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Interplanetary shock wave sparks mid-summer auroras over Canada

Aurora & NLC's over Canada
© Catalin Tapardel
Aurora & NLC's taken on June 30, 2021 @ Municipal District of Opportunity Nr.17, Alberta, Canada.
This was not in the forecast. A low-amplitude interplanetary shock wave (data) hit Earth's magnetic field during the early hours of June 30th, sparking mid-summer auroras over Canada.

Catalin Tapardel photographed the display from the Municipal District of Opportunity (#17) in Alberta. "I caught the auroras hovering just above an expanse of noctilucent clouds," says Tapardel.

We don't know where this shock wave came from. It might be the early arrival of the June 27th CME, originally expected July 1st, or perhaps a different stealthy CME that "flew under the radar" when it left the sun. If it's the latter, another jolt could occur in the next 24 hours.

Cloud Precipitation

More flash flooding is 'probable' even as Zion National Park in Utah tries to clean up after an inch of rain in an hour

An overturned sign at Zion amid flooding Tuesday.
© Zion National Park
An overturned sign at Zion amid flooding Tuesday.
Zion National Park received more than an inch of rain in an hour Tuesday afternoon, leading to flash flooding that shut down the park's main road.

State Road 9 near Zion filled with water during the storm. The park closed canyons and The Narrows because of the flash floods. A search and rescue operation had to be paused during the rain but resumed Tuesday evening.

Zion will be in "modified operations" Wednesday as the park staff cleans up after Tuesday's damage — and keeps an eye out for more flash flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through Wednesday evening — and some will produce heavy rain, with the potential for flash flooding in slot canyons, small streams and normally dry washes. There's also the potential for debris flows near recent burn scars. Wednesday's flash flood warning for Zion is "probable."


Cloud Precipitation

June 2021: Flash floods, powerful lightning strike, and destructive storm hit the Netherlands

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© Track'88
On June 29th, flash floods hit the region of South Limburg which lies in the southernmost province of Holland. The region around the Dutch municipalities of Kerkrade and Landgraaf was affected badly. Local observation stations measured more than 100 mm (4 inches) rain. It rained particularly hard between 6 PM and 7 PM. Police have been receiving many calls about water damage in houses and basements.

A resident of Landgraaf writes on Twitter: "Really not normal. Kitchen and cellar just flooded. Roof tiles could not handle the amount of water."

The flooding caused a gas leak in the Dutch village of Eygelshoven. The water washed away part of the sidewalk and damaged a gas pipe. As a precaution, the fire brigade evacuated a supermarket and a care center. Technicians are currently present to seal the leak.

A lot of rain also fell at the observation station of the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute at the airport near the Dutch city of Maastricht. At 9 PM more than 75 mm (3 inches) of rain fell. This is more than the monthly average for June. Two videos of the flash floods were posted on Twitter:

Black Cat

Three-year-old girl killed in leopard attack in Nashik, India - 6th such death for district in 14 months

Stock image of leopard
© Getty
A three-year-old girl was killed in a leopard attack in a village in the Igatpuri tehsil of Nashik district.

The incident took place on Tuesday evening when the child was outside her home at the Kananwadi village, towards Bhandardara, in Igatpuri.

The child received serious injuries on her neck and died while undergoing treatment at the Nashik district civil hospital on Wednesday.

Initially, she was taken to nearby rural hospital and, thereafter, shifted to the Nashik district civil hospital here where she died on Wednesday while undergoing treatment.

According to the forest officials, the girl and mother were just outside their home which is on the outskirts of the village. A leopard suddenly pounced on the girl and dragged her a few metres away. Her father and mother started shouting as they saw a leopard dragging the child.

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Waterspout filmed off Key Biscayne, Florida

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A waterspout was caught on video in Key Biscayne this Tuesday, late afternoon. The National Weather Service of Miami confirmed the report of a waterspout located 1-mile northeast off of Key Biscayne at 5:20 pm.

The waterspout was produced by a severe thunderstorm in which prompted a severe thunderstorm warning for portions of Miami-Dade county. There was the concern that the waterspout could move onshore since it was attached to a storm tracking towards the northwest direction.

However, by 5:45 pm meteorologists at the NWS of Miami canceled the severe thunderstorm warning because the storm cell had weakened to below severe limits, and the rotation of the waterspout collapsed.


Sun

Canada weather: Dozens dead as heatwave shatters records - temperature hits 49.6C (121.3F)

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Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records.

Police in the Vancouver area have responded to more than 130 sudden deaths since Friday. Most were elderly or had underlying health conditions, with heat often a contributing factor.

Canada broke its temperature record for a third straight day on Tuesday - 49.6C (121.3F) in Lytton, British Columbia.

The US north-west has also seen record highs - and a number of fatalities.


Experts say climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves. However, linking any single event to global warming is complicated.


Comment: AccuWeather meteorologist: Global warming not to blame for Northwest's heatwave


Cloud Precipitation

Evacuations after flash floods in New Mexico - over 5 inches of rain in 24 hours

Dark Canyon at Carlsbad, New Mexico, June 2021.
© NWS
Dark Canyon at Carlsbad, New Mexico, June 2021.
Flash floods struck parts of the state of New Mexico after more than 5 inches of rain (127 mm) fell in 24 hours.

Levels of the Pecos River and Dark Canyon jumped, causing flooding in areas around Carlsbad and Eddy County on 29 June 2021. Almost 30 roadways were closed as a result. Eddy County officials said residents living near the Tansill Dam and Reservoir were evacuating. The Carlsbad Caverns National Park has been closed due to flooding.

New Mexico Governor, Michelle Lujan Grisham, said the state is coordinating local resources in the response to the flooding in Eddy County and New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is maintaining close communication with local floodplain managers and the Army Corps of Engineers.


Cloud Precipitation

2 dead after floods and heavy rain in Western Texas - El Paso gets twice as much rain in a day as first 6 months of the year

Floods swept away vehicles in Presidio County,
© Presidio County Sheriffs Office
Floods swept away vehicles in Presidio County, Texas, USA, June 2021.
Two people have died in western Texas as a result of heavy rain and flooding in the region that began 27 June 2021. Flooding was also reported in neighbouring Chihuahua state of Mexico, where at least 5 people had to be rescued.

Presidio County Sheriff's Office said deputies found the body of a man in a vehicle that was dragged by flood waters of Alamito Creek. An empty parked vehicle was also swept away in the same area.

Meanwhile El Paso Fire Department search and rescue teams found a body in the Franklin Mountains following heavy rainfall across the area. Fire officials said the woman was hiking and fell down the mountain and was swept away by rushing water.


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20,000 evacuate after floods in Heilongjiang province, China

Floods in Daxinganling Prefecture,
© Heilongjiang Provincial Fire Department
Floods in Daxinganling Prefecture, Heilongjiang Province, June 2021.
Almost 20,000 people have evacuated their homes after flooding in Heilongjiang Province in northern China. Thousands of people are also affected by flooding in nearby parts of Inner Mongolia.

China's Ministry of Emergency Management said that due to continuous rainfall, levels of Heilongjiang and Nenjiang rivers have been rising since mid-June.

On 22 June authorities upgraded the emergency response after the upper reaches of Heilongjiang River exceeded warning levels. The river, known as the Amur across the border in Russia, is also flooding areas of Russia's Amur Oblast, where 2,500 people have been evacuated.

As of 26 June 2021, over 19,000 people had evacuated and 42,000 people were affected by the flooding in Daxinganling, Heihe, Mudanjiang and other places in Heilongjiang Province. Thousands of hectares of crops have been damaged.


Cloud Lightning

Lightning strikes kill 6 in Bihar, India as Patna floods after being pounded by record rain

In India, every third death caused due to natural calamities is because of lightning strike.

In India, every third death caused due to natural calamities is because of lightning strike.
Six people died after struck by lightning as heavy rains coupled with thunderbolts lashed parts of Bihar since Friday evening, even as Patna recorded 150 mm of rainfall, its highest single-day rainfall in June that left large parts of the state capital inundated, including the assembly building and the residence of deputy chief minister Renu Devi.

On June 20, 1997, Patna had recorded 205.4 mm of rainfall, its highest to date, according to the meteorological department.

The state's disaster management department (DMD) confirmed death of six people due to thunderbolts across the state. As per its control room, two people died each at Muzaffarpur and Sheikhpura and one each at Sitamarhi and Lakhisarai till 5 pm.

Patna Meteorological Centre has also issued a yellow colour warning for thunderstorm activities till June 30 across the state.

Weatherman Zeeshan Ansari, said, "Patna witnessed unprecedented high intensity rain and thunderstorm activities during early hours on Saturday. Rise in temperature in southern districts, presence of humidity in atmosphere and cyclonic circulation resulted into intense lightning activities."