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Flooding and downed trees reported across Toronto after severe summer storm


A severe thunderstorm has caused widespread power outages and flooding across the city of Toronto. Fire crews are responding to over a hundred calls including downed power lines and trees.


New record for snow in Norway: 10 meters (over 32 feet) remains in summer

snow norway
Never seen so much snow in July," reads the headline on the Norwegian website nrk/no.

We have not had such snowfall as this year, says Knut Kinne, watercourse technical manager at the energy company BKK.

With ten meters (more than 32 feet) of packed snow, it may not have melted in the summer and fall if we had not removed it, says communications adviser Jarle Hodne at BKK.


At least 24 pygmy killer whales found dead in S. Taiwan since April

At least 24 pygmy killer whales have been found dead along the coasts of southern Taiwan since April.

Formally known as Feresa attenuate, most of the dead whales had serious infections in their livers, lungs, and spleens, and elsewhere, according to post-mortem examinations, said Huang Hsiang-wen (黃向文), minister of the Ocean Conservation Administration. Experts also identified Klebsiella, a type of bacteria that can cause various infections, in the bodies of the whales, said Huang.

The infections are believed to have made the whales unable to withstand strong currents, thus getting stranded, reported the Public Television Service on Thursday (July 9). A total of 26 pygmy killer whales have been found stranded on southern Taiwanese coasts since April.

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More deadly floods, landslides in Nepal - 7 killed and 20 missing in the last 2 days - Nearly 10 inches of rain in 24 hours

Rainfall-triggered flood damages a bridge at Raghuganga River in Myagdi district.
Rainfall-triggered flood damages a bridge at Raghuganga River in Myagdi district.
Further deadly flooding and landslides have struck again in Nepal, where disaster authorities have reported 7 fatalities and 20 missing in the last 2 days.

Authorities reported flooding and landslides in 2 locations of Barhabise municipality of Sindhupalchowk district (also Sindhupalchok) of Bagmati Pradesh Province on 09 July. As of 10 July, at least 2 people have died, 20 are still missing and 5 people injured. Sixteen homes have been completely destroyed.

According to media reports, the floods and landslides have also damaged the Araniko Highway in several locations. The highway is an important road connecting the country to a border point with China.

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Volcanic island in Pacific Ocean having 'vigorous growth spurt'

Image of Nishinoshima taken by the Japan Coast Guard on June 29.
A volcanic island in the Pacific Ocean appears to be experiencing a "vigorous growth spurt," with images from space showing it expanding in size since the middle of June.

The island, Nishinoshima, is located about 600 miles south of Tokyo, Japan. While it first emerged from the sea in the 1970s, it started growing in 2013 following an eruption of an underwater volcano. Initially, another volcanic island was formed around 1,600 feet from Nishinoshima, but in 2014 satellite images showed the two had joined together to form one landmass.

Scientists thought the second island would disintegrate with time. However, the island continued to grow and in the last month, more volcanic eruptions have led it to increase in size even further.

Images from a NASA satellite taken on July 4 showed heat signatures from erupting lava. Aerial photographs from Japan's Coast Guard also show how volcanic activity appears to have started up in May, with more ash and lava being produced than had been over previous months.

Comment: Japanese volcanic island grows 12 times in size since forming in 2013

Cloud Precipitation

Farmers struggle with flooded fields for second year running in Canada's BC

flood field
© Brianna van de Wijngaard​​​​​​​
Brianna van de Wijngaard's vegetable fields were under water last weekend, forcing her to harvest some crops, while hoping others survived.

Brianna van de Wijngaard spent nearly seven hours pulling crops out from under water last weekend.

Hundreds of kilograms of broccoli, kohlrabi and cabbage were placed into a little boat, floating on top of a metre of water in her one-and-a-half-acre field.

"I just went down there and started cutting the vegetables that were ready. The rest of our crops aren't ready yet, so I couldn't do anything about those," she said.

Van de Wijngaard owns the aptly named Puddle Produce Farm in Soda Creek, B.C., located near the Fraser River, which has been breaching its banks and causing flooding throughout the region.

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Cloud Lightning

Footage captures teenage Russian footballer being struck by lightning in freak accident that reportedly left him in coma

Ivan Zaborovsky
© Twitter / @ZnamyaTrudaFC
Shocking footage has emerged of the moment when Ivan Zaborovsky, of Znamya Truda in the third tier of Russian football, was struck by lightning during a training session in a freak accident that hospitalized the teenage goalkeeper.

The footage of the painful incident shows Zaborovsky running up to take a shot at an empty goal during the warm-up while his outfield teammates train nearer the edge of the pitch in the foreground.

With no-one around him, the 16-year-old is suddenly seen being engulfed by a puff of dark smoke as he approaches the ball on the edge of the penalty area.

Zaborovsky was transported from Orekhovo-Zuev to a hospital in Lyubertsy, where he is continuing to be monitored.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: This is how you will access food in the future

Cuba is asking residents to grow food anywhere they can as supply chains into the island nation are cut off from many inbound points. Cuba grows food or they don't eat. Covi Passports will be required to enter supermarkets and stores in corporate America, this will have a monthly cost and have a bar code to scan to verify your test. This is led by a consortium of businesses in the Covid Credentials Initiative (CCI).



The Andes - "Experts say it has never snowed that much" - Over 13 FEET deep


Las Leñas, Argentina
The Andes continue accumulating snow, up to 4 meters (more than 13 feet).

Unfortunately for skiers, time does not understand pandemics. The Andes are receiving perhaps record-breaking snowfall just when ski centers are closed due to Covid-19. There are few clues as to whether they will finally be able to open. (I say 'perhaps record-breaking' because my translator said it was 'anthological' snowfall. I'm not sure what that means.)

Nonetheless, Cerro Catedral Alta Patagonia has detected groups of people who skipped the ban and went skiing anyway.


Spectacular tornadoes rip through western Minnesota - At least 1 dead, 2 injured

tornadoes minnesota
At least one powerful tornado damaged farms, left one person dead and two others injured in western Minnesota as severe storms moved across parts of the Midwest, authorities said.

A 30-year-old man was killed near Dalton when a twister destroyed a large garage in which he was working Wednesday evening, said Otter Tail County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Van Dyke.

Two others suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital, Van Dyke said. He did not know where or how the two were injured.

At least three farmsteads were hit, and one of those farmhouses was flattened, said meteorologist Vince Godon with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D.

There were reports of other tornadoes and weather service ground crews were working to confirm that, meteorologist Daniel Robinson said Thursday.

Comment: Here's more of Michael Marz's footage: