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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


Cloud Grey

Major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) over Europe

Noctilucent Clouds on July 5, 2020 @ Budapest, Hungary
© Viktor Veres
Noctilucent Clouds on July 5, 2020 @ Budapest, Hungary
Last night, July 5-6, a major outbreak of noctilucent clouds (NLCs) blanketed Europe. Electric-blue tendrils of frosted meteor smoke rippled over almost every European capital from Scandinavia to the Adriatic. "It was the most phenomenal display of NLCs I've seen in my life," says Viktor Veres, who photographed the outbreak from Budapest, Hungary.

"I was just getting ready for dinner when one of my friends, Alex, cried 'NLC party time!'," says Veres. "The electric-blue clouds were almost directly overhead. I sprinted to the car (partially dressing in the street) and drove up Gellért Hill for a view of the clouds over the most famous sights of Budapest--the Danube River, Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, and Parliament. And, yes, my dinner got cold."

Paris was also "overcast" by noctilucent clouds. "They were very bright," reports Bertrand Kulik, who shot them floating above the Eiffel Tower:

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Seismograph

Powerful 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Java Sea off the Indonesian coast

A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck the Java Sea off the Indonesian coast
A 6.6 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Java in Indonesia.

The monster earthquake hit at 9.54am AEST on Tuesday and has been felt as far as 800 kilometres south east in Bali.

The earthquake hit around 93.8 kilometers north of Batang, a coastal town in Central Java province, The U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there is no threat of a tsunami and no injuries have been reported.

The epicentre was measured at a depth of 528 kilometres after the earthquake hit.

One person shared on social media they felt their apartment shaking in Ubud for around two minutes.

Snowflake

Summer suddenly turned chilly in southern Norway - FOOT of snow with -7.2C temperatures

snow Norway
After an unusually warm June, Norway's July summer holidays got off to an extremely chilly start over the weekend. Strong winds, heavy rain, hail and even some snow caught many tourists by surprise.

Slippery roads and as much as 30 centimeters of snow in the mountains prompted warnings from state highway officials that motorists shouldn't drive over mountain passes without snow tires on their vehicles. One mountain lodge, Sognefjellshytta, reported a new record low temperature for July of minus-7.2C late Saturday night, and so did several other weather stations in the mountains of Southern Norway.


Comment: Also recently: Big July snowstorm at ski resort in southern Norway - at least 14 inches dumped


Attention

Antarctic leopard seal carcass found on beach in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

LONG WAY FROM HOME: The carcass of a young leopard seal was found on the beach at Cape Recife in Port Elizabeth recently

LONG WAY FROM HOME: The carcass of a young leopard seal was found on the beach at Cape Recife in Port Elizabeth recently
The carcass of a leopard seal was found on the shores of Cape Recife beach last week — only the ninth recorded sighting of the species in SA since 1946. The last one was found in 2019 in Milnerton near Cape Town.

According to Bayworld marine mammals curator Greg Hofmeyr, the sighting was very rare.

Hofmeyr said leopard seals were normally found in the pack ice around the Antarctic, which is about 4,000km away.

Hofmeyr said: "We really don't know what would bring a leopard seal this far but it is possible that young animals such as this one could get lost and swim out of their range.

Eye 2

Alligator attacks 75-year-old woman in Okatie, South Carolina

gator
A 75-year-old Callawassie Island woman is recovering in an area hospital after being attacked Friday night by a 10-foot alligator, officials say.

The woman was trimming plants near the edge of the gated community's pond when the gator latched onto her leg and pulled her into the water, S.C. Department of Natural Resources spokesman David Lucas said Sunday.

A man passing by on a golf cart was unaware a gator was involved but saw the woman in obvious distress in the pond.

"He ran to the pond and jumped in," Lucas said. "He got his arms around her and pulled. He felt resistance at first but thought that was her weight."



Eye 2

Body found minus hands after crocodile attack in Sabah, Malaysia - 7th for the state in 2020

croc attack
A frantic search for a man who went missing while swimming in a river ended after the search party found his body, minus both his hands, today.

Sukrien Yusoff, 24, is believed to be the latest victim of crocodile attacks, bringing the number of casualties to seven across the state this year.

His body was found at around 11.05am by villagers about 2kms downstream from where he was attacked by a crocodile at about 1.45pm on Friday.

The latest crocodile attack occurred at Kg Kalabakan in Tawau.

Attention

Spearfisher killed in shark attack off Fraser Island, Australia

Shark attacks
A 36-year-old spearfisher has died after being bitten by a shark in waters near Fraser Island, off the Queensland coast, on Saturday afternoon.

The Sunshine Coast man had been swimming in waters off Indian Head, on the island's north-east, when the attack occurred.

Paramedics and an RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter rushed to the site just after 2pm on Saturday.

An off-duty doctor and nurse gave the man first aid after he made it to the nearby rocky shore at the base of the large headland.


Cloud Lightning

Winter thunderstorm unleashes 313,000 lightning strikes around the south west coast of Western Australia

Perth photographer Steve Yanev's shot of lightning over Scarborough, titled 'Glorious Nature at its Best'.
© Steve Yanev
Perth photographer Steve Yanev's shot of lightning over Scarborough, titled 'Glorious Nature at its Best'.
Perth residents witnessed an amazing display from 22,000 lightning strikes off the coast as the weekend drew to a close, but those in the South West saw a cracking 313,000 strikes across all of Sunday.

Steve Yanev saw the impending storm and wasted no time grabbing his camera and heading for the coast.

The Perth photographer and avid thunderstorm chaser eyed the Scarborough car park as the best vantage point and wasn't disappointed.

"There were many lightning strikes but it took an hour so to capture this shot," he said.

"I particularly like the lightning rods breaking through the clouds and others being seemingly cut in half by parts of the clouds. Beautiful and powerful."

The end result was a photo Yanev decided to title 'Glorious Nature at its Best' - a vista of dark skies over a churning ocean, eerily illuminated by arcs of lightning streaking down from the clouds while Scarborough's foreshore looms in the foreground.


Ice Cube

Sea ice extent in Antarctica greater now than in 1980

Antarctica

Antarctica
Also larger concentration of sea ice than in 1980.

Larger concentration of sea ice in Antarctica in Jun 2020 than Jun 1980

Larger concentration of sea ice in Antarctica in Jun 2020 than Jun 1980
Sea ice extent now is 700,000 sq km (270,272 sq miles) greater than in 1980.

In case you're having a hard time reading the numbers, here they are: