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Torrential downpour causes severe flooding in Douala, Cameroon

A torrential downpour on 21 August 2020 caused flooding in the city of Douala and surrounding areas of Littoral region in the south west of Cameroon.

In Douala, the country's economic capital, flooding swamped the city's roads and damaged bridges, causing widespread traffic disruption. The districts pf Makèpe Missokè, Bepanda and Mabanda were among the worst affected, according to media reports.

Flooding also caused widespread material damages, including to hundreds of homes. Samuel Ivaha Diboua, governor of the Littoral region, told reporters that almost 900 families have been displaced due to the flooding.

The United Nations recently reported that heavy rainfall at the end of July caused rivers to overflow in Cameroon's Far North (Extrême-Nord) region, affecting over 5,000 people.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods hit 8 northern provinces of Thailand - 9.4 inches of rain in 24 hours

Chicken crosses the road with assistance

Chicken crosses the road with assistance
One person has died after heavy rainfall and flooding which has affected wide areas of northern Thailand since 20 August.

Thai Meteorological Department reports that Phrae, capital of Phrae Province, recorded almost 240mm of rain in 24 hours to 22 August 2020. The Yom river overflowed flooding areas of Muang and Sung Men districts in the province, while the Nan river broke its banks in Nan Province, where 1 person died.

Disaster authorities in Thailand report that flooding has affected 382 villages in 25 districts in the eight provinces of Nan, Phrae, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Phayao, Uttaradit, Lamphun and Mae Hong Son.

Cloud Lightning

Rare Type II Gigantic Jet event recorded over Tropical Storm Laura

The red arrow points from Lucena's camera to the Gigantic Jets
© Frankie Lucena
The red arrow points from Lucena's camera to the Gigantic Jets
On Aug. 22nd, Tropical Storm Laura passed by Puerto Rico. Just as it was bearing down on the island, the intensifying storm fired off two Gigantic Jets. Frankie Lucena video recorded the tree-shaped bolts using a low-light camera in the coastal town Cabo Rojo.

Gigantic Jets are related to sprites, only much bigger. They fly out of the tops of some thunderstorms and can reach all the way to the edge of space. That's why some people call them "space lightning." They are a sign of intense electrical activity in the storm below.

"This appears to be a rare Type II Gigantic Jet event," says Lucena. Gigantic Jets come in three types. Type II events start out as Blue Jets, then transform into Gigantic Jets. The metamorphosis is not well understood. "Out of the more than 40 Gigantic Jets I've captured over the years in the Caribbean, only three of them might be Type IIs"--so very rare indeed.

Comment: ELVEs captured above Tropical Storm Laura


6.2 magnitude earthquake shakes Costa Rica

Costa Rica earthquake map
A moderately strong earthquake shook Costa Rica this Monday, August 24 at 3:50 pm.

According to the National Seismologic Network (RSN)the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.2 and the epicenter was located 12 kilometers southwest of Jaco, Garabito, Puntarenas as a result of the subduction of Cocos plate.


Ice Age Farmer Report: Food warfare - More states to test/close farms - Wildfires & weather warfare

Our food supply is under all out attack. WA and MI have followed CA in mandating COVID-19 testing for farmworkers, which--as we have seen in Ontario--presages their shutting down farms where workers test positive. Depriving farms of harvest labor is unthinkable. More California wildfires expected. Two hurricanes inbound to gulf, rice-producing areas. You must start growing your own food now.



Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmosphere is rapidly changing in the Grand Solar Minimum

Most ever water spouts across great lakes, most ever waterspouts in one single image Louisiana, first ever tornado warning in wildfires, three cargo cranes topple India high winds and final tally of the Iowa Derecho and crop losses @ 43% of the entire state.


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Ship out the camels: Yet more summer floods hit Saudi Arabia

Heavy rain brings flooding to the south of Taif, Saudi Arabia.

Comment: This normally dry, hot and arid desert country has seen extraordinary heavy rainfall, flooding, thunder and hailstorms during the spring and summer this year as evinced by the following numerous video reports:

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Verona in Italy flooded in 'river of hailstones'

Verona, Vicenza and Padua hit by violent storm on Sunday night.

Veneto governor Luca Zaia has signed a 'state of crisis' order after the north Italian city of Verona was hit by a sudden storm on the evening of 23 August.

Witnesses spoke of streets flooded with "rivers of hailstones" in the city centre, with the storm knocking more than 500 trees.


Rarely sighted Sowerby's beaked whale washes up on beach in Lowestoft, UK

The dead whale washed up on Lowestoft North beach.
© Kevin Coote
The dead whale washed up on Lowestoft North beach.
A young dead whale has washed up on a beach in Suffolk.

The 3m-long (10ft) mammal was found on Lowestoft North Beach on Saturday morning.

Experts believe it is a Sowerby's beaked whale - a species of whale which was named after naturalist James Sowerby.

They are rarely sighted and are typically found in deep waters.


Fermi 2 nuclear power plant 'stable' after rare earthquake near Detroit Beach, Michigan

A 3.2-magnitude earthquake was reported near Monroe around 6:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.
© U.S. Geological Survey
A 3.2-magnitude earthquake was reported near Monroe around 6:55 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, 2020.
A minor earthquake near Detroit Beach rattled Downriver areas and was felt in places through the region, but left the nearby Fermi 2 nuclear power plant in a safe condition, officials said.

The 3.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded Friday evening south-southeast of Detroit Beach near Monroe by the U.S. Geological Survey, about two miles south of the nuclear plant.

The earthquake, rare for Michigan, occurred at 6:55 p.m just off the shoreline of Sterling State Park, according to USGS.

Depth was determined to be 9.2 km, or about 5.71 miles. The USGS initially reported the quake as reaching 3.4 magnitude.