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Massive wildfires devastate protected area of Bolivian forest

An area equivalent to twice the size of greater London has already burned in the Santa Cruz region

An area equivalent to twice the size of greater London has already burned in the Santa Cruz region
An area twice the size of greater London has burned in an area home to an isolated indigenous community, near the Brazil border.

More than 1,000 square miles of Bolivian forests have been destroyed by wildfires, authorities say.

So far 280,000 hectares, an area equivalent to just less than twice that of greater London, has been devastated in a southeastern region bordering Brazil and Paraguay.

As of Friday, Bolivia's Santa Cruz fire department said 15 fires have yet to be contained and continue to threaten, among others, the Nembiguasu conservation area.


Snowflake

August snow on Togwotee Pass, Wyoming

Togwotee Pass
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Togwotee Pass, Aug 22
It's 7:40 am on Sunday, August 22nd, and there is snow on Togwotee Pass. Not necessarily a surprise considering the cooler temps we've had recently.

Fire

Lightning reportedly causes explosion and fire at Pemex oil platform in Gulf of Mexico


Comment: Update Monday 23 August

This explosion killed five, and another two are still missing.


pemex fire explosion august 2021
© Facebook / Código Veracruz Noticias
This is not the first incident for the company in recent months. In early July, the company's underwater pipeline in the Gulf of Mexico burst, followed by an underwater fire, which caused a mesmerizing sight dubbed the "eye of fire" by the media.

An explosion followed by fire occurred on Sunday at an oil platform of the Mexican oil company Pemex, six people were injured, local media reported.

Also, the media reported an alleged statement by the company operating the facility on fire, indicating that the cause was a bolt of lightning striking the ethylene tower.

Comment: News reports show that there have been fires at the Pemex facility in 2015 and 2019 - and there may be more - in addition to the two fires in 2021.

Similar incidents in the last few years: See also: SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions


Seismograph

Major magnitude 7.1 earthquake - South Sandwich Islands Region on 22 August - 2nd within 24 hours

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Major magnitude 7.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 22 Aug 2021 21:33:20 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 22 Aug 2021 7:33 pm (GMT -2)
Magnitude: 7.1
Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 60.4°S / 25.05°W↗ (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)

Comment: The earlier event: Major magnitude 6.8 earthquake - South Atlantic Ocean, South Sandwich Islands, 21 Aug


Cloud Precipitation

Water, water everywhere: Henri gives New York City rainiest hour in recorded history before expected landfall

Hurricane Henri is expected to make landfall in New York as a category 1 hurricane.

Hurricane Henri is expected to make landfall in New York as a category 1 hurricane.
The first impacts of Henri dropped record-breaking rainfall, giving New York City its wettest day in seven years

Henri had already delivered record-breaking rain totals and widespread flooding hours before its projected landfall Sunday afternoon. Heavy rain overwhelmed storm drains and drivers plowed through foot-deep water in a few spots Saturday night in New York City and New Jersey.

Now a tropical storm, Henri is still projected to bring another three to six inches of rainfall Sunday as the system moves over Long Island and into New England.

Flash flood warnings were issued beginning Saturday night and into Sunday morning throughout the five boroughs and northern New Jersey.


Ambulance

22 dead, 40 missing in just ONE Tennessee county after extreme rainfall - 15 inches of rain, 25% of annual rainfall


Comment: The New York Times reports that the death toll has risen to 22.


Water covers Sam Hollow Road following heavy rainfall on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Dickson, Tenn.

Water covers Sam Hollow Road following heavy rainfall on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Dickson, Tenn.
Ten people are dead and approximately 40 people are missing in Humphreys County after severe flooding rocked the community Saturday.

Crews were going house to house in search of the missing people late Saturday, Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis told The Tennessean. Davis said the flooding event is the worst he has seen in his 28 years with the department.

Power outages and a lack cell phone service has compounded the problems. Portable units will be brought in to help establish communication lines, Davis said.

Rural roads and highways throughout Humphreys County were washed away Saturday.

The Tennessee National Guard was deployed to the county to assist residents there after up to 12 inches of rain fell in parts of Middle Tennessee on Saturday and caused catastrophic flooding.

More than 15 inches fell in Humphreys County, prompting water rescues, flooding roadways and briefly closing a large section of Interstate 40. The Piney River also shattered record water levels, the National Weather Service Nashville reported.


Snowflake

Too soon? Traces of snow observed in Wyoming mountains

US 26 near Wind River Lake just east of the Teton, Fremont County line 8/21/21
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US 26 near Wind River Lake just east of the Teton, Fremont County line 8/21/21
Though summer doesn't officially end until next month's autumnal equinox, traces of winter appeared Saturday morning in Wyoming's mountains.

These Wyoming Department of Transportation webcams captured traces of snow on US 26 in the southern Absaroka/northern Wind River Range near Wind River Lake Saturday, at an elevation around 9,609 feet.

Meanwhile, fire managers on the Crater Ridge Fire in the Big Horns reported waking up to snow on the ground and heavy fog Saturday morning.

US 26 near Wind River Lake
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US 26 near Wind River Lake

Seismograph

Major magnitude 6.8 earthquake - South Atlantic Ocean, South Sandwich Islands, 21 Aug

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Major magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 22 Aug 2021 00:45:08 UTC - 8 hours ago
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 21 Aug 2021 10:45 pm (GMT -2)
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 60.21°S / 24.4°W↗ (South Atlantic Ocean, South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands)

Windsock

Storm Grace leaves trail of damage, deaths in Mexico

Flood rescue in Veracruz, Mexico after heavy rain from Hurricane Grace, 21 August 2021.
© Government of Veracruz
Flood rescue in Veracruz, Mexico after heavy rain from Hurricane Grace, 21 August 2021.
Storm Grace left parts of Mexico battered regions early Saturday after it swept through parts of the country, starting Thursday - with heavy winds and rain. It became one of the most powerful storms to hit the country's Gulf coast in years.

The category 3 storm had wind speeds of up to 125 miles per hour, or 201 km/h, when it slammed into the Veracruz coast, bringing down trees, damaging buildings and turning off the power for thousands.

Grace had weakened by mid-morning Saturday with it being downgraded to a tropical storm with top winds of 112 km/h. However, according to the state governor, at least eight people were killed and he urged people to seek high ground and warned several more rivers would soon flood with more rain still expected this weekend.


Comment: Hurricane Grace hits Mexico near Tulum


Cloud Precipitation

State of Emergency after flash floods in Steuben County, New York

A car was swept away by floods in Newton MA. Newton MA Fire Dept said the vehicle was empty and no injuries were reported. Flooding damaged an estimated 120 hom

A car was swept away by floods in Newton MA. Newton MA Fire Dept said the vehicle was empty and no injuries were reported.
Flooding damaged an estimated 120 hom
Dozens of people were rescued or evacuated after heavy rain brought by the remnants of Tropical Storm Fred triggered severe flash flooding in parts of New York State. Flooding was also reported in parts of Massachusetts, where 2 people were rescued.

Flooding damaged an estimated 120 homes in Steuben County where stretches of road were destroyed or covered in debris. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo declared a state of emergency for Steuben County on 18 August.

Affected areas include the towns of West Union, Woodhull, Troupsburg, Tuscarora, Greenwood, Canisteo, Hornellsville, Jasper, and Addison, where 8 people were rescued from flooded homes. Shelters were set up in Corning and Canisteo to house evacuees.