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Yesterday, in the middle of summer, Greenland gained a record-smashing 4 gigatons of snow and ice

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Usually in mid-August, Greenland's surface mass balance (SMB) is LOSING 4 Gigatons of snow & ice a day. Not yesterday, however — on Aug 10, 2020, the ice sheet GAINED a record-smashing 4 Gigatons of global warming goodness (and just listen to the silence coming from the MSM, it has so much to say).

Before this year, the Greenland ice sheet had never grown anywhere-close to 4 Gigatons in any of the months of June, July, or August, according to DMI records (which go back to 1981). In addition, the DMI record books also reveal that yesterday's 4 Gt GAIN smashed the previous mid-Aug record by over 2 full Gigatons.

Here are the latest (Aug 10, 2020) measurements:


Record outbreak of 84 waterspouts last week over the Great Lakes

Waterspout over Lake Erie, off of Lorain, Ohio
© Jeffrey Paul
Waterspout over Lake Erie, off of Lorain, Ohio on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.
In the Great Lakes region we can get set for what I call waterspout season. The summer weather leading up to today could lead us into a banner waterspout season. As of last week, we've already seen a record amount of waterspouts.

The waterspout set-up is pretty simple, and very similar to a lake-effect snow situation. Cold air aloft blowing over warm water surfaces, with some added switching of wind directions, and we have the makings of a waterspout outbreak.

This happened last week over the Great Lakes. The cold air aloft is heavy. The warm air rises off the Great Lakes surfaces. If a wind shift line blows through an area, some rotation is started. A waterspout is born.

The International Centre For Waterspout Research (ICWR) has reported seven days in a row of waterspouts on the Great Lakes. They have been calling this past week "the Great Waterspout Outbreak of 2020." Today the ICWR has declared a record number of waterspouts for last week. There were 84 waterspouts last week, with the old record being 67 waterspouts in 2013.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood situation in Bihar, India continues to be grim - 24 killed in 24 hours, over 7.5 million affected

In Bihar, the flood situation continues to be grim in flood affected areas of the state. The flood water has entered new areas of Siwan and Madhepura. Surging water of Gandak and Kosi spread out in fresh areas after the river continues flowing at above danger mark in their courses.

Over 75 lakh people of 16 districts spread over 1,240 Panchayats are reeling under the impact of flood. The flood situation is particularly serious in Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Saran district. Flood water has entered into houses in urban areas of Darbhanga and Muzaffarpur.

In all, 24 people lost their lives and 66 animals were killed in flood related accidents during the last 24 hours. Most of the people in affected areas were rendered homeless. Life in affected areas has been crippled as flood-hit people are forced to take shelter either on the embankments, national highways or other higher places.


6 dead, 5 missing in China's Sichuan after storm dumps 17.6 inches of rain in 12 hours

Six people were killed while five others remain missing after heavy rain hit Ya'an City, southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Tuesday.

The province's flood control and drought relief headquarters reported the casualties after a fresh spell of downpour started Monday evening, triggering a flood in the local Qingyi River.

The heavy rainfall has waterlogged low-lying areas of the city, causing damages to houses, water conservancy and power facilities. The detailed losses are being reviewed.

Arrow Down

At least 43 dead, dozens missing after torrential rain triggers landslide in Kerala, India (UPDATE)

Houses were buried under debris
© Georgey Mathews
Houses were buried under debris
At least 22 people have been killed after monsoon-season floods triggered a landslide in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Houses in Idukki district were swept away after torrential rain and flooding late on Friday night.

Rescuers have been recovering bodies from under debris but 44 people remain missing, Idduki MP Dean Kuriakose told the BBC.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences.

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had issued a red alert for Idukki on Friday, forecasting extremely heavy rainfall of more than 20cm (8in).

Comment: Update: CNN reports on August 10:
Monsoon rains trigger tea plantation landslide in India's Kerala state, killing at least 43 people

Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site caused by heavy rains in Pettimudy, in Kerala state, on August 8, 2020.

Rescue workers search for missing people at a landslide site caused by heavy rains in Pettimudy, in Kerala state, on August 8, 2020.
At least 43 people, including three children, have died with dozens more feared buried after torrential rains triggered a landslide in the southwestern Indian state of Kerala.

The landslide swept into a settlement housing workers on a tea plantation in Idukki district late Thursday, when most residents were sleeping. Dozens of houses were destroyed and 11 injured people were taken to local hospitals.

The death toll steadily rose as search and rescue workers spent the weekend digging through thick mud and debris, with efforts hampered further by heavy rain.

At least 25 people remain missing, according to district lawmaker Dean Kuriakose. More than 500 personnel from local forces and the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed to sift through the debris, he added.

"Despite inclement weather and harsh conditions, the search for those who went missing is progressing," Kerala's Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted Sunday.

On Monday, the Indian Meteorological Department issued a warning of "heavy to very heavy rainfall" in certain parts of the state for the next 24 hours. On Sunday, a red alert was in place for seven of the state's 14 districts.

Kerala has been battered by rain and flooding for weeks. On Friday, tragedy struck again when an Air India Express plane skidded off the runway and broke into two while landing at Kozhikode Calicut International Airport amid heavy rain.

The flight from Dubai had 190 people on board when it crashed, according to Air India Express. A total of 18 people died, including both pilots and four children

Cloud Lightning

Ice Age Farmer Report: DERECHO - Corn crop catastrophe, grain stores destroyed, food prices

Massive "derecho" devastates US corn crop, with tens of millions of acres of corn affected. As well, many grain silos and elevators were destroyed, and with them tons of "on farm storage" -- what remains of the US Strategic Grain Reserve. Yields will be reduced for ALL of those acres, particularly where damage was severe or irrigation was destroyed.


Comment: Powerful derecho storm wreaks havoc across US Midwest leaving 1.1 million without power

Cloud Precipitation

At least 11 from same family killed by flash flood in Panama

A road that was washed away by the recent floods in Panama.

A road that was washed away by the recent floods in Panama.
At least 11 people have lost their lives after heavy rainfall caused flooding in several province of Panama over the last few days.

Panama's National Civil Protection System (Sinaproc) said 11 members of the same family, including 9 children, died after their home was swept away by flash flooding.

According to Sinaproc, flooding from the Bejuco River swept away their family home near Calovébora in Veraguas Province during the night of 08 to 09 August. Two others are thought to be still missing.


4 dead, 15,000 displaced after floods in north Nigeria

The International Organization for Migration reported on 10 August that flooding has displaced almost 15,000 people in north west and north central Nigeria.

Flooding affected the states of Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto and Zamfara between 03 and 09 August, according to the Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), August 2020.

The Local Government Areas (LGA) of Baure and Kaita in Katsina state were the worst affected. Over 1,8000 shelters were damaged and almost 10,000 people affected. Two people died in Baure.

In Kaduna, 2 fatalities were reported in Jema'A, where flooding damaged 36 shelters and affected over 3,300 people. The state government warned of flooding along the Kaduna river after heavy rainfall from 06 to 07 August.

Cloud Precipitation

Two rare 'atmospheric rivers' form over Australia

© Kimberley Reid / University of Melbourne
Two "atmospheric rivers" formed over Australia's east and west coasts over the past few days, carrying huge amounts of rain from tropical locations.

A rare weather phenomenon has occurred above Australia, with two almost symmetrical cloud "rivers" forming at opposite ends of the country.

An "atmospheric river" is caused when a stream of very moist air moves in from the tropics and causes very heavy rain.

The Bureau of Meteorology calls these streams "atmospheric rivers".

They are cloud bands that can stretch for thousands of kilometres, carrying large quantities of water.

"It occurs when any strong weather system is able to tap into moisture in tropical locations," a BOM spokesperson told nine.com.au.

"This one has tapped into moisture around Papua New Guinea and brought rain from there.

"The two that are forming above Australia's north-east and south-west coasts are responsible for the heavy rainfall experienced in NSW, Victoria, South Australia and WA in recent days.

While an atmospheric river is not uncommon, having two form in such close proximity to each other is rare.


Tornado hits north China's Inner Mongolia injuring 33

Mongolia tornado
© YouTube/CGTN (screen capture)
A tornado hit Baotou City in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, injuring 33 people on August 9. A local farmer at the tourist site of Tian'e Lake recorded the whole process with his phone. Rescue operations are underway as around 100 yurts, the traditional round-shaped dwelling in the area, were damaged. Three people were critically injured but are in stable condition, according to local authorities.