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2 tourists injured in Mexico crocodile attack

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Two British women are recovering from a crocodile attack in a lagoon along Mexico's southern Pacific coast, an official said Wednesday.

The two women, apparently sisters, were visiting the Manialtepec lagoon near the surf and beach destination of Puerto Escondido in the state of Oaxaca when the attack occurred late Sunday, according to Said Silva, the head of the local civil defense office.

The lagoon is known for its stands of mangroves and for brackish waters that turn bioluminescent at some times of the year.

Silva said witnesses told officials that the two Britons were swimming when one was attacked by a crocodile. The second woman was injured trying to assist the first.

Arrow Down

15-foot sinkhole opens up in parking lot of business in New Jersey

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A large sinkhole disrupted business in a community in New Jersey on Tuesday.

Wall Township Police responded to calls of a 15-foot sinkhole which opened just before 12:30 p.m. in the rear parking lot of a commercial business on State Highway 35.

The on-scene investigation found that the 6-foot-deep sink hole had developed just 30 feet from the rear of the building.

The front tires of a parked car ended up partially inside the sink hole.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills 300 sheep during heavy downpours in Himachal Pradesh, India

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Torrential rain and strong winds wreaked havoc in parts of Himachal Pradesh on Thursday night.

Kangra town received the highest 103mm of rainfall followed by Palampur and Paonta Sahib that got 70mm each. Dharamshala received 58mm of rainfall, Malan and Arki 44mm each, Shahpur 38mm, Joginderngar 33.5mm, Sundernagar 17mm and Sarkaghat 16mm. State capital Shimla got 11mm of rainfall.

The meteorological department has forecast heavy to very heavy rains over the coming days. "Adverse weather will prevail till June 16 with heavy to very heavy rain likely in most parts of Himachal Pradesh," said Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh.

A yellow weather warning for thunderstorms and lightning has been issued till June 13.

Livestock bear brunt in Baijnath

Nearly 300 sheep and goats were killed by lightning in the Manai Dhar area of Baijnath subdivision.


Info

Uttarakhand flood was caused by rare rock and glacier avalanche

The Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric plant
© Irfan Rashid, Department of Geoinformatics, University of Kashmir
The Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric plant was damaged by a debris flow
The 2021 flood in Uttarakhand, India, that resulted in over 200 dead and missing was the result of an avalanche that dropped about 27 million square metres of rock and glacier ice from the nearby Ronti mountain.

On 7 February 2021, residents of the Chamoli district in Uttarakhand saw a plume of dust coming down through the valley followed swiftly by a massive amount of water that damaged two hydropower projects. They extensively filmed the events of that day, broadcasting it in real time.

"It's not that this is the first time that a flood happened, but it is the first time that a flood happened in February. It snows in the region in winter and floods generally happen in the monsoon season which is between June and August," says Kavita Upadhyay, an independent journalist and water policy expert in India.

Dan Shugar at the University of Calgary in Canada and his colleagues used satellite images and sensor data to trace the source of the flood and found that it was triggered by an avalanche consisting of about 80 per cent bedrock and 20 per cent glacier ice that dropped almost 2 kilometres to the valley below, then continued travelling down, picking up trees and other debris along the way.


Comment: Himalayan glacier bursts in India causing flash flooding & destroying dam, 150 feared dead


Attention

Hoover Dam reservoir hits alarming record low

Hoover dam
© YouTube/Reuters (screen capture)
The reservoir created by Hoover Dam, an engineering marvel that symbolized 20th Century American ingenuity, has sunk to its lowest level ever, underscoring the gravity of the extreme drought across the U.S. West.


Cloud Precipitation

India records second-highest May rainfall in 121 years

India rain
© PTI
May received the second-highest rainfall in 121 years, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said in its monthly report Thursday, attributing two back-to-back cyclones and western disturbances for the record precipitation.

It also said that at 34.18 degrees Celsius, the average maximum temperature over India this May was the fourth lowest since 1901.

The lowest ever temperature recorded for May was 32.68 degrees Celsius in 1917. The temperature was lowest since 1977 when it was of 33.84 degrees Celsius, the IMD said.

There was no significant heatwave spell observed during the month over any parts of India, he said. Rainfall over the country as a whole for the month of May 2021 shows that it has recorded 107.9 millimetres which is 74 per cent more than its Long Period Average (LPA) of 62 mm.

"Rainfall over India during the month of May was second-highest since 1901. The ever highest rainfall occurred in the year 1990 (110.7mm)," the IMD said in its monthly report for May. May saw the formation of a cyclone each in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. Tauktae formed over the Arabian Sea and developed into an 'extremely severe cyclonic storm'.

Comment: Monsoon rains cause havoc in Mumbai, 11 dead after building collapses - 8 inches of rainfall in 12 hours


Cloud Precipitation

Severe hailstorm leaves municipalities in Mexico covered in white

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The hailstorm that fell this Wednesday covered the streets of municipalities such as Atizapán, Ecatepec and Metepec in the State of Mexico in white.

Through social networks, users shared images and videos of the roads completely covered by hail, which also caused floods.

Internet users also shared photographs showing that the hail that fell on this day was large.

Through its Twitter account, Conagua Clima indicated that for the next few hours the storms, gusts of wind of 45 kilometers per hour and hail fall in the municipalities of the State of Mexico will continue.

Drivers traveling on the Mexico-Toluca and Mexico-Cuernavaca highway were also alerted.


Snowflake Cold

Coldest June day in 122 years for New South Wales, Australia

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Blizzards have dumped more than half a metre of snow over parts of New South Wales over the last 48 hours as towns and cities shiver through record-breaking temperatures.


Comment: Related: Floods prompt evacuations and rescues in Victoria, Australia - rivers rise significantly beyond major flood warning levels


Snowflake

Some Quebecers wake up to SNOW on June 10

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© Mélissa Brière | Facebook Roxanne Berger | Facebook
If you thought Montreal's heat wave was bad, locals of the town Murdochville, Quebec, woke up to snow on Thursday morning.

The town is located approximately an eight-and-a-half-hour drive from Montreal. So while it wasn't anywhere close to us, we can still feel for our fellow Quebecers.

Snow in June? Who wants that?

One resident of Murdochville, Roxanne Berger, told MTL Blog around 8 a.m. that it was no longer snowing.

At the time of writing this article, The Weather Network showed that it was 1 degree in Murdochville. Meanwhile, it was 15 degrees in Montreal.


Cloud Precipitation

Strong floods and streets turn into rivers in Saratov, Russia

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Strong floods sweeping cars in the city of Saratov, Russia.