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'Floodwater up to 3 feet high' Grand Canyon flooding forces evacuations, knocks out power

Flooding at the Grand Canyon's south rim forced evacuations, power outages and a swift water team response to the area on Tuesday, the Arizona Department of Transportation reported.

"Travel to and from the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is not recommended," the National Park posted on X, the social platform formerly called Twitter, after it closed State Route 64 Tuesday just south of Tusayan due to flooded area.

The gateway town is one of the park's two entrances (the North Rim and the South Rim).

So far no fatalities have been reported, a National Park dispatcher told USA TODAY on Wednesday morning, and roads in the area were reopening.

The dispatcher said rain started falling Monday and continued through late Tuesday night.

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Second large sinkhole appears in Cape Town, South Africa a day after the first one

© Lisalee Solomons
Two massive sinkholes appeared on busy roads in Cape Town on Monday, the first in Lavender Hill where a refuse compactor truck fell into the hole and the second in Montague Drive in Milnerton where a four-metre-wide hole appeared, causing major disruptions.

The City of Cape Town's water and sanitation department said on Tuesday it was attending to sewer collapses on Montague Drive and in Lavender Hill.

In Milnerton, one lane had temporarily been closed to traffic due to the sinkhole and motorists were urged to use alternative routes.

Mayco member for water and sanitation, Zahid Badroodien, said a contractor has been sent to the area to determine the extent of the damaged sewer line before the remedial work could be done.

Comment: Details of the first: Sinkhole swallows rubbish truck in Cape Town, South Africa

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Death Valley in California got year's worth of rain in 24 hours - all-time wettest day

Death Valley is known for breaking records when it comes to hot temperatures, but on Sunday, Tropical Storm Hilary dumped 2.2 inches of rain over the area, which breaks the record for the all-time wettest day in Death Valley.

According to the National Weather Service, that's actually the exact amount of rain they average annually.

Death Valley National Park remained closed Monday due to mud and debris flows and the threat of flash flooding. Even once the park reopens, getting around may be difficult. Park officials said the shoulders of several roads have been either undercut or washed away.

Comment: Related: Tropical Storm Hilary hitting Southern California as Southwest braces for its wrath - first such storm in 84 years

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Sinkhole swallows rubbish truck in Cape Town, South Africa

The City of Cape Town says it is retrieving a refuse compactor truck that fell into a sinkhole after a section of road gave way on Monday morning.

The Mayco member for urban waste management, Grant Twigg, said the road in Lavender Hill had no visible signs of damage.

A woman sustained minor injuries and was transported to hospital.

Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said a rescue vehicle and personnel were deployed after they received a call at around 09:00.

A tow truck also responded to help recover the truck.


Two waterspouts erupt over Lake Toba in Sumatra, Indonesia

A video of waterspouts erupting over a lake in Indonesia is going viral on social media.

The 39-second viral clip shows two waterspouts whirling over Lake Toba in Indonesia's Sumatra.

The stunning video was shared by a Twitter handle which said that the two waterspouts were caught on camera over Lake Toba in Sumatra on August 20.

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Two dead, thousands homeless in Chile after heavy rains

Floods in Maule Region, Chile, August 2023.
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Floods in Maule Region, Chile, August 2023.
Two people are dead from flooding in the central-southern region of Chile on Monday, while thousands others have been evacuated or left homeless from dangerous rains pounding isolated communities.

President Gabriel Boric declared a state of catastrophe on Monday while visiting one of the worst affected areas, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of the capital Santiago.

In late June surrounding areas had experienced some of the heaviest rainfall in three decades, exacerbated by the El Nino weather pattern that has led to rainier winters and springs in the central-southern part of Chile, as well as warmer temperatures.

Forecasters expect more rain to fall across this mountainous area, which authorities warn increases the risk of flooding and landslides.


Arctic aurora season begins earliest in 17 years

arctic aurora
A fast stream of solar wind hit Earth over the weekend, sparking a rare display of August auroras around the Arctic Circle. "On Saturday, Aug. 19th, I got to see my first Northern Lights of the season," reports Göran Strand, who sends this picture from Östersund, Sweden (latitude +63N):

In the Arctic, August auroras are extra-special because the glow of the Midnight Sun has not yet faded away. This gives observers a chance of see a mix of colors: Twilight blue and geomagnetic green. "Blue night-sky auroras are so beautiful with a warm horizon at the bottom," notes Strand.

More than 200 km inside the Arctic Circle, an automated camera at the STF Turiststation in Abisko, Sweden, photographed the same display. "This is the earliest we have seen auroras in at least 17 years," says Chad Blakley of Lights over Lapland. "Our automated camera has been in operation since 2005-2006. I checked the archives. Aug. 19, 2023, is the earliest display on record, edging out Aug. 20, 2013 by a single day."

The early start to aurora season highlights the increasing strength of Solar Cycle 25, now racing toward a Solar Max expected as early as next year. Earth's magnetosphere is buzzing with energy, and it only takes a single stream of solar wind to light up our planet's poles. Note to Arctic sky watchers: Be alert for green+blue in the weeks ahead as the Midnight Sun fades to black. Aurora alerts: SMS Text

Comment: Granted it's only earlier by 1 day, but the automated camera has been operating since as far back as the last solar maximum in 2015, and that maximum was stronger than that of the current cycle, which won't peak until 2024, and so, despite the weaker cycle, solar energy seems to be having a greater impact on our planet; and there's a variety of other unusual phenomena occurring in recent years that also seem to reflect this - and not just on our planet: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Cosmic climate change? Neptune's clouds have disappeared, surprising scientists

An image of Neptune snapped by Voyager 2 in 1989, the only spacecraft ever to have visited the distant world.
Something very strange has happened to Neptune. In the last several years, the pale streaks of cloud that typically adorn its blue atmosphere have all but vanished.

Moreover, images dating back to 1994, when the Hubble Space Telescope first started documenting Neptune, show this isn't the first time this has happened. The fluctuations also seem linked to another periodic change - the 11-year activity of the solar cycle.

Comment: Which has recently been found to be one of 2 cycles in effect: Two solar cycles occur at the same time, lasting 17 years each, new study reveals

Given Neptune is from the Sun - about 4.5 billion kilometers, or just over 30 times the average distance between Earth and the Sun - this revelation has astronomers both surprised and intrigued.

Comment: Although it probably shouldn't given the fact that NASA discovered that electric currents driven by solar wind create Saturn's auroras and heat the planet's atmosphere.

Comment: For more on the evidence that leads one to conclude the climate change we're seeing on Earth, and further afield, is part of a cosmic phenomenon, see: Cosmic climate change: Is the cause of all this extreme weather to be found in outer space?

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Typhoon Lan makes landfall in Japan, causes rivers to overflow on August 15

A swollen river as Typhoon Lan makes landfall in Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture on Tuesday.
© Takumi Harada/The Yomiuri Shimbun
A swollen river as Typhoon Lan makes landfall in Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture on Tuesday.
Nearly 900 flights in Japan were cancelled and 240,000 people were ordered to move to safety as a slow-moving typhoon crossed Japan's main island of Honshu not far from the ancient capital of Kyoto, cutting off power to tens of thousands of homes.

Typhoon Lan, approaching from the Pacific Ocean, made landfall early on Tuesday at the southern tip of Wakayama prefecture, some 250 miles southwest of Tokyo, bringing heavy rain and powerful winds across a wide swathe of central and western Japan as it moved north.

Authorities issued flood and landslide warnings as rivers rose to the top of their banks, with parts of some bridges washed away.

Read more at https://nypost.com/2023/08/16/typhoon...

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River flooding causes emergency in Russia's Buryatia Republic

BAM was washed away due to a dam break
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BAM was washed away due to a dam break
A state of emergency was declared in Russia's Buryatia Republic on Sunday after a dam collapsed, a river overflowed and railway tracks eroded, the regional head said.

Alexey Tsydenov, head of the Buryatia, said on his social media channel that he held a commission on the situation in the Severo-Baykalsky district, where the Cold River and the Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) were affected by heavy rainfall, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said an operational headquarters was formed to coordinate the relief efforts, and road and construction equipment was being used to restore the damaged infrastructure.