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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.

Cloud Precipitation

Calgary hit by huge hailstorm

Thunder and lightning can definitely be frightening, but huge chunks of ice falling from the sky in a furious and unrelenting flurry is something else entirely.

That's what many Calgarians had to deal with on Sunday evening, as the thunderstorm that rolled into town brought with it a significant hailstorm.

Nickel-sized balls of hail fell on YYC, making many front yards look like winter all over again.

Cloud Precipitation

Nearly a month's worth of rain in ONE hour triggers travel nightmare in Washington DC

Motorists stranded in flood waters in Washington, D.C
© Dave Dildine/WTOP
Motorists stranded in flood waters in Washington, D.C
Commuters in the D.C., and Baltimore area faced an extremely difficult and dangerous drive back to work on Monday morning following the long holiday weekend as heavy downpours flooded local roadways.

Videos have surfaced on social media in which the raging floodwaters turned roads into rivers. One social media user captured a video while driving through high floodwaters in the Virginia Avenue Tunnel on Monday morning and said, "You're going to need a boat to pass underneath the Virginia Ave. underpass on I-66 in NW D.C."

Several water rescues were performed as high waters overflowed the roads. Local officials urged motorists to stay off the roads on Monday morning due to flash floods. Numerous roads in downtown Washington, D.C., as well as surrounding areas, were closed on Monday morning due to the heavy floodwater.

Pete Piringer, a spokesman for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, told local news station WTOP that "all our folks are deployed right now" at about 8:30 a.m. He said "the storm drains are overwhelmed."

Blue Planet

Giant fissures appear near epicenters of California's major earthquakes

© David McNew/Reuters
A deep fissure discovered in the Mojave Desert near Ridgecrest, the epicenter of the M6.4 earthquake in Southern California on July 4, 2019. Picture by
There were multiple fissures that broke the ground in the Mojave Desert in southern California on Thursday and Friday after two major M6.4 and M7.1 earthquakes struck the area. The power of nature is amazing... And these deep fissures near Ridgecrest, California are just terrifying!

On the Fourth of July, people from Los Angeles to Las Vegas felt the ground shake. Books fell off library shelves, trees collapsed, and cracks spidered through building walls and highway asphalt.

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake was centered in the California city of Ridgecrest, about 175 miles northeast of Long Beach. It ended a five-year drought in California's seismic record: Before yesterday, the ground had not shook in the state since a magnitude 6 quake struck Napa in August 2014, causing $1 billion in damages.

Comment: See: Southern California hit by 7.1 magnitude earthquake just one day after M6.4 tremor - the largest for 20 years

Gaping sinkholes and massive fissures are occurring all over the planet:

Cloud Precipitation

Severe summer hailstorms hit Verona and other areas of Italy

Video shared on social media shows water and ice blocks flowing down narrow streets as a powerful hail storm hit the northern Italian city of Verona on Sunday.​

Comment: Other parts of Italy were also hit on either the 6th or 7th of July:

This substantial accumulation of hail was recorded in the south on the 5th:

Damage caused by some of the larger hailstones:

Arrow Down

Teen girl trapped in 15-foot sinkhole after curb she was sitting on collapsed in Douglas County, Nebraska

The sinkhole
© Omaha Fire Dept.
The sinkhole
A teenage girl in Nebraska was rescued from a massive 15-foot sinkhole after the concrete curb she was sitting on collapsed, plunging her down into the earth.

The girl told authorities she was sitting behind the Uta Halee administrative building when she felt the concrete begin to crack. As she stood up, the ground crumbled beneath her and she fell into the hole, trapping her underneath dirt and concrete, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

The Omaha Fire Department used a rope to remove the girl from the massive trench after they entered the hole and used airbags to remove the concrete from the girl's legs, the Herald added.

Cloud Precipitation

Putin travels to Siberia as floods turn deadly - at least 23 killed and 8 still missing (UPDATE)

The Irkutsk region has been hit by torrential rains, causing Lake Baikal and the Angara River to burst their banks. At least five people have been killed and hundreds injured.

At least five people have died and hundreds more injured in massive floods sweeping Siberia on Saturday, Russian media has reported. President Vladimir Putin travelled to the affected area as he returned from the G20 summit in Japan.

Emergency Situations Minister Yevgeny Zinichev told Interfax news agency that five people, one of whom is believed to be a child, have died as the massive Lake Baikal and Angara River have begun to burst their banks. At least 350 people have been injured, 100 of whom have had to be treated at local hospitals.

At least 10,000 people are affected by the floods brought on by torrential rains. At least 50 villages on the shores of Lake Baikal are inaccessible, and the larger city of Bratsk has also been affected. More than 4,000 buildings have been destroyed as well as many bridges and roads.

Comment: View more dramatic film: 500 people evacuated from flood-stricken town in eastern Siberia - water 13 meters deep

Update: TASS reports on July 1:
A spokesman for the local emergencies services said that 13 people were also reported missing

© Kirill Shipitsin/TASS
The death toll from heavy floods in Russia's Siberian Irkutsk region has reached 14 people. Thirteen more people are missing, a spokesman for the local emergencies services told TASS on Monday.

"According to preliminary data, 14 people died, 13 more are rmissing. As many as 153 people, including one child, were hospitalized," he said.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said earlier 12 people had died in the floods and nine were missing.

Floods in the Irkutsk region began in late June after torrential rains. A state of emergency was declared in the flood-affected areas. The water level in the river Iya has risen seven meters above the critical mark. As many as 83 settlements in six districts have been affected by the disaster. More than 6,600 residentail houses, which accommodate more than 32,000 people, have been flooded. On Sunday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting in the city of Bratsk on the situation in the flooded areas.
Update: TASS on July 8 reports:
Twenty-three people have died in the area hit by a powerful flood in the Russian region of Irkutsk, eight more people are being searched for, a spokesperson for the regional emergency agencies told TASS on Monday.

"Another dead body was found in the emergency zone. The overall number of those who died [in the flood] is twenty-three. Eight more people are missing," the spokesperson said.

Per earlier reports, 22 people died and 11 were missing. According to the data available on Monday morning, 233 residential buildings remain flooded in the Oktybrisky settlement in the Chunsky district and in the town of Tulun. In total, 10,900 residential building, where 34,234 people live, were flooded in 110 communities since the flood struck in late June.

© Kirill Shipitsin/TASS