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Continuing heavy rains triggering landslides and flash floods in Nepal - death toll rises to at least 132

Landslides hit Khurkot-Ghurmi road

Landslides hit Khurkot-Ghurmi road
At least 132 people lost their lives as a result of heavy rains triggering landslides, and flash floods in Nepal.

"132 people dead, 128 injured, 53 missing and 998 families affected due to rainfall, landslides and floods in the country as of 23rd July," Nepal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority

Within the last two weeks, the Myagdi district of western Nepal was the worst affected with 27 reported deaths.

Search and rescue operations are being conducted continuously with officials and police personnel who are looking through the debris to find missing people.

Better Earth

Birds in Finland breeding earlier and having shorter breeding seasons

Common Crossbill
© Jon Evans
Common Crossbill
A team of researchers from Finland and the U.S. has found that boreal birds in Finland have been starting their breeding seasons earlier and have also been shortening their breeding seasons as temperatures in Finland increase due to global warming. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes their analysis of data from multiple studies to learn more about how birds are adapting to climate change and what they learned from it.

As the planet continues to warm due to manmade greenhouse gas emissions, researchers around the world continue to study how plants and animals are adapting to the changes. In this new effort, the researchers wondered how boreal birds (those that live south of the Arctic Circle) are faring as temperatures in Finland have been rising.

Comment: That a shift is occurring on our planet is evident throughout nature, however while spring appears to be starting earlier in some areas, winter is too, and, overall, Earth is showing signs of serious cooling: Also check out SOTT radio's:

Cloud Precipitation

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: 1200 year cycle of floods, sacred shrines and locusts

© REUTERS / Baz Ratner
With the largest floods in memory in both Japan and China, a 1200 year old tree falls at a Shinto Shrine and a 1200 year old bridge in China is washed away. This portends a 1000+ year cycle is occurring as comet NeoWise sweeps through the sky. South African game parks now selling game animal meat to raise money and locusts swarms are following the massive floods in western China's Yunnan Province leaving stubs of this seasons crops.


First active methane seep discovered in Antarctica sea-bed

Starfish around Methane Seep
© Andrew Thurber, Oregon State University.
Sea stars gather around a microbial mat that can indicate presence of a methane seep.
Corvallis, Ore. - The discovery of the first active methane seep in Antarctica is providing scientists new understanding of the methane cycle and the role methane found in this region may play in warming the planet.

Comment: Our planet is not warming, Antarctica included: Colder summers killing Antarctica's moss forests

A methane seep is a location where methane gas escapes from an underground reservoir and into the ocean. Methane seeps have been found throughout the world's oceans, but the one discovered in the Ross Sea was the first active seep found in Antarctica, said Andrew Thurber, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University.

"Methane is the second-most effective gas at warming our atmosphere and the Antarctic has vast reservoirs that are likely to open up as ice sheets retreat due to climate change," Thurber said. "This is a significant discovery that can help fill a large hole in our understanding of the methane cycle."

The researchers' findings were published today in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Co-authors are Sarah Seabrook and Rory Welsh, who were graduate students at OSU during the expeditions. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation.

Comment: Antarctica's ocean may be warming and that is likely related to the numerous undersea volcanoes, whose activity may also be increasing: Volcanoes melting West Antarctic glaciers, 3 new studies confirm

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Triple tropical trouble: Douglas, Gonzalo and Tropical Depression 8 threaten US, Caribbean

The forecast track of Hurricane Douglas shows the system moving over the Hawaiian Islands by the weekend.
© National Hurricane Center
The forecast track of Hurricane Douglas shows the system moving over the Hawaiian Islands by the weekend.
The tropics are heating up as three separate systems are threatening havoc in the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico.

Hurricane Douglas in the Pacific Ocean threatens the Hawaiian Islands. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Eight is spinning about 415 miles from Port O'Connor, Texas. And in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane Friday as it moves west toward the Windward Islands of the Caribbean.

While 2020 has been crushing records for earliest named storms in the Atlantic, including Cristobal, Edouard, Fay and Gonzalo, hurricane experts noted that the storms so far have been weak and short-lived.

Here's a look at each storm:

Cloud Precipitation

Flooding hits Pattaya, Thailand after 2-hour downpour

Niyom Kongsan's flooded car in Nong Yai community of Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri, after torrential rain in Pattya and other areas on Wednesday.
© Chaiyot Phupattanapong
Niyom Kongsan's flooded car in Nong Yai community of Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri, after torrential rain in Pattya and other areas on Wednesday.
An afternoon downpour flooded major roads in Pattaya on Wednesday afternoon, with one community particularly hard-hit.

Torrential rain pounded the area for about two hours, causing flooding 30-50 centimetres deep on many roads in the city, including Beach Road.

The hardest hit community was Nong Yai in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri, where the water was about one metre deep, high enough to submerge most of Niyom Kongsan's car.

Mr Niyom said he was trying to drive his car out of the flood and to an alternative street to Sukhumvit Road, but the strong current took control of the vehicle away from him.


Tornado group confirms 6 tornadoes, including ones close to Stratford and Woodstock, Ontario

Damage caused by an EF1 tornado in the Lambton Shores area, July 19, 2020.
© Northern Tornadoes Project
Damage caused by an EF1 tornado in the Lambton Shores area, July 19, 2020.
Six tornadoes have been confirmed by the Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) out of Western University in London, including one near Stratford.

An EF1 tornado caused damage to a farm and trees in Gads Hill with a max wind gust of 150km/h, a path length of 4.2 kilometers and width of 400 metres.

The NTP survey team also found EF0 downburst damage south of Stratford with a path length of 18 kilometres and max winds of 115km/h. An EF0 downburst was also confirmed in the Palmerston - Arthur area. That downburst had a path length of 53 kilometres and max wind of 120 km/h.

The NTP also confirmed an EF1 tornado in Beachville, near Woodstock from the July 19 storms. The EF1 damage was done to trees, with max winds of 150 km/h.


Bear suspected in death of 67-year-old in Red Lake, Ontario

A black bear

A black bear.
OPP say victim was out picking blueberries on Monday and did not return home, leading to a search for the man.

Ontario Provincial Police say they've found the body of a 67-year-old man who left his Red Lake home to pick blueberries and may have been killed by a bear.

Police, in a release issued on Tuesday, say they killed a black bear located in the vicinity of the body of the man, who left home Monday morning and was in the vicinity of Tuzyk Road off Highway 105.

The Ministry of Natural Resources has been contacted and the bear's remains will be sent to Guelph, Ont. for testing.

The OPP remind the public to be aware of their surroundings while outdoors and if a bear poses an immediate threat through threatening or aggressive behaviour, to immediately call 911 or the local police department.


Rare deepwater oarfish washes up on Mexican beach sparking earthquake fears

The oarfish measured about 13ft long as Cavalin and friend David held it up for a picture
The oarfish measured about 13ft long as Cavalin and friend David held it up for a picture
The fish is sometimes known as the "earthquake fish" as it is sometimes coincidentally seen days before earthquakes strike an area. They were famously spotted in Japan just before the deadly Fukushima earthquake in 2011

A giant deepwater eel-like fish which some bizarrely believe is a sign of an impending earthquake has been filmed washing ashore at a Mexican resort.

The 13ft long oarfish was found by aquaculture engineer Fernando Cavalin and his friend David de Zabedrosky in Baja California's Pichilingue Bay in La Paz on Sunday.

Cloud Lightning

Symbolism: Dramatic video shows moment lightning strikes behind Statue of Liberty

liberty lightning
A breathtaking video taken during Wednesday's thunderstorm shows the moment lightning strikes behind the Statue of Liberty.

The 21-second clip posted to Twitter shows dark grey clouds hanging above Lady Liberty, with a massive strike disappearing behind her pedestal. The scene was filmed from a dock on Ellis Island.

An intense thunderstorm with heavy winds rolled through the Big Apple Wednesday afternoon, with the National Weather Service issuing a severe threat for the city and the Lower Hudson Valley between 5 and 9 p.m.

Meteorologists warned the Post of potential for weak tornadoes and widespread flooding in the city before the rain begins to let up around 10 p.m.

Between 1 and 1.5 inches of rainfall is expected in the city, though as much as 2 inches of rain could drop across the area depending on how fast the system passes overhead.