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Lake discovered 11,000ft high in the Alps following heat wave

Mount Blanc
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Lake discovered high in the Mount Blanc range at the end of heatwave
A mountaineer has captured the formation of an "alarming" lake high in the French Alps after glacial snow melted in the intense heatwave that gripped central Europe in late June.

Bryan Mestre was shocked to discover the large pool of water at an altitude of 11,100ft (3,400m) in the Mount Blanc mountain range - claiming the unusual sight was a worrying sign.

Scientists have warned that heatwaves in Europe are becoming increasingly frequent, with the intense temperatures linked to climate change.

Comment: Also in this Alps this week: Snowfall for the Alps in July!


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Snowfall for the Alps in July!


It's mid-July and as we've seen with the heat wave on the Mont Blanc glacier a few weeks ago, the Alps have had their fair share of summer. But temperatures plunged again in the mountains this week, bringing snow to the highest peaks. Check out the webcams and tell us if this doesn't look like ski season come early! (for a list of ski resorts open in summer, click here)

A cold July

The weather god have been busy this year in the Alps, bringing us extreme snowfall in Austria, a random cold snap in May and now this. This last weekend saw chilly temperatures descend over South Germany, North Italy, Switzerland and Austria. In fact, it was so cold that fresh snow fell on more than one mountain summit - enough to make any skier's heart beat a little faster! Ski resorts like the Stubai Glacier took to social media to share their snowfall pictures.

Arrow Down

Multiple all-time record low temperatures set in NW Russia

record cold Russia July 2019
Temperatures across the majority of Europe have remained well-below average for July as a string of Arctic blasts continue to pummel the continent. Vast regions are seeing temperature departures of up to 20C below average, sending all-time cold records tumbling.

Northwest Russian is the latest region to see low temperature records fall.

A long-lasting cold advection is bringing temperatures down to -1C (30.2F) at an altitude of 1.5 km which, according to meteonovosti.ru, "happens very rarely in the summer months".

On Friday, July 12, and back down at normal mercury reading altitudes, new record low temperatures were observed across Northwest Russia, including in the regions of Karelia, Leningrad, Vologda and Kostroma:

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Record-high of 377 rivers reporting floods in China

Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2019 shows a part of flooded Xiangtan city in Central China's Hunan province
© Xinhua
Aerial photo taken on July 10, 2019 shows a part of flooded Xiangtan city in Central China's Hunan province
China has seen a record high of rivers reporting floods since this year's high-water season began, the Ministry of Water Resources said Sunday.

A total of 377 rivers across the country have reported floods exceeding alarm levels, over 80 percent more than the annual number of such rivers registered since 1998 when severe floods hit China, according to Wang Zhangli, deputy director with the ministry's flood and drought disaster prevention department.

Some 15 small and medium-sized rivers had seen the all-time worst floods, Wang added.

Comment: Floods have affected nearly 20 million people in China

Cloud Precipitation

Floods have affected nearly 20 million people in China

Floods affect 19.91 mln people in China

Floods affect 19.91 mln people in China
A total of 19.91 million people have been affected by floods since the beginning of the flood season this summer in China, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

The country had relocated about 1.3 million people due to floods, while 582,000 people were in need of emergency aid, the ministry said.

The disasters caused total losses of 53.4 billion yuan (about 7.7 billion U.S. dollars), with 34,000 houses collapsed and over 1.76 million hectares of farmland affected.

Comment: Record-high of 377 rivers reporting floods in China


Signs and Portents: Mutant cow born with two heads and three eyes caught on camera in Argentina

SAD: A deformed cow has been born with two heads
SAD: A deformed cow has been born with two heads
The footage shows the poor creature's conjoined heads being held up by a farmer.

While it has three eyes and two mouths, the creature does have two ears as normal.

The bizarre incident took place on a farm in the small village of Nasalo, located between the municipalities of Quimili and Anatuya, in the northern Argentina province of Santiago del Estero.

It is not known if the animal is still alive after the birth but local reports state the farmers were shocked by the strange calf.

Cloud Precipitation

Floods kill over 100 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh with 4 million forced from their homes

Flood affected villagers with their belongings
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Flood affected villagers with their belongings travel on a boat in Katahguri village in river Brahmaputra, east of Guwahati, India, Sunday, July 14, 2019
Floods have forced more than 40 lakh people from their homes across India, Nepal and Bangladesh and killed more than 100 people as torrential rains in the initial days of monsoons wreaked havoc.

The Assam and Bihar are among the worst hit. Some 43 lakh people have been displaced from their homes in Assam in the last 10 days due to rising waters across the mostly rural northeastern region, according to a government release on Monday.

Television channels showed roads and railway lines in Bihar submerged, with people wading through chest-high, churning brown waters, carrying their belongings on their heads.


Bali rocked by magnitude 6.1 earthquake

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An undersea earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has struck south of Indonesia's Bali, the European earthquake monitoring agency EMSC says, causing some residents and visitors on the tourist island to briefly rush out of buildings.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake on Tuesday and no tsunami warning was issued by the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.

The epicentre was 102km southwest of the island's capital, Denpasar, and was 100km deep, the EMSC said.

The US Geological Survey recorded the quake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.

A Twitter user with the handle Indounik in the city of Ubud on Bali said the quake was "strong enough to make me adopt the drop, cover & hold approach recommended to survive a quake".

Blue Planet

Giant jellyfish spotted off coast of Cornwall, UK

A giant barrel jellyfish has been spotted off the coast of Cornwall by divers.

"I've never seen one that big," said Lizzie Daly, a biologist who saw the creature near Falmouth. "We had seen a few smaller jellyfish at a beautiful reef nearby, and then out of the murk came this huge, beautiful jelly fish. You just take a double look and ask yourself if it's actually a metre and a half long."

She said swimming alongside the "gentle giant" was "such a serene, grounding experience".

Thousands of the creatures, the largest jellyfish found in British coastal waters, flock through the Atlantic Ocean towards warm coastal waters in the west of the UK each year and are often found washed up on beaches across May and June.

Comment: It makes sense that along with our cooling climate and the rise in extreme weather events, the behaviour of the creatures on our planet is changing too: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?