and frosts in the high areas of the Argentine Patagonia Rio Negro province could cause the death of 70% of the flock, according to estimates from the provincial Livestock Secretariat, Tabaré Bassi.

Together with technicians from the Agriculture Technology Institute, INTA, officials made a first estimate of losses in the snow covered highlands next to the cordillera, but will have to wait until October to have a more exact estimate. "Any how we are talking of at least 100,000 sheep and 5,000 cattle".

Bassi called for prudence in assessing the dimension of the losses, but did admit that the victims of the intense snow fall followed by frosts are mostly small farmers, with flocks no larger than 250 head, "which makes it a serious survival challenge".

Attention

Woman dies after black bear attack north of Buffalo Narrows in Saskatchewan

bear
© Geoffrey Kuchera | Dreamstime.com
A mother of two has died of her injuries after she was attacked by a bear in a forest north of Buffalo Narrows yesterday.

Around 7:15 p.m. on August 20, police received a report an adult man, a 44-year-old woman and two children under the age of 10 were camping when a black bear attacked the female. No one else was injured.

According to a release from RCMP, the woman's injuries were significant. Medical personnel pronounced her deceased at Buffalo Narrows after she was airlifted from the area where the attack occurred.

Snowflake

Huge snowfalls at ski resorts in Australia - over 2 feet in 3 days

Thredbo

Thredbo
Ski areas in Australia have reported more than 60cm (two feet) of snowfall over the past three days.

A super storm has been dumping on the country's ski slopes since Wednesday, with increasing intensity in terms of the amount of snow falling every 24 hours.

With the coronavirus pandemic locking down the state of Victoria and the ski areas there, most of the resorts open are in New South Wales. They include Perisher, and Thredbo (pictured today) which both reported 25cm of snowfall in the last 24 hours having reported 10cm and 15cm, on earlier days.


Cloud Precipitation

Torrential rain causes at least 18 fatalities in Punjab, Pakistan

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Torrential rain and thunderstorms on 20 August caused damage and fatalities in Punjab Province, Pakistan.

Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) reported that parts of the provincial capital Lahore recorded more than 200mm of rain in 24 hours on 20 August. Heavy rain was reported in other areas of the province, including the city of Hafizabad, which saw over 150 mm of rain during the same period.

Several houses were completely destroyed, and roofs and walls of some buildings collapsed. Local media report that at least 18 people have lost their lives in rain-related incidents. Fatalities were reported in Lahore, along with the districts of Faisalabad, Sheikhupura and Mandi Bahauddin, mostly as a result of collapsed buildings or electrocution. Heavy rainfall triggered a landslide in a coal mine in Chakwal district, killing 3 miners.

PMD has warned of more heavy rainfall in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces over the coming days.


Cloud Precipitation

Another 27 people die in floods across Bihar, India - 8.1 million now affected in 16 districts

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With two more deaths, the toll in Bihar flood climbed to 27 on Thursday as 81.79 lakh people were affected in 16 districts, Disaster Management Department bulletin said. The two deaths have been reported from Khagaria district, the bulletin said. Nearly 11.59 thousand more population were hit by flood fury on Thursday.

The calamity has affected 81,79,257 people in 1,317 panchayats of 130 blocks till Thursday against 81,67,671 sufferers till Wednesday evening, it said.

Of the 27 deaths, Darbhanga district reported 11, followed by six in Muzaffarpur, four in West Champaran and two each in Saran, Siwan and Khagaria.