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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Out of place floods, hurricanes and freeze events

Beta and Teddy meet
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Biggest floods ever recorded in Ethiopia, right over the new Renaissance Dam, the largest in Africa that is beginning to fill, now with a super charge. I wonder who knew the cycles of change turning desert to grassland that would have billions to fund such a project. First ever cyclone to hit Portugal mainland and hurricanes Beta and Teddy connect across 3000 miles of Atlantic waters.


Comment: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Controlling water in Africa, a Grand Solar Minimum cycle


Seismograph

UK town hit by fourth earthquake in two weeks

Tremors were felt in Leighton Buzzard for the third time in three weeks
© Richard Croft
Tremors were felt in Leighton Buzzard for the fourth time in two weeks
Leighton Buzzard has been hit by two aftershocks in the space of a few hours - taking the total number of earthquakes felt in the area over the last two weeks to four.

A magnitude 2.1 event struck at 1.39pm on Tuesday afternoon, just over four hours after a 3.0 tremor was felt in the Bedfordshire town at 9.32am.

Geologists said they were likely to be aftershocks of the first quake felt in the area on 8 September.

"There's obviously been some stress been building up in that particular area and we've had the initial earthquake," said Glenn Ford, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey (BGS). "It's maybe just still rebalancing the stress regime in that particular part of the world and we're getting these little aftershocks occurring as well."

The 8 September tremor was magnitude 3.5 and the first aftershock five days later measured 2.1.

According to the BGS, residents said Tuesday's first tremor "only lasted a couple of seconds" and that they "felt a single jolt, a bit like being in a car that has done an emergency stop".

Comment: SECOND earthquake in a week hits UK town


Bizarro Earth

Giant fissure opens up in the Mexico's Jiménez desert

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© El Diario de Chihuahua
This giant fissure is an unexpected phenomenon in the area.
A giant crack measuring more than 2 kilometers long opened in the desertic ground of Jiménez, Mexico.

The deep fissure has been discovered on September 15, 2020 by local residents.

Cloud Lightning

Lightning strike injures 14 teens at soccer game in Switzerland

lightning
Over a dozen teenagers in Switzerland have been hospitalized after lightning struck a soccer field during a game. The bolt hit a lamp post before spreading over the field.

Fourteen teenagers in Switzerland were taken to the hospital on Tuesday evening after lightning struck a soccer field while they were in the middle of a game, Swiss news agency SDA reported.

The lightning initially struck a lamp post before spreading over the field, located in the Swiss village of Abtwil, 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Zurich, SDA said, citing police reports.

Cloud Precipitation

307 killed, 100 missing due to floods and landslides in past 3 months across Nepal

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As many as 307 people have died and over 100 have gone missing due to monsoon-triggered landslides and floods in the last three months in Nepal.

According to the Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management portal of the Home Ministry, 307 people died in 528 incidents that occurred in 67 districts between June 12 and September 21.

More than 100 people went missing and 214 sustained injuries after their houses were washed away by the floods and landslides triggered by incessant rains. Similarly, 1,178 families have been affected, of which 535 houses were fully damanged and 105 partially.

As many as 615 livestocks died after 105 cowsheds collapsed due to the floods and landslides.

According to Srijana Shrestha, the information officer for the Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, the monsoon incurred a loss of around Rs 88,381,000.

Cloud Precipitation

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.


Attention

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.

Info

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.