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Record monsoon & floods kill nearly 150 across India

A waterlogged ward in a hospital in Patna, capital of Bihar, after vast areas of the state were inundated by delayed monsoon rains
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A waterlogged ward in a hospital in Patna, capital of Bihar, after vast areas of the state were inundated by delayed monsoon rains.
Five days of torrential downpour in India have left at least 148 people dead, as record monsoon rains create the worst flooding conditions the country has seen in decades.

The bulk of the fatalities were reported in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where 111 are believed to have died in the floods - many by drowning or in building collapses - while several dozen more lost their lives in Bihar, India Today reports. The death toll continues to climb as the rains persist.

Dubbed the "Hikka cyclone," the storm is India's largest monsoon since 1994, and has produced record-breaking rainfall, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said - with the city of Mumbai seeing more precipitation than it had in 61 seasons prior.

Comment: Rain, floods claim 1,422 lives so far this year in India


Springtime snowfall over mountains in South Africa brings big chill

Light snow fell over Sani Pass, between KZN and Lesotho, on Monday.
© Aaron Radomsky
Light snow fell over Sani Pass, between KZN and Lesotho, on Monday.
Parts of the Drakensberg are being sprinkled with snow and more is expected on Tuesday.

The SA Weather Service (Saws) told TimesLIVE that the southern part of the mountain range received light snow on Monday.

"We haven't seen anything above 2cm. We have on and off snowfall the entire day for Lesotho and the southern Drakensberg," said Wayne Venter, a Saws forecaster.

"It looks like some good snowfall in the northern and northeast Drakensberg, on the KwaZulu-Natal border side."


Flake news: Parts of Montana hit by winter storm dumping 4 FEET of snow!! Drifts of 7 FEET reported (UPDATE)

September snow in Montana

September snow in Montana
Feet of snow have fallen and powerlines are down in the Rockies -- and it's only September.

A winter storm is blowing through parts of the region this weekend, just days after the start of fall.

So far, parts of Montana have received almost two feet of snow. Browning was blanketed by 23 inches and East Glacier Park by 21.

The National Weather Service's winter storm warning for portions of north central Montana is in effect until Monday morning. CNN meteorologist Ivan Cabrera said in that time, another one to two feet of snow may fall.

Great Falls, Montana got a preliminary 9.7 inches of snow Saturday, which will set a new daily snowfall record. That number would beat the previous record in 1954 by 3.6 inches.

Comment: Update: WeatherNation reports:
A powerful early season winter storm continues to impact the Northern Rockies. Several locations have already picked up over a foot of snow! Browning, MT has been buried under almost three and a half feet of snow since Friday. That's over two-thirds of their average annual snowfall....and it's still snowing.

Snow will continue into Monday morning. This snow is wet which means it is also heavy. This puts a strain on trees and power lines. Tree damage and power outages are still likely this evening. Travel will remain hazardous through the night and early Monday. If possible, stay home until the storm settles late-morning Monday.

snow map

See in addition: Now snowing heavily in 8 states and 5 provinces in North America - in September

Update: USA TODAY reports on September 30th:
Kids in Browning, Montana, were gifted with that rare September snow day Monday after a historically early winter storm pounding parts of the West dumped four feet of snow on the town in the heart of the Blackfeet Reservation.

Barely a week after the end of summer, snow swept across parts of California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. The National Weather Service said temperatures in some areas were dropping as much as 30 degrees below normal.

A combination of factors contributed to the wintry blast, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said.

"A storm from the Pacific Ocean, a fresh injection of cold air from northern Canada, moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and a northeast-ascending flow that squeezed extra moisture from the atmosphere produced the amazing snowfall," Sosnowski said.

Montana got the worst of it, and Gov. Steve Bullock declared a winter storm emergency. Great Falls, which normally sees less than 2 inches of snow in September, was blasted with a two-day snow total of 19.3 inches - the second-highest two-day snow total ever for any time of year.

Near-record cold was forecast for Monday night.

Dupuyer, 40 miles southeast of Browning, saw 37 inches of snow. Browning took the dubious top honors, although AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski told USA TODAY less populated areas doubtlessly were slammed with more than 4 feet, but it just won't ever be measured.

"Browning Schools has cancelled all classes for tomorrow 9/30/19 to dig out from the storm," the school tweeted Sunday. It was not immediately clear whether one day of digging would be enough.

Snow drifts as high as 7 feet were reported. Sosnowski also warned that unseasonably cold conditions will delay snowmelt in some areas and halt the growing season for some farmers. The hard freeze could bring added pain to farmers already dealing snow-covered fields, he said.

Snowbanks were so high in some areas of Montana they reached the roofs of houses.

Snowbanks were so high in some areas of Montana they reached the roofs of houses.
Sosnowski said September snow in parts of the U.S. isn't that unusual, but the amount of snow at relatively low elevations is. The cold was also a surprising feature.

"Many daily record low maximum temperature records are possible through Monday, especially across the Northern Great Basin, Rockies and Northern California," the weather service said.

More than a foot of snow fell in parts of northeastern Washington. Spokane got the city's first recorded September snow since 1926.

The National Weather Service said Sunday was a record-breaking day in Oregon and Washington. For some locations, it was the coldest September day since 1948.

Portland International Airport tied its coldest September high temperature on Sunday, matching a temperature from 1948. The winter of 1948-49 was one of the coldest on record for the Portland area - and the airport had 22 inches of snow that winter.

"Correlation or coincidence...?" tweeted the National Weather Service office in Portland. "Probably coincidence, but I guess we'll find out."


Heavy snowfall in north Sweden leads to weather warning

Snowfall in Kiruna on Monday.
© Selam Nahom Noah
Snowfall in Kiruna on Monday.
It's still only September, but heavy snowfall in the far north of Sweden has led to an official weather warning, and even the south of the country can expect wintery weather in the next few days.

In Jukkasjärvi, Norrbotten, 14 centimetres of snow were measured on Monday morning after overnight snowfall. A class-one weather warning (the lowest level on a three-point scale) was still in place in the afternoon after first being issued by meteorological institute SMHI on Sunday.

Kiruna resident Selam Nahom Noah shared photos and videos of the wintery weather on The Local's Facebook group Living in Sweden.

Several areas of the rest of the country were affected by a low pressure area which led to cloudy weather and some rainfall. Temperatures were up to 15C in southernmost Sweden and single digits in the north, with some parts of the northern mountain ranges dropping into minus figures.


Journal Nature retracts ocean-warming study

The journal Nature retracted a study published last year that found oceans were warming at an alarming rate due to climate change.

The prestigious scientific journal issued the formal notice this week for the paper published Oct. 31, 2018 by researchers at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

They released a statement published on the journal's website that read in part:

"Shortly after publication, arising from comments from Nicholas Lewis, we realized that our reported uncertainties were underestimated owing to our treatment of certain systematic errors as random errors.

Comment: This is what mathematician Nicholas Lewis wrote about the paper:
On November 1st there was extensive coverage in the mainstream media and online of a paper just published in the prestigious journal Nature. The article, by Laure Resplandy of Princeton University, Ralph Keeling of the Scripps Institute of Oceanography and eight other authors, used a novel method to estimate heat uptake by the ocean over the period 1991-2016 and came up with an atypically high value. The press release accompanying the Resplandy et al. paper was entitled "Earth's oceans have absorbed 60 percent more heat per year than previously thought", and said that this suggested that Earth is more sensitive to fossil-fuel emissions than previously thought. [...]

The findings of the Resplandy et al paper were peer reviewed and published in the world's premier scientific journal and were given wide coverage in the English-speaking media. Despite this, a quick review of the first page of the paper was sufficient to raise doubts as to the accuracy of its results. Just a few hours of analysis and calculations, based only on published information, was sufficient to uncover apparently serious (but surely inadvertent) errors in the underlying calculations. [...]

Because of the wide dissemination of the paper's results, it is extremely important that these errors are acknowledged by the authors without delay and then corrected. Of course, it is also very important that the media outlets that unquestioningly trumpeted the paper's findings now correct the record too. But perhaps that is too much to hope for.
Indeed, that's too much to hope for. MSM have not retracted their articles about this study, such as CNN.

Snowflake Cold

Montana's Glacier National Park getting hammered with snow

snowfall september 2019 glacier national park
© Carlene Whitney Salois
Snowfall accumulation Glacier National Park late September, 2019.
4 feet already recorded

Glacier National Park has received copious amounts of snow following an early-season snowstorm. It looks like full-on winter in the park, and it's still only Septemeber.

The storm has led to the following temporary road closures. The Many Glacier, Two Medicine, and Chief Mt. Roads are closed. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is closed from Avalanche to St. Mary.


Global cooling memories a tale of consensus and political correctness

A discussion of the consensus science surrounding global cooling, life on Mars, rejection of Continental Drift, and other delusions and the madness of crowds.


Man dies after being attacked by his own dog in Madrid

canine attack
© Angela Antunes / CC by 2.0
A man died after he was attacked by one of his own dogs in Coslada in Madrid on Sunday.

The 47-year old was at home when the animal, a Rottweiler, leapt on him and bit him in the face and thorax, Spanish media reported.

The victim, who reportedly had three guard dogs, was at his property located on an industrial estate with family members when the attack took place.

A call to 112 alerted the emergency services to the incident. When the medical team arrived at the scene they could only confirm the man's death.

As well as the Rottweiler which caused the injuries the man had two other dogs. The Coslada Local Police Canine Unit reportedly transferred all three animals to an animal protection centre.

Cloud Precipitation

More than 100 dead in fresh India flood chaos in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, India

Main roads are being navigated by boat

Main roads are being navigated by boat
More than 100 people have died due to flooding caused by heavy rains in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, officials have said.

Dramatic images of the impact of flood water on urban life have been coming out of the affected areas.

Railway traffic, vehicular movement, healthcare services, schools and power supply have been disrupted in both states, officials said.

An Uttar Pradesh government report said 93 people have died since Thursday.


California city hit by series of weird weather events, including tornado and hail

Tornado in Davis, California
Weird weather struck Davis, California, over the weekend. The area experienced a tornado touchdown, pounding hail and record low morning temperatures.

The tornado caused a bit of excitement, but apparently no damage.

Shasta Fields told CNN that she and her boyfriend, Tom Nolan, came close to the twister. In video posted on Twitter, Nolan, an amateur storm chaser, can be heard yelling, "Look at you, you are beautiful," as the tornado starts to form.