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Over 62,000 affected by floods with 145 villages under water in Assam, India

The flood situation in Assam turned serious on Tuesday with over 62,000 people getting affected across eight districts.

The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said 145 villages are under water and 3,435 hectares of crop areas have been damaged.

The situation could turn worse as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast enhanced rain in the northeastern states including Assam in the next few days.

Around 62,400 people are suffering due to flood in Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Barpeta, Chirang, Golaghat, Jorhat and Dibrugarh districts.


Rare oarfish washes ashore in Aklan, Philippines

© Rizza Castillo
A 10.5-feet oarfish was spotted along the coast New Washington in Aklan, Monday morning.

According to Rizza Castillo, one of the owners of a fishing vessel, a fisherman spotted the oarfish while they were waiting for their lantsa (vessel) onshore.

"First time may makaraya iya nagdagsa sa New Washington." (This is the first time an oarfish appeared off the coast of Washington)," she said.

Residents tried to return the fish to the shore, but it was already weak and it shortly died.

Cloud Precipitation

US breaks 125-year precipitation record as Gulf Coast prepares for tropical system

Gulf Coast storm
The Gulf Coast is bracing for heavy rainfall from a potential tropical storm system as officials revealed that the country has broken the record for the wettest 12-month period for the third time this year.

The news comes as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that there have been six $1 billion weather and climate disasters so far this year. Since 1980, there have been 250 such events -- an average of six a year.

A tropical depression is expected to form in the Gulf by Thursday and will likely hit somewhere between the western Florida panhandle and the northern Texas coast, the National Weather Service announced Tuesday.

The system has the potential to produce heavy rainfall in the affected areas, but it is too soon to determine the magnitude and location of any potential wind or storm surge impacts at this time.

Rainfall in the U.S. has broken records a stunning three times this year, with above- to much-above average participation in the Deep South through the Mississippi and Ohio river valleys as well as the East Coast, according to the NOAA.

The precipitation total for June was 3.3 inches in the contiguous U.S., about .37 inches above the average, according to NOAA. The contiguous U.S. saw 19.05 inches in total precipitation in the past year, 3.74 inches above the average and the wettest such period in the 125-year record.

Flooding persisted along many of the major river systems and their tributaries across the central U.S., including the central and lower Mississippi River, the Missouri River and the Illinois River.


5.9 magnitude earthquake hits southwest Iran, felt in Kuwait and Iraq

Iran earthquake
The Kuwaiti National Seismic Network said Monday that tremors were felt earlier in the country, which were caused by a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that hit early morning West of Iran.

The tremors lasted for seconds and it was felt in various parts of the country according to KUNA. Adding that no casualties were reported on the ground.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake per day on average.


Mud volcano erupts again in Taiwan

mud volcano
A mud volcano in Pingtung County erupted yesterday, July 8, in a field adjacent to the site of the last eruption last year.

Fortunately for the affected farmer, the field had already been harvested, but the Wandan Township government urgently dispatched an excavator to divert mud away from neighboring cropland.

Mud spewed out to a height of over one meter during yesterday's eruption.

Farmers expressed the hope that the government would set up a system of subsidies for farmers affected by the eruptions. The mud that accumulated during last year's eruption had still not been cleared, and now the adjacent field is being inundated with a mud flow.


Waterspout filmed near St. George Island, Florida

A waterspout was seen on Tuesday afternoon near St. George Island as a thunderstorm rolled through the area.

The video above was sent to WCTV from viewer, Mellisa.

The waterspout was also seen from the WCTV studio from The WeatherSTEM camera at the St. George Island Bridge

It lasted about four minutes and dissipated before reaching land.

Cloud Precipitation

Torrential flooding in Spain's Navarre leaves one dead and towns under water

A man drowned in his car in Spain's northern Navarre region on Friday after a huge downpour caused a local river to burst its banks and flood several nearby towns.

Residents of the Navarre towns of Tafalla, Olite and Puello couldn't believe their eyes when a sudden and gigantic downpour burst the banks of the local Cidacos river on Friday evening, flooding streets and local shopping centres as well as dragging cars through the streets.

One man was reported by Navarre authorities to have drowned after his car was dragged by the floodwaters several kilometres downstream.

Comment: On the same day another region of the country saw an extreme hailstorm:

Snowflake Cold

Record cold in Brazil

ice brazil
The thermometer reached -9.2°C at the station Epagri-Ciram in Urupema, the lowest temperature ever recorded. The previous record of -8.8°C was set on June 28, 2011.

If I'm reading this correctly, this is the coldest temperature ever recorded in Urepema. Not just for the day, not just for the month, but EVER.

Urupema is a municipality in the state of Santa Catarina in the South region of Brazil.

Red Flag

Toxic algal bloom halts fishing, swimming on entire Mississippi shoreline

Beach signs and flags in Hancock County, Miss
© WLOX/Gray News
Beach signs and flags in Hancock County, Miss., warn residents and visitors which areas of the beach are off limits to swimming and fishing.
The entire shoreline of the Mississippi Gulf Coast is now under the same water warning tied to the blue-green algae bloom. Pascagoula's two beach testing sites joined the list Sunday morning.

The dangerous condition is called a Harmful Algal Bloom, or HAB, which is when algae grows quickly on the surface of the water.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an algal bloom can look like foam, scum, or mats on the surface of water and can be different colors. The blooms can produce toxins that have caused a variety of illnesses in people and animals.

The overgrown of harmful algae can occur in warm fresh, marine, or brackish waters with abundant nutrients and are becoming more frequent with climate change.


Eighth dead grey whale washes up on British Columbia coast - total now of 171 on west coast of North America

The dead grey whale washed up last week near
© Fisheries and Oceans Canada
The dead grey whale washed up last week near Tow Hill.
A total of 171 grey whales have been found dead on the west coast from Mexico to Alaska

A fourth whale has washed up on the beaches of Haida Gwaii, making this the eighth dead whale to arrive on B.C.'s coast this year.

A grey whale washed up on North Beach, east of Masset, sometime in the last week, said Andy Lewis, North Coast area chief for conservation with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. A request for comment from the federal government has not been returned.