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Sharp uptick in Arctic Sea ice: Extent on course to be the highest in 15 years

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Arctic Sea Ice Extent has been holding exceptionally well during the 2021 summer melt season.

Throughout August, higher volumes than usual have survived due to cold conditions and favorable wind patterns.

As a result, Arctic Sea Ice Extent is now the highest in 8 years,
and, if this year's trajectory continues for another week or two (which is expected), 2021 will achieve the 'healthiest' extent of the past 15 years (since 2006).

Only 2014, 2013, and 2009 remain in its way - though the gap is narrowing, fast:

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Flood situation deteriorates in Assam, India with over 225,000 people affected

On Saturday, the flood situation in Assam took a turn for the worse with more than 2.25 lakh people from 15 districts affected.

On Saturday, the flood situation in Assam took a turn for the worse with more than 2.25 lakh people from 15 districts affected.
The overall flood situation in Assam deteriorated on Saturday as the rising Brahmaputra river and its tributaries inundated vast tracts in 15 districts and affected 2,25,501 people of the state, according to the daily bulletin issued by the Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA).

There have been, however, no loss of human or animal life so far, the bulletin said.

The current wave of flood triggered by continuous heavy rainfall in the catchment areas has hit Baksa, Barpeta, Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Morigaon, Sivasagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts and affected 512 villages under 34 revenue circles in them, it said.


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Hurricane Nora makes landfall on Mexico's southwestern coast

A fallen tree and electricity pole are pictured as Hurricane Nora approaches Manzanillo, in Colima state, Mexico August 28, 2021.
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A fallen tree and electricity pole are pictured as Hurricane Nora approaches Manzanillo, in Colima state, Mexico August 28, 2021.
The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned of torrential rains, life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides as Hurricane Nora made landfall on Saturday evening on the northwest coast of the Mexican state of Jalisco.


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'It lasted about 10-15 minutes': Waterspout filmed off Gulf Shores, Alabama

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'It lasted about 10-15 minutes': Kentucky woman captures amazing video of waterspout while on vacation

It was a waterspout spinning in the distance. Klosterman tells WHAS11 News, "it was the first one I had ever seen! It was exciting to witness!"

Klosterman and her family were on the beach at the Gulf Shores around midday Aug. 25, when she saw it.

"I turned to see the water spout and grabbed my phone," Klosterman said. "It lasted a good 10-15 minutes."

Klosterman said she's from Crestwood, just east of Louisville.


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11 killed in landslide in Mandalay Region, Myanmar (Burma)

Search and rescue teams working at the scene of the landslide in Mogok Township, Myanmar, August 2021.
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Search and rescue teams working at the scene of the landslide in Mogok Township, Myanmar, August 2021.
A landslide struck in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar on 24 August 2021 burying 4 homes in Mogok Township.

Fourteen people were buried under the collapsed houses. Teams of search and rescue workers including personnel from Myanmar Red Cross and the Fire Department searched through the wreckage of the buildings over the last few days. As of 26 August, officials said 11 bodies had been found. Three people survived but were injured.

Local observers said the landslide was caused by recent heavy rainfall. Around 2 weeks earlier heavy rain also took its toll on the township after a landslide caused the wall of a building to collapse, killing 3 people on 12 August. More than 145 mm of rain fell in just a few hours early on 12 August.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) reported on 27 August that heavy monsoon rainfall since late July has affected as many as 125,000 people in Myanmar, mainly in Kachin, Kayin, Mon, Rakhine and Shan states as well as in Mandalay and Tanintharyi regions.

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New Orleans evacuates as Hurricane Ida expected to strengthen to Category 4 with 140 mph winds

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Ida is forecast to track into the extremely warm sea waters in the Gulf of Mexico and is very likely to enter rapid intensification and become the 4th hurricane in the Atlantic Basin this year.
Ida is expected to make landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Sunday when it hits the Gulf Coast with maximum winds of 140 mph, according to the latest forecast from the National Hurricane Center.

Mandatory evacuations are being ordered in Louisiana on Friday as Ida gains strength in the gulf.

The center of Ida was located over western Cuba around 8 p.m. ET on Friday. Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, and western Cuba will face heavy rains, flash flooding, and mudslides throughout Friday evening.

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Tropical Storm Ida gains strength as Hurricane, causes flooding in Jamaica and Cuba

TS Ida gains strength as Hurricane, causes flooding in Jamaica and Cuba

TS Ida gains strength as Hurricane, causes flooding in Jamaica and Cuba
Tropical Storm Ida is gaining strength as a Hurricane; it is now approaching the Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana. On Friday, Ida caused heavy rains and flooding in some parts of Jamaica, while it also impacted Cuba. It is expected to make landfall in the US with massive Hurricane capabilities.

The streets of Havana, the capital, were deserted as residents closed their homes before Ida's arrival.

Jamaica was flooded by heavy rain, and there were landslides after the storm passed. Several roads were closed, forcing some people to leave their homes.


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Flooding in Pattaya, Thailand over 1 metre deep strands cars, floods homes

Pattaya Law Enforcement

Pattaya Law Enforcement
Pattaya was battered this morning by heavy rains that caused flooding in rural areas and major city roads in Pattaya and Banglamung. The floods stranded many vehicles on the road with some areas seeing floodwaters reaching up to 1 metre high. Many criticised local authorities as flood management projects were supposed to help avoid situations like this.

The heavy rains pounded Pattaya for 5 hours, starting during the morning rush hour around 7:30 am and not relenting until midday in most areas. The gathering water hit roads around the city and surrounding area from 30 centimetres in some areas to flooding as high as one metre on some Pattaya roads.

Sukhumvit, Soi Khao Talo in tambon Nong Prue, and behind Samakee Tham Temple by the railway were all deeply flooded. Houses on Soi Khao Talo filled with water up to one metre deep with many residents unable to save their belongings that were soaked and destroyed.


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Yes, tornado counts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey are abnormally high in 2021

Storm damage after the tornado hit in Trevose, Pa., on July 29 during a
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Storm damage after the tornado hit in Trevose, Pa., on July 29 during a "rare" tornado outbreak.
The year-to-date annual tornado numbers are running below normal nationally, no thanks to what has been happening in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Both states already have well-exceeded their twister averages for an entire year, bumped up by the "rare" supercell outbreak of July 29 that included one with Tornado Alley-like 140 mph winds, and last week's Fred-related twisters, one of which traveled almost nine miles.

So far in 2021, 19 tornadoes have touched down on Pennsylvania soil, three above the 30-year annual normal and eight more than what would be the average total through August, according to the government's Storm Prediction Center.

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Hailstorm in Castilla-La Mancha, Spain affected more than 6,000 hectares of crops

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According to Agroseguro, the strong rain and hail storm in Castilla-La Mancha on August 24 affected more than 3,800 plots and more than 6,000 hectares in the autonomous community.

The province of Ciudad Real concentrates most of the damage, which extends to numerous municipalities: Campo de Criptana, Tomelloso, Manzanares, Daimiel, Arenales de San Gregorio, and Valdepeñas, among others.

The storm affected almond, pistachio, onion, melon, watermelon, and olive crops; so far grapes have been the most affected, with more than 4,100 hectares affected, just at the beginning of the harvest season.