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Violent summer storm hammers Mallorca, Spain - tornado rips off tops of trees

A waterspout ripped the tops off trees in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains
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A waterspout ripped the tops off trees in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains
Violent weather hammered Mallorca on Saturday, bringing down hundreds of trees and causing blocked roads and power outages.

Giant hailstones of up to two centimetres across pelted down on areas including Bunyola, Valldemossa, Soller and Escorca mid-morning before the storm moved on to Andratx, Calvia and Palma.

Several of the island capital's beaches had to be closed due to discharges of untreated waste water.

A waterspout, or tornado forming over water, wreaked havoc in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains. The tops of trees were torn off and there were landslides, leaving roads impassable.


Cloud Precipitation

12 dead, 400,000 affected after heavy rain, floods in Odisha, India

Residents shift from a flooded village near the banks of river Bhargavi in Odisha’s Khordha district on Saturday.
© PTI
Residents shift from a flooded village near the banks of river Bhargavi in Odisha’s Khordha district on Saturday.
Fear of flood looms large in the Mahanadi river system in Odisha following heavy rainfall in its upper catchment areas in Chhatisgarh and a rise in the water level of Hirakud Dam, a senior official said.

Five more people lost their lives in rain-related incidents in the state on Friday, raising the deaths to nine, while 415,817 people in 10 districts are affected, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), PK Jena, said.

Forty of the 64 sluice gates of the Hirakud Dam, built across the Mahanadi near Sambalpur in Odisha, were opened by the authorities on Friday to discharge excess water.

The flood in the Mahanadi river system is likely to affect coastal districts such as Puri, Khurda, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Nayagarh, another official said.

Many other rivers are in spate submerging low-lying areas and snapping road connectivity.


Cloud Precipitation

Rains, floods leave dozens dead in Pakistan as unprecedented rainfall hits the country

landslide damage
10 more die in Karachi, Punjab reports 13 deaths, KP 16

In Karachi 19 more people lost their lives in various rain-related incidents on Friday, bringing the total number of causalities in the port city up to 50. Nearly all major roads of the city, including I.I.Chungrigar Road, University Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal remained underwater, hampering routine life in the provincial capital.

Nine more people lose their lives in Punjab and at least six were killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa as unprecedented rainfall across the country has continued to cause devastation in all provinces.

In Kot Radha Kishan, five people were killed as a roof of a house collapsed in Bhotan Poroman area, said rescue sources. The bodies were retrieved from the debris and were shifted to a nearby hospital for autopsy.


Fire

Pine Gulch fire becomes largest in Colorado history as firefighters near full containment

Firefighters at the Pine Gulch fire near Grand Junction
© Handout
Firefighters at the Pine Gulch fire near Grand Junction.
The Pine Gulch fire has become the largest blaze in Colorado history, having torched more than 139,000 acres.

Incident command provided an updated size for the fire near Grand Junction on Thursday night.

The blaze is now larger than the 2002 Hayman fire west of Colorado Springs, which burned roughly 138,000 acres and destroyed 133 homes. The Hayman fire, which was previously the state's largest wildland blaze, was also blamed for several deaths.

The Pine Gulch fire has not destroyed any homes or caused any injuries, but firefighters have been battling it for about a month. It started on July 31 and was ignited by lightning.

The fire was 77% contained as of Thursday evening.

Three other major fires are burning in Colorado. No homes have been destroyed or injuries reported from any of them.


Attention

New 50-metre deep 'crater' found blasted open on Yamal peninsular, Siberia

Yamal crater
© by Vesti Yamal
The new funnel filmed from air by the team of Yamal-based TV station. July 2020
Blocks of soil and ice thrown hundreds of metres from epicentre of the funnel at the Yamal peninsula.

The recently-formed new hole or funnel is the latest to be seen in northern Siberia since the phenomenon was first registered in 2014.

It was initially spotted by chance from the air by a Vesti Yamal TV crew en route from an unrelated assignment.

A group of scientists then made an expedition to examine the large cylindrical crater which has a depth of up to 50 metres.

Such funnels are believed to be caused by the build up of methane gas in pockets of thawing permafrost under the surface.

Comment: In Pierre Lescaudron's book Earth Changes and the Human-Cosmic Connection he explicates the possible factors involved in earthquakes, volcanoes and sinkholes. The following extract may help explain the mysterious and sudden appearance of some of these craters in Siberia, why their proximity to methane deposits may be relevant, and why some have reportedly been accompanied by a 'big bang' and a 'pillar of fire':
So, most of the Earth's crust can become highly conductive if subjected to mechanical stress/shock, for example the type of stress due to the slowing down and opening up of the Earth's lithosphere described above. When high conductivity is reached, electric current can occur between ground regions of different electric potential.1 This current being fed, among other factors, by the change in surface-core E-field mentioned previously.

At this point a second phenomenon called piezo electricity might itervene. Some crystals, in particular quartz which is very frequent in granite rocks,2 will deform if subjected to electric current (that's almost the reverse of the above described phenomenon where mechanical deformation triggers electric current).

One could thus hypothesize that earthquakes are not unlike underground lightning. Earthquakes being to underground electric phenomenon what lightning is to atmospheric electric phenomenon: a simple charge rebalancing process generating some mechanical side effects: air waves (thunder) for lightning and crustal waves (seismic tremors) for earthquakes.

Footnotes:
1 Such effects, combined with emissions of gasses from inside the earth, another consequence of 'opening up', could be another factor in the eruption of anomalous fires and explosions.

2 Interestingly most mountain range are made of granite, concomitantly mountain range are also some of the most quake prone geological formations.
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Snowflake Cold

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Winter forecast high food prices and cancelled credit cards

farmers almanac
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Just as food prices spike banks are cutting credit card limits and the N. Hemisphere settles in for the coldest winter in a century with crop losses sending grocery bills upward. Australia highest snowfall total ever recorded in a non-alpine area. Russia pummeled with summer snow drifts and record cold temperatures. Grand Solar Minimum ON !


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Boat

Flood death toll reaches 251 in Bangladesh

Floodwater has inundated a village at Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj, making access to food and safe water extremely difficult for the villagers. The photo was taken on Thursday, July 23, 2020
© Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune
Floodwater has inundated a village at Louhajang upazila in Munshiganj, making access to food and safe water extremely difficult for the villagers. The photo was taken on Thursday, July 23, 2020
A total of 251 people have died due to excessive flooding in 33 districts across Bangladesh till now.

Health Emergency Operation Center and the Control Room of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) disclosed the figure in a media statement on Friday, reports Bangla Tribune.

After analysing the control room data from the last two months, it appears that most of the deaths were caused by drowning.


Snowflake Cold

Significant snow blankets low-lying parts of Western Cape, South Africa

snow
The Western Cape has experienced low temperatures since Friday - and on Saturday certain parts of the region were blanketed in snow. Matroosberg, Sutherland and Ceres regions have been fortunate enough to enjoy significant snowfall.

Snow-Forecast predicted that the Matroosberg area will receive a light covering of snow on Saturday [August 29]. "Temperatures will be below freezing, with a maximum of 0°C on Monday morning [August 31], and min -7°C on Saturday night [August 29]. Winds will also be decreasing, with fresh winds from the west on Saturday morning [August 29], and calm by Monday night [August 31]."


Comment: From the same source on the same day:
Cape Town mesmerised by snow on Table Mountain

snow

Snowing on Table Mountain
It's snowing on Table Mountain. This is the second time in recent years that snow flurried over the top of the majestic mountain.

A video of snow coming down on the mountain was shared by Table Mountain Aerial Cableway, and Capetonians are thrilled by the sight.


"Must be cold down there. Take care," one social media user commented.

"Snow, wow we don't really get it like before," another said.



Eye 2

Signs and Portents: Two-headed rattlesnake found near Arizona golf course - 'I lost my mind a little'

A professional snake catcher searching for den of rattlesnakes stumbled on a two-headed western diamondback rattlesnake near Arizona golf course.
© Rattlesnake Solutions
A professional snake catcher searching for den of rattlesnakes stumbled on a two-headed western diamondback rattlesnake near Arizona golf course. The snake, which died, has shaken social media.
Greyson Getty says he was following a western diamondback rattlesnake through a bush when he found himself suddenly staring down 11 rattlesnakes.

But things got even stranger for the professional snake catcher when he noticed a peculiar snake coiled by itself in one corner of the den.

It was a very large "baby" with two heads. And it appeared to have just died, he said.

"Once I pull it out of the hole, honestly, I lost my mind a little," Getty told McClatchy News. "The body of the snake seemed to be quite large and disproportionate compared to its siblings. It was just over double the size of a normal baby rattlesnake."

Tornado2

Rare waterspout filmed off Southwold coast in Suffolk, UK

waterspout
A waterspout caught the attention of tourists and residents this weekend after it was spotted moving across the sea.

The weather phenomenon was filmed by Lisa Wroe, 49, from Flint in Wales, while on holiday on the Suffolk coast.

She had been visiting Southwold when the phenomenon was caught on camera.

"I was sat near the pier and it went very dark in the distance and started thundering," Ms Wroe told the PA news agency.

"I noticed out to sea what looked like smoke on the horizon. On closer inspection I realised the sea was being churned up directly underneath this long pointed 'arrow' coming out of the sky.