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Sea turtles, dolphins and whales found dead on Sri Lankan beach after chemical ship sinks

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More than 130 sea turtles as well as dolphins and whales were found dead on Sri Lanka's beaches in June 2021. Local wildlife officials are looking into whether the deaths are linked to the early June sinking off Colombo of the Singapore-registered chemical cargo ship MV X-Press Pearl.


Snowflake Cold

Polar blast grounds flights, shuts highways in New Zealand

A Fulton Hogan truck ploughs snow in Taieri Rd this morning.
© Stephen Jaquiery
A Fulton Hogan truck ploughs snow in Taieri Rd this morning.
Flights were cancelled, highways shut and essential services disrupted as an Antarctic polar blast swept New Zealand on Tuesday, bringing heavy snow, powerful waves and icy temperatures.

The North Island capital city of Wellington was lashed by the worst tidal storms in years, with authorities asking some coastal residents to be ready to evacuate, as large swells were forecast over the next 24 hours.

"Those people whose homes have been impacted by past swell and storm events should be prepared for these potential impacts again," regional emergency authorities said in a website statement.


Attention

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Excuses for grain losses & food price increases across the planet

Brazil drought
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
Russia increases yet again its export tax on all grains as the EU wants to decrease production to meet green goals turning the bloc into a net cereal importer, but that leaves many countries on the planet to buy grain. Brazil in a super drought as rivers dry out and grain barges become grounded until the next rainy season.


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Windsock

Tropical Storm Enrique continues to bring flooding rain & wind to Mexico

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Enrique, the first hurricane of the 2021 Pacific tropical season, continues to churn just offshore of Mexico. It currently has 70 mph winds, which means it has decreased in intensity to a strong Tropical Storm. At it's peak Enrique had maximum sustained winds up to 90 mph, which was a strong Category 1 Hurricane.

Additional slow weakening should occur as Enrique moves toward the Baja California peninsula late next week. Enrique will encounter cooler waters as it moves north, leading to it's weakening trend.

Rough surf, storm surge, and deadly flooding rain is expected to impact the coastal regions of Western Mexico due to Enrique's proximity. Tropical storm warnings have been posted in Mexico from the state of Jalisco to the state of Michoacan. The heavy rain is falling in an area that was impacted by Dolores last weekend. Flash flooding and mudslides will be possible.

Enrique is the 5th named storm of the 2021 season in the Eastern Pacific. Felicia is the next name on the list.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 3 in Saptari, Nepal

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Three people have died after being struck by lightning in Parsa district on Tuesday morning.

The deceased have been identified as 55-year-old Raghubir Yadav of Sakhuwa Prasauni rural municipality-4, Dewarbana and 27-year-old Rasul Aad Gadi of Paterwa Sugauli rural municipality-1, Gadiyani.

They were struck this morning when they had gone to graze their buffaloes.

They were grazing buffaloes when they were hit by the lighting.

Other four people have sustained injuries in the incident. Of them, the condition of Rajbanshi Mahara is said to be critical. He is undergoing treatment at Narayani Hospital.

Similarly, a 50-year-old Asaturni Devi Tharuni of Jirabhwani rural municipality-3 died after being struck by lightning while planting paddy seedlings this morning, said police.

Snowflake Cold

Polar wave in southern Brazil has the world's largest cold anomaly outside the poles

Global temps map
© Climate Reanalyzer
The polar wave of this first half of the week in the Center-South region of Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay brings the biggest negative cold anomaly in the world outside the poles. Nowhere on the planet are temperatures so below average outside the polar regions as the central part of South America.

There are extensive areas of below-average temperature in the Central Plains of the United States, Northern Canada and central Russia, but outside Antarctica there is no region on Monday with temperatures as below average as the central portion of South America, effect of the powerful polar air mass that covers most of the countries of the Southern Cone of America.

It snowed this morning in Santa Catarina, on the Planalto Sul Catarinense, and frozen rain fell in São José dos Ausentes (RS) and in Pato Branco, in the southwest of Paraná.

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ANOTHER powerful tornado touches down in Belgium, this time near Luxembourg border

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Thunderstorms and hail hit the country this Sunday evening. The thunderstorms were intense but quite localized. A mini-tornado in particular blew a farm apart in the province of Luxembourg.

In the hamlet of Bernistap in Houffalize, the square farmhouse-castle, well-known in the region, paid the price. Its roofs did not withstand the strong winds. Help intervened and the inhabitants were relocated with relatives. There were no injuries, the damage being concentrated in the same area.

"It's a beautiful heritage but there is nothing left. Everything is gone: the roofs, the walls are unstable, the house is uninhabitable",
Josette Deville, first alderman, told us. Before adding: "You can't imagine it, but when you see it on the spot, it's very moving. It's an old farm, which is listed. It's worse than a bombardment."

She explains that an important momentum of solidarity has been put in place. In the town cemetery, significant damage was caused to part of the graves.



Comment: This comes 6 days after...

Powerful storms rip through Belgium, including a tornado that obliterates almost 100 homes in country's south


Sun

Heatwave in western US, Canada sends temperatures soaring to record highs

People sleep at a cooling shelter set up during an unprecedented heat wave in Portland, Oregon
© REUTERS
People sleep at a cooling shelter set up during an unprecedented heat wave in Portland, Oregon
A "heat dome" over western Canada and the US Pacific northwest sent temperatures soaring to new highs, triggering heat warnings from Oregon to Canada's Arctic territories on Sunday.

Hotspot Lytton in British Columbia -- about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Vancouver -- broke the record "for Canada's all time maximum high" with a temperature of 46.6 degrees Celsius (116 Fahrenheit), said Environment Canada.

More than 40 new temperature highs were recorded throughout the province over the weekend, including in the ski resort town of Whistler. And the high-pressure ridge trapping warm air in the region is expected to continue breaking more records throughout the week.

Environment Canada issued alerts for British Columbia, Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

"A prolonged, dangerous, and historic heat wave will persist through this week," it said, forecasting temperatures near 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in several regions, or 10-15 degrees Celsius hotter than normal.


Cloud Lightning

Moscow streets in gridlock from flooding, as apocalyptic torrential thunderstorms, high winds break capital's record heatwave

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Lightning strikes a power station in Moscow’s Shchelkovo district
First came intense, unprecedented heat, as Moscow baked in temperatures of 36°C (96°F) over the weekend. Then, on Monday afternoon, it was another story altogether, with flash rains flooding the city and causing traffic gridlock.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy torrential rainstorm leads to severe flooding, landslides and a bus accident in Hong Kong - nearly 8 inches of rain falls

South Lantau Road floods after a black rainstorm warning in Hong Kong, China

South Lantau Road floods after a black rainstorm warning in Hong Kong, China
One person was killed in a road accident, flights were delayed, and schools, court hearings and vaccination drives were briefly suspended after the Hong Kong weather department issued the year's first "black rainstorm" warning alert on Monday.

The pounding rain led to a fatal accident in the Sheung Shui town in the north district of Hong Kong, killing the driver of a bus. The driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed it into the tree as the roads were slippery following rainfall, police said. No passenger was on board during the accident.

Heavy torrential rains lashed parts of Hong Kong, triggering landslides in many places which led to traffic and suspension of activities.

Hong Kong Stock Exchange announced it will halt its trading for the morning session on Monday until the highest "black rainstorm" weather warning is cancelled.

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEX) said in a statement that all its major products and derivatives markets (including Stock Connect trading) will resume trading in the afternoon after the warning alert was downgraded.