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Freak snow in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic

After an unusually warm summer, Europe saw autumn coming directly with a massive snow fall. In Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, people were taken by surprise on Thursday morning, waking to see mountains covered in snow.

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Flash floods strike Northern Thailand

The worst floods of the year caught the people of Loei and Phetchabun off guard while they slept yesterday.

Pre-dawn forest run-off from Huai Dong Thip and Huai Nam Pung in the mountains of Loei's Dan Sai district roared into Nam Pung village at 3am yesterday, destroying three houses.

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Villagers look at the spot where three houses used to stand near Dong Thip River in Loei's Dan Sai district.

One house with a family of three was swept away. Local officials retrieved the body of Somyupin Seechamuk seven kilometres from a broken bridge and later found her 10-year-old son's body, but her husband was still missing.

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The amazing pictures that show autumn has come early in the UK

After a dreary summer of endless showers and muddy fields, autumn has arrived early with a welcome flourish of red and yellow.

Although the season does not traditionally start until the equinox in another fortnight, some trees have already taken on a warm, coppery hue.

And with experts forecasting a relatively dry autumn with below average wind, the leaves are likely stay on long enough for people to enjoy them.

Four-year-old Ameilia Mykinley kicks her way through the leaves on her way to school with mum Louise.

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Flashback Harvest time in UK as 'confused' fruit think it's autumn

Summer may have only just started after weeks of rain - but fruit falling from trees suggest autumn is already here.

Experts believe the unpredictable weather may lead to the shortest summer on record for fruit growers.

The warm early spring and recent deluges are the factors behind berries in hedgerows and mushrooms springing up in the fields.

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Over one million hit by fresh floods in India, Bangladesh

More than one million people have been evacuated or stranded as rivers in northeastern India and Bangladesh rose to alarming levels and submerged vast swathes of countryside, officials said Monday.

In India's Assam state, the army helped shift an estimated 800,000 people as the Brahmaputra river and its tributaries -- swollen by monsoon rains -- breached their embankments late Sunday.


A further 300,000 people further downstream in Bangladesh were displaced or marooned, most of them for the second time in as many months, officials said.

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Heavy rains trigger flood alerts, claim lives, in Poland

Heavy rains claimed lives and triggered flood alerts in the Lower Silesia region of south-western Poland Friday as emergency crews scrambled to sandbag low-lying areas to ward off rising river waters. A man working on road construction is believed to have drowned Friday after being swept away by the waters of the Sola river swollen by heavy rain in southern Poland, according to Poland's TVN24 news channel.


Quakes injure 4, damage buildings in Indonesia's Java

Two earthquakes rocked parts of Indonesia's Java Island early Monday, injuring at least four people and damaging buildings, officials said.

Wijanto, an official at Meteorological and Geophysics Agency in Jakarta, said the first quake with a magnitude of 4.9 occurred at 1:36 a.m., while the second one with a magnitude of 4.5 hit at 6:31 a.m.


Strong 6.8 earthquake hits Colombia west coast

A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit near the west coast of Colombia on Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but local authorities said there were no immediate reports of serious damage.

Officials in coastal Narino province said they had no news of damaged buildings or injuries, but they were still contacting remote rural areas. Residents told local radio the shock knocked out electricity in some areas.


Oceanic Planetary Waves

Oceanic planetary waves, just an inch or two high at the surface but thousands of feet deep and hundreds of miles apart, sweep slowly but steadily across Earth's oceans: a surfer who caught one in Acapulco would take four years to wash up on a Chinese beach. The waves are speeding up, though, thanks to global warming, and as they do, they could affect weather patterns around the world.

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Schematic of a typical oceanic planetary wave traveling westward with horizontal scale of about 500 kilometers and with vertical amplitude at the sea surface of about 10 centimeters. Such waves have a major effect on the large-scale ocean circulation and thus on weather and climate.

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Thousands flee homes as fresh floods hit Bangladesh

Large swathes of Bangladesh were underwater again on Sunday after heavy rains, adding to the misery of millions hit by flooding that has killed more than 830 people since late July.

Weather officials said that nearly 20 of the country's 64 districts were flooded after three days of rain swelled major rivers flowing through India into Bangladesh.

A Bangladeshi woman uses a raft to cross a flooded field in Sirajgonj district of Bangladesh.