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

Workers left isolated by floods in Floods Vrancea
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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
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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.


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

A tornado touches down in Czechia
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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

Snowflake Cold

Record-cold start to summer for Saskatchewan, Canada

It's been a historically cold start to summer for central and eastern Canada, with the Saskatchewan towns of Lucky Lake, Rosetown, and Leader among the locales logging record low temperatures this week.

The village of Lucky Lake saw the mercury plunge to 1C (33.8F) on Monday, June 21, which smashed its previous record for the date of 3.5C (38.3F) set last year, in 2020 (further signs of our cooling climate).

The Leader area observed a low of 2C (35.6F) on Monday, which was cold enough to comfortably usurp the old benchmark of 3.3C (37.9F) from 1951.

While Rosetown suffered the lowest temperature in all of the west central region. It dipped below freezing with a low of -0.8C (30.5F), which busted the town's all time record of 1.1C set way back in 1917 (during the Centennial Minimum).


Dead whale washes ashore on Asilomar beach in California

dead whale
A dead whale washed onto the beach at Asilomar Tuesday, according to the Hopkins Marine Station.

The station said it was a fin whale, the second-largest type of whale on the planet.

They said it appears that the whale had not reached adulthood yet and was about 40 to 45 feet long. Its cause of death has not been released.


Multiple waterspouts start Michigan's summer with a swirling fall staple and graupel

The start of summer in Michigan brought a typical fall weather character- a waterspout. In fact, after the waterspout, an even more winter-like precipitation form fell, called graupel.

To kick off astronomical summer this week, Michigan had some very cold air for this time of year. High temperatures were only in the 60s. When I looked at the upper-air temperatures, which are vitally important for waterspouts and graupel, the temperature over Leelanau County was 33 degrees at 5,000 feet and 19 degrees at 9,000 feet.

That's fall-like upper-air temperatures to start astronomical summer. The cold air flowing over the relatively warm water of Lake Michigan set off five waterspouts. The temperature difference between the air just over the water surface and the air aloft causes the waterspouts to form.

John Piombo, executive chef at The Homestead on Lake Michigan at the Sleeping Bear Dunes, caught the multiple waterspouts in the video below. The video was shot from the deck of Cafe Manitou, overlooking Lake Michigan.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 in Kandal, Cambodia

Two Khmer Muslims were killed by a lightning strike while they were hunting by a lake. The incident happened at 2 p.m. on June 22 at the Sangke Som Dam in Po Tapang village, Svay Proteal commune, Saang district, Kandal province.

The Saang district police released the identity of the two victims. One of them is Mat Nansa, male, 28-years-old and the other is Sen Mael, male, 16-years-old. The two men are fishermen and are from Baren Krom village, Svay Proteal commune, Saang district, Kandal province.

On June 22, at 1 p.m. the father-in-law and father of the deceased, 53-year-old Man Sen, accompanied the two men to check traps that were laid out near the lake. Then it started to rain hard causing the three to seek shelter under two separate trees. Suddenly, lightning struck the tree that the two victims were under and the two men, killing them. Sen, the older man, was fortunately not harmed due to him being quite a distance away from the scene.

After examinations by the authorities, the bodies were returned to the family for funerary rites.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike kills 2 in Mandaue City, Philippines

TWO men were killed after they were struck by lightning while foraging shellfish in Sitio Pajara, Barangay Umapad in Mandaue City on Tuesday afternoon, June 22, 2021.

Police identified the victims as Rey Cuyam, 28, a resident of Barangay Umapad; and Erwin Hirasol, 33, a resident of Barangay Mantuyong, Mandaue City.

Glendo Demape, who works for Umapad's barangay hall, said they and local police responded in the area after they received reports of casualties from a lightning strike that occurred there.

When they got there, barangay personnel and local police found Cuyam and Hirasol already lying just a few meters from the shoreline and had numerous burns on their bodies.


Mouse plague ravages rural Australia, the worst in decades

Australia mouse plague
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Australians at the centre of the worst mouse plague in decades say the rodents are nibbling on their hair and nails while they sleep. But as Sarah Morice reports, farmers are worried a government plan to use a highly toxic poison on the mice will also kill native animals.


Italy's Mount Etna sends lava and ash into air as eruption continues

Mount Etna eruption
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Footage shows Mount Etna continuing to erupt in Sicily on Monday, as volcanic activity continues. The volcano was seen spewing huge amounts of lava, with clouds of ash billowing in the air. The Sicilian peak which is 3,329 metres (10,922 feet) high, is considered to be one of the world's most active volcanoes.