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At least 23 dead as massive wildfire sweeps through US Western states - California sky turns 'apocalyptic orange'

Fires light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville, California
© AP: Noah Berger
Fires light up a hillside behind the Bidwell Bar Bridge in Oroville, California.
The remains of three people were discovered north of Sacramento near the site of a large-scale wildfire, which has left several others seriously injured as rescuers search for 12 missing persons amid the blaze.

Two of the deceased victims were discovered in one location, while the third was found separately, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said, noting they had not yet been identified.

Out of 85 missing persons reports filed in relation to the fire, 12 have not yet been located, he added. Several others were severely wounded after being trapped overnight in the inferno, dubbed the 'Bear Fire,' according to CalFire Battalion Chief Sean Norman.

"We were rescuing people most of the night. We had several critical burn injuries of civilians we were able to rescue and bring into the fire station and then get them off the hill," the fire chief said.


Comment: US media is reporting that at least 23 people have died as a result of these wildfires so far.

See also: Wildfires prompt evacuations across Oregon and SW Washington - over 2.5 million acres burnt in former


Snowflake Cold

September snow blankets parts of 4 US states - up to 17 inches deep

casper wyoming snow

Casper Wyoming snow
Seventeen inches of snow, 70-degree temperature drops and the earliest snowfall on record were just part of a record September winter blast.

Seventeen inches of snow in Wyoming, the earliest snowfall on record for New Mexico and the earliest flakes in decades for parts of Colorado — these are just a few of the astonishing weather reports coming out of a record-setting September week.

On Wednesday morning, snow was falling over parts of Colorado and 5 million people remained under winter weather alerts across portions of the Northern and Central Rockies. Those in the Denver area woke up to 1 to 4 inches of snow coating trees and grassy surfaces.

A few more inches of snow was possible, mostly at the highest elevations, before the snow was expected to end by afternoon.


Cloud Precipitation

China renews blue alert for rainstorms

floods
China's national observatory on Tuesday renewed a blue alert for rainstorms in parts of the country's northeastern, eastern and southern regions.

From Tuesday to 8 am Wednesday, heavy rainfall and rainstorms are expected in parts of Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, Fujian, Guangdong and Guangxi, the National Meteorological Center said.

Some regions will see up to 60 mm of hourly precipitation, the center said.


Boat

Flood death toll rises to 6 in north east Ghana

A photo of the flood situation in the North East Region

A photo of the flood situation in the North East Region
Two more persons have died in the floods in the North East Region. This brings to six the number of persons who have died so far.

The deceased, namely Amanita Adjei, 42, and Anaab Akumayini, 39, were said to have drowned last Saturday while using a canoe to salvage their crops that had been submerged by the floodwaters.

Days of downpour and spillage from the Bagre dam in Burkina Faso have resulted in massive flooding of areas down the White Volta.

This year's opening of the spill gates to release water from the Bagre Dam is the earliest since 2007. The spill gates were opened on August 10, which is three weeks ahead of the earliest date previously recorded.


Attention

Carcass of dead minke whale washes up on Rhode Island Beach

Whale removed from Rhode Island Beach

Whale removed from Rhode Island Beach
The carcass of a young minke whale that washed up on a Rhode Island beach is due to be buried on Monday.

The whale washed up Sunday with the high tide at Scarborough State Beach.

The Providence Journal reports biologists with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management identified it as a juvenile northern or common minke whale.

Minke whales can grow to about 35-feet long and weigh up to 10 tons, but the one that landed near the North Pavilion of Scarborough Beach was young and 15-feet long.


Snowflake Cold

Don't let anyone tell you North America's historic shift to September snow is due to 'global warming'

US summer heat and snow
Parts of the U.S. have gone from balmy summer heat to historic cold and snow in less than 24 hours. Below is a rebuttal to the mainstream position that CO2-induced 'Arctic Amplification' is to blame.

Alarmists claim that the Arctic is warming faster than everywhere else, and that this phenomenon is weakening the jet stream. They say the difference in temperature between the Arctic and the mid-latitudes fuels the jet stream, and that a disproportionately warming Arctic is reducing that temperature difference, weakening the winds to favor a wavier flow:

Comment: Temperatures plunge by 60 degrees in under 24 hours, bringing snow to Colorado, Montana and Wyoming

Some recent articles relating to Grand Solar Minimum include:


Doberman

Man mauled to death by his own dog in Perth, Australia

Father and former broadcast operator Dave Whitney

Father and former broadcast operator Dave Whitney (pictured), 59, was mauled to death by his own Rottweiler
Neighbours have described horrific scenes after a man from Perth was brutally mauled to death by his own dog.

Neighbours have described horrific scenes after a father from Perth was brutally mauled to death by his own dog.

Police were called to a property on Halvorson Rd in Morley just after 8pm on Monday where they found Dave Whitney, 59, with life-threatening injuries.

Mr Whitney died at the scene despite efforts from responding officers.

It's understood he had been in an argument with his roommate, 36-year-old Brody Gardner in the moments before the dog attack.


Cloud Precipitation

Deadly flash floods hit Northern Provinces of Algeria

flood
At least one person died and hundreds of homes damaged after flash flooding in northern Algeria.

The flooding came after stormy weather from 07 to 08 September brought heavy rainfall. Baraki in Algiers Province recorded 63.0 mm of rain in 24 hours to 08 September.

Algeria Civil Protection reported that one person, believed to be a child, died after being swept away by flood waters in the city of Mila.

Elsewhere, 3 people were rescued from a vehicle trapped in a flooded tunnel in the city of Oum El Bouaghi. Civil Protection were also called on to rescue people from several vehicles trapped in flood waters in the city of Batna. Around 800 homes were flooded in Boumerdès and 40 homes in Khenchela.

Flooding also affected the capital, Algiers, and surrounding areas. Roads were inundated, causing severe traffic disruption in at least 5 municipalities, including Sidi Mhamed where 2 buildings partially collapsed.


Fire

Wildfires prompt evacuations across Oregon and SW Washington - over 2.5 million acres burnt in former

Cody Perkins shared photos Tuesday of wildfire smoke over Roseburg

Cody Perkins shared photos Tuesday of wildfire smoke over Roseburg
Strong wind and hot, dry conditions are making for critical fire conditions across the Pacific Northwest.

The Oregon Office of Emergency Management says there are more than 480 active fires across the state, adding that more than 2.5 million acres have been burned. Governor Kate Brown invoked the Emergency Conflagration Act Tuesday afternoon.

Several fast-moving fires prompted evacuation orders in communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington overnight Monday and into Tuesday.


Tornado2

Weirdly shaped waterspout filmed during calm weather off Flagler Beach, Florida

waterspout
At the time of the waterspout no thunderstorms or warnings were in place

A waterspout was located off of Flagler Beach on Tuesday, News 6 viewer Bob Barrows took a photo and video of the funnel.

News 6 Chief Meteorologist Tom Sorrells said no warnings or watches were in place at the time of the waterspout.