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Texas wildfires cause chaos as largest blaze in state history scorches 1.2 million acres - 2 killed

Dozens of wildfires are causing chaos across the Texas Panhandle as the Smokehouse Creek fire - now the largest blaze in state history - grew to more than 1mn acres on Thursday, even as a dusting of snow brought a measure of relief.

At least two people have died, according to officials. The second victim, confirmed by the Texas department of public safety Thursday afternoon, has been identified as Cindy Owens, a 40-year-old woman who was reportedly overtaken by the fire when she got out of her truck in the town of Canadian. The first, 83-year-old grandmother Joyce Blankenship, was killed in her neighborhood of Stinnett, north-east of Amarillo.

Fueled by parched grasses, strong winds and abnormally warm temperatures, the fires have scorched more than 1.2 million acres since last Sunday, according to the Texas A&M forest service, leaving a desolate landscape of charred prairie, dead cattle and burned-out homes in their wake.


1 dead, thousands displaced by floods in Malawi

Malawi Flood Crisis: 1 Dead, Thousands Displaced in Nkhotakota, Karonga Districts
Malawi Flood Crisis: 1 Dead, Thousands Displaced in Nkhotakota, Karonga Districts
In a devastating turn of events, flash floods have wreaked havoc on Nkhotakota and Karonga, two districts in Malawi located along the shores of Lake Malawi. Authorities have confirmed one fatality and the displacement of thousands, highlighting an urgent call for humanitarian assistance.

Unprecedented Flood Damage

The Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) has reported that more than 7,000 individuals in Nkhotakota have been forced to evacuate to safer grounds, with nine camps set up to shelter the displaced. This crisis follows continuous heavy rainfall that has not only claimed lives but also destroyed homes, businesses, and vital infrastructure.

In Karonga, over 600 households face similar dire circumstances, with their livelihoods disrupted by the loss of crops and property due to the swollen North Rukuru River.

Snowflake Cold

Heavy snow kills 9 in Afghanistan as extreme weather blocks key highways

At least nine people have died in Afghanistan and two have suffered injuries after the conflict-battered country was hit by heavy snowfall and storm, the Taliban's caretaker government said on Friday.

The bad weather combined with snow and sub zero temperatures has hit provinces running from northern Afghanistan to southern parts of the country.

"Due to cold weather and rainfall in Kandahar, Helmand, Badghis, Sar-e-Pol, Badakhshan and Jawzjan, nine people have died and two have been injured," said Janan Saiq, the spokesperson for the Taliban-led ministry of state for disaster management, reported Afghan news channel Tolo news.

He added that the extreme weather destroyed residential houses and livestock.

Visuals shared by Afghan journalist in exile Bilal Sarwary showed extreme snowfall in western Afghanistan which led to a local losing his cattle.


Bolivia declares emergency after floods kill dozens

The Bolivian government has declared a disaster in the Amazon region after floods killed 40 people and forced more than 500 families to evacuate the area.


Angry elephant throws tourist around like a ragdoll in Jaipur, India on February 13

Terrifying moment enraged elephant grabs female Russian tourist
Terrifying moment enraged elephant grabs female Russian tourist
This is the terrifying moment an elephant giving rides in Jaipur, India decided to stage a protest against her working conditions in the most dramatic way possible. Gouri the elephant was filmed swinging a Russian tourist round with her trunk, throwing her across the courtyard before calmly wandering off. At least two people were injured during the incident, with the Russian tourist suffering a broken leg.

Elephants are rarely aggressive, say animal welfare groups, but can become violent when threatened or mistreated. Advocates are now suggesting Gouri be moved to a sanctuary, with PETA calling for tourists to 'vote with their wallets' and boycott tourism businesses that use elephants.

Arrow Down

Drone footage shows massive landslide at Humboldt County beach in California

A large chunk of land at a California coastal trail slipped into the ocean on Saturday. Drone footage taken at Centerville Beach near Ferndale in Humboldt County captured part of the landslide, showing onlookers running from the cliff edge as the ground fell away.

Landslides at the Fleener Creek Trailhead have been "ongoing" since January, according the Bureau of Land Management. The trail was first closed on Jan. 18, as significant winter storms hit the state.

This weekend, a large portion of the clifftop, including part of the trailhead parking lot, slid into the sea, local news outlet Redheaded Blackbelt first reported. Father and son drone-operating team Double B UAV shared before-and-after photos of the event on social media, alongside some dramatic video.

The video shared on YouTube shows two onlookers in the parking lot hastily retreating to safety as more of the cliff face crumbled — it happens at around 25 seconds into the video below:

Cloud Precipitation

Storms cause traffic chaos and floods across Spain

The majority of regions in Spain were under orange alert for snowfall, as snow, wind and rain disrupted daily life.

A storm of snow, wind and rain has hit Spain, disrupting or complicating traffic on many roads across almost the entire country.

All regions except Extremadura were put on yellow or orange weather alert in the last few hours.

The orange alert for snowfall has been activated in Cantabria, the Pyrenees and Galicia. In Cantabria, snow accumulations of up to 15 cm are expected from 800 metres above sea level.

In the Basque Country, Navarra and Castilla y León, heavy rains caused rivers to overflow, with flooding cutting off roads in various areas.


After all the media hype, wildfires across southern Europe were completely normal in 2023

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Writing in the Daily Telegraph last July, Suzanne Moore reported that the "world is on fire - and we can't ignore it any longer". She was noting the usual outbreaks of summer wildfires in southern Europe and suggested a retreat by cautious holiday makers in Rhodes away from one conflagration was "what climate refugees look like".

The Guardian was in similar hysterical mode observing that the lesson from Greece was "the climate crisis is coming for us all". Such was the level of Thermogeddon interest last summer it is curious that final figures for areas burnt during the year are missing from mainstream media. In the five largest southern European countries for which the EU provides separate data - Portugal, Spain, France, Italy and Greece - 2023 was only the 20th highest in the modern satellite burnt acreage record going back to 1980.

This is perhaps not surprising. Fire 'weather' is a potent tool in stoking up general climate anxiety and helps promote the need for a collectivist Net Zero political solution. The Guardian used video footage of tourists moving away from one wildfire last year to claim "survival mode" could easily pass for a "TV climate crisis awareness raising campaign". An Agence France-Presse report in the Guardian quoted EU spokesman Balazs Ujvari as stating that fires are getting more severe. "If you look at the figures every year in the past years, we are seeing trends which are not necessarily favourable."

Comment: The climate scammers will use literally ANYTHING to suggest that the climate is changing and that it's your fault.

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Rare February tornadoes confirmed east of Chicago and in Ohio, Michigan as Midwest is battered by storms

A hangar was destroyed and airplanes damaged at the Madison County Airport following a severe storm, Wednesday morning, Feb. 28, 2024, in London, Ohio.
© DORAL CHENOWETH, APA hangar was destroyed and airplanes damaged at the Madison County Airport following a severe storm, Wednesday morning, Feb. 28, 2024, in London, Ohio.
One tornado was confirmed east of Chicago on Wednesday while more than a half dozen struck Ohio and Michigan following reports of overnight warnings.

The Illinois tornado occurred in Henry County, around 150 miles east of Chicago, according to the National Weather Service. The service is investigating multiple reports of damage caused by high winds in the state and will determine how many tornadoes can be confirmed.

"Sometimes the damage is caused just by high winds not associated with a tornado," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Mike Doll told USA TODAY Wednesday.

The EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 110 mph damaged two farm structures and destroyed a shop, local station KWQC reported.

Cloud Precipitation

Italy plagued by bad weather: landslides in Liguria, river alarms in Veneto

Italy is once again dealing with bad weather. With weather warnings issued from north to south of the country, including in Sardinia.

The most critical situation remains that of Liguria and Veneto, an area already affected by numerous landslides and where the rivers are under special observation.

Schools closed in Vicenza, where flooding also blocked the ring road and the railway, with the high-speed train diverted via Bologna.

"These are complex hours", the words of the governor Luca Zaia who follows the evolution of the situation.