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Ice Age Farmer Report: Trump's new icebreaker fleet & Grand Solar Minimum 2020

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Ireland's Dryest Spring Ever. Chinese floods. Massive hailstorms, cold temperatures, and precipitative extremes affecting agriculture globally. Trump orders new Icebreaker fleet to match China & Russia's nuclear icebreakers. Nations and Multinationals are preparing -- are you? 2020 may be remembered as the year the Grand Solar Minimum really kicked into gear. Christian breaks it down.


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Beartooth Pass in Wyoming closed again due to winter weather conditions as foot of snow hits area

The official start of summer might only be three days away, but snow and winter weather conditions have just forced the closure of Beartooth Pass at the Montana / Wyoming border.

WARNING
Travelers in Wyoming are being advised to turn around and return to Red Lodge due to adverse weather conditions.


Cloud Lightning

Five children killed by lightning bolt in Guinea

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Five children, including a 16-year-old pregnant girl, were killed by lightning in the West African nation of Guinea, the government said.

Seven others were injured during the "violent thunderstorm" in the prefecture of Dabola in central Guinea, the ministry of security and civil protection said in a statement late on Thursday.

The victims took part in a baptism ceremony and were aged between 2 and 17 years, according to the statement.

The ministry did not provide any further details.

Blue Planet

Slade lake in Canada disapears overnight, sinkholes suspected

Slade Lake
© The Chronicle Herald
Slade Lake disappears overnight in Canada Nova Scotia in June 2020.
Picture in your mind's eye a bathtub that's a kilometre-and-a-half long by 200-metres wide. Then pull the plug. In essence, that is what's happened this spring to Slade Lake.

Two-and-a-half kilometres southwest of Oxford, Cumberland County, the large lake has been drained of its water by underground geological activity.

"The most obvious culprit for this is the water just disappeared down some of the sinkholes at the bottom of the lake," said Amy Tizzard, regional geologist for the Department of Energy and Mines.

"It could be that some gypsum dissolved (below the lake) or sediment or vegetation gave way... we can't really tell because we can't see to the bottom of it."

Comment: While the area may be vulnerable to erosion the question of what's driving the sudden increase, as well as the disappearing lakes, rivers, and even waterfalls...

See also: Sinkholes: The groundbreaking truth

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Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 6 cattle in Assam, India

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Six cattle were instantly electrocuted following a massive lightning storm here on Wednesday.

At around 12.30 pm, a massive lightning struck at Algapur Part III killing two heifers and four cattle, each with scorch marks on their upturned bellies indicating how strong the voltage was.

On getting the information, District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer, RA Laskar reached the most interior place negotiating mud and slush. "I was stunned and shocked. It was a gruesome sight to see the cattle all in a row. It just seemed that they had been struck down where they were standing close to a submerged paddy field," Laskar said, adding, "Individual animals at this time of rainy season get killed by lightning. But I have never witnessed anything like this before."

Cloud Precipitation

Guatemala and Honduras - floods and landslides leave 2 dead, thousands affected

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Heavy rain has triggered flooding and landslides in parts of Guatemala and Honduras over the last few days.

Honduras

Two people have died after heavy rain triggered a landslide in western Honduras. The landslide struck on 17 June in the community of El Clarinero, Yamaranguila Municipality in Intibucá Department. According to media reports, the landslide caused a house to collapse, burying 2 occupants. One person survived.

As of 17 June, alerts for heavy rain had been issued for the provinces of Ocotepeque, Copán, Santa Bárbara, Lempira, Intibucá, La Paz, Comayagua, Yoro and Francisco Morazán.


Arrow Down

At least 13 killed by landslide triggered by heavy rain in Anyama, Côte d'Ivoire

Anyama landslide, 18 June 2020 Côte d’Ivoire.
© GSPM Sapeurs Pompiers
Anyama landslide, 18 June 2020 Côte d’Ivoire.
Heavy rain has caused further death and misery in Côte d'Ivoire.

Days of heavy rain triggered flooding and a landslide in Anyama, a city in the northern outskirts of Abidjan, during the early hours of 18 June.

National Office Civil Protection (ONPC) said 13 bodies have been found under the mud and debris. Search and rescue operations are underway to find bodies that could still be trapped in the mud.

Weather is hampering rescue operations and damage assessments and there has been widespread flooding in the area. Local media reports suggest that around 20 houses were destroyed. Railway tracks were damaged in the landslide. Government ministers visited the site on 18 June.


Cloud Lightning

Houses destroyed by lightning as storms cause chaos across UK

Dramatic lightning was seen across the UK
© Mark Humpage / SWNS
Dramatic lightning was seen across the country last night – but it has caused devastation in some homes. This amazing image was captured in the East Midlands
A number of houses have been destroyed by lightning during devastating storms across the country.

Homes in Merseyside, Birmingham and Sheffield have been pictured up in smoke after they were struck by huge forks of electricity yesterday night.

Fire brigades across the UK had to scramble to the scenes of the fires to get them under control and ensure those inside were safe.

Emergency services were called to one home in Barnston Road, the Wirral, shortly before 8pm last night when Merseyside was being battered by heavy rain, thunder and lightning.

It is believed a fork of lightning hit the house causing the fire, but it is not yet clear whether anyone was inside at the time.


Snowflake

Deep summer snowfall blankets high elevations across Idaho, Montana - 19 inches deep at several locations

Blaine County, Idaho
© Blaine County, Idaho, Sheriff's Office
Is it the middle of June or the middle of January? That's the question some residents in parts of Idaho and Montana may have been asking this week as their communities were transformed into a winter wonderland.

With the summer solstice just days away, Old Man Winter ruffled some feathers across the northern Rockies by delivering a large helping of snow, with totals surpassing a foot across the highest elevations from Tuesday into Wednesday.

The Blaine County Sheriff's Office in Idaho said on Facebook that it was issuing a "felony warrant for Mother Nature for Illegal Dumping." A storm total of about 10 inches of snow was measured north of Galena Summit while south of the summit, a total of 6 inches was measured. The sheriff's office also responded to several stuck vehicles in the area.

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Southeastern Turkey's Hakkari still gripped with remaining winter snow in June - 7 meters deep in places

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© DHA
A snowplow in Yüksekova, Turkey, 18 June, 2020.
Hakkari, known for its rough weather, is gripped with heavy snow even though summer has set in. Snowfall bears down particularly in rural areas of this southeastern Turkish province.

In the Yüksekova district, crews have been working to clear snow-covered roads. Snowplows pierce through 3 meters (9.8 feet) of snow in areas with high altitudes. For the past 20 days, crews have worked to reopen roads leading to military bases in the Göllerbaşı region, some 40 kilometers (24.9 miles) from central Yüksekova.

A 16-kilometer road has been largely cleared so far while the snow depth reached 7 meters in some areas. Officials say they expect the road to be cleared fully in about two weeks.

Comment: Related: Massive amounts of remaining winter snow still being plowed in mid-June in Glacier National Park, Montana - up 80 feet deep