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China experiences 21 large-scale floods in 2020, setting historical record

Aerial photo taken on Aug. 18, 2020
© Xinhua/Liu Chan
Aerial photo taken on Aug. 18, 2020 shows flooded area in Ciqikou of Shapingba District, southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. Chongqing Municipality, located along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, was hit by severe flooding on Tuesday. A Level I emergency response was therefore issued for flood control.
China has experienced 21 numbered floods (floods of a certain large scale) so far in 2020, 1.6 times more than that of previous years, hitting a historical record since 1998.

The floods occurred in the six main river basins in China, including the Yangtze River and Yellow River.

A total of 833 rivers in China have gone above warning levels, 80 percent more than in the same period of that year, said China's Ministry of Water Resources in a statement on Tuesday.
Among them, 267 rivers were over the safety level and 77 reached historical record highs.

In 2020, the national average rainfall reached 616 mm, 13 percent more than the same period of the previous year and the second highest since 1961.

Cloud Precipitation

Beta makes landfall in Texas, tying century-old record for named storms in a year

Beta weakens to tropical depression

Beta weakens to tropical depression
Tropical Depression Beta touched down in Texas Monday night as a tropical storm, marking the first time a Greek-named storm has ever made landfall in the continental United States.

Beta made landfall around 10 p.m. local time along the Matagorda Peninsula with sustained winds of 45 mph, the National Hurricane Center said.

It was eventually downgraded to a tropical depression on Tuesday, but not before pummeling the area northeast of Victoria with 8-10 inches of rain.

Beta is weakening as it continues to move inland over Texas and onto Louisiana and Mississippi through the end of the week, but "significant flash and urban flooding" is still expected in parts of Texas, according to the National Hurricane Center.


380 whales dead in worst mass stranding in Australia's history

Members of a rescue crew stand with a whale on a sand bar near Strahan.
© Brodie Weeding/AP
Members of a rescue crew stand with a whale on a sand bar near Strahan.
More than 450 long-finned pilot whales became stranded in harbour in Tasmania with rescuers managing to save about 50

About 380 pilot whales were confirmed dead in Tasmania's west on Wednesday afternoon with rescuers fighting to save the remaining 30 that are still alive.

More than 450 long-finned pilot whales were caught on sandbanks and beaches inside Macquarie Harbour, with a rescue effort starting on Tuesday morning.

Some 50 whales have been rescued and coaxed back to the open ocean.

Rescuers were focused on 270 whales stranded near the town of Strahan, but on Wednesday morning a further 200 whales about 10km away in the same harbour were discovered from a helicopter. Officials later confirmed all had died.

The stranding is likely one of the largest on record globally and is the worst in Australia's history.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning kills airplane technician at Hanoi airport, Vietnam

A Vietnam Airlines aircraft at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, February 4, 2020
© VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
A Vietnam Airlines aircraft at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, February 4, 2020
An airplane maintenance worker was fatally struck by lightning Tuesday while working at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport.

The 40-year-old man worked for the Vietnam Airlines Engineering Company, a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines.

He was checking a Vietnam Airlines plane which was preparing to leave Hanoi for Vinh in central Vietnam when a bolt of lightning struck the right wing of the plane and knocked him out.

He died on the way to hospital.


Hundreds of dead birds found in Eagle County, Colorado and also in New Mexico well before snowstorm struck on September 9

A snake visits the carcass of a yellow-rumped warbler in West Vail. Dead warblers have been found all over Eagle County in recent days.
© Dave Pleshaw
A snake visits the carcass of a yellow-rumped warbler in West Vail. Dead warblers have been found all over Eagle County in recent days.
When nature writer David Gessner published his most recent book Aug. 11, he mourned our disappearing bird populations.

"As I type this, it is being reported that we have almost a third fewer birds in the world than we did in 1970," Gessner writes. "Take a moment and consider this fact: our birds are disappearing."

Within weeks of the book's release, a massive die-off would begin to sweep the western United States, with an uncountable number of birds plummeting from the sky in mid-flight. Ornithologists say hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of birds have been lost over the past month.

Many are realizing now just how widespread the event has been, as social media has helped bird watchers and avian ecologists connect the dots.

Comment: It seems likely the early cold weather across Colorado simply compounded an already existing problem for most of these insectivorous birds - lack of food prey items due the record wildfires and the resulting extreme smoke cover during much of August.


Changbai Mountain in Jilin province, China gets early snow

The snow fell on the main peak of Tianchi in Changbai Mountain on the night of 17th. At 8:00 on the 18th, the snow depth was 1cm. This is the first time that Changbai Mountain has put on silver clothing since autumn this year. At this time, the temperature in many parts of the country was around 20 degrees.

Snowflake Cold

Temperatures have been FALLING for the past 8,000 years

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.

Coronet Peak is in the midst of a three-day spring snow storm with 15cm of fresh snow on Tuesday morning.
The 'hottest year ever' is a lie.

Short term variations, local record hots and colds, don't mean much, that's just weather. What matters is long term global trend lines over decades, centuries, millennia, eons, epochs.

Expanded record of temperature change since the end of the last glacial period

The only 'normal' in climate is constant change

Some places are hotter than average and some places are cooler than average on any particular day (I don't use 'normal' because the only 'normal' in climate is constant change).

Comment: To read more about the true drivers behind our planet's climate, see: Also check out SOTT radio's:

Snowflake Cold

'Tweet tweet' - Social media was wrong about the hundreds of thousands of dead birds in NM: Science says it was the record cold what did it

Birds flying

Researchers at the University of New Mexico believe it was the RECORD COLD WEATHER that caused the hundreds of thousands of birds to fall from the NM skies earlier this month, due to a lack off edible insects and hypothermia.

For weeks social media was ablaze with speculation and theories, and it being social media, one cause was permitted to take-flight: the California wildfires. However, objective science has now spoken and, as usual, it completely contradicts the mainstream narrative.

According to UNM Ornithology PhD students Jenna McCullough and Nick Vinciguerra, who were busy collecting samples around the Sandia Mountains while the parrots on SM were blindly tweeting #climatebreakdown!, the historic Arctic front that rode anomalously-far south on the back of a meridional jet stream flow was the primary cause of the deaths.

Just Count the Cold-Records that Fell over the Past 24hrs

"The day after the [early-September snow]storm, I was contacted via email by my supervisor, Mariel Campbell, the collections manager of the Genomic Resources Division of the Museum of Southwestern Biology, about birds dead and acting weird in Tijeras," said Jenna McCullough.

Comment: Hundreds of thousands of migrating birds are dying in southern New Mexico

Cloud Precipitation

Deadly floods in Oaxaca, Mexico - 6.5 inches of rainfall in 24 hours

Flood damage in Oaxaca, Mexico, September 2020.
© Proteccion Civil Oaxaca
Flood damage in Oaxaca, Mexico, September 2020.
At least 2 people have died after heavy rainfall caused flooding and landslides in the state of Oaxaca, southwestern Mexico.

Figures from the country's meteorological agency Servicio Meteorológico Nacional (SMN), show heavy rainfall in Oaxaca from 14 to 19 September. The town of Santa María Jacatepec recorded more than 165.5mm of rain in 24 hours to 19 September.

Flash floods, overflowing rivers and landslides since then have prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency in several municipalities in the Papaloapan Region. Local media said the overflowing Chiquito and Manso rivers flooded parts of San Juan Lalana, Santiago Choapam and Santiago Jocotepec municipalities.

Fatalities were reported in San Agustín Chayuco and San Juan Comaltepec municipalities.

Comment: Severe flooding also hit the city of Cuernavaca in the state of Morelos over the same time period:


30-year-old man airlifted to hospital after shark attack off Marathon, Florida

bull shark
A 30-year-old man was airlifted to the hospital Sunday morning after a shark attack off Marathon.

Andrew Charles Eddy of Georgia was snorkeling near Sombrero Key Light with family on a private boat when he was bitten in the shoulder.

Eddy was taken to Sombrero Beach, and then airlifted via the Trauma Star air ambulance to Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.