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Danger and demons: Yemen's mysterious 'Well of Hell'

Well of Hell - Yemen
© AFP
An aerial picture shows the Well of Barhout -- known as the "Well of Hell" -- in the desert of Yemen's Al-Mahra province
Surrounded in mystery and tales of demons, the Well of Barhout in Yemen's east -- known as the "Well of Hell" -- is a little-understood natural wonder.

Closer to the border with Oman than to the capital Sanaa 1,300 kilometres (800 miles) away, the giant hole in the desert of Al-Mahra province is 30 metres wide and thought to be anywhere between 100 and 250 metres deep.

Local folklore says it was created as a prison for the demons -- a reputation bolstered by the foul odours rising from its depths.

Telescope

Noctilucent Clouds observed from Granada, southern Spain, for first time

How low can they go? Noctilucent clouds (NLCs) are usually confined inside the Arctic Circle, but this year they have been sighted at mid-latitudes and below. The 2021 record-holder, so far, is this photo from the Observatorio de Sierra Nevada in Granada, Spain, at latitude +37N:
noctilucent clouds 2021
© Observatorio de Sierra Nevada (IAA-CSIC)
Taken on June 20, 2021, at Loma de Dilar, Granada, Spain

Snowflake

French weather: Floods, tornados, hailstones...and now snow in June

The camera at the top of the Pic du Midi captured the snowfall, which is rarer at the end of June
© Météo Pyrénées
The camera at the top of the Pic du Midi captured the snowfall, which is rarer at the end of June
The summer snowfall in the Pyrenees is the latest in unexpected weather in recent weeks. Forecasters say it is 'not so rare' in the first half of June at high altitude, but less common now.

Snow has fallen late in the season in the Pyrenees, with snowfall reported from 2,700 metres altitude near the Pic du Midi, yesterday (June 23).

The Météo Pyrénées webcam on the famous peak - at 2,800 metres altitude - captured poor weather and considerable snowfall yesterday.

It is the latest in 'extreme' weather in France - following heatwaves, storms, flash floods and tornados across the country in recent days.


Comment: Other recent extreme weather events in the same country include:


Snowflake Cold

A record amount of snow and ice was added yesterday in Greenland - 4 gigatons in one day

So just when is all this ice going to disappear?

So just when is all this ice going to disappear?
Following a historic increase in snow and ice in late May, Greenland has seen huge gains at a time when it usually lost snow and ice.

If you look at the official figures provided by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI), it turns out that yesterday, June 24, 4 gigatons were recorded in one day - an astonishing figure for this time of year: Greenland has never received so much snow and ice in recorded history, so late at the start of the season.

Despite decades of prophecies about the doom of glaciers that are "about" to melt due to "Global Warming", the ice sheet is currently gaining a record amount of "mass" - only for yesterday (June 24, 2021) - 4 gigatons.

There has never been such a large accumulation at this time of year - at least since DMI started recording in 1981. Growth of this magnitude would be considered normal in November-February, but not at the end of June.

Fire

Wildfires explode in the US West: At least 50 wildfires burn

An image made from video shows the Sylvan Fire burning in Eagle County, Colo., on June 22, 2021.
© Jonathan McNally
An image made from video shows the Sylvan Fire burning in Eagle County, Colo., on June 22, 2021.
As of Wednesday, more than half a million acres have burned across 11 states.

There were at least 50 large wildfires burning more than half a million acres across 11 states on Wednesday -- mostly in the West.

In Colorado, the Oil Spring and Sylvan fires in White River National Forest are the two biggest fires in the state. Firefighters are battling hot, dry and windy conditions.

Since the fire broke out on Monday, the Sylvan Fire has destroyed more than 3,000 acres in Eagle County, Colorado. Mandatory evacuation orders were issued in Eagle County on Tuesday evening.

In central California, a fast-moving brush fire, known as the Inyo Creek Fire, broke out on June 18 due to lightning from passing thunderstorms with mandatory evacuation orders issued in the area, according to the U.S. Forest Service.


Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rains cause severe flooding in Caracas and Miranda, Venezuela

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Users on Twitter reported flooding in several areas of Carcas and Miranda after heavy rains on Thursday.

Through images and videos, users showed the damage caused by rainfall in the Venezuelan capital, with Macarao being the most affected parish.

River overflows and streams were also reported, as well as obstructions in important arteries of the city.

Earlier, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (INAMEH), reported in its forecast for this Thursday, that the rains could cause an increase in the levels of rivers and streams, as well as possible landslides.

Until now, official information on damage caused by the rains is unknown, however in the Macarao parish, they have reported the collapse of the streets, as a result of the waters that have covered several vehicles.


Boat

1 dead, 1 missing as floods and landslides affect thousands across Colombia

Floods El Bagre, Antioquia, 09 June 2021.

Floods El Bagre, Antioquia, 09 June 2021.
Civil Defence in Colombia recently reported that over 20,000 people have been affected by heavy rain, floods and landslides across the country over the last 2 weeks. Almost 2,800 homes have been damaged and over 200 destroyed. At least 1 fatality was reported in Meta Department and one person reported missing in Antioquia.

Putumayo

Among the hardest hit areas is the department of Putumayo, where flooding affected the municipalities of Orito, Puerto Asís, Puerto Guzmán, Puerto Caicedo and San Miguel from 13 to 15 June 2021. A total of 10,000 people were affected, including 7,890 in Puerto Asís, where 230 homes were destroyed and 1,770 damaged.


Cloud Precipitation

1 dead, 1 missing, dozens evacuated after floods and heavy rain affect 16 counties in Romania

Workers left isolated by floods in Floods Vrancea
© Inspectoratul General pentru Situatii de Urgenta, Romania (IGSU)
Workers left isolated by floods in Floods Vrancea County, Romania, June 2021.
Authorities in Romania report that floods, heavy rain and strong winds have affected wide areas of the country since 18 June 2021. As of 23 June as many as 16 counties were affected.

Firefighters were called on to remove flood water from houses, yards and streets or responded to incidents of wind damage including downed trees and power lines.

In a tragic incident in Bacău County, a car participating in an off-road competition was dragged by waters of the swollen Oituz river in Poiana Sărată. The driver of the car died in the incident, while the passenger managed to escape the vehicle.


Firefighters carried out searches for a man reported missing in flood water on 18 June in Mănăstirea Cașin, Bacău county. Seven people were pre-emptively evacuated due to flooding in the same area.


Blue Planet

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: The signs are unmistakable

noctilucent clouds over Paris
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
As the second magnetic field in our solar system begins to take shape and strengthen from July / August of 2021 more signs are becoming increasingly visible across the skies, oceans and Earth. These are a dozen examples of hundreds that took place during the same time. Time to get your plan in order.


Tornado2

Tornado kills at least 5 people, injures hundreds more, and destroys THOUSANDS of homes in Czechia

A tornado touches down in Czechia
© Twitter/@nedavidlak; Twitter/@kutka18
A tornado touches down in Czechia, June 24, 2021; aftermath in the village of Lužice
At least three people have died and hundreds more injured after a rare tornado tore through a region in the southeastern Czech Republic.


Comment: The death toll is now up to 5 people.


The tornado was formed late on Thursday during a series of strong thunderstorms that hit the entire country. Seven towns and villages have been badly damaged, with entire buildings turned into ruins and cars overturned. Over 120,000 households were without electricity.

Some 360 extra police officers were sent to the area together with the military. The rescuers from many parts of the country who came to help were joined by their counterparts from nearby Austria and Slovakia.

They were using drones and helicopters to search the rubble. One person died of injuries in the hospital in the town of Hodonin.

The regional rescue service said more people likely died.



Comment: One Czech TV station said the tornado may have been a F3 or F4 on the Fujita scale, rated at "significant" to "severe" damage. Meteorologist Michal Žák said it was "probably the strongest tornado in recent [Czech]history" and very uncommon in Europe reports RT. Here's more incredible footage:



This major and rare tornado in Europe comes only days after powerful storms ripped through Belgium, including a tornado that obliterates almost 100 homes in country's south.

To understand why this uptick in tornado activity may be occurring now, see the comment here: More intense and frequent thunderstorms linked to global climate variability