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Melbourne, Australia hit by month's worth of rain - Highest March rainfall since 1929

Flooding at Burnley Station, Melbourne

Flooding at Burnley Station, Melbourne
Melbourne has woken up to a month's worth of rain that has caused flash flooding, downed trees and prompted more than 300 calls to emergency services across the state.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) meteorologist Peter Otto said 55 millimetres of rain hit Melbourne overnight — the highest rainfall for March since 1929.

The average rainfall for Victoria in March is 50.1 mm.

Mr Otto said the wet weather was the result of remnants of ex-tropical cyclone Esther moving south from Queensland and the Northern Territory.

Heavy rainfall was expected to hit north-eastern Victoria today with possible totals of up to 100 mm.

"Melbourne showers will ease throughout the day and north-east storms will clear overnight," Mr Otto said.

A spokesman for the State Emergency Service (SES) said crews began responding to calls for help in the early hours of this morning as people woke up to the damage.


SOTT Earth Changes Summary - February 2020: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

The winter remained harsh in the northern hemisphere throughout February with even more cold and snowfall records broken.

70 villages in southeastern Turkey were buried under 20 feet of snow after a powerful blizzard. Residents were left without power and water as they also struggled to dig their way out. Furthermore, two avalanches killed 41 in the eastern part of the country, while a 5.7 magnitude earthquake killed 8 people in the southeast... That's quite a lot of extreme events in a single region.

Haji Omaran, a town on the mountainous Iraq-Iran border, also experienced exceptionally heavy snowfall, with roads blocked and cars buried in the snow. Saudi Arabia also got its share of unusual cold weather (for the desert!) as the temperature dropped to -5°C.

Last but not least, Taiwan's highest peak of Yushan and nearby counties were hit by the heaviest snowfall in two decades, whilst Himachal Pradesh's capital received the highest snowfall in eight years.

Heavy rain continued breaking records around the globe: 2 feet of rain in 24 hours in Fiordland, New Zealand; 5 dead and hundred displaced in Kenya; a month's worth of rain in 3 hours in São Paulo, Brazil; rainfall 400% above normal in Mississippi; hundreds evacuated in Northern Argentina due to widespread flooding, while western Washington got hit by historic flooding and landslides... and that's just to mention some of the most significant events.

At least seven people were killed across Europe by Storm Ciara, heavy rain and strong winds shut down transport and left hundreds of thousands without power. And storm Dennis left its mark in the UK, dumping a month's worth of rain in 48 hours with 91mph winds.

Meteor fireballs also gave quite a show this month, sightings on the rise... at least for now.

See it for yourself in this month's SOTT Earth Changes Summary:

Cloud Precipitation

1 missing, 900 displaced after floods destroy homes in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

mud flood
One person is missing after being swept away by flash floods in Poso Regency, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia on 03 March 2020.

Disaster authorities said the incident occurred after heavy rains caused flooding in a mountainous area of the regency, dragging with it mud, logs and flood debris.

The flooding caused 900 people to evacuate their homes. At least 10 houses were washed away and completely destroyed. A further 60 houses were damaged, at least 11 of them severely.


Three dogs killed man in Crawford County, Georgia

dog attack
A 76-year-old Crawford County man found dead last month outside his house with bite marks on his body is now thought to have died in a dog attack, the sheriff said Thursday.

Lee Alvin Becham, whose body was discovered Feb. 23 outside his residence in the 1900 block of Marshall Mill Road south of Lizella, is believed to have been attacked by three dogs, Sheriff Lewis Walker said in a statement.

"The preliminary autopsy results for Lee Alvin Becham was traumatic injuries due to dog attack," the statement said. "Three dogs that are suspected in this case have been removed from their owners."


Over 150 dead seagulls found on beach in New Zealand

Local Beverley Dowling watched a bird go from healthy looking, to paralysed and unable to move in 10 minutes.
Local Beverley Dowling watched a bird go from healthy looking, to paralysed and unable to move in 10 minutes.
The Department of Conservation is investigating the deaths of dozens of seagulls found today by a member of the public on Waikawa Beach, near Levin.

It comes after a Manukau resident says she saw over 150 dead seagulls on the beach this afternoon.

Beverly Dowling was walking on Waikawa Beach and Kuku Beach where she saw some birds struggling to fly and others that were dead.

"They were struggling to fly, trying to take off and failing," she said.

The seagull in the video in this story died about 10 minutes after she finished filming.

Cloud Precipitation

Severe storms leave 2 dead, thousands of homes damaged in Vietnam

An electricity pole falls on a car in Yên Bái City
© Yên Bái Province's Television
An electricity pole falls on a car in Yên Bái City
The Disaster Management Authority (DMA) in Vietnam reports that severe weather in the country since 02 March 2020 has left at least 2 people dead, 16 injured and thousands of homes damaged.

Thunderstorms, heavy rain, strong winds and hail have affected the provinces of Yen Bai, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Lai Chau, Lao Cai, Cao Bang and Son La.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Ice swirls as magnetic field snaps with dragon aurora

© Taken by Matthew Steinberg on February 18, 2020 @ Reine, Lofoten Islands Norway
After snow, sleet, and heavy wind all day, the clouds parted for a 2 hour display of spectacular pale green, blue, and purple auroras over the mountains of Reine.
No sunspots, solar wind or CME and Earth's magnetic ripped producing white aurora. At the same time the umpteenth Arctic cyclogenesis pushed across the N. Atlantic ripping ice bergs free in Labrador and churning the skies with cloud streets, cavitating winds and ice swirls in its wake.

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7 day snowfall totals pass 1.5 metres (5 feet) in the Alps, substantial snow also for the Pyrenees

Val Thorens

Val Thorens, France
A number of ski areas in France, Italy and Switzerland report they have received more than 1.5 metres (five feet) of snowfall in the past seven days.

After a brief lull it has been snowing again heavily in the Western Alps with a number of resorts reporting another 50cm (20 inches) in the past 24 hours.

Of Europe's major destination resorts, La Plagne and Tignes in France as well as La Thuile in Italy have reported more than 1.4 metres of snowfall this week with Avoriaz and ski areas in the 4 Valleys reporting 50cm of fresh snow since yesterday.

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Big cat fatally attacks man in Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Police search for animal that killed a 50-year-old man.

Police search for animal that killed a 50-year-old man.
The México state Ministry of Education suspended classes indefinitely in 13 schools in Valle de Bravo after a resident of the municipality was killed by what is believed to have been a big cat.

A man of around 50 years of age was found dead on Sunday in the community of Cerro Gordo. The nature of the wounds found on his body have led authorities to believe that the attack was carried out by a species of large cat.

México state Governor Alfredo del Mazo Maza issued an alert for the communities of Cerro Gordo and El Pinal del Marquesado and urged residents not to go to the area where the attack occurred.


Volcanic Mount Semeru spews hot clouds as far as 3km in East Java, Indonesia

Lava flowing out of Mount Semeru's crater seen from Pranajiwo village near Lumajang in East Java on Wednesday.
© Antara Photo/Umarul Faruq
Lava flowing out of Mount Semeru's crater seen from Pranajiwo village near Lumajang in East Java on Wednesday.
Mount Semeru in Lumajang, East Java, has started spewing hot clouds as far as 3km, the Malang Disaster and Mitigation Agency (BPBD) reported, issuing a level II (advisory) warning status for the volcano.

The agency observed that the hot clouds had an amplitude of 23mm and was accompanied by a 540-second earthquake.

BPBD Malang head Subagyo said that it was a normal, natural occurrence and that the situation was under control.