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Hailstones the size of grapefruits fall in Colorado, including largest ever recorded

Monster hail fell from the sky and hammered areas of the central United States on Tuesday, shattering a state record. Earlier on Tuesday before the storms developed, AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer warned that Colorado's state hail record could be in jeopardy given the intensity of the storms that he saw developing.

His prediction came to fruition on Tuesday afternoon when a hailstone with a maximum diameter of 4.83" fell in Bethune, Colorado, on Tuesday afternoon. The record was confirmed on Wednesday evening by the Colorado Climate Center and the National Weather Service office in Goodland, Kansas. The previous state record in Colorado was 4.5 inches.

As the Colorado Climate Center said on Twitter, photos indicate that the stone could have been even larger than recorded due to the time in between its falling and when it was put in the freezer.

The weight of the record-breaking hailstone came in at 8.5 ounces.


Fresh snow in the Alps (Yes, it's August)

There's mixed news from the high Alps this week. On the one hand another summer ski destinations has been forced to end its 2019 season early following a very hot summer even above 3,000 metres, meaning only six glacier ski areas are currently open - believed to be the lowest number at any point this century.

On the other, a dip in temperatures has led to fresh snow being reported on the glaciers at Dachstein (pictured top) and Stubai (below), neither of which is currently open for snowsports, although they are due to open in about a month's time for 'winter' 2019-20.

Comment: Just last month: Snowfall for the Alps in July!

It's also notable that last year in the month of August unseasonal snow hit the same region: Global cooling: Extreme snowfall in SUMMER hits the Alps with a depth of one foot

Indications perhaps of the beginnings of a much cooler longer-term trend...?

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India: Over 270 killed, nearly a MILLION left homeless by massive landslides & mega-flooding - UPDATE

India floods 2019
© AFP/Getty Images
Seasonal monsoon rains in India have displaced thousands as rainfall brings landslides and floods to villages and cities
At least 95 people have been killed by monsoon flooding in southern and western India, while hundreds of thousands have been evacuated from their homes, according to reports.

More than 40 of those killed were in the south-western state of Kerala.

The flooding and landslides caused by the heavy seasonal rainfall have left some areas cut off.

Officials have called on those affected to try to seek shelter on higher ground.

India is affected by monsoon rains between June and September. While crucial to replenishing water supplies, the heavy rainfall also results in death and destruction each year.

Comment: The BBC is lying by omission: this isn't just 'oh another annual destructive rainy season in India'...

Rainfall 3000% above normal in a single day in the Indian state of Karnataka

Update 12 August

RT reports:
Floods and landslides across southern and western Indian states have killed nearly 200 people over the past week as the Indian Army intensifies its relief operations to help thousands stranded in desperate need of rescue.

Extreme weather conditions that have been battering the Indian states of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Gujarat since last week forced hundreds of thousands of people to seek temporary shelters. The heavy rains also impacted travel in the region, disrupting train and airport connections.

To deal with the ongoing calamity, which by Sunday claimed at least 178 lives, the Indian armed forces deployed around 3,000 personnel and units of various hardware, including helicopters, to help with flood relief and rescue operations in the four affected states.

The surge in water level caused all the rivers in the state of Karnataka to overflow. At least 40 people were confirmed dead in Karnataka, and at least 400,000 were displaced. The state disaster management agency tried to reassure locals on Sunday, announcing that "the water has started receding in many districts and flood situation has improved."

In the southern state of Kerala, at least 67 people were killed in rain-related incidents, while 227,000 people were moved to some 1,551 relief camps. Water levels have been falling on Sunday, but authorities say it's too early to be optimistic. "We need to be cautious. It's not easy to escape from landslides," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

Floods also hit Maharashtra state, where at least 40 deaths were reported, while an estimated 400,000 people were forced to leave their homes. Another 31 deaths were reported in Gujarat state, which was also hit by the monsoon and landslides.
Update: Reuters reports on August 14:
Floods and landslides have killed more than 270 people in India this month, displaced one million and inundated thousands of homes across six states, authorities said on Wednesday after two weeks of heavy monsoon rains.

The rains from June to September are a lifeline for rural India, delivering some 70% of the country's rainfall, but they also cause death and destruction each year.

The southern states of Kerala and Karnataka, and Maharashtra and Gujarat in the west, were among the hardest hit by floods that washed away thousands of hectares of summer-sown crops and damaged roads and rail lines.

At least 95 people were killed and more than 50 are missing in Kerala, where heavy rainfall triggered dozens of landslides last week and trapped more than 100 people.

About 190,000 people are still living in relief camps in the state, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, but he added some people are returning home as flood waters recede.

In neighboring Karnataka, home to the technology hub Bengaluru, 54 people died and 15 are missing after rivers burst their banks when authorities released water from dams.

Nearly 700,000 people have been evacuated in the state.

Heavy rainfall is expected in parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat, as well as the central state of Madhya Pradesh, in the next two days, weather officials said.

In Maharashtra, which includes the financial capital Mumbai, 48 people died but flood waters are receding, said a state official.

"We are now trying to restore electricity and drinking water supplies," he said.

In Madhya Pradesh, the biggest producer of soybeans, heavy rains killed 32 people and damaged crops, authorities said.

In Gujarat, 31 people died in rain-related incidents, while landslides killed nearly a dozen people in the northern hilly state of Uttarakhand.


Extreme climate fraud has arrived at The Washington Post

The Washington Post had an article today claiming the Northeast doesn't get cold winters any more. This after they spent most of the winter blaming the record cold on global warming.


How homogenization destroys Climate Science

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina
In this video, I show how NOAA and NASA create the appearance of warming - by contaminating rural temperature data with bad data from Urban Heat Islands.


Four pilot whales stranded in Iceland, three saved - 3rd such event locally within a month

© RÚV screenshot
Four pilot whales stranded near Ólafsvík, West Iceland yesterday evening, mbl.is reports. Three of the whales managed to return to sea of their own accord, while one died in the shallows. The whales were part of a large pod numbering some hundred animals, which was swimming 100-200m (330-650ft) from the shore.

Pilot whale pods have been seen close to shore very often this summer in West and Southwest Iceland. Around 50 pilot whales stranded near Garður, Southwest Iceland just earlier this month. Rescue workers managed to save 30 of them.

Kristinn Jónasson, mayor of Snæfellsbær, says a pilot whale pod has been spotted in the ocean near Ólafsvík this summer. "Three weeks ago there was one out at Rif, around 150 of them, then people came on jet skis and drove them out."

Experts from the Marine and Freshwater Research Institute measured the dead beached whale and took samples from the corpse around noon today.

Comment: Details of the other two events: Dozens of dead beached pilot whales found in West Iceland - 2nd recent mass stranding globally

50 pilot whales strand, 20 die in Iceland - 2 weeks after similar event locally

Elsewhere in recent days dead whales have appeared along the coasts of France and New Jersey.


Mexico's mighty Popocatépetl volcano erupts twice in a morning

pop vol
Mexico's majestic Popocatepetl volcano erupted early on Tuesday (August 13) morning, in a dramatic show of ash, water vapour and gas under a canopy of stars.

The dramatic eruption at 5:43 am local time (1143 GMT) spewed ash followed by incandescent rock.

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At least 6 killed in flooding triggered by heavy rain in Sudan

Flooding in Sudan

Flooding in Sudan
At least six people were killed Tuesday in flooding triggered by heavy rain in the Sudanese capital Khartoum and elsewhere in the country, said state-run news agency SUNA.

SUNA news agency said at least five people, including two children, were killed when rains destroyed their house in the village of Rifaa in central Jazeera province.

Another two children were injured, the report added.

In the nearby village of Zarqa, at least 15 houses were destroyed, and at least one person died, the agency said.

Power outages have also hit several areas in Jazeera province, SUNA reported.


Calf recovering after falling into sinkhole in Luther, Oklahoma

cow sinkhole
A calf is recovering after spending days in a sinkhole on an Oklahoma ranch.

The Mohr family of Luther said holes have been popping up on the property over the years due to an underground pipeline, and people, vehicles and now the calf have fallen in.

Credit: Lauren Daniels KFOR-TV

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Huge sinkhole threatens to swallow pub in Amiens, France

A large sinkhole has emerged right outside a pub in northern France.

Part of the venue in Amiens was left dangling over the edge of the 16ft deep hole after it suddenly emerged overnight yesterday. Gas and electricity in the area were cut off and local media says nobody is believed to have been hurt when it appeared.

For now, La Bonne Humeur (good mood in English) brasserie remains closed until they can make the building safe. It is not known what caused the collapse, but there are theories that it could be related to the town's Roman heritage or a fortress built in the Middle Ages.