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Large hailstones pound Beijing

China News Service, June 25, according to the official Weibo news of the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, the Beijing Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow hail warning signal at 15:30 on June 25, 2020: It is expected that Beijing will be dispersed by 22 o'clock Hail, please take precautions.

Earlier on the 25th, the Beijing Meteorological Observatory issued a yellow warning signal of thunder and lightning: It is expected that thunderstorms will occur in the Beijing area until 02:00 on the 26th; the local short-term rain is strong, accompanied by short-term strong winds and hail around level 7.

Source: ChinaNews


Flooding worsens in Guizhou and Chongqing, China - over 11 million affected since May

An aerial view of the ancient town of Xiasi during floods in southwest China’s Guizhou province on June 23
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An aerial view of the ancient town of Xiasi during floods in southwest China’s Guizhou province on June 23
The flood situation has worsened in Guizhou Province, southwest China, with 74,000 people now affected in 12 counties or cities, including Tongzi and Huishui Counties, Zunyi, Tongren and Qiandongnan. Three fatalities were previously reported in Tongzi.

Heavy rain in the area has increased river levels in neighbouring Chongqing municipality, where the Qijiang river reached historic levels. On 22 June, the Qijiang river at Wucha in Jiangjin District, jumped more than 5 metres above flood level, standing at 205.56 metres. The Puhe River in the district was also extremely high, reaching around 0.5 metres above flood level at Shijiaozhen in Qijiang district around the same period.

Authorities said a total of 43,725 people were affected and hundreds of houses damaged or destroyed in Qijiang District of Chongqing as of 22 June. Local media reports suggest between 40,000 and 100,000 people have been displaced across Chongqing.


Wrong place, wrong time: Cayenne Tern from eastern South America turns up in Wexford, Ireland

Cayenne Tern, Lady's Island Lake, Wexford (Paul Kelly).
© Paul Kelly
Cayenne Tern, Lady's Island Lake, Wexford
It's not every week that we have the privilege of writing about a Western Palearctic first in either Britain or Ireland. However, high-quality photographs of the putative adult female Cayenne Tern at Lady's Island Lake, Co Wexford, now seem to have allowed the bird's identity to be secured beyond reasonable doubt, with various plumage details considered to be past the limits of what a 'runt' Sandwich Tern or a hybrid might show. Most importantly, these include the bird's diminutive stature, a short, stout, mustard-yellow bill and a distinct charcoal secondary bar, as well as a primary pattern best matching that of Cayenne Tern.


Newborn twins die in Brazil after 'docile' family dog attacks

dog attack
Newborn twin sisters have tragically died after being attacked by their family dog in their home.

The disturbing incident took place just 26 days after twins Anne and Analu were born.

Brazilian local media report the pair's mother Elaine heard a sound coming from the room the twins were in and found their family dog, the breed of which has not been reported, attacking her daughters.

She managed to rip the dog off them and called a family friend who is a nurse to help the tots.

The nurse gave the girls first aid before they were taken to Maria Pedreira Barbosa Municipal Hospital, with doctors saying one of the girls was declared dead on arrival, whilst the other was in a serious condition.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills at least 107 in a day as monsoon storms batter India

Some 83 people killed in the state of Bihar after being struck by lightning, and another 24 died in Uttar Pradesh state.

At least 107 people died from lightning strikes in northern and eastern India, officials said, during the early stages of the annual monsoon season.

Some 83 people were killed in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar after being struck by lightning, and another 24 died in northern Uttar Pradesh state on Thursday. Dozens more were injured, officials said.

Lightning strikes during the June-September annual monsoon are fairly common in India.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 6 in Nepal

Lightning has killed six people -four in Saptari and two in Makwanpur district on Thursday.

According to the District Police Office, Makwanpur, Samjhana Ghising (17 years old) and Bina Ghising (25 years old) of Bakaiya Rural Municipality were killed by lightning.

According to the District Police Office, Saptari, Chhedi Thakur (60 years) and Bechan Yadav(27 years) from Mahadev Rural Municipality-2 were killed by lightning near the Koshi Barrage. They had gone to bathe in the Koshi River.


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake off eastern coast of Japan rattles Tokyo

Japan earthquake map
The epicenter of the earthquake that occurred on June 25 at 4:47 a.m. is located in Chiba Prefecture
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off eastern Japan early Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, rocking buildings in the capital Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. No tsunami warning was issued.

The 4:47 a.m. quake, which originated at a depth of about 36 kilometers, registered as lower 5 on nation's shindo seismic intensity scale of 7 in the city of Asahi, Chiba Prefecture. The agency warned that quakes of similar intensity may follow over the next week in areas that experienced strong swaying.

An intensity of lower 5 means people are likely to become frightened and feel the need to hold onto something stable, according to the agency.


Large tornado captured in Xilinhot, north-eastern China

China tornado

Large tornado captured in Xilinhot, north-eastern China
Motorists have captured the terrifying moment a tornado hovered through the Chinese countryside, appearing to approach their cars.

The giant column of wind struck the suburbs of Xilinhot city in north-eastern China's Inner Mongolia on Wednesday afternoon, according to China's weather authority.

One video released by the Chinese National Meteorological Center (NMC) on Twitter-like Weibo shows one motorist filming the giant column of wind from a fair distance.


Anomalous heatwave in Russian arctic continues with outbreaks of wildfires

© Sputnik / Dmitry Voroshilov
FILE PHOTO: A wildfire near the village of Esso, in the Bystrinsky district, Kamchatka region, June 18, 2020
Scientists are already alarmed at the spike in temperatures in Russia this year. While the mercury is creeping up everywhere, in Siberia it has spiked dramatically, delivering unprecedented heat.

This summer is on course to be the hottest since record-keeping began, in the world's largest country. Towns usually still blanketed by snow at this time of year are experiencing a blazing heatwave, thanks to the escalating climate crisis.

The effects of global warming have arrived and are already causing problems, especially in Siberia. A massive oil spill in the far northern mining city of Norilsk earlier this year was declared a federal emergency, after a pipeline sank into the mud and broke. The accident, which will take decades to clean up, was blamed on melting permafrost - the result of unusually high temperatures.

Comment: Note that a heatwave in the Arctic does not equal GLOBAL warming, because by all accounts temperatures around the planet are plummeting, including temperatures in the atmosphere.

Comment: What is clear from the above is that our planet is under going a significant shift, little of which is explained by the now debunked theory of 'global warming': For more on what's happening on our planet, check out SOTT radio's:

Bizarro Earth

Three Gorges Dam flood alert after heaviest rainfall

China faces its worst floods in 70 years after weeks of heavy rain; disasters have been declared in 24 areas, including the upper reaches of the Yangtze; 7,300 homes have collapsed and damage exceeds 20.7 billion yuan.

Three Gorges Dam
© Wang Gang / ImagineChina via AFP
An aerial view of Three Gorges Dam, which has a reservoir 170 metres deep, in Zigui county, Yichang city, in central China's Hubei province. File photo taken in October 2019.
A flood alert has been raised near China's famous Three Gorges Dam after the country suffered its heaviest rainfall in 70-80 years. Torrential rain has been causing chaos throughout China's southwest this month, with many rivers overflowing and mass evacuations.

Heavy rains over the past three weeks have led to disasters being declared in 24 provinces and municipalities, especially near the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam.

This is reportedly the largest flooding since 1949 and has caused serious challenges to the world's largest dam.

In Chongqing, authorities dredged 100,000 tonnes of silt overnight as levels rose.

Three Gorges is located in Sandouping Town, near Yichang City in Hubei Province in central China. It is 38 kilometres from the downstream Gezhouba Water Conservancy Project at the eastern end of the Three Gorges Reservoir.

Qijiang Online, the media outlet in the area, quoted Zhao Yunfa, deputy chief engineer of the overflow dispatch communications centre at the Three Gorges Project, who said: "The flood storage capacity of the Three Gorges is limited. Do not pin your hopes on the Three Gorges Dam."