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Antarctic cold front drops record snow in southeast Australia

Kangaroos in the snow.
© Stephen Grenfell
Kangaroos in the snow.
Australians have endured a bizarrely wintry weekend, with parts of the country's southeast seeing snow for the first time in decades as an Antarctic vortex brought frigid conditions from the south.

The State of New South Wales' (NSW) iconic Blue Mountains ranges, just 50 kilometres west of Sydney, were blanketed in white on Saturday with shocked residents in Katoomba, Goulburn and the Central Tablelands waking to the unusual sight.

Meanwhile, in the NSW Riverina region, the towns of Cootamundra and Tumut received their first snowfall since 1985 and 2000, residents told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.


Scientists selling Great Lakes snake oil

great lakes
After decades of predicting plummeting water levels on the Great Lakes, climate scientists are now blaming high water levels on global warming. And no doubt they predicted it all along.


Teenager dies following mauling by 3 pit bulls in Irving, Texas

A 16-year-old Texas boy mauled by three pit bulls inside a fenced-in backyard Saturday has died, investigators said.

The Irving Police Department announced in a news release Sunday that the unnamed teen died at Parkland Hospital during the night. Medics treated one officer for a dog bite before releasing him.

Police said officers had responded to reports of a possible dog attack just before 5 a.m. Saturday when they found three dogs mauling the teen in a home's backyard. Officers jumped over the fence and tried to put themselves between the animals and the victim.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill at least 32, injures dozens as monsoon batters India

Lightning kills 32, injures dozens as monsoon batters India At least 32 people have died in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh and many more were injured across the country after being struck by lightning, the deadliest weather event in India, which claims over 2,500 lives every year.

Lightning claimed the lives of at least 32 people across 10 cities and districts in Uttar Pradesh in northern India, the authorities reported Sunday. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed condolences to the families of the deceased and ordered the district administrations to provide compensation to the relatives.

The same day, at least 26 rural workers in the state of Rajasthan, also in northern India, were injured in a lightning strike that hit the state's Pali district. The injured laborers were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. 18 people were later released while eight female workers remain in hospital care.

Arrow Down

At least 41 killed in landslide caused by heavy monsoon in Myanmar - 14 inches of rain in 24 hours (UPDATE)

An area affected by landslides in Mutama Township, Mon State.
© Mon State Government Office
An area affected by landslides in Mutama Township, Mon State.
At least 15 people have been killed with 28 people rescued alive in a landslide caused by heavy monsoon rain in Myanmar's Mon state on Friday, according to latest figures released by Myanmar Fire Services Department.

Landslide took place as the mountainside of Ma-lat mountain collapsed due to heavy rainfall in Paung township in the state.

"It is difficult to tell detailed figures of casualties as search and rescue operations are still being carried out," Dr. Aung Naing Oo, deputy speaker of Mon state Parliament, who is now at the scene, told Xinhua.

Comment: Update: Floodlist reports on August 11:
At least 41 people have died after heavy rain triggered a massive landslide in Paung Township, Mon State, Myanmar.

The landslide occurred on Friday 09 August, 2019, completely destroying 14 houses. Initially disaster authorities reported 10 people had died in the disaster. After further search and rescue operations Myanmar Fire Services Department reported on 11 August that the death toll had increased to 41, with more still missing.

Elsewhere in the state, torrential rain has increased levels of the Attayan River. Local media said flooding from the river has inundated low-lying areas in Kyaikmayaw, forcing over 25,000 residents of 4726 households from 12 villagers to leave their homes.

According to figures from Myanmar's Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH), in a 24 hour period to 09 August, 2019, the weather station at Mawlamyine in Mon State recorded 356 mm of rain, Mudon 335 mm and Kyaikkhami 286mm.

Landslide in Paung Township, Mon State,
© Myanmar Fire Services Department
Landslide in Paung Township, Mon State, Myanmar, August 2019.


Crop invaders: China's small farmers struggle to defeat armyworm

Yan Wenliu leans on the side of his cart as he prepares to leave his sugarcane field in Southwest China, bewildered by the formidable new pest that has ambushed his crops this year.

"I don't know what it is," says Yan, a 36-year-old farmer from Menghai county in Yunnan province. "But it is bigger than other ones. I have never seen this worm before."

The creature Yan is unable to name is fall armyworm. Known locally as the "heart-devouring worm," the destructive pest has spread more than 3,000 km (1,865 miles) north since migrating from neighbouring Myanmar seven months ago, reaching 21 provinces and regions in China and posing a grave threat to grain output.

In Yunnan alone, where the pest struck first in China, some 1.29 million mu (86,000 hectares) had been affected by mid-June, including corn, sugarcane, sorghum and ginger crops.


Sleeping teenager bitten on the face by bear near Moab, Utah

black bear
Utah wildlife officials are searching for a bear that bit a sleeping 13-year-old on the face at a campground.

The incident happened Friday along the Colorado River in the Dewey Bridge campground, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said in a Facebook post.

"The young man was injured on his right cheek and his right ear and was transported to a hospital for treatment. We are currently working with USDA-Wildlife Services and using dogs and traps in an effort to capture the bear," it said.

He told officials the bear was about his size, which would make it a smaller bear, CNN affiliate KUTV.


Rare wolf attack injures camper, shuts down campground in Banff, Alberta

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Parks Canada believes only 1 wolf was involved but has closed Rampart Creek as a precaution

A wolf that attacked a tent and injured a camper has been killed and the campground has been closed after a rare incident took place in Banff National Park, officials say.

Around 1 a.m. on Friday, Parks Canada received a report of a wolf attack at Rampart Creek Campground off the Icefields Parkway, according to a news release.

Officials say the wolf attacked the tent and inflicted hand and arm injuries on a camper inside. No wildlife attractants or food were found nearby.

Ice Cube

"Democracy Dies In Darkness"

polar bear
"Democracy Dies In Darkness" is the Washington Post motto. In this video I expose some of the darkess they are creating by spreading misinformation about Greenland weather and Arctic Sea Ice.

Cloud Precipitation

Five satellite images show extent of flooding in south India

Black colour in the images are water; it is a flood-affected area.

Black colour in the images are water; it is a flood-affected area.
The following maps depict the severe flood-hit areas. The black colour is showing the intensity of the flood over the last few days (July 29 to August 10, 2019).

Satellite data shows the extent of the flooding event in Karnataka and Kerala. These maps depict the severe flood-hit areas. The black colour is showing the intensity of the flood over the last few days (July 29 to August 10, 2019).