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19,380,000 people now affected by the flooding across China

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Torrential rains have been pounding large areas of China, triggering floods, mudslides and destroying roads as local authorities scramble to send in rescuers. State media reported that the deadly floods had affected around 19,380,000 people as of July 3, 2020. At least 121 people were reportedly dead or missing.


Cloud Precipitation

Summer floods devastate Serbian crops and raspberry orchards

Vegetable gardens, pastures, crop plantations and raspberry orchards were flooded after the rains in Serbia. Raspberry plants take years to mature.
© Mila Mirkovic
Vegetable gardens, pastures, crop plantations and raspberry orchards were flooded after the rains in Serbia. Raspberry plants take years to mature.
Due to climate change, the weather is becoming volatile and unpredictable. In South-Eastern as well as in Central Europe, winters are now miilder, spring weather is dry and turbulent, and summers are scorching hot. Plant cultivation is vulnerable, and droughts as well as floods can cause serious damages. In the recent period, the early summer rainy season started in Serbia and caused considerable damages.

Floods devastate crops and raspberry orchards

A tributary of Zapadna Morava, the Moravica River flooded and destroyed more than a thousand hectares of raspberry orchards in Western Serbia. Between 2-3 thousand hectares of potato and corn plantations, vegetable gardens and pastures have been flooded, stated President of the Association of Raspberry and Blackberry Producers in Serbia Dobrivoje Radovic.


Apple Red

Bad weather affects food production all over Italy

damage
The past weekend was characterized by hail and strong winds in various parts of Italy. As meteorologist Maycol Checchinato reports, "when temperatures remain high for a few days, the arrival of cool air generates instability, storms and whirlwinds."

"Cherries and apricots have been heavily damaged by hail on July 3rd. Some stones were as large as golf balls and weighed over 80 grams," explains Simone Venzi, a grower from Sarsina (Forlì-Cesena).

At the moment, Venzi grows the Corniola variety, although much of the fruit has been lost. "Luckily, a lot of the produce had already been harvested, so the damage was limited to the late productions. Late apricots were also lost."


Arrow Up

Nishino-shima volcano, Japan erupts to 27,230 ft (8.3 km) - Its highest since 2013

Nishino-shima volcano


The worldwide volcanic uptick associated with the next Grand Solar Minimum is continuing. We can now add Nishino-shima volcano to the list after its ongoing effusive-explosive, high-level eruptions which started in mid-June.


Nishino-shima volcano (Volcano Islands, Japan) awoke last December after a two-or-so year quiescence. And now, on the back of June's string of 12,000 ft vulcanian-strombolian-type eruptions and active lava flows on its northern slopes, the volcano has ejected a very dense ash plume to an altitude of 27,230 ft (8,300 m).

Today, July 6, both the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) and HIMAWARI-8 satellite data have confirmed the July 4 eruption, which is considered to be the highest ash plume of the volcano since 2013.


Cloud Precipitation

21 killed after bus carrying students crashes into lake amid widespread flooding in China - death toll reaches 119

Rescue workers are seen at the site where a bus carrying students plunged into a lake
© REUTERS
Rescue workers are seen at the site where a bus carrying students plunged into a lake
At least 21 people were killed when a bus carrying students to their annual college entrance exam plunged into a lake in southwest China on Tuesday, authorities and state media said.

The bus crashed into a guardrail and veered into Hongshan Lake in Guizhou province, leaving 15 others injured, the local emergency management department said in a statement.

The incident took place around noon in Anshun city and eyewitnesses said the bus' passengers included students who were on their way to sit their gruelling "gaokao" examinations, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Security camera footage shared on social media by CCTV showed the vehicle veering across at least five lanes - cutting into oncoming traffic - to plough through barriers on the other side of the road.


Snowflake

Temperature extremes: Pole of Cold district that recently recorded desert-like heat of +38C now sees snow in Verkhoyansk, Russia

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.

As the pictures show, Verkhoyansk was hit by summer snow, which is not unknown but hardly common.
Topsy-turvy summer swings from Saudi-heat to freezer in Arctic north of Russia's largest region of Yakutia.

Abnormally cold weather has been recorded in the north of Yakutia with residents of Verkhoyansk district waking up to fresh snow on 5 July.

Just days before that, locals were complaining about the hot and dry beginning of July, with air temperature heating up to +27C on 1 July, and wildfires raging.


Earlier, on 17 June this district saw a world record for the Arctic of 38C.

Cloud Precipitation

Airbus diverts following nose damage caused by hailstorm over New York

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Hail damage
A Delta A319 traveling from West Palm Beach to New York, La Guardia, last night was forced to make an emergency landing at JFK after suffering damage. The crew reported issues with the navigation system onboard, and when you see what the plane looked like when it landed, that's no big surprise.

All hail Delta Air Lines

A Delta Air Lines Airbus A319, registered N342NB, was performing flight DL1076 from West Palm Beach, Florida, to New York, La Guardia, last night. The aircraft took off from PBI just about on time at 16:02 and headed north for the two-and-a-half-hour flight.

Doberman

1-year-old girl dies in pit bull attack at July 4th party in Joliet, Illinois

PIT BULL ATTACK
A baby girl from Aurora died from dog bites early Sunday after a dog got loose in a Joliet home.

The parents of 17-month-old Marley Wilander put her in a playpen in an upstairs room of a friend's house while they attended a Fourth of July party, according to a statement from Joliet police.

Sometime during the night, two pit bull mix dogs got out of the basement of the home in the 1800 block of Cumberland Drive, police said. About 1:30 a.m. July 5, the homeowner heard noise upstairs and found one of the dogs biting the baby.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2, injures 2 others in Granville Township, Pennsylvania

Representative image

Representative image
Two people are dead after they were hit by lightning in Granville Township on Monday afternoon.

According to the Bradford County Coroner, lighting hit a total of 4 people around 2 o'clock. The two people who survived were taken to Robert Packer Hospital, and the two that were killed have yet to be positively identified.

Coroner Thomas Carman said it appears that the two males who were killed do not appear to be from the area, and are believed to be from Southern Pennsylvania.

Carman said that all four people that were struck by lightning were under a large tree stand in an open field.

There's no word on the condition of the two people who were taken to the hospital.

Fire

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: How bad will the Siberian Arctic wildfires get in 2020

Siberia wildfires
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Smoke from Siberian wildfires set to drift over Alaska and northern Canada as the fire season gets underway in Russia. How bad will it get this year, not sure, but based on areas up in smoke since 2003, there is a good amount of information to make an informed guess in 2020, the year of unusual.


Comment: Anomalous heatwave in Russian arctic continues with outbreaks of wildfires