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Strong hailstorm hits Trabzon in Turkey

turkey snow
Look at the video. This is NOT hail.

24 Aug 2019 - Video was taken this morning (Saturday) in the Eastern Black Sea Youth Camp in the Düzköy district of Trabzon, Turkey.

The August snowfall surprised and amazed residents. Some were shocked.


Comment: We think Ice Age Now called this one wrong. It sounds like hail in the video. However, it's snowing in August all over the world


Biohazard

UK: Another 'mystery' event causes breathing problems at beach, this time in Essex

beach officials
© PA
A couple of officials in a dinghy warn people to get out of the water
Mystery of Essex beach breathing problems deepens as cause still unknown

Visitors to the seaside town of Frinton have been advised not to go into the water, following multiple reports of children coughing and struggling to breathe

The reason why children coughed and struggled to breathe at a packed Essex beach yesterday remains a mystery.

Hundreds of families were enjoying the sun in the seaside town of Frinton on Sunday, when a large number of people began to have trouble breathing.

Essex Police said they were investigating, but that the cause remained unknown and the force advised people not to enter the water.

Emergency services, including the ambulance and fire service, attended the scene at the seafront off Fourth Avenue shortly after 2pm.

Comment: Could it be related to the surge in outgassing events around the world? SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions

See also:


Arrow Up

Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano eruption sends smoke & ash 1.5km into sky

The Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of ash and steam
© Reuters / Imelda Medina
The Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of ash and steam
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano erupted twice on Sunday, blasting a column of ash, smoke and gas more than 1.5km into the sky.

A level-two yellow alert warning remains in effect following a second eruption at 6:34pm which sent a column of ash in a north-northwestern direction, following the initial eruption at 5:55am.

Mexican authorities have warned people to stay away from the crater due to the danger of falling "ballistic fragments," and called for extra attention to possible landslides. They also warned locals that ash may cover towns in the surrounding area.


Comment: Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): Elevated activity, 13 explosions during 24 hours


Apple Green

'If you see it, kill it': Spotted lanternfly spreads to 7 US counties

spotted lantern fly
© Camden County Government
This invasive insect, known as the spotted lanternfly, has begun to spread into more areas of New Jersey than ever before, posing a potential threat to crops and fruit trees.

Remember those exotic-looking insects that some agriculture officials feared would hitch a ride on Christmas trees last winter and expand their turf? Turns out the Christmas tree threat never materialized, but during recent months spotted lanternflies have invaded a few more counties in New Jersey.

The most recent sightings of spotted lanternflies were confirmed this week in Camden County, prompting public officials to urge residents to be on the lookout for those invasive insects in an effort to stop them from destroying crops or fruit trees.

If you do happen to spot one of these bugs at your home, in your yard or on your car, what should you do?

Comment: While some insects numbers are exploding and plaguing areas, an overall collapse in the insect population is also occurring:


Cloud Lightning

9 people and 5 cows killed by lightning strikes across Bangladesh

lightning
In Faridpur, three people were killed by lightning strikes in Nagarkanda and Saltha upazila

Nine people were killed in separate lightning strikes in Bogra, Faridpur, Manikganj, Magura, and Patuakhali districts yesterday.

In Bogra, three people including husband and wife were killed by lightning strikes in Sariakandi upazila.

The deceased were identified as Amirul Islam, 40, his wife, Fahima Begum, 30, and Sumon of Sadar union.

Fire

Wildfires ignite across Indonesia with 700 sites identified

A man watches on as forests helplessly burn on the Indonesian island of Sumatra
© Getty
A man watches on as forests helplessly burn on the Indonesian island of Sumatra
As fires rage in Brazil's Amazon rainforest, the south-east Asian nation of Indonesia is witnessing a similarly devastating ecological tragedy unfold.

The dry season has arrived in Indonesia - home to some of the world's oldest tropical forests - bringing with it its worst annual fire season since 2015.

Close to 700 hotspots have been identified in fire-prone regions in Sumatra, Kalimantan and the Riau islands.



Fire

World on fire: Five times more wildfires are burning in southern Africa than in Brazil

fires burning brazil
Blazes burning in the Amazon have put heat on the environmental policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, but Brazil is actually third in the world in wildfires over the last 48 hours, according to MODIS satellite data analyzed by Weather Source.

Weather Source has recorded 6,902 fires in Angola over the past 48 hours, compared to 3,395 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and 2,127 in Brazil. It's not an uncommon phenomenon for Central Africa.
fires burning africa
According to NASA, which operates the Aqua satellite, over 67,000 fires were reported in a one-week period in June last year, as farmers employed slash and burn agriculture to clear land for crops.

Over the last 48 hours, Zambia placed fourth on the list, while Brazil's neighbor in the Amazon, Bolivia, placed sixth.
fires burning august 2019

Comment: Fires started by farmers are not wildfires, unless the burn gets out of control.

Now, the question is, how many of Brazil's wildfires are just controlled burns? Given the overall increase - year-on-year - in actual uncontrolled, naturally-started, or at least naturally-fueled, wildfires everywhere - from Alaska to California to Scotland to Siberia - in recent years, there's clearly a background rate of increase that the media is ignoring or conflating with man-made burns, all in service of the overall myth that climate change is driven by human activities.

It's not. After accounting for controlled, man-made burns, parts of the world are 'on fire' as part of increasing weather and other planetary extremes...


Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 60 year cold Australia, Brazil fruit colder days

Record cold in Cairns, Australia
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Coldest in 60 years @ 16S Latitude in Cairns, Australia with ski seasons enjoying the most snow this century. Fruit growers in Brazil increasing apple production because the number of cold days is increasing.

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Fire

Wildfires scorch Africa but world's media stay focused on Brazil's blazes

A tract of burnt jungle in Boca Do Acre, Brazil
© Reuters / Bruno Kelly
A tract of burnt jungle in Boca Do Acre, Brazil
Forest fires are tearing through the Amazon rainforest, prompting worldwide protests and demands for action to protect the "lungs of the world." But, away from the spotlight, the Brazilian fires are dwarfed by blazes in Africa.

Fires visible from space are currently burning up the Amazon rainforest at a rate of three football fields per minute, according to Brazilian satellite data. Brazil's National Institute for Space Research reported an 83 percent increase in wildfires on last year, with more than 72,000 fires spotted, 9,000 last week alone.


Windsock

Microburst blasts four-block area in Danville, Virginia with winds up to 90 mph

Fallen trees in Danville VA
© Caleb Ayers/Register & Bee
After a microburst downed trees and power lines in a four-block section of the Westover area on Thursday afternoon, contractors and workers from Danville Utilities worked to fix poles and remove trees throughout the evening Thursday and during the day Friday.
Bernie and Julie Francisco were watching TV in their house off of Blair Loop Road in the Westover area when the power went out. When they looked out the window a few seconds later, they saw something that terrified them: a huge tree falling toward their house.

They jumped up and raced to their basement. They didn't hear the tree slam into the corner of their roof or any of the other huge trees cracking as they plummeted to the ground.

"We were just afraid and ran so fast we didn't really have time to hear anything," Julie said.

It was all over in a matter of about 30 seconds: a microburst — a weather phenomenon that causes straight-line winds between 70 and 90 mph — nailed a roughly four-block area in the Westover neighborhood of the city Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service reported. The microburst uprooted and felled massive trees, caused property damage to houses and vehicles, and caused multiple power outages, some lasting into Friday for many in the affected region.