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Flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi rises to 24, 69 missing

Residents wade through flood water
© Khaizuran Mucthamir/Xinhua
Residents wade through flood water with their belongings after flash flood hit Luwu Utara, Indonesia, July 16, 2020. The flash flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province's district of Luwu Utara rose to 24 and 69 others were missing in the natural disaster, district head Indah Putri Indriani said Thursday.
The flash flood death toll in Indonesia's South Sulawesi province's district of Luwu Utara rose to 24 and 69 others were missing in the natural disaster, district head Indah Putri Indriani said Thursday.

At present there are 39 centers for the displaced people including those located in mountainous areas which can only be reached by two-wheeled vehicles to deliver logistics, Indriani was quoted by Detik.com website as saying.

"There are some points that can only be reached by two-wheeled vehicles, such as those in mountainous areas in Masamba city where the access is cut off, " she said, adding as bridges in the areas are broken down, the rescuers are trying to find alternative roads through other mountainous areas.

Cloud Precipitation

Surprise summer flash flood inundates Palermo, Italy

Firefighters in the Italian city of Palermo have worked through the night searching for people thought to have been trapped in a car in a flooded underpass after the most "violent" rainstorm in memory, according to local officials.

The rain, which reportedly fell intensely for several hours, caused widespread flooding in Palermo on Wednesday and resulted in the hospitalisation of two small children for hypothermia, Italian news agency ANSA said.

As the underpass search continued, police said they had received no report of people missing.

Leoluca Orlando, mayor of Palermo on the island of Sicily, described the downpour as "the most violent rain in the history of the city since at least 1790, equal to that which falls in a year".

Comment: Another report by EuroWeekly states that 2 people died trapped inside a car.

Snowflake Cold

Record cold hits southern Brazil

Dawn in Urupema was marked by record-cold and hard-frosts
© Marleno Muniz Farias
Dawn in Urupema was marked by record-cold and hard-frosts.
A cold, recording-breaking past few nights have been suffered across the Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina regions of Brazil, reports noticias.uol.com.br and g1.globo.com.

Thermometers hit double digits BELOW-ZERO.

A bone-chilling -10C (14F) was observed in the mountain settlements of Santa Catarina. Even regions in the lower-lying state of Rio Grande do Sul suffered negative temperatures into the early hours of Tuesday morning.

One reading of -10C (14F) occurred in the rural town of Bom Jardim da Serra, and, after checking the record books, that observation has tied with August 2, 1991 for the areas all-time coldest temperature on record.

With regards to the more urban areas, the lowest minimum on the same day appears to be the -8.8C (16F) in the town of São Joaquim — a further example of the Urban Heat Island effect, if we needed it.


Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Comets and lost crops as China buys 2nd largest amount in 25 years

China corn
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
China continues to be hit with 100 year floods and with flood gates wide open all along the Yangtze River, the only option to prevent over topping dams is to push water into vast swaths of farmland countryside. This is a reason in addition to the HK Dollar un-peg that the central government has bought the 2nd largest quantity of corn on record in a single purchase. China also unveiling 5G hydrogen driverless farm equipment line. Comet NeoWise in the skies.

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Cloud Precipitation

Thousands affected by flooding after weeks of rain in Colombia

Bridges were destroyed by floods in Meta
© Colombian Air Force
Bridges were destroyed by floods in Meta department.
Wide areas of Colombia have seen heavy rainfall since the start of July. According to the National Unit for Disaster Risk Management (UNGRD), the rain has caused over 80 incidents of flooding or landslides in 19 departments of the country, with over 5,000 families affected.

Meta, Putumayo and Antioquia Departments

Flooding in Meta Department affected the municipalities of El Castillo, Lejanías, El Dorado, Guamal, Cubarral, Granada, Acacias and Villavicencio. The departmental government reported on 06 July that 1,245 families were affected and 131 families evacuated. Twenty-four homes, several bridges and over 1,000 hectares of crops have been damaged. The Meta government said the Ariari, Guape, Guamal, Guayuriba, Urichare, Cumaral and La Cal rivers all overflowed after heavy rain in early July.

Hundreds of homes were damaged by flooding in Sibundoy and Mocoa municipalities of Putumayo Department on 04 July, 2020. Media report over 2,000 families were affected.


Tropical Brown Booby seabird turns up on the coast of Ireland

Brown Booby
© Dick Coombes-BirdWatch Ireland
Brown Booby
Birders are continuing to flock to Greystones in Co Wicklow after what is believed to be the first ever sighting of a Brown Booby in Ireland.

The large seabird is usually found fishing in tropical waters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

It was spotted yesterday afternoon in Greystones and has delighted birders by loitering at the beach today.

Niall Hatch from BirdWatch Ireland said: "It's a species that's supposed to be in the tropical Atlantic, where it's found in the West Indies and the Cape Verde islands.

Cloud Precipitation

Flood inundates villages in northwest Iran - roads to 50 cut off

Heavy rainfall caused flooding in dozens of cities and villages in Iran's northwestern province of Ardebil, forcing many families to leave their homes.

Roads to some 50 villages have been cut near Meshkinshahr, Ardebil Province, due to the heavy rain and flooding.

Necessary measures are underway to reopen the roadways to the areas.

Two villagers have gone missing after the flash floods and a search operation is underway.

Cloud Precipitation

Southern South Korea hit by devastating downpours - almost 11 inches of rain in 24 hours

A flooded stream in Daejeon has stopped passers-by as the city saw downpour on Monday that continued from a day before.
© Yonhap
A flooded stream in Daejeon has stopped passers-by as the city saw downpour on Monday that continued from a day before.
Some 200 millimeters of rain pounded South Korea's southern regions on Monday, leaving several people dead and causing traffic accidents, flooding and destruction of roads, houses and facilities, officials said.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA), 277 mm of rain fell in Sancheong of South Gyeongsang Province for one day by 2 p.m., followed by 228 mm in Buan of North Jeolla Province, 210 mm in Geoje, west of Busan, 158.2 mm in Gwangju and 160.2 mm in Daejeon.

In the southeastern province of South Gyeongsang, the per-hour precipitation reached 30 mm, while southwestern coasts, Incheon and five Yellow Sea islands close to the North Korean border were put under a strong wind advisory, the agency said.

Cloud Precipitation

Heavy rain, extreme hailstorm leads to flooding in Gyumri, Armenia

Streets and basements in Armenia's second-largest city of Gyumri were flooded after heavy rainfall and hailstorm on Monday.

The storm left roads and vehicles partially submerged, and traffic disruptions were also reported in other parts of the northwestern Shirak Province.

Vehicle and property damages were also reported across the region, with many experiencing power outages.

Bizarro Earth

Mysterious new invasive algae smothering Hawaii's coral reefs

Invasive Algae
© Taylor Williams/NOAA
College of Charleston professor of biology Heather Spalding documents a mat of invasive-like algae at Pearl and Hermes Atoll. The alga has smothered all native algae and corals.
Hawaii is famous for a lot of things. Perfect waves and perfect weather, to name a few. Stunning views and crystal clear water to name a few more. One of the most famous things it is famous for, however, is its coral reefs. And according to a study in the journal PLOS One, those reefs could be in some serious trouble.

Back in 2016, survey cruises conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) picked up strange specimens of an undetermined red alga. It "rapidly attained alarming levels of benthic coverage at Pearl and Hermes Atoll, Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, Hawaiʻi," which, in layman's terms, means it spread like wildfire in shallow shoreline waters. A few years later, they went back to have another look, and what they found was strange indeed.

"By 2019 the seaweed had covered large expanses on the northeast side of the atoll with mat-like, extensive growth of entangled thalli," the abstract from the study reads. "Specimens were analyzed using light microscopy and molecular analysis and were compared to morphological descriptions in the literature for closely related taxa. Light microscopy demonstrated that the specimens likely belonged to the rhodomelacean genus Chondria, yet comparisons to taxonomic literature revealed no morphological match."

In short, it appears that the alga is likely to be an unknown species. That's a problem, because the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is uninhabited, remote, and pristine — which makes it susceptible to invasive species like this one.