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Locust swarm devours grasslands in Sanghar, Pakistan

Locusts
Swarms of locusts have hit Sindh's Achro Thar Desert in Sanghar district, devouring newly developed grassland after three years of drought.

Locals have demanded the authorities declare an emergency and contain the locust outbreak.

"The attack started Thursday and they are proceeding further with every passing moment," Khuman Singh, a local from Jeenhar village told Samaa Digital over the phone. "They came from the north and are spreading fast towards the south. We don't know whether they are coming from Khairpur district's Nara Taluka or from India."

The pests have spread to two of four union councils of Achro Thar or the White Desert in Sanghar's Khipro Taluka, where most of the population lives with their livestock.

According to locals, the locusts have moved across 50 villages of UC Ranak Dahar and UC Kamil Hingoro and currently roaming around the same areas.

"Locusts are harming the grazing land on a wider level. They are fast eating our newly grown grass after three years of a dry spell and which was vital for the fodder," Khuman added.

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Why there is 'shock and distrust' among US farmers

American farmer
© AP Photo/Nati Harnik
Jeff Jorgenson looks over a partially flooded field he farms near Shenandoah, Iowa, earlier this year. About a quarter of his land was lost this year to Missouri River flooding, and much of his remaining property has been inundated with heavy rain and water from the neighboring Nishnabotna River.
Nebraska farmer Edwin C. Brummels, who has been in the agriculture industry since 1981, forecast the future in early June, when continued flooding and rain led him to tweet, "It's like we're trying to plant on top of a lake."

In an email to AccuWeather at the time, Brummels predicted, "There will be a lot of acres not planted."

Turns out, a record-setting number of acres were not planted, as farmers have filed for prevented planning coverage in never-before-seen numbers. In 2019, there have been 11.21 million Prevented Planting corn acres and 4.35 million acres for soybeans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Farm Services Agency.

The previous record for Prevented Planting corn acres was 3.6 million acres in 2013, and for soybeans it was 2.2 million in 2015, according to Thomson Reuters' Karen Braun.

"I have worked for the Risk Management Agency for over 19 years and the scope of the prevented planting impacts this year is much larger than I've ever seen," Matt Mitchell, chief, Loss Adjustment Standards branch of the USDA Risk Management Agency, told AccuWeather.

Comment: What with extreme weather conditions and a trade war with China, US farmers are facing Farmageddon. It is no wonder that these conditions are wreaking havoc on their mental health. See also:


Propaganda

Fakest July on record

climate cartoon
Headlines all over the world are pronouncing that July was the "hottest on record."

In this video I show that the claims are nothing but propaganda, and are based on fake data and junk science.


Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: No insurance & UK food rationing odds

Uninsured homes
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Odds on rationing of food in the UK by end of 2019 are 12/1 and strangely a week before 2019 began an article about re-standardizing the amount of calories on a quick and ready meal. Home insurance more difficult to come by as insurers are so strapped for cash after endless payouts, many are no longer insuring farms or homes. Are we crossing the galactic cross and are clues hidden in the cathedrals of Europe?

Climate Revolution is a 'Must Read' for understanding our Sun driven climate as we progress deeper into the new Eddy Grand Solar Minimum. Weather extremes leading to Global food scarcity and high food prices are here now, and this book describes the expected changes, how to survive & thrive during future challenging times with practical preparations.

Winter is Coming Cycles of Change Presentation: A comprehensive PDF slide presentation with accompanying MP3 narration of the slides by David DuByne, author of Climate Revolution. Over an hour of detailed explanation and documentation of the rapidly approaching periods of life-changing Cold we will soon experience.


Cloud Precipitation

Hailstorm kills thousands of birds near Billings, Montana

A few young birds walk among the carcasses of pelicans and double-crested cormorants killed by two-inch hail and 70 mph wind Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Big Lake Wildlife Management Area west of Molt
© Montana FWP
A few young birds walk among the carcasses of pelicans and double-crested cormorants killed by two-inch hail and 70 mph wind Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019, at Big Lake Wildlife Management Area west of Molt
More than 11,000 waterfowl and wetland birds were killed by hail Sunday at the Big Lake Wildlife Management Area west of Billings.

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists who visited the lake this week picked up dead ducks and shorebirds with broken wings, smashed skulls, internal damage and other injuries consistent with massive blunt-force trauma. They estimated that 11,000 to 13,000 birds were killed.

A neighboring landowner reported baseball-sized hail that broke windows in the area. Local weather reports said Molt and Rapelje suffered two-inch hail propelled by a 70-mile-per-hour wind.


Cloud Lightning

A whopping 18 inches of hail piles up in parts of Michigan

After record-breaking hailstones fell from the skies over Colorado earlier this week, a powerful thunderstorm unleashed significant amounts of hail in Michigan on Wednesday. In this case, it was the accumulation of hail, not the mass of individual stones, that captured onlookers' attention.

In some places, as much as 18 inches of hail accumulated.
Hail accumulation in MI
© AccuWeather
Large piles of ice may be one of the last things people might expect to see on the ground in mid-August. But this is exactly what some residents across southern portions of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, found outside their homes on Wednesday.

A severe thunderstorm dumped dime- to ping-pong-ball-sized hail across southern portions of Kalamazoo County, Michigan, on Aug. 14. The slow speed at which the storm moved through the area -- just 15 mph -- is what caused the unusually large hail accumulation.


Comment: See also: Record-breaking hailstone in Colorado: 'Big hail like this can easily kill people'


Cloud Lightning

More than 3,000 lightning bolts strike Greece on August 15

lightning strikes

lightning strikes
More than 3,000 lightning strikes, which occurred mostly during rainstorms, were recorded in central regions of the country on August 15, according to the National Observatory of Athens.

The unusually widespread electrostatic activity was detected by the ZEUS long-range lightning detection system operated by Greece's main meterological observatory.

The highest amounts of rain were recorded in Serres, with 25 mm (.9 inches), in the area of Vlasti, near Kozani, with 16 mm (.6 inches) and in Lamia with 15 mm (.59 inches), while many other areas received more than ten millimeters of rain in less than one hour.

The weather across Greece will continue to remain unstable on Friday, with storms beginning to appear in the northern parts of the country beginning in the afternoon.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning bolt kills 5 at beach in Cuba

lightning
Five fatalities caused by lightning at La Puntilla Beach in Santa Cruz del Norte, in the western province of Mayabeque, local media reported.

Due to the phenomenon, two adults and three children lost their lives and another child received injuries, according to Granma newspaper.

After being stabilized, the child was transferred to the Juan Manuel Márquez pediatric hospital in Havana, to receive specialized care.

According to the newspaper, competent authorities work on the identification of the victims, with the aim of making their names, ages and origin known.

This Caribbean island is one of the territories most affected by lightning in the world due to the great electrical activity that characterizes storms in this territory.

Source: PRENSA LATINA NEWS AGENCY

Attention

Popocatépetl volcano (Mexico): Elevated activity, 13 explosions during 24 hours

Eruption of Popocatépetl this afternoon
© Volcanes de México webcams
Eruption of Popocatépetl this afternoon
The level of activity of the volcano remains high, with frequent moderate to strong explosions, which often produce ash plumes of several kilometers height and eject lava bombs and blocks to up to approx. 1 km distance from the crater.

In its latest report a few hours ago, CENAPRED reported that during the most recent 24 hour interval, the volcano produced 162 exhalations (passive emissions of steam, gas and low amounts of ash), 13 explosions at 00:34, 01:00, 01:45 (image 1), 01:47, 02:08, 02:27, 02:33, 03: 20, 03:39, 05:56, 06:44, 08:10 and 08:27 local time, as well as 711 minutes of tremor.

Clearly, the flux of magma currently rising inside the volcano is elevated compared to the average of the pat years. This could calm down gradually again or increase further, something impossible to predict. The alert level remains unchanged at "Yellow Phase 2".


Cloud Precipitation

Floods leave at least 46 dead and 10,000 homes damaged in Sudan

Khartoum, August 9, 2019
© RD
Khartoum, August 9, 2019
Sudan news agency SUNA reported on 15 August 2019 that floods across the country have now left at least 46 people dead and damaged almost 10,000 homes.

Flooding first hit parts of the country in early August and has since affected 25 localities in 16 of the country's 18 states, according to government statements.

Across the country as a whole, 9,260 homes have been damaged, of which 595 are completely destroyed and 3,317 severely damaged. Over 120 public buildings have also been damaged, including mosques, schools and health centres.